Why Your Truth Is Different

first_imgThe circumstances of your birth are something far more than simply challenging. Not only were you not born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you were born without a spoon. The circumstances of your birth are holding you back; that’s what is keeping you from succeeding.But if this is true for you, why isn’t it true everyone whose circumstances of birth were very much like your own?You didn’t get a good education. You didn’t do all that well in high school. You spent two semesters at the community college before you ran out of money. The only way you can succeed is to have a college degree, and you don’t have one. Therefore, you cannot succeed.If this is true for you, why is it not universally true? Why are there so many exceptions?The one thing holding you back is your manager. If it wasn’t for your boss and how difficult he makes your job, you’d be succeeding wildly. He is what’s holding you back. He is a governor of your success.Why, then, are other people in your role succeeding when they share the same manager? Why is what is true for you not true for them?No one can succeed in this economic environment. The conditions are too tough. There are too many government regulations. There is too much competition. Your prospective customers are unreasonable, and no one can please them.This is true for you. Why is it untrue for others? Why are they succeeding in the very same economic environment you believe to be impossible?You could never write your novel, record your songs, or paint the pictures you see in your mind’s eye. There is no way you could start your own business or side hustle right now, with work and kids and other responsibilities. You don’t have the time.How is it that other people are able to do these things with all of the same responsibilities that you have or more? Why is it what’s true for you not also true for them?What you believe to be true for you is only true for you because you believe it to be so. As soon as you believe that something new is true for you, what you used to believe will no longer be true. Well, it won’t be true for you anyway. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Purulia tense over social media posts

first_imgPurulia town in south-west Bengal is in the grip of tension after Saturday’s clash between two groups over social media posts that allegedly hurt religious sentiments. According to local residents, a few persons were injured in the violence. Rapid Action Force [RAF] has been deployed in the area.A senior district police official said there had been “a law and order situation” in Purulia town. Police, he said, brought the situation under control. “Tension started brewing about a couple of days back when a member of one community allegedly posted a comment on social media hurting the religious sentiments of the other community,” a resident of the area told The Hindu.last_img

Non-Bodos assured on land rights

first_imgBodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary has assured the leaders of the All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union and other organisations that the land rights of the Gorkha people of Bodoland Territorial Area Districts will remain intact.Regarding the ongoing controversy over the new land policy of the BTC which governs BTAD comprising four districts, Mr. Mohilary said all land rights of the protected class of the people as defined in Chapter X of the Assam Land Revenue Regulation, 1886 would be applicable in the BTC area like in other parts of Assam.The BTC chief made the statement after meeting delegates of the AAGSU, the Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha and the Gorkha Sanmiloni among others.AAGSU president Prem Tamang said the discussion with Mr. Mohilary “was very positive”.last_img read more

Earth’s missing heat may be hiding in the deep Atlantic

first_imgThere’s a new lead in the hunt to explain the global warming hiatus. The mystery is why average global surface air temperatures have remained essentially steady since 2000, even as greenhouse gases have continued to accumulate in the atmosphere. Many scientists believe the answer lies in the Pacific, which is sending massive slugs of cold water to the surface, helping cool the planet. But a new investigation, published online today in Science, presents sea temperature data implying that most of the missing heat has been stored deep in the Atlantic. The work draws on tens of millions of ocean temperature and salinity measurements taken globally by buoys, floats, and ships since 1970. Covering 24 depths from the sea surface down to 1500 meters, the data suggest that over the last decade or so the Atlantic has been absorbing heat (red in the graphic above) that would have otherwise warmed the surface. Over the past 14 years, the authors write, water below 300 meters in the North and South Atlantic oceans has stored more energy than the rest of the global oceans combined. “We found the missing heat,” says one of the authors, oceanographer Xianyao Chen of the Ocean University of China in Qingdao. He and co-author Ka-Kit Tung of the University of Washington, Seattle, postulate that the mechanism is the “conveyor belt” current that moves salty tropical water to the North Atlantic, where it sinks, carrying heat with it.last_img read more

Mohammad Anas qualifies for Rio Olympics in men’s 400-metre race

first_imgIndian quartermiler Mohammad Anas has qualified for the upcoming Rio Olympics by shattering the men’s 400-metre national record on the second day of Polish Athletics Championship in Bydgoszcz.The 21-year-old from Kerala clocked 45.40 seconds, the exact Rio qualification timing, to become the 100th Indian and 21st track and field athlete to qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games, starting from August 5 to 21. Anas shattered his own national record of 45.44 seconds, which he set on Friday on the first day of the same competition in the Polish city.Rajiv Arokia, who was the previous national record holder with 45.47 seconds, finished second with a timing of 45.60secs.Anas had won a silver in the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships in April with a timing of 45.74secs.Earlier on Saturday, sprinter Dutee Chand made the cut for the women’s 100-metre race at the Rio Olympics.last_img read more

