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Bicyclist 66 Struck By Vehicle and Killed in San Diegos MidCity Area

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:31 AM KUSI Newsroom, Bicyclist, 66, Struck By Vehicle and Killed in San Diego’s Mid-City Area KUSI Newsroom center_img Posted: February 13, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 66-year-old bicyclist was killed after falling off his bike and being run over by a car in the Ridgeview/Webster neighborhood, police said Wednesday.The collision was reported about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of Fairmount Avenue, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.The 66-year-old man was riding a mountain bike southbound in the northbound lane when he lost control of the bike and fell to the ground in the left lane of Fairmount Avenue, Buttle said.A 61-year-old woman driving a 2001 Toyota Camry northbound in the left lane of Fairmount Avenue did not see the man and ran over him, the officer said.The man, whose name was withheld pending family notification, was pronounced dead at the scene, Buttle said.The Toyota driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officers, he said.Intoxication was not believed to have been a factor in the crash, Buttle said.Officers from the San Diego Police Department’s traffic division were investigating the crash. February 13, 2019last_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 4 Bicycle Stolen A Dog DooDoo NoNo Lost

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, May 4, 2018:A walk-in party turned in a phone located on the high school football field. (8:45am)Animal Control Officer rescued 4 baby raccoons on Church Street and brought them to a rehab center in Billerica. (9:25am)Market Basket manager reported a customer found a black Michael Kors handbag in the parking lot. Bag was empty, except for a few keys. Bag will be left at the store’s lost and found. (4:43pm)A Fiorenza Drive caller reported one of her neighbors keeps allowing their dog to deficate on her driveway. (5:52pm)A walk-in party reported finding a brown Coach bag at the Wilmington United Methodist Church. Police was able to track down owner. (9:11pm)A caller reported his black Haro bicycle was stolen from the bike rack in front of Market Basket sometime today between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. (10:51pm)A good samaritan put out a brush fire on the 93 Overpass on Concord Street. (10:53pm)Police moved along a couple of parties playing basketball at Yentile Farm Recreational Facility. (11:21pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 17: Parking & Traffic Issues; Lost Wallet; Brush FireIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Google Doodle honors Elena Cornaro Piscopia first woman with a doctorate

first_imgUpdate 7:00 p.m. PT: Google made the doodle available in the U.S. Post a comment Tags The Google Doodle for June 5. Google Google’s search doodles often take to highlighting the trail blazers that have changed the world. The doodle on June 5 is no exception. Drawn up by Californian artist Alyssa Winans, Wednesday’s doodle shows Elena Cornaro Piscopia, a female scholar from Venice, Italy who in 1678 became the first woman in the world to be awarded with a doctorate. The doodle shows Piscopia with her head in a book in a library, with Winans hoping to show how Elena was happiest “when she was able to study undisturbed.” Today marks her 373rd birthday. Cue the “tanti auguri a te!”Piscopia was trained in the classic languages of Latin and Greek during her childhood years and developed a love of study. She mastered seven languages in total. However, she didn’t seek glory or degrees, she was just keenly interested in accumulating knowledge. It was at her father’s insistence that she requested access to the Doctor of Theology course at the University of Padua.But this was the 1670s and the Roman Catholic Church did not want to offer a woman such a title. Eventually, the church allowed Elena to apply for a Doctor of Philosophy and so she did. Her thesis defense — an oral test in front of examiners and the public — was so well attended it had to be moved to the local cathedral. She passed with flying colors and wrote her name in the history books on June 25, 1678. Elena passed away just six years later, after battling tuberculosis. The Google Doodle was not originally visible if you are using the search giant in the U.S. on June 5 but it, and it has now been added. In France, today’s Google Doodle celebrates French director Jacques Demy. 49 Photos 0center_img Our favorite Google Doodles through the years Share your voice Sci-Tech Google Doodlelast_img read more

Here is what Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka COO Pravin Rao CFO Ranganath

first_imgInfosys CEO Vishal Sikka and COO Pravin Rao during a press conference to announce the company’s 2nd quarter financial results in Bengaluru on Oct 14, 2016.IANSInfosys kicked off the Q4 earnings season on Thursday, announcing a modest performance for the March 2017 quarter and a dollar revenue guidance of 6.5-8.5 percent for the financial year 2017-18.The year ahead is bound to be a challenging one for the entire IT software services industry, given the protectionist stance by the Donald Trump administration as is evident from the tightening of the H1-B visa norms. Indian IT companies generate about 60 percent of their revenues from North America, comprising the US and Canada.For Infosys, Q4 net profit remained almost flat at Rs 3,603 crore while revenues went up 3.4 percent to Rs 17,120 crore. In dollar terms, Q4 revenues came in at $2,569 million.For the full-year 2016-17, revenues have gone up 8.3 percent in constant currency terms to $10,208 million and net profit, to $2,140 million.In rupee terms, FY2017 revenues grew 9.7 percent YoY to Rs 68,484 crore and net profit is up 6.4 percent to Rs 14,353 crore.The final dividend is Rs 14.75 per equity share.Infosys shares were down 2.32 percent to Rs 946 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Here is what the management said after the declaration of results:Vishal Sikka, CEOUnanticipated execution challenges and distractions in a seasonally soft quarter affected our overall performance.Zero Distance marked its 2-year anniversary as a grassroots cultural movement for innovation with strong client resonance, and our employee engagement continued to drive down attrition, especially with top performers.Looking ahead, it is imperative that we increase our resilience to the dynamics of our environment and we remain resolute in executing our strategy, our path to transform Infosys, and to drive long term value for all stakeholders.MD Ranganath, CFOIn FY 17, operating margins were steady as we continued our sharp focus on operational efficiencies. Cash provided by operating activities during the year was robust and exceeded $2 billion, a new high.UB Pravin Rao, COOOur capital allocation policy is aimed at balancing the strategic and operational needs of the company as well as enhancing shareholder returns.Attrition declined during the quarter reflecting our focus on better employee engagement. Utilisation during Q4 reached 82% which is the highest in Q4 over the past several years.last_img read more

Can Indian opener KL Rahul break Pakistani cricketer Babar Azams record in

first_imgPandya and Rahul in England.Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesIndian opener KL Rahul is on the verge of achieving a milestone of becoming the fastest to score 1000 runs in T20Is and breaking Pakistani cricketer Babar Azam’s record when Team India face West Indies on Saturday, August 3. Azam achieved this feat in 26 innings.The part-time wicket-keeper and frontline batsman, who is quite comfortable in this format of the game, is just 121 runs short of becoming the seventh Indian to score 1000 runs in T20 internationals. If he scores the required number of runs in Saturday’s clash, then he will break the record of Babar Azam as he will achieve the feat in 25 innings. Indian skipper Virat Kohli reached the milestone after playing 27 innings also.It is not an easy task for the Karnataka born player as scoring a ton in a T20 match is never easy. But the 27-years old right-hander already has three centuries in T20 matches out of which two have been scored for Team India.But, looking at his current form, it will not be that easy for the opener to play such a massive innings. He was in mixed form through the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Rahul got starts in many of the matches but failed to convert them to big scores except on one occassion when he scored a century against Sri Lanka. Team India sporting the special cap. Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesIndia exited the World Cup after facing defeat at the hands of New Zealand by 18 runs. After India’s return, a lot of controversies surrounding the team started to come up and the coaching staff were also given an extension till the end of the West Indies series. BCCI has already accepted applications for the posts in the coaching unit.Currently, the Men in Blue have gone to play three ODIs and T20Is and two Test matches against the West Indies in the Caribbean. The Test matches will be the part of ICC World Test Championshiplast_img read more

