Between the Sheets opens this weekend

first_imgLead Actresses Emry and Stevi say the characters they are playing are very real women and the most realistic women they have ever played.The show runs May 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the North Peace Cultural Centre and tickets can be purchased at npcc.bc.ca. Tickets are $25 per Adult and $20 per Student/Senior.There will be a special Question and Answer period offered after curtain call with the audience. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Stage North Theatre Society presents their performance of Between the Sheets at the North Peace Cultural Centre.Between the Sheets is a story of a mother with a special needs son, who goes into an un-scheduled parent-teacher interview with her son’s teacher that she suspects is having more of a relationship with her husband then she would like.This play that is written by Jori Mand and directed by Rob Laventure is a drama and is performed in real-time and just one-act. The subject matter is based on adult content and suggested a 16+ audience.last_img read more

Som Seifs Purpose Financial is buying small business lender Thinking Capital

TORONTO — Financial services firm Purpose Financial LP has signed a deal to acquire financial technology startup Thinking Capital Financial Corp., a lender to small business.Terms of the deal, which includes a combination of cash and securities, were not immediately available.Purpose Financial says the agreement will create a business with significant balance sheet strength, strong financial backing and a diversified funding model.ETF pioneer Som Seif to announce acquisition, new investor in plan to quintuple assets at PurposeThinking Capital is expected to keep its headquarters in Montreal and all of its employees will remain with the company.Jeff Mitelman, CEO and co-founder of Thinking Capital, will also become a managing partner of Purpose Financial and hold a meaningful equity position in Purpose Financial alongside existing investor TorQuest and Thinking Capital’s management.Purpose Financial is the parent company to Purpose Investments, Purpose Advisor Solutions and Purpose Innovation Labs. read more

AMLCFT committee could have prevented interagency conflict – Nandlall

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAML Amendment Bill tabled in National AssemblyJuly 20, 2018In “latest news”Opposition concerns railroaded as AML/CFT Bill passedJuly 28, 2018In “latest news”SOCU remains an agency under GPF, says HarmonSeptember 15, 2016In “Crime” – GRA vs SOCUTo ensure cooperation between agencies, a task force committee on money laundering had been established in Guyana in 2013. Had its operations been preserved by the Government, the clash between the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), which resulted in the court ruling against the Unit, would not have even happened.This is according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who pointed out, during an interview with this publication, that this committee once met to develop coherent policy directions.Former Attorney General Anil NandlallNandlall stated that the very multi-agency nature of anti-money laundering efforts necessitated regular meetings with those very agencies.The committee, which was also a recommendation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), had comprised the Ministers of Finance, Legal Affairs and (then) Home Affairs; the Director of Public Prosecutions; Commissioners of Police and GRA; and the heads of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and Central Bank.“We had a national task force that was established that was supposed to head the AML/CFT [Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism] statutory apparatus. That task force presented a forum where the leaders of statutory agencies involved in the (AML) process got an opportunity to exchange information and discuss policies that would not put these organisations into conflict with one another.”Chief Justice (ag) Yonette Cummings-EdwardsHe stated that this was “because it was recognised that in the discharge of their respective mandate, (they) will invariably trespass upon the domain of the other. And these differences of approaches could have been ironed out. That organisation was scrapped by this Government and not replaced by any.“So, there is no forum and no opportunity given where these sector agencies, all of whose input is integral in Guyana’s fight against money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism, to interact, share policies and inform each other of what they are doing,” he added.RULINGNandlall noted that without such a forum, conflicts were inevitable and were, therefore, testimony to the incompetence of the Government. He referenced Friday’s ruling against SOCU. SOCU had applied to the courts after a request for confidential tax information from the GRA was rebuffed by the Authority, leading up to Friday’s ruling in the High Court.More than a week ago, SOCU had reportedly asked the GRA for the information as part of an investigation. The tax authority did not comply, citing the tax laws which protect such information. This prompted SOCU to take the matter to court, as it disagreed with the tax authority.GRA Commissioner General, Godfrey StatiaThis is SOCU’s first known attempt to get such information. The GRA was represented by Commissioner General Godfrey Statia, and a legal team which included Joy Persaud, Hessaun Yassin, Maritha Halley, Jason Moore, and Fiona Hamilton.  SOCU’s head, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sydney James, were present. Chief Justice (ag) Yonette Cummings-Edwards ultimately upheld GRA’s decision to not comply, rejecting SOCU’s pleas.“In the absence of such a forum, you are bound to get conflicts arising with these agencies. And that is why you have the GRA resisting, and rightfully so, an application to the courts to compel the GRA to disclose the confidential information of taxpayers, which the GRA is duty-bound by the law to keep as confidential.”BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY Nandlall noted that if the GRA was called upon to disclose that kind of information, the GRA would expose itself to the perils of acting unlawfully and breaching its confidentiality duty to taxpayers. According to Section 4 (1) of the Income Tax Act, “Every person who has any official duty or is employed in the administration of this Act shall regard and deal with all documents, information, returns, assessment lists and copies of those lists relating to the income or items of income of any person, as secret and confidential and shall make and subscribe a declaration in the form prescribed to that effect before a magistrate.”SOCU’s head, Assistant Commissioner Sydney JamesSubsection two goes on to state if these employees have possession of any of this information and “attempts to communicate that information or anything contained in the documents, returns, lists or copies to any person”, they are guilty of an offence. The Act lists two exceptions. One would be if the President of Guyana authorised the employee to communicate the information and if the information was communicated outside the purpose of the Act.Meanwhile, Section 23 (1) of the Revenue Act, Chapter 79:04 states: “No person shall, without the consent in writing given by or on behalf of the Authority, publish or disclose to any person other than in the course of his duties, or when lawfully required to do so by any court or under any law, the contents of any document, communication or information whatsoever, which relates to and which has come to his knowledge in the course of his duties under this Act.” Subsection two ads that it is a criminal offence for someone to knowingly breach this law and it brings with it, upon conviction, a fine of $200,000 or less. It also carries a jail sentence of not more than five years.AML/CFT Task Force The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in its eighth follow-up report noted the establishment of the local AML/CFT task force in 2013. The task force was expected to be chaired by the head of the presidential secretariat and meet every two months. Among its goals were setting the national AML/CFT strategy for Guyana and facilitating coordination among the competent authorities, financial and other sectors represented on the committee. It was also tasked with studying and following the international developments in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, and to monitor the implementation of a legal and institutional framework by the authorities in the AML/CFT fight.  The committee was also supposed to review the AML/CFT systems in Guyana. (Guyana Times) read more

