LAST MINUTE CHANCE

first_imgTwo days ago Megan Campbell was on her way to Melbourne to watch the world’s best tennis players battle it out for the Australian Open. Today Megan marched, cloaked in green and gold in the Opening Ceremony of the Youth World Cup and will begin her campaign for World Cup glory as part of the Australian 18’s Women’s side this afternoon. How life can change in two days. Before this tournament, Megan had only played at National Touch League level in the Sydney Scorpions Womens Open team. She gained selection in the Womens 18’s and 20’s squads for the Youth World Cup and for NSW in the State of Origin 2004 series. Prior to her round one game today Megan had only two 45- minute training sessions with her team, but says fitting in with them on and off the field has not been a problem. “All the girls were really welcoming and really nice about me coming into the team late, they were all glad it wasn’t them,” said Megan. Even though Megan has entered the team late, she is still very proud to be playing touch at this level and representing her country. “It’s such an honor to play for Australia, I’m having heaps of fun, and it’s great to be able to interact with Touch players from all around the world,” said Megan. Andrew Knox was at Barbarians training in Western Australia just about to pass the ball when his phone rang….and it wasn’t his mum. The voice on the end of the line was Australia’s Elite programs Director, Cathy Gray asking him if he could fly to the Sunshine Coast to represent Australia in the Men’s 20’s teams at the Youth World Cup. Barbarians training and NTL’s quickly became the last thing on Andrew’s mind as he rushed home to organise time off work and flights to the Sunshine Coast. “I was pretty disappointed to not make the team originally, so I was stoked when I got the call that they needed me in the team,” said Andrew. This is Andrew’s debut at an international tournament, the highest level he has previously played being Men’s Opens for Barbarians at NTL’s. Fitting into his team on and off the field has not been a problem for Andrew either. “They’re all top blokes so it was easy to come into the team, but it did take a while to learn all their names in one day,” said Andrew. Andrew is proud to represent his country at the 2005 Youth World Cup, and feels extra privileged to be in an Australian team. “It’s great, it’s definitely not something that happens everyday,” said Andrew. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid closing on deal for Malaga prospect Chechu

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid closing on deal for Malaga prospect Chechuby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are closing on a deal for Malaga prospect Chechu.Marca says Malaga defender Jose Martinez Lopez, known as Chechu, is on Real’s radar.The centre-back has been capped three times with the Under-17 national team and has drawn the attention of La Fabrica for his power and physical attributes.His height of 187 centimetres means that he dominates in the air in both areas.Chechu has been capped at U17 level by Spain. last_img read more

Gurbani Sangeet Samagam celebrates Guru Nanak Devs 550th birth anniversary

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Punjabi Academy of the Delhi Government has organised a three-day Gurbani Sangeet Samagam 2019, to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.The annual cultural festival of Gurbani Sangeet is organised between September 6 and 8 at Talkatora Stadium of Delhi. This was the 15th year of the festival with performances of Punjabi spiritual songs and recitation of messages from the Guru Granth Sahib. The festival started with the performance of Aprampar Kirtan Group of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Khalsa College, Delhi and other singers by chanting the messages of the Holy Book Guru Granth Saheb. The unique musical tradition established by venerated Sikh Gurus of India which is nearly five-century old practice was presented in the festival by various artists. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe festival has always been a most awaited event of Delhi’s cultural life and people look forward to this festival of love, spirituality and brotherhood rendered traditionally through Raagas, as originally composed and enshrined in the Guru Granth Saheb by the Sikh Gurus. On the first day performance by Smita Rao Bellur of Mumbai and Principal Sukhwant Singh Jandiala Guru, Amritsar took place. On the second day, Ustad Lakhan Khan-Dane Khan of Rajasthan and Bhai Davinder Singh Bondal of Jalandhar performed at the event. On the last day of the festival, Delhi will witness performances from Bibi Rashmi Agarwal, Ghulam Abbas Khan and Bhai Baljeet Singh Namdhari. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Delhi has a very rich Punjabi culture, therefore, my goal is to present the message of inclusion and harmony of Guru Nanak Dev through cultural programs. I believe that culture is the best way to convey messages to the people of Delhi across religion. This festival will not only help to enrich the Sikh tradition of Delhi but also give a chance to the people to witness and explore the philosophy of Guru Nanak Dev and other Sikh Gurus,” said Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.last_img read more

The Blue Jays Are The Best — And Theres An 80 Percent

Houston Astros(Chance of winning the World Series: 4 percent)Don’t sleep on the ’Stros. Although the Astros are only the second wild card, they show some intriguing potential for October contention. After several much-derided moves to strengthen the bullpen in the offseason, Houston had the second-best relief corps in the major leagues (by wins above replacement). It doesn’t have the top-end relief aces of, say, the Yankees, but the Astros can count on a number of solid arms to bail them out in high-leverage situations.And don’t get put off by the Astros’ second-half swoon, because the team seems to have been unlucky this year. They sport the fourth-best Pythagorean record in the league (but the 10th-best record), and the team lost 17 runs on offense because of unfortunate clustering of their hits, another sign of poor fortune. Even these statistics may be underrating Houston, because a large portion of their production comes from young players who were called up mid-season, like shortstop Carlos Correa and starting pitcher Lance McCullers. The Astros team that the Yankees are facing in the play-in game will be significantly improved from the one that started the year.New York Yankees(Chance of winning the World Series: 5 percent)This Yankees team feels like the prototypical Bronx outfit of the past few years: a team filled with a gaggle of aging veterans on massively overpaid free-agent contracts. Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is the current exemplar, and catcher Brian McCann was last year. Together, the Yankees boast the highest average age for position players of any team in baseball, when you weight the players by their WAR contribution. Age and the injuries that come with it make the current Yankees team less intimidating than the one that racked up 87 wins in the regular season. The Bronx Bombers lost their most productive hitter, first baseman Mark Teixeira, after an August injury, and other older players may feel the wear-and-tear more than most.What may make the Yankees unusually dangerous in the playoffs is their incredible late inning relief crew. Their setup man is the intimidating Dellin Betances, who just finished one of the 20 best reliever seasons of the past five years, and their closer is Andrew Miller, whose season ranked in the top 40 on the same list. Although the bottom of the bullpen is more questionable, Yankees manager Joe Girardi can conceal it behind two of the best relievers in baseball, which presents a tactical advantage in the playoffs.Texas Rangers(Chance of winning the World Series: 9 percent)After suffering by far the most injuries last season, the Rangers bounced back to take the division this year. But the Rangers’ playoff position belies the performances of their players. They are 12th in position-player WAR and 20th in pitching. The Rangers’ run differential is a perfectly adequate +18, which puts them more in the range of the Orioles (+20) and Diamondbacks (+7), two also-rans. Indeed, by Pythagorean record, the Rangers ought to have lost the second wild card to the Indians.So the numbers suggest that the Rangers aren’t long for the playoffs, but there are some minor reasons to believe that the Texas roster is stronger than it appears. The deadline trade for Cole Hamels gave them a potent and dependable frontline starter. Rougned Odor has been one of the best second basemen in the majors since being recalled after being demoted to the minors.Even so, it’s hard to buy into the Rangers as genuine contenders. They lack the outstanding bullpens of last year’s surprise teams and don’t match up especially well with the rest of the AL field. Although this season is an unexpected success for Texas, it’s hard to imagine it continuing too far into October.Kansas City Royals(Chance of winning the World Series: 13 percent)Now we get to the class of the league. The Royals are one of the most unexpectedly formidable teams of the past few years. Whether by luck, chemistry or a secret ingredient that the rest of the league has yet to discover, Kansas City has managed to baffle the majority of the preseason prognosticators this year, and I am no exception.It’s never a good idea to bet against the projections too confidently or too often. But the Royals have the production to back up their standing in the league, with a run differential that’s fifth-best in MLB and WAR totals to match.2The Royals come in with the sixth-most position player WAR in baseball and the 15th-most pitching WAR. Having boosted themselves at the trade deadline with the addition of a frontline ace in Johnny Cueto and a versatile hitter in Ben Zobrist, the Royals stand as good a chance as anyone but the Blue Jays at taking the crown, even if we still don’t understand why they are so good. Speaking of those Blue Jays …Toronto Blue Jays(Chance of winning the World Series: 19 percent)It’s difficult to overstate just how incredible the Blue Jays have been this year. Their run differential exceeds the next-best team (the Cardinals) by 99 runs, which itself would be the fifth-best run differential in the league. Since 1950, only 18 teams (out of 1,592; just about 1 percent) have had season run differentials better than the Blue Jays’ sum of +221.3These statistics are derived from Sean Lahman’s database. With their midseason trades for arguably the best position player (shortstop Troy Tulowitzki) and pitcher (starter David Price) available, the Blue Jays became something we almost never see in modern baseball: a steamroller, a world-beater, a superteam. Sure enough, since the All-Star break, the Jays have been even better, racking up a run differential of +139, which put them on pace for the best full-season run differential of any team since 1950.And yet, of those 18 teams with run differentials better than that of the 2015 Blue Jays, only six went on to win the World Series. Only 11 of the 18 even went to the World Series. There’s a reason baseball has gone away from the superteam model: No matter how strong the team, nobody can predict what will happen in a short postseason series.Read more: The Best 2015 MLB Teams, According To Our New Ratings It’s time for real, live playoff baseball. Or as sabermetricians like to call it: the season where weird stuff happens.The playoffs are entirely different from the regular season, with an emphasis on top-tier starting pitching and the savvy usage of strong late-inning relief. Sabermetrics researchers have struggled in vain for years to pinpoint a secret sauce that can guarantee postseason success. Because of the changing strategies and wild-card structures in MLB, trying to figure out who’s going to win the World Series creates problems that are similar to those faced by electoral prognosticators, only with much less data.1Instead of hundreds of polls, we have a few dozen individual games per year, which are noisy indicators even without considering all the potential confounding factors. The truth may be that there is no very accurate way to forecast who will survive the gantlet of the MLB playoffs.But that’s not going to stop us from trying! Elsewhere, Neil Paine has used Elo ratings (FiveThirtyEight’s pet power rating system) to project each wild-card game and divisional series. But before you go read that, stick with me so I can tell you a little bit about each of the AL teams that have found their way into the hunt. (I’ll cover the NL teams on Wednesday.)There are clearly two tiers of teams fighting for the pennant, with the Blue Jays and Royals towering above the Yankees, Astros and Rangers. read more

