About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender David Luiz: We must find consistencyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says finding a winning consistency is key to returning to the top.Luiz knows Chelsea need consistency, after their win over Manchester City was sandwiched between defeats against Wolves and Leicester.He said: “In those games we had the same problem after the goal we conceded. We changed our style. We have to be consistent in the way we play, and after that the results are going to come.”Luiz praised Eden Hazard, who has been playing as a false nine recently. “He’s a fantastic player, an intelligent player,” he said. “He is playing a different position but intelligent players can play anywhere. He is doing well and he deserves it.”
Twitter/RussiniIn just a few short weeks, Dianna Russini, a 32-year-old former sports anchor for NBC Washington, will be making her debut for ESPN. The news was announced back in mid-May, and Russini recently finished up her last day with her former employer. She’s expected to be an anchor for the Worldwide Leader’s SportsCenter program. How often she’ll be featured is still a mystery.Where is she from? How did she get her career started? Is she single? We’ve got all of those answers and more, along with a few photos of the rising star. In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Dianna Russini >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
The MusiCares Foundation, an affiliated charity of the Recording Academy with an outstanding four-star rating from Charity Navigator, announced today that the 2018 MusiCares Concert For Recovery will honor GRAMMY winner Mike McCready of Pearl Jam on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at The Showbox in Seattle (1426 1st Ave.).McCready will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his significant dedication to and support of MusiCares and his commitment to helping others in the addiction recovery process. The Concert For Recovery will feature performances by Latin GRAMMY winner Barrett Martin, GRAMMY winner Slash, multi-GRAMMY winner Chad Smith; and artists Duff McKagan, Mike Ness, and Heart’s Nancy Wilson. The evening will close with a special performance by McCready and friends.The event, presented by Amazon Music, will benefit MusiCares, an affiliated charity of the Recording Academy with an outstanding four-star rating from Charity Navigator. MusiCares ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need and it provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery resources.Ticket Information:Tickets range from $250 for Highboy Individual Cabaret seating to $5,000 for Platinum Prime Cabaret floor seating for four. All tickets will include a buffet. For more information, contact Wynnie Wynn at email@example.com or at 310.581.8659, or visit the ticket form here.Auction Information:In addition, a one-of-a-kind Nixon Chris Cornell Sentry timepiece that is touring to Nixon’s flagship retail locations in London and Paris in the spring of 2018, will be auctioned off live at the Concert For Recovery.“Recovery is a journey that you take each day, and mine has been affirming from a musical standpoint and a community perspective,” said McCready. “To be able to raise funds for MusiCares and the critical addiction recovery work they do for music people across the country all year long is humbling, and it speaks to the way we can come together to help those in need.”An active member in the music community, McCready has also been a member of Levee Walkers, Mad Season, the Rockfords, and Temple Of The Dog. Additionally, McCready plays with friends in Flight To Mars, a UFO tribute band that hosts charity events for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Camp Oasis program and the Jennifer Jaff Care Line. When not performing live, McCready scores TV and film projects which include Fat Kid Rules The World, “Fringe,” The Glamour & The Squalor, “Hawaii Five-O,” Horrible Bosses, “Shameless,” and We Bought A Zoo.In 2013, McCready founded HockeyTalkter Records, a small vinyl record label and media outlet specializing in limited edition seven-inch singles with releases from Star Anna, Brandi Carlile, Danny Newcomb, Stereo Embers, and Thunderpussy.The MusiCares Foundation offers health and human services and programs to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses, including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests and medical/dental screenings. MusiCares provides access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor Room support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.
BRUSSELS – Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump jolted the NATO summit Wednesday by turning a spotlight on Germany’s ties to Russia and openly questioning the value of the military alliance that has defined American foreign policy for decades.Trump declared that a joint natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel’s government “totally controlled” and “captive to Russia.” So, in a stroke, he shifted attention away from his own ties to the Kremlin just days before he meets one-on-one with Putin.With scorching language, the president questioned the necessity of the alliance that formed a bulwark against Soviet aggression, tweeting after a day of contentious meetings: “What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy?”German Chancellor Merkel hit back immediately, not only denying Trump’s contention but suggesting that his comfortable upbringing in the U.S. gave him no standing to spout off on the world stage about Germany.Drawing on her own background growing up in communist East Germany behind the Iron Curtain, she said:“I’ve experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union, and I’m very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that’s very good.”Trump demanded by public tweet that members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025” for their military efforts. He then rattled U.S. allies further by privately suggesting member nations should spend 4 per cent of their gross domestic product on the military — more than even the United States currently pays, according to NATO statistics.It was just the latest in Trump’s demands and insults that critics fear will undermine a decades-old alliance launched to counter-balance Soviet aggression after World War II. And it came just days before Trump planned to sit down with Putin in Finland at the conclusion of what has become a contentious European trip.Trump has spent weeks berating members of the alliance for failing to increase military spending, accusing Europe of freeloading off the U.S. and even raising doubts about whether he would come to members’ defence as required if they were ever attacked.Trump’s tongue-lashing accelerated during a pre-summit breakfast, when he traded his usual long-distance Twitter attacks for a face-to-face confrontation with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.“We’re supposed to protect you against Russia but they’re paying billions of dollars to Russia and I think that’s very inappropriate,” Trump said, repeatedly describing Germany as “captive to Russia” because of the energy deal. He urged NATO to look into the issue.Trump’s harsh words for Merkel, whose country has hosted tens of thousands of U.S. troops that have been key to post-WWII stability in Europe for seven decades, struck at the core of the alliance. West Germany joined NATO in 1955 and was a critical factor in the alliance’s success in facing down the Soviet Union until its collapse. Reunified with the East, Germany became the largest European economy in NATO in 1990.The president’s beef was with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would bring gas from Russia to Germany’s northeastern Baltic coast, bypassing Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine and doubling the amount of gas Russia can send directly to Germany. The vast undersea pipeline is opposed by the U.S. and some other EU members, who warn it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe. It’s expected to be online at the end of 2019.Environmental-conscious Germany is trying to reduce its reliance on coal and is phasing out nuclear power by 2022, so it hopes to use natural gas to partially fill the gap until the country’s electricity grid can cope with fluctuating levels provided by renewable energy.Hours after the breakfast, Merkel and Trump appeared to play nice as they met along the summit’s sidelines. Trump told reporters the two had a “very, very good relationship” and congratulated Merkel on her “tremendous success.”While Trump went after Germany for its ties to Russia, he himself has been accused by critics of being too eager to improve relations with Moscow. He’s also dismissed the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia tried to undermine Western democracy by meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help him win.Trump also lobbed fresh complaints about allies’ “delinquent” defence spending and suggested at one point that NATO allies commit to spending 4 per cent of their GDP on defence — twice the goal they’ve set for 2024.“I have great confidence they’ll be spending more,” he said.However, a formal summit declaration issued by the NATO leaders Wednesday reaffirmed their “unwavering commitment” to the 2 per cent pledge set in 2014 and made no reference to any effort to go higher.Trump has repeatedly mischaracterized the spending target, wrongly describing it as a fee that countries pay to NATO or the U.S. rather than their own military. NATO estimates that 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends.Back in the U.S., Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement describing Trump’s “brazen insults and denigration of one of America’s most steadfast allies, Germany,” as “an embarrassment.”“His behaviour this morning is another profoundly disturbing signal that the president is more loyal to President Putin than to our NATO allies,” they wrote.Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, also criticized Trump’s rhetoric.“I do believe everybody should get to 2 per cent quickly, but the NATO alliance is something that’s very important to the United States and our citizenry, and things that are said to try and create instability, all that it does is strengthen Putin,” Corker said, describing concerns “about conciliatory things that could occur in Helsinki” when Trump sits down with the Russian president.But Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, a strong supporter of the president, said the pipeline issue strikes at the “heart of NATO unity.”“The pipeline gets cheap Russian gas to Germany while bypassing smaller Eastern European nations, allowing Russia to pressure them while Germany is held harmless,” he tweeted, adding: “No amount of preening in Berlin will cover this nakedly selfish policy.”