Van Dijk: Liverpool will ask me about De Ligt if we want himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits there’s little talk about Matthijs de Ligt.The Ajax stopper is expected to leave for a major European power, though Van Dijk says there’s been little talk of his Holland teammate at Melwood.He told AD: “It does not work like that. A big club like Liverpool has so many scouts looking around, they will keep an eye on him. “If they want to know something, I’ll hear about it.”Asked how much he would pay for De Ligt, Van Dijk laughed: “Well, less than that for me, hahaha. But Ajax is in a luxurious position. We will see.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Jim Harbaugh was only Michigan’s head coach for one of the program’s three rivalry contests against Ohio State during Ezekiel Elliott’s tenure, but he seems to have made quite an impression on the star running back. Friday, Elliott, who is going through the ESPN car wash today, trashed Harbaugh, telling Paul Finebaum that he’s “tired” of hearing about him. Elliott also called out Harbaugh for talking smack when he hasn’t won a rivalry game. Yikes.“I’m tired of hearing about Coach Harbaugh he needs to get in check with reality” – @EzekielElliott pic.twitter.com/QHElXCl7QV— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 15, 2016more from @EzekielElliott: “you can’t talk smack about a rivalry when you haven’t won a game. You have to win ballgames to talk behind it.”— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 15, 2016Here’s @EzekielElliott‘s full quote about Jim Harbaugh on @finebaum pic.twitter.com/FkeSmMrqZa— John Hayes (@johnP_hayes) April 15, 2016This isn’t exactly a surprise – Elliott has made a living off of trolling Michigan the past few years. But it’s still hilarious, and reminds us that there is no better college football rivalry than Ohio State vs. Michigan.
What Is Affecting the Health of Housing? Home Home Maintenance HOUSING Housing Authorization Remodeling 2019-01-16 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share January 16, 2019 922 Views Single-family housing authorizations, maintenance, and remodeling volumes have decreased, according to the BuildFax Housing Health Report which found declines in all three categories for the second consecutive month in December.While single-family housing authorizations decreased by 3.76 percent year over year, maintenance volumes for existing homes declined 10.71 percent over the same period. The remodel volume of existing homes also dipped by 15.64 percent year over year, according to the report.However, in a nod to 2018’s high material and labor costs remodel spend, a consistently volatile subsection, increased 5.97 percent in December. These higher costs resulted from increased tariffs and the effects of recent natural disasters, the report indicated.The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publish a joint report on new residential construction every month. But the report has been delayed this month due to the government shutdown.If the current trend of declines across these three categories persists, the report noted that the probability of recession could double between 2019 and 2020, the report said.”The potential for an economic downturn has been highly discussed over the past few months as more signals of a recession come into alignment,” said Holly Tachovsky, CEO, BuildFax. “While this is only the second consecutive month of declining indicators, this shift is in stark contrast to the white-hot housing market that the U.S. has experienced since 2013.”According to the report, single-family housing authorizations are among the earliest and most predictive indicators of a recession and can provide a leading indicator of the health of the economy. Looking at historical data, the report found that U.S. housing authorization activity had one of the highest correlations with each economic downturn between 1961 and 2018.”Under current conditions, we anticipate single-family housing authorizations to be a must-watch indicator in 2019 and as we move into 2020. However, more than a few critical economic factors must align before a recession is imminent,” said Jonathan Kanarek, COO BuildFax.Click here to read the full report.
0 Comments Share Painter played for the Washington Redskins in 2016 and the Cleveland Browns in 2014 for a total of eight games. He was a six-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2013.Price was originally cut to make way for the 53-man roster, but the team re-signed the offensive tackle to their practice squad. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals signed offensive tackles Ulrick John and Vinston Painter to their practice squad and released Givens Price Thursday. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson (14) celebrates his touchdown with tackle Ulrick John (75) and tackle D.J. Humphries (74) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) #AZCardinals singed to the PS OT Ulrick John (6’5, 307) OT Vinston Painter (6’4, 318) and released OT Givens Price.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) September 14, 2017John started three games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2016 and played in two games for the Miami Dolphins in 2015. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Categories: News,Reilly News 19Oct Committee approves Rep. Reilly bill to end mandate on education plan The House Education Reform Committee today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. John Reilly to prevent homeschool and non-public school students who participate in courses at public school districts from being required to submit Educational Development Plans (EDPs).EDPs are academic and career plans mandated by the Michigan Department of Education, requiring students as young as 12 years old submit long-term career plans to their school districts. Allowing homeschool and non-public school students to make use of public school programs creates mutually beneficial relationships between these families and their schools. Requiring students to complete EDPs can erode that trust.Reilly testified in support of House Bill 4805 on Sept. 28, alongside both public school employees and homeschool activists, for a broad coalition of support for shared-time students.“I’m pleased, on behalf of thousands of Michigan families who homeschool their children, that the committee agreed this regulation was a bureaucratic overreach,” said Reilly, a member of the Education Reform Committee. “The EDP requirement would have been damaging to public school programs, in addition to the educational development of these students.”Oxford Virtual Academy administrators Janet Schell and Lisa Sullivan also spoke in support of Reilly’s bill on Sept. 28, with Sullivan stating “the Department of Education has not shared a satisfactory reason for these requirements.”Reilly emphasized plans are not beneficial for many Michigan students.“My concern is that mandating EDPs from students who are only using public schools to supplement their education simply discourages them from doing so,” said Reilly, of Oakland Township. “Whenever given the chance, we should stand for educational freedom and choice. This legislation is a step in the right direction.”HB 4805 advances to the full House membership for its consideration.#####
