Thunderstorm Continues To Show Signs of Development

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 17, 2017 – Nassau – An area of low pressure located about 750 miles east of the Windward Islands is moving westward at about 15 mph. The associated shower and thunderstorm activity continues to show some signs of organization, but the system appears to lack a well-defined center at this time. Environmental conditions are conducive for some additional development before the system reaches the Lesser Antilles late Tuesday or early Wednesday. After that time, less favorable upper-level winds are expected to hinder additional development. Regardless of development, this system is expected to bring locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds to portions of the Lesser Antilles beginning late Tuesday. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance this afternoon.* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…50 percent.* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…50 percent.2. An area of disturbed weather is located about 800 miles west- southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Some gradual development of this system is possible over the next few days while it moves slowly toward the west-northwest or northwest over the open Atlantic Ocean.* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent.* Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent.#magneticmedianews Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Bahamas Minister of Public Works Addresses Street Signs Light Poles and Potholes

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 12, 2017 – Nassau – An “intense” initiative by the Ministry of Public Works to replace stolen street signs and straighten damaged and bent poles will soon commence.   The Hon. Desmond Bannister, the Minister of Public Works, addressed the issue of street signs and potholes in his contribution to the House of Assembly Wednesday, October 11, 2017.    His comments came during a debate on a motion to thank Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling for her speech from the Throne.“In Carmichael and in many of our other communities, street signs have virtually disappeared,” said the Minister.   “As the Minister with responsibility for street signs, Mr. Speaker, this is deeply troubling. Our society cannot drop to a degree of incivility where street signs are routinely stolen for their metal content and there are no consequences.”Minister Bannister called on “responsible” members of the public to be on the lookout for these thieves who can cause accidents and also negatively impact response times for the police or emergency services by their callous and dishonest acts.   He said too many street signposts and light poles are being knocked down by careless drivers and asked Bahamians to be careful in traversing the streets.“I urge Bahamians when they see these incidents to take photos of them and to email those photos to the responsible authorities so that we can collect the cost of those poles from the careless drivers.   Otherwise, our taxes will be used to pay for these signs and poles over and over again.”Minister Bannister expressed disdain for potholes and expressed his commitment to use every weapon to effectively control potholes.“They have burst my tires, messed up my rims, and set my hubcaps flying.   Yes Sir, I am not ashamed to admit that I hate potholes.”He appealed to every Bahamian use the hotline, 302-9700, at the Ministry of Public Works to make complaints.“I have heard the constant complaints, Sir, about the fact that the hotline has not been manned as effectively as it should be.   That has to and will change.   I expect that Bahamians will get courteous, quick responses from the hotline, and I will not offer any excuses.   If anyone does not receive a quick and courteous response when they call the hotline, I ask them to send a text or a Whatsapp 814-2190 specifying the date and the time of their call to the hotline, and the issue that has not been addressed.”By: Kathryn Campbell (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Arrest Made In Connection With Alleged Duck Inn Kidnapping

first_imgBongolan was arrested for the active warrant and transported to the Wildwood Pretrial Facility where he was held on $2500.00 bail. Bongolan as well as Rachelle B. Brown, 27, Clinton D. Starnes, 28, Robert C. Dedrick, 30, and Joshua S. Tisdale, 25, are facing multiple felony charges, including kidnapping, robbery, assault, vehicle theft and burglary for an alleged incident in which several people were held hostage at a room in the Duck Inn., in Soldotna. On April 10th, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on Hakala Road, Soldotna for an investigation. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A fifth person has been arrested on an active felony warrant in connection with an incident that occured at the Duck Inn on January 30. Upon arrival Troopers made contact with Rudy Bongolan, age 44 of Kenai, who had an active felony arrest warrant.last_img read more

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2019-09-14

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What John Lennon Thought Of Beatles Abbey Road Cover Shoot

first_img Facebook Happy? @sazwhittle pic.twitter.com/DfOMZNe4qz— Lukas Graham (@LukasGraham) August 10, 2017 https://www.instagram.com/p/BXg6c0agHCb One of a kind in every way. Sending love to all of Glen’s family. pic.twitter.com/KRUTLfpg84— Faith Hill (@FaithHill) August 9, 2017 John Lennon On ‘Abbey Road’ Photo Shoot what-john-lennon-thought-beatles-abbey-road-cover-shoot Twitter Gojira, John Mayer and Dolly Parton also featured in the tweets and Instagram posts we didn’t want you to missGRAMMYs Aug 11, 2017 – 10:50 am GRAMMY.com#OTD 1969, Abbey Road cover shoot: ‘We’re meant to be recording, not posing for Beatle pictures’- that’s what we were thinking” – John pic.twitter.com/pspiOfUnyh— The Beatles (@thebeatles) August 8, 2017 Read More: Celebrating The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ 50th AnniversaryRead more News Email What John Lennon Thought Of Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ Cover Shoot Marquee is up! Learn more at https://t.co/PbLAsJ7SHj pic.twitter.com/BY0O0C92PL— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) August 10, 2017 Glen Campbell was one of the greatest voices of all time. I will always love you, Glen! pic.twitter.com/LQFEWA42lF— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) August 8, 2017last_img read more

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2019-09-12

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE RACE QA Samaha Newhouse Fennelly Discuss Their Involvement In The

