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

City Council approves law that makes it illegal to provide marijuana to

first_img KUSI Newsroom, The addition of marijuana and controlled substances to the Social Host Ordinance gives law enforcement a tool to deter conduct that puts our kids at risk. Working with @ChiefNisleit, we’ll educate the public about this ordinance, and hold accountable those who choose to ignore it pic.twitter.com/tdeXtQkxbO— SD City Attorney (@CityAttorneySD) March 5, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last week, San Diego City Council approved an amendment to the city’s social host ordinance. It is now illegal to host a gathering where minors can have access to marijuana substances.City Attorney Mara Elliot discussed the new amendment and why she supported it on Good Morning San Diego.RELATED STORY: San Diego City Council OKs amendment focusing on underage marijuana use March 12, 2019 Posted: March 12, 2019center_img City Council approves law that makes it illegal to provide marijuana to minors in social settings KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Mara Elliot, Marijuana FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Released Today

first_imgBonnier’s head of IT development, Tore Fjaertoft says, “We have adopted the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite as an integral part of our News+ platform. Leveraging the abilities to product and distribute digital editions of our daily newspapers using the Digital Publishing Suite has been a key element of the success of the News+ platform.” The Enterprise Edition of the Digital Publishing Suite is available as of today. Pricing is available via a custom quote through Adobe’s website. In other tablet news, Apple announced last week its newest version of the tablet, the iPad 2, at an event in San Francisco. The latest model of the iPad is lighter and thinner, and features front and rear end cameras. The tablet is available in black and white. Adobe announced the immediate availability of the Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite today. Already used by companies like Conde Nast, Dennis Publishing, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and National Geographic for Android technologies, the Enterprise Edition will also be adaptable for the RIM PlayBook and iOS tablets. The Enterprise Edition includes technology that will allow users to “create, distribute, monetize and analyze digital magazines, newspapers and publications.” The Suite incorporates a viewer builder service, an e-commerce service and a Folio Producer service, which will enable users to support content directly from Adobe InDesign CS5 software. The Digital Publishing Suite also allows direct entitlement with third party subscription fulfillment service providers. This gives publishers the ability to leverage current print accounts, increase digital subscription numbers and to create digital-print bundles as well as merchandising options. last_img read more

BRAC Round Would Free up Funding for Enduring Facilities James Says

first_imgAt a hearing Wednesday of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James pointed to the extra dollars a BRAC round would make available for the service’s remaining facilities as the main impetus for pursuing additional base closures.“We have an ever-shrinking pot of money for infrastructure improvement and we’re spreading it out way, way thin. And if we could reduce that overall footprint of infrastructure, we would have more money to keep up and improve the facilities that we really need going forward,” James said in response to a question from Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.).The secretary made clear the urgency of the matter. “I’m worried about infrastructure across the Air Force,” she said.James’ argument for a new BRAC round in 2019 — proposed in the Obama administration’s fiscal 2017 budget request — echoes that of Army officials who have referred to the $500 million that service is spending each year on unneeded facilities.In her opening remarks, James thanked the panel for supporting a moderate increase in the Air Force’s active-duty end strength in FY 2016 from 311,000 to 317,000, and said it was likely the service would need to grow further in FY 2017.“To underscore, we simply cannot go any lower,” she said. “And in reality, in our opinion, we believe that mission demands in FY ‘17 are going to require us to likely grow more in FY ‘17. And so, to meet these demands, I plan to take a judicious approach to incrementally increase our total force beyond the current levels, provided, of course, that we can attract the right talent,” James said.Much of the gains are due to increased demands for cyber and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.Written testimony and a webcast of the hearing on the Air Force’s budget request are available on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP Wildwood Cemetery Stroll Set For September 21

