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first_imgThe Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Government Office for Women have distributed the following information regarding the 2005 Sport Leadership Grants for Women. The program is aimed at providing women with an opportunity to undertake certified sport leadership training. This program builds on the grants program offered in 2004, opening the grants out to all areas of Australia, with an additional category for women in high performance coaching and officiating. However, the grants will maintain a selection priority to women in rural and remote communities. The program offers grants in five key areas: * High Performance coaching and officiating; * Indigenous women in rural and remote communities; * Women in disability sport; * Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; * Women in general sports leadership, eg: coaching, officiating, club development and management, board and committee skills and sports medicine. The Program provides successful applicants with a one-off grant of up to $5,000 for individuals (applications must be through an incorporated organisation) and up to $10,000 for incorporated organisations. The types of projects eligible for funding include: * Industry qualifications/ statement of attainment as part of a nationally accredited course, eg: accreditation through the National Coaching or Officiating Accreditation Scheme * Conducting and attending sport specific leadership courses Applications for the grants close on Friday 28 January 2005. The ASC’s information booklet and application form are available to be downloaded here: WOMEN IN SPORT LEADERSHIP- GRANTS INFORMATION/APPLICATION FORM If you require any further information about the grants please call (02) 6214 1103 or email: leadershipgrants@ausport.gov.au.last_img read more

10 months agoSalihamidzic in talks with Hudson-Odoi family about Bayern Munich move

first_imgSalihamidzic in talks with Hudson-Odoi family about Bayern Munich moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic has held talks with Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi about a move to Germany next month.Bayern have upped their bid from €15m to €20m in the last 24 hours after being encouraged in talks with the player’s camp.BILD says Salihamidzic has spoken with Hudson-Odoi’s family about a career plan they have mapped out for the teenager.The 18 year-old is tied to Chelsea until 2020 and leaning towards leaving in January.For his part, Blues manager Maurizio Sarri says: “He’s still a very young player, we’ll have to wait a bit. But in the future he will be a very, very strong player, I’m sure of that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Five Decades of the Canadian Flag marked today
Five Decades of the Canadian Flag marked today

first_img Related Items:canada, canadian flag, maple leaf Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – It is the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag… and while the design of the maple leaf is now a celebrated and iconic symbol for our friends north… today, those who were in Parliament when the vote was had for the final design reflected on the challenge to get that maple leaf, red and white design passed. Today, as Canada marked that 50th anniversary the 20th Prime Minister of Canada, John Chretien addressed an energetic, patriotic group of Canadians holding replicas of that flag… and he spoke: “You know, because it was very cold on parliament Hill, our hearts were very warm with pride as the new Canadian flag was raised for the first time. (CHEERING/APPLAUSE) I was there with my three colleagues; we were there for a very difficult debate that lasted for months. I was there when at the end of the vote, when those who had voted for the flag got up to sing Oh Canada, unfortunately they were booed… but politics creates changes, sometimes for the better, sometimes not for the better but that is democracy and democracy is there when we need it.” PanAm Junior Games countdown on Ex-Govt Consultant ordered to leave TCI Canada offers help in financial services sector to TCI Working Grouplast_img read more

Google Allo shuts down today Heres how to save your chats

1:09 Tags Review • Google’s Allo messenger app is a know-it-all Share your voice Google Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Mobile Apps 0 Post a comment Ads coming to Google image search, Samsung already working… Google Allo Today is the last day for Google Allo. Jason Cipriani/CNET Google Allo, the search giant’s smart-messaging app, is shutting down Tuesday. In December, Google announced it was shutting down Google Allo in March. If you go to Allo’s website Tuesday, you’ll see a banner across the top saying goodbye.   The company’s plan is to focus instead on its Google Duo video-call app and Messages, as well as Hangouts Chat and Meet for G Suite customers. You can still save your Allo chats before the service is put to rest. To do so, you must have the latest version of Allo. Open the app Tap Menu and then tap Settings Tap Chat Select either Export Messages from Chats or Export Stored Media from Chats. Exporting messages from chats won’t include photos or videos. Exporting media will save photos, videos and other files. Choose where you want to store the files. The messages will save as a CSV file and media attachments will save as a zip file. Find where you downloaded the file once it completes Anything you don’t export will be deleted. If you previously backed up files to your Google Drive, they’ll be inaccessible after Allo goes offline.  read more

How Do Google Apple and Others Stack Up When it Comes to

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 24, 2017 Tech companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google know a lot about us. They have data on where we are in the world, what we search, share and buy and how and when we make those purchases.  Ranking Digital Rights, a nonprofit research group that works out of nonpartisan think tank New America’s Open Technology Institute, released its annual study yesterday looking at how the biggest tech companies around the world fare when it comes protecting freedom of expression and how transparent they are about privacy policies and what they do with user information.The answer, having ranked 12 mobile and internet companies and 10 telecommunication firms that are used by more than half of 3.7 billion global internet users, is that they could do better.Related: Senate Votes to Reverse FCC Consumer Internet Privacy Rules“Company disclosure is inadequate across the board. … Even the better performing companies had significant gaps in disclosure on key issues that affect what a user can and cannot say or do, or who knows what about their activities,” noted the Ranking Digital Rights researchers.Google was awarded the top spot with a score of 65 percent and Microsoft came in second at 62 percent, but they were the only companies in the index that had scores higher than 60 percent. Rounding out the top five was Yahoo, which has had its share of security breaches lately, at 58 percent, Facebook at 53 percent and South Korean social giant Kakao at 50 percent.Related: We Scored High on This Cybersecurity Quiz. How About You?Twitter and Apple were ranked sixth and seventh out of 12, but while Twitter is close behind Kakao at 48 percent, Apple’s score dropped to 35 percent.The reasoning behind Apple’s less than stellar score, according to the researchers, was because “poor disclosure about the company’s commitments and policies affecting users’ freedom of expression. Next to its peers, Apple also disclosed little information about how it has institutionalized its commitments to users’ rights through corporate governance, oversight, and accountability mechanisms.”As for the realm of telecommunications, AT&T and U.K.-based Vodafone tied for first place with scores of 48 percent, followed by Spain’s Telefónica at 33 percent. Vodafone was better when it came to sharing with its users its policies around freedom of expression while AT&T was more upfront about user privacy. Meanwhile, Telefónica was actually the most successful of all of the companies ranked when it came to disclosing to users how it handled security breaches.center_img Enroll Now for Free 3 min readlast_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Tuesday, February 26. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 22:47End of live reporting22:32A500 overnight closure21:15Fire stationsNone of the city’s main fire stations have reported any major incidents this evening. 21:04M6 overnight20:13Sandon trafficTraffic easing on A51 Lichfield Road at B5066. Temporary traffic lights are in place to assist with telecoms works.18:52Chell traffic A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 17:59Moorland Road busyMoorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout).17:44Sandon temporary lights Slow traffic on A51 Lichfield Road at B5066. In the roadworks area. Temporary traffic lights are in place to assist with telecoms works. 17:21Chell traffic A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 16:58Leek Road slowSlow traffic on A52 Leek Road at A50 Victoria Road (Joiner’s Square). Traffic is slow in all directions.16:57M6 reopen All lanes open and traffic easing, broken down vehicle removed on M6 Southbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lane one (of three) is closed.16:54Oil spill in NewcastleA34 Liverpool Road Northbound partially blocked, very slow traffic due to broken down vehicle and oil spillage at Brymbo Road.Near Lymedale Bar and Restaurant.16:40A50 westboundHeavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).16:23A500 traffic Heavy traffic on A500 D Road at A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). 16:23Porthill Road busyA527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank).16:17M6 StaffordshireOne lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lane one (of three) is closed.16:15Demolition of East-West Precinct continues (and look at it now) (Image: Daniel Jellyman)Stoke-on-Trent’s dilapidated East-West Precinct has undergone a transformation after bulldozers moved in just under two weeks ago.The builders at the Hanley eyesore started by disconnecting the gas mains and electricity before pulling down the eastern side of the building, just off Charles Street.Read more.16:03Werrington Road clearedRoad cleared and traffic returned to normal, accident cleared on A52 Werrington Road in both directions near Ruxley Road.The accident is near to Bucknall Fish Bar and Kebab House.15:57Werrington Road accidentA52 Werrington Road in both directions partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident near Ruxley Road.The accident is near to Bucknall Fish Bar and Kebab House.15:19A500 congestionUsual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 15:02A34 Stone Road One lane closed and heavy traffic due to accident on A34 Stone Road Northbound near A5035 Longton Road. Affecting traffic heading towards Hanford.14:59Bucknall RoadBucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.14:53Chell trafficA527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 13:17Accident on M6 “Lane 1 (of 4) blocked on the M6 southbound between J13 Dunston and J14 Gailey due to a collision. Traffic Officers on the way.”13:01Police alert as ‘suspicious man in black car’ approaches boy on his way home from schoolOfficers are now appealing for witnesses. More here.12:12Police release CCTV after laptop and wallet stolen from house in broad daylightA bank card from the wallet was then used in Nantwich and Birmingham. More here.11:45Firefighters called to fuel spillage at petrol stationAround ten litres of fuel had spilt at the garage. More here.10:30Latest on the A50A50 Eastbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to broken down vehicle from A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout) to A5007 Victoria Place Link (Heron Cross / Fenton).The road remains partially blocked whilst Highways attend after a vehicle has been left unattended. 09:54Accident on A50 Eastbound near Blythe BridgeA50 Eastbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident at A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycott).Police on site. 09:18Police warning after ‘laughing gas’ canisters seizedCanisters have been seized in the Staffordshire Moorlands this month – with police warning of the dangers of inhaling the gas. More here.last_img read more