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Jesse Fennelly, Jay Samaha, and incumbent Jo Newhouse are running for the three seats up for grabs in this year’s School Committee race.Despite running unopposed, Wilmington Apple felt it was important for readers to get to know the candidates a bit more. Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates weekly questions leading up to the April 27 Town Election.This week’s question: Describe your past & present involvement with Wilmington Public Schools and in the Wilmington community.Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Jesse FennellyCurrently, I am a member of the Wilmington Historical Commission; a member of the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee; a member of the Board of Directors at WCTV; and served as campaign treasurer and adviser for David Robertson during his campaign to be our State Representative. All of these positions are things I am very proud of and very proud to be associated with. It allows me to be in touch with the community and give back the best way I can.As for my involvement with the schools, I have been closely following the School Committee for the past few years. I attended many of the community events and interviews during the superintendent search and was impressed with the diligence of all those involved. I was recently appointed to the Strategic Planning Committee that Dr. Brand formed, so I am working with others from the community, including teachers, administrators and other parents to chart the course the school department will take over the next few years. Serving on the Strategic Planning Committee has been an amazing experience. I’ve been able to witness firsthand the dedication and passion of many of our administrators and educators. I hope to have the opportunity to build on this as a member of the School Committee.Jesse FennellyJo Newhouse (Incumbent)It has been my privilege to serve on a myriad of volunteer and civic organizations since moving to Wilmington in 2005.I found it particularly gratifying to volunteer as a member of the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) for six years, and I served as co-chair of the Committee for three of the six years, until August 2018 when I was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the School Committee. On the SEPAC, I set the monthly agendas and researched special education issues to be addressed with the School Administration. I worked collaboratively with school administrators and volunteers to coordinate numerous workshops each year. These workshops educate, inform and support parents, school personnel and the community with regard to special education issues and services. The workshops included “Basic Rights In Special Education,” “An IEP for My Child,” “Anxiety in Elementary Children,” “Google Tools for Special Education” and “Understanding Dyslexia,” to name a few. As a SEPAC representative, I also attended numerous school open houses to discuss issues of concern with parents, teachers and administrators, and participated in the District Coordinated Program Review. With the support of the SEPAC Committee, I am proud to have been actively involved in making monthly support meetings available for guardians of students with special needs.In addition to being involved with the schools in an official capacity, I have enjoyed volunteering a good deal of time as a parent. I have volunteered regularly at the Wildwood, Woburn Street and North Intermediate Schools, to assist where needed, whether it be in the library or classrooms, covering lunches in the classroom, leveling books for classrooms, at field days or on field trips. Currently, I am proud to be the parent representative on the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) team at the North Intermediate School.I served as the co-chair of the Wildwood PAC for three years, and I have been serving as the Enrichment Coordinator of the Northside PAC for the last three years. In this capacity I have organized numerous enrichment programs for the children and various teacher luncheons. I also have coordinated book fairs to raise money to purchase books for both the library and the classrooms to support the Readers Workshop curriculum.In the past, I volunteered as a member of the Homework Policy Committee, District Advisory Committee, Anti-Bullying Committee, and the Wildwood/Boutwell SAC. I have also served on multiple interview committees to evaluate and vet candidates for both teaching and administrative positions within the Wilmington School District.My volunteer activities have extended beyond the School system, to the Wilmington Community at large. For example, I have served as the treasurer of Local Heroes, a wonderful organization that supports our active military personnel, veterans and their families in a variety of ways. I also served as a board member and treasurer of the Women of Wilmington (“WOW”) organization, before it transformed into the We’re One Wilmington, and for a time, I served as the Wilmington Mom’s Club president. Last, but certainly not least, my husband and I are proud supporters of Autism Speaks and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.Thank you for the opportunity to share my past and present involvement in the Wilmington community.Jo NewhouseJay SamahaMy wife, Amanda and I moved to Wilmington in 2011 with our twins, Nick and Avis. Since that time we have grown to love Wilmington and all that it offers. We have enjoyed a variety of activities such as Fun on the Fourth, the Memorial Day Parade, the Wilmington 5K and Half-Marathon, and School Concerts. Wilmington has been very open and welcoming and that is one of the reasons I have so much pride in my town.One of the reasons we moved to Wilmington was because of full day kindergarten and the CARES before and after-school program. Nick and Avis participated and enjoyed Cares from kindergarten at the Wildwood School to fifth grade at the North Intermediate School.My children have been active in town sports and other programs. When my son, Nick, was in first grade I volunteered to coach his T-Ball team. I continued to coach, along with my wife, my daughter, Avis, in both in-town soccer, travel soccer, town recreational basketball, and Wilmington Travel Basketball. My son was involved in Cub Scout pack 361 for 5 years and crossed over to BSA Troop 136. During scouting I volunteered on numerous field trips and events.Most recently I was a member of the Wilmington Middle School Principal Search Committee. This experience gave me great insight into the schools and is one of the driving forces behind my run for school committee.Jay SamahaLike 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… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To The Wilmington School Committee RaceIn “Government”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”VIDEO: School Committee Member Jo Newhouse Discusses Her Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”last_img read more

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2019-09-11

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Google Doodle has Santa Claus set for holiday deliveries

first_img3:40 Online 0 Our favorite Google Doodles through the years 49 Photos Behold Google 20th anniversary Doodle: Take a look back at popular searches since 1998.Google in 2018: Its workers found voice in protest this year. There will likely be more of that.First published Dec. 23 at 9:29 a.m. PT.Update Dec. 24 at 9:15 a.m. PT.: Adds Christmas Eve doodle and a preview of the Christmas Day doodle. In the hours leading up to Christmas on Sunday, elves loaded Santa’s sleigh with gifts. Google And then on the day of Christmas Eve, Monday, Santa dropped gifts down a chimney.  Google Twas the doodle before Christmas and all through the ‘net, Google’s elves were a-stirring to get us all set.As gift-givers shifted from shopping to wrapping, the holiday turkey began to thaw, and advent calendars got down to their last unopened window, Sunday’s Google Doodle showed us the man of the hour getting ready for his annual mission around the world. The first of several lightly animated holiday doodles showed a trio of elves flinging presents into Santa’s sleigh as the reindeer awaited clearance for takeoff.That image reached many countries in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Greeting folks in the UK, Italy and sub-Saharan Africa was a static, non-Santa illustration, filled with items including tree branches and flowers, cook pot and teakettle, a lone reindeer and a brace of birds (apparently not turtle doves, though).On Monday, Christmas Eve, Google offered a day-two Santa-themed doodle with an illustration of Santa Claus dropping gifts down a chimney in a snowy suburban landscape. The second-day image for the southern hemisphere shows Santa dropping gifts but not through chimneys. And the image for the UK, Italy and sub-Saharan Africa was a new, non-Santa holiday illustration.Google is also ready with a Christmas Day doodle, for both hemispheres, featuring Santa and his team napping after their big night. Google has been decorating its homepage with near-daily doodles for 20 years, a tradition that started with a simple line drawing to mark an outing to the Burning Man festival by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Since then, the whimsical and sometimes interactive illustrations have celebrated everything from poets to Pac-Man and from Halloween to Bastille Day. Tags Share your voice Google Doodle Google Post a comment How Google made a Doodle game Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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2019-09-10

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CES 2019 How connected leafy canopies could fight climate change in our

first_img All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Urban landscaping gets smart. Chris Monroe/CNET A windowless Las Vegas ballroom is perhaps the last place you might expect to find upon a leafy bower. But that’s exactly what happened to me at CES 2019 on Sunday.The green and pleasant oasis I encountered amid a sea of plastic and metal electronics was a downsized version of French startup Urban Canopee’s vision for making our cities greener — both in color and in terms of environmental impact.With the threat of climate change and global warming becoming increasingly urgent, more solutions are needed to help reduce temperatures and improve air quality. Trees and plants can help with both of these things, as well assisting with restoring urban biodiversity and improving quality of life. And as our cities become smarter and more connected thanks to the deployment of sensors and 5G, there are even more opportunities to ensure plants and trees are playing their role in the best and most efficient way.Any city dweller knows how dearly-appreciated green spaces in urban environments are, but it’s not always convenient or possible to plant trees in city streets. Urban Canopee wants instead to retrofit cities with plants by growing them over the roofs of buildings or other spaces.Canopies of climbing plants are grown over lightweight, adaptable and flexible frames, which either stand alone or can be placed together in modules to allow the plants to weave together to form a leafy ceiling. Sensors within the frames and the plant pots allow the hydration levels of the plants and the temperature under the canopy to monitored remotely via an app. A solar kit and an intelligent, connected irrigation system operate autonomously to water the plants.Urban Canopee currently has a test project underway in the French city of Toulouse, and two patents pending for the technology. The long-term goal is to make cities more resilient against climate change as well as allowing them to meet new green regulations and support the wider fight against climate change. 85 Photos CES Products CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Tags Post a comment Share your voice CES 2019 Sci-Tech 0last_img read more

