Iniesta would have won Ballon dOr as Andresinho – Ramos

first_imgThe likely to be departing Andres Iniesta could have won the Ballon d’Or during his career if he had been called “Andresinho”, says Sergio RamosThe veteran midfielder looks set to leave his beloved Barcelona at the end of the season for a move to an unnamed club in the Chinese Super League and an announcement confirming the move is expected this week.In light of this, many people have been questioning how a player of the calibre of Iniesta never managed to win the Ballon d’Or in his career with even the France Football magazine apologising to the 33-year-old for having never awarded him the prize.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“If he was called Andresinho instead of Iniesta, he would have won two Ballon d’Ors,” suggested Ramos, according to SportsKeeda.The Ballon d’Or has been exclusively won by both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the past decade with the iconic duo having won the award five times each.Many believe that 2010 should have been Iniesta’s year, after scoring the winning goal for Spain in their 2010 World Cup victory in South Africa. But the award went to his Barcelona teammate Messi instead.last_img read more

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Gerrard slams decision over Candeias red card appeal

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard says common sense must prevail following the harsh dismissal of Daniel Candeias last week.Referee Willie Collum gave Daniel Candeias a second yellow card after Rangers scored the second goal in their 2-0 win at St Mirren, but footage showed Anton Ferdinand as the aggressor seconds earlier, the incident angered Gerrard who’s preparing his team for Sunday’s visit of Motherwell.“I think he is a good referee in general, he has been picked by UEFA to be a referee,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.“It is not a personal issue at all. We all make mistakes, we are all human. It is my responsibility to support the referees and officials in this country, it is not a big talking matter.“It is just a clear mistake and we are trying to get it resurrected and we see how it pans out.“I just think we need common sense in the game and if mistakes occur we should have a panel in place to resurrect them – not just from a Rangers point of view, from a football point of view.“If clear mistakes are made you should be able to resurrect them.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.After the match last weekend, Rangers released a statement that read: “This is by no means the first time errors of judgment have been made in matches involving this official and clearly there is an underlying issue which requires to be addressed.”Gerrard called for common sense in the wake of losing their appeal against Candeias’s second yellow card.“You have seen the statement that the club have released. I haven’t got any more to add to the statement, only that I am disappointed with the outcome.“I was hoping common sense would prevail, it hasn’t so far. So we carry on pursuing it as a club.“I don’t expect anything, I will wait and see what happens.”last_img read more

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Eusebio underlines the importance of Coppa Italia

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco has underlined the importance of winning the Coppa Italia Coppa Italia ahead of their clash with Virtus Entella.Roma will take on Virtus Entella on Monday night, with the winners going on to face Fiorentina or Torino in the quarter-final.“The team has been training well and I’m happy with the approach to this game,” the Coach told Football Italia via Roma TV.“We haven’t been able to call up Stephan El Shaarawy and Kostas Manolas, while Alessandro Florenzi needs to be evaluated. I am yet to decide whether to start Patrik Schick or Edin Dzeko, at the moment it’s 50-50.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.Roma are up against Entella, who have had a chaotic campaign between Serie C and a couple of months stalled awaiting legal action over a possible return to Serie B.“Entella have the quality to be in Serie B and cannot be underestimated. We are working well with elevated intensity and realise the Coppa Italia is a very important tournament for us.“I hope to find more consistency in 2019, both in terms of results and performances, as we’ve been lacking that.”last_img read more

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Ramos on penalty duties and big clashes ahead

first_imgReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos claims he is enjoying the penalty duties after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.Following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, the Los Blancos skipper has taken over spot-kick duties and has dispatched them expertly in the process.The Spanish defender has already scored 10 goals this season – equalling his personal best in a campaign.And he went on to confirm he was enjoying the role while adding he never wanted to offend when he opts for the ‘Panenka’ from the spot.Gran partido del equipo: buen juego, ocasiones y goles.Antonín + testarazo = 2 más para la cazuela 🍳¡Este es el camino!Great game: good play with many goals and chances.Antonín + header = two more for the team.This is the way to go!#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/HhqE7F8AUt— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) January 24, 2019Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I’ve taken on the role after Cristiano’s departure and I’m delighted to do so,” Ramos told Antena 3 and cited on FourFourTwo.“It [the ‘Panenka’] is a way to take them, but I never want to offend a colleague.”Madrid are bracing up for a crucial week in their campaign as they navigate a Copa del Rey semi-final and league clash against Barcelona, a meeting with Atletico Madrid and Champions League tie against Ajax.Ramos confirmed it would be a huge month for Madrid, who are third in LaLiga and eight points adrift League leaders Barca.“We are facing Barcelona, who are the leaders in LaLiga, and our rivals in the cup,” he said.“We also have the derby with Atletico in LaLiga.”The first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona is on Wednesday.last_img read more

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What hinders a Healthy Sex Life in Committed relationships by Dr Patrick

