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UNWTO encourages Mongolia to become the heart of world nomadic tourism www.en.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Minister of Environment and Green Development D.Oyunkhorol noted “Mongolia will be the heart of nomadic tourism” at today’s press statement in the light of the Government’s first 100 days.
One of the key actions, taken in the last three months, is the International Silk Road Conference hosted in Ulaanbaatar, she added. The United Nations World Tourism Organization has pledged its support in establishing a Center for Nomadic Tourism and encouraged Mongolia to become the center of world nomadic tourism and the regional leader.
This is the very time for Mongolia to promote tourism growth, the Minister went on. The government will put more effort to raise the number of employees in tourism - the waste-free industry - from 50 thousand to 100 thousand, she said.
It is of high importance for Mongolia’s tourism to foster infrastructural development in Khentii, the birthplace of Chinggis Khaan, she said and added a tourism complex is planned to be built in Dadal soum of Khentii province in this spirit.
She also stated that the Ministry is making endeavors to resume the Air Pollution Fund's function, having this issue and the draft budget of MNT 5.0 billion reflected in the government budget assumptions for 2017.
Working groups have been set up to handle environmental pollution problems around Onon and Balj rivers of Khentii, Orkhon river of Arkhangai and Eroo river of Selenge province, and pertinent decisions have been made to intervene mining operations near these rivers, Ms Oyunkhorol noted.
Regarding the dried up Lake Ganga of Sukhbaatar province, she said the main cause of the incident was connected to the climate change, especially, overheat. The Lake has been recovering thanks to the prompt measures, including the building up of fences around the springs that feed the lake and evacuation of livestock herding families near the lake’s water sources.
According to the high-ranking officials, the Ministry has been preparing a bill on environmental rehabilitation for submission to the Parliament.


Belgium given EU ultimatum to secure Canada trade deal, but Wallonia defiant www.theguardian.com

The European Union has given Belgium’s federal government until late on Monday to secure backing for an EU-Canada trade deal from the region of Wallonia or a planned summit to sign the pact will be cancelled.
European Council president Donald Tusk, who chairs the collective body of the EU’s 28 national leaders, will speak to Belgian prime minister Charles Michel by late on Monday, an EU source told Reuters, so that Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau can decide whether to fly to Brussels for the signing on Thursday.
If Michel cannot assure Tusk that Belgium will be able to let the EU sign the Ceta agreement, then Thursday’s EU-Canada summit will be postponed.
No new date will be set, although the source said neither the EU nor Canada was willing to give up on a free trade pact that has been years in the making.
But Paul Magnette, the leader of the Wallonia region, told the Belga news agency on Sunday that the ultimatum from the EU “is not compatible with the exercise of democratic rights”. Belgium’s federal government cannot agree to the deal without the consent of five regional authorities, including French-speaking Wallonia.
Magnette, a Socialist, says the deal is bad for Europe’s farmers and gives too much power to global corporate interests.
Magnette hit out at the EU, despite efforts by the bloc to provide reassurances to his government over investment protection – one of the major sticking points in negotiations between Brussels and Wallonia. One European diplomat said that the reassurances “responded to all of Mr Magnette’s concerns”.
Tusk was expected to call Michel on Monday, a source told Agence France-Presse, and ask “one simple question: will Belgium be in a position to sign the agreement on Thursday, yes or no?”.
Tusk will also call European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, “to share an assessment of where we are,” and also Trudeau.
“Regarding Thursday, if Belgium is not in a position to say that they guarantee they can sign, it’s very clear for Tusk that it doesn’t make sense to have a summit, and there will be no summit, and there will be no date set for a new summit,” the source said. Any decision would be made jointly by Tusk and Trudeau.
Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s trade minister, flew home from Brussels on Saturday saying the ball was in the EU’s court after talks on Friday failed to overcome the differences.
The CETA – or comprehensive economic and trade agreement – would link the EU market of 500 million people with the world’s tenth biggest economy.
The deal is opposed by anti-globalisation groups who say it is a test model to push through an even more controversial EU-US trade agreement called TTIP, talks on which have also stalled.
Sebastian Dullien, a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, criticised the commission for its role in the failure of negotiators to secure an agreement on the deal.
“The European Commission carries part of the blame because it didn’t quickly seek a dialogue with doubters. And for this type of deal, you need a large consensus,” he said.
Wallonia has some support for its position elsewhere in Europe.
On Saturday, 8,000 people including young people, farmers, union leaders and entrepreneurs joined a rally in Amsterdam in a show of solidarity, organisers said.
They held banners saying “Our world is not for sale” and “Stop these bad trade treaties”.
Wallonia has also enjoyed support from activist groups like Greenpeace which charged that the deal risked satisfying “corporate greed” and trampling on people’s rights and health standards on both sides of the Atlantic.
British prime minister Theresa May on Friday dismissed warnings that the EU-Canada deal raised serious questions about whether London could strike a similar agreement with the bloc after Brexit.


