Russian Diamond Giant ALROSA Plans to Develop New Diamond Deposits in Yakutia Containing Over 40 M Carats

Russia’s ALROSA plans to develop diamond deposits that it won at an auction by Russia’s State regulator for the usage of natural resources.

The deposits, located in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia, are alluvial deposits at “Ruchey Gusiny”, “Ebelyakh” and diamond pipe “Dalnyaya”.

The total reserves of the diamond deposits are said to be 42 million carats, the average price per carat of which tops $70.

Trez Capital Mortgage Investment Reports Loss in Q2 Results

Trez Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation (TZZ) posted EPS loss of $0.10 in second quarter due to lower commitment fees, interest revenue resulting from a reduction in the average size of the mortgage portfolio and an increase in expenses primarily related to the orderly wind up plan. The loss from operations summed up $3.8 million, compared to income from operations of $3 million in same quarter previous year. In last quarter of 2015, TZZ reported EPS of $0.14, slightly below consensus estimate of $0.15 and marginally above compared to last year of $0.13 in fourth quarter.

In Q2, 72% of the portfolio was invested in first mortgages, while weighted average loan-to-value of the mortgage portfolio remained 75%.  Geographically diversified portfolio across Canada was Ontario (45%), Alberta (27%), New Brunswick (14%), Nova Scotia (12%) and Saskatchewan (2%). Weighted average interest rate and term to maturity on mortgage investments remained 7.3% and 20.5 months, respectively.

Strategic review continues still results remains uncertain. Earlier this year, the Special Committee had committed to a monetization transaction but it remains uncertain whether an attractive bid will materialize. Over next 90 days, speculation getting about $7.6 million in refinancing of existing mortgages by private funds. As shareholders agreed wind-up plan, TZZ has got repayment of about $10.2 million principal amount of mortgages.

Street maintains “Sector Perform” rating with target price lowered to $8.60 per share.

Amazon (AMZN) Plans To Open Grocery Stores

Seattle based Amazon.com Inc. is aiming to open line of small grocery stores. These “Project Como” brick-and-mortar stores will sell perishable items like produce, milk, and meats that customers can take home.  Initially only Amazon Fresh subscribers will be able to shop at them.  Analysts believe that opening grocery sales would be crucial to the company’s growth.

Amazon is also setting up to open drive-in locations, where customers can pick up groceries that they ordered online. The company is developing license-plate reading technology to speed wait times. Recently Amazon dropped its $299 annual price for Fresh and instituted a $15 monthly fee, available to members of its $99-a-year Prime delivery service. These new stores are made to capture the large share of people who wish to pick out their produce or bring home their groceries on the way from work.

Amazon will have to compete with Wal-Mart, which plans to bring the service to nearly a quarter of its roughly 4,600 U.S. stores by the end of next year. Walmart has begun testing grocery pickup, along with other retailers like Kroger and Giant. Doug McMillon, Walmart’s chief executive says “We see a huge opportunity through pickup, particularly in grocery. The combination of digital relationship and stores is a winner.”

Asian Stocks Fall After Disappointing China Data

USA stocks slumped after the open on Wednesday, with the Dow headed for a more than 150-point drop, as investors found little to cheer in the Federal Reserve’s latest thoughts or in fresh Chinese economic reports.

Robertson added that the exploding battery issue “can only be a long-term threat if the company doesn’t take the correct steps to restore its brand”.

“Sluggish external demand will continue to weigh on China’s trade outlook, given downside risks stemming from the USA election to the UK’s execution of the Brexit process”.

In US dollar terms, exports crashed 10 per cent against a consensus forecast of a 3 per cent decline, while imports shrank 1.9 per cent when they had been expected to rise.

Bangkok was down 0.8 percent in the morning, extending a sharp sell-off this week on worries about the gravely ill King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is considered a stabilising influence on the troubled nation. “Clearly Unilever won’t be the only company wanting to pass on a 10 per cent or similar price increase due to the fall in the pound”, Rabobank’s Foley added.

