18 Sep

Guardiola praises Sterling

first_imgThe Manchester City manager is happy about how his team is performing, but he believes Sterling’s goal was simply awesomeAfter Manchester City defeated Newcastle 2-1, the Citizens’ coach Pep Guardiola praised one of his footballers.To the Catalan, Raheem Sterling played very intelligently and his goal was simply awesome.“He made a fantastic goal and he fought a lot,” Guardiola told reporters as per a Goal article.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“Especially in the second half, he played so cleverly. He moves the way we need him to move to help the team to be stable.”“The wingers are so important to make stability in our team and he did it quite well,” he said.“They [the players] know me. They convince me [and] I am satisfied the moment they run and do everything.”“The mistakes without the ball [and when] taking decisions – it is part of the process. So, it’s no problem,” he concluded.last_img read more

18 Sep

Osvaldo would not like to be like Lionel Messi

first_imgFormer footballer Osvaldo, revealed that he wouldn’t like being on Lionel Messi’s shoes because of how public his life if to the rest of the world.This week we had the chance to read a very interesting interview that Daniel Osvaldo did for Marca, the Argentine player who left professional football to pursue his music career and he spoke about many topics where he included Lionel Messi. The former Boca Jrs player revealed his bohemian life after retiring from football at a very young age, he now lives in Barcelona and plays music with his band called ‘Barrio Viejo’. The man really enjoys his life and it seems like football wasn’t really the calling he was expecting after all, instead he’s chosen to take the more hedonistic approach and get to experience the wilder side of life as a proper rock star. We don’t judge him for it and nobody should, the path he took is just as exciting if not more than the life of a professional football player and when he was asked if he would like to live Lionel Messi’s life he responded with a vociferous ‘NO’. But he explained his reasons to not want to be like his compatriot, living Leo Messi’s life can be one of the most complicated scenarios for anybody who doesn’t like living under the public eye at all times.’Messi has no life, he lives in a golden cage’ – Osvaldo https://t.co/fROTLDajFa pic.twitter.com/kQp0AyFfBp— 9javenue (@9javenue) September 25, 2018When asked if he would like to live Lío’s life, Osvaldo quickly said: “No. I would love to play like him though. I would get into fights with everyone because poor man, he doesn’t have a life! He lives in a prison made of gold. He could never be here having a drink on his own. Maybe he doesn’t even care about these things, but I do. At those levels you are not even in your home for long. You buy yourself the biggest television money can buy and you don’t even step foot on your TV room. Why would you want a Ferrari if you only go from your house to the training ground, which is 15 minutes away? I never cared about money, and yet I still spent money on stupid things. I still do, but I spend it on cheaper stuff. But I also don’t think he would like to live my life, the last time I saw him was when I gave him my record. He is not my friend, but he is one of those people who are likable, he hugs you when he sees you and he always has a good vibe. He even asked me: ‘Why do you like music?’ He didn’t understand me when I tried to explain, I believe he must think I’m crazy,” said Osvaldo during that long Marca interview about Messi.Dani Osvaldo on why he couldn’t be Ronaldo: “He gets home and does 150 sit ups. When I get home I like putting the fire on and grilling meat”On why he couldn’t be Messi: “He lives in a golden prison. If I were him then I wouldn’t be here drinking”PoeticDavid Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.via @CB_Ignoranza pic.twitter.com/iZS56gJzSr— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) September 24, 2018And we have to say that Osvaldo does have a pretty good point, players like Ronaldo or Messi will never live a private life as long as they breathe. We can take Diego Maradona’s example, he is a football legend who also loves to party sometimes and this “hobby” has brought him a lot of bad press throughout his life and even a stigma of being a bad example for children. Messi or Ronaldo need to take very good care of their image, because they would lose millions of euros if they slipped up badly like Osvaldo or Maradona have in their life. But the Argentine former player also added: “If I was Messi, I would never leave football, even if I wanted to. You are the best player in the world and that has a reason. This is not only the best thing you can do in the whole world, but you also have to dedicate your life to it 24 hours and 365 days every single year. But his talent does come more natural,” said Osvaldo about Messi’s complicated life as a professional.Osvaldo: I would like to play like Messi. I would get into fights with everyone, because he has no life, poor guy. He lives in a golden prison. He could not be here having a drink. Maybe he doesn’t care about that, but I do. At that level you aren’t even comfortable at home. pic.twitter.com/jf5Iz2ij1z— Juan G. Arango 🇨🇴 (@JuanG_Arango) September 24, 2018What would you do if you had the chance to live Leo Messi’s life for a day? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

10 Sep

ZF wants to put airbags on the outside of your car

first_img Post a comment 2019 BMW X2 M35i review: A fun, potent little crossover More From Roadshow 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata review: Club life isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK Tags 0center_img Share your voice It’s not unusual for a car to have a half-dozen or more airbags these days, everywhere from side-pillars to seatbelts. With little room left for more inside the cabin, ZF is working on a concept for an airbag that goes outside the car to protect against one of the most dangerous types of crashes: side impacts. A side-impact collision, where a car is either struck by another from the side or slides sideways into an object, poses great threats to the car’s occupants because the crumple zones are so small compared to the front or the rear. Side-curtain airbags inside the cabin help to protect occupants after the collision, but ZF’s concept airbags would actually deploy before the crash and create a crucial buffer. According to ZF, the system uses cameras, radar and lidar to identify an unavoidable crash, all the sorts of systems commonly found on autonomous vehicles. Once detected, the system triggers in just 150 milliseconds, inflating a large bag from beneath the car that stretches between the A and C pillars. The result, ZF says, is a significant reduction in the amount of force transferred to the occupants, potentially reducing injury or even, in the case of a small fender-bender, preventing damage to the car. No word on when we might see these deployed on the road, but with more and more production cars including advanced sensing systems like those required here, it may be only a few years off.  2019 Lexus LS 500h review: Full-size hybrid offers luxury with tradeoffs Auto Techlast_img read more