20Dec Rep. Wentworth’s school safety plan one step away from becoming Michigan law Categories: News,Wentworth News The Michigan House today gave final legislative approval to a comprehensive plan improving safety in schools, including a measure from Rep. Jason Wentworth establishing a statewide commission to review and help upgrade building security.The bipartisan plan also enhances law enforcement training, establishes reporting procedures for incidents in schools, and makes the OK2SAY school safety program permanent – among several other security improvements.“One day at a time, one building at a time – as a team we must continually work to make our schools safer in every Michigan community,” said Wentworth, of Clare. “This plan provides a framework to do just that. We owe this to our kids. We owe this to our teachers. We owe this to everyone who works or attends events at our schools.”Wentworth’s legislation creates a commission evolving from a gubernatorial task force charged with making school safety recommendations. Working with a new Office of School Safety, the commission will help develop a system to audit and improve safety procedures in Michigan schools. The Office of School Safety – which will be part of the Michigan State Police – will distribute grants to help schools make security improvements.Wentworth worked with local schools, law enforcement, and legislators from both major political parties to craft his plan.Other pieces of the overall plan include:Establishing a liaison within each school district to report to and work with the state – a necessary step to make sure improved safety practices reach every corner of Michigan and that local perspectives are included in the process. Emergency operations plans will be adopted for each school building.Mandating consistent, standardized training related to school violence incidents as part of the requirements to be a licensed law enforcement officer in Michigan.Requiring schools to submit incident reports to Michigan State Police. The reports will provide state school safety officials with examples of how incidents were handled to develop best practices for other Michigan schools to follow.Requiring schools to consult with local law enforcement officials prior to major renovations or new construction projects, with the goal of including building safety features.Removing the sunset date for the OK2SAY program, which allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings. OK2SAY has handled more than 16,000 tips since its debut in 2014. The program is expanding and adding resources.The legislation, part of a package that includes both House and Senate bills, is advancing to the governor for consideration.###The school safety package includes House Bills 5828-29 and 5850-52, along with Senate Bills 882, 982-83 and 990-91.
It was just another slice off all four precious metal salamis yesterday The gold price got sold down back below $1,200 the ounce in two smallish bouts of selling during the Thursday trading session in the Far East, with the Hong Kong low coming shortly before 2 p.m. local time. The subsequent rally back above $1,200 spot got capped at the 8:20 a.m. EDT COMEX open—and by the London p.m. gold fix, the price was back in the box. After that, the price didn’t do much, although the low tick came at a spike down about twenty minutes before the COMEX close. The high and low were reported by the CME Group as $1,203.30 and $1,192.40 in the June contract. Gold closed in New York yesterday afternoon at $1,193.50 spot, down another $8.70—as JPMorgan et al continue to slice the salami to the downside. Net volume was on the lighter side once again at 110,000 contracts, the same as Wednesday’s volume. The chart pattern for silver was more or less the same as the gold chart, expect the spike low came about 10:20 a.m. EDT. The silver price didn’t do much for the remainder of the day. The high and low were reported as $16.51 and $16.105 in the May contract. Silver finished the Thursday session at $16.15 spot, down another 36 cents. Net volume was 31,000 contracts, a few thousand contracts less than Wednesday’s volume. The dollar index closed late on Wednesday afternoon in New York at 98.06—and had almost a 40 basis point up/down rally that ended around unchanged at 8 a.m. EDT. Then away it went to the upside, before topping out at roughly 99.17 sometime around 3 p.m. After that it slid a bit into the close, which was recorded as 98.98 by the folks over at ino.com. The index finished the Thursday session up 92 basis points, but was up over 100 basis points at its high. The platinum price chart looked like a carbon copy of the the other two precious metals—and it was closed on Thursday at $1,154 spot, down another 11 dollars. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is twenty minutes away. The gold price, which had rallied a few dollars in Far East trading, is now back to unchanged—and silver is currently up a dime. Platinum is up 7 dollars—and palladium is basically unchanged. Net gold volume is a bit under 12,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is just under 4,400 contracts. The dollar index, which had been quietly trending lower during Friday trading in the Far East, popped into positive territory and back above 99.00—and is now up a magnificent 5 basis points. Today we get the latest Commitment of Traders Report, along with the April Bank Participation Report—and I’ll be more than interested in what they have to show. It will also give Ted Butler the opportunity to recalibrate JPMorgan’s short-side corner in the COMEX silver market—and I’ll have all of that for you in tomorrow’s column. I was just rereading Ted’s quote above—and I must admit that it is discouraging to know that the precious metal mining companies have become silent co-conspirators in the precious metal price management scheme. And as I’ve said countless time in the past, they have totally abrogated their fiduciary responsibilities to their respective shareholders—and no appeal, no matter how reasoned, will make them budge. Not only don’t they want to talk about it, almost all of their respective I.R. people actually try to blow you off the moment you broach the subject with them. Some of them have admitted to me in private that they’re fully aware of what’s happening, but will deny everything if they have to discuss it in the public domain. How did it come to this? If you haven’t tried your luck, phone the Investor Relations department of any silver company you own stock in—and see what happens when you start asking questions about this issue. Most companies have a 1-800 number, so the call is free. And as I send today’s effort off into cyberspace at 5:20 a.m. EDT, I note that after trading basically sideways through all of Far East trading—and the first hour in London—all four metals popped a bit higher starting at 9:00 a.m. British Summer Time [BST]. At the moment, gold is up eight bucks—and back above $1,200 spot. Silver is up just under 30 cents, platinum is up 13 dollars—and palladium is up half that amount. The dollar index is now up 40 basis points. Not surprisingly, volumes have blow out as well, with gold’s net volume now north of 36,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume around the 9,600 contract mark. It’s obvious that JPMorgan et al are going short or selling longs aggressively into this rally—and if they keep it up, these rallies won’t last long. But as I said further up, there’s always the possibility of a countertrend rally because the current COT structure isn’t all that bad in either silver or gold at the moment. But I also said that how high these rallies go—and how fast they get there—will be entire dependent on what “da boyz” do as these rallies unfold. And using current volume levels as a precursor, they’re already doomed. However, since today is Friday, nothing will surprise me as far as price action is concerned—and I await the 8:20 a.m. COMEX open with great interest. Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Date Line—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Opt Out! Tired of being saddled with higher taxes to help pay for the government’s reckless spending? Make sure you and your savings have diplomatic immunity from a government hell-bent on bankrupting the nation—and everyone in it. Whether it’s opening an offshore bank or brokerage account, owning physical gold in Singapore or Switzerland, or setting up a foreign company to hold your investments, low-cost solutions are within everyone’s reach. You don’t even have to leave your living room to do it. Find out how to take advantage of this strategy before the government outlaws it too (they’re already working on it). The chart pattern for the silver equities was virtually the same, complete with the 1 p.m. EDT sell off. But the silver stocks never saw positive territory at all on Thursday, even though they came close a time or two—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.47 percent. The CME Daily Delivery Report was a big surprise, as it showed that zero gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday. I made a reporting mistake in yesterday’s Daily Delivery Report. I said that JPMorgan stopped 97 silver contracts of the 114 issued. In actual fact it was Canada’s Scotiabank that stopped those 97 contracts, not JPM—and I thank Ted Butler for pointing out the error of my ways. The CME Preliminary Report for the Thursday trading session showed that gold open interest in April continues to decline, as it dropped another 269 contracts—and is now down to 2,462 contracts left open. Silver’s April o.i. also declined, but only by 15 contracts—and now stands at 170 contracts. I’m still wondering what the short/issuers in gold are waiting for—and who them might be when they finally do put in an appearance. Much to my surprise, there was a deposit made in GLD yesterday, as an authorized participant added 95,951 troy ounces. Based on past price action, it may have been deposited to cover an existing short position. And as of 9:54 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Since yesterday was Thursday, Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Bar List, updated his website with what was going on at the iShares.com Internet site as of the close of business on Wednesday—and here’s what he had to say. “Analysis of the 08 April 2015 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list: 2,047,974.7 troy ounces were removed (almost all from Brinks London), no bars were added or had serial number changes.“ “The bars removed were from: Russian State Refineries (0.6M oz), Kazakhmys (0.6M oz), KGHM (0.3M oz), Solar Applied Materials (0.3M oz), and 7 others.“ “As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 1,062.9 oz. All daily changes are reflected on the bar list.“ There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. It was another day of very little action in gold at the COMEX-approved depositories on Wednesday, as 4 kilobars were reported received—and 3 kilobars were shipped out. But it was a totally different story in silver once again, as a monstrous 1,883,054 troy ounces were reported received—and an equally monstrous 1,748,030 troy ounces were shipped out the door. JPMorgan added another 1.28 million troy ounces to their already impressive inventories of that metal. And as Ted said on the phone yesterday, the activity of the last two days has certainly been associated with the silver deliveries that occurred during the March delivery month—and the promised metal is now on the move. The link to that action is here—and it’s definitely worth a look. It was another busy in/out day at Brink’s, Inc. in their COMEX-approved warehouse in Hong Kong, as 3,000 kilobars were reported received—and 6,134 kilobars were shipped out. The link to that activity in troy ounces is here. Nick sent us a couple of new charts last night. They show India’s gold and silver imports going back to 2008—and they don’t require any further embellishment from me. Nick pointed out that the bars on the charts for the 2015 calendar year represent January imports only. The golds stocks opened down—and hit their low ticks minutes later, before rallying back to unchanged. They were a hair into positive territory, but that changed at precisely 1 p.m. EDT when they got sold down for an hour or so, before rallying a bit into the close. The HUI finished down 0.55 percent, which wasn’t bad considering the price action. Palladium’s price chart was a mini version of the platinum chart, although the rally that began in that metal shortly after 2 p.m. Hong Kong time, it didn’t get its comeuppance from “da boyz” until minutes after 9:00 a.m. EDT. After that it also traded flat into the close of electronic trading. It was the only precious metal to close up on the day at $761 spot—a gain of 7 bucks. It was another fairly slow news day yesterday—and the pickings were reasonably slim, but I hope you find a few that interest you. The combination of JPMorgan taking delivery of a large amount of physical silver long after my speculation that it was doing so, plus the ill-timed manipulation charges against Kraft gave me, I believe, the rope of specificity to hang these crooks. And barring any legitimate explanation by either the CFTC, JPMorgan or the CME, all must be considered illegitimate and corrupt. Although I become weary at how blatant and obnoxious the roles all three principal participants in the silver manipulation have become, I think I am made wearier by the lack of involvement by some fellow commentators (certainly not all) and, particularly, by the lack of involvement by mining company management. As many of you have suggested to me, you would think the miners would be all over this. So would I. At the same time I fully concede that the COMEX silver manipulation has grown stronger, I also know the resultant effect on silver mining will come in time. While total primary silver mine production has not declined in accordance with the extremely depressed price, that is due to the long lead times necessary to open and close a silver mine. One thing for certain is that silver exploration has taken it on the chin and we are delaying future mine production and creating gaps in the time and quantity of future mine supplies. One would think that this would be obvious to every mining manager and that they would be responding to the one specific cause of low price – futures contract positioning on the COMEX. I believe an important opportunity has been presented to mine managers by the double standard demonstrated by the CFTC in the Kraft wheat case; but if they don’t petition the agency, the opportunity is lost. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 08 April 2015 Well, dear reader, it was just another slice off all four precious metal salamis yesterday, as JPMorgan et al do their thing once again. The only question remaining is; will these slices be thin—and over a long period of time, or will they take a meat cleaver to it—and do it in a couple of large chunks? I don’t know—and neither does anyone else. But, having said that, the internal COT structure is still pretty bullish in gold—and silver’s COT number are market neutral, so there certainly could be a countertrend rally at some point, but that will only occur if “da boyz” allow it. And how those rallies might go is entirely up to them as well. Here are the charts for all four precious metals, so you can see the latest slices for yourself.
