Ex-Spurs boss Redknapp: Arsenal, Chelsea NOT title contendersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp feels there’s three genuine contenders for the Premier League title this season.Liverpool currently sit six points clear of Spurs and seven of Manchester City.And Redknapp believes it is a three-horse race.“I think it’s a three horse race,” he told talkSPORT. “Liverpool are the favourites now which is a big turnaround.“But Tottenham are in great form at the moment and they are genuine title contenders.“Spurs are still in it, you can’t write them off. They are bang there, the way they are playing at the moment.“I can’t see anybody else getting into it.“I watched Arsenal yesterday and they are nowhere near in my opinion.“I know they’ve had injuries, but at the back they are still very poor.“And Chelsea are just so reliant on Eden Hazard. Without him you couldn’t really see them challenging, they’re still short of a frontman.“So really, I think there are three runners and I think it will be very tight.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ICC World Test Cship Security delegation from Sri Lanka Cricket to visitICC World Test Cship Security delegation from Sri Lanka Cricket to visit
Karachi: A two-member security delegation of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)will reach here on Wednesday to decide if it is safe for its national team to tour Pakistan in October for a round of the ICC World Test Championship. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani said that the Sri Lankan delegation will visit the grounds and hotels where the teams will stay in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad besides meeting the board, police and security officials. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh He said the Sri Lankan board has said it would take a final decision on sending its team to Pakistan for the two-Test series based on the report by its security delegation. “The Sri Lankan security delegation will be in Karachi on 6th August and then travel to Lahore and Islamabad,” he confirmed. Top test teams stopped touring Pakistan after terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009. The Sri Lankan team was in the middle of a Test match and was going to the Gaddafi stadium when its bus came under attack. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Since then no Test matches have been played in Pakistan neither a full bilateral series although Zimbabwe, Kenya, ICC World Eleven, Sri Lanka and West Indies have come for short visits to Lahore and Karachi to play limited over games. Mani said he was confident the Sri Lankan board would give due consideration to PCB’s request to play the ICC Test Championship matches in Pakistan. Mani said that the PCB’s thrust was now to convince other boards to send their teams to Pakistan and said the top officials of Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board will also be visiting the country soon.
Comedys Holiday Line Up is a Scorcher with JEFF ROSS PRESENTS ROASTComedys Holiday Line Up is a Scorcher with JEFF ROSS PRESENTS ROAST
Advertisement As a holiday bonus, on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Comedy is airing the first two episodes of the upcoming critically acclaimed series PEOPLE OF EARTH. The entire season premieres exclusively on Comedy in early 2017.Last but not least, viewers can nurse their holiday hangover with marathons of Comedy original series JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS and satire news series THE BEAVERTON. Airing Thursday, Jan. 5 – Saturday, Jan. 7, the JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS MARATHON features performances from comedic heavy-hitters Amy Schumer, Seth Meyers, Wyatt Cenac, BROAD CITY, K. Trevor Wilson, and more.But first, THE BEAVERTON covers the topics you didn’t even know needed covering from Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT before it returns with all new episodes in its regular Wednesdays at 10:30 P.M. ET/PT timeslot on January 11.Below is a sample of Comedy holiday highlights. Click HERE for the complete schedule.Friday, Dec. 23 – Saturday, Dec. 24CHRISTMAS SPECIALS MARATHONComedy kicks the holiday cheer into high gear, beginning at 9 a.m. ET/PT, with two days of holiday-themed episodes of CORNER GAS, FRASIER, THE BIG BANG THEORY, and movies ELF, THE REF, and DECK THE HALLS. Sunday, Dec. 25 – Friday, Dec. 30THE BIG BANG-A-THONSpend the Christmas break with the best of Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Wolowitz, Raj, Amy, and Bernadette during THE BIG BANG-A-THON beginning at 6 a.m. ET/PT on Sunday, Dec. 25.Thursday, Dec. 29PEOPLE OF EARTH PREMIEREPEOPLE OF EARTH follows skeptical journalist Ozzie Graham (Wyatt Cenac, THE DAILY SHOW) who investigates an alien encounters support group. The more he digs into their oddball claims, the more he realizes there is truth in their stories and even signs that point to his own alien abduction. The two-episode sneak peek premieres Thursday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. ET/PT.Saturday, Dec. 31NEW YEAR’S STAND-UP MARATHONComedy bids adieu to 2016 and says hello to stand-up specials during the NEW YEAR’S STAND-UP MARATHON, featuring specials from Red Green, Gabriel Iglesias, Joe Rogan, Jeff Dunham, Trevor Noah, and Jeff Ross. The party kicks off at 6 a.m. ET/PT.Sunday, Jan. 1NEW YEAR’S ROASTComedy bids adieu to 2016 and says hello to stand-up specials during the NEW YEAR’S STAND-UP MARATHON, featuring specials from Red Green, Gabriel Iglesias, Joe Rogan, Jeff Dunham, Trevor Noah, and Jeff Ross. The party kicks off at 6 a.m. ET/PT.Sunday, Jan. 1JEFF ROSS PRESENTS ROAST BATTLE IIThe world’s most venomous comedians go head-to-head in the popular bracket-style insult-comedy tournament beginning Sunday, Jan. 1 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.Wednesday, Jan. 4THE BEAVERTON CATCH-UP MARATHONA televised adaptation of the immensely popular online website TheBeaverton.com, THE BEAVERTON files satirical news stories of the utmost importance, informed by real events, the cultural zeitgeist, and national news media. Catch up on the first six episodes Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT before an all-new episode at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Thursday, Jan. 5 – Saturday, Jan. 7JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS MARATHONEnjoy a few laughs before the back to work grind with the JUST FOR LAUGHS MARATHON, beginning at Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 8 a.m. ET/PT. The Comedy Network on Facebook The Comedy Network on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement This holiday season, viewers can stuff their holiday cheer as Comedy is the exclusive home of the wildly popular insult-comedy tournament JEFF ROSS PRESENTS ROAST BATTLE II. Airing Sundays at 11 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 1, the world’s most venomous comedians go head-to-head for an insult standoff each week, culminating with the special, four-night main event Jan. 26 – 29 each night at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The live-to-air championship finale goes down Sunday, Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Leading up to the prime roast, viewers can enjoy a full day of celebrities getting skewered with the NEW YEAR’S ROAST MARATHON beginning Sunday, Jan. 1 at 6 a.m. ET/PT. The marathon includes the best of THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF including Charlie Sheen, Roseanne, U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump, Justin Bieber, and more.Keeping with holiday tradition, Comedy delivers marathons of Christmas and fan-favourite episodes of THE BIG BANG THEORY, FRASIER, holiday movies ELF, THE REF, and the premiere of classic comedy DECK THE HALLS Saturday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. And it wouldn’t be holiday viewing on Comedy without the NEW YEAR’S STAND-UP MARATHON, featuring specials from comedians Jeff Dunham, THE DAILY SHOW’s Trevor Noah, Jeff Ross, and more, beginning Saturday, Dec. 31 at 6 a.m. ET/PT. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Social Media links About The Comedy NetworkCanada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at thecomedynetwork.ca. 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HallOfFame Careers That Cooperstown Never Gave The Time Of DayHallOfFame Careers That Cooperstown Never Gave The Time Of Day