Bouyancy predicted for Precious Metals

first_imgAmbrian Capital, the independent investment banking group, has launched Golden Prospect Precious Metals (GPPM), a Guernsey registered (UK), closed-ended investment fund dedicated to equity investments in the precious metals sector. The fund commenced trading on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange on November 28.GPPM, the first dedicated precious metals fund to be listed in London, is managed by Ambrian Asset Management and is aiming to exploit the attractive investment opportunities arising from the strong fundamentals of the precious metals sector.In support of the Precious Metals Fund, Ambrian Capital transferred in some £9.4 million of its existing precious metals equity investment portfolio in return for the equivalent investment of ordinary shares and warrants in this new investment vehicle. The portfolio transferred, which represents a substantial transaction under rule 12 of the AIM Rules, comprised the following nine shareholdings:Company                                            Number of SharesBolnisi Gold                                                 1,000,000Centamin Egypt                                           5,000,000Coeur D’Alene Minerals                                   250,000Great Panther Resources                              1,250,000Jubilee Platinum                                           2,000,000Lihir Gold                                                        500,000Mano River Resources                                 13,900,000Resolute Mining                                            1,200,000Uruguay Mineral Exploration                             600,000Tom Gaffney, Chief Executive of Ambrian Capital, said, “The launch provides a platform for the development of Ambrian Capital’s investment management business. The fund will benefit from the precious metals investment expertise that Ambrian Capital, formerly Golden Prospect, has built up over many years. In addition, GPPM will be able to take advantage of the low tax regime in Guernsey.“With the anticipated launch of further funds next year, Ambrian Asset Management becomes the third operating business of the group, alongside Ambrian Partners and Ambrian Commodities.”GPPM will focus on equity investments in the gold, silver, platinum, palladium and diamond sectors. The directors believe that above average returns will be generated through the capital appreciation of a selective portfolio of investments in these sectors. The funds will be concentrated in listed companies that have projects in either the development or production phases. As well as investing in these markets, the company can also diversify up to 20% of its gross assets into investments in other key commodities, such as uranium. Stocks will be selected on fundamental factors and wider economic considerations including geopolitical risks.The precious metals sector has experienced a trend of rising market prices since 2001 which has been largely driven by classic supply and demand economics. There have been few recent discoveries of new precious metal resources and those that have been found will typically take many years to bring into production. The directors believe that the current upward price trend in the precious metals sector could continue for a number of years making this an opportune time to launch a precious metals fund focusing on these target commodities.last_img read more

Eurotire OTR tyre facility awarded ISOOHSAS certification

first_imgKnown the world over as a leading manufacturer of off-the-road (OTR) tyres  for the mining industry, Eurotire’s OTR radial tyre facility in Drobeta Turnu Severin has been again awarded multiple Management Systems Certifications through IQNet and CISQ/RINA. Awarded Certifications include BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Health and Safety Management System, ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System and ISO14001:2004 Environmental Management System. Also renewed for the next three years in 2013 was the Rina Simtex ISO 9001:2008 (SR EN ISO 9001:2008), BS OHSAS 18001:2007 (SR OHSAS 18001:2008) and USI 14001:2004 (SR EN ISO 14001:2005).ISO International Standards sets out the requirements of a quality management system. It ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality. These standards assist in reducing cost by minimising waste and increasing productivity.OHSAS 18001 certifies and implements an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS). The certification demonstrates a clear commitment on the part of Eurotire to the safety of their workers. These certifications enable Eurotire to have knowledge and control over all relevant hazards resulting from normal operations and unusual situations. This certification assists Eurotire in managing best health and safety risks, continually improve worker protection, and create a corporate culture that values worker safety as much as production and profit.“We place the safety of our employees as our highest priority. These certifications demonstrate our commitment to the protection of our staff, our property and our plant.” stated Shimon Laber, Eurotire President. “It is key to improving the company’s safety culture while it increases our reputation for health and safety.”last_img read more

