first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionLoan MarketAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Ethan Ampadu & RB Leipzig: Why Chelsea need to rip this one upby Chris Beattie15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: This wasn’t in the script. Not for Chelsea. Nor for Ethan Ampadu. And now the question is: do they rip the thing up?Ryan Giggs, the Wales coach, sounded the alarm this week. The nation’s best young prospect – with potential not seen in years. Ampadu has found himself stuck this season. In neutral. The now 19 year-old being passed over week-after-week by Julian Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig. Celebrated as a coup upon his arrival, Ampadu’s loan move is still waiting to actually begin. The midfielder is yet to see any first team action under coach Nagelsmann. He’s been involved in matchday squads – but that’s it. Nagelsmann hasn’t seen enough from Ampadu to warrant a debut.As Giggs says, it’s “concerning”. The Wales manager echoing the feedback this column received Monday from a long time Cobham source. He didn’t parrot it word-for-word, but Giggs came pretty close to detailing the general opinion inside Chelsea about what has befallen Ampadu in Leipzig.”It is a concern because Ethan is at the age now where he has to play,” Giggs said, referring to Ampadu’s age. He’s not that 16 year-old kid at Exeter City that we were all scrambling to learn of. At 19, the lad needs to be playing.Giggs continued: “He’s had a few problems there injury-wise, nothing serious but little aches and pains. The last few camps he’s looked so much better in training.”He is such a talent it’s hard to ignore. But it’s very difficult for him to play 90 minutes and back-to-back games, because he’s not had the minutes.”From his standpoint, Giggs wants a player with a game sharpened by regular first team football. Wales are stronger with a confident, in-form Ampadu sitting at the base of their midfield.For Chelsea. Indeed, for Ampadu. The “concern” is more about the long-term. Sitting on the bench – or even in the stands – for matchday does the player no good at all. Especially at 19 years of age. Ampadu could be doing that at Cobham. Indeed, he’d be getting more minutes back at Chelsea with the U23s. There’s been no such reserve team chances at RBL thus far. And to be fair, if Ampadu was to turn out for their second team, it’s unlikely Chelsea would tolerate housing their prospect any longer with the Germans.So what’s happened? Why isn’t this working? Well, the simple answer is: Nagelsmann.In his first season with RBL, the team is flying. But he doesn’t work to type. At 32, Nagelsmann has been billed – especially in England – as a coach eager to gamble on youth. Someone who’ll give the club’s youngsters a chance. But the reality is something very different – especially as RBL coach. Nagelsmann has gone largely with the players he’s inherited. Like Ampadu, former Everton winger Ademola Lookman has found himself frozen out. As has fellow summer additions Luan Candido and Marcelo Saracchi. It isn’t just the form of those in Nagelsmann’s XI which have kept them sidelined. Their new coach, sounding more like Maurizio Sarri than Frank Lampard, pulling apart their game – publicly – when pressed about their absence.On Saracchi, Nagelsmann says “he’s clearly made too many mistakes”, while for Luan he insists the player’s tactical know-how isn’t up to scratch, “In the rarest case, do you get an 18-year-old fullback from Brazil who will immediately play every game.”And as for Ampadu and Lookman, Nagelsmann warned: “While the overall system is not super stable, these players will simply have less and less playing time.” Are you watching Chelsea?Well, of course they are. Lampard’s backroom team know (as we’re sure the player and minders do also) that Ampadu would be getting a game with them. Indeed, it’s no great stretch to suggest he’d be a regular under this manager and the approach to team selection he’s brought this season. Just consider Billy Gilmour’s introduction for one.And when you consider the rapid progress we’ve seen from the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, there must be a sense of missed opportunity inside the Ampadu camp.This loan isn’t about toughening up a young player. To have a pampered young pro see how the other half live. Ampadu went through that at Exeter. He doesn’t need to prove he can dig in and tough things out, no matter the playing opportunities.This move was about football. Accelerating his development. And lifting the self belief that comes with being a regular first teamer. Basically everything Ampadu is still waiting to experience two months into this loan – and with a warning from his coach of little chance of anything changing soon.For Chelsea. For Ampadu. This was never in the script. As things stand today, for the sake of his development and his career, they need to rip this one up. last_img read more

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   LISTEN: Warren Moon, Hall of Fame quarterback The Seattle Seahawks, coming off a Super Bowl victory, are dealing with an unhappy Marshawn Lynch.The San Francisco 49ers, who lost a nailbiter to the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game, will be without the services of Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis, who is also holding out for more money. The 49ers also dealt with some offseason drama courtesy of QB Colin Kaepernick, who recently signed a contract extension.The point is, the teams the Arizona Cardinals are chasing in the NFC West have had their share of issues over the last couple months, and appear primed to have more problems in the coming weeks. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But none of that compares to what the Arizona Cardinals are having to deal with, according to Hall of Fame QB and Seahawks analyst Warren Moon. “I think the biggest losses will probably be the Arizona Cardinals,” Moon told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. “Because you lose those two inside linebackers, they’re two very dynamic players.“You might want to lose one of them but definitely don’t want to lose both of them, and losing both of them, that’s a big hole they’re going to have to fill.”Moon is referring to Karlos Dansby, who left Arizona for Cleveland as a free agent, and Daryl Washington, who was suspended for the season due to violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.Last season, the two combined to form one of the best inside linebacker duos in the league, combining for 197 total tackles, 9.5 sacks and six interceptions. In their place, the team seems ready to turn to second-year pro Kevin Minter and veteran Larry Foote. Minter, a second-round pick out of LSU, played just one defensive snap last season, and Foote appeared in just one game due to injury. At best, what the Cardinals have is an unknown, though many believe they’re going to suffer a significant drop-off at an important position. Top Stories And that, Moon believes, is more damaging than any of the drama the Cardinals’ competition has to deal with.“Nobody else lost any players,” he said. “If anything, some of these teams gained players. Sam Bradford is coming back from an injury, Michael Sam is added to their football team. Marshawn Lynch is still going to be a part of the Seahawks football team. “But you guys actually lost two very good players that you won’t have their services this year, so that’s a bigger loss.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgAnke SchaferkordtLinear TV is still the dominant force in TV viewing but there is an urgent and growing need for broadcasters and service providers to partner on audience measurement to enable content providers to make money from non-linear viewing, according to Anke Schaferkordt.Speaking at ANGA COM in Cologne this morning the RTL Deutschland co-CEO said that linear TV is still working, but 47 million video-capable devices were sold in Germany last year and the growing tendency to view video on mobile devices means a growing tend to consume more short-form video.“The largest number of hours is still spent with linear TV but the younger the target group becomes the lower the linear TV share,” said Schaferkordt, adding that RTL is thinking of ‘total video’.Linear TV producers are targeting a very large target group but the broadcaster is keeping an eye on what 17 year-olds want to watch. “Within RTL Group we are present on YouTube and we are the biggest European content provider on this platform,” she said. “We started very early. We have MCNs and we are the market leader in the US and Europe.”Schaferkordt said that all this means that there is a need for “a common currency” in audience measurement across all platforms. “As long as I can’t measure the data this very targeted marketing is not feasible. We don’t have the detailed socio-demographic data. Whenever you go online it is simpler.”The automated marketing of video advertising on the web that RTL has invested in in the US would be rolled out in Europe too, she said.Schaferkordt highlighted that RTL is also active in social media and uses the data available to influence its content. She said that one-to-one communication with users and viewers is possible and the broadcaster does have user groups that give active feedback on its TV formats.Speaking at the same session, Hannes Ametstreiter, CEO, Vodafone Deutschland, said that measurement of audiences was key and new technology would enable this, allowing advertising to be more targeted and more specific. “We are only at the beginning of this transformation,” he said, adding that operators and broadcasters needed to strike new forms of agreement to exploit the possibilities more fully.“We need to open ourselves and have partners. Through technology and content there will be new ways to approach the customer.”last_img read more

