Celebrating its grand opening in June Raffles Tia

first_imgCelebrating its grand opening in June, Raffles Tianjin is set to be the ultimate luxury penthouse address in the fast-growing Chinese city of Tianjin.Soaring above the city from the 36th to 50th levels, Raffles Tianjin features oversized rooms designed to offer supreme views of the city.The bastion of exclusivity, only three Ambassador Suites grace Raffles Tianjin. Each occupies a generous 136 square meters (1,460 square feet) and is located on the penthouse levels of 46 to 48, offering magnificent views of the dynamic city. Separate living room and bedroom areas offer additional privacy.24-hour Butler service assures the delivery of Raffles Hotels & Resorts’ legendary heartfelt and unobtrusive service. In addition, Raffles Tianjin also offers a 24-hour citywide Business Concierge for executives on the move. The Business Concierge is ready to assist both within the hotel and across the city, from arranging culturally appropriate gifts for a meeting, to arranging for a professional translator. Assistants can also attend to any pre-arrival requests, and are directly in contact through email, direct telephone or text message (SMS).Raffles Tianjin is also conveniently located – just a stroll from two metro stations; 20 minutes from Tianjin Railway Station, connecting to the 30-minute high speed railway to Beijing. Tianjin Binhai International Airport is also only 30 minutes away.Visit www.raffles.com/tianjinlast_img read more

March 28 2018On March 24th two representatives f

first_imgMarch 28, 2018On March 24th, two representatives from Arcosanti exhibited at the Prescott Job Fair, organized by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. Specifically seeking a Financial Controller and HR Generalist, Shannon and Jesse from the Public Relations Department spent the day meeting potential candidates, talking about work life at Arcosanti and sharing information on internships. More information about these open positions will be posted on our website in the near future.(photos by Shannon Mackenzie and Jesse Fernandez, text by Shannon Mackenzie)last_img

Vivendi has fulfilled its ambition of taking its s

first_imgVivendi has fulfilled its ambition of taking its stake in Telecom Italia above 20%. The French media giant now holds a 20.03% stake in the Italian telco.“The group reitirates its intention to be a long-term shareholder of the Italian telecoms group and, more generally, to develop Vivendi’s activities in southern Europe,” Vivendi said.Vivendi has edged its participation in Telecom Italia up in stages since becoming the telco’s largest shareholder with a 14.9% stake in June, as the result of a share exchange related to its exit from Brazilian operator GVT. The company held 19.9% of the Italian telco’s capital by early October.last_img

