The Value of Incumbency

first_imgEarlier this month, I spoke at the Pacific Crest Global Technology Leadership Conference in Colorado, where Brent Bracelin, of Pacific Crest Securities, asked about EMC’s track record of acquiring unique technology assets and building them into fast growing businesses. By way of illustration: last quarter, our Emerging Storage Division grew revenues 49% year-over-year, due to customer interest in newer areas of our business such as our all flash arrays, Isilon scale-out NAS storage, our ViPR suite and software-defined storage, plus converged infrastructure. Brent then asked me the following question: “Does value of incumbency give you [EMC] an advantage in these newer markets or not?”Great question. Here’s my answer: Storage startups certainly attract attention just for being new on the scene. But I believe the value of incumbency helps us and our customers in a couple of different ways.First of all, we deeply understand the way our customers’ applications work and the service levels they need from those applications. We also understand that one-size-fits-all as a storage strategy doesn’t work for our customers and hasn’t worked for competitors in the storage industry. That’s been well proven. The reality is, you need a range of systems to support the range of applications that customers have.Second, a number of storage startups today are focused solely on building a better mousetrap for existing applications. And, by the way, that’s true for some of our own technology, too. XtremIO, for example, is great technology. It is an all-flash storage array. It’s attached to a storage area network. It runs fairly traditional client-server applications. And it’s enjoying fantastic customer adoption, claiming a far greater share of the market for all flash arrays than any startup. But that’s not all we do. We’re just as focused upon emerging applications and how the needs of those workloads are different.We’re very excited about some of the emerging growth areas in big data and fast data for next-generation, third platform, scale-out stateless applications. Here, we’ve got innovative new technologies like DSSD. We’ve got technologies like Isilon and our software-defined storage that can handle big, scale-out data and applications that ingest and reason over enormous data sets. We are actually further ahead in that emerging market segment than we are in some of the traditional storage market segments. Why is that? One reason is, there is not as much startup activity in that new area of the marketplace yet, because most startups are not actually focused there. They’re focused on trying to build better systems for existing apps. So we feel we are well positioned in the newer markets as well as traditional segments.Being the incumbent never gives you anything by right, but it does give us a huge understanding of the way customers work with these application environments. And that delivers tremendous value to our business because it helps us deliver greater value to our customers.I’ll share more of our conversation at this recent event in an upcoming post.last_img read more

5 fantastic things VR can do for children

first_imgFrank Upadhyay Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#virtual reality#VR Follow the Puck From learning to entertainment, VR has captured a plethora of opportunities and fields. Questions about VR being safe for children were raised continuously but now seems to finally be answered accurately.For all those parents who dread showing VR content to their kids, it’s completely safe for children above 12 years of age but the most important thing is the right type of content.See also: What are the unique requirements of public VR?We witnessed a steady growth in VR for kids this year and decided to share with you the amazing things VR could do for your children.#1: VR could take you placesOne of the most known VR experience for children this year was Google Expeditions. The app became available in 123 countries and counting. It was an amazing tool for teachers to pair up along with the classroom sessions, after all, what’s better than a field trip to educate children? Students can have a better outlook & a faster learning experience with the help of this tool which lets them travel places and learn about them by being there in the virtual world.#2: Immersive autism therapyAutism is a lifelong neurological disorder & research says that no two people with Autism have similar symptoms. We have come across a number of uses for VR in medical science & this is no different. Immersive Autism Therapy is a combination of scenarios created by a Washington-based start-up Floreo. With the help of these scenarios, children are enabled to learn skills such as pointing or making eye contact. VR is the safest option to teach them various social skills and prepare them. Other applications to teach young people how to drive and to enter work environment had also been created this year and delivered positive results.#3: VR for the differently abledNo wonder virtual reality has contributed enormously to improving the treatment, training, and quality of life of children with disabilities. It has helped therapists to create a life-like environment for children for training & skill enhancement. The quality of life of these children can be improved significantly using VR.As important as these experiences are VR helps them in social training too which shapes their personalities in a positive way. Beyond the social experiences, gaming in VR is one hell of an experience for wheelchair-bound children. With VR these children can fight without hands & run without legs.#4: Bedtime story tellingWith the advent of mobile phones and other digital stuff, there are hardly any children today who remember the value of bedtime stories. However, Samsung thought this year that the “Bedtime VR Stories” app will combine the latest innovations in virtual reality with the power and importance of traditional storytelling. Samsung believes that this application is more for the parents who are away from their children and still will be able to tell them bed time stories through VR as they get carried away to far distant galaxies with other unreal stuff. Sounds interesting.#5: Learning to swimHow amazing would it be to learn swim without actually being pushed into the pull by the swimming coach? Children often fail to learn how to swim because of their fear of water, heights or anxiety but that doesn’t mean they mustn’t learn the most important life-saving skill. Energy Company E.ON, the Swedish Swimming Federation and M&C Saatchi Stockholm partnered up earlier this year to launch a campaign that uses VR to encourage nervous children into the water. The best way to treat a fear is exposure and VR does it the best.center_img Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

9 months agoPorto midfielder Hector Herrera on Arsenal, Wolves radar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Porto midfielder Hector Herrera on Arsenal, Wolves radarby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto midfielder Hector Herrera is on Arsenal’s radar this month.TMW says Arsenal are planning a move for Porto ace Herrera.Gunners boss Unai Emery is looking at the midfielder as he seeks to strenghten his option.But he’s not alone. Roma, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Wolves have also been linked.Herrera enjoyed an outstanding World Cup with Mexico and was linked with Real Madrid last summer. last_img read more

Gov’t will Ensure Cannabis Industry Meets Int’l Standards

first_img The Prime Minister was speaking at a ceremony to announce the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) award of Orphan Drug Status for ‘Chrysoeriol’ which has been developed by Flavocure Biotech LLC (FBL) to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). While emphasising the need to be “absolutely careful and certain” about how the matter is treated, Mr. Holness said treading on the side of caution “will inure to the benefit of the country in the long term”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will be exercising caution in how cannabis is leveraged in the development of Jamaica’s nutraceutical industry. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will be exercising caution in how cannabis is leveraged in the development of Jamaica’s nutraceutical industry.He said the Administration has to ensure that Jamaica does not breach international rules and standards and that activities are being carried out lawfully.“These are not just standards to do with medicine or compliance to do with health. It is also financial and banking standards to ensure that our market is not being used for illegal activities (by persons) parading under a licence,” he pointed out.“The Government of Jamaica has to ensure that we are compliant with international standards, because cannabis and the (medication) that could potentially come from it are still not recognised in many countries, and some countries still consider it illegal,” he noted further.The Prime Minister was speaking at a ceremony to announce the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) award of Orphan Drug Status for ‘Chrysoeriol’ which has been developed by Flavocure Biotech LLC (FBL) to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).The ceremony was held at Eden Gardens Wellness and Spa in St. Andrew on Wednesday, July 12.While emphasising the need to be “absolutely careful and certain” about how the matter is treated, Mr. Holness said treading on the side of caution “will inure to the benefit of the country in the long term”.The Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015, also referred to as the Ganja Reform Law, created the framework for the decriminalisation of offences under the Act, making possession of less than two ounces of ganja a ticketable offence.The legislation also created the framework for the development of legal medical marijuana, hemp and nutraceutical industries, and for the establishment of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) to oversee the implementation of regulations for licences, permits and other authorisations for the cultivation, processing, distribution, sale and transportation of ganja.Flavocure Biotech LLC, based in Maryland in the United States, is owned and operated by the Eden Gardens Group of Companies, which is headed by noted Jamaican scientist, Dr. Henry Lowe.last_img read more

Damen Marine Components Van der Velden Marine Systems Merge

first_imgzoom The Netherlands-based Damen Marine Components (DMC) and Van der Velden Marine Systems (VDVMS) have decided to merge into one company. As of January 1, the two companies are operating together as Damen Marine Components Netherlands (DMC NL), the duo said in a statement.DMC has been operating since the early 1980s as part of the Damen Shipyards Group. On the other hand, VDVMS has been an independent part of the Damen Shipyards Group’s components division since 2013.As explained, the decision was made to bring the two companies closer together in order to enhance performance.“This alignment means clients will have access to an increased portfolio of propulsion products in one place. At the same time, it combines the extensive market knowledge of two well-established partners, paving the way to more efficient products and services going forwards,” Steef E.F. Staal, managing director of DMC, said.Van der Velden Marine Systems’ brand will continue to be used as trademark for DMC NL’s rudder and steering gear products, according to the statement.last_img read more

Stars Attend Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards

first_imgFood Bank For New York City — the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs — raised more than $2 million this week at the organization’s annual Can Do Awards Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street.Mario Batali at Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards DinnerCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesDorothea Bongiovi, MSNBC and Toyota were honored for their commitment to eradicating poverty and hunger.Presenters included Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio and Chris Canty. Notable attendees included Jon Bon Jovi, Selita Ebanks, Josh Charles, Rachael Ray, Ted Allen, Michael Stipe, Michael Potts, Lori Silverbush, Lauren Bush Lauren, David Lauren, Jill Hennessy, David Burke, Katie Lee, Kelly Bensimon, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Nastia Liukin, Sasha Cohen, Alysia Reiner, Joe Morton, Bevy Smith, David Alan Basche, Mary Giuliani and Phillip Baltz.Aaron Neville was the evening’s special musical guest. Cat Greenleaf, host of NBC’s “Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf,” emceed the event.The Can Do Awards Dinner is the premiere Food Bank For New York City event that helps support the nearly 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on their programs and services to put food on the table. As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research. Through its network of community-based member programs citywide, Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. Learn how you can help at foodbanknyc.org.last_img read more

Ottawa orders regulator to investigate telecom sales practices

first_imgThe sales practices of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies – a long-time sore spot for many consumers – will be the subject of a public inquiry ordered by the federal government on Thursday.“Like many Canadians, we are concerned by allegations of clearly inappropriate sales practices by telecom carriers,” Navdeep Bains, the minister responsible for telecommunications, said in a statement.“We have listened to Canadians about this issue, and we are taking action.”Bains said he has directed the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to conduct the investigation, including a public inquiry, and report on the sales practices used in the industry.His statement didn’t point a finger at particular industry players or specify which practices have been inappropriate.John Lawford, executive director the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Ottawa, said he’s happy that the minister had asked for a public inquiry that will take a wide look at long-standing practices that are widespread.“I think consumers are going to see some real changes. Because it’s going to be hard to write a report that doesn’t have at least some recommendations to change the way things go.”“I hope the major telecoms are going to feel a little bit more fair when they sell stuff,” Lawford said from Ottawa.He said one the biggest sore points has been promotional discount prices that don’t last for the term of the entire service contract and add-on fees that aren’t well disclosed.“So the consumers feel they have been promised one price and had to pay another,” Lawford said.CRTC chairman Ian Scott had previously declined calls for a public inquiry lodged earlier this year by PIAC and OpenMedia, two consumer advocacy groups that often do battle with Canada’s major carriers such as BCE’s Bell, Rogers Communications, Telus and Quebecor’s Videotron.Rogers Communications issued a brief statement saying, “We strive to deliver the best possible experience for our customers with products and services that best meet their needs and budget, and we will participate and share how we work to be clear, simple and fair with our customers every time they contact us.”OpenMedia’s Katy Anderson said in an email that it’s unfortunate that the CRTC “needed guidance from the government” but added she was encouraged that Bains had ordered an investigation.“Hopefully this sends a strong signal to the CRTC to keep the interests of Canadians front of mind in all their decisions,” Anderson said.The CRTC is an arms-length regulatory body responsible for upholding the Telecommunications Act and the Broadcasting Act, which are both under review by the federal government.In that capacity, the CRTC has attempted to balance sometimes conflicting mandates – such as protecting the interests of consumers while creating conditions that allow for private-sector investment in infrastructure and innovation.Scott wasn’t available for comment but a CRTC spokeswoman acknowledged receipt of the minister’s directive.“`We understand that there are growing concerns about the issue. And we will announce next steps in due course,” Patricia Valladao said.last_img

City to implement Citizen Satisfaction Survey needs a different approach

first_imgCouncil stated they had concerns with the surveys presented as the way the information is gathered is through phone calls. A couple of councillors agreed that phone calls are not a great way to acquire the data needed as people tend to hang up on these calls and do not want to be disturbed at home in this manner.Acting-Mayor Bolin suggested that a successful survey would require everyone working together and that in years previous their most successful surveys and ways to acquire the communities input was not by phone yet rather a hands-on direct approach such as those that happened during the ‘Let’s talk Site C survey and the Survey about Marijuana’ standing out most to him.Bolin says it’s time for a more progressive approach in reaching citizens.“We would miss the entire next generation from the survey if we go that route.”Bolin also expressed that times have changed and what used to work is not working, he explained municipalities and even the Province’s referendum are receiving a low turn out rate.“I would rather see us with i-pads out at events collecting information from our citizens, a, we don’t spend the $40 grand and b, the information is more relevant with community participation than it would be if somebody is doing it as a third party.” Council recommended the City come back with recommendations that were more like the initiatives that took place, such as the Site C Survey and a more grassroots approach rather than getting an outside agency to get the job done. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John wants to implement a scheduled public survey to receive valuable feedback from residents yet traditional surveys might not garner the information the City seeks.The City Staff made a presentation to Council during Monday’s Committee of the Whole Meeting about how receiving regular input from the community, would be used to gauge the City’s strengths and weaknesses.The presentation, titled Citizen Satisfaction Survey, shared three options that feedback could be acquired from the community, 1) by a website, 2) by Third Party and 3) Research Company.  These three methods are strongly reliant on phone calls. With a budget of $40,000, each option does come with their own pros and cons as they lack personalization to our region.last_img read more

