Competitive season expected as 9 teams see action in ABL

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ‘Not about numbers’: Slaughter looking to help Ginebra in any way he can Read Next The addition of the teams, which was officially announced on Tuesday in a press conference Tuesday at Shangri-La Hotel at Bonifacio Global City, expands the league’s reach in Asia.“We’ll be able to bring more exciting games for the fans. You’ll be able to see other stars in the region,” Ilagan told INQUIRER.net. “You’re not just confined in the Philippines then you get to appreciate other countries’ basketball culture as well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIlagan believes it will be a “very competitive” season.“I think most if not all of our games will be down the wire this year. All the teams we have this year are very competitive. The addition of CLS Knights from Indonesia, Mono Vampire from Thailand, they are very established teams,” he said. “Plus, you add that team from China and the group from Taiwan who equally love basketball as we do.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The ninth season opens on Nov. 17. Alab Pilipinas begins its campaign on Nov. 19 against the Eastern Long Lions at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines, bannered by reigning local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and import Ivan Johnson, will be tested right away against Hong Kong, which will be led by Fil-German Christian Standhardinger and Thai-American Tyler Lamb.“It will absolutely be a tough game. They have a loaded team over there with Christian but we’ll do our part and be ready for our opening game,” said new Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag. ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nine ABL teams for the 2017-2018 season. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueA league record nine teams will see action in the new Asean Basketball League season which unfolds next month.Defending champion Hong Kong is expected to have its hands full with the entry of the Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, CLS Knights Surabaya of Indonesia, Nanhai Long-Lions of China and returning Mono Vampire of Thailand.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

UST notches 2nd straight win, downs NU

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte For what it’s worth, Eya Laure delivered somewhat of a redemption game after she avenged her previous championship losses against NU in several finals in the high school level.Laure put up a game-high 20 points but it was role players Dimdim Pacres and Caitlyn Viray, who finished off the Lady Bulldogs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPacres twisted her attack to evade NU’s block to put UST in match point, 24-15, and although the Lady Bulldogs were able to score two more, Viray had enough and converted on a crosscourt kill to end the affair.UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes said his team’s two straight wins were a big morale booster for them after they lost Season 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini to injury four games into the season. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thai playmaker Chanathip Songkrasin raises profile in Japan Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES UST Golden Tigresses. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas had its first taste of back-to-back victories after turning back National University in four sets, 26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17, in the UAAP Sweason 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Golden Tigresses, who swept De La Salle in their previous game, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, now tied the Lady Spikers for the No. 2 spot with identical 4-2 records.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end “This is huge for the players’ morale and it’s a good thing we’re now able to recover,” said Reyes in Filipino. “The back-to-back wins are big because we’re doing this for Milena.”Cherry Rondina supported Laure’s offensive exploits with 16 points while Pacres had 12.Princess Robles and Ivy Lacsina had 14 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who dropped their third straight game for a 1-5 record.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

TransCanada to restart Keystone pipeline Nov 28 following leak repairs

first_imgCALGARY – TransCanada Corp (TSX:TRP) says it plans to restart operations on its Keystone pipeline on Nov. 28 after making repairs to a leak that spilled about 795,000 litres of crude oil in South Dakota.The company says U.S. regulators have cleared its restart plans, which include restarting the pipeline at a reduced pressure before gradually increasing the volume of crude oil in the system.TransCanada says that as of Nov. 24, it had recovered about 168,000 litres of crude oil from the spill in a farmer’s field, and that there are no indications of the spill affecting water sources.The spill on Nov. 16 forced the company to shut the section of the Keystone pipeline system between Hardisty, Alta., and Cushing Okla. and a spur line to Patoka, Ill., while a southern section extending to the Gulf Coast remained in operation.The leak increased scrutiny of the company’s pipeline operations just days before Nebraska regulators voted on whether to allow the company’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline project to run through the state.Regulators gave the go-ahead for the project on Nov. 20, but approved an alternative route to the one preferred by TransCanada.last_img read more

BBC pays damages to Ukraine President over Trump report

first_imgKiev: The BBC on Thursday said it had agreed to pay damages to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko over an article that incorrectly claimed Kiev paid USD 400,000 to secure a meeting with US leader Donald Trump. Poroshenko, who is seeking re-election in weekend polls, sued the broadcaster over the report from May last year. The article on the BBC website claimed that Kiev gave Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen a “secret payment of at least USD 400,000” to “fix talks” at the White House in June 2017. “We apologise to Mr Poroshenko for any distress caused and have agreed to pay him damages, legal costs and have participated in a joint statement in open court,” the BBC said in a statement on its news site. It did not give any indication of the size of the payment. Poroshenko had said via lawyers that the article harmed his “political and business” reputation and caused him “substantial distress and embarrassment”. Allegations of “serious corruption” were especially damaging because of Poroshenko’s “promotion of a number of anti-corruption measures in Ukraine”, a claim said. Poroshenko was elected in 2014 after Ukrainians took to the streets to oust his Kremlin-backed, graft-tainted predecessor. But Ukrainian and Western observers have repeatedly questioned pro-Western Poroshenko’s resolve to reform the country’s kleptocratic system.last_img read more

