Being Creative With Curated Content

first_img“We’re not databasing all of their content,” he says. “We monitor their website for changes, and what we database is the delta. Anyone can go to a law firm’s website and see how many partners are there. The value is in knowing how that’s different from last week. It’s not relevant unless there’s analysis behind it.”ALM’s analysis is in the aggregate. A customizable dashboard sits behind the news feed that allows users to quantify industry trends with sortable lists. The company added a data visualization component in January with charts and graphs.The Human ElementWhile RivalEdge can be fully automated, there’s value in maintaining a human layer. Categorizing a large portion of any industry en masse would be a challenge for a software program, Iredell says, especially in a segment like legal services that has its own non-standardized jargon.“You have one law firm that’s ‘copyright and patent,’ and another whose practice area is ‘intellectual property,’” he says. “They’re really the same thing, but you’re not going to get a hit when you try to do an apples-to-apples comparison or a Google search on those particular keywords.”ALM editorial staff sifted through about 1,000 practice areas, paring them down to 27 before automating the search process from there. That formula is present throughout RivalEdge. There isn’t an editorial slant to ALM’s curation, but the human element is an integral piece. Editors ultimately determine what gets distributed and databased.ALM also provides a crowdsourcing admin tool for subscribers to request coverage of a specific firm or area of practice. Staff will review and add the request within 24 hours. Close to 20 percent of the 750 firms the platform monitors came this way, Iredell says. SIDEBARCuration: Identifying the right usesZiff Davis uses curation in the more traditional editorial sense, finding and linking to stories across the web from its own homepages, but its managed to improve traffic back to its own sites by leading with original, high-value content.Used primarily by the publisher’s tech-focused b-to-b brands, Ziff Davis has used the PublishThis platform to boost return visits to its sites by 105x.Steve Horowitz, COO of Ziff Davis, attributes that growth directly to the increased volume of content his team is able to put up now.The key to quality growth has been in recognizing how to leverage the platform appropriately. News is usually curated at the bottom of the page on a rapid daily cycle, while enterprise articles sit above, refreshed on more of a weekly basis. In-depth whitepapers are above that, with community posts, “popular” items and promotions alongside.While the numbers are up as a whole, that specificity can make comparisons between the sections difficult. There are a variety of expectations associated with each of those types of stories.“The content is a little too different to say we’re seeing interaction with one more than another,” he says. “We’d expect engagement with [news, articles and whitepapers] to be different.” The argument for content curation has always been one of efficiency. It allows you to cover more ground, in less time.Companies are finding opportunities to get creative with the process though as more media bring some form of curation into their mix and it officially becomes part of a new content troika, along with original and user-generated streams. ALM has had success bringing curation to its legal intelligence database. The company acquired the “listening” platform RivalEdge for an undisclosed amount in September as its first purchase under new CEO Bill Carter.Like a traditional curation service, RivalEdge draws information from the open web and distributes it to a base of readers—a subscriber base of law firms who pay about $20,000 per year, in ALM’s case. Unlike most curation services, ALM records and catalogs that information. They aren’t logging everything though, says Kevin Iredell, vice president of research and continuing education products for ALM, just the changes.last_img read more

New Science Magazine Shakes Up Publishing Model

first_imgNautilus, a new science, philosophy and culture fusion publication that launched this week, is breaking all of the traditional publishing rules around content, distribution and sales.“Every month we’ll take a single science topic and explore it from multiple disciplines, both within and outside of the sciences,” says John Steele, publisher of Nautilus. “Our first one is human uniqueness, so we’re exploring it from different scientific disciplines, as well as from the point of view of philosophy, psychology, sociology and theology.” In addition to exploring a single monthly topic through multiple disciplines, the new brand is exploring multiple content formats, including long-form essays, shorter articles, interviews, interactive data pieces and fiction stories—all with the idea of providing a variety of access points into that topic. Steele says the magazine will be rolled out in print on a quarterly basis beginning in September with an initial run of 5,000. In the meantime, every month a new topic area will be introduced online, with a new topic “chapter” uploaded every Thursday—a chapter takes a deeper dive into the month’s topic, exploring it through the multidisciplinary eye of humanities. With the launch, the full issue is available on the magazine’s website, Nautil.us, instead of being rolled out slowly every Thursday. The publisher is also working to expand the brand’s presence, making it available on as many channels as possible.“The idea is to make it available everywhere—we’re in the process of getting approved at the iTunes store, and we’ll try to sell articles with Amazon Kindle Singles to try and spread the content as far and wide as we can,” he says. The business model for Nautilus is evolving. Right now, online content will be made available for free, and the publisher is working to bring in paid advertisers to the print magazine and website, and will be monetizing additional content that is available through both physical and digital newsstands. Nautilus was launched with financial support from a John Templeton Foundation grant, and some banner ads from educational institutions, like Santa Fe University, are already online. The magazine currently has a staff of 12 and pulled from different corners of the industry—when Discover magazine announced it would move to Wisconsin from New York, for example, two displaced editors joined on with Nautilus, as did a journalist from Nature Nanotechnology.“In traditional media, the Internet was always used as a marketing tool for the print product and we’re trying to reverse engineer that,” adds Steele. “We’re primarily online because it gives us an opportunity to utilize all of the tools the Internet has to offer, but we do want to have print because it’s a great marketing tool—people love to have a print magazine.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

Walmart Pulls Cosmopolitan From Store Checkouts

Walmart Pulls Cosmopolitan From Store Checkouts

first_imgCosmopolitan will soon be removed from checkout lines at Walmart stores across the country, according to an announcement Tuesday by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, a non-profit which says it fought for the change out of a desire to protect children from “the sexually explicit material that Cosmopolitan embodies and perpetuates.”“Cosmo sends the same messages about female sexuality as Playboy,” said NCOSE executive director Dawn Hawkins in a statement, arguing that the magazine reduces women to their ability to sexually satisfy men, entices children by featuring former Disney stars on its covers and then describing “risky sexual acts” within its pages.In a statement provided to Folio:, Walmart spokeswoman Megan Kring confirmed that it was pulling the magazine from store checkouts, but would still offer Cosmo to customers, presumably on the specified magazine shelves. The retailer claims it was “primarily a business decision,” but also seemed to imply that the NCOSE campaign’s concerns—that Cosmo “fuels pornified culture”—legitimately factored into the decision.“As with all products in our store, we continue to evaluate our assortment and make changes,” said Kring. “Walmart will continue to offer Cosmopolitan to customers that wish to purchase the magazine, but it will no longer be located in the checkout aisles. While this was primarily a business decision, the concerns raised were heard.”Reps for Cosmo have not responded to a request for comment.Founded in 1962 and formerly known as Morality in Media, Inc., NCOSE has worked for years to convince retailers to remove or cover up Cosmo, and was most recently joined in that effort by Victoria Hearst, a pastor and granddaughter of company founder William Randolph Hearst, who purchased the magazine in 1905 and whose descendants still own it. The two claim to have scored earlier victories against Cosmo at retailers like RiteAid and Food Lion, and the magazine regularly appears on NCOSE’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list, alongside others like HBO, Snapchat, “Fifty Shades of Gray,” and even textbook publisher EBSCO—whose research products the organization says allows students to access “sexually graphic articles.”As it stands now, the news presents more of an image crisis for Cosmo than a business one, as the removal is unlikely to have significant impact on the magazine’s broader circulation. Retail sales made up just 6.3 percent of the 18.3 million copies the magazine sold in the 2nd half of 2017, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media, with Walmart displays accounting for just a slice of that 6.3 percent. The vast majority of the magazine’s copies are mailed directly to subscribers.But as the magazine stakes its digital future on being perceived as a source of inspiration and empowerment for young women growing up in a changing world, it has to be mindful of accusations—even misguided ones—that it’s guilty of propagating “#MeToo culture.”This post was updated on Tuesday, March 27 at 4:56 pm to include Walmart’s statement.last_img read more

