TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sevilla ready bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morataby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla are ready to bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.The Mirror says Sevilla sporting director Joaquin Caparros has sounded out Morata’s representatives and they are trying to persuade Chelsea to do a deal this month.The Spanish club are offering a loan deal worth £5m until the summer when they will pay £35m plus add-ons for the Spain international.Morata has become disillusioned at Chelsea after falling out of favour with Maurizio Sarri.But Chelsea are still reluctant to let Morata go without strengthening their own squad first.
Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matipby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk singled out his Reds colleague Joel Matip for praise.The Netherlands and Reds centre-back was up for the FIFA Best Player award.Despite losing out to Lionel Messi, Van Dijk was honoured to be among the final three.And he believes that playing next to a player of Matip’s quality certainly helps him show his best qualities.He said to his club’s official website: “We call him Matop because he was that good yesterday!”We need everyone, that’s the message everyone knows in the team. Yesterday he was outstanding, as were all the players. It was a massive win. We do it all together.”In this vote, the country plays a part as well and I’m very proud that things have been going well at Liverpool and in our country things have been going in the right direction too.”We have to all keep it going, that’s the only way forward.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery fumes over Sokratis penalty call: Where was VAR?by Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery believes Arsenal were robbed of a clear penalty against Sheffield United on Monday night. The Blades won the match 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike from Lys Mousset.But Emery says the Gunners were unlucky not to have a chance to equalise from the penalty spot after Sokratis was fouled in the box.He told Sky Sports: “The scorer was with our goalkeeper and we had three players free to attack the ball. They gave us a key moment – the goal and another one when we should have had a clear penalty on Sokratis.”Bukayo Saka drives forward but I do not know if it was a penalty. It is a hard action for a yellow card. With VAR, the foul on Sokratis should have been reviewed. it was clear but we have to accept it.”
Seven stories in the news for Tuesday, July 25———HORGAN, TRUDEAU TO MEET FOR FIRST TIMEThe debate around the planned TransMountain pipeline expansion in British Columbia could intensify today when Prime Minister Trudeau meets new B.C. Premier John Horgan for the first time. The two have sidestepped the issue in official communications thus far, including a news release from Horgan on Monday where he said he intends to discuss the opioid crisis, B.C.’s wildfire emergency and the softwood lumber dispute with Trudeau. But there is little time if Horgan wants to stop the project as Kinder Morgan said just last week that construction is on schedule to begin in September.———B.C. TOWNS PREPARE TO WELCOME BACK WILDFIRE EVACUEESThe mayor of Williams Lake, B.C., says the city is ready to welcome thousands of residents home, as soon as fire officials give the okay. About 10,000 residents of the Interior city were forced to leave more than a week ago when several wildfires threatened to cut highway access. About 20,000 people across the province remained displaced by wildfires yesterday.———WETTLAUFER FACES NURSES’ COLLEGE HEARINGA convicted serial killing nurse who murdered eight seniors in her care faces a professional college disciplinary hearing today. The College of Nurses of Ontario alleges Elizabeth Wettlaufer committed professional misconduct when she overdosed 14 patients with the intent to harm or kill them. A college spokeswoman says Wettlaufer is not expected to appear before the discipline panel, which is could make their decision by the end of the day.———TWO EX-BISHOPS FOUND GUILTY OF POLYGAMYA former bishop of a religious community in southeastern B.C. is making no apologies after he was found guilty of practising polygamy. A judge said Monday that evidence proves both Winston Blackmore and his co-defendant, James Oler, were practising members of a breakaway Mormon sect that believes in plural marriage. Blackmore legally married one woman, then took 24 other wives in so-called celestial marriages, and Oler had five wives.———ONTARIO CONSIDERS DISCLOSING PHARMA PAYMENTS TO DOCSOntario is considering a first-in-Canada policy that would see the payments private drug companies make to doctors made public. The province is consulting with several groups about the regulations that govern such payments. Payments from pharmaceutical companies to health care providers can raise concerns about conflicts of interest in the prescribing and promotion of certain drugs.———ALLEGED COMPASSION-KILLING CASE RESUMES IN QUEBECA preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin today for a Montreal man charged with murdering his wife in a suspected compassion killing. Michel Cadotte, who is in his mid-50s, was charged in February with second-degree murder, one day after Jocelyne Lizotte was discovered in cardiac arrest at a long-term care facility. Cadotte was granted bail earlier this month.———DEAL REACHED TO SAVE PUT BULLS FROM DEATH ROWEighteen alleged fighting dogs have been taken off death row in Ontario after a months-long negotiation to save their lives. A judge in a Chatham, Ont., court has ordered the dogs’ owners to surrender ownership in a deal that will see the banned dogs sent to a rehabilitation centre in Florida. The Ontario Society for the Cruelty to Animals had initially applied to euthanize 21 dogs that were deemed incapable of rehabilitation.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Finance Minister Bill Morneau will speak to the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce.— UCP leadership candidate Brian Jean will hold news conference to announce his vision to create a new Alberta Advantage.— CN Rail will release its second-quarter results.— The Toronto International Film Festival will announce its first slate of titles.
