Sandbags available at most County fire stations in San Diego ahead of

first_imgSandbags available at most County fire stations in San Diego ahead of rain Updated: 11:56 AM Posted: January 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom January 14, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two major rainstorms are heading toward San Diego.To help make sure residents are prepared, The County Public Works Department is making sandbags available at most County fire stations.If you need sandbags, you’re advised to call ahead and check availability because some stations may have limited supply. You should also bring a shovel to fill the bags with sand. Public works officials remind you to look around your property and make sure drainage areas are clear of debris.A list of sandbag locations can be found here. last_img read more

AGDC Working With The City Of Kenai To Find Alternative Water Sources

first_imgKenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce: “The proposal that was presented by the group was to run a water main from Kenai, tapping into the Kenai system, and running it out north to provide water for this project. Local water in close proximity to the plant, the results from those tests were unsatisfactory, and some contamination concerns came up as a result of those tests.”   Jesse Carlstrom with the AGDC said the project began working with the City of Kenai to find a viable water source after the initial testing: “Alaska LNG project proponents looked at sourcing water locally from the site of the liquefaction facility. Due to unsatisfactory test results and water contaminants the AGDC looked at the City of Kenai for the possibility of securing water from the Kenai water system to supply the liquefaction facility.”  According to Carlstrom, the terminal and plant will need about 150 gallons per minute of fresh water during operation. 135 gallons would be used for power generation and 15 gallons as potable water and for other utility uses. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is continuing to work with the City of Kenai to find a viable water source for the LNG project after initial water testing in the Nikiski area came back as ‘unsatisfactory’. Mayor Pierce spoke at the borough assembly meeting last night about the need for an alternative option after the initial test results: “We met with them, we talked with them about the concerns, and they are willing to look at an alternative water source.” Currently the City of Kenai water system serves both residential and commercial users spanning over approximately 8 square miles. Carlstrom: “The AGDC is working with the City of Kenai to identify a viable water source.” The original wells tested in Nikiski underperformed or exceeded government standards for contamination, according to the AGDC.last_img read more

GOP Leaders to Discuss TwoYear Budget Deal with White House McConnell Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Republican leaders plan to enter budget discussions with the White House shortly to reach a deal over topline spending for fiscal 2016 and 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday.“I hope that we in the fall negotiation can get some kind of an agreement on a top line for next year so we can finally, at long last, get back to acting on each appropriations bill separately,” McConnell said, reported CQ Roll Call. The Senate leader also revealed that he and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) spoke with President Obama last week about launching budget talks.“I would expect them to start very soon,” McConnell said.An effort to reach a two-year budget deal would mirror the agreement reached in late 2013 that provided relief from the discretionary spending caps in FY 2014 and 2015 for defense and non-defense agencies.Meanwhile, the Senate is scheduled to vote this morning on a short-term continuing resolution that keeps the government open when the new fiscal year begins Thursday. The stopgap runs through Dec. 11 and does not strip Planned Parenthood of funding. After the Senate approves the CR, the House is expected to take it up before the end of the day to avert a federal shutdown.The House will only have a matter of hours to act before the midnight deadline, but House Republicans widely believe the chamber will pass the CR in time, according to CQ.Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) applauded the news that McConnell favors a two-year budget deal and stressed the need to combine negotiations over spending with an effort to extend the nation’s debt ceiling.“They have to be handled together. It’s the only way to intelligently do this,” Reid said.When asked about raising the debt ceiling before he steps down from his post at the end of October, Boehner on Tuesday did not rule it out. “We’ll have to see. There’s a number of issues we’re going to try to deal with in the coming month,” he told reporters.last_img read more

Google to ask Android users to choose preferred browser

first_img Comments Google Samsung Alphabet Inc. Tags Phones Tech Industry Google will soon prompt Android users to choose their preferred browser. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Google will prompt Android users to choose their preferred web browser and search apps, a senior Google executive said Tuesday, as it tries to avoid new EU antitrust sanctions.The European Commission slapped Google with a record fine of 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion) in July over antitrust violations related to the Android mobile operating system. Google’s agreements with phone makers such as Huawei, Samsung and LG put those companies at a disadvantage because they’re completely dependent on Android, the EU said.Android users have always had the ability to install any browser they wanted, but now Google will highlight that they have other browser and search engine options.Google will do more to “ensure that Android phone owners know about the wide choice of browsers and search engines available to download to their phones,” Kent Walker, senior vice president of Google, wrote in a blog post. “This will involve asking users of existing and new Android devices in Europe which browser and search apps they would like to use.”In response to the $5 billion fine, Google said in October it would begin offering a paid license for phone and tablet manufacturers in Europe that want to include its Google Play app store, Maps, Gmail and Google-owned YouTube. Another license will let phone makers include Google’s search engine and Chrome browser.The EU’s investigation into Android dominance dates back to 2016. In June 2017, it fined Google $2.7 billion over abusing the way it prioritizes its own shopping results in search. Share your voice 4last_img read more