Googles Stadia Controller now available for preorder without Founders Edition

first_img $999 $299 at Amazon Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Mentioned Above Google Chromecast Ultra Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy 7 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $155 at Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $69 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $59 at eBay $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The Cheapskate Post a comment Read Google Home Hub review $60 at Best Buy Amazon See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Comments $999 Sprint Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See It See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See it Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Share your voice $59 Preview • Google Chromecast Ultra: 4K and HDR come to tiny streamer for $69center_img Read Lenovo Smart Clock review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See at Turo Apple iPhone XS Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice 5:47 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Gaming Gaming Accessories Google Stadia: Everything you need to know Dell An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Google Chromecast Ultra Rylo Adorama Turo Chris Monroe/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Sarah Tew/CNET $59 Customers can now preorder the Stadia Controller separately. James Martin/CNET Google is now letting customers buy additional controllers for its Stadia game streaming service without having to purchase Founder’s Edition. Earlier this month at E3, the tech giant announced Stadia Founder’s Edition, a limited preorder offer for $129 that includes first access to the gaming service, a limited-edition controller, a Chromecast Ultra streaming device and three months of Stadia Pro, among other things. Now customers can buy a controller separately for $69 from the Google Store. Still, Google says customers should only buy the Stadia Controller by itself if they already purchased Founder’s Edition and want a second controller, or if they have access to the service via a buddy pass, which gives them three months to try Stadia Pro.The controllers come with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a USB-C port, and a Google Assistant button to trigger the microphone. They also have a Li-Ion battery, headset jack and capture button for access to screenshots and videos.   Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review Tags Read the Rylo camera preview $59 Angela Lang/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Best Buy $520 at HP 0 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tags $6 at Tidal Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30.last_img read more

WhatsApp update How to get dark mode before official release

first_img Seven Things You Didnt Know About WhatsApp WhatsApp has recently been pushing out several updates to enhance the user experience of more than a billion users worldwide. As a part its recent efforts to maximise user engagement, the Facebook-owned messaging app introduced new features, but it has been mum on the topic of dark mode for WhatsApp.One of the most anticipated and requested features of all time is the dark mode for WhatsApp. While several social media apps have already started offering the nifty feature, WhatsApp has refrained from it for unknown reasons. Dark mode in apps is bound to increase battery life, and it makes a lot of sense for WhatsApp considering a large amount of time is spent on it.With the rise of AMOLED displays in smartphones, having a dark mode for most popular apps makes a lot of sense. Rumours about WhatsApp getting the lauded dark mode have been swirling around for over a year now but without official confirmation.What if we told you there’s a way to get dark mode enabled in WhatsApp, sort of. Users can enable dark mode on WhatsApp for Android and iOS before the official release without undergoing any major technical steps like jailbreaking or rooting the phones. WhatsApp dark mode trickpixabay.comThe only requirement to get dark mode on WhatsApp is to have the latest operating systems. On Android phones, users must be running the Android Q, which is currently in beta, and iPhone users must make sure they have the iOS 11, according to Business Today.Enable dark mode on WhatsApp for AndroidStep 1: Enable the native dark them on Android Q by going into Settings > Display > DarkStep 2: Apply Dark theme to all appsStep 3: Enable “Developer Options” under Settings > About Phone > tap on Build Number seven timesStep 4: Go back to the Settings page and select Developer options and turn on “Override force-dark.” This will apply dark theme to all apps.Doing this will apply the dark theme effect on WhatsApp, but the chat window will still have the standard wallpaper or the one you’ve selected. The next step is to go into the app settings > Chats > Wallpaper and choose a solid dark colour from the given options. WhatsApp dark mode spotted under testWABetaInfo (screen-shot)Now you’ve mimicked dark mode on WhatsApp without having to wait for the official rollout. But there are limitations to this trick as it works only on Android Q phones and not a lot of phones currently run Google’s latest OS.Enable dark mode on WhatsApp for iPhoneLike in the case of Android, iPhone users can also mimic the dark theme on iPhones. To do so, users must rely on an iOS 11 feature called “Smart Invert” that reverses the colours of the display. In our personal opinion, it’s not the most effective way to get the dark theme on WhatsApp, but it’s the only one iPhone users get at the moment. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:51Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:50?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Why is PM Modi attending the G7 summit despite India not being

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi met at the sideline of the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France.TwitterPrime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the two-day G7 Summit in France’s Biarritz, starting Monday, August 26, on a special invitation by French President Emmanuel Macron. PM Modi will be participating in two sessions – Climate, biodiversity and oceans and another on Digital Transformation. He will also be holding several bilateral meetings with other leaders on the sidelines.The Ministry of External Affairs hailed the special invitation as “reflection of the personal chemistry” between the two countries and “recognition of India as a major economic power”.The G7 countries include the seven largest International Monetary Fund (IMF)-described advanced economies in the world: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom.However, India’s participation in the global summit will strengthen its goal of conducting sideline talks on trade and bilateral issues. It will also enhance international support from other countries for the ongoing Indo-Pak tensions related to the Indian government’s decision to abrogate the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the constitution.The PM met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the G7 summit on Sunday and held “fruitful discussions” on the Kashmir issue. The UN chief expressed concerns over the issue and called for “maximum restraint”. He also welcomed India’s participation in the UN’s Climate Action Summit and other issues of mutual interest.Modi congratulated British PM Boris Johnson and held a 30-minute sideline meeting where he discussed strengthening India-UK bilateral cooperation in trade and economic relations.He also discussed the recent violent attacks by a mob outside the Indian High Commission in London. The British PM regretted the incident and assured the safety of the Indian mission. Johnson also said that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.Earlier, US President Donald Trump, while repeatedly offering to mediate between India and Pakistan, had said that he will discuss the “explosive” situation in Kashmir in order to ease tensions between the neighbouring countries at the G7 summit.He added that the US-India trade issues, such as the easing tariff on US products and strategic partnership, are also likely to be discussed.   The US Official brief on President’s Trump’s agenda ahead of the summit said, “President Trump is very much looking forward to his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi, where they will discuss the strategic partnership and how they can cooperate more closely on issues like defence cooperation, counterterrorism, and trade.”The brief added that the US believes Kashmir is a bilateral issue and India’s move regarding 370 is an internal matter with regional implications that needs to de-escalate.The US President, last week, urged India to exercise utmost restraint and called Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorist infiltration into the Kashmir valley.Prime Minister Modi will hold bilateral meetings with Chile and Senegal during the G7 summit. The two countries were also given special invitations.The Indian Prime Minister is also expected to meet his French counterpart Edouard Philippe and interact with the Indian community.last_img read more

