Were You Productive Today?

first_imgDid you make progress on your most important project? Productivity isn’t how many things you scratch off your to-do list. You can have days where you complete all kinds of tasks, none of which have anything to do with what was really important. Productivity is doing what’s important.Did you move closer to your most important goal? If what you did today did not move you closer to your goals, you may not have been as productive as you might have been. Goals are achieved by taking disciplined action day after day, not all at once. If what you’re doing isn’t aligned with your long-term goals, you may have gotten things done without being productive.Did you do the three most important tasks that needed to be done today? I like the idea of having three major tasks to get done. It seems like the right number of major tasks. Maybe three 90-minute blocks of time invested in the above projects and goals? You might be able to do more, but if you have a list of twelve major tasks to do, you are kidding yourself.Did you make a difference? Did the things you do today make a difference? Did they make a difference in your business? Did they make a difference in your personal life? Did they make a difference in someone else’s life, maybe someone who needed your help? The most important work you do makes a difference. A lot of things we do fail this test, even if it makes you feel busy.Did you invest the appropriate time and energy in one or two of your most important relationships? There isn’t anything more important in your life than the people you care about and the people who care about you. You might be so busy doing “what” you are doing that you forget “why” you are doing it and for “whom” are you doing it?Did you learn something today that will help you improve your future results? Productivity isn’t only about doing what needs to be done now. Being productive also requires that you sharpen your saw. You are the saw. You’ll become dull if you don’t take the time to do things to keep sharp.Did you take care of your physical health? This one should have probably been first on the list. You need physical energy to be productive. You also need mental energy and stamina. You won’t have these things if you don’t eat well, drink water, exercise, and sleep (likely more than you are now, and likely more than you want to). You can’t be productive if you are wiped out.last_img read more

Turkish cybercriminals hack ATMs in Tripura, steal huge cash

first_imgAfter Assam, suspected cybercriminals from Turkey have stolen huge amounts of cash from ATMs through ATM-cloning devices installed in Tripura’s capital Agartala, police said on Monday.According to the police, banks and other sources, over 60 bank customers of different banks mostly State Bank of India (SBI) during the past few days lost lakhs of rupees due to the fraudulent acts of the cybercriminals and ATM hackers.Tripura police’s Cyber Crime wing Superintendent of Police Sharmistha Chakraborty said that as per their preliminary probe the Turkish nationals who had taken out lakhs of rupees of bank customers through the ATM-cloning devices in Guwahati in August are also involved in similar hacking in Agartala.“We are collecting complaints of bank customers from various police stations and different bank branches to gather the information and other details of stolen cash of many bank customers from ATMs through ATM-cloning devices,” Chakraborty said.She said according to their information available the suspected Turkish nationals after pilfering money from the several ATMs left Tripura for Kolkata.“Our probe is on. If necessary we would take help from other agencies of concerned states where similar crimes took place,” the official added.According to local media reports, over ₹80 lakhs of several customers were stolen from several ATMs during the past few days in Agartala.SBI’s Regional Manager Dibyendu Chowdhury said that they have so far received complains from 45 customers that they lost their money due to the ATM hacking.Chowdhury said that the SBI has blocked a number of ATM and debit cards of its customers as precautionary measures.According to a cyber-technology expert, the ATM card cloning system comprises a spy camera, a memory card and a small data device to gather ATM and account details of bank customers. Recently, two Turkish nationals involved in the ATM hacking were arrested in Mumbai.Incidents of stealing money of a large number of bank customers from ATMs through ATM cloning devices took place in different parts of the country including Kolkata and Guwahati.last_img read more

NEB gives Trans Mountain pipeline expansion its endorsement

first_imgThe National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline following a reconsideration of its impact on marine life off the B.C. coast.The energy regulator says an increase in tanker traffic resulting from the pipeline would hurt southern resident killer whales and increase greenhouse gas emissions.But it says those consequences can be justified in light of what would be the pipeline’s benefits.“While these effects weighed heavily in the NEB’s consideration of project-related marine shipping, the NEB recommends that the government of Canada find that they can be justified in the circumstances, in light of the considerable benefits of the project and measures to minimize the effects.”The energy board says it will impose 156 conditions on the project if it is approved. It has also made 16 new recommendations to the federal government.Alberta has been fighting hard for the Trans Mountain expansion so that the province could move more crude oil to ports and from there to lucrative overseas markets.The energy board’s original approval of the project was set aside last summer by the Federal Court of Appeal, which said the regulator had not properly considered marine life.The NEB’s report starts the clock on a 90-day period for the federal government to decide whether the project should proceed.Officials in Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi’s office have said a final decision won’t be made until consultations with affected Indigenous groups are complete.The consultations were also an issue the federal Appeal Court raised when it put a halt on the project.last_img read more