first_img Related Items:Dr. Patrick E. Prince, healthy sex life Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSex or sexual issues are usually symptoms of other problems within the relationship. When these are resolved, most couples realized it was never about sex.The following checklist highlights a few of the common relationship issues that I have experienced / addressed throughout my 23+ years of practice dealing with couples. This is not limited to TCI, but includes my Country, St. Kitts & Nevis, as well as other Caribbean Countries, and the United States of America where I studies and trained. This is not an exhaustive list; and these so-called sexual issues are often not about sex or sexual activities, but are signs and symptoms of other fundamental issues that are ignored:1. Boundary Issues – most spouses want to change their partners, and can’t; thus, there are holdouts on sexual activities as a way to pressure that change, which often never comes. Instead, it puts more strain on the relationship and on sexual activity.2. Decreased or Lack of Intimacy – as a result of couples not being able to spend the quality time and communicating as openly and positively as before, when they first met; desire for and affection towards each other decline. This often leaves both partners, or at least one partner unsatisfied; and sexual activity becomes more of a chore than a cloud of bliss.3. Distracted Attention – couples usually bring children into the mix. Children are a blessing; but couples have a tendency to allow children to distract their love, romance, and intimacy. Couples don’t date anymore, don’t have their sexual cat-plays anymore, they don’t dress sexily in the bedroom anymore… when asked why? The usual response, “the Children.” Of course, this hinders getting to the home base (Sex!!!).4. Emotional Cheating – because of all of the above previously highlighted issues, couples usual turn to a friend or a online buddy or a neighbor to confide in. This becomes a habitual activity. And, before you know it, it has gone too far. In most cases, there are no physical sexual interactions. However, the partner becomes so caught up in the emotional relationship that it distracts from the actual “real” relationship. Not finding a way to effectively communicate their needs and the relational hiccups, couples cause the door to the bedroom to be temporary closed.5. Lack of Appreciation – can trigger infidelity or emotional cheating. When a partner does not feel appreciated, s/he often turn to others for such attention. More often than not does “it” stays as verbal compliments. Left attended, it crosses over to the other side… where sexual activity looks brighter.6. Lack of Effective Communication – instead of couples communicate with each other, they talk at each other, complain to each other, and criticize one another as a means to communicate. What this does is turn off the switch to the activities in bedroom, starting with a decline in intimacy and foreplaying.7. Money – The Mighty King Sparrow (Calypsonian) sings, “No Money, No Love.” Couples are often not openly honest with each other about the finances. In many relationships, couples don’t budget; and the financial resources become depleted. The bills are yet to paid, but one partner has a new set of leather car seats or the other partner gets her ballroom-style gown, nails done, hair style off the chain for the upcoming event… Either way, neither partner previously discussed their spending; and thus, this turns into a verbal fight of yelling and name calling, resulting into resentment lasting for weeks up to months. When this happens, you know the bedroom door is closed for business… No Money, No Love!8. Poor Time Management – due to the stressful demands of work and hours spent on community volunteering activities, couples become so busy and distressed that the quality of their marital relationship decline, starting with the lack of spending quality time with each other. Therefore, the teasing and cat-playing that usual precedes awesome sexual activities are stopped; thus, killing the “big bang” feeling during sexual activities.9. Technological Interference and Distraction – with technology comes responsibility. Many couples text at dinner, at family meetings, in the bedroom – when they should be touching and gently caressing each other. Having the laptop in bed all the time next to your partner, doe not equal “Quality Time.” Many couples are on Facebook, when they should be kissing their partners faces. Many are on Twitter, when they should be tweeting the words of love in their partners ears. When this happens, partners will be turned off; thus, shutting the lid to the cookie jar.10. Unwillingness to Forgive – “I can forgive, but I can’t forget” … is usually what is said when asked about forgiving the past and moving on for the better. Many couples are NOT willing to forgive; … they are able to forgive, but more often, they are NOT willing to forgive. When this happens, resentment usually dominates and many partners resort to sleeping in the children’s or other bedroom or on the sofa / couch to avoid intimacy or sexual interactions with their significant other.last_img read more

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Samantha WilliamsGlinton laid to rest on Saturday

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – Celebrated public prosecutor Samantha Williams- Glinton was laid to rest. The young woman, who has been hailed across the length and breadth of the islands unique and ahead of her time with uncommon talent in the area of law and leadership was with funeral at Paradise Baptist Church on Saturday; she died of health complications on July 12, 2015 at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center. Four year old gunshot victim takes rest in the Bight Conrad Howell to be laid to rest this weekend Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:laid, samantha williams-glinton Sorrowful season at Abundant Life Church in Provo; two being mournedlast_img read more

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Cruise Ship Traffic Continues Full Steam Ahead

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Seward Port Manager says that the Gateway to Alaska can expect up to 70 cruise shipdockings in 2018, with six double ship days. The World is the largest luxury residential ship on the planet. The residents, from about 45 countries, live on board as the ship travels around exotic ports of call from Antarctica to Greenland, staying in most ports several days. It is also used by several major cruise lines as a “turn around” port for their Gulf of Alaska Cruises. Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dorene-on-cruise-ship-traffice-continunes-full-steam-ahead.mp3 City of Anchorage External Affairs Jim Jager: “Our cruise ship visitation seems to be pretty stable.  I don’t anticipate that we will have a lot of growth just because the other markets – Seward and Whittier -work for most of the cruise ship schedules much better than Anchorage.” While Whittier has been the other end route, Anchorage is starting to fluff her feathers to make her nest more attractive to cruise ship traffic.center_img Holland America, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line all use the Port of Seward as the northern end of their 7-day Alaska Glacier Cruises sailing to and from Vancouver B.C. Anchorage isn’t targeting the cruise ship market in its port development. Holland America Cruises has a special two week trip where the MS Amsterdam stops at nontraditional ports like Homer, Kodiak and Anchorage.  While the number of visits is small, the prestige of the ships that make Anchorage a port of call is large. City of Anchorage External Affairs Jim Jager: “We had ten scheduled visits in 2017, including the World.  So the World stopped in Anchorage.”last_img read more

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Soldotna To Conduct Feasibility Study On Relocation Of Sewage Discharge

first_imgCurrently wastewater is collected from approximately 29 miles of sewer lines and 16 different lift stations to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant for treatment and disposal. Once treated and disinfected,  the wastewater is currently discharged at mile 20 of the Kenai River. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council unanimously approved an ordinance at their council meeting on February 28, in order to appropriate funds to conduct an effluent discharge study for the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The ordinance will allow the city to update the outdated report, and evaluate the efficiency of the plant as it currently runs and study the feasibility of alternative options for the wastewater disposal. Robert Ruffner, member of the Board of Fisheries spoke to the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday, February 28: “We know that the discharge happens in an area that king salmon are spawning. If there is an alternative that would result in not having that discharge occur in an area as important as it does now, that would be great.”center_img Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-wastewater-.mp3VmJennifer-on-wastewater-.mp300:00RPd According to the ordinance the last report done on the city’s wastewater effluent discharge was conducted in 2000. The ordinance approves the appropriation of $35,000 to update the city’s current practices, and to potentially establish an alternative.last_img read more

