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Venues and group stage dates, as well as group assignments for the seeded nations – the United States and Mexico – were also announced for next year’s 14th edition of the Gold Cup.For the upcoming edition of the Gold Cup, CONCACAF has taken steps to expand the tournament to emerging soccer markets, allowing more fans across the country to take part in the continental championship first-hand. Watch as LA Galaxy and US Men’s National Team legend Landon Donovan, shares today’s news regarding the 2017 Gold Cup, here.The dates for Gold Cup matches scheduled for each group stage city were also announced, as well as the groups to be headed up by each of the tournament’s two seeded teams: The United States (Group B), and Mexico (Group C). Group A will be filled out pending the completion of the tournament field, with the UNCAF Central American Cup set to determine that region’s qualifiers in January.The Rose Bowl Stadium has hosted the confederation’s championship tournament on four previous occasions (1991, 2002, 2011 and 2013), including a sold-out Gold Cup final in 2011.Complete groups and the full schedule, including selection of dates and assignment of matches for the knockout round and the awarding of the Final, will be announced next year.To date, seven of the twelve national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for next year’s tournament: Canada, Mexico and the United States from North America, as well as Curacao, French Guiana, Jamaica, and Martinique, from the Caribbean, will compete for the Confederation crown in July.Canada, Mexico and the United States automatically qualify for the Gold Cup in representation of North America. The four Caribbean nations already qualified did so by winning their groups in the recently completed semifinal stage of the Scotiabank CFU Caribbean Cup. The top four finishers from January’s UNCAF Central American Cup, to be played in Panama, will also qualify.Three additional Caribbean nations, Haiti, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago, have qualified for an additional series of matches in January, the winner of which will face-off next year in a two-leg playoff against the fifth-place team from the UNAF Central American Cup to determine the final participant in the 2017 Gold Cup.Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the region, which includes North and Central America and the Caribbean. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture. The winner of the 2017 tournament will take home continental bragging rights and an assured spot in the next CONCACAF Cup, a play-in game used to qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup, in the case two separate champions emerge from the next two editions of the Gold Cup.Exclusive Presale OfferingFor fans interested in being part of an exclusive pre-sale offering for the Gold Cup Knockout Round game date at the Rose Bowl Stadium, contact the LA Galaxy at 1-877-3GALAXY or visit here to sign up for an exclusive pre-sale offering for any Gold Cup game day in 2017, before seats go on sale to the general public. Tickets for the 2017 Gold Cup will go on sale at a later date. The LOC encourages fans to purchase their tickets early in order to secure the best seats for a great fan experience.Click here to access tournament logos, stadium information, photos and video footage of the stadiums. 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It’s no secret that applying for a business loan is intimidating for many small business owners. Borrowers don’t always know how to get started or what the process requires. They stress over having all of the correct documents and taking large amounts of time away from running their business to get the capital they need. When credit unions wanted to become a first-line option for consumer financing, the industry faced similar obstacles. As a result, the solutions implemented were centered around convenience and transparency. It became a best-practice to offer online loan applications with remote underwriting and quick decisions. These developments gave consumers the tools and confidence to approach credit unions with their financing needs. As our industry begins to focus more efforts on effectively serving business communities, your organization must commit to enhancing the digital experience in a meaningful way. As you begin to evaluate your options consider which partners are capable of supporting your organization’s strategic growth. It may seem easier to wait on your current loan operating system to repurpose their consumer loan solution for the business market, but we have found that many of these solutions come with a high price tag and lack business-centric innovation. Business loans provide an opportunity to significantly increase the profitability of your loan portfolio. To maximize your efforts, it’s crucial to choose established and financially sound fintech partners who specialize in business services and are dedicated to helping you reach your goals. The knowledge that your partners bring to the table will aid in retaining loyal members and continuing to strengthen your relationships within the community. Consider shifting your mindset from surviving to thriving by partnering with service providers that view your success as their success. If your credit union would like to quickly set up a custom online business loan application portal with no hardware or software requirements visit www.Lucro.org/DBLC to learn more or contact Heather Bosenko at [email protected] 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Bosenko Heather started at Lucro in 2013 where she’s done everything from underwriting to developing and launching the CUSO’s digital lending tool. Prior to that, Heather worked in the banking world … Web: https://www.lucro.org Details
