Judge rejects lawsuit against Fox by exhost Andrea Tantaros

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A judge threw out a New York lawsuit Friday against Fox News by former host Andrea Tantaros, citing her “vague, speculative and conclusory allegations.”The lawsuit U.S. District Judge George Daniels dismissed had alleged Fox tried to torment Tantaros after she complained about sexual harassment.The lawsuit claimed Tantaros was viewed as a threat by Fox executives after she declined an offer of more than $1 million to remain silent. The suit said Tantaros suspected her emails and telephone conversations were being monitored after she revealed personal information in calls or emails that were then referenced by others in cruel social media posts.She sought unspecified damages.Fox News Channel had urged the lawsuit be rejected, saying the claims were a paranoid fantasy or a deliberate hoax.In his written ruling, Daniels recounted her claims at length but repeatedly cited instances in which her accusations lacked the kind of specifics and proof necessary to put them before a jury.For example, he rejected a wiretap claim, saying she had “failed to allege a basic element of this cause of action: an actual interception of her wire, oral, or electronic communications.”In another instance, he struck down a malware claim, citing her “vague, speculative, and conclusory allegations.”In an email response to a request for comment, Tantaros said, “Not one part of this lawsuit was based on speculation and conjecture — it was based on first hand testimony, cold, hard facts, and independently verified computer forensics.“The Judge made the wrong call, and I absolutely plan on appealing,” she wrote. “Fox News will be held accountable, just as they have for their sickening past, rife with sexual harassment, discrimination and destroying the careers of dozens of women for having the courage to come forward with the truth.”Asked for comment, a Fox News spokesman said the decision speaks for itself.In August 2016, Tantaros sued the network, its ousted chairman and other top executives in a separate lawsuit, saying they retaliated after she detailed unwanted sexual advances made by her onetime boss Roger Ailes. A state judge ruled those claims were subject to closed-door arbitration.Tantaros worked as a host and political analyst for Fox News from 2011 to 2016.Ailes died last year.last_img read more

ONGC wins back Chinnewala Tibba gas field in Rajasthan

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Thursday signed a contract for the prolific Chinnewala Tibba gas field in Rajasthan, which it had discovered around 15 years ago but was taken away and auctioned by the government.ONGC won back five out of the 23 discovered oil and gas fields that the government took away from the state-owned firm and Oil India Ltd (OIL) for auctioning in the second round of discovered small field (DSF). Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe 72-square kilometer field near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan has 1,900 million standard cubic metres of reserves, an official of the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons said at the contract-signing ceremony with the winners of the 23 fields auctioned in DSF-II. The 23 fields, made up of some 57 discoveries by ONGC and OIL, hold 190 million tonnes of oil and oil-equivalent gas resources, the official said. Speaking on the occasion, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said DSF bid rounds are aimed at raising domestic production to cut dependence on imported oil. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIndia is 83 per cent dependent on imports to meet its oil needs. “Maximising production is the most important priority now,” he said. While ONGC and OIL could not monetise the discoveries auctioned in the DSF round mainly due to they being financially unviable on prevalent fiscal terms, DSF round winners will get complete pricing and marketing freedom that will make the finds economically viable. Pradhan said ONGC was asked to largely stay away from DSF-I round last year but was given freedom to bid in DSF-II and he was happy that the company walked away with the most number of fields. Chinnewala Tibba was the most-contested field in DSF-II with as many as 17 bids being put in. ONGC won the field as also four others after bid evaluation and award was completed last week. Contracts for the same were signed Thursday. OIL and Vedanta Ltd signed contracts for two fields each they had won while lesser known Ganges Geo-Resources Pvt Ltd signed for five fields. State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and its partner Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Ltd (HOEC) signed for one field they won in the auction. Arch Softwares Pvt Ltd, a firm backed by former Cairn India executive Suniti Bhat, won two offshore fields. The remaining fields went to little-known firms such as Shanti GD Ispat Power, Arsh Corporate Services, Invenire Energy, Keerthi Industries, and Gem Petro E&P. On the contract signing, Vedanta Resources Ltd Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal said: “The Government of India has taken concrete steps to encourage and thus enhance domestic crude oil production, in line with Minister Pradhan’s vision of energy self-sufficiency. The discovered small fields Round-II auction is another significant step in this direction. We remain committed to optimising exploration and production from the fields awarded to us. These reformative steps and our demonstrated success will pave the way for attracting future foreign investments as well.” Sudhir Mathur, chief executive officer of oil and gas business of Vedanta Ltd, said the company is known for its engineering strength and innovation, especially in the tight oil and tight gas domain. “We are excited to bring these strengths to bear in the two new DSF fields awarded to us. We congratulate the government on all of these progressive initiatives that will lead to growth in the sector, job creation, and prosperity for our country.” As many as 39 firms, including six foreign players, had put in 145 bids for 24 out of the 25 oil and gas fields on offer in DSF-II at the close of bidding on January 30. Mining giant Vedanta put in the highest number of bids for 21 fields. A DGH statement said one bid for a field has been kept in abeyance as the matter is sub-judice. ONGC and OIL had put in bids for 10 fields each while Indian Oil Corp (IOC) bid for 3. British company Soco International made its foray into India, bidding for one field but it failed to make a dent. Arch Softwares had put in bids for 15 fields.last_img read more

Tobacco sale ban below 21 may prevent new smokers

first_imgRaising the legal age for tobacco purchase from 18 to 21 years is likely to reduce smoking rates in young people and make the generation smoke-free, experts suggest. Most smokers start smoking during childhood and two-thirds of those who try smoking early will become regular smokers later, said the study published in The BMJ. Increasing the legal age to 21 would make it harder for children to obtain cigarettes and take the legal age beyond school age, said Nicholas Hopkinson, respiratory specialist from the Imperial College London. “Smoking is a contagious habit transmitted within peer groups, and the age increase will protect younger children from exposure to older pupils in school who smoke. It will also remove a potential source of supply within schools,” said Hopkinson. He stressed that besides helping existing smokers to quit, preventing young people from taking to smoking is imperative. Hopkinson also suggested that a “polluter pays” tax set to raise around $198 million per year from tobacco manufacturers will help to pay for a revitalised, evidence-based set of tobacco control policies.last_img read more