Valtteri Bottas on pole for Austrian Grand Prix

first_imgFinland’s Valtteri Bottas kept champions Mercedes on pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday after title-chasing team mate Lewis Hamilton was hit with a five-place grid penalty.Hamilton, who is 14 points behind Ferrari’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel after eight races, qualified third fastest but will start in eighth place due to the automatic drop resulting from an unscheduled gearbox change.Vettel will share the front row with Bottas, with Finnish team mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo on the second row.”I really enjoy driving here. The car was getting better and better as the grip was coming,” said Bottas, who now has a golden opportunity to take a second career win.”A decent lap at the end, it wasn’t perfect, but it was enough.”Hopes of a crackling showdown between the Mercedes and Ferrari rivals in the final seconds were blown away when Romain Grosjean’s Haas broke down on track and brought out the warning flags.The pole was the second of Bottas’s Formula One career after Bahrain in April. Vettel won that race but Mercedes have triumphed in Austria in every year since the Red Bull Ring returned to the calendar in 2014.”Congratulations to Valtteri, he did a fantastic job and Sebastian has been very quick. It just wasn’t meant to be today,” said Hamilton, whose gearbox was swapped out after the team discovered a problem from the previous race in Azerbaijan.”I’ll do the best job I can. I want to get up there and get a one-two with Valtteri.”advertisementHamilton won last year with now-retired team mate Nico Rosberg triumphant in 2014 and 2015.HANDSHAKE ‘SNUB’The Briton’s grid penalty dispelled some of the tension from a weekend that started with continued rumblings from Baku and the ‘road rage’ controversy that has dominated the headlines over the past two weeks.Vettel had to make a public apology after accusing his rival of ‘brake-testing’ him after the Ferrari driver drove into the back of the Mercedes and then banged wheels while they were behind the safety car.Although Hamilton has accepted the apology and said he still has “the utmost respect” for Vettel, he refused to play along when asked to shake hands with his rival in post-qualifying interviews.Television images showed, however, that he and Vettel had done so unprompted after they stepped out of their cars in the pit lane.”The car was really good. I was hoping for the last run but it was a bit of an anti climax with the yellow flags,” said Vettel, who will fancy his chances of a fourth win of the season. “It’s a great track, the car has been phenomenal.”I’m looking forward to tomorrow, it should be a good race.”Red Bull’s Dutch teenager Max Verstappen starts fifth with Grosjean sixth.Hamilton will split Force India’s feuding duo of Sergio Perez, seventh, and Esteban Ocon in ninth. There has been bad blood between the Mexican and French rookie since they collided in Baku while fighting for podium places.Further back, McLaren slow progress was evidenced by Fernando Alonso in 12th place and Belgian team mate Stoffel Vandoorne in 13th, although only the latter was using the latest specification Honda engine.last_img read more

Japan: MES Delivers Cargo Carrier ‘Siskin Arrow’

first_img My location MES, January 22, 2014 Print  Close zoom Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 72,800 dwt Cargo Carrier SISKIN ARROW on January 21, 2014.This is the 4th vessel of its series which has a cargo hold capacity of more than 86,600 m3.SISKIN ARROW is one of the largest open hatch general cargo carriers in the world with eight box-shaped cargo holds and four jib cranes for handling cargo.The vessel is powered by a light and compact electronically controlled MITSUI-MAN B&W 5S60ME-C8 diesel engine complying with MARPOL NOx restriction for exhaust gas. Principal ParticularsLength overall 210.00 mLength (between perpendiculars) 202.00 mBreadth (molded) 36.00 mDepth (molded) 20.20 m 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

MOL Orders New Coal Carrier from Imabari

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has placed an order for a 140,400 dwt coal carrier at its compatriot shipbuilder Imabari Shipbuilding.The company said that the new vessel, which will be 274 meters long and 47 meters wide, would have environmental and safety features.MOL did not disclose the price agreed under the shipbuilding contract.The move comes after the company signed a long-term shipping agreement with Japan’s Sikoku Electric Power.Scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2020, the new coal carrier would replace the 2000-built bulker Tachibana, which is currently shipping coal cargoes for Sikoku Electric Power.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