Mame Biram Diouf’s close-range header means QPR are behind at Loftus Road.Stoke manager Mark Hughes was given a predictably hostile reception from the home supporters because of his ill-fated spell as Rangers boss.The Welshman is faring much better at Stoke, however, and they went ahead in the 11th minute.Mauricio Isla’s hesitation enabled Victor Moses to cross from the left and Peter Crouch, perhaps unfairly, climbed above Rio Ferdinand to nod the ball down and give Diouf a simple finish.Moses then had a low shot saved by Green as the visitors continued to have the upper hand. QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Traore: Barton; Mutch, Fer, Kranjcar; Vargas, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Phillips, Onuoha, Henry, Zamora, Dunne, Hoilett. Stoke: Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Whelan, Nzonzi; Diouf, Adam, Moses; Crouch.Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Muniesa, Arnautovic, Sidwell, Assaidi, Bojan.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.87.The big ticket item — a 16-pound turkey — came in at a total of $22.38 this year. That’s roughly $1.40 per pound, a decrease of 2 cents per pound, or a total of 36 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2016.“For the second consecutive year, the overall cost of Thanksgiving dinner has declined,” said John Newton, AFBF Director of Market Intelligence. “The cost of the dinner is the lowest since 2013 and second-lowest since 2011. Even as America’s family farmers and ranchers continue to face economic challenges, they remain committed to providing a safe, abundant and affordable food supply for consumers at Thanksgiving and throughout the year.”The shopping list for Farm Bureau’s informal survey includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10 with plenty for leftovers.Consumers continue to see lower retail turkey prices due to continued large inventory in cold storage, which is up almost double digits from last year, Newton explained.Foods showing the largest decreases this year in addition to turkey, were a gallon of milk, $2.99; a dozen rolls, $2.26; two nine-inch pie shells, $2.45; a 3-pound bag of sweet potatoes, $3.52; a 1-pound bag of green peas, $1.53; and a group of miscellaneous items including coffee and ingredients necessary to prepare the meal (butter, evaporated milk, onions, eggs, sugar and flour), $2.72.“Milk production has increased, resulting in continued low retail prices,” Newton said. “In addition, grocers often use milk as a loss leader to entice consumers to shop at their stores.”Items that increased modestly in price were: a half-pint of whipping cream, $2.08; a 14-ounce package of cubed bread stuffing, $2.81; a 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix, $3.21; a 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries, $2.43; and a 1-pound veggie tray, $.74.“Whole whipping cream is up about 4 percent in price, due to increased consumer demand for full-fat dairy products,” Newton said.The stable average price reported this year by Farm Bureau for a classic Thanksgiving dinner tracks with the government’s Consumer Price Index for food eaten at home. But while the most recent CPI report for food at home shows a 0.5% increase over the past year (available online at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm), the Farm Bureau survey shows a 1.5% decline.After adjusting for inflation, the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner is $20.54, the lowest level since 2013.A total of 141 volunteer shoppers checked prices at grocery stores in 39 states for this year’s survey. Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers are asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals, such as spending $50 and receiving a free turkey.Shoppers with an eye for bargains in all areas of the country should be able to purchase individual menu items at prices comparable to the Farm Bureau survey averages. Another option for busy families without a lot of time to cook is ready-to-eat Thanksgiving meals for up to 10 people, with all the trimmings, which are available at many supermarkets and take-out restaurants for around $50 to $75.The AFBF Thanksgiving dinner survey was first conducted in 1986. While Farm Bureau does not make any scientific claims about the data, it is an informal gauge of price trends around the nation. Farm Bureau’s survey menu has remained unchanged since 1986 to allow for consistent price comparisons.