Through a new White House-led initiative, First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise, is helping connect children in need across the country with access to thousands of e-books.The initiative, announced by President Obama at the Anacostia Library in Washington, is part of a broad effort to ignite kids’ love of reading by improving access to digital content and public libraries.Through the initiative, called Open eBooks, major publishers are providing $250 million worth of e-books to children from low-income families for free, including 10,000 of their most popular titles. The books will be accessible through an Open eBooks app, currently being developed by the New York Public Library, the Digital Public Library of America and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Together, the organizations will curate and deliver the e-books to programs and classrooms serving low-income students.The app and all the e-books will be made available to programs and classrooms serving children in need through First Book. Anyone working in the lives of children in need is urged to sign up with First Book at www.firstbook.org/register.“This historic partnership recognizes the need to increase access to books – in all their forms – to children growing up in low-income families,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “Access to books is critical for children to develop their reading skills, yet books are scarce for millions of our children. First Book works directly with hundreds of thousands of educators and community programs serving children in need, and we are eager to help connect them and others with these digital resources to spread the joy of reading.”Commitments from publishers include: • Macmillan: Providing unlimited access to all of the K-12 age-appropriate titles in their title catalog of approximately 2,500 books. • Simon & Schuster: Providing access to their entire e-catalog of books for children ages four to 14, comprised of 3,000 titles. • Penguin Random House: Committing to provide an extensive offering of their popular and award-winning books. • Hachette: Offering participating students access to a robust catalogue of their popular and award-winning titles. • Candlewick: Providing unlimited access to all relevant children’s and young-adult e-book titles in their catalog. • Bloomsbury: Providing unlimited access to over 1,000 of its most popular titles. • Lee & Low: The leading independent publisher of multicultural books is providing unlimited access to over 700 of its titles. • Cricket Media: Offering full digital access to all of its market-leading magazines for children and young adults, including Ladybug and Cricket. • HarperCollins: Providing a robust selection of their award-winning and popular titles.Additionally, the participation of the partnering organizations and libraries includes: • First Book: Will connect its growing national network of 175,000 classrooms and programs serving children in need with access to the Open eBook app, as well as work to bring new programs into the network. • The Institute of Museum and Library Services: Investing $5 million to support the development of the e-reader app and tools and services to help the public more easily access e-books and other digital content. • The Digital Public Library of America: Their network of librarians will volunteer with the New York Public Library to help make sure popular books reach the most appropriate audience. DPLA, in conjunction with Recovering the Classics, is also adding age-appropriate public domain titles whose text and cover art have been redesigned by leading graphic designers and artists. • New York Public Library: Developing a cutting-edge e-reader app and working with industry and technology leaders to improve the experience for students.In addition to Open eBooks, the President also announced a complementary effort, the ConnectED Library Challenge, with more than 30 communities making a commitment to put a library card into every student’s hand so they can access the programs, learning resources and books available at public libraries.
OSU redshirt junior outfielder Alex Bayne swings at a pitch.Credit: Courtesy of OSUDespite opening up Big Ten play with a sweep last weekend, the Ohio State softball team (19-8-1, 4-1-1) was unable to keep those dominant ways going, splitting its weekend series at Wisconsin (18-14-1, 3-2-1). Both the Buckeyes and the Badgers earned a win, while the final game Sunday was left in a tie.Offensively, sophomore Taylor White led the Buckeyes, going 7-for-10. The outfielder combined with redshirt senior Maddy McIntyre, redshirt junior Alex Bayne and junior Alex Kirk to deliver home runs. Bayne, who played the weekend in right field, now has 12 homers on the year, which is triple her 2015 total.Game 1The Badgers snapped the Buckeyes’ six-game winning streak in a tight 6-5 contest on Friday. Both teams were scoreless through the fourth inning due to the solid pitching from junior Shelby Hursh, who struck out six, and Wisconsin junior Kirsten Stevens.OSU jumped ahead in a big way in the top of the fifth after hits from Kirk and White, followed by sophomore Becca Gavin’s walk, sent Stevens and the Wisconsin defense into a bases-loaded situation. McIntyre came up big last weekend with a walk-off home run against Maryland, and she followed that up with another statement, blasting a grand slam to give the Buckeyes the lead.Wisconsin got on board after Hursh walked in the first run, which prompted freshman Morgan Ray, who earned the loss, to step in the circle for the remainder of the game. The Badgers then added two more in the bottom of the sixth after a series of infield singles and a walk moved runners around the bases.The slim 4-3 lead inspired OSU to push its lead to two following senior catcher Cammi Prantl’s RBI single to right field. Earlier in the inning, freshman Bri Betschel entered the game to pinch hit, and her sacrifice bunt brought Gavin into scoring position for Prantl.But the Buckeyes could not maintain their grasp on the lead as the Badgers headed to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sophomore first baseman Samantha Arents jumpstarted the late rally with a deep double, and senior left fielder Katie Christner drew a walk to keep Wisconsin’s streak alive. Freshman Melanie Cross ended OSU’s hope for a win with her walk-off, three-run homer, putting OSU on the other side of the dramatic ending after last weekend.Game 2After cold temperatures left Saturday’s game postponed until the following day, OSU bounced back with a tight 10-8 victory in Sunday’s first matchup. Junior Lena Springer, who only saw one inning of action last weekend against Maryland, got the start in the circle but did not strike out a single Wisconsin batter in her four innings pitched.Both the Buckeyes and Badgers went scoreless in the first inning after leaving runners stranded in scoring position. After a quiet Friday, Bayne sent a two-RBI single through the left side after White, freshman second baseman Emily Clark and Gavin ignited the offense with a trio of singles in the second inning.Wisconsin brought in a run of its own in the bottom of the frame after Springer hit two batters and a string of infield groundouts moved the runners around the