New Public Works Department Director Appointed By City Manager

first_imgGovernment New Public Works Department Director Appointed By City Manager Published on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 | 1:16 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Required fields are marked * Business News Ara MaloyanCity Manager Michael J. Beck has appointed Ara Maloyan as the new Director for Pasadena’s Public Works Department. As the Public Works Department Director, Mr. Maloyan will be responsible for all administrative and operational aspects of the department, including oversight of the City’s parks facilities, streets and bridges; the City’s urban forest; capital improvement projects; the Citizen Service Center; refuse and recycling programs; graffiti abatement; fleet maintenance for all City vehicles, and coordination of animal services. Mr. Maloyan is expected to begin Dec. 14, 2015.Ms. Maloyan’s appointment capped a nationwide recruitment process by the City for the position. Mr. Maloyan brings more than 30 years of civil engineering, construction management and organizational leadership to Pasadena.“I am thrilled Mr. Maloyan will join Pasadena as our new Public Works Director. He is an incredibly talented individual with strong management skills and is a well-recognized leader in the public works profession. He is a solid choice to add to our already outstanding Executive Leadership Team,” City Manager Beck said. “I also want to thank Assistant City Manager Julie Gutierrez for leading the Public Works Department during this transition period.”Most recently, Mr. Maloyan served as the Public Works Director for the City of Long Beach, a position he has held since January 2014. He was hired by Long Beach in July 2012 as the department’s Deputy Director and was named Acting Director in March 2013. He was the City Engineer for the City of Beverly Hills from 2005 to 2012, and held a variety of engineering positions for Beverly Hills from 1989 to 2012. Mr. Maloyan also worked for the City of Los Angeles from 1984 to 1989.“I am honored to have the opportunity to join Pasadena and to serve its residents and businesses as the new Public Works Director,” Mr. Maloyan said. “Pasadena is a city rich in traditions and is a role model for exemplary municipal services. I look forward to ensuring the Public Works Department continues to provide excellent service.”Mr. Maloyan has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California State University, Los Angeles. He is a registered civil engineer and holds a certificate in construction management from UCLA. He has FEMA training certifications in emergency response and is a member of numerous professional organizations for civil engineers and public works officials.The maximum annual salary for the Director of the Public Works Department is $219,996, according to the City’s website information. Contract terms will be finalized prior to the start of his formal duties.During the past several months, City Manager Beck has announced several other key appointments for many executive positions, including the directors for Public Health, Finance, Human Resources and Human Services and Recreation departments. With Mr. Maloyan’s appointment, only the director of the Water & Power Department (PWP) remains to be filled before the City’s Executive Leadership Team is at full strength. Currently, PWP is being led by acting director Eric Klinkler.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit the City of Pasadena online at  www.cityofpasadena.net; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like the City on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena. Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. 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Netherlands roundup: Shipping scheme scraps individual DC plan