Mayor Urges for Cannabis Legalization

first_imgConsumers must be at least 21 and have a government I.D. to enter and make purchases in cannabis establishments.Consumers are limited to a daily purchase of no more than one once of cannabis flower per day, five grams of cannabis concentrate, 16 ounces of marijuana infused edibles or 72 ounces of liquid cannabinoid products.Consumers cannot ingest marijuana in public places, including sidewalks, roadways, schools and parks.Consumers will be able to purchase products online for delivery to a residential address.Consumers are prohibited from smoking at any workplaceConsumers will be taxed 17 percent for cannabis at the point of sale.Cannabis vendors would also have more opportunities, but with rules and regulations.-For a six-month period, vendors who already have medical marijuana licenses will be first to receive applications for licenses for off-premise retailers and cultivators.– Vendors will be offered five types of licenses, which will be valid for three years and renewable based on demand.  The license types include: cultivator, manufacturer, distributor, off-premise retailer and testing facility.– 60 percent of ownership and 60 percent of employers must be D.C. residents.– Vendors must solicit feedback from the public and ANC’s during the application process.– A seed to sale tracking system will be created– D.C.’s medical marijuana program will continue– The Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) will regulate cannabis sales and be renamed the Alcohol Beverage and Cannabis Administration (ABCA).This change comes on the heels of the District opening up medical marijuana dispensaries to patients who are from most states where it’s legal.Last Thursday, Bowser announced that she is permitting more non-resident, medical-marijuana patients to use their cards for access to purchase and consume their medicine. This ruling allows the District to recognize the cards of residents from 27 states, which is an expansion from previously honoring patients from 19 states.  Safety was at the forefront of this ruling as well.“This emergency rulemaking is patient-centric,” said Mayor Bowser in a statement. “It ensures medical marijuana patients from other states can obtain their needed medicine. It will also promote public safety by allowing visitors to obtain their medicine at one of the District’s six – soon to be seven – authorized dispensaries rather than forcing them to go without or patronizing the illegal market.”The new states recognized include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Nevada, New Mexico, New York and Vermont. Other states, including: Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma and West Virginia, are under review.Residents with medical cards from Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington State are already recognized. By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comThe pot possession to prison pipeline has historically affected communities of color and become another factor in inequities faced, but now District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Boswer is emphasizing the need for marijuana legalization and law reform with her campaign #SafeCannabisDC.“It’s time to legalize marijuana. For years, marijuana possession has been a pipeline to prison for people of color. We must replace that pipeline with jobs, equity, and pathways to prosperity,” the mayor wrote on Twitter while promoting a petition for the Safe Cannabis Sales Act.District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is pushing for marijuana legalization. (Courtesy Photo)The Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2019 builds on Initiative 71, which decriminalized marijuana usage in Washington, D.C., and institutes a legal sales and tax program in order to create a safer environment, while also offering clarity on cannabis usage and products.  In addition, the SAFE Cannabis Sales ACT was also introduced to promote and ensure justice and equity, so that the benefits of a legal sales and tax regime could go towards assisting and boosting, versus historically harming, vulnerable communities. The slogan for #SafeCannabisDC is “Safety, Equity, Clarity.”With #SafeCannabisDC the sales and purchase of marijuana would be tracked and taxed, and comes with rules and limitations building on current cannabis laws.  If passed, the Safe Cannabis Sales Act would offer more latitude in how residents can purchase marijuana- with restrictions of course.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Emirates has unveile

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Emirates has unveiled its new Melbourne Airport lounge, revealing a contemporary and fresh look, based on the new design of Emirates lounges worldwide.At 1268-sqm in size, the Melbourne lounge is one of the biggest outstation lounges for the airline in the world and caters up to 241 passengers.With a view of the airfield, passengers will enjoy first class facilities and amenities including LED TV’s, leather armchairs, a dining area, prayer room with ablution areas, shower facilities and a business centre.In addition, passengers will be able to choose from a selection of hot and cold dishes from the gourmet buffet, as well as extensive beverage services. Some of the dishes on offer include: waffles and French toast for breakfast; teriyaki salmon, chicken satay and traditional fish and chips for snacks; and lamb cutlets, prawn salads, curries and chicken Schnitzel for dinner, as well as the finest selection of champagne, wines and spirits.The new Melbourne lounge forms part of a continuous global effort by the airline to upgrade its lounge offering for its passengers. In the last few months, Emirates has also updated its lounges at London Heathrow Airport and Perth International Airport, to further enhance the passenger experience when flying through these ports.“Our worldwide lounges ensure passengers are able to enjoy Emirates’ world-class experience from the moment they arrive at the airport,” said Barry Brown, Emirates’ Divisional Vice President for Australasia.“The new and expanded Melbourne lounge will also help cater for additional capacity from March when we up-gauge and replace the existing Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on one of our daily flights with an A380,” he added.The Emirates Lounge at Melbourne Airport is located on Level 3 of the International Terminal (entrance is located adjacent to gate 10 on the departures level).Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Wait until you see what could happen in America as