Justin’s note: Today, Doug’s longtime friend and colleague Bill Bonner provides an update on what’s going on in Washington…and paints an ugly picture for what’s to come. He also shares his thoughts on the recent surge in cryptocurrencies… By Bill Bonner, chairman, Bonner & Partners “Do you still have that physical bitcoin I gave you?” A couple of years ago, a friend gave us a physical bitcoin, suggesting we should take an interest in cryptocurrencies. “I hope you didn’t lose it. That coin is now a collector’s item. It sells for more than $10,000 on eBay.” We searched high and low. We couldn’t find it. Did we give it to our grandson? Did it end up in the laundry? Did we give it to a porter as a tip? It must be somewhere. We’ll keep looking. Back in the Game Bitcoin is back. Here’s Forbes: They’re ba-aa-ack. Whether it’s the Chinese, or the Koreans, or the Russians or us Americans is anybody’s guess at this moment, but what it looks like for a few cryptocurrency players out there is that the Chinese have found a new way to get back into the game. Last month, China banned initial coin offerings (ICOs) – a way crypto ventures raise capital – and crypto exchanges, websites that allow you to exchange your government fiat currency for cryptocurrencies. It looked to many as though it was the end of the road for bitcoin. The bitcoin price fell to $3,200 from its all-time high of $5,000. Now, it’s back over $4,100. Strange website could let you earn $860+ a WEEK! Did you see this strange website sweeping across America? A growing number of retirees are using it to invest in a little-known market of 900+ companies. And they’re collecting gains unlike anything we’ve seen in the traditional stock market in decades. It’s free to join. There’s no hassle. And over 33,000 users are signing up every day. And the crazy part? Some have collected $860 or more a month! Simply by trading tiny $0.01 plays… Check it out here… Recommended Link Recommended Link And last week, Japan – the main beneficiary of China’s clampdown – approved 11 cryptocurrency exchanges. Money talks, and it’s hard to argue with people who are getting rich. For instance, subscribers of Palm Beach Confidential, one of the advisory services from the Palm Beach Research Group, have had the chance to strike it rich on recommendations from colleague Teeka Tiwari. Last April, after it had just launched, Teeka recommended what’s now the world’s second most valuable crypto asset. Then, it was about $9. Now, it’s over $300. And in February, he recommended one of the hottest Chinese crypto ventures. It was 12 cents at the time. Today, it’s selling for more than $32. Let’s see… if you’d invested $1,000, you’d have more than $250,000 now. Finally, we checked with our son Will, the Bonner family’s in-house cryptocurrency enthusiast. A while back, he urged us to speculate with some of the family money in the crypto casino. “We’re up about 85% since we invested in June,” Will reported back. Novelty Tech Will is more open-minded than we are. He likes technology… and believes it will improve the future. We’re not so sure. The last tech innovation that clearly improved our lives was air conditioning, invented by American engineer Willis Carrier in 1902. When we could finally afford it, in 1990, it made the Maryland summers much more agreeable. Penicillin, discovered by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming in 1928, was a big help, too; it saved our lives when we had pneumonia in 1954. As for the rest, we could take them or leave them. And cryptocurrencies? As far as we’re concerned, they’re still a novelty… and, as money, still unproven. So, we do not advise following our example. Not unless you can lose your money but keep your sense of humor. Is the Final Collapse of the U.S. Dollar Underway? As the Dow continues to hit record highs, the U.S. dollar is off to its worst start since 1985—down 9% this year. What does it mean for investors? Doug Casey has a unique take on the situation. For full details, click here. — Party of Trump Speaking of a sense of humor… As expected, Trumpismo is shaping up to be a third political force. Reports The New York Times: [Steve Bannon] and [billionaire hedge-fund manager Robert] Mercer began hashing out a rough outline for a “shadow party” that would advance Mr. Trump’s America First agenda – even if Mr. Trump himself strayed from it – during a five-hour meeting last month at the family’s Long Island estate a couple of days before Mr. Bannon’s resignation from the White House. […] Bannon and the Mercers also stand out as more pugilistic in their tactics and ideology, bonding less over a shared cohesive political ideology than over a desire to disrupt the political establishment – the Republican establishment in particular. When Team Trump’s tax reform push fails, they are going to need someone to blame. They won’t blame themselves, of course. Neither for being unable to come up with a plan their party could fully support… nor for misleading the public by offering to do something they couldn’t do (pass a major tax reform)… nor for even greater deceit of promising something that no one could ever do (boosting real growth by cutting taxes without also cutting spending). Unless the feds cut spending, a tax cut is a fraud. When the tax reform measure fails, what will its supporters do? Always here to help, we suggest the Trumpistas in Washington “fall upon their swords,” like Cato the Younger… or open their bellies with a knife, like the last true samurai, Saigō Takamori. Instead, they’ll blame the Republican leadership in Congress. Which is all right with us, too. House Republicans are mostly swamp critters. Devil in the Detail Whatever comes of it, the proposed tax cuts won’t help the middle class or the economy. The Deep State controls the feds… and most emphatically, it controls the details of tax policies. It doesn’t matter what the news headlines report… or what POTUS tweets… The devil in those details will make sure that the swamp gets more, not less, of the nation’s wealth. Mr. Trump calls his tax proposal a “miracle for the middle class.” Yes, it would be a miracle if it passed. And it would be another miracle – like turning base metal into gold – if it did anything for the middle class. Our friend and budget advisor to President Reagan, David Stockman, calculates that the typical middle-class family could expect annual tax savings of precisely $5. With that money, you might be able to buy a “Make America Great Again” hat on eBay. Or not. The feds… the swamp… the Deep State… and the Trumpistas in Washington – all are sucking on the economy like leeches. They disguise and delay the damage with their phony reforms… fake money… fraudulent statistics, and flimflam claims. The first crisis will be a crash and a depression. The second – after another massive “stimulus” from the authorities – will be raging, bubbling inflation. Then, those MAGA hats will probably be collector’s items, too… and sell for $1,000 each… …which will be about enough to buy a coffee at Starbucks. 