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming library programs for adults, teens and kids submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library:Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsCoffee with a CopWednesday, September 18, 10 amDrop in, grab a tea or coffee, and chat with a police officer. Learn about the rights of the public as well as the roles and responsibilities of police and community in a relaxed and open setting. All questions welcome.Current Affairs Discussion Group *RRWednesday, September 18, 7 pmThis group is for all who would like to broaden their knowledge of current national and international affairs. You will have the opportunity to discuss topical events and learn from others. Recommended background readings will be provided prior to each meeting. Led by facilitator Dan Hall.Musical Stylings of John Muratore*RRThursday, September 19, 2:30 pmJoin Boston University School of Music faculty member John Muratore, one of Boston’s best-known and most highly regarded classical guitarists, as he performs Spanish classical guitar favorites as well as Latin American, jazz and folk-inspired compositions. Don’t miss this afternoon of beautiful music!Novel Ideas Book Group *RRThursday, September 19, 7 pmFeatured Book: The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Karen White, Lauren WilligPlease stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book.Poetry Circle *RRSaturday, September 21, 9:15 am-11:30 amLove poetry? The poetry circle is a great opportunity to meet other poets and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Cemetery Stroll *RRSaturday, September 21, 10 amJoin us for a Cemetery Stroll, starting in the parking lot behind the library!  This year’s Stroll will feature graves and stories related to Wilmington’s participation in and commemoration of the Civil War. Bring your walking shoes and enjoy a pleasant stroll in one of Wilmington’s most interesting historic locations. Led by Town Curator Terry McDermott.Kids & Teen EventsTeen Volunteer Orientation *RRSaturday, September 14, 10 amNeed volunteer hours? Whether for meeting your graduation requirement or just because you really love helping out at the library, we may have opportunities available for you! Please complete the online application at https://wilmlibrary.org/youth-services/teens/volunteers/ before attending. Grades 9-12Intro to Dungeons & Dragons *RRSaturday, September 14, 1-4 pmInterested in finding out more about this fantasy tabletop role-playing game, or looking for a group to play with? Join DM Alex for more info and a mini campaign! Grades 6-12Kids Crafts: Monkey and Rose Pencil Decorations *RRSaturday, September 14, 2 pmThis craft is led by three Wilmington High School students. Grades 1-5Little Movers *RRMonday, September 16, 10 amLet’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2Teen Volunteer Orientation *RRTuesday, September 17, 2:30 pmNeed volunteer hours? Whether for meeting your graduation requirement or just because you really love helping out at the library, we may have opportunities available for you! Please complete the online application at https://wilmlibrary.org/youth-services/teens/volunteers/ before attending. Grades 9-12Trivia Tuesday *RRTuesday, September 17, 7 pmShow us your smarts at pub-style trivia! Play against your friends, putting your pop culture knowledge to the test. The winning team walks off with prizes and bragging rights! Snacks provided. Grades 6-12Star Mag *RRWednesday, September 18, 3:45 pmCalling all kid writers and artists! Drop in to help create this magazine written by, for and about kids, and published by the library. Grades 3-6First Look Book Group *RRThursday, September 19, 2:30 pmWant to discover the next big thing in YA lit? First Look is for you! Hang out with other teen fiction aficionados and read books hot off the presses. Take home a book to keep after every meeting! Grades 6-12The College Camp *RRThursday, September 19, 7 pmIs college the right next step for you? Kristin Allaben, COO and Certified Greatness Zone Coach, can help high school students make the most informed decision possible about whether college, a trade school, or apprenticeship is the right fit, as well as additional guidance about what to do after senior year. Grades 9-12 and parentsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.comShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: FREE Bach, Beethoven, & Brahams Concert On Sept. 12In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Bash On August 15; Coffee With A Cop On August 21In “Community”last_img read more

Make in India Apple to commence assembling iPhones in Bengaluru from Q2

first_img[Representational image] Make in India: Apple to commence assembling of iPhones in Bengaluru from second quarter of 2017 In Picture: Apple logoREUTERS/Mike SegarAmerican technology major Apple has reportedly selected Bengaluru to manufacture iPhones for the Indian market.Apple’s OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) partner Wistron has commenced building an assembling plant at Peenya, a well developed industrial hub located in the west of Bengaluru. If things go as planned, the company will start manufacturing limited units of iPhones in April 2017, and start full-fledged production by the end of next year, reported The Times of India.Also read: Apple iPhone 8 to have a dual SIM? Patent filing indicates this just might be true Giving credence to the reports, Apple India, in its job portal has listed two production related job offers in Bengaluru– one, iPhone Operations Program Manager (OPM) and a New Product Introduction (NPI) Product Quality Manager. Make in India: Apple to commence assembling of iPhones in Bengaluru from second quarter of 2017Apple India (official) Job portalIn August, Apple’s primary supply partner Foxconn entered into pact with the Maharashtra government to setup a phone manufacturing unit and was believed to be used for making iPhones alone. Now, it has come to light that Foxconn is using the same facility to assemble Xiaomi and OnePlus devices, but there is no sign of iPhone manufacturing yet.  Make in India: Apple to commence assembling of iPhones in Bengaluru from second quarter of 2017Apple India (official) Job portal-screen shotSince the visit of Apple CEO Tim Cook to India in May, the company has shown serious business interest in the Indian market.During his weeklong visit, Cook inaugurated Map Development Center in Hyderabad and new iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru.Read more: Apple to set up iOS app design and development accelerator in BengaluruApple officials also had a series of meetings with the central government over setting up of a manufacturing unit and a flagship store.In the recent round of meetings, Apple has urged the Indian government to provide incentives to manufacture iPhones and also exemption from the requirement to print product information on the devices, as it would alter the device’s minimalistic design.Currently, Apple holds a meagre 2 percent share in the Indian smartphone market and one of the prime reasons for this figure is the iPhone’s expensive price due to a high import tax. Currently, around 12.5 percent of import tax is levied on each iPhone sold in India. But the growth in iPhone sales in the recent months has been quite healthy, as rival Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 was banned in India after instances of the phone exploding in different parts of the world were reported. If iPhone is manufactured locally, Apple will get tax breaks and pass on the benefits to the people by reducing the cost of the devices. Time seems ripe for Apple to start making phones in India, touted as the world’s fastest growing smartphone market. It is poised to overtake US as second biggest mobile business market next year.Watch this space for more news on Apple products.last_img read more

Will March For Our Lives Influence Politicians–Particularly In Texas– And Why That

first_imgThis is the latest Politics 101 episode with our political experts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer , with the highlights of the week:  Sharelast_img

Mental Health Conference

first_imgThe ‘Its Getting Better All the Time Organization’ will hold a “Providing Information and Support Mental Health” conference March 14 at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the event will address  resources offered to the community. There will also be various panel discussions speakingabout subjects that impact the mental health community in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. The registration fee is $5 including lunch. To register, visit igbattmho.org. For more information, contact Arnetta Legree, igbatt@aolo.com or Alnicia Gibson, blessed2begifted@gmail.com.last_img read more

