Rodgers will be ‘seething’ at Celtic’s summer transfer business, talkSPORT told

first_img fear NO MOR 2 Rodgers failed to strengthen Celtic’s squad as he wished Rangers finally get their man as Liverpool agree to £7m sale Most read in Scottish football scrap Karamoko Dembele ‘chooses’ who he will play for internationally Losing Dembele to Lyon was a huge blow for Celtic A replacement striker was not signed with the only deadline day arrivals were midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu and defender Filip Benkovic, meaning Rodgers didn’t to spend any of the £19.75million made on the sale of Dembele.He is sure to be angry about this situation, according to Hartson, who believes Rodgers will be looking to invest the Dembele money back into his squad when the transfer window reopens in January.“He’ll be quietly seething at the fact he’s not been able to add some quality in the window,” Hartson told talkSPORT. “So come January, Celtic are going to go again. Brendan Rodgers will be ‘seething’ at Celtic’s summer transfer business, according to former Hoops forward John Hartson.Heading into the final days of the transfer window Celtic had endured a tough summer, but they had managed to hold on to their key players. Rangers won’t be forced to sell star striker in January, Ibrox chief claims McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso ALMOST WAT ABOUT THAT Rangers team up with hummel UK to launch eco-friendly ZEROH2O kit ‘IT’S ON’ kent bound LANGUAGE BARRIER ‘I think it’s careless’ – Gerrard takes aim at Scotland for Jack injury 2 The signings made by Rodgers were hardly inspiring, with Scott Bain and Odsonne Edouard arriving at Parkhead after spending last season on loan with Celtic, while Emilio Izaguirre joined the club a year after leaving at the end of his contract and loan signing Daniel Arzani, from Manchester City, is unproven.However, when it became clear Moussa Dembele was looking to leave Glasgow for his homeland, then finally secured a deadline day move to Lyon, the public reaction was widely critical. Vinnie Jones: What I would have done to Scott Brown after Old Firm wind-up antics Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos decision I told Rangers to beat Spurs to Luka Modric signing, reveals Ally McCoist “Brendan will be saying to his board, ‘I want some of this £19.75million and I want to invest it in the team’.“So they’re only going to get stronger.” NOT HAPPY last_img read more


first_imgGARDAI have arrested a suspect in a hit-and-run death case.He was arrested by Garda detectives in Pettigo this evening.It follows the hit-and-run death of a 55-year-old man across the Border near Belleek at 3am today. The arrested man has been taken to Ballyshannon Garda station for questioning.A blue Ford Focus was also seized. GARDAÍ ARREST SUSPECT IN HIT-AND-RUN DEATH CASE was last modified: January 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestdonegalGardaiPettigolast_img read more

Young farmer reversed for one kilometre after seeing Gardai

first_imgA young farmer who reversed his car for more than one kilometre after seeing Gardai has appeared in court.Craig Anderson, aged 26, was spotted by Gardai driving a VW Passat at Ballyboden, Lifford on October 25th, last year. Anderson reversed the car back up a hill and failed to stop or pull in despite having a number of opportunities to do so.He eventually got the car turned and failed to stop the car despite the fact that Gardai had activated their blue lights.Gardai knew Anderson, of Hillcrest, Aughawee, Lifford, and he was later arrested.Solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin said his client was helping his father on the farm after he suffered a back injury.He said he was a hard-working young man but said he did have a number of issues.Letterkenny District Court heard Anderson has previous convictions for drunk driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.He asked the court to consider compiling a probation and welfare report on Anderson which Judge Paul Kelly agreed to.He adjourned the case until May 17th next.Young farmer reversed for one kilometre after seeing Gardai was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Craig AndersondonegalfarmerGardaiLiffordReversedlast_img read more

Birds Need Beaver