Canfor announces more curtailments in Mackenzie and a shift reduction in Prince

first_img“We deeply regret the impacts that these capacity reductions will have on our Mackenzie and Isle Pierre employees, contractors, their families and the local communities,” said Stephen Mackie, Senior Vice President of Canadian Operations, Canfor. “The BC forest industry is continuing to face very significant challenges. None of our temporary or permanent curtailment decisions have been made lightly, nor are they a reflection on the hard work and dedication of our employees.”In combination, these curtailments will reduce Canfor’s annual production output by approximately 400 million board feet, which is in addition to previously announced reductions. MACKENZIE, B.C. – Canfor announced Thursday more capacity reductions in Mackenzie and Prince George.The Mackenzie sawmill will be placed on an indefinite curtailment effective immediately due to the high cost of fibre and poor lumber markets. On top of that, Canfor says challenging operating conditions have made the mill uneconomic under current conditions.The Isle Pierre sawmill in Prince George will be permanently reduced from two shifts to one shift effective September 20, 2019. The capacity reduction, which is due to insufficient timber supply as a result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic and associated decline in the annual allowable cut, will enable the mill to better align its production capacity with the sustainable fibre supply in the region. last_img read more

Ramos hoping that dangerous Ronaldo has a bad game

first_imgSpain captain Sergio Ramos is hoping that his Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo has a rare bad game ahead of their first match against Portugal at the World CupAfter playing integral roles alongside each other last season as Real claimed a third successive Champions League title, the duo will now line-up at opposite ends for their respective national sides as Spain face Portugal in their Group B opener on Friday.Ahead of the meeting at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, an anxious Ramos admitted that he does not find the prospect of facing an in-form Ronaldo to be inviting and hopes that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has a rare bad game.“I’d rather have him on my team than against me. We know how dangerous he can be,” said Ramos, according to SportsKeeda.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“He ended the season in outstanding shape. He’s a constant threat.“Not only Ronaldo but the Portugal squad are very talented. There are many players who can hurt you quickly, a lot of skill and safe in their defensive formation.“We will see a match for all sports lovers. It will be beautiful. I hope Cristiano doesn’t play his best match.”Following the shock sacking of head coach Julen Lopetegui on Wednesday, Spain have since confirmed that sporting director Fernando Hierro will take charge of the national side for the World Cup.last_img read more

Solskjaer urges Man United to take the initiative

first_imgCaretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United must take the game to Liverpool in today’s showdown between the old rivals.The Red Devils will play host to Liverpool at Old Trafford this afternoon in what is widely viewed as the Premier League’s biggest match.On the back of 8 wins in 9 league games under Solskjaer, United have moved into the top-four of the standings and will be looking to get one over their rivals by claiming victory today and hindering Liverpool’s title bid in the process.And Solskjaer, who has a big history against Liverpool as a United player, outlined what his squad must do to beat the Reds.“We always want to take the initiative,” said Solskjaer on the club website. “I thought we started on the front foot against PSG but, then again, they took the initiative so we will go into this game wanting to dominate the game but, then again, we know their strengths.“We know they’re going to be waiting for our mistakes and counter attack but then, if we drop back, they can dominate us.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“So we don’t want to do that at Old Trafford, so we’ve just got to take that lead.”On whether a positive approach is always the plan, Solskjaer replied: “Well, that’s always my first thought – to try to win the game. I’ve never gone into a game trying not to lose a game.“Then again, as I’m saying, you’re playing against 11 players as well and a team, so if we can do to Liverpool what we’ve done to a few teams now, I’ll be very happy.“If we have to play a different way, then the game itself decides that really, so the start is very important.”Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial could feature in today’s match after being originally ruled out, but are both unlikely to start.Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku remains an uncertainty for a start after returning to the line-up in last Monday’s 2-0 FA Cup win at Chelsea.The match between United and Liverpool will begin at 3:05 PM (CET) today.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United looks on during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match against Paris Saint-Germain F.C. at Aon Training Complex on February 11, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)last_img read more

Landfills To Reopen On Sundays On May 6

first_imgThe Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to close Borough dumps on Sunday from October to May. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Beginning tomorrow, May 6th, the Central Peninsula Landfill and Transfer Facilities and Sites will be open on Sundays. The FY2017 budget put forth a plan to close Borough landfills one day a week for the entire year. The Assembly ultimately compromised and decided it would keep landfills open seven days a week from May to September.center_img All facilities will be open 7 days a week starting on May 6. For more information, call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department at (907) 262-9667last_img read more

Cooper Landing And Sterling Remain In READY Alert Status

first_imgThe Great Basin Incident Management Team reviews Ready-Set-Go! lines each day to assess current and past levels of fire activity, expected weather patterns, and predicted fire behavior. All landlines are automatically registered in the KPB alerts system; however, you must register mobile phones. You can register for KPBalerts by texting to 99411 and follow prompts. If a Level 3 GO! alert is issued, it’s time to evacuate immediately, leave NOW. Please go when you are asked to leave.The Kenai Peninsula Borough has an interactive map that allows you to see the current fire perimeter. Enter your home address in the search field in the upper left corner of the page to see where you home is in relation to the Swan Lake fire.  Click here to view the Borough interactive map. A Level 1 (READY) alert is NOT a notice to leave. Visit the KPB blog at www.kpboem.com or call the Borough Call Center at 907-262-INFO (4636) for updates. Monitor social media, news and radio for current Ready-Set-Go! (RSG!) information in your area. This is the time to relocate things like flammable tanks and supplies from your home and outbuildings. Consider the six “P”s: People, Pets, Pills, Pictures, Papers and your Personal computer, that you will take if you need to leave your home.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Sterling and Cooper Landing remain at the Level 1 Ready alert status with fire activity continuing on the Swan Lake fire. Level 1 READY stage means be ready for POTENTIAL evacuation because there is a fire in your area.Sterling neighborhoods EAST of Feuding Lane and EAST of Adkins Road to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge have been placed on a Level 1 “READY” status.Cooper Landing has been placed on a Level 1 “READY” status due to increased fire activity within the NW side of the Swan Lake fire near Watson Lake. It means you should have a plan to transport and care for family members with mobility needs, pets or livestock, according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for September 14 Driver Issued Summons Large Truck On Butters

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, September 14, 2018:Manager at Red Heat Tavern reported he saw a vehicle in the back lot, parked there for possibly several hours. He felt it was odd and wanted an officer to check it out. Police responded. Two parties were looking for a lost ring. Checked OK. Ring was eventually found. (1:22am)Guerby A. Centatus (30, Haverhill) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License and Speeding. (1:49am)Benevento truck took down wire on Shawsheen Avenue. Homeowner and Benevento worked to resolved issue. Verizon notified. (7:18am)Police noted a train at North Wilmington station was blocking Route 62. (9:34am)Police assisted with backing a truck up from Butters Row back onto Main Street. Driver was attempting to drive over bridge. (1:05pm)CVS employee reported a Giant Sedona mountain bike has been abandoned in their entrance way for several days. Police advised CVS they can remove it or store it. (3:04pm)Resident accidentally left gas stove on while they were out. Fire Department responded and handled. (8:03pm)Cochrane Road resident reported a group of juvenile males in the area banging on doors and running way. Police were unable to locate. (10:41pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”last_img read more

The best gifts for dog lovers

first_img 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. Share your voice 0 Richard Clark/Getty Images Dog lovers tend to be demonstrative — not only do we shower our furry friends with attention, fancy dog food and gourmet dog treats, we often like to announce our devotion to the world at large, or at least appreciate a few Fido-themed tchotchkes. If you’re one of us — or know someone who is — these are some of the best gifts for dog lovers we could fetch (with an emphasis on kitchen-related objects since we are Chowhounds, after all).And if you need an excuse to snag one, what better day than National Dog Day (Aug. 26)?Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured here. Grounds & Hounds coffee subscription: $14/month grounds-and-hounds-coffee-subscription-service-chowhound Amazon Love coffee almost as much as you love corgis? Consider a coffee subscription from the wonderfully named Grounds & Hounds — it sells fair trade, organic, specialty coffees (and other coffee-related products) and donates 20% of profits to support rescue organizations that help dogs who are between homes. It’s a gift that keeps on giving, in more than one way — and in honor of National Dog Day, you can get free shipping right now, plus a free D.O.G Party Mug with orders over $50 (just use the code FORTHEPUPS at checkout). See at Grounds & HoundsNow Designs cotton chef’s apron in Dog Days: $19dog-print-apron-amazon-chowhound Amazon If your dog lover is also a dinner-maker or dessert-baker, chances are they’ll adore this dog-print apron, which has a handy pocket in front for holding utensils, a phone or a supply of dog treats. See at Amazon’Woof’ dog spatula: $12dog and cat print spatulas Sur la Table You know what else would fit perfectly in that apron pocket? A dog-bedecked spatula (cat spatula also available for those who can’t choose their favorite species). Wag the batter with this one, don’t stir.See at Sur La TableDog engraved rolling pin: $34dog rolling pin Amazon They see you rollin’, they hatin’, especially when they find out your rolling pin has dogs on it and theirs doesn’t.  See at AmazonDog kitchen timer: $6dog kitchen timer Amazon You’ll now know when it’s time to walk your four-legged friend and take the cherry pie (or dog-print cookies) out of the oven. Multi-tasking at its finest.See at AmazonDog print silicone oven mitts: 2 for $20dog-print-oven-mitts-amazon-chowhound Amazon Protect your own paws with these puppy-print oven mitts. They have a soft lining for comfort but a textured silicone coating that provides both heat protection and a secure grip — much to the dog’s chagrin, there’s no chance you’ll drop that pan of lasagna on the floor. See at AmazonRitz floral Frenchie kitchen dish towels: 2 for $19+frenchie-tea-towels-amazon-chowhound Amazon Fact: Frenchies are adorable, and flower crowns, however played-out some may deem them, are still charming (at least when they’re placed on animals, or on pictures of animals). So these kitchen towels are clearly extra cute and your favorite French bulldog fan or pet-having hipster (maybe that’s you?) will proudly display them. See at AmazonDog dishcloths: 2 for $10dog dish cloth Amazon The irony of this pick is that it’s usually your dog that’s creating the mess, not cleaning it. Bonus: no horrible wet dog smell when you use these.See at AmazonDog paper towel holder: $20dog paper towel holder Amazon Dog lover, cat lover, fish lover, whatever. You don’t have to love animals to buy this quirky paper towel holder that’s perfect for a modern kitchen.See at AmazonKikkerland dog butt magnets: 6 for $11dog-butt-magnets-amazon-chowhound Amazon Decidedly less chic, these assorted dog bottoms will still delight those with a certain strain of humor. And every fridge needs some random novelty magnets, so why not these? The fire hydrant is a nice touch. See at AmazonDachshund ice cube tray: $7dachshund-ice-cube-tray-amazon-chowhound Amazon If you assumed we’d toss in something hot dog-related to pay homage to the precious wiener dog, you thought wrong. That’s way too predictable! Instead, surprise cocktail hour guests with dachshund ice cubes. They should get tongues wagging. They’re also a fetching way to portion appropriately themed frozen treats for your dog.See at AmazonDachshund chopstick rests: 5 for $14dachshund chopstick rest Amazon One more for the wiener fans. You’ve heard of giving your dogs a rest, but now you can rest your chopsticks on these adorable silver dachshunds. And you thought your bowl of ramen couldn’t get any better.See at AmazonLaser-etched salad servers: $27dog salad servers Amazon Salads are typically one of the most boring dishes on the dinner table, but serving the greens with these utensils will have guests saying “bow wow.”See at AmazonTop Dog travel bag: $40dog-travel-bag-amazon-chowhound Amazon Do you like to take your precious pup everywhere? Then you’ll surely appreciate this doggie travel bag, with several handy zippered and/or elastic compartments, including one for kibble — it even comes with two collapsible bowls for feeding and watering on the go. And it’s TSA-approved, so perfect for jet setters (or Westminster Dog Show candidates). See at AmazonLoqi Store dog print reusable bag: $11resuable-dog-grocery-bag-amazon-chowhound Amazon Reusable bags are a great eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic, and they come in so many styles, they basically double as accessories. This dog-printed tote bag is perfect for those who want to advertise their love for puppies while they’re grabbing groceries — or taking a day trip to the beach (with their party animal in tow, no doubt). See at AmazonStainless steel ‘Dog Mom’ stemless wine tumbler: $21dog-mom-stemless-wine-tumbler-amazon-chowhound Amazon For the dog moms who want everyone to know where their allegiances lie, this insulated tumbler is perfect for sipping morning coffee, afternoon water or evening wine — and it has a lid to guard against spills (whether from human error or wildly wagging tails). See at AmazonHaute Diggity Dog Muttini Bar Collection plush wine bottle toy: $14dog-toy-wine-bottle-squeaky-toy-amazon-chowhound Amazon Speaking of wine, while you’re enjoying your own, throw your dog a bone — or rather, a wine bottle, in plush toy form. You can play doggy sommelier too. For instance, if this “Cavalier Sauvignon” from “Napaw Valley” doesn’t seem like it’d do it for the dog in question, go with a “Woof Clicquot” squeaky toy instead. See at Amazon’Corki’ wine stopper: $8corgi wine stopper Amazon We judge (ever so slightly) those who are in need of a wine stopper, but if you can’t finish a bottle (blasphemy), you may as well plug it with something adorable. And frankly, what’s more adorable than a Corgi?See at AmazonBowser Beer: 3 for $15dog-beer-amazon-chowhound Amazon Conversely, if you and your dog prefer beer, this nonalcoholic drink for dogs is made from malt barley and glucosamine, which is great for maintaining healthy joints. Word of caution, though: reviews are mixed; some dogs reportedly loved it, while others of the Spuds MacKenzie persuasion probably would have preferred a Bud Light. See at AmazonPetcube Bites Wi-Fi pet camera and treat dispenser: $249 wifi-pet-camera-treat-dispenser-walmart-chowhound Walmart This Wi-Fi-enabled pet camera and treat dispenser lets you stay connected to your pup even when you’re at the office (working hard so your dog can have a better life, of course). It lets you see 1080p HD video of your dog (or cat), and even talk to them and remotely throw treats. Other features include night vision, sound and motion alerts and an optional cloud recording service so you can access stored video — honestly, this almost doubles as home security, in case your dog is not so much about guarding the house as it is about lazing around it. See at WalmartThis story was originally posted on Chowhound. Post a comment Tags Culturelast_img read more

