MLS legend Schmid dies at age 65

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Galaxy manager Sigi Schmid has died at the age of 65, his family has announced.Schmid, who has the most wins as a manager in the history of the Major League Soccer, was admitted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center earlier in the month, needing a heart transplant.The cause of Schmid’s death was not disclosed, but his family released the following statement, as quoted by ProSoccerUSA:“On Tuesday, December 25, Sigi Schmid passed away at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles due to a personal health matter.”Chile, Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez rules out move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami Andrew Smyth – September 5, 2019 Alexis Sanchez reckons he’s still got another “five or six years left” of European football in him amid links of a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami.“Our family is deeply saddened by his passing and is taking this time to grieve the loss of a tremendous husband, father, leader and mentor.”“We also recognize how much Sigi meant to so many people across the U.S. Soccer landscape and around the world at different levels of the game. That community meant a great deal to him as well, and for that reason, it was important to us that we share the news of his passing.”“While we mourn his loss, we appreciate privacy during this challenging time and will not be issuing further statements. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family asks to please consider a memorial gift to support the men’s soccer program at UCLA, Sigi’s alma mater. Donations in memory of Sigi may be directed to the attention of Emily Lerner of UCLA Athletics at 310-206-3302 or”last_img read more

Coast Guard Rescues Two Near Seward

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mustang rescued two mariners stranded near Driftwood Bay State Marine Park, southeast of Seward on Saturday. The cutter Mustang arrived on scene, the crew deployed a small boat and a rescue swimmer, and brought the man and woman aboard. Both mariners were safely transported to Seward with no medical concerns reported. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received a notification from the good Samaritan vessel Lights Out that two people were stranded after beaching their boat to avoid sinking, according to a release from the Coast Guard issued on Sunday.center_img Lt. j. g. Scott Peters, Sector Anchorage command center duty officer: “The two people stranded had food and water but no way of calling for help due to a lack of cell phone and VHF service in the area. It’s important for mariners to prepare for worst case scenario before getting underway. This should include carrying vital life-saving equipment such as an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or other means of emergency satellite communications.”last_img read more

Robert Pattinson is your new Batman

first_img $59 at eBay DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. 23 Angela Lang/CNET See It Boost Mobile Best Buy Read the AirPods review Comments TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Batman,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See It Tags Read DJI Osmo Action preview See at Turo Rylo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 Turo $210 at Best Buy See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Share your voice $520 at HP Amazon An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $155 at Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray)center_img Apple iPhone XS Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sprint $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express TV and Movies DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The Cheapskate There’s a new Batman in town.  Fadel Senna/Getty Images It’s official, Robert Pattinson will play Batman. Warner Bros. and the Twilight actor signed a deal for him to play the Caped Crusader in the upcoming film in the upcoming film The Batman, according to Variety. The studio, however, told CNET they’re currently in negotiations with Pattinson.The new film based on the DC character will be directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, War of the Planet of the Apes) and is scheduled to be released June 25, 2021. Preproduction is set to begin sometime this summer. Unofficial news of the British actor donning the cape and cowl came earlier in May. Pattinson takes over the role from Ben Affleck, who played the Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League but walked away from future films in the DC Universe. Pattinson’s publicist immediately responded to requests for comment. Originally published on May 31. Update, 11:09 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Warner Bros.  Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 $299 at Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview $6 at Tidal Read Google Home Hub review Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags $60 at Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Comments 7 $999 Share your voice See it JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160)last_img read more

India trying to fix Iran trade fearing Trump sanction

first_img.India is exploring setting up a new payments mechanism for trade with Iran, after its old sanctions workaround broke down, as state banks remain fearful of handling payments from Tehran in case the United States imposes a fresh financial embargo.US president Donald Trump has denounced an agreement between Iran and major powers on its nuclear program as a bad deal, and his administration has put Tehran “on notice” after the test-firing of a ballistic missile.Under previous Western sanctions, India had devised a barter-like scheme acceptable to Washington that allowed it to make some oil payments to Tehran in rupees through a small state bank, UCO Bank.Indian companies were then able to receive payments for goods exported to Iran using the oil money held in non-convertible rupee balances at UCO, maintaining a trade lifeline between two countries with long historical ties.But since sanctions were partly lifted early last year the rupee account has been run down by more than 90 percent to just 20 billion rupees ($305 million) because Indian refiners have resumed paying for Iranian oil in euros.Whilst the federal government and central bank have approved oil payments in euros – which Iran prefers because the currency is readily convertible – they have not given the all-clear for trade in the opposite direction to be settled in other currencies, leaving exporters stuck.”We are working on a mechanism through euros and looking for a common correspondent bank in Europe to act as an intermediary for India and Iran,” said RK Takkar, chairman of UCO Bank.”The euro payment system has not yet crystallized,” he said, adding the government was working to find a solution.For a graphic on India’s trade with Iran, click hereThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said some Iranian banks had applied to open branches in India, but gave no indication when it might approve settlement of trade with Iran in currencies other than the rupee.”Due to the geopolitical situation around Iran, and international sanctions-related measures, correspondent banking relationships are difficult,” the central bank said in a written reply to questions submitted by Reuters.”The Reserve Bank has facilitated payment for Indian exporters by permitting special arrangements for rupee-based settlements.”TENSIONS GROWAlthough European Union and United Nations sanctions against Iran have been removed some US measures remain, and that, along with the hard line promised by the new administration in Washington, has left the country still largely shut out of the global financial system as banks steer clear of its business.As tensions grow, New Delhi and Tehran are considering reverting to the old rupee mechanism that was viewed as a safe bet because UCO has no US exposure that could lead it to fall foul of any new sanctions.Iran has agreed in principle to accept some oil payments in rupees to fund imports from India worth an estimated $2.5 billion a year, a senior commerce ministry official told Reuters.No timeline has been fixed as yet to implement the new mechanism, however, as both sides await the outcome of Iran’s presidential election in May and seek clarity on the Trump administration’s approach toward Tehran, he said.The payment woes have hit the revenues of Indian exporters as they struggle to complete deals struck when the rupee account was flush with funds. Several containers from India are held up at Iranian ports, exporters said.”Our clients are threatening to cancel orders and procure from China,” said Jayanti Goela at Gas Lab Asia, a Delhi-based exporter that had won an order to supply gas storage tanks to Tehran.India’s major exports to Iran include food, chemicals, engineering products, garments and drugs.CHABAHAR PORTThe reticence of Indian banks with US exposure has also slowed work on the Iranian port of Chabahar and a $1.6 billion rail link backed by New Delhi that would bypass arch-rival Pakistan and counter China’s growing influence in the region.One official involved in the Chabahar project said contractors, concerned about getting paid, were now reluctant to supply equipment and materials for the Arabian Sea port whose completion is planned for 2018.”If Trump imposes more sanctions on Iran, we may have to wind up most of our plans,” the official said.Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj told parliament recently that Iran had yet to ratify a trilateral pact to set up the transit corridor to Afghanistan that was signed on a visit last year by prime minister Narendra Modi.”The government is still in a wait-and-watch mode and closely monitoring Trump’s approach towards Iran,” said a senior official who joined Modi on his trip to Iran. India, Iran’s top oil client after China, boosted exports to Tehran during sanctions as Western nations boycotted it.Yet India has lost out since the lifting of sanctions, with its exports to Iran declining to $2.4 billion in 2016 from $3.2 billion in the previous year.last_img read more