first_imgWait until you see what could happen in America as early as this MAYAn unbelievable phenomenon is set to sweep the nation as early as this May…The railroad age… the steel age… the electronics age… the technology age – this phenomenon triggered them all. And now it’s taking shape again!Watch this special, time-sensitive presentation now for full details on how it could affect your job… your lifestyle… and your wallet. Sponsor Advertisement As Ted Butler pointed out on Saturday, the configuration of Friday’s COT report for both gold and silver is still very bullish, with lots of room to run to the upside.The gold price came under steady selling pressure starting at precisely 8:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Monday trading day.  The sell off accelerated a bit shortly after London opened…and the low of the day was in about 9:30 a.m. GMT.The price bounced off that bottom a couple of times after that, but the moment that the Comex opened in New York at 8:20 a.m. Eastern time, it was up…up…and away.  But once the price broke above $1,732 spot, there was obviously a seller there to make sure that the price didn’t finish the day above the Friday New York close.Gold closed at $1,730.30 spot…down $7.00 on the day.  Net volume was a very light 79,000 contracts…or thereabouts.Silver’s price path was similar…and it’s low came at 11:30 a.m. in London, which might have been an early London silver fix.  The subsequent rally ran out of gas at 11:00 a.m. in New York right on the button, which also happened to be the close of London trading.After the London close, silver got sold off about 40 cents, but gained about half of that back by the close of electronic trading in New York at 5:15 p.m. Eastern.Silver closed at $33.50 spot…down 49 cents on the day.  Net volume was on the light side at 27,500 contracts, a lot of which would have been of the high-frequency trading variety.The dollar index opened in a rally mode the moment that trading began in New York at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evening…and at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time yesterday morning, was up about 55 basis points…and then spent the rest of the trading day giving back about 30 points of that gain.  The dollar index closed at the 79.10 level…up about 25 basis points from Friday.The gold stocks pretty much followed the gold price action…and the HUI finished down 1.08%.Considering the fact that silver was down about 50 cents on the day, the shares themselves hung in their very well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index only closed down 0.84%.(Click on image to enlarge)Well, the CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed all the deliveries for First Day Notice for the February delivery month in gold.  There were 893 gold and 114 silver contracts posted for delivery tomorrow.  The big short/issuer in gold was the Bank of Nova Scotia with 845 contracts…and taking the lion’s share of the deliveries was Deutsche Bank with 472 contracts…and Credit Suisse First Boston with 247 contracts.In silver, it was the three ‘usual suspects’ with the lion’s share of the action.  This time Jefferies was joined by the Bank of Nova Scotia as a short/issuer…with 38 and 76 contracts respectively…and JPMorgan stopped/received 100 of those contracts…49 for its client account and 51 for its in-house [proprietary] trading account.  The link to the Issuers and Stoppers Report, which is worth skimming, is here.The GLD ETF had no report yesterday…but the SLV ETF did.  Authorized participants added 3,158,805 ounces of silver…replacing, almost to the ounce, everything that had been withdrawn since the end of December.  Ted Butler suspects that much more is owed to the fund than that.The U.S. Mint had a sales report.  They sold 1,500 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 385,000 silver eagles.  Year-to-date the mint has sold 122,500 ounce of gold eagles…12,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 6,082,000 silver eagles.Friday was another busy day at the Comex-approved depositories.  They reported receiving 927,431 troy ounces of silver…and shipped a smallish 83,501 ounces out the door.  The link to that action is here.Silver analyst Ted Butler has his usual weekly review posted for his paying subscribers on Saturday…and here are two free paragraphs…“The price takedown starting in late-September and lasting through the end of December was all about commercial COT positioning and price manipulation. Especially in silver, the epic decline in price with the concurrent radical change in the COT structure was deliberate and intentional. Only a fool, or someone who refuses to see, would fail to recognize what just occurred. Silver (and gold) were driven lower in price to force speculative selling and to allow the commercials to buy massive quantities of what the speculators sold. After the commercials bought as much as they could possible buy, then prices rallied sharply. It’s impossible for this commercial activity to have occurred with collusion and intent. That the CFTC sat by and allowed this to occur (once again) without defending and protecting the public or our free markets is beyond shameful.“The CFTC’s failure to regulate aside, this last few months seem to have developed as explained in advance, if not predicted. I did not predict (or expect) the 35% price smash over the last few days of September; but I feel I have explained it adequately. There is no way that one can be invested in a market and not invested at the same time. All you can do is pay your money and take your chances. Risk grows as prices increase, but the structure of the COT is still bullish and not bearish. Maybe that will change in time, but until it does it is reasonable to expect higher prices. And maybe sharply higher prices.”Reader and technical analyst, Scott Pluschau, has a few things to say in his current blog.  His e-mail read “This week’s COT report was an eye-opener in the 10-year treasury futures.”  If you’re interested in this sort of thing, here’s the link to his blog.Here’s a graph that Washington state reader S.A. sent me yesterday.  It looks suspiciously similar to the one that was posted in a zerohedge.com article headlined “Europe’s Scariest Chart” that reader Richard Craggs sent me yesterday.(Click on image to enlarge)Since it’s Tuesday, I have more than the usual number of stories posted, so I hope you have the time to skim them all.“I cannot predict how long policymakers can hold economic Armageddon at bay with spin, money creation, currency swaps, intervention in gold and silver markets, and outright lies.  The onset could be sudden and take place this year, but we shouldn’t underestimate the power of spin over a gullible public that trusts ‘their’ government and fervently believes that Muslim terrorists are out to get them…and that the demise of the Constitution, the product of a eight hundred year struggle that produced Anglo-American civil liberty, is worth the price of ‘safety’. There is no safety in a police state and a debauched currency.  The comfortable world that Americans have known is falling apart at the seams.” – Dr. Paul Craig Roberts…January 6, 2012For the last trading day of the month going into First Notice Day of the February delivery month for gold, I really wasn’t expecting a lot.  With net volume as light as it was, it wasn’t hard for any interested party to knock gold and silver down…and they took the opportunity to do so…although platinum and palladium prices were barely affected.  But, with the January delivery month now off the board, it’s a brand new ball game, so we’ll see how things unfold from here.The preliminary open interest numbers for yesterday showed a decent decline in gold…and a modest increase in silver o.i.  But whatever it means in the grand scheme of things, won’t be know until this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.The same can be said for last Friday’s final open interest numbers.  Despite the big rallies in both metals, gold o.i. was down a decent amount…and silver o.i. was basically unchanged.  I was very encouraged by those numbers.As Ted Butler pointed out on Saturday, the configuration of Friday’s COT report for both gold and silver is still very bullish, with lots of room to run to the upside.  But, as per usual, how high the price goes…and how fast this rally unfolds…is 100% dependent on how the traders in the Commercial category respond as the tech funds and small traders place their long positions…and I know that Ted is watching their every movement like a hawk.  So am I.And as you can tell from the gold analysts above, everyone is expecting the prices of both gold and silver to rise significantly in the not-too-distant future.  As of this writing…and according to the netdania.com website…gold is up 11.5% so far this year…and silver is up 22.6%.  If all these predictions turn out to be true, it’s going to a wild year in the precious metals…and all the trials and tribulations from last year will soon be forgotten.  We’ll see.As I mentioned in my first column of 2012…I considered the lows of December 29th to be the bottom for this move down, so the big rallies we’ve experienced over the last month have not come as a real big surprise to me.  It’s what happens from hereon in that I’ll be most interested in.Both gold and silver are up a bit now that London has been open for trading for over two hours.  Gold is up $11 bucks…and silver is up two bits.  Volumes in both metals as of 5:13 a.m. Eastern time are already pretty chunky, so it’s obvious that these rallies…small as they are…are not going unopposed.  It would be my guess that a large percentage of the current volume in each metal, would be of the high-frequency trading variety.That’s all I have for today…and I await the New York open with great interest…but always keeping in mind that “there are no markets anymore, only interventions.”See you tomorrow.last_img read more