TheJournalie and TheScoreie nominated for Eircom Spider awards

first_imgTHE EIRCOM SPIDER Awards shortlist has been announced today and we’re delighted here at TheJournal.ie headquarters to see our name appear not just once, but four times.The Eircom Spiders are an annual event, honouring Irish individuals and organisations for their outstanding achievements online and celebrating the successes of the Irish internet and digital media.This year, TheJournal.ie has been given the nod in the News and Entertainment category but we’re also up for the best in Mobile App award and Social Media Interaction.Our sister site, TheScore.ie, has also been recognised for its achievements in bringing Irish readers all the action from what has been an incredible year in sport.The Business’ Choice Award is a new category for this year and TheDigitalHub.com, MenuPages.ie and Printing.ie are all nominated for the accolade.Organisers have revealed that they received the highest number of entries for the internet awards since they were established in 1996. The winners will be announced at a glitzy ceremony, hosted by comedian Des Bishop, in Dublin’s Convention Centre on 1 November.The full shortlist:Financial ServicesBank of Ireland All About Businessbonkers.ieIrish LifeMoney AdviserNational Consumer Agency’s Financial ProductSortMyBooks Online AccountingTransacationAge®XS DirectTravel, Tourism & HospitalityBelfast – Be Here NowDirectski.com lauch new websitedynamicroutemaps.comEvening Standard (London)Hit the RoadKillarney on a MapTrazooWexford Beach HomesCharity & Non ProfitBreaking TunesChallenge The Greenwaydrugs.ieEmilian TibaInspire IrelandTemple Street Children’s HospitalThe Big TestTrócaireRetail ExcellenceCleverbugD.I.D Electricalmiinto.ieNational LotteryNicholas MossePrinting.ieSliderobesThe Corkscrew Wine Merchants E businessBid4Lightsboomerangtracker.comBulletDirectski.com lauch new websiteGrabOneMy Toys DirectSortMyBooksWallart & DecoSocial Media InteractionEngaging Road Users to Save Lives – RSA & Social MFota Wildlife ParkJameson Ireland Facebook PageSage SocialScience CallingSpin 1038 Facebook PageTheJournal.ieTODAY FM’s SHAVE OR DYE 2012CampaignAll About Business, Dragons’ DenBulmers deCider AppDigital Switch brought to you by Harvey NormanSurvivor StoriesThe Land of SvyturysThe McDonald’s Morning AppWalk in My ShoesAvonmore Peak FreshNews & Entertainment98FM.comAertv.ieCollegetimes.ieEileen Denham Lost Societyentertainment.ieRobert Thompson Funeral DirectorsSpin1038TheJournal.ieWeb Design & Development AgencyContinuumHidden DepthICAN AdvertisingKoobaLightbox DigitalStrata3Web TogetherWebfactorySportsBMX IrelandCricket IrelandFLYEfitHeinekenCup, bringing you closer to the dramaIrish TriathlonRory McIlroyTeamerTheScore.ieListingsCareerGuidance.ieCarl ScarpaHealth Insurance AuthorityMayo.ieMyDealPage.ieMyHome.ie – Property Price Changespubsdirect.ieWheelchairtaxi.ieBusiness’ ChoiceDigital Hub Development AgencyMenuPages.iePrinting.ieSortMyBooksUser Experiencebonkers.ieBulletCashback IrelandGreenstarHostboxMater Private HospitalNational Lottery mobileXS DirectMobile AppAdverts.ieDaft.ieentertainment.iemocks.ieNational Irish Bank Smartphone Banking AppSony PlayStation Ireland, Join the Resistance.TheJournal.ieToday FM iPhoneInnovative use of Technology in Digital MarketingBulmers deCider Appdynamicroutemaps.comEvening Standard (London)Fatcheese.ieFota Wildlife ParkHuggity FanPicRaboScoreSony PlayStation,Play Everywhere,Projection MapDigital StartupCleverbugdynamicroutemaps.comHuggity FanPicTheJournal.ie picks up three Eircom Spider awardslast_img read more