first_imgShareTweet A walking tour highlighting filming locations is the main focus for now.The show, created and written by Derry-born Lisa McGee, is set against the backdrop of the Troubles in Derry, Northern Ireland in the 1990s.The six-part series two finished on Tuesday of this week.And no sooner had the credits rolled than Channel 4 announced that there would be a series 3, most likely next Spring. DERRY Girls-themed tourist attractions are being planned for Derry city after the huge success of the Channel 4 comedy.Tourism NI confirmed that it is working with Visit Derry and Derry City and Strabane District Council to create Derry Girls visitor experiences.The attractions are still in the early development stages but Tourism NI said they were “well beyond the starting line”. Judith Webb, of Tourism NI, who specialises in screen tourism, said: “It’s very much the start of a journey – it’s early days.“What we are working on at the moment is actually getting the visitors to really immerse themselves in the show and get out to those locations that were used in the best scenes.The blackboard was a huge hit with fans in series two on the differences between Catholics and Protestants“It’s very much the type of experience that would be a walking tour that is narrated by somebody who is an expert on the show – who knows the funny lines, has some of the insight from the filming and maybe has behind the scenes stories that people wouldn’t necessarily know about unless they came and joined the tour.“That would be our main focus I think initially on the start of this journey.“It’s a great way of people experiencing the city of Derry.”The second series of the comedy came to a close on Tuesday night and plans for a third series have already been confirmed.Derry City and Strabane District Council is taking into account the show’s success in its five-year tourism strategy.“This is a massive opportunity for tourism and visitor numbers and visitor spend, which is what the strategy is all about delivering,” said the council’s tourism officer Jennifer O’Donnell.“But it’s also about that economic development that happens when productions are in the city as well and that can’t be underestimated.”The programme was picked up by the streaming giant Netflix, allowing viewers around the world to watch it.“Because of the Netflix deal, we’re getting Derry into the international market and that’s a unique opportunity for us to maximise he potential,” said Visit Derry’s general manager Odhran Dunne.The cast of Derry Girls back in the city last November to start filming for series two“The pick up has been amazing for only one series going on to international streaming and because of it we’ve had a lot of showbiz and entertainment journalists engaging with us, whereas we are used to travel and tourism journalists.“The target audience for the programme is younger, which is not usually our demographic of visitors to the city, so it’s definitely given us additional hooks to attract people here which is fantastic.”Stall the ball! Tourism chiefs planning Derry Girls tourism attractions for city was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: CHANNEL 4Derry and Strabane CouncilDerry CityLISA MCGEEStall the ball! Tourism chiefs planning Derry Girls tourism attractions for cityTOURISM NIlast_img read more

first_imgShareTweet It aims to develop positive relationships between people of different community backgrounds, and to enhance skills to help participants contribute to improving the attitudes of people within their local areas.Through a series of interactive workshops, community leaders will explore the Holocaust, how it happened, why it happened and how the lessons learned from it can be used to address key issues in today’s society – including sectarianism, racism and the refugee crisis. It is hoped that the programme will equip community leaders with the tools to challenge prejudice, bigotry and intolerance in their own communities and in doing so become champions of Local Community Planning. This programme will also provide an excellent opportunity to critically evaluate one of the most horrific events of the 20th century and to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. Council calls on community leaders to join ‘Challenging Prejudice’ programmeDerry and Strabane Council The programme incorporates two elements: training sessions and a study visit which will take a total of 9 days.Training Days: Tuesday 6th November Tuesday 20th November Tuesday 27th November Wednesday 9th January 2019Study Trip: Thursday 10th January – Sunday 13th January 2019 (inclusive)Final Day: Date to be agreed with participating groupParticipants are required to take part in the entire Challenging Prejudice Leadership Development Programme and have a valid passport for travel in order to be considered.There are currently 20 places available. If you would like to express an interest in participating on the programme, contact Good Relations Officer Carol Stewart on 02871 253253 Ext 4297 or carol.stewart@derrystrabane.comFor further information visit Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Wednesday 31st October 2018.Council calls on community leaders to join ‘Challenging Prejudice’ programme was last modified: October 16th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: DERRY and Strabane Council are calling on community leaders throughout the city and district to sign up to their ‘Challenging Prejudice Leadership Development Programme’ – which includes a study visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau and aims to educate people about the events of the Holocaust and consider the lessons for today.The Challenging Prejudice Leadership Development Programme is now in its second year and is part of Council’s proactive approach to improving good relations.The programme will provide opportunities for community representatives, Council staff and the wider community to promote the city, towns and villages as safe and welcoming places for all people. last_img read more

first_imgDo You Feel Like You Missed Out on Gold’s Great Bull Market?If you didn’t get in early on precious metals, don’t sweat it. There’s another, “Super-Bull” market right around the corner – and it’s just getting started.Click here to learn more. It’s impossible to tell whether the quiet advances by all four precious metals on Tuesday was short covering, or new speculative longs being placed.The low price for gold [around $1,595 spot] during the Tuesday trading session came around 9:00 a.m Hong Kong time…and from there the price never looked back.  It traded pretty flat during the first four hours of the London market, but shortly after 12 o’clock noon BST, gold began to rally anew…with the high tick of the day [$1,623.10 spot] coming about 11:45 a.m. in New York.From there it got sold off for the rest of the day…and closed at $1,616.70 spot…up $19.80. Net volume was pretty light at around 97,000 contracts…as I’m sure traders were heading out the door early.Silver’s price path was very similar to gold’s…with the low price and the high tick of the day [$28.51 spot] coming the same time as gold’s as well.From that high, silver got sold off 22 cents going into the close of electronic trading, ending the Tuesday session at $28.29 spot…up 77 cents on the day.  Net volume was decent at around 30,000 contracts.The dollar index didn’t do much in Far East trading…but put on a bit of a rally starting early in London…and reaching its zenith [82.02] by 8:30 a.m. in New York.  From there it sold of to its low of the day, which was around 81.71…just before noon Eastern time.  From there it rose a hair and then traded sideways for the rest of Tuesday…closing around 81.80…down less than 10 basis points from its Monday close.The low tick for the dollar index matched the high tick in the gold and silver price almost precisely…but the currency price movements certainly don’t explain the fact that gold was in rally mode while the dollar index did very little during Far East and early London trading.The gold stocks gapped up a bit over two percent at the open…and then tacked on another percent and change in pretty short order.  With New York closing early, the HUI closed on its high tick of the day…up 3.61%.Except for Pan American Silver once again, it was all green arrows in the silver equities yesterday, with a couple of junior producers up double digits.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 4.10%…but a lot of the silver stocks did much better than that.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 12 gold and 301 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday.  In silver, the big short/issuer was Jefferies with 300 contracts…and the two biggest long/stoppers were JPMorgan with 195 contracts…and the Bank of Nova Scotia with 103 contracts.  As of the CME’s preliminary report early this morning, there are still 2,277 silver contracts still open for July…minus the 301 that will be delivered on Friday.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV…and no sales report from the U.S. Mint, either.We finally have another report from the gold and silver ETFs over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank.  Between June 21st and July 2nd, they reported that 80,595 troy ounces of gold and 88,093 troy ounces of silver were added.The Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 597,282 troy ounces of silver on Monday…and shipped a smallish 26,586 ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that action is here.John Paulson on Gold: “We view gold as a currency, not a commodity,” Paulson says. “Its importance as a currency will continue to increase as the major central banks around the world continue to print money.”  He added that as the market keeps shuddering, demand for gold will stay high, and soon enough all of his depressed gold holdings should shoot up.  He also thinks that “anyone in Greece, Italy, and France should pull all their money out of the banking system and purchase gold bars before the Continent collapses.” … John Paulson, the founder of Paulson & Co., one of the world’s largest hedge funds, in Business Week on June 28, 2012 [Courtesy of reader U.D.]Reader Scott Pluschau has posted a blog on his website about gold.  This one is headlined “Gold once again approaching a major multipoint trend line”.  The link is here.With the fourth of July holiday upon us, there wasn’t much in the way of news stories to report yesterday, so I hope you can find the time to at least skim the cut and paste portions of the ones I’ve selected.Dearest Beloved Comrades…errrr…Commissioners: The citizenry is curious as to what is holding up the STUDY on silver manipulation by the Bankster known as JP MORGAN. It seems as if the citizenry is well aware of this…. Why pray tell are you not??? This Fraud de Jour is listed here! As scandals grow by the hour…yesterday it was LIBOR.  Today’s newest is JPMorgan and energy! Surely you do not wish to be the last to take action!!!!!  Time to truly step up…or STEP DOWN!!!! – Reader ‘David in California’ in an e-mail to the CFTC about the CNBC video on silver manipulation from Monday.It’s impossible to tell whether the quiet advances by all four precious metals on Tuesday was short covering, or new speculative longs being placed.  