If you’re trying to get ahead in your career, it often boils down to who you know, not just what you know. Follow these five tips on how to network more effectively, both digitally and in person.Images via Shutterstock.Everyone’s been to networking events and come away feeling awkward, rejected and tired. Networking has a bad reputation because it’s more about growing your network than building real relationships. However, when done effectively, it’s arguably the single best way to get ahead in your career.Immanuel Kant (yes, I did just drop a reference to an 18th-century philosopher in a blog about networking!) suggested that the most important thing in life was to never treat other people as a means to your ends, but to treat them as ends in themselves. If you can do networking in this way, you’ll have more fun and more success.The following networking tips are geared toward creative professionals — photographers, video editors, producers, etc. — but are highly applicable for all types of business and industries.1. Promote Others — Not YourselfNo one likes the person who won’t shut up about themselves. However, everyone likes the person who is excited, enthusiastic, and vocal about their great friends, colleagues, or acquaintances.To promote others and not yourself is a humble way of putting other people first and making sure your advice is of value to the person standing in front of you. Offer to make introductions with other talented people. Soon they’ll likely start asking questions about you and your projects.Note: if you promise to send them someone’s details, make a note of it and be sure you follow it up in a day or two. This is also a great way to get their contact details without seeming “grabby.” And always make sure you have some nice-looking business cards to hand out.2. Ask QuestionsEveryone likes talking about themselves. It makes them feel important, valued, and interesting. So ask questions — lots of questions.Direct the conversation toward what they are involved in, what they are excited about, what projects they would love to work on. This will lead to a genuine and human conversation, not just a networking speed date in which you quickly judge whether this person can help you or not before discarding them. To be interesting is to be interested.3. Get to Know People Who Do Your JobOther people who do the same job as you may feel like the competition, but really they are your community. I’ve gotten so much work through other editors I know, who recommend me when they can’t do a job — and I recommend them to my clients as well. They will know far more people, far more clients, and far more directors/producers than you can ever hope to know by yourself, and they can share that network with you.If you try to protect your network from others, you are doing your clients and yourself a disservice. You’re limiting your networks growth (when it could be constantly expanding). The more you share your network, the larger it will grow.4. Know People Who Do the Job You WantSo how do you get into the job that you want? How do you move from the assistant to the master? Well, I think part of the answer is to learn from people who already do what you want to do. Buy them lunch and pepper them with questions — be interested. Ask them if you can help them for free on a project or help them in some small way.Asking them to help you — “Can you watch my showreel? Can you look at my CV?” — is going to start off your relationship on the wrong foot, with you being a drain on their time and energy rather than a benefit to them. This may seem like the hardest part of moving up — finding people to learn from, being as friendly and outgoing as you can, and asking boldly.5. Be PoliteThis is the simplest and shortest tip, but it’s often the one that fails to happen most. If someone connects you with a valuable contact, if someone takes the time to connect you with someone they know (even if it’s just an email introduction), if someone spends any of their valuable time helping you with anything — make sure you thank them.Write them a quick email, send them a note, give them a gift, shout out on Twitter — just make the effort. It doesn’t really matter how small it is, but it is critical to demonstrating that you are grateful and that you are a person with basic manners. As they say, it’s the little things that matter.This is only the beginning! Checkout the PremiumBeat blog for additional networking tips and for advice in building your freelance network.What are the secrets to your success? How did you get ahead in the early days of your video career? Share your experiences in the comments below!
