Rooney talks all about England

first_imgThe English legendary footballer ended his international career with 120 caps with the Three Lions in the 3-0 win over the United StatesLegendary footballer Wayne Rooney is surely happy after he retired from international football with a 3-0 win over the United States in front of his fans at Wembley Stadium.“I’m happy with what I’ve contributed to the national team and I look forward now to the next few years and watching this team progress,” he was quoted by the BBC.“I know some ex-players I’ve spoken to can’t come to terms with England doing well.”“I wouldn’t say I regret never winning a trophy with England,” he commented.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I have given everything when playing for England and I’ve tried to make us successful. Sometimes everything just isn’t enough.”“I’ve had my time and it didn’t quite work out in terms of trophies,” he added.“They called the team I played in the ‘golden generation’ but this team has also got superstars like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, and John Stones.”“This is a great young squad with other players who can come in if there are injuries,” he concluded.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday March 21 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, March 21, 2019:#1) Wilmington Middle School Drama Club’s “Seussical The Musical”The Wilmington Middle School Drama Club presents its spring musical, “Seussicial The Musical” on Thursday, March 21, 2019 (7pm); Friday, March 22, 2019 (7pm); and Saturday, March 23, 2019 (1pm) in the Wilmington Middle School Auditorium. Come enjoy the story of Horton and some of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Tickets are available at the door. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students (12 and under).#2) Wilmington Finance Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Wilmington Elderly Services Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. The agenda will be posted HERE.#4) Library Gift Basket Raffle DeadlineThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library has organized an “unplugged”-theme gift basket raffle at the Wilmington Memorial Library this winter.  Tickets are $2 each or $3 for 5 and can be purchased at the library’s Front Desk.The “Unplugged!” gift basket includes:Gift Certificate to Yoga Loft (1-month membership)Gift Certificate to Tremezzo ($100)Gift Certificate to the Book Store Next Door ($10)Art & Creativity SetBoard Games: Story Cubes, Pass The Pigs, Ticket To RideMagnetic SandArt PaperDigital Detox by Damon ZahariadesThe raffle winner will be drawn on Thursday, March 21, 2019 during the Friends of the Library’s Annual Meeting at 7pm.#5) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 27, 2019In “Community”last_img read more

Gold silver outlook for 2017 is bleak says Angel Broking

first_imgA woman holds gold bangles at a jewellery shop in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata October 14, 2009 (representational image).Reuters fileGold and silver prices are likely to fall in calendar year (CY) 2017 as the two metals face a plethora of headwinds, both domestic and international. The forecast comes despite the 10 percent gain in gold prices and 16 percent in silver in CY2016. The first price-impacting news could come as early from Budget 2017 in the context of import duty on gold, Angel Broking said in a note. Currently, the import duty on the yellow metal is 10 percent.A resurgent American economy is also a strong factor that will impact gold prices in CY 2017.Read: Gold prices fall 11%, silver down 12% since PM Modi’s demonetisation decisionFifth tranche of gold bond scheme nets Rs 820 crore”In 2017, Gold prices in the international markets (CMP: $1184/oz) can possibly move down towards $1050/ounce mark while MCX gold prices can go lower towards Rs.26000/10 gms. (CMP: Rs.28055/10 gm),” the brokerage in its sectoral update.”The silver lining for gold could be a halt by miners if prices fall below the crucial threshold of $1,000 an ounce, giving some respite to the freefall. In the base scenario, comex gold prices (CMP: $1180 per ounce) in the international markets can go lower towards $1050 mark.However, the supply-side fundamentals reveal that, if prices again fall close to the $1000 mark, miners could take a backseat, thereby creating a supply-side constraint. If miners actually go ahead with this move, then gold prices could sustain, however a muted response from the miners could lead to further downside pressure in the gold prices,” Angel Broking said.”…for most producers the cost of production is in the range $1000- 1200, hence, it would be unprofitable venture for miners if prices go below $1100 or even $1000 mark,” it added.Angel BrokingIt may be recalled that gold imports by India remained subdued for most part of CY 2016 on account of various factors, including weak demand and restrictions on cash purchases beyond a certain limit. The future trend in India — the world’s second-largest consumer of gold — will depend on global factors, especially signals emanating from the US, besides from China and Japan.”The trend deciding factors for gold prices in 2017 would be dependent on how the investment and physical demand trajectory remains. Rate normalisation process in the US, the Easy Monetary Policy in the Euro Area and Japan, growth in China (Serious cause of concern), and OPEC dynamics of production cut and price stability (inflation hedge appeal for gold), speculative interest in gold by hedge funds and money managers will have its own role to play for gold,” the brokerage said.Silver trendsThe outlook for the metal is equally weak, given a hardening US dollar, though there is a catch. “…the U.S. and China have consistently ranked in the top three of all countries in terms of silver demand (collectively making up 40% of all global demand in 2015) so the countries’ monetary/fiscal policies along with U.S. and Chinese hedge fund activity tend to have a significant impact on silver prices if it turns out to be black swan event,” Angel Broking said.However, for Indians, silver is unlikely to be a safe investment bet in CY 2017.”The metal (16.5/oz) can fall towards $13.5 per ounce in the international markets while Rs 35,000 in the Indian markets (Rs 40,380/kg) seem to be the ideal levels for investor to enter in the commodity for target higher towards Rs 44,000 per kg in 2017.Silver imports by India have been rising consistently over the years, from 6,144 tonnes in 2013 to 7,164 tonnes in 2014 and 8,529 tonnes in CY 2015, the brokerage said.On Friday (January 13), gold gained Rs 200 to close at Rs 29,450 per 10 gm, while silver prices dropped Rs 300 to end at Rs 40,950 per kg.last_img read more

Khaleda appears in court without senior lawyers

first_imgKhaleda Zia BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia appeared in the makeshift court set up in the old central jail on Nazimuddin Road in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on Wednesday, but without her senior lawyers.”You don’t get justice here. You can hand me whatever punishment you want. I am ill. I cannot come here so many times. My legs swell up if I sit like this. None of my senior lawyers came today. I would not have come had I known this,” said Khaleda, a former prime minister.The judge, Md Akhtaruzzaman, attended the court at 11:00am while Khaleda was produced before him at 12:15pm.Brought in a wheelchair, the BNP chair was wearing a purple saree, her legs covered with a white shawl.Dhaka Bar Association president Golam Mostafa Khan came to the court on the day. When he saw that none of her senior lawyers were present, the pro-BNP lawyer spoke to Khaleda with the permission of the court.”I have come here as the president of Dhaka Bar Association. The order that the court will sit here in the jail did not reach her lawyers,” he said, urging the court to set a fresh date for the debate that was scheduled for today.Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajal, however, claimed that the order did reach Sanaullah Mia, the most senior lawyer moving for Khaleda.In the end, judge Md Akhtaruzzaman extended the bail and set 12 and 13 September the next dates for the hearing.The ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust case on 3 July 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK after securing bail, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21. 0 million (2.10 crore) that came as grants for orphans from a foreign bank.last_img read more