5 Sep

BSE closes points 3471 up on Nov 20

first_imgBSE closes points 34.71 up on Nov 205K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 34.71 up on Nov 205K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 34.71 points up to stand at 28,067.56. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 19.60 points up to stand at 8,401.90. BAJAJ HOLDINGS and INVESTMENT LTD. and GUJARAT GAS CO.LTD. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.77% and 7.40% along with KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK LTD. and ING VYSYA BANK LTD. with an increase of 7.28% and 7.15% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RASOYA PROTEINS LTD and AMARA RAJA BATTERIES LTD with a decrease of 9.95% and 6.22% along with SHREE RENUKA SUGARS LTD and JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD with a decrease of 5.68% and 5.22% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 84.35 points at 18,822.94 while the banking sector is up 74.11 points at 20,204.71 and the reality sector is down 25.00 points at 1,623.35. The Indian currency is up 0.06% at Rs 62.00 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 34.71 points up to stand at 28,067.56. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 19.60 points up to stand at 8,401.90. BAJAJ HOLDINGS and INVESTMENT LTD. and GUJARAT GAS CO.LTD. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.77% and 7.40% along with KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK LTD. and ING VYSYA BANK LTD. with an increase of 7.28% and 7.15% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RASOYA PROTEINS LTD and AMARA RAJA BATTERIES LTD with a decrease of 9.95% and 6.22% along with SHREE RENUKA SUGARS LTD and JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD with a decrease of 5.68% and 5.22% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 84.35 points at 18,822.94 while the banking sector is up 74.11 points at 20,204.71 and the reality sector is down 25.00 points at 1,623.35. The Indian currency is up 0.06% at Rs 62.00 per dollar.last_img read more

19 Aug

Britain saw record 12 increase in Canadian visitation last year

first_imgBritain saw record 12% increase in Canadian visitation last year Travelweek Group Share LONDON — Canadians are visiting Britain in record numbers, with visits up 12% to 643,000 and spending up 24% to a record £505 million from January to September 2016.According to VisitBritain, due to the drop in the exchange rate, Britain saw a surge in overseas visitors in the first three quarters of 2016. A strong finish is projected for the year’s final quarter.“These strong numbers show how much Canadians enjoy exploring the culture, heritage, cities and countryside of Britain. And with the current exchange rate, Canadians see value for money. It’s a great time to visit the U.K., and enjoy the benefits of how much further your dollar can take you,” said Paul Gauger, VisitBritain Interim Executive Vice President.When considering inbound visits overall to the U.K., there were a record-breaking 28.1 million visits from January to September, up 2% on the previous year. Strong growth was also seen in visits and spend from the U.S., Britain’s most valuable visitor market, with spend up 9% to a record £2.5 billion and visits up 3% to 2.7 million.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyIn the first nine months of 2016, there were a record-breaking 12.2 million visits to English regions outside London, up 4% compared to the same period in 2015. Canadian visits to the English regions from January September, outside of London, were up 15% to 280,000.Wales saw inbound visits increase 12% from January to September last year to 856,000, while in Scotland, overseas visits grew 4% to 2.2 million, the strongest year to date since 2007.As for this year, VisitBritain’s latest inbound tourism forecast shows that growth is set to continue in 2017 with 38.1 million visits, up 4% on 2016, which is likely to see about 36.7 million visits by year’s end.Spending by overseas visitors is predicted to reach £24.1 billion this year, an 8% increase on spending last year, which is expected to top out at £22.3 billion. Latest flight booking data from ForwardKeys shows that flight bookings to the U.K. for January 2017 are up 11% on the same month last year. Flight bookings from January to March are up 10% on the same three-month period last year. Monday, January 23, 2017 center_img Posted by Tags: Britain, Trend Watch << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

7 Aug

Paul Molinier Orange Groupowned content security

first_imgPaul MolinierOrange Group-owned content security and delivery firm Viaccess-Orca has appointed Paul Molinier as CEO as part of an internal reshuffle.Molinier joins Viaccess-Orca from Orange Business Services, where he had worked since 2007, most recently as senior vice president in charge of the unified communication and collaboration global business unit.He replaces François Moreau de Saint Martin, who had held the Viaccess-Orca top job since 2007. He has joined Orange Business Services as vice president of industry and large IT accounts.Commenting on the reorganisation, Serge Laroye, executive vice president, content division at Orange, thanked Moreau de Saint Martin “for his great achievements over the past eight years”.“Paul Molinier brings in-depth knowledge of the IT and telecom industries to our executive team that will be highly valuable in accelerating Viaccess-Orca’s business growth,” said Laroye.Molinier has previously held executive positions at firms including Texas Instruments, Siemens, and Telindus.last_img read more