McLarens latest 720S is electric… and also a rideon toy for children

first_img Tags 0 In addition to a functional brake pedal and brake light, there’s also a freakin’ infotainment system, which has USB and SD card inputs for playing music or even watching a video. The car comes with popular kid’s songs built into the system, and the screen can also display pertinent information like the toy’s range (probably not much). There’s also a remote control so parents can give their children an “autonomous” experience, in case their driving skills aren’t yet trusted.While it’s definitely affordable by McLaren’s usual standards, it’s still on the expensive side for new parents, with a starting price of £315 (about $400). But then again, how many other ride-on toys come with engine sounds and an infotainment system? McLaren 720S: Too much supercar for the road? Car Culture Toys and Tabletop Games Enlarge ImageI wonder what the weight rating is. Asking for a friend, of course. McLaren In 2016, McLaren introduced its first all-electric car, a ride-on children’s toy modeled after its P1 hypercar. Now, there’s a second car in its lineup, and while the general idea is the same, there’s even more tricks hidden away in its latest offering.McLaren on Thursday unveiled the 720S Ride-On. Similar to the powered-wheel toys you see at the store that I will not name specifically out of trademark concerns, this new “car” aims to recreate the McLaren experience even more faithfully than the P1 Ride-On before it… within reason, of course.The 720S Ride-On can be purchased in one of eight different McLaren paint colors, including a launch edition with the automaker’s always-cool Papaya Spark hue. Like the 720S, it has dihedral doors that open and close, and the whole exterior looks pretty close to the real thing. The electric motor requires a key to start, and the toy pipes in proper engine noises to make it feel more like the real thing. 11 Photos 8:39 Now playing: Watch this: More about 2018 McLaren 720S Preview • 2018 McLaren 720S: Too much and just enough all at once 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self Review • 2018 McLaren 720S: Raw power meets refined performance Share your voice McLaren Post a comment More From Roadshow 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride McLaren 720S Ride-On has its own infotainment system 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers McLarenlast_img read more

SpiceJet to Receive funds from Promoter Says Airline to DGCA

first_imgFinancially strapped SpiceJet assured the government that its  promoter, Sun Group, will infuse funds into the airline.However, the sum has not been revealed by the airline. ReutersThe management team of the beleaguered airline promised to submit a detailed plan on the airline’s revival on Monday, in line with the deadline set by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA.)SpiceJet COO Sanjiv Kapoor met the civil aviation secretary V Somasundaran on Friday, and reiterated that the promoters remained committed to the airline’s future.He contended the figures quoted by media houses, adding that lessors are owed around  Rs. 200 crore, against the 700 crore making the rounds. Government sources put the figure at Rs.1,630 crore, according to the filing with DGCA.Shilpa Bhatia, SpiceJet’s senior vice-president and head for sales, held a conference call with travel agents, assuring that all dues remained safe and a plan will be shared with them on Monday.The airline’s advance booking facility is limited to a 30-day window, as per DGCA order; with the regulator also withdrawing 186 flight slots held by SpiceJet.SpiceJet delayed salaries of its staff for the first time this month.last_img read more

Game Over 2 day box office collection Taapsee Pannu film shows 100

first_imgTaapsee Pannu in Game OverPR HandoutTaapsee Pannu’s Game Over opened to a good response at the Indian box office on Friday and has gone on to show massive growth of 100 per cent on Saturday. Its business has improved on Sunday.Taapsee Pannu started her acting career down south and she has gone on to make it really big in Bollywood. She has created a huge fanbase across India with the kind of movies she has been doing. The makers of Game Over made it multi-lingual film and released it in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi on June 14.Taapsee Pannu’s success rate and the amazing promos had created a lot of curiosity about Game Over and the hype helped it register decent advance booking. But the movie had to compete with some small movies in Telugu and Tamil, which made the trade experts keep their crossed about its prospects at the box office.Released in the decent number of screens, the Ashwin Saravanan-directed suspense thriller opened to good occupancy everywhere in the domestic market on Friday. All the three versions of Game Over collected Rs 97 crore net together at the Indian box office on the first day.The Taapsee Pannu starrer was successful in striking a chord with the audience and the word of mouth boosted its collection in the ticket counters. Game Over has collected Rs 1.94 crore net at the India box office on the second day. Its two-day total has reached Rs 2.91 crore net in the domestic market.Y NOT Studios and Reliance Entertainment have jointly bankrolled Game Over and the producers are thrilled over the huge growth in its collection. Shibasish Sarkar, CEO of Reliance Entertainment, tweeted, “Game Over 1st Day Hindi-38 lacs Tamil-30 lacs Telugu- 29 lacs Total Friday 97 lacs 2nd Day Hindi-88 lacs Tamil-50 lacs Telugu-56 lacs Total Saturday 194 lacs 2 Days Total 291 lacs. Growth of 100%.”last_img read more

JioPhone tops Indias feature phone market Samsung close second in Q1 2019

first_imgJioPhoneRIL Press KitWith 30 per cent market share, Reliance JioPhone has become the leading feature phone brand in India in the first quarter of 2019, Counterpoint Research said on Friday.While the smartphone market offers a big opportunity, one can’t ignore the 400 million feature phones users in the Indian market which too is likely to stay for the next five years in India, said Counterpoint’s “India Smartphone Market Share Q1 2019” report.Samsung stood second in the feature phone category with a share of 15 per cent while domestic handset maker LAVA grabbed the third spot with a market share of 13 per cent.Unlike the smartphone market, which contracted for the first time in 2018, the feature phone market has continued to grow over the last three years, the report said.Earlier in March, a Counterpoint Research report had estimated that a little more than 400 million feature phones would be sold globally this year. Feature phone shipments are also expected to cross one billion units by 2021.Brokerage firm CLSA’s telecom sector outlook for February had noted that Jio will lead the subscriber market share this year. Currently, Jio now has a customer base of 30.6 crore.last_img read more