Gold and platinum broke through, and then closed above, their respective 50-day moving averages.  Silver has a ways to go yet…and palladium is still miles away from its 50-day moving average.Yesterday at the close of Comex trading was the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report…and hopefully that will tell us more.With the U.S. closed for the Independence Day holiday, the volume in the precious metals during Far East trading during their Wednesday was microscopic…and that was certainly reflected in the price action in both gold and silver during that time period.  And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 4:40 a.m. Eastern time, London has been open for about ninety minutes.  Volume is still non-existent…and prices are still comatose…and the dollar index isn’t doing much, either.Before signing off, I’d like to point out the upcoming “Casey’s Fall Summit – Navigating the Politicized Economy”. It’s being held over three days…September 7-9th at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California.  It’s being co-sponsored by my good friend Eric Sprott…and it will be well worth attending…and like every other Casey Research summit, it will sell out quickly.  You can find out more by clicking here.I hope all my American readers get the opportunity to celebrate the real meaning of their Independence Day holiday today.  Gold Bless America!See you on Thursday…maybe.  And if not Thursday, then Friday for sure. 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first_imgIn This Issue. * EC/ Greece attempt to iron out agreement. * Big risks hang over markets today. * Aussie Consumer Confidence spikes! * Canada’s Deputy Dawg has “tone”. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Two Tough Guys At The Negotiating Table. Good Day!… And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! Stevie Guitar Miller greets me this morning with his song Serenade. Not exactly a “mellow morning song” to start the day, but. given the risks that we know about going into today hanging over us like the Sword of Damocles, it’s probably good to get revved up right out of the starters blocks this morning! When I played softball for Mark Twain Bank, one of my teammates was a guy that worked in one of the branches named Steve Miller. So, of course we called him Stevie Guitar. The wily old veteran in right field, Jack Milner will get a kick out of that! Well, it’s all about today in Europe. the European Commission (EC) has called a meeting with Greek officials to iron out the negotiations regarding Greek Debt, and whether or not they will receive the last tranche of loans. The optimism was running high when the EC announced that they were open to extending the talks 6 months in order to come up with a working agreement between the EC and Greece.  And the euro rallied on this optimism in the markets. But soon that optimism was squashed like a bug flying into a speeding car’s windshield, as European Central Bank (ECB) Finance Minister, Schäuble, was in no mood to negotiate if that meant “compromise”. He told reporters before entering the meeting that “there are no plans to give Greece more time to negotiate, and it’s over if the nation doesn’t want the final tranche of its existing aid program.”  Yikes! Schäuble sounds like a tough guy, doesn’t he?  And now the euro’s mini-rally is fading quickly. So.. the risks are very strong today that nothing gets ironed out between the EC and Greece, and the sky comes crashing down on Greece. Because as tough as Schäuble sounds, the Greek PM Tsipras has sounded just as tough. For instance, he told his Parliament that “there is no way back for his government.” Recall that his government has called for no more austerity.   So, you have to lightning rods at the negotiating table. I want to remain optimistic that some sort of agreement can be worked out. But the logical side of my brain tells me that’s a pipe dream. And the risk for today is just too great to not take cover. Hmmm, how would one take cover? Well, let’s see. One could look to lighten up their exposure to euros, but given what I’ve seen in the past 4 years, that’s already taken place! Or, one could look to buy Gold as insurance of whacky stuff that could happen if the negotiations break down.  And that’s all the time I’m going to spend on Eurozone / Greece and debt talks today. I’m spent, already after going through all that!  OK.. on to other things. Fed and voting member Lacker, was speaking yesterday, and before I get into what he said, let me remind you that Lacker is a devout Hawk. He’s never met a rate hike he didn’t like. OK, having established that, Lacker told an audience yesterday that “the world’s largest economy is growing at a faster and more sustained pace than a year ago. U.S. data supports the case for raising interest rates in June.” The markets weren’t quite sure what to make of this talk. On one hand, it gave the dollar a boost, and on the other hand there are those that question what the Central Bank will do, given the weaker data that has been printing lately. Everything but jobs created, and I spent an inordinate amount of time going through the “adjustments” in jobs created yesterday, has printed weaker than expected and previously. This is not good folks, and I truly believe that IF the Fed decided to hike rates in June, and the data still hasn’t improved, that they’ll be committing a HUGE mistake. So. With the risks today, the dollar appears to have the conn against all the currencies. And I mean all of them. I’m looking at the currency screen and I don’t see one currency moving positively VS the dollar this morning. The euro was stronger when I began, but I told you earlier that its rally was fading, and now has officially “faded”.  The Chinese renminbi / yuan, Indian rupee, Russian ruble, or Brazilian real, you know, the usual suspects, when it comes to currencies that buck the daily trading patterns, are all falling in line to take their punishment from the dollar today.  And even the last currency you think about, but should be the first one you think about, Gold, is flat today, and that could turn negative at any time. In Australia overnight, Consumer Confidence spiked 8%, in reaction to the surprise rate cut last week, but. There appears to be all kinds of political turmoil in Australia going on since the rate cut, so this spike in Consumer Confidence could be short-lived. Australia will print their labor report for January tonight. It could give us some indications as to whether or not the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is looking to move rates again soon. The Aussie dollar (A$) found no solace in the spike of Consumer Confidence, and is looking suspect again. Yesterday in Canada, Bank of Canada (BOC) Deputy Gov. Wilkins, gave a speech and although the text doesn’t indicate what the markets took from the speech, it had to be the tone, because the markets have whacked the Canadian dollar / loonie. Apparently the markets took the idea that interest rates will be cut again soon in Canada, and that the Bank is ready to cut now.  YIKES! What the heck is going on here? Tone? We’re now trading on tone?  I’m shaking my head is disgust for this whole mess folks. It’s getting crazy out there. I think I’ll take a break right now, and calm down, cool down, and be back in a few minutes. OK. thanks for hanging with me here, I’m back now. I went and yelled at the ocean. while I’m thinking of it. The ocean was quite beautiful yesterday. It calmed down quite a bit, and the colors were breathtakingly beautiful. So.. now that I’ve calmed down too, let’s proceed, eh? The alternative to Gold, metals, of Silver, Platinum and Palladium have been anything but “alternatives” to Gold, as they have moved down the road to losses alongside Gold. It used to be that when Gold got whacked that you could look to Platinum or Palladium to move higher, but not this time. This time IS different. so far that is. Which is why I bring this up. Longtime readers know that I dislike the saying, “but this time is different”  So, keeping in that tradition, if “things aren’t different” and you can normally come back to the trading pattern that has been established, then one would think that the cheaper prices of these two metals would be an opportunity to buy cheaper, eh? Well, the price of Oil is back below $50 this morning. I was reading an article on the price of Oil, and an Oil expert, was talking about how the slowdown in industry, wasn’t the thing that was driving the price of Oil higher. He basically thought that it was just time for a bounce. And then he said something that caused me to do the V-8 head slap.  That the slowdown in production now, isn’t going to hurt supplies now, but more 6 months down the road.    And then after reading that, I see that the International Energy Agency, predicted that inventories of Oil will reach all-time highs before the recent slowdown starts to affect production.  So, that all makes sense to me. And at the G-20 meeting in Istanbul, which used to be Constantinople, the finance ministers agreed to avoid currency devaluation to boost export and economic growth. Of course they all raised their right hands in voting for this agreement, while their left hands were behind their respective backs and their fingers were crossed. HA!  I find this communique from G-20 to be laughable. HAHAHAHAHA!  What, do they think we haven’t seen what’s been going on?  It’s a good thing I don’t take these G-20, G-10, G-7 or whatever G number they want to come up with, seriously. The U.S. Data Cupboard is basically empty again today, with only the monthly budget statement to print. That leaves us with only another Fed member speaker today to deal with. Feb member, Fisher, another Hawk, will speak and hold a press conference, which could become a rally point for a rate hike. That would all be dollar positive, folks..   The Data Cupboard gets back into business tomorrow, on Lincoln’s Birthday, as January Retail Sales will print.  The BHI is indicating that it will be another disappointing month for Retail Sales. But then I’m not home, so I don’t really know what came through the door there, but I do know that down here, not much has come through the door.  Although I did have to have a bathroom redone, and there was some purchases made there for sure! UGH! As I said above, Gold is flat this morning.. The shiny metal is attempting to carve out a small gain, but as I said basically it’s flat..  