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2019-09-10

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Intel Core i99980HK leads secondwave ninthgeneration CPU blitz

first_img 4.3 6/12 For ninth-generation, many of these are minor bumps over their predecessors, albeit not all in the same way. For instance, the mobile i7-9750H has a slightly faster boost clock of 4.5GHz to the i7-8750H’s 4.3GHz, plus an extra 3MB of cache, while the i5-9400H just gets a tiny bump of 0.1MHz in the boost clock.However, the supporting chipset for the ninth-gen mobile processors brings support for Wi-Fi 6 AX200, Intel Optane H10 (which can integrate the storage cache with the SSD), and 128GB RAM.Keep in mind that these are the higher-end processors designed for larger laptops, not the Y and U series processors which power slim or light laptops like ultraportables. Those usually show up near the end of August, in time for you to put sleek, tiny notebooks on your holiday shopping list.Nevertheless, these new processors will be everywhere by the end of May, if not earlier. Intel and Nvidia simultaneously announced their newest mobile parts, guaranteeing a deluge of gaming system updates. Asus, Razer and Lenovo were only a fraction of the gaming notebook makers who told us of their plans in advance.Despite the small advance ninth-generation conveys as well as its certain ubiquity, you’ll probably be able to pick up an older eighth-gen laptop on sale from any major manufacturer in the coming months. However they won’t have the latest generation of Nvidia graphics — no one’s going to put a new GPU with an old CPU, though that’s a marketing, not technology, issue — and that’s something you might miss.As with the mobile processors, what’s most interesting about the desktop CPUs is the arrival of the eight-core/16-thread i9-9900 variants in lower-power, locked versions — in other words, designed for compact desktops and all-in-ones (i9-9900T) or content-creation desktops which don’t require the thermal flexibility to support an overclocked i9-9900K (the i9-9900), and can therefore be smaller but not sacrifice that 5GHz maximum boost. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 5.0 i9-9980HK Asus updates every gaming laptop it can think of Base clock Tags i5-9400H Cache The convertible Asus ROG Mothership GZ700GX and its clamshell alter ego, the ROG G703, are among the first to pack the Core i9-9980HK processor. Mark Licea/CNET Intel launched its ninth-generation (aka Coffee Lake refresh) desktop CPUs in October 2018 with its most powerful offerings, and true to form now hits us with its mobile analogs, the H series Core i9, i7 and i5 processors, as well as the stragglers — all 18 of them — of the desktop versions. The eighth-generation Coffee Lake rollout was more notable, bringing with it six- and eight-core processors after years of plodding along with two or four cores. The new top-of-the-line mobile processor, the Core i9-9980HK, is probably the most welcome. Maybe we’ll soon see the monster portables like the Alienware Area-51m, which use the power-guzzling-for-a-laptop i9-9900K desktop processor, switch over so that they don’t need two power connections. Although the Asus ROG Mothership GZ700GX and its clamshell sibling the ROG G703 both use the i9-9980K and still need to double up on the power, so maybe not. Laptops Components Gaming Desktops 4/8 Asus unleashes a barrage of ROG gaming laptops for spring 2.4 1:51 4.6 12MB i7-9850H 12MB 4.8 4.5 4/8center_img New ninth-gen mobile processors 8MB 2.5 2.3 8/16 16MB 6/12 8MB 4.1 Boost clock Asus Intel Lenovo Nvidia Razer i9-9980H 2.6 16MB 8/16 i7-9750H 53 Photos Cores/threads 2.6 2.4 Post a comment 0 i5-9300Hlast_img read more

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2019-09-10

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Scientists suggest staring down seagulls to protect your snacks

first_img 20 Photos Tags Share your voice This seagull tried to snatch my shrimp in Illinois. Amanda Kooser/CNET A pleasant meal beside a scenic body of water can quickly turn into an Alfred Hitchcock movie if you’re not careful. Seagulls are notorious for strolling right up to people and stealing their lunches. But the good news is you might be able to battle this avian crime wave with a simple tool: your eyes.Researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK wanted to know if staring at seagulls might dissuade them from abducting your dinner, so they headed to coastal towns in Cornwall.The team put a bag of chips (that’s fries for us US folks) on the ground and monitored how long it took the gulls to approach the food. “On average, gulls took 21 seconds longer to approach the food with a human staring at them,” the university said in a release on Tuesday.The researchers initially tried to test 74 herring gulls, but most of them weren’t interested in sticking around or stealing food, so only 19 gulls were usable for the study. 1 Comment Watch a leviathan of a shark nibble on a sub’s speargun Oh snap! Weird ocean worms make a racket when they rumble Cool critters “Gulls are often seen as aggressive and willing to take food from humans, so it was interesting to find that most wouldn’t even come near during our tests,” said Madeleine Goumas, lead author of the study Herring gulls respond to human gaze direction, published in the journal Biology Letters.The researchers found that individual gulls behaved very differently from each other. Goumas suggested “a couple of very bold gulls might ruin the reputation of the rest.”The study had a small sample size, so your gull-staring mileage may vary. It’s worth a shot, though. If you want to protect your food and still enjoy your time at the seaside, then it may just be a matter of playing stare down with the local birds. A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber Sci-Techlast_img read more

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2019-09-10

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How to make Amazon Prime Day a publishing success story

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2019-09-10

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Supertechs Free Flat Offer Comes at a Price

first_imgRealty firm Supertech on Friday claimed to offer a free add-on studio apartment with the purchase of a luxury flat, in an unbelievable discount offer to beat slowdown blues. But ‘conditions apply’.The scheme is valid only for top-floor flats, which costs around Rs 1.38 crore, while the ‘free’ studio apartment is located several kilometres away at another project and comes at a price of Rs 22 lakh.In an effort to lure buyers in a sluggish market, the current endeavour beats all other freebie initiatives of cars, ACs and other household item offers by real estate companies, reports First Post.Under the scheme, a customer is entitled to a free studio apartment of 500 sq ft worth Rs 22 lakh in the Golf Village project on Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida, if he/she buys a 2,300 sq ft top floor flat worth Rs 1.38 crore in the Capetown project near Noida City Centre.Supertech expects the scheme to improve its cash flow apart from boosting the sales volume.”In order to boost sales, Supertech announces buy one get one free offer on one of its residential project Capetown located in Noida. The offer is available only for the top-floor apartment buyers in ‘Cape Crown’ of Capetown Project,” the company’s press release stated.Supertech’s prospective customers will also receive free Flipkart gift vouchers worth Rs one lakh.The company also said that the customers can avail the benefit of ‘no EMI’ till possession.”The offer is indeed a value for money for prospective customers. The possession of our Capetown project has already started since Diwali and this scheme is well suited for the customers who are looking for ready-to-move-in flats,” said Supertech Chairman RK Arora.”We are happy to offer this scheme as it will not only increase our cash flows but also boost the sales volume significantly,” he added.The ‘Capetown’ project comprises 7,000 housing units and is spread over 50 acres.Supertech has a presence in Noida, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Haridwar, Meerut, Moradabad, Rudrapur and Bangalore.last_img read more

