Brisbane Touch Football grows from humble start

first_imgTuesday’s Courier Mail has a great story about Touch Football in Brisbane and how it is celebrating 40 years in 2013.  To view the story, please click on the link below: http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/more-sports/love-of-the-game-brisbane-touch-football-grows-from-humble-start/story-fnii0hmo-1226679980464 Related LinksCourier Mail Storylast_img

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US Tim Hortons franchisee group sues RBI over alleged price gouging equity

first_imgA group of U.S. Tim Hortons franchisees filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging their parent company engaged in price gouging and equity theft.Restaurant Brands International “established a very aggressive and improper investment strategy in the Tim Hortons franchisee system, which resulted in the economic squeezing of Tim Hortons franchisees by RBI,” reads the suit filed in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida court on behalf of the American chapter of the Great White North Franchisee Association.None of the allegations have been proven in court and RBI disputes the allegations.The U.S. GWNFA group, which says it represents about half of all American Tim Hortons franchisees, claims RBI and Tim Hortons USA strip them of income and profit through increased and improper franchisee fees.RBI raised the prices of necessary products and services — like food supplies, paper cups, containers and cleaning supplies — that franchisees must purchase from approved vendors, according to the suit. These prices are “significantly above” open market prices, the suit alleges.Tim Hortons franchisees pay $104.08 more per case of Applewood bacon than Wendy’s franchisees do, according to the court documents, and $23.85 more for boxes of diet and regular Coke.It also claims the company requires franchisees who want to sell their stores to first offer it to the company for the five-year declining depreciated value of the furniture, fixtures and equipment.The GWNFA wants the court to declare the practices a breach of contract.RBI spokeswoman Devinder Lamsar said in an emailed statement that the lawsuit “does not at all reflect the facts.”She said the company “will respond in due course with the facts to this U.S.-based claim” and that RBI works closely with its Canadian and U.S. advisory boards made up of franchisees committed to its plan to grow the business and franchisee profitability.“These franchisees have been unfairly squeezed by Tim Hortons/RBI to the point where they are, in many cases, no longer viable businesses,” said Jerry Marks, one of the lawyers representing the GWNFA in this case, in a statement.“We expect to stop this type of abusive franchisor behaviour.”RBI is also facing two lawsuits from the Canadian GWNFA chapter, including one alleging the company improperly used money from a national advertising fund.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)last_img read more

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Ford puts 2018 adjusted profit outlook below Street view

first_imgDEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is calling for 2018 adjusted earnings of $1.30 per share, slightly below Wall Street’s view, because of challenges including higher commodity and warranty costs and a business decline in China.Analysts predict earnings of $1.33 per share, according to FactSet.Looking ahead, Ford Motor Co. Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said in a statement that the automobile maker sees the potential for year-over-year improvement in revenue in 2019.Last week Ford announced it was cutting jobs in Europe as it reshapes its business to focus on more profitable commercial trucks and SUVs while shifting production to electric cars over the longer term.Shares of the Dearborn, Michigan-based company fell 13 cents to $8.71 before the market open on Wednesday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Pleasant weather conditions prevail clear skies likely today

first_imgNew Delhi: Pleasant weather conditions prevailed in the capital with the maximum temperature settling at 30.7 degrees Celsius, six notches below the season’s average.The minimum temperature was recorded at 17.1 degrees, five degrees below the normal, said a MeT Department official. The humidity oscillated between 90 and 41 per cent. The weather office has predicted clear skies for Friday. “The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover at 34 and 19 degrees Celsius, respectively,” the weatherman said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDay and night temperatures across northwest and central India are expected to rise now as we do not foresee any weather activity over northern plains, including Delhi and NCR, vice president (meteorology and climate change) at Skymet Mahesh Palawat said. “At present, temperatures are below normal but due to gradual increase, by April 22, Delhi may record 38 to 39 degrees Celsius of maximum temperature,” Palawat said. On Wednesday, light rains in some parts of the city brought the mercury down.last_img read more

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More migrants enter Spains north African territories