Ten arrested in India for playing PUBG mobile game

first_imgIndian police have arrested ten university students for playing PUBG, the hugely popular smartphone game described by one minister as a “demon in every house”.The arrests occurred Wednesday in western Gujarat state, where local authorities enforced an outright ban on PUBG last week over concerns about its impact on the “behaviour, conduct and language” of those playing it.The students were released on bail later the same day, police inspector VS Vanzara said Thursday.Another police official, Rohit Raval, told the Indian Express newspaper the game was “highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing” they did not even see police approaching.Gujarat is the only Indian state to ban the game — which has been downloaded more than 100 million times around the world.But concern has been raised in other parts of the country, where close to half a billion people are online and cheap smartphones and data plans are bringing more first-time users into the digital realm.Parents and educators say the game incites violence and distracts students from their studies.A minister in coastal Goa state described the PUBG as “a demon in every house”. Last month, a mother complained to prime minister Narendra Modi about her son’s addiction to online games during a public interaction and he replied: “Is this the PUBG one?”Often likened to the blockbuster book and film series “The Hunger Games”, PUBG is free to download and pits players stranded on islands against one another in a virtual fight to the death.last_img read more

Judge Newest Travel Ban Same Maladies As Previous Version

Judge Newest Travel Ban Same Maladies As Previous Version

first_img Share Jason RedmondPeople protest outside as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals prepares to hear arguments on President Trump’s revised travel ban in Seattle on Monday.Just hours before President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban was to take full effect, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the revised order, saying the policy has the same problems as a previous version.The revised order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor,” U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson wrote in his ruling, which prevented the Trump administration from enforcing the travel ban set to go into effect early Wednesday.It was the third set of travel restrictions issued by the president to be thwarted, in whole or in part, by the courts.A federal judge in Maryland quickly followed suit with a similar ruling. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang also granted a nationwide preliminary injunction late Tuesday.Chuang’s ruling said the administration had “not shown that national security cannot be maintained without an unprecedented eight-country travel ban.”Watson’s Tuesday ruling said the new ban, like its predecessor, fails to show that nationality alone makes a person a greater security risk to the U.S.“The categorical restrictions on entire populations of men, women and children, based upon nationality, are a poor fit for the issues regarding the sharing of ‘public-safety and terrorism-related information’ that the president identifies,” Watson wrote.He said the ban is inconsistent in the way some countries are included or left out. For example, Iraq failed to meet the security benchmark but was omitted from the ban. Somalia met the information-sharing benchmark but was included.APDemonstrators agains the so-called travel ban in Seattle on May 15th, 2017.The ban, which was announced in September, applied to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, along with some Venezuelan government officials and their families.The Trump administration said the ban was based on an assessment of each country’s security situation and willingness to share information with the U.S.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the ruling “dangerously flawed” and said it “undercuts the president’s efforts to keep the American people safe.” The Justice Department said it will quickly appeal.The judge’s ruling applies only to the six Muslim-majority countries on the list. It does not affect the restrictions against North Korea or Venezuela, because Hawaii did not ask for that.The state of Hawaii challenged the ban on a set of mostly Muslim countries, arguing that the restrictions would separate families and undermine the recruiting of diverse college students.“This is the third time Hawaii has gone to court to stop President Trump from issuing a travel ban that discriminates against people based on their nation of origin or religion,” Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said in a statement. “Today is another victory for the rule of law.”Steve Helber | APProtesters hold signs and march in front of the State Capitol across the street from the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., Monday, May 8, 2017. The court will examine a ruling that blocks the administration from temporarily barring new visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It’s the first time an appeals court will hear arguments on the revised travel ban, which is likely destined for the U.S. Supreme Court.Watson, appointed to the bench by President Barack Obama, said the new restrictions ignore a federal appeals court ruling against Trump’s previous ban.The latest version “plainly discriminates based on nationality in the manner that the 9th Circuit has found antithetical to … the founding principles of this nation,” Watson wrote.Hawaii also argued the updated ban was a continuation of Trump’s campaign call for a ban on Muslims, despite the addition of two countries without a Muslim majority.Watson noted that Hawaii had argued Trump did not back down from that call, listing in the ruling a series of June tweets “in which (Trump) complained about how the Justice Department had submitted a “watered down, politically correct version’ to the Supreme Court.”Other courts that weighed the travel ban have cited Trump’s comments about banning Muslims, including the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia and a federal judge in Maryland. Watson also referred to a Trump campaign statement in his previous ruling.“Judge Watson’s ruling makes clear that we are a nation of laws, no matter what this administration may try to do,” Hawaii’s U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said in a statement. “There is a place here for peaceful immigrants from every corner of the world: Spain, Syria, Sudan, or Singapore. There is no place here for discrimination or xenophobia.”Watson found fault with what sorts of visitors are barred. For instance, all tourists and business travelers from Libya are excluded from the U.S., but student visitors were allowed.The judge said he would set an expedited hearing to determine whether the temporary restraining order blocking the ban should be extended. It comes as other courts weigh challenges to the ban.In Maryland, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups are seeking to block the visa and entry restrictions. Washington state, Massachusetts, California, Oregon, New York and Maryland are challenging the order in front of the same federal judge in Seattle who struck down Trump’s initial ban in January.That ban — aimed mostly at Muslim-majority countries — led to chaos and confusion at airports nationwide and triggered several lawsuits, including one from Hawaii.When Trump revised the ban, Hawaii challenged that version, too, and Watson agreed it discriminated on the basis of nationality and religion. A subsequent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowed the administration to partially reinstate restrictions against Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and against all refugees.Hawaii then successfully challenged the government’s definition of which relatives of people already living in the U.S. would be allowed into the country, and Watson ordered the list expanded.last_img read more

New Initiative To Support Houstons LatinOwned Businesses

New Initiative To Support Houstons LatinOwned Businesses

first_img Share Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaPeruvian-born baker Belen Bailey and her South American pastry shop Sweets by Belen, will be participating in Latin Restaurant Week.A new initiative, called Latin Restaurant Weeks, is looking to spur business at Latino-run eateries in Houston. More than twenty mid-range and high-end restaurants will be offering discounted dinners over the next two weeks.The initiative is modeled after Houston Restaurant Weeks and Houston Black Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will offer fixed menus at an affordable price. Casual diners will offer 3-course meals starting at $15 and upper scale places will have meals start at $35. They’ll offer a range of cuisine from Peru, Argentina, Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries. “It’s a two-week opportunity for Houstonians and visitors to dine at restaurants that they might have not have heard of because they are sometimes overlooked or in an under-served community,” said Karinn Chavarria, founder of Latin Restaurant Weeks. She said the timing is important, because a lot of businesses need an extra boost in the summertime. “During the summer it’s so slow. It’s hot. Everybody’s on vacation. Kids are out of school. So we wanted to bring it in the summer so they can really get some business,” she said. Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaFlavors from Venezuela, like these sweet corn pancakes with cheese, will be part of Latin Restaurant Weeks.Chavarria also said since much of the restaurant industry relies on a Hispanic workforce, it’s important that Latino business owners and chefs are supported for their work. Nearly 45% of Houston’s foreign-born population work in food service or hospitality.A list of restaurants participating in Latin Restaurant Weeks and their menus is available online. last_img read more