SSLuis Aparicio42.224.56198484.6 HOF LIKELIHOOD …ACTUAL BALLOT RESULTS RPBruce Sutter22.66.713200676.9 OFJim Wynn48.444.919830.0 OFKirby Puckett43.323.91200182.1 3BPaul Molitor55.938.31200485.2 HOF LIKELIHOOD …ACTUAL BALLOT RESULTS SPRick Reuschel54.852.219970.4 3BDick Allen53.243.119833.7 RPTom Gordon29.313.820150.4 1BJohn Olerud49.440.420110.7 OFKenny Lofton56.771.720133.2 OFLou Brock37.59.31198579.7 The Hall of Fame’s Anti-One-and-Done teamFor each position, the player who had the lowest likelihood of making the Hall of Fame (based on JAWS) among players who were actually inducted (1979-2017) SSJim Fregosi42.938.319841.0 CTed Simmons44.253.1%19943.7 CCarlton Fisk54.080.6%2200079.6 POS.PLAYERJAWS*HOF %YRS ON BALLOTYR ELECTEDVOTE % OFJim Edmonds53.964.120162.5 Not every player on the team above is worse than his counterpart on the One-and-Done All-Stars. (For instance, Carlton Fisk, the “worst” catcher inducted, was far superior to Simmons.) But most were — and as a result, our team of one-and-done candidates would be favored to beat those Hall of Famers about 52 percent of the time at a neutral field.8According to Bill James’s log5 method of comparing two team’s winning percentages. Based on JAWS, even the second-most unlikely team of inducted Hall of Famers9C Ivan Rodriguez1B Harmon Killebrew2B Craig BiggioSS Ozzie Smith3B Brooks RobinsonOF Dave WinfieldOF Willie StargellOF Billy WilliamsSP Don DrysdaleRP Rollie Fingers is only roughly as good as our All-One-and-Done team, with each clocking in around 100-win talent in a typical season. (That second team is extremely star-studded, and in many cases also beloved by a single team’s fan base, which offers clues into what helps generate Hall of Fame traction — or, in the case of Lofton, who played for 11 teams in his career, helps take it away.)Unfortunately for the Kenny Loftons of the world, there’s little precedent for a player eventually making the Hall through the Veteran’s Committee after going one-and-done in the BBWAA ballot. Longtime Cubs third baseman Ron Santo is the only player since 1979 to pull off the feat, finally receiving a posthumous election in 2011 after years of lobbying from more sabermetrically inclined analysts (and an army of Chicago fans).Perhaps Lofton & Co. will get to tell their own redemption tales at the Hall of Fame podium someday. But for now, remember that even as Raines take his place among baseball’s greatest stars this weekend, there are plenty of other deserving players whose candidacies were dashed in the shadows of the ballot after barely getting a chance. *JAWS measures a player’s Hall of Fame qualification using a combination of his career and seven-year peak wins above replacement.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, Lahman DB 2BRoberto Alomar53.970.42201190.0 SPCatfish Hunter34.55.53198776.3 Based on the historical relationship between an MLB team’s total JAWS from its starters (at the positions listed above) and its record, our team of snubs would figure to win about 100 games in a typical season, depending on how close the players were to their primes. By comparison, the lowest-probability team of actual Hall members voted in over the same span would figure to win 96 or so games in an average season: The Hall of Fame’s All-One-and-Done teamFor each position, the player who had the highest likelihood of making the Hall of Fame (based on JAWS) among players who dropped off the ballot after only one year (1979-2017) 1BTony Perez47.230.89200077.2 POS.PLAYERJAWS*HOF %YEAR ON BALLOTVOTE % At long last, Tim Raines will officially be a Hall of Famer. The longtime Montreal Expos outfielder was voted into the Hall last winter in his 10th (and final) year on the ballot, after years of lobbying by media members and analysts who emphasized Raines’s advanced stats, rather than his more modest traditional ones. Raines’s induction this Sunday has been hailed as monumental in the effort to populate Cooperstown with more sabermetrically accomplished ballplayers.It’s too bad, though, that so many qualified candidates have already been passed over — and some only lasted a year on the ballot. Take, for instance, former Cleveland Indians center fielder Kenny Lofton, a player with a comparable résumé to Raines. Out of the 569 ballots cast for the Hall in 2013, only 18 (3.2 percent) carried Lofton’s name, causing him to drop off of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s (BBWAA) ballot forever. (Players named on at least 75 percent of ballots are elected to the Hall; those named on fewer than 5 percent fall off the ballot.)According to JAWS,1Or the “Jaffe WAR Score system” — so named for its creator, sabermetrician Jay Jaffe. a system that measures Hall of Fame worthiness using wins above replacement,2In this case, I calculated my own version of JAWS using an average of the WAR numbers provided by Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. Lofton is the eighth-best Hall-eligible center fielder in modern3Since 1901. baseball history, checking in slightly behind HOF member Duke Snider and slightly ahead of two other members, Andre Dawson and Richie Ashburn. A regression I ran using JAWS4Specifically, I ran a logistic regression between a player’s JAWS components (his career and peak seven-year WAR) and his HOF status, with dummy variables for each position (some positions have a higher or lower JAWS threshold than others). thinks a player of Lofton’s caliber should make the Hall about 72 percent of the time. Instead, he fell off the ballot after just one appearance — a farcical outcome for one of the most electrifying players in the game’s history.And Lofton isn’t even the most egregious one-and-done snub since 1979, when the policy of dropping players with fewer than 5 percent of the vote was enacted. You could build an entire All-Star team of players whose numbers seem Hall-worthy but got booted off the ballot after just one try.There’s longtime California Angels second baseman Bobby Grich, whose JAWS numbers suggest an 89 percent Hall probability. Yet Grich somehow received only 11 votes (2.6 percent) in 1992. Then there’s recently retired center fielder Jim Edmonds (64 percent), whose career was roughly as good as Ashburn’s by JAWS, despite what all but 11 voters thought in 2016. Even the less-probable members of the All-One-and-Done Team were borderline cases, such as catcher Ted Simmons (53 percent), pitcher Rick Reuschel (52 percent) and outfielder Jimmy Wynn (45 percent).Like Raines and Lofton, these players were overlooked because they fell well short of Cooperstown’s traditional stat benchmarks. Reuschel didn’t win 300 games.5He won 214. Edmonds didn’t hit 500 home runs.6 He hit 393. But through the lens of sabermetrics, each player’s Hall candidacy has taken on more legitimacy — albeit far too late. Even with advanced metrics, you can make an argument for why each player shouldn’t be in the Hall, but it’s still tough to justify how they couldn’t even stay on the ballot longer than a year.According to my JAWS-based HOF probability metric, here’s the All-One-and-Done roster:7I excluded third baseman Ron Santo, who was later inducted via the Veteran’s Committee, as well as pitcher Kevin Brown, whose exclusion from the Hall can be explained by being listed on the Mitchell Report for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. 2BBobby Grich60.488.819922.6 *JAWS measures a player’s Hall of Fame qualification using a combination of his career and seven-year peak wins above replacement.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, Lahman DB OFJim Rice44.126.615200976.4
