Flood victims including women and children moving to shelter centres as flood situation worsens in Faridpur’s Sadar upazila. Photo: AlimuzzamanA humanitarian crisis is unfolding across large areas in South Asia, with more than 16 million people affected by monsoon floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Friday, reports XinhuaThe agency cited local authorities as saying that flood levels have already reached record highs in Bangladesh, and water of major rivers such as the Jamuna has surpassed warning levels set in 1988, the deadliest floods the country has ever faced, China’s official press agency adds.”This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these devastating floods,” the IFRC said in a statement Friday, citing its staff for Asia Pacific region.According to the statement, more than one third of Bangladesh and Nepal have been flooded, and the humanitarian crisis could get worse in the days and weeks ahead.In Nepal, the IFRC said, many areas remain cut off after recent destructive floods and landslides, and many villages and communities are stranded without food, water or electricity.”This tragic flooding in Nepal has claimed at least 128 lives and 33 people are still missing,” Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, secretary general of the Nepal Red Cross Society, was cited as saying.In Bangladesh, the IFRC said, over 3.9 million people have been affected by the rising flood waters, and floods are likely to get much worse as swollen rivers from India pour into the low-lying and densely populated areas in the northern and central parts of the country, says Xinhua news agency.In India, over 11 million people are reportedly affected by floods in four states across the north of the country. What’s more, India’s meteorological department is forecasting more heavy rains for the region in the coming days.
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Once you buy precious jewellery, it’s essential to store your expensive pieces in the right manner to avoid losing the sheen of the metal. Remove your jewellery while doing household chores, says an expert. Jewellery should never be tossed into a drawer or on top of a dresser as that will scratch and damage it. Following are some tips to help you protect your ornaments:*Diamond jewellery: To clean your diamonds, use a good quality jewellery cleaning solution that is easily available in the market. You can also mix some ammonia and water to clean your diamonds at home. You should always remove your jewellery while doing household chores like cooking, cleaning, dish washing. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf*Gold jewellery: If proper care is not taken, gold can lose its sheen and can become dull. Always clean your gold jewellery with a mild detergent, lukewarm water and a soft cloth. It is always advisable to keep your gold chains and bracelets in separate boxes as they can get entangled easily. Gold should be removed before diving into a chlorinated swimming pool as chlorine has a very harsh effect on gold. The chemical can weaken it.*Pearl jewellery: Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage our skin, light and heat can affect a coloured gemstone’s durability and colour. Over time, and in excess, they can also fade or damage some gemstones, pearls and other delicate materials such as ivory which will bleach under extreme exposure to light. Always clean your pearls gently with a damp cloth, dry them off and store them in an airtight container. Never use plastic pouches to store your pearls, rather keep your pearls in a pouch that has soft lining. Always wear your pearl jewellery only after applying make-up. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKeep your pearls away from perfumes, make-up and hairsprays as they can cause discolouration. Never use baking soda or bleach to clean them. Do not swim when you are wearing pearl jewellery as chemicals in the water can destroy your precious pearls.*Silver jewellery: Exposure to chemicals can damage or discolour silver. Never wear them while swimming or doing household work.To clean your silver jewellery, use a phosphate-free detergent or just soap water. Rinse it off and wipe it with a soft and clean cloth. Never store your silver jewellery with any other metal as it tends to tarnish faster.
Kolkata: Visitors of Space Theatre at Science City will soon have a unique viewing experience in terms of content and technical quality with the switch from 2D analogue to 3D digital. The theatre which remained shut since March 1, 2017, due to renovation, will be unveiled with a new avatar by the middle of January 2019.”The time has come to switch to digital with the advancement in technology. We had been running the content in analogue format for 20 years. There will be six projectors in place of the old standalone projection system — the sound quality will be world class. The pioneering German manufacturer of optical systems Carl Zeiss is implementing the entire project,” said Subhabrata Chaudhri, director of Science City. The total project cost is around Rs 20 crore. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe six new projectors that will replace the old system have been procured from Christie, the US-based manufacturer of projectors and digital cinema devices. The 23m tilted dome is being designed and installed by Astro-Tec Manufacturing of the US. “Back in July 1997, when the dome was inaugurated for the first time, it was in seismic zone II compliant but now it has been made seismic zone IV compliant,” a senior official said. The air conditioning system and the sitting arrangement will also witness a change in the new dome though there will be no change in the capacity. There will be a total of 360 seats with more leg space and better reclining ability. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”There will be 8 to 10 shows per day and the price of tickets for the show is expected to go up with the viewing experience seeing a total change. The latest digital content will be screened in ultrahigh definition and also in 3D, giving viewers the feel of ‘being there’,” a official said. Space Theatre at Science City is India’s first and the first film that was screened was Serengeti, which documents the journey of more than two million wild beasts, zebras and antelopes over 500 miles across the Serengeti plains in Tanzania. Science City, which operates under the National Council of Science Museums, had sent its proposal for an upgrade to the Union ministry of Culture in September 2015. The approval came in March 2016.
