Joao Cancelo expressed gratitude to Inter after Fridays encounter

first_imgAfter Juventus defeated Inter Milan in Friday’s Serie A blockbuster classic, Joao Cancelo has expressed his gratitude to his ex-clubThe Nerazzurri have practically scouted the Portuguese wing-back for the Bianconeri, helping him to adjust to the Italian Serie A before his €40.4m transfer from Valencia to the Allianz Stadium in the summer.What’s more, the Milanese giants were determined to keep hold of Cancelo during the summer, but have failed to see the deal through due to the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.Known for his devastating pace and excellent technique, Cancelo has emerged as one of the best Europe right-backs, establishing himself as an indispensable first-team member under Max Allegri this term.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.After the derby, the skillful defender has revealed his affection for Inter.“It was an important victory against Inter, who are a great team and a direct rival for the Scudetto,” he told Sky Sport Italia, which has later been transmitted by FourFourTwo.“Inter was a very important team for me, that made me grow a lot. Now I’m wearing Juventus’ colors, and I think only of Juve, but Inter remains in my heart.”last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 opening credits hint at events to come

first_img Tags More on Game of Thrones Watch Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 trailer now Game of Thrones season 8 premiere leaked on DirecTV Now Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1: The 6 funniest lines Speaking of the Wall…Once the credits move to the gigantic map, they begin at the Wall, which now has a huge chunk missing, thanks to you-know-who.Last Hearth, we hardly knew yeThe credits now move on to a new location. Last Hearth is the ancestral home of House Umber, and if you watched the premiere, you know what happens there. Note the icy tiles representing the White Walkers reaching out to it, showing the path of the dead as they march. Also note the spiral pattern that plays out in a gruesome scene from the episode.Winterfell is comingNext, the camera shoots to Winterfell, the Starks’ beloved home. Winterfell has always been in the credits, but not like this. Here the camera swoops through the godswood and then dives inside the castle itself. It races through the Stark crypt, where there’s a statue of Lyanna Stark, among others. Her life, and the son she delivered before dying, is only going to keep returning as a plot point here. And there are plenty of rumors that the crypt will figure heavily in this season’s episodes. Could the dead be resurrected? It’s been known to happen.King of the hillKing’s Landing is next, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, home of the Iron Throne and the Red Keep. Look for Qyburn’s scorpion and dragon skulls from past historical battles. Just a reminder that no one is bowing down to the terrifying dragons without a fight. And there’s the Iron Throne, which really doesn’t look worth all this blood and death. The Lannister lion is shown above it now, but maybe not for long.More to comeThe credits aren’t going to be stagnant, so stay alert for clues in future weeks.”I’ll say that there are differences (in the credits) in every single episode,” art director Kirk Shintani told BuzzFeed. “From episode to episode, pay attention, because there’s lots of hints scattered around.” 57 Photos Now that the final season premiere of Game of Thrones has aired, it’s time to roll things back and take a dragon’s-eye view of those new opening credits. (Spoilers ahead.)The credits have always been complex and rewarded repeat and close viewings. The elaborate opening spins through the map of Westeros and changes from week to week. But they’re even fresher this season, as the creative team that designed the credits wanted a whole new chance to remake them.”We wanted to explore the idea that there was more under the surface than previous seasons,” creative director Angus Wall told BuzzFeed in an interview published Sunday. “And that there was an interior and a depth in terms of the layers beneath the surface that we had only hinted at before.”Astrolabe newnessThe credits begin inside of an elaborate astronomical instrument called an astrolabe. If you’re quick on the pause button, you can see it’s covered with murals depicting past plotlines that shaped the story, from the Red Wedding to the birth of Daenerys’ dragons to the fall of the Wall. Look for the Red Comet, an omen of major events, such as the dragons’ return. Share your voicecenter_img Game of Thrones Post a comment Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today TV and Movies 0last_img read more

Bulls return to DStreet climbing 1000 points in March amid gaining traction

first_imgRepresentational image.PixabayThe bulls are on the rampage on the Street revved up by foreign buying and the brightening prospects of the return to power of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Balakot bomb run in retaliation to Pulwama attack. Sensex, the 30-scrip benchmark index of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) surged about 1,000 points in six sessions of March in what is seen as the beginning of a long rally to close on Tuesday at 37,535 points. The broader 50-index National Stock Exhange (NSE) Nifty clocked about 400 points to close at 11,301 points.Indian rupee touched a new 2-month high on the back of strong foreign buying of both debt and equity. Market observers see renewed risk appetite in foreign institutional investors (FII), who have poured in about Rs 8,000 crores so far this month, according to a report in the MoneyControl website. FIIs sustained net inflows in February and January pumping in Rs 13,564 crores and Rs 127 crores respectively. Foreign portfolio investors (FPI) have also been supporting net inflows having brought in a net amount of Rs 11,182 crores last month.Market watchers are confident of a continued bull run this time unless there is a disastrous political turn as the rally has been broad based with strong movement in all sectors. The Nifty Bank index on Tuesday surpassed its all-time closing high of 28,320 hit on August 9, 2018, to hit a high of 28,363 in the intra-day trade, the Business Standard website said. The most active stocks on NSE were Reliance Industries (RIL), ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Titan Company and UPL hitting their high.The bullish turn is attributed in part to the market euphoria over polls that have predicted a return of the Bharatiya Janata Party under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The mid-and small-caps have been gaining traction among the investors after having bled for more than a year. Experts are bullish on the segment because of their favourable valuation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during a programme at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on March 9, 2019.IANS/PIBChandresh Nigam, managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of Axis Mutual Fund, had told Business Standard recently: “We have seen increased flows from HNIs in the mid- and small-cap schemes in the last four-five days. Sophisticated investors are taking tactical calls on the mid- and small-cap categories. There has been sustained correction in some of these categories. Some wealthy investors see this as a good time to deploy their funds.”The bulls have also found traction in the revised notes by foreign brokerages such as HSBC, BNP Paribas and Morgan Stanley on Indian equities. HSBC recently raised its weightage on India from ‘neutral’ to ‘overweight’ and remains bullish on financial, metal, and consumer discretionary sectors in the Indian context, according to a report.”Aside from the elections, the macro backdrop is looking better in 2019 than in 2018. Inflation is low, and our economists are now looking for a rate cut in April. We expect overall GDP (gross domestic product) growth to accelerate, possibly supported by reforms (such as GST) starting to bear fruit,” Herald van der Linde, head of equity strategy for the Asia Pacific at HSBC wrote in a note along with Devendra Joshi and Prerna Garg. The global cues have also been conducive for the Indian bull run. The Asian shares have been upbeat after the European Commission’s nod for changes to a Brexit deal ahead of a vote in the British parliament. European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to additional assurances in an updated Brexit deal with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday, according to Reuters. The easing of trade war clouds between the US and China have also helped the global markets, reflecting the shine on Indian equities.last_img read more

