PM wraps cabinet retreat with hint of pot pardons to come –

first_imgLONDON, Ont. – Canadians convicted of simple marijuana possession will have to wait until recreational pot is legalized later this year before learning if they’ll be pardoned for something that will no longer be a crime.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ruled out Friday declaring an amnesty before the new law goes into effect in July.“We recognize that anyone who is currently purchasing marijuana is participating in illegal activity that is funding criminal organizations and street gangs,” he told a news conference wrapping up a two-day cabinet retreat.“And therefore we do not want to encourage in any way people to engage in that behaviour until the law is changed.”Trudeau hinted that an amnesty could be declared once the law is enacted, although he did not specifically commit to one.“Once the law is changed, we will, of course, reflect on fairness in a way that is responsible moving forward. I think certainly we know that the current legislation is hurting Canadians and criminalizing Canadians who perhaps shouldn’t be,” he said.“But that is an engagement we will take once we have a legalized and controlled regime in place, not before.”Earlier Friday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said his department is analyzing all the legal ramifications of pardoning the thousands of Canadians who’ve been convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana — acquiring criminal records that can hurt their career prospects or prevent them from crossing the border.Goodale said no decision has yet been made.The legalization of recreational marijuana is one of the biggest ticket items on the Trudeau government’s agenda for 2018 as the ruling Liberals tick off as many of their 2015 election campaign promises as possible in preparation for the next election in 2019.Government insiders have said the year will be focused primarily on “relentless implementation” of the Liberals’ central promise to invest in measures to grow the economy, create jobs and bolster the lot of middle-class Canadians.“We laid out an ambitious plan for growth during the 2015 election campaign and that plan for real change for all Canadians is working,” Trudeau asserted Friday, noting that unemployment is at its lowest level since 1976 and that Canada last year boasted the best economic growth among G7 industrialized countries.The Liberals are hoping that Canadians’ satisfaction with the state of the economy will trump criticism about other less favourable aspects of their record — particularly on the ethics front.Just before Christmas, the federal ethics watchdog ruled that Trudeau violated four different sections of the Conflict of Interest Act when he and his family took vacations on the private Bahamian Island owned by the Aga Khan, billionaire philanthropist and spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims.Opposition parties, intent on keeping the ethics lapses front and centre in the new year, are calling for stricter rules and serious penalties for violating them.On that score, Trudeau said Friday that he’s willing to consider beefing up the conflict of interest legislation.“I’m always happy to take recommendations from experts, from various people like the outgoing commissioner or the incoming commissioner on how we can ensure that our institutions and the folks who protect and uphold our institutions continue to be doing the best things the best way for Canadians,” he said.Conveniently, outgoing ethics commissioner Mary Dawson has said she believes public shaming is sufficient penalty for politicians who break ethics rules.While the Liberals want to focus on the economy and the opposition parties on ethics, neither issue has generated much interest so far in Trudeau’s so-called cross-country “listening tour” to hear what Canadians outside the Ottawa bubble think.But Trudeau said the fact he got few questions during the first three town halls this week about his government’s economic agenda is actually a positive sign.“If there weren’t as many questions as there were in previous town halls I’ve done on the economy, I think it can be taken as a sign that we are on the right track.”last_img read more

A long bus ride for their rights and history

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs thousands march to Parilament Hill Friday as part of the Idle No More movement they did so last month in a snow storm.A bus filled with people from Saskatchewan joined them driving the whole way through the night.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot joined them.She has the story of their personal reasons and obstacles they had to overcome to get to the rally on time.last_img

New York Now Has More Mets Fans Than Yankees Fans

8/31/075135-16 4/17/064836-12 POLL DATEYANKEESMETSMETS MARGIN 3/24/146127-34 Move over, New York Yankees — there’s a new baseball boss in town. For the first time since at least 1998, Quinnipiac University has found, more New York City baseball fans liked the Mets than the Yankees. Although it was a narrow victory — 45 percent to 43 percent, well within the margin of error — it shows that winning ballgames remains the key to winning the hearts of Big Apple sports fans.The Yankees usually hold a hefty fan advantage over the Mets in New York. Over the last 20 years, the Yankees have averaged a sizable 55 percent-to-31 percent lead over their crosstown rivals. Just three years ago, the Yankees led the Mets 61 percent to 27 percent on the same question Quinnipiac asked this year. 3/25/095655-133429 3/16/005235-17 10/19/004337-6 Average5554-1334310 6/1/126221-41 The Mets do much better when baseball fans are forced to choose between the Mets and the Yankees. While the Yankees lose a statistically insignificant 1 percentage point of support on average, the Mets pick up 10 points of support. This seems to confirm the finding of a nonscientific Reddit poll from three years ago that found the Yankees were the most hated team among baseball fans. In other words, non-Yankee and non-Met fans may pick the Mets when forced to choose between the two of them, simply because they dislike the Yankees more.This year, though, the Mets beat the Yankees on the open-ended version of the question — the version in which they have always done worse. If we take this year’s result and apply the same boost the Mets typically receive in the other version of the question (where fans were forced to choose between the two teams), they would probably hold a 10-point head-to-head advantage over the Yankees. That’s pretty mind-boggling, considering the Mets were down 22 points on that type of question just three years ago.The Mets need to keep winning, however, if they want to maintain an edge over the Yankees. As I wrote about three years ago, the Mets seem to pick up fans when they win and shed them when they lose, but the same didn’t hold true for the Yankees. Now, it seems the Yankees may also gain or lose fans depending on their record. (Before this year, Quinnipiac had never polled after a season in which the Mets made the playoffs — or World Series — more recently than the Yankees.) In the chart below, I’ve plotted the difference between the percentages of Met fans and Yankee fans in New York City against the difference in how long it had been since each team had been in the playoffs.1For the sake of simplicity, I’m using the version of Quinnipiac’s question that allows baseball fans to choose any team, not just the Mets and the Yankees. However, there’s a clear correlation with either question. 3/24/1459%37%-22 3/25/095542-13 Fav. in a Subway Series Average5531-24 4/1/024738-9 Indeed, the Yankee lead climbed as high as 41 points five years ago. That survey was taken after a season in which the Yankees had made the playoffs, while the Mets hadn’t appeared in the postseason in six years. Now the tables have turned: The Mets have made the playoffs two years in a row, even appearing in the World Series in 2015. Meanwhile, the Yankees didn’t make the playoffs last year and they haven’t made a World Series since 2009.Before this year, the only time the Mets ever came close to the Yankees was in May 2007. That year, 49 percent of New York City baseball fans said they’d root for the Yankees in a Subway Series against the Mets, while 48 percent said they’d root the other way. Recent results had an influence then, too — the Mets made it to the National League Championship Series (before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals) in 2006, while the Yankees were knocked out in the American League Division Series.The Mets’ triumph in this year’s poll, however, is far more impressive than when they nearly overtook the Yankees 10 years ago. You’ll notice in the table that there are two types of questions Quinnipiac has asked on this subject in the past: Sometimes they asked baseball fans who they’d root for in a World Series matchup between the Mets and the Yankees, as they did when the Mets came close to the Yankees in 2007. Other times, fans are asked who their favorite baseball team is overall. (That is, fans can choose teams besides the Mets and Yankees.) And in four surveys, Quinnipiac asked both versions of the question. 7/26/015432-22 3/24/146159-2273710 5/28/074948-1 POLL DATETEAM IN MLBIN SUBWAY SERIESDIFFTEAM IN MLBIN SUBWAY SERIESDIFF 5/28/0750%49%-136%48%12 Source: Quinnipiac University YANKEES ARE FAVORITE …METS ARE FAVORITE … 5/28/075036-14 NYC baseball fans like the Mets more than the Yankees for the first time in 20 years Among New York City baseball fansSource: Quinnipiac University Average5138-13 8/31/075152135449 7/28/986028-32 3/25/095633-23 3/31/1743%45%+2 7/29/115926-33 The Mets are more popular when they’re pitted against the Yankees 4/1/055136-15 7/18/064637-9 8/31/075244-8 Poll DateYankeesMetsMets margin Perhaps what’s most interesting about the chart is that, based on prior trends, we would have expected the Yankees to have more fans than the Mets even now. That is, in an environment where the Mets were doing slightly better than the Yankees, the pattern would have been for the Yankees to still have a larger fan base. That might mean Quinnipiac’s new poll is too friendly to the Mets — certainly a possibility, given the margin of error. It could also be the case that the Mets are receiving a “bonus” because they were in the playoffs last year and the Yankees weren’t. Again, we can’t really test that phenomenon because in every previous survey, the Yankees had been in the playoffs as recently (or far more so) than the Mets had been.Either way, it’s clear that New York City is a two-baseball-team town right now. The Mets have caught up to — or perhaps even surpassed — their older brother. Yankee fans need their team to start winning again, or they’ll have to get used to seeing a lot more Mets caps on the subway as they make their commute. 8/15/136223-39 FAVORITE TEAM IN MLB read more