4 sentenced to death for killing college student

first_imgA Manikganj court on Monday sentenced four people to death and another to life term imprisonment for killing a college student in Shibalaya upazila of the district in 2015, reports UNB.The condemned convicts are Badsha Miah, a resident of Shimulia village in Shibalaya upazila, Lal Miah, a resident of Bhatirchar village in Singair upazila, Azgar Chowdhury, a resident of Koshla village in Kotalipara upazila in Gopalganj district and Anwar Hossain, a resident of Auliapur village in Dinapur district where the lifer was AkhterHossain Jamal, resident of Hajirtek village in Kaliarchar of Narayanganj.Among the convicts, Anwar and Azgar remained absconding.The court also fined the condemned convicts Tk 20,000 each while the lifer Tk 50,000, in default, to suffer one year more rigorous imprisonment.According to the prosecution, Badsha Miah brought his nephew Monir Hossain, son of Parosh Ali of Shimulia village and an HSC student of Khan Bahadur Degree College, to Savar alluring his family to give him a job on 10 September 2015.Badhsa hid Monir and demanded Tk 2 million as ransom from his family.As he did not get the money, he threw Monir into Bongshi river tying up his hands and legs with rope.Monir’s mother Maleka Begum then filed a case on 11 September with Manikganj Sadar police station.Later, police arrested Badsha.According to Badsha’s statement, police recovered Monir’s dead body from the river after two days.Police also arrested six others in connection with the murder.After examining all the records and witnesses, district and sessions judge Md Shahidul Alam Jhinuk handed down the verdict acquitting three other accused.last_img read more

Cardinals Announce Addition of Four Signees to 2019 Class

first_imgStory Links Caitlin BentleyHometown: Johannesburg, South Africa  High School: St Mary’s School WaverleyRowing Team: St. Mary’s School Rowing ClubIntended Major: Exploratory StudiesAbout Caitlin: She won gold in the single, double, and quad at the South African Schools Rowing Championships in 2018 along with being voted the 2018 South African Junior Rower of the Year. She represented South Africa at Junior Worlds in 2016 and 2017. Miranda McDonaldHometown: Springboro, OhioHigh School: SpringboroRowing Team: Dayton Boat ClubIntended Major: BioengineeringAbout Miranda: She was a competitive gymnast before she began coxing, and her athletic background created a great foundation for her coxing talents. She is mature and a confident decision maker. Team’s thoughts on Sydney: “She made a great first impression during her official visit. When she visited us this spring, she immediately fit right in with the team. Sydney is extremely genuine and a natural leader. She is very kind and her presence brings a fun energy into any room. We knew she was a Cardinal from the first day of her official visit.” Sydney on becoming a Cardinal: “I chose to attend the University of Louisville for the authentic passion and grit that I could feel in the team and coaches. I could sense that it would be a place where I could learn to be not only a better rower, but a better person. The unique culture and love of the sport was tangible in every person that I talked to. Louisville was the first school that I got excited when I thought about going back, which says a lot. It is an amazing city, school, and team, and I am be honored to be a part of the community Louisville Rowing has built.” Caitlin on becoming a Cardinal “The moment I set foot on campus I felt an overwhelming sense of friendly support from the girls and coaches. Everyone I met had such a great sense of humor which made me realize this is a happy and well-rounded community. Coming from South Africa, it’s a whole new culture and way of life to experience. The campus and facilities are fantastic as well, which makes me excited to join the University of Louisville.” For the latest on Louisville rowing, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @UofLRowing, Facebook /UofLRowing, and Instagram @UofLRowing.  Print Friendly Version Taleala on becoming a Cardinal “I absolutely fell in love with the team at Louisville. Everyone is so supportive of one another and pushes themselves and their teammates to be the best they can be. That mixed with the amazing resources made Louisville hard to beat in the recruiting search. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make life-long friends at Louisville.” Team’s thoughts on Caitlin: “We are so excited for Caitlin to join us. Her joy and integrity did not go unnoticed from the moment she arrived. Caitlin fits right in to our family.” LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville rowing team is proud to announce the signing of four student-athletes in Caitlin Bentley (Johannesburg, South Africa), Taleala McCarthy (Adelaide, Australia), Sydney Paulus (Seattle, Wash./ Bishop Blanchet), and Miranda McDonald (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro), to National Letters of Intent to compete for the Cardinals in the fall of 2019. The quartet joins a 2019 class that includes eight rowers that have already signed with the Cardinals. “These four student-athletes add a wealth of race experience and passion to our current signing class,” head coach Derek Copeland says. “We look forward to the grittiness and competitive edge they will add to the group. We are thrilled to have each and every one of these athletes joining us in the fall.” Miranda on becoming a Cardinal: “I fell in love with the team atmosphere and felt that everyone was driven to do their best while also pushing each other. Additionally, the strong engineering program at Louisville combined with the team competitiveness made me feel like I fit in perfectly. I’m looking forward to joining a program where I can practice what I love with a support system that will help me reach my goals.” Sydney PaulusHometown: Seattle, WashingtonHigh School: Bishop BlanchetRowing Team: Pocock Rowing CenterIntended Major: Biology/ Pre-MedAbout Sydney: She is currently team captain for both her swimming and rowing teams and is a member of the National Honors Society. She describes herself as compassionate, determined and quirky. Team’s thoughts on Miranda: “We are so excited for another Dayton Boat Club athlete to join our Louisville family! Miranda is going to be a great addition to the coxswain group and we are looking forward to watching her learn and grow with our team the next four years. She is an amazing teammate and we’re hyped to be able to compete alongside her.” Team’s thoughts on Taleala: “She is a very genuine person who is going be a great addition to our group of girls. We’re excited to see her throw down on the water!” Taleala McCarthyHometown: Adelaide, AustraliaHigh School: University Senior CollegeRowing Team: Adelaide Rowing ClubIntended Major:  BioengineeringAbout Taleala: She trained at the South Australian Sports Institute and went on to win SA State Titles in the U19 double and quad, as well as the U21 quad in 2018. She won Bronze in the U21 women’s quad at the 2018 Sydney international Rowing Regatta and most recently won SA State titles in the U21 quad and open quad in 2019.last_img read more

Quantum dots combined with antibodies as a method for studying cells in

first_imgIn vivo microscopy imaging of blood vascular endothelial cells using QD-Ab conjugates. Credit: PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1421632111 (Phys.org)—To understand cell function, we need to be able to study them in their native environment, in vivo. While there are many techniques for studying cells in vitro, or in the laboratory setting, in vivo studies are much more difficult. A new study by a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School used a unique quantum dot-antibody conjugate to facilitate in vivo studies of bone marrow stem cells in mice. This study was reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Typically, to study a cell in vivo involves making invasive modifications to the cell or the organism that disrupt the cell’s native environment. Additionally, many in vivo studies involve studying groups of cells, rather than tracking a single cell. Prior techniques involved manipulating the cells by immunohistochemistry, genetic engineering, or irradiation of the organism. All of these techniques either create substantial changes to the native environment, or they are only able to look at a “snapshot” of the cell interacting with its environment. It cannot study the movement of the cell throughout the body.Quantum dots are semi-conductor-like nanoparticles with optical properties that can be finely tuned for a wide range of optical-based studies, including infrared and fluorescence. Han, et al. targeted a particular cell type by combining quantum dots with antibodies matched to the cell’s surface receptors, so that they would combine like a lock and key . Their quantum dot-antibody system was built from quantum dots combined with polyimidazole ligands (PILs) and norbornene. PILs are highly stable and will coat the surface of quantum dots. Norbornene is a versatile functional group that maintains a neutral charge, making it a good choice for diffusing throughout the body. Norbornene was attached to an antibody that was specific for Sca1+c-Kit+ cells, which are a type of stem cell found in the calvarial bone marrow. The quantum dot-antibody conjugates were small enough to diffuse through the cell and were specific enough that they did not attach to unwanted cells. Additionally, they provided an adequate signal for optical studies and flow cytometry, allowing the study of Sca1+c-Kit+ cell diffusion in the bone marrow of unmanipulated mice. This method for studying single cells in their native environment is versatile enough to be used for other cell types by attaching different antibodies to a quantum dot. Additionally, the study showed that the quantum dot-antibody conjugates were highly stable with a long circulation half-life, allowing for a more extensive study of cellular interactions in vivo. Finally, the purification process produced highly pure conjugates with few unbound molecules, and the quantum dot-antibody conjugate size was appropriate for diffusion through the mouse. This research has broader applications, as many of the factors the researchers addressed are constraints for any in vivo cell studies. © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Explore further More information: Quantum dot/antibody conjugates for in vivo cytometric imaging in mice, Hee-Sun Han, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1421632111AbstractMultiplexed, phenotypic, intravital cytometric imaging requires novel fluorophore conjugates that have an appropriate size for long circulation and diffusion and show virtually no nonspecific binding to cells/serum while binding to cells of interest with high specificity. In addition, these conjugates must be stable and maintain a high quantum yield in the in vivo environments. Here, we show that this can be achieved using compact (∼15 nm in hydrodynamic diameter) and biocompatible quantum dot (QD) -Ab conjugates. We developed these conjugates by coupling whole mAbs to QDs coated with norbornene-displaying polyimidazole ligands using tetrazine–norbornene cycloaddition. Our QD immunoconstructs were used for in vivo single-cell labeling in bone marrow. The intravital imaging studies using a chronic calvarial bone window showed that our QD-Ab conjugates diffuse into the entire bone marrow and efficiently label single cells belonging to rare populations of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (Sca1+c-Kit+ cells). This in vivo cytometric technique may be useful in a wide range of structural and functional imaging to study the interactions between cells and between a cell and its environment in intact and diseased tissues. Citation: Quantum dots combined with antibodies as a method for studying cells in their native environment (2015, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-quantum-dots-combined-antibodies-method.html Shining a light on quantum dots measurementlast_img read more