Colorado lawsuit could ripple through US cannabis industry

first_imgDENVER – A federal trial in Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the United States’ budding marijuana industry if a jury sides with a couple who say having a cannabis business as a neighbour hurts their property’s value.The trial set to begin Monday in Denver is the first time a jury will consider a lawsuit using federal anti-racketeering law to target cannabis companies. But the marijuana industry has closely watched the case since 2015, when attorneys with a Washington, D.C.-based firm first filed their sweeping complaint on behalf of Hope and Michael Reilly.One of the couple’s lawyers, Brian Barnes, said they bought the southern Colorado land for its views of Pikes Peak and have since built a house on the rural property. They also hike and ride horses there.But they claim “pungent, foul odours” from a neighbouring indoor marijuana grow have hurt the property’s value and their ability to use and enjoy it.“That’s just not right,” Barnes said. “It’s not right to have people in violation of federal law injuring others.”An attorney for the business targeted by the suit plans to argue the couple’s property has not been damaged, relying in part on the county’s tax valuations of the Reillys’ land ticking up over time.Vulnerability to similar lawsuits is among the many risks facing marijuana businesses licensed by states but still violating federal law. Suits using the same strategy have been filed in California, Massachusetts and Oregon.Mirroring the Reilly complaint, several claim the smell of marijuana damages neighbouring owners’ ability to enjoy their land or harms their property value.The question now is whether jurors accept the argument.“They can claim a $1 million drop in property value, but if a jury does not agree and says $5,000, that’s not that big of a deal,” said Rob Mikos, a Vanderbilt University law professor who specializes in drug law. “That’s why there are a lot of eyes on the case.”Congress created the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — better known as RICO — to target the Mafia in the 1970s, allowing prosecutors to argue leaders of a criminal enterprise should pay a price along with lower-level defendants.But the anti-racketeering law also allows private parties to file lawsuits claiming their business or property has been damaged by a criminal enterprise. Those who prove it can be financially compensated for damages times three, plus attorneys’ expenses.Starting in 2015, opponents of the marijuana industry decided to use the strategy against companies producing or selling marijuana products, along with investors, insurers, state regulators and other players. Cannabis companies immediately saw the danger of high legal fees or court-ordered payouts.That concern only grew when a Denver-based federal appeals court ruled in 2017 that the Reillys could use anti-racketeering law to sue the licensed cannabis grower neighbouring their property. Insurance companies and other entities originally named in the Reillys’ suit have gradually been removed, some after reaching financial settlements out of court.The case focuses on property in Pueblo County, where local officials saw marijuana as an opportunity to boost an area left behind by the steel industry. Most Colorado counties ban outdoor grows, forcing pot cultivators to find expensive warehouse space.Pueblo officials positioned their sunny, flat plains as the alternative. They created financial incentives in hopes of drawing growers to outdoor fields or cavernous buildings left vacant by other industries.Parker Walton was among the early comers, buying 40 acres in the rural town of Rye in 2014.Barnes said the Reillys made three separate land purchases between 2011 and 2014, gradually reaching more than 100 acres. They learned about plans for the marijuana business bordering their final purchase four months after completing the sale, he said.Walton put up a 5,000-square-foot (465-square-meter) building to grow and harvest marijuana plants indoors. The Reillys filed their lawsuit in early 2015. A year later, Walton announced the company’s first harvest via Instagram, snapping a photo of a strain dubbed “Purple Trainwreck” hanging to cure in a dim room.Fewer than five people including Walton work for the company, which sells its products to retail stores, his attorney, Matthew Buck said.Buck said he’s confident jurors will decide the Reillys’ property has not been harmed. Buck warned, though, that defending against a similar lawsuit comes at a high cost for marijuana businesses while plaintiffs with support from a large law firm have little to lose.Cooper & Kirk, the firm handling the couple’s suit, has a conservative reputation, including a founding partner who worked for the U.S. Justice Department during the Reagan administration. Barnes said members of the firm were “troubled” as states began legalizing the adult use of marijuana because of the inherent conflict with federal law, and they brainstormed legal strategies.Walton created a website this month to raise money for his defence. He wrote that a loss could jeopardize “all legal cannabis operations in all states.”But some lawyers who have defended companies in similar lawsuits said those fears are overhyped.Adam Wolf, a California attorney, said he believes the suits are primarily intended to scare third-party companies into cutting ties with marijuana firms or persuading cannabis companies to shut down. But long-term, Wolf said the U.S. Supreme Court has curtailed lawsuits making civil racketeering claims against other industries.Courts could apply the same logic to cannabis, he argued.“What the plaintiffs seemed to be saying is anybody who touched, in any matter, any marijuana business is potentially liable,” Wolf said. “And that is a soundly rejected argument by the courts.”Barnes, though, said the number of racketeering lawsuits awaiting action suggests attorneys with no ties to his firm believe in the strategy.___Kathleen Foody is a member of AP’s marijuana beat team. Follow her at twitter.com/katiefoodyFind complete AP marijuana coverage here:apnews.com/tag/LegalMarijuanalast_img read more

UPDATED – Highway 29 closed due to avalanche danger

first_imgThere is no detour around the area at this time.The next update from Drivebc.ca is not expected 12:15 a.m. on January 1, 2019.For more updates overnight visit www.drivebc.caBelow is the full notice as of 11 p.m. Monday.Highway 29. Avalanche danger between Millar Rd and Upper Cache Rd for 10.0 km (6 to 16 km north of Hudson’s Hope). Road closed. Assessment in progress. Detour not available. Next update time Tue Jan 1, 2019 at 12:15 AM MST. Last updated Mon Dec 31 at 10:52 PM MST. (DBC-4444) UPDATE – The highway is now open in both directions as of 11:45pm Monday.HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Highway 29 is closed between the Alaska Highway and Hudson’s Hope.The highway has been closed between Millar Road and Upper Cache Road due to a high avalanche danger.last_img read more