Football No 10 Ohio State takes on No 4 Michigan with sixgame

Every year, both Ohio State and Michigan have this game marked on their calendars.Every year, the Ohio State-Michigan matchup brings together one of the all-time biggest rivalries in college football. Michigan leads the series overall with a record of 58-49-6, but in recent years, Ohio State has taken control, winning the past six installments since Urban Meyer took over as head coach.But this year, for the first time in the Meyer era, No. 4 Michigan (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten) comes into “The Game” as the favorite against No. 10 Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten), and it’s the first time since 2004 that the Wolverines are favorites in Ohio Stadium.“We don’t talk about those things,” Meyer said. “The most prepared team will win the game. It’s not who’s favored and who is not. I didn’t know that. And I don’t imagine our team really does.”Michigan enters as the favorite thanks to a 10-game winning streak after losing its opener on the road to now-No. 3 Notre Dame 24-17. Included in the streak are wins against then-No. 15 Wisconsin, then-No. 24 Michigan State and then-No. 14 Penn State. The victories against the Badgers and the Nittany Lions were by 25 points or more.“Whenever you face an elite team, elite defense, which they are, personnel stands out, front seven stands out,” Meyer said. “I think they’re No. 1 in the nation in pass defense. And just very good personnel, very well thought-out scheme and very good defense.”The Wolverines hold the No. 1 pass defense, as well as the No. 1 defense overall, allowing 234.8 yards per game, more than 15 yards fewer than any other team in the country.Michigan allows 13.5 points per game, tied for the fourth fewest in the NCAA.The country’s strongest defense is led by stars in the front seven. Junior linebackers Devin Bush and Josh Uche combine for 85 tackles, 17.5 of which are for a loss, including 12 sacks.Junior Rashan Gary and redshirt senior Chase Winovich have 7.5 sacks of their own on the defensive line on 94 combined tackles. But Winovich went down with an upper-body injury against Indiana on Saturday, and his status remains uncertain for the game, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said.But Michigan had one of the strongest defenses in the country in 2017 — ending the season with the third-fewest yards allowed per game — when it lost to Ohio State at home.The difference comes on the other side of the ball.After ending this past season with the 25th worst total offense in the NCAA, the Wolverines come into Ohio Stadium averaging 36.6 points per game, No. 24 in the country, scoring 40 or more points in six of their 11 games.Junior quarterback Shea Patterson is the difference maker, throwing for 2,177 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 65.9 percent of his passes. He also averages 4.2 yards per rush for 252 yards and two scores on the ground.Patterson has a trio of players who receive the majority of the targets: sophomore wide receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins, and senior tight end Zach Gentry.Peoples-Jones leads the team with 32 catches for 477 yards and seven touchdowns. Gentry, the 6-foot-8 tight end, is closely behind with 475 yards and a pair of scores. Collins has 29 catches for 461 yards and four touchdowns this season.Senior running back Karan Higdon leads the No. 14 rushing offense in the nation with 1,106 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns on 5.3 yards per carry.Higdon said Monday in a Michigan press conference he guarantees a Michigan victory against the Buckeyes.Instead of making promises, Meyer is going to let the Buckeyes’ play on Saturday do all the talking.  “How do you show respect for them and the game? You work, which we are. We’re working so damn hard for this,” Meyer said.Michigan comes in with the momentum, and hopes of ending its losing streak and finishing off the team’s “Revenge Tour” that has motivated the Wolverines all season.They have gone through three key stops on their tour: Wisconsin, Michigan State and Penn State.Now, No. 4 Michigan remains one win away from finishing it, facing off against No. 10 Ohio State in Ohio Stadium at noon on Saturday. It enters with the strongest team of the Harbaugh era, and one of the most vulnerable Ohio State teams since Meyer took over.Now, it comes down to one game to see if the Wolverines can finish what they started, or if the Buckeyes can go to the Big Ten Championship once more. Only this time, they will have to do it as the underdog.Wyatt Crosher: 34-24 MichiganColin Gay: 35-31 Ohio StateRachel Bules: 38-35 Ohio StateSydney Riddle: 24-21 Ohio StateAmanda Parrish: 35-30 Ohio StateZach Varda: 45-17 MichiganEdward Sutelan: 28-24 MichiganJake Rahe: 21-17 Ohio State read more

BCL men commit excesses admits AL

first_imgObaidul QuaderPrime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina is aware of the excesses committed by the activists of ruling party-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League during the recent quota protests.Saying this on Sunday, Bangaldesh Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said Sheikh Hasina has also warned the BCL leaders and activists of stern actions, should there be complaints like their role in the students’ demonstration demanding reforms in public service quota.Quoting the prime minister, Quader said at a press briefing at the secretariet that Hasina issued a note of warning when the BCL leaders approached her as she was getting down from the stage of the party’s reception accorded to her on Saturday.“I have received many complaints of excesses against Chhatra League over the quota issue. I don’t want to hear such complaitns any longer,” Quader said quoting Hasina.On more than one occasions recently, BCL men attacked the students and teachers of various educational institutions including Dhaka University, who were demanding reform in existing quota system in public services.Dwelling on the next general election likely to be held on December, Quader said an election-time government will be formed any time in October. A small cabinet comprised of the parties representing in parliament would be formed, he iterated.Refering to the BNP’s insistance that it would not go to polls without release of its jailed chairperson Khalaeda Zia, Quader said, his party will prevent any attempt to foil the election.He also said, the BNP has given conditions to contest the election which are not likely to be met. The election would be held as per constitution, he added.Professor Emajuddin Ahmed, a former vice chancellor of Dhaka University, on Saturday said, the next general elections would be held only if four conditions including release of former prime minister Khaled Zia are met.Quader, however, said that the BNP will participate in the elections for their own sake. ‘It’s their right to participate in the elections but democracy would take its own course if they don’t take part,’ he added.Regarding public sufferings in mass reception accorded to the prime minister on Saturday, Quader said, “We organised the rally on Saturday so that the people don’t have to suffer. Still, I am seeking apology had there been any incidents of public suffering.”last_img read more

Committee approves Glenn bill banning sex between prostitutes police

first_img Categories: Glenn News,News 13Jun Committee approves Glenn bill banning sex between prostitutes, police The House Law and Justice Committee approved bipartisan legislation from state Rep. Gary Glenn making it illegal for law enforcement officials to engage in sexual acts with prostitutes or victims of human trafficking during the course of an investigation.“There is no evidence that law enforcement officers are taking advantage of this unintended legal loophole, but Michigan is going to protect victims of human trafficking from abuse,” said Glenn, of Larkin Township. “People who impersonate police officers use this unintended exemption from prosecution to intimidate women into having sex. That casts an unwarranted cloud over our law enforcement officers.”House Bill 4355 specifically states a police officer is no longer exempt from prosecution if the officer has sex with a prostitute, eliminating the unintended exemption in current law. The legislation also seeks to protect victims of human trafficking who have been forced into prostitution.“Michigan is the last state in the country where police officers having sex with prostitutes are shielded from prosecution,” Glenn said. “This legislation will protect our police and victims of human trafficking.”HB 4355 advances to the House for its consideration.State Rep. Gary Glenn testifies before the House Law and Justice Committee in support of legislation to ban sex between law enforcement officers and prostitutes or victims of human trafficking.last_img read more

Rep Cox Recordsetting investment in education brightens Michigans future

first_img Categories: Cox News,News Rep. Laura Cox today said newly signed school funding legislation will provide more resources to improve academic performance and better prepare Michigan students for jobs and careers.“This investment will brighten the future for kids across Michigan, regardless of where they live or what career pathway they choose,” said Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, after Gov. Rick Snyder signed the school funding bill for the upcoming budget year. “We are laying the foundation for schools to improve and students to succeed.”More than a quarter of the overall state budget will go to K-12 schools, with $14.8 billion establishing a new record for investment – including the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years, ranging from $120 to $240 per student. This raises the minimum per-pupil foundation allowance to $7,871 per student and sets the maximum guaranteed foundation allowance at $8,409.Early literacy and special education programs will receive a boost in funding. Support for academically at-risk students is set at $499 million to improve their performance in reading and math.The budget bill signed today also includes funding for universities and community colleges. The legislation includes provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities, holding institutions accountable for student safety.House Bill 5579 is the final major piece of next year’s budget plan to be signed into law.Earlier this week, Snyder signed legislation to provide $100 million to better prepare students for emerging, high-demand jobs of the future – an initiative the governor calls the Marshall Plan for Talent.Michigan’s new budget includes more money to improve school safety across the state. The budget also provides more resources for road repairs, public safety and to improve community mental health services – all without growing state government overall.### 28Jun Rep. Cox: Record-setting investment in education brightens Michigan’s futurelast_img read more

Rep LaFave votes to make state government more accountable

first_img19Mar Rep. LaFave votes to make state government more accountable Categories: LaFave News,News Plan extends open record requirements to governor, LegislatureState Rep. Beau LaFave today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan.LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal, which he co-sponsored.“Citizens have a right to know what their government is doing,” LaFave said. “With these common-sense reforms, the public will be able to hold the Legislature and the governor accountable.”Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and the Legislature from open records laws. The bipartisan solution approved today would end these exemptions and increase transparency in state government.The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).While LORA mirrors FOIA in many ways, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that personal information is protected and kept private. Other types of communications – including those lawmakers have with state departments and lobbyists – would not be exempt.House Bills 4007-13 and 4015-16 now advance to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

