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Liverpool assistant manager taking a break

first_imgLiverpool have announced that assistant manager Zeljko Buvac will be absent from the team for the rest of the season due to personal reasonsBuvac has been an assistant to Jurgen Klopp since 2001 at German club Mainz and has followed him to both Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool over the past 17 years.There were reports that the two men had a falling out, but BBC understands that Buvac remains an employee of the club and that the matter is a private issue that will not be discussed.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Together with Buvac, Klopp has won the Bundesliga title twice in 2011 and 2012 and reached the final of the Europa League in 2016.After Liverpool’s goalless draw against Stoke City on Saturday at Anfield, the club have now returned their attention to Wednesday’s second leg against AS Roma in the semi-finals of the Champions League with The Reds looking to win the competition for the first time since their memorable victory in the 2005 final in Istanbul against AC Milan.last_img read more

Marcelo remains silent on Juventus links

first_imgReal Madrid’s Marcelo has refused to comment on speculation linking him with a surprise reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo at JuventusThe Portuguese star made the shock decision last month to end his trophy-laden nine-year spell at Real in favour of a new challenge and fresh environment at Juventus for this season.But since Ronaldo begun his pre-season training program alongside his new teammates in Turin, reports have emerged in Italy suggesting that the 33-year-old has asked the club board to sign Marcelo.Together the duo won four Champions League titles at Real and formed a close friendship with each other.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.But speaking ahead to Real’s derby showdown with Atletico Madrid in today’s UEFA Super Cup, Marcelo remained silent on the subject.“I’m not going to comment on my future, I’m just here to talk about the UEFA Super Cup,” said the Brazilian on the club website.Juventus’ own left-back Alex Sandro has been linked himself with a €50m exit this summer.last_img read more

VAR replay helps Barca secure win

first_imgBarcelona maintained their perfect start to the new La Liga season thanks to Video Assistant Referees replay, according to ESPN.The Catalan club secured a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid on Saturday night after the use of VAR replay proved to be difference.Ousmane Dembele scored the only goal in the 57th minute to give the Ernesto Valverde’s men all three points to maintain their perfect start to the season.The Spanish champions began the game with a front four of Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi but the quartet had trouble clicking on a ripped-up pitch in Valladolid.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.However, the former Borussia Dortmund winger pounced on a cushioned header back into the box from midfielder Sergio Roberto and lashed his first-time right-footed shot past goalkeeper Jordi Masip and into the far corner.Rayo Vallecano thought they’d worked an equaliser late in second-half stoppage-time but the goal was correctly ruled offside after a VAR replay.The victory ensures Barcelona begin their title defence in fine fashion after defeating Deportivo Alaves 3-o last week at the Camp Nou.last_img read more

Benitez discusses details of meeting with Ashley

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez insists nothing has changed despite having a meeting with club owner Mike Ashley.Ashley met the former Real Madrid manager at St. James Park following last weekend’s 3-0 home win against Cardiff City.Benitez, who has refused to talk about potential addictions during this transfer window since admitting he was concerned after the Magpies loss to Liverpool last month, wouldn’t reveal much about his meeting with Ashley, who has been pushing the manager to sign a new contract for the past 12 months.However, the 58-year-old, who is expected to leave the club in the summer when his contract expires if the club refuse to invest in the squad, says the situation has not changed.Asked if he was happier after speaking to Ashley, Benitez said: “I’m exactly the same.”“I don’t need to talk about what we were talking about, because it was a private conversation.”“But, more or less, we’re in the same situation. We have to wait.”Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…Asked by the Gazette if he was still worried, Benitez said:“We are where we are, so we will see.”Ashley, who put Newcastle up for sale 18 months ago, congratulated Benitez and the players on the Cardiff win.The result lifted the club out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.“We had a good conversation,” said Benitez.”“We were talking about Cardiff, the three points and everything. It’s fine, but still we are where we are.”last_img read more

2020 VW Golf slated for techrich October debut report says

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Originally, it was believed that the 2020 Volkswagen Golf would make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, perhaps alongside the ID electric hatchback’s production form. Now, a new report points to a later debut, but based on what the Golf will carry with it, the wait sounds worth it.The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is currently scheduled to make its formal debut in October, Automotive News Europe reported Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the matter. There are, according to ANE, two reasons for this: First, Volkswagen wants the ID to steal the spotlight at the show, as it’s a pretty important vehicle for the automaker; also, as earlier reports noted, VW did have some software setbacks to work through.But the Golf that shows itself to the world in October will be reportedly worth the weight. ANE’s report says that the eighth generation is positioning itself as “the benchmark for connectivity.” Standard features will allegedly include lane-keep assist, LED headlights and a massive digital cockpit in addition to a center-console screen no smaller than 8.25 inches.In addition to all that kit, most of which is currently relegated to more expensive Golf trims, there’s some interesting digital tech in there. The vehicle will reportedly be capable of vehicle-to-x communication, likely using the DSRC standard (802.11p) that the automaker has championed in the past. The new Golf should also carry a digital key option, which allows the vehicle to be opened using a phone instead of a key, although it’s unclear if this technology will rely on near-field communication like Hyundai’s, or if it will use Bluetooth Low Energy like the Tesla Model 3.The 2020 VW Golf will enter production in Wolfsburg, Germany, in the third quarter of 2019, the report says. Europe will be first to take a crack at the new hatchback; as with generations past, it’ll take about a year or so for the new Golf to make its way to the US. Hatchbacks Future Cars Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Volkswagen Review • 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen: Stirring sensibility 23 Photoscenter_img 1 More From Roadshow 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a hot hatch for grown-ups Comment More about 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Share your voice Volkswagenlast_img read more

French president considers trip to Iran after Rouhani invite

first_imgFrench president Emmnauel Macron talks with French minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on 13 October 2017. Photo ReutersFrench President Emmanuel Macron is considering visiting Iran after speaking by phone with his Iranian counterpart as US president said he was “decertifying” the nuclear deal with Tehran, the Elysee presidential office said Friday.Macron told Iranian president Hassan Rouhani that France remained committed to the 2015 nuclear agreement which, besides the USA, was also negotiated with Britain, China, Russia and Germany.“A trip to Iran by the president, at the invitation of president Rouhani, has been considered,” the Elysee said, while the Iranian presidential website said the visit would happen next year.Macron said the US decision “will not put an end to the Iranian nuclear accord and that together all the parties in France and its European partners will continue to meet their commitments.”Rouhani assured Macron that Iran in turn “will continue to carry out its commitments” in the nuclear accord, the Elysee said.The French leader added that it was also necessary to have a dialogue with Iran on other strategic issues including Tehran’s ballistic missile programme and stability in the region.Macron also spoke to Rouhani of his “wish to work with Iran for a lasting political solution to the Syrian crisis.” Tehran is a supporter of president Bashar al-Assad’s regime.Macron’s visit to Iran would be the first by a French head of state or government since 1976. French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is set to travel to the Islamic Republic in the next few weeks.Earlier on Friday, the leaders of France, Germany and Britain issued a joint statement saying they were “concerned” about Trump’s decision while reiterating their commitment to the deal.last_img read more