Clinton Foundation hacker to plead guilty

first_imgTimothy SedlakA Florida man accused of trying to hack the Clinton Foundation in 2015 is expected to plead guilty on Thursday, months after he was sentenced in a related case to 42 years in prison over child pornography discovered on his computers during the probe.Timothy Sedlak, 43, is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court in Manhattan, according to court records. Prosecutors accused him in September 2015 of trying to gain access to an unnamed New York-based global charitable organisation’s network.Prosecutors have never named the organization. But a court filing obtained by Reuters said US Secret Service agents in 2015 questioned Sedlak about notes they found referencing former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.Sedlak, who called himself a private investigator, told the agents he was researching whether charities were unintentionally providing funding to Islamic militant groups, and said the Clintons “came up in his research,” the filing said.The filing’s description of the Clintons matched prosecutors’ descriptions of two previously unnamed individuals who were said to be an “executive” at the charity and an “individual who has been publicly affiliated” with it.Chelsea Clinton is the vice chair of Clinton Foundation, which was founded by her father, former US president Bill Clinton. Its full name is the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.The filing, a summary of a Secret Service agent’s interview with Sedlak, was downloaded by Reuters on Feb. 3 and soon after was replaced by a redacted version removing the Clintons’ names.A spokeswoman for Manhattan US attorney Preet Bharara and Sedlak’s lawyer declined comment. Clinton Foundation representatives did not respond to requests for comment.The investigation into Sedlak, of Ocoee, Florida, predated probes into cyber attacks on Democrats during the 2016 presidential election.US intelligence agencies in January released an assessment that Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered a covert effort through the cyber attacks to help Republican Donald Trump’s electoral chances by discrediting Clinton.Prosecutors have said that Sedlak launched about 390,000 unsuccessful attempts to gain unauthorized access to the charitable organisation’s computer network.Following his arrest, authorities discovered files on his computers containing child pornography, including a number of images depicting Sedlak himself sexually abusing a toddler, prosecutors said.Sedlak as a result was separately charged in Florida, where a federal jury in Orlando in May found him guilty on charges including that he produced and possessed child pornography. He was sentenced in August to 42 years in prison.last_img read more

Newlywed housewife beaten dead

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA newlywed housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her in-laws over family feud at Deogaon village in Sadar upazila early Thursday.The deceased was Sushila Rani, 20, wife of Bipul Chandra of the village.Victim’s family said Sushila was married to Bipul barely two and a half months ago and since then, Bipul had been torturing her as she protested against his alleged extramarital affairs and drug addiction.Victim’s sister said the body of Sushila was found in a toilet of Bipul’s house in the morning. The body was bleeding and it bore multiple injury marks on her check, throat and forehead, she claimed.Officer-in-charge of Sadar police station Mostafizur Rahman said the body was sent to Sadar Hospital for autopsy.The reason behind the death will be cleared after getting the post-mortem report, he said.last_img read more

Its us or no one Nonprofit defends LGBTQ students from their univers

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Over her four years at Fuller Theological Seminary’s campus in Houston, Joanna Maxon had come out to most of her teachers and classmates, and many knew that she was married to a woman.But after Maxon turned over a copy of her tax return, filed jointly with her wife, as part of her annual financial aid application earlier this year, a complaint about her marriage was brought to the dean. In October 2018, less than a year before she expected to graduate, she was suddenly dismissed.Months went by before Maxon could stand to make the situation public.“It took me a while to get to the point where I could talk about it,” Maxon said. “It feels like trauma.”But once she was ready to share her story in June, Maxon’s wife and friend got into contact with Brave Commons.Brave Commons is an advocacy organization that helps queer students like Joanna who experience discrimination, often at conservative evangelical schools. Students at these campuses are often processing their sexuality after growing up in conservative homes. Besides dealing with adversarial school bureaucracies, they are frequently dealing with their own questions about their sexuality and how to be a LGBTQ person of faith.Brave Commons offers sanctuary to those students, giving them space to ask questions about sexuality and faith and advocating for them when their colleges discriminate against them.“Institutions have more resources and money, but we have people that care,” said Lauren Ileana Sotolongo, co-executive director of Brave Commons. “We can’t put that in a bank, but that is so much more valuable.”Brave Commons executive directors Michael Vazquez, from left, Lauren Ileana Sotolongo and Erin Green. Courtesy photosSotolongo, Michael Vazquez and Erin Green, who all share the title of executive director, have had their own personal experiences with exclusion at Christian universities.While attending seminary in Michigan in 2017, Vazquez was asked by other queer students at two nearby evangelical colleges to help organize protests against homophobic speakers who had been invited to give lectures on those campuses, as well as homophobic statements made by chaplains at one of the schools. After the events, Vazquez was expelled from his seminary for his involvement.“Brave Commons was not birthed without cost,” Vazquez said of his dismissal.As increasing numbers of queer students at surrounding colleges began to reach out to him, he helped lead inclusive Bible studies and more actions.As it became clear that a number of students needed both advocacy and spiritual care, Vazquez needed more help to make the work sustainable. A friend connected him with Green and Sotolongo, who joined him as co-directors in the summer of 2018. Both were involved with underground groups for LGBTQ students at Christian colleges, and with Green on the West Coast and Sotolongo on the East, they complemented Vazquez, who was living in the Midwest at the time.Taking from mujerista theology, which focuses on the experiences and liberation of Latinx women — Vazquez emphasizes that all of their work, from their decisions as co-directors to their protection of students, is done conjunto — together.The three directors have turned Brave Commons into a national organization that advocates for LGBTQ students, especially students of color, in hopes of changing homophobic policies. They also offer support in the absence of helpful ministry from Christian institutions themselves.The unicorn is the Brave Commons mascot. Courtesy imageBrave Commons makes it clear that they provide help, not the goal. When students ask them to step in to intervene with an institution, they come to the school but will only help the students pursue their own desired outcomes.The organization will have a conversation with students to find out what they need and then pursue it with them, whether it’s a social media call to action or a protest on campus.Students may want to call attention to discrimination while maintaining their own anonymity. In these cases, Brave Commons steps in to protect the students by “diverting the attention from the students onto (themselves),” Green said. Students will often want to remain anonymous because they are financially vulnerable and could lose scholarships or support from their parents if outed.In addition to helping students organize, Brave Commons is concerned about the students’ spiritual and emotional health, which often suffers when Christian colleges push them into the shadows.“At most of the colleges and universities that we’ve worked at, students are not allowed to openly gather as a group of queer students,” Vazquez said.To reach students who are isolated, both socially and geographically, Brave Commons often uses social media. “There really is a growing network,” said Vazquez.“It’s a tradition, you could say, in the queer and trans community,” Sotolongo said of the community bond built on social media. “There’s this network of people that you know you can trust. You have your own kind of congregation that is saying that they have your back.”“So many of us have experienced the betrayal of our Christian communities,” said Matthias Roberts, host of the podcast Queerology, who says he often connects students who reach out to him to Brave Commons. “We know in our bones that no one else has our back. It’s us or no one,” he says, which speaks of a deep sense of trust in the LGBTQ Christian community.Photo by Sharon McCutcheon/Creative CommonsMany students reach out to Brave Commons simply for advice about how to be a LGBTQ person of faith. Students often can’t ask such questions publicly, and very few Christian campuses have resources for LGBTQ students.Brave Commons has developed a number of ways for students to “gather and process their gender identity through the lens of their spirituality,” Vazquez said. One is the online “Oratio” series, sermons by the co-directors that affirm all gender identities.The irony for students such as Maxon, who is now working full-time and has no current plans to finish her master’s degree, is that their search for community is often what made them turn to Christian colleges in the first place. “One of the classes that I was withdrawn from was a class called Practices of Community … It’s really challenging for me for a school to teach that and then not practice community,” Maxon said.“Fuller has a nondiscrimination policy on their website. … They talk about diversity and inclusion, but they are not including LGBTQ persons in that diversity. I think they need to be clearer,” Maxon said.Brave Commons is currently standing with Maxon in bringing attention to what Fuller has done and pressuring Fuller to be clear that they are not an inclusive space.“Will Fuller continue to pander to an idea of social justice or will it actually live for its claimed commitments to a kingdom of God that welcomes all people?” Vazquez asked.Fuller Seminary declined to comment. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Share This! Tagsbrave commons Fuller Seminary homepage featured LGBTQ,You may also like Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Chris Karnadi,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! By: Chris Karnadi News By: Chris Karnadicenter_img By: Chris Karnadi DIY Faith • News Muslim activists continue to push against Quebec secularism law Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 Share This! News Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Chris Karnadi Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday August 17

