Bleacher Report.Bleacher Report and Notre Dame announced a “groundbreaking partnership” for social media content on Thursday.From Notre Dame’s release:Bleacher Report, a preeminent next generation content creation company, has reached an agreement with University of Notre Dame football for an exclusive social content partnership throughout the season. The B/R social team will be embedded with the football program in South Bend and travel with the team to road games during the entire season to create custom content for the program’s national fan base.The collaboration will consist of full behind-the- scenes access to the Notre Dame football team including practice, locker room, game day activities, home and away games, travel, academic classrooms and a wide array of student and campus life. The array of content will include a weekly video feature, Facebook Live streams, short shareable social packages and game day Snapchat takeovers, distributed across Bleacher Report’s website and Team Stream mobile app — reaching more than 250 million users — along with B/R social platforms with an audience of more than 200 million fans.At a press conference this morning, Kelly explained the benefits of partnering with B/R for his program.Brian Kelly on Bleacher Report deal: “This gives us a unique relationship that nobody else has in college football.”— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) August 5, 2016Kelly says, flat out, the relationship with Bleacher Report allows them to reach their targeted audience. More so than the Showtime deal.— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) August 5, 2016As I expected, Kelly says the Bleacher Report media deal requires much less time/effort than the Showtime documentary series did.— Stephen Brooks (@StephenM_Brooks) August 5, 2016Notre Dame did a documentary with SHOWTIME last season. Florida State is doing a similar documentary this season.The Fighting Irish released this video about their partnership with Bleacher Report. The start of something new.@NDFootball x @BleacherReportComing this fall… #BRxND pic.twitter.com/8dbeU1jHvN— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 4, 2016Notre Dame opens its season on Sunday, Sept. 4 against Texas.
zoom Kalmar and Yara have entered into an agreement in which Kalmar will deliver fully autonomous equipment, software and services for a fully digitalized container handling solution at Yara’s Porsgrunn facility in Norway.This means that all the necessary operations related to the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel Yara Birkeland will be conducted in a fully autonomous and cost-efficient manner, with zero emissions, as explained by the two companies.The delivery is scheduled to be completed during the second quarter of 2020.“With this agreement, Yara Birkeland is not just the world’s first electric and autonomous container vessel; it is the world’s first fully digitalised and electric supply chain, with all operations, including loading, unloading and sailing conducted in a fully autonomous manner with zero emissions,” Tove Andersen, EVP Production, Yara, commented.Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara last year announced a partnership with technology company Kongsberg to build the world’s first fully autonomous, battery operated container vessel.Yara Birkeland is expected to reduce emissions and improve road safety by removing up to 40,000 truck journeys annually in a densely populated area of Norway. The vessel will transport fertilizer from Yara’s Porsgrunn plant via inland waterways to the deep-sea ports of Larvik and Brevik, a journey of 31 nautical miles.Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will provide the autonomous loading and unloading solution for Yara Birkeland, as well as transportation between the fertilizer production facilities and the quay. The solution will be implemented in phases, with the level of automation gradually increased over time. The end result will be a fully autonomous, mixed-traffic and zero-emission solution in an industrial environment, according to the duo.Kalmar will also support Yara’s operations with a full-scale service contract. Furthermore, Kalmar personnel will provide operational, automation and software support for the whole solution.“We are very excited to work with Yara on this unique groundbreaking project. The project involves several firsts for us, including the first fully automated RMG for vessel loading, unloading and container storage management. Furthermore, the Kalmar FastCharge AutoStrads will drive along the public roads in the Porsgrunn industrial park, which is also used by normal road traffic. We are working closely with local authorities and other parties to ensure the safety of passengers and vehicles at all times,” Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President, Automation and Projects, Kalmar, said.Image Courtesy: Yara/Kalmar
CALGARY, A.B. — The Alberta Securities Commission is banning the former CEO of the Canadian arm of Chinese oil giant CNOOC Ltd. from acting as a director or officer in the province after he settled insider trading claims against him in the United States.The regulator says it is reciprocating an order made by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last fall after Fengjiu Zhang – who had moved back to China by then – agreed to a three-year ban there to settle charges that he broke U.S. insider trading laws.The SEC found that less than a week before CNOOC announced in July 2012 a deal to buy Calgary-based Nexen Inc. for US$15.1 billion, Zhang, then the CEO of Calgary-based CNOOC Canada Inc., asked a friend in the U.S. to buy stock for him and tipped off another friend in the U.S. who also bought stock. The SEC found that the first person made a profit of almost US$66,000 and the second made over US$11,000 by later selling the shares.Zhang and one of the friends agreed to disgorge profits and pay civil penalties to settle the SEC charges without admitting or denying the findings. Zhang, who moved back to Beijing in 2017, also agreed to a three-year officer and director ban.The ASC says Zhang did not appear for a hearing held in January but let staff know through a local representative that he would not contest the Alberta ban.“The misconduct described in the SEC order … occurred partly in Alberta, when Zhang was a resident of Calgary, and involved the securities of an Alberta-based reporting issuer,” the ASC panel said in its decision. “We agree with staff that there is ‘a nexus to Alberta and the public interest in Alberta is affected.’ That interest should be protected through the imposition of the orders sought on this application.”The CNOOC deal to buy Nexen was reluctantly permitted by the Stephen Harper government and allowed only after the buyer agreed to maintain its workforce and stay in Calgary.The government then brought in new rules preventing state-owned enterprises from purchasing controlling interests in the oilsands.