Ridiculously complicated Xbox 360 Lego discchanger slightly simplifies

first_imgIf you’re a fan of the concept behind Rube Goldberg machines — making something extremely complicated to perform the simplest of tasks — YouTube user zwenkka has the perfect machine for you. Rather than a Rube Goldberg rig, zwenkka built a rather large and complex machine using Lego Mindstorms with the goal of changing his Xbox 360 discs so he didn’t have to suffer the physical toll caused by years of occasionally switching out a disc in the console’s slot.Rather than keep your Xbox 360 games in their respective boxes and neatly organized in a drawer or on a shelf, you can hold up to 32 of them in this disc changer, keeping them perpetually ready for insertion. The machine is completely autonomous, and can not only insert, but swap out or remove discs.The machine is controlled with an app that zwenkka found on the Google Play Store, so at least it doesn’t require custom software along with the custom hardware.The carousel is controlled with three Lego NXT bricks — essentially the brain of a Mindstorms creation — while the claws are able to move thanks to a pneumatics system. The way the rig chooses and stores discs is actually quite simple. Each disc slot is numbered, so once the player chooses which slot, the rig knows which one to spin to, and the claw knows which disc to grab.The average time it takes to change a disc is around 42 seconds. In all, the rig contains the aforementioned 3 NXT bricks, 7 NXT servos, a light sensor, an RC motor, two color sensors, and around 3,000 Lego parts.Considering the build time and average time it takes to change a disc, the extravagance-to-usefulness ratio is highly amusing, in that it’s much quicker — and a lot simpler — to just change a disc yourself.last_img read more

Stress in Childhood and Adulthood Have Combined Impact on Hormones and Health

first_imgThe researchers specifically wanted to understand howstressful events affect the brain’s stress-response system later in life. Is itthe total amount of stress experienced across the lifespan that matters? Or doesexposure to stress during sensitive periods of development, specifically in earlychildhood, have the biggest impact?   Young and colleagues wanted to investigate a thirdpossibility: Early childhood stress makes our stress-response system moresensitive to stressors that emerge later in life. For thestudy, Young and colleagues examined data from 90 individuals whowere part of a high-risk birth cohort participating in the Minnesota LongitudinalStudy of Risk and Adaptation. At age 37, the participants also provided daily cortisol dataover a 2-day period. They collected a saliva sample immediately when they wokeup and again 30 minutes and 1 hour later; they also took samples in theafternoon and before going to bed. They sent the saliva samples to a lab for cortisol-leveltesting. “What we find is that the amount of a person’s exposure toearly life stress plays an important role in the development of unhealthypatterns of cortisol release. However, this is only true if individuals alsoare experiencing higher levels of current stress, indicating that thecombination of higher early life stress and higher current life stress leads tothe most unhealthy cortisol profiles,” says psychological scientist Ethan Young,a researcher at the University of Minnesota. The researchers grouped participants’ LES scores into specificperiods: early childhood (1-5 years), middle childhood (Grades 1-6),adolescence (16 and 17 years), early adulthood (23-34 years), and current (37years). The researchers also investigated whether life stress inmiddle childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood were associated with adultcortisol patterns, and found no meaningful relationships. Young and colleagues note that cortisol is one part of thehuman stress-response system, and they hope to investigate how othercomponents, such as the microbiome in our gut, also play a role in long-termhealth outcomes. The researchers found that neither total life stress nor early childhood stress predicted cortisol level patterns at age 37. Rather, cortisol patterns depended on both early childhood stress and stress at age 37. Participants who experienced relatively low levels of stress in early childhood showed relatively similar cortisol patterns regardless of their stress level in adulthood. On the other hand, participants who had been exposed to relatively high levels of early childhood stress showed flatter daily cortisol patterns, but only if they also reported high levels of stress as adults. One of the ways that our brain responds to daily stressors isby releasing a hormone called cortisol — typically, our cortisol levels peak inthe morning and gradually decline throughout the day. But sometimes this systemcan become dysregulated, resulting in a flatter cortisol pattern that is associatedwith negative health outcomes. The researchers assessed data from the Life Events Schedule(LES), which surveys individuals’ stressful life events, including financialtrouble, relationship problems, and physical danger and mortality. Trained codersrate the level of disruption of each event on a scale from 0 to 3 to create anoverall score for that measurement period. The participants’ mothers completed theinterview when the participants were 12, 18, 30, 42, 48, 54, and 64 months old;when they were in Grades 1, 2, 3, and 6; and when they were 16 and 17 years old.The participants completed the LES themselves when they were 23, 26, 28, 32,34, and 37 years old. These findings suggest that early childhood may be aparticularly sensitive time in which stressful life events — such as thoserelated to trauma or poverty — can calibrate the brain’s stress-responsesystem, with health consequences that last into adulthood. Coauthors on the research include Allison K. Farrell, Elizabeth A. Carlson, Michelle M. Englund, Gregory E. Miller, Megan R. Gunnar, Glenn I. Roisman, Jeffry A. Simpson. Adults who report high levels of stress and who also hadstressful childhoods are most likely to show hormone patterns associated withnegative health outcomes, according to findings published in Psychological Science,a journal of the Association for PsychologicalScience. This project was supported by a NationalInstitute on Aging grant (No. R01 AG039453) awarded to J. A. Simpson, whichsupported the most recent assessments of the Minnesota Longitudinal Study ofRisk and Adaptation.last_img read more

Hindu Hostel finally opens doors to eagerly waiting students

Hindu Hostel finally opens doors to eagerly waiting students

first_imgKolkata: The long awaited Hindu Hostel is finally ready for occupancy. A special secretary of the Education department visited the hostel on Monday morning and the necessary certificates that include occupancy, gas connection and fire, were issued.Earlier, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee had told the Assembly on Thursday that steps had been taken to open the hostel on Monday. It may be mentioned that due to agitation of the students protesting against the inordinate delay in handing over the hostel, the convocation was held at Nandan and not in the Presidency University premises. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeProfessor Anuradha Lohia, vice-chancellor of Presidency University, thanked all agencies engaged in the renovation of the century-old hostel. The boarders were temporarily put up at a hostel in Rajarhat. Partha Ranjan Das was the architect and renovation work had started three years ago. Eden Hindu Hostel was constructed in 1886 and was meant for the students of Presidency College, who came to the city from the districts. The building was built with the funds raised by Ashley Eden and the architect was W B Gwyther, while Rai Khetter Chundra Banerjee was the contractor. Now, the hostel has been thrown open to Muslim students as well. There are six blocks in the building. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe building, which had not been repaired for ages, has now been given a thoroughly new look. The old ovens have been replaced by gas ovens. The roof of the hostel, which had been badly damaged, has been repaired as well. The hostel plays an important role in Bengal’s history. The alumni includes India’s first President Rajendra Prasad, Meghnad Saha, Sukhamoy Chakraborty and Rathin Sengupta. Many meritorious students who hailed from erstwhile East Bengal, came to study at Presidency College and used to stay at the hostel. It was here that Subhas Chandra Bose, a former student of Presidency College, had picked up a quarrel with Professor Otten and was expelled from the institution.last_img read more

National Police Memorial dedicated to brave officers

National Police Memorial dedicated to brave officers

first_imgPaying a tribute to the courage and bravery of policemen, Adwaita Gadanayak, Director-General, NGMA, designed ‘National Police Memorial’, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 21, 2018. The memorial has been constructed in granite stone.Gadanayak, a sculptor and one of the most famous students of Balbir Singh Katt, designed the memorial as a memoir which makes it possible to keep past events alive in the common memory through physical representation in a public area. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTalking about the sculptor, Gadanayak said, “I was trying to recreate the idea of selfless service which policemen on duty often are known for. My design is a tribute to the courage and the sense of bravery that is there within the policemen who died in the line of duty. I think the lives of policemen are precious, this is what I wanted to show.” The memorial takes cues from stone-building heritage and is modelled on a cenotaph– tall upright stones erected in ancient history. The policemen who visited the memorial were seeing saluting and bowing their heads in prayer and reverence. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”This is what I wanted,” said Gadanayak watching the two police officers at the memorial. “I wanted that human response of anyone coming and bowing in front of a monumental memoir.” The main structure of the memorial is a vertical 30 feet tall granite pillar that is a permanent mark – a signal of a sacred space, for an officer who is always in the line of duty. The single block of granite both polished and unpolished presents the ebony black granite as a reflection of karmic symbolism. “The one who serves is a karma yogi, truth to action is his karma and it is the fruit of this selfless action that leads him to the eternal river of life,” he added. The 20 feet of granite over which running water can be seen provides an element of continuity. “Granite as a stone is in itself a witness to human civilisation,” says Gadanayak, adding, “The language of defence of protection is as old as history and the story of dharma in the life of a policeman is clear in the names of the officers on the granite column.” There is also a small burning lamp. “The burning lamp that accompanies the elements exemplifies the living story of service,” states Gadanayak. “It symbolises ceaseless union with the spirit. Man is mortal but his actions of bravery and courage in the hour of service are immortal. The entire construction and design philosophy has been taken from the Rigveda,” he concludes.last_img read more