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2019-09-05

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Cardinals Host Lenny LylesClark Wood Invitational This Weekend

first_imgDonald McClinton is coming off his first 200m win of the season at the Kentucky Invitational, finishing with a time of 21.69. The two-day meet will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday at the UofL Throws Field with the hammer throw. Running events will begin at Cardinal Park at 4:30 p.m. with the 100m hurdle trials. Saturday will open at 9 a.m. with javelin and feature a senior ceremony at 11:50 a.m. to kick off the running events. Live Results Dorcas Wasike will make her season debut in the 5,000m. She has won her 3,000m and 10,000m races earlier in the season. Story Links Meet Schedule center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville track and field team will wrap up the regular season outdoor schedule at home this weekend, hosting the largest meet in school history at Cardinal Park.  Gabriela Leon set a new school record in the pole vault at the Louisville Invitational, clearing 4.27m/14-00. Her mark currently ranks second in the ACC and 20th in the nation. Heat Sheets Mitchell Kessler moved into the Top 25 of the regional rankings after his last showing in the hammer throw. His throw of 61.28m/201-00 ranks 23rd in the east region and fifth in the ACC. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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2019-09-01

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Never mind the noise Quantum entanglement allows channel information rate to exceed

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Entanglement can help in classical communication (Phys.org)—As developed by Claude Shannon, information theory defines channel capacity as the maximum rate at which information can be sent through the channel. This capacity can be mathematically described using a graph associated with the channel. Specifically, a graph’s Shannon zero-error capacity is the maximum rate at which messages can be sent through a noisy channel with zero probability of error. However, the Shannon capacity does not reflect the fact that on atomic scales, nature behaves according to quantum mechanics. Recently, scientists studying asymptotic behavior in entangled sender-receiver quantum systems at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, The Netherlands have identified families of graphs for which entanglement allows the Shannon capacity to be exceeded. Therefore, Briët points out, in the above example the sender could send any one of ten different messages with zero probability of error. Moreover, he adds, their main result shows that this number can be larger than the average number of messages that can be sent with zero error if no entanglement was used, thereby exceeding the zero-error Shannon capacity.”To show that entanglement can sometimes allow a sender and receiver to communicate more efficiently,” Briët continues, “one needs to create a channel for which one can prove that the entanglement-assisted capacity is large, but the Shannon capacity is small. However, proving good bounds on these parameters is notoriously difficult. It took over two decades and a brilliant mathematician to compute the Shannon capacity of the pentagon, which is the graph associated with a particular channel that has only five inputs and outputs! Only for a very few special cases can we currently say something non-trivial about these parameters.”The challenge then, says Briët, was to find a “sweet spot” among these special cases where the researchers can prove good bounds on both the entanglement-assisted and Shannon capacities. They looked at a particular class of graphs often used in quantum computing and information theory – so-called orthogonality graphs – that show that entanglement or some other quantum resource can make some classical information processing task easier. (In an orthogonality graph, points in a two, three or higher-dimensional space are labeled by arrows; a pair of such points are labeled by a line if the associated arrows are orthogonal – that is, in perpendicular directions.) “In this sense,” Briët notes, “these graphs were natural candidates for the type of result we were after. Using available techniques it is a fairly straightforward calculation to show that the orthogonality graphs have very large entanglement-assisted capacity – but it was unknown, and it still is, if the Shannon capacity is any smaller.”Their key insight, Briët says, was that they could slightly morph the orthogonality graphs to end up a class of graphs that lie in the kind of the previously-mentioned sweet spot. “Essentially, what we did is take one of these graphs and throw away three-quarters of it, not just any, but such that we are left with a quarter that has enough structure for us to be able to bound the two capacities. In addition, to bound the two capacities we had to use two quite different techniques.” To show that their graphs had very high entanglement-assisted capacity, they borrowed ideas from geometry, while to show the graphs’ low Shannon capacity they tapped algebra.”To argue that entanglement should be used to speed up communication in practice, our results would need to be strengthened,” Briët acknowledges. “In our setting we made stronger assumptions on how tolerable a little noise is than is reasonable in real-world situations. A next step would be to weaken these assumptions, for example to one where the receiver is happy if he can narrow down what the sender was trying to transmit to a small list of possibilities, as opposed to receiving the messages without ambiguity.””There are close links between entanglement-assisted communication and physical experiments that are meant to test if quantum entanglement is actually a real phenomenon,” Briët notes. “It’s predicted to exist by quantum mechanics, but since that’s only a mathematical model of how nature could work, this doesn’t mean that it has to exist. Convincing experiments were already performed in the early eighties, but because experimental set-ups are bound to have small defects, skeptics argue that no hard conclusion can be drawn from them. Physicists are still trying to come up with ever-better and better experiments that are robust against such defects,” Briët concludes, “so that even if they are taken into account one cannot argue that the results could have been produced if entanglement wasn’t present in the experimental set-up.” Explore further Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. Citation: Never mind the noise: Quantum entanglement allows channel information rate to exceed Shannon zero-error capacity (2013, January 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-mind-noise-quantum-entanglement-channel.html 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. More information: Violating the Shannon capacity of metric graphs with entanglement, PNAS published online before print December 24, 2012, doi:10.1073/pnas.1203857110Related: 1Entanglement-assisted capacity of a quantum channel and the reverse Shannon theorem, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory Volume: 48, Issue: 10 Page(s): 2637-2655 Oct 2002 Dr. Jop Briët discussed the challenges he and his colleagues, Dr. Dion Gijswijt and Prof. Harry Buhrman, encountered in determining if for a family of graphs, the entanglement-assisted capacity exceeds the Shannon capacity. (A graph has as many points as there are inputs to the channel. Such a graph is usually referred to as the channel’s confusability graph, because two points are connected by a line if they can be confused with each other when one of them is sent through the channel.) “The two parameters that we wanted to separate – the Shannon capacity and the entanglement-assisted capacity – are similar in the sense that they indicate how effectively one can communicate over a noisy communications channel,” Briët tells Phys.org. “In the entanglement-assisted case the sender and receiver have an extra resource – quantum entanglement – so the latter parameter is always at least as large as the former.” Briët points out that in the two extreme cases these parameters are actually equal: If the communications channel is perfect (i.e., noiseless), entanglement gives no advantage at all. On the other hand, entanglement cannot improve this situation if only a single message can be sent with zero error.In entanglement-assisted communication, Briët explains, there are two parties (sender and receiver) and two resources (a noisy communication channel and a pair of entangled quantum systems). The sender has one of the systems and the receiver the other, and the two parties can perform measurements (that is, experiments) on their respective quantum systems. While the outcomes of such experiments can usually not be predicted in advance, making measurements on entangled systems can still lead to useful results because outcomes of an experiment done by the sender and an experiment done by the receiver, though random, can be strongly correlated. “The entanglement-assisted communication protocol we consider,” Briët adds, “dates back at least as far as the work of Charles Bennett and others1 in 2002.”Suppose the sender can do ten different experiments, labeled with the numbers 1 to 10, and suppose that the possible inputs to the channel are the letters of the alphabet A to Z, Briët illustrates. The sender picks an experiment (for example, experiment number three), and depending on the outcome sends one of the letters – in this example, the letter P – through the channel to the receiver. Because the channel is noisy, the receiver gets a symbol that could be a P, B, D, or R. Based on this list of four letters the receiver chooses an experiment to perform on his quantum system and associates a number between 1 and 10 with each of the possible outcomes. “The punchline,” Briët says, “is that it’s sometimes possible to set things up so that the only possible outcome of the receiver’s experiment is the number of the experiment done by the sender – in this case the number three.” (i) Channel with five inputs (numbers) and five outputs (letters), where an input symbol x is connected to an output symbol a if P(a|x) > 0. Notice that none of the five pairs (0, 2), (1,4), (2,1). (3,3), (4,0) can be confused with one another, as either the first or the second two symbols are nonconfusable. (ii) Confusability graph of the channel, the five cycle C5. Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1203857110last_img read more