JSIF supports Break The Silence campaign to protect childrenJSIF supports Break The Silence campaign to protect children
Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, January 27, 2017 – The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has provided support to the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) ‘Break the Silence’ campaign in the sum of $11.9 million through the Basic Needs Trust Fund.The Break the Silence campaign is an initiative with a multi-pronged approach to protect children against abuse. It aims to reach victims and their families with a message to speak out and denounce child abuse and break the stigma of shame that surrounds the issue of child sexual abuse as a first step to help. It was developed after an island wide survey showed that for every 10 adults who admitted that they knew about cases of child abuse, only one was willing to come forward to make a report.Project Manager of the Basic Needs Trust Fund, Celia Dillon, tells JIS News that the JSIF is assisting the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, under which the campaign falls, to inform persons on the importance of reporting instances of child abuse. She informs that the JSIF funded the extension of the campaign last year at a cost of $4.8 million, with an additional $7.1 million towards the production of a storybook, which is to come on stream. There is also a training segment to be undertaken. “We assisted the OCR directly in their school tours, focusing mainly on (six) of our schools targeted under the Basic Needs Trust Fund… teaching the students how to report, identify and respond to instances of abuse against children,” Ms. Dillon explains. The extended ‘Break the Silence’ campaign ran from June to December 2016 and included radio and television advertisements, and information posted on social media platforms.The six schools were: Mandeville Primary, Christiana Moravian Primary and Infant, Old Harbour Primary, Ocho Rios Primary, Discovery Bay All-Age, and Brown’s Hall Primary. The school tours took the form of open day discussions with representatives from the OCR, Office of the Children’s Advocate and the Child Development Agency. “Guidance Counsellors in those schools have informed that there has been an increase in cases reported to them. On one side that is sad to hear, but on the other side, the school tours worked and the kids felt comfortable in going to their guidance counsellors to let them know what has been happening to them,” Ms. Dillon says.She notes that the local television and radio aspect of the campaign is finished and efforts are being made to get more funding. “We are constantly trying to see if we can get additional partners to help us along this journey. We see how relevant it is…we are seeing too much of it in our papers now and our children absolutely need help,” the Project Manager adds.Meanwhile, training workshops are to be held with Ministry of Education Regional Officers, principals, teachers, and Parent-Teacher Association Executives on how to conduct readings with students using the storybook. Ms. Dillon tells JIS News it is hoped that the book will be released and launched by April this year. The book has received approval from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and will be added to the Family Life curriculum.The Storybook package will include: a full colour illustrated storybook, accompanying DVD with illustrations, narration, sign language translation, music and an accompanying teacher’s guide. The message of identifying, responding and reporting abuse is appropriately packaged into a story to suit the target audience of children eight to 12 years old. There will also be 60 Braille copies of the book, as requested by the Ministry’s Special Education Unit, for distribution in schools. “This book is targeting vulnerable groups, so it is extremely important that when we are getting this message out there, it gets to all persons who may be affected by cases of child abuse,” Ms. Dillon says. A mandatory parents’ forum is to be held in each school one to three months after principals and staff have been engaged.The Break the Silence campaign was first launched during the period 2015-16 and it featured several prominent celebrities and business leaders encouraging persons to report physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children. The programme, supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), was a direct response to the ‘Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices’ survey on child maltreatment in Jamaica, which the OCR commissioned with technical and financial support from UNICEF. The OCR received more than 44,000 reports of child abuse for the period 2007-2014.Persons can make a report of child abuse to the OCR by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org; or by visiting the four OCR offices located in Kingston, Manchester, St. Mary and Westmoreland. Persons can also call the OCR toll free at: 1-888- PROTECT (776-8328) (Flow) Tel: 908-2132, 908-2143 (Flow); 618-5888 (Digicel landline); 754-9133 (Flow); 631-8933 (Flow); 631-8908 (Flow); Cell: 822-7031 (Flow) 878-2882 (Digicel); and Fax: 908-2579. Photo credit: Jamaica Gleaner
NWS Winter Storm Warning On Seward Highway Turnagain ArmNWS Winter Storm Warning On Seward Highway Turnagain Arm
Kaitlyn O’Brien with the NWS in Anchorage: “What we are expecting is heavy snow with snow accumulations of 18-30 inches, and it’s possible that we’ll see some localized amounts up to 36 inches.” A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. A band of very heavy snow is currently over the region north of Moose Pass, including the Seward Highway through Turnagain Pass. Snowfall rates of up to 6 inches per hour have been observed through Turnagain Pass. According to an advisory from the Department of Transportation, travel is nearly impossible due to very heavy snow. Expect significant reductions in visibility. O’Brien: “Travel will be difficult through that heavy snow, and not possible at all in some areas. We are expecting very low visibility through that area.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Seward Highway around the Turnagain Arm area effective until noon, on Thursday. The snow band is expected to remain nearly stationary through Thursday morning, contributing to the very high snowfall totals. For the latest road conditions call 5 1 1 or visit 511.alaska.gov. For avalanche information around Turnagain Pass, visit cnfaic.org.
Refuge Announces Closures Of Most Local Area CampgroundsRefuge Announces Closures Of Most Local Area Campgrounds
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge announced on Sunday the temporary closures of local area campgrounds in order to allow for public safety and efficient fire operations along the Sterling Highway due to the Swan Lake Fire. Bottenintnin Lake,Watson Lake Campground,Egumen Lake Trail, Petersen Lake Campground,Kelly Campground,Seven Lakes Trail,Skyline Trail andJean Lake Campground. For further information, visit Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, or call (907) 262-7021. The Refuge Headquarters office hours are from 8:00am to 4:30pm on Monday through Friday. In a message from the Refuge: “Thank you for making alternative recreation plans and avoiding these areas so firefighters have access and you stay safe.”