Fusing together some of the finest works from well established artists, the art exhibition at All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society aims to serve the audience a visual bonanza. Titled Genesis-18, the art show will be held from June 1-7. Genesis-18 is an exposition by 34 artists in a manner that traces a timeline of developments in style, themes and schools of what has emerged today as Indian contemporary art.The striking feature of the works of the participating artists is the manner in which they straddle diverse cultures whilst still voicing the present context of Indian social, cultural and political life. The canvases provide an introspective and sometimes uneasy glimpse into modern India, yet are collectively global in their presentation. This exhibition is a recognition of and respect for the influential antecedents of this genre of art. Clearly, the map has changed as these works demonstrate figurative and abstract, impatient yet unhurried, ancient spirituality fused with modern culture.It is amazing to discern the similarity in the direction of thoughts of all artists, coming from diverse milieus and diverse backgrounds.
Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday, March, 25. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 16:56Police and paramedics called to three car smashEmergency services were called to Leek this afternoon following a three vehicle crash.The incident took place close to the town’s B&M store off the A53. West Midlands Ambulance Service say they were contacted by police at 3.15pm. A spokeswoman said: “One ambulance attended and three patients were described as ‘walking wounded’. They were assessed but did not require hospital treatment.”16:45Arrests made following attempted burglaryTwo men are being quizzed following an attempted burglary where armed offenders arrived in four trucks.Full story here.16:16Councillor quitsConservative councillor David Harrison has resigned his seat from Newcastle Borough Council. The local authority has confirmed there is now a ‘casual vacancy’ for a borough councillor to represent the Maer and Whitmore ward. An election will be held if two electors from within the borough council request for an election.15:48Curry night raises cash for veteransHundreds of pounds has been raised for veterans following a charity night at an Indian restaurant. Around 40 guests turned out for the fund-raiser at Cellarhead’s Mantra Indian restaurant where diners enjoyed a three-course meal. And the event, held on March 21, helped to raise £350 for the Royal British Legion. Owner Shivani Chadha: “This is the third time we have done a charity night. I love to do charity nights as we just feel it’s a good thing to do. “We are planning to do another for the Royal British Legion in August. We would like to thank everyone who supported the evening.” 15:39Slow traffic in FentonThere is ‘heavy’ traffic on both City Road and Victoria Road this afternoon.15:27Man, 18, charged with rapeOfficers investigating a ‘serious sexual assault’ in Crewe have confirmed a teenager has been charged and remanded in custody. Cheshire Police launched an investigation following the alleged incident in the town last month. On Saturday Joshua Cooper, aged 18, of Prunus Road, Crewe, appeared at Warrington Magistrates where he faced three counts of rape. He was remanded in custody and will next appear at Chester Crown Court on April 18. 13:24Longport trafficHeavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall.13:13Smallthorne clearedMoorland Road / Ford Green Road clear at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout). 12:55Advance traffic warning Advance Warning – Stoke City v Sheffield Wednesday – Championship football match at Bet365 Stadium. Kick off at 3pm. Expect extra traffic on the A50 and A500. On 30th March. 12:46Vehicle stranded12:46M6 Staffordshire updateM6 Southbound entry slip road from the Hanchurch Interchange clear, traffic returned to normal, accident cleared at J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Note change of details. Originally reported as the exit slip road, updated location as of 12:40. 12:44National news: Brexit latestPrime Minister Theresa May has left Number 10 in a car with Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay after a special meeting of Cabinet.12:42M6 in Cheshire One lane closed due to accident on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed.12:38Chell delaysA527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout.12:37M6 Staffordshire M6 Southbound exit slip road partially blocked, heavy traffic due to accident at J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).12:06National: Brexit latest Ministers declined to respond to any questions from reporters when leaving Downing Street. 12:05Rail delaysPossible delays on Transport for Wales due to trespass incident at Cwmbran. 11:51Four minute delays in Bucknall Queuing traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). Travel time is four minutes. 11:51Air travel disruptionPossible disruption for flights between the UK and Germany and maybe some delays to flights over German air space due to an air traffic control technical issue in Frankfurt. Passengers should check the status of their flight with their airline. 