bases. OSU’s defense got out of a bases-loaded jam, and its offense lengthened its lead on White’s RBI triple in the top of the following inning.The Buckeyes’ 4-1 lead prompted an early pitching change by the Wisconsin pitching staff, swapping senior Taylor-Paige Stewart for sophomore Mariah Watts. Still, the Scarlet and Gray scored one more in the third on Clark’s deep double.After spending two games last weekend recovering from an injury, sophomore infielder Ashley Goodwin returned briefly for the Buckeyes in order to ease back into the lineup. Freshman Bailee Sturgeon and redshirt junior Jess Machovina also filled designated player roles in the matchup to keep the Badgers defense on its toes.The Badgers added one run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a quick single by second baseman Macy Oswald but again left a runner stranded. White continued her hit streak with a leadoff single, but it was Kirk’s two-run shot over the fence that frustrated Wisconsin’s defense. Watts returned to the game for Stewart, which turned the tide of momentum back to the Badgers.Wisconsin scored six runs on just three hits in the bottom of the fifth inning, beginning with a solo home run by Cross. McCombs entered the game to relieve Springer, but a handful of wild pitches moved runners into scoring position. Oswald added two runs with an outfield single, prompting another pitching change — Hursh for McCombs — for OSU. Sophomore Kelsey Jenkins sent a ball of her own over the fence to give the Badgers their first lead of the game.White, who went 4-for-4, then tied it up in the top of the seventh with a solo home run, and the bottom of the order followed up with a pair of singles. McIntyre brought Kirk home with a sacrifice fly to right field, and Bayne beat the throw from shortstop Ashley Van Zeeland to put the Buckeyes up two. In the bottom of the inning, Wisconsin went down in order, making the series a 1-1 split heading into the final game.Game 3OSU carried its offensive momentum into the final game of the series, kickstarted by Bayne’s two-run homer in the top of the first inning. The Buckeye defense then got out of a one-out, bases-loaded situation to stop Wisconsin from scoring any runs.Prantl added another double to her tally, which is now eight shy of OSU’s all-time record, bringing in Bayne with no outs in the third inning. Machovina hit an RBI double of her own to make the score 4-0, but a bases-loaded opportunity to add more runs was obstructed by Stewart’s effort from the mound.Cross put up her third home run of the weekend to give Wisconsin its first two runs, and a string of singles to the outfield gave the Badgers another big inning and a 5-4 lead.In what was only her third appearance of the season, OSU freshman Katya Duvall relieved Hursh, who struck out four batters in her outing. Duvall did not fan any batters of her own but held the Badgers to three earned runs.Machovina continued her clutch pinch hitting with a single to bring in Prantl and Bayne, sending the Buckeyes up again. Kirk gave OSU another comfortable lead with her second home run of the series, and season, a three-run shot.In the fifth inning, Van Zeeland bunted in a run due to an error by Kirk, and Cross continued her stellar weekend with a two-run double. In the following inning, Van Zeeland laid down another RBI bunt to tie the game at nine and send the teams into extra innings.After over three hours of play, time constraints left the game in a tie, closing the series without a clear weekend victor.Coming upOSU is next scheduled to face Penn State in a doubleheader at home on Wednesday before traveling to Piscataway, New Jersey, for a weekend series against Rutgers. First pitch from Buckeye Field is set to be at 4 p.m.
Formerly-dismissed Ohio State linebacker Storm Klein has been reinstated to the Buckeyes’ football team. OSU spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed in an email that first-year coach Urban Meyer has let the senior back on the squad, though “he will not be allowed to play in a game until at least the third week of the season.” “As I had indicated previously, if there are any changes in the charges against Storm, I would re-evaluate his status,” Meyer said in a released statement. “The charges that would have violated our core values have been totally dismissed. I have spoken extensively to members of both families and that has prompted me to re-assess his situation and allow him back.” According to Franklin County Municipal Court records Klein pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct Monday morning having originally faced charges for domestic violence and assault. Klein was arrested late on July 6 after allegedly striking the mother of his child. A day later, Meyer dismissed the linebacker from the team and said in a released statement that the charges against Klein “violate the core values of the Ohio State football program.” Meyer, though, said, “If there are any changes in the charges” he would re-evaluate Klein’s status with the program. On Wednesday, Klein’s lawyer, Larry James, confirmed to The Lantern that both the domestic violence and assault charges were indeed dismissed. All that Klein faces now, he said, is 18 months of probation and court fees. If Klein has been reinstated, James added that Meyer told him any infraction “whatsoever” could still result in a penalty to pay. In his three years on the field, Klein has amassed 73 tackles in 38 games for the Buckeyes, including 45 in 2011. Before his dismissal, Klein was not listed as a starter on OSU’s depth chart.
Ohio State then-junior attack Molly Wood races up field against Penn State on April 12, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsDespite an effort to make a comeback one game after dropping a road contest to Jacksonville, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell to Cincinnati 17-12 Monday night. The Buckeyes (1-3) rallied late to close Cincinnati’s (3-1) lead, but the deficit was too big for Ohio State to overcome. Cincinnati went on a 4-0 run early in the second half to lead Ohio State by seven points. The Bearcats maintained the pace throughout the half to give the team its first home win of the season.Senior midfielder Katie Burgee and sophomore midfielder Liza Hernandez both scored for Ohio State 14 seconds apart with under two minutes left in the second half to make it 17-12. Despite the effort, it was too late for the Buckeyes to come back. Ohio State senior Molly Wood led the team with four goals. Hernandez, one of the team’s leading scorers, only had one goal and two assists. Junior midfielder Bailey Parrott had two goals for Ohio State and forced two turnovers. Cincinnati held an advantage in draw controls, free position shots and saves. The Buckeyes had six saves compared to the Bearcats’ 11. The Bearcats set the tone by going on a 4-0 run five minutes into the first half. Sophomore midfielder McKenna Rushford led Cincinnati with six goals, tying her career high. Four of her goals came within the first 20 minutes of the game. Parrot tied the game four minutes into the first half, but the Buckeyes failed to keep up with the Bearcats and could not remain close enough to take a lead. Ohio State will have 10 days to rally before taking on Binghamton at 4 p.m. March 9.