India’s Tata Steel has signed a deal with the German group Thyssenkrupp for a joint venture that will create Europe’s second largest steel-maker. The 50-50 joint venture, which will be named Thyssenkrupp Tata Steel, will employ about 48,000 workers, Reuters reported.The agreement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in September 2017. The new firm firm will have annual sales of about £13 billion, and the group expects to make costs savings of between £350m and £440m a year, according to the BBC.The company, based in the Netherlands, will form Europe’s second-largest steelmaker after ArcelorMittal, which was created when Mittal took over Arcelor in 2006.“The joint venture will create a strong pan-European steel company that is structurally robust and competitive,” Natarajan Chandrasekaran, the chairman of Tata Steel, said in a statement.We’ve signed definitive Joint Venture agreements with @thyssenkrupp_en to create a new steel champion in Europe. Thyssenkrupp Tata Steel BV will be positioned as a leading pan European high quality flat steel producer. #FutureOfSteel https://t.co/fwgerFewn6 pic.twitter.com/gxFn3dymbG— Tata Steel (@TataSteelLtd) June 30, 2018“We will create a highly competitive European steel player – based on a strong industrial logic and strategic rationale. We will secure jobs and contribute to maintaining value chains in European core industries,” Thyssenkrupp CEO Heinrich Hiesinger said. “The joint venture with Tata Steel is an important milestone for the transformation of Thyssenkrupp to an industrials and service group and will lead to a significant improvement of the financial figures of Thyssenkrupp, effective with closing,” Thyssenkrupp said in a statement. The definite agreement would be signed shortly, it added.The merger was earlier feared to result in 4,000 job cuts, the BBC report said, adding that workers had been asking for protection of the future of Tata’s UK plant at Port Talbot in south Wales, which employs 4,000 people.The two companies will now jointly invest in Tata’s Port Talbot facility, according to Bloomberg. All job agreements have been extended till Oct.1, 2026, the report added.The transaction is subject to merger control clearance in several jurisdictions, including the European Union.The announcement comes as the European steel makers are facing 25 percent tariff on exports to the United States, which is their biggest market.The merger, which has been in the works for about a year, had earlier faced criticism in Germany over the decision to move the company headquarters to the Netherlands, and fear of job losses. Thyssenkrupp was also under pressure from some investors like Elliott Management Corp. and Cevian, which wanted the German firm to seek better terms in the deal, since Tata recorded low profits from its European steel ventures. Related ItemsEuropetata steelThyssenkrupp
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Apart from imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman, Alab also got significant contributions from their local crew led by Ray Parks.Brownlee fired 27 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and issued five assists on top of two steals, and four blocks while Balkman tallied 21 points and 14 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting San Miguel Corporation-Alab Pilipinas sizzled for its highest scoring output in the Asean Basketball League as it dumped Taiwanese squad Formosa Dreamers, 117-93, Sunday night for its eighth straight victory at Santa Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Santa Rosa, Laguna.The Filipinos came out with all guns blazing in the opening period and refused to let up in the second half as they secured an 11th win in 15 games to close in on one of two outright semifinal slots.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MPBL: Munti faces unbeaten QC at home AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Soon after rolling out the Oxygen OS 3.2 update for the OnePlus 3 phone, OnePlus pulled it off the counter, and instead pushed out an ‘updated’ update, Oxygen version 3.2.1 for all users. Note that, at the time of writing, many users might have already updated their OnePlus 3 phones to Oxygen OS 3.2. The 400MB update adds a sRGB mode and improves RAM management ob-board the OnePlus 3. Also Read: Oxygen 3.2 update brings sRGB mode, improved RAM management to OnePlus 3 The new update – should you have already updated to Oxygen 3.2 – weighs just 15MB and adds a few more fixes to the phone in addition to those that came with Oxygen version 3.2. OxygenOS 3.2.1 seems to turn the sRGB mode on by default, as also brings in fixes to some notification issues and a SIM recognition problem in the OnePlus 3.The company hasn’t disclosed why it halted the Oxygen 3.2 roll-out in the first place, but it’s nice to see OnePlus swiftly coming up with a new update, that adds some more fixes.The OnePlus 3, although a fantastic phone, has been criticised for its inaccurate colour palette and aggressive RAM management. The new update aims to fix both these issues. At the same time, it also enhances audio playback quality, improves GPS and camera performance as also fixes some issues in the phone’s Gallery.Also Read: OnePlus 3 review: Flagship killer that will make you want to settleLaunched at Rs 27,999 in India, the OnePlus 3 is OnePlus’s flagship phone for the year 2016, and a follow-up to last year’s OnePlus 2. It comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD AMOLED display and is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 6 gigs of RAM. It comes with 64GB of internal memory.advertisementIt sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation alongside an 8-megapixel camera on the front. It is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.