Muzaffarnagar: A body of a 28-year-old woman with bullet wounds was found near a highway in Satheri village here, police said Wednesday. The body was recovered by a team of the Ratenpuri police station and sent for post mortem on Tuesday, Circle Officer Vijay Kumar Singh said. There were bullet wounds on the head of the woman, he said. The matter is being investigated and it seems, she was killed somewhere else, the circle officer said.
New Delhi: The ED has arrested three people in connection with a Rs 3,000 crore Ponzi scheme run by Hyderabad-based Heera Islamic Business Group, commonly known as Heera Gold.Group chairman Nowhera Shaikh along with Molly Thomas and Biju Thomas will be under the probe agency’s custody for seven days beginning Wednesday. The company has been accused of running a collective investment scheme, where depositors were asked to invest with the promise of returns as high as 36 percent. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe investigation by the Enforcement Directorate so far has revealed that the company duped more than 1.72 lakh investors across India by collecting over Rs 3,000 crore and promising unrealistic returns through gold trading. In addition to roping in unsuspecting investors in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Kerala, the company also collected deposits from NRIs in Middle-Eastern countries like UAE and Saudi Arabia, the agency said. The ED investigations have further revealed that Shaikh had no business operations that could sustain this investment scheme and that she and her associates had funneled depositors’ money into their personal accounts. The ED has accused Shaikh’s PA, Molly of being in cahoots with her and Biju, MD of Suvan Technologies that had created software for Heera Group of managing all the bank accounts. The agency said Shaikh had opened 24 entities under the Heera Group and subsequently opened 182 bank accounts for these entities across India. In addition, Shaikh is also said to have opened up to 10 bank accounts in UAE and Saudi Arabia. The ED took up the investigation under PMLA after taking cognizance of FIRs registered by Telangana Police in the case.
RABAT – The bodies of five presumed migrants thought to have been trying to reach Spain were found on Sunday on northern Morocco’s shoreline, local authorities said.“The bodies of five probably illegal migrants, four of them from Senegal, were washed up from the Mediterranean” in the Nador area, MAP news agency cited officials as saying.It said four Senegalese had been identified, and added that an inflatable boat was also found. Morocco estimates that some 30,000 migrants, mostly sub-Saharan, are on its soil as they try to make their way to Europe in search of a better life.The Spanish territories of Melilla and Ceuta in Morocco form the European Union’s only land borders with Africa, and many try to reach Europe this way.But others opt for a perilous sea crossing across the Straits of Gibraltar, often losing their lives in the attempt.