Rajapakse to step down Saturday

first_imgSri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena (R) listens to former president Mahinda Rajapakse. AFP File PhotoSri Lanka’s strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse will step down on Saturday from his disputed position of premier, his son said on Friday, signalling an end to the seven-week long power-struggle that threatened to shut the government.”To ensure stability of the nation, former president …(Rajapakse) has decided to resign from the premiership tomorrow after an address to the nation,” his legislator son Namal said.The announcement came shortly after the Supreme Court banned Rajapakse, 73, and his purported government from exercising the powers of the office they claimed since October.A day earlier, the Supreme Court opened the way for potential impeachment proceedings against president Maithripala Sirisena ruling that he broke the law by dissolving parliament last month.A seven-judge bench unanimously agreed that Sirisena violated the constitution when he dissolved parliament last month to prevent Rajapakse suffering a humiliating defeat on the floor of the House.Sirisena had also called a snap election nearly two years ahead of schedule. That was also cancelled by the courts.Namal Rajapakse said they will join a coalition with Sirisena who triggered the political crisis on 26 October by initially sacking prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replacing him with former foe Rajapakse.Two of the country’s highest courts suspended Rajapakse till he could prove his legitimacy after he failed two no-confidence motions in the 225-member legislature in mid-November.The court rulings also meant that the Indian Ocean nation of 21 million people was effectively without a government and heading for a shutdown raising fears among international credit rating agencies and holders of Sri Lankan bonds.The country was taken by surprise when Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe on 26 October, almost two years before his five-year term was up and called a snap election for 5 January.Wickremesinghe refused to step down maintaining that his sacking was illegal. That issue is currently being canvassed before courts.- New government -Political sources said Wickremesinghe was likely to be sworn in on Sunday morning, in a move that is expected to end the power vacuum.There was no immediate comment from Sirisena or his office, but an MP from his party, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, told reporters that the president agreed to the latest measures to avoid a government shutdown after 31 December.If the stalemate continued, we would have ended up without a budget for 2019 and the government would not have been able to function,” Abeywardena said.Earlier, Sirisena had refused to reinstate Wickremesinghe saying he had serious cultural and policy differences with him. However, sources close to both sides said they managed to sink their differences during a closed-door meeting on Thursday.On Wednesday, the legislature voted overwhelmingly to demand the reinstatement of Wickremesinghe.The leftist JVP, or the People’s Liberation Front, insists that Sirisena should be investigated for orchestrating what they call a coup and that there should also be an impeachment process.last_img read more

Simone Biles Soars To AP Female Athlete of The Year

first_img Share Florian Martin/Texan Olympian Gold medalist Simone Biles thanks the crowd awaiting her at George Bush Intercontinental airport as she arrived from Brazil on Wednesday August 24th, 2016.Simone Biles tried to treat the 2016 Summer Olympics like just your average ordinary gymnastics meet. So what if the stage and the stakes were different?The floor was still the floor. The vault still the vault. The uneven bars still uneven. The balance beam still a four-inch wide test of nerves.And the 19-year-old with the electric smile and boundless talent was still the best in the world. Maybe the best of all-time.Over the course of 10 days in August, the biggest meet of her life ended like pretty much all the others in the four years that came before it: with Biles standing atop the podium, a gold medal around her neck and the sport she’s redefining one boundary-pushing routine at a time staring up at her. Not that she remembers any of it.“It’s kind of a blur,” Biles said.Maybe to Biles, but not to the rest of the world. Her massive haul in Rio de Janeiro — a record-tying four golds to go along with a bronze for the dominant U.S. women’s team — propelled her to stardom and rendered her last name superfluous. Now there’s one more honor to add to what on Twitter is known simply as #SimoneThings: Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.In a vote by U.S. editors and news directors announced Monday, Biles received 31 votes out of a possible 59 votes. U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, who won four golds and a silver in Rio, finished second with 20 votes. Serena Williams, who won Wimbledon for the seventh time to tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles, and three-time AP women’s NCAA basketball Player of the Year Breanna Stewart tied for third with four votes each.The AP Male Athlete of the Year will be announced Tuesday.Biles became the fifth gymnast to win the honor, joining Olga Korbut in 1972, Nadia Comaneci in 1976, Mary Lou Retton in 1984 and Gabby Douglas in 2012. It’s company Biles joined while completing a run of dominance that included three straight all-around World Championships, an unprecedented run at the top in a sport where peaks are often measured in months, not years.The teenager from Spring, Texas, hardly seemed burdened by the outsized expectations. If anything, she embraced them. She opted out of a verbal commitment to compete collegiately at UCLA to turn professional so she could cash in on the lucrative opportunities afforded an Olympic champion, a bit of a gamble considering the window is so narrow and directly tied to success at the Games.Yet Biles seemed immune to it. At least on the outside. Inside, there were more than a few butterflies when she stepped onto the floor during team preliminaries on Aug. 7. They vanished the moment she stepped onto the green and cream colored floor at Rio Olympic Arena as she and the rest of her “Final Five” teammates — Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian — put on a clinic that showcased how substantial the gap between the Americans and the rest of the world has grown.Then again, the gulf between Biles and every other gymnast on the planet — even her good friends in red, white and blue — may be even wider.“In prelims I did very well I kind of shocked myself,” Biles said. “I came in thinking, ‘I’ve been to three worlds.’ I knew the gist of it. Once I got (prelims) out of the way, I just kind of relaxed.”What followed was a run of brilliance: a team gold as a fitting send off to retiring national team coordinator Martha Karolyi. Another in the all-around two days later, where her score of 62.198 bettered Raisman by more than two full points, the gymnastics equivalent of winning a football game by three touchdowns. A third gold came on vault, the first ever by an American woman at the Olympics and Biles’ first in major international competition to fill the only hole in her increasingly peerless resume.A bronze on beam followed thanks to a messy landing on a front flip, her only major form break in Rio. No matter, she put the exclamation point on her gold rush with a gravity-escaping floor routine that ended with Biles rushing to embrace longtime coach Aimee Boorman as their long journey to this moment ended in triumph.The ensuing four months have been a whirlwind. Biles carried the U.S. flag at closing ceremonies, published her autobiography, took part in a post-Olympic tour with her teammates (including performing in eight shows despite a fractured rib) and hung out at the White House with the president. She remains open to giving it another shot in Tokyo in 2020. That’s for later. In January she’ll sit down and plot out her goals for the upcoming year. For the first time since she can remember, gymnastics won’t be on the list.It’ll be weird, sure. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.“I miss training with the girls and having a good time,” Biles said. “Whenever I go to the gym to visit them and I see them, I do not miss this part at all right now.”last_img read more

Harvey Could Blow A Hole In States Education Budget

first_imgLaura IsenseeA young boy shows his lunch bag to HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza on the day most of the district’s schools returned to class following Hurricane Harvey, Sept. 11, 2017. Share Listen 00:00 /01:03 Xcenter_img As the House Public Education Committee met to gauge the financial losses Harvey inflicted on school districts, State Representative Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) urged his colleagues to consider what he called “the elephant in the room.”“It could take years for property values to come back,” said VanDeaver. “So we could see a real drop in recapture for the next ten years.”Texas relies on tax receipts from property-rich school districts to help pay for poorer ones, a system known as recapture.State Education Commissioner Mike Morath explained what that meant, given the damage to schools across Southeast Texas: “Just the facilities remediation alone could eliminate roughly $500 million a year in recapture payments in the state budget.”Houston ISD’s chief financial officer, Rene Barajas, said HISD is working with FEMA and its insurance to reduce its burden from recapture payments. That would leave the district with more money for disaster relief.  But he said it’s unlikely property values will fall so far as to take the district out of recapture altogether. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

Neo4j rewarded with 80M Series E plans to expand company

first_imgOn 1st October, Neo4j was rewarded with an $80 million Series E to bring their products to a wider market. This could possibly be the companies last private fundraise. In 2016, the company got a $36 million Series D investment. Neo4j has been successful with around 200 enterprise customers to their credit including Walmart, UBS, IBM and NASA with customers from 20 of the top 25 banks and 7 of the top 10 retailers. The round for series E was led by One Peak Partners and Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital with participation from existing investors Creandum, Eight Roads and Greenbridge Partners. As reported in Techcrunch, this is what he has to say: “If your mental framework is around building a great company, you’re going to have all kinds of options along the way. So that’s what I’m completely focused on,” Eifrem explained. This year, the company was focussed on expanding into artificial intelligence. Since Graph databases help companies understand connections in large datasets and AI involves large amounts of data to drive the learning models, both of them used hand-in-hand will benefit the organization. Eifrem has expressed intentions to use the money to expand the company internationally. He also plans to provide localized service in terms of language and culture wherever their customers happen to be. This news seems to have gone down well with Neo4j users: Source: y combinator Head over to Techcrunch to know more about this news. Read Next Why Neo4j is the most popular graph database Neo4j 3.4 aims to make connected data even more accessible From Graph Database to Graph Company: Neo4j’s Native Graph Platform addresses evolving needs of customerslast_img read more

Liberty Globalbacked Belgian cable operator Telen

first_imgLiberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet saw the positive impact of uptake of bundled offerings and a modest uptick in its fixed subscriber base partly offset by lower mobile telephony revenue in 2017, resulting in full-year re-based revenue growth of only 1%.Telenet turned in full-year revenues of €2.258 billion, up 4% year-on-year in nominal terms thanks to the acquisitions of mobile outfit BASE and SFR Belux.The 1% boost to rebased revenue included increased input from the company’s wholesale business as well as higher cable subscription and B2B revenue.Telenet had to introduce competitive promotional offers in the fourth quarter to pull in new video, broadband and fixed-phone subscribers in what it described as “a continued intensely competitive environment”.The company did succeed in driving up its post-paid mobile base by 43,800 in the fourth quarter thanks to its new WIGO bundled offering and growth in demand for BASE’s postpaid offerings.Adjusted EBITDA was up 6% rebased and 8% on a reported basis to €1.21 billion, helped along by lower handset costs and subsidies and lower MVNO costs. Telenet is in the process of ‘onboarding’ its full MVNO customers to its wholly-owned mobile network. The company said that it had migrated about 90% of its base by the end of 2017.Telenet now expects adjusted EBITDA growth of 7-8% for 2018.last_img read more

The best indicator of a chess players form is his

first_imgThe best indicator of a chess player’s form is his ability to sense the climax of the game.–Boris Spassky, World Chess Champion, 1969-1972You’ve likely heard that the German central bank announced it will begin withdrawing part of its massive gold holdings from the United States as well as all its holdings from France. By 2020, Bundesbank says it wants half its gold reserves stored in its own vault in Germany.Why would it want to physically move the metal from New York? It’s not as if US vaults are not secure, and since Germany already owns the gold, does it really matter where it sits?You may recall that Hugo Chávez did the same thing in late 2011, repatriating much of his country’s gold reserves from London. However, this isn’t a third-world dictatorship; Germany is a major ally of the US. So what’s going on?Pawn to A3On the surface, it may seem innocuous for Germany to move some pallets of gold closer to home. Some observers note that since Russia isn’t likely to be invading Germany anytime soon – one of the original reasons Germany had for storing its gold outside the country – the move is only natural and no big deal. But Germany’s gold stash represents roughly 10% of the world’s gold reserves, and the cost of moving it is not trivial, so we see greater import in the move.The Bundesbank said the purpose of the move was to “build trust and confidence domestically, and the ability to exchange gold for foreign currencies at gold-trading centers abroad within a short space of time.” It’s just satisfying the worries of the commoners, in the mainstream view, as well as giving themselves the ability to complete transactions faster. As evidence that it’s nothing more than this, Bundesbank points out that half of Germany’s gold will remain in New York and London (the US portion of reserves will only be reduced from 45% to 37%).Sounds reasonable. But these economists remind me of the analysts who every year claim the price of gold will fall – they can’t see the bigger implications and frequently miss the forest for the trees.CheckWhat your friendly government economist doesn’t reveal and the mainstream journalist doesn’t report (or doesn’t understand) is that in the event of a US bankruptcy, euro implosion, or similar financial catastrophe, access to gold would almost certainly be limited. If Germany were to actually need its gold, regardless of the reason, any request for transfer or sale would be… difficult. There would be, at the very least, delays. At worst such requests could be denied, depending on the circumstances at the time. That’s not just bad – it defeats the purpose of owning gold.But this still doesn’t capture the greater significance of this action. First, it reinforces the growing recognition that gold is money. Physical bullion isn’t just a commodity, a day-trading vehicle, or even an investment. It’s a store of value, a physical hedge against monetary dislocations. In the ultimate extreme, it’s something you can use to pay for goods or services when all other means fail. It is precisely those who don’t recognize this historical fact who stand to lose the most in an adverse monetary event. (Hello, government economist.)Second, here’s the quote that reveals the ultimate, backstop reason for the move: Bundesbank stated it is a “pre-emptive” measure “in case of a currency crisis.”Germany’s central bank thinks a currency crisis is really possible. That’s a very sobering fact.We agree, of course: history is very clear on this. No fiat currency has lasted forever. Eventually they all fail. Whether the dollar goes to zero or merely becomes a second-class currency in the global arena, the root cause for failure is universal and inevitable: continual and perpetual dilution of the currency.Some level of currency crisis is inescapable at this point because absolutely nothing has changed with worldwide debt levels, deficit spending, and currency printing, except that they all continue to increase. While many economists and politicians claim these actions are necessary and are leading us to recovery, it’s clear we have yet to experience the fallout from spending more than we have and printing the difference. There will be serious and painful consequences, sooner or later of an inflationary nature, and the average person’s standard of living will be greatly reduced.And now there are rumblings that the Netherlands and Azerbaijan may move their gold back home. If this trend gathers steam, we could easily see a “gold run” in the same manner history has seen bank runs. Add in high inflation or a major currency event and a very ugly vicious cycle could ignite.CheckmateIf other countries follow Germany’s path or the mistrust between central bankers grows, the next logical step would be to clamp down on gold exports. It would be the beginning of the kind of stringent capital controls Doug Casey and a few others have warned about for years. Think about it: is it really so far-fetched to think politicians wouldn’t somehow restrict the movement of gold if their currencies and/or economies were failing?Remember, India keeps tinkering with ideas like this already.What this means for you and me is that moving gold outside your country – especially if you’re a US citizen – could be banned. Fuel would be added to the fire by blaming gold for the dollar’s ongoing weakness. Don’t think you need to store gold outside your country? The metal you attempt to buy, sell, or trade within your borders could be severely regulated, taxed, tracked, or even frozen in such a crisis environment. You’d have easier access to foreign-held bullion, depending on the country and the specific events.None of this would take place in a vacuum. Transferring dollars internationally would certainly be tightly restricted as well. Moving almost any asset across borders could be declared illegal. Even your movement outside your country could come under increased scrutiny and restriction.The hint that all this is about to take place would be when politicians publicly declare they would do no such a thing. You could quite literally have 24 hours to make a move. If your resources were not already in place, even the most nimble of us would have a very hard time making arrangements.Once the door is closed, attempting to move restricted assets across international borders would come with serious penalties, almost certainly including jail time. In such a tense atmosphere, you could easily be labeled an enemy of the state just for trying to remove yourself from harm’s way.The message is clear: storing some gold outside your country of residence is critical at this point, and the window of time for doing so is getting smaller. Don’t just hope for the best; do something about it while you still can. The minor effort made now could pay major dividends in the future. Besides, you won’t be any worse off for having some precious metals stored elsewhere.The best chess players in the world aren’t that way because they can see the next move. They’re champions because they can see the next 14 moves.You only have to see the government’s next two moves to “win” this game. I suggest learning what countermoves you can take now are, before your government declares checkmate.last_img read more

