Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, the three-time NBA All-Star revealed that he should have bolted out of the franchise much sooner than he did.“My biggest regret is, why didn’t I leave when I had the chance,” the mercurial big man told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I had the chance, but I fought it. … I wanted to give it a chance. My representatives, they told me I shouldn’t stay. You know, being…I guess you can say stubborn and loyal, I wanted to make things work.”Before teaming up with another generational talent in Anthony Davis, Cousins shouldered much of the load for the lowly Kings, who failed to clinch a playoff spot throughout his tenure. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 3-time major champ Wawrinka needs coach after Norman leaves CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during the second half of a game against the Houston Rockets at the Smoothie King Center on February 23, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/AFPDeMarcus Cousins is certainly in the upper echelon of centers in today’s NBA.Although his talent is undeniable, the 27-year-old Kentucky product remains hounded by his fair share of turmoil—particularly during the six and a half seasons he spent with the dysfunctional Sacramento Kings.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The constant losing only fueled Cousins’ frustration, which eventually led to his inevitable exit.“When you come in, you know it’s a business. How are you going to be loyal to something that hasn’t been loyal to any player that’s ever played this game? I was a fool,” he said.With his return to the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento looming, Cousins bared his expectation on facing his former team.“I’m excited to play in front of the fans and see their reaction,” he said. “But as far as it just being like a revenge game or anything, I’m past it. I’m in a good place, I’m happy where I’m at. We have a chance to win. We’re playing for something. So I’m good.”The now revamped Kings will host the Pelicans on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View comments
Mislintat: Arsenal striker Aubameyang too selfless to play for elite clubby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStuttgart chief Sven Mislintat says Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is too selfless to play for an elite club.Aubameyang has been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona throughout his career.But former Gunners scout Mislintat, who signed the striker from Borussia Dortmund, was quoted by The Athletic saying: “He is one, maybe the only one, this exceptional top striker, who is an absolute team player.”Perhaps this attitude cost him the opportunity to play for clubs like Real Madrid or Barcelona.”A striker like Neymar or (Sergio) Aguero, for example, would never give up a penalty. I like his attitude. He is good for the team atmosphere.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – Rogers Communications Inc. saw its first-quarter profit soar from the same time last year as its wireless division experienced a growth spurt that exceeded analyst estimates.The wireless, cable, internet and media company’s net profit was $425 million, up 37 per cent from $310 million in the comparable period last year.Adjusted earnings grew even more, rising by 45 per cent to $477 million, while total revenue was $3.63 billion, up eight per cent from $3.37 billion last year.The net profit reported by Rogers, under a new accounting standard that it adopted for this year, amounted to 83 cents per share, up from 60 cents per share.Growth in consolidated EBITDA, earnings before taxes and other items, was 11.1 per cent — above the consensus estimate of 5.9 per cent.More than half of total revenue for Rogers was from the wireless division, which was up nine per cent to $2.19 billion.Rogers chief executive Joe Natale told analysts in a conference call after the results were released Thursday afternoon that the overall wireless marketplace, including the company’s rivals, appears to have had healthy growth during the quarter.In addition, he said, Rogers made progress in reducing the loss of customers — or churn — by proactively looking for ways to retain customers and investing in improvements at its call centres.“If you look at what we’ve been focused on, we’ve been focusing on doing a better job of managing our base of customers and really kind of looking through our base and looking at retention — proactive retention opportunities,” Natale said.He said the investments in systems “will continue to pay dividends for us.”Among the wireless performance metrics that contributed to the quarter was 95,000 net postpaid additions — compared with 60,000 a year earlier — and reduced postpaid churn of 1.08 per cent, down from 1.1 per cent a year earlier.The consensus estimate had been for about 55,000 net postpaid additions and churn of 1.13 per cent.The first quarter’s wireless results were a stark contrast to the fourth quarter, when 72,000 net subscriber additions were below estimates.Natale said estimated on a Jan. 25 analyst call that technical problems in December, during a seasonally important period, had cost Rogers about 35,000 net additions to its subscriber base in the fourth quarter.Rogers has one of Canada’s three national wireless networks, operating under the Rogers, Fido and Chatr brands.It also owns the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team through its media division and one of Canada’s largest cable TV networks, based mostly in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.Natale said revenue growth at the Rogers media division — which was up 12 per cent from a year ago to $532 million — was primarily due to sports.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce believes his team is suffering from lack of confidence after their stalemate against Bristol City on Friday.The Villans played out a 1–1 draw with Bristol and are currently winless in their last nine games. However, Bruce admitted that his side were not at their best and put the poor encounter down to a lack of confidence.But he felt Villa should have won the game. He blasted the decision to disallow Tammy Abraham’s first-half goal, as well as the decision not to award a penalty to his team after a Bristol player handled the ball in the box.“I thought we deserved to win,” he added, according to Birmingham Mail.“The referee has made an awful decision in the first half.”“We could have had a penalty in the second half. Away from home, you need those decisions.”Allardyce praises Newcastle’s Steve Bruce Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Sam Allardyce believes Steve Bruce is a better fit at English Premier League side Newcastle United than he would ever have been.“When you put all those factors together, I thought if any ]team was going to win it would be us.”“It was never going to be easy. But after an awful start, the resilience of the players and the determination. For me, we were the better team.”Meanwhile, Jamie McAllister has jumped to the defence of Steve Bruce after chant of him getting the sack were made by Villa supporters.McAllister, who is the assistant manager of Bristol City told reporters that:“I think it’s crazy. He’s a top manager and has got a top side.”
