Kylie Minogue To Headline Butterfly Ball

first_imgOrganisers of one of the UK’s most prestigious charity balls have announced that global pop superstar, Kylie Minogue, will be headlining the event in London on May 15th.Kylie Minogue To Headline Butterfly BallThe multi award-winning artist will perform an exclusive set for guests attending the Caudwell Children Butterfly Ball at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.The annual event regularly raises in excess of £1.7million to provide life-changing practical and emotional support for disabled children through the charity, Caudwell Children.“I’m delighted to be a part of this fantastic event which does so much to help disabled children in the UK.” said Kylie.With a musical career spanning over three decades and worldwide record sales of over 70million, Kylie’s success includes seven UK Number No.1 singles and four UK No.1 albums, making her one of the UK’s bestselling female artists of all time.Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me OnceOn the back of the release of her critically acclaimed new album, ‘Kiss Me Once’ (released March 17), Kylie promises guests of the star-studded event a glamorous stage show featuring performances of hit songs including new single ‘Into The Blue’ and the worldwide smash, ’Can’t Get You Out of My Head’.The Butterfly Ball is renowned for attracting some of the UK’s most influential business leaders and celebrities as well as Royalty and Government Ministers.Kylie is the latest superstar to perform at the high profile event, which raises funds to provide vital support for disabled children living in the UK. Founded by successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, John Caudwell, the charity has provided services worth over £28million and helped change the lives of thousands of children across the UK.Chief Executive, Trudi Beswick, said: “The Butterfly Ball is such an important event for us, not just because it raises such a lot of money but because it helps to spread awareness of the work we are doing with thousands of families in communities around the UK.We are thrilled to have Kylie performing at the event this year; she has had a glittering career during which she has also done some amazing work for charity. She’s an inspiration to millions and we are really excited to work with her.”The Butterfly Ball takes place in The Great Room at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Thursday 15th May 2014.The Charity’s ambassadors include Hollywood actress and author, Joan Collins, actress Elizabeth Hurley, Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster, Peter Andre, Bruce Forsyth and singer, Robbie Williams. The late Boyzone singer, Stephen Gately, was also a Goodwill Ambassador for the Charity.For more information about the Butterfly Ball and Caudwell Children, visit their website at or call 01782 600112.last_img read more

Beth MacPherson named honourary fire chief for the day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department named Beth MacPherson as Honourary Fire Chief for the Day on Thursday.MacPherson, a grade three student at Alwin Holland Elementary, had the honour of being paraded around the city in the comfort of a fire truck.The day included an interactive tour of the fire hall, a special lunch, and a meeting with community officials. Fire Inspector, Alyn Stobbe, says the selection of Honourary Fire Chief of the Day is part of the Fire Prevention Week program.“Every year we go through the schools for Fire Prevention Week, and so through that process, we get to educate the grade threes, well the entire elementary school, but the grade threes, in particular, they’re kind of our target group. So as part of that target group, for the grade threes, there is draws for Fire Chief for the Day. We collect ballots from the grade threes, and we randomly select one and this year we have Beth MacPherson as our Honourary Fire Chief for the Day”.A presentation of a certificate was made by Mayor Lori Ackerman and Fire Chief Fred Burrows in honour of MacPherson’s appointment as Fire Chief for the Day.last_img read more