Bosss bad jokes can improve your job satisfaction

first_imgIf relationships are good, use of both positive and negative humour by leaders can help improve their subordinates’ job satisfaction, suggests new research.“Generally, people think that positive humour, which is inclusive, affiliative and tasteful, is good in leadership, and negative humour, which is aggressive and offensive, is bad,” said one of the researchers Christopher Robert, associate professor at University of Missouri in the US.“In our study, we found the effects of humour depend on the relationship between leaders and subordinates,” Robert noted. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Specifically, both positive and negative humour use by leaders is positively related to their subordinates’ job satisfaction when the relationship between the leader and subordinates is good. However, when the leader-subordinate relationship is bad, both negative and positive types of humour are associated with lower job satisfaction. In other words, for leaders, sometimes good humour has bad effects and bad humour has good effects on subordinates. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo test their theory, the researchers developed two sets of matched questionnaires, one for leaders and one for their subordinates. They analysed responses from about 70 leaders and their 241 subordinates in 54 organisations. “The findings suggest that if leaders wish to integrate humour into their interactions with subordinates, they should first assess whether or not their subordinates are likely to interpret their humourous overtures positively,” Robert said.  These results also have implications for leaders’ strategic use of humor.“Instead of using humour to build relationships, leaders should work to build strong relationships through other means such as through clear communication, fair treatment, and providing clear and useful feedback. Humour then can be used to maintain those strong relationships,” Robert suggested. The study was published in the journal Group & Organisation Management.last_img read more

All admissions in colleges should be made online Partha

first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday held a meeting with Vice-Chancellors of state universities and made it clear to them that all admissions in colleges affiliated to them will be strictly through online.”There has been some stray incidents of irregularities over admission last year. So students are not required to be physically present in colleges during the admission process this year. All admissions should be online. The colleges can later carry out verification during the freshers’ welcome or sometime later before the classes begin,” Chatterjee stated. Senior officials of the state Higher Education department also attended the meeting chaired by Chatterjee at Bikash Bhavan in Salt Lake. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Vice-Chancellors have also been directed to identify certain areas under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) which has created doubts among students. He feels that there has been some gap in communication with students in certain universities when it comes to CBCS system that has been implemented in almost all the universities in the state from this year onwards. It has been found that first year classes have started late in some universities and students have got less time to prepare for their first semester. Chatterjee directed the V-Cs to take necessary steps to ensure that students have a clear-cut understanding of the CBCS pattern. The minister also directed the V-Cs to take necessary measures to fill up vacancies for teachers and the non-teaching staff. “In a number of varsities, posts are lying vacant. If the varsities do not take steps to fill up vacancies on a war footing, we will have to take strong measures,” Chatterjee maintained.last_img read more

Technology Stocks Like NVIDIA and Amazon Help Boost the Entrepreneur Index™

first_img Register Now » 3 min read March 19, 2019 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Stock prices had a bumpy ride today thanks to conflicting reports on the state of the U.S.-China trade talks from Bloomberg News and Dow Jones Newswire. The former suggested China was balking at some U.S. demands in the agreement, while the latter reported that the deal was in its final stages.The major indexes all swung widely today before settling relatively flat. The Dow index, up 200 points in the morning, gave it back by mid-day, recovered then fell again to post a loss of 0.1 percent. The S&P 500 index was down 0.01 percent while the Nasdaq Composite index was up 0.12 percent.Technology stocks helped the Entrepreneur Index™ to a 0.37 percent gain today. Eleven of the thirteen tech stocks on the index were up. NVIDIA Corp. led the pack, rising 4.0 percent, the biggest gain on the Entrepreneur Index™ today.NVDA Quotes by TradingViewCompany founder and CEO Jensen Huang gave a two and a half hour keynote address at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley yesterday and addressed investors today. They apparently liked his message.The meteoric rise of NVIDIA hit a wall last year as demand fell for the graphics processing chips the company makes. The resulting inventory bulge led to lower prices and falling revenues and to a nearly 60 percent plunge in the stock price. Since bottoming on Christmas Eve, however, the stock is up 41 percent.Other tech stocks posting good gains included Amazon, up 1.13 percent, and salesforce.com, up 1.22 percent. Facebook shares, beaten up over the last five trading sessions, also rose 0.69 percent. Netflix (-1.28 percent) and TripAdvisor Inc. (-0.31) had the only two losses in the sector.L Brands had another good gain today, rising 2.66 percent after posting the biggest gain (3.27 percent) on the Entrepreneur Index™ yesterday. The return of Victoria’s Secret swimsuits–apparently very popular — may have created some enthusiasm for the stock, but low valuation is probably the bigger attraction. The shares are down nearly 30 percent in the last year and trade at only 12.2 times trailing earnings. They also have a dividend yield of 4.3 percent.Other gains on the index included Chipotle Mexican Grill (1.53 percent), Ford Motor Co. (1.52 percent), and Wynn Resorts (1.44 percent).Homebuilder D.R. Horton Inc. had the biggest decline on the Entrepreneur Index™ today, falling 2.17 percent. The state of the housing and home-building markets have been difficult to read in the last six months, but D.R. Horton shares are up 14.1 percent this year. Wall Street analysts currently have twelve sell ratings, six buy ratings and ten neutral ratings on the stock, according to data from TradingView.Other notable declines on the Entrepreneur Index™ today included Hess Corp. (-1.93 percent), Estee Lauder Companies (-1.47 percent) and asset manager BlackRock (-1.34 percent). Fedex Corp. reported financial results after the market close. In after-hours trading, the stock was down more than four percent after the company missed earnings and revenue estimates. It cited weaker global trade as the cause.The Entrepreneur Index™ collects the top 60 publicly traded companies founded and run by entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial spirit is a valuable asset for any business, and this index recognizes its importance, no matter how much a company has grown. These inspirational businesses can be tracked in real time on Entrepreneur.com. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