The Rams Really Made A Mess Of Things

It’s appropriate that the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever saw an interception on the first pass and set a record for the longest punt in a title game. In a season with the second-most points scored per game in NFL history, it was defense, not offense, that ruled the day.Throughout the 13-3 New England victory, the Patriots frustrated the Rams’ offensive plans, pressuring quarterback Jared Goff into off-target throws, ill-advised scrambles and finally — when it mattered most, with 4:19 left in the fourth quarter — a game-clinching interception. In holding Los Angeles to 3 points — which tied the 1971 Dolphins with the lowest point total in a Super Bowl — the Patriots were relentless in their pass rush. They blitzed an incredible 41 percent of the time, and Goff was pressured on 39 percent of his dropbacks, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. And it wasn’t just the Patriots front six that made life difficult on the Rams; the Patriots secondary blanketed Los Angeles all night long. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Rams receivers had the worst separation when targeted by Goff since Sean McVay was named head coach.But this wasn’t a case of the Patriots defense — one that was middling most of the regular season — suddenly morphing into the 1985 Chicago Bears or the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.1Both of which, incidentally, gave up more points in their respective Super Bowl wins. The Rams’ execution and play-calling were suspect as well. The Patriots held C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley to 57 yards on the ground, and they did it without stacking the box. The Rams never faced a defensive front with more than seven men near the line of scrimmage — not even once in the game. Against a light box of six or fewer defenders, the Rams offensive line was able to generate only 21 rushing yards on six carries — a 3.5-yard average. That was 2.2 yards worse than their regular-season average of 5.7 and just a 10th of a yard more than the 3.4 yards per carry2On 12 carries. they averaged Sunday against a seven-man front. The Rams went from being the third-ranked rushing team in the league against these light and neutral defensive fronts — averaging 5.4 yards per carry in the regular season — to one that could muster only 3.4 in the biggest game of the year.Goff, who was hit five times in the game, was never able to find a consistent rhythm and frequently missed his target. Most notably, he was late on a pass in the third quarter, allowing safety Jason McCourty to break up a sure touchdown to a wide-open Brandin Cooks in the end zone. McVay, meanwhile, failed to aggressively push small edges, never going for it on fourth-and-short. The Rams also played sloppily, earning nine penalties for 65 yards to New England’s three for 20. Much was written about the experience gap between the two teams at coach and QB, and it showed. At one point, Goff forgot the snap count he called in the huddle and was flagged for a false start, an incredibly rare feat for an NFL quarterback.The net result of the Rams’ offensive futility was historic: They became only the second team in Super Bowl history not to score a touchdown, wasting a defensive effort that held Tom Brady and the Patriots to 13 points. And while there may be more to football than scoring points, it’s hard to argue that this Super Bowl was a shining example of compelling low-scoring football. Neither team was efficient on third down, with each converting just three opportunities into a new set of downs. A total of one play was run in the red zone by either team. The first half of the game was so uneventful that the two plays with the highest impact as measured by positive win probability3Using the nflscrapR win probability model. added were punts by Johnny Hekker.In a season defined by high-scoring excitement, this Super Bowl could have been a showcase for explosive offensive efficiency. Instead we got nine Hekker punts and Maroon 5 in the halftime show. In short, it was one of the worst Super Bowls ever. read more

Air India divestment More positives than negatives to a Maharajas selloff

first_imgAUTUMN OF THE PATRIARCH: The government should expedite Air India’s sale by increasing the higher FDI component for foreign buyers who can employ the right professional expertise and marketing know-how to turn around the beleaguered airline.Creative CommonsBad mergers create bad blood – in the skies and on the ground. When the government merged India’s two state-owned airlines in 2007, Air India and domestic carrier Indian Airlines, the combined entity would soon grow into a megalith symbolising all the shortcomings of India’s public sector.In just a generation, competition from the private sector, rising fuel costs as a percentage of operational expenditure, strikes by opposing factions of pilots, freebies and upgrades to politicians and bureaucrats, and huge discounting would move the Maharaja from monopolising air travel to being only India’s third largest airline with a 11.8 percent market share.But the literal bottomline here is: Air India has lost money almost every year since its merger despite the UPA II government infusing Rs 30,000 crore into Air India under a financial restructuring plan (FRP). Total equity infused in the airline thus far is Rs 22,280 crore. Banks currently have an exposure of about Rs 53,980 crore.A diverting fact is that state-owned Air India utilised government bailouts while launching price wars with other airlines as part of its survival requirements, leading to the logical conclusion that the government was helping subsidise monopolistic behaviour.Another FRP by the present BJP dispensation to infuse Rs 42,182 crore as additional equity over 22 years has been delayed as the airline grapples with the problem of handling over Rs 50,000 crore in debt, of which an estimated Rs 23,000 crore is by way of aircraft loan advances. It is a no-win situation exacerbated by the airline’s asset deterioration down the years and its inability to even control its operating losses since 2011.Last year, for the first time in about a decade, Air India managed to post Rs 105 crore in operating profit (net loss after tax in 2016 — Rs 3,836.77 crore) on the back of fresh capital infusion from the government and lower ATF prices. But was the intangible benefits of holding on to a 13 percent market share worth splattering more red ink on a battered balance-sheet? The government didn’t think so. Its decision to divest the national carrier spoke of the triumph of experience over, often unrealistic, hope.Dreams Un-linedThe national career was a symbol of public sector ingenuity and operational inventiveness down the decades till its much- ballyhooed merger with Indian Airlines. Then, the losses started piling up with fresh competition from the private sector on key sectors within India. Even Vijay Mallya’s doomed Kingfisher took valuable market share away from Air India. Middle East carriers like Emirates, Gulf Air and Qatar Airways gained top-of-the-mind recall for expatriate travellers to destinations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Jeddah and Muscat.For a government long in denial about the dismal picture which Air India presented, the benefits of disinvesting the airline in a single swoop are far more than taking a piecemeal approach as recommended by critics who suggest that it retain 51 percent in the asset-heavy airline. Air India owns prime land in cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, the sale of which, disinvestment supporters expect will vault the airline out of troubled times. But this asset class, going by the airline’s own assessment, would yield only Rs 10,000 crore which is not a scratch on its huge debt burden. Raghavendra NThe Dreamliner aircraft and its entitled pilot crews have remained a thorn in the airline’s flesh to this day. Pilot strikes and mutinies since 2012 and largescale operational mismanagement took the airlines to a new low. The airline incurred operational losses of Rs 5,537 crore in 2012 (or Rs 15 crore every day). Subsequent years were not too different, though going by the government’s claims, Air India was actually paring down its losses fiscal after fiscal.Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha had exuded confidence about the airline’s performance since last year, and earlier this year, asserted that it would show operating profits of Rs 300 crore in 2016-17, and the government had no plans to privatise the airline – till the latter poured cold water over his enthusiasm by announcing that a disinvestment program to sell the airline and recover its losses would soon be underway.The Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) made things stickier when it said that the airline had actually posted operating losses of Rs 321.40 crore in the April-June period of 2015-16, when the government had claimed a profit.But Air India said that its operational performance targets were in line with the turnaround plan. A spokesperson said that “considerable improvement” in on-time performance at 78.2 percent was achieved in 2015-16 as compared to 68.2 percent in 2011-12. The available evidence didn’t justify the airline’s claims.Taking the debt-free roadThe logical answer to Air India’s problems is privatisation — but politicians and bureaucrats, who misuse India’s flag carrier as much as its employees do –, would baulk at such a move. Air India has been surviving on the Rs 30,000-crore bailout package put together by UPA-II in 2012 to help its turnaround, as well as debt relief provided by public sector banks. It is estimated that even a well executed asset sale may not fully cover the airline’s liabilities, and taxpayers cannot escape footing part of the loss — either directly in case the government pays off the airline’s creditors, or indirectly if the public sector banks write off their loans to the airline.The three options on the table could be a full 100 percent selloff, a 74 percent stake sale or retaining a 49 percent share in the airline, as per a tentative note from the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM). Raghavendra NThe decision to form an Air India-specific Alternative Mechanism to take forward the disinvestment plan is timely. But this Mechanism should first shed clarity on how the eventual sale will be executed — whether the airline will be fully privatised or hived off asset-wise to interested bidders like IndiGo, which has expressed interest in buying out the carrier’s international operations and peak hour landing slots in airports like London and New York. These slots if sold should fetch the government at least Rs 3,000 crore.A sale of market slots in airports like Delhi and Mumbai would be attractive to foreign airlines to invest in India, though the government’s stakeholding and quantum of divestment will come under their scrutiny before entering the bidding fray. Experts have suggested that the value of the heritage Air India brand can’t be overlooked either, when even Kingfisher’s hostile lenders valued that brand at Rs 160 crore.If both foreign and prospective domestic buyers like Indigo, are allowed to bid freely for the airline, more value could be realised from a sale. There have been suggestions to add more value to the airline’s assets by hiving off non-core assets with high profit potential into a shell company and demerger and strategic disinvestment of profit-making subsidiaries. This make sense only if the government considers making key changes in its FDI policy to allow foreign investors to buy a more substantial stake in Air India. If it is possible to invest 74 percent FDI in telecom, then why not in aviation?The highly rated Tata-Air Asia Berhad JV which saw Air Asia grabbing a foothold in the huge Indian market, has still not fulfilled its initial promise. Going by the record, almost all airlines that have lost money have only themselves to blame. Their painpoints include inefficient operations, aggressive expansion without consolidation, balance-sheets which are leveraged unduly high, improper route planning and wrong pricing of tickets. These factors have contributed more to the downfall of many an airline meeting its Waterloo in the Indian aviation market, rather than the market itself — which is growing and has many milestones ahead of it. Carriers like IndiGo have excelled in the same market. Stabilising Air India will be an important step ahead for Indian aviation. For a start, in the event of a successful sale, the government and its ministries must start seeing Air India as a revenue source and not a revenue generator.last_img read more