ONGC wins back Chinnewala Tibba gas field in Rajasthan

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Thursday signed a contract for the prolific Chinnewala Tibba gas field in Rajasthan, which it had discovered around 15 years ago but was taken away and auctioned by the government.ONGC won back five out of the 23 discovered oil and gas fields that the government took away from the state-owned firm and Oil India Ltd (OIL) for auctioning in the second round of discovered small field (DSF). Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe 72-square kilometer field near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan has 1,900 million standard cubic metres of reserves, an official of the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons said at the contract-signing ceremony with the winners of the 23 fields auctioned in DSF-II. The 23 fields, made up of some 57 discoveries by ONGC and OIL, hold 190 million tonnes of oil and oil-equivalent gas resources, the official said. Speaking on the occasion, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said DSF bid rounds are aimed at raising domestic production to cut dependence on imported oil. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIndia is 83 per cent dependent on imports to meet its oil needs. “Maximising production is the most important priority now,” he said. While ONGC and OIL could not monetise the discoveries auctioned in the DSF round mainly due to they being financially unviable on prevalent fiscal terms, DSF round winners will get complete pricing and marketing freedom that will make the finds economically viable. Pradhan said ONGC was asked to largely stay away from DSF-I round last year but was given freedom to bid in DSF-II and he was happy that the company walked away with the most number of fields. Chinnewala Tibba was the most-contested field in DSF-II with as many as 17 bids being put in. ONGC won the field as also four others after bid evaluation and award was completed last week. Contracts for the same were signed Thursday. OIL and Vedanta Ltd signed contracts for two fields each they had won while lesser known Ganges Geo-Resources Pvt Ltd signed for five fields. State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and its partner Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Ltd (HOEC) signed for one field they won in the auction. Arch Softwares Pvt Ltd, a firm backed by former Cairn India executive Suniti Bhat, won two offshore fields. The remaining fields went to little-known firms such as Shanti GD Ispat Power, Arsh Corporate Services, Invenire Energy, Keerthi Industries, and Gem Petro E&P. On the contract signing, Vedanta Resources Ltd Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal said: “The Government of India has taken concrete steps to encourage and thus enhance domestic crude oil production, in line with Minister Pradhan’s vision of energy self-sufficiency. The discovered small fields Round-II auction is another significant step in this direction. We remain committed to optimising exploration and production from the fields awarded to us. These reformative steps and our demonstrated success will pave the way for attracting future foreign investments as well.” Sudhir Mathur, chief executive officer of oil and gas business of Vedanta Ltd, said the company is known for its engineering strength and innovation, especially in the tight oil and tight gas domain. “We are excited to bring these strengths to bear in the two new DSF fields awarded to us. We congratulate the government on all of these progressive initiatives that will lead to growth in the sector, job creation, and prosperity for our country.” As many as 39 firms, including six foreign players, had put in 145 bids for 24 out of the 25 oil and gas fields on offer in DSF-II at the close of bidding on January 30. Mining giant Vedanta put in the highest number of bids for 21 fields. A DGH statement said one bid for a field has been kept in abeyance as the matter is sub-judice. ONGC and OIL had put in bids for 10 fields each while Indian Oil Corp (IOC) bid for 3. British company Soco International made its foray into India, bidding for one field but it failed to make a dent. Arch Softwares had put in bids for 15 fields.last_img read more

Handy and Harman fine silver quotations 21813 oz 70129 kg

Handy and Harman fine silver quotations in Canadian dollars:Thursday $21.813 oz., $701.29 kg.; Wednesday $21.903 oz., $704.18 kg.

DR of Congo UNbacked mission to assess refugee site hit by rebel

Delphine Marie, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters in Geneva that the Diocèse de Mahagi would dispatch a team to the village of Biringi, where some of the 17,000 Sudanese refugees who fled last week’s fighting between rival rebel groups are now beginning to trickle back. Working on UNHCR’s behalf, the team will evaluate possible casualties among the local and refugee populations.UNHCR’s own staff based in Aru, 80 kilometres east of Biringi near the border with Uganda, have not been able to travel to the refugee sites because of security concerns. “Although there is no fighting along the Aru-Biringi main road, heavy military presence is reported and the roads are still unsafe,” Ms. Marie said.While the fighting has apparently moved to the west of Biringi, UNHCR remains concerned about the overall security situation in the northeast, where there are some 75,000 Sudanese refugees.Clashes between rebels of the Congolese Patriotic Union/Popular Rally (UPC-RP) and ethnic Lendu militias first started in Biringi over a week ago. The refugee settlement was “overrun by the UPC-RP rebels who caused panic and drove more than 14,500 refugees in Biringi, along with locals, into the bush,” the spokeswoman reported.Last Thursday, further fighting between the two groups shifted the conflict to the nearby refugee settlement of Ayamba, on the outskirts of Biringi, causing another 2,500 Sudanese refugees and staff of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working with UNHCR to flee as Lendu militias looted the settlement, the agency said. read more