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2019-08-31

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Investment Enabler

first_imgGiving up a promising career at a global Big 4 consultancy was perhaps the hardest decision made by Shruti Chandra, but her dream of building India into the world’s top investment destination was a cause she was ready to risk everything for.A sticky situation arose when one of the world’s largest retail chains was served notice to suspend operations at duty free areas of Delhi and Mumbai airports, the reason being this that its security clearance had not been renewed. The chain was suffering losses of Rs 1 crore per week but more than that shutting down two outlets of a world famous brand at a time when foreign investment was raising, essential revenue would have been detrimental to Indian business.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEven a tight deadline couldn’t deter Chandra. After managing to get hold of an appointment with the Secretary, Civil Aviation, Chandra convinced him to reconsider the earlier order of shutting down the retail chain’s outlets. A committee hearing has been scheduled to sort out the issue shortly. A multinational clothing company, on another occasion, was grappling with staff crunch on the day of opening its first store in Mumbai as the law in Mumbai forbade women workers to stay beyond a certain time and the MNC had decided to extend its operational hours on that particular occasion. Chandra, after meeting with the Principal Secretary, Industry, Government of Maharashtra, convinced him to grant the MNC an extension. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhen asked how it felt like to be rubbing shoulders with top echelons of the business world well as high ranking officials of the central and state governments, Chandra said, “It’s all about relationship building. Initially, I was apprehensive about how such senior bureaucrats and politicians would react to being approached by a youngster like me. But, I realised soon – and they did, too – that we’re part of the same team and that we have a common goal of facilitating investments in India. No doubt that the Prime Minister’s unambiguous message on attracting FDI helped,” she said.  She had joined Invest  India last December. Her current job is to deal with the retail sector and the textiles industry. She also has “state responsibility” for Delhi and “country responsibility” for the UK. Chandra, who is a fan of Harry Potter, also likes to swim, enjoys Italian and Thai cuisines and loves listening to music in her spare time. While she admits that her three-year stint at Invest India is the equivalent to 10 years worth of experience at any other job, for now, she has eyes only for the next foreign investor who needs help to invest in India.last_img read more

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2019-08-31

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Facebook Apple Spotify pull Alex Jones content

first_imgSocial media platforms have come under considerable criticism for allowing controversial media outlets for as long as ‘fake news’ has been in the public lexicon. But over the past week, major actions against Alex Jones’ content channels suggests that things might be changing. Apple has pulled 5 out of Jones 6 podcasts from iTunes (first reported by Buzzfeed News), while hours later on Monday 6 August Facebook announced it was removing four of Jones’ pages for breaching the platform’s content guidelines. Alongside Facebook’s and Apple’s actions, Spotify also made the decision to remove Jones’ content from the streaming platform and revoke his ability to publish “due to repeated violations of Spotify’s prohibited content policies” according to a Spotify spokesperson. This news comes just weeks after YouTube removed a number of Infowars videos over ‘hate speech’ and initiated a 90 day ban on Infowars broadcasting live via YouTube. Unsurprisingly, the move has come under attack from those who see the move as an example of censorship. Even people critical of Jones’ politics have come out to voice their unease: However, elsewhere, the move is viewed positively with commentators suggesting social media platforms are starting to take responsibility for the content published on their systems. One thing that can be agreed is that the situation is a little confusing at the moment. And although it’s true that it’s time for Facebook, and other platforms to take more responsibility for what they publish, there are still issues around governance and consistency that need to be worked through and resolved. Facebook’s action against Alex Jones – a recent timeline On July 27, Alex Jones was hit with a 30 day suspension by Facebook after the company removed 4 videos from its site that contravened its content guidelines. However, as numerous outlets reported at the time, this ban only effected Jones personally. His channels (like The Alex Jones Channel and Infowars) weren’t impacted. However, those pages that weren’t hit by Jones’ personal ban have now been removed by Facebook. In a post published August 6, Facebook explained: “…we removed four videos on four Facebook Pages for violating our hate speech and bullying policies. These pages were the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page…” The post also asserts that the ban is about violation of community standards not ‘false news’. “While much of the discussion around Infowars has been related to false news, which is a serious issue that we are working to address by demoting links marked wrong by fact checkers and suggesting additional content, none of the violations that spurred today’s removals were related to this.” Apple’s action against Alex Jones Apple’s decision to remove 5 of Alex Jones podcasts is, according to Buzzfeed News, “one of the largest enforcement actions intended to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date.” Like Facebook, Apple’s decision was based on the content’s “hate speech” rather than anything to do with ‘fake news’. An Apple spokesperson explained to Buzzfeed News: “Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users… Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.” Spotify’s action against Alex Jones’ podcasts Spotify removed all episodes of The Alex Jones Show podcast on Monday 6 August. This follows the music streaming platform pulling a number of individual episodes of Jones’ podcast at the beginning of August. This appears to be a consequence of Spotify’s new content guidelines, updated in May 2018, which prohibits “hate content.” The takeaway: there’s still considerable confusion over content What this debacle shows is that there’s confusion about how social media platforms should deal with content that it effectively publishes. Clearly, the likes of Facebook are trying to walk a tightrope that’s going to take some time to resolve. The broader question is not just do we want to police the platforms billions of people use, but how we do that as well. Arguably, social media is at the center of today’s political struggles, with many of them unsure how to manage the levels of responsibility that have landed on on their algorithms. Read next Time for Facebook, Twitter and other social media to take responsibility or face regulation Why Wall Street unfriended Facebook: Stocks fell $120 billion in market value after Q2 2018 earnings call Spotify has “one of the most intricate uses of JavaScript in the world,” says former engineerlast_img read more