DNV GL Awards First AiP to Scrubber Manufacturer in China

first_imgzoom Chinese scrubber manufacturer Shanghai Bluesoul Environmental Technology has received the first Approval in Principle (AiP) by classification society DNV GL in recognition of the technical feasibility of the BlueSulf scrubber system. The AiP is said to be the first of its kind for a scrubber according to the new DNV GL rule set, and the first for a Chinese scrubber manufacturer.“We are very pleased to be the first Chinese supplier to receive this AiP and it demonstrates BlueSulf’s design in compliance with DNV GL class rules requirements, by using the sodium alkali method to clean exhaust gasses. We have signed three scrubber projects with Chinese and European owners and we are also in negotiations for several potential retrofit and new building projects,” Jacky Chow, Chief Operating Officer of Shanghai Bluesoul, said.DNV GL said it will also provide advisory services to Bluesoul, including hardware-in-the-loop testing, simulations using the DNV GL COSMOSS tool and analyses using computational fluid dynamics (CFD).BlueSulf scrubber is a hybrid system that can switch between open and closed loop mode. This type of system is said to allow greater flexibility to adjust to changes in water salinity and requirements in different ports. In some areas, the use of open loop scrubbers has been prohibited.Able to operate both on seawater and fresh water, the design reduces the sulfur content in exhaust gas to 0.1 percent or less, ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Chinese Emission Control Area (0.5 percent) that has been in force in eleven ports in China since January 1, 2017, and the upcoming global sulfur cap.last_img read more