BCL activists assault college principal in Bogra

first_imgA group of leaders of ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) assaulted the principal of Bogra’s Government Shah Sultan College, Ejazul Haque.Witnesses said a group of BCL activists led by college unit BCL president Bishwajit Kumar Saha on Monday noon, vandalised the principal’s office and assaulted the principal following the expulsion of two BCL activists.Principal Ejazul Haque filed a case in this connection with Shajahanpur police station, accusing seven BCL activists including BCL college unit president Bishwajit Kumar and ten other unnamed people.The case was filed on charges of attacks, vandalism, and destruction of public property. Police arrested two students – a masters’ student SM Zobayer and an honours’ student Anik – in connection with the case.Principal Ejazul Haque told Prothom Alo that several BCL activists took part in the HSC test examination without paying the fees. Two of them – Mezbahul Hossain and Zobayer Hossain – misbehaved with college teacher Nilufer Rahman on 26 August when she sought examination fees from them.The principal said the college authorities expelled the two students when they misbehaved again at the examination centre on Monday.The college principal alleged that BCL activists led by Bishwajit raided his room, abused and assaulted him following the expulsion.Bishwajit, however, denied the allegations, saying no one from BCL launched the attack on the principal.He said he was present in the place of occurrence but was not involved in the vandalism. “No one from the BCL was involved in the vandalism.”President of Bogra district unit BCL Naimur Razzak, however, told Prothom Alo that the district unit BCL has decided to investigate the incident.“Disciplinary actions will be taken if any BCL activists are found involved in the incident,” he said.Shajahanpur police station officer-in-charge Zia Latiful Islam said police arrested two after the principal filed the case around 9:00 on Monday evening.Besides, Bogra district unit of the BCS General Education Association held an emergency meeting on Monday night following the attack on one of their fellows.Association’s general secretary Faruk Ahmed, also an assistant professor of the chemistry department at the Government Azizul Haque College, Bogra, said they have given the administration a seven-day ultimatum to arrest those involved in the attack.He said the teachers will announce tougher action programmes if the perpetrators are not brought to the book.last_img read more

Emerging Ethical Concerns In the Age of Artificial Intelligence

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 18, 2017 My husband and I have a running joke where we have our Amazon Echo “compete” with our iPhones to see who does a better (i.e., more human-like) job of interacting with us. While there’s no clear winner, Siri seems to have the edge for casual conversation, but Alexa can sing.I’ve noticed something else, too. We don’t usually thank Siri or Alexa the way we would a clerk at a supermarket or an employee at an information kiosk, even though they’re providing us with identical services. And why would we? Siri and Alexa aren’t people; they’re anthropomorphized computer programs. They don’t care if we thank them, because they don’t have feelings.At least, we’re pretty sure they don’t.Related: Good, Bad & Ugly! Artificial Intelligence for Humans is All of This & More.Science fiction novels have long delighted readers by grappling with futuristic challenges like the possibility of artificial intelligence so difficult to distinguish from human beings that people naturally ask, “should these sophisticated computer programs be considered human? Should ‘they’ be granted human rights?” These are interesting philosophical questions, to be sure, but equally important, and more immediately pressing, is the question of what human-like artificial intelligence means for the rights of those whose humanity is not a philosophical question.If artificial intelligence affects the way we do business, the way we obtain information, and even the way we converse and think about the world, then do we need to evaluate our existing definition(s) of human rights as well?What are “human rights”?Of course, what constitutes a human right is far from universally agreed. It goes without saying that not all countries guarantee the same rights to their citizens and nationals. Likewise, political support for the existing scope of rights within each country waxes and wanes, both directly and inversely, with those countries’ respective economic fortunes and shifting cultural mores.Historically, technological improvements and economic prosperity — as measured by per capita GDP — have tended to lead to an expanded view of basic human rights. The notion of universal health care as a basic right, for instance, is a relatively modern affectation. It did not exist — and could not have existed — without a robust administrative infrastructure and tax base to support it, and without sufficiently advanced medical technology to assure the population of its effectiveness.Work to live? Live to work?Technological advancement has always, understandably, been met with skepticism, particularly from those whose livelihoods are most likely to be affected by a technological shift. Technology that enhances productivity makes the humans using it more productive, but this is a double-edged sword, as it likewise increases the productivity expectations, and reduces the number of humans required for any given level of productive output. Theoretically, this need does not necessarily lead to job loss, as long as the demand for productive output continues to outpace the technologically abetted output itself.Related: 5 Major Artificial Intelligence Hurdles We’re on Track to Overcome By 2020Do human beings have a right to earn a livelihood? And, if they do, how far does that right extend? How much discomfort is acceptable before the effort required to find gainful employment moves from reasonable to potentially rights-infringing? If technology renders human labor largely obsolete, do humans have a right to a livelihood even if they cannot earn it?Tech industry luminaries such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk have recently endorsed concepts like guaranteed minimum income or universal basic income. A handful of experiments with this concept have been undertaken, announced or proposed in Canada, the Netherlands and elsewhere. Bill Gates recently made headlines with a proposal to impose a “robot tax” — essentially, a tax on automated solutions to account for the social costs of job displacement. While people may differ on the effectiveness or necessity of these and other proposals, it’s clear that discussion on these points will be a part of the broader AI conversation in the years to come.Whose datum is it, anyway?Technology challenges our conception of human rights in other ways, as well. Some of the most fascinating applications of improved artificial intelligence relate to the ability to quickly and efficiently analyze large quantities of data, finding and testing correlations and connections and translating them into usable information. “Big data” has dominated industry headlines in recent years, including speculation that a data analytics solution may have played a role in the 2016 US presidential election.Typically, concerns around access to and use of personal data have centered on personal privacy concerns. Many countries have enacted strict laws prohibiting the collection and sharing of personal data without first providing specific, detailed information about the planned use of such information and obtaining consent. Businesses safeguard their confidential information through an assortment of contractual arrangements and trade secret protection laws.Less legal attention has been paid, however, to the anonymized use of personal or proprietary data — that is, data that has been stripped of identifying information and aggregated alongside other data. This is partly because the question itself is inchoate: who, if anyone, has a right to impose use limitations on aggregated datasets? And on what basis might such limitations be imposed? Some data is relatively easy to obtain, and has traditionally been part of either a formal public record or, at a minimum, thought to be fair game to anyone obtaining them lawfully. This approach essentially mirrors the privacy-rights approach, in that it focuses on data at the point of collection, rather than at the point of use. And yet it is clear that independent ethical concerns do arise from the use, standing alone, of such data.For example, consider the case of an international beauty competition that was “judged” by an AI algorithm. The algorithm was given criteria thought to be unbiased and objective, and yet the selection of winners revealed an unexpected characteristic lurking in the algorithm’s operation — racial bias. As we increasingly rely on data aggregation software not only to provide us with organized information, but to influence or direct actions, we may increasingly find ourselves asking the question — should we have the right to ensure data is used fairly?Related: Artificial Intelligence: A Friend or Foe for Humans?Where do we go from here?Of course, technological innovation likely cannot be halted, and our ability to meaningfully hinder it is questionabl, even leaving aside the matter of whether it is desirable to attempt to do so. Industry groups have already formed to consider the ethical ramifications of increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence. And while clear answers are unlikely to emerge any time soon, it will be equally important to ensure that we, collectively as a society, are asking the right questions to ensure that technological innovation equates to genuine progress.last_img read more

