Champions League playoff fixtures announced

first_imgThe play-off fixtures for the third round of the Champions League have been announced following Monday’s draw in NyonThe ties have been separated into a champions path and a league path with the winners of the six fixtures set to be entered into the group stage draw.Eredivisie title holders PSV Eindhoven will face either Qarabag or BATE Borisov in the Champions path, which will take place between August 21 and 29.Benfica, whose four-year dominance of Portugal’s Primeira Liga came to an end last season, will first face Turkish giants Fenerbahçe before they can take on either Greek side PAOK or Spartak Moscow from Russia.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…The exact third qualifying round contenders will be concluded on August 14.Champions League play-off draw Ties on 21 & 29 August: Champions path Crvena zvezda (SRB)/Spartak Trnava (SVK) v Salzburg (AUT)/Shkëndija (MKD) Qarabag (AZE)/BATE Borisov (BLR) v PSV Eindhoven (NED) League path Benfica (POR)/Fenerbahçe (TUR) v PAOK (GRE)/Spartak Moskva (RUS)Ties on 22 & 28 August: Champions path Young Boys (SUI) v Astana (KAZ)/Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) Malmö (SWE)/Vidi (HUN) v Celtic (SCO)/AEK Athens (GRE) League path Standard Liège (BEL)/Ajax (NED) v Slavia Praha (CZE)/Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)(As reported on the UEFA website).last_img read more

Silva says Everton can be stronger in the future

first_imgThe Everton manager Marco Silva spoke at the club’s general meeting to reveal how the English Premier League team can become better.Marco Silva joined Everton in the summer, and as his six first months with the club passed, he talked to the club’s general meeting today.“Everyone is working with me at Finch Farm every day,” said Silva to the club’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I’ve had a lot of help at the Club. Everyone has welcomed me and we’ve all been working together since the first day.”“We believe we can be stronger in the future and give everyone the better things they want to see,” he commented.“We are still fighting for what we want, which is to do better than last season, and give the fans what they want – building a connection with the team. We want more.”last_img read more

QA Matt Petersen on the TMGMcMurry Merger

first_imgHere, Petersen [pictured] speaks with FOLIO: about the deal, how the two companies compliment each other and what happens next.FOLIO: Talk about the state of the content marketing market and how it makes sense for a deal like this to come together.Petersen: We define content marketing as content that is being developed and curated in order to engage our brands’ and clients’ existing and prospective customers—engaging as opposed to interruptive. That kind of marketing has been taking off. We have not nearly hit the precipice of it, it’s only going to grow. That’s evident in how our respective companies have grown and now combined. As brands more and more take on the characteristics of media and need expert stewardship of that content, the more we are going to be a terrific value to them. FOLIO: Where do TMG and McMurry complement each other specifically? Petersen: What’s great about the two companies, culturally and from a heritage standpoint, is content is at the core of the business. With McMurry, they come with a particularly good depth and capability in video. That gives us a tremendous asset, a tremendous team to work with and the ability to bring new solutions. McMurry is also a bit larger, so we get a larger digital bench and combined with TMG it’s sizable. TMG has also grown its social media practice, which we look at from more of a social journalism process. FOLIO: Given your background at Hearst and also Meredith’s Xcelerated Marketing, how does this combined company compare to those operations in terms of business volume and revenues? Petersen: I’d say from a size perspective, we’re now, combined, the largest independent content marketing company out there. We have a full breadth of services that I would say is equal to a Meredith Xcelerated Marketing, but on a slightly smaller scale. We both have a strong heritage in content creation, which is really important for our clients. FOLIO: Going forward, where are you going to focus your growth initiatives and resources?Petersen: I think first is to be really great strategic partners with our clients and help them think through all of the opportunities that now exist with the use of content. That’s a major goal, being very solution-oriented. We’ll also want to attract new customers and I can ultimately see adding newer capabilities with our new partner in Wicks as new things emerge that are applicable and making investments that allow us to stay ahead. On Friday, FOLIO: reported that private-equity company Wicks Group made a major investment in the content marketing space in a unique, simultaneous acquisition of two companies—TMG and McMurry, two of the leading independent marketing services firms. The merger, officially announced today, creates a $100 million content marketing powerhouse, now named McMurry/TMG, LLC.  Former McMurry CEO Chris McMurry and TMG co-founders Jane Ottenberg and Richard Creighton will retain a minority interest and remain involved in the merged entity. The new CEO is Matt Petersen, who TMG hired away from Hearst as president at the beginning of 2012. Rounding out the executive team are Fred Petrovsky as COO, formerly McMurry’s president, and former TMG senior vice president, client partnerships Keith Sedlak as chief revenue officer. last_img read more

