CHANGES IN FB ALGORITHM HAS DETRIMENTAL EFFECT

Since changing and tweaking it’s algorithm again the News Feed (in order to make it more )personal___!!!! and more hard to spread rumors and false stories too, Facebook comes out and talks about a reduced usage rate by roughly fifty!!! million hours every day.

That is a really hard fall ( as we have previously reported ) ( so where are all the Facebook touting webinar leaders and gurus now who were cashing in on the sheer phenomena of FB traffic generation Mr. CEO Mark sugar mountain has said it: ‘it would happen’, I can’t take his word on this, like so many other words spoken in the past. in the long run, the measures will be showing results. Today released news when announcing earnings for its fourth quarter of 2017.

Reduced usage is showing elsewhere, too. Though Facebook claims it saw a fourteen!!! ( read our article on FB vs Google traffic – https://africasiaeuro.com/1c9y ) percent quarter-over-quarter increase in daily and monthly active users ( I say this is totally wrong, it actually dropped from one hundred and eighty-five million to one hundred and eighty-four million daily users in the US and Canada and stayed at a down figure of two hundred thirty-nine million for monthly users.

“While usage grew in all other regions – according to them – measured, growth was slower than it’s been since 2015 ) now that statement makes a lot of sense when reading our article

Now listen to more encouraging talk” In 2018, we are making sure FB isn’t just fun, but also good for people’s well-being(!) , beneficial for our society, he said in a statement this afternoon. ‘We’re doing this -in order to encouraging meaningful connections_ between people ( manipulating users minds ) rather than passive consumption of content … By focusing on meaningful connections, our community and business!!! will be stronger over the long term.

In November, FB said its commitment to ‘preventing abuse on our platforms’ would ‘impact our profitability,’ and it may already be feeling that to an extent. For its final quarter of 2017, Facebook brought in $13 billion ) ask you where this revenue came from – really, in revenue and $4.3 billion in profit, up from $8.8 billion and $3.6 billion this time last year.

Profits missed investors’ expectation, rising only 19 percent on a per share instead of closer to the 60 percent that investors were expecting , according to forecasts ( The Wall Street Journal _). It’s full-year numbers for 2017 saw substantial increases. (All that gobbledygook is only to wash yours and investor’s eyes), but can’t convince anyone who has a clearer view of what FB really wants.

 

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DAVOS CANTON OF GRAUBÜNDEN Switzerland

All eyes are once again set on the tiny town of Davos

In the Canton ( province ) of Graubuenden, Switzerland one can find an array of small towns nestled between the Swiss Alps.

Access to the mountainous region is via car or train and car, except for those who prefer to take their own helicopter.

BELOW CANTON GRAUBUENDEN IN SUMMER 2017

 

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Graubuenden Switzerland
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Graubuenden Switzerland near Davos

Apart from its beauty there are also some concerns in and around Davos.

From the perspective of President Doris Leuthard, the World Economic Forum is important for Switzerland. But Davos should be careful with its hotel rates. They have risen to extremely high levels.

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Davos area
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Davos area

Asked by a journalist from Graubuenden whether the WEF could be implemented elsewhere than in Davos, the President said on Friday that Davos was now fully established. It would therefore make little sense to relocate the event to another city. In addition, the unique mountain scenery offers the WEF guests an additional incentive to participate.

“But you have to be careful in Davos with the prices,” said Leuthard to the address of the city. “You do not do any good for Davos”. The same problem exists in Geneva: some would demand “shameless” hotel prices. That worries the entire Federal Council. “Switzerland is otherwise very expensive.”

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Hotels in Switzerland

The press corps of the US president has already landed. This Wednesday morning in Zurich-Kloten, around three dozen of the nearly 120 reporters who accompany Donald Trump (71) on his visit to the World Economic Forum (WEF) arrived.

Two buses took them to Lenzerheide GR. For Davos GR, no free beds could be found in Davos GR for the media train of the White House. Now the journalists commute daily for an hour through the Landwassertal to the WEF.

 

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Davos and St. Moritz
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St. Moritz

Tomorrow another start of the world economic forum takes place in Davos.

Trump will see less of Switzerland than the reporters. He will land, travel to Davos, meet politicians and managers in windowless rooms, eat, sleep, make a speech, and then leave again. Not at his side: First Lady Melania Trump (47).

Every minute of his journey is precisely defined

After a night flight, Air Force One will land in Zurich-Kloten on Thursday morning. The Boeing 747 will take off again on Friday afternoon. Every minute of Trump’s journey is well planned, for security reasons only a few details are known.