The Cardinals Spread It Out Like No Other Team But How Much

Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 32,67245.0+0.12 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Play-action is more effective, especially with fewer receiversExpected points added (EPA) by the number of eligible receivers in route, for play-action plays vs. all other dropbacks, 2017-18 regular seasons If your goal is to fool your opponent into thinking you’re going to run the ball, bringing in a bunch of players who look like blockers is probably a good idea. That’s an intuitive finding that makes sense. Meanwhile, it’s also heartening to see that adding eligible receivers to the route design of a non-play-action passing play leads to greater passing efficiency. That’s also a finding that we’d expect — the more passing options the better!It’s no surprise that play-action continues to show up as one of the most efficient play types in football. Analysts have been calling it the NFL’s corner three for years. But it’s still somewhat shocking to see just how pervasive and massive an effect a little deception can have on the success of an offense. It will be interesting to see how much play-action the Cardinals incorporate into their attack moving forward. With a healthy dose, along with the ability to successfully flood the field with wide receivers over the course of 16 games, Arizona shouldn’t stay near the bottom of our Elo rankings for long.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 42,78350.6+0.216,17142.5+0.01 2 or fewer1,20139.0-0.03 Based on success rate2The share of those plays with a positive EPA. and EPA per play, the optimum number of receivers to send out into routes is three. NFL rules dictate that five receivers at most can report as eligible to catch a pass on any given play,3The sixth non-lineman must pass the ball and is normally referred to as the quarterback. so this finding would appear to support passing out of heavy sets with big tight ends staying home to help shore up the pass blocking. Or perhaps teams should keep a running back in the backfield to help chip rushing defenders. But it also could be that those heavier sets are effective because of the deception they afford via the play-action pass.To find out, we broke out all plays by the number of receivers and then split the plays by play-action and non-play-action. When we look at the plays this way, we find that play-action accounts for all the efficiency we see from the plays with three or fewer receivers. When play-action snaps are removed, passes with three or fewer receivers have a negative expected value leaguewide. 31,43848.8+0.221,13040.3-0.01 New Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury and Arizona have brought a variant of the Hal Mumme Air Raid to the NFL, and while the Cardinals didn’t earn a Week 1 win — they tied the Detroit Lions in their home opener — the system lived up to its billing. Known for its spread concepts and heavy use of the forward pass, the Air Raid relies on a smart, accurate passer to distribute the ball to a bevy of playmakers sent into routes that attack all areas of the field. And spread they did. With first overall pick Kyler Murray running the offense, the Cardinals trotted out more four wide receiver sets (45) on Sunday than the rest of the NFL combined (36).Clearly Kingsbury isn’t afraid to be different, but it comes with risks. Going four-wide is an approach that hasn’t typically paid off for NFL offenses. In the 2017 and 2018 seasons, NFL teams ran 1,185 plays from four-WR sets and ended up stubbing their toes. Over that fairly large sample, the expected points added per play across the league was negative, at -0.03 EPA per play. Meanwhile, teams found success featuring fewer wideouts, averaging positive EPA per play numbers with their personnel groups of two and three wide receivers.1Two-WR formations earned 0.04 EPA play, while three-WR formations earned 0.02 EPA play.[/footnote.That pattern continued in Week 1: Teams averaged -0.03 EPA per play on passes with four wide receivers — right in line with the two-year average.[footnote]On 86 dropbacks. As we saw, the Cardinals were responsible for the majority of those plays, though, so it’s encouraging they performed slightly better than the league mean, earning -0.01 EPA per play.The Air Raid encompasses a set of passing concepts that many teams have integrated into their schemes, so it’s not completely new. Andy Reid of the Chiefs incorporated parts of the Air Raid into his system to suit the specific strengths of Patrick Mahomes, Kingsbury’s former QB at Texas Tech. But the difference for the Cardinals may be in the details. Kingsbury used wide splits and 3×1 wide receiver sets often to stress the Lions defense with his four wideouts, and Murray improved as the game went on. Perhaps they have what it takes to make four-wide in the NFL successful.But we also wondered: Wide receivers aside, does a team having more eligible receivers running routes lead to more production in the NFL? Or do offenses benefit when players stay in to protect their QB? Is adding more receivers to a play ineffective?Expected points added (EPA) per play by number of eligible receivers running routes, for 2017-18 regular-season plays ≤ 242353.6+0.4276438.3-0.05 Number of RoutesDropbacksSuccess RateEPA per play 49,41944.9+0.07 525,73944.8%+0.04 Routesdropbackssuccess rateepa per playdropbackssuccess rateepa per play 52,75349.0+0.1522,48244.3%+0.03 play-actionnon-play-action read more

Opinion Additions of Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh the best thing for

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action against Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Michigan won 28-16.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe rivalry between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines is about to get a lot more interesting on Saturday.This will be the first game in which Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh will face off in what many would consider the most intriguing meeting between the two teams since 2006. Harbaugh has been a successful head coach on both the college and professional level. In stops with the University of San Diego and Stanford, Harbaugh posted a 58-27 record with two conference championships at San Diego in 2005 and 2006, respectively. After Stanford finished 12-1 with an Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech in 2011, Harbaugh left the collegiate ranks for the NFL, becoming the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He posted a 44-19 record, including a loss to his brother’s team, the Baltimore Ravens, in Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. After a rift between Harbaugh and the 49ers front office following an 8-8 finish in 2014, Harbaugh left San Francisco to go back to his alma mater and coach the team he onced quarterbacked: Michigan. Both Michigan and OSU have been teams to be reckoned with in the Big Ten this season, and part of that is due to the job that both Meyer and Harbaugh are doing at their respective schools. ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit said this game will be different because of what Harbaugh brings to the table as the man in charge at Michigan. “Spice. Intensity. For me, even when Ohio State was winning with Jim Tressel, the fan in me liked Woody (Hayes) and Bo (Schembechler). I like the angst, the emotion, the, ‘I’m not going to cross midfield to shake his hand,’” Herbstreit said. “I don’t know if we are going to get to that level with (Meyer) and (Harbaugh), but it’s going to be different. It’s going to be different just because of the personality of (Harbaugh). I’m one of these guys that starting Sunday morning, I don’t know if I’ll sleep because of what could be at stake this weekend. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”Despite much of the focus being on the two successful coaches, Harbaugh said in a Monday press conference that the focus should not be on them but on their players.“My reaction to the coach vs. coach build-up is he’s not going to be blocking anybody; he’s not going to be tackling anybody,” Harbaugh said. “I’m going to be on the sideline blocking and tackling nobody.”OSU coach Urban Meyer stands on the sideline during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost 17-14.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorEven so, it’s hard to ignore the impact the coaches have had on their respective programs and in turn, the rivalry in general. When each coach took the helm, the program finished under .500 the year prior. In Meyer’s first season in Columbus in 2012 and Harbaugh’s first one this year, the teams made major strides. Based on the first-year improvement, it’s completely reasonable to assume that the programs will maintain a level of success for years to come. That is the reason why these two teams have the potential to re-establish arguably the biggest rivalry in all of sports. With these two premier coaches leading the programs, the recruiting classes for these two teams should be among the best in the country, so the talent pool should be overflowing. With all of the eventual talent coming to these schools, the rivalry will only grow. And with that, the prominence of one of college football’s biggest rivalries will be restored. read more

Lenglet Dembele is not restless at Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona defender Clement Lenglet insists fellow Frenchman Ousmane Dembele remains fully committed to the clubThe Catalan giants signed Dembele in 2017 from Borussia Dortmund for a staggering €105m deal following a stunning season in the Bundesliga.However, life in Catalonia has not gone smoothly for Dembele with injury problems and a lack of opportunities spoiling his debut campaign.And things don’t appear to be improving for Dembele after failing to make manager Ernesto Valverde’s squad last Sunday, which saw Barcelona suffer a shock 4-3 home defeat to Real Betis.Valverde’s decision to omit Dembele came after his absence in a training session last week.The 21-year-old has only started two of his last five matches for Barcelona now, but Lenglet is certain there are no problems at Camp Nou.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“If Dembele looked serious in the stands I think that is understandable,” Lenglet told Goal on Dembele’s behaviour.“We were losing and if he started to laugh people would not understand that either.“I don’t think there is any problem with him, he was ill, he couldn’t make training and the coach chose another player.“These are things that happen at every club and we all have to pull in the same direction to reach our goals.”Barcelona will return to action on November 24 in a La Liga game away to third-place Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