Wikipedia CommonsRent in Houston grew by just 0.3 percent year-over-year in August.In August, rents in Greater Houston grew only 0.3 percent from the previous year, according to a report by apartment data firm Yardi Matrix.But the research firm expects the year-over-year number to rise to 1.6 percent by the end of the year. “We believe that Houston has bottomed out, that it is going to begin a slow transition to a positive range,” said Doug Ressler, who created the report.“We think it has hit the bottom, if you will.”That forecast is based on signs that the oil and gas industry is recovering from the downturn and also on the trend of more people renting instead of buying homes.But the rent increase is affecting different parts of the Houston area differently. Ressler said from January to August, rent grew by 1.3 percent in the wealthier western part of the region and by 2.3 percent in the eastern part.“The blue collar is where you’re seeing the resurgence of demand much more significantly than you are in terms of west Houston,” the researcher said.He said that’s because more job growth is happening in blue collar areas right now. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen 00:00 /01:08 X
SteamVR Desktop Theater Mode play any game on a massive virtual displaySteamVR Desktop Theater Mode play any game on a massive virtual display
In order for virtual reality to realize its full potential, it needs games and experiences to be designed and developed specifically for it. That means there’s thousands of games already available and releasing in the near future that won’t be virtual reality-friendly. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from VR.Valve has made this clear by confirming a feature called SteamVR Desktop Theater Mode exists. What this mode allows is for any game on Steam to be played using a virtual reality headset. You may think there’s no benefit to such a feature if the game doesn’t support VR, but you’d be wrong. What Desktop Theater Mode does is create a virtual location for you to play your non-VR games within, and that includes a huge display.So you may be sitting at your desk staring at a 24-inch monitor with your hands on a keyboard and mouse (or game pad) ready to play a Steam game. If you then put on a VR headset with Desktop Theater Mode enabled, you could instantly be transported to a virtual room of your choosing and be staring at the same game on a massive display (think movie theater size).SteamVR Desktop Theater Mode is still in an early beta stage of development, but will be compatible with any Steam-friendly virtual reality headsets. That means the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Razer OSVR, and more will surely follow. We should get our first glimpse of the mode in action during the Game Developer Conference, which starts today in San Francisco.This mode has a lot of potential to promote the use of a VR headset. It’s not just the ability to play games on a massive virtual screen, but the room design itself. Changing the theme on your Xbox One or PS4 is popular, but this mode should allow you to tweak the look of an entire room. You can setup your own gaming den that only exists in virtual space. Very cool.
The residents of Sonia Vihar, Delhi, came up with a new initiative to promote clean river Yamuna. A one -day festival was celebrated by the Delhites at the bank of the river. The festival was a part of Yamuna aarti started by the local people of Sonia Vihar and surrounded areas. The event started with a kite festival that was attended by over hundred people from across the city. A street play, Kuch Baat Ho by Black Pearl Art was also organised that imparted the message to save and clean the natural resources.
New for 2020 Margaritaville Island Resort San DiegoNew for 2020 Margaritaville Island Resort San Diego
<< Previous PostNext Post >> New for 2020: Margaritaville Island Resort San Diego Tags: Margaritaville Beach Resort, Margaritaville Holdings, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Travelweek Group SAN DIEGO — Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and Margaritaville Holdings have announced their plan to open Margaritaville’s first U.S. West Coast resort, in San Diego.Slated to open in 2020, the Margaritaville Island Resort San Diego will feature 462 casita-style single-story guest rooms with waterfront views overlooking the marina and Mission Bay.The property will take over from Paradise Point Resort & Spa, just 10 minutes from downtown San Diego, on the 44-acre Vacation Island in Mission Bay.Davidson Hotels & Resorts, the resort’s current management company, will continue to operate the property following the completion of the renovation and rebranding.The conversion and renovation of the existing property is estimated at approximately US$35 million and will feature the signature Margaritaville food & beverage concepts in addition to new recreational activities and family-friendly amenities.“Following an extensive evaluation of numerous alternatives, we selected Margaritaville because we believe it is the perfect fit for our San Diego Paradise Point Resort & Spa,” said Jon E. Bortz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. “The Margaritaville lifestyle brand is synonymous with fun and escapism, as is our property, and we expect a dramatic improvement in financial performance of Paradise Point upon reflagging, consistent with other Margaritaville branded resorts. This marks Margaritaville’s first west coast property, which will allow our resort to target the loyal west coast followers of the growing globally recognized Margaritaville brand.”More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureAdding to the 80,000 square feet of meeting space, marina, spa, tennis courts, and fitness centre, the update of the five pools and public spaces will reflect Margaritaville’s ‘no worries’ lifestyle.“We look forward to sharing our way of life with visitors to this unique island paradise in San Diego,” said John Cohlan, Chief Executive Officer of Margaritaville. Posted by Share
— – IPO This Friday Could Double Your Money in Less Than 3 Months… A tiny company pioneering a new kind of medicine is expected to go public as early as THIS FRIDAY…and our tech analyst, Jeff Brown predicts it could hand fast moving investors 100%+ in 90 days or less… Click here now to learn more. Recommended Links Doug’s $800,000 Currency Move [Biggest in 40 Years?] Doug Casey has just made a large bet on this year’s currency move…which he predicts will be the biggest of his 40-year career. His currency plays produced estimated gains of 234%, 260%, and even 4,329% in the past. So why is the set-up even better this time around? See the answer right here. One of Europe’s biggest banks just made a shocking statement… one that could affect the money in your bank account… Dispatch readers know governments have launched all sorts of crazy schemes since the 2008 financial crisis. In an effort to “stimulate” their economies, they’ve borrowed trillions of currency units. They’ve printed trillions more from nothing. They’ve cut interest rates to record lows. But perhaps the most reckless policy has been negative interest rates. Negative rates are a bizarre concept. In a normal world, you earn interest on cash you hold in a savings account. With negative rates, you pay the bank to hold your cash. Negative interest rates are a perversion of saving and capitalism. • Negative rates were unheard of until two years ago… Today, more than $8 trillion worth of government bonds have negative rates. The European Central Bank (ECB) introduced them in 2014. The Bank of Japan (BOJ) started using them in January. Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland have them too. These countries think negative rates will “stimulate” their economies. The thinking is that people will spend more money if their savings are taxed. Mainstream economists tell us this will make the economy grow. Regular readers know that’s a lie. Saving and production drive an economy, not spending. • Deutsche Bank (DB) thinks the ECB and BOJ should “double down” on negative rates… Deutsche Bank is Germany’s largest bank, and one of the world’s most influential financial institutions. ZeroHedge reported on Sunday: [T]he ECB and BoJ should move more strongly toward penalizing savings via negative retail deposit rates or perhaps wealth taxes. Today, only big banks and other large financial institutions pay negative rates. For the most part, these institutions have yet to pass along negative rates to their customers. Deutsche Bank thinks central bankers should go directly after people’s savings accounts. In other words, it’s lobbying for a wealth tax—or “bank account tax”—that would be a more radical version of negative rates. • Deutsche Bank thinks central banks are running out of tools… It thinks quantitative easing (QE) has “run its course,” according to ZeroHedge. Dispatch readers know QE is when a central bank creates money out of thin air and injects it into a financial system. The U.S. used several rounds of QE after the last financial crisis. Europe and Japan are currently using QE. We agree with Deutsche Bank that QE is doing nothing for the global economy. But launching even crazier policies is not the answer. A bank account tax would promote more reckless borrowing and spending than we’re seeing already. In other words, it would only add fuel to an already huge problem… • Negative rates don’t work… Europe and Japan are growing at their slowest pace in decades. Their stock markets are doing poorly too. The STOXX Europe 600, which tracks 600 large European stocks, is down 7% this year. The Nikkei 225, Japan’s version of the S&P 500, is down 15%. Negative rates have also had unwanted side effects. In Europe, large corporations are pulling money out of the banking system to avoid paying negative rates. Japanese people are hoarding cash at home to avoid negative rates. • The U.S. doesn’t have negative rates yet… But don’t rule them out. In February, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said negative rates in the U.S. weren’t “off the table.” Today, the Fed’s key rate is at 0.38%…well below its historic average of 5%. Yellen’s kept rates low because the economy is hardly growing. In fact, the U.S. economy’s “recovery” from the 2008 financial crisis has been the weakest recovery since World War II. One piece of bad economic data could lead to the Fed dropping its key rate below zero. And if Europe or Japan introduce a bank account tax, you can bet the Fed would consider it too. • Eight years of “easy money” have already warped the economy… QE and rock-bottom interest rates have made it incredibly cheap to borrow money. Americans have borrowed trillions of dollars since the last financial crisis. They’ve borrowed to buy televisions, cars, homes, commercial property, and even stocks and bonds. The Fed’s “stimulus measures” ignited a historic rally in stocks. Since 2009, the S&P 500 has more than tripled in value, hitting an all-time high. Bond prices have hit record highs too. We’re now living in an “Alice in Wonderland” economy where stocks and bonds soar while the “real” economy barely grows. • Casey Research founder Doug Casey says we’re in a very dangerous situation… Here’s Doug: These reckless policies have produced not just billions, but trillions in malinvestment that will inevitably be liquidated. This will lead us to an economic disaster that will in many ways dwarf the Great Depression of 1929–1946. Paper currencies will fall apart, as they have many times throughout history. • When people realize paper money is doomed, they’ll pile into gold and silver… Regular readers know gold and silver are the ultimate wealth insurance. These precious metals have preserved wealth for centuries. They’re real money because they’re durable, transportable, easily divisible, have intrinsic value, and are consistent around the world. Unlike paper currencies, governments cannot create more gold or silver with a few taps on a keyboard. • Gold and silver have taken off this year… The price of gold is up 22% this year. It’s at its highest price since January 2015. Silver is up 27%. It’s at its highest level in a year. Doug thinks this is only the beginning of a huge bull market for gold and silver. In fact, he thinks gold is in the early innings of a “true mania.” He says gold prices could easily triple in the coming years. Silver could see even bigger gains. As we recently explained, silver is cheaper than gold right now. • Gold and silver miners are soaring too… Mining companies are leveraged to precious metals prices. A 10% rise in the price of gold can cause gold stocks to jump 30% or more. Gold’s 22% jump this year has caused the Market Vectors Gold Miners Fund (GDX)—which tracks large gold mining stocks—to surge 85%. Silver’s 27% move led to a 104% jump by the iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners Fund (SLVP), which tracks large silver mining stocks. • Many Casey readers booked even bigger gains…and it’s not too late for you to join them… Louis James, editor of International Speculator, has several HUGE winners in his portfolio. If you don’t know Louis, he’s our resource guru. His specialty is finding small gold and silver miners with massive upside. One of Louis’ latest picks is up 74%. Another is up 89%. One has skyrocketed 157%. Like Doug, Louis thinks this is only the beginning. He expects the best gold stocks to rise 1,000% or more in the coming years. Those kinds of returns may sound impossible. But if you’ve ever seen a major gold bull market, you know they’re very real. Opportunities to make 1,000% gains—like we have today—are rare. It could be ten years or longer before we get another chance like this. To help you take advantage of this incredible opportunity, we’re offering International Speculator for $500 off the regular price. If you sign up today, you’ll also receive our new special report, 9 Essential Gold Stocks to Buy Right Now. In it, you’ll find nine stocks with the potential to rise 1,000% or more in the coming mania. If you’re interested, we urge you to act soon. This special deal closes this week. Click here to learn more. Chart of the Day The U.S. dollar just hit a 16-month low… Today’s chart shows the performance of the U.S. dollar index. This index tracks the dollar’s performance against major currencies like the euro and Japanese yen. You can see the U.S. dollar has plunged 6% this year. It’s at its lowest level since January 2015. The dollar’s big decline this year has caught many investors off guard. After all, the Fed’s monetary policy isn’t quite as “easy” as Europe’s and Japan’s right now. The Fed is not currently printing money like the ECB and BOJ. It isn’t using negative rates like the ECB and BOJ either. Yet, the dollar is weakening relative to the euro and Japanese yen. This suggests investors expect the Fed to join the ECB and BOJ in printing money and dropping interest rates to zero or lower. And Casey readers know a weaker dollar would be bullish for gold, which is “priced” in dollars. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida May 3, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to email@example.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.