APTN Investigates 10 Sales Pitch – Buyers Beware

first_img(APTN Investigates reporter John Murray approaches Aboriginal Auto as seen through the lens of the hidden camera.)Without doing any shopping or looking at vehicles they immediately wanted to do a credit application.Birchwood general manager, Robyn Okaja, said in an email that this is their routine process as long as the customer agrees. She went on to say people are unlikely to walk on the lot these days.“Rarely, if ever, does a customer begin the purchase process in our dealership. It always starts on line,” she said.The same thing happened when we visited Big Chief Motors.Arora said, it often makes sense to get a credit application first because many customers don’t even know their own credit standing.Although getting a credit application first seemed unusual, as many experts recommend knowing your budget and what you are going to buy first, it is routine with these retailers. (Tricia Dano removes the dealership branding from her truck. Dano says she likes the truck but she felt she just wasn’t treated fairly.)A Sour Deal? “It was so cold and so shocking,” Dano said.The couple was on the hook for two payments after all and now they were three payments behind on one of the loans.Tricia called the bank and told them about the mix-up.“When I told him what happened he kind of just went silent. He just had this kind of noise. And he said, we can’t. There’s no way that we can pre-approve you,” she said.She immediately took her concern to the general manager of the dealership.After a series of sometimes terse emails they began phoning each other and trying to come to a resolution.Dano shared her experience on social media and her friends also posted about what happened.This didn’t go over well with the general manager who Dano says insisted those posts be deleted before any kind of resolution was discussed.APTN asked George Iny to look over the Dano’s agreement.There were other parts of the deal that were questionable, he said.He called it “a terrible deal for the buyer.”“So they take back your vehicle but the outstanding payment — that’s called The Upside Down Consumer. That person then has that added to the price of the next vehicle,” he said.Iny noted that it was unusual to have an aftermarket warranty with a brand new vehicle.He said compared to the factory warranty it would be limited in scope, less comprehensive, potentially more difficult to get service, and more expensive.And then there were the extras.There was $7,000 cash-back line in the document which is really a $7,000 loan included in the financing.Iny said the tire warranty and anti-theft etching were over-priced.“Never take nitrogen in your tires from a car dealer. You can get it for free or for five dollars a tire at many retailers,” Iny said.And the rust protection sold to the Danos wasn’t just overpriced but also unnecessary because the truck the Danos bought was aluminium.“So it’s doubtful that rust proofing developed for steel vehicles would even do the trick,” he added.He also noted that clearly the Danos were given a financing arrangement that was suspect.“For a certain percentage of consumers the kind of advertising that promises to put you behind the wheel of a new vehicle is addictive. It’s really hard to pass on and you’re vulnerable in that case unfortunately. And there should be protections,” Iny said.What protections are there for consumers?APTN learned that every province has a complaint-driven process which means no one is watching these deals.“I’m unhappy to tell you that the people who should be protecting you are not,” said Iny.  “There are either gaps in the laws on the books or they should be used or could be used creatively.”The Remedy The Danos still live in Winnipeg and are on the hook for two payments but did get a cash settlement from Birchwood.The dealership did offer a full refund but that was not reasonable nor affordable.“We would have had to pay $21,000 to get out of it which we didn’t have, obviously we didn’t have it,” Tricia Dano said.That amount includes the cash-back amount and also the outstanding balance from the trade-in.“I took the remedy because we needed something. Anything was better than nothing because we’re screwed,” Verne Dano said.Tricia Dano found the process humiliating as well.“[I’ve] been through hell and back dealing with it and then having to go in and be humiliated even. Here’s a cheque but you have to tell your friends that they can’t say anything bad about Birchwood Ford because you know it makes us look bad,” Dano said.Iny said that although affinity marketing may seem more comfortable because of the connection with a certain community, buyers still need to be on guard.“That should give you no solace. You’re not going to get a better deal.”jmurray@aptn.ca@murrjw (Dan Roulette sits in the truck he is delivering to Peguis First Nation. The young man who just bought the truck signs on the bottom line.  PHOTO: APTN Investigates)The truck temporarily became Roulette’s office as they reviewed the documents and signed on the bottom line.Danos Make The DealWhen Tricia Dano met with the salesperson at Birchwood she was really focussed on getting a new home.In fact, that was most important to her and she felt she made it clear.“I expressed over and over and over again how important it was that it was a consolidation loan that the vehicles were going to be just one payment and that’s it,” she said.Then the call came in from Birchwood – they were approved.Now that the Danos had this deal they would have lower payments. It was a relief.They told the bank, who just needed the paperwork.Then a couple of weeks later Ford Credit, the lender whose loan was supposed to be consolidated into the new truck loan, called to say they had missed a payment.Dano called Birchwood and she says they said Ford was just waiting for paperwork.They continued with preparations for moving to the new home.“So yeah we were getting all of the unnecessary things out of the house and putting it into storage so that we could stage it for selling and that was just three days before,” said Tricia Dano.Then Verne Dano was driving to work and got a call.