Naxal leader Santosh Rana dies at 75

Naxal leader Santosh Rana dies at 75

first_imgKolkata: Veteran Naxal leader Santosh Rana, who was suffering from cancer, died on Saturday morning. He was 75 years old. A brilliant student of Presidency College, Rana left his studies while carrying out his PhD thesis and joined the Naxal movement under Charu Majumdar. He went back to his native village and joined the agrarian movement. Under his leadership, vast areas of undivided Midnapore district which included Debra, Gopiballavpur, Lodhashuli, Nayagram and its adjoining areas in Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand became “virtually liberated.” In early 1970s, he developed differences with Charu Majumdar and joined the Naxalite group led by Satyanarayan Sinha and soon became its leader. He won as an Independent candidate from Gopiballavpur in 1977 but lost in 1982. He will be remembered for his oratory skills and allegiance to the Leftist ideology. He got the “Ananda Puraskar” for his book Rajnitir Ek Jibon in 2018.last_img read more

4 Tools for HighDef Video Conferencing

first_img This story appears in the August 2012 issue of . Subscribe » 3 min read September 18, 2012 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Face time still counts when it comes to successful pitches, but these days video conferencing appears so lifelike you’d think you could reach through the screen and shake on a deal. We put together a dream list of digital devices built to improve your image, find your voice and connect you with people across the globe. Photo courtesy of LogitechSight to beholdLogitech HD Pro Webcam C920 ($100)Most computers include webcams as a standard feature, but try this USB peripheral once, and you’ll never look back. A shot-for-shot comparison between the C920 and our computer’s webcam revealed individual eyelashes where there were blurs, crisp color where light had washed out the screen and wide-angle views instead of cropped compositions. The C920’s autofocusing Carl Zeiss lens shoots in 720p resolution with most chat services and in even sharper 1080p with Skype.Photo courtesy of BiscottiTasty TVBiscotti TV Phone ($149)This camera, shaped like the Italian baked treat, connects to the web via Wi-Fi and plugs into a TV’s HDMI port to stream video and audio to other Biscotti camera setups or to Google Talk users–no computer connection needed. When talking to another Biscotti-enabled user, the connection is crisp and fast; Google’s service, however, degrades the signal significantly. Perfect for that conference-room TV, this is a great way to connect remote field offices.Photo courtesy of Blue MicrophonesSound DecisionBlue Microphones Spark Digital ($200)Blue Microphones’ professional-level acoustics are the showbiz choice (see American Idol), and they’ll add a high-quality sheen to your voice, too. Able to connect to any computer through a USB port, the Spark Digital is ideal for recording podcasts or voice-overs, and it adds compelling clarity to videoconferencing sessions, breathing life and emotion into otherwise flat sound. Cool feature: A push-button focus control blocks out background noise.Photo courtesy of SwivlHead-turnerSwivl ($179)As users of Apple’s FaceTime know, it’s hard to hold an iPhone (or other webcam) so that a moving subject stays in the picture. Mount said iPhone or camera on a Swivl, though, and it’ll follow your every word, automatically shifting to keep you centered in the shot. It works by tracking the remote control and mic clipped on your shirt–perfect for on-the-move or multitasking chatters, and for shooting presentations without a cameraman. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global View MastersThe best ways to connectOne-on-one. Skype offers the best clarity, stability and dependability for a two-person video chat. A variety of connection options (from phones to Facebook) means Skype is one service everyone should join.Groups. The “Hangouts” feature on the Google+ social network is arguably the web’s easiest option for group video chats. With screen-sharing and shared-document editing, it’s a pro-level tool available at everyone’s favorite price: free.Mobile. Apple’s FaceTime is still the best bet for conferencing via mobile. That said, less than 50 percent of smartphone users have iPhones, and the service is available only over Wi-Fi. Skype’s mobile app is a workable alternative.last_img read more

How the UAEs New Minister of AI Views the Future Of Tech

first_imgFebruary 20, 2018 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Can you actually have a state “minister of artificial intelligence”? Yes: The United Arab Emirates has actually appointed one.Related: 5 Ways to Make AI Work for Your OrganizationHe is State Minister of AI Omar bin Sultan Al Olama. And, during an interview, he told me he is confident about the future of artificial intelligence in his desert nation and the civic benefits that will emerge from these advancements.Certainly, it’s common knowledge that the UAE is leading developments in artificial intelligence; and other governments are taking notice. Dubai is not only the home of the upcoming World Government Summit but also the nucleus of innovative projects, like the hyperloop located in a “Mars Science City,” and projects involving flying cars, jetpacks and renewable energy.In our interview, Olama spoke about the cutting-edge technologies he believes will launch the country, and possibly the world, into a golden age of technology.Where to beginWhere does a 27-year-old begin, in his effort to pioneer a new government system dedicated entirely to AI? Olama said he’s positive that artificial intelligence will prove an opportunity for the UAE rather than a challenge.”The second mandate,” Olama continued, “is to create the right ecosystem, to ensure that we can create homegrown talent that leads the discussion and development in the field of A.I. while also attracting the best of talent to the UAE from around the world.”Furthermore, my responsibilities include the advancement of adoption of AI technologies and systems in the government in ways that improve the lives of citizens, increase the efficiency of government, create a better and safer environment and give the UAE a competitive edge.”Olama also emphaized global communication about AI: He’s expected to stimulate the global discussion rregarding this technology, while also specifying the indicators governments need to look at so that future potentially catastrophic outcomes are averted.A voice for youth in the U.A.E.’s governmentIn this context, Olama’s ministry has been planning revolutionary projects to create a better life for its citizens — projects that support the development of locally born and bred AI systems. The ministry is working with local government to provide training data for these systems and to encourage other governments to follow in the technological advances the U.A.E. is creating.Related: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg Are Arguing About AI — But They’re Both Missing the PointThe minister further commented on the actual launch of the AI Ministry, noting its focus on “sectors that . . .in the past might not have been obvious sectors for us regionally or globally. From airlines and airports to shipping ports to aluminum production, the UAE has always been at the forefront of making the most out of advantages,” the minister said.”Another fact is the agility of our government,” he added. “Our leadership has seen an importance in giving youth a voice of their own.Creating the ministry has strengthened this goal, whereby youth can see their own age group reprsented in the UAE cabinet. This “was a pioneering step that many countries and international organizations applaud,” Olama said. “Establishing a position for minister of state for AI came as a direct decision based on the opportunities and challenges that A.I. was forecasted to have on governments around the world.”Olama said he’s excited about the monumental opportunities for other governments and AI. There’s potential for growth, he said, in improved education, preventive health care and safer roads and cities, along with great economic advantages. The U.A.E.’s ministry has a broad opportunity to create groundbreaking opportunities to change the world, and capitalize on global advancement, he said.”The growth and rise of nations in the past was seen through two variables: talent and resources,” Olama said. “The more talent that a country has, the more that it can create; and the more that it can develop, and the more resources that the country has, the more it can deploy and the faster it can develop.”Now, imagine: If the number of talent is bigger in a country compared to another, the advantage of that country over the other is much wider. It is much more probable that Country X can create a talent pool of 30 million people out of its 1.4 billion population, compared to Country Y for example, which has a population of around 40 million.”Now, what if the number of a country’s population did not matter as much because it can leverage digital and artificial talent through AI? What if we had one system that can outsmart a thousand Nobel laureates and can help invent and create? We would no longer need to focus on quantity; we would look to focus on the development of this system. Similar systems can be deployed to continuously improve education and the methods of delivering knowledge to students; it can help develop cures for incurable diseases while also supporting in preventing illness.”The upcoming SummitSo, what can be expected from this year’s Summit in regards to future AI projects? Olama was confident about the summit’s aim to bring together a group of the best thinkers and pioneers, even as actions are already being successfully implemented in the AI field. Collaborating with foreign governments to increase awareness and understanding is another goal, he said.Related: Five Issues UAE Businesses Need To Be Prepared For In 2017″There will also be unique and inspiring showcases of AI and its impact on the lives of citizens and governments through the Museum of the Future Showcase at this year’s World Government Summit,” Olama said.Global personalities expeted to attend, the minister said, include Sebastian Thrun, Mark Ribert, Jaan Tallinn and Nick Bostrom.last_img read more

