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  • Why India’s Millionaires Are Ditching Indian Citizenship

    first_imgAs many as 23,000 wealthy Indians have given up their citizenship since 2014, according to a report by investment and financial services firm Morgan Stanley. In fact, 7,000 of them left the country in 2017 alone.Alarmed at this migratory trend, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) formed a five-member committee in March to gauge the impact on the economy, the exit of high net worth individuals from the Indian tax bracket can have.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

  • FIFA head wants refs to end soccer games if racism persists

    first_imgMOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Later Saturday, Premier League club West Ham said it will ban any fans who were filmed chanting anti-Semitic abuse about rival Tottenham ahead of West Ham’s game at Manchester United.West Ham said it was “disgusted” by the video circulating on Twitter. FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 6, 2019. The Asian Football Confederation holds its presidential election on Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for a crackdown on racism at soccer games after several high-profile incidents, and encouraged referees to abandon matches in the worst cases.“We will not hesitate to do everything in our power to eradicate racism, and any other form of discrimination, from football, at any level and anywhere in the world,” the head of world soccer’s governing body said in a statement on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bucks roll past Pistons in series opener FIFA says it fully supports Gouano, as well as players such as Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose, who were also subjected to racist abuse.Tottenham defender Rose went so far as to say he was looking forward to retiring from the game in the future because of ongoing racism and a lack of action from authorities.Rose was among England players targeted with monkey chants in Montenegro last month while playing in a European Championship qualifier.“In recent days, it has been very sad to see a number of racist incidents in football,” Infantino said. “This is really not acceptable.”FIFA disbanded its anti-racism task force early in Infantino’s presidency in 2016, saying it had “completely fulfilled its temporary mission.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Infantino referred to the “three-step procedure” at tournaments, a measure that was brought in at the 2017 Confederations Cup and which allows a referee to stop a game, suspend a game and ultimately abandon a game if discriminatory behavior persists.“FIFA urges all member associations, leagues, clubs and disciplinary bodies to adopt the same procedure, as well as a zero-tolerance approach to incidents of racism in football, and to apply harsh sanctions for any such kind of behavior,” Infantino said. “Racism has no place in football, just as it has no place in society either.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsInfantino’s intervention comes one day after Amiens’ French league game at Dijon was temporarily halted after the visiting side’s captain Prince Gouano was subjected to racist insults.“I heard monkey noises,” said Gouano, who asked the referee to stop the game. The French league said the alleged perpetrator was subsequently identified and arrested. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

  • Kim Kardashian to Nicki Minaj: All the dramatic looks from the #MetGala that will leave you gaping

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  • ‘Deeply flawed’- Sky Blues weigh in on expansion bids

    first_imgA-League Sydney FC voice support for South-West Sydney A-League bid, slam Southern Expansion Josh Thomas @Joshua_Thomas97 Last updated 1 year ago 12:01 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Scott Barlow Sydney FC A-League Sydney The Sky Blues are open to a third Sydney team but believe Southern Expansion would cut the club off at their knees Reigning A-League premiers Sydney FC have expressed their strong support for A-League expansion, backing a bid for a South-West Sydney side to be introduced.Despite being open to a third A-League team based in Sydney, the Sky Blues have however heavily criticised Southern Expansion, labeling the bid as ‘deeply flawed’. With two new teams to be introduced to the A-League in the 2019/20 season, Football Federation Australia have received 15 respective bids with a choice on the successful two candidates expected in October. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Of the dozen bids, a South-West Sydney side looms as a potential dark horse with the Macarthur region primed for an A-League side according to Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow. “There is no question that expansion of the A-League must happen,” Barlow said via a club statement.”As for a third team in Sydney, I am in full support of a team located in Sydney’s South West representing the rapidly growing region of Macarthur. It’s an exciting proposition for the A-League.”This is where a big successful club can be based, in the heart of a growing community and with a fan base that has a real sense of ownership in the club.”While all for a third team in Sydney, the Sky Blues aren’t impressed with Southern Expansion’s bid for an A-League side.Sydney FCThe proposed team has the support of St George, Sutherland and South Coast Football Associations but Sydney FC believe Southern Expansion would spell disaster for their own club.“In complete contrast to the Macarthur proposal, I am strongly opposed to a team based in south Sydney,” Barlow said. “The southern regions of Sydney including St George and Sutherland are vital parts of Sydney FC’s heartland.“A new team based in the south would be very damaging to our club and would result in huge cannibalisation of our fan base. Put simply it would cut our club off at the knees.”The Southern Expansion bid is a deeply flawed proposal. It is an attempt to pull together three completely unrelated regions of NSW.”The timeline for expansion bids will see all proposals submitted by August 31 with a decision from the FFA then expected October 31.last_img read more

  • Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

    first_imgLane closures will take place on Highway 111 (Circumferential Highway)on Sunday, July 13, to allow for changes to the overhead signs near Exit 4 at Woodland Avenue. The work should be completed by noon. Please obey signs and drive with extra caution in the work zone. Local Area Office: 902-499-1756 Fax: 902-424-0696 -30-last_img

  • Getting in and out of side doesnt create good pattern Shreyas Iyer

    first_imgNew Delhi: Every player wants a sense of security and Shreyas Iyer is no different as he believes that “getting in and out of the team doesn’t create a good pattern” and dents a player’s self belief in the long run.Indian Premier League’s youngest captain, the 24-year-old Iyer, who guided Delhi Capitals to their first play-offs in seven years, is getting ready for the upcoming limited overs series in the Caribbean having earned a recall after a disappointing World Cup snub. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThis is his second coming and he wants a few more chances that will help him cement his place in the side.”If you are really a good talent, then you need a certain amount of chances to prove yourself and get acclimatised to the conditions,” Iyer told PTI in an exclusive interview.”If you keep coming in and going out (of the team), it doesn’t really set a good pattern for one’s self and you start disbelieving yourself. If you are a great talent, then you need some time,” feels the talented Mumbaikar, who has played 6 ODIs and an equal number of T20 Internationals. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHaving stacked up consistent performances at the domestic and A level, Iyer said that at times one tends to lose patience but the only mantra is to perform.”Yes, you tend to lose patience but selection is not in your hands. All you can do is perform, perform and perform and that’s what I enjoy doing,” he said when asked about times when someone is repeatedly ignored.”You have to keep performing and keep showing people that you are capable of playing at the higher league. Once you get that sniff, you never look back,” Iyer, who enjoys 50 plus average (52.18) over 54 first-class games and a healthy 42.93 in List A matches, said. He is confident that he will certainly play a World Cup in future even as the 2019 exclusion rankles him.”Yes there was a lot of buzz about me before the World Cup selection because I was consistent and aware about the hardwork and smart work that I had put in. It will definitely reap benefits and help me in future when I play for India,” he said.Iyer fully understands that it was a specific team combination that was the reason he was being overlooked and hence he always remained in high spirits.”It was difficult to not get selected. It was my dream to play the World Cup for my country. I know there are a few opportunities that I got but unfortunately the team combination was such that it didn’t demand me to be there,” said Iyer, who is a practical sort of person, something that was reflected in his decision making during crunch IPL games.”I just kept myself positive and always in high spirits. It didn’t disturb me from inside at all. It was a dream to play the World Cup and I will play for sure in the future,” he added.An attacking player with a wide array of strokes in his repertoire, Iyer believes in not tinkering too much with his process as long as he knows that it wasn’t dearth of effort.”I have to believe in my process and I know I follow a certain pattern to score runs. I have to believe that I will be getting runs if I have a certain mindset and I know I will. “Self belief is the key to success and that has helped me. So I will put in all my efforts in the manner I know. If it works, it is great and if it doesn’t it’s still great as I know I have put in all my effort,” he exuded confidence.In his endeavour to seek constant improvement, Iyer is working on two specific strokes — pull and sweep.”You have to always work on your batting as you are never perfect. I am working on my batting everyday and trying to perfect a few shots that will help me score all around the world. “Pull and sweep are two shots which can help me score runs outside India. These are two shots that can immediately put pressure back on bowlers,” Iyer reasoned.His comeback has happened after a successful ‘A’ one day series, where his half-centuries were instrumental in two of the four victories recorded by India A.”The A tour has always given me an opportunity to prove myself in the higher league as this is the stepping stone. I was in West Indies for the List A series and I had an idea of how the pitches play and also it’s so hot out there that you need to keep yourself hydrated.”These are little things that you learn as you start playing,” he signed off.last_img read more