IntelliJ IDEA 20183 is out with support for Java 12 accessibility improvements

first_imgYesterday, the JetBrains community announced IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3, this year’s third major update. The IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 is a massive new update that delivers Java 12 support, Multiline TODO comments, GitHub Pull Requests, Git submodules, Accessibility improvements, and more. Major updates in the IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 Java Updates Support for Java 12: The 2018.3 version adds an initial support for the upcoming Java 12. Users can preview the Raw String Literals (JEP 326) in the IDE. Quickly spot duplicates: Users can now quickly spot duplicates in more complicated cases using this IDE. Java Stream API improvements: Redundant sorted calls made before the subsequent min call are now easily detected. New data-flow-based inspection: The new inspection known as ‘Condition is covered by further condition’ detects situations where the first condition is unnecessary as it’s covered by the second one. The new IDE provides a quick-fix to remove such redundant conditions. Detection of redundant usages of the @SuppressWarning annotation: The IDE now identifies situations where a suppressed inspection no longer addresses any warnings in the associated method body, class, or statement. Editor Updates Issues in code are highlighted: The IDE highlights the first and all subsequent TODO comment lines in the editor and displays them in the TODO tool window. New indentation status bar: A new indentation status bar displays the size of the indent in the current file. Improvements in the EditorConfig support: You can create a scope to disable code formatting from being done on specific files and folders. Go to the ‘Formatter Control’ tab in Preferences / Settings | Editor | Code Style. Syntax highlighting and code completion are now available for EditorConfig files. Version Control Updates Initial support for GitHub Pull Requests:  With this users can now view PRs in their IDE. Support for Git submodules: update your project, commit changes, view diffs, and resolve conflicts. New GitHub Pull Requests tool window: With this tool window, users can preview all the pull requests in your GitHub repository. Advanced navigation in VCS Log: Users can use the Forward and Back navigation actions while they are in the VCS Log after they navigate from the commit hashes to the commit in the VCS Log tab, or after they use the Go to hash/branch/tag action. Simply use the left and right arrow keys to navigate to the child or parent commit. Preview differences in the File History tab: Diff Preview is now available in the File History tab of the Version Control tool window. Kotlin Updates Kotlin 1.3 support: IntelliJ IDEA can help you migrate Kotlin project to Kotlin 1.3 and perform all the required changes in obsolete code to make it compliant with the latest state of the libraries. Enhancements in multiplatform project support: In Kotlin 1.3, the model of multiplatform projects has been completely reworked in order to improve expressiveness and flexibility, and to make sharing common code easier. IntelliJ IDEA provides a set of project examples that cover the most common use cases. New Kotlin Inspections & Quick-fixes: Since the release of IntelliJ IDEA 2018.2, the Kotlin plugin has got over 30 new inspections, quick-fixes, and intentions that helps write a code much more effectively. Spring & Spring Boot Updates Spring Boot 2.1 support: IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 fully supports Spring Boot 2.1. Configuration values annotated with @DataSize are validated using the default @DataSizeUnit if specified. Spring Initializr improvements: While creating a project using Spring Initializr, the IDE will suggest installing or enabling appropriate plugins to ensure that support for all selected technologies is present. Better JPA and Spring Data support for Kotlin: Now the IDE can automatically inject JPQL into query strings, providing completion for entity names and parameters. Users can write Spring Data interfaces in Kotlin, and IntelliJ IDEA will understand the entities used. The IDE provides smart completion for method names and quick-fixes for parameters. Maven Updates Users can now easily delegate all their build and run actions to Maven. They simply have to go to Preferences (Settings) | Build, Execution, Deployment | Build Tools | Maven | Runner and select the new Delegate IDE build/run actions to maven option. JVM Debugger Updates Attach to Java processes that were started without a debug agent:  After attaching to a process, users will be able to view the current thread’s state and variable values, and use the memory view. If users want to attach the debugger to their local process, they can use the handy new Attach Debugger action, which is available in the Run Tool Window Async stack traces in remote JVMs: IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 now supports async stack traces in remote JVMs. To start using the agent remotely: copy /lib/rt/debugger-agent.jar to the remote machine.add -javaagent:debugger-agent.jar to the remote JVM options. Action to remove all breakpoints: IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 comes with handy new actions that remove all the breakpoints in a project, or all the breakpoints in the file. JavaScript & TypeScript Updates Improved Angular support: This includes much more accurate code completion and Go to definition for variables, pipes and async pipes, and template reference variables. Autoimports in JavaScript: IntelliJ IDEA can now automatically add imports for symbols from the project’s dependencies, in JavaScript files. This works as long as there’s a TypeScript definition file inside the package, or the package contains sources written as ES module. Support for Node.js worker threads: Users can now debug Node.js workers in IntelliJ IDEA. Users should be cautious of using Node.js 10.12 or above and the experimental-worker flag. The IDE provides code completion for the worker threads’ API. Improved flexibility with ESLint and TSLint: Users can override severity levels from the linter’s configuration file and see all problems from the linter as errors or warnings. Kubernetes Update Support for Helm resource files: The IDE now resolves the Helm resource template files and provides with editing support, which includes code completion, rename refactoring, and inspections and quick-fixes. Navigation in Helm resource files: The IDE lets users navigate from a value’s usage to its declaration in the chart’s values.yaml file. Helm template result preview: The IDE can now preview the result of the Helm template rendering in the diff. Helm dependency update: A new Helm Dependency Update action is available to download the external tgz dependencies (or update the existing ones) and display them in the project tree. Database Updates Added support for Cassandra database: With this release, the team has added support for the NoSQL database, Cassandra. Improvements in SQL code completion: Now code completion works for: non-aggregated fields in GROUP BY, all the columns are listed in SELECT, MERGE, and INSERT INTO table variable, named parameters of stored procedures, numeric fields in SUM() and AVG(), FILTER (WHERE) clause, and field types in SQLite. Introduction to table alias: One can now use the Introduce table alias action to create an alias directly on the table, and this alias will automatically replace usages of the table’s name. Single connection mode: In IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 users can view any temporary objects in the database tree. Also, it’s possible to use the same transaction in different consoles. To know more about these and other updates in detail, visit the JetBrains blog. Read Next IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3 Early Access Program is now open! What’s new in IntelliJ IDEA 2018.2 How to set up the Scala Plugin in IntelliJ IDE [Tutorial]last_img read more

