Arthur to join Barcelona this summer

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Arthur confirms Barcelona transfer ahead of the 2018-19 season.The Gremio star was expected to join the Catalan club in January of 2019 but the two clubs are believed to be working on a deal that could see the midfielder move to Spain this summer.Both clubs agreed on a £35million transfer in March of 2018 that would see the 21-year-old Brazilian join Barcelona in January 2019 but the Catalans want the player in their team this summer.With the departure of Andres Iniesta, the club want the former U-20 Brazilian midfielder to beef up the number of midfielders in the club. Arthur has already announced he’s leaving the Brazilian club this summer.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I wanted to go out in a press conference for the love I have for the Gremio fans,” Arthur said, as reported by As.“I have a chance to fulfil a dream and I have to thank Barcelona for this opportunity. This isn’t goodbye as I hope I can come back to this club someday.”“Barce asked to arrive this summer and I really couldn’t turn down the chance to move to my dream club in earnest.”A deal is expected to be finalised this weekend, as confirmed by Gremio Sporting Director Andre Zanotta.last_img read more

Public Notice Reminder – Persons residing in the TCI on an Expired

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services is hereby reminding all persons that are currently in the Turks and Caicos Islands on an expired Visa that they are residing here unlawfully.   Such persons are encouraged to leave the country voluntarily as any such person found to be in the country illegally will be prosecuted under the law.The Ministry encourages all persons to avail themselves of the Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration Ordinance 2015 and Immigration Regulations 2016 or to call the Customer Service Quality Assurance Manager, Emilio Seymour on (649) 338-4114 or email himat infobordercontrol@gov.tc should you require any further information or have any questions or concerns.The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services thanks the public for their cooperation in this regard.Press Release: TCIG Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Avalanche Hazard Reduction On The Seward Highway Tomorrow

first_imgThe work will be between mileposts 37 and 38 at the Sterling Wye. Expect lane closures, road blocks, road closures, stopped traffic, short delays, and be prepared to stop, maintenance equipment on the roadway. Mirian Morse with the DOT: “There will be intermittent traffic delays, April 4, which is tomorrow. Motorists should expect delays of up to 45 minutes between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.”center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation will be doing Avalanche Hazard Reduction on the Seward Highway at Sterling Wye, on April 4.last_img

Audi R8 LMX and Datsun Go Launched in India

first_imgIndia saw two auto launches on Thursday, aimed at different ends of the spectrum. With the rate cut happening on the same day, the launches augur well for the Indian car enthusiasts and customers.Audi R8 LMX ReutersVolkswagen’s Audi premium car devision launched its limited edition R8 LMX, featuring laser headlamps, twice the range of all-LED headlight. The car is touted as the fastest R8 ever, with a 5.2 litre V10 engine producing 570PS of power and 540nm in torque, with a 7-speed S-tronic transmission handling the power produced.The car also incorporates camera-based sensor to detect other road users, which allows the headlights to “adjust light patterns to avoid dazzle.”Not surprisingly, Audi has priced its premium offering at ₹2.97 crore ex-showroom in Mumbai and Delhi.Datsun Go+ ReutersDatsun has finally launched its MPV offering, with an affordable, sub-four metre, seven seater. However, by tucking away the last row of seats, which are good for children alone, the luggage-carrying space grows to 347 litres.The Indian market has grown fond of cars on stilts, featuring an increased ground clearance with more erect driver position.The Go+ is equipped with a 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine coughing up 68PS of power and delivering 20.62 kmpl, as claimed by the manufacturer. It would come with four-versions with prices starting from ₹3.79 lakh to ₹4.61 lakh, based on the variant.The company, a subsidary of French manufacturer Renault has offered a standard warranty for two year unlimited mileage, extendable by another two years with no restrictions on mileage.last_img read more

China to close N Korean firms by January

first_imgChina to shut North Korean firms or joint ventures in China, as well as any overseas joint ventures with North Koreans.Photo: ReutersChina said Thursday North Korean companies operating in the country will have to shut down by January as Beijing applies UN sanctions imposed following Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test.The commerce ministry said the companies, including joint ventures with Chinese firms, have 120 days to close from the date the United Nations resolution was adopted, 11 September.The sanctions spare, on a case by case basis, entities involved in non-commercial activities or public utility infrastructure projects that do not generate profits.The announcement comes days after China confirmed that it will apply another major part of the sanctions: a limit on exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea starting 1 October and a ban on textiles from its neighbour.In August, China banned North Korean firms and individuals from establishing new companies in its territory following a separate set of sanctions.China’s application of UN sanctions is particularly biting for North Korea. Beijing is Pyongyang’s main ally and trading partner, responsible for around 90 per cent of the hermit nation’s commerce.The United States has pressed China to use its economic leverage to strongarm North Korea into giving up its nuclear ambitions.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Beijing this weekend for talks with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.Tillerson will discuss the North Korean nuclear tensions, trade issues and President Donald Trump’s planned trip to China in November, the US State Department said.Trump’s tour will also take in regional allies Japan and South Korea.‘Abyss of misery’Washington has alternated between criticising and praising Beijing’s role in the North Korea crisis, on the one hand welcoming its support for new sanctions but also insisting it must do more to rein in its unruly neighbour.For its part, China has called on both Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un to tone down their increasingly bellicose rhetoric and instead try to begin peace talks.“We are opposed to any war on the Korean peninsula, and the international community will never allow a war (which would) plunge people into an abyss of misery,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing.“Sanctions and the promoting of talks are both the requirements of the UN Security Council. We should not overemphasise one aspect while ignoring the other,” Lu said.While China has imposed sanctions on its renegade neighbour, it wants to avoid precipitating the regime’s downfall over fears that its collapse could send an influx of refugees across its border and place the US army at its doorstep.But Beijing appears to be running out of patience with North Korea’s nuclear antics-the last test earlier this month triggered an earthquake that was felt in northeast China.Branches of China’s biggest banks have told AFP that they have suspended financial transactions for North Koreans, a measure that is not required under UN sanctions.last_img read more