FifthSeeded Cards to Face North Carolina Thursday in ACC Tournament

first_img ACC Championship Central Louisville and North Carolina (33-17, 17-7 ACC) met during the regular season April 26-28 at Ulmer Stadium with the Tar Heels taking games one and two by scores of 6-0 and 10-7 respectively. The Cardinals won game three 6-1. The winner of Thursday’s matchup will advance to Friday’s semifinal game at 1:00 p.m. to face either top-seeded Virginia Tech or the winner of Wednesday’s first-round contest between No. 8 NC State and No. 9 Syracuse. The championship game will take place Saturday at 12 p.m. North Carolina leads the all-time series between the teams 8-7. The Cardinals and the Tar Heels have never met in the ACC tournament. The first three rounds will be broadcast on the league’s Regional Sports Networks, and ESPN will carry the championship game. 2019 ACC Softball Bracket The University of Louisville softball team has earned the No. 5 seed in the 2019 ACC Championship and will face fourth-seeded North Carolina Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Florida State’s JoAnne Graf Field.center_img Ticket InformationDaily tickets are available at $5 for adults, $8 for reserve seating and $3 for youths. Admission is free for fans under 2 years old. All-session tickets are $15 for adults, $25 for reserve seating and $10 for youths. Tickets can be purchased online here. More InformationFor more information on the 2019 ACC Softball Championship, visit the 2019 ACC Softball Championship Page. About LouisvilleThe Cardinals finished the regular season with a 33-20 overall record and a 12-12 mark in ACC play. Louisville is led offensively by redshirt senior Sidney Melton who carries a .343 batting average with a school-record 32 stolen bases while senior Megan Hensley paces the team with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs. Story Links  Print Friendly Version Ticket Information last_img read more

Detmers Named Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist

first_imgThe Cardinals are back in action on Thursday for the start of a three-game series against Florida State to wrap up the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Throughout the 2019 season, Detmers has etched his name throughout the Louisville record book becoming the 13th player to reach 10 wins in a season and currently sitting fifth on the single season strikeout chart. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Continuing his year-long run of accolades, Louisville baseball starting pitcher Reid Detmers was named a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist by USA Baseball on Wednesday. Fans will have the ability to vote on the finalists at GoldenSpikesAward.com rom May 15-26. Selections made by the voting body of 200 members will carry a 95% weight of each athlete’s total, while fan votes will account for the remaining 5%. Fans are allowed to vote up to 25 times per day. Presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the 42nd Golden Spikes Award winner will be announced on June 14 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The finalists will then be announced on Wednesday, May 29. Detmers is one of 25 semifinalists and the only player from the ACC. The sophomore is the 12th player in program history to be a semifinalist and the first since Drew Ellis and Brendan McKay in 2017. McKay won the Golden Spikes Award that season. Detmers has been at the forefront of the Louisville pitching staff that leads the ACC in ERA, WHIP, strikeout-to-walk ratio, shutouts and hits allowed per nine innings. Golden Spikes Award Semifinalists Story Links Detmers drew the opening day start for the Cardinals this season and has been among the best pitchers in the country. The lefthander enters the final series of the regular season at 10-2 with a 2.59 ERA and 127 strikeouts, leading the ACC in all three categories. Golden Spikes Award Fan Voting Name, Class, Position, School, ConferenceHunter Bishop, Jr., OF, Arizona St., Pac-12JJ Bleday, Jr., OF, Vanderbilt, SECIsaiah Campbell, RS-Jr., P, Arkansas, SECReid Detmers, So., P, Louisville, ACCJohn Doxakis, Jr., P, Texas A&M, SECRyan Garcia, Jr., P, UCLA, Pac-12Nick Gonzales, So., IF, New Mexico St., WACEmerson Hancock, So., P, Georgia, SECKody Hoese, Jr., IF, Tulane, AACJosh Jung, Jr., IF, Texas Tech, Big 12George Kirby, Jr., P, Elon, CAAAsa Lacy, So., P, Texas A&M, SECJake Mangum, Sr., OF, Mississippi St., SECAlek Manoah, Jr., P, West Virginia, Big 12Austin Martin, So., IF, Vanderbilt, SECJackson Rutledge, So., P, San Jacinto, Region XIVAdley Rutschman, Jr., C, Oregon St., Pac-12T.J. Sikkema, Jr., P, Missouri, SECEthan Small, RS-Jr., P, Mississippi St., SECNoah Song, Sr., P, Navy, PatriotBryson Stott, Jr., IF, UNLV, MWCZack Thompson, Jr., P, Kentucky, SECSpencer Torkelson, So., IF, Arizona St., Pac-12Andrew Vaughn, Jr., IF, California, Pac-12Bobby Witt Jr., HS-Sr., IF, Colleyville-Heritage High School Print Friendly Version Following a dominant start to the season, Detmers was named the Midseason National Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game and Midseason Top Pitcher by D1Baseball. The Chatham, Illinois, native seven starts with double digit strikeouts and has allowed one hit or fewer on four occasions, including taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Brown and James Madison.last_img read more