Minister embarrassed over court order regarding FFs

first_imgAKM Mozammel HuqLiberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Huq on Monday said he feels embarrased after a court had asked him to include people, who were four year olds during the 1971 war, in the list of freedom fighters.The minister was speaking at the parliament in reply to a question from opposition member Kazi Firoz Rashid.”The court has asked me to pay them arrears of 23 years as well. How can we name four year olds as freedom fighters?” he asked.Mozammel said many non-freedom fighters are getting FF allowances and the ministry is facing problem due to misinterpretation of the law.If the court passes an order after looking into the cases the problem could be addressed, he observed.Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury advised the ministry to present the matter before the court through lawyers.Replying to another question in the parliament, the minister said a list of freedom fighters will be published on the ministry’s website within the next three days.If any freedom fighter is excluded from the list, s/he should file an application to the ministry, who will then look into the case.last_img read more

Islamic parties calculate ahead of polls

first_imgMany are focused on the electionThe qawmi madrasa-based Hefazat-e-Islam has become crucial in the election equations. On 5 May 2013, Hefazat’s demonstration in the Shapla Chattar area in Dhaka was foiled in face of an all-out operation by joint security forces.Hefazat leaders claim their organisation to be non-political and have all along been saying they were not interested in elections. Nonetheless they had supported BNP in five city corporation polls. Eventually, BNP’s win in all the five contests won Hefazat credit to some extent.The situation, though, changed later as several Hefazat leaders like Shah Ahmad Shafi, the amir and his son Anas Madani became close to the government. This was not received well by a different section of the party. They are silent on the issue and if situation favours, they might go against the government, said the party leaders.Hefazat’s central organisational secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi said, Hefazat will neither participate in the election nor nominate or support anyone, “To vote is every citizen’s right. Our leaders, activists and supporters are on the side of Islam and will cast their votes against atheists as per their perception and conscience. We won’t command anyone formally.”The government apparently is aware that a section of Hefazat is hostile, but adopts a strategy to distance Hefazat from the BNP and to keep them inactive in the election. AL policymakers deem this will suffice.The AL presidium member Kazi Zafarullah said, “They (Hefazat) were with BNP, and will remain so. It’s nothing but a strategy to save the skin for our leaders to maintain good communication.”Jamaat is preparing for 70 constituenciesJamaat, no longer a registered party anymore, is still preparing for the polls. The potential candidates have been asked to get ready. Jamaat leaders say they want to contest in the polls as allies of BNP with independent candidates, as their party symbol (scales) is no longer registered.Sources from the party also said their policymakers had started preparing in 70 constituencies.Earlier, on 12 March, police arrested 10 Rajshahi Jamaat leaders including the acting amir Mujibur Rahman from an election-related meeting.10 registered partiesThere are 10 Islamic parties among the 40 political parties registered by the EC: Islami Andolan Bangladesh, Islami Oikya Jote (Nezami), Bangladesh Tariqat Federation (Nazibul Bashar), Khelafat Majlish (Ishaq), Bangladesh Khelafat Majlis (Haibur Rahman), Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan (Ataur rahman), Bangladesh Islami Front (Mannan), Islamic Front Bangladesh (Bahadur Shah), Zaker Party (Mostafa Amir) and Jamiat Ulema-e Islam Bangladesh (Momen).Tariqat Federation and Islamic Front are directly associated with the Awami League while Khelafat Majlis and Jamiat Ulema-e Islam are with BNP. Islami Oikya Jote (Nezami), and Bangladesh Khelafat Majlis were once BNP allies but have now taken independent positions. The current political stance of Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan, Bangladesh Islami Front, and Zaker party seems advantageous for the ruling party.Bangladesh Islami Front (Mannan) has been included in the Ershad-led Sammilita Jatiya Jote.The Islami Oikya Jote general secretary Mufti Faizullah said, “Each of the parties has done what it felt needed for itself and for the people. The present perspective is a little different. It seems there may be a new polarisation for the Islamic parties.”The Tariqat Federation has two elected members of parliament and the party allegiance is also with the government. The leaders said they would seek candidacy in 10 constituencies from the AL led 14-party alliance.Stressing the need to contest in the election, MA Awal, general secretary of Tariqat Federation says, “The way the prime minister is developing the country, the left or right-winged or Islamic-everyone feels the need of power politics now. We think, this will impact upon all the parties in the next election.”Islami Oikya Jote, Jamiat Ulema-e Islam and Bangladesh Khelafot Andolan-all these three registered parties have been divided into six parties. Among these a fraction of Islami Oikya Jote led by Abdur Rakib has been siding with BNP while the original party left the alliance. On the other hand, the two sections of the divided Jamiat are still with the 20 party. Moreover, the Zafrullah Khan led faction of the Khelafat Andolan is yet to take a stance.Abdur Rab Yousufi, vice president of Jamiat Ulema-e Islam, credits the new stance of the Islamic parties to be fear, “Those whom the government seems to have succeeded to keep on their side-were actually victims of circumstance. I don’t think they will remain on their side.”The Nezami-led section of the Islami Oikya Jote is preparing to participate in the polls independently. Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (Momen) had declared candidacy for 19 constituencies on 24 February in Sylhet.The Islami Andolan of Char Monai pir has already introduced potential candidates for more than a hundred constituencies at their sermons and religious gatherings.Gazi Ataur Rahman, joint secretary for Islami Andolan, told Prothom Alo, “The situation is not fair yet. Nor is there any hope of improvement one or two months ahead of the election. The people are in fear over whether they can cast their votes in an inclusive and fair election. Despite that, we are preparing for the election.”Sources from the EC said, five more religion-based Islamic parties have sought registration from the commission. They also said, both the registered and unregistered parties will actively remain in the election field this year. So the Islamic parties’ stances largely depend on the situation during the election.Emajuddin Ahamed, a political scientist and ex-vice chancellor of Dhaka University says, “The Islamic parties’ stand is not yet final-they may even form an independent alliance. Their turn could be predicted as the election approaches.” *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin. .Though the Islamic parties do not find the current political situation promising for fair polls, they have begun preparing for the 11th parliamentary election. Fresh calculations are already in process.In the past, a significant section of the Islamic parties were against the Awami League, which went to BNP’s advantage. But, the election commission has cancelled Jamaat-e-Islami’s registration and the Islami Oikya Jote has left the BNP alliance. So the scenario has changed for BNP.Moreover, the Char Monai Pir’s Islami Andolan Bangladesh, that shuns women’s leadership, has been preparing to contest in 300 constituencies.The state of these three parties, notable among the religion-based parties in the country, may prove difficult for BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party).The Islamic parties not very stable at the moment, as the top leaders point to the newly arising factions within the parties and pressure from the government. Several leaders also face cases.In this backdrop, the government has grown close with Hefazat-e-Islam and the qawmi madrasa leaders. The political stance of the Islamic parties may change even further in the ensuing election.Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, BNP standing committee member, differed, “BNP is the chief opposition to the government here. The people will keep this in mind,” he said. adding, “The people are now chiefly concerned with democracy, the right to vote, law and security. Everyone wants to change the prevailing state of affairs.”last_img read more