Bank shares in Europe also declined, with the broader Euro Stoxx Banks index down 2.8%. That was a much bigger drop than in August and also a larger decline than analysts expected. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 45.26 points, or 0.3 percent, to 18,098.94.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.74 percent.

Export order readings in both the National Bureau of Statistics and the Caixin PMIs for September are just slightly above 50, pointing to a modest recovery in external demand.

Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s September meeting confirmed late Wednesday that officials expected to raise rates “relatively soon”, with several members viewing the decision to leave rates unchanged in September as a “close call”.

Gold miners bucked the trend, with Newcrest Mining and Evolution Mining gaining more than 4 percent each.

Oil prices plummeted Thursday after OPEC announced its production in September had increased to the highest level in 8 years, and after reports of a surge in USA crude stockpiles. In the first eight month of the year, 20 countries or regions launched 85 trade investigations against Chinese products, a 49% increase over year-earlier levels, led by the US and India, the ministry said. The king had reigned for 70 years, which made him the longest serving head of state in the world. Japan’s Nikkei 225 lost 0.4 percent to 16,774.24, while South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.9 percent to 2,015.44. Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 18 cents to $50.36 per barrel in NY. Brent crude, the Global standard, rose 22 cents to $52.03 a barrel in London.

Foreign investors sold 108 million ringgit ($25.7 million) in Malaysian shares on Wednesday, according to Kenanga Research. Both figures were worse than expected, with exports expected to fall 3.3% and imports predicted to rise 0.6%, in USA dollar terms.

The euro was choppy too, dropping under $1.10 for the first time in nearly three months at one point after Reuters reported the European Central Bank was considering a number of changes to its 1.5 trillion euro stimulus programme.

39 Fun Facts about Flirting

People flirt to bond or to express sexual interest. Flirting is a universal and essential form of human interaction.

Flirting is a series of nonverbal and verbal actions we do when expressing our interest in or attraction to another person. It is playful, nonthreatening, and sometimes subconscious. It’s about displaying and reading body language.

In the 1550s, the verb “flirt” initially meant “to turn up one’s nose, sneer at” and then “to rap or flick, as with fingers.” In the 1560s, the noun “flirt” had come to mean “a pert young hussy” or a “woman of loose behavior.”

Etymologists theorize that the verb “flirt” may have been imitative, similar to the verb “flip” and “flit,” as in the sense of “to move in short, quick flights.” Others suggest that it was influenced by the Old French fleureter, which means “talk sweet nonsense” or to touch a thing in passing, and which is diminutive of fleur, “flower.” Metaphorically, fleureter gestured toward the image of bees skimming from flower to flower.

Researchers have identified five general styles of flirting: 1) physical, 2) traditional (men should make the first move), 3) polite (both less likely to approach a potential partner), 4) sincere, and 5) playful (flirting for fun). Those with physical, sincere, and playful styles have more dating success, though each is effective depending on what the goal of flirting is

Researchers suggest women wear red-hued lipstick while flirting. A Manchester University study tracked the eye movements of men and found that they looked at red lips for 7.3 seconds and pink for 6.7 seconds.

Within general styles of flirting are over 52 specific “flirting signals.” For women, the most common is the hair flip.

Common flirting pitfalls include 1) picking the wrong person to flirt with, 2) not knowing how to approach, 3) worrying that something awful will happen, and 4) not accurately reading the signals from the other person.

The most attractive people are not necessarily the ones who receive the most attention. Instead, people who are the most effective flirters usually attract the most attention.
According to scientists Judy Dutton, women who get the most attention from men send out 35 flirtatious signals per hour. While that seems to be a lot, signals can range from tilting the head to one side to stroking the arm.

Flirting is against the law in some cities. An outdated law in New York City states that a man could be fined $25 for gazing suggestively at a woman.

