There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! See all posts by Tim Charles Enter Your Email Address Think of emerging markets and some people may immediately think of China. and although many experts believe the Chinese economy will grow further still, I think we should also look further afield and consider other emerging market areas. One country that has caught my eye is Vietnam.The Vietnamese economy has been growing rapidly over the last few years, and a number of multinational organisations have recently established manufacturing operations there. 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Therefore I hope this will help to continue to bring stability to the country.One way of getting in on any future potential growth could be by investing in the close-ended fund of Vietnam Enterprise Investments Limited (LSE:VEIL) by Dragon Capital. This fund invests in a number of both listed and pre-IPO companies in Vietnam, with sectors including banks and real estate.I believe it offers a chance to invest in an emerging market with a lot of potential. I am not the only one who thinks this way: some of the significant shareholders in the fund include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the City of London Investment Management Company, along with a number of other trusts and funds.It has recently been trading with a discount to the net asset value, while the fund can also be held as part of a Stocks and Shares ISA.What are the potential risks and downsides?Investing in emerging markets can sometimes be a bit of a roller-coaster, and although the Vietnamese government is more stable than some in the region, things can sometimes change. However, the potential rewards could be great if the recent economic growth were to continue.I am also not thrilled about the 2% management fee that is charged, which is fairly high compared to other trusts and funds. However, this may be in part a result of not having a great deal of competition with similar funds (at least those available on the FTSE) that are invested wholly in the region.Taking all into consideration, I think that if one is able to accept a certain amount of risk versus potential reward that exists with emerging markets, then I do believe this fund makes for a good addition as a small part of my diverse portfolio. Image source: Getty Images. 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Medora Hotels from Podgora announced today that it has prematurely settled the Company’s obligations from the pre-bankruptcy settlement to the Ministry of Finance and all other creditors in full.Premature payment itself achieved the preconditions for concluding the pre-bankruptcy settlement. As pointed out by the Medora Hotel, the early repayment of liabilities was made partly from own funds and partly from a special-purpose loan of Zagrebačka banka dd in the amount of EUR 4,53 million, with a currency clause in kuna equivalent at the middle exchange rate of the CNB. The loan repayment period is 10 years, and no later than October 31.10.2027, 4,20. year, with a variable regular interest rate of XNUMX% per annum.According to the Business diary, Agram invest entered Medora Hotels at the end of 2015 with an initial HRK 9 million, thus acquiring 900.000 shares of the company that the company Novodom Luka Kaića had bought in the pre-bankruptcy settlement. With the end of the pre-bankruptcy, he recapitalized Hotel Podgora with HRK 22,5 million, and Kaić undertook to make investments of at least HRK 112 million. He soon found new investment partners for that, and finally new customers. After last year’s renovation of the Medora Auri Family Beach Resort hotel, in which they invested more than 15 million euros, in 2018 Medora plans to continue investing in the two remaining hotels and camps.This year is a consolidation year for the company, with the most investment in staff training, and one of the goals is to extend the season to a minimum of seven months. Medora employs about 60 permanent workers and about 200 seasonal workers.