CEC says EVM to be used on limited scale

first_imgChief election commission (CEC) KM Nurul HudaChief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Saturday said Election Voting Machine (EVM) will be used on a limited scale in the next national election to check vote rigging as well as protect the interest and dignity of voters.The CEC came up with the remark while inaugurating the EVM Fair at Public Hall in Khulna city.Although EVM will not be imposed by force, the Election Commission has a plan to use this machine on a smaller scale in the next general election considering the law and opinion of others, he said.The EVM system has been launched to ensure transparency and a rigging-free voting to secure the interest of voters, he said.In the current system, irregularities can occur in handling the ballot papers but EVM can eliminate such irregularities, Nurul Huda said.Chaired by deputy commissioner Md Helal Hossain, the programme, was attended, among others, by divisional commissioner Lokman Hossain Mia, deputy inspector general of police Md Didar Ahmad, KMP commissioner Humayun Kabir and police super SM Shafiullah.last_img read more

Man killed in Rajshahi gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what the law enforcers called a gunfight between two gangs in Charghat upazila of Rajshahi early Monday, reports UNB. Police identified the deceased as Fazlul Haque alias Fazlu, 48, son of Wahab Munshi. He was an accused in 10 drug cases, claimed police. A press released signed by senior assistant superintendent of police Abdur Razzak Khan, read that, being tipped off over a gunfight between two groups of drug traders at Rautha village around 1:45am over establishing supremacy, a team of police rushed to the spot. Police opened 10 rounds of bullet to bring the situation under control.The drug traders also attacked police, leaving four policemen, including officer-in-charge of Charghat police station, injured, it said.Later, police recovered Fazlul’s bullet hit body from the spot and seized a foreign pistol, a magazine, one-round of bullet and 55 bottles Indian Phensidyl.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.last_img read more

Caribbean Islands Begin Preparations For Hurricane Irma

first_imgNASA/NOAA via APThis enhanced satellite image made available by the NOAA GOES Project shows Irma, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. In the wake of Harvey, meteorologists are already looking warily at another system: Hurricane Irma, which intensified from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in just 30 hours, is steadily moving west across the Atlantic.Islands at the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea made preparations Sunday for approaching Hurricane Irma, a Category 3 storm that could threaten the area beginning Tuesday.Hurricane watches were posted for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Monserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, Guadeloupe and the British Virgin Islands.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm could near that region late Tuesday. It said islands farther north, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, should monitor the progress of the storm.The Antigua and Barbuda weather service said Irma was expected to bring heavy rains, rough surf and high winds to islands along the northern edge of the Antilles.Long-range forecasts indicated Irma likely would curve to the northwest beginning late Monday and skirt to the north of those islands on a path that could potentially take it to the U.S. East Coast, but it was too early to make a definitive prediction.Antigua’s prime minister, Gaston Browne, urged people to take preventative measures in case the storm should hit, including cleaning drains and removing objects that could be sent airborne by high winds. Workers began pruning trees and shrubs to reduce chances for branches to tear down power and phone lines.“The passage of a hurricane is not a matter to be taken lightly, but we must not panic,” Browne said in a statement.The U.S. hurricane center said Irma had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph) Sunday night and some strengthening was expected over the next two days. The storm was centered about 710 miles (1,145 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands and moving west-southwest at 14 mph (22 kph).Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricard Rossello, said government agencies in the U.S. territory were prepared to deal with any emergencies caused by the storm.“We have established protocols for the safety of all,” he said at a news conference, while he also urged islanders to take precautions.In the Dominican Republic, Public Works Minister Gonzalo Castillo said workers there were clear away road works and also clean out blockages of sewer drains. He said President Danilo Medina would lead a meeting with emergencies agencies on Monday to discuss storm preparations. Sharelast_img read more

CBI arrests Suman Chattopadhyay in chit fund case

first_imgNEW DELHI/KOLKATA: The CBI has arrested senior journalist and Director of M/s Disha Productions and Media Private Limited Suman Chattopadhyay, in an ongoing investigation of a case registered against I-Core Group, a Ponzi scheme company, said officials on Thursday.It has been alleged that Chattopadhyay, who is also the editor of leading Bengali daily Ei Samay, has taken money from some of the chit fund owners, they said. He was called to the probe agency’s Kolkata office for questioning, from where he was taken into custody, they said. A lookout circular was also issued against him, they said. Investigation has revealed that funds collected illegally by the I-Core Group were allegedly diverted in the accounts of M/s DPMPL, as well as the personal account of Chattopadhyay. He will be produced before the court of Special CJM, Bhubaneswar, on Friday. Further investigation is underway in this regard.last_img read more

