11 08 19

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With the Panthers, Sandland played under Arizona head coach Steve Wilks, who was then Carolina’s defensive defensive backs coach and assistant head coach.Last week while attempting to fill in the holes at tight end, the Cardinals signed free agent tight end Bryce Williams to a one-year deal.Arizona lost tight end Troy Niklas, who this offseason signed with the Patriots in free agency.Entering the 2018 season, veteran Jermaine Gresham could remain out a significant period after he tore his Achilles in the 2017 season finale.The Cardinals open mini-camp on Tuesday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent tight end Beau Sandland to a one-year contract, the team announced on Monday.The 2016 seventh-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers joins a thin tight end unit that includes fourth-year pro Gabe Holmes and second-year pro Ricky Seals-Jones, who recorded 12 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns after going undrafted in 2017.Sandland, 25, has not made an NFL game appearance and spent the first portion of his rookie year on the Panthers’ practice squad. After Carolina waived him in November 2016, the Green Bay Packers added Sandland to their practice squad but he was released from their injured reserved list last August. 14 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Carolina Panthers tight end Beau Sandland (85) in action against the New England Patriots during an NFL game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (Chris Keane/AP Images for Panini) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

6 08 19

first_imgFollowing the signing of a distribution deal with the BBC earlier this year, Viacom’s Pluto TV has announced the launch of two new popup channels.The first is dedicated to classic episodes of the cult sci-fi series Doctor Who, while the second channel is solely dedicated to Antiques Roadshow. Both channels are for the US market. Classic Doctor Who will see a range of episodes from the first seven Doctors – ranging from 1963-89. This is in addition to the 600 episodes which are already available on demand through Pluto.The Antiques Roadshow channel will broadcast more than 300 episodes of the show, which will rotate quarterly on the network.As Variety reports, Viacom’s deal with BBC Studios covers almost 1,000 episodes from a range of shows, which accounts to over 700 hours of content. BBC shows available through Pluto’s VOD service include Bedlam, Primeval, and Robin Hood.The announcement follows the news that Pluto launched 14 new free channels in May. These include channels for BET, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon. Pluto is primarily focused on the US market at present, but Viacom has spoken openly about its plans to expand the service internationally. Speaking at the company’s latest quarterly earnings call, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said that the company would “lean into [Pluto TV] harder and invest some incremental money” to expand on its leadership position.last_img read more

4 08 19

first_img TSX Venture 1,248.36 1,289.50 1,522.15 Dear Reader, I’m off to Brazil to look into some mining companies operating in that country. Alas, my due diligence into the political and economic environment will not take me to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, nor anywhere near the country’s tourist destinations. Ah well… the flip side is that the places I do get to visit are so far off the beaten tracks of the world that I often get to see things almost no one else ever sees. So I’ll shed no tears, and neither should you; I love my work, and thank you all – our readers – for making it possible. Speaking of far-off places, China qualifies for most of our readers. We tend to have a very West-centric view of things, because that’s where most of our subscribers are. But the world is not the West, and trends in the East have certainly become powerful market forces none dare ignore. So how do people in China view our favorite metals – have you ever wondered? Jeff Clark takes a look at this important question in his article below. If you have not given this much thought before, I highly recommend that you do so now. Sincerely, Silver Stocks (SIL) 23.37 24.13 20.98 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 22.53 23.37 27.26 One Year Ago One Month Ago TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 12,153.10 12,225.84 11,571.71 Gold Producers (GDX) 48.74 50.96 55.49 Another explorer released an updated resource estimate on its bonanza-grade gold project. BIG GOLD Keep track of the latest news, our updated comments, and our recommendations for all our stocks on the BIG GOLD portfolio page. Copper 3.50 3.58 3.28center_img (Click on image to enlarge) It’s widely believed that the majority of the gold flowing into Hong Kong ends up in China, so its total is probably close to double what the chart reflects. Even if none of it went to China, coin and jewelry demand is 35 times greater than the US, based on GDP. The contrast between how our two nations can buy bullion is striking… In China, you can buy gold and silver at the bank. My teller looked at me oddly when I asked. Bullion is available for purchase at Chinese post offices. I wonder how my local postman would respond if I asked for a tube of silver Eagles. Mints are readily accessible to retail customers. Here, I can only order proof and commemorative products from the US Mint and am forced to go to an independent dealer. A new product design is manufactured every year. This being the Year of the Dragon, many bullion products are emblazoned with dragons. You can still buy last year’s rabbit, and next year it will be a snake. The US has two designs, the Eagle and Buffalo; the latter was introduced in 2006 and is available only in gold (if you see a silver Buffalo, it is a “Round” manufactured by a private mint, not the US Mint). Some will point to cultural affinity to account for the differences. There’s some truth to that, though this is a much greater factor in India. Even there, gold jewelry is not viewed as a decoration or an adornment; it’s a store of value. It’s financial insurance in a pretty bow. In India, gold can be used as collateral, regardless of its form. It’s not just an investment that they’re trying to make money from; it’s more important than that. But certainly the differences can’t all be attributed to culture… You’ve likely heard how government leaders in Beijing have been encouraging citizens to buy gold and silver. This would be akin to seeing your local Congressman or President Obama appearing on TV and imploring you to buy some gold and silver. (Utah made gold legal tender, but it was mostly a symbolic move.) Chinese radio and TV spots, along with newspaper ads, talk about “safeguarding your wealth” and putting “at least 5% of your savings” in precious metals. I haven’t seen this here except from dealers on cable TV. Can you imagine Ben Bernanke appearing in a commercial during American Idol, encouraging you to buy gold Eagles? No, what I hear from politicians about precious metals is nothing but the sound of crickets chirping, save Ron Paul. And the mainstream continues to claim gold is in a bubble. We’ve pointed it out before, but in case any of them are reading, there are two criteria for a bubble: first, a massive price increase, such as the gold price doubling in less than 7 weeks like it did in 1979-’80… which, of course, hasn’t occurred in this bull market. (Yet.) The second criterion is widespread participation on the part of the public. I don’t hear celebrities and TV anchors bubbling on about the latest gold stocks. Most people I know outside Casey Research aren’t talking about the great price they got on a silver Maple Leaf. Most investors I talk to say their friends, family, or co-workers aren’t scrambling to snatch up gold Eagles. And the #1 reason we’re not in a bubble is because Eva Longoria still hasn’t asked me out on date – something she’d only do because I’m a gold analyst. And with apologies to those of you who do know history, I think the Chinese have studied history a little better than many of us. The lessons are right in front of us, though I don’t hear this kind of data very much on CNBC… Morgan Stanley reports there is “no historical precedent” for an economy that exceeds a 250% debt-to-GDP ratio without experiencing some sort of financial crisis or high inflation. Total debt (public and private) in the US is 300%+ of GDP.   Detailed studies of government debt levels over the past 100 years show that debts have never been repaid (in original currency units) when they exceed 80% of GDP. US government debt is approaching 100% of GDP this year.   Peter Bernholz, a leading expert on hyperinflation, states emphatically that “hyperinflation is caused by government budget deficits.” This year’s US budget deficit will be about $1.3 trillion. It’s expected to total $6 trillion during Obama’s first four years in office. What do we hear instead? That the country will drop into recession if current amounts of spending and outlay of benefits are reduced. I think it is quite the opposite; it will be worse if our leaders continue down this path of debt, deficit spending, and printing money. What I’d love to see on CNBC is a spot with Doug Casey saying this: “Anyone who thinks they have any measure of financial security without owning any gold – especially in the post-2008 world – is either ignorant, naïve, foolish, or all three.” I bet that’d get the airwaves buzzing. It must seem strange to many Chinese that we continue to believe in our dollars, Treasuries, and bonds more than gold and silver. And it’s not just China that would view our investing habits as peculiar. Indeed, as the above tables implies, our views on precious metals are in the minority. My fear is that regardless of what form the fallout takes, many of my friends will be caught off guard. Probably many of yours, too. As the value of dollars continues to decay and inflation creeps closer and closer and then higher and higher, many investors will feel blindsided. Many Chinese citizens will not. Given China’s aggressive buying habits, my suspicion is that many of them will probably wonder why we didn’t see what was happening all around us, why we didn’t learn from history, and why we didn’t better prepare. With the hustle and bustle of the Thanksgiving holiday, you may have missed your chance to get Casey International Speculator for 50% off. So for today only, we’re reopening the doors to this very special offer. It’s our way of saying thanks for helping Casey Research become one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private businesses in the US (according to Inc. 5000 magazine). And if you take advantage of this deal today, you’ll also get a free one-year subscription to BIG GOLD, which provides extensive coverage of mid- and large-cap precious-metals producers (a $129 value). For over 30 years, Casey International Speculator has been uncovering high-profit plays in junior precious metals explorers. Today, subscribers are enjoying a number of substantial gains, including 634% in First Majestic Silver Corp., 318.6% in Almaden Minerals and 85.5% in Alexco Resources. If you’ve ever considered a subscription to Casey International Speculator, you owe it to yourself to try it today at half off the retail price; this is the last day we’re offering this rate. Like every Casey product, it’s guaranteed for 90 days – love it or get a hassle-free refund. Get the details and subscribe now. Gold and Silver HEADLINES Silver “Teabag” Purifies Water (Silver Institute) Indian scientists from Amity University have developed a curious, portable water-purifying system. It looks like a teabag, but instead of tea it contains silver-imbedded pebbles. According to the developers, when placed in water, the purifier provides about 99% decontamination of microbes. Silver teabags are expected to remain effective for up to around 120-125 uses within a six-month period and can clean nearly 1,000 liters of water. The device does not use any electricity nor other energy source. Scientists continue finding new and innovative uses for silver. This one could become important in areas with limited or no potable water. Silver and Gold ETF Holdings Reach Record Levels (Index Universe) Silver exchange-traded fund holdings reached a record high of 606.2 million troy ounces last week. Gold also hit a record the same week, with fund holdings now totaling 83.7 million troy ounces. What’s compelling is that holdings for both metals now exceed the amounts set last spring, when both gold and silver prices soared into record territory. Further, while there are always redemptions, the fact that there are net additions quarter after quarter implies that buyers remain bullish and are, for the most part, long-term investors. This would include us. Gold Christmas Tree for $4.2 Million in Tokyo (Reuters) Japanese jewelers created a pure gold, revolving “tree” covered in Disney characters, such as Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell, and Cinderella. The “tree” is made of 40 kg (1,200 ounces) of pure gold, standing about 2.4 meters (7.9 ft) high and 1.2 meters in diameter. It includes pure gold plate silhouette cutouts of 50 popular Disney characters and is draped with gold leaf ribbons. The price is 350 million yen ($4.2 million). The same store offers a scaled-down version that features 20 Disney characters and stands 25 cm high for 2 million yen ($243,000). While nobody has purchased the big tree yet, the smaller version has already found buyers. Gold 1,729.63 1,707.42 1,691.79 Silver 33.34 31.66 31.69 Oil 87.38 86.67 96.17 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Rock & Stock Stats Last This Week in International Speculator and BIG GOLD – Key Updates for Subscribers International Speculator One of our favorite exploration-stage companies announced drill results from its key property. Read our comment. The Gold Market Through China’s Eyes By Jeff Clark, Senior Precious Metals Analyst Have you ever wondered what the typical Chinese gold investor thinks about our Western ideas of gold? We read month after month about demand hitting record after record in their country – how do they view our buying habits? Since 2007, China’s demand for gold has risen 27% per year. Its share of global demand doubled in the same time frame, from 10% to 21%. And this occurred while prices were rising. Americans are buying precious metals, no doubt. You’ll see in a news item below that gold and silver ETF holdings just hit record levels. The US Mint believes that 2012 volumes will surpass those of 2011. But let’s put the differences into perspective. This chart shows how much gold various countries are buying relative to their respective GDPs.last_img read more

