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London Whale Lifts U.k. Regulator To Highest Fines In A Decade

     Posted on October 5th, 2013 by At user1

Regulator to Highest Fines in a Decade By Suzi Ring – 2013-10-04T15:11:31Z The U.K. finance regulator recorded its largest month of fines in more than a decade in September, buoyed by a 137.6 million-pound ($221.2 million) penalty against JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) over the London Whale debacle. Industry fines totaled 169.5 million pounds last month and brought total penalties from the Financial Conduct Authority in 2013 to 339.5 million pounds, according to statistics published today by Wolters Kluwer NV (WKL) , Europe s largest tax and legal publisher. The year-to-date total is larger than any other full year since 2002. The regulator fined JPMorgan as part of a probe into losses exceeding $6.2 billion on a derivatives position built by a trader who came to be known as the London Whale because his bets were so large. The past year has also seen the regulator punish banks embroiled in the scandal over rigging of the London Interbank Offered Rate, or Libor. The FCA is endeavoring to keep up with the international trend towards greater levels of fining and is continuing the trajectory started in the U.K. by the Financial Services Authority in its latter years, said Barnabas Reynolds, a London lawyer at U.S. law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP. The FSA became the FCA in April this year. FCA fines increased considerably last year hitting 313.4 million pounds at the end of 2012 compared with 66.1 million pounds in 2011. The FCA is clear that where there is poor behavior we will act quickly with punishments we believe reflect the seriousness of what has taken place, the FCA said in an emailed statement. To contact the reporter on this story: Suzi Ring in London at sring5@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net More News:

Football Thursday: Can ‘Madden’ video game do more to help NFL in London than the Jaguars?

“People don’t want their attention broken up by adverts,” he said. This is an issue for an NFL that desperately wants to reach young people in the UK. It figures it can only do so much with people over the age of 30. Those fans have their sports and their teams, and the NFL believes they aren’t going to be as open to accepting the NFL as younger people who might be willing to embrace an American sport. It’s a risk. Passion for soccer in England is massive, and the NFL still trails sports like cricket and rugby in the popularity polls the league takes. And American football’s best hope might not lie in the Jaguars or Channel 4 but in a familiar cellophane-wrapped case. “Madden.” A common theme among people in their 20s who came to Wembley on Sunday is that they play the “Madden” NFL video game. And not only do they play “Madden” but their friends play “Madden” and those friends play “Madden.” “All the students we know have ‘Madden,’” said George, the Lions fan who won’t watch Luke Joeckel. “Madden” does what the NFL can’t in Great Britain. It explains the game and its complicated rules and strategies. For years, “Madden” has been making a generation of Americans more sophisticated about the nuances of football by allowing kids who never put on a helmet to experience playbooks and defensive schemes. It’s slowly starting to do the same in London.

Home Sweet Home: Usc-uk Preview

     Posted on October 5th, 2013 by At user1

UK backs global accounting rules, wants ‘prudence’ back

Some of the calls for help that Sach receives come from embassies and consulates that need assistance. Others come from the children themselves. “No one case is the same,” says Ms Salimi. “Sometimes we might get a call from them and if they are able we ask them to go to a shop and then we will go and get them,” she says. “Sometimes we are alerted to a wedding which is being held in public. We would not take a car there because we might be noticed, so we take public transport to the event, and then we grab the girl and run, run, run.” ‘Solitary confinement’ Ms Salimi, a sociologist, set up Sach in 1994. Initially the victims were too scared to come and seek their help – now they receive thousands of calls annually. The Sach shelter has helped around 40 people escape forced marriage in the last year Nineteen-year-old “Nazia” is typical of the young people helped by Sach. She was brought to Pakistan from the UK by her parents, ostensibly for a holiday. But when she arrived, they asked her to marry her cousin. When she refused, Ms Salimi said, “She was kept in solitary confinement for a couple of days without food.” When she still refused to marry him, they gave her an overdose of pills, so that it would appear that she had taken her own life.

UK gears up for cyberwarfare offensives

Shon Carson will be the No. 2 running back while Wilds is sidelined, but he has just three carries for six yards this season. Kentucky’s pass defense will challenge the Gamecocks in two ways: 1) the Wildcats have allowed 175 yards per game through the air, the second-lowest figure in the SEC, and kept Louisville’s acclaimed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in check for portions of that game three weeks ago; 2) UK defensive end Za’Darius Smith, a JUCO transfer, is second in the SEC with 4.5 sacks (1.12 per game). Middle linebacker Avery Williamson is the undisputed leader of the Kentucky defense and he leads the SEC in tackles with 42 in four games (10.5 per game). However, Kentucky has just one interception in four games, so whether it possesses playmakers in the secondary is open for debate. Without Shaq Roland for the second game in a row, Bruce Ellington, Nick Jones and Damiere Byrd represent USC’s best pass-catching threats. KEY OFFENSIVE PLAYERS: QB Connor Shaw, RB Mike Davis, RB Shon Carson, WR Bruce Ellington, WR Nick Jones, TE Busta Anderson, LT Corey Robinson, RT Brandon Shell, KEY DEFENSIVE PLAYERS: DE Za’Darius Smith, DE Alvin Dupree, DT Mister Cobble, MLB Avery Williamson, CB Nate Willis. KEY MATCHUPS: 1. USC RB Mike Davis vs. UK MLB Avery Williamson. 2.