As mentioned above sukuks are typically denominat

first_img As mentioned above, sukuks are typically denominated in the currency of the issuing country. No surprise, then, that Malaysian ringgit-denominated sukuks accounted for 63% of total issue value for 2013. What might surprise is that 15% of total issue value in 2013—US$28 billion—was sukuks denominated in US dollars, up from 13.9% in 2012. If the US Fed continues to make good on its promise to taper its QE program, and if US interest rates indeed rise, the dollar should continue to strengthen and benefit US dollar-denominated sukuks. Total sukuk issuance is estimated to reach US$70 billion in 2014, according to Moody’s. The governments and government-related entities in the GCC will be the main drivers of sukuk issuance going forward. Being based in Dubai, I can say anecdotally that it is once again on track to become the construction-crane capital of the world. With the real estate market rebounding strongly, development activity has started up across the entire city. In addition, a number of large-scale projects that were put on hold are now moving forward. Many of these new projects will be funded through sukuk issuance. The Dubai government has the explicit ambition to become the center of the Islamic economy. One potential way to profit from this growth will be the sukuk issuances from high-quality sovereign and government-related entities in the United Arab Emirates and other GCC countries. Ankur Shah is the founder of the Value Investing India Report, a leading independent, value-oriented journal of the Indian financial markets. Ankur has more than eight years of equity research experience covering emerging markets, with a focus on Southeast Asia. He has worked as both a buy-side investment analyst for a global long/short equity hedge fund and a sell-side analyst for an emerging markets investment bank. Ankur is a graduate of Harvard Business School. You can learn more about his latest views on global markets at the Value Investing India Report and follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/AnkurShah47. Islamic finance remains one of the bright spots in the global financial industry post the 2008 financial crisis. Despite two decades of strong growth, the industry is now finally poised to break into conventional financial markets in the West. Islamic finance is comprised of instruments, infrastructure, institutions, and markets that apply Sharia rules and principles. You might be wondering how Islamic finance impacts you, if you’re based in a non-Muslim country. Increasingly it’s being viewed as an avenue of growth for global banks, as the industry caters to the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. The advent of Islamic finance allowed devout Muslims the ability to access financial products and services without compromising on their beliefs. As a result, total global Islamic banking assets are projected to surpass US$2 trillion in 2014. The Islamic finance sector is primarily comprised of Islamic Banking, Sukuk (Islamic Bonds), Takaful (Islamic Insurance), and Islamic Mutual Funds. The geographic centers of Islamic finance are primarily in Asia (Malaysia and Indonesia) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates). At its core, Islamic finance is governed by fundamental principles outlined in Sharia law. The main distinction between conventional finance and Islamic finance is that the latter prohibits riba (usury/interest). Thus, virtually all Islamic finance products are based on the principle of risk sharing as opposed to risk transfer. For example, an Islamic mortgage transaction would entail the bank purchasing a property and then reselling it to the homebuyer at a fixed profit. The buyer would then have the option to make the payments in installments. However, due to the concept of risk sharing, the bank could not charge additional penalties for late payments but would retain ownership until the loan was paid off. Global Investors and Islamic Finance For global investors, the sukuk (Islamic bond) market is probably the area of greatest interest within Islamic finance. The sukuk is an asset-backed security, which represents ownership in a tangible asset. With a sukuk the initial face value of the bond isn’t guaranteed. Unlike a conventional bondholder, a sukuk investor shares the risk from the underlying asset. In practice, some sukuks are issued with repurchase guarantees, which would result in the investor receiving face value at maturity, much like a conventional bondholder. However, not all Sharia scholars agree this structure is Sharia compliant. Traditionally, governments and government-related entities in Asia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) issued sukuks denominated in the local currency to domestic investors. However, increased demand from global investors has led to increased cross-border issuance from non-traditional sources. Last September, rating agency Moody’s observed, The year 2014 has become a landmark year for sovereign sukuk, with the UK issuing its inaugural sukuk, and with Hong Kong and South Africa expecting to conclude sales in September 2014. All three are major non-Islamic countries, and the transactions indicate a significant change in the potential size, depth, and liquidity of this market. This move into sukuk finance by countries with populations that are not predominately Muslim marks a shift in the long-held perception that Islamic finance is the domain of Muslim countries. In an effort to assist countries that seek to issue sukuk, Islamic institutions like the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector offer help with the structure of sovereign sukuk finance. Malaysian Dominance Malaysia dominates the sukuk finance sector both on a new issuance and outstanding basis, as shown in the following charts.last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link Take a look at this image. Bet you don’t know what it is… It’s a rare commodity that’s no longer produced in the U.S… but it’s 100% essential to nearly every item used by our military today. And one major country (not North Korea) is about to use it to sabotage the U.S. Armed Forces. When Pentagon officials turn to the only company that can supply this powder, shareholders could multiply their money by 10x or more… Click here to learn how to access the name of this company and its ticker. Rare Refined Powder Can Return 10x More Profits Than Bitcoin? By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch Apple just threw out the playbook. The tech giant is going straight to the source to secure one of the world’s most strategic metals. It’s not copper. It’s not gold. It’s not silver… It’s cobalt. Most people don’t even know what cobalt is. But that will soon change. That’s because cobalt has become one of the world’s most sought-after resources. Apple and many other major companies need it to make money. Because of this, Apple’s talking directly with cobalt miners for the first time ever. Bloomberg broke the story yesterday: The iPhone maker is seeking contracts to buy several thousand metric tons of cobalt for five years or longer. This is clearly a big deal for Apple. But this story also has massive implications for everyday investors. I’ll explain why in a second. And I’ll show you how to turn this news into huge profits. But first—why is Apple taking such drastic measures? • In other words, the EV revolution is about to trigger a huge explosion in cobalt demand… However, supplying all this cobalt won’t be easy. There are a couple reasons for this. Number one, about 60% of the world’s cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to the International Speculator team, that’s a major problem: The DRC has been relatively stable for the past 10 to 15 years, but it has a long and recent history of extremely bloody conflict and wars. The DRC is also ground zero for the uproar over “conflict minerals.” This makes cobalt supply extremely susceptible to disruptions in supply. Not only that, cobalt is a byproduct. About 98% of it comes from copper and nickel production. That makes getting a steady supply of cobalt difficult. Louis and his team wrote in a recent issue of International Speculator: This makes for a fairly complex supply chain. And it’s one that’s prone to bottlenecks. In other words, most producers will not mine more to meet rising demand if the price of nickel and/or copper doesn’t justify it. As demand for cobalt is growing faster than for nickel and copper, this increases pressure on cobalt supply. According to Louis, this one-two punch of soaring demand and tight supply will lead to a massive supply crunch. Just look at the chart Louis and his team put together. You can see that the cobalt supply is about to get extremely tight. In fact, Louis and his team project that we could see a massive shortfall by 2025.• That’s why Apple is in direct talk with miners… It can’t afford to not have a dependable cobalt supply. And it’s not the only giant multinational company taking drastic measures, either. BMW is also in the process of locking in a long-term cobalt supply. According to Bloomberg, it’s doing this because it expects its demand for cobalt to “surge 10-fold by the middle of the next decade.” Volkswagen AG and Samsung SDI are also looking to pen long-term cobalt supply contracts. This tells you everything you need to know about where the price of cobalt is headed. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to speculate on cobalt. There’s no cobalt exchange-traded fund (ETF). And there are few cobalt pure plays out there.The good news is that we can help. You see, Louis recently recommended a world-class miner that’s highly leveraged to the price of cobalt. Not only that, this company’s cobalt project is located in the United States. That makes it one of the safer ways to speculate on this megatrend.You can learn more about this company by signing up for International Speculator. Click here for details.Regards, Justin Spittler Tulum, Mexico February 22, 2018 Chart of the Day: The U.S. Dollar’s Demise By Joe Withrow, analyst, Casey Research The U.S. dollar is in a major long-term downtrend… That’s the story of today’s chart, which tracks the U.S. Dollar Index from 1982 to today. As you can see, the U.S. dollar has lost 46% of its value since 1985. And as Casey Report editor E.B. Tucker told his subscribers recently, that’s the big story that the mainstream media refuses to report on. Here’s E.B.: Notice how the dollar moves in broad multi-year cycles. Over time it moves lower. Each rally in strength is weaker than the last, followed by a plunge. We’re already in the early stages of the next plunge. You won’t hear much about this in the mainstream press. That’s not a conspiracy; it’s just not what the financial media does. Once the dollar collapses, they’ll write a story about it. That will be too late to help investors. So how do you protect yourself from the dollar’s demise? As E.B. put it, foreign stocks, gold and silver mining firms, and anything related to hard assets should shine. —Joe Withrow Reader Mailbag Today, a reader tells us how he’s preparing for a market crash: I have a few stocks that I’ve learned about from Casey and Stansberry. I know virtually nothing about investing/speculating, but have put in $17,000 and within a year, have shown $10,000 in profit. I have trailing stop losses on all companies that allow them, and I’m going to sell the companies not allowing them after the next correction comes and the prices rise again. (Most have hit the trailing stop loss, though.) Also, I’m continuing to learn. Trying to “keep it simple, stupid,” but at less than 50% profit a year, I must add other means of gaining, because I’m convinced the crash is going to be catastrophic to at least the US economy. Thanks a million for all you’re providing. And don’t take any wooden nickels! Wait… take them! They’re more valuable than the paper! – Jimmy To help all of our readers prepare and profit during a market crash, we just put together a comprehensive report that’s loaded with tips and strategies from the analysts across our business. It’s been popular with our readers so far, and we hope it can help you, too. Click here to download for free. Also, we’d love to hear your thoughts on where you think the market’s headed over the next few months. If you have five minutes, please take this survey we just put together. Your answers will help us find the most compelling investment ideas to share with you, and help improve our services. In Case You Missed It… With the flick of a switch… Beijing could cut the U.S. military down to its knees. At a recent Senate hearing, CIA director Mike Pompeo admitted China’s control of the technology behind this “kill switch” is “a very real concern.” But there’s one company outside of China that could resupply our troops with this key material if that happens. And now, this company is expected to surge 1,127% in the coming months. Click here to learn more. • Cobalt is a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries… These are the batteries that power iPhones and every other smartphone on the planet. Because of this, smartphones account for about a quarter of all global cobalt demand. But Apple and other companies like it have been buying massive amounts of cobalt for years. So why is Apple doing this now? Simple. It’s worried about a cobalt supply crunch. • You see, cobalt demand has shot through the roof… Cobalt consumption has spiked 13% since 2013… and it is expected to increase another 30% by 2020. We’ve seen this massive surge in demand for a simple reason: electric vehicles (EVs). EVs, as you probably know, aren’t like traditional vehicles. They run on electricity instead of gasoline. Not long ago, the market for these vehicles hardly existed. There were just a few hundred EVs in the entire world. Today, it’s a much different story. As I’ve shown you many times over the past few months, the market for EVs is exploding. It’s one of the world’s biggest megatrends. And now, the EV revolution has forced Apple’s hand.• EVs use lithium-ion batteries, too… But here’s the thing: EVs require far more cobalt than smartphones. In fact, the typical 60-kilowatt EV car battery contains around eight kilograms (18 pounds) of cobalt. Using that number, International Speculator editor Louis James estimates that the EV market could use around 78,400 tonnes of cobalt by 2025. That’s 19 times more cobalt than what was consumed in all of 2016.center_img Recommended Link Congress Expected to Tweak Title 49 of U.S. Legal Code—Accelerates Rollout of Revolutionary New Car – According to estimates by Deloitte, this could cause a $2 trillion shift within America’s auto industry. – Business Insider: We could see 10 million of these cars on the roads by 2020. That would represent a 49,000% spike. – For the full details on this breaking story, click here. — —last_img read more