What’s it going to take to shake this trading pattern that has been cast over Gold the past week? Well, a big blow up with the EC/ Greece negotiations could do the trick, and maybe, just maybe that’s why Gold got whacked like it did up to now. the powers that be, saw a BIG Blow up in the Eurozone, and knew Gold would take off on that news, so they whacked it ahead of time.   Yes, folks, that’s how my mind works. Now, I’m not saying that this is what positively had to happen, for I don’t know! All I know is that 1. Gold got whacked, and 2. There is potential for it to soar. put 1 and 2 together, and then you begin to think like Chuck. Now that’s a scary thought, eh? HA! For What It’s Worth. I was reading Bill Bonner’s Diary of a Rogue Economist, And he was talking like me. being facetious, and all the other things that people say I do when I don’t agree with something that was said or done. So, basically I loved it! And thought, I just had to use this today. Bill is talking about Debt, which is always welcome in my letter! “Last week, McKinsey Global Institute reported that the world’s total debt levels were twice what we thought – $200 trillion, or about three times the planet’s total output. So, what a relief it was to discover. only a few hours later… that there was nothing whatsoever to worry about. Our concern was totally misplaced. It was nothing but a colossal misunderstanding or, as Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman put it in the New York Times, a “bad analogy.” So now, we can go back to our Portuguese lessons here in São Paolo without a care. Government debt grew by $25 trillion over the last seven years. And 8 out of 10 households (mostly out of the US) have more debt than they did in 2007. Yes, dear reader, we live in an Age of Wonders. We wonder what will happen to $200 trillion worth of world debt when the collateral gives way.” Chuck again. You tell ’em Bill! Of course I could only give you a few lines from the letter, so if you want to read the whole thing, and you should, just click on the link above. and you’ll learn about  how, According to the McKinsey report, world debt has grown by $57 trillion since the beginning of the crisis in 2007. raising the level of debt to GDP by 17 percentage points. That – not real economic growth, folks.. To recap. The EC has called a meeting with Greece to iron out funding needs, etc. today. Optimism was crowded out by negativity from ECB Finance Minister, Schäuble.  This is a BIG risk hanging over the markets today, so with that in mind, the currencies are all on the wrong side of the fence from the dollar today, and Gold is flat. The Data Cupboard is basically flat again, so we just have dollar strength from the Eurozone mess going on all around us today. Aussie Consumer Confidence spike higher, but didn’t help the A$, and the Deputy Dawg at the Bank of Canada “sounded” like he was ready to cut rates further yesterday. Currencies today 2/11/15. American Style: A$ .7735, kiwi .7395, C$ .7925, euro 1.1315, sterling 1.5295, Swiss $1.0800,  . European Style: rand 11.8135, krone 7.5985, SEK 8.3545, forint 274.05, zloty 3.7270, koruna 24.4570, RUB 65.93, yen 119.85, sing 1.3605,  HKD 7.7540, INR 62.25, China 6.1315, pesos 15.05, BRL 2.8595, Dollar Index 94.77, Oil $49.68, 10-year 1.99%, Silver $16.95, Platinum $1,208.38, Palladium $771.75, and Gold. $1,237.08 That’s it for today. A nice bounce back win for the Blues last night, after losing two in a row. I downloaded a new song yesterday. It’s a song by the Killers. Somebody Told Me..  every now and then I hear a new song, and like it enough to download it, but not that often. Whenever I call someone old, my wife reminds me that I’m old too, and while I don’t think that way, I do feel that way whenever I try to listen to new music. I know I’m getting old then, because I just don’t care for 95% of it! 8 days and counting until the Cardinals pitchers and catchers report. They are starting a week later this year. They had better bring their wind breaker jackets, because it’s been quite windy down here, although not yesterday.. We’re supposed to get hit with a cold spell next week here. UGH! The Yes song, Soon, which is THE song to listen to when wearing headphones, is playing on the iPod right now, and it tells me that soon, I need to get this out the door! So.. I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday! Chuck Butler Managing Director EverBank Global Marketslast_img read more

first_img Bill Editor’s note: Bill just sent out an urgent warning about an imminent breakdown in the U.S. economy caused by the corruption of our financial system. You see, right now, the government you vote for is only “the tip of the iceberg”… The other 90%—the “Deep State”—controls the real money and power…and is unelected and hidden from view. To learn how you can protect yourself, your family, and your wealth as we enter this pivotal moment in American history, click here. Bill’s view of the Louvre from a bar near the Café de Paris But Paris is another city with a problem. It relies on summer tourism for much of its money. And the tourists aren’t coming like they used to. Europe on Edge Gendarmes with machine guns patrol the streets. After the attacks in Paris… and then Nice… the police have their eyes open. But what are they looking for? In Paris… armed men simultaneously invaded restaurants, nightclubs, even a sports stadium… and began firing. In Nice, a single man with a refrigerated truck mowed down 84 people. And in Munich, over the weekend, it was a lone shooter in a mall who did the killing. Then a man blew himself up in Ansbach outside a music festival. Europe is on edge. Where will the next attacker come from? What will be his target? Can this problem be solved? We don’t know. But it doesn’t seem likely that it will be solved by getting tough on crime. Whaddya gonna do? Pick up the pieces of the dead perp and throw the book at him? — Phony-Baloney Money Some problems don’t have easy solutions. Some have no solution at all. And here we beg for a few minutes of your careful attention… This isn’t easy to understand. It took us 30 years to get a handle on it. And most of the economists you read, including Nobel Prize winners, have no idea what is really going on. We’re talking about money. And the problem caused by the Fed’s phony-baloney credit-money. It has led to a worldwide debt bubble – $300 trillion worth. And like all bubbles, it’s going to blow up. When it does, we predict, there will be Hell to pay. The first thing to understand is what money is. It’s not wealth. You could have a pile of dollars… euro… or gold… and if there were nothing to buy, it would be worthless. Money is not wealth. It just measures wealth… like a clock measures time. We know that a clock is not time. And you can’t add time simply by painting an extra hour onto the face of your clock. Wealth is what has been produced… what has been made available… what you can buy with money. Confusing money with wealth is like confusing a ticket for the ballgame for the game itself. So you see right away how “stimulating” the economy by giving it more fake money is a fraud. It doesn’t stimulate the economy; instead, like a clock that has gotten out of kilter, it just causes you to miss your plane. You hear economists say that a “strong dollar” is good… or a “weak yen” is bad. It is nonsense. The only thing that matters is that money be honest. Like a clock, you just want it to tell you the right time. And since what you really care about is not money but what you can buy with it, real money cannot be separated from the real economy, where goods and services are produced. This insight is at the heart of Say’s Law: You buy products with products… not with pieces of paper. An Honest Mistake? Look what happened in Zimbabwe in the late 1990s, when the government separated its money from the real economy. It printed trillions of dollars of paper money. But this paper “wealth” just misled everyone. People went to the local café with a billion Zimbabwe dollars in their pockets – and discovered that they couldn’t even buy a pack of cigarettes. Investors put money into new businesses, hoping to make a 5% return. But when the numbers came back, hyperinflation had made them meaningless. Business slowed down… output fell… within months, the supermarket shelves were barren. Real money stays close to the real economy. If the economy produces more… more real money becomes valuable. Because it can buy more. If the economy produces less, real money tells the truth: It becomes less valuable as output falls. But in 1971, President Nixon – advised by leading “monetarist” economist Milton Friedman – made a fateful error. He cut the dollar loose from the real economy. An honest mistake? Maybe. Friedman had come to the conclusion that the secret to good currency was to control the quantity of it. How do you know if you have too much or too little? You just look at consumer prices. If consumer prices aren’t rising, you have nothing to worry about. But it’s not that simple. Stay tuned… Regards, – Editor’s note: In today’s essay, Agora founder Bill Bonner calls for your careful attention. In it, he discusses the major problem that most folks—including economists and Nobel Prize winners—have no idea is going on right now… As you’ll see, it’s a problem that’s destroying our economy… PARIS – We are having a cup of coffee at the Café de Paris near the center of town. Chic women and gloomy men walk by, as they always do. Here and there, groups of tourists turn the corner toward the Palais Garnier opera house. Recommended Links This always goes up right after gold prices soar It can lag behind for a few months… or even a few years. But when it starts to catch up, it quickly outpaces gold, and then soars. If you missed out on the gains in gold this year, then you must see Porter’s latest research. NEW REPORT: “The 1,000% Backdoor” Get your copy of a new report – from one of the world’s best startup investors – detailing which small companies you should buy for 100% to 500% potential gains.  Click here to learn more.last_img read more