Stamas voices support for House Joint Resolutions M and N
Stamas voices support for House Joint Resolutions M and N

first_img Categories: News,Photos 19Sep Stamas voices support for House Joint Resolutions M and N Lawmaker: Measure will affirm our state’s support of our veterans Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas appeared before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today to speak in support of House Joint Resolution N, which he authored.Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (right) appears with Rep. David Knezek before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. Stamas gave testimony in support of House Joint Resolution N, which would reaffirm in-state tuition for veterans at Michigan public universities.The resolution proposes an amendment to the Michigan Constitution to reaffirm current policy that gives veterans access to in-state tuition at Michigan public universities.“Michigan’s 15 public universities currently offer in-state tuition to veterans, but this resolution is a strong step forward for our state,” Stamas said. “By making it a constitutional amendment, we are allowing the Michigan voters to affirm their support for our veterans and continuing on the path of improving veterans services.”A companion resolution, House Joint Resolution M, would apply in-district tuition to community colleges in the state.If passed by both the House and the Senate by a two-thirds majority vote, HJRs M and N would be placed on the next ballot for Michigan voters to affirm. Michigan would be the 15th state to waive residency requirements for veterans.“A college education can be a valuable asset in today’s job market for many of our veterans returning home as well as those who have previously served our nation,” Stamas said. “The Legislature has worked hard over the past several years to improve veterans’ benefits and services in Michigan, and HJRs M and N are another way we can retain and attract new veterans to our state.”The measures are currently before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.###last_img read more

Streaming giant Netflix has bought a documentary a
Streaming giant Netflix has bought a documentary a

first_imgStreaming giant Netflix has bought a documentary about professional ‘amateur’ pornography following the Sundance Film Festival.Hot Girls Wanted, which comes from directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, will premieres in all Netflix territories this year. The filmed debuted at the recent doc festival in the US.The doc follows young women that cycle through the world of professional ‘amateur’ porn, focusing on one that uses the internet to swaps her small town life for one of a fledgling adult actress.“Jill and Ronna have exposed a shocking world of hope and heartbreak,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP of global independent content. “The filmmakers gained unprecedented access into a world never documented until now, and we are proud to bring their unflinching work to a global audience.”“Netflix is the ideal partner for us; not only do they understand this film but they’re the perfect platform to reach the many people who need to see it,” said actress Rashida Jones, who produced the doc.Bauer, Gradus, Jones and Brittany Huckabee, who is also writer and editor, produced the project.Bauer and Gradus’ debut documentary, Sexy Baby, is already available on Netflix.On Friday, Netflix revealed its latest comedy stand-up special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden. It launches in all Netflix territories on March 6.last_img read more

In the US there was 25 growth in video views and
In the US there was 25 growth in video views and

first_imgIn the US there was 25% growth in video views and 32% growth in ad views year-on-year in the second quarter, according to FreeWheel’s Q2 2015 Video Monetisation Report.The US company, which provides end-to-end video technology to companies including ABC, AOL, DirecTV, ESPN, Fox, BSkyB, and Turner Broadcasting System, claimed that the findings of its report show that “the new primetime is anytime.”Long-form and live content were the main drivers, growing 26% and 146% year-over-year respectively, while 38%% of ad views came from devices other than desktop and laptop computers, with smartphones and over-the-top (OTT) devices – like Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast streaming devices, and games consoles and smart TVs – leading that growth, according to the report.“Smartphones now account for greater than one in five video ad views reflecting triple digit growth over the last two quarters,” said FreeWheel. “Consumption of premium video across day parts does not show a dominating skew towards any particular hour, as viewers create their own custom primetimes.”“MVPD apps have become increasingly popular venues for syndication, accounting for 4.5% of all programmer ad views with 200% growth,” said the report.last_img read more