Swoop adds 4th plane increases schedule to YHM ahead of June 20

Swoop adds 4th plane increases schedule to YHM ahead of June 20

first_imgTags: Swoop Swoop adds 4th plane, increases schedule to YHM ahead of June 20 launch Share Posted by CALGARY — Swoop hasn’t even gotten off the ground yet and it’s already increasing frequency and adding planes to its fleet.The moves, which come only seven weeks after coming into market, can be seen as a sign of confidence for WestJet’s new low-cost carrier. Taking flight on June 20, 2018, Swoop has announced a fourth Boeing 737-800 aircraft and an increased weekly frequency schedule out of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) beginning Aug. 16, 2018.The addition of a fourth aircraft will mean an increase of 13 weekly flights that will almost double the daily frequency between Hamilton-Edmonton and Hamilton-Abbotsford. It will also add one weekly flight to the schedule for Hamilton-Halifax and Hamilton-Winnipeg, which will now be offered daily.“We’re excited to get growing with the addition of our fourth aircraft,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop, who joined the company earlier this month. “The increased frequency schedule allows us to offer travellers even more opportunity and flexibility to explore Canada or visit family and friends during the peak summer season.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesCathie Puckering, President & CEO of YHM, said that the addition of 13 weekly flights is good news for the hundreds of thousands of passengers flying out of the airport to key regional destinations. “Last year 599,146 passengers flew to and from Hamilton International and we are excited about the growth we are already seeing in 2018,” she said.The increased service is as follows:Hamilton-Edmonton increases from 7 to 13x weeklyHamilton-Abbotsford increases from 6 to 11x weekly (from Aug. 16-Sept. 5 only, reverting to 6 weekly flights from Sept. 6-Dec. 13, 2018)Hamilton-Halifax increases from 6 to 7x weeklyHamilton-Winnipeg increases from 6 to 7x weeklyOverall, the increase will see Swoop operating 59 weekly flights as of Aug. 16.To celebrate its fourth aircraft and increased frequency schedule, Swoop has released 3,500 seats at special fares if booked by March 27, 2018 for travel between June 20-30 and/or Aug. 16-Dec. 13, 2018. For example, Abbotsford-Edmonton starts from $49 one-way, while Hamilton-Abbotsford starts at $99 one-way. For more details go to FlySwoop.com/deals.center_img Travelweek Group Thursday, March 22, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Portuguese regulator ANACOM has ordered the countr

Portuguese regulator ANACOM has ordered the countr

first_imgPortuguese regulator ANACOM has ordered the country’s main telecom operators to change their broadband offerings after ruling that a number of packages that ‘zero rate’ some applications break net neutrality rules.While the practice of zero rating – exempting applications such as video streaming services from broadband tariffs for example – is not illegal in itself, ANACOM study of Portuguese operators’ practices found that a number of these were in breach of EU telecom single market and roaming rules.The watchdog homed in on the practice of exempting zero-rated applications from ceilings on data use that lead to blocking of restrictions on traffic from other applications.João Cadete de MatosANACOM also ruled that the operators were in breach of new roaming rules by restricting zero-rated guarantees to Portuguese territory.The regulator has now given Altice Portugal/Meo, NOS and Vodafone 40 days to change their offers. The watchdog’s draft decision will be submitted to a public consultation, with a first hearing in 25 working days.The three operators immediately issued a joint statement condemning ANACOM’s ruling.Meo, NOS and Vodafone expressed their “perplexity” at the decision, which they said had not been preceded by a prior presentation or discussion. The claimed that the move would “damage the interests of consumers” by banning offerings that were “a response by operators to the needs of consumers”.The operators also questioned ANACOM’s interpretation of the EU’s regulations and said that the had bee waiting for two years for clarification and guidance, in the absence of which they had formulated their own interpretation of the European regulations.The ANACOM ruling concerns six packages apiece offered by Meo and Vodafone, and two from NOS.ANACOM has admitted that there is inadequate provision in Portuguese law to deal with these infringements. The regulator has proposed a series of amendments to the country’s electronic communications law that ANACOM president João Cadete de Matos told local press should be delivered in the coming weeks.last_img read more

