10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer compares Rashford to Juventus star Ronaldo


first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer compares Rashford to Juventus star Ronaldoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has compared Marcus Rashford to Cristiano Ronaldo due to his swerving free-kicks.Rashford has often cited the Juventus superstar as a player he’s tried to emulate in his career.And after scoring United’s second from a set-piece in last night’s 2-0 win over Newcastle, Solskjaer had high praise for the 21-year-old.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer told BBC Sport: “Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit, it swerves everywhere, but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done.”He is only 21, you have to remember that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoHarry Winks: Spurs players behind the manager


first_imgHarry Winks: Spurs players behind the managerby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Winks says Tottenham Hotspur’s squad are sticking by Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine is under pressure to keep his job after Saturday’s loss to Brighton, leaving the club with a record of three wins from 11 games this season.But Winks believes Pochettino has the complete support of his playing squad.”He’s our manager. He’s been fantastic ever since he’s been at the club and taken the club to new heights,” Winks said.”At the moment we are going through a bit of a rough patch. That happens in football, every club goes through it.”It’s important we stand up as men and get through these dark times, and hopefully we can get back to playing well and winning as much as we can.”In the last six years we have come such a long way, we have become a title-challenging side. But we haven’t shown it this season, we have only shown it in parts.”In certain games we have played really well but for the majority of this season we haven’t shown what we are about.”It’s important we look back on it and reflect so realise it’s not been good enough, no excuses. The only way we can put it right is back in training and the next match.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Report: BYU Will Discipline “10-Ish” Players For Season Opener vs. Nebraska For Their Role In Brawl vs. Memphis


first_imgBYU and Memphis players brawl during game.BYU’s football team will be lacking some depth when it takes on Nebraska in its season opener on Sept. 5. The school announced Tuesday morning that it will be disciplining “10-ish” players for the game against the Huskers due to their role in the brawl against Memphis. Following the Miami Beach Bowl on Dec. 22, many of the Cougars and Tigers’ players got into a severe scuffle on the field. Multiple punches were thrown, faces were battered – it was an incredibly ugly scene.BYU will discipline “10-ish” players for their role in brawl with Memphis in their opener vs. Nebraska. Still not saying who, however.— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinBig12) March 3, 2015Here’s video of the brawl.With star quarterback Taysom Hill returning, BYU was expected to be a tough test for Nebraska in Week 1. The Cougars’ chances of pulling off an upset in Lincoln took a decent hit today, though.last_img read more

Impulsivity in teens not unique to humans


first_imgImpulsiveness during adolescence is not unique to us, according to a study which suggests that the brains of human and other primates go through similar changes in teen years, particularly in the areas that affect self-control. “As is widely known, adolescence is a time of heightened impulsivity and sensation seeking, leading to questionable choices,” said Beatriz Luna of the University of Pittsburgh in the US. “However, this behavioral tendency is based on an adaptive neurobiological process that is crucial for molding the brain based on gaining new experiences,” Luna said. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainStructural, functional, and neurophysiological comparisons between us and macaque monkeys show that this difficulty in stopping reactive responses is similar in our primate counterparts – who during puberty, also show limitations in tests where they have to stop a reactive response.”The monkey is really the most powerful animal model that comes closest to the human condition,” said Christos Constantinidis of Wake Forest School of Medicine in the US. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”They have a developed prefrontal cortex and follow a similar trajectory with the same patterns of maturation between adolescence and adulthood.” Taking risks and having thrilling adventures during this period isn’t necessarily a bad thing, according to the study. “You don’t have this perfect inhibitory control system in adolescence, but that’s happening for a reason,” Lunsa said. “It has survived evolution because it’s actually allowing for new experiences to provide information about the environment that is critical for optimal specialisation of the brain to occur,” she said. Understanding the neural mechanisms that underlie this transitional period in our primate counterparts is critical to informing us about this period of brain and cognitive maturation, said Luna.last_img read more

Minister of Indigenous Affairs says work of inquiry will continue despite commissioners


first_imgAPTN National NewsIndigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says the current Inquiry has the tools and the people in place to fulfill the mandate of the embattled National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.“First I would like to thank Ms. Poitras for her work,” said Bennett. “I am sure she will continue to be a defender of indigenous issues and continue to look into the tragedy of missing Indigenous women and girls. She has made great sacrifices and contributions and we thank her for that.”Bennett, fresh off a meeting with the Inquiry’s commissioners, faced the media shortly after news broke that Commissioner Marilyn Poitras issued her letter of resignation.In her letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Poitras said she could not work within the structure of the inquiry.“It is clear to me that I am unable to perform my duties as a Commissioner with the process designed in its current structure,” wrote Poitras. “I believe the Terms of Reference could be used to find solutions to do this work and I wish you the best in moving that agenda forward.”Read Marilyn Poitras resignation letter here: Marilyn PoitrasBennett met with the Inquiry July 10 to discuss the concerns appearing in public about the communications issues, and the commission’s plan to execute its mandate.“We had a very productive meeting and I can assure the families that the commissioners are continuing to work diligently and they are trying to find solutions to end violence against Indigenous women and girls,” said Bennett.Marilyn PoitrasSince being announced in the fall of 2016, the Inquiry has suffered through several resignations and firings.February 4, Michael Hutchinson, communications director is let goJune 2, Sue Montgomery, senior communications offiicer resigns.June 15, Tanya Kappo, manager of communications resigns.  June 15, Chantale Courcy, director of operations resigns.June 30, Michèle Moreau, inquiry executive director resigns. Her last day is July 21.But none as big as Poitras, a commissioner walking away from the Inquiry because of the way the process is designed.The first response came from the Assembly of First Nations.“We’re very concerned about this resignation because the work of the National Inquiry is too important and we want to see it succeed for the families,” said National Chief Perry Bellegarde in a statement. “The AFN has made many offers to help the Inquiry connect with all those affected by this tragedy because a ‘families first’ approach is essential to the Inquiry’s success. As part of that effort, we’ve invited the Commissioners to speak at our upcoming AFN Annual General Assembly to share information, and we anticipate a positive response.”The Native Women’s Association of Canada is calling on the commission to restructure.“This process has lost its focus on those who are impacted by the loss of loved ones and on honouring the lives of Indigenous women,” said NWAC Interim President Francyne D. Joe in a statement.  “The departure of a Commissioner, immediately following the resignation of the Executive Director, is a clear indication that there are unresolved structural issues occurring at the highest levels. It’s time to give families the barrier-free process they deserve.”But Bennett isn’t going to intervene in the work of the commissioners.“The commission is totally independent and it is their decision to make in terms of finding processes that will help them achieve their mandate.”“I was impressed by the work plan that they have, the research plan … they really do have the vision, the values, the tools and the plan to to get this work done. There is no question, that we all agree, communication has been an issue. And that they have got to do a better job at communicating their vision, their plan, values and the way that they’re going to get this work done.Successful commissions bring Canadians with them as they go – and this has not been done to date.”Bennett said she will not appoint a new commissioner unless she is directed to do so by the inquiry, and if Cabinet approves it.Poitras’ last day is July 15.last_img read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State faces toughest challenge to date against No 5


Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate finishes a dunk in the first half against Appalachian State on Dec. 16, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerSince playing Michigan on Dec. 4, Ohio State (10-3, 2-0 Big Ten) has dominated three straight nonconference opponents, scoring at least 80 points and allowing no more than 67 points in any game. The Buckeyes will not find their next matchup quite as easy. They travel to New Orleans to play No. 5 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Here is a rundown of what to expect out of that game.Projected StartersUNC:G — Joel Berry II — Senior, 6-foot, 195 lbs., 17.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, G — Kenny Williams — Junior, 6-foot-4, 185 lbs., 13.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apgG/F — Theo Pinson — Senior, 6-foot-6, 220 lbs., 8.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.7 apgF — Garrison Brooks — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 215 lbs., 6.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.8 apgF — Luke Maye — Junior, 6-foot-8, 240 lbs., 19.3 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.3 apgOhio State:G — Musa Jallow — Freshman, 6-foot-5, 200 lbs., 4.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.3 apgG — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.4 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 18.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.5 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 12.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.8 apgScouting UNCOhio State has played a ranked opponent only once this season, and it was an 86-59 loss to now-No. 12 Gonzaga. The team it faces Saturday might be even better than that Bulldog squad. According to Kenpom.com, North Carolina is the No. 11 team in the nation, one spot ahead of Gonzaga. The Tar Heels have handled a few quality teams to this point, beating Stanford 96-72, Michigan 86-71 and No. 21 Tennessee 78-73. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said in watching the film of those wins, it is clear North Carolina is a team that should be making a return trip to the Final Four in 2018.“There’s a reason they’re the No. 5 team in the country,” Holtmann said Thursday. “We’ve watched them play both home and away, they were up on Michigan by 30 with 10 minutes to go. They just can be really, really explosive. Obviously they have a terrific win at Tennessee. Every time you’re watching them play, you’re trying to evaluate things.”But while North Carolina has several big wins on its resume, it also has several standout losses. In its first real test of the season, it was beat down by now-No. 2 Michigan State 63-45, and lost to Wofford 79-75 Wednesday night. The Tar Heels tend to be one of the more dominant teams in the nation across the board, ranking as both a top-20 team by KenPom in both adjusted offensive efficiency (No. 14) and adjusted defensive efficiency (No. 19). But there is one area that could bode well for the Buckeyes. When Ohio State struggles, it is because it gets into turnover trouble. According to KenPom, Ohio State ranks No. 173 in offensive turnover rate. But the Tar Heels have not been a team to force many turnovers this season, ranking only 267th in defensive turnover rate. In North Carolina’s loss to Wofford, it forced just 10 turnovers and scored eight points off those turnovers. But that is one of the only matchups that looks favorable for the Buckeyes. The Tar Heels typically run a zone defense, a scheme that has caused Ohio State fits offensively all season.The Buckeyes also have not dealt with up-tempo teams well. The three teams that have beaten Ohio State — Gonzaga, Butler and Clemson — average just 16.8 seconds per offensive possession this season. The three Power Five teams Ohio State has beaten — Wisconsin, Michigan and Stanford — average 18.2 seconds per offensive possession. The Tar Heels are the seventh-fastest team in the nation on offense, taking just 14.4 seconds on every offensive possession. Ohio State forward Jae’Sean Tate said the team has spent extensive time at practice this week working on transition defense in anticipation for North Carolina’s faster offense.“The way they get the ball up the court so fast even on made-baskets, going to be key trying to make them play in the half-court is basically what we’re going to have to try to do,” Tate said.How will UNC rebound from its loss to Wofford?Both Ohio State and North Carolina wrapped up relatively easy nonconference stretches of their schedules before the upcoming trip to New Orleans. But unlike Ohio State, North Carolina could not handle its business against Wofford, losing 79-75.Wofford shot 43.8 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from beyond the arc overall, but was exceptional in the second half. The Terriers shot 50 percent (17-for-34) from the field, while also maintaining a 40 percent 3-point success rate with 6-of-15 makes. The Tar Heels, by comparison, shot only 36.4 percent from the field and 28 percent from 3-point range during the game. North Carolina, not known to be a 3-point shooting team, fell behind to Wofford and tried to make it all back up in bulk, but went just 5-for-16 from beyond the arc in the second half.The loss to a 25-point underdog could do one or two things to a team: it could serve as sufficient motivation to play as hard as possible the next time out or it could drag down morale. Holtmann and the Buckeyes are preparing for the former, reflecting on how the Tar Heels responded to its first loss of the season to Michigan State.“After they came back from getting beat by Michigan State, they were phenomenal against Michigan and it was incredible. Like I said, up 30 midway through the second half. I think any time you have a veteran team, that’s typically what happens,” Holtmann said. “You look at it, you say, ‘Absolutely, I’m pretty confident that we’re going to get their very best.’”Prediction:UNC wins 76-68 read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State unable to stop Gustafson in 7852 loss to


Ohio State freshman guard Janai Crooms (3) listens to coach Kevin McGuff during a timeout in the game against Penn State on Feb 6. Ohio State won 78-73. Credit: Cori Wade | Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State women’s basketball team could not stop Iowa Hawkeye senior forward Megan Gustafson enough to get the win on Sunday. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year torched the Buckeye defense, shooting 14-19 from the field for 29 points along with 16 rebounds to give the No. 16 Hawkeyes (19-5, 10-3 Big Ten) the 78-52 victory against Ohio State (10-12, 6-7 Big Ten). Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff gave all the credit to Gustafson for beating the Buckeyes. “She’s an incredibly efficient player,” McGuff said. “She had 29 points on only 19 shots, so she really knows how to play the game. She understands angles, and she gives her teammates a great target to throw the ball too. And then she also knows how to function within their offense well to get the ball into the basket.”  Despite being down 19-9 early in the first quarter, the Buckeyes fought back in the second quarter, led by freshman forward Aaliyah Patty, who came off the bench to score eight points in that quarter, 11 points total on the game. Gustafson was held to only four points total that quarter.This effort helped Ohio State close the Iowa lead from 19-9 to 31-27 and went into the locker room at halftime with momentum on its side. However, the third quarter was where the game started to unravel for the Buckeyes. Led by Gustafson’s  15 points, Iowa scored 27 to effectively put the game out of reach.Freshman forward Dorka Juhasz felt Ohio State did its best to stop Gustafson, but the senior forward’s experience was a key factor in her success.“In the beginning, I thought that we were guarding her well,” Juhasz said. “But in the second half, that stopped working and we couldn’t get there in time to steal passes and that meant she scored. We knew that she was a great player, and we knew that she would come out of the locker room after halftime and she’s a senior, so she was going to execute.”Juhasz was one of the lone bright spots from the starting lineup for Ohio State. Despite still recovering from an ankle injury sustained back in January against Michigan State, Juhasz had her second consecutive double double, this time scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds. While not feeling 100 percent, Juhasz still felt she made a lot of improvement in Sunday’s game.“I would not say that I am back to full health like before the injury,” Juhasz said. “It’s always worse after the games, but during the game I was not even thinking about it.”Sunday’s game saw very quiet performances from three members of the Buckeye starting lineup. Redshirt senior guards Carmen Grande and Carly Santoro did not find the basket and redshirt senior forward Makayla Waterman put up five points, all of which came in the fourth quarter, with six rebounds.McGuff said Iowa had a very good defensive game plan that factored into limiting its key scorers, but the blame falls on a lack of execution.“We rely on those guys so much and they’ve been so consistently good,” McGuff said. “They just didn’t have the same night as normal for us. We competed for most part of the game, but our focus on execution was not where it needed to be. Against a team like Iowa, you’ve got to keep up with them by scoring the ball, because they are so good on offense.”Freshman guard Janai Crooms had another solid performance scoring 10 points with a season high seven assists. Patty, redshirt senior guard Adreana Miller and sophomore guard Jensen Caretti combined for 25 points out of 52 off the bench. Miller scored 11 and was 2-4 from the 3-point line while Caretti sunk a 3 in the first quarter. McGuff praised the bench for their efforts and gave them credit for keeping the team in the game.“I thought our bench stepped up and really gave us a lot of energy,” McGuff said. “When we substituted, we seemed to play with a little more energy and gave us more offense, so they did a great job.” Ohio State  will travel to face Rutgers on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Rutgers Athletic Center. read more