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2019-08-26

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Trafalgars 2020 USA Canada includes new State Explorer trips

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Trafalgar << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by TORONTO — Trafalgar has released its 2020 USA & Canada program, including new trips and experiences. The company says clients can save 10% off per person on select 2020 USA & Canada trips when paid in full by Dec. 18, 2019. The release of the 2020 program includes the introduction of new ‘Active’ itineraries featuring a walk or a hike most days. Guests can take on different trails best suited to their fitness levels, says Trafalgar. Meanwhile ‘State Explorer’ trips, as the name suggests, give clients a deeper look at specific states and what makes them so unique, in Hawaii, Colorado, California and Massachusetts, home of Martha’s Vineyard.Trafalgar has also announced a brand new concept for its ‘City Explorer’ trips to San Francisco and New York. Trafalgar travellers can choose from included ‘Daily Choice’ options, to tailor their days with hand selected inclusions. New York’s various boroughs and San Francisco’s various districts are all explored with the expertise of ‘Local Specialists’ who are experts in each of these areas, says Trafalgar.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next month“Canadian guests today want a deeper travel experience, as well as seeing all the sights they’ve always dreamed of, and Trafalgar has the balance right,” says Trafalgar’s Global CEO, Gavin Tollman. “We are constantly innovating to offer our guests new, eye-opening experiences expertly planned out by our passionate North American team and are so excited to share the connections we have in this part of the world. Our new JoinTrafalgar trip, deep diving into USA’s Native American culture in particular is something truly different, which we know guests will absolutely love.”Highlights for the 2020 lineup include the new Scenic Wonders of Newfoundland, Labrador and Ile Saint Pierre, an overnight stay in Martha’s Vineyard as part of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays with Stories’ collection and a visit to a family-owned Okanagen Valley winery on The Great Trans-Canadian Journey.center_img Trafalgar’s 2020 USA & Canada includes new ‘State Explorer’ trips Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

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2019-08-19

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ATX Networks will be exhibiting at ANGA COM in hal

first_imgATX Networks will be exhibiting at ANGA COM in hall 10, booth J18. ATX’s Maxnet IIATX Networks is featuring its newly expanded Maxnet II and SignalOn 1.2 GHz bandwidth RF management platforms at ANGA COM.Maxnet II and SignalOn are both CCAP-compliant, modular RF management platforms. ATX has expanded the active and passive options in both to1.218 GHz bandwidth to support DOSCIS 3.1.“Maxnet II is an ultra-dense, MCX/F connector-based RF solution with SNMP/web remote control/monitoring. SignalOn is a high density, F/BNC connector-based RF/L-Band solution,” said ATX.At the show, ATX will also showcase its new UCrypt IP to PAL gateway, which is designed to convert IP video streams to PAL in a space-efficient and cost-effective manner.According to ATX, this device can ingest up to 60 MPEG-2/H.264, HD/SD video streams and convert them to PAL. Future versions will also include support for decryption of Verimatrix and other DVB CSA-based streams.ATX Networks designs, manufactures, markets, and delivers a range of digital video, OTT, and IPTV solutions, targeted at the global cable television industry and Private Video Networks.last_img read more

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2019-08-07

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You can read all about our specific stock picks e

first_img You can read all about our specific stock picks, exactly how you can access them, and much more in the new special report, Crisis Investing in Cyprus. Click here for more details. Inside this new guidebook, Doug and I take a firsthand look at the economic turmoil and opportunity left in the wake of the crisis. This is a must-have resource for anyone interested in speculative opportunities. I think you will be as excited as we are once you learn about the crisis-driven bargains that we found and detail in Crisis Investing in Cyprus. Recently, legendary crisis investor Doug Casey and I put our boots to the ground in Cyprus to search the rubble of one of recent history’s most significant financial crises—the financial collapse and bank deposit raid in Cyprus—for incredible bargains. And we found them. In this newly released video interview below, Doug and I detail the tremendous speculative opportunities available on the Cyprus Stock Exchange.last_img read more

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2019-08-04

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In This Issue Fed loses patience Lower pr