Soldotna Declares May As Bike Month

first_imgMayor Anderson: “Through the month of May the residents of the City of Soldotna and its visitors will experience the joys of bicycling through educational programs, races, community events, charity events, or simply getting out and going for a ride.”  The proclamation was presented to representatives of BIK&S a community-led advocacy group working to promote safe bike travel within and between the cities of Kenai and Soldotna. Kaitlin Vadla with BIK&S: “I just want to thank the city staff, council, and parks department for your spirit of collaboration. I hope to see you at many of those awesome bike month events.”  BIK&S organizes a monthly group bike ride held every full moon. Check out the Full Moon Bike Ride page for more information about the monthly rides.center_img The group envisions bike-friendly communities where bicycling is a convenient, routine, safe, and healthy transportation option that contributes to the high quality of life for Kenai Peninsula residents. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享May has been declared as ‘Bike Month’ by the City of Soldotna. Soldotna Mayor Nels Anderson presented the proclamation at the council meeting on Wednesday, April 24.last_img read more

Model shows how surge in wealth inequality may be reversed

first_img Journal information: PLoS ONE (Phys.org)—For many Americans, the single biggest problem facing the country is the growing wealth inequality. Based on income tax data, wealth inequality in the US has steadily increased since the mid-1980s, with the top 10% of the population currently owning about 73% of the country’s wealth. In a new paper published in PLOS ONE, researchers have quantitatively analyzed several of the major factors that affect wealth inequality dynamics, and found that the most crucial factor associated with the recent surge in wealth inequality since the ’80s has been the dramatic decrease in personal savings, followed closely by a large increase in the dominance of capital income over labor income. Explore further 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. More information: Yonatan Berman, et al. “Modeling the Origin and Possible Control of the Wealth Inequality Surge.” PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130181 Wealth inequality doubles among US householdscenter_img © 2015 Phys.org Taking these findings a step further, the researchers showed in their model that reversing these two trends can prevent and even reverse a further increase in wealth inequality in the future. The researchers hope that the findings will lead to policies that reproduce these results in the real world. But progress in this area may not even have to rely solely on policy changes, as the researchers note that the 2008 financial crisis has caused Americans to save more money, potentially bringing an opportunity to restrain some of the growth in wealth inequality.The research was led by Eshel Ben-Jacob, who was Professor at the School of Physics & Astronomy at Tel-Aviv University, but passed away unexpectedly before the paper was published. Ben-Jacob was perhaps best known for his work on bacterial self-organization and its applications in complex systems. The other coauthors of the paper are Yonatan Berman, a PhD student, and Yoash Shapira, an adjunct researcher, both at Tel-Aviv University.Overall, the researchers’ model closely reproduces the wealth inequality dynamics in the US from 1930 to 2010, as measured by the share of wealth owned by the top 10% of the population. As the researchers explain in their paper, the usefulness of the new model arises from its ability to quantify the contributions of various factors affecting wealth inequality dynamics, and consequently to serve as a test-bed for predicting the outcomes of future policies.”The greatest significance of the work is that we succeeded in quantifying the relative effects of different factors contributing to wealth inequality,” Berman told Phys.org. “The inequality surge is not due to a single factor. Therefore, in order to understand it better, such a quantification is important. I also think that a very interesting finding is how important personal savings are. Though other elements may be equally important in general, the dramatic decrease in personal savings is probably the single most important ingredient contributing to the increase in wealth inequality in the past 30 years.”Shapira added that, while the dominance of capital income is a very complicated matter that involves the technological change of the past few decades, dealing with the savings issue is relatively easier.Among the other main results, the researchers’ model reveals the complex implications of economic mobility—that is, how easily individuals can change their economic status. On one hand, mobility plays an essential role in restraining wealth inequality, and becomes even more important when the economy becomes dominated by capital income, as is the current trend; when the researchers did not include economic mobility in their model, the model-market correlation dropped dramatically. On the other hand, the researchers also found that further increasing mobility above its current value is likely to have little effect on wealth inequality, suggesting that policies that target improving economic mobility may not be as effective as those that promote increasing personal savings and reducing the dominance of capital income over labor income. In the future, the researchers plan to investigate how such policies may affect other aspects of the economy besides wealth inequality. For example, an increased savings rate may have the unintended consequence of reducing GDP growth, which tends to increase wealth inequality. Future work will require optimization between these two outcomes.Other areas of future work will involve investigating the effects of various tax strategies and other additional factors that contribute to wealth inequality dynamics, as well as applying the model to the economies of different countries. Citation: Model shows how surge in wealth inequality may be reversed (2015, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-surge-wealth-inequality-reversed.html For economic data up to 2010, the model (red line) closely matches the actual wealth inequality (blue line), which is measured by the share of wealth owned by the top 10% of the population. After 2010, possible scenarios are those described in the graph above (where α represents an increase in the dominance of capital income over labor income), as well as a simple linear extrapolation of the wealth inequality during 2000-2010 (dashed blue line) and predictions based on the model (dashed red line). The results suggest that, by increasing private savings to 10% in 2030 (squares), wealth inequality can be reversed. Credit: Berman, et al.last_img read more

Of talent big and little hands

first_imgCarrying forward its philosophy to promote upcoming talent, Art Life Gallery in has now decided to literally catch them young. One of the largest galleries in Delhi and NCR area, is now holding The Colour of Mistletoe – an exhibition of artworks by ?26 ??children.Pratibha Agarwal, copromoter of Art Life Gallery, says, “We continue to be a strong patron of arts and it is in continuation of this philosophy that we’ve conducted the group show by children.” She says the intent is to explore the vivid imagination of little children. “Besides livening up the gallery walls with their beautiful and colourful works, we are giving them an opportunity to express their creativity through paintings, drawings and collages.” Agarwal says the emphasis is on displaying completed artworks, which distinguishes Art Life Gallery from most other children’s art programmes.“Here, young people participate fully in selecting, mounting, organizing and hanging art,” says Agarwal.  There’s a variety of works ranging from canvas to murals to paper collages under the guidance of their mentors Shivani Sharma and Amrit Kapoor, which is definitely a treat to the eyes. Says Shivani Sharma, “All the children have toggled with various mediums like oil pastels, acrylics, poster paints, dry pastels, charcoal etc.” There are 23 kids participating in the exhibition, Dhritika, Tiya, Anoushka, Ashnee, Kashvi, Yash, Veer, Natalia, Garv, Tiana, Sarah, Kavya, Aanya, Rimjhim, Joy, Riya, Mehak, Nadia, Somuya, Sanjana, Gauri and Elina.last_img read more

119 kilos of cocaine found at Limón dock hidden inside balloons

first_imgCosta Rican police discovered more than 100 kilos of cocaine Sunday hidden in a container on a dock in Limón, on the Carribean coast.The Public Security Ministry said 119 packages of cocaine were found vacuum-sealed inside balloons of various colors. Each package contained  approximately a kilo of cocaine. No arrests made. So far in 2012, Costa Rican authorities have seized more than nine tons of cocaine, according to official figures. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img

