Saul tips Griezmann for Ballon dOr

first_imgAtletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has backed fellow teammate and France superstar Antoine Griezmann to land the prestigious Ballon d’Or.Griezmann was included on the 30-man shortlist for the coveted individual prize, having finished third for the award in 2016.The 27-year-old enjoyed a successful campaign with the Rojiblancos netting 29 goals in 2017-18 as his team won the Europa League and helped Les Bleus to win the World Cup title.Saul believes Griezmann deserved to win the Ballon d’Or, ahead of Madrid’s Luka Modric who is still seen as the favourite.“I wish. He would be a fair winner for me,” the Atletico midfielder told RNE on Tuesday.Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona, Real MadridLionel Messi would accept Cristiano Ronaldo’s dinner invite Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Lionel Messi revealed he would have no problems accepting long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s surprise invitation to dinner sometime.“Atletico Madrid are growing and are doing so partly thanks to Griezmann. He doesn’t have the numbers of Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi, but he makes us play and score goals – for his club and the national team.”Saul also defended Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who was booed by fans earlier this season.Atletico sit third in the La Liga table, just a point behind leaders Sevilla after an even start to the season in Spain’s top flight.“With everything he has done and everything he is doing, the doubts are unthinkable,” Saul said.last_img read more

Murder again in Nassau three shot in armed robbery – one dies

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 11, 2017 – Nassau – Police are searching for the suspects responsible for a shooting incident that has left one male dead and two others injured on Sunday, 10th December, 2017.   According to reports, shortly before 1:00pm three (3) men were working at a construction site on Shirley Street when they were approached by two men, one armed with a firearm, who demanded cash and shot two of the workers.   The third worker was gun butted before the suspects fled on foot.   One of the victims was pronounced dead on the scene while the other two men were taken to hospital and are listed in serious condition. Investigations are ongoing.Shortly before 9:00am on Sunday, 10th December, 2017 Officers from the Mobile Division were on routine foot patrol on Bimini Avenue off Market Street, when they observed a male acting in a suspicious manner.The officers conducted a search of the male and found a quantity of marijuana. The male was arrested and is expected to be charged later this week#MagneticMediaNews#anothermurderinNassau#threeshotinrobbery Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#anothermurderinNassau, #magneticmedianews, #threeshotinrobberylast_img read more

Barcelona will support Dembele says general manager

first_imgThe 21-year-old is being criticized because he has problems with punctuality and was sick during the weekendDuring the week, France national team manager Didier Deschamps was honest and said that Ousmane Dembele had problems with punctuality.The 21-year-old was also sick this weekend and did not appear in Barcelona’s match against Real Betis.But now the Blaugrana general manager Pep Segura has come out in defense of the youngster.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“There’s no problem with Dembele,” Segura was quoted by ESPN in a talk with radio Cadena Ser.“It’s a normal situation for a young player with a lot of talent who has arrived at a club as big as Barca, full of great players. He had never experienced that before and there’s an adaptation process that he has to go through.”“He’s really young and he’s never had to get up to adjust to a playing style like ours. We admit he’s finding it difficult. He also recognizes that. What we are doing is working as hard as possible so that he can adapt in the best possible way,” he added.“As of today we have no offers for Dembele and we have no plans to change the structure of the squad.”last_img read more

Cook Inlet Energy Fined 50000

first_imgAccording to documents filed by the AOGCC in a letter dated on December 18, 2017, CIE notified the AOGCC that the well was exhibiting excess pressure in the well’s inner annulus while injecting water. Excess pressure in the inner annulus can potentially cause fluid leaks. No injury to the public occurred. However, the potential wellbore failure posed an obvious threat to both public health and the environment, according to the AOGCC. According to the AOGCC, CIE operated the new well for roughly six months without notifying the AOGCC after it started continuous injections on July 1, 2017. The fine was issued as two separate $25,ooo fines; one for for failing to notify AOGCC when a well, on the Osprey oil platform, showed “significant pressure anomalies”. The second was for failing to test a new injection well. The Osprey Platform, or the Redoubt Unit is located  on the west side of Cook Inlet. AOGCC regulations require notification by the next working day if an injection rate, operating pressure observation, or pressure test indicates pressure communication or leakage in any casing, tubing, or packer. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission issued a $50,000 fine to Cook Inlet Energy, for failing to report a pressure communication and required mechanical integrity test. A review of the well history done by the AOGCC showed that the CIE was operating the new well without passing an AOGCC-witness post-injection mechanical integrity test.last_img read more