YouTube celeb gets 10 yrs in prison for child porn

first_imgA YouTube musical celebrity was sentenced Friday in a Chicago courtroom to 10 years in prison for enticing girls as young as 14 to produce sexually explicit videos of themselves.Austin Jones, who posted online videos of himself performing songs for a fan base of primarily teenage girls, was arrested in 2017 and pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of child pornography.As part of his plea, Jones admitted to a total of six identified victims and approximately 30 attempts to persuade other girls to send him child pornography, according to prosecutors.A federal judge on Friday imposed a 10-year prison sentence on the 26-year-old, who could have gotten as little as five years or as many as 20, according to sentencing guidelines.Prosecutors, pointing to text messages, alleged in a sentencing memorandum filed with the court that Jones targeted young girls under the pretense of “auditions” for modeling and other opportunities.”I’m just trying to help you! I know you’re trying your hardest to prove you’re my biggest fan. And I don’t want to have to find someone else,” Jones told one 14-year-old victim via Facebook messenger, according to the court filing.Prosecutors said Facebook tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about Jones’s conversations with 14- and 15-year-old girls using the social media service’s private messaging feature.Jones’s defense lawyers had asked that he be sentenced to five years on the basis of mitigating circumstances having to do with the man’s childhood.”Austin was a victim of sexual and emotional abuse by his father from age six until age 10. He was young, helpless and scared,” his attorney’s wrote in a court filing.They claimed Jones suffered from severe depression and other mental health problems.last_img read more

Battle is Winning at Pepco

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comOne of Pepco’s brightest stars has an extensive community history, a historic political career, and is committed to seeing that his customers get the best service possible. Marc Battle is vice president for the District of Columbia with Pepco, the Washington, D.C. area utility company. Battle has worked at Pepco since 2013 and Donna Cooper, the utility’s regional president, said he has a lot to bring to his position.“Marc’s skills and experience enable him to help shape policy and manage issues in a way that will bring value to our Pepco customers,” Cooper said. “He plays a key role in helping to ensure we meet our responsibilities as a reliable deliverer of electricity while maintaining the highest standards of safety, integrity and civic responsibility.”Marc Battle is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia and the Howard University School of Law. (Courtesy Photo)Pepco is a regulated electric utility that provides transmission and distribution services and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. Pepco delivers electric service to more than 815,000 customers in Maryland and the District.Battle told the AFRO his job is managing relationships with organizations such as the office of the mayor of the District, D.C. Council members, District agencies such as the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia and Office of the People’s Counsel, business and community leaders. Legislation that falls within Pepco’s scope at the D.C. Council and regulations that affect the utility being considered by the Public Service Commission are in his jurisdiction.Battle is a 1999 graduate of the University of the District of Columbia and a 2002 graduate of the Howard University School of Law.  While at UDC, he interned for the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper that was led at the time by publisher Frances Murphy II.“I was a journalism major at UDC and I had an excellent work experience at the AFRO and working with Mrs. Murphy,” he said.After law school, he worked for U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and then for D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-Ward 5). “I was the counsel to the Committee on Government Operations, of which Council member Orange was the chairman,” he said. “I advised the council member on issues dealing with his committee and I also learned the way the John A.Wilson Building works.”Battle left the District for New York City, where he worked for the law firm of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. While in the New York City area, Battle made history.“In 2008, I was appointed to an open seat of the borough council of Haledon, N.J.,” Battle said. “They had never had elected an African-American to any office in this city. I had to run for election and I am proud to say that I was on the ballot with Barack Obama in the November general election.”In 2009, Battle returned to the District to serve as Pepco’s assistant general counsel. Battle said he likes working with Pepco and won’t predict what the future holds. “I want to be one who remains engaged with the community,” he said. “Our utility touches every single resident in some way and I want to make sure that they have a positive interaction with us.”last_img read more

Snapchat Getting MurderMystery Scripted Series From Elisabeth Murdochs Vertical Networks EXCLUSIVE

first_imgFor example, Fox Broadcasting has bought a 15-episode half-hour adaptation of Vertical Networks’ “Phone Swap” reality dating show on Snapchat. The TV version of “Phone Swap,” to air on select Fox stations this summer, features strangers trading phones to see what they can discover about each other before deciding whether they want to go on a first date.Vertical Networks other mobile-first channels and formats include “Brother,” “Celebrity Binge Watch,” “Yes Theory,” and “I Have a Secret.” The company produced six original shows last year and is targeting 10 for 2018, Wright said. “Solve” is produced by Vertical Networks’ newly created Interactive Studio Division, which is focused on combining video-game elements with premium video entertainment, Wright said.Each edition of “Solve” (in episodes that run 3-4 minutes) is inspired by a real-life crime, with the episodes dramatizing the events and culminating with details about the original case. Vertical Networks has produced 10 episodes so far, and is currently casting another 40 roles for the next batch of shows. According to Wright, “Solve” later this year will feature celebrity guest writers, directors, and cameo appearances.The launch of “Solve” as a regular series on Snapchat Discover comes after Vertical Networks piloted it as a four-part miniseries on Snapchat in February – a run that garnered a total of more than 10 million unique viewers. “It had weirdly high engagement and participation,” Wright said.Wright confessed that he initially had “some nervousness” about producing 10 episodes per month, concerned that the team might run out of compelling true-crime stories. But there’s evidently no shortage of actual murders; Vertical has enlisted 15 different writers for the series.Separately, another Snapchat Show is docu-series “True Crime/Uncovered,” produced by Condé Nast Entertainment, hosted by actress Samantha Miller.Vertical Networks, launched in 2016, is majority-owned by Elisabeth Murdoch (daughter of Rupert) with a minority stake held by Snap. The 50-person company is based in Venice Beach, Calif.Vertical’s Interactive Studio Division also produces “Mindsy,” an interactive Snapchat game of self-discovery inspired by the Japanese study of Kokology. According to Wright, the company plans to roll out standalone apps for “Solve” and “Mindsy” that will provide levels of personalization “that you probably won’t have on Snapchat or Facebook,” he said.“We think ‘Solve,’ as a brand, will work in TV, books, podcasts, and other formats,” he said.Vertical is profitable, according to Wright, but he declined to provide details of the company’s financials. In addition to monetizing its content on Snapchat and Facebook through ads and brand-integration deals, Vertical Networks has a strategy to take its intellectual property into other domains. Snapchat this week will debut scripted murder-mystery show “Solve,” from Elisabeth Murdoch’s Vertical Networks mobile-content studio, as a regular series on the platform.The short-form show is set to premiere exclusively on Snapchat’s Discover page on Wednesday, May 16, with new episodes to hit every Wednesday and Saturday at 7 a.m. ET. “Solve” dramatizes a murder — inspired by a real-life case — and viewers play the role of detective to vote on who they think the killer is after seeing the evidence, before the real culprit is revealed (along with the results of the audience vote).“It doesn’t feel like anything else you’ve seen,” said Vertical Networks CEO Tom Wright. “You feel as an audience member that you’re participating in the show,” he added — even though the votes by Snapchatters don’t affect the storyline’s dénouement. Popular on Variety ×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