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first_img The bull also made a comeback in 2009-2010, fighting its way up out of what seemed at the time to be the deepest hole (1.04) in October, 2008. Stocks have been on a long slide since the ratio last peaked at 3.24 in October, 2010, with the downturn in 2013 pushing multiples to previously unseen lows. No one—us included—has a crystal ball, and so it’s impossible to tell if the bottom is behind us. We can, however, gauge with certainty when an asset is cheap—and cash-generating companies selling for little more than book value are extraordinary values for big-picture investors. Now let’s see how these valuations look against the S&P 500. Gold stocks staged spring and summer rallies this year, but haven’t able to sustain the momentum. Many have sold off sharply in recent weeks, along with gold. That makes this a good time to examine the book value of gold equities; are they objectively cheap now, or not? By way of reminder, a price-to-book-value ratio (P/BV) shows the stock price in relation to the company’s book value, which is the theoretical value of a company’s assets minus liabilities. A stock is considered cheap when it’s trading at a historically low P/BV, and undervalued when it’s trading below book value. From the perspective of an investor, low price-to-book multiples imply opportunity and a margin of safety from potential declines in price. We analyzed the book values of all publicly traded primary gold producers with a market cap of $1 billion or more. The final list comprised 32 companies. We then charted book values from January 2, 2007 through last Thursday, October 15. Here’s what we found. At the current 1.20 times book value, gold stocks aren’t as cheap as they were when we ran the numbers in June, 2013, successfully pinpointing the all-time low of 0.91 (the turning point before the period in gray). Of course, that P/BV is hard to beat: it was one of the lowest values ever. And while the stocks not quite as cheap now, the valuation multiple still lingers close to its historical bottom. Remember, we’re talking about senior mining companies here—producers with real assets and cash flow selling for close to their book values. In short, yes, gold stocks are objectively selling cheaply. The juniors, of course, have been hit harder. It’s hard to put a meaningful book value on many of these “burning matches” with little more than hopes and geologists’ dreams, but valuations on many are scraping the bottom, making them even better bargains, albeit substantially riskier ones. What does this mean for us investors? It’s no surprise to see that every contraction in the ratio was followed by a major rally. In other words, the cure for low prices is low prices: The August, 2007 bottom (2.2) and the momentary downtrend that preceded it were quickly erased by a swift price rally leading to a January, 2008 peak (3.8).center_img Stocks listed in the S&P500 are currently more than twice as expensive as the gold producers. That’s not surprising given how volatile metals prices can be and how unloved mining is—but is it rational? Note that despite the downtrend in the last month, the multiple for the S&P500 remains close to a multiyear high. In other words, yes, the S&P 500 is expensive. This contrast points to an obvious opportunity in our sector. So is now the time to buy gold stocks? Answer: our stocks are good values now, and, if there is a larger correction ahead, they may well become fantastic values, briefly. Either way, value is value, on sale. As the most successful resource speculators have repeatedly said: you have to be a contrarian in this sector to be successful, buying low and selling high, and that takes courage based on solid convictions. Yes, it’s possible that valuations could fall further. However: The difference between prices and clear-cut value argue for going long and staying that way until multiples return to lofty levels again—which they’ve done every time, as the historical record shows. With a long-term time frame in mind, whatever happens in the short term is less of a concern. Building substantial positions at good prices in great companies in advance of what must transpire sooner or later is what successful speculation is all about. This is how Doug Casey, Rick Rule, and others have made their fortunes, and it’s why they’re buying in the market now, seeing market capitulation as one of the prime opportunities of the decade. That’s worth remembering, especially during a downturn that has even die-hard gold bugs giving up. Bottom line: “Blood in the streets” isn’t pretty, but it’s a good thing for those with the liquidity and courage to act. What to buy? That’s what we cover in BIG GOLD and the International Speculator. Thanks to our 3-month full money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose and the potential for gains that only a true contrarian can expect.last_img read more

first_img – 2017: The Wildest Year on Record? Donald Trump will enter the White House with the country massively divided, wars on all corners of the world, the bond bubble on the verge of collapse, a stock market overdue for a correction… 2017 could be one of the wildest years on record, and it’s urgent that you prepare… That’s why, until New Year’s Day, we’re giving you the chance to access ALL our analysts’ research for a tiny fraction of what you’d normally pay… So you can get expert macro overviews, and specific action items, to help protect and grow your wealth in 2017 and beyond… Click here to learn more… Editor’s note: Today, we’re sharing part two of Casey Research founder Doug Casey’s popular essay on the next industrial revolution. Yesterday, Doug shared the 10 big trends that are rapidly advancing. Below, he explains how to set yourself up to benefit as directly and immediately as possible. WHERE THIS IS GOING You may think I’m pulling your leg and that I’ve gone too far in these projections. But this isn’t just a titillating compilation of cover stories from Popular Science magazine. Our brains are accustomed to thinking arithmetically—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc. But technology is compounding geometrically—1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, etc. You’ve seen this happen in the realm of computing and electronics just in our lifetimes. But—partially enabled by those things—it’s happening in many areas. You might analogize this to what happens to water as it gets colder. There’s not much difference between water at, say, 45 and 33 degrees Fahrenheit. But once it gets to 32, it has a change of state, a transformation in what it is, its very nature. And it happens very, very quickly. The advances being made are the stuff of science fiction. In fact, sci-fi has long been a much better predictor of the future than think tanks, futurists, or even the best scientists. I’ve often wondered why this is the case. As someone with solipsist tendencies, I’m partial to believing that anything you can conceive of can probably be done. And anything that can be done will be done. The transformation of reality itself is just a matter of having sufficient matter, energy, space, and time added to technology. When you see it that way, you have to be intensely optimistic. And I am. In fact, for the first time, advances in the real world are starting to outrun the imaginings of sci-fi. Skeptics might counter: “Sure. Given enough time, everything happens eventually. Including the heat death of the universe.” And they’re right. But because of the exponential rate of improvement in the things I’ve mentioned and some others I haven’t, I suspect we’re about to have a change in the state of existence. This is what Ray Kurzweil, Google’s chief technology officer, has dubbed “The Singularity.” Go back to the things I listed. The really important things—computers, AI, robotics, nanotech, and bioscience—are all advancing according to Moore’s Law. Doubling every 18 months, with costs dropping 50%. Things move very quickly when they move at an exponential rate. Extrapolating them only 10 years into the future, which implies only eight doublings. And eight doublings result in 256 times the starting point. There’s a good chance they’re all going to come together at once. Exactly when might that be? This is the tricky part, predicting the time as well as the event. Kurzweil thinks about 20 years from now. If he’s right, this is not only good news. It is, by orders of magnitude, the best news of any type in human history. Recommended Links The Best Place to Hide Your Money It’s tax-free. Pays up to 37 times more than bank accounts. And you DON’T NEED TO REPORT IT TO THE IRS. No wonder the government doesn’t want you to know about this secret account. Click here. — NOW FOR SOME BAD NEWS What might the bad news be? You may (quite logically) be thinking about some unsavory implications of these advances. The evolution of Skynet and Terminators. People failing to reproduce. Grey goo from runaway nanotech covering the planet. Humanity destroying itself in all manner of ways. I agree that bad things can happen. It’s not just a question of misfeasance, some unforeseen accident happening. But actual malfeasance isn’t out of the question. Why? Technology is advancing exponentially, but human ethics don’t seem to be advancing at all. In fact, maybe the general moral tone of humanity is actually degrading. If that’s true, then you can argue it’s a bad idea for large-brained chimpanzees to have the magic technologies we’ve been discussing. So, of course, some people will say: “We have to slow down this mad rush to the future! We have to at least regulate these scary things!” Sound reasonable? Actually, no; the concept is incredibly stupid. You might also ask who the “we” is that wants to make those decisions. Of course, it’s the same professional busybodies who are naturally drawn to government, NGOs, media, and the like. They’re not the best and brightest, as they like to believe. They’re actually the worst and most dangerous of mankind, and they’re always fearful of progress. Why? Because although the leaders always get new technologies first (e.g., horses, gunpowder, computers), the cat always gets out of the bag, and these things act to further liberate the average man after a while. Notwithstanding various drags on our progress, mankind has been expanding its powers exponentially since about the time it learned to make fire. But the nature of the math is that the real growth doesn’t come until the end, at which point it seems instantaneous. We can see what’s happening intellectually, but very few can picture it in reality. Recall the fable about the mathematician who invented chess and got a king to reward him by giving him double the amount of wheat for each of the 64 squares of a chessboard, starting with one grain. How much grain might that be? The answer is over 18 quintillion grains, which is around 1,000 times the world’s annual production of wheat. It’s counterintuitive because intuition can’t deal with geometric increases beyond a low level. It’s idiocy to try to curtail the rewards of a process—and here we’re talking about the Ascent of Man itself—at the very moment of triumph. Maybe humanity is now (wild guess) at around the 50th chessboard square. Exactly where things start getting interesting. It’s been said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. But there’s a big problem for you and me as individuals. At the moment, we all have very finite lifetimes. What if (even though medical advances are extending our life expectancies radically) we die before magic happens? That’s why there’s absolutely nothing to be lost by going for the brass ring. Let’s consider mundane life the way it’s always been and still is. Unless things change very quickly for the better, you’re going to be dead sometime in between tomorrow morning and, if you’re both young and lucky, 50 years from now. Considering the (current) absolute and total certainty of death, taking any risk to avoid it, even with long-shot odds, doesn’t just make excellent sense. It’s imperative. So I’m not particularly concerned with the possible ultimate consequences of runaway technological advance. In fact, I think they’re almost all good, even if they’re a little scary. And now, for the first time in history, the inevitable is imminent. We can deal with potential problems when the time comes. Right now, I’m only concerned with things that might stop us from getting there in a reasonable (i.e., a fraction of a lifetime) time frame. But it’s entirely possible that humanity could blow it. How might we blow it? In decreasing order of probability, you can worry about a lot of things. You can worry about a bus hitting you tomorrow morning. Or a pandemic. Or a super volcano. Or an asteroid strike, for that matter. I’m most concerned about human-caused (anthropogenic, if you will) possibilities. Like World War 3, recalling that Einstein said he didn’t know what weapons would be used in it, but he was confident that sticks and stones would be used in WW4. That would put a stop to the advance of technology for a while, in addition to its other unpleasantness and inconvenience. I’m also concerned about the consequences of the next phase of the Greater Depression. We entered the leading edge of the economic hurricane in 2007. We’ve been in the eye of the storm since 2010. And now, we’re going into the trailing edge. No one can tell you exactly what it will be like. Very possibly, both catastrophic deflation and hyperinflation in sequence (in any order). Or in different parts of the economy at the same time (basic foodstuffs skyrocketing; the value of McMansions and BMWs collapsing). People with their life savings in dollars losing most everything. The State raising taxes hugely. All kinds of police-state measures being enforced in a vain attempt to restore stability. And a lot more things of this nature. It’s likely to last at least as long, be much worse, and much different even than what the world went through from 1914–1946. This is extremely important because, you’ll recall, science and technology are only two legs to the tripod. Capital is equally necessary. And the Greater Depression, and its knock-on effects, could destroy a lot of capital. One consequence of the Greater Depression might be that the tech trends I listed above will slow down radically. Less capital may be created and much less put aside for investment. Much could be misallocated. And the government always puts itself first; it may use what capital there is for its own purposes. Technology and science need as much capital as possible to advance as quickly as possible. Vested interests, typically shortsighted, always use politics to fight innovation. Taxi drivers stupidly lobby against Uber; hoteliers lobby against Airbnb. They don’t see themselves as modern Luddites, but they are. Even worse, people may see some bad effects of technology and react against it. Under certain conditions, you could find scientists hunted down like witches for violating God’s will. Stranger things have happened in times of stress. To be clear, I don’t think there’s such a thing as bad technology; people confuse the concept with its use by people with bad intentions. This is why I’m concerned about government using, or even financing, technology. I often talk about how the State is dangerous and destructive. But now, on the cusp of The Singularity, it’s true on a cosmic level. If, for instance, they delay a medical advance that may save you by a year, they may not be costing you a year. They may be costing you 500 years. And it’s not just technology, but science itself that is in jeopardy. If it turns out that anthropogenic global warming is a gigantic hoax (I believe it is), even though it’s said that 97% of scientists believe in it (a lie), and that the science is settled (it’s not), that may discredit the idea of science to the average person. Anything is possible. After all, something like 40% of Americans think the world is about 6,000 years old and cavemen lived with dinosaurs. SO? Let me sum up. It’s likely we’re only 10, 20, or 30 years from what will turn out to be the biggest change in human history. I understand that sounds unbelievable to 99% of people. But I urge you to consider it seriously. What does that mean? In fact, you might ask why investment results even matter if we move into an economy of total abundance. Almost everyone will benefit from these changes, at least indirectly and eventually, if they live long enough. But you want to benefit as directly and immediately as possible. Having capital will put you first in line. Having capital allows you to be an early adopter, and that could be critical. Furthermore, earning capital makes you deserving of that place. Are the useless mouths on welfare deserving of these benefits? It may become a huge, and currently unanticipated, political issue over the next decade. There are huge numbers of hoi polloi out there—you’ll see them rioting this summer—who absolutely believe they deserve everything from free food, to free education, to a guaranteed income. Editor’s note: As you know, Doug is among the most respected investors in the world. Since 1979, he’s called some of the biggest financial events of our time. And now, for a limited time only, you can get all of Doug’s future moneymaking research—as well as everything we publish here at Casey Research—as part of our exclusive Casey Platinum Membership. To learn more about this incredible opportunity, click here.last_img read more