… says they have not performed off the fieldKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Incumbent Cricket West Indies (CWI) president, Dave Cameron, has accused some legendary former players of not “delivering the goods” when given the chance to do so in the boardroom.As such, the controversial Jamaican argued that the value of these great former players lay in their ambassadorial roles in promoting West Indies cricket, not in cricket administration.Several iconic figures, including Sir Viv Richards, Sir Andy Roberts and Clive Lloyd, have come out in support of Cameron’s challenger, the former St Kitts and Nevis government minister, Ricky Skerritt, ahead of today’s CWI presidential elections here.In his comments, Sir Viv said Skerritt’s election was necessary in order to bring “respectability” back to the office of president while Lloyd made reference to the “decimation” of West Indies cricket “especially under this administration”.Cameron said he was unfazed by the criticism.“We will continue to support them. As a matter of fact, we don’t take it personal and we believe that they believe that the opposition can provide a different way,” the Observer newspaper quoted him as saying.“We believe in standards and processes and some of those persons (legends) we have given opportunities in almost every area of West Indies cricket, except probably being the president, and they haven’t delivered the goods except playing on the field.”Lloyd, who led West Indies to historic triumphs at the 1975 and 1979 World Cups, has served as team manager and more recently chairman of selectors while Sir Viv, who never lost a Test series as captain, had a spell as chief selector and Windies coach.Sir Andy, a member of Lloyd’s fearsome fast bowling battery of the 1970s and 80s, also served in capacities as coach and selector.Speaking ahead of his bid for a fourth successive term, Cameron defended his administration use of the Windies legends, pointing out they had been used to promote such global events as the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup last November.“We use them as ambassadors. They were just ambassadors for the Women’s World T20 and any opportunities like that we will use them, but we don’t take much credence from what their views are in respect to administration, but we respect them,” he said.“The reason why we are West Indies Cricket is because of them, so we respect them. We are not thinking too much about that and at the end of the election come next week. We will treat with that going forward.”Cameron, re-elected unopposed in 2017, has received a stiff challenge this time around from Skerritt and running mate Dr Kishore Shallow.Not only have legendary former players not backed him but at least two sitting prime ministers, Dr Keith Michell of Grenada and Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines, have signalled their support for Skerritt/Shallow ticket.However, Cameron remained upbeat about his chances, maintaining that with Barbados, Guyana and Windward Islands behind him and providing six of the 12 votes up for grabs, he simply could not lose.“At this point, and I think you heard the vice-president (Emmanuel Nanthan) say it, we can’t lose the election,” he contended.“Obviously we would like to hear that Jamaica is in support going forward, but at this point in time we can’t lose the election. We have six secured votes, and not just votes, but you see the leadership of those organisations coming out in support of us.”The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) is yet to declare their support for a candidate, after hosting meetings with both last week while the Leeward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago have already endorsed Skerritt.
And then there were two.The blazing fire of Africa’s continental showpiece has brought out the duo that will battle for the top prize.Both led by indigenous tacticians, the Teranga Lions of Senegal and the Desert Foxes of Algeria have come through very different routes to final.Routes that are singularly similar in their challenging nature and have ensured that Egypt and the whole world will get to see two battle-hardened and quality sides in the ultimate match up at the Cairo International stadium on Friday.Aliou Cisse who captained the Senegal national team at the Teranga Lions’ last appearance at the AFCON final, missing the decisive penalty kick and gifting the trophy to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.Re-appearing at Africa’s most important game, Cisse will be determined to wipe the slate clean and deliver a first-ever AFCON trophy for Senegal.