North Korea refuses Olympic offer from South

(Media Release) North Korea has rejected an offer from the South to form a unified team for next year’s Winter Olympics.

South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in backed proposals for a collaboration after it was suggested by sports minister Do Jong-hwan.

But North Korean International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Chang Un has dismissed the idea – saying there was not time to negotiate a deal.( 

The Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will take place from 9-25 February.

The two sides have played in the same team before – at the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships.

However, Mr Chang told local media: “It took us 22 rounds of talks to set up that joint [table tennis] team… it took us five months.

“That’s the reality we face.”

South Korea’s sports minister had suggested a joint ice hockey team – even going as far as to suggest they might allow the north to host skiing events – to help make the 2018 games a “peace Olympics”.

President Moon, who advocates greater dialogue with South Korea’s neighbours, then put forward the idea of a wider unified Olympic squad.

But Mr Chang said the games should not be used for political purposes, adding: “As an expert of the Olympics, it is a little late to be talking about co-hosting. It’s easy to talk about co-hosting, but it is never easy to solve practical problems for that. It’s the same for forming a joint team for ice hockey.”

South Korean officials have said they continue to be open to the idea.

The two sides remain technically at war as the fighting at the end of the Korean War in 1953 did not end with a peace treaty. Tensions have risen recently following repeated missiles tests carried out by Pyongyang.

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Gmail to end ad-targeting email scans

(Media Release) Google’s decision to stop scanning Gmail users’ emails in order to target them with personalised adverts has been given a qualified welcome by privacy campaigners.

The tech firm revealed the change in a blog at the end of last week.

Google promised to make the move before the year’s end to bring the consumer version of Gmail in line with its business edition.

The firm had faced much criticism over the years for the scans.

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The measure helped justify the cost of offering the public one gigabyte of “free” webmail storage in 2004 – an offer that was so much greater than the competition at the time that many originally believed it to be a joke.

However, UK-based campaign group Privacy International tried to block the scans once it became apparent they were the cost of signing up to the service. The organisation tried and failed to get the country’s data privacy regulator to intervene.

Then, a decade later, Microsoft ran a series of adverts, in which it first depicted a “Gmail man” searching through people’s messages, and then went on to accuse the search giant of “crossing the line” causing its customers to be “Scroogled”.

“When they first came up with the dangerous idea of monetising the content of our communications, Privacy International warned Google against setting the precedent of breaking the confidentiality of messages for the sake of additional income,” the charity’s executive director Dr Gus Hosein told the BBC.

“Of course ( they can now take this decision after they have consolidated their position in the marketplace as the aggregator of nearly all the data on internet usage, aside from the other giant, Facebook.

“The reality is that what you choose to say over email to another human being isn’t as interesting for exploitation as the data you have no control over – Google would rather exploit your data by tracking you across the internet, across their mobile operating system, their search engine, their apps, their smart devices, and likely some day soon, their car, amongst a myriad of other services that they dominate through the exploitation of our data.”

Google’s blog notes that users can opt out of seeing personalised ads on any of its services by changing their account settings.

Another digital rights body, Big Brother Watch, was a little more positive.

“Whilst it could be seen as closing the stable door once the horse has bolted, there is no doubt that the end to the intrusive and frankly creepy process will be appreciated by a great many Gmail users,” commented its chief executive Renate Samson.

“However, none of us must rest on our laurels.

“Whilst tech companies should see this as an opportunity to halt other intrusive snooping for advertising purposes, citizens equally should take greater care not to sign up to services which routinely share your personal information with third parties for the purposes of advertising or marketing.

“Google’s move is absolutely a step in the right direction, let’s hope it encourages others to follow suit.”

While the ad-driven scans should soon stop, the news site Ars Technica has highlighted that Gmail messages will still be scanned by Google to provide artificial intelligence-powered “smart replies”, malware-protection and sorting for search queries.

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“Private Money Lending” An Important Guide to Investing in the 21st Century Low-Interest Rate Environment


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Rarely is a book researched as thoroughly as Gustavo Gomez’s
five-time award-winning book “Private Money Lending: Learn How to
Consistently Generate a Passive Income Stream.”( 

Miami, FL (USA), June 7th, 2017 — Rarely is a book researched as
thoroughly as Gustavo Gomez’s five-time award-winning book
“Private Money Lending: Learn How to Consistently Generate a Passive
Income Stream.” Gomez used this investing technique in his own life
and was so pleased with the returns from this type of investment that
he wanted to share his experience and knowledge with other investors
interested in earning a significant and safe passive income stream.
However, he wanted to craft a guide book that was authentic and
accurate; therefore, he went back to college to earn a Ph.D. for the
purpose of researching and writing this book.

