first_imgPlease find enclosed the draft draw for the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships to be held at Stockland Park, Caloundra from Wednesday, 11 September until Saturday, 14 September. A NYC Memo and draft draw structure is also attached. There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC). Social MediaFacebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #nyc2013)Instagram – – Related Filesdraft_draw__external__v1-pdfdraft_draw_structure_and_format__updated_-pdfnyc_memo_-_23-8-2013-pdfRelated LinksNYC Draft Drawlast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sporting CP striker Dost a surprise January target for Real Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSporting CP striker Bas Dost is a surprise January target for Real Madrid.The Dutchman is under consideration at Real as they seek a centre-forward signing for next month.AS says also on Real’s shortlist are Mauro Icardi (Internazionale), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) and Krzysztof Piatek (Genoa).The likes of Dost and Llorente would arrive in Madrid as cover for Karim Benzema.Dost seemed ready to leave Sporting in the summer after hooligans had attacked some players, but chose to stay. “I have not finished here yet. I just want to look ahead now I signed here two years ago and started to love this club. It has been a difficult time, but the feeling that I have dominated my thoughts here,” he said. last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City eyeing Dinamo Zagreb youngster Antonio Marinby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are eyeing Dinamo Zagreb youngster Antonio Marin.The 18 year-old has made a first team breakthrough at Dinamo this season.And his emergence has caught the eye of City scouts.Marin is on a contract with Dinamo Zagreb to 2024.The 18-year-old has played four matches in the Croatian league this season. last_img

first_img Share in Daily Dose, News Factom, Inc. Welcomes Three Veteran Executives December 2, 2016 772 Views center_img Mahesh Paolini-SubramanyaLaurie PyleFactom, Inc., a blockchain as a service company that provides products offering document and data integrity as its EVP of R&D, recently announced the addition of three veteran executives: Mahesh Paolini-Subramanya, Laurie Pyle, and Jason Nadeau.Mahesh Paolini-Subramanya comes to Factom from Cielo24, a media intelligence company, where he served as EVP. He has also held positions as VP of R&D and head of Cloud-teams at Ubiquiti Networks, a networking technology provider. He also founded Aptela, which became one of the largest cloud-based unified communication services in the nation. Aptela was later acquired by Vonage.Jason Nadeau“Factom’s unique technology brings reliability, scalability, and ease-of-use to the blockchain world,” said Paolini-Subramanya. “Bringing immutability and referencability to documents, be they blobs or structured data, while still providing the performance characteristics necessary to survive in the high-volume and high-velocity world of modern services—this is a game-changer.”In her new role at Factom, Laurie Pyle will lead the creation of a suite of mortgage technology products. Pyle has extensive experience in the mortgage technology field, including helping create the nation’s largest mortgage electronic network. Previously, she served as managing director at Corsair Associates. She has also served as EVP and CIO of Stewart Lender Services, where she headed the technology and operations teams. She was also a founding executive at RealEC Technologies, where she oversaw product strategy, product design, and client solutions.“I am very excited to be working with the Factom team,” said Pyle. “Factom protocol has great potential to significantly impact a number of facets of the mortgage industry for the better with increased transparency and indelible audit records.”Jason Nadeau will lead mortgage strategy, revenue growth, and business development strategy at Factom. With more than 20 years’ experience in mortgage technology, Nadeau most recently served as Senior Director at Corsair Associates, where he offered strategic consulting to mortgage technology companies. He has also served as Group President at Stewart Title and CEO of Stewart Lender Services, leading the company’s business lines and technology services. Nadeau also served as Founder, President and CTO of RealEC Technologies. In this role, he helped develop the largest electronic partner network for the mortgage industry.“The Factom solutions for the Mortgage Industry are some of the most innovative, yet easy adopted, ones that I’ve encountered,” said Nadeau. “The ability to apply blockchain technology to the documentation and data challenges of the mortgage industry creates a completely new paradigm for compliance.” Factom 2016-12-02 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

first_img(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator)L: So Doug, the G20 declared that there will be no currency war. Other than a belly laugh, any reactions?Doug: First, we should define what a currency war is. I’d say it’s a competition between governments to devalue their respective currencies, accomplished by creating lots more new dollars, euros, yen, or what have you. The idea is to increase exports and decrease imports, with the supposed bonus of stimulating the economy. It’s an idiotic idea, proof that the people struggling for control of the world’s economy are both knaves and fools. The worst part is that people apparently think somebody actually can and should try to control the economy. The world is imitating Argentina.I believe that Argentina is still a member of the G20, although hanging on by its fingernails. It would be interesting to see the