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Speaking at the annual Conservative party conference, Hammond said the United Kingdom was dedicating additional resources and funds to building a strong cyber intelligence and surveillance network, according to Reuters . As cybercrime continues to prove a lucrative way for hackers to steal valuable data for profit or as part of state-sponsored jobs — and many governments struggle to catch up and protect networks adequately against rising attacks — defense budget funds now need to not only consider physical threats, but digital warfare as well. Hammond commented: “Last year our cyber defenses blocked around 400,000 advanced malicious cyber threats against the government’s secure internet alone, so the threat is real. But simply building cyber defenses is not enough: as in other domains of warfare, we also have to deter. Britain will build a dedicated capability to counterattack in cyberspace and if necessary to strike in cyberspace.” In February, the National Audit Office named “addressing the UK’s current and future ICT and cybersecurity skills gap” as a “key challenge.” The NAO report was published as part of the UK’s 650 million pound ($1.09 billion) Cyber Security Strategy scheme, and said it could take “20 years” to address the skills gap at all levels of education. Not only could a dedicated task force of offensive security experts deter hackers in the future, but the Defence Secretary told the Mail on Sunday that cyberstrikes could work “alongside conventional weapons in future conflicts,” disabling communications, nuclear weapons, ships and critical hardware. To establish the new cybersecurity force, the UK will recruit experts in their hundreds from a number of fields. The recruitment drive will include civilian computer experts who will be part of the “Joint Cyber Reserve,” and their role will be to work alongside members of the Ministry of Defence and GCHQ to protect critical infrastructure and prevent data theft. The cost of the program was not disclosed, but recruitment is due to begin in October. Hammond commented : “Increasingly, our defense budget is being invested in high-end capabilities such as cyber and intelligence and surveillance assets to ensure we can keep the country safe. The cyber reserves will be an essential part of ensuring we defend our national security in cyber-space. This is an exciting opportunity for Internet experts in industry to put their skills to good use for the nation, protecting our vital computer systems and capabilities.” The UK is also seeking ways to train the next generation of cyberspecialists.

Credit: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth By Huw Jones LONDON | Fri Oct 4, 2013 1:15am IST LONDON (Reuters) – Britain still believes a specific reference to “prudence” would improve international accounting standards, but reasserted on Thursday the rules as they stand are legally binding, hoping to end any uncertainty over the matter. Rules on how companies are audited, drawn up by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), are mandatory in Britain and elsewhere in the European Union, but a decision in 2010 to drop a specific reference to prudence has been questioned by some investors. Prudence requires accountants to err on the side of caution when treating something not covered by a specific IASB rule and the investors said its omission from the foundation for the IASB’s rules, known as the conceptual framework, was inconsistent with some EU and British laws. They argued it could help banks mask any problems they were suffering, a particular concern given banks were given a clean bill of health just before taxpayers had to rescue them in the 2008 financial crisis. One of the critics, Tim Bush of shareholder pressure group Pirc, challenged the IASB rules in a 24-page letter in 2010 in his role as member of a UK Accounting Standards Board committee. Britain’s government is “entirely satisfied that the concerns expressed are misconceived”, consumer affairs minister Jo Swinson said in a statement on Thursday. Melanie McLaren, a director at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), which regulates accounting in Britain, said the government statement, backed by a legal opinion for the FRC, ended the uncertainty over accounting practices. “We felt we needed to listen to the investors and give the matter due consideration. Having done that we needed to make sure we were quite firm to close that uncertainty down as we approach the financial year-end,” McLaren told Reuters. Bush said the debate over IASB rules could continue. He told Reuters it was difficult to see how the matter is conclusively settled if there is a situation where the latest legal opinion seemed to be disagreeing with an earlier opinion and also with other judges and a Law Lord. The IASB is reviewing its conceptual framework and the UK government and FRC maintain a reference to prudence should be reinserted.

The Best Ways To Invest In Europe’s Recovery

     Posted on October 5th, 2013 by At user1

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By Mark Thompson @MarkThompsonCNN October 3, 2013: 8:27 AM ET Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has stuck to the task of painful economic reforms. LONDON (CNNMoney) Investors are scouring Europe for ways to make money from its tentative recovery, and one U.S. firm thinks it has found the answer — buy Greek government bonds. Japonica Partners said it believed Greek debt was “massively undervalued” and should be rated several notches above the junk status assigned by the big credit rating agencies. Greece has been shut out of international bond markets since 2010, when its government borrowing spiraled out of control. It has been rescued twice by the European Union and International Monetary Fund and was forced to restructure its debt in March 2012, imposing losses of more than 100 billion euros on private bondholders. Related: Europe’s recovery is weak, warns ECB But hedge funds — such as Dan Loeb’s Third Point — and other niche investors who bought into Greek debt since the restructuring have made a killing. Yields on Greek 10-year debt in the secondary market have plunged from around 44% in March 2012 to 9%. Japonica’s statement was greeted with derision by some investors Thursday, but the firm that made its name restructuring bankrupt Allegheny International in the early 1990s believes it has spotted an opportunity others may have missed. It claims to have become one of the larger, if not the largest, holder of Greek government bonds, and has hired a former senior executive from Norway’s oil fund — one of the world’s biggest investors — to help manage the portfolio. Related: Investors embrace European stocks “Greece is one of history’s most extraordinary sovereign rejuvenations hidden in plain sight by pervasive systemic misperceptions,” Japonica said, adding it expected yields should break below 5% in 2014. It’s a bold prediction but Japonica may have a point.