Related Posts Tags:#Google#news#politics#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Last month, Google received high praise from human rights supporters after threatening to exit the Chinese search market, claiming it was no longer comfortable with censoring search results per government demands. But here it is a month later and Google has made no move to withdrawal its Chinese search operations, with censored results still appearing on Google’s Chinese portal, Google.cn. In addition, the company may now be investing in a Chinese digital media company, as well. According to unconfirmed reports, the Internet giant is said to be a member of a Disney-led consortium looking to invest in a Chinese media and advertising company called Bus Online. Google’s decision to exit the Chinese search business was alluded to in their January blog post detailing what appeared to be state-led cyber attacks which hit the Internet giant and other Silicon Valley companies in mid-December. As a result, Google announced it would review the feasibility of its business operations in China. The company claimed it would engage in discussions with the Chinese government to see if there was any way for it to remain in China, but few expected positive results from those discussions. Because the attacks were focused on gaining access to the email accounts of human rights activists, Google received a lot of praise for taking a stand against the Chinese government, the alleged perpetrators of the hacking attempts. However, only nine days later, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt took a softer tone during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call. “We wish to remain in China,” he said. “We like the Chinese people, we like our Chinese employees, we like the business opportunities there.” Google to Invest in Chinese Media CompanyGoogle does like the businesses there, apparently. It’s a month later and the company seems to be no closer to shutting down their Chinese search operations business than they were back in January. In addition, anonymous sources say Google is planning to invest in China’s largest in-bus digital media and advertising company, an outfit called Bus Online whose revenue was about 314.5 million yuan ($46.07 million) last year. A consortium led by Walt Disney Co. is reportedly in advanced talks with the Chinese company and has plans to buy a 30%-40% stake for more than $100 million in shares, both public and private. Google is said to be among the investors. This move, if it happens, would lead credence to the argument put forth in January which had cynics claiming that Google’s withdrawal from China had less to do with their so-called “moral high grounds” propped up by the company motto “don’t be evil,” and had more to do with the fact that Google’s Chinese search business simply couldn’t compete with the more popular Chinese engine baidu.com. Hacker Crack Down Could HelpThe reality of the situation may be a bit more murky than a simple case of “good” versus “evil,” though. Of course Google couldn’t sit idly by as the Chinese government directed attacks on its infrastructure, but it also would be bad business to ignore the massive potential of the Chinese Internet market. Yesterday, new reports from Chinaview.cn stated that the Chinese government had shut down the nation’s largest website responsible for training hackers. The implication of this news – and especially its timing, given the actual shut down occurred in November – is that the Chinese government wants to appear as if they’re “playing nice” with regards to Western interests. That move may be precisely the sort of thing Google needs in order to maintain an appearance of concern regarding the cyber attack situation while also not making a regrettable, revenue-impacting business decision by ceasing Chinese operations altogether. The only question now is whether or not the public will forgive Google for doing so. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perez
Tags:#security Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Matt Asay Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Remember when everyone used to run Windows? Hardly a week went by when a friend or colleague lobotomized their machine with a virus. Some of this may have been a matter of Microsoft’s architecture, but much of it came down to Windows being a massive, juicy target. Given how much of our computing has moved to mobile, why aren’t we seeing mobile malware overwhelm us?Source: F-Secure, Threat Report H2 2012Mobile malware is out there, after all. Security software vendor ESET predicts “exponential growth of mobile malware” in 2013, coming on the heels of a 17X boom in mobile malware in 2012. Security company F-Secure finds that 79% of this new malware is focused squarely on the market leader, Android.So why haven’t you been hacked?After all, Android now commands over 50% of the global smartphone market, and took a whopping 69.7% of the market in Q4 2012, according to Gartner. Apple dominated the smartphone market for years with nary a