first_imgA disabled campaigner is one of five blind and visually-impaired people taking pioneering legal action against their local councils over the failure to make voting in elections accessible to them.Graham Kirwan, who is visually-impaired, has been trying to persuade Dudley council for nine years to make the adjustments that would allow him to vote independently, and privately.Now he is one of five sight-impaired people who have enlisted legal firm Leigh Day to take up their cases, following complaints they made through the disability charity RNIB about problems they encountered in the run-up to the general election on 7 May.The five were either unable to vote in the election or had their right to a secret vote compromised.Kirwan and the other claimants say their councils unlawfully discriminated against them under the Equality Act, and also breached the Human Rights Act, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and the Representation of the People Act.Article 29 of the UNCRPD, on participation in political and public life, protects the right of disabled people to “vote by secret ballot in elections”, and aims to guarantee that “voting procedures, facilities and materials are appropriate, accessible and easy to understand and use”.The Representation of the People Act requires polling stations to provide a large print version of the ballot paper for reference and a tactile voting device to enable electors with visual impairments to vote independently.But Kirwan and others say the system does not work in practice because the large print text is often not big enough, and the tactile voting device is not fit for purpose.Kirwan said Dudley council refused to send him his voting information via email, rather than in the post, and failed to provide CCTV magnification equipment at his polling station that would have allowed him to read information about the candidates, because the large print information available was not large enough for him to read.Even if that had been available, he believes he would still have been forced to ask someone else to help him cast his vote because the tactile voting device does not always work correctly.Council threats that he could be fined £5,000 if he failed to fill in its inaccessible forms had already helped cause severe depression and anxiety, for which he is still being treated.Dealing with the council, he says, changed him from “a confident blind person to one who went into rages, always angry [and] became anxious, could not sleep and found it difficult to communicate with others”.Kirwan, who represents Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living on accessible information issues, is now 55 years old, and has never been able to vote, because of his impairment.He told Disability News Service (DNS): “When you vote, it is private. I am denied that right. If I go and try and take somebody with me, somebody else could vote differently on my behalf and I wouldn’t know.“I have rights to independence, choice and control over my life. That is all I want.”Kirwan added: “It is just like I am excluded. It caused me stress. I don’t have a say in the decision-making that everybody else takes for granted.”He says he will not try to vote again unless he can do so electronically.Although there has been legal action around physical barriers to voting, this is believed to be the first involving the inaccessibility of the voting process to blind and partially-sighted people.Kate Egerton, a discrimination solicitor in Leigh Day’s human rights department, said: “Some of the five had problems registering to vote, some had problems with the postal vote, and some had problems in their polling stations on the day.“From start-to-finish, the whole system is inaccessible.”She said they would be asking the courts to force the local authorities involved to make the voting process accessible to blind and visually-impaired people, in time for next year’s local elections.Phillip Tart, Dudley council’s strategic director for resources and transformation, said: “Ballot papers are printed in the format as specified by the legislation relevant to each individual election. “All polling stations are provided with magnifiers and selector templates to aid partially-sighted people to vote independently, [and] electors with disabilities can also be assisted by a companion or the presiding officer.  “Whilst we would be happy to talk with Mr Kirwan to understand his particular issues, for reasons of data protection we are unable to comment further, and we are not aware of any legal proceedings against the council at this time.”Earlier this month, another legal action taken by Kirwan over the right to accessible information led to NHS England publishing its first accessible information standard (AIS).The agreement to publish the AIS came after Kirwan took the NHS to court over its failure to provide his health-related information in a format that was accessible to him, via email rather than by post.DNS first reported on Kirwan’s complaint two years ago, after NHS England agreed to set up an advisory panel to draw up the new “information standard”, as a result of his legal case.He said the result was “brilliant” and would make a “massive, massive, massive” difference to tens of thousands of disabled people with sensory and learning impairments.It will mean that all organisations providing NHS or adult social care will have to produce information in a service-user’s preferred format by 31 July 2016, and provide them with communication support if they need it.Kirwan said: “Many will receive accessible health information for the first time, and most importantly in private. It will save NHS a lot of money in missed appointments.”last_img read more

first_img Image credit: Daniel Boczarski | Getty Images Do you feel left out that you couldn’t make it to Chicago on Saturday for the inaugural Pokémon Go Fest? You’re probably better off, because the event was a disaster.Attendees — some of whom traveled far distances to get there — were met with widespread network problems, which prevented many from being able to play the game. As you can see in the cringe-worthy video below, Niantic CEO John Hanke was booed on stage as one attendee screamed “fix the game.””I know that some of you guys have had trouble getting logged on this morning,” Hanke said on stage before asking fans to be patient and promising that the “whole Niantic team” was working to resolve the issues.Others started chanting “we can’t play!” over and over as presenters awkwardly tried to stay positive. Chanting ‘WE CAN’T PLAY!’ #PoKemonGoFest— Maria MsDBZbabe (@MsDBZbabe) July 22, 2017 Niantic on Saturday issued a formal apology about the disaster, promising to reimburse all registered attendees the $20 ticket cost (if you went to the event, watch out for an email with instructions on how to receive your refund). As a peace offering, the company is also offering ticketholders $100 in PokéCoins to use in the app. Plus, everyone who made it out will automatically receive the legendary Pokémon Lugia.Niantic in its apology note said “a large number of players attending the event” experienced technical issues.”From everyone at Niantic, we apologize to all of the Trainers who came out to Pokémon GO Fest,” the company wrote. “Although we were able to solve many of the technical issues, we were not able to offer every attendee a great experience.” Reporter Pokémon 2 min read Add to Queue Pokémon Go Fest Was a Disaster Angela Moscaritolo July 24, 2017center_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag Attendees — some of whom traveled far distances to get there — were met with widespread network problems, which prevented many from being able to play the game. Apply Now »last_img read more

first_imgAmazon Amazon’s Warehouse Robots Won’t Replace Humans for at Least a Decade May 2, 2019 Writer –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article Add to Queue Guest Writer Image credit: POOL New/Reuters via engadget Are you worried your job is going to be taken by a robot? You needn’t be if you work for Amazon, which has dismissed the idea of fully-automated warehouses becoming a reality any time soon. According to Amazon’s director of robotics fulfilment, Scott Anderson, such technology in its current form is “very limited.”In a tour of Amazon’s Balitmore warehouse for reporters on Tuesday, Anderson said that while the company is exploring a variety of automation technologies, there’s a misperception that the company will be replacing human workers with robots in the near future. However, it is on the agenda, with Anderson giving a timeline of “at least 10 years” before warehouses become fully automated — a measured approach at odds with the likes of Tesla, which recently scaled back its automation citing “overconfidence” in the technology, and noting that production benefits from having more humans at hand.At present, the Amazon warehouses that use robots are mostly concerned with general merchandise such as homewares and bikes, but their functions are limited. Robots are unable to pick items from bins without damaging other items, or pick multiple items, in a way that makes them any more efficient than human workers.Plus, there’s no scope yet for robot workers in Amazon’s food division. As global director of environment, health and safety Derek Jones explained, “Just imagine if you want bananas, I want my bananas to be firm, others like their bananas to be ripe. How do you get a robot to choose that?”However, Amazon has repeatedly come under fire for poor working conditions and demanding targets. Last month the company announced plans to deliver Prime packages in one day instead of two, and currently stipulates a target of four hours between an order being placed and it leaving the warehouse. Once the technology exists to effectively automate these processes, there’s no doubt that Amazon will be using it. 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Rachel England 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Mainly because the technology isn’t ready yet. Apply Now »last_img read more

first_img Image credit: Reuters | Bazuki Muhammad | Files Dell’s Cyber Security Unit Secureworks Valued at Up to $1.42 Billion in IPO Reuters Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5 Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on Reuterscenter_img 1 min read Next Article Dell Inc.’s cyber security unit, SecureWorks Corp, said its initial public offering was expected to be priced at $15.50 to $17.50 per share, valuing the company at up to $1.42 billion.The Atlanta, Ga.-based company said on Monday that its offering of 9 million class A shares could raise as much as $157.5 million.The Wall Street Journal first reported in October that Dell, the third-largest personal computer maker, had filed confidentially for listing SecureWorks, which it bought for $612 million in 2011.Founded in 1999, SecureWorks has 4,200 clients in 59 countries.The company said it planned to list its class A common stock on the Nasdaq under the symbol “SCWX.”SecureWorks joins several cyber security firms looking to tap the capital markets as investor interest in them grows after a spate of cyber attacks on big companies including banks and retailers.Rapid7 Inc. and Mimecast Ltd. had successful listings last year, but their share prices have slipped below the IPO price since then.Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs & Co. and JP Morgan are among the underwriters for SecureWorks’ IPO.(Reporting by Sruthi Shankar and Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey) IPO –shares April 11, 2016last_img read more