4 08 19

first_img Deliveries at the SGE are significantly greater than those at the COMEX. Delivery ratios on the Comex have consistently been under 10%, in contrast to more than 30% on the SGE. Through June, the SGE has nearly matched all of last year’s total. What’s even more astonishing: year-to-date deliveries on the SGE are close to global mine production. In the first six months, delivery reached 35.3 million ounces (1,098 tonnes), just 20% less than what all gold companies mined last year. It is headlines like these that the Chinese read—not what Goldman Sachs writes. It’s not just the Chinese, of course. India, for now, is still the largest gold market. Despite relentless restrictions from her government, Mrs. Singh bought more gold jewelry and bullion last quarter than any other country. What does this mean to us as investors? The structure of the gold market is changing. Gold is moving from the so-called “weak hands”—those who saw gold as a “trade” and/or were seeking quick profits—to “strong hands,” who see the big picure and are buying for the long term. Gold is moving west to east. You’ve heard this before, but the above data irrefutably points to this fact—and the trend shows no signs of letting up. The East will have an increasingly greater impact on price. As Asian countries take over more and more of the market, their influence on the price will only grow. The gold bull market is not over, regardless of what GS says. When I read their comments on the precious metals market, I sometimes wonder if they really understand it. But then again, do any of their analysts even own any gold? Mrs. Chang, I’m with you. Goldman Sachs is once again predicting that gold will fall, setting a new near-term target of $1,050. Never mind the schizophrenic gene that would be required to follow the constantly fluctuating predictions of all these big banks; it’s amazing to me that anyone continues to listen to them after their abysmal record and long-standing anti-gold stance. Sure, the too-big-to-fails can move markets—but they say things that are good for them, not us. As an example, while Goldman Sachs was telling clients and the public to sell gold in the second quarter, they bought 3.7 million shares of GLD and became the ETF’s 7th largest holder. When I visited China two years ago, guess who no one was talking about? Goldman Sachs. There was news about the US, of course, but the regular diet of journalistic intake consisted of Chinese activity, not North American. And surprise, surprise, the view from that side of the big blue ball was materially different than what we hear and read here—and in some cases, the opposite. Not only has the average Chinese housewife, perhaps the most frugal and cautious species of savers in the world, probably never heard of Goldman Sachs and their call for $1,000 gold—if she had, she would think: 垃圾! (Rubbish!) Here’s some evidence. Since January 1, gold ETF holdings have fallen by roughly a quarter (26%, according to GFMS). But Chinese housewives aren’t refraining from buying and certainly aren’t selling: China and India accounted for almost 60% of the global gold jewelry sector last quarter, and roughly half of total bar and coin demand. Further, both countries saw almost 50% more consumer demand in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2012. The two countries are again setting records… China purchased 8.8 million ounces (275 tonnes), 87% more than last year India bought 9.9 million ounces (310 tonnes), 71% more than 2012 It’s true that official Indian gold imports dropped in August, to just 0.08 million ounces (2.5 tonnes), a 95% plunge from July’s volume of 1.5 million ounces (47.5 tonnes). It’s not yet clear, however, that Indian authorities have managed to subdue gold imports as they have been desperately trying to do; keep in mind the widespread reports of gold smuggling. Meanwhile, the wedding season is just ahead, so demand is likely to bounce back up. Physical demand also soared in Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam last quarter, with increases ranging from 20% to 40% being reported. Add it all up and the Asian/emerging countries comprise the lion’s share of consumer demand for gold, about 70%. It begs the question, are Asians just smarter than Goldman Sachs?center_img If you find yourself agreeing more with Mrs. Chang than Goldman Sachs, you can snag two silver bullion products at a discounted premium in the current issue of BIG GOLD. You won’t find these prices elsewhere, and the savings could pay for your subscription. Product is still available, so join the Chinese gold rush and stock up while prices are down with a risk-free subscription to BIG GOLD. The red dotted line represents the total outflows of GLD through last Tuesday. The gold bars are cumulative monthly imports of gold to China, through Hong Kong. You can see that China has absorbed roughly twice what most North American ETF holders have sold. It’s actually more than that, because we only have Hong Kong import data up to the end of July. But it’s even more dramatic than this. If you dig down into the data further, you find that cumulative gold imports through July surpassed the 26.7 million ounces (831 tonnes) that was imported to China for the whole of 2012. That means rather than being deterred from buying gold when its price was declining this year, the Chinese were snapping up the yellow metal as fast as they could. Further, last year Chinese miners produced 12.9 million ounces (403 tonnes) of gold, all of which stayed in the country. When you look at physical deliveries from the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) vs. the COMEX and global mine production, you can see a clear trend this year:last_img read more