Eritrea suffering profound water shortage UN says

The drought has led people to start migrating from Northern and Southern Red Sea and Gash Barka, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). A World Food Programme (WFP) workshop on selection criteria for aid beneficiaries that should have taken place last week in Barentu, Gash Barka was postponed after a bomb went off in Barentu, killing five people and injuring 88. The device was placed under a vehicle used by musicians observing Eritrea’s 24 May independence anniversary, OCHA said. The UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) is collaborating with two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in building a road to the site where a 45 metre water reservoir will be built to supply 2,000 people in Ashiti. A German NGO, GTZ, has also begun feasibility studies on repairing water supply systems in Agordat, Barentu, Hakikota and Tessenei. Meanwhile, some farmers have already ploughed their land in hope that the rainy season will start at the expected time in June or July, depending on the location. read more

Ofcom receives complaints about torture porn and violence in new Handmaids Tale

However, the new season has been written from scratch, although Atwood has given it her approval. Ofcom, the… Channel 4 has defended the second series of The Handmaid’s Tale after viewers complained to Ofcom about gratuitous violence. Many have said the show, which includes a scene where a woman has her eye removed, has become too graphic to watch, saying they could no longer watch “torture porn”. The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale was shown in Britain last year to critical acclaim, and told the story as written in the original novel. The television show is based on the best-selling book by Margaret Atwood, in which women are raped and forced into slavery in a dystopian patriarchal society. read more

Opinion Are you hiring Heres how to choose the right employee for

first_imgFROM A RECENT survey in the US, 34% of employers who had made a bad hire said “it just didn’t work out”. My interpretation of this is that “the chemistry was wrong”.Most employers think in terms of qualifications, skills and experience when they are looking to hire a person for their organisation – I call this “mind and body”. You can get most of this information from a CV, and it will tell you whether the person is technically qualified to do the job, but it won’t give you any indication as to whether or not they will actually do the job, do it well and love doing it. I call this “heart and spirit”. This is a person’s passion for the job and is what really determines their performance. You can only discover this through a hiring process which includes assessment of the personality, characteristics, motivation and values of the person sitting in front of you.What are you actually looking for?But before you can do that, you need to have defined what sort of personality and characteristics you are looking for – otherwise you won’t be able to recognise whether or not the person you are interviewing has the right ones. You need to consider what type of temperament and personality style is required for the job. Do you need somebody patient and reserved who is happy to follow a system without question and carry out repetitive tasks or you do you need somebody outgoing and dynamic who can think on their feet and make it up as they go along?You need to think about what attributes and characteristics the person needs to have to be able to do the job well. Do they need to be efficient, accurate, friendly, a multi-tasker, decisive, etc? You need to recognise the culture of your organisation and what values a new employee needs to have to fit in with that. How do you treat your customers, suppliers and your existing team members? You want to attract somebody who shares these values.You need to be aware of your own management style and what type of person will suit that. Are you very controlling – always watching what they are doing? Or will they not see you from one end of the week to the next?The interviewSo how do you find all this out in an interview? Ask them about the other jobs they are applying for. This will tell you if they specifically want to do this type of job or if they are randomly looking at all sorts of jobs without any real focus. Ask them what’s important to them in a job. This will give you an idea of whether your company and this role can fulfil their needs.Ask them what they want to achieve in life. This will tell you what they are passionate about and if they have any vision. Ask them how they see your company helping them achieve their own goals. This will tell you if they have thought seriously about working for you. Ask them what one thing made them apply for this job. This will tell you about motivates them. Ask them about the best and worst bosses they ever had. This will tell you whether or not they will get on with your management style. Ask them what they think the job is really all about. This will tell you what they want the job to be about, for example beware the person at an interview for a sales role who tells you the job is about customer service – they probably don’t like asking for the sale.Ultimately, you are trying to find out if they will be happy doing this job and working for you – because if they are happy they are much more likely to perform well.What about job applicants?If you are a job applicant, consider things from the employer’s point of view. They need to be sure that they are hiring the right person for the job and that they will get a return on their investment in you. They want to know not only if you have the capability to do the job, but if you will be motivated and happy doing it. They want to know if you are the best performer for the role – they are not looking for a body who needs an income – they are looking for a person who cares and takes pride in their work.So you need to be able to articulate what you are really good at, why you are passionate about this particular job as well as demonstrating competency to do it. From your point of view, the two most important things are to do your research and be yourself. No matter how badly you want a job, you still need to make sure the job you get, is the right one for you. You need to enjoy your work, feel proud of the organisation and feel that you are competent and successful in your role.So check out the company and job before you apply and trust that if they don’t select you, it wasn’t right for you.Jane Hogan is an international award winning business coach and co-founder of The Business Practice who specialises in Talent Acquisition. Prior to setting up her own business in 2005, Jane worked as a Senior Management Consultant with Fujitsu for five years, and as a Business Consultant with British Airways for 10 years.  She has a Science Degree from Trinity College, Dublin and a post-graduate diploma in Business and Executive Coaching. thebusinesspractice.ielast_img read more