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We let a point go with the Italians, they had the match under control until the very end, Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal said. Overall (losing) 3-2 is not that bad. These guys play great golf, and you have to be on your toes. When you play at this kind of level, its decided on little things, and today was a good proof of that. Gregory Bourdy and Joost Luiten beat Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood by the same margin. A 6-foot birdie from Jamieson secured their win on the final hole after the Italians had been one up with two holes to play. The golf that was played was beautiful, Britain and Ireland captain Sam Torrance said. Britain and Ireland could have finished the day all square with Europe as Fleetwood and Wood rallied from 3 down after 14 holes. Woods eagle on the 17th ensured it went to the final hole, where both he and Fleetwood had putts to halve the match, but missed. Lawrie expressed his disappointment last week that eight of his Ryder Cup teammates snubbed the tournament. Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter arent playing for Britain and Ireland. Sergio Garcia and Peter Hansen declined places in the Europe team. The Seve Trophy, which is played in non-Ryder Cup years, is named after the late Seve Ballesteros, who died in 2011.

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Now Frontex and the UNHCR are worried about a marked increase in the numbers of Syrians arriving in overcrowded boats after days at sea in the Mediterranean. In 2011 Italy housed thousands of Tunisian migrants in tents near Taranto Michal Parzyszek, a spokesperson for Frontex, said 2012 saw the biggest number of asylum claims in the EU since 2005 – a total of 272,208. Frontex is helping Italy to intercept migrant boats, but the two EU operations in the southern Mediterranean have limited resources – a total of four ships, two helicopters and two planes, Mr Parzyszek said. The Tunisia emergency was followed by the Libya emergency, when thousands of African migrants fled the war which eventually crushed Col Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. According to Mr Fossi, the 2011-2012 wave of migrants from Libya consisted mostly of Africans who had been working there and were economic migrants, rather than people fleeing persecution. The Libya exodus was a new phenomenon – the migrant boats from Libya had dwindled to a trickle under a deal between Gaddafi and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Italy had helped Gaddafi to prevent the boats leaving Libya’s shores. Many migrants who reached Italy from Libya have since moved on to other EU countries. In May this year German officials accused Italy of giving African migrants up to 500 euros (420; $680) each as well as Schengen zone visas, enabling them to leave Italy and head north. Schengen visas allow holders to travel to most EU countries without having their passports or other documents checked at the border. Italy gave the migrants some money to help them integrate after the Libya emergency was declared over at the end of 2012, Mr Fossi told the BBC. The migrants had to leave the reception centres, but it was not official policy to encourage them to leave Italy, Mr Fossi said.

Uk To Enjoy More Settled Weekend After Wet Weather

     Posted on October 5th, 2013 by At user1

by Charlie Osborne September 30, 2013 8:08 AM PDT The UK government is planning to recruit hundreds of computer specialists to defend core infrastructure against cyberthreats, Conservative Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said Sunday. Speaking at the annual Conservative party conference, Hammond said the United Kingdom was dedicating additional resources and funds to building a strong cyber intelligence and surveillance network, according to Reuters . As cybercrime continues to prove a lucrative way for hackers to steal valuable data for profit or as part of state-sponsored jobs — and many governments struggle to catch up and protect networks adequately against rising attacks — defense budget funds now need to not only consider physical threats, but digital warfare as well. Hammond commented: “Last year our cyber defenses blocked around 400,000 advanced malicious cyber threats against the government’s secure internet alone, so the threat is real. But simply building cyber defenses is not enough: as in other domains of warfare, we also have to deter. Britain will build a dedicated capability to counterattack in cyberspace and if necessary to strike in cyberspace.” In February, the National Audit Office named “addressing the UK’s current and future ICT and cybersecurity skills gap” as a “key challenge.” The NAO report was published as part of the UK’s 650 million pound ($1.09 billion) Cyber Security Strategy scheme, and said it could take “20 years” to address the skills gap at all levels of education. Not only could a dedicated task force of offensive security experts deter hackers in the future, but the Defence Secretary told the Mail on Sunday that cyberstrikes could work “alongside conventional weapons in future conflicts,” disabling communications, nuclear weapons, ships and critical hardware. To establish the new cybersecurity force, the UK will recruit experts in their hundreds from a number of fields. The recruitment drive will include civilian computer experts who will be part of the “Joint Cyber Reserve,” and their role will be to work alongside members of the Ministry of Defence and GCHQ to protect critical infrastructure and prevent data theft. The cost of the program was not disclosed, but recruitment is due to begin in October. Hammond commented : “Increasingly, our defense budget is being invested in high-end capabilities such as cyber and intelligence and surveillance assets to ensure we can keep the country safe. The cyber reserves will be an essential part of ensuring we defend our national security in cyber-space. This is an exciting opportunity for Internet experts in industry to put their skills to good use for the nation, protecting our vital computer systems and capabilities.” The UK is also seeking ways to train the next generation of cyberspecialists. In May, two UK universities — Oxford and Royal Holloway — were granted 7.5 million pounds in funding to help develop the country’s skills in online security.