“Writing the book has been a worthwhile and enriching experience,”
said Gustavo Gomez. “I wanted to create a comprehensive and readable
financial book that would provide the essential detailed information
private mortgage investors would need to safely use this investment
vehicle. Learning about this type of investment will help the retired,
as well as the income investor, generate a consistent and generous
return that could substantially enhance their retirement income.”

Gomez researched a variety of investment opportunities as well as
closely studying the current and potential future financial climate.
The reason for undertaking the study was twofold; for almost two
decades, retirement portfolios have been devastated by economic boom
and bust cycles, which is a key characteristic of today’s capitalist
economies. It is quite possible that currently, another bust cycle
could be unfolding despite the apparent bull market. Additionally, the
adopted Federal Reserve policy of creating an artificially
low-interest rate environment in an attempt to sustain the continued
growth of the stock market and support of the current real estate
recovery efforts has made it difficult for the income investor to
safely generate a passive income stream to enjoy their retirement.

“People who are 60 or older don’t have enough time to wait for the
return of their money should we experience another stock market
crash,” said Gomez. “Therefore, I wanted to provide a step-by-step
roadmap to help those who are retired or soon will be, to safely
invest their disposable income in such a way as to provide consistent
passive income for years to come.”

Gomez started lending money to private individuals and organizations
more than 17 years ago and thus has become a private funding source
for those who wouldn’t otherwise qualify for a conventional
conforming loan. “I work primarily with those investing in
commercial and investment properties,” said Gomez. This book is an
excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn how to invest in
private mortgages in a sound and safe manner. However, it is important
to note that although there are numerous investment strategies in the
arsenal of every investor, adding private mortgages to the investment
mix can reduce volatility by adding a non-correlated component to the
investor’s overall investment portfolio.

“Private Money Lending: Learn How to Consistently Generate a Passive
Income Stream” has won many book awards, which include the 2016
Axiom Business Book Awards®. So far, for 2017, the book has won the
International Book Awards® (IBA), the Independent Press Awards®
(IPA), the Next-Generation Indie Book Awards® (NGIBA), and the
National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA).

“Gustavo’s book is amazing,” said Lisa Michelle Umina, founder,
and award-winning author and publisher of Halo Publishing
International. “It is so thoroughly researched and surprisingly easy
to read for a book on finance. Anyone interested in learning about
alternative, safe ways to invest their money should pick up this book
and learn from the experience and knowledge of Gustavo.”

In fact, Gustavo’s book is an excellent resource for anyone who
wants to learn how to invest in private mortgages in a sound and
secure manner. Moreover, this book is the only university
research-based book in the market addressing this important investment
topic. In fact, the seriousness of the undertaken research has been
validated by the multiple awards the book has won to date.

“Private Money Lending: Learn How to Consistently Generate a Passive
Income Stream” is now available at: Halo Publishing, Amazon, Barnes
and Noble, and other outlets in Hardcover for $31.95 and in paperback
for $24.95.

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About Gustavo J. Gomez, Ph.D.:
Gustavo has been a successful entrepreneur, educator, healthcare
consultant and businessman for the past thirty-five years. His
educational background and business experience have made him
exceptionally versatile, achieving numerous successes in both the
healthcare and business fields. As a multiple-award-winning author
possessing this academic versatility allows Gustavo the ability to
research and write about healthcare, entrepreneurial, and
business-related issues.

About Halo Publishing International:
Halo Publishing International is a self-publishing company that
publishes adult fiction and non-fiction, children’s literature,
self-help, spiritual, and faith-based books. We continually strive to
help authors reach their publishing goals and provide many different
services that help them do so.

