Woman pleads guilty in viral bridgeshoving incident

first_imgTay’Lor Smith, who’s accused of pushing Jordan Holgerson of Kalama off the bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park in August, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless endangerment Monday morning in Clark County District Court. The prosecution is recommending a sentence with no jail time.Smith, 19, will be sentenced March 27. The gross misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.However, if Judge Darvin Zimmerman accepts the attorneys’ agreement, Smith will be ordered to home confinement with electronic monitoring, as well as some form of community service.Sentencing in the case was postponed until next week, in part, because defense attorney Nathan Pliska, of Vancouver Defenders, requested more time to prepare. Zimmerman said it would also allow Holgerson time to collect her thoughts on the incident, if she cared to speak at the hearing. He added he would like to hear more about the extent of her injuries and medical care costs.“She doesn’t want more time, your honor,” Holgerson’s mother, Genelle Holgerson, said from the gallery.Outside the courtroom, Genelle Holgerson said her daughter is going to physical therapy for a shoulder injury and has developed anxiety. Both said they just want this chapter of their lives to be over.A 10-second video that captured the Aug. 7 incident and circulated on Facebook, shows Jordan Holgerson, then 16, standing on the bridge, outside of the railing, apparently hesitating to jump. A woman pushes her, sending her into the water below.last_img read more

Financial Services Certification available after TCI training

first_img Busy holiday weekend Six islands represented by Six Beauties in Miss Teen TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Oct 2015 – Since yesterday, the Caribbean Governance-Training Institute in collaboration with TCI Financial Services Commission began providing directors of Caribbean organizations with the latest tools, they say will help them excel in the boardroom. Upon completion of the program participants will be eligible to write a qualifying examination that will earn them the designation, “Chartered Director” (C.Dir).The 3-day event wraps up October 8th, and is being held at Blue Haven Resort and Marina. Recommended for you Caribbean Food and Wine Festival goes to Gourmet Safari Related Items:Blue Haven Resort, chartered director, financial services certification Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Water contact closure issued for Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge after rainfall

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Imperial Beach, Weather FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 27, 2018 Water contact closure issued for Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge after rainfall February 27, 2018 South County beaches closedSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — County environmental health officials closed ocean areas near the U.S.-Mexico border to swimming Tuesday and warned people to avoid contact with the water in other areas due to the recent rain.The Department of Environmental Health issued a water contact closure for the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park due to sewage flows from the Tijuana River. The area from the border to the end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach is affected.The access road to Friendship Park may also be contaminated by the sewage, according to the county.Signs warning against swimming will remain in place until testing indicates the water is safe for recreation.Elsewhere in the county, swimmers and surfers should avoid entering the water for 72 hours after rainfall due to urban runoff that can contain large amounts of bacteria, officials said.A storm system moving through Southern California may mean more rainfall for the San Diego region on Tuesday. The storm is set to move east Tuesday night, but another storm will move through the region Friday and Saturday and bring with it more precipitation, according to the National Weather Service. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Annual Fur Rondy Festival Kicked Off This Weekend

first_imgEvents will continue through Saturday, March 3 throughout downtown Anchorage. Click here for the complete event schedule. Traditionally Fur Rendezvous lasted ten days, but since 2004 it has extended through early March, in order to lead into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Photos courtesy of Coy Kirby- Kenai Resident Known locally as Fur Rondy, the event has been going strong for more than 80 years. The event started in 1935 as a three-day sporting event timed to coincide with the return of miners and trappers loaded down with the fruits of a winter of work.The name “Fur Rendezvous” derives from swap meets at which fur trappers would gather to sell their winter harvests. In early Anchorage, these usually took place in mid-February which started the tradition for the Fur Rondy. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s largest and oldest winter festival, Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, kicked off on February 23 and lasts until March 4. The festival draws many visitors from outside of Anchorage including many from the Kenai Peninsula. The Rondy Parade was held downtown Saturday followed by the annual sled dog race today, Sunday. The Rondy carnival will be open all week.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Office Manager at KA ExpressFull-Time Account Sales Manager at Red BullFull-Time Client Partner Mobile Solutions at VerizonFull-Time Maintenance Technician at DSMFull-Time Accounts Receivable Representative at ViantPart-Time Show Room Assistant at Brooks BargainFull-Time Bench Worker at TecometFull-Time Mechanical Inspector at TecometFull-Time & Part-Time Delivery Driver at Keystone Automotive IndustriesFull-Time Inside Sales Support at Altro(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Maharshi first song review Choti Choti Baatein is a beautiful melody about