Green shoots First Green Party councillor elected in Dublin

first_imgIn the 2009 local elections, the party only got 1.1 per cent of the national vote and not much better in the last General Election in 2011 – with 1.8 per cent.With the talk of a resurgence in popularity, how are the Green Party doing so far?Earlier today, despite no official results about the European elections being released yet, Eamon Ryan was accepting congratulatory hugs in Citywest earlier today after exit polls put him in third place in Dublin – which could mean he takes the final, precious MEP seat. Elected!!!! Top of the poll!! First time since @EamonRyan when he ran for council.— Patrick Costello (@Costellop) May 24, 2014 Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandRTÉ Exit Poll results from the European Elections for Dublin showed:Lynn Boylan (Sinn Féin) – 24%Brian Hayes (Fine Gael) – 14%Eamon Ryan (Green Party) – 14%There are three seats up for grabs in the constituency, meaning that the Greens might just take it.(warning – these are not definitive or without margin of error)In some of the Dublin tallies today for Fingal Castleknock the Green Party were at 10.2 per cent, while in Fingal Howth/Malahide they were at 6.8 per cent.However in Balbriggan ward the party has just 5 per cent in the tallies.With eight seats in Dun Laighaire Rathdown, Ossian Smyth of the Green Party was tallied at  6.9 perIt is also thought that former TD Paul Gogarty might take a seat in Dublin in the Palmerstown and Lucan ward – tallying at 8.89 per cent.He once said: “Music is a hobby, politics is my vocation.” Source: HisSweetSurprise/YouTubeRead: Taoiseach expected in Longford as Gabrielle McFadden tops by-election poll>Read: Fianna Fáil storms into second place in Dublin West by-election> Source: Green Party/Twitter Patrick Costello tops the poll in #Rathgar-#Rathmines. Well done @Costellop, and thank you #Dublin! #le14 pic.twitter.com/V8ZcxoQNuM— Green Party Ireland (@greenparty_ie) May 24, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Patrick Costello/Twitter DUBLIN HAS ELECTED its first Green Party candidate.Patrick Costello has managed to take a seat in Rathmines: Here he is doing an election selfie:last_img read more

Une initiative internationale contre 10 maladies tropicales rares

first_imgUne initiative internationale contre 10 maladies tropicales raresUne vaste initiative internationale, regroupant des partenaires aussi privés que publics a été annoncée lundi pour lutter contre 10 maladies tropicales rares (ou MTN pour maladies tropicales négligées). L’industrie pharmaceutique a promis un don de 14 milliards de traitements.A l’échelle mondiale, les maladies tropicales négligées (MTN) affectent au moins un milliard de personnes, soit une personne sur sept. Chaque année, on déplore des millions de morts ou de malades gravement atteints. Parmi les MTN figurent notamment : la filariose lymphatique, également connue sous le nom d’éléphantiasis. Cette maladie concerne plus de 1,3 milliard de personnes, et défigure gravement les personnes touchées. Autre MTN, la maladie du sommeil (trypanosomiase humaine africaine) qui est transmise par la piqure de la mouche tsé-tsé. Sans traitement, cette maladie s’avère toujours mortelle.Pour lutter contre ces fléaux, une vaste initiative internationale, regroupant des partenaires aussi privés que publics a été annoncée lundi pour lutter en faveur de l’élimination de 10 de ces MTN. Selon sa Fédération internationale basée à Genève, l’industrie pharmaceutique fera don de 14 milliards de traitements pour aider à éradiquer ces maladies tropicales. Pour un impact maximal, ces dons se concentreront sur les neuf MTN qui représentent plus de 90% du fardeau de ces maladies à l’échelle mondiale. En moyenne, 1,4 milliard de traitements seront mis à disposition gratuitement chaque année afin d’atteindre les objectifs fixés par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) d’ici 2020.”Depuis des décennies, des sociétés pharmaceutiques individuelles investissent dans la recherche, mettent au point et font don de médicaments dans le but de combattre les maladies et d’améliorer la vie des patients”, a déclaré Eduardo Pisani, Directeur général de la Fédération internationale de l’industrie du médicament (FIIM) cité par l’AFP. Des millions investis pour lutter contre les maladiesÀ lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Le laboratoire Sanofi par exemple, s’est engagé dans la lutte contre la maladie du sommeil, (qu’elle compte éradiquer d’ici 2020) tandis que le laboratoire suisse Novartis a promis de reconduire son engagement en faveur de l’élimination de la lèpre. Le laboratoire Merck Serono compte quant à lui multiplier par dix son financement, de 20 millions à 160 millions d’euros, pour éliminer la maladie du ver de la schistosomiase (ou bilharziose). Enfin, Bayer va doubler sa donation de nifurtimox pour combattre la maladie de Chagas (en phase chronique, 30% des patients touchés développent des lésions cardiaques). Les gouvernements américain, britannique et des Emirats arabes unis, la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates (qui prévoir de verser 363 millions de dollars sur cinq ans), la Banque mondiale et les représentants de pays (Bangladesh, Brésil, Mozambique et Tanzanie) se sont également engagés à renforcer la lutte contre ces maladies. Ainsi, une “Déclaration de Londres sur les maladies tropicales négligées” a été signée et les signataires se sont engagés à maintenir ou élargir les programmes de dons existants.Le 31 janvier 2012 à 15:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Regional transportation council chief to retire in 2014

first_imgThe executive director of the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council has announced he will retire next year.Dean Lookingbill told the RTC board last week he plans to step down in March 2014. Lookingbill, 61, has led the multijurisdictional agency since it formed in 1992.The board will likely hire a search firm and develop criteria before narrowing the field of executive director candidates later this year. The new director, likely to come from outside the agency, could be hired by the end of 2013 to allow for a transition period before Lookingbill departs, he said.The RTC is a planning organization for Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties, plus the Washington side of the larger Portland-Vancouver urban area. RTC board members include representatives of Clark County, the city of Vancouver, C-Tran, the Washington State Department of Transportation and other jurisdictions.last_img read more