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3 min read Next Article Image credit: Facebook via PC Mag Updates to the bot platform for Facebook Messenger will let you play a song directly from Spotify and ask questions of small businesses, among other new features. Facebook Teaches its Bots New Tricks Facebook’s Messenger app has a bot infestation. There are more than 100,000 of them on the platform, head of Messenger David Marcus said at the Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference on Tuesday. That’s up from just 33,000 in September, and none last April, when the bot integration was announced.The artificial intelligence-powered bots can help you do things such as book flights, order pizza and check the weather from within Messenger conversations, but they’re poised to become even more useful with the rollout of Messenger Platform 2.0. Perhaps the most noteworthy additions have to do with music: a new Spotify bot lets you suggest a song in a conversation and immediately play it, and a similar Apple Music bot is in the works.To help you sort through the massive and growing collection, the new platform offers a separate tab just for bots and will also suggest bots to use based on the conversation you’re having with a friend or a group.The Discover tab, currently in a limited beta for U.S. users (you’ll only see it if Facebook selects you to participate), allows quick access to suggested bots directly from the Messenger home screen. Companies have to apply to have their bot featured here, so this is only for the cream of the crop.The in-conversation bot suggestion feature, meanwhile, is based on the recently resurrected “M” virtual assistant. It, too, is in beta, and currently only works with Delivery.com. When your Messenger chat with your friend inevitably turns into a complaint about how hungry you are, M may step in to suggest placing an order from the service, which competes with the likes of Grubhub and Yelp’s Eat24. The M assistant can also now suggest stickers, remind you about appointments and facilitate in-app payments to your friends.Other new bot features include the ability for restaurants or other busy small businesses to offer AI-powered replies to messages sent via their Facebook page. That’s great in theory, but creating the responses is up to the restaurant, which means if you ask a detailed question about the menu, you’ll likely end up getting a response to call or check the website. There are also new gaming features for bots, like the ability to challenge your friends to play titles in Messenger’s gaming tab.Also at f8 today, Facebook showed off the new Spaces app, the company’s latest offering for people who want to share photos and videos with their friends online, and a new Camera Effects platform that will let users express themselves in photos and videos using the latest augmented reality. This story originally appeared on PCMag 42shares Facebook The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue News reporter April 19, 2017 Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Tom Brant
Add to Queue Built-In Chrome Ad Blocker Coming Early 2018 Next Article Image credit: shutterstock Apply Now » Google Chrome 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares News reporter Starting early next year, Google’s Chrome web browser will automatically block some of the most annoying and intrusive internet advertisements, including those that automatically play audio or prevent you from viewing a web page.Google is a member of the Coalition for Better Ads, which recently published guidelines to convince advertisers to stop using annoying ad formats. Google will design Chrome’s ad blocker to filter out ads that don’t meet those guidelines, the company announced on Thursday. “In dialogue with the Coalition and other industry groups, we plan to have Chrome stop showing ads (including those owned or served by Google) on websites that are not compliant with the Better Ads Standards starting in early 2018,” Google Vice President of Ads & Commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy wrote in a blog post. Rumors of the blocker first surfaced last month.Ramaswamy didn’t offer more details about how the ad blocker would work or whether users would be able to deactivate it, but he hinted that the new feature will be similar to how Chrome currently deals with other internet annoyances, like blocking pop-ups in new tabs. There are currently four types of desktop ads and eight types of mobile ads that the Coalition deems unacceptable and that Chrome will likely block, ranging from ads that cover more than 30 percent of a website to large “sticky” ads that remain covering a portion of the page even when a user scrolls through it.While it might seem counterintuitive that Google would move to block ads — no matter how annoying they are — from its own network in its own web browser, the company has concluded that doing so is the best way to curb the rise of third-party blockers that remove all ads, not just those that are intrusive.”These frustrating experiences can lead some people to block all ads — taking a big toll on the content creators, journalists, web developers and videographers who depend on ads to fund their content creation,” Ramaswamy wrote. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Starting early next year, Google’s Chrome web browser will automatically block some of the most annoying and intrusive internet advertisements. June 2, 2017 Tom Brant