In what might stand as one the biggest games of the year, the No. 20 Ohio State women’s volleyball team came out swinging in front of its home crowd Wednesday evening at St. John arena against the No. 1 team in the country, Penn State. It wasn’t good enough to topple the Nittany Lions, though, as the Buckeyes fell to their conference rival, 3-0. While the game went back and forth, PSU’s play in the contest’s most critical moments dropped the Buckeyes to 14-7 overall record. Early in the second set of the game, the Nittany Lions roared out to a commanding 7-0 lead. Ensuing pressure forced coach OSU Geoff Carlston to call a timeout. “After that timeout, we just brought it in on the court and decided that we know what we need to do,” said senior setter Amanda Peterson. “It’s us on the court, we know exactly what to do; let’s just do it. We made a collective decision that we’re not going to go down like this, we’re going to go down swinging.” With a new rekindled energy, the Buckeyes started their comeback with a 6-0 run and evaporated PSU’s lead to one. Although the Buckeyes stepped up as a team, senior outside hitter Emily Danks lauded one particular teammate. “Davionna (DiSalvatore), our libero, she played lights out,” Danks said. “She covered so many balls, dug so many balls up and when things looked hopeless, here she comes out of nowhere. She played awesome, and I’m so proud of her. I think everyone just had enough and stepped up at that point.” The Buckeyes eventually lost the second and third set 25-19 and 25-22, respectively. “I think the toughest thing about really close matches just all the time is that you were so close,” Peterson said. “It was just those couple of mistakes that you can think of that you’re like, ‘If I didn’t do this, we could’ve won.’ It’s those few couple of points that are just weighing on your brain. If you can fix those things, we could’ve won.” Inconsistency and making better defensive plays, specifically second reads and balls, were things Carlston said his team needs to get better at. The most frustrating thing to him, however, was the fact that his team hung tough with the top team in the country before falling in the end. “Well, I think we were right there,” Carlston said. “We talk about it a lot, practice it a lot and, you know, after the 18, 19, 20 points, that’s when … if you’re going to win, if you’re going to beat the No. 1 team in the country, that’s when you need to be at your best and we weren’t tonight, we made too many mistakes. Hats off to Penn State, they did what they do a lot, they played best at the end, and you know, it’s frustrating because I think we were right there.” Consistency, as in staying aggressive, is something Carlston has emphasized throughout the year, and once again he pointed out this is something his team needs to continue to get better at. “You can’t make so many mistakes, and we got to play aggressive all the time,” Carlston said. “We can’t play aggressive 80 percent of the time; we can’t play great at 80 percent of the time because that gets you losing by three or four points. You know, you got to put your foot on the gas and keep doing it … We just didn’t do it tonight at all.” Danks said she understands what separates mediocre teams from the good teams, and knows the things that her team needs to work on to become one of the elite teams. “We have the talent, we have the manpower, it’s just a matter about being mentally tough and being aggressive.” Even though the tough loss resonated with the players, Peterson stayed positive and reflected on what this game showed her about the team. “I think something that’s important for us to take away from this match is that they’re the No. 1 team in the nation right now, and we were right with them the whole time,” Peterson said. “That just tells us that we can hang with them. We can do some pretty cool things this year.” Regardless of the outcome, Danks said she was proud of her team. “A lot of teams, especially against such a talented team like Penn State, once you get to game three and you lost two, they kind of give up hope,” Danks said. “I was really proud of our team for coming out just totally believing, swinging away, making big plays and we were just right there.” The Buckeyes travel to East Lansing, Mich., to play against Michigan State on Saturday, and Danks said this loss did not put a damper on their confidence. “We’ve shown that we can hang with some very talented teams, so I think our confidence is up,” she said, “and it’s just a matter of making those plays at the end of the games and we will be fine.”
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini believes that his managerial experience has equipped him for adversity as he prepares to face Everton after a four-game losing streak.West Ham sit bottom of the Premier League table after losing all their four matches this season, but Pellegrini insists that he’s no stranger to difficult spells and wants to use that experience to steer West Ham out of danger this season.“Of course I have been in this position before,” Pellegrini told journalists at his press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Everton.“I started with Villarreal and we had three points from the first 15 and we finished third in the table.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“After that with Malaga when I arrived in the first season, the team was in the relegation zone. We lost five or six games in a row but we continued in the same way. We were improving every day a little bit more until the results arrived.“We recovered by believing more than ever in what we were doing. We kept talking in the same way with the players. We followed the way we believed was correct and we had no doubt in the bad moments.“I am more confident than ever. In the five years, I was at Villarreal, every time I had the same problem. We finished second, we finished third, we finished fifth and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. At every club, you have a bad moment in the season.”