Gilles Pélisson Frances biggest commercial broadc

first_imgGilles PélissonFrance’s biggest commercial broadcast group, TF1, has revealed Gilles Pélisson will succeed Nonce Paolini as CEO.Paolini’s term as chairman and CEO ends in the first quarter of next year and TF1 said Pélisson will take over in February, 2016.“The board of directors thanks Nonce Paolini most sincerely for his nine years at the helm of the TF1 group,” TF1 said. “It underlines the importance of his accomplishments, carried out with a constant eye on constructive labour relations. TF1 has maintained its leadership position during a very complex period marked by a serious economic crisis and major technological, regulatory, competitive and market change.”Harvard Business School graduate Pélisson has previously run Euro Disney as well as Bouygues Telecom. He has been a TF1 director since 2009.His appointment came on the day TF1 announced results for the first nine months of 2015 that revealed falling viewing share and revenue. There was, however, an uptick in profit.The broadcaster said that revenue decreased in the first three quarters because of lower ad revenues at TF1’s four free-to-air channels, as well as the closure of the print version of its Metronews publication. It cited intense competition in TV advertising, as a result of the proliferation of DTT channels, as a key factor for the ad revenue dip.The quartet of TF1 free-to-air channels registered a combined 27.6% audience share in the year to end-December, down 1.2 points on the same period a year earlier.“This performance should be seen in light of the specific market context, with the HD DTT channels gaining ground, intense competition in programming schedules, and non-linear consumption on the increase,” TF1 said. “Another key factor is a tough comparative arising from the screening of the FIFA World Cup in June and July 2014.”Looking ahead, TF1 said: “With no clear signs of economic recovery and visibility still poor, the net TV advertising market could remain stable in the fourth quarter of 2015.”The broadcaster said it is pushing ahead with a multichannel strategy and focusing on key slots, such as primetime on the core TF1 channel.In pay TV, TF1 registered a one-off gain from the sale of Eurosport France to Discovery and operating profit was up at €32.8 million compared to a €1.6 million loss last year. Revenue, without Eurosport and also the Stylía channels was, however, down €34.7 million year-on-year, taking he total to €58.8 million.For the nine months to end-September, revenue was €1.4 billion, a 4.3% decline. An operating profit of €106.8 million was significantly up on the €30.7 million recorded a year earlier, boosted by the Eurosport sale.last_img read more

UK service provider TalkTalk is to add kids ondem

first_imgUK service provider TalkTalk is to add kids on-demand service Hopster to its TV line-up.The move means that TalkTalk will become the first UK TV provider to make Hopster content directly available as part of its kids TV offering.TalkTalk TV customers who have the Kids Boost can now enjoy 500 Hopster episodes on demand from shows including the animated underwater series, Octonauts, segments from Sesame Street, the US’s longest running children’s series, and Hopster’s original animation, Two Minute Tales.TalkTalk said that all content has been selected to tie into Hopster’s special early years curriculum, the Discovery Learning Map, and will teach kids about the world around them, how to interact appropriately with friends and family, basic numeracy, literacy and more.Kids can watch Hopster’s educational content on-demand on the TV screen and on the go across multiple devices via the TalkTalk TV app. Users of the TalkTalk TV Kids Remote will be able to directly access 500 on-demand episodes of Hopster content and other popular kids’ shows from the operator’s dedicated Kids Zone.TalkTalk TV Kids Boost subscribers have access to the newly added Hopster content as well as a raft of additional kids’ channels including Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Boomerang for a monthly rolling cost of £6 with no long-term commitment.  The TalkTalk TV Kids Remote is available for the one-off cost of £5.Nick Walters, CEO at Hopster, said: “Our mission is to make entertainment safe and educational for preschoolers so we couldn’t be happier about our partnership with TalkTalk. We are glad to bring our carefully handpicked shows to TalkTalk TV subscribers as part of their Kids Boost package and give parents the peace of mind that while watching our content, their kids will always learn and discover something new.”Aleks Habdank, managing director of TalkTalk TV said: “We’re delighted to have forged a new relationship with Hopster. Research shows that TV is still kids’ favourite place to watch content and now thanks to our partnership with Hopster we can offer more on demand kids shows than ever before. This new agreement coupled with our bespoke TalkTalk TV Kids Remote, cements TalkTalk TV as a compelling choice for families across the UK, offering what really matters – affordable entertainment the way they want it.”last_img read more

The global eSports industry generated revenues of

first_imgThe global eSports industry generated revenues of US$905 million last year with that figure set to reach US$1.6 billion by 2022, according to The Diffusion Group.The research firm’s report claims that eSports had a global audience of 557 million people last year and cited a number of factors that make eSports “ripe for solid growth during the next decade”.These include 5G rollout, faster computers, new business models and revenue streams, new measurement tools, and mainstream acceptance from fans, advertisers and sponsors.“As entertainment executives readily admit, it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify and build an audience of loyal, engaged consumers with highly desirable demographics. That’s one of the reasons there is so much excitement around eSports,” said senior TDG analyst and report author, Patrick Perez.last_img read more