“I get Ford Credit calling me saying I’ve missed three payments,” he said. (APTN Investigates follows Dan Roulette as he delivers a new vehicle to his customer in Peguis First Nation about 185 kilometres north of Winnipeg.)Delivery to a reserveDan Roulette, an Ojibwe man and a veteran car salesman often personally delivers vehicles to his customers.In fact, for registered Status Indians they must take delivery on a reserve in order to receive tax exemption.Roulette tells APTN the credit application is his usual first step.“Well for what I do, yes. Because unfortunately a lot of people I deal with have credit issues. When they do a credit application beforehand then we send in for a preapproval. At which time the bank will say well they’re approved for this kind of payment or this amount of money,” he said.We accompanied Roulette to Peguis First Nation where he delivered a brand new Dodge pickup to a young man. John MurrayAPTN InvestigatesTricia and Verne Dano thought they were finally getting their home in the country.“We found a beautiful location southwest of Winnipeg about 150 kilometres. A beautiful brick home. It had everything we wanted,” Verne Dano said.But their bank told them they had a high debt-ratio, meaning they owed more than they owned and that would disqualify them for the new mortgage they needed.Then a telemarketing salesperson called Tricia. They wanted her to buy a new vehicle but Dano told them it was out of the question because she needed the mortgage.The salesman offered Dano what looked like a solution.“One of the sales persons called me from Birchwood Ford and said, ‘You should just consolidate. Consolidate. Come in. We’ll get you into another vehicle and we’ll consolidate your vehicle and you’ll have one payment which would be lower. The bank will like that,’” Dano said.It isn’t unusual for dealerships to call existing customers, but telemarketing to reach new customers is a relatively recent development.Even more recently social media has also become a platform for reaching out to potential customers – the industry has changed.Car sales ads are increasingly appearing on social media and for many this may seem like a good thing.Shopping online may also seem like a good way to avoid the face-to-face high pressure sales tactics.But it allows sales people to target very specific groups.APTN Investigates found many Facebook pages that target Indigenous people with names like Aboriginal Auto, Big Chief Motors, First Nations Financing and many others. (This screen capture is of a website that has no original content but is filled with what appears to be the default information included in a website template.)One, called First Nation Loans, didn’t actually create a website but just left the template content on it.Affinity marketing or just a name? Winnipeg’s Big Chief Motors is in the same location as Gauthier Chrysler, a local dealership.Gauthier Chrysler vice-president Kevin Schumacer said Big Chief Motors is a sub-prime retailer they share space with.Watch how sub prime loans work.  Sub-prime retailing, or also called sub-prime financing is a method of lending aimed at consumers who may have some credit difficulties. Many loans are still offered by the same major banks but usually at a higher interest rates than what is often shown on many car sales ads.Nick Arora, manager of Big Chief Motors, said that he is Indian but not First Nations. To be clear, he means an Indian from India.He also said his business is not affinity marketing and the name was inspired by the beef jerky brand. (Nick Arora of Big Chief Motors says the inspiration for his business name came from Big Chief Beef Jerky. An excerpt from Big Chief Meat Snacks’ website: “Although our heritage is European, the Indigenous people are credited as first inventing ‘jerky’ derived from the Quechua word ‘ch’arki’ which means dried, salted meat.”  Photo: John Murray/APTN)Arora agreed to an on camera interview but was not available for our broadcast deadline.Another company called Aboriginal Auto is registered to Birchwood Ford but there does not appear to be any Indigenous ownership in the company.We asked Birchwood Ford about Aboriginal Auto to which they replied by email.Birchwood said: “It is a business name we have used for over 15 years for marketing purposes.”Iny has a problem with that.“What you’re calling affinity marketing is something else. It’s basically what I see is appropriation perhaps of the identity or some kind of symbols that would suggest that maybe the person providing the service belongs to a particular community,” said Iny. “In fact it’s plain old sub-prime car retailing.”In addition to using sub-prime financing, lenders sometimes offer seven-year terms which may be attractive because of lower payments but some people will trade in their vehicles while still carrying a balance which then gets added into the new loan.Iny calls this the “upside-down consumer.”“You can stretch your loan out to 96 months at very low rates as long as you have good credit. In those cases all of these things allow you greater affordability and the vehicles are actually better. They last longer and they need less work than they did. However this does not extend to someone with shaky credit. In that case you have the illusion of affordability but what’s really happening is you’re being handcuffed for 96 months with deals running at very high rates,” he said.The hidden camera investigation APTN Investigates visited Aboriginal Auto with a hidden camera.After walking around the lot without being approached our reporter went inside and asked where we could find Aboriginal Auto. (Ten of the Facebook pages that APTN Investigates found using names with First Nations, Aboriginal or other similar names. Some have stereotypical caricatures and imagery.)It’s a sales strategy called “affinity marketing.” The salesperson or retailer claims a connection – or affinity – to organizations or groups of people.George Iny is with the Automobile Protection Association (APA) in Montreal.“At its best affinity marketing means a community of people are entitled to either a lower price or access to a preferred level of service because they are a known group,” he said.The APA has been a car buyer’s advocate for almost 50 years.Some of these pages don’t have any clear indication of ownership or legitimacy.Others were found to be associated with mainstream dealerships but this wasn’t always obvious from their Facebook pages or websites.And some were clearly only interested in getting credit applications while others seemed entirely illegitimate.last_img read more