It remains to be seen how these rallies develops i

first_imgIt remains to be seen how these rallies develops in the days and weeks ahead.Gold added about seven or eight bucks to its price in the hours leading up to lunch time in Hong Kong on their Thursday morning…and then traded more or less flat into the London p.m. gold fix…10:00 a.m. in New York.  From there, the gold price rallied another ten bucks up until 2:00 p.m. Eastern time…and then traded flat into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.Gold closed at $1,468.20 spot…up $36.70 spot… and virtually on its high of the day, which was $1,470.50 spot.  Volume was way up there…around 209,000 contracts, so it’s obvious that this rally did not go unopposed.Silver also rallied in early Far East trading…and then wandered around either side of $23.25 spot right up until 1:00 p.m. in London…twenty minutes before the Comex open in New York.  Then the price popped for about 60 cents in the next thirty minutes of trading…and rallied at a much slower pace from there.Silver closed at $24.40 spot…up $1.24 from Wednesday’s close…and virtually on its high tick of the day as well.  Net volume was a chunky 40,000 contracts.The dollar index closed on Wednesday at 82.94…and then began to head south shortly after it opened in the Far East on their Thursday morning.  By the time the low of the day was in 8:20 a.m. in New York…the Comex open…the index was down to 82.42.  From there it rallied back to virtually unchanged on the day by 10:30 a.m. Eastern time…but then slid a hair into the close…finishing the Thursday session at 82.78…down 16 basis points on the day.Compared to the 7 percent rally on nothing on Wednesday, I was underwhelmed by the performance of the gold stocks in the face of a solid rally in the metal itself on Thursday.  The rally in gold flat-lined at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time…and at that moment, the HUI was up a bit over 3 percent.  But then someone came along and sold the stocks down…and the HUI finished up only 0.70%.  One has to wonder who was selling in such a reckless manner yesterday.The silver stocks did much better, but only marginally so considering the size of the gains in the metal itself.  Like gold, one has to wonder who the 2:00 p.m. EDT sellers were on Thursday, compared to the smooth-as-glass-rally-based-on-nothing price action on Wednesday.Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 3.18%.(Click on image to enlarge)For the day, gold finished up 2.56%…and silver closed up 5.35%…so compared to the metals themselves, the shares did lousy.  I’d be prepared to bet that there was a not-for-profit seller lurking about to make sure that the shares didn’t have a blow-out day to the upside.  But if that was the case, would someone please explain the share price action on Wednesday.The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 202 gold and 10 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday.  JPMorgan Chase was the short/issuer on all 202 contracts out of its client account…and Barclays and Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia were the long/stoppers on 133 and 67 contracts respectively.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.GLD‘s inventory levels continue to slide, as an authorized participant withdrew 87,041 troy ounces yesterday.  But the big surprise was in SLV…as an authorized participant deposited 1,545,392 troy ounces!There was another sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They sold 7,000 ounces of gold eagles, along with 1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes.  For the second day in a row they didn’t report any silver eagles sales.It was another busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  They reported receiving 598,041 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 1,296,767 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here.In gold, the Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 1,286 troy ounces on Wednesday…and shipped 355,996 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here.I’d love to be a fly on wall at these depositories and know for sure what this ‘metal in motion’ is all about.It was another busy day at the store yesterday…and I was a tired puppy by the time I left for the day.  It’s not wall-to-wall people anymore, but the traffic just never stops for more than a few minutes at a time.  There always seems to be someone in the store at any given moment…and we have little time to do anything else.  I don’t think the mints of the world could even keep up with this demand level. One thing that is worth noting, is that we went from two week delivery on gold maple leafs and bars last week, to two months…maybe…on Wednesday.  This delivery delay in gold is unprecedented in this country!  One can only imagine what it will be like when the gold price begins to rise in earnest once again.Here’s a group of photos sent to me by Hong Kong reader Frank Lin yesterday.  He comments that “These pictures were taken from one of the largest gold jewelers in Hong Kong [on Tuesday].  I was told only expensive pieces are left.”  The photos of the empty cases certainly confirms that.  Having spent some time in Hong Kong myself…and knowing how many jewellery stores there are just in the Kowloon area alone, one has to wonder just how long it will take all of them to restock when they’ve been wiped out to that extent…and that doesn’t include replacing the bullion they’ve sold as well.As I noted in a story posted in the ‘Critical Reads’ section yesterday, there’s a new U.S. $100 bill coming out in October…and it’s already been redesigned by someone on the Internet.  It’s rather fetching, isn’t it?While on the subject of money, I received the chart posted below from Casey Research‘s own Jeff Clark around 2:00 a.m. Eastern time this morning.  According to the St. Louis Fed, the adjusted monetary base has just exceeded 3.0 trillion for the first time.  That happened on April 17th.(Click on image to enlarge)I have what I believe to be a ‘reasonable’ number of stories for you today…but the final edit is always up to you.The issue which has swept down through the centuries…and which will have to be fought sooner or later…is the people vs. the banks. – Lord Acton, Historian, 1834-1902I was happy to see the rally in all four precious metals yesterday…including copper and crude oil.  It certainly didn’t look like short-covering to me…and looking at the volume numbers I would guess that the bullion banks were going short against all comers in all six markets.  Unfortunately, what happened yesterday won’t be in today’s Commitment of Traders Report.It remains to be seen how these rallies develops in the days and weeks ahead.  Here’s the 6-month gold chart showing the 20 and 50-day moving averages.  We should start to see some signs of short covering by the technical funds once the 20-day moving average is pierced to the upside.  How the bullion banks and small traders [Ted Butler’s raptors] react once that event happens will be interesting to watch.  Will they allow the technical funds out on the cheap, or will they inflict some pain by refusing to sell their longs positions to them until we are much higher in price?  That, as Ted Butler has stated on many occasions in the past, is the key to how this rally unfolds.  So we wait.(Click on image to enlarge)If you had time to run through Matt Taibbi’s essay at the beginning of the ‘Critical Reads’ section further up, you will have discovered what GATA has known for almost a decade…and that is that the banks control everything.  However, British economist Peter Warburton wrote about it long before we at GATA cottoned on to this fact.  I discovered his essay on the Prudent Bear website about a decade ago…and what I call the ‘three most important paragraphs in the world’ embedded in that essay, have been the lens that I have looked at the financial system through ever since.I’ve posted them many times in this space…but they bear repeating at this point in time.  Needless to say they are a must read.  Keep in mind while you’re reading that this was written in 2001…twelve years ago to the month.“What we see at present is a battle between the central banks and the collapse of the financial system fought on two fronts. On one front, the central banks preside over the creation of additional liquidity for the financial system in order to hold back the tide of debt defaults that would otherwise occur. On the other, they incite investment banks and other willing parties to bet against a rise in the prices of gold, oil, base metals, soft commodities or anything else that might be deemed an indicator of inherent value. Their objective is to deprive the independent observer of any reliable benchmark against which to measure the eroding value, not only of the US dollar, but of all fiat currencies. Equally, their actions seek to deny the investor the opportunity to hedge against the fragility of the financial system by switching into a freely traded market for non-financial assets.”“It is important to recognize that the central banks have found the battle on the second front much easier to fight than the first. In November [of 2000], I estimated the size of the gross stock of global debt instruments at $90 trillion for mid-2000. How much capital would it take to control the combined gold, oil and commodity markets? Probably, no more than $200bn, using derivatives. Moreover, it is not necessary for the central banks to fight the battle themselves, although central bank gold sales and gold leasing have certainly contributed to the cause. Most of the world’s large investment banks have over-traded their capital [bases] so flagrantly that if the central banks were to lose the fight on the first front, then their stock would be worthless. Because their fate is intertwined with that of the central banks, investment banks are willing participants in the battle against rising gold, oil and commodity prices.”“Central banks, and particularly the US Federal Reserve, are deploying their heavy artillery in the battle against a systemic collapse. This has been their primary concern for at least seven years. [Emphasis is mine. – Ed] Their immediate objectives are to prevent the private sector bond market from closing its doors to new or refinancing borrowers and to forestall a technical break in the Dow Jones Industrials. Keeping the bond markets open is absolutely vital at a time when corporate profitability is on the ropes. Keeping the equity index on an even keel is essential to protect the wealth of the household sector and to maintain the expectation of future gains. For as long as these objectives can be achieved, the value of the US dollar can also be stabilized in relation to other currencies, despite the extraordinary imbalances in external trade.”Warburton’s essay is headlined “The debasement of world currency: it is inflation, but not as we know it“.  It was written on April 9, 2011…and this copy of it is posted at the gold-eagle.com Internet site.  The link is here.Today we get the latest Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, April 23rd.  As I’ve mentioned several times in this space during the last week, it’s my opinion that the latest data in the Commercial and Non-Commercial category is totally compromised…and I will be more than interested to see if they have made amends in this report when it shows up on the CFTC’s website at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.  I’ll let you know tomorrow.Both gold and silver were rallying nicely in early Far East trading on their Friday, but got sold down the moment they got too frisky…and both metals are down a bit now that London has been open about thirty minutes.  Volume in gold is already very chunky…over 45,000 contracts…most of which is of the high-frequency trading variety.  Silver’s volume is getting up there too, but roll-overs out of the May delivery month are very heavy as well, so net volume is very light. Monday should be the last big day for roll-overs out of the May contract in silver.  The dollar index is down about 15 basis points.And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, both gold and silver are a bit lower now that London has been open for two hours and change.  Gold is down about seven bucks…and silver is down 28 cents.  Gold volume is now over 70,000 contracts…and silver’s net volume is very light…around 4,800 contracts.  The dollar index is still down 15 basis points.Since today is Friday, I’ll be ready for any possible price scenario when I switch my computer on later this morning.Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it…and I’ll see here tomorrow.last_img read more