11:43M6 update11:37Travel giant Thomas Cook to close 21 stores axing 320 jobsThomas Cook apologised to the holidaymaker. Travel giant Thomas Cook has announced it plans to axe 21 stores – putting 320 jobs at risk.The firm, which has 10 stores in Staffordshire and Cheshire, says it wants to ‘streamline’ its UK retail network as it tries to battle against the changing shopping habits of its customers.The company currently has retail shops in Hanley, Newcastle, Longton, Stafford, Crewe, Congleton, Talke and Alsager, but none are considered at risk.Read more.11:03M6 broken down lorrySlow traffic due to earlier broken down lorry on M6 Southbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J13 A449 (Stafford South). All lanes have been re-opened. Lane one (of three) was closed.11:03M6 broken down vehicleOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed.09:50M6 StaffordshireOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of three) is closed.09:23Brexit latestHousing Secretary James Brokenshire, Business Secretary Greg Clark, Cabinet Minister Brandon Lewis, and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt have arrived at Downing Street ahead of a Cabinet meeting. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said “Good morning” to reporters as he walked through the door of Number 10 at the same time as Larry the cat.09:19Four minute delays in Smallthorne Usual congestion on A5272 Hanley Road / High Lane around Moorland Road (Small Thorne Roundabouts). Travel time is four minutes. 09:18Bucknall Road inbound Heavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.09:14Burslem accident Reports of accident on Chell Heath Road at Harlequin Drive. Traffic is coping well. 08:48A34 Trent ValeUsual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).08:48A50 westboundQueuing traffic on A50 Westbound from A521 (Tesco Roundabout / Caverswall / Meir Park, Blythe Bridge) to A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).
<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — A recent independent survey of Canadian home-based travel agents found that over 50% of them had made the decision to go home based in the last five years, explaining the astonishing growth in this sector all of a sudden. It is now thought that about 33% of all Canadian travel agents work from home.Over 60% of the home based agents surveyed were experienced agents working in a bricks and mortar agency before choosing to go home based. This dispels the false idea that home based agents are new to the industry and inexperienced. On the contrary, most home based agents have over 20 years’ experience in the industry.And almost half said they were earning more now than when they worked in a bricks and mortar agency.But the main reason these experienced agents are giving up their office positions seems to be about wanting to be their own boss. That and improving their work/life balance, as we have stated in an earlier article.Experienced agents also have usually gathered a good book of business as well, and have loyal clients who will follow them.The survey of almost 200 hosted travel agents across Canada included agents from all the leading host agencies. It was commissioned in December 2016 by The Travel Agent Next Door to gain further insight into the growing number of hosted agents and to determine how best to serve their needs in the future.The agents surveyed were currently affiliated with eight different host agencies from across Canada, with 12% not divulging who they were associated with.Flemming Friisdahl, Founder of The Travel Agent Next Door, says his company will continue to invest in third party research into the home based sector and he fully intends to share this information with the industry. “By understanding home based agents better, we can offer the best programs for their needs,” said Friisdahl. Tags: Sphere, The Travel Agent Next Door By: Jill Wykes, The Travel Agent Next Door Phenomenal growth in home based agent sector is recent, survey shows Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Share About Latest Posts Jill WykesJill Wykes is a travel industry veteran who has held a series of senior management portfolios in travel corporations. A former chairman of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario, she is now an independent communications consultant and writer since retiring in 2011. Latest posts by Jill Wykes (see all) Dispelling the myths against going home-based – May 22, 2019 Diversity pays off when agents go home-based: Survey – April 10, 2019 National Travel Agent survey suggests many agents considering going home-based – March 13, 2019