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uNational politics with political commentators Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze, including Trump’s dubious policy positions and more hand wringing by Clinton supporters over, “email gate.” And we’ll talk local politics with Byrd and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network, including Gov. Larry Hogan’s alleged war on Baltimore and City Council President Jack Young’s proposal to sell the city-owned Hilton Hotel, in order to build recreation centers. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Black Victim of St Marys School Shooting Called 911

first_imgBy Sean Yoes Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comDesmond Barnes, one of the victims of the Great Mills High School shooting in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, called 911 after he was shot in the right thigh.“I was just shot at my school,” Barnes, 14, told the 911 operator from inside a classroom at the high school on March 20. The 911 phone calls by Barnes and others at the school were released by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week.14-year-old Desmond Barnes, was one of the shooting victims at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. (Courtesy Photo)After he initially called 911, a teacher who was with Barnes in what has been identified as classroom EO1 takes the phone.“He’s lying on the floor, he’s in pain,” the teacher told the 911 operator. After several minutes, Barnes begins to speak to the 911 operator again.911 operator: “Desmond?”Barnes: “Yes sir.”Operator: “I need you to stay calm. We have help coming to you, okay?”Barnes: “Yes sir.”Later in the conversation, Barnes complains his knee is burning. “My knee hurts so bad,” he said. “We’re getting help to you Desmond, okay? You need to stay strong with me buddy,” the operator replied.Barnes was released from the hospital a day after the shooting. Tragically, his schoolmate, Jaelynn Willey, 16, died after being taken off of life support two days after the shooting. According to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, the shooter, 17-year old Austin Rollins was killed when he shot himself in the head, after he was confronted by the school resource officer, Deputy Blaine Gaskill.A “YouCaring” fundraising account has been set up to help Barnes and his family with medical expenses from his injuries. As of March 30, $24,733 had been raised toward a goal of $25,000.If you would like to make a contribution for Barnes’ medical expenses, hit the link below.www.youcaring.com/desmondbarneskimshundennisparents-1137665last_img read more

Louisville Faces Michigan and Michigan State on Sunday

first_imgSCHEDULE9 a.m. – 2N8+ (Michigan, Louisville, Michigan State)9:20 a.m. – N8+ (Michigan State, Michigan, Louisville)9:40 a.m. – 3V4+ (Louisville, Michigan State, Michigan, Michigan 4V4+)10 a.m. – 2V4+ (Michigan, Louisville, Michigan State)10:20 a.m. – V4+ (Michigan State, Michigan, Louisville)10:40 a.m. – 2V8+ (Louisville, Michigan State, Michigan)11 a.m. – V8+ (Michigan, Louisville, Michigan State) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In their final outing before the ACC Championship, the University of Louisville rowing team heads north for a dual race against Michigan and Michigan State Sunday morning at Belleville Lake in Van Buren Township, Mich. Sunday’s dual marks a return to the water for the Cards, who have not competed in an official race since the Sunshine State Invitational on April 6 in Sarasota. Two weeks ago, Louisville was among 21 schools impacted by the cancellation of the Clemson Invitational due to severe storms and debris on the course. Story Links Print Friendly Version The big focus was the second 1K and we didn’t get a chance to demonstrate that because of the water. We always deal with this sort of thing, so we might be in a good situation. It puts a lot of pressure on ACCs.” Live results from the dual will be available on Twitter through Michigan at @umichrowing, followed by a full recap on GoCards.com. Although the varsity eight and second varsity eight raced on Saturday morning, the regatta’s cancellation nullified the results of those races. Despite a lack of time on the water, Copeland was impressed by his team’s preparation and competitive drive.center_img In the limited action, Copeland and his staff were able to gain some insight on the team’s performance as they look forward to returning to Lake Hartwell for the ACC Championship. “We needed a race because we’ve made a lot of gains between early April and now, and it’s good to see incremental demonstration of the gains,” said Copeland. “We did race, and the first 1K of the race was pretty fair, so we have an idea of where we were at that point. Following Sunday’s meet, the Cardinals will turn their attention toward the ACC Championship on May 17-18 at Clemson. The regatta opens with the preliminary heats on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m., followed by the grand finals on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. “There were probably five or six different false alarms to go race, and for them to be emotionally and mentally ready to race five or six times was pretty remarkable,” said Copeland. “The fact that there was that much duress and they were always ready to race each time, that’s not something that I’ve ever seen before—a team that dialed in.” Louisville is making its seventh consecutive trip to Michigan, continuing a series that has provided multiple benefits for the program in preparation for their conference championship. The Wolverines are currently ranked No. 5 in the CRCA coaches’ poll, while both the Cardinals and Spartans received votes. Cardinals head coach Derek Copeland said that the Michigan regatta allows for his team to leave Louisville on Kentucky Derby weekend to face a nationally-ranked crew in challenging conditions following the end of the academic year. For this season, the addition of Michigan State also provides another opponent for improving the Cards’ NCAA Championship resume.last_img read more

Graphene paper able to behave like animated origami w video

first_img 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. Explore further The work by the team was inspired by origami, an art form based on folding paper. In this instance, the paper was instead two types of one-atom thick sheets of graphene infused with hydrogen and oxygen compounds resulting in graphene oxide and graphene oxide-polydopamine. The former does not react to water but the second does. To create origami type structures, the team infused the latter with water molecules than bonded the two types of sheets together—when heat or light was applied to the second type, it would cause the water molecules to be released, making the paper shrink slightly, which in turn would exert a force that would pull against the second type of sheet. This allowed for the creation of hinges or joints which could be employed on command, which made the objects programmable in a sense.To demonstrate the usefulness of their idea, the team bonded sheets together in such a way as to cause a box to self-form. Another example was of a sheet that formed into a worm-shaped object that was capable of inching along a surface—the team found they could cause it to turn by heating just one side of it. The third was a claw-like object that was capable of grabbing onto something else and in some instances was able to lift other small objects. Play The photoactuation behavior of the self-folding box. Credit: Donghua University The researchers believe their research could lead to the development of a wide variety of objects such as remotely controlled robots, tissue engineering or even the development of a type of artificial muscle. For their next project, they want to see if it might be possible to create similar types of objects at a much smaller scale, perhaps down to nanosize—they believe the properties and performance of such tiny objects would be different at such sizes and are eager to find out what they may be. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play The turning behavior of the wormlike walking device driven by an IR laser. Credit: Donghua University (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Donghua University in China has found a way to cause tiny (0.8 to 6 centimeter) objects made of graphene sheets to move around in specific ways using just heat and infrared light—and it is based on origami. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes the types of graphene they used, the types of objects they created and the ways in which the objects were able to be moved. Citation: Graphene ‘paper’ able to behave like animated origami (w/ video) (2015, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-graphene-paper-animated-origami-video.html A fast self-folding box driven by light. (A) Time profiles of self-folding movements of a cross-shaped piece of paper with and without NIR light irradiation. The sample was placed on the platform and illuminated with NIR light (100 mW cm−2) normal to its surface (light is incident from above). (B) IR images of the self-folding box with and without light illumination (100 mW cm−2, NIR light). Credit: (c) 2015 Science Advances (2015). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500533center_img Journal information: Science Advances PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Researchers find electron chirality in graphene impacts current flow Play The walking behavior of the wormlike walking device driven on and off by an NIR light on and off (100 mW cm−2). Credit: Donghua University More information: J. Mu et al. Origami-inspired active graphene-based paper for programmable instant self-folding walking devices, Science Advances (2015). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500533 © 2015 Phys.org Play The grasping behavior of the “artificial/robotic hand” driven by light irradiation. Credit: Donghua University PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenlast_img read more