Daimler ships out first electric Freightliner semi truck in the US

first_img Tags Freightliner Electric Cars Car Industry Trucks More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door Comments Check out the Level 2 Freightliner Cascadia big rig at CES 2019 Review • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door review: Defying expectations Now playing: Watch this: 22 Photos 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a misscenter_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 3 The first self-driving big-rig hits the road in Nevada 1:53 More From Roadshow Look for the first ones in Southern California Daimler First came the electric Freightliner box truck, and now we have the semi truck. Daimler said on Monday it’s built the very first eCascadia semi trucks and they’re on their way to the first lucky customers in the US.If the eCascadia looks and sounds familiar, that’s because it’s based on Freightliner’s normal Cascadia semi. Rather than its internal-combustion engine, there’s a battery-electric powertrain with a 550-kWh battery pack. Daimler has previously said the electric powertrain makes 730 horsepower and is good enough for 250 miles of range. Plug the big semi into the right connector and 80% of the battery’s capacity returns in 90 minutes.The electric semi isn’t exactly going into production just yet, however. Instead, the first eCascadias will be part of a “Freightliner Innovation Fleet” before the truck enters series production in late 2021. Penske and NFI are the two companies that will add the electric semi to their ranks first.Penske also took delivery of one of the first eM2 box trucks, the other electric truck from Daimler’s Freightliner division. Each of the eCascadias will operate in Southern California by the end of the year. Freightliner said it will deliver additional eCascadias to customers throughout this year.Effectively, Daimler has beaten Tesla to the electric semi market. The Silicon Valley-based automaker has promised the Tesla Semi will enter production soon, but so far, it hasn’t. Instead, the Semi has been used to deliver other Tesla vehicles and haul between the Gigafactory and various places.Yet, Daimler has spread its electric truck portfolio out. Not only does it have the eCascadia and the eM2, the automaker also showed off the Fuso eCanter and even an electric school bus.last_img read more

ICICI Kotak Downgrade Nestle India Stock

first_imgWith its key revenue driver Maggi instant noodles in trouble, the Nestle India stock has been downgraded yet again, this time by ICICI and Kotak. The brand holds 72 percent (by volume) of the instant noodle market in India and contributes about 30 percent to its net sales. A nationwide recall of the product is therefore is seen as a major setback to its revenues by analysts.ICICIdirect.com has cut the price target to ₹6,039 from ₹6,901, while Kotak had downgraded it to ₹5,800 from ₹6,012.”We have a cautious view on the stock as we expect volume growth to remain under pressure in CY15E (volume growth at 0.7% CAGR in CY11-14). We cut our target price on the stock to Rs 6039 per share (45x its CY16E earnings) and maintain our HOLD rating on the stock,” according to moneycontrol.com.Kotak has said that the impact on Nestle India is contigent on certain factors. “The impact of the Maggi recall on Nestle India’s current year’s numbers is likely to be moderate-to-substantial, depending on the pace of (1) resolution of issue at hand, and (2) regaining consumer confidence,” analysts at Kotak said in their research note, according to The Economic Times.The Nestle India stock came under heavy selling pressure this week, as the controversy raged on its Maggi instant noodles, after food regulators of several Indian states detected more than permissible limits of lead and MSG in Maggi noodle samples and banned it.Falling by 15 percent in six trading sessions, the stock price saw some stabilization on Friday.The share price of Nestle India closed at ₹ 5,997.10 on the Bombay Stock Exchange on 5 June, down 15 percent from ₹7,064.85 on 27 May. The volume of Nestle’s shares traded on the stock exchanges rose three times than the average volume in the past few months.Foreign brokerage Barclays had earlier downgraded its target price for the Nestle India stock to ₹5,149 from ₹5,593 previously estimated, Business Today reported.last_img read more

The mother of lesser dogs

first_imgImagine, after a hectic mundane day, you return home exhausted, when your dog quickly runs towards you to welcome you with a drooling kiss and a wagging tail. You look at his innocent, kind face that seems to express his gratitude to you for being a great companion. So, what is so unique about the relationship between a man and his four-legged companion? It’s the “unconditional love” that both the parties shower on each other eternally. And it is not just the loyal, unconditional love; being the best playmates of humans, these little pooches are said to combat their owner’s depression or any other physical disorders as well. They affect us in a number of unbelievable ways as they ward off anxiety and dementia. Our canine companions are even proved to be excellent stress busters with their outstanding mood-lifting capabilities. It is an out-of-the-world experience to be blessed with a canine friend in life who is nothing less than our own children. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSulakshmi Dasgupta, a resident of Chittaranjan Park in the Capital and a social activist, had set herself as an epitome of animal lover. Her extreme love for animals, especially dogs, has given shape to her plenary passion of feeding stray dogs across the city. Her promise to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in providing utmost nourishment to the strays genuinely makes her a mother of the canines. Sulakshmi’s journey began with feeding around 10 to 12 dogs a day in the vicinity of her locality. “I am extremely compassionate about dogs since childhood. When I was young, my eyes were always and only at the homeless, neglected dogs and I wondered how helpless they were. Other than feeding biscuits, I could hardly do anything to help them. Post my marriage; I received a huge moral and monetary support from my husband, Pinaki Dasgupta, who is also an animal lover. Then I, along with my small team started feeding approximately 70 dogs at places like C R Park, Kalkaji, Okhla and Greater Kailash. And today, the figure has swelled up to feeding 500 plus stray dogs across South Delhi.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe necessity to feed the strays on a regular basis is manifold. Being territorial in nature, dogs become restricted with a limited place to survive in metropolitan cities, which makes it difficult for them to hunt for food. They seldom go to another territory unless extremely hungry or to mate. Even in such situations, they sometimes come back wounded as the other areas are always protected by their respective alfa-males. Hence, the fate of many strays is to rely on poisonously rotten throwaways or waste food from roadside eateries, which is not enough for a healthy survival in a specified territory. Consequently, they end up being malnourished and hungry. Pinaki Dasgupta says, “She believes in never turning away a hungry stray. Her motto has always been helping the needy animals. Her helpers and she prepare 350 kgs of the meal including rice and chicken on a daily basis and distribute it among numerous dogs. Other than feeding, she also gives shelter to the accident victims whenever needed and provide them with veterinary services like neutering, operations, regular vaccination of anti-rabies, and offers post-operative care as well”. Sulakshmi said, “As far as my funding is concerned, there are some people around me who have also contributed to help me pursue my activity. A big or a small contribution is not the factor. It is their immense support that has always motivated me to keep moving ahead. I believe that taking small steps makes a huge difference. There was a time when the inflow of donations was not consistent. So I decided to sell off all my jewellery and heirloom collections as my four-legged babies are the gifts of God who mattered to me the most.” On being asked about the increasing violence towards neglected dogs, she said, “Our society comprises a section of insensitive humans. Pelting stones, hitting them with sharp objects and reckless driving contribute to fatal injuries or accidents. Fracture or amputations of legs are also getting common these days. My heart bleeds when I find these innocent, loyal animals in pain. Fortunately, such disturbances have witnessed a decrease in my locality and in some parts of Okhla.” After years of struggle and fighting all odds, Sulakshmi has brought such an act of daredevilry into public notice. 15 years of independent and benevolent service finally gave birth to an organisation called “Swargasaathi,” which is also useful in raising funds for the homeless. Satisfied with what she is doing in her life, Sulakshmi is living it up with two of her canine children at home. A big salute to the human parent!last_img read more