Six months ago I found myself preparing for battl

first_imgSix months ago, I found myself preparing for battle.I was lying in bed at 5:30 a.m., going over in my head how to handle the next encounter with my 3-year-old daughter, Rosy.Goodness knows, I love her so much. But there’s a fire in that little belly. And to be honest, I have no idea how to handle all the anger — the tantrums, the screaming and, most of all, the hitting.When she’s angry and I pick her up, she has a habit of slapping me across the face. Sometimes it really hurts. I’ve even started ducking like a boxer when I lift her up.At first, I reacted as my parents did, with bluster and sternness. That only backfired. All she did was arch her back and fall on the ground.Then I consulted Dr. Google and decided calm and firm was the “correct way.” But Rosy could tell I was still upset and trying to control her.Slowly, a wall was rising up between Rosy and me. And I began dreading our time together. Ugh.Then back in early December, I had an opportunity of a lifetime. I traveled to the Canadian Arctic to report on a story about the Inuit and their remarkable ability to regulate anger. During the trip, I got the chance to hear advice from arguably the calmest, coolest moms in the world: Inuit moms.It was like these moms had handed me the manual on how to communicate with small children. And their advice completely shifted how I discipline.She’s not ‘pushing your buttons’For thousands of years, the Inuit have raised children in one of the harshest places on Earth. During that time, they’ve developed a suite of powerful parenting tools to teach children emotional intelligence, especially when it comes to anger.At the center of these tools is a major tenet: Never shout at small children.”Yelling? There was no yelling at kids [in traditional Inuit culture],” says Martha Tikivik, 83, who was born in an igloo and has six children.In fact, there’s no reason for a parent to get angry at a small child, Tikivik says: “Anger has no purpose. It’s not going to solve your problem. It only stops communication between the child and the mom.”When a child is misbehaving or having a tantrum, the child is too upset to learn, says 89-year-old Eenoapik Sageatook, whose family was forced to settle in a town when she was a little girl. So there’s no reason to scold or shout during these moments.”You have to remain calm and wait for the child to calm down,” she says. “Then you can teach the child.”In other words, cool your jets, Mama Doucleff. Stop blowing your fuse. Stop taking the toddler’s behavior personally. And stop thinking that Rosy is “pushing your buttons,” says Inuit mom and radio producer Lisa Ipeelie.”You think little kids are mad at you,” she says. “That’s not what’s going on. They’re upset about something, and you have to figure out what it is.”OK. I admit that following this advice was really hard. I mean really, really hard. It took weeks of practice (and another trick I learned about anger). At first, I just stopped saying anything to Rosy when she had a tantrum or hit me. I knew that if I opened my mouth, the words would be tinged in anger. So I would just close my eyes to calm myself down and then wait for Rosy to calm down herself.Once I learned not to be angry with Rosy, I began trying to help her with her own anger by loving her. I’d ask if she needed a hug, or I’d hold her really tightly.Then after she calmed down, I took inspiration from the Inuit moms and turned discipline into fantasy and theater.Tell a story Instead of yelling or telling kids what to do, Inuit parents traditionally discipline through storytelling, says Goota Jaw, who teaches an Inuit parenting class at Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit, Canada.For example, she says, to get kids to stay away from the dangerous ocean, parents tell them about a sea monster that lives in the water. If you go too close to the water, the parents say, the monster will put you in his pouch, drag you down to the ocean and adopt you out to another family.There are stories to get kids to listen to adults, wear hats in the winter, not take food without asking and go to bed on time.At first, these types of stories sounded too scary for a 3-year-old. Then a few weeks after returning from the Arctic, I flipped my opinion 180 degrees.One afternoon, Rosy and I were in the kitchen, preparing dinner. I was trying to get her to close the refrigerator door. I deployed my typical strategy: adult logic followed by nagging. I explained several times how she is wasting energy.It was like I was talking to a wall.After a few minutes, I found myself in the all-too common predicament of arguing with a proto-human. I was ready to blow a fuse when my thoughts turned to Goota Jaw and the sea monster. So I said, with a half-serious, half-playful tone, “You know? There’s a monster inside the refrigerator, and if he warms up, he’s going to get bigger and bigger and come get you.”Then I pointed into the refrigerator and exclaimed, “Oh my goodness. There he is!”Holy moly! You should have seen the look on Rosy’s face. She closed the door lightning fast, turned around and said, “Mama, tell me more about the monster in there.”Since that moment, storytelling has become a go-to parenting tool in our home. Rosy can’t get enough of these stories and even asks me to make them scarier.Here are a few popular ones right now:1. Sharing Monster: Living up in a tree outside the kitchen window, the sharing monster grows bigger and bigger when little kids aren’t sharing. At some point, he could come up, snatch you and take you up in the tree.2. Yelling Monster: He lives in the ceiling and comes down to snatch little kids who yell and are demanding.3. Shoe Monster: She makes sure kids get their shoes on in the morning — quickly — or else she’ll take you down into the heating vent.4. Dress Spiders: Back in January, Rosy wore the same pink dress day and night for about five days. I couldn’t get her to take it off. I tried talking logically: “Rosy, if we wash it tonight, it won’t have stains on it for school tomorrow.” She looked at me as if I were speaking French.Finally, I got close to her and whispered, “If the dress gets too dirty, spiders will start to grow in it.”Rosy didn’t say a word and slowly slipped the dress off. When I pulled the dress out of the dryer, I held it up and exclaimed, “See? So nice and clean!”Rosy didn’t miss a beat. “And no spiders,” she emphasized.Overall, storytelling has opened up a huge communication channel between Rosy and me. I feel like I’m finally speaking her language. She couldn’t care less about kilowatts of power or stains on the dress. But a monster that grows and spiders that crawl — those ideas she can wrap her head around.Put on a playStorytelling has definitely decreased the yelling, nagging and blown fuses in our home. But the stories didn’t stop the hitting. For that, I needed inspiration from another Inuit strategy, which anthropologist Jean Briggs studied for more than 30 years ago.In a nutshell, here’s how the approach works:When a child misbehaves — hits someone or has a tantrum — there’s no punishment. Instead, the parent waits for a calm moment and then acts out what happened during the misbehavior.Typically the performance starts with the parent tempting the child to misbehave. For example, “Why don’t you hit me?”Then the child has to think: “What should I do?” If the child takes the bait and hits, the parent doesn’t scold or yell but instead acts out the consequences. “Ow, that hurts!” Mom or Dad might exclaim, to show that hitting hurts.Briggs documented that the parent continues to emphasize the consequences by asking follow-up questions such as “Don’t you like me?” or “Are you a baby?”The goal is to give the child a chance to practice the proper behavior at a time when the child is open to learning and not emotionally charged. Throughout the drama, the parent keeps a playful tone and a wink in the eye.With Rosy and her hitting, I definitely had not been reacting in a playful way. Just the opposite: I was stern and serious. So with a hefty dose of skepticism, I abandoned that strategy and gave this playful approach a try.Each time Rosy hit me, no matter how hard she slapped and how infuriated I was, I didn’t get angry. Instead, I said in a dramatic way, “Ooo, that hurts! Goodness that hurts!” to show that hitting hurt me physically and emotionally.Then I asked her this one question, with an exaggerated sense of pain and suffering: “Don’t you like me?” (To hear what I sound like, take a listen to the radio story).Immediately, this fun tone changed Rosy’s behavior. The tension between us melted away, and the hitting decreased. I could see the little gears in her brain churning. “Wait! Am I hurting Mom’s feelings?” she seemed to be thinking. (And I could see that Ipeelie was right. Rosy wasn’t pushing my buttons. She cared about my feelings.)So I thought I’d try putting on a little drama by asking her, “Why don’t you hit me?” The first few tries were rough. She would wallop me. But I stuck to the script, and slowly I could see her thinking before she struck. She started to play-hit me or stopped mid-swing. After about a month, a tiny miracle occurred.We were in the kitchen, having a snack, and I said, “Rosy, why don’t you hit me?””No,” Rosy responded.”No? Why not?” I asked.”Because I love you,” she whispered.”Because you love me?” I said, in complete shock. “That’s very nice.”Nice — and a testimony to teaching kids through stories, play and practice. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Labour’s shadow chancellor has described the UK government’s decision to co-host a Global Disability Summit – less than a year after its record on disability rights was dismantled by the United Nations – as “the height of hypocrisy”.John McDonnell, a long-standing supporter of the disabled people’s anti-cuts movement, was speaking to Disability News Service (DNS) after addressing a rival grassroots summit organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) in Stratford, east London.He said the government’s summit was an attempt to show that they were world leaders in disability rights “when they are clearly not”, but also “trying to argue that they could somehow influence or teach other countries how to treat fairly and equally disabled people”, which was “just outrageous.”McDonnell (pictured, outside the summit) said disabled people and their allies had worked hard to ensure that the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities had “the fullest information to be able to assess the government’s performance on its policies towards disabled people”.The result, last September, was “an outright condemnation of the role that the government has played”.He added: “It was the height of hypocrisy then for them to host this event.”He said the summit could have been so much more successful if there had been an “honest discussion about what’s happened to disabled people across the globe but also learning the lessons of what’s gone wrong in this country, and the lessons of what’s gone wrong are that disabled people have born the brunt of austerity”.He added: “If what came out of this summit was the admission by the UK government of their mistakes, at least something would come out of it. I doubt that that would happen.”He also said – as he has stressed previously – that he wants DPAC and other disabled people’s groups “to set the agenda for Labour when we go into power”.He told DPAC’s International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit that a Labour government’s policies would be based on the motto of the disabled people’s movement: “nothing about us without us”.He said: “This is not just an open door. It is a solid invitation: when we go into government, you all go into government.”The DPAC summit had heard from representatives of disabled people’s organisations in four countries – Bolivia, Greece, Malaysia and Uganda – each of whom described how they had fought oppression and discrimination (see separate story).last_img read more