Tribal craftsmanship at its best

first_imgNational Tribal Crafts Mela Aadishilp, organised by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd. (TRIFED), was inaugurated by Jual Oram, Union Tribal Affairs Minister at Dilli Haat on November 5. On this occasion, Union Tribal Affairs Minister, Jual Oram said, “These kinds of exhibitions provide our tribal artisans an important platform to showcase their talents through their products to urban India. TRIFED, through its 44 sales counter all over the country, is providing much needed marketing system for tribal products.”The main objective of organising Aadishilp is to give tribal artisans an opportunity to showcase and sell their traditional art and craft works directly to the customers and get their feedback which would help them in having valuable design related and other inputs. It also provides them a platform for direct interface with art and craft lovers, share their talent with the urban elite and know the customers’ taste and preferences for adapting their product designs and creations accordingly. Commenting on the importance of encouraging tribal artisans of the country, he said, “Ministry of Tribal Affairs will provide more and more such platforms for tribal artisans so that they can sell their products directly to the consumer without middlemen”. He also urged media, NGOs and particularly urban youth to come forward to popularise the tribal products and bring the tribals into the main stream of the society. TRIFED, which focuses on training for skill upgradation and capacity building of tribal artisans and minor forest produce gatherers, has been taking a number of promotional initiatives for marketing of tribal products. From a single sales outlet of TRIBES India in 1999 at 9, Mahadev Road, Delhi, it has established 34 outlets of its own and 10 Consignment outlets across the country. TRIFED has also initiated the concept of sourcing tribal products by organising Tribal Artisan Melas (TAMs) to identify new artisans and products from different regions/ states where tribal artisans are invited to display their products for selection and inclusion in the range of products marketed by TRIFED.The exhibition, which will be open till November 11, will have hand crafted items, handloom products, dry flowers, cane and bamboo products, tribal jewellery, Dhokra craft, tribal weaves, embroidery, tribal paintings etc, showcased at the venue.last_img read more

Polish DTH operator n has added a new premium movi

first_imgPolish DTH operator n has added a new premium movie service, called Cinema World, to its nVOD platformThe movie service offers 20 titles each month that can be accessed for PLN6 (€1.40) per month. This month, movies including The Hurt Locker and Grindhouse: Death Proof. Cinema World is the fifth service to be added to n’s nVOD platform that is delivered via the intrenet to connected set-top boxes.last_img