Political Roundup Rep Conyers Resigns And Senate Republicans Pass Tax Bill

first_img Share It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how it all might affect Houston and Texas.Some of the stories we discuss this week include Senate Republicans passing a $1.4 trillion tax bill, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) stepping down from Congress amid allegations of sexual misconduct, and the U.S. Supreme Court taking up the case of a baker who refused to create cakes for same-sex weddings.Our panel of experts this week includes: Jeremi Suri from UT-Austin and Andrew Schneider, politics and government reporter for News 88.7. 00:00 /12:42 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listenlast_img read more

Facebook Stock Inches Up After Steep Declines DeleteFacebook Gains Momentum

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The company is the target of a class-action lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a San Francisco federal court by shareholders who allege Facebook misled them because it didn’t disclose the unauthorized access to user data by Cambridge Analytica. Facebook also is facing an FTC probe and lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe have called for hearings on the matter.In statements to the media, Facebook has said Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg are working “around the clock” to address the issue.“The entire company is outraged we were deceived,” Facebook said in a statement released Tuesday. “We are committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people’s information and will take whatever steps are required to see that this happens.”So far, the Cambridge Analytica news and the #DeleteFacebook campaign do not appear to be slowing down new, first-time installs of the Facebook app, according to mobile-analytics research firm Sensor Tower. (The firm does not provide info on app uninstalls.)Since Monday, user ratings for the Facebook app in Apple’s App Store have about 86% negative sentiment (two or fewer stars out of five), but that’s only slightly higher than the 83% negative sentiment during the two weeks prior to the Cambridge Analytica news breaking. In addition, less than 10% of reviews for the app so far this week mention Cambridge Analytica or data-privacy concerns, per Sensor Tower. In the wake of the controversy, the hashtag “#DeleteFacebook” has been gaining steam as users vent their frustration. On Tuesday, Brian Acton, one of the founders of WhatsApp — which Facebook acquired in a deal valued at $19 billion — called for a boycott in a tweet: “It is time. #deletefacebook.”Acton is now executive chairman of Signal Foundation, a non-profit org developing open-source privacy technology. He has a net worth of $5.5 billion, according to Forbes estimates.Also Tuesday, venture-capital investor Roger McNamee — one of Facebook’s earliest backers — warned in an interview with CNN that the company’s top executives are failing to deal with a crisis that could “destroy” it.“They haven’t even taken the first step of admitting there’s a problem,” he said in the interview. “If they don’t do something pretty soon, people are going to realize they can’t trust Facebook anymore” and that could “threaten them permanently.” McNamee, who still holds Facebook stock, added that Facebook senior execs “are not talking to me anymore, so I have to communicate through the press.”On Wednesday, CFRA Research upgraded its rating on Facebook from “buy” to “strong buy,” but cut its 12-month price target on the stock by $40 per share, to $120.“Applying discounts, given more reputational and regulatory risks related to the Cambridge Analytica situation, results in our target,” CFRA director of equity research Scott Kessler wrote in a note. Although Facebook “is in the crosshairs” of regulators, legislators, and lawyers related to its policies and business practices, he added, “We believe FB will make it through this difficult period, and note a 15% decline [in the stock price] from last month’s high.”Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has not commented publicly on the Cambridge Analytica scandal. His last public post on the social service was on March 2, nearly three weeks ago. [UPDATE: Zuckerberg released a statement Wednesday afternoon acknowledging the company made “mistakes” and pledging steps to restore user trust.] UPDATED, 4:15 p.m. ET: Shares of Facebook rebounded into positive territory Wednesday, halting a two-day slide as the company and investors continue to reel from a data-privacy scandal that has damaged public trust in the social-media giant.Facebook’s stock closed up 0.7% for the day, after opening down 2% and then ticking up as much as 3% during trading Wednesday. The stock is still down 8.5% from its closing price last Friday, before details of the scandal first emerged, representing a $45.6 billion decline in Facebook’s market cap since then.The storm whipping around Facebook centers on Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based consulting firm that obtained access to details on some 50 million Facebook users — without their knowledge or consent. Cambridge Analytica did work for Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. While the firm has denied using the Facebook data in question on Trump’s behalf, Cambridge Analytica on Tuesday suspended its CEO after he was caught boasting about their extensive contributions to the campaign in a Channel 4 documentary. Facebook claims it was deceived by the researcher who turned over the data.last_img read more

On New Delhis 104th birthday iconic Coronation Park plunges into darkness

first_imgWrapped in fog in day time and wearing a sombre look, Coronation Park, the birthplace of New Delhi was plunged into darkness by sundown on Sunday, the only irony being the day coinciding with the Capital city’s 104th anniversary.The historic ground had hosted one of the grandest imperial Durbar ever in 1911, where King George V and Queen Mary were coronated as the Emperor and Empress of India and the British capital was officially shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportLocal residents oblivious to the importance of the place, let alone the day, wandered about in the park, while graffiti scrawled up on the iconic Coronation Pillar, that marks the site of the Durbar, only added to the overwhelming irony.“Is December 12 a historic day for Delhi? I don’t know. I was born in the vicinity and have seen this place from my childhood days. We used to play cricket here, and now come here on and off. But, I don’t know what this place is, whose those statues are of and December 12’s importance,” said 17-year-old Aditya Jha, when enquired about the place. Also Read – Disqualified AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, women’s wing chief join BJPThe historic land falling under the DDA, was taken up by Sheila Dikshit regime to be redeveloped as a ‘Coronation Park’, and work was to be completed by 2011, to coincide with New Delhi’s 100th anniversary.But, DDA has been missing several deadlines since then and on Saturday, it added just another to that list.As per the plans, the whole area has been redesigned keeping the Coronation Pillar as nodal point. A majestic statue of King George V, which once adorned the canopy opposite the India Gate stands amid four other statues (of Indian viceroys) placed at the four corners around the obelisk. Masons can be still seen working on several sections, and heaps of earth being piled up at the second entrance gate, while the ticket counter at the main gate is far from ready.“The whole area plunges into darkness after sunset, as the new lampposts, barring a few, have malfunctioned. We have lodged a complaint with the authorities, but they have not been restored yet,” a security guard of the park said.“But, more than the unfinished work, it is the public nuisance caused by young couples at the park which is causing discomfort to local people, especially elders, who now prefer to avoid the place,” he said.All statues except that of Lord Chelsford dissolved into darkness by evening. King George’s iconic statue adorned with his Durbar robe too disappeared after the sunset. Lord Chelmsford’s statue stood there lit up by two bright spotlights, in abject contrast to the darkness around it.INTACH Delhi Convener A G K Menon said, “It was a sad commentary that DDA can’t look after its own asset.” “The bureaucratic inertia that has delayed the project so far, and it continued this year too. The funds to carry forward the project has stopped, the willingness has stopped…I am sad about this whole state of affairs now,” Menon said.Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage has been chosen by the DDA as a consultant for the ambitious project, but continuous delay has dampened its spirit.last_img read more

