The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact For the third time in his brief career Sunday, John Skelton threw for over 300 yards in a game. Unlike the prior two occurrences, however, Skelton’s feat came in a Week 9 loss to the Packers.While the third-year quarterback out of Fordham still turned the ball over Sunday and failed to give the Cardinals any sort of lead at Lambeau Field, Skelton’s day was promising heading into a much-needed bye week.On the Cardinals’ first touchdown drive, Skelton followed a William Gay interception with a beautiful 40-yard deep ball where only wide receiver Andre Roberts could come down with it. The reception set up LaRod Stephens-Howling’s touchdown run two plays later. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Skelton may not have matched reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers mano-a-mano in the touchdown department Sunday, but even in defeat he was certainly impressive on a cold day against an opportunistic defense.“John was poised in the pocket,” said rookie receiver Michael Floyd. “He was delivering the ball to guys, reading the defense and throwing it to the open guy.”For the season, Skelton has now thrown for 1,052 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions. – / 13 Down 24-7 midway through the third quarter, Skelton led the Redbirds on a rather impressive 87-yard scoring drive. He was methodical, hit the open man and didn’t try to force the issue despite the differential on the scoreboard. On the drive, the former fifth round draft pick completed five passes capped off by a 31-yard touchdown catch by Larry Fitzgerald.It wasn’t quite mastery in motion, but as the Cardinals trimmed the Packers lead to just seven late in the third quarter, it appeared the offense was showing signs of life not seen since the fourth quarter in Week 6 against Buffalo.While Skelton deserves a bulk of the credit for his big passing day, a lot of the praise should be given to the offensive line. On a day that saw rookie Nate Potter replace D’Anthony Baptiste at left tackle midway through the second quarter, the Cardinals’ front five limited the Packers to just two sacks and seven hits on Skelton.“I was encouraged by our protection today,” said Ken Whisenhunt. “There were a lot of times John sat back there, made some reads and made some good throws.”Although it’s probably not in the team’s best interest to have Skelton throw 49 times a game — as he’s averaged over the past two contests — the Cardinals starting quarterback should have had an even better day if not for six drops by his receivers.
Durkan expresses frustration over waiting time statisticsFOYLE MLAMark H DurkanSDLPWaiting Time Statistics “They are family, friends and loved ones whose lives have been put on hold while they wait for appointments. “I hear from people day and daily who are struggling as they wait, or their appointments are continually put on hold.“If nothing changes, things will only get worse. “The SDLP has always been consistent in calls for the transformation of the Health Service and if we are to tackle them at their core, we must have an overall transformation of our Health Service.“Without transformation, we will continue to fail patients and fail staff. It is absolutely imperative that we have a functioning Assembly and Executive with Ministers in place to tackle these issues head on,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan expresses frustration over waiting time statistics was last modified: August 31st, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has expressed his continued frustration at the quarterly North of Ireland Waiting Time Statistics.The figures show that 32.1% of patients were waiting more than 52 weeks for a first consultant-led outpatient appointment.Said the Foyle MLA: “It is immensely frustrating to once again see that waiting times are continuing to deteriorate. The figures for this quarter show that over 275,000 people were waiting for a first consultant-led outpatient appointment, 2.2% more than at March 2018 and 4.3% higher than at June 2017. “Despite hard working staff who constantly go above and beyond, we continue to be in a situation where people are waiting much longer than they should for an appointment.“Over 88,000 patients waiting more than 52 weeks for a first consultant-led appointment. “The knock-on effect of delays in first appointments leads to further delays down the line for treatment and operations.“We must remember that each of these statistics is more than a number. ShareTweet
Bud Conrad sits with Kitco News to talk about gold, as well as the US dollar losing its power as the reserve currency. Hear his thoughts on a return to a gold standard as well as what he thinks of the Fed. “The fed does some things that we need to have done…” he says. “But they have far too much power and I don’t think they should be bailing out the big banks and the federal government to the level that they are.” Don’t miss our interview with a keynote speaker at the Metals & Minerals Investment Conference in New York. Kitco News, May 14, 2014.