  • Ganesh fest begins devotees open heart homes to welcome God

    first_imgMumbai: Traditional prayers, chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ and sweet offerings of ‘laddoos’ and ‘modaks’ by devotees marked the commencement of the Ganesh festival in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on Monday. The 10-day long festival is being held this year amid the looming clouds of economic slowdown and the devastation caused by floods after heavy rains in some parts of the state. Several Ganesh mandals have contributed funds to help those affected by floods in the state, particularly in Kolhapur and Sangli districts. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ As the festival began on Monday morning, idols of different shapes and sizes of the elephant-headed God, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and considered as a symbol of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune, were installed at the sarvanjik (community) mandals and at homes by devotees. While many devotees brought the idols at home by late Sunday night, some were even seen bringing their favourite God amid beats of drums in the wee hours of Monday for the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K People decorated the idols with flowers and garlands and prayed in the morning while offering modaks (dumplings made of rice flour and jaggery) and laddoos, considered as Lord Ganesh’s favourite sweets. On the first day of the festival, which was started by Lokmanya Tilak over 100 years ago, long queues were seen at Lalbaugcha Raja, Mumbai’s most famous Ganpati mandal in Central Mumbai, with devotees eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of Lord Ganesh. Celebrations were also witnessed in other parts of the state, including Pune, Nashik and Nagpur districts. Around 7,703 public and 1.63 lakh domestic idols have been installed this year in Mumbai, an official earlier said. The Indian Railways, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation and private bus operators are running extra services in view of a substantial surge in the number of travellers to Konkan region for the festival. Last week, police issued a general alert for Mumbai in view of the Ganpati festival. Over 40,000 security personnel have been deployed in the city, an official said on Saturday. More than 5,000 CCTVs will monitor activities in the city, he said, adding that the Lalbaugcha Raja mandal will have special security arrangements considering the massive crowd it attracts. Police will coordinate with the city civic body, Coast Guard and Navy, and boats will also be on stand-by to tackle any untoward incident, like drowning, he added. The festival will conclude with the visarjan, or immersion of the idols into a water body, on Anant Chaturdashi on September 12.last_img read more

  • Police seek BC murder suspects in swamp bush bugs of northern Manitoba

    first_imgThe deputy mayor of a remote northern Manitoba town says residents are locking their doors earlier than usual after word of a police manhunt in the area for two suspects in the deaths of three people in northern British Columbia.John McDonald says people in Gillam are also making sure their vehicles are locked while the RCMP search for 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky.The Mounties have said the teens are suspects in the shooting of Lucas Fowler of Sydney, Australia, his girlfriend Chynna Deese of Charlotte, N.C., and the death of another man who has yet to be identified publicly.McDonald says residents are used to seeing strangers come and go from Manitoba Hydro projects, but they’re paying closer attention to faces since the release of photos of the suspects and word Tuesday that both may be in the area.He says extra officers have been brought in for a search focused about 70 kilometres northwest of the town near Fox Lake Cree Nation, where Chief Walter Spence has said police would be patrolling all night.McDonald also says if McLeod and Schmegelsky are there, they are in country known for its thick bush, swamps and pesky insects, and where it’s easy to get lost.“If they are wandering around in the bush, they couldn’t have picked a worse time because the sandflies came out three days ago and they’re just voracious,” he said Wednesday.“I’m quite sure they’ll be more than happy to have someone find them.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Over 20 Chinese arrested for girls trafficking in Pak