Jury's still out on PlayStation VR www.asia.nikkei.com

TOKYO -- The debut of the PlayStation VR earlier this month stirred up some excitement -- among hardcore gamers. But the virtual reality headset from Sony Interactive Entertainment could also have some potential to win over a wider audience.
The headset costs 44,980 yen ($431) plus tax. It does not work on its own. A player also has to have a PlayStation 4 console, which starts in the 20,000 yen range, as well as a special camera. Altogether, he or she will have to spend 90,000 yen or so.
Too expensive for video gaming? That's a loaded question. VR isn't only for playing around.
But so far, entertainment is the killer app. For example, PS VR users get a "Shin Godzilla" short, a special outtake from the summer blockbuster. Wearing the headset, users are thrown into the virtual world of Godzilla.
The VR movie clip has nothing to do with gaming. Viewers can be right there as Godzilla tramples around, or feel the devastation that the monster leaves behind.
Think of the short as a simple piece of entertainment that allows VR beginners, who sometimes suffer from motion sickness, to get used to their new worlds.
2.5-D musicals
The new VR wearable could be fun for anime fans, too. Tokyo-based Marvelous, a game and content developer, has released two 2.5-D musicals -- "Touken Ranbu the Stage" and "Ensemble Stars! On Stage" -- for the PS VR.
Making anime into 3-D live-action musicals is hot these days. Watching one of these productions through VR gear puts the viewer in the middle of the front row -- the best seat in the headset from which to lust after the handsome idols.
It would be near impossible to buy such a premium seat for a stage production, and the VR experience makes viewers feel as though the actors are performing exclusively for them.
It's like renting out an entire theater.
This could be a big attraction for people who so far haven't found themselves wanting a PlayStation. Fans of 2.5-D musicals are mostly young women -- probably not a big part of the PlayStation or VR demographic.
The PS VR appears to be a luxury toy for grown-ups to enjoy new types of entertainment at home, but not so much of a gaming tool for kids or gadget for particular otaku maniacs.
The range of content for it is limited. Also, some people may find the large, thick eyewear uncomfortable. It is recommended that potential buyers first try on the device in a retail shop, then decide to fork over their money or keep it in their wallets.
Leave the online shopping experience for the familiar.
No one can say whether the PS VR might be among this holiday shopping season's big hits. According to a Japanese industry magazine, the PS4's total unit sales recently reached 3 million. This does not bode well for a pair of $431 goggles that only work in tandem with the console.
If there is a sales boom, it is more likely to come into full swing next year or later.


Boeing takes on peers, partners in bid for replacement parts business www.reuters.com