Wage growth weakens despite tightened job market unemployment rate dips to 58

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s unemployment rate has edged back down to its four-decade low of 5.8 per cent — but even in a job market that’s having a hard time finding workers, wage growth is continuing to slow.The country added 11,200 net new jobs in October, including a gain of 33,900 full-time positions, Statistics Canada said Friday in its latest labour force survey.The agency said the jobless rate moved down from its 5.9 per cent reading in September, in large part because fewer people searched for work.One fresh data point, in particular, is likely to catch the Bank of Canada’s attention: wage growth.The indicator is watched by the central bank ahead of its interest-rate decisions and, despite the tightened labour market, pay growth slowed for its fifth-straight month. Solid wage growth can apply upward pressure on inflation, which can then feed into the Bank of Canada’s decisions on interest rates.Year-over-year, average hourly wage growth slowed last month to 2.19 per cent for its weakest reading since September 2017. Experts have predicted wage growth to rise along with the tightened labour market, but average hourly wage growth has dropped every month since May when it was 3.94 per cent.When it comes to permanent employees, wage growth last month rang in at just 1.9 per cent — which TD senior economist Brian DePratto noted is below inflation.“The wage rate definitely stands out here,” said DePratto, who believes the number will make it a little bit less likely the Bank of Canada will introduce another interest rate hike in December.DePratto expects the central bank to wait until January before its next rate increase.“It’s concerning, for sure, and it’s difficult to disentangle, but we’re not going to get too, too hung up just yet,” he said.Other analysts also pointed to soft wage growth in the report Friday as a possible reason for the Bank of Canada to hold off in December.“The deceleration in wage growth is the most important downward risk for the Bank of Canada to continue hiking,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch economist Carlos Capistran wrote in a research note to clients.Josh Nye, senior economist for RBC, wrote in a note: “We think wage growth will be key to whether they speed up the pace of rate increases.”Last week, the Bank of Canada hiked its trend-setting rate for the fifth time since the summer of 2017. Governor Stephen Poloz also signalled future hikes could be sooner than previously expected.This week, Poloz told lawmakers in Ottawa that Canadians need to get used to the idea of three per cent interest rates as the new normal, now that the era of rock-bottom borrowing costs is gradually fading away.The central bank estimates its key interest rate will need to gradually rise to between 2.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent to keep inflation from climbing too high. The rate is now 1.75 per cent.The open question is how quickly the rate will rise.Statistics Canada’s labour report Friday also showed that compared with 12 months earlier, national employment was up 1.1 per cent following the addition of 205,900 positions, including 173,000 full-time jobs.For employee work, the public sector lost 30,800 jobs last month, while the private sector added 20,300 positions. Of the new jobs, 21,800 came in the less desirable category of self employment, which is a classification that includes people working in a family business without pay.By region, Saskatchewan added 2,500 jobs in October, but employment levels were largely unchanged in the other provinces.Looking at industries, the goods-producing sector lost 12,000 jobs last month in a decline led by a notable loss of 7,100 positions in natural resources work. The services sector added 23,200 jobs in October following a gain of 22,000 positions in business, building and other support services.Last month, survey results released by the Bank of Canada said companies, on balance, have reported that labour shortages have intensified over the past 12 months.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Asian shares decline on concerns over global China slowdown

SINGAPORE — Asian markets were mostly lower on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund trimmed its global outlook for 2019 and 2020. The downgrade came after China said its economy grew at the slowest pace in 30 years in the last quarter of 2018. Wall Street was closed for a holiday on Monday.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index shed 0.5 per cent to 20,609.88 and the Kospi in South Korea was down 0.6 per cent at 2,112.83. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.9 per cent to 26,964.66. The Shanghai Composite index fell 0.7 per cent to 2,591.37. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 slipped 0.4 per cent to 5,865.50. Shares fell in Taiwan and Singapore but rose in the Philippines.GLOBAL GROWTH: On Monday, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2019 global growth estimate to 3.5 per cent from 3.7 per cent, citing trade tensions and rising interest rates. It also revised its estimate for 2020 to 3.6 per cent, down from 3.7 per cent. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who presented the forecasts at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, said the global economy was growing more slowly than expected amid rising risks. Earlier in the day, China reported its economy expanded by 6.6 per cent in 2018. This was the slowest pace of growth since 1990 and it fueled fears a trade dispute with Washington is putting a drag on the world’s second largest economy.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Against the backdrop of refreshed woes over growth and U.S. markets having been away for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there leaves little to inspire Asia markets,” Jingyi Pan of IG said in a commentary.ENERGY: U.S. crude was 28 cents lower at $53.76 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added 3.3 per cent to $54.04 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, dropped 47 cents to $62.27 per barrel. It closed at $62.74 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar eased to 109.44 yen from 109.65 yen late Monday. The euro slipped to $1.1362 from $1.1366.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Press read more

The Latest India closely following crisis in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):1:20 a.m.Indian officials say they are closely following the political crisis in Venezuela.Opposition leader Juan Guaido’s claim to the presidency has been recognized by the U.S. and other countries, a step that put them at odds with Russia, China and others who see the U.S. as interfering.India Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Friday it was up to Venezuelans “to resolve their differences through constructive dialogue and discussion without resorting to violence.”Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro defiantly called home all Venezuelan diplomats from the U.S. and closed its embassy Thursday.Guaido’s whereabouts have been a mystery since he was symbolically sworn in Wednesday.___12:15 a.m.Backed by Venezuela’s military, President Nicolas Maduro went on the offensive against an opposition leader who declared himself interim president and his U.S. supporters, setting up a struggle for power in the crisis-plagued South American nation.A defiant Maduro called home all Venezuelan diplomats from the U.S. and closed its embassy Thursday, a day after ordering all U.S. diplomats out of Venezuela by the weekend because President Donald Trump had supported the presidential claim of Juan Guaido. Washington has refused to comply, but ordered its non-essential staff to leave the tumultuous country.The Trump administration says Maduro’s order isn’t legal because the U.S. no longer recognizes him as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.Meanwhile, all eyes were on Guaido whose whereabouts have been a mystery since he was symbolically sworn in Wednesday.The Associated Press read more