PS3 version of Portal 2 to ship with Steam be infinitely superior

first_imgGenerally speaking, when a game comes out on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, I pick up the Xbox 360 version… but man, there’s absolutely nothing to recommend buying Valve Software‘s upcoming physics FPS puzzler Portal 2 on the 360.Check this out. Valve has just announced that when Portal 2 comes to the PS3, it will ship with Steam, and allow Portal 2 players to game cross-platform chat and multiplayer with PC and Mac gamers. Not only that, but thanks to Steam’s cloud-based save storage, your save game will be synced across the PC, Mac and PS3: start up a game of Portal 2 on your PC and you can effortlessly continue it on your PS3. I know what you’re thinking: what’s the chance of owning more than one version of Portal 2. Excellent, as it turns out, especially if you buy Portal 2 on the PS3, because PS3 Portal 2 will be a Steam Play title, allowing anyone who owns it to download and play the Mac and PC versions of the same title.You know, I love my Xbox 360, and Xbox Live in general, but the ways in which Portal 2 are going to excel on the PS3 platform really stress the weaknesses of Microsoft’s extremely closed and tight-fisted approach to their online multiplayer serviceRead more at Destructoidlast_img read more

AntiGay iPhone App Pulled

first_imgApple has long been a friend of the LGBT community, opposing California’s Proposition 8, removing the anti-gay Manhattan Declaration iPhone app, and earning a 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. I am shocked that this same company has given the green light to an app from a notoriously anti-gay organization like Exodus International that uses scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes and distortions of LGBT life to recruit clients. Apple has apparently responded to the public outcry surrounding Exodus International’s controversial “gay cure” app. The app, which stirred up protest from gay rights groups earlier this month, culminating in a petition signed by nearly 150,000 people, has disappeared from the iPhone App Store.The app first popped up in mid-February, offering downloaders “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus.” The church also cited medical research as the evidence for the validity of its mission. Dr Gary Remafedi, a researcher behind evidence cited by the church, has since decried the appropriation of his work as “erroneous,” joining the call to pull the app from the store.Apple came under fire for allowing the app to pass through its oft-strenuous vetting process. Gay rights group Truth Wins Out sent a letter to the company, stating, in part,  Apple has yet to issue an official comment on the app.last_img read more