The Noose Around Your Wealth Is Tightening Out-of-control taxes… investment controls… predatory lawsuits… the risks to your capital are growing by the day. And the unfortunate truth is the more of your wealth you have in your home country, the greater the risk. That’s why it’s critical to internationalize as much of your hard-earned assets as you can – as fast as possible. Going Global 2013 will help you do just that. Featuring investment experts Doug Casey, Peter Schiff, Mike Maloney, and more, this must-see webinar will reveal offshore strategies you can easily implement to protect what’s rightfully yours. Click here for details. The silver price was much more ‘volatile’, as it traded in a two percent price range through Far East and London trading. It also had the New York rally at the same time as gold…and it ended at the same time as gold, just before 11:00 a.m. EDT. According to Kitco, the high at that point was $22.13 spot, but got sold down back below the $22 spot price almost immediately. Silver closed at $21.79 spot…up 11 cents from Tuesday’s close. Net volume was very light at only 22,000 contracts. (Click on image to enlarge) Maybe the 20-day moving average is being defended…but I’m speculating on that one. However, as I’ve mentioned on countless occasions, the dollar index is not much of a factor as far as the precious metals are concerned…and if there is much correlation, it’s usually when the index is rallying, as it becomes a cover for “da boyz” as they hit the p.m. prices…and the main stream media is always quick to jump on that particular bandwagon. And as you can see lately, even though the dollar index is down sharply, the precious metals aren’t up at all…as there’s always a seller of last resort waiting in the wings the moment that occurs…the last three trading days being a case in point. I note in overnight trading in the Far East, that the Japanese stock markets got crushed for over 6 percent…and gold and silver’s attempts to break above the $1,400 and $22 price ceilings ran into a seller of last resort around 11:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Thursday morning. After that, they both traded flat into the London open. But once London began to trade, all four precious metals got sold down a bit…and all are trading below their New York closes yesterday as I hit the ‘send’ button on today’s column at 5:10 a.m. EDT. Volumes are pretty decent in gold and silver already. The dollar index is down another 21 basis points. That’s it for another day…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The gold stocks rallied right from the open…and at their high of the day, just before noon in New York, they were up 2.5 percent…but then faded [along with the gold price] as the trading day progressed…and the HUI finished up only 0.91%. Another day when there aren’t that many stories…and I hope there a few in here that catch your eye. [The] gold mining industry, for the most part, is dumber than the rocks it digs out of the ground. Too dumb to defend itself, purporting to be represented by the World Gold Council, which exists only to make sure that there never is a real world gold council. – Chris Powell, GATA…04 April 2013 It was another day where there wasn’t much volume…and not a lot of price action either. However, it’s obvious the $1,400 price mark in gold…and $22 silver is still being vigorously defended. By whom…and for what reason…is unknown. There’s certainly a scarcity of gold and silver-related stories at the moment…and I even checked some of the websites myself and there was nothing. The only event of any importance coming up is the COT Report tomorrow…a lifetime away at the moment. I’ve noted that since the dollar index high/gold-silver low of May 20th, the dollar index has declined from 84.3 down to 80.7…and the gold price has been capped at the $1,400 mark…and every close above that price, no matter how brief, has been sold down to below the $1,400 price ceiling. During that dollar index decline of 370 basis points…4.4 percent…the gold price has not been allowed to reflect that decline…and is basically trading unchanged from its May 20th price. Here’s the 30-day dollar index chart. It’s obvious the $1,400 price mark in gold…and $22 silver is still being vigorously defended. The gold price did nothing in the Far East and most of the London trading day on their Wednesday. The New York low came at the 9:30 a.m. EDT open of the equity markets, just like it has for the last three days in a row. The subsequent rally got cut off at the knees shortly before 11:00 a.m. in New York…and a few minutes before the London close…just as it was about to get a sniff of the $1,400 price mark. The high tick at that point was $1,395.80 spot. From there it traded sideways into the Comex close…and then got sold down a bit in the New York Access Market. The gold price closed at $1,388.40 spot…up $10.20 on the day. Gross volume wasn’t overly heavy at 121,000 contracts. But the silver stocks finished slightly in the red…as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.19%. Here’s the 30-day gold chart, with the 20 and 50-day moving averages shown. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report was another non-event on Wednesday, as only 3 gold and 17 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday. We’re getting on in the June delivery month, so unless there are some big surprised between now and June 30th, we shouldn’t expect big deliveries, as most are done within the first week of the delivery month. There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday…and there was no sales report from the U.S. Mint, either. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday, they reported receiving 99,690 troy ounces of silver…and didn’t ship any out. The link to that activity is here. In gold on Tuesday, these same depositories didn’t report receiving any, but did ship out 45,371 troy ounces of the stuff…all out of Brink’s, Inc. The link to that activity is here. No charts or graphs again today…but here’s your ‘cute quota’… Sponsor Advertisement It was obvious to me that if a willing seller hadn’t shown up in the Comex gold and silver markets just before 11:00 a.m. in New York, both metals would have closed materially higher. The dollar index closed at 81.05 late on Tuesday afternoon…and began to rally slightly right from the open in Far East trading on their Wednesday morning. The high tick of the day…81.30…came at 8:00 a.m. EDT right on the button. From there it got sold down to its low tick…80.78…which came just before noon in New York. The subsequent rally didn’t make it back above the 81.00 level…and closed at 80.91…down 14 basis points on the day.
Editor’s note: Agora founder Bill Bonner has never done anything like this before… If you haven’t heard, he recently committed to invest $5 million of his own family’s trust in the stock recommendations of just one of his analysts: expert value investor Chris Mayer. Chris has one of the best track records in the business. Over a 10-year span, he safely beat the markets by three-to-one and outperformed some of the world’s best investors, including Warren Buffett. And now, until tonight only, you can invest alongside Bill with a subscription to Chris’ brand-new service Bonner Private Portfolio. But, as Bill points out in today’s special essay, this service isn’t for everyone… By Bill Bonner, editor, The Bill Bonner Letter Today, we address a reader’s objection (shared by many, we suspect) about the new advisory from Chris Mayer we’ve been promoting, Bonner Private Portfolio: $1,950 is a lot of money for a few books and a couple of stock picks. I appreciate that you want to expand your asset base to benefit your descendants, but you’ll need to do it without my participation. When one of our affiliate groups published Chris’ research, they priced it at $49. Other readers have noticed, too: There’s a big jump from $49 to $1,950. Why? Are we just greedy? “Elasticity of demand” is what economists call it. We noticed it, too. You price something at $49, you get a lot of buyers. You set the price at $1,950, you get a lot fewer. If the elasticity is perfect… you get the same amount of money almost no matter what price you put on it. So, from a cash flow point of view, it made little difference (at least, in theory… but also backed by substantial experience) which price we put on Chris’ new service. “Greed” or “expanding our asset base” had nothing much to do with the choice of the price. Of course, we always want to expand our asset base; our company is not a nonprofit. But there’s more to the story… 10-Year Test We’ve been in this business for 36 years. We think… and hope… we’ve gotten better at what we do. Not only have we made progress in understanding how the investment world works, but also we understand better how our readers and customers react to it. Initially, we didn’t know whether Chris would succeed in making his readers money. It took 10 years to find out. During that time, readers could test him themselves – for less than the price of a newspaper subscription. And since neither we nor Chris’ readers knew exactly what we had, probably neither of us got the full value of his research. Subscribers came. And went. They bought. They sold. Nobody – maybe not even Chris – understood how valuable his recommendations were or what to do with them. But now we see that Chris is an excellent long-term, value-oriented investor. As we’ve been telling you, over a 10-year period, Chris’ recommendations beat the overall market three-to-one… beat Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway two-to-one… and turned every $10,000 into nearly $50,000. But you can’t make much money trading in and out of his recommendations. You have to buy and hold. And you have to be willing to sit through periods of substantial drawdowns. Recommended Links Rickards: “Don’t Buy A Single Ounce Of Gold…” **This is an URGENT warning from Jim Rickards.** If you’ve seen the writing on the wall, like me, you know that gold could soon hit $10,000 per ounce. However, today I’m urging you NOT to buy a single ounce of gold till you read what I have to say. Click here for access to my urgent gold announcement. – [EXPIRES TONIGHT] What Bill Bonner Discovered in Vancouver Will Shock You At a private meeting on a boat in Vancouver, Bill discovered an opportunity so impressive, he’s putting $5 million of his family trust money toward it. To find out how to join him, click this link before tonight at 11:59 p.m. — Sticking With It Most investors – and we use the term loosely – do not expect that from a $49 service. They want big ideas. They want speculations. They want to trade. They want more immediate gratification. Putting the