Universal moves one step closer to backdoor Tiger Resort listing with Asiabest

first_imgUniversal Entertainment Corp has taken a major step towards completing its planned backdoor listing of Tiger Resort Asia Limited (TRA), the operating entity of its Philippines integrated resort Okada Manila, after completing the acquisition of shares in Asiabest Group International Inc (ABG).In an announcement on the company’s corporate website on Monday, Universal said that ABG had now been converted into a subsidiary of TRA, with the purpose of the acquisition being “to list the shares of the company which operates the company’s casino resort business on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) in the course of 2019.” TRA now holds 66.6% of ABG.The acquisition had originally been planned for completion in November but was delayed due to a request for information from a minority shareholder.Former Universal Chairman Kazuo Okada, who was ousted from the company last year on allegations of fraud, also filed a request with the PSE in January to deny the block sale of shares in ABG. Okada claimed at the time that the sale was “inconsistent with the PSE’s objective to protect the investing public.” 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status RelatedPosts Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load Morelast_img read more

3 arrested after stolen car hits van in North Miami Beach 1

first_imgAs of 5 p.m., traffic at the intersection where the crash took place is still being affected as police continue to investigate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested three people after, officials said, a stolen car slammed into a van in North Miami Beach, sending one person to the hospital.North Miami Beach Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the rollover crash at the intersection of Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 163rd Street, Tuesday afternoon.Investigators said a gray Dodge Charger crashed into a white van, causing the van to overturn.According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigators, the Charger was stolen by people involved in two car break-ins at Oleta State Park.Once FWC officers arrived at the park, officials said, the subjects fled and eventually crashed into the van.Police took the three people inside the Charger into custody.Paramedics took one person to an area hospital in unknown condition. last_img read more

Epic launches FortniteXJumpman crossover with Air Jordan 1 wearing skins

first_imgGet a Victory Royale wearing some sick Jordans. Epic Games Fortnite season 9 already featured one crossover event — with John Wick — but developer Epic Games unveiled a new basketball-themed event on Wednesday.  Epic’s latest update to the game launched the FortniteXJumpman event, featuring new skins wearing Jordan sneakers and the Downtown Drop limited time mode.  Fortnite Share your voice The two new outfits are Grind and Clutch. Both include Nike Air Jordan 1s in different color combinations, including the popular “Lakers” and “Bulls” colorways, which are based on the NBA teams. Downtown Drop is different from other Fortnite modes as the goal is to run through NYC-inspired streets to collect coins and items rather than trying to kill the other 99 players. The mode has its own challenges from collecting a certain number of coins and spraying paint on sections of the street and walls. There are multiple Downtown Drop challenges available Wednesday with more unlocking over the coming days. Players completing these tasks will be rewarded with spray paint designs and Back Board Back Blings for their characters to wear to give it more style. Along with the new mode and skins, update v9.10 added Hot Spots, which are named locations that will now have Loot Carriers that contain high-end weapons. Epic also brought back the Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle and made adjustments to the Shadow Bomb and Combat Shotgun. There were also various fixes for all versions of the game. On Tuesday, players saw a new message of the day from Epic that said, “Game recognize Game. Drop in tomorrow.” The image used for the news was the iconic Jumpman logo used by Nike for Michael Jordan sneakers. Epic also tweeted on Tuesday an image using only a series of emojis: a goat, basketball, sneaker and red triangle (icymi, “goat” stands for “greatest of all time” — and icymi stands for “in case you missed it”).This isn’t the first time Fortnite had a basketball theme. Last July, in season 5, Epic added the ability to shoot basketballs. Epic also released the Jumpshot and Triple Threat basketball skins in season 4. Originally published on May 21. Update, May 22: Adds V9.10 update details.Correction, May 22: An earlier version of this article misstated when Epic released the Jumpshot and Triple Threat basketball skins. They were released in season 4. Tagscenter_img 0 Gaming nulllast_img read more