The wet weather will continue to the end of this month, including floods and hail storms, according to the Met Office, potentially making it one of the wettest Aprils on record.

budget impasse drags on. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on * The UK blue chip index closed up 11.54 points, or 0.2 percent, at 6,449.04 points on Thursday. * President Barack Obama met Republican and Democrat leaders in Congress but reiterated in a speech that he would not give in to Republican demands to roll back his healthcare programme in exchange for reopening the government. * The U.S. government shutdown has led to a delay in the closely-watched non-farm payrolls data, which is normally due for release on Friday. No major domestic economic data is due on Friday. * BARCLAYS : The British bank is expected to sell at least 300 million pounds ($487 million) of its shares in the market on Friday, as it finds a home for shares not taken by existing investors in a 6 billion pound fundraising. * UK CORPORATE DIARY: TATE & LYLE issues a trading update. JOHN WOOD GROUP issues a trading update. TODAY’S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines Multimedia versions of Reuters Top News are now available for: * 3000 Xtra : visit* BridgeStation: view story .134(Reporting by Tricia Wright; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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This month could prove to be one of the wettest on recordPhoto: REUTERS/Olivia Harris 11:11AM BST 05 Oct 2013 Comments With many areas seeing as much as an inch of rain falling in an hour, people can look forward to a drier couple of days. The Met Office issued a severe weather warning as rain battered much of the UK, but it is set to dry up today for the weekend. Charles Powell, a forecaster at the Met Office, said a lot of the rain that sparked the warnings has already fallen, and said today will be the start of a “gradual change”. “It sets the scene for a much more settled spell over the weekend,” he said. Claire Austin, a meteorologist at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: “We had quite a bit yesterday. There’s been quite a nasty band of rain moving across the country. Related Articles 20 Sep 2013 “As we go through the afternoon it is an improved picture.” The yellow warnings of rain from the Met Office – advising people to “be aware” – are in place for much of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A large area of England has also been issued with the same warning, with the North West, North East and Yorkshire escaping it. The yellow warning is in place until 8am on Saturday. The Met Office said the public should be aware of the risk of localised flooding, with outbreaks of heavy, thundery rain expected to spread from the South overnight. The Environment Agency has issued five flood alerts for the South West and one flood alert for the North East. A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency said: “Widespread heavy rain is expected to spread from the south west of England today and into tomorrow. “This has the potential to cause localised significant flooding across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, although other areas may also be at risk. “Environment Agency staff will continue to closely monitor the situation and teams are out working to minimise river flood risk, clearing debris from streams and unblocking culverts. “Local authorities will respond to any reports of surface water flooding.

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Report: United To Open 787 Base In Los Angeles

     Posted on October 5th, 2013 by At user1

WD s My Cloud is a complete solution for users to organize, centralize and secure the digital content from all of their computers and mobile devices and access those files from any device, from anywhere in the world. By simply connecting a My Cloud personal cloud drive to the Internet, consumers get the anywhere, any-device access they can get from the public cloud, without having to pay monthly fees or giving up control of their personal data. We believe that there s no place like home for the cloud, said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups. Everyone is inundated with thousands of digital files scattered across multiple computers and mobile devices, and controlling that chaos is a challenge. WD s personal cloud is the easiest, most secure and most affordable way for customers to control that chaos, with access to all of their files anywhere, anytime. Research firm Gartner estimates that the average household will own approximately 3.3 terabytes (TB) of digital content by 20161. In line with this growth of digital content is the explosive growth of Internet-connected devices, with the current U.S. household owning 5.7 connected devices, according to The NPD Group2. The convergence of rapid content and device growth requires a new storage paradigm that gives consumers complete control over their digital lives. Personal cloud storage is the new standard, allowing users to keep media and files safe at home on their own physical drive and then access them over the Internet with any PC or Mac computer or on tablets and smartphones through mobile apps. Using the My Cloud drive, users can share files, stream media and access content anywhere with no monthly fees and feel secure in the knowledge that their cloud resides in their own home under their exclusive control. Families are connecting, sharing, syncing, and backing-up numerous mobile devices and computers in their household, with the amount of digital data being created on these devices growing dramatically, said Liz Conner, Senior Research Analyst, Storage Systems, IDC. Personal cloud is an ideal solution to simplify the complex issue of organizing digital files across various devices so that users can enjoy their digital videos, photos and music on all of their devices. Streamlined Setup and Backup Customers can get their personal cloud up and running in minutes with WD s rich web-based user interface for seamless web-guided setup.