German cable operator Kabel BW is adding four new

first_imgGerman cable operator Kabel BW is adding four new HD channels to its platform.The operator has already added Turner’s female skewed network Glitz HD and Romance HD to its line-up this week. Next week will see RTL Living HD and Passion HD joining the platform, taking the total number of HD channels offered by Kabel BW to 46.last_img

We should be done to the downside in the precious

first_imgWe should be done to the downside in the precious metals Well, you don’t need me to tell you what happened in gold yesterday, as it’s pretty much self-evident from the Kitco chart posted below.  After the HFT boyz hit the price at 7 a.m. GMT in London on their Friday morning, the price traded pretty flat until the Comex open—and then more short selling appeared, with gold hitting its low tick a minute or so after 9 a.m. in New York.  The price retested that low shortly after 11 a.m. EDT—and then rallied until shortly before the Comex close—and then chopped sideways for the remainder of the Friday session. The CME Group recorded the high and low tick as $1,202.40 and $1,160.50 in the December contract, which is the new front month for gold. Gold finished the day at $1,172.90 spot, down $25.90 on the day—and well off its low.  Net volume was over-the-moon at 275,000 contracts. Sponsor Advertisement It was more or less the same price chart for the silver equities—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index got creamed for 5.09 percent. The dollar index closed at 86.18 late on Thursday afternoon in New York—and then did nothing until around 12:35 p.m. in Hong Kong on their Friday afternoon.  Then away it went to the upside in two separate rallies, with the second one starting at 8 a.m. in New York.  The 87.11 high tick came about 11:15 a.m. in New York.  By noon the index had sold off a bit—and from there it traded flat into the close.  The  index finished the day at 86.91—up another 75 basis points. After an up/down/up move that netted out to zero during early Far East trading, palladium also got hit at the Zurich open.  From that low it rose quickly into positive territory—and rallied unevenly until shortly after 1 p.m. EDT—and from there it traded sideways for the remainder of the Friday session.  Palladium finished up a very respectable 15 dollars on the day. The prices of both have very similar structures over that period of time, but look at the big difference in tonnages held.  In gold, the tonnage held topped out at the very end of 2012—and has been falling ever since.  Silver tonnage bottomed out just before mid-2012—and has been increasing ever since.  You have to ask yourself why this is the case in silver—and who is depositing all this metal? Then there’s the record U.S. Silver Eagle/Canadian Maple Leaf demand so far this year in the face of a less-than-robust investor/retail market.  I know this to be true, because I work in it three days a week.  Ted Butler’s ‘Mr. Big’ has been buying every coin in sight and, once again you have to ask yourself why this is happening. Then there’s the “unblinking” long holders in the Managed Money category of the Disaggregated COT Report.  Ted says that, at least in silver, they’ve been building this long position for a bit over a year now—and at the moment it’s a hair over 40,000 contracts, or 200 million ounces—something I mentioned in my COT commentary further up.  But these “unblinking” long holders exist in all four precious metals in the Managed Money category—and one wonders how deep their pockets have to be to withstand the margin calls they must be getting.  Once again the question—who are they and why are they doing it? Then there’s the little matter of the over-the-top and manic in/out movements in silver at the Comex-approved depositories for the last three and half years. And as I mentioned in my discussion of the HUI and Silver 7 charts, you have to wonder who was buying all the mining shares that have been falling off the table lately. As Ted Butler pointed out in his quote today, the stars appear to be all lined up to resolve these dichotomies—and maybe answer some of the questions asked—with a violent move to the upside, as the Comex table is set.  The only thing missing is some sort of triggering event—and whatever it is, it will most likely be ugly. So we wait some more. That’s all I have for the day—and the week. See you on Tuesday. Here’s the 6-month dollar index chart—and looking at the price action vs. the RSI trace, I’d be hitting the bid at the open on Monday if I was long the U.S. dollar. Platinum’s price action on Friday was a mini version of what happened to gold and silver—and the low tick in that precious metal came after 9 a.m. EDT.  From there it recovered a decent amount—and was only closed down 8 bucks on the day. The gold stocks gapped down 7.5 percent in the first few minutes of trading on Friday.  They recovered a bit in the next half hour before chopping unsteadily sideways for the remainder of the day.  The HUI finished down another 5.0 percent.  Here’s Nick’s chart. It was more or less the same chart pattern in silver, although there was a bit of rally around the noon London silver fix.  That all vanished, as the low tick of the day came minutes after the open of Comex trading.  From that low, the silver price chopped unsteadily higher into the close. The high and low were recorded as $16.515 and $15.635 in the December contract, an intraday move of  a bit over 5 percent, which is the second day in a row that sort of intraday move has occurred. Silver finished the Friday session at $16.175 spot, down 28.5 cents from Thursday’s close.  Net volume was sky-high once again at 74,000 contracts, which was the same net volume as we had on Thursday. As you can tell, we’re back to being oversold in both these metals—and in crude oil, it appears that all attempts to break the price much below the $80/barrel mark haven’t been overly successful.  I would suspect that we’ve seen an important bottom in the price of WTIC as well—as Ted Butler pointed out in his quote above. As I ponder the big silver deposit that was made in SLV yesterday, which I just stumbled upon before I started on this paragraph, I thought it might be worthwhile to take a look at the tonnages held vs. the share prices of both GLD and SLV over the last six years.  Of course I thank Nick Laird for the charts. The HUI has lost almost 17 percent during the last three trading days of the week.  I haven’t kept track of the loses for the silver equities, but I’m sure they’re of the same magnitude. However, one serious question you should be asking yourself at this point is who the buyers are that are scooping up all these shares that John Q. Public and the mutual funds are selling in a blind panic?  Whoever they are, they have very deep pockets—and I would guess that they own a large chunk of the outstanding shares of most precious metal mining companies by now.  If not that, then at least almost all of the ‘float’ in each one—and it will be interesting to see how willing they are to sell on the next rally, if they sell at all. The CME Daily Delivery Report for Day 2 of the November delivery month showed that zero gold and 3 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.  Nothing to see here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Friday trading session showed that November open interest in gold is down to 55 contracts—and silver’s November o.i. is sitting at 119 contracts, down 45 contracts from Thursday’s report, after subtracting out Monday’s delivery. There were no reported changes in GLD—and as of 8:43 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either.  But when I checked back at 2:41 a.m. EDT this morning, I was amazed to see that an authorized participant had added 958,452 troy ounces of silver to SLV. Just think about that for a second.  Since its $17.40 spike high at the Comex open on Tuesday morning, to its $15.80 spot low around 8:25 a.m. EDT Friday morning, the silver price has been clubbed for $1.60.  Not only was no silver been removed from SLV during that time period—but the above amount was added.  We’ll see what SLV has to report on Monday and Tuesday, as there’s always some delay. It was another big sales day over at the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They reported selling 8,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—and 425,000 silver eagles. Assuming that October’s sales numbers aren’t revised on Monday, the U.S. Mint sold 67,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—21,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—5,790,000 silver eagles—and 400 platinum eagles during the month just past.  Based on these sales figures, the silver/gold ratio stands at 66 to 1. By the way, the 5.79 million silver eagles sold last month is the highest sales month of the year, at least so far.   Ted’s big buyer[s] has been gorging itself/themselves because, as I said the other day, these sales in no way represent actual consumer demand, which still remains quiet. But, having said that, our bullion store had one of its biggest sales day of the year on Friday.  I’m sure that was a scenario repeated all across North American during the last day or so. It was another decent day for gold over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.  They reported receiving 75,100 troy ounces of the stuff—and shipped out only 3,547 troy ounces.  The big receipt was at the HSBC USA depositories.  The link to that activity is here. In silver, there was nothing reported received, but 419,317 troy ounces were shipped out the door for parts unknown—and three quarters of that was out of the JPMorgan depository.  The link to that action is here. The Commitment of Traders Report, for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, was more or less what I expected, as there was slight improvement in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver. In silver, the Commercial net short position in the legacy COT Report declined by 436 contracts, or 2.18 million troy ounces.  The Commercial net short position now sits at 70.8 million troy ounces.  Ted Butler said that JPMorgan’s short-side corner in the Comex silver market remained more or less unchanged during the report week at 12,500 contracts, or 62.5 million ounces—which represents almost 90 percent of the total Commercial net short position. Under the hood in the Disaggregated COT Report, the Managed Money increased their record short position in silver to another new record, as they added 1,161 short contracts during the reporting week.  The unblinking non-technical funds that also reside in the Managed Money category, added another 344 contracts to their long positions, which now totals 40,577 contracts. In gold, the Commercial net short position in the legacy COT Report improved by 6,034 contracts, or 603,400 troy ounces.  Their short position now sits at 9.89 million troy ounces.  Ted said that it appeared that JPMorgan added about 2,000 contracts to their long-side corner in the Comex gold market—and they are now net long 18,000 contracts. Under the hood in the Disaggregated COT Report, the traders in the Managed Money category actually covered 1,994 contracts of their short position in gold, but they also sold 4,415 long contracts which more than made up for it. There were no  changes in the Managed Money in palladium—and in platinum the Managed Money sold 1,196 long contracts and added 530 short contracts. As I said in The Wrap in yesterday’s column, whatever minor improvements that appeared in Friday’s COT Report, would pale into insignificance compared to what that report would show if it were generated at the close of Comex trading yesterday. Without doubt we’re at a new record high short position in silver in the Managed Money category, along with improvements in the Nonreportable/small trader category as well. But, as Ted pointed out on the phone yesterday, the really big changes will show up in gold, as these same Managed Money traders dumped what was left of their long positions—and went massively to the short side. If we get past the Tuesday cut-off without a price incident to the upside, next Friday’s COT Report, along with the companion Bank Participation Report, should be one for the record books. So we wait. I don’t have all that many stories for you today—and some of which I’ve been saving for today’s column.  Some of the best absolute must read stories that I had been saving, ended up in the Critical Read section of my Friday missive, so if you didn’t get the opportunity to read them all yesterday, you have the remainder of the weekend to make amends. We are set up for violent price reversals to the upside for silver and for all the COMEX/NYMEX metals. Maybe the setup can get stretched out a little longer, but it looks stretched out enough to me by historical standards. We’ve gone too low in price on too many important commodities as a result of this stupid and manipulative machine trading. There’s a payback and a counter-reaction to the price distortions we’ve witnessed and it seems to me that the payback is at hand. I think the technical funds have been lulled into a sense of complacency, particularly in silver, by how easy the commercials have let them off the hook when they held extreme short positions recently. But just because the commercials have let the technical funds buy back shorts at prices close to upside penetrations of important moving averages previously, doesn’t mean that will always be the case.  Just because the technical funds think they will be able to buy back silver shorts near the $18 mark, that doesn’t necessarily make it so. The commercials can demand much higher prices before selling.  There will come a day when the commercials won’t be nearly as accommodative to the technical funds as they had been previously and that will be a great day for silver investors. That day seems at hand to me. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 29 October 2014 Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is from 1967—Canada’s centennial year—and I remember that event and this tune like it was yesterday, even though both happened 47 years ago.  Linda Ronstadt does the honours—and it was her first big hit.  The link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is something that I’ve posted before, but it’s been awhile, so I thought I’d revisit it today.  It’s the Élégie, Op. 24 composed by Gabriel Fauré back in 1880.  It was originally written for cello and piano—and the orchestral version of the work was premiered in 1901.  It was a smash hit.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a great video of it in either iteration, so I had to settle for the one linked here.   It’s the youtube.com video I posted last time, with Julian Lloyd Webber and Peter Pettinger.  The video quality isn’t great, but the audio track is wonderful.  Enjoy! Well, unless I’m entirely off base, we should be done to the downside in the precious metals.  Both gold and silver were taken down to lows that I, quite frankly, didn’t think were possible—especially in silver.  