A smile is the most deceptive facial expression, and there are over 18 different ways to smile. The most attractive smile is the genuine smile, which is the smile that creates lines, or “crow’s feet,” around the eyes.

Studies show that women initiate flirting 90% of the time. Although men seem to do most of the pursuing, they actually do so because they perceive that women invited their advances through flirting.

Men have 10–20 times more testosterone than women and, consequently, are more likely to view interactions in terms of sex. Men, therefore, more than women tend to misread flirting signals and mistake friendly behavior for flirting.

Research suggests that to be a brilliant flirt, a person needs to approach it as though they can’t fail. Flirting is about attitude.

A study at the University of Newcastle in Australia found that men find women most alluring when women angle their heads forward and look upwards slightly. This head position makes women look more “feminine” and more flirtatious. In contrast, men look more masculine if they tilt their head back and look slightly down their nose.

While some body language specifics differ across cultures (e.g., how close to stand, eye contact), many signs of flirting seem to be transcultural: women around the world flirt by smiling, arching their eyebrows, and averting their gaze.

During the Victorian era, when young women were particularly being groomed for marriage, flirting was a large part of a young woman’s life. To be an effective flirt, she was taught to use fashion accessories such as fans, gloves, handkerchiefs, and parasols to communicate all types of messages.

Pizza Express boasts that they have been trained by former actor Karl James to teach people to have “fantastic conversations.” Their official line says that their company incorporates “flirting and unique conversation techniques.”

Technology has made flirting more complicated than ever before. For example, texting or emailing doesn’t let a person hear a tone in the voice or see body language, which can lead to misunderstandings.

According to Baboo.com, the most effective pick up line is complimenting a woman on her lips.

On average, men spend 0.95 seconds looking at a woman’s hair, 0.85 admiring the eyes, and 7.0 looking at a woman’s lips.

Flirting is dependent on smells. Top scents that turn men on are fake tan, baby lotion, and fried food. Sweeter smells are also effective, including the smell of lipstick and lavender.[6] The most common mistake people make while flirting according to the Social Issues Research Centre is maintaining too much eye contact. A nonromantic glance lasts only 1.18 seconds and a flirtatious gaze lasts 2–3 seconds. Anything longer is uncomfortable.

On average, it takes about three glances at someone before he or she will take the hint that the other person is interested in them.

In studies where men and women who didn’t know each other were asked to stare into each other eyes for 3 minutes, many confessed to feelings of “passionate love” for one another. Eye contact activates the area of the brain called the ventral striatum—otherwise known as the reward center—and, consequently, it is a major factor in effective flirting.

While often overlooked, feet play a major role in flirting. Feet generally point in the direction they want to go. If someone’s feet are pointed toward you, they are interested. Additionally, feet pointing toward each other, in a “pigeon toes” stance, is also a sign that the other person is approachable and interested.

Flirting is most socially acceptable at parties, celebrations, and social organizations because most parties, carnivals, and festivals are governed by a special code of behavior, or “cultural remission.”

People tend to mimic the actions of the person they are attracted to. Mimicking is a way to subconsciously try to get in sync with someone.

A recent study showed that 57% of people believed it was not acceptable to flirt at work, while 43% believed it was acceptable.

Humans are not the only species that flirt. Birds, lizards, and even bugs have their own ways to attract attention.

Studies show that flirtatious people have higher white blood cell counts, which improves health and immunity.

Flirting is governed by a complex set of unwritten laws of etiquette that determine when, how, with whom, and where we flirt. We usually become aware of these laws only when someone breaks them.

Flirting at bars or other drinking places usually has more restrictions than flirting at a party. For example, the area around the bar counter is understood to be the “public zone,” where talking to strangers is acceptable. On the other hand, tables furthest from the bar counter are seen as more “private” zones.

The more food orientated a drinking establishment is, the less flirting is tolerated, while bars dedicated to drinking or dancing offer more socially sanctioned flirting opportunities.