4 Aug

The wide array of optimistic extremes in sentiment

first_img The wide array of optimistic extremes in sentiment measures includes several readings that exceed the extremes of 2007, when the Dow made its previous high. With a finishing structure that Elliott Wave Principle describes as occurring at “the termination points of larger patterns,” the market is ripe for a decline of historic magnitude. The sudden, loud chorus of market bulls, which has grown to a full-blown crescendo, fits perfectly with the terminal stages of a major advance. This chart shows the stunning breadth of optimism extending to every class of investor. The first indicator (second graph) on the chart shows the percentage commitment to equities in the portfolios of members in the National Association of Active Investment Managers (NAAIM). The latest reading reveals an all-time high equity exposure of 104%, which means managers are in a leveraged long position for the first time in the seven-year history of the survey. The reading far surpasses the 83% level, which occurred at the October 2007 all-time high in the Dow. A separate BofA Merrill Lynch survey of 254 fund managers confirms that money managers’ “appetite for risk in their portfolio” is at its highest in nine years. “An increasing number judge equities as undervalued – particularly in Europe.” They soon will become even more “undervalued,” as the Euro STOXX 50 Index has traced out five waves down from its January 30 countertrend rally high, indicating that Europe’s bear trend has returned. There’s more: Even though Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Italy are de facto bankrupt, confidence is suddenly so high in that region that Europe’s junk-bond yields relative to investment-grade debt have collapsed to the lowest premium since the start of the global credit crisis. It is an astonishing and historic display of optimism relative to a collapsing economic reality. The second indicator shows a major upswing in bullishness among options traders via the Credit Suisse Fear Barometer Index (the name is misleading since a rising index means less fear). This index measures trader sentiment by comparing the cost of three-month out-of-the-money calls on the S&P 500 relative to puts of the same duration. The recent extreme of 33.32 on January 25 is the highest in the history of the indicator, which goes all the way back to November 1994. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), which tracks the level of fear and complacency using the premium paid for at-the-money S&P options, declined to a low of 12.29 on January 18, its lowest reading – indicating the most complacency – since April 2007, just prior to the major top in the financials. The third indicator shows a new optimistic extreme among investment advisors. The 15-day average of Market Vane’s Bullish Consensus rose to 68.2% in February, its highest reading since June 2007. The bottom graph plots the total assets in the government money-market funds at Guggenheim (formerly Rydex), showing that the public is likewise complacent about the potential for a market decline. We’ve inverted the totals to align them with the trend in stocks. When people are highly confident that stock and bond prices will continue to rise, they see little need to hold money aside in money-market funds and instead load up on financial assets. The total holdings in Guggenheim’s money-market funds just dropped to their lowest level ever, reflecting a supreme confidence by investors and a full embrace of stocks and bonds. At the opposite extreme, corporate insiders – investors who are presumably privy to the future potential of their companies – are dumping shares into the market at a furious pace. According to Vickers Weekly Insider Report, among NYSE stocks there were 9.2 insider shares sold for every share bought over the previous week. The last time the ratio of sales-to-buys was higher was in July 2011, just before the Dow declined 18% over the following four months. As we’ve said previously, there may be many reasons why an insider sells shares, but one of them is not because they think their price is going higher. Taken together, the breadth of extremes shown on the chart indicates that stocks are not making a short-term top: these measures are all greater than at any time since at least 2007. This is a rare alignment that confirms this is an even more important, and more bearish, juncture than 2007. You have just read an excerpt from State of the Global Markets – 2013 Edition, a report from Robert Prechter’s Elliott Wave International. The full report, including big-picture analysis on US, Asian, and European stocks as well as gold, silver, oil, and more, is available for free for the next week. Follow this link to download the full 39-page report now – it’s free. Dan Steinhart Managing Editor, The Casey Report Excerpt from The State of the Global Markets, Elliott Wave International’s 2013 Global Forecast Part I: The Global-Warming Panic Is a Distant Memory By Robert Prechter, editor of The Elliott Wave Theorist A non-event that recently had the media buzzing was the dearth of discussion of the global-warming issue during the presidential debates, not to mention nearly everywhere else on earth over the past year. This is another social change predicted in The Elliott Wave Theorist in the face of vicious opposition. This excerpt highlights the key points: Sometimes scientists herd as much as investors do, and this study [by NASA] appears to be a case of extreme expression following a long-established trend. I am not a climatologist, but I am a student of manias and herding, and that is what the global-warming craze appears to be about. My purpose here is not primarily to make a case against man-made global warming. My primary intent is to take a look at the question from the point of view of a social psychologist to decide whether it appears to be the result of hysteria. The points above establish that there are two sides to the global-warming question. Yet only one has captured the public’s imagination (and I choose that word consciously). The global-warming scare is highly reminiscent of the Alar scare, in which Congress called upon the expertise of movie stars; the ozone-depletion scare and the acid-rain scare, which have all but vanished; the claim that pesticides were making frogs lame (it turned out to be a virus); the rash of reports of devil worshippers, who were never found; the national child-care molestation hysteria, which turned out to be almost entirely contrived; the panic in Europe over poison in Coca-Cola; and any number of like manias. Hysteria often signals the end of a trend. There is powerful evidence of herding at the social level on the global-warming issue. Commentary on the subject is even selling theater tickets. And like all past social trends that were ending, there is a rush to extrapolate. The temperature data from which modelers at NASA derive their extrapolations are scant, the projection is extreme, and their tone is strident. When any writers, including scientists, extrapolate 29 years’ worth of temperature data to predict an imminent apocalypse of biblical proportions in an environment of waxing social focus, rising panic, and calls for government obstruction, one must acknowledge the likelihood of social-psychological forces behind such a report and investigate whether the data support the prediction. The crowd fearing global warming rejects as heretics professors and scientists who challenge all these methods and conclusions, whether they be at MIT or Stanford. Such rejection is akin to what happens near the end of a financial mania, such as the peak of the real estate mania [in 2005], when bears were dismissed as delusional. GW advocates told me that doubting man-made global warming is akin to denying evolution, but the GW movement has not a little taste of old-time religion in its accompanying admonition of humanity: Man is evil; he is destroying the earth; he is “fouling his own nest,” as one scientist on the Web says. Scientists are usually good at their fields but not necessarily at recognizing their own political, moral, and philosophical biases. One thoughtful scientist took issue with the term “hysteria.” But the term applies here to social activity, not the overt behavior of any particular individual. In 2005, when I was speaking about real estate hysteria and warning people against investing in property, people sporting a rather bemused expression would coolly respond, as if instructing an alien who lacked understanding of the way things worked on Earth, “They are not making any more land” and “It’s all about location.” They would say this with utmost calm. They had thought about it and sifted through the evidence. They were not hysterical but rational and