Shelly Bell is a OneStop Entrepreneurial Force of Nature

first_imgAs D.C.’s Google Digital Coach, Shelly Bell helps small and minority businesses navigate the search engine’s business tools. She’s also the founder of Black Girl Ventures, MsPrint USA, and the Made By A Black Woman clothing line featured in Essence Magazine.Shelly Bell assists Black women entrepreneurs, through providing assets with her business, Black Girl Ventures. (Courtesy Photo)Bell became a mother at 17. She went on to pursue a computer science degree at North Carolina A&T and graduated in four years. After college, she had another child and became a teacher. After working in education for a bit and building up her first successful venture, Bell split with her  business partner to go back to the corporate world but never lost sight of doing it alone as a business owner. After stints working at government agencies and a pay cut to go back into teaching, Bell finally made the leap to found Seven City Art Society, an arts based organization that would eventually turn into Made By a Black Woman.Bell’s success with the Made By a Black Woman line, recently refreshed with “Black Panther” #WakandaForever apparel, led the enterprising founder to establish MsPrint USA, a custom apparel and merchandise print shop dedicated to, not just empowering women entrepreneurs, but also printing on U.S. soil rather than outsourcing to foreign economies.These past entrepreneurial achievements led to Bell’s most recent pursuit with Black Girl Ventures formerly known as Black Girl Vision (BGV). BGV works to create assets- social and financial capital for Black Women entrepreneurs- to combat the statistic that African American women receive less than one percent of venture capital by building a community that nurtures and funds their ideas.The Boss Up event is essentially crowd funding meets pitch competition, meets poetry slam, combined with a “Vision Fund.” The vision fund is created with money taken at the door by participants and fans with the winning pitch taking home that event’s proceeds for seed funding. BGV also sweetens the pot by providing the winner with free legal and accounting consultation as well as customer merch and apparel from MsPrint USA for her business.Bell started her pitch competitions with 30 women in a house in Southeast after the need for a founder’s community and a way to empower and encourage other black female entrepreneurs. The unique format fits Bell’s background as a nationally recognized performance poet and community organizer to create a one-of-a-kind experience that includes call and response elements and poem at every event. This creates an energy that resonates with Black Girl Ventures’ core demographic.“It has to be serious enough for us to pay attention and listen to Black women’s stories but also light, fun and engaging enough for us to stay engaged after we leave those rooms,” she said.Black Girl Venture recently hosted a pitch competition at the WE DC stage of South By South West in Austin, sponsored by Washington DC Economic Partnership, but D.C. residents won’t have to book a ticket to join the Boss Up movement. BGV will be hosting its next pitch competition here in DC at WeWork Navy Yard March 29th at 6pm. For more information about the event or Black Girl Venture checkout blackgirlventures.org.last_img read more