8yearold Tech Mogul Theres an App for That

first_img 2 min read This story appears in the September 2010 issue of . Subscribe » August 23, 2010 Joseph Hudicka needs to make about $999,500 more before he can claim the title of young millionaire, but he’s still light-years ahead of his peers in terms of entrepreneurial success.At the age of 8, Joseph has already joined the ranks of the tech elite: He has developed two applications for the iPhone. Pretty good for a kid who doesn’t even own a mobile phone.Joseph’s first app, Puckz, went on sale in Apple’s App Store in March. The game, which combines elements of chess and ice hockey, evolved from a homemade board game Joseph created three years earlier.”I was getting bored with my other games and wanted to make my own,” he says.The explosive growth of mobile gaming inspired Joseph and his parents, Joseph Sr. and Lora, who live in Flemington, N.J., to translate Puckz to the iPhone platform, tapping mobile solutions partner [x]cube Labs to oversee the software development. Joseph supervised the creative process, suggesting color schemes, layouts and sound effects. And like every creative genius, he laments the technical limitations of the iPhone gaming experience. “I imagined Puckz in 3-D,” he says.Puckz successfully avoided the pitfalls of the notoriously labyrinthine App Store submission process, earning Apple’s approval in just one day. Joseph’s soccer-themed follow-up app, Goalz, spent several weeks in administrative limbo when Apple objected to its use of licensed trademarks. Even after Joseph removed the offending content, Apple still took its sweet time before lending its official endorsement in June. (Joseph’s theory: “Maybe they slept in late and forgot about my app.”)As of the end of June, downloads of Joseph’s two apps numbered nearly 800. After giving Apple its cut, he has netted $489. Joseph’s parents gave him permission to buy an iPhone when his app sales reach the 1,000-download milestone.Despite his early success in the tech world, it may be premature to pin Joseph as a budding entrepreneur. Right now, he’s planning to make his mark as a professional hockey player–or maybe a pro bowler. Either way, life as a software magnate may not be in the cards, because, Joseph says, “I’ve already done that.” Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

The Future of Productivity AI and Machine Learning

first_imgJuly 5, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The productivity and project management market is booming, and it’s continuing to evolve in new and exciting ways. I wanted to know what the future of artificial intelligence in project management would look like, so I reached out to founders, productivity experts and futurists who work in this space every day to ask what their predictions are for the next five and 10 years. Their answers were enlightening.We’ll use AI for decision support, not decision making.David Allen, the inventor of Getting Things Done, believes, ”Systems will get better at presenting the relevant data to optimize our experience in every situation — at the right place, at the right time. We need to think of productivity systems as supporting systems for our decision process.”Related: How to Prepare Employees to Work With AISo, we won’t yet be using AI to eliminate our decisions and automate them, but to enhance the ability to make a decision in any situation. I also think this is the next likely step for AI. Most people wouldn’t trust a computer to make decisions for them, but they do look for information to help make those decisions.Allen goes on to say, “Neither these new presentation forms nor trends like A.I. will make a decision for you. That won’t work. I see that A.I. can support your decisions but we still will use our heads to make decisions.”It’s not robots . . .When most people think of AI, they think of robots doing manual labor to get things done for us, whether it’s Rosie from The Jetsons or a robot on the assembly line at Ford. The issue I have with this is that this view is too limiting. Sure, robots will become intelligent, but so will everything else. The team behind the online video series In a Nutshell released a great explainer video about this.Right now, an app that will be able to recognize your motivation level and give you tasks that fit that level is not out of the question. Bots that can answer simple service questions and learn from the responses are already around, working with some success and some big failures.Related: Rethinking Chatbots: They’re Not Just for CustomersMark Mader, CEO at Smartsheet, thinks that thinking of AI as roving robots is missing the point, saying, “Looking further out, there’s no doubt that automation — don’t think robots, think removing mundane and unproductive work steps from your day — will increase. Machine learning will be able to predict what workers are trying to do and make their work easier. How? By automatically gathering the information they need to complete a task, populating forms and sharing them with the appropriate people.”I see a combination of both. Specifically in project management, I see a future where machines will be able to predict a change using real-time data and make changes accordingly. It’s the combination of bots and machine learning that holds the key: Think of an assembly line system pushing out barbecue equipment. The system will be able to predict that demand will increase due to an upcoming holiday and automatically tell the bots on the line to increase production. I’m not sure if there will be a human decision between them, but I think as we become more comfortable with the machines’ decisions, we’ll give them more control of the process.It’s my decision to make.AI is far from being human, let alone superhuman. As I pointed out, we’ve released machine learning bots with some pretty terrible results. Machines are not yet good at understanding context or sarcasm, so when we let them learn, they usually miss the mark.Using machines to help with a decision, however, seems like the only way forward for the moment. As a form of decision support, productivity expert Carl Pullein thinks that “machine learning and artificial intelligence [will move] towards creating productivity tools that can schedule your meetings and tasks for you and to be able to know what needs to be done based on your context, where you are and what needs to be done.”Related: Why Small Business Should Be Paying Attention to Artificial IntelligenceMachine learning enabled tools like Grammarly are already on the market, but as these decision-making aides become more well-known, they are moving into more complex areas. Think of it as your Facebook timeline algorithm or your spam filter, but for your to-do list.Just like education, access is the key to machine learning.To get a sense of where we are now, think of systems that are on and learning all of the time. Your computer browser talks to Google and Facebook and any number of companies, where what you’re doing, clicking, buying and beyond, is stored. Now with the recent trend of IoT, these things are moving away from our computers and cellphones and becoming part of our everyday lives. And gaining access to data along the way. Your smart fridge might be able to tell the local supermarket how much water you drink per week. If everyone in the local area has a smart fridge, that same supermarket would be able to make a better decision about how much water to keep stocked.Productivity psychologist Melissa Gratias sees this system working for us in our workplaces too. “Most apps and programs require the user to purposefully interface with the tool in order to use it. We will see more smart homes, smart cars and voice-activated entry points that allow the tool to be always available to the user, no matter where she is. She won’t have to stop what she’s doing to, for example, add something to her task list.”Related: Will a Robot Take My Job?So, not only will the supermarket know what to stock, but your fridge will know what to add to your shopping list for the next week. Automatically, through learned behavior.All the experts I spoke with agreed that decision support is likely the only way forward in the short term. Machines are being taught the decision preferences of humans, because they can’t discern context on their own. So, we need to educate machines on what it’s like to think like a human. Companies like Alphabet are already working on it, with projects like DeepMind at the forefront of AI and machine learning technologies. Others, like Elon Musk’s OpenAI, are working to make sure that humanity’s fears of a malevolent AI will never be realized. As we learn to trust these systems, adoption will quickly follow. And since they’re so universal, they will surely touch all industries. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free 6 min readlast_img read more