    first_imgIslamabad: Over 20 Chinese have been arrested from various Pakistani cities during an ongoing crackdown for their alleged involvement in arranging illegal marriages of young Pakistani girls to Chinese nationals and forcing them into prostitution, officials said Wednesday. The crackdown was launched this week after media reports said that several Pakistani girls were subjected to sexual exploitation by Chinese husbands after going to China. The officials said that over 20 Chinese have been arrested from various Pakistani cities for their involvement in arranging fake marriages of Pakistani women and removing their organs and forcing them into prostitution. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Anti-Human Trafficking Cell arrested 14 Chinese from twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and recovered three Pakistani girls, said the officials in the Ministry of Interior. “For the first time illegal weapons were also recovered from the arrested Chinese,” officials said, adding the rescued women revealed that they were being taken to China. Hundreds of Chinese have come to live in Pakistan in connection with various development work undertaken by the Chinese companies. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsEarlier, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah ordered action against those involved in illegal marriages and sending women to China. He also asked officials to get in touch with the Chinese embassy to address the issue. Chairman of the Senate standing committee on interior Rehman Malik has sought a detailed report in three days on women trafficking to China. The government recently ordered the Federal Investigation Agency to take action against the gangs involved in smuggling of Pakistani girls to China on the pretext of contracting marriage. According to the local media reports, poor Christian girls are lured with money and promises of a ‘good life’ by the illegal matchmaking centres to marry Chinese men who are either visiting or working in Pakistan. These centres produce fake documents of Chinese men showing them either as Christians or Muslims. Most of the girls reportedly became victims of human trafficking and were forced into prostitution, the report said.last_img read more

  • Exclusive UN Draft Resolution Calls for 6Month MINURSO Extension

    The US, in its capacity as penholder of the resolution, submitted the draft resolution on Western Sahara to all members of the Security Council Friday evening, October 26. After receiving the draft resolution, the 15 members of the Security Council will hold their first meeting today at 2 p.m. in New York (7 p.m. Moroccan time) to discuss the MINURSO mandate.The document, which was obtained by Morocco World News, called for a six-month extension of the MINURSO mandate, instead of the traditional 12-month extension. The draft requested that the MINURSO mandate, set to expire October 31, be extended until April 30, 2019. MINURSO’s mandate was only extended for six months in April 2018.Aside from the issue of the duration of MINURSO’s mandate, the draft resolution added a new operative paragraph in which it calls on the Polisario to refrain from taking any action that might change the status quo in the buffer zone.The Security Council “calls the parties to respect their relevant obligations and assurances, and refrain from any actions that could undermine UN-facilitated negotiations or further destabilize the situation in the Western Sahara, and further calls on the Frente Polisario to fully adhere to its commitments to the Personal Envoy with respect to the buffer strip at Guerguerat and Bir Lehlou,” the draft resolution reads.US wants a quick fixThe rationale for the six-month period, the draft elaborated, is to “emphasize the need to achieve a realistic, practicable and enduring political solution to the question of Western Sahara based on compromise and the importance of aligning the strategic focus of MINURSO.”  UN resources should be channelled to push for an effective and rapid diplomatic process to ensure an end to the decades-long standstill, it added.The move is in line with the US position. Reports earlier this month had indicated that Washington wanted a shorter extension period to pressure the conflicting parties to commit to the UN-led political process. John Bolton, the US national security advisor, is known for his views on keeping MINURSO operational in the disputed territory of Western Sahara. During his 2005-2006 tenure as the US representative to the UN, Bolton said MINURSO was an obstacle rather than a broker to finding a lasting and mutually acceptable solution to the conflict.The length of the ongoing diplomatic stalemate has convinced the current Trump administration that the situation on the ground is “no longer business as usual,” according to diplomatic sources.By requesting a considerable shortening of the UN peacekeeping mission, the US hopes to “nudge the parties back to the negotiating table,” political analyst Sarah Feuer recently wrote in a Washington Institute policy brief.The shift in policy, she contended, “aligns with the Trump administration’s general strategy of disrupting the status quo, including in matters of diplomacy,” to get quick fixes.According to the US, the traditional one-year extension annually granted to MINURSO contributed to its ineffectiveness and prolonged hostility between Morocco and the Algeria-backed Polisario Front.France at odds with USFrance, however, supported the recommendation of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who called for a one-year extension to the MINURSO mandate in the Western Sahara report he gave the Security Council on October 3.Guterres said a one-year extension would give him and his emissary, Horst Kohler, the time and space to establish conditions to allow the UN-led political process to continue.A source at the United Nations told Morocco World News yesterday that the Security Council would postpone the adoption of a new resolution on the Western Sahara conflict to Wednesday, October 31.The draft resolution was submitted to the members of the Security Council on Friday night. The source said the US was unable to submit the draft resolution earlier last week due to differences with France on the duration of MINURSO mandate.Calls for Algeria, Mauritania to step upThe draft resolution also encourages parties and neighboring countries to the conflict to “demonstrate further political will towards a solution including by expanding upon their discussion of each other’s proposals.”Subsequently, the resolution expressed “full support” for Guterres’ and Kohler’s intention to renew the “negotiation process before the end of 2018,” referring to invitations to Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, and Polisario to engage in a round-table in Geneva.The document noted that all parties agreed to attend the round table December 5-6.The draft also “encourages them to work constructively with the Personal Envoy, in the spirit of compromise, throughout the duration of this process to ensure a successful outcome.”The resolution also called on neighboring countries (without naming them) to “make contributions to the political process.” This might be a diplomatic gain for Morocco as it has been insisting that Algeria must engage in talks to find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution to the 42-year-long conflict.In contrast to Morocco’s demands, Algeria considers itself an observer to the conflict.Like any other resolution, the document supported the efforts of Guterres, Kohler, and Special Representative and Head of MINURSO Colin Stewart to find a consensual solution to the conflict.The document also recalled Kohler’s visit to the headquarters of MINURSO and Western Sahara in August.The Security Council is set to adopt the new resolution on Western Sahara on Wednesday, October 31. It remain to be seen whether the members of the Security Council will vote for a six month or a one-year extension for the MINURSO mandate. read more