*Click chart to enlarge Just two of 22 b-to-b media verticals showed ad page increases in the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest ABM BIN report.Though the industry averaged an ad page loss of 9.7 percent year-over-year, the Resources, Environment and Utilities segment grew 6.3 percent, while Travel, Business Conventions and Meetings publications had a 2.3 percent increase. The Automotive and Miscellaneous segments took the biggest hits, each losing more than 20 percent of its ad pages. Ad revenue numbers were kinder. The average industry loss hovered at just over 6 percent, with seven verticals posting gains. Total revenue for the quarter topped $1.7 billion.The 9.7-percent average ad page loss is the worst Q1 performance since 2009—then, pages dropped close to 30 percent in the midst of the recession. Losses slowed in each of the following two first quarters before 2012, when b-to-b publications saw a 7.25-percent decrease. Monthly averages have typically ranged between 9 and 12 percent since then.April’s numbers were also released with the Q1 report. Both ad pages (down 9.2 percent) and sales (down 5.5 percent) continued to fall in the month, but at a slower pace than the first three months of the year.Meanwhile, consumer magazines posted a 4.5-percent loss in ad pages in Q2, according to the first half numbers from PIB. The industry appears to be recovering however, reducing losses in each of the last three quarters.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!
Day three will be headlined by Garth Brooks in his first-ever festival performance. Stagecoach 2018 also features Florida Georgia Line as day one headliners, plus Kelsea Ballerini, Jason Isbell, Gordon Lightfoot, Ronnie Milsap, Kacey Musgraves, Kenny Rogers, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakam, and many other outstanding artists emerging on the scene.Billed as “California’s Country music festival,” this year will feature a HonkyTonk Dance Hall, affordable car-camping, and a chance to disprove naysayers who think California’s Country culture is fading, a condition brought on by nostalgia for the classic Bakersfield Sound.Urban’s sizzling country licks began in New Zealand, of all places, and earlier this year, he was celebrated in Washington, D.C., at the 2017 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards for his advocacy on behalf of the music community. With his refreshing love of music, Urban’s set is bound to stand out as a “must-see” at next year’s Stagecoach festival.Watch Keith Urban Perform “Blue Ain’t Your Color” At CMA Fest 2017Read more Stagecoach, “California’s Country music festival,” announces the 4-time GRAMMY winner leading its second-dayPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 13, 2017 – 4:03 pm Spring 2018’s Stagecoach music festival will be held in Indio, Calif. on April 27 –29. The fest’s day two headliner will be none other than Keith Urban, the man Nile Rodgers described as “the brother I have never had” and “the greatest gentleman in all of music.” Keith Urban To Headline Stagecoach Music Festival Day 2 NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 8, 2015 – 3:16 pm Keith Urban Wins Best Male Country Vocal Performance Twitter Email Facebook News Keith Urban To Headline Stagecoach Music Festival keith-urban-headline-stagecoach-music-festival-day-2
Ayushmann KhurranaPR HandoutAyushmann Khurrana, who has delivered worldwide blockbusters AndhaDhun and Badhaai Ho recently, has an upcoming next, ‘Article 15’ which is inspired by true events.There has been 4 true events, which the director Anubhav Sinha had thoroughly researched upon.The movie tales from events of real relevance to bring to the screen an investigative drama for the audience.With the success of AndhaDhun and later Badhaai Ho, it is likely that Ayushmann’s next would also be a promising story.The actor has won praise from across the quarters- audiences, filmmakers, critics, alike for his performance.Ayushmann starrer ‘Article 15’ is set to get a world premiere at the tenth edition of the London Indian Film Festival.The investigative drama will be the opening night film. London Indian Film Festival is South Asia’s largest festival.The film also stars Isha Talwar, M Nassar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub . ‘Article 15’ has been helmed and produced by Anubhav Sinha and Zee Studios.
Road accident illustration by Prothom AloThe driver of the bus that hit two people to their death in the capital’s Matsya Bhaban intersection on Tuesday morning is responsible for the accident and his claim that the brake had failed is not true, police have said.The Swadhin Parbahan bus was heading to Mawa from Mirpur via Shahbagh. The deceased were hit at the around 7:15am. Two more were also injured in the accident.In primary interrogation, the driver had claimed that the brake of the bus failed after he crossed Shahbageh intersection and moved towards Matsya Bhaban, said Md Jahirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Ramna police station.The driver might have said this for saving himself, the OC said, adding that actually he was running the bus with speed and was fully responsible for the accident.The bus hit six vehicles, including a rickshaw, a car, and a bus while taking a turn.According to witnesses, after the accident the bus hit another bus carrying employees of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission as the driver tried to run towrds Gulisthan. Read More:2 killed, 2 injured in city road crash
Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoExpressing sorrows for Eid holidaymakers’ sufferings on highways due to gridlocks, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday hoped the situation will improve this (Sunday) afternoon, reports news agency UNB.“As a minister, I can’t shirk the responsibility for people’s sufferings,” he said while talking to newsmen after visiting Sayedabad bus terminal in the capital this morning.The minister, however, claimed that there was congestion on Dhaka-Tangail highway only, not on all the highways.He also said instant actions are being taken whenever any irregularity is found on any road.