Richmond City Council and state Rep Yaroch honor Dr McClellan for his

first_img25Oct Richmond City Council and state Rep. Yaroch honor Dr. McClellan for his 50 years of service on the Planning Commission Categories: News,Yaroch News Richmond Mayor Tim Rix presents the Richmond City Council resolution to Dr. Patrick McClellan.center_img Dr. Patrick McClellan, chair of the Richmond City Planning Commission was recently honored by the Richmond City Council and state Representative Jeff Yaroch.Yaroch presented a special tribute to planning commissioner, Dr. Patrick McClellan for his 50 years of service to the residents of Richmond.“Dr. Patrick McClellan has helped the city of Richmond for over 50 years on the planning commission,” said Yaroch, of Richmond. “This special tribute recognizes his loyalty and devotion to public service.”The City Council recently passed Resolution 2018 to recognize McClellan for his 50 years of service to the City of Richmond’s Planning Commission.  McClellan was appointed to the City of Richmond Planning Commission in March of 1968 and has served as the Chair of the Planning Commission since September of 1975.According to the resolution, Dr. McClellan, through his leadership on the Planning Commission, has played an important role in land use decisions in Richmond for the last half century which have had a great impact on the orderly growth and development of the community.  The City Council stated that Dr. McClellan not only played a vital role in the City of Richmond’s quality of life, but set an example for all citizens to follow through his service on the Commission.In addition to Resolution 2018-6, the City Council also named Dr. McClellan the City of Richmond Volunteer of the Year for 2018.  The award is given in memory of longtime community volunteer Doug Pentzien.  The Pentzien family provided funding to create the award, which will be given annually by the Richmond City Council.Dr. McClellan has a long history of volunteering in the City of Richmond.  He is currently active in the Richmond Area Historical & Genealogical Society and he and his wife Sandra volunteer with the Backpack Blessings program that provides food to families in need.  In addition to the many ways in which Dr. McClellan volunteers in the city, the City Council felt it was appropriate to name him as the first recipient of the award based on the number of years that Dr. McClellan and Doug Pentzien served together on the Planning Commission.###State Rep. Jeff Yaroch (right) presented a special tribute to Dr. Patrick McClellan for his 50 years of service on the planning commission.last_img read more

Former Canal Plus chief Pierre Lescures report on

first_imgFormer Canal Plus chief Pierre Lescure’s report on the adaptation of France’s cultural policies to the digital age has suggested that a new tax be levied on laptops, smartphones and tablets to help support the content industry’s migration to digital, that the Hadopi commission be abolished and that the strict rules governing video content distribution windows be relaxed.The report, which was delivered to minister of culture Aurélie Filippetti yesterday, said that manufacturers of computers, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs could be subject to a tax of up to 1% to compensate the transfer of the value of content. Former Canal Plus chief Lescure also envisages that a current tax on private copies could be merged with other taxes or replaced.Lescure has also proposed that the powers of the Hadopi, the organisation set up to combat internet piracy through a controversial ‘three strikes’ regime, should be transferred to media regulator the CSA. The Hadopi’s controversial power to cut off the internet connection of persistent infringers of copyright would be abolished.The report also recommends that France’s system of content windowing should be relaxed, with a possible reduction of the time after which movies can be shown on video-on-demand services reduced from 36 months after their theatrical release to 18 months.Hadopi president Marie-Françoise Marais welcomed the report as broadly justifying the legitimacy and usefulness of the body’s mission and said that their consolidation within the framework of a “more global strategy” would give them a solid footing.last_img read more

Carl Icahn Billionaire investor and Apple sharehol

first_imgCarl IcahnBillionaire investor and Apple shareholder, Carl Icahn, said he expects the firm to make a “more dramatic push” into the TV market next year. In an open letter, addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Icahn said he believes TV’s role in the living room is a “strategically compelling bolt-on to the Apple ecosystem” and predicted the launch of a much-rumoured Apple branded TV set.“In addition to an Ultra High Definition television set, we expect Apple to launch a related suite of tiered products and services, including a ‘skinny bundle’ of pay TV channels (partnered with various media companies) and an updated Apple TV microconsole (which will continue to service the massive install base of televisions offered by other OEMs),” said Icahn in the letter, which was co-signed by son Brett Icahn and business partner David Schechter.“This will enable Apple to pursue the entire market by offering multiple products at various price points across the demographic spectrum.  Netflix offers a similar tiered approach to pricing today by charging a higher price for those seeking the ability to receive ultra high definition content.”Icahn said that a larger move into TV would benefit Apple’s other devices and services – suggesting that the recently launched Apple watch could be use as a remote control.“Similarly, as we expect Apple to launch a larger 12.9” iPad, it would offer an enhanced viewing experience for an Apple pay TV service, or act an improved “second screen” to an Apple UltraHD television,” said Icahn.Outlining the opportunities in the TV space, he claimed that people spent an average 25% of their free time watching TV and that excluding advertising, the addressable market for TV is roughly US$575 billion – “which is larger than the smartphone market.”According to previous reports, Apple is planning to launch a revamped version of its Apple TV set-top box in June, along with a new version of its App Store and a software development kit optimised for the device.It is also reported to be planning to launch an online TV service this autumn in partnership with broadcasters including ABC, CBS and Fox.However, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Apple’s long-rumoured TV set plans were “quietly shelved” more than a year ago after almost a decade of research. Crediting people familiar with the matter, the WSJ reported that Apple did not consider features that it was looking at “compelling enough to enter the highly competitive television market.”Carl Icahn is currently ranked 31 on the Forbes rich list, with an estimated worth of US$22.4 billion.last_img read more