Low Inventory Drives the Hottest US Markets

first_imgLow Inventory Drives the Hottest U.S. Markets The winter cold sent home buyers scrambling for shelter, with home buyers in the beginning weeks of 2017 facing an increasingly scarce home market.A study from Realtor.com shows housing supply hitting record lows and demand staying strong despite winter traditionally being the slowest time of the year for the market. Homes are selling 4 percent faster in January 2017 than they were this time last year, despite record high prices. The reason? Record low home inventory.“We saw evidence of a stronger-than-normal off-season starting last September and October due to pent-up demand and surging interest from first-time buyers,” said Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist with Realtor.com. “The downside to this strong off-season is that we have started 2017 with a new low volume of available homes for sale and a new high for prices.”The site compiled a list of the 20 hottest housing markets in America so far this year, with California leading the nation with 12 including eight in the top 10. San Francisco sits firmly at number 1, with another California city, Santa Rosa, falling seven spots to number 19. The newest entrant to the top 20 list, Tampa, shot up 5 spots from December and is the only Florida market in the top 20.The site’s experts say the median list price reaches its lowest point in January. However, the current median of $250,000 is holding steady from December and is 10 percent higher than last year; a record for January.Smoke said buyers are becoming increasingly anxious as mortgage rates continue to rise since the November 2016 election and the Fed’s move to raise a key interest rate last year.“The threat of rates approaching multiyear highs in the months ahead is creating a sense of urgency,” Smoke said.To read the list on Realtor.com click here. January 26, 2017 672 Views homes Housing Market Inventory 2017-01-26 Phil Bankercenter_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

Last week as Cyprus deliberated on the details of

first_imgLast week, as Cyprus deliberated on the details of bank levies on deposits in the country (essentially state-approved theft), I discussed the potential Russian influence on such a deal. We saw that Russia was looking to make deals in Cyprus that would give it more control over natural-gas supplies in the Mediterranean, which in turn continues Putin’s dominance of the European energy scene. To counter this, European nations are beginning to look within their own borders for their energy needs: oil, natural gas, coal, and uranium. Every bit of energy that they can produce domestically means energy that does need to be imported from Russia. Considering the fact that Russia has shown that it is willing to shut off all natural-gas flow to Europe if it doesn’t get its way, it is a good idea for Europe to start turning on the drills. It is also no secret that Europe needs more jobs for its people. With unemployment in the Eurozone reaching 12% and youth unemployment almost 25%, governments are also desperate to find ways to keep their population productive instead of protesting in the streets. The oil and gas sector represents an industry that could potentially lend a helping hand by employing thousands of people. We firmly believe that we are in the middle of an European Energy Renaissance. Governments of Europe will begin to open up their countries to more oil and gas exploration. Regulations will be relaxed. Energy taxes will be reduced. And investors in the right companies will profit greatly. When we were the first to write about the shale potential in Europe back in 2008 and recommended the first energy company to drill an economic shale well in Europe, our subscribers were able to net a 720% return on their investments. And we believe that we have a company in our portfolio that is just as good: a junior exploration company that is sitting in the heart of Europe. By applying new technology to old fields and old wells, it may very well be sitting on the next Bakken. In our Casey Energy Report, we will also be doing a report of the energy situation in Europe to look for further opportunities for profit just like this in the near future. So ask yourselves this: Are you content with sitting in the Old World, mocking every profitable ship that passes you by? Or are you ready to set sail and explore this New World of energy with us? Additional Links and Reads Cyprus Is Sitting on a Natural-Gas Gold Mine (CNN Money) Last week’s energy CDD focused on the fact that the Russians are extremely interested in the natural-gas potential in Cyprus. But just where is the natural gas, and how much can realistically be recovered? This article outlines the basics of Cyprus’ natural-gas wealth. It is clear that such a development would change Cyprus forever… but can Cyprus last until then? New Nuclear Power Station Gets Planning Consent (Guardian) Though countries may say they are looking for alternative ways to generate electricity, the truth is that nuclear is still the best near-term solution for a base-load power that does not require fossil fuels. The United Kingdom has approved the first nuclear power plant in the past 18 years, and it will be one of the largest power plants in the UK, powering up to 5 million homes. We expect to see more countries join in the nuclear rush to solve the electricity needs of growing populations. Even in Bankruptcy, China’s Suntech Exacerbating Solar Glut (Financial Post) Suntech Power Holdings became the latest and largest casualty of the solar industry recently, as it is now clear that government subsidies are essential to keep it afloat. As the Chinese government began to pull back on its subsidies, the company began to struggle in a market that is faced with lower solar-panel prices due to a glut of products. In fact, it is said that the company lost $1 for every $3 of sales, meaning that it was bleeding money every single day. Could this happen to other solar companies? Definitely.last_img read more