first_imgMembers owed average 15% indexation payments – surveyDutch pension fund participants and pensioners have missed out on 15% of indexation on average since 2010, a survey has suggested.According to Nibud, a foundation that researches and advises on family finances, only Dutch retirees with an additional pension of less than €5,000 had not lost purchasing power during the past eight years.  It found that Dutch retirees with highest additional pension had lost the most purchasing power.Pensioners with occupational and third pillar pensions of €10,000 losy 3.4%, while those with €30,000 had lost 8.3%, Nibud reported.Nibud, which assessed 10 pensioner households in a static situation, attributed the loss of purchasing power in particular to the lack of inflation compensation by pension funds.However, it said that the income of households had also been affected by new and means-tested fiscal rules.The survey – commissioned by 50Plus, the Dutch the political party for the elderly – found that retirees with an additional pension of €5,000 had gained 2.7% in purchasing power.Pensioners without an occupational pension, and dependent on the state pension (AOW), gained 4.4%.Dutch pension funds have granted barely any inflation compensation since 2010, with a number having been forced to cut pension payouts during 2013-14.In 2018, indexation has been 0.2% on average and Nibud said it expected a similar percentage to be granted in 2019.Of the five largest pension funds, only BpfBouw, the €58bn scheme for the building industry, has given its participants and pensioners inflation compensation this year, paying 0.59%. The €1.3bn Dutch Nedlloyd Pensioenfonds is to stop offering its individual defined contribution (DC) plan as of 2020.In its annual report for 2017, the pension fund explained that the DC arrangements would not remain viable because of the limited take up by employees.The company scheme for the Dutch workers of Danish shipping firm Maersk introduced the individual DC plan for the employees of the company’s six subsidiaries in the Netherlands in 2015, and has attracted roughly 480 participants.At the time, Nedlloyd was among the first Dutch schemes to offer members the option of converting part of their accrued pension rights into pension claims at from the scheme’s collective DC pot. Since 2015, the participants have accrued €10m under the individual DC arrangements.Nedlloyd said it had hoped to attract other Maersk subsidiaries in the Netherlands to join the individual DC plan, which was operated by the pension fund with assets run by Robeco.The number of members in this part of the scheme was too low to achieve benefits of scale, Nedlloyd said.The pension fund added that it was not yet sure that the assets accrued in the individual DC plan would be added to the scheme’s assets, as members had the legal right to transfer their pension savings to another provider at retirement.The Nedlloyd Pensioenfonds is to continue as a closed scheme as of 2020. Frans Dooren, its director, said he couldn’t provide additional details yet, as the employers involved hadn’t yet informed their workers.last_img read more


ICC World Cup Windies vs Sri Lanka Live Streaming Cricket: When and How to watch WI v SL LIVE

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Live Streaming Cricket, Windies vs Sri Lanka at Hotstar and Star Sports: West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash in Durham. Both sides are knocked out of the tournament and they will be playing for pride. Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne started confidently and strung a solid opening partnership but Jason Holder got the big wicket of Karunaratne as the 93-run stand was broken. Kusal Perea notched up his third fifty in the tournament but he was run-out. Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis steadied the ship with a solid stand and there was a good contribution from Angelo Mathews. Fernando scored his maiden century as Sri Lanka reached 338/6 and West Indies would be hoping to create history by registering the highest individual chase in World Cup history. In response, Lasith Malingatook two wicket. Chris Gayle smashed 35 but could not carry on and the middle order stuttered. However, Nicholas Pooran blasted his maiden century and Fabian Allen smashed his first fifty but Angelo Mathews removed Pooran and West Indies lost by 23 runsICC World Cup 2019, 39th match: Windies vs Sri Lanka What time does the live coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Windies vs Sri Lanka start?The 39th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 between Windies vs Sri Lanka will start at 03:00 PM IST.Where will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Windies vs Sri Lanka be played?The clash between Windies vs Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played at the Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.Where to watch online live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 game between Windies vs Sri Lanka?You can watch the live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Windies vs Sri Lanka on Hotstar from 03.00 PM onwards.When is the game between Windies vs Sri Lanka in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?The game between Windies vs Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played on Monday, July 1.Where can I check the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Windies vs Sri Lanka?You can follow Live updates and Live Score on english.newsnationtv.com. You can watch the live cricket match on Hotstar.Where can I watch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Windies vs Sri Lanka?The match between Windies vs Sri Lanka will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports Select HD. Hindi commentary will be available on Star Sports 1 Hindi last_img read more