Grub Fest Most awaited food festival returns to Delhi

first_imgDelectable food, uncontrollable fun and unparalleled entertainment – all comes together under one roof at ‘The Grub Fest’, India’s most renowned culinary affair. This year’s edition, which will take place from March 6-8, makes its way back to the capacious Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the national capital. The Grub Fest is India’s foremost culinary affair with the most famed restaurants displaying their signature delicacies over some good music and hearty performances. The fest has manifested a remarkable journey starting from 30,000 visitors and 100 exhibitors in 2015 to 75000 visitors and 150 exhibitors in their latest edition. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis year, the major highlights of Grub fest include restaurant exhibitors comprising of prominent names like Baking Bad, iHOP, Wok to Walk, Big Yellow Door, and others. Moreover, for the first time, this festival is introducing ‘The Grub Star Access’, a luxury food and dining experience giving each recipient the access to make them feel like a VIP.The next interesting addition is ‘Grub Street’ – the lifestyle zone where one can find upcoming brands selling fashion accessories, pop up shops, gifts etc. Also, ‘Grub Market’ dedicated to packed products, fresh produce, organic products and an assortment of delicious homemade delicacies will surely be grabbing eyeballs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive’Grub Arena’ will witness artist performances, on-stage games and much more that will undoubtedly leave audiences mesmerized. The festival highlights some of Bollywood’s top artists like Guru Randhawa, DJ Frenzy, Jasmine Sandlers, who will fill the night with melody and bring the audience together for a festival to remember.Apart from the aforementioned attractions, ‘iSkate ring’, an exclusive ice-skating arena where one can strap on a pair of roller skates and wheel away their worries, ‘Edinger Beer Garden’ to sit back and enjoy and the ‘Juke Box’ that would provide a platform for young talented artists and DJ’s to showcase their skills are worth looking forward. You can enjoy the non-stop culinary treat and entertainment from 12 Noon to 10 PM. The early bird ticket is for Rs 250 at cleartrip.com whereas the regular is for Rs 399. Grub Star on clear trip, early bird would cost you Rs 600 whereas regular is for Rs 999. After 3 successful editions in Delhi, the event was also successfully launched for the first time in new cities, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune, and Chandigarh in 2017. With a collective footfall of over 3 lakh food enthusiasts, 300 restaurants, a line-up of prominent chefs and some of the top artistes in the country for entertainment, The Grub Fest has fast become the most awaited food festival of the country.last_img read more

Price local police officer take part in House ceremony honoring first responders

first_img11Sep Price, local police officer take part in House ceremony honoring first responders, military Rep. Amanda Price welcomes Lt. Christopher Wright of the Grand Haven Public Safety Department to the state Capitol today. Price invited Wright – a Norton Shores native with nearly 20 years of service on the Grand Haven Public Safety Department – to a special House session honoring first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty during the last year. The annual ceremony also commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.### Categories: Newslast_img

Swiss service provider Sunrise has said it had sig

first_imgSwiss service provider Sunrise has said it had signed up “several thousand” subscribers to its IPTV service as of the end of June, without giving precise numbers.“Although we believe that our TV offerings will play an important role in our business going forward, they do not yet play a significant role in the condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended June 30, 2012,” the company said in its results statement.Sunrise launched its IPTV service in the first quarter. As of the end of June, the company had 372,000 fixed internet subscribers. Fixed internet revenues increased by 1.3% to CHF88.6 million (€73.8 million) for the first six months of the year.last_img

Tribune Digital Ventures has acquired WhatsON a

first_imgTribune Digital Ventures has acquired What’s-ON, a TV search and EPG data provider for India and the Middle East for approximately US$27 million (€20 million).According to Tribune, the move expands its TV listings and video metadata footprint to more than 50 countries in over 30 languages, reaching more than 600 million TV subscribers.What’s-ON provides EPG data and TV search products for countries including India, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Indonesia, Kenya and Sri Lanka. The company delivers data for more than 1,600 TV channels and helps power more than 50 million set-top boxes through the region’s cable and IPTV services, according to Tribune. What’s-ON customers include Star TV, Discovery Networks, Hathway Cable, Qatar Telecom, Samsung and Sony.What’s-ON will continue to operate out of its headquarters in Mumbai. The What’s-ON acquisition follows Tribune’s acquisition earlier this year of music and video metadata leader Gracenote.“The acquisition of What’s-ON fits within our broader strategy of diversifying revenue and scaling our metadata business to meet increasing client demand,” said Peter Liguori, CEO of Tribune Company.“The strategic investments we made over the last year expand Tribune’s presence internationally and enable us to offer a trusted solution to cable, Internet and consumer electronics clients globally. I’m pleased that with What’s-ON we will have a new presence in markets with significant opportunity. Atul Phadnis, founder and CEO of What’s On and his team will work together with Rich Cusick and Tribune’s existing TV metadata team to grow this area of our business.”last_img read more