By Justin Spittler editor Casey Daily Dispatch

first_imgBy Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch“Demand for marijuana assets is skyrocketing. And that means other Big Alcohol companies will have to inroad into the marijuana space soon. If they don’t, they’ll get left behind.”I wrote this last Tuesday. I was talking about Constellation Brands’ recent deal with Canopy Growth.To recap, Constellation, one of the world’s biggest spirits companies, recently bought 38% of Canopy, the world’s biggest marijuana company. It paid $4 billion for its stake.That makes this the biggest marijuana deal ever. But as I explained last week, this is “just the beginning”:Soon, every major alcohol company will have no choice but to “go green.”• Now, you may have thought I was crazy for saying this…It’s a bold statement, after all. But I didn’t make it lightly.You see, I’ve been closely following the marijuana industry for over a year now. But I haven’t just consumed other people’s research like many analysts. I’ve gone to the frontlines of the legal marijuana boom.I’ve been to Vancouver, San Francisco, and Denver, just to name a few. Along the way, I’ve met with marijuana venture capitalists, CEOs of multinational marijuana companies, and even master growers. • Another massive marijuana deal was announced on Monday… Tilray sealed a deal with Nova Scotia Liquor.Tilray is one of Canada’s biggest marijuana producers. Nova Scotia Liquor is a state-owned business that controls all distribution of alcoholic beverages in Nova Scotia, Canada. In this arrangement, Tilray will supply Nova Scotia Liquor with a variety of marijuana products as Canada gets ready to introduce recreational marijuana in October.Tilray skyrocketed 22% on the day of the announcement.But it wasn’t the only Canadian marijuana stock that soared on the news. You see, there are reportedly 13 other producers working to supply Nova Scotia.Aphria closed the day up 7%. Supreme Cannabis closed the day up 4%.• These are the kinds of announcements Casey readers have been waiting for… You see, many of our readers bought marijuana stocks earlier in the year… after a big pullback.But this sell-off was completely normal. You see, the North American Marijuana Index, which tracks 35 major marijuana stocks, more than doubled in value between last November and January.That’s an incredible rally over just two months… So it’s perfectly healthy to see a pullback after an explosive run like that. This allows the market to catch its breath before making another run.That’s why we encouraged readers who bet on legal marijuana to have a long-term perspective… and not lose sight of the big picture.The good news is that the next wave appears to have arrived… thanks in large part to a flurry of deals between Big Alcohol and Big Marijuana companies lately.And we believe marijuana stocks will run much higher from here.• It’s still the early days for the legal marijuana industry… Canada hasn’t even introduced recreational marijuana yet. That won’t happen until October 17.More importantly, the global marijuana market is just starting to open up. I’m not the only Casey analyst who sees a huge opportunity here.My colleague Nick Giambruno, chief analyst for and editor of The Casey Report and Crisis Investing, has been covering the cannabis industry for over a year now. He says he’s never seen an opportunity with as much profit potential as the legal marijuana market has right now.Here’s Nick with more:Marijuana is still illegal, or quasi-illegal, in most places around the world. That’s made it virtually impossible for regular investors to cash in on the lucrative marijuana trade.Prohibition has funneled billions of dollars in profits to drug lords, corrupt government officials, and thugs. Those days are numbered…Legalization is inevitable. It’s happening. And it’s about to unleash a $150 billion market that was previously underground.So consider speculating on this emerging industry before it’s too late.Just remember that marijuana stocks are volatile, as we’ve seen this year. You should never put more money at risk than you can afford to lose. It only takes a small amount to make a killing in the years ahead.Regards,Justin Spittler Split, Croatia August 30, 2018P.S. Nick has positioned his readers to make the most of the global marijuana boom. In fact, five of his stock recommendations are already up 101%, 116%, 165%, 353%, and 523%.Those are extraordinary gains. But Nick, like me, thinks the best is yet to come. You can learn about Nick’s top picks in the marijuana space by watching this brand-new presentation.Reader MailbagToday, more positive feedback on our most recent Conversations With Casey, where Doug explained why Somalia shouldn’t have an army…Absolutely great article. It stretches one’s mind in the total opposite direction of what they were thinking prior to reading this. At the end, the reader is convinced.—GertaAnd another reader responds to Tuesday’s Dispatch on the biggest buy signal for gold since 2001…For last five years gold bugs predicted an imminent stock market crash. The markets went straight up and gold went down. Now gold is going up WITH THE MARKETS and down with markets. It’s confounding. —PatrickAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here. Impeachment or Not, This Will Be President Trump’s Legacy…With all this talk about impeachment for President Trump… some other important stories never make the news on CNN or Fox. Well… this is what’s BREAKING…! There is an executive order that was quietly signed by President Trump recently… It could affect something happening down in Idaho, in Lemhi County, to be specific. And this executive order and what’s taking place in Idaho could be Trump’s legacy when all is said and done. Full details are recorded here in plain English for patriotic Americans. Wanted: Expert Investment AnalystWe’re looking to hire an analyst for the Casey Research team. Our team is growing and a new spot has opened up for an ambitious person to research and write about commodities, stocks, crypto assets, and world markets.For this position, you’ll work directly with Nick Giambruno, Chief Analyst for and Editor of The Casey Report and Crisis Investing. Nick is Doug Casey’s globetrotting protégé. He writes about geopolitics, value investing in crisis markets, the cannabis market, global banking, and survival techniques for financial crises.If this sounds stimulating, keep reading for more details and how to apply.Who We AreWe’re a fast-growing company with all the opportunities of a small start-up and the stability of a deep-pocketed firm with a 30-year track record.We publish half a dozen advisories covering finance and economics. We have hundreds of thousands of readers around the world. Our business is in providing profitable ideas, explaining how the markets really work, and telling great stories.We’re completely independent and unbiased. We don’t take money from Wall Street or the government. Our revenue comes from selling subscriptions. We make money only if our readers are happy.Who You AreYou’re able to analyze assets from macro, technical, fundamental, and sentiment perspectives. You’re overflowing with investment and trading ideas. And you’re a voracious consumer of information.You have a genuine passion for finance and the investment industry. You’re intensely curious, and live and breathe the world’s markets. And you’re willing to travel anywhere and everywhere. You’re ready to improvise, adapt, and overcome.You’re a good thinker, storyteller, and writer. You’re also good company, and you’re the one your friends say is the smartest person in the room.“Must-haves”: Personal philosophy of voluntarism, anarcho-capitalism, or something similar Recommended Link Recommended Link The Job We Need DoneWe’re looking for someone who loves investment analysis. Someone who wants to make a living reading, thinking, traveling, and writing. Someone who can help us share big ideas with the world.If this sounds attractive—and you meet the criteria above—we’d love to hear from you.The compensation will depend on your level of experience. Know this: Dozens of analysts at Agora (our parent company) who write newsletters have become millionaires.What to Do Now Send us a basic resume. We’d like to see where you’ve worked.Write a letter telling us about yourself. We don’t care much about what school you went to. We do care about what you’ve learned doing whatever it is you’ve been doing. We appreciate odd jobs, but we’re also willing to consider Wall Street refugees.Send us an email with the following information… Click for more details — Exceptional writing ability or a willingness to learn how to write Prepare for conversation and travel. If you have what we’re looking for, you’ll start out with a one-on-one conversation with Nick. If that goes well, we’ll fly you to Delray Beach for a full day of interviews. And if we still like each other after that, we’ll discuss the next steps.Get in touch at jobs@caseyresearch.com. Put “Investment Analyst” in the subject line. That’s your first test. Keen eye for good stories and big ideas Dave Forest’s Extraordinary DiscoveryDave Forest is our in-house commodities expert and editor of International Speculator.He just came across one of the most stunning finds of his 20-year career as a professional geologist.He discovered a rare fuel source buried in the ground in Idaho that he calls “Brandt Oil.” It could change the energy landscape in the U.S. for good…We’ve asked Dave to discuss what he’s uncovered about this new fuel source. You can access it here… Independent thinker who is passionate, motivated, and eager to overachieve Your full name. This boots-on-the-ground research has given me an intimate understanding of the legal marijuana industry… and helped me understand the market’s true potential.It’s why I’ve been saying for months that marijuana would go mainstream. Not years from now, either.This is happening before our eyes.As speculators, this is the kind of opportunity that we dream about. So I’ll show you how to position yourself for big gains in a second.But first, let’s look at what’s happened since my last update on the sector.• Diageo is reportedly in talks to enter the marijuana space… Bloomberg reported last Friday:The U.K. spirits maker has met companies in the past month as it considers a possible investment or alliance to make cannabis-infused beverages, the Canadian television station said on its website, citing people close to the situation who it didn’t identify. One executive told BNN a deal may take months, while another said a deal may be close.According to Bloomberg, Diageo is reportedly in talks with at least three Canadian marijuana companies.This is a huge deal. Diageo is the largest spirits company in the world. It owns Guinness, Johnnie Walker, and Smirnoff brands.So there’s a chance it could announce an even bigger deal than the one Constellation just announced. That would obviously be extremely bullish for cannabis stocks.• And I’m clearly not the only investor who thinks so… Canadian marijuana producer Aphria surged 23% on the news. Supreme Cannabis, another Canadian marijuana company, jumped 16%.Keep in mind, neither of these companies were named as possible candidates in a deal with Diageo. This is merely investors speculating on possible targets.That tells you how excited the market is about a possible Diageo deal. But that’s not the only good news that marijuana investors have received since last week. Towns across America debate weird new “antennas”An FCC move could kickstart an infrastructure boom across America. One of these “antennas” could appear within 500 feet of your house. The cause of the Great Depression in the U.S. and why. The top three biggest risks to the global economy and why. The net gain on 10 shares of McDonald’s stock purchased January 3, 2007 and sold January 3, 2017, assuming all dividends were reinvested. Click here to watch — Affinity for Austrian economics, monetary history, financial markets, and general history Can governments shut down bitcoin? Explain why or why not. Current Casey Research subscriber (paid memberships to Crisis Investing or The Casey Report win extra points) Why has the average person’s standard of living declined since the early 1970s?last_img read more