Here’s the last photo from my Sunday outing of ten days ago—and I took it in the midst of all those seagull shots that I posted in Saturday’s column. There’s a small toboggan hill just to the right of where I was photographing seagulls. This little little girl ran down the hill and stopped to examine something—and silhouetted against that sky like that, I could I resist! I cropped out some sky and grass—and here it is. The is from at least 100 meters away. The ‘click to enlarge‘ feature really helps here. The technical funds in the managed money were either going long or selling shorts.The gold price rallied about five bucks or so in morning trading in the Far East on their Monday, with the Hong Kong high coming shortly before London opened. The price chopped quietly lower from there, before a buyer showed up shortly before 9 a.m. in New York. That rally, which was allowed to last about five minutes, got capped, with the high tick coming at 10:30 a.m. EDT—and from that point onward, every rally attempt, no matter how tiny, got sold down.The low and high ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,176.60 and $1,192.10 in the June contract.Gold finished the Monday trading session in New York at $1,187.80 spot, up $9.90 from Friday’s close—and right on its 50-day moving average. Net volume wasn’t overly heavy at 102,000 contracts, the same as Friday’s volume.Here’s the 5-minute gold chart courtesy of Brad Robertson—and you can see the volume spike on the rally, as JPMorgan et al went short against all comers. I suppose it could have been a short covering rally, but I don’t think so. Add two hours for EDT—and the ‘click to enlarge‘ feature works wonders.The rally in silver was far more rambunctious—and it started at 1 p.m. in London, which was 20 minutes before the COMEX open. But the big move, like in gold, started minutes before 9:30 a.m. EDT—and was capped minutes after 9:30 a.m. EDT. It was all down hill from there until about ten minutes before the COMEX close—and it traded flat in electronic trading after that.The low and highs were recorded as $16.125 and $16.765 in the July contract.Silver closed yesterday at $16.37 spot, up 27.5 cents on the day, but would have obviously closed materially higher if allowed to do so. The same with gold. And because silver pierced its 50-day moving average and closed above it, net volume was pretty chunky at 42,000 contracts.Although much smaller markets, the rallies in those two metals met the same fate—and at the hands of the same short sellers of last resort. Platinum closed at $1,146 spot, up 17 bucks—and palladium finished the Monday session at $779 spot, up 7 dollars on the day. Here are the charts. The dollar index closed late on Friday afternoon in New York at 95.25—and the traded flat in early Far East trading. Then shortly after 1:30 p.m. Hong Kong time, the index began to head south, but it appeared that “gentle hands” were at the ready about 45 minutes later, as it was about to take out the 95.00 mark to the downside. As it was, the low was 95.04. The subsequent rally to its 95.60 high tick lasted until 11:30 a.m. in London—and then at 1 p.m. in London, began to head south once more. The secondary low at 95.20 ended minutes before 9 a.m. EDT. It rallied 30 basis points from there, before chopping sideways for the remainder of the Monday session. The dollar index closed at 95.42—up 17 basis points on the day.The gold stocks opened on their highs—and were back to the unchanged mark by 11 a.m. EDT—and chopped sideways for the rest of the Tuesday session. The HUI eked out a small gain of 0.06 percent, which was about the same amount that it lost on Friday.The silver equities rallied to their highs shortly before 10:30 a.m. EDT—and although they faded from there, Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 1.75 percent.By the way, Nick Laird was kind enough to send me the HUI and Silver Sentiment results for the week just past. The HUI closed up 3.52 percent—and the Silver Sentiment Index by 2.22 percent.The CME Daily Delivery Report for Day 3 of the May delivery month showed that zero gold and 3 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Wednesday. Nothing to see here.The CME Daily Delivery Report for the Monday trading session showed that gold open interest for May fell by 18 contracts, leaving 209 contracts still open. In silver, o.i. declined by 148 contracts, leaving exactly 1,100 contracts till open in May.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 6:33 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either.There was a decent sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. They sold 2,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 427,000 silver eagles.Over at the COMEX-approved depositories on Friday, they didn’t report receiving any gold, but shipped out 33,484 troy ounces. Virtually all of it came out of Scotia Mocatta’s depository. The link to that activity is here.It was a pretty slow day in silver as well, as 34,821 troy ounces were received—and 60,139 troy ounces were shipped out the door. The link to that action is here.At the gold kilobar COMEX-approved depositories in Hong Kong on Friday, the received 3,901 kilobars—and shipped out 1,454 kilobars. All of the activity was at Brink’s, Inc. The link to that activity in troy ounces is here.Before getting into the stories for today, I want to take a minute to discuss Ted Butler’s “just plain weird” Commitment of Traders Report in silver on Friday. Ted gave me one explanation shortly after the report came out, but on sober second thought the next morning, he came up with a different and far more plausible explanation.I will quote a few paragraphs, rather than try explaining it myself.The big, but very welcomed surprise was that the short position in the managed money category grew by a sharp 5,441 contracts to 37,724 contracts despite the price close above the 50-day moving average into