Facebook sets engineers to work on grownup search

first_img Citation: Facebook sets engineers to work on grown-up search (2012, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Facebook is planning to get serious about its search engine. Sources tipped off reporters this week about Facebook plans to upgrade its search engine and run toward the money that can be gained from optimized search. Tongues are wagging about how, not when, and story headlines are pairing the Facebook plan with thoughts about Google, namely what the search surge can mean as a challenge to Google. Numerous sites that watch both Google and Facebook marvel at the two companies’ opposite moves; of Google moving toward social while Facebook moving toward search. © 2012 Google hoping other sites like recommendation tool Explore further Comparing the two giants as competing Goliaths is also tempting considering the fact that Facebook called in former Google engineer Lars Rasmussen, the co-founder of Google Maps, to work on its freshened-search project. (Rasmussen left Google in 2010 to work for Facebook.) The news was bared this week in a report from Bloomberg Businessweek, in which people familiar with the project said Facebook gave the green light to a team of 24 to 25 engineers to enrich and refine the search function.Citing more confirmation of Facebook’s foray into search, news sites pointed to a photograph posted by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook wall, showing his desk and laptop display with an image of a Facebook page with a large white box. They said the box may be an image of the company’s prototype search display.But why should a social site go to so much trouble fixing the search engine? After all, Facebook’s search box can do a number of tasks including finding other members. General Web search results are powered by the Bing search engine from Microsoft. Some Facebook users say there is lots of room for improvement, however, in sifting through content. Bloomberg Businessweek said that a Facebook search for “Sonoma winery” resulted in a disorganized yield of wineries, people who work at wineries, unrelated banner ads, and a page for a wine-tasting iPhone app.Being able to carry a well-structured search engine is not only a way to please users but also a way to ensure monetization. As The Register less delicately put it, “Facebook – ahead of its IPO – is trying to get its advertising house in order because, like Google, that’s where it makes its bucks.” What’s more, one observer described Facebook’s unique search-engine potential as being able to cropdust the Web with ‘Like’ buttons. “Facebook has a huge set of data and information curated by all of us,’ wrote Drew Olanoff in The Next Web.Nonetheless, Google is not about to relax in maintaining search-engine supremacy. Google is working on a next-generation search where people can get answers to queries rather than just seeing Web links. Earlier this month, a report in The Wall Street Journal said that over the next few months, Google will present more facts and direct answers to queries at the top of the search-results page. People searching for Lake Tahoe would see key attributes about the lake, such as location, altitude, average temperature or salt content. This would be in contrast to getting just links to a visitor bureau, a Wikipedia page, and link to a map. The article noted that for a more complex question asking for the ten largest lakes in California, Google might provide the answer instead of just links to other sites. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Northeast Untapped Region

first_imgGen (Dr) VK Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs and MOS (IC) Statistics and Programme Implementation, released the book authored by Dr D Bhalla, IAS, Secretary Lok Sabha Secretariat recently in the national Capital.The author has brought out the long history of political unrest, neglect, under-development and insurgency in the Northeastern region — all issues impacting the security of the country and the economic well-being of the Northeast.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One aspect that makes the region strategic from the security point of view, is that most of the states have international borders with other countries. Besides the geography, people and commercial potential of the region, Dr Bhalla has dwelt at length about insurgency, various facets of strategic importance and suggested future policies to bring out the full potential of the region.Gen Dr VK Singh said, “There was no doubt that India’s foreign policy and relations with neighbouring countries will have a profound effect on the future of the Northeast, primarily because the neighbouring countries have common borders and affinities with one or more states.” The book is a fresh attempt, with a practical approach towards Northeast.last_img read more

Tens of thousands attend Bengals mega antiBJP rally

first_imgKolkata: Tens of thousands of enthusiastic workers and supporters, including a man on a wheelchair, attended the mega anti-BJP rally at the historic Brigade Parade ground here on Saturday raising their voices against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached the venue almost an hour before the scheduled time while party leaders, MPs MLAs took their seats on the side stage. Amidst elaborate security arrangements, the enthusiastic participants gathered waving giants flags. People were seen donning party symbols on hats and clothes. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengal Most of their sloganeering were centred around Modi, BJP National President Amit Shah and about the party’s rule “finishing” in 2019. Kamaludddin Khan came on a wheelchair came with a placard greeting the TMC chief and wished that she keeps moving ahead indirectly sharing his desire to see Banerjee as the next Prime Minister. Finally, their wait was over as the rally, which is expected to kick-start the Opposition’s campaign ahead of the upcoming general election, got going. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “We want to hear didi,” Atish Chandra Bagdi, an avid supporter of the Trinamool supremo from Murshidabad district said. He painted himself in his party’s colours. Some people like Amzad Hossain from Coochbehar district donning dresses printed with the party’s symbol, had arrived in the city on Friday. “Let us take the pledge of building a progressive, strong and United India” read the backdrop of the main stage, where a number of Trinamool flags fluttered.last_img read more

How Many Bytes Do You Need for Your DataStorage Buck

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Q: How do I manage the plethora of storage options that are available for my small business?Suddenly, digital storage isn’t so simple. These digital days, businesses have almost too many places to put their gigabytes of files, contacts, presentations and other virtual assets.There are cloud-based storage tools that put data on internet-connected services like Apple’s iCloud, Google Apps and Microsoft SkyDrive. There is a full range of low-cost, on-premise hard drives and backup options. Cheap USB drives now show up on keychains. Heck, even mobile devices like iPhones, Droids and BlackBerrys offer serious file-storage capacity.To get the inside scoop on the best way to manage this new portfolio of storage options, we sat down with a serious storage geek: Tom Coughlin, president of Coughlin Associates, which provides consulting and strategic advice to firms hoping to prosper in the digital storage game. His work is respected by executives at such storage giants as Toshiba, Iomega, Hitachi and many others. Coughlin spoke with us over the phone from his office in San Jose, Calif. We covered the gamut of storage issues.How much: About half a terabyte–or roughly 500 GB–should be more than enough for most firms, if most of your files are simple Word and Excel documents, Coughlin says. If you have more complex assets (say you are editing corporate footage or complex presentations), many terabytes of storage could be needed. But for average use, what comes readily available on most work computers is enough.Web-based options: Don’t fall in love with the internet, Coughlin warns. Compared to the cost for subscriptions to cloud-sharing services, storing data on hard drives in your office can get the job done for pennies on the dollar. “You have to decide what you put on the web and what you store locally,” he says. “Ultimately, local storage is going to be cheaper.”Reliability: No matter what you do, make sure there is a second copy of critical data elsewhere. Access to the web is still remarkably unstable, particularly when traveling, Coughlin says, so data will still need to be stored close at hand. And you should have a second local storage option that backs up your main local storage for important photos and documents. It may take a while, but hard drives eventually fail.The personal cloud: Considering that most users are looking at some sort of mix of storage options, a smart trick is to build a local “personal cloud” using the wireless capabilities of your business networks in a new generation of hard drives. Readily available Wi-Fi networks easily can be connected to properly enabled drives, which can without much fuss back up files with little manual assistance. Better yet, if you make that background storage option a rugged hard drive that can survive a fire, you have an additional level of disaster recovery built in.But the facts remain that in this complex digital age, there are no easy storage answers. “I don’t see any universal solution,” Coughlin says. “One needs to put together a plan.” 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » This story appears in the December 2011 issue of . Subscribe » December 13, 2011last_img read more