Freightrail bill sets up quandary for county

first_imgWhen Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5517 into law over the summer, the move was widely hailed in Clark County. The legislation is a rare modification to the state’s overarching land-use law and was praised for its potential to grow freight-oriented businesses in Clark County that could bring hundreds or even thousands of good-paying jobs.But weeks before the bill is scheduled to go into effect, the county has encountered a quandary. The county could implement it and risk litigation, or the county could initiate a process that would delay the bill’s implementation by more than a year.“Doesn’t it seem like government always takes the long way around?” said Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, the sponsor of the legislation.The state’s Growth Management Act directs counties and cities to designate and conserve agricultural and natural resource lands. The bill, which passed overwhelmingly in the Legislature, is limited to Clark and Okanogan counties. It amends the GMA, permitting each county to adopt development regulations that allow buildings and infrastructure to be developed on agricultural and natural resource land near short-line railroads. Under the law, these developments could be used for “freight rail dependent uses” by businesses that rely on short-line rail to manufacture, process, store or transport goods.Wilson called it a “jobs” and “quality of life” bill that would allow more Clark County residents to work where they live. Currently, there are 78 acres zoned for freight rail use in Clark County. Businesses have expressed interest in obtaining larger parcels along Chelatchie Prairie Railroad.“It’s a great opportunity for Clark County to lead and to show that we can be successful,” she said.The bill goes into effect Oct. 19. But during a county work session on Wednesday, county staff warned that implementing it won’t be quick or simple. Speaking to the council, Community Planning Director Oliver Orjiako said that before developments allowed for by the bill could begin, the county needs to develop a plan to solicit public comment and to conduct an environmental review.last_img read more

Senate OKs budget in final hours

first_imgClark County school officials pore over state budget detailsLocal projects funded in state’s capital budgetNewcomer Wylie played skepticWashington State LegislatureOLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers reached toward adjournment Wednesday night, finalizing budgets and a long list of lingering bills before the end of their 30-day overtime session.Less than two days after negotiators unveiled a deal on the state’s spending plan for the next two years, senators gave it final approval and sent it to the governor’s desk. Several bills passed in the final hours of the session, including one moving Washington closer to privatizing liquor, another that puts limits on the state’s debt and a contentious plan allowing outsourcing of some government services.“It’s been a lot of work for 30 days,” said House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington. Gov. Chris Gregoire had called lawmakers back to work for a month after they failed to finish a budget and key spending matters by the end of their regular 105-day session.The extra time cost taxpayers about $10,000 a day due to $90 daily stipends for lawmakers.Final discussions Wednesday night included one last moment of tension that threatened to stall adjournment. A large group of Democrats objected to a bill that consolidated services under one agency, complaining that a provision allowing the state to outsource certain services unfairly prevented state employees from competing for the work.That measure relied heavily on votes from Republicans to pass the House. Senate Republicans had said they wouldn’t pass the state’s new general budget without the bill.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for August 26 Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI Tractor Trailer

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, August 26, 2019:A Westdale Avenue caller reported a tractor trailer unit took out a rock wall and headed towards Lowell Street, with boulders now in roadway. Hydrant on West Street and Westdale Avenue was also ripped out. A not thru street sign was also found on the ground.  Police were unable to locate tractor trailer, but will check security footage from Mobil on the Run. Tractor trailer unit was described as blue cab while trailer with three big letters on the front cab. (4:31am)Police assisted Woburn Police with checking on a residence over a possible stolen lawnmower. Lawnmower had been close roadway so parties thought it was out for free. (9:46am)A caller reported flowers and a solar light were taken from a gravesite in the Veterans section of Wildwood Cemetery. (2:16pm)A caller reported a male party in a black t-shirt looking through tires at AAA Tire Company on Main Street, even though the business is closed. Male party claimed he had permission to take used tires, but could not provide contact information of owner. Police had him return all tires and sent him on his way. (5:50pm)Dustin R. Cole (33, Wilmington) was arrested for OUI Liquor, License Not In Possession, Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle, and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. Cole fled the scene after striking a vehicle on Main Street. He was pulled over at Marion & Clifton. (6:55pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 12: 2 Juveniles Laying On Train Tracks; Motorcycle Crash; Tractor Trailer vs. PoleIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 17: Issues At Teen Group Home; Wedding Album Found In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Coalition works to reduce recidivism on Kenai Peninsula