In This Issue… Currencies metals rally… Wi

first_imgIn This Issue… * Currencies & metals rally… * Will ISDA trigger CDS’s? * Bollard gets under Chuck’s skin… * ECB, BOC, BOE all meet today… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Greek Bond Swap Deadline Approaches… Good day… And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Well… another day, and another trying day for yours truly, with getting the Pfennig out, and having it “legal”… We’ll have to see how this all plays out… But, hey! If cancer didn’t stop me from writing, neither will this roadblock! OK… well, as we draw closer to deadline for the Greek Bond Swap, it appears as though Greece will end up will have attracted enough investors to swap their current Greek Bonds for new bonds. This news is positive for the euro, and we all know that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and all we have to do is switch goose for euro, and gander for currencies and metals. For instance, the Aussie dollar (A$) is back above $1.06, and Gold is back to $1,700 this morning. There are a few currencies this morning, that are not participating in the euro-led rally… The Japanese yen for instance is getting hammered after Japan printed the largest Current Account Deficit since comparable data began in 1985… 437.3 Billion yen… The trend here is not good for Japan, folks… they Gov’t debt has been soaring for a decade now, but Japan always had that Trade Surplus, that feeds the Current Account… The Japanese don’t have that Trade Surplus to fall back on any longer… This is where I would normally tell you my opinion, which could be wrong, about how I view yen… But, like Hall & Oates, no can do! The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) met last night (Thursday morning for them!) and left rates unchanged… RBNZ Gov. Bollard, has gotten under my skin for so long now, and this is just another example of his ability to do so… Bollard said, “The domestic economy is showing signs of recovery. Household spending appears to have picked up over the past few months and a recovery in building activity appears to be underway. That recovery will strengthen as repairs and reconstruction in Canterbury pick up later in the year. High export commodity prices are also helping to support a continuing recovery in domestic activity.”… OK… so that sounds like he’s ready to remove the emergency rate cuts that were made last year, right? Wrong! Bollard then went on to say, “the RBNZ’s forecasts are not inconsistent with a story that would see rates remaining in one place for much of this year.” So… in other words, he doesn’t want to be different than the other Central Banks around the world… I would tell Bollard if I had the chance, the same thing I used to tell my kids, when they would tell that “all the other kids are doing something”… I would say, “but don’t you want to be better than the other kids?” So… Allan Bollard, don’t you want to be better than the other Central Banks, that allow inflation to build a strong foundation, without batting an eye? This euro-led rally in the currencies and metals this morning, leads me a thought that I heard years ago, back in the 70’s, when I first began my career in the markets, that’s right, I said the 70’s… 1973 to be exact… I know, you’re sitting there thinking, but I’ve seen him, there’s no way he’s that old! HA! OK, back to the saying… When the markets want to rally, they’ll use any excuse to do so… This is what today’s rally looks like, as the markets are using the fact that Greek is swapping their old bonds for new bonds at HUGE losses to the holders, as a reason to rally… Think about that for a minute, dear readers… the markets are making lemonade out of lemons… but “they’re never wrong”, right? Speaking of the euro… The European Central Bank (ECB) is meeting this morning to discuss rates, and other things on their collective minds. I expect that ECB President, Draghi, will announce in a bit that the ECB will keep rates unchanged… They are currently at historic lows, so unless the ECB wants to be JUST LIKE the U.S. and Japan with their near zero and zero interest rates respectively, the ECB should just sit on their hands… Yesterday, I saw a story title flash across the screen that the ECB’s balance sheet has soared to 3 Trillion euros… Well, as best as I can find on the internet, and believe me this is difficult stuff to find, the Fed’s balance sheet is about the same size… So, when you consider that the Eurozone as a whole has a larger GDP than the U.S. , having a balance sheet about the same size doesn’t seem to be so bad… For those of you keeping score at home… Global GDP in 2011 was $74.5 Trillion… Eurozone $14.8 Trillion or 20% USA $14.7 Trillion or 20% China $10.1 Trillion or 14% Japan $ 4.3 Trillion or 6% And rounding out the top 5… India at $4.1 Trillion or 5% The Bank of Canada (BOC) will also meet today to discuss interest rates… I don’t believe that BOC Gov. Carney has come out of his “bunker” yet, so he’ll keep rates unchanged, as he continues to have a bunker mentality about global problems… In Australia overnight, Aussie job creation received a hit last month, and lost 15,000 jobs… But don’t go out and start with your impression of Chicken Little here… In December Australia posted a 36,000 job loss, but that was reversed with a positive 46,000 in January… So, we’ll have to wait a month or two to tell is this is a trend… Somehow I doubt it, as the mines that were flooded last year are coming back on board… Hopefully Aussie employers don’t do their version of a bunker mentality, because China lowered their GDP target… Speaking of China… the Chinese applied the brakes once again on renminbi appreciation, making that every day this week, so far. Speculators are backing away from the renminbi in droves, as the forward markets have some semblance to them. Good riddance to them! The speculators have made dealing in renminbi very difficult for years… So, if they never come back, that will be too soon for me! But, what’s with China applying the brakes here? Well… we’ve seen this many times in the past 9 years that we’ve dealt in renminbi and followed the Chinese moves. It’s really the opposite of what happens here in the U.S. The Chinese don’t want the markets to believe that the renminbi is a ONE-WAY street of appreciation, so they apply the brakes every now and then to remind the markets that it’s not a ONE-WAY street… Whereas, the U.S. applies the brakes on the way down, instead of the way up… The U.S. cannot allow all its creditors to believe that they are going to get paid back with inflation, tremendously weakened dollars, which they will, but for now, instead of just allowing the dollar to go to what Doug Casey calls, “its intrinsic value”… There are circuit breakers and we have these periods of dollar strength… OK… so, we talked briefly about the Greek bond swap proposal, and I gave you the breakdown of what each bondholder receives… But the problem is that unless Greece attracts enough bondholders that want to swap bonds, the deal falls through… so… 90% of total holders is the goal… if that’s not met, then the next deal breaker is 60%, but if between 60 and 90% accept, then the Greeks have to decide to implement CAC’s (collective action clauses), which would force the hold-outs to take losses on their bonds… And if CAC’s are implemented, then the ISDA people might view this as a default, which would begin to trigger CDS (credit default swaps)… So… 90% is the goal for the Greeks… the deadline is around 2pm CT today, but we won’t know the details until tomorrow morning… But for now, the markets are saying they believe that even if the goal isn’t met, and CAC’s are implemented, that’s it’s not going to bring about systemic risk… that’s why they are buying euros this morning and selling dollars. OK, before I go to the Big Finish… I saw this come across yesterday, and immediately began to choke… January Consumer Credit soared to $17.77Billion VS $10.45 Billion forecast… Add to that December’s total of $16.27 Billion and what you’ve got here is another trip down the “we spend more than we make” road… And this, also made me choke… From the WSJ… “Federal Reserve officials are considering a new type of bond-buying program designed to subdue worries about future inflation if they decide to take new steps to boost the economy in the months ahead. Under the approach, the Fed would print new money to buy long-term mortgage or Treasury bonds but effectively tie up that money by borrowing it back for short periods at low rates. The aim of such an approach would be to relieve anxieties that money printing could fuel inflation later, a fear widely expressed by critics of the Fed’s previous efforts to aid the recovery.” I’m thinking of all kinds of dastardly things that I could say here, but wait! I can’t anymore! So, just move along, Chuck, these are not the droids you’re looking for… Then There Was This… The Dutch Freedom Party has called for a return to the Guilder, becoming the first political movement in the Eurozone with a large popular base to opt for withdrawal from the single currency.“The euro is not in the interests of the Dutch people,” said Geert Wilders, the leader of the right-wing populist party with a sixth of the seats in the Dutch parliament. “We want to be the master of our own house and our own country, so we say yes to the guilder. Bring it on.”Mr Wilders made his decision after receiving a report by London-based Lombard Street Research concluding that the Netherlands is badly handicapped by euro membership, and that it could cost EMU’s creditor core more than 2.4 trillion euros to hold monetary union together over the next four years. “If the politicians in The Hague disagree with our report, let them show the guts to hold a referendum. Let the Dutch people decide,” he said. Chuck again… The Dutch leaders must want something from the Eurozone because they normally fall in line right behind the Germans… To recap… The Greek bond swap deadline approaches, and more holders of Greek bonds have announced that they will participate in the bond swap, thus reducing further the fear factor on the euro… The euro is leading most currencies and metals higher this morning. Yen is not participating as they posted the largest Current Account Deficit on record for them, and China is applying the brakes, just to prove the renminbi is not a ONE-WAY Street… Currencies today 3/8/12… American Style: A$ $1.0660, kiwi .8265, C$ $1.0050, euro 1.3260, sterling 1.5810, Swiss $1.10, … European Style: rand 7.5075, krone 5.5950, SEK 6.7085, forint 220.70, zloty 3.0990, koruna 18.6660, RUB 29.37, yen 81.70, sing 1.2515, HKD 7.7575, INR 50.28, China 6.3160, pesos 12.78, BRL 1.7550, Dollar Index 79.32, Oil $106.96, 10-year 1.99%, Silver $34.09, and Gold… $1,701.00 That’s it for today… Well, the major conferences started their Conference Championships yesterday… My beloved Missouri Tigers play tonight, and they need to win to advance. I sure hope to them cutting down the nets this weekend! Alex informed me last night that I had jumped the gun on the first Water Polo game of the year, it’s Monday not Friday… I see where the new I-Pad was announced yesterday… of course, I had just received an I-Pad2, 3 months ago! Already obsolete! Well, not obsolete, I’ll still use it! It’s what I’ll take to spring training with me, not so I can keep up with the markets, but so I can use it like everyone else does! And with that… I had better get this process going… I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