In search of higher profits margins, Boeing Co (BA.N) is aiming to win more of the lucrative market for replacement parts and repair services, pitting the plane maker against major suppliers who view that growing $62 billion a year market as their turf.
Boeing told Reuters it has added 35,000 parts to stocks it positions around the world to serve airlines in the last year, after analyzing its vast store of aircraft data to see where the parts will be needed. It has also cut prices on 24,000 parts to be more competitive, and it is expanding training and other services.
Boeing is trying to capture more profit from spare parts made under license by suppliers as well. To get there, it is producing some new parts in house to gain control over repairs, and sifting its databases to help airlines predict when planes will need service.
The maker of such flagship jets as the 787 Dreamliner and top-selling 737 has been building its aftermarket business for years. But as demand for planes has slowed over the last 18 months, Boeing is now turning more aggressively to spare parts and services to help meet its own ambitious targets of doubling overall margins to the mid-teens by 2020.
The main reason: a dollar of added aftermarket sales is more valuable than a dollar of new aircraft sales.
Boeing's aftermarket sales have risen over the last three years and are outpacing the 4.5 percent growth of the broad aftermarket, Dennis Floyd, vice president of services strategy and business development at Boeing, told Reuters.
"That means we're taking market share," he said.
Boeing's effort is ratcheting up competition with many of its biggest suppliers, including Honeywell International Inc (HON.N), United Technologies Corp (UTX.N) and Rockwell Collins Inc (COL.N), and repair operations such as Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) Technical Operations and Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) Technik - which are all taking action to defend their lucrative franchises.
Aftermarket sales typically offer margins of 20 percent or more - which makes expanding its presence in that market crucial to Boeing's effort to hit Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg's overall profitability goal, analysts say.
Boeing doesn't break out aftermarket revenue, and has not publicly discussed its aftermarket strategy in detail. Analysts estimate parts and services generate about $15 billion a year, or nearly 16 percent of Boeing's $96 billion in annual sales, split roughly evenly between its commercial aircraft and defense businesses.
Industry experts say Boeing aims to more than triple aftermarket sales to as much as $50 billion over the next 10 years. Boeing declined to confirm a specific target, but the company's "leadership has set high aspirations," Floyd said. "We are investing heavily into these businesses."
Boeing has logged its largest number of orders for its "GoldCare" aircraft maintenance service this year, and now counts 60 customers and 2,200 planes in the program.
"We're seeing the returns on these investments," Floyd said.
Boeing partners with the likes of Honeywell Aerospace to do some repairs. But both are trying to increase their own sales of repairs and parts to airlines. That's why the two manufacturing heavyweights are "competimates," said Mike Beazley, vice president of aftermarket sales at Honeywell.
"There's a segment of the market that will pay a premium to deal with one company" through Boeing GoldCare, he said. But many "would still like to have a direct relationship with the biggest suppliers."
At Honeywell Aerospace's 360,000 square-foot aftermarket center in Phoenix, the largest of its 40 repair stations around the globe, Andrew Newingham recently circled a small auxiliary aircraft engine on his workbench.
As a robotic voice called out questions and Newingham answered, a computer logged details about what work the engine needed, reducing to minutes what was formerly an hours-long task involving paper checklists and typing on a computer.
Honeywell aims to cut engine repair times to 20 calendar days or less, and offers upgrades and enhancements when engines come in for repairs.
"What keeps us competitive and allows us to win new business is being able to offer speed," said Steve Foust, senior plant director.
Repair organizations also are reacting as Boeing and its European rival Airbus Group SE (AIR.PA) try to grab business.
Boeing partners with Lufthansa Technik [LUFT.UL] on some services. But it also undercuts Lufthansa on others.
Low-cost, long-haul airline Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (NWC.OL), for example, considered several service groups, including Lufthansa Technik. In the end it picked GoldCare to maintain its 737 MAX and 787 jets, Asgeir Nyseth, chief operating officer of Norwegian Group, said in an interview.
Boeing's service "was the cheapest one," he said, adding Norwegian benefited from the increased competition Boeing provided.
Boeing and Airbus "have the advantage that they can combine an after-sale service package with the sale of the aircraft," said Lufthansa Technik's Frank Berweger, senior vice president of corporate sales for the Americas.
In part to counter the aircraft makers, Lufthansa Technik plans to quadruple investment in research and product development to 200 million euros ($219.52 million) to 2018 from 2015, on top of increased spending on tooling and training to service new Boeing and Airbus jetliner types.
Engine repairs make up nearly half of the service market, but those are largely beyond the reach of Boeing or Airbus. Engine makers such as General Electric Co (GE.N) and Pratt & Whitney locked up their aftermarket more than a decade ago.
Kevin Michaels, president of consulting firm AeroDynamic Advisory, says Boeing will find it difficult to capture $50 billion in services revenue annually -- not to mention making a profit -- given the strength of some of the suppliers and specialist service companies.
"Boeing has to be agile and cost competitive enough to win business from established players," Michaels said. "They need to be entrepreneurial. That's a challenge."


Virtual cash rewards introduced at Tokyo firm www3.nhk.or.jp

A securities company in Tokyo is using a virtual currency to spur employees to work shorter hours and take better care of their health.
Kabu.com Securities has named the e-cash "OOIRI," meaning "good business." It uses Bitcoin technology.
Staff earn 10 OOIRI when they head home without doing overtime. If they walk 10,000 steps during a work day, they get 100 units.
An employee says the reward system is going to change the way people work and help them leave the office on time.
Company officials say the OOIRI will be available for spending at local restaurants cooperating in the program.
Kabu.com Securities President Masakatsu Saito says that as a financial institution, the company can manage any problems that may crop up with the virtual money.
He says he wants employees to have fun with the currency reward as they improve their productivity.