Justin’s note: North Korea is “not far away” from launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).That’s the word coming out of Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital. Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and Reuters have all reported on it.It’s a scary prospect, for sure. After all, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, seems hell-bent on destroying the United States.At this point, one can’t help but wonder if we could actually have a full-blown nuclear war on our hands. To make sense of this issue, I called up Casey Research founder Doug Casey.The following is a transcript of that conversation. We hope you enjoy it.Justin: Doug, could North Korea really launch an ICBM soon?Doug: There’s no question that even a dismally poor country like North Korea could do it.Remember that ballistic missiles were first used in the 1940s by the Germans. A lot of things have happened in the last 70 years. The technology is widely disseminated, and the components are vastly improved. 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Don’t miss this. — Recommended Link But I don’t know why people are paying so much attention to the development of a North Korean missile, because they’re only important if you can put a nuclear weapon on them. Which they’ll also be able to do. But who cares? At this point, ICBMs as a delivery system are old technology. You’d be stupid to use them.If the North Koreans launched a nuclear missile attack, its source would be easily detected. It would be like signing their own death warrant. Nuclear weapons are a good counter-punch threat, to fend off an invasion—if Saddam had them the US wouldn’t have dared to invade Iraq. But they make no sense as an aggressive weapon.Justin: That’s good to hear. But couldn’t they launch a nuclear attack on the US using other means?Doug: If they want to destroy a foreign city, be it Tokyo, Seoul or Los Angeles, the way to do it is to deliver the device by commercial ship, in a container. It could be set off in a number of ways, by GPS, by timer, or radio signal, among other obvious means. It could be delivered by a commercial airplane, which would get landing clearance, like any other plane.And frankly, if they can miniaturize the things enough, have them delivered by FedEx; they’ll arrive exactly where they’re supposed to, cheaply, and on time. Which is more than an ICBM can promise.As usual, the press is looking in all the wrong directions. And North Korea, developing ICBMs, is wasting its meager resources. If they really want to destroy cities—which is itself stupid and counterproductive, even as a counterpunch—they’re looking at the previous technology. The way generals always do. It’s like cavalry before World War I and battleships before World War II. ICBMs are in an exactly analogous position now. They’re dinosaurs.Justin: What are the chances that a nuke is actually set off?Doug: Well, the US is said to have three carrier battle groups offshore North Korea. That’s extremely provocative, as provocative as it would be if the Koreans had warships off the coast of California.I think it’s incredibly stupid for the US to do that; it serves no useful purpose. The NK government can use it as propaganda, to show their subjects how aggressive the Americans are. It’s not a hard sale to make. The average American is unaware that during the Korean War, the US may have killed 20% of the NK population. The US totally flattened every city in the country with bombers. It doesn’t win friends in a primitive country when an alien race comes in and basically destroys everything you have. The memory doesn’t disappear overnight.Provocations might push the North Koreans into doing something that they otherwise wouldn’t.That’s one reason that a friend of mine who’s one of the richest, and certainly one of the most well connected, men in the world, thinks this is going to end badly. He’s quite thoughtful, and we’ve been friends for many, many years.We were talking the other day; he spends a lot of time in the Orient, including Korea. He thinks there’s an 80 percent chance that there will be some type of nuclear exchange. That’s a high number. And it seems to me like a reasonable prediction based upon the psychologies of Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.Extremely dangerous situation, and who can say where it would end if there was a nuclear exchange. Or if the US decided to take out some nuclear facilities in North Korea using nuclear weapons.Justin: Yeah, I can only imagine how quickly this situation would spiral out of control. Doug: How can anyone predict what comes next when one nuclear bomb goes off in Korea? Perhaps they already have plans to deliver on their own nuclear devices in South Korea or Japan or for that matter in the US, likely using methods that we talked about earlier.When that happens, the US would counterattack, and turn the place into a smoking ruin. Maybe the Chinese get involved because North Korea is right on their border.These things can spin out of control in much the way trivial events before World War I spun out of control. And it seems to me that the world is a powder keg now, very much as it was before an accident set off World War I. The smart thing for the US is to withdraw their “tripwire” divisions from Korea, Japan, and elsewhere. All they’ll do is turn a regional conflict into WW3. And the 7th fleet sailing around the South and East China Seas? It’s analogous to the Chinese Navy holding maneuvers in the Gulf of Mexico.It’s an idiotic conceit to say it’s “keeping the peace.” In fact it’s asking for trouble.Justin: How would a nuclear exchange impact global financial markets? I can’t see it being the type of thing that investors brush off.Doug: I can’t see how it could have any good ramifications at all, because if there’s a war, it’s going to destroy a huge amount of wealth, number one. Wars are all about killing people and destroying property. The longer it lasts, the worse it will be. The US has alliances with almost every government on the globe—with the obvious exceptions. The US Government is already bankrupt; they’ll borrow, inflate, and tax more if they expand their current wars. And become much bigger and more powerful.It’s got to be a bad thing for the stock market. Even if a bunch of mushroom clouds don’t appear over US cities.Furthermore, you don’t know who’s going to win the war, or what even constitutes winning for that matter. You remember what Einstein said when asked what weapons WW3 would be fought with? He said he didn’t know, but thought WW4 would be fought with sticks and stones.I’ve always been a gold bug for lots of both economic and philosophical reasons—since gold was $35.00 an ounce quite frankly. And right now, in the midst of a stock market bubble, a real estate bubble, and a bond market super-bubble, the most important thing is preservation of capital.So that’s why you buy gold. I think that there’s real upside in gold—although, in real terms, nothing like we’ve seen in the past. The main reason you buy it is to preserve capital. That keeps it simple.You may not be able to preserve capital by owning cash, which is just fiat dollars, and holding it in banks, almost all of whom are bankrupt, all around the world. You can speculate in the stock market today, but at current levels, and with the world the way it is, it’s a speculation, not an investment.That’s the problem with a highly politicized world. I’ll like the stock market more when it’s again yielding at least 5% or 6%. In the past, major markets have yielded in the 10-15% range at bottoms.Justin: Absolutely. Of course, North Korea is just one of many reasons why investors should own physical gold if they don’t already.Anyway, thank you for taking the time to speak me with today.Doug: My pleasure, Justin.Justin’s note: Mark your calendar…Doug will be speaking at the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium next month. This is one of the year’s top conferences, featuring some of the best minds in the business. You’ll find out about investment opportunities in mining and other natural resource plays…opportunities that you likely won’t hear about anywhere else.