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NDAA Is Done President Signs Authorization Bill at Ft Drum DOD Extends

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Trump signed the $717 billion fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill on Monday during a visit to Fort Drum, marking the first time the annual defense policy measure has been enacted before the start of the fiscal year since 1996. Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a number of lawmakers. After arriving at the post, the president watched an air assault exercise with troops dismounting from helicopters and taking up firing positions, reported the Watertown Daily Times. Trump noted the persistence of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R) in inviting him to make the trip to New York’s North Country. The president had insisted he had a scheduling conflict. “That didn’t stop [her], and here I am,” Trump said. Read the Hill story for an overview of the legislation. … DOD said Monday it is extending eligibility for benefits from Military OneSource — resources and other tools designed to support active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members, their families and survivors during their transition to civilian life — from the current 180 days to a full year after separation. Services include help with relocation, tax support, financial planning, health and wellness coaching, as well as confidential non-medical counseling and specialty consultations for spouse employment, education, adoption, elder care and special needs, according to a news release. The change went into effect with the enactment of the defense authorization bill.Photo courtesy of DODlast_img read more

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WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between May 26, 2019 to June 3, 2019 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierKane taught English for 35 years by Cassia BurnsSupt. Brand offers staffing updates by Lizzie McDermottDispatcher job is more than customer service by Lizzy HillSelectmen choose Town Accountant by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunOlin remediation plan ready by fall by Emma MurphyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

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Fishermen turn lifesavers in Tunisia

first_imgTunisian fishermen prepare their nets inside a boat in the port of Zarzis in the southern coast of Tunisia on 21 May 2019. Photo: AFPThe Tunisian trawler radioed in for help as it passed the migrant boat in distress out at sea. But with the packed craft still adrift two days later, captain Chamseddine Bourassine took direct action.Fishermen from the North African country are spending more and more time pulling in stranded migrants after a sharp decline in humanitarian and European naval patrols along the stretch of water between war-wracked Libya and Italy.Bourassine, his crew and three other fishing boats ferried the 69 migrants back to shore on May 11, five days after their boat pushed off from Zuwara on the western Libyan coast.”The area where we fish is a crossing point” between Zuwara and the Italian island of Lampedusa, said Badreddine Mecherek, a Tunisian fisherman from Zarzis near the border with Libya.Fisherman from Zarzis have saved the lives of hundreds of migrants in recent years, and as the number of boats leaving western Libya for Europe spikes with the return of calmer summer seas, they will probably have to save even more.”First we warn the authorities, but in the end we end up saving them ourselves,” Mecherek grumbled as he tinkered with his rusting sardine boat.European countries in the northern Mediterranean are trying to stem the number of migrants landing on their shores, and the Tunisian navy with its limited resources only rescues boats inside the country’s territorial waters.Since 31 May, Tunisia itself has barred 75 migrants from coming ashore after they were saved in international waters by a Tunisian-Egyptian tug boat.Contacted multiple times by AFP, Tunisian authorities have refused to comment.’Angel'”Everyone has disengaged” from the issue, said Mecherek, adding it was hampering his work.Fishermen who run across migrants on their second day out at sea are at least able to have done a day’s work, he added, “but if we find them on the first night, we have to go back”.”It’s very complicated to finish the job with people on board.”The complexity of the rescues grows when fishermen find migrants adrift closer to Italy.When Bourassine and his crew last year tugged a boat towards Lampedusa which was adrift without a motor, they were jailed in Sicily for four weeks for helping the migrants. It took months to recover their boat.Humanitarian boats and those of the European Union’s “Operation Sophia” anti-piracy force had scooped up most stranded migrants in recent years, but rescue operations dropped in 2019.A Tunisian fishing boat arrives at the port of Zarzis in the southern coast of Tunisia on 21 May 2019. Tunisian fishermen are finding themselves more and more involved in rescuing illegal boats leaving Libya for Italy, due to the difficulties of NGOs in the eastern Mediterranean and the disengagement of European military ships. Most of the fishermen have already brought back migrants – saving hundreds of lives over the years. Photo: AFP”Now most often we are the first to arrive… if we aren’t there, the migrants die,” Mecherek said.On 10 May, a Tunisian trawler just barely saved the lives of 16 migrants after they had spent eight hours in the water. Sixty others drowned before the ship arrived.Survivor Ahmed Sijur said the boat’s appearance at dawn was like that of “an angel”.”I was loosing hope myself, but God sent us the fishermen to save us,” the 30-year-old from Bangladesh said.’Police of the sea’ Mecherek is more worried than proud.Tunisian fishermen prepare life jackets to be used in case they meet migrants in distress at sea, on 21 May 2019 at the port of Zarzis in the southern coast of Tunisia. Photo: AFP”We don’t want to see all these corpses anymore. We want to catch fish, not people,” he said, adding his crew was growing uneasy.”I have 20 seamen on board asking, ‘Who will feed our families?'” he added.”But local fishermen will never let people die at sea.”For Tunisian Red Crescent official Mongi Slim, the fishermen “are practically the police of the sea”, adding that many migrants say large ships won’t stop to help.Under pressure to catch their quota during a short annual season, big tuna boats out of Zarzis often call the coast guard instead of stopping themselves to help.”We report the migrants, but we can’t bring them back to shore… We only have a few weeks to fish,” said one crew member.For Chamseddine, the summer months look difficult.”With fighting having resumed in Libya, traffickers are free to work again…. There’s a risk of many shipwrecks.”last_img read more

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Mamata trains gun on Centre for not dredging Farakka