thoughtful. At least, this was the appearance of behavior at the individual level. At the collective level, something else was going on. The number of people participating in the real estate market was unprecedented, and their borrowing, building, and bidding activities, collectively, were extreme. Advocates of man-made global warming may appear sober as judges individually, but they are participating in a mass movement, complete with press releases, student rallies, pop concerts, movie documentaries, and an underlying tone of moral crusade. I think the current frenzy over the subject is probably a symptom of peaking cycles in both climatic temperature and social psychology. But unfortunately 70 years from now most of us won’t be around to know the answer. What I expect, based upon observing mass movements, is that this fear, too, will go away. –The Elliott Wave Theorist, June and July 2007 That was six years ago. Recently it has come to light – from globally collected data reported by some of the very institutions that had passionately promoted the case for man-made global warming in 2007 – that the earth in fact hasn’t warmed at all since 1997. One would think the case for man-made global warming would be virtually closed from such contrary evidence and that those who feared global warming would breathe a happy sigh of relief and go home. Some of them have done just that. But proponents remain vocal. [In November] a professor in a syndicated editorial blamed the recent relative silence on the issue on “a profit-driven economic system that demands and necessitates endless growth, a global US military presence that helps facilitate it, and the ecologically rapacious consumption it entails.” Whatever your opinion of these matters, all three of them were in place during the entire period of waxing panic over the global-warming issue, negating the claim to their causing its opposite. He further charged, “In the wake of extreme drought in much of the United States, widespread wildfires in the western US, and now Hurricane Sandy, Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s refusal to discuss human-induced climate change will undoubtedly go down as political recklessness of historic proportions.” If hurricanes, wildfires, and droughts were evidence of man-made climate change, man must have secretly industrialized the world millions of years ago. Archaeologists are pretty sure that didn’t happen. The main thing likely to go down as being of historic proportion is the extent of fear about global warming that held sway in 2007. I doubt it will return in our lifetimes. Further suggesting that the old trend is dead is that government, always the last institution to join a herd, is taking action. California passed a “cap and trade” law at the height of the panic in 2006 and is now implementing it. Naturally, it involves taxing people: Under the plan, the California Air Resources Board will auction off pollution permits on Wednesday called “allowances” to more than 350 businesses, including electric companies, food processors, and refineries. The board has estimated that businesses will pay a total of $964 million for allowances in fiscal year 2012-2013. (AP, 11/15) Extorting a billion dollars annually from industry will ultimately cause more pollution, as it did in communist East Germany, where air became toxic and rivers caught on fire. But California doesn’t yet shoot people trying to leave, so the first likely trend here is that businesses will accelerate their exodus out of the state. Unfortunately, there may be more action at the federal level as well. At a press conference on November 14, President Obama declared, “I am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacted by human behavior and carbon emissions. And as a consequence, I think we’ve got an obligation to future generations to do something about it.” (Reuters) Republican Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg likes Obama’s position on this issue so much that he endorsed the president for reelection. But Obama’s waste of billions of taxpayer dollars propping up so-called “clean energy” companies, along with whatever new taxes and regulations the feds dream up, will ultimately contribute to the trend toward national poverty, which will increase pollution, not reduce it. With any luck, the depression will distract various governments from this destructive path. But, then again, destruction is what depressions are about. Part II: The Stock Market Is Ripe for a Decline of Historic Magnitude By Steve Hochberg and Pete Kendall, editors of The Elliott Wave Financial Forecast Incredibly, the DJIA rallied back to a new all-time high, a move that generated a cornucopia of ever-higher projections. “You’ll know gold sentiment is at a high when “Slime” (Time) magazine has a cover showing a golden bull tearing apart the New York Stock Exchange.” –Doug Casey The Economist, whose editors apparently don’t read Doug’s work, ran the cover below on May 11. In this case, the bull, whose smug facial expression appears to be taunting us for ever doubting that Wall Street is the most awesomest place on earth, isn’t golden. Rather, his smashing through the wall is a metaphor for stocks smashing through their nominal all-time highs, and an implicit projection that there are more gains to come. Different magazine, different asset, same idea: by the time the mainstream media adopts a narrative, it’s a good bet that whatever trend they’re celebrating has just about run its course.center_img The crowd will likely hail this cover – and those sure to follow soon in more widely distributed publications – as an “all clear” sign to jump back in to stocks if they haven’t already. But you’re probably better off doing the exact opposite: prepare for tough times by reviewing your stock portfolio and cutting loose all but the best companies. At the most basic level, Doug’s observation is a comment on human psychology. I can think of endless knocks on the mainstream media, but one role it competently fills is to reflect the prevailing psychology of the people. The bull on the cover is no exception. When making decisions, humans tend to rely on their experiences in the immediate past. Thus, while trying to decide where to invest money today, the majority peer into the rearview mirror and see nothing but gains in stocks for the four preceding years. Our brains are wired to tell us this is a good thing – that stocks are safe once again and represent an exciting opportunity to jump on a rising wave and make some money. But remember: the bull gracing the cover of The Economist is a reaction to the crowd’s bullish attitude, not a precursor to it. The crowd is mostly bullish already. Such a bullish signal will only serve to draw in the most sluggish and unaware of investors. They’re very last to get in. After their money is drawn in from the sidelines, there’s no one left to buy. Ignore crowd psychology at your own peril. Which brings me to this week’s feature, courtesy of an organization dedicated to studying the effects of crowd psychology on world events. If you’re not familiar with the Elliott Wave Theory (EWT), it’s based upon the idea that changes in crowd psychology are the dominant driver of changes in markets – more so than earnings, margins, or other fundamentals. Further, these psychological swings usually occur in measurable patterns. Thus, by studying crowd psychology, one can predict where markets may go next. There’s a strong contrarian element to EWT’s methods, such as the position that extremes in investor sentiment usually mark stock market inflection points. EWT’s sober take is that when euphoria is running high and everyone is bullish, what’s really happening is that anyone who could potentially invest has already invested, meaning there are no buyers left – only sellers, which marks a true market top. I suspect EWT proponents would judge the above bull cover in much the same way Doug Casey does – as a warning, rather than a celebration. You’ll find that the excerpt begins with a story of how the author, Robert Prechter, used his study of crowd psychology to predict that the global-warming hysteria of a few years ago was way overblown and that it would die down, just as all of the contrived emergencies before it did. I asked to include this section for readers who are unfamiliar with Elliott Wave Theory, as an example that it can apply across all realms of human action, not just financial markets. Following that section, you’ll find a small taste of Elliott Wave International’s forecast for US stocks. If you like what you see, you can download the entire global forecast – which includes big-picture analysis on US, Asian, and European stocks as well as commodities like gold and oil – for free. Enjoy, and see you next week!last_img read more