But as long as the Managed Money in the technical fund category are prepared to go short, that kept the down-side pressure in place—and that has certainly been the case since 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. And if silver prices remain low for any length of time, it’s Ted Butler’s opinion that a lot of primary silver producers will be out of business, despite whatever gold, zinc, lead and copper credits they’re getting. Here are the 6-month charts for gold, silver—and WTIC Cypress Development Corp. is a Canadian gold, silver and base metals exploration company developing projects in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada, and in Nevada, U.S.A. Cypress holds a 100% interest in the approximately 1140 acre Gunman Zinc-Silver Project located in White Pine County, northeast of Eureka, Nevada. Three RC drill programs totaling approx. 38,000 feet have been completed by Cypress on the Gunman project with significant grades between 5% to 33% per ton zinc and 0.5 to 15.0 oz per ton silver over considerable widths encountered. Zinc could represent the next big base metal play due to ongoing demand growth and the closures of 3 major mines in Canada, Australia and Ireland and not enough supply coming on stream from new projects. Sentiment could shift towards zinc, with prices potentially rallying in anticipation of tightening supplies. Please visit our website for more information.last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link Articles like this, Fox, GOP bashing are making her popular. To me it’s another woman to bash out there. Get off it, really…– Patricia Mainstream Media Refusing to Report on “Trump Bonus Checks”?The liberal news networks don’t want you to know about “Trump Bonus Checks”… Because it makes President Trump look good when American citizens are cashing monthly checks for $4,280, $6,344 and even an exceptional $8,181 per month! An interesting read as always. To be intellectually honest, much of what is said here concerning stupidity, the making of illusory promises, and failure to comprehend the results of actions also very much applies to Trump.– Phil (Only 250 memberships available) Those who joined now see total open combined gains of 309.8% on all 10 picks… PLUS, total combined minimum dividends of 78.5%. Today, we’re reposting Teeka’s webinar. BUT, we’re only making 250 “second chance” memberships available today. Click here to view the replay before memberships are filled and we take it back down again. Lock in your chance at an $80k a year income stream… The Black BoxI remember when I first sat in a self-driving car. It was October 2011, on NASA’s Ames Research campus in Mountain View, California. The car was one of Google’s earliest versions of its self-driving technology.It wasn’t pretty. The outside of the car was laden with large sensors, and the inside of the car was packed front to back with computing equipment. There was barely enough room for someone to sit in the driver’s seat.But only seven years later, the technology has progressed immensely.The Prius I mentioned above that drove over 3,000 miles without human intervention was outfitted with only seven cameras. Six were positioned outside the car in order to provide a 360-degree view, and one was inside facing the driver.Equally impressive was that the trip was made with only basic digital maps to work from. This is compared to the high-definition maps often used in self-driving vehicles, which are precise down to a few centimeters.What was the technology that enabled the self-driving Prius to make its cross-country trip? After all, it looked just like any other car.The answer is simple… Hidden in plain sight in the back of the car was a black box. It looked something like this.The Secret Hiding in the TrunkThis black box is the key. The black box makes use of a special type of software that is an essential part of self-driving cars. I’m talking about artificial intelligence, or AI.Contained within that black box was an advanced system powerful enough to take in the data from the Prius’ cameras, use AI to analyze the data, and drive the car and the passenger coast-to-coast safely.At this point, you may be wondering what AI has to do with self-driving cars.You see, the way autonomous cars will become dependable enough to function on public roads is through the use of AI.As these cars drive, they produce a massive amount of data. Just one autonomous vehicle is estimated to produce roughly 4,000 gigabytes of information a day. For perspective, the average high-definition (HD) movie has only 4 gigabytes of data.This data is then analyzed with AI and used to improve the car’s driving performance.That’s what allowed the Prius to drive cross-country. The car “learned” how to drive safely by analyzing millions of miles of data. That’s why I say AI is the key to the success of self-driving cars. They simply can’t operate without it.Artificial intelligence is what will ultimately bring self-driving cars to the masses.And it’s not just self-driving cars. AI is becoming increasingly essential to our modern lives. In fact, you’ve likely used AI without even knowing it. Teeka Tiwari’s 30-Day Crypto UpdateIt was just 30 days ago that Teeka Tiwari revealed his 2019 Crypto Outlook. Guess what’s happened since then? Your analysis of AOC’s IQ and the fact that you call her stupid is reflection of your own inadequacies. Who are you to judge others without factual knowledge? This is why America is in trouble, we operate out of ignorance and bigotry.Shame, shame, shame. – Joel How disappointing to see you write of AOC as “stupid” when you disagree with her. Bill Bonner wrote a similarly scathing article, putting her down for having been a waitress 18 months ago, and for wanting healthcare for all, free tuition, etc. It just goes to show, we all see through our own prisms. What I see is a motivated and idealistic young college graduate who works for a living, who does not deserve (that is, she has not yet really earned it!) the vitriol aimed at her. She is new to government – but so is our President. She has learning to do – and because she is new at this, some of those lessons are still in the future. At 29, did you know everything – or think you did? Because what I see is hope and enthusiasm for making lives better. She may be smarter than you think, to put out what you see as extreme ideas, when most experienced negotiations begin this way – knowing the pendulum will swing wildly both ways before settling somewhere in the middle.It’s precisely because she is so new at this that the criticism seems more that she is simply a new punching bag now that Hillary’s name has been worn out. Honestly, get a grip! While you may not agree with socialism – it’s not evil as fascism… now there is something to fear – recognize who is promoting THAT in our country. It isn’t AOC. – Amy —center_img Justin’s note: Technology expert and Silicon Valley insider Jeff Brown is one of our friends over at Bonner & Partners. He hears about the biggest tech trends – before they hit the mainstream media – and shares them with subscribers of his Near Future Report newsletter. He’s also known for pinpointing the No. 1 performing stock in the S&P 500 in 2016… and again in 2018. Not many people can say they recommended the biggest winner in two separate calendar years.In short, when Jeff is excited about a big story, I don’t ignore it. I pass it along as soon as I can.Today, Jeff shows us why self-driving cars are here to stay… and the piece of technology that will ultimately bring them to the masses. And as you’ll see, it’s not just for self-driving cars… this technology will soon become a crucial part of our everyday lives. Read on to learn why…By Jeff Brown, editor, The Near Future ReportLast October, a modified Toyota Prius drove itself 3,099 miles – from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the George Washington Bridge in Manhattan.There was a human in the driver’s seat, but he didn’t touch the steering wheel, gas, or brake pedals for the entire trip. The self-driving car drove itself the entire distance.If any readers are curious about the trip, have a look at the time-lapse video of the entire coast-to-coast journey here.This coast-to-coast, self-driving journey was the first of its kind. Yet it got little to no press.But make no mistake, this is a remarkable achievement. This sort of trip wouldn’t have been possible even just a few years ago.Today, I want to share with you the technology that made it possible, and show why it’s a trend that ought to be on every investor’s radar… – Tony One of your better papers. They are all good, this one was exceptional. You have expressed my thoughts far better than I. A few things: Recommended Link Everyday AIHave you ever purchased something by communicating with an Amazon Echo (Alexa)?Have you ever asked Apple’s Siri to look up a fact from the internet?Or maybe you’ve simply searched for something on Google.If you’ve done any of these things, you’ve already used AI. All of these devices and services make use of artificial intelligence.And AI is becoming a necessity in modern business. Companies like Bloomberg, Walmart, and even Johnson & Johnson are using AI on a daily basis.According to a November 2018 survey from McKinsey & Company, 47% of surveyed businesses said they had begun implementing artificial intelligence into their business. In 2017, that figure was only 20%.And according to a recent study by MIT’s Sloan Management Review, 85% of companies think AI will offer a competitive advantage.There will come a time soon that AI won’t just be advantageous to companies, it’ll be a necessity. In the next few years, a company that fails to adapt artificial intelligence into its business model would be akin to a company that doesn’t use the internet today. It will become obsolete.You get an idea of just how essential AI is becoming to corporations by looking at the amount of money companies are willing to pay to acquire AI startups.Increased investments into the AI and machine learning (ML) industry over the last few years has been staggering. Just have a look at the AI/ML acquisition value since 2015.In 2015, there was only $2.6 billion worth of acquisitions in AI/ML-focused tech companies. By 2017, that number had increased by 7x to an incredible $18.4 billion.Admittedly, 2017 was a bit of an outlier year due to Intel’s $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye.Mobileye was a major player in autonomous driving technology. It used machine learning for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), a precursor to self-driving cars.More telling to me, however, is what happened next.2018 saw $14.7 billion in acquisitions without any outliers like Mobileye. It represented 84% growth compared to 2016.However, when I look at these numbers, the actual number of acquisitions is an even stronger indicator than the dollar value…In 2018, we saw 241 individual acquisitions of AI/ML companies. That’s a 38% increase compared to 2017 and an increase of nearly 5x since 2015.I say that this is a stronger indication of activity because this is a relatively new industry. There just aren’t that many large, $15 billion AI companies around to acquire. Most of the activity is in smaller, early-stage companies that haven’t reached anywhere near $1 billion-plus valuations.That means that incumbent technology companies that want access to artificial intelligence technology and teams of engineers must go out and acquire these smaller companies.All told, the revenue from the AI market was estimated to be $7.4 billion in 2018. But that figure is expected to grow to $89.8 billion by 2025. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 42%.We have reached an inflection point with this technology. We are on the cusp of explosive growth. Few realize it, but in a matter of a few years, artificial intelligence will be as commonplace as the internet. We’ll look back and wonder how we got along without it.AI won’t just improve upon today’s technology. It will reinvent it.Regards,Jeff Brown Editor, The Near Future ReportP.S. There’s one more part of this story I wasn’t able to include above. Artificial intelligence will change our society just like the internet did two decades ago. Smart investors will make a fortune. But before AI and self-driving cars go mainstream, one more piece of tech needs to be completed. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the future of America’s economic dominance depends on this. Get the full story, and learn why this tech will be the biggest investment story of 2019, by watching this special presentation I just released.Reader MailbagReaders had a lot to say in response to Doug Casey’s thoughts on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…She is a naïve, radical utopian, socialist DOPE. It’s all about her looks. To me, she reminds me of a fast talking, slithering lizard. A pox on her and her ilk.– Yoav — Click Here before January 26 to see how to get a “Trump Bonus Check” with YOUR name on it! The mean IQ in the United States was 100 at one time. Today it is about 98 and dropping. The vast influx of immigrants from low IQ countries is depressing the mean IQ. I suspect it is about 95 at this time. Looking at the below link, you will note that many of the immigrants are coming from countries with average IQs of 85 and lower. I suspect that the immigrants are below average.While 2 points doesn’t seem like a “helluva” lot, when you look at the curve and look at the PERCENTAGE of folks now with below average IQ, it is alarming.It is said that the ability of a society to “advance” is driven by the number of very high IQ folks. The shape of the IQ curve dictates that the distance (number of standard deviations) out from the mean of those “high IQ” folks is further out. About 2% of the population is above 2 standard deviations, or 130 IQ with a mean IQ of 100. When you drop the mean 2 points, 130 IQ is 2.13 standard deviations away, and only 1.5% are above 130 IQ. That’s a 25% drop in “geniuses.” Really! We tax so much less than we did 50 years ago on the country’s wealthiest people. So why not do that again; we had less equality among workers, even the lowest paid worker could live a decent life on his/her salary, and had a more comfortable lifestyle for the majority of Americans. Wasn’t the U.S. a democracy then, even as it struggled with civil rights?Having lived twice in Europe, their equality among people appears greater for health care, for child care, for benefits for their own prison reform, for their education, which is free even for higher education. Would you label them all a dirty word of “socialist?”We must do better for our own people; taxes are the price for civilization, for equality, for infrastructure, for health care, for child care, for a living wage for everyone, for housing and on and on.WHY are you against that?– BettyAs always, if you have any suggestions, questions, or comments for the Dispatch, send them to us at feedback@caseyresearch.com.last_img read more