Casey Researchs Chief Energy Investment Strategis

first_imgCasey Research’s Chief Energy Investment Strategist, Marin Katusa, whose portfolio profited nicely the last time the uranium bull broke loose a decade ago, recently interviewed a group of world-renowned energy experts to discuss the prospects for the sector that some considered doomed by the Fukushima disaster. Anti-nuclear power sentiment has by no means evaporated, but Katusa sees clear signals that the bulls are ready to run, not least of which is the recent attack on the Somair uranium mine in Niger. Why? First, the 20-year Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) Program agreement between the U.S. and Russia, aka “Megatons to Megawatts,” expires this year. Second, the end of that program will allow Russia to sell its coveted uranium, which currently powers one of every 10 homes in the U.S., to the highest bidder. With 200 nuclear power plants under construction or on the drawing boards, China is likely to be first in line, with India and even oil-rich Saudi Arabia on its heels. Third, the increase in nuclear plants being built around the world will stimulate huge demand while supply inevitably dwindles. Because it can take a decade to bring a uranium mine on-line, new mining production can’t grow fast enough to meet the demand. Fourth, like it or not, nuclear energy is clean—while the average coal-fired power plant in the U.S. emits nearly 4 million metric tons of CO2 each year, nuclear power plants emit no carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury or other toxic gases. Finally, last Thursday, an Al-Qaeda splinter group attacked the Somair uranium mine in Niger—owned by French uranium giant Areva. This will further disrupt global uranium supplies and emphasizes what the energy experts have been saying: Uranium is prime for price increases. Casey Research agreed to share Katusa’s segment with Sprott U.S. Holdings Chairman Rick Rule with The Energy Report readers and invites you to listen to the rest. Marin Katusa: We first met 10 years ago, when you were begging people to buy uranium companies, and the market boomed. Those of us who followed your advice made a lot of money. Are you expecting a replay in that market? Rick Rule: I think so. The similarities are interesting. At that time, the price of uranium on the market was less than what it cost to produce it, which meant that one of two things would happen: Either the uranium price would go up, or the lights would go out. Those were the only two choices. We’re in a situation now where the uranium price on world markets is lower than what’s required to bring online the supplies needed to keep the lights on around the world. So once again, either the uranium price goes up, or the lights go out. I think the price will go up. MK: What can you tell investors who are nervous about uranium? Nuclear power is unpopular. Why should investors expect its feedstock to have this massive bull market? RR: You make money in financial markets by buying low and selling high, and you can’t buy low when something is universally loved and every investor is competing with you. You have to buy things when they are unloved. In natural resources, you can be a contrarian or a victim. You had the good sense of getting into the market when uranium was cheap, and you also had the good sense to get out when everybody else was flocking in. You did what you were supposed to—buy it when it was out of favor and sell it when it came into favor. It’s out of favor again. You will make money buying it now and selling again when it returns to favor, because it will. MK: Are you currently investing in companies that are exploring for and producing uranium in the junior resource sector? RR: We are. We are investing in the broader junior resource sector because it is universally unloved, and we are specifically investing in the uranium sector. We invest in any commodity where the selling price on global markets is less than the cost of production and where we see ongoing demand. The price has to rise to meet demand. MK: Considering that China is on its way to building twice as many nuclear reactors as America, India is building theirs and Saudi Arabia—which is so rich in oil and gas—is planning on building 16 nuclear reactors, does that make the argument for uranium better today than it was 10 years ago? RR: I wouldn’t argue that it’s better, because the situation 10 years ago was superb. But it doesn’t have to be better. A lot of people added a zero to their net worth as a consequence of that market. If they increase their net worth only five times, would that be sufficient? MK: I think it would. Like uranium, the junior resource sector is not popular. How would you advise people to invest in that sector today? RR: They have to invest in themselves before they invest in the sector. They have to get educated about natural resources and you don’t get educated about natural resources in The Wall Street Journal. These businesses differ from other businesses. You need the courage and the common sense to invest in contrarian fashion. You need to buy out-of-favor sectors and once your thesis has been vindicated and you’re feeling smart, you need to sell those sectors. It’s very important that you both buy low and sell high. Industry cycles in natural resources are very predictable, and after you discipline yourself, find information sources you can trust and figure out how to use those information sources, you will find the sector extremely generous. MK: What is the most important factor when you look at a company? When Rick Rule and Sprott write a check with their own money into a company, what’s the most important element of that investment decision? RR: If it’s a speculative, junior company, the three most important factors are people, people and people. In the uranium sector for example, when the resource became popular in the middle part of the last decade, there were 500 junior uranium companies but only 20 competent teams. MK: And of those 500 companies, about 480 disappeared. RR: Another thing that argues in your favor today is that you’re now able to come in and buy companies with $50M market caps that spent $250–300M they raised cheaply during the boom. Those are very attractive propositions. MK: Can anything derail this nuclear renaissance? RR: If there’s a black swan on the nuclear side, it would be another event like Fukushima, Chernobyl or Three Mile Island. On the financial side, it would be another 2008-style psychotic break. But if that happened, your uranium portfolio would be probably the least of your concerns. MK: As always, Rick, it was a pleasure. Thank you. Uranium prices have nowhere to go but up. Rick confirmed that, as do the other experts in the videocast. Listen for the insights from: Spencer Abraham, who served as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Energy (2001-2005) during the George W. Bush Administration. Lady Barbara Thomas Judge, chairman emeritus of the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority, chairman of the Pension Protection Fund, and U.K. business ambassador on behalf of U.K. Trade and Investment, and is an appointed member of the TEPCO Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee. Herb Dhaliwal, former Canadian minister of natural resources and senior regional minister for British Columbia. Amir Adnani, co-founder and CEO of Uranium Energy Corp. (UEC:NYSE.MKT), which operates North America’s newest uranium mine; located in South Texas, it’s the first new uranium production in the U.S. in seven years. Casey Research has identified the top three undervalued uranium stocks that you should invest in right now to be well positioned for the coming uranium bull market. Compiled into a special report, Three Must-Own Uranium Stocks, Casey is making this time-sensitive special report available exclusively for viewers of this webinar.last_img read more