Dear Reader I have some good news for Internation

first_imgDear Reader,I have some good news for International Speculator subscribers today: Inter-Citic Minerals (T.ICI) has received a buyout proposal from Western Mining Group, a resources-development company in Qinghai Province, China. The stock is up 35% as I write – another win for our readers.Meanwhile, gold and silver have made an impressive move over the past couple of weeks. Is the window to buy gold below $1,700 closing soon? Check out our timely article by BIG GOLD editor Jeff Clark and draw your own conclusions. Either way, our advice is to make sure you own enough bullion to withstand the monetary fallout that we’re convinced is headed our way.Sincerely,Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Rock & Stock StatsLast Copper3.503.354.00 Your Window to Buy Below $1,700 Is ClosingBy Jeff Clark, Senior Precious Metals AnalystSome investors lamented that gold prices had been stuck in a rut for a long time. Others were confused. A few bailed. And some, including me, have been stocking up because we’re convinced prices won’t stay down forever.In fact, based on the data I chart below, I believe the window of time to buy gold for less than $1,700 an ounce is very limited.Here’s why. I examined gold’s three largest corrections since the bull market began in 2001, including how long it took to recover from those corrections and establish new highs. The conclusion that emerged is that the current lull in gold prices will almost certainly end soon, if it hasn’t already.Gold set a record on September 5, 2011 at $1,895 an ounce (London PM Fix) and to date has fallen as low as $1,531 (December 29, 2011), a decline of 19.2%. Gold has tested that level several times since but never broke below it. In order to determine how long it might take to breach $1,895 again, I measured the time it took to mount new highs after big corrections in the past.The following chart details the three largest corrections since 2001, and calculates how many weeks it took the gold price to a) breach the old high, and b) stay above that level.(Click on image to enlarge)In 2006, after a total decline of 22.6%, it took a year and four months for gold to surpass its old high. After the 2008 meltdown, it was a year and six months later before the metal hit a new record. The 16.2% drop in 2003 lasted seven months, and another two months before the price stayed above it.You can see that our correction has lasted just shy of a year. If we matched the recovery time of 2006, gold would hit a new high on Christmas Eve (Merry Christmas!).But here’s the thing: that’s how long it would take gold to breach $1,900 again – it will take a couple months or more for the price to work up to that level, meaning the remaining time to buy gold under $1,700 will likely be measured in days or weeks, not months. This is bolstered by the fact that the price moved up strongly last week, and also that we’re on the doorstep of the seasonally strongest month of the year.This is an educated guess, of course, but what the data make clear is that all corrections eventually end – even the bloodbath in 2008. The current lag will come to an end too, and we’re certainly closer to the end of this corrective period than the beginning.This has direct investment implications.First, once gold breaches its old high, you’ll probably never be able to buy it at current prices again in this cycle.That’s a rather obvious statement, but let it sink in. The next few days or weeks will likely be the very last time you can buy gold below $1,700. You’ll have to pay a higher price from then on.And think about this: it’s entirely possible that by this time next year you will never again be able to buy gold for less than $2,000 an ounce – unless maybe it’s in “new dollars” or some other currency that circulates with fewer zeros on the notes.Second, the data can help you ignore the noise about gold’s bull market being over and other nonsense spewed from mainstream media types. If gold doesn’t hit $1,900 until December, you’ll know this is simply normal price behavior and that they’re overlooking basic patterns in the data. And when the price nears that level again and they’re caught off guard by it, you’ll already be positioned.Regardless of the date, we’re confident that a new high in the gold price will come, because many major currencies are unsound, overburdened with debt, and being actively diluted by governments. Indeed, the ultimate high could be frighteningly higher than current levels. As such, we suggest taking advantage of prices that won’t be available indefinitely. I think we all need some of nature’s cure for man’s monetary ills.The window of time to buy gold at current prices is closing. I suggest taking advantage of the sale while you still can (which is taking place in select gold equities as well). Gold and Silver HEADLINESChina Declares First Rare Earths Export Increase in Three Years (Mineweb)China announced that it will increase its export quota for rare earths by 2.7% in 2012, the first increase since 2009, raising the full-year total to 30,996 tonnes.This small increase shouldn’t have a significant impact on the REE market. Since the introduction of quotas and tariffs, the global rare earths market (excluding China) has contracted, and exports have dropped.According to the China Customs Statistics Center, in the first seven months of this year REE exports fell 36.7% to 21,729 metric tons.China hosts 23% of world REE reserves, but it is responsible for 90% of supply. Several years ago the country imposed quotas that were much smaller than demand, which led to higher REE prices outside the country.In June 2012, United States, Japan and the European Union complained about China’s REE tariffs and quotas to the World Trade Organization. Some analysts think the quota increase may be attributed to this complaint and that China may reconsider its REE policy in the future.US SEC Forces Disclosure of Oil, Mining Payments Abroad (Reuters)The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 2-1 on August 22 to adopt an anti-corruption rule. Beginning in 2014, public US-listed oil, gas, and mining companies will be required to reveal payments they make to foreign governments, including those for drilling or exploration licenses.“The rules have proved controversial, with humanitarian groups accusing the SEC of dragging its feet in carrying out the reforms, and industry associations arguing they will be too costly and give rivals sensitive business information,” Reuters reports.By official estimations, the total industry-wide cost to companies of implanting the new rules would be around $3 billion to $4 billion.US Republican Platform Eyes Return to Gold Standard (Mineweb)The Republican Party announced that it plans to create a commission that will look into restoring a link between the US dollar and gold.The proposal to create this commission, as well as a call for an audit of Federal Reserve monetary policy, will be included in the drafts of Republican Party platform. The platform will be discussed this week at the Republican National Convention.Ronald Reagan created a similar group – his “Gold Commission” – in 1981. It ended up supporting the status quo, and the dollar remained unpegged from gold. We shall see if this initiative is any different. This Week in International Speculator and BIG GOLD – Key Updates for Subscribers International SpeculatorAn exploration-stage stock delivered a batch of consistent drill results that add value to its key project. One Month Ago Gold Producers (GDX)47.5740.7259.96 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ)22.0218.0234.25 Oil96.2788.5085.16 One of our favorite silver producers released some new drill results on their flagship property – check out how rich the biggest hit was. TSX Venture1,248.081,166.471,735.58 Silver Stocks (SIL)21.1417.0825.70 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange)12,062.5111,466.9512,343.81 Silver30.5326.9439.71 One Year Ago Gold1,670.301,580.651,758.96 A company we recently recommended has announced signing a new contract that will add to its growing revenue. BIG GOLDOur #1 royalty pick announced a big acquisition and the stock dropped on the news. See why we think investors should do the opposite and buy. Our #1 silver pick reported an updated 43-101 report on a project that’s about to become a mine, and the internal rate of return is one of the highest in the industry.last_img read more