Bridgmanite sample found to remain stable at lower mantle conditions

first_imgSchematic picture of the Earth’s interior. On the right side is the example of the part of the two-dimensional wide scan of x-ray diffraction image of Fe, Al-bearing bridgmanite, on the left side is the crystal structure of pure Fe-bridgmanite. Credit: Leyla Ismailova/University of Bayreuth More information: L. Ismailova et al. Stability of Fe,Al-bearing bridgmanite in the lower mantle and synthesis of pure Fe-bridgmanite, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600427AbstractThe physical and chemical properties of Earth’s mantle, as well as its dynamics and evolution, heavily depend on the phase composition of the region. On the basis of experiments in laser-heated diamond anvil cells, we demonstrate that Fe,Al-bearing bridgmanite (magnesium silicate perovskite) is stable to pressures over 120 GPa and temperatures above 3000 K. Ferric iron stabilizes Fe-rich bridgmanite such that we were able to synthesize pure iron bridgmanite at pressures between ~45 and 110 GPa. The compressibility of ferric iron–bearing bridgmanite is significantly different from any known bridgmanite, which has direct implications for the interpretation of seismic tomography data. Journal information: Science Advances (Phys.org)—A diverse team of researchers with members from Germany, France, Russia and the U.S. has subjected a sample of bridgmanite to conditions believed to be present at Earth’s lower mantle and has found that it remained stable. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes the testing they conducted, what they found and their theory regarding the dynamo effect that is, perhaps, the source of the planet’s magnetic field Citation: Bridgmanite sample found to remain stable at lower mantle conditions (2016, July 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-bridgmanite-sample-stable-mantle-conditions.html Developing a picture of the Earth’s mantlecenter_img Explore further Studying the interior of planet Earth is difficult due to the huge scale involved—researchers cannot simply drill a hole all the way to the core to grab samples of material. For that reason, they have developed and used other tools such as seismic monitors to learn more. Though the have learned much, there is still a lot that is unknown or uncertain. One of these uncertainties is the makeup of the planet’s lower mantle—the part just next to the core. Prior research has indicated that it is likely a mineral called bridgmanite. Other researchers have suggested that bridgmanite would not be stable under the very high temperature and pressure that would exist in the lower mantle. In this new effort, the researchers sought to settle this debate by bringing samples of bridgmanite into their lab and testing it.To exert very high pressure on the sample similar to that believed to exist in the lower mantle, the researchers used laser-heated diamond anvil cells—creating a vice-like grip by squeezing a very small sample between two diamonds and focusing a laser on them. The team ran several such experiments at different temperatures and pressures, maxing out at 23 gigapascals and 1,800 Kelvin. They then used X-rays to examine the samples to see how they held. The team reports that the samples held up very well and concluded that bridgmanite is stable under the conditions believed to exist at the lower mantle.The team found that when samples contained different amounts of iron, there were differing levels of stability. Those differences, they suggest, could offer an explanation for seismic activity deep in the planet which could play a role in establishing the dynamo that is responsible for the planet’s magnetic field. © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Still difficult to beat Nadal at French Open Federer

first_imgSwitzerland’s 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer on Monday said he still believed Rafael Nadal was the favourite to win the French Open next month despite the Spanish star’s troubled start to the clay court season.Federer, who took his sole French Open title in 2009, this week is refining his own clay court game at the Istanbul Open, the first ATP World Tour event to be held in Turkey and the first time that Federer has visited the country.But Nadal, who with the exception of Federer’s win has taken every French Open since 2005 to make nine in total, has shown a dip in form over the past weeks, failing to get past the third round at last week’s Barcelona Open. Federer said he believed that Nadal was still the man to beat on the red clay of Roland Garros, along with the in-form Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic.  Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for Jadeja“At the French Open, Rafa for me is still the favourite alongside Djokovic who has been playing so well. Even though his (Nadal’s) form is not as good as in previous years, I still believe when the French Open rolls around he is going to be very difficult to beat,” he told a news conference in Istanbul.Federer, 33, is himself looking for his own form on the slower clay after a long hard court season, having lost in the third round to Gael Monfils at the Monte Carlo Masters this month. But he said the Istanbul event was ideal for his preparations. “It’s about getting used to the sliding, deciding how aggressive I want to play,” said the world number two.Federer, who so far has been unable to add to his sole French Open win in 2009 and won his last grand slam at Wimbledon in 2012, acknowledged that this year’s French Open “is clearly a big goal of mine.” “But to play well at the French Open I need confidence. I hope that I can pick that up in Istanbulm,” said the former Swiss world no. 1.last_img read more

Cruise ban continues for schoolies

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H P&O Cruises allowed to enforce ‘schoolies’ ban A ban by Carnival Australia on ‘schoolies’ cruises will continue after the Australian Human Rights Commission gave the company, operators of P&O Cruises, a two and a half year exemption from age discrimination legislation.The exemption, which covers ‘unauthorised events’ on its ships, allows P&O Cruises to apply the policy without being in breach of the Commonwealth’s Age Discrimination Act. The ban, which includes strict policies on the responsible service of alcohol and zero tolerance of excessive behaviour, is key to the company’s ‘safety-first’ approach.  “Our strong stance on ‘schoolies’ cruises is part of an approach that aims to prevent unauthorised events that could compromise the health, safety and security of our passengers and crew,” Carnival Australia chief executive Ann Sherry said.“The Australian Human Rights Commission’s determination is a commonsense outcome that will be welcomed by all cruise passengers wanting to enjoy a relaxed cruise holiday without the risk of being subject to excessive behaviour. “It effectively recognises that P&O Cruises discriminates in favour of maintaining a safe and secure environment on board our vessels.” Key to Carnival Australia’s policy is the proviso that any passenger under the age of 19 travelling between 1 November and 7 January from an Australian port must be accompanied by a responsible adult.last_img read more

Rep Vaupel plan creates higher standards for Michigan pet stores

first_img State Rep. Hank Vaupel, a veterinarian of more than 40 years, today said his plan to strengthen standards for Michigan pet stores will protect animals and the families who adopt them.Vaupel’s legislation, approved today by the House Agriculture Committee, prevents Michigan pet stores from acquiring dogs from unregulated breeders, sometimes known as “puppy mills.” It also establishes a minimum age at which puppies can be placed up for adoption, ensures all dogs to have a certified health certificate from a licensed veterinarian, and requires dogs to be vaccinated and micro-chipped.“As a veterinarian, I’m dedicated to looking out for the health and welfare of all animals,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “This plan will help ensure only reputable pet stores and breeders will be allowed to operate in Michigan. Unscrupulous breeders and stores that don’t look out for the safety of their pets have no business in our communities, and this legislation makes that clear.”Under the plan laid out in House Bills 5916-17, breeders would be required to supply their U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection reports to pet stores, in their entirety.“Any major violations within the past two years would make it impossible for a breeder to engage in sales to a pet store in Michigan,” Vaupel said.While implementing these safeguards, the legislation also provide necessary protections for responsible local breeders and pet stores that are committed to pet safety.With demand in American households for pets growing every year, more and more consumers turn online or unwittingly to sources like flea markets or unregulated breeders. In a recent study by the Better Business Bureau, experts believe up to 80 percent of online advertisements for pets may be fraudulent. In addition, when forced to online retailers, consumers often have no recourse if the puppy is unhealthy or not as advertised.“We must recognize the responsible breeders and local store owners who pour their hearts and souls into building safe and humane facilities, employ dozens of people and are ingrained in the fabric of local communities across our state,” Vaupel said. “Governmental entities should not be allowed to enact overbearing regulations for the sole purpose of putting reputable pet shops out of business.”The legislation now moves to the full House for consideration.### 16May Rep. Vaupel plan creates higher standards for Michigan pet stores Categories: Vaupel Newslast_img read more