New Delhi, Jul 6 (PTI) The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) today came up with a strong riposte to the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) threat of de-recognising the Tamil Nadu Premier League and slammed the Vinod Rai-led panel for “showing utter disregard for livelihood of players”. The CoA yesterday issued an advisory in which it warned TNCA from allowing players from other states to take part in the TNPL starting July 11, stating that it violates article 28 (b) of the existing constitution. The TNCA, after its meeting today, sent a strongly-worded letter written by their joint secretary RI Palani. “We had informed the acting president and the acting secretary of the BCCI about TNPL. Why is the CoA unnecessarily interfering, only they know. TNPL is being organised for three years now,” a TNCA official told PTI on conditions of anonymity. The rules for the Inter-State T20 leagues were passed on July 3 and TNCA’s draft for outstation players was scheduled on July 4. Many believe that if the CoA had right intentions, it would have actually given enough time to TNCA to withdraw the draft process. Instead, the committee chose to wait till the TNCA completed its draft process and then fired a salvo, threatening to disband the tournament. However, it is not known whether the CoA had kept Star Sports, who are the official broadcasters for the event in the loop. Star also holds the rights for India’s international games at home. The letter sent by Palani makes it clear that the TNCA is in no mood to bow down to the CoA’s diktat.advertisement Palani, in fact, made a valid point about how the likes of Unmukt Chand, Sheldon Jackson would be able to earn a livelihood. These are not sought-after players in the Indian Premier League. “The advisory exhibit a complete and utter disregard of the interests of players who would be deprived of an opportunity to earn a living and would perhaps lose a valuable opportunity to showcase their talents to the world, Palani wrote in his letter. The TNCA joint secretary also said that never has there been a precedence of seeking permission for a state level tournament. Having an outstation player to take part in various club leagues with the go-ahead from his home state, too, has never been an issue. “The regulations of the BCCI provide that members of BCCI are not required to seek approval for conducting tournaments within its territorial jurisdiction unless the tournament involves players from outside such jurisdiction.” “We have indicated several instances, in our earlier letters, of players representing one member for BCCI Tournaments and the same players participating in tournaments organized by other members provided that the members inter se had no objection. BCCI’s approval was never required or sought in any of those instances.” Desperate to not get caught in the crossfire between the CoA and TNCA, it will be interesting to see what the respective players and their state associations do in the coming days. PTI KHS KHS AHAH
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League debut for Juventus didn’t go as he would have planned as the the Portuguese forward only lasted 29 minutes at the Mestalla against Valencia.Ronaldo, who is the highest-ever scorer in the Champions League with 120 goals to his name, saw his first-ever red card in the competition in his 154th match.Following that, a teary-eyed Ronaldo was seen walking off the pitch and that led to an immediate debate over weather it was justified or not.Ronaldo’s red card as many would say, was extremely unfair but a one-game suspension has to be served by him.UEFA will have a look into it and can take further actions and add more games to it if deemed necessary. However, if added, Juventus will have the authority to challenge the ban handed for the extra number of games.But, what was even more painful for him and his fans especially than the red card, was the way he reacted after being sent off.Also read – Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo red-carded but Juventus beat ValenciaRonaldo was involved in a tangle in the penalty area with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo as he awaited a cross from the left.Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for Juventus in the Champions League tonight for this…What a joke! pic.twitter.com/7qFD8zwi10433 Formation (@433Formation) September 19, 2018It did not appear too sinister but German referee Felix Brych, after consulting with his assistant behind the goal, pulled out his red card to the dismay of Ronaldo.advertisementRonaldo, who signed from Real Madrid for 100 million Euros in July, had never been sent off in his previous 153 appearances for Real Madrid and Manchester United in Europe’s elite tournament.After leaving the pitch, the five-time Champions League winner, waited by the tunnel entrance before leaving the pitch. Cristiano Ronaldo has the option to appeal against the red-card he received (Reuters Photo)Even Valencia coach Marcelino appeared to be sympathetic towards Ronaldo as the Portuguese great walked off in a state of shock.Juventus responded to the shock in positive fashion and were ahead before halftime and then went onto extend the lead in the 51st minute.They held onto their lead and emerged victorious and are currently second in Group H behind Manchester United, who are ahead on goal difference after their 3-0 win over Young Boys.Juventus will next play Frosinone in Serie A on Monday. Their next Champions League fixture is versus Young Boys at Turin on October 2.