Identifying Toronto van attack victims could take days

Ontario’s chief coroner is still in the process of identifying the victims of Monday’s van attack in north-end Toronto.Dirk Huyers says the process could take days and is complicated by of the size of the crime scene.The attack took place over a one-kilometre stretch of one of the city’s busiest streets.None of the victims have been formally identified.According to family and friends, the dead include 80-year-old grandmother Dorothy Sewell, Chul Min “Eddie” Kang, a chef and former Mohawk College student and Anne Marie D’Amico, who worked at an investment firm.Ten people were killed and 14 were injured when a van plowed into pedestrians on the sidewalk on Yonge St. Monday afternoon.Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill was charged yesterday with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.An additional count of attempted murder is expected.Minassian has another court appearance scheduled next month. read more

Ready student one Universities launch degrees in esports

LONDON — On their first week in class, a group of students is playing a first-person shooter video game in a sleek new digital studio. It’s their introduction to the degree in esports they’ve all enrolled in.The group clicking away on their mice are at the University of Staffordshire, one of several U.K. and U.S. schools launching programs aimed at capitalizing on the booming industry’s need for skilled professionals.The University of Staffordshire last year launched its bachelor’s and master’s esports programs, in which students mainly learn marketing and management skills. It’s expanding this fall to London. Other schools also debuting esports degree courses include Britain’s Chichester University, Shenandoah University in Virginia, Becker College in Massachusetts and Ohio State University. In Asia schools in Singapore and China offer courses.Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press read more

LaVar and LiAngelo Ball Explain Whats Next After Son

LiAngelo Ball career stats at UCLA:0 points, 0 assists, 0 rebounds, 0 blocks and 1 steal— Poosh (@mighty_pasha) December 4, 2017 WATCH: LaVar Ball plans to train LiAngelo himself and says that he will be headed for the NBA pic.twitter.com/iricxGscRb— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 5, 2017 He’s hoping his kid becomes his cash cow. So sad.— Cassandra Cole (@Colecassandra81) December 5, 2017 He needs to be a father first and teach his son a lesson. No matter what he was caught stealing, teach him some kind of lesson😡— Marisol Mercado (@mmercado86) December 5, 2017Others gathered up a tally of LiAngelo Ball’s stats as a Bruin, playing on the shoplifting incident.LiAngelo Ball’s final UCLA career stats: 0 minutes, 1 steal— Matt (@dirty___g) December 4, 2017 LaVar Ball has pulled his son, LiAngelo Ball, from UCLA rather than the guard completing an indefinite suspension.Ball and his outspoken dad explained their decision after TMZ broke the news Monday, Dec. 3. According to the site, the elder Ball believes the suspension for his son shoplifting from multiple high-end Chinese stores — for which he and two other UCLA teammates were arrested and charged — is unfair.“That’s the whole season pretty much,” LiAngelo Ball tells the “Today Show” Tuesday, Dec. 5. “That’s just a long time of doing nothing. I rather be playing.”His father adds, “China already said, ‘Ok, he made a bad mistake, we’re gonna drop the charges.’ That’s the punishment they gave him. Now we over here. We gotta serve some more punishment? He apologized. What’s the long process for? We only went to UCLA — one and done — to play basketball.”LaVar plans to train his son on his own to get him drafted to the NBA, where he’d join older brother Lonzo Ball, who’s a Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard.“We learned today of LiAngelo Ball’s intention to withdraw from UCLA,” men’s basketball coach Steve Alford said in a statement. “We respect the decision he and his family have made, and we wish him all the best in the future.”Related: The Ball In the NewsMarketing Expert Says LaMelo Ball Can Disrupt NCAA Regulations with Signature SneakerTwitter Users Give Lonzo Ball An Education On Hip-Hop After He Claims Nas Isn’t ‘Real Hip-Hop’Trump Says LaVar Ball Is a ‘Poor Man’s Don King’In response to the basketball dad’s latest move, many have been taken to social media to voice their opinion.As usual, several Twitter users bashed LaVar Ball’s parenting.That father is pure trash! I hope no one picks that kid up!— Just Say It #MAGA (@LucknerLea) December 5, 2017 LiAngelo Ball can’t stay suspended if Lavar Ball pulls him from UCLA pic.twitter.com/iInVNLIXHI— Collin (@CollinJustin1) December 4, 2017 BREAKING: After pulling out of UCLA, LiAngelo Ball has committed to another school. pic.twitter.com/tXi6mewf6j— Masta Red Snappa (@MastaRedSnappa) December 4, 2017 R.I.P. to the LiAngelo Ball ERA at UCLA. He had one of the biggest steals in UCLA history in his short time at the school. pic.twitter.com/zDi9E3NA9F— Stew🏀 (@StewyHoops) December 4, 2017And some just joked about the whole thing.LaVar Ball pulling up to LiAngelo Ball locker at UCLA like clean ya locker out and let’s go… pic.twitter.com/aBSNlWzfn2— D.T. (@Darlene26811165) December 4, 2017 read more