Hispanic evangelical group offers to house migrant children in churches

first_img By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! About the authorView All Posts By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! News • Photos of the Week By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity. Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News Catholicism By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkinscenter_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Tagsborder crisis child migrant crisis Hispanic evangelicals homepage featured immigration Top Story,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The head of the largest Hispanic evangelical Christian network in the United States announced it will offer to work with the Trump administration to provide resources and shelter to migrant children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.Speaking during a call with reporters Monday (July 1), the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said his organization plans to launch a campaign to offer aid to immigrant children held in detention centers at the border.The effort, which organizers are calling the “For His Children” campaign, will involve sending “shipments and cargo and truckloads of resources to the border,” including shoes, clothing and hygiene products, Rodriguez said.“We have boots on the ground literally now working with our current administration in addressing some of the needs of these children coming over,” he said.When a Religion News Service reporter asked if the campaign would involve churches providing shelter or foster homes for migrant children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Rodriguez said yes.“That’s part of what we have in the rollout of the campaign,” he said. “It’s part of it.”The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez in 2013. Courtesy photoIt was not immediately clear how many — or which — children the group might be able to take in. No details were available about what kind of government approval the process would require. It was also not clear whether the children would be housed just in churches or also in homes.The Kairos Company, the communications firm that organized the call, told RNS churches who participate in the program plan to offer housing to children who would otherwise end up in detention centers, but noted they have not yet secured approval from the U.S. government to do so.“In the meantime the churches will provide the necessary basic necessities and we are opening up churches to accommodate just in case the detention centers cannot hold the children or their families,” a spokesperson said in an email. “The church becomes a temporary housing facility for those seeking asylum or coming over the border undocumented and were captured in the process.”The spokesperson also noted that the initiative will be led by the NHCLC, but not limited to their network.RNS also asked the U.S. State Department about the potential program, but they deferred to the Department of Homeland Security, who also did not immediately respond. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — which assists with similar programs — also did not immediately respond to request for comment.Rodriguez said For His Children is “revamping” a previous partnership with the humanitarian organization Convoy of Hope. That partnership began in July 2014 when unaccompanied children arrived in the U.S. under former President Obama.The NHCLC president listed as potential partners Gus Reyes, director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission, and Rev. Eli Bonilla, lead pastor at Bethel Christian Church in Orlando, Florida.“Our preferable choice is for people to come here legally, not illegally. We want to stop all illegal immigration for a number of reasons, including the humanitarian reason. My heart broke when I saw these kids. I don’t want these kids to be in danger or to suffer at all,” Rodriguez said.“If they do come here, we want to be a blessing to them. We really want to help them.”Still, he said, he saw something “drastically different from the stories I’ve been hearing in our national discourse” when he requested a visit to a detention facility last week in El Paso, Texas.“I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border.”He and a delegation of pastors from the NHCLC had full access to the facility, which they toured for at least an hour, he said.It appeared to be a “summer camp environment” where children had television and snacks and cordial relationships with guards, Rodriguez said. No one was sleeping on floors or cement, and storage areas were full of clothing and hygiene products.People protest against U.S. immigration policies on the American side, right, of the Mexico-America border near Tijuana on Dec. 10, 2018. RNS photo by Jair Cabrera TorresRodriguez said guards emphatically told him they had not altered the center for the visit but acknowledged he was not allowed to speak with the children.James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, similarly grabbed headlines last week with a newsletter documenting his visit to the border at McAllen, Texas, alleging “the media and leftist politicians have not been truthful about what is going on there.”Both Rodriguez and Dobson are represented by The Kairos Company.The Evangelical Immigration Table also visited the U.S.-Mexico border in late June, as revelations about the dire conditions of children within detention centers made the news. Its delegation included the National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson and World Relief President Scott Arbeiter, as well as representatives of Bethany Christian Services, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the Assemblies of God.The NHCLC is a member of the Evangelical Immigration Table.Afterward, the Evangelical Immigration Table sent a letter addressed to President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of Congress.That letter asks for immediate funding for border facilities, urges the U.S. to respect its own laws regarding asylum seekers and expressed concern about Trump’s so-called “Remain in Mexico” program.In a recorded press call about the letter, Anderson said there are churches throughout the U.S. that are “eager to welcome families and provide for them.“We just need federal policies that would allow them to be able to do that,” he said.Anderson also asked Congress to “find a bipartisan solution to this tragic situation.”One issue preventing churches and faith-based agencies from helping asylum seekers is the “Remain in Mexico” program, which is sending asylum seekers back over the border to Mexico while they wait for their cases to be heard in U.S. immigration court, according to Matthew Soerens, national coordinator of the Evangelical Immigration Table and U.S. director of church mobilization for World Relief.Another issue is that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has run out of resources to place children with agencies like Bethany Christian Services that are authorized to provide foster care for children until they can be reunited with family, Soerens said.Also, churches would need government approval and oversight to take in children. Not just anyone can show up and offer to foster a migrant child who has been separated from his or her family at the border, he confirmed — and that’s “for good reason.”He added, “You have to protect children.” Share This! Norman Geisler, theologian and prolific author, dies at 86 Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Iraqi refugee in New Mexico leaves church sanctuary after two years As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Photos of the Week August 30, 2019last_img read more

A Mural Takes On New Tragic Meaning In Mourning El Paso

first_img Share Stella Chávez/KERAManuel, Patricia, and Andrea Oliver speak at an unveiling ceremony for a mural dedicated to their son and brother, Joaquin, who was killed in the Parkland shooting. The ceremony also served as a memorial to those killed in the Walmart shooting in El Paso.Hundreds of people in El Paso turned out Sunday for a rally against gun violence, the day after a gunman killed 22 people and wounded more than two dozen others inside a local Walmart.The suspected 21-year-old gunman from Allen, Texas, is in police custody, and authorities are investigating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke addressed the community along with local elected officials and faith leaders. They called on the federal government to draft a national plan to deal with white supremacy, domestic terrorism and gun violence as a national crisis.“El Paso is an incredible community — we have been safe for decades,” Escobar said. “Historically, El Paso has led the nation in its desegregation and integration efforts; and during moments of crisis, we’ve demonstrated to the country how we treat strangers and the most vulnerable in our midst.  We will continue to do this because we have chosen to face challenges with decency, strength and love.”.@BetoORourke and @RepEscobar leading a silent march in El Paso for the unveiling of the Manuel Oliver mural in honor of his son Joaquin who would have turned 19 today. Joaquin was killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting. @keranews #ElPaso pic.twitter.com/Xs1RcAGs4c— Stella M. Chávez (@stellamchavez) August 5, 2019Following the rally, Escobar and O’Rourke led a silent march to another ceremony. The family of a victim from last year’s mass shooting in Parkland happened to be in El Paso Sunday to unveil a mural in honor of their late son.Joaquin Oliver was one of the 14 students killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. To commemorate his birthday, his father Manuel Oliver painted a mural outside Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso.That location near the border was chosen because Joaquin was an advocate for immigrants’ welfare in addition to speaking out against gun violence.  Oliver urged El Paso residents to become advocates too.“This is the moment to talk about guns. We know what those families are going through — their lives have changed forever and they expect you to do something about it.”The mural includes Joaquin’s image and jailed immigrant children. Oliver added “El Paso Is Not Alone” in Spanish.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>This piece was originally published on KERAlast_img read more

Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to talk

first_img Citation: Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to ‘talk’ (2013, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-similarities-birds-babies.html Explore further Credit: CDC.gov © 2013 Phys.org 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. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: Stepwise acquisition of vocal combinatorial capacity in songbirds and human infants, Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12173AbstractHuman language, as well as birdsong, relies on the ability to arrange vocal elements in new sequences. However, little is known about the ontogenetic origin of this capacity. Here we track the development of vocal combinatorial capacity in three species of vocal learners, combining an experimental approach in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) with an analysis of natural development of vocal transitions in Bengalese finches (Lonchura striata domestica) and pre-lingual human infants. We find a common, stepwise pattern of acquiring vocal transitions across species. In our first study, juvenile zebra finches were trained to perform one song and then the training target was altered, prompting the birds to swap syllable order, or insert a new syllable into a string. All birds solved these permutation tasks in a series of steps, gradually approximating the target sequence by acquiring new pairwise syllable transitions, sometimes too slowly to accomplish the task fully. Similarly, in the more complex songs of Bengalese finches, branching points and bidirectional transitions in song syntax were acquired in a stepwise fashion, starting from a more restrictive set of vocal transitions. The babbling of pre-lingual human infants showed a similar pattern: instead of a single developmental shift from reduplicated to variegated babbling (that is, from repetitive to diverse sequences), we observed multiple shifts, where each new syllable type slowly acquired a diversity of pairwise transitions, asynchronously over development. Collectively, these results point to a common generative process that is conserved across species, suggesting that the long-noted gap between perceptual versus motor combinatorial capabilities in human infants1 may arise partly from the challenges in constructing new pairwise vocal transitions.center_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from Japan, Israel and the U.S. has found evidence that suggests birds and human infants learn to string syllables together in roughly the same way: through stepwise improvement. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they taught songbirds to sing a new tune and compared an analysis of the results with sounds made by human infants saved in a database. Journal information: Nature The remarkable process that allows humans to learn to talk as they move through various stages of development has been the focus of a lot of research. To gain some insight into the process, researchers have often turned to the animal world—less complicated systems are easier to study. In this new effort, the researchers looked first at zebra finches. Prior research has led most in the field to believe that songbirds such as finches learn how to voice syllables by listening to the birds around them. After that, the ability to string them together into song is innate—it just happens. In this new research, the team has found evidence that it’s not innate, but is instead the result of a lot of work on the part of the bird.To come to this conclusion the team removed three young finches from others of their kind and taught them to sing in the lab. As expected, the birds picked up syllables rather quickly, mimicking the sounds they were played. Next, they were taught to string two syllables together, such as sound A and sound B. Then, they added another syllable, but introduced it as a pair, BC. Then finally, they asked the birds to sing the whole song, ABC, ABC, etc. But that was only the beginning, next the researchers taught the birds to sing another song that was made up of the same sounds, but in a different order: ACB. In studying how the birds went about learning the new song, the researchers discovered that they did so in stepwise fashion, trying out different parts before putting the whole song together. That proved, the researchers claim, that learning songs in songbirds, is not innate. Left turn in speech research—Key insights in study of zebra finches Play Example of step-wise learning of vocal transitions in a songbird and a human infant. Credit: Ofer Tchernichovski and CHILDES database But that wasn’t the end of the study, the researchers found another team in Japan had been conducting a very similar study with Bengalese finches and came up with nearly identical results. Intrigued, they began looking at sounds made by babies that have been stored in a research database. After much analysis, they discovered that the infants were following a nearly identical path in learning to string syllables together to make words as the birds had done to make songs.The results of this research suggest that the basic underpinnings that lead to language development in people, is similar to song development in birds.last_img read more

As August Inventory Sinks Demand Remains Strong

first_img Late-summer housing market trends point to an “unusual twist” in sales activity for the fall, national brokerage Redfin said Wednesday in its latest Real-Time Housing Market Tracker.Examining August activity in more than 30 markets nationwide, the company reported a 1.4 percent month-over-month dip in home sale prices to a median $281,000, reflecting a gain of just 5.1 percent over last year. Meanwhile, home sales weakened to 134,143, down 5.1 percent from July and 8.3 percent from August 2013.More interesting, Redfin said, was the shift in supply and demand dynamics: Even as new listings plunged 9.3 percent—nearly triple the average July-to-August decline—numbers of customers touring homes and making offers rose, demonstrating buyers aren’t backing off.At the same time, fewer homes are being sold above their list price (2 percent less than July and 7 percent less than a year ago), meaning that same group of buyers is willing to take a slow approach in a market where high demand would normally drive up prices.”Our take is that the seemingly incongruous August numbers reflect the mindsets of buyers and sellers,” said Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson. “Buyers want to buy, but they’re patient, and more careful not to overpay. At the same time, sellers are adjusting to having less power, which seems to have put a damper on some listing their homes.”With the groundwork of strong demand and short supply in place, Richardson said the company expects a fall selling season marked by slower price growth and stronger sales than last year.”A surprising drop in newly listed homes combined with strong homebuyer demand could suggest that home prices will spike upward this fall as they did much of last year. Not so,” she said. “We actually expect prices to continue to soften in the next few months as investors and all-cash buyers continue to retreat from the market.” September 24, 2014 483 Views Demand Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Redfin 2014-09-24 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img As August Inventory Sinks, Demand Remains Strong Sharelast_img read more

Rep Tedder hosts indistrict office hours for October

first_img05Oct Rep. Tedder hosts in-district office hours for October State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of October.“I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Tedder said. “Taking their issues and concerns to Lansing is my top priority as a legislator.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:Friday, Oct. 13 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce, 2309 Airport Road in Waterford Township; andMonday, Oct. 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, 5856 S. Main St. in the Village of Clarkston.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Tedder at 517-373-0615 or via email at JimTedder@house.mi.gov. Categories: Tedder Newslast_img read more