PrePrime Day sale The Echo Dot for 2499 Fire TV Recast for

first_img See it Share your voice Crutchfield Prime Day 2019: The leftovers Walmart’s final day of anti-Prime Day deals After Amazon Prime Day 2019: You can still snag deals on the Echo and Echo Dot 4 great cheap deals you can get anytime Amazon Prime Day 2019: Fire TV deals end, but Roku discounts still going strong Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best deals on Chromebooks, gaming laptops and MacBooks Post-Prime Day deals from Vizio: Save up to $1,200 on TVs, $200 on an Atmos sound bar Best Buy Post a comment $29 The Cheapskate 0 Now playing: Watch this: CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It See It $49 Smart Home DVRs Smart Speakers & Displays Amazon Echo Dotcenter_img Adorama $29 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Fire TV Recast is a whopping $100 off the regular price. Sarah Tew/CNET Pardon me while I throw my crystal ball out the window. Because I thought I had this whole Prime Day thing figured out: Sales on Amazon gear must be over until Prime Day kicks off on July 15, right?Nope. As of this morning, the Fire TV Recast over-the-air DVR is on sale for $129.99, a full $100 off the regular price and by far the lowest it’s ever been.See it at AmazonMeanwhile, the third-gen Amazon Echo Dot continues to sell for $24.99, which is 50% off the list price and the lowest it’s been since Black Friday.See it at AmazonI don’t get it. Where does this leave these these products for Prime Day? Could the Recast be priced even lower? Seems unlikely. And will Amazon merely drop the Dot to $24.99 again, in which case, yawn?Amazon works in mysterious ways, no question. In any case, the larger second-gen Echo is on sale as well: $69.99. That’s not the lowest price to date. It was $64.99 just a couple weeks ago.See it at AmazonSo, yeah — I have no idea. I’ll just say that these are undeniably good deals, especially on the Recast. Read CNET’s Amazon Fire TV Recast review to learn more about this cord cutter-friendly DVR.Here are more smart shopping tips for Amazon Prime Day 2019.   Tags News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 See It Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense Amazon Fire TV Recast is one of the best DVRs for the… 1:47 Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) See also $49 Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini Amazonlast_img read more

Rally to save Geo heritage sites flagged off by MP MVV

first_imgVisakhapatnam: A rally was conducted from Kali Mata temple to YMCA on the Beach Road on Sunday to create awareness on protecting Visakhapatnam’s geo heritage buildings. Organised by INTACH, the rally was flagged off by MP MVV Satyanarayana, VMRDA Chairman Dronamraju Srinivasa Rao and members of INTACH. Over 370 people took part in the rally, including from the Tourism and Archaeological Department. The event also saw NCC Cadets, NSS volunteers and members of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Visakhapatnam District with its significant geological sites such as Yerra Matti Dibbalu (which is one of the 34 National Geoheritage site recognised as important geological features), Natural Arch in Visakhapatnam beach, Borra caves, Bauxite deposit and volcanic ash layer from Indonesia deposited in Araku Valley coupled with archaeological and cultural tourist sites such as Thotlakonda, Bavikonda, Bojjannakonda, Araku valley, have a great potential to become a part of Global Geoparks Network (GGN), a UNESCO assisted network, opined Mayank Kumari Deo, who owns Visakhapatnam’s heritage building Hawa Mahal and convener of INTACH, local chapter.last_img read more

UFO spotted in the skies of Prescott Valley researcher suspects alien existence

first_imgUFO Sightings Daily/MUFONAn unidentified flying object (UFO) that appeared in the skies of Prescott Valley, Arizona is now the hottest debating point among conspiracy theorists and extraterrestrial enthusiasts. The strange clip that was submitted to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) recently shows a dark object hovering in the skies in broad daylight.The eyewitness who saw this sighting described the UFO as a dark ghost-like object. However, popular extraterrestrial researcher Scott C Waring who analyzed the clip revealed that this dark object could be actually an alien spaceship. Waring also added that this UFO is partly cloaked, and suggested that aliens might be living in a base that would be about 4-5 miles below the ground.”Look closely at this UFO and you will see its partly cloaked. What looks like smoke, is actually the hidden parts of the ship becoming visible. This UFO either just came out or was about to enter an alien base that would be about 4-5 miles below the ground. That is the only possibility for an alien craft to be hovering in a desolate location for so long. There are a lot of aliens that prefer the dryer hotter climate like the tall greys, the short greys, and the tall whites,” wrote Scott C Waring on his website UFO Sightings Daily.The website post made by Scott C Waring soon became the debating point among conspiracy theorists, and many people outlandishly confirmed that this incident is authentic proof of alien existence. Some of these people argued that aliens used to visit the earth for hundreds of thousands of years to monitor human activities.A section of conspiracy theorists alleged a foul play by NASA, and they claimed that the United States space agency is intentionally covering up realities of alien life fearing public panic.The news of this UFO sighting comes just a few days after another square-shaped black flying object was spotted in California. In the footage uploaded to YouTube by a user named Daniel Zermeno, a square object was seen moving slowly across the skies. Interestingly, the UFO in the video can be seen spinning in the air at regular intervals.last_img read more