This month, Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations in the Baltimore area began rolling out a program meant to capitalize on the connection between faith and healing.The Maryland Faith Community Health Network brings together health care providers and faith leaders to help foster health among congregation members through formalized information-sharing and patient support. The pilot program is currently a collaboration between the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, almost 50 congregations in Baltimore City and Baltimore and Carroll counties, and LifeBridge Health facilities comprising Sinai, Northwest and Carroll hospitals.“It is a natural connection because they (health care providers and faith leaders) both have the well-being of congregants at heart and this initiative brings them together to support each other,” said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative and initiator of the program. “We think this will help reduce disparities, improve overall health and enhance communities across the state.”Under the guidelines of the initiative, congregations sign memorandums of understanding with LifeBridge and MCHI. Members of the churches, temples or mosques are then encouraged to sign up, giving permission for hospital staff to contact their congregation liaison whenever they are checked in with an illness.“The immediacy with which you find out a member is being hospitalized hastens the time in which you can respond to provide pastoral and congregational care,” said the Rev. Cleveland Mason II, pastor of Perkins Square Baptist Church in Baltimore, and president of the United Baptist Missionary Convention of Maryland.“One learned through the ministry of Jesus, who healed many, that health is important, and this provides the church with a concrete way of encouraging good health,” Mason further said of why he is pushing for the program’s adoption throughout the state. He added, “This program is the practical application of biblical principle. It goes along with that loving-your-neighbor-as-yourself aspect of the Christian faith. It creates stronger bonds between members [and] it fosters a greater sense of compassion and caring that is needed in our communities and across the world.”As part of the network’s functions, hospital staff help the congregation liaison come up with an at-home plan for the patient, including potentially-needed services such as pet care, yard care, picking up prescriptions, food, spiritual nurturing, etc., which congregation volunteers would help provide.Rev. Dellyne Hinton, pastor of Gwynn Oak United Methodist Church, which launched its program on April 3, said she was excited about being able to better serve its members and also to extend their compassion ministry beyond the walls of the church. That excitement, she said, seemed to spread to her congregation as 80 percent of those in attendance signed up on the spot.“It is not just about seeing to patients’ spiritual welfare—having prayer with them or bringing them communion—it is about meeting their other living needs,” she said. “It is those kind of things that takes stress off healing so you don’t end up back in the hospital because you could not be compliant.”Reducing that kind of recidivism was one of the reasons LifeBridge Health was motivated to join the program, said Rev. Domanic Smith of LifeBridge’s Population Health Department. “What this does for LifeBridge is it helps us to help prevent patients from returning to the hospital for the same illnesses within 30 days,” he told the AFRO. “Cutting back on recidivism to the emergency room provides doctors with the opportunity to really do health care with patients instead of just emergency care.”DeMarco said it was concerns such as those that spawned the idea of implementing this program in Maryland. The health advocate said they will be seeking to sign up other hospitals and faith communities in the network with an eye to spreading across the state.“This project originated because of substantial changes happening in the health care system in Maryland. Hospitals now have tremendous incentive to keep people healthy and out of their hospitals and they wanted the help of the community to do that,” he said.The program is modelled after a successful program in Memphis, Tenn., where about 600 congregations and 20,000 individuals have signed up for the network.DeMarco said, “Their data showed substantial benefits to this program. By giving support to people in congregations everyone is better off—the individual, the congregations, the hospitals and the state.”
On the occasion of Tatya Tope’s Martyr Day, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, released a commemorative coin of Rs 200 and a circulation coin of Rs 10 in the national Capital on Monday. Narendra Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture was also present on the occasion.Ministry of Culture has been celebrating the 200th birth anniversary of Tatya Tope in the year 2015-16, in association with the State Government of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The government of India is also considering the creation of infrastructure in the memory of Tatya Tope by constructing a Memorial at Yeola and Nasik, Maharashtra and a war museum at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in association with the respective State Governments.Recently, in the month of February, the State Government of Maharashtra organised the inaugural function at Shaniwar Wada in Pune. Before that, a three-day celebration- ‘Shaurya Mahotsav’ was held.Also, a special lecture and conference on Tatya Tope was organised by Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) in the national Capital on February 16. One of the most outstanding leaders of India’s first war of Independence, Tatya Tope was a patriot.