Matt Hancock Ed Vaizey has been replaced as the mi

first_imgMatt HancockEd Vaizey has been replaced as the minister in charge of the UK’s culture and media sectors, as the fall-out of the country’s recent political changes continue.Matt Hancock has been appointed minister of state for digital policy at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, effectively replacing Vaizey, who was minister of state for culture, communications and creative industries.The UK media sector is still coming to terms with the UK’s decision to vote to leave the European Union, with much uncertainty surrounding how the territory will work with the continent going forwards.Vaizey’s work in his post communications chief saw him work to thrash out terms of tax credits for animation, kids live-action and live-action programming, and on wider digital initiatives. He began overseeing the digital industries two years ago.He has been replaced as new British Prime Minister Theresa May continues to implement her own team after replacing former incumbent David Cameron last week.May has already ousted John Whittingdale, the culture secretary who led royal charter negotiations with the BBC and investigated selling another UK public broadcaster, Channel 4, to the private sector.Karen Bradley replaced Whittingdale last Thursday.last_img read more

Please click here to see whats going on

first_imgPlease click here to see what’s going on — The Plot Against Trump’s America?I believe a very serious threat to the Trump administration is on the way, and some Americans are going to get caught in the middle of this mess. I fear that you could be one of them. Millions of people could stand to lose a lot of money… especially if you own stocks, bonds, annuities, or life insurance. Today, I need to share a message with every American I can. Because I’ve caught wind of a big move against Trump. One that’s going to cause massive problems in our financial system. One that could change your life in irreversible ways. Justin’s note: As regular readers know, Strategic Investor editor E.B. Tucker is one of the best big-picture thinkers in our business. Recently, he put two of the world’s most lucrative trends on your radar: legal sports betting and America’s “new energy metals.”But E.B.’s more than just a big trend guy…Like me, he believes that the key to true wealth is living a full life, rich with experiences. E.B. gets his edge by constantly traveling, talking to people, attending shareholder meetings, and doing boots-on-the-ground research.We want to give you some of that edge, so I got permission to share E.B.’s most recent “Notes From the Battlefield,” a popular section from his Strategic Investor newsletter.The following is one of the most interesting pieces you’ll read all year. E.B. spent a night at a former insane asylum while he was in Buffalo… a trip he made to hear from investing legend Jeffrey Gundlach. Read on to get his key takeaways… By E.B. Tucker, editor, Strategic InvestorWhen I’m on the road, I do my best to avoid chain hotels. They’re sterile and boring. That usually goes for the guests, too. With a few minutes of research, I can usually find a local boutique hotel for the same price or less than the national chains.Boutique does not always mean luxury. I’m not talking about laying around in a spa. What I’m looking for is a refurbished piece of history with a story behind it.There was a period in the late 19th and early 20th century where the U.S. had unmatched wealth. Some of the buildings built during this period are structurally irreplaceable. There’s no comparison to the aluminum wall studs and Chinese drywall used to build most buildings today.I found one of these historical gems on a quick trip to Buffalo, NY last month. I’ll explain later why I went to Buffalo… but first, the hotel. — As you can see in the picture below, this hotel would be impossible to rebuild today. This 180,000 square foot, 180 feet high section I’m standing in front of is less than half of the original complex.The hotel only opened two years ago after a more than $100 million renovation. Before that, it sat empty for 40 years. For 90 years before that, it was an insane asylum. E.B. in Front of Hotel Henry in Buffalo, NYIn 1870, New York State commissioned the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. It took eight years to build.Henry Richardson was the architect. Richardson also built Trinity Church in Boston, the New York State Capitol and the old Marshall Field’s Wholesale Store building in downtown Chicago. Richardson was a first-rate architect.He paired up with a leading psychiatric doctor and Frederick Olmsted who designed Central Park. Together they created a complex of buildings spanning nearly 500,000 square feet. The complex was so large that Richardson’s plans called for a miniature railroad connecting all of the basements. This is how the staff delivered food, laundry, and supplies between buildings.It’s anyone’s guess how many millions of pounds of Medina sandstone it took to build the entire structure. This unique, durable sandstone comes from nearby Medina, NY.From the slate roof to the ornate staircases and giant copper spires, the resources devoted to housing the insane back then are incredible. These days, insane people live downtown in parks or drift from place to place. E.B. Tucker Editor, Strategic InvestorJustin’s note: You can gain access to E.B.’s precious metals miners, and all of his boots on the ground research, with a subscription to Strategic Investor. You can sign up today here. I also recommend you check out our free special report on gold where we show you the top ways to buy and store physical gold.And if you enjoyed today’s piece by E.B., you’ll want to mark your calendars for February 27. That’s when E.B. will share the details on his latest venture. He’ll be revealing the top strategy he uses to make money in today’s volatile market. This is a truly unique opportunity to learn about a strategy you can use to generate gains 10x bigger than options.We’ll be sharing more details in the coming weeks. We’ll also share E.B.’s top insights so that you’ll be prepared for the big night. Stay tuned…Reader MailbagDo you think travel and a life of rich experiences affects trading? Let us know at feedback@caseyresearch.com.center_img Recommended Link REVEALED: A Task Force to Take Trump Down?Hillary and the “fake news” media hope you never see this urgent message… Because a whistleblower is now predicting the global elites’ evil plan to take Trump down… A plan that’s set to “go live” as early as 130 days from now. Recommended Link Richardson and his fellows designed the patient rooms with specific details in mind. They had 20-foot ceilings. As you can see in the exterior picture above, large windows filled the rooms with natural light. It also gave patients a clear view of the facility’s sprawling 200-acre grounds.The hallways were 18 feet wide to encourage patients to feel comfortable. Hallways as Long as 200 FeetToday, the hotel has 88 rooms. It also has several large banquet spaces in the upper levels of the building. The rates are reasonable at around $155 per night.The hotel staff has the walls peppered with beautiful art. That’s part of the reason I went to Buffalo. Hotel Henry Keeps the Asylum Walls Covered With Beautiful ArtWhy I Went to Buffalo, NYThe reason I went to Buffalo was to meet Jeff Gundlach. He’s the billionaire founder of DoubleLine Capital, a notable fixed income fund.Gundlach grew up in Buffalo. He recently donated $42 million to the city’s Albright-Knox art museum. Soon it will become the Albright-Knox-Gundlach museum. Gundlach visited the museum as a child.We arrived at the museum at the same time. The curator offered me a tour and Gundlach joined us. After about 10 minutes he took over the tour. He’s a pacing genius. He’s also an art savant.With a collection of untold value, Gundlach thinks about artists the way I think about stock charts. The artist has periods of popularity and periods of stall. A Rothko painted in the mid-’50s is entirely different from one that came 10 years later. Gundlach can tell you why… and he did.We zipped through the museum that will soon bear his name. Then we joined a group of around 100 people for a presentation and Q&A session. Jim Grant Interviews Jeff Gundlach in Buffalo, NYEach year in early January, Gundlach lays out his predictions for the coming year. That’s something we at Strategic Investor do in December.After listening to his talk and the questions, I pulled him aside. I told him if I arrived at his talk via time travel from another period, my conclusion would be gold was on the cusp of taking off. Almost every one of his predictions, if true, will be positive for gold and difficult for mainstream assets.Gundlach told me his recommendation on the Barron’s Roundtable due out that week was the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX). I told him I prefer gold royalty companies, but there was no reason to split hairs.Before we parted ways, I told Gundlach to keep in mind that not one of the questions he fielded from the crowd mentioned gold that day. It’s common for the asset most likely to thrive in a coming time to be of little interest to mainstream investors. He acknowledged the same.Two of the core holdings in my Strategic Investor portfolio are precious metals miners. They’re high quality and totally off the radar of most investors. If 2019 plays out the way we expect it to, they’ll likely finish the year much higher.Regards, Click here for all the shocking detailslast_img read more