What Obama Cant Do These SIX Events Could I urge

first_imgWhat Obama Can’t Do, These SIX Events CouldI urge you, watch this eye-opening video presentation and find out WHICH six “jackpot” events are about to change your life…And could even make you richer, healthier and happier… in ways no sycophantic bureaucrat ever could!Click here and find about the SIX EVENTS about to change your life forever. Sponsor Advertisement JPMorgan is now short over 31 percent of the Comex futures market in silver all by themselves.The gold price was under pressure right from the 6:00 p.m. New York open on Sunday night…and by shortly before 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time, gold had hit its Far East low price tick of the day, which was around the $1,658 spot mark.From there, the price recovered a bit, before rolling over again about 9:00 am. in London, with the absolute low of the day [around $1,755 spot] coming just minutes after 11:00 a.m. BST.The subsequent rally took gold to its New York high which came just minutes before the 4:00 p.m. BST close in London…11:00 a.m. in New York.  The gold price didn’t do a whole heck of a lot after that.Gold closed at $1,764.50 spot…down $8.50 on the day.  Net volume was very heavy at 178,000 contracts, a big chunk of which were traded before the Hong Kong lunch hour, as volume was pretty heavy in early Far East trading.Silver’s price path was very similar, except for the 75 cent air pocket it hit at 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time.  Nick Laird sent me the 1-minute tick chart on silver for the time period in question…and it took five minutes from start to finish.  The high-frequency traders did their thing as the market went ‘no bid’.  Here’s the chart for gold, as well as silver.The 11:00 a.m. time on the graph is the local time at Nick’s location on the East coast of Australia…and I thank him for this chart on your behalf.  The ‘click to enlarge’ feature really helps here.After that crucifixion, silver rallied back to the $34.00 spot price…and traded within two bits of that price for the rest of the day.Silver closed at $33.97 spot…down 55 cents.  Net volume was around 50,000 contracts, with 20 percent of that occurring before lunch was over in Hong Kong.The dollar index spiked down 25 basis points at the open, but recovered almost immediately…and I suspect that it was a data feed error rather than a true price move.  The index rallied in fits and starts up until about 9:45 a.m. in London…and from there it traded mostly sideways until shortly after 10:00 a.m. in New York.  From that point it went into a slow decline for the rest of the day…and by the 5:30 p.m. Eastern close, the dollar index was down to 79.54, but up 15 basis points from Friday’s close.I think it’s fair to say that there was no co-relation between the dollar index and the precious metal price action on Monday.The HUI gapped down…and stayed down for the rest of the day…closing right on its low, down 3.14%.The silver stocks got hit even harder…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 3.95%.(Click on image to enlarge)Well, the CME’s Daily Delivery Report for Monday coughed up the last of the big holdouts in the September delivery month for silver.  Last week it was Deutsche Bank coming clean…and yesterday it was Jefferies as the big short/issuer with 231 out of 240 silver contracts posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  There was a fairly long list of stoppers, but taking the lion’s share, as usual, was JPMorgan and the Bank of Nova Scotia…with Jefferies a distant third.  The Issuers and Stoppers Report is worth a look…and the link is here.  By the way, there were only 2 gold contracts posted for delivery in yesterday’s report.It was a busy day in both the GLD and SLV ETFs on Monday.  Gold continued to pour into GLD…and yesterday they took in another big chunk…290,833 troy ounces to be precise.  Since September 1st, authorized participants have deposited 1.2 million ounces of gold in GLD.  That’s a lot!The fork lifts were busy over at the SLV vaults as well, as they reported receiving 2,422,030 ounces of silver.  Since September 1st, there have been about 9.5 million ounces of silver deposited in SLV, so they are getting caught up.The only question remaining is just how much of a short position still remains in SLV…and GLD for that matter.  I’m sure lots of those positions are being covered as all this silver and gold has been deposited over the month.  But most of that data won’t be in the next report from shortsqueeze.com which should be out any evening now…and as soon as it’s is posted, it will be in this space in my column the following morning.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported receiving 616,913 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 618,222 ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that action is here.Here’s another chart from Nick Laird…showing the U.S. M3 money supply.(Click on image to enlarge)I apologize in advance for the large number of stories in today’s column.  My attempts at ruthless editing three days worth of stories just didn’t pass muster last night, as there are a lot of events worthy of your attention…starting off with the first story, which is a must readEspecially over the past year or so, I have been taken aback by the all the different Internet commentary about JPMorgan manipulating the price of silver. Even though this commentary is now near-universal, it remains unprecedented and underappreciated that a collective accusatory finger is being pointed at such a high profile mega-bank. I can’t think of a similar previous example of such a circumstance. – Silver Analyst Ted Butler, September 22, 2012Well, the question that both Ted Butler and I were asking ourselves yesterday was whether Monday’s price action…starting with the sucker punch to both silver and gold [but especially silver] during the thinly-traded Far East market…was the beginning of the long-expected price correction in the precious metals.The short answer is…I don’t know.  So is the long answer.Nobody knows for sure if JPMorgan et al can, or will, harvest all these newly-minted long contract holders…and ring the cash register at this point.  If they do, how long will the process take…and how low will the price go?  But maybe buyers with deep pockets will aggressively buy any and all dips.  If that’s the case, then “da boyz” are screwed.But, in reality, there’s no way of knowing how this will turn out.  Speaking for myself…and lot of others as well…I’d love to see all these short holders get blown up.Ted pointed out in his weekly commentary on Saturday that JPMorgan is now short over 31 percent of the Comex futures market in silver all by themselves…and he wondered out loud whether “they…and the regulators…have lost their collective minds?”This is beyond criminal, as everyone at the CFTC, the CME Group…and Jamie Dimon himself…should be doing the perp walk this morning in international orange jump suits.Anyway, here are the 6-month charts for silver and gold…and if JPMorgan et al want to liquidate as many longs as possible, they’ll have to take the prices of both metals down below both the 50 and 200-day moving averages.  The averages in both metals are quite a ways down from current levels.(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)But as I said a few paragraphs ago…can they…and/or will they?  We will find out, as they say, in the fullness of time.It was pretty quiet in Far East trading in both metals on their Tuesday…and volumes were incredibly light, especially considering how monstrous they were this time on Monday. The Far East low came at 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time, about an hour before the 8:00 a.m. BST London open.  Both silver and gold began to rally a bit off that low…and that has continued into the London trading session as well.  Volumes have increased a bit, but still aren’t too high as I hit the ‘send’ button at 4:52 a.m. Eastern time…and the dollar index isn’t doing much.That’s more than enough for one day…too much, actually…and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more