Jørgen Madsen Lindemann MTG president and CEO Mo

first_imgJørgen Madsen Lindemann, MTG president and CEO.Modern Times Group has delivered fourth quarter profits in line with analyst forecasts after a tough year that has seen the forced sale of its stake in Russian broadcaster CTC Media and the sale of its Russian and central and eastern European pay TV businesses.MTG posted net sales of SEK4.54 billion (€487 million) for the fourth quarter, up 4% at constant exchange rates. EBIT before non-recurring items was SEK434 million, down from SEK478 million, while net income was SEK375 million, down from SEK471 million.CTC, the sale of which has still to be finalised, was classified as a discontinued operation by the group with a net income of zero for the quarter. MTG said that the ‘fair value’ of its 38% holding in the company, the sale of its stake in which was forced by Russia’s new media laws severely restricting foreign ownership, was SEK1 billion as of December 31, reflecting its completed sale of a 75% to UTV Management for US$200 million.MTG said that the sale or termination of its holding in the group would result in a non-cash charge to net income of SEK1 billion.MTG’s emerging markets pay TV business saw fourth quarter sales drop by 40% to SEK212 million following the sale and deconsolidation of the Russian and international pay TV channel business in November. MTG said it “a solution is currently being finalized” regarding the future of its troubled Ukrainian pay TV platform, while youth-oriented channel business Trace saw sales grow in the quarter.MTG’s Nordic pay TV business saw sales rise by 3% at constant exchange rates to SEK1.5 billion, while EBIT fell from SEK184 million to SEK173 million. The total premium subscriber base grew by 24,000 quarter-on-quarter excluding the Viaplay subscription video-on-demand service.Nordic free TV activities saw sales rise at constant exchange rates thanks to a strong performance in Denmark and Norway. In emerging markets, Bulgaria the Baltic states and the Czech Republic all reported higher sales, while MTG’s Hungarian operations were deconsolidated in November.The relatively strong performance enabled the group to propose an increased dividend of SEK11.50 a share.“Our aim is to accelerate our sales growth and increase our operating profits in 2016, due to the positive effects of the transformation process; the high level of operational gearing in our emerging market free-TV operations; and the positive sales impact of the content investments that we have made. These benefits will gradually compensate during the year for the anticipated SEK250m of incremental adverse FX effects, and the additional costs for the new or extended sports rights that we have acquired,” said Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, president and CEO.last_img read more

Ralph Brown Cable standards body CableLabs and Cis

first_imgRalph BrownCable standards body CableLabs and Cisco have teamed up to unveil a new open-source software project to drive forward the Remote PHY architecture.Remote PHY is a modular cable headend architecture that converts the IP signal to RF closer to the  edge of the network by distributing edgeQAM functionality rather than performing this at a central headend facility. It is seen as one of the emerging set of tools, associated with the advanced data-over-cable spec DOCSIS 3.1, that will enable cable operators to ensure that their networks are up to the job of delivering ultra high-speed services to compete with FTTH.The CableLabs/Cisco initiative, labeled OpenRPD, was originally developed by Cisco and contributed to the open source environment hosted at CableLabs. The RPD is a physical layer converter commonly located in an optical node of the cable network.  This open source software will reside in the Remote PHY Device and will be available to cable operators and RPD vendors around the world, according to Cisco.The software is designed to help further interoperability efforts and promote virtualization techniques to speed time to market with new services, according to the company, enabling legacy optical node vendors to build Remote PHY nodes“More and more of the telecommunications infrastructure is running on open source platforms. CableLabs has a history of contributing to and hosting open source projects. The OpenRPD project helps launch CableLabs increased focus on open source projects for the cable industry,” said Ralph Brown, CTO, CableLabs.“This is open source for cable access. Not only does it help move the industry toward the future architecture but it also enables a new developer community,” said Dave Ward, CTO of Engineering and chief architect, Cisco.“Open standards, open source and an open ecosystem community for developers is a key trajectory for networking. We see the Remote PHY architecture and RPD evolving to a more generalised and virtualised architecture that can be applied to all types of access networks.”last_img read more

The European subscription videoondemand SVOD m

first_imgThe European subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) market is due to reach revenues of US$6.8 billion in 2022, up from US$3.9 billion in 2017, according to Kagan research.The S&P Global Market Intelligence research group said that Netflix’s localised presence throughout Europe was one of the “main factors” contributing to this growth.Other cited factors were the expansion of Amazon Prime Video as a stand-alone service, the debut of international OTT services like Naspers’ Showmax, and the strengthening of offerings from local media providers such as Sky’s Now TV and ProSiebenSat.1 Media’s Maxdome.According to Kagan estimates, total paid subscriptions to online video services across 14 European markets will grow from 39.3 million in 2017 to 60.8 million in 2022, a compound annual growth rate of 9.1%.SVOD services were found to be especially popular in the Nordics, with Denmark, Norway and Sweden ranking as the countries with the highest penetration rates – ranging from 76.2% to 86.1% in 2017.Kagan said this can be attributed to the countries’ high percentage of English-speakers as well as disposable incomes higher than the European average.The UK was found to have Europe’s highest number of SVOD subscriptions, more than double those in Germany in 2017. The report said it expects this to continue over the next five years.Russia, Spain and Portugal were the three least SVOD-penetrated markets in Europe, according to the report.The study looked at 14 European markets – Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Poland and Russia.last_img read more