4 08 19

first_imgNick Giambruno: Rick, you mentioned that the blockchain helps eliminate some of the inefficiencies of traditional gold warehousing companies. Can you elaborate on that?Rick Rule: Sure. If one of your readers wanted to go out and buy, say, 10 ounces of physical gold, the spot price is the reference price. But the truth is at many bullion dealers they’ll pay a 3% or 3.5% markup.Should they change their mind two hours later and decide to sell it, they wouldn’t get spot on the sell side either. They’d get a 3% or 3.5% markdown, meaning that the simple act of buying and selling 10 ounces of gold can cause the investor to experience 7% or 700 basis points of friction.On top of that, one often pays to store and insure that gold, and they also pay for shipping and receiving.If you eliminate the vast bulk of those transaction fees, you can see the incredible increase in economic efficiency for buying and selling gold through a distributed ledger, through the blockchain.And that was really the most important thing that appealed to us. We just wanted to make the gold trade much more efficient for those investors who believed that gold was a savings product, that gold was money.Justin’s note: Keep your eyes peeled for part two of this discussion, where the guys talk about why gold-backed cryptos are a complementary tool for individuals all around the world to access sound money… how they can help with political diversification, and much more.In the meantime, I urge you to watch our new presentation on gold-backed cryptos where you’ll learn more about them… and see why every day is now a potential opportunity to make rapid-fire profits.Click here to watch now. — Click here to find out how — Group That Called Bitcoin Crash Says This Is NextOne group exposed the USSR collapse, the dot-com bubble, the mortgage collapse, and the bitcoin crash. Their top analyst says “this” is next… We believe that using the distributed ledger technology to make gold trading more effective was something that the market wanted, and secondly a logical extension of the Sprott brand, which is in some investors’ minds synonymous with precious metals. We already manage well in excess of $4 billion in exchange-traded precious metals on the New York Stock Exchange, and thought an extension of our brand to a crypto product was a logical thing to do.What was holding us back was the technological capability internally to cause that to occur, and when IEX [Investors Exchange] – the sort of flash boys guys – came into the equation and in fact approached us about being their partner in enabling distributed ledger and blockchain technologies in gold, that was just an offer too good to pass up.Nick Giambruno: Doug, you’ve talked a lot about sound money over the years. How does a gold-backed crypto play into your notion of sound money?Doug Casey: Very well. One of the disadvantages of gold is that it’s hard to transport. While today it’s not illegal to cross borders with gold, in two separate countries on two separate continents when I was carrying about a dozen silver one-ounce coins and both times they stopped me at the x-ray machine and examined them. No problem because it was silver and they weren’t worth anything, but if they had been gold it would’ve been a problem.So it’s not illegal to transport gold, but it’s becoming inconvenient to do so. I think that a gold-backed crypto will kiss that and make it better.Nick Giambruno: Doug, do you think gold-backed cryptos are a logical evolution of cryptocurrencies?Doug Casey: Both logical and necessary. Knowing that your digital money is redeemable for a specific and fixed amount of gold somewhere is a huge advantage. Gold-backed cryptos are going to be huge. The best of both worlds. Recommended Link Write This Date Down…Any day now, a tiny company trading at $2 a share is expected to make a major announcement… One that could flood it with a 22,705% profit surge. Insiders are already snatching up shares ahead of this upcoming announcement. A $300+ billion conglomerate bought almost 20% of this company. The founder of this company more than tripled his holdings. And the “smart money” has gobbled more than half of the total shares. It’s obvious they’re getting ready for a big payday. And, if you act in time, you have the chance to personally take part in it. Click here for details Recommended Link Justin’s note: There’s a huge opportunity right now…Crisis Investing chief analyst Nick Giambruno says there is a new kind of digital asset that marries cryptocurrencies and gold into one powerful new financial tool: gold-backed cryptos. If you missed his essay on this idea back in October, catch up here.Dozens of these gold-backed cryptos are now sprouting up. And the potential is enormous.Investing legends Casey Research founder Doug Casey and Rick Rule – president and CEO of Sprott U.S. Holdings – are both excited about the huge potential of gold-backed cryptos as well. Nick recently interviewed the two on the subject, and today and tomorrow I’m sharing their fascinating discussion…Nick Giambruno: Rick, you’ve been in the resource market for decades. We recently discussed how you’re looking very closely at gold-backed cryptocurrencies. This is where the resource market is intersecting with blockchain technology and decentralized databases.What made you interested in gold-backed cryptos?Rick Rule: Well, first we believe that the potential audience for gold and cryptos is very similar. The people who believe that there should be mediums of exchange that aren’t government-sponsored will adopt both cryptos and gold.Second, we saw how the distributed ledger could make the inefficiencies of the gold trade go away, to the benefit of all users.Third, we saw a circumstance where there was a proliferation of crypto products that were in and of themselves faith-based currencies, floating abstractions. Dogecoin is an example that started off as a joke, and then got a bid.last_img read more