“Our philosophy is to take it a game at a time and try to play the best football to erase the disappointment of 2002,” Cissé said.He has been in charge since 2015 and has weathered disappointment in 2017 as Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions once again came out victorious in a penalty-shootout sending Senegal home early, as well as a mightily unlucky World Cup elimination by a fair play tiebreaker. Few will begrudge him the final step.However, empathy is the last emotion El Khadra of Algeria will be feeling towards Senegal as they go into an AFCON final for the first time in 29 years.The Desert Foxes will be hoping to assuage the thirst of Algerians for the AFCON crown and are tipped by many to get the better of Senegal on Friday. Having scored the most goals at the tournament (11) and conceding just two they are justified favourites.Algeria seems to have come full circle in the semi-final tie against Nigeria. Just a year ago, the Desert Foxes lost 3-1 to Nigeria in qualification for the World Cup in Russia.A supremely talented but very disjointed Algerian side that went on to finish last in their group has come a long way led on this rebuilding journey by one who previously donned the Algeria jersey, Djamel Belmadi.Senegal will feel the absence of Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly as he received a harsh yellow card in the semi-final game against Tunisia.A very inexperienced Senegalese centre-back pairing will be looking to try and contain the vast attacking talents Algeria possess in Riyad Mahrez, Baghdad Bounedjah and Youcef Belaili, as well as prolific substitute Adam Ounas.Senegal have many potent weapons of their own and will look to Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Idrissa Gueye and Keita Balde to provide the goods against Algeria.Another dimension to this final is the penalty shootout. Should this final go down to a shootout, hearts will be in mouths for supporters back in Dakar as Senegal have already missed three penalties in normal time with Sadio Mane and Henri Saivet both fluffing their lines from twelve yards in this tournament.Algeria on the other hand have won a shootout against la Cote D’Ivoire, converting 4 of their spot kicks. This shows that one team will be more inclined to end the game in a maximum of 120 minutes to prevent the lottery of penalty kicks.Algeria and Senegal have already met once in the group stages with Algeria running out as 1 – nil winners thanks to a Youcef Belaili strike.It was a bruising encounter as a total of 53 fouls were committed in a very tight encounter where Sadio Mane struck the bar but could not salvage a point for his side. Will it be a case of revenge or repeat for the Teranga Lions?It will be a battle of the ages and both teams know exactly what it means to make it this far.For Senegal and Aliou Cisse it is a matter of righting the wrongs of previous campaigns and finally travelling back to Dakar amid celebration.For Algeria and Djamel Belmadi it is a matter of completing a rapid revolution and bringing back the glory days of 1990.Team newsBoth sides are clear of injury heading into the final but Senegal will have to cope without defensive colossus Kalidou Koulibaly, who is suspended. FC Schalke’s Salif Sane is likely to step in to fill the void.Senegal predicted XI: Gomis; Gassama, Kouyate, Sane, Sabaly; Saivet, Ndiaye, Gueye; Sarr, Niang, ManeAlgeria predicted XI: M’bolhi; Zeffane, Mandi, Benlamri, Bensebaini; Guedioura, Bennacer, Feghouli; Mahrez, Bounedjah, BelailiStatisticsAlgeria has won their last five matches against Senegal. A run that stretches back to September 2008.Senegal’s last victory against Algeria came at home in May 2008 as Lamine N’diaye got the only goal of the tie.Senegal’s Sadio Mane has scored 3 goals and given 1 assist in 6 games this AFCON.Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez has scored three goals including a last-gasp freekick that took Algeria to the final. After almost a month of football in Egypt, Algeria and Senegal will compete for the continent’s biggest prize in football. Citi Sports pundit, Wepea Buntugu, previews the match which will mean a whole lot to both Senegal and Algeria. Follow the writer on Twitter @Wepea_Buntugu
The Monmouth County Library Commission welcomed its newest commissioner, Ann Marie Conte of Wall Township.Conte is a member of the Wall Township Committee and served as mayor in 2011. She is also the township committee’s representative to the Wall Township Library.Monmouth County Library Commission Chair Renee B. Swartz, left, and Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Monmouth County Library System,center, swear in Ann Marie Conte of Wall Township as the newest member of the Monmouth County Library Commission.Conte, a registered certified pediatric nurse, is the nurse manager of pediatric services at Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune. She is responsible for the direction and supervision of the hospital’s pediatric inpatient unit, the pediatric ICU and the pediatric same day unit.A mother of two, Conte was a member of the Wall Township Board of Education from 2003 to 2005 and served as its president in 2005. She was a member of the township’s board of adjustment from 2006 to 2008. Conte coached Pop Warner cheerleading for many years, leading her team to success in the national championships.Conte, who replaces library Commissioner George S. Callas of Brielle, was sworn in at the Library Commission’s May meeting at the Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury. She will serve out Callas’ unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31.