In This Issue Housing continues to show moder

first_imgIn This Issue. * Housing continues to show moderation… * Confidence at a six year high… * Brazil’s credit rating… * Trying to talk the euro lower… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! US consumer confidence soars… Good day.and welcome to Wednesday morning. As Chris mentioned yesterday, I’ll be taking you through to the weekend and then we should be working our way back to a normal schedule next week. The combo of spring break and tax time makes it a busy stretch for many both at home and work, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. We didn’t see much drama in the markets after Chris signed off so we were led by leftovers as well as the economic data. The data here in the US yielded mixed results but I think when all of the dust settled, the markets were left feeling more upbeat. The measures of home prices were ho-hum. This report is behind the times since its giving us data from January, but the S&P/Case Shiller index on a monthly basis showed slight improvement while it actually came in lower on an annual basis. The index, which evaluates data in only 20 cities, included prices increased 13.2% compared to January 2013 and represented the smallest gain since August. Most economists are looking for home prices to continue rising, but not as much as last year. I think expectations on several asset classes, which include both real estate and equities, have been adjusted downward when compared to the large moves from 2013. Government officials have voiced concern that housing is still progressing relatively slow, but its shaping up to be an interesting dynamic as tapering continues and interest rate expectations migrate higher. Housing is a sector that is very sensitive to the interest rate environment, so as we move closer toward the unofficial end of tapering in October and assuming yields continue rising, I’m sure the Fed will be paying very close attention. In looking at the St. Louis area, I would say home prices were higher on aggregate but not by 13%. Depending where you live, results may be higher or lower, but at the end of the day, most locations have seen some kind of an increase. Since we’re already talking about housing, let’s move into February new home sales. Purchases of new homes fell 3.3% to an annual level of 440k, which was the lowest level in five months, but we are coming off a strong performance in January. This report follows the recent trend in housing as a whole where figures are showing moderation. I’m just waiting for the March and April figures to see if we have any kind of spike from pent up demand on account of the weather. Anyway, new home sales only make up a small percentage of the residential market so existing home sales carry much more weight. In fact, new homes only accounted for about 8% of the market last year and then taking it one step further, home purchases as a whole only accounts for a small part of the mortgage market. New home sales are counted when the contract gets signed instead of at close for existing homes, so they are typically used to get a current market snapshot. Its just going to be nice when we can’t use weather as an excuse so that we can get a better idea of where things actually stand. The report that stole the show really had everyone buzzing was the March consumer confidence index. It seems like there is a different confidence report for every day of the week, but the latest from the Conference Board strayed away from recent readings, which have been showing some deterioration. The current figure of 82.3 blew away both expectations and the previous reading as it was the highest since January 2008. I don’t know if those surveyed were in an extra good mood since it’s a little warmer outside or what, but it seems like this is a move that isn’t completely supported. Since consumer confidence drives consumer spending which then drives the US economy, a lot of weight was placed on this report. The measures of consumer expectations and the labor market over the next six months along with current business conditions all increased while the outlook on incomes decreased. Lynn Franco, who is the director of economic indicators at the Conference Board said that while consumers were moderately more upbeat about future job prospects and the overall economy, they were less optimistic about income growth. The measure of present conditions actually fell for the first time in five months so it just depends whether you’re talking about today or the future as to whether that warm and fuzzy feeling is present. The last report, which was the Richmond Fed index, missed by quite a bit as it came in at -7. The experts were calling for a reading of 4 and last month’s result was -6. The report indicated shipments and new orders declined while unemployment was relatively flat. So far, this is the only regional report with elevated disappointment. Moving into today’s data, we should get some market movers with durable goods and Market PMI, but that’s the extent of US data. The currency market was relatively quiet yesterday and most currencies were able to stretch a little higher against the dollar, albeit in a fairly tight range. The South African rand and Brazilian real were the only two currencies to break away from the peak as they appreciated about 0.9% and 0.5% respectively. The general risk on trading theme and higher interest rate differentials were more than enough to push the currencies higher despite shaky domestic fundamentals. We have the South African central bank meeting tomorrow and they are expected to keep rates on hold while indicating higher rates may soon be around the corner. Depending on whether you’re a glass half empty or half full kind of person, the action taken by S&P to Brazil’s credit rating will have different meanings. For the glass half empty crowd, S&P cut their credit rating one level to BBB-, which is the lowest investment grade rating. S&P said in a statement the downgrade reflects the combination of fiscal slippage, the prospect that fiscal execution will remain weak amid subdued growth in the coming years, a constrained ability to adjust policy ahead of the October elections, and some weakening in Brazil’s external accounts. They went on to say these factors underscore the government’s diminished room for maneuver in the face of external shocks. At the same time, they changed the outlook to stable from negative so this made the glass half full campers happy. The currency market decided to focus on the positive development since this indicates further downgrades will be less likely. The concern, however, is whether or not Moody’s and Fitch will decide to follow suit and cut their ratings as well. Regardless, a higher interest rate differential is here to stay in Brazil and that is what the currency market wants to see. Since the euro has been pretty sticky around 1.38, we’re starting to see more and more ECB members voicing concern and trying to do their part in jawboning the currency lower. We had one member say that negative interest rates were a tool that could be used to deal with a stronger euro. Negative rates just means that banks would be required to pay interest when parking money at the ECB instead of the other way around. We also had Bundesbank president saying that the ECB could also consider buying Eurozone government bonds or top rated private sector assets to help support the economy if needed. Part of the reason the euro has risen in value was due to its resistance to additional stimulus as the economy shows improvement, so this was a material change of stance to even consider QE. Other than that, we didn’t see many other headlines relating to the currency market. The Swiss franc finished in last place with a 0.25% loss while the euro and Norwegian krone were sitting on fractional losses as I left last night. Gold and silver were both able to hold steady and post slight returns yesterday as technical traders and those buying on dips offered some support. After the initial drop last week in the renminbi, it has remained fairly steady and put together a string of slight upward momentum. As I came in this morning, it was a mixed bag of nuts as it relates to the currency market. We have a handful of currencies higher this morning, which includes the Aussie, kiwi, rand, and loonie while the Swedish krona, Swiss franc, and euro are all lower this morning. With that said, the dollar index is marginally higher this morning. Australia’s central bank conveyed optimism about the economy and Swedish consumer confidence fell more than expected, so that’s what it looks like from the top and the bottom so far today. To recap.We had housing data give mixed signals as home prices were higher on a monthly basis while they were lower on a year over year comparison. New home sales fell but we were coming off a strong showing the previous month. The market moving report was consumer confidence as it increased to the highest level since January 2008. The currency market was fairly quiet with the rand and real the only two currencies with significant moves. S&P cut Brazil’s credit rating but upgraded the outlook. ECB members are doing what they can to talk the euro lower. Currencies today 3/26/14. American Style: A$ .9227, kiwi .86, C$ .8975, euro 1.3798, sterling 1.6538, Swiss $1.1287. European Style: rand 10.6470, krone 6.0419, SEK 6.4545, forint 226.19, zloty 3.0293, koruna 19.89, RUB 35.4250, yen 102.36, sing 1.2661, HKD 7.7581, INR 60.14, China 6.1440, pesos 13.1031, BRL 2.3054, Dollar Index 80.06, Oil $99.39, 10-year 2.75%, Silver $20.08, Platinum $1.417.50, Palladium $779.00, and Gold. $1,316.75. That’s it for today.After a cold start yesterday, it turned out to be a nice decent day and its supposed to be even better today so hopefully winter has made its last stand and we’re finally in the clear. The Cardinals open the season on the road Monday in Cincinnati so that marks the official start of spring as far as I’m concerned and I can’t wait to hear Mike Shannon’s voice on the radio. I finally made it to the gym for the first time in a couple of weeks on Monday night and I’m still sore so I definitely need to get back to the routine. With a lot of empty desks to deal with, I need to get this out so that I’m not starting the day playing catch up. Until tomorrow, Have a Great Day! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

