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

Sergio Romero expects OShea to receive a positive reception from fans

first_imgMan Utd goalkeeper Sergio Romero feels that former Reds player John O’Shea will receive a positive reception from the United fans on Saturday.Manchester United face Reading FC on Saturday for their third round of Emirates FA Cup and Romero believes that when O’Shea steps onto the Old Trafford turf on Saturday, he shall receive a great ovation.He adds that any player that has sacrificed their all for the shirt should receive a strong welcome.“Of course, John O’Shea will get a welcome back. He clearly deserves it,” Romero said via Manchester United official website.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s the same for all good players who put in 100 percent performances time and time again at United. There is no other way and I would expect them to give him a warm welcome back, to give him something back after all he contributed to the club’s history.”When a player gives 100 percent, they get it back from the fans.“last_img read more

Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes millions is saving with retired of

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Mar 2016 – The PNP Administration is proposing to spend $252 million dollars in the running of the country for 2016/2017 and according to the Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick there will be no new taxes this financial year. During House of Assembly meeting on Monday the Minister shared that the PNP Government is proposing to spend 4% more on recurrent expenditure and shared that earnings for TCIG is forecast to be $256 million. Based on these projections, the country will generate in the upcoming fiscal year a $4 million surplus. Hon Washington Misick reminded that the FSPS or the Financial Strategic and Policy Statement was tabled in the House since last December and on Monday, the Appropriation 2016-2017 Estimates was laid on the table. A whopping announcement came when the Finance Minister shared that in addition to the salary re-grade which resulted in significantly higher salaries for many in the civil service; another 2.5% increase in wages is planned for public workers. Pensioners will also get more money says Minister Misick, retired legislators will be getting more money. Non pensionable employees released in 2012 will get some remuneration; financial boost will come, said the Minister for crime fighting with 20 new recruits at a cost of $900,000; more money will go to indigents under social services. More money will go to environmental health and emergency services, an on the job productivity management team under the Ministry of Finance will be established and $1.5 million dollars has been allotted to give incentive to small business development, and an extra $250,000 is dedicated to the Center for Entrepreneurial Development. There is also a 19% reduction in non-recurrent expenditure according to the Minister, which he put at $8.8 million.“Mr. Speaker the significant reduction this is due to reduced debt service fees, as the $170 million bond has been retired.”The UK guarantee loan is now paid off, the House of Assembly wrapped up debate after 10pm on Monday night. TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Related Items:Financial Strategic and Policy Statement, house of assembly, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6mlast_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

