Fabinho I wasnt close to United move

first_imgLiverpool’s new signing Fabinho has revealed he was never close to joining Manchester United.The 24-year-old, Brazilian midfielder who spoke of his desire to play at Old Trafford for United last summer, confirmed he had minor talks with Man Utd but that no concrete offer was made for him.Fabinho who signed for Jurgen Klopp’s men for a fee around £42.3 million while speaking FourFourTwo magazine says:“I was never close to signing for Manchester United.”“I heard things about it but the truth is, it was never a strong possibility.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I won’t deny there were a few conversations about my situation with Monaco, but there was an official offer from United.”The former Real Madrid man is familiar with current Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, who gave him his Madrid debut towards the end of the 2012-13 season in a 6-2 victory over Malaga.The Brazilian midfielder who can also play as a right full-back had no qualms about joining Liverpool.“As soon as they told me they wanted me here at Anfield, it was an easy decision. Every player wants to play for clubs with massive history and success,” he added.last_img read more

Kaka Unfair to pin Brazil blame on Neymar

first_imgAfter numerous criticism about Neymar’s performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he finally receives words of encouragement from Brazil teammate, Kaka.Kaka is confident Neymar attracts unequal criticism concerning his performance and admonished that Neymar should not be blamed for the country’s bad performance at the World Cup campaign. “This search for the one to blame is what I don’t agree with too much,” Kaka told Omnisport as quoted in FourFourTwo, speaking courtesy of Adidas.“Brazil lost. It wasn’t Neymar who lost. The Brazilian national team was eliminated in the quarter-finals.“[The response to] everything he does is very unbalanced. When he does something good, it’s very big. And when something not so good happens, it’s also very big.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“He, as a 26-year-old lad, has to manage all this… I think he’s fine. Many who criticise Neymar are much older and more mature than Neymar is today.“Faced with all the situations he faces, given the age he is… I’m a fan of Neymar. And that’s speaking about him as a celebrity. As an athlete, he’s an excellent player.”“He was decisive, he did good passes, he didn’t score, but he looked for the game,” the retired midfielder said.“He tried at every moment, he put his team-mates near the goal lots of times, but this happens.”last_img read more

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

Schuster tips Joachim Low to become Madrids boss

first_imgFormer Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster has tipped current Germany coach Joachim Low to take over this summer.Schuster enjoyed a successful stint at the club as a player and manager where he won League titles in both cases. And has gone further to anoint his German compatriot for the position.Schuster further claimed he recommended Low to club president Florentino Perez. According to quotes cited on Football Espana.“I spoke with him (Perez) at an honorary event and I explicitly mentioned Low.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He reacted by looking at me oddly as if I had surprised him.“Germans are very highly regarded at Real and it would not surprise me if Real tried to sign Low this summer.”The club confirmed Santiago Solari as their new head coach in October, following the departure of Julen Lopetegui, with a contract up until June 2021.However, there are rumours circulating that the club may make moves for another manager if results don’t pan out well, with Jose Mourinho and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino both linked.last_img read more

Kayak Adventure turns deadly for American man

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#Kayakadventureturnsdeadly, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 6, 2017 – Providenciales – An American visitor today died after complaining of a headache when the kayak he and his wife was on flipped over in the waters of Thompson Cove in Provo.   Police reported that the man was pronounced dead at 1:03pm.  Magnetic Media had been contacted by family friends of the man out of California, asking if there was any news of  his death.Police responded to our query and confirmed that “He and his wife was out on a kayak in the area of Thompson Cove.   The Kayak flipped over and when he got back on he complained of headache and later lost conscious.”It was also said an autopsy will be carried out to determined the exact cause of death.#MagneticMediaNews#Kayakadventureturnsdeadlylast_img read more