Who Will Replace French at Penton

first_imgSEE RELATED: French’s memoIt’s been a few hours since John French announced to staffers through an internal memo that he was stepping down as CEO of Penton Media, yet industry observers have already begun speculating about who will succeed him at the helm of one of the biggest b-to-b publishers in the country.In the memo, French indicated that he will stay on as a member of Penton’s board of directors and will remain CEO until a replacement is made. A Penton spokesperson told FOLIO: that the search is set to begin, and that while the company “will explore all of its options,” the focus will be on external candidates.“I think they’ll look at combination of people with business media and information experience and also people who have deep experience in nontraditional b-to-b media, including e-media,” says Oakstreet Media CEO, and former Penton CEO, Tom Kemp. “Are they going to look at someone like [Jordan, Edmiston Group managing director] Michael Marchesano? Who knows? Whoever the replacement is will be a surprise, I think.” “Looking around, there doesn’t seem to be too many options,” says another industry source who wished to remain anonymous. “Who’s out there now, and available, who would be interested in running a large multi-vertical, print centric publishing company like Penton? It’s not clear.”Another source said it’s possible—perhaps likely—that Penton will reachoutside the ranks of print-centric b-to-b media and seek an executivewith an interactive media experience. If so, Penton would be attemptinga move that has almost always failed in the past. In the late-1990s, ahandful of b-to-b media companies brought in e-centric executives, mostnotably Cahners Publishing, which hired Marc Teren. Teren left after abrief and apparently stormy tenure.Tough Job, Tough Year Whoever gets the job will be inheriting a company that has gone through a number of dramatic changes this year. Early last month, Penton laid off 42 staffers in an effort to reduce costs. In April, French called for salary and hiring freezes, and has launched a company-wide revenue reforecast for the remainder of 2008.The company-wide reforecasting is ongoing, according to the Penton spokesperson.“Media in general right now is going through huge secular changes as it transitions from traditional properties to digital, which is complicated by tough economic times,” Kemp says. “From Penton to Ziff Davis Media to Hachette, you name it—being a CEO of any traditional media company these days is a tough job.”Where Did It Go Wrong? Meanwhile, there is speculation about precisely why Wasserstein and French decided to part ways. The company’s revenue shortfalls are well-known, thanks to French’s memos to employees. What is less well known, one source said, is the trouble the company is having in the back-office services area. When Penton merged with Prism Business Media, the internal goal was to save approximately $10 million in support services such as accounting and circulation. “They’ve had problems integrating the business,” the source said. “They shut down accounting in Overland Park, Kansas, and fired all the people there. They tried to do a huge merger too quickly just to get the cost savings. And it’s been a mess. That’s what you don’t hear. Internal management can’t get the information they need to run the business.”last_img read more

PIC Deepika Padukone Ranveer Singh lock lips onstage picture goes viral

first_imgInstagramBollywood’s power couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have been flying high and how! The duo not only has given probably their career-best performance last year (Ranveer Singh as Khilji and Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini in Padmaavat) but, also have established themselves as the most sought after stars in the filmy world.Right when their films had released, the industry had predicted that this year all the awards would belong to the two of them and rightly so! As the award season has begun so has the two taking home some shining awards.At the recently held Vimal Filmfare awards, Ranveer Singh won the best actor award. Deepika Padukone handed him the trophy to which, Ranveer Singh said, “This Black Lady (award) is very special to me, but this lady (Deepika) is the most special lady to have ever happened to me, I love you, are you proud of me?” He further added, “I dedicate this award to my nani as it was my nani as favourite character. One day I called my sister and asked what nani is doing, she said that nani is on terrace doing her favourite thing that is watching Padmavaat.”Ranveer won the award for playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat which went through a lot of controversies before its release. Ayushmann Khurrana won the Best Actor (Critics) award for Andhadhun. Despite a superlative performance, Deepika Padukone lost out to Alia Bhatt who won the Best Actress award for Raazi. Neena Gupta won the Best Actress award (Critics) for Badhai Ho.Alia Bhatt too proclaimed her love for Ranbir Kapoor while accepting the award. Bhatt called Ranbir her ‘special one’ and blew a kiss at him. Ranbir was left blushing with Alia’s special gesture of love.last_img read more

Jessore man kills self over conjugal dispute

first_img-A young man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house over conjugal dispute at Itta village in Manirampur upazila on Saturday afternoon.Family sources said Sanjit Das Babu, 30, son of Dhiren Das, a resident of Itta village, had been at a conjugal feud with his wife. Sanjit used to work at Manirampur upazila post office.Following the dispute, his wife has recently left the house and gone to her father’s house.On Saturday, as Sanjit didn’t wake up after 12:00 pm despite making repeated calls by the family members, the house inmates entered his room breaking the door only to find Sanjib hanging with the ceiling.The body was sent to hospital morgue for autopsy, said sub-inspector Ruksana of Manirampur police station, adding that an unnatural death case was filed in this connection.last_img read more

New Exhibit Puts A Face On Hunger

first_img 00:00 /02:29 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Michael NyeKathy, a subject in Michael Nye’s exhibit, “About Hunger and Resilience.”They all have different stories, but there’s one common thread: Pepper, Alejandro and Kathy have all gone hungry at some point during their lives.  “I know exactly what hunger is. It’s doing without.”“It’s like you have a lion in your stomach that wants to be fed.”“It destroys your will. You look in the mirror and you don’t know who you are.”They’re three of 42 people who are the subjects of a new exhibit at the Health Museum. Over the course of four years, artist Michael Nye spent two to three days with each person, recording their stories.  “Stories may not feed people,” Nye says. “But they shine a light, I think. And they can do something.”In the exhibit, visitors can listen to excerpts of the conversations through a pair of headphones while looking at Nye’s black and white portraits of the people he interviewed. Most of their facial expressions are austere, even solemn.– / 6For Brian Greene, the show hits close to home. He works to help hungry people on a daily basis as president of the Houston Food Bank.“You see the exhibit and these are real people,” Greene says. “And they’re good people. They have a story. You get that message when you actually see their faces, you see their eyes, and you hear their stories in their own words.”The opening of the exhibit is timely. Summertime is “Hunger Season” because the hunger rate goes up dramatically for children.“During the school year, so many of the low income children are participating in the school lunch and breakfast program,” Greene explains. “Only a tiny fraction are participating in any summer food service program.”Based on Census Bureau figures, Greene says about 66,000 people in Greater Houston suffer from hunger. About 5,000 are children.The show also proves there are misconceptions about who’s hungry. It’s not always the guy on the side of the street holding a sign. The subjects range from young adults to senior citizens and many do have homes.  Green says he encountered many elderly people who’d fallen on hard times.“They couldn’t keep it together, their Social Security wasn’t enough,” he says. “I found a lot of people losing their jobs, living paycheck to paycheck.”He calls his work About Hunger and Resilience. It’s on display at the Health Museum through August 31st. X Listen Sharelast_img read more