Dear Reader Two weeks ago gold dropped almost

first_imgDear Reader, Two weeks ago, gold dropped almost back to where it was last December. The resulting negative sentiment gripping the precious metals market and indeed the whole metals and mining sector is profound and far reaching—as bad as last December, or worse. Which is odd, because the better stocks have not returned to their December lows. Producers have cut costs, explorers and developers with quality assets have been able to raise the money needed to advance, and we’ve actually been able to book some profits this year. But that’s typical; markets tend to overreact, and that, of course, creates opportunities. That said, the Casey consensus is now that broader markets are set for a major correction—much greater than the 1,000 point slide the Dow has seen over the last month. We may at long last be on the verge of leaving the eye of the global economic storm, as we’ve called it. Our colleagues at The Casey Report are preparing a special report on this subject, which we will send to all paying subscribers. But whether or not a “waterfall event” is about to hit Wall Street and beyond, if we’re facing the possibility of another 2008-type downturn, it’s only prudent to rig for stormy weather. What does that mean? It means rebalancing more toward cash and culling underperformers to that end—especially companies low on funds or losing money. Being contrarians, however, we also want to prepare to go bargain hunting. It’s in this context that I want to share some price-to-book-value research we’ve done, as you’ll see below. It’s important to keep the difference between price and value in mind when the two diverge. And they already have. Things could start moving very quickly in the weeks ahead. We’ll do our best to keep you appraised and advise you on how to proceed. Subscribers should check our portfolio pages frequently this month. Before we get to today’s article, however, I’m pleased to announce our new documentary-style film on the only way for Americans to legally minimize their taxes without leaving the US. It’s called America’s Tax-Free Zone, and you can watch it for free. As I’m sure longtime readers can guess, the focus is on Puerto Rico’s new tax incentives. Doug Casey, Peter Schiff, and other experts walk viewers through the facts and what to do. I hope you enjoy the video; I’d love to have more of you become my neighbors here in the US Caribbean. Now, on to the main event. More next week, Sincerely, Copper 3.01 3.14 3.30 Rock & Stock Stats Last One Month Ago Gold Producers (GDX) 20.69 23.43 24.50 Gold 1,238.29 1,234.90 1,323.00 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 32.47 37.60 37.38 One Year Ago Silver 17.27 18.66 21.95 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Gold (SGE) 1,243.72 1,249.15 1,302.08 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 14,227.68 15,458.88 13,036.36 Silver Stocks (SIL) 10.39 11.98 12.80 TSX Venture 810.13 972.51 951.58 Oil 82.92 93.20 100.87last_img read more