first_imgBest friendship song till date…thanks to DSP sir for superb music and ultimate BGM… Awesome music and lyrics. Especially “Nestamante emitante kanna vallu ivaleni aasthenanata” Explained the meaning of friendship with just one line.Mahesh anna looks fantabulous. Pooja hegde is so cute. A come back movie for allari naresh. #ChotiChotiBaatein #Maharshi #ChotiChotiBaatein excellent song with meaningful lyrics. Thank you so much sir @ThisIsDSP for giving this beautiful song. Blockbuster on the way. No words just Wow!!! #ChotiChotiBaatein #Maharshi Music peaks @ThisIsDSP you rocked it bro #MaharshiFirstSingle @urstrulyMahesh stills lyrics by @ShreeLyricist #SSMB25 Superbbbb lyrics and refreshing music by #DSP Repeat mode #ChotiChotiBaatein Akhil Raju @akhilrajus3555 Fantastic, Superb, Mind blowing, Un believable Couldn’t get better n best lyrics than this.. The best Friendship song I’ve ever heard.. Love u Mahesh MaharshiTwitterThe makers of Vamshi Paidipally’s Maharshi have released the first song Choti Choti Baatein on Friday. This track, which is getting good reviews, is about Mahesh Babu and Allari Naresh’s friendship. (Scroll down to listen to this first song from the film.)Maharshi is the landmark 25th movie of Mahesh Babu, whose fans are expected everything from it to be big and special in his career. The makers have released the first look of the actor, which has struck a chord with them and doubled their curiosity. They are now eagerly waiting for the release of its soundtracks online.Director Vamshi Paidipally confirmed that the first single of Maharshi will be released on Friday morning. He tweeted, “#ChotiChotiBaatein The Journey of Freindship with Superstar @urstrulyMahesh @hegdepooja & @allarinaresh begins tomorrow at 9:09 a.m. Every Freindship has a Story.. Cherish & Celebrate your Story with this song.. A @ThisIsDSP Musical.. @KUMohanan1 @ShreeLyricist #Maharshi.”Devi Sri Prasad, who has composed music for Maharshi, retweeted Vamshi Paidipally’s post and confirmed that it is going to be a melodious number. The music director tweeted, “A Sweet Melodious Song coming your Way.. #chotichotibaatein #MAHARSHI1stSINGLEonMARCH29th Hope U wil all Love it !! ❤️.”Maharshi is touted to be a romantic action drama film, written Vamsi Paidipally. According to the leaked report, Allari Naresh is a childhood friend of Mahesh Babu in the story of Maharshi and his death leaves an impact on the latter that changes his life and he decides to bring changes in the society. This is for the first time Naresh has teamed up with Mahesh Babu and is all thrilled about the movie.Allari Naresh also tweeted, “Follow us @urstrulyMahesh @hegdepooja and I on our journey of friendship……and your journey of friendship – through us with #ChotiChotiBaatein from #Maharishi tomorrow at 9.09am. A @ThisIsDSP musical, helmed by @directorvamshi . @KUMohanan1 @ShreeLyricist.”Harish Shankar, who is a close friend of director Vamshi Paidipally, has apparently listened to Choti Choti Baatein from Maharshi. He claimed that the first song is going to be a chartbuster track. He tweeted, “Trust me guys one of the best compositions of @ThisIsDSP and I can say a chart buster is on the way.”Aditya Music, which has bagged the audio rights of Maharshi, released the first song from the film on its official YouTube channel. Mahesh Babu took his Twitter page to share the link to the lyrical video with his followers, while Vamshi Paidipally dedicated the track to all friends. The director tweeted, “#ChotiChotiBaatein… Dedicated to all the Friends and their Friendship Stories… :)”Shree Mani has penned the lyrics for the song Choti Choti Baatein, which is all about beautiful memories of friendship. Besides composing tunes, Devi Sri Prasad has also crooned this melodious number, which has struck chord with the film goers and raised the bar of expectations and curiosity about Maharshi. This track is not only getting positive reviews, but also taking the social media by the storm.Here are some of the viewers’ review of Maharshi first song Choti Choti Baatein shared on YouTube and Twitter:Manikantavamsi‏ @manikantavamsi9 Srinivas Ponnam Lovely Shazi‏ @LovelyShazi1 Prince Lucky‏ @SurampudiVeerucenter_img Sandeep maheshbabu Meghana Venkateshan Sai Kiran bullet Sana #ChotiChotiBaatein – Awesome music & Lyrics.. One of the best song for Friendship and visually it’s going to be a treat for sure. Superstar @urstrulyMahesh look & the montage scenes between MB, @allarinaresh & @hegdepooja !! #Maharshi Awesome sounding with some best guitar portions Bring it more in album Mahesh Babu Fan‏ @IamMaheshFan Wowwww….DSP.. Wt a lovely music…this one only we want from you…Love u #DSP❤️❤️❤️ Ravi Sankar‏ @RaviSan67818066 It was a nice song by DSP….. very happy to hear maharshi’s first song on friendshipWatch the official lyrical video of Maharshi first Song Choti Choti Baatein herelast_img read more

Sensex falls 202 points on renewed fears over US Fed rate hike

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex extended losses for the fourth consecutive session on Thursday, falling 202 points amid fresh hints of interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve in December.The Sensex closed at 26,838 points, down 0.75 percent, while the 50-share Nifty fell 59 points, or 0.73 percent, to end at 8,111.Earlier on Wednesday, the US Federal Reserve had indicated that it remained on track to raise lending rates for the first time in more than seven years.”The FOMC left the door ajar. If markets don’t tighten financial conditions for them, if the US data remain firm, if global events don’t scare them and if the sun shines every day, the Fed will raise rates at their December meeting,” said Societe Generale in a note.The expiry of October derivative contracts in the Futures & Options (F&O) segment also weighed on market sentiments.”The push by Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to increase the minimum lot size from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh led to lower market-wide rollovers, which stood at 74 percent as against the one-year average of 82 percent. With retail participation likely to drop in the F&O segment, we expect wild gyrations to continue in the next few weeks,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research at IIFL.Among the BSE sectoral indices, Power, Bankex and Capital Goods were the top losers, while Auto and Consumer Durable indices remained supported.Shares of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries ended 0.4 percent higher after its telecom arm Reliance Jio Infocomm said it would “raise Rs 3,000 crore by issuing secured redeemable non-convertible debentures on private placement basis,” the Business Standard reported.Sun Pharma shares were down 2.3 percent after the company said it has started recalling a million boxes of Loratadine, an anti-allergic drug, from the US market after the tablets were found to be ‘super potent’ and ‘out of specification’.Hero Motocorp stock prices gained 0.2 percent on the expectations of over 20 percent growth in its sales in October due to high demand during the festive season.Yes Bank shares closed nearly 2 percent after the bank announced a forecast beating profit growth of 26.5 percent for the second quarter in the current fiscal year.”The bank’s asset quality performance has held up well so far. Going forward, we have factored higher provisions and slippages given the bank’s corporate exposure to metals and EPC. Even after factoring the higher provisions and slippages, we expect Yes Bank to deliver a CAGR of 20.2 percent in earnings for FY2015-17E. Currently, the stock trades at 1.9x FY2017E ABV. We maintain BUY rating on the stock,” said Vaibhav Agrawal, Vice-President of Research- Banking at Angel Broking.Share prices of domestic search engine Just Dial closed over 11 percent lower despite a surge in its profit by a little over 47 percent in the September quarter.”A total of 34 stocks registered a fresh 52-week high in trades today, while 19 stocks touched a new 52-week low on the NSE,” IIFL said in a note.On the commodities front, gold prices fell sharply by Rs 190 to Rs 27,075 per 10 grams on the back of renewed expectations over increase in interest rates by the US central bank. The yellow metal prices came under pressure amid a strengthening US dollar. Silver prices rose marginally by Rs 15 to Rs 37,365 per kg.last_img read more