“I really believe our local guys can do super well at the World Champs this year, possibly even having four riders finish in the top 20!” predicted Croeser. Apart from seeking a top personal performance Croeser, is hopeful and confident that the rest of the South African under-23 competitors will have a solid outing on race day as many of the locals look to burst into the cut-throat environment of elite racing in the next year or two. “The fact that the event is being held at Cascades is also a huge benefit to us locals. We can go up there and train on the course whenever we like and we race there all the time. PlansDetailing his plans in the lead-up to the event, Croeser said: “I will also get myself a place up in Maritzburg for the week before the race. I’ll stay up there and just make sure that I’m as comfy as possible, don’t have to travel too far, and try to take out as many of the little stresses as possible. “I really know the course at Cascades and for some reason it just seems to suit my style of riding. I don’t know what it is, but I just feel good on that course, which really helps you prepare mentally,” he reckoned. Croeser will look to make full use of his wealth of international racing experience, as well as the advantage of racing at home. “Just last week I was up there twice in five days, riding sections over and over again, and in the next 10 weeks building up to the World Champs I will complete over 60 laps of the course in World Champs’ specific training, which can only be a good thing,” added the Orange Monkey competitor, who competes in the colours of Kargo MTB Pro team locally. Vital roleFamiliarity with the route and surroundings, the comfort of being close to home and the support of the local crowd are all small elements on their own. However, when added together, Croeser believes they play a vital role in developing a smooth routine in the period just before race day, which is a huge advantage he will have over those travelling from abroad. ‘High hopes’“I have really high hopes for the World Champs,” he said. “I’ve been to the Worlds since I was a junior and this will be my fifth World Champs I’ve competed in, so I now know what to expect and I’m really looking forward to this year’s event. Having grown up in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal’s (KZN) Zululand region, Croeser was fortunate to then spend two years living and competing in Europe, which is something he feels has helped his riding immensely. Leading South African under-23 cross country mountain biker Rourke Croeser has set his sights on a top performance at the 2013 UCI MTB & Trials World Championships, to be held at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September. SAinfo reporter “Having done as many laps as I would have by the time the Worlds get here also gives me huge confidence. I’ll know beforehand what sort of tyre choices, tyre pressures, gears and the rest of the setup works best for me in almost all conditions. He now calls Ballito on KZN’s north coast home and with regular training trips to Cascades and having competed in countless races at the venue, Croeser is relishing the opportunity August’s global spectacle presents. 4 July 2013 “James (Reid) knows how to do well in Maritzburg, Brendon (Davids), if he gets it right on the day, can do really nicely and a couple of the others are going really well, so hopefully it all just comes together for all of us on the day of the race. “It’s those little comforts that all add up and make a big difference and when you look at the margins that we’re dealing with, that little bit really counts at this level,” he added.
Film Music Mag has an in-depth interview with composer Matthew Margeson, co-composer on Kick-Ass 2. Matthew has also worked on a whole raft of huge hollywood features, network TV shows and computer games in his career to date. Matthew’s interview provides a valuable view into the world of film scoring, especially as working as part of a team and the journey you might take to work your way up to being a fully credit film composer.There is an old saying that whatever you’re currently working on is the demo piece for you’re next gig. It’s true. Also, a big part of this is the collaboration between filmmaker and composer. I mean, if you look at all of the contemporary greats, Elfman, Williams, Horner, anyone really…. there tends to be very solid director / composer team. Sometimes a composer’s work schedule for the foreseeable future can really be contingent on what his work partners are up to.Coming To Grips with Mixing ConsolesOne of the main tools of the trade for film composers is obviously the mixing desk. In this series of fast-paced tutorials from Wikimedia you can learn all about the different types of consoles, the workflow for each one and the basics of mixing theory. This hour and a half panel discussion from the National Film and Television School (NFTS) is a long one, but worthwhile for anyone serious about audio. Annabelle Pangborn (head of editing for the NFTS) delves into the many opportunities to use soundtracks, both musical and otherwise, to add impact to narrative drama. Additionally she chairs a panel discussion ‘focusing on some of the different approaches to composing film music and the crossover with sound design.Interviews with Film ComposersFilm composer Michael Giacchino shares six lessons on film score composing in this excellent Vulture article, featuring tracks from some of his films including Up, Super 8, Star Trek and The Incredibles. It is interesting to read how each film’s score was an evolutionary process of creativity that is all really about tapping into the heart of the film.