70year old multimillionaires 1 step to survive

first_img 70-year old multimillionaire’s #1 step to survive America’s looming currency crisis I think you’ll be surprised just how easy this is – yet most Americans know nothing about this option. You don’t even have to send a single penny outside the U.S. to do it, either. Click here to learn more. France made cash transactions over €1,000 illegal, down from the previous limit of €3,000. – Governments are waging a war on cash… Although you won’t hear it in the mainstream media, many world governments want to eliminate paper cash. Governments hate paper cash because it’s hard to track. Electronic payments through banks are much easier to monitor and record. Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Speculator, has been following this trend closely. The War on Cash is a favorite pet project of the economic central planners. They want to eliminate hand-to-hand currency so that governments can document, control, and tax everything. In just the last few years… •  If, like us, you’re concerned about governments’ War on Cash… We suggest owning a significant amount of physical gold and silver. People across the world consider gold and silver money. They have for thousands of years. If your government eliminates paper currency, you won’t be able to store wealth by keeping cash at home or in a vault. You’ll have to store all your cash in digital form, at a bank, or another financial institution. With gold and silver, you can store a portion of your wealth at home or in a vault, outside the banking system. And, unlike cash in a bank, reckless government printing and spending can’t destroy the value of gold and silver. You should also consider reading Casey Research’s newest book, Going Global. It includes strategies to protect your money from reckless government actions, like the banning of paper cash. We typically sell this book for $99…but right now we’ll mail a hardcover copy to your front door for just $4.95. Click here to learn more. •  Brazil is sinking deeper into its worst economic crisis in decades… Brazil’s economy shrunk by 4.5% during the third quarter, according to government data released this week. It was the biggest quarterly decline since Brazil starting keeping GDP records in 1996. Its economy has now shrunk three quarters in a row. Casey readers have known about Brazil’s economic crisis for months. The downturn is only getting worse. Brazil’s economy is spiraling into a full-blown depression… Since July 2014, Brazil’s currency has lost 41% of its value against the U.S. dollar. Meanwhile, Brazil’s annual inflation rate just topped 10% for the first time in 12 years. And the country’s unemployment rate hit a six-year high of 7.9% in October. •  China’s slump is one reason why Brazil is unraveling… China’s economy grew 9.7% per year from 1990 through 2014. In 2010, China became the world’s second-biggest economy. During this time, China’s explosive growth helped boost the global economy. China needed a lot of raw materials to build its infrastructure. This helped countries, like Brazil, that export those materials. In fact, China’s rapid growth helped Brazil become the seventh-largest economy in the world. But China’s economy is slowing now. Last year, China grew at its weakest pace since 1990. That’s creating big problems for Brazil… •  Brazil sends 19% of its exports to China… That’s more than it sends to any other country…and nearly twice as much as it sends to the U.S. China’s slowing economy means it’s building fewer factories, office buildings, and bridges. That’s hurting demand for Brazil’s largest export: iron ore, the main ingredient in steel. Iron ore accounts for 19% of Brazil’s exports. It’s by far the country’s largest export. •  The U.S. economy also appears to be slowing down… According to The Wall Street Journal, spending on capital goods fell 3.8% during the first 10 months of 2015. Capital goods include equipment and machinery. Meanwhile, business investment only grew 2.2% during the third quarter. That’s one of the smallest increases since the Great Recession, according to The Wall Street Journal. The energy sector is a big reason those figures are so weak. As you likely know, energy prices have plummeted. The price of oil has dropped 40% over the past year. And the price of natural gas has dropped 34%. Energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie estimates that North American oil companies have cut spending by $220 billion since last summer. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that companies in other sectors are dialing back investments as well. The industries [that are] pulling back range from retailers and manufacturers to energy companies and some services firms… Even major retailers are cutting back on spending. Macy’s Inc. plans to close 35 to 40 stores early next year, joining J.C. Penney Co. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. among retailers announcing cutbacks this year. Companies buy more equipment and machinery when they’re optimistic about the economy. They cut back on spending when they think the economy is slowing. Right now, declining business investment is one of many signs pointing to a slowing U.S. economy. Chart of the Day The stock price of Vale S.A. (VALE), the world’s largest iron ore miner, just hit an 11-year low… Today’s chart shows Vale’s adjusted stock price, which accounts for stock splits and dividends. Its stock price has dropped 57% this year. It’s now down 89% from the all-time high it set in 2008. Vale mines more iron ore than any other company in the world. Its stock price is crashing because iron ore demand is crashing. This points to huge problems in the global economy. Russia banned cash transactions over $10,000; Uruguay banned cash transactions over $5,000; and A money making site you had no idea existed… Your broker or financial advisor will never tell you about this little known financial website that’s helping some people make up to $300 per hour. Learn more here. Nick went on to explain that the U.S. government imposes restrictions on withdrawing your own cash from the bank. In the U.S., central planners ratchet up the War on Cash every time the government declares a made-up war on something else…a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on poverty, a war on terror… They all end with more government intrusion into your financial affairs. Thanks to these made-up wars, the U.S. government is imposing an increasing number of regulations on cash transactions. Try withdrawing more than $10,000 in cash from your bank. They’ll treat you like a criminal or terrorist. •  We just got the clearest sign yet that paper cash is disappearing… The world’s largest printer of banknotes (paper currency) is cutting production and firing employees. Yesterday, De La Rue (LON: DLAR) announced it will cut its banknote production capacity by 25%. The company is closing half of its production lines and eliminating 300 jobs. De La Rue prints more banknotes than any other company in the world. It produces banknotes for over 150 national currencies, including the British pound sterling. Its stock price is down 20% since mid-April. The company’s CEO said the decision was made to keep the company “in line with the future needs of our global customers.” De La Rue may also sell its cash-sorting machine business for similar reasons.center_img Recommended Links — Switzerland proposed banning cash payments in excess of 100,000 francs; Italy made cash transactions over €1,000 illegal; Spain banned cash transactions over €2,500; Mexico made cash payments of more than 200,000 pesos illegal; Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida December 03, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link — America’s Go-To Crypto Expert: “Get Ready for the ‘Second Boom’” Sandy: People using electrically powered devices rarely consider the risks—including that of death by electrocution—that might occur without adequate engineering. But Underwriters Laboratory does. The average home has hundreds of electrical devices that could start a fire or cause electrocution, but this is extremely rare thanks to UL. John: Given the average American’s willingness to turn to the government to solve problems these days, I’d bet that the government will create a new agency to improve safety of AI-driven vehicles. It’ll be as counterproductive as the FDA is at improving medical safety. Durk: I certainly trust the insurance companies over government regulators. John: Will our biological understanding keep up with AGI development sufficiently to allow a human to bond with an AGI computer by tying it into our brains? Or is it more likely that the AGI will stay separate from us, and leap past humans so we risk ending up with a Terminator situation? Durk: An AGI robotic lover might cement that bond right down to the basement of the human limbic system. I worry most about black-hat hackers causing distress in that regard by hijacking AGI. Think about how hackers stole 21 million records from the government’s Office of Personnel Management. These were the SF-85 and SF-86 forms, extensive forms filled out by people for background investigations, such as when applying for secret and top-secret clearance. All of it was stolen. Yet there has not been massive identify theft from this data breach. Why? Well, maybe it’s the Chinese government that stole them. They may have all this compromising information on all sorts of people in sensitive government positions that would come in real handy to them, alongside the gigabytes of information that people’s home security cameras send back to China every day. Only one customer in a thousand knows how to secure those things. They’re collecting kompromat (Russian for compromising material). John: Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics were designed to protect humans from AGI robots. In his fiction, these protections were somehow placed into the core of the positronic brain so effectively that a robot would terminate itself before hurting a human. Is there a way to insert such protections into real AGI robots? Durk: Yes, but any protections like that won’t be in the hardware, but in the firmware or software, and therefore will be reprogrammable or hackable. And there will be difficult situations. If a kid jumps out in front of an autonomous car while a gasoline tank truck drives by in the other direction, the AGI has to decide who dies. Sandy: The insurance companies will have much to say about how the AI is designed to make such decisions. The algorithm will be focused on minimizing the damage. John: Can we program “natural law” into AGI robots? At least the first natural law that underlies libertarian and anarchist philosophy… Law 1: Don’t initiate force or fraud