first_imgIn This Issue. * Fed loses patience * Lower projections * Dollar took a big hit * Norges and SNB hold And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts.Roller Coaster Ride.Good day.And welcome to Thursday morning. I’ll let Frank Trotter greet you this morning, so take it away Frank. “San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina – The day dawned early for us in Cafayate, and brilliant.  To the west behind our villa the snow-capped peaks of the Andes made a rare appearance.  Cachi Mountain, 90 miles north at the head of the valley stood imposing.  A rain last night in the Quebrada provides some excitement as I drove to the airport.  Mud and rock slides had been mostly cleared by crews leaving pools of water and slippery spots on the winding canyon road.  Glad we didn’t meet a tour bus or a semi in the midst of one of those surprises. A scene at the airport made me think of the late Hy Minsky, a former colleague and well known and respected economist.  According to my posthumous application of his research, the run up in housing prices well above the inflation rate that caused the crisis in 2008 was created by a series of events.  First, major changes to government policies concerning acceptable mortgage transactions in 1992 and 2008.  Additional regulatory changes on the same topic in 1997 and 1998 added fuel to the fire.  Second, the fiscal deficit expansion starting in 2002 generated by the otherwise welcome tax cuts that have been covered so frequently here, threw on a few more logs allowing individuals to spend the extra income including buying homes at higher and higher prices.  Next the monetary base expansion post 2001, accompanied by a sporty multiplier worked as traditionally modeled helping to boost prices generally, including housing.  Finally let’s not forget credit – they lynchpin of Minsky’s work.  Banks and other lenders reacted to clients requesting liquidity from their newfound home values providing loans based on the newly inflated values, and of course some lenders pushed this way too hard as we have seen.  So we have all the pieces in place – unjustified asset price increases, significant government stimulus, and a massive credit expansion creating a top heavy leverage.  The story is told time and time again. In Salta at the airport there is a protocol.  Everyone sits at the gate inside security until it is almost time to board.  Then we passengers are to line up in three places based on our seat assignment, and standing.  It’s a little like the Southwest Airlines A, B, and C lines before they instituted the line-up by number protocol.  The Minsky Moment comes when the first person (that would be me) stands and joins the appropriate line.  Inside of 2 minutes everyone is on their feet and in line – a truly entertaining spectacle that I love to create.  In financial markets there are a few who exit early – maybe they sold their homes in 2007 in wonderment of the price irrationality.  Then a few more, then almost everyone has a for sale sign in the yard creating a tumbling price market.  When the asset is highly leveraged this effect compounds, in the USA creating 2008 for example.  Looking out over the landscape I note that we have seen 6 excellent years in the equity markets, accompanied by an increasing leverage that I spoke about in the Pfennig last Sunday.  Do the markets keep on their upward path or does someone rise from their seat and get into the B line?” What a difference a day makes! As soon as I saw the headline where the Fed removed patient from their language, I was prepared for the worst. The trading screens lit up like a Christmas tree, but all of the action wasn’t consistent with how the script was supposed to play out, according the most market pundits leading up to the meeting. Yes, the numerous calls that patient was to be removed came to fruition but the Fed really shook things up when they came off as having a dovish undertone. Chuck took some time out of his vacation and had this to share with us. “I thought I would throw my 2-cents in this whole FOMC meeting yesterday.  Well, I see that the FOMC and their fearless leader, Janet Yellen, has lost her patience with the kids.  But, also said that she and her band of merry Fed members decided that they were going to remain cautious on a timeline for raising key interest rates.  They are still wanting to see inflation, as measured by the stupid CPI, reach 2% (it’s presently lagging below that number, somehow. )  and the economic data strengthen before moving rates higher. so why drop the word that so accurately describes what they are being?  Patient?   At the last meeting, they threw out using the phrase “considerable time” and now they’ve thrown out “patient”, one would think that they are simply greasing the tracks for a rate hike at the next meeting, why wait until June?   But then there’s that use of the word “cautious” .  And here’s where I think the FOMC is hedging their bet.  For if the data including inflation doesn’t respond accordingly, the FOMC could point to it and say, “wasn’t it good that we were cautious?”  And if the data does, miraculously respond accordingly, then they can simply say, ” it didn’t hurt that we were cautious”.  As I’ve told you before, my dad used to say to me, “Chuck, money talks, and B.S. walks”.  I don’t know why that saying just came to me, for I would never tie that to what is being said about rate hikes.  Never! Never I tell you! You can’t make me! No way! I’m not going to do it!… And the markets? Well, the dollar got sold like funnel cakes at a state fair after the Fed’s admission that the economy had slowed. It was quite the scene.  And last I looked Gold rallied $23.  But you have to ask yourself this. Why on earth would traders throw their positions in dollars away, when they put all their convictions into believing the Fed is going to hike rates this year eventually? Well, have you ever heard of a short squeeze?  It’s all about being short and having to cover, which leads to a price rise and that causes other shorts to have to be closed out and before you can shake a stick, the short positions have been squeezed out.   That’s what all this looks like to me, no change of heart, no having a V-8 head slap that the dollar’s rally has all been fabricated. At least not yet. that is.” Thanks again Chuck. Aside from the Fed meeting, it was a quiet day for data since a report of last week’s mortgage apps was the only other player in the lineup. Obviously, the Fed meeting far outweighed the drop in mortgage apps, but I at least wanted to mention it. We don’t have any US data due out tomorrow, so today’s weekly jobs numbers, current account balance, and leading indicators will wrap it up for this week. Moving back to the Fed, removal of the magic word (patient) had been interpreted as a rate hike was only two months away but downgrades made to both growth and inflation expectations pretty much ruled that out. With that said, calls for a June hike are now being pushed to September or December. In a portion of its statement, the Fed said the committee anticipates that it will be appropriate to raise the target range for the federal funds rate when it has seen further improvement in the labor market and is reasonably confident that inflation will move back to its 2% objective over the medium term. They went on to say inflation has declined further below the committee’s longer run objective. As far as inflation is concerned, its pretty tough for a central bank to justify a rate hike when inflation is being reported as low as it is. The big market mover was the new look of the dot chart in which all of the Fed members plot where they see interest rates going forward. The median estimate for the Fed funds rate projection for year-end dropped nearly in half to 0.625% from the previous 1.125% forecast. The 2016 figures were also chopped as they now see rates at 1.875% instead of the previous estimate of 2.5%. In other words, interest rates are expected to increase, but not nearly as much or as steep. As far as the currency market is concerned, I saw a report saying the dollar had its worst one day performance six years. With the way currencies had been getting beaten up, yesterday’s reprieve was very much needed. Just about every currency had gains of at least 1% on the day and more than a handful of them put up over 2% gains. As Chuck mentioned, the weeks leading up to this meeting saw the market getting overloaded on long dollar positions so the closing of those trades that were made with the anticipation a June hike was a sure thing had fueled a majority of the large gains yesterday. At one point, the euro was in the top spot among the various currencies as it traded over 1.09 and a sat on a 3% gain. Prior to the Fed statement, the Brazilian real was down about 1% and fell to a 12 year low as Fitch said they are reviewing the nation’s credit rating so there’s concern its current investment grade status could be in jeopardy. The Swedish krona was also firmly entrenched in negative territory during early trading after the central bank cut rates again and pushed the benchmark repo rate further into negative territory to -0.25%. Even with the bad news, both currencies still put up over 1% gains yesterday. Other than that, the Fed meeting was in the captain’s seat steering the currencies higher. As I came in this morning, the initial knee jerk reaction of the Fed meeting is behind us and the market has attempted to digest the happenings of yesterday. The dollar has been able to gain back a good chunk of ground so far this morning as the euro is trading around 1.0720 and the dollar index has settled in the mid-98 range. After all of the dust settled, the markets are back to counting their chickens before they hatch as rate hike prospects are still on the table. The Fed didn’t specifically rule out a June hike, but some economists are still hanging on to that glimmer of hope for some reason, but the expectations are that we will see at least one rate increase this year. The Norwegian krone has honors this morning with a 1.36% gain, and the only currency in positive territory, as their central bank, Norges Bank, surprised the markets by keeping rates on hold at 1.25%. Policy makers said if economic developments are broadly in line with projections, the prospects for a reduction in the key policy rate are present. In other words, we are going to see a rate cut as soon as the next meeting. The Swiss National Bank met as well and kept rates on hold but cut growth and inflation expectations. It was also mentioned they will remain active in the foreign exchange market, as necessary, in order to influence monetary conditions and was in response to the rise in the franc after the cap was lifted. This translates into we don’t want the franc to appreciate.That does it for today, so until tomorrow, have a great day!Currencies today 3/19/15. American Style: A$ .7656, kiwi .7386, C$ .7864, euro 1.0649, sterling 1.4837, Swiss $ 1.0070,  . European Style: rand 12.2705, krone 8.0872, SEK 8.7216, forint 285.01, zloty 3.8837, koruna 25.755, RUB 60.12, yen 120.91, sing 1.3859, HKD 7.7595, INR 62.59, China 6.1460, pesos 15.3135, BRL 3.2598, Dollar Index 98.96, Oil $42.81, 10-year 1.94%, Silver $15.84, Platinum $1,114.10, Palladium $771.10, and Gold. $1,162.40Mike Meyer Vice President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