transcript of the meeting and see what the Argentine representative said, because they’re inflating the currency down here at a rate of about 30% per year, even while they’re trying to maintain an artificial exchange rate. My suspicion is that the general level of economic knowledge, competence, and ethics among the participants of that conference is not much above that of Argentina.L: That may be, but it strikes me as being… just so ridiculous. I mean, the US is printing money by the helicopter load and sending much of it abroad, which prompts other countries to try to do the same. Bernanke says it isn’t so, but everyone can see it is. How can they say there’s no currency war? Is this an attempt at a Big Lie?Doug: The new Japanese prime minister has come out and said that the Bank of Japan needs to redouble its efforts to create new yen. The Chinese are creating yuan in hyperdrive. The Europeans are doing the same with the euro. In the US, they’re printing new dollars at a rate of about 100 billion per month. And that’s just among the four big players. It’s as though they believe their own lies and think that the driving force of an economy really is public opinion. Believing that, they have no problem admonishing people to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain; everything will be fine as long as people believe it will be.This reminds me of the story of the guy who jumps off a 100-story building and yells as he passes the 50th floor, “So far, so good!”L: Does anyone even know if it’s possible for the G20 economies to grow at a rate that would make their deficit/debt levels manageable?Doug: I understand that it would take growth on the order of what made China famous in the previous decade, but if anything their growth rates are going down. I think they are heading toward collapse. That’s in part because of the ongoing currency debasement, but also in part because the inevitable response of these governments to the harmful effects of that debasement is to impose more rules, regulations, and controls.Consider again the example of Argentina. The government here recently made it illegal for newspapers to publish advertisements that include prices for things like food. Since Argentina now has price controls for food, they say it’s unnecessary and will only excite the public. This is the kind of thinking that permeates the economic establishment today. Everywhere.I should pause and emphasize, however, that as difficult as Argentina is for doing business, it’s a fantastic place to live. I doubt that will be true of the US in a few years.L: Sounds pretty crazy, and this is a place that already prosecutes journalists for publishing inflation statistics that contradict those of the government. It does seem par for the course worldwide, however, for governments to intervene in the marketplace, cause disruptions, and then use those disruptions as mandates for establishing new regulations and laws.But Doug, let me push back a little here. You’ve been saying for some time now that we are on the verge of exiting the eye of the storm. I look at the data, I look at the logic, and I can’t disagree with you, but this has lasted several years now… Why should anyone think it’s going to happen now?Doug: Fair question. I could point out that the recent negative GDP numbers from Germany – and all of Europe – are extremely bearish: the endgame for the EU can’t be too far off. A number of large US retailers are closing scores, even hundreds, of stores. The earnings of fast-food outlets are falling as people find they can’t afford to eat out. But still, even if the natives are restless, they’re still not out in the streets with their torches and pitchforks. Perhaps this summer…But really, this is an almost philosophic question. The economy consists of the values and actions of seven billion people, all doing different things for a million different reasons. It’s hard enough to make any prediction about such a complex system; it’s extremely difficult to get both the prediction and the timing of the events right. That said, I admit to sometimes conflating the imminent with the inevitable.L: It’s like a sort of Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle for economics.Doug: That’s a good analogy. People may be growing tired of hearing me predict the same gloomy near-term economic outcome, but that doesn’t make me wrong. Here at Casey Research, we have an economic model of the way the world works. It’s not our model exclusively (people who would like to know more should do a search for “Austrian economics“). This model has been shown to be correct and to have excellent predictive power time and time again over the last century. It’s been shown to be totally correct in the recent past as well. But knowing you’re right doesn’t necessarily give you the power to know when you will be proven right. It’s just not possible to be absolutely certain when something inevitable like this has in fact become imminent. We’re talking about predictions that are far more complicated than predicting at 11 o’clock that the hands on the clock will point at the number 12 in an hour.Despite the difficulty, it’s very important to have a model that has predictive power; seeing where things are going is extremely valuable, even if you can’t be sure exactly when things will happen.L: It’s certainly got to be better than a model predicated on assumptions that are defined by the whims of politicians.Doug: Quite right. I’m sorry if some people are perturbed by our inability to make things happen on a certain time schedule, but I think they should look at our track record and give us some credit for being right about how things are happening. We predicted the debt crisis, the currency crisis, the housing crisis, and