If everything goes according to plan, the President will be in Switzerland between 29 hours and 35 minutes between landing and take-off.

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Davos – St. Moritz

From Zurich, Trump flies with the helicopter Marine One to Davos at the WEF, where he will meet several politicians and managers of large corporations. Thursday’s meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is confirmed.

In the evening he participates in a WEF reception. After that he eats with European managers. Invited to dinner are bosses of companies, “have already invested heavily in the US,” said economic advisor Gary Cohn yesterday. “We want them to continue investing and encourage others.”

Trump will meet only four people – including Alain Berset

On Friday, Trump meets with Rwandan President Paul Kagame (60). He has scheduled a fourth bilateral meeting with Swiss Federal President Alain Berset (45). According to several sources it takes place on Friday before noon.

After that, the president should prepare for his speech, which he will deliver in the afternoon at the convention center. Trump wants to encourage the top managers present to invest in the USA.

He will lure with low taxes. Immediately after the speech, he travels back to Zurich-Kloten, from where the Air Force One sent him to Washington D.C. will fly.

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Beautiful blossoms

Blue Orchids on Mekong
yellow Orchids

 

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Blue Orchids

 

Orchids on Mekong

I enjoy taking floral pictures. One cannot believe what a simple Nokia Mobile phone Camera can do !  This shots were taken in Accra. How much love and care goes into this. Rachel can be proud of her magnificent Orchids.

 

One cannot believe what a simple Nokia Mobile phone Camera can do ! This shots were taken in the garden of my in-laws. How much love and care goes into this.

 

 

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ITALY BRUGHIERA OUEST AUTOGRILL ON MILAN LINATE HIGHWAY

ONE OF THE BEST –  AUTOGRILL ON ITALY ‘S HIGHWAYS

OVERALL, Italy ‘s highways are excellent, with some exceptions ( portions of SAVONA – MILAN ).

 

 

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BRUGHIERA OUEST GOOGLE PHOTOS

Autogrill
A8, 21040 Castronno VA, Italy
+39 0332 892175

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AUTOGRILL GOOGLE MAPS

 

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Brughiera Ouest
Brughiera Ouest Autogrill
Brughiera Ouest Autogrill
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Brughiera Ouest AUTOGRILL

I normally use the Chiasso Milano Highway when coming from Switzerland Lugano or Zurich.

The drive via St. Bernadino mountains is one of the most scenic rides one should not miss, except perhaps in the Winter season, where ice and snow covers the roads downwards to MILAN.

 

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MALI OVERTAKES BURKINA FASO IN COTTON PRODUCTION

Mali De-thrones Burkina Faso in cotton production

Within sub-Saharan Africa Mali is now the 1st grower of Cotton. This was established by U.S.A.I.D. in a recent study. 

Malian cotton field
Malian cotton field

With the cotton harvest season over, Mali is becoming the largest producer in sub-Saharan Africa, according to information relayed by the Malian Textile Development Company (CMDT), citing the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  

The West African Nation of Mali is dethroning Burkina Faso, which was the leading producer the past years.

According to the USDA, the overall cotton harvest of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad and Senegal reached 2.95 million tonnes in the 2017 crop year, registering a slight increase of 2.75% over the last season. This performance will be mainly driven by Mali and Burkina Faso, which account for 94% of total production, with a slight advantage for Mali, whose production has continued to grow in recent years.
  
According to the CMDT and the Permanent Assembly of the Chambers of Agriculture of Mali (APCAM), Mali this year has achieved a record production of nearly 706,000 tons of cotton seed, against a target of 725,000 tons.

With 1.330 million bales of lint cotton, or 90000 bales more than last year, Mali has regained its position as the leading producer in sub-Saharan Africa, taken by Burkina Faso in recent years.

According to observers, this performance is the culmination of the many reforms led by the Malian government to raise this sector.

In particular, the executive maintained its program of fertilizer subsidies and the purchase of farm tractors by producers. “The successful implementation of the presidential program of 1,000 government-subsidized tractors and the subsidies allocated for access to agricultural inputs have boosted all agricultural sectors in Mali in the last two years,” said Bakary Togola, president of APCAM.

It was during the 52nd Ordinary Session of the Consular Assembly of this organization. The Malian authorities have also raised the guaranteed price to producers at 250 F CFA ($ 0.46) per kg during the 2016-2017-2018 marketing years, compared to 237.5 F CFA (0.43dollar / kg) previously fixed.

CMDT Cotton Development board of Mali s management explained that the increase in production is also the result of the success of a restructuring mission of the cotton sector.