Update on the latest sports

first_imgEcclestone made his assertion when he was asked his opinion on Hamilton setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.OLYMPIC PROTESTS-CARLOS LETTERCarlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest ruleDENVER (AP) — John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics. The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes, calling on the IOC to put in place a new policy done in collaboration with athletes from across the globe. Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States. They were sent home for violating rules that ban such protests. Those rules remain in place today, though in the wake of global demonstrations against racial injustice, the IOC has recently expressed willingness to rethink them. June 27, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIPTodd matches Johnson’s 61 to take the lead; Mickelson drops to 7thCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson each shot career-low 61s at the Travelers Championship on Saturday, leaving Todd with a two-stroke lead over the 2016 U.S. Open champion. Update on the latest sports Associated Press F1-HAMILTON-ECCLESTONEHamilton saddened and hurt by Ecclestone’s racism commentsPARIS (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has criticized what he called “ignorant and uneducated” comments by former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Hamilton, a six-time world champion and the only Black driver in F1, was dismayed by Ecclestone’s claim during an interview with broadcaster CNN on Friday that “in lots of cases, Black people are more racist” than white people.On Instagram, Hamilton called the comments “sad and disappointing” and said they “show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.” KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was in jail Saturday, charged with trespassing.The 28-year-old player was detained this week at the airport in Key West, Florida, by a Monroe County sheriff deputy. The Miami Herald reported he was found sleeping behind a Federal Express building at the airport and refused to move.Jail records show Toles appeared to be homeless when arrested Monday on the misdemeanor charge. His bond was set at $500 but he remained jailed and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday.Toles rose from the low minors to the majors in just months and became a postseason star for the Dodgers in 2016. He was the starting left fielder in the second half of 2016 and early in 2017. In May of that year, he tore a knee ligament and spent most of 2018 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team said Toles never reported to spring training camp in 2019 because of a personal matter. He did not play that year. Referring to the actions of Carlos and Smith, the letter says “It is time for the Olympic and Paralympic movement to honor their bravery rather than denounce their actions.”Carlos joined the leadership of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s athlete advisory council in sending the open letter to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees on Saturday. The letter said the AAC had discussed the issue with the IOC’s athlete commission. SOCCER-NWSL-ANTHEM PROTESTNWSL players kneel during the national anthemPlayers for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem Saturday when the National Women’s Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah. NASCAR set for Truck, Xfinity, Cup tripleheader SundayLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — NASCAR is set for a tripleheader of racing at Pocono Raceway from three national series on Sunday.Rain has washed out the Truck Series race on Saturday in what was already a packed schedule. Pocono is the site of a Cup Series twin bill, with one race on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Truck Series was scheduled for Saturday and the second-tier Xfinity Series was scheduled for Sunday. The rainout forced the Truck Series to run at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by 225 miles of Xfinity racing and a 350-mile Cup race.NASCAR says it’s the first time three NASCAR National Series races will be raced on the same day at the same track. It will be the fifth time three NASCAR National Series races will be run on the same day but those were at different tracks. Williams’ stoppage time goal lifts Courage over Thorns 2-1HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Lynn Williams scored in stoppage time and the North Carolina Courage defeated the Portland Thorns 2-1 in the opening game of the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup tournament. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had opened preseason training camps when the league shut down on March 12.Players from both teams collectively took a knee during the national anthem and wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in pre-game warmups to protest racial inequity Players for both teams took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. NHL-DRAFT LOTTERY Sunday’s Cup race comes with a twist. The field will be set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1.SPEEDWAY OWNER-ROPE ADSpeedway loses partnerships after ‘Bubba rope’ postPINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina racetrack has lost some partnerships after its owner advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale. The online ad was posted days after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series.The racetrack owner’s post on Facebook Marketplace sparked a backlash on social media and condemnation from the North Carolina governor’s office. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a concrete company and a driver series have ended their partnerships with the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County. The 34-year-old Georgian, playing a couple holes behind Johnson, had a chance at the tournament’s second 60 of the week but missed a 10-foot putt to the left on the 18th hole. He finished with a 54-hole score of 192 after shooting 66-65 the first two rounds. Johnson, who is looking for his 21st win on tour, also has improved each day, opening with a 69-64. Both golfers shot bogey-free rounds, with Todd making five birdies on the front nine and Johnson five on the back. Kevin Streelman fired a 63 after two straight rounds of 66 and was just three shots back. Mackenzie Hughes, who led after a 60 on Thursday, shot his second straight 68 for sole possession of fourth place. Phil Mickelson, who celebrated his 50th birthday last week, began the day with a one-stroke lead, but struggled to a 71, finishing tied for seventh in a group six shots back. WOMEN’S SOCCER-THORNS COURAGE Play-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at LafreniereUNDATED (AP) — Presumptive top selection Alexis Lafreniere will have to wait a little bit longer to find out his NHL destination. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing. The eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs have an equal chance of drafting first. The Kings got the second pick, the Senators the third thanks to 2018 trade with San Jose and the league-worst Red Wings dropped to fourth. Ottawa has the third and fifth picks and is the first team since 2000 with two selections in the top five.As part of the NHL’s 24-team playoff format if it resumes, 16 teams will play each other in best-of-five series to move on — and the losers of those matchups now have a major consolation prize looming: equal 12.5% odds of landing Lafreniere.NASCAR-TRIPLEHEADER PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL and college coach Phil Krueger has died. Krueger helped build a dominant defense as an assistant for 1967 national champion Southern California and later became part of the first coaching staff in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ history. Krueger coached offense, defense and special teams during more than three decades in the NFL and college. He was the head coach at Fresno State and Utah State and an assistant at Illinois. Krueger was an assistant coach with the expansion Buccaneers in 1976 and later became their general manager.His family says Krueger died Monday at his home in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He was 90. MLB-TOLES ARRESTEDDodgers’ Andrew Toles jailed in Florida on trespass charge The players wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS. In addition to the anthem, the players knelt for a moment of silence before kickoff. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus outbreak. The monthlong Challenge Cup opened Saturday with a pair of games at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. Megan Rapinoe, who plays for OL Reign but opted out of the Challenge Cup, was criticized when she knelt at a NWSL game and a pair of national team games in 2016. She said she wanted to express solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the anthem to bring attention to racial inequality.NFL-OBIT-KRUEGERFormer NFL, college coach Krueger dies at 90; Bucs’ 1st GM Toles struggled with anxiety issues even before the Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract. He was Tampa Bay’s minor league player of the year in 2013 but was released in 2015. He was working the early-morning shift in the frozen-food section of a grocery store before the Dodgers recruited him. HORSE RACING-BELMONT-BARN QUARANTINEBelmont Park barn under precautionary quarantineNEW YORK (AP) — A barn at Belmont Park has been placed under a precautionary quarantine because of a suspected case of equine herpesvirus Type 1.New York Racing Association officials say a 4-year-old colt trained by Chris Englehart exhibited fever and neurological symptoms associated with EHV-1 on Saturday and is being treated by a private veterinarian. The colt named Freudnme last raced at Finger Lakes in upstate New York in June 2019. EHV-1 can cause upper respiratory infection in young horses. If a number of horses are housed together, they can become sick and then recover uneventfully. However, equine herpesvirus-1 can also cause a severe neurological disease that affects a horse’s brain and spinal cord, and may result in paralysis and death.NYRA says all 37 horses stabled in Barn 37 will be monitored daily for fever and other signs of illness. They won’t be allowed to enter races or train among the general horse population. The length of the quarantine will depend on the results of tests.Belmont’s current meet ends July 12. It is racing without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic.Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes at the track a week ago.last_img read more