Over-the-top (OTT) video services like Netflix will account for 25% of Latin American video consumption in 2025, according to new research. The Diffusion Group’s ‘El Futuro de TV – OTT Video in Latin America, 2015-2025’ report claims that by 2025 OTT will also generate US$8 billion in annual revenue in the region.“Latin America is an important global market by virtue of its size, growth, and cultural relevance–and, of course, its crossover with an increasingly Hispanic US market. This developing opportunity was not lost on Netflix, which first entered the market in 2011 and is now available in 43 countries across the region,” said TDG senior analyst, Joel Espelien.“The fact that Netflix is expanding its efforts in the region should send a strong message to others that the time for entry is now.”In April, Netflix reported that it had more than five million subscribers in Latin America.
The Grand TourAmazon has slashed its Prime subscription rate in tandem with the launch of its £160 million Top Gear rival, The Grand Tour.The Grand Tour, presented by the former team from BBC motoring series Top Gear, launched on Amazon in the US, Germany and UK today.Amazon slashed the price of a Prime subscription, which gives subs access to the Prime Video streaming service and The Grand Tour, as the car show launched.In the UK the e-commerce giant is offering a Prime sub for £59, instead of the usual £79 for today only. Amazon requires a year-long subscription unlike its chief streaming rival Netflix. The reduced rate makes it a cheaper alternative to Netflix over the course of a year.In the US the price has been slashed to US$79 from the usual US$99 for the day.Amazon was tipped to use the launch of The Grand Tour as a marketing hook for a wider international roll out, although this has not been the case. It will launch the show in 200 territories next month, but not as part of the full Prime Video offering.In Australia local press are reporting that Australians can now sign up and get the full streaming service. The Sydney Morning Herald said the ‘rush launch’ was offering Australians the service, but it was still being priced in US dollars. It is understood they are also being offered the option of paying the sterling price of sterling.Amazon told Mashable it hasn’t launched in Australia, and local users are signing up via US or UK accounts.
By Doug Casey It’s an unfortunate historical anomaly that people think about the paper in their wallets as money. The dollar is, technically, a currency. A currency is a government substitute for money. But gold is money. Now, why do I say that? Historically, many things have been used as money. Cattle have been used as money in many societies, including Roman society. That’s where we get the word “pecuniary” from: the Latin word for a single head of cattle is pecus. Salt has been used as money, also in ancient Rome, and that’s where the word “salary” comes from; the Latin for salt is sal (or salis). The North American Indians used seashells. Cigarettes were used during WWII. So, money is simply a medium of exchange and a store of value. By that definition, almost anything could be used as money, but obviously, some things work better than others; it’s hard to exchange things people don’t want, and some things don’t store value well. Over thousands of years, the precious metals have emerged as the best form of money. Gold and silver both, though primarily gold. There’s nothing magical about gold. It’s just uniquely well-suited among the 98 naturally occurring elements for use as money…in the same way aluminum is good for airplanes or uranium is good for nuclear power. There are very good reasons for this, and they are not new reasons. Aristotle defined five reasons why gold is money in the 4th century BCE (which may only have been the first time it was put down on paper). Those five reasons are as valid today as they were then. When I give a speech, I often offer a prize to the audience member who can tell me the five classical reasons gold is the best money. Quickly now – what are they? Can’t recall them? Read on, and this time, burn them into your memory. – — The Secret to Investing in Gold Like Doug Casey After the longest bear market in gold stocks in 40 years…Doug Casey just revealed how he plans to make a killing on gold’s massive rebound…and why 99% of investors don’t have what it takes to try this gold strategy. See more here. Recommended Links Shocking Footage From Outside the Door of Our Affiliate’s Building You’ve got to see this… It’s footage from Baltimore, MD, right on the front doorstep of our affiliate’s headquarters. And you won’t believe what they caught this woman (named Charro) doing on camera… It’s really one of those things you HAVE to see with your OWN two eyes. Click here to see the UNCENSORED CAMERA FOOTAGE. Money If you can’t define a word precisely, clearly and quickly, that’s proof you don’t understand what you’re talking about as well as you might. The proper definition of money is as something that functions as a store of value and a medium of exchange. Government fiat currencies can, and currently do, function as money. But they are far from ideal. What, then, are the characteristics of a good money? Aristotle listed them in the 4th century BCE. A good money must be all of the following: • Durable: A good money shouldn’t fall apart in your pocket nor