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“In August, we told you that we believe this amount of flying warrants a west coast 787 base to reliably support our network. We have decided that LAX is the right location for this 787 base.” United’s trans-Pacific Dreamliner routes from the West Coast include flights from LAX to Shanghai and Tokyo Narita and soon-to-launch 787 routes between Seattle and Tokyo, San Francisco and Osaka and San Francisco and Chengdu, China . Also in western United States, United offers a trans-Pacific flight to Tokyo out of its Denver hub. A United Airlines Boeing 787 takes off for Chicago from Houston Intercontinental Airport on Nov. 4, 2012, with more than 200 customers on board. This was the inaugural commercial flight for the United Airlines aircraft. Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle, via AP Even at 5:54 a.m., there was a festive air at the departure gate for United’s inaugural 787 flight. Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson speaks to a group of journalists traveling on United’s inaugural 787 flight. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com United CEO Jeff Smisek, back row center, stands with crew members before the first flight of the airline’s Boeing 787 aircraft. Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle, via AP Passengers have a little fun before boarding the first Dreamliner to fly paying customers within the United States. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com The chances of getting an upgrade weren’t good for United’s inaugural 787 flight. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com Customers on United’s inaugural 787 flight were treated to snacks before the flight, including special Dreamliner cookies. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com For the first time, a departure board shows United preparing to board paying customers on a 787 flight. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com Thomas Moore, a customer on United’s 787 inaugural flight, also has flown on the world’s first passenger flights of the 747 and the Airbus A380 as evidenced by this self-made plaque. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com United’s Dreamliner at the gate. Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY And the boarding for the Dreamliner flight begins … Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY A United gate agent takes a boarding pass from one of the first customers to board the Dreamliner. Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY The crew for United’s inaugural Dreamliner flight poses for a photo before departing Houston. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com Capt. Cliff Pittman speaks to the media in Houston before the flight to Chicago. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com A United Airlines Boeing 787 is prepared for take-off. Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle, via AP Media begin filtering into the economy section ahead of United’s inaugural 787 flight. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com A United Airlines Boeing 787 takes off from Houston Intercontinental Airport. Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle, via AP A view out the window during United’s first “revenue” Dreamliner flight. Scott Shatzer, for USA TODAY Departure for the Dreamliner from Houston. Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY Passenger Gregg Martin poses for a picture in his business-class seat as United CEO Jeff Smisek talks to a TV crew during United’s inaugural Dreamliner flight. Courtesy of Today in the Sky reader Kris Van Cleave United CEO Jeff Smisek, for the record, sat in the bulkhead row of coach. Courtesy of Today in the Sky reader Kris Van Cleave Those on board United’s inaugural Dreamliner flight got a souvenir kit, including a certificate indicating their spot on the historic trip. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com United offered free champagne in all cabins to help celebrate its long-awaited 787 debut. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com The interior of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Nam Y. Huh, AP A video screen on the back of a seat. Nam Y.

Iran studies direct flights to United States

It was my major in college which I am still paying for 20 years later cause we live in a country that likes to make a profit and charge unnecessary so we can make that country stronger and better. And create jobs. Wow that sure makes sense. Ridiculous. Absurd. Or should we talk about the failing educational systems ranked among the worst in the world for civilized countries. We are ranked that low because of the joke called tenure. You free loading teachers know all about this. Tenure is the concept that makes teachers untouchable. Why should they care about those trash ghetto students. Their job is safe and secure no matter what they teach. Another brilliant example of America. These are the same people that threw a tantrum when asked to help pay for rising costs of insurances and other things. Wow that sure instills confidence knowing that they are the ones leading our children in the future.

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On Friday, September 27, 2013, before Rouhani’s departure from New York, the Iranian president and American President Barack Obama held a telephone conversation. The call was the first direct communication between an Iranian and a US president since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979. 3, 2013 at 9:45 AM TEHRAN, Oct. 3 (UPI) — Iran is willing to consider a memorandum of understanding for direct flights to the United States, a national aviation director in Iran said. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on legislators in the Islamic republic this week to review the prospects for direct flights between the United States and Iran. He has moved to engage his adversaries since winning Iranian elections this year by running as a moderate. Civil aviation director Hamid Reza Pahlavani said the government was ready to sign a preliminary agreement on the agenda, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reported Thursday. A parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy in Tehran said the measure would not only help Iranian expatriates travel home but improve ties with the United States, Fars reported. Rouhani spoke by phone with U.S. President Barack last week as the Iranian president was returning home from the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York, Fars said. Both leaders also exchanged formal letters on the nuclear impasse. Bilateral ties were severed in 1979 when the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was seized by student revolutionaries.

Blackstone Opens Europe Spigot As Distressed Deals Surge

     Posted on October 5th, 2013 by At user1

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About 55% of this fund is invested in European stocks, such as French cosmetics leader L’Oreal ( LRLCF ) and German athletic brand Adidas ( ADDYY ). Investing via ETFs: If you want to buy a fund that focuses more directly on Europe — and pay lower fees in the process — you have many more options in exchange traded funds. The largest dedicated Europe ETF by assets is the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF ( VGK ), with about $13 billion under management. Top holdings include U.K.-based Royal Dutch Shell ( RDSA ), Swiss consumer products maker Nestle ( NSRGY ) and HSBC. Best of all, the costs are super low. The VGK fund charges just 0.12% in expenses, which works out to a measly $12 a year on every $10,000 you invest. Google+ Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer . Morningstar: 2013 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use.

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People were hoping it would be like the U.S. in 2008 and 2009, where banks would sell loads of stuff and clean up their balance sheets, Avenue Capitals Lasry said. Europe is doing that, but it will take 5 to 10 years. Blackstone, with $229.6 billion under management as of June 30, has been among the biggest buyers of distressed European real estate loans from banks since 2011. Late that year the New York-based firm took over 1.4 billion pounds of commercial mortgages from RBS in a transaction the bank partly financed. The deal was part of more than 100 debt-portfolio acquisitions investors including Apollo, Lone Star and Cerberus have struck since the end of 2009, according to PwCs Thompson. The American buyers arent just picking up bundled loans from banks. Blackstones $63.9 billion real estate unit has focused on buying single European properties threatened with foreclosure and on debt-laden developers. The unit, which can make investments in distressed or non-distressed assets, bought underused European warehouses this year and 1,860 apartment units in Madrid. It purchased Dublins Burlington Hotel late last year in a foreclosure sale from Lloyds at less than a quarter of its 2007 price. Multi Restructuring Since last year, Blackstone has teamed with Canadas biggest pension-fund manager to buy 640 million euros in nominal value of margin loans backed by a 12 percent stake in Gecina SA, Frances third-largest real estate investment trust. It also bought almost all of 900 million euros in face value of debt owed by Gouda, Netherlands-based Multi Corp., a shopping-mall developer that said in March it couldnt meet interest payments. Blackstone last month completed a restructuring that gave it close to full ownership of Multi, said a person with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because the deal is private. Jonathan Gray , who heads the firms real estate unit, said Gecina and Multi were the 2009 funds biggest investments.