first_imgMadrid- Fifteen African migrants, including a young girl, entered Spain’s north African territory of Melilla illegally on Monday on a small inflatable boat, Spanish authorities said.Three other African migrants entered Ceuta, Spain’s other north African Territory, by passing underneath a barbed wire border fence, officials said.Ceuta and Melilla — which sit across the Mediterranean from mainland Spain, surrounded by Moroccan territory — are a key entry point for migrants seeking a better life in Europe. The two cities have the European Union’s only land borders with Africa. The rubber dinghy carrying the 15 migrants entered Melilla in the early hours of Monday though the territory’s commercial port, the regional government said in a statement.“The migrants started to run as soon as they reached the port and were detained by police,” the statement said. The migrants included one girl aged under 18 and 14 adult men.Meanwhile in Ceuta, located about 400 kilometres (250 miles) to the west of Melilla, three African migrants crossed underneath the barbed wire fence separating the territory from Morocco through a pipe, a spokesman for the regional government said.Police on Sunday caught a 19-year-old from Mali hiding inside a suitcase that was being carried by a Moroccan man across the border into Melilla from the Moroccan border town of Beni Ansar.“The difficulties which the man had in carrying the suitcase raised the suspicions of the authorities,” police said in a statement.At least 14 migrants drowned in Moroccan waters on February 6 while trying to enter Ceuta by sea after several hundred tried to storm the land border.In that incident, Spanish security forces were accused by human rights groups and witnesses of firing rubber bullets at the immigrants, sparking a heated debate in Spain.In response Spain’s interior ministry said last week it had banned border guards from firing rubber bullets to stop migrants crossing the fence into its north African territories.More 200 migrants stormed across a triple-layer border fence into Melilla on Friday in what Spanish authorities said was one of the largest such crossings in years.last_img read more

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Ronaldinho tips Pogba for Ballon dOr

first_imgBrazil legend Ronaldinho has tipped his “friend” Paul Pogba to win the Ballon d’Or, as long as he listens to Jose MourinhoOver the past decade the award has been exclusively won by either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi with the last winner being Ronaldinho’s compatriot Kaka in 2007.But the former Barcelona star, who won the award himself in 2006, believes that Pogba has the potential to end Ronaldo and Messi’s dominance.“He can win the Ballon d’Or, without a doubt,” said Ronaldinho, according to Goal.“I see Pogba as a friend, I don’t see myself as his idol.“He is young, talented and he has the ability to play anywhere, he can play in a free role, defensive, as a runner or attacking.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He has the characteristics of a player who can fill any position, he can make history.”Recently Pogba has struggled under Mourinho at Manchester United and has been dropped to the bench in recent matches due to his continued inconsistent displays at Old Trafford.But Ronaldinho, who himself had a spell on the bench at former club Paris Saint-Germain, believes that his friend must respect his coach and is certain that Mourinho can extract the potential within Pogba.“He knows the substitutes’ bench, like me at Paris Saint-Germain with [former coach Luis] Fernandez. It is not the same, when Mourinho tells you that you’re on the bench you have to respect that, the other guy, a little less,” said the 38 year-old.“I think Paul really has a lot to learn from Mourinho, who is one of the best coaches in the world. A coach who has won so many titles should be respected. In my case, it was the opposite.”The former midfielder refused to speculate on Pogba’s future. : “He is already in a big club and he has everything needed to make history, whether it is this club or another he has to be where he feels happiest.”last_img read more

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Hughton reveals he is excited about facing Warnock

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton reveals he is looking forward to crossing paths with Neil Warnock when the Seagulls travel to the Cardiff City Stadium this afternoon.The former Newcastle United manager takes his side to Wales in 12th position in the Premier League after three wins from three in October, and Hughton was keen to repay the positive comments made by Warnock.He said, according to the club’s official website:“It’s always nice to hear people say good things about you, but it’s also very difficult in this profession to be nice all the time because you always have to make tough decisions that you hope can lead to success.”BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Chris Hughton, Manager of Brighton and Hove Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Hughton’s first words after being sacked Manuel R. Medina – May 22, 2019 The former Brighton and Hove Albion manager says he was “hugely disappointed and surprised” when he was fired from the club.“For us, success is about keeping the team in the Premier League and building from there, so it’s impossible to do all of those things and be nice all the time – what you try to do is try to approach the game within your personality.”“What I do look forward to is seeing Neil – he’s somebody I know very well, and we’ve crossed paths on many occasions both on and off the pitch.”“He’s a manager who I have great respect for, and he has a wonderful track record – he’s brought a team into this division and continues to do a very good job there – it makes Saturday very tough for that reason.”last_img read more

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The Grandparents Connection 14th Annual Picnic

first_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Grandparents Connection will be having their 14th Annual Picnic to raise awareness about the non-profit on Saturday, July 6th.The founder of the organization, Shearl Lambert, said they’ve helped thousands of grandparents and relative caregivers by providing services to help keep their families together.For more information click here. Posted: July 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, The Grandparents Connection 14th Annual Picnic Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 5, 2019last_img read more