Microsoft to offer 99 Xbox 360 with 15 subscription

first_imgThe cheapest Xbox 360 you can pick up from a store today is $199. But that is about to get cut in half by Microsoft if you agree to sign up for a 2-year subscription.Apparently the deal will be made available through Microsoft’s own stores initially. It will see you pay $99 up front and then $15 per month for a minimum of two years. In return you get an Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect plus a subscription to Xbox Live Gold. There’s also the promise of some additional benefits such as free content streams.The equivalent package today including two years of Live Gold would cost you about $390. This deal saves you $290 initially, but ends up costing you a minimum of $460 before you’ve bought any games. If you don’t have the cash now, but want the console, then that may be acceptable, however, there is another problem.Signing up for this subsidized Xbox 360 means you’ll be paying to use it until at least May 2014. By then we’ll probably have a successor to the console on store shelves. It’s possible Microsoft may offer you a way out of the subscription by purchasing a full price Xbox 720, but if they don’t there will be an early termination fee to pay.As a subsidized hardware deal it isn’t actually that bad. The overall cost is only $70 more than you’d pay cash, but it does tie you to payments for the next 24 months. For Microsoft, it’s a way to offer their hardware as the cheapest console on the market, and they are sure to push that in marketing for the deal.More at The Vergelast_img read more

Lawmakers press admin over response to China island building

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   “If the Chinese strategy was to freeze us out, it has backfired,” Russel said.But the top-ranking Democrat on the committee, Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, complained that sometimes it appears that the only U.S. response to provocative actions by China is a “press release.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helpcenter_img “I see no price whatsoever that China is playing for their activities in the South and East China Seas. None. In fact, I see us paying a price,” Corker said. “We see our friends coming in constantly worried about where we are, what our commitment levels are.”Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling this weekend to Beijing, where he is to meet with President Xi Jinping. U.S. officials say he’ll be carrying a message that China’s large-scale land reclamation and general behavior in the South China Sea will hurt China’s image and its relations with its neighbors and, potentially, with the United States itself.China has rattled the region with its assertive claims both over islands held by Japan in the East China Sea, and in the South China Sea, where islands and reefs are contested by China and five other Asian claimants. China has reclaimed about 2,000 acres of dry land since 2014 that could be used as airstrips or for military purposes, according to U.S. officials.China claims the islands are its territory. Its Foreign Ministry on Wednesday voiced serious concern about a Wall Street Journal report, which cited anonymous U.S. officials, that the U.S. is considering sending military ships and planes to challenge Chinese claims to islands it is building. WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators pressured the Obama administration on Wednesday for a more robust response to China’s provocative actions in East Asian seas, as concern grows in Washington that Beijing is building artificial islands to assert military control over disputed territory.Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, complained that the administration lacked a “coherent policy,” and disputed the administration’s view that China is losing international stature because of its provocative moves. Sponsored Stories The assistant secretary of defense for the Asia-Pacific, David Shear, declined to comment on the report at the committee hearing Wednesday, and on whether the U.S. was considering a demonstration of freedom of navigation within 12 nautical miles of the islands’ notional territorial zone. But Shear said many of the features claimed by China in the disputed Spratly island chain are submerged and do not carry territorial rights.“We claim the right of innocent passage in such areas and we exercise that right regularly both in the South China Sea and globally, and we are going to continue exercising that right both under the surface of the water and in the air,” he said.Top diplomat for East Asia, Daniel Russel, said that no matter how sand China piles up on reefs, it can’t “manufacture sovereignty.” He said the U.S. is calling for restraint on territorial disputes, and “diplomacy will continue to be our instrument of first resort.”Russel maintained that China’s provocative actions had hurt its standing. He cited recent, thinly veiled criticism of China by the Southeast Asian bloc and a legal challenge brought by the Philippines. The United States is “increasingly in demand” as a guarantor of security in the region, he said. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Innovative solutions for nonperforming loans