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement By their very silence, the silver and gold mining companies are co-conspirators against all of their shareholders…us. The gold price was on the rise as soon as trading began in the Far East on their Monday morning…and was up eight bucks or so by shortly after 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time.  From there, it more or less traded flat into the Comex open…and that point jumped another five dollars or so before trading sideways until about 10:35 a.m. in New York.At that point there was another sharp spike that took gold up to its high tick of the day…$1,736.80 spot..about ten minutes before the London close.  From that point it traded sideways once again before getting sold off a few dollars in electronic trading.Gold closed the Monday session at $1,731.90 spot…up $18.20 on the day.  Net volume was very light…around 109,000 contracts.As usual, the silver price was more ‘volatile’.  The price traded flat until just about 9:00 a.m. Hong Kong time…and at the point the price jumped almost 30 cents.From there, the price traded flat until about ten minutes before the Comex open.  Then, the silver price began to rally…and jumped up the moment that trading began in New York.  The ‘big’ rally only lasted about ten minutes…and then, like gold, traded flat until 10:35 a.m. Eastern before renewing its rally…albeit at a much slower pace.  It appeared that the high tick of the day [$33.35 spot] came around 2:15 p.m. in electronic trading…and from there got sold off a bit into the 5:15 p.m. close in New York.Silver finished the day at $33.11 spot…up 80 cents.  Net volume wasn’t overly heavy…around 34,000 contracts.The price patterns in platinum and palladium were more or less the same as gold and silver’s.The dollar index hit its 81.44 zenith on Friday morning at 11:30 in New York…and was in decline for the rest of that day.  This trend continued right into the Monday trading session.  There was a bit of a bounce at the 81.00 level around 11:30 a.m. in London, but the decline resumed at precisely 8:00 a.m. Eastern time…and three hours later, the index had fallen 27 basis points from its 8:00 a.m. peak.From that point the dollar index didn’t do a lot until 5:00 p.m. Eastern when the dollar spiked up into the New York close.  The index, which had closed on Friday at 81.20…finished the Monday session at 81.03…down only 17 basis points…but had a bit of a wild ride between those times.I suppose the co-relation between the dollar index and the precious metal prices was more apparent on Monday…but the moves in the metals themselves was out of all proportions to the tiny moves in the currency index.  Here’s the chart showing last Friday’s high…and all of Monday’s action.Not surprisingly, the gold stocks gapped up at the open…and stayed up for the entire day, closing almost on their highs.  The HUI finished up 2.68%.The silver stocks turned in a similar performance, with a lot of the junior producers doing much better than their senior brethren.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 3.28%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report was a blank page yesterday.  There were no contracts of any metal posted for delivery on Wednesday.The GLD ETF showed a smallish withdrawal of 13,891 troy ounces, which may have been a fee payment of some kind.  And, for the third day in a row, an authorized participant withdrew about 1.5 million ounces of silver from SLV.  This time it was 1,452,093 troy ounces.  All withdrawals for the last three days have been within 50 troy ounces of the above number.  On Thursday it was 1,452,135 troy ounces…and on Friday it was 1,452,117 troy ounces.  Does it mean anything?  Beats me!There was a smallish sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They sold 1,500 ounces of gold eagles…along with 32,000 silver eagles.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported receiving 623,635 troy ounces of silver…all of it went into the JPMorgan Chase depository, which now sits at 25,654,294 troy ounces.  Nothing was shipped out.  I’d sure love to know who the owners are.  Is it JPM itself, or does it belong to its customers?  The link to Friday’s activity is here.Here’s a nifty chart that Washington state reader S.A. stole from somewhere yesterday.  It shows a ‘cup and handle’ technical formation.  If you can believe T.A. in a rigged market, it may mean something…or not!(Click on image to enlarge)It was a busy weekend for stories…and I have a lot today…so I hope you can find the time to read/watch the ones of most interest to you.I would calculate JPMorgan’s concentrated short position in COMEX silver futures to now be 33,000 contracts, only 1,000 contracts below their recent peak. After removing spread positions from the new data, JPM’s silver position is 32.9% of the true net total market. This is so off the charts as to defy comprehension. Nothing else comes close to being the critical factor in silver. If we all live long enough to see any legitimate position limit regime in silver, JPMorgan’s current dominant position would not be allowed. That position is more than six times larger than the loose-as-a-goose limits proposed by the CFTC…and more than twenty times the 1,500 contract position limit proposed by thousands of public comments. – Silver Analyst Ted Butler…17 November 2012It was nice to see all the precious metals pop up in price yesterday.  I’m sure some of it was currency related but, considering the low volume, I’d guess that there may have been a bit of short covering during the Comex trading session in New York as well.  Whatever it was, we may or may not find out in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.The preliminary volume and open interest numbers from the CME that were posted on their website in the wee hours of this morning, indicates otherwise…and I’ll be very interested in what they show when the finals are posted later this a.m. New York time.I have nothing to add to what I’ve been saying for the last ten days or so.  Nothing would surprise me…up or down.  I’d love to be a fly on the wall at JPMorgan Chase or Scotia Moccata…as I get the impression that there are big changes going on under the surface that we have hints about…but we’re certainly not privy to.But one thing that did come as a big surprise, was how just how far the story of JPMorgan Chase and the silver price management scheme has spread world-wide.  The reach that Russia Today has is truly astounding.  GATA in gold…and Ted Butler in silver…can only get so far even with the Internet helping out.  Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert carry a very big stick…and I wouldn’t bet much on JPMorgan and Scotia Mocatta being able to keep up this price management scheme much longer with this kind of public exposure…which is getting bigger with each passing day.But when the end finally comes, it won’t be because of anything that the gold and silver mining companies did on our behalf…and the same holds true for the World Gold Council and the Silver Institute.  Any person who works, or has worked for either of these organizations, is not the slightest bit interested in finding the truth…even though they all know full well what’s going on.  By their very silence, the silver and gold mining companies are co-conspirators against all of their shareholders…us. All we can do is wait it out and be prepared emotionally for whatever happens.  The only thing I can add at this point is that price activity is going to get more volatile as the year winds down…and I shan’t hazard a guess as to which direction it might take.Very little happened in Far East trading on their Tuesday…and the same can be said for the first two hours of London trading as well. Volume is light in both metals, with very few roll-overs…and the dollar index is not doing a lot, either.As is usually the case, I would expect that things will change once New York begins trading.  If you subtract the American Thanksgiving holiday from the equation, there aren’t a lot of days for the remaining December contract holders to decide on what they’re going to do with their current positions.  And the longer they wait, the more frantic the trading activity will become as the month winds down.For that reason alone, the rest of the month could be full of surprises…and I await the 8:20 a.m. Comex open this morning with great interest.See you on Wednesday. Pelangio Exploration Inc. (PX:TSX-V; PGXPF:OTC) announced the results of seven diamond drill holes totaling 1,574 metres from its ongoing drilling program at the Pokukrom East zone on the Manfo Property in Ghana.  Highlights of the results included:·        1.19 g/t gold over 113 metres, including 9.05 g/t gold over 7 metres; ·        2.60 g/t gold over 64 metres, including 11.94 g/t gold over 10 metres; and ·        16.72 g/t gold over 4 metres.The results continued to confirm a higher grade, shallow north plunging core of Pokukrom East zone with an open plunge of 600 metres from near surface in previously reported hole SPDD-088 (7.01 g/t gold over 19 metres) to 210 metres depth in the holes reported this week.  Warren Bates, Senior Vice President Exploration, commented: “These are our best holes on the Manfo Property to date. These holes represent the north-plunging core of higher grade mineralization at Pokukrom East, now demonstrating an open plunge length of 600 metres.” Please visit our website to learn more about the project and request additional information.last_img read more