first_img— 5:07: Wall Street Gets BLINDSIDED The 5:07 mark of this video is VERY CONTROVERSIAL. It’s no wonder Wall Street has sent out diversionary tactics on this strategy. They’ve been beaten at their own game! Click here to discover the shocking reveal at the 5:07 mark… and why it could help regular people collect $103K in the next 12 months. Bonner & Partners’ Exclusive One Week Only: Major Predictions Regarding Impending iPhone Launch Until midnight Wednesday, September 6th, the publishers at Bonner & Partners have organized a rare opportunity for you to get the behind-the-scenes story on what the new iPhone means for investors, before the official launch. They’ve arranged a top-level Silicon Valley insider – a former vice president at a key Apple supplier – to reveal four targeted iPhone plays that could make you between 414% and 2,100% over time, starting from September 6th. Hurry here to get the full scoop. Recommended Link Here’s why I’m telling you about this trend… Later this year, Apple will release the latest and most technologically advanced version of its most popular product: the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 will almost certainly include wireless charging capabilities when it’s launched sometime this fall. Wireless power involves transmitting energy over radio frequency waves. It’s similar to wireless communications technology we use in our mobile devices. Behind the complex technology of wireless charging is something quite simple… The ability to charge your electronic devices without power cables. Imagine being able to come home after being out all day and placing your smartphone on your computer desk. That’s it. Nothing to plug in, no cables to worry about… Just set down the device, and it charges “magically.” This will be a game changer for Apple… and will likely boost iPhone sales. But I’m not writing today to tell you to buy Apple. You see, there’s a unique way to profit from Apple’s wireless trend… buying the companies that make the microchips Apple uses in its wireless devices. Following a Tech Giant Historically, Apple has used third-party chip providers for its wireless technology. Qualcomm has made chips for Apple’s cellular modems. And Broadcom has made Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips for Apple. Broadcom is a good example of how profitable making chips for Apple can be. — Justin’s note: Today’s essay comes from my colleague Jeff Brown, editor of Exponential Tech Investor. Jeff has been working in the tech field for over two decades. He’s seeded over 70 private, early-stage tech companies… And he’s a formal advisor to eight tech startups.Right now, Apple’s iPhone 8 launch is on his radar… and he says you can profit from this big event. Read on to learn how (hint: It’s not by buying Apple)… By Jeff Brown, editor, Exponential Tech Investor In 2003, Apple introduced its first wireless mouse and keyboard. In 2010, Apple released its first external wireless computer trackpad. And in 2016, Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. If you want to listen to music on the smartphone, you need wireless AirPods. As you can see in the graphic above, Apple is moving toward completely wireless technology. Recommended Link Apple released the iPhone 7 in September 2016. And Broadcom’s stock climbed 41% less than a year after the launch. Broadcom revenue from wireless chips sales came in at $1 billion in the third quarter of 2016. That was up 27% from the previous quarter. And the stock is up 50% since the iPhone 7 launch in September 2016. As you can see from the chart above, making chips for Apple’s signature phone can really boost business. Now, Apple is looking for chipmakers for its wireless charging feature. The company that lands this contract should see its stock push much higher. Tip of the Iceberg Some forecasts for Apple’s fourth-quarter 2017 iPhone shipments are coming in at around 90 million units. And each of them will likely carry a wireless charging chip. But Apple is just the tip of the iceberg. Since Apple released its very first iPhone in 2007, it’s been a trendsetter for other smartphone makers. Whatever new features Apple adds, others follow. And the rest of the mobile phone market is much larger than Apple’s shipment volumes. Samsung alone shipped 309 million smartphones in 2016… And Chinese company Huawei shipped 139 million. In 2016, Apple’s rivals shipped 1.27 billion smartphones. That’s a massive market for wireless charging chips. And wireless charging won’t be confined to just your mobile phone. Any electronic device will be a target for this technology. Wireless headphones, iPads, smartphones, health tracking devices like heart monitors, and even “smart clothes” will one day charge wirelessly… no power cables at all. You could even use this technology to continuously heat your morning cup of coffee so that it never gets cold. Companies I’m Watching Companies that make wireless charging chips will be big winners as this technology becomes the new reality. Here are a few on my radar: Analog Devices, Dialog Semiconductor, and Texas Instruments. If wireless charging is anywhere as successful as I think it will be, companies in this sector have the potential to see outsized returns. Regards, Jeff Brown Editor, Exponential Tech Investor P.S. As I mentioned, when Apple unveils its iPhone 8, I believe it will include wireless charging capabilities. But to pull this off, Apple will need the help of one company—a company that I’ve recently identified… That’s right—I’m confident that I have found the one company that will make Apple’s wireless charging feature a reality. And when Apple makes its announcement in the next few weeks, the price for this little-known, small-cap stock will skyrocket. Get all the details right here. In Case You Missed It… Doug Casey just released his newest novel. Drug Lord—Book 2 of the High Ground Novels—is now available on Amazon. In this riveting tale, Charles Knight returns to the United States after seven years traveling the world. He embarks on two concurrent professions: one as a major investor in a small pharmaceutical company, and the other as the head of a black market drug smuggling and distribution operation. Charles has to sort through the legal and illegal, moral and immoral, and right and wrong as he navigates the War on Drugs and the crony pharmaceutical industry. They all want him dead. But Charles intends to start a revolution. To get the whole story, you can order your copy of Drug Lord right here.last_img read more