Comprehensive health care coverage for more than 8

first_imgComprehensive health care coverage for more than 800,000 low-income people in New York and Minnesota, who pay a fraction of the typical cost of a marketplace plan, may be in jeopardy after the federal government partially cut funding this year.The Basic Health Program, in which these consumers are enrolled, was created under the Affordable Care Act to provide another coverage option for people with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($24,280 for an individual in 2018) who would otherwise qualify for subsidized marketplace coverage. Only New York and Minnesota have set up such programs.The funding dispute is tied to a high-profile decision by President Trump to stop paying cost-sharing reduction subsidies, which reduce the deductibles and out-of-pocket costs for people in marketplace plans whose incomes are up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level (about $30,000 for one person). Money that would have paid for cost-sharing reduction subsidies also helps fund the Basic Health Program in New York and Minnesota.These plans must be as comprehensive and affordable as marketplace plans, but for many they’re significantly cheaper, with monthly premiums of either zero or $20 in New York and up to $80 in Minnesota, along with a very small or no deductible and nominal copayments.In November, for example, when May Brown lost her job as a produce repacker — breaking down 40-pound boxes of fruits and vegetables into 10-pound boxes for grocery stores — she also lost her job-based health coverage. On the advice of a friend, the 62-year-old signed up for MinnesotaCare this month. Her $50 monthly premium is about half what she was paying for coverage on the job.Brown, who lives in St. Paul, says she is pretty healthy. But having this coverage, she says, gives her peace of mind.”You never know. Life is unpredictable,” she says. “I like to have something.”Under the Basic Health Program, the federal government is responsible for paying states 95 percent of the amount it would have paid in premium subsidies and cost-sharing reduction payments on the marketplace for these enrollees.In December, the Department of Health and Human Services notified the two states it would withhold the cost-sharing reduction portion of the payments — nearly $300 million in the first quarter of 2018, about a quarter of the total amount expected.Over the course of a year, the amount withheld will exceed $1 billion.When it cut back on funding of the Basic Health Program, the administration cited its October 2017 decision to eliminate cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers.Last month, the attorneys general of the two states filed suit to restore the federal funding.Noting that New York’s Essential Plan covers more than 700,000 low-income New Yorkers, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a press release, “I won’t stand by as the federal government continues to renege on its most basic obligations in a transparent attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.”In their lawsuit, Schneiderman and Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson argue that, among other things, the administration’s decision to cut off CSR payments is procedurally flawed and violates its obligations under the health law. They want the court to restore the states’ Basic Health Program funding.Regardless of the lawsuit’s outcome, officials in both states have offered assurances that the program is safe — for now.In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget included sufficient funds to leave the Basic Health Program intact for this year.Officials at the Minnesota Department of Human Services released a written statement, maintaining that “people enrolled in MinnesotaCare should feel confident in their coverage, based on current information.”Under the health law, any state can offer coverage under the Basic Health Program. One possible reason New York and Minnesota adopted the program is because they were already covering many in the target population through Medicaid and typically sharing the cost equally with the federal government. Under the Basic Health Program, the state’s funding responsibility drops to just 5 percent.So what happens next year? If federal funding isn’t restored, advocates are concerned that costs may rise and coverage shrink.”It could trigger major changes to the eligibility structure, the benefits or increases in premiums,” says Maureen O’Connell, president of Health Access MN, which helps people enroll in marketplace coverage.Elisabeth Benjamin says she is “really worried” for the program next year if the courts don’t order the federal government to start making payments.Benjamin, the vice president for health initiatives at the Community Service Society of New York, an advocacy group, says there is a snowball effect as states grapple with the delayed approval of Children’s Health Insurance Program funding for low-income kids amid continued uncertainty over federal funding for community health centers.”It’s terrifying how much the feds can do, particularly for states like New York that are so reliant on federal funding,” Benjamin says.Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Michelle Andrews is on Twitter @mandrews110. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Time to Try the AntiFacebook