3 held for duping people on pretext of giving money through credit

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Police has busted a gang which lured men into swapping their credit cards in return of 2 percent commission. Three cheats Gopal Das, Surender Kumar Arora and Gopinder has been arrested by Delhi Police. They were duping public providing money by credit cards swapping and recovered Credit Card Swapping Machines (POS Machines), laptop, mobile phones, SIM cards and forged documents related with a different company, linked bank account details etc, on their instance. The complainant saw an advertisement pasted on the road side about swapping of credit cards on a 2% commission basis along with a mobile number. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHe needed money for his family use and to meet the educational expenses of his children. He made a call and a youngster came to him and swapped his credit card for Rs 2,00,000 and told him that he would get his amount through his account after deducting 3% commission and left the place without giving any cash to him. He later realised he was cheated. The police arrested the three accused on 5 May. “Surender convinced his elder brother Gopal and Bhanja Gopinder for this conspiracy and used them to open bank accounts, forged company and to arrange mobile SIM cards. Apart from that, he purchased 9-11, POS Machines from an authorised Company. He transfers the amount to the forged company’s account and transfer to multiple accounts,” said DCP Madhur Verma.last_img read more

Holidays Can Be A Killer For Pets

first_imgPoinsettia are beautiful and can be trimmed back to keep year round, but the leaves from this plant can irritate and damage your dog’s mouth and stomach, and often cause nausea and vomiting. Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic Debbie Dominic: “Clinical signs of chocolate poisoning include hyperexcitability, because of the caffeine content, nervousness, vomiting, diarrhea.” Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic Debbie Dominic: “They can get symptoms like they are drunk, they are staggering.” English Ivy can be dangerous to humans as well since it is toxic all around and can also cause dermatitis and skin inflammation if handled improperly. For dogs, ingesting the leaves of this plant is the most dangerous part and can cause loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Dogs can also experience dermal reactions like blistering, redness or swelling if they come in contact with it. Many seasonal plants are very dangerous when ingested by animals. Decking the halls with holly for Christmas is tempting,  and while it’s sharp leaves and bitter taste will keep most dogs away from it those who do take a nip can get in trouble fast. Holly can be pretty toxic if ingested, even in small doses. Ingesting mistletoe can be very dangerous for your dog since it is very toxic because it has multiple toxic substances which can cause severe stomach pain, drop in blood pressure and breathing problems. In larger amounts, mistletoe can also cause seizures or even death.center_img Dominic suggests letting the animal vomit to get the toxin out of it’s system, and if it doesn’t appear to be recovering quickly, take it to the veterinarian for more aggressive treatment. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With the distractions of friends, family, and festivities, many pet owners aren’t keeping a close eye on their fur babies – and that can turn deadly when pets decide to have a festive party of their own. Amaryllis is also pretty toxic to dogs, creating stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and even tremors. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-holidays-can-be-a-killer-for-pets.mp3VmDorene-on-holidays-can-be-a-killer-for-pets.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

SEC commissioner isnt exactly pleased with settlement over Elon Musk tweets

first_img Car Industry 50 Photos Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Tags Elon Musk Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker Enlarge ImageElon Musk appeared pretty happy after leaving federal court in April, even though he’s still subject to oversight on some potential tweet material. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Elon Musk and the US Securities and Exchange Commission may have finally quashed their beef, with Musk avoiding a contempt charge, but that doesn’t mean every SEC commissioner is on board with the final deal.Musk and the SEC reached an agreement Friday over what public statements require legal oversight before posting. Yet, a statement from SEC commissioner Robert Jackson shows that there is some dissent within the group’s ranks.”Given Mr. Musk’s conduct, I cannot support a settlement in which he does not admit what is crystal clear to anyone who has followed this bizarre series of events: Mr. Musk breached the agreement he made last year with the Commission — and with American investors,” Jackson said Tuesday in a statement.The settlement, which was publicized shortly after both parties asked a federal judge for an extension in negotiations, added clearer and more enforceable language regarding what Musk can and can’t tweet without requiring the green light from a securities lawyer. The agreement, which can be read in full below, forbids Musk from oversight-free public comments (read: tweets) about production or delivery numbers, comments on the company’s financial health, new lines of business unrelated to current lines of business and more. Musk first ended up in hot water with the SEC after his infamous “funding secured” tweet, in which he claimed Tesla had secured the dough to go private at $420 per share. That never happened, and the SEC eventually filed a lawsuit against Musk, alleging securities fraud. That happened late in 2018, but Musk again found himself in the SEC’s crosshairs in early 2019, after the SEC alleged a couple tweets about production numbers were enough for a contempt charge. Last week’s settlement means Musk has avoided the charge, but that doesn’t mean the SEC won’t keep a watchful eye on his Twitter account for a long time to come. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 Tesla Share your voice More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performancelast_img read more