When people first meet, 55% of their initial impression is based on appearance and body language, 38% on speaking style, and only 7% on what is actually said.

A study in the journal Social Influence found that ladies were more likely to give out their phone numbers to guys who flirted with them on sunny days as opposed to cloudy days. Researchers say people may be in a better mood on sunny days or men may be better flirters in good weather.

Relationship experts suggest that people can turn flirting fails into comedy. If a person inadvertently does something silly or embarrassing, he or she can turn it into something fun and playful.

Flirting may be considered cheating when 1) it’s secretive, 2) it has a sexual agenda, 3) it includes rationalization, 4) a spouse/partner doesn’t like it, or 5) the intentions are duplicitous.

 

Pure – the tinder app killer or just the copy of tinder gold ?

 

Pure is for when you’re looking for an after-dark adventure, not a relationship. It’s quick, direct, and discreet.

With Pure, your private life stays private. No social media links. No email addresses. We provide end-to-end encryption and automatically delete your chats. Upload a selfie and match with somebody who appeals to you. Chat for an hour tops (your convo disappears after that). If you’re both feeling it, it’s adventure time.

Top 5 cities where PURE is being used the most – New York city, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco.

Pure in dialogues…

“It is a good concept. The tinder app killer Only problem is no one is using this app. I take a photo, but but hit a pay wall. Ok, fair enough I guess. I dish out $11 dollars, and the closest person is 560 km away. Would have been nice to know I’m the only person in a 300 mile radius using this app before I had to pay…”

Hello, Tim! Happy to hear you like the concept! Sometimes you have to pay for your experience…

“Rarely, if ever got someone within 100 miles of me. The timer is cool because you have to set up things, get a number, whatever in that timeframe, but when you’re only matching with people on the opposite side of the country and then it is only 3 people in the timeframe, it becomes kind of a pain. Also how about tinder gold …”

Hello Mathew! Thanks a lot for investing your time to write such a detailed review! I sincerely apologize your experience with the app wasn’t as good as expected! Your feedback is very important to us! 💋

“Great idea and solid design. No one is around me but that isn’t the apps fault. Main suggestion would be to cap the maximum distance out as I don’t think anyone would be willing to travel 700km+ for a hookup.”

Hello, Mark! Thank you for your review! I have a surprise for you!

New minecraft PE is available for free!

After its huge success on PC, developer Mojang has been able to adapt the gameplay of Minecraft for touchscreen, bringing the popular game to your mobile and tablet in the form of Minecraft Pocket Edition. It’s time to dive into the building block world of Minecraft, a game that’s become legendary. For any player with a creative mind, this game’s for you.

Experience the mining, creating and surviving game in your pocket

A classic game of survival and creativity

Minecraft Pocket Edition starts with a random stage. You’ll find yourself on a chaotic land in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by mountains, valleys, trees, and animals. In survival mode, the target becomes more vital as the sun sets.

Monsters will appear and try to eat you, and it soon becomes impossible to survive in the open air. To spend your first night under shelter, you either need to dig it, or build it. Once your basic survival is guaranteed, you can start developing your domain. In creative mode, you won’t have any restrictions, so you’ll be able to unleash your wildest ideas. Whether you want to build a castle, a boat or a cathedral, the sky’s the limit!

Well-thought out gameplay for mobile devices

Collect wood, coal and stones: the Inventory menu will let you build almost anything you can think of using these supplies. Once you’ve unlocked the secrets of the exciting survival gameplay, you’ll be able to create some really interesting structures and unleash your creativity.

With a well-thought out game system for touch devices, all you have to do is spend some time studying the game, and you’ll be able to make anything you want. It’s an excellent adaptation, especially since it has many options and lets you set your experience depending on the device you’re using.