first_imgThings go better with Beav around.  Science Daily has a delightful entry about the ecological benefits that beaver ponds provide for migratory birds.  It says that beaver are not just beneficial for our feathered friends; they are vital.  Because of the rich streamside habitat that grows around beaver ponds, the formula is simple: the more dams, the more birds.    The Wildlife Conservation Society studied this subject in Wyoming and along the eastern Sierra Nevada of California, where mountain streams rush down steep rocky canyons.  The beaver ponds help slow down and soak up the water.  This helps maintain wetland habitats for a wide variety of animals and plants.“Beaver are an essential ecosystem engineer,” said co-author Steve Zack of the Wildlife Conservation Society.  “Beavers help repair degraded stream habitats and their dams and associated ponds recharge local water tables and create wetlands.  With our changing climate likely to mean increasing droughts in the West, managing ways to allow watersheds to act more like sponges will be a challenge.  Beaver are a powerful tool to be considered for that, and the associated benefits to other wildlife add to their value.”Early American pioneers valued beaver for their fur.  The “beaver wars” among competing trapping outfits in the 1800s nearly led to their extinction in the Rocky Mountains and Sierras.  Fortunately, beaver have made a strong comeback in many areas, but some still consider them a pest, the article said, when they gnaw down trees and flood property.  The study hoped to show that “beaver are very important to wildlife and to reviving the natural function of streams.”  Humans also benefit from their work (see 02/25/2008, 06/08/2006 and 07/16/2005).  Beaver also provide recreational value.  It’s fun to watch the little engineers at work in our national parks and forests.The article includes a picture of a beaver dam in Lundy Canyon along the eastern Sierra.  For a little visual vacation, your trusty reporter has posted a picture he took in August a few miles south of there along McGee Creek.  Note the lush habitat all around the pond.  Can you spot the beaver house?Quiz questions: (1) What is the plural of beaver?  (2) What are the young called?  (3) How big was the largest beaver in the fossil record?*(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Going green, 365 days a year

first_imgGoing Green – 365 Ways to Change our World is intended to be a guide for anyone starting out on a greening journey. “I recognised that I personally must either have done, or be prepared to do, everything in the book,” says Simon Gear.Wilma den HartighSimon Gear’s daily news and radio weather forecasts have become something of a tradition, with South Africans tuning in to decide what to do on their weekends, or what to wear. These days the country’s favourite weatherman is also helping people to live sustainably and save the planet, through his new book Going Green – 365 Ways to Change our World.Gear’s book steers away from the usual gloomy predictions and finger-pointing associated with global warming. Instead of telling people what they are doing wrong, the book offers 365 tried and tested tips to protect the environment and decrease each person’s carbon footprint.What Gear likes about the book is that it’s versatile, and there are no rules about reading it. Although there are 365 tips, it is not intended to be a  “daily environmental devotional”.  “I certainly don’t recommend that you try and start on the 1st of January with tip number one and march resolutely through to December, doing one a day,” he says. “It really isn’t that sort of book.” Rather leave it on your coffee table, browse through it and start making small changes. “The nice thing about each tip is that it is bite-size information that can be read on the run.”The book is intended to be a guide for anyone starting out on a greening journey. It has practical tips for the home and garden, family, work and community, travel and leisure, and food and drink. Some of the suggestions are easy to implement: taking the stairs instead of the elevator, not overloading the fridge, showering instead of bathing and using electronic banking.Other tips are more challenging and unusual, worth trying out. You could make your own wine and cheese, give up smoking, keep chickens, obey the speed limit, adopt a zoo animal, get buried in a cardboard coffin (apparently Barbara Cartland was), and “fall back in love” (apparently divorce doubles your carbon footprint).Gear explains that the tips aren’t merely good ideas. “The book doesn’t reinvent the wheel,” he says. Much of the content draws attention to other people’s innovations and ideas that are already helping to protect the environment.When he started compiling and selecting the tips he had two rules: “I recognised that I personally must either have done, or be prepared to do, everything in the book. I actually do many of these things such as growing my own vegetables, recycling, making compost, keeping earthworms and having an indigenous garden.”What he also brings to the book is his knowledge of the environment. A significant part of his work is in the media industry and he is always aware of the issues circulating in the environmental media.