  • Dollarama Inc may have to raise prices up to 4 to deal

    MONTREAL — Dollarama says the weaker Canadian dollar is forcing it to raise prices and could lead the discount retailer to increase its current price threshold from $3 to as much as $4 by late next year.“The probability is in the third and fourth quarter of next year, we’ll have to move our price points up,” CEO Larry Rossy said Thursday during a conference call about its latest results, which beat analyst expectations.Rossy told analysts the company hopes to get more “clarity” about the need for higher prices during a trip to China in October.“In general, we like to maintain our prices as long as we can, but this is really an exceptional time where the Canadian dollar has gone so poorly against the U.S. dollar and everything is bought in U.S. dollars. So to absorb 25 to 35 per cent (in currency swing) is almost impossible.”Compounding Dollarama’s efforts to offer consumers value is the dwindling availability of goods it can purchase for 25 to 35 cents and sell for $1 or $1.25. Rossy said China is no longer focusing on those price levels anymore.Meanwhile, the Montreal-based discount retailer says new, higher-cost items could also weigh on its decision to raise the chain’s current price threshold to $3.50 or $4 by late 2016.However, Rossy said the new, higher-priced items would not lead to the introduction of new product categories. Food, for example, would remain priced at a maximum of $2.Dollarama Inc’s price points resonating with shoppersDollarama Inc downgraded for all the right reasonsAnd the company could mitigate pricing pressures by reducing product sizes.“So as a consumer, I guess next year will not be a pleasant year from a purchasing point of view because you’ll probably be seeing some inflation in all likelihood.”Dollarama said its earnings surged 39 per cent to $95.5 million in the three months ended Aug. 2 on a 14 per cent increase in sales.During the second quarter, 76.5 per cent of Dollarama sales were for products priced higher than $1, up from 67 per cent a year ago.Same-store sales — a key retail measure of sales from stores open at least a year — rose 7.9 per cent. It included a 6.2 per cent increase in the size of average purchases and 1.5 per cent more transactions.Overall sales grew to $653.3 million from $572.6 million.Net income amounted to 74 cents per common share, up from 51 cents per share or $68.9 million in the prior-year quarter.Dollarama was expected to earn 61 cents per share on $642.7 million of revenues according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.It has benefited from the addition of 72 net new stores over the past year, including 17 during the quarter. Dollarama operates 989 stores across Canada.Sales growth is consistent across the country with no real negative impact being seen in oil-producing regions like Alberta. read more

  • NPC Minister wants NPC flag to fly at halfmast tomorrow

    Northern Province Minister of Education Dr K Sarveswaran has called on schools in the North to fly the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) flag at half-mast tomorrow as a mark of respect to the Tamils killed during the war.In a media statement Sarveswaran said that the NPC is seen as a body which upholds the rights of the Tamils and so it is only right that the NPC flag fly at half-mast tomorrow as a mark of respect to the Tamils killed during the final stages of the war. Sarveswaran said that Tamils have been fighting for their rights for 70 years, both diplomatically and through war. He said that in May 2009 the international community was misled to believe the armed struggle for Tamil rights was terrorism and they supported the end of the war.Tamils in the North will remember the war victims tomorrow, the day some believe thousands of Tamils were killed in May 2009 as the war came to an end. (Colombo Gazette) He also urged schools in the North to observe a minute silence at 11am tomorrow as a mark of respect to those killed. read more