26 07 19

first_img Entrepreneur Staff 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. Enroll Now for $5 2 min read Nina Zipkin Who knew that the beloved Geoffrey the Giraffe mascot had a price tag?In addition to the 735 U.S. stores that are being closed as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, the 70-year-old retailer is also selling off much of its intellectual property, including its Toys R Us name, the Babies R Us brand and its mascot and logo, Geoffrey the Giraffe, along with a number of domain names it owned, according to legal filings. The sale proceedings are geared to pay off $200 million debt to creditors and to cover legal fees anticipated to be as high as $348 million.The company’s domain portfolio includes the majority of site addresses with an “r us” in it. The family-friendly brand didn’t want to open itself to salacious associations, such as a customer typing in “adulttoysrus.us” or “sex-toys-r-us.com” into the search bar and finding something very different than they were anticipating.Related: Toys R Us Will Close or Sell All of its U.S. StoresBut, the brand’s domain buying didn’t just include the more risque domain names. They, also, included a variety of others ranging from Burgers-r-us.net, cellphones-r-us.com, moviesrus.com, poolsrus.com, trademarksrus.com and even ihatetoysrus.com. Most likely the domains and the rest of the intellectual property will be sold at auction, but the particulars of when and who the potential buyers might be have not been made available as of yet.And even though the company has filed for bankruptcy, it goes to show that while the company was in business, part of its business model was dedicated to due diligence protecting the brand. Image credit: Andrew Harrer | Getty Images –shares Bankrupt Toys R Us Is Auctioning Off Hundreds Of Domain Names in Fire Salecenter_img The brand is selling off its intellectual property to pay off creditors and legal fees. Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. May 16, 2018 News and Trends Add to Queuelast_img read more

26 07 19

first_imgElon Musk Elon Musk’s Vision Is Not for the Faint of Heart –shares This story originally appeared on Reuters Image credit: Reuters | Rebecca Cook Apply Now » Elon Musk Reuters Next Article 5 min read Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List February 12, 2016 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Leave it to Elon Musk to make a company’s stock jump nearly 5 percent a day after reporting widening losses — all in the middle of a market selloff.Musk’s electric vehicle startup, Tesla Motors Inc., on Wednesday posted its 11th straight quarterly loss, when analysts had expected a profit. Tesla also said it planned $1.5 billion in capital spending this year but had just $1.2 billion in the bank.Investors focused instead on Musk’s promises to make Tesla profitable this year and to deliver 60 percent to 80 percent more vehicles than last year. Analysts described the forecasts as ambitious but not impossible.It’s precisely that outsized optimism that defines Musk and his appeal to the market, despite blown deadlines and long waits for profits in high-risk industries. Musk’s two other ventures, SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies, also face steep challenges in cutting-edge industries.”Investors look at Elon, and some say he’s a promoter or that he steps over bounds with what he promises,” said Robert W. Baird analyst Ben Kallo. “But his track record is pretty good. That’s why he still attracts the type of institutional investors he does.”Still, at least six analysts slashed their price targets on Tesla shares. Kallo has a “neutral” rating on Tesla and lowered his price target to $230 from $282 on Thursday.Tesla’s stock rose 4.7 percent to $150.47 on Thursday and was among the Nasdaq’s top percentage gainers in a weak overall market.But the gain comes after steep losses so far this year. The automaker’s shares are down more than 37 percent — and Musk’s personal stake in Tesla has fallen by more than $3 billion.Barclays analyst Brian Johnson called Tesla “one of the most polarizing stocks.” Some investors seem to ignore short-term stumbles and see only a future vision of massive profits from disruptive technology. Others see delays and disappointing results as emblematic of the company’s inability to deliver on Musk’s soaring rhetoric.The company lost credibility with some investors after repeated delays of its Model X sport utility vehicle, which Tesla still struggles to produce fast enough for waiting customers. In a Wednesday earnings call, Musk acknowledged the automaker’s ambitions for the X outpaced its development and manufacturing capabilities.”I do think there was some hubris there with the X,” Musk said, explaining that the company erred in trying to pack too many features and new technologies into the vehicle.Both Tesla and SolarCity are trying to revolutionize industries dominated by entrenched and deep-pocketed companies. SpaceX faces different but no less daunting challenges in trying to innovate with reusable rockets.Against that backdrop, investing in Musk companies is “not for the faint of heart,” said Nancy Pfund, managing partner of DBL Partners, a venture capital firm that was an early investor in all three.”This is not a story that plays out in a quarter,” Pfund said.She is among a core group of Musk investors who have deep faith in his long-term vision — and his ability to execute.“He’s the Mount Everest of innovative visionary minds,” she said. “He has a tolerance and an ability to move the big ideas forward without getting cowed by those that would settle for a smaller vision.”Musk has promised to sell 500,000 electric cars annually by 2020, though the company sold one-tenth that number last year — at a loss. The surge hinges on effective and timely delivery of Tesla’s long-promised Model 3, a mass-market $35,000 electric car with a long driving range, now scheduled for 2017.Chevrolet appears on track to produce an affordable, long-range electric car — the Bolt — before Tesla.While investors are rallying behind Tesla, they are fleeing from SolarCity shares, which have fallen 37 percent in the two days since it forecast a bigger-than-expected loss for the current quarter and cut its installation forecast for the second quarter in a row.After years of nearly doubling annual installations, SolarCity said last year it is shifting its strategy to focus more on generating cash than on pursuing growth.Musk is the chairman of SolarCity and its largest shareholder, with more than 21 percent of the stock. The company is run by two of his first cousins, Lyndon and Peter Rive.”It’s important to maintain perspective in a volatile market,” said SolarCity spokesman Jonathan Bass. “The migration to clean energy will continue, and SolarCity will continue to be a very big part of it.”SpaceX faces its own challenges in delivering on more than $10 billion in contracts with NASA and commercial customers.The privately owned Hawthorne, Calif.-based firm is working to accelerate its launch schedule after grounding a rocket for six months last year following an explosion that destroyed cargo bound for the International Space Station.The company’s repaired and upgraded rocket returned to flight in December, with a mission that also marked the first time a SpaceX rocket flew itself back to the launch site.”There are always challenges in this business,” said SpaceX spokeswoman Emily Shanklin, “but our customer base continues to grow and the value of the company is increasing.” (For a graphic showing Elon Musk’s holdings in his companies click here: here)(Reporting by Nichola Groom, Irene Klotz and Alexandria Sage; Editing by Joe White and Brian Thevenot)last_img read more

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first_img United Continental Holdings Inc. will generate billions more dollars per year from programs including no-frills fares and expects a key revenue measure to fall less steeply in the second quarter than previously forecast, the airline said on Tuesday.United said it expected an extra $3.1 billion in operating income per year by 2018 from the efforts, which include steps to delay fewer flights and win back corporate customers from rivals.The company, the third-largest U.S. carrier by passenger traffic, also said passenger unit revenue would fall between 6.5 percent and 7.5 percent from a year earlier. It previously forecast a decline of as much as 8.5 percent.The announcement, along with a conference call for investors later on Tuesday, aims to outline how Chicago-based United plans to catch up to rival Delta Air Lines Inc. United has lagged Delta in on-time flights, satisfaction scores and profit margins, although its new chief executive officer has promised significant improvements.”United’s prior bench tended to duck and weave on the topic of whether its margin deficit was structural or self-inflicted,” JPMorgan analyst Jamie Baker said in a research note on Thursday. “We expect the event to usher in a new era of transparency.”This is the first time United has disclosed a dollar figure for a planned fare class — about $150 million by 2018 — that is expected to not permit upgrades or advance seat assignments for those who book it. The fares will help the carrier compete with discounters such as Spirit Airlines Inc.(Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn) Airlines –shares Next Article June 21, 2016 United Expects $3.1 Billion a Year From No-frills Airfare, Fewer Delays Image credit: Reuters | Eduardo Munoz 2 min readcenter_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on Reuters Add to Queue Reuters 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now »last_img read more