Inspired Valdez delivers for Creamline before leaving for nat’l team duties

first_imgThe 24-year-old Valdez hopes to be back in time for the semifinals, but that’s if Creamline makes it through minus its best player.READ: Schedule conflicts inevitable with national team, says ValdezEven at 4-0, the Cool Smashers still have to win one out of their last three games to secure a semis slot. Dropping all their remaining assignments could put them in danger of missing the playoffs.“I looking forward to playing with my teammates because I won’t be returning until the semifinals,” Valdez said.“We just really have to win as many games as we can without Alyssa,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles01:54SEA Games: Inspired by Folayang’s presence, Tabugara delivers wushu gold01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES “I was super inspired to play in today’s game because you can’t really say what will happen the moment I return after my training [with the national team],” said Valdez.READ: Valdez stars as Creamline takes down Pocari Sweat FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The superstar skipper is set to miss Creamline’s next three games against the Power Smashers on Wednesday, University of the Philippines next Saturday and BanKo-Perlas on July 30.The charismatic Valdez and the rest of the Philippine volleyball team are scheduled to leave for a training camp in Japan on Monday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlyssa Valdez didn’t want to leave anything to chance before she leaves Creamline to be with the national team.In her last game in the elimination round Saturday, Valdez left her imprint with 30 points to lead the Cool Smashers over the defending champions Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Valdez is upbeat that despite her absence, her teammates will be able to deliver.“I’m really confident with my teammates. We just need to inspire one another,” she said. “They will continue to fight for the team to make it to the semifinals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Loreto falls to Thai foe in world title bid Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more