See Neil Armstrongs Apollo 11 spacesuit all fixed up

first_imgNeil Armstrong wore this spacesuit on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969. National Air and Space Museum NASA isn’t the only space agency trying to land on the… NASA’s epic Apollo 11 mission to land humans on the moon launched on July 16, 1969. In preparation for the 50th anniversary celebrations, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, went to work to conserve and preserve Neil Armstrong’s iconic Apollo 11 spacesuit. And it looks great.The museum unveiled the post-conservation spacesuit on Twitter on Wednesday. It will go back on display on July 16 for the first time in 13 years. Sci-Tech 23 Photos Forgotten Apollo moon artifacts found in Neil Armstrong’s closet Elon Musk gets behind goofy Neil Armstrong alien meme Our conservation of Neil Armstrong’s #Apollo11 spacesuit is complete, and we are excited to finally release brand new photography of the suit. It will go back on display for the first time in over a decade on July 16, the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. #Apollo50 pic.twitter.com/2uRQzWbmbX— National Air and Space Museum (@airandspace) May 1, 2019 NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyond Share your voice 6:56 Post a commentcenter_img The journey to protect the moon-worn spacesuit dates back years. The Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter project in 2015 to raise the funds necessary for the work. Click here for To The Moon, a CNET multipart series examining our relationship with the moon from the first landing of Apollo 11 to future human settlement on its surface. Robert Rodriguez/CNET The campaign pulled in over $700,000 (£530,000, AU$990,000) to pay for stabilizing the fragile suit, which required delicate fabric repair, stain removal, cleaning and preservation of fading materials and degraded plastic parts. The crowdfunding money also helped pay for a mannequin to wear the suit and a state-of-the-art climate-controlled display case. The suit will go on temporary display near the 1903 Wright Flyer before being moved to a permanent home in 2022 for a exhibition called Destination Moon.Armstrong’s suit kept him safe when he stepped foot on the moon. All these decades later, the Smithsonian was able to repay the favor and protect the spacesuit for posterity back here on Earth. Now playing: Watch this: To the Moon 0 NASA Space This story is part of To the Moon, a series exploring humanity’s first journey to the lunar surface and our future living and working on the moon. Tags Neil Armstrong happeningslast_img read more

More Than Half Of Texans Polled Wanted Stricter Gun Laws And That

first_imgREUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/The Texas Tribune Candles are lit behind images of the victims killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School during a vigil in League City on May 20, 2018.Hey, Texplainer: What do Texans really think about gun control?The national debate on gun control reignited Friday, when a 17-year-old opened fire at a high school in Santa Fe High School, killing at least 10 people and leaving another 10 wounded.In the aftermath, Republican leaders placed blame on a slew of factors: unarmed teachers, far too many doors to guard in schools and a lack of mental health services.“We may have to look at the design of our schools moving forward,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said at a press conference Friday, adding that schools have far too many entrances and exits to safeguard. “We’re gonna have to be creative.”Democrats, on the other hand, advocated for swift action on guns, including universal background checks and funding federal research on gun violence.“What if we required universal background checks to ensure that firearms only get into the hands of those who won’t harm themselves or someone else,” Democrat Beto O’Rourke, an El Paso congressman running against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz this fall, wrote in a Medium post. “Close all loopholes and exceptions. Every single gun purchase has a background check.”Texas is as gun-friendly a state as they come. But how do voters feel about gun control, according to recent polls?Like most issues, folks are divided.The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, released in October, found that Texans are split on whether people carrying more guns will make for a safer environment. And as with many issues, the biggest divide was along party lines.More than 60 percent of surveyed Republicans said they believed the country would be safer if more people carried guns. Only 5 percent of Democrats said they felt the same way.“Republicans and Democrats tend to look at the same tragedy from very different perspectives,” Mark Jones, a Rice University political scientist, said Monday. “Democrats look at Santa Fe and their most popular answer tends to be that gun control is the correct response to keep this from happening in the future. Whereas Republicans don’t see it that way. They don’t believe gun control would have any impact or is even germane.”Texans are also split on who, or what, to blame for mass shootings. Of those surveyed, most (24 percent) said the primary cause is a failure of the mental health system, which was closely followed by current gun laws. Thirteen percent of respondents focused much of their ire on extreme views on the internet, while 10 percent blamed various forms of media (i.e. the spread of “extremist points of views” on the internet and “media attention given to perpetrators of mass shootings”).Increased access to mental health services seems to be one solution both Republicans and Democrats turn to in the wake of such tragedies. After Friday’s shooting, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott touted a 4-year-old project run by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as a potential statewide model to reduce gun violence. The program works to identify junior high and high school students most at risk for committing violence in schools and intervene before it happens.Another thing Texans seem to agree on? Overall, more than half of registered voters surveyed said gun control laws should be more strict. Only 13 percent of surveyed Texans said existing laws should be less strict than they are now, and 31 percent would prefer to leave current gun laws unchanged.Democrats, however, are more likely to want to toughen current gun laws. While just about half of surveyed Republicans opt to leave them as they are now.There’s also a racial divide: Black and Hispanic voters in Texas overwhelmingly said they preferred stricter gun control laws. Only 43 percent of white voters agreed.You see this racial divide nationally as well. A national survey by the Pew Research Center found that nearly half of African-Americans and 29 percent of Hispanics found gun violence to be a “very big problem” in their local communities. Just 11 percent of white respondents said the same thing.The results of the latest UT/TT poll showcases a slight shift on who voters blamed for mass shootings just two year prior. In November 2015, the majority of surveyed Texans also blamed mental health issues and gun laws on mass shootings. Respondents also pointed to unstable families, however.“In the wake of mass shootings, what you see in elected officials is often a reflection of what their own voters think,” Joshua Blank, the manager of polling and research of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, said Monday. “In the wake of these mass shootings, what you see is partisans talking mostly to their voters and, in turn, also reinforcing what voters already think about the causes of these problems.” Forty-one percent of Texans surveyed in November 2015 said they believed gun laws should be more strict, compared to 18 percent who said they should be less strict. Overall, this is a small uptick from a February 2015 UT/TT Poll, where 36 percent of respondents said they wanted stricter gun control laws and 22 percent wanted those laws made less strict.So what’s accounting for the trend of public opinion in Texas?“The main driver in changing gun attitudes is the increasing frequency of mass shootings both in Texas and elsewhere. With each one of these shootings, what you tend to see is a major uptick in attitudes in favor of greater gun restrictions,” Blank said. “With each additional tragedy, there tends to be more people who further embrace the possibility of more gun restrictions.”The bottom line: Texans are split on whether more people carrying guns will make for a safer environment. But there’s an increasing number of people who think existing gun laws should be more strict. Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin and Rice University have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Sharelast_img read more