State officials say flurelated deaths in North Ca

first_imgState officials say flu-related deaths in North Carolina have reached a modern-day record this season.The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that one person died from flu in the past week, bringing this season’s statewide total to 379 deaths. Most of those were among people age 65 and older.This season’s total is much higher than either the 2016-17 or 2014-15 seasons. In each of those, there were 218 confirmed flu-related deaths.Officials say it’s still not too late to get a flu shot. Although the six-month flu season officially ended March 31, flu has been known to linger several weeks into April and early May.last_img

A disabled artistactivists project to make visi

first_imgA disabled artist-activist’s project to “make visible the human cost of austerity” in the run-up to tomorrow’s general election has visited the prime minister’s constituency, home to one of the most high-profile victims of his government’s austerity programme.Liz Crow’s We Are Figures project has seen her sculpt 650 figures out of river mud, one for every UK constituency and each linked to an individual story about a victim of austerity.And on Saturday (2 May), We Are Figures was in Witney, a constituency that is not only represented by the prime minister, but was also home to Mark Wood.Wood starved to death four months after he was found fit for work, and subsequently had his out-of-work disability benefits and housing benefit removed. Among those visiting the travelling exhibition of clay figures were members of the local Green party, of which Wood had been a member.At one point, there were UKIP, Green and Labour supporters in the We Are Figures van discussing the austerity stories at the same time.Lizzy Maries, a tour guide on the We Are Figures tour, said: “There was a lot of empathy. These were real stories that have happened to real people and that resonated with a lot of people.”She said that all of the visitors to the van in Witney – including Conservative party members – were “really respectful” to the project.She said: “So far, nobody has wanted to argue with us and say, ‘It’s not true, it’s all lies,’ although a lot of people do say, ‘We need austerity.’”Maries said she believed the exhibition would make some people think again about who they vote for.But she said that We Are Figures was not just about the election. “It’s also about keeping an eye on the people around you. It’s about the society we live in. It is about us as people creating a society that supports one another.“I definitely think that for a few people it will make them think. I also hope it will make them think past the election.”Pictured: The We Are Figures van outside David Cameron’s constituency office in Witneylast_img read more

Microsoft Grounds Its AI Chat Bot After it Learns Sexism and Racism

first_img Next Article –shares Microsoft’s Tay AI is youthful beyond just its vaguely hip-sounding dialogue — it’s overly impressionable, too.The company has grounded its Twitter chat bot (that is, temporarily shutting it down) after people taught it to repeat conspiracy theories, racist views and sexist remarks. We won’t echo them here, but they involved 9/11, GamerGate, Hitler, Jews, Trump and less-than-respectful portrayals of President Obama. Yeah, it was that bad. The account is visible as we write this, but the offending tweets are gone; Tay has gone to “sleep” for now.”Tay” went from “humans are super cool” to full nazi in <24 hrs and I'm not at all concerned about the future of AI pic.twitter.com/xuGi1u9S1A— Gerry (@geraldmellor) March 24, 2016It's not certain how Microsoft will teach Tay better manners, although it seems like word filters would be a good start. The company tells Business Insider that it's making "adjustments" to curb the AI's "inappropriate" remarks, so it's clearly aware that something has to change in its machine learning algorithms. Frankly, though, this kind of incident isn't a shock -- if we've learned anything in recent years, it's that leaving something completely open to input from the internet is guaranteed to invite abuse. 2 min read Microsoft Grounds Its AI Chat Bot After it Learns Sexism and Racism From Twitter Users Image credit: TayandYou | Twitter Register Now » March 24, 2016center_img Artificial Intelligence Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Engadget Jon Fingas Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