the Tuesday cutoff. The most plausible explanation (assuming no reporting error) was that the short position was much larger before the rally into Tuesday. That the technical funds would hold such a large short position, the largest since last fall, while surprising, is unabashedly bullish because this is the rocket fuel of buying that comes when the moving averages are penetrated to the upside once again. And I can only conclude that more technical fund shorts were added on the late week sell off. Just to put this into the perspective of equivalent silver ounces, the technical funds sold short an additional 27 million oz in the reporting week, increasing what is a purely speculative short position by definition to over 188 million oz. I’d like to see anyone try to explain how this could not be an artificial price depressant and how the CFTC and CME should not be put out of business for allowing it. That it will ultimately be bullish for price is almost beside the point. So large was the increase in the short holdings of the technical funds that it initially sent me in an analytical direction that proved false and that I spent hours writing about before realizing I was headed in the wrong direction. In fact, I wrote paragraph after paragraph before recognizing my error. I was all about to tell you how the 8 biggest commercials drastically increased their concentrated short position until I recognized it wasn’t the commercials but the technical funds. I am assuming that the report is correct and I am handling the data accordingly. If there are big revisions, that is beyond my control. I was all set to tell you how the commercial categories changed this week, but I’m throwing all of that out. Yes, the concentrated short position of the 8 largest shorts grew markedly, to nearly 350 million ounces, the largest level in years. But because the trader count on the short side of managed money dropped so much (from 36 traders in the previous week to 28 traders this week) and the gross short position of these traders increased so much (by 5441 contracts) it now seems clear that a number of managed money shorts have entered into the ranks of the 4 and 8 largest traders, something rarely observed. Usually, this is a commercial only group, but that can’t be the case this week. Therefore, I won’t venture a guess as to what the commercial categories did this week. I just now uncovered this and in my conversation with Ed Steer yesterday, I hadn’t realized yet any of this and what I told him was markedly different than what I think now. That’s one of the hazards of on the spot analysis since we usually discuss the COT report literally minutes after the report is released. Thus whatever Ed reports in his column today will be much different than what I am reporting now and all the blame for that is on me, not him. I did tell him when we discussed the report that I really had to think about it more because it was so strange. How strange, I only came to comprehend moments ago. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 02 May 2015Here’s a chart that Nick Laird passed around on Sunday evening. It shows the foreign “Earmarked”gold holdings of the U.S Federal Reserve Bank—and as you can tell, the amount of gold shipped out has been picking up quite a bit since February of 2014. I have a Zero Hedge story about “Earmarked Gold” in the Critical Reads section further down, but if you can’t wait, the link to that is here.I have a decent number of stories for you today—and I’ll leave the final edit up to you.Another rally in four all four precious metals that were stopped in their tracks by JPMorgan et al and their HFT buddies. When will it end, you ask? Beats the hell out of me. Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals—and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out what happened today. There wasn’t much deterioration in gold, because for the most part it stayed below its 50-day moving average, but silver was another story. It broke above and closed above its—and it was obvious that the technical funds in the managed money were either going long or selling shorts—or a combination of both. On the other side of the trades were “da boyz”—selling longs and buying whatever shorts necessary to kill these rallies stone cold dead. And, for the most part, it was “Mission Accomplished”.If they hadn’t been there, you can let your imagination run wild as to where prices for all four precious metals would be at the moment. But that’s why they’re there, dear reader. The banks say that they’re there to add “liquidity” to the markets, but the fact of the matter is that they’re only there for marked rigging purposes.And as I write this paragraph, the London open is fifteen minutes away and all four precious metals are currently trading around the unchanged mark from Monday’s close. Net gold volume is just under 10,000 contracts, which is pretty light. Silver’s net volume is a hair under 2,900 contracts—and the dollar index, which hadn’t been doing a thing up until around 2:15 p.m. Hong Kong time, blasted 25 basis points higher in just a few minutes.Today at the close of COMEX trading is the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report—and its companion Bank Participation Report—and I’ll be more than interested in what precious metal prices do, or are allowed to do, during the New York session today.I’m heading off to bed early tonight—and as I write this paragraph at 3:45 a.m. EDT, I see that all four precious metals are down a hair from Monday’s close. Gold’s net volume is just under 13,000 contracts, which is still pretty light—and silver’s net volume is just under 3,900 contracts. The dollar index is now up 27 basis points—and a bit off it’s earlier high.After yesterday’s price action, I have no idea what to expect during the COMEX trading session today, so nothing will surprise me when I check the charts later this morning.See you tomorrow.