against a human. Durk: AGI ought to be able to learn that just by watching people who hold to that philosophy, and such AGI robots will end up being very good indeed. On the other hand, if the AGI robot is learning from people who are crooked politicians, they’re going to act like politicians. Sandy: Ruthless. Durk: Initially, identical AGI robots could end up being Mother Theresa or a perfect sociopath, depending on who they learn from. If they learn from Stalin, Mao, and Hitler, the AGI will be an even more effective version of them. Sandy: And therefore, as dangerous as you want to make them. John: Can an AGI robot have a conscience? Durk: If it learns behavior from people who have a conscience, then it will have a conscience. As a child, you learned how to interact with people by observation and practice. It would be nice if AGIs learn the small-town mentality where reputation counts and the sociopathic types cannot rely on big-city anonymity to carry on their misdeeds. John: So we can expect to have good guy and bad guy AGI robots. We need to do a better job of protecting these young AGI robots from the same bad influences that cause problems in our human kids. If we don’t keep the government out of their development and regulation, we could well end up with robots and AGIs that learn from bureaucrats and politicians that people should all be treated as sheep. Reader Mailbag Today, a reader shares his overall success investing in the legal cannabis market… Hi Justin, I just read your note about the alcohol manufacturers being concerned about legal pot coming. Also noted some concerned questions from subscribers about the recent pullback in the sector and some of the stocks. I wonder, did they bother to take some of the profits off the top back when the pot stocks were on the rapid run-up at the end of the year and the first week of January this year? Most of the shares that were recommended (and some others I found on my own) were up over 200%; some were up 300%+. I had let them ride, but once they started to pull back around 10%, I took a Casey Free Ride on all my positions in the sector. In fact, I swept 150% of my original investment off the table, and the remaining Free Ride positions are currently valued at close to the initial amount I put in the sector. So I’m comfortable letting them ride for the long term. No pullback can really impact me at this point (other than going to zero and giving up those paper profits which the Free Ride represents, which sure doesn’t seem likely). Keep up the great service. —Bill Another shares his outlook on the future of the sector… I don’t think Jeff Sessions is an idiot; he knows that legal marijuana is here to stay. But I also think he does not like having a law on the books that can’t be enforced. I believe his stance is an attempt to goad Congress into making marijuana legal or to repeal the federal ban so that there is no dilemma. On Trump and tariffs: I think Trump knows what effect tariffs will have on trade and that he doesn’t really want to go there. Trump the dealmaker is waiting for counter-offers and will agree to a compromise of some sort. This is not over! —Don And finally, another response to Doug’s controversial interview on arming teachers… Hi, I’m not really sure how we can solve this rampant misuse of guns issue. A comment was made about an old female teacher with a handgun facing a killer with an AR-15 and how that would work. My take on that is, if you had teachers who were able to have guns in school—and by that, I mean teachers who are trained in gun usage—we’d be in much better shape. In my high school, years ago, at least half of the teachers (mostly male) were hunters who I knew personally and they respected firearms. If I knew they had guns at their disposal during a maniac’s mass shooting, I’d feel a lot better. Law-abiding people with no means of self-defense are just victims in a case like this. No one should be a victim in school. Put some guns in the hands of good shooters, and I mean good in mind and in handling of firearms. It should be easy for a school to identify people who fit those qualities. I’ve had guns my whole life. I respect them. I haven’t been hunting in 30 years. But I know how to handle a weapon and there are millions of law-abiding citizens who are out there that do the same, and many of those are teachers in schools. My grandson goes to elementary school. I’d have no problem in having qualified teachers there having access to firearms. If one has to go after a killer, he’ll have more than just his body available.—GeorgeAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here. In Case You Missed It… Bitcoin has taken the spotlight in the financial world. But while most investors are focused on the cryptocurrency itself, the companies that use its technology will also be big winners in the years ahead. To learn more about these companies—and how you can invest in them from an ordinary brokerage account—click here. — Teeka Tiwari was one of the first experts to predict last year’s cryptocurrency boom. Anybody who followed his advice could have pocketed rare and extraordinary gains of 207%, 1,140%, 11,004%, and even 14,354% in as little as 6 months. However, Teeka believes those who get in now – before an imminent deadline – could make even more money this year. Click here for all the details.center_img An interview with John Hunt, MD, Durk Pearson, and Sandy Shaw Justin’s note: Today, we have a special interview for you. In it, Dr. John Hunt interviews Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw about artificial intelligence (AI). If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know John is a doctor, inventor, and entrepreneur. He’s also Doug Casey’s co-author. Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw are no slouches either. Durk triple majored and triple minored at MIT. He worked as a rocket scientist and aerospace physicist for many years, and helped men get to and from the moon alive. His intelligence and knowledge base is one in a billion, which sits atop a sound economic ideology. He has been recognized as “an American Renaissance Man of Science,” and his notable achievements have extended to society in general. Sandy graduated from UCLA, majoring in chemistry and biology and minoring in math. She’s been extensively interviewed by the mainstream media, including The Wall Street Journal. Her intelligence and knowledge base is phenomenal, which made her the ideal partner for Durk. Together, they co-authored the No. 1 New York Times best-seller Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach. John: What is the difference between artificial intelligence (AI) and artificial general intelligence (AGI)? Durk: Artificial intelligence can involve something very specific like a chess-playing program. If you ask a chess-playing program to play Go, you will find it to be useless. If you ask it to diagnose your symptoms, it’s useless. AGI, or deep learning, is all about the machine programming itself. Recently, Google demonstrated an AGI computer that could learn chess to the grandmaster level in less than 24 hours. It did this by watching grandmasters play chess. Then they took the same machine and exposed it to experts playing the game Go, and it became the world champion Go player in less than 24 hours. Go is much more complicated than chess. You see, the computer learned the games by observing humans playing them. This tech is from Tesla Learning (not the auto company), using tensor learning. The computers cost about $10,000 apiece. You don’t need a supercomputer to do this. And the price of these learning machines will come down over time. Unconventional “money ball” technique lets him retire at 42… and coach Little League in his free time Thanks to an  “unconventional” technique, this California man was able to retire 2 decades early. He uses this rare “key” to generate thousands per week… without touching stocks or bonds. He calls it his retirement hobby. Click here to get the full story. John: Can you explain more about deep learning? Durk: Deep learning is when the machine teaches itself through observations without a human explicitly writing a program to do it. You give it examples and information, and the machine becomes an expert. It’s the way humans learn. John: AGI is going to be much more intelligent than humans in the near future. Durk: The Kurzweil singularity will come soon (when the computers’ IQs are over 100). And I intend to have a singular AGI partner to help me function. 10 years later, their IQs will be 1000. Sandy: I’m thinking that these incredibly intelligent computers won’t be regulated as devices at that point, but rather, will need to be thought of as individuals. Durk: There’s going to be a “Computer Liberation Front,” a social movement that will have nothing to do with liberating computers, and be all about politicians trying to grab power using that as an excuse. But 10 years further on, their IQs will be 10,000, and what the hell does that mean? (AGI with 10,000 IQ says: “Durk and Sandy, I’ve figured out how to create universes; how would you like a universe of your very own with hundreds of billions of galaxies, each with hundreds of billions of planets?”) John: A bit more imminently, what will be the political, economic, and legal implications of an autonomous driving truck? Sandy: They could become a horrible terrorist weapon. Durk: Whether autonomous or human-driven, driving a truck through a crowd kills a lot more people than a semi-automatic rifle with a bump stock. A hacked autonomous driving truck could be a major danger. I’m really concerned about security. White-hat hackers have demonstrated how they can take over the controls of a Jeep remotely and drive it off the road (this vulnerability has since been patched). The typical modern car has a computer with millions of lines of code. Higher-end cars have more lines of code in them than were involved in the entire Apollo flight program. There are going to be bugs in vehicle software that makes it a big target surface for black-hat hackers. John: So what happens when one of these autonomous trucks, even without a hacker involved, goes awry? What are the implications? Durk: Lots of lawsuits up and down the supply chain, assuredly. The insurance companies will still be happy to write policies because these episodes will be rare, and it will become clear how much safer the autonomous vehicles are than human-driven vehicles. Long ago, insurance companies set up Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to privately test all sorts of things, from safes to electrical switches. No one is compelled to use UL testing, but the insurers insisted on the testing before providing insurance policies. Recommended Linklast_img read more