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the Centre of not carrying out dredging in Farakka and other barrages for a long time, thereby causing food crisis in various parts of the state during heavy rains.While speaking in the Assembly, Banerjee said the Centre has not taken any positive steps in this regard, despite repeated pleas by the Bengal government. “There has been no dredging work in Farakka for years, as a result of which the water holding capacity of the barrage is getting reduced,” she said and blamed the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) for not undertaking dredging work in various dams and barrages. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Minister also pointed out that Jharkhand and Bihar governments discharge a huge amount of water during monsoon, as a result of which a vast portion of the state gets flooded. The matter has been raised with both the Bihar and Jharkhand governments, but no steps have been taken in this regard, Banerjee alleged. She also said that river Atrai has been drying up after the Bangladesh government set up a dam on it and criticised the role of the Centre in not taking up the issue with Bangladesh. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”It is a bilateral issue. We have taken up the matter with the Prime Minister and External Affairs minister a number of times in this regard. Because of the dam, people from South Dinajpur district are suffering. However, the Centre has not taken up the issue despite our repeated requests,” Banerjee told the House, in response to an opposition MLA’s question in this regard. The Atrai river flows from Siliguri into Bangladesh, before flowing back into South Dinajpur. It may be mentioned here that the nearly 400 km long river has been a source of livelihood to thousands of fishermen and farmers in the region. Its flow has been affected severely by the dam in Bangladesh. Following the construction, the riverbed had started going dry in summer. The Chief Minister also said that various stretches in North Bengal also get flooded as Bhutan discharges water along the Sankosh River. “We are suffering only because a huge amount of water gets discharged from outside. Jharkhand and Bihar do not take any steps despite our requests to release water in lesser volume,” Banerjee added.last_img read more

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Uttarakhand Tourism Minister meets Dr Mahesh Sharma to seek assistance for tourism

first_imgThe Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma held a meeting with Tourism Minister of Uttarakhand, Dinesh Dhanai in New Delhi. The meeting was a follow up of the earlier meetings to seek central assistance for development of tourism in the state of Uttarakhand.Dinesh Dhanai said that the state government is keen to finish the ongoing tourism related infrastructure projects at the earliest to promote tourism in the state. Dinesh Dhanai requested Dr Mahesh Sharma to allow diversion of funds released earlier for tourism projects which could not be undertaken to those incomplete projects started under the scheme of PIDDC but waiting for release of outstanding funds. Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board has funds to the tune of Rs 14.39 crore which can be useful for those projects which are 60-70% completed, he added. Dinesh Dhanai also requested that the project of constructing a ropeway between Tehri lake and New Tehri to be included in the first phase of Swadesh Darshan Scheme itself.Dr Mahesh Sharma assured that the demands of the state government will be examined and all possible assistance will be extended to help the state of Uttarakhand for development of tourism.Senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism and State Government were also present at the meeting.last_img read more

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The UK has become a nation of binge viewers but

first_imgThe UK has become “a nation of binge viewers” but there are stark differences between how older and younger people watch TV, according to Ofcom.The UK broadcast regulator’s annual Communications Market Report 2017 claims that 79% of UK adults, some 40 million people, now use catch-up services like the BBC iPlayer, or subscription services like Netflix, to watch multiple episodes of a series in one sitting.Bingeing was found to be most popular among young people, with some 53% of 12-15 year-olds viewing in this way on a weekly basis, compared to just 16% of people aged over 65.Ofcom said that time spent watching broadcast TV continued to decline in 2016, though to a lesser extent than in previous years. Viewers spent an average of 3 hours 32 minutes a day watching broadcast television on TV sets in 2016, down just four minutes compared to 2015.However, within this there is a “widening gap” between the viewing activities of the youngest and oldest audiences, with the steepest decline in broadcast TV viewing found among 4-15 year-olds and 16-24s.Young people aged 16-24 watched an average of 1 hour 54 minutes of broadcast TV a day in 2016, a 41-minute decline compared to 2006. However viewers aged over 64 watched an average of 5 hours 44 minutes a day in 2016, up 50 minutes over the same 10-year period.Overall, 76% of people aged 16-24 were found to use a subscription streaming service like Netflix or Amazon Prime, compared to 19% of people aged over 65.Among all UK adults, the BBC iPlayer was the most popular on-demand service with 63% saying they use it, followed by ITV Hub at 40%, YouTube at 38% and Netflix at 31%.“Technology has revolutionised the way we watch TV,” said Ofcom’s consumer group director, Lindsey Fussell. “The days of waiting a week for the next episode are largely gone, with people finding it hard to resist watching multiple episodes around the house or on the move.”“But live television still has a special draw, and the power to bring the whole family together in a common experience.”Ofcom said that the UK’s pay TV platform operators – Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk – generated 46% of total industry revenue last year at £6.4 billion – up 3% year-on-year in real terms.By contrast commercial public service broadcast channels’ revenue has declined at an average rate of 2% per year in real terms and came to £2.4 billion in 2016. Revenue for commercial multi-channels was £2.5bn in 2016, having grown at an average of 5% each year since 2011.On-demand and streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV were found to be “mainly complementary” to traditional pay TV platforms with 74% of subscribers to these services also taking a pay TV subscription.Commenting on the research, Stephen van Rooyen, CEO, Sky UK and Ireland, said: “This year we have seen Sky customers binge-watch like never before, including 17m downloads of our record-breaking Sky Original Riviera. There have been almost 40m downloads and streams of Series 1-6 of Game of Thrones across Sky and Now TV in the past three months alone as viewers race through back-to-back box sets”.Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk, said: “The findings clearly demonstrate a preference by the British public that’s shifting away from traditional live television. More and more, people are choosing to fire up their favourite shows and watch them back to back rather than just sitting down and ‘seeing what’s on’.”Ofcom’s full Communications Market Report 2017 can be accessed here.last_img read more