The Ivory Coast and Fulham midfielder is playing for the first time in the English Premier League and he believes he can do wellIvorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri started his professional career in 2010 with ASEC Mimosas.He was loaned in 2012 to Porto B, where he showcased his talents to the Portuguese football fans.That’s why Paços de Ferreira acquired his services in 2013, but he was then transferred to French Ligue 1 side Nice in 2015.After all these moves, he came to the English Premier League in the summer for the first time, and now he’s defending Fulham’s colors.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“You have to give things a go and take calculated risks: not things that put your team in danger but passes forward to surprise your opponents,” he told The Guardian.“Otherwise you are just a water carrier. It’s not always about a simple pass. Sometimes it’s about being daring. Since I’ve been young, I’ve always had that desire, to look forward and test myself. It is an attitude.”“People talk about the Premier League and its intensity, it’s physicality,” Seri adds.“If you’re not ready, you’ll fail. It’s a championship which demands effort and sacrifices in your everyday life, so you cannot let standards slip. Each training session is like a match. Survival is our objective, to stay in the Premier League where players grow and improve.”
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic granted an interview to L’Equipe where he gave a surprising statement about his real influence in football.We have lived inside a lie for all these years, we always thought that Ronaldo Nazario was Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s biggest influence in football but we were mistaken.The Swedish striker just revealed the truth about this during an interview with L’Equipe where he spoke about the time when he played for Juventus during a small period of time and met the player who taught him the biggest lessons in the profession, that man is French midfielder, Patrick Vieira.It’s weird I know, but if you stop to think about it, this revelation actually makes a lot of sense.During that period when Zlatan Ibrahimovic had just moved out of his bubble in Holland where he became a world-class player at Ajax from Amsterdam, coming to Serie A was one of his biggest career moves and he arrived in a squad that was filled with some of the biggest names in football at the moment.There he would meet a couple of French legends who quickly grounded him and made him realize that he was a flawed individual, one who could achieve greatness but needed to learn a few life lessons first.Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira wishes Zlatan Ibrahimovic good luck at Manchester United: https://t.co/3q9ivJrSUZ pic.twitter.com/44oFNV5nEe— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) July 1, 2016At the time, there was actually no one better than Vieira to teach him those lessons and both players quickly developed a close bond. Even when Juventus was part of that match-fixing scandal in 2006, the two of them decided to play for Internazionale Milano together and they continued to make their friendship flourish.This reveal is really weird because now the video of Zlatan Ibrahimovic admiring Brazilian Ronaldo when they met at a Milano Derby later on, just looks a bit creepy now because we always believed that Zlatan’s biggest influence was the legendary Brazilian striker.But then again, Patrick Vieira does look like a man who could teach a few things to anyone about football, maybe that’s why he decided to become a manager after his career ended.Zlatan Ibrahimovic broke the news to eveybody on his latest interview to French journal L’Equipe, where he also spoke about the possibility of going back to Paris Saint-Germain as a manager in the future, hinting that this could be the next career path for him.Corini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals Patrick Vieira was the biggest influence on his career – “he was always on my back, it was never good enough”. https://t.co/pkqI022Yeg #Juventus #FCIM pic.twitter.com/DLvY6KAIgb— footballitalia (@footballitalia) November 9, 2018“When I met him at Juventus, he had a really different mentality from the other players I’d known,” Ibrahimovic told L’Equipe.“He was always on my back, I thought I was doing things right but it was never good enough. He showed me that you have to give more, want more.”“He taught me that we play as we train. That’s how it works: if you train well, you play well. I don’t need to tell you the player and the professional he was.”“He was a phenomenal player who will remain in history, but I’m happy I knew the player and person. He deeply influenced my game by pushing me to give 120 percent every day, every game.”“I’m not surprised he became a Coach, he already had that in him: his experience, his maturity, his way of helping others.”“He was always available to talk. He really helped a lot of players, not just me. There were big stars at Juve at the time, and to please them you had to give a lot, you got nothing for free,” he concluded.Zlatan Ibrahimović: “Vieira is one of the best players I played with. He was a monster. He taught me so much.” pic.twitter.com/pg9ogekbBM— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) December 2, 2015What do you think about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s unexpected revelation about his biggest influence in football? Please share your opinion in the comment section below.