From Los Rakas To Maluca Mala AfroLatino Artists Talk About Representing Their

first_imgNews Email Facebook From Los Rakas To Maluca Mala: Afro-Latino Artists Talk About Representing Their Culture In The Music Industry Afro-Latino Artists: “We Don’t Have To Choose” los-rakas-maluca-mala-afro-latino-artists-talk-about-representing-their-culture-music Twitter Los Rakas and other Afro-Latino artists share their varied experiences in the music industryJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 27, 2019 – 2:09 pm Maluca Mala grew up in New York, but, like so many kids with family from other countries, every summer she would fly to the Dominican Republic to visit her grandmother. Maluca remembers the summer the Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly” hit the airwaves on the island clearly.”All my friends knew the lyrics to the song in English, but they didn’t speak English. They didn’t even know what the words meant,” recalls the electronic artist on a recent phone call from New York City. “I was the translator.”Maluca has been releasing music since the height of Myspace, creating a mesh of sounds: electronic, punk, hip-hop and club with native-to-the-DR merengue, and other Latin sounds. Her lyrics feature female-empowering anthems in English and Spanish and her look demands as much attention, with her long, thick waves being cut short and straight or placed in a high ponytail. Her colorful outfits make her medium skin tone pop. “I really wanted the intention to be, well, how could little old me diversify American radio?” she says of her lyrics. “The intention was, okay, I’m going to do my music in Spanglish because you go overseas and no matter what country you’re in, they’re playing English music on the radio.”An Afro-Latina with roots in a country where it is common to see black Latinos, Maluca sees her value as being able to tap into the English and Spanish language market. In an industry that can easily box in artists—“Being black and having a certain tone or look automatically makes people think you belong in one thing,” former Danity Kane singer and current solo artist Dawn Richard told Pitchfork in 2017—Maluca has stayed her authentic self. “We need to start approaching it from that way. They need us to make things popping,” she says. “Like, we really need to know our worth and our value as brown artists. Like, I know why you want me on that track. Because I’m Latina and you want to make this song hot.” Managing—And Exceeding—ExpectationsHowever, some Afro-Latino artists have had to fight against being molded into just one of their identities.”A lot of expectations were placed upon me based on my color, based on the texture of my hair,” says the independent singer/songwriter and soulful alternative rock artist Joy Villa of some of her experience in the industry.”When I came into the industry people told me a lot of ignorant things, like … you look more Latino when you have straight hair. You should go for the Latin market. You need to learn Spanish, you need to speak better Spanish, you can be accepted then,” says the singer whose mother is African-American, and father is Argentinian and Italian. “Then on the black side, it was like you have to look more black, you have to look [sexier]. I got a lot of the specialization for the black community in music. Unfortunately, it was like, ‘You got to show it. You got to be one of the rap girls, do rap, you do hip-hop, or you have to be like Beyoncé.’”Villa, who calls herself a “rebel” and has made blatant political statements on the red carpet that have brought criticism from the left, didn’t listen to the feedback and has stayed focused on making the one thing she says won’t judge her: music. “That’s where I really found my voice, being confident in my artistic integrity and saying people can’t tell me what I am, because I know who I am. It took a lot of years and self-development of finding that, and I did find it from my peers.”Meanwhile, as Maluca points out, the conversation about being black and Latino is still missing in some Latin cultures. “In a lot of Latin cultures, because of colonialism and slavery, we don’t talk about our blackness. A lot of folks didn’t even want to identify as black, you know?” she says. “Through expanding my view, the world, like living in the East Village, going to an arts school, I was like, oh my gosh, I’m black, too.”Then there’s GRAMMY-nominated Bay Area hip-hop group Los Rakas, who carry their roots in their name utilize Spanglish lyrics to pay homage to those who came before them.”A lot of artists out here, especially in the Bay Area [liked] … how we used Spanglish from the very beginning,” Rich, one half of the duo, says. “We started collaborating with some of the biggest artists out of the Bay Area, and then we started incorporating the Spanish into their songs. It didn’t matter if [it was] R&B from Goapele to E-40. We were actually inspiring them to try to speak in Spanish or do something in Spanish with us, you know?”The cousins, known as Raka Rich and Raka Dun, have roots in Panama—the country that links Central and South America and is home to iconic reggae en Español artist El General. Dun was born in Panama and eventually moved to Oakland with Rich, who was born in the Bay Area. “Naturally when we started making music we just repped our culture, you know what I mean, repped being Afro-Latino because we’re proud of it,” Rich says. “When people would come and meet us they would be intrigued by [our Spanish], because they’ve never seen Black kids speaking in Spanish. It was rare for them.” The group calls themselves Rakas, a Panamanian word used to identify poor rebels, to bring awareness to these roots. Celia Cruz and Ismael Rivera are among the Afro-Latino artists they grew up listening to. “That’s why we call ourselves Los Rakas—because we felt like [our heritage] was not getting recognized, what we contributed to the culture, just being Afro-Latinos,” Rich says. “It’s nothing against nobody else; it’s just more like, we want to let you guys know that we’re out here. It’s more to bring awareness that this culture is also Black culture, but it’s in Spanish, and to pay homage to those people who started it.””They will tell us, ‘Hey, you guys should say ya’ll from Panama, you know what I mean, don’t say ya’ll from California. It’s like no, we’re repping both though,” Dun adds. The group has never felt the need to fit in a box either. “When we started doing music, we just tried everything. We went from doing R&B, to rap, to any genre you can think of—we tried it out from the very beginning. So for us, whenever we wanted to rap in English we’ll rap in English and we’ll put in the album,” Rich says. “We never felt like we had to do what the industry was doing, we were just doing what we wanted to do, just trying different things out, and expanding through our friends.”Finding Success On The InternetThe success Los Rakas have experienced since coming onto the scene in 2006, which includes collabs with classic-punk act Blondie, is thanks in part to the exposure the internet provides. Today, in the post-Napster music-consumption era, many artists are finding ways around industry barriers and building organic audiences with help from free sharing sites like YouTube and SoundCloud.”We went to Chile, or we will go to Mexico, and the people singing the songs word for word… that’s thanks to the internet. Back in the day you had to be on a major record label, and you had to basically go promote yourself in Mexico physically, go promote yourself in Chile,” Dun says. “The internet helped a lot of people to be able to do what we do, and not have to conform to what the industry tells you to do.”RELATED: Tierra Whack Talks Creative Process, Netflix Recommendations And Checkers’ FriesVilla, whose album I Make The Static EP made the Billboard 200 in 2017, points out the success of experimental GRAMMY-nominated rapper Tierra Whack, who has utilized Instagram to boost her career. “She’s so different, she went viral being herself and she released 15 one-minute self-aware tracks making fun of herself, being Whack and different, and sort of the awkward black girl kind of vibe, and I love that. This is the time to be awkward and weird and wonderful and nerdy, and everything you were meant to be,” she says. “I feel like women have stronger voices. Afro-Latinas have strong voices. We’re now getting awareness and invisibility. The music industry has to catch up to what’s happening now.”By the same token, Maluca sees Cardi B’s 2019 Rap Album GRAMMY win for Invasion Of Privacy, which features the bilingual hit “I Like It” featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, as a major win. Cardi has roots in the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. “I do think the industry expects Latinos to have a “Latino” type sound. Cardi B did not do that. She’s from New York, do you know what I mean? Like, hip-hop is part of our vernacular,” she says. “[Cardi B] was like, ‘I don’t have to do music in Spanish [all the time] for you to understand that I’m a Latina.'”Read morelast_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Learn About Local Aerial Photographer Joseph Turner