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Free Report Reveals Landmark Investment Opportuni

first_imgFree Report Reveals: Landmark Investment OpportunityAre we about to witness the biggest new trend of our lifetime? A former money manager, famous for predicting the renter trend, legal marijuana wave, blockchain boom, and Bitcoin bubble is going on record with his next prediction—as a new industry goes from essentially $0… to potentially $400 billion over the next few years. If you’re searching for new opportunities to potentially turn a small investment into a nice nest egg, be sure to give this report a read. Coming to a neighborhood near YOUA controversial new technology is expected to hit every neighborhood in America—even YOURS. It’s already being reported on in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Find out what it could mean for you and your wealth. — If this happens, how do we provide the necessary power to feed the battery requirements? Will this mean an increase in power plants to provide the extra capability. The other question is the infrastructure need to keep these vehicles on the road.– Philip Recommended Link By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchIn the morning, I wake up to the sound of waves crashing on the beach.At sunset, I get to enjoy million-dollar views like this one from my beachside condo in Cartagena, Colombia.I shared this picture with some of my relatives yesterday. And I got a question that I often get when I share photos from my travels.“How do you afford this?”I get why people ask. In Miami, a room with a view like this would easily cost around $300 a night. But I’m only paying about $100 a night.These are the deals you can only snag in the developing world. Recommended Link • Emerging market stocks have been showing strength… You can see what I mean below. This chart shows the performance of the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), which tracks over 800 emerging market stocks.You can see that EEM fell 15% in 2018. That was its biggest decline since 2015.But something encouraging has happened over the last three months. EEM started “carving out a bottom.”An asset carves out a bottom when it stops falling, trades in a tight range for a period of time, and then starts moving higher. This signals that buyers have stepped in and given the asset’s price a “floor.” It’s a major clue that the asset is ready to climb higher.In other words, emerging market stocks could soon turn the corner and start rising again.• If that happens, emerging market stocks could deliver big gains in the coming months… I say this because we’ve been here before.You can see what I mean below. This chart shows the last two major corrections by EEM.The first one came after a 31% correction in 2011. EEM went on to rally 42% over the next three years.The second major rally followed a 36% correction that took place between 2014 and 2016. EEM would go on to rally 92% in just over two years.It now looks like we’re on the verge of another big rally, and there are many potential catalysts that I’m watching… but the biggest is the U.S. dollar.• The U.S. dollar is weakening… You can see what I mean below.This chart shows the performance of the U.S. Dollar Index since the start of 2017. This index tracks the dollar’s performance against major currencies like the Japanese yen and the euro.You can see that the U.S. dollar (USD) is starting to roll over. It’s down 1.5% since November 12. In other words, it’s doing the exact opposite of what emerging market stocks are doing.And there’s good reason for this to continue.I say this because “Long U.S. Dollar” is the most crowded trade right now, according to a global fund manager survey by Bank of America. It has been for the past two straight months. (A trade becomes crowded when it becomes extremely popular. And that often happens just before the tide turns.)This hasn’t happened since March and April 2017. The U.S. dollar went on to fall 10% over the next six months. As you can see, it’s a great contrarian indicator. And it signals danger ahead for the dollar.Of course, you’re probably wondering why a weak dollar is good for emerging market stocks. Simple.• Many emerging markets have loaded up on debt… Specifically, they loaded up on U.S. dollar-denominated debt.According to Business Insider, about $500 billion worth of USD-denominated bonds and loans, issued by emerging market governments and companies will come due this year.By 2026, around $2.7 trillion worth of USD-denominated bonds and loans will have to either be paid off or refinanced.That debt becomes more expensive to service when the U.S. dollar is strengthening. When the dollar is weakening, it becomes easier to service.This is why a weak dollar is lifting emerging market stocks.That said, the U.S. dollar hasn’t broken down yet.• But if it does, emerging market stocks could go on a serious run… So add EEM to your watchlist if you haven’t yet.Just remember that emerging market stocks are volatile. Treat them like a speculation if you decide to invest in them. Don’t bet more money than you can afford to lose. And take profits along the way.Regards,Justin Spittler Cartagena, Colombia January 17, 2019Market Insight: Sports Betting Is Open for Business By E.B. Tucker, editor, Strategic InvestorIn May 2018, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling. And in turn, opened up the floodgates to a multibillion-dollar industry overnight.Today, all 50 U.S. states now have the power to license, regulate, and tax sports betting within their borders.And states are already stampeding to go all-in on the sports betting rush. Just weeks after the decision, Delaware became the first state to launch a full-scale sports operation under the new ruling. It took in over $7 million in sports bets in the first three weeks.New Jersey launched legal sports betting on June 14. Through the first 17 days, it took in over $16.4 million in bets.And this is just the beginning… Today, about a dozen other states are currently working to pass new laws.This is a huge opportunity. Billions are up for grabs.Consider that in 2017, sports fans bet an estimated $10 billion on the NCAA Final Four. They bet upwards of $5 billion on the Super Bowl. Add in 16 regular-season NFL games, a full MLB season, hockey, and prop bets on everything you can imagine… and the total amount wagered on sports was well in excess of $100 billion.Keep in mind, that’s a rough estimate. Until the first legal sportsbook opened in June, sports betting outside of Nevada required finding a bookie to take your bet.Even while it was largely illegal, 57% of sports fans surveyed admitted to placing at least one sports bet.That number climbs to 70% when you add in those who haven’t placed a bet but would like to.Whenever we see a once-illegal market step into the mainstream, the entire market has to readjust. Entirely new companies are created. Stocks soar. Early investors can make a fortune.Just consider in 2016, the illegal cannabis market in the U.S. was estimated to be worth about $46 billion. But with pro-cannabis legislation sweeping the country, the legal pot market is forecast to reach $146 billion by 2025. That’s more than a 200% increase.That’s the sort of opportunity we have today.– E.B. TuckerP.S. With the ban on sports betting in the U.S. now gone, you may be tempted to go out and buy stock in the biggest Las Vegas casinos. I’d encourage you not to do that. That’s because the Vegas casinos won’t benefit from this new ruling. In fact, it could even harm them.I’ve identified three publicly traded companies that are primed to soar as legal sports betting goes mainstream. And the time to get in is now.If you’re interested in learning more, I invite you to attend a landmark event tonight at 8 p.m. ET. During this exclusive summit, I’ll share more details on these three opportunities… all of them have the potential to soar 1,000% in the weeks to come. I’ll also share why this explosive new market could be 40 times bigger than the legal marijuana industry in a matter of years.You can sign up for free right here.Reader MailbagReaders are skeptical and have a lot of questions about Tuesday’s Dispatch on electric vehicles…Won’t all these new electric cars also be smart cars, able to track all our movements, just like our smart phones and smart TVs do now? And if the electronic grid shuts down, won’t they be useless?– Laura Technically, EVs produce “zero emissions,” but the emissions are just transferred from the vehicle itself to the power plant source. Unless that source is nuclear, the pollution is just moved to another place!– ThomasAnd apparent long-time Casey reader responds to subscriber Jack about “Doug Casey on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”…Obviously, “Jack” is not a reader of Casey. . . Doug has never been one to shrink from calling out incompetent politicians, nor imbecilic political ideas. Regarding Jack’s advice for Doug to avoid damaging his “brand” by sharing his opinions on politicians. . . His beat is economics. . . Which, of course, is inextricably linked to politics.– MarkIf you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us at feedback@caseyresearch.com. — • Still, most Americans won’t take “the trouble” to travel to Cartagena… That’s because Colombia has a reputation for being dangerous, and for good reason. In the ‘80s and ’90s, it was one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Rival drug cartels didn’t think twice about killing each other in broad daylight.And it’s true that there’s still an element of danger, but that’s true of anyplace in the world these days.Nonetheless, most Americans would rather soak up some sun in Miami or Hawaii. If they do go abroad, Cancun or Cabo San Lucas is about as exotic as most people get.There’s a reason for this.• Most Americans don’t like to get too far out of their comfort zones… That’s true of traveling.It’s also true of investing.Most American investors only own U.S. stocks. This is because they know what they’re buying when they buy U.S. stocks. They’ve eaten at McDonald’s. They’ve shopped at Walmart and on Amazon. They bank with JPMorgan Chase or Bank of America.U.S. stocks have also been easy money lately. The S&P 500 is up 288% since early 2009. With returns like that, you may be wondering why you should even bother owning foreign stocks.But here’s the thing.• Bull markets don’t last forever… There’s no guarantee that U.S. stocks will go up again this year. In fact, as I’ve shown you in recent essays, major red flags are popping up, specifically in the credit market.That’s why I’ve been encouraging readers to lighten up on risky U.S. stocks.But that doesn’t mean it’s time to panic and sell everything. Instead, you need to be very careful about the stocks you own. And be willing to look outside the U.S. market.You see, there’s a group of stocks poised to deliver big gains this year.• I’m talking about emerging market stocks… Emerging markets are countries that are on their way to being developed countries like the United States and Germany.China and India are the two biggest emerging markets.Unfortunately, I haven’t made my way to those countries yet.But I have spent a lot of time in other emerging markets.In the past year alone, I’ve been to Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Turkey, Portugal, Poland, and Hungary. I also spent five weeks in Argentina, which was recently demoted from emerging market status to “frontier” status.I went to these places because it’s my job to find the world’s top money-making opportunities and share them with you. And I can’t do that sitting at a desk from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. all week.Each country I’ve visited is unique. But these emerging markets also had a lot in common. For one, none of these places was as backwards as the average American probably thinks. And most of them are growing rapidly.Of course, those aren’t good enough reasons to buy emerging market stocks. So let’s take a look at some important technical indicators… You can claim it free here More details herelast_img read more