In This Issue… Fed disappoints and risk assets

first_imgIn This Issue… * Fed disappoints, and risk assets get sold… * Aussie jobs losses wipe out previous gains… * China 2nd QTR GDP to print tomorrow.. * Chuck gets disturbed by the 5… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! The Season Of Disappointment! Good day… And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I hope it turns out to be a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday because right now, I’m just not feeling it! More like dragging the line! But don’t let me dragging the line stop you from a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! I get there eventually today! Well… the FOMC meeting minutes were the cat’s meow for the markets yesterday, and boy did they come away feeling like someone just stole their puppy! Once again, the Fed has disappointed the markets, who, for some reason, thought for sure the FOMC meeting minutes would give them reason to believe that more stimulus was coming… I tried to warn them, if they had only read yesterday’s Pfennig, they would have known that Chuck said, the meeting minutes were stale… for they took place a full week ahead of the Jobs Jamboree disappointment… But, acting as if they were just left at the altar, the markets took their fury out on the risk assets… and they took no prisoners… The euro lost ground, the Aussie dollar (A$) lost over a cent, and Gold lost another $10… I just don’t get these trader guys (& gals) what the heck do they want? Well, I know what they want, but do they “really” want that? They think they want more stimulus, that the market can’t function without it… But in reality they want to be right… they want to be able to say, “see, I called this stimulus, and I was right!” Never mind the damage that the stimulus actually does to the country’s balance sheet… I was sitting at the desk yesterday watching the euro losing footing it had gained overnight once again, and began to think about what I had said at the start of this year… “That I wouldn’t be surprised to see the euro fall to 1.18, or rise to 1.40 this year”… I think the first part of that thought is about to come true, folks… Here’s why I think that way… Remember the Eurozone Summit, that took place a couple of weeks ago? Well, the Eurozone leaders surprised the markets by actually coming up with a plan, and a new suggestion to use the ESM for recapitalizing the troubled Spanish Banks… And the euro found some terra firma… but… not much, and soon that gained ground was lost… Now it’s been 2 weeks since the meeting, and nothing really has come of it… and now we learned the other day that 12,000 complaints have been filed in the German Constitutional Court (GCC) against using the ESM that way… It’s going to take the GCC most of the summer to get through everything and make their decision… That’s just too long for the markets, folks… In addition, summer is normally a slower time in the markets, especially in August when most of Europe goes on Holiday (vacation). The exception to that was last summer, when the U.S. debt ceiling debacle unfolded, giving everyone in the markets the willies toward the U.S. dollar… Now, when a few months ago, I thought that the U.S. election campaign would focus on the debt, and the debt ceiling issue will be revisited in August or September again, that the euro would be saved, for the moment, from revisiting 2005 levels of 1.18.. But, from what I’m watching on TV, the election campaign is going to focus on jobs… so out the window goes the knight on the white horse for the euro this summer… I’ve gone on pretty long here with regards to the euro, but since it is the offset to the dollar, it’s important, folks… But there you have it… Chuck’s thoughts on the euro for this summer… And since I’m in such a dour mood on the euro this morning… I might as well get this out there too… Yesterday, I mentioned that someone sent me a note about the Aussie dollar (A$) being overvalued… Well, I’m reading more and more research reports calling for the A$ to get downsized as China bottoms out, and struggles to regain their economic prowess. They all make sense to me, except… what if China takes the bull by the horns, and really turns their economy around, like they did in 2008? Of course that will take 3 or more months to confirm, so… until then we could be looking at cheaper levels to buy A$’s… So, as an A$ holder, you could very well take profits, and look to buy cheaper, or… just batten down the hatches… Why does it feel as though the dog days of summer for the currencies and metals, are right here, right now? Because that’s what’s happening! I wish I could tell you something different than this, but… as I say all the time… “it is, what it is”… This morning… Eurozone Industrial Production printed for May, and showed an increase of .6% VS April… with Germany providing the cushion for all the countries posting negative numbers. And while May’s number is good, it’s May’s number… that’s right, it’s two months old! I just don’t get why it takes so long for data to print! The other problem with the number… and that is, we could average out April and May’s IP and it would still be .9% below production levels of the 1st QTR… So, the slowdown in the Eurozone continues to extend its roots… And the forecasters in Australia were right for once, as they had forecast no job growth for Australia in June, and in fact it was negative… with June’s job losses wiping out May’s job gains… This was much weaker than expected or forecast, and it weighed heavily on the A$ as the night went along. It’s almost like a perfect storm for the A$, because now it will have to deal with the China 2nd QTR GDP report that will print tomorrow… I’ve already told you how it is widely expected that China’s 2nd QTR GDP will be very weak… But, again, let me go through this, for those of you who missed class yesterday. All those that attended can skip to the next paragraph, that is, unless you need a review… OK… the Chinese economy probably bottomed in the 2nd QTR… which means this GDP report is going to be ugly folks… and the knee jerk reaction to sell the A$ will be strong. But, everyone needs to calm down here… as I said above, the GDP report is old… and if the Chinese economy actually is rebounding in the 3rd QTR, then what good is it to sell A$’s now, on a old report? Alright… I’ve spent quite a bit of time on the euro and A$’s this morning… And China! What about the other guys? Well… let’s see… the Japanese yen is a bit stronger this morning, nothing to write home about, and the rest are following the euro and A$ down the road to the woodshed. Well… my mood just changed, and I can credit the song Black is Black by the Los Bravos… Ever want to get the blood going? Turn that song on… you’ll be dancing in your seat! The Bank of Japan (BOJ) also disappointed the Japanese market watchers by holding back on more stimulus… So, it’s the season of disappointment for the markets… I have to say that I’m somewhat impressed that the Central Banks, mostly the Fed, have held back on their feeling that the economy can be saved with stimulus. But, they will revert to that feeling soon, folks… so don’t go giving Big Ben Bernanke any gold stars now. Speaking of Big Ben… Yesterday, the FOMC meeting minutes noted that a “few members were for adding more stimulus”… I said to the boys and girls on the trading desk that “all of the members could feel that way, but unless Big Ben feels that way, no stimulus will be implemented”… Yes, this Fed is run just like Big Al Greenspan’s Fed… It’s pretty much like here on the trading desk… I remind the people here from time to time, that this is a benevolent dictatorship, and I can remove the benevolence at any time! HA! Well.. the third California city has filed for bankruptcy and seek protection… San Bernardino was the latest to file… And why isn’t this Big news? I’ve pointed to California’s debt problems for over two years, and still everyone is fixated on Greece… The problems for San Bernardino aren’t just confined to payroll, benefits and pensions… Nearly half of the homeowners in the city, with mortgages owe more than their homes are worth, increasing the risk that they will default on their loans. But, it’s all about Greece, or Spain or whomever, right? Well, the last time I checked… California was the 8th largest economy in the WORLD! I don’t think you would see Greece in the top 100… But, just like things in Greece… Things in California aren’t a problem, until they are a problem… sound likes a Yogi-ism… but its true… One day, investors and trader decided that things weren’t good in Greece, which for years was able to issue debt at the same yields as Germany… and then one day they couldn’t… It will be the same for the U.S…. and to further this discussion… Just wait until the Gov’t gets their hands into the California foreclosure problem and acts like they know what they are doing… Then There Was This… Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said the U.S. fiscal position is as weak as some euro-area countries’ and lawmakers must take “dramatic” measures to tackle it and restore confidence.“The U.S. fiscal situation is similar to that of some countries in Europe and requires dramatic and sustained attention,” Bullard said in a speech in London. “The political compromise in the U.S. has been to delay action until after the November election, but markets tend to pull the uncertainty forward.” Chuck again… Bullard went on to say something that I thought I would never hear from a Fed Head… Let’s listen in… “Increased government spending today followed by higher future taxes is not likely to produce more rapid growth,” he said. “The most likely way forward continues to be a long period of debt pay down and sluggish growth, both in Europe and the U.S., and that the most pressing policy issue is to accept this path and prevent any additional problems from developing.” Are you kidding me? Did a Fed Head actually say, a long period of debt pay down and sluggish growth? Why, yes, Chuck he did! Well… James Bullard gets a Gold Star! To recap… The FOMC meeting minutes, although they were stale, disappointed the markets and the markets took their fury out on the risk assets. The euro has fallen below 1.22 for the first time in some time, and Chuck gives us his dour outlook for the euro this summer. Eurozone Industrial Production was strong in May, but not as strong as the month reports from earlier in the year, thus confirming the economic slowdown of the Eurozone. June job losses in Australia wiped out job gains in May, and the A$ has lost over 1-cent overnight… Currencies today 7/12/12… American Style: A$ $1.0120, kiwi .7870, C$ .9770, euro 1.2190, sterling 1.5445, Swiss $1.0150, … European Style: rand 8.375, krone 6.1305, SEK 7.0385, forint 237.10, zloty 3.4540, koruna 20.8460, RUB 32.80, yen 79.30, sing 1.2725, HKD 7.7565, INR 55.86, China 6.3730, pesos 13.45, BRL 2.0360, Dollar Index 83.70, Oil $85, 10-year 1.49%, (proving once again that yes, Virginia yields can go lower in the U.S. ) Silver $26.69, and Gold … $1,563.85 That’s it for today… with only the Pacific Coast All Star Game on the tube last night, I turned my attention to reading and research…. It was quiet in the house as there was a swim meet, so, I did a ton of reading… This is very important folks… so I’m going to put it right here… Yesterday, our friends over at the 5-Minute Forecast wrote some disturbing stuff about a bank that was using Gold for trading purposes… They did this to highlight their new affiliation with a Gold dealer in Switzerland. Let me first say that I found this way of going about this to be very disturbing… EverBank has metals accounts, and we have never been short to customers’ holdings and will never be short to them. So, they weren’t talking about us… but given our long term friendship with them, wouldn’t it have been nice for them to simply say something like, “our friends over at EverBank tell us they have never been short to a customer’s holdings” and we trust them”? That’s all I have to say about that… I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! I’m searching high and low for mine… but it will come… Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