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting local aerial photographer Joseph Turner.Like 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.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

Throwback When Anil Ambani broke up with Tina Munim under family pressure

first_imgThe love story of former Bollywood actress Tina Munim and business tycoon Anil Ambani well could have been a plot of some Bollywood movie. Though the couple went through a lot of rough patches at the beginning of their relationship, once they got married, there was no looking back for the two. And three decades later, they have made our belief in love conquers all, even more, stronger.In a freewheeling chat with Simi Garewal, Tina Ambani and Anil Ambani had bared their souls out on their love story and how they reached the decision to marry. Anil and Tina met for the first time at a party where Anil was taken aback by seeing her in a black saree as it was quite unconventional for anyone to turn up for a wedding wearing black. Both were introduced to each other and Anil didn’t waste time and immediately asked her out. Tina, who was not looking out for a relationship then, politely turned him down.When many years later, they again met, Tina was left in awe of his personality and simplicity. Anil too was impressed by her beauty and genuineness. The duo started meeting more often and love-struck. However, when Anil’s family got the whiff of it, they weren’t too fond of the match. Anil’s family had certain notions about people from the film industry and they pressurised the two to stop seeing each other.Anil being an obedient son agreed and the duo called it off for some time. But, in their hearts, they were still together. Though the duo didn’t speak for four years, they never tried to get attached to anyone else. Meanwhile, Anil kept refusing all the proposals which were coming his way and finally managed to persuade his family to accept Tina into the family.last_img read more