If Uber Drivers Are Employees Theyre Owed 730 Million More Say US

first_img Apply Now » If Uber Drivers Are Employees, They’re Owed $730 Million More, Say U.S. Court Papers This story originally appeared on Reuters Add to Queue Court Cases Image credit: Spencer Platt | Getty Images Next Article 3 min readcenter_img –shares Drivers who worked for ride-hailing service Uber in California and Massachusetts over the past seven years would have been entitled to an estimated $730 million in expense reimbursements had they been employees rather than contractors, according to court documents made public on Monday.Uber and smaller rival Lyft are attempting to settle lawsuits by drivers who contend they should be classified as employees and therefore entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gasoline and vehicle maintenance. Drivers currently pay those costs themselves.According to attorneys for Uber drivers, the total potential damages in the case are $852 million, when including a claim to recover tips. The figure is based on rates for mileage reimbursement set by the U.S. government and on data provided by Uber Technologies Inc.The company, meanwhile, calculates damages at $429 million, mainly due to a lower mileage rate.The figures had been redacted in the original settlement deal proposed last month, but a San Francisco federal judge ordered them unsealed. The new data reveals how much of a risk employee classification is for on-demand tech companies like Uber. The proposed $100 million settlement keeps Uber drivers classified as contractors, though U.S. regulators are still reviewing the issue.Uber drivers in California and Massachusetts were entitled to about $122 million in tips, the filings show. That means Uber made about $732 million in commissions in those two states since 2009, based on an assumed 20 percent tip rate – more than $100 million less than it would have cost to reimburse drivers for expenses and tips.An Uber representative declined to comment.The judge must decide whether the $100 million Uber settlement is fair, and the total potential damages at play will likely bear on his analysis. The deal represents about 12 percent of the potential $852 million in damages.Lyft had agreed to settle its class action for $12.25 million, but a separate federal judge rejected the deal because it represented only about 9 percent of the value of drivers’ claims.While the deal does not elevate drivers to employees, attorneys for drivers have defended it, saying they faced significant risks had the case gone to trial. They also say drivers who have worked several months could be entitled to thousands of dollars each under the settlement.Beyond the money, Uber also agreed to new policies including an appeals process for drivers terminated by Uber.(Reporting by Dan Levine and Heather Somerville; Editing by Matthew Lewis)   Reuters 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List May 10, 2016 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

Neongecko Inc Launches Neon AI SDK – New Software Development Kit for

first_imgNeongecko Inc. Launches “Neon AI SDK” – New “Software Development Kit for Artificial Intelligence” Supports AI Conversations in Multiple Languages PRNewswireJune 7, 2019, 9:41 pmJune 7, 2019 AI SDKArtificial IntelligenceNeongeckoNewsSocial Media Previous ArticleMastercard Digital Wellness Program to Enhance Transparency, Security and Choice for Online ShoppingNext ArticleBabbleLabs Raises $14 million Series A Financing from Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital to Accelerate Speech Technology Customizable Conversation Processing for Business, Education and Home, Supports Interactive Applications, Internet Websites, Home Automation, Voice-Controlled DevicesNeongecko.com Inc. unveiled the “Neon AI Software Development Kit for Conversation Processing” (Neon AI SDK), the most advanced system for developing conversational AI applications. By 2025 more than 50% of human-computer interactions will be by voice (a.k.a. Conversational AI).The Neon AI SDK is the first platform that is preconfigured to enable software developers and hardware designers to quickly produce a full range of voice controlled devices, home automation, smart speakers, interactive applications and conversational websites.Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc.center_img The Neon AI SDK provides “Natural Language Understanding” from audio, video, speech-to-text and gestures; and provide responses using text-to-speech, playing audio files, device operations, and home controls through OpenHAB automation.Think Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana – with source code. Neon AI is an “AI Assistant” with a full set of conversational skills, ready for customization. The technology is an integrated suite of services for conversation processing, natural language understanding, translation and AI capable of enabling myriad products and services. The Neon AI SDK is available on GitHub, as a Linux/Python/Java “developers stack” under Ubuntu or MS Windows, and includes skills from Mycroft AI.Marketing Technology News: How Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience ObjectivesNeon AI demonstration applications and devices include: standard websites with Neon Nano™; standard Intel based PCs for a universal smart speaker device and next-generation audio video enabled notebook PCs NeonU™ and NeonX™; and conversational AI enabled websites such as Klat.com (no app or plug-in required). Visit Neon AI Demos for videos showing use cases of the Neon AI SDK.Developers can use the Neon AI SDK for real-time speech-to-text processing for transcriptions and translations, to enable AI skills, and for participation in multiple simultaneous conversations in a single browser session. Conversation segments can be spoken or typed, and can be internal business conversations, business to end-user sales and support, end-user to end-user social media, or connections between family and friends.Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc.last_img read more