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A disabled peer has appealed for more than 10 000

first_imgA disabled peer has appealed for more than 10 000 people to put their names to a new campaigning charter, in order to pressure health bosses and politicians into improving England’s much-criticised wheelchair services.Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson posed for pictures outside parliament in a wheelbarrow this week (pictured, right) to highlight how many disabled people are being provided with inadequate wheelchairs by the NHS.The retired Paralympian and now crossbench peer was at the House of Lords with other members of the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance (WLA) – which was set up with NHS England funding – to launch a new Wheelchair Charter.The charter asks service-users, wheelchair-providers, charities, NHS commissioners, healthcare professionals and members of the public to pledge their support for 10 key principles that the alliance believes could transform the service for the 1.2 million wheelchair-users in England.But Baroness Grey-Thompson told Disability News Service that the alliance’s new Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now campaign needed the support of thousands of people in order to persuade MPs, ministers and England’s new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to act.She said: “We are asking people to write to their MPs and to their CCGs. If we could get half the CCGs to be discussing wheelchair services at board level, that would [lead to] an improvement in services.”But she said the ideal outcome would be for health secretary Jeremy Hunt to agree to include strict standards for wheelchair services in the next NHS Mandate, the annual agreement that describes what the government expects from the NHS.She said: “We can’t force NHS England to take up recommendations. We need enough evidence and support to get wheelchair services into the NHS mandate.“At the moment, every area can operate their wheelchair services differently.”Baroness Grey-Thompson, who chairs the alliance, now plans to seek backing from health teams across political parties.Those who sign up to the charter pledge their commitment to principles including: regular reviews with the wheelchair-user; prescriptions which take into account “current and future needs”; the time from referral to wheelchair delivery to be within 18 weeks, with “further substantial improvements by 2016-17”; and “equality of access and provision for all, irrespective of age or postcode and including essential user skills training as standard”.Baroness Grey-Thompson said: “For too long, wheelchair services have been inadequate and it is time that wheelchair-users are listened to and provided a proper service, rather than being marginalised.“The huge variation in quality of services across the UK is astounding, and means a huge proportion of wheelchair-users are left immobilised, frustrated and ignored.“Now we want to get this issue on the radar of people who can influence change and also get them behind the campaign by urging them to pledge their support to the charter.”Sir Bert Massie, the former chair of the Disability Rights Commission, who chairs the Community Equipment Code of Practice Scheme (CECOPS), said he feared the charter would not be strong enough to force improvement.He said that what was needed was “a proper, centralised wheelchair service” with strict standards.He said: “It’s a nice pledge list, set on the most basic level, but it does not impose standards, it does not guarantee a good service.”He said there was nothing in the charter about the vital issue of funding, and improvements would not be possible without resources.Sir Bert applied for a new wheelchair through his local wheelchair service in February, and will not receive it until October.He said: “That is just a little bit faster than making a baby, which I suspect is more complicated.”Liam Dwyer, a wheelchair-user who has previously been critical of NHS England’s wheelchair services improvement programme, said the charter was “something that every wheelchair user should want to see”, but he said that “if NHS England and the CCGs don’t get behind it we will have no change”.Dwyer was one of the disabled people asked to attend the first of two NHS England wheelchair summits, in February 2014. The second summit, last November, led to the leadership alliance being set up.He said: “We need hundreds of wheelchair users in front of Westminster if it doesn’t work this time. And I’d only give NHS England until October to give us their intentions.”An NHS England spokesman said it supported the charter, but could not say whether CCGs would sign up to it.Rosamond Roughton, NHS England’s director of commissioning operations, said: “NHS England absolutely shares the ambition of the [WLA] that wheelchair-users and their families should be supported to lead full, independent and active lives.“For the first time ever we have set up a rigorous data collection mechanism, and our work to both pilot a tariff for wheelchairs and support commissioners will also help implementation of the charter locally.”The new set of data will contain information on how many wheelchairs are provided, how much is being spent across the country, and service-users’ experience of wheelchair services.Personal health budgets (PHBs) are now being rolled out across England, and NHS England also plans to encourage CCGs to explore the possible use of PHBs to obtain wheelchairs, in a bid to provide more choice and control over services.And NHS England will support up to three areas to redesign and improve their wheelchair services, and then make that knowledge and evidence available to other areas.The charter and campaign is only the latest in a series of efforts dating back 30 years to improve a service which struggles with lengthy waiting-lists and leaves many disabled people without the right wheelchairs.last_img read more