X Photo via GoogleGoogle Chrome said it will block ads with features that are turned on by default — pop-ups, videos that play as soon as you land on the page, and ads that force you to sit through a count down before the content. Chris Bronk is a professor at the College of Technology at the University of Houston.“The laws regarding advertising content on the internet are pretty few and far between. Large players can dictate a lot of how things will work.”Basically, internet advertisers are trying to get your attention.“If you can get that through a pop-up ad, through a video playing, we are permitting some pretty nefarious behavior as far as getting our attention, and we really don’t have any rules about it.”Photo via Pocket-lintGoogle and Facebook control the bulk of online advertising. Professor Bronk said there are bigger things to worry about than annoying ads or automatic videos.“Pop-ups are pretty easy to defeat. What is kind of unsettling is when you know you’re being profiled. I’ll do a search on something one of my kids wants for Christmas. And then I’ll see that items about that are now showing up in my Facebook feed all the time. That’s the stuff I worry about.”Google’s new ad policy starts on February 15th. 00:00 /01:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen
Written by the NNPABALTIMORE— The NAACP issued the following statement regarding Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith recent statement on being invited to a public hanging.“Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith’s shameful remarks prove once again how Trump has created a social and political climate that normalizes hateful and racist rhetoric. We’ve seen this in Florida from Ron DeSantis and others during this election season and denounce it.“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row”- Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith says in Tupelo, MS after Colin Hutchinson, cattle rancher, praises her. U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy will head to a runoff against incumbent Republican Hyde-Smith on Nov. 27. (Photo: Official Senate Photo / Wikimedia Commons)“Hyde-Smith’s decision to joke about ‘hanging,’ in a state known for its violent and terroristic history toward African Americans is sick. To envision this brutal and degenerate type of frame during a time when Black people, Jewish People and immigrants are still being targeted for violence by White nationalists and racists is hateful and hurtful. Any politician seeking to serve as the national voice of the people of Mississippi should know better. Her choice of words serves as an indictment of not only her lack of judgement, but her lack of empathy, and most of all lack of character.” — Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEOFounded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here.
If you are a gay or lesbian woman, chances are that you may face discrimination and be considered inadequate while seeking top positions at workplace, due to the sound of your voice, a new study has found.In a study, led by researchers at the University of Surrey in Britain, participants considered male candidates’ auditory features, not facial which impacted on whether they were deemed suitable for the role.It was because having a heterosexual rather than a ‘gay-sounding’ voice created the impression that the speaker had typically masculine traits, which in turn increased their perceived suitability for the role and the chance of receiving a higher salary. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLesbian candidates were associated with a lack of femininity and identified as gender non-conforming and received less positive evaluation than heterosexual counterparts.”These results demonstrate that the mere sound of a voice is sufficient to trigger stereotypingm denying gay and lesbian-sounding speakers, the qualities that are considered typical of their gender,” said Fabio Fasoli from the University of Surrey.The study also revealed that people thought gay men should be paid less than their heterosexual counterparts. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”This study highlights that it can be a real problem in the workplace and for people’s career prospects,” Fasoli added in the paper appearing in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour.In addition, the participants were found to attribute more feminine traits to the gay than to the heterosexual speakers and lesbian speakers were more likely to be associated with masculine than to feminine characteristics.When asked which of the speakers the participants would choose as an acquaintance for an interaction, male participants were more likely to avoid male gay-sounding speakers, suggesting a subtle impact of voice on social exclusion of gay individuals, researchers noted.”This study demonstrates that unacceptable levels of discrimination, be they subconscious or conscious, still exists in our society, and we need to do more to tackle the discrimination faced by the LGBT community,” Fasoli said.IANS
Kolkata: A woman died after she got burnt mysteriously on Wednesday morning in Behala. Locals claimed that fire somehow occurred at her residence whereas police claimed that it is a case of suspected suicide.According to locals, on Wednesday morning at around 11:25 am, some residents of Bhupen Roy Road in Behala heard cries coming from a single-storeyed house. When some of the neighbours rushed there, they saw smoke coming out of the house and a woman trying hard to get out. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedLocal residents started spraying water and informed the fire brigade and police. Two fire tenders reached the spot within few minutes but till then, the flames had almost been doused. Later, one fire tender sprayed water and doused the flames completely by 11:50 am. Police and fire brigade personnel rescued the woman from inside the house who was later identified as Chandana Das (35). She was declared brought dead by the doctors at Vidyasagar State General Hospital in Behala. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLocals suspect that the fire occurred due to a short circuit but police claim that Das committed suicide by setting herself on fire after pouring kerosene. She used to live there with her mother and sister. Though police claimed the incident as a suspected suicide, none of the locals could estimate why she had done this. Though no complaint has been received till Wednesday night, sleuths are probing the matter on the basis of an Unnatural Death (UD) case lodged at Behala police station.