The countries of the developed world are experienc

first_imgThe countries of the developed world are experiencing a new class of refugee – members of the middle and upper class. These rungs of the socioeconomic ladder are realizing that their countries of residence are in many ways going rapidly downhill without much hope of a short- or medium-term reversal. This is particularly true for national economies, taxes, and regulations, and in terms of deteriorating individual liberty. As a result, many are seeking permanent expatriation, or a “back door” destination, should a sudden move become necessary. In fact, after internationalizing your assets, establishing a back door is the next most important diversification strategy for most. This article will provide valuable insights toward that goal. The first big hurdle is determining which destination is the right fit for you and your family. This task can be time-consuming and frustrating. Many in the developed West contemplating personal internationalization (particularly Americans) are saying, “There’s nowhere to go – the whole world is falling apart.” This is far from the truth. Although much of the developed world is in serious decline, there are exceptions. Further, some of the world’s developing countries are on the rise both socially and economically. However, some of the greatest opportunities for those hoping for a better life outside of Europe or America lie in less-developed countries. The less-developed countries are generally perceived by dwellers of the developed West as impoverished nations, where ignorance and disease are the norm. This is certainly true of some countries such as Somalia, which is the far extreme. However, it is certainly not the case with other locales that technically fit in this category, such as Uruguay, which is almost entirely unaffected by the present First World crisis. Perhaps your idea of a new home is on a beach in the Caribbean where there is minimal violence, and where your wealth is relatively secure. Possibly you would prefer a home where there are old-world values and traditions, where you can frequent cafés and surround yourself with the arts. Whatever fits your tastes and needs, such a destination is likely to exist. However, finding the right combination of ingredients is time-consuming and requires some research and a bit of travel. Our first recommendation is that you begin with a list of what is important to you. This can include such items as low taxation and limited government. However, it may also contain gourmet food and good hair salons. While the latter may seem frivolous, it may not be. Many have expatriated to a new jurisdiction only to discover that it’s the “frivolous” things that they miss most. Therefore, create a table that covers all these things for all who will be going with you. Below is an example of how you might go about this. Possible Exit Destinations The table shown here was used by a Scottish acquaintance of mine when he began his search for a second residence. In the end, his final choice was not even a country on this table. He decided on Chiang Mai, Thailand, also now home to the well-known contrarian investment advisor Marc Faber. Using a table similar to the one above and ranking your priorities for each contending country is an extremely valuable exercise. While not entirely scientific and obviously subject to personal biases, by conducting extensive due diligence and applying the results to such a document, the person or family looking for a second residence will be less prone to making a commitment that is later regretted. You can ensure you cover all bases before making a decision. Once the list of contenders has been decided, a bit of travel will be in order. While research can reveal information about any potential destination, getting a feel for the country and how things actually work requires personal experience. By planning a vacation at the place of interest, the priorities in the table can be confirmed and new ones added. Some time on the ground taking notes and refining the table will assist you in determining if a potential choice is a good fit for you and your family. Once the decision on where in the world to settle is reached, other choices will surface over time: do you wish to work, start a business, or retire in the new location?; will you pursue citizenship or legal residence? As the answers to these questions surface, you will need to set the appropriate process in motion. In many countries, accomplishing some or all of these goals can take a long time, so plan accordingly and expect a few hurdles along the way. Finally, you will need to rent or purchase property and set up a residence whether you plan to relocate fulltime or establish a backdoor destination as a nice place to vacation. If you select a destination where the economy is on the upswing, chances are even if you never need to move there, you can sell the property later at a profit. In the meantime, purchasing foreign real estate gives you diversification beyond one economy and one currency Purchasing foreign property is one of the best wealth-protection strategies there is, but it’s far from your only option. You can buy precious metals and store them abroad… invest in other countries’ currencies… move your IRA to a foreign jurisdiction… or implement any number of other measures that your government would prefer you not know about. If you’re at all interested in learning more about this increasingly important subject, you need to see Internationalizing Your Assets, a new Casey Research web video that premiers on Tuesday, April 30 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. This free event features some of the world’s foremost experts on international diversification, including Casey Research Chairman Doug Casey, World Money Analyst Editor Kevin Brekke, and Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff. For more information and to register, click here.last_img read more

Childhood cartoons have programmed us to see banke

first_imgChildhood cartoons have programmed us to see bankers as evil, greedy businessmen who delight in preying on the poor. Case in point: Snidely Whiplash.Snidely Whiplash and Nell As children we latched onto stories of the evil banker who held the mortgage on poor Nell’s ranch. Somehow a hero, Dudley Do-Right, emerged in the nick of time to save the day, and the banker was foiled again.Take Your Mortgage to the Grave Snidely Whiplash is at it again in the United Kingdom; only now he has a new scheme to snatch up the property of the poor: lifetime mortgages. It seems that Snidely has been so successful at lending to people who cannot repay their mortgages that he’s overwhelmed the system. But beware of bankers bearing gifts. In the UK, interest-only mortgages allow borrowers to repay only interest during the life of the mortgage, usually twenty-five years. While that keeps month-to-month costs low, borrowers still have to repay the balance at the end of loan’s term… You can see where this is headed. As Dan Hyde, Consumer Affairs Editor of the Telegraph reports, Around 130,000 interest-only mortgages are due to expire every year until 2020, with half facing a shortfall of £71,000 on average, according to the City watchdog. Of the 2.8 million interest-only mortgages in Britain, an estimated 1.3 million are ticking time bombs, so to speak. Banks touted interest-only loans when the industry was booming, but as these notes come due, borrowers are faced with losing their homes.The Poisonous Band-Aid In order to mitigate the crisis, magnanimous bankers are offering lifetime mortgages to borrowers in their 50s and 60s who are coming up short. How do these Band-Aids work? The borrower continues to pay interest and can remain in the home for life. When the borrower dies, the house reverts to the bank. (Sorry kids, no house to inherit.) During boom times, buyers on both sides of the Pond bought homes they could not realistically afford. No money to put down? No problem! Just sign here, move in, and start making the payments. It’s as simple as that.“Don’t worry,” Snidely Whiplash said. “Real estate always increases in value.” Now those notes are coming due, aging borrowers haven’t saved nearly enough to pay the balance, and many if not most of their homes haven’t increased in value. If an interest-only borrower’s home had appreciated 10-20% (providing much-needed equity) during the life of the mortgage, which was the longtime norm, the bank would likely convert the original loan to a conventional mortgage. From the bank’s perspective, why not convert if the home’s value still covers the amount of the loan. And of course, it would pocket origination fees again and receive additional interest income.That’s Not What Happened Sad to say, for the most part banks offering the lifetime-mortgage Band-Aid hold property that is worth far less than the mortgage. The bank is screwed if it forecloses because it will have to sell at a substantial loss. Oh my! Enter Snidely Whiplash, eager to let Grandma and Grandpa stay in their home. All they have to do is keep paying the interest. When they die, he’ll then take the home. Well, any five-year-old can tell you that Dudley Do-Right saves the day, not Snidely Whiplash. So why would he propose such a scheme? It’s pretty simple. If all those borrowers default, the bank is left with unpaid mortgages and homes worth less than the unpaid balances. Homeowners, wake up! This silly scheme will shackle you in poverty. There is a better way.Plan B What if homeowners united, and all 1.3 million dropped their keys off at the bank and moved out? Sell everything—furniture, kitchenware, bathroom cabinets, hot water heaters, you name it. Salvage some cash to start over. Find an inexpensive place to rent; you will be there only a short time. Soon there would be a huge housing glut and house prices would drop radically. The bankers would have to sell the homes at their current value and swallow the losses. How would seniors benefit? Well, wouldn’t you rather rent from an owner who owns the home at a lower price, thereby reducing your monthly payment? Plus you won’t have to worry about taxes, maintenance, or upkeep. And at the same time, you give yourself a second chance at possibly accumulating some wealth. Signing a lifetime mortgage destroys that chance. I have yet to hear of lifetime interest-only mortgages in the US. The closest thing to it stateside is a reverse mortgage. While a reverse mortgage makes sense under very limited circumstances, vigilance is in order. When TV characters like the Fonz earn big bucks to promote reverse mortgages, you know the scheme must be profitable for the banking industry. Remember this universal truth: when a banker is concerned about you, it is for his own benefit, not yours. Come to think of it, give the Fonz a top hat, long twisted mustache and… Oh, never mind!On the Lighter Side Last Saturday the baseball world said good-bye to one of my boyhood heroes, Ernie Banks. He passed on his 84th birthday. Ernie’s accomplishments on the field made him a first ballot member of the Hall of Fame. Off the field he was a true gentleman and ambassador for the game. Congratulations to the Patriots for winning the Super Bowl. Once again, Budweiser gets my vote for the best commercial with their famous Clydesdale horses and puppy. Baseball fans love the Super Bowl because it means baseball season is right around the corner. Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in less than two weeks. And finally… Good friend Toots shared a gem with me, which I wanted to share because it reminded me of Ernie Banks. He always saw the bright side of life. Don’t miss my latest interview on the Financial Survival Network, and follow us on Twitter @millersmoney. Until next week…last_img read more

first_img – Right now, junk bonds are hanging in there because most investors aren’t as worried about junk bond defaults as they were last year. But that’s not the only thing holding the junk bond market together. • Inflation doesn’t hurt junk bonds as much as safe bonds… Inflation, as you probably know, measures how quickly prices rise. High inflation is bad for everyday people. It makes the money in their wallet less valuable. It also hurts people who own bonds, especially bonds with low interest rates… Let’s pretend that you own two bonds. One is a government bond that yields 2%. The other is a junk bond that yields 5%. Let’s also assume there’s no inflation (0%) for the first year that you own these bonds. In this case, your “real” return (a bond’s yield minus the rate of inflation) on the government bond would be 2%. Your junk bond would have a real return of 5%. Simple enough. Now, let’s say inflation jumps to 2% in year two. This would drop the government bond’s real return to 0%. You wouldn’t make any money on it. But you’d still make a 3% “real” return on your junk bond. In short, inflation destroys the return on safe (low-yield) bonds quicker than junk (high-yield) bonds. That’s important because most investors expect inflation to rise in the coming months…which is a big reason why Treasurys and other safe bonds have tanked. This rally is on thin ice. After the election, U.S. stocks took off. The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq all hit record highs days after Donald Trump pulled off the unthinkable. But, as you’ve probably noticed, the rally in U.S stocks has petered out. The S&P 500 is trading exactly where it was a month ago. The Dow has fallen six days in a row. These aren’t signs of a healthy rally, and that has a lot of investors nervous. But stocks aren’t the only high-flying asset that could be in trouble. Junk bonds look weak, too. • Junk bonds are bonds issued by companies with poor credit… They’re more dangerous than government bonds or bonds issued by companies in good financial shape. Because they’re riskier, junk bonds pay higher interest rates than “safe” bonds. Lately, junk bonds have been very popular with investors. The iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG), the largest U.S. junk bond fund, has gained 4% since last June. The iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD), which holds bonds issued by companies with good credit, is down 2% over the same period. The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT), which holds long-term Treasurys, is down 7%. You might find it strange that junk bonds rallied while “safe” bonds fell. But you have to understand a few things about junk bonds. • For one, oil companies make up a big chunk of the junk bond market… A year ago, the oil market was a complete train wreck. The price of oil was down more than 70% from its highs. It was at its lowest level in more than a decade. Low oil prices crushed the oil industry. Many companies were bleeding cash. Some couldn’t pay their bills. At one point, analysts warned that half of all oil and gas junk bonds would go bust. Then, the price of oil bottomed in mid-February. It’s nearly doubled in value since then. • Higher oil prices saved countless oil companies… They gave junk bonds a big boost. In fact, HYG bottomed on the same day that oil bottomed, February 11. It’s since spiked 15%, thanks to higher prices. But, like stocks, the rally in junk bonds started to fizzle out. You can see in the chart below that HYG hasn’t set a new high since October.  Doug Casey Shows You How To Turn Trump’s First 100 Days Into $10,000s Back in ’93, Doug Casey took a $1,875 stake of money, then made one bold move. Exactly two and a half years later, his stake was worth $1.2 million. An extraordinary 64,000% return. Could we see a similar moneymaking opportunity during Trump’s first 100 days? Click here now to learn more from Doug. • If stocks fall, junk bonds should, too… And we have plenty of reasons to be worried about stocks. For one, profits for companies in the S&P 500 stopped growing in 2014. Until profits pick up, we’re going to take a cautious view on stocks. U.S. stocks are also incredibly expensive. Right now, the S&P 500 trades for 26 times earnings. That means U.S. stocks are 63% more expensive than their historic average. • The “Trump Effect” is about the only thing keeping stocks afloat right now… Unlike Obama, Donald Trump brings a wealth of business experience to the White House. Many folks think Trump’s pro-business policies could jumpstart the U.S. economy. But these same people seem to have forgotten that Trump’s inheriting a huge mess. Plus, he’s a total wild card. We have no idea what we’re getting with Trump. Frankly, we wouldn’t be surprised if he broke many of the promises that got him elected. That’s why we’re taking a “wait and see” approach with stocks. • We also encourage you to sit out the rally in junk bonds… They’re too risky AND they’re expensive, as you’ll see in today’s Chart of the Day. We also don’t think you should short junk bonds right now. While it’s lost some momentum, HYG is still in an uptrend. And you should never bet against something that’s got the wind at its back. • If you’re hungry for yield, we encourage you to invest in world-class dividend payers… Unfortunately, most U.S. stocks don’t yield much these days. The S&P 500 yields just 2.0%. That’s less than half of its historical average. The good news is that we can help you find great dividend-paying stocks… Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Investing, has developed a proprietary system for finding companies with fat dividends. This same system also helps Nick find world-class companies trading at deep bargains. He calls this system his “Value Radar.” Over the past year, Nick has used this system to generate returns of 103%, 51%, and 40% for his readers. Most investors never make returns this good. That’s because most people don’t have a system. They wing it instead. They buy whatever stock is hot or whatever bond pays the most. • You can’t afford to take those kinds of risks right now… To see why, watch this brand-new presentation. It talks about a financial crisis that’s been quietly brewing for years. According to Casey Research founder Doug Casey, this crisis could cause stocks, bonds, and currencies to plunge. It could also put thousands of companies out of business and millions of people out of work. Most investors aren’t ready for this. They’re still laying out on the beach while a Category 5 hurricane is about to make landfall. The good news is that you don’t have to be a victim. In this FREE video, we’ll show you a simple yet proven way to flip this coming crisis into big gains. Click here to learn more. Chart of the Day Junk bonds aren’t cheap. Today’s chart comes from The Wall Street Journal. It shows the yield spread between junk bonds and U.S. Treasurys over the past 20 years. When the spread is high, it means junk bonds are paying much more than Treasurys. When it’s low, it means junk bonds aren’t paying that much more than Treasurys. Right now, the spread is half of its historical average. In other words, junk bond investors aren’t being compensated for the extra risk they’ve assumed. There’s not much margin of safety in junk bonds today, either. The Wall Street Journal reported last week: Junk bonds have defaulted historically at an average rate of 4.2% a year, according to data from Standard & Poor’s. That is more than the current spread, meaning the extra yield investors hope to capture by owning junk could easily evaporate. Investors tend to forget this, especially during periods of low defaults. In short, this means junk bonds are expensive. Keep this in mind if you’ve been thinking about buying them for their “fat” yields. Recommended Linkscenter_img — Executive Order #0001 Forget the Mexican wall… Or a repeal of Obamacare. Trump’s first executive order could send a tiny $1 stock soaring. • At this point, you might be thinking that junk bonds are a safe place to park your money… But you have to understand that junk bonds behave more like stocks than bonds. That’s because they’re risky like stocks. You can see in the chart below that HYG has basically moved in lockstep with the S&P 500 since the start of 2016. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida January 19, 2017 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state