Rohingya child refugees suffer malnutrition UNICEF

first_imgFile PhotoMalnutrition, poor sanitary conditions and diseases in refugee settlements is potentially catastrophic for Rohingya children who have fled Myanmar, UNICEF warns.It has found many children both in camps and among new arrivals ‘severely acutely malnourished’.”Some children are close to death by the time they make it across the border,” the UN body said in a news release issued simultaneously from Geneve, New York and Dhaka on Friday.”We are working to get a clear understanding on the extent of acute malnutrition among Rohingya child refugees,” it said.UNICEF mentioned that a nutrition survey is underway which will provide data in November.However, according to its screening at the border on 16-18 October, 33 out of 340 children screed, were found to be severely acutely malnourished. Its purpose was to identify children who needed immediate, life-saving treatment, UNICEF said.Screening conducted on sick children who were brought to a Medecins Sans Frontieres clinic reportedly found 14 severely acutely malnourished cases among 103 children.So far, UNICEF and partners had screened 59,604 children among refugees who have taken shelter in Bangladesh since 25 August, and identified 1,970 as severely acutely malnourished , and 6,971 as moderately acutely malnourished.These numbers roughly correspond to the pre-crisis malnutrition rates – which were already above the emergency threshold – 21.2 perr cent global acute malnutrition and 3.6 per cent severe acute malnutrition, according to a survey conducted in May 2017 in makeshift settlements.In Myanmar’s Rakhine state, malnutrition rates in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships, where the vast majority of refugees come from, were also already above emergency thresholds.”Since 25 August, we have had to stop treating 4,000 children with severe acute malnutrition in northern Rakhine because we have had no access,” UNICEF said.last_img read more

Airport customs official bullethit while checking gun

first_img.A customs official sustained bullet injuries while checking the firearm of a protocol officer of the European Union high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Sunday.The incident took place when Federica Mogherini’s first protocol officer was showing his gun to customs officials for checking, said Dhaka Customs House assistant commissioner Saidul Islam.Armed Police Battalion (APBn) assistant superintendent Tariq Ahmed also confirmed the matter to Prothom Alo.Customs official Rabiul Islam, who received the gunshot at his right leg, was admitted to Kurmitola Hospital.Later, the law enforcement confiscated the pistol and released the protocol officer after taking an undertaking from the EU embassy in Dhaka.The ministries of home and foreign affairs were informed about the incident.Earlier, EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy/vice-president of the European Commission Federica Mogherini arrived in Dhaka around 8:45am on Sunday to discuss the protracted Rohingya crisis with government officials.last_img read more

Afghan diplomat killed in Karachi shooting

first_imgA policeman walks past a police vehicle parked to cordon a street leading to the Afghan consulate in Karachi, after an Afghan diplomat was shot dead on Monday in the consulate, Pakistan 6 February, 2017. ReutersAn Afghan diplomat was shot dead on Monday in the Afghan consulate in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi in what was described as a personal dispute, Pakistani officials said.The consulate’s third secretary was killed by a private guard, who had been arrested, police official Saqib Ismail told Reuters.”The guard used his automatic weapon, firing multiple bullets,” Ismail said, adding that the guard was also an Afghan national.Another police official, deputy inspector general Azad Khan, told reporters the shooting appeared to be the result of a personal dispute.Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal confirmed the shooting on his official Facebook account.”Firing inside Afg Consulate General in Karachi at around 12:30 pm today … has been carried out by an Afghan guard inside the compound resulting in fatality of one of our diplomats,” Zakhilwal wrote.”It seems to be a personal dispute related criminal act.”last_img read more

France Celebrates Soccer World Cup Triumph

first_imgLes Champs Élysées ! 😮😮😮#FRA #CM2018 pic.twitter.com/DsF5EoBEyj— Coupe du Monde 🏆 (@fifaworldcup_fr) July 15, 2018Although the country is still under a high terror threat, the heavy security has not dampened the festive spirit on the streets. Some news outlets also noted the diversity of the French team, which boasted a majority of first-generation French citizens, most of them of African heritage. In France, thousands of people from all walks of life have been thronging the streets, flooding iconic sites of Paris, from the Champs Elysees to the Place de la Republique. The World Cup victory has also fueled French patriotism, with people waving flags and singing “La Marseillaise.” Popular on Variety Jubilant French residents poured out in force on the streets Sunday in celebration of France’s World Cup triumph, which returned the champion’s trophy to France 20 years after its 1998 win.The French team, which beat Croatia by a score of 4-2, went into the tournament as an underdog but ramped up its game as play wore on. The unexpected nature of this World Cup victory boosted French people’s enthusiasm and fueled their emotional reaction to the outcome.French President Emmanuel Macron, who traveled to Russia to watch the final, seemed overcome with joy. He was photographed jumping and shouting in his viewing box, which prompted comments on social media that he might expect his popularity, which has taken a hit recently, to rise, as did Jacques Chirac’s in 1998. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Tunable quantum cascade laser