  • Implementing SIP Trunking to Add Value to Your Cloud Comms Strategy

    See All in SIP/SIP Trunking » Organizations that want to scale and expand globally can utilize a one-stop-shop SIP Trunk solution to extend their telecom infrastructure and reach into new and existing markets. Twilio Rated Top in SIP Customer Satisfaction, Again John Malone September 18, 2019 With its high customer satisfaction rating and focus on R&D, Twilio is making a name for itself in the SIP trunking market. SIP Trunking technology provides a direct connection between a company’s infrastructure and the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) via Internet Protocol (IP). As a result, it enables the convergence of all voice and data communication channels across geographies – handling thousands of voice, conference, and video calls over a single connection – which can cut telecom costs by up to 50%. As the most effective way to create a unified infrastructure for consolidating geographically dispersed sites, SIP Trunking can improve the customer experience, grow profit margins, and support global expansion. One-stop-shop SIP Trunk solutions provide one single interconnection between an organization’s telecom infrastructure and the SIP Trunk provider via VoIP, enabling unified communications across multiple sites. It enables efficient handling of conference, video, and voice calls over a single SIP Trunk. Businesses can improve the customer’s quality of experience, and enable omnichannel collaboration to increase productivity and efficiency. No investment in new hardware and infrastructure is required, allowing Capex and Opex to be controlled. 5 Reasons SIP Trunking is Alive and Well Irwin Lazar August 26, 2019 The SIP trunking market continues to thrive, even as organizations move to the cloud. Flowroute Top-Rated SIP Trunk Provider in 2019 John Malone August 21, 2019 Out of 29 providers, Eastern Management Group found Flowroute ranked as top SIP trunk vendor for 2019 and received four stars in multiple categories by customers. BICS SIP Trunking services interconnect multi-channel cloud-based communications, providing a single global infrastructure that delivers voice and data communications. If you are a multinational, multi-site organization, require unified communications or you want to overhaul your customer services, then download our recent white paper here, discussing the six ways a SIP Trunk solution will add value to your cloud communications strategy.Tags:News & ViewsBICSSIP trunksPSTNSIP/SIP TrunkingCloud CommunicationsCPaaS Articles You Might Like BICS_SP_Cloud PBX_560px_774.png 8X8: More Than Cloud… Top-Rated in SIP Satisfaction John Malone September 12, 2019 Often thought of as a cloud UC and contact center provider, 8×8 has seen gains in the SIP trunk market – making fans along the way. Digital transformation is revolutionizing how organizations communicate within the workplace and with their customer base. Driven by ever-evolving customer demand for better service and pressure to grow margins, cloud communications has become business critical. The right SIP Trunk will improve the quality of an enterprise’s cloud infrastructure, enabling them to enhance the customer experience, grow profit margins, and expand globally. More and more businesses are migrating to cloud-based communications platforms to reduce costs and increase flexibility. However, to maximize efficiency, productivity and quality of service across an entire organization – from multiple departments to geographically dispersed locations – a cloud platform alone is not sufficient. It must be underpinned by a robust SIP Trunk that can support voice and other channels across a unified communications structure. Sangoma Leader in SIP Trunking for Small Businesses John Malone October 03, 2019 Customers give Sangoma four stars in all satisfaction measurements in 2019 Eastern Management Group survey. Any SIP Trunk solution should include virtual numbers that are compliant with local regulations such as licensing, lawful intercept, and emergency calling capabilities. Embedded fraud prevention capabilities help organizations to proactively monitor fraudulent calls made or received in their network, resulting in secure communications networks. Log in or register to post comments read more