Cannabis Image credit: Yarygin | Getty Images Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article –shares Add to Queue Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. The idea of circumventing federal law and creating a state-held bank in California to serve the marijuana industry moved from words into action this month, but whether it’s viable remains to be seen.That’s the purpose of a new feasibility study launched by state Treasurer John Chiang and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Chiang’s department will focus on the financial and operational issues, Becerra’s on the legal. Both have their potential roadblocks.Even Chiang voiced caution about the idea in remarks made at a recent news conference, evoking, of all things, the potato chip: “Today we are taking the next steps in determining the practical considerations that could lead to the creation of a public bank. Is there a solution there? Maybe. Or is it like a potato chip? It tastes good going down but is ultimately of no nutritional value.”Related: The Opioid Crisis Is Forcing Open Minds About the Lifesaving Potential of Medical MarijuanaWhy a public bank?The idea for a public bank arose because of the growing marijuana industry in California. Medical marijuana has been available there since the mid-1990s, and recreational pot went on sale at the start of this year.However, just like everywhere else in the United States where marijuana is legal, cannabis business owners are stuck dealing in cash only. Ironically, despite being involved with a multi-billion-dollar industry, they are in a similar position as the black-market marijuana dealers were before legalization.That’s because marijuana remains a Schedule I illegal drug at the federal level. Banks, fearing entanglements in federal law, will not extend banking services to marijuana businesses. No credit, no accounts, no vault. Marijuana businesses face added security issues dealing with cash, as well as potential penalties for paying state taxes and fees in cash.A state-owned bank that deals with the marijuana industry could solve the problem. In an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times, David Dayen wrote, “It’s certainly worth fighting this battle on behalf of thousands of California residents who want to thrive in a state-approved industry.”Related: Cannabis Industry Heads to Washington to Tell Congress What It Needs to ThriveBig obstaclesIn announcing the study, Chiang gave a brief history lesson on the creation of public banks in the past. One that is still going is the Bank of North Dakota, founded in 1919 when private banks failed to support local farmers.Chiang said that public banks are needed when the people decide that private banks no longer have their interests at heart. He pointed to the Wall Street meltdown of last decade and the more recent banking scandals at Wells Fargo as incidents that have robbed people of their faith in private banks.He also pointed out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in rescinding the Cole Memo that gave states protection from federal government interference in the legal marijuana trade, is another sign that the current administration in Washington is “out of step with the will of the people … not only those in California, but the 29 states that have legalized either or both medicinal and recreational-use cannabis.”The new feasibility study will focus on potential roadblocks that face creation of a state-run bank. One of those is determining how the bank would be funded. A huge challenges to overcome would be getting federal deposit insurance and access to federally controlled networks for the interbank transfer of funds. The attorney general’s office will determine regulatory issues and whether the bank could provide the sort of protections from federal interference that the state is seeking.Despite the obstacles, Chiang — a candidate for governor — said the effort is worthwhile: “Until the slow, clunking machinery of the federal government catches up with the values and will of the people it purportedly serves, states like California will continue to both resist, and more importantly, to lead.”To stay up to date on the latest marijuana related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Exclusion from federally regulated banks is a big problem for the cannabis industry that California is considering how to solve. 4 min read dispensaries.com February 27, 2018 California Studies Viability of a Public Bank for Marijuana Businesses Guest Writer Green Entrepreneur Podcast Listen Now
–shares Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. 2 min read Download Our Free Android App Next Article Add to Queue Entertainment July 30, 2018 Entrepreneur Staff Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneur Jonathan Small Image credit: Slaven Vlasic | Getty Images Free Green Entrepreneur App Ryan Reynolds May Star in a Movie Called ‘Stoned Alone’ The plot sounds strangely familiar, but with a slight twist. A 20-something, weed-growing stoner misses his flight for a holiday ski trip and must spend the night at home alone. As he gets high, a bunch of clueless house thieves try to break into his house, forcing him to thwart the robbery in highly comical ways. That’s the premise of the movie Stoned Alone currently being developed by Deadpool star Ryan Reynold, who is attached as a producer and potential star. According to Deadline Hollywood, the movie is the brainchild of a Fox executive who was looking for a way to revamp one of the studio’s highest grossing movies of all time, Home Alone. That classic 1990 film grossed $476 million, spawned two sequels, and made Macaulay Culkin a star. Related: Celebs Explain Why They’re In The Canna-BusinessWhile Reynolds has not made any public pronouncements about cannabis or whether or not he’s a user, he’s a Canadian. And we all know that Canada has a somewhat liberal take on the plant, as evidenced by their recent vote to legalize weed nationally.Related: Canada Legalizes CannabisHollywood has a long tradition of stoner movies. Films such as 1936’s Reefer Madness, Cheech & Chong’s 70’s and 80’s cult comedies, Half Baked and Dazed and Confused in the 90s, and more recently Pineapple Express and Your Highness frequently portray hilarious, but not-so-positive portrayals of pot smokers. Stoned Alone doesn’t sound much different, which should be good for box office numbers, but not so good for cannabis’s already sketchy image. From Deadpool to Dabpool, Reynolds is producing and potentially starring in a ‘Home Alone’ spoof.