McFerran Signs with Kampong SV

first_imgThe goalkeeper is in her sixth year as a member of the Irish National Team which is set to compete in the European Championships in August. She was named Best Goalkeeper of the 2018 World Cup after leading Ireland to a silver medal. She was instrumental in the Green Army’s historic run, surrendering only three goals in their first five matches, and dominating in a pair of shootout victories as they entered the finals. Story Links McFerran (Larne, Northern Ireland) will join the professional ranks after a stellar career at UofL. The program’s first four-time NFHCA All-American finished her career ranked among the school’s top three in career victories (50) victories and shutouts (20) and goals against average (1.40). McFerran earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science in May 2019. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville field hockey alum Ayeisha McFerran will continue her field hockey as a member of the Dutch field hockey club Kampong SV in Utrecht.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Zeros world premiere at Kolkata Film Festival

first_imgKolkata: Zero, Shah Rukh Khan’s new film, will have a world premiere show at the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) scheduled to be held from November 10 to 17.SRK and Amitabh Bachchan will be staying at a 5-star city hotel. The inaugural function will be held at Netaji Indoor Stadium and its duration will be of an hour. SRK has urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to extend it as he wants to show the trailer of Zero and say a few words on the cinema. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe film will be released in December but SRK wants the Kolkata International Film Festival platform for the world premiere. SRK is a regular at the event and is the brand ambassador of the state government. Apart from King Khan and Big B, Jaya Bachchan, Mahesh Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Biswajit and Nandita Das are likely to be present at the inaugural session of the KIFF. Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabitri Chatterjee, Madhabi Chakraborty, Gautam Ghosh, Ranjit Mullick along with many others from Bollywood will be present at the show. One hundred and seventy-one full-length feature films and 150 short films will be screened in 16 halls. Famous Bengali feature film Antony Firingee featuring Uttam Kumar and Tanuja will be screened at the inaugural session. Last year films were screened in 14 halls. The focus country in KIFF is Australia. Australian cinema will celebrate its centenary in 2018.last_img read more

Cops involved in extortion say drivers

first_imgKolkata: Police personnel were reportedly harassed and beaten by some local businessmen in Durgapur on Monday morning.Some vehicle drivers alleged that police personnel were involved in extortion. According to sources, on Monday morning, an Assistant Sub-Inspector along with a few civic volunteers were allegedly extorting money from vehicle drivers on the National Highway 2 near DVC Mor. While all the drivers reportedly met police personnel’s demand, one of the drivers left the spot without giving money to the cops. This angered police personnel. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to vehicle driver Sudhangshu Raut, police had demanded Rs 500 which he refused to give and left the spot. Following this, police gave him a chase. At Benachiti Bazar area, the police vehicle intercepted his vehicle and blocked its way. The accused Assistant Sub-Inspector allegedly held him by his caller and dragged him out of the vehicle and later he was beaten up. Situation took an ugly turn after local businessmen surrounded the police personnel. When police personnel asked them to leave, a few of the businesspersons heckled the police officer. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSources informed, when the police officers were about to leave the place, some money accidentally fell from their pocket which was allegedly taken from the drivers. Local residents got furious. It is alleged that the Assistant Sub-Inspector and civic volunteers were physically assaulted. Later, local residents confined the police personnel and surrounded them. Durgapur A zone police out-post was informed about the situation. Upon receiving the information, police went to the spot and rescued the assaulted police personnel. Raut was taken to Durgapur Sub-Divisional Hospital. According to sources, an inquiry has been ordered in the case. Another case for allegedly assaulting on duty police personnel may be lodged against local residents.last_img read more

Rep Reilly welcomes residents to office hours in Lake Orion

first_img03Aug Rep. Reilly welcomes residents to office hours in Lake Orion Categories: Reilly News State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township will host open office hours on Monday, Aug. 14 at the Orion Township Public Library, 825 Joslyn Road in Lake Orion from 6 to 7 p.m.“Hosting regular office hours is a top priority of mine,” Rep. Reilly said. “I look forward to listening and finding out what issues are important to people.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Reilly at 517-373-1798 or via email at JohnReilly@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Facebook stands to benefit from a significant shif