Cassola blasts Prime Minister and Opposition Leader for Cisses murder
Cassola blasts Prime Minister and Opposition Leader for Cisses murder

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Independent MEP candidate and former Alternattiva Demokratika chairman Arnold Cassola in a late night statement on Saturday evening decried Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Opposition Leader Adrian Delia for the hypocrisy exhibited after two AFM soldiers were charged with the Lassana Cisse Souleymane’s murder.Listing various instances when candidates fielded by both Partit Laburista and Partit Nazzjonalista behaved in a racist manner according to Cassola, the independent MEP candidate argued that if the leaders were truly anti-racist, they would have never fielded such candidates in the first place.Lassana Cisse Souleymane was shot dead during a drive-by shooting by two AFM soldiers. Two other men who are also migrant workers were injured on the same night.As the voting came to an end on Saturday, Cassola said that both Muscat and Delia are responsible for the ‘racist’ climate in Malta and claimed that they even presented racists as candidates. Cassola referenced a PL MEP candidate who had augured that European Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom would be kidnapped by a Somali migrant for her support for migrants.Cassola also made reference to another PN MEP candidate fielded during this year’s EP election, who had filmed himself outside shops in Marsa and Hamrun and ranted that they were taking over businesses.WhatsApplast_img read more

How to Buy a Motherboard

first_img July 1, 2008 –shares Whether you’re building a new PC or overhauling an old one, a new motherboard is the place to start. Here’s our advice for choosing the right one. Brought to you by PCWorld 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue How to Buy a Motherboard Apply Now » Creating a custom PC is much easier than trying to guess which computer maker offers the right combination of features to satisfy your needs. Putting a system together yourself is pretty straightforward, and the job should take less than a single afternoon so long as you have a number of key ingredients.As with cooking a meal, preparation is crucial. The most important decision you’ll make for your custom PC is which motherboard to buy. Motherboard prices and specifications vary tremendously. And this isn’t a choice that you can make in a vacuum, either, since it has an impact on almost every aspect of the system, from the CPU to the storage.The Big PictureWhat factors are most important when comparing motherboards? The processor? The chip set? Storage? Find out how these and other features will affect your system’s performance. moreThe Specs ExplainedIs the fastest processor always the best choice? What type of memory should you look for? We explain which specs are most important, and why. moreMotherboard Shopping TipsYou’ll want to consider the price, performance, and priority of several features before you look for a new motherboard. Our tips help you find the best value. moreThe Big PictureIn many ways, the motherboard is the heart of the modern computer system, as it affects almost every other component. Choosing a motherboard is a fairly complicated task since you have seven to nine different factors to consider, of varying importance.Take some time to think about how you’ll use your system. Someone with a power meter that requires a serial port will care a lot more about the peripheral features than the average user will, while the hard-core gamer will probably focus on the GPU, CPU, and chip set while ignoring peripherals and form-factor issues.Key FeaturesCPU: The CPU, commonly referred to as the brains of a PC, is one of the key components (if not the key component) of a modern system. You have several mainstream options for your CPU. Intel currently has the highest-performing processor lineup, with the Core 2 Duo and the Core 2 Quad (which use the LGA775 socket). As the names imply, the Core 2 Duo is a dual-core CPU, while the Core 2 Quad is a four-core processor. AMD uses the AM2 and AM2+ socket and offers the Phenom (quad- or triple-core) and Athlon 64 (dual-core) CPUs. AMD’s products are solid, but they generally provide lower performance. A lesser-known third player, Via Technologies, produces the low-power C7 processor; the C7 is a much less common option since it offers dramatically less performance than mainstream processors from Intel or AMD do.Chip set: If the CPU is the brains of the PC, then the chip set is the spinal cord, responsible for tying together all of the different devices in the computer, and moving data among them. The chip set determines which CPUs, memory, and other devices can be used, and it can strongly influence performance.The chip set is the single most important component of a motherboard. Since motherboards using the same chip set will usually have identical performance (barring serious design mistakes), they’re differentiated by other features, such as the expansion slots, storage options, and other discrete chips that may be included.Chip sets typically employ two different chips referred to as the northbridge and southbridge. Generally speaking, the northbridge is responsible for dealing with high-performance devices, while less-sensitive devices tend to cluster around the southbridge.The northbridge traditionally includes the memory controller, plus integrated graphics or an interface for discrete graphics. (Note that AMD has the memory controller integrated into the CPU, rather than the chip set.) The southbridge includes networking, storage, audio, general peripherals, and other devices. The image here shows an example, the Intel X48 chip set with partitioning between the northbridge (or MCH) and southbridge (or ICH).The major options for chip sets consist of Intel, AMD, and nVidia, though SiS and Via have alternatives.Memory: Selecting memory for your PC is usually a simple decision: You just pick a reliable brand that’s as cheap as possible (unless you like overclocking, but that’s a whole different story). Every so often, however, memory types undergo a transition–and one happens to be going on right now. Most chip sets use DDR2 memory at up to 800 MHz (PC2 6400), but newer chip sets from Intel may also use DDR3. DDR3 offers more bandwidth (1066 to 1600 MHz), consumes less power, and will be mainstream in a year, but for the moment it is more expensive. DDR3 is more likely to be useful for later upgrades, but it will carry a price premium until sometime in 2009.Telling a DDR3 board from a DDR2 board without the manual or box isn’t particularly easy, since both slots use 240 pins. The difference is that the key (a small gap between the pins) is closer to the center of the DIMM (the memory module) for DDR2, while it is closer to the edge of the DDR3 DIMM. Remember: If the memory module doesn’t fit into the slot, don’t force it!Graphics hardware: The graphics hardware (the graphics processing unit, or the GPU) is the third-most-important component of a system, right after the CPU and chip set. The main considerations for graphics are cost, performance, and upgradability.The lowest-cost option is a chip set with integrated graphics. Integrated graphics processors (IGP in industry parlance) are intended for basic 2D and 3D functionality and often use system memory instead of dedicated graphics memory. All of the major vendors (AMD, Intel, nVidia, and VIA) offer integrated graphics with some chip sets. An IGP is a fine choice for users interested in a little multimedia, office work, and other lighter workloads.Integrated graphics will work fine for about 60 percent of the world, but the technology almost always lacks the performance necessary for gaming. For users who want to play on their PC, the next step up is a motherboard with a single PCI Express x16 slot, which accommodates a discrete graphics card from ATI/AMD or nVidia.PCI Express comes in two flavors, Gen 1 and Gen 2. The difference is that Gen 2 PCI Express slots run at 5 GHz, twice the speed of the previous generation. That distinction doesn’t particularly matter for current GPUs (or most other peripherals), but it will be an issue for upgrading in the future. For a motherboard that you expect to outlast the GPU you pair it with, springing for a faster PCI-E slot makes the most sense.If price is no object and maximum gaming performance is your goal, your selection is a bit different. True multi-GPU support is a very high-end feature and is priced accordingly. The only options for multiple GPUs are SLI (for nVidia cards) or CrossFire (for ATI cards). Given that nVidia is the clear performance leader, SLI is the superior choice for now; note, though, that SLI works only with nVidia chip sets and Intel’s Skulltrail motherboard.A separate but related concern is the graphics interface. You have three major alternatives: VGA, DVI, and HDMI. VGA is the traditional 15-pin analog monitor connector, designed for CRT displays. DVI is a digital connector specifically intended for use with LCD monitors, and HDMI is a variant of DVI with the DRM (digital rights management) technology required to play Blu-ray and other high-definition media.center_img Technology 12 min read Next Article David Kanter The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Sound: Integrated sound, which comes in two major flavors, will meet the needs of all but the most selective users and audio enthusiasts. AC97 is an older audio standard that has been superseded by HD Audio (or “Azalia”). You really have no reason to settle for the older standard, although the newer tech might carry a modest premium. For the dedicated enthusiasts who would benefit from a discrete sound card, an extra PCI-E slot is easy enough to find.Storage: Like memory, basic storage tends to be relatively straightforward, but it gets tricky with some of the various options and platform transitions. In the past few years, storage experienced a transition from Parallel ATA to Serial ATA (SATA) and then to 3-gbps SATA. 1.5-gbps versus 3-gbps SATA can make a bit of a difference in performance, but typically only in video editing and other media-heavy workloads.Most hard drives use SATA, while some older DVD+/-RW drives use Parallel ATA. Most motherboards support four or more SATA ports (even as many as ten), which is sufficient for most users.eSATA is a relatively new standard for connecting external drives via SATA instead of FireWire or USB. eSATA offers higher performance than the other two, and also supports reliability and manageability features such as SMART (Self Monitoring And Reporting Technology). eSATA is not nearly as common as USB 2.0, but going forward it is likely to be more widely adopted, and it is certainly a better interface.The other real storage issue concerns RAID, which is standard with many modern motherboards. You can use RAID 0 or 1 with two hard drives; the former increases read and write performance, while the latter increases reliability and read performance. RAID 5 requires at least three drives, and RAID 6 (which is really for businesses only) needs at least four; both are oriented around increased reliability and read performance, with acceptable write performance and less overhead than RAID 1. Most systems simply don’t need that many drives, so in many ways 6 is a nice option but hardly a requirement. For video editing and other multimedia-rich tasks, basic RAID 0, 1, or 5 will do the trick and should be a requirement.Networking: Wired networking is dead simple, as any worthwhile chip set will have at least one integrated gigabit ethernet port. For the most part, Wi-Fi is not necessary for desktops, and most motherboards tend to avoid it simply to cut down costs; it’s an optional feature.Assorted peripherals: On a motherboard, the peripherals can include USB 2.0, FireWire, PS/2, serial and parallel ports, and a floppy drive. Of those options, USB 2.0 is an absolute necessity and FireWire can be nice, but the rest are pretty much obsolete unless you need a a specific peripheral device.Form factor: The last aspect of the motherboard to consider is the form factor. This is ultimately an aesthetic choice that the chassis for the system determines. Most motherboards use the ATX form factor, with the microATX design meeting the needs of space-conscious users. Quite a few other variants (which are beyond the scope of this article) are available for users with particular requirements, however.The Specs ExplainedIn the end, the key to building the right system is to understand how you will use your PC. As we mentioned before, the needs of an office worker are totally different than those of a video editing wizard or a gaming fanatic.Important consideration: Processor. When it comes to performance, the sweet spot for most users is Intel’s dual-core CPUs, as there aren’t yet enough advanced applications to make a quad-core a must-have. We recommend a 3-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, specifically the E8400, unless you use applications (video editing, for example) that are better suited to a quad-core processor.Somewhat important: Chip set. The best companion for the Intel E8400 is a motherboard based on the P35 chip set. You should choose the specific motherboard according to your desired storage, audio, and memory options.Important consideration: Memory. A modern desktop PC should have at least 2GB of memory, possibly 4GB for more demanding applications (not to mention Windows Vista).Important consideration: Graphics. Even if games aren’t a consideration, you might want to spend a little ($100) on a midrange GPU such as the ATI Radeon HD 3650, which offers a nice variety of video-output options. For gaming, a more powerful graphics card, such as something from nVidia’s 8800 GT family, would be appropriate.Somewhat important: Storage. Building a nice system but running out of storage space is frustrating. Given the way hard-drive pricing works, using a 500GB hard drive makes sense. Larger models cost much more, and smaller models won’t save you enough money. Make sure your DVD drive employs SATA so that you will be able to use it in the future.Motherboard Shopping TipsReady to buy a motherboard? Here are our recommendations.Pick the chip set first, then the motherboard: The difference between chip sets can be significant, but two motherboards with the same chip set will be nearly identical in performance. First figure out which chip sets will work for your system, and then compare the different motherboards with that chip set.Understand what kind of system you are building: Are you going for an affordable media PC, an office machine, or a gaming monster? These usage models all suggest different things about the features you’ll need. Focus only on the features that are important to you.Avoid SLI/CrossFire unless you absolutely need it: Enthusiasts always pay an arm and a leg for their hardware, and SLI and CrossFire technologies are for enthusiasts only. Simply buying a new video card instead of going from one card to multi-GPU is much more sensible.Stay with DDR2 memory unless you need the extra bandwidth and performance: DDR2 is vastly cheaper than DDR3. Unless you are planning to upgrade and reuse the memory in the near future, you should buy DDR2 now and wait for DDR3 prices to drop for a future system.Unless you really know what you are doing, avoid overclocking features: Quite a few motherboard vendors try to differentiate their products by having them support faster-than-specified memory or other exotic features. Remember, though, that such boards are targeted at enthusiasts and are priced accordingly.Make sure you have at least one high-performance PCI Express slot: Even if all you want right now is integrated graphics, buying a board with an extra x16 PCI-E slot costs very little, and could save you $100 down the road. Key Features continuedlast_img read more