Share your voice Electric cars: Fill your mental battery with all our EV coverage.Hyundai Nexo: Looking for a more complicated EV? Throw some hydrogen in the mix. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 Hyundai Chevrolet Hyundai Preview • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric: A fun EV with competitive numbers More about 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric More From Roadshow Tags It might not be available everywhere for a while, but locations that receive the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric will find it’s not too expensive. It can get expensive, however, if you start packing on the features.Hyundai announced this week that the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric will go on sale in select locations with a starting price of $36,450 before destination. Factoring in both destination and the $7,500 federal tax incentive, the price drops to $29,995. There are two other trims beyond base, but they get expensive in a hurry — the midlevel Limited trim will cost $41,150 before destination and incentives, and the top-floor Ultimate trim will cost $44,650.It’s important to note that the incentive is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of a person’s tax liability, not a point-of-sale discount, and not everyone will have paid $7,500 in federal tax in a given year, so not every buyer will realize the aforementioned effective price. Enlarge ImageThe Kona Electric makes a bunch of its safety systems standard, while its chief competitor hides them in options packages. Hyundai The Kona Electric comes with a 201-horsepower, 290-pound-foot electric motor that offers an EPA-estimated 258 miles of range with its 64-kWh battery. The base SE trim comes with a whole load of standard kit, including heated front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and nearly every safety system under the sun. As for the higher trims, the Kona Electric Limited adds LED headlights, automatic high beams, a sunroof, leather seats, a power driver’s seat, wireless device charging and a 315-watt Infinity sound system. The top-top Ultimate trim includes all that good stuff, in addition to parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers and stop-and-go functionality for the adaptive cruise control. The Ultimate trim also packs an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation.Let’s quickly compare that with the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Its electric motor is a bit less powerful at 200 hp and 266 lb-ft, and its range is a smidge lower at 238 miles. The Bolt EV is also more expensive to start, at $37,495 before destination. All trims of Bolt EV have a 10.2-inch touchscreen, but you have to buy into the $41,780 Premier trim to get heated seats and basic safety systems — a proper safety suite is a paid option on top of that price.It may take some time for all 50 states to get the Kona Electric, though. To start, Hyundai will limit the car’s rollout to ZEV states (states with zero-emission-vehicle requirements), because high demand will keep its Korean-based supply on the low side. Over time, Hyundai hopes to expand the car’s availability to non-ZEV states, but there’s no estimate for how long that’ll take.Originally published on Dec. 14, 2018.Update, Jan. 28, 2019: Added new pricing info. Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is a fun EV with a solid driving range 51 Photos Electric Cars Crossovers Review • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric review: Ease into electrification
Poet, writer and political analyst Farhad Mazhar on court premises on Tuesday. Photo: Saiful IslamPoet, writer and political analyst Farhad Mazhar has been permitted to return home.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Ahsan Habib on Tuesday recorded his deposition and permitted him to return him on his own, with a Tk 10,000 undertaking.Farhad Mazhar left the court premises for his home around 5:52pm. Newsmen wanted to talk to him but he showed no interest in doing so.However, his wife, Farida Akhtar told Prothom Alo, “I’m happy with the fact that I have my husband back.”Earlier on the day, the police said Farhad Mazhar was blindfolded and picked up in a microbus.They added that this occurred on Monday morning when he had come down from his house and was on the way to buy some medicine.After being rescued last night, Farhad Mazhar was taken at nine this morning (Tuesday) first to the Adabar police station in Dhaka. From there, just before 11am, he was taken to the police Detective Branch (DB) office on Minto Road for interrogation.He was interrogated for over two hours. He was then sent to the lower court to record his deposition under Section 164.Joint commissioner of police Abdul Baten went on to say that after Farhad Mazhar was picked up, his phone was used to call his wife. Over the phone Farhad Mazhar had said that the people who had picked him up were demanding ransom of Tk 35,00,000.Farhad Mazhar was found at 11:30pm Monday night at Abhaynagar, from a Hanif Paribahan Dhaka-bound bus coming from Khulna, according to the police. The relatives said that some unknown person or persons had simply left him yesterday early morning in front of the Huq Garden house in the city’s Shyamoli area.Read more:‘Farhad Mazhar was blindfolded and picked up in a microbus’BNP’s allegations nothing but gibberish: ALFarhad abduction another ugly act of rulers: KhaledaGovt agencies involved in Farhad abduction: BNPFarhad Mazhar ‘abducted’ from residence: FamilyFarhad Mazhar rescued in JessoreFarhad Mazhar taken to DB headquarters
A Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo Rohingya men were killed in what the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) called gunfight with them at Hoaikhyang Urubunia Katakhal in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased identified as Sarker, 22, from Kutupalong Rohingya camp and Nur Alam, 30, from Muchni Rohingya camp in Teknaf, were drug peddlers, claims the law enforcement.A BGB-2 team raided the area after being tipped-off about smuggling of a large amount of yaba, said its deputy commander major Shariful Islam Jamaddar.The border guard members signalled a boat to stop on the Naf river. But those who were on the boat ignored the signal and opened fire, triggering a gunfight, he said.“Alam and Sarker were killed in the gunfight,” the BGB officer said.BGB members recovered the bodies and sent them to the Sadar Hospital for autopsy.Around 50,000 yaba pills, a gun, three cartridges and two sharp weapons were reportedly recovered from the spot.According to the human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies including police, RAB, BGB in 2018.In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.