first_imgWildwood Correctional Center in Kenai.(Courtesy of the Department of Corrections)In the year since the major criminal justice reform bill, Senate Bill 91, was signed into law, there has been plenty of debate over whether it’s working to reduce Alaska’s prison population, and the Legislature is reconvening to consider changes to the bill. But as lawmakers decide whether to tweak criminal justice reform, an organization is forming on the Kenai Peninsula that also hopes to reduce the number of Alaskans ending up back in jail.Listen nowWhen someone leaves the Kenai Peninsula’s two state correctional facilities, they may be re-entering the community without a support system. They might not even know what the first step in rebuilding their life is.“A lot of times people coming out of incarceration, you open the gates and it’s like opening the screen door for a two-year-old,” Audrey Cucullu explained. She’s the executive coordinator for the Kenai Reentry Coalition. “We don’t really know what to do, like, ‘Ok, what do I do now?’ Because a lot of times people just know how to survive.”The coalition got its start a little over a year ago. With about $150,000 in funding and help from about 20 agencies and organizations, the group is setting up shop in a Peninsula Community Health Services building in Kenai.The idea is for the coalition to be that first step outside of prison doors, a one-stop shop for anything someone might need to get a foothold in their community, from parenting classes to dental care.The coalition won’t directly be providing these services, but it will streamline what’s available and potentially spark additional help. Jodi Stewart is the probation liaison with the coalition and a Department of Corrections employee.“Some people need help with employment. Others need help with getting just the basic things met like food, shelter. Others need just an extra person to call when they don’t know what to do next,” Stewart explained.Both Cucullu and Stewart say the need for these services is high on the peninsula and around the state. According to the Department of Corrections, about 70 percent of people leaving prison in Alaska will end up behind bars again. Stewart added that the probability for children of incarcerated parents winding up in jail also sits around 70 percent.Other communities around the state have been working to reduce that statistic. Juneau, the Mat-Su, Fairbanks and Anchorage all have re-entry coalitions, but are they working?Devon Urquhart is the coalition coordinator in Anchorage, and she says they’re working on that answer. All four groups receive some funding from the state to hire case managers that meet with prisoners three months before they get out in order to get them lined up with services.All four groups receive some funding from the state to hire case managers that meet with prisoners three months before they get out.“Each returning citizen has a plan that the case manager works with them on to make sure they have housing, to make sure they have employment and that their connected to the right treatment and wellness resources,” Urquhart explained.Case managers continue working with clients for another six months after their release and can handle about 40 cases at a time. The coalitions started getting referrals from correctional facilities back in May.The state is tracking those clients through a database to see how many return to prison, essentially measuring the recidivism within the program. That could mean measurable success for the coalitions to point to after the first round of clients complete the program in early 2018.“If this works and we’re seeing the kind of results that we need to see and we want to see, it means everything to us,” Urquhart said. “Our communities are safer. People are connected to their families. We have healthy returning citizens.”The Kenai Peninsula coalition plans to use that same system eventually, but they want to get some services off the ground first.“It’s going to be a rollout. Right now, we’re working on peer support services because with peer support services, we can get people better connected with the services that actually already exist in all of the communities,” Cucullu explained. “That might mean somebody needs a ride to get a driver’s license, or to get to treatment, or to get their assessment done.”Coalition partner Peninsula Community Health Services is working to hire four peer support professionals by the end of October.The coalition has also held community meetings on the central peninsula and in Homer to find out where there are gaps in services. It has additional meetings planed in Seward and Ninilchik over the next two months. The coalition hopes to open its doors officially in January.last_img read more