Research suggests Brexit will increase heart disease and stroke cases

first_imgImage Credit: FotoIdee / Shutterstock By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 29 2019Researchers from Imperial College London have claimed that Brexit will be responsible for 12,400 deaths due to heart attacks and strokes.The claims made by the researchers, state that the present trading arrangements in the United Kingdom is likely to raise the prices of fruits and vegetables that are imported and this may prompt unhealthier eating and lead to heart disease and risk of deaths due to heart attacks and stroke. Source:http://bmjopen.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026966center_img The team draws conclusions from the data that come from World Trade Organization and HM Revenue and Customs. The economists however do not agree with these conclusions saying that prices of fruits and vegetables are likely to fall after Brexit.This debate came to the forefront after a combined petition from supermarket and restaurant chains (including Asda, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Lidl, The Co-op, Costcutter, McDonald’s, KFC and Pret A Manger) to the MPs saying that there is a risk of food supply disruptions after a “no-deal” Brexit. The research on the risks of heart disease after Brexit were published in the latest issue of the journal BMJ Open. The study also included researchers from Liverpool University.The researchers write that at present 84 percent of the fruits and 43 percent of vegetables consumed in UK is imported. This means that in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit this would be affected. “The UK is highly dependent on imports, especially for fresh fruits and vegetables. These have a strong protective effect on health,” said author Paraskevi Seferidi, a PhD researcher at Imperial. “Our paper illustrates, for the first time, the potential negative impacts of Brexit on fruit and veg prices, intake, heart disease and stroke,” Seferidi said.Related StoriesTeam approach to care increases likelihood of surviving refractory cardiogenic shockAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesFor example they write, the cost of bananas would rise by “approximately 17 per cent, citrus fruits by 14 per cent, and tomatoes by 15 per cent”. This could be responsible for 4,110 (0.9 percent) deaths due to heart failure and heart attacks between 2021 and 2030. During this period there would be a predicted 8,290 (2.9 percent) deaths due to stroke.Professor Christopher Millet, from Imperial’s School of Public Health in a statement says that this study “shows that the impact of Brexit will reach far beyond the economy and may affect people’s risk of disease.” Christopher Snowdon from the Institute of Economic Affairs however disagreed with these findings.Edgar Miller, convenor of Economists for Free Trade also said in a statement, “This is Project Fear at its very worst – a report written by a group of generally junior medical researchers none of whom have any discernible expertise in trade theory or experience in modelling trade flows. Getting rid of EU protectionism through free trade agreements and unilateral elimination of tariffs on fruit and vegetables that are not produced in the UK will result in an immediate fall in food prices.”Professor Martin O’Flaherty, from the University of Liverpool, who jointly led the study said in a statement, “Unhealthy diets are a leading driver of ill-health in the UK and a critical policy lever to tackle chronic diseases. Staying within the European Union appears the best option to protect public health.”last_img read more