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement It was just another day when JPMorgan et al threw everything they had at the precious metals to prevent them from blowing sky highAs I stated in ‘The Wrap’ yesterday morning just minutes before my 5:20 a.m. Eastern time filing deadline…”It remains to be seen whether these rallies [in gold and silver] continue in London…or get stepped on before New York opens…”With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, it’s easy to see that virtually all the excitement was over by 9:20 a.m. BST in London.  There was a vertical price spike at 1:00 p.m. BST, twenty minutes before the Comex open…but it got hammered flat in pretty short order.  The rally after the London p.m. gold fix at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time wasn’t allowed to get too far, either.Gold closed at $1,701.30 spot…up $7.90 on the day.  Net volume was pretty enormous…around 190,000 contracts, so it should be obvious that gold’s attempt to rally well over the $1,700 price mark was not going unopposed…and that JPMorgan et al were going short against all comers.It was virtually the same story in silver…and the price pattern was virtually identical, as you can see from the Kitco chart below.  Silver closed at $32.71 spot…up 44 cents from Wednesday’s close.  Volume was very heavy as well…around 57,000 contracts.The dollar index opened on Wednesday night in New York at 81.20…and then declined in fits and starts down to about 81.07 at 8:00 a.m. in New York.  Then at precisely that moment…the moment that both gold and silver began to spike higher at 1:00 p.m. in London…the dollar index turned on a dime, reaching its 81.42 zenith about 9:40 a.m. in New York…and by 11:00 a.m. Eastern that entire gain had reversed itself.  The dollar index closed at 81.12…down about 8 basis points from Wednesday.If you check the above gold and silver charts, you will note that all the major price activity in New York in both gold and silver happened precisely between those two times.  Hardly a coincidence, I’m sure.The gold stocks gapped up…and after a bit of sag, worked their way slowly higher for the rest of the day.  The HUI finished on its high tick…up 2.67%.The silver stocks were mostly up on the day…but there were a few red arrows amongst the green ones.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up another 1.44%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 5 gold and 157 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved warehouse system on Monday.  In silver, the big short/issuer was the Bank of Nova Scotia…and to no one’s surprise I’m sure, JPMorgan was the biggest long/stopper with 93 contracts in its proprietary [house] account…along with 46 contracts in its client account.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.The CME’s preliminary volume report for yesterday shows that only 1,103 silver contracts remain open in September.  That’s almost a 50 percent drop since Monday.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV…and the U.S. Mint didn’t have a sales report, either.Wednesday was another active day over at the Comex-approved depositories.  They received 926,750 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 1,116,483 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  Here’s the link to that activity.Nick Laird sent me his “Transparent PM Holdings” chart very late last night…and it’s definitely worth looking at.  As Nick pointed out…”it’s still hitting new highs day after day.”(Click on image to enlarge)I have the usual number of stories for you today…and the final edit is yours.Well, it was just another day when JPMorgan et al threw everything they had at the precious metals to prevent them from blowing sky high…as the volume figures were enormous, especially in gold.Today we get the jobs report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern…and as I say every month at this time, it will be interesting to see how gold reacts to this data…or is allowed to react.  I’ve noticed in the past…that there are times that ‘da boyz’ will soften up the price in advance of the jobs numbers, especially if they’re particularly bad, so that when the gold price does pop at 8:30 a.m….the precious metals have a hole to dig themselves out before turning positive on the day.  That may [or may not] be what went on in the precious metals market earlier today.  We’ll see.We also get the Commitment of Traders Report as well…and I’ll be waiting at the keyboard at precisely 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, which is when they post it on the CFTC website.  I’ll have that data in tomorrow’s column.As I mentioned two paragraphs ago, both gold and silver came under some selling pressure in Far East trading on their Friday.  The lows in both gold and silver were in around 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…and are continuing to rally now that London has been open for a bit more than two hours.  It will be interesting to see how long that lasts, or is allowed to last.  Gold volume is already very high…around 35,000 contracts and, like yesterday, silver’s volume is at 12,000+ contracts once again.  The dollar index is down about 20 basis points, gold is down about six bucks…and silver is down 50 cents as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:18 a.m. Eastern time.With the exception of palladium, the other three precious metals are still well into overbought territory…especially silver.  Based on that, it will be interesting to see if JPMorgan et al can, or will, engineer another sell-off in the near future.  Here’s the 6-month silver chart.(Click on image to enlarge)With gold and silver shares roaring higher, there’s still an opportunity to either readjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take a trial subscription to either Casey Research’s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best [and current] recommendations…as well as the archives. Don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.Today is another day where I look forward to the 8:20 a.m. Comex open with great interest.  Enjoy your weekend…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Aben Resources (TSX.V: ABN) is a Canadian gold and silver exploration company with a focus on developing properties in the Yukon. The Company’s flagship project is its 100% owned Justin Gold Project located 35 kilometres southeast of the Cantung Mine and has an all season road running through its claims. A phase one drill program was carried out in 2011 on the 18,314 acre Justin Project in which a significant new greenfields gold discovery was made at the property’s POW Zone. The Company intercepted 60 metres of 1.19 g/t gold in hole JN11009 at a vertical depth of 113 metres. Additionally, a new high grade silver-copper zone was discovered at the Kangas Zone with hole JN11003 returning 1.07 metres of 7320 g/t silver (234 oz/ton) and 3.52% copper near surface. As a result of these discoveries on the Justin Project, Aben acquired 14,274 additional acres of mineral tenure in the immediate vicinity of the project to facilitate a more aggressive work program this upcoming season. The Company has four other prospective Yukon and NWT projects in its portfolio along with a seasoned management and geological team. Aben’s chairman, Ron Netolitzky, is credited with exploration success on numerous properties including three Western Canadian gold and silver projects which became producing mines. Please visit our website to learn more about the company and request information.last_img read more