Wilmington Boy Scouts Troop 136 To Hold Car Wash On September 8


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Boy Scout Troop 136 is holding a Car Wash fundraiser this Saturday, September 8, from 8am to 1pm, at the Friendship Lodge (32 Church Street).All proceeds will benefit the McLaren family of Wilmington. On July 30, Tom McLaren was injured in a motorcycle accident on his way to work on Route 128. He remains hospitalized with serious injuries. Tom’s family includes his wife Wanda, and his two children, Leila and David. David is a member of Troop 136.For those who are out of town and unable to attend, a GoFundMe was set up by friends of the family at http://www.gofundme.com/support-for-the-mclaren-family. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and will go directly to the family for living and medical expenses.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the American Legion/Boy Scout Troop 136.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: Wilmington’s Boy Scout Troop 136 Holds Car Wash Fundraiser For McLaren FamilyIn “Photo of the Day”Cub Scout Pack 136 Announce Pumpkin Sale, Haunted Trail Walk & Haunted House FundraisersIn “Community”PHOTO: Wilmington’s Frank West Jr. Honored As American Legion’s Mass. Eagle Scout Of The YearIn “Photo of the Day”last_img read more

Traffic goes haywire after container hits Chingrihata Flyover height guard


first_imgKolkata: Huge traffic congestion occurred on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass (E M Bypass) after a container carrier goods vehicle hit the height guard of Chingrihata Flyover on Thursday afternoon.Almost after 30 minutes, police succeeded to remove the container carrier. But till then, the tail of the congestion reached Tagore Park area on E M Bypass and above Gobinda Khatik Road on Maa Flyover.Locals said around 2:50 pm on Thursday a ten wheeler container carrier goods vehicle tried to avail Chingrihata Flyover. Though there were several signage boards and flexes put up by police saying no heavy vehicle is allowed on the Flyover — height barrier is in place. Despite the signage boards, the driver somehow failed to notice those. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe driver drove towards Chingrihata Flyover. As soon as the container carrier reached the approach road of the Flyover, it hit the height barrier at a good speed. Immediately, the height barrier came down on the vehicle damaging the driver’s cabin badly. The driver of the container carrier, Debashish Gupta, received severe mutiple injuries as a result. Police from Beliaghata Traffic Guard came and started the rescue operation.Sources informed that with the help of locals police managed to recover Gupta and admitted him to a private hospital near Kadapara. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to the police, his condition is very critical. Later almost after half an hour, the container carrier was removed from the accident spot using a heavy crane. The traffic situation remained messed up until it was moved. The Maa Flyover was packed with cars. Within 10 minutes, the traffic congestion reached Gobinda Khatik Road crossing on Maa Flyover. The North bound vehicles on E M Bypass got choked. The tail of the traffic congestion reached Tagore Park area near Ruby crossing. Sources said immediately traffic sergeants of Beliaghata and Tiljala traffic guards were deputed along E M Bypass to control the situation.It took almost two and a half hours to normalise the traffic. The vehicle has been handed over to Pragati Maidan Police Station for necessary action. Police are yet to obtain the details of the owner of the container carrier. He will be called as soon as the investigators get hold of the owner’s address and phone number.last_img read more

5 Rules for Texting Anyone You Do Business With


first_img 3 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Walk into any boardroom two minutes before a meeting and you’ll find the same scenario: a table full of executives checking their phones with their heads bowed in the “smartphone prayer.”Text messaging is the fastest way to communicate in business. Quicker than email and more convenient than a phone call, it’s become commonplace. But it’s not always the best choice.Choose to text message for simple notifications or reminders like “I’m running five minutes late,” or “Remember to bring the report.” As a general rule, consider texting only appropriate for a maximum of two messages — one message and one reply.Here are five rules to avoid a text message business blunder.1. Keep it positive.Like email, the tone of a text message can be misinterpreted by the recipient. Quick messages can make you come off as flippant or harsh. Instead of staccato phrases, write complete sentences. Add polite touches like “please” and “thank you.” Re-read every message before pressing send to double-check your tone (bonus: no embarrassing typos).Related: Business Dining: The Do’s and Don’ts of Splitting the Check2. Avoid serious topics.You wouldn’t break up with your girlfriend over a text message — to be clear, you should not — and the same goes for business. Never give negative feedback or fire someone via a text message. Any serious conversation should take place face-to-face. It allows for subtle interaction through facial expressions and will ensure clear communication.3. Don’t abbreviate every other word.Abbreviations are common in casual texts, but you should be careful how often you use them. Common abbreviations like “LOL” (laugh out loud) and “np” (no problem) are safe choices. However, if you’re communicating with a new customer or acquaintance, take 30 extra seconds and type out each word.Avoid informal shortcuts like “u” (you) and less common abbreviations like “SMH” (shaking my head) or “MFW” (my face when). Don’t leave your clients and colleagues confused; your texts should convey messages quickly and clearly.Related: 5 Ways to Be a Better Listener4. Don’t text a last-minute cancellation.There are a thousand reasons someone may miss a text message. Don’t depend on a quick note to cancel a meeting or change a lunch venue. For an important or time-sensitive message, pick up the phone.5. Double-check the autocorrect.Smart phones can occasionally be a little too smart. Autocorrect and voice-to-text features have a sneaky way of changing your intended message into something entirely different and often embarrassing. When using voice-to-text, ensure you’re in a quiet location. It picks up on background noise and may type a nearby conversation instead of what you’re saying.Related: The Best Way to Run a Business Meeting February 17, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