  • New UN survey shows dramatic changes in worlds commodities markets

    UNCTAD’s World Commodity Survey 2000-2001 attributes these alterations to globalization and liberalization, which have “profoundly changed” traditional methods of production, marketing and financing.”This can be seen at the international level, with the end of economic clauses in international commodity agreements,” UNCTAD said. “It is also evident at the national level, with the disappearance of national commodity marketing boards and stabilization bodies.”According to the Survey, the performance of commodities has varied in today’s turbulent economic and financial environment. Metals and ores have enjoyed some revival, while many tropical agricultural products such as coffee and cocoa have experienced historic lows. The Survey calls particular attention to the “peculiarities of the petroleum market,” which has seen the price of a barrel of oil jump from below $10 in 1998 to over $30 in 2000. “In this context, systematic analytical information and relevant indicators on the specific nature of commodities are essential tools for competitiveness and efficiency,” UNCTAD stresses.The 350-page Survey, which was produced in cooperation with the French academic group Cyclope, offers new information and statistics on markets, structures and innovations for more than 80 commodities. It also explores recent world trends and developments that have an impact on commodity markets, providing analysis on a range of issues, including electronic commodity exchanges, genetically modified organisms, temperate zone agriculture, tropical products, iron, steel, precious metals and energy. read more

  • Car production on the rise in 2002

    Car productionTotal car output in 2002 was up 9.1 per centProduction for export in 2002 rose by 17.1 per centCommercial vehicle productionDecember commercial vehicle production was up 2.8 per centIn the last quarter of 2002 CV output rose 15.7 per centDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

  • NFL Will Fine Teams If Players Kneel During Anthem

    David Tepper, left, speaks as NFL commissioner Roger Goodall looks on during a news conference where he was introduced as the new owner of the Carolina Panthers at the NFL owners spring meeting Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA (AP) — NFL owners approved a new policy Thursday aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” but requiring them to stand if they come to the field.Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously by the owners at their spring meeting in Atlanta, but it was met with immediate skepticism by the players’ union.“We want people to be respectful of the national anthem. We want people to stand,” Goodell said. “That’s all personnel, and to make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something that we think we owe. We’ve been very sensitive on making sure that we give players choices, but we do believe that moment is an important moment and one that we are going to focus on.”In a sign that players were not part of the discussions, any violations of the policy would result in fines against the team — not the players.The NFL Players Association said it will challenge any part of the new policy that violates the collective bargaining agreement.The owners spent several hours addressing the contentious issue — which has reached all the way to the White House.Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, a quiet but powerful protest against police brutality and racial inequities in the justice system.Other players took up the cause, and the gesture carried on during the 2017 season even after Kaepernick left the 49ers and failed to land a job with another team.President Trump turned the anthem protests into a campaign issue , saying the NFL should fire any player who takes a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The NFL hasn’t gone that far, but Kaepernick has yet to land another job and one of his former teammates and fellow protesters, safety Eric Reid, is also out of work.Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL.While the owners touted the change as a compromise and noted it was approved unanimously, the players’ union made it clear it was not part of the discussions.“The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new ‘policy,’” the NFLPA said in a statement. “NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.”The statement added, “The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara (co-owner of the New York Giants) about the principles, values and patriotism of our League.” read more

  • Victorian Beckhams 35000 iPhone

    first_imgPosh Spice spent your year’s salary on an iPhone. Yep, you know those crazy gold-covered iPhones that we always assume no one actually buys? Victoria Beckham apparently owns one. The iPhone 4 (called, oddly the iPhone 4G on the outfitter’s site) is covered in 150 grams of 24 carat gold. It apparently takes weeks to craft and runs £21,995.00 ($35,354.76).The 36-year-old former Spice Girl was flipping through the absurdly expensive handset after landing in JFK, when the paparazzi did what paparazzi do. The handset has a half-naked image of her husband, soccer star David Beckham, on the desktop. It also appears to be 75 percent covered with a case–because when you buy a $35,000 phone, the last thing you want to do is show it off to everyone.AdChoices广告last_img