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Grassroots disabled peoples organisations DPOs

first_imgGrassroots disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have criticised the government’s decision to exclude them from an event held to launch its new work, health and disability green paper.The event for “stakeholders” was hosted by the disability charity Scope at its London headquarters, and attended by Penny Mordaunt (pictured), the minister for disabled people.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said in its invitation – it turned down a request from Disability News Service (DNS) to attend – that the event would “start the consultation period” on its green paper, Improving Lives.It said that it was “launching a new conversation with disabled people and people with health conditions, their representatives, healthcare professionals and employers”. But DWP has refused to say how many disabled people’s user-led organisations were invited to the event, and instead suggested that DNS submit a freedom of information request to find out.But DNS has confirmed that some of the most prominent user-led organisations with the strongest links to disabled people were not invited to the launch, including Shaping Our Lives, Inclusion London, Equal Lives, People First (Self Advocacy) and Disabled People Against Cuts.Ellen Clifford, campaigns manager for Inclusion London, said: “Inclusion London were disappointed by the apparent absence of grassroots Deaf and disabled people’s organisations from the invitations to attend the launch event of the green paper at Scope on Tuesday.“Failings in the implementation of welfare reform have led to avoidable deaths and caused considerable harm to Deaf and disabled people.“By side-lining the voices of people who are experts in what is actually happening on the ground, the government will continue to make policy decisions that are ill-informed and fail to meet their stated aims while growing the inequality gap and creating misery and distress.”DPAC said the lack of an invite to the Scope-hosted event shows “yet another of the big corporate charities selling out the people they claim to represent and sucking up to a government that in the words of Ken Loach has perpetrated ‘conscious cruelty’ on disabled people”.Andrew Lee, People First’s director of policy and campaigns, pointed out that only about seven per cent of people with learning difficulties had jobs. He said: “At People First, all paid jobs are held by people with learning difficulties (with support). “With this in mind, I am very disappointed that a national user-led organisation such as People First (Self Advocacy) was not invited to this launch event, as we are one of the organisations with the best understanding about the barriers we face in employment. “Committees from both the House of Lords and the House of Commons have come to People First for expert evidence in a range of inquiries, such as [those investigating] the Equality Act 2010 and more recently disability and the built environment. “However, when it comes to employment it would seem that we have been left out in more ways than one.”Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, said the failure to invite his organisation and other DPOs showed the government did not see them as stakeholders.He said the green paper was “a massive smokescreen to divert people’s attention away from deaths and suicides that the work capability assessments and sanctions have created”.He added: “[The Ken Loach film] I, Daniel Blake has shone a spotlight on it beyond the disability movement and those that really understand what is going on.“It’s a desperate PR exercise and Scope and Mind [which has also been criticised this week for its closeness to DWP] are colluding and collaborating in this con.”Becki Meakin, general manager of Shaping Our Lives, added: “As host to a national network of user-led organisations, Shaping Our Lives was disappointed not to have been invited to the launch.“We welcome opportunities to support grassroots, user-led organisations who offer many different types of support to disabled people seeking employment.“It is essential that capacity is provided to enable these groups of people with lived experience to influence this policy and we hope that at a time when user-groups are threatened by funding cuts that they will not be overlooked.”A DWP spokeswoman declined to say how many DPOs attended the launch, but said: “The invite list reflected the need for stronger integration between health and work, which is a key theme in the green paper.“This included service-users, disability charities, voluntary sector representatives, employers, and health stakeholders.“One attendee represents over 80 disability charities, many of whom are service-user led.“Over the coming weeks we will be engaging with disabled people, people with health conditions, and the organisations that represent them through a range of communication channels so that we can effectively capture their views.”last_img read more