Arabian Gulf League Arabian Gulf League gears up for tenth season Goal Last updated 2 years ago 04:27 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Al Ain FC Arabian Gulf League The new Arabian Gulf League season will see 12 teams battle for top honours. The Arabian Gulf League is back this weekend for a tenth season.The new campaign kicks-off following the success of last season when the league was named Asia’s top domestic competition twice, while the Pro League Committee looks ahead to more progress this season with new development initiatives and marketing projects aimed at raising the value of the competition and enhancing its brand.This year will see 12 teams instead of 14 battling for glory, following club mergers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The inaugural matchweek takes place on September 15 and 16 with three matches on each day.The competition gets underway in Ras Al Khaima where Emirates host Al Dhafra at 17:30.Al Jazira welcome Ajman to Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium at 17:40 while Al Nasr travel to Sharjah for the 20:30 kick-off.Day two sees Shabab Al Ahli Dubai’s first league match against Hatta at Rashid Stadium at 17:35.Al Wahda face Dibba at 17:40 and the matchweek concludes by a heavyweight clash between Al Ain and Al Wasl at 20:30 at Al Ain’s Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium.
Chief Executive Officer of Sportscover, Chris Nash, accepted the award at the function held at the Sydney Exhibition and Conference Centre.“We are extremely proud to have won this award for the second year in succession. It means a great deal to us to be recognised by our industry through this accolade. This is a tribute to our staff for their continued hard work, and to our broker network and clients for their tremendous support in helping us attain this great achievement,” Nash said. Sportscover was up against some strong competition for the award, with the other finalists being Brooklyn Underwriting Global Transport and Automotive Insurance.Touch Football Australia congratulates Sportscover on the award.
The National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) for Jamaica, which is being prepared by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), is expected to be ready by mid-2019.The National Strategy will provide a more coordinated approach in producing and disseminating data and is intended to facilitate greater harmonisation among agencies that produce statistics, reducing duplication, and enabling the national statistical system to better respond to the increased demand for information.“So, the plan is to create a coordinated framework with harmonised concepts, definitions, methodologies, standards and classifications,” Director General at STATIN, Carol Coy, told JIS News.She said the coordinated approach will improve production and dissemination of quality data in a timely manner, making information more readily available.The NSDS will contain a detailed action plan for the production and dissemination of statistics over a five- to 10-year period, including capacity development needs and required institutional and infrastructure improvements.It will provide the country with a vision for the development of statistics consistent with Vision 2030 Jamaica – the National Development Plan.STATIN is receiving technical assistance from the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) in preparing the NSDS.PARIS21 is a global partnership of national, regional and international statistics experts and policymakers seeking to improve evidence-based decision-making in developing countries.“One of its (PARIS21) core programmes is to support developing countries in the design, implementation and monitoring of statistics, and this will allow developing countries like Jamaica to better respond to the increased demand for data,” Miss Coy told JIS News.The Director General informed that already, representatives from PARIS21 have partnered with STATIN to facilitate two workshops with ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of Government involved in the production and dissemination of statistics.The workshops, which also included persons from academia, the private sector and other major users of statistics, were aimed at discussing matters and concerns regarding preparation of the NSDS for Jamaica.“So, we are building a framework for action as we create this blueprint for the development of statistics in Jamaica, and once we have developed this (document), then we have to get the buy-in from other data producers and users before we move forward in carrying it to Cabinet,” Miss Coy indicated.She added that “coming out of this, we can move forward in the production of statistics, so that Jamaicans can have more information in order to make more decisions based on data and not on judgement”.