BT was the UKs most complained about pay TV provi


first_imgBT was the UK’s most complained about pay TV provider in regulator Ofcom’s latest quarterly league table of complaints relating to service providers.The report eveals the number of complaints made to Ofcom about the UK’s largest providers of home broadband, landline telephone, pay-monthly mobile and pay TV services, between October and December last year.BT generated 18 pay TV complaints per 100,000 subscribers, well ahead of second-placed TalkTalk, with 10 complaints per 100,000, and third-placed Virgin Media, with nine.Sky was the least complained-about pay TV service provider, with only two complaints per 100,000.The list means that BT has consistently underperformed its peers over the last couple of years in terms of the number of pay TV complaints generated. The ordering of service providers has also remained consistent, with TalkTalk and Virgin Media underperforming Sky.Pay TV has historically generated relatively fewer complaints that fixed broadband, fixed telephony and mobile telephony, but while complaints about other services have declined over time, the number of pay TV complaints has remained broadly constant. For the last quarter, contract mobile complaints declined to level pegging with pay TV for the first time.TalkTalk was the most complained-about broadband provider, with 31 complaints per 100,000, ahead of second-placed BT and third-placed Plusnet. Sky was the least complained-about broadband provider. TalkTalk was also the most complained-about landline phone provider, while BT and Vodafone were jointly the most complained-about contract mobile phone providers.last_img read more