first_imgSuicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.Suicide is a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta decided to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016.”Suicide in this country really is a problem that is impacted by so many factors. It’s not just a mental health concern,” says Deborah Stone, a behavioral scientist at the CDC and the lead author of the new study. “There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide. And so that’s one of the things that this study really shows us. It points to the need for a comprehensive approach to prevention.”She and her colleagues collected data on suicides from every state. In addition, to better understand the circumstances surrounding suicide, they turned to more detailed information collected by 27 states on suicides that occurred in 2015.The rise in suicide rates was highest in the central, northern region of the U.S., with North Dakota, for example, seeing a 57.6 percent increase since 1999. Nevada was the only state that saw no increase, and Delaware saw the smallest increase which was 5.9 percent.The findings were published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.Guns were the most common method used for suicide, accounting for almost half of the people who died.Often, the suicide seemed to happen without warning: 54 percent of the people who killed themselves didn’t have a previously known mental health issue. “Instead, these folks were suffering from other issues, such as relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health problems, job or financial problems, and recent crises or things that were coming up in their lives that they were anticipating,” says Stone.Researchers and advocacy groups who work to prevent suicide say the report shows that much more needs to be done to tackle this growing problem.”None of this is surprising information, which is not to trivialize its importance. I think it captures a lot of trends that we’ve been becoming more and more aware of over recent years,” says psychologist Michael Anestis at the University of Southern Mississippi, who researches suicide and is the author of Guns and Suicide: An American Epidemic.He thinks the general public commonly pictures someone who had been getting treatment for a long period before killing themselves, like fashion designer Kate Spade, who died this week, but that’s often not the case.That means any public health effort to reduce suicides can’t solely focus on those who have reached out for help. It has to be paired with measures that would make suicidal people less likely to die even if they never went to see a doctor.The CDC report cites several different approaches, such as working to stabilize housing and teaching coping and problem-solving skills early in life.The report also cites the need to reduce “access to lethal means” but without explicitly discussing firearms or controversial issues such as gun control legislation. Asked whether that was a deliberate omission, because of the political climate surrounding gun control, Stone said that suicide rates have been increasing across all methods.”So it’s not just about firearms, it’s also about other methods of suicide such as hanging, suffocation, poisoning and the like,” she said. “We are concerned with all aspects of suicide prevention, including access to lethal means, and so we do include that in a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.”But Anestis believes that it’s important to not beat around the bush when it comes to guns and to talk about the importance of things like setting waiting periods for purchase, and storing guns locked and unloaded.”American suicide is predominantly a firearm issue. Anytime we want to resolve something that involves firearms, we’ve need to talk about firearms explicitly,” he says. “The conversation about firearms and suicide doesn’t have to be a debate about the Second Amendment. It could be a debate about where can we find some common ground that doesn’t simply involve only talking about people with mental illnesses, because as this paper shows, that’s not going to get the job done.”Research shows that the decision to attempt suicide is often made quickly, in an impulsive way, says Robert Gebbia, the head of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.”You may be thinking about it over time, but that moment when you actually make an attempt is a very short window,” he explains. “If you could make it harder to make that attempt by not having access to the means, often what happens is the feelings will pass, it gives people time for someone to intervene and get them help, so that is a really important preventative step that can be done. And there’s good research to support that.”Suicide researchers already know a lot of the information in this new report, says Gebbia, “but the public doesn’t. And so a report like this really draws attention to the fact that we need to do a whole lot more to prevent suicide, to save lives.”He points out, for example, that the nation currently has no federally funded suicide prevention program for adults. “There are some for youth, but they’re very, very tiny,” says Gebbia. “We can’t expect a major public health problem like this to be addressed unless we see the investment.”The CDC said that people can learn about warning signs of suicide to help people at risk. One resource is the website: www.BeThe1to.com. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A Tory leadership contender left her job as work a

first_imgA Tory leadership contender left her job as work and pensions secretary without answering key questions from an MP about links between her department and the deaths of benefit claimants, her former department has confirmed.Esther McVey (pictured) resigned her position last November in protest at the prime minister’s Brexit deal.But she left more than three months after receiving a letter from Stephen Lloyd, then a Liberal Democrat and now an independent MP, about claims of a possible cover-up by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).He had written to her after Disability News Service (DNS) reported how DWP was refusing to say if it showed key documents linking the deaths of claimants with the work capability assessment (WCA) to Dr Paul Litchfield, the independent expert the government hired to review the test in 2013 and 2014.He carried out the fourth and fifth reviews of the WCA but has refused to say if he was shown two letters written by coroners and a number of secret DWP “peer reviews”.Litchfield, who was recognised by the prime minister with a CBE in last June’s birthday honours, published his two reviews in December 2013 and November 2014, but neither of his reports mentioned the documents, which all link the WCA with the deaths of claimants.In his letter to McVey, Lloyd said he found it “astonishing” that Litchfield appeared not to have been shown the documents.He added: “In light of Dr Litchfield being awarded a CBE, could you please confirm whether or not he was shown the documents linking the government’s WCA program with the deaths of benefit claimants?”Weeks later, having failed to receive a reply, the MP wrote a follow-up letter to McVey.He never received a reply.This week, DWP claimed it could not comment because McVey was no longer with the department, while McVey’s office claimed it was for DWP to answer any questions about the failure to reply.A DWP spokesperson said: “As his letter was sent to Esther McVey I can’t say why a response wasn’t sent.”But a spokesperson for McVey said: “Although the letter was addressed to Esther, the ministerial correspondence team will have forwarded it to the correct person to respond.“In this case, it would not have been the secretary of state.“I am sorry I am not able to provide further information, it would be a matter for the Department for Work and Pensions to address.”Lloyd said this week: “It’s absolutely deplorable that Esther McVey, when she was secretary of state at the DWP, simply didn’t bother to respond to my letter which was first sent on the 2nd of August last year.“My office even followed her up twice, but still nothing.“This showed a total reluctance by her and the DWP to engage on what were and are shocking allegations.“To think that she’s now trying to become the new Conservative leader and even, god help us, prime minister, beggars belief.”Since DNS revealed the existence of the documents in the years after Litchfield’s final report was published, concerns have grown that senior DWP civil servants and ministers deliberately covered-up evidence showing the fatal impact of the assessment on disabled people.The admission that McVey failed to respond to Lloyd’s letter adds weight to calls in the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition* for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP failings, and for evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants or government ministers to be passed to the police.It also calls for MPs to recognise that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose, and for DWP to “urgently change its policies and administration of social security benefits to make the safety of all claimants a priority”.The cover-up over the benefit deaths documents appeared to be confirmed earlier this month when DNS revealed how DWP had finally admitted failing to send Litchfield’s review team the coroners’ letters and the internal reviews.The admission came in DWP’s response to a complaint lodged by DNS with the Information Commissioner’s Office about the department’s failure to confirm if it passed the information to Litchfield.A senior ICO case officer told DNS: “Consultation with the ex-review team elicited statements that no such information was received from DWP nor were any physical files sent to stores.”The coroner’s letters followed the deaths of two men with mental health conditions in 2010 and 2013; they were sent to DWP in the spring of 2010 and early 2014, each warning of further such deaths if changes were not made to the WCA.Peer reviews – now known as internal process reviews – must be carried out by DWP civil servants into every death “where suicide is associated with DWP activity”, as well as other deaths and serious and complex cases that have been linked to DWP activity.DWP has admitted that at least seven peer reviews written in 2012 mentioned the WCA, and there are almost certainly more that were written by the time Litchfield wrote his final report in late 2014.One of the aims of a peer review is to “determine whether local and national standards have been followed or need to be revised/improved”, so DWP would find it hard to explain why they would not have been shown to Litchfield, whose job it was to review how the WCA was working.But neither of Litchfield’s reviews mentioned either the peer reviews or the coroners’ letters, although the second coroner’s letter was not written until he had begun work on his second review.Professor Malcolm Harrington, who carried out the first three WCA reviews in 2010, 2011 and 2012, has told DNS that he believes he was shown neither the first coroner’s letter nor any WCA-related peer reviews.To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeeA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

TCU Neeley Management Professor Michael Hitt Earns Career Achievement Award

first_img Last Updated Aug 30, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail A Distinguished Research Fellow at the Texas Christian University – Neeley School of Business, Michael Hitt, has received the Career Achievement/Distinguished Educator Award for his many contributions to the field of management throughout his career.Hitt was presented with the award this year at the annual meeting for the Academy of Management. The award, one of the highest honors the Academy can give, was given in recognition of Hitt’s long career and service to the field of management through research, breakthrough developments, and innovative teaching methods.“Letters of support from former students show Michael’s engagement and ongoing support for his students—encouraging everyone to be the best they could be, and going above and beyond to help them get there,” said one committee member who selected Hitt for the award. Over his 40 years of teaching and research, Hitt has left his impact on the field of management in a number of ways. This is not the first time Hitt has been honored by the Academy of Management, however. He received the Irwin Outstanding Educator Award from the organization and being named as a “Thomas Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.” He has also served in different capacities for several scholarly journals, acting at one time as editor for the Academy of Management Journal, co-editor for the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and with research published in a number of premier journals such as Organization Science, the Journal of International Business Studies, and many more.Before coming to TCU, Hitt was a teacher at Texas A&M University, where he was the University Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He holds a BBA and MBA from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. in organizational theory/behavior, quantitative methods in economics, and business policy from the University of Colorado. About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer TCU Neeley Management Professor Michael Hitt Earns Career Achievement Awardcenter_img regions: Dallas RelatedTCU Neeley Faculty Gains Eight New Business ProfessionlsThe Texas Christian University – Neeley School of Business has recently added eight new faculty members to the TCU Neeley faculty, who will further strengthen their rigorous and committed curriculum. Michael Hitt and Brad Harris will be joining the Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and Leadership as the Distinguished Research Fellow…January 15, 2016In “Featured Region”Mays Gives Their First Lifetime Achievement AwardTexas A&M Uniersity’s Mays Business School recently gave its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Research and Scholarship. The honor was awarded to Michael A. Hitt, a University Distinguished. According to Mays’ online news website, Mays Dean Jerry Strawser said, “We are starting a new tradition in a place that’s full…March 30, 2015In “Featured Region”Mays Professor Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship ContributionsDuane Ireland, Executive Associate Dean of the Texas A&M University – Mays Business School, has recently been awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award for research and scholarship contributions. Ireland is the current Executive Associate Dean at Mays and also serves as University Distinguished Professor while holding the Benton Cocanougher Chair in…March 15, 2017In “Featured Region”last_img read more