Last week the semiannual Owners Guests event to

first_img Last week the semiannual Owner’s & Guests event took place here at La Estancia de Cafayate. As part of the weeklong gathering, a conference was held featuring residents speaking on topics they are experts on. Among those residents is a nuclear-energy engineer who spoke on the fragility of the US power grid, the most complex energy transmission system in the world. He went into great detail about the “defense-in-depth” controls, backups, and overrides built into the system to ensure the grid won’t—in fact, can’t—fail. Yet periodically, it still does. How? First and foremost, the engineer explained, there is a fundamental principle that holds that the more complex a system is, the more likely it is to fail. As a consequence, despite thousands of very bright people armed with massive budgets and a clear mandate to keep the transmission lines humming, there is essentially nothing they can do to actually prevent some unforeseen, and unforeseeable, event from taking the whole complex system down. Case in point: in 2003 one of the largest power outages in history occurred. 508 large power generators were knocked out, leaving 55 million people in North America without power for upward of 24 hours. The cause? A software defect in an alarm system in an Ohio control center. I mention this in the context of this article because, as complex as the US power grid is, it is nothing compared to the complexities involved with long-term military strategic planning. This complexity is the result of many factors, including: The challenges of identifying potential adversaries and threats many years, even a decade or more, into the future. The entrenched bureaucracies, headed by mere mortals with strong biases. Today’s friend is tomorrow’s enemy and vice versa. Knowing that and no more, one can only guess what actual measures have been planned and set into motion to defang the Russian bear. Based on the evidence, however, the events in Ukraine appear to be a bold chess move on the bigger board… and to be fair, a pretty damn effective move at that. The problem for the US and its allies is that on the other side of the table is one Vladimir Putin, self-made man, black-belt judo master, and former KGB spy master. And that’s just scratching the surface of this complicated and determined individual. One thing is for sure: if you had to pick your adversary in a global geopolitical contest, you’d probably pick him dead last. Which brings me to a quick mention of The Colder War, Marin’s book, which was released yesterday. I mentioned earlier that the book had sucked me in and kept me in pretty much straight through until I finished. One reason is that while you can tell Marin has a great deal of respect for Putin’s capabilities and strategic thinking, he doesn’t shy away from revealing the judo master’s dark side. As you will read (and find quoting to your friends, as I have), it is a very dark side. But the story is so much bigger than that, and Marin does a very good job of explaining the increasingly hostile competition between the US and Russia and the seismic economic consequences that will affect us all as the “Colder War” heats up. Before signing off for now, I want to add that it is not Marin’s contention that the Colder War will devolve into an actual shooting war. In my view, however, due to the complexities discussed above, you can’t dismiss a military confrontation, even one involving nukes. Every complex system ultimately fails, and the more the US pushes in on Putin’s Russia, the more likely such a failure is to occur. I recommend Marin’s book, The Colder War; here is the link. We’ll leave the lights on down here in Cafayate. Casey Research partner David Galland lives in La Estancia de Cafayate (www.LaEst.com). As some of you may be aware, my dear friend and colleague Marin Katusa has been trying to get me to begin writing regularly for the Daily Dispatch again. While I am not quite ready to climb back into that particular saddle, I did agree to write this edition. I am doing so for a couple of reasons. The first is that it ties into Marin’s new book, The Colder War, which I read cover to cover over two days and can recommend warmly and without hesitation. I know that Casey Research has been promoting the book aggressively (in my view, a bit too aggressively), but I exaggerate not at all when I tell you that the book sucked me in from the very beginning and kept me reading right to the end. The second reason, however, is that I have a story to tell. It’s a true story and one, I believe, which needs to be told. It has to do with a breakfast I had four years ago with a Lord of War. With that introduction, we begin. Breakfast with a Lord of War In late 2010, I was invited to a private breakfast meeting with an individual near the apex of the US military’s strategic planning pyramid. Specifically, the individual we were to breakfast with sits at the side of the long-serving head of the department in the Pentagon responsible for identifying and assessing potential threats to national security and devising long-term strategies to counter those threats. The ground rules for the discussion—that certain topics were off limits—were set right up front. Yet, as we warmed up to each other over the course of our meal, the conversation went into directions even I couldn’t have anticipated. In an earlier mention of this meeting in a Casey Daily Dispatch, I steered clear of much of what was discussed because frankly, it made me nervous. With the passage of time and upon reflection that it was up to my breakfast companion, who spends long days cloaked in secrecy, to know what is allowed in daylight, I have decided to share the entire story. During our discussion, there were four key revelations, each a bit scarier than the last. Four Key Revelations Once we had bonded a bit, the military officer, dressed in his civvies for the meeting, began opening up. As I didn’t record the discussion, the dialogue that follows can only be an approximation. That said, I assure you it is accurate in all the important aspects. “Which country or countries most concern you?” I asked, not sure if I would get an answer. “China?” “Well, I’m not going to say too much, but it’s not China. Our analysis tells us the country is too fractured to be a threat. Too many different ethnic and religious groups and competing political factions. So no, it’s not China. Russia, on the other hand…” He left it at that, though Russia would come up again in our conversation on several occasions. As breakfast was served, the conversation meandered here and there before he volunteered, “There are a couple of things I can discuss that we are working on, one of which won’t surprise you, and one that will.” “The first is precision-guided weaponry.” Simply, the airplane and drone-launched weaponry that is deployed so frequently today, four years after our breakfast conversation, that it now barely rates a back-page mention. “The second,” he continued,” will surprise you. It’s nuclear armaments.” “Really? I can’t imagine the US would ever consider using nuclear weapons again. Seriously?” “Yes, there could be instances when using nukes might be advisable,” he answered. “For example, no one would argue that dropping atomic bombs on Japan had been a bad thing.” (I, for one, could have made that argument, but in the interest of harmony didn’t.) “Even so, I can’t imagine a scenario that would warrant using nukes,” I persisted. “Are there any other countries doing the same sort of research?” “Absolutely. For example, the Russians would love to drop a bomb that wiped out the people of Chechnya but left the infrastructure intact.” “So, neutron bombs?” “Yeah, stuff like that,” he added before turning back to his coffee. “Okay, well,” I continued, “you at least have to admit that, unlike last century when hundreds of millions of people died directly or indirectly in world wars, pogroms, and so forth—most related to governments—the human race has evolved to the point where death on that scale is a thing of the past. Right?” I kid you not in the slightest, but at this question the handsome, friendly countenance I had been sitting across from morphed as if literally a mask had been lifted away and was replaced with the emotionless face of a Lord of War. “That would be a very poor assumption,” he answered coldly before the mask went back on. I recall a number of thoughts and emotions coursing through my brain at his reply, most prevalently relief that I had moved with my family to La Estancia de Cafayate in a remote corner of Argentina. We didn’t move there to escape war, but after this conversation, I added that to my short list of reasons why the move had been a good idea. Recapping the conversation later, my associate and I concurred that Russia was in the crosshairs and that if push came to shove, the US was fully prepared to use the new nuclear weapons being worked on. Four Years Later As I write, four years after that conversation, it’s worth revisiting just what has transpired. First, as mentioned, the use of precision-guided weaponry has now firmly entered the vernacular of US warmaking. Point of fact: there are now more pilots being trained to fly drones than airplanes. And the technology has reached the point where there is literally no corner on earth where a strategic hit couldn’t be made. Even more concerning, the political and legal framework that previously caused hesitation before striking against citizens of other countries (outside of an active war zone) has largely been erased. Today Pakistan, tomorrow the world? Second, instead of winding back the US nuclear program—a firm plank in President Obama’s campaign platform—the Nobel Prize winner and his team have indeed been ramping up and modernizing the US nuclear arsenal. The following is an excerpt from a September 21, 2014 article in the New York Times, titled “U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms”… KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A sprawling new plant here in a former soybean field makes the mechanical guts of America’s atomic warheads. Bigger than the Pentagon, full of futuristic gear and thousands of workers, the plant, dedicated last month, modernizes the aging weapons that the United States can fire from missiles, bombers and submarines. It is part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. A recent federal study put the collective price tag, over the next three decades, at up to a trillion dollars. Third, the events unfolding in Ukraine, where the US was caught red-handed engineering the regime change that destabilized the country and forced Russia to act, show a clear intent to set the world against Putin’s Russia and in time, neutralize Russia as a strategic threat. So the only revelation from my breakfast four years ago remaining to be confirmed is for the next big war to envelope the world. Per the events in Ukraine, the foundations of that war have likely already been set. Before I get to that, however, a quick but relevant detour is required. The Nature of Complex Systems The media, a constant source of hysteria-making headlines masquerading as news. And let’s not overlook the media’s role as active agents of the entrenched bureaucratic interests. In one now largely forgotten case, Operation Mockingbird, the CIA actually infiltrated the major US media outlets, specifically to influence public opinion. All you need to do to understand the bureaucratic agenda is to take a casual glance at the “news” about current events such as those transpiring in the Ukraine.center_img And, most important, human nature. We humans are the ultimate complex system, prone to a literally infinite number of strong opinions, exaggerated fears, mental illnesses, passions, vices, self-destructive tendencies, and stupidity on a biblical scale. The point is that the average person assumes the powers-that-be actually know what they are doing and would never lead us into disaster, but quoting my breakfast companion, that would be a very poor assumption. Simply, while mass war on the level of the wholesale slaughter commonplace in the last century is unimaginable to most in the modern context, it is never more than the equivalent of a faulty alarm system away from occurring. Those history buffs among you will confirm that up until about a week before World War I began, virtually no one in the public, the press, the political class, or even the military had any idea the shooting was about to start. And 99.9% of the people then living had no idea the war was about to begin until after the first shot was fired. Back to the Present It is a rare moment in one’s life when the bureaucratic curtain falls away long enough to reveal something approximating The Truth. In my opinion, that’s what I observed over breakfast four years ago. That, right or wrong, the proactive military strategy of the US had been turned toward Russia. The unsteady influences of a political class always quick to react with policy shifts to the latest dire news or purported outrage. New and evolving technologies. It is a truism that the military is always fighting the last war: by the time the military machine spins up to build and deploy a new technology, it is often already obsolete.last_img read more