first_img min read Next Article 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue Time to Try the ‘Anti-Facebook’? Image credit: At the Pool Brian Patrick Eha This week’s need-to-know social-media news.A new social network called At the Pool, which has been called the “anti-Facebook,” might be worth keeping an eye on. At the Pool is closing a $1 million seed round led by Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Clearstone Venture Partners and has overhauled its platform with many new features.While Facebook helps users connect with people they already know, At the Pool wants people to connect with strangers who have shared interests. It’s similar to activity-dating site HowAboutWe, minus the romantic element. Sporting-goods companies could advertise in the Hikers pool, for instance. — TechCrunch –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Marketing Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 1, 2012 Related: How to Get People to Listen to You on Social MediaPinterest leads Google+ for e-tailers.While Facebook and Twitter are still the top social networks among online retailers, social photo-sharing site Pinterest has officially jumped ahead of Google’s network, Google+. Seventy-eight percent of the top internet retailers use Pinterest, compared to Google+’s 73 percent, according to a report from AllTwitter. So, if your ecommerce startup has limited social media resources, you might consider investing your time with Pinterest before Google+. — AllTwitterFacebook mobile ads emphasize images.The big social network is testing a new kind of ad that appears in mobile users’ News Feeds to encourage them to “like” company pages. The new approach showcases bold photos, so if you want to buy a sponsored story for your own business, make sure you have an eye-catching image to go with it. — AllFacebookCEOs to triple their social media use.For top executives at companies all over the world, social media is becoming a greater priority. Sixteen percent of CEOs say they use social media to engage customers, but expect their use to jump to 57 percent over the next five years, a new report says. If your business isn’t active on social media, you might want to get started. — AllTwitterA hashtag is born.Social media obsession has climbed to a new level with news that a baby girl was born last weekend and her parents reportedly named the child Hashtag Jameson. Yes, as in a Twitter #. This comes after an Egyptian man was said to have named his child Facebook last year to honor the social network’s role in the Arab Spring uprisings. — The Daily DotRelated: 4 Ideas for Hosting Google+ Hangouts ‘On Air’ Apply Now »last_img read more

Study relates DNA methylation levels to obesity

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 10 2019DNA methylation is a mechanism that regulates whether genes are “on” or “off” and is influenced by hereditary and environmental factors, as well as lifestyle and nutritional habits.This research evidences that methylation levels in the gene involved in lipid metabolism -Lipoprotein lipase (LPL)- are higher in obese people with a metabolic disease in contrast to healthy people. “Since this gene is essential to decide whether the fat ingested is stored or consumed by the tissues, a dysfunction of this gene would cause high levels of triglycerides in blood”, explains the main author, Daniel Castellano.Related StoriesHIV DNA persists in spinal fluid despite treatment, linked to cognitive impairmentUCR biomedical professor to investigate how body’s cannabis-like molecules influence obesityResearch team receives federal grant to study obesity in children with spina bifidaIn this regard, experts alert that dysfunctional lipid metabolism in obesity is associated with a higher systemic inflammation, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or even cancer.Likewise, this study also describes a lower DNA methylation in a gene related to inflammatory processes, such as the tumor necrosis factor (TNF), which may cause a higher functioning of this gene, which, in turn, may affect the pro-inflammatory condition observed in obese people with a metabolic disease.Consequently, the main researchers of the study, Fernando Cardona and María Isabel Queipo, both members of Group A02 of the Biomedical Research Institute of Malaga (IBIMA), coordinated by Francisco José Tinahones, conclude that the methylation levels of genes related to lipid metabolism and inflammation are altered in obese patients with a metabolic disease, which partially explains the development of this disease.The importance of epigenetic regulationThus, they point out the importance of epigenetic regulation in the origin of metabolic diseases and affirm that the study of epigenetic mechanisms is essential for developing new therapeutic strategies to face these pathologies, as well as for determining lifestyle habits that may prevent these alterations in DNA methylation.The results of this study have been published in the scientific journal Journal of Clinical Medicine. Source:https://www.uma.es/last_img read more