Despite a dip in shootings and murders for the yea

first_imgDespite a dip in shootings and murders for the year, Chicago suffered one of its bloodiest weekends in recent history last weekend. Police say 33 shootings occurred between Friday and Sunday nights, fueled mostly by gang violence. The incidents left a dozen people dead and dozens wounded. Now, the city’s mayor and police superintendent say the city’s residents who live in troubled areas of the city should do more to help stop the bloodshed. The violence occurred between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday night. Nearly 70 people including several children were wounded.Just last week, activists and Chicago residents shut down two major Chicago roadways, the Dan Ryan Expressway and scenic Lake Shore Drive, in peaceful demonstrations held to protest neighborhood and police shootings. But those actions did not blunt the violence.”I share the anger and frustration of many Chicagoans,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a Monday morning press conference, “because if anything, it should underscore the continuing issue that we have with illegal guns and offenders that are out on the street that are willing to use them.” The violence was not widespread, said Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel — the majority occurred in four of the city’s 22 police districts on the West and South sides. Emanuel visited hospital workers who treated victims and spoke with mothers whose children had died. Emanuel said the city has a “heavy heart.” “What happened this weekend did not happen in every neighborhood in Chicago but it is unacceptable to happen in any neighborhood of Chicago,” he said. “We are a better city.” There have been no arrests but Johnson said police are investigating leads and think a small subset of individuals, mostly gang members playing by their own rules, are involved. Grieving relatives and friends gathered outside hospital emergency rooms over the weekend. By Monday, crime scene tape had disappeared from shooting locations. Community outreach In two separate incidents early Sunday morning, more than 10 people in the North Lawndale neighborhood were shot. Most of the victims were teenagers. The oldest was 25 years old, the youngest was 11 years old and a 17-year-old girl was killed. Monday, on one of the blocks where the gun violence flared, about two dozen young people were having fun making slime at the Stone Temple Baptist Church’s Safe Haven Program, designed to give them a safe summer place. News of the shooting alarmed Rebecca Morris, who runs the program. “Somebody texted me and said, ‘Was any of our kids at the program?’ and I said ‘No, it wasn’t any of the kids that would come off the street into the program,’ ” Morris said. “So it wasn’t any of ours that got shot that day and I’m really thankful for that.” In the 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr. preached at Stone Temple; the church has always served the immediate community. Reshorna Fitzpatrick, pastor at Stone Temple, says this latest shooting is lighting a fire for them to be even more active in the community and to find ways to more aggressively address needs for housing and jobs. U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, who represents the area, says there’s a reason so many children and innocent bystanders were hurt. “They’re looking for somebody who may be in the gathering but inadvertently they often strike nontargets,” says Davis. “They don’t know how to really handle the weapon — they’re not necessarily shooting at the little children or a baby.” “You know who they are”Chicago’s mayor and the police superintendent say the city has too many guns on the street. Over the weekend, police seized 60 weapons and arrested 46 people on gun charges, none tied to this weekend’s shootings. The department says it is also conducting “enforcement missions” by targeting individuals believed to be driving some of the violence and focusing on areas where police suspect there may be gang members and others plotting retaliation. Meanwhile, Johnson said police can’t do it all. He said it is time for residents in traumatized neighborhoods to help them curb the violence. “You all know who these individuals are. They come to your home every day. [They] sleep with you every night. Grandparents, parents, siblings, significant others,” he said. “You know who they are.”Johnson added there must be accountability beyond the police, the mayor and other city officials. “I never hear people saying, ‘These individuals need to stop pulling the trigger,’ ” he said. “They get a pass from everybody and they shouldn’t.” Johnson had hoped to share better news this week. He says so far this year, Chicago’s homicide rate dropped by 20 percent and the number of shooting victims by 17 percent. The superintendent says that while he is pleased with the improvement, the weekend carnage shows the city of Chicago has much more work to do. He says the police department will start by placing more officers in those troubled neighborhoods. Copyright 2018 NPR. 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Weird Job Alert This Guy Is the Guardian of Futuristic Ham