No-Till Spring Field Day draws big numbers with soil health message

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As has become the norm for the event, those curious about no-till and cover crops made the pilgrimage and packed the farm shop on David Brandt’s Fairfield County farm yesterday.Stories of no-till and cover crop successes and failures were swapped over lunch and dedication levels to building soil health were reinvigorated by the compelling line-up of speakers, and, of course, the internationally known host of the 2016 Ohio No-Till Council Spring Field Day. License plates on the trucks parked in the field were from all over the country and from Canada, with a few folks making the trip from Toronto — all on an early spring day when there were probably several other things that could have been addressed on their farms back home. Nonetheless, the more-people-than-seats crowd was eager to learn and attentive.Ray Archuleta, the dynamic Natural Resource Conservation Service soil health specialist, led off the program with several different visual demonstrations showing the powerful combination of no-till and cover crops. He said the biggest limiting factor in rejuvenating our soils is the human mind.Ray Archuleta on learning from natureArchuleta encouraged the listeners to think about how the soils they farm were originally formed.“The soil in the forest and prairie are covered 24/7 and they have animals in the system. They have diversity and they are never bare. We need to follow some of those principles and mimic nature on our farms,” he said. “Buffalo, for example, group very tightly because of predators. Now some of our graziers are grouping cattle very tightly using hotwire. That gives us better manure distribution and we are getting great responses from our pastures.”Mother Nature is also a very low input, low cost operator.“If you teach people how the soil functions, they use fewer inputs that can end up in the waterways and it is less costly for the farm,” Archuleta said. “If we can cover the soil, sequester those nutrients and use the right soil tests, we are using fewer inputs.”USDA-NRCS soil scientist Barry Fisher followed up with instructing attendees to take a systems approach to improving soil health.“Some people are looking at one practice like cover crops or no-till, but when you change one thing inBarry Fisheryour cropping system it will affect the rest of your system. You may have to adapt your nutrient management to compliment the no-till or you may have to look at your crop rotation and see how cover crops will integrate into that. You have to think about a systems approach to get the most benefit out of the management style we are talking about here,” Fisher said. “I get to spend a lot of time with some of the top farmers around the country who are integrating this system. Farmers have to adapt their management every year and throughout the year. They have to watch the weather and the conditions and make those adaptive management changes throughout the season. When you are talking about the economics of cover crops, you first have to look at how farmers have adapted the management to make those cover crops work the best. And in almost every situation, you find that those producers are showing some really nice net gains when they optimize and integrate these systems.”One of the most significant drivers of the economic benefits of the cover crop/no-till combination is water management.“A lot of the benefit comes down to water management. Water makes grain. Cover crops are enabling us to build organic matter and aggregate stability to allow water to infiltrate. Water goes in where the raindrop lands and that is different than hitting the surface and running across the surface and then getting in. With that same organic matter we are then able to hold water. It allows us to manage water better,” Fisher said. “Not only are we allowing it to get in, but we can hold it until grain fill in the hot part of summer. If we can hold an extra half inch or inch for when the plant needs it, that equates to yield and that really helps from an economic benefit.”The event also featured tips from a panel of experienced farmers, a soil pit discussion and field demonstrations.last_img read more