first_img Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: Kazuue Fujita, Tadataka Edamura, Shinichi Furuta, and Masamichi Yamanishi, “High-performance, homogenous broad-gain quantum cascade lasers based on dual-upper-state design,” Applied Physics Letters (2010). Available online: link.aip.org/link/APPLAB/v96/i24/p241107/s1 Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — One of the issues associated with lasers is their tunability. In many cases, if you want to produce a particular wavelength, you have to build a laser to accomplish this. In order to get another wavelength, you may have to build a different laser. A tunable laser would provide an opportunity to adjust the wavelength, without the use of another laser. One novel quantum cascade laser design that could achieve this is based on a dual upper state design. Citation: Tunable quantum cascade laser (2010, July 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-tunable-quantum-cascade-laser.htmlcenter_img A team at the Central Research Laboratory at Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. in Japan has come up with, and tested, a tunable quantum cascade laser design that demonstrates broad optical gain. Their work is published in Applied Physics Letters: “High-performance, homogenous broad-gain quantum cascade lasers based on dual-upper-state design.”“Usually, quantum cascade laser designs have only one upper state, except for superlattice active region,” Kazuue Fujita, the lead author on the paper, tells PhysOrg.com in an email interview. In this case, though, there is an additional upper state added to the design of the laser. “The additional upper state is created by a first quantum well adjacent to the injection barrier. This state corresponds to a lowest energy state in the first quantum well.”Fujita goes on to explain that the regular upper state, seen in most conventional quantum cascade lasers, is designed to be nearly the same energy at operating condition as the state in the first quantum well. “Electrons are injected into the higher upper state via resonant tunneling from the previous injector. And then, electrons populated in the both upper states transit from both upper states to a lower state.” Both of these transitions contribute to optical gain.This new laser design would have a number of advantages over current quantum cascade laser designs insists Fujita. This laser design allows for broadband tuning. On top of that, there is weak dependence on voltage by these lasers, and they are not sensitive to temperature change. “Slow efficiency at threshold is observed to be nearly constant over the wide range. Also I-L characteristics show super-linear behavior. These distinctive features have never been observed in a quantum cascade laser so far,” Fujita explains. “I think this design concept holds large potentialities.”Fujita says that the design has actually been tested. “We have already fabricated and measured many lasers with the design. The lasers demonstrate very good performances. In addition, high temperature, continuous wave operation of the laser has also been achieved.”In terms of application, Fujita sees a great deal of usefulness, especially in terms of spectroscopy. Trace gas sensing is considered one of the more likely applications, since wide tunability is desired. “The external cavity quantum cascade laser with this design may operate very stable due to its low dependences on voltage and temperature,” he says. Due to its tunability, this quantum cascade laser design could also increase the cost efficiency of some applications. “This design can lead to high-performance broadband tuning. Therefore, the laser allows a reduction in the number of lasers in a spectroscopic analysis system.” Compact, wavelength-on-demand Quantum Cascade Laser chip created 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.last_img read more

Live better with strawberries

first_imgStrawberries or garden strawberry, commonly known as Fragaria ananassa an edible fruit which is a hybrid species of French and Argentinean varieties, is cultivated across the globe. The fruit is juicy and hence keeps your body rehydrated during summers. Also, it is very useful for cognitive development and gives you a strong vision. 1.Vitamin C in strawberries strengthens the immunity system of the body. The content of vitamin C fights against cough, cold, flu and viral infections. Strawberries contain antioxidants which allow proper functioning of the cells in the body. Vitamin C, itself being an antioxidant, prevents inflammation and free radicals. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf 2. Strawberry consists of an element called alpha-hydroxy acid which acts as a natural scrubber. Thus it can be used as a scrubber to remove the dead skin cells. Also, aspartic acid in strawberry removes the toxins from the skin. So experience complete rejuvenation and get the naturally embraceable glowing skin with strawberries to feel that touch! 3. Blessed with antioxidants, flavonoids, fibre, potassium, vitamin C and folate, strawberry is a great fruit to successfully fight against a variety of heart ailments. These essential nutrients help to lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the body. Flavonoids help to regulate the proper functioning of arteries and prevent blood clotting even. Vitamin C is effective in making the heart muscles strong and efficient. Potassium and magnesium reduce the risk of high blood pressure. So, all the heart patients will surely embrace strawberries with joy!last_img read more

Why the TSA Now Wants You to Turn On Your Cell Phone

first_img After U.S. intelligence officials discovered earlier this year that al Qaeda was fashioning new bomb varieties, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that some travelers flying to America from overseas will have to power up their phones prior to takeoff.“During the security examination, officers may ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones,” the TSA said in a press release. “Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.”While travelers may be familiar with shuttering their phones prior to takeoff, this new measure aims to thwart bombs potentially concealed within electronic devices, reports ABC News.Related: British Airways Testing ‘Happiness Blanket’ to Make First-Class More ComfortableIt is unclear which airports overseas will be impacted by the new processes.Sources told ABC that officials are taking precautions against Syrian terrorist groups working alongside al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen. The fear is that terrorists might ultimately corroborate with “one of the thousands of Americans and other foreign fighters carrying U.S. and European passports” in order to carry out an attack, the outlet reports.“Aviation security includes a number of measures, both seen and unseen, informed by an evolving environment,” stated U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson in an announcement preceding the enhanced security procedures.Related: Surprising Tricks: How to Sleep on a Plane 2 min read Listen Now July 7, 2014center_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happenslast_img read more

Staffordshire motorway service station rated best in England for second time

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Read MoreThere are 70 new jobs up for grabs at this local company (& this is how you can get one!) Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: “Motorway users tell us they have a good experience when visiting service areas, but it’s clear that many do not feel the experience is good value for money. “They want pleasant, well maintained facilities with good quality food choices. “Motorway services continue to play an important safety role providing drivers with the opportunity to take a break. Drivers in the survey confirm they feel less stressed and are more alert after stopping at motorway services.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Read MoreWhat to do if you’ve bought a Rewind North 2019 ticket Norton Canes Services and Stafford South are both owned by Roadchef – with the company saying it had invested in new facilities and dining options at both sites. Commenting on the results, Mark Fox, CEO, said: “We’re thrilled at the success of our M6 sites in the recent Transport Focus survey, especially as Norton Canes has been recognised by customers as the top performing service area for the second year running. “We are proud to continue to invest in our sites, improving and adding facilities to suit all needs and restaurants to suit every taste. “The team works incredibly hard to ensure all our customers have a fantastic experience with us, and these results are a testament to Roadchef’s ongoing commitment to making Britain’s roads safer and motorists happier.” poll loadingWhich service station in North Staffordshire/South Cheshire do you think is the best?0+ VOTES SO FARStafford North (M6)Stafford South (M6)Keele North (M6)Keele South (M6)Sandbach North (M6)Sandbach South (M6)Hilton Park North (M6)Hilton Park South (M6)Knutsford North (M6)Knutsford South (M6)Norton Canes (M6 Toll)Tamworth (M42) Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA motorway service station in Staffordshire has been named the best in England for the second year running – according to the results of an annual survey. The Norton Canes Service station, on the M6 Toll Road, received a 99 per cent satisfaction rating after previously topping the list last year. Stafford North Services, on the northbound carriageway of the M6 between junction 14 and junction 15, was ranked 4th best in England according to the annual survey carried out by Transport Focus, an independent watchdog. The survey looked at 111 of the 112 motorway service areas in England – with only Folkestone Services choosing not to participate – and around 11,600 surveys completed by members of the public while travelling and using the facilities. Read MoreMet Office issues yellow weather warning for rain in North Staffordshire and Cheshire Stafford South Services, which in the 2017 survey was rated second worst in the country, came in eighth overall in 2019 – although this is down from the list in 2018 when it came second. Other service stations along the M6 in Staffordshire and Cheshire appeared throughout the list – with Sandbach Northbound finishing worst on 102nd. The worst ranked Staffordshire service station was Keele Southbound at 82nd. The worst ranked service station in England was the Severn Services off the M48 near Bristol. Service stations on the M6 in Staffordshire and Cheshire – and where they finished(Ranked highest to lowest – number is overall place in 111 surveyed service stations across England) 1. Norton Canes (M6 Toll – Staffordshire) 4. Stafford Northbound (M6 Staffordshire) 8. Stafford Southbound (M6 Staffordshire) 10. Hilton Park Southbound (M6 Staffordshire) 37. Sandbach Southbound (M6 Cheshire) 40. Keele Northbound (M6 Staffordshire) 48. Knutsford Southbound (M6 Cheshire) 62. Hilton Park Northbound (M6 Staffordshire) 82. Keele Southbound (M6 Staffordshire) 88. Knutsford Northbound (M6 Cheshire) 102. Sandbach Northbound (M6 Cheshire) (Ranks according to Transport Focus Survey in 2019 – as surveyed by approximately 11,600 members of the public) Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.last_img read more