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This is the most sophisticated case of political corruption we’ve ever seen… But it’s not happening in Russia… Ukraine… or even China. The biggest offenders are right here, in the United States of America. Click here for details. — Editor’s note: This weekend, we’re featuring two new, must-read essays from Agora founder Bill Bonner. Below, Bill explains the real problem President-elect Donald Trump faces. As you’ll see, it’s one he has no chance of beating… People can believe whatever they want. But sooner or later, real life intervenes. We just like to see the looks on their faces when it does. By that measure, 2017 may be our best year ever. Rarely have so many people believed so many impossible things. Worst in Class Automaker General Motors (GM) used to have an assembly plant in East Baltimore. Then one Friday in May 2005, at 4:30 in the afternoon, the last Chevrolet Astro van rolled off the assembly line at the Broening Highway General Motors Plant. Some eyes misted up. Some were angry. Some laughed. The van hadn’t been updated in 20 years. It was widely seen as a safety hazard and voted “worst in its class” by the experts. Peter Morici, a professor of business at the University of Maryland, summed up GM’s problem to a reporter for The Baltimore Sun: If you sell an inferior product and you expect a premium price, you’re going to go out of business. In its heyday, the plant operated two shifts and employed 7,000 workers. Dundalk, the nearest neighborhood, boomed – with bar traffic ebbing and flowing as one shift took up work where another left off. But by 2004, the shop was spinning its wheels. GM owed so much to the past – in the form of pension and medical benefits to retired employees – it had little money or attention available for the future. The company paid out more than $5 billion that year for retirees’ aching backs, high blood pressure, and other ailments. A year later, the plant sputtered to a halt and went silent. The thousand-plus GM workers still on the job in Maryland grumbled. But no one, as far as we know, suggested punishing the company with a penalty tax on Michigan-made vans sold in the state. For some reason – never explained – Marylanders may bristle at cheap imports from Mexico or China. But they seem to take imports from Michigan or California in stride. Border Tax But what’s this? GM now produces the Chevrolet Cruze, a cheap domestic automobile favored by the people left behind by globalization and financialization. It is assembled in Mexico. President-elect Donald Trump indignantly tweets that GM: …is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax! Both of those options presume a higher sticker price for the Cruze. Neither the president-elect nor his trade guru, economics Ph.D. Peter Navarro, have revealed how forcing Trump supporters to pay more for a basic set of wheels would help them. Of course, no one knows how or when such a choice would be imposed. But one thing is sure: Someone is going to be disappointed. It’s not what he doesn’t know that gets a man into trouble, as someone once pointed out; it’s what he thinks he knows that ain’t so. And, usually, he thinks he knows that someone other than himself is doing something he oughtn’t. Mr. Trump, and apparently much of the U.S. electorate, thinks GM oughtn’t be assembling its autos in Mexico. Why not? Because it causes U.S. jobs to migrate south of the border. But why is a job north of the Rio Grande better than a job south of it? That, too, has never been adequately explained. Only one person can have a job. If it is not you, what do you care if it goes to someone in Detroit or someone in Guadalajara? Presumably, people in both cities are equally charming and equally worthy of employment. A Better Deal? In addition to trying to preserve the past in the U.S., Mr. Trump says he is keen to negotiate better trade deals. We understand free trade. But the exact nature of a “better” trade deal has never been explained, either. As near as we can tell, it is like a “better” calendar, with 100 days so it is easier to keep track of… a “better” election process, in which your candidate always wins. China exploits its working people to undercut U.S. manufacturers, say the critics. Its factories don’t have to abide by U.S. safety, environmental, or labor rules. Pretty underhanded, isn’t it? Dastardly. Real capitalist pigs, those Chinese, right? “Yes,” says the man about to get himself into trouble. “The Chinese are bad people… doing a bad thing. We have to retaliate.” In today’s Wall Street Journal, for example, Trump’s trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, says he wants to “level the playing field for American workers.” But perhaps he should get out one of those new laser levels. Who breathes polluted air? Who works 12-hour shifts in unheated factories? Who makes $1 an hour without complaining so that someone on the other side of the planet can get an “everyday low price” on some gewgaw at Walmart? Currently, Americans get useful gadgets and gizmos made in China and shipped here at Chinese expense. In return, U.S. shoppers give the Chinese pieces of green paper (or the electronic version thereof). The sellers, who already have plenty of our currency, are at a loss as to what to do with more of it. Typically, they sell their dollars for Treasury securities. In other words, they trade one IOU for another from the same issuer. Since 1990, the accumulated U.S. trade deficit with China has topped $4 trillion and is now running at about $1 billion every 24 hours. Americans have gotten autos, computers, TVs, and the other paraphernalia of modern life here in the U.S. In return, the Chinese have gotten precisely nothing. The IOUs have never been redeemed. And never will be. One of the amusements of the year ahead will be to see how Team Trump improves THAT deal! But wait. This fake money system – not free trade – is the real problem. It may be a great “deal” for U.S. consumers. But it is a disaster for the U.S. Main Street economy. More to come… Regards,