scent of malware, perhaps due to its end-to-end control of its devices. Android is apparently getting slammed, according to the security firms, but I’ve yet to meet anyone that has experienced mobile malware, and I bet you haven’t, either. Why?Hacks Vs. MischiefIt’s also possible that you have been attacked, but didn’t recognize it. According to BlueCoat Systems, “Mobile threats are still largely mischiefware – they have not yet broken the device’s security model but are instead more focused on for-pay texting scams or stealing personal information.” This jibes with ESET’s finding that of the types of malware being created, the most common today are SMS Trojans (40%), followed by malware apps that the devices they infect into zombies (32%), and malicious apps that pilfer information from one’s phone (28%). Heavy-duty exploits are still uncommon, but that may change. For desktop exploits, malicious hackers can purchase ready-made exploit kits. These are far less common in the mobile world. Instead hackers increasingly are turning to the web to create device-agnostic attacks, infecting a web server and then directing users via phishing emails to click through to the infected site. When the user visits the site, malware is downloaded to her device. Given that so many companies use third parties to develop and host their mobile applications (e.g., usablenet for some hotel properties), users are not as suspicious as they should be of “mislabeled” sites.Still, this likely hasn’t happened to you. Why?Location, Location, LocationGeography. If you’re living in North America or Western Europe, you apparently aren’t the target. Yet. According to ESET, China, Russia and Iran have the highest incidence of malware by far. Another hot spot, according to Trend Micro, is Asia-Pacific, where it found a 417% increase in mobile malware apps (25,000) between Q1 and Q2 2012.While mobile security firm BitDefender expects attacks against devices in North America and Europe to increase in 2013, the people infected are largely those visiting the seedier side of the Web, be it porn sites or unofficial app marketplaces. Given how pervasive mobile computing has become, it’s inevitable that hackers will find more sophisticated ways to break through existing security mechanisms. Android isn’t the new Windows. Not yet.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Faced with a resource and credit crunch in the banking sector, the State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) on Wednesday lowered the bar for the Annual Credit Plan (ACP), also called the total priority plan, for 36 districts in the State.The target is a “realistic” ₹4.24 lakh crore as against ₹4.34 lakh crore the previous year, in the face of consistent negative year-on-year growth owing to low offtake in the agriculture sector, officials said. Last year’s target was one of the highest in the country.The committee members said there is a dip in demand for credit. The total plan for agriculture has been set at ₹87,322 crore this time, as compared to ₹85,464 crore the previous year. “There is generally a low demand for credit. Otherwise too, banks are facing a resource crunch. This is one of the reasons the target set this time appears to be more realistic in nature,” said a senior bureaucrat.In 2018-19, the committee had accepted an ambitious plan target of ₹4,34,591 crore but managed to achieve only 73% of it at the end of the financial year. During the corresponding period of the previous year, the achievement was 76%, and 96% in 2016-17, according to the data.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urged bankers to think “less commercial and more agriculture”. He appealed to banks to fully achieve the latest target, giving maximum loans to farmers and bringing them into institutional credit system. “This forum is not commercial. Crop loans are to save our farmers from private borrowing. We need to understand the socio-economical aspect. Agriculture is the most important aspect of our economy and (a major) contributor to GDP. Bankers need to make agriculture their priority,” said Mr. Fadnavis.The 143rd meeting of the SLBC also discussed the poor monsoon scenario in the State, with only 73.60% of the normal rainfall recorded between June 2018 and October 2018. As many as 41 talukas received below 50% rainfall, the forum was told.The banks also presented the latest additions to various schemes, including 11.22 lakh subscribers under the Atal Pension Yojana, 40.22 lakh enrolment in the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and 97 lakh in the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Beema Yojana.Under the newly-approved Stand Up India, ₹62,973 lakh was disbursed to 3,717 beneficiaries.The Government of India had launched the scheme to facilitate loans between ₹10 lakh and ₹1 crore to Scheduled Case and Scheduled Tribe borrowers.Officials said preparations for the Annual Credit Plan begin in February every year. The State credit plan is prepared by consolidating the District Credit Plan and after discussing it in the SLBC.