Google CEO Sundar Pichai to announce new initiatives for small Indian businesses

first_imgGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai will start the new year with major announcements for small businesses and startups in India on January 4. He is currently touring India on a personal holiday with his family. Also read: Google features PM Modi among ‘top 10 criminals,’ served court noticePichai landed in India on Sunday and arrived in Jaipur in a private jet from Chennai. The local administration doesn’t know about his whereabouts, but it is known that he is staying in a top hotel in his wife’s home state. The event in New Delhi will be attended by Union Minister of IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and senior Google officials. Pichai is expected to announce Google’s further inroads into India’s Start Up India and Digital India initiatives. “As Indian small businesses chart their journey, technology is playing a pivotal role in helping them explore new markets, engage different audiences and compete more effectively. At Google, we are excited about partnering with small businesses to help them unlock exponential growth through the power of digital…We invite you to join senior leaders from Google, the industry and business owners like yourselves, as we shine the spotlight on the Indian SMB ecosystem and delve into how digital can be a game changer for your business,” reads the Google invite, according to India Today. He had said in December 2015 he wants to help 20 million small and medium enterprises in India get online by 2017. This will be Pichai’s second public event in India since taking up the position as CEO. He had announced the Google My Business tool in December 2015, which allows businesses to update information regarding business hours, phone numbers and other particulars on Google. Last month, Google had announced that seven Indian startups will be part of its third batch of ‘Launchpad Accelerator’.  Google has also partnered with RailTel to bring high-speed internet to 100 railway stations. Their aim is to bring internet to at least 400 railway stations.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

Fire Chief Wants Additional 128 Million Annually

first_imgIt’s not often that people ask Houston City Council for additional funds, and the Council’s response is, “Are you sure that’s enough?” But that was the case Tuesday, when Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena addressed the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.“The only real concern that I have with your presentation is that you might not be getting enough, or that your requests are really modest,” says David Robinson who is the Council At-Large Position 2, regarding Pena’s request for an additional $12,830,000 annually.Pena says the majority of that money would go towards replacing outdated equipment.“We really have a basic and ongoing moral and legal responsibility to provide safe and functional apparatus and equipment to our personnel.”Currently the city has 88 fire vehicles in its fleet, and replaces four a year. Pena would like to up that to 10 per year.When it comes to being better prepared for the next heavy rains to hit the city, the Houston Fire Department would like an additional four rescue boats, six “prime mover” vehicles to deploy the boats, and seven more “high water” vehicles, of which the city currently has one.As he reflected not only on how the fire department dealt with Harvey, but in normal day-to-day use, Chief Pena also believes the city must address how it handles 911 calls. “We say we’re going to be at your door in six minutes or less travel time, 90% of the time. In order to do that we have to deploy every available resource. It doesn’t matter if it’s the wrong resource. All we are doing is getting to the door, stopping the clock and then we’re calling additional resources that really are able to take care of the issue. We cannot continue to do that,” he says. Pena would also like to spend $330,000 annually to train an additional 360 field officers in swift water rescue procedures. Currently, Houston has less than 200 trained for situations like Harvey.Fiscal Affairs Committee Chair, Councilwoman Brenda Stardig, thinks it’s not only important to find the funds requested in the next budget, but in all future budgets.“As a native Houstonian I don’t want things changing according to political will, I want things to be predictable and that we leverage our dollars and we continue to do it not on the deferred maintenance plan,” said Stardig, who also thinks there’s a way to protect the funds from politics.“We’ve got a few ideas, I’ve just got it together and get some support and I think we can get it done.” Sharelast_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