Amazon Awarded Patent for Parachute Shipping Label

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List This story originally appeared on PCMag Matthew Humphries Next Article It’s a shipping label with a built-in parachute enabling packages to be dropped from a drone in flight. Add to Queue 2 min read Amazon is clearly determined to deliver packages via drone using Prime Air, having already carried out a Prime Air drone delivery earlier this year at the Mars Conference. Now the system has taken another step forward with the awarding of a patent Amazon filed back in 2015.The patent is for an “Aerial Package Delivery System,” but more specifically a new type of shipping label. Why do you need a patent for a shipping label? Because Amazon created one with a built-in parachute.The sheer volume of orders Amazon handles each day means every aspect of the packaging needs to work as efficiently as possible. This label is no exception. The patent describes a label with self-adhesive backing and containing, “a plurality of parachute cords, a parachute and a breakaway cover.” Sensors could also be incorporated to feedback on landing accuracy, and even a shock absorber is mentioned.The label would be attached to the top of the package, which then sits against the bottom of the drone in flight. When the package is dropped, the parachute is deployed as the drone releases it, allowing for a steady descent to the ground. For larger packages, there’s nothing to stop multiple parachute labels being attached to ensure a safe drop.Using a parachute makes a lot of sense for drone deliveries. Having the drone descend with the package would require a lot more energy, which would drain the drone’s battery quicker. It also puts the drone at risk of being stolen, and people on the ground at risk from being injured by the drone. Dropping packages from a safe height removes those risks, although someone could still get thumped on the head by a falling package.Amazon is taking drone deliveries and the use of parachutes very seriously. They are even thinking about ways to maneuver a package once dropped, with landing flaps and air canisters mentioned in a patent filing discovered back in February. Amazon Awarded Patent for Parachute Shipping Labelcenter_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now » –shares Senior Editor Amazon May 31, 2017 Image credit: Amazon via PC Maglast_img read more

Windows Bounty Program Offers Up to 250000 Per Bug

first_img Next Article Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Microsoft –shares Apply Now » July 27, 2017 Image credit: Microsoft via PC Mag Bug bounty programs are a very efficient way of getting the wider security community involved in helping to protect a piece of software. In return for spending time trying to break through the security of any given system, you can earn some cash and a little bit of fame.This week, Microsoft announced the Windows Bounty Program, challenging “friends, hackers and researchers” to break into any and all parts of Windows 10 and Windows Server.Microsoft isn’t new to the bug bounty game. Mitigation Bypass Bounty and Bounty for Defense programs have been running since 2013, and a Microsoft Edge bounty has been in place since August 2016. The latest bounties are really more of an expansion of what’s already in place and includes the Windows Insider Preview, Windows Defender Application Guard and Microsoft Hyper-V.Rewards range anywhere from $500 right up to $250,000 for the most serious Hyper-V bugs. Hyper-V is Microsoft’s solution for running virtual machines and helps power the Azure cloud computing service, so you can see why Microsoft would like to identify and fix any vulnerabilities there quickly. In order to earn $250,000 you need to identify a vulnerability that qualifies as Remote Code Execution, Information Disclosure or a Denial of Service.A nice additional feature of this bounty program is the 10 percent reward. If a bug is reported that Microsoft already discovered internally, the first finder will still receive 10 percent of the qualifying reward. So if they found a vulnerability worth $250,000, which Microsoft already knows about internally, they’ll still receive $25,000.Taken as a whole, Microsoft is clearly very keen to ensure its core products of Windows 10, Windows Server, the Edge browser and Windows Defender are as secure as possible. And with the rate at which new threats appear, it would be almost impossible to keep up relying solely on an internal security team at Microsoft.center_img In a bid to make Windows 10 and Windows Server more secure, Microsoft turns to the wider security community and tempts them with very healthy cash rewards. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on PCMag Matthew Humphries Senior Editor 2 min read Windows Bounty Program Offers Up to $250,000 Per Buglast_img read more

Marketpoint to Preview NextGen CRM Solution featuring Zuant Integration at CRM Evolution

first_imgMarketpoint to Preview NextGen CRM Solution featuring Zuant Integration at CRM Evolution MTS Staff WriterApril 23, 2019, 6:57 pmApril 23, 2019 Global CRM Pioneer Marketpoint Will Preview the Relaunch of Its Signature Solution, Marketpoint CRM 3.0, During the 2019 CRM Evolution Conference and Expo. This Year’s Show Will Be Held at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, April 29 – May 1. Register Here and Visit Marketpoint in Booth #400Global CRM pioneer Marketpoint will preview the relaunch of its signature solution, Marketpoint CRM 3.0, during the 2019 CRM Evolution Conference and Expo. This year’s show will be held at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, April 29 – May 1.Now celebrating its 21st year, Marketpoint CRM is the world’s first web-based CRM system. Version 3.0 will be officially relaunched this fall and features full integration with Zuant, an award-winning mobile app for lead retrieval. Used by sales and marketing professionals worldwide, the advanced solution is currently being beta tested by Civica, one of Marketpoint’s largest clients.“The Marketpoint team is thrilled to exhibit at CRM Evolution for the first time,” said Peter Gillett, CEO of Marketpoint and Zuant. “We look forward to showcasing Marketpoint CRM 3.0 and receiving valuable feedback from some of the industry’s top CRM gurus.”Marketing Technology News: AdGreetz Launches First, Fully-Automated & Integrated Marketing Platform, AdChefMarketpoint CRM / Zuant IntegrationMarketpoint CRM 3.0 features secure GDPR user access, an advanced UI for peak performance, database profiling & management, visual lead qualification & tracking, real-time marketing reports and sales forecasting. Marketpoint CRM delivers end to end relationship management, accessible anywhere, and all supported through its integration with Zuant. A sister company to Marketpoint, Zuant offers mobile event lead capture solutions. Connected to Marketpoint CRM, users can now manage their leads from the initial event all the way to sales follow up and close – providing marketing with much needed visibility into campaign ROI.Marketing Technology News: Philo Reveals Connected TV Ad Platform to Reach Latest Generation of TV LoversThe new application has been re-written from the ground up, incorporating a modern, layered approach, utilizing the latest Angular front end framework to drive the client side application. This communicates with a web API written in ASP.Net using json data. This interfaces with the SQL server database running on Rackspace.Marketing Technology News: HipChat Founders Launch Swoot, a Social Podcast App Artificial IntelligenceCRM EvolutionGDPRMarketing TechnologyMarketpointNewsZuant Integration Previous ArticleG2Crowd Named Panoply “High Performer” Data WarehouseNext ArticleCision 2019 State of the Media Report Reveals a Decline in Distrust of the Media and Growing Concerns About Staffing and Resourceslast_img read more

Orange County United Way and Salesforce Team Up to Revolutionize Philanthropy

first_imgOrange County United Way and Salesforce Team Up to Revolutionize Philanthropy PRNewswireJune 26, 2019, 9:43 pmJune 26, 2019 Today’s employees are socially conscious, and more engaged than ever with their local communities and the world at large. New generations of the workforce expect the companies they work for to prioritize giving back and be engaged in meaningful corporate social responsibility campaigns. The 2018 Charitable Giving Statistics from Nonprofit Source found that 88% of millennials find their job more fulfilling when they have opportunities to make a positive impact on society and the environment, and employees who did engage in corporate giving programs have 75% longer tenures with the company.Marketing Technology News: Eggplant Expands Test Automation Across Entire Lifecycle United Way and Salesforce have partnered to create the next-generation philanthropy platform. Philanthropy Cloud is a first-of-its-kind network platform that transforms the way corporations connect with employees to engage and support workplace giving and streamline volunteering. Orange County United Way and Salesforce have partnered to revolutionize workplace giving and volunteering through first-ever corporate social responsibility platform called Philanthropy Cloud. First-ever corporate philanthropy platform, Philanthropy Cloud, streamlines volunteering and transforms workplace giving Philanthropy Cloud connects every aspect of social giving into a single portal and makes it easier than ever for employees to engage in volunteering experiences and drive impact through simple, one-click actions.“Philanthropy is changing, especially in a workplace setting. More employees, shareholders and investors expect companies to put corporate giving at the forefront of their business plans,” said Susan B. Parks, President and CEO, Orange County United Way. “Philanthropy Cloud combines innovation and social impact to bring a simple, personalized giving experience to the marketplace for the first time and makes creating a robust corporate social responsibility campaign easier than ever. It’s the latest digital disruptor and it’s revolutionizing the future of workplace giving.”Philanthropy Cloud provides an end-to-end solution leveraging Salesforce’s technology to deliver a comprehensive impact platform that includes managing donations, setting year-round goals, organizing and tracking volunteer opportunities and hours, mapping individual philanthropy goals against friends, team and corporate goals, and assessing total personal, community and company impact.Marketing Technology News: Whitebox Raises $5 Million in Series A Funding to Accelerate eCommerce “Factory Floor to Front Door” Tech PlatformWith the platform, employees create a unique profile with their philanthropic interests and preferences. From there, artificial intelligence software is used to deliver personalized, relevant content for each user – helping employees discover volunteer and giving opportunities that are meaningful to them.The partnership draws upon on the strengths of both partners – its traditional charity meets cutting-edge technology for the first time. Philanthropy Cloud offers all the technology and innovation you’d expect from the Salesforce brand combined with the philanthropy expertise of United Way.Nearly 100 companies across the country have already signed to adopt the platform, including Kellogg and Deloitte, to help them build a deeper connection with their employees and make a greater impact in their communities.Orange County United Way is hosting an exclusive, free Philanthropy Cloud launch event on Thursday, August 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Experience Center at Fashion Island, giving companies an up-close look at the new platform and its ability to accelerate their local impact and streamline employee volunteering.Marketing Technology News: Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRM cloudMarketing Technology NewsNewsOrange CountySalesforceUnited Way Previous ArticleQualtrics Ranked #1 Enterprise Leader for Customer Experience and Employee Experience in Industry-Leading Product RankingNext ArticleInnovid Continues Rapid Global Expansion with New Tokyo Office and Appointment of Toichiro Watanabe as Regional Director, Japanlast_img read more

Facebook shut 583 million fake accounts

Facebook may remove content, add warnings if content may be disturbing to some users while not violating standards, or notify the police in case of a “specific, imminent and credible threat to human life” Responding to calls for transparency after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Facebook said those closures came on top of blocking millions of attempts to create fake accounts every day.Despite this, the group said fake profiles still make up 3-4 percent of all active accounts.It claimed to detect almost 100 percent of spam and to have removed 837 million posts assimilated to spam over the same period.Facebook pulled or slapped warnings on nearly 30 million posts containing sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech during the first quarter.Improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017.In 85.6 percent of the cases, Facebook detected the images before being alerted to them by users, said the report, issued the day after the company said about 200 apps had been suspended on its platform as part of an investigation into misuse of private user data.The figure represents between 0.22 and 0.27 percent of the total content viewed by Facebook’s more than two billion users from January through March.”In other words, of every 10,000 content views, an estimate of 22 to 27 contained graphic violence,” the report said.Responses to rule violations include removing content, adding warnings to content that may be disturbing to some users while not violating Facebook standards; and notifying law enforcement in case of a “specific, imminent and credible threat to human life”.Improved IT also helped Facebook take action against 1.9 million posts containing terrorist propaganda, a 73 percent increase. Nearly all were dealt with before any alert was raised, the company said. Explore further Sarcasm needs human touch”It may take a human to understand and accurately interpret nuances like… self-referential comments or sarcasm,” the report said, noting that Facebook aims to “protect and respect both expression and personal safety”.Facebook took action against 2.5 million pieces of hate speech content during the period, a 56 increase over October-December. But only 38 percent had been detected through Facebook’s efforts—the rest flagged up by users. The posts that keep the Facebook reviewers the busiest are those showing adult nudity or sexual activity—quite apart from child pornography, which is not covered by the report.Some 21 million such posts were handled in the period, a similar number to October-December 2017.That was less than 0.1 percent of viewed content—which includes text, images, videos, links, live videos or comments on posts—Facebook said, adding it had dealt with nearly 96 percent of the cases before being alerted to them.Facebook has come under fire for showing too much zeal on this front, such as removing images of artwork tolerated under its own rules.In March, Facebook apologised for temporarily removing an advert featuring French artist Eugene Delacroix’s famous work “Liberty Leading the People” because it depicts a bare-breasted woman.Facebook’s head of global policy management Monika Bicket said the group had kept a commitment to recruit 3,000 more staff to lift the numbers dedicated to enforcing standards to 7,500 at the start of this year. © 2018 AFP Facebook apologised in March for temporarily removing an advert featuring French artist Eugene Delacroix’s famous work “Liberty Leading the People” because it depicts a bare-breasted woman Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content It attributed the increase to the enhanced use of photo detection technology.Hate speech is harder to police using automated methods, however, as racist or homophobic hate speech is often quoted on posts by their targets or activists. 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. Citation: Facebook shut 583 million fake accounts (2018, May 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-facebook-million-fake-accounts.html Facebook axed 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018, the social media giant said Tuesday, detailing how it enforces “community standards” against sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech. read more