The dollar index closed on Friday at 8277…and gap

first_img The dollar index closed on Friday at 82.77…and gapped down about 10 basis points as soon as trading opened on Sunday night in New York.  After that, it rallied to its high of the day…82.89…which came at the open of equity trading in New York…9:30 a.m. Eastern time.  From there it got sold off into the close…finishing the Monday session at 82.65…down 12 basis points on the day. A cursory glance at the gold and silver charts from yesterday shows no correlation between the precious metals and the dollar index. Although gold’s low came at 10:30 a.m. in New York, the gold shares didn’t hit their nadir until 12:15 p.m. Eastern.  After that they rallied weakly along with the gold price…and then traded sideways after 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.  The HUI finished up 1.49%. Sponsor Advertisement Being a Tuesday, I have lots of stories from the weekend…and a goodly portion of them are gold related and well worth reading, so I hope you can find the time to spend on them. Obviously the U.S. Mint can’t keep up with demand for Silver Eagles…placing it in violation of the law which mandates enough bullion Silver and Gold Eagles must be produced to satisfy demand. But man-made laws can’t trump the law of supply and demand indefinitely. Many are still quick to point out that any silver shortage is confined to a number of retail forms of silver and not in the wholesale industry standard form of 1,000 oz bars. That seems to be true, but the silver retail shortage is burning intensely and the winds are strong and the firebreak separating retail and wholesale are more likely than ever to be breached. The simple fact is that these retail silver shortages have been flaring up on a recurring basis over the past few years and the current one is the strongest one yet. From everything I’ve observed, the retail shortage is bound to intensify…and I won’t keep it a secret as to what is the underlying cause – the price of silver is too low. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…20 April 2013 In a bifurcated market such as this one, it’s always hard to determine whether the hourly and daily charts for gold or silver are remotely close to free markets.  At times they have characteristics of a free market…but then a not-for-profit seller shows up…and that’s it for the day…with yesterday’s price action in both gold and silver being another case in point. As Ted mentioned in his quote above, the silver price is too low…way too low…and so is gold.  And as Grant Williams so exquisitely put it in his commentary posted above…”I can promise you that not a single one of those crashes, collapses, or crises ended up with retail investors stampeding to buy the asset that was supposedly cratering.” As the stories in the ‘Crticial Read’ section have pointed out…the precious metal markets are a firestorm of buyers…and they have sucked the pipeline clean of all precious metals world-wide over the last week.  It will take many months to fill it again, if it can be done at all, especially if JPMorgan Chase et al continue to keep the precious metals at these giveaway prices. We’re still only selling 100 oz. silver bars at the store, as that’s all we can get…and I’d bet that even this tiny window that we have into the silver market will disappear soon.  There’s nothing to buy anywhere, unless you want to pay a huge premium on e-bay. Well, the Commitment of Traders Report was not changed yesterday, so I doubt very much if it will be until Friday’s COT Report.  At that point we’ll find out whether this now-obvious false reporting from last week will be rectified at that point…or have JPMorgan Chase and the CME Group corrupted this report permanently?  We’ll find out soon enough. This bifurcated market cannot…and will not last.  The total disconnect between the paper market price and the physical market price has to resolved…and resolved quickly…as the pressure on physical demand has gone supernova.  Now that this fire is lit, it will be self-sustaining until prices change…and change drastically. The bullion banks and central banks are really up against it now…and have been caught in a trap of their own making…a plan that literally blew up in their faces.  They discovered in a real hurry that the buyers of 2013 were wise to them…and didn’t react the way they had back in 2011 when “da boyz” pulled this same stunt. If there every was a time for the world’s central banks to mark up the prices of all the precious metals [plus copper and crude oil] this would be the time to do it.  But in order to kill demand in precious metals stone-cold dead…it will take a big price adjustment to do it…and that’s why they’re going all-out to rid themselves of as much of their short positions [and/or go long] in these six commodities as they can.  And that’s why the last COT report was a fabrication, as they don’t want anyone to see what progress they’re making. I note that all four precious metals came under selling pressure in the thinly-traded and highly illiquid Far East trading session on their Tuesday, with the lows coming just moments before 3:00 p.m. in Hong Kong…which was just moments before the 8:00 a.m. BST London open.  As of 3:30 a.m. Eastern time, gross volumes are already very chunky in gold…over 44,000 contracts…and over 12,000 contracts [net] in silver.  The high-frequency traders are definitely out and about. And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, I see that “Da Boyz” continued to be active even past the London open…and it should come as no surprise to you, dear reader, that silver was hit the hardest once again.  As you already know, this precious metal is the biggest problem child of JPMorgan Chase, Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia…and HSBC USA.  Gold is down about eleven bucks…and silver is down 65 cents..but was down over 80 cents at its 8:55 a.m. BST low.  Gold’s gross volume is now north of 58,000 contracts…and silver’s net volume is just above the 15,000 contract mark. The dollar index dipped about 15 basis points going into the London open…and then blasted skyward.  It’s just an eyelash above the 83.00 mark as I write this. I’m watching the current situation with morbid fascination and, like everyone else out there, I’m making things up as I go along, as this really is a Star Trek-type of precious metals market.  Right now we’re only at Warp Factor 1…but I don’t expect that to last too much longer. The rest of today’s trading action, once we get past the noon silver fix in London, should prove interesting. See you tomorrow. Here’s your “cute quota” for the day… (Click on image to enlarge) For whatever reason, the CME Daily Delivery Report was never updated from Friday’s data.  I’m looking at the correct page on their website at ten minutes before midnight Eastern Daylight time…and it has not been updated.  Normally it’s updated by 10:00 p.m. Eastern. Well, the finally did the update, but it was after midnight Eastern time before the got around to it. I discovered it around 4:30 a.m. Eastern when I was doing the final edit.  The report showed that 43 gold and 11 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow…and the link to the current Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. GLD took another big hit yesterday, as 589,959 troy ounces were reported withdrawn yesterday…and as of 11:55 p.m. Eastern time last night, there were no reported changes in SLV. There was a decent sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They sold 7,500 ounces of gold eagles…7,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 681,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they didn’t report receiving any silver…but they shipped 702,149 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here. Monday was another busy sales day at the store…but not quite as busy as Friday.  Gold sales were really strong, as one customer came in and ordered an eye-watering amount of gold maple leafs.  We still only have 100 oz. silver bars for sale…and there was still no change from the mints or the wholesalers, as none of them are taking orders. Here’s a chart that reader Richard Sypher sent my way yesterday.  He borrowed it from yesterday’s edition of the “Daily Pfennig“..and I thank him for it.center_img Silver’s price pattern was similar, but the rally into the noon hour London high wasn’t anywhere near as impressive as gold’s.  After that high tick, the silver price pretty much followed the gold price pattern. Silver closed at $23.41 spot…up a whole 13 cents from Friday’s close.  Volume, net of roll-overs out of the May contract, was only 32,500 contracts. The precious metal markets are a firestorm of buyers…and they have sucked the pipeline clean Gold traded flat when it opened in New York on Sunday night…but early in Tokyo trading on their Monday morning, the price jumped up about ten bucks…and stayed there until 10:00 a.m. in London, where it jumped up a few more times, but ran into the proverbial brick wall shortly after 12:00 o’clock noon BST. From that high, gold got sold down about twenty-five bucks…hitting it New York low at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.  After that, it slowly gained back some of that loss by 2:00 p.m…and then didn’t do much going into the 5:15 p.m. close of electronic trading. Gold closed the Monday trading session at $1426.30 spot…up $19.80 on the day.  Gross volume was around 199,000 contracts…with a large chunk of that occurring early in the trading day…up until the London high of the day. The silver stocks traded mixed…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up a smallish 0.57%. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in October 2012 and using 0.3 g/t cutoff  the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation which was updated in March 2013. Indicated resources are 3.41 million tonnes averaging 1.48 g/t Au for 162,000 ounces, and Inferred resources are 53.25 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t Au for 1,799,000 ounces of gold utilizing a cutoff value of 0.5 grams/tonne (g/t) as a possible open pit cutoff. 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Silvers early morning rally in the Far East ran i