evaporate when you aren’t looking. It should be indestructible. This is why we don’t use fruit for money. It can rot, be eaten by insects, and so on. It doesn’t last. • Divisible: A good money needs to be convertible into larger and smaller pieces without losing its value, to fit a transaction of any size. This is why we don’t use things like porcelain for money – half a Ming vase isn’t worth much. • Consistent: A good money is something that always looks the same, so that it’s easy to recognize, each piece identical to the next. This is why we don’t use things like oil paintings for money; each painting, even by the same artist, of the same size and composed of the same materials is unique. It’s also why we don’t use real estate as money. One piece is always different from another piece. • Convenient: A good money packs a lot of value into a small package and is highly portable. This is why we don’t use water for money, as essential as it is – just imagine how much you’d have to deliver to pay for a new house, not to mention all the problems you’d have with the escrow. It’s also why we don’t use other metals like lead, or even copper. The coins would have to be too huge to handle easily to be of sufficient value. • Intrinsically valuable: A good money is something many people want or can use. This is critical to money functioning as a means of exchange; even if I’m not a jeweler, I know that someone, somewhere wants gold and will take it in exchange for something else of value to me. This is why we don’t – or shouldn’t – use things like scraps of paper for money, no matter how impressive the inscriptions upon them might be. Actually, there’s a sixth reason Aristotle should have mentioned, but it wasn’t relevant in his age, because nobody would have thought of it…it can’t be created out of thin air. Not even the kings and emperors who clipped and diluted coins would have dared imagine that they could get away with trying to use something essentially worthless as money. These are the reasons why gold is the best money. It’s not a gold bug religion, nor a barbaric superstition. It’s simply common sense. Gold is particularly good for use as money, just as aluminum is particularly good for making aircraft, steel is good for the structures of buildings, uranium is good for fueling nuclear power plants, and paper is good for making books. Not money. If you try to make airplanes out of lead, or money out of paper, you’re in for a crash. That gold is money is simply the result of the market process, seeking optimum means of storing value and making exchanges. Editor’s Note: We just alerted readers to an extremely rare opportunity to quickly make a lot of money in the gold market. In short, a unique type of gold investment is set up for 500% or 1,000% gains in the coming years. This setup has only occurred a handful of times in the last 20 years. But every time it occurs, some investors see gains as large as 1,700%, 4,300%, and 5,000%. If you’re interested in this idea, please act now. With gold prices up 19% this year, the window of opportunity is closing fast. And once it’s closed, we likely won’t get another chance like this for at least five years. Read more here.
A disabled former Liberal Democrat MP has refused to criticise the Tory work and pensions secretary for covering up a report that linked the “fitness for work” test with a disabled man’s suicide.Stephen Lloyd, who narrowly lost his Eastbourne seat at last year’s general election, was a supporter of many of Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms during his five years as a coalition MP.And now, in an email interview with Disability News Service (DNS), Lloyd (pictured) has refused to condemn the cover-up – even though his party is no longer in power – and has defended coalition cuts and reforms that cut billions of pounds a year from spending on disability benefits and services.Asked whether he stood by his backing for Duncan Smith, which he expressed several times as an MP, Lloyd said: “I actually believe that IDS is genuinely committed to helping disabled people into work, where possible.”He suggested that the blame for any failure of Duncan Smith’s policies lay instead with the chancellor, George Osborne.When DNS drew his attention to a trio of news stories that demonstrated the harshness of Duncan Smith’s policies on out-of-work disability policies and showed he had covered up a report that linked the work capability assessment (WCA) with the death of a man who took his own life, he refused to criticise the work and pensions secretary, although he said the three stories were “appalling”.He claimed he was not a “supporter” of Duncan Smith but believed that his “basic premise is to set up a system that tried to get people who have been out of work for a long time through disability into work”, which he said was “not easy”.The three stories show that Duncan Smith failed in his legal duty to respond to a coroner’s report into the death of 41-year-old Stephen Carre, who took his own life in January 2010 after DWP rejected his appeal against being found fit for work.In November, government-funded research concluded that the programme to reassess people claiming IB using the WCA could have caused 590 suicides in just three years.But when DNS asked why Lloyd refused to criticise Duncan Smith over the cover-up, he refused to comment further, or