Press & Media Contact:
Lisa M. Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176
San Antonio, TX 78213 – USA
+1 877-705-9647
[email protected]

Institute of Knowledge and Leadership’s Corporate Training Programs In July 2017


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Dubai-based center of excellence for corporate training, “Institute of Knowledge and Leadership”, is proud to offer management and personal development training programs in July 2017

Dubai, U.A.E – Dubai-based center of excellence for corporate training, “Institute of Knowledge and Leadership”, is proud to offer the following training programs in July 2017:

  1. Developing Business Plan for New Venture
  2. Problem Solving and Decision Making
  3. Customer Service Excellence
  4. Time and Stress Management
  5. Successful Product Launching and Brand Positioning Strategies

IKL’s July courses are targeted at a range of managers and staff at varying levels, including those involved in top-level strategic and financial planning, marketing, sales, and customer service. For detailed course descriptions, please go to

Quote from IKL’s chairman

Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad, Chairman of IKL, writes:

“Institute of Knowledge and Leadership” has established itself as a leading international provider of corporate and training programs for executives who are determined to develop their skills and sharpen the competitive edge of their organizations.

Our prestigious programs continue all year round and we are confident that our July courses will once again exceed the expectations of delegates, all of whom can be assured of a warm welcome at our well-appointed Dubai training suite in Dubai Knowledge Park.”

About Institute of Knowledge and Leadership

Institute of Knowledge and Leadership (IKL) is a Dubai-based provider of a range of leading-edge, corporate ( education and training programs in more than 400 areas. Their courses are designed to enable evolving organizations meet the challenges of the global economy head on, in line with IKL’s philosophy of promoting organizational growth, excellence, and leadership.

IKL’s prestigious trainers come from diverse industry and academic backgrounds across the world. They bring to IKL’s programs the most innovative and up-to-date knowledge, skills, and experience in order to develop the business and management competencies of the current generation of talented executives, managers, and corporate leaders.


Landline: +971-4-5585944

Fax: +971-4-5585945

Email: [email protected]

Address: Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP), Block 13 G06, P.O Box 503225, Dubai, UAE.


Demand for Project Managers set to explode by 89% by 2020; APEX Global partners with PMI to answer increasing necessity


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Manila, Philippines – APEX Global (, one of
the country’s leading learning solution providers, today, announced
that it has officially received the prestigious Project Management
Institute (PMI) Accreditation as a global Registered Education
Provider (REP), adding to their growing list of accreditations.

“Becoming a PMI-REP is just one of a series of steps that will allow
us to add further value to our clients’ businesses. In addition, we
are launching many new age courses in the areas of Digital Marketing,
Big Data, DevOps and Cloud computing to support the growing need of
talent development in the Philippines and ASEAN region.” Said
Karthik Subburaman, APEX Global, Country Director.

The newly-released figures by PMI predict that nearly 22 million new
jobs will be created during the next decade — and by 2027, employers
will need nearly 88 million individuals working in project
management-oriented roles. (

“We have long advocated that project management is essential for any
organization’s success and are excited that others are increasingly
realizing this fact as well. Organizations that invest in proven
project management practices waste 28 times less money because more of
their strategic initiatives are completed successfully.” Mark A.
Langley – PMI President and CEO said in a statement.

Apex Global’s PMP course is taught by seasoned project management
professionals and evangelists. Participants receive a 4-day holistic
learning experience in managing end-to-end project life cycle; key PM
knowledge areas; and tools and techniques across all PM process groups
to help them sail through their PMP certification exam in first
attempt apart from keeping tabs with industry best practices.

About APEX Global
APEX Global’s mission is to help professionals in the Philippines
and ASEAN region acquire the skills they need to succeed in today’s
digital economy. The company provides training in disciplines like
Project Management, Digital Marketing, Big Data and Cloud, where
technologies and best practices are changing rapidly and demand for
qualified candidates significantly exceeds supply. Based in Manila,
Philippines, Apex Global has helped over 300,000 professionals and
companies across 5 countries get trained, acquire certifications, and
up-skill their employees. Its training courses are designed and
updated by renowned industry experts. APEX Global’s blended learning
approach combines online videos, physical classroom training, project
work, and 24/7 teaching assistance. Visit www.apexgloballearning for
more details.

T20 Taxi – A One of a Kind Service App Provider


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The complete service is provided using the latest equipment and
technology to facilitate the travel of individuals in and around
Tamilnadu, Pondicherry. ( 

Coimbatore, TN (India), March 4th, 2017 — Twenty20 as they say is the
opium of the masses in the game of cricket.

As a T20 match is known to bring crowds to the ground for its fast
paced game and chasing Big scores at a minimum overs.

Similarly the T20 Taxi Services are designed as to seek and provide
the fastest taxi service with a minimum rate of fare.