A well-travelled route along the Eastern Shore will have newpavement this fall. A $1.4-million contract has recently been awarded to repave morethan 10 kilometres of Trunk 7. “The province is fulfilling its commitment to upgrade Trunk 7 tohandle heavy commercial trucks,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. “Improvements to this popularroute will provide a smoother ride for motorists travelling onNova Scotia’s Eastern Shore.” The contract is for repaving two sections of Trunk 7 in HalifaxRegional Municipality — from the Highway 107 access road to thewest end of Pinehill Drive; and from 5.5 kilometres east of UpperLakeville Road, easterly towards Ship Harbour. The contract was awarded to S.W. Weeks Construction. Work isexpected to be completed by Oct. 31. Once Trunk 7 is repaved and strengthened, commercial trucks willbe able to carry full loads along the entire length of thehighway, boosting the economic strength of the local community. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from district offices inBridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Contracts Awarded for Road Work onthe Eastern Shore
CALGARY – Health Canada has approved a safe injection site for opioid drugs in Calgary.Alberta Health says a temporary site will open soon in the parking area of the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre while a permanent site inside the centre is being constructed.Alberta Health says patients will also be able to get treatment, including suboxone, methadone, and counselling.Evidence shows that supervised consumption services save lives, reduce transmission of infections by providing sterile needles and equipment and build safer communities by reducing public substance use and discarded needles.Last week, Health Canada approved four safe injection sites for Edmonton and one for Lethbridge, and those are expected to open later this year or early next year.Jessica Holtsbaum of the group Changing the Face of Addiction, called it great news.“It will save lives and provide those with substance-use disorders an access point to further treatment. It is a long overdue step in the right direction. However, this is only one small step and momentum can’t end here.”The province is providing $2.2 million for startup costs and for construction of the temporary and permanent locations at the Chumir health centre. The province will also provide operational funding for all six supervised consumption sites approved for Alberta.As of mid-August 2017, 315 people have died of apparent fentanyl-related overdoses in Alberta. There were 586 suspected opioid-related deaths in the province last year.The Canadian Institute for Health Information has said data from Alberta suggests emergency room visits related to heroin and synthetic opioid overdoses spiked almost 10-fold in the last five years.The first safe consumption sites in Canada were set up in Vancouver. Health Canada has approved other sites in Montreal and Toronto.Last month, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said at least 2,816 Canadians died from opioid-related causes in 2016 and that number is expected to grow this year.
VICTORIA – British Columbians are invited to help shape a referendum planned for next fall that could reform the province’s voting system in time for the next election in 2021.Attorney General David Eby said Thursday that the government has launched its How We Vote website, asking for public input on the question or questions that will be on the referendum ballot.The New Democrats promised electoral reform during last spring’s election campaign and last month introduced legislation calling for a mail-in vote that requires a 50 per cent, plus one margin to be successful.The government also wants suggestions about possible voting systems, Eby said at a news conference.“We want to hear from all British Columbians so the people of our province can help shape the key elements of the referendum, including: ‘What will the ballot question look like? What type of voting systems should be considered? Should government fund advocacy groups and if so, by how much?’ “But the proposed electoral reform law is getting a rough ride in the legislature from the Opposition Liberals who say the NDP hatched a plan to bring in undemocratic reforms and reward Green party members, who are backing the minority New Democrats with three seats.“The small Green tail continues to wag the bloated orange dog,” said backbench Liberal Doug Clovechok in the legislature, referring to the orange colour of the New Democrats. “Can you say, tyranny of the majority? That’s exactly what proportional representation under Bill 6 represents.”Clovechok said the current first-past-the-post electoral system has provided the foundation for stable governments since Confederation.He said moving to a system of proportional representation will put more power in urban ridings at the expense of the rural voters he represents in B.C.’s Kootenay region.“Our democratic system of government is a proven system of governance that provides citizens with the most possible personal freedoms and the most personal opportunity — opportunity to create prosperity and a good life for their families. It is the most stable form of government on this planet,” he said.Eby said he finds Liberal opposition to electoral reform baffling.“I have yet to hear how it is that going to British Columbians to ask them to vote on something is anti-democratic,” he said.Andrew Wilkinson, the Opposition’s attorney general critic, said B.C. residents rejected electoral reform in two previous referendums and a third is not needed.“We’ve had peace, order and good government in this country for 150 years with the current electoral system,” he said. “It’s time for the NDP government to realize they are going down the wrong track.”Eby said the public process ends Feb. 28, and his ministry will prepare a report with recommendations that will go to the B.C. cabinet for approval.Premier John Horgan has said B.C.’s current electoral system is not fair. He said in the past five B.C. elections, only one political party formed government after receiving more than 50 per cent of the votes.