Britain and Ireland trim Europe’s lead to 1 point after fourballs in Seve Trophy

Overall (losing) 3-2 is not that bad. These guys play great golf, and you have to be on your toes. When you play at this kind of level, its decided on little things, and today was a good proof of that. Gregory Bourdy and Joost Luiten beat Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood by the same margin. A 6-foot birdie from Jamieson secured their win on the final hole after the Italians had been one up with two holes to play. The golf that was played was beautiful, Britain and Ireland captain Sam Torrance said. Britain and Ireland could have finished the day all square with Europe as Fleetwood and Wood rallied from 3 down after 14 holes. Woods eagle on the 17th ensured it went to the final hole, where both he and Fleetwood had putts to halve the match, but missed. Lawrie expressed his disappointment last week that eight of his Ryder Cup teammates snubbed the tournament. Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter arent playing for Britain and Ireland. Sergio Garcia and Peter Hansen declined places in the Europe team. The Seve Trophy, which is played in non-Ryder Cup years, is named after the late Seve Ballesteros, who died in 2011. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

United States : Rockford Region Vital Signs Initiative To Host Open Houses [tendersinfo (india)]

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Until now, the carrier’s 787 pilot base has been at its hub at Houston Bush Intercontinental. The establishment of a 787 pilot base at LAX comes as United increasingly looks to deploy its Dreamliners on Asian routes from the West Coast. ARCHIVES: First Dreamliner passengers sing new jet’s praises (October 2011) “Our 2014 international schedule has the 787 flying many routes to Asia,” Howard Attarian, United’s senior vice-president of flight operations, is quoted by FlightGlobal as saying in a September letter to United’s flight operations group. “In August, we told you that we believe this amount of flying warrants a west coast 787 base to reliably support our network. We have decided that LAX is the right location for this 787 base.” United’s trans-Pacific Dreamliner routes from the West Coast include flights from LAX to Shanghai and Tokyo Narita and soon-to-launch 787 routes between Seattle and Tokyo, San Francisco and Osaka and San Francisco and Chengdu, China . Also in western United States, United offers a trans-Pacific flight to Tokyo out of its Denver hub. A United Airlines Boeing 787 takes off for Chicago from Houston Intercontinental Airport on Nov. 4, 2012, with more than 200 customers on board. This was the inaugural commercial flight for the United Airlines aircraft. Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle, via AP Even at 5:54 a.m., there was a festive air at the departure gate for United’s inaugural 787 flight. Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson speaks to a group of journalists traveling on United’s inaugural 787 flight. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com United CEO Jeff Smisek, back row center, stands with crew members before the first flight of the airline’s Boeing 787 aircraft. Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle, via AP Passengers have a little fun before boarding the first Dreamliner to fly paying customers within the United States. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com The chances of getting an upgrade weren’t good for United’s inaugural 787 flight. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com Customers on United’s inaugural 787 flight were treated to snacks before the flight, including special Dreamliner cookies. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com For the first time, a departure board shows United preparing to board paying customers on a 787 flight. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com Thomas Moore, a customer on United’s 787 inaugural flight, also has flown on the world’s first passenger flights of the 747 and the Airbus A380 as evidenced by this self-made plaque. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com United’s Dreamliner at the gate. Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY And the boarding for the Dreamliner flight begins … Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY A United gate agent takes a boarding pass from one of the first customers to board the Dreamliner. Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY The crew for United’s inaugural Dreamliner flight poses for a photo before departing Houston. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com Capt. Cliff Pittman speaks to the media in Houston before the flight to Chicago. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com A United Airlines Boeing 787 is prepared for take-off. Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle, via AP Media begin filtering into the economy section ahead of United’s inaugural 787 flight. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com A United Airlines Boeing 787 takes off from Houston Intercontinental Airport. Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle, via AP A view out the window during United’s first “revenue” Dreamliner flight. Scott Shatzer, for USA TODAY Departure for the Dreamliner from Houston. Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY Passenger Gregg Martin poses for a picture in his business-class seat as United CEO Jeff Smisek talks to a TV crew during United’s inaugural Dreamliner flight. Courtesy of Today in the Sky reader Kris Van Cleave United CEO Jeff Smisek, for the record, sat in the bulkhead row of coach. Courtesy of Today in the Sky reader Kris Van Cleave Those on board United’s inaugural Dreamliner flight got a souvenir kit, including a certificate indicating their spot on the historic trip. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com United offered free champagne in all cabins to help celebrate its long-awaited 787 debut. Courtesy of Chris Sloan, Airchive.com The interior of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Nam Y. Huh, AP A video screen on the back of a seat. Nam Y. Huh, AP Sleeping quarters for the flight crew. Eric Kayne, Houston Chronicle, via AP Passenger Sean Oliver of Washington, D.C., was one of several passengers sporting a special 787 T-shirt for the occasion. Scott Shatzer for USA TODAY Breakfast on United’s inaugural flight which departed Houston at 7:20 a.m.