to express any concern about the deaths that may have been caused by the failure to respond to the report.And when asked if he had made a single political decision that he regretted during his five years as an MP, he said, “not really”, before talking instead about the failings of the government contractor Atos in carrying out the WCA.When asked if this meant that he believed he had not made a single political mistake in five years, he again declined to comment further.Asked about the billions of pounds of support cut by the coalition to spending on social care, disability living allowance and personal independence payment – that have led to thousands of people having to hand back their Motability vehicles – as well as increased sanctions for those on out-of-work benefits, and cuts to disabled students’ allowance, he refused to say which of those he supported.Lloyd, who is still active politically for the party in Eastbourne and also works as business innovations director for an international communications company based in Eastbourne, was widely praised for his constituency work during his five years as an MP.He was the first MP to launch a much-copied scheme to support the creation of 100 apprentices in his constituency in 100 days, and ensured his constituency team represented disabled people in more than 100 tribunals to appeal against being turned down for employment and support allowance, personal independence payment and disability living allowance, with a success rate he estimates at more than 80 per cent.He pointed out that hardly any MPs bother to ensure their staff attend such tribunals to advocate for their disabled constituents.He said: “This was something I very specifically set up, though there was no allocated budget, training or emphasis that we should do this.”He was a member of the work and pensions select committee and of several disability-themed all-party parliamentary groups, where he was, he says, “a constant advocate for equality of opportunity for disabled people”.And he said that, as a constituency MP, he did all he could to “fight for people who clearly were assessed inaccurately”.He said: “I do not think it wrong that people should be assessed – some after many years – as to their suitability for work, but [I] was a constant critic of Atos’s poor record.”He added: “Leaving people for years on the assumption they will never work is inherently wrong, in my view.“If after assessing they can be helped into work that has to be a good thing. The key – where my team came in – was to make the assessments fair.”
Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ HurdleBen got stuck into Melon and had it for over £20k at the off. Fortune favoured the brave and we got off to a flying start when Labaik sprang a 25/1 surprise. The cigars proved popular as celebration for us was a Hamlet moment for the punters. Well most of them, news reached us that our pitch on the rail laid a bottle (£200) each-way at 33/1 the winner. Where’s that cigar. Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ ChaseWe laid the first monster bet of the meeting £100,000 – £400,000 Altior. Just when it looked like Charbel might have the short one under the cosh he came down, thankfully unhurt. We got a bit back when we copped the ‘special’ 11/10 to win by over 10 lengths money. Nicky Henderson thought Altior would have won anyway, we’ll never know but a shame we were robbed of the chance to find out.Ultima Handicap ChaseBen got to work again this time getting stuck into Singlefarmpayment and would not be denied going a market-topping 6/1 to get him in, our liabilities were over £20k at the off. A big aye aye went up when the Un Temps Pour Tout chinned the bogie a short head. The result was never in doubt of course.Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge TrophyWe took a chunk on Brain Power at 7/1 so spent the race trying to bet up to it. Fielding some nasty each-way money for Wicklow Brave and My Tent Or Yours in the process. The latter getting placed cost us but Buveur D’Air was a small winner in a book that still had Brain Power losing £40k, well I did say we took a chunk.OLBG Mares’ HurdleBen went down the book with the front two then got stuck into Limini again. We had her for five-figures then we got the call from the office that the jolly was their worst in the book too, in total she would cost us £125,000. That stayed in the bag as well when she could only manage third, more cigars for the punters please.JT McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ ChaseTiger Roll was a cracking result, we were on a roll, second placed 50/1 shot Missed Approach would have been a skinner but I suppose that’s getting a bit greedy.Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap ChaseNicely in front we got our heads down and filled the hod. The punters happily obliged and waded in. We let them make our book for us. There were a few hairy moments including a bet of £1500 each-way at 25/1 Hammersly Lake. We kept that and a nice few quid on top when 8/1 shot Tully East got the money. As luck would have it for some reason punters had pretty much left us out which resulted a cracking last race cop. Bring on the Wednesday. We’re ready, Ben says this is the year, more cigars on order.Simon NottSIMON NOTT is a freelance racing blogger and author of The Skint Mob. More details at simonnott.co.uk