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A headon collision with a planetary embryo may have changed Jupiter forever

first_imgThat’s gonna sting. Astrobiology Center, Japan NASA’s Juno spacecraft has given us unreal views of the gas giant Jupiter. But Juno isn’t just a member of the interplanetary paparazzi, it’s a fully capable cosmic lab with instruments designed to probe the mammoth planet. After taking precise measurements of Jupiter’s gravitational field, the spacecraft has discovered that the planet’s core isn’t as dense as expected.Now, scientists have proposed an almost-apocalyptic reason for this: A “planetary embryo” with 10 times more mass than Earth (and almost as much mass as Uranus) could have slammed into the largest planet in the solar system and disturbed its core. It’s not the object that whacked Jupiter last week and was captured by an amateur astronomer on Earth. This event would have taken place in the distant past, and we’re only just learning how it may have shaped Jupiter.The research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, details a number of simulations demonstrating how a planetary embryo could have led to the uneven distribution of heavy metals we see throughout Jupiter’s gaseous envelope today. Jupiter is mostly composed of hydrogen and helium gases that move around a dense core. Scientists believed that heavy metals should be confined close to a dense core, but the Juno mission revealed that the metals are actually strewn further from the core, making it more dilute.”Jupiter’s interior models based on Juno’s data suggest Jupiter has a fuzzy core that extends to almost half of its radius, which no one has ever imagined,” says Shangfei Liu, lead author on the study and astronomer at Sun Yat-sen University in China.How could that occur? The research team’s simulations suggest the young Jupiter suffered a giant impact during its formative years, which gave rise to this weird, unexpected distribution. Originally published Aug. 14, 10:15 a.m. PT.Update, Aug. 15 at 3:57 p.m.: Adds comments from Shangfei Liu. Now playing: Watch this: 2:58 20 Photos Space geeks tweak NASA images of Jupiter’s red spot Share your voice Tags Though the collision sounds violent, it’s almost as if the young Jupiter swallowed up the planetary embryo. “A planetary embryo is a still-forming protoplanet, mostly made of rock and ice from the solar nebula,” explains Liu. The simulations show that the core of the protoplanet would have had to collide with Jupiter’s core to throw up the heavy elements and mix them throughout the entire envelope. The models show that the impact would have resulted in the internal structure discovered by NASA’s Juno and in the heavy element distribution.Other simulations demonstrate that if the smaller planet only skipped across Jupiter, the collision wouldn’t have the power to redistribute heavy metals throughout the gaseous envelope (though it would still be bad news for the baby planet).high-res-imageSlightly bruised and broken; from our head on collision. Astrobiology Center, Japan These models also offer an explanation for some of the phenomena seen in a number of easily-discoverable exoplanets, the planets that lie outside our solar system. A number of these planets, known as “hot Jupiters,” are super dense, stacked with heavy elements and orbit very close to their star. They’re also prone to giant impacts. The researchers suggest their model might explain why there are so many heavy metals in these hot Jupiters, since they get smashed by planetary embryos as they form.Could a series of small events, rather than one huge impact, give rise to the Jupiter we see today? The researchers say this needs more investigation.The work provides further evidence of the tumultuous environment of the early solar system. Previous research suggests that massive impacts shaped our moon and Earth itself. The new research even suggests Saturn may have experienced a similar impact event during its formation and another NASA probe, Cassini, famously plunged into the planet’s interior in 2017.”There are studies using Cassini’s data (especially during its grand finale) to model Saturn’s interior,” says Liu. “But Juno was designed to measure Jupiter’s gravity field, so the data is much better and models are more reliable. But Saturn’s interior is definitely worth to look at in the future.”As for Juno? The Jovian explorer has been orbiting Jupiter since 2016 and recently had its mission extended to 2022, so we can expect more revelations ahead. 2 NASA video gives a Juno’s-eye view of the approach to… Sci-Tech Commentslast_img read more