Are You One of Americas Most Entrepreneurial Companies Apply for the 2016

first_img For the second year, the Entrepreneur360™ will name the most entrepreneurial companies in America, based on quantitative and qualitative analysis of the verified information submitted. This 360-degree approach spotlights top entrepreneurial performers in leadership, innovation, culture, impact and growth—and the fascinating stories behind them.Apply NowLast year, notable companies from a range of industries were celebrated, including:iCrackedThis smart-phone repair and reselling company exemplifies best practices by instilling a company culture of problem-solving and independence instead of enforcing hierarchies.Enlisted DesignEnlisted Design is a creative agency specializing in planning and birthing new products that is taking a highly unique approach to learning about each client.ZoziZozi, a startup providing online booking software for travel outfitters, is benefitting from taking a safe approach to seeking venture capital to help speed growth.UpCounselTwo lawyers have taken a pragmatic approach to building a company that matches small and midsize businesses with experienced attorneys and enjoyed a 20-percent month-over- month revenue growth in 2015.AvantAvant is an online lending firm on a mission to lower the barriers and costs of borrowing. Since launching in 2012, they’ve grown from three to over 800 employees, operate in three countries and manage a loan portfolio of more than $3 billion.DashedWhether it’s by bicycle, scooter or smart car, Dashed has one primary goal: to be the fastest restaurant-delivery service in the industry. Remaining focused on this singular mission continues to translate to their success.To qualify, companies must be privately owned (no franchises) with at least one of the original founders involved in current day-to- day business operations. Honorees will be featured in Entrepreneur magazine, on Entrepreneur.com, and at the annual E360 Conference, which will be held on November 16 in Long Beach, Calif.To nominate your company or find more information about the Entrepreneur360™ list, visit: entrepreneur.com/360.You’re leaving your mark. Let’s create your legacy.Apply Now Are You One of America’s Most Entrepreneurial Companies? Apply for the 2016 Entrepreneur360™ 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. 2 min read Enroll Now for $5 Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queuecenter_img June 2, 2016 Entrepreneur360 –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Entrepreneur Staff Image credit: Marketinglast_img read more