In This Issue   Its pretty much an allout as


first_imgIn This Issue. *  It’s pretty much an all-out assault by the dollar today! *  Chinese & Swedish PMI’s are weaker but above 50. *  The BOJ’s QE announcement sinks yen! *  The Narrowing thing. It’s Tricky! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. China Begins To Take Baby Steps Toward A Convertible Renminbi! Good Day!…  And a Marvelous Monday to you! OUCH! Brother am I hurting all over today, as I used muscles yesterday that haven’t been used in a while! We had two semi-large trees fall in the back of our property, down by the creek (probably the work of beavers!), and for the last two weeks I had been cutting it up, a little bit at a time, so as not to wear myself out, but yesterday, I had the help of Jerry and then neighbor, Paul, and we banged out the whole shootin’ match! So, now I have a huge pile of wood ready for splitting. I’ll leave that for Alex to do. (I’ll have a heart attack IF he actually does it! HAHAHAHA!) There’s some BIG news from China to talk about this morning, but first, I need to tell you that the dollar is in an all-out assault mood this morning, with 95% of the currencies, including Gold, looking at losses this morning, and the few without losses are flat, but could turn negative in a NY Minute, so it’s all about the dollar this morning, especially if you check out the cable news who are dropping the ball BIG Time on the China news, but that’s their problem, not mine, for I’m going to give it to you right here! This weekend, the Chinese Gov’t announced that the renminbi will become directly convertible with the Singapore dollar, effective this morning. Folks, I don’t care if the Cable News or The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) or Reuters don’t care to talk about this development, it’s HUGE news any way you look at it! I saw this, and said to myself, “Self, is this the first step in a freely convertible renminbi? Why, I do believe that’s what’s going on here, Self!”  I told you all previously that I thought that China was really stepping up the pace of their move to replace the dollar as the reserve currency, and this just confirms that thought! I see this going along much like China went about gaining a wider distribution of their currency by signing currency swap agreements with one country at a time. I see them doing the same type of one country at a time, move with convertibility of their currency, until it’s fully convertible all over the world. This won’t happen overnight folks. The first currency swap agreements were signed in 2008. There was other news from China over the weekend, as the latest Gov’t version of the Manufacturing Index (PMI) printed, and was not as strong as I thought it would be. The index number was still safely above the 50 level at 50.8, but a number north of 51 was expected, and so, it was more of the moving along slowly for the Chinese economy, but not stopping for rest, just moving along slowly. Sort of like me in the backyard yesterday! HA! And since the dollar was taking liberties against most currencies overnight, the Chinese decided to weaken the renminbi / yuan, using the weaker than expected PMI as their excuse for doing so.  They didn’t make a Big deal out of the direct convertibility of the renminbi with Singapore, as I’m sure they would have liked for no one to notice. The U.S. news agencies complied, eh? And get this. The man who is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, Yngve Slynstad, says that even though assets from China only make up about 1.5% of the $860 Billion Norwegian Wealth Fund’s portfolio, he believes that almost all investment decisions are affected by what happens in China.  He didn’t say the U.S., Japan, the Eurozone, the U.K., he said China. Makes you sit back and think about all the things I’ve told you regarding China over the years, they all seem to be coming true, don’t they?  Well. So,  it’s all about the all-out assault by the dollar today. UGH! That’s crazy, I don’t care what side of the fence you’re on, how in the world can traders and investors take the dollar to this all-out assault mode today?  I explained last week how QE 1, 2 & 3, isn’t going to end quietly, that the Fed had announced that when bonds that they bought and hold, mature, they will take the proceeds and invest in another bond. Thus keeping the Fed’s balance sheet at more than $4 Trillion, and allowing them to keep their hands in the bond markets’ cookie jar. But that’s not the only thing on my mind today regarding the currencies, so, let’s open this can of beans and see what’s inside, eh? Well, last week the Bank of Japan (BOJ) Gov. Kuroda, really opened Pandora’s Box of currency losses for the yen, and the bleeding hasn’t stopped yet. On Friday, we saw a whole 2 figure loss in yen, and overnight we’ve seen another 2 whole figure loss in yen. I was talking with a trader friend on Friday, and I told her that when I started in this business 22 years ago, yen was 124. And the way things were going, it wouldn’t surprise me to see it there again, with the way the Japanese Gov’t and BOJ keep pushing it downward.  I find this downward move in yen to be quite interesting, as it wasn’t that long ago, that people kept talking about what a miracle it was that Japan had twin deficits, (Current and National Gov’t) but yet the yen was still strong, and why couldn’t that be the same for the dollar? Uh-Oh. Looks like that “miracle” has been shattered, just like the one here in the U.S. with our twin deficits and a stronger currency will be eventually. It takes a while for the markets to get out of bad habits and wake up to smell the coffee, but eventually they do, and when they do, they go at it with a vengeance, like they are doing with yen right now. There comes a time when the markets realize what I’ve been telling you for a while now, that Japan is a basket case.  Of course I’ve not been a fan of what’s going on with the twin deficits in the U.S., but we’re not here with yen, just yet. But also remember what I’ve been telling you for quite a few years now. That the U.S. is turning Japanese, yes, I really think so. I loved this quote from David Stockman. He said that “The BOJ had jumped the shark tank  and now the Machines, Madmen and Morons are Raging”. Whoa, there  David, I would love to say those things, but I get my hands slapped, but as long as you say them, we’re good to go! So, keep the quotables coming! The Aussie and New Zealand dollars (A$ and kiwi respectively) are both on the downswing this morning. Last week it was the interest rate differentials helping the currencies like A$ and kiwi, real, ruble, and rand, but that tricky wording that the Fed used in their press conference on Wednesday last week, got the dollar bugs thinking that these interest rate differentials will soon be narrowed. One of my wife’s fave songs, is (to me a strange choice, but to each his own) the song: It’s Tricky.   You know, It’s Tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that’s right on time, It’s Tricky.  And that’s how I feel about the stuff going on in these two currencies.  The key here is that the dollar bugs think the interest rate differential will be “narrowing” soon. Hmmm. That does NOT mean that the interest rate differential that the currency owns over the dollar is going away, it simply means it could be getting “narrowed”, and for that reason alone, the dollar bugs are all over the place now? It’s Tricky folks. The 1.5% rate hike that the Central Bank of Russia (CBR), pulled off last week, helped the ruble one day, and since then it has been of no help, as the ruble continues to slide further and further downward. There’s a fragile peace in Russia and Ukraine and winter is beginning in the region. I just don’t see how the fragile peace that’s there now will be threatened, as the bitter cold, snow, and winter weather sets in. In fact, I would think that given the weather, the fragile peace could grow stronger. I’m grasping at straws here folks, as I’m looking for something, anything that would wrap a tourniquet around the ruble. Shoot Rudy, if adding 1.5% in a rate hike can’t give the ruble any more love than a one day and done shot, you can see why I’m grasping at straws. The Swedish krona is flat today, which is strange given all the bad news that has come out of Sweden lately, and with the dollar taking liberties against the currencies. We also saw Sweden’s PMI (manufacturing index) drop from 52.5 in September to 52.1 in October. Sure it was still well over the line in the sand number of 50, but it did weaken, which should not have been a reason for the krona to buck the dollar’s all-out assault today. But it is, what it is, and I shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, eh? The Brazilian real is opening up this morning with a bee in its bonnet.  So, it’s nice to see that the “Narrowing rate differential” talk for the dollar isn’t carrying any weight here in Brazil. Recall that the Brazilian Central Bank (BCB) hike rates last week, and I went out on a limb and said that I expected rate hikes at the next 4 meetings, and I guess the markets are figuring that out about now too, so the real bucks the trend of the dollar’s all-out assault this morning. I’m seeing a data print flash on the Bloomberg this morning. Apparently, Honda, Rocktober Auto Sales were up 5.8%… Unfortunately, the estimates were for an increase of 7.7%… So, 5.8% is nice, but it’s not 7.7%, eh? The U.S. Data Cupboard was gloomy on Friday. Personal Spending fell -.2% in September, disappointing those that thought it would increase .2%, and those that thought August’s .5% was the beginning of a strong economy, after printing flat in July.  As long as personal consumption / spending is responsible for over 70% of GDP, this is not good news.  And one could actually say that since August was a “back to school” month, with lots of spending going on, that the 3rd QTR spending was atrocious.  I know, I know, long time readers are saying right now, but Chuck. You used to get upset when we spent more than we made, and now that’s no longer a problem, you say we’re not spending enough!   Ahhh grasshopper. Yes, I don’t like it when we spend more than we make, and looking at the Personal Income data, it certainly wasn’t very good either, rising .2% in September.  But, here’s the kicker. Personal Income should be much higher and each month should be more than the Spending component. except maybe in August, December, and April.  So, the data is all whacked-out as far as I’m concerned, and right now the problem, as the markets see it is, there’s not enough spending for the economy to grow, which goes along well with the disappointing Retail Sales data we’ve also seen lately. And last Friday (Halloween), I told you that Gold had fallen below $1,200. Well the slide continues this morning, and Silver has a $16 handle, which is better than on Friday when it was a $15 handle..  I have to say that these downward drops in the commodity prices seem to be overdone, by quite a bit. Usually when you see stuff like this, you see a bounce-back. We are well below the production costs of Gold, and remember the story I told you a week or so ago, about the head of the largest Silver producer, saying he was not selling the Silver he produces until he breaks the paper trading manipulators? Well, eventually a there has to be a shortage of supply problem.  Geez I would love for his plan to work, now that would be something, and I wouldn’t nominate him for leader of the free world! HA! There is some good news in the metals this morning though, as Platinum and Palladium are booking gains VS the dollar. These two have gotten caught up in the Gold price drop, and they should have been. They are dual metals with investment and industrial uses, and shouldn’t get brought down when the price manipulators go after Gold.  Well, that’s my thought and I’m sticking to it! Before I head to the Big Finish today. I wanted to point out what a great job, my longtime friend, and Big Boss, Frank Trotter, did with the Sunday Pfennig & Pfriends piece yesterday. He laid out the fallacy of a cheap currency. Something I’ve tried to get across in these pages for many a year to you dear readers, but leave it to the Big Boss, to drive the point home, in stunning style. For What It’s Worth. Well, this is more or less more of me here. Frank was talking about the cheap currency fallacy yesterday, and that got me thinking about the cheap Oil price fallacy. Sure, everyone is jumping up and clicking their heals right now because the price of gas at the pumps is dropping. for now.  You see there’s a major problem brewing in our Oil shale production. There have been 19 shale rigs that have already gone offline just last week!  What you have here is the same thing going on in Gold. The price of Oil has fallen very near below the cost to produce it.  Fracking Operations have a cost of $75 a barrel, and this morning, the price of Oil is $80 and change.  So, while we were on our way here with something good (cheaper gas prices, from cheaper oil prices), the getting’s not going to last. Then we’ll have to import more Oil and guess what our friends (NOT!) at OPEC will do with the price of Oil?  So, with just about anything in life, we have to be careful with what we wish for, eh? To Recap. The Big News from China this weekend is being glossed over here in the U.S. because it’s not about the mid-term elections tomorrow! But China announced that beginning today, they will allow direct convertibility of the renminbi with Singapore dollars. Just a first baby step to full convertibility. And what Chuck things is a one-country at a time deal for convertibility of the renminbi. Chinese PMI was weaker but still above 50, and Sweden’s PMI was also weaker but above 50.  the U.S. Data Cupboard had some very weak spending data on Friday, so scary for the economy, it deserved to print on Halloween! And Gold continues to slide, and to Chuck it appears to be overdone at this point. Currencies today 11/1/14. American Style: A$ .8715, kiwi .7755, C$ .8860, euro 1.2495, sterling 1.6005, Swiss $1.0365, .   European Style: rand 11.0330, krone 6.7725, SEK 7.3810, forint 247.05, zloty 3.3755, koruna 22.2430, RUB 43.35, yen 113.70, sing 1.2890, HKD 7.7550, INR 61.40, China 6.1525, pesos 13.49, BRL 2.4750, Dollar Index 87.18, Oil $80.70, 10-year 2.32%, Silver $16.12, Platinum $ 1,242.00, Palladium $807.50, and Gold. $1,171.77 That’s it for today. Whew! Our lambs, I mean Rams, pulled out a win in a crazy ending to the game yesterday. And my beloved Missouri Tigers won on Saturday, moving them into first place in the SEC East, as Florida upset Georgia at EverBank Field in Jacksonville! I didn’t have many Trick-or-Treaters on Friday night, bummer! And it was pretty chilly sitting outside, by myself waiting for them to come, but very few made it up the driveway to the front porch. Little Delaney Grace was Anna from Frozen, and her little brother was Olaf, the snowman from the same movie. Cute as can be! And Braden finally got with the program and put on his Batman costume, but refused to wear the cape! (hey, he had to win something with that fight!) All of them were very cute!  I hope your Halloween was grand. Went to breakfast with my good friend Duane on Saturday and ran into our old colleague, John Kaupisch! He looked great, as retirement has agreed with him. He said, he “highly recommends retirement”. Both Duane and Chuck laughed because we were both talking about that before John walked up to us!  Alrighty then, I hope I didn’t miss any birthdays or anything like that. it’s time to get this out the door. I hope you have a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