Podcast Revenues Poised to Skyrocket Industry Notes

first_img Jim Rutenberg, media columnist, The New York Times After jumping 72 percent last year to $119 million, advertising revenues from podcasts are set to nearly double over the course of 2017, according to a new study conducted by PwC for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). While direct response ads, long the bread-and-butter of podcast funding, continue to drive the vast majority of revenues (73 percent), brand awareness and branded content ads are slowly gaining, accounting for the remaining 27 percent of revenues in 2016, up from 17 percent in 2015. See this and other new job postings at careers.foliomag.com. Esquire to the rescue… Esquire Wisdom, the 83-year-old Hearst title’s first foray into voice-assistant technology, which comes on the heels of similar launches by other Hearst brands like Elle, Good Housekeeping, and O, The Oprah Magazine, is all part of an effort by Hearst Magazines Digital Media to identify opportunities for brand extensions in ways that play to the strengths of both the magazine title in question and the platform on which it will reside. Eric Bates, editor, The New Republic Podcasting on the rise… View the full report here. Lauren Duca, columnist, Teen Vogue Panelists include: From the job board… Folio: is delighted to unveil the latest addition to the Folio: Show program, “State of Siege: Examining the Craft and Business of Journalism,” a keynote panel bringing together five top journalists for a discussion of how an atmosphere of unprecedented hostility against the media influences their daily work.center_img “When packing the cooler, remember this order: Ice, Beer, Ice, Beer.” Timed to coincide with 4th of July weekend, Esquire Wisdom offers sage advice beyond backyard barbecue tips, too, like, “Your tie should be the same width as your lapel,” or “Never play cards with a man who wears a visor.” ​A journalistic A-Team joins the Folio: Show program… That’s one of 60 voice-activated tidbits smartphone users can receive through the Google Assistant app (launched about a year ago on Android devices, and newly available to iPhone users as of last month) courtesy of Esquire. The findings come on the heels of Apple’s revelation, just weeks ago, that the tech giant will finally start providing podcast creators and advertisers with some basic, anonymized analytics on listeners — a solid 12 years after “taking podcasting mainstream” with the launch of iTunes 4.9. “Esquire Wisdom is a fun extension of the brand that’s perfect for this medium,” said HMDM’s global president, Troy Young, in a release. Gabriel Sherman, national affairs editor, New York Garden & Gun needs a production director. Based in Charleston, S.C., the ideal candidate has a minimum of five years’ experience in magazine production and will be responsible for all financial and operational aspects of the ten-year-old Southern lifestyle title’s bimonthly print schedule. “The idea of Esky Wisdom, as we call it in the magazine, came from the notion that no other men’s magazine has been as informed and as funny as Esquire,” added editor-in-chief Jay Fielden. Matt Thompson, deputy editor, The Atlantic ​For more on the Folio: Show, and to view the full program, click here.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Town Moderator Candidate Kevin MacDonald Supports First Amendment

first_imgDear Editor,Our Country was founded by men of faith who believed in creating a foundation where liberty and justice would stand and not fall. A nation whose people were free from tyranny and government oppression. The U. S. Constitution is that very foundation. It is the “supreme law of the land”. Provided in the U.S. Constitution is the right to free speech. This right is not found in the eighth, ninth, or tenth amendment, but rather in the first amendment because of its enormous magnitude of importance.I believe the people of Wilmington, who have witnessed abuses of power in the position of Moderator, have to ask themselves this question: Will the denial of free speech continue to be tolerated or will my vote for a new Moderator say “TIME’S UP” for violating our civil rights?  Let’s build on the foundation of freedom and let liberty, justice, and truth deliver the people of Wilmington out from the grip of government oppression. May the patriots of Wilmington make “Town Meeting”, which is the most important financial meeting of the year, be a meeting void of deceit, void of phony over budgeting, and void of actions that force good families out of their own community.As I go around town, I meet many elderly people that have retired and had to go back to work because they can’t afford their real estate taxes. I recently met a senior citizen that is 91 years old and still has to work. I also recognize that there are families with children. These children make friends in school, in their neighborhoods, in sports and in other activities. When a family is forced out of town this is a traumatic experience for a child. As I drive around town, I see many “for sale” signs on people’s houses who have been here for decades. This is a very sad truth. I believe the cause can be pointed directly at an irresponsible local government that has forgotten its mission statement and has gotten self-centered and out of control.The question of whether there is conflict of interest has to be introduced into the conversation for a solution. Can a moderator, who has a relationship to a family law firm that brings business before the town looking for special permits, variances, and other approvals, be trusted with allowing opposition and challenge against the very government that will grant an approval? Do you believe he has broken that trust? Can a solution to government financial oppression be attained if people are denied the right to question, expose, challenge, or oppose?Let the great “Patriots of Wilmington” come together and stand on the foundation of freedom and demand liberty, truth, and justice. Let your right to challenge crooked government no longer be violated.  Let us stand and say that a violation of the “supreme law of the land” is reproachable no matter what. “REPROACHABLE” even if Town officials past and present don’t respect the law. “TIME’S UP” Vote April 28th or get an absentee ballot from Town Hall. Help by bringing other supporters.Thank you,Kevin MacDonald(Candidate for Moderator)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCANDIDATE STATEMENT: Kevin MacDonald Is Running For Town ModeratorIn “Letter To The Editor”TOWN MODERATOR RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonald Says Town Should Hire A Grant WriterIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 11 North Reading Man Arrested On Assault Battery