“I grew up in a household that was very aware of environmental issues so it is very much ingrained and part of what I do. It isn’t only a casual interest,” he says.Gear isn’t only a weather presenter; he’s trained in climatology and has also completed his honours in environmental science at Wits University. While finishing the book, his masters degree in savannah ecology took a bit of a backseat, but he hopes to have more time for it now. When he’s not presenting the weather, he also works as an environmental consultant, where his area of expertise is air quality.He got into television almost by chance, he says. In 1991 he went for an audition and a few days later the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) phoned to tell him he had the job. He first worked as a weather presenter on SABC 2’s Morning Live breakfast show and later moved to SABC 3.Before his life got busy he was involved in training new weather presenters in presentation skills. He has a lot to say about what makes a good weather presenter and how to build a strong television presence. A good presenter must have a solid grip on climatology and be able to find their way around a map, he advises. A good dose of charisma also helps. “But always align ‘what you do’ with ‘who you are’ and stick to it,” he says.He believes his interest in the media industry together with his training in climatology has been a huge advantage.“I am a professional scientist with a huge interest in the media. I love this balance. There are few people who are qualified in climatology and even fewer who also like media,” he explains.  With Going Green, he has put both his celebrity and his scientific mind to good use.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesSA delves into carbon storage New wind farm for SA E-waste pilot project delivers Using waste to save the world Cape Town’s good food guide Useful linksGoing Green on Penguin Bookslast_img read more

More on options: Making the right call with calls

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Results from a recent Farm Futures survey show farmers will plant roughly the same number of corn and bean acres — around 90.5 million acres. If true, this would be long term bearish for beans and long term relatively bullish for corn. Estimating South America’s soybeansAt the start of the growing season the USDA predicted 159 million metric tons (mmt), or about 6.3 billion bean bushels, would be produced in South America (Brazil 102 mmt/Argentina 57 mmt). Considering the favorable weather conditions in Brazil, 105 mmt is possible. Argentina, on the other hand, has had excessive rain in parts and dry conditions in others, so yield estimates are wide ranging. In the last USDA report there were no production reductions, but the trade is skeptical. Currently ranges are 48 to 57 mmt. The under/over bet seems to be around 53 mmt.If the average estimates (Brazil 105 mmt/Argentina 53 mmt) happen, the expected mmt will be missed by only 1 mmt or 40 million bushels. While a minor factor, Uruguay and Paraguay have also had good weather this year and may produce a combined 1 mmt that would offset Brazil/Argentina’s decreased production. If this happens, the bean market supply will likely be too high and could put downward pressure on beans.However, if Argentina production is closer to 48 mmt it means there would be a 200 million bushel shortage that U.S. beans can fill with its burdensome 420 million carryout. If this happens, $11 per bushel futures is a real possibility.On a side note, there are rumors that India may export 2 mmt of soymeal in the next quarter. While this doesn’t include any soy oil, it’s important to remember palm oil will be available in April from SE Asia, which looks great after last year’s dismal crop.While short-term bean prices have been good, I’m concerned for prices long term. The basis market is dropping as the futures market increased, which is an indication that there is plenty of supply domestically. Usually fundamentals win in the long run. New crop beansWhile old crop bean values will be volatile until the South American harvest production is more certain, it hasn’t hurt new crop values. If the USDA confirms 90 million bean acres on March 31 report, and trend-line yields are produced (46-47 bushels per acre), it would mean a potential 400 to 600 million carryout. This potential is keeping pressure on new crop bean prices. CornThere is a lot of old crop corn left and demand is uncertain. If carryout increases, it will put pressure on new crop prices. I expect corn to trade sideways until the USDA report at the end of March. Option strategies Part 3Frequently farmers ask for my opinion on buying calls. While generally I’m not a big fan, purchasing calls can be a tool in a farmer’s toolbox. However, farmers must be careful to fully understand and consider both the advantages and disadvantages of using them. Regardless of my opinion on buying calls, I think it’s important that farmers understand all of their options when it comes to marketing their grain, so they can develop a plan that works best for them and provides the most piece of mind. Outlined below are several common call buying strategy options and the pros and cons for each scenario. What is a “call” option?Purchasing a call is the right to buy grain at a desired price. That price is called the strike price. Why would farmers purchase calls?Honestly, I have no idea why a grain producer would want to buy calls, because that means they want to buy more grain. In my opinion, farmers should always be grain SELLERS not buyers. Buying