Governments in the UK – and abroad – are showing “a clear lack of appreciation and respect” for disabled people’s organisations by ignoring their views and advice when developing new policies, according to a leading disabled campaigner.Miro Griffiths (pictured) was speaking at the first annual Rushton Social Justice Lecture at Liverpool town hall, organised by the user-led disability arts organisation DaDaFest.The two lectures – delivered by Griffiths and Liverpool historian Steve Binns – were held on the 201st anniversary of the death of the disabled social justice campaigner Edward Rushton, who fought against slavery and helped found the Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool.Griffiths, a former government adviser and now a lecturer, researcher and teacher, said the only way disabled people would make progress towards inclusion and improved life chances was through both direct action and protests, and advising public bodies, parliamentarians and governments.But he said that their views were being dismissed, with serious consequences.He said: “We cannot ignore the evidence and data which highlights that the decision-makers are not acting on the demands of the disabled people’s movement and the reality is that individuals who require support are marginalised and trapped in their localities, with many over-represented in institutionalised support.”He said that the UK government’s refusal to protect personalised support services – such as the Independent Living Fund, disabled students’ allowance or disability benefits – had not only had a “detrimental impact” on disabled people’s inclusion and contribution to their communities, but also demonstrated the “reluctance or aversion of government bodies to collaborate and work with disabled people and their organisations”.Griffiths said: “Governments and powerful bodies need to agree that disabled people are experts by experience and should see disabled people as a valuable asset to society – working with us, not without us.”He said that, even at a time when disabled people were experiencing “hostile behaviours” such as disability hate crime, as well as cuts to support packages, the role of the disabled people’s movement was “paramount” in protecting people’s rights and advancing their inclusion, or at least slowing their exclusion.He pointed to comments made by Professor Mike Oliver at the 2013 launch of UK Disability History Month, where – speaking publicly on disability for the first time in 10 years – he warned of “the fakes” and “so-called friends” of the movement, who “turn our ideas into their own agendas”.Griffiths said such action by these “so-called friends” had led to many families and disabled people rejecting or criticising the personalisation agenda, because the concept of “independent living” was being interpreted as “living on our own” or “doing everything for ourselves”, rather than “having choice and control over one’s life” and “autonomy and self-determination”.He also told the audience that user-led organisations would need to think about how they support young disabled people to become future leaders of the disabled people’s movement, following the lead of organisations such as the European Network on Independent Living.But he added: “If we consider that the number of grass-roots disability organisations continues to reduce and services are not meeting the needs of the people who use them… can there be a realistic expectation that the involvement of young people, as future leaders, is a priority for current individuals who identify as part of the movement?”In his lecture on Edward Rushton and his “brave and honourable life” of “resistance”, Binns, who attended the school Rushton founded, said his hero was still relevant today.He said: “In these last years, this great question of what the people should do if they believe themselves to be badly governed is just as important as it appeared to be to Edward Rushton in the eighteenth century.“That spirit of demanding what is right, that spirit of rescuing people from desperate and difficult conditions, even sometimes at costs to ourselves.“That idea of his, I think, that you should do the right thing and be damned to the consequences.”
Kate Taylor Business Travelers Are Expensing More Uber Rides Than Ever Add to Queue 1 min read –shares Business travelers are now relying on – and expensing – Uber more than ever.Uber accounted for a full 5 percent of general expenses in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a new report analyzing millions of receipts from travel and expense management software provider Certify. General expenses encompass everything from gas to WiFi, and made up almost half of all business expenses in the fourth quarter. The figure is even more impressive due to its swift rise from a (still sizeable) 3 percent of the general expense category in the previous quarter.Related: Under Pressure: 7 CEOs With Huge Hurdles to Overcome This YearCertify posits that beyond taxis, Uber may now also be posing a threat to rental-car companies. In the last quarter, Uber was expensed more than twice as often than National, the most-frequently expensed care rental company which accounts for 23 percent of all car-rental services.Other brands that stood out in Certify’s study of business expenses via millions of receipts and expenses from end users: Starbucks, which accounted for almost 5 percent of all food expenses and Delta, which accounted for 20 percent of airlines expenses. Related: Urban Planning in Boston Is Getting the Uber Bump Enroll Now for $5 Next Article January 15, 2015 Uber Reporter Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand
2 min read Tesla Image credit: Reuters via Handout | Tesla Motors April 4, 2016 Next Article Add to Queue Tesla Motors Inc. said orders for its new Model 3 electric sedan topped 253,000 in the first 36 hours — a fast start for the company’s first mass-market vehicle, which may not begin to reach customers for another 18 months or more.Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted on Friday that the Model 3, which is slated to go into production in late 2017, will sell at an average price of $42,000, including the price of options and additional features, which would give the initial flurry of orders an estimated retail value of $10.6 billion.That intense interest, fanned in part by a steady stream of tweets by Musk, could help boost Tesla’s stock price, which closed Friday at $237.59, up 3.4 percent. The stock has soared more than 60 percent since hitting a 12-month low in February.The car’s average selling price projected by Musk is well above the $35,000 base price. Analysts earlier had estimated the first Model 3s off the factory line in Fremont, Calif., could be loaded with extra equipment and sell for $50,000 to$60,000.Tesla has undertaken a costly expansion of the Fremont plant, aiming to boost annual capacity to 500,000 by 2020, with production of the Model 3, the company’s first mass-market car, ramping up slowly through 2019.Some analysts said the company could have trouble filling all the initial Model 3 orders, which are accompanied by a refundable $1,000 deposit, until 2020.Barclays analyst Brian Johnson on Friday said the heavy influx of Model 3 orders “sets the stage for an equity offering” later this year by Tesla, much of which would go toward factory construction and product development.Johnson had estimated Tesla could take 250,000-300,000 orders for the car by the end of June.Musk unveiled a prototype of the Model 3, a smaller companion to the Model S sedan and Model X utility vehicle, amid considerable fanfare on Thursday night.Some prospective buyers who placed early orders may have anticipated paying a lower price for the Model 3 after factoring in a $7,500 federal tax credit on electric cars. But that credit begins to phase out once manufacturers sell more than 200,000 EVs — a mark that Tesla, at its current sales pace, is likely to surpass next year before the first Model 3 is delivered.(Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Alan Crosby) Reuters Tesla Says Model 3 Orders Top $10 Billion in First 36 Hours This story originally appeared on Reuters –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5