Ask.com Puts Shopping Deals Directly in Search

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts In an attempt to provide further incentive to users, Ask.com just launched Ask Deals. The new service already offers more than 1 million discounts from national and local merchants across the country. From clothing sales to restaurant discounts, the IAC search engine is using its search technology to offer savings to its online audiences. Says Ask President Scott Garrell, “Searches for coupons on Ask.com have shot up almost 50% in 2009. With the holidays approaching, we know this service will help us make an impact with our users.” One of Ask’s member prospecting strategies is to target large like-minded communities. In the past the company has reached out to groups like the Nascar and breast cancer communities. Today’s effort targets the deal hunter in a what Garrell describes as a “search stimulus package”. In early August, ReadWriteWeb covered Yahoo’s recent Deals launch. Similar to Yahoo Deals, Ask Deals aggregates coupons and sales in a separate and easy-to-use shopping channel. However, when it comes to search, Yahoo redirects users to the Yahoo Deals page while Ask blends deals directly into standard results. In an effort to save consumers time, Ask also attempts to link directly to coupons and savings that are listed up front. For example, when you search for clothing, deals are listed from best to worst in terms of percentage of discount. From here users can share deals via Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Delicious and Digg. Sale news is available to members via the website, email and the Ask Deals Twittter account. Users can also install the Ask Deals homepage skin to see the featured “Deals of the Day”. To install the skin visit Ask.com/skins. center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Tags:#search#web last_img read more