Facebook introduces Rosetta a scalable OCR system that understands text on images

first_imgYesterday, researchers at Facebook introduced a machine learning system named, Rosetta for scalable optical character recognition (OCR). This model extracts text from more than a billion public Facebook and Instagram images and video frames. Then, this extracted text is fed into a text recognition model that has been trained on classifiers, which helps it understand the context of the text and the image together. Why Rosetta is introduced? Rosetta will help in the following scenarios: Provide a better user experience by giving users more relevant photo search results. Make Facebook more accessible for the visually impaired by incorporating the texts into screen readers. Help Facebook proactively identify inappropriate or harmful content. Help to improve the accuracy of classification of photos in News Feed to surface more personalized content. How it works? Rosetta consists of the following text extraction model: Source: Facebook Text extraction on an image is done in the following two steps: Text detection In this step, rectangular regions that potentially contain the text are detected. It performs text detection based on Faster R-CNN, a state-of-the-art object detection network. It uses Faster R-CNN but replaces ResNet convolutional body with a ShuffleNet-based architecture for efficiency reasons. The anchors in regional proposal network (RPN) are also modified to generate wider proposals, as text words are typically wider than the objects for which the RPN was designed. The whole detection system is trained jointly in a supervised, end-to-end manner. The model is bootstrapped with an in-house synthetic data set and then fine-tuned with human-annotated data sets so that it learns real-world characteristics. It is trained using the recently open-sourced Detectron framework powered by Caffe2. Text recognition The following image shows the architecture of the text recognition model: Source: Facebook In the second step, for each of the detected regions a convolutional neural network (CNN) is used to recognize and transcribe the word in the region. This model uses CNN based on the ResNet18 architecture, as this architecture is more accurate and computationally efficient. For training the model, finding what the text in an image says is considered as a sequence prediction problem. They input images containing the text to be recognized and the output generated is the sequence of characters in the word image. Treating the model as one of sequence prediction allows the system to recognize words of arbitrary length and to recognize the words that weren’t seen during training. This two-step model provides several benefits, including decoupling the training process of detection and recognition models, recognition of words in parallel, and independently supporting text recognition for different languages. Rosetta has been widely adopted by various products and teams within Facebook and Instagram. It offers a cloud API for text extraction from images and processes a large volume of images uploaded to Facebook every day. In future, the team is planning to extend this system to extract text from videos more efficiently and also support a wide number of languages used on Facebook. To get a more in-depth idea of how Rosetta works, check out the researchers’ post at Facebook code blog and also read this paper: Rosetta: Large Scale System for Text Detection and Recognition in Images. Read Next Why learn machine learning as a non-techie? Is the machine learning process similar to how humans learn? Facebook launches a 6-part Machine Learning video serieslast_img read more