The United States is the Most Expensive Country for Car Insurance, Says 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com

The open house will expose their work and make it possible for community comments. To perform case study and preparing for the Fair Housing Value Evaluation and Research of Barriers to Fair Housing Research, Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP) appointed James Gilleylen, of the J-Quad Planning Group. As the writer of these two reviews, he will be in Rockford for both open houses on Oct 16 & 17 to talk about results with the community. Rockford Housing Authority has together commissioned the Deconcentration Research with RMAP. The research will be used to drive cost-effective housing choices and is designed to deconcentrate high levels of poverty and racial segregations, so that sponsored houses truly have equivalent access to fair housing choices. Individuals comprising all areas of our society have been working together to get ready the objectives and techniques for the RPSD. Through the online device as well as group conference, a society perspective for sustainable growth is being prepared. The results of this will be exposed at the open house. Steve Ernst, Executive Director of RMAP said, We are pleased with the public participation that has informed the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. The process, which began a year and a half ago, has heard the voices of our community clarify how they want to see our future shaped in regard to social, economic development and environmental issues. I look forward to sharing the results at our upcoming open houses.

Markets closed The United States is the Most Expensive Country for Car Insurance, Says 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com The Website Has Just Posted a New Article that Lists the Five Countries that Have the Highest Auto Insurance Rates Press Release: 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com 14 hours ago Print NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com, a website that offers car insurance quotes to drivers throughout the United States, has just posted a new article to the site that lists the five countries that have the highest auto insurance rates. As the article, http://www.4autoinsurancequote.com/uncategorized/which-countries-have-the-highest-car-insurance-rates/ , noted, the United States holds the dubious honor of being the most costly country for purchasing car insurance. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131004/MN92161 ) According to the newly-posted article, the average amount that people pay for car insurance in the United States is a whopping $1,706.86 per year. With the average income for most Americans hovering right around $50,000, the article points out that this equates to around 3 percent of a person’s annual income going towards car insurance. Since each state varies in terms of how much drivers pay, the average figure does vary a bit depending on where people live; for example, in some states drivers might pay around $1,000 per year for auto insurance, while in others it can soar to well over $2,000 annually. While the overall cost of car insurance also varies from country to country, the main factors that drive up the price of premiums are essentially the same no matter where somebody lives. For example, the article said, insurance companies take the safety of the roads in the particular country into consideration, as well as the types of vehicles that people are driving there. “In general, you are going to find that the wealthier nations are actually the places where auto insurance tends to be the most expensive,” the article noted, adding that the various issues that influence how much people will pay for car insurance can change from region to region in places like the United States. “If you want to know where you are going to pay the most for car insurance, then you have to look at the places where people are driving fancy sports cars and seem to always find themselves in an auto accident.” Coming in at second place on the list of the top five costly car insurance countries is Austria, where insurance is typically paid for on a month-to-month basis. Germany, the United Kingdom, and Australia round out the rest of the list. Anybody who would like to learn more about how they can save money on car insurance is welcome to visit the 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com website at anytime; there, they can read the newly-posted article and, if they desire, enter in some basic information to get a variety of car insurance quotes. About 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com: 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com provides car insurance quotes for all U.S. citizens. Located in the Murray Hill area of New York City, 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com hopes to bring affordable auto insurance rates to everybody in America.

United States roster falling to pieces ahead of remaining 2014 World Cup qualifiers

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Word came Monday that Fabian Johnson has an ankle injury and may not be available for Hoffenheims match Saturday at Mainz 05. If Johnson does not play there, expect some reluctance from Hoffenheim to release their left-sided defender-midfielder for international duty. Landon Donovan (pictured below) was back on the field for the Galaxy on Sunday in Seattle, so he is likely to be on Klinsmanns list when the team gathers next week in Kansas City. But whether the Galaxy man will be at full-fitness (and therefor full effectiveness) is another matter. There is one other element potentially destructive to Klinsmanns plan: how will MLS teams feel about losing players for meaningless contests with significant implications in their one, league contests on the line? Think about Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey, all locks to make the final 23-man roster for Brazil. If there isnt some push back from Sporting Kansas City, the LA Galaxy and Seattle, Ill be surprised. (Goodson, too, for that matter, as San Joses playoff chances remain in the balance, and the Earthquakes are sure to want their best bunch whenever possible.) There will still be plenty to work with in the U.S. camp. Jozy Altidore will likely relish some time away from the pit of despair that Sunderland has become. There will be mutual benefit of having Aron Johannsson, so fabulously in form at Alkmaar, in another U.S. camp, especially as the Icelandic American has been in so few sessions under Klinsmann so far.