Im not sure what to read into yesterdays price a

first_imgI’m not sure what to read into yesterday’s price action in Far East trading With the U.S. markets closed, the activity in Far East trading in all four precious metals came as surprise, at least to me—and all of it took place before there was any news on the oil front out of Europe, as the high tick of the day came minutes after 9 a.m. Europe time on their Thursday morning.  After that, the gold price didn’t do much—and the Globex trading system closed/shut down at 6 p.m. GMT, which was 1 p.m. EST. With no data out of the CME Group in New York, I guesstimate the low and high ticks at $1,187 and $1,198 in the December contract.  The gold finished trading down at $1,189.80 spot, down $8.20 on the day.  Gold’s net volume was around 83,000 contracts, with a good two thirds of that traded before the London a.m. gold fix. With New York closed yesterday, there are no updated 6-month charts for any commodity, but the only commodity that counted was crude oil—and with the price down almost five bucks, it will be ugly when I post it in Saturday’s column.  At the moment [3:15 a.m. EST] it’s trading at US$68.66 a barrel—down another 39 cents. And as I type this paragraph, the London open is about twenty minutes away—and for the second day in a row, all four precious metals got sold down in the Far East.  This time their respective lows came minutes before lunchtime in Hong Kong trading—and all have rallied off their these lows but, with the exception of palladium, all have a ways to go to get back to their closes on Thursday. With Thursday’s trading volume now mixed in with Friday’s volume, it’s hard to tell what the real Friday volumes are at the moment, but based on what I reported for Thursday, they don’t look out of line for this time of day.  As a matter of fact, it looks to be on the lighter side in both gold and silver. The dollar index is off it’s earlier high, which appeared to come around noon Hong Kong time–the low tick in all four precious metals—and is only up 5 basis points at the moment. And as I sent this out the door at 5:15 a.m. EST this morning I note that gold’s tiny rally ended at the London open—and it’s now trading sideways, down six bucks from yesterday’s close.  Silver met the same fate, along with a HFT sell-off to a new low for the day [and below $16 spot] about 8:40 a.m. GMT—and it’s now attempting to rally back to unchanged.  Platinum and palladium were only affected a tiny amount at the London open—and both are struggling higher at the moment, but both are down a couple of bucks from Thursday’s close.  It’s hard to tell what the volumes are in silver and gold at the moment. The dollar index continues to struggle higher—and is up 18 basis points at the moment. With today being Friday—and the last trading day of the month—I must admit that I’m not overly optimistic about what may happen for the remainder of the trading session.  But we’ve had a few Friday surprises to the upside so far this month—and today may or may not turn out to be another one of those, so I’ll keep an open mind until I get a chance to check the charts later this morning. Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Date Line—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Silver really got taken to the cleaners.  At its 12:45 p.m. Hong Kong low tick it was down about 45 cents from Wednesday’s close.  From there it rallied until shortly after 3 p.m Hong Kong time—just like the gold price—and then sold off starting just before noon in London, which may have been an early silver fix. Silver finished the Thursday ‘session’ at $16.20 spot, down 34 cents—and it’s net volume was around 18,000 contracts, with more than 50 percent of that amount transacted before London opened. Platinum had a similar down/up move—and its recovery rally high topped out shortly before Zurich opened—and it drifted lower from there until 6 p.m. GMT/1 p.m. EST.  Platinum was closed down an even 10 dollars. The dollar index closed late on Wednesday afternoon in New York at 87.68—and didn’t do much until it dipped to its 87.53 low about 3:10 p.m. Hong Kong time.  From there it rallied in stair-step fashion for the remainder of the day, closing at 88.01—up 33 basis points from Wednesday. Palladium rallied sharply the moment that trading began in New York at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening.  But the not-for-profit sellers showed up within ten minutes—and palladium hit its Thursday low tick at 1 p.m. in Hong Kong.  After that it struggled back above $800 the ounce, with a spike high shortly after 4 p.m. Zurich time—and it got sold down a bit from there, but managed to finish up 3 bucks on the day, closing at $803 spot. With New York closed, there was no trading in the precious metals stocks, so there was no HUI or Intraday Silver Sentiment Index—nor was there any other report out of New York yesterday. On Thursday afternoon, Nick Laird passed around the three charts posted below—and shows what happens to the gold price when national currencies got to hell in a hand basket, a fate that will befall the U.S. dollar at some point. The only real reason for a column today was to deal with the stories that I knew I would accumulate—and I certainly didn’t want to be faced with the task of shoving them all in Saturday’s column. Without a doubt, the main criterion for why this is the best COT setup ever to me is the radical change in JPMorgan’s formerly concentrated short position in COMEX silver futures. In the six years in which I had first discovered that JPMorgan (as a result of acquiring Bear Stearns) had become the biggest COMEX silver short, the bank has never held a smaller short position than it does now. In fact, considering what I think the bank has accumulated in physical silver over the past three and a half years, it appears to me that JPMorgan is massively net long in silver overall, to the point of perhaps holding the largest silver position in history. There is no question that a dominant and concentrated position is at the heart of every manipulation; and JPMorgan’s concentrated short position in COMEX silver since March 2008 meant that the bank was the big silver price manipulator (and allowed me to get away with calling JPM crooked). But right now, JPMorgan is no longer the big silver short and may, in fact, be the big silver long. It took years and a price rigging that resulted in a sickening drop in the price of silver, but JPMorgan has succeeded in completely reversing its overall position in silver from short to long. This is nothing less than the most radical structural change in silver over the past six years, if not forever. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 26 November 2014 I must admit that I’m not sure what to read into yesterday’s price action in Far East trading on their Thursday morning.  Volume up until the London open was very heavy, at least double the normal volume—whatever passes as ‘normal’ these days.  It had all the hallmarks of the the HFT traders and their algorithms, but it’s impossible to tell for sure.  Next Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report may or may not shed some light on what happened, but that report is a lifetime away at the moment. The noteworthy price events in gold and silver yesterday was their apparent ‘failure’ at their respective 50-day moving averages—particularly in gold.  As I pointed out the other day, there was a similar ‘failure’ at gold’s 50-day moving average back in the third week of October—and it remains to be seen if this ‘failure’ is a sign of things to come.  But, on the other hand, their respective prices may be held just under their 50-day moving averages for as long as possible, without having to resort to another brutal leg down courtesy of JPMorgan et al. So we wait. Here are the 6-month gold and silver charts as of Wednesday’s close. The agreement with Sumitomo on the Fourth of July project is a great compliment to our recent agreement with Newmont Mining on the Wood Hills South project. We also have the Arabia, Golden Shears and some generative efforts being funded through our joint venture business model. We have enough capital in the bank to last two more years and no debt. 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Three thugs who carried out vicious attacks on you