When a relationship ends but love remains it can

first_imgWhen a relationship ends but love remains, it can be both frustrating and embarrassing.Dessa, a well-known rapper, singer and writer from Minneapolis, knows the feeling well. She’d spent years trying to get over an ex-boyfriend, but she was still stuck on him.”You’re not only suffering,” she says, “you’re just sort of ridiculous. Discipline and dedication are my strong suits — it really bothered me that, no matter how much effort I tried to expend in trying to solve this problem, I was stuck.”But things changed when Dessa turned to the frontiers of neuroscience for help. She came across a TED Talk by Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and visiting research associate at Rutgers University. Using a type of brain scan called functional MRI, or fMRI, Fisher had looked into the brains of love-struck people and noticed that certain parts of their brains were unusually active.”That you could objectively measure and observe ‘love’ — that had never occurred to me before,” Dessa says.She wondered: If science could map the sources of love in her brain, could it somehow make that love go away?The question led her to a controversial therapy technique called neurofeedback.The idea is simple: If you want to learn to lower your heart rate, it helps to be able to hear your pulse. And if you want to change patterns of brain activity, it might be helpful to be able to see what your brain is up to.One flavor of neurofeedback therapy uses a technology called electroencephalography (EEG). A cap full of electrical leads picks up brain waves and translates them into visual or audio cues — like shifting colors on a screen or a series of dings.The idea is that people can use this feedback to retrain those brain waves, changing underlying patterns in the process — turning down unwanted brain activity or turning up regions that are too quiet.Clinicians have used neurofeedback to try and treat all kinds of mental health issues: anxiety, depression, autism, and ADHD. And they say they’ve seen some positive results. Patients say they feel better.The growing popularity of EEG-neurofeedback has been met with skepticism. Some scientists say the power of this therapy may stem from the placebo effect. (They also point out that a lot of neurofeedback research is done by people who have a financial stake in the industry.)But more rigorous research from the past couple of years supports the idea that, at least in some cases, neurofeedback can be used to train the brain. Most of this research uses fMRI brain scans — not EEG — to peek inside the skull.In one study, participants learned to turn up a brain region linked to motivation and focus. In another, patients with depression were able to alleviate some of their symptoms. But scientists doing this research say there’s a lot of work to be done before it can be applied clinically.Could neurofeedback provide a balm for broken hearts? No research has been done in this area. But that didn’t stop Dessa from trying a sort of experiment on herself: nine EEG-neurofeedback sessions aimed at helping her brain escape the rut of romantic obsession.She says she felt different when she was done.”Before, I felt that I was really under the thumb of a fixation and a compulsion,” she says. “And now it feels like those feelings have been scaled down.”Now, maybe the neurofeedback had worked as practitioners suggest it does. Or maybe, alternatively, Dessa got the therapy she wanted in other ways — by talking through her experiment, by writing about it, by composing songs for her new album.Or maybe, her neurofeedback sessions helped her via the placebo effect. They suggested that her emotions are grounded in a physical organ — one that she might be able to influence. Maybe simply believing that she wasn’t helpless helped her change her mind and heal her heartbreak.Whatever the reason, Dessa is happy to begin to move on and to start a new chapter with her music.”I’ve written a bunch of sad rap bangers — I’d like to write other kinds of songs,” she says.Follow Skunk Bear, NPR’s science show, on YouTube and Facebook and please fill out our short survey so we can learn more about you and the kind of stories you’re interested in. Dessa’s new book, My Own Devices, was published Tuesday, Sept. 18. You can watch her perform behind NPR’s famous Tiny Desk here:Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Opposition MPs have failed in their latest attempt

first_imgOpposition MPs have failed in their latest attempt to defeat government plans to cut out-of-work disability benefits.The government is using its welfare reform and work bill to reduce support for new claimants placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance (ESA) by nearly £30 a week from April 2017.But Labour and SNP attempts to introduce a string of changes to the bill including scrapping the WRAG cut, were defeated by Conservative MPs.Their failed attempt came after members of the House of Lords succeeded in delaying government plans to cut tax credits.Among the changes suggested by Labour and SNP MPs was a measure that would have forced the government to ensure an independent review of the benefits sanctions regime.Debbie Abrahams (pictured), Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, speaking in the main chamber for the first time in that role, said the welfare reform and work bill was “wicked” and the proposed cut to WRAG payments was “a disgrace”.And she questioned why the government had not yet carried out a cumulative impact assessment of the changes in the bill on disabled people, as it should have done under the Equality Act.She said: “There is no analysis of the impact that this will have on the disabled people who will be pushed into poverty.“Half a million disabled people will be affected and lose £30 a week – nearly a third of their weekly income.”Abrahams pointed to the government’s refusal to publish 49 internal reviews of benefit-related deaths – whose existence was first revealed by Disability News Service – and said the government’s failure to order an independent review of its sanctions regime was “a slap in the face of everyone affected by sanctions, including family members of those who have died”.And she said it had been estimated that further planned reductions in the benefit cap “risk pushing tens of thousands of children, families and disabled people into poverty”.She said: “We are the sixth wealthiest country in the world. It is not right that the government are seeking to secure the recovery on the backs of the working poor, their children and disabled people.”Natalie McGarry, the SNP’s shadow disability spokeswoman, said: “We already know that the UK government’s austerity programme is impacting disproportionately on those living with disabilities and sicknesses and that it impairs their ability to work.“We also know that there is absolutely no evidence that these policies of cuts will have a positive impact on moving those in the WRAG group into work.“There is no evidence from the government, despite repeated requests for it to be produced.“It is therefore absolutely shameful that, without any evidence, the Conservatives should have disabled people in their sights yet again, promising to cut nearly a third of ESA support for new claimants in the work-related activity group.”But Priti Patel, the employment minister, said: “In 2008, when the then Labour government introduced ESA as a ‘radical reform package’, the work-related activity component was originally intended to act as an incentive to help people into work and to return quickly to work.“However, the original estimates were incorrect and only one per cent of people in the work-related activity group left the benefit each month.“It is clear, therefore, that the existing policy is not working and that it is failing claimants.”She said that £100 million a year (by 2020) of the £640 million annual savings from the WRAG cut would be spent on helping “claimants with limited work capability but who have potential, because they want to move into work, to get closer to the labour market”.Patel said the government kept the operation of its sanctions regime “under constant review”.Opposition attempts to amend the bill, including the withdrawal of the WRAG cut, were defeated, and the bill was passed at both the report stage and third reading, and will now be debated by the House of Lords.last_img read more