California Unions Lawmakers Agree to 15 Minimum Wage

first_img Apply Now » California Unions, Lawmakers Agree to $15 Minimum Wage Image credit: Reuters | Mike Blake –shares California lawmakers and union leaders have reached a tentative deal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 over six years that could avert a campaign to bring the issue to voters, two California newspapers reported on Sunday, citing unnamed sources.The deal, if passed in the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, would add to a wave of minimum wage increases at the state level in the United States, where the federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 an hour for more than six years.The agreement, as reported by the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee, would gradually raise the minimum wage in the most populous U.S. state from the current $10 to $15 in 2022. Businesses with fewer than 25 employees would have one extra year to comply with the proposed law.The Bee said Brown is part of the agreement, while the Times said the Democratic governor could make a formal announcement on a deal as early as Monday.A spokesman for Brown was unavailable for comment on Sunday.Sources told the Times that lawmakers could vote on the proposed agreement by the end of next week by amending an existing wage-hike bill.To pass in the legislature, any minimum wage hike would have to win the approval of moderate Democrats, who in the past have blocked key legislation backed by the governor and the majority party’s more liberal leaders.Income inequalityRaising the minimum wage to fight income inequality has cropped up on many Democratic candidates’ agendas ahead of the November presidential, congressional and state elections.But the idea has drawn fierce opposition from conservatives and some business groups, who have said a higher minimum would harm small businesses and strain the budgets of government agencies forced to pay more to workers.”Let’s start by calling this irresponsible,” said Michael Saltsman, research director at the Employment Policies Institute, a fiscally conservative think-tank that has argued against minimum wage hikes.”When you talk about these really massive jumps it’s no longer an impact at the margin, it’s the sort of thing that could be the difference between a business staying open and closing,” he added.In 2013, Brown signed into law a measure that gradually increased the minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour in 2016. But he said earlier this year that any future increase has to be done “very carefully” and over time.The latest proposal would allow a sitting governor to stop the increases in the event of a recession, the Bee reported.Labor unions’ proposal to raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2021 has qualified to be listed on the upcoming November ballot in the state.Supporters of a minimum wage increase who pushed for the ballot question are optimistic the deal would allow them to withdraw that initiative, the papers reported.But Steve Trossman, a spokesman for the Service Employees International-United Healthcare Workers West, told the Times the union wanted to see the details of the deal before withdrawing the initiative.Trossman was not immediately available for comment.Fourteen states and several cities began 2016 with minimum wage increases. Many are now in the midst of multi-year phase-in plans that will ultimately take them to between $10 and $15 an hour.(By Sharon Bernstein; Additional reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Alan Crosby and Mary Milliken) Reuters Add to Queue March 28, 2016center_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Minimum Wage 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 3 min readlast_img read more

Google Beats Oracle in 9 Billion Android Trial

first_imgGoogle Add to Queue Google Beats Oracle in $9 Billion Android Trial Register Now » Next Article Image credit: GongTo | Shutterstock.com –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.center_img 3 min read Reuters A U.S. jury handed Google a major victory on Thursday in a long-running copyright battle with Oracle Corp. over Android software used to run most of the world’s smartphones.The jury unanimously upheld claims by Google that its use of Oracle’s Java development platform to create Android was protected under the fair-use provision of copyright law, bringing trial to a close without Oracle winning any of the $9 billion in damages it requested.Oracle said it saw many grounds to appeal and would do so. “We strongly believe that Google developed Android by illegally copying core Java technology to rush into the mobile device market,” Oracle General Counsel Dorian Daley said in a statement.Alphabet Inc.’s Google in a statement called the verdict “a win for the Android ecosystem, for the Java programming community, and for software developers who rely on open and free programming languages to build innovative consumer products.”The trial was closely watched by software developers, who feared an Oracle victory could spur more software copyright lawsuits.Google relied on high-profile witnesses like Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to convince jurors it used Java to create its own innovative product, rather than steal another company’s intellectual property, as Oracle claimed.In the retrial at U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Oracle said Google’s Android operating system violated its copyright on parts of Java. Alphabet’s Google unit said it should be able to use Java without paying a fee under fair use.A trial in 2012 ended in a deadlocked jury. Shares of Oracle and Alphabet were little-changed in after-hours trade following the verdict.After the first trial, U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled that the elements of Java at issue were not eligible for copyright protection at all. A federal appeals court disagreed in 2014, ruling that computer language that connects programs — known as application programming interfaces, or APIs — can be copyrighted. A flood of copyright lawsuits has failed to materialize in the two years since that federal appeals court ruling, suggesting Oracle’s lawsuit will not ultimately have a wide impact on the sector.Under U.S. copyright law, “fair use” allows limited use of material without acquiring permission from the rights holder for purposes such as research.During retrial, Oracle attorneys deemed Google’s defenses the “fair-use excuse.”(By Jim Christie; Additional reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Andrew Hay) Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Reuters May 27, 2016last_img read more

NASA Is Concerned About SpaceXs Rocket Fueling Practices

first_img Register Now » It’s worried that SpaceX will put crews at risk by topping up while they’re aboard. Next Article This story originally appeared on Engadget –shares NASA Image credit: Scott Audette | Reuters Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. November 7, 2016 3 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Jon Fingas Add to Queue NASA Is Concerned About SpaceX’s Rocket Fueling Practices NASA is a little nervous about SpaceX’s future crewed flights.The Wall Street Journal has obtained a letter from December 2015 showing that an agency International Space Station committee has been worried about the safety of SpaceX’s planned fueling strategy. While the nature of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets will require that it fill up while the crew is aboard (it has to supply the supercooled fuel 30 minutes before launch), that goes against “50 years” of booster safety practices around the world, according to the letter.The committee raised the issue again with NASA officials days before SpaceX’s launchpad explosion, but hadn’t heard anything for weeks afterward.This isn’t to say that those officials or SpaceX have ignored the jitters. SpaceX tells us that it has worked with NASA on a “detailed analysis” of every potential danger for the past year and a half, and its safety controls were approved by a NASA board in July. There’s “continued work ahead” to both prove that these controls are in place and adjust them (if necessary) following its explosion investigation, the company says. SpaceX is mainly counting on its Crew Dragon launch abort system to rescue astronauts if there’s a failure during the fueling process. You can read the full statement below.NASA, meanwhile, says it has a “rigorous review process” for fueling crewed Falcon 9 rockets, and that SpaceX’s investigation will play a part in that review. It adds that a separate advisory panel is its main independent adviser for commercial spaceflight, not the ISS committee.Will the concerns play havoc with SpaceX’s plans? Probably not. However, they show that SpaceX still has its share of doubters at NASA, even as it improves the reliability of its rockets. It needs to demonstrate that a different fueling process isn’t necessarily more dangerous, and it may not completely eliminate those fears until it has a rock-solid record of sending people to space.”SpaceX has designed a reliable fueling and launch process that minimizes the duration and number of personnel exposed to the hazards of launching a rocket. As part of this process, the crew will safely board the Crew Dragon, ground personnel will depart, propellants will be carefully loaded over a short period, and then the vehicle will launch. During this time the Crew Dragon launch abort system will be enabled. Over the last year and a half, NASA and SpaceX have performed a detailed analysis of all potential hazards with this process. The hazard report documenting the controls was approved by the NASA’s Safety Technical Review Board in July 2016. As with all hazard analyses across the entire system and operations, controls against those hazards have been identified, and will be implemented and carefully verified prior to certification. There will be continued work ahead to show that all of these controls are in place for crewed operations and that the verifications meet NASA requirements. These analyses and controls will be carefully evaluated in light of all data and corrective actions resulting from the anomaly investigation. As needed, any additional controls will be put in place to ensure crew safety, from the moment the astronauts reach the pad, through fueling, launch and spaceflight, and until they are brought safely home.”last_img read more