___Associated Press writers Ken Thomas, Darlene Superville and Zeke Miller in Washington, Matthew Lee in Brussels and Maria Danilova in Moscow contributed to this report.___Follow Colvin and Lemire on Twitter at https://twitter.com/colvinj and https://twitter.com/JonLemirePresident Donald Trump barrelled into a NATO summit Wednesday with claims that a natural gas pipeline deal has left Germany “totally controlled” and “captive to Russia” as he lobbed fresh complaints about allies’ “delinquent” defence spending during the opening of what was expected to be a fraught two-day meeting.Trump also suggested that NATO allies commit to spending 4 per cent of their gross domestic product on defence — double the current goal of 2 per cent by 2024.The president, in a testy exchange with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that kicked off his visit, took issue with the U.S. protecting Germany as it strikes deals with Russia.“I have to say, I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we’re supposed to be guarding against Russia,” Trump said at a breakfast with Stoltenberg. “We’re supposed to protect you against Russia but they’re paying billions of dollars to Russia and I think that’s very inappropriate.”Trump repeatedly described Germany as “captive to Russia” because of the energy deal and urged NATO to look into the issue.German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back firmly, insisting that Germany makes its own decisions and drawing on her own background growing up in communist East Germany behind the Iron Curtain.“I’ve experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union and I’m very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that’s very good,” she said.The president appeared to be referring to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would bring gas from Russia to Germany’s northeastern Baltic coast, bypassing Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine and doubling the amount of gas Russia can send directly to Germany. The vast undersea pipeline is opposed by the U.S. and some other EU members, who warn it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe. It’s expected to be online at the end of 2019.Environmental-conscious Germany is trying to reduce its reliance on coal and is phasing out nuclear power by 2022, so it hopes to use natural gas to partially fill the gap until the country’s electricity grid can cope with fluctuating levels provided by renewable energy. The alternatives, including U.S. supplies, are more expensive.In their back-and-forth, Stoltenberg stressed to Trump that NATO members have been able to work together despite their differences. “I think that two world wars and the Cold War taught us that we are stronger together than apart,” he told the president, trying to calm tensions.Trump’s dramatic exchange with Stoltenberg set the tone for what was already expected to be a tense day of meetings with leaders of the military alliance as Trump presses jittery NATO allies about their military spending ahead of his meeting next week with Putin.“The United States is paying far too much and other countries are not paying enough, especially some. So we’re going to have a meeting on that,” Trump said, describing the situation as “disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States.”“They will spend more,” he later predicted. “I have great confidence they’ll be spending more.”And with that, he went on to push allies at the summit to double their commitment on defence spending.“During the president’s remarks today at the NATO summit, he suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of 2 per cent of their GDP on defence spending, but that they increase it to 4 per cent,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She said the president raised the same issue at NATO last year and that, “Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations.”However, a formal summit declaration issued by the NATO leaders Wednesday reaffirmed their “unwavering commitment” to the 2 per cent pledge set in 2014 and made no reference to any effort to get to 4 per cent.Trump’s pipeline criticism was an unusual line of attack for a president who has proclaimed himself eager to improve relations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and dismissed the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia tried to undermine Western democracy by meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help Trump win. Trump has long argued that improving relaxations with Russia would be good for both nations.Back in the U.S., Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement describing Trump’s “brazen insults and denigration of one of America’s most steadfast allies, Germany,” as “an embarrassment.”“His behaviour this morning is another profoundly disturbing signal that the president is more loyal to President Putin than to our NATO allies,” they wrote.Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch also took issue with Trump, saying “I don’t agree with that. Germans wouldn’t agree with that. They are a very strong people.”But Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, a strong supporter of the president, said the pipeline issue strikes at the “heart of NATO unity.”“The pipeline gets cheap Russian gas to Germany while bypassing smaller Eastern European nations, allowing Russia to pressure them while Germany is held harmless,” he tweeted, adding: “No amount of preening in Berlin will cover this nakedly selfish policy.”Despite Trump’s claims about Germany, Merkel served as a forceful advocate for imposing — and maintaining — sanctions on Russia after it annexed Crimea in 2014, arguing that it violated the principles of the international order established after World War II. The president is also not the first leader to point to the impact of Nord Stream 2 on Europe, echoing complaints from Eastern European allies who note it would cut out transit countries such as Poland and Ukraine.Trump and Merkel met later Wednesday on the sidelines of the summit and kept their remarks polite during a photo opportunity with the press.Trump told reporters the two had a “very, very good relationship” and congratulated Merkel on her “tremendous success.” Asked if they had discussed the pipeline, he said they had, but declined to elaborate.Merkel, for her part, called the two nations “good partners” and said “we wish to continue to co-operate in the future.”Trump then met with French President Emmanuel Macron, who said he disagreed with Trump’s pipeline assessment. But the two appeared on good terms, with Trump joking about the fact that Macron had been asked about it.Trump has long pushed NATO members to meet their agreed-to target of 2 per cent by 2024 and has accused those who don’t of freeloading off the U.S.He tweeted from the summit: “What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy? Why are their only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment? The U.S. is paying for Europe’s protection, then loses billions on Trade. Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.”NATO estimates that 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends.Brussels is the first leg of a weeklong European tour that will include stops in London and Scotland, as well as a highly anticipated meeting next week with Putin.__Associated Press writers Ken Thomas, Darlene Superville and Zeke Miller in Washington and Maria Danilova in Moscow contributed to this report.__Follow Colvin and Lemire on Twitter at https://twitter.com/colvinj and https://twitter.com/JonLemire
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a supplementary chargesheet against former Haryana chief minister O P Chautala in connection with a money-laundering case on Thursday.The agency mentioned in the chargesheet that immovable assets worth Rs 3.68 crore were attached by it on April 13 in relation to four properties in Delhi, Panchkula and Sirsa. It said the investigation conducted so far under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) had revealed that Chautala laundered the disproportionate assets by depositing illegal cash in the bank accounts of his and his family members. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The ED said this was done to avoid the back trail of money, merge the illegal cash with genuine income and show it as untainted. This laundered money was further used to purchase new properties or carry out construction on the already acquired properties. The chargesheet was filed before special judge Kamini Lau, who posted the matter for consideration on May 16. Referring to Chautala’s affidavits filed before the 2005 and 2009 Haryana Assembly polls, the agency said he had disclosed his assets to publicly Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Kproject the tainted properties as untainted. “During the period between May 24, 1993 and May 5, 2006, O P Chautala, while functioning as a public servant (the CM of Haryana), allegedly acquired assets disproportionate to his income to the tune of Rs 6,09,79,026. The value of the disproportionate assets acquired by O P Chautala is in the form of various movable and immovable properties which constitutes ‘proceeds of crime’ in this case. “The calculation of these accumulated disproportionate assets of Chautala was based on oral and documentary evidence collected by the CBI during investigation and included all sources of income and expenses. Chautala had invested these disproportionately acquired assets mainly in the following properties…,” the chargesheet said.
ALGIERS- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a mini-stroke last year, returned home on Thursday after spending three days at a Paris hospital undergoing medical tests, national media reported.“Bouteflika returned to Algiers on Thursday, mid-afternoon, after a medical check-up at the Val-de-Grace hospital in Paris,” the APS news agency reported.The tests showed “an overall improvement” in the health of the 76-year-old president, who has until Sunday to convene the organising committee for an April presidential election in which the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) has asked him to stand for a fourth term. Bouteflika was intially expected to return on Friday, APS reported, after his office unexpectedly announced on Tuesday that he had been flown to Paris for a “routine check-up.”The health of the ageing president, who has ruled Algeria since 1999, has become an intensifying source of speculation since he was rushed to the same military hospital in Paris following his mini-stroke last April.Despite the health concerns that have dogged the last nine years of his presidency, he has still not ruled out the possibility of running for a fourth term in April, creating uncertainty which has paralysed Algerian politics.