6 UK Business Schools Ranked Top in Executive Education by FT

first_img Executive education and MBA programs typically go hand-in-hand. In most cases, the same professors teach the courses, and the curriculum tends to overlap, though in most cases MBA courses go into far more depth. However, because they can be so closely linked, a highly-ranked executive education program is a good indicator of the quality of the business school. That’s why it’s important to note that six UK business schools made it onto the top 50 list of the 2017 Financial Times Executive Education ranking.Overall, the ranking included the top 50 schools for customized and open-enrollment executive education programs. This combined ranking methodology looked at the top 85 business schools in the field of customized executive education, which tailors courses to the training needs of an organization. It also included the top 75 schools for open-enrollment programs, which offer courses on specific topics such as leadership that are directed towards professionals regardless of the organization.To take part in the ranking, the School had to be internationally accredited by either Equis or ACCSB and have earned at least $2 million in 2016. Business school clients were surveyed and asked to rate the programs on a 10-point scale. The responses were weighted based on program type, seniority of the individual responsible for the course, size of the organization and the number of schools commissioned. Coming out on top, overall, was IESE Business School, which was ranked number one for customized executive education and number two for open-enrollment. IMD (ranked second for custom and first for open-enrollment), and Harvard Business School (ranked fifth for custom and third for open-enrollment) came in second and third respectively.For business schools in the UK:London Business School came out on top ranking 4th overall (custom: 6th, open: 10th)University of Oxford: Saïd came in at 9th overall (custom: 26th, open: 4th)Henley Business School ranked 22nd overall (custom: 35th, open: 23rd)Cranfield School of Management ranked 28th overall (custom: 21st, open: 39th)Ashridge Executive Education at Hult ranked 30th overall (custom: 23rd, open: 43rd)University of Cambridge: Judge ranked 34th overall (custom: 52nd, open: 25th) 6 UK Business Schools Ranked Top in Executive Education by FT The results reinforce the UK’s reputation for quality business education. About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Last Updated May 18, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: London RelatedFinancial Times 2019 Executive Education Rankings: What You Need to KnowThe Financial Times just released its 2019 Executive Education rankings, and the top-ranked schools are right where you’d expect. For the fifth year in a row, IESE Business School ranked first for customized Executive Education, followed by Duke Corporate Education in second and IMD in third. For open Executive Education,…June 10, 2019In “Chicago”Foster Ranked #24 Best Business & Economics Program WorldwideA new ranking completed by The Best Schools reviewed business and economics programs from around the world to find the top 100 best programs. The ranking looked at schools with the best faculty and most well-established alumni, as well as looking at which school were most likely to land a…August 1, 2016In “Featured Region”The Economist Ranks London MBA ProgramsThe Economist has revealed its annual ranking of the top full-time MBA Programs in the world. This year, five London schools made it onto the list, with three schools landing in the top 50. About The Economist Ranking The Economist ranking debuted in 2002. Since its initial year, the publication has reviewed the…October 19, 2016In “Featured Region”last_img read more

Tesla Launches a 1500 Surfboard

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. 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Only 200 boards were made available, and they sold out almost immediately. Matthew Humphries Tesla Launches a $1,500 Surfboard Image credit: Tesla via PC Magcenter_img July 30, 2018 Senior Editor Next Article Add to Queue Tesla Tesla made a few waves (sorry!) last night by quietly launching a very limited edition surfboard. It cost $1,500, only 200 have been produced, and unsurprisingly it sold out almost immediately.As Electrek reports, the surfboard was designed by the Tesla Design Studio with the input of Lost Surfboards and Matt “Mayhem” Biolos, who has been sanding and shaping boards since leaving high school in 1987. The top is black and the underside red, with both sides carrying Tesla branding.Tesla designed the board to use the same high-quality matte and gloss finishes you find on the company’s cars. The top (“the deck”) is covered in “Black Dart” lightweight carbon fiber, and Tesla car owners will be pleased to hear the surfboard fits inside the Model 3, S and X.Of course, it will only fit if you managed to buy one. As Tesla only decided to make 200 of the custom made boards, they inevitably sold out very quickly. Even those who were lucky enough to buy one will have to wait up to 10 weeks before their board gets delivered. One final disappointment: The fins you see on the bottom of the board aren’t actually included with the board.Tesla may be best known for its electric vehicles, batteries and green energy generation projects, but the company also offers a growing range of lifestyle products and apparel. Men’s, women’s and children’s clothes and hats are offered alongside scale models of Tesla’s cars, leather items, drinkware, tech and sports goods, which the surfboard falls under. One of Tesla’s best-selling lifestyle products is a $600 battery powered Tesla Model S for kids. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Australian model avoids jail for assaulting flight attendant while drunk

first_imgCrime – Australia Share via Email Los Angeles Share via Email Australian model avoids jail for assaulting flight attendant while drunk Share on Messenger Shares99 Australian Associated Press Adau Mornyang tells judge in Los Angeles she made a ‘terrible mistake’ Los Angeles The Australian model Adau Mornyang has wept in a US court as she avoided a prison sentence despite assaulting a flight attendant on a drunken, raucous Melbourne-to-Los Angeles flight.Mornyang, 24, was facing up to 21 years behind bars for assaulting a United Airlines flight attendant, but a US district court judge, Cormac Carney in Los Angeles, sentenced her to 100 hours of community service and three years of probation.“I am a human being who made a terrible mistake,” Mornyang told the judge on Monday.The judge cited what he described as her “tragic history” of sexual and physical abuse and alcoholism. “It’s quite sad and tragic,” Carney said.In March an LA jury found Mornyang guilty of a felony charge of interference with a flight crew member and a misdemeanour count of assault.The court heard the former Miss World Australia finalist ordered “several glasses of wine” on the 21 January flight. When she was denied more drinks, she yelled obscenities and racial slurs, and struck a flight attendant. She was then handcuffed by an air marshal, refused to leave a toilet and had to be held at the rear of the plane.Prosecutors recommended she serve a month behind bars. Probation officers recommended three years of probation and a US$2,000 (A$2,850) fine. Adau Mornyang outside court in Los Angeles. The Australian model has been sentenced to community service for assaulting a flight attendant.Photograph: Richard Vogel/AP Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Mon 15 Jul 2019 17.37 EDT Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on Twitter Air transport news Share on Pinterest Topicslast_img read more

Russian tech giant dashes hopes for smartphone

first_img © 2018 AFP Yandex instead announced a new smart speaker that uses the voice of “Alisa”—a virtual assistant similar to Amazon’s Alexa Speculation has been mounting for years that Yandex—which dominates internet services in Russia—will put forward its own mobile device to rival giants like Apple, Samsung and Huawei.Excitement reached fever pitch when Yandex announced it would be holding a presentation at its glossy Moscow headquarters, with Russian media reports anticipating a smartphone launch that would be a major step for the company.But Yandex instead announced a new smart speaker that uses the voice of “Alisa”—a virtual assistant similar to Amazon’s Alexa—that will cost around 40 euros.Asked by disappointed journalists about the potential smartphone, Yandex representatives said only: “We are not commenting on this question.”Yandex started in the 1990s as a search engine similar to Google but has since expanded into every corner of the Russian internet, developing maps, taxi and food order apps that Russians use every day.A Russian-designed smartphone—the YotaPhone—was launched in 2013 but has failed to catch on and tech observers have been waiting anxiously for Yandex to jump into the field.Tom Morrod, research director at IHS Markit, said that once Yandex does enter the market it will likely be with a mid-range option aimed at supporting its services.”Non-hardware companies are often happy to take a mid-market position, without hoping to make money. Yandex’s smartphone would likely run on Android but they would put their own environment on it, with all their apps that you probably will not be able to delete,” he said. “It’s about getting people locked into their ecosystem, collect data and advertise,” he added. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Russian tech giant dashes hopes for smartphone (2018, November 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-russian-tech-giant-dashes-smartphone.htmlcenter_img Russian search engine alerts Google to possible data problem Russian internet giant Yandex disappointed tech enthusiasts on Monday by failing to unveil what many hoped would be a highly anticipated Russian-made smartphone. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Amazon Prime Day Best Deals for Science Lovers

first_imgAmazon’s annual Prime Day will deliver savings on thousands of products for Prime members today (July 16). Live Science is wading through these products so you don’t have to, bringing you the nerdiest picks: from microscope slide collections to DIY robots; from chemistry sets to molecule jewelry. For all you science geeks out there, here’s a look at what we’re watching right now. We will be updating this page throughout the day with our favorite science-y deals. 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Deve Gowda There is an undeclared emergency in the countryDeve Gowda There

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE The Janata Dal (Secular) supremo, HD Deve Gowda (85), is as relevant to Indian politics as he was in 1996, when in an unexpected move, the United Front chose him for the prime minister’s post. Deve Gowda’s tenure was short lived as 10 months later he was forced to step down. The JD(S), along with the Congress, now runs the government in Karnataka. In an interview with BusinessLine, he said there is an undeclared emergency in the country. Edited excerptsWhat are the main issues before the electorateRising crude oil prices will be the key challenge for the new government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he will provide a stable, strong and corruption-free government if the NDA comes to power in the 2014. Has it happened? What has been the outcome of demonetisation? Nothing. He did not even take into confidence his own Cabinet. Not even the RBI. He is always trying to mislead the people. The price of a gas cylinder earlier was ₹300 and now it is ₹1,200. The GST is levied on food in a hotel and if you buy vegetables from the market, you have to pay 10 per cent. Does it help the poor people, the common man?What are your views on the current political discourse?I never thought that thePrime Minister will use such language to criticise the Opposition. He calls Mahaghatabandhan Maha-milavat. Why does he keep talking about surgical strike as if there was no such thing earlier. He wants to use all this for the political purpose, to cover up for all his lapses. I have been in Parliament for the last 29 years. I have seen the administration of AB Vajpayee, Inder Gujral, PV Narasimha Rao and the others. When the country was facing such economic crisis, Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh got us out of the debt trap. But Modi said he has done everything. What has he done? Modi said by 2025, he will make this country strong and eradicate poverty. Why should he make false promises?On farm loans…The type of administration he has given so far will only harm the farmers. There is no mercy for the farm sector. The farmers have been forced to go on a rally to get their demands addressed. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has made a categorical statement stating that there is no question of waving the farm loans. If this happens, what will be the plight of the poor farmers? The loan burden when Modi took over as the PM was ₹24 lakh crore and now it has increased to ₹104 lakh crore. Who is going to carry this burden? People will be forced to suffer.On Constitution, reservation issues…His Cabinet colleague said this Constitution will be reversed. How can you allow such a Minister to continue in the Cabinet? The RSS chief wants to abolish the reservation system. If Hindutva is the main objective of this government, what will be the fate of the minorities? The farmers are suffering so much; many have committed suicide. This time, the people will give a befitting answer. The BJP wants to remove Article 370. When I was the Prime Minister, the elections in Kashmir were conducted smoothly. The polling percentage was 58 per cent and now it is mere 15 per cent. In what field has he succeeded?.On Pulwama attack, Agusta Westland and the Rafale deals…Pulwama attack was a massive intelligence failure. He keeps talking about the Agusta Westland scam and calls Christian Michel as Michel mama (uncle). It is not fair and unbecoming of a Prime Minister to say such things. The Hindu has exposed the deal involving Rafale. But Modi continues to avoid giving details about the deal. He goes and strikes the deal on his own without even taking the Defence Minister there… and then sends the others to defend him. I don’t think this man will come back to power. He has disrespected his own elders in the party.On IT raids and media…There have been several raids against Opposition leaders which is quite unprecedented. Some of the media personnel are being harassed. The co-founders of one TV channel were arrested though the court gave them immediate relief. Let me be very plain on this, the situation in the country is nothing but an undeclared emergency. We have never seen this type of a government in the past.What according to you are the NDA’s prospects in this election?Modi may not come back to power. I don’t think the NDA will even get a working majority. A party which got 282 seats will fall short of majority. It will be a mandate against his type of administration. The party will then have to start the process of trying to strike an alliance with others.Do you see yourself as Prime Minister again?No. There is no question of a repeat of 1996. There will be a coalition government with Rahul Gandhi’s support. Naturally, I will stand by him. There are several competent leaders who are much better than Narendra Modi. For example: Mamata Banerjee. If you go to her house, she has no personal belongings. Chandrababu Naidu, Naveen Patnaik, Mayawatia and Sharad Pawar, all are very competent. We are going to sit together and come to an understanding about the contours of the next government. national politics April 23, 2019 Published on COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL interviewslast_img read more

The two who stole the show at the swearingin ceremonyThe two who

first_imgA view of the illuminated Rashtrapati Bhavan during the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday   –  RV Moorthy BJP national politics SHARE Published on A little-known Odisha MP shares spotlight with Modi May 30, 2019center_img national elections Two persons stole the show during the nearly two-hour-long swearing-in ceremony. The first of them may have been easy to guess: Narendra Damodardas Modi. But the second one was quite a surprise. When Pratap Chandra Sarangi, first-time Member of Parliament from Balasore, Odisha, was called upon to take his oath as Minister of State, a section of the 5,000-plus crowd was on its feet, clapping. Sarangi had been called 56th (out of 58) on the list, at the fag end, but the invocation of his name set off a frisson of energy. Sarangi contested the election with very limited resources. He used a bicycle and public transport to campaign. Sarangi was a surprise inclusion in the Ministry. Another surprise induction was that of S Jaishankar, the former Foreign Secretary. He had been given a seat in the first row. There are six women in the Ministry, accounting for 10 per cent of the total. Three of them have Cabinet rank; the three others are Ministers of State. The Ministry has four bureaucrats and one Army General. And going against expectations, it has only a small representation from West Bengal and Odisha, where the BJP performed better than expected. Four allies became part of the Council, but one partner, the JD (U), did not join; it is believed to have sought more than one ministerial post, whereas the BJP was willing to include one Minister each from all its allies.The President interrupted five of the Ministers who stumbled over their oaths. One Minister, G Kishan Reddy, ended with a ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogan. Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, and other film stars were present; but it was Mary Kom and Gautam Gambhir who got the most number of requests for selfies. Strikingly, cell phones were allowed to be carried to the venue. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

Citigroup disappointed by South Africa investment

first_imgJohannesburg: Citigroup Inc invested to expand in South Africa. Now all the New York-based bank needs is deals.“We have in the two last cycles appropriated additional capital to continue to grow our business, but we haven’t seen as big a deal flow to be able to execute against that,” said Citigroup chief country officer Peter Crawley. “We’re very much sitting on the side and battening down the hatches, planning for a difficult scenario. But hands on today, eyes on tomorrow.”President Cyril Ramaphosa’s slow progress in returning the continent’s most industrialised economy back to growth is stunting takeovers and bond issuance and causing equity-related deals to plummet to record lows. His administration is also grappling with how to deal with power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd, which has debt equal to about 8% of gross domestic product.South Africa is one step away from falling out of the World Government Bond Index, with only Moody’s Investors Service assessing the nation’s debt as investment grade — a rating due for review in November. The economy has shrunk four out of the past nine quarters, weighing on business and factory confidence. Spending by households, which accounts for 60% of GDP, remains weak, while the government’s expenditure continues to outpace income. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Tags / Keywords: World 29 May 2019 South Africa’s Ramaphosa to announce new cabinet – presidency A number of foreign investors are “sitting on the sidelines” waiting for clarity on Eskom and Moody’s, Crawley said. More also needs to be done to appease foreign direct investors on property rights, he said, as the country debates how to give the majority black population greater land ownership. “Challenges are policy certainty and growth.”While the value of mergers and acquisitions in the first half of this year rose 25% to 2.25 billion rand (US$160mil) from the same period in 2018, there were no deals of over US$100mil in the second quarter, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.— Bloomberg Related Newscenter_img Banking , Investment , Citigroup World 25 May 2019 S&P keeps South Africa in ‘junk’ status, sees post-election reforms Related News Business News 11 Jul 2019 London beats New York in drawing Saudi ETF investor billionslast_img read more

Pakistan will not open airspace until India withdraws fighter jets from IAF

first_imgPakistan will not open airspace until India withdraws fighter jets from IAF forward airbasesPakistan had completely shut its airspace for Indian flights after the Balakot airstrikes on February 26 in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.advertisement Press Trust of India IslamabadJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 19:03 IST Pakistan PM Imran Khan. (Image: Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan has said it will not open its airspace for Indian commercial flightsThe airspace was shut after Balakot airstrikes on Feb 26Pakistan has said until India removes its fighter jets from IAF forward airbases, it would remain shutPakistan has told India that it will not open its airspace for commercial flights until New Delhi removes its fighter jets from forward IAF airbases, Pakistan’s Aviation Secretary Shahrukh Nusrat has informed a Parliamentary committee.Pakistan fully closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot following the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir.Aviation Secretary Nusrat, who is also the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), on Thursday informed the Senate Standing Committee on Aviation that his department has intimated Indian officials that Pakistani airspace would remain unavailable for use by India until the country withdraws its fighter jets from forward positions, Dawn News reported.”The Indian government approached asking us to open the airspace. We conveyed our concerns that first India must withdraw its fighter planes placed forward,” Nusrat told the committee.This is probably the first time a senior Pakistani official has publicly stated Islamabad’s precondition for reopening its airspace after the Balakot air strikes.He further apprised the committee that Indian officials have contacted Pakistan requesting it to lift the airspace restrictions.”However, Indian officials have been told that Indian airbases are still laden with fighter jets and Pakistan will not allow resumption of flight operations from India until their removal,” said Nusrat.Last month, the CAA had extended the airspace ban till July 12. It had earlier extended the airspace restriction until June 30.After the restrictions, all the passenger flights are being diverted to alternative routes by India, The Express Tribune reported.The CAA official also contested India’s claim that Delhi had opened its airspace for Pakistan, the report said.”Pakistani flights from Thailand have not been restored since the closure of the Indian airspace. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights for Malaysia also remain suspended,” the CAA DG informed the committee.Last month, Pakistan gave special permission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s VVIP flight to use its airspace for his official trip to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.However Prime Minister Modi’s VVIP aircraft avoided flying over Pakistan. Earlier, Pakistan had allowed India’s former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to fly directly though Pakistani airspace to participate in the meeting of SCO foreign ministers in Bishkek on May 21.India aviation industry has suffered huge losses due to the airspace ban by Pakistan.On Thursday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told Parliament that due to the closure of Pakistan airspace, Air India had to spend an extra Rs 430 crore on longer routes.Also Read | Air India suffers over 400 crore loss due to Pakistan airspace closureAlso Watch | No pleasantries exchanged between PM Modi, Imran Khan at SCO summit | WatchFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjee Nextlast_img read more