3 Aug

Everybody loves a winner — even toddlers accordin

first_imgEverybody loves a winner — even toddlers, according to a study published Monday. But even though kiddos tend to like high-status individuals, they don’t like those who win conflicts by using force.”It seems like toddlers care about who wins, but they also care about how they win,” says Ashley Thomas, now a researcher in cognitive development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard.In recent years, scientists have devised experiments to show that babies and young toddlers not only notice the social interactions happening around them, but also actively evaluate them.Thomas, who was then a graduate student at the University of California, Irvine, wondered if toddlers understood the concept of social status. After all, adults constantly have to navigate situations that involve people of different rank and prestige, and it can be helpful to have friends in high places.To try to find out what toddlers think of this, Thomas and some colleagues had children ages 21 months to 31 months watch a series of puppet shows. First, one googly-eyed puppet crossed the stage repeatedly, from right to left. Then, another puppet crossed the stage from left to right. After that came a conflict: The two puppets bumped in the middle, blocking each other’s way.”One of two things happened,” Thomas explains. “Either one of the puppets kind of bows down and moves out of the way, allowing the puppet to pass, or one of the puppets pushes the other away and passes in front of him.”After the show, she offered the two puppets to the toddlers and asked which one they liked.Toddlers vastly preferred the puppet that “won” because the other yielded the way and bowed down. “The toddlers liked the winner. They liked the guy who reaches his goal,” says Thomas, who did this work as part of her Ph.D. research at UCI.But they didn’t like it if the “winner” had pushed the other puppet out of the way. In that case, the toddlers switched their preference and reached for the loser, according to a report in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.That’s an intriguing finding, because a recent study in one of our close primate relatives, the bonobo, showed that bonobos always prefer a winner — even when that dominance comes from beating others up.”They prefer dominant individuals, no matter how they achieve their dominance,” notes Kiley Hamlin, an associate professor studying developmental psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. “Whereas human babies, in this case, are preferring only those who are dominant and not mean.”Previous work has shown that babies in the first year of life understand that certain individuals tend to win in social conflicts — such as individuals that are physically larger, or that come from larger social groups, Hamlin says. And some research done in day care centers in the 1970s showed that social hierarchies form among toddlers as young as 18 months old.This new study offers convincing evidence that babies prefer those of high social rank.”That’s a totally unique finding in the literature and, I think, is really compelling to how similar it is to what adults do — how much we tend to like celebrities and rich people and those who are granted status for various reasons,” says Hamlin. “It suggests that that kind of process is already starting by the end of the second year of life.”This study fits into a large body of work by her lab and others, Hamlin says, showing that human babies prefer helpers and distain bullies of all kinds.”It’s not enough to just have high status,” she notes. “It seems like you have to have not gotten there for the wrong reasons.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