first_img Editorial Director Entrepreneur Staff The future will be tender and smokey. If you celebrate Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas, there’s a good chance you’ve had Brian Hendrickson at your dinner table. Well, not him exactly, but as Curemaster for Hormel Foods, his signature is on every one of the millions of Cure 81 Hams that the company sells each year. We tracked down Hendrickson to find out what exactly a Curemaster is and what it takes to be the Prince of Pig.To be honest, I’ve never heard of a Curemaster. What do you do exactly?A Curemaster works very closely with our marketing and R&D and production professionals to make sure that we’re producing products that live up to our standards. I review the consumer comments and look for trends to make sure that we’re staying relevant to consumers while never losing sight that food safety comes first.Related: The Founder of Panera Bread Says ‘I Wish I’d Fired More People’Are there a lot of you?There’s been roughly seven — including me — since the Curemaster role and the Cure 81 Ham were developed in 1963. Both were created when Hormel saw the need for a futuristic ham.Futuristic ham?Something that would meet a modern households’ needs. Hormel was one of the first companies to do a kind of market research, and from those findings developed the Cure 81. Consumers didn’t want a bone in it, they wanted it to have some fat but not too much, they wanted tender ham with a nice smoky flavor.What does the 81 stand for?BH: So in 1963, they were thinking we had to come up with some futuristic term so they just picked the year 1981. That felt like the future to them!Related: How An Odd Macadamia Nut Milk Company Caught Walmart’s Attention Without Doing Any MarketingAnd how does one become a Curemaster?It’s a pretty elite title within Hormel and honestly it’s been a very humbling experience. There’s a small group who chooses the new Curemaster. I actually got to participate in that and I nominated somebody else! It’s a person who this group feels has had a significant role in developing the brand and someone they feel will protect the brand, take the take the torch and run with it.How does the election process compare to choosing the next Pope?Ha! Well, we don’t send white smoke up a chimney when the decision is made!What changes have you seen in consumers needs and what have you done to meet those needs?I guess what we’ve seen here recently is people wanting to go back to the olden times. They want intensity and bold flavor profiles. And as for the look, they desire an old-world feel, where there are variations and different patterns on the surface. They want a more authentic, crafted appearance.Related: 5 Affordable Restaurant Franchises You Can Start for 5 FiguresHow much ham do you eat on a daily or monthly basis?Well usually twice a week I attend a cutting of the Cure 81 or pilot products we’re developing. And I probably have it at home for dinner about once a week.Have you always had this passion for pork?Growing up in Iowa, yeah! I remember back then in the ’70s when I was growing up, on Sunday after coming back from church, mom and dad would always fry up a pound of Hormel Black Label bacon and fill the house with the aroma. It was a real treat.You’re making me drool over here. Maybe I should grab a ham sandwich for lunch?Good idea, make sure it’s a Cure 81 sandwich! Next Article Weird Job Alert! This Guy Is the Guardian of Futuristic Ham. Add to Queue –shares March 28, 2018center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Food 4 min read Image credit: Hormel Foods Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Dan Bova Register Now »last_img read more

Microsofts Teams Is Its Slack Competitor for Office 365

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 3 min read November 2, 2016 Add to Queue Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Devindra Hardawar Because Yammer isn’t quite enough to take on Slack, Microsoft is launching yet another business chat app: Teams. It’ll be part of the Office 365 suite, and from the video below, it looks like it’ll differentiate itself from Slack and Hipchat with threaded chats, Office document collaboration and multi-person video chat. Basically, the company is trying to bring all of productivity strengths together in a single app.”How to assemble a high performance team and setting them up for success is one of the central pursuits for any organization,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on stage. “No two teams are the same, no two projects are the same. There’s no universal tool for teams, but rather a universal toolkit we call office 365. Empowering teams is more than just solving any logistical challenge of bringing people to the same place.”Nadella described Yammer as a “bulletin board for the entire company,” and noted that plenty of teams are already collaborating using Skype for Business chats, as well. But there’s still a need for a single, cohesive app to bring all of that together. Teams is a “chat-based workspace” designed around real-time collaboration, Nadella said. It won’t be replacing Yammer immediately, though it’s easy to see how it could eventually do so. On the mobile front, there will be Teams apps for Windows Phone, iOS and Android.Teams is akin to an “open office-space environment,” according to Office 365 corporate vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer. It brings in all of the features you’d expect, like group messaging, and Skype integration for video and voice calls, along with things Slack doesn’t yet offer, like the aforementioned threaded chats. And yes, there will be plenty of emoji integration to spice up your boring work chats. You can also move between different teams pretty easily, something that’s much more difficult with Slack.It’s hard not to view Teams as yet another entry in a crowded collaboration market. But it packs in some thoughtful features that might tempt over users of other apps. The main screen for each team has a tabbed interface that lets you quickly locate other files, tasks that need to be completed and even third-party apps. In an on-stage demo, a Microsoft rep showed off how a Zendesk tab could let you quickly access tickets associated with the Team. The helper bot for Teams, “T-Bot,” can also help you figure out the app with simple conversational language.Teams wasn’t exactly a secret. It’s been rumored for months, and Slack went so far as to take out a full page ad in The New York Times to welcome Microsoft as a direct competitor (with a health amount of posturing, naturally).If you’re eager to try out Teams, you can access it today as part of a customer preview in Office 365. It’ll be available in 18 languages across 181 countries. Moving forward, Microsoft plans to include it with all Office 365 Enterprise and Small Business Suite subscriptions starting in the first quarter of next year. It’s yet another way for you to collaborate with your coworkers. Next Article Microsoft Image credit: Microsoft Microsoft’s Teams Is Its Slack Competitor for Office 365 This story originally appeared on Engadgetlast_img read more