calls is speculating, plain and simple. Granted, it’s controlled speculation, but speculation is speculation. That said, for education purposes, let’s look at the reasons why farmers may consider it.Farmers purchase calls in an attempt to capture upside potential, after selling grain at lower than desired prices. Put another way, purchasing calls allows for unlimited upside potential if the market rallies, but limits losses to just the premium paid if prices fall below a certain price point. Also, there is no risk of margin call when purchasing a0 call, as they require paying for this right up front.This sounds great. A limited downside loss with unlimited upside potential sounds like a very safe and low-risk option.Purchasing calls has several benefits, so often brokers will suggest this option to farmers by first showing risk assessments where corn could potentially hit $3 while also showing the possibility of getting $5 in the future. Such low prices can frighten farmers, while the hope of getting $5 is so appealing. Therefore, on paper this trade can seem perfect to farmers by minimizing fears and providing hope.In many cases, brokers will first recommend selling cash corn or Hedge To Arrive (HTA) contracts as the market rallies above $4. And then they will recommend buying these “courage calls.” These calls can help farmers who have a hard time letting go because they are afraid of missing out on a huge market rally. The calls can help ease this fear. Since nobody can predict summer weather conditions, brokers often suggest leaving a farmers’ upside unlimited to take advantage of the unknown. So, are you against purchasing calls?I am extremely against purchasing corn calls. I always have more corn to sell, maybe not this year, but certainly next year and the year after that. While I always want corn prices to go up, it doesn’t always happen. However, corn usually has a market carry (i.e. future month prices are higher than current/near ones) and is the reason why I don’t want to buy calls.(Note — The bean market carry isn’t as consistent as corn and inverses, i.e. future month prices are lower than current/near ones, happen more frequently. Therefore, my bean strategy is different than my corn strategy and one could make a better case for buying calls in the bean market.)Why are you against purchasing calls?Basically, if the market drops after purchasing a call, I’m out the premium paid. While farmers often purchase calls to have “courage to sell,” my farm operation doesn’t need courage to be profitable. It just needs profitable prices. With futures under $4 (typically not profitable), I need to be careful and think strategically. Following are several examples that illustrate my point. Scenario No. 1After selling cash corn today for $3.70, a farmer purchases a $3.80 July call for 23 cents when March futures prices are near $3.70 (July is $3.83).Some brokers will call this a “reownership strategy with options.” Some end users call this a “minimum price contract.” All it means is a farmer has sold grain but believes the market has upside potential and wants to participate if it does. For most farmers, $3.70 is not a profitable sale. Adding the cost of the call (23 cents), to the $3.70 sale makes the trade now really $3.47, which is even worse.As mentioned, corn has a carry (i.e. March is at $3.70 and July is at $3.83). If corn rallies from $3.70 to $3.83, then the farmer will get some money back (most farmers sell near expiration, in this case it would be June 23).Interestingly, prices were similar to this scenario in 2016. Corn rallied to $4.39 in early June. So, this $3.80 call went from 23 cents to 63 cents in value (40-cent gain), while futures rallied nearly 60 cents. By the end of the week of June 18 weather was good, so the market fell 55 cents after five trading days, coinciding with when the July option expired at a 15-cent value. Best caseMost farmers with these options held to the last day. It would have taken extreme “courage” to sell the week before the big drop (virtually no farmer did). But if they had, they could have pocketed a 40-cent gain. ($3.70 + 40 cents = $4.10). Not a horrible trade, but July futures hit $4.39, so the farmer missed nearly 30 cents more of opportunity —and this was the best case scenario for this trade. Likely caseMost farmers would have held until expiration getting a 15-cent premium. After the 23-cent call purchase the farmer lost 7 cents, so they ended up with $3.63 ($3.70 – 7 cents). Most likely not a profitable price. What would have your strategy been in this scenario?In my opinion, 23 cents is expensive for $3.80 July futures. I would have doubted spring futures would drop below $3.47 (value of corn less cost of call) for a significant amount of time. I wouldn’t have sold the grain. I would have waited to see if the market went higher on weather scares and I would have sold futures when they were above $4, which is a profitable price and definitely at $4.20, I would have never held my old crop to $4.39. Granted there may have been some cost