26 Jul

Apple TV Subscribers Can Expect Adfree Original Shows and Movies This Fall

first_img 3 min read Apple TV+ Subscribers Can Expect Ad-free Original Shows and Movies This Fall On stage at today’s “show time” event, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Apple TV+, an ad-free subscription home for the company’s new push into original content. With the Apple TV app now extending onto other smart TV platforms while collecting shows and movies from other outlets into Channels, it’s giving people even more of a reason to stick with Apple by adding exclusives you can’t get anywhere else. According to senior VP Eddy Cue, “Apple TV+ will be home to some of the highest quality original storytelling that TV and movie lovers have seen yet.”We’ve heard a lot about its content buying spree over the last year or so, but on stage, execs kicked things off with a video featuring big names like Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Octavia Spencer. Spielberg himself appeared on stage first to talk about Apple TV+ and the stories he wants to tell.Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston showed up to talk about their new project The Morning Show, along with co-star Steve Carell, before Alfre Woodard and Jason Momoa hit the stage to talk about See, a new sci-fi series coming to the service. Kumail Nanjiani was up next, discussing his experiences as an immigrant that will be a part of the series he’s writing with his wife for Apple, Little America.Still, the biggest star in the run is Big Bird, with Sesame Workshop programming coming to Apple TV+ as well. The show is called Helpsters, featuring another Muppet who popped up on stage. Sara Bareilles and JJ Abrams were the last to appear, with Sara dropping in a musical number to mark the end of the celebrity parade before we finally saw a trailer featuring clips from all of Apple’s new shows.At the (not quite) absolute end, we finally got a few bullet points: Apple TV+ is a subscription service with no commercials that will launch in over 100 countries this fall, full of original content from many big names in entertainment. Whenever it launches, all of the new TVs with support for AirPlay will be able to stream its videos, and once they have the Apple TV app it will be home to this service, the new Channels and all of your purchased videos from iTunes. What we don’t know yet is how much it will cost, and in a press release, Apple said that info will come in the fall.Oh wait — one more thing: Oprah. As expected, she will “join forces” with Apple to “serve this moment.”Follow all of the news news from Apple’s March event here! Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. March 25, 2019 Add to Queue Image credit: via Engadget This story originally appeared on Engadget Apple Next Article Register Now » What we don’t know is how much it will all cost. Richard Lawler –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more

26 Jul

NextGen WiFi Is Here

first_img Register Now » Next-Gen Wi-Fi Is Here Next Article Add to Queue –shares Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals As if it isn’t hard enough keeping track of all the next-gen Wi-Fi terms (802.11n, draft-n, and so on), you then have to figure out what the heck they mean. In the Wi-Fi space, draft-n is the new, faster, stronger, more reliable form of Wi-Fi. More than 25 percent of the Wi-Fi devices shipped in 2008 supported draft-n, says Edgar Figueroa, executive director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. He points to ABI research that estimates by 2012, 90 percent of all devices will support it.Fortunately, old and new versions can work and play in harmony. So while “there probably won’t be a time when it’ll be absolutely necessary to upgrade,” says Figueroa, “the market is naturally moving toward the best technology.” And next-gen is where it’s at.Draft-n gear can provide significant improvements to your network, including five times the throughput (up to 250 Mbps) and twice the range (up to 200 meters). So if you’re trying to decide if it’s time to upgrade your office to draft-n Wi-Fi, consider these questions:Do you have 15 or more employees using entry-level gear or 40 or more employees using enterprise-level gear?Are you expanding your office size?Does your office setup have hard-to-reach coverage areas–for example, numerous floors or rooms within a building?Do you frequently use real-time or high-bandwidth applications, such as web conferencing, VoIP or streaming HD video?If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it might be time to upgrade. The good thing about draft-n is that it’s backward compatible, meaning it works with previous versions (and vice versa). This allows for an easier, gradual transition. So if you’re not in the financial position to upgrade all your Wi-Fi devices at once–who is really?–you can switch out a few, or even just one, at a time, Figueroa explains. “Yet that device offers benefits to all the old devices already using the network.” Magazine Contributor March 16, 2009 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. It might be time to upgrade, if you answer yes to any of these questions. This story appears in the April 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Lindsay Holloway 2 min read Technologylast_img read more

18 Jul

Opioid poisoning rates higher and in a more diverse population study shows

first_imgWe believe our method and use of data analytics tools to identify regions and patient populations may help to focus on effective interventions. These population identification techniques can also potentially be applied to other communities anywhere in the United States to focus on interventions.”Fusheng Wang, PhD, lead author and Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics in the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University and in Computer Science Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 21 2019A cohort study by Stony Brook University researchers of all payer hospital data on Long Island combined with census data indicates that opioid poisoning (OP) levels almost doubled from 2010 to 2016. Additionally, the study revealed that the demographics of patients with OP appears to be shifting and becoming more diverse. The findings are published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.Not enough is known about the epidemiology of OP to tailor interventions to help address the growing opioid crisis in the U.S. According the National Center for Health Statistics, New York State is one of five states with the most opioid drug overdoses. The objective of the Stony Brook study is to expand understanding about OP through the use of data analytics to evaluate geographic, temporal, and socioeconomic differences of OP related hospital visits in a region of New York State with high OP rates. Related StoriesStudy: Two-thirds of pneumonia patients receive more antibiotics than they probably needAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsThrough the data analysis, Wang and colleagues found that OP hospital visit rates increased 2.5 to 2.7 fold on Long Island since 2010. OP hospital visit rates decreased for men, whites and self-pay patients but increased for Medicare payers. Communities with high OP rates had lower median home values regardless of location, higher percentages of high school graduates, were younger and more often were white patients.These findings reveal that OP is becoming more diverse by gender, age, economics and location. Historically, on a national level the highest OP rates have been among young adults (18-34) who are white male, urban dwellers, and those with lower income and non-private payers.According to Wang, the research team will engage other researchers to build a nationwide data-driven opioid epidemic research community. He said their method and findings provide a foundation to build a precision public health-based framework for opioid epidemic research through integrative spatial-temporal based analytical methods for population studies. The long-term goal of the research will also be to develop a machine learning-based framework for predicting OP risks of patients using integrative electronic health records to support clinical decisions. Source:Stony Brook Universitylast_img read more