  • Geek deals dual Dell 24inch UltraSharp IPS LCDs with stand for under

    first_imgSo you’ve got a fancy new computer, with all the bits, bytes, and Hertz you could ever need or want. It’s probably very pretty and very powerful. But the real question is, how are you using that computer? Surely you don’t have a $2 USB keyboard, nor a $50 bargain-basement special LCD monitor.We’ve espoused the benefits of a quality display a number of times in these deal hunting chronicles. Not only is a quality display important, but for the serious computer worker (or enthusiast, for that matter) multiple displays are an incredible benefit. For every bit of added enjoyment and multi-tasking efficiency you get with a quality display, it is practically doubled with a second display.Working with multiple data sources, comparing two pieces of content, or even just having a second screen to hold the secondary things like email, IMs, and the like is extremely useful to most any computer user. Running dual monitors does add clutter to the desktop, and the added cable management challenges are unavoidable, but with a package like we have here today you can keep clutter to a minimum and score a sweet deal.This bundle takes two of Dell’s most popular monitors, the UltraSharp U2412M, and bundles them with an adjustable stand. The monitors are top notch pieces of kit, serving up 1920×1200 resolution on a gorgeous 24-inch IPS LCD panel. They will connect to nearly any video sources via VGA, DVI, and DisplayPort and even have a four port USB hub built-in. DVI and VGA cables are included in this bundle as well.The stand normally runs around $100, while the monitors are can sometimes be found for $300 on sale, effectively giving you the stand for free in this bundle priced at $594.99 with free shipping. The UltraSharp monitors even have their usual and oustanding 3 year warranty, complete with advance exchange and bright pixel guarantee.Two Dell UltraSharp U2412M IPS Monitors with stand for $594.99 + free shipping (reg. $699.99 | use coupon 6DBNK$ZJLR$L4J) Our other top deals:Nexus 7 16GB Android 4.2 Tablet (refurbished) for $152.10 + free shipping (reg. $199.99 | ends soon)Apple MacBook Pro 13.3″ Retina Display Core i5 Notebook w/ 256GB SSD for $1,499 + free shipping (reg. $1,999)Intuit TurboTax Deluxe Federal + eFile 2012 [download] for $37.99 (reg. $49.99)last_img read more

  • Santas on his way Military helps kids follow fabled flight

    first_imgCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Tens of thousands of children from around the world plan to call the North American Aerospace Defense Command to ask where Santa is, and starting Saturday they will get a cheery answer about the mythical route from a real person, not a recording.The wildly popular NORAD Tracks Santa operation is launching its 61st run at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Volunteers will answer phone calls and emails and post updates about Santa’s storybook world tour on Facebook and Twitter.Navy Lt. Cmdr. Paul Noel said 1,500 volunteers answered nearly 141,000 phone calls and more than 2,800 emails last year. The NORAD spokesman is quick to say his name really is Noel.Here’s a look at the Christmas tradition:HOW DOES IT WORK?Starting at 3 a.m. Pacific Time Christmas Eve, children can call a toll-free number, 877-446-6723 (877-Hi-NORAD) or email noradtracksanta@outlook.com to ask where Santa is on his fabled journey.Volunteers sit elbow-to-elbow in conference rooms at Peterson Air Force Base, NORAD’s home, answering phones and checking computer-generated maps projected onto big screens. First lady Michelle Obama traditionally answers calls via a remote hookup, but Noel said it was not yet known if she will participate again this year.last_img read more

  • Outspoken Bachmann launches White House bid

    first_imgWATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Outspoken congresswoman and tea party favorite Michele Bachmann cast herself as the “bold choice” for the Republican presidential nomination as she formally kicked off her campaign Monday in her Iowa home town.Outside a historic mansion in Waterloo, Bachmann said she is waging her campaign “not for vanity,” but because voters “must make a bold choice if we are to secure the promise of the future.”As a new Iowa poll this past weekend signaled she’ll be a force in the state that opens the GOP nomination contest, Bachmann hopes to reshape the GOP field and how she’s viewed by voters. After the formal Iowa kickoff, she planned to shift her focus to New Hampshire and South Carolina, other early voting states with traditions of separating the viable contenders from the political also-rans.Bachmann, 55, has many wondering if the edgy side that turned her into a conservative star will be the one she shows on the presidential campaign trail. Her say-anything approach has earned her a loyal following but also plenty of guff from detractors who see her as a fringe politician. Past missteps have only redoubled her me-against-the-world view of politics.“Her trick is going to be to maintain that boldness and to somehow rein it in and discipline it so it works for her and not against her,” said GOP pollster Mike McKenna, who isn’t working for any 2012 presidential candidates.last_img read more