Chimp study shows evidence of synaesthesia

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Common chimpanzee in the Leipzig Zoo. Image credit: Thomas Lersch, via Wikipedia. The idea was to see if chimps associate high noises with light colored objects, as people tend to do, and low noises with dark colored objects. To find out, they trained six chimps to sit in front of a computer monitor and to play a matching game. In the game, three squares are displayed, a single small one in the center of the screen and two larger ones above it. The larger squares are identical except that they are either black or white. To get a treat, the chimp must correctly identify, by touch, which of the two larger squares matches the color of the smaller one. Then to test for synaesthesia they randomly played either a high noise or a low one while the chimp was trying to choose. The test was run over and over with the small square being shown for a very short period of time. Play A human participant and chimpanzee Ai performing the task. After tallying up the results, the researchers found that the chimps did slightly better (93% versus 90%) at choosing the right colored square when matching white squares with high notes and black ones with low. This, the researchers say, shows that chimps do have some innate sense of synaesthesia.These results by themselves may not by themselves truly answer the question of whether chimps really do have some degree of synaesthesia, but they do add to the body of research on the topic, all of which suggests that such abilities are innate, rather than learned, which means that such abilities may hold the key to explaining why humans developed complex speech and chimps and other animals have not.At any rate, after finishing up with the chimps, the team did the same study with humans, but because the volunteers were so accurate at choosing the right square, they weren’t able to draw any real conclusions regarding synaesthesia, but they did find that people seem to choose more speedily when the tones “matched” the colors displayed. Citation: Chimp study shows evidence of synaesthesia (2011, December 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-chimp-evidence-synaesthesia.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com Researches find poop-throwing by chimps is a sign of intelligencecenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — In the never-ending struggle to understand how the human brain works, all manner of experiments are dreamed up and carried out. In one new one, for example, researchers in Japan have been testing chimps to see if they possess brain connections that cross the senses. In human terms, it’s known as synaesthesia, the phenomenon where a person associates one sensation with another; feeling colors for example or associating higher musical tones with lighter colored objects. Vera Ludwig, a German researcher, has teamed with colleagues at Kyoto University in testing chimps to see if they have such traits. In their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how chimps did better or worse matching colored objects when a high or low noise was played. More information: Visuoauditory mappings between high luminance and high pitch are shared by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and humans, PNAS, December 5, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1112605108AbstractHumans share implicit preferences for certain cross-sensory combinations; for example, they consistently associate higher-pitched sounds with lighter colors, smaller size, and spikier shapes. In the condition of synesthesia, people may experience such cross-modal correspondences to a perceptual degree (e.g., literally seeing sounds). So far, no study has addressed the question whether nonhuman animals share cross-modal correspondences as well. To establish the evolutionary origins of cross-modal mappings, we tested whether chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) also associate higher pitch with higher luminance. Thirty-three humans and six chimpanzees were required to classify black and white squares according to their color while hearing irrelevant background sounds that were either high-pitched or low-pitched. Both species performed better when the background sound was congruent (high-pitched for white, low-pitched for black) than when it was incongruent (low-pitched for white, high-pitched for black). An inherent tendency to pair high pitch with high luminance hence evolved before the human lineage split from that of chimpanzees. Rather than being a culturally learned or a linguistic phenomenon, this mapping constitutes a basic feature of the primate sensory system. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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

Lack of sleep makes people angry

first_imgLosing just a couple hours of sleep at night makes you angrier, especially in frustrating situations, a study has found. Other studies have shown a link between sleep and anger, but questions remained about whether sleep loss was to blame or if anger was responsible for disrupted sleep, said Zlatan Krizan, a professor at Iowa State University in the US. The research answers those questions and provides new insight on our ability to adjust to irritating conditions when tired. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Despite typical tendencies to get somewhat used to irritating conditions – an uncomfortable shirt or a barking dog – sleep-restricted individuals actually showed a trend toward increased anger and distress, essentially reversing their ability to adapt to frustrating conditions over time. No one has shown this before,” Krizan said. Study participants were randomly split into two groups: one maintained their normal sleep routine and the second restricted their sleep by two to four hours each night for two nights. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThose who maintained averaged almost seven hours of sleep a night, while the restricted group got about four and a half hours each night. The difference reflects sleep loss we regularly experience in everyday life, Krizan said. To measure anger, researchers had participants come to the lab – before and after sleep manipulation – to rate different products while listening to brown noise or white noise. Krizan said the purpose was to create uncomfortable conditions, which tend to provoke anger. “In general, anger was substantially higher for those who were sleep restricted. We manipulated how annoying the noise was during the task and as expected, people reported more anger when the noise was more unpleasant,” said Krizan. “When sleep was restricted, people reported even more anger, regardless of the noise,” he said. It is well established that sleep loss increases negative emotions, such as anxiety and sadness, and decreases positive emotions, such as happiness and enthusiasm, Krizan said. Researchers measured these effects to more generally understand the relationship between sleep, anger and emotions. They also tested whether subjective sleepiness explained more intense feelings of anger. Sleepiness accounted for 50 per cent of experimental effect of sleep restriction on anger, suggesting individuals’ sense of sleepiness may point to whether they are likely to become angered.last_img read more