first_imgFacebook stands to benefit from a significant shift in consumer behaviour as people spend more time on mobile and online platforms than they do watching TV, according to the social media giant’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.Speaking on a conference call following Facebook’s first quarter results, Sandberg said that consumers spent more time on mobile and desktop devices than they did on TV last year for the first time. She said that US consumers spent on average five and three quarter hours “on digital” compared with four and a half watching TV, with the shift largely being driven by mobile.“As consumer time and attention shifts, we think ad budget shift as well – particularly if you have good mobile ad products and you can measure results,” she said.Sandberg said that marketers should be comparing return on investment across multiple platforms.“We want them to compare us to the other investments that could make to see who can drive the most value to the bottom line and that’s what we are focused on,” she said.Sandberg said that mobile platforms now account for 59% of Facebook’s advertising revenue, up 6% from the fourth quarter.Addressing the question of whether Facebook would develop premium video advertising on its platform,Sandberg said that the company had “significant opportunities” but that “it’s still very early” and that the company didn’t expect meaningful contribution from projects including premium video this year.“On video ads, video represents a really big opportunity, really driven by consumer behaviour,” said Sandberg.“Smartphones are going better and faster and more people have phones that can provide a great video experience. So we’re seeing consumers do a lot more in video.”She said ‘click-to-play’ video ads were performing well on the platform and that Facebook was in early conversations with clients about auto-play video ads. However, she said, “we really want to see autoplay video ads be something that’s pretty common in the newsfeed experience based on consumer usage before we push very hard in the ads business.”last_img read more

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat1 has set a target

first_imgGerman broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has set a target of increasing its top line from €4 billion to €6 billion “in the mid-term”, according to CEO Max Conze, with at least half of this coming from digital activities. However, ProSiebenSat.1 has downgraded its expectations for this year as a result of lower than expected revenues and the renegotiation of licensing rights from US suppliers.In a strategy update accompanying the company’s Q3 results, Conze said that ProSiebenSat.1 had “a clear growth plan” and was “executing it vigorously”. He said that double-digit growth at the broadcaster’s NuCom unit and Red Arrow Studios “prove that we are on the right track”.In addition to the €2 billion uptick in revenues, ProSiebenSat.1 is targeting an increase in EBITDA from €1 billion to €1.5 billion and an annual total shareholder return of 10-15%.The main pillars of the strategy to achieve growth are: a focus on local content and the introduction of addressable advertising, with a target of achieving a 25% revenue share of addressable advertising compared with a low single-digit share today; growth in Red Arrow’s share of local content commissioned by ProSiebenSat.1 from 13% to 30% over the next five years along with international expansion and the development of the Studio71 digital production business; and the doubling of revenues at e-commerce arm NuCom to €2 billion in the same time period.ProSiebenSat.1 aims to take a hit on EBITDA to the tune of around €50 million next year as it invests local content to fuel its longer-term ambition.The group is also reviewing its licensing arrangement with US content companies, and has already struck a new agreement with Warner Bros, which it said improved the scope of rights available to it. The company said it did “not rule out” a negative impact on earnings of up to €400 million this year from contracted licence volumes, with a possible negative impact on free cash-flow of up to €110 million.The impact of the de-consolidation of VOD portal Maxdome, now part of a JV with Discovery, and other units, allowing with only modest revenue growth, mean that the broadcaster has adjusted its 2018 guidance. It now expects revenue to decline from €4.1 billion to €4 billion, with revenues expected to grow in a low single-digit percentage range after taking into account currency shifts and consolidation.last_img read more

BBC Studios is looking to migrate a chunk of its b

first_imgBBC Studios is looking to migrate a chunk of its broadcast licenses to the Netherlands ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit scenario.The commercial arm of the corporation is making the move in order to continue transmitting across the European Union if the UK leaves without a deal in place.The licenses in question are for BBC Studios-run commercial channels, which include BBC Brit, BBC Earth, BBC Entertainment, BBC First and BBC Lifestyle.It is believed that BBC Studios has yet to trigger the no-deal plan, but if the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place on 12 April, it will be forced to do as much.A BBC Studios spokesperson confirmed to DTVE sister title TBI that a relocation of licences will require “a limited number of staff responsible for editorial decisions relating to those channels” moving to the Netherlands. It is understood that no more than 10 jobs will be affected.“As an international broadcaster operating a number of commercial channels in the EU, we are ensuring the necessary arrangements are in place to continue operating those channels in any changed regulatory environment.”The BBC is the latest business to move broadcast licenses out of the UK, following early moves by Discovery, Viacom and NBCUniversal, which have applied for licenses in Germany and the Netherlands.Exactly how Brexit will unfold changes daily as British MPs struggle to agree on terms for a deal. The UK has until 12 April to propose a plan to the EU, or it will exit without a deal.As reported previously by TBI, a House of Lords briefing document from February detailed that roughly 130 channels have applied for licenses outside the UK due to Brexit.Adam Minns, executive director of the Commercial Broadcasters Association (CoBA), told TBI at the time that while it’s unlikely that huge swathes of staff will be relocated as a result, the moves could potentially harm the UK broadcast industry in the future.“Until now, the UK has been the number one broadcasting sector by a country mile. We’ve got 1,200 channels based here – a third of all channels in Europe,” he said.“Before Brexit, it was a no-brainer that the UK is where you set up your European operations. Now, territories such as the Netherlands are looking increasingly attractive. The UK will have a problem five years down the line around how it stays competitive globally in terms of attracting investment from international broadcasting.”last_img read more