Jay Z: Obama’s Election ‘renewed My Spirit For America’

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Democrats are pointing their fingers at the Republicans. And the Americans are pointing their middle fingers at both of them.” Marc admittedthat doesn’t understands what’s going on. Can someone explain it to him?! PHOTOS: A look at some of the late-night talk show hosts Vanity Fair On a more serious note, Jay Z graces the cover of Vanity Fair’s November issue and talks candidly about his early days dealing drugs. “At some point, you have to have an exit strategy, because your window is very small. You’re going to get locked up, or you’re going to die,” he revealed. When asked about whether wife Beyonce was still a good girl , he replied with, “Nah. She’s gangsta now.” Love them. Lastly, Barbara Walters apologizes to Katy Perry .Well, sorta. The beef started when the singer showed up late to Walters’ interview for her “10 Most Fascinating People” piece. When Katy got to the interview, Barbara snapped at her, saying, “You know, I’ve only ever waited for one other person this long, and you know who that person was? Judy Garland . You know how she turned out, right?” On the Sept.

short for fuck up this world is another relaxed track. Somewhereinamerica he talks about giving a shout to people getting new money and being snubbed by old money. Crown begins with a reggae sample, before drums kick in, I like track, sounds like a halloween hip hop song . He talks about not being illuminati , and people doubting his greatness, being 6′ 2 in a bugatti . Versus is a quick bravado track, he talks about how his first year is better than most peoples last year. Part II features his wife superstar singer Beyonce on the hook, she starts off the track declaring her love for jigga several times. Beach is better, he talks about he’s not trippin on a female unless she looks like Halle Berry or Beyonce. BBC is a uptempo track featuring an allstar cast, Nas , Beyonce, Justin Timberlake , Pharrell , Swizz Beats and Timbaland , it sounds like a giant party song. Jay-Z Blue, he talks about doing music for the babies, and being a father. La Familia is a track about putting family first and having integrity. Nickels And Dimes is the final track it’s a smooth track and soft finish for the album. Overall this is not as dramatic as most Jay-Z cds and reminds me of an album in the light of Kingdom come . On here Jay finally shows a bit of his age making rare Jay-Z filler tracks here and there.

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Beyonce is in Havana with her husband, rapper Jay-Z, on their fifth wedding anniversary. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z U.S. singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, hold hands as they tour Old Havana, Cuba, Thursday, April 4, 2013. R&B’s power couple is in Havana on their fifth wedding anniversary. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z U.S. singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, right, tours Old Havana as a body guard, left, and tour guide, right, accompany them in Cuba, Thursday, April 4, 2013. R&B’s power couple is in Havana on their fifth wedding anniversary. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z U.S. singer Beyonce, center holding camera, walks with her husband, rapper Jay-Z, right of her, as they tour Old Havana, Cuba, Thursday, April 4, 2013. R&B’s power couple is in Havana on their fifth wedding anniversary. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) People react to the press as they wait outside the Saratoga hotel to see U.S. singer Beyonce in Old Havana, Cuba, Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Wanna Introduce A Film On Turner Classic Movies?

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Friday, Oct. 18 Director: Mike Mendez Stars: Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Ray Wise Plot: A 50-foot-tall alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages through Los Angeles. It’s up to a team of scientists, soldiers and one exterminator to kill the creature. Friday, Oct. 25 ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ Director: Abdellatif Kechiche Stars: Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche Plot: The winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or prize centers on a 15-year-old girl entering a lesbian relationship. Kerry Brown, 20th Century Fox ‘The Counselor’ Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem Plot: A lawyer (Fassbender) finds himself up to his neck after entering the drug trade. Cormac McCarthy penned wrote the screenplay. Director: Jeff Tremaine Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicholl Plot: Knoxville dons makeup and prosthetics to star as 86-year-old Irving Zisman, who travels cross-country with his 8-year-old grandson, Bill (Nicholl). Mayhem follows. Written by Bryan Alexander; Produced by John Elliot Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY 1:51 p.m. EDT October 1, 2013 Talk about abnormal activity. There’s a dearth of big-budget horror films this Halloween. “Carrie,” save us.

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Wanna introduce a film on Turner Classic Movies? Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY 1:16 p.m. EDT October 2, 2013 A new contest will let a Turner Classic Movies fan co-host a film with Robert Osborne. (Photo: TCM) SHARE 29 CONNECT 12 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE If I watch a classic film on Turner Classic Movies, I make sure to catch Robert Osborne’s insightful introductions and postscripts. More often than not, he tells me something I didn’t know, and that even goes for movies I’ve seen dozens of times (like, say, The Graduate). This month, TCM is holding a contest that will let one lucky fan co-host a movie with Osborne. Over at the site for its ” Ultimate Fan Contest ,” you can submit a 90-second video of yourself introducing a classic film. Along with being featured on the air, the grand-prize winner will win a trip to the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, where he/she also will introduce a film. The contest just kicked off, so few submissions have been posted on the site. However, this clever sample sets the standard for what they’re looking for. TCM is accepting entries through Oct.

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Hoopla launched in full in May with 20 library systems. As of early September, there are about 220,000 people using the app, said Michael Manon, Hoopla’s brand manager. The goal is to reach 100 library systems by year’s end. Libraries have always been a source of audiovisual entertainment. A 2012 Pew Research Center survey found that among patrons 16 years old and older, 40 percent visited libraries to borrow movies. Another 16 percent borrowed music. In the Seattle area, DVDs and CDs of popular titles can have queues of hundreds of people waiting to check them out. E-books have been offered for years now. “Public libraries do not have the budgets to compete with Amazon, Comcast, and Netflix and will not be able to pay a premium for online content,” Blankenship said, adding that DVDs will continue to be the best way to offer popular movies. Updating and maintaining that physical collection takes time and money. It also means libraries have to pay for the media upfront, while Hoopla allows them to pay per time a title is borrowed. Those costs depend on the type of media and its release date, and range from 99 cents to $2.99. Seattle libraries have allocated $10,000 a month limit so far for Hoopla items and patrons are limited to 20 checkouts a month, Blankenship said.