Gates Zuckerberg team up on new education initiative

In this April 11, 2018 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Tech moguls Bill Gates and Zuckerberg are teaming up to help develop new technologies for kids with trouble learning, which will include dabbling into child brain science. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative said Tuesday, May 8, 2018, they will begin exploring a number of education research and potential pilot projects together. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) Explore further In this April 21, 2018 file photo, Bill Gates speaks during the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, in Washington. Tech moguls Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are teaming up to help develop new technologies for kids with trouble learning, which will include dabbling into child brain science. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative said Tuesday, May 8 they will begin exploring a number of education research and potential pilot projects together. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) Citation: Gates, Zuckerberg team up on new education initiative (2018, May 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-gates-zuckerberg-team.html Tech moguls Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday they will team up to help develop new technologies for kids with trouble learning—an effort that will include dabbling into child brain science. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Facebook’s Zuckerberg to give Harvard graduation speech The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative intend to explore a number of potential pilot projects.They’ll focus on math, writing and brain functions—key areas of classroom learning that they note are crucial for academic success.The effort is now seeking information and ideas from across sectors, from education and academia to business, technology and medicine. Future investments based on that information are expected, but no dollar amount has been set.The idea that disadvantaged children struggle to learn because of poor executive brain function involving memory, thinking flexibility, and behavioral issues related to autism and other attention disorders has long been lamented by social workers and health advocates.The joint project by Gates and Zuckerberg details possible ways to mitigate those shortcomings.Among the ideas is using games and technology simulations to support teachers and family, and tracking progress in certain vulnerable student populations such as kids with disabilities or those who are learning English as a second language.Leaders of the effort say technology is not a primary focus, but they recognize the role it can play. The new endeavor marks the latest effort by deep-pocketed philanthropists who have tried with little success and much controversy to change entire school systems.In some ways, it advances the reform agendas of the philanthropists, including helping low-performing students catch up to their potentially more prosperous peers and using classroom technology for digital or personalized learning.Gates, the world’s top philanthropist, recently announced more support for students with disabilities, issues involving American poverty and Alzheimer’s disease research.Zuckerberg idolizes Gates as an inspiration in professional and philanthropic work. But their representatives rejected any notion that their effort on learning is connected to their respective business roles as Facebook CEO and Microsoft founder.Microsoft announced a $25 million initiative on Monday to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities. 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. read more

first_imgAs for Ford and Volkswagen, Hackett and VW CEO Herbert Diess left the door open to more collaboration between the companies, but they did not say whether there were specific additional partnerships in the works.The Ford-VW alliance vaults Argo into one of the highest-valued autonomous vehicle development companies in the world.The VW investment includes $1 billion in cash and the $1.6 billion value of VW’s 200-person autonomous intelligent driving company. Ford already has committed to putting $1 billion into Argo, which the companies now value at $7 billion.The two companies announced plans in January to collaborate on developing commercial vans and medium-sized pickup trucks while exploring electric and autonomous vehicles together. They said Ford would develop larger vans and pickups while Volkswagen would develop a smaller van for crowded cities.Shares of Ford rose 2.6 percent in afternoon trading Friday. Ford CEO Jim Hackett, right, and Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess participate in a news conference in New York, Friday, July 12, 2019. Volkswagen will sink $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that’s mostly owned by Ford as part of a broader partnership on electric and self-driving vehicles, the companies confirmed Friday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) “The auto industry, in the past we’ve been criticized for a lack of interest in working together, and what you’re seeing with Volkswagen and Ford is a commitment to doing that on a number of projects,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of automotive for Ford.What it comes down to for both the auto and technology companies is time and money. Driverless cars may not become commercially viable or generate revenue for years. There are also enormous up-front costs to change plants to produce electric vehicles.Among the combinations announced in recent years:— In May, a group of investors poured $1.15 billion into GM Cruise LLC, the autonomous vehicle unit of Ford’s main competitor, General Motors. Cruise already had attracted investments from Honda and Japan’s SoftBank and is valued by the companies at around $19 billion.— Ride-hailing company Uber joined with Toyota to build autonomous vehicles last year. — Chip maker Intel bought Israeli self-driving technology firm Mobileye for about $15 billion in 2017.— In April, Ford said it would invest $500 million in electric vehicle startup Rivian to build a Ford vehicle on Rivian’s underpinnings.Auto and tech industry experts say partnerships like Ford and VW will become more common. The two automakers will become equal owners of Argo AI, and they plan to put autonomous vehicles on the roads in the U.S. and Europe as early as 2021, the companies said Friday.The deal also includes a plan for Ford to use VW’s electric vehicle platform to build zero-emissions cars for the European market starting in 2023.Auto companies have been teaming up with each other as well as with big technology firms over the past few years to try to spread out the enormous costs of developing self-driving and electric vehicles. Ford CEO Jim Hackett expects the large crowd of players to be narrowed down.”The stakes are high here,” Hackett said at a news conference Friday. “There’s only going to be a few winners who create the leading platforms for the future. We cannot be late, Ford can’t be late, and we have to be great.”The decision to team up helps Ford and Volkswagen share the steep costs—and risks—of developing technology for driverless vehicles, and gives Argo AI more cash to attract talented engineers, crucial to success. It also will help the automakers pivot from cars that compete on engine performance to those where the unique characteristics of the driver experience will be driven by software. Ford CEO Jim Hackett, right, and Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess participate in a news conference in New York, Friday, July 12, 2019. Volkswagen will sink $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that’s mostly owned by Ford as part of a broader partnership on electric and self-driving vehicles, the companies confirmed Friday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) “One company cannot bankroll the development alone,” said Akshay Anand, executive analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “Partnerships will continue to ramp up in coming years, crossing boundaries most would not have envisioned even 10 years ago.”With electric vehicles, manufacturers are under pressure to release zero-emission cars in markets such as China and Europe to meet tougher pollution limits. Ford already has its own platform which it will continue to use for the majority of its electric vehicles, but the relationship with Volkswagen will help Ford to develop smaller electric vehicles that are desired in the European market.Ford hopes to sell 600,000 vehicles in Europe using VW’s technology over six years starting in 2023. VW, the world’s largest automaker measured by sales, already has invested $7 billion in its new platform, which it plans to use to build 15 million electric vehicles worldwide in the next decade.”Ford has taken flack for years for not having a robust EV strategy and VW has had its own fair share of challenges, but this can help both companies reinvent themselves as innovative technology leaders,” said Jessica Caldwell, executive director industry insights for Edmunds.com. Edmunds provides content for The Associated Press. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further In this Jan. 14, 2019, file photo Ford Motor Co. President and CEO, Jim Hackett, left, meets with Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Ford and Volkswagen are planning to unveil details about their budding alliance to build mobility services and autonomous and electric vehicles. Executives from both companies are planning to reveal details Friday, July 12. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) Ford CEO Jim Hackett, right, and Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess participate in a news conference in New York, Friday, July 12, 2019. Volkswagen will sink $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that’s mostly owned by Ford as part of a broader partnership on electric and self-driving vehicles, the companies confirmed Friday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) VW says cooperation talks with Ford ‘close to completion’ Volkswagen will invest $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that’s mostly owned by Ford as the automakers who were once rivals deepen their partnership to develop driverless and electric vehicles in an ultra-competitive landscape. Citation: VW, Ford team up to make autonomous, electric vehicles (2019, July 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-vw-investing-26b-ford-owned-robocar.html 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