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North Korea skips annual antiUS rally
first_imgIn this 25 June 2017, file photo, tens of thousands of men and women pump their fists in the air and chant as they carry placards with anti-American propaganda slogans at Pyongyang`s central Kim Il Sung Square, in North Korea, to mark what North Korea calls `the day of struggle against US imperialism` – the anniversary of the start of the Korean War. In another sign of detente following the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump, North Korea has opted not to hold this year’s “anti-US imperialism” rally. Photo : APIn another sign of detente following the summit between leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump, North Korea has decided to skip one of the most symbolic and politically charged events of its calendar: the annual “anti-US imperialism” rally marking the start of the Korean War.Fist-pumping, flag-waving and slogan-shouting masses of Pyongyang residents normally assemble each year for the rally to kick off a month of anti-US, Korean War-focused events designed to strengthen nationalism and unity. It all culminates on 27 July, which North Korea celebrates as a national holiday called the day of “Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.”Last year’s event was held in Kim Il Sung Square with a reported 100,000 people attending. North Korea even issued special anti-US postage stamps.Officials had no on-the-record comment on the decision not to hold the event this year. But Associated Press staff in the North Korean capital confirmed Monday that it would not be held.North Korea has noticeably toned down its anti-Washington rhetoric over the past several months to create a more conciliatory atmosphere for the summit and avoid souring attempts by both sides to reduce tensions and increase dialogue.North Korea’s state media were filled with reports, photos and video of the 12 June  meeting between Trump and Kim in Singapore.A 42-minute documentary-style news special was aired on the state television network two days after the summit and has been repeated frequently since, meaning that by now there are probably few North Koreans who are unaware of the changes in the air. For many North Koreans, the program was also quite likely the first time they had ever seen what Trump looks like.Still, North Korea’s handling of the changes and how it presents them to its people remains highly nuanced.So far, it hasn’t said much about what Washington is interested in the most – denuclearisation. But it has made significantly fewer references to its need to have nuclear weapons than it was making last year, when Kim was test-launching long-range missiles at a record pace and tensions with Washington neared the boiling point.North Korea’s decidedly less strident posture these days underscores the delicate position it finds itself in after decades of touting the United States as its archenemy.State media referred to Trump quite deferentially in their reports of the summit, calling him by his full name and adding the title of president of the United States of America – itself a somewhat jarring contrast to the way it normally spits out merely the surname of US officials, with no titles.Considering how its relations with Washington could quickly slip back into acrimony if the difficult process of negotiating denuclearisation and the lifting of trade sanctions breaks down, it remains unclear how much, or if at all, North Korea intends to recalibrate its other propaganda and indoctrination efforts.Getting rid of all the anti-American propaganda would be a Herculean task.The 1950-53 Korean War, and the devastation the country suffered at the hands of the US and its allies, remain a major part of every North Korean’s education.Negative portrayals of Americans as big-nosed goblins are a common sight at elementary schools and kindergartens and exhortations to beware of American aggression, deceit and brutality are a staple message of textbooks and at “class education” centers around the country. Anti-American slogans can also still be seen in Pyongyang and throughout the countryside, though they are not that numerous.And while softening its criticism of the current US administration, North Korea has stepped up its attacks on “capitalist values” in general – an oblique warning that its diplomatic outreach to the world should not be taken to mean it’s ready to throw away its socialist ideals anytime soon.last_img
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SEEING DOUBLE

first_imgNorth American river otters. (Stock photo)BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Zoo is excited to welcome Hudson, a one-year-old North American river otter (Lontra canadensis), to the Otter Stream habitat in the Maryland Wilderness section of the Zoo.  Hudson came to the Zoo from the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon.“Hudson was somehow orphaned as an infant,” noted Mike McClure, general curator at The Maryland Zoo. “He was found in June of 2015 walking alone along Highway 58 SE in Eugene, Oregon, which runs along the Middle Fork Willamette River.”  He was taken to the Chintimini Wildlife Center for treatment and care until he was moved to the Oregon Zoo in Portland.  “The staff at the Oregon Zoo estimated him to be 2 ½ to 3- months-old at that time,” continued McClure. “He was hand-reared for a few months before he was introduced to the other otters at the zoo, and he came to us in March of this year.”  After a mandatory 30-day quarantine period, staff began to slowly introduce Hudson to Piper, the young female otter who arrived earlier this year.North American river otters can thrive in many types of water habitats including ponds, marshes, lakes and rivers as long as there is adequate food to catch.  Otters typically eat crawfish, crabs, frogs, bird eggs, and fish. River otters create dens along the waters’ edge in empty burrows and logs or abandoned beaver lodges.  In Maryland, river otters live in tidewater areas across the state.Otters are graceful swimmers with short legs, muscular and streamlined bodies, small heads, powerful tails and are very agile and acrobatic. “Piper enjoys chasing Hudson and they are really interesting to watch together,” continued McClure. “They are both exploring every aspect of the stream habitat and seem to especially like popping out of the hollow tree trunk near the first viewing window to surprise guests.”According to staff, Hudson has a broader face and more brown on his chin. Piper has a thinner, sleeker face with some grey coloration around the chin. “Piper also tends to be more active and a bit hyper, while Hudson is more relaxed in temperament,” said McClure. “But, all otters get excited if the mood hits them.”Hudson and Piper will be seen in the river stream habitat together while Mary, the Zoo’s older female river otter, will altermate with them. “Mary prefers to be on her own in the habitat, away from the antics of the younger otters,” said McClure. “So for now the young otters will be on exhibit in the mornings and Mary will take their place in the afternoons.”          About The Maryland Zoo in BaltimoreFounded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. More than 1,500 animals are represented in the Zoo’s varied natural habitat exhibits in areas including Penguin Coast, Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the award-winning Children’s Zoo. Situated in Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. For more information, visit www.marylandzoo.org.last_img read more