Updated at 1010 pm ETThe FBI is now helping loc

first_imgUpdated at 10:10 p.m. ETThe FBI is now helping local authorities in the Dominican Republic examine the mysterious deaths of three Americans who were staying at resorts in the island country in recent weeks, an FBI official has confirmed to NPR.Since news of the deaths has spread, relatives of four additional Americans who died there over the past year have raised concerns.Although there are similarities in the seven inexplicable deaths — most are described as happening suddenly, and several after an alcoholic drink — federal officials have not determined whether there is any connection between any of the deaths. Relatives of the those who have died are demanding answers, just as tourism officials in the country are calling the incidents unrelated and isolated. Robin Bernstein, the U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic, said the FBI is now conducting toxicology analyses, a process that could take up to a month to complete.”The safety and security of U.S. citizens that live in, work in, and visit the Dominican Republic remains our highest priority,” Bernstein said. “These incidents are tragic and we offer our deepest condolences to those personally impacted.” Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, of Pennsylvania, died suddenly on May 25 after checking into a resort with her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Her lungs became filled with fluid, which led to respiratory failure, not long after consuming a drink from a minibar in the couple’s hotel room, according to authorities in the Dominican Republic. Just five days later at a resort owned by the same company, a Maryland couple, Nathaniel Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, were discovered dead in their resort hotel room of the same cause, investigators said. Both establishments are owned by Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, which issued a statement saying that its employees followed all of its security protocols.”To date, there are no indications of any correlation between these two unfortunate incidents,” according to the hotel’s statement.Since then, family members of other Americans who have died under similar circumstances over the past year have gone public. Yvette Monique Sport, 51, of Pennsylvania, died last June at a Bahia Principe hotel after she drank a beverage from the hotel’s minibar, her family told NBC10. David Harrison, 45, of Maryland, died last July at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino while visiting the Caribbean country, and The Washington Post reported that autopsy results show that Harrison’s cause of death was a heart attack. Another American died after drinking at the same Hard Rock Resort, his family told CBS. He was in the Dominican Republic vacationing, according to his obituary, which said he died “unexpectedly.” On Wednesday, Barbara Corcoran, real estate investor and judge on the TV show Shark Tank, said her brother John was also found dead in his hotel room of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in the Dominican Republic. According to public records, Corcoran was 65 years old. A Facebook post from a community group in Edgewater, N.J., where Corcoran lived, confirmed he died on April 21. Bernstein, the U.S. ambassador, said federal officials are aware of the other families who have voiced concern about loved ones abruptly dying while on vacation in the island country. “At this time, we have no indication of any connection between those tragic losses and the cases currently under investigation,” Bernstein said. More than 6 million people visit the Dominican Republic every year, according to the country’s tourism officials. Nearly half of the millions who visit come from the United States. The Dominican Republic’s minister of tourism, Francisco Javier García, cautioned against speculating over the cause of deaths for the Americans who have recently died. “We are confident that we can provide a definitive answer as soon as possible,” said García. “You can also be sure that the necessary measures will be taken to make the country even safer for all visitors.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Apple Google Amazon Microsoft Sued Over Massive Music Piracy

first_img Enroll Now for $5 Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft Sued Over ‘Massive Music Piracy’ The estate of well-known Broadway composer Harold Arlen claims the major digital music stores are full of unauthorized copies of his songs. Visit any of the major digital music stores and you’ll find unauthorized copies of songs for sale and streaming. The stores know this is happening, but don’t seem to care. That’s the claim being made in a lawsuit filed by the estate of well-known composer Harold Arlen.As Forbes reports, the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. district court of California with a very long list of defendants including Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Pandora, along with the music distributors they work with. It accuses the companies of selling over 6,000 unauthorized recordings of songs Harold Arlen composed and that this counts as “massive music piracy operations in the digital music stores and streaming services.” The lawsuit goes on to claim that the defendants have “joined with notorious music pirates to sell and stream thousands of pirated recordings.”The piracy takes the form of recordings offered using alternative record labels at a cheaper price than the authorized copies. In some cases the cover art has been doctored to remove the legitimate record label logo.The lawsuit seeks to stop any and all copyright infringement by the digital music stores as well as seeking damaged for the infringements that have already occurred under the federal copyright statute. The total amount being sought is in the region of $4.5 million.On its own, losing this case would hardly be felt by the likes of cash-rich Apple, Google, and Microsoft. But in context, this is just one composer and over 6,000 songs. What happens if the Arlen estate wins and all the other composers out there start filing similar lawsuits? They’d likely win and all would want massive payouts. With that in mind, I predict a strong defense against the lawsuit while the digital music stores quickly review the legitimacy of all the songs they sell followed by the quiet removal of any that are of questionable origin. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag Image credit: via PC Magcenter_img May 20, 2019 Matthew Humphries Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Senior Editor Add to Queue –shares Piracylast_img read more