By Raya Al Jadir The only wheelchairuser to secur

first_imgBy Raya Al JadirThe only wheelchair-user to secure accreditation as a nightclub bouncer is fighting “discriminatory” new rules that have led to the loss of his licence, just as he is being recognised for three decades of community service.John Young is to be presented later this month with a British Citizen Award (BCA) – which recognises “individuals doing extraordinary things in the local community” – only weeks after being told he had lost his (pictured (SIA) licence because of new regulations.He had held his licence for six years, but it was downgraded in December because new rules state that a door supervisor must be able to escort a person up and down a flight of stairs and, if necessary, be able to restrain a customer.Although he has some martial arts training – has a blue belt in karate – he is unable to “sit on somebody”, as he says he would need to be able to do under the new rules, because of how long it would take to get out of his wheelchair safely.As a result, he can now work at retail locations such as Primark or Marks and Spencer, but not at licensed venues such as bars and nightclubs.SIA has told Young (pictured) it is looking at whether it will be able to make reasonable adjustments for him and other disabled people, but that any changes to its licensing rules are unlikely to be introduced until early 2017, because they would need to be approved by the home secretary.Even if that happens, he will have to complete another course – costing £240 – and resit his exams later in 2017 before he can resume his career.He said: “If a black or Asian or gay person can do the job, why can’t a disabled person? If you are not discriminating against others, why the disabled?”He said that “if SIA had their way then no disabled person would be able to apply for the licence in the future.“Given the right opportunity and reasonable adjustments being made, we can contribute to the economy.”He said his fight against SIA had been a “one-man crusade”, although he praised the support of his Conservative MP, Richard Harrington, and the Hertfordshire council-funded employment agency Work Solutions.An SIA spokesman said the organisation did not comment on individual cases, but was “committed to tackling equality and diversity issues”.He said: “Following a number of deaths and injuries involving physical intervention by door supervisors, we were directed by the Home Office to require all door supervision licence holders to obtain a top-up qualification on physical intervention when they renewed their licence in order to ensure public safety. “Those not wishing to take the top-up training are eligible instead to renew their licence as a security guard.” He said the top-up qualification “includes escorting and disengagement skills”, and added: “We understand that some door supervisors may not be able to complete the training that leads to the top-up qualification. “We are fully considering what steps can reasonably be taken to avoid the disadvantaging of disabled people, while at the same time ensuring the safety of members of the public.“Any proposals regarding amendments to our licensing criteria for disabled people would be subject to a consultation.”A Home Office spokesman said the department did not think there was anything it could add to the SIA statement.Young had wanted to join the armed forces as a child but was unable to do so because of his impairment.He decided instead to join the security industry, as it was “a way of serving the country and making it secure in some way”.He said: “I thought there are so many disabled people who spend huge amounts of money in pubs and nightclubs… so why not apply to security jobs and show people that disabled people like me can do the job.”He qualified after attending a college in Hertfordshire in 2009, where the only adjustment he needed was a scribe to write his answers for him, with his exam held in private with his own invigilator.Young, who also works as a disability awareness trainer, has been a member of the charity Bushey and Watford Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied (PHAB) since the age of 17, nearly 30 years ago.As a former chair of the club, which takes its members on activities such as bowling and rock-climbing, he has worked to improve access within the community and to promote PHAB’s work, as well as improving the outlook of young disabled people.He has also qualified as a disability athletics coach, and runs coaching sessions in the community.Young will be one of 33 recipients of a BCA medal of honour at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament next week.He said he was “elated” to be recognised with a British Citizen Award, and added: “It is a good thing to be recognised, but I don’t do it for the applause, I do it because it is something that needs doing for the good of the disabled community.”He said: “I do what I can do; I know that if my work will help me that it will also help many other disabled people.“My voice is not just my own, but it is for the disabled community. For me, it is about keeping disabled issues and disabled rights in the public domain and in the public interest.”He added: “Sometimes I feel like a third-class citizen when it comes to goods and services, and in 2016 you should not feel like that.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe decision of some disability charities to sign contracts that prevent them criticising the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is proof that they cannot be trusted to speak up on behalf of disabled people, according to grassroots activists.Last week, Disability News Service (DNS) reported that – in exchange for lucrative government contracts under the Work and Health Programme – some organisations have promised to “pay the utmost regard to the standing and reputation” of work and pensions secretary Esther McVey (pictured).They have also promised in the contracts that they will never to do anything that harms the public’s confidence in McVey or her department.So far, Shaw Trust, Leonard Cheshire Disability and RNIB have confirmed that they have signed contracts – either with DWP or with one of the five main Work and Health Programme contractors – that include clauses that prevent them bringing DWP and McVey into disrepute.Shaw Trust is itself one of the five main contractors and has signed up to DWP’s contract and its “publicity, media and official enquiries” clause.RNIB has signed agreements as a subcontractor with Shaw Trust that say that it must have “regard to the standing and reputation” of DWP, do nothing to bring McVey and her department into disrepute in delivering those contracts, and must not “attract adverse publicity” to them.But it is unclear whether the wider clause agreed by Shaw Trust and the other main contractors – which applies to all their “affiliates” – also applies to all their sub-contractors, including RNIB.Leonard Cheshire said this week that its involvement in the programme was “extremely limited” and restricted to providing support in two London boroughs, but admitted that there was “a clause in our contact with Ingeus related to actions that brings Ingeus/DWP into disrepute”.It insisted that the clause “would not affect what we say publicly on issues related to the DWP or wider campaigning” and that it had no other contracts with similar clauses.It has so far declined to share the clause with DNS.Other disability charities that appear to have agreed to act as key providers of services under the Work and Health Programme, such as Action on Hearing Loss and the Royal Association for Deaf People*, have refused to answer questions about the contracts and clauses they might have signed up to.Another, Turning Point, said that it had “in principle partnership agreements with a number of organisations delivering the programme to provide specialist support when and if needed” but had “not been presented with nor asked to comply with such a clause”.By noon today (Thursday), Turning Point had failed to say if it expected to sign contracts at some point, which contractors it had agreements with, and whether it was concerned about the presence of the clause in contracts signed by the main Work and Health Programme contractors.Other charities mentioned in the contract documents, including Mind, Rethink and Carers UK, made it clear this week that they had not signed any Work and Health Programme contracts.But a spokesperson for the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance – a network of disabled people and their organisations across England, whose members include Sisters of Frida, Equal Lives, Inclusion London and Disabled People Against Cuts – said the clauses were “further proof that disabled people cannot trust the charities to speak up for our best interests and that they put their financial interests ahead of the people they purport to represent.“Since 2010 the charities have consistently let themselves be used as cover by the government while they have continued to systematically dismantle our rights.“They have failed to speak out in any way that is appropriate given the severity of the situation we are facing.“Disabled people have many criticisms of the Work and Health Programme and the dangerous policies associated with it.“We can now add to that list that it is being used as a tool to buy silence.”There are major concerns about the Work and Health Programme, which is part of the government’s much-criticised Improving Lives work, health and disability strategy, with its “cruel and disastrous” emphasis on “work as a cure”, the placement of employment advisers in health services, and the continued use of benefit sanctions to “punish” disabled claimants.In the wake of last week’s report, DNS was contacted by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), both of which were keen to examine the clauses.But the Disability Benefits Consortium, whose 80-plus members include Action on Hearing Loss, Leonard Cheshire, and RNIB, and which often speaks out on DWP issues, failed to raise any concerns.Its co-chairs refused to say this week if they were concerned that the clauses could harm the ability of the consortium or its members to criticise the government.Laura Wetherly and Phil Reynolds, DBC’s co-chairs, insisted that the consortium was “independent” and does “not hesitate to call for change when it is needed”, and that the coalition itself “is not signed up to these clauses”.They added: “The DBC cannot speak for or comment on behalf of individual members.”When asked whether they and the consortium were concerned about the clauses, they refused to comment.Kristiana Wrixon, head of policy at ACEVO, said she had been concerned to read the DNS report, and said that her organisation was now seeking clarification on the purpose of the media clause from DWP.She said the clause in the contracts signed by the main providers was “ambiguous and therefore open to wide interpretation”.She said: “The Department for Work and Pensions should clarify the purpose of the clause and publicly reassure those involved in the delivery of the programme that it is not meant to restrict campaigning and advocacy activity.”NCVO refused to say if it was concerned about the clause but said that it would be talking with its members “about how they’re working with the clause”.*An earlier version of this story said that Down’s Syndrome Association had refused to answer questions from DNS. This was not correct. The charity did not receive two emails containing questions about the Work and Health Programme, due to a mistake made by DNS. The charity has made it clear that it does not have formal links with the DWP and has not been asked to sign any Work and Health Programme contracts. Apologies for the error.last_img read more