Team invents worlds first nickelhydroxide actuating material that can be triggered by

first_img Citation: Team invents world’s first nickel-hydroxide actuating material that can be triggered by both light and electricity (2018, June 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-team-world-nickel-hydroxide-actuating-material.html More information: K. W. Kwan et al. Light-stimulated actuators based on nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide, Science Robotics (2018). DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aat4051 The evidences above revealed that this nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide actuating material can have different applications in the future, including rescue robots or other mini-robots. The intrinsic actuating properties of the materials obtained from the research show that by scaling up the fabrication, artificial muscles comparable to those of mammalian skeletal muscles can be achieved.From a scientific point of view, this nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide actuating material is the world’s first material system that can be actuated directly by visible light and electricity without any additional fabrication procedures. This also opens up a new research field on light-induced actuating behaviour for hydroxide-oxyhydroxides, which has never been reported before. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Figure 1  Actuating force of a 0.3-mg nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide actuator of under periodic light can reach about 1000-mg. Credit: The University of Hong Kong Journal information: Science Robotics A mechanical engineering team led by Professor Alfonso Ngan Hing-wan, Chair Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, and Kingboard Professor in Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) published an article in Science Robotics on 30 May 2018 (EST) that introduces a novel actuating material—nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide—that can be powered by visible light, electricity, and other stimuli. The actuation can be instantaneously triggered by visible light to produce a fast deformation and exert a force equivalent to 3000 times its own weight. The material cost of a typical actuator is as low as HKD 4 per cm2 and can be easily fabricated within three hours.Light-induced actuating materials are highly desirable because they enable wireless operation of robots. However, very few light-driven materials are available, and their material and production costs are high, hindering their development for actual applications. Explore further Figure 2. A mini arm with two actuating hinges lifting a weight 50 time heavier than itself under light. Credit: The University of Hong Kong The fabrication only involves electrodeposition, which is a simple process, and the time required for the fabrication is around three hours. Therefore, the material can be easily scaled up and manufactured in industry. Professor Alfonso Ngan and Dr. Kwan Kin-wa introduce the new actuating material powered by light. Credit: @The University of Hong Kong Play Actuating material powered by light. Credit: The University of Hong Kong Developing actuating materials was identified as No. 1 among the 10 grand challenges of Science Robotics. Research in actuating materials can radically change the concept of robots which are now mainly motor-driven. Therefore, materials that can be actuated by wireless stimuli including a change in temperature, humidity, magnetic fields and light is one of the main research focus in recent years. In particular, a material that can be actuated by visible light and produces strong, quick and stable actuation has never been achieved. The novel actuating material system, nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide, that can be actuated by visible light at relatively low intensity to produce high stress and speed comparable to mammalian skeletal muscles has been developed in this research initiated by engineers in HKU.In addition to its visible light actuation properties, this novel material system can also be actuated by electricity for integration into existing robotics technology. It is also responsive to heat and humidity changes so that they might potentially be applied in autonomous machines that harness these tiny energy changes in the environment. Because the major component is nickel, the material cost is low. Figure 3.  A mini walking-bot with the “front leg” straightened under light, while the light blocker blocks the light illumination on the “back leg” and therefore it remains curled. Therefore, the walking-bot walks towards the light source. Credit: The University of Hong Kong Play Actuating material powered by electricity. Credit: The University of Hong Kong The newly invented nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide responds to light almost instantaneously and produces a force corresponding to about 3000 times its own weight (Figure 1).When integrated into a well-designed structure, a “mini arm” made by two hinges of actuating materials can easily lift an object 50 times of its weight (Figure 2). Similarly, by utilizing a light blocker, the researchers made a mini walking bot in which only the front leg bends and straightens alternatively and therefore moves under illumination such that it can walk toward the light source (Figure 3). These demonstrate that future applications in micro-robotics, including rescue robots, are possible. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen ‘Smart’ material enables novel applications in autonomous driving and robotics Over the past 30 years, researchers have studied actuating materials that can reversibly change their volume under various stimuli in order to develop micro- and biomimetic robots, artificial muscles and medical devices. Figure 3.  A mini walking-bot with the “front leg” straightened under light, while the light blocker blocks the light illumination on the “back leg” and therefore it remains curled. Therefore, the walking-bot walks towards the light source. Credit: The University of Hong Kong Figure 2. A mini arm with two actuating hinges lifting a weight 50 time heavier than itself under light. Credit: The University of Hong Kong Provided by The University of Hong Kong 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

US mobile network limits access to firefighters battling blaze

first_imgFirefighters try to control a back burn as the Carr fire continues to spread towards the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston near Redding, California on July 31, 2018 A US mobile network has come under criticism after severely limiting service to firefighters battling the biggest wildfire in California’s history. © 2018 AFP Explore further Citation: US mobile network limits access to firefighters battling blaze (2018, August 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-mobile-network-limits-access-firefighters.htmlcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Santa Clara County Fire Department Chief Tony Bowden said Verizon Wireless had hindered the work of firefighters trying to put out the Mendocino Complex Fire by throttling data during the crisis.The throttling meant data connection was reduced to 1/200—0.50 percent—of normal speed or less.”This throttling has had a significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services,” Bowden said in a statement that is part of a lawsuit filed this week in a bid to reinstate federal net neutrality rules.”Verizon imposed these limitations despite being informed that throttling was actively impeding County Fire’s ability to provide crisis-response and essential emergency services,” he added.Bowden said that when the fire department reached out to Verizon to inform the company of the throttling, a representative said the department had exceeded its data usage limit and suggested it subscribe to a new, more expensive plan.The fire chief said the incident with Verizon highlighted the importance of ensuring emergency responders have access to quick data that could prove lifesaving.”In large and complex fires, resource allocation requires immediate information,” he wrote.”Dated or stale information regarding the availability or need for resources can slow response times and render them far less effective. Resources could be deployed to the wrong fire, the wrong part of a fire, or fail to be deployed at all.”Even small delays in response translate into devastating effects, including loss of property, and, in some cases, loss of life.”In a statement, Verizon on Wednesday admitted that it had made a mistake and that it normally lifts limits on data usage in emergencies. It added that the incident had nothing to do with net neutrality.”Regardless of the plan emergency responders choose, we have a practice to remove data speed restrictions when contacted in emergency situations,” it said. “In this situation, we should have lifted the speed restriction when our customer reached out to us.”This was a customer support mistake. We are reviewing the situation and will fix any issues going forward,” the statement added.Bowden’s declaration was submitted in an addendum to a lawsuit filed by 22 states and the District of Columbia to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to do away with net neutrality rules that requires internet providers to treat all traffic equally.The Mendocino fire which began on July 27 has consumed nearly 407,000 acres and as of Wednesday was 74 percent contained. ‘Erratic’ winds, dry conditions fuel deadly California fireslast_img read more

Game over China to rein in online games in latest industry setback

first_imgChina will restrict the number of video games and take steps to curb playing time by minors to address growing rates of childhood visual impairment as the government steps up its crackdown on the world’s biggest online gaming market. © 2018 AFP ‘Monster Hunter’ on hold as China hits pause on new video games Explore further Citation: Game over? China to rein in online games in latest industry setback (2018, August 31) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-game-china-rein-online-games.htmlcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A statement posted on the Education Ministry website late on Thursday justified the new curbs as a way to counter worsening near-sightedness among minors, after President Xi Jinping earlier this week called for greater national attention on optical health.But the move adds to perceptions that there is a broader campaign to rein in China’s fast-growing video game sub-culture after authorities already made clear their concerns over gaming addiction and the violent content of many shoot-em-up titles.The education ministry statement, also endorsed by seven other ministries, said they will “implement regulations and controls” on the number of games that can be played online, limit new releases, explore an age-restriction system for games, and take steps to reduce playing time by minors.No specifics or timeframe were given.Shares in internet giant Tencent, China’s games leader, dropped by more than five percent in Hong Kong while Perfect World Co, a game developer formerly listed on the US NASDAQ exchange, fell as much as nine percent in Shenzhen. Several other smaller game developers also plunged on Shenzhen tech-heavy exchange.Chinese official studies and media reports have warned of growing rates of near-sightedness, or myopia, and among increasingly younger children. Excessive screen time and strict school study routines are often blamed.A national vision report in 2015 said around 500 million Chinese—nearly half the population above five years old—suffer visual impairment, 450 million are near-sighted, and rates were rising.It estimated visual impairment issues cost China around $100 billion in 2012. ‘Monster’ clampdownBut visual concerns are just the latest reason given for an apparent campaign to put the brakes on wildly popular digital gaming.The industry was rattled earlier this month when Tencent said it was ordered to pull the hit game “Monster Hunter: World” from sale, just days after it debuted.The government’s online list of approved new titles has not been updated since May. Previously, the list had been updated regularly.Shortly after Tencent’s “Monster Hunt” announcement, Bloomberg News reported that China had indeed put a halt to new approvals.Quoting unnamed sources, it said approvals for online, console and mobile games have been stalled for months.Chinese media blamed the hold-up on personnel changes arising from Xi’s consolidation of power at a Communist Party leadership meeting late last year, which has made him the most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.But regulators also have balked at approving games featuring violence and gambling, Bloomberg quoted a source as saying, as Xi pushes a “purification” campaign to purge media and entertainment of content perceived as unsavoury.China is the world’s largest gaming market, with an estimated $37.9 billion in revenue, according to industry tracker Newzoo, but concerns over objectionable content and addiction have fuelled growing scrutiny.Tencent last year began restricting daily playing times for minors on its smash hit “King of Glory” mobile multiplayer battle game.Official warnings over the dangers, and calls for tighter regulation, seemed to gain pace after Chinese media reported in February that a 15-year-old game-addicted boy in central China bludgeoned and strangled a woman to death. State-run Xinhua news agency said the boy told police he wanted to know whether killing was “as easy and fun” as in video games. Beijing is tightening government oversight of the country’s booming video games industrylast_img read more

Modi misleading the nation on Sabarimala issue says P VijayanModi misleading the

first_imgApril 14, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT national elections RELATED COMMENTS Tharoor, Kummanam accuse each other of ‘communalisation’ Modi corners Congress on “Nyay,” seeks justice for “Anyay” SHARE Published on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan (file photo)   –  PTI Elections 2019 ‘We do not want votes from the Sangh Parivar in Kerala’ Wayanad, Pathanamthitta constituencies shoot to national prominence for LS elections Sharpening its attack on the Prime Minister, the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala on Sunday accused Narendra Modi of “misleading” the country on the Sabarimla issue and dubbed his statement as “utter lie.” Leading the onslaught, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan claimed that Modi, during his campaign meetings in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on Saturday, had said invoking the name of Lord Ayyappa or Sabarimala in Kerala would land devotees in jail and described it as “utter lie” and “misleading”. “This is an utter lie. How can a Prime Minister make such a wrong remark?” Vijayan asked while addressing an election rally in Kollam. “If anyone was arrested, it was because they have gone against the law. In other states, Sangh Parivar activists may not land in jailor there may not be any cases against them, thanks to the blessings of Modi. But that will not happen in Kerala,” the Chief Minister warned. Accusing Modi of practising “double standards”, he said it was the Centre which had asked the state government to impose Section 144 in Sabarimala during the frenzied protests last year over the entry of women of all age groups into the hill shrine. “It had also offered to send central forces to put down the protests,” he added. The state had witnessed violent ‘namajapam’ protests by a section of devotees, Right wing outfits and the BJP after the LDF government decided to implement the September 28 Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all age groups to offer worship at the Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala. Modi, who was in Kozhikode on April 12, while not mentioning Sabarimala or Lord Ayyappa directly, had said the BJP government would ensure that the centuries old beliefs of devotees would be protected. He was more direct in his campaign meetings in Tamil Nadu, where he alleged the Communists, Congress and Muslim League were playing a dangerous game on the Sabarimala issue. “They are using brute force to strike at the roots of faith and expression. Sadly for them, as long as the BJP is there, nobody will be able to destroy our faith and culture,” he had said. The Prime Minister had also mentioned that the BJP candidate in Kozhikode, Prakash Babu, was arrested and jailed on the Sabarimala issue. Hitting back, Vijayan said: “Whoever does any wrong, action will be taken,” adding that those arrested on the Sabarimala issue had gone against law.‘Defying the EC’“The model code of conduct was applicable to the Prime Minister also,” Vijayan said campaigning for the LDF candidate K N Balagopal in Kollam. The state’s Chief Electoral Officer, Teekaram Meena, had earlier made it clear political parties cannot invoke the name of Lord Ayyappa or Sabarimala to seek votes.Also read: Sabarimala as campaign agenda is a violation of model code: State CEC Vijayan said the BJP had given a call to its followers saying no one should put any offerings in hundis. “Why did they send people to the hill shrine to attack devotees? The attackers even reached the Sannidhanam…the policemen were hit with coconuts. Police had great difficulty in controlling the attackers,” he alleged. CPI(M) State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan also lashed out at the BJP, saying the saffron party was allegedly dividing people on communal lines. “The Prime Minister himself was defying the Election Commission,” he alleged.last_img read more

Over to mediators on PCM issues thanks Sports Commissioner

first_imgPETALING JAYA:  Newly-minted Sports Commissioner Dr Wirdati Mohd Radzi has hit the ground running.  An Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) committee has been set up to mediate issues raised during PCM’s election at its annual general meeting (AGM) on June 29. The election was supposed to see a two-horse race for the president’s post with former Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin being the other candidate. Other Sport 30 Jun 2019 Other Sports: PCM election called off for the first time “MCA in its written objection stated that they will proceed to file an injunction against the elections should PCM proceed without first resorting to the mediation process.  Other Sport 26 Jun 2019 Other Sports: Khairy: I still have a role to play in Malaysian sports Just a week into her new role, Wirdati has stepped in to resolve issues in the Paralympic Council of Malaysia (PCM).  The AGM was earlier postponed when only seven out of 14 members were in favour for the election to be carried out, preventing MCA president Datuk Seri Megat Shahriman Zaharudin from becoming PCM’s new president. Other Sport 15 Jun 2019 Other Sports: Outgoing president Nasarudin says thank you for a successfultenure The PCM No. 1 seat was up for grabs after incumbent SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin announced that he will not be seeking re-election.   “The chairman shall appoint members to the committee and then proceed with the mediation process to resolve the matter.  Related News However, Khairy was ruled out when he submitted his nomination on June 15, a day after the closing date. PCM, in a statement said: “The executive board at its meeting (on Friday) has, as directed by the Sports Commissioner and pursuant to the articles of the constitution of PCM, appointed a chairman for the ADR committee to mediate on the written objection raised by Malaysia Canoe Association (MCA) pertaining to the submission of nominations for elections at the PCM AGM on 29th June 2019. Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} “In this circumstance, it is not possible to apply for a fresh date for AGM pending the outcome of the mediation.”last_img read more