Nautilus commences 2010 undersea drilling program for massive sulphides

first_imgNautilus Minerals has commenced its 2010 drilling program, with the departure of the vessel REM Etive from Singapore, bound for the company’s Solwara projects in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The 2010 drilling program will focus on improving the resource and geotechnical understanding at Solwara 1, as well as scout drilling at other prospects on the company’s 100% owned tenements in the Bismarck Sea, PNG. TSMarine will provide the vessel; operating crew, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and drilling equipment required for the project. The ROVdrill3 drilling system to be used is a second generation seafloor drilling system, with the design ability to wireline diamond drill 70 mm diameter core to a hole depth of up to 80 m.Nautilus’ CEO, Steve Rogers, commented: “The ROVdrill3 gives Nautilus the capability to further test the resource potential of our Seafloor Massive Sulphide systems in the Bismarck Sea. The drilling equipment will also collect geotechnical data that is expected to allow us to further optimise equipment design and extend the production plan at Solwara 1.”Nautilus is the first company to commercially explore the ocean floor for polymetallic seafloor massive sulphide deposits and is currently developing its first project. The Company’s main focus is the Solwara 1 Project, which is located in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea in the western Pacific Ocean. Nautilus is listed on the TSX and AIM stock exchanges, and has among its largest shareholders two of the world’s leading international resource companies Anglo American (11.1%) and Teck Resources (6.8%), as well as Metalloinvest, one of the largest and fastest growing mining and metallurgical holding companies in Russia, which beneficially owns 21% of the Company’s issued shares through Gazmetall Holding (Cyprus) Ltd.last_img read more

Ludovic Fabregas to FC Barcelona Lassa

According to the French newspaper L’Equipe FC Barcelona has  signed a contract with Ludovic Fabregas from the summer of 2018.The 20-years old line-player came on the big stage suddenly as a part of the first line-up of the golden French team at World Championship 2017 on home soil!His contract with Montpellier will expire in summer 2018, but it looks that he already choose his professional future. ← Previous Story DANISH TEAM: Jakobsen to replace Gudmundsson immediately! Next Story → DREAMS COME TRUE: Brothers Nenadic together in Berlin!

MakerBot announces latest model that is capable of two color 3D printing

first_img3D printing has come a long way since its inception in 1984. The technology has gone from the work rooms of large companies to the living rooms of geeks thanks to companies like MakerBot Industries. The folks there have been working hard to bring inexpensive 3D printers to the masses, and have recently announced the latest model in the MakerBot series called the Replicator.Seemingly torn out of the minds of Star Trek fans, the Replicator boasts some new features when compared to its older sibling, the Thing-O-Matic. First it has the capability to print in two different colors thanks to a new dual-extrusion head that can be had in the more expensive model of the device. In addition to two-color printing, you can experiment with using different printing materials at the same time, expanding the already practically limitless creation possibilities. Another added benefit the Replicator has is the ability to make use of a larger printing area. While it would be nice to print actual bread like pictured above, the loaf has been placed there to illustrate the area available to owners of this new device. The Replicator retails at $1999 for the dual-extruder model which comes pre-assembled and ready for use. Take note that there is a six-week lead time to receive the unit. For you non-technical readers out there that think the Replicator is just some sort of expensive geek toy, you couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are several videos on YouTube of people printing real-world items that work as good as the original. Case in point is the kitchen light bracket this Thing-O-Matic owner printed to replace the one that broke in his home. Medical science is also taking advantage of the technology to print supports that allow patients to grow new bones around them. Check out the video below of MakerBot president Bre Pettis introducing his company’s new printer.Read more at MakerBotlast_img read more