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Bird embryos respond to adult warning calls inside their shells

first_imgA pair of researchers with Universidad de Vigo has found that yellow-legged gull embryos respond to parental warning calls by vibrating inside their shells. In their paper published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, Jose Noguera and Alberto Velando describe their study of the gulls in their lab and what they learned. © 2019 Science X Network Prior research has shown that embryonic birds, amphibians, reptiles, and even insects receive sensory information that helps them prepare for the harsh reality of the real world. In this new effort, Noguera and Velando have found evidence that yellow-legged gull embryos hear the warning cries of their parents and respond to them. They also found that hearing adult warning cries resulted in chicks with physical and behavioral changes, as well.The experiments by the researchers involved collecting 90 gull eggs from nests along the shores of Sálvora Island and bringing them back to their lab for testing. They separated the eggs into individual three-egg clutches and incubated them. The researchers then pulled two of the three eggs from each incubator and exposed them four times a day to either recorded adult warning sounds or silence.The researchers report that the embryos exposed to the shrill warning calls would vibrate when the recordings were played—and they continued vibrating for some time even after they were returned to their incubator. They suspected that the vibrations could be felt by the nest mate that had not heard the recordings. To find out, they monitored the embryos after they hatched as chicks. They report that the birds exposed to the warning sounds took longer to hatch, and when they finally did so, they were quieter than the chicks that had been exposed to silence. The hatchlings also crouched lower when exposed to perceived threats. And they were smaller overall, and had shorter legs. Interestingly, the clutch mates of the chicks exposed to the recordings had all the same differences, though they were not exposed to the warning calls. The researchers suggest this indicates that they felt the vibrations of nearby embryos and responded as if they had heard the warning calls themselves. Explore further More information: Jose C. Noguera et al. Bird embryos perceive vibratory cues of predation risk from clutch mates, Nature Ecology & Evolution (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-019-0929-8 Citation: Bird embryos respond to adult warning calls inside their shells (2019, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-bird-embryos-adult-shells.htmlcenter_img Yellow-legged gull eggs. Inside, gull embryos hear, and respond to, warning calls from adult gulls. CC0 Public Domain. Fairy wren embryos found able to discern between adult calls Journal information: Nature Ecology & Evolution This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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IIMC Innovation Park ICC sign MoU to promote startups

first_imgKolkata: IIM Calcutta Innovation Park and Indian Chamber of Commerce(ICC) on Wednesday signed a MoU for energising the startup ecosystem in East and Northeast India. The MoU will bring incubator and industry together in a more formal way, IIMC Innovation Park CEO Subhrangshu Sanyal said. “We have certain strength while ICC has wide industry connect which will help us a lot to promote the startups whom we are incubating,” he said. ICC Director General Rajeev Singh said the eastern and northeastern region need greater attention in the startup growth story of the country and the chamber can offer a platform for market linkage for the startups and promote their products and services. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The start-ups would hugely benefit from the opportunities for mentoring and industry connect. We hope this initiative would be a game changer for the start-up movement in East and Northeast India,” he said. Singh said ICC is currently working on a new program that aims to offer all key services under a single roof at a very low cost for startups beginning from initial advisory, market linkage, fundraising and legal service. IIM Innovation Park is currently incubating 40 startups with almost half from Bengal, sources in it said.last_img read more

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Educated wholesalers key to Africa success Beyond

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A More Australians and New Zealanders are travelling to Africa than ever before, thanks largely to a dedicated group of educated wholesalers, said an African luxury travel company. In Australia to update wholesalers on his product, &Beyond Australasia Sales Manager, Edwin Steyn said that expert wholesale tour operators were instrumental in getting Australian and New Zealander travellers to Africa.According to Mr Steyn, wholesalers play a vital role in Australasia, given that the here market follows the traditional model of wholesalers coordinating with suppliers to get the best value and insight for retail travel agencies.“The bulk of our business comes from wholesalers,” Mr Steyn told e-Travel Blackboard.“Three years ago we hit our highest target [of Australians staying at an &Beyond property] and this year we’ve already surpassed that,” he said.“And New Zealand has grown a further 60 per cent from our highest figures ever.”My Steyn attributed this growth not only to an increasing Australasian interest in Africa, but also to the work of dedicated wholesalers who know their product.“It’s all about education, education, education,” Mr Steyn said.“We organise a couple of educational trips each year so that wholesalers can know the product and take that knowledge to the retailers.”Going off current and future occupancy levels, Mr Steyn forecasts continued growth of Australians and New Zealanders visiting Africa.According to &Beyond, Kenya will grow up to 30 per cent by year end; South Africa, already showing 20 per cent growth, will grow a further 15 per cent; and Tanzania is set to grow a whopping 40 per cent.The company will service this growth with plans to open the Meru, Kenya project, currently “in discussion”. “Before we even consider opening a lodge we consider if it will be profitable, have a viable conservation impact, and if there is a local community next to the proposed site that will benefit from our presence,” Mr Steyn said.In the meantime, &Beyond have reinvested in their existing lodges, resulting in a massive across the board refurbishment. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1f79e/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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Rep McCready announces April office hours