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first_img Recommended Links — – Last Chance: VIP Access To Doug Casey’s Shocking 2016 Forecast Doug Casey fears a severe crisis is brewing. Not a currency collapse or stock market crash. A specific threat that could wreak more havoc than the Great Depression. That’s why tomorrow, in an urgent broadcast event, Doug’s pulling back the curtain on his shocking warning. And revealing how to profit from it in the months ahead, in a big way. Last chance to get VIP access ends tonight. Click here now for full details. Is Now the Time to Buy Silver or Gold? Dr. Steve Sjuggerud: “One critical number will tell you if now is the perfect time to buy gold, silver, or the best precious metals stocks. This is how you get the biggest gains.” Full story here…center_img One of America’s key industries just gave us another warning sign… Last Wednesday, stock in Macy’s (M)—the largest department store in the U.S. and an iconic American brand—plunged 15%. The next day, department store Kohl’s (KSS) fell 9%… And on Friday, high-end retailer Nordstrom (JWN) joined the bloodbath, dropping 13%. The massive selloff—which the media is calling the “Retail Wreck”—was due to terrible first-quarter results. This is the latest bad news in what’s been an extremely ugly earnings season. As you may know, earnings season is when companies tell investors if earnings grew or shrank last quarter. A strong earnings season can send stocks higher. A bad one—like we’re in right now—can cause stocks to crash. Companies in the S&P 500 are on track to show a 7.1% decline in earnings. That would mark the fourth straight quarter that earnings have fallen. That hasn’t happened since the 2008-2009 financial crisis. • Retail companies have been some of the biggest losers this earnings season… Macy’s reported a 5.6% drop in its “same-store sales” last week. This metric measures how much sales rose or fell at stores that have been open for at least a year. Because it strips out the sales bump from opening new stores, same-store sales can tell us more about the health of a company than total sales. Macy’s sales decline last quarter was its biggest since 2009. As we mentioned, Kohl’s also had a poor quarter. Its same-store sales fell 3.9%, its biggest decline since 2009. And Nordstrom reported a 1.7% decline in same-store sales. • The retail sector can tell us a lot about the U.S. economy… This industry is a reliable economic indicator. It often flashes early warning signs when trouble is ahead. It’s not hard to see why. Consumer spending makes up 67% of the U.S. economy. When the economy slows, folks will stop buying designer jeans and expensive cologne to make sure they don’t miss a mortgage payment. They’ll hold off on buying a new watch to save money for the essentials. Today, many of America’s biggest retailers are trading like we’re in a recession. Macy’s is down 56% over the past year. Nordstrom is down 51%. Kohl’s is down 48%. • We don’t think these companies will recover anytime soon, either… If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know we think the U.S. economy is stalling out. The signs are all around. Corporate profits are drying up. Huge companies are laying off workers by the thousands. Global trade has practically come to a standstill. A slowing economy is bad for most companies. It’s especially bad for companies that sell “want” items—or things people would like to buy, but don’t need. “Want” items are the first place people cut spending when the economy slows. They buy off the clearance rack rather than the latest fashions. Nordstrom customers are already starting to cut back. Business Insider reported last week: Comparable sales for Nordstrom’s full-price businesses fell 5.4%, including a 7.7% drop at its US department stores… While sales are plunging in Nordstrom’s full-price business, comparable sales for the company’s off-price brands, including Nordstrom Rack—which sells steeply discounting clothes and accessories—grew 4.6%. According to Investment bank Morgan Stanley (MS), Nordstrom customers aren’t the only ones changing their spending habits. Business Insider continues: “Notably, this shortfall was entirely driven by lower trips/transactions,” Morgan Stanley analysts wrote in a note ominously titled “High-End Recession.” The declines confirm a terrifying new reality for high-end retailers: Wealthy shoppers are reining in spending and, along with the rest of American consumers, refusing to pay full price for anything. • Americans aren’t spending money like they used to… Macy’s and Kohl’s both blamed their bad results on the weather. They said folks bought fewer coats and scarves due to an “unfavorably warm winter.” Companies often blame the weather or other things beyond their control when they have a poor quarter. It’s much easier to do this than admit business is bad. We aren’t buying this excuse. Retail companies have much bigger problems than a warm winter. For one, Americans aren’t spending money like they used to. Fortune reported last week: Department store operators have been hit in the past year as consumers choose to spend on smartphones and electronics, dining out and travel, and invest in assets such as vehicles and homes. • Retail giant Amazon (AMZN) is eating “brick-and-mortar” retailers alive… Amazon isn’t your traditional retailer. It doesn’t own huge stores or employ thousands of cashiers. It runs an online store where you can buy just about anything with a few clicks of a mouse. It’s also one of the world’s most dominant companies. Its sales have increased for 77 consecutive quarters. Last year, the company’s sales topped $100 billion for the first time. Amazon has changed how people shop. That’s bad news for traditional retailers like Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Kohl’s. The chart below says it all… Last quarter, earnings for department stores in the S&P 500 plunged 48%. Meanwhile, earnings for large online retailers jumped 143%. Online retailers are stealing business from companies like Macy’s and Nordstrom. Amazon is the big reason why. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida May 18, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. • E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, warned the retail industry was in trouble in November… Retail stocks were still hot at the time. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT), which holds 99 major retailers, was up 408% since March 2009. That was more than double the S&P 500’s 203% return in the same period. E.B. said retail sales were slowing, and warned that the retail stocks would soon rollover. He also warned that problems in the retail sector would soon show up in other parts of the economy: Consumers cut back spending on mostly unnecessary items first. Pretty soon, Americans are going to stop buying steak and start buying hamburger. When the economy sours, every penny counts. Before you know it, people are pawning off all the expensive junk they bought with cheap credit since the last financial crisis. That’s one way markets unwind seven years of excess borrowing and spending. Several major American retailers have tanked since E.B. made this warning. Watch maker Fossil (FOSL) is down 21%. Department store Sears (SHLD) is down 49%. Furniture company Restoration Hardware (RH) has plunged 64%. • E.B. is still worried about the economy… He’s advising Casey Report readers to “crisis-proof” their portfolios. E.B. recommends holding cash and physical gold. A cash reserve will save you from losing money if stocks sell off. It will also prepare you for the next big buying opportunity in stocks. Owning gold is another simple way to protect your wealth. That’s because it’s the ultimate safe-haven asset. It’s served as money for centuries. It’s protected wealth through history’s worst financial crises. And gold could also make you a lot of money if stocks crash. It’s already starting to take off… This year, the price of gold has jumped 21%. It’s at its highest price since January 2015. E.B. recommends you keep 10% to 15% of your wealth in gold to protect your portfolio against a stock crash or financial crisis. • E.B. isn’t avoiding stocks completely… He recommends owning companies that “feed the masses.” E.B. likes these stocks for a simple reason: people have to eat. Unlike retailers that sell “want” items, companies that sell food can do well no matter what happens with the economy. One of those stocks, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), is up 21% since January. E.B. thinks ADM will keep rising even if the economy continues to struggle. That said, E.B. doesn’t recommend buying the stock at current prices. He rates ADM as a Hold after its big jump. But if you want to profit from “feeding the masses,” E.B. has another stock you can buy today. It’s a world-class agricultural product company with an impressive dividend history. You probably have this company’s top brand in your pantry right now… This stock is up 14% since January. It’s also paying a 5.4% dividend yield. That’s more than double the S&P 500’s 2.1% dividend yield. You can invest alongside E.B. by signing up for The Casey Report. Click here to begin your risk-free trial. • REMINDER: Today is your last chance to sign up for our Crisis Investing workshop… If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know we’re hosting a very special training event tomorrow. During this training series, you will learn one of the most powerful wealth-building strategies. Legendary investors like Warren Buffett, Jim Rogers, and even our own Doug Casey all used this strategy to build their fortunes. For the first time ever, Doug will share this great wealth-building secret in a free series of online training videos. You’ll also discover why this strategy has never been more crucial. It could up end being one of the most important events in our company’s history. If you’re interested, don’t wait to sign up. After today, we will close the doors to this free training series. Click here to reserve your spot. Chart of the Day Amazon hasn’t just crushed retailers. It’s crushed the entire stock market. Today’s chart shows the performance of Amazon over the past seven years. As you can see, the stock has been ripping higher. It’s up 935% since March 2009. That’s more than five times the return of the S&P 500. Chris Wood, editor of Extraordinary Technology, thinks Amazon will keep rising…but that doesn’t mean you should buy it at today’s levels. Here’s Chris: I like Amazon a lot as a long-term investment. It’s the seventh largest company in the U.S. in terms of market cap. Companies this huge often have trouble growing. But Amazon is growing as quickly as a much smaller company. Still, if you’re the type of investor who hold stocks for a year or less, I’d recommend staying away from Amazon right now. The stock has been making higher highs and higher lows since late March. This indicates a clear uptrend, which is a good thing. But the stock is getting expensive… Its price-to-sales ratio is up to 2.9, which is well above its five-year historical average of 2.1. In other words, investors are paying more for each dollar of Amazon’s sales today than they have in the past. Investors are paying a “premium” even though Amazon’s sales aren’t growing as fast as they have been. Annual revenue growth over the past year was 20%. That’s well below its five-year average of 26%. Slowing sales and a high valuation aren’t the only reasons to avoid Amazon in the near term. Chris explains: Another thing to consider is insiders selling Amazon’s stock. An insider is a person who knows more about a company than the general public. Think CEOs, board members, and upper management. Insiders sell stock for a lot of reasons. They might sell to diversify their holdings, pay for medical care, or take a nice vacation. They may also sell if they think the stock is going down. Amazon insiders have sold 2.2 million shares of Amazon stock over the past year, while buying exactly zero shares on the open market. Just this month, CEO Jeff Bezos sold more than $670 million worth of Amazon stock. There’s no way to know why these insiders are dumping Amazon stock. But it’s another reason to not buy Amazon at current prices. We’ll likely get the opportunity to buy Amazon at much better prices over the next few quarters.last_img read more