the direction of precious metals – accurately and years before others. I think we will soon be shown to be absolutely correct about the direction of the bond market, which is now peaking. It may sound brash, but I feel quite certain that will be shown to be right on all the major trends we are now predicting.L: Back to the G20: as ridiculous as their denial of the currency war currently under way is, the conclusion they drew is no laughing matter. Just as you said, despite their denials, they claim the situation requires new currency controls. The noose tightens.Doug: Yes. Despite what they say, these people clearly feel an urgent need to gain control of the situation. They’ve caused immense chaos, and at some level they probably know it. Of course, they would never dream of accepting responsibility and rolling back any of their economically suicidal policies. Their only response – always and ever – has to be new rules and regulations. They are clamping the lid on the pressure cooker even tighter. These people are truly stupid, in the clinical sense of that word. No matter how badly their meddling backfires, their answer is always more meddling. I’m sorry I can’t tell you the day and the hour this thing will blow, but I’m absolutely certain it will.L: How can they be so blind?Doug: Bastiat explained it 200 years ago. They see only the immediate and direct consequences of their actions and pay no attention to – or deny – the delayed and indirect consequences of their actions. If the United States, say, devalues its currency by 20%, an immediate effect inside the United States is that everything is 20% cheaper for foreigners. Labor and products are cheaper for foreigners, so exports may increase and make it seem like the economy is getting a great boost.But this is typical fallacious economic thinking. There are extremely important delayed and indirect effects that are ignored in such a case. Among them is that people don’t want to save a weak currency. If people don’t save, you can’t build capital, and without capital it’s impossible to have investment, and progress is diminished. Another ignored consequence is that domestic businesses face increased import costs. Politicians may shrug that off, saying people can buy American cars instead of German or Japanese cars, but many businesses rely on equipment, technologies, and raw materials from abroad. Moreover, all businesses, families, and individuals consume energy, much of which is imported from abroad. Further, if the currency is devalued 20%, it means Americans can buy that much less of foreign businesses, and foreigners can buy that much more of US businesses. Frankly, I couldn’t care less what the nationality of buyers and sellers might be. But Americans will be hurt by a weak US dollar as surely as Zimbabweans were hurt by a weak Zim dollar.People forget that in 1971, when Nixon devalued the dollar, the Swiss franc was $0.23, and the German mark was $0.25; today they’re $1.08 and $1.31, respectively. The Japanese yen was 300 to the dollar; today it’s about 90. The success of these countries was partly because of strong currencies. A strong currency helped them become rich and prosperous. Of course, most governments are now deeply in debt, and that’s a powerful incentive to destroy their currencies.L: The very currency war the G20 is denying.Doug: Yes, and the result is that you don’t just get one currency devaluing, but all currencies devaluing against real assets, commodities, goods, and services. I do believe that within the foreseeable future all these paper currencies are going to be devalued to zero – in other words, they will reach their actual intrinsic values.This is extremely serious, because the productive people of the world – the ones who actually consume less than they produce and save the difference, which is what all economic growth and progress depends upon – will be wiped out. When their savings vanish, it’s going to create a social and political earthquake right off the Richter scale.L: Okay, but I’m not going to let you off the hook here. Tune in to your guru sense please, and tell us: Do you still see 2013 as the year when the global economic house of cards starts visibly falling apart?Doug: Well, never say never. Almost anything is possible. I don’t think it will happen, but I can’t say it’s impossible that government efforts around the world to paper over the crisis won’t succeed for a while longer. But even if that were to happen, it would only make the ultimate crisis that much worse.Here’s what it boils down to: if you see a tidal wave coming at you and you’re not exactly sure when it will hit, it doesn’t actually matter. You’ve got to get out of its way. You’ve got to get to high ground. Period. This is the bottom line for me. Stating this as loudly and clearly as possible is my role in today’s economic discourse.L: When it comes to a house of cards like this, it’s better to be a year early than a day late.Doug: It’s like Rick says in Casablanca: “If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.”I hate to sound like a broken record, but the investment implications remain very clear: sell bonds; general equities are overpriced; real estate is dangerous. Gold and silver aren’t cheap, but they’re the only safe havens available right now. Well, I could add productive farmland to that short list, but it takes a lot of management – owning precious metals is much simpler.L: Okay Doug, I appreciate your candid responses. We’ll talk again soon.Doug: My pleasure, as always.While gold and silver offer superb wealth protection, you should know that premiums can be high and storage can be a challenge. Fortunately, there’s a new service that solves both of these issues – the Hard Assets Alliance.When you buy your precious metals through the Hard Assets Alliance, you can be assured that your premiums will be among the lowest you’ll find anywhere. And much more important, you’ll have the option of storing your gold and silver in secure, private vaults outside of your home country for a very reasonable rate (and you can have your metals shipped to you at your convenience).For more information, please visit this special investor’s bulletin.last_img read more