Chinas Xi in Cuba on last stop of Latin America swing

first_imgRelated posts:Chinese leader’s visit has big implications for Latin America China offers $20 billion fund for Latin America infrastructure projects Cuba’s Christmas surprise for Caracas Obama to make historic visit to Cuba in March HAVANA, Cuba – Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Cuba late Monday, officials said, the last stop on a Latin American tour that has stressed trade and aid more than ideology.“Inside Jose Martí International airport, Xi was welcomed by first Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel and diplomats from the Chinese mission here,” Cuba’s state news agency Prensa Latina reported.Xi arrived from Caracas for a two-day official visit to the Americas’ only one-party communist nation.The Chinese leader is looking to bolster trade and cooperation with Cuba. Beijing already is Cuba’s No. 2 trade partner after Venezuela, and its top source of credit.Xi — who has visited Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela on this trip — has a meeting scheduled with President Raúl Castro, 83, at the Palace of the Revolution on Tuesday. The two leaders are expected to sign bilateral agreements but there has been no advance word on their focus.On Wednesday, Xi will visit Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second-largest city which was hard hit in October 2012 by Hurricane Sandy. The storm killed 11 people and destroyed 17,000 homes and damaged thousands more. Many believe Xi will announce Chinese cooperation in the city, perhaps in rebuilding housing.The Chinese leader also could pay a visit to retired revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, 87, who led Cuba for five decades. He stepped aside eight years ago during a health crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin visited with the elder statesman on a visit to Cuba 10 days ago.Oil deals in CaracasEarlier in Caracas Xi signed a raft of oil and mineral deals with Venezuela. On the trip, he has reached out to resource-rich countries such as Venezuela and Argentina at a time when they are often shunned by the United States and Europe.The deals spanned a range of sectors from oil to infrastructure and included $4 billion for a joint development fund, $691 million to explore Venezuela’s gold and copper reserves and an agreement to develop the countries’ third joint satellite.“Venezuela has become one of the top countries for Chinese investment, … our seventh oil supplier and fourth Latin American trade partner,” Xi said in Caracas.The Venezuela visit comes after the Chinese leader agreed to an $11-billion currency swap with Argentina and extended much-needed investment to President Cristina Kirchner, whose cash-strapped government, locked out of capital markets since defaulting on its debt in 2001, is staring down the threat of another default.Xi kicked off his tour last week by proposing a new $20-billion infrastructure fund for Latin America, underlining the fast-growing Asian giant’s increasing interest in the region.He also launched a new $50-billon development bank along with the other emerging powers of the so-called BRICS group — Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa — at a summit in Brazil.The move, which creates an alternative to the Western-dominated World Bank, was hailed as contributing to “a new international order” by Cuban President Raúl Castro — Xi’s host at the next and final stop on his tour.‘Not about ideology’But although Xi has spent his trip rubbing elbows with leftist leaders who tend to view the United States with a critical eye, his tour is less about ideology than business, said Venezuelan political analyst Carlos Romero.“China’s political and economic expansion is pragmatic in character. It’s not about ideology or competition with the United States, but a Chinese policy of looking long-term for natural resources in different parts of the world,” he told AFP.“China knows Argentina and Venezuela hold huge natural resource deposits, particularly two they are desperately searching for to fuel an economy and a society like China’s: oil and food in the case of Argentina, and oil and gas in the case of Venezuela.”The partnership comes at a welcome time for Venezuela, which is in the midst of an inflation crisis and struggling under a pile of unpaid debts to foreign firms.China, the second-largest market for Venezuelan oil after the United States, pays for its average 640,000 daily barrels in part by writing down the $17-billion debt Caracas owes it.Both countries have said they want to increase oil exports to one million barrels a day in the coming years.Chinese trade with Latin America has grown rapidly in recent years, reaching $261.6 billion in 2013. China is now the second-largest trading partner of many countries, including Argentina and Cuba, and has been Brazil’s largest since 2009.In 1990, China ranked just 17th on the list of Latin American export destinations.Beijing has also ramped up investment in Latin America to about 20 percent of its total foreign direct investment of $90 billion last year.This is Xi’s second visit to Latin America and the Caribbean since taking office in 2013. Last year he toured Mexico, Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago.Recommended: Public works deals should go back to the drawing board, says Solís in meeting with Chinese president Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Im just sitting here waiting for everything to ei

first_imgI’m just sitting here waiting for everything to either melt down or blow up…and it’s my opinion that a lot of other people are doing the same.Well, it wasn’t a very exciting day in the gold market on Wednesday, as the price basically flat-lined from the open in the Far East until 8:30 a.m. in New York. Then the gold price jumped thirteen dollars or so…and then more or less traded flat until noon Eastern time.Then gold got sold down, giving up all but two dollars of its earlier gain. It recovered a bit from there…and then traded sideways once the Comex closed at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. Gold’s high tick of the New York trading session was $1,626.10 spot…and that came at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.Gold closed at $1,617.60 spot…up $7.80 on the day. Net volume…around 122,000 contracts…was more than decent, considering how quiet the day was up until the London open, as there were obviously no high-frequency traders lurking about in the Far East trading session on Wednesday.The silver price traded in a tight range on Wednesday and, once again, its many attempts to break through the $29 spot level all ended the same way…in failure. The New York high tick came shortly after 9:00 a.m. at $29.26 spot.Silver closed the New York electronic trading session at $28.86 spot…down 11 cents on the day. Net volume was around 26,000 contracts.The dollar index opened around the 82.40 mark…climbed to its 82.55 high of the day around lunch time in Hong Kong…and then it was pretty much down hill from there, except for a minor rally during the first half of the London trading session.The low of the day…81.94…came at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time…and from there it recovered a bit into the close, finishing the day around 82.13…down about 25 basis points from Tuesday. And I was quite surprised that the gold price didn’t respond when the dollar index fell 40 basis points in the two-hour period between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.The gold stocks spent almost the entire day in the black…and the HUI was up a bit over a percent a few times during the trading day…but couldn’t hold those gains going into the close. The HUI finished up only 0.20%…which is better than the alternative.The silver stocks, which had done reasonably well earlier in Wednesday’s trading session, faded into the close as well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index finished down 0.59%. Most of that loss came as a result of the 3.00 percent drop in Compania Minas Buenaventura on no news that I could see.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 216 gold and 2 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday. Citigroup was the big short/issuer with 211 contracts…and the biggest long/stoppers with 114 contracts was JPMorgan in its client account…and the Bank of Nova Scotia with 90 contracts.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV.I note that the new short positions in GLD and SLV have been posted over at the shortsqueeze.com Internet site. It shows that SLV’s short position declined by 1.28%…and also shows that 14.01 million shares that are not backed by physical metal.The short position in GLD actually rose 7.82%…and indicates that 18.69 million GLD shares are not backed by the metal itself.To set things right, about 58 tonnes of gold, along with about 436 tonnes of silver would have to be deposited.The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday. They sold 2,500 ounces of gold eagles…1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and another 200,000 silver eagles. Month-to-date the mint has sold 18,500 ounces of gold eagles…3,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 1,121,500 silver eagles.It was a pretty quiet day at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday…at least it was in silver. They reported receiving 303,953 troy ounces…and shipped out a smallish 20,778 ounces of the stuff. The link to what little action there was, is here.Here’s the 30-Year Seasonal Silver chart courtesy of German gold analyst Dimitri Speck…who updated it just for us yesterday. You’ll note that the seasonal low for silver comes, on average, in the last few days of June. Let’s see if that turns out to be the case this time.I have the usual number of stories and, as always, the final edit is up to you.The are no markets anymore…only interventions. – Chris Powell, GATABoth gold and silver were kept on a short leash yesterday. Gold was only allowed a small gain…and silver’s continuing attempt to break the $29 price ‘barrier’ ran into the usual sellers.Gold closed just above its 50-day moving average, but any significant rally attempts were stopped cold. Even the 40 basis point drop in the dollar index during a two-hour time period in mid-morning in New York was not allowed to register…and was probably one of the reasons why volume was as high as it was despite the lack of price activity to justify it, as JPMorgan et al were most likely aggressively going short against all comers.Ted Butler’s mid-week commentary yesterday was an eye-opener…and I’m hoping that he’ll post it in the public domain at his earliest possible convenience, as it appeared to be written with just such an event in mind.Not much happened in the Far East during their morning trading session, but around 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time, both silver and gold had tiny rallies…and both got sold down going into the London open. Volume in both metals is light once again..and very similar to the volumes I spoke of this time yesterday, so I wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into the price activity associated with it. The dollar index isn’t do much of anything, either.As I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, both gold and silver are basically unchanged from Wednesday’s close…and silver’s continued attempts to break above the $29 spot price mark are all being met with determined selling.There’s not much else to say in this column. I’m just sitting here waiting for everything to either melt down or blow up…and it’s my opinion that a lot of other people are doing the same. It’s only the time line…and the dénouement that are unknown.Nigel Farage was right. You couldn’t make this stuff up.See you on Friday. Sponsor Advertisement North American Nickel’s latest news from our 100% owned Post Creek property in the Sudbury mining camp is what geologists always hope for….a large, clearly defined, un-tested target close to surface in a known camp with excellent infrastructure advantages for mining. Drilling is scheduled to begin in September. In this case it’s an EM anomaly 200 m long, that has been interpreted as the electromagnetic signature of ‘near-massive to massive sulphide.’ It’s located approximately 55 m below surface and the trend of the anomaly corresponds, in part, to both the CJ#1 dyke and the Whistle Offset Structure to the south. Please visit our website to read the full news release and learn more about North American Nickel.last_img read more