What You Can Learn From This YouTube Stars Apology Debacle


first_img Nina Zipkin What You Can Learn From This YouTube Star’s Apology Debacle 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. Apology –shares 4 min read Image credit: Jason LaVeris | Getty Images Logan Paul said he was sorry — twice — after he seemingly filmed and posted video of the body of a person who had committed suicide. Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.center_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand We may only be a couple of days into 2018, but we already have our first public apology on the books. That dishonor goes to Logan Paul, a 22-year-old YouTube star with more than 15 million subscribers.Paul filmed his visit to Aokigahara, a forest near Mt. Fuji in Japan, which has gained notoriety for being the site of hundreds of suicides. The video Paul posted on Dec. 31 on YouTube was titled, “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” and it was viewed 6.3 million times in the 24 hours after it went live. Paul has since removed the video from the site.According to New York Magazine, Paul, who included a link to the American Society for Suicide Prevention, introduced the video thusly: “This is not clickbait. This is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted to this channel…I think this definitely marks a moment in YouTube history because I’m pretty sure this has never hopefully happened to anyone on YouTube ever…Now with that said: Buckle the fuck up, because you’re never gonna see a video like this again!”Related: 7 Tips for Entrepreneurs Looking to Build Their Brands on YouTubePaul has a following made up of predominantly young kids and teens and is best known for comedy sketches, pranks and being the older brother of fellow social media star Jake Paul, who has been in the news recently for offenses ranging from racism, bullying and abuse and property damage, the last of which led to his firing from his Disney Channel series.Logan Paul’s most recent raft of tweets is akin to watching a dawning of realization and regret in real time. The first, posted at 7 p.m. on Jan. 1, is an announcement of his latest vlog.new vlogreal life Pokémon Go in JAPAN?? go ay ??— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018The second, posted three hours later, is a photo of an apology written in the iPhone notes app that starts with an “I’m sorry,” and an explanation of the intent behind the video, without ever specifically saying that what he did was wrong.The closest he comes to admitting wrongdoing is this: “I am often reminded of how big a reach I truly have & with great power comes great responsibility…for the first time in my life, I’m regretful to say I handled that power incorrectly. It won’t happen again.” The apology includes a profanity, a peace sign emoji and the hashtag for what Paul calls his fanbase —  #Logang4Life.Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018And then there was the final tweet of the trilogy, posted at 11:45 a.m. on Jan. 2, a video message featuring a serious and chagrined Paul front and center.So sorry. pic.twitter.com/JkYXzYsrLX— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018“I’ve made a severe and continuous lapse in judgement. And I don’t expect to be forgiven. I’m simply here to apologize,” he says in the video. “There are a lot of things that I should have done differently, and I didn’t. And for that, from the bottom of my heart, I am sorry.”He continues, “For my fans who are defending my actions, please don’t. They do not deserve to be defended. … In the world I live in, I share almost everything I do. The intent is never to be heartless, cruel or malicious. Like I said, I made a huge mistake. I don’t expect to be forgiven. I’m just here to apologize. I’m ashamed of myself. I’m disappointed in myself. And I promise to better. I will be better. Thank you.”So what can you take away from Paul’s experience? First off, it’s always a good practice to have a sounding board outside of your circle to review anything you post online. If do you make a mistake, admit it right away. Don’t hide behind your past successes or what you meant to happen when you took a particular action. Don’t make excuses for your behavior. Make amends until you get it right. And remember that there is a big difference between “I’m sorry you were offended,” and “I’m sorry. I was wrong.” January 2, 2018 Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staff Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

As the SportsBetting Industry Transforms Entrepreneurs May Find It Hard to Get


first_imgSmall Business Heroes Kristi Dosh Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article 5 min read The legal sports-betting market in the U.S. was worth an estimated $270 million in 2017 — with another $2.5 billion to $3 billion in black market betting, according to research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC. Accordingly, the recent Supreme Court decision in Murray v. NCAA that effectively lifts the federal ban on sports betting, allowing states to make their own laws and regulations, has captured the attention of businesses and entrepreneurs across the nation.Current gambling operators are racing to take advantage of the potential windfall headed their way, but experts say it could be a long time before new ventures can benefit from this decision. That’s because most of the existing state bills already circulating specifically limit the number of companies that can work directly with casinos or race tracks.”This means companies with past experience in the gambling marketplace, ready-to-go infrastructure and strong brand reputations will almost certainly gain selection for these mega-contracts,” says Marc Edelman, a professor of law at Baruch College who consults extensively on sports and gaming law.Related: The History of Online Gambling (Infographic)Edelman notes that none of the state bills proposing to allow and regulate sports gambling propose a true free market solution. That means even startup entrepreneurs with creative business ideas won’t be able to simply enter the marketplace, he says.Until now, only Nevada has allowed betting on individual games, while Delaware, Oregon and Montana have allowed limited betting. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), enacted in 1992, exempted out those states. Now, however, all states will be allowed to pass their own laws related to sports betting, and there’s also the potential Congress will attempt to enact new legislation that would govern all states equally.As the court case has been working its way through the system the past few years, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have been preparing for the possibility of enacting new legislation post-PASPA. Sports Illustrated recently tracked the status of legislation in all 50 states, showing many are considering opening the door to sports betting.Eilers & Krejcik Gaming has estimated that as many as 32 states will enact new legislation allowing sports betting within the next five years. It estimates the resulting market would be worth $6.03 billion in annual revenue — $7.1 billion to $15.8 billion if all 50 states allowed regulated sports betting.Related: Entrepreneurs and Gamblers Have Much in CommonYou won’t have to be one of the big gambling operators to take advantage of the new market, however. There are numerous opportunities for data analytics, content creation and more.Tyler Wyatt, an independent handicapping expert who runs Three For The Money, is preparing for hundreds, if not thousands, of new companies to enter his space in the market.”Gambling data and gambling news will initially become a commodity. Companies that can track the movements of both betting lines and the amounts of money wagered will have a product they can offer at a premium.”Currently, Wyatt’s site offers bettors the ability to submit a request about a particular game and receive back a detailed analysis with over 1,500 data sets and a projected outcome of the game. He says it’s not something just anyone can jump into and make a name for themselves immediately.Related: 11 Sports Businesses Using Entrepreneurial Skills to Disrupt the Marketplace”I’ve purchased data that I didn’t have, scoured the internet to find data I was missing, and spent countless sleepless nights to compile the data sets and put together the program that we have at Three For The Money.”While those with deep pockets might be able to simply buy the data, Wyatt says the blue sky in the market is elsewhere.”There will be niche segments of the sports wagering market that can be capitalized. Apps that provide up-to-date player data, betting line movements, trends and more all in one place will be valuable.”If you’re one of those entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of the new opportunities, Edelman warns that you be careful to manage your risks.”There are no shortage of gaming lawyers who will tell you exactly what you want to hear,” he says.Related: Elite Sports Teams Are Much Better at Creating Powerful Cultures Than Startups — Here Are 5 Tips You Can Steal”The best lawyers will push back on ideas and encourage [you] to refine them in such a way that you are able to maintain the core elements of your business plan but at the same time encourage changes to make sure to keep your risk level manageable.”Edelman says you should choose counsel that is mindful of the developments in state law.”The future of your sports-gambling or interactive fantasy sports business will be driven very much by your ability to operate within the framework of state laws, and many of these laws do not yet even exist.”In other words, it’s not only entrepreneurs who will be trying to cash in on the new marketplace, but attorneys and other business advisors as well. As the Sports-Betting Industry Transforms, Entrepreneurs May Find It Hard to Get in on Gambling Profits — but Related Businesses Will Thrive Founder and Publicist, Guide My Brand –shares May 21, 2018 There are opportunities for entrepreneurs as states begin allowing regulated sports betting. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Image credit: Lars Baron | Getty Images Enroll Now for $5 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. Guest Writerlast_img read more