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first_imgDr. O’Dea has a track record of creating strong, well-financed companies built on high-quality projects and run by technical leaders. As President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Fronteer Gold (2001 to 2011), Dr. O’Dea grew the company from a $2-million start-up into a well-funded, high-profile, development-focused gold company acquired in 2011 by Newmont Mining Corp. for $2.3 billion. Over the past decade, Dr. O’Dea has raised more than $750 million through equity financings, equity investments and asset divestitures, providing strong returns to his shareholders and bringing financial strength and stability to his companies. Importantly, Dr. O’Dea and his team have a proven track record of discovery, having been integral in advancing and/or discovering five large gold and gold/copper deposits located in Nevada and Turkey and two world-class uranium deposits in Labrador. Dr. O’Dea is the Founder of Oxygen Capital Corp. and plays leadership roles in all Oxygen companies. He is the Founder and Chair of Pilot Gold, Executive Chair of Riverstone Resources,  and Founder and co-Chair of True North Nickel.  He was also Founder and CEO of Blue Gold Mining, which merged with Riverstone Resources in December 2012.last_img read more

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first_img •  Switching gears, Brazil is in its worst recession in decades… The country’s economy is a total disaster… The national unemployment rate doubled from a record low of 4.3% last December to 8.6% in July. The São Paulo Stock Exchange has dropped 16% over the past twelve months. And the real, Brazil’s currency, has fallen 40% against the U.S. dollar over the past year. •  Brazil’s crumbling economy is even threatening the 2016 Summer Olympic Games… Rio de Janeiro won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in 2009, when Brazil’s economy was in much better shape. Hosting the Olympics usually gives little, if any, long-term economic benefit to the host city. Many host cities actually lose money. Ultimately, the 2016 Summer Games will likely do more harm than good to Brazil’s battered economy. Right now the 2016 Summer Games are expected to cost $13.2 billion, according to Reuters. Last week, International Business Times reported that Brazilian tax dollars will likely fund 75-85% of the total cost. Despite all the taxpayer money being spent, the International Olympic Committee has called Rio’s preparations the “worst ever.” •  The upside is, Brazil’s beaten-down economy could be hiding excellent investing opportunities… Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Speculator, is closely following the situation in Brazil. In the latest issue of Crisis Speculator, Nick said Brazilian stocks are starting to look attractive: It’s adding up to a lovely train wreck. If it hasn’t actually hurt you, it’s time to think of the real’s woes as a gift…Brazil is right in the sweet spot…but it’s not quite time to jump in. Nick is watching from the sidelines until something sends investors running for cover: I’d like to see a messy event that drops Brazil’s troubles onto the front pages of first-world papers. Something that leaves investors singing, “They’ve got an awful lot of muck in Brazil.” Something that sets off the “Sell” alarm for anything Brazilian. Something with the emotional power of the Greek debt drama this summer or the Cypriot bank implosion in 2013. Then the markets will be begging us to pick up quality, consistently dividend-paying Brazilian companies on the ultra-cheap. Nick will let his readers know as soon as it’s time to bargain hunt in Brazil. You can hear about these opportunities first by subscribing to Crisis Speculator. You’ll also learn about other exciting investing opportunities popping up on Nick’s Value Radar, “a tool for pinpointing the richest crisis markets.” Click here to learn more and start your risk-free trial. Chart of the Day Brazilian stocks have tanked this year… Today’s chart shows the performance of iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ) over the past year. This ETF tracks 85% of the Brazilian stock market. EWZ has fallen 47% since last October. Regular readers know crisis breeds opportunity…and Nick Giambruno says Brazilian stocks are starting to look attractive. According to Thomson Reuters, stocks on the São Paulo Index are trading at a price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of 10.7. These Brazilian stocks are also paying a 4.8% dividend yield. Meanwhile, stocks on the S&P 500 are trading at a PE ratio of 18.9. They’re yielding just 2.5%. Streaming LIVE From A Multi-Millionaire’s Secret “Bunker” In Delray Beach Few people get invited to Mark Ford’s secret, Delray “bunker”… It’s where he seals million dollar business deals. And writes New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling books. But next week, he’s personally arranged a way for you to view a LIVE online wealth-training session in his Palm Beach “hideout”, pictured here. Not only that… Mark had our customer service team package up $100’s in digital