In This Issue   ADP jobs report disappoints

first_imgIn This Issue. * ADP jobs report disappoints. * What will the BLS do today? * U.S. 10-year Treasury hits 2.97%… * China moves into TOP 10! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A Jobs Jamboree Friday! Good day. And a Happy Friday to one and all! For those of you who read the Pfennig at the Pfennig Blog site you get to be greeted each Friday with my mug shot. For those that don’t go to the blog site to read it, just image an Adonis looking young man.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, right, that’s the ticket! I’ve just cracked myself up and I’m having difficulty calming back down! Well, today is a Jobs Jamboree Friday. The last Jobs report before the Fed meets in less than two weeks. So, needless to say, but I will anyway, this Jobs report is HUGE according to the markets. Personally, I look at the Jobs Jamboree as a useless piece of. you know what. The only real stuff in the report is the Avg. Hourly Earnings and Avg Weekly Hours data. I told you yesterday that the ADP report makes more sense to me, and eventually, the markets will hold my point of view too, for they too will have grown tired of being lied to by the BLS. Speaking of the ADP report. It printed yesterday, and was not as strong as the forecasters had pegged it, coming in at +176,000 jobs created in August, VS the consensus of 184,000. So, the report was disappointing for August, but that’s not all. June and July’s numbers were revised downward. Not by huge amounts, but psychologically 198,000 just doesn’t have the same bell ringing sound as 200,000. So, what does the ADP Jobs report tell us? Well, it tells me, and hopefully you see it as well, that job creation continues to go along at a much slower pace than any before during an economic recovery. But what will the BLS say job creation was in August? The consensus going into the report this morning is for 180,000 jobs to have been created in August. That’s pretty much in line with the ADP report figure of 176,000.. The Unemployment Rate should remain steady Eddie at 7.4%.. What will the markets think of this report and the numbers? I wish I could tell you. But it will take some knucklehead with an ounce of brains to make some comment that the markets pick up on and the next thing you know, it’s the trading idea of the day. For my two cents, I would think that the BLS will not settle for 180,000, and goose the number upward toward 190,000, which on the face value will tickle the markets to thinking this is a good report. And then they’ll be torn between two lovers. feeling like a fool, Loving both of you is breaking all of the rules. You see, the markets will get all lathered up thinking about a strong jobs number, but then realize that the strong jobs number gives the Fed Heads another arrow in their Quantitative Easing tapering quiver. Now, they want to go one way, but realize what’s ahead. Being torn between two lovers for the markets is tough.. Couldn’t really blame you if you turned and walked away. But with everything I feel inside, I’m asking you to stay. Silly song! Well, the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, began yesterday, and so far not much has come from the meeting. In Australia, the folks there go to the polls tomorrow, and from all that I read, and hear, it sounds like a new Gov’t is very likely, with the only question being the size of the new majority. I would think that unless there’s a spanner thrown in the works, that this would all be Aussie dollar (A$) positive. The euro is struggling to hold on to the 1.31 handle this morning, losing almost a full cent yesterday when it looked like the single unit was going to hold 1.32 easily. But NOOOOOOO! There’s a story on the Bloomberg this morning that talks about how the euro is gaining favor as investors’ perceptions of turmoil in financial markets rises. Hedge Funds and other large speculators are the most bullish on the euro since 2011 and for the first time since November 2008, the 90-day correlation between changes in the euro and a Citigroup Inc. index of bond and swaps risk has turned positive. These things are all positive for the euro. And it plays well with my telling you over and over again that this dance is gonna be a drag. No wait! That’s not what I’m trying to say! I’m trying to say that I’ve said over and over again, how the euro might be beaten and beleaguered right now, but it’s still around 1.30 VS the dollar. What does that tell you what the markets think of the dollar? In addition, another thing I keep telling you is that at least the Eurozone is attempting to do something about their parade down deficit street, that took place for about 10 years. The Eurozone leaders might find out that what they’re attempting won’t work, and then go back to the drawing board, but at LEAST THEY’RE TRYING TO DEAL WITH THEIR DEBT! The currencies are drifting this morning, as no one wants to make a decisive call either way on the Jobs Jamboree. There was no chest pounding by European Central Bank (ECB) President, Draghi, yesterday, and kept things grounded by saying that, “the risks for the euro-area growth remain on the downside.” These words are what got the euro on the slippery slope yesterday. Draghi proving once again that you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.. I always like to find stories about Singapore.. They are as not as common to find like stories on the U.S. or Eurozone, or even Japan. I was writing my commentary that goes with every currency for our website research pages, and the legal people questioned where I had gotten the claim that I made that Singapore has announced plans to double the capacity of their airport, build a new waterfront, and other things that will all be good for the economy. They thought I made that up! It took me 20 seconds to find the story on the internet. See what I have to go through to inform people of things? Well. in case you’re reading today my legal beagle friends in Jacksonville, this was in the Bloomberg today Sept 6, 2013. “Singapore Overtakes Japan As Asia’s To Foreign Exchange Hub”. So, now you know why China thinks so highly of Singapore that they announced that Singapore would be the next offshore depository for their currency. (Hong Kong, of course was 1st). Speaking of China. I was interviewed by a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter yesterday about China, and the story that came out yesterday about how the Chinese renminbi / yuan had entered the TOP 10 most-actively traded currencies. The interviewer wasn’t much interested in what I had to say, about what we were seeing on our desk renminbi trading wise. But, it is what it is, right? I told her that we had actually been seeing more people sell their renminbi positions than buy trades. I said that renminbi held here in the U.S. can’t pay any interest, because the cost of holding it eats away the interest, and as long as interest rates here in the U.S. were near zero, holders of renminbi didn’t care if the currency paid no interest. But rates here in the U.S. are inching up. I also told her that for the core people that owned renminbi, did so as a diversification tool, and therefore would continue to hold it. But I guess all that wasn’t sexy enough. But, the real story is how the renminbi / yuan is now #9 in the TOP 10 most actively traded currencies. 