Cryptocurrency has already established one thing – there is a viable alternative to dollars and gold as a measure of wealth. Our present economic system is flawed. Cryptocurrencies, if utilized properly, can change the way the world deals with money and wealth. But can it completely overthrow the present system and create a new economic world order? To know the answer to this we will have to understand the concept of cryptocurrencies and the premise for their creation. Money – The weapon to control the world Money is a measure of wealth, which translates into power. The power centers have largely remained the same throughout history, be it a monarchy, or autocracy or democracy. Power has shifted from one king to one dictator, to a few elected/selected individuals. To remain in power, they had to control the source and distribution of money. That’s why till date, only the government can print money and distribute it among citizens. We can earn money in exchange for our time and skills or loan money in exchange for our future time. But there’s only so much of time that we can give away and hence the present day economy always runs on the philosophy of scarcity and demand. The money distribution follows a trickle down approach in a pyramid structure. Source: Credit Suisse Inception of Cryptocurrency – Delocalization of money It’s abundantly clear from the image above that while printing of money is under the control of the powerful and the wealth creators, the pyramidal distribution mechanism also has ensured very less money flows to the bottom most segments of the population. The money creators have been ensuring their safety and prosperity throughout history, by accumulating chunks of money for themselves. Subsequently, the global wealth gap has increased staggeringly. This could have possibly triggered the rise of cryptocurrencies, as a form of an alternative economic system, that theoretically, doesn’t just accumulate at the top, but also rewards anyone who is interested in mining these currencies and spending their time and resources. The main concept that made this possible was the distributed computing mechanism which has gained tremendous interest in recent times. Distributed Computing, Blockchain & the possibilities The foundation of our present economic system is a central power, be it government or a ruler or dictator. The alternative of this central system is a distributed system, where every single node of communication contains the power of decision making and is equally important for the system. So if one node is cut-off, the system will not fall apart, it will keep on functioning. That’s what makes distributed computing terrifying for the centralized economic systems. Because they can’t just attack the creator of the system or use a violent hack to bring down the entire system. Source: Medium.com When the white paper on Cryptocurrencies was first published by the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, there was this hope of constituting a parallel economy, where any individual with an access to a mobile phone and internet might be able to mine bitcoins and create wealth, for not just himself/herself, but for the system also. Satoshi himself invented the concept of Blockchain, an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way. Blockchain was the technology on top of which the first unit of Cryptocurrency, Bitcoins, were created. The concept of Bitcoin mining seemed revolutionary at that time. The more people that joined the system, the more enriched the system would become. The hope was that it would make the mainstream economic system take note and cause a major overhaul of the wealth distribution system. But sadly, none of that seems to have taken place yet. The phase of Disillusionment The reality is that bitcoin mining capabilities were controlled by system resources. The creators also had accumulated enough bitcoins for themselves similar to the traditional wealth creation system. Satoshi’s Bitcoin holdings were valued at $19.4 Billion during the Dec 2017 peak, making him the 44th richest person in the world during that time. This basically meant that the wealth distribution system was at fault again, very few could get their hands onto Bitcoins as their prices in traditional currencies had climbed. The government then duly played their part in declaring that trading in Bitcoins was illegal, cracking down on several cryptocurrency top guns. Recently different countries have joined the bandwagon to ban Cryptocurrency. Hence the value is much less now. The major concern is that the skepticism in public minds might kill the hype earlier than anticipated. Source: Bitcoin.com The Future and Hope for a better Alternative What we must keep in mind is that Bitcoins are just a derivative of the concept of Cryptocurrencies. The primary concept of distributed systems and the resulting technology – Blockchain, is still a very viable and novel one. The problem in the current Bitcoin system is the distribution mechanism. Whether we would be able to tap into the distributed system concept and create a better version of the Bitcoin model, only time will tell. But for the sake of better wealth propagation and wealth balance, we can only hope that this realignment of economic system happens sooner than later. Read Next Blockchain can solve tech’s trust issues – Imran Bashir A brief history of Blockchain Crypto-ML, a machine learning powered cryptocurrency platform
Microsoft plans to introduce two new webcams next year. One feature is designed to extend Windows Hello facial recognition to all the Windows 10 PCs. The other feature will work with the Xbox One, bringing back the Kinect feature that let users automatically sign in by moving in front of the camera. These webcams will be working with multiple accounts and family members. Microsoft is also planning to launch its Surface Hub 2S in 2019, an interactive, digital smart board for the modern workplace that features a USB-C port and upgradeable processor cartridges. PC users have relied on alternatives from Creative, Logitech, and Razer to bring facial recognition to desktop PCs. The planned webcams will be linked to the USB-C webcams that would ship with the Surface Hub 2, whichwill be launched next year. Though the Surface Hub 2X is expected in 2020. In an interview with The Verge in October, Microsoft Surface Chief, Panos Panay suggested that Microsoft could release USB-C webcam soon. “Look at the camera on Surface Hub 2, note it’s a USB-C-based camera, and the idea that we can bring a high fidelity camera to an experience, you can probably guess that’s going to happen,” hinted Panos in October. A camera could possibly be used to extend experience beyond its own Surface devices. The camera for Windows 10, for the first time, will bring facial recognition to all Windows 10 PCs. Currently, Windows Hello facial recognition is restricted to the built-in webcams just like the ones on Microsoft’s Surface devices. According to Windows watcher Paul Thurrott, Microsoft is making the new 4K cameras for Windows 10 PCs and its gaming console Xbox One. The webcam will return a Kinect-like feature to the Xbox One which will allow users to authenticate by putting their face in front of the camera. With the recent Windows 10 update, Microsoft enabled WebAuthn-based authentication, that helps in signing into its sites such as Office 365 with Windows Hello and security keys. The Windows Hello-compatible webcams and FIDO2, a password-less sign in with Windows Hello at the core, will be launched together next year. It would be interesting to see how the new year turns out to be for Microsoft and its users with the major releases. Read Next Microsoft urgently releases Out-of-Band patch for an active Internet Explorer remote code execution zero-day vulnerability NYT says Facebook has been disclosing personal data to Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and other tech giants; Facebook denies claims with obfuscating press release Microsoft open sources Trill, a streaming engine that employs algorithms to process “a trillion events per day”