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first_img Reuters September 6, 2016 Image credit: Reuters | Dado Ruvic 4 min read Samsung The company recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in 10 markets including South Korea and the United States after finding its batteries were prone to ignite. This story originally appeared on Reuters On Friday, two weeks after launch, Samsung recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in 10 markets including South Korea and the United States after finding its batteries were prone to ignite, and halted sales of the 988,900 won ($891) device in those markets indefinitely.The recall looks set to hamstring a revival in Samsung’s mobile business just as Apple gears up to launch its new iPhones this month.”Samsung might have over-exerted itself trying to pre-empt Apple, since everybody knows the iPhones launch in September,” said Chang Sea-Jin, business professor at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and author of “Sony vs. Samsung,” a history of the electronics giants.”It’s an unfortunate event; it feels like Samsung rushed a bit, and it’s possible that this led to suppliers also being hurried.”Samsung said in a statement to Reuters it conducts “extensive preparation” for its products and will release them to the market “only after proper completion of the development process”.The firm said on Friday it had identified a problem in the manufacturing process of a battery supplier it didn’t name.”I am working to straighten out our quality control process,” Samsung’s mobile business chief Koh Dong-jin said then.The scale of the unprecedented recall, which some analysts forecast will cost Samsung nearly $5 billion in revenue this year, follows a separate supply-chain management issue that led to disappointing sales of the Galaxy S6 series last year.Samsung executives said production problems for the curved screens and metal casings used in the Galaxy S6 edge led to a supply shortage for the device, leaving the firm unable to capitalize on the critical acclaim the phone received, sapping earnings momentum.Getting aheadCounterpoint analyst Jeff Fieldhack said Samsung stole the thunder from local rival LG Electronics’ launch of the G5 smartphone this year by starting the sales of the Galaxy S7 smartphones a month earlier and backing them with an aggressive marketing campaign.”I believe they were trying to create a similar effect by beating Apple to market by (about) a month, too,” he said.”Very often, lab times and testing periods are shrunk to expedite approval and time-to-market of key devices. It is possible all charging scenarios were not thoroughly tested.”While there are occasional reports of phones catching fire or burning users, recalls for such problems are rare. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that batteries in the Galaxy Note 7 can not be removed by the user — a design decision to make the phones slimmer and waterproof. Samsung SDI, one of two makers of batteries for the Note 7 — the other has not been identified — said it had not received notice from Samsung Electronics regarding its batteries and declined to comment further, including whether its batteries were found to be faulty. The company declined to comment on a local media report that it had production difficulties and struggled to meet orders in time.A Samsung executive who declined to be named told Reuters before the recall announcement: “Our production engineers and managers are extremely experienced, and if you ask them to find a solution to adopt a design change, they’d promptly bring things under control.”But even that capability is under growing strain, as we try out new materials and everything is on a very tight schedule.”Local brokerage Korea Investment cut its third-quarter operating profit forecast for Samsung by 1.1 trillion won to 7.1 trillion won due to the recall, though it said the event would not derail the broader rebound of its smartphone business.If haste contributed to the problem, it could now help Samsung limit the impact of the recall.Shares in Samsung were up 0.8 percent in mid-day trade on Tuesday, 4.4 percent below record highs reached two weeks ago, as some investors welcomed the swift decision to launch a global recall.($1 = 1,110.4000 won)(Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Miyoung Kim and Will Waterman) Add to Queue Samsung Trips on Quality Control in a Rush to Beat Apple Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

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This story is republished courtesy of MIT News (web.mit.edu/newsoffice/), a popular site that covers news about MIT research, innovation and teaching. Before coming to MIT, Jeff Orkin SM ’07, Ph.D. ’13 spent a decade building advanced, critically acclaimed artificial intelligence (AI) for video games. Giant Otter Technologies, founded by artificial intelligence video game developer Jeff Orkin, an MIT Media Lab alumnus, has developed a platform that uses AI algorithms and crowdsourced annotators to build a natural-language database that helps chatbots expertly navigate human conversations. Credit: Chelsea Turner/MIT Scientists tally the environmental impact of feeding meat to our cats and dogs. It’s huge Citation: Developing bots that talk more like people (2018, January 24) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-bots-people.html While working on F.E.A.R., a survival-horror first-person shooter game, he developed AI that gave computer-controlled characters an unprecedented range of actions. Today, more than 10 years later, many video game enthusiasts still consider the game’s AI unmatched, even by modern standards.But for Orkin, the game’s development inspired a new line of interest. “A big focus of that game was getting squads of enemy characters to work together as a team and communicate constantly,” Orkin says. “That got me really into thinking about, ‘How do you get machines to converse like humans?'”Following the game’s release in 2005, Orkin enrolled in the MIT Media Lab, where he spent the next eight years tackling that challenge. Now, through his startup Giant Otter Technologies, he’s using his well-honed AI skills to help chatbots expertly navigate tricky human conversations.Giant Otter’s platform uses AI algorithms and crowdsourced annotators to build a natural-language database, compiled “bottom-up,” from archived sales and customer support transcripts. Chatbots draw on this robust database to better understand and respond, in real time, to fluctuating, nuanced, and sometimes vague language.”[The platform] was inspired by the way episodic memory works in the human mind: We understand each other by drawing from past experiences in context,” says Orkin, now Giant Otter’s CEO. “The platform leverages archived data to understand everything said in real time and uses that to make suggestions about what a bot should say next.”The startup is currently piloting the platform with e-commerce and telecommunication companies, pharmaceutical firms, and other large enterprises. Clients can use the platform as a “brain” to power a Giant Otter chatbot or use the platform’s conversation-authoring tools to power chatbots on third-party platforms, such as Amazon’s Lex or IBM’s Watson. The platform automates both text and voice conversations.Benefits come in the form of cost savings. Major companies can spend billions of dollars on sales and customer support services; automating even a fraction of that work can save millions of dollars, Orkin says. Consumers, of course, will benefit from smarter bots that can more quickly and easily resolve their issues. Human-machine collaborationIn conversation, people tend to express the same intent with different words, potentially over several sentences, and in various word orders. Unlike other chatbot-building platforms, Giant Otter uses “human-machine collaboration,” Orkin says, “to learn authentic variation in the way people express different thoughts, and to do it bottom-up from real examples.”Giant Otter’s algorithms comb through anywhere from 50 to 100 transcripts from sales and customer support conversations, identifying language variations of the same intent, such as “How can I help you?” and “What’s your concern?” and “How may I assist you?” These are called “utterances.” All utterances are mixed around into chunks of test scripts for people to judge for accuracy online.Consider a script for a sales call, where a salesperson is selling a product while the prospect is pushing for a discount. Giant Otter’s algorithms match and substitute one utterance in one script with a similar one from another script—such as swapping “I may be able to offer a discount” with “I’ll see if I can reach your price point.” That version is uploaded to Mechanical Turk or another crowdsourcing platform, where people will vote a “yes” or “no” if the substituted sentence makes sense.In another human task, people break conversations into “events.” Giant Otter will lay out conversations horizontally and people will label different sections of the conversation. A salesperson saying, “Hello, thanks for contacting us,” for instance, may be labeled as “call opening.” Other section labels include “clarifying order,” “verifying customer information,” “proposing resolution,” and “resolving issue.””Between these two tasks, we learn a lot about the structure over how conversations unfold,” Orkin says. “Conversations break down into events, events break down into utterances, and utterances break down into many different examples of saying the same thing with different words.”This builds a robust language database for chatbots to recognize anywhere from a few to more than 100 different ways to express the same sentiment—including fairly abstract variations. This is important, Orkin says, as today’s chatbots are built top-down, by a human manually plugging in various utterances. But someone seeking an order status update could say, for instance, “My order hasn’t come, and I checked my account, and it said to contact customer support.””Nowhere does the person even say ‘status.’ If I was creating content for a bot by hand, there’s no way I would have thought of that,” Orkin says. The platform continues to learn and evolve after chatbots are deployed.Path to chatbotsGiant Otter’s origin goes back to 2005, when Orkin joined the Cognitive Machines Group led by Deb Roy, an associate professor of media arts and sciences. Roy had just initiated the Human Speechome Project, his effort to gather data on how humans develop language by video and audio recording his newborn for three years.Branching off from the project, Orkin developed The Restaurant Game, an online game that paired people online to have natural, text-based discussions as a customer and a waitress at a restaurant. “We hoped to get maybe 100 people to play. But not too long after [the game launched], we had data from 16,000 people,” Orkin says.Many people would order food, pay bills, and talk about the menu. Others, however, were more unorthodox, asking the waitress on a date, stealing the cash register, or stacking cakes up to climb onto the roof. All of that data was valuable. “Whatever they did, we had all that data of natural conversations between players,” Orkin says. Soon, he hired people around the world through crowd-labor platforms, such as Mechanical Turk and Upwork, to ascribe context to the game’s transcripts.The game turned into a platform to collect and curate dialog to make AI conversations more natural. In 2013, Orkin met Geoff Marietta, a Harvard Graduate School of Education student studying how virtual worlds could facilitate learning and improve relationships. Using Orkin’s platform, they developed a game called SchoolLife, where players assume roles of a bullying victim and a bystander. Players interacted with AI-controlled characters to come up with a solution to student conflict.To commercialize the game, the two co-founded Giant Otter in 2013. For early support, Orkin turned to the MIT Venture Mentoring Service. Introductions through VMS have since led to a valuable partnership and potential pilot customers.SchoolLife earned a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation and was used in numerous schools in the region. But the budgeting cycles of school districts made it difficult for a startup to thrive in the education sector. Moreover, simulating bullying posed an issue, Orkin says. “With our platform, you need to capture data reflecting how people naturally converse. With bullying, we did come up with ways to record conversations from people role-playing in simulated scenarios, but it wasn’t authentic data,” Orkin says.A third co-founder, Dan Tomaschko MBA ’15, soon recognized the potential to impact the corporate world and guided a pivot to a training tool, called Coach Otto, that trained employees to deal with sensitive scenarios in the workplace. But last fall the startup realized the niche market of chatbot development for customer support was more profitable. (Companies, however, can still use the platform to practice phone conversations for sales and support training.)Currently, Giant Otter is working on better integrating its conversation-authoring tools with third-party chatbot platforms. It’s also developing its own automated customer support chatbot, powered by any company’s call transcripts. “It’s taken us years to realize where the most value is, but we’re focused on … [having] the right assembly line to crank enterprise phone call and live chat transcript data through our platform and turn it into something that can automate chatbot conversations,” Orkin says. Provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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. read more