Want to reduce your risk of dementia in older age

first_imgWant to reduce your risk of dementia in older age? Move as much as you can.We’ve all heard about techniques to get us more physically active — take the stairs, park the car a bit further from your destination, get up and march in place for a minute or two when standing or sitting at a desk.Now a study finds even simple housework like cooking or cleaning may make a difference in brain health in our 70s and 80s.”Exercise is an inexpensive way to improve health and our study shows it may have a protective effect on the brain,” says Dr. Aron S. Buchman with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who led the study.Previous research found just 45 minutes of walking three days a week actually increased brain volume among individuals 65 and older.The new study, published Wednesday in the online issue of Neurology, is unique because Buchman was able to analyze the actual brains of study participants. The findings are a “great thank you” to the participants who agreed to donate their brains for research after death, he says.The study looked at 454 older adults who were 70 or older when the research began. Of those adults, 191 had behavioral signs of dementia and 263 did not. All were given thinking and memory tests every year for 20 years.In the last years of research before death, each participant wore an activity monitor called an accelerometer, similar to a Fitbit, which measured physical activity around the clock — everything from small movements such as walking around the house to more vigorous movements like exercise routines. Researchers collected and evaluated 10 days of movement data for each participant and calculated an average daily activity score.The findings show that higher levels of daily movement were linked to better thinking and memory skills, as measured by the yearly cognitive tests. And when Buchman analyzed brain tissue under a microscope, this finding turned out to be the case even for individuals with at least three signs of Alzheimer’s disease, such as amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Even though these individuals might have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, 30 percent of them had “normal” cognition at death, says Buchman.Why one person shows signs of dementia and another, who has similar degenerative changes in the brain, does not, is a mystery. But Buchman says the new findings suggest that physical activity may be protective, even amidst developing Alzheimer’s. It sort of masks the symptoms, he says, and is an “empowering finding” suggesting you can have some control over your brain health even if you don’t have control over developing Alzheimer’s.”It’s almost as if the physical activity was helping the brain to bypass the physical damage,” says Dr. Tim Church, a preventive medicine specialist with Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University who was not involved in the research. “It appears that physical activity was critical to creating a reserve that protects against those physical damages.”And, while intense activity and exercise is highly beneficial, even light activity can make a difference, says Buchman. “As long as you have some activity and you’re moving, whether you’re chopping onions, typing, sweeping the floor or even running,” you can reduce your risk of cognitive decline.The findings are impressive, says research scientist Carl Cotman, director of the Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia at the University of California, Irvine, showing that physical activity may “offset the ill effects of brain degeneration.” He adds that lifestyle interventions such as an increase in physical activity and movement can be powerful even in the presence of disease. Cotman was not involved in the research.But exactly how the protective effect may work is unclear. Buchman says the current findings are a “great start” but he hopes to look more closely at participant’s brains to measure different proteins and try to identify which ones might link physical activity to better cognition.There are some caveats to the study. The findings do not show clear cause and effect. Study participants with dementia had significantly lower indications of movement compared to those without dementia. It may be possible that as people lose memory and thinking skills, they also reduce their physical activity.And the study did not have data on how active participants were over the course of their lives. It could be that older adults who moved more were also lifelong exercisers so it’s not known if physical activity in early life may have played a role.While previous research suggests that people may be able to beat back dementia with exercise, Buchman acknowledges that “more studies are needed to determine if moving more is truly beneficial to the brain.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Billionaire Bill Gates Is Not a Fan of Cryptocurrencies

first_img Image credit: via PC Mag Next Article Guest Writer Enroll Now for $5 In a Reddit AMA, the Microsoft co-founder voiced concern about the anonymity of cryptocurrencies, which he said can facilitate criminal behavior. 3 min read March 2, 2018 Michael Kan –shares Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is no fan of cryptocurrencies, which he says have become a vehicle for crime, and in some cases can result in people’s deaths.During a Reddit AMA on Tuesday, Gates said the anonymity of the web means cryptocurrencies can mask money transactions. “I don’t think this is a good thing,” he said.That same anonymity can facilitate tax evasion, money laundering and terrorist funding schemes. “Right now crypto currencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs,” he added, “so it is a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way.”To be clear, the anonymity isn’t perfect; for instance, law enforcement and the IRS have been using software and experts to track bitcoin transactions. Nevertheless, cryptocurrencies have certainly become a favored tool among criminals to move money.One Reddit user was quick to point out that U.S. cash can be used to buy drugs anonymously, too. But in response, Gates said: “Yes — anonymous cash is used for these kinds of things, but you have to be physically present to transfer it.”Gates is the latest famous figure to weigh in on the cryptocurrency craze, which has drawn polarizing reactions across the business and tech world. His friend billionaire Warren Buffet has also warned investors to steer clear from the digital currencies.Others are more curious. Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was interested in studying the “positive and negative” aspects of cryptocurrency technology. Meanwhile, Asian technology firms Line and Rakuten have unveiled plans to actively dive into the market.In the same Reddit AMA, Gates revealed that he’s particularly excited about robotics and virtual assistant software.”The most amazing thing will be when computers can read and understand the text like humans do,” he said. “Today computers can do simple things like search for specific words, but concepts like vacation or career or family are not ‘understood.’ Microsoft and others are working on this to create a helpful assistant.”Gates was also asked if he’d ever run for U.S. president, to which he said no. The Microsoft co-founder said he can accomplish more as a private citizen through his foundation, which is focused on solving poverty and disease.”I do think people are expecting too much from Government,” he added. “Yes Government can do better but local groups can do a lot that government can’t — helping out in schools, reaching out to people in poverty. This is also true internationally. I would like to see this civil society sector step up a lot more.” Bill Gates Billionaire Bill Gates Is Not a Fan of Cryptocurrencies Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMag Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Reporterlast_img read more

WeWork Sues ExEmployee for Disclosing Information to Reporters

first_img WeWork Companies Inc., a closely held operator of shared office space, has sued a former employee for unauthorized disclosure of information to Bloomberg News that showed the firm, which is valued at $16 billion, falling short of its financial goals.In a complaint filed late on Friday with the New York Supreme Court for Manhattan, WeWork accused Joanna Strange, who was fired June 10, of unlawful access to its computers and of stealing confidential and proprietary information. The firm, which operates sites in 40 U.S. and foreign cities, also accused Strange of breaching her contractual and fiduciary duties.Bloomberg reported on Friday that in late April, WeWork in an internal review document slashed a 2016 profit forecast by 78 percent, cut its revenue estimate by 14 percent and disclosed a 63 percent surge in projected negative cash flow.Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Adam Neumann told employees in meetings on May 9 and May 23 that the company had to rein in costs and get its finances in order, according to Bloomberg. WeWork said on Thursday that it reported a case of corporate theft to the U.S. Attorney’s office and that the “stolen document was prepared months ago for scenario planning purposes and does not reflect our robust operating momentum.”Reuters was unable to contact a lawyer for Strange.WeWork said it required all employees to sign an agreement that precluded them from disclosing proprietary information without written approval. This restriction applied both during and after Strange’s employment, the court filing said.After her termination, Strange accessed WeWork’s computers without authorization by using credentials belonging to David Fano, a senior executive, and disclosed the information to reporters, the filing said.WeWork said it was seeking unspecified damages and a trial by jury.Strange may say that at least some of the disclosed information was not truly proprietary, said Dan Eaton, a lecturer at San Diego State University’s College of Business and an employment lawyer. Some information about the company’s finances was known, he said.Strange may say that she had authorized access to the information, Eaton said. In California, granting access to and then misusing information is not a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because the anti-hacking statue focuses on access, not misuse, he said.(Reporting by Herbert Lash; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn) WeWork Image credit: Mandel Ngan | Getty Images July 18, 2016 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Add to Queuecenter_img WeWork Sues Ex-Employee for Disclosing Information to Reporters Reuters Next Article 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Apply Now »last_img read more