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Why Gender Diversity Matters to Event Planners

first_img May 22, 2017 Women are taking center stage. –shares Next Article Why Gender Diversity Matters to Event Planners The largest marketing, sales and leadership conferences in the world are facing a huge challenge. Traditionally, conference audiences and speakers have been nearly 100 percent white males. However, times have changed. The make-up of the audience is now evenly split between men and women.  The event planner’s job is to ensure that the right content is presented — content that will deeply resonate with the audience and make the overall experience meaningful. This boils down to choosing the right speakers for each opportunity. Event planners are keenly aware of the need to have more women — and other skin tones — on their stages. Event planners are now focusing on having voices that are reflective of the audience so that their inner conversations can not only be heard, but fully understood.Related: To Increase Gender Diversity, We Need to Go Back to SchoolCuriosity drove me to better understand the perfect combination of voice and perspective these planners were looking for in the speaker selection process. After 59 interviews with conference hosts and meeting and event planners, it is extremely clear that there is a challenge to have the right collection of voices on their stages.Lena Requist, president of ONTRAPORT, said that 42 percent of her customers are women. Nearly 50 percent of the audience at their yearly conference, ONTRApoolza, is female. “Having women on stage allows the audience to connect to the message in a deeper way,” Requist said. Dreamforce, the mega-conference hosted by Salesforce.com, made efforts over the last two years to create women’s leadership events that solely focus on the conversation for women. I see this trend growing with other conferences too. Sheryl Sandberg said in her 2010 TEDWomen speech, “We’ve got to get women to sit at the table.” I’m here to say it’s time we get more women on the stage. The need for women speakers.One of my first interviews of meeting planners was with Kim Garst, who hosts the Social Boom Event for 400+ entrepreneurs. We did the standard interview questions, and I asked her what gaps she was currently facing with her event planning.”We just finished a planning meeting, and we have lots of men identified, but we are missing the feminine voice,” Garst said. She explained most of her audience was women, and they connected better to the journey of another woman.Related: Only 17 Percent of Venture-Backed Startups Are Led by WomenThis kicked off deep research on diversity that was carried throughout my interviews with event planners. Some of the best quotes:“Diversity is very important to us and our audience.” — Breanna Jacobs, Social Media Strategies Summit SF“I want diversity in my speakers. Not enough females to choose from. I want to add color and different opinions.” — Rich Brooks, Agents of Change“Diversity is about representing all aspects of the audience.” — Anna Hutson, Engage Conference”Diversity in our line-up is essential to connect with the whole audience.” — Rebecca Croll, Start Up Festival“Marketing is about empathy. Diversity is very important to us. We work hard to have women speakers. Women tend to tell better stories.” — Ryf Quail, Ad Tech New York”We pay significant attention to the diversity of race and gender to create a balance.” — Elisabeth Osmeloski, Third Door MediaDuring these interviews, I didn’t lead with the question about the importance of diversity. Many would mention it without a prompt from me. This leads me to believe that there is a huge gap on the platform that needs to be filled.  So, what does it take to get on one of these stages?You still have to be good.Even with high demand for diversity, event planners are not willing to comprise filling their stage time just because of a speaker’s gender or skin color. In fact, they are urgently aware of the need for the speakers be able to deliver their content in a way that entertains, while educating, the audience. This means you still have to be a good speaker to get the chance to address their beloved audiences. One of the largest conference planners I talked to was Neal Cranna with Sage Summit. He’s covering eight cities this year. “Don’t send in generic pitches,” he said. “Research the event, and describe the value that you offer to our audience. Give practical insights.”Related: How to Propel Your Speaking CareerThe most eloquent description of how to get the attention of a meeting planner was from Greg Damus with Cult Ideas. “The spray and pray approach does not work,” Damus said. “Create a custom tailored proposal that shows an understanding of the conference. This is the way to pierce the armor of speaking on our stages.” The biggest desire is for practical and actionable content. “Our speakers provide key takeaways in their talks, or they will not be invited back again,” said Ryan Deiss, co-host of Traffic and Conversion Summit. “It makes for a more memorable experience for the audience.”Women, this is your wake-up call. The need is real. Event planners are challenged to balance the platform with your unique perspectives, your amazing insights and your feminine energy. Consider this an open invitation to put yourself out there, and share your wisdom.If you want more information on getting on stages, check out 3 Reasons Why You’re Not Selected for Speaking. It was created from my 59 interviews with meeting and event planners. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » Gene Hammett Add to Queue 6 min read Public Speaking Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer Image credit: Portra | Getty Images Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Strategic Business Coach and Mentorlast_img read more

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Your Amazon Prime Subscription May Get More Expensive

first_img Catherine Clifford In the future, Amazon Prime customers may have to hand over one or two extra $20 bills for the same service.In a conference call with analysts on Thursday, the Seattle-based retail giant said it is considering increasing the price of its Amazon Prime service by $20 to $40. Chief Financial Officer Thomas Szkutak said the increase in transportation costs and the number of items available for free shipping as part of the subscription service were forcing the company to consider the change in price.Related: Report: Amazon Developing Way for Stores to Use Kindle at CheckoutAmazon Prime is a subscription service that has been around for nine years and gives customers free shipping on select items and instant streaming of movies and television shows for $79 per year.In the time since it was rolled out, the number of items eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime has increased from 1 million to 19 million, Szkutak said on the conference call. At the same time, Amazon Prime customers buy more than non-member customers, he added. There are “tens of millions” of Amazon Prime customers around the world, but Szkutak declined to provide subscription numbers for the U.S. alone.Related: Amazon Could Ship Your Next Purchase Before You Even Order ItThe company would not comment on when or how the price rollout would potentially happen.The announcement was part of Amazon’s earnings report. Sales for the three months ended in December were $25.59 billion, up 20 percent from the $21.27 billion reported in the same quarter a year ago. Meanwhile, net income was $239 million, up from $97 million in the same quarter a year earlier. And earnings per share for the fourth quarter were 51 cents, up from 21 cents a year ago.Related: Get This: Drones That Attack and Take Over Other Drones Shipping Center –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Your Amazon Prime Subscription May Get More Expensive 2 min read January 31, 2014 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC Add to Queue Next Article Apply Now »last_img read more

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