first_imgBy Erol Riza One may be forgiven for wondering why there is a sudden interest by various stakeholders and economists in the persistent problem of non-performing loans (NPLs).Gross NPLs are in excess of €20 billion, or more than 100 per cent of gross domestic product, the highest in the EU. The politicians who claim they have the answer to the NPLs are the same ones who refused to consider a solution in 2013 and made sure that the laws they passed made it very difficult for banks to efficiently manage their NPL portfolios.The NPL resolution, in accordance with the governor of the central bank, will take time as the excesses since 2008 must be unwound and banks must seek innovative solutions.The serious voices of concern, however, come not from domestic politicians but from the chairman of the Single Supervisory Mechanism and the European Commission who have all reminded the Cypriot authorities that the high level of NPLs was deleterious. This week the ECB chairman also added his voice to the need for reducing NPLs.These concerns should be distinguished from the new-found interest of politicians who have thought that there is an easy solution according to their populist announcements. It may be too late for a bad bank and an asset management company since banks are private companies and cannot be coerced into accepting government decisions. However, there are new ideas about financial tools that can be used to address some of the NPLs and this is the purpose of this article.In Cyprus the NPL problem dates back to 2008. Financial crises do not happen overnight and one should look at history to understand the problem and how to address it. The lending by banks which ended up being imprudent and their gamble on Greek bonds dates back to Cyprus’ entry into the euro. Before joining the euro, Cypriot banks taking on non-resident deposits in foreign currencies had to keep 70 per cent of these deposits in six-month investments and could only term lend 30 per cent.After the adoption of the euro the currency became local currency and hence banks were free to lend without restriction, subject to large exposure rules set by the central bank. Huge inflows took place into the two large Cyprus banks because of the high interest rates paid (encouraged by those promoting Cyprus’ status as a business centre). As Charles Kindleberger, in his book Manias, Panics and Crashes explains this feeds credit expansion. At its peak, credit expansion in Cyprus reached 25-30 per cent per annum. Thereafter we had a property bubble and ultimately, when developers could not be tapped for lending, the banks took a bet on Greek bonds, even though the bond market at the time gave Greece a 50 per cent chance of default!The banks were not the only party that went on a lending binge. The borrowers also did the same. In this regards we must not forget that everyone in Cyprus partook of the generosity of banks (‘Think of it and it will happen’ was the Bank of Cyprus’ slogan to attract borrowers), hence the huge levels of private indebtedness we now witness.Borrowers and lenders enjoyed the party until the Greek crisis worsened and the two big banks in Cyprus were found to be exposed in a big way (€6-7 billion in bonds and €25 billion in loans to Greek borrowers) which were not adequately provided for losses. The rest is history.How the banks resolve this problem will depend on the next steps taken by government and the banks. The banks face challenges both from regulatory issues (International Accounting Standard 9 application in 2018, provisions for future NPLs as suggested by the ECB and Minimum Requirement for Eligible Liabilities) whilst at the same time there is a legal environment that is riddled with structural inefficiencies and hostile to creditors.The sale of loans and foreclosure laws have made it very difficult for banks to recover their collateral in a timely manner and borrowers knows this. Moreover, the primary residence is an issue for banks because banks will be hard pressed to repossess homes as they do in the UK and USA; even in Ireland it was very difficult for NAMA to foreclose.The answer all along has been to get rid of the NPLs as banks are not the best place to park these loans. Whereas until recently banks could not take the losses from selling these loans at a large discount, the increased provisions which have been made make the sale of loans easier. The sale though cannot be made as the law in Cyprus ensures that the central bank has a tight grip on who can buy these assets. Also, the law allows the defaulted borrower to make a bid at the same price as the one the bank choses to sell within a deadline. How a defaulted borrower can find the funds to purchase a loan with a discount is beyond reason but maybe other banks may take on the defaulted borrowers as a new client. Perish the thought that a borrower who has appeared in the borrowers’ defaulted registry as defaulting on his obligations would a good client!The problem is intractable without some new structure which banks may be able to use to reduce their NPLs. The two fundamental difficulties are the price at which banks may wish to sell is higher than what buyers may want to pay and the lack institutional buyers of such assets. One financial tool is securitisation, but securitisation is difficult for performing loans and doubly difficult when the asset pool is non-performing. The rating agencies in their modelling of such transactions attribute time to recovery and amount of recovery as two very significant negatives for some assets such as retail borrowers and SMEs.Notwithstanding the difficulties of conventional securitisation, the innovation suggested by ECB advisers is feasible for large corporate and commercial property. Briefly, the government should participate and co invest (indirectly) in a securitisation transaction, undertaken at market prices, by guaranteeing a significant portion of the risky tranche of the transaction, the junior tranche as it is called. The innovation is the aligning of the interest of private investors with the government which can be done in accordance with state aid regulations so long as some minimum conditions are met. A derivative transaction known as total return swap will allow the government to protect investors in exchange for the upside in terms of better recovery over time.The key problem remains which assets will be sold (only a true sale will count for bank capital relief) and herein lies the Cypriot dimension. Laws introduced to protect primary residences of households and SMEs, which have their primary residence as collateral, have made the timeliness and rate of recovery from these loans difficult to predict. Hence, it will complicate the securitisation unless the government also agrees to take these loans into an agency to asset manage over say 15-20 years.To summarise, the government and banks, with central bank support, should discuss the role of government and should seek to implement solutions which are innovative and consistent with ECB guidelines. Other solutions to please ill-informed citizens could be a waste of time and mere pre-election promises. Erol Riza is the managing director of a UK based financial advisory firm and a former non-executive vice-chairman of the interim board of the Bank of Cyprus and former managing director of DEPFA Investment Bank.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Nicosia will not expel Russian diplomats spokesman says

first_imgCyprus will not expel Russian diplomats in line with actions taken to do so in the EU and the US, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromos told the Cyprus News Agency.Prodromou was asked to comment on European Council President Donald Tusk’s announcement regarding the decision of 14 EU Member States to expel Russian diplomats as direct follow-up to the European  Council’s discussion last week on the Salisbury nerve-gas attack.“Cyprus is among the 14 countries that will not take such measures. This was also the position of Cyprus at COREPER, that we are in line (with the EU Conclusions and Decisions) but our country is not in a position to take measures against countries that are permanent members of the UN Security Council,” he said.Meanwhile, Tusk announced that ‘additional measures including further expulsions are not excluded in coming days, weeks’.You May LikeSimpleMostStarting With The Best, These Are TV Moms RankedSimpleMostUndoList Nebula8 Most Dangerous Dog BreedsList NebulaUndoAllThingsCeleb.comWhat Dolly Parton Looks Like Today Is CrazyAllThingsCeleb.comUndo Two of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more