Traditional wares from Punjab such as phulkari embroidery work, the Punjabi jutti, nate-parande, bangles, wooden furniture and inlay items are being sold here in various exhibitions held to mark the upcoming harvest festival of Baisakhi.At the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts whose lawns have been temporarily transformed into a mini Punjabi village for a Baisakhi Mela. Among the many stalls at the IGNCA lawns is one which features a hawker from Manipur which is stocked with items ranging from phulkari to khanda to funky t-shirts with Punjab style prints on it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We are selling stoles with Ura Era Iri print. This is the Punjabi alphabet,” says Awon Marei with a smile. “We generally don’t keep phulkari work in our shops in Chandigarh and Janpath but we have especially got it from the villages in Punjab to sell here. The phulkari work key-ring we have is from Sangrur where a part of the proceeds goes for the education of children there,” says Marei. The shop girl who sports a Punjabi ‘kada’ in her hand says she knows a lot about the Punjabi culture since she has been working with the shop for eight years now. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJawahar Dhawan, secretary, Punjabi Academy which has organised the event, says that the aim of the event was to to showcase a mini-Punjab. “Even children belonging to Punjabi families in Delhi hardly know anything about their culture. So this event will help people know more about Punjab. We have traditional performances like giddha, bazi, gatka dhadi and bhangra here. Besides that we have called stars like Vatsala Mehra, Harshdeep Kaur, Hardy Sandhu and Ammy Virk,” says Dhawan. Food stall features cooks from Amritsar dishing out specialties like Amritsari kulche and Amritsari macchi fry. Another Baisakhi Mela is being organised by Delhi Tourism at the Garden of Five Senses which will include cultural performances by artists of Sahitya Kala Parishad and Punjabi Academy. Meanwhile, entertainment destination the Kingdom of Dreams has roped in a band of singers led by Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor of Baby Doll fame for an evening of merriment and music.“I’ll sing my latest numbers as most of them are in Punjabi and if there is a dhol then we’ll try doing few songs with dhol as well. However, we haven’t still decided on the exact numbers and we prefer going with the flow,” Kapoor said. The ‘Punjab Pavilion’ in the Culture Gully of the Kingdom of Dreams is also hosting special offers.
March 1, 2006 Skytheater’s large steps forming the roof of the Colly Soleri Music Center provide seating for an expansive view of the daytime desert or star constellations in the clear night sky.[Photo & Text: T] A terrace surrounding those big steps provides a pedestrian crossroad leading to various venues.[Photo & Text: T] Sometimes the space is used for Frugal Soup, one of few Arcosanti rituals. Here we share a bowl of soup and our thoughts on world hunger and related topics.[Photo & Text: T]
Markus TellenbachInternational pay TV channel provider Scripps Networks Interactive is to take majority control of Polish broadcaster TVN for €584 million in cash plus assumption of debt.Scripps has struck a deal with ITI Group and France’s Canal+ Group to take a 52.7% stake in TVN in an all-cash deal. Scripps will also assume €840 million of debt. Following completion, which is subject to regulatory approval, Scripps will launch a mandatory public tender offer to further increase its stake in the broadcaster, as required under Polish law.TVN’s portfolio of free-to-air and pay TV channels includes flagship commercial channel TVN and thematic channels TVN 7, TVN Style, TTV, TVN Turbo, 24-hour news channel TVN24 and business news channel TVN24 Biznes i Swiat. Together, TVN’s channels took a 22% viewing share in Poland last year. The deal also includes advertising sales arm TVN Media.Scripps, which currently airs two channels – Travel Channel and Polsat Food – in Poland, is acquiring the stake through UK holding company Soutbank Media.TVN owns a 32% in Polish pay TV operator nc+, where Canal+ is the other main shareholder. Bertrand Meheut, president of Canal+ Group, said that the deal would enable it to “re-centre our strategy in Poland around pay TV”. He said that Canal+ will continue to have sa strong presence in the country and would continue to develop nc+, formed in 2011 from the merger of TVN’s n with Cyfra+. “We are gong to pursue our close collaboration with TVN, which holds 32% in nc+. As majority shareholder in TVN, Scripps Networks Interactive will be a key partner and we are very happy to have them on board,” said Meheut.Scripps was advised by Barclays and Blackstone Advisory Partners, with legal advice provided by Latham & Watkins LLP and Domański Zakrzewski Palinka sp.k.Canal+ Group was advised by JP Morgan Ltd, with legal advice provided by Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.Scripps’ move into Poland follows its 2011 acquisition of a 50% stake in UK pay TV channel provider UKTV, jointly owned with the BBC.”This agreement with Scripps Networks Interactive is evidence of the hard work and commitment of every single employee of TVN in building the biggest and most successful media company in Poland. Scripps Networks Interactive understand the importance of the Polish market, and the value of developing compelling content that connects with consumers. We are delighted to be joining the Scripps Networks Interactive family, and we’re excited about developing and strengthening our business for many years to come,” said Markus Tellenbach, president and CEO of TVN.“This transaction is an important milestone in the ongoing strategic development of our international business, and provides us with substantial further scale in Europe. Poland is a vibrant media market with significant growth potential. TVN has an incredible portfolio of channels and services, and has delivered consistently strong creative and financial performance under the leadership of Markus Tellenbach. The business will be a strong addition to Scripps Networks Interactive, and we’re looking forward to working with the whole TVN team to achieve our significant ambitions in the region together,” said Kenneth W Lowe, chairman, president and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive.