sara.ziegler: I just really have a hard time with Minshew Mania.Is it a real thing? Seriously?Salfino: Minshew was pretty meh in college.I mean, 7.2 yards per attempt at Washington State? Big deal. If he’s so good, why wasn’t he better there?joshua.hermsmeyer: I think it’s probably the case that accuracy is still undervalued in an NFL QB, and Minshew is certainly accurate.neil: He has a 110.6 passer rating but ranks 30th of 35 qualified QBs in air yards per attempt. So he’s definitely not making plays happen downfield.Salfino: Minshew seems to be getting all the swag that Baker Mayfield has lost. It’s a zero sum game with them.neil: Douchey mustachioed QBs: There Can Be Only One.Salfino: Love it.sara.ziegler: LOLOLOLjoshua.hermsmeyer: JAX was very efficient with Minshew, though. They averaged 0.25 EPA per play on 18 early-down passes with Gardner. And even when we account for his low depth of target, he completed more passes than we’d expect.neil: Jacoby Brissett was kind of the same way. He has the second-lowest air yards per attempt in the league but got the job done against Atlanta.joshua.hermsmeyer: Bigger picture, though, one explanation for all these new QBs doing well is the importance of a game plan. And it’s hard to scheme a defense for a QB if you’ve never seen them — or only seen a little of them.Salfino: Yes, exactly. I mean, Browning Nagle had a great first game. I was measuring him for a gold jacket, IIRC.neil: Browning Nagle!OMGNot a name I was expecting to hear this morning. Or, like, ever.sara.ziegler: What a blast from the past.Salfino: It’s a cautionary tale.joshua.hermsmeyer: Speaking of great first games… Eric Hipple-level awesomeness.neil: Wow.sara.ziegler: So you’re saying Giants fans should temper their expectations?Seems … unlikely.Salfino: If I were a Giants fan, I’d be thrilled with how Jones played. He was trailing badly, he lost Saquon Barkley, and he rallied the team back late. The only thing wrong with that game from a Giants perspective was the blown field goal at the end.joshua.hermsmeyer: Organizationally, they have to be thrilled with the win!sara.ziegler: Jones’s performance in that game boosted his Elo points in our model by 21 points. Which seems good!neil:And yet Elo still rates Eli better, LOL.joshua.hermsmeyer: Of the young QBs who played, Jones pushed the ball downfield more than anyone else. His depth of pass averaged almost 10 yards downfield. And he ran well. Reminded me of Josh Allen quite a bit.Salfino: The reports were that he could run. And unlike Allen, he did not seem to run recklessly, either.neil: “Reminded me of Josh Allen quite a bit.” — I think that’s a compliment…sara.ziegler: (Also, I just confused Josh Allen with Kyle Allen, and I always confuse Josh Allen with Josh Rosen. MORE DISTINCTIVE NAMES, PLEASE.)neil: (3-0 BILLS, BABY!)(CIRCLE THE WAGONS)Salfino: The Bills are this year’s Dolphins.neil: The Bills are this year’s Bills.sara.ziegler: 🤣 🤣 🤣How about Teddy Bridgewater? How did you guys think he did?joshua.hermsmeyer: Not great.sara.ziegler: AwwwwI have a soft spot for Teddy, always.joshua.hermsmeyer: Dink and dunk and threw short a ton, and didn’t complete many of them.neil: He was no Eric Hipple. Or Bobby Hebert. (See, I can throw random 1980s QB names out there too!)Salfino: I thought Payton was a coward for not starting Taysom Hill after all the Steve Young talk. But he was smart to keep using Alvin Kamara consistently. There’s no Drew Brees cushion now. So there’s no room for Latavius Murray touches in Kamara’s place. I thought Bridgewater was grinding it out, but I saw nothing from him that makes me bullish about the Saints’ chances next week against the Cowboys.sara.ziegler: So no one was impressed with a win on the road against Seattle? Dang — tough crowd.neil: In all seriousness, our model thought Bridgewater played OK. He played like a game manager, which basically what you want out of a guy keeping Brees’s seat warm for the next month-plus, right?Salfino: I get the game manager thing, but I do not think the rest of the Saints team is good enough to win this way. They got lucky with another Chris Carson fumble that became the dreaded Fumble Six.The Saints gave up 26 first downs and 515 yards and were about doubled in yardage. This win goes into the “miracle” bucket.joshua.hermsmeyer: Still, if they can luck their way into a .500 record while Brees is out, that’s pretty promising for their playoff hopes, I think.sara.ziegler: For sure.neil: And for what it’s worth, we give them a 62 percent chance of winning the NFC South after yesterday’s events.The Falcons seem very meh.joshua.hermsmeyer: Profoundly meh. sara.ziegler: That ’stache…..joshua.hermsmeyer: HE CUTS HIS OWN JORTS!sara.ziegler: LOLOLneil: That’s the most Jacksonville thing I’ve ever heard.joshua.hermsmeyer: On early-season reactions, this is also a great bit of research our friend Adi Wyner and his student Zach Drapkin at Wharton did. neil: Tampa keeps finding ways to lose. And idk what to make of Carolina, which finally won but against Arizona, and with a backup under center.Salfino: Assuming Brees steps right back into being Brees, yes. But they are 27th in yardage allowed and have allowed 6.7 yards per play. The defense is bad.neil: That is true.Russell Wilson had the best game from Sunday nobody is talking about. He threw for 406 yards and had two passing TDs and two rushing TDs.joshua.hermsmeyer: Wilson is playing the best ball of his career, I believe.Salfino: Wilson has an ability to really turn it on late in games regardless of how he’s played previously in games. Rational coaching would note how effective he is playing with his hair on fire, just make that their offense and win games early. But…sara.ziegler: The NFC West is so interesting. The Rams have not been super inspiring in their first three games, and yet they’ve won them all.And the Niners!Salfino: So true about the Rams. Their offense is so consistently uninspiring. The only thing that worked yesterday was Cooper Kupp. The only quasi-good game the Saints have played on defense was at LAR.neil: Have defenses figured out Sean McVay’s offense?They were held without a first-half TD yesterday against Cleveland, after the same being true against New Orleans. That’s twice in three games after only happening once all regular season last year.Salfino: Maybe some of this is due to the RB Who Used To Be Todd Gurley.joshua.hermsmeyer: I’ve heard a lot of chatter about how teams are stealing the front Bill Belichick used against the Rams in the Super Bowl. Basically it takes away the outside runs, and some believe that it chokes off the Rams’ ability to run passing plays off of it. To the extent that’s true, then yeah, I think the NFL has figured it out.However, if your offense is truly predicated on outside/wide zone being effective to win, I dunno. Seems bad to me.Salfino: On the one hand, Gurley is averaging 4.6 per carry, but man, it’s a quiet 4.6. A whispering 4.6. And he has four catches for eight yards after averaging over 11 yards per catch in McVay’s first two seasons.neil: At least Jared Goff used to be great on play-action. Now he ranks 25th out of 33 qualified QBs in QBR off play fakes. If it weren’t for Kupp, idk how bad Goff would have looked yesterday.Salfino: And remember the play-action fade started last year around Game 11 and extended into the postseason. So if you go back, we have almost a full season worth of games where the Rams’ play-action success has been well below average.sara.ziegler: The Rams were the first team I was going to bring up in our game of Good Team/Bad Team.So … Not Great Team?Salfino: Rams: OK team.joshua.hermsmeyer: Still my favorite for the West.neil: Good team, still. Because Aaron Donald.sara.ziegler: Yeah, he’s just a beast. So much fun to watch.Salfino: Donald is amazing. He can’t win Defensive Player of the Year three straight times, can he? Defensive excellence is not supposed to be this sustainably elite.neil: According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the Rams pressured Baker Mayfield on 49 percent of his dropbacks.joshua.hermsmeyer: That’s an amazing stat, Neil. Helps explain — a little — his happy feet. He bailed on quite a few good pockets last night.Salfino: Well, Mayfield created his own pressure at times by leaking out of the pocket for no reason and into the pass rushers.neil: Yeah, there’s a weird Next Gen Stat from Sunday night where Mayfield did way better the less time he had to throw.He was 5-of-18 when taking longer than 2.5 seconds to throw, including that game-sealing interception in the end zone.idk what to do with that, but…Salfino: He seemed surprisingly indecisive last night. He’s just in a slump, something he’s not used to.sara.ziegler: The Browns are 1-2 now, with just the win against the Jets.So … are they bad?Salfino: The Browns were down seven starters last night and could have beaten a good team. I don’t think they are bad. They just need the Mayfield we thought we were getting. Coaching is a big issue too. You have both an inexperienced QB and coach now.The Rams gave them the QB draw to win the game the last two plays and it was not taken. That’s supposed to be an automatic. I mean, Jones took it for the Giants. And Baker laughed at Jones.joshua.hermsmeyer: Their coaching is atrocious.I think they have plenty of talent, though, if head coach Freddie Kitchens and the offensive coordinator can get it together.Salfino: I think we’re veering from one overreaction to the other for the Browns. They’re an 8-9 win team.sara.ziegler: A couple more Good/Bad Teams: How good are the Packers?neil: Our model ranks them 7th overall, which kind of sounds right? They’ve beaten some good teams, more on defense than anything else.Rodgers has been … fine … not ELITE though.Salfino: The Packers are not good and the offense is still disappointing.joshua.hermsmeyer: Through three games and 93 pass attempts, Rodgers does not look transformed. That was the hope — that new head coach Matt LaFleur would unlock the old efficiency. Early returns are that A-aron is