DemandBlue launches DemandBlue Labs a Salesforce Innovation Org for its Customers

first_imgDemandBlue Labs Helps Customers Experience Innovation in the Salesforce Technological Environment to Boost Their ROI on Salesforce InvestmentDemandBlue, a leading cloud services provider, has announced the launch of DemandBlue Labs, an innovation org for Salesforce users. DemandBlue Labs is a discrete Salesforce org fully equipped with all the trending Salesforce tools and platforms alongside other popular third-party tools.  The introduction of DemandBlue Labs reflects the company’s commitment to its Salesforce customers and their success.“Our goal is to help customers have a glimpse of their future and see value in the various tools and technologies they invest in,” says Kiran Babu Chandra, Chief Executive Officer of DemandBlue. “DemandBlue Labs allows customers to experience the fast-growing Salesforce Ecosystem in a safe and personalized way to make educated decisions. We have partnered with Salesforce to create this Innovation Org that ensures Customer Success.”Marketing Technology News: GeoEdge Researchers Uncover Hacker Abuse of WebRTC Protocols via Behavioral AnalysisDemandBlue Labs is a technological wonderland where customers can play around with different tools, watch their own data come alive, and experience the full impact of all the Salesforce tools that they are interested in.  Additionally, DemandBlue provides access to their Customer Success Team – a vast pool of experts dedicated to help their customers navigate the Innovation Org and tailor a custom solution for their needs.Marketing Technology News: How Microsoft Plans to Fight Carbon Emissions with an AI Tech-First ApproachDemandBlue is a leading cloud services provider who has pioneered the On Demand Service (ODS) engagement model for Salesforce. DemandBlue fosters innovation through “Continuous Engagement and On Demand Execution” that offers its customers Speed, Value and Success to achieve their current and future business objectives.Marketing Technology News: Adswerve and Google Cloud Break Down Data Silos for Marketers DemandBlue launches DemandBlue Labs, a Salesforce Innovation Org for its Customers PRNewswireApril 19, 2019, 3:36 pmApril 19, 2019 DemandBlueDemandBlue LabsMarketing Technology NewsNewsOn Demand ServiceSalesforce Previous ArticleVonage Recognized as a ‘451 Firestarter’Next ArticleSales Engagement Leader Outreach Reaches Unicorn Status, Raises $114 Million Series Elast_img read more

Billcom Launches Industrys First AIEnabled Business Payments Platform with EndtoEnd Workflow Automation

first_img Artificial IntelligenceBill.comBusiness Payments Platformfinancial process automationMarketing TechnologyNewsRené Lacerte Previous ArticleHow Can AI Boost Your Email Personalization Performance?Next ArticleFindy, The App Bold Enough to Take on Google Bill.com Launches Industry’s First AI-Enabled Business Payments Platform with End-to-End Workflow Automation PRNewswireMay 27, 2019, 2:15 pmMay 27, 2019 New Intelligent Business Payments Platform Automates Financial Processes, Saving Businesses 35+ Business Days AnnuallyBill.com, a leader in financial process automation, introduced the industry’s first platform leveraging artificial intelligence to provide end-to-end financial workflow automation. The new Bill.com Intelligent Business Payments Platform streamlines and controls payment processes while saving SMBs and midsize companies time and reducing human error.“Bill.com has focused on developing new technologies that help SMBs grow. Automating the back office is a huge industry-wide need”Advances in technology are shaping business expectations, but today many businesses still spend 23% of workdays manually managing many processes. This is creating a new demand for back office automation which, until recently, has only been available to enterprise companies. Now, Bill.com is bringing advanced automation technology to SMBs and midsize companies and through its new platform saving customers a substantial block of time that can be used more productively. In a recent Bill.com customer survey, customers reported the platform saves them on average 5.5 hours per week which translates to more than 35 business days annually.“Bill.com has focused on developing new technologies that help SMBs grow. Automating the back office is a huge industry-wide need,” said René Lacerte, Bill.com CEO and Founder. “Our new intelligent platform, which is the most significant update to Bill.com since its inception, is built on ten years of experience managing business payments and hundreds of millions of bills and invoices to train the AI. Increasing the speed and ease of payments will help businesses get ahead.”Marketing Technology News: revital U International Unveils New Sales App with VERB’s Interactive Video FeaturesThe focal point of the new Bill.com platform, which has undergone extensive testing and usability research, is its Intelligent Virtual Assistant (IVA) capability. With IVA, invoices are automatically handled. Approval processes start with no manual lag time and are 2-3 times faster than other methods. This automation easily scales as a business grows to:Eliminate manual data entry: IVA uses machine learning to automatically capture data from invoices, intercept and recognize human error and start the approval process automatically.Anticipate Customer Needs: IVA will recognize workflows, such as bill approval routing and thresholds for payment, and automatically create those business rules on behalf of customers.Offer new and faster payment options: The new platform enables new ways to pay, including international payments and virtual cards, that commonly shave one to two days off a vendor receiving payment. The new AI-enabled Bill.com platform also can be set to auto pay recurring bills so the user doesn’t even have to think about it.Marketing Technology News: How Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience Objectives“Bill.com offers SMB and midsized companies an end-to-end payments management platform powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning,” said Kevin Permenter, Research Manager at IDC. “In the recent IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SaaS and Cloud-Enabled Accounts Payable Applications 2019 Vendor Assessment, Bill.com was named a Major Player. From minimizing data entry and human error when processing bills and invoices, gaining approvals and making payments, the platform’s intelligence and accuracy streamlines and gives full control to the overall accounts payable process.”“Any company that’s still making bill payments the old-fashioned way really needs to innovate their back office,” says Gary Hornbeek, VP of Finance for Quicken. “The Bill.com Intelligent Virtual Assistant saves a great deal of time for our finance department. When invoices come in, IVA automatically processes and codes the invoices in the system with vendor name, invoice number, amount and due date. This can drastically reduce hours spent on manual entry.”Marketing Technology News: Seven Tech Data Executives Named 2019 CRN “Women of the Channel”last_img read more