to roll my long position from March to May and then again to July, but it would have been less than 17 cents. At least $4.03 would have been likely and a reasonable outcome.I say it all the time, I don’t try for home runs. I get base hits and keep moving forward. So many farmers prefer to swing for the fences. In the end, it depends on your risk tolerance. Scenario No. 2A farmer purchases a $4.20 Dec call today for 20 cents when futures prices are near $3.90 against the Dec. They then sells a $5 call today for 7 cents. This results in a net cost of 14 cents (including commission).This trade strategy assumes prices will rally into spring and summer, allowing farmers to sell grain with futures or cash when breakeven points (or higher) are reached, say around $4.20. Then the farmer can participate in the rally all the way to $5 with almost no downside risk (besides the 14 cents). On paper this trade sounds reasonable.In my opinion, this is a good speculation trade, because the risk is only 14 cents for a chance to make 80 cents. However, to be clear, this is NOT a hedging trade. There is a big difference between the two.Still, this trade assumes farmers will know to sell at the top of the market, but often farmers continue to hold their corn as prices increase expecting prices to continue to go up. If a farmer did this trade last year and sold corn futures when it was $4.20 to $4.40, they would have likely been happy. However, after the 14-cent call cost, they only received $4.06 to $4.26. But, the market never rallied beyond these levels, and quickly went down after hitting the high. Most farmers did not sell at its peak. So in the end, this trade would have been a complete loss of 14 cents for most.This trade is even worse for farmers who aren’t 100% sold at harvest (like I typically am). Unsold farmers always need the market to rally to get prices above breakeven points. So, if a call loses money, unsold farmers will be in an even worse position than they already were. Ok, then I will just sell out of the call spread as prices rally?Again it sounds like a good idea until you realize that by selling the $5 call to reduce the expense of the $4.20 call and you have significantly capped your profit potential. Why did that happen?In the scenario above, as corn rallies from $3.90 to $4.50, the value of the $4.20 call most likely increases in value from 20 cents to 64 cents. Also, the $5 call sold for 7 cents will also increase to about 22 cents. Now when the farmer sells the call spread they can only make 42 cents (64 cents – 22 cents) when the market moved 60 cents. Plus, this farmer needs to subtract the original 14-cent cost to get in the trade. This means the trade was a 28-cent net profit, which was half of the futures rally that was originally hoped for. That doesn’t sound bad, why don’t you like that?In the best case scenario for this trade, I risked 14 cents to make about 28 cents. That is not a great return for the risk I took. Plus, with this I’m assuming the farmer sold at the top of the market, which very few did, in most cases with this trade, farmers would have likely taken a complete loss after waiting too long to sell, well after the rally was over.Again, I need to sell when I’m profitable and I can’t risk taking less hoping for some kind of home run. The chances are high that farmers will strike out with this play. Would you be willing to do this on 5% to 10% of your production?Maybe, but since it’s a speculation trade, I would be hesitant. Basically, this trade requires farmers to spend money hoping that the market rallies, which it usually will do from winter into summer. Why spend money on a trade that will likely happen anyway. I prefer that my marketing strategy assumes historical norms and trend lines, while still being prepared for rare events.The bottom line: farmers need to sell at profitable price points. Speculating trades like this increases farmer’s risk somewhat needlessly. Scenario No. 3A farmer purchases a $5 Dec call today for around 6 cents when futures prices are near $3.90 against the Dec futures.I consider this trade similar to playing the lottery. This trade isn’t linked to any sale, it’s just simply the right to buy corn if it hits $5. Why would a farmer with a $4 breakeven point want to have the option to buy grain at $5?The “strategy” of this trade is, if futures rally from $3.90 to $4.50, the value of the $5 call will increase from 6 cents to 21 cents, a potential 15-cent profit. That doesn’t sound bad until you realize the market had to move 65 cents for this to happen, meaning the farmer received 25% of the market move, which sounds bad. Plus, this is the best case scenario from last year and it assumes that the farmer sold at the very top, which is unlikely.I would almost never buy a corn call. They provide little downside protection and the market needs to rally substantially to make money on them. The thing is, I already need the market to rally to sell grain at profitable prices anyway, so adding this additional layer of speculation usually doesn’t make sense.Farmers need to think about what their goals are when it comes to their grain marketing. Hardly any farmer (me included) has corn sold for the 2017 harvest yet. We already need the market to rally substantially in order to make a profit. Why risk more money on a speculation trade? A farmer already has a large amount of inherent risk in their operation. The key is not to add to this risk, but instead reduce it.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Sponsor Post: Socialize: Monetizing Social Media Explores Social Gaming, Mobile, Marketing and Metrics