gonna throw the ball away at historical rates.Salfino: Rodgers’s QBR is 46? Is he even good anymore? It’s been years since he’s been great. He hasn’t had even a good yards per pass attempt since … 2014.sara.ziegler: Any other thoughts on the teams that might be good but might also be bad?Salfino: Buffalo is not an actual contender, with a 36-year-old running back and one viable receiver. The Eagles are not bad and actually are still good — they would have won if not for seven dropped passes including the potential game-winner in the final minute. The Lions are unbeaten? Is that a misprint? They Niners are good — but 10-win good, not undefeated good. And we’re probably overreacting to the good play of the new QBs.joshua.hermsmeyer: I can’t believe you people don’t like this guy, smh. Helps to kind of temper the panic.sara.ziegler: Oh, that’s very interesting.BUT WHAT ABOUT THE OVERREACTIONS???neil: Just wait until Week 11. We will know SO much.Salfino: Makes sense. The old saw in football was that nothing really matters until the leaves turn brown.neil: I thought it was that “nothing really matters until the Browns fans turn and leave” (while hurling bottles on the field).Check out our latest NFL predictions. sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, sports editor): Week 3 of the NFL season is just about in the books, and we felt fully the ramifications of the injuries so far this season to star quarterbacks. Plus we saw a couple of young, highly touted quarterbacks take over the starting jobs on their teams just because of, well, ineptitude.So what did we learn this week from this new crop of QBs?Salfino (Michael Salfino, FiveThirtyEight contributor): I’m extremely surprised by how well Daniel Jones, Gardner Minshew and Kyle Allen played. We can say, “It’s easier than ever to be a quarterback because of the college passing.”joshua.hermsmeyer (Josh Hermsmeyer, NFL analyst): It’s interesting that most of the QBs who have stepped in because of injury or ineffectiveness have played pretty well. I think the only real stinkers were Mason Rudolph and Josh Rosen. Rudolph’s completion rate is 11.7 percentage points less than we would expect (despite throwing short a lot — his average depth of pass was just 6.7 yards). Rosen was even worse. On the season, he has completed just 43.3 percent of his passes, and his completion percentage is over 18 points worse than expected.But by and large, the new QBs were very good.neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): It might go back to something our friend Chase Stuart has been saying for a while: There are more solid QBs in the league than we probably acknowledge.
CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians won a 1-0 nail-biter on Friday night in Game 3 of the World Series. Two number-three starters succeeded in shutting down two strong offenses, allowing the game to come down to the final at-bat. But while the relievers were overpowering as usual, the most significant influence on this game wasn’t the wind, a single Indians hitter or managerial cleverness, but a seemingly inconsistent strike zone.Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck has a reputation for calling balls and strikes erratically, and that was on full display last night, creating shifting strike-zone boundaries that bedeviled both offenses.1A rough look at the strike zone plots for each team showed about 10 calls helping the Cubs, and seven helping the Indians. Data from PitchF/X needed for a quantitative comparison was not available at time of publication. For the Indians, Josh Tomlin turned in an unexpectedly solid line, allowing only two hits. At times, Tomlin was burned by bad calls, leading, for example, to a fourth-inning walk by Kris Bryant. But when the strike zone is called inconsistently, hitters tend to strike out more often and make weaker contact. That’s because pitchers can choose to target inconsistently called areas of the zone when it benefits them, while hitters can only decide whether to swing or not at what’s offered. When they’re uncertain, batters often opt to swing at pitches outside the zone, resulting in glancing contact and easy outs.Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, who usually gets favorable strike calls due to his impeccable command, struggled mightily in allowing six hits and two walks in only 4.2 innings. The shifting zone did aid him in racking up six strikeouts, above what you’d expect based on his regular-season stats.Even as the inconsistent strike zone helped the pitchers, neither was overpowering. And with bullpens fresh after the day off, both starters were pulled before the 6th inning with the score 0-0, an event that has never happened before in MLB postseason history. That handed the game to the relievers, including an early appearance from Andrew Miller. They were as commanding as expected, except for one lapse by the Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr., who allowed Coco Crisp to single in the lone run of the night.The Cubs came close to evening the score in the bottom of the ninth. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, Chicago dynamo Javy Báez was up to bat against Cleveland closer Cody Allen. He struck out whiffing to end the threat, leaving the Indians up 2-1 in the Series.The outlook for the Cubs is worrisome going forward: Their series win probability by Elo is down to only 37 percent.2For reference, that’s the same probability Elo gave the Indians before the World Series began. In his last start, Corey Kluber looked invincible, and the Cubs will have to face him in Games 4 and 7 of this Series (if it goes that far). That means they will need to pull off at least one upset against the 2014 AL Cy Young winner to clinch the series. While such a feat appears difficult, the Cubs managed an even more surprising performance against Clayton Kershaw in the NLCS, so it’s certainly possible. Nobody said ending a 108-year title drought would be easy.CORRECTION (Oct. 29, 12:05 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly described Corey Kluber. He was the 2014 AL Cy Young winner; he is not the reigning winner.
Junior center Amir Williams led the Buckeyes with a career-high 18 points while Craft and Smith Jr. added 16 and 10 respectively.Matta said having Williams produce at a high level regularly has been a plus for the Buckeyes this season.“He was lacking a little energy on the defensive end to start the game and I thought he really elevated after that and guys did a nice job of finding him, getting him the ball … we’ve got to put him in position to be successful and I think we did that where we got him the ball tonight,” Matta said.Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle provided a spark off the bench, scoring a career-high 17 points and going 5-8 from 3-point land.No Buckeye starter had less than nine points on the night.As a team the Buckeyes shot 69.2 percent from the field and 60.9 percent from beyond the arc. Nine different Buckeyes scored and five were in double figures.Smith Jr. said a big part of the high scoring numbers was the team feeding off each other as the game went on.“I think when guys see other guys make shots it boosts everyone’s confidence,” Smith Jr. said. “It makes everybody think ‘why can’t I be the guy to make the next shot,’ and that stuff catches on fire and guys start swinging the ball and getting wide open shots and coach has been on us to make your open shots.”Next up the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Maryland (5-2, 0-0) at the Schottenstein Center as part of the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge Wednesday at 7 p.m. Junior center Amir Williams (23) dunks the ball. OSU won against North Florida, 99-64, Nov. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor One hundred wins. Nineteen losses.That is the record of senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. as members of the Ohio State men’s basketball team. The seniors clinched their 100th career victory Friday night with a 99-64 win against North Florida (4-4, 0-0).“I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder, today is their 100th win at Ohio State,” coach Thad Matta said after the game. “They’re the second fastest in college basketball to get there, Kansas got there in 116 and they got there in 119 … it’s amazing and I’ve never been prouder of two guys.”No. 7 OSU (6-0, 0-0) used a balanced scoring attack and a hot shooting night to secure their sixth victory of the season.The Buckeye starting five hit their first 13 shots, with team shooting 19-27 overall in the first half, and scored 19 straight points after falling behind 6-5 to build a comfortable lead.“We just really wanted to come out and make the most of this opportunity. We wanted to find a way to put 40 minutes together, something that we hadn’t really done this year … we just came in and wanted to get out to a fast start,” Craft said.After struggling over his last three games, only managing two made baskets in 20 attempts, junior forward LaQuinton Ross turned things around against North Florida.Ross hit his first four shots of the game and finished the day with 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting, including a career-high four 3-pointers.Craft said that Ross’ improvement was partially because of his effort in the practices leading up to the game.“LaQuinton’s a competitor, he’s the first one to tell himself he hasn’t been playing great and we didn’t have to really get on him. He took that on himself to come out in practice and do whatever he needed to do, just really try to find that role and he did that,” Craft said after the game. “He came into practice and had a couple great ones, and usually when we have guys practice well it carries over really well to the game and we saw that today.”OSU led 48-29 at halftime, and used a 14-2 run at the start of the second half to put the game away for good.North Florida struggled against the Buckeye defense, shooting 20 of 52 for 38.5 percent and turning the ball over 18 times.
Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Enlarge ImageUnlike most autonomous vehicle developers, Volvo Trucks has found out how to put its Vera to work and make money doing it. Volvo Trucks We’ve covered Volvo Trucks’ autonomous Vera platform before, but now, we’re getting a better idea of how Volvo is managing its relationships with its pilot program customers and how it plans to make money from an emerging technology, thanks to a report published Wednesday by Reuters.So, just as a refresher, Vera is a fully autonomous, electric semi-truck that is being targeted (at least initially) at a particular kind of short-haul trucking called drayage. These drayage jobs are short, repetitive and often done without ever driving on a public road. It’s kind of a best-case scenario for self-driving technology right now.”There’s a lot of uncertainties, and that’s why we believe the right way to develop autonomous is with commercial pilots where we partner up with customers, go for real implementations, and learn from that,” said Sasko Cuklev, Volvo Trucks’ autonomous solutions director, in a statement to Reuters.Volvo has already lined up its first commercial pilot program with a company in Norway called Broennoey Kalk AS, in which the Vera truck will shuttle limestone from a mine to a nearby port. Volvo will be responsible for not only providing the trucks, but also setting up the infrastructure which includes a monitoring tower, a remote driver and vehicle charging, as well as providing maintenance and insurance. In turn, Broennoey will pay Volvo per ton of limestone transported. It’s kind of like a cross between a car subscription program and a usage-based insurance program.This makes the operation low-risk for the client since it’s not paying for work that’s not being done, and Volvo is making money during what would typically be another test phase for an already expensive-to-run program. It’s kind of brilliant.The pilot program with Broennoey Kalk AS is set to begin in the winter of 2019. Volvo 12 Photos Volvo’s new self-driving truck teams up to fight inefficiency 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Volvo Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The Iron Knight is the coolest Volvo you’ll never be able to buy Now playing: Watch this: 3:01 0 More From Roadshow Post a comment 2019 Audi Q3 second drive: More for the masses Share your voice
Fakhrul sustained injuries as his motorcade heading towards landslide-hit hilly districts came under attack in Ichhakhali of Rangunia in Chittagong on 18 June. File PhotoA case has been filed against 26 leaders and activists of BNP as a vehicle of the motorcade of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir allegedly hit a CNG-run auto rickshaw on their way to Rangamati, reports UNB.Auto-rickshaw driver Md Mohsin filed the case with the Speedy Trial Tribunal of Chittagong on Thursday afternoon against 26 named BNP leaders and activists, including Rangunia upazila BNP president Shawkat Ali Yunus, and 10/15 unnamed people, said Mohsin’s lawyer Nikhil Kumar Nath.Additional chief judicial magistrate ASM Shahidullah Kawser ordered Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to submit a report after investigation.Earlier on Sunday, Fakhrul and some other party senior leaders were injured as local Awami League supporters allegedly attacked his motorcade at Isakhali in Rangunia upazila, Chittagong on their way to landslides-hit Rangamati.Enamul Haq, former public prosecutor (PP) of Chittagong court and a BNP leader, filed a case with the same court on Wednesday morning accusing 26 leaders and activists of Awami League in connection with the incident.Earlier on Tuesday, another case was filed by former public prosecutor of Chittagong court Enamul against twenty six unknown people in connection with the attack on the motorcade.Read more:Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics‘Attack an arrogant bid of govt to erase last sign of democracy’BNP to stage countrywide demo tomorrowMirza Fakhrul’s motorcade comes under attack in Ctg
A solo exhibition of paintings, pop-up art and installation by Sankha Banerjee titled ‘In the Realm of Myths’ is starts today at India International Centre in the national Capital and continues till September 27.The dialectical dynamics between myths and reality in India is quite alluring. The myths possess an exuding all-embracing attitude in its acceptance of multiple identities. And the dichotomy of myths and reality can also create a Babel-like chaotic confusion. Anyone can experience the feeling of being a voyeur in the realm of Indian myths and its metaphorical narrations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the annals of myths, stories have always been associated with multitude layers of grandeur to express society and the people of India. Myths can also speak succinctly about society and its system. Even though myths derive and create philosophical turmoil within a social context. The forms and characters of mythical stories themselves change with changes in cultural, social and political contexts, and they seek to explore these trajectories within and also without the broader spectrum of time and space. Myths also trek towards a vantage point-literally and metaphorically with the flow of human lives, in both their macro and microcosmic versions.Sankha Banerjee, the artist endeavours the mapping of several myths of both ancient and urban society of India. His recurrent viewing of humanity in myths and narration as leitmotif makes him view them through a magnified prism to understand them. Through his art he tries to address the multiplicity of narratives in a non-linear manner of a bygone era adjacent with the present.
New Delhi: Mother Sparsh launches Natural Insect Repellent with the combination of 100% natural ingredients such as Lemon Grass Oil, Citronella Oil, Eucalyptus Oil and Camphor Oil. This product focuses on healthcare aspects with no harmful chemicals, making it completely safe and effective for kids of the millennial. The presence of eucalyptus oil creates Herbal Armor (protective shield) which protects from insects like mosquitoes, fleas, ants, etc and lemongrass, citronella, camphor provide soothing effect on the skin, making it the most kids friendly insect repellent in its category. Commenting on the launch of this new Natural Insect Repellent, Rishu Gandhi, Founder and Head – Brand Strategy of Mother Sparsh said, “Being an eco-friendly brand Mother Sparsh always focuses on the products that are 100% natural and protect kids & toddlers with no side effects. We are also looking to expand our brand product portfolio by tapping into the rich ayurvedic heritage of India.”
Share << Previous PostNext Post >> China’s HNA Group to buy 25% stake in Hilton worth $6.5B Posted by Monday, October 24, 2016 NEW YORK – China’s HNA Group is buying an approximately 25 per cent stake in hotel operator Hilton from Blackstone affiliates in a deal worth about $6.5 billion USD.HNA will have a stake in Hilton and its planned spinoffs of Park Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Grand Vacations, which are expected to take place by the end of the year. As part of a stockholders agreement with Hilton, HNA will appoint two directors to Hilton’s board. This brings the Hilton board to 10 members.HNA Group runs hotels, airlines, airports and financial services and real estate businesses. Earlier this year one of its units agreed to buy Carlson Hotels. Chinese companies have been looking to diversify abroad to counter slowing growth at home while also scooping up foreign expertise and technology.Blackstone will now have an approximately 21 per cent interest in Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. Blackstone will continue to have two seats on Hilton’s board.More news: A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe deal is expected to close in 2017’s first quarter.Shares of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. rose 46 cents, or 2 per cent, to $23.37 in morning trading Monday while the Blackstone Group LP shares rose 69 cents, or 2.9 per cent, to $24.76. The Canadian Press
[PEOPLE] Exodus Travels appoints industry veteran as new BDM, Eastern USA/Canada Tags: Exodus Travels, People Travelweek Group Thursday, March 30, 2017 TORONTO — Travel industry veteran Tony Perdomo, formerly of Tucan Travel, has been named the new Business Development Manager, Eastern USA/Canada at Exodus Travels.In his new role, Perdomo will develop communications and build strong relationships with travel agents, agencies and the tourism industry at large across North America.“I’m thrilled to join Exodus’ growing agent team,” says Perdomo. “My goal is to collaborate with valued travel agents and their clients to bring them Exodus’ affordable small group and self-guided Hiking, Cycling, Cultural and Responsible Wildlife tours across 100+ countries. Exodus has 43 years of experience as the UK’s leading adventure travel company, and I couldn’t be more excited to present their innovative portfolio to Canadians. Travel agents will always play an integral and irreplaceable role in the consumer booking process in North America.”Prior to joining Exodus, Perdomo was the BDM for Tucan Travel. He began his career in the travel industry as a tour guide in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
Russian service provider Komkor, which operates in Moscow and St Petersburg under the Akado brand, is making two of its premium sports offerings available à la carte.Since August 17, boxing channel Boks TV has been available à la carte. Akado will make football service Futbol available on the same basis from September 1.Sales director Andrei Agayev said that making channels available à la carte was one of the tools available to the operator to attract and retain customers.