Tarcoles River crocs will be featured on Animal Planet

first_imgDespite the number of people willing to risk their necks to approach the crocs, according to online daily CRhoy.com, feeding wild animals is illegal:“The law says that you can’t feed wild animals or domesticate them. But beyond that, [Vargas] is risking his life by feeding these temperamental animals that can attack a person at any moment,” Adrián Arce from the National System of Conservation Areas told CRhoy.com.He said that the Wildlife Law mandates fines between ₡28,000 and ₡80,000 for people caught feeding the crocodiles. Related posts:Unidentified man devoured by crocodiles after jumping from a bridge over the Tárcoles River, Red Cross says Search continues for missing man eaten by crocodiles in Costa Rica 200-kilo crocodile snagged on the streets of Quepos Hungry crocodile removed from Costa Rica home The crocodiles of Costa Rica’s Tarcoles River will star in the U.K. in coming months on an episode of Animal Planet U.K.’s “Preposterous Pets.” The episode will follow Tico tour guide Jason Vargas, known for feeding the Tarcoles crocodiles with his bare hands, as he tries to train his 13-year-old daughter in the art of wild croc feeding.Because of their location between the capital, San José, and the popular central Pacific beach town of Jacó, the sunning crocodiles near the Tarcoles River bridge have long since become a tourist attraction, and plenty of stupid brave souls have delighted YouTube audiences with their feats with the dangerous creatures.Two years ago, this raw-meat-bearing Tarcoles visitor became Internet-famous due to his death-defying feeding attempt:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIbm_DxKd6IAnd, last year, millions of viewers saw this photographer almost get attacked while ignoring the warnings of everyone around him.center_img Facebook Commentslast_img read more

October 13 2005 Colly Soleri Music Center w

first_imgOctober 13, 2005 Colly Soleri Music Center welcomes back HUMAN NATURE Dance Theater. This is the 11th year that this group from Flagstaff, AZ comes for a 7-day workshop. Morning, afternoon and evening practice and performances accumulate in a public performance on Saturday evening, October 15. 2005. The performance this year, TOUCH AND GO takes a humorous yet sensitive look at how we relate to each other. How do we touch each other? What is taboo? What connects us? It addresses intimacy, attraction, sexuality, aggression, tenderness andloss. The show is challenging, bold and full of questions. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm and the performance starts at 7:30 pm. Arcosanti Chef Eleanor Gillis Menu for this event is: Roasted Eggplant Coconut Soup, Mixed Green Salad with Sweet Pecans, Blue Cheese, Pears and Arcosanti Peach Vinaigrette Dressing, Crispy Polenta Rounds, Green Beans with Mustard-Dill Sauce, Butternut Squash with Creamy Leeks, Pork stewed with Fruit and Port and Bread Pudding with Lemon Sauce. For more information on please click Human Nature Performance. [Photo & Text: sa]last_img read more

Dan Snow A new thematic VOD service based on telev

first_imgDan SnowA new thematic VOD service based on television historian Dan Snow’s podcast network will launch in October.HistoryHit.TV will offer films of varying lengths, including feature-length interviews with history communicators and experts, plus traditional documentaries, including some no longer in circulation elsewhere.The programmes will be both licensed from third parties and originally produced.The service is based on the Dan Snow’s HistoryHit podcast, which has been successful on iTunes.Initially, it will be crowdfunded, but DTVE sister title TBI understands this will likely be followed by more traditional investment.Snow will be chief creative officer, with multiplatform doc specialist Tom Clifford CEO, ChannelFlip co-founder Justin Gayner head of digital and history filmmaker Justin Hardy curator.Dan Morelle, Cassie Pop and Dr. Amara Thornton all take producer roles.“History is my life,” said Snow. “I’ve been lucky enough to make TV history documentaries for the past 15 years and my shows have been watched hundreds of millions of times across the world on channels such as the BBC, PBS, History Channel, Discovery and National Geographic. Together with the HistoryHit team I also started the award winning HistoryHit Podcast.”last_img read more

OTT technology provider Airbeem has named Louis St

first_imgOTT technology provider Airbeem has named Louis Starnowski as sports and entertainment business development director.Louis StarnowskiStarnowski, who will be responsible for growing Airbeem’s business in the sports content market, joins the company from Comcast Technology Solutions where he was Strategic Customer Success Director.Prior to Comcast, he worked at a range of media companies including Viacom, Red Bee Media and Sky in programme management and business insight roles.Neil Berry, chief revenue officer, Airbeem, said: “The opportunities for sports rights content owners to maximise revenues by engaging directly with their fans through dedicated direct to fan platforms are immense. Airbeem’s platform provides a responsive, cost effective solution that enables them to realise many of those opportunities. Our flexible business model, combined with a real time customisable user experience and deep analytical insights are some of the key components that provides content owners all the tools they need. I am really pleased to be working with Louis again to take our sports vertical market solution to the next level.”Starnowski said: “I am incredibly excited to be joining Airbeem to help engage the vast amount of content owners in the sports and entertainment sectors who are looking to join the direct to consumer revolution, and drive maximum revenue from their content while delivering a immersive video experience to their fans.”last_img read more