NEW YORK — There’s a new category of home gadgets best described as screens for making video calls, listening to music and responding to voice commands for tasks you can also do on your phone.Unlike tablets, these microphone- and camera-equipped screens are meant to rest at a fixed location in your living room, kitchen or, gasp, your bedroom.Facebook’s Portal is a great option for video calling. But given the company’s shoddy record on user privacy, do you even want one?There are also some alternatives, from Amazon and Google, but they are not primarily built for video calling. That said, they are better than Portal at the other stuff, like voice-assisted tasks.Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press
New Delhi: A JNU student allegedly committed suicide Friday by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in a study room of the university, police said. They said they were informed about the incident around 11.30 am. The MA 2nd year student of the prestigious university was rushed to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, a senior police officer said. Police and crime team are at the spot and further details are awaited.
CAIRO – Controversial Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s host television channel suspended his programme on Friday, a week after he returned from a four-month break and fired barbs at the country’s military.Youssef, known as “Egypt’s Jon Stewart” after modelling his Al-Bernameg (The Programme) on the US comedian’s popular satirical news programme, had already run afoul of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by themilitary in July.On Friday, the CBC channel that airs Youssef’s show pulled the plug. “The channel has decided to suspend Al-Bernameg. The CBC board confirmed that today’s episode indicated that the producers and presenter insisted on violating the editorial policy of the channel,” the network said in a statement read out by a presenter.It did not elaborate on how the editorial policy had been violated, but said the show would remain suspended “until the technical and commercial problems are solved.”In last week’s episode — the first since Morsi’s ouster — Youssef did not spare the military, provoking fury from some spectators.He mocked the media coverage of the overthrow, particularly exaggerated claims about the number of demonstrators who took to the streets on June 30 — to call for the Islamist government’s resignation.The ex-heart surgeon even mocked the country’s new military-installed interim government, in which Adly Mansour is president but army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely seen as calling the shots.Sisi is leading the popularity charts in Egypt since the ouster of Morsi, with the general’s posters displayed across the country.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday amid hopes for more stimulus from the U.S. Federal Reserve even as a downgrade of Spanish banks added to strong doubts about the effectiveness of a planned bailout for that country’s financial sector.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11,497.30 +95.52 0.84%S&P 500 — 1,324.18 +15.25 1.17%Dow — 12,573.80 +162.57 1.31%Nasdaq — 2,843.07 +33.34 1.19%Rising mining stocks helped take the S&P/TSX composite index up 95.51 points to 11,497.3. The TSX Venture Exchange shed 7.01 points to 1,269.7.The Canadian dollar was up 0.43 of a US cent at 97.4 US cents.Traders were encouraged by comments from a Federal Reserve official that he supported more measures to stimulate the economy.Charles Evans, president of the Fed’s Chicago bank, told Bloomberg News that he supported action to produce faster job growth. Last week, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said he was ready to act if the economy needs, but made no promises.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 162.57 points to 12,573.8, the Nasdaq composite index was 33.34 points higher at 2,843.07 and the S&P 500 index gained 15.25 points to 1,324.18.Ratings agency Fitch said it was downgrading 18 Spanish banks as a result of a previous downgrade of the Spanish sovereign debt on June 7. Fitch said it had conducted stress tests, both on the Spanish banking sector as a whole and on individual banks, updating results from tests done in 2011.Eurozone finance ministers said Saturday they would make 100 billion euros available to Spain to revive banks crushed by bad real estate loans. But early relief about the deal turned to doubt as traders worry the money will just add to the Spanish government’s already considerable debts and perhaps force it to seek its own sovereign bailout.That investor wariness was evident on bond markets where the yield on Spain’s 10-year benchmark bond shot up 0.28 of a point to 6.81%, a record high and dangerously close to the 7% yield that has forced other countries to seek rescue loans. The bond rate fell back to 6.67% in late trading.Italy’s yields rose to just over 6% amid market frustration that European authorities seem unable to get ahead of the debt crisis.