average investor together with Chris is not good for either. Bonner Private Portfolio is for more serious, long-term family investors. It requires readers who understand how value investing works… and are willing to stick with it. It’s not exciting. There’s not much to talk about. There are few occasions for bragging about your results (unless, that is, you have plenty of patience). So, for Bonner Private Portfolio, we did not want a lot of readers; we only wanted the few who were suited to it. That’s why we deliberately put the price high: to discourage casual subscribers or those who had not enough money to make it worthwhile. We want serious subscribers who understand and appreciate the service. You can’t just “try it out for a few months.” You have to stick with it. Serious Bargain Is $1,950 the right price? Too much? Too little? We don’t know. But judging from the results, it might have been too low. We have more subscribers than we expected. That may be because the serious investor compares this service – as he should – with a managed account. If he puts his money with a value-oriented manager, he will pay upward of 2% a year (if you’re lucky). With $500,000 invested, that works out as $10,000 a year. The serious investor with serious money sees that Bonner Private Portfolio is a bargain at $1,950. Almost every investment approach works sometime for someone. But none work all the time for everybody. Some are meant for serious, long-term wealth building. Others give traders and speculators the adrenaline rush they look for. Some are good for sophisticated investors with a lot of money. 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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a challenge to controversial debit card “swipe fee” rules, dealing a blow to retailers, grocers and restaurant owners who argued the charges were unfairly high.Businesses pay the fees to banks when customers use debit cards to purchase goods or services. The fees reimburse banks for costs involved in offering debit cards.The high court’s refusal to hear the case keeps intact a March 2014 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that found the fees set by the Federal Reserve at 21 cents per transaction were appropriate.The dispute between banks and merchants centers around swipe, or interchange, fees that are determined by Visa Inc (V.N), MasterCard Inc(MA.N) and other card networks.Before Congress intervened, retailers paid as much as 44 cents per transaction, which they said made it hard for small businesses to accept debit cards.In 2010, lawmakers ordered the Fed to cap the fees in hopes that would reduce prices for consumers. Banks said lower fees might not cover all of the costs in providing cards, such as monitoring for fraudulent purchases.”Consumers must come first in this process, not the bottom-line of retailers,” said Richard Hunt, president of the Consumer Bankers Association. “This drawn-out fight should put on notice those members of Congress who insist upon interfering with the free market.”The fee cap was included in the 2010 Dodd-Frank law in a provision known as the “Durbin amendment,” after its chief supporter, Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois. After the law passed, the Fed capped fees at 21 cents per transaction.The National Retail Federation, whose members include Wal-Mart (WMT.N) and JCPenney (JCP.N), the National Restaurant Association and other groups were expecting a much lower cap. They criticized the Fed’s interpretation of Dodd-Frank and, in 2011, sued the regulator.A U.S. district court in July 2013 agreed that lawmakers wanted much lower fees and overturned the Fed’s rule.But the appeals court disagreed, saying in 2014 that Dodd-Frank’s language was sufficiently ambiguous to give regulators leeway to set a higher fee cap.The high court’s decision not to hear the case “means retailers will keep paying billions of dollars more than they should, and that fee-hungry banks will continue to rake in unearned profits that ultimately come out of consumers’ pockets,” said the National Retail Federation’s general counsel, Mallory Duncan.Fed spokeswoman Susan Stawich declined to comment.The case is NACS v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 14-200.(Editing by Will Dunham) –shares Next Article January 20, 2015 3 min read Register Now » Swipe Fees Add to Queue U.S. Top Court Rejects Challenge to Debit Card ‘Swipe Fees’ Rules Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business