The US federal government may be ladling on more r

first_imgThe US federal government may be ladling on more regulations to Bitcoin and making disparaging comments about the cyber-currency, but it’s one of the largest holders of the virtual money in the world. The federal government has trashed Bitcoin by way of an investor alert from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) entitled “Bitcoin: More than a Bit Risky.” FINRA said it issued the alert to caution investors that buying and using digital currency, such as Bitcoin, carries risks. Speculative trading in bitcoins carries significant risk. There is also the risk of fraud related to companies claiming to offer Bitcoin payment platforms and other Bitcoin-related products and services. The financial watchdog warned investors that Bitcoin wasn’t legal tender and therefore, “If no one accepts bitcoins, bitcoins will become worthless.” Trading platforms can be hacked, and transactions can involve fraud or theft. Digital wallets don’t guarantee safety like FDIC-insured banks. Property actually transfers in a Bitcoin transaction, so refunds are at the discretion of the seller. Bitcoin has been used in illegal activity because of the anonymity it offers. And finally, speculation in the cyber-currency makes the price volatile. Uncle Sam: Second Largest Bitcoin Holder With all that, the government must figure Bitcoin is worthless, right? Well, no. Readers may remember an online marketplace called Silk Road that was seized by the US Marshals Service (USMS). Bitcoin was the coin of the Silk Road realm, and the US government went ahead and auctioned roughly $20 million of the cyber-currency seized from the online marketplace, despite the Silk Road entrepreneurs not yet having had their day in court. Forty-five bidders registered to buy 29,656 bitcoins. Each ponied up a $200,000 deposit. Reportedly, 63 bids were received by the USMS, with the currency transferred to the winner after the 12-hour auction. What’s curious is that a single anonymous bidder won the auction, beating out prominent investment firms, including Pantera Capital and SecondMarket. There was even speculation that the auction was a ruse and the government didn’t sell at all. Either way, the government still holds 110,000 bitcoins, worth $55 million at today’s $500 per coin price, down considerably from $641 when the auction was held at the end of June. However, given that there are only 13 million or so bitcoins outstanding, the US government is the second largest single holder of this unregulated, potentially “worthless” digital currency (in FINRA’s words), that is used, again according to FINRA, in criminal activity. Government Ignores the Warnings Federal marshals evidently aren’t listening to Mark T. Williams, former Federal Reserve bank examiner and Boston University finance instructor, who wrote last December for Business Insider, “I predict that Bitcoin will trade for under $10 a share by the first half of 2014.” The ex-bank examiner called Bitcoin a “wannabe currency” with a “flawed DNA” that is “steep in Libertarian and anti-Fed dogma but weak in understanding of how global economics, central banking policies, and financial markets function.” Yes, Bitcoin was created by Satoshi Nakamoto (whoever that may be) in response to how badly governments have handled monetary policies. The PHDs running the world’s central banks are creating booms and busts and misery for millions, while destroying the value of their currencies in mere decades. Yet, Professor Williams has the brass to write, “To assume currency can be computer generated, run in a decentralized manner and outside of the central banking system and controls is farcical and economically dangerous.” The Return of Money to the Marketplace Bitcoin is merely the return of money to where it came from—the entrepreneurial marketplace. Money wasn’t a creation of government policy; it is an idea that was stolen by government in order to tax people covertly through inflation. What started with kings shaving and clipping coins, has become cruelly efficient, with central bank economists conjuring up money with computer keystrokes. The bother of paper and ink are no longer required. People use Bitcoin because they want to; they use dollars because they have to. Government hates competition, so it prosecutes counterfeiters aggressively and takes a dim view of cyber money competitors. Williams takes a swipe at the Winklevoss twins who have predicted Bitcoin will reach $40,000 per coin and who have a Bitcoin exchange traded fund (ETF) in the SEC’s approval process. Nasdaq Vice President of Transaction Services and head of ETF business, David LaValle, says about the proposed Bitcoin ETF: I think it’s significant that we’re on the precipice of a new investable asset that’s coming to market or becoming available to investors first in the form of an ETF. In some ways, it gives the ETF credibility, and it accentuates many of the benefits of the ETF as an investment wrapper. To that extent, it’s important for the ETF industry. He went on to say, “I think bringing it in an ETF wrapper gives bitcoins more credibility.” Once upon a time, buying gold meant breaking the law. From 1933 to 1974, US citizens could only own up to $100 worth of gold. After 1974, buying gold meant searching for coins in out-of-the-way pawn shops and coin shops. Then in November 2004, the gold ETF (GLD) began trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The yellow metal was lifted from the investment shadows and rose in price from the mid-$400 range to $1,900 before falling back to where it is today. Bitcoin Is Gold 2.0 Approval of the Winklevoss ETF will do the same for Bitcoin, which Chriss Street of the American Thinker calls “Gold 2.0.” Street points out that only 5.6 million troy ounces of gold have been mined, and Satoshi’s protocol allows only 21 million bitcoins to be mined. Street explains: … by 2040 when the world population reaches 10 billion, there will only be 1 bitcoin for every 500 people on the earth. Gold and bitcoins are similar in lacking intrinsic value unless members of society have confidence they will maintain their value over time.… The value of bitcoins and gold are rooted in their rarity, ease of handling, and inability of government to destroy its store of wealth…. Welcome to the true full-faith of Gold 2.0. Recently, online travel agent Expedia began accepting Bitcoin, joining Dell, Overstock, TigerDirect, and other retailers. Flat 128, a retailer that sells British jewelry and accessories in New York’s West Village, just installed a Bitcoin ATM, where patrons can exchange cash for the electronic currency. Flat 128’s owner says 15 to 20 people a day come into her store to use the ATM. “Merchants around the country say that the Bitcoin A.T.M.s are helping draw would-be customers, too,” writes Sydney Ember for the New York Times. “Some of those are in coffee shops, where the tech crowd and early Bitcoin adopters are coming in for beverages.” This movement toward the cyber-currency flies in the face of what ex-bank examiner Williams wrote at the end of last year, “This is why in recent weeks, as large price movements have occurred, we have seen more credible retailers saying ‘No’ to Bitcoin.” The government knows Bitcoin (or something like it) isn’t going away. The government just wants to tax it, or steal it when its functionaries can conjure up a crime. If you don’t trust the dollar, and you shouldn’t, be like Uncle Sam: keep some money in gold and Gold 2.0.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