Gold Demand in India to Rise to 4Year High in Second Half

first_imgDriven by robust demand for jewellery, gold demand in the country is estimated to touch a four-year high in the second half of 2015. The World Gold Council (WGC) forecasts India’s gold demand to reach 900-1,000 tonnes in the calendar year 2015, with the demand in the second half likely to be at least 554 tonnes.Demand for the yellow metal was 481 tonnes during the July-December period in 2012, but since then, it has declined steadily. In the second half of 2014, demand was 439 tonnes.Demand for the yellow metal stood at 346.2 tonnes during the first six months of 2015. “Jewellery demand has remained robust so far in the second half,” Mehul Choksi, managing director, Gitanjali Gems, told Business Standard.Gold prices have seen high volatility in the past two months, as the US dollar strengthened on expectations of US central bank rate hike in September.At one stage in early August, gold prices were trading at a five-and-a-half-year low of Rs 24,577 per 10 gm, but later rebounded sharply to hit a three-month of Rs 27,575 this week. The rise was mainly led by increased demand from jewellers and a falling rupee.”Stockists’ demand was high in July as jewellers were preparing for the India International Jewellery Show in the first week of August. But the demand tapered off. With the festive and wedding seasons, we see strong demand for gold in the second half,” said Rajan Venkatesh, managing director, India bullion, ScotiaMocatta.Consumer demand for gold in India, which declined by 25% to 154 tonnes in the April-June period, is expected to see a pick up ahead of the wedding and festival seasons in the second half of 2015. “Gold demand will be robust in the second half due to the upcoming wedding and festival seasons. The season started with consumers taking advantage of softening gold prices,” said Somasundaram PR, managing director (India), WGC.However, a poor monsoon rainfall is expected to dampen the prospects of gold demand in rural India, which account for a significant part of overall gold consumption in the country.”The worry is the weak monsoon, which may lower farm output. Rural demand could be affected, but the overall demand for gold is likely to remain reasonably strong during July-December,” Venkatesh said.last_img read more

Sony makes it clear hack your PS3 lose PSN access permanently

first_imgThe notice has been issued following the fight Sony has been having to stop the hacking GeoHot and others have done to open up the PlayStation 3 console. With lawsuits ongoing, Sony clearly wanted to make sure everyone knows what will happen if they get caught playing illegal games or circumventing the PS3’s firmware and protection mechanisms.Anyone choosing to do this is also taking a risk. Having PSN access disabled will cut off access to digital downloads initially, but could have further implications in the future depending on what Sony decides to do. If serial keys are introduced for games then a PSN connection may be required and therefore anyone without access can’t play the latest titles. The only option would be to purchase a new PS3 and create a new PSN account we believe.Although Sony is stating what most gamers probably already knew, it seems unusual they would continue to remind people that it is possible to hack the PS3 and play pirate games. Why not stay quiet on the matter and take action when it is identified on a case by case basis?Read more at PlayStation.Blog Sony has today issued a very clear warning to anyone thinking about hacking their PS3 or playing pirated games on the console.The following notice was issued via the PlayStation.Blog:Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software. Use of such devices or software violates the terms of the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions. Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.last_img read more

Parker and Willard Thanksgiving exposes Gruden again

first_imgMake sure you download and subscribe to all the Herd Podcast Network Podcasts  at,iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunesor however you listen to podcasts. Rob Parker and Mark Willard in for Colin, talking:– Thanksgiving another indictment of Jon Gruden– Phil/Tiger must see or moneygrab?– Adrian Peterson child discipline controversy– Does UCF deserve more credit?last_img