September 4, 2014 Yelp 3 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue Popular social-review site Yelp is making headlines after angry small-business owners are once again accusing the company of manipulating user ratings in order to sell ads, a strategy they claim equals extortion. And once again, these entrepreneurs’ pleas have been silenced by the justice system.This week, a federal appeals court came down on Yelp’s side, ruling that the company’s sales strategies do not extort businesses, but can instead be classified as perfectly legal “hard bargaining.” This particular lawsuit originated in 2010, when four small business owners sued the company for extortion, claiming that after they turned down paid advertising from the company, bad reviews suddenly resurfaced, while good reviews were buried.Related: 6 Ways to Harness the Power of Review SitesThe Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that even if these allegations are true, Yelp still isn’t guilty of extortion. According to the verdict, Yelp has the right to charge for its ads, and thus review manipulation is “at most, hard bargaining.” Ultimately, small businesses don’t have a “pre-existing right to have positive reviews appear on Yelp’s website,” the court said.Boris Levitt, one of the plaintiffs and the owner of a furniture business, alleged that after he refused to advertise with Yelp, several five-star reviews suddenly disappeared from his company’s page, causing his overall star rating to fall. Dr. Tracy Chan, another plaintiff, told the court a Yelp sales representative promised to improve her ratings by burying negative reviews if she agreed to buy advertising.While the court’s decision means such practices are legal, Yelp continues to vehemently deny it employs them. “For years, fringe commentators have accused Yelp of altering business ratings for money,” the company wrote in a recent blog post. “Yelp has never done this and individuals making such claims are either misinformed, or more typically, have an axe to grind –whether businesses upset that Yelp will not remove reviews they don’t like, or unscrupulous internet marketing ‘experts’ trying to make a buck off of honest business owners with dubious reputation management schemes.”Related: In the Face of Ruinous Online Reviews, Businesses Today Are Turning the TablesYelp has repeatedly been taken to court over these charges. (In 2011, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Yelp was protected from accusations that it offered to highlight positive reviews and hide negative ones in exchange for paid advertising.)While legal, it’s presumably not great for Yelp’s reputation if the public thinks the company is tinkering with its review-filtering algorithm based on whether or not a company pays for advertising.”On the surface, you’d think this news would be an endorsement for Yelp,” Gartner Research Director Brian Blau told the San Francisco Chronicle. But the ruling could raise potentially uncomfortable questions for the company: “If Yelp is permitted to do this, will they? They said they aren’t, but will they in the future? That’s going to be the bigger question.”Related: Hotel Says $500 Fine on Negative Yelp Reviews Was a Joke Next Article –shares Apply Now » Guest Writer Appeals Court Rules That Yelp’s Ad Sales Tactics Aren’t Extortion, Just ‘Hard Bargaining’ Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Laura Entis
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 29 2019A medicine currently being tested as a chemoprevention agent for multiple types of cancer has more than one trick in its bag when it comes to preventing stomach cancer, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.The investigators found that in addition to its known ability to block the production of cell growth compounds, the drug DFMO (difluoromethylornithine) acts directly on the bacterium Helicobacter pylori to reduce its virulence. H. pylori infection is the primary cause of gastric cancer.The findings, reported in the March 12 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, support further studies of DFMO for the prevention of stomach cancer, the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.H. pylori infects the stomachs of half of the human population, but only about 1 percent of infected individuals develop stomach cancer. Although it’s possible to treat the infection to prevent stomach cancer, it’s not clear whom to treat. Plus, the bug may be conferring beneficial effects — esophageal reflux diseases, asthma and other allergic disorders occur more frequently in people who are not infected with H. pylori.”H. pylori has co-evolved with humans for at least 60,000 years, probably longer, and attempting to prevent stomach cancer by eliminating the infection with widespread use of antibiotics is not necessarily a good idea,” said Keith Wilson, MD, Thomas F. Frist Sr. Professor of Medicine and professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology.”Our study suggests that it might be possible to reduce the virulence of the bacteria, without having to eliminate it. It’s a speculative and unusual way to think about an infection, but it could be an interesting strategy.”Wilson, who also directs the Vanderbilt Center for Mucosal Inflammation and Cancer, and his team previously linked the production of cell growth compounds called polyamines to the development of stomach cancer in an H. pylori-infected animal model. They demonstrated that treatment of the animals with DFMO, which inhibits an enzyme that is key to the production of polyamines, prevents stomach cancer.Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedSpecial blood test may predict relapse risk for breast cancer patientsStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskTheir findings are the basis for an ongoing clinical trial of DFMO for stomach cancer prevention in Honduras and Puerto Rico.Patients with pre-malignant lesions in the stomach, as determined by endoscopy, are enrolled in the trial of DFMO and will be studied for disease progression.To further explore how DFMO works, J. Carolina Sierra, PhD, research instructor in Medicine, collected H. pyloribacteria from infected animals that had been treated (or not) with DFMO. Using an in vitro test, she assessed the activity of one of the main H. pylori virulence factors, a protein called CagA. CagA is “injected” into stomach epithelial cells, where it contributes to oncogenic signaling pathways.”What we noticed is that bacterial strains coming from DFMO-treated animals have reduced ability to move this virulence factor into epithelial cells,” Sierra said.The researchers discovered that DFMO treatment — in animals or in vitro — caused mutations in the H. pylori gene that encodes CagY, part of the translocation machinery that injects CagA into cells.They demonstrated that animals infected with H. pylori strains containing mutations in the CagY gene did not develop stomach cancer.This finding, Wilson said, supports using DFMO or other tools to reduce H. pylori virulence for cancer prevention.”This drug (DFMO), which inhibits a very specific enzymatic pathway, also has what some might call ‘off target’ effects: it causes mutations in an H. pylori gene that affects the translocation of CagA,” Wilson said. “The vast majority of gastric cancer is associated with strains that are CagA-positive. If this drug interferes with CagA activity, that’s an added bonus.”The investigators will analyze H. pylori strains isolated from the DFMO trial participants in Honduras and Puerto Rico to determine if there is a similar reduction of bacterial virulence in people.Source: http://news.vumc.org/2019/03/28/cancer-prevention-drug-disables-h-pylori/