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

No Eggs No Mayo FDA Goes After Hampton Creek for Naming Its

first_img Image credit: Hampton Creek | Facebook Updated Thursday, Aug. 27 at 9:00 a.m. ETHampton Creek’s stated mission is to produce healthy, sustainable and affordable food products.According to the Food and Drug Administration, it’s also misleading consumers by labeling its line of vegan spreads “Just Mayo.”The crux of the issue hinges on eggs. True mayo must contain them, the FDA stipulates. Hampton Creek’s line of “Just Mayo” spreads does not, and thus the name is a misnomer at best, misleading at worst. The FDA is making it very clear it’s not amused by Hampton Creek’s antics, writing in an Aug. 12 warning letter to the company:”Just” together with “Mayo” reinforces the impression that the products are real mayonnaise by suggesting that they are “all mayonnaise” or “nothing but” mayonnaise. However, your Just Mayo and Just Mayo Sriracha do not meet the definition of the standard for mayonnaise. According to the labels for these products, neither product contains eggs. Additionally, the products contain additional ingredients that are not permitted by the standard of identity for mayonnaise, such as modified food starch.This is not the first time Hampton Creek has been the target of an egg-based lawsuit. Last year, Unilever (which owns the prominent mayonnaise brand Hellmann’s) sued the company over false advertising and unfair competition arguing, essentially, what the FDA is laying down: no eggs, no mayonnaise.In December, Unilever dropped the lawsuit, perhaps in part because of a Change.org petition asking the company to “stop bullying” the startup, which collected more than 112,000 signatures.Is the FDA perhaps being a tad oversensitive? After all, its definition of mayonnaise hasn’t been updated since the 1950s, when a vegan diet was a mere twinkle in the eyes of the mainstream public. Should Hampton Creek really have anticipated that the FDA would cleave so thoroughly to the egg requirement?Related: Hampton Creek Reinvents the EggAbsolutely, according to Ivan Wasserman, an attorney at Manatt Phelps & Phillips. “What’s surprising is that it took this long. As far as having to comply with the standards of identity, I’d say the FDA has a very strong position,” he told The Washington Post. For the record, when advertising the Just Mayo brand on its site, Hampton Creek does not explicitly state that the product is eggless. Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick is adamant that despite the letter, the Just Mayo name isn’t going anywhere. “We had a good call with the FDA yesterday. They get the import of what we’re doing — and why it matters to our food system,” he said in a statement to Entrepreneur. “This is larger than a conversation about mayo, as innovation — especially when it has a positive impact — is important to them. We’ll sit down with the FDA shortly, and are excited to talk with them about our approach. They understand our mission more than folks realize, and want to find a way forward.”In its letter, the FDA also takes issue with Hampton Creek’s claim that its Just Mayo spreads are cholesterol-free. (To advertise with that label, the agency dictates that food cannot contain “more than 13 grams of total fat per 50 grams”.)”Failure to promptly correct these violations may result in regulatory action without further notice, such as seizure and/or injunction,” the FDA warns.While the agency’s meddling has the potential to cause a series headache for Hampton Creek, it could also be a great marketing opportunity. Just as with the Unilever lawsuit, Hampton Creek is not only able to play the scrappy underdog in a fight with a larger foe (in this case, federal regulators), but it gets the opportunity to spotlight its product and educate consumers about the health and environmental benefits of eggless mayo.Or, eggless…sandwich spread? This is where things get tricky for the company — if the FDA is successful, and Hampton Creek must change its product’s name, are there really any good alternatives?Tetrick isn’t betting on it. “We’re solid on keeping our name,” he said.Related: FDA Grants 23andMe Approval to Sell Test for Rare Genetic Condition Guest Writer Add to Queue Laura Entis No Eggs, No Mayo: FDA Goes After Hampton Creek for Naming Its Vegan Spread ‘Just Mayo’ Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. –shares August 26, 2015 Regulations Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Apple Considering Expansion Into Wearable Glasses

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » Apple Next Article Apple Inc. is considering expanding into wearable glass headsets and has talked about the project with potential suppliers, Bloomberg reported citing people familiar with the matter.The wearable headset would show images, along with other information and may use augmented reality, according to the report.Chief Executive Tim Cook, who has been struggling with a slowdown in iPhone sales in recent quarters, said earlier this year that the company would continue to invest a lot into augmented reality.  Apple, the world’s largest technology company, has ordered a small number of near-eye displays for testing but has not obtained enough for production on a larger scale, the report added.Apple declined to comment.The move would make Apple the latest tech company to venture into wearable glasses.Alphabet Inc.’s discontinued its own wearable glass headset, Google Glass, and closed the social media account linked to the device earlier this year, ending its attempt to popularize the expensive devices with consumers.The device received plenty of attention when it was launched in 2012, but quickly ran into problems with its awkward appearance and privacy concerns over video recording.Snap, an $18 billion company which makes the popular messaging app Snapchat, also launched its own video-camera sunglasses last week.(Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr) Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business The wearable headset would show images, along with other information, and may use augmented reality. November 15, 2016 2 min read Apple Considering Expansion Into Wearable Glasses Reuters Image credit: Pres Panayotov / Shutterstock Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shareslast_img read more