Apple Music Unveils Its Top 100 Songs and Albums for 2018

first_imgApple Music today unveiled its most-streamed songs and albums of 2018 — and not surprisingly, Drake was at the top of both lists (and had 3 of the Top 5 songs). Just an unsurprisingly, both lists are dominated by hip-hop, pop and R&B. The company also included its editorial selections for artist, breakout artist, song and album of the year.The lists appear in full below.Apple Music’s Top 100 Global Songs 41Camila CabelloNever Be the Same 48Gucci ManeMr. Davis 3Post Malonerockstar (feat. 21 Savage) 77Ariana GrandeGod is a woman 5Post MalonePsycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) 37Charlie PuthVoicenotes 9BlocBoy JBLook Alive (feat. Drake) 65Jay Rock,Kendrick Lamar,Future & James BlakeKing’s Dead 52French MontanaUnforgettable (feat. Swae Lee) 47Original Broadway Cast of HamiltonHamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) 67The Weeknd & Kendrick LamarPray For Me 38THE CARTERSEVERYTHING IS LOVE 54Post MaloneCandy Paint 14Post MaloneBetter Now 45Imagine DragonsThunder 51A$AP RockyTESTING 11Lil Uzi VertLuv Is Rage 2 77French MontanaJungle Rules 94Nicki MinajChun-Li 93Kodak BlackPainting Pictures 32A Boogie wit da HoodieThe Bigger Artist 96HalseyBad at Love 13Lil BabyHarder Than Ever 92A$AP FergStill Striving 16BazziMine Popular on Variety 29GunnaDrip Season 3 3Cardi BInvasion of Privacy 18Kendrick Lamar & SZAAll The Stars 50DJ KhaledGrateful 53OzunaOdisea 32Cardi BBartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage) 35Bruno Mars24K Magic 34Maroon 5Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B) 4XXXTENTACION? 36The WeekndCall Out My Name 39DrakeI’m Upset 1DrakeGod’s Plan 98benny blanco,Halsey & KhalidEastside 40NFLet You Down 47KhalidYoung Dumb & Broke 42XXXTENTACIONFuck Love (feat. Trippie Redd) 13Juice WRLDLucid Dreams 44MarshmelloSilence (feat. Khalid) 76J. ColeKOD 6Cardi B,Bad Bunny & J BalvinI Like It 87Kendrick Lamar,The Weeknd & SZABlack Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By 71Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman EnsembleThis Is Me 49Marshmello & Anne-MarieFRIENDS 30Luke CombsThis One’s for You 68Frank OceanBlonde 19Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia LineMeant to Be 53XXXTENTACIONchanges 9J. ColeKOD 23Nicki MinajQueen 56Post MaloneBall For Me (feat. Nicki Minaj) 805 Seconds of SummerYoungblood 16SZACtrl 59Cardi BBe Careful 89Maroon 5What Lovers Do (feat. SZA) 60Meek MillWins & Losses 62DrakeMob Ties 63G-Eazy & HalseyHim & I 78YoungBoy Never Broke AgainOutside Today 11Lil Baby & DrakeYes Indeed 66Hailee Steinfeld & AlessoLet Me Go (feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt) 17Dua LipaDua Lipa 68Kendrick LamarLOVE. (FEAT. ZACARI.) 38Khalid & NormaniLove Lies 86FutureDS2 (Deluxe) 36Shawn MendesShawn Mendes 64MiguelWar & Leisure 69Lil Uzi VertXO TOUR Llif3 39LogicBobby Tarantino II 98Lil PeepCome Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1 8Various ArtistsThe Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 79Bruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans 5Travis ScottASTROWORLD 31Rich The KidThe World Is Yours 75Kendrick LamarHUMBLE. 87Shawn MendesIn My Blood 96Anne-MarieSpeak Your Mind 91Adele21 7Chris BrownHeartbreak on a Full Moon 62Chance the RapperColoring Book 73EminemRiver (feat. Ed Sheeran) Apple Music’s Best Music of 2018 – Editorial SelectionsArtist of the year: DrakeBreakout Artist of the Year: Juice WRLDSong of the Year: I Like It – Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J. BalvinAlbum of the Year: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves 8821 SavageBank Account 10Offset & Metro BoominRic Flair Drip 815 Seconds of SummerYoungblood 84Ed SheeranPerfect Duet (with Beyoncé) 976LACKEast Atlanta Love Letter 97ZAYNDusk Till Dawn (feat. Sia) [Radio Edit] 49BazziCOSMIC 15Juice WRLDGoodbye & Good Riddance 41H.E.R.H.E.R. 34Travis ScottBirds in the Trap Sing McKnight 82Imagine DragonsWhatever It Takes 58Lil PumpGucci Gang 2DrakeNice For What 43Lil YachtyLil Boat 2 40Playboi CartiDie Lit 95Bryson TillerTrue to Self 100Lil SkiesRed Roses (feat. Landon Cube) 25Lil SkiesLife of a Dark Rose 85Kanye WestAll Mine 37Ed SheeranShape of You 33MigosCulture 24G-EazyNo Limit (feat. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B) 266ix9ineFEFE (feat. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz) 64Dua LipaIDGAF 15Migos,Nicki Minaj & Cardi BMotorSport 55J. Cole2014 Forest Hills Drive 56Bryson TillerT R A P S O U L 1421 Savage,Offset & Metro BoominWithout Warning 846ix9ineDAY69: Graduation Day 60Post MaloneCongratulations (feat. Quavo) 92Selena GomezBack to You 18Camila CabelloCamila 6Ed Sheeran÷ 79MiguelSky Walker (feat. Travis Scott) 99DJ KhaledWild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller) 83MacklemoreGEMINI 17DrakeNonstop 28Lil WayneTha Carter V 2Post Malonebeerbongs & bentleys 26G-EazyThe Beautiful & Damned 21MigosWalk It Talk It (feat. Drake) 24Kanye Westye 27Calvin Harris & Dua LipaOne Kiss 52Imagine DragonsEvolve 74Luis Fonsi & Daddy YankeeDespacito (feat. Justin Bieber) 85Various ArtistsLove, Simon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 90Famous DexPick It Up (feat. A$AP Rocky) 7XXXTENTACIONSAD! 82Mac MillerSwimming 35Bruno MarsFinesse (Remix) [feat. Cardi B] 63Justin TimberlakeMan of the Woods 25XXXTENTACIONMoonlight 28Ed SheeranPerfect 1DrakeScorpion 45Lil PumpLil Pump 59Kane BrownKane Brown Apple Music’s Top 100 Global Albums 44RussThere’s Really A Wolf 57Rae Sremmurd,Swae Lee & Slim JxmmiSR3MM 46Daniel CaesarFreudian 43XXXTENTACIONJocelyn Flores 30Dua LipaNew Rules 89Sam SmithThe Thrill of It All 48Selena Gomez & MarshmelloWolves 70The ChainsmokersMemories…Do Not Open 95YGBIG BANK (feat. 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj) 91Post MaloneRich & Sad 5421 SavageIssa Album 20The WeekndMy Dear Melancholy, 31TygaTaste (feat. Offset) 55Ella MaiBoo’d Up 58YoungBoy Never Broke AgainAI YoungBoy 42Future & Young ThugSUPER SLIMEY 12KhalidAmerican Teen 61FutureBEASTMODE 2 83Logic1-800-273-8255(feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid) 27EminemKamikaze 72Imagine DragonsBeliever 74BeyoncéBEYONCÉ (Platinum Edition) 78Taylor Swiftreputation 51Sam SmithToo Good at Goodbyes 67Calvin HarrisFunk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 70Gucci ManeI Get the Bag (feat. Migos) 93Rich The KidNew Freezer (feat. Kendrick Lamar) 71Bebe RexhaAll Your Fault, Pt. 2 – EP 72P!nkBeautiful Trauma 76Little MixGlory Days: The Platinum Edition 22Kodak BlackProject Baby 2: All Grown Up 75Trippie ReddLIFE’S A TRIP 90Ty Dolla $ignBeach House 3 10XXXTENTACION17 21Ariana GrandeSweetener 86Drake & Michael JacksonDon’t Matter To Me 19YoungBoy Never Broke AgainUntil Death Call My Name 81FutureHNDRXX 65Lil Baby & GunnaDrip Harder 73FutureFUTURE 61Travis ScottButterfly Effect 80RudimentalThese Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen) 69Wiz KhalifaRolling Papers 2 4DrakeIn My Feelings 29Cardi BBodak Yellow 33MigosStir Fry 46Rich The KidPlug Walk 57Kodak BlackRoll in Peace (feat. XXXTENTACION) 66PnB RockCatch These Vibes 88Adele25 50Lil DickyFreaky Friday (feat. Chris Brown) 23Zedd,Maren Morris & GreyThe Middle 20Ariana Grandeno tears left to cry 94NAVRECKLESS 12Post MaloneI Fall Apart 99YGSTAY DANGEROUS 100Einstein Baby Lullaby AcademyBaby Lullaby: Relaxing Piano Lullabies and Natural Sleep Aid for Baby Sleep Music 22Travis ScottSICKO MODE 8Camila CabelloHavana (feat. Young Thug) ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