FTC Fines Two Health Apps That Lack Adequate Evidence to Support Their


first_img Add to Queue February 24, 2015 FTC Fines Two Health Apps That ‘Lack Adequate Evidence to Support Their Claims’ Register Now » You can do so much on your smartphone — text, call, Snapchat, Instagram, CandyCrush, Tinder, Seamless, Uber…the list goes on. Among this blur of activity, an entire fleet of health apps have sprung up that harness the smartphone as a diagnosis tool of sorts. But a smartphone interaction with a doctor isn’t a substitute for in-person professional medical diagnosis and the FTC wants everyone to know it.Yesterday, the FTC cracked down on two smartphone apps — both of which say they can detect early symptoms of melanoma — for failing to make this distinction explicit.The makers of MelApp and Mole Detective, two apps that analyze user photographs of moles, blemishes and worrisome skin areas in order to calculate the corresponding melanoma risk as low, medium or high, were fined by the FTC for deceptively claiming that their apps “accurately analyzed melanoma risk and could assess such risk in early stages,” the agency wrote in a press release. “The marketers lacked adequate evidence to support such claims.”Related: The World’s Newest Lie Detector Could Be a Sensor Implanted in Your MouthThe apps, which were on the market from 2011 to 2012, were downloaded by thousands of people. While health apps have the potential to improve our health, many are relatively untested. That’s worrisome, particularly for apps that claim to provide early diagnosis and medical advice.Consider, for example, the 2013 paper published in the Journal of the American Association, which zeroed in on four melanoma detection apps and found that three of them “incorrectly classified 30 percent or more of melanomas as unconcerning.”With the settlement, the makers of MelApp and Mole Detective will no longer be able to advertise the apps as accurate diagnostic tools until there is enough scientific evidence, “in the form of human clinical testing of the device,” to substantiate the claim. Related: FDA Grants 23andMe Approval to Sell Test for Rare Genetic Condition Health Guest Writer Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Laura Entis 2 min read –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article last_img read more

Index Exchange Introduces Adaptive Timeout Incorporating Machine Learning into Header Bidding


first_imgIndex Exchange Introduces Adaptive Timeout, Incorporating Machine Learning into Header Bidding PRNewswireMay 22, 2019, 6:29 pmMay 22, 2019 New Product Makes Publisher Page Speeds Smarter by Adapting to Each User, Creating More Opportunities for Bidders and Revenue for PublishersIndex Exchange, the world’s largest independent ad exchange, introduced Adaptive Timeout, an innovative product that will boost publisher revenue through advanced machine learning, while optimizing page speed. By measuring device and network conditions, the Adaptive Timeout feature leverages an algorithm that determines a custom, intelligent timeout for each individual user on each individual page view. This includes a time landscape, which is the time it takes from a bid request to a bid response for each participating bidder. By adaptively modifying the timeout, the feature ensures the maximum number of bids make it to the publisher, thereby increasing revenue, while improving user experience in each unique condition.Previously, publishers have largely relied on imprecise, fixed-value timeouts for all users, which led to publishers missing opportunities while waiting for bid responses in latency-constrained environments. Static timeouts led to a trade-off, whereby publishers had to sacrifice user experience to wait longer for header bidding, or sacrifice revenue by setting aggressive timeouts. Adaptive Timeout introduces intelligence and machine learning into header bidding, allowing for an adaptive timeout that is tailored to the user’s device and network latency.Marketing Technology News: Amazon Dominates E-Commerce Share, Ebay and Walmart Less of a Focus, Feedvisor Study Finds“Incorporating machine learning into header bidding is a natural evolution of the product line, and adaptive timeout is the first of many innovations we’ll be enhancing with this technology,” said Gabriel DeWitt, Vice President, Product at Index Exchange. “We’re happy we can bring this level of sophistication to our publisher partners, as they’ve been looking to leverage automation instead of internal tech resources to optimize their configurations.”Adaptive Timeout is calculated using the device type, connection speed and an aggregation of the recent history of a particular user’s time landscape. Through the use of an adaptive machine learning algorithm, the outcome is overall improvement to page speed on fast devices with fast connections and more bids from the header reaching the publishers ad server, without any additional development.Marketing Technology News: Vyond Announces End of Beta for Vyond Studio, Enhanced Security Features“Our long-standing partnership with Index Exchange is a testament to the company’s continued commitment to innovation and maximizing publisher revenue,” said Jeremy Hlavacek, Head of Revenue, Watson Advertising. “This latest feature will ensure more bid responses are making it into our ad server, while improving user experience. It’s a huge opportunity for revenue growth.”Marketing Technology News: Kneron Debuts Edge AI Chip, Bringing AI to Devices Everywhere Adaptive Timeoutadvanced machine learningGabriel DeWittIndex ExchangeMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleUsabilla Named a Strong Performer in 2019Next ArticleDigital Audio Can Be An Advertising MVP – If Navigated Correctlylast_img read more

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


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

German airports brace for Thursday strike


first_img Citation: German airports brace for Thursday strike (2019, January 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-german-airports-brace-thursday.html © 2019 AFP Flights scrapped as Berlin airports brace for Monday strike The walkout was to begin at 3:00 am (0200 GMT) in the airports of Dusseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart, and was to continue until midnight, the union said Wednesday.A warning strike took place on Monday morning at Berlin’s two airports, Tegel and Schoenefeld, forcing the cancellation of about 50 flights.Verdi, which represents 23,000 airport security personnel, wants wages raised to 20 euros ($23) an hour from around 17 euros currently, an increase of around 17 percent.The BDLS employers association has offered pay increases of between 2.0 and 8.1 percent.The next round of talks is scheduled for January 23. 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.center_img A warning strike took place on Monday morning at Berlin’s two airports, forcing the cancelation of about 50 flights. Explore further Thousands of passengers in Germany face disruption on Thursday following a strike call by security staff at three major airports, the powerful Verdi union said.last_img read more