MNFST, the world’s first crowd promotion platform which connects brands with nano influencers has launched on Android and IOS following a successful investment round.Promising a new approach to Influencer Marketing, the MNFST platform allows all users of Twitter and Instagram to earn money through brand collaborations in just three simple steps, irrespective of their number of followers.MNFST, standing for Manifest, allows users to manifest their social channels into a lucrative business, calculating each individual’s ‘Social Capital Score’ via a proprietary algorithm that determines their influence and projected earnings for their participation in brand campaigns. Users of the app have complete discretion over the brands they partner with, acting as an authentic voice of influence towards their follower base.Marketing Technology News: Lionbridge Launches Lionbridge AI, Extends Leadership Position in AI Data Training ServicesThe app is able to connect brands with a previously untapped online community of the ‘everyday’ social media users – those who have a small but loyal following of family and friends – by operating on a Crowd Promotion basis. This unlocks the potential for unparalleled reach and maximum return on investment when a brand collaborator uses MNFST as a standalone Marketing channel, or if it adds MNFST into the Paid Social and Influencer Marketing mix.Those who run campaigns with MNFST have access to a community of over 800 designers who can create a suite of campaign assets in the form of 2D, 3D, video and AR adverts. The app is also pioneering a new visual format of Segmentation, allowing the user to be transported into a different setting via their phone camera. As they take a picture of themselves, they are ‘cut out’ and placed into a new background. Other technologies embedded in the app include face tracking, to ensure all posts have a human visual in the shot and object recognition, which scans for inappropriate content.The founders were inspired by the rise of the sharing economy – just as anyone can rent out their home or room on Airbnb, now anyone can monetize their social media profile with MNFST.Currently available in the UK and Poland, the app operates an innovative auction-based pricing model that allows brands to set payment offers based on price per impression – such as 1p per impression – which is then translated into a unique, non-negotiable monetary offer to the user.Marketing Technology News: Internet Grows to 351.8 Million Domain Name Registrations in the First Quarter of 2019Misha Sokolov, the co-founder of MNFST, comments “Our mission is to help people grow their Digital Assets by empowering them to support the brands they genuinely like and benefit from it monetarily or morally via supporting brands and/or charities.”“This new breed of influencer doesn’t have a fanbase of millions or a blue tick, but offers brands an unrivaled sense of authenticity and transparency, and boasts a highly engaged, loyal ‘fanbase’. These influencers want to share content they love, with the people who they care about most – and now they can get rewarded to do exactly that” Misha continues.At a time when the Social Media Advertising market is estimated to reach $100 billion in 2019, MNFST aims to boost growth even further by effectively creating a new advertising surface.Companies have been quick to recognize the potential of MNFST, with current partners including Ideal Flatmate, The Prince’s Trust, and Shelter. Gett taxi service, the first company to run a campaign with the app, saw over 3000 people participate its ‘Gett Green’ campaign – raising awareness of its eco-friendly fleet of electric cabs – within five weeks, with posts on Instagram and Twitter generating over four million impressions and nearly 400 shares. It resulted in a cost per impression that was almost three times lower than the cost of Facebook advertising.Dave Waiser, Founder & CEO of Gett, Europe’s leading ride-sharing solution says: “MNFST has a truly innovative approach to Digital Marketing; one which Gett, as a fellow disruptor and tech innovator, highly appreciates. We were very impressed by how quickly the MNFST team was able to ramp up and scale, and in a way that was not only seamless to operate, but also very much on brand – and consumer-friendly. We are eager to see what the MNFST team does next – and look forward to playing a part in their successful path forward.”Marketing Technology News: Mobiquity’s AdCop Finds Ad Fraud Lurking Below the FloorMisha adds: “Prior to MNFST, less than 1% of the global Social Media community were able to use their profiles as valuable assets. MNFST breaks down that barrier and offers this opportunity to millions – whilst giving brands a chance to harness the power and massive potential of crowd referral.” Influencer marketingMarketing TechnologyMNFST platformNewsSocial Capital ScoreSocial Media Previous ArticleYext Transforms Search with Brand Verified AnswersNext ArticleCofense Report Reveals Weaknesses in Secure Email Gateways, Illustrates Critical Role of Human Intelligence in Phishing Defense World’s First Crowd Promotion App Set to Shake up the Sharing Economy – by Allowing Anyone to Monetise Their Social Media Profiles MTS Staff WriterJune 4, 2019, 6:02 pmJune 10, 2019
Related StoriesBrain stimulation accelerates visual learning and recoveryNovel measures of PD-related brain activity detected with scalp electroencephalographyResearchers identify brain network that determines robot likabilityBlocking visual input to one eye of adult mice leads to a rewiring of the visual cortex to prioritize input from the open eye. Siegrid Löwel and colleagues first confirmed that this plasticity declines over time in mice housed in standard cages while it is preserved throughout life in mice raised in an enriched environment — in this case a large, two-story cage with separate living and eating areas connected by a ladder, regularly changed mazes, and a slide.The researchers then bred the mice to create three experimental groups of offspring, all of which were raised in standard cages. Despite being raised in the same impoverished environment, mice whose parents — particularly mothers — were raised in the enriched environment maintained lifelong plasticity in the visual cortex. These findings emphasize the importance of documenting rearing conditions of experimental animals across generations.Source: http://www.sfn.org/ Jan 22 2019Mice growing up in a basic cage maintain lifelong visual cortex plasticity if their parents were raised in an environment that promoted social interaction and physical and mental stimulation, according to a multigenerational study published in eNeuro. The research suggests life experience may be transmitted from one generation to the next through a combination of changes in gene expression and parental caretaking behavior.