Meet Spruce a Telemedicine App Designed to Stop Acne in Its Tracks

first_img 5 min read Baring your acne to a dermatologist in person can be a painful and embarrassing experience. Painful because there’s almost always some wince-inducing poking and prodding of problem spots involved. Embarrassing because society — and confidence-killing skin care marketers — excel at shaming people with acne vulgaris.But a clever new app called Spruce seeks to help acne sufferers avoid face-to-face dermatologist visits, allowing them to seek treatment quickly and relatively easily from the privacy of their own phone.Founded by Ray Bradford, a former partner at VC firm Kleiner Perkins, Spruce has raised $2 million in seed funding and officially launched in the App Store in September, with plans to expand to Android soon. The free-to-download telemedicine tool, which is available only for residents of California, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania, digitally connects users with board-certified dermatologists. (There is a per virtual doctor visit cost, which we’ll explain in a moment.)Related: This Smart Skin-Scanning App Could Save Your LifeWith the FDA estimating that 500 million smartphone users worldwide will be using health care-related apps by 2015, apps like Spruce are only the beginning.Here’s how it works:The basicsTo use Spruce, start by snapping selfies of the parts of your body where you have acne. Following the app’s helpful prompts and visual guidelines, you can take close up photos of your face, chest, back and any other affected areas. These are the pics that will be shared with a Spruce-contracted board-certified dermatologist, 10 of whom are listed on Spruce’s website.You’ll then be asked a pretty long list of questions, starting with basic Qs about how your face looks in comparison to the pics you provided. Do you have more or fewer blemishes? Is your skin normal, oily, combo, etc.? What do you think is making your acne worse (stress, hormonal changes, makeup, etc.)?Related: This Health App Does Everything But Go Jogging For YouThen you’ll be asked which acne medications you’ve ever taken, if any, and how effective they were or if they caused adverse reactions. Hang in there because up next are yet more questions about which over-the-counter acne treatments you’ve used and how they fared.Once you jump through Spruce’s acne history hoops, it’s time to clear a few medical history hurdles, too. Which skin-related and other conditions have you been diagnosed with in the past? Are you allergic to any medications? Imagine answering the same kinds of questions you’d see on a basic medical history form at a doctor’s’ office and you’re there, minus the pen and paper. While the Q&A process is a bit tedious, it’s critical to your diagnosis and treatment.Finally, to seal the deal, you’ll be asked to pay with your credit card and click “Submit Visit.” And, voila, within 24 hours, you’ll receive a step-by-step personalized treatment plan “with appropriate prescriptions.”Related: Stay Healthy With These 3 Free iPhone and iPad AppsYour detailed skin care instructions are all neatly tucked into the app, complete with morning and nighttime regimens and prescription directions. If you have any questions about your plan, or experience any issues with your medication, simply fire up the app and ask your care team via message.The fine printWhile the app itself is free, the cost of a Spruce doctor “visit,” plus comprehensive acne care, will put you back $40, which you’ll be asked to pay within the app via credit card. Unfortunately Spruce doesn’t accept health insurance, so it’s an out-of-pocket deal. The company explicitly states that it won’t process insurance claims and neither do its dermatologists. So, it’s on you to check with your insurance provider to seek reimbursement for the $40 fee, if applicable.Also, should your Spruce doc prescribe medication, you’ll be responsible for paying for it upon pickup at your local Spruce-contracted pharmacy. You can find and select one using the app’s GPS-enabled map. Spruce says your prescription coverage for drugs prescribed through the app “will be the same as if the same drugs had been prescribed at the doctor’s office.”Related: Just How Long Has ‘Selfie’ Been Around, Anyway?  Finally, users have to agree to the usual — and not so usual — fine print privacy policy stuff. After all, you’re dealing with a bleeding edge telehealth app. When you check the box, you’re saying that you’re at least 18 years old (anyone younger need not apply). You understand that Spruce isn’t for 911-worthy medical emergencies and you’re okay with your Spruce health-care provider making decisions about your medical skin care and treatment. You’re also perfectly fine with electronically sharing your medical records, personal health information and images, etc.Signing up also means providing identifying information such as your name, birthdate, phone number and gender.To see how Spruce works for yourself, check out this video walkthrough:Related: How a Biomed Tech Company Raised $35.7 Million Before Going to Market November 3, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Brand USAs Hear the Music Experience the USA plays on destinations strengths

first_imgTags: Brand USA << Previous PostNext Post >> Brand USA’s ‘Hear the Music, Experience the USA’ plays on destination’s strengths Friday, May 10, 2019 Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — The 37th edition of Canadian Music Week proved an appropriate platform for Brand USA’s ‘Hear the Music, Experience the USA’ campaign, showcased with a travel industry event yesterday hosted by Brand USA and several of its tourism board partners.‘Hear the Music, Experience the USA’ was launched earlier this year across digital and social platforms in Canada, to showcase music-themed journeys in 10 cities across the U.S.Taking inspiration from its second IMAX film, ‘America’s Musical Journey’, released in 2018, the new campaign highlights the incredible diversity, history and talent that has created American music. The U.S. is the largest music market worldwide, representing one third of recorded music revenue globally. It also offers a diverse range of world-class music themed events and attractions that bring visitors from around the globe. The focus on Canada is logical, as the leading source of international visitors to the U.S.Also at the event, which took place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Brand USA highlighted the recent launch of GoUSATV, a streaming video app available on iOS and Android that delivers premium travel and music content to smartphone users globally.Brand USA, Air Canada, and U.S. exhibitors were on hand to showcase their destinations through musical performances and presentations.Jackie Ennis, Senior Director of Global Development at Brand USA, introduced Colin Skerritt, the newly appointed Regional Director, Canada. He is the first Brand USA employee outside of the U.S., which Skerritt says highlights the importance of the Canadian market to the organization.Skerrit commented on music as the choice of focus for the new campaign: “One of the key ways that we interact is through music, so we saw this as a great opportunity looking at our culture and at the same time supporting Canadian culture and the Canadian music industry.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTBrand USA is expecting another growth year for visitors from Canada. “In terms of overall numbers, our official data is showing we are currently at a good place – between 2017 and 2023 we are showing an increase in overall projected travel to the U.S.,” said Skerritt.Yesterday’s event also welcomed local tourist board representatives from Visit California, Virginia and Georgia, all music heavyweights in the U.S. tourism scene.CALIFORNIAIn introducing California and its variety of music attractions, Ally Carlson, Account Manager for Visit California, highlighted notable venues and festivals of interest to Canadian travellers.Ashley Kotar & Ally Carlson, Account Manager, Visit CaliforniaVenues include Fillmore Auditorium (now known as The Fillmore) in San Francisco, famous for artists including Jimi Hendrix and James Brown; the Troubadour in West Hollywood; and Whisky a Go Go, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.Highlighted events include Coachella, a two-weekend event that takes place in Coachella Valley and incorporates music, art and food; the Monterey Jazz Festival which features over 500 artists and is the longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world; and the Concord Jazz Festival planning to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. Also notable is Stagecoach, a large country music event hosted in the same location as Coachella.Carlson closed her presentation by letting everyone know there are still a few spaces left for agents to register for this year’s IPW, taking place in Anaheim June 1-5. Special performances include L.A.-based DJ Jason Bentley and Natasha Bedingfield.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Salesvisitcalifornia.comVIRGINIALeah Ross, Executive Director for The Birthplace of Country Music, a non-profit organization located in Virginia, says Bristol, VA is the official birthplace of country music. The non-profit includes a museum where guests can interact with displays, texts and artefacts that showcase the story and evolution of country music. The award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival that takes place along State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol includes more than 120 live music acts over the course of a three-day weekend in September.Ross also mentioned Radio Bristol, a network of channels featuring original programming through recordings and live sessions from the Birthplace of Country Museum and the surrounding region. Radio Bristol reaches the world through online media players and mobile app, showcasing the diversity of American roots music from the early recording era to today.And here’s something you might not have known: the slogan ‘Virginia is for Lovers’ celebrates 50 years this year.virginia.orgbirthplaceofcountrymusic.orgGEORGIAGeorgia is home to more than 75 annual music festivals, from Shaky Knees and Music Midtown to Imagine Music Festival and ONE MusicFest, says Lisa Love, Division Director for Georgia Department of Economic Development. Georgia’s music history museums include the Ma Rainey House and Blues Museum in Columbus and The Allman Brothers Band Museum in Macon.Command SistersIncluded was a short performance from The Command Sisters, who covered multiple Georgia performers such as Outkast, James Brown and The Allman Brothers Travelweek Group Sharelast_img read more