first_img28Mar Rep. McCready announces April office hours ### State Rep. Mike McCready invites residents of the 40th House District to meet with him from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 18, in Meeting Room 3 of the Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Township. No appointment is necessary.“I always look forward to hearing input from residents in our area,” said Rep. McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “Office hours are an important tool to meet with people and hear questions and concerns regarding state government.”Anyone unable to attend Rep. McCready’s office hours is encouraged to contact his office by calling toll-free at (855) 373-8670, emailing MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov or visiting his website, www.RepMikeMcCready.com.center_img Categories: McCready Newslast_img read more

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From Jim Rogers… to Marc Faber… to Congressman Ron

first_imgFrom Jim Rogers… to Marc Faber… to Congressman Ron Paul, this book is sitting on the desks of some of the world’s smartest thinkers…And for good reason, too.Inside you’ll find 47 ways to protect your wealth from the declining value of the U.S. DollarDiscover FIVE of those 47 ways for free, right here. Sponsor Advertisement The northern hemisphere’s summer season is now history…and reality has returned. It sure doesn’t look good, does it?With North America shut for the Labour Day long weekend, there wasn’t much activity in the gold price yesterday…and volume was non-existent.  Gold traded a handful of dollars either side of the $1,690 spot mark…but managed to get as high as $1,697.10 spot just before Globex trading ended at 6:15 p.m. in London.  From that high it got sold off a few dollars into the close…and finished at $1,692.60 spot, up a buck from Friday.The only real signs of life were in the silver market.  After not doing much of anything up until 1:00 p.m. in London trading, the price began to develop a positive bias…and was actually up 60 cents at one point, before giving some of that back just before the 6:15 p.m. BST Globex close.Silver finished at $32.10 spot…up 36 cents from Friday.  Volume was very light as well.Of course the dollar index didn’t do much after the 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday night open, either.With the U.S. shut tight, there was nothing from the CME, SLV, GLD…and the U.S Mint.However, the report from Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank for the period ending Thursday, August 30th showed that their gold ETF added 30,083 troy ounces and, if this number can be believed, they added an eye-watering 4,001,096 ounces of silver to their silver ETF during the August 22-30 reporting period.  I sent an e-mail to ZKB asking for confirmation of that silver number, but Nick Laird told me that it was correct.  That’s more than two full days of world silver production.Based on that number, one can only imagine just how much physical metal the SLV authorized participants must owe that ETF…but I would be bet that it’s quite a few orders of magnitude more than that.I’ve got a couple of charts for you today.  The first is from Australian reader Wesley Legrand.  It shows the gold price in both US$ dollar terms…the red trace…and non-US$ dollar terms…but blue trace.  As Wesley pointed out, there hardly seems to have been a correction at all when one looks at non-US currencies…more like a “sideways consolidation”.(Click on image to enlarge)The second chart is courtesy of reader Mark Childers…and shows World Gold Production for 2008.  It requires no further explanation from me.And lastly is this eye candy for silver lovers that Nick Laird sent me last night.  It’s titled “Gold/Silver Ratio: Future Potential Ratios“.  Please use the ‘click to enlarge’ feature…and then let your imagination run wild.(Click on image to enlarge)The main reason for today’s column is the long list of stories that I’ve accumulated over the weekend…and I hope you have the time to at least read the parts that I’ve cut and paste.  But, as always, the final edit is up to you.There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt. – John Adams, 1826Gold did virtually nothing yesterday, but it’s attempted foray to almost $1,700 the ounce got turned back shortly before the close of Globex trading in London at 6:15 p.m. BST yesterday.  Silver ran into the same seller as well.The northern hemisphere’s summer season is now history…and reality has returned. It sure doesn’t look good, does it?  There just isn’t any good news in sight…and the further the economic, financial and monetary can gets kicked down the road, the worse the disaster is going to be when it finally does blow up…or melt down…or both.There just isn’t any way out of this, except maybe the gold card…and the world’s banks and governments don’t have a “Plan B”…unless it is precisely that.  But, if they are going to play it at some point, then they’re keeping that secret awfully well.  It will be interesting to see if this new gold commission the Republicans have talked about at their national convention will amount to anything.  But one thing it will do, if it does comes to pass, is that will give even more publicity to the fact that fiat currencies always end up at their intrinsic value, which is zero.And as Alan Greenspan mentioned about a decade ago…and I’m paraphrasing here…fiat currencies, in extremis, may not be accepted as payment, whereas gold always will.It’s going to be a wild ride between now and Christmas…and there’s not much any of us can do except sit back and watch the show…all the while hoping that we’ve prepared for every eventuality as best we can.Not much happened during Far East trading on their Tuesday…although the gold price made a rather weak-kneed attempt to break above the $1,700 spot price once again, before getting sold down.  Nothing much is happening in London trading either, now that trading has been going on for a bit over two hours.  Volumes in both metals is reasonably light once again…and the dollar index is down about 10 basis points as I hit the send button at 5:15 a.m. Eastern time.See you tomorrow.last_img read more