In India, 190m people still do not have bank accounts, but the percentage of the population who do have accounts has steadily increased to 80%. In 2017, however, nearly half of all bank accounts in the country had seen no activity over the whole of the previous year. One of the reasons is financial literacy, which remains low both in India and many other developing countries. Many people in India have said they are simply unaware of the different benefits of a bank account, such as overdraft facilities or credit schemes. As many as 62% of the world’s unbanked have received only a primary-level education or less, and in poorer countries the proportion is almost certainly going to be higher. Expecting such people to make complex currency conversions into a new virtual currency is asking a lot. In the first place, there is a need for financial literacy measures and initiatives aimed at motivating them to use the services available. Without this additional support, there is a strong risk that Facebook will boast large numbers of sign-ups but very low rates of transactions from the people who are most in need. Big worldOnly a few days since Facebook’s announcement, libra has faced strong pushback from regulators and policymakers around the world. There is much concern about this proposed shift of power from central banks to a private corporation. But aside from questions about the ethics of data privacy or the creation of a supranational currency, libra faces an important practical question. On the one hand, it is not clear how a model such as libra, where there will presumably be little or no physical presence in many countries, would interact with and adhere to local regulations. On the other hand, if it does conform to the local standards of each country, it is unclear how it will overcome challenges like signing people up and strict documentation requirements. Will it really be able to serve the unbanked better than local providers who are used to the challenges in that specific market already? Entrepreneurs and businesses can either start with a problem and think of the best way to solve it; or they can start with a solution and find the biggest and best problem it might solve. I’m not convinced that libra is a good move in either direction. Facebook either has a huge amount of work to do to adapt its solution to fit the problem better, or it needs to redefine the problem that it is trying to fix. Explore further Citation: Libra: Facebook’s cryptocurrency will not help the billions of people currently excluded from banks (2019, June 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-libra-facebook-cryptocurrency-billions-people.html When Facebook unveiled its new digital currency libra, it explicitly said the initiative was intended to address the problems faced by the world’s unbanked: the 1.7 billion people without a bank account. As well as facing inconvenience, these people generally pay over the odds for financial services like bank transfers or overdrafts. This is a pretty big potential market for Facebook so it’s not surprising that it would target the opportunity. But could libra really transform access to financial services for those who are currently excluded? There are reasons to raise serious doubts. Across the world, the main reasons people give for not holding a bank account is that they don’t have enough money, don’t see the need for an account, find it too expensive, or another family member already has one. Not having the right documentation is also a barrier, as is distrust in the financial system. But the specific barriers to financial inclusion vary significantly by region and are usually a combination of social and economic factors. For instance, while cost is a big barrier in Latin America, lack of documentation is the big issue in Zimbabwe and Philippines. This makes it difficult for any one intervention to be a solution to this huge group of people. Worryingly, the Facebook “white paper” that outlines libra does not really engage with these problems or say how it plans to overcome them. Trust and financial literacyPeople’s trust in institutions can be very important in influencing the extent to which they use their services, as I have found from my own work into microfinance, which I have presented at conferences but is yet to be published in an academic journal. I have found that people are more likely to choose something familiar over something novel. Since libra will be a new currency relying on digital wallets and built on blockchain online ledger technology, it is not short of novelties. Inspiring trust is therefore likely to be a major challenge. And simply signing someone up to an account—be it a bank account or a digital wallet—is only part of the financial inclusion challenge. Credit: NIKS ADS Provided by The Conversation This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. How cryptocurrencies can replace other pay options This document is subject to copyright. 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SHARE Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is planning to protest against the NDA government for ignoring its election promise of granting special status to the State, by going on a day-long hunger strike in New Delhi on Monday. He announced the decision in the State Assembly at Amaravati on Friday, the last day of the Budget session, while replying to the debate on the Vote-on-Account Budget.Accusing the NDA government led by the BJP, in particular Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of going back on the promises made to the AP people in 2014 during the joint election campaign by the Telugu Desam Party and the BJP, Naidu alleged that the Prime Minister simply did not bother about the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, the promise of granting special category status to the State made by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Rajya Sabha, and his (Prime Minister Modi’s) own promises made to the people in 2014. “The Prime Minister is planning to visit the State later this month. What will he tell the people of Andhra Pradesh at Guntur and Visakhapatnam where he is planning to hold meetings?” the Chief Minister wondered. He also criticised the Rafale deal, demonetisation and the Prime Minister’s speech in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. “Yesterday, the honourable Prime Minister castigated the Congress for its subversive role in the past in toppling State governments right from the Namboodiripad-Government of Kerala in 1959 to the NTR government in the early 1980s. Today, the Karnataka Chief Minister has openly accused the BJP’s State unit of destabilising his government,” Naidu said.It is learnt that Naidu will undertake his protest programme in the Andhra Bhavan in New Delhi from 8 am to 8 pm. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENT Andhra Pradesh February 08, 2019 COMMENTS