first_img Silver’s early morning rally in the Far East ran into a major seller of last resort, as volume was north of 12,000 contracts by 11 a.m. in Tokyo. Silver was up almost 70 cents by that time, and from there it got sold down in fits and starts to its London low around $20.80 spot, which occurred about 12:15 p.m. BST in London, a slightly late silver fix, perhaps?  After that, the silver price pretty much followed the gold price up until 9:20 a.m. EDT in New York.  But, unlike gold, silver didn’t get sold down, it continued to creep higher in price, with the high tick [$21.59 spot] coming in electronic trading after the Comex close.  The silver price got sold down a bit going into the 5:15 close. Silver finished the day at $21.42, up 87 cents from Friday’s close.  Of course it, like gold, would have finished phenomenally higher if it had been allowed to do so, which it obviously wasn’t.  Net volume was around 51,500 contracts, with about 12, 000 or so contracts traded by 10 a.m. Hong Kong time.  The volume after that was slightly elevated, but nothing special. For the day, gold was up 1.72%, silver closed up 4.23%, platinum was down 0.40%, and palladium was down 0.54%. The dollar index closed on Friday at 81.12, and traded pretty flat until 2 p.m. in Hong Kong yesterday afternoon local time.  From there it rallied to its 81.50 high, which occurred at 8:20 a.m. EDT, right at the Comex open.  By noon it was back down to 81.30, before rallying into the close.  The index finished the Monday trading session at 81.48, up 36 basis points from Friday’s close. Not surprisingly, the silver stocks did even better, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index finished the day up 6.11%.  A lot of the smaller junior producers/exploration companies finished up double digits.  However, at these depressed share prices, that’s not hard to do, but nice to see, anyway. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 58 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories tomorrow.  The short/issuer of all 58 contracts was JPMorgan Chase out of its client account, and the only long/stopper of note was JPMorgan Chase in its proprietary [in-house] account.  It was ever thus!  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME’s preliminary volume report for Monday’s trading shows that there are still around 1,300 gold contracts still open in August.  It will be interesting to see not only how many of these contract holders actually stand for delivery, but who the issuers and stoppers might be. I was rather surprised to see that there were no additions to either GLD or SLV yesterday.  But maybe I’m being impatient.  Let’s see what today brings.  I’m particularly interested in seeing what, if anything, is deposited in SLV in response to Monday’s [and last Thursday’s] move in the silver price. Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Bar List finally updated his website with last week’s data.  Here, in part, is what he had to say about SLV’s bar list as of the close of business on Wednesday, August 7th, “Analysis of the 07 August bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list showed that 717,065.6 oz. were removed (0.5M oz. from Via Mat, 0.2M oz. from Brinks London), and no bars were added or had a serial number change.  The bars removed were from: JSC (0.3M oz.), Korea Zinc (0.2M oz.), Shui Kou (0.1M oz.), and 4 others.”  The link to his website is here. The U.S. Mint had a sales report.  Once again, gold sales were very poor.  They sold only 500 ounces of gold eagles, 1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes, and 746,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported shipping out 164,500 troy ounces of silver, and didn’t report receiving any.  None of the reported movements involved JPMorgan Chase.  The link to that activity is here. In gold, they reported receiving 73,146 troy ounces, and shipped 100,467 ounces out the door.  But a cursory glance at the numbers shows that a large percentage of it involved transfers within the Comex-approved depositories, Scotiabank to HSBC USA, and HSBC USA to JPMorgan Chase, the ‘Big 3’ shorts in silver, and two of the three biggest short holders in gold.  In other words, it was “all the usual suspects”.  The link to that action is here. Considering this is a Tuesday column, I don’t have all that many stories, and most of the ones I do have are precious metal related.  I hope you have time to read them all. The reduction in the SLV short position by deposits of physical metal, and not by plain-vanilla share buying to cover short sales, points to tightness in the wholesale physical silver market. How so? Because it strongly suggests that SLV shares were originally sold short precisely because there was not sufficient metal available to deposit into the trust at that time. Only after the physical metal could be procured did the deposits take place. This is not the first time this has occurred and this is certainly not the only sign of wholesale tightness in the wholesale silver market. After a while, when it looks like, quacks like, and walks like a duck, chances are it is a duck (or genuine silver wholesale tightness). – Silver analyst Ted Butler, 10 August 2013 I was certainly happy to see the nice moves in both gold and silver yesterday, and it should come as no surprise to you, dear reader, that silver vastly outperformed gold.  That should continue. But I wasn’t overly amused by the fact that there was obvious opposition by a not-for-profit seller in the Far East on their Monday morning, as the volume was enormous for that time of day.  We’ll have to wait until Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report to see how much damage was done, not only yesterday, but for the entire reporting week, which has seen a big jump in price in both metals.  Today, at the close of Comex trading, is the cut-off for that report. It’s also obvious that the 50-day moving averages in both silver and gold got totally obliterated yesterday.  Here are their respective 6-month charts. It should come as no surprise to you, dear reader, that silver vastly outperformed gold. Gold rallied right from the open in New York on Sunday night.  The buying ended, or the rally got capped, about forty-five minutes later.  Volume by 11 a.m. in Tokyo was just north of 25,000 contracts, so these rallies did not go unopposed. The gold price traded sideways in a tight range either side of $1,330 spot until about  half an hour after the 8 a.m. London open, and developed a negative bias going into the noon BST London silver fix.  It began to rally from there, but it was the two [short covering?] rallies between 9 and 9:30 a.m. in New York that added another fifteen bucks to the price in very short order.  The high tick came around 9:20 a.m. EDT, which Kitco recorded as $1,345.60 spot. After that, gold got sold down ten bucks going into the 1:30 p.m. Comex close, and didn’t do much from there. Gold finished the Monday trading session at $1,337.30, up $22.60 on the day, but well off its high.  Volume, net of August and September, was around 151,000, but a big chunk of that traded in the first hour in Tokyo on their Monday morning, as it appeared that a fair amount of firepower was used to kill that rally. (Click on image to enlarge) The gold stocks gapped up a bit over four percent at the open yesterday, and were up almost seven percent at their highest, which was shortly before 1 p.m. EDT.  After that they faded a bit for the rest of the day.  The HUI turned a respectable performance nonetheless, closing up 5.51%. Sponsor Advertisement (Click on image to enlarge) Needless to say, I’m looking forward to what the technical funds do with their massive short positions now that this key moving average has been penetrated with a vengeance.  And even more important, will JPMorgan Chase be there on the sell side when these funds begin to cover?  I’m sure that Ted Butler’s raptors will be taking profits as the price climbs, but JPMorgan Chase is still running this show, and now have a long-side corner on the market.  It remains to be seen how they use it, and I suspect that we won’t have long to wait to get the answer to that question. I took a quick peek at the preliminary volume numbers for Monday’s trading day, and even though I don’t wish to read too much into them, as they can change quite a bit when the final numbers get posted later this morning EDT, I was surprised to see that gold’s open interest was only up 3,000 contracts, which isn’t a lot.  However, silver’s open interest blew out by 6,700 contracts, and that’s a huge amount.  Hopefully the final numbers will show improvements, especially in silver. The price action in Far East trading on their Tuesday was choppy, and volumes reasonably light, and mostly of the high-frequency trading variety, so I’m not going to read a thing into these markets.  However, at 2 p.m. Hong Kong time, all four precious metals began to move higher in unison, but all got capped the moment that London opened for trading an hour later.  And as I hit the ‘send’ button on this morning’s column at 5:18 a.m. EDT, gold is back below Monday’s close by a few bucks, platinum is up a bit over a percent, and palladium is up a few bucks.  But silver is struggling higher, as it appears that the sellers of last resort are throwing everything they can at the price.  It was up over 40 cents at one point, but is now up only about 22 cents. Volumes have really blow out.  Gold volume has now doubled since London opened, and is now a bit north of 36,000 contracts.  The same can be said for silver, as the volume is now a whopping 18,000 contracts.  I can tell by looking at the numbers on the CME’s website, that it’s almost all of the high-frequency trading variety, so it’s obvious that these rallies are destined to go nowhere for the moment. I will be more than interested in seeing what the price action is like once New York starts to trade but, for the moment,  JPMorgan’s high-frequency traders are in complete control. See you tomorrow. Platinum and palladium were dancing to their own music yesterday, as they usually do, and here are their charts. Rub Elbows with Dr. Ron Paul, Doug Casey, and 24 Other Renowned Economic and Investment Experts We all know the value of networking when it comes to our careers. But it can be even more valuable to your portfolio. You can see for yourself at the Casey Research 3 Days With Casey Summit, to be held October 4-6 in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. Attend and you might run in to Dr. Ron Paul, who’s delivering the keynote address. Like many of the speakers, he plans to stick around for the entire three days (the Summit is that important). Or perhaps you’ll want to rub elbows with legendary contrarian investor Doug Casey… natural resource speculator extraordinaire Rick Rule… Solari Report Publisher Catherine Austin Fitts… Obamacare expert Dr. Elizabeth Vliet… or any of the other 21 financial and investment experts at the 3 Days With Casey Summit speakers. Click now for a comprehensive speakers list. Please don’t miss this rare opportunity meet and talk with some of the world’s foremost economic and investment experts. Seats are selling fast, so you need to reserve your spot now.last_img read more

Abolish the Federal Reserve

first_img Abolish the Federal Reserve. The United States of America is not what it used to be. Unsustainable mountains of debt, continuous meddling by the government and Fed to “stimulate the economy,” and the US dollar’s dwindling status as the world’s reserve currency are very real threats to Americans’ standard of living. Here are some opinions from the recently concluded Casey Research Fall Summit on the state of the state and how to fix it. Marc Victor, a criminal defense attorney from Arizona and a staunch liberty advocate, says there’s really no such thing as “the state”—“it’s just some people bossing other people around.” Not everyone wants to fix things, he says; the bosses like the status quo. For example, aside from drug lords, DEA agents are the ones benefiting most from the “War on Drugs.” Victor believes that democracy and freedom are incompatible, since “democracy is majority rule, and freedom is self-rule.” If you want to bring true freedom to America, he says, winning hearts and minds is the only way to reboot this country and create a free society. Paul Rosenberg, adventure capitalist, Casey Research contributor, and editor of “A Free Man’s Take,” views America’s future similarly. He thinks the United States is in a state of entropy. The bad news, says Rosenberg, is that there will be no revolution. The good news is that the peak of citizens’ obedience to the state is behind us, and people are getting fed up with the government’s shenanigans. Real change is slow, he says, so we must work persistently to create a better world. Stephen Moore, chief economist at the Heritage Foundation, says the problem is liberal economic policy: Red states in the US, he says, have blown away blue states in job creation since 1990. Texas alone accounts for the entire net growth of the US economy over the past five years. As another proof point in favor of a free-market economy, Moore emphasizes that both Obama and Reagan took office during terrible economic times. While Obama has raised taxes and instituted Obamacare, Reagan cut taxes and regulation. As a result, the Reagan economic recovery was almost twice as robust as the Obama “recovery.” One of the US’s biggest problems, says Moore, is that companies can’t reinvest profits because dividend, capital gains, and income taxes all have increased under Obama. Corporate taxes in the rest of the world have dramatically declined in the last 25 years, but in the US, they haven’t budged. The average corporate tax rate around the world is 24%—in the US, it’s 38%. Overall, though, Moore is bullish on the US economy. American companies, he says, are the best-run in the world, if only the US government would adopt less economically destructive policies. Doug Casey, chairman of Casey Research, legendary speculator, and best-selling financial author, isn’t so optimistic. First of all, he says, we’re in the Greater Depression right now, which began in 2008. He fears it’s too late to repair America, but says if anyone would attempt to do so, the following seven-step program would help: Allow the collapse of “zombie companies” (companies that are only being held up by government handouts and other cash infusions). Abolish all regulatory agencies. Cut the size of the military by at least 90%. Eliminate the income tax. Sell all US government assets. Default on the national debt. Of course, says Casey, that’s not going to happen, so individual investors shouldn’t hope for a political solution or waste their time and money trying to stop the inevitable collapse of the US economy. The only way to save yourself and your assets is to internationalize. He recommends owning significant assets outside your home country: for example, by buying foreign real estate. You should also buy and store gold, “the only financial asset that’s not simultaneously someone else’s liability.” Casey’s suggestions include going short bubbles that are about to burst (like Japanese bonds denominated in yen), selling expensive assets like collectible cars and expensive real estate in major cities, as well as looking toward places like Africa as contrarian investment opportunities. Nick Giambruno, senior editor of International Man, agrees that internationalizing your wealth—and yourself—is the most prudent way to go for today’s high-net-worth investors. It ensures that “no single government can control your destiny,” and that you put your money, business, and yourself where they are treated best. You should internationalize each of these six aspects of your life, says Giambruno: our assets; your citizenship; your income/business; your legal residency; your lifestyle residency; and your digital presence. Regarding your assets, you can find better capitalized, more liquid banks abroad, and using international brokerage accounts can provide you access to new investment markets. To hear all of Nick Giambruno’s detailed tips on how to go global, as well as every single presentation of the Summit, order your 26+-hour Summit Audio Collection now. It’s available in CD and/or MP3 format. Learn more here.last_img read more