first_img – — A World Gone Mad Even a cursory glance at the headlines should give any thinking person pause. While I consider myself an optimist over the long run, I am considerably less so over the short-to-intermediate period. Of course, these things are all relative and, in many cases, based on geography. Living in Aspen, provided you can afford it, would give you an entirely different perspective than what you’d have from living in the ’hood of Chicago or Detroit. In Aspen, your biggest challenge of the day might be deciding which upscale hash house to dine at. By contrast, in Chicago or Detroit that challenge might be getting to the grocery store and back in one piece. Likewise, living in Argentina, especially as an expat with a few bucks in your jeans, life runs to the idyllic with a rare cultural harmony. In Europe, on the other hand, the citizenry is under siege from a politically contrived invasion from the Middle East and Africa. Life(style) & Liberty In Argentina, people enjoy an extremely high quality of life thanks, in no small part, to low prices and the excellent quality of the food (and wine, for that matter…) which is among the best in the world. This is especially true in a small town such as that of Cafayate, where a group I am part of has built a truly exceptional lifestyle community. In Cafayate, most of what you eat comes from family farms in the valley or just beyond. Back in the “first world” the opposite is true, with high prices and increasingly low-quality produce and meat, as often as not coming from industrial-scale operations. Then there is the steadily encroaching police state in the United States and, increasingly, in Europe. In these places, people are actively afraid of the militarized police. Here in Argentina, outside of some of the more densely populated barrios in Buenos Aires, the crime rate is among the lowest in the world. In the scenic Northwest where La Estancia de Cafayate is located, crime is pretty much non-existent. In the U.S., a dangerous meme has arisen that the military and police should be treated like a special class. Here, as blowback to the excesses of the military government 30 years back, the police and military are reviled or simply ignored by the public, relegated to a far more appropriate role as night watchmen. A Refreshing Lack of Political Correctness Sometimes I can’t believe the articles people email me from the U.S. can be true, but they are. For example, about how one public figure or another has their career ruined for the ginned-up “offense” of speaking their mind about a politically sensitive topic. There is even talk about arresting people who doubt the bad science behind global warming. And a truly perverse culture has grown up around universities where even the slightest perceived slight, a “microaggression,” of a real or fabricated minority sets off a firestorm. I’m happy to report that, so far, political correctness has gained almost no foothold here. I always find it amusing that people still call each other by nicknames such as gordo (fatty), negro (dark-skinned), flaca (skinny), pelado (baldy), and so forth. And no one gets offended in the slightest. Just as it should be. But I fear things in the degraded democracies are only going to get worse. Fortunately, Argentina saw the light and got rid of its version of Hillary Clinton and, hopefully, won’t make that mistake again for many years to come. It Gets Worse Nobody would deny that there is the equivalent of a terrorist Olympics under way. No one can know where these malcontents are going to strike next, or how. But you know the next attack is coming, and that they will continue to come, probably for decades. Of course, the odds of you or anyone you know dying from a terrorist attack are approximately the same as hitting your head after slipping on a toad. The real danger is from the inevitable overreaction of the Deep State, the thick layer of bureaucracy now running the world, to these attacks. Imagine the immediate consequences of a large bomb going off in a major seaport? Or a successful drone attack on some high-value target? Or, or… If the attack is serious enough, and sooner or later it will be, legions of security apparatchiks would slam the borders shut before your morning coffee hit the counter. Remember the empty skies after 9/11? Personally, I just don’t want to live in that world. And, so, I don’t. Doug Casey Editor’s note: Today and tomorrow, we’re sharing an insightful piece from Casey Research founder Doug Casey on his favorite place in the world. As you’ll see, it’s a place well worth hearing about. Doug is well traveled, having been to 155 countries, many of them numerous times. But he decided to build a freedom-lover’s paradise here… What my favorite place in the world doesn’t have…  Cultural conflicts  An immigration crisis  Political correctness  High prices What it does have will surprise you… Reading the news while enjoying a cortado at a café in my favorite place in the world often causes cognitive dissonance. How, I ask myself, can life here be so tranquil when the rest of the world appears gripped by madness? As you might suspect, the café is located in Argentina. Sure, until recently, we had to put up with the antics of La Presidenta, Cristina Kirchner. But she was largely a bad joke ignored by Argentines with any intelligence. She’s gone now, replaced by the free-market-oriented engineer Mauricio Macri. While one can never know how these things turn out, from what I’ve seen so far, I think he’s going to make a huge difference in pretty much every way that counts. Maybe Argentina won’t return to its former position as the sixth-largest economy in the world, as was the case in the early 20th century, but the conditions are right for the economy to do a rocket shot. That’s usually the result when a new team sweeps away the spaghetti string of truly stupid socialist policies and lets an economy breathe. China’s decades of stunning growth following Deng’s liberalization provides a useful lesson. An Embarrassment of Riches Then there’s the proven fact that Argentina has an abundance of natural resources including gold, copper, oil, and natural gas. And there’s the famed Argentine agricultural land stretching from one end of the country to the other. There are few countries in the world with the ability to be completely self-sustaining—Argentina is one of those. Of personal importance to me, it also has a well-educated population, the most sophisticated in South America. Anyone worth knowing down here speaks two, three, or more languages. That is due, in part, to the country’s legacy as one of only a handful of immigrant cultures in the world. Just like the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. What these countries have in common (besides geographically secure borders) are that, in the early days, hardworking settlers from around the world flocked to the country’s wide-open spaces. In the case of Argentina, the indigenous population was largely overrun (it happens) by Spaniards, English, Italians, Germans, Irish, French, etc.—rugged pioneer types who set out to the new world to make their mark. Unlike the current mess in Europe where the immigrants have brought their bad habits with them and refuse to assimilate, in Argentina the newcomers culturally assimilated into the modern Argentine. Generally speaking, a confident, lively, and fun-loving sort who, like the Europe of old, work to live, not the other way around. Returning to the beginning of this letter, Argentina is a “café society,” where people love sharing ideas over leisurely lunches and late dinners. They enjoy life a lot, even when saddled with a poor government such as the one we’ve just seen the back of. There is a reason that, out of all the places in the world I really enjoy, Argentina has filled that spot for many years now. There are other reasons I’ll get back to in a moment but first, back to the cognitive dissonance. Wall Street’s Dirty Little Stock Pattern On April 25, 2016, FINRA required Wall Street to release additional proprietary data on their “secret” trading activity. For more than a decade, Wall Street kept this data on how the most profitable firms invest to itself. And the pattern our research team uncovered when they analyzed it for the first time shocked us… YOU can use it to predict, several days in advance, which stocks are setting up to soar on the stock market.center_img Recommended Links Bonanza-Grade Gold Discovery Now Set To Go LIVE Everyone knows that deadlines in mining—just like technology and biotechnology—can mean huge gains for small stocks that own big breakthroughs. We have been tracking one such breakthrough—and a looming deadline. This is the richest gold discovery we have ever seen in person. The last time something like this happened in 1988, investors in a company called Stikine Resources saw once-in-a-lifetime gains as the stock shot from $1 to $67 per share—a 6,600% increase. Click here for the full story. Editor’s note: Stay tuned for Part II tomorrow, where Doug will explain more about his favorite place…and how you can join him and a group of friends and guests there for an exclusive weeklong event next month.last_img read more