“What we’ve had over the last year and a half is reactionary policies out of Europe,” said John Tsagarelis, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“They have to become more proactive.”There was also nervousness ahead of Sunday’s election in Greece. The worry is that a left-wing party that advocates tearing up the country’s bailout agreement will be the big winner. If that happens, Greece could end up leaving the eurozone with unpredictable consequences for other debt-laden eurozone countries such as Italy.The TSX was also supported by a major deal for transportation giant Bombardier Inc., which could reap up to US$9.6-billion from the sale of business jets and related services.One of Warren Buffett’s companies, NetJets Inc., has signed a deal to buy up to 275 Bombardier Challenger business jets that could be worth up to US$7.3-billion. Bombardier said it has also signed a 15-year service and maintenance agreement for the aircraft, worth as much as an additional US$2.3-billion if all options are exercised. Its shares jumped 22 cents or 6.03% to $3.87 on heavy volume of 21.2 million shares.The gold sector was up about 0.9% as August gold gained $17 to close at US$1,613.80 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. ran ahead 51 cents to $40.46 and Kinross Gold Corp. rose nine cents to $8.57.The base metals sector was up 0.9% as July copper edged a cent lower to US$3.34 a pound. Ivanhoe Mines climbed 34 cents to $10.62 and Teck Resources improved 56 cents to $31.81.Oil prices were higher after three days of declines as traders also closely watched a quarterly meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries on Thursday.Some members of the cartel have suggested recently that OPEC is producing too much crude and the group could decide to cut supplies to help boost prices. The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 62 cents to US$83.32 a barrel and the energy sector rose 0.36%. Talisman Energy ran ahead 42 cents to $11.23 and Suncor Energy rose 64 cents to $28.97.Bargain hunters have been attracted to the TSX over the last week in the wake of a string of sharp slides in May as the eurozone debt crisis worsened and worries grew about the pace of the global economic recovery. The TSX is still down almost 10% from its 2012 highs in late February.In other corporate news, Canadian agribusiness Viterra, which is on the verge of being acquired by Swiss commodities giant Glencore, says its profit rose to $67-million in the second quarter. That is more than double what it had the same time last year. Earnings came in at 18 cents a share, beating analyst forecasts by six cents. Viterra shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the $6.1-billion takeover offer but the deal still requires certain approvals in Canada and abroad. Viterra shares added a penny to $16.12. Here’s the news investors were watching today:Why Spain’s bailout may be a bad ideaCanada to skirt global turbulence, record healthy growth this year: RBC20 stocks that will do well no matter whatON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Retail sales (May): Economists expect 0.2% decline Producer price index (May): Economists expect 0.6% decline from month before, 1.2% gain year over year 10 a.m.Business inventories (April): Economists expect 0.3% gain CORPORATE NEWSCANADADollarama Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 50¢ a share Patheon Inc Q2 earnings
LBJ: Three times the MVP.It was when LeBron James was a kid that he developed the mindset of team.”I was always taught it’s team first,” James told the AP on Friday. ”My first time playing basketball, we went undefeated and won a championship and Frank Walker Sr. gave everyone on the team a MVP trophy. Right then and there, I knew that this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to see my teammates reap the benefits as well.”He has maintained that disposition, but his individual talent has been overwhelming, so much that he will for the third time be named the NBA’s most valuable player, putting him in rarefied air.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the MVP six times, Michael Jordan and Bill Russell five times each and Wilt Chamberlain four times. They are the only players with more than James. Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone also have been so honored three times.James likely will receive the trophy in Miami Sunday before Game 1 of the Miami Heat’s second-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.James said last week that while another MVP award ”would be amazing and would be humbling,” it’s not what drives him. In his ninth year in the NBA, he is determined to win a championship.”I think he’s probably as committed as he’s ever been in his career,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said this week, asked to summarize James’ season. ”And he’s always been committed. … We all respond to his energy on the court.”James averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists – making him only the fourth player with those totals in at least two different seasons, according to STATS LLC, joining Oscar Robertson (five times), John Havlicek (twice) and Bird (twice).