Facebook uncovers new global misinformation operations

first_imgFacebook said its latest action on Tuesday morning resulted from four investigations—three involving Iran, one involving Russia.The first focused on a group called “Liberty Front Press” that set up multiple accounts on Facebook and Instagram that were followed by 155,000 other accounts. The group was linked to Iranian state media based on website registrations, IP addresses and administrator accounts, Facebook said. The first accounts were created in 2013 and posted political content about the Middle East, the U.K., and the U.S., although the focus on the West increased starting last year, Facebook said.”The Iranians are now following the Kremlin’s playbook,” said Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee. On Sept. 5, leaders of Facebook, Google and Twitter are scheduled to testify before the intelligence committee about their efforts to combat political disinformation on their social media networks.FireEye called the Liberty Front Press group an influence operation apparently aimed at promoting Iranian political interests “including anti-Saudi, anti-Israeli, and pro-Palestinian themes” and support for the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal.President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from that agreement earlier this year.While that group did not appear to be attempting to influence the U.S. midterms, FireEye said its analysis “does not preclude such attempts being made.” Several social media personas it found related to the group masqueraded as liberal U.S. activists who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders. One persona also used the Twitter handle “@berniecratss” and listed its location as the United States even though the phone number associated with it began with Iran’s country code, +98.The group’s activity included “significant anti-Trump messaging,” but FireEye said in a detailed report “the activity extends well beyond U.S. audiences and U.S. politics.”The second group also had multiple accounts and 15,000 followers. The group was linked to “Liberty Front Press” and attempted to hack people’s accounts to spread malware. Facebook said it disrupted those attempts.A third group also operated out of Iran had as many as 813,000 followers, and also shared political content about the Middle East, the U.K. and U.S.In all the Iranian-linked groups spent some $12,000 in advertising and hosted 28 different events.A fourth group that attempted to influence politics in Syria and the Ukraine was connected to sources that Facebook said the U.S. had linked to Russian military intelligence.”We’re working closely with U.S. law enforcement on this investigation,” Facebook said in a blog post .In late July, Facebook also removed 32 apparently fake accounts on Facebook and Instagram that collectively had nearly 300,000 followers, including thousands that expressed interest in events they promoted. Facebook finds ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections (Update) In this April 4, 2013 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook said Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, that it had removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and Iran for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that included the sharing of political content amid stepped-up policing of its own platform ahead of the U.S. midterm elections in November. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) The social network said Tuesday that it had removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and, unexpectedly, Iran, for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that included the sharing of political material.Facebook has significantly stepped up policing of its platform since last year, when it acknowledged that Russian agents successfully ran political influence operations on its platform that were aimed at swaying the 2016 presidential election. Other social media networks have done likewise, and continue to turn up fresh evidence of political disinformation campaigns.Facebook’s action in late July against 32 accounts possibly linked to Russia generally involved U.S. political activity ahead of the midterm elections in November. By contrast, the latest group of apparently fake accounts appeared more intent on influencing U.S. foreign policy and regional politics in the Middle East.Shortly after Facebook’s announcement, Twitter revealed that it had also suspended 284 accounts for “coordinated manipulation,” many of them apparently originating from Iran. A day earlier, Microsoft also reported a new Russian effort to impersonate conservative U.S. websites , potentially as part of an espionage campaign.The social network said it had not concluded its review of the material and declined to say how or why the state-backed actors were behaving the way they did. But it said it has informed the U.S. and U.K. governments as well as the U.S. Treasury and State departments because of ongoing sanctions against Iran.”There’s a lot we don’t know yet,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a hastily called conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon.”You’re going to see people try to abuse the services in every way possible … including now nation states,” he said. He described the deception campaigns as “sophisticated and well-funded efforts that aren’t going to stop.”FireEye, a cybersecurity firm that alerted Facebook to some of this activity, noted that it “does not appear to have been specifically designed to influence the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, as it extends well beyond U.S. audiences and U.S. politics.” Explore further 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. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Facebook uncovers new global misinformation operations (2018, August 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-facebook-uncovers-global-misinformation.html Facebook has identified and banned hundreds of accounts, groups and pages engaged in misleading political behavior, a far larger discovery than a “sophisticated” effort it reported three weeks ago with great fanfare.last_img read more

US delays Huawei ban for 90 days

first_img A Commerce Department filing said the delay does not change the ban imposed by President Donald Trump on national security grounds, an action with major implications for US and Chinese technology firms.Instead, it grants a temporary license that will allow Huawei to continue doing business with American firms.”The Temporary General License grants operators time to make other arrangements and (gives) the Department space to determine the appropriate long term measures for Americans and foreign telecommunications providers that currently rely on Huawei equipment for critical services,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “In short, this license will allow operations to continue for existing Huawei mobile phone users and rural broadband networks.”The Huawei confrontation has been building for years, as the world’s largest company has raced to a huge advantage over rivals in next-generation 5G mobile technology.US intelligence believes Huawei is backed by the Chinese military and that its equipment could provide Beijing’s spooks with a backdoor into the communications networks of rival countries.For that reason, Washington has pushed its closest allies to reject Huawei technology, a significant challenge given the few alternatives for 5G.Last week, President Donald Trump declared a “national emergency” empowering him to blacklist companies seen as “an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States”—a move analysts said was clearly aimed at Huawei.At the same time, the US Commerce Department announced the effective ban on US companies selling or transferring US technology to Huawei.It is the implementation of this ban that was delayed Monday by 90 days.But the Huawei fight is over more than just US national security. Washington sees Huawei’s rise as emblematic of China’s drive to wrest global technological and economic leadership from the United States. Explore further 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. US officials have issued a 90-day reprieve on their ban on dealing with Chinese tech giant Huawei, saying breathing space was needed to avoid huge disruption. Citation: US delays Huawei ban for 90 days (2019, May 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-huawei-days.html © 2019 AFP Samsung shares rise as Huawei struggleslast_img read more