Volumes are way up as well  In gold volume is ju

first_img Volumes are way up as well.  In gold, volume is just over 43,000 contracts, and silver’s volume is now at 14,000 contracts, which are almost the same as the volumes at this time of day on Monday.  The dollar index has spiked up a whole 9 basis points. It could be an interesting day during the New York trading session, so nothing will surprise me when I switch my computer on later this morning. That’s all I have for today, and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The gold stocks managed to keep their heads above water until the gold price began to sell off shortly after the 1:30 p.m. EDT Comex close, and the shares followed.  The HUI closed down 1.57%, virtually on its low of the day. It’s visible for all to see, unless they’re willfully blind, that is. The gold price opened flat in New York on Sunday night and then didn’t do much until 9 a.m. in Hong Kong when a not-for-profit seller took gold down about fifteen bucks in just a few second.  The price struggled back after that, but could never made it above the $1,330 spot price mark before getting sold down. Gold closed at $1,322.30 spot, down $3.30 from Friday’s close.  Gold’s net volume on the day was 144,000 contracts, with 35,000 of that coming before the London open, so you can see that trading was very active in the Far East on their Monday. The silver stock headed south even earlier than the gold stocks, and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 2.82%.  A lot of the silver miners did much worse than that.  The silver equities, like their golden brethren, have now given back all their gains from last Wednesday. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for Monday showed that zero gold and 80 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  There were seven short/issuers, with the biggest being ABN Amro with 47 contracts.  The three largest stoppers were Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia with 32 contracts, followed by JPMorgan Chase with 28 contracts in its in-house [proprietary] trading account, and 14 in its client account.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There was another withdrawal from from GLD yesterday, as an authorized participant took out 19,309 troy ounces.  And as of 10:01 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Since yesterday was Monday, the U.S. Mint had a sales report.  They sold 3,000 ounces of gold eagles; 3,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes; and 710,500 silver eagles. There wasn’t much in/out movement in gold within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  They reported receiving 5,353 troy ounces of the stuff, and shipped 385 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here. As usual, there was a lot more activity in silver.  They reported receiving 500,272 troy ounces, and 138,665 troy ounces were shipped off to parts unknown.  The link to that action is here. Since today is Tuesday, I have a few more stories than normal, so I hope you’re able to find the time to read the ones that interest you the most. I’m not a Fed-Head because whatever they do is not specific to silver and gold, but applies to asset values in general. I’m more interested in the things most specific to silver and gold. As is usually the case, what moved silver and gold violently this [past] week was not the Fed, in my opinion, but factors much more specific, namely, the illegal trading practices on the COMEX. In fact, it’s hard for me to comprehend how anyone paying close attention could fail to see the obvious explanation for the week’s volatility in silver and gold – JPMorgan and other collusive commercials rigging prices on the COMEX for their own benefit. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 21 September 2013 Except for the 9 a.m. appearance of the high-frequency traders in Hong Kong, it was pretty quiet during the rest of the trading day both in Europe and in New York on Monday.  I also noted that all four precious metals got sold down for small loses during electronic trading after the Comex had closed for the day. Nothing will happen price-wise until JPMorgan and the raptors [the Commercial traders other than the Big 8] stop doing what they’re doing.  The gold and silver pundits out there can predict rallies until the cows come home, but until the above-mentioned players stop gaming the system, either for profit or on Fed/BIS orders, or both, nothing will come of it. These guys can step into the market any time they wish, and as you can tell from the price action since the low back at the end of June, that’s precisely what they’ve been doing, andand it’s visible for all to see, unless they’re willfully blind, that is. Today, at the 1:30 p.m. EDT close of Comex trading, is the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  If the Tuesday trading session comes and goes with little price action [at least to the upside] then we should get a very clear picture of what happened on Wednesday and Friday of last week, the big up/down days following the Fed announcement. All four precious metals traded marginally higher during most of the Far East trading day on their Thursday, and silver managed to spike above $22 for a minute or so.  However, shortly before 2 p.m. Hong Kong time, all four came under high-frequency trading selling pressure, and now prices are back to around their Monday closes in New York.  Volumes were very decent in Far East trading, but not anywhere near as high as they were on Monday at this time, but still pretty chunky nonetheless.  The dollar index is chopping sideways, and is basically unchanged as of 3:42 a.m. EDT. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:20 a.m. EDT, all four precious metals are still under pressure from the HFT crowd, with silver leading the way.  At the moment it’s down more than 60 cents from its high earlier in the day in Hong Kong. Silver ran into the same 9 a.m. Hong Kong seller as gold did, but by 10:30 a.m. in New York, the price had struggle back to slightly above unchanged from Friday’s close, but once electronic trading began, it got sold down for a small loss on the day. Silver finished the Monday session at $21.64 spot, down 16 cents from Friday.  Net volume was very decent at 46,500 contracts and, like gold, 15,000 of those contracts traded before the London open.  That’s a lot of contracts in both metals for that time of day.center_img Sponsor Advertisement The dollar index closed in New York on Friday at 80.44.  It hit its low of the Monday session [80.29] minutes after 2 p.m. in Hong Kong, and then chopped back to basically unchanged into the close, as it finished at 80.45.  Nothing to see here. Both platinum and palladium had mini spikes down at 9 a.m. Hong Kong time as well.  Platinum rallied back until just before the London open before getting quietly sold down for the rest of the day.  Palladium traded pretty flat until around 11:30 a.m. BST in London and then gold sold down a bit over ten bucks by 9:30 a.m. in New York.  From there it recovered but, like the other three precious metals, it wasn’t allowed to close in positive territory, either.  Here are the charts. See Dr. Ron Paul Up Close and Personal at the 2013 Casey Summit He’s never voted to raise taxes. He’s never taken a government-paid junket. And he’s never voted for an unbalanced budget. He’s Dr. Ron Paul, and he’s always led by example. During his 36 years in Congress, he tried to convince his colleagues to vote along with him against any measure that ran counter to the Constitution. Unfortunately, they seldom did. So now he’s taken his message to the streets… and to the 3 Days with Casey Summit which is being held October 4-6 in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Paul will be the keynote speaker for this timely event—a rare opportunity for investors and freedom-lovers of all stripes to hear and see him live. Not only will he be speaking, he’ll be in attendance for the entire three days, giving attendees the chance to talk with him in small, intimate settings. That he’s staying for the entire Summit speaks volumes about how important it is. In fact, many of the Summit speakers intend to stay for the duration as well. On hand with Dr. Paul will be renowned contrarian investor Doug Casey, internationally known economist Dr. Lacy Hunt, The Crash Course author Chris Martenson, Mauldin Economics Chairman John Mauldin, and 21 other financial and investment experts. Seats are going fast for this event—and Casey Summits always sell out—so reserve yours now.last_img read more