Cannabis Edibles Market Set to Quadruple in US Canada to 4B

first_img Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Download Our Free Android App Free Green Entrepreneur App Image credit: Ronen Tivony | NurPhoto | Getty Images –shares Add to Queue Cannabis Edibles Market Set to Quadruple in U.S., Canada to $4B Next Article Guest Writer Marijuana edibles have long been an area where rapid growth is anticipated. Now, a marijuana market research company has put a number to it: $4.1 billion.That’s the amount consumers in the United States and Canada are expected to spend on marijuana edibles by 2022, according to projections in a report from ArcView Market Research and BDS Analytics. It seems far from a pie-in-the-sky estimate considering consumers in both countries spent $1 billion on edibles in 2017. Marijuana edibles have moved so fast into the mainstream that they were named a food trend of the year for 2018 and have quickly created opportunities for entrepreneurs.  “Legal cannabis-derived edible products, from candy and chocolate to infused beverages, is a sector worth watching over the next few years,” the report stated. “It has become clear that the legal cannabis market is about much more than inhaling the smoke of smoldering cannabis flower.”Related: Marijuana Wins Big in the MidtermsKey TakeawaysOther than the stunning $4.1 billion number by 2022, highlights from the report’s other findings included the following.In Colorado, 64 percent of adult-use marijuana customers tried an edible; the number is 55 percent in CaliforniaEdibles are projected to grow from 12 percent to 14 percent of the total cannabis market by 2022, while flower drops from 50 percent to 36 percentEdibles’ share of the total cannabis market has already more than doubled, from 5.4 percent in 2011 to the current 12 percentWorldwide sales of cannabis-based products are expected to reach $32 billion by 2022 (it was $9.5 billion in 2017)All this signals opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs who want to get in early on what ArcView and BDS Analytics expect to become one of the biggest areas of growth in the adult-use cannabis industry. As the report notes, branding and standing out from competitors is easier with edibles, where individualized packaging and marketing can distinguish a brand on a dispensary shelf.Related: Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil: What’s the Difference?Attracting Big IndustryThe potential for edible marijuana sales already has attracted the attention of giants in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, according to a letter in the report from Tom Adams, the editor-in-chief of ArcView and managing director of BDS Analytics.He noted the several recent develops in the marijuana-infused beverage market. They include the $4 billion investment by Constellation Brands into Canada’s Canopy Growth Corp., the plan at Molson Coors Brewing Co. to develop a cannabis beverage and the fact Heineken NV’s Lagunitas brand already sells a non-alcoholic, THC-infused beverage.It’s even more impressive when considering that beverage sales make up only about 6 percent of edible cannabis sales in the U.S. Clearly, these companies see the potential for big growth. “That is clearly just the start of what will be a product innovation explosion as major CPG companies come rushing into the legal cannabis market in the years ahead,” Adams wrote.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Edibles 3 min read dispensaries.com Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 15, 2018 A new report sees the market for edibles growing from about $1B to $4B by 2022, apparently at the cost of smoked marijuana.last_img read more