wealth building resources and gifts. They’re ready to deliver them to your personal e-mail, for free. To accept your invitation and claim your FREE gifts now, click here. — Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida October 16, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. Ferrari thinks it’s worth $12 billion… The Italian luxury carmaker plans to hold its initial public offering (IPO) next Wednesday. An IPO is when a company sells shares to the public for the first time. Companies “go public” to raise money. In this case, Ferrari is hoping to raise around $900 million. Ferrari’s owners hope investors will value the company at around 11 billion euros ($12.4 billion). Last week, Bloomberg Business explained why Ferrari is seeking a rich valuation: Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne, who’s also Ferrari’s chairman, has insisted for months that the brand should be valued as a luxury-goods maker, such as clothiers Prada SpA or Hermes International SCA, and not as an auto manufacturer. Those companies trade at over 20 times operating profit, more than twice the average valuation of carmakers. •  Ferrari hopes its IPO will go better than First Data Corp.’s IPO did yesterday… Global payment processing company First Data Corp. (FDC) went public on Thursday. It was the biggest IPO so far this year. The company originally hoped to raise $3.2 billion. It planned to price shares between $18 and $20. But First Data lowered its debut share price to $16 on Wednesday because of weak investor interest. Even with the lower share price, though, the IPO didn’t generate much excitement. The company’s stock closed Thursday down 1.6%, at $15.75. First Data isn’t the only big company to have problems with its IPO recently… On Wednesday, supermarket chain Albertsons postponed its IPO because of recent market volatility. The company was hoping to raise $2 billion. It would have been the year’s second-biggest IPO. Digicel Group Ltd., the biggest mobile provider in the Caribbean, also canceled its IPO last week. This is an ongoing trend. The number of IPOs in the U.S. is down 20% from last year, according to Renaissance Capital. The amount of cash raised is also down by 44%. Still, Ferrari is hoping for a better outcome. It likely wants to go public right now because, in general, investors are paying good money for shares of public companies. U.S. stocks are 49% more expensive than their historical average, according to a popular long-term valuation metric called CAPE. •  Speaking of Ferraris, Casey Research founder Doug Casey just went to Canada to buy one… E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, went along with him. E.B. explains why they went so far out of their way to buy a car: As you likely know, natural resources are in a historic bear market. This has caused a flight out of Canada’s currency, the loonie (aka the Canadian dollar). Canada is bringing in less money exporting natural resources. The loonie is at its lowest level in over a decade. So we thought this would be the perfect time to buy a Ferrari in Canada. But E.B. says the dealer refused to sell them a Ferrari: The F12berlinetta cost about $400,000… If we’d been able to buy it with U.S. dollars, it would have cost $320,000 out the door… But Carlo, the dealership owner, wouldn’t allow it. Doug says Ferrari dealers only want to sell to locals: There’s such demand for Ferraris—waiting lists dozens of people long—that the dealers only want to sell to people in the area, so they can buy them back and make a market in them. And perform the service on them, which is actually the most profitable part of the business. As for Ferrari’s upcoming IPO, Doug says the company’s owners are getting out at the right time: Ferrari is going to have an IPO on its stock soon. A smart move on their part—when the ducks are quacking, you should feed them. I wouldn’t touch it if your broker offers you some… Regular Casey readers know that Doug and E.B. travel a lot. This weekend, they’re at the Casey Summit at a luxury resort in Tucson, Arizona, along with multi-millionaire entrepreneur James Altucher, famous trend forecaster Gerald Celente, and other world-class investing experts. Unfortunately, it’s too late for you to jump on a plane and join them. But you can still get full access by pre-ordering the Summit Audio Collection…click here to learn more and lock in the special, discounted price.center_img – Goldsmith: Why I Work For Doug Casey Now—Eye-Opening Report from Former Stansberry Director Sean Goldsmith recently left Stansberry to work alongside one of the most influential economists in the world today, Doug Casey. There’s probably not another American alive today who has done as many international deals and learned as much about global economies, currencies, and the inner workings of foreign governments. “Now,” says Casey, “we’re on the cusp of a new and major crisis here in America, one that’s going to be much more severe, different, and longer lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009…” Goldsmith explains the full details here. Recommended Linkslast_img read more