Exclusive US will not blacklist Irans foreign minister for now

first_img“Cooler heads prevailed. We … saw it as not necessarily helpful,” said one source familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity, saying U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had opposed designating Zarif “for the time being.”In a sign of how close Washington came to taking action, the U.S. Treasury internally circulated a draft press release announcing sanctions on the Iranian foreign minister.Zarif is expected to attend a ministerial meeting at the United Nations next week on sustainable development goals, which aim to tackle issues including conflict, hunger, gender equality and climate change by 2030.To do so, the United States would have to grant him a visa, another sign Washington is holding off on sanctions for now.ZARIF SAYS HE HAS NO U.S. ASSETSRelations have deteriorated since U.S. President Donald Trump last year unilaterally withdrew from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, and his early May decision to use U.S. sanctions to try to eliminate Iran’s oil exports entirely.Trump’s move to cut off Iran’s oil sales led Tehran to start violating parts of the nuclear pact, which was designed to limit its ability to develop weapons in return for relief from economic sanctions that had crippled its economy.Asked why Zarif had yet to be sanctioned, a Treasury spokesman referred to a comment on Tuesday by a senior Trump administration official who told reporters: “We’re obviously exploring our various avenues for additional sanctions against Tehran. Obviously, Foreign Minister Zarif is a figure of key interest and we’ll update you … as we have more information.”The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the decision.The department’s spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said on Thursday Washington wants a diplomatic resolution and repeated Trump’s comment that he is willing to meet Iran “without preconditions.””We seek a diplomatic solution,” she told reporters. “We have asked our allies to ask Iran to deescalate the situation, not to harass American allies or interests, not to terrorise the region.”Mnuchin did not say what sanctions would hit Zarif. On the day he spoke, he was briefing reporters on U.S. sanctions that aimed to block Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, from access to the U.S. financial system or assets under U.S. jurisdiction.On July 4, the New York Times quoted Zarif as saying in an email that he did not own any property or have any bank accounts outside Iran. “So I have no personal problem with possible sanctions,” he said.’WE SEEK A DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION’Trump has said he is open to negotiating with Iran. However, former U.S. officials said they see no signs his administration is interested in talks on terms other than Iran’s capitulation to U.S. demands.As laid out by Pompeo last year, these include Tehran ending uranium enrichment, a process that can produce fissile material for atomic bombs; giving U.N. nuclear inspectors total access to sites throughout the country; releasing U.S. citizens held in Iran and withdrawing Iranian forces from Syria.The former officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a decision not to sanction Zarif could be a hint Washington wants to preserve the option of diplomacy even if it appears unlikely for now.Trump administration officials seem particularly hostile to Zarif, possibly because of his use of Twitter to taunt them as a “B-team” of second-raters who “despise diplomacy, and thirst for war.”If Washington wanted to get into a negotiation with Tehran, it could send other conciliatory signals.One would be to allow a quiet stabilization of Iran’s oil exports, which stood at 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) before Trump abandoned the deal and have since fallen to about 300,000 bpd since Trump’s May decision to try to drive them to zero.Rather than renew sanctions waivers to allow nations such as China and India to keep buying Iran’s oil, Washington could just turn a blind eye to continued purchases, the former U.S. officials said.That seems unlikely after British Royal Marines seized the Grace 1 supertanker off the coast of Gibraltar last week amid accusations that it had broken sanctions by carrying Iranian oil to Syria.Another possible hint would be for the Trump administration to renew waivers – which expire in early August – that allow China, Russia and European nations to pursue nuclear nonproliferation projects with Iran. (Reporting by Jonathan Landay, Lesley Wroughton and Arshad Mohammed in Washington; Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner in Washington and Michelle Nichols at the United Nations; Editing by Mary Milliken and James Dalgleish) World 08 Jul 2019 Trump tells Iran ‘be careful’ after Tehran vows to boost uranium enrichment World 26m ago Iranian foreign minister heading to New York for U.N. conference: IRNA World 09 Jul 2019 Iran’s Zarif says Trump has been lured by allies into killing 2015 nuclear deal Related Newscenter_img WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has decided not to impose sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for now, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, in a sign Washington may be holding a door open for diplomacy.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on June 24 had said Zarif would be blacklisted that week, an unusual public stance because the United States typically does not preview such decisions to keep its targets from moving assets out of U.S. jurisdiction.Blacklisting Iran’s chief negotiator would also be unusual because it could impede any U.S. effort to use diplomacy to resolve its disagreements with Tehran over Iran’s nuclear programme, regional activities and missile testing.The sources did not give specific reasons for the decision, which came after two months in which U.S.-Iranian tensions have soared because of attacks on tankers in the Gulf that the United States blames on Iran, despite its denials, and Iran’s downing of a U.S. drone that prompted preparations for a U.S. retaliatory air strike that was called off minutes before it was due to hit. 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"Historically,000 PVCs would be distributed in the state before the general elections in two weeks time.C. have introduced so-called right-to-die legislation including the one she chose to leave "The fact that Brittany Maynard was a Californian suffering from an incurable irreversible illness who then had to leave the state to ease her suffering was simply appalling simply unacceptable" says California Senator Lois Wolk who along with Senator Bill Monning both Democrats have co-authored a bill giving terminally ill patients with six months to live the ability to obtain life-ending medication (MORE: See Which States Allow End-of-Life Treatment) The bill which would require two independent physicians to determine that patients are mentally competent to make an end-of-life decision is largely modeled after Oregons 1997 Death With Dignity law which was the first state measure to allow terminal patients to end their lives That law has become a template for other states considering similar legislation According to the Oregon Public Health Division 1173 people have had end-of-life medication prescribed to them as of 2013; 752 have actually chosen to ingest it Only two other states have passed right-to-die legislation Washington and Vermont while judges in New Mexico and Montana have effectively legalized it by saying there is nothing barring doctors from prescribing life-ending medication For years the so-called right-to-die movement was most associated with Jack Kevorkian the Michigan physician known as Dr Death for participating in dozens of physician-assisted suicides one of which led to a conviction of second-degree murder Maynard offered a far more sympathetic face for the movement A 29-year-old newlywed who was diagnosed with brain cancer on Jan 1 2014 Maynard used her story to advocate for so-called death-with-dignity laws while publicly discussing her symptoms and plans for her last few weeks She died Nov 1 after taking doctor-prescribed barbiturates Since then legislators from 14 states have either introduced or pledged to put forward right-to-die bills according to Compassion & Choices a national organization advocating death with dignity The group says it conducted surveys showing that two-thirds of Californians support end-of-life legislation "The case of Brittany Maynard has brought this into focus for many Californians" Monning says "Theres a changed public attitude and increased awareness and we think the time is right for California" (MORE: Death Is Not Only for the Dying) Wolk acknowledges that actually getting the bill passed however will be a "heavy lift” The measure could find support among some Democrats and libertarian-leaning conservatives who often favor letting individuals make their own end-of-life decisions But resistance will be strong from social conservatives in both parties The Catholic Church in particular has long led the fight against similar measures around the nation The church has already hired a lobbying firm from Sacramento to fight the bill according to the Los Angeles Times The American Medical Association which believes that doctors shouldnt be involved in life-ending treatment could provide another obstacle Wolk expects the bill will make it out of committee and reach the Senate floor but will have a tough time passing both houses of the legislature It’s also unclear whether Governor Jerry Brown would sign it if it reached his desk The onetime Jesuit seminarian has not publicly addressed the issue according to the San Jose Mercury News During his first stint as governor in 1976 Brown signed a law that gave terminally ill patients the right to end life-sustaining treatment if their death was imminent the first of its kind in the nation If the bill doesnt pass however the issue will likely make its way directly to California voters Compassion & Choices is already laying the groundwork to get it on the 2016 ballot as a referendum Correction: The original version of this story misstated the number of states that have introduced legislation since Maynard’s death Four states have introduced end-of-life bills including Washington DC Contact us at editors@timecomWith a romance at its center the title of the oft-delayed film Tulip Fever (and the novel on which the Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan movie is based) plays on the passionate sense of a “fever” But the real historical context in which the story is set had to do with a fever less about love and more about money The fever in question known as the Tulip Mania (sometimes styled as one word) struck in 17th century Holland when the nation’s now-famous blooms caused a major financial boom and bust As TIME once explained in a story about a different boom market the flower itself was almost incidental to the story: The tulip was then a comparatively new import from the Near East and mutant specimens with irregular stripes were prized as rarities so prized that men would mortgage their villas and their fields The tulips had little intrinsic value Their worth as commodities was a function of pure irrational desire and their economic fate proved that nothing is more manipulable than desire When the mania fell away the flowers were as pretty as they had been before It was just that now few people wanted them very much whereas before they had been invested with a kind of fetishistic and obsessive “rarity” Get your history fix in one place: sign up for the weekly TIME History newsletter It was according to Mehmet Odekon’s financial encyclopedia Booms and Busts the first significant bubble in European financial history It burst in 1637 when tulip speculators could no longer find investors; without that flow of money the bulbs themselves “plummeted” in value In the centuries since though many experts believe it did not really damage the Dutch economy long-term it has remained an important touchstone and reference point for what can happen when financial speculation goes haywire The level of speculation in fact would even have affected the painterly plot of Tulip Fever “At the height of the Dutch tulip mania” Robert Hughes noted in a 2001 review of work by the Dutch artist Vermeer “such rare blooms would never have been cut for a painter; he would have had to draw them in the garden” Write to Lily Rothman at lilyrothman@timecomBeijing: China on Saturday formally began its well-choreographed annual Parliament season during which a constitutional amendment removing the two-term limit for President Xi Jinping is expected to be ratified paving the way for his continuation in power possibly for life The annual Parliament season during which about 5000 delegates of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the legislature the National People’s Congress (NPC) would hold full sessions to deliberate on a vast agenda for the year prepared by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) This year’s sessions assumed significance and attracted considerable attention as days ago the CPC has proposed constitutional amendment to remove the two-term limit for the president and vice president setting aside decades old principle of collective leadership The proposal sparked off concern and speculation at home and abroad that Xi heading the CPC and military besides the presidency who recently began his second five-year term would continue for an unprecedented third term and beyond wielding unquestionable power exercised by the party founder Mao Zedong in the heydays of China’s revolution File image of Chinese president Xi Jinping The Parliament season formally commenced with the opening of the CPPCC at the Great Hall of People It was attended by Xi now a designated “core leader” by the party The opening of the session was telecast live all over the country Also other party leaders including Premier Li Keqiang members of the Standing Committee of the CPC who virtually rule the country attended the session This Parliament season this year is also significant as top officials on almost all posts except the ones held by Xi and perhaps by Li might change It includes a new State Councillor replacing the incumbent Yang Jiechi who for the past five years was the Special Representative of India-China Border talks Yang has been elevated to CPC’s politburo The present foreign minister Wang Yi might take over as the State Councillor which also means that China will have a new foreign minister The new names approved by the CPC’s Central Committee would be announced after the formal ratification by the NPC which is often regarded as rubber stamp Parliament for its routine approval of the party’s proposals As he set to cement his power removing two term limit Xi plans to appoint four vice premiers to work on popular programmes like poverty relief environmental protection and improving economy which would enhance his image at home The proposal sparked off speculation that Xi is working on populist agenda which would contribute to his public image Tomorrow the NPC spokesperson would address the press during which China would announce the defence budget which last year stood at over $150 billion The NPC which has 2980 deputies would begin its session on 5 March with a work report from Li Its delegates included 269 deputies from the military As China’s main legislative body it was expected to formally ratify the amendment to remove the term limit as well as appointment of new officials The CPPCC is made up of appointees from difference walks of life including film actors like Jackie Chan CPPCC Chairman Yu Zhengsheng commenced the session and spoke about deepening reforms On Friday CPPCC spokesman Wang Guoqing addressed a nationally televised conference in which he took selected questions mostly from the Chinese official media on issues like poverty alleviation US’ plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium among others Conspicuous by their absence was any questions on removal of the two-term limit for president and vice-president which made headlines at home and abroad Hong Kong-based the ‘South China Morning Post’ has reported that that Xi has identified four CPC officials— Hu Chunhua Han Zheng Liu He and He Lifeng for the post of vice premiers who are likely to be put in charge of the Chinese President’s top three priorities of poverty relief environmental protection the control of economic risks IDEAS Grisham is a writer who has lived in Charlottesville for 24 years White supremacists rallied in Charlottesville against the removal of Confederate statues like Stonewall Jackson Gabriella Demczuk Charlottesville is a quiet town with friendly people good schools lots of churches parks and a bustling growing community that more or less revolves around one of the country’s great public universities Volunteerism is rampant and dozens of nonprofits hustle about solving problems and helping those in need The town is surrounded by the estate and horse country of central Virginia where history and traditions are important Change is important too The town has a vibrant music theater art and literary culture where creativity is encouraged Food and wine are taken seriously with dozens of vineyards and trendy restaurants The downtown pedestrian mall is filled with these restaurants as well as coffee shops bars outdoor cafés music halls bookstores galleries It’s peaceful calm lovely civilized It’s Charlottesville The weekend of Aug 12 Charlottesville was violated These same downtown streets where I work and have lunch and dinner and meet friends were taken over by hooligans and white supremacists who for some reason chose Charlottesville as their battleground Who were these people And why our town Now that we’ve seen them and from a distance much closer than any of us could have imagined we may have a clearer understanding of their motives Ostensibly they came here to “Unite the Right” a nefarious idea that devolved into a call to action They were upset because of the city council’s controversial decision to remove a Confederate monument from a city park These dime-store warriors arrived in Charlottesville over the weekend determined to glorify the Confederacy and defend their version of free speech though I seriously doubt even one in a thousand has read the Constitution or could name the Southern commander at the Battle of Shiloh They waved their rebel battle flags oblivious to the fact that Robert E Lee told his men to put them away They flaunted their swastikas They wore helmets and shields and riot gear and they rampaged Their unapproved but well-coordinated torch-lit parade through campus Friday night surprised officials at the university Free speech and a glorified heritage were irrelevant Make no mistake about it the hate groups were here to provoke violence and get attention When a few Klansmen showed up a month ago they attracted hundreds of counterprotesters who drowned them out With an impressive show of peaceful resistance Charlottesville proved it has no tolerance for hate That incident was well reported and no doubt inspired the Unite the Right brain trust to plan an even bigger event They issued the call and their comrades came from far and wide to make trouble They now claim they were provoked while trying to assemble peacefully but the real provocation was their hate-filled message Tensions are now easing and the streets are quiet again Funerals are being planned Physical wounds are healing Emotional wounds will take longer We hope and pray our town returns to normal it will if left alone But twice this summer Charlottesville has proved that in the face of intimidation and hate silence is not an option Contact us at editors@timecom This appears in the August 28 2017 issue of TIME IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editors where she was born and raised, China wasn’t yet ready to 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