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, May 11, 2018:A Cypress Street caller reported her house was broken into. (2:32pm)Police issued a summons to Charles A. Hurcombe (38, Stoneham) for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License; Speeding; and No Or Expired Inspection Sticker. (6:09pm)A North Street caller reported a vehicle crashed into his mailbox and fence, then left the scene. Police were unable to locate vehicle. (6:17pm)Police sent several juveniles using the Shawsheen skate park on their way. (10:38pm)Police arrested Frank Dearborn (44, North Reading) for Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon; Malicious Destruction of Property Valued at Over $250; and Malicious Destruction of Property Valued Under $250. A caller reported Dearborn was causing a disturbance and threw a beer bottle during an argument. (11:38pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 7: Road Rage On Highway Ramp; Medication Stolen During Open HouseIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 27: Stranger Enters Resident’s House; Man Denies Asking Young Girls To Follow HimIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Researcher issues grave earthquake warning Earth will be jolted by a powerful

first_img[Representational Image]twitterYou can call it coincidence, but for the past couple of months, many earthquake predictions made by self-proclaimed seismic researcher Frank Hoogerbeets have turned true, and his recent forecast on upcoming quakes is capable of sending chills in your spine. In a recent post on his website ‘Ditrianum’, Hoogerbeets has claimed that a powerful earthquake which may measure 7 in the Richter scale could hit the earth either today or tomorrow.”Critical planetary and lunar geometry in the last two days is likely going to trigger large seismic activity from the 10th to the 12th, possibly over 7 magnitudes,” wrote Hoogerbeets on his website.Interestingly, the predictions of Hoogerbeets come at a time when a preliminary magnitude-4.0 earthquake was reported on May 11, in Cleveland. Even though no noted destruction happened in the affected area, the USGS is apparently collecting responses from people who experienced mild tremor in Cleveland. As of now, more than 8,000 people have reported feeling the earthquake, and most of them revealed that the intensity of the quake was weak to light.Hoogerbeets believe that critical planetary alignments and lunar geometry are causing a rise in seismic activities. As per Hoogerbeets, certain planetary alignments have the capability to destabilize the tectonic plates on the earth, and it is resulting in these earthquakes. Hoogerbeets claim that he is using an advanced system named SSGI (Solar System Geometry Index) to predict potential quakes, and he believes that it is one of the most sophisticated tools that can forecast upcoming tremors with precision.In his website post, Hoogerbeets also clarified that it is an electromagnetic force during planetary alignments which is causing the earthquakes. He also added that gravitational pull of the planets is not capable to trigger seismic activities here on earth.”From the beginning, we have stated that the most likely cause is the electromagnetic force, which is a stronger force than gravity. In fact, the gravitational force is the weakest in the Universe and is always dominated by the electromagnetic force,” added Hoogerbeets.Even though Hoogerbeets continue to make wild predictions about possible earthquakes, seismic experts have always dismissed his claims stating that no current technology is capable of predicting future earthquakes.last_img read more

Sensex climbs 200 points Nifty reaches 11400 as banking stocks rise

first_imgBuildings are reflected on the glass windows of the NSE (National Stock Exchange) building in Mumbai, India, December 27, 2016.Reuters fileKey equity indices – BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 – touched fresh all-time highs  on Monday, supported by healthy buying in banking, consumer durables and auto stocks.Both the Sensex and Nifty50 hit their all-time highs of 37,801.78 points and 11,427.00 points respectively.According to analysts, broadly positive global cues also supported the gains.At 9.33 a.m. the wider Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange traded 11,421.00 points, higher by 60.20 points or 0.53 per cent from its previous close.The BSE Sensex which had opened at 37,714.70 points, traded at 37,789.52 points (9.35 a.m.) – higher by 233.36 points or 0.62 per cent — from its previous close of 37,556.16 points. It touched an intra-day low of 37699.37 points so far.ICICI Bank, SBI, Infosys, ITC and Reliance Industries performed well.last_img read more