New legislation needed to regulate police facial recognition technology

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain Facial recognition technology, being trialled by two major police forces in Britain, should be subjected to more rigorous testing and transparency, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Monash University. Citation: New legislation needed to regulate police facial recognition technology (2019, February 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-legislation-police-facial-recognition-technology.html Dr. Purshouse and Prof Campbell say there is a risk that people with old or minor convictions could be targeted by FRT, as well as those with no convictions whose images are retained and used by police after an arrest that did not lead to a conviction.The accuracy of the technology has been brought into question by the researchers, leading to concerns that some individuals might be disproportionately included on ‘watch lists’. The limited independent testing and research into FRT technology indicates that numerous FRT systems misidentify ethnic minorities and women at higher rates than the rest of the population. A disproportionate number of custody images are of black and minority ethnic groups, and as these images are routinely used to populate FRT databases, there is a particular risk that members of the public from black or ethnic minority backgrounds will be mistakenly identified as ‘persons of interest’.Dr. Purshouse said: “There appears to be a credible risk that FRT technology will undermine the legitimacy of the police in the eyes of already over-policed groups.”The police forces trialling FRT say the technology has been effective in preventing crime and ensuring public safety. The researchers say that currently there is no meaningful way of measuring success, but that the technology might be deterring those who could pose a threat to the public from attending gatherings where FRT surveillance is known to be in use.The researchers say the use of FRT surveillance is on the rise without sufficient reflection on its aims and consequences. The ways in which it has the potential to interfere with citizens’ privacy related rights are multifaceted and complex, and without a full understanding of this potential we cannot hope to adequately regulate this form of policing technology.Dr. Purshouse added: “Rather than gradually becoming a pervasive and chilling feature of public life, FRT surveillance should only be targeted against credible and serious threats to public safety.” Explore further More information: ‘Privacy, Crime Control and Police Use of Automated Facial Recognition Technology’, by Joe Purshouse and Liz Campbell, is published February 8, 2019 in the journal Criminal Law Review.center_img Provided by University of East Anglia How facial recognition technology aids police Facial recognition technology (FRT) involves the identification of an individual based on an analysis of the geometric features of his or her face, and a comparison between the algorithm created from the captured image and one already stored, such as from a custody image or social media account. The technology was first tested in public gatherings in 2014, when Leicestershire Police trialled a ‘Neoface’ facial recognition system, later using the technology to identify ‘known offenders’ at a music festival with 90,000 concertgoers.The Leicestershire Police and the other two forces trialling FRT—the Metropolitan Police Service and the South Wales Police—argue the technology is lawful and its use in surveillance operations is proportionate. But researchers from UEA and Monash University in Australia say the technology could violate human rights. They argue there has not been sufficient statistical information about the trials made publically available for scrutiny. The limited outcomes that have been shared, the researchers say, have shown high false-positive identification rates and a low number of positive matches with ‘known offenders’.Furthermore, the researchers say the trials are a costly use of public funds: £200,000 for the Met Police trials and £2.6 million for those run by the South Wales Police.The research, led by Dr. Joe Purshouse of the UEA School of Law, and Prof Liz Campbell of Monash University, will be published on February 8, 2019 in the journal Criminal Law Review.Dr. Purshouse, a lecturer in criminal law, said: “These FRT trials have been operating in a legal vacuum. There is currently no legal framework specifically regulating the police use of FRT.”Parliament should set out rules governing the scope of the power of the police to deploy FRT surveillance in public spaces to ensure consistency across police forces. As it currently stands, police forces trialling FRT are left to come up with divergent, and sometimes troubling, policies and practices for the execution of their FRT operations.”A key concern of the researchers is around the ‘watch list’ databases of facial images assembled from lists of wanted suspects and missing persons, but also other ‘persons of interest’. There is no legal prohibition of police forces taking images from the internet or social media accounts to populate the ‘watch lists’. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

