A FOND FAREWELL TO DONEGAL VEC – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgOn Monday night, colleagues past and present of Co. Donegal Vocational Education Committee gathered in Letterkenny to bid farewell to Co. Donegal VEC and to remember the impact the organisation had on the educational landscape of the county for over 100 years.Current staff were joined by former colleagues to celebrate past achievements and wish Donegal ETB as it continues in the promotion of a quality education service in the county.A recently published book, “The Final Chapter”, compiled and edited by Dr. Sandra Buchanan was launched on the evening also. The event was one of the many taking place this week in communities across Donegal to celebrate the launch of Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB).  A FOND FAREWELL TO DONEGAL VEC – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal VEClast_img read more

Gold silver outlook for 2017 is bleak says Angel Broking

first_imgA woman holds gold bangles at a jewellery shop in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata October 14, 2009 (representational image).Reuters fileGold and silver prices are likely to fall in calendar year (CY) 2017 as the two metals face a plethora of headwinds, both domestic and international. The forecast comes despite the 10 percent gain in gold prices and 16 percent in silver in CY2016. The first price-impacting news could come as early from Budget 2017 in the context of import duty on gold, Angel Broking said in a note. Currently, the import duty on the yellow metal is 10 percent.A resurgent American economy is also a strong factor that will impact gold prices in CY 2017.Read: Gold prices fall 11%, silver down 12% since PM Modi’s demonetisation decisionFifth tranche of gold bond scheme nets Rs 820 crore”In 2017, Gold prices in the international markets (CMP: $1184/oz) can possibly move down towards $1050/ounce mark while MCX gold prices can go lower towards Rs.26000/10 gms. (CMP: Rs.28055/10 gm),” the brokerage in its sectoral update.”The silver lining for gold could be a halt by miners if prices fall below the crucial threshold of $1,000 an ounce, giving some respite to the freefall. In the base scenario, comex gold prices (CMP: $1180 per ounce) in the international markets can go lower towards $1050 mark.However, the supply-side fundamentals reveal that, if prices again fall close to the $1000 mark, miners could take a backseat, thereby creating a supply-side constraint. If miners actually go ahead with this move, then gold prices could sustain, however a muted response from the miners could lead to further downside pressure in the gold prices,” Angel Broking said.”…for most producers the cost of production is in the range $1000- 1200, hence, it would be unprofitable venture for miners if prices go below $1100 or even $1000 mark,” it added.Angel BrokingIt may be recalled that gold imports by India remained subdued for most part of CY 2016 on account of various factors, including weak demand and restrictions on cash purchases beyond a certain limit. The future trend in India — the world’s second-largest consumer of gold — will depend on global factors, especially signals emanating from the US, besides from China and Japan.”The trend deciding factors for gold prices in 2017 would be dependent on how the investment and physical demand trajectory remains. Rate normalisation process in the US, the Easy Monetary Policy in the Euro Area and Japan, growth in China (Serious cause of concern), and OPEC dynamics of production cut and price stability (inflation hedge appeal for gold), speculative interest in gold by hedge funds and money managers will have its own role to play for gold,” the brokerage said.Silver trendsThe outlook for the metal is equally weak, given a hardening US dollar, though there is a catch. “…the U.S. and China have consistently ranked in the top three of all countries in terms of silver demand (collectively making up 40% of all global demand in 2015) so the countries’ monetary/fiscal policies along with U.S. and Chinese hedge fund activity tend to have a significant impact on silver prices if it turns out to be black swan event,” Angel Broking said.However, for Indians, silver is unlikely to be a safe investment bet in CY 2017.”The metal (16.5/oz) can fall towards $13.5 per ounce in the international markets while Rs 35,000 in the Indian markets (Rs 40,380/kg) seem to be the ideal levels for investor to enter in the commodity for target higher towards Rs 44,000 per kg in 2017.Silver imports by India have been rising consistently over the years, from 6,144 tonnes in 2013 to 7,164 tonnes in 2014 and 8,529 tonnes in CY 2015, the brokerage said.On Friday (January 13), gold gained Rs 200 to close at Rs 29,450 per 10 gm, while silver prices dropped Rs 300 to end at Rs 40,950 per kg.last_img read more