Pope Francis meets the Castros after mass on iconic Havana square

first_imgHAVANA, Cuba – Pope Francis met Sunday with Fidel and Raúl Castro, the brothers who have ruled Cuba since its 1959 revolution, after celebratingan outdoor mass attended by hundreds of thousands.In what is sure to become an emblematic moment of his tour of Cuba and the United States — the Cold War enemies whose reconciliation he helped bring about — the pope chatted with former leader Fidel Castro at his home in Havana, then held a closed-door meeting with current president Raúl at government headquarters.Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Pope Francis had a “very informal and friendly” conversation with 89-year-old Fidel that touched on various topics, including the environment.Pope Francis, 78, gave the former Cuban leader four books, including two on theology.Castro reciprocated with a copy of Brazilian priest Frei Betto’s book of interviews with him, “Fidel and Religion,” which he signed, “With admiration and respect from the Cuban people.”Video of the meeting aired on Cuban state TV showed the men sitting and chatting, the visibly voluble Castro clad in a tracksuit — his trademark in retirement.After years of hostility between the Church and Castro’s communist regime — which was officially atheist for more than three decades — relations began to slowly improve in the 1980s, culminating in a historic visit to Cuba by pope John Paul II in 1998.Francis, who arrived Saturday, is now the third pope to visit the island, after his predecessor Benedict XVI traveled there in 2012 — a remarkable amount of papal attention for a country where only 10 percent of the population describe themselves as Catholic.The pope later met with Castro’s brother, President Raúl Castro, 84, who took power when Fidel stepped down amid a health crisis in 2006.Before the meetings, the pope gave a homily on Havana’s Revolution Square calling on Cubans to serve the downtrodden and warning them that “service is never ideological,” in what appeared to be a veiled critique of the communist regime.“Christians are constantly called to set aside their own wishes and desires, their pursuit of power, and to look instead to those who are most vulnerable,” he told the crowd, speaking beneath a towering sculpture of his fellow Argentine Che Guevara’s iconic silhouette.“We need to be careful not to be tempted by another kind of service, a ‘service’ which is ‘self-serving.’” Pope Francis stands next to a mosaic during a meeting with Cuban President Raúl Castro at Revolution Palace in Havana, on Sept. 20, 2015. AFP/Pool/Alejandro ErnestoDissidents arrestedThree Cuban dissidents were arrested as they approached the pope shouting “Freedom!” when he arrived for the mass.An AFP photographer said the activists — two men and a woman — yelled anti-government slogans and resisted arrest as plainclothes agents detained them when they tried to get near the popemobile.The pontiff, who was busy grasping the outstretched hands of well-wishers on the other side of his vehicle, did not appear to notice.The protesters were from the Cuban Patriotic Union and “went to the square to condemn repression,” said Jose Daniel Ferrer, the leader of the dissident group.Cuba bans opposition groups and routinely arrests dissidents who try to protest — typically releasing them after a few hours, at least in recent years.Several leading dissidents have criticized the pope for not accepting their requests to meet him during his visit.The mood was otherwise jubilant on the packed square, where excited Cubans and foreign visitors camped out overnight to see the first Latin American pope.“We’ve been here since 2 am, but it wasn’t hard at all. We are so very happy to welcome the pope to Cuba,” said 43-year-old Yaniurka Hernández.Off scriptThe pope later presided over evening prayers at Havana Cathedral, abandoning his prepared speech to urge hundreds of local priests, nuns and seminarians to embrace poverty.“Wealth makes us poor,” he told them sternly, warning they risked “ending up mediocre” if they forget “the smallest, the most abandoned, the sickest” to focus on budgets or management principles.He then addressed a throng of young Cubans gathered outside in a light drizzle, turning down an umbrella and urging his audience — a demographic feeling the pain of the island’s difficult economic transition — not to give up hope.“Don’t forget to dream,” he told them.The pope will travel Monday and Tuesday to the Cuban cities of Holguín and Santiago, before heading off to give landmark addresses to the U.S. Congress and U.N. General Assembly. Facebook Comments Related posts:In Castros’ home region, Pope Francis praises Church ‘sacrifices’ When Pope Francis visits Cuba, he’ll find many priests aren’t Cuban Cuban Americans make pilgrimages to see Pope Francis in their native land Pope Francis tells bishops that clergy abuse must not be repeatedlast_img read more

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first_img“This year we have even more to offer visitors keen to experience one of the biggest cultural events here in the city.“As well as the traditional Spring Carnival Parade which is a draw for thousands each year we have a full programme of family friendly activities to keep everyone entertained.“It will be a real treat for our international visitors as well as the local people who always turn out in their thousands to enjoy the festivities each year.”The traditional St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Derry kick off with the annual Spring Carnival Parade on March 17, bringing hundreds of performers from across local communities together for a vibrant display of music and dance which will weave its way through Derry’s city centre. Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said she was looking forward to welcoming visitors for the annual celebration. ShareTweet There will be live music and street animation in and around the Guildhall Square Festival Marquee throughout St Patrick’s Day, as well as a full programme of shows and arts activities in the Guildhall, Tower Museum and the Craft Village. Or why not join the Little Folk for some fun and games in the Pixie’s Paradise in the Peace Garden?St Patrick’s Day gets off to a running start in Strabane with a special 5k fun run beginning at 11.30am. Entries are now being taken at Melvin Sports Complex costing £5.Festivities in Strabane Town Centre include the traditional St Patrick’s Day parade which follows the usual route from 2pm.There will be live music as well as plenty of street entertainment including a Petting Farm, circus antics, balloon modelling, face painting and plenty of craic agus ceol.On Saturday and Sunday  March 19th and 20th, the Legenderry Food Festival will celebrate the very best Irish cuisine as local chefs take to the hobs in the festival marquee to rustle up some stunning signature dishes.Food lovers flock to the event annually to sample the very best produce from the North West with action filled cook offs, demos and a few celebrity guests dropping in.This year the event is a highlight in Tourism NI’s Year of Food and Drink programme, shining the spotlight on the region’s flourishing food tourism industry.While all things Irish are on the menu over the weekend, the festival also has a strong multi-cultural flavour with the Ubuntu Global Festival taking place on March 19th, celebrating global cultures within our local communities.A whole host of other events will be held across the district throughout the festival, so for more information on the full programme go to ANNOUNCES FULL WEEKEND OF ST PATRICK’S FESTIVITIES was last modified: February 29th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:center_img PLAN for a full weekend of St Patrick’s festivities across Derry and Strabane have just been revealed by Derry City and Strabane District Council, with a packed programme of family friendly events bringing music and magic to the streets.This year the festival theme is the Land of the Little People, and there will certainly be plenty to keep your little people entertained over the course of the weekend at locations across the district. COUNCIL ANNOUNCES FULL WEEKEND OF ST PATRICK’S FESTIVITIESMAYOR ELISHA MCCALLIONlast_img read more