Why You Should Make Vacation Time a Priority This YearWhy You Should Make Vacation Time a Priority This Year
Laura Entis Image credit: Pexels Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Why You Should Make Vacation Time a Priority This Year Register Now » Add to Queue January 4, 2015 Guest Writer Vacations New Year’s Eve has come and gone, but it’s not too late to add one more item to your list of resolutions: Take more vacations.On the surface, this may seem like a frivolous, indulgent goal. But not only is it important — making time for regular trips with friends and family increases one’s feeling of well-being, finds a new survey by Gallup – but it’s difficult. A recent survey by Glassdoor found the average U.S. employee only takes 51 percent of their eligible vacation/paid time off.That’s a real shame, because Americans who regularly take time off work to go on trips report significantly higher well-being than their counterparts who are glued to their work year-round. Interestingly, not only does this vacation-effect persist across income groups, but its impact is so profound that those who earn less than $24,000 a year but take regular trips report a higher well-being score, on average, than those who earn $120,000 or more annually but don’t regularly take vacations. (The data comes from more than 148,000 interviews with Americans aged 18 or older conducted from January through November.)Related: The U.S. Has Become the No Vacation NationWhile well-being is a somewhat hard to pinpoint term, it’s important. As Gallup notes, previous research has tied well-being scores to health outcomes including life expectancy and a lower risk of obesity, while some studies suggest that taking time off positively impacts the brain and heart.All of which means vacation time isn’t just good for employees – it can be good for employers, too. Besides the health cost benefits, encouraging workers to actually use their vacation days can decrease burnout rates and increase employee retention.So this coming year, let’s all resist the urge to remain tethered to our desks and make vacation a priority.Related: American ‘Work Martyrs’ Are Too Afraid to Take Time Off, Study Finds Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article –shares
Yum Brands Parent Company of Taco Bell and KFC Is Spinning OffYum Brands Parent Company of Taco Bell and KFC Is Spinning Off
Reuters Image credit: Reuters | Aly Song Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters Yum Brands Register Now » Yum Brands, Parent Company of Taco Bell and KFC, Is Spinning Off Its China Business Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue –shares Yum Brands Inc said it intended to split off its China business, which has been besieged by food scandals and marketing missteps, bowing to pressure from an activist shareholder.Yum’s shares rose 4.6 percent in premarket trading.Yum China will operate as a publicly traded company and become a franchisee of Yum Brands in mainland China, paying the parent a percentage of its sales for exclusive rights to three of the company’s brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.The split will allow Yum Brands to focus on reenergizing its stagnating business in the United States as well as expand in emerging markets such as India. It will also give shareholders a steady stream of income from royalties while allowing Yum to take lease obligations off its balance sheet.”The separation of these two businesses gives shareholders the choice to own a growing annuity-like franchise cash flow stream, as well as the leading restaurant concept in a country with the fastest-growing consumer class,” activist investor Keith Meister told Reuters in an email.Meister, whose hedge fund Corvex Management owns nearly 5 percent of the company, had been pushing for a reorganization for many months. He was appointed to its board last week.Yum Brands entered China in 1987 through its KFC brand, making it one of the first U.S. fast-food chains to set up operations there.For years, the China business took the lead in driving sales for the company as a growing middle class frequented the restaurants that customized menus for the Chinese palate.Sales have, however, faltered in the past several quarters as the business has been beset by multiple problems ranging from a meat scandal to marketing missteps, coupled with a slowing economy that has made eating out less popular.”Yum Brands will trade at a higher multiple because it’s a better business now that it’s not attached to Yum China,” Hedgeye Risk Management analyst Howard Penney said.The China business contributed 57 percent to Yum’s total revenue and 54 percent to its operating profit in its latest quarter.Yum Brands will be led by its current Chief Executive Greg Creed and Yum China will be led by Micky Pant, who was named the CEO of the China business in August.The separation, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, is intended to be tax free to shareholders.Goldman Sachs is the financial adviser to Yum Brands, while Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Mayer Brown are its legal advisers. PJT Partners is serving as an independent financial adviser to the company’s board.(Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan; Editing by Anil D’Silva and Sayantani Ghosh) Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 3 min read October 20, 2015
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Apple Revamps App Store But It May Not Win Over DevelopersApple Revamps App Store But It May Not Win Over Developers
Apple Revamps App Store, But It May Not Win Over Developers Add to Queue June 9, 2016 Next Article –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 6 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Apple App Store Reuters 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. Apple Inc. announced a series of long-awaited enhancements to its App Store on Wednesday, but the new features may not ease concerns of developers and analysts who say that the App Store model — and the very idea of the single-purpose app — has seen its best days.The revamped App Store will let developers advertise their wares in search results and give developers a bigger cut of revenues on subscription apps, while Apple said it has already dramatically sped up its app-approval process. The goal is to sustain the virtuous cycle at the heart of the hugely lucrative iPhone business. Software developers make apps for the iPhone because its customers are willing to pay, and those customers, in turn, pay a premium for the device because it has the best apps. The store is now more strategically important than ever for Apple as sales of the iPhone begin to level off and the company looks to software and services to fill the gap. Apple CEO Tim Cook said on a recent conference call that App Store revenues were up 35 percent over last year.But the store is also a victim of its own success. Eight years after its launch, it is packed with more than 1.9 million apps, according to analytics firm App Annie, making it almost impossible for developers to find an audience — and increasingly difficult for customers to find what they need, as some 14,000 new apps arrive in the store each week.”The app space has grown out of control,” said Vint Cerf, one of the inventors of the internet and now a vice president at Alphabet Inc.’s Google, who was speaking at a San Francisco conference on the future of the web on Wednesday. “We need to move away from having an individual app for every individual thing you want to do.”Artificial intelligenceSome users are moving away from apps toward messaging services such as Slack and Facebook Inc.’s Messenger, which are branching out into areas like shopping and document storage.Meanwhile, rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to a world where people navigate their phones through voice-controlled digital assistants such as Apple’s Siri, rather than opening individual apps.To be sure, chat and AI are in their infancy, and their appeal to the masses remains uncertain. But if they take off, they could erase the edge Apple enjoys by virtue of its strong app ecosystem and tip the scales toward Google, which is widely considered to have the lead in AI.”The current dynamic is very favorable to Apple, and this is a suggestion that we might shift to a different dynamic where Google would have a very strong advantage,” said Benedict Evans, a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. “No matter what you do to an app store, you always have that underlying problem: It’s a list of a million things,” he added.Apple may yet find ways to wield AI to reinforce the App Store. The company has already woven more intelligence into its operating system, which now prompts iPhone users to open certain apps during the day based on their habits.Developer gripes On a more basic level, the changes announced this week address some of the loudest complaints from developers, who say it is virtually impossible to stand out in an app landscape dominated by hit games, big media companies and internet giants such as Facebook and Google.Statistics from Sensor Tower, an app analytics firm, show a stark and widening divide between top earners and low performers in the App Store. The top 1 percent of app publishers raked in about 94 percent of the store’s estimated $1.43 billion net revenue in the first quarter of 2016. The gulf has expanded rapidly since July 2012, the first month for which Sensor Tower has data, when the top 1 percent netted about 80 percent of the revenue in the store, according to data