My boyhood friend Tom G. has been a member of our hometown Citizens Corps for many years. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors it and trains volunteers in emergency preparedness. When emergency responders become so swamped that fire, police, and medical personnel cannot handle things, these volunteers step in. Thousands of hours and millions of taxpayer dollars are spent training citizens in case some unforeseen catastrophe overwhelms the system. They work and train hard, and fortunately they haven’t been called on to any major degree. We live in Central Florida. Having ridden out a few hurricanes in my life, we’re as well prepared as we can be. We have a generator, food, batteries, candles, a water purification kit, and much more. My wife and I visited Punta Gorda after it suffered the brunt of a hurricane in 2004. After driving one block to the grocery store, we raced out of there with burning eyes and handkerchiefs covering our noses and mouths. We immediately drove back to the motel, changed our clothes, and put what we were wearing in a plastic bag. We’d never seen anything like that before—and it left quite an impression. Honestly, what’s the chance of a hurricane doing that kind of damage to us? We’re over 50 miles inland from both coasts and 70 feet above sea level. In 2004, the eye of three hurricanes passed right over our little town for the first time in recorded history. Even if the probability is less than 1% (similar to a fire), the fallout would be so bad that we prepare anyway. What about a financial catastrophe? Folks near my age have lived through a few bubble bursts and recoveries. Most of us, however, did not experience the big one like our parents did in the 1930s. Though one thing’s for sure: It was bad, and it shaped the attitudes and values of a couple generations. What does a full-blown financial crisis look like? It’s when your world collapses financially. It might come on the heels of medical problems and the resulting high bills and lost income, or it might come in tandem with runaway inflation or a political meltdown.Financial Preparation The goal of preparation is adequate protection. When the crisis comes, it may affect everyone. Those who prepared well are likely to fare much better and avoid catastrophic consequences… which brings us to core holdings.Core holdings are, quite literally, survival insurance. They are assets we sock away and then hope, pray, and plead with the gods that we never have to sell. They should make up 10% of your overall net worth and be diversified in form and location. In light of the warning signs, now is a good time to review your own core holdings. They form the base of our investment pyramid, which I outlined in my book Retirement Reboot (complimentary with a subscription to Miller’s Money Forever, wink, wink). While we’re proud of how well the Money Forever portfolio is performing, we want to re-emphasize that the first step in any financial plan is building your core holdings. The investments in our portfolio risk some capital with the intention of profiting down the road. Core holdings are a different animal altogether. What types of investments should be in your core holdings? Well, that depends on the risk you’re trying to protect against.Protecting against inflation. Start with precious metals—gold and silver in particular. I recommend starting with “junk” silver, which you should be able to buy locally. Then add gold, silver, and platinum coins. One of the best ways to buy competitively is to go to a coin show. You will find several dealers displaying their wares and can quickly determine the market price. As you increase your holdings, consider holding some metal internationally. The Hard Assets Alliance (a Casey Research affiliate) makes that very easy. When you place your order, it garners bids from several dealers throughout the world so you get minute-by-minute competitive pricing. Jo and I have an account with it, and it’s easy and convenient. You can have the metals stored internationally, here in the US, or have it shipped to you. Don’t confuse these holdings with gold stocks or exchange-traded funds. Those are not core holdings. They’re paper investments purchased with the intention of selling for a profit at a later date. While they may move consistently with metal prices, unless you have a huge account, your paper is not redeemable for metal. You may want to own these in your portfolio, just like any other asset you think will go up in value. Your core holdings, however, need not be limited to metals. We hold foreign currency-denominated CDs from EverBank that are FDIC-insured. While their yield is currently low, we hold them as a hedge against inflation. When the US dollar buys less, certain foreign currencies increase in value and will buy more. By way of example, I have held Swiss francs for years. They used to be worth $0.80 on the dollar; now they are worth more than $1.10. Farmland is another great hedge against inflation. It’s a valuable asset and is in limited supply. There’s no new land growing in Kansas.Protecting against confiscation. Historically, governments resort to extreme measures like confiscation when inflation gets out of hand. Confiscation can take more than one form. President Roosevelt, by Executive Order 6102, made it illegal to own gold. Once people surrendered their gold, the government raised its official price from $20.67 to $35.00 per troy ounce. Think about that for a minute… One day you’re forced to sell 100 ounces of gold coins to the government and receive $2,067.00 in paper for it. The next day they revalue it and decree that it would cost $3,500.00 to buy it back, but they’re not going to sell it to you. Gold didn’t go up in value overnight; the value of the dollar went down. A second form of confiscation results in taxes, sometimes marketed as “emergency taxes.” A government that’s spending more than it takes in will eventually have its day of reckoning. Fearing a collapse, they’ll resort to extreme measures. I wrote about the confiscation in Cyprus last year, and we’re seeing similar things happening in Argentina. Who are the targets? Anyone with money. While no one can predict for sure what our government will do, prudent investors diversify some of their investment capital offshore. The recently passed Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) highlights how the government is taking great measures to harass any prudent investor moving his money out of harm’s way. Citizens of Cyprus have made it quite clear that those who moved some of their money offshore were spared. Once the government shut the currency window, however, it was too late for the others.How bad could things get? I have no idea. Argentina has already confiscated much of its citizens’ retirement plans and forced them to invest in the government’s debt. Can we say for sure that inflation of this magnitude will or won’t happen in the United States? No. I am neither a prophet nor a soothsayer. Though I can tell you this: the Federal Reserve had been in business for around 100 years and had $800 billion on its balance sheet as recently as 2007. Now it has $4 trillion, which is somewhere between a 400- and 500-year money supply. What will happen if it tries to sell that debt? The minute the world loses confidence in the dollar or it loses the status of being the world’s reserve currency, the decline in purchasing power could be horrendous. Even if the probability is a