Provided by Rutgers University Credit: CC0 Public Domain How to pick a new password, now that Twitter wants one Explore further “Websites focus on telling users if their passwords are weak or strong, but they do nothing to help people remember passwords,” said Janne Lindqvist, study co-author and assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the School of Engineering.”Our model could be used to predict the memorability of passwords, measure whether people remember them and prompt password system designers to provide incentives for people to log in regularly,” Lindqvist said. “Logging in more often helps people remember passwords.”It’s well-known that text-based passwords are hard to remember and people prefer simple, unsecure passwords. The study found evidence that human memory naturally adapts based on an estimate of how often a password will be needed. Important, frequently used passwords are less likely to be forgotten, and system designers need to consider the environment in which passwords are used and how memory works over time.”Many people struggle with passwords because you need a lot of them nowadays,” Lindqvist said. “People get frustrated. Our major findings include that password forgetting aligns well with one of the psychological theories of memory and predicting forgetting of passwords.The peer-reviewed study by researchers at Rutgers-New Brunswick and Aalto University in Finland was formally published last month at the 27th USENIX Security Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland. The symposium—a tier-1 international conference—covered novel and scientifically significant practical advances in computer security. Citation: Do you know why and how you forget passwords? (2018, September 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-passwords.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Do you frequently forget passwords to a baffling array of accounts and websites? Much depends on a password’s importance and how often you use it, according to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick-led study that could spur improved password technology and use. More information: Study paper: www.lindqvistlab.org/s/USENIXS … ttingofpasswords.pdf
When astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969, then-President Richard Nixon became the first human to call the moon from a landline phone. In the televised call (patched up to the lunar module by NASA mission control in Houston), Nixon told the astronauts that the whole world was proud of them, and that “because of what you have done, the heavens have become a part of man’s world.” At the same time, however, the president was prepared to make another call — to Armstrong and Aldrin’s soon-to-be-widowed wives. Even after the lunar module touched down on the Sea of Tranquility that night, there was no guarantee that Aldrin and Armstrong would be able to make it safely back to the orbiting command module where their crewmember Michael Collins waited, let alone back to Earth. With this in mind, Nixon asked speechwriter William Safire to pen him a contingency plan “in event of moon disaster.”These Sharks Were Too Busy to Notice a Bigger Predator Watching ThemThe unexpected twist at the end of this feeding frenzy delighted scientists.Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really Loud00:35关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65948-nixon-secret-moon-disaster-speech.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:2802:28 As Safire explained in a 1999 interview with Meet the Press, piloting the lunar module back into orbit to meet the command module was one of the riskiest objectives of the Apollo 11 mission. While the crew of Apollo 10 had previously piloted the lunar module to within 9 miles (14.4 kilometers) of the moon’s surface, the Apollo 11 astronauts faced an unprecedented challenge in returning the module to orbit. “If they couldn’t [do it], they’d have to be abandoned on the moon, left to die there,” Safire told Meet the Press. “The men would either have to starve to death or commit suicide.” If that had occurred, NASA would have cut off communications with the doomed spacemen, and the President would have been tasked with telling the world what had happened. Safire’s lunar disaster plan— which the speechwriter sent to Nixon’s chief of staff H.R. Haldeman on July 18, 1969, and shared with the news media 30 years later — included instructions on how the president should first call the astronauts’ widows before delivering a public address to the nation explaining how “fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.” “These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery,” the speech continued. “But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.” More men would follow in the Apollo astronauts’ footsteps, Safire wrote, and “surely find their way home.” But Aldrin and Armstrong “were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.” “For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind,” the speech concluded. Following the somber address, the astronauts were to be given a modified burial at sea in a public ritual that commended their souls to “the deepest depths,” Safire wrote. Despite some setbacks (while moving about the lunar module cabin, one of the astronauts accidentally damaged a circuit breaker that controlled the craft’s engines), Aldrin and Armstrong successfully rendezvoused with Collins above the moon, and all three made it safely back to Earth. The president, happily, had no need to recite Safire’s tragic statement — however, you can still read the entire speech below, courtesy of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Why Does the Earth Rotate? 3 Huge Questions the Black Hole Image Didn’t Answer How Massive Is the Milky Way? Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf You’re Over 40 And Own A Computer, This Game Is A Must-Have!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoDr. Marty Nature's Feast Freeze-Dried RAW Cat Food3 Signs Something’s Wrong Inside Your Cat’s BodyDr. Marty Nature’s Feast Freeze-Dried RAW Cat FoodUndoClassmatesSearch For Any High School Yearbook, It’s Free.ClassmatesUndoGundry MD SupplementsTop Cardiologist: This One Thing Will Properly Flush Out Your BowelsGundry MD SupplementsUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoMarie Claire | HanacureMeet The Beauty Equivalent To TIME’s Person Of The Year AwardMarie Claire | HanacureUndo