Contrast this with senators and congressmen who st

first_imgContrast this with senators and congressmen who stay in office for decades on end, selling all sorts of favors, amassing multi-million dollar campaign funds, and making themselves rich in the process. Most of them never really go away. At this point, our philosophical forefathers would be looking for places to buy torches… and they would be ready to beat anyone who called a system that supports such shenanigans a democracy.#4: Citizens chosen for positions like overseer of the marketplace were chosen completely at random. The word democracy is held in awe these days. Mention it almost anywhere and you’ll get instant nods of approval. People actually believe that democracy gives us harmony and peace, not to mention wealth. They are sure that it is the ultimate and inevitable end of human development, created by the wise and noble Greeks and given to us, the enlightened society that took it to the ends of the Earth! But if the ancient Greeks could see what we call ‘democracy,’ they would spit at it. They’d probably want to burn it down. As many problems as they had (and they had plenty), they were not fools, and it wouldn’t take them a day to condemn what the West now worships. Why would the old Greeks be so upset? Let’s take a look at their (Athenian) system and see how our modern form stacks up: #1: Greek citizen assemblies met 40 times per year in an open, public forum. Any citizen could speak and any citizen could vote. A vote of those present was final. Have you paid attention to the DC crowd lately? Have you noticed that they never leave? Instead, they slide back and forth between congress, commissions, agencies, lobbying firms, mega-corps and media. Have you noticed how often their children marry each other? Imagine choosing the boss of the IRS at random. We all know what would happen: You’d get a housewife from Portland one year and a plumber from Topeka the next. And they’d act like humans, rather than unfeeling automatons. The sanctimonious abuser state would crumble.#5: At the beginning of their democracy, the citizens of Athens were divided into ten tribes (and NOT along regional or family lines). This was done specifically to break the power of the aristocratic families. Because of this, the Greeks would be insulted when you assured them that we have “the rule of law.” They would say that when people can’t know the law, they are living in a tyranny, and no amount of fancy argumentation would convince them otherwise. And, again, they would be right. If you are ignorant of the law (80,000 pages of government-speak) but are still subject to punishment under the law, you are living in a tyranny. The founders would have no confusion about that.#3: A Council oversaw the daily affairs of the democracy. Each of ten tribes provided 50 men. But, only one tribe’s men (50 of them) served at any one time, and only for one month. (The Greeks had ten months in their year.) And once any person served as a Councilor, they were forbidden from serving again for ten years. That’s called “aristocracy.” However, people who are emotionally bound to the system can’t see it. The Greeks certainly wouldn’t be fooled.Losing Our Religion Do you remember a haunting song from the 90s called Losing My Religion? If so, cue that up in the back of your mind, because that’s what stands in front of the people of the West. The majestic “Democracy” that was supposed to be our savior is actually an abusive fraud. It’s time to let it go. That’s not easy, I know, but it needs to be done. Will you take the first step? Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comcenter_img Under this arrangement, playing tricks became almost impossible: as soon as the first of the month came along, the next tribe could turn your tricks around and do worse to you. If you were to take an ancient Greek to see “our laws,” they’d be looking at more than 80,000 pages of almost indecipherable language. (And those would be only the Federal laws.) The citizen is clearly unable to participate or even to understand what’s going on. Just this fact would cause the “fathers of civilization” to pronounce our system a fraud, and rightly so. The citizens are non-participants.#2: Laws were inscribed on stone pillars (stelae) and posted in prominent locations so that everyone would see them. Contrast that with what passes for (American) democracy now: Only special people are allowed to attend the assemblies. On top of that, there are far, far more meetings than anyone could hope to follow: General sessions, meetings for dozens of committees, party caucuses and more, running at all hours. No one person can come remotely close to keeping up with it all. Greek laws were accessible to every Greek. Not only were they required to be posted, but this requirement also guaranteed that there couldn’t be too many of them. Look at the Presidential lineup: Bush – Clinton – Bush – Obama – Clinton? – Bush?last_img read more