fraction of 1%, our biological clocks are ticking. Most of you are close to leaving the workforce or already out. The adverse consequences of high inflation and/or outright government confiscation of wealth are so catastrophic that an unprepared investor may never be able to recover. Even the Citizens Corps will not be able to help; we’ll be left to fend for ourselves, which could mean bunking in your adult child’s guest room instead of doing the million other fun things you’d planned for retirement. It’s time to make sure your core holdings are where they need to be, just in case. Jo and I review our financial holdings each year at tax time. That reminds me… We store our emergency food and mark the expiration date on the cases. About a month before expiration, we load the cases in the van and take them to the local food bank, then head to Sam’s Club to reload. Hurricane season will be here before we know it. It’s time to check our inventory. I hope we never have to open a can and can continue to help feed the homeless. That helps me sleep better at night. By the way, you can catch a peek of our portfolio, risk-free, if you try our newsletter today. You can see exactly which investments we make in order to achieve a good return, with minimal risk, even should very high inflation hit. You can access it now by subscribing to Miller’s Money Forever with a 90-day money-back guarantee. If you don’t like it, simply return the subscription within those first three months and we’ll refund your payment, no questions asked. And the knowledge you gain in those months will be yours to keep forever.On the Lighter Side For the radio buffs among you, I recently did an interview on bonds for GoldSeek. It’s an in-depth interview about how bonds work today and the common pitfalls to avoid. Our friend Stan the Annuity Man has just released a new book, The Annuity Manifesto. As a consumer advocate, Stan believes (as do I) that you’re better off with no annuity than with the wrong one. His book is a commonsense explanation of all types of annuity products and how they should be used. My wife Jo made an interesting observation on Easter Sunday. Many churchgoers here in Florida attend in blue jeans, shorts and flip-flops. Other families are dressed to the nines: little boys in suits and ties and girls in pretty dresses, patent leather shoes, and bonnets. It makes for an interesting sight. Jo remembers how important it was as a young girl to get a “new” Easter outfit. I suspect part of the reason was she had outgrown last year’s version. And finally… Our friend Tom B. dusted off some more memories for us. It was one of the best advertising campaigns in American history and actually a public service. EVERYBODY in America anticipated, read, and chuckled at those funny Burma Shave ads. Until next week…
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. 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 email@example.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.
Recommended 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. 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 Link
Updated at 9:05 a.m. ET Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s embattled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration for the post amid allegations he had fostered a hostile work environment and behaved improperly while serving as the top doctor leading the White House medical unit.In a statement Thursday morning, Jackson said, “Going into this process, I expected tough questions about how to best care for our veterans, but I did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity.” He continued, “While I will forever be grateful for the trust and confidence President Trump has placed in me by giving me this opportunity, I am regretfully withdrawing my nomination to be Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs.” On Wednesday, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee released a two-page statement detailing allegations against Jackson from 23 unnamed individuals.The allegations included providing “a large supply” of the opioid Percocet to a member of the White House Military Office and wrecking a government car while driving drunk after a Secret Service going-away party. Jackson denied wrecking a vehicle to reporters. In an interview with Fox & Friends on Thursday after Jackson’s withdrawal, Trump said Jackson “would have done a great job” and “had a perfect record” and called the allegations against him false.The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee had postponed Jackson’s confirmation hearing, originally slated for Wednesday, after accusations of misconduct surfaced against Jackson, who has served as the personal physician for the president under the Trump and Obama administrations.In an interview Tuesday with NPR’s All Things Considered, Tester said committee staffers “were told stories where he was repeatedly drunk while on duty where his main job was to take care of the most powerful man in the world. That’s not acceptable,” Tester said, noting the various allegations date back to when Jackson oversaw President Barack Obama’s health care.”Some of the exact words that were used by the folks we talked to were ‘abusive toward staff,’ ‘very explosive personality,’ ‘belittles the folks underneath him,’ staff that he oversaw. ‘Screamed toward staff,’ ” Tester said. “Basically creating an environment where the staff felt that they needed to walk on eggshells when they were around him.”In the Fox interview, Trump blamed Tester for Jackson’s withdrawal and said Tester “has to have a big price to pay in Montana.” Tester is up for re-election in November, in a state Trump won handily in 2016.Trump says he has someone in mind to replace Jackson, saying it’s “somebody with political capability.”Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Tester had sent a letter to Trump on Tuesday requesting additional documentation related to Jackson’s tenure as the president’s doctor and his role leading the White House medical team.The letter requested information about rumored Pentagon inspector general reports said to detail allegations into Jackson’s conduct.However, Jackson said there was no inspector general report about the allegations. “No, there was not,” he said before brushing off questions about whether he would withdraw.The White House put out a statement to make it clear that Jackson was reporting to work on Thursday in his normal post at the White House Medical Unit. But the questions about his conduct in that position may not necessarily go away just because he has withdrawn his name for the Cabinet post. Jackson’s initial nomination came as a surprise to many when the president announced his pick last month to lead the VA after the departure of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who had been confirmed with unanimous bipartisan support in the Senate.While previous presidents had praised Jackson’s medical care, questions arose almost immediately about whether he had the managerial experience to oversee a massive health care operation of more than 370,000 employees that serves more than 9 million veterans and has a budget of nearly $200 billion.”Adm. Jackson is highly trained and qualified and as a service member himself, he has seen firsthand the tremendous sacrifice our veterans make and has a deep appreciation for the debt our great country owes them,” Trump said in announcing his nomination.But after the allegations