Steel giants hit by losses see hope in complementary businesses www.chinadaily.com.cn

Chinese steel companies are managing to ride over the tough times thanks to complementary businesses, said a top official of president of China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute on Saturday.
"Steel covers a wide range of industries, including minerals, recycling, logistics, environment management, finance and steel deep processing, which provide a lot of options for the steel smelters," said Li Xinchuang, the president of the institute.
The major complementary businesses of steel companies include high technologies, waste gas recycle, real estate and finance.
In 2015, large- and medium-sized steel companies in China reported 112.7 billion yuan ($6.77 billion) loss in their main business. In comparison, their complementary businesses recorded 48.1 billion yuan's profit.
The complementary businesses of some of the super-large steel smelters, such as Baosteel Group, Shougang Group and Wuhan Iron and Steel Group, have reached or exceeded 100 billion yuan.
Li suggested that the complementary businesses should be part of the steel smelters' long-term plans.
"The complementary businesses can form its own cycle where real estate, trade, new energy and logistics generate sufficient cash flow and profits to support deep processing and waste management. This way, the companies' portfolio will be more diversified and less reliant on steel, which is facing overcapacity downsizing pressure," said Li.
Li Bing, chief of the corporate reform office of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, said that China's urbanization will generate huge potential for steel demand.
According to Li, China's urbanization rate, which is 55.9 percent, is far lower than the average 70 percent among developed countries.
"The need for houses and automobiles in China has far been satisfied. The problem is that the population in large cities is stretching the limited resources because they don't want to stay in mid and small cities. As urbanization deepens, the potential demand will drive up industries in various sectors," said Li Bing.


First Quebec diamond mine opens www.mining.com

Good news for mining in Quebec, the majority French-speaking Canadian province, has come from Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX:SWY), which officially opened its Renard diamond mine last week.
While ore has been flowing through the mill since mid-July, last Thursday was an occasion for the company to host a ceremony attended by dignitaries, including Pierre Arcand, Quebec’s minister of energy and natural resources and minister responsible for Plan Nord – a plan to revitalize northern Quebec's industry and infrastructure.
Also in attendance were Jean Boucher, member of the Quebec National Assembly for Ungava, the chief of the Cree Nation of Mistissini, Manon Cyr, mayor of Chibougamau and Chapais mayor Steve Gamache. The mine is located approximately 250 km north of the Cree community of Mistissini and 350 km north of Chibougamau in the James Bay region of north-central Québec.
“Today’s opening ceremony marks the culmination of approximately 20 years of work to bring the Renard Project from a green-field exploration concept to a fully operating new diamond mine. A long list of individuals can claim a share in the success of this enterprise. While we celebrate the official opening ceremony today, our production ramp-up continues and we remain on schedule to achieve commercial production by the year end,” said Stornoway Diamond president and CEO Matt Manson.
The mine near the Otish Mountains is expected to yield 1.8 million carats per annum for the first 10 years of mining, out of a 14-year minelife. Probable mineral reserves stand at 22.3 million carats, out of total indicated resources of 30.2 million carats and 13.35 million carats inferred.
Mine construction started on July 10, 2014, two days after Stornoway completed a $946 million transaction to fund the project to production. Funding was provided by Orion Mine Finance, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities.
Stornoway's shares bounced as high as $1.28 a share on Friday, for a 52-week high, before settling at $1.26 for a 7.69% gain at the close of trading in Toronto. The company is currently valued at just over $1 billion.


China warns of property-related financial risks www.chinadaily.com.cn

China's banking watchdog has ordered strict control of financial risks related to real estate as bank loans to the sector surged.
Regulations over property loans must be rigorously implemented, and financial business related to real estate agents and developers should be conducted in a prudent manner, according to a statement on the website of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC).
Irregular inflow of loans or wealth management funds into the property sector must be banned, said the statement.
By the end of September, financial institutions in China had lent 25.33 trillion yuan ($3.74 trillion) to the property sector, up 25.2 percent year on year, central bank data show.
While the property sector has been a significant growth driver for the Chinese economy so far, policymakers have tried to prevent an asset bubble following drastic price rises in some first- and second-tier cities.
As a result of government curb policies, including purchase limits and tightened mortgage restrictions, the month-on-month price index for new homes in 15 first- and second-tier cities retreated in the first half of October from September, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
The CBRC also urged efforts to avert risks related to local government debts and industrial sectors with excessive capacity.