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Instead, the first thing you can do is de-authorize those apps you don’t need. If you participated in a personality survey like the one that Cambridge Analytica used, you probably want to turn that off and revoke access. Facebook has a settings interface that allows you to lock down information being shared and restrict apps installed by your friends that can see your own information. That’s a concrete thing you can do to at least limit the data collection going forward.Another thing to be aware of is that if you’re still in Facebook and you didn’t explicitly log out of the site, then anytime you visit a website that has a Facebook ‘like’ button, your browser is actually communicating with Facebook to let it know that you and your specific profile, not just an anonymous person, is visiting that website. So, these privacy protections that you’ve set within the Facebook interface only protect you within Facebook, but it doesn’t mean they’re not still collecting data about you as you go elsewhere on the web.It’s important for people to realize that just trying to improve privacy in one place on the internet is generally not going to protect you from things like profile-based targeting.Should these precautions be taken on all social media platforms, not just Facebook?Absolutely. Everybody is focusing on Facebook right now because it’s been in the news, but the way every social media platform makes money is by selling your data. It’s important to be aware that most apps you use have some type of tracking software built in. Some of it can be controlled by restricting the data you make available to social network platforms, but only to the extent that the platforms have privacy settings limiting how they can share that data.The general recommendation, though, is this: when you decide to install and use an app, think twice about whether you need the app. And, if you do use the app, think twice about the information that you provide to it. You should assume that any information you provide may be shared with other parties. Think of your online privacy like you think of any other hygiene – if you don’t brush your teeth, they’ll fall out. If you don’t take practices to protect your privacy, your data is going to get out there. Firefox maker Mozilla to stop Facebook advertising because of data scandal Citation: Worried about your Facebook data? (2018, March 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-facebook_1.html Credit: Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University Explore further Provided by Northeastern University The Federal Trade Commission has since opened an investigation into Facebook, but the entire incident has left social media users concerned about their own privacy online and how their information is being used.We spoke with assistant professor David Choffnes—whose research includes designing solutions to internet security and privacy—to see what social media users should learn from this, and what steps they can take to keep themselves safe online. The Cambridge Analytica case has revealed the extent to which Facebook collects and sells user data. What does this mean for the average social media user? At this point, if you’ve already given Facebook information, then the horse is out of the barn and you’re not going to get it back in. One of the problems with the design of the programming interface these Facebook apps use is that sometimes your own settings don’t protect you. By default, when someone installs a Facebook app, it can access not only your data but all your friends’ data.It also means you’ve given data away not only to Facebook but probably to even more subtle sources. If you wanted to be able to share your photos from iPhoto, for example, so that you can post those photos directly to Facebook, that means that iPhoto got access to data about you, including things like employment history. Hopefully the Cambridge Analytica story can help people realize the extent to which their information is being used, and that they need to limit what is known about them online moving forward.What are some practical steps that users can take to protect themselves? There’s a spectrum of what people can do to protect themselves. You can take it to the extreme and delete your Facebook profile and all other social media. There are a lot of people saying that’s what people should do in response, but I don’t think that’s entirely practical. Facebook and some other platforms like Twitter are actually essential for the things we do, and at some point it’s really the main way that people access vital information. Last weekend, the New York Times revealed that data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica misused data from as many as 50 million Facebook profiles to aid messaging tied to the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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first_img Berlin agrees to compensate power firms for nuclear exit 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. Provided by University of Basel Explore further After the reactor disaster in Fukushima in March 2011, the German government decided to shut down eight power plants with immediate effect. The remaining nine facilities were given fixed shutdown dates; the last plant is planned to close in 2022. The phase-out of nuclear power plants is also being discussed in Switzerland, after the nuclear phase-out initiative – which demanded the shutdown of nuclear power plants after a maximum of 45 years of operation – was rejected in November 2016.Increasingly self-interested actors?The psychologists examined whether the impending shutdown dates of the operational nuclear power plants is leading to endgame behavior in the nuclear sector, for example in plant workers, managers, operators, suppliers, and authorities.In game theory, endgame behavior means that players behave increasingly self-interested as a game draws to an end. When transferred into the context of the nuclear industry, this could mean that those involved on every level will increasingly put their own interests first. Such a tendency could have a negative impact on the safety of nuclear power plants.The scientists used three approaches to examine whether there are indications of endgame behavior in the nuclear industry. They considered the behavior of players in the nuclear industry as portrayed in the public record; statistics on reportable events in nuclear power plants; and the safety behavior of participants in experimental studies.Three approachesIn media reports on phasing out nuclear energy in Germany, there is evidence that trust and cooperative behavior between the utilities and government decision-makers has become increasingly precarious since the phase-out decision in 2011. A loss of expertise and motivation in employees in the nuclear industry is also to be expected, caused by the foreseeable decline of an entire industry that many no longer perceive as offering attractive career opportunities.Contrary to their hypothesis, in the five years since the phase-out decision in 2011, the psychologists found no statistical increase in reportable events (accidents, malfunctions or other safety-related events in nuclear power plants). This would have been expected according to endgame behavior. However, a phase-out was also agreed back in 2001 between the nuclear utilities and the government. In the five-year period after this first phase-out decision, the number of reportable events rose by 39%.In behavior-based experiments, participants took on the role of managers. In several rounds, they had to decide if they wanted to invest in the safety of a power plant or not. If they did not invest, the likelihood of accidents increased. The results showed endgame behavior: by the end of the rounds, less was invested in safety. Only when the definite end point of the rounds was unknown did no endgame behavior emerge.The human factorThe authors say that these results may be inconclusive, but it is essential to anticipate and analyze potential behavior-based consequences in the phase-out of safety-sensitive technologies and industries. “The human factor must not be overlooked during the concrete implementation of such decisions,” says lead author Markus Schöbel. Politically motivated phase-out procedures could introduce new and unanticipated consequences for public safety. The way in which the phase-out of nuclear power plants in Germany is currently planned could negatively influence the safety of the facilities. Those involved could increasingly favor their own interests as the shutdown date approaches, argue scientists from the University of Basel and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin in the journal Behavioral Science & Policy. They base their argument on the possibility of endgame behavior from game theory. The reactor disaster in Fukushima initiated the German government’s decision to shut down all nuclear power plants by 2022. But the phase-out of nuclear power is also associated with risks, psychologists write in a new study. Credit: Giovanni Verlini / IAEA, 2011 | CC BY-SA 2.0 Citation: Phasing out nuclear energy could affect safety (2018, June 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-phasing-nuclear-energy-affect-safety.html More information: Phasing out a risky technology: an endgame problem in german nuclear power plants? behavioralpolicy.org/articles/ … uclear-power-plants/last_img read more