Tags: WestJet Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Share Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> CALGARY — WestJet says its new no-frills, low-cost airline won’t launch until at least next summer, with an initial flight schedule expected in early 2018.WestJet announced its plans for an ultra-low-cost carrier in April 2017 and all indications pointed to a fast-tracked launch for the end of 2017 or early 2018.The initial fleet for the ULCC is expected to include 10 ‘high-density’ B737-800s. In May 2017 Bob Cummings was appointed Executive Vice-President. Cummings, who has been with WestJet since 2005 at the EVP level, will be accountable for all aspects of the yet-to-be-named carrier, including planning, branding, pricing, product development and operationalization.News about the ULCC’s launch date came as WestJet released its 2017 second quarter results. The airline’s net earnings totalled $48.4 million, compared with $36.7 million in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 32%. Year-to-date net earnings came in at $96.7 million, down 22% from year-to-date 2016.Total revenue for the quarter was up 11%, from $949.3 million in Q2 2016 to $1.55 billion in 2017. Year-to-date revenue was also up, by 9.5%WestJet also achieved its 49th consecutive quarter of profitability and flew a record 5.9 million guests.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“I am very pleased with the positive momentum we are seeing in our business as we reported second quarter earnings growth, margin expansion, double digit revenue growth, and for the second consecutive quarter positive year over year RASM growth,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “Clearly our business fundamentals are strong and we are confident that the strategic initiatives we are pursuing position us for continued profitable growth.”Air Canada has also released its Q2 2017 results, including record-breaking earnings totalling $670 million, up from $605 million in Q2 2016.Air Canada’s Q2 2017 operating income was $281 million versus $277 million in Q2 2016. The airline’s adjusted net income was $215 million compared to $203 million in Q2 2016.“I am pleased to report that, in our second quarter, we delivered record operating revenues, record EBITDAR and ended with record liquidity levels, exceeding last year’s financial results and analysts’ consensus estimates for EBITDAR,” said Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu. “We also improved our guidance for key financial measures, including a significant improvement in projected free cash flow for 2017.”More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesAir Canada launched 16 international and U.S. transborder routes this quarter alone. “On June 29th we served close to 167,000 customers, setting an all-time record which we expect to surpass during the upcoming August long weekend,” said Rovinescu.He said demand continues to be robust in a stable fuel and pricing environment. In 2018, capacity growth, driven by Air Canada’s wide-body fleet expansion, will begin to slow as the airline shift its focus to its mainline narrow-body fleet replacement program which is expected to further reduce our unit costs and improve operating margins.With files from Canadian Press WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier launch pushed back to summer 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group New 2018-2019 Crystal River Cruise Atlas hits the stands Share MIAMI — Crystal River Cruises has released its 2018-2019 Crystal River Cruises Atlas, detailing the river cruise line’s 35 separate itineraries available along the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers.The brochure also includes a look at Crystal Mozart, Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel. The latter two ships are set to embark on their maiden voyages this April and May. This is the first year Crystal will sail as a fleet of five luxury river ships.The 124-page 2018-2019 River Atlas comprises the roster of choices from ship to shore, with highlights including:. New itineraries such as a 10-day ‘Enchanting Moselle’ voyage roundtrip from Amsterdam; new seven-day routes roundtrip from Vienna; seven-day cruises between Linz and Budapest with optional two-night pre-/post-cruise programs in Salzburg; new springtime sailings focusing on the tulip season in the Netherlands and Belgium; and a seven-day ‘Magnificent Christmas Markets’ sailing between Passau and Budapest and visiting the famous markets along the Danube.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growth. New pre- and post-cruise land options including optional stays at five-star luxury hotels; and optional three-night Extended Land Programs to Prague, Berlin, Paris and Slovenia.. The new Crystal Collection of free shore excursions, with more than 200 choices including about 80% that are complimentary.. Michelin star dining experiences in Vienna, Budapest, Basel and more.. Signature Events on every voyage including Vienna’s Belvedere Palace, Linz’s St. Florian Monastery and Rüdesheim’s Monastery Eberbach. << Previous PostNext Post >>
Eurosport is celebrating 25 years of sports broadcasting with plans to introduce new digital technology products and services throughout 2014. The channel, which first went live in 1989, said that the new services will aim to bring “the best possible coverage and choice to today’s fans.” It is also due to publish research later this month that will look at the live sport preferences of European fans.“Reaching our 25th year in such a strong position is a reflection of the hard work and passion of all the staff at Eurosport. We won’t be looking back in 2014 but using the knowledge we have developed since 1989 to continue to look ahead to innovate and improve our content to bring the public the most immersive and insightful live sports experience,” said Eurosport Group CEO Jean-Thierry Augustin.Throughout this year, Eurosport said it will also launch a promotional campaign called ‘We Live For Live,’ which herald “the group’s continued passion for live sports.”
Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Poland is extending its digital TV, broadband and phone services to Głogów following the build-out of its network in the south-western Polish city.UPC will offer internet speeds of up to 250Mbps and its Horizon TV service to Głogów residents from October.The latest launch follows recent extensions of UPC’s network to Rzeszów in the south-eastern part of the country and Płock in central Poland.UPC has also announced that it is extending its services to the towns of Bolesławiec and Kowary in Lower Silesia and Zdzieszowice in Opole.
Hurricanes are scary, but they’re also infrequent; a lot of the risks that come with them are just not that big a deal if you use a little common sense. We used to live on the beach in Pensacola, Florida. When a hurricane came into the Gulf of Mexico, we’d check the government’s National Hurricane Center website and look at computer models projecting the probability – with some real accuracy – that our home would be a target. On two occasions we piled the pets and a few valuables into the van and headed to Atlanta for 4-5 days, until the threat was over. The last time, we had to park 50 yards from our home when we returned, and wade back to our house. Luckily we built it high enough to keep the rising tide from flooding the first floor. Unfortunately our rural mailbox was full of water and soggy mail. Not too long after that, we decided our “dream home” wasn’t quite what we’d thought it would be, and we moved on.There’s More to the Picture than Actuarial Risk “Risk” isn’t such a simple term to define, and the probability figures some actuary puts in a chart are not the whole picture. Assessing risk is very personal – there’s more to it than the probability of some bad event occurring. You should also consider: how much advance warning you have to prepare; what’s the potential catastrophe; how would the worst-case scenario affect you and your family; and – perhaps more importantly – what would it take to recover physically, financially, and emotionally? As you move along the path of life, the issue of recovery becomes quite different. Being totally wiped out and penniless at age 25 is much different than being in the same situation at age 45, or even age 75. When you move into retirement mode, weather-related risks seem manageable. You actually listen to the tornado warnings, hurricane warnings, and maybe even the less-accurate announcements about seismic activity, and take reasonable precautions to protect yourself. Our government spends your tax dollars playing a modern-day Paul Revere, always shouting about some catastrophe on the horizon.The National Weather Service Doesn’t Track Inflation But what happens when there is no warning? I imagine many folks who lost everything in the 1929 stock-market crash would have described it just like that. What if the catastrophe is of the sort that occurs so rarely that no one can clearly remember the last time it happened or how folks dealt with it? Let me give you an example. A couple of years ago, if you’d asked me to define the word “hyperinflation,” I would likely have said it was really bad inflation – probably more than 10% – and it affects your buying power. I can recall my grandparents discussing the Great Depression, including how my stepfather couldn’t find a job and made his money playing softball until he joined the Army. I don’t recall inflation, much less hyperinflation, ever being part of the conversation. In the fall of 2011, I went to a Casey Research conference in Phoenix. There were three gentlemen – one from Austria, one from Argentina, and another from Zimbabwe – there to speak about hyperinflation. Each had lived through it in his country, and they spoke about inflation rates quantified in the thousands of percent. In all three cases inflation seemed to be going along at a reasonable level, and then it shot straight up in the air. Inflation rates zoomed from 5-10% to 2,000% or more, almost without warning. All three indicated that seniors and savers were virtually wiped out. Their life savings, denominated in the currency of their respective countries, became worthless overnight. Many became penniless, homeless, and hungry… certainly not a pretty picture. The gentleman from Austria put up a chart that read: “On average prices doubled every 1.4 days.” At the time, a friend of mine had a $100,000 CD that had matured, and she was considering renewing it for another five years at a very low interest rate. She and I calculated that if her $100,000 CD was hit with that type of hyperinflation, it would take less than 29 days for its buying power to drop below $1.00. The thought of losing your life savings when you’re retired, or even just close to retirement age, is frightening. I decided to apply my personal checklist for assessing risk to hyperinflation. First, what’s the probability hyperinflation will hit us at home? If you read a few newsletters, you probably already know that our government is printing trillions of dollars at an unprecedented rate. I recently read in the Wall Street Journal that 61% of our Treasury bonds auctioned off were bought by the Federal Reserve in 2011. Our government is spending lots of money it doesn’t have. Recklessly printing money on a printing press is supposed to cause both inflation and hyperinflation, isn’t it? But can anyone assess the true probability of hyperinflation? As an investor who subscribes to many newsletters, I’ve read of experts who insist there’s a 100% probability – not a matter of “if,” just a matter of “when” – and others who think we’ll weather the storm with little damage. Okay, will you receive enough warning about hyperinflation to leave you time to prepare? In Argentina, the government publishes “official” inflation figures. I understand it recently passed a law to penalize anyone who publishes statistical data in conflict with the “official” numbers. Here in the US, our “official” numbers are published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and then repeated by almost every news outlet in America and many beyond. John Williams, who runs the website Shadow Government Statistics, sees things