• International Speculator editor Dave Forest says

first_img• International Speculator editor Dave Forest says trade war fears are overblown… Dave is our in-house geologist. He knows more about commodities than anyone I know who’s not named Doug Casey, of course.And he had this to say about the trade war recently:Trade war fears are overblown. The U.S.-China trade dispute is no excuse to sit out the coming bull market in commodities. This is a trend you’ll want to keep on your radar for the foreseeable future.And there’s a simple reason for this.• China can’t afford to let the trade war escalate… It has one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. And it will soon have the largest middle class in the world.But its economy would come to a standstill without copper and nickel. Not only that, China gets most of these base metals from other countries.See for yourself. This is a chart that Dave and his team put together recently. The orange bars represent refined production, a proxy for demand. The blue bars show mine output, or domestic supply.You can see that refined production far exceeds mine output. This tells you just how much China depends on foreign sources for copper.• China’s nickel supply is even more dire… According to Dave, domestic mines supply only 14% of China’s nickel needs. Take a look.To make a long story short: China simply cannot allow the trade war to escalate. If it does, its entire economy would unravel.It shouldn’t come as a surprise that China is trying to deescalate matters. Dave wrote in last month’s issue of International Speculator:On September 30, China’s Ministry of Finance announced it is reducing general import tariffs on base metals and steel from 11.5% to 8.4%. The Ministry also announced duty cuts on a wider slate of minerals and gemstones from 6.6% to 5.4%.It’s also worth noting that China originally planned to impose a 25% tariff on liquified natural gas but later dropped the rate to 10%. Of course, supply is only one side of the coin…• Demand also needs to be strong for base metals prices to rise… I bring this up because many people think China’s economy is headed for a “hard landing.”But once again, Dave sees the situation differently:Recent reports from China suggest the government is moving quickly to cushion any blow from a trade-related economic slump.For one, officials at the national level have pushed forward new bond financing for local government infrastructure projects. That’s in stark contrast to the first half of 2018, when federal officials had been tightening financing to local developers.The Chinese government now appears intent on launching a new wave of economic stimulus projects. Approvals from China’s National Development and Reform Commission have seen a sharp lift since July – coinciding almost exactly with the escalation of the trade war.In other words, Dave believes China’s economy is in much better shape than people realize.When you combine that with lower tariffs, you have the ingredients for much higher metals prices.Most people don’t realize this. All they hear about is how the trade war is intensifying and how China is headed for a major economic slowdown. But Dave says those fears are wildly overblown.• So consider speculating on these base metals if you haven’t yet… You can easily do this by buying shares in a major mining company.Just be sure to treat any bet on higher commodity prices as a speculation. Only bet money that you can afford to lose. Use stop losses. And take profits when they come.I also encourage you to check out Dave’s research. He recently recommended the top stock to own as the trade war unfolds. It’s in a prime position to help China… and it has massive upside ahead. International Speculator subscribers can access the issue here.If you’re not a subscriber, you can access this pick by signing up today. And that’s not the only money-making opportunity you can take advantage of… Dave just released a new video about a breakthrough in electric vehicle tech that needs to be on your radar today. Watch the video and learn more about a subscription here.Regards,Justin Spittler New Orleans, LA November 29, 2018P.S. I also recommend reading Dave’s recent essays below. They all show that the commodities sector is gearing up for a rally. Read on to see the top metals that need to be in your portfolio today… Legendary Growth Investor Announces Major BUY SignalJust released: Louis Navellier just posted critical research about a massive market shift dead ahead. His last major buy alert turned $100,000 into $1.2 million in about one year. Now he’s sharing a NEW Buy Signal that could be his biggest ever. Don’t miss this chance to get his new alert before it goes offline. “It’s Time to Buy Silicon Valley’s Favorite Metal” China to CEO of World’s #1 Electric Car Company: You Lose.In the race to make electric cars cheaper than gas and diesel vehicles, the winner was always thought to be the #1 U.S. electric car company. But what China will do any day now could catapult it to the #1 spot… and solidify its position as the world leader. Reader MailbagYour comments continue to roll in on Doug Casey’s interview on the migrant caravan…Hey Doug. Been reading your stuff for 10 years. Generally enjoy it. Loved Ayn Rand in my 20s… now I see where it falls apart. I’m a Canadian millennial. Anyways. This article lacked empathy. I like when you write finance/economy articles