Farhad Mazhar free to go home

first_imgPoet, 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 headquarterslast_img read more

Research team devises better method for mapping orbitals of molecules

first_img Molecular orbitals represent regions in a molecule where an electron is likely to be found; they are derived using mathematical formulas and are represented by cloudlike drawings with multiple nodes that are supposed to represent where electrons can go and are meant to demonstrate how molecules can share those electrons in chemical interactions or bonding. Since it was first invented in 1981, using the STM has generally been the best method available for creating images of individual atoms and their electronic properties. The STM is basically a piece of equipment with a metal appendage that has a tip width of just a few atoms. The tip is moved back and forth in the air very close to a sample being studied. Voltage is then applied allowing electrons to move between the tip and the sample. Doing so allows for measuring of the density of electrons on the surface of the material being studied which is then used to build the models.Unfortunately however, traditional STM has not been able to map orbitals of single molecules. This is because the density of electrons on the surface of an object, don’t give up the mathematical orbital nor does it have a fine enough resolution. Also there is the problem of having to place the sample on a metal surface which can hide what is going on with the molecules that comprise the sample. In the new approach the team solved the easiest part of the problem by coating the surface that the sample lays on with salt. Next, to improve resolution, they stuck a single carbon monoxide molecule on the end of the tip; this because carbon monoxide molecules have the property of having its outermost lobes paired close, with one positive the other negative phased. Such an arrangement makes the tip more sensitive to the sample material placed below it. Using this method the researchers were able to map the structure of the nodes of the molecular orbitals which allowed them to create images based on the places that held electrons. © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: High-Resolution Molecular Orbital Imaging Using a p-Wave STM Tip, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 086101 (2011) DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.086101AbstractIndividual pentacene and naphthalocyanine molecules adsorbed on a bilayer of NaCl grown on Cu(111) were investigated by means of scanning tunneling microscopy using CO-functionalized tips. The images of the frontier molecular orbitals show an increased lateral resolution compared with those of the bare tip and reflect the modulus squared of the lateral gradient of the wave functions. The contrast is explained by tunneling through the p-wave orbitals of the CO molecule. Comparison with calculations using a Tersoff-Hamann approach, including s- and p-wave tip states, demonstrates the significant contribution of p-wave tip states.via Physics Viewpoint Experiments Prove Existence of Atomic Chain Anchors 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.center_img Explore further Citation: Research team devises better method for mapping orbitals of molecules (2011, August 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-team-method-orbitals-molecules.html (PhysOrg.com) — A team of physicists comprised of members from IBM Research in Switzerland and the University of Liverpool in the U.K. have figured out a way to improve on results obtained using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) that allows for the orbitals of single molecules to be mapped. They have published a paper on Physical Review Letters describing their procedure.last_img read more