A Service provider from Coimbatore offering complete service whose
mission is to provide reliable, timely, safe, affordable rides
throughout Tamilnadu and Pondicherry.

The services are inspired from the thought process of defining as “
Idhu Nammaa Ooru Taxi”

The company’s products and services showing it as an innovative,
forward thinking company that recognizes the need to move with
ever-changing customer needs.

The main philosophy of business is one that emphasizes service, and a
realization that effective communication is a key component to the

Realizing that, in a competitive environment, flexibility and
professionalism maintains the leading edge.

Cab booking is now a hassle free experience with the choice of
selecting the lowest fare taxi through the app.

Customer satisfaction through quality services, affordable rates,
courteous and professional drivers is what makes T20 Taxi a unique and

Online taxi apps are easier booking process. There is no need to go
through long and complicated booking process. Smartphone taxi services
make travel easy, quick, and comfortable that will surely attract more
clients. With T20 Taxi app, you can book your cabs easily with just
One Tap.

Customers can access T20 Taxi App through multiple ways: through the
user friendly mobile app or can access on website, or
post their queries on Social Media Channels or get in touch with on
email [email protected] .

T20 Taxi app services is privileged to have met the expectations among
our long list of clients.

About T20 Taxi:
At T20 Taxi the complete services is provided using the latest
equipment and technology to facilitate the travel of individuals in
and around Tamilnadu, Pondicherry.

Download the app Today available on App Store & Google Play or to
Download give missed call to 944-525-2020.

Public Relations Contact:
Mr. Balamurugan
Chief Executive Officer
T20 Taxi Services
No. 3 Moogambigai Nagar,
Ganapathy, Coimbatore,
Tamil Nadu – 641006, India
+91 78450 02020
[email protected]

President Obama just blasted the Senate health bill as a “massive transfer of wealth” to the rich

(Media Release) President Barack Obama came to the defense of his health care legacy, the Affordable Care Act, on Thursday a few hours after Senate Republicans released their bill to repeal it.

In a Facebook post, the former president criticized Senate Republicans’ health care bill as “a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.”

“It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else,” Obama said.

He added that it would cost millions their health insurance: “Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely. Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family — this bill will do you harm.”

Obama ( reiterated that he believes the Affordable Care Act has flaws, and that he’d be willing to accept a proposal from Republicans that would lower premiums without leaving Americans with less insurance. (Obama made similar comments to Vox’s Sarah Kliff and Ezra Klein in an interview on Jan. 26.) But with his signature domestic policy achievement hanging in the balance, Obama has come off the sidelines to rush to its defense.

You can read the president’s statement in full below:

Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today.

I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.

We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.

Nor did we fight for it alone. Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones – a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams.

And you made a difference. For the first time, more than ninety percent of Americans know the security of health insurance. Health care costs, while still rising, have been rising at the slowest pace in fifty years. Women can’t be charged more for their insurance, young adults can stay on their parents’ plan until they turn 26, contraceptive care and preventive care are now free. Paying more, or being denied insurance altogether due to a preexisting condition – we made that a thing of the past.

We did these things together. So many of you made that change possible.

At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not perfect, nor could it be the end of our efforts – and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it.

That remains true. So I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there’s a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it’s to make people’s lives better, not worse.

But right now, after eight years, the legislation rushed through the House and the Senate without public hearings or debate would do the opposite. It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it. That’s not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which found that 23 million Americans would lose insurance, to America’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals on the front lines of our health care system.

The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.

Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.

I hope our Senators ask themselves – what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage? What will happen to pregnant mothers, children with disabilities, poor adults and seniors who need long-term care once they can no longer count on Medicaid? What will happen if you have a medical emergency when insurance companies are once again allowed to exclude the benefits you need, send you unlimited bills, or set unaffordable deductibles? What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their child’s cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings?

To put the American people through that pain – while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return – that’s tough to fathom. But it’s what’s at stake right now. So it remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need.

That might take some time and compromise between Democrats and Republicans. But I believe that’s what people want to see. I believe it would demonstrate the kind of leadership that appeals to Americans across party lines. And I believe that it’s possible – if you are willing to make a difference again. If you’re willing to call your members of Congress. If you are willing to visit their offices. If you are willing to speak out, let them and the country know, in very real terms, what this means for you and your family.

After all, this debate has always been about something bigger than politics. It’s about the character of our country – who we are, and who we aspire to be. And that’s always worth fighting for.

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