first_imgThree thugs who carried out vicious attacks on young disabled men have avoided being sentenced for hate crime for the second time, raising fresh questions about the criminal justice system’s commitment to addressing targeted offences.One prominent disabled campaigner said the case showed the treatment of disability hate crime by the criminal justice system was “a joke” and a “toothless weapon”.Last week, Ben Dean, Keian Heap and Jack Clark, all from Bury, were convicted by a court of offences relating to a “merciless, sadistic and bloodthirsty attack” last October on a young man with bipolar disorder.The trio had already been convicted of a separate attack on a young man with Asperger’s syndrome in a Bury park, in 2013.Neither of the attacks appears to have been treated by the courts as a disability hate crime, which would have seen the three young men handed stricter sentences.They are just the latest in a long line of violent, targeted crimes carried out against disabled people, which have not been treated as hate crimes by judges and magistrates, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police forces.In the latest attack, on 4 October last year, Dean and Clark had shouted disablist abuse outside the home of Kieran Clark – calling him a “mong” – and threw stones at his windows and banged on his door, until he came out to confront them in a bid to protect his home and pregnant girlfriend.Following an initial scuffle in a nearby field, Kieran Clark returned home, but the gang persuaded him to follow them back out to the same patch of land.They then hit him with a fence post, punched him, stamped on his head, and repeatedly stabbed him, in a 10-minute attack, during which he thought he was going to die.Two days earlier, on 2 October, also in the early hours of the morning, members of the gang had again hurled disablist abuse at Kieran Clark – calling him a “muppet” and “schizo” – and threw stones at his window. The court heard that they had a history of chasing and antagonising him.Dean, of New Cateaton Street, Bury, and Jack Clark, of Walnut Avenue, Bury, both 15, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and were ordered to serve five years juvenile detention, while Heap, 19, of Walmersley Road, Bury, admitted violent disorder and was jailed for three years.All three defendants had a previous conviction for assaulting a young man with autism in a Bury park in 2012.The judge told the trio that they had “targeted” Kieran Clark, and added: “There is something about people with learning difficulties that you three take a serious exception to.”And he said it was “plain that you have no compassion for others who are different from you and those you perceive as inferior, even though they are not”.But despite the judge’s comments, he does not appear to have increased their sentences using the disability hate crime provisions contained in section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act.Sources suggest that the judge was invited to apply section 146, and agreed to do so, while the defence barrister declined to contest the suggestion that it had been a hate crime.But despite the judge indicating that the offences would be treated as hate crimes, he appears to have failed to increase their sentences.There was further confusion among the criminal justice agencies when a spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the attack on Kieran Clark was initially investigated as a potential hate crime, but that officers had decided later that it was not hate-related.A police spokesman insisted that investigating hate crime was “a priority for GMP and we have strict policies in place to investigate incidents that occur and provide support to vulnerable victims”, while the investigation “was carried out thoroughly in line with GMP’s hate crime policy”.Stephen Brookes (pictured), a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, said he was “deeply concerned” with the way the criminal justice system was dealing with section 146.He said: “It is a facility that would make people think twice about hostility towards a disabled person, but section 146 is just not being used [and so that is not happening].“It has become a joke, almost, a dusty file on the back shelf. It is being missed either by the police, the CPS or the judiciary – each one is failing to grasp the nettle.“Until people work together, it is a toothless weapon.“The facility is there but nobody either is using it or they are using it inappropriately. The message that comes out is that it really doesn’t matter.”He added: “I think the judiciary are totally and utterly inept on section 146 at the moment.“Somehow, we have to get to the judiciary for training, but they are an elite group who say they do not need training.”Kate Green, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said there were still “too many reports of courts, the CPS and the police failing to identify and treat disability hate crime appropriately”.She said: “Labour has committed to a new specific offence of disability hate crime. We will also make changes to the criminal records framework, so hate crimes are clearly marked on the criminal records of perpetrators.“We will produce new guidance from the Sentencing Council to ensure the appropriate use of aggravated sentencing for hate crimes, particularly for repeat offenders, and review police and CPS guidance to ensure hate crimes on social media are adequately covered.“We also need to ensure that those working in the criminal justice system receive proper training and that monitoring systems work effectively.”last_img read more