CASEY Severe but survivable event coming

first_img CASEY: “Severe but survivable” event coming This event will have repercussions on everything from how and where you shop and seek medical care…to how you invest and receive fixed income benefits, such as Social Security. Click here to learn more. Is it time to buy beaten down energy stocks? Energy prices have collapsed over the past 19 months. Last week, oil closed below $27 for the first time since 2007. Oil is now down 70% since June 2014. The price of natural gas has dropped 53% over the same period. Last month it hit $1.74, its lowest price since 1999. Shares of giant U.S. energy companies have crashed… Since June 2014, Exxon Mobil (XOM), the largest U.S. oil company, has fallen 25%. Chesapeake Energy (CHK), the largest U.S. natural gas company, has plummeted 89%. Halliburton (HAL), the largest U.S. oil services company, has plunged 56% since June 2014. Oil services companies sell “picks and shovels” to the oil industry. •  Kinder Morgan’s (KMI) stock has tanked… Kinder Morgan is the largest U.S. pipeline company. It operates 84,000 miles of oil and natural gas pipelines. Companies pay Kinder to transport oil and gas through its pipelines. In the early stages of the energy collapse, brokers sold Kinder stock as a less-risky way to invest in energy. Investors looking for safe income piled in. In 2014, Kinder Morgan paid a 4.8% annual dividend yield…2.5 times higher than the S&P 500’s dividend yield of 1.92%. Big energy companies’ profits depend on oil and gas prices. But as a “toll road” that makes money based on the volume of oil and gas it moves, Kinder should be able to withstand low oil and gas prices. At least that was the theory… In reality, crashing oil & gas prices have slammed Kinder’s business. Last year, the company’s first-quarter sales dropped 11% from the year before…second-quarter sales dropped 12%…and third-quarter sales dropped 14%. Last Wednesday, Kinder Morgan’s stock hit an all-time low of $12.01. That’s a 73% decline in less than two years. •  After Wednesday’s close, Kinder Morgan reported an 8% drop in fourth-quarter sales… The company lost $0.29 per share. It was the worst quarterly loss in the company’s history. •  Many investors were caught off-guard when Kinder Morgan’s stock tanked… Market Watch reported last month: Pipeline and fuel storage companies have been prized by many investors as the safest way to invest in the U.S. shale boom. But the companies paid out most of their available cash to shareholders eager for reliable dividends, which left many of them with large debt loads and at the mercy of lenders’ and investors’ willingness to continue lending to fund new projects. Until recently, borrowing or raising more money hasn’t been a problem. The fees that pipeline companies charge brought in steady, toll road-like revenue, and the companies were much loved by yield-hungry buyers, often wealthy retirees, who wanted steady dividends with little risk. Now that oil and gas prices have plummeted to less than half their 2014 peak, lenders could be tightening their requirements to tap more capital. •  On its earnings call, Kinder Morgan announced major spending cuts… The company slashed this year’s capital spending budget from $4.2 billion to $3.3 billion. Last month, the company cut its quarterly dividend by 75%. It was the first time in company history that Kinder cut its dividend. As Casey readers know, Kinder Morgan is one of many major energy companies to cut spending recently. According to banking giant Barclays, global energy producers cut spending by 23% last year and plan to cut another 15% this year. New Law Cracks Down on Right to Use Cash The U.S. government is trying to restrict your access to cash. But not for the reason you think…According to leaked evidence, it’s much, much worse. We’ll let you know when oil and gas stocks start to carve out a bottom. Chart of the Day Are gold miners carving out a bottom? Today’s chart shows the performance of the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX), which tracks the performance of major gold mining stocks. Gold miners are leveraged to the price of gold. When the price of gold jumps, shares of major gold miners can jump two or three times more. GDX has been in a downtrend since gold peaked in 2011. In the summer of 2015, it started to carve out a bottom. As you can see, the price held above $13 for about six months. However, GDX recently broke below $13 and hit a new low. Although it didn’t drop much below $13, this is a reason to invest with caution. It’s a possible sign that the carved bottom won’t hold. We’re optimistic on gold miners. GDX has fallen 80% since 2011, making gold stocks extremely cheap. When gold stocks rally, the gains could be huge. However, we’re taking a cautious stance for now while we wait to see if this recent bottom holds. Recommended Links Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida January 25, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.center_img •  Investors were happy with Kinder’s cost-cutting plan… Kinder Morgan’s stock jumped 15.6% on Thursday. It was the stock’s best day ever. And it climbed another 11% on Friday. The rally has many investors calling a bottom in Kinder stock. Barron’s published a story over the weekend titled “Kinder Morgan Hits Bottom”… We think these calls are premature. The chart below shows the performance of Kinder Morgan’s stock since the start of 2014. You can barely see the recent spike in Kinder’s stock price… •  The energy market is highly cyclical… It goes through huge booms and busts. Today, the energy market is in a major bust. As Casey readers know, large oil and natural gas deposits (and the companies that own oil & gas infrastructure) are some of the most valuable assets on the planet. Owning these top resource companies can make you rich…if you buy at the right price. Buying top resource companies at bargain prices is a key strategy we use to build lasting wealth. •  But we’re not buying Kinder Morgan stock yet… Kinder Morgan stock is still plummeting. And it’s extremely risky to buy a stock that’s plummeting. Instead, we like to buy stocks that have “carved out a bottom.” “Carving out a bottom” is a simple concept. A stock in a downtrend carves out a bottom when it stops falling, forms a bottom for a period of time…and then starts climbing higher. A stock that’s carving out a bottom should hold above a certain price for a significant amount of time. This is a key signal that buyers are stepping in at this price, giving the stock a floor. The chart below shows video streaming giant Netflix (NFLX) carving out a bottom. It traded in a range for 17 months before finally breaking out in January 2013. The stock went on to gain 257% over the next 11 months. – —last_img read more

KEIRON Purtill was praised by Royce Simmons follow

first_imgKEIRON Purtill was praised by Royce Simmons following Saints’ 28-12 win over Crusaders on Friday night.The club’s assistant coach was told he is doing a “fantastic job” by his gaffer – because of his continuing work on the side’s defence in recent weeks.“Our defence was good, especially down our end of the field,” Simmons said. “We held out for long periods and came up with good D when it mattered. We have been working on that and that’s down to Keiron who has been doing a great job improving that side of our game.“Crusaders came here with a good attitude and although we scored early you could tell we were in for a tough game. They responded well to that try and played good footy.“But we did enough to get through.”Saints welcomed back five players – Kyle Eastmond, Josh Perry, Andy Dixon, Jonny Lomax and Lee Gaskell – and Simmons was pleased to report all came through the match with no ill effects.“I thought all our returnees did well. Gasky started at stand-off but went to the wing when Ade got injured. He has experience there so it made sense to do that.“Kyle then went into 6 and combined well with Jonny.“Jonny didn’t just dip his toe in did he? He tackled really well and ran well too. It was a strong performance from all the boys that came in.“Ade Gardner doesn’t look too good though. It looks like he’s in trouble and his Achillies has gone. We need to wait for the scan and we will try to be positive but I think we won’t be seeing him for a long time. It’s a severe tear or a snap.”last_img read more