Williams, BOS194236137.356 PlayerYearHRRBIAVG F. Robinson, BAL196649122.316 Klein, PHI193328120.368 Hornsby, STL192242152.401 “I am glad that he accomplished this while leading his team to the American League Central title,” Yastrzemski said in a statement, pointing out that his Boston Red Sox advanced all the way to the World Series when he won one of baseball’s most coveted titles.The Tigers will have that chance when they open the postseason Saturday against Oakland.“It was hard the last two days because everybody talked about it. I just had to focus, I had to go out there and do the job,” Cabrera said. “The hardest part was to go out there and focus and win games. I said, ‘If we win the division, everything would take care of itself.’”Commissioner Bud Selig also offered his congratulations, calling the Triple Crown “a remarkable achievement that places him amongst an elite few in all of baseball history.” Hornsby, STL192539143.403 — The Associated Press Yastrzemski, BOS196744121.326 Mantle, NYY195652130.353 Gehrig, NYY193449165.363 Foxx, PHI193348163.356 Medwick, STL193731154.374 Cabrera, DET201244139.330 Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers won Major League Baseball’s Triple Crown Wednesday night, a feat not accomplished since Carl Yaztrzemski in 1967. That’s how difficult is to achieve.Further, Cabrera became just the 10th different player to lead the league in batting, home runs and runs batted in in the same season, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig. Cabrera’s numbers: .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs, tops in the American League in all categories.“It was like, everybody said to me it was unbelievable,” Cabrera said. “They were excited to see this, enjoy this, be a part of something big, and winning, I feel better.“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” he said. “I can’t describe the feeling right now.”Cabrera’s achievement wasn’t assured until the Yankees pinch hit for Curtis Granderson in their 14-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox. Granderson had homered twice to reach 43 for the year, tied with the Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton and just one short of CabreraCabrera went 0 for 2 in his last game of the regular season in Kansas CIty against the Royals before leaving in the fourth inning to a standing ovation. He finished the regular season hitting four points higher than Angels rookie Mike Trout, his toughest competition for AL MVP. Cabrera was the runaway leader in RBIs. Here are other Triple Crown winners and their statistics for that year: Williams, BOS194732114.343
For those who subscribe to the axiom that bigger is better, we have found the tablet for you. Stop messing around with a ten-inch tablet when you can have this monstrous Android-powered sixty-five incher pictured above. While it is not the most portable of units, it certainly conveys “geek cred” to those who see it in your living room.Developed by ARDIC Technology based in Istanbul, the 65-inch LCD itself isn’t a tablet per se, but rather a display unit for a connected Motorola Xoom tablet. By putting the regular sized tablet into a HDMI dock, the developers can project what appears on the Xoom on to the LCD and interact with it.Right now the display only has two touch sensors, which allows for simple gestures such as pinch and zoom alongside general navigation. There are plans to install four touch sensors into the display at some point in the future, which will allow for many more multi-touch interactions.The audio and video (including 1080p playback) from the tablet is transported over HDMI, while the touch responses are pushed across a USB connection. In watching the demo video of the unit in action, there is no lag in the interactions at all, it operates smoothly as the user navigates through the Android Market and browses the web.ARDIC is currently in talks with schools and businesses to bring its display to a broader audience. The developers are hoping to integrate the technology with existing smart boards, as well as creating interactive displays for retail outlets. You can see all of this action in the video below.Read more at Engadget
A few weeks ago a few websites were making jokes that (now) ex-PlayStation personality, Kevin Butler, was appearing in an advert promoting the Wii.Well it turns out that advert was taken a little bit more seriously by Sony who has launched a legal case against Jerry Lambert, the actor who plays Kevin Butler, Jerry’s advertising company Wildcat Creek, and tire company Bridgestone.The argument began after Bridgestone did an advert involving the Wii as they were giving them away free with certain tire purchases. The advert showed Jerry helping his colleagues play Mario Kart with the Wii wheel. Sony feels that even though Jerry isn’t playing Kevin Butler, he’s still breaking his contract. They say a great amount of time and resources were put into bringing the character Kevin Butler to life and by having the actor in this advert, who of course looks exactly like KB down to the suit, creates confusion, causes damage to Sony, and abuses Sony’s intellectual property.It’s hard to judge who’s in the wrong here or even if there’s a legitimate case to be heard. Jerry Lambert has been removed from all images and adverts Bridgestone have done with him for now, as well as getting rid of the YouTube video for the Wii advert completely.If Jerry Lambert has broken his contract, Sony has every right to sue him, but we won’t know what his contract contained until the court case gets underway. However, most consumers will see this argument as petty and not needed. Jerry is an actor after all, and he hasn’t done much as Kevin Butler for a while now, so surely an entire court case isn’t needed over one advert.If Jerry was working for Nintendo, that would be a different matter, but this isn’t the case. We’ll have to see how this unfolds.More at NeoGaf, via Gamesindustry