Going Out Tonight Zoom In Point And Click

first_img Want to have a night out on the town but aren’t sure about the crowd at the pub down the street or think you’d prefer a certain kind of ambiance? Thanks to a few up-and-coming young entrepreneurs, there’s an app for that.Between dishing about the perfect slice and sizing up the clientele at a nearby bar or club, there’s an app for just about everything these days. For good reason: People are downloading them. Forrester Research Analyst John C. McCarthy estimates that the revenue generated from buying and downloading apps on mobile devices will reach $38 billion by 2015. And by 2016, about 1 billion global consumers will wield smartphones and tablets.The market for new apps may be immense. But that’s still not enough to drive some would-be entrepreneurs to start up. For them, creating solutions to their own everyday problems remains a top motivation. Going Out Tonight? Zoom In, Point And Click Next Article Project Grow Apply Now » May 5, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Guest Writer min read Just ask Chris Mirabile, the 28-year-old co-founder of the New York-based Hotlist , a website and free app that lets users track the offline activities of their Facebook friends. He says wanting to know what his friends were up to any given night was the inspiration for the app.Chris Mirabile, the co-founder of the HotList, thinks it should be easier to find out what friends are doing. Photo credit: photosbyjlm.com”Hotlist becomes your close friend who knows that you like and what everyone else is doing around you,” Mirabile says. The app also makes personalized recommendations about where to go out on the town, he adds.Those customized recommendations will be key to the company’s revenue model going forward, says Mirabile. “We know what our users like to do, and where they happen to be, so we can deliver them both organic content, and highly relevant, paid-for content.” So far, an ad-based revenue model has helped the Hotlist has collect half a million users since its launch in May 2010.Related: What the App Store Taught Me About Making an Awesome First Impression Sometimes it takes a twist of technologies — plus multiple nights of unsuccessful midweek-bar hopping — to get a new nightlife app off the ground. Twenty-eight-year-old Cole Harper had a brainstorm when he first heard about facial-detection software. Why not use the technology to better inform people about the gender and demographic make-up of patrons at a bar or club? That information, he claims, would improve the whole experience of going out. “I knew we could use this technology anywhere, whether at a hotel, casino or restaurant,” says the now-CEO of Austin, Texas-based SceneTap, which launched in July 2011 in the Chicago market.As of last week, the free app had 73,000 users in Chicago, Austin and Bloomington, Ind., as well as in college-town hotspots including: Gainesville, Fla., Madison, Wis., and Athens, Ga. Here’s how it works: Venue owners pay a monthly rate to be included in the SceneTap network in exchange for the extra visibility they’ll get through SceneTap’s marketing and promotional efforts. Venues also gain access to demographic data reports so they can measure, say, the affect their specials might have on crowd size.Typically, two cameras are installed in each establishment with one tallying the number of people in the venue and the other approximating the age and gender of guests, though the cameras never identify anyone personally. In addition, data streams in all night long, including mentions of new drink specials.Related: How to design an iPhone app for business – with no coding skillsAt New York Tech Day event, Steven Dziedzic, co-founder of Hoppit, talks about his goal of better informing bar hoppers.Photo credit: courtesy of Twillio“We have a feed that updates automatically, so as a place moves from chill to lively, it will update that change in real-time,” says Harper. Expect to see such user-generated features as one that allows you to be alerted when a nearby venue has hit a certain capacity. When that happens, users get a notification straight to their phones.Banking on the trend catching on and staying, Steven Dziedzic, 28, in April co-founded Hoppit, a website that allows users to search for restaurants and bars in 25 U.S. cities according to their mood — whether they’re looking for a Hipster vibe or something with a little more Mad-Men appeal. He launched the company after becoming frustrated by never knowing what new nightspots were like before going out.It seems he has company. Today, the site has more than 10,000 users and has landed $250,000 in funding. The site’s revenue model, says Dziedzic, will eventually pair local-deal announcements with sponsorships from major brands, which will attempt to personalize the “going out” experience. “We’ve built a robust ambience tool,” Dziedzic says. But stay tuned for new features including Pandora-like functionality and a free app slated for early June. Lambeth Hochwald Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

Revolutionary Heart in a Box transplantees hope for a bright future this

first_imgDec 21 2018Last year two critically ill heart patients were facing an uncertain future, but this Christmas Scotland’s first revolutionary ‘Heart in a Box’ transplantees are looking forward with hope. It is a fantastic achievement to have completed two heart transplants this year using the Organ Care System – for the first time in Scotland – with good results for the patients involved.Roger and Julie-Ann are both young and were critically ill, but they are now making good progress and I have little doubt that using the OCS helped keep the donors’ hearts in premium condition before transplantation.The OCS means that organs can be retrieved from farther away and that we can therefore consider organs which may have been previously rejected.Using new technologies that can benefit patients and improve outcomes for them is a major part of what we do and how we work at the Golden Jubilee Foundation, to lead on quality, research and innovation.” Source:https://www.goldenjubileefoundation.org/ Credit: TransMedics, Inc.PATIENT STORIESROGER MARRRoger, 46, from Prestonpans in East Lothian, an assistant rail construction manager, first went to his GP back in November 2017 where it was first thought he had ‘Australian’ flu – a severe strain of the virus known as H3N2.It was soon discovered he actually had a viral infection, which eventually caused severe heart failure.He was admitted to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital the same month where he was told he was seriously ill and needed a heart transplant to survive.On top of that, while he was in hospital awaiting his transplant, his wife Caroline discovered she was seven weeks pregnant with baby son Rocco, who was born in June.Roger said: “It was a bit of a shock. It was weird when I was shown my own heart to show me how damaged it was, it looked terrible.“They weren’t talking about transplant to begin with, but I was deteriorating and that’s when Phil Curry landed at my bedside and told me he thought he could do the transplant.Related StoriesStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesRNA-binding protein SRSF3 appears to be key factor for proper heart contraction, survivalSmoking triples the risk of death from cardiovascular disease“I owe so much to the donor, their family and transplant team at the Jubilee, I cannot put into words my gratitude or how I feel. They saved my life and gave me a life with my newborn son, who is now running me ragged.”Roger added: “I’m feeling really good now. I’m in the gym, training for 25 minutes without stopping, doing 12 miles, squats with 70-80kg weights, I feel absolutely brilliant.“The cardio rehab in Edinburgh can’t believe my progress and say I’m six to eight weeks more advanced than other patients, so I don’t know if that has anything to do with the Heart in a Box.”JULIE-ANN MORRISJulie-Ann Morris, 41, from Glasgow, was lucky enough to receive her heart transplant through OCS four days after being put on the transplant list, just weeks after Roger.Julie-Ann was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy when she was in her teens and had two separate defibrillators implanted in her heart in 2006 and 2012.Julie-Ann, who is a senior insurance underwriter, had lived with her heart problems for most of her life and had even accepted she would probably die young because of it, like other family members before her had.She gradually started becoming more seriously ill during last year and in December, following a series of tests, Golden Jubilee surgeons came to the conclusion that a heart transplant was the only hope for Julie-Ann.“I always just lived with cardiomyopathy, as I was physically restricted I sometimes felt I was just existing rather than living.  I have had many affected relatives who have died of sudden cardiac death, so I never really feared death, I just accepted I was likely to die young.“When they said I could get a transplant, it wasn’t scary, it was quite exciting. I didn’t have long to live when I was admitted and I then knew I was never going to get out of hospital again unless I had a transplant, so you just go for it when it’s offered.“I think I have always made the most of what I could do rather than dwell on what was physically outwith my reach. This has helped me with my recovery too.“It’s a slow recovery following the surgery but you see small improvements every week that just make me so excited for the future.“Now I have a chance to have more of a life than I ever had. Before I was physically unable to walk even short distances, but now I can look forward to a future where I want to climb a Munro.”Julie-Ann added: “It’s funny getting used to my new heart. It feels like it is racing sometimes, but it’s just a normal heartbeat for anyone else.“People have commented on how brave and inspiring I’ve been during this time, but that makes me feel embarrassed, the real brave people were my generous donor and their family.“The real inspirations are the doctors, surgeons and all supporting staff that care for the patients with compassion and respect at the time they are most vulnerable. For me life really is beginning at 40.” Credit: TransMedics, Inc.Roger Marr and Julie-Ann Morris were the first people in Scotland to have a heart transplant using the Organ Care System (OCS) earlier this year.The new technology is the world’s first portable system, which keeps human organs warm and functioning outside of the body.The OCS extends the amount of time a donated organ can remain outside the body in a condition suitable for transplantation, while giving surgeons the opportunity to assess an organ’s function.It contains technologies which simulate the conditions of the human body and allows organs to function as they normally do.Golden Jubilee transplant surgeon Phil Curry said:last_img read more