Google Home Review The Assistant Steps Into Your Living Room

first_imgGoogle The Google Assistant was the big news from the company’s I/O conference earlier this year, but it took months for Google’s true Siri competitor to really arrive. First it was baked into the largely unnecessary Allo chat app, and then it showed up as a flagship feature on the new Pixel phones. Now Google Home is shipping, putting the Assistant a voice command away even when your phone is in your pocket.Its inspiration is obvious: The $129 Home directly takes on the Amazon Echo. Indeed, many of the features here are the same. But Google is betting that the vast amount of data it stores, combined with the vast amount of data it knows about its customers, can make for a more useful product. It’s a reasonable notion, but Home isn’t quite ready to deliver on the promise of “your own personal Google” just yet.SummaryGoogle Home is a great way to show off just how smart Google is, but it doesn’t feel like an essential experience yet. That’s mainly because it lags behind the Echo in terms of support for third-party services. That makes Echo a smarter buy if you want to control smarthome devices — but Home is a perfectly viable option for those who use lots of Google services.HardwareUnlike with a phone you carry every day, or a laptop you type on and stare at for hours, you probably won’t dwell much on the Home’s design. Still, it’s important that it be unobtrusive and inoffensive — otherwise you’re not going to want to put it out in the open, where it’ll work best. Fortunately, Home is small and relatively pleasant to look at, and it offers a few customization options to help you match it to your living space.Much like Google’s OnHub routers, Home is a contoured cylinder that reminds me of a wine bottle or flower vase. Its front is sloped, so you can see the array of LED lights that light up when you’re talking to the device. You can also tap that front panel to pause music, or run your finger around it in a circular pattern to adjust the volume. Or you can hold your finger on it momentarily to make it listen to your voice if you don’t feel like shouting the “OK Google” activation phrase.The upper two-thirds of the device are white, but the bottom contains a changeable “base.” Again, it’s similar to the OnHub, which has different “shells” you can swap out. The Home’s default accent is a gray fabric, but I also had a chance to try out a “marine” blue fabric and a copper metal case. They’re super-simple to pop out (and you get a peek at the internal speaker setup while you’re at it). Of course, you’ll need to shell out extra cash for another Home base. Those start at $20 a pop.Finally, there’s a button that turns off the microphone; the power cord goes into the bottom and is routed through a little opening on the back. All told, Google made a piece of hardware that most people won’t mind having out on a shelf or kitchen counter, and that’s the most important thing here.In useOK Google: What can Google Home actually do? That’s the most important question we need to answer in this review. First you’ll need to set up the device, but that’s a painless process, accomplished with the new Google Home app for iOS or Android. (The app already let you set up and manage your Chromecast devices, but it has since been renamed and expanded to include Google Home.) The software detects that you have a new Home device, connects to it, hooks it up to your local WiFi network and asks you to sign in with your Google ID.Once that’s done, you can start yammering away to your heart’s content. Saying either “OK Google” or “Hey Google” makes the speaker start listening for your query. But what can it do?The most obvious way to get started is by asking it the same sorts of things you might normally ask Google. What’s the weather outside? How about this weekend? You’ll need to say the command phrase every time you want to ask a follow-up question, but Home remembers the context of your conversation, so you can ask “When was Abraham Lincoln born?” and follow up with “When did he die?” and get the right answer.The list of things you can ask the Google Assistant is limited only by your imagination, and that’s one of Home’s biggest strengths. Amazon’s Alexa assistant has gotten smarter, but Amazon still doesn’t have access to the same breadth of information as Google. Alexa doesn’t understand context the way the Assistant does either. By comparison, Home and the Assistant are far more conversational.So you have access to just about everything Google knows — which includes everything Google knows about you. Provided you opt in, of course. But once you have, you can ask Google when your next flight is, or how long it’ll take you to get to work, or what the next appointment on your calendar is. You can ask Home to add things to a shopping list, and that list will then show up in the Google Keep app.There’s a nifty feature where you can ask Home to tell you about your day and it’ll give you commute info, your first appointment, the weather and any reminders you have set before jumping into a news broadcast. You can choose whether or not you want to hear this broadcast and then pick exactly where you want that news to come from. I have NPR and AP Radio news selected, but there are several dozen options, grouped into different categories. If, for instance, you’d rather hear sports and health news or a rundown of the latest in technology news (I should probably sign up for that one), you can.Meet the Google Home appIt’s great that Home can access info in your Google account, but there are a few catches. Even though anyone can shout “OK Google” and start talking to Home, the device can link with only one Google account at a time. So a spouse or roommate is out of luck in terms of getting any personalized information about their day. This presumably will extend to being able to send text messages from Home, a feature that Google has shown off but hasn’t released yet. Also, some things that you’d expect to work right out of the box, like adding appointments to your calendar, surprisingly don’t.Since you can use only one Google account at a time, you’ll potentially need to choose between your home and work accounts. Most of my schedule is contained in my work account, but I use my home account for just about everything else. This means it’s basically impossible to get Home to tell me my next appointment. Hopefully, in the future, Home will let you include multiple Google accounts — either for a single person or so that multiple people in the house can make the most of the device.It’s worth noting, though, that regardless of the use case, Google Home’s voice recognition is excellent. Rarely did it misinterpret what I was asking (though it confused “play U2” with “play YouTube”), and ambient background noise didn’t throw it off. Home reliably woke from sleep and responded to whatever I was saying. I’m not surprised, given how good Google’s voice recognition is on the company’s other products, but it’s particularly important here.Music and entertainmentJust like on the Echo, Google Home’s speaker is good for more than just talking — it’s also a handy way to play music and podcasts. For now, Home works with Spotify, YouTube Music, Pandora and Google Play Music. That isn’t a ton of options, but given that Spotify is the market leader (and Apple Music isn’t likely to work with Google Home any time soon), I can’t really complain. You can even use Home with multiple services, but one will have to be set as the default.Once you’re set up, Home recognizes a wide variety of music commands. You can ask it to play specific songs, artists or albums. With both Spotify and Google Play Music, I was able to name playlists in my library and have it play them back; GPM’s stations work just as well. You can simply tell the device to “play some new music” and it’ll select an appropriate playlist, tell you its name and start it up. Genres and even more vague descriptors work — I asked Home to “play me some music good for focusing” and it started up the “Electronic Focus” station from GPM (my default service).Once playback has started, you can ask Home to tell you more info about the song — but, sadly, you can’t ask it to add songs to a playlist or give them a thumbs-up. That’s one missing feature I hope Google can fix, because otherwise new songs I hear and enjoy are just going to float past me into the ether, never to be heard again.The only potential catch here is Home’s speaker quality. It’s loud enough to fill an average-sized living room with sound, but it’s certainly not going to power a party. The speaker isn’t stereo and lacks much of a low end, despite the two passive “radiators” meant to increase bass performance. It mainly seems suited to solo listening, or to have light background music on while entertaining. Initially, I was impressed with the sound quality for such a small device — but that was before I compared it with my Sonos Play:1, which was superior in every way. However, for most people, Home is just as good as an average Bluetooth speaker, which means it’s still useful.While Home may lack the sound quality I crave, it makes up for it with convenience. After a few days of asking Home to play me various albums and playlists, going back to managing my music with the clunky Sonos app felt like a chore. I was almost infuriated I couldn’t ask the speaker to pause for a moment or turn its volume down. And the good news is that Home plays with Google’s ecosystem of Chromecast devices, so if you have a pair of good speakers, you can just add the $35 Chromecast Audio and start telling Home to play music through that rather than its own internal speaker. I’m already dreaming of setting up a few pairs of nice speakers with Chromecast Audio and having a multi-room, voice-connected music system.If you have audio apps on your phone or tablet that work with Google’s Casting technology, you can use Home as a destination speaker and start playing audio there as well. And Home can control video Chromecast devices too, although support for that feature is rather limited as of launch. You can ask Home to start playing cute puppy videos, for example, and it’ll open up YouTube and start a relevant video. But asking it to play TV shows from Netflix, Hulu or even Google Play videos doesn’t work yet. Google says support for third-party Cast apps is coming at some point, but for now it’s far more limited than I had hoped.Smart home/third-party integrationThe last piece of the puzzle is what Google Home can do beyond just accessing Google information. Out of the box, Home can control smart home devices from Nest, Philips Hue and SmartThings, and you can use IFTTT “recipes” to expand Home’s capabilities as well. I unfortunately have a pretty dumb home, though, so I wasn’t able to give this a shot.While Home works with some of the biggest smarthome options out there, it lags behind Echo. The Echo has a distinct advantage in that regard — it’s been on the market for much longer, which means Amazon has had more time to strike deals with more manufacturers. Echo works with WeMo, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon and Ecobee, in addition to Nest and Hue. If you’re looking to have a centralized voice assistant to run your home, Amazon’s option is the better choice right now.It’s a similar story with third-party services (or “skills,” as Amazon calls them). Over the past few years, the developer community has embraced the Echo to a surprising degree, and there are now tons of third-party commands that work on Amazon’s speaker, with more coming every week. It’s something Google can’t match just yet. The company definitely has ambitions to open up the Assistant and let you do things like book restaurant reservations through OpenTable or buy movie tickets on Fandango, but those features aren’t live yet. You can book a car through Uber once you link your account, but that’s about it right now (outside of the aforementioned integration with streaming services like Spotify and TuneIn).The competitionIf you’ve made it this far, it should be obvious who Google Home’s main competition is. Amazon’s Echo devices are time-tested and have a vast amount of third-party support at this point. Google Home undercuts the full-size Echo ($129 vs. $180), but the tiny and excellent Echo Dot only costs $50.It comes down to how invested you are in Google’s ecosystem and how patient you can be. I have no doubt that Home will see expanded third-party support down the line, but right now the selection is limited. Still, Home knows way more about your world than the Echo, thanks to Google’s massive knowledge graph. And on the other hand, if managing a smart home is more interesting to you, Amazon’s Echo has the advantage.Wrap-upGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai wants to “build a personal Google for each and every user,” and the Google Assistant (and therefore Home) are key to that mission. But it’s not there yet. Yes, Google Home knows some basic info about me, but it doesn’t know quite enough to make me feel like it’s my own personal Google. Nor does it have the third-party services that’ll really let me customize the device to fit my home and my needs. If I had some compatible smart-home products and a handful of Chromecast devices, Google Home would be much more appealing.Right now, however, it’s little more than a toy. It’s fun and occasionally very convenient to ask it questions and have it perform simple tasks, but it’s hardly an essential part of my life. But Google Home is worth keeping an eye on — it will almost certainly be more capable in three months (or even three weeks) than it is now. If you’re someone who loves tapping into Google’s mighty store of knowledge, don’t sleep on Google Home. Just as the Echo got smarter and more valuable over time, I expect the same will happen here. And if you’ve already bought into Google’s ecosystem, this might indeed be the home assistant for you. This story originally appeared on Engadget Next Article 14 min read Google Home Review: The Assistant Steps Into Your Living Room Image credit: Google via engadget Senior Editor at Engadget Nathan Ingrahamcenter_img OK Google, what can Home do for me? Add to Queue –shares November 3, 2016 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

NGDATA Enables Marketers to Design and Deliver DataDriven Individualised Campaigns in Minutes