The wallet as you know it may be dying

first_imgSuch an eventuality remains a ways off for Seth Buchwalter, a PR manager at Sparkloft Media in Portland, Oregon. Buchwalter uses Venmo and Apple Pay on his iPhone, but he also epitomizes the consumer who remains reluctant to send the wallet out to pasture.”People are very accustomed to losing or breaking their phone or running out of battery,” he says. “Having that backup plan with cash or cards in their wallet is kind of a safety net.”Concerns about security are one key reason people don’t feel comfortable ditching their wallets. Fifty-eight percent of SurveyMonkey respondents want to make sure they have better phone security before they stop using their physical wallet altogether.”Smartphones have one big advantage—convenience—and one big weakness—security—and consumers clearly see a tradeoff between the two,” says Laura Wronski, the senior research scientist at SurveyMonkey who conducted the survey.Of course, the concern about security may be an unfounded matter of perception.”If I hand you my phone, and you hand me your physical credit card, who is going to have better luck running up some charges?” says Elias Guerra, CEO of Popwallet, a B2B mobile wallet company in New York. “You’re not going to unlock my phone and go make payments with it. But if I have physical possession of your credit card, until you actually call and cancel that, I’m running rampant.”Driver’s licenses and transit cardsThere’s other resistance to retiring the wallet. Forty-three percent of the smartphone owners in the SurveyMonkey survey want to see longer battery life before they stop using their physical wallet altogether.Just under half said they wanted the ability to store their passports, driver’s license or other forms of ID on the phone. These might include digital versions of hunting and fishing licenses or other credentials issued by the state.The early stages of making this happen are underway, though challenges remain. IDEMIA began testing a Mobile Driver’s License (mDL) with the state of Iowa in 2015. A test with Delaware came later and another will soon start up in Oklahoma.In 2016, Gemalto received a two-year grant from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to pilot smartphone-based digital driver’s licenses in Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Wyoming, and Washington, D.C.”With IDs in particular, long gone are the days where a physical driver’s license was truly just a physical driver’s license,” Conway says. “The physical license is just a format of that digital record that already exists today. But now you are able to access it through the convenience of your smartphone or potentially in the future a smartwatch or smart piece of jewelry.”Gemalto’s digital driver’s license, or DDL, was issued by the department of motor vehicles in the pilot states. Among the benefits is the fact that DDLs can more easily and quickly be updated with address changes. If the phone is lost or stolen, the license can be wiped remotely before a new digital version is issued. Gemalto says such credentials are more resistant to fraud and hacking.What’s more, consumers with a DDL can choose to share only the personalized ID data needed for the situation at hand, whether presenting credentials to a police officer, at an airport checkpoint, or even to prove you are of drinking age; the bartender would only be able to see your picture with an indication that you are “over 21” or “under 18″IDEMIA’s mobile license aims to protect privacy in a similar manner. “When I go to show my (physical) driver’s license today I’m basically disclosing my name, my address, my full date of birth, a lot of personally identifiable information that isn’t needed to enable that transaction,” says Matt Thompson, a senior vice president for identity solutions at IDEMIA. “A mobile driver’s license only discloses the information that’s necessary for the transaction you’re trying to conduct.”Another privacy precaution: The DMV that issues the digital license cannot track you as you drive around.Moreover, if you are pulled over by law enforcement on the highway, you’ll remain in possession of the phone since the officer can access your credentials wirelessly via Bluetooth Low Energy.Of course, since motorists drive from one state to another, any digital license that is issued must ultimately be interoperable elsewhere. The technical specifications are still being hammered out.Transit cards present another opportunity for the digital wallet, but it is slow going so far, especially in the U.S. For now, you can use Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay on your phone to ride buses and trains in Chicago and Portland, Oregon.In May, New York’s MTA system will start phasing in a system that will accept mobile wallets on buses and subway turnstiles, even as the MTA is committed to keeping the current MetroCard system in place until 2023.But last spring, the UTA system in Utah pulled support for Apple Pay, Google Pay, as well as contactless credit cards, over extremely low usage, and the millions of dollars it would cost to upgrade the system to accept such payments.For all its versatility as a potential full-time replacement for the physical wallet, your phone in some cases can also unlock your front door and car door. Maybe there’s no reason to panic if you leave your keys behind, too. In the not too distant future, it may not be. Your physical wallet is on borrowed time.Your phone, after all, increasingly provides the utility in digital form for the many reasons you schlep a Costanza-sized billfold in the first place, from showing off pictures to making mobile payments.Think about it. At the airport, you hand your iPhone or Android handset, rather than a paper document, to the TSA agent who inspects and scans your boarding pass.You scan your phone entering ballparks, movie theaters and concert halls, too.Most states will accept an electronic copy of your automobile’s insurance ID card during a traffic stop.Students at Duke, University of Alabama, University of Oklahoma, Temple, Johns Hopkins and Santa Clara can or will soon be able to use the Wallet app inside iPhones as contactless student IDs. Other colleges are presumably to follow.It may not be long before you can use your phone as your corporate ID as well, something Apple employees already do at the company’s Apple Park headquarters.And yes, more and more of you are letting your smartphone sub for cash, debit and credit cards, through the likes of Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Cash App, Venmo, PayPal and other payment services.”We’re nearing the point where that pendulum is shifting to the preference for digital forms of payment (and) identity,” says Tiffany Conway, director of field marketing for government programs at Gemalto, a global digital security company that produces digital driver’s licenses.Concerns about securityFor sure, the demise of the physical wallet is not imminent. Consumer habits are tough to crack, and the use of some version of a “wallet” to cart money and other possessions dates at least as far back as ancient Greece.For all the talk of a cashless society, paper currency isn’t going away anytime soon.Still, 68 percent of 1,218 smartphone owners surveyed by SurveyMonkey Audience on USA TODAY’s behalf last month, say it is likely that smartphones will eventually replace the need for wallets entirely. Nearly half (45 percent) think wallets will be obsolete in five years or less. Credit: CC0 Public Domain (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Explore further Citation: The wallet as you know it may be dying (2019, March 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-wallet-dying.html With mobile pay, you can go without a wallet at checkout You grab your keys, smartphone and wallet when you leave the house. Would it be such a disaster if you left that last one behind? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