18 Jul

Copyright board boosts songwriters music streaming fees

Citation: Copyright board boosts songwriters’ music streaming fees (2018, January 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-copyright-board-boosts-songwriters-music.html A federal copyright board has raised the music streaming royalties for songwriters and music publishers by more than 40 percent to narrow the financial divide separating them from recording labels. The decision announced earlier this weekend by the National Music Publishers Association stems from a dispute pitting songwriters against steadily growing music streaming services sold by Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon and Pandora.The Copyright Royalty Board’s decision will require those services to pay 15.1 percent of their revenue to the songwriters and publishers, up from 10.5 percent.The music publishers association hailed the ruling, even though the trade group estimates recording labels will still be receiving $3.82 for every $1 paid to songwriters and publishers. Even so, that still represents “the most favorable balance in the history of the industry,” said David Israelite, president of the music publishers association.None of the major companies affected by the new music streaming royalties responded to requests by The Associated Press for comment, leaving it unclear whether the shift will prod any of them to raise the prices paid by consumers.The popularity of music streaming services has soared in the past few years as more consumers have embraced paying a monthly or annual subscription fee for unlimited access to tens of millions of songs instead of incrementally buying a more limited amount of music on CDs or in a digital download.Those changing habits have pushed artists, songwriters and publishers to step up their efforts to get a larger cut of the royalties generated from music streaming—a format that didn’t even exist when some performers signed their last record deals years ago.The Copyright Royalty Board drew up the new rates for songwriters and publishers after hearing evidence during a trial last year.”Songwriters desperately need and deserve the rate increases,” said Bart Herbison, executive director for the Nashville Songwriters Association International, another trade group.The new royalties seem unlikely to faze Apple, Google and Amazon—all of whom rank among the world’s richest companies and operate their music streaming services as complements to other products that generate most of their revenue.The new royalty systems could leave a bigger financial dent in smaller and less diversified companies such as Spotify and Pandora, even though both are music streaming pioneers. Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Spotify reaches royalty deal with music publishers This Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, photo shows music streaming apps clockwise from top left, Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and Google on an iPhone in New York. A federal copyright board has raised the music streaming royalties for songwriters and music publishers by more than 40 percent. The decision announced earlier this weekend stems from a dispute pitting songwriters against steadily growing music streaming services sold by Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon and Pandora. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

18 Jul

Japans power supply system weak link in times of disaster

first_img Citation: Japan’s power supply system weak link in times of disaster (2018, September 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-japan-power-weak-link-disaster.html In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, a man calls with a public phone in the blackout on the center of Sapporo city, Hokkaido, northern Japan, after a powerful earthquake. The blackouts that paralyzed the northern island of Hokkaido after a powerful earthquake struck early Thursday showed the weak link in all that technology. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File) 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. Big quake hits northern Japan, leaving 9 dead, 30 missing Explore further Police officers guide traffic as pedestrian walk in the blackout on the center of Sapporo city, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. A powerful earthquake jolted Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido, buckling roads, knocking homes off their foundations and causing entire hillsides to collapse. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, people gather to charge their mobile phones in the blackout on the center of Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan, after a powerful earthquake. The blackouts that paralyzed the northern island of Hokkaido after a powerful earthquake struck early Thursday showed the weak link in all that technology. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File) Japan’s nuclear regulator said that external power was restored at Tomari, Hokkaido’s only nuclear power plant, after it temporarily switched Thursday to backup generators to power cooling systems for spent fuel from its three reactors.The Nuclear Regulation Authority said there was no abnormality at the plant, which has been idled since 2012 for routine safety checks, its reactors emptied of fuel.Hokkaido Electric says the island’s average peak demand is about 3.8 million kilowatts. By drawing on secondary generators and possibly importing power from elsewhere in Japan, the utility said it could provide about 2.9 million kilowatts of power even if Tomato Atsuma remained offline. Officials at METI, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which is in charge, told reporters the utility lacked a contingency plan for the failure of all three of Tomato Atsuma’s generators—echoing the lack of emergency planning that caused massive problems at the Fukushima plant. HEPCO had only anticipated the possible loss of up to a third of peak power demand, or up to 1.3 million kilowatts, they said.Likely mindful of complaints over the handling of the aftermath of the 2011 disaster by Tokyo Electric Power Corp., operator of the Fukushima plant, the industry minister, Hiroshige Seko, ordered HEPCO to be sure to provide quick and thorough updates.center_img Like many tough residents used to Hokkaido’s long, harsh winters, Norio Oikawa was looking on the bright side. His home in Sapporo had no power by early Friday, and he was rationing the water he managed to store in his bathtub before his taps went dry.Thankfully, basic public facilities were at hand—no fancy electronics involved.”There is a park nearby, with a toilet and running water. So, that’s a great help,” he said. People sit in the dark to have some food in the blackout on the center of Sapporo city, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. A powerful earthquake hit wide areas on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido early Thursday, triggering landslides as well as causing the loss of power. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) Some 3 million households on Hokkaido, whose power supplies generally are only based on the island, were without electricity for nearly a whole day after the quake. After a long, dark night a large share of the lights were back on early Friday in the prefectural capital of Sapporo, a city of 1.9 million.Without power, most tap water systems didn’t work. Traffic and street lights were dark and cellphones ran out of power. Some landlines were also silenced, though public phones were working—for free, carrier NTT said.Hokkaido Electric Power Co., or HEPCO, said the large-capacity Tomato Atsuma power plant—source of most power to the region and located relatively close to the quake’s epicenter—will take about a week to restart. As a stopgap, the company restarted three other plants with less generating capacity and switched on dozens of small hydroelectric plants. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. One of city’s landmarks, Sapporo TV Tower, is seen in the blackout on the center of Sapporo city, Hokkaido, northern Japan, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. A powerful earthquake hit wide areas on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido early Thursday, triggering landslides as well as causing the loss of power. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) The blackout across entire northern island of Hokkaido after a powerful earthquake struck early Thursday showed the weak link in all that technology.It’s a problem shared by most affluent, and increasingly many other countries, but seems more apparent in this seismically overactive nation, where earthquakes and tsunamis are a constant threat and even the high-tech toilets have electronic flushes.The magnitude 6.7 quake on Hokkaido’s southern coast knocked out power to nearly all 3 million households on the island, forcing essential services such as hospitals and traffic lights to use generators or other backups. Damage to some generators was likely to delay the full restoration of power for more than a week, officials said.On Friday, with power restored to about half of all Hokkaido households, Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko urged residents to conserve electricity.”Unplug appliances. Families should try to all stay in one room,” he said. “That can help us more quickly restore power in more places.”The vulnerability of the electric grid was driven home most painfully in 2011 by a massive earthquake and tsunami on the northeastern coast of the main island of Honshu, and subsequent meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant. Shutdowns of reactors for safety checks put a chunk of Japan’s power generating capacity out of commission—straining supplies in this resource scarce nation. Japan’s ultramodern conveniences, its zippy bullet trains, automated ticketing systems and smart homes work just fine, until the power goes out.last_img read more