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2019-08-04

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Chances are you havent heard about nootropics ye

first_imgChances are, you haven’t heard about nootropics yet. They’re still pretty far out of the mainstream. But they’re beginning to gather some steam as they head for the public consciousness (pun intended), and it seems likely they’ll be getting increasing press in the near future. So what are they? Wikipedia says nootropics are also known as “smart drugs, memory enhancers, neuro enhancers, cognitive enhancers, and intelligence enhancers,” and “are drugs, supplements, nutraceuticals, and functional foods that improve one or more aspects of mental function, such as working memory, motivation, and attention.” The term was coined in 1972 by Romanian psychologist Corneliu Giurgea and is a synthesis of the Greek words for “mind” and “to bend or turn.” Giurgea synthesized piracetam, the first nootropic, in 1964, and he subsequently established a set of criteria these drugs should meet. For him, nootropics must enhance learning, increase the coupling of the brain’s hemispheres, and improve executive processing (which involves tasks such as planning, paying attention, and spatial awareness). It was also important to him that the drugs be nontoxic and nonaddictive. As he put it in his book Fundamentals to a Pharmacology of the Mind: “Man is not going to wait passively for millions of years before evolution offers him a better brain.” That seems inarguable. History affirms that there’s a basic human drive to improve ourselves between the ears. But can nootropics actually accomplish this? Before answering that question, a distinction must be made. Wikipedia’s definition features synonyms such as “cognitive enhancers” and “smart drugs.” This is a source of some confusion, since much of what you may read on the subject of nootropics includes in that category such prescription drugs as Adderall, Ritalin, and the like. These are amphetamines or amphetamine-like substances that were originally intended to treat specific conditions, such as ADHD, sleep apnea, shift-work disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, and narcolepsy. But they are increasingly taken these days for off-label purposes. Adderall, for example, is as freely available as pot on college campuses at the moment. It’s the drug of choice as a study aid, especially when deadlines are involved. Amphetamines have the brief but efficient effect of promoting mental clarity and enabling increased focus. In that sense, they are cognitive enhancers, but they are often erroneously classified as nootropics, which, as Giurgea posited, must be nontoxic and nonaddictive. These medications are neither, plus they carry the risk of serious side effects. A nootropic, on the other hand, is a nutritional supplement designed to improve brainpower in healthy adults over extended periods of time—safely. Even excluding the aforementioned prescription drugs, the range of potential nootropics is wide. A whole host of naturally occurring foods and herbs—everything from ginseng to krill oil, grapeseed extract, yerba mate, even licorice, and many, many more—are touted as having nootropic properties. But for our purposes, let’s concentrate on the newer, more exotic compounds that are attracting the most attention. A sampler (with acknowledgments to Nootriment, the most comprehensive website out there): The “racetams.” As noted above, piracetam was Giurgea’s original creation, but its group now includes many newer arrivals that purport to be stronger and/or better, such as aniracetam, oxiracetam, coluracetam, nefiracetam, and pramiracetam. Racetams work by increasing levels of neurotransmitters and other chemicals required for proper brain function. Tests have shown that they improve cognitive function and increase the communication between the two hemispheres of the brain. Noopept. The newest kid on the block. Not technically a racetam, though it is derived from this class and has similar mechanisms of action. Said to be over 1,000 times more concentrated than piracetam. Seen as being effective for disorders such as depression and anxiety. It activates receptors for dopamine as well as selective serotonin receptors and increases levels of nerve growth factor, which is a hormone involved in the maintenance and repair of healthy brain cells. Choline. A compound that naturally occurs in many foods and has been added to the B-complex family of vitamins. It’s the precursor of acetylcholine, a crucial brain chemical necessary for the development and maintenance of healthy brain-cell membranes to ensure effective signaling, structural integrity, and neuronal fluidity. Those heavily involved with nootropics (so-called “noonauts”) usually take a combination of ingredients—a practice called “stacking”—and some form of choline is part of every stack. Pyritinol. A synthetic derivative of Vitamin B6, pyritinol is a precursor of dopamine, which it transforms into once it successfully crosses the blood/brain barrier. Pyritinol can improve attention span, facilitate recall, elevate mood, and eliminate hangovers. It also aids in glucose uptake, which can be beneficial during periods of mental strain that diminish the glucose stores on which the brain depends for its energy. Vinpocetine. A biosynthetic derived from an alkaloid found in the periwinkle plant. It’s a cerebral vasodilator that improves and increases blood flow specifically to the brain; blood pressure in other parts of the body is not affected. It’s been shown to increase the levels of many of the most important brain neurotransmitters, including acetylcholine, noradrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine, as well as ATP, the primary source of intracellular energy. Adrafinil. The precursor to the prescription medication modafinil. Modafinil—possession of which is a felony without a prescription—belongs to a class of drugs known as “eugeroics,” which promote mental alertness without the side effects of amphetamines, for which they are used as a substitute. It stimulates hormones like epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. The jury is out on modafinil’s long-term safety and susceptibility to abuse. But committed noonauts take it (or adrafinil) anyway. All of this leads to some big questions. First, of course, is: do nootropics work? The answer: probably. While the evidence with some is anecdotal, there has been a surprising amount of scientific research done on others. Citations are available on the Nootriment website (although you have to dig around a bit to find them). Second, are they safe? They seem to be. But since nootropics have only arrived relatively recently, long-term effects are generally unknown… so we can’t be sure. And of course, the consequences are unpredictable if someone mixes up a big stack combination of his or her own devising. Third, are they legal? Yes. Apart from prescription drugs like Adderall and modafinil, possession of nootropics in any amount is legal for US citizens. However, they cannot be marketed as supplements, but only for purposes of “education and research.” This restriction is the responsibility of the seller and doesn’t apply to the consumer. Note also that other countries may have different laws. Finally, is there any way to invest in nootropics? Since they’re already very popular in Silicon Valley, it’s likely just a matter of time before acceptance becomes much more widespread. They could develop into very big business indeed. But it’s not one that many public companies are jumping into. One problem is likely the constraints on vendors’ abilities to market these substances as supplements. But almost certainly, the primary reason is that nootropics are already in the public domain, and exclusivity cannot be had. Most manufacturing is done in China and India. Thus, for example, while a big drug company like Belgium’s UCB does make piracetam, it’s a very small part of UCB’s business. The only pure play we can find is Optigenex Inc. (OTC Pink: OPGX), makers of AC-11, a patented botanical extract that’s the main ingredient in a nootropic blend called AlphaBrain, from private company Onnit Labs. It trades for about a penny a share with close to zero volume. Not a very good bet. It’s possible that a way to profit from nootropics will crop up in the future, as (and if) the drugs catch on. But that remains to be seen.last_img read more

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2019-08-04

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