differently. He points out the fact that the government has changed its method of calculation many times over the years, so the official inflation rate is likely less factual than you’ve been told to think. Every reader should form his own conclusions, but I urge you to look over his website. The government has a huge financial incentive to underreport inflation. The figures it publishes affects interest rates on many government securities and the amount it pays to government retirees. Plus, a higher inflation rate increases what’s paid to Social Security recipients. The National Weather Service may give as much advance warning as possible about potential weather disasters, but the BLS isn’t so diligent – nor accurate – when it comes to catastrophic economic disasters.Playing Semi-Pro Ball Is No Longer an Option My final questions on my risk checklist all tie together. What’s the worst-case scenario for hyperinflation, and how would it affect you and your family? What would it take to recover physically, financially, and emotionally? If an economic catastrophe had hit when I was in my 20s, much like my stepfather, I probably would have played semi-pro softball and found some other way to earn some money. He survived, and I would have too. On the other hand, as a senior citizen, hyperinflation would paint a much more challenging picture. I don’t want to lose everything and have to start over. I started over financially in my late 40s, and it was tough enough then, even though I had marketable skills and was in my peak earning years. From a risk-analysis standpoint, the real key for retirees and those closing in on retirement is to be as prepared as possible in case hyperinflation becomes a reality here at home. While the probability of hyperinflation may be up for debate, the adverse consequences for baby boomers and retirees if it hits are terrifying. Like many in Argentina, Austria, and Zimbabwe, being totally wiped out is a real possibility. With every investment I make these days, I factor in the potential for hyperinflation. While no one can accurately predict the probability or timing of hyperinflation, the terrible consequences it will have on many seniors and savers are certain.On the Lighter Side A young man sent me a note a few years ago to thank me for a discussion we’d had. He wrote: The difference between school and life: In school you are taught a lesson and then given a test. In life you are given a test that teaches you a lesson. —- Hurricane Isaac thumped the Florida Keys pretty hard. That’s one of our favorite places – our SSR group hosts its November rally there. Hopefully business will be back to normal by then. —- And finally, apparently my remarks about the perks of reaching 70 hit home for a few readers. A friend suggested another: “You no longer look at speed limits as a challenge.” Until next week…
It was almost the same chart pattern for the silver equities—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.77%. Silver is miles below any moving average of consequence It was a very quiet trading day in gold on Tuesday, both from a price and volume perspective. Both tiny rallies prior to the New York open got put in their place before they could get far—and the price action in New York was almost ruler flat. The highs and lows aren’t worth looking up. Gold finished the day at $1,307.90 spot, down $1.80 on the day. Net volume was extremely light at only 80,000 contracts. The silver price action was slightly more volatile—getting sold down to its low of the day around noon Hong Kong time and, like gold, the two subsequent rallies got dealt with in the same old way. New York trading was basically flat, although some thoughtful trader sold the silver price down in electronic trading just enough so that it finished down on the day as well. The CME Group recorded the low and high price ticks as $19.505 and $19.715 in the July contract. These number don’t quite jibe with the KItco spot silver chart below, but they are what they are. Silver finished the Tuesday trading session in New York at $19.55 spot, down 3.5 cents from Monday’s close. Volume, net of May and June, was pretty decent at 32,500 contracts, so it’s obvious that JPMorgan et al had to throw some Comex paper at the price in London trading to get the price to behave. And as I prepare to fire this out the door to Stowe, Vermont—I see that there were smallish rally attempts in both gold and silver that got dealt with in the usual manner within an hour or so of the London open. Gold volume [net] is now up to 27,000 contracts—and silver’s volume is a hair above 8,200 contracts, a 60% increase in volume since I reported on it 90 minutes ago. Obviously JPMorgan et al had to step in front of this silver rally as sellers of last resort to prevent the price from blowing sky high, which it would have done with ease if they hadn’t put in an appearance when they did. The dollar index hasn’t done a thing up to this point in the Wednesday trading session. Like I said yesterday—and it applies once more today—it’s obvious that “da boyz” are holding gold and silver prices on a short leash. How long they can continue this state of affairs is unknown, but in the face of Ted Butler’s “locked and loaded” scenario—and the continuing situation in Ukraine, it’s difficult to envision that this intolerable situation can last much longer. Of course I and others have been saying this for years—and only time will tell if this current situation is any different. I’m done for the day—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Sponsor Advertisement I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column—and the final edit is all yours. You can always count on Americans to do the right thing—after they’ve tried everything else. – Winston Churchill It was a nothing sort of day yesterday, except for the fact that both gold and silver attempted to rally during the decline in the dollar index—and it was equally as obvious that the sellers of last resort were there to ensure that it didn’t occur. And with volume as light as it was, it wasn’t hard for anyone with an agenda to shove precious metal prices in whatever direction they wished—and we saw some of that happening yesterday between 2 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. EDT. As I mentioned in yesterday’s column, the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report occurred at the 1:30 p.m. EDT close of Comex trading on Tuesday. Just glancing at the gold and silver charts for the 5-day reporting week, I’d guess that we’ll see an increase in the Commercial net short positions in both metals when the report comes out on Friday, as there were significant rallies in both metals the previous Friday that negated any possible improvements—unless, of course, the rally was short covering by JPMorgan et al—which I highly doubt. Here are the 6-month gold and silver charts as of Tuesday’s close—and you can see the prior five days worth of price action that this Friday’s COT Report will be based. The gold stocks opened in positive territory for a few brief moments before heading quietly lower for the remainder of the Tuesday session—and they finished almost on their lows of the day, as the HUI closed down 0.69%. Both platinum and palladium had price roller coaster rides of sorts, but in the end, their gains were tiny, as all rally attempts were met by a seller of last resort as well. Here are the charts. The gold price is now above its 200-day moving average, but “da boyz” halted the budding rally at that point—and I’ll be very surprised, based on the low volumes lately, if the price is allowed to get above the 50-day moving average. Silver is miles below any moving average of consequence—and until it does rally above them, or the moving averages decline below the current price, there won’t be much pressure from the technical funds to rush out and cover the grotesque short positions they currently hold. In Far East trading on their Wednesday, the smallish rallies that developed in both gold and silver haven’t amounted to much—and like Tuesday, the volumes are so light that the current price action really doesn’t mean much. London has been open about 40 minutes as I type this paragraph—and net volume in gold is just under 20,000 contracts, and silver’s volume is a hair over 5,000 contracts. Here’s another chart that Nick slid into my in-box late last night. It’s the “Total PMs Pool” graph—and as you can see, it’s been chopping more or less sideways since it peaked in February of 2013. I’m sure that the powers that be would like it to remain that way, as big rallies in all four precious metals would mean that metal would be pouring into all the associated ETFs, which is a situation that would put JPMorgan et al under even greater stress than they are now—especially in silver, platinum and palladium, as there’s virtually no wiggle room in the physical supply of these metals. The dollar index closed in New York late on Monday afternoon at 79.50—and held reasonably steady until around 2 p.m. Hong Kong time on Tuesday. From that point the index fell rapidly to its 79.07 low at 8:20 a.m. EDT before a “bargain hunters” shows up to stop its fall. After that it gained a handful of basis points into the close. The index finished the day at 79.14—which was down 36 points. It was obvious that the early rallies in both gold and silver were most likely in response to the move in the dollar index—and that the not for profit selling was designed to prevent the correlation from occurring. It that was the plan, it worked to perfection. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 3 gold and 60 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday. The only short/issuer of note in silver was Jefferies with 57 contracts—and they were stopped/received by about ten different companies. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in GLD—and as of 9:35 p.m. EDT there were no changed in SLV, either. [But when I checked at 3:55 a.m. EDT this morning, there was a withdrawal of 1,921,700 troy ounces showing on the ishares.com Internet site—Ted Butler’s “large buyer” avoiding the SEC’s reporting requirements, perhaps?] In my chat with Ted yesterday, his comment on the big deposit in SLV on Monday was that it was in response to the price run-up on Friday—and that the silver deposited was probably already sitting in-house, but not under the control of SLV directly, but was being temporarily held in SLV’s warehouse in the case of such an eventuality—as there was absolutely no way that 2.6 million ounces could be shipped in over the weekend from anywhere. Based on that, Ted also wondered how much more silver like that might be sitting around SLV’s warehouse for just such a purpose. Ted posts his mid-week commentary to his paying subscribers later today—and if he has anything to say about this new 1.92 million ounce withdrawal, I’ll borrow it for my Thursday column. The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday. They sold 1,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 532,500 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday, they reported receiving 31,905 troy ounces of gold—and it all went into the HSBC USA warehouse—along with with 110,000 troy ounces of gold they received on Friday. The link to that activity is here. In silver, there was a big 1,019,085 troy ounce deposit into Canada’s Scotiabank depository—and only 998 troy ounces were shipped out. The link to that action is here. Here are a couple of charts that Nick sent my way last night. They are the intraday price movements for both gold and silver for the month of April. Nick takes every 2-minute tick from each day—and adds it to the same 2-minute tick from each trading day of the month—and when he averages them out, the gold and silver intraday price movements show up as posted below. It shows the times of the day each day, on average, where “da boyz” show up to lean on the price in both metals. Sometimes its hard to spot the pattern on a daily basis, but when averaged out like this, it’s impossible for JPMorgan et al to cover their tracks. Both charts are worth a few minutes of your time—and I thank Nick for sharing them with us. Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas. As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. 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