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Justins note Todays essay comes from my collea

first_imgJustin’s note: Today’s essay comes from my colleague Jeff Brown, editor of The Near Future Report. Jeff has been working in the tech field for over two decades. He’s always on the lookout for the next world-changing developments. Last year, Jeff recommended chipmaker Nvidia – the best-performing stock of 2016 – before it climbed 330%. Today, he explains this year’s biggest tech trend…and why it’s just getting started…By Jeff Brown, editor, The Near Future Report Autonomous driving technology is about to completely upend the global automotive industry, which shipped 73.9 million vehicles in 2015. That represents a more than $2 trillion market. And that is just the beginning. As you can see in the chart below, the $2 trillion market for vehicles is several times larger than the consumer market for televisions, personal computers, or smartphones. Now, you might think that self-driving cars won’t be here until far off in the future. I wouldn’t blame you, either. In a Wall Street Journal article I read recently, it quoted a professor from Duke University who stated, “We’re a good 15 to 20 years out from [self-driving cars]…” I’ve also heard similar comments at industry conferences that I’ve attended from executives who work for the “old school” automotive companies. But you may, in fact, be surprised to hear that the technology is actually available today, in production, and being used by tens of thousands of people. Around where I live, in Silicon Valley, I typically see one or two of these vehicles driving around every single day. Yes, cars without drivers in their front seats. Every day. These vehicles are produced by Alphabet, formerly known as Google. They are used to shuttle around the company’s employees from location to location. There is no driver at all. Just room for two or three people to sit in the back of the car. Self-Driving Cars Will Be a Reality This Year Very few understand how quickly this autonomous driving technology is advancing. It will come as quite a surprise to most to see a fully autonomous passenger car on the market in 2017. The innovation that has taken place in semiconductors, specifically graphics processing units, or GPUs (camera vision, radar, and machine learning), is responsible for enabling what is truly exponential growth in technology development. 2016 was also a record year for funding early-stage automotive technology companies primarily focused in and around autonomous vehicle technology and related systems. Eighty-seven deals took place at a value in excess of $1 billion. On top of that, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee gave its approval for the SELF DRIVE Act. Given the pace of the progress, it is entirely possible that the bill could get through Congress before the end of the year. 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Recommended Link — The legislation is significant in that it supports the deployment of driverless vehicles (this includes trucks for logistics) and, at the same time, blocks states from preventing these deployments. Also exciting is the launch of the new Tesla Model 3. The first 30 production models were delivered as planned on July 28. Tesla announced it now has more than 500,000 pre-orders for the Model 3. The car is absolutely beautiful and affordable, and it comes with the cleanest and simplest interior that I have ever seen in any car. Just about all the controls of the car are managed directly through a tablet-like screen that sits on the dashboard. And here’s the important part. Model 3s come loaded with all of the hardware for fully autonomous driving. A simple software download can be sent to the car to enable the features when they’re ready to be released to the public. The technology for fully autonomous vehicles will be ready well before the regulations get passed, therefore the regulatory discussions will be the gating factor for mass deployment. Self-Driving Cars Will Change Everything This is such an exciting time. Every month that passes brings major improvements in autonomous technology, more data, and more proof that the technology is already several times safer than human drivers. And the impact that autonomous technology will have on our society is remarkable. Once self-driving vehicles become the new norm, it is projected that… 1.2 million lives could be saved every year due to a massive reduction in traffic accidents. Car ownership will fall dramatically, potentially to a level where there is only one car per every 12 people. Auto insurance costs will decrease by at least 60%. Less fuel will be consumed, resulting in a 90% decrease in emissions. In total, it is estimated that there will be $1.3 trillion in savings from the adoption of autonomous cars. The savings will be driven by productivity gains, fuel savings, and accident avoidance. With such a strong tailwind, it is likely that children born in the next 10 years will never need to learn to drive a car. We are now at the very beginning of this explosive trend, but the potential is enormous… The autonomous vehicle technology market is forecast to reach $87 billion by 2030. Fully self-driving cars are on the verge of mass adoption. Not 10 years from now—right now. In 2017. So get ready… The future is here. Regards, Jeff Brown Editor, The Near Future Report P.S. This is just a short rundown of the autonomous car industry. There’s far too much to cover here. That’s why I put together a special online presentation to examine all the truly incredible things that are going on in this space – not to mention how I’m helping readers find the most profitable investment opportunities… It’s not Tesla or Alphabet. Click here to watch.last_img read more