Photos: Viking Warrior Is Actually a Woman The 25 Most Mysterious Archaeological Finds on Earth 30 of the World’s Most Valuable Treasures That Are Still Missing The discovery of cannabis pollen near a Viking settlement in Newfoundland raises the question of whether the Vikings were smoking or eating pot while exploring North America. The researchers also found evidence the Vikings occupied this outpost for more than a century, way longer than previously believed. Located in northern Newfoundland, the site of L’Anse aux Meadows was founded by Vikings around A.D. 1000. Until now, archaeologists believed that the site was occupied for only a brief period. The new research, published today (July 15) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that the Vikings lived there possibly into the 12th or even the 13th century. [In Photos: Viking Outposts Possibly Found in Canada]These Sharks Were Too Busy to Notice a Bigger Predator Watching ThemThe unexpected twist at the end of this feeding frenzy delighted scientists.Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really Loud00:35关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65940-were-vikings-smoking-pot-in-newfoundland.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:2802:28 Bog finds In August 2018, an archaeological team excavated a peat bog located nearly 100 feet (30 meters) east of the Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows. They found a layer of “ecofacts” — environmental remains that may have been brought to the site by humans — that were radiocarbon dated to the 12th or 13th century. These ecofacts include remains of two beetles not native to Newfoundland — Simplocaria metallica, from Greenland, and Acidota quadrata, from the Arctic. The layer also held pollen from Juglans (walnuts) and from Humulus (cannabis), two species that don’t naturally grow at L’Anse aux Meadows; rather, the Vikings could have picked up all of these plant and animal species when they sailed south. [Photos: 10th-Century Viking Tomb Unearthed in Denmark] They also found the remains of dung from grazing caribou, as well as remains of wood and charcoal. The layer from the peat bog is similar to other “cultural layers from across the Norse North Atlantic,” the archaeological team wrote in the journal article. More evidence Additionally, the archaeologists performed Bayesian analysis — a type of statistical analysis — on radiocarbon dates from artifacts previously excavated at L’Anse aux Meadows. That analysis also suggested Viking occupation for up to 200 years. “This does not imply a continuous occupation,” the researchers wrote, noting that the Vikings could have abandoned and reoccupied L’Anse aux Meadows when it suited them. Did the Vikings use pot in Newfoundland? The finding of cannabis pollen raises the question of whether the Vikings used cannabis for making clothes or for medicinal-recreational purposes while they explored North America. Paul Ledger, the lead author of the paper and a postdoctoral fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland urged caution on the interpretation of the findings, noting that pollen can easily be carried by the wind. Ledger urged caution on the interpretation of the findings, noting that pollen can easily be carried by the wind. It’s also possible that some of the other “ecofacts” were brought to the peat bog by indigenous peoples who lived in Newfoundland, and not by the Vikings. [Fierce Fighters: 7 Secrets of Viking Seamen] Ultimately, “the results presented here [in the journal article] pose more questions than answers,” the archaeological team wrote. Reaction from other Viking researchers Viking researchers not affiliated with the research team urged caution about the results. “I think it is too early to draw any conclusions,” said Birgitta Wallace, a senior archaeologist emerita with Parks Canada who has done extensive research on the Vikings in North America. Wallace told Live Science that she isn’t convinced that the Vikings left behind these ecofacts. “I think it is highly unlikely that the Norse [another word for Vikings] would have returned in the 12th and 13th centuries, as there are no structures on the site from that period that could be Norse,” Wallace said. “We do know that there were indigenous people, ancestors of the Beothuk, on the site at that time.” Patricia Sutherland, a visiting scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature who has also done extensive research on the Vikings in North America, said that while the Vikings could have been in Newfoundland during the 12th or 13th centuries, it is too early to say for sure. “It seems premature to suggest such a scenario on the basis of the ‘ecofacts’ listed in the paper,” Sutherland said. It’s possible that some of the beetles and plant pollen found in the layer were brought to L’Anse aux Meadows by the Vikings around A.D. 1000, and they continued to flourish after the Vikings left, Sutherland said. The research team plans to continue their work at L’Anse aux Meadows in August, Ledger said. Editor’s note: This article was updated to fix a statement about the interpretation of the cannabis pollen. Originally published on Live Science.