The heat is on Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The 800-page CAG report, which indicts the chief minister for financial irregularities during the Commonwealth Games, was on Friday tabled in Parliament. The report has blamed the Sheila Dikshit government for several infrastructure contracts given before the Delhi Games. Dikshit is expected to hold a cabinet meeting on Friday to decide on the next course of action. Dikshit who was attending a function in Delhi even as the CAG report was tabled appeared unfazed by the developments. “Let me see the CAG report first. Good system is in place to punish guilty in CWG and 2G cases,” she told reporters. The opposition, which is baying for the CM’s blood, even saw a conspiracy in the delay in giving the CAG report to MPs. BJP maybe fighting corruption charges in Karnataka, but that hasn’t stopped the party from demanding Dikshit’s resignation. “We have been raising the issue of corruption in the CWG for a long time. Few people are in jail in this regard. There cannot be two standards for corruption. Sheila government must go,” BJP spokesperson Rajeev Pratap Rudi told reporters in Delhi. Senior BJP leader Balbir Punj also demanded the Delhi CM’s resignation after CAG report on CWG. Meanwhile, Law Minister Salman Khurshid said there was a procedure in Parliament on CAG reports, which will be followed and that can’t be pre-empted. The charges Dikshit has been indicted for a host of financial irregularities in the CWG projects executed by her government. The most gaping irregularities were found in the street lightling projects undertaken during the Games last year. The CAG has found that: A firm Space Age, disqualified for street lighting, was irregularly declared fit after it made a plea before the Delhi Chief Minister. Space Age had applied in the lucrative imported luminaries category and then ended up supplying low-cost luminaries made by a Saudi Arabian firm. The Saudi make cost just Rs 5,040 a piece even as Space Age pocketed Rs 25,704 each for the same from the government, making a neat profit of Rs 2.68 crore. The CAG report says that the CM’s decision to go for imported luminaries led to overall extra expenditure of Rs 31 cr. The winning tender of Sweka Powertech had many over-writings and corrections, apparently in a bid to inflate profits. The report further faults the Delhi government saying that street-scaping contracts worth Rs 4.87 crore per km were awarded in an ad hoc manner. These street-scaping and beautification contracts led to an overall loss of Rs 101 crore to the exchequer. The Delhi government’s indictment doesn’t end there. The report also blames it for incurring avoidable expenditure on road signages. The report states that PWD didn’t facilitate healthy competition by ensuring sharing of work between two major retro reflective sheet manufacturers, 3M and Avery Denison. The anti-competitive bidding process led to a higher procurement cost, leading to overspending by about Rs 15 crore. The Delhi government has also been criticised for accepting a single tender at a higher rate, which led to a loss of Rs 1.40 crore. The designs for signage and subsequent awarding of work were revised, affecting quality and costing the exchequer dearly. There is criticism for irregularities in the development of infrastructure ahead of the sporting extravaganza. The CAG specifically points out the bloated contractor’s profit and overhead (CPOH) charges of 37.5 per cent instead of the CPWD-stipulated 15 per cent. The report says the PWD accepted overwritten, corrected bids for the Barapullah Nallah flyover project. The bid for the Ring Road bypass project was also manipulated, costing the exchequer an extra Rs 6.23 crore. The auditor also held Delhi government responsible for accepting the suspension model for the foot overbridge near the JLN Stadium that collapsed days before the Games. The CAG report says that Infrastructure, Leasing and Financial Services Ltd was paid an exorbitant amount to remove debris from some CWG sites. In the face of such damning allegations, it looks like the Delhi CM will have a lot of explaining to do in the days ahead. The report has reportedly pointed out that Spage Age, one of the disqualified firms bidding for street lighting, was declared qualified “irregularly” after it made a plea to the chief minister.advertisement