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A leading national disabled peoples organisation

first_imgA leading national disabled people’s organisation (DPO) is to campaign to produce a “sea change” in attitudes to disability, as one of its priorities over the next three years.In its strategic plan for 2016-19, Disability Rights UK (DR UK) says it will focus its campaigning on independent living, improving disabled people’s career opportunities, and – a new priority for the charity – influencing public behaviour and attitudes.In a blog accompanying the document, DR UK chief executive Liz Sayce (pictured) points to a phone-in on BBC Radio 5 live last month in which disabled callers spoke of being “rejected, demonised, stared at, [and] made to feel unwelcome everywhere from playgrounds to trains”. Sayce says DR UK now wants to collect disabled people’s experiences of some of the worst experiences they have faced, “whether it’s being viewed as scroungers or incompetents, being feared or looked down on, avoided or bullied”.And she suggests there is a need for a “strong, united message” that resonates with the public, as with the LGBT movement’s call for “equal marriage”, and the US “black lives matter” campaign.The strategy document says this message needs to demonstrate that disabled people are “contributors” rather than “costs”, and dismantle the “false dichotomy between scroungers and super-heroes”.Sayce says that contact with disabled people – in education, work and elsewhere – will play a huge part in changing the “assumptions and actions” of non-disabled people. “If we campaign to learn together, work together, pray together, live together – that will break down barriers,” she says.The strategy also pledges to help build a national network of hate crime reporting centres, providing safe spaces for disabled people to report hostility and hate crime, and to work closely with other DPOs, police and the Crown Prosecution Service to combat hate crime and hostility.DR UK will also focus on independent living as another of its three priorities, with plans to campaign to reduce the number of disabled people living in institutions and the use of coercive powers to detain and treat people against their will.It will also focus on the funding necessary to live independently, for example through benefits and social care personal budgets; and organise a national campaign on access alongside its members.On career opportunities, DR UK says it wants to show the government the importance of investing in peer support for skills and careers, and to focus on both the “carrots and sticks” that will persuade employers and education and training providers to take action.The strategy highlights some of the statistics it would like to see published by the government – with regional figures for the most important areas – to allow progress towards disabled people’s equality and human rights to be measured.These include the number of disabled people living in institutions; the pay gap between disabled and non-disabled people; and levels of disability discrimination, hostility and hate crime.last_img read more

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Twitter Suspends Accounts of Some Altright Figures

first_imgTwitter Twitter Suspends Accounts of Some Alt-right Figures Reuters The alt-right movement is a loosely organized group that embraces far-right ideologies including white nationalism. –shares Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. November 17, 2016 2 min read Next Article Twitter has suspended several accounts linked to the alt-right movement, a loosely organized group that embraces far-right ideologies including white nationalism, USA Today reported.The accounts suspended by Twitter, which has been criticized for not stopping abusive behavior on its platform, include that of Richard Spencer, who has said he wants blacks, Asians, Hispanics and Jews removed from the United States, the newspaper reported on Wednesday.The alt-right movement came to the fore during the U.S. presidential campaign, especially after Republican nominee Donald Trump added Steve Bannon to his campaign team.  Bannon, who has since been named Trump’s chief White House strategist, formerly headed Breitbart News, a website and voice for the alt-right movement.”I am alive physically but digitally speaking there has been execution squads across the alt-right,” Spencer, who has a verified Twitter account, said in a YouTube video entitled “Knight of the Long Knives” responding to the suspension.The move by the microblogging service, which did not immediately respond for requests for comment, followed its announcement on Tuesday that it would upgrade some features to better combat cyber-bullying.USA Today said the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit organization that tracks what it sees as hate groups and other extremists, had asked Twitter to remove more than 100 accounts of white supremacists who violated Twitter’s terms of service.Others whose accounts have been suspended include Pax Dickinson, founder of alt-right site Wesearchr; an alt-right internet personality who goes by the fake name Ricky Vaughn; and blogger Paul Town, who describes himself as “the leading thoughtleader of alt-right,” CNN reported. (Reporting by Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Ted Kerr) This story originally appeared on Reuters Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: GongTo | Shutterstock.com Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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