because there isn’t much emotion in it. But when you apply your logic and rational thought to sensitive human subjects like the caravan it just comes across as mean, uncaring, and unloving. The idea that everything should be private property so you can kick the mooching homeless off all lawns is sad. I get it. I remember how Ayn Rand taught me about moochers and they suck the producers dry, forever taking. As a white educated male, it made sense to me! But not everyone is like me. Maybe that homeless guy is mentally ill. Maybe he got sick and lost everything. I have friends who are on government handouts because they lost their jobs. They don’t like how it feels and actively look for work so they can get off the “dole” but they appreciate it in the meantime so they can feed themselves and keep a roof over their head. Yes, that intent of government spending CAN work.Anyways. Just please try and have a bit more empathy for people. At the end of the day who knows why we are here and for what purpose, so lead with kindness. Can’t hurt…— Mike Recommended Link — By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchThe trade war has claimed its biggest victim.…Apple (AAPL).Apple sells the wildly popular iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. It’s one of the most recognized companies on the planet. It was the world’s most valuable publicly traded company until Microsoft (MSFT) overtook it on Monday.So how did a company this powerful get caught up in the trade war? Simple. On Monday, President Trump threatened to introduce a 10% tariff on consumer electronic products made in China.This would impact the iPhone and other Apple products…• Trump did this because he thinks the Chinese are screwing the U.S. on trade… But more tariffs wouldn’t just hurt the Chinese. They’d hurt everyday Americans, too.This is because tariffs make imported goods more expensive. And if the iPhone becomes pricier, people will think twice about buying one.That’s the last thing Apple can afford. Recommended Linkcenter_img “Is the “Donald Trump of Asia” About to Send Nickel to the Moon?” — “Revealed: Silicon Valley’s Plan to Transform the Mining Industry” • Demand for the iPhone appears to be weakening… I say this because some of Apple’s suppliers recently cut forecasts. Apple has also reportedly canceled a production boost for its new iPhone XR model.This tells us the new iPhone model isn’t selling as well as expected.That’s triggered a huge sell-off. In fact, Apple is now trading 23% below its peak in early October. But it will surely head lower if Trump makes good on his threat to hit the iPhone with tariffs.Of course, Apple isn’t the only company that’s been hit hard by the trade war. Harley-Davidson, MillerCoors, and Jack Daniel’s have all been caught on the wrong side of tariffs.• The trade war is also making resource investors nervous… Just look at what copper’s been doing recently. Its price fell about 16% after Trump hit nearly $50 billion worth of Chinese imports with a 25% tariff in June. Other base metals were also hit by trade war concerns. Nickel, for instance, fell by 32% after Trump announced tariffs in June. Zinc plunged 23% over the same timeframe.Those are huge declines for such short periods. But they were totally unwarranted.You see, none of those metals were targeted in tariffs. Instead, finished products like lasers and laundry equipment were singled out. Still, that didn’t stop many investors from dumping these metals. In other words, the trade war isn’t something resource investors should fear… It’s an opportunity.But don’t take my word for it… Details here View his announcement here I read your views on the “migrant caravan” and some thoughts immediately come to mind. First and foremost, and completely overlooked in your piece, is the fact that millions of indigenous peoples from Central America were dispossessed of their lands, forced into slave labor, and when they refused, were murdered by American financed, ultra-right wing, neo-Nazi governments. These governments were largely installed by the CIA, backed and financed by America. Justice? I had the pleasure to work in Guatemala for a short period of time, and learned firsthand of the situation there, now and historically.Secondly, and you make reference to it, the situation in Europe today, with perhaps millions of “migrants” from north Africa. I think maybe the time has come to recognize this problem for what it really is. These are not migrants, they are largely refugees, fleeing an area which has been bombed “back to the stone age” by American and NATO forces, illegally. They have no homes to go back to, infrastructure has been destroyed, places of worship bombed, markets bombed, schools and hospitals bombed. Families destroyed, killed, split.America and the NATO countries are beginning to pay for their aggressions, and rightly so. At some point, some very prominent American and European leaders might well find themselves before an international court, in a vain attempt to justify their deeds. These are not nice things to contemplate, but responsibility eventually comes home. — DonAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us at feedback@caseyresearch.com.In Case You Missed It…Last night, Doug Casey joined Bill Bonner and Mark Ford in what was one of the most important events we’ve ever held. If you missed it, you can watch a free replay right here.last_img read more