BHARAT RANG MAHOTSAV COMMENCES

first_imgThe 19th edition of National School of Drama’s (NSD) International Drama Festival ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ commenced on February 1. The inaugural ceremony was presided over by Ratan Thiyam, Chairman, National School of Drama Society and addressed by Waman Kendre, Director, NSD in the august presence of Chief guest, Dr Sonal Man Singh – renowned Bharatnatyam and Odissi Dancer; Guest of Honour, Mr Narendra Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India; and Special Guests, Mr Feroz Abbas Khan – eminent film and theatre director and Ms Vera Berzak Schneider – famous theatre director from Israel, whose play in English ‘A Stranger Guest’ will also be performed during the current ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfProf Kendre said, “Today, on the occasion of Basant Panchami, the spring season of theatre has also started.” ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ – an International Drama Festival is Asia’s biggest and also among the largest in the world. Bharat Rang Mahotsav’s this years’ schedule features 94 theatre performances by renowned theater groups from different parts of India and world. This year, in this 21 day festival, theatre lovers of 6 Indian cities including New Delhi, Kurukshetra, Pune, Agartala, Hyderabad and Patna would be treated to scintillating theatre performances. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMr Feroz Abbas Khan said,”I feel that artists should not speak, it is their work that should speak. I appreciate the two doyens of theatre are on the dais – namely Prof Waman Kendre and Ratan Thiyam, who are institutions in their own right. I think festivals means and expresses civilizational values which we cherish. It is during such festivals that the civilizational values like the following comes to the fore: diversity, with their differences and choices are accommodated and welcomed in such festivals.” Chief guest Dr Sonal Mansingh said, “Every day is an auspicious day but today being Basant Panchami, it is considered as one of the most auspicious days according to Hindu calendar. Since ’19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ started today, which is an auspicious day to begin work as it is a day dedicated to Goddess Saraswati – the deity of knowledge. I feel that knowledge will kill all the ignorance and I am still a student and seeker of knowledge. National School of Drama is growing each day and it is leaping ahead, my warm wishes and blessings are with this organization. ’19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ has also invited me and I feel honored to showcase my maiden performance here.” The inaugural play ‘Uttara Rama Charitham’ (in Hindi) was staged before the discerning audience as a tribute to the legendary theatre director, Kavalam Narayana Panikkar. The play was performed by Sopanam Theatre Group of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, which lasted for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. This year 3 plays as a tribute to Indian Theatre Masters – Kavalam Narayan Pannikar, Heisnam Kanhailal and Prem Matiyani who recently left for heavenly abode are being staged. Sopanam Theatre’s maiden Hindi production, ‘Uttara Rama Charitam’ is adapted from Bhavabhuti’s Sanskrit play. The play directed and designed by Kavalam Narayana Panikkar has its text rendition done by Hindi poet Dr Udayan Vajpeyi. The play depicts the dual state of Rama, who is torn between ‘Rama-the family man’ and ‘Rama-the ruler’.last_img read more

Bootstrap 5 to replace jQuery with vanilla JavaScript

first_imgThe upcoming major version of Bootstrap, version 5, will no longer have jQuery as a dependency and will be replaced with vanilla JavaScript. In 2017, the Bootstrap team opened a pull request with the aim to remove jQuery entirely from the Bootstrap source and it is now near completion. Under this pull request, the team has removed jQuery from 11 plugins including Util, Alert, Button, Carousel, and more. Using ‘Data’ and ‘EventHandler’ in unit tests is no longer supported. Additionally, Internet Explorer will not be compatible with this version. Despite these updates, developers will be able to use this version both with or without jQuery. Since this will be a major release, users can expect a few breaking changes. Not only just Bootstrap but many other companies have been thinking of decoupling from jQuery. For example, last year, GitHub incrementally removed jQuery from their frontend mainly because of the rapid evolution of web standards and jQuery losing its relevancy over time. This news triggered a discussion on Hacker News, and many users were happy about this development. One user commented, “I think the reason is that many of the problems jQuery was designed to solve (DOM manipulation, cross-browser compatibility issues, AJAX, cool effects) have now been implemented as standards, either in Javascript or CSS and many developers consider the 55k minified download not worth it.” Another user added, “The general argument now is that 95%+ of jQuery is now native in browsers (with arguably the remaining 5% being odd overly backward compatible quirks worth ignoring), so adding a JS dependency for them is “silly” and/or a waste of bandwidth.” Read more in detail, check out Bootstrap’s GitHub repository. Read Next jQuery File Upload plugin exploited by hackers over 8 years, reports Akamai’s SIRT researcher GitHub parts ways with JQuery, adopts Vanilla JS for its frontend Will putting limits on how much JavaScript is loaded by a website help prevent user resource abuse?last_img read more