Crowne Plaza Christchurch wins silver in national award

first_imgSource = Crowne Plaza Christchurch Crowne Plaza Christchurch wins silver in national awardCrowne Plaza Christchurch wins silver in national awardThe design team behind the stunning new Crowne Plaza Christchurch has won a silver award in a national competition.New Zealand design agency Designworks received the silver accolade in the Best Design Awards for its innovative and fresh design approach for the hotel.The company was a finalist in the hotly-contested Hospitality Spatial Design category.Designworks architect Naomi Rushmer said there was an extremely high standard of entries in the category.“Our entry for Crowne Plaza Christchurch was in the notoriously tough hospitality category with large entry numbers,” she said.“To win a silver award on the night was a great result.”The Best Awards are run by The Designers Institute of New Zealand, and Ms Rushmer said Designworks had a “very successful” night with wins across Spatial, Graphic, Best Effect, Product and Ngā Aho categories.“The awards are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the new hotel design to a wider audience and we’re delighted with the end result,” she said.Designworks focused on delivering a creative guest experience for Crowne Plaza Christchurch based around being welcomed into the property, and how that flowed into relaxation, eating and working across the entire hotel.“As the city’s largest hotel, attracting locals and those from across the globe, the design needed to deliver an exciting and unique experience maximizing the 360-degree views of the Port Hills, Southern Alps and Pacific Ocean,” said Ms Rushmer.Eye-catching features around the 204-room upscale hotel include a lobby space featuring timber slats wrapping the walls and a large freeform mesh ceiling feature, inspired by the winding Avon River, glowing over the reception pods.The space connects to the adjacent lobby bar through a striking doubled-sided central fireplace, and a grand open staircase connects to first floor dining, library and meeting rooms.Full-height windows flood the ground floor with natural light during the day, and dramatic lighting brings the spaces to life at night. The design detail even drills down to feature carpets and rugs drawing inspiration from the braided rivers and topography of the South Island.Standout design features in rooms include glazed bathrooms (with privacy blinds) that are open to the rooms and changing vistas, and large window seats in every room framing expansive views.Crowne Plaza Christchurch General Manager Reinier Eulink said the hotel team and owners were “delighted” with the world-class design and congratulated Designworks on the silver award.last_img read more

Best described as Facebook for travellers – Dopplr

first_imgBest described as Facebook for travellers – Dopplr is a social network that allows members to share their travel plans, get personal recommendations and find unique travel tips.Why might you want to do this? Well, let’s say you’re heading to Helsinki on a business trip, just pop this into your Dopplr schedule and if anyone else in your network happens to be nearby at the same time, you’ll be alerted, and could arrange to meet up (or perhaps avoid them!).Or maybe you need some inside information about Helsinki? Dopplr is also a way to share (and find) tips on all aspects of a location; the best bars, quality hotels and perhaps more off the beaten path places to explore – all in a very simple, user friendly fashion.For the frequent flyer, the business traveller and the jet setters of the world, Dopplr is a great way to keep track of your travelling friends and get the lowdown on destinations around the globe.See more Websites of the WeekReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSix steps to supercharge your frequent flyer balanceIf you feel like you aren’t making the most out of all those air-miles then check out these tips to supercharge your frequent flyer balance.6 secrets of finding the best low cost flightsWe reveal our six savviest secrets, tried and tested by expert budget travellers, that will help you to find the best low cost flights. There are a few ways of finding low cost flights that everyone knows about – like using a flight comparison site such as Skyscanner, of course.…8 travel essentials to pack for your business tripFrom your favourite book to some dollar bills, make sure you don’t forget any of these necessary items on your next business trip. Dopplr.comlast_img read more

August 14 2015Here is a group photo of the Cosant

first_imgAugust 14, 2015Here is a group photo of the Cosanti Foundation Strategic Plan Steering Committee taken on 6/21/2015 during their quarterly meeting at Arcosanti.upper row from left: Colleen Reckow; Neil Urban, Monique De Los Rios-Urban, Jim Caid, Jeff Stein, Anthony Floyd, Roger Tomalty, Jeff Zucker, Scott Riley, Ruth Rae, Tomiaki Tamura and Peter Scaglione.front row from left: Russel Ferguson, Steven Hall, Jim Anaston-Karas, Cosanti Foundation legal counsel Scott DeWald, George Kosmides and Mary Hoadley.last_img read more