Speedcast and In Aria Networks Join Forces with Telespazio on LargeScale HighCapacity

first_imgSpeedcast and In Aria! Networks Join Forces with Telespazio on Large-Scale, High-Capacity Video Services PRNewswireJuly 15, 2019, 10:10 pmJuly 15, 2019 New Managed Service Enables Secure, Flexible, and Efficient Digital TV Contribution, Cloud-Based Video Processing, Playout, and Multi-Platform DistributionSpeedcast, the world’s largest provider of remote communications and IT services, announced a joint service offering with In Aria! Networks, one of Europe’s leading service providers in managed broadcast video contribution over IP, and Telespazio, a leading provider of digital TV platforms and satellite transmission in Europe. Relying on a combination of In Aria! Networks’ redundant video contribution over IP gateways integrated with the Speedcast Media Network (SMN) and Telespazio video teleports, media companies around the globe can securely contribute and deliver SD, HD, and UHD video services with unparalleled efficiency, flexibility, and a faster time to market.Marketing Technology News: The Role of AI in Shaping the Future of Video ConferencingThe joint service offering from Speedcast, In Aria! Networks and Telespazio is designed to speed up cloud-based IP video contribution, media processing and satellite-based digital distribution. The offering includes a wide range of cloud-based value-added services, such as backhaul, media conversion, high-quality, low-latency live streaming, and occasional use secure IP contribution, as well as multichannel digital TV platforms on the leading European Direct-to-Home satellite position.Telespazio’s digital video teleport facilities in Fucino Space Center, Italy feature 170 antennas and offer a broad satellite footprint for distribution of video channels across the Atlantic, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Indian regions. When combined with SMN’s low-latency fiber distribution network, multiple teleport locations around the world, and fully managed IP video transport service, they provide media companies with a large-scale, high-capacity global solution for delivering broadcast-quality video. In addition, the companies are collaborating on DVB-S and DVB-S2 Direct-to-Home satellites at 13° East to ensure improved video delivery across Europe.“Uniting Telespazio’s DVB-S2 digital video platforms with In Aria! Networks’ innovative media transport technology and the Speedcast Media Network will have a huge impact on multi-platform video delivery,” said Alessandro Caranci, Head of Line of Business Satellite Communications at Telespazio. “Our customers can now have access to a cloud-based IP video contribution and distribution network, making it easy and cost-efficient to deliver video in any region on any device.”Marketing Technology News: Study Finds Enterprises Rapidly Shifting to Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Business Model“We’re thrilled to partner with Telespazio, a major player in Europe, and Speedcast, who has a huge influence in North America and the Asia Pacific regions,” said Alberto Carpenè, CEO of In Aria! and Vice President of the Speedcast Media Network. “This joint offering sets a new benchmark for flexibility, enabling media companies to launch channels faster and more affordably.”“Joining forces with Telespazio and In Aria! Networks allows us to address a critical growing need in the media market for hybrid video services,” said Erwan Emilian, Executive Vice President of Enterprise and Emerging Markets at Speedcast. “This partnership represents the fastest and most efficient way to backhaul video feeds, the widest network capacity for video distribution, and the broadest portfolio of value-added services, including cloud-based playout and media processing up to the satellite distribution on various satellites.”Marketing Technology News: Softeon Expands Retail and eCommerce Logistics Solution Footprint and Success Alessandro CaranciMarketing Technology NewsNewsSpeedcastTelespazioVideo Previous ArticleSesame Workshop Names Samantha Maltin Chief Marketing OfficerNext ArticleDTiQ Launches Enhanced Video Analytics Capabilitieslast_img read more

Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy govt presents its first budget

first_img Press Trust of India AmravatiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:02 IST Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy. (Image: Twitter)The YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government on Friday presented its first Budget in the Andhra Pradesh Legislature with a total outlay of Rs 2.27 lakh crore for 2019-20.In February, the then Telugu Desam Party government had presented a Rs 2.26 lakh crore vote-on-account budget ahead of the general elections.The revised estimates for 2018-19 showed a cut of over Rs 29,000 crore in the budget, against the Rs 1.19 lakh crore estimates presented in March last year.Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath, who presented his budget, estimated that the revenue deficit would be Rs 1,778.52 crore and the fiscal deficit Rs 35,260.58 crore.The huge revenue deficit continues to be a cause for concern as the state, reeling under an acute financial crisis, is faced with a mounting expenditure bill with the introduction of numerous new doles for different sections.As per the figures given by the Finance Minister, the revenue deficit in 2018-19 was estimated to be Rs 11,654.91 crore, down from Rs 16,151.68 crore in the previous year.Of the total expenditure of Rs 2,27,974.99 crore proposed in the 2019-20 Budget, revenue expenditure estimated alone would be Rs 1,80,475.94 crore, Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath said.Capital expenditure was estimated at Rs 32,293.39 crore, including Rs 8,994 crore towards principal repayment of public debt.Incidentally, the states debt burden soared to Rs 2,58,928 crore by the end of the 2019 fiscal.”This government has inherited probably one of the worst financial positions ever inherited in the history of our country.The debt of the residuary state at the time of bifurcation (in June 2014), which was Rs 1,30,654 crore, reached a whopping Rs 2,58,928 crore by 2018-19, Buggana Rajendranath said.Further, over Rs 10,000 crore was borrowed through various corporations and diverted for spending by government.Another Rs 18,000 crore worth bills were kept pending, he added.”With all these liabilities, as soon as we came into the government, we were told that there was a resource gap of around Rs 45,000 crore to fulfill the commitments under.Vote-on-Account budget presented in February.This resource gap is further amplified by the budget necessary for our new programmes, Buggana Rajendra also said.The demand for Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh thus gained significance, the Minister noted.”The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 was passed only after Special Category Status was promised and this was not the case with any other bifurcation.Andhra Pradesh is the only state that is demanding Special Category Status for reasons beyond its control, as bifurcation has severely deteriorated the finances of the state,” the minister pointed out.Also, Andhra Pradesh was the only state whose Special Category Status was approved by the Union Cabinet but has been pending for implementation, he said.”Therefore, I am appealing to the Prime Minister and Government of India that Andhra Pradesh be given Special Category Status,” the Finance Minister said.Summing up his presentation, Buggana Rajendranath quoted the great political philosopher Chanakya, saying the latters”Chaturvidha Vikasa” (four-pronged development) would be the goal of their government.”Achieving the desired target,sustaining the achievement, expanding the sustained achievements, ensuring expanded results…are useful for all, the minister said, quoting ChanakyaALSO READ | Lok Sabha clears bill to set up central, tribal universities in Andhra PradeshALSO WATCH | Nataka in Karnataka: Rahul Gandhi breaks his silence, says BJP using money power to topple govtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Kashyap Tags :Follow Y S Jagan Mohan ReddyFollow Telugu Desam Party (TDP)Follow budget 2019-20Follow Andhra PradeshFollow Buggana Rajendranath Reddy Andhra Pradesh: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy govt presents its first budgetThe YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government on Friday presented its first Budget in the Andhra Pradesh Legislature with a total outlay of Rs 2.27 lakh crore for 2019-20.advertisement Nextlast_img read more