16 Jul

Eye On Stock Elsoft Research

first_img Support Line 11 Jul 2019 Support Line {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} ELSOFT Research Bhd (code: 0090) surged on Thursday and yesterday as a fresh buying catalayst pulled investor attention into the counter.The stock rose as much as 33.33% to pull clear of several resistance points and return it to a bullish outlook. Trading volume in the counter spiked to historical highs, reflecting the surge of investor interest in the counter.On the daily price chart, the share price’s two-day advance saw it rise past the 50 and 100-day simple moving averages (SMA). AdChoices广告At its highest yesterday, the share price tested the uppermost 200-day SMA, which applied downward pressure on further advance. Prior to this sudden bullish development, Elsoft’s technical outlook was not showing the best fortunes.The stock had been on a decline since falling off a peak of RM1.48 on Nov 21, 2018.The protracted downtrend meant the the moving averages had taken on negative crossings, which remain unresolved, and continue to suggest weakness in the overall price trend.For the short-term however, the rally remains intact given the improving momentum, and the positive sentiment has yet to subside despite the profit-taking that saw the counter close with a mere one sen gain yesterday. Looking at the technical indicators, the slow-stochastic momentum index has spiked up closer to overbought conditions at 78 points. The sharp vertical rise indicates that the growth may continue in extended overbought mode.The 14-day relative strength index has also risen to overbought conditions at 85 points and looks headed for more extreme trading conditions. The daily moving average convergence/divergence line has risen sharply off the signal line in a sign that the uptrend has firmed.At present, the 200-day SMA continues to be a stiff hurdle for the share price, as reflected in Friday’s profit-taking.Should this hurdle be surpassed however, the share price will target RM1.17.The 100-day SMA is a resistance-turned-support at 93 sen while lower still, support can be found near the convergence of rising short-term SMAs at 81 sen.The comments above do not represent a recommendation to buy or sell. Markets 22h ago Signs of further consolidation Support Line 2d ago Supportline: MI Technovation Related News Tags / Keywords: Related News Markets , Market watchlast_img read more

16 Jul

Europe on his mind 100yearold uncle gets passport renewed in Kolkata

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 10:43 IST Diogo Fernandez was anxious after his passport expired in December last year. (Photo: Facebook/Aldona Matters)HIGHLIGHTSFernandez, 100, visited the Kolkata office on Friday for passport renewalOfficials say passport will reach Fernandez’s home in seven daysIt is Fernandez’s resilience and spirit that impressed us: officialAge ain’t nothing but a number’ perfectly fits the story of 100-year-old Diogo Piedade Jose Simplicio Fernandez of Goa who recently got his passport renewed to take a trip to Europe at least once.Bitten by the travel bug, Fernandez visited the Kolkata regional passport office on Friday for the first renewal, around three months after he celebrated a century of life on March 2, The Times Of India reported.Originally a resident of Goa, Fernandez who moved to Kolkata for work in his early 20s, was accompanied by his wife Mary (89) and daughter Beverly, the daily said.As the 100-year-old arrived at the scheduled appointment time, the otherwise mechanical’ office came to life with employees rushing to Fernandez with a wheelchair.On why Fernandez decided to renew his passport, Beverly said her father was anxious after the passport expired in December and had been insisting for a renewal.”But I was worried that he might not be able to wait in queue for an hour or so and wrote to the RPO chief. I am relieved with the ease with which things happened, Beverly was quoted as saying by ToI.RPO chief Bibhuti Bhushan Kumar told the daily the “grand old man’s resilience and spirit” was impressive. “It is great that he has kept his dream of travelling abroad alive at this age. I offered to help and make things easy the moment I came across the mail. I was really impressed,” Bhushan Kumar said.Kumar added that Fernandez told him that he had travelled abroad just once — to visit his son in Bahrain. And so when he expressed his wish to visit Europe at least once, Kumar explained to him that he could travel anywhere except Israel, the daily reported.Meanwhile, officials said the passport should reach Fernandez’s Macleod Street home by next week and added that the police verification will be done later.Before he left, Fernandez shared the secret of his happy, long life with the officials. A peg of good liquor after dinner and long walks,” he told them.READ | 5 off-beat career options to break the monotony of 9 to 5 jobsWATCH | How does social media influence travel trends?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Tags :Follow Kolkata Europe on his mind, 100-year-old uncle gets passport renewed in KolkataDiogo Piedade Fernandez, 100, renewed his passport to take a trip to Europe at least once.advertisementlast_img read more