first_imgTags:#Sponsors#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Socialize brings together leaders in social gaming, virtual goods, mobile, marketing, and media for two days of learning, connecting, and sharing about all things social. Experts will show you how all the social media pieces fit together to create a unified, profitable business strategy. This event delivers up-to-the-minute social media techniques, methods, and processes to teach you how to successfully enable customer-facing revenue generation strategies that tap the power of social media when you return to your office. Socialize is designed to educate individuals whose firms are just beginning to conquer social media as well as corporations who wish to enhance their social media presence and expand their campaigns. Building cost-effective engagement models with measurable ROI is what Socialize is all about. Socialize, March 31 – April 1, 2011 in New York City, features four tracks dedicated to social media monetization methods: Gamify, Mobilize, Optimize, and Monetize.ReadWriteWeb readers save 15% by entering code SZRWW here.The program, produced by Mediabistro, SocialTimes, and AllFacebook, features:Jason Citron, OpenFeintDaniel N. Lewis, Sesame WorkshopChris Cunningham, appssavvyGabby Nelson, Select Comfort Corp.Mitch Joel, Twist ImageMatt Lemay, bit.lyMichael Jaindl, Buddy MediaCameron Gross, Best BuyHill Ferguson, ZongHussein Fazal, Ad ParlorAnd many more top authors, thought leaders, industry experts, business executives and hands-on practitioners. View the full speaker line-up.Sessions topics include:Social Commerce, The New Consumer And Rebooting Your BusinessBuilding a Successful Social Games Distribution Strategy on FacebookMobile, Social & Local: The 3-Way Intersection of Future CommerceInternational Perspectives on Smartphone GamesTurning Digital Dollars into Real Life GoldCreating a Sustainable Apps BusinessUsing Multivariate Techniques to Increase ROI in Social Media CampaignsThe Power of Real Time Social EngagementSocial Media Marketing: Legal & Regulatory ComplianceClick here for the full program. Socialize also offers plenty of opportunities to catch up with industry friends and make new connections throughout the day. We hope to see you there!Remember: ReadWriteWeb readers save 15% with code SZRWW. Click here to register. rww sponsor 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Hazare, Congress engage in slugfest ahead of Lokpal panel meet

first_imgThe talks on the Lokpal Bill seem to be heading for a collapse. Ahead of the meeting of the joint panel to draft the anti-corruption ombudsman bill, both Anna Hazare and the Congress have sharpened their attack on each other.After his party called the anti-corruption activist an “unelected dictator”, Minister for Civil Aviation Vayalar Ravi said that he did not respect Anna. “I have no respect for such heroes,” he said.Earlier, Anna Hazare too upped the ante against the Congress, accusing the party of having forgotten the basic tenets of democracy. Anna once again raised the issue of the late night police action at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan undertaken by the government to quell yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s agitation over black money and corruption.”The Congress has forgotten democracy. Is resorting to lathicharge at night democracy? June 30 is the deadline for the Lokpal panel,” Hazare said, adding, if the government did not carry out its duty, then it was the job of the civil society to point out its shortcomings. Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi defended Finance Minister and drafting panel chairperson Pranab Mukherjee, who had attacked the Hazare-led civil society members on Sunday. “I want to clarify that there is nothing wrong in what Pranabji said. There is a particular way to run a democracy,” Dwivedi said on Tuesday, adding, “personal egos” should be kept aside for the common good.The Congress on Tuesday had launched a campaign to counter the anti-graft movement by Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev and accused a section of civil society of trying to weaken democratic institutions.advertisement”The Constitution has given the power to legislate only to Parliament and the state Assemblies. If 5,000 or 6,000 people dictate from outside what the Parliament ought to do, this will weaken democracy,” Mukherjee had told a press conference in Kolkata on Sunday.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ashwani Kumar told Headlines Today on Tuesday that Hazare is defining democracy in a bizarre way. Urging the civil society to “go and put forward its points of view in a constructive manner”, rather than in “a negative way”, Kumar said even if Hazare’s team did not co-operate, the government, which remained committed to Lokpal, would bring the Bill in Parliament.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Take Personal Responsibility for Health and Wellness