Atif Rafiq of MGM Resorts International Named US Chief Digital Officer of

first_imgAtif Rafiq of MGM Resorts International Named US Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2019 by CDO Club MTS Staff WriterMay 8, 2019, 9:02 pmMay 8, 2019 Atif Rafiq, newly appointed President of Commercial and Growth at MGM Resorts International and former Chief Digital Officer at Volvo Cars, was recognized as the US Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2019 by the CDO Club, the world’s largest community of C-suite digital and data leaders.Mr. Rafiq received the award after his keynote on “Five Lessons Learned on the Path to Digital Disruption” from David Mathison, CEO of the CDO Club and CDO Summit, at the 7th annual NYC CDO Summit on Wednesday, May 8 in the Roone Arledge auditorium at Columbia University.“There’s a great rewiring of every large company underway at the moment. In the role of CDO, you’re often in the middle of it – culture change, organizing a company around customers, recruitment of new tech-savvy talent, and business model evolution. I’ve been privileged to play the CDO role for companies with great brands, huge scale and global presence.  And this recognition from CDO Club is the cherry on top.”“A true ‘digital native’ and prototypical CDO, Atif has been at the center of digital disruption for over 20 years where he worked in leadership roles at some of the world’s most prestigious organizations, including Goldman Sachs, AOL, Audible [acquired by Amazon], Covigna, Yahoo!, and Amazon. In 2013 he became SVP and Global CDO at McDonald’s, and in 2017 he took on an expanded role as CDO and Global CIO at Volvo Cars. In May 2019, he will start at President, Commercial & Growth for MGM Resorts, a move that earned him inclusion into the CDO Club Hall of Fame, which recognizes those CDOs who have become CEO or President. I am delighted to recognize Atif as the U.S. Chief Digital Officer of the Year for 2019,” noted David Mathison, CEO of the CDO Club.Marketing Technology News: Lattice Engines Announces Spring 2019 Release of Its Atlas Customer Data Platform to Lead Industry into ABM 2.0 EraA recent Wall Street Journal article noted that Atif’s move to MGM as President “reflects a shift of the role of CDO from change catalyst to revenue producer, which can also lead to higher offices” and MGM Chief Executive Jim Murren praised Atif’s “proven ability to translate emerging consumer behavior into strategy and revenue growth.”Mr. Rafiq has both disrupted as a new technology entrant, and helped reposition large incumbent companies. Atif was one of the first chief digital officers in the Fortune 100, and has helped shape the profile of this role as global corporations have embraced it. He provides strong vision for new consumer experiences and products with relentless customer focus, and high business discipline around execution. He is a talent magnet who excels at creating high performance teams aimed at missionary work and has mentored several executives to the C-level.Atif earned his MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2000, and his BA in Mathematics-Economics from Wesleyan University in 1994.Previous U.S. Chief Digital Officer of the Year award winners include Fred Santarpia, Chief Digital Officer at Condé Nast (2018); Thomas Hjelm, Chief Digital Officer at NPR (2017); Linda Boff, Chief Marketing Officer at GE (2016); Adam Brotman, former Chief Digital Officer at Starbucks Coffee Company (2015); Rachael S. Haot, former Chief Digital Officer of New York City and New York State (2014); and Teddy Goff, former Digital Director at Obama for America (2013).Marketing Technology News: Cheetah Digital Strengthens EMEA Team With Three Executive AdditionsU.K. CDO of the Year award winners include Bertrand Bodson, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer at Sainsbury’s Argos (2016); Tanya Cordrey, former Chief Digital Officer at Guardian News and Media (2015); and Mike Bracken, former Chief Digital Officer at U.K.’s Government Digital Service (2014).The EU CDO of the Year award winner was Patrick Hoffstetter, former Chief Digital Officer at Renault (2016). Australian CDO of the Year award winners include Clive Dickens, former Chief Digital Officer at Seven West Media (2017); and Rebekah Horne, former Chief Digital Officer at Network Ten (2016).Marketing Technology News: Amazon Tops Q1 2019 Industry Report Ranking Digital Media Partner Performance C-suite digitalCDO ClubDavid MathisonMarketing TechnologyMGM Resorts InternationalNews Previous ArticleAdstream Launches New Project to Help Solve $80 Billion of Global Ad and Marketing InefficienciesNext ArticleZappar Launches ZapWorks Studio 6last_img read more

Riskbased optimization scheme boosts confidence and profitability for future mixedtechnology power plants

Provided by KAUST A scheme to balance risks may help realize the benefits of being able to combine complementary power technologies, such as thermal generation, wind power and energy storage. Such benefits include lower capital costs and more responsive and reliable energy delivery while leveraging renewable energy technologies Optimizing the operation of a mixed-technology power plant is vital to make such power generation profitable and reliable. However, this is far more complex than for single-technology units due to the simultaneous fluctuations in generation caused by inconsistent wind, for example, as well as fluctuations in energy storage levels and market electricity prices. While optimization schemes have been proposed for such virtual power plants (VPPs), the existing approaches take a rigidly risk-neutral approach to dealing with uncertainty in future conditions. Now, by integrating risk parameters into an efficient optimization program for VPP operation, Ricardo Lima and colleagues Omar Knio and Ibrahim Hoteit from KAUST have developed a platform that allows the system to be tweaked for better reliability and profitability. “Renewable energy resources are inherently uncertain,” explains Lima. “The operation and interaction of these resources with the electricity market brings uncertainty about how to best maximize profit.” Furthermore, “this methodology enables us to capitalize on wind ensembles from weather forecast models, accounting for the uncertainties inherent in future projections,” says HoteitThe problem considered by Knio’s team is the optimization of operations and electricity market participation for a VPP comprising a thermal unit, such as a conventional gas-fired power plant, a wind farm and a pumped storage hydro unit for energy storage. The goal of the calculation is to predict the optimal energy output of the thermal unit and input/output from the hydro unit, with consideration for fluctuating wind conditions and electricity price in the market, which will optimize profit over the next few hours. “The key issue for optimization is always the balance between level of detail of the model and the capacity for obtaining optimal solutions from it,” says Lima. “In this work, we propose efficient approaches to solve large problems and push the limits of the problem sizes we can solve in reasonable computational times.”This is a large-scale calculation problem with many variables even before the inclusion of risk, which presents significant challenges for finding the most accurate solution. To be able to consider the additional complexity of risk, the team had to develop an efficient calculation scheme, which they achieved by calculating the two parts in parallel. The result is a framework that can accommodate both conservative risk-avoidance and aggressive risk-seeking approaches to maximize VPP profits.”Our optimization model supports the calculation of risk-averse decisions that hedge against low profits due to the uncertainty in future wind-power generation and electricity prices,” says Lima. Explore further Using an algorithm to reduce energy bills—rain or shine The challenge is the optimization of operations and electricity market participation for a VPP comprising a thermal unit, such as a conventional gas-fired power plant, a wind farm and a pumped storage hydro unit for energy storage. Credit: Xavier Pita Citation: Risk-based optimization scheme boosts confidence and profitability for future mixed-technology power plants (2018, April 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-risk-based-optimization-scheme-boosts-confidence.html 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. read more

Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide

first_img 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. Explore further Citation: Emergency alert test going out to mobile phones nationwide (2018, October 2) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-emergency-mobile-nationwide.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. About 225 million electronic devices across the United States will get alerts Wednesday afternoon as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducts a test. False tsunami alert sent to US coasts A tone will sound at 2:18 p.m. EDT, similar to that of an Amber Alert or flood watch warning, and the subject of the alert will read: “Presidential Alert” and text will say: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”It is the first test of the national wireless emergency system by FEMA. The message will be broadcast by cell towers for 30 minutes, so it’s possible some people may get it at a different time. The alerts will sound as long as the device is turned on—even if it’s on mute or do not disturb, and it may also appear on smart watches, officials said.A second alert on television broadcast and radio will go off at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The TV and radio alert has been tested for several years.The system test is for a high-level “presidential” alert that would be used only in a nationwide emergency. It is being completed in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission. FEMA officials said Tuesday they would share test result data on how the testing went with mobile carriers to help ensure the system works well in a true emergency.Phones with mobile carriers that participate in the wireless emergency alert system, which sends out information on hazardous weather, or missing children, will get the alert. FEMA officials estimate it will reach about 75 percent of all mobile phones in the country, including phones on all of the major carriers.The wireless alert system launched in 2012. While users can opt out of messages on missing children and natural disasters, they can’t opt out of the presidential alerts, which are issued at the direction of the White House and activated by FEMA.FEMA officials said the administration can only send such an alert for national emergencies or if the public were in peril, rules outlined in a 2006 law, and they say it can’t be used for any sort of personal message from the president.In New York, U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla rejected a last-minute effort to block the test. Three people sued, claiming it violates their constitutional rights. The plaintiffs said the alert system fails to give people the chance to opt out.But Failla called the constitutional questions raised by the lawsuit significant and urged the litigants to find attorneys to help them proceed. She said she believes the plaintiffs want to ensure that President Donald Trump doesn’t turn the alert system into a second Twitter feed.The judge asked a government lawyer if there were standards in place to prevent someone from using the system for political purposes.Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Sun said telephones were being added to a century-old alert system that is controlled by law. A FEMA lawyer said via a phone connection to the courtroom that decisions about alerts are at the discretion of the president, just as are many other decisions involving national security.last_img read more

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click here. "As a friend, Gov. Martin Luther King Jr. Medgar Evers and Malcolm X – all slain campaigning for their cause – among his confidants At one protest Gregory said his pregnant wife was kicked in the stomach by a white sheriff Gregory’s entertainment career increasingly took a backseat to his activismProtesting de facto school segregation Gregory led a march in 1965 from Chicago’s City Hall to the home of Mayor Richard Daley He and several dozen peaceful protesters were arrested for disorderly conduct – they had refused to obey police orders to disperse and hundreds of hecklers began pelting them with rocks and eggsIn 1969 the US Supreme Court unanimously reversed those convictions saying there was no evidence they were responsible for the violenceAmid that legal case Gregory ran for mayor against Daley in 1967 and for US president in 1968 as a write-in candidate with the left-wing Freedom and Peace Party campaigning against what he saw as rampant political corruption in the two major partiesGregory said he was appalled that the Democratic Party would host its national convention that year in Chicago a city where black demonstrators were regularly brutalized by the police The convention drew a large contingent of white anti-Vietnam protesters and the outbreak of violence that ensued prompted Gregory to take mordant glee in the melee"I was at home watching it on TV and I fell on the floor and laughed" he told GQ magazine in 2008 "My wife said ‘What’s funny’ And I said ‘The whole world is gonna change White folks are gonna see white folks beating white folks’ "Gregory took part in highly publicized fasts for peace during the Vietnam War – which resulted in a close friendship with ex-Beatle John Lennon In 1980 he traveled on his own to Tehran on a mission to free the Americans held in the US Embassy and began a fast that reduced him to 97 pounds before he was forced by the Iranian revolutionary government to leaveIncreasingly inclined to believe conspiracy theories he was once arrested for attempting to wrap yellow "crime scene" tape across the front gates of the CIA for what he alleged was the spy agency’s involvement in distributing crack cocaine in inner citiesLike Muhammad Ali "who always thought of himself as more than a boxer Greg always considered himself more than a comic" New York Times sports columnist and Gregory biographer Robert Lipsyte told the London Independent in 2004 "Both men suffered enormously for their political convictions But unlike Ali Greg was conscious of his role from the beginning He knew that his presence at Southern demonstrations would save lives even if it killed his career"- – -Richard Claxton Gregory was born in St Louis on Oct 12 1932 He was the second of six children and described his family as perpetually on relief He said his father an alcoholic was largely absentHe and his siblings often did not have suitable clothes to wear and would don their mother’s dresses to go outside and play "The kids laughed at us and called us names" Gregory told Ebony magazine in 2010 "I ignored the fact that I was wearing a dress and made fun of them too My jokes were funnier Before I knew it I had an audience every day"He developed a sinewy build and became a distinguished runner in high school He was accepted at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he captained the cross-country and track teams and continued winning championshipsAfter his sophomore year he left college and spent two years in the Army where he entertained GIs in talent contests His prowess at joke telling spurred his desire for a show-business career He eventually made his way to Chicago holding down brief jobs at the post office and elsewhereIn his off-hours he was a master of ceremonies in black clubs earning $10 a night He briefly owned his own club and he mostly supported himself during these years with his wife’s modest secretarial salaryHe had married Lillian Smith in 1959 and they would have 11 children one of whom Richard Jr,The comic was ready. the main organizer of Wednesday’s protest. “I just hate what’s happening here. strategically I went away from it. but the Indian is already looking beyond. View Sample Sign Up Now Listen to the most important stories of the day.

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