Can You Guess a Song by Its Word Cloud

first_imgCan You Guess a Song by Its Word Cloud? Rosaria SilipoJune 12, 2019, 8:30 amJune 11, 2019 Figure 4. Content of the metanode named “Prepare Data.” You can see a node to read the Excel file with the list of songs, a node to perform the random shuffling, then a node to extract the top 10 songs after shuffling, and finally a column filter node to keep only the necessary input attributes.The metanode named “style” sets the running style for all webpages. This operation is performed by a “Generic JavaScript View” node. This node is one of those integration nodes, like the Python Script node or the R Snippet node, which is allowed to write small pieces of code within a KNIME workflow and treat them as nodes as well.Outer Loop to Process All Songs One by OneThe light blue nodes delimit a loop. One node starts the loop (the Start node) and one ends the loop (the End node).Here we have an external loop to process the song texts one by one and an internal loop to allow the player up to a maximum of three guesses.The outer loop starts from the first song in the random list, reads the text, cleans it from punctuation, and extracts all words together with their relative frequency measure. This all happens inside the metanode named “Text Processing.”The nodes inside this metanode belong to the KNIME Text Processing extension. You need to install it in KNIME Analytics Platform to continue. Check this YouTube video on how to install KNIME extensions. Figure 1. “Guess the Song” game. Can you recognize any of the songs used to generate these word clouds?Any ideas yet? How many have you identified so far for sure? How many have you got an idea about, but you are not yet completely sure?The game actually runs on a web browser. A number of 10 songs are randomly extracted from a list.The text for each extracted song is read, processed, parsed into words, and the corresponding word cloud is generated. One song at a time. The webpage then displays the word cloud and a text box where you are supposed to write the song title if you know it (Figure 1). You have up to three tries to guess the song, after which this attempt turns into a failure.Either with success or failure, once the time for one song is up, the game moves to the next song. And so on until all 10 songs have been shown.The last page of the application produces a rough summary of your attempts, with percentages of success vs. failures. Figure 6. Content of the metanode named “Word Cloud & Answer.” Notice that this metanode builds a webpage when running on a web browser via the KNIME Server. The webpage consists of the word cloud from the Tag Cloud (JavaScript) node, a textbox from the String Input node, and the usual header as implemented in the Generic JavaScript View.Creating the Landing Page with Summary PerformanceThe metanode named “Guess Summary” concludes the game, both by concluding this workflow and by creating the last landing page.The landing page offers a short summary of the successes vs. failures of your “guess the song” attempts, via a Bar Chart (JavaScript) node and a Text Output node for comments.Read More: How Can AI Boost Your Email Personalization Performance?Did You Guess?I think you have had enough time by now. Have you guessed? Well, if you haven’t, or if you have and want to know if you’re right, below are the answers. Figure 2. The final page for the “Guess the Song” game. Here you can see the percentages of your failures and successes.The Application Behind the GameWhile you take your time to think, I will show you the application running behind this little game.KNIME Analytics PlatformThis application — for the creation of word clouds from song texts and the collection of answers from users — was developed with the KNIME Analytics Platform.KNIME Analytics Platform is open-source software for Data Science, covering all your data needs from data ingestion and data blending to data visualization, from Machine Learning algorithms to data wrangling, from reporting to deployment, and more. KNIME Analytics Platform is based on a graphical user interface for visual programming. This makes it very intuitive and easy to use, considerably reducing the learning time. KNIME Analytics Platform has also been designed to be open to different data formats, data types, data sources, data platforms, as well as external tools.Because of its graphical interface, computing units are represented as small colorful blocks, named “nodes.” Assembling nodes in a pipeline, one after the other, implements a data processing application. The pipeline is called “workflow” (Figure 3).KNIME Analytics Platform is the core software. However, it can be integrated with a number of packages to work on unstructured data. The KNIME Text Processing extension takes care of all text-based operations, from pure cleaning to keyword extraction, from latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA) implementation to words and frequencies extraction.A workflow can also be executed from a web browser through the KNIME Server. Dedicated nodes build input and output web components that can be assembled to compose a webpage. Inserting these special nodes within a workflow provides stopping points in the execution flow, where an input is required or an output is displayed.Given all those characteristics — openness, flexibility, open source, text processing extension, visual programming, and optional web-based execution — we have chosen it to develop our “Guess the Song” game application.Read More: Key Social Media Monetization Tactics for Mobile-First Gaming Brands At any important political or social event, the aftermath of the keynote speech is often entrusted to a Word Cloud. The large size of the most frequently repeated words supposedly conveys the central topics of the speech. Is it really so? Can we really entrust a word cloud to convey, even if only partially, the essence of the speech?How informative is a word cloud really?Would I be able to understand my colleague’s speech if it just came in the form of a word cloud?Would I even be able to identify my preferred song if I could see its word cloud? It is hard to say, without trying.Read More: Navigating GDPR: Preparing for What’s to ComeLet’s Play a Game!I will show you a number of word clouds built on texts from well-known pop songs from the 80s until now. You are supposed to guess the song and possibly its title. Let’s see how many you can recognize.Notice that only punctuation was removed from the text, but no other cleaning or stemming procedure was applied. The word clouds thus report all words in their original form as in the song text.center_img Figure 7. “Guess the Song” game. From top left to bottom right: “You Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer; “Happy” by Pharrell Williams; “I Want to Break Free” by Queen; “Umbrella” by Rihanna; “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele; “If I Were a Boy” by BeyoncéI am not sure what your percentage of correct guesses was, but when I run the game with my colleagues, some of us got a miserable 30-40 percent, while others got a more impressive 80%-90 percent of correct answers. Sure, some of us might have more song expertise, but still it seems hard to get 100 percent right guessing the songs based on their word cloud.How many songs did you guess right?Read More: How to Analyze Your Lead Generation Form Using Google Tag Manager Figure 5. Content of the metanode named “Text Processing.” Path of the file containing the song lyrics is passed to a File Reader node, where the song text is read. Then the text is converted to a special Document type, cleaned from punctuation, and standardized to lowercase letters. Finally the Bag of Words node parses the text and extracts all words, and the TF node calculates their relative frequencies.Inner Loop to Allow a Maximum of Three Guesses for Each SongThe inner loop takes the list of words with their frequencies and builds the corresponding word cloud with a Tag Cloud (JavaScript) node inside the metanode named “Word Cloud & Answer.” In the same metanode, a QuickForm String Input node collects the guess from the player (Figure 6).Notice that the metanode named “Word Cloud & Answer” generates a webpage when running on a web browser via the KNIME Server, and specifically, it generates the webpages reported in Figure 1. JavaScript visualization nodes and Input QuickForm nodes are special nodes. If placed inside a metanode and executed on a web browser, they produce a webpage displaying the corresponding JavaScript-based views and input forms. Such web components (forms and views) can be strategically placed within a grid layout, as defined inside the metanode. Figure 3. The “Guess the Song” workflow. It starts by reading the list of songs available. The first loop reads the text and extracts the words for each song, one by one. The internal loop builds the word cloud and the webpage for the guess, allowing max. three attempts to the player. Finally, the last metanode builds the landing webpage with the success rate summary.Reading the Data and Creating the Webpage TemplateThe workflow starts with a few gray metanodes. Metanodes are gray nodes inside other more basic nodes.The first metanode in the workflow in Figure 3, named “Prepare Data,” reads the list of available songs and extracts 10 at random to present to the player (Figure 4). data scienceKNIMEmachine learningQuickFormSongsWord Cloud Previous ArticleCisco Unleashes the Capabilities of the New NetworkNext ArticleYouTube Cannes Lions Ad Leaderboard 2019last_img read more