Marvels of cinema on stage

first_imgRaising the issue of gender equality in cinema, Arth made an extraordinary impact back in 1980s. This semi-autobiographical film directed by Mahesh Bhatt in 1982 changed the face of Indian cinema forever and is back with a bang as a theatrical production. After the recent success of   his plays The Last Salute and Trial of Errors which also launched his latest protégé Imran Zahid, the duo are now pairing up again for the dramatic adaptation of Arth Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’.Bhatt feels that Arth was a classic film that raised the issue of gender equality way back in the 80’s. ‘The film looked at the issue of women emancipation like no Indian dramatic work ever has. No one has been able to better what Arth highlighted in the world of movies or in theatre. I think the 21st century India needs to be experience the theme of Arth through theatre’ says the filmmaker ahead of translating the screenplay for the stage. Arth was way ahead of its time and Bhatt feels that subject will strike a chord even with today’s generation. It looked at the bold subject of extra marital relationships was also remembered for its memorable soundtrack. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBelieving that the fabric of society has not gone under a complete change over the yearsm the director adds, ‘The issues with regards to our society that were raised in Arth are relevant in even in todays times. Theater has given me an entirely new outlet and after staging two successful plays The Last Salute and Trial of Errors I took this decision.I think adapting such a piece of art into a theatrical adaptation will not be an easy task but I am ready for this test.  I feel this medium has help connecting with audience in all together different way,’ he adds.Delhi-based actor Imran Zahid , who earlier essayed the role of Muntadar Al Zaidiin The Last Salute and of journalist Rehan in Trial of Errors is all gearing up for this new assignment.‘Mahesh Bhatt is all set to recreate magic of film in a theatrical play. It’ll be a big challenge for me to play the lead but I am up for it,’ says Imran.last_img read more

Cloud Filestore A new high performance storage option by Google Cloud Platform

first_imgGoogle recently came up with a new storage option for developers in its cloud. Cloud Filestore which is in its beta will launch next month according to the Google Cloud Platform Blog. Applications that require a filesystem interface and a shared filesystem for data can leverage this file storage service. It provides a fully managed  Network Attached Storage (NAS) service to effectively integrate with Google Compute Engine and Kubernetes Engine instances. Developers can leverage the abilities of Filestore for high performing file-based workloads. Now enterprises can easily run applications that depend on traditional file system interface with Google Cloud Platform. Traditionally, if applications needed a standard file system, developers would have to improvise a file server with a persistent disk. Filestore does away with traditional methods and allows GCP developers to spin-up storage as needed. Filestore offers high throughput, low latency and high IOPS (Input/output operations per second). This service is available in two tiers; premium and standard. The premium tier costs $0.30/GB/month and promises a max throughput of 700 MB/s and 30,000 max IOPS. The standard tier costs $0.20/GB/month with 180 MB/s max throughput and 5,000 max IOPS. A snapshot of Filestore features Filestore was introduced at the Los Angeles region launch and majorly focused on the entertainment and media industries, where there is a great need for shared file systems for enterprise applications. But this service is not limited only to the media industry, other industries that rely on similar enterprise applications can also benefit from this service. Benefits of using Filestore A lightning speed experience Filestore provides high IOPS for latency sensitive workloads such as content management systems, databases, random i/o, or other metadata intensive applications. This further results in a minimal variability in performance. Consistent  performance throughout Cloud Filestore ensures that one pays a predictable price for predictable performance. Users can independently choose the preferred IOPS–standard or premium– and storage capacity with Filestore. With this option to choose from, users can fine tune their filesystem for a particular workload. One will also experience consistent performance for a particular workload over time. Simplicity at its best Cloud Filestore, a fully managed, NoOps service, is integrated with the rest of the Google Cloud portfolio. One can easily mount Filestore volumes on Compute Engine VMs. Filestore is tightly integrated with Google Kubernetes Engine, which allows containers to refer the same shared data. To know more about this exciting release, visit Cloud Filestore official website. Related Links AT&T combines with Google cloud to deliver cloud networking at scale What Google, RedHat, Oracle, and others announced at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2018 GitLab is moving from Azure to Google Cloud in Julylast_img read more

Globus thanks agency partners You make a difference for us every day

first_imgGlobus thanks agency partners: “You make a difference for us every day” Tags: Globus Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Airlines, tourist boards and travel agency groups were out in full force at the recent partner appreciation luncheon hosted by the Globus family of brands.An annual event that draws a big crowd, the lunch was led by Managing Director Stephanie Bishop, who thanked the company’s partners for their steadfast support. “You make such a difference for us every day,” said Bishop. “We appreciate all that you do for us.”The Globus family of brands has close to 70 people working with agents and suppliers across the country. “We really do try to always come to you with win-win solutions,” she said. “We really believe in partnership and in a two-way street.”Bishop thanked the company’s partners “from the bottom of our hearts” and said the company is looking forward to a productive 2017. Monday, January 23, 2017 last_img read more