first_imgIntelligent Engagement Platform unlocks the power of personalisation for every marketer – no data science degree neededNGDATA announces a new platform that transforms marketers’ ability to tailor campaigns to individual consumers, enabling them to set up data-rich, insight-driven customer campaigns in minutes rather than weeks.NGDATA’s Intelligent Engagement Platform (IEP) has been engineered to overcome the challenges of turning huge volumes of data into individually tailored campaigns which create a unique experience for each customer.Traditionally many organisations have struggled to stitch together data from various sources to gain a true picture of consumers. What’s more, brands often lack the tools needed to connect every customer interaction across a growing range of channels, making it difficult if not impossible to adapt interactions with timely and accurate data. Finally, businesses in every sector are facing a chronic shortage of data science skills needed to turn data into actionable insight that result in revenue.Marketing Technology News: Blis Expands Into the Netherlands With First HireThe Intelligent Engagement Platform enables any marketer to supercharge their omni-channel interactions with rich and comprehensive insight on the unique Customer DNA of each individual. The IEP provides a simple and intuitive user interface that enables marketers to design and manage holistic, contextualised and individually-relevant campaigns at the push of a button. An evolution of the NGDATA CDP (Customer Data Platform) product, the IEP builds on these capabilities to further develop self-service analytics, orchestration capabilities and ‘out of the box’ use cases to facilitate faster time to market.“Customers expect a highly personalised relationship with brands, but all too often businesses are drowning in data and unable to get the right message to the right person at the right time,” said Doug Gross, CEO at NGDATA. “Turning data into insight has traditionally been a job for specialists, and it can typically take around a week to set up a new customer-focused campaign with all the relevant metrics.“NGDATA’s Intelligent Engagement Platform makes it simple and fast for any marketer, even those without data and technical skillsets, to design and implement customer-centric campaigns for a huge range of use cases to deliver on marketing goals. What we’ve added with the IEP is an intuitive push-button approach to using this insight to achieve specific goals.”Marketing Technology News: Shoppers Take Center Stage in the 2019 Retail Systems Research Report on eCommerce Website PerformanceThe new capabilities enable marketers to set up and manage individualised customer experiences in minutes, and to visualise audiences and measure consumer sentiment in real-time. They can also refine metrics as they go, ensuring the most accurate, relevant and timely experiences are recommended automatically by the IEP. The extensive possibilities presented by the IEP include ‘out of the box’ solutions to solve common marketing pain points, such as: driving customer acquisition in financial services, increasing the average transaction value in retail, and running customer retention and loyalty programmes in telecoms and hospitality contexts.Geert Van Mol, CDO at Belfius, one of Belgium’s top ten banks and long-standing NGDATA customer, adds: “The new NGDATA platform will put customer analytics and AI in the hands of our marketers and will help our marketing organisation to play in a whole new league by delivering the most effective and hyper-personal customer engagement in real-time on a daily basis”.Marketing Technology News: Mongolia’s Mongolsat Networks Optimizes Multi-Screen Video Delivery with Verimatrix and moTV.euNGDATA’s Intelligent Customer Engagement Platform is centred on three core capabilities:Unified Customer View, that provides a holistic, contextualized Customer DNA.Real-Time Omni-Channel 1:1 Interactions, enabling marketers to supercharge channel and execution systems with real-time actionable insights into individual customers, thereby maximizing targeting precision.Self-Service Analytics and Machine Learning, including capabilities such as audience clustering and lookalike modelling to discover, analyse and predict emerging opportunities from customer data. This enables marketers to deliver more relevant customer experiences.Marketing Technology News: Study: Consumers Reject Brands That Advertise on ‘Fake News’ and Objectionable Content Online NGDATA Enables Marketers to Design and Deliver Data-Driven, Individualised Campaigns in Minutes, Not Weeks PRNewswireJune 18, 2019, 3:10 pmJune 18, 2019 customer engagementDoug GrossIntelligent EngagementMarketing TechnologyNewsNGDATA Previous ArticleSalesforce Research: State of Connected Customer Redefines Customer ExperiencesNext ArticleAppTek and yellaUmbrella Announce Systems Integration Partnership to Provide Market-Leading Tools for Media Localizationlast_img read more

Webbased caffeine optimization tool designs effective strategies to maximize alertness

first_imgAccording to the authors, caffeine is the most widely consumed stimulant to counter the effects of sleep deprivation on alertness. However, to be safe and most effective, the right amount must be consumed at the right time.Last year at SLEEP 2018 in Baltimore, Reifman presented data comparing the algorithm with the caffeine dosing strategies of four previously published experimental studies of sleep loss. The current study extended his team’s previous work by incorporating the automated caffeine-guidance algorithm in an open-access tool so that users can input several factors: the desirable peak-alertness periods within a sleep/wake schedule, the minimum desirable level of alertness, and the maximum tolerable daily caffeine intake.Related StoriesA cup of coffee could be the key to tackling obesity and diabetesEnergy drinks may increase blood pressure and risk of electrical disturbances in heartCaffeine may cause problems for individuals with anxiety disorderWith this added capability, the 2B-Alert Web 2.0 tool now allows users to predict the alertness of an “average” individual as a function of his or her sleep/wake schedule and caffeine schedule. It also enables users to automatically obtain optimal caffeine timing and doses to achieve peak alertness at the desired times.This freely available tool will have practical applications that extend beyond the realms of the military and the research lab, noted Reifman.”For example, if you pull an all-nighter, need to be at peak alertness between, say, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and desire to consume as little caffeine as possible, when and how much caffeine should you consume?” he said. “This is the type of question 2B-Alert was designed to answer.”The research abstract was published recently in an online supplement of the journal Sleep and will be presented Wednesday, June 12, in San Antonio at SLEEP 2019, the 33rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS), which is a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society.Source:American Academy of Sleep MedicineJournal reference:Reifman, J. et al. (2019) 2B-Alert Web 2.0: An Open-access Tool to Determine Caffeine Doses That Optimize Alertness. Sleep. doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsz067.323 Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 8 2019A web-based caffeine optimization tool successfully designs effective strategies to maximize alertness while avoiding excessive caffeine consumption, according to preliminary results from a new study.Using multiple sleep-deprivation and shift-work scenarios, the researchers generated caffeine-consumption guidance using the open-access tool 2B-Alert Web 2.0, and then they compared the results with the U.S. Army guidelines. Their analysis found that the solutions suggested by the quantitative caffeine optimization tool either required on average 40% less caffeine or enhanced alertness by an additional 40%. Our 2B-Alert Web tool allows an individual, in our case our service members, to optimize the beneficial effects of caffeine while minimizing its consumption.”Principal investigator Jaques Reifman, Ph.D., a Department of the Army Senior Research Scientist for Advanced Medical Technology, serving at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command at Ft. Detrick, Marylandlast_img read more

Jack Ma says Alibaba doing a lot of research on driverless cars

E-commerce giant Alibaba is steering resources towards driverless car technology, its CEO Jack Ma confirmed on Thursday, joining a global race to shape the future of driving. 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. Despite fresh safety fears after a woman was hit and killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle in the US last month, many tech giants like Google as well as automakers are accelerating plans in an industry attracting billions of dollars.The competition is heating up in China, the world’s largest car market, with internet firm and Alibaba rival Baidu recently predicting that self-driving vehicles will hit the road in the country within three to five years.Both Baidu and Chinese tech giant Tencent are pursuing the technology, stirring speculation about Alibaba’s plans.”We’ve been doing a lot of research on driverless things,” Ma told reporters on Thursday while on a business trip to Bangkok.”What we want to do is (figure out) how we can make the cars more automatic, more friendly, more like a partner of human beings rather than just a driving tool,” he said. Ma was speaking at a press conference in Bangkok after signing agreements with the Thai government, including a more than $300 million investment in a “digital hub” in eastern Thailand aimed at connecting regional markets.”I believe our children will only work four hours a day and four days a week or maybe three days a week, but they still will tell us they are very busy. Why are they busy? They are in cars,” he added.Ma did not elaborate on the company’s plans but said the purpose was not to commercially compete with rivals Tencent and Baidu.Chinese authorities approved regulations this month to allow for local driverless road tests, according to state-backed media, which reported on Wednesday that Alibaba was adding staff to work on the technology.Self-driving cars hold the promise of being more attentive and quicker to react than humans at the wheels, while also allowing people to use travel time more productively or pleasantly. Alibaba founder Jack Ma said his compnay is doing research on driverless cars © 2018 AFP Explore further China to see driverless cars in ‘3-5 years’: Baidu Citation: Jack Ma says Alibaba ‘doing a lot of research’ on driverless cars (2018, April 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-jack-ma-alibaba-lot-driverless.html read more

Student charged in elaborate digital money theft scheme

first_imgIn this May 31, 2016 photo, Joel Ortiz, center, poses for a photo with Mayor Marty Walsh, left, and public schools Superintendent Tommy Chang, right, during a luncheon for public schools valedictorians in Boston. Ortiz, who studies information technology at University of Massachusetts, Boston, was arrested on July 12, 2018, at Los Angeles International Airport, on suspicion of using his tech skills to hack victims’ personal cell phones and steal millions of dollars in digital currency. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via AP) Citation: Student charged in elaborate digital money theft scheme (2018, August 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-boston-student-accused-millions-digital.html Joel Ortiz was taken into custody July 12 at Los Angeles International Airport ahead of a flight to Boston, according to prosecutors. The 20-year-old faces more than two dozen charges including grand theft, identity theft and computer hacking, court documents show. He’s held on $1 million bail.The Santa Clara County, California, public defender’s office, which is representing Ortiz, declined comment. A number listed for his home in Boston was disconnected.The elaborate scheme involved taking over victims’ phones, allowing him to reset passwords and access online accounts containing electronic assets in the form of Bitcoin, Coinbase, Bittrex and Binance, the criminal complaint said.In one case Ortiz allegedly walked into an AT&T store and impersonated a victim in order to get a new SIM card, which gave him control of the victim’s phone. He obtained access to the victim’s “financial and personal identifying information, tax returns, private passwords” and siphoned $10,000 from a cryptocurrency account, according to police report.In several instances Ortiz allegedly impersonated victims over text messages and convinced friends and family members to “loan” him digital funds, court documents said.At one point Ortiz allegedly stole $10,000 from a California resident, and then tried to get more, calling the victim’s wife and sending a text to the victim’s daughter that said “TELL YOUR DAD TO GIVE US BITCOIN,” the documents said.Court documents identify more than 20 victims who live in California, and prosecutors say they know of additional victims outside of the state.Ortiz enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Boston and studies information technology, said school spokesman DeWayne Lehman.Ortiz was the 2016 valedictorian of Another Course to College, a small public college preparatory school in Boston, and was honored alongside other top students across the city at a luncheon that year with Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh and other officials at a downtown hotel.At his school, Ortiz was the lead robot software programmer on its robotics team, taught other students the basics of software coding and “led efforts to teach computer science,” according to a Boston Public Schools’ press release touting the students’ accomplishments.The school system said Ortiz “loves science and technology,” is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational Chinese.Boston Public Schools spokesman Daniel O’Brien declined to comment. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. A Massachusetts college student who was named his high school’s valedictorian for his savvy tech skills hacked into unsuspecting investors’ personal cellphones, email and social media accounts to steal at least $2 million in digital currency like Bitcoin, according to documents provided by California prosecutors Wednesday.center_img US charges Iranian over ‘Game of Thrones’ HBO hack 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.last_img read more