The Nook Hair Salon and Studio in Tuscaloosa is a

first_imgThe Nook Hair Salon and Studio in Tuscaloosa is a family-owned salon that also serves as a safe place for the community to gather. On Monday, owners Emily and David Summerville hosted an event to reveal their big announcement in the hopes that the community can help make their dream of adoption come true.“We have decided to take the journey of adoption,” said Emily Summerville. “And so we are just super excited that we can involve the community and help us raise money to bring our next baby home.”The salon has only been open for a year but they constantly strive to be a place where people can foster both community and connection. The event, An Evening With Santa, was a way for the community to help support the Summerville family. The event featured a free photo with Santa, milk and cookies, arts and crafts and games. Tickets to attend the event were $20.Emily Summerville said that they want people to know that adoption is not their plan B. The Summerville family has a son who is 3, but they said they have always had adoption in their hearts.“And then this past year we have gone through some pregnancy losses,” said Emily. “And we just were so excited to be able to go through adoption now and be able to be joyful about it and bring hope to other people who have maybe experienced that.”The only obstacle for the Summervilles was the cost. David said that they are looking at paying anywhere from $25,000 to $30,000. The event was a bigger success than the Summervilles expected.“I believe we sold around 58 tickets and I know we’ve had a couple other people walk in,” said David. “And I mean I would say over 100 kids have showed up. It’s definitely been more than what we expected.”last_img read more

The disabled head of a disability charity has been

first_imgThe disabled head of a disability charity has been criticised by the charities watchdog after a full-page photograph of her was used – with her permission – in the Conservative party’s election manifesto.Ruth Owen, chief executive of Whizz-Kidz, is pictured in her wheelchair on page 44 of the manifesto, contravening strict rules on charities supporting particular political parties.The charity – which supports young disabled people to access the right mobility equipment – has defended her actions, arguing that she was not named in the manifesto and was appearing only as an “anonymous” disabled person and not as a representative of Whizz-Kidz.Owen was recognised with an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2012, but she insists that her appearance in the Tory manifesto (pictured) does not signify support for the party.The Charity Commission has now spoken to Whizz-Kidz about the photograph, after the picture was drawn to its attention by Disability News Service.A Charity Commission spokeswoman said: “The charity has explained that Ruth Owen agreed for her photograph to appear in the manifesto as a private individual, on the basis that her name would not be included, and the charity would not be named.“We have advised the charity that, given the profile of Ruth Owen and of the charity, the inclusion of her photograph could potentially give rise to the impression that the charity has associated itself with or endorses a political party.“That would run counter to our guidance on campaigning and political activity, which makes clear that a charity must not give its support to any one political party and trustees must ensure perceptions of their independence are not adversely affected.“All charities must ensure that their independence is maintained, and perceptions of independence are not adversely affected. “As charity regulator we expect charity trustees to take account of this fundamental requirement as a core part of their decision-making processes.“We have sent the charity a reminder of our guidance and explained that this needs to be brought to the attention of the trustees.”The case has parallels with an investigation carried out by the commission after the last election in 2010.That complaint involved Debbie Scott, the chief executive of the employment charity Tomorrow’s People, whose full-page photograph – and comments – appeared in the Conservative manifesto.A report published by the commission following its investigation warned other charities: “Contributing to an election manifesto or any party political publication would have the inevitable result of providing or encouraging support for a particular political party, or at the very least, the perception of doing so.“As a charity cannot support or encourage support for any political party, the Commission is unable to see how a charity could demonstrate that it had sufficiently considered and managed all the risks arising from a decision to contribute to an election manifesto or party political publication.”A Whizz-Kidz spokesman said that Owen appeared only as “an anonymous member of the public; a female wheelchair-user”.He said: “When asked if she could have her photograph taken, it was under the assurance that neither her name, title, nor the organisation she works for would be cited. She was also informed she could keep the images for her own use.”He said that Owen was “not endorsing the Conservative Party by appearing in the image, nor – as demonstrated by an absence of comment, quote or recognition of the charity – is Whizz-Kidz”.He said Whizz-Kidz worked “across the political spectrum”, and in the last 12 months had presented a fundraising award to Ed Balls, Labour’s shadow chancellor, and was involved in a fundraiser at Everton Football Club for shadow health secretary Andy Burnham’s own fund-raising marathon.He added: “In the past, we have sponsored the all-party parliamentary group for wheelchair reform, chaired by a Liberal Democrat MP; and we regularly hold fringe events at both the Labour and Conservative party conferences, as well as other parliamentary events with a range of MPs – giving disabled youngsters and their parents the chance to speak for themselves.”Owen has so far failed to say whether she was aware of the Charity Commission rules governing such situations when she agreed to the picture, and whether she will apologise for her decision to appear in the manifesto.last_img read more

California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Drivers Seats

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Officials in California proposed new rules on Friday that would let companies test autonomous cars on public roads with no human driver present.The proposal is a significant update to the state’s self-driving car regulations adopted in 2014, which allow testing on public roads only if a driver is inside the vehicle. With the new rules, companies that want to test cars without human drivers will have to apply for a special permit and meet federal standards defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.To be approved for the permit, companies will also have to obtain written support from the jurisdiction that they want to test in, which suggests that local governments could object to testing on their streets.According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, 21 companies are currently testing autonomous vehicles in the state. Among them are tech companies such as Waymo, which took over Google’s self-driving project last year, as well as traditional automakers such as Toyota and BMW.”California has more manufacturers testing autonomous vehicles than any other state and today’s rules continue our leadership with this emerging technology,” California Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly said in a statement. The state’s updated regulations will now enter a 45-day public comment period before they are adopted.Although California is a hotbed of autonomous vehicle research, it is not the only state that is working on regulations to govern the industry. In December, Michigan adopted new laws that establish comprehensive self-driving car regulations and made it the first state to allow completely autonomous ride-sharing fleets.   Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Cars 56shares Next Article Image credit: Mark Wilson | Getty Images California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Driver’s Seats Add to Queuecenter_img Proposed regulations would let companies test self-driving cars on public roads without a human driver present. News reporter This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read March 13, 2017 Tom Brant Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Can Marijuana Replace Lost Steel Jobs Pennsylvania Town Has High Hopes