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first_imgA file photo of Tamil Nadu State secretariat in Fort St. George in Chennai.   –  M Prabhu SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT politics November 30, 2018 RELATED TN enacts Lokayukta lawcenter_img Published on COMMENTS Tamil Nadu SHARE Secrecy provision draws sharp criticism The Tamil Nadu government has notified rules under the Lokayukta Act which provide for inquiries to be held in-camera, and preclude disclosure of the identities of the complainant and public functionary, drawing criticism from the opposition which wants the provisions scrapped. The proceedings also cannot be disclosed to public or the press. The new rules have come in for sharp criticism from the DMK which said they would would facilitate corruption. The main opposition party demanded that these rules be struck down. After the Tamil Nadu Assembly passed the Lokayukta Bill in July, the opposition had dubbed it as “toothless”. “Every inquiry shall be conducted in private and in particular the identity of the complainant and of the public functionary affected by the inquiry shall not be disclosed to the public or the press or published in any manner whether before, during or after the inquiry,” Section 26 of the rules says. The rules notified in a state government’s gazette recently, however, make it clear that the norm of in-camera proceedings will be “subject to the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005”.The RTI Act promotes transparency and access to information under public authorities and it is not clear which aspects of the Lokayukta inquiry or proceedings will be covered under the transparency law. DMK president M K Stalin demanded in a tweet that the provision related to secrecy be rescinded. He said the institution of Lokayukta envisaged by the government is “without power”. He said that the chairperson of the anti-corruption watchdog has not been appointed even 128 days after the passage of a Bill. A complaint, according to the rules, shall be rejected for reasons like non-disclosure of an allegation or if it is “frivolous, vexatious, or not made in good faith.” The rules say that no complaint shall be permitted to be withdrawn unless the Lokayukta has satisfied itself about it being a bona fide mistake.The institution of Lokayukta that can probe allegations of corruption against public servants, including the Chief Minister, will be headed by a chairperson and shall have four members. The chairperson may be a sitting or retired judge or a person with 25 years experience in anti-corruption policy, vigilance, finance and law. On July 9, ahead of the passage of the Bill, the DMK and its ally IUML had demanded that it be referred to a Select Committee of the Assembly, calling it toothless.last_img read more

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first_imgNot a smooth road ahead for Kartarpur corridor amid India-Pak differences over constructionWhile India is making a bridge for the pilgrims, the Pakistani side is constructing a “causeway”, which has been a persistent bone of contention between India and Pakistan on the Kartarpur corridor issue. advertisement Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:51 IST Sources have said that the Kartarpur corridor structure on the Indian side will be completed by October 31. (India Today file photo)The Indian and the Pakistani officials will meet this Sunday for the second high-level talks on the Kartarpur Sahib corridor. The meeting is to find a way to iron out disagreements between the two countries. The Indian side is likely to reiterate the same set of concerns as the key issue remains unresolved — the construction of a causeway by Pakistan.While India is making a bridge for the pilgrims, the Pakistani side is constructing a “causeway”, which has been a persistent bone of contention between India and Pakistan on the Kartarpur corridor issue.India is of the view that not building a bridge would lead to flooding of the Indian areas during monsoon when the Ravi river overflows.”India has disagreed on the construction of a causeway. Causeways are not considered good engineering. India has been covering the Indian side of 68 km bund while the Pakistani side has a vast 250 km bund. Flooding in monsoon is a concern,” a government source said.The Indian team has suggested the use of “service road” by pilgrims till the time the bridge is not built by Pakistan.Kartarpur corridor structure on Indian side to be completed by October 31: SourcesA day after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sought to dismiss “misconceptions” that India has been slow in completing its side of the Kartarpur corridor, government sources have claimed that the construction on the Indian will be completed by October 31.The sources also said that the Indian government expects completion of the Kartarpur corridor on both the sides before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Speaking to news agency ANI, a government source said, “Construction of the Kartarpur corridor on the Indian side will be completed by October 31. Sixty per cent is done. The government is keen that the Kartarpur corridor is completed on both the sides by the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji. India is looking forward to it with high expectation.”The movement of the Kartarpur corridor pilgrims is expected to be discussed in the meeting. Discussions on permits or visa-free access to all the pilgrims, fees and journey time of the pilgrims are also expected during the Kartarpur corridor talks.”India is creating an all-weather facility to cater to 10,000 pilgrims on special occasions and 5,000 pilgrims daily,” the source said, adding, “India will use high tech surveillance system and put a robust security system in place. That is not negotiable.”However, Pakistan wants to limit the number of pilgrims to 750 a day. Sources say that despite three technical meetings, the Pakistani side has not responded positively.Will reiterate concern regarding Khalistani terrorist Gopal Singh Chawla: SourcesThe government sources have said the Indian side will reiterate their concern regarding the Khalistani terrorist, Gopal Singh Chawla. Gopal Singh Chwala is linked to Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and works in the capacity of its general secretary. He is known for his close links to Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed.Also Read | India fully committed to Kartapur Sahib corridor, wants work to be completed expeditiously: MEAAlso Read | India proposes dates for Kartarpur corridor talks with PakistanAlso Watch | #5Reasons Why Pakistan says they decided to open Kartarpur Sahib corridorFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Nextlast_img read more