first_img August 17, 2016 Autoplay: On | Off Register Now » Delicious Summer Entertaining Ideas Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. A Safe Way to Get Rid Of Bugs in Your Home 2 Musts for Tackling Allergy Season Next Article A LifeMinute with John Lithgow: The Actor Discusses His Latest Projects A Safe Way to Get Rid Of Bugs in Your Home A Petition Is Coming ? for a ‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Do-Over Photo of solider placing flag at Tomb of Unknown Solider goes viral Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day Justin Bieber Launches Plant-Based Deodorant Embed 234shares 2 Musts for Tackling Allergy Season Economy adds 75K jobs in May This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine A Petition Is Coming ? for a ‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Do-Over US Navy: Russian destroyer almost collided with cruiser in the Philippine Sea Summer Beauty Survival Must-Haves Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Sunlight Shines on Grand Canyon The requested video is no longer available 2020 Toyota Camry Sophie Turner Talks Dark Phoenix, Co-Star Jessica Chastain and GoT HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Phenomenon Airbnb Wants to Take You on an All-Inclusive Adventure Southern Charm’ Star Talks New Season Up Next: Saint Laurent dazzles with men’s collection on Malibu beach Heat Snapshot Memorial Day Weekend Heat Wave Could Smash May Records A LifeMinute with Ryan Seacrest Summer is here and there are some great looks this season for women of all shapes and sizes. Check out the hottest styles for hourglass, rectangle and pear shaped women.center_img Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day Father’s Day is such a special moment for the whole family to come together and spend quality time with one another – and those are moments dad will cherish. What better way for dad to connect with his loved ones than learning about his family’s stor Lifeminute tv Economy adds 75K jobs in May BACK Cannes: ticketless festival-goers seek seats for films 2 Delicious Summer Entertaining Ideas 5 min read Privacy Policy   |   Terms of Use IHOP Sees Explosive Growth in To-Go Sales Congress Is Back as President Trump Heads to the UK Albany Steps Closer to Releasing Trump’s State Tax Returns After Assembly Vote DiCaprio, Pitt want to team up again after Tarantino hit Turning Up the Heat in the Southeast for Holiday Weekend IndyCar Beefing Up Business as Indy 500 Approaches How Human Behavior is Hurting Animals and What We Can Do to Protect Them Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day Cannes: ticketless festival-goers seek seats for films Mark Zuckerberg Former world paragliding champion Rémy soars over Pyrenees 2020 Ballots May Have a New Box to Check ? Vice President Swimwear Styles for All Shapes and Sizes North Carolina superintendent says new app can help reduce violence in schools Sophie Turner Talks Dark Phoenix, Co-Star Jessica Chastain and GoT Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day Memorial Day Weekend Heat Wave Could Smash May Records 5 Things We Learned From This Mark Zuckerberg Interview Kia Kokalitcheva Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day Summer Beauty Survival Must-Haves Beyond Meat Earnings Are Beyond Analyst Expectations Airbnb Wants to Take You on an All-Inclusive Adventure Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO and one of its co-founders, is widely praised as one of the tech industry’s most successful entrepreneurs. Zuckerberg started Facebook with a few friends as a 19-year-old student at Harvard as way for students to keep up with their classmates — and find out which of them are single, among other things. Today, Facebook is a $350 billion company with revenue of almost $18 billion in 2015.So it’s not surprising that Y Combinator, the prestigious startup accelerator program, selected Zuckerberg as the first guest on its new video series, “How to Build the Future.” Here are some of the most interesting comments from the interview with Y Combinator president Sam Altman:1. Yahoo’s acquisition offer in 2006 was a pivotal moment for Facebook.“One of the hardest parts for me was actually when Yahoo offered to buy the company for a lot of money. That was a turning point in the company,” said Zuckerberg. “It was the first time we had to look at the future and say, ‘Wow, is what we’re going to build be actually more meaningful than this?’”At the time, many of Facebook’s early employees were in favor of selling — a $1 billion exit is certainly a “home run,” as he described, for any company in that position. But Zuckerberg believed Facebook had a bigger mission, and that’s when he realized he hadn’t communicated that well to his team.The Yahoo offer was also the last time Zuckerberg has considered selling Facebook, he revealed.2. Facebook acquired Oculus because it needed the expertise.In 2014, Facebook announced its acquisition of Oculus, a young virtual reality company, for $2 billion before the startup even had a product on the market. According to Zuckerberg, it made the move because it didn’t have what it takes to jump into virtual reality internally. “If we’d done a better job of building up some of the expertise to build some of this stuff internally, then maybe we wouldn’t have to do that,” he said.Bigger picture, Zuckerberg said he believes that ideally, companies shouldn’t be in a position where they need to make massive bets or shifts. “I actually think when you do things well, you shouldn’t have to do big crazy things,” he said. “I think the key is building a company, which is focused on learning as quickly as possible.”Facebook’s News Feed, for example, was controversial at first as it seemed like a massive change to Facebook’s service. But Zuckerberg disagrees. The feature was born out of behavior users were already exhibiting: clicking around their friends’ profile pages to see new updates. The News Feed really wasn’t a big bet, according to Zuckerberg, it was simply the natural evolution of the product.3. Zuckerberg didn’t originally think Facebook would be a company.“I built the first version of Facebook because it’s something my friends and I wanted to use at Harvard,” said Zuckerberg, adding he didn’t think it would become a company.That realization actually came about six months into it, when Silicon Valley investor and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel invested $500,000 into Facebook (its first outside investment), and Facebook formally registered as a Delaware corporation, he said.But even then, both Zuckerberg and co-founder Dustin Moskowitz still didn’t think it would become their full-time job. “Dustin and I were very clear with him that we were planning on going back to school,” Zuckerberg said of those early days. The two then took one semester off, then another, and before they knew it, they had entirely dropped out of college to focus on the nascent social network.“I think he would probably say that he knew we are not gonna go back to school or that he believed that he could talk us out of it,” Zuckerberg surmised Thiel thought of their claims they’d go back to college.Zuckerberg’s lesson and advice to entrepreneurs: “The most important thing that entrepreneurs should do is pick something they care about, work on it, but don’t actually commit to turning it into a company until it actually works.”4. Facebook’s 3 areas of focus.Connectivity: Connecting as many people around the world to the internet.Artificial intelligence: This technology will be crucial in the future, and even “save lives,” according to Zuckerberg.The next computing platform: Virtual reality will be the next one, according to Zuckerberg.5. Thiel’s best advice to Zuckerberg: Take risks.Asked about the best advice Thiel has given him, Zuckerberg recalled this: “In a world that’s changing so quickly, the biggest risk you can take is not taking any risk.” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Guitarist Don ‘Fingers’ Felder Releases New Album Add to Queue New York takes aim at skyscrapers’ sky-high energy usagelast_img read more

first_img 4G LTE network5GAT&TFirstNet communications platformfundingMarketing TechnologyNewsPublic Safety Previous ArticleAdthena Welcomes Three Technology Veterans to its Executive Leadership Team to Support Rapid GrowthNext ArticleVyond Announces Rich Text for Vyond Studio AT&T Invests Nearly $1.2 Billion Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Indiana PRNewswireJune 27, 2019, 4:18 pmJune 27, 2019 AT&T, we’ve invested nearly $1.2 billion in our Indiana wireless and wired networks during 2016-2018. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. We’ve improved critical services that support Public Safety and first responders using the FirstNet communications platform. And, we’ve helped meet the needs of customers in largely rural areas through our participation in the FCC’s Connect America Fund.AT&T’s wireless network covers more than 99% of all Americans and has become the fastest wireless network in the nation, according to the first quarter 2019 results from tests taken with Speedtest and analyzed by Ookla®.In 2018, AT&T made over 900 wireless network upgrades in Indiana, including those that led to the launch of 5G in the City of Indianapolis. We added four macro cell sites providing new 4G LTE coverage, additional network capacity, new wireless high-speed Internet connections and small cell deployments as well.“We’re fortunate to have forward-thinking leaders in Indiana that encourage companies to invest more in wireless infrastructure,” said AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards. “Through our ongoing investments, we continue to improve our mobile network and pave the path to 5G mobile services in the years ahead.”