NexTech And LivePerson To Demo Conversational Commerce Platform Integrating AR With Messaging

first_imgNexTech And LivePerson To Demo Conversational Commerce Platform Integrating AR With Messaging On Main Stage at AWE USA Conference May 31, 2019 PRNewswireMay 30, 2019, 6:03 pmMay 30, 2019 Augmented RealityAugmented World ExpoEvan GappelbergMarketing TechnologyNewsNexTech AR Solutions Previous ArticleMatcha Announces Content-Powered Popups to Help Ecommerce Websites Capture More LeadsNext ArticleSeal Software Announces Version 7 of Award-Winning AI-based Contract Analytics Platform Company to Present a New Use Case for Sentiment Analysis Capabilities Within Its AR E-commerce Platform, Featuring Conversational Commerce TechnologyNexTech AR Solutions announced that CEO Evan Gappelberg and President Paul Duffy will team up with LivePerson to showcase its sentiment analysis capabilities for augmented reality (AR) eCommerce at the Augmented World Expo (AWE) USA Conference, taking place in the heart of Silicon Valley May 29-31, 2019 at the Santa Clara Conference Center in Santa Clara, CA. On the Mission City Main Stage, May 31 at 1:30 pm PT, NexTech and LivePerson will demonstrate a new and powerful retail use case for AR sentiment analysis by integrating NexTech’s web-based AR into LivePerson’s conversational commerce platform. During the demonstration, several pairs of Tamara Mellon shoes (co-founder of Jimmy Choo) will be shown as AR objects.“The benefits of having an augmented reality view and one-touch purchase transaction without having to leave the native messaging application makes the eCommerce interaction super simple and seamless for consumers and changes the retail landscape forever,” comments Scott Starr, LivePerson AVP Retail. “Conversational Commerce leverages humans, artificial intelligence and now AR to deliver more personalized shopping experiences for consumers in the messaging channels they use each day.”“We are very excited and fortunate to be partnering with LivePerson and Tamara Mellon, two leaders and visionaries in their respective fields,” comments Evan Gappelberg, CEO of NexTech. “The ability to demonstrate how commerce can be transformed and disrupted using LivePerson’s conversational messaging and NexTech’s augmented reality features at AWE is giant step forward for NexTech as well as the emerging AR industry as a whole.”Marketing Technology News: Seven Tech Data Executives Named 2019 CRN “Women of the Channel”“With the integration of NexTech’s AR with Chat and LivePerson’s conversational commerce platform and sentiment analysis – both with natural language and computer vision – we’re creating a new transformative technology for retailers to convert shoppers into buyers, reduce returns and build brand loyalty by measuring customer responses to products in real-time,” said Paul Duffy, NexTech president. “This is a one-of-a-kind technology, unique to both the retail and AR industries. By tapping into sentiment analysis, brands are no longer confined to a binary model of analytics, but rather can utilize a full spectrum of sentiment in order to deliver targeted AR experiences and drive traffic to their online stores.”AWE USA is an annual augmented and virtual reality conference and expo attended by creators, investors, developers and product leaders representing some of the most innovative companies working in the AR/VR sector. 2019 marks the 10th annual conference. With 7,000 attendees, 250 exhibitors, 300 speakers seen on over 100,000 sq. ft. of expo space, “AWE is the CES of the future, the very near future,” says USA Today. Some of the featured brands attending will be Amazon, Facebook, Google, Disney, GE, Walmart, Qualcomm, and Oculus.Marketing Technology News: True Influence Hires Data Strategist and Marketing Technology Visionary Ray Estevez as Chief Data OfficerNexTech has built its AR and AI eCommerce platform as an affordable, scalable, customizable, and most importantly, easy solution to integrate within an existing web interface, making NexTech one of the leaders in the rapidly growing AR industry, estimated to hit $120 billion by 2022, according to Statista.Gartner reports 100 million consumers will shop in augmented reality online and in-store by 2020. NexTech is building out its AR and AI eCommerce offerings, which include using AI to create a guided and knowledgeable curator that can be programmed to be used for eCommerce, retail and education.Marketing Technology News: DataRobot and Informatica Partner to Accelerate Adoption of AI Across the Enterpriselast_img read more

MarTech Series Exclusive PopIn with VidMob at Cannes Lions 2019

first_imgThe underlying theme of this year’s Cannes Lions 2019 festival was the future of creativity. It was examined from all angles over the course of five days, as leaders of the industry shared ideas about emerging storytelling formats, strategies to overcome attention scarcity, and ways to more accurately and positively reflect society. Advertising shapes culture, and it was inspiring to see brand leaders demonstrate a genuine passion for purpose.We invited six leaders across Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube to chat with our CEO Alex Collmer about a range of topics, including how creativity can be used as a force for good, how creative effectiveness can be measured, and how new storytelling formats are changing the nature of advertising by putting the consumer in control.Doing Good, Doing WellRachel Elam from the Social Good Brand Partnership team at Facebook joined Alex in a discussion about the newly launched Instagram Stories donation sticker. Non-profit organizations and the 500M+ users of Instagram Stories can now raise funds to support important causes as easily as tagging a friend. VidMob and Facebook partnered on a Father’s Day campaign whereby we created Instagram Stories ads for St. Judes, Alzheimer’s Association ASPCA, American Cancer Society, and JDRF.The Terrible Choice of which Ad to ProduceCreative-agency-vets-turned-Facebook-execs, Hope Cowan and Eric Schnabel, share their perspective on why Stories is changing everything. It lets consumers be creators and lets advertisers be playful. Ephemeral by design, stories let brands be vulnerable and take the creative risk with minimal financial risk. Thanks to Stories, Eric said advertisers no longer face a terrible choice on what to produce. Every good idea can be tested.Pitch, Play, PlungeFacebook also developed a creative framework to combat shrinking attention spans. It can be used to develop higher performance ads on Facebook and elsewhere.Creative is the #1 Determinant of Success on SNAPCreating vertical video ads is now a frictionless experience which is bringing so many new advertisers to Snapchat. Head of Global Creative, Jeff Miller, explains why AR on Snap is so unique and how keeping the camera at the core of the user experience encourages a sense of play.The Secret to HappinessSnapchat is grounded in self-expression with no judgment. With no likes or comments, you can do you. Jeff Miller explains how Snap is looking to bring that magic into the world to make it a happier place.Connecting Content to ConversationVideo is Twitter’s fastest-growing ad format, driving over 50% of revenue. Stacy Minero, Head of Content Creation, takes us through the evolution of Twitter’s video business and offers examples of how Twitter both reflects and shapes culture.A Machine will Never Create an IdeaMatthew Williams is YouTube’s Head of Creative Product Solutions and weighed in on how technology can make us more creative. The secret sauce revealed in Cannes Lions 2019 is to know when to use tech and when not to. A machine won’t ideate—that’s an exclusively human pursuit. YouTube has advanced many new self-service tools to help advertisers measure creative effectiveness and improve performance. AR/VRCannes Lions 2019FacebookSnapchatTwittervideo marketingVidMobYouTube Previous ArticleJackie Lee-Joe Named Netflix Chief Marketing OfficerNext ArticleGetAccept Closes $7 Million Series A Funding Round Led by DN Capital MarTech Series Exclusive: Pop-In with VidMob at Cannes Lions 2019 Stephanie BohnJuly 12, 2019, 6:00 pmJuly 12, 2019 last_img read more