Costa Cruises celebrates first steelcutting of LNGpowered Toscana

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — The first steel cut has been made on the Costa Toscana, Costa Cruises’ second ship to be powered in port and at sea by liquefied natural gas (LNG).The steel-cutting ceremony, which took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, is “another step forward” in the cruise line’s sustainable development plan,” said Neil Palomba, president of Costa Cruises. “LNG propulsion for cruise ships is a major innovation, pioneering a new era in the use of low-carbon fuels that will significantly reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment without compromising on safety, in line with our top priorities.”Meyer Turku Managing Partner Dr. Jan Meyer, left, and Costa Cruises President Neil PalombaCosta Toscana follows on the heels of Costa Smeralda, the company’s first ship to be powered by LNG. Smeralds is nearing completion at the same shipyard and will enter service in October. Costa Toscana is expected to be delivered in 2021.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemBoth ships are part of the Costa Group’s fleet expansion plan that includes a total of seven new ships scheduled to enter service by 2023. As the Italian brand of Carnival Corporation & plc, Costa Group is comprised of Costa Cruises, Costa Asia and AIDA Cruises.“Once again, Costa Cruises is paving the way for the industry as a whole: in accordance with our global vision aimed at sustainable development, we were the first to invest in this technology, which is now really starting to take hold,” added Palomba. “However, a lot remains to be done in terms of the ready availability of gas bunkering infrastructure to ensure the seamless transition to LNG. Costa Toscana and her sister ship Costa Smeralda may be highly innovative products, but they will retain that inimitable Italian hospitality that has been Costa Cruises’ hallmark since the brand’s inception.”Each ship was named after iconic Italian destinations – Tuscany and the Smeralda coast. On Costa Smeralda, guests will find 11 restaurants, including one specifically for casual family dining, 19 bars, a spa area with 16 treatment rooms, an onboard waterpark with waterslides, four pools and a dedicated kids facility. It will also boast its own museum – the CoDe-Costa Design Museum – that will showcase the excellence of Italian design.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaCosta Smeralda is set to debut on Oct. 20 with a 15-day preview cruise from Hamburg to Savona. Its official naming ceremony will take place on Nov. 3 in Savona before being deployed in the Western Mediterranean through April 2021.Costa Toscana’s cruise program will be announced in the next few months. Costa Cruises celebrates first steel-cutting of LNG-powered Toscana Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Costa Cruises, steel-cutting Tuesday, July 30, 2019 last_img read more

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has teamed up wit

first_imgSports broadcaster Eleven Sports has teamed up with Facebook to make the social media platforms its free-to-air partner in the UK and Ireland.The partnership is the latest extension to Eleven’s various collaborations with Facebook and comes ahead of the planned launch of its own online streaming service in the UK and Ireland, expected later this week.Eleven recently hired Scott Fenton to head up its marketing and communications activities in the UK market ahead of the launch of the OTT TV service. Fenton was previously head of international marketing and brand strategy for EMEA at UFC and has also worked for the NBA and ESPN.In July, Eleven announced that it would launch two UK and Ireland channels in partnership with IMG to carry Serie A and La Liga football that would be distributed via the new streaming service.Scott FentonAs part of the latest deal with Facebook, Eleven will make at least one match per week from both Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A available free of charge on its UK Facebook page. A selection of games from the other top-flight football leagues available on Eleven Sports will also be shown on Facebook across the season.Games to be featured on the social media platform include Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut for Juventus, as well as matches featuring Real Madrid, Barcelona and Napoli.The Facebook matches will kick off on August 17 with Girona v Valladolid, followed by Chievo v Juventus the following day and Valencia v Atletico Mardrid on August 20.Eleven will also show the first two rounds of the 2018 PGA Championship, on August 9-10, in full, live on Facebook in the UK and Ireland.The move follows Facebook collaborations in other markets including Germany, Poland and Belgium. Last weekend Eleven streamed a Trophée des Champions match between PSG and Monaco on Facebook in Portugal – a first for the Portuguese market, where Eleven launched a service recently in partnership with cable operator Nowo.Eleven said it was also in discussion with other major platforms in the UK and Ireland to make its content available more widely in those markets.last_img read more

My boyhood friend Tom G has been a member of our

first_imgMy 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…last_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

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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

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first_imgUpdated 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/.last_img read more