first_img Dr. Tufton noted that last year, there was a seven percent decline in accident and emergency ward admissions, and a 20 percent increase in the number of individuals visiting health centres, citing this as a shift in persons’ focus from curative to preventative healthcare. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says discussions surrounding the challenges impacting personal health and wellness must focus on the root cause, with a view to decisively addressing these factors. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says discussions surrounding the challenges impacting personal health and wellness must focus on the root cause, with a view to decisively addressing these factors.“It (must be) about how we take responsibility for ourselves, our brothers, sisters, communities and our families,” he emphasized.The Minister was speaking at last Thursday’s (May 3) presentation of medical equipment and supplies, valued US$40,000, to the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon by bauxite company, JAMALCO.Dr. Tufton noted that last year, there was a seven percent decline in accident and emergency ward admissions, and a 20 percent increase in the number of individuals visiting health centres, citing this as a shift in persons’ focus from curative to preventative healthcare.The Minister said he is encouraged by this, as it would greatly help persons to recognise their role in the general thrust of safeguarding their health and wellness, as also opting for preventative measures, which he contended will yield significant long-term dividends.Against this background, Dr. Tufton encouraged persons to take responsibility for their personal health and well-being.He also urged well-thinking Jamaicans to speak out against pervasive negative behaviour impacting the society that continues to result in tragedies which place a heavy toll on the country’s health resources.“If we ignore the consequences of our aggression as a society, there is no Minister or Government that is going to be in a position to (effectively) respond to a situation (like) that,” Dr. Tufton contended.Meanwhile JAMALCO’s Managing Director, Austin Mooney, welcomed the opportunity afforded the company to partner with the Health Ministry, Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), and associated stakeholders in Manchester and Clarendon which, among other things, facilitated the firm’s donation to the May Pen Hospital.The provisions included: hand drills; emergency patient stretcher trolleys; four orthopaedic beds and mattresses; 31 pieces of orthopaedic equipment and accompanying accessories; and two pelvic reduction clamps.These are among expenditure totaling US$80,000 that have made since 2016, to provide the hospital with wide-ranging inputs.“We are confident that the medical supplies and equipment we are donating will go a long way in helping to strengthen health care delivery for residents in the parishes in which we operate,” he said.The Managing Director further stated that JAMALCO is cognizant of the constraints impacting the public health care system, including tight budgets and heavy demand for services.“This donation demonstrates our commitment to treat the communities in which we operate with respect and support their sustainable development,” Mr. Mooney added.Country Manager for the Noble Group, a major shareholder in JAMALCO, Roy Marsh, also expressed pleasure at the opportunity to assist in improving public health facilities, and the quality of service delivery.The Noble Foundation has, over the past four years, provided approximately J$28 million in funding support to help strengthen the health care system and raise the operational standards of several medical facilities across central Jamaica.These inputs include: upgrading of the Raymonds, Mile Gully and Pratville health centres; refurbishing of the Manchester Infirmary; and purchasing supplies and equipment for the SRHA.“Today’s presentation of medical supplies (to the May Pen Hospital) will culminate our commitment of $9.6 million to the SRHA. We at the Noble Foundation are cognizant that health care in Jamaica is very costly and we believe that the donated items you received in 2016 and the ones you are receiving today will greatly assist in bolstering and, in some cases, help to alleviate the chronic shortage that exists at some of the health facilities,” Mr. Marsh said. “It (must be) about how we take responsibility for ourselves, our brothers, sisters, communities and our families,” he emphasized.last_img read more