provided to Reuters. The figures cover paid apps and apps that include in-app purchases.Some developers who carved out a niche early say they doubt success would come so easily today. “Now the challenge for developers is, if there’s an app for everything, how will you create an app people will use?” said Lucas Buick, who founded Hipstamatic, a photography app that was an early hit in the App Store. Too late?David Barnard, founder of Contrast, an app development company, applauded the new focus on subscriptions, which he said would encourage developers to invest in their apps. But getting attention in the store remains a challenge.”It’s not like they fixed everything in one fell swoop,” Barnard said. Pete Zed, a 33-year-old Oakland, California developer, thought he had a hit on his hands when reminder app Bump was featured by Apple in January 2015, inspiring thousands of users to install the program. But as soon as the promotion ended, downloads plummeted. Zed discontinued the service this year.Some developers are banking on the next wave of user interfaces. In 2014, developer Eswar Priyadarshan founded Tasteful, which aims to guide users with various diets to healthy restaurant dishes through its app. Tasteful’s audience, though loyal, is too niche to vault it up the App Store charts, Priyadarshan said. In a bid to lessen his dependence on the App Store, he recently made Tasteful available on chat platforms such as Messenger and Slack.”It has been difficult to get the kind of growth we need to sustain an app business,” Priyadarshan said.Analyst Bob O’Donnell of TECHnalysis Research said he doubted the changes will do much to move the needle for small developers.”At the end of the day I’m not sure how much real-world impact it’s going to end up having for a lot of these apps,” he said. (Reporting by Julia Love; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Bill Rigby) Image credit: Pres Panayotov / Shutterstock Enroll Now for $5
Innovate UK awards major grant to develop Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare ProfilerInnovate UK awards major grant to develop Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare Profiler
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 30 2019A partnership between the healthtech company Living With, the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH), and the University of Bath has been awarded a major grant to develop a Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare Profiler.The award, from Innovate UK, will allow rheumatoid arthritis patients to use new methods capturing key disease activity data from smartphones, which will support clinicians to be able to classify and optimize care pathways.Living With is developing the Flare Profiler in partnership with the RUH Trust’s Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD), which is the internationally leading centre of excellence for rheumatic conditions, and University of Bath’s Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA), a leader in developing and evaluating new digital technologies such as the use of video, sound and motion for clinical application.”We’re thrilled to have won an Innovate UK grant,’ says Living With’s CEO Chris Robson. “This will transform the way patients with rheumatoid arthritis can be monitored intelligently between appointments and hopefully help the NHS reduce the cost of treating patients with RA. It also adds a transformational new capability to our existing Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis product.”Related StoriesFirst safe, reliable, noninvasive way to monitor rheumatoid arthritisResearchers develop NO-scavenging hydrogel for treatment of rheumatoid arthritisResearchers identify new molecular mechanism causing rheumatoid arthritisJane Carter, Research & Development Manager at the RNHRD, said: “The Trust has an established international reputation for research and expertise in rheumatology. We are always looking at ways to further improve the care and treatments we can offer patients. Using the latest technology and artificial intelligence is an exciting development. We are very excited to be part of this innovative project.”CAMERA was created to help further and transfer the knowledge developed within computer science, often targeting technology developed for the entertainment industries, to other sectors such as healthcare.CAMERA Director, Professor Darren Cosker, says “This is a great project. Being able to take some of the computer vision techniques we developed for hand tracking for animation and transferring it into a condition monitoring platform that can operate in a person’s home is a very positive use of technology and exactly the kind of work we should all be doing.”The Flare Profiler will test a unique range of patient data sources including video and thermal imaging technology. The project will then analyze patient data using cutting edge artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning technology to group patient disease activity patterns and identify the most effective treatment pathways for them.The aim of the Flare Profiler is to demonstrate how better monitoring can provide earlier detection of issues, allow earlier clinical intervention and over time reduce need for costly acute treatments. It also aims to reduce the stress and need for patients to travel to hospital during treatment for specialist tests.Source: https://www.bath.ac.uk/announcements/smartphone-technology-will-use-ai-to-help-arthritis-patients-manage-their-flare-ups/
Visual discovery startup Pinterest files for IPO UpdateVisual discovery startup Pinterest files for IPO Update
The San Francisco-based bulletin board that connects people with interests including food, fashion, travel and lifestyle said it would trade under the symbol PINS on the New York Stock Exchange.”Pinterest is where more than 250 million people around the world go to get inspiration for their lives,” the company said in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is expected to seek a valuation of around $12 billion.”They come to discover ideas for just about anything you can imagine: daily activities like cooking dinner or deciding what to wear, major commitments like remodeling a house or training for a marathon, ongoing passions like fly fishing or fashion and milestone events like planning a wedding or a dream vacation.”Documents for the initial public offering showed Pinterest lost $63 million in 2018 on revenue of $755.9 million. That compared with a loss of $130.0 million on $473 million in 2017 revenue.Launched in 2010, Pinterest brings in money from its role in online shopping and from advertising.It becomes the latest of the richly valued tech startups worth more than $1 billion, sometimes called “unicorns,” to hit Wall Street. Ride-hailing giant Lyft is expected to begin trading next week and rival Uber is likely to announce terms of its IPO soon.Details of the Pinterest offering were absent, with a temporary placeholder sum of $100 million to be raised, an amount likely to rise substantially.Like several other startups, Pinterest will use a dual-class share structure that enables the founders, including chief executive Ben Silbermann, to retain control.The research firm eMarketer expects Pinterest’s global ad revenues to hit $1 billion this year, making up just 0.3 percent of the total digital ad spend.Millennials and momsPinterest boasts having become a hit with millennials and women who wield buying clout in homes, winning their attention with virtual bulletin boards that they decorate with pictures showcasing interests in anything from food to sports, fashion or travel.Pinterest went on to weave in advertising and ways to buy items shown in posts, but said in the SEC filing that “substantially all” of its revenue comes from ads.Risk factors cited by Pinterest included competitors mimicking its products well enough to lure away users.Facebook-owned Instagram this week ramped up its challenge to Pinterest, moving into potentially lucrative e-commerce by adding an option to buy products shown off in posts by selected brands.A new “checkout” button for instant purchasing launched in a beta version of the app in the US with a limited number of businesses, according to the popular image-centric messaging service.”When you find a product you love, you can now buy it without leaving the app,” the Silicon Valley based division said in an online post.Previously, people inspired to buy products featured in Instagram posts had to follow links to outside online shopping sites.Pinterest also warned potential investors that while a Comscore study indicated that its US audience is 43 percent of internet users, including about 80 percent of adult women with children, it will need to penetrate other demographics such as men and international users for growth.Laws regarding data privacy or removing content could also hamper the online bulletin board, according to the filing. Pinterest, the online visual discovery platform with an estimated 250 million users, filed for a public share offering Friday, the latest of the big venture-backed startups to hit Wall Street. Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann is seen during the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 conference Pinterest files confidentially for stock listing: report 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. © 2019 AFP Explore further Citation: Visual discovery startup Pinterest files for IPO (Update) (2019, March 22) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-digital-scrapbooking-site-pinterest-ipo.html