American Airlines Glitch Caused It to Give Too Many Pilots Vacation Over

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Planning to fly with American Airlines this holiday season? We have some potentially bad news.According to Bloomberg, more than 15,000 American Airlines flights scheduled from Dec. 17 to Dec. 31 do not have a pilot, first officer or both due to a computer glitch that allowed too many staffers to take off for the holidays. The problem reportedly affects flights originating from Dallas Fort Worth International and other airports in Boston, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Charlotte, N.C.In a statement, American Airlines told PCMag it is “working diligently to address the issue” and it expects to “avoid cancellations this holiday season.””We have reserve pilots to help cover flying in December, and we are paying pilots who pick up certain open trips 150 percent of their hourly rate — as much as we are allowed to pay them per the contract,” the airline said. American said it will work with the Allied Pilots Association (APA) union to “take care” of its pilots and “ensure we get our customers to where they need to go over the holidays.”The computer glitch caused the airline’s scheduling system to show sufficient coverage for certain flights when that was not actually the case, Bloomberg reports. The airline has reportedly fixed the problem and believes its system is now working normally.The APA, meanwhile, isn’t happy with American’s proposed solution for crewing affected flights. The union has filed a grievance, saying the solution violates the company’s contract.”Because management unilaterally created their solution in violation of the contract, neither APA nor the contract can guarantee the promised payment of the premium being offered,” the union said in a statement. Add to Queue Angela Moscaritolo Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag Thousands of flights scheduled from Dec. 17 to Dec. 31 do not have a pilot, first officer, or both due to a computer glitch that allowed too many staffers to take off for the holidays. Reporter American Airlines Glitch Caused It to Give Too Many Pilots Vacation Over Holidayscenter_img –shares Image credit: Shutterstock.com Register Now » Travel November 30, 2017 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 2 min readlast_img read more

3 Ways Drone Startups Are Making Dangerous Workplaces Safer

first_img –shares Potential hazards such as loose scaffolding or fuel tank leaks are identified earlier. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 3 Ways Drone Startups Are Making Dangerous Workplaces Safer Add to Queue Image credit: Hinterhaus Productions | Getty Images Technology Next Article Guest Writer Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Startup mentor, CEO and tech blogger If you look at the numbers on job-related accidents, something disturbing becomes clear — going to work can be unsafe.The International Labour Organization estimates that 2.3 million people worldwide die due to work-related reasons each year. It’s a figure that comprises both job-site accidents and deaths due to illness or exposure to hazardous materials. To put it in perspective, that is a million more deaths every year than the 1.25 million deaths, worldwide, attributed to road traffic.In high-risk industries such as construction the risk of death over a 45-year career is 1 in 200. Add to that the 340 million non-fatal workplace injuries that take place each year and it’s easy to see that we must find ways to reduce risks in work environments .Related: Amazon and Tesla Listed Among the Most Dangerous U.S. WorkplacesThe human toll should be enough to leave us motivated to effect change. But in every business, you also have to look at the bottom line, and workplace injuries and illnesses are costing employers more than $3 billion a year.As always, in technology we trust, and drones are part of the process of treating some of those problems. Whether at an oil refinery or a power plant, here are some of the ways drones are improving working conditions and respective drone startups that are part of the advancement.Inspection and collection.Keeping workers safe is a priority for all employers, and regular site inspections are an important component of this. But when it comes to inspecting hard-to-reach places, such as industrial chimneys, rooftops, fluid barrels, or even just a high scaffolding, often times it’s the inspection itself that causes injury. Some startups are aimed towards improving inspections, such as the Sparrow drone by Percepto. It’s an autonomous drone with day and night (thermal) vision capabilities, which treats safety at site inspections with its ability to access areas that would pose a danger to human inspectors. Without the risk to human life, the pre-programmed drone inspections can be performed more frequently. The result is that site inspectors are exposed to less harm, while potential hazards such as loose scaffolding or fuel tank leaks are identified earlier. Once the site is inspected, data needs to be collected. Drones are also able to collect, transmit and analyze site data more efficiently than humans can, giving employers a more accurate picture of what’s happening on their site.Related: 5 Ways Drones Are Changing the WorldEmergency situations.From fires to gas leaks to hazardous waste spills, disasters strike, even at the most diligently inspected work sites. Drones are minimizing the odds of a chemical disaster occurring, and they’re also acting as first-responders when the unimaginable happens. After all, there’s no reason to put human lives on the line, when you can send a drone in first to assess the situation.For the sake of evaluating an entire disaster site, drone company PrecisionHawk teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency in 2014 to map out an industrial landfill in South Carolina that was releasing toxic particles into the air. The result was a full assessment of the area in under an hour, a job that would take human surveyors days or even weeks to complete, exposing them to unnecessary hazards.Security breaches.Whether industrial, military, or personal, perhaps one of the biggest uses for drones is in the area of security. While drones can’t replace their human counterparts or eliminate the need for manpower, there’s no question that a drone can cover more ground in less time than the combination of humans and stationary cameras.Aptonomy is a drone company which equips its UAVs with a night-vision camera. The low-flying drones can hone in on an intruder and capture a mugshot — something a stationary camera can do with less accuracy. But while it may seem that the benefits of security drones are mostly for employers, they also keep employees out of potentially dangerous situations. Because drones provide such an accurate picture in real time, they significantly reduce the risk posed to security guards and emergency responders.Related: The Drone Industry: Thoughts From an OutsiderWe still have a long way to go when it comes to keeping workers safe on the job. And while employers will never be able to achieve zero-risk on their sites, autonomous drones located on-site, conducting dozens of daily missions, are a huge step in the right direction to reducing exposure to hazardous materials, accidents and death. In the meantime, I’m grateful to be working from home today. 4 min read July 13, 2018 Yoav Vilner Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Uber Is Giving Free Rides in This Town to Curb Drunk Driving

first_img Image credit: Pixabay Add to Queue Next Article Register Now » A New Jersey town on track for a record-breaking number of drunken driving cases has become the first U.S. municipality to partner with ride service app Uber to keep inebriated residents from getting behind the wheel.To keep the roads safe in Evesham Township, a town of 45,000 people in southern New Jersey, anyone drinking in at least 19 alcohol-serving establishments can now get a free ride home from Uber in a program funded by donors and started last week.Donations from area nonprofits and businesses are also funding a second free ride option that started on Friday: the mobile app BeMyDD, through which people can hire a driver to get both them and their car home.”We’re dealing with people who might’ve had too much to drink, so we needed to make it so easy for them to open their iPhone and push a button,” Evesham Mayor Randy Brown said.Evesham had been on track to reach 250 DUI arrests in 2015, a record for the town, Brown said.The effort extends a pilot program tested during September, when town shuttles provided free rides to more than 350 people. The shuttles helped decrease DUI arrests to eight in September from a monthly average of 23 from January to August, a drop of 65 percent, Brown said.Free rides are available from the designated bars and restaurants from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. every night of the week. The partnership with both apps runs through Jan. 2.”We began working with Mayor Brown through our national partner, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and realized it was the perfect opportunity to use our technology to help take drunk drivers off the road,” Ana Mahony, general manager for Uber New Jersey, said in a statement.Uber is testing the pilot locally and is considering working with other towns to create a similar partnership, a spokesman for the company said.Alexa Milkovich, vice president of marketing for BeMyDD, said the company recruited drivers quickly to make sure the area would have enough to meet demand.(Reporting by Katie Reilly) Uber Reuters October 23, 2015center_img 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Reuters Uber Is Giving Free Rides in This Town to Curb Drunk Drivinglast_img read more