Threequarters of a million people would likely lo

first_imgThree-quarters of a million people would likely lose their food stamps later this year under a new proposal by the Trump administration. The goal is to encourage able-bodied adults to go to work and get off government aid. But opponents predict people would go hungry instead, if the rule goes into effect. A public comment period, which ends Tuesday, has so far drawn more than 28,000 comments overwhelmingly against the proposed rule. Those affected by the proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits are known as able-bodied adults without dependents, or ABAWDs. There were close to 4 million adults in this category receiving food stamps in 2016. About three-quarters of them did not work, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the administration thinks these people should be able to get jobs, especially now that the nation’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in years. “We believe the purpose of our welfare system should help people to become independent rather than permanent dependency,” he recently told the House Agriculture Committee. “We think we are helping people to, again, move into the dignity of work and the respect of providing for their families.”To do that, the administration would stop food stamps after three months for ABAWDs who don’t work, volunteer or get job training for at least 20 hours a week. That’s already the law, but many states waive that requirement in high unemployment areas. The Trump administration would make those waivers much more difficult to come by.It’s part of a broader effort by the administration to impose tighter work requirements on recipients of government aid, such as housing vouchers and Medicaid. A federal judge last week blocked two states, Arkansas and Kentucky, from implementing the Medicaid work rule, calling it “arbitrary and capricious.”But the concept has strong Republican support. “People believe that able-bodied people who can work, should work,” Tennessee Republican Rep. Scott Desjarlais told Perdue, “Do you have any idea why there might be so much pushback and concerns on this measure?””I have no clue,” Perdue responded.At the Franciscan Center in Baltimore, where low-income individuals come every day for food, clothing and other help, people think they have a pretty good idea why opposition is so strong. “Right now, I’m literally dependent on places like this,” says 41-year-old Alton Royal, who carries a small plastic bag containing a couple of rolls and two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. “This is my meal for the rest of the day.”Royal says he gets $185 a month in SNAP benefits, but he worries he’ll lose them under the proposed rules because he can’t find work. He has a severely injured leg and a criminal record, which limit his options.”But still I have to eat. I have to still try and find employment but I have those barriers against me,” Royal says.Others here are struggling with other barriers, such as homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction. Some already work, but not enough to meet the 20-hour-a-week threshold. One man says he has a janitorial job at the Baltimore Orioles’ stadium, but only when the baseball team is in town. In the winter, he relies on food stamps.”Everybody I know wants to work,” says Royal. “Everybody.”Michael J. Wilson, director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, an advocacy group that opposes the rule, says threatening to take people’s food away won’t help them get a job. By the administration’s own admission, the change would save $8 billion over five years, largely because 755,000 individuals will not meet the new requirements. Wilson estimates that about 30,000 of them will be in Maryland. He says that it’s not just the lack of jobs, but the lack of other options.”If all those folks showed up at a job training site tomorrow, they would swamp the offices,” he says. “There’s not enough space for them to be able to do this.”Perdue notes that there would be exceptions for those who are disabled or can’t work for one reason of another, but it’s largely up to the states. States are not required to guarantee an individual a job, training or volunteer opportunity before stopping their benefits. Looking for work only counts toward the required 20 hours if it’s paired with an education and training program.Craig Gundersen, a professor of agriculture and consumer economics at the University of Illinois, questions the administration’s assertion that imposing work requirements will move more SNAP recipients into the labor force. He says there’s no evidence that receiving food stamps discourages work. “This idea that people are ripping off the system or something, that’s just not true,” he says. In fact, food stamp benefits are structured to encourage work, he says, by reducing benefits gradually as income grows. Gundersen also says the proposal “is just not consistent with the goals of the program,” which is to reduce hunger.For the most part, SNAP has enjoyed strong bipartisan support. A similar work requirement was rejected by Congress last year when lawmakers debated a new farm bill. President Trump announced the proposed rule the same day he signed that bill into law. As a result, congressional Democrats have threatened to sue if the change goes into effect later this year, as the administration intends. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Facebook Spaces Live Streaming Goes Live Lets You Share VR Video

first_img(Photo Courtesy: Facebook) Advertisement Facebook has brought live streaming to virtual reality (VR) by enabling people to share live video with each other using Facebook Spaces virtual reality app.Launched in April, Facebook Spaces is the company’s first VR app built for the company’s Oculus Rift VR headset which is developed and manufactured by Oculus VR, a division of Facebook.According to a Facebook blog post on Wednesday, people could interact with other Oculus Rift users inside a virtual playground by chatting and drawing 3D animations. – Advertisement – “By going live from Facebook Spaces, you can share a whole new kind of moment with friends and family directly from VR. Whether you’re touring exotic locations across the globe in 360 or riffing on a viral video, the people who matter most to you can now follow along in real time on Facebook,” the blog post said.[related-posts]Users going live from Facebook Spaces will have a virtual camera that can be positioned anywhere to capture the action while their friends can comment on their broadcast.Spaces users can also broadcast their VR sessions to those users who don’t have the Oculus Rift.source: Facebook Blogs and inputs from IANSlast_img read more