TD Ameritrade and TD bank nearing $4 bln deal to buy Scottrade- source www.reuters.com

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp (AMTD.O) and Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD.TO) are nearing buying Scottrade Financial Services [SCTRD.UL] in a $4 billion deal, a source familiar with the matter said.
TD Ameritrade, the biggest discount brokerage by trade executions, would acquire Scottrade's brokerage operations, and Toronto-Dominion would buy Scottrade's banking operations, the source said.
The deal could be announced as soon as pre-market hours on Monday, the source added.
TD Ameritrade, Toronto-Dominion Bank and Scottrade declined to comment.
In September, Bloomberg reported that Scottrade Financial was exploring a potential sale.
Scottrade has about 3,700 employees in about 500 branches across the United States.
In March, credit rating agency Fitch said Scottrade was trying to move away from focusing on transactional trading revenues and evolve toward more fee-based investment management revenue. [nFit951663]
Fee-based accounts yield more reliable income than commission-based trading accounts that rise and fall with clients' interest in the markets.
Wealth managers in the United States are cutting fees, relying more on technology to give advice and reducing the minimum amounts clients can hold in their brokerage accounts, all in preparation for a new rule governing how they advise retirement savers.


RBS paid consortium including Church of England at least £180m for flotation www.theguardian.com

A consortium made up of private-equity firms and the Church of England has received at least £180m from Royal Bank of Scotland for backing the bailed-out bank’s aborted attempt to float off 300 branches on the stock market.
The Edinburgh-based bank, 73% owned by the taxpayer, has already admitted that the ill-fated attempt to carve out the 300 branches under the Williams & Glyn (W&G) brand has cost £1.5bn.
Documents filed at Companies House shed light on the sums paid by RBS to the consortium – which, as well as the Church of England, included Corsair Capital and Centerbridge – formed three years ago to participate in the flotation of W&G. In a complex deal, they put £600m into RBS through a bond, which was intended to be exchanged for shares when the new bank floated on the stock exchange.
RBS may reveal further costs associated with the troubled branch spinout when it publishes its third-quarter results on Friday, at the end of a week in which rival bailed-out bank Lloyds Banking Group also reports, along with Barclays.
The sale of the 300 branches was forced upon RBS by the EU as a penalty for its £45bn taxpayer bailout in 2008. It has run into repeated problems and must now be completed by the end of next year. Ross McEwan, the RBS chief executive, warned last month that RBS faces unchartered territory if he cannot find a solution.
An attempt to sell the branches to Santander collapsed in 2012 and the deal with the consortium clinched the following year. But any attempt at stock market flotation was abandoned in August and the bank is now looking for a buyer.
The consortium was to have ended up with a stake of between 30% and 49% when W&G floated and the £600m bond converted into shares. The consortium used £330m of its own money to pay for the bonds and borrowed £270m off RBS.
Documents at Companies House for Lunar Investors – a limited-liability partnership set up by members of the consortium – show that in the period 26 September 2013 to end-December 2015 RBS paid £184m in interest to the holders of the bond. The consortium was charged £18m in interest for its £270m loan.
RBS said at the time the transaction was announced in September 2013 that it would pay the consortium a rate of interest between 8% and 14% a year. The documents at Companies House indicate that RBS was paying the higher rate of interest to the investors. It paid £100m for the 15-month period to end of December 2014 and £84m for the 2015 calendar year.
RBS would not comment on the payments, nor would Corsair. The Church Commissioners, which manages £7bn of the Church of England’s investments and helps funds dioceses and parishes and helps pay the pensions for clergy, said it had invested in W&G “due to our belief in the importance of competition in the banking sector and the vital role of challenger banks.
“We are pleased to have been able to work with Williams & Glyn on ethics in banking and are grateful to the management team for their enthusiasm on this issue,” the Church Commissioners said. It is reported to have a 10% stake in the consortium.
There had been hopes that W&G would be a new high-street competitor to the big four – RBS, Lloyds, Barclays and HSBC – along with TSB, which was spun out of Lloyds under instructions from the EU because of its taxpayer bailout. TSB is now owned by Sabadell of Spain.