Dear Reader Theres a clear pattern in gold min

first_imgDear Reader, There’s a clear pattern in gold mining, with producers being forced to go after lower-grade deposits. You could call this Peak Gold. We have a look at the trend and its implications below. First, I want to let all of you who have been writing with questions about our Hard Assets Alliance bullion service know that we’ve set up an email hotline specifically to answer these questions: We’d actually like to encourage everyone to send in questions, especially those who’ve had a look at the Hard Assets Alliance but aren’t sure if it meets their needs; we’d like to hear about concerns and improve upon the service to better meet clients’ needs. I also want to mention that there are new Casey phyles starting up—one in Bangkok and one in Mallorca (its coordinator travels and is willing to coordinate meetings throughout Spain). Email inquiries should be directed to Now, on to the main event—I hope you find it as informative as I did. Sincerely, Silver Stocks (SIL) 15.82 12.63 19.72 Gold 1,377.20 1,290.40 1,617.10 Oil 107.33 105.69 95.89 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 12,736.92 12,516.89 12,032.58 Gold Producers (GDX) 29.79 25.65 45.65 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Copper 3.34 3.19 3.38center_img Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 48.85 39.18 82.24 Silver 23.26 19.94 28.21 One Year Ago Rock & Stock Stats Last One Month Ago TSX Venture 940.23 910.84 1,221.25last_img read more

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first_img Recommended Links • Larry Fink doesn’t think U.S. stocks should be rallying either… Fink is the chairman and CEO of BlackRock. That makes him one of the most powerful people in the world. Like us, Fink isn’t “buying” this stock rally. CNBC reported yesterday: “I don’t think we have enough evidence to justify these levels in the equity market at this moment,” Fink said Thursday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” According to Fink, stocks are rallying for the wrong reasons: He said the recent rally has been supported by institutional investors covering shorts, or bets that stocks would fall, and not individual investors feeling bullish. “Since Brexit, we’ve seen ETF flows almost at record levels … $18 billion of inflows,” Fink said. “However, in the mutual fund area, we’re continuing to see outflows.” What that tells you is retail investors are pulling out, he said. “You’re seeing institutions who were short going into Brexit … all now rushing in to recalibrate their portfolios.” In other words, this rally could fizzle out any day. • We recommend you invest with great caution right now… If you still own stocks, consider selling your weakest positions. Get rid of your most expensive stocks. Only hang on to companies that you know can make money in a long economic downturn. We also encourage you to own gold. As we said earlier, it’s real money. It’s preserved wealth for centuries because it possesses a unique set of attributes: It’s durable, easy to transport, and easily divisible. You can take a gold coin anywhere in the world and folks will instantly recognize its value. We recommend most folks to hold 10% to 15% of their wealth in gold. Once you own enough gold, consider putting money into silver. It could deliver even bigger gains than gold in the years to come. To learn why, watch this short video presentation. It explains why the biggest threat to your wealth right now isn’t an economic recession, a stock market crash, or even a global banking crisis. It’s something much bigger and far more dangerous. The good news is that you can protect yourself from this coming crisis. Watch this free video to learn how. • REMINDER: Our friends at Bonner & Partners are holding a special training series…   If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know part of our job is to share exciting opportunities with you when we hear about them. Today, we invite you to take part in a special training series hosted by Jeff Brown, editor of Exponential Tech Investor. If you haven’t heard of Jeff, he’s an aerospace engineer, tech insider, and angel investor. His advisory, Exponential Tech Investor, focuses on young technology companies with big upside. For example, Jeff recommended an IT security company in October that’s already up 72%. Another one of Jeff’s picks has jumped 38% since February. And one is up 178% in less than a month. In Jeff’s training series, he reveals his secret to making money in technology stocks. He also talks about a HUGE opportunity taking shape in the technology space.  Click here to sign up for Jeff’s training series. It’s 100% free and will take up less than 15 minutes of your time. Click here to register. Chart of the Day Silver stocks just hit a new three-year high. Today’s chart shows the performance of iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners ETF (SLVP), which tracks large silver miners. As regular readers know, silver stocks are leveraged to the price of silver. It doesn’t take a big jump by silver for them to skyrocket. This year, silver’s 45% jump caused SLVP to soar 171%. It’s now trading at its highest level since April 2013. If you think gold and silver are headed much higher like we do, you could put some of your money into gold and silver stocks. According to Doug Casey, these stocks could enter a “super bubble” in the coming years. Keep in mind, these are some of the most volatile stocks on the planet. Many gold and silver stocks can swing 5% or more in a day. If you can stomach that kind of volatility, you could see huge returns in gold and silver stocks over the next few years. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida July 15, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. Silver is sending us an important warning. Yesterday, the price of silver closed at $20.30, its highest price since July 2014. Silver is now up 45% this year. That’s nearly eight times better than the S&P 500’s 5.9% return. And it’s almost double gold’s 25% gain this year. If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know silver is rallying for the same reason gold’s taken off. Investors are worried about the economy and financial system. Like gold, silver is real money. It’s also a safe haven asset that investors buy when they’re nervous. Unlike gold, silver is an industrial metal. It goes into everything from batteries to solar panels. Because of this, it’s more sensitive to economic slowdowns. That’s why many folks think of silver as gold’s more volatile cousin. Lately, silver has been acting more like a precious metal than an industrial metal. It’s soaring because the global economy is in serious trouble. Today, we’ll explain why silver is likely headed much higher. And we’ll show you the best way to profit from rising silver prices. • Silver has been in a bear market for the better part of the last five years… From April 2011 to December 2015, the price of silver plummeted 72%. This 56-month downturn was the longest silver bear market on record. As brutal as this bear market was, we knew it wouldn’t go on forever. That’s because silver, like other commodities, is cyclical. It experiences booms and busts. As you just saw, the losses in commodity bear markets can be huge. But the gains in commodity bull markets can be even bigger. During its 2008–2011 bull market, silver soared an incredible 441%. That’s why we watch commodities so closely. Every few years, they give you the chance to make huge gains in a short period of time. • On December 18, Casey Research founder Doug Casey said silver wouldn’t get much cheaper… Doug told Kitco, one of the world’s biggest precious metals retailers, that gold and silver were near a bottom: My opinion is if it’s not the bottom, it’s close enough to the bottom. So, I have to be an aggressive buyer of both gold and silver at this point. Doug’s call was dead on. Silver bottomed at $13.70 an ounce on December 17. That same day, gold bottomed at $1,051 an ounce. In other words, Doug was one day off from perfectly calling the bottom in gold and silver. • The price of silver has soared 49% since December… But it could head much higher in the coming years. Remember, silver soared 441% during its last bull market. Silver is “cheap” too. It’s trading 58% below its 2011 high, even after this year’s monster rally. It’s also never been more important to own “real money.” That’s because it looks like the world is on the cusp of a major financial crisis. Doug explains: Right now, we are exiting the eye of the giant financial hurricane that we entered in 2007, and we’re going into its trailing edge. It’s going to be much more severe, different, and longer lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009. As longtime readers know, the last financial crisis caused the S&P 500 to plunge 57%. It sparked America’s worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. And it allowed the government to launch a series of radical “stimulus” measures, none which actually helped the economy. • BlackRock (BLK) sees tough times ahead too… BlackRock is the world’s biggest asset manager. It oversees $4.6 trillion. That’s more than the annual economic output of Japan, the world’s third-biggest economy. BlackRock manages more money than Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and Bank of America (BAC). This makes it one of the world’s most important financial institutions…and one that probably understands the global economy better than almost any other company on the planet. Like us, BlackRock’s chief investment strategist, Richard Turnill, thinks the next few years could be very difficult. CNBC reported on Monday: “This feels more and more like we’re in an environment of low returns and high volatility for some time,” Richard Turnill said on “Squawk Box.” “The period of political [Brexit] uncertainty ahead of us isn’t going to last for weeks or quarters, but potentially for years,” he said. • According to BlackRock, the “Brexit” made the global economy more unstable… If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know Great Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU) on June 23. The Brexit, as folks are calling it, shook financial markets from Tokyo to New York. It erased more than $3 trillion from the global stock market in two days. Then, stocks started to rally. By this Tuesday, global stocks fully “recovered” from the Brexit bloodbath. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average even hit new all-time highs this week. Many investors took this as proof that the worst was over. We, on the other hand, reminded readers to not lose sight of the big picture. We explained that stocks were rallying because they’re the least bad place to put your money right now. We encouraged you to not “get sucked back into the stock market.” [FREE VIDEO] The Three Laws of Hypergrowth Stocks… Tech investing expert Jeff Brown has worked in “big tech” for 25 years… He’s seen from the “inside” how small companies grow into billion-dollar industry-dominators. Jeff says most uber-successful companies have these three things in common… Click here to learn more…center_img — – Could This Tiny Startup Make You Rich? It owns a radical new technology experts are calling the fastest growing trend since the invention of the internet. Get the details now.last_img read more