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Citation: Data scandal threatens Zuckerberg vision for Facebook (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-scandal-threatens-zuckerberg-vision-facebook.html “If the business model is predicated on selling user data, it can seem as democratic as you want but it’s serving a surveillance function that undermines democratic values,” Young said. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen in 2013 explaining his mission “to make the world more open and connected” Mark Zuckerberg’s ambitious vision for Facebook spawned one of the world’s most powerful companies, but he now faces a moment of reckoning as it becomes clear the social network has been hijacked and manipulated for very different ends.Snowballing revelations on the misuse of the Facebook platform to spread disinformation, and to harvest personal data in ways users had never imagined, risks undermining the very business model underpinning the social media giant.Zuckerberg took an idea hatched in his Harvard dormitory and created a network connecting more than two billion people, crushing competing social networks while imagining new ways to connect friends to each other—and for marketers to reach users.The rise of social media fuelled a wave of optimism about empowering ordinary people, notably following the Arab Spring uprisings starting in 2010.”I had the feeling in 2011 that digital technologies were inherently democratic and would fuel democratic revolutions around the globe,” said Dannagal Young, a University of Delaware professor who studies social media.Young said these networks did indeed help propel the Arab Spring, as well as social movements like Black Lives Matter or #MeToo—but that the public had failed to grasp their darker side.”People use these platforms and do not understand the economic model,” Young said.”They don’t understand what is being commodified, as is everything they do and everything they share.”Eliminating gatekeepersWhile social networks appear to empower individuals by doing away with “gatekeepers”—such as the traditional mass media, or political authorities—the selling of user data can have the opposite effect. First it was “move fast and break things.” Then it was “connecting the world” and “building a global community.” Facebook’s reputation has been tarnished ever since 2016, following disclosures of Russian-led efforts to influence the US election—notably by spreading “fake news” and other forms of disinformation on social media.But things got markedly worse following weekend revelations that data on 50 million users was culled by a British-based political firm working on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, prompting calls for investigations on both sides of the Atlantic.Zuckerberg, who began touring the United States after the presidential election, sparking speculation he might run for top office, last year offered his vision of a “global community” as more people become disillusioned with troubled political institutions.”The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do,” the 33-year-old wrote.But first of all, Zuckerberg will need to focus on the more immediate mission he set himself earlier this year: to “fix” his embattled social network.’Polluted by bad actors’Roger Kay, a technology analyst and consultant for Endpoint Technologies Associates, noted that Facebook is just one of many online firms that make use of detailed digital records on its users’ activities, which can rarely be expunged.”Facebook adds to this, but it’s not the cause of the problem,” Kay said. “The problem is your long-term digital footprint.”Young, of the University of Delaware, voiced optimism that users can regain better control over their Facebook data—as more people learn about online privacy and how to determine what is shared about them.”We as users have a lot more control than we think,” she said. Explore further “If enough users go in and change their settings Facebook will be forced to respond. I do think there is a fix but it requires a whole lot of learning.”Then comes the issue of disinformation—which Facebook has been under mounting pressure to combat.Emily Vraga, a George Mason University professor of communication, said Facebook has taken positive steps in ferreting out false information in recent months.”But I would like to see even more of that,” she said.One way, she said, would be making Facebook’s algorithm available.”I do think the public should be more aware” of how the network operates, she said.For Young, both Facebook and Zuckerberg appear to have assumed that “when you crowdsource things the truth will come out”—a belief that appears naive in light of the “fake news” phenomenon.”It could be that 98 percent of people on Facebook do it in good faith,” she said, but “it doesn’t take a lot to undermine that system.”Kay also voiced doubt over Facebook’s ultimate ability to eliminate all malicious content without examining every item on its platform—an impossible task.”They can’t curate something with two billion users, there aren’t enough editors out there,” he said. “And if they held up the content, the users would go away.”He also notes that Facebook is not the first digital firm to be manipulated in such a way.”Social networks have come and gone,” Kay said. “They are first seen as an amazing way to connect people and then they become polluted by bad actors.” UK lawmaker: Facebook misled Parliament over data leak risk Mark Zuckerberg said this year his mission is to “fix” the problems of the social network © 2018 AFP Facebook “likes” are part of data profiles which can be scraped by marketers and others This document is subject to copyright. 