“For Indiana to continue to thrive and attract new jobs and innovation, sustained investment by the private sector is crucial,” said State Rep. Ed Soliday, who serves as the chair of the Indiana House of Representatives Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee. “By continuing to build state-of-the-art infrastructure in our state, AT&T is making business growth possible and assuring that our residents have the tools to stay connected and entertained.”Marketing Technology News: Formulus Black Partners with Looker to Improve Data Science Team ProductivityThe AT&T LTE network covers more than 400 million people in North America. Notable Indiana network enhancements in 2018 included:5G LTE deployed in parts of Indianapolis.Turning on news cells sites and adding more capacity to increase speed and boost performance in several communities including the towns of Speedway and Union Mills and the counties of Posey and Spencer.Activating new Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), at two major Indiana universities and a large Indianapolis hospital.Expanding DAS systems including where the Indiana pro football team plays, at a northern Indiana university campus and a mall in Fort Wayne.By building out our 4G LTE network, we’re boosting network speeds and capacity, as we continue to expand the availability of our network and upgrade our technology.Additionally, for the 5th consecutive year we’ve landed on Fortune magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired” companies. It’s also the 6th year in a row we’ve appeared on the Global Top 50 list – no other telecom company made the Top 50.Transforming Public Safety CommunicationsFirstNet is Public Safety’s dedicated, nationwide communications platform. It is for all first responders – career and volunteer, urban or rural. It’s bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities, helping first responders connect to the critical information they need – every day and in every emergency.Building upon our current and planned investments in Indiana, we continue to extend the reach and increase the capacity of the FirstNet communications platform:Deployed Band 14 spectrum in more than 600 markets nationwide, including 15 markets in Indiana, such as Indianapolis, Gary, Evansville, Bloomington and Lafayette. Band 14 is high-quality spectrum provided by the First Responder Network Authority. Its signal covers larger geographic areas with less infrastructure to better support rural communities, and it can better reach in-building in more urban areas as compared to higher-MHz spectrum.Indiana first responders enjoy the fastest overall experience on FirstNet, compared to any commercial network in the nation, thanks to the specialized capabilities enabled by the physically separate and dedicated FirstNet network core, like always-on priority and preemption.3Public safety agencies subscribed to FirstNet have 24/7 access to a nationwide fleet of 75 deployable network assets. These assets can either be deployed for planned events or called upon in emergencies to help first responders stay connected and operate faster, safer and more effectively when lives are on the line.FirstNet is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority – an independent agency within the federal government. This helps ensure that the FirstNet communications platform and service offerings meet the short- and long-term needs of the public safety community.Marketing Technology News: Leading Digital Fraud Prevention Provider Kount Partners With Engage People to Protect Customer Loyalty Redemption ProgramsOur commitment to rural AmericaThrough our participation in the FCC’s Connect America Fund universal service program, AT&T has been helping to meet the connectivity needs of customers in largely rural areas and to expand the opportunities enabled by internet access. By the end of 2020, AT&T will have used funds from this FCC program to help deploy, maintain and offer internet access and voice services to more than 1.1 million mostly rural homes and small business locations in FCC-identified areas. By the end of 2018, we offered high-speed internet access to over 27,000 locations across Indiana in mostly rural areas through technologies like Fixed Wireless Internet.Our internet offeringsWe now market a 1 gigabit connection4 on our 100% fiber network to more than 12 million locations across 85 major metro areas nationwide. In the Indiana area, we market our internet service powered by AT&T Fiber to more than 300,000 customer locations.We plan to reach about 14 million locations across at least 85 metro areas by mid-2019 for consumers.We are the largest U.S.-based provider of fiber for business services. There are over 500,000 U.S. business buildings lit with AT&T fiber, and we’re adding thousands more each month.Within those buildings, AT&T now enables high-speed fiber connections to over 2.2 million U.S. business customer locations. And if you count businesses near our fiber network, that number quadruples. Nationwide, more than 8 million business customer locations are on or within 1,000 feet of our fiber.5To learn more about our wireless coverage in Indiana, or anywhere in the U.S., visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.1 AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.2 Based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data average download speeds for Q1 2019. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.3 Based on AT&T analysis of Ookla® Speedtest Intelligence® nationwide data average download speeds for Q1 2019. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.4 Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.5 The over 2.2 million U.S. business customer locations, which AT&T provides high-speed fiber connections, is included within the 8M U.S. business customer locations on or within 1,000 feet of our fiber.Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking StatementsInformation set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.Marketing Technology News: New Study Shows Adoption of Business Automation Technologies is Driven by the C-Suitelast_img read more

first_imgThese results are of concern because a previous study showed that relatively high concentrations of barium, aluminum, strontium and manganese are found in rock samples from B.C.’s Montney Formation, where natural gas is extracted via fracking. In addition, recent studies analyzing wastewater from fracking generally have shown higher concentrations of the same metals.It’s impossible to say with certainty whether fracking caused the women’s exposure to these metals, but our study does provide further evidence that this could be the case.”élyse Caron-Beaudoin, post-doctoral researcher at EPSUM and the study’s lead author Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 23 2019The Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology last week revealed the findings of a 2016 pilot study that measured pregnant women’s exposure to environmental contaminants in northeastern British Columbia, an area of intensive natural-gas production through hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The study, directed by Marc-André Verner, a professor at the School of Public Health (ESPUM) of Université de Montréal (UdeM), showed that the women had higher concentrations of some metals, especially barium, aluminum, strontium and manganese, in their hair and urine compared to the general population. Community-initiated studiesInitially requested by people living near the natural-gas production areas, the study was jointly launched by UdeM researchers and the region’s First Nations and public-health authorities. These communities wanted clear answers about how living near natural-gas developments was affecting their health.”We used data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) to compare trace metal concentrations in the urine and hair of the 29 pregnant women we studied versus the general population,” said Caron-Beaudoin. “However, for some metals we had to use exposure data collected in France, because similar data has never been collected in sufficient quantity in Canada.”The researchers found that concentrations of manganese in the women’s urine were 10 times higher than in the reference populations. As well, the women’s hair had greater concentrations of aluminium (16 times higher), barium (three times higher) and strontium (six times higher) than in the reference populations in France. Furthermore, barium and strontium concentrations were higher in hair samples from indigenous participants than in those from non-indigenous participants.Is there a health risk?Related StoriesTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchAt this stage of their investigations, researchers cannot comment on the presence or absence of a risk to human health. Many essential data for this type of toxicological evaluation are still lacking, including epidemiological studies assessing the association between exposure of pregnant women to these trace metals and the adverse effects on children’s health: “We are aware that people would like to have answers right away, but we are only at the beginning of a long process of scientific inquiry,” said Caron-Beaudoin. “Other studies are already underway or being planned to clarify this legitimate issue.”Pending questionsData on water quality in the study areas’s Peace River Valley remains scarce and the data that has been collected to date is highly variable. In addition, there’s no systematic water-monitoring program in the region.A previous study on exposure to volatile organic compounds such as benzene in the same group of pregnant women was published in 2018 in Environment International. Its findings suggested benzene exposure is also potentially higher among study participants, especially indigenous women, than in the general Canadian population.To learn more, Caron-Beaudoin has returned to the Peace River Valley to recruit a second group of pregnant women so the researchers can measure their exposure to different contaminants. She and her team will also measure concentrations of these contaminants in water and indoor air. In addition, years as part of an epidemiological study, they are assessing the overall health of babies born in the region over the last 10 years.Source:University of MontrealJournal reference:Caron-Beaudoin, E. et al. (2019) Urinary and hair concentrations of trace metals in pregnant women from Northeastern British Columbia, Canada: a pilot study. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 31 2019Heart failure after a heart attack is a global epidemic leading to chronic heart failure pathology. About 6 million people in the United States and 23 million worldwide suffer from this end-stage disease that involves dysfunction of the heart, a change that clinicians call cardiac remodeling. Despite medical advances, 2 to 17 percent of patients die within one year after a heart attack due to failure to resolve inflammation. More than 50 percent die within five years.Ganesh Halade, Ph.D., is seeking ways to delay or reverse this heart failure, which comes from non-resolved chronic inflammation. Over-activated leukocytes from the spleen that rushed into the heart muscle to remove dead tissue and start repairs are not adequately calmed and do not receive a “get out” signal.So, learning the details of metabolic signaling that controls the immune responses – both during the acute inflammation after injury and the resolution thereafter – is important. Halade, a University of Alabama at Birmingham associate professor in the UAB Department of Medicine Division of Cardiovascular Disease, is working to discover which metabolic signatures are biomarkers for healthy physiology and which metabolic signatures are biomarkers for heart failure pathology.This could permit the development of a prevention plan and precise, prognostic and personalized measures to delay heart failure.This work follows his 2017 discovery that knocking out 12/15 lipoxygenase, or 12/15LOX, a lipid-modifying enzyme that competes with two other lipid-modifying enzymes, leads to increased survival in a mouse model of heart failure after a heart attack.In a study now published online ahead of print in the journal Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental, Halade and colleagues detail the profound lipidomic and metabolic signatures and the modified leukocyte profiling that delay heart failure progression and provide improved survival in 12/15LOX-deficient mice. Only 6 percent of the 12/15LOX-deficient mice died in the progression of chronic heart failure, 56 days after heart attack, while 38 percent of mice with normal 12/15LOX had mortality due to heart failure or rupture.Related StoriesImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsResearch opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmiasCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsSpecifically, the researchers quantified changes in the metabolome, lipidome and immune profiles during acute heart failure, one day after heart attack, and during chronic heart failure, eight weeks after heart attack.They found that the 12/15LOX-deficient mice biosynthesized the signaling molecules epoxyeicosatrienoic acids -; also known as EETs or cypoxins -; in left ventricle heart tissue after heart attack to facilitate cardiac healing. The lipoxygenase-deficient mice also had reduced amounts of the diabetes risk biomarker 2-aminoadipic acid and had profound alterations of plasma metabolic signaling of hexoses, amino acids, biogenic amines, acylcarnitines, glycerophospholipids and sphingolipids during acute heart failure. These changes are accompanied by delayed heart failure and improved survival.”Future studies are warranted to define the molecular network of the lipidome and metabolome in acute and chronic heart failure patients,” Halade said, though he notes this needs to be preceded by work with other animal models. Source:University of Alabama at Birmingham Collectively, our studies have discovered a novel link of LOX signaling between lipidomic and metabolic signatures in acute and chronic heart failure syndrome.”Ganesh Halade, Ph.D.last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 6 2019A nanotechnology treatment derived from bone marrow stem cells has reversed multiple sclerosis symptoms in mice and could eventually be used to help humans, according to a new study led by University of California, Irvine researchers. Until now, stem cell therapies for autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases have produced mixed results in clinical trials, partly because we don’t know how the treatments work. This study helps unravel that mystery and paves the way for testing with human patients.”Corresponding author Weian Zhao, an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences and biomedical engineering who is affiliated with the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center Related StoriesEndogenous retrovirus type W found to be a major contributor to nerve damage in MSNature of social cognitive deficits in people with progressive multiple sclerosisScientists discover mechanism responsible for chronic inflammation in MSIn past experiments, intravenously injected stem cells – taken from bone marrow and activated with interferon gamma, an immune system protein – often got trapped in filter organs before reaching their target. For this study, published in the journal ACS Nano, researchers avoided that problem by extracting nano-sized particles called exosomes from the stem cells and injecting them into rodents with MS.Loaded with anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective RNA and protein molecules, the exosomes were able to slip through the blood-spinal cord barrier. In addition to rejuvenating lost motor skills and decreasing nerve damage caused by MS, they normalized the subjects’ immune systems, something conventional drugs can’t do, said study co-lead author Reza Mohammadi, a UCI doctoral candidate in materials science & engineering.More experiments are in the pipeline.”This novel treatment will be tested on humans in early 2020, initially on people with Type 1 diabetes,” said co-lead author Milad Riazifar, who worked on the study as a pharmacological sciences doctoral student in Zhao’s lab and is currently helping prepare for a City of Hope clinical trial of the method. “If successful, it could pave the way for treating other autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis.”Source:University of California, IrvineJournal reference:Zhao, W. et al. (2019) Stem Cell-Derived Exosomes as Nanotherapeutics for Autoimmune and Neurodegenerative Disorders. ACS Nano. read more

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 1 2019Period pain significantly impacts young women’s academic performance worldwide, according to new Australian-led research – and women are ‘putting up with it’ rather than seeking treatment.New research from Western Sydney University published in the Journal of Women’s Health(opens in a new window) has found that, regardless of geographical location or economic status, more than two thirds (71%) of young women globally suffer from painful periods.Furthermore, one in five young women (20%) reported being absent from class due to period pain, while 41% reported that their concentration or performance in class was negatively affected.Researchers led by NICM Health Research Institute’s Dr Mike Armour examined the results of thirty-eight studies including 21,573 young women. Twenty-three of the studies were from low, lower middle, or upper middle-income countries, and 15 were from high-income countries.Despite the common held belief women ‘grow out’ of period pain, rates of dysmenorrhea (period pain) were found to be similar between students at school and university.Dr Armour said the research highlights the need for better education around period pain, and has implications for the self-care and treatment of the disorder. Related StoriesAre Chronic Pain Relief Drugs for Children Effective?Sleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyBritish boys to receive HPV jabsWomen also reported they had to restrict social, sporting, and other school activities due to menstrual symptoms, negatively affecting health outcomes.According to Dr Armour the belief that period pain is a normal part of becoming a woman and the inability of many women to identify the symptoms of period pain are barriers to women seeking help.”Improving women’s education about menstruation may help women make better choices about self-care and when to seek medical treatment,” Dr Armour said.This research formed part of the groundwork that led to a 12-month national project from Western Sydney University to change the way young women learn about and deal with menstrual symptoms like period pain. The two-part project supported by U by Kotex.® (UbK) (opens in a new window) aims to reduce the incidence of undiagnosed menstrual disorders, and improve the levels of knowledge and understanding (‘health literacy’) relating to the menstrual cycle and its management among young women. The results of this study will be published separately and are expected in 2020. Source:NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney UniversityJournal reference:Armour, M. et al. (2019) The Prevalence and Academic Impact of Dysmenorrhea in 21,573 Young Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Women’s Health. Young women, whether they were at school or university, experienced significant negative impact on their education as a result of their menstrual symptoms.This lowered classroom efficiency during the period is something women often feel they must put up with, meaning that both adolescent girls and young women may be significantly disadvantaged in their studies by the impact of period pain.This often occurs at a crucial time in their academic lives during their final schooling years when academic results can have long term consequences.”Dr Mike Armour, NICM Health Research Institutelast_img read more

first_img © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Apple users will be able to subscribe to HBO, Showtime and a handful of other channels directly through Apple’s new TV app, bypassing the need to download or launch a separate app. The new capabilities available Monday come ahead of Apple’s plan to offer its own original shows, including ones from Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. Those shows will be part of an Apple TV Plus subscription coming later this year for a yet-to-be disclosed price.Hulu and Amazon already offer premium channels as add-ons to their regular subscriptions, and both have original shows. Apple is trying to catch up on streaming video to make up for a slowdown in iPhone sales. Netflix tells Apple: Count us out of your streaming plans Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Apple revamps TV app for direct subscriptions to channels (2019, May 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from read more