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A second national disability charity has joined Mind in backing a petition that calls for an independent inquiry into links between Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) failings and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants.Disability Rights UK (DR UK) and Mind are the only two major charities to have supported the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition*, in contrast with others such as RNIB, Leonard Cheshire, Sense and Scope, which have refused to back its demands.The petition calls for an inquiry and for any evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants and ministers to be passed to police.It also calls on MPs to brand DWP institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose, and for the department to take urgent steps to make the safety of benefit claimants a priority.Earlier this month, 12 disability charities – none of which are led and controlled by disabled people – rejected a request from Disability News Service (DNS) to back the petition.Only Mind agreed to back the petition and its four demands.But now DR UK, which is run and controlled by disabled people and works with many of the charities as a member of the Disability Benefits Consortium, has said it supports the petition and all its demands.Jodey Whiting died in February 2017, 15 days after she had her out-of-work disability benefits mistakenly stopped for missing a work capability assessment.The Independent Case Examiner concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling the case.Kamran Mallick (pictured), DR UK’s chief executive, said DWP’s failure to follow its own procedures in the case of Jodey Whiting “highlights the need of a root and branch change to our system of social protection for disabled people in this country”.He said this system should “meet the needs of disabled people and provide safety and support in the way it is administrated”.Mallick said an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP’s actions “would create the opportunity to gather robust evidence on the way the benefits system is administrated and how it impacts on people who need to use it”.He said: “It could also be used to make recommendations for structural changes to the way the system operates now.”And he said that any evidence of misconduct that led to serious harm or death “should be examined by the police to see if a criminal prosecution is appropriate”.He added: “There’s a growing evidence base that the DWP is struggling to provide the services required.“It’s been the subject of a series of very critical reports from select committees, for example, as well as other independent organisations such as Demos.“There have been well documented problems with employment and support allowance, the changeover from disability living allowance to personal independence payments and of course universal credit.“Transferring current responsibilities to different organisations, whether statutory or otherwise, could help solve the problem.“But we must make sure there is a fundamental change in approach – without that, disabled people’s experiences are unlikely to improve much.”  *Sign the Jodey Whiting petition here. If you sign the petition, please note you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeelast_img read more

first_imgGoogle Tom Brant The wearable tech got its first software update in nearly three years, but it only adds Bluetooth support and some unnamed bug fixes. This story originally appeared on PCMag –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Image credit: Google via PC Mag Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listcenter_img News reporter Add to Queue Google Glass, an experimental and extremely expensive wearable that took the tech world by storm a few years ago, resurfaced again this week when it received its first software update in nearly three years.The update, released on Tuesday, isn’t terribly exciting: in addition to bug fixes and performance improvements, the only new feature is Bluetooth support, which means Glass can now be paired with input devices like keyboards. As TechCrunch notes, the last Glass software update was in September 2014, so this week’s update might be reassuring to Glass owners who thought Google abandoned them. Still, adding Bluetooth and a few unnamed enhancements is not that reassuring, and everything else about the Glass seems to indicate that it’s headed for extinction: the support website is pretty bare bones, and the Google Glass homepage simply reads “Thanks for exploring with us. The journey doesn’t end here.”Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on whether we’ll see more Glass updates in the future.The $1,500 wearable debuted in 2012, and outside of extremely limited public sales windows, it was mostly only available to software developers and enthusiasts willing to join a waitlist. People who did manage to buy a pair, however, were treated to a futuristic heads-up display that could show Google search results, images and more. Glass also earned curious and often envious glances from passers-by.But innovation seems to have passed Glass by: wearables and augmented reality have come a long way since 2012, and Google itself has moved on to other efforts, including its Tango AR platform for smartphones and its Daydream View VR headset. So adding Bluetooth support to Glass is likely a swan song, rather than a sign of a Glass resurgence. Could an Update Mean a Google Glass Resurgence? June 23, 2017 Next Article 2 min readlast_img read more