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Members of the Lok Sangharsh Morcha holding a protest in Mumbai on Thursday – PAUL NORONHA Demands include compensation for drought, increase in MSP SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENT agriculture November 22, 2018 Maharashtra Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday assured tribal farmers that their forest land rights claims will be settled by December this year.Fadnavis gave assurance to representatives of the protesting farmers who marched to Azad Maidan here for redressal of their grievances, which include compensation for drought and transfer of forest rights to tribals.A delegation of the protesting tribals met Fadnavis at Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai, where the winter session of the State legislature is underway. Tribal Welfare Minister Vishnu Savra said that 3.6 lakh claims were received, of which 1.74 lakh have been settled in favour of the tribals. Similarly, 12,000 claims for community forest activity were received, of which 7,700 have been settled, he said.Two-day march Fadnavis assured the delegation that the remaining claims would be settled by December this year. The march reached Azad Maidan early Thursday, eight months after a similar protest was held at the venue. The farmers and tribals who began the two-day march from Thane to Mumbai on Wednesday. Magsaysay award winner Dr Rajendra Singh, also known as the Waterman of India, was among the marchers. He blamed the government for the drought, which he termed as “man-made”. The farmers are demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report, which suggested that farmers must have assured access and control over resources such as land and water. They are also demanding an increase in the minimum support price (MSP) and a judicial system to ensure its implementation. “We have been consistently asking the State government to fulfil our long-standing demands, but the response has been lukewarm. We were forced to launch this agitation,” said Pratibha Shinde, general secretary of the Lok Sangharsh Morcha, which is organising the protest. SHARE COMMENTS
COMMENT COMMENTS 0 Published on With a ₹4-crore turnover in four years, Arohan Foods may not find much reference in the Indian start-up space. But this small company is today a major catalyst in increasing farm income in the North-East. Arohan’s focus is on processing and marketing of pork meat. Small-scale pig farming is common in the North-East, which is also the largest consumer of pork. Arohan rolled out its ‘Choice Pork Natural’ brand of sausages and bacon in 40 cities in 20 States, only to realise that the model was unviable. The North-East may have the largest pig population, but the farming practices are so inefficient that farmers barely make money despite the retail price in Guwahati being 40 per cent higher than in Delhi. Selling this high-cost meat in faraway markets made little business sense. “The situation forced us to work on the back-end,” said Arindom Hazarika, director of Arohan.Innovative solutionHe was convinced that standard commercial farming practices will not work in the North-East, where there are a large number of small farmers scattered over 8 per cent of India’s landmass.“Animal husbandry is closely linked with farm practices. Punjab grows maize and corn. This is used by industries for production of animal-feed, which finds easy market in hundreds of large piggeries in the State,” said Hazarika. In contrast, the North-East grows a single crop of rice. Branded pig-feed is available at ₹25 a kg. The feed cost alone is estimated at ₹12,500, against a farm-gate price of ₹13,000. However, with technical support from the Central Tuber Crop Research Institute, farmers were encouraged to grow sweet potato, tapioca, and colocasia as pig feed, in the idle season. A portion of the agri-horticultural production was diverted to feed animals. This was supplemented with water hyacinth, banana stems, etc., which are grown in abundance locally. “The feed standardised by us is 70 per cent as efficient as the machine-made feed but barely 20 per cent in cost,” said Hazarika.Livelihood missionArohan is now preparing to re-launch its processed products as “naturally farmed”, expecting higher value realisation. “We will play in the premium category, which is now dominated by imports,” said Hazarika. Arohan is also encouraging farmers to tap the huge demand for raw meat through self-help groups.One such initiative is under way at Gogamukh in Lakhimpur district in Assam, where small farmers will be brought under an SHG, which will have its own slaughter house and 50 branded outlets at small towns in the district. Pacts with State govtsThe Lakhimpur initiative was undertaken on behalf of the NHPC. Arohan has already entered into agreements with the governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to replicate the movement as part of the livelihood mission.“There are three major takeaways of the farmer SHG initiative. First, consumers will get quality meat. Tapping the retail market will help improve their earnings. And the model is not dependent on State subsidy,” Hazarika said. June 03, 2019 food processing industry SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE