It Chapter 2 teaser trailer delivers a spooky look at upcoming film

first_img See at Amazon Comments See it Amazon Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Read the Rylo camera preview Share your voice Sprint Rylo TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Now playing: Watch this: Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The movie is not a sequel, but a continuation of the 2017 film, and both are based on the 1,100-page 1986 Stephen King bestseller. The Losers’ Club members who once fought the sewer-dwelling horror known as It are grown up now, and a devastating call brings them back to once again face their childhood horrors.Bill Skarsgård plays terrifying Pennywise the Clown, with James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon, Andy Bean as Stan Uris and James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak. The original film grossed over $700 million worldwide.It: Chapter 2 opens on Sept. 5 in Australia and on Sept. 6 in the US and UK. Chris Monroe/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Best Buy Post a comment Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $59 at eBay Read Google Home Hub review Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $60 at Best Buy 2019 movies to geek out over DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sarah Tew/CNET It Chapter 2 trailer shows Pennywise coming back Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 0 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $155 at Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview $6 at Tidal See at Turo Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $299 at Amazon Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice Read the AirPods review Apple iPhone XS 77 Photos 2:56 Tags News flash: Clowns are still creepy. A new teaser trailer for It: Chapter 2 came out Thursday, and Bev Marsh learns that going back to revisit your old home might just be a terrible idea. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $520 at HP Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Boost Mobile I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 7 $999 See It The Cheapskate Angela Lang/CNET $999last_img read more

Money laundering in Dubai will be difficult for Indians now read to

first_imgRepresentational image of cash theft.PixabayDubai has planned to impose a new value-added tax (VAT) which will not only make money laundering more costly but compliance with the tax regulations will also leave a paper trail.The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will commence the new VAT regulation from January 1, 2018, at the rate of 5 percent and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members which include Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar will also impose the VAT but a year later, Economic Times reported.According to Economic Times, for years, paper transactions between the newly formed companies in UAE were shown as genuine business deals to legitimise undisclosed, untaxed income.Soon after changing black money to white money, the funds collected were then parked with banks in Dubai or invested in other countries or would come back to India as foreign direct investment in the Indian companies.Now such transactions from one company to the other will now attract a VAT of 5 percent. Further, the entities will also have to maintain a regular book of accounts for any transactions.”Besides higher cost of operations on account of VAT, entities in Dubai will be forced to maintain regular books of accounts. This will enable UAE authorities to monitor their activities and track the transaction trail,” said Dilip Lakhani, senior chartered accountant.”Till the time other creative and ingenious ways are discovered, VAT can go a long way in curbing money laundering,” he added. How does money laundering happen?The money laundering typically includes a chain of companies. For instance, firm A which receives funds through undisclosed and untaxed income initially transfers the money to firm B on the grounds of false invoices. Then, firm B, in turn, enters into a similar deal with firm C.Once the money is transferred to firm C, companies A and B shut down to remove the trail and no records would remain to find out if the companies actually existed.However, now with the implementation of the new tax system on transactions, this easy transferring of money will not be possible due to VAT registration and tax payment records of A and B that will always remain as a proof even if the companies cease to exist. An artist’s impression of Dubai’s “The Tower” that would be the world’s tallest tower. [Representational Image]Emaar Properties/Handout via REUTERSFurther, according to recent reports even European Union’s (EU) finance ministers adopted a blacklist of 17 jurisdictions deemed to be tax havens, including UAE and Bahrain in an attempt to fight worldwide money laundering.The countries on the blacklist are barred by EU institutions for any international financial transactions and also any transactions involving them could be subject to closer scrutiny.”There will be some amount of disruption in UAE starting Jan 2018. Considering that UAE has been blacklisted by EU, all steps are being taken to comply very seriously with various guidelines,” said Mitil Chokshi, senior partner at chartered accountant firm Chokshi & Chokshi.last_img read more

5 statesmen shaped the postWorld War I era

first_img5 statesmen shaped the post-World War I eraThe Great War changed the world as empires collapsed, new nations were created and powerful political figures emerged, going on to set the agenda for a new order.Here are brief profiles of five of the leading figures of World War I and its aftermath.- US: Thomas Woodrow Wilson -Democratic president Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) won re-election in 1916 on a campaign of keeping the United States out of the conflict in Europe, even though Washington was helping finance the Allied war effort.But this changed after German submarines sank US ships crossing the Atlantic and he sent the first troops over in April 1917.Wilson was a key player in the post-war negotiations in Paris in 1919 and the resulting Versailles Treaty was based on his “Fourteen Points” for peace.They included the creation of a body that became the League of Nations, the precursor to today’s United Nations, and provisions on sovereignty and open diplomacy.He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1920.- France: Georges Clemenceau -Nicknamed “The Tiger”, the hardline Republican Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929) was appointed French prime minister in 1917, when Allied victory seemed uncertain.With a fierce resolve for victory, he centralised and stimulated the war effort while gaining strong popular backing in part because of his regular visits to the front line.Also one of the architects of the Versailles Treaty, he was less open than his US and British allies to compromise with the Germans, insisting on punishing terms and vowing “Germany will pay”.- Britain: David Lloyd George -David Lloyd George (1863-1945) was a Liberal party pacifist who converted to rally behind the war, first as minister of munitions in 1915 and then as war minister and a galvanising prime minister in 1916.Dynamic and determined, he boosted public morale and brought new energy and organisation, creating the civil infrastructure to support the troops and unifying the Allied military command in 1917.Lloyd George represented Britain at the Paris Peace Conference and remained prime minister until 1922.- Russia: Vladimir Lenin -Marxist Bolshevik revolutionary Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov (1870-1924) lived mostly abroad during the war, which he opposed as “imperialist”.He returned home in February 1917, with the help of the Germans who hoped he would weaken their Russian enemy, and convinced fellow Bolsheviks to revolt in October.A supporter of an immediate peace with Germany, the founder of the Communist Party was the driving force in Russia for the Brest-Litovsk Treaty (1918) which ended the fighting at the cost of Moscow ceding massive areas of territory and more than 30 percent of its population.- Turkey: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk -A colonel and then general in the Ottoman army, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938) led the victory against the Allies in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.He went on to head a nationalist movement that fiercely opposed the 1920 Treaty of Sevres between the Allies and the Ottoman empire and which led to the latter’s dismantling.As the Allies tried to carve up the empire, Ataturk commanded an army that re-conquered Armenia and Kurdistan and drove the Greeks out of Asia Minor. He became president in 1923 and is considered the father of modern Turkey.last_img read more

Spicer Resigns As White House Press Secretary

first_imgFrom the archives: White House press secretary Sean Spicer calls on a member of the media during the daily press briefing at the White House.White House press secretary Sean Spicer is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.One of those people said Spicer is quitting because of objections over the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci.The people with knowledge of the decision insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly. Sharelast_img read more

Citizenship Question Controversy Complicating Census 2020 Work Bureau Director Says

first_imgActing U.S. Census Bureau Director Ron Jarmin stands in the lobby of the agency’s headquarters in Suitland, Md. The bureau is facing six lawsuits from more than two dozen states and cities, plus other groups, that want a new question about U.S. citizenship removed from the 2020 census.The head of the U.S. Census Bureau says the controversy over a new question about U.S. citizenship on the 2020 census is complicating its preparations to conduct a national head count.For the first time since 1950, the Census Bureau will ask all U.S. households about citizenship status, specifically, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”“Controversy about the content of the census does complicate our messaging,” acting U.S. Census Bureau Director Ron Jarmin says in an exclusive interview with NPR. Jarmin is overseeing the 2020 census, the once-in-a-decade head count of every person living in the U.S. as required by the Constitution.“We need to get responses from everybody whether they like the question or they don’t like the question,” says Jarmin, an economist who has served at the bureau since 1992. “We need to be able to get both sides of this debate to respond to the census.”The interview is Jarmin’s first with a news organization since stepping in last July to lead the bureau, and it comes as preparations for the next national tally in 2020 are already drawing criticism over security and privacy concerns as well as legal action over the citizenship question.The bureau is facing six lawsuits from more than two dozen states and cities, plus other groups and individuals, who want the question removed because of fears that it will discourage noncitizens from participating and harm the accuracy of the census. As NPR has reported, some noncitizens plan to avoid answering the 2020 census because they are scared of sharing their information with the government.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, approved adding the question to census forms in March. Ross has said the Justice Department needs responses from the question to better enforce the Voting Rights Act’s provisions against racial discrimination. Internal documents the Trump administration recently released as part of the lawsuits are fueling suspicions that the decision to add the question was politically motivated.Jarmin says the lawsuits are creating “uncertainty” for his bureau and that the longer they persist, they increase “potential cost and risk to the program.”Still, Jarmin insists, he is “confident” the bureau can get a “good, complete and accurate census” regardless of the outcome of the lawsuits.These population counts touch the lives of people across the country. Census numbers help determine the balance of political power — they are used to determine how many seats in Congress and how many Electoral College votes each state gets, and they affect how legislative districts are drawn. In financial terms, an estimated $800 billion in federal funds is distributed every year based on the head count.Asked how he would respond to people who say they’re afraid of taking part in the head count, Jarmin defended the security of the census, saying the bureau always has a need to “encourage people to participate in the census regardless of the content of the form.”“Responding to the census is safe and secure, and we only use the data for statistical purposes,” he says, “so fears that we’re going to use the data and to give it to law enforcement agencies and things like that are unfounded. We do not do that.”“Confidentiality is [an] absolutely critical element of the success of our mission and so we take that very seriously,” he says.Federal law prohibits the Census Bureau from releasing any information that would identify individuals. But the bureau can release anonymized information about specific demographic groups living in specific neighborhoodStill, some critics of the citizenship question — including Terri Ann Lowenthal, a former staff director of the House Subcommittee on Census and Population — are worried about whether people will trust the government with their personal information at a time of increased immigration enforcement under the Trump administration.“Regrettably, I think because of the anti-immigrant debate and rhetoric … more and more people are going to be afraid to turn personal information, especially if it’s about citizenship, over to a government agency,” she says. “Even if that agency is simply collecting statistics.”Lowenthal is now a consultant and advises the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which has filed an amicus brief for one of the citizenship question lawsuits. She says it is ultimately up to elected officials, local religious leaders and social service agency heads to “carry the message that it’s both safe and important to their families and the well-being of their communities to participate in the census.”To conduct past head counts, the bureau has received permission to hire noncitizens as temporary census workers for their special language and cultural skills. The Washington Post reported in January that Census Bureau staff were told during a meeting that the agency was not planning to hire noncitizens for 2020.But Jarmin says that some staffers may have “misinterpreted” an explanation about federal hiring laws and that the bureau is “going to be exploring every option.”“We need to get a complete and accurate census,” he says, “and we will do everything we can to ensure that.”The bureau’s preparations for 2020 include keeping a close eye on social media to monitor any misinformation about the head count, which is set to take place at the same time as the 2020 presidential race.Asked if he was worried that there could be a tweet from President Trump that does not match the bureau’s messaging about the 2020 census, Jarmin says, “I’m not too concerned about a tweet from the president in that regard. But I’m concerned about tweets from anybody that somehow, you know, if it gets enough traction, that that is giving the public bad information about the census.”Amid all the uncertainty, another question facing Jarmin is how long he will stay as the Census Bureau’s acting director. During a Senate hearing in May, the commerce secretary said the White House was “processing” a potential successor but did not announce a name.Jarmin says he doesn’t know who that person is or when he might be replaced.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Disorder helps to hyperfocus waves in time reversal acoustics

first_img Light may increase magnetic memory speeds 1000 times, decrease electricity consumption Explore further Citation: Disorder helps to ‘hyperfocus’ waves in time reversal acoustics (2006, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from “This is the first time that a time reversal experiment has been performed through a phononic crystal, i.e. a perfectly ordered material,” said Tourin. “The comparison between a phononic crystal and a disordered medium shows that disorder plays a clear role in the so-called ‘hyperfocusing effect.’”The team of physicists also analyzed time-reversal properties for short-lived evanescent waves that occur at forbidden frequencies in the phononic crystal. The evanescent waves exhibited surprisingly good time compression, showing that – despite the absence of hyperfocusing – time reversal focusing is still possible in highly ordered media.Since conventional sound waves disperse when traveling through a medium, the possibility of focusing sound waves could have applications in several areas. In cryptography, for example, when sending a secret message, the sender could ensure that only one location would receive the message. Interceptors at other locations would only pick up noise due to unfocused waves. Other potential uses include antisubmarine warfare and underwater communications that benefit from targeted signaling.Citation: Tourin, A., Van Der Biest, F. and Fink, M. Time Reversal of Ultrasound through a Phononic Crystal. Physical Review Letters 96, 104301 (2006).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 For every burst of sound, there must exist a sound that bursts in reverse, according to the theory of time reversal acoustics. From their discoveries of some surprising characteristics of mediums and frequencies, scientists have gained insight into acoustic time reversal, which could impact applications such as sending confidential messages in cryptography. This sketch shows how a disordered medium can “hyperfocus” sound waves – something that an ordered medium cannot do. A disordered medium acts like an acoustic lens, its heterogeneities refracting sound waves by scattering and directing otherwise-lost wave frequencies (red arrows) toward the time reversal mirror (TRM). In an ordered medium, on the other hand, the wave frequencies are not scattered (blue arrows), and therefore only those already heading toward the TRM are received. Credit: A. Tourin, et al.center_img The team used a TRM that consisted of an array of 41 transducers, which recorded the original waves and then focused the waves back to the source. The transducers play the role of microphones and loudspeakers because they act as “reversible” devices.“The term ‘time reversal’ tells you that the signal captured by the TRM and stored in electronic memories is read in the reverse order before being sent back,” Tourin told the 41 transducers try to capture as many of the original waves within a phononic (vibrating) crystal as possible, several frequencies slip through the cracks, which reduces spatial focusing for the return waves. Sometimes, frequencies that would normally not pass through the TRM can be directed toward the mirror by a medium with large apertures and significant disorder.In this case, when the 41 transducers try to capture waves propagating through a medium of steel rods arranged randomly in water, the rods scatter and redirect otherwise-lost frequencies into one of the transducers. The ability to catch these misguided frequencies is called “hyperfocusing.” When the physicists observed time reversal in a phononic crystal, however, they did not observe the hyperfocusing effect. Time-reversed focusing is based on the fact that when a wave is played backwards in time, wavelengths will retrace their paths. Although theoretically the overlap should be exact, the actual time reversal mirrors (TRMs) that play back the waves can not “catch” every frequency of the original wave. Scientists know that some media allow acoustic time reversal to occur with higher resolution than other media, and recently physicists from the University of Paris have discovered how disordered and ordered media affect this resolution.In a study published in Physical Review Letters, physicists A. Tourin, F. Van Der Biest and M. Fink have found that, while sound waves traveling through a disordered medium can focus with high precision, waves traveling through an ordered medium do not have the same ability to focus. The team was also surprised to discover that for a certain type of wave called evanescent waves, an ordered medium exhibits better time compression than a disordered medium. Using this phononic crystal, physicists found that a medium with an orderly lattice arrangement exhibits better time compression (the signal recorded at the original source) than a disordered medium in time-reversed evanescent sound waves. Better time compression gives a closer approximation of the initial sound. Credit: A. Tourin, et al. 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.last_img read more

Women chess players perform better than men

first_imgWhen it comes to playing chess against a male opponent, women often outperform expectations, a new study claims. The study results, published in the journal Psychological Science, indicate that women players are not affected by negative stereotypes about their chess abilities during competition games.According to the researchers, data from 1,60,000 ranked chess players and more than five million chess matches suggests that women playing against men perform better than expected based on their official chess ratings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The news is good for female chess players, of whom there are exploding numbers. Although discrimination is real and pervasive, women playing tournament chess do not seem to be at a disadvantage when paired with men,” said the co-author of the study, Tom Stafford from the University of Sheffield.To investigate this phenomenon, researchers analysed data from standard tournament chess games played between rated players from January 2008 through August 2015. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe rating system continuously incorporates game outcomes to update players’ ratings. These ratings can be used to predict who will win in a match between any two players, the researcher said.In total, the analyses included data from 1,50,977 men and 16,158 women playing in 55,58,110 games.Overall, men had a slightly higher average FIDE rating than women. But the game outcomes indicated that women won matches against men more often than would have been predicted given each player’s rating. This pattern held across the whole range of rating differences. In other words, women outperformed expectations when playing a man compared with when they played against other women, a finding that runs contrary to the negative effect that one would expect as a result of stereotype threat.”These findings show that even famous psychological phenomena may not be present all the time. Factors other than stereotype threat appear to be more important in determining men and women’s tournament chess performance,” Stafford noted.last_img read more

Group M is forecasting a 64 increase in global a

first_imgGroup M is forecasting a 6.4% increase in global advertising spend in 2012 driven by a resurgent ad sector in Japan, the Olympics, European soccer championships and US presidential elections. However the growth rate is lower than the media buyer’s previous 2012 forecast of 6.8%, which was made in July.Accordingly, forecasts for key markets including the US and the UK have been downgraded. Japan is one exception as the economy recovers from the effects of the natural disasters that hit the country earlier this year.A 6.4% increase across the 70 countries that Group M covers would mean that advertising revenues will total US$522 billion (€390 billion) in 2012.“Japan’s advertising recovery has proved substantially more vigorous and resilient than we forecast in our mid-year report,” said GroupM Futures Director Adam Smith. “Additionally, the so-called ‘quadrennial effect’ of the American elections, the Olympics and European football are worth an estimated one per cent of incremental growth in 2012.”last_img read more

SESs latest satellite SES5 has arrived at the

first_imgSES’s latest satellite, SES-5, has arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it will be processed for launch, scheduled for June 19.SES-5’s 36 active Ku-band transponders and up to 24 active C-band transponders will be located at 5° East. It will feature two Ku-band beams, one serving customers in the Nordic and Baltic countries and the other one serving sub-Saharan Africa as well as two C-band beams, one with global coverage and one with hemispheric coverage over Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The satellite provides Ka-band uplink capability, allowing for operations between Europe and Africa.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet The people of Galliagh turned out on last Friday night to protest over spiralling anti-social behaviourTHE residents of Galliagh in Derry are being urged to come out and show their support for a group protesting about ongoing anti-social behaviour in the area.The first protest was held last Friday night and the Galliagh Community Empowerement (GCE) has deemed it a “big success”.Now GCE want more people to come out and lend their support and join the protest this evening at 7.30 pm at St Joseph’s Chapel (White Chapel). “Even if you feel you can’t walk around with us come out to the meeting point and share your concerns or just to show your support hope to see you all there.“Thank you.”GALLIAGH RESIDENTS TO ‘GO ON PATROL’ TONIGHT OVER ANTI-SOCIAL ELEMENTS was last modified: July 15th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: A message on its Facebook page states: “Let’s make this GCE event the biggest one yet our numbers grew with the last one which was an amazing turn out thank you to all who attended.“The success of what we have achieved so far speaks for itself, galliagh has been quieter and we have seen less incidents.“The patrols we do are a big part of that, being visible on the streets has sent a message to those who wish to disrupt our area, these small antisocial elements see us coming together to stand United against them and it is working.“Be part of our successful Events, help make Galliagh a safe place for our children. GALLIAGH COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENTGALLIAGH RESIDENTS TO ‘GO ON PATROL’ TONIGHT OVER ANTI-SOCIAL ELEMENTSST JOSEPH’S CHURCHWHITECHAPELlast_img read more

It appears that Fridays price rally in all precio

first_imgIt appears that Friday’s price rally in all precious metals was met with massive short selling by JPMorgan Chase et alIt was a pretty quiet day price wise all over Planet Earth on Monday.  Gold traded mostly within a five dollar price range.However, gross volume was very heavy, which is no surprise as we head into the final few days of roll-overs out of the December contract.  Everybody with a December futures contract that isn’t standing for physical delivery has to be out by the end of the trading day on Wednesday at the latest.Gold closed at $1,749.40 spot…down $2.50 from Friday’s close.  Once again there was no follow-through from Friday’s big up day…and I’ll have much more on this in ‘The Wrap’ further down.  Gross volume was 247,000 contracts, but once the roll-overs were subtracted out, the net volume was light at only 84,000 contracts or so.It was almost the same story in silver, except there was somewhat more ‘volatility in the silver price…and the attempted rally at the Comex open ran into the usual not-for-profit crooks.Silver closed at $34.18 spot…up a whole nickel from Friday’s close.  Gross volume was monstrous at 106,000 contracts, but netted out it was only around 26,500 contracts.The dollar index did virtually nothing on Monday, although it began to weaken a bit starting at 3:00 p.m. in New York trading, where it fell 20 basis points down to the 80.05 mark…and then rallied a hair into the close.  The index finished at 80.13…down a mere 8 basis points from Friday.  Nothing to see here.Here’s the 2-day dollar index chart.  It includes the 6:00 p.m. Sunday night open in New York.The gold stocks gapped down a bit at the open…hit their nadir around 10:30 a.m. in New York, which was gold’s low price tick…and then rallied a bit from there.  But shortly before 2:00 p.m. a rally with some legs ensued…and most of the day’s losses were eliminated by the 4:00 p.m. Eastern time equity market close.  The HUI finished down a tiny 0.17%.The silver stocks didn’t go quite as well as the gold stocks, even though the price finished in the black.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.82%.(Click on image to enlarge)As expected the CME Daily Delivery Report wasn’t much, as the November delivery month is virtually over.  It showed that 9 gold and 7 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV.It was a different story over at the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They sold 8,500 ounces of gold eagles…500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 400,000 silver eagles.The Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 690,125 troy ounces of silver on Friday…and shipped 157,945 troy ounces out the door.  Virtually all of the action was at Scotia Mocatta…and the link to that activity is here.Because of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, the Commitment of Traders Report was delayed until yesterday…and I was shocked at what it showed.In silver, the Commercial net short position increased by a very chunky 4,225 contracts…or 21.1 million ounces.  The Commercial net short position now sits at 275.9 million ounces. On a net basis, the ‘big 4’ short holders are short more than 44.0% of the entire Comex futures market in silver…263 million ounces worth, almost the size of the entire Commercial net short position.Ted Butler says that JPMorgan Chase holds 34.0 percentage points of that total on its own…so it’s a good bet that Scotiabank/Scotia Mocatta holds the lion’s share of the remaining 10 percentage points.  It’s my opinion that there are only two big shorts that matter…and these are them.But, just to keep piling it on, the ‘5 through 8’ big short holders are short another 8.9 percentage points.  However, in the grand scheme of things, the positions of the  ‘5 through 8’ traders…plus the smallest two traders in the ‘Big 4’ category…are immaterial, as they can only possible hold a percentage point or two of the short position apiece.  On a net basis, the ‘Big 8’ are short 52.9% of the entire Comex silver market…and JPMorgan chase is short 34 percentage points of that amount all by itself.In gold, the Commercial net short position increased by 11,269 contracts, or 1.13 million ounces.  The Commercial net short position in gold now sits at 23.61 million ounces.  The ‘Big 4’ are short 14.94 million ounces of gold, which represents 34.3% of the entire Comex futures market on a ‘net’ basis.  The ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 5.59 million ounces of gold, or 12.9% of the entire Comex futures market on a ‘net’ basis.  Adding this up, the ‘Big 8’ are short about 47.2% of the entire futures market in gold…and that’s a minimum number.Here are a few sentences I stole from silver analyst Ted Butler‘s short Monday commentary to his clients regarding yesterday’s COT Report…“By my calculations, JPMorgan is holding a net short position of 35,000 contracts in COMEX silver futures, one of their largest short positions ever, as of the latest COT. That’s the equivalent of 175 million oz. Because there was also a large increase in spread positions in the Disaggregated COT report, JPM’s market share is now up to 34% of the entire short side of the COMEX silver futures market. While I am stating this as factually as possible, it almost qualifies as being unbelievable.”Nothing free market about this.  If you want a visual and historic representation of the COT reports going back about 16 year…these linked interactive charts show the short and long term trends for all COT categories, which are visible at a glance.  For gold the link is here…and for silver the link is here.Yesterday’s COT Report snapshot of the ‘big 4’ and ‘big 8’ short-side traders comes in this excellent graph of “Days of World Production to Cover Comex Short Positions” as provided by Nick Laird.(Click on image to enlarge)It’s my belief that almost the entire red bar in silver is made up of the short positions of JPMorgan and Scotiabank/Scotia Mocatta.  As I said before, the short positions of the other six traders in the ‘8 or less’ category…are immaterial.Reader E.W.F…who was kind enough to send out a full set of charts from that data contained in the Disaggregated COT Report…sent me this table of numbers, along with the following comments…“The silver top 4 net short position hasn’t been this large since September 28, 2010.  Silver open interest hasn’t been this high since November 9, 2010.  The current silver COT structure is remarkably similar to the COT structure seen in late 2010 when the silver price started to spike.”Without doubt, we’re probably beyond those 2010 numbers at this point already, as the deterioration on Friday was shocking…and I’ll have more on that in ‘The Wrap’.Since it’s my Tuesday column, I have more than the usual number of stories for you today…and I’ll happily leave the final edit up to you.There are only two  mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. – BuddhaI was disappointed, but not entirely surprised by the fact that there was no follow-through price action to the upside on Monday, after Friday’s big day in all four precious metals.  What did surprise me was the monstrous increase in the preliminary open interest numbers for both gold and silver that were posted on the CME’s website early Saturday morning.  I was expecting/hoping that there would be some major reduction when the final numbers were posted late Monday morning Eastern time…but there wasn’t.  There were almost no changes at all.It appears that Friday’s price rally in all precious metals was met with massive short selling by JPMorgan Chase et al…as there is no other explanation for such a big increase in open interest.  The bullion banks, led by JPM…are going short against all comers.I mentioned in my closing comments about yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report that we have probably already exceeded the October 2010 figures for open interest, Commercial net short position…and short positions for the big 4 and big 8 that reader EWF showed in his table of numbers just above the ‘Critical Reads’ section above.  As Ted Butler correctly pointed out in his COT commentary yesterday, all will be revealed with this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  Based on what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be ugly.At the moment, the final roll-overs out of the December delivery month are in progress…and it should be all wrapped up by the close of trading tomorrow.Today is the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report, so most of the roll-over data will be in it.Here are the 6-month gold and silver charts.  Yes, the rallies on Friday show that we’ve broken nicely above the 50-day moving averages in both metals.  Can we go higher from here?  Absolutely, but based on the COT data, we’re much closer to a top then a bottom…and unless JPMorgan Chase et al get over run, or puts their hands in their pockets and do nothing as this rally progresses, or start buying back part of their massive short position…this rally will end the same as every other rally…in tears.  We’ve seen this picture many times before.(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)In overnight trading, gross volume is decent in gold…and very heavy in silver.  But once the roll-overs are removed, volumes sink to fumes and vapour.  I expect this situation to continue for the rest of the Tuesday session.   The prices of both metals aren’t doing much of anything…and the dollar index is still hanging in just above the 80.00 level…and is up about 14 basis points from Monday’s New York close.Unless something comes out of left field during the next four days, I’m not expecting a lot of price fireworks until after the December contract goes off the board.  Once we get into next week, then we’ll see what the lay of the land is when we have Friday’s COT Report under our belts.That’s more than enough for one day…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. 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Does the Feds official ending of its policy of fo

first_imgDoes the Fed’s official ending of its policy of forward guidance matter to savers? Absolutely. Jim Rickards recently published an excellent article detailing how the Fed’s protective guidance allowed “banks to make excess profits to restore the capital they lost in the 2008 crash.” Rickards chronicles the failure of various Federal Reserve schemes and confirms what many of us, including yours truly, already suspected: As can be seen from this history, the entire process of forward guidance has been an elaborate farce in which markets and investors have played their assigned roles. Federal Reserve officials have told me privately that they have no idea what they are doing—something they never say publicly. They simply try some policy as a kind of experiment. It if appears to work, they may do more of it. If it appears to fail, they promptly abandon it. The biggest mistake investors can make is to believe the Fed knows what they are doing—they don’t. The whole mess reminds me of a familiar tale, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. It took a child to point out what everyone could see: “But he has nothing on!” Whispers ran through the town until the townspeople all finally echoed the child, “But he hasn’t got anything on.” The Fed is naked and we all know it. But the consequences of its folly go far beyond embarrassment. Banks are doing just fine; savers, not so much. While the Fed has strongly hinted that it will raise rates, market predictions of when that will happen keep getting pushed back. Interpreting the Fed’s published statements has become a running joke. Like a naked emperor, most of the options for income investors in this environment ain’t pretty. But Money Forever Portfolio has unearthed a portfolio of rare gems designed to provide income and capital protection no matter what the next Fed experiment turns out to be.last_img read more

The disabled author of an acclaimed new investigat

first_imgThe disabled author of an acclaimed new investigation into the impact of austerity on disabled people has backed calls for an independent inquiry into links between the government’s policies and the deaths of benefit claimants.Frances Ryan (pictured) said there was an “urgent” need for an inquiry to investigate the failings of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its links to the deaths of disabled people claiming benefits.She has become the latest high-profile figure to back the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition*, which calls for an inquiry into such deaths, and for any evidence of criminal misconduct by ministers or senior civil servants to be passed to police.The petition also calls for a recognition that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose, and for DWP to change its policies and practices urgently to make the safety of all benefit claimants a priority.Ryan’s new book, Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People**, argues that those in power have turned on disabled people, who have become objects of “suspicion, demonization and contempt” since 2010.Ryan told Disability News Service: “In Crippled, I look at multiple cases of people who have died after having their benefits removed.“Some were found ‘fit for work’ but due to the inaccuracy of the assessment system, were so ill they died shortly after.“Some were starved, frozen, or had lethal health conditions triggered because they had no money for food, electric, or heating.“Others like Jodey were left in desperate states and sadly took their own lives.”She added: “Coroners have repeatedly pointed to ‘fit-for-work’ tests as a contributory factor in a number of disabled people’s deaths.“Suicide is deeply complex and it’s vital to report on these cases responsibly, but it isn’t hard to see how people are becoming vulnerable.“Remove social security from a disabled person too disabled or ill to work and it’s like pushing someone off a cliff and feigning surprise when they hit the beach.”Her book brings together much of the research that has exposed the impact of austerity on disabled people in the last decade, but it also hears the stories of individuals whose lives have been blighted by cuts to their support.It is, she says, “a rallying cry against the shrinking of the welfare state and the hardship the austerity agenda is causing disabled people”.Her book has been praised by high-profile figures such as film director Ken Loach, and shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who has said: “This devastating book should shake our political system to its foundations.”Ryan concludes in the book that disabled people “have been routinely driven into destitution, pushed from the workplace and stripped of the right to live in their own homes”, while the benefit system is in chaos, with disabled people “forced through a system defined by hostility and humiliation”.And she says society has now reached the point at which “a cocktail of austerity and long-standing prejudice towards disabled people is leading to the sort of large-scale negligence that at its extremes is tantamount to abuse”. *To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committee**Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People, by Frances Ryan, is published by Verso Bookslast_img read more

Microsoft Sells GoogleBashing Mugs TShirts on its Website

first_img Microsoft Sells Google-Bashing Mugs, T-Shirts on its Website Add to Queue Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Technology Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Taking its year-long campaign against Google to the next level, Microsoft has begun selling “Scroogled”-branded merchandise on its website.The software giant’s online store features a variety of anti-Google merchandise, from t-shirts to hoodies to mugs. Like the Scroogled ads on TV, the descriptions about each item are centered around the idea that Google is exploiting users’ private information. For instance, a $7.99 mug that features the phrase “Keep Calm While We Steal Your Data” – and is already sold out – boasts this description: “Put 15-ounces of your favorite beverage into this stoneware mug to let the world know that even though Google is trying to make money on almost every aspect of your digital life, you’re still calm. And fully caffeinated.”Related: Bill Gates Gets Teary-Eyed Talking About Search for New Microsoft CEOThen there’s this biting description of an $11.99 Scroogled t-shirt: “Gulled. Humbugged. Buffaloed. Wire-tapped. Extorted. Sold out. Chicaned. Fleeced. Scammed. Conned. Surveilled. Double-dealt. Ensnared. Suckered. Sandbagged. Gossiped. Scandalmongered. Flimflammed. Skullduggered. Bamboozled. Hornswoggled. Beguiled. Cheated. Fooled. Double-crossed. Defrauded. Hoodwinked. Swindled. Duped. They’re all just synonyms for being Scroogled – and you can get them all on this American Apparel 50/50 t-shirt.”A rep for Microsoft told Ad Age the merchandise is not an aim to make money, but to give consumers a way to express their feelings about Google’s privacy practices.The items, which range from $7.99 to $25.99, include free shipping and free returns, according to the website.Related: Microsoft Axes Its Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Employee-Ranking System  Lyneka Little November 21, 2013 –shares 2 min readlast_img read more

Chinas Most Valuable Brands Grow a Record 30 to 8897 Billion in

first_imgBrand value 2019 (US$M) Alcohol Ping An 7 Category 33,167 138,158 140,953 3 Retail 9 4 2 Tencent China’s Most Valuable Brands Grow a Record 30% to $889.7 Billion in 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands Ranking – With Alibaba the New Number One PRNewswireMay 6, 2019, 8:21 pmMay 6, 2019 4% 8 5 9% 26,967 Telecom Providers Banks AlibabaBrandZKantarMarketing Technologymobile-centricNewsWPP Previous ArticleAmazon or Alibaba: Freedonia Compares These Global E-Commerce LeadersNext ArticleSAP Offers New SaaS Solution to Onboard Millions of Partner Users, Granting Access to Sensitive Data Without Regulatory Risk Brand China Construction Bank 39,103 -21% Technology There is vast potential for further brand growth overseas as China moves beyond the industrial focus of its Belt and Road initiative towards establishing leadership in areas including AI, robotics, Internet of Things (IoT) and green energy. One such business is Home Appliances and IoT brand Haier, ranked 15th in the Top 100 with a brand value of $16.3 billion. The report also shows the investments brands make to build value are measurably rewarded in the stock market. The BrandZ China Top 100 stock portfolio, comprising the same 100 brands, has outperformed the MSCI China Index by almost four times, growing 111% since July 2010 vs. 28%.David Roth, WPP, says: “China’s stock market volatility over the past year has provided a real-life stress test for valuable brands, which continued to outperform the market. Put simply, valuable brands deliver superior shareholder returns. $100 invested in the MSCI China Index in 2010 would be worth around $128 today. That $100 invested in the BrandZ™ China Top 100 would now be worth $211. The threshold to enter the BrandZ China Top 100 has more than doubled from $311 million in 2018 to $681 million in 2019, demonstrating the continued pace of growth for Chinese brands increasingly recognised as leading the way in innovation. Against a backdrop of heightened competition and disruption, building stronger brands is what it takes to stay in the game.”Alibaba’s brand value has grown 136% over the past five years in BrandZ’s Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands, outperforming the Top 100 overall which increased 92% over the same period. Since first appearing in the ranking in 2015 following its IPO, Alibaba’s rise to the number one spot in 2019 reflects the growth of a brand which has contributed to transformational changes in the Chinese market. In BrandZ’s ‘Brand Power’ metric of brand equity, Alibaba scored particularly strongly for being ‘Meaningful’, suggesting the brand known for coining the term ‘New Retail’ has successfully created closer connections with its consumers.The Brand Power metric also looks at how brands perform in being Different (distinctive), and Salient (coming to mind at the moment of consideration). While Chinese brands generally score well for being Meaningful and Salient, they do not perform as well in being viewed as truly distinctive from the competition or as trendsetters.Doreen Wang, Global Head of BrandZ at Kantar, adds: “Whether going abroad or expanding domestically, the potential for brand growth is huge for China’s most valuable brands. But realising it requires the knowledge and expertise needed to surmount new challenges. This report highlights the importance for Chinese brands to build difference in the domestic and global marketplace.”Marketing Technology News: New Study Finds the Current State of Pay TV, OTT & SVOD in 2019The BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands report is based on a deep understanding of what motivates consumers, how to fulfil their expectations and how to build powerful and valuable brands that consumers and investors love. The full report along with charts and videos can be found here or via the app, available for download fromor from iTunes or Google Play. All BrandZ valuation results are also available for Bloomberg subscribers at their fingertips.BrandZ’s top-five 2019 takeaways for building valuable brands in China:Build difference – As the China market becomes even more competitive the importance of Difference increasesGo deep – China is growing fastest in lower tier cities; relying on insights gained from competing in coastal metropolises can help – but can also create misunderstandingRefine the brand experience – Standing out from sameness requires delivering a memorable brand experience by personalising one or more aspects of the brandBe intelligent – To produce the extreme convenience lifestyle favoured by Chinese consumers, the path to success involves a combination of human and artificial intelligenceBuild a powerful brand – At the point of sale – physical or online – a powerful brand enjoys an important edge against all other brands trying to convert consumers to customers.Background and methodologyCommissioned by WPP, the valuation behind the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands was conducted by brand equity research experts Kantar. The methodology mirrors that used to calculate the annual BrandZTM Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking, which is now in its 13th year.The ranking combines rigorously analysed market data from Bloomberg with extensive consumer insights from over 3.7 million consumers around the world, covering more than 166,000 different brands in over 50 markets – including opinions from nearly 290,000 Chinese consumers on over 1,100 brands in 75 categories.The ability of any brand to power business growth relies on how it is perceived by customers. As the only brand valuation ranking grounded in consumer opinion, BrandZTM‘s analysis enables Chinese brands to identify their brand’s strength in the market and provides clear strategic guidance on how to boost value for the long-term. The eligibility criteria are:the brand was originally created in Chinathe brand is owned by a publicly traded enterprise, or its financials are published in the public domainBank brands derive at least 20 percent of earnings from retail bankingChinese unicorn brands have their most recent valuation publicly available. (In prior years, only publicly-traded or audited companies were eligible).The suite of BrandZ brand valuation rankings and reports includes Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru), The Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, UK, US.Marketing Technology News: eSentire Report: Volume of UK Cyber Attacks Increased by Over 140 Percent in 2018 1 Baidu 10 Technology 6 Technology JD Alibaba Moutai Insurance Entertainment Sees Largest Category Growth of 186%; Technology Accounts for 26% of Total ValueAlibaba has been crowned the most valuable brand in China for the first time in the annual BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands ranking, published by WPP and Kantar, having grown its brand value by 59% year-on-year to $141 billion.Despite China’s slower economic growth and international trade tensions, the total value of the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands increased 30% to $889.7 billion, the highest annual rise since the ranking launched in the year 2011. The growth has been fuelled by brands accelerating their expansion into China’s lower tier cities, which have seen rapid development and rising consumer buying power, and increasingly positive attitudes to Chinese consumer brands with a global presence.13 of the 24 categories increased in value, with Entertainment seeing the largest year-on-year growth of 186%, followed by Education (57%) and Retail (55%). Technology accounted for the most brands in the Top 100 (11), contributing 26% of the ranking’s total value and dominating the top 10 leaders in terms of Overseas Presence with six brands – double the number last year. These include the world’s largest drone-maker DJI (no.50, $2.8 billion), robot company UBTECH (no.85, $910 million), smartphone maker Xiaomi (no.11, $20.6 billion), Lenovo (no.47, $2.9 billion), Huawei (no.6, $33.2 billion) and ZTE (no.72, $1.2 billion).The study, expanded in 2019 to include four new categories – consumer finance, entertainment, lifestyle platforms and transport – reveals how the digitisation and sophistication of Chinese consumers is creating a unique marketplace of products and services available with unprecedented speed and convenience. Innovators in AI, e-commerce, New Retail and social media perform strongly. The fastest rising brands are video streamers iQiyi (no.28, $5.6 billion) and Youku (no.31, $5.0 billion), up 158% and 136% in value respectively. For the first time, the ranking also incorporates unicorn brands based on their most recent valuations publicly available to reflect the dynamism of the Chinese market and the impact of these brands.Marketing Technology News: LivePerson Releases World’s First Collaborative AI Technology, Empowering All Staff in an Enterprise to Assist Technologists with Bot BuildingXiaomi, services booking app Meituan (no.13, $19.9 billion), food delivery app (no.24, $7.3 billion) and consumer finance brand Lufax (no.26, $6.9 billion), which specialises in peer-to-peer lending, are the most valuable brands among a record number of 17 newcomers to the ranking this year. Their success, according to BrandZ, has been driven by a mobile-centric, convenience-driven Chinese lifestyle.The Top 10 BrandZ™ China Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands Rank 2019 21% % Change vs 2018 21,183 40,725 Huawei 7% 26,710 59% 36,555 22,841 14% 58% 38% 45% China Mobile Retail ICBC Bankslast_img read more

Selfcare program for COPD patients reduces emergency room visits and burdensome symptoms

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 21 2018Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that a program designed to enhance self-care and lead to more seamless management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults successfully reduced rates of emergency room visits and hospitalization, and the burdensome symptoms and limitations caused by the condition.Describing results of the six-month trial of the program in the Nov. 12 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, the investigators said patients in the new program (called BREATHE) were re-hospitalized at half the rate of a similar group of patients who received standard care without the program. BREATHE patients also reported improved quality of life, the research team said–a boon to high value health care efforts being made in the field of medicine.”When a person with COPD gets admitted to the hospital with difficulty breathing, the doctors and nurses focus on their immediate problem and not their chronic disease and overall health, and so the chance that the person will have another flare-up and end up in the hospital again remains high,” says lead author Hanan Aboumatar, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “About half of patients will end up back in the hospital within six months.””COPD is incurable and chronic, and our new program–which combines hospital to home transition support with chronic disease management support–is one way of reorganizing care in a way that reduces future hospitalization risk and expenses, while preserving patients’ quality of life,” she adds.COPD is a label applied to a group of chronic conditions –including emphysema and chronic bronchitis– that damage the lungs and cause breathing problems. An estimated 16 million Americans are living with COPD, generating costs to the health care system of more than $30 billion annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Smoking, air pollution, lung injury and genetics can all play a role in the development of COPD. Coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing symptoms range in severity, and people with COPD often experience worsening flare-ups over time.Because the damage is irreversible and progressive, treatment focus is on symptom management with drugs, oxygen, and lifestyle changes. Previous studies have shown that patients who follow a set of strategies to manage their COPD do much better and have a greater quality of life, says Aboumatar, but “getting these strategies to patients and ensuring their successful use has been a challenge.”To address that challenge, Aboumatar and her colleagues teamed up with COPD patients and caregivers to design a program that would give patients better support immediately after being hospitalized with a COPD flare-up.Specifically, the program–delivered to COPD patients admitted to medical units at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center between March 2015 and May 2016–paired patients and their family caregivers with a COPD nurse who met with them during hospitalization. The nurse continued consultation with the patient and caregiver, on average, 6.1 times over the three months after hospitalization through phone calls and/or home visits depending on patients’ preference.Related StoriesStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfacesStudy: Two-thirds of pneumonia patients receive more antibiotics than they probably needHome-based support network helps stroke patients adjust after hospital dischargeThe nurse offered tailored support on how to take medications, use inhalers and breathing techniques, and manage COPD symptoms. In addition, the nurse worked through issues patients may face when living with COPD, including access to care, mobility services and other community resources.Overall, 240 patients hospitalized for COPD were randomized to receive either the standard of care or the new three-month program. The control and intervention groups had average patient ages of 63.9 and 66, respectively, were 36.7 and 40 percent men, and 83.3 and 81.6 percent white. Participants in both groups had been diagnosed with COPD for an average of three years. The patients’ hospitalizations and emergency department visits, as well as quality of life scores, were tracked for six months from the time of initial hospitalization.Some 203 patients completed the six months of follow-up. During that time, there were 15 deaths and 337 subsequent hospitalizations. The number of COPD-related acute care events–either hospitalization or emergency department visits–per participant was 1.4 in the control group and 0.72 among those enrolled in the new program.In addition, the quality of life– as measured by a standard questionnaire known as the St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire–showed better scores in the intervention compared to the control group. While the score declined by 1.53 points on average over the six months of study for those in the intervention group, it increased by 5.44 points for those in the control group. The St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire scores range from 0-100 (lower scores indicate better quality of life), and a four-point difference on the 100 point scale is considered clinically meaningful.”Our findings support the idea that a comprehensive program that reorganizes care for patients to help address long-term COPD self-management at a time when they’re already struggling with a hospitalization due to a COPD flare-up is more effective than limited support that is focused on recovery from the current hospitalization,” says Aboumatar. “When hospitalized due to a COPD flare-up, this condition becomes more of a priority, so it’s a good moment to start a conversation with a patient about what they can do to successfully manage it.” Aboumatar adds that having the same nurse interact with patients both in the hospital setting and after discharge helped build a relationship that allowed the patients to communicate effectively with and trust their nurse.Aboumatar and her colleagues plan to test the program in other settings. She acknowledges that the program may be less feasible in rural areas, where patients and resources are more geographically spread out. The program is also being adapted for potential use with other chronic diseases marked by acute flare-ups, such as congestive heart failure.The BREATHE program was developed in partnership with COPD patients, their family caregivers and clinicians of various disciplines. Source: read more

Quarter of parents remain unprepared for parenting hangover reports study

Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 17 2018Parents may plan for transportation and childcare ahead of holiday gatherings but are they prepared for a potential, day-after “parenting hangover?”A quarter of parents of young children who drink alcohol on special occasions do not think about limiting how much they drink or whether they’ll be able to take care of their child the next day, according to a report from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan.The nationally-representative report is based on responses from 1,170 parents with at least one child ages 0-9 years.Three in 10 parents (29 percent) also said they know of an adult who may have caused an unsafe situation for their child due to drinking alcohol at a special celebration. These parents were most concerned that the other adult was too impaired or hung over to supervise their child (61 percent) or to handle a possible emergency (48 percent); and less commonly that the adult drove with a child while impaired (37 percent), got violent or out of control in front of the child (28 percent), or injured the child (7 percent).Another 1 in 12 parents (8 percent) admitted to a prior situation where they may have been too impaired from alcohol to take care of their parenting responsibilities. About the same proportion of mothers and fathers acknowledged a prior lapse in judgment related to alcohol.”Most parents planning to drink alcoholic beverages on a night out arrange for a designated driver and childcare for the event itself,” says poll co-director Sarah Clark. “Fewer parents may consider how their alcohol consumption could impact parenting responsibilities to their young children the next day.”Most parents reported drinking alcoholic beverages during special events, either often (27 percent), sometimes (36 percent) or rarely (17 percent). Among those, 73 percent said they were very likely to make plans in advance for someone to watch their child during the event, and 68 percent were very likely to plan for safe transportation.Related StoriesCancer incidence among children and young adults with congenital heart diseaseResearch reveals the parenting habits of our earliest extinct ancestorsHelping teenagers to be safe while drivingHowever, just 47 percent were very likely to think in advance about how much they will drink, and 64 percent said they are very likely to make plans for someone to take care of their child the day after the event.”The amount of alcohol consumed can affect parenting the next day,” Clark says. “A parent passed out on the couch will not be effective in recognizing and reacting to the everyday safety risks that occur with children.”One particularly interesting finding: Parents who said they drink rarely were less likely to plan in advance for childcare and transportation the night of the special event and childcare responsibilities the following day compared to parents who drink sometimes or often.However, even rare instances of celebrating with alcohol can have serious consequences for children, Clark says.Parents may prevent overindulging by alternating alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks, Clark notes. But if they aren’t sure whether their alcohol consumption may impair parenting abilities, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”Parents who plan to drink alcoholic beverages during an outing should plan ahead for transportation to ensure they arrive home safely,” Clark says.”If alcohol use may potentially impact their ability to take care of their children the following day, parents may also consider childcare arrangements. Having children stay the night at a relative’s home or asking a grandparent to stay overnight are options to ensure young children are in a safe and supervised environment.” Source: read more

Scientists discover new genetic mutations causing inherited deafblindness

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 23 2019A team of scientists from Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (MSMU) together with their colleagues described a number of genetic mutations causing Usher syndrome (inherited deaf-blindness)A team of scientists from Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (MSMU) together with their colleagues from leading scientific centers of Moscow and India described a number of genetic mutations causing Usher syndrome (inherited deaf-blindness). They found previously unstudied unique mutations in investigated DNA regions. The results of the study were published in the Ophthalmic Genetics journal.Usher syndrome is an inherited disorder that accounts for almost a half of all cases of deaf-blindness. There are three types of the disease that are differentiated based on the level of deafness (type I – innate deafness, type II – diminished hearing that does not worsen with time, and type III -progressive decrease in hearing). According to one of the works dating back to 2010, the disease affects 3 to 6 in 100,000 people depending on the region of study. However, among American children the share of patients with this condition may reach 1 in 6,000. Mutations that cause Usher syndrome occur with different frequencies in different populations.The authors of the work studied and described mutations in Russian patients with Usher syndrome. Due to the rarity of this condition the team worked with 28 patients (11 men and 17 women) 35-60 years of age in which the disease manifested when they were 1 to 18 years old. The group consisted of 21 (75%) Russians (of Slavic origin), 3 (10%) Ukrainians, 2 (7%) Jews, 1 (4%) Belarusian, and 1 (4%) Chuvash. The patients were selected according to their medical records and underwent tests to confirm their clinical diagnosis. All participants suffered from vestibular sickness and vision disorders, and 22 out of 28 also had hearing problems.Clinical examinations of vision, hearing, and vestibular system showed that 15 and 11 patients had USH of type I and II respectively. Genetic testing demonstrated different mutations associated with the development of Usher syndrome in 23 patients. 11 patients had mutations in the genes associated with type I USH: MYO7A (8 people; a gene that codes a protein in charge of cell movement and intracellular transportation), CDH23 (1), PCDH15 (1) (genes that code signal proteins playing a role in the work of retina and inner ear), and USH1C (1) (a gene that codes a protein playing a role in the development of retina and inner ear). MYO7A displayed 11 mutations, 6 of them have not been described before. 2 new mutations were found in the PCDH15 gene. Genetic testing confirmed around 91% of type II USH diagnoses. The USH2A gene associated with type II USH showed 11 mutations, 3 of which turned out to be new. The prevalence of type II USH in Russian patients was lower than in other countries, and the frequency of mutations in MYO7A in charge of type I USH was very high.Related StoriesRetina can restructure itself following gene therapyMarijuana isn’t a great choice for glaucoma treatment, says expertResearch identifies new approach to staving off the detrimental effects of aging”While analyzing the databases of mutations associated with Usher syndrome we understood that some of the mutations we had found were completely new. Unfortunately, they would not help recognize the disease on earlier stages or with higher probability, but would be able to confirm the diagnosis. The search for new genetic variations associated with the syndrome may help identify new targets for specific therapy. However, this is not happening in the near future,” said Prof. Dmitry Zaletaev, a chief research associate at the laboratory of Medical Genetics, Sechenov University.Among the participants of the study were scientists from India, employees of Ophthalmic Ltd, Center for Ophthalmology of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency of Russia, Research Centre for Medical Genetics, Institute of General Pathology and Pathophysiology, and many others. The work was carried out with the support of So-Edinenie Deaf-Blind Support Foundation and Sensor-Tech Laboratory.last_img read more

New solar PV tool accurately calculates degradation rates saving money and guiding

Provided by National Renewable Energy Laboratory Citation: New solar PV tool accurately calculates degradation rates, saving money and guiding business decisions (2018, April 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from How long a product can be expected to perform at a high level is a fundamental indication of quality and durability. In the solar industry, accurately predicting the longevity of photovoltaic (PV) panels is essential to increase energy production, lower costs, and raise investor and consumer confidence. A new software package developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and industry partners SunPower and kWh Analytics is making the measurement of PV system expected lifetime performance more reliable, consistent, and accurate. Explore further NREL adds solar array field to help inform consumers RdTools combines best practices with years of NREL degradation research to deliver new methodologies that change how solar field production data is evaluated. The software package makes it possible to accurately evaluate PV systems faster, despite common challenges with performance data.”There’s a high level of interest in this software because it provides user-friendly, accurate, and objective assessments that can help owners make sense of their data,” said Dirk Jordan, engineer and solar PV researcher at NREL. “We spent years building consensus in the industry around a common set of analytical rules. Now PV stakeholders can learn much more about the performance of their technology and improve decision-making on multiple fronts.”PV module and system degradation have been historically difficult to assess in the PV industry. Field performance can be impacted by many confounding variables including ambient weather conditions, seasonal changes, sensor drift, and soiling, to name a few. Extracting system degradation rates previously required years of production data, high accuracy instrumentation, and the presence of staff scientists to conduct the evaluation.The RdTools software package solves these problems by providing a robust and validated software toolkit for calculating and analyzing PV system performance and degradation over time. The tool can deliver valuable insights for manufacturers, engineers, investors and owners who have a stake in system performance, such as identifying under-performing sub-arrays, and quantifying system performance relative to neighboring systems.For co-developer SunPower, the results of its own data analysis were compelling. “The RdTools method was used to analyze energy generation from 264 PV systems at locations across the globe, revealing that degradation rates were slower than expected,” said Greg Kimball, a senior performance engineer at SunPower. “The result prompted improvements to and extension of our warranty coverage to customers.”According to Adam Shinn, a data scientist for co-developer kWh Analytics, RdTools is valuable because of the information it provides to the solar investors with whom they work. “As more and more solar is deployed, there is an ever-increasing amount of PV performance data available to analyze,” Shinn said. “For solar investors who seek to understand the long-term financial risks of their energy-producing assets, analysis RdTools will help them quantify PV durability.”Organizations interested in testing and contributing to the software can contact NREL at or visit the website at 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. RdTools results show time-series data along with a year-on-year degradation distribution. The same system is analyzed with the clear-sky method (a), and sensor-based method with a poorly maintained sensor (b). In this case, high reported degradation is likely caused by sensor drift, rather than a degrading PV module. Credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory read more

Ringgit extends upward momentum on shift towards emerging currencies

first_img Related News Banking 11 Jul 2019 AmBank not expecting more interest rate cuts Related News Forex Tags / Keywords: Forex 08 Jul 2019 Ringgit, Asian currencies close lower versus US$center_img Forex 09 Jul 2019 Ringgit opens lower against US$ as attention shifts to safe haven currencies KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit continued its upward momentum to open higher against the US dollar today, driven by investors’ shift towards emerging currencies including the ringgit due to persistent doubts over the global economic outlook, said a dealer.At 9.15 am, the local note stood at 4.1090/1120 versus the greenback compared with yesterday’s close of 4.1140/1170.He said that investors remained on the sidelines, awaiting a clearer signal from the US Federal Reserve on possible US interest rate cuts as well as the release of US inflation data later today.The local note also traded higher against a basket of major currencies. It rose against the pound to 5.1494/1548 from 5.1565/1619 on Friday and strengthened versus the Singapore dollar to 3.0251/0278 from 3.0339/0373.The ringgit also appreciated against the euro to 4.6267/6305 from 4.6348/6390 and went up against the Japanese yen to 3.7895/7934 from 3.8029/8060 previously. – BernamaAmbank research believes the latest US inflation data would be unlikely to change the Federal Reserve’s expectation for a rate cut later this month.”We feel the bounce in June’s core-inflation was due to volatile items like vehicles and apparel, both were in the negative region for the last few months. “June’s rebound was due to previous weakness than to a change of the trend,” it said.It added that it has a 60% chance of a 50bps cut at the Fed’s July FOMC meeting while full factoring in a 25bps cut.The research house forecasts the ringgit to trade between a support level of 4.0939 and 4.1039 while resistance is pinned at 4.1277 and 4.1335.  {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more