We’ve written before about the idea of personalized medicine and how an increasing number of doctors and research scientists seek to move away from the one-size-fits-all approach that has defined drug R&D and patient treatment for centuries. Today, the trend is to focus more on matching the biological characteristics of each person with the best treatment options available – and in the future even perhaps to develop specific drugs for specific patients. But it’s not just doctors who are moving toward more personalized health care. A growing number of average individuals is taking an interest in the concept as well. Thanks to advancements in technology, a revolution in data-driven personal health monitoring (often referred to as “self-quantification”) has become possible. This revolution is changing the face of health care as we know it. Gary Wolf is a self-described spokesman for the “self-quantification” movement. With the help of various wearable technologies and smartphone apps, Wolf regularly records approximately 20 of his own vital signs – including heart rate, glucose levels, blood pressure, and more. But he’s not collecting data for the sake of collecting data. He has successfully applied this self-analysis to get his high blood pressure under control. Not all self-trackers are as extreme as Wolf, but he is far from alone. The Quantified Self website has attracted thousands of self-trackers from around the world to share their knowledge and experiences. As the technologies improve and it becomes even easier to self-quantify, demand to do so will only increase. How much? According to ABI Research analyst Jonathan Collins, while a solid 30 million wearable, wireless monitoring devices (including those for medical and clinical use) were sold in the US last year, that figure is expected to balloon to 160 million devices a year by 2017. Furthermore, a recent report from IMS Research indicates that the wearable-technology market already generates $2 billion a year in sales, and will represent a minimum revenue opportunity of $6 billion a year by 2016. The market for wearable technologies in health care alone is projected to exceed $2.9 billion a year by 2016. A popular example of one of these “wearables” is the Basis B1 watch, which, in addition to telling time, has a number of sensors to provide an overview of one’s health. The device includes a heart-rate monitor, 3D accelerometer, thermometer, and galvanic skin response sensor. Then there is “Smart Clothing” from AiQ. The company’s BioMan T-shirt has ribbed “smart sleeves” that measure heart rate, respiration rate, and skin temperature and can be further customized to measure skin moisture and electrophysiological signals such as EKG, EEG, and EMG. There’s even a “Smart Bra” from First Warning Systems that measures minute variations in temperature caused by the growth of blood vessels that develop in the breast to supply cancerous tissue with blood. This could allow a tumor to be detected years before it would be visible in a traditional mammogram or even an MRI. In addition to wearables, smartphones will play a large role in the future of self-quantification. Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist and director of Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California, says that advancements in smartphone technology and downloadable apps will help people take better control of their health by tracking it with increasing precision. In his book The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Topol describes how we will soon start running common medical tests on our smartphones, lessening the frequency of doctor’s office visits. Imagine a world in which you just take a picture of a rash on your skin with your smartphone, upload it to a medical app, and receive a tailored diagnosis. Or better yet, simply breathe into a sensor on your phone and receive a diagnosis for whatever ails you. That reality is probably still a long way off, and the technological hurdles are high; but it’s hard to imagine that it’s not coming. On the nearer horizon, modern wearable technologies could be supplanted by electronic skin tattoos that monitor all kinds of things. We’re actually closer to this reality than you might think. Materials scientist John Rogers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign first demonstrated so-called “epidermal electronics” in his lab several years ago. These devices – which consist of ultrathin electronics, sensors, electrodes, and wireless power and communication systems – could theoretically attach to the skin and record and transmit electrophysiological measurements for medical purposes. Early versions of the technology were not rugged enough to stand up to the activities of everyday life, but Rogers has now figured out how to “print” the electronic tattoo directly onto the skin so it can be worn for up to two weeks. Rogers is now focused on developing and refining the wireless power sources and communication systems that need to be integrated into the system. He says the technology could potentially be commercialized within the next couple of years. Whatever the timeline for electronic skin tattoos and other technologies that help us self-quantify, we think it’s safe to say that this revolution we’re seeing in personal health monitoring will only pick up steam along the way. Analysts from Ernst & Young predict that over the next decade as much as 50% of health care will shift out of the hospital and clinic, and we will increasingly conduct virtual visits with doctors and nurses through our mobile devices. These changes will require new roles and business models across the board; but at the end of the day, it’s hard to argue against better, more frequent access to information about what’s going on inside our bodies, in order to allow us to live healthier lives. Bits & Bytes Yet More Leaked Samsung Galaxy S IV Pics Appear Hours Before Launch (TechCrunch) Samsung is unveiling a new version of its flagship phone tonight. The phone will be called the Galaxy S4. The latest leaked photos show a device that looks a lot like the company’s previous flagship phone, the Galaxy S3. While the phone may lack a new design, it’s rumored that it will include several bold, new features such as floating touch, which allows users to hover a finger over the screen to interact with it. The Gigabot 3D Lets You Print Things that Are Bigger than a Few Breadboxes (TechCrunch) The standard crop of 3D printers is all well and good, but what about those times when you need to print something really big? Austin-based startup re:3D has built a machine that could fill that void. It’s called the Gigabot, and it is touted as being the first large-format 3D printer designed for the home. In Your Pocket, a Lost-and-Found (New York Times) Here’s a neat gadget for those who are prone to losing stuff. The Linquet Mini is a small dongle that you can place on any item you might lose and connect it to your smartphone with Bluetooth. Provided the tagged items stay in a specified range of the smartphone, everything will remain silent. But when any tagged item is moved out of range, the smartphone will sound an alarm. Engineering College Lets Students Shop with Biometric Scans Instead of Credit Cards (Popular Science) South Dakota School of Mines is trying out a new way to pay for things. Instead of using cash and cards, students pay by linking accounts to their fingerprints. The main difference between this technology and existing technologies is that it detects hemoglobin, making it nearly impossible for a criminal to steal your identity.
In This Issue. * Euro leads currencies to gains today. * Japan opens Pandora’s Box of bad things. * Gold is best performing currency overnight. * U.S. data disappoints once again! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. German ZEW Prints Positive First Time In 11 Months! Good Day!… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! The Cold continues and if you’re in a part of the country that isn’t experiencing this arctic blast so early in the season, then consider yourself lucky, for this is just downright nasty. Thank you to all you dear Pfennig Readers that sent along nice notes regarding me finding out that my cancer is “stable”. They are truly appreciated, and I hope you know that! I wish I had better news, but I’m damn happy I don’t have bad news! And so, life goes on at the Butler house, and here at EverBank World Markets. Well, the euro is feeling pretty perky this morning. imagine that! It appears that given last week’s 3rd QTR GDP showing (+.1%), that German Investor Confidence, as measured by the think tank ZEW, said their Index that tracks German Investor Confidence has risen for the first time in 11 months, printing at 11.5 in November, VS the .5% forecast, and the negative -3.6% in Rocktober. And the euro took this news to the bank! The single unit is up more than ¾’s of a cent this morning, moving back above the 1.25 level. When the euro is feeling so perky, you know what happens to the rest of the currencies, right? Yes, they get to rally too. And so it is this morning, as most currencies are stronger VS the dollar on the day, except for a couple like: Aussie dollars (A$), Chinese renminbi / yuan, and Indian rupees. The Chinese are up to their 2014 tricks with the renminbi, and the rupee has seemed to be tied to what the renminbi does these days. The best performing currency overnight though is Gold. The shiny metal is up $15 this morning, pushing past $1,200 in the overnight trading. Of course we all know that once the NY boys and girls come in, that these gains could be wiped out from the get-go. So, let’s just enjoy the $15 gain this morning and hope it can maintain its legs throughout the NY trading session. I’ve got more on Gold later, but wanted to talk about the nice overnight move. The Japanese yen is one of those currencies that are down VS the dollar this morning. So, many months ago, I told you that Japan was a basket case. And I wondered out loud why yen wasn’t getting taken to the woodshed on a daily basis. Forget that “safe haven status” stuff, the Bank of Japan (BOJ), the Finance of Ministry (FM), and the Gov’t led by PM Abe, all want, and need for yen to get much weaker, and I mean much weaker, even though yen has already lost over 30% to each of its trading partners. Remember when the BOJ’s Kuroda first announced their latest round of QE and I kind of wrote it off as the BOJ’s attempt to pick up the liquidity ball from the Fed. But as time goes on, I realize it’s more than that. When you compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges, and basically say, well, given Japan’s size, if we looked at this comparatively in the U.S. what would the size be, and then find out that it makes what the Fed did in QE look like Chump Change, then you begin to get the message. It’s really an attempt by the Japanese leaders to weaken the yen by so much that they win the war of exports. (They need to offset the losses in the currency with gains in 1. Stocks, 2. Bonds, and export companies profits) But here’s the problem with that for the Asian countries that compete with Japan for exports. From the Big Boy like China, to the little boys like S. Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, etc. What will these countries do? Devalue their currencies to keep up with the Joneses (Japan) or lower their export price on their goods, thus returning less money for them, but that would be better than being shut out of the export business altogether? Well, that’s the $64 question, and one that we won’t know the answer to, until Somebody blinks. I would expect that all the Asian countries are looking toward China to respond. This will be the key folks. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to any kind of devaluation. But in a time when the Asian countries are getting fed up with China flexing their muscles in the region, they now hope China’s muscles can save their export businesses. Japan has basically laid down the gauntlet, and now it’s China and the rest of Asia that has to deal with what Japan, Kuroda and Abe have up their respective sleeves. I think they’ll find that they are like Bullwinkle and find that they have “nothing up my sleeve”, but they will still attempt to pull a rabbit out of their hats! But Basically, Japan has opened Pandora’s Box of really bad things, and I hope they shut it quickly! Al Wilson was just singing to me this morning. He had a great hit song called: Show And Tell. Don’t know that one? Ahhh, Johnny Mathis actually wrote and recorded it first, but Al Wilson made it popular in the early 70’s, about the same time, Al Green song I told you about yesterday was popular. I know, I know, I just finished a really important segment on Japan and what they cause the other Asian countries to have to do, and then slip in some nonsense about Al Wilson’s song. But, that’s me! You know, that you can’t live on rants and explanations of things alone! You have to have some change of pace, and that’s exactly what I just did. Well, getting back to the basket case, otherwise known as Japan. PM Abe made two announcements overnight. He called for snap elections, because he wants to gain a mandate to delay the next round of tax increases for Japan. So, this call for a dissolving of his Parliament is really just window dressing for he’s popular right now, and he knows it. The Japanese stock markets is soaring again, due to his latest round of QE announcement, and this is getting really ugly in the back room folks. But you know what, this is so similar to the U.S. I get confused talking about this stuff sometimes and have to check whether I was talking about Japan or the U.S. at the beginning! So, yen 120 is the next stop for the currency (currently at 116.65), and from 120 who knows how much further it will go, for there is a ton of resistance at 120, and after it gets broken through, a long steep ride on the slippery slope could be in store, which would make Kuroda and Abe very happy. The Japanese consumers won’t know what hit them, for their stocks will be up, but their purchasing power gone to hell in a hand basket. And just to prove how difficult it’s getting for the Asian countries to compete with Japan and their plunging currency. Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) contracted -1.5% in Rocktober. -1.5% was less than expected (-1.7%) but still not the kind of data that Singapore is used to printing, and probably just the beginning of all the what could end up as a HUGE currency/ trade war in Asia. Thanks to Japan’s debt. Geez Louise, I didn’t really set out to make this a discussion on just Japan today. So, let’s get this back on the right path. In the U.K. this morning, U.K. inflation in Rocktober rose from 1.2% to 1.3%, which was an upside surprise for the markets that forecast a 1.2% print. Unfortunately, the Bank of England (BOE), just last week printed their Inflation Report, and they forecast a rise to 1.4%, so the markets got an upside surprise, and the BOE got a downside surprise. It’s more important that the BOE got a downside surprise, in that it will be the BOE that decides when rates need to rise, and not the markets. The markets however, can adjust their outlook for the currency, and this morning, the markets thought this upside surprise was worth ¼-cent upward move. This is just another case of the BOE and its Gov. Mark Carney, being overly optimistic, which is par for the course. Hey! Carney has taken so many shots at rate hikes, he should call Arnold Palmer and find out what par for this course is! HA I told you above that the A$ was one of the few currencies looking at losses this morning. But after sitting here, reading, researching and then writing this much, the A$ has rallied back and is now in positive territory for the day. Before I got here though, I was prepared to talk about the New Zealand dollar/ kiwi instead of the A$ today. So, let’s do that! The Labor Party has a new leader, in Andrew Little, and will lead the party back into power in the next elections. To me, an outsider, the Labor Party in New Zealand thinks of itself as the party that has been in the forefront of major change and major change is what’s needed in N.Z. right now. I think the currency traders are with me on this, and that’s why kiwi is up over ½-cent this morning. And back to the best performing currency overnight. Gold. This is an interesting scenario, in that Gold has risen $15 this morning on rumors. Rumors that the ECB might be shifting gears and buying Gold. These rumors all came about yesterday when ECB President, Draghi, said that, “the ECB may purchase a variety of assets to stimulate the economy.” And the markets took that to say “The ECB will buy physical Gold”. Now, if that’s true, that would be HUGE news for Gold, given the physical demand that’s already putting pressure on suppliers from China, Russia and India. And then Gold traders have the Swiss Gold Referendum hanging over them like the Sword of Damocles. So. Gold is the cat’s meow this morning. But, talk about something hanging over it like the Sword of Damocles, that’s what Gold has to deal with every day. Always looking over its shoulder waiting for the price manipulators to show up with their paper short trades, that will bring Gold to its knees once again. I put the finishing touches on our Sunday before Thanksgiving Pfennig last week, and in it we all give thanks for what we are thankful for. Of course some of tried to be a little facetious and say we were thankful for the price manipulators that allowed us to buy Gold & Silver at cheaper prices, but that was cut because, well, it didn’t fit with the other stuff we were seriously thankful for. So, I put it here, because that’s what I do! Oh, and my fave Gold researcher, Koos Jansen, submitted a short piece on Google+ last night from his website Bullionstar.com, and in it he talks about who’s feeding China’s hunger for physical Gold. Well, according to Koos, China’s Gold comes from the LBMA (London Bullion Market Assoc.) which then goes to Switzerland and Hong Kong for final shipment to China. If you’re like me, I always wondered who was selling all this Gold to China. And now we know! The U.S. Data Cupboard wasn’t so good yesterday, printing some weak Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization reports. I told you they would probably be disappointing, just like the Factory Orders, Durable Goods Orders, Retail Sales, and so on. The lack of liquidity is beginning to show up folks, mark my words on this. we will be experiencing a major lack of liquidity going forward, which is going to bring the Fed back to the QE table. Today’s Data Cupboard has the semi-stupid PPI (wholesale inflation) reports, along with the Net long-term TIC Flows. (net foreign security purchases) . Nobody pays attention to this data any longer, which used to be a real key print, so we’ll just print it and move along for these are not the droids we’re looking for. For What It’s Worth. OK, this was on Moneynews.com and is an economist named Dean Baker, who had the intestinal fortitude to talk about this. let’s listen to what he has to say. Many Americans are nearing retirement with only Social Security to support them and a mortgage that is far from paid off – and the situation might be getting worse. According to Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the nest egg that many could once rely on when they sold their homes and downsized has now vanished in a lot of cases. In a column for Fortune, Baker noted that because home prices are still considerably below their 2007 peaks, the U.S. middle class has had no comparable gains in their household wealth during the current recovery. “This is a bad picture for the country as a whole, but it is especially bad news for those at the edge of retirement,” he wrote. “These families do not have time for an economic turnaround to improve their situation. They must rely on the wealth they have accumulated to date to support them in retirement, and that is it. This is not a pretty picture.” Federal Reserve data show that if a typical U.S. family in the 55 to 64 age group took all their savings and used it to pay off their mortgage, they would still owe more than $50,000 on the median house.” Chuck again. Yes, and when you look at the middle quintile of Americans in that age group they have only 54.6% of their homes paid off on average. In 1989, this group on average had equity equal to 81% of their house price. And for those of you, like I was, that need help figuring out what a quintile means, it’s A statistical value of a data set that represents 20% of a given population. And if you want to read the whole article click here: http://www.moneynews.com/StreetTalk/retirement-savings-Social-Security-Americans/2014/11/10/id/606418/?ns_mail_uid=14578862&ns_mail_job=1595350_11142014&s=al&dkt_nbr=u2dtjyn5 To recap. The currencies, led by the Big Dog euro are looking perky this morning, as German Investor Confidence as measured by the thank tank ZEW booked its first gain in 11 months in November, giving the euro that Perky look this morning. Gold is the best performing currency overnight as ECB president, Draghi, mentioned buying a variety of assets, which led traders to believe he meant that the ECB was going to buy Gold. And why not? China, India,& Russia think it’s a good idea. N.Z. labor party has a new leader, and one the markets think could win the next election for the labor party, and this has kiwi trading higher this morning. And U.S. data was very disappointing yesterday, but add it to the previous prints that have also been disappointing. Currencies today 11/18/14. American Style: A$ .8715, kiwi .7960, C$ .8860, euro 1.2515, sterling 1.5660, Swiss $1.0420, European Style: rand 11.0480, krone 6.7345, SEK 7.3820, forint 244.20, zloty 3.3715, koruna 22.1135, RUB 46.80, yen 116.70, sing 1.2975, HKD 7.7545, INR 61.74, China 6.1430, pesos 13.55, BRL 2.5930, Dollar Index 87.62, Oil $ 76.20, 10-year 2.33%, Silver $16.29, Platinum $1,210.60, Palladium $772.06, and Gold. $1,201.15 That’s it for today. Well. keeping warm is the main event today. Big news in baseball yesterday as the Hot Stove League heated up, with the Cardinals trading one of their young pitching phenoms, Shelby Miller to the Braves, for an outfielder. I was always taught that you don’t trade an everyday player for a play that only plays every 5th day, so that was questionable by the Braves, but I know one thing, they got a good young pitcher! The Missouri Gov. called out the National Guard for the St. Louis area, as the verdict in the Grand Jury case regarding the police office that shot a young man in August, should be released soon. The city is bracing for what could be ugly scenes that will be played out and given the media’s slant on TV’s around the world. I hope calm heads prevail through all this. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. Did you see the new HD billboard in NYC that 8 stories tall? WOW! And did you see the size of the contract that Marlins player Giancarlo Stanton (who used to be Mike Stanton) signed? The largest ever! $325 Million for 13 years! ZOWIE! You know, what, would they pay Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Willie Mays these days? That’s fun to think about, eh? OK. enough. I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets
Since Zika emerged as a threat to babies, it has been a mystery exactly how much of a danger the mosquito-borne virus poses to children.But now, the largest study to follow kids who were exposed to the virus in the womb is providing more answers.The study involved 1,450 babies who had been exposed to the virus, and who were 1-year-old by February 2018. Six percent were born with birth defects, and 14 percent developed problems that could be blamed on the virus by the time they turned 1, the study found.”We’re beginning to see the full spectrum of the impact of Zika,” says Margaret Honein, director of the Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC released the study Tuesday.”This is really our first look at how these children are doing as they grow and develop, and really emphasizes that the Zika story is not over, particularly for these children,” Honein says.Zika triggered an international public health emergency in 2016 when a large outbreak in Brazil revealed that the virus could cause babies to be born with very small heads and severely damaged brains when pregnant women get infected. The condition is called microcephaly.It slowly has become more apparent that Zika-exposed babies could develop a range of other problems as well, including seizures, damaged vision and developmental disorders.The CDC reported last year that about 5 percent of babies exposed in the womb are born with microcephaly and other birth defects. But the extent of the risk as children get older is just now starting to become clear.The new analysis included babies born in U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and in U.S. freely associated states, such as the Marshall Islands. It found that the risk for birth defects including microcephaly and vision damage is slightly higher — about 6 percent. And 1 in 7 — 14 percent — developed some kind of problem that could have been caused by the virus by their first birthday.For example, 20 babies in the new analysis whose heads were normal at birth had microcephaly by the time they turned 1.”That happened because their brain was not growing and developing properly,” Honein says.Babies also developed complications including cognitive problems, difficulties walking, moving and swallowing, and seizures.”It’s really important that parents and doctors work together to make sure children get all the evaluations they need, even if they look healthy when they are born,” Honein says.For example, only about one-third of the Zika-exposed babies in the study had an eye exam by an eye specialist.It’s also important to continue to follow these children, she says.”We are still in the early stages of learning about Zika. So we don’t yet know what sort of problems might emerge when the children are 2 years old or 3 years old or when they reach school age,” Honein says.There are no major Zika outbreaks occurring right now. But Honein stresses Zika is still being transmitted in many countries and outbreaks still could occur.So pregnant women and couples trying to conceive should continue to protect themselves while living or visiting places where Zika is being transmitted. The virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, but can also be spread sexually.The CDC on Tuesday also issued new interim guidance for men who were exposed to the virus. The agency is now recommending these men wait three months after exposure before trying to conceive. The CDC had previously recommended waiting six months. But the latest science suggests the virus doesn’t remain infectious in semen as long as previously thought. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Image credit: Anton_Ivanov | Shutterstock Founder and director of growth at Digitalux 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 5 Companies Innovating the Service Industry Learn why and how these businesses are innovating the service industry. 163shares Service Innovation Dan Scalco Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Guest Writer The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. The service economy in the United States has taken off like a rocket. These days many of the transactions taking place between companies and consumers revolve around the exchange of services rather than products.“The service industry” sounds like a fixed, monolithic entity. In reality, the diversification underneath this umbrella is astounding. And companies throughout the industry are constantly innovating within their respective markets.Case in point: The five companies on this list are all part of the service industry. But they operate in different markets and impact consumers in different ways. The only thing they share in common? They’re acting in innovative ways and disrupting their respective markets.Not only are these companies part of the service industry — they’re also shaping its future. By extension, these and other companies like them are changing the way Americans live their lives.Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, et al.Yes, I realize this isn’t one single company. But social media sites should be recognized for their role in changing the service industry.For starters, social media has facilitated the sale of a huge variety of services online. It’s also allowed companies to provide customer service in a new way.Customers are increasingly turning to online outlets to share reviews, ask questions, and solicit feedback from brands that play a role in their lives. These interactions provide companies with an opportunity to learn more about their customers so they can better tailor their services to consumers’ needs. Furthermore, companies that respond to these queries in a prompt and helpful way can cultivate brand-loyal customers for life.Motif InvestingThe personal finance industry doesn’t exactly have a reputation for innovation. Motif Investing is the exception that proves the rule. The company is making investments accessible to a broad segment of the population by creating an investment structure that is affordable and easy to understand.Would-be investors can select any of the company’s 150 professionally built portfolios or customize their own. Users can also search by themes (aka “motifs”), trading strategies, or investment styles depending on their interests, risk profiles, timelines, and financial goals. It’s a fresh take on investing that’s opening up new possibilities for the way the personal finance industry operates.nomaIf you’re a foodie (or a lover of food-related television), then you’re probably already familiar with noma. The restaurant has both driven innovations in the food industry and capitalized on them. Led by world-renowned chef René Redzepi, noma embodies the farm-to-table movement by utilizing local and wildly sourced ingredients, avoiding GMOs, and emphasizing quality at all costs. In the process, it’s put Nordic cuisine on the international map.What makes noma really stand out is that its reputation for innovation has never wavered. The restaurant has always let its ingredients and dishes speak for themselves. That’s allowed it to avoid the “farm-to-table” marketing fatigue that has plagued other restaurants. It’s not that consumers don’t want this kind of fare—as demonstrated by noma’s ongoing success. It’s just that they’re sick of the label. But noma has never been about labels. It’s about high-quality food meticulously prepared.City CoPilotThis New-York-City-based concierge startup is a driving force behind an emerging trend. More and more individuals and companies are enlisting personalized service from concierge companies—and not just when they’re staying in a hotel. City CoPilot and other innovative concierge companies have moved these services beyond the hotel lobby.Whether clients need assistance with luggage storage and delivery, package acceptance, airport transportation, finding discounted tickets to tours and attractions, or something else entirely, this new brand of concierge is here to make people’s lives easier at all times.UberEATSUber has already transformed the service industry with its innovative approach to transportation. But the company isn’t stopping there. It’s now attempting to disrupt the food delivery market with UberEATS. It’s diving in even as investors’ interest in this market has shriveled up (thanks largely to saturation).But Uber has a leg up on the competition. With more than 14,000 drivers in New York City alone, the company has more opportunities for distribution than any other business in the market. And thanks to their pre-existing name recognition, they’ve had an easy time identifying partners in the restaurant industry. It’s a winning combination that’s threatening even the companies that have long sat at the top of the food delivery chain.The service industry entails a vast variety of services ranging from food delivery to digital investing tools. Still, these companies all share something in common. They’re innovating existing services and transforming the country’s economy in the process. Add to Queue February 19, 2017 Apply Now »