Apple busts Facebook for distributing datasucking app

first_imgApple says Facebook can no longer distribute an app that paid users, including teenagers, to extensively track their phone and web use. This Feb. 19, 2014, file photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York. Apple says it has banned a Facebook-made app that paid users, including teenagers, to extensively track their data. The app, Facebook Research, tracked people’s phone and web activity in exchange for payments. A report in the tech blog TechCrunch on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, says Facebook paid about $20 a month in exchange for people letting it track their phone activities. While Facebook says this was done with permission, the company has a history of defining “permission” loosely and obscuring what sort of data it collects. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, File) Explore further © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In doing so, Apple closed off Facebook’s efforts to sidestep Apple’s app store and its tighter rules on privacy.The tech blog TechCrunch reported late Tuesday that Facebook paid people about $20 a month to use the Facebook Research app. While Facebook says this was done with permission, the company has a history of defining “permission” loosely and obscuring what data it collects.”I don’t think they make it very clear to users precisely what level of access they were granting when they gave permission,” mobile app security researcher Will Strafach said Wednesday. “There is simply no way the users understood this.”He said Facebook’s claim that users understood the scope of data collection was “muddying the waters.”Facebook says fewer than 5 percent of the app’s users were teens and they had parental permission. Nonetheless, the revelation is yet another blemish on Facebook’s track record on privacy and could invite further regulatory scrutiny.And it comes less than a week after court documents revealed that Facebook allowed children to rack up huge bills on digital games and that it rejected recommendations for addressing it for fear of hurting revenue growth.For now, the app appears to be available for Android phones, though not through Google’s main app store. Google had no comment Wednesday.Apple said Facebook was distributing Facebook Research through an internal-distribution mechanism meant for company employees, not outsiders. Apple has revoked that capability.Facebook is still permitted to distribute apps through Apple’s app store, though such apps are reviewed by Apple ahead of time. And Apple’s move Wednesday restricts Facebook’s ability to test those apps—including core apps such as Facebook and Instagram—before they are released through the app store.Facebook previously pulled an app called Onavo Protect from Apple’s app store because of its stricter requirements. But Strafach, who dismantled the Facebook Research app on TechCrunch’s behalf, told The Associated Press that it was mostly Onavo repackaged and rebranded, as the two apps shared about 98 percent of their code.As of Wednesday, a disclosure form on Betabound, one of the services that distributed Facebook Research, informed prospective users that by installing Facebook Research, they are letting Facebook collect a range of data. This includes information on apps users have installed, when they use them and what they do on them. Information is also collected on how other people interact with users and their content within those apps, according to the disclosure.Betabound warned that Facebook may collect information even when an app or web browser uses encryption.Strafach said emails, social media activities, private messages and just about anything else could be intercepted. He said the only data absolutely safe from snooping are from services, such as Signal and Apple’s iMessages, that fully encrypt messages prior to transmission, a method known as end-to-end encryption.Strafach, who is CEO of Guardian Mobile Firewall, said he was aghast to discover Facebook caught red-handed violating Apple’s trust.He said such traffic-capturing tools are only supposed to be for trusted partners to use internally. Instead, he said Facebook was scooping up all incoming and outgoing data traffic from unwitting members of the public—in an app geared toward teenagers.”This is very flagrantly not allowed,” Strafach said. “It’s mind-blowing how defiant Facebook was acting.”center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Apple busts Facebook for distributing data-sucking app (2019, January 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-apple-facebook-data-sucking-app.html Facebook paid users to track smartphone use: reportlast_img read more