“It was a tough thing to get to, because in the beginning, I was trying to appease what I thought Star Trek music should be,” he says. “Everything I was writing sounded spacey — what you would expect from a film like that.” After hitting wall after wall, writer Damon Lindelof eventually provided him with sage advice: “Why don’t you forget we’re making aStar Trek movie and write a score to a film that’s about two guys who meet and become the best of friends?”“[Lost taught me] how to be quick, be fast, don’t overthink things, go with your gut, and get it done as efficiently and properly as [I] can,” he says. Giacchino didn’t discuss musical ideas with J.J. Abrams or anyone on the show — there wasn’t time.” If you’re interested in understanding more about the dark art of film score composition check out these great resources to help you make better films.Understanding what a film composer does, how best to work with your film score and how to create well mixed film soundtracks (bringing together both the sound design and the score) is crucial to creating the other 60% of your film – the sound. In this roundup of interviews and tutorials you’ll learn tips and insight from industry leading sound designers and film composers.If you’re looking for high quality film and video music, without the cost of creating a unique film score, be sure to explore our extensive library of handpicked tracks.[maxbutton id=”2″]If you’re after even more insights into film sound design check out this post on The Art and Craft of Film Sound Design. Now, on to the resources…Film Composing MasterclassesIn this excellent 10 minute highlight video from composer Gabriel Yared’s British Film Institute (BFI) Masterclass you will learn a ton about crafting a score and how to approach a scoring project in the first place:“Who is the director who wouldn’t dream of having an ally, someone who takes his hand and say ‘Come let’s try things. You have this idea, OK, let’s put it there – it works. OK lets try something else, let’s be bold! Let’s go somewhere else…” – Gabriel Yared
Related LinksGirls NYC finalists Two-time defending X-Blades National Youth Championships premiers New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) will lock horns with Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) in the women’s final at 2.05pm.NSWCHS were pushed all the way by their semi-final opponents Central Queensland Bulls, 7-5, while QSST had a comfortable 8-1 win over South West Queensland Swans.The Bulls looked like causing the upset of the tournament when they were leading 5-3 midway through the second half.But NSWCHS came back in the final 10 minutes to post four unanswered touchdowns.QSST’s first half performance set-up their semi-final win over the Swans.QSST took a 5-0 lead into the half-time huddle and scored three more in the second stanza. Ashleigh Kearney bagging a hat-trick.It will be a crackerjack of a final as both teams remain undefeated in the tournament.The Bulls and the Swans will meet each other in the Community Final at 10.45am.In the playoff matches:Brisbane City Cobras won the playoff for fifth, 4-2 against NSW Combined Catholic Colleges.Sunshine Coast Pineapples finished seventh after their win against NSW Touch Association Development, 3-2.NSW Combined Independent Schools were too good for ACT Pirates, 5-4, in the playoff for ninth.South Australia Heat finished 11th after defeating Western Tigers 5-3.Northern Territory finished 13th after beating Victoria in a drop-off, 6-5.ACT Pirates and South Australia Heat will go head-to-head in the Development State Final.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the National Youth Championships action: National Youth Championships – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia
Cabinet has approved the transfer of land at Lime Tree in St. Catherine from Petranol Limited to the SCJ Holdings Limited.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the parcel of land has always been part of the Bernard Lodge Sugar Estate and the residence of workers.Ms. Falconer, who was addressing journalists at today’s (June 13) Jamaica House press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister, informed that the land was transferred to Petranol Limited in 1987 for the production of ethanol.She noted that with the recent divestment of the Bernard Lodge sugar estate to Complant International Sugar Industry Company Limited, the Government gave an undertaking to provide housing solutions for those who had been living for decades on the lands, which were leased by Complant, and will now be displaced.Some 16 families and an additional 80 workers residing on the leased lands, were promised that they would be offered lots for sale at concessionary rates.Ms. Falconer noted that the relocation of the workers and their families is urgent, as the land must be made available to Complant, as agreed on in the purchase agreement between the government of Jamaica and the China-based sugar and ethanol production company. By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter
APTN National NewsSome major sports organizations are coming under fire for using ethnic terms in team names like the Washington Redskins NFL team.In Canada, as APTN’s Keith Laboucan reports, some people the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos should consider making a name change.