BSP chief Mayawati not in race for Parliament to focus on campaignBSP

first_imgMarch 20, 2019 Mayawati clarified that she had not contested the polls in 1995 and in 2007, the years she became Chief Minister of the State. Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati’s decision to not to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls raised many eyebrows as it is being interpreted as a move by her to avoid a defeat. However, the grand alliance is making it clear that Mayawati and SP president Akhilesh Yadav are not contesting the polls to lead the high-profile campaign against the BJP in the 80 seats in the State.Mayawati clarified that she had not contested the polls in 1995 and in 2007, the years she became Chief Minister of the State. “In view of the present circumstances and the need of the country and the interests of the party, the movement and the public, it is the need of the hour that I do not contest the Lok Sabha polls. And, this is the reason that I have decided not to contest the Lok Sabha polls,” Mayawati said in Lucknow.When political opponents started using the decision against the alliance, she said in a tweet that there is nothing new in the move. “When I became UP Chief Minister for the first time in 1995, I was not a member of either the UP Assembly or the Council. [So] Don’t get disheartened with my decision not to contest the LS poll now,” she said.The former member of Rajya Sabha said entering Parliament will not be a problem for her. “If it so happens that I have to get elected to the Lok Sabha later, I can contest from any seat by getting it vacated and become an MP. I will not face any problem,” she said. “Winning each and every Lok Sabha seat is more important than my personal victory,” she added. COMMENT BSP chief Mayawati Uttar Pradesh COMMENTS national elections Published on SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL 0last_img read more

MoF RM925mil of funds related to 1MDB has been returned

first_img 1MDB , 1MDB KUALA LUMPUR: A total of RM925.1 million of 1MDB-related money has been returned to the government to-date, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.In a statement today, he said the funds recovered were in various currencies of different denominations.Lim said RM805.8 million of the funds were returned from the United States, of which RM567.8 million were from the Park Lane Hotel, Manhattan and RM238 million from Red Granite Pictures.He added that RM92.3 million of the funds recovered were from Singapore and RM27 million were recovered locally, of which RM6.1 million were from the 1MDB Foundation and RM20.9 million from the company itself. Tags / Keywords: “This is the result of the efforts made by the authorities, including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Royal Malaysia Police, the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the cooperation with foreign authorities.“Efforts to recover the funds will continue to repay 1MDB’s debts amounting to RM51 billion,” he said, adding that the amount included future interest payments guaranteed by the Federal government. – Bernama Related News Nation 07 May 2019 AG: RM236.5mil returned so far to Malaysia in 1MDB recoverycenter_img World 09 Jul 2019 U.S. Attorney General Barr won’t recuse himself from New York case against Epstein-official Business News 11 Jul 2019 US investigating Deutsche Bank’s dealings with Malaysian fund 1MDB Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more