Efficient, even if it’s not graphically impressive

The soundtrack of Minecraft Pocket Edition isn’t that good, and if you’re not a fan of pixelated blocks, this game isn’t for you. If, however, you love exploring and have always dreamed of becoming Robinson Crusoe in a virtual environment, Minecraft Pocket Edition will indeed meet your expectations.

An active user community is there to help you, and the multiplayer mode opens the possibilities even further. Regarding the technical aspect of this mobile version, I must admit that the developers have done a great job: the game is efficient and fast, and everything runs smoothly. The only drawback: the resolution of the game isn’t very good, limiting the field of vision on the screen.

An unrivaled game

Minecraft Pocket Edition is an infinite world game that is incredibly innovative, deserving the title of a sandbox game. Amid the many Minecraft clones that have launched for mobiles, don’t be mistaken: the original Minecraft is still unrivaled.

Download minecraft PE now for free

British Media Spins Corbyn’s Labour Victory in English Local Elections as Defeat

The British media is currently demonstrating a masterclass in how to present fake news, alternate facts, and post-truth as ‘reality’. On Friday, local elections in England produced a marginal increase in the number of Council seats held by the Labour Party in England, delivering Corbyn’s party with its best local election tally since 1971, and its second-best ever.

If the results were translated into a General Election result, Jeremy Corbyn would have become the UK’s new prime minister. But that’s not what the British media is telling Her Majesty’s Subjects. Instead, the message across all mainstream media – right and left – is that Corbyn’s party failed dismally.

Bashing Corbyn non-stop, since he was first elected leader of the Labour Party in 2015 – as ‘unelectable’, as ‘anti-Semitic’, as ‘pro-Russian’, as a ‘Communist Czech agent’ – the media now lambasts him for not delivering a comprehensive victory – evidence, again, that he should resign!

The last time the Labour Party won local elections by such a wide margin over the Conservative Party was in 1994. Three years later in the UK General Election, it was a landslide victory for Labour. The big difference between now and then is that this time there’s no ‘third-way’, no Tory-lite leader like Tony Blair leading the party – there’s Jeremy Corbyn, the British Security Services’ “number 1 national security threat.”

Shooting in Maryland. What we need to do?

It’s happened again. Shooting in Maryland on Tuesday. A shooting reported at Great Mills High School.

Politics, journalists, bloggers and activists started to discuss about changes to america’s gun law, again.

Maybe it is not the biggest problem for US citizens now, but we sure it is the biggest challenge for millennials, entrepreneurs and modern creative minds from all over the world. We all need to find a new more effective way to ensure our security, to protect our lives without guns.

Several month ago Elon Mask sells 20 000 Boring Company “Flamethrowers”. And it is the right way, i think.

We need more tech-toy-weapons which will help us fool around, feel the weapon, feel the fun and the power, but not harm others. It is just the first step…

What do you think? We will add each opinion of our readers to this post. Text us  right now pashaschetchik@gmail.com

SOTT FOCUS: Behind the Headlines: Doing Putin’s ‘Dirty Work’: Barmy British Incite War With Russia

The strange case of Sergei Skripal began two weeks ago when this former Russian intelligence officer, along with his 33-year-old daughter Yulia, were found unconscious on a public bench in Salisbury, southern England. Fortuitously for them, the people who first found them were a passing doctor and nurse. Their current location is unknown, although British authorities report that they are alive and in a ‘stable condition’.

An international scandal has erupted in the meantime, with the British government accusing its Russian counterpart of conducting a chemical weapon attack on its soil. Emergency UN Security Council meetings, more anti-Russia sanctions and other punitive measures have been undertaken by the British government, with varying degrees of support from fellow NATO member-states.

The political climate of anti-Russia hysteria, which was already tense, continues its parabolic curve towards… well, towards what? War? Anyone would be forgiven for thinking so, but with the Russian presidential election taking place today, and the football World Cup coming up in Russia this summer, the more likely impetus for these shrill histrionics stem from a powerful impetus to ‘de-legitimize’ Putin’s government and isolate Russia internationally.