Amazon pokes fun at glitches says tech gadgets popular

first_img Amazon upbeat on Prime Day, despite early glitches Citation: Amazon pokes fun at glitches, says tech gadgets popular (2018, July 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-amazon-fun-glitches-tech-gadgets.html Explore further Gary Liu, vice president of marketing at Boomerang Commerce, said he believes shoppers got a “vanilla” experience when it came to personalization. He said Amazon heavily promoted its own devices and its own brands but he wanted to see heavier promotions on national-label fashions.”Shoppers are looking for something more familiar,” he added.While Amazon doesn’t disclose sales figures for Prime Day, Deborah Weinswig, CEO of Coresight Research, had estimated before it began that it will generate $3.4 billion in sales worldwide, up from an estimated $2.4 billion last year. Prime Day also lasts six hours longer than last year and is four new countries.In Europe, Amazon employees were using Prime Day to draw attention to their complaints against the company. Unions in Spain said most of the company’s 2,000 permanent staff there were on a three-day strike on Tuesday.Amazon created Prime Day in 2015 to mark its 20th anniversary, and its success has inspired other e-commerce companies to invent shopping holidays. Amazon disclosed for the first time this year that it had more than 100 million paid Prime members worldwide.It’s hoping to keep Prime attractive for current and would-be subscribers after raising the U.S. annual membership fee by 20 percent to $119 and to $12.99 for the month-to-month option. United Parcel Service employee Liz Perez scans an Amazon Prime package for delivery in Miami, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Amazon Prime Day was launched July 16. The event is in four new countries this year and will be six hours longer than last year’s. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) 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. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this Tuesday, July 17, 2018 photo, a FedEx employee delivers packages in Miami. Amazon Prime Day was launched July 16 and and will be six hours longer than last year’s and will launch new products. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Early problems Monday sent shoppers to social media to complain after their attempts to click on Prime Day deals returned only images of dogs with an apologetic message. The snags were an embarrassment for the tech company on the much-hyped shopping holiday it created.”It wasn’t all a walk in the (dog) park, we had a ruff start—we know some customers were temporarily unable to make purchases,” Amazon said in a statement.But Amazon touted Prime Day growth and said shoppers still found lots to buy, with tech gadgets in particular among the most popular. It said top sellers included some of its own devices—the Fire TV stick with Alexa Voice Remote, Echo Dot and Fire 7 tablet with Alexa. Others included a water filter for hiking and the multi-use Instant Pot.The hiccups, though, could have sent shoppers elsewhere during a key period for Amazon to sign up new Prime members. It recently announced that the cost of Prime membership would go up, and the shopping day is a way to prove the value. Many other chains offered sales and promotions to try to capitalize on the day. And industry observers said Amazon could have done a better job in several areas, such as offering personalized recommendations.”For all the hype about Whole Foods, the grocery stuff on sale was less appetizing,” said Sucharita Mulpuru-Kodali, an analyst at Forrester Research. “No Prime Day specials at the store.”She also said some of the products Amazon’s site was pushing were a little odd, like urinal splash guards in the health section. She also believes Amazon should have started the sale at midnight instead of the middle of the day to reduce the rush of traffic on the site. Amazon poked fun at the early glitches it saw with Prime Day, though it said shoppers still found plenty to buy. Analysts, meanwhile, saw other things Amazon could have done better, like discounting more fashion brands and taking more advantage of its acquisition of Whole Foods.last_img read more

Report aims at untapped workforce for Israels growing hightech sector

first_img Explore further Women, Arabs and ultra-Orthodox are under-represented in Israel’s tech sector, according to a recent report Israel’s high-tech sector—an industry that has earned it the nickname “start-up nation”—is seen as a global leader.Its 7,000 local high-tech firms and dozens of research and development centres of foreign companies employ 280,000 Israelis and make up 12 percent of the business sector GDP and a whopping 43 percent of exports, according to the economy ministry.But while the absolute number of Israelis working in high-tech has grown over the past five years, their proportion of the labour force remains around the eight percent mark, putting the Jewish state at potential disadvantage in the competitive global market.The report by the Israel Innovation Authority and Start-Up Nation Central, an NGO based in Tel Aviv, showed there were 15,300 vacant positions in the local industry, a shortage that could be preventing the high-tech sector from growing even faster.”The tech sector is the main potential driver of the growth of the Israeli economy,” Eugene Kandel, head of Start-Up Nation Central and former head of Israel’s national economic council said.”The required growth will not be possible if the country’s supply of tech workers is inadequate.”Israel has in recent years found ways to compensate for its lack of local employees, setting up intensive “boot camps” to provide technological training, outsourcing work to cheaper countries, supplying visas to skilled foreign workers, and increasing investment in higher technological education. The overwhelming majority of Israelis employed in the sector are Jewish men, excluding the ultra-Orthodox who tend to be educated mainly in religious studies, and not in English, maths or other subjects necessary for a tech career.Like Israeli Arabs, few ultra-Orthodox men or women serve in Israel’s army, a hothouse for forging high-tech skills, putting them at a significant disadvantage.As a result, Arabs make up 1.4 percent of the high-tech workforce and ultra-Orthodox men and women just 0.7 percent.’Unrealised potential’Women in general are under-represented, the report said, without detailing the reasons.It said that while they account for 30 percent of high-tech workers, women hold just 23 percent of “core tech” jobs such as software engineers and only 16 percent of managerial positions.”The potential of women in tech is probably double these numbers, as girls comprise almost half of all students studying advanced math in high school,” it said. Israel needs to “tap into the unrealised potential in women, the Arab population and the ultra-Orthodox community”, said Aharon Aharon, head of the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), noting that the state had indeed launched a number of programmes aimed at just that.The need to increase the numbers of employees was “truly a national issue,” said Naomi Krieger Carmy, head of the IIA’s societal challenges division.”There’s no one silver bullet,” she said, rather there are joined solutions.The report, based on a survey of 40 percent of the industry, did not constitute a “complaint”, Kandel said, but an indication of where things stood and how to find solutions.”If we had more people that would fill these jobs, the country would grow faster and the industry would go much faster,” he said. In Israel, a push to bring Arabs into tech sector Citation: Report aims at untapped workforce for Israel’s growing high-tech sector (2018, December 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-aims-untapped-workforce-israel-high-tech.htmlcenter_img © 2018 AFP The growth of Israel’s powerful high-tech sector is not being matched by adequate increases in employee numbers, a report said Sunday, with recruitment of more women, and Arabs and ultra-Orthodox Jewish men needed. 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.last_img read more

Anwar meets fishermen over PSR says he will speak with Penang CM

first_imgGEORGE TOWN: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has met with fishermen here who are concerned that their livelihoods may be affected by the upcoming Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.The PKR president also said that he would arrange a meeting with Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow next to discuss these issues.However, he did not state when this meeting would take place.Anwar said the meeting would allow him to obtain more information about the PSR project and its effect on the livelihood of fishermen. “I will discuss with the Chief Minister and ask if we can guarantee the fate of the fishermen.”I know this is hard because I do not know of any large-scale reclamation project worldwide where the  future of the fishermen is secure,” he said during a visit to the Sungai Batu Fishermen’s Unit in the southern coastline of Penang Island on Saturday (July 13).Anwar added although the PSR’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) from the Department of Environment (DoE) was approved, the project could still be reviewed.On Friday (July 12) Anwar raised the issue during a meeting with Dr Mahathir Mohamad and had told the Prime Minister that he would be meeting those who might be impacted by the PSR.The PSR project involves the development of three man-made islands with a total size of over 1,800ha, with parts of the islands to be put up for sale.The proceeds from the sales would then be used to fund projects under the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP), a RM49bil mega project aimed at solving traffic congestion on the state’s island side.Penang Fishermen Association chairman Nazri Ahmad and several state leaders were also present. Tags / Keywords: Nation 11 Jul 2019 Dr M: Govt to look into fishermen’s grouses over Penang reclamation project {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related Newscenter_img Nation 05 Jul 2019 Chow: DoE has okayed Penang South Reclamation scheme Anwar , fishermen , Penang South Reclamation , PSR Related News Metro News 11 Jul 2019 Worry over fishermen’s livelihoodlast_img read more