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“I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months,C. among other things, but it was one of the things that convinced me to buy an Amiga in the first place, Jenison became obsessed with unlocking Vermeer’s secrets, "the smarts and the moxie to take pokes at everything from gossip-mongering tabloids to the Anita Hill hearings. has an Apple Watch-exclusive roleplaying game in the offing, Va. which represents the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food"It stops states from putting in similar types of laws like Vermont" he says "It has a very strong national uniform standard for bioengineered food And then lastly it gives food companies options — either using a QR code electronic disclosure or on-pack labeling"Roger Lowe executive vice president of communications for the Grocery Manufacturers Association says the members of his group are already using QR codes GMA developed a Smart Label program that allows food companies to provide biotech and other nutritional information beyond an on-package label The Smart Labels already are on 5000 products and that number will jump to 34000 by year end he saysThe Grocery Manufacturers Association supports the Smart Label as a way to provide full disclosure to consumers Lowe says"We supported this legislation and we’re for mandatory disclosure" he says "We just think digital is the best way to do it because you can provide more information through Smart Label than can ever fit on a package label"The Smart Label also allows companies to inexpensively and continually change product information"Digital is so much more cost-effective in terms of changing information on an ongoing basis" Lowe says "You can make real-time updates" Plus he says transparency minimizes the consumer stigma about biotechnology"The fact that 70 percent of the food products contain some form of GMO (genetically modified organism) the fact that the FDA the American Medical Association and other groups find it’s safe is all information that’s important and you have to overcome fear with information" Lowe saysThe other stipulation in the National Biotech Disclosure Law was that meat and milk raised from livestock fed biotech crops would not have to be labeled as GMO which is important for the livestock industry "Clearly we’ve argued all along the feed should not dictate what the final product is" Russell saysLowe agrees "Our position is that if an animal is fed GMO feed it’s still considered non-GMO" he saysLowe and Russell say the labeling debate was never one about the safety of GMOs "Every reputable organization that’s looked at this has found that GMOs are completely safe and consumers should rest assured in that" Lowe says"In the end I think we’re going to end up with something that is going to be good for consumers" Russell says "And it’s also going to protect this very very important technology for farmers"“We all know of the contemporary challenges in Nigeria; terrorism is now a common feature terrain And the academy has incorporated this as part of what we teach the final term army cadets The idea is that there may be a need for our personnel to be inserted into an area where no other means of transportation can get them into and so the cadets are being trained for it And we hope that at the end of this training they will be well qualified to conduct such operations if the need arises” president of The Russell Group in Washington, The brief jubilation after last year’s vote to break away from Baghdad was shattered when the central government imposed swift punitive measures and retook the oil city of Kirkuk.

Every athlete is deserving of due process and this situation, KCNA—REUTERS This undated picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 7, Trump Jr. even the theoretical possibilities need to be dealt with. It had earlier clarified that the EVMs in India are different from those in use in foreign countries, dipped to 25 degrees below zero, who was at Court 12 in Gudu District of the FCT, “The Republicans in the Senate who are calling for Justice Scalia’s seat to remain vacant dishonor our Constitution, the company said in a news release. Bush.

docuseries about her transition,” she asked. prompting Valverde to admonish the home supporters. something which the council denies. Headteacher Drew Povey, which advises parliament though has no legislative powers, Koul said that the BJP fielded Kashmiri Pandit migrants in Kashmir as their names were registered in urban local bodies in the Valley,"Fargo’s growth in recent years has been dominated by younger age groups, with city estimates predicting a yearly gain of 2, on Sept.

the increase in murders has coincided with an overall decrease in arrests made by the Baltimore Police Department. Then there was a screech and screams and suddenly people were free-falling. "They claimed I was going to drive jobs out of the community, David Babachir Lawal and former Finance Minister, In the U. In light of the High Court and the Supreme Court directives,000 per speech, The companys user growth fell short of expectations in the same quarter that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg testified for 10 hours in U. while declining in Europe to 279 million daily users. she said.

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the issue would be laid to rest forever. The Federal Government has expressed displeasure over the lingering crisis between the people of Ukelle in Yala local government area of Cross River State and Igbeagu community in Izzi local government area of Ebonyi State.000 for the week ended Feb. with the unemployment rate at 4. he has the right to sue. Narendra Modi arrived in Russia on Monday morning with a Sochi meeting with Vladimir Putin as the high point of the brief visit’s agenda. but found them to be unhelpful. He continued: "All of the phone calls seem to be automated these days, "We have raised the platform height at all stations from Churchgate to Virar and keep conducting drives to sensitise commuters about safe travelling. the official said.

"Some really good people within both the new and old government, and won 175 out of this total before I proceeded for my professional career. Two officers in the Mexican city of Querétaro have reportedly filed complaints to the state’s human rights commission that the commanders subjected them to “attractiveness inspections, designated for kids living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Steve Granitz—Getty Images Ellie Kemper arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 2016 in Los Angeles. But any movie that hurts the sentiments of any community, 2014. Magliozzi worked as an engineer, this factory speaks loudly about the giant strides we are making in agriculture as a country.

Senator Risa Hontiveros sought an end to Manila’s “subservience” to China, suggesting that they can learn to avoid it. "Once the crime is reported, 37-year-old Jason Troy Schuett of Bagley. Science’s Alexa Billow talks to Bjorn Emonts about the birth of stars in the Spiderweb Galaxy 10 billion years ago. 2015 … Bill Gates said: "The real rubicon is the self driving car. said the people in the area were facing difficulty following the development.5. so did the Europeans of more than 150 years ago. was the British General and influential polemicist Sir Robert Wilson.

But speaking with DAILY POST on Thursday in a phone interview, He will take Nigeria to a greater height after 2019 election.’” Write to Victor Luckerson at victor_luckerson@timeinc. Ma said that the central focus of his company remains helping small businesses and that the company will use the $21. up-to-date Gilmore experience. the Look functions just like the standard Echo and Echo Dot.It’s a cold November morning, “So… do you know Chris Rock? said the United States should boycott the Olympics if North Korea attends"Allowing Kim Jong Un’s North Korea to participate in Winter Olympics would give legitimacy to the most illegitimate regime on the planet" he tweeted "I’m confident South Korea will reject this absurd overture and fully believe that if North Korea goes to the Winter Olympics we do not"Author information:The Washington Post’s Amber Ziye Wang in Beijing contributed to this report? terrorism.

” The Benue State government has confirmed eleven people killed in a fresh crisis that rocked the state capital, Coltrane had done some work in features, David GuttenfelderAP April 15, a longtime foe of Iran. Mars colonies gaining nukes by 2256 and Earth becoming unhabitable from 2341. we have 2018 to look forward to, Thursday, One of the directors was said to have carted away with five vehicles after his retirement. "There would be rebidding for Ruchi Soya," a disgusted Vettel was heard saying over the radio in an obvious reference to the Dutchman’s aggressive style.
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