first_img – • China’s economy is growing at its slowest pace since 1990… Many analysts think the PBOC weakened the yuan again to stimulate the economy. You see, China’s economy revolves around exports. And a weaker yuan makes China more competitive. The Chinese yuan has now fallen 3.2% against the U.S. dollar this year. But it could be headed even lower over the next 12 months. Reuters reported on Monday: On Oct. 6, a Reuters poll of more than 70 foreign exchanges strategists showed they expected the yuan to fall another 3 percent by next September. In other words, the Chinese government is prepared to do what every other central bank does these days: stimulate its economy at the first sign of trouble. • Meanwhile, the U.S. dollar hit a 10-week high today… It’s now up 5.4% since May…but that’s only because the Federal Reserve is doing less damage right now than other central banks. For one, it’s not “printing” money anymore. It’s also talking about raising interest rates. But Louis James, editor of International Speculator, doesn’t think you should put much stock in what the Fed says. Louis wrote in this month’s issue of Casey Resource Investor: Despite much flapping of lips, the Fed has once again failed to follow through on its threats to raise interest rates. First it was going to be four rate hikes this year. Then it was two. So far, it’s been zero. They tell us all is well and getting better, but their inaction says they’re lying. If the U.S. economy runs into serious problems like we expect, the Fed will do what central banks always do: keep the easy money flowing. That’s because central bankers all use the same blueprint. Louis explains: The Fed and central bankers around the world are following established economic doctrine and preferring policies they know, rather than trying anything different. Negative interest rates are a pretty extreme form of their usual tinkering with interest rates, but still a form of the same woefully inadequate method. Like other central banks, the Fed will eventually go too far with its monetary experiment. • REMINDER: Casey Research founder Doug Casey will be in New Orleans later this month… Doug will be presenting at the New Orleans Investment Conference from October 26–29. If you’ve never heard of this conference, it’s one of the most highly regarded investment events in the world, and this year is expected to be the best one yet. Along with Doug, you’ll get to hear from some of the most respected names in the business, including P.J. O’Rourke, James Grant, James Altucher, Dennis Gartman, Rick Rule, and dozens more. You’ll also hear from our own Louis James and Crisis Investing Editor Nick Giambruno. And as a Casey subscriber, you’ll have access to an exclusive event where you and other subscribers will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session with Doug, Louis, and Nick. Keep in mind, space is limited. If you’re interested in attending this year’s event, we recommend you sign up soon. You can learn more by clicking here. Chart of the Day The currency market looks like it’s “pricing in” a Hillary win. Today’s chart shows the value of the Mexican peso versus the U.S. dollar this year. You can see the Mexican peso’s performance since the start of the year. It hit an all-time low on September 26, which happened to be the same day of the first U.S. presidential debate. Now, if you’ve been following the U.S. presidential race, you’re probably not surprised the Mexican peso tanked. After all, one of Donald Trump’s main agendas is to “build a wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border. However, you can see the Mexican peso has surged 5% since the first presidential debate. This tells us Trump’s chances of becoming the next president are deteriorating by the day…at least according to the currency market. The world’s biggest financial market is acting erratic. We’re not talking about the global stock market, or even the bond market. We’re talking about the global currency market. The currency market is where paper money trades hands. It’s much bigger and more important than the global stock market. Yet the average investor almost never hears about it. That’s because major currencies rarely move more than a fraction of a percent in a day. When they do make big moves, they ripple across stock, bond, and even real estate markets. Paper currencies are the backbone of the global financial system, after all. Today, we’re going to look at some recent big moves by major currencies. As you’ll see, we could see a lot more moves like this in the months ahead. • The British pound nosedived 1.4% on Friday… It was the pound’s biggest one-day decline in three months…but it could have been much worse. At 7 a.m., Hong Kong time, the pound plunged 6% in two minutes. You almost never see a paper currency move that much and that quickly. Many media outlets blamed the “flash crash” on high-frequency traders (HFTs). As you may know, HFTs are computers that trade according to algorithms. Occasionally, they’ll move billions of dollars at once. They can turn a routine selloff into a full-blown bloodbath. The market normally “corrects” these moves. But the pound still ended Friday down big. This isn’t the first time the pound has crashed this year, either. • The pound plunged 8.1% on June 24… As you may remember, Great Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU) on that day. The unprecedented decision, known as “Brexit,” triggered the pound’s worst day in decades. It also knocked more than $3 trillion from the global stock market in two days. Days later, many analysts said the worst was over. The consensus was that Britain’s economy and financial system would experience a “soft landing.” We warned that Brexit was just “a taste of what’s to come.” You can see in the chart below that the pound is now down 19% since Brexit. It’s trading at its lowest level against the U.S. dollar in more than three decades. The next big bankruptcy When Britain left the EU in July, markets around the world plunged… Here in the USA, the Dow crashed 871 points in just two days. Now, another major European country is voting to leave the EU. If it leaves (and it surely will), markets could plummet again… Only this time, it’ll be much, much worse. Click here to learn more. Obama’s New Law Gives $42.4 Billion Back to Taxpayers… On December 18, 2015, President Obama quietly signed a bill that gives 119 million eligible Americans the chance to collect on “consumer rebate checks” that could go anywhere from $1,230 to $12,900 for some people. There are no income requirements to collect. Full details here… — • Dispatch readers know exactly why the pound never rebounded… Days after Brexit, the Bank of England (BoE) rolled out a giant “stimulus” package. It dropped its key interest rate from 0.5% to 0.25%. And it expanded its quantitative easing (QE) program. That’s when a central bank creates money and pumps it into the financial system. It’s basically another term for money printing. As we’ve said many times before, these measures never actually help the economy. All they do is inflate financial asset prices and weaken paper currencies. The pound isn’t the only major currency that’s tanked recently… • The yuan, China’s currency, hit a six-year low on Monday… But unlike the pound, traders didn’t drive the yuan lower. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) did. You see, the yuan doesn’t trade freely like most other major currencies. Instead, it’s loosely “fixed” to the value of the U.S. dollar. The PBOC sets a price point and the yuan can trade within 2% of that midpoint. Last August, the PBOC shocked the global financial markets by devaluing the yuan three times. The unexpected devaluation triggered a global stock market selloff that erased 11% from the S&P 500 in just six days. On Monday, the PBOC devalued its currency again. It lowered the yuan’s midpoint 0.3% from 6.7008 against the U.S. dollar to 6.6778. That’s the currency’s lowest fix since September 2010. The latest devaluation didn’t catch the global financial markets by surprise this time. But that doesn’t make Monday’s devaluation any less important. 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first_imgA hunter with bow and arrow, in a steamy sub-Saharan savanna, stalks a big, exotic animal. After killing and butchering it, he and his hunt-mates bring it back to their families and celebrate.This enduring scenario is probably what many of us have stuck in our heads about how early humans lived. It’s an image with drama and danger. And it happens to coincide with Western ideas about the division of labor and the nuclear family that were prevalent in the 1960s when this so-called “Man the Hunter” theory first emerged.A newer body of research and theory, much of it created by women, has conjured a very different scenario. It probably looks a little more like a quirky indie film than a Hollywood blockbuster. The star of this new film? Grandma.Kristen Hawkes is an anthropologist at the University of Utah. She tries to figure out our past by studying modern hunter-gatherers like the Hadza, who likely have lived in the area that is now northern Tanzania for thousands of years. Groups like this are about as close as we can get to seeing how our early human ancestors might have lived.Over many extended field visits, Hawkes and her colleagues kept track of how much food a wide sample of Hadza community members were bringing home. She says that when they tracked the success rates of individual men, “they almost always failed to get a big animal.” They found that the average hunter went out pretty much every day and was successful on exactly 3.4 percent of those excursions. That meant that, in this society at least, the hunting hypothesis seemed way off the mark. If people here were depending on wild meat to survive, they would starve.So if dad wasn’t bringing home the bacon, who was? After spending a lot of time with the women on their daily foraging trips, the researchers were surprised to discover that the women, both young and old, were providing the majority of calories to their families and group-mates.Mostly, they were digging tubers, which are deeply buried and hard to extract. The success of a mother at gathering these tubers correlated with the growth of her child. But something else surprising happened once mom had a second baby: That original relationship went away and a new correlation emerged with the amount of food their grandmother was gathering.She describes this finding as “mind-blowing.” In this foraging society, it turns out, grandmothers were more important to child survival than fathers. Mom and grandma were keeping the kids fed. Not Man the Hunter.This finding led Hawkes to completely re-evaluate what she thought she knew about human evolution. Grandmothers were crucial in this environment to childhood survival. So maybe it wasn’t an accident that humans are the only great ape species in which women live so long past reproductive age. If having a helpful grandmother increased a kid’s chances of survival, natural selection may well have started selecting for older and older women. (This endowment would have passed also to human men.)Sarah Hrdy is a primatologist at U.C. Davis who also studies connections between child-rearing and human evolution. She has spent a lot of time thinking and writing about a related topic. She says, “An ape that produced such costly, costly slow-maturing offspring as we have could not have evolved unless mothers had a lot of help.” First among these helpers, she thinks, would have been grandma – likely joined eventually by many other new helpers, who could have included fathers, aunts, uncles and siblings.If young kids were being fed by people besides mom, she thinks that over evolutionary time, this could have led humans to develop the deep social orientation that characterizes our species – to care so much about the thoughts and intentions of other people. She says, “People often try to explain the fact that humans are so good at cooperating by saying, well, we needed to cooperate in order to succeed at big game hunting, or so that men in one group could bond with other men to go wipe out the neighboring group. What that doesn’t do is explain why these traits emerge so early.”She’s talking about babies and the advanced social traits that we can see even before they begin walking – like pointing, sharing and paying attention to social cues like smiling and frowning. From the standpoint of a human baby, this caregiving situation is very different than for any other species of great ape child. Baby chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans and gorillas are all cared for exclusively by mom. And these primate moms are extremely protective of their babies — sometimes not even letting another ape touch the baby for months after birth.For human babies though, other human adults are usually present right at, or shortly after, birth — first helping the mother and then later helping and feeding the baby. We are the only great ape species that does this. Human babies, Hrdy argues, have an incentive to care about what other people are doing and thinking and feeling in a way that other apes don’t. Knowing who might help and who might hurt, and learning how to appeal to the former, might be the difference between eating well or going hungry – maybe even the difference between life and death in some cases.Michael Tomasello is a developmental psychologist at Duke University and the Max Planck Institute. After a career of comparing cognitive differences between babies and apes, he has found that other apes don’t show anywhere near the level of interest in the sharing and cooperative behaviors that emerge so early in humans: “Humans as individuals aren’t that much cleverer than other apes. It’s the fact that we can put our heads together with others and communicate and collaborate and learn from others and teach others. Human children are adapted for cooperation and shared intentionality in ways that apes aren’t.”Tomasello originally assumed that the pro-social traits seen in human babies were preparing kids for skills they’d need as adults, in line with the Man the Hunter hypothesis. Now he thinks that Hrdy’s proposal – that human babies are so socially oriented as a result of shared child care and feeding – is a more compelling theory. The traits appear so early in a human’s life that it makes better sense that they were adapted to early childhood situations rather than adult hunting behaviors.It’s this ability to “put our heads together,” as Tomasello puts it, that may have allowed humans to survive, thrive and spread across the globe. While the men were out hunting, grandmothers and babies were building the foundation of our species’ success – sharing food, cooperating on more and more complex levels and developing new social relationships. In a nutshell, humanity’s success may all be dependent on the unique way our ancestors raised their kids. Thanks, Grandma. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

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