Joshua Trees Will Be AllButExtinct by 2070 Without Climate Action Study Warns

first_img Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Reveals: “You Can Fill In Wrinkles At Home” (Here’s How)Beverly Hills MDUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoBeach Raider24 Photos Of Shelter Dogs The Moment They Realize They’re Being AdoptedBeach RaiderUndo Joshua trees — some of the most unusual and iconic plants of the American Southwest — have survived as a species for some 2.5 million years in the inhospitable Mojave Desert. Now, they may face imminent extinction due to climate change. In a new study published June 3 in the journal Ecosphere, researchers and volunteer scientists surveyed nearly 4,000 trees in southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park to figure out where the oldest trees tended to thrive during historic periods of extreme heat and drought. (A single Joshua tree can live up to 300 years.) Then, the researchers estimated how much of these Joshua safe zones (or “refugia”) would survive to the end of the century based on a range of climate change predictions. [Desert Green: Images of Joshua Tree National Park] The study authors found that, if greenhouse gas emissions are seriously curbed and summer temperatures are limited to an increase of 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius), about 19% of the park’s Joshua tree habitat would survive after the year 2070.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65953-climate-change-destroying-joshua-trees.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  If no action is taken to reduce carbon emissions and summer temperatures rise by 9 F (5 C) or more, however, only 0.02% of the tree’s habitat would survive to the end of the century — leaving the rare tree a hair away from extinction. “The fate of these unusual, amazing trees is in all of our hands,” lead study author Lynn Sweet, a plant ecologist at the University of California, Riverside said in a statement. “Their numbers will decline, but how much depends on us.” Survivors in the sand Joshua Tree National Park covers 1,200 square miles (3,200 square kilometers) of sandy, hilly terrain in the desert between Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Arizona. The spiny-armed Joshua trees have survived millions of years of climate ups and downs by holding on to large amounts of water to carry them through the region’s harshest droughts. However, the study authors wrote, young Joshua trees and seedlings aren’t able to store enough water to weather these dry spells. During long droughts — such as the epic, 376-week-long one that lasted from December 2011 to March 2019 in California — various parts of the park became too parched to support young Joshua tree growth, preventing the species from reproducing properly. As global temperatures rise, more and longer droughts are expected to occur around the world, and that means fewer and fewer new Joshua trees surviving to adulthood. To find out which parts of the tree’s desert habitat were safest and which were most at risk of drying up, a team of park researchers and volunteers counted thousands of trees in various parts of the park, noting each tree’s height (which helped predict the tree’s age) and the number of new sprouts in the area. They found that, in general, trees growing in higher-elevation spots, which tend to be cooler and retain more moisture, survived much better than those in lower, drier regions. The team compared these survey results with historic climate records to predict how much of the Joshua tree’s habitat was likely to shrink as temperatures rise and rainfall decreases over the rest of the century. Under the best-case scenario, they found, just 1 in 5 Joshua trees will survive the next 50 years. Taking swift action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is the only way to save the Joshua trees from extinction, the researchers found. However, even trees in the best-hydrated habitats will still face a serious threat from wildfires, which have also been occurring with greater frequency and intensity as the climate warms, they said. According to the researchers, fewer than 10% of Joshua trees survive when wildfires rush through their habitats — thanks, in part, to car exhaust coating desert shrubs with flammable nitrogen. This, at least, is a threat that can be addressed on a local level, right now. “Fires are just as much a threat to the trees as climate change, and removing grasses is a way park rangers are helping to protect the area today,” Sweet said. “By protecting the trees, they’re protecting a host of other native insects and animals that depend on them as well.” Spectacular Geology: Amazing Photos of the American Southwest Of a Feather: Photos Reveal Stunning Birds of the Southwest Desert Mistletoe: Photos of ‘Tree Thieves’ in the American Southwestlast_img read more

Trends reflect peoples desire for change Scindia

first_imgCongress headed for victory in 3 states; trend to continue in rest of India: Pilot COMMENTS December 11, 2018 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED SHARE Published on Semi-final proves BJP is nowhere: Mamata Banerjee on poll results With trends indicating that the Congress was ahead in the assembly polls in three Hindi heartland states, senior party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said the figures reflected the people’s desire for a change.According to initial rounds of counting, the Congress was ahead in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan — the three states where the BJP has been in power.Scindia, who spearheaded the Congress campaign in Madhya Pradesh, said he was very confident that the Congress would form the government in the state.Asked about posters being put up that Kamal Nath would be CM, Scindia said: “Let’s not put the cart before the horse. Let us wait for the verdict.” He said the trends reflected the people’s desire for a change. Scindia made the remarks after landing in Bhopal. Madhya Pradesh Congress chief, Kamal Nath, also exuded confidence that it will form the government in Madhya Pradesh. Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia (file pic)last_img read more

Airbnb cedes to EU pressure on price offers

first_imgAirbnb has agreed to display the total price of an accommodation on the first page of results to European consumers. — AFP Related News World 29 Jun 2019 Spain PM says political change needed in European Commission presidency BRUSSELS: Airbnb has successfully fended off Brussels regulators in time for the summer holidays by agreeing to change how it presents rental prices to consumers, the EU said on July 10.  “For these summer holidays, Europeans will simply get what they see when they book their holidays,” said EU Justice and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Vera Jourova in a statement.  Among the changes, the platform must now display the total price of an accommodation on the first page of results.   Consumers “are no longer at risk of discovering mandatory fees on the following pages”, the commission said.  Related News World 04 Jul 2019 European Commission declines comment on tanker seized in Gibraltar These surprise costs include so-called “service” or cleaning costs, and local taxes that can significantly mark up the final price.  Airbnb has also agreed to make it clearer whether an offer is marketed by a private host or by a professional. It will provide simplified access on its website to an “online dispute resolution” procedure.   The commission also noted that the company had reviewed its terms of service.  Among the improvements, these now specify that users can bring an action against Airbnb in the courts of their country of residence.   “I am very satisfied that Airbnb stood ready to cooperate with the European Commission and national consumer protection authorities to improve the way its platform works,” Jourova said.   “I expect other platforms to follow,” she said. – AFP World 01 Jul 2019 EU leaders close to agreeing on Timmermans to lead European Commission: two diplomats {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Turkish Cypriots propose cooperation over Cyprus gas Turkey

first_imgISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has proposed to the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot government that the two sides cooperate in the search for gas off the island of Cyprus, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. The proposal comes after a European Union warning that it could curb funding for Turkey in retaliation for what it calls Ankara’s illegal drilling for gas and oil off Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean. Akinci “presented a new comprehensive cooperation proposal prepared by the Turkish Cypriot side for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon resources around the island of Cyprus to the Greek Cypriot side through the United Nations,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The proposal said that Turkish and Greek Cypriots “are equal partners on the island, have equal rights, so should share the income and cooperate in the area of ​​hydrocarbon resources and benefit from these resources simultaneously”, the ministry said. AdChoices广告If adopted, the proposal would “initiate a new period of cooperation between the two parties,” it added.Cyprus was divided in 1974 after a Turkish invasion triggered by a brief, Greek-inspired coup. Several peacemaking efforts have failed and the discovery of offshore resources in the eastern Mediterranean has complicated the negotiations.Turkey and the Cypriot government have overlapping claims in the area. Last week Turkey said a drilling ship had arrived east of Cyprus and would start operating there, two months after a first Turkish drilling ship started work west of the island. Cyprus says Turkey’s actions are contrary to international law and the EU is set to curb contacts and funding for Ankara, linked to its EU accession talks, in retaliation for what it calls Turkey’s illegal drilling operations, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters.The document said the EU stood ready to ramp up sanctions further. (Reporting by Dominic Evans; Editing by Mark Heinrich) World 10 Jul 2019 Turkey rejects Greek, EU claims that drilling off Cyprus illegitimate World 06 Jul 2019 Turkey says second ship set to drill off Cyprus Related News Related News World 10 Jul 2019 U.S. urges Turkey to halt drilling operations off Cyprus coast {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more