against Jackson began to be reported by national media outlets this week, Trump said he wouldn’t be surprised if Jackson wanted to withdraw given the rising storm, but that it was “his decision.””I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t do it. What does he need it for? To be abused by a bunch of politicians that aren’t thinking nicely about our country? I really don’t think personally he should do it, but it’s totally his — I would stand behind him — totally his decision,” Trump remarked Tuesday during a news conference alongside French President Emmanuel Macron.Ultimately, as he often does, Trump appeared to go with his gut in picking Jackson and it’s unclear how much — if any — vetting the White House did before making the selection. Trump had become personally fond of Jackson, especially after he gave the president a glowing review after his first presidential physical earlier this year, even boasting that the 71-year-old president had such “great genes” that “if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200.”Jackson joined the White House medical unit in 2006, helping care for President George W. Bush, and was formally named physician to the president in 2013 by Obama. A West Texas native, he attended Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Medical Branch, specializing in emergency medicine.There were also questions about Jackson’s position on privatizing the VA — something many of Trump’s most conservative backers have pushed for. Shulkin said he believed that was one reason he was ousted from his post, though there were also questions raised about improper travel expenses during his tenure. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Fake news April 3, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag Facebook Joins $14 Million Initiative to Fight Fake News Image credit: via PC Mag 2 min read 92shares Angela Moscaritolo Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business The fight against fake news is about to get a huge infusion of cash and support from the tech industry and academia.Facebook and Mozilla have teamed up with Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, academic institutions, nonprofits and other organizations to launch a $14 million consortium dubbed the News Integrity Initiative, aimed at “helping people make informed judgments about the news they read and share online.””The initiative’s mission is to advance news literacy, to increase trust in journalism around the world and to better inform the public conversation,” according to a Monday news release. It will fund “applied research and projects, and convene meetings with industry experts.”Founding funders also include the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Tow Foundation, AppNexus and Betaworks. The initiative will be run as an independent project by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.The initiative comes after Facebook in January launched its “Journalism Project,” aimed at establishing stronger ties with the media. Though Facebook has worked with members of the media in the past, the social network is working to ramp up that collaboration by involving news partners in its product development process from the start.”As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, we want to give people the tools necessary to be discerning about the information they see online,” Facebook’s Head of News Partnerships Campbell Brown said in a statement. “Improving news literacy is a global concern, and this diverse group assembled by CUNY brings together experts from around the world to work toward building more informed communities.” The News Integrity Initiative is aimed at ‘helping people make informed judgments about the news they read and share online.’ Add to Queue Reporter
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals FTC Orders ‘Brain Training’ Company Lumosity to Pay $2 Million Over Deceptive Advertising Practices Laura Entis Lumosity, the online brain training company, has quite the seductive pitch: If you want to sharpen your mental focus and stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s, just start playing a series of its mobile and online games.It may not be that easy, sadly.Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced Lumos Labs, the company that developed Lumosity, will pay the agency $2 million for deceiving consumers with unfounded claims that its products can help improve work and school performance, as well as reduce or delay cognitive decline associated with aging.“Lumosity preyed on consumers’ fears about age-related cognitive decline, suggesting their games could stave off memory loss, dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease,” Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. “But Lumosity simply did not have the science to back up its ads.”Related: Leading Scientists Question ‘Brain Games’ Effectiveness, Call for More ResearchThe order from the FTC also imposed a $50 million judgment against Lumos Labs (which was dropped, since the company doesn’t have enough money to pay), along with the promise that it will notify subscribers of the action and make it easy for them to cancel their subscriptions.In a statement to Entrepreneur, Lumos Labs said it stands behind its practices:“Neither the action nor the settlement pertains to the rigor of our research or the quality of the products — it is a reflection of marketing language that has been discontinued. Our focus as a company has not and will not change: We remain committed to moving the science of cognitive training forward and contributing meaningfully to the field’s community and body of research.”Before the FTC stepped in, Lumosity was advertising its games’ ability to improve cognition on radio and TV. It also used Google Adwords, purchasing keywords such as “Alzheimer’s,” “dementia” and “cognition,” so when a consumer searched for a medical term they could be served a Lumosity ad, the FTC alleges.Related: Music as Medicine? The Sexy Idea with a Non-Sexy Timeline.The order bars Lumosity from making claims that its games improve cognitive performance or stave off cognitive decline without first collecting scientific evidence from randomized, blinded and independent trials. It also suggests that if Lumosity does intend to validate these claims, its games will be classified as a drug and must therefore be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.It’s an important move, one that will have a ripple effect across the lucrative “brain game” industry that — despite concerns from prominent psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists– has been operating without much regulatory oversight for years.In the future, if a mobile or online game company wants to position itself as a way to boost memory of any other aspect of cognitive performance, it will likely need rigorous scientific validation to back it up — and quite possibly, approval from the FDA.It’s a model that is already being explored. Akili, a Boston-based video game startup, is currently working with the FDA to validate one of its games as a diagnostic and cognitive tool for ADHD.Related: Meet Color Genomics, the Startup That Wants to Make Genetic Testing Less Expensive Image credit: Lumosity | Enhanced by Entreprenuer Register Now » –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue Next Article 3 min read January 5, 2016 Regulations Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Guest Writer