first_imgCannabis Free Green Entrepreneur App Download Our Free Android App Guest Writer –shares Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Can Marijuana Replace Lost Steel Jobs? Pennsylvania Town Has High Hopes. A region of the Keystone State impoverished by industrial decline and ravaged by opioid addiction sees a future in medical cannabis. Next Article Add to Queue March 28, 2017 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The promise of big profits and job creation continues to draw communities to the legal marijuana industry, particularly in places where the economy has long suffered.Nowhere is this more apparent than in southwestern Pennsylvania. City leaders in Braddock, located east of Pittsburgh, have submitted an application with the state in hopes to land a license that will allow for a new cannabis cultivation facility. The goal is for legal medical marijuana to bring back jobs lost over the past decades by the decline in the steel industry.They have partnered with a company that includes a Pennsylvania legend among its top executives: Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris, who played for the Pittsburg Steelers. The company has a goal of his own: finding out if marijuana can become an effective pain management medicine that replaces opioids.Related: 5 Routes the Cannabis Industry Could Take to Get Around Federal Banking RestrictionsTough TimesIn many places, such as in California and Colorado, businesses and communities vie against each other to win potentially lucrative licenses from the state for creating and operating marijuana cultivation centers and retail outlets. However, in a place such as Braddock, leaders see it as a means of survival.Braddock has been decimated by the jobs lost with cutbacks in the steel industry since the late 1980s. The city’s economic state landed it on the Pennsylvania Act 47 roll of financially distressed cities. Braddock has been on the list since 1988.In numerous media appearances, Mayor John Fetterman thinks a large medical marijuana cultivation center can change the town’s fortunes. As many as 70 new jobs would be created at the outset, and the city would reap the tax benefits of having the facility in town.“It’s a great story to have with a community that’s been kind of left behind by an industry in decline like steel to be resurrected financially from a brand new industry that didn’t even exist in Pennsylvania six months ago,” Fetterman said in a Facebook Live interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.State lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf approved medical marijuana in Pennsylvania in 2016.Braddock already faces competition for the license from nearby McKeesport, which also plans to submit an application. The state has said it will only allow a limited number of facilities within six different regions of the state.Related: Colorado Takes Aim at the Marijuana Black MarketLaurel Green MedicalHarris is chairman of Laurel Green Medical, which would run the facility in Braddock if the project wins the state permit.On its website, the company said its cultivation center “will use sustainable growing techniques to facilitate the best species of the plant. We will oversee the production of our medicine from seed to sale; this allows us to offer more affordable prices to our patients across-the-board.”Harris became interested in medical marijuana through fellow former and current NFL players who told him that using opioids to manage pain sometimes led to addiction to the drug, according to the Post-Gazette. He also noted that Pennsylvania has been one of the states hit hardest by the opioid addiction crisis.Related: How Do We Measure the Statistical Significance of Legal Cannabis?Research into the uses of medical marijuana is “something that’s very much need,” Harris said.Permit applications were sent to the state in March. The state is expected to grant permits within the next several months, with the businesses beginning operation by mid-2017.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news.  Image credit: Oliver Contreras | The Washington Post | Getty Images dispensaries.com Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community.last_img read more

Note 7 Fiasco Could Burn a 17 Billion Hole in Samsung

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What better way for dad to connect with his loved ones than learning about his family’s stor Lifeminute tv Samsung Electronics’ worst-ever recall could cost the company as much as $17 billion after it halted sales of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 for a second time, spelling an almost certain end for the ill-fated premium model.Samsung announced the recall of 2.5 million Note 7s in early September following numerous reports of the phones catching fire and on Tuesday the crisis deepened: The company told mobile carriers to stop sales or exchange of the $882 device and asked users to shut off their phones while it investigated new reports of fires in replacement Note 7s.As the world’s top-selling smartphone company awaits results of probe by U.S. safety regulators, some investors and analysts predict Samsung may scrap the Note 7 and move on to successor models to limit the financial and reputational damage.”In the worst case scenario, the U.S. could conclude the product is fundamentally flawed and ban sales of the device,” said Song Myung-sub, an analyst at HI Investment Securities.If Samsung stops selling the Note 7s, that will translate into lost sales of up to 19 million phones, or nearly $17 billion, that the firm was expected to generate during the Note 7’s product cycle, according to analysts including those at Credit Suisse.That’s a big increase from $5 billion in missed sales and recall costs analysts initially expected Samsung to incur under the assumption that the firm would resume global Note 7 sales in the fourth quarter.Chances of that now look slim. South Korea’s Hankyoreh newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said on Tuesday Samsung will likely stop Note 7 sales permanently. Samsung did not comment on the report.”This has probably killed the Note 7 brand name,” said Edward Snyder, the managing director of Charter Equity Research.”By the time they fix the problem they have to go through recertification and requalification and by the time that happens, they’re going up against the [Galaxy] S8 launch.”Wider problemSamsung has already temporarily halted Note 7 production, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. That could lead to a write-down in inventory in the event Samsung has to end sales entirely.Broker Nomura estimates Samsung may have to incur up to 1.6 trillion won of disposal costs in the fourth quarter, assuming around 4 million Note 7s have been made.For Samsung, with a market value of $235 billion and $69 billion in cash and equivalents at the end of June, the loss of sales of one model could be absorbed.The bigger problem will be long-term impact on its reputation and brand, analysts and experts say.”We think the Note 7 incident may hurt demand for Samsung’s other smartphone models as well,” Nomura analysts said in a note, adding it may have to slash Samsung’s fourth-quarter mobile division profit estimates by as much as 85 percent.Verizon Communications Inc., the largest U.S. wireless carrier, is already considering shifting marketing away from the troubled Note 7s, a company spokesman said on Monday.That will likely boost rival products such as the new Google Pixel and Apple Inc.’s new iPhone taking market share from Samsung, as most vendors launch new products ahead of the critical year-end holiday sales season.”The [Note 7] unit is forever going to be tarnished and the danger is that the brand becomes irretrievably damaged as well,” said Stephen Robb, a partner at UK law firm Weightmans.”They need to be writing to every customer with an apology and some form of ‘compensation’… It will clearly be costly for the company but the alternative is to end up going the way of Nokia and Blackberry.”Samsung also faces lawsuits, with at least two consumers taking the company to the court in the United States to claim compensation on damages stemming from the faulty smartphone.The firm received 92 reports of batteries overheating in the United States, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, according to the U.S. regulator’s announcement of the Sept. 15 recall.The Note 7 woes may also roil Samsung’s component business, an important and growing source of revenue, as it provides key smartphone parts such as phone screens and memory chips.Falling Note 7-related orders could not only cut overall revenue for the component business unit, but also crimp prices of such parts, analysts said.($1 = 1,114.7500 won)(By Se Young Lee; Additional reporting by Nataly Pak; Writing by Miyoung Kim; Editing by Lincoln Feast) October 11, 2016 A Safe Way to Get Rid Of Bugs in Your Home A Safe Way to Get Rid Of Bugs in Your Home New York takes aim at skyscrapers’ sky-high energy usage 2 Delicious Summer Entertaining Ideas Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day A Petition Is Coming ? for a ‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Do-Over How Human Behavior is Hurting Animals and What We Can Do to Protect Them IHOP Sees Explosive Growth in To-Go Sales Autoplay: On | Off Saint Laurent dazzles with men’s collection on Malibu beach US Navy: Russian destroyer almost collided with cruiser in the Philippine Sea BACK Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 4 min read Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day The firm received 92 reports of batteries overheating in the United States, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage. 2020 Ballots May Have a New Box to Check ? 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Praveen Thakur Named as COO of Unscrambl Inc

first_imgPraveen Thakur Named as COO of Unscrambl Inc. PRNewswireApril 22, 2019, 7:36 pmApril 22, 2019 AI-driven solutionsAugmented IntelligenceGlobal Customer OperationsMarketing TechnologyNewsPraveen ThakurUnscramble Previous ArticleCellPoint Mobile Enables Viva Air to Become the First Airline in Latin America to Offer Apple Pay and Google PayNext ArticleHarvard Business Review Analytic Services, in association with CI&T, Release New Report Entitled Machine Learning: The Next Generation of Customer Experience Industry Veteran of Oracle and SAP to Lead Growing Augmented Intelligence CompanyUnscramble, the leading augmented intelligence company building AI-driven solutions for enterprises, announced that Praveen Thakur, an industry veteran and recognized leader in the technology industry, has joined its executive team as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Praveen now heads up Global Customer Operations for the Atlanta-based company effective April 15, 2019. In this new role, Praveen is responsible for driving the company’s efforts to scale and bring its products to customers across the globe, delivering superior shareholder value in the process.In a distinguished career spanning more than three decades, Praveen has held key leadership roles across the Asia-Pacific region and India with leading technology service providers. At Oracle, Praveen spent fourteen years leading business for technology and cloud platforms in SouthEast Asia and the emerging markets in South Asia. In his most recent role, Praveen served as Senior Vice President for platform and data management solutions at SAP for Asia Pacific and Japan.Marketing Technology News: Sales Engagement Leader Outreach Reaches Unicorn Status, Raises $114 Million Series EThis new appointment at Unscrambl represents another step in the company’s growth following a year of successful initiatives and client wins. In a strategic partnership with Microsoft, Unscrambl recently secured an important engagement with Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), a bank in the Philippines. Together, the companies will deploy AI-powered solutions powered by Unscrambl’s technology that will transform and augment current design of analytics and launch real-time marketing campaigns. Earlier this year, the company was also awarded with enrollment in the SG:D Spark Programme enabling it to leverage demand in the Government sector in Singapore.Marketing Technology News: DemandBlue launches DemandBlue Labs, a Salesforce Innovation Org for its CustomersWith spending on cognitive and AI systems predicted to grow to $52.2 billion in 2021, Unscrambl is well-positioned for success in the years ahead. Vibhore Kumar, CEO of Unscrambl recognizes Praveen’s appointment as a key to that future growth. “We are delighted to welcome Praveen into Unscrambl’s core leadership team to guide us through this new phase of our growth story. We are at a critical moment and we will rely on his expertise and visionary leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead.”Marketing Technology News: Vonage Recognized as a ‘451 Firestarter’last_img read more