first_imgTechnology July 15, 2013 Next Article Apple Said to Be on a Hiring Spree Ahead of iWatch Release Next Year Add to Queue Image credit: Esben Oxholm Steve Kovach 1 min readcenter_img –shares This story originally appeared on Business Insider Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Apple is on a hiring spree right now, trying to find engineers who can help troubleshoot problems its having with its first wearable gadget, the so-called iWatch.The news comes from Financial Times reporter Tim Bradshaw, who spoke to several sources familiar with Apple’s plans for the iWatch.Here’s what Bradshaw’s sources are telling him about the iWatch’s development:The company has begun hiring “aggressively” for the project in recent weeks, say people familiar with Apple’s plans for the wearable device, a move that shows it has stepped up development but which raises questions over the ability of its own engineers to develop wearable technology.The report goes on to say that assuming Apple doesn’t scrap the project, the iWatch probably won’t launch until the end of 2014.Speaking of hiring, Apple recently poached Paul Deneve, the former CEO of fashion house Yves Saint Laurent, as a vice president working on “special projects.” Deneve reports directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. The hire caused many to speculate that Deneve was brought on to help market wearable technology once Apple does release a product in the category. Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more

first_img This story originally appeared on CNBC Business as Usual in NYC Despite First Ebola Case Tom DiChristopher New Yorkers seemed to take news of the city’s first case of Ebola in stride Friday by going about business as usual.The infected patient, Dr. Craig Spencer, is known to have traveled on at least three subway lines after returning from West Africa, where he treated Ebola patients as a volunteer with Doctors Without Borders.Friday morning, subway ridership was at normal levels, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority told CNBC. The system handles an average 5.8 million riders a day. Traffic on Metro-North lines, which shuttle about 280,000 commuters daily into the city from upstate and Connecticut, also remained normal.”The MTA New York City Subway system is safe to ride. The person diagnosed with Ebola in New York City rode the subway several times since returning from abroad, but the state and city health commissioners agree there was no risk to any other subway customers or any MTA employees,” the MTA said in a statement.Ebola cannot be spread by casual contact and is not contagious until symptoms appear, health officials say.The authority noted that the virus cannot live for more than a few hours on hard surfaces. It also said it had issued protective gloves to employees and instructed staff to use 10 percent bleach solution to disinfect trains and double bag any potential infectious waste.Spencer also rode in a hired car that he booked through ride-sharing service Uber on Wednesday evening. Uber, which is known for tracking ridership in real time, did not respond to multiple requests for comment on whether ridership on its New York City network had dipped.In a statement Thursday, the company said the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene determined that the driver of Spencer’s car and subsequent passengers were not at risk.During a press conference Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio stressed that the case was under control and that the lone known infection should not keep city residents from going about their business.”There is no cause for alarm. New Yorkers need to understand that the situation is being handled and handled well,” de Blasio said. “There is no reason for New Yorkers to change their daily routine in any way.”The mayor rode the subway on Friday to show it was safe to take public transportation.Tevi Troy, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” it was no surprise that a case of Ebola showed up in New York City, given its position as an international gateway.”Obviously New York is the most likely city where Ebola would have appeared given how much traffic goes through New York,” Troy said. “It sounds like New York is mostly prepared. The hospital that Dr. Spencer is at is one of the hospitals that is ready to deal with this.”The case has raised questions over whether health-care professionals who work with Ebola patients in West Africa should not just monitor themselves for symptoms, but enter self-quarantine.While Spencer reported to Doctors Without Borders after becoming symptomatic, he has faced criticism for taking public transportation and going bowling in Brooklyn shortly after returning to New York City.Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told “Squawk Box” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should actively monitor people who return from Ebola-stricken areas of West Africa by checking in via telephone. But he said asking health professionals, who are capable of self-monitoring, to enter quarantine would have adverse effects.”If we impose a system where you quarantine people for up to a month after they arrive back, that’s going to discourage health care workers from going over there,” Gottlieb said. –shares Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue October 24, 2014 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Ebola 4 min read Enroll Now for $5last_img read more