WBSEDCL reaches new milestone with SKOCH award

first_imgKolkata: The state Power department has achieved another milestone, as the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL), has been conferred with the prestigious SKOCH Order-Of-Merit for ‘Intellectual Billingwith Automated SupervisoryCheck System’, at the 52nd SKOCH Summit in New Delhi on June 23.According to a senior official of the WBSEDCL, the prize can be considered as a recognition for them, as it has come up with an innovation in the spot-billing procedure for domestic and commercial consumers. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The initiative was taken by WBSEDCL. The award is an acknowledgement of WBSEDCL’s endeavour to provide 24×7 quality and uninterrupted power to over 1.8 crore valued consumers,” an official said.According to a Press statement issued by Biswarup Mukherjee, Adviser & CPRO, WBSEDCL, the pioneering mechanism involves multiple software facilities in addition to the SAP IS-U system, right from an android based mobile app (Vidyut Sahayogi) for meter reading and bill Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedgeneration, to layered supervision and storage of consumer data.It has increased the billing efficacy, data security and authenticity. With the help of this facility, 100 percent billing has been achieved. The energy bill is delivered at the consumer’s doorstep on the same day of meter reading.The meter-reading image, along with capturing of latitude-longitude of the consumer’s premise and date and time, are done with the help of new technology, besides generation of bill. The image verification software and profiling facility also helps in central data supervision, apart from being a quick and transparent way of dispute resolution.Vidyut Sahayogi is a multilingual mobile application of the state electricity distribution company, to help its customers get better service.The app has been developed with state-of-the-art technology based on Android mobile platform, for the customers of WBSEDCL. Apart from paying bills, the mobile application will also help customers apply for new connections.last_img read more

Al Jazeera has launched a version of its youthfoc

first_imgAl Jazeera has launched a version of its youth-focused mobile news service AJ+ for Apple TV.Al Jazeera said the new digital experience marks AJ+’s “first step in making content available through an app on the big screen.”Since its inception in September 2014 AJ+ has focused solely on native mobile and social distribution, though it will now also curate content specifically for Apple TV audiences.“Innovative storytelling and reporting about stories that matter in formats that appeal to our audience as well as distributing this content natively to our audience has always been a key pillar of our strategy,” said AJ+ managing director, Dima Khatib.“We definitely are leading with our mobile first approach for news and hope to take the lessons learned over to the big screen. Watch this space as we figure out how to bring content engagement back to people’s living rooms.”The news comes less than a week after Al Jazeera America announced it will close down its TV network in the coming months, citing an unsustainable business model.At the time, Al Jazeera said it will expand international digital services like AJ+ to broaden its presence in the US.last_img read more

The proportion of US TV households that subscribe

first_imgThe proportion of US TV households that subscribe to some form of pay TV service has dropped by eight percentage points in the past five years, according to Leichtman Research Group (LRG).The new study claims that 78% of US television homes currently take pay TV, down from 86% in 2013, 87% in 2008 and 81% in 2004.It also found that the decline in pay TV use was more pronounced among younger age groups, with just 70% of adults aged 18-44 now taking pay TV, versus 83% in 2013.By comparison, 84% of those aged 45 and over were found to subscribe to a pay TV service, down just four percentage points from 88% in 2013.“Pay TV subscriptions are not consistent across demographic group,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group.“The penetration of pay TV among younger individuals and related groups, including renters, singles, and movers, has declined at a faster pace in recent years, expanding demographic divides in pay TV.”Other findings of the research included: 32% of people who moved in the past year do not subscribe to a pay TV service; 44% of people that use just one TV at home are non-subscribers; and 27% of TV households with annual incomes below US$50,000 do not subscribe to a pay TV service.However, among those that do subscribe to pay TV, their average monthly spend on the service is up by 1% in the past year to roughly US$107.The findings are taken from LRG’s sixteenth annual study on the topic, titled ‘Pay TV in the US 2018’ and are based on a phone survey of 1,152 US households.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