This resulted in the creation of the four subsidiaries, with the release of their needed capital, the participation of the producers, up to 20% in the capital of the subsidiaries for an amount of more than CFAF 10 billion, or about 18.2 million US dollars.

“Mali has come a long way, after the multi-dimensional crisis of 2012 that affected all sectors of the state. Thus, for the happiness of the peasants, the Malian State has allocated 15% of the national budget to rural development. This move was a wise investment, since agriculture employs more than 80% of Mali s population, “according to a statement of Nango Dembélé, Malian Minister of Agriculture, at a press briefing recently.

 

Low added value

The same problem like in other African Cotton growing States, for some technocrats and anti-globalists like Aminata Dramane Traore, is that Mali derives very little added value from this abundant production, because it still can not meet the challenge of transformation. “Malian cotton is known for its extreme quality.

And its conversion could have offered products of incomparable quality, “said Anadolu Mariétou Mariette Dicko, fashion designer with her trademark” Traditions and African Fashion “. To his credit, the promotion of bogolan (artisanal dyeing on cotton fabrics) in African and international fashion. “Unfortunately, the country is struggling to exploit this economic potential, which could make it one of the most advanced African countries in fashion and haute couture,” she said. “The men and women of the country who advocate for the development of textiles are not supported properly by the government.

This makes the profitability of the cotton sector dependent on world prices, “denounced the stylist. “Only 2% of Mali’s cotton production is processed locally,” said Ms. Awa Meité van Til at the eighth edition of the Daoulaba Festival which took place in May 2017 in Koulikoro, about fifty km from Bamako. “For these two campaigns (2016-2017 / 2017-2018) the CMDT has broken its production records.

With such a level of production, it is deplorable to note that less than 2% of this cotton is processed in Mali, “also recognized the CEO of the CMDT, Baba Berthé, at the press conference launching this 8th edition . “We want to move in the direction of industrial processing of our cotton.

This is where we will have added value and development, “he said. During the 2013 crop year alone, the CMDT paid the State CFA 13.01 billion (US $ 23,661,820.00) in taxes and about CFAF 1 billion (US $ 1,820,000) in dividends to the Treasury. public.

The CMDT contributes to food sovereignty with 25% of the national dry cereal production in its intervention zones. The cotton sector plays a leading role in Mali’s economy. Mali’s leading export product, “white gold” accounts for 15% of GDP, 30 to 45% of export earnings and occupies more than 3 million people in small farms. Not to mention its contribution to the development of livestock (livestock feed) and the empowerment of women with income-generating activities such as oil mills and artisanal soap factories.

Despite this socio-economic and political importance, the sector had experienced a downward trend in yields and run-off difficulties. To maintain this new course, experts like Bakary Togola, president of APCAM believe that strategies need to be further strengthened through initiatives to overcome the challenges related to.

With 1.330 million bales of cotton lint, or 90000 bales more than last year, Mali has regained its position as the leading producer in sub-Saharan Africa, taken by Burkina Faso in recent years.

Observers noted, the performance is the culmination of the many reforms led by the Malian government to raise this sector. In particular, the executive maintained its program of fertilizer subsidies and the purchase of farm tractors by producers.

The successful implementation of the presidential program of 1,000 government-subsidized tractors and the subsidies allocated for access to agricultural inputs have boosted all agricultural sectors in Mali in the last two years,” said Bakary Togola, president of APCAM. It was during the 52nd Ordinary Session of the Consular Assembly of this organization.

The Malian authorities have also raised the guaranteed producer price to 250 F CFA ($ 0.46) per kilogram during the 2016-2017-2018 marketing years, compared to 237.5 CFA francs (0.43dollar / kg) previously fixed.
 

According to a summary note from CMDT management, the increase in production is also the result of the success of a restructuring mission of the cotton sector.

This resulted, in particular, in the creation of the four subsidiaries, with the release of their respective capital, the participation of the producers, up to 20% in the capital of the subsidiaries for an amount of more than CFAF 10 billion, or about 18.2 million US dollars.

“Mali has come a long way, after the multi-dimensional crisis of 2012 that affected all sectors of the state. Thus, for the happiness of the peasants, the Malian State has allocated 15% of the national budget to rural development. A wise investment, since agriculture occupies more than 80% of the population, “said Nango Dembélé, the Malian Minister of Agriculture, at a press briefing on the results of the recent agricultural campaign.

“Malian cotton is known for its extreme quality. And its transformation could have offered products of incomparable quality, “said Anadolu Mariétou Mariette Dicko, fashion designer with her trademark” Traditions and African Fashion “.

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