For bruised Apple a need to go beyond the iPhone


first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Apple Pay has been steadily adding to the roster of businesses that let people tap handsets to consummate transactions. Chinese exchange students pay tribute to the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs eight years after his death, amid concerns the iPhone maker’s momentum has stalled Apple is aiming to show it can do more than just make iPhones in a quarterly update Tuesday for investors who are skeptical over whether the culture-changing company can regain the momentum from its glory days. “I distinctly recall Cook telling analysts during a quarterly earnings call that, having studied the country for 30 years, he knew China,” Gassee said in a blog.”How could Apple, which is more embedded than most Western companies, not see a Chinese economy slowdown that started well before the 2018 holiday quarter?”Apple is likely to face questions on whether it boosted prices too far, lifting its newest handsets to $1,000 or more, in a market that is seeing tougher competition.Consumer Intelligence Research Partners said its survey showed 65 percent of iPhone buyers chose the newer models over the less expensive ones, and that the average selling price of the devices rose to “well over $800.” Another important source of income is the surging market for app downloads, where Apple gets 30 percent of the action.Meanwhile, Apple remains under pressure as fans and analysts wonder whether the company lost its ability to wow the world when co-founder and chief Steve Jobs died in late 2011.The China factorApple had been growing in China until recently, but the combination of trade frictions and a slowing Chinese economy are cutting into its sales there.Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassee said the surprise on Chinese sales was a massive mistake for CEO Tim Cook. © 2019 AFP “This is unprecedented and representative of a resilient business,” Munster and Thompson write in a blog post.The saturated global smartphone market is forcing Apple to seek another reinvention.”This is not ‘the fall of Apple’—it’s just the shift of smartphones to boring maturity, as we look for what’s next,” Benedict Evans of the investment firm Andreessen Horowitz said in a recent blog post. Rumors buzzing about the company include its plans to produce it own shows, potentially challenging streaming television giants Netflix and Amazon Prime, which have invested heavily in original content.”There are other ways to make money but it’s not clear how Apple is going to do that,” noted analyst Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates.Apple has consistently touted the success of its eponymous smartwatch, engineering the wristwear with health and fitness features. Apple CEO Tim Cook is likely to face questions during the company’s earnings call on its strategy to deal with weaker smartphone sales and a lower demand from China Citation: For bruised Apple, a need to go beyond the iPhone (2019, January 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-apple-iphone.html Amid slowing smartphone sales, Apple is seeking to get more revenue from services such as music and its digital payment application, Apple Pay Apple’s bombshell and the trillion-dollar question Apple’s quarterly update comes amid concerns about slowing iPhone sales, especially in China In recent weeks, Apple shares have been hammered on concerns that its best days are over, with smartphone sales slipping and no new “big thing” on the horizon.Amid turbulence in the tech sector, Apple has lost its trillion-dollar status and slid behind rivals Microsoft and Amazon on the list of most valuable corporations.The California tech giant has been trying to shift focus to growth in the side of its business devoted to selling music, movies, apps, and services to the vast “install base” of Apple gadget owners as well as via other internet-linked devices.Apple delivered a stunning admission earlier this month that iPhone sales and overall revenues would be below most forecasts, citing economic weakness in China and trade frictions between Washington and Beijing.Some analysts believe iPhone sales over the quarter to December will show an unprecedented decline, although the exact figures won’t be visible because Apple has decided to leave off unit sales.Resilience?Gene Munster and Will Thompson of the investment firm Loup Ventures said that despite lower iPhone sales, Apple can make up for lost revenues from its growing services segment. Explore furtherlast_img read more

A new method for ethical data science


first_img Citation: A new method for ethical data science (2019, March 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-method-ethical-science.html A less technical way of looking at it is that people, fundamentally, are team players: they want to fit in and may find it difficult to criticise the work of their close colleagues. They might also become subject to ‘group think’ without realising it.In Wellcome Data Labs we have worked out a paired approach to Agile ethics which is intended to resolve this issue. Our proposed methodology has three steps:Embedding within Data Labs a user researcher with a background both in working as part of Agile product teams and in carrying out social sciences research. This embedded researcher will have the explicitly defined objective of testing the algorithmic models the software developers and data scientists are working on from the point of view of their possible social impact.They will adjust and develop their analysis iteratively to match the speed of the technology work and feed their emergent conclusions back to the data scientists to steer the course of their work.The embedded researcher will be paired up with another social scientist outside the team to provide an objective critique and the necessary checks and balances on their analysis.All three parts of the proposed methodology are equally important.Not embedding the researcher in the team would make it hard for them to have a close enough knowledge of what the data scientists are doing.Not iteratively retesting and rewriting their analysis of possible social impact will fail to match the rhythm of the technological development  –  the key proposed advantage of this methodology.Finally, the pairing is designed to prevent the embedded researcher risking a loss of their professional detachment and objectivity, which is a risk precisely because they are so closely embedded within the technology teams.This whole approach is an experiment in itself and we are not at all certain that it will work. However, that is exactly what makes it exciting to us. We hope it will help us become better aware of the biases being introduced by the algorithms that we develop and minimise any potential negative unintentional consequences of the tools the team produces.This is important because Wellcome, as a significant funder of scientific research, has a notable impact on the academic and health industries. And Wellcome Data Labs’ analysis feeds into Wellcome’s decision making process. Any unintended biases in the algorithms my team produces that can impact Wellcome’s decisions, could have a ripple effect on the decisions of more funders, which in turn could cascade down to secondary impacts on other industries and the wider society. We have a responsibility to get it right. 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. Explore further Artificial Intelligence is transforming our world, sometimes in ways that its creators did not intend. In Wellcome Data Labs we are developing a new method of applying approaches from the social sciences to the way AI algorithms are produced to solve data science problems. The goal is to avoid potential negative consequences of the algorithms by identifying them earlier in the development process.center_img Provided by Wellcome Trust There have been attempts to set out such a way of working already. An example is Catalina Butnaru’s excellent post proposing a new Agile ethics process. There is much to recommend this approach, not least that it is systematic and aligned closely in its steps to well-known steps of agile software development methodologies.However, Butnaru does not address the mechanics of how her suggested Agile ethics process could be managed. Is it the team of data scientists and engineers themselves who are responsible for following the steps? Or their product manager? Or the UX team? Or a separate team to the engineers that audits their work?We have been thinking about such questions a lot, since we are keen to test out how ethical approaches can be applied to the work of data scientists in practice and not just in theory.The key challenge we set ourselves is: how to apply a process such as Butnaru’s, or one of the other rival methodologies, in a way that measurably reduces ethical issues, like inadvertent bias, but does not reduce the energy and effectiveness of our Agile product teams?We think this can be done by encouraging social scientists to work as part of interdisciplinary teams with software developers and data scientists, adopting their agile and iterative methodologies.I have outlined some of the challenges of doing this. For example, the difficulty of getting social science researchers to work at the same speed and to the same rhythm as the software developers and data scientists. However, there is a potential template to follow by learning from the successful integration of the User Experience discipline into the software development workflows.There is an additional challenge, though. Relying on a user researcher embedded in a product team to steer that team through an Agile ethics methodology on their own introduces the risk of them losing objectivity. This is a well-known issue in ethnographic research, where there is an active tension between a researcher’s role as an impartial observer and the alternative of being an active participant. A framework for AI-powered agile project managementlast_img read more