10 years ago, when we first offered renminbi deposits, there weren’t but a handful of dealers that even would mess with renminbi. But I think that the trading of renminbi goes hand in hand with the Chinese Gov’t’s plans to gain a wider distribution of the currency. I’ve been at the forefront of talking about China’s plans for their currency, and it’s pretty cool to see this stuff all beginning to take place. The swap news I told you about yesterday that was the first volley by new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Gov. Rajan, was really positive for the rupee, which has now rallied for 3 consecutive days. But don’t think for one minute that the rupee is out of the woods here folks. The Current Account Deficit is still too high (4.8% of GDP), inflation is too high, and it will take some real structural changes to really stabilize the rupee. But they will come, I do believe. Canada will also print a jobs report today for August. Canada has seen some real strong flip-flopping on job creation in recent months, but one would think that with the hiring of workers to help with the cleanup of the Alberta floods, that August would have been a strong month of job creation. That should be Canadian dollar / loonie positive today. Gold got whacked again yesterday, with another $25 coming off its value at one point in the day. What? The price manipulators must be back from vacation. There were gone for August, and the shiny metal recovered nicely. Of course the U.S. Treasury yield hitting 2.97% isn’t helping Gold any. But again, who would buy a Treasury at the current yield when it appears that yields will continue to rise, thus putting your purchase at a loss? I don’t get it. never will.. Before I head to the Big Finish. I saw a comment by Jay Leno that just cracked me up, and plays well with my harping about printing dollars (yes, I know we don’t really print much any longer it’s all keystrokes on a computer, but that doesn’t play well with this joke. ) About $30 Million in $100 bills had to be destroyed because of a printing problem. Isn’t that unbelievable? The thing we know how to do right in this country is print money, and we screw that up? – Jay Leno. For What It’s Worth. I found this on moneynews.com and is a head scratcher, given the job creation that has been reported the past couple of months. But it is what it is. so here you go. “The number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms surged in August to their highest in half a year, with industrial goods manufacturers the hardest hit, a report on Thursday showed. Employers announced 50,462 layoffs last month, up 33.8 percent from 37,701 in July, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. The August job cuts were up 57 percent from the same time a year ago. For 2013 so far, employers have announced 347,095 job losses, close to the 352,185 that were seen in the first eight months of last year.” Chuck again. OK, so where does the BLS record all this? Or do they even care? It’s probably the latter, folks. sad but true.. To recap. The currencies are drifting this morning, as no one wants to make a decisive move ahead of the Jobs Jamboree that will print today. The ADP jobs report was a bit disappointing along with its last two months worth of downward revisions. The markets are torn between two lovers. China moves into TOP 10 of most actively traded currencies! Currencies today 9/6/13. American Style: A$ .9170, kiwi .7950, C$ .9575, euro 1.3120, sterling 1.5590, Swiss $1.06, . European Style: rand 10.1735, krone 6.1025, SEK 6.6550, forint 229.30, zloty 3.2745, koruna 19.6310, RUB 33.42, yen 99.70, sing 1.2785, HKD 7.7555, INR 65.23, China 6.1728, pesos 13.33, BRL 2.3235, Dollar Index 82.53, Oil $108.65, 10-year 2.97%, Silver $23.26, Platinum $1,483.30, Palladium $691.43, and Gold. $1,370.84. and it’s Friday, so here’s the link for you to take a peek at the U.S. Debt Clock, click here. That’s it for today. Cardinals come limping home from a disastrous road trip. There’s still time left in the season, if they can find their lost mojo at home. A GREAT BIG CONGRATULATIONS to my son, Alex, who was not only named to the Academic All-American Water Polo Team, but he was named an OUTSTANDING Academic All-American recipient! WOW! Quite an honor! I always knew he was smart, much smarter than me, but this kind of puts it in focus for me. I guess all that staying up late at night and studying is paying off for him! Now, if he can get a college to pay for most of his college education, that would be great! The NFL season got off to an exciting start last night with Peyton Manning throwing 7 touchdown passes in the game! WOW! I wish I had picked him as my quarterback for my fantasy football team now! HA! Well, it’s a Fantastico Friday, and not a day too soon, given all the bull dookie I’ve had to deal with this week. So, let’s go out and have some fun this weekend, and start it off with a Fantastico Friday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

It sounds like the ultimate white savior movieOsc

first_imgIt sounds like the ultimate white savior movie.Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson plays a young scientist who has created a new fast-growing super-rice. She comes to India to convince villagers to switch to this grain. There’s Bollywood-style singing, dancing — and in one scene she even rides a white horse!Called Basmati Blues, the Hollywood film was made in 2013, before Larson was a star. But it’s just now coming out. When the trailer was released in November, with scenes of Larson dressed in elaborate Indian costumes and recoiling from spicy food, Indians around the world took offense, calling out its stereotypes and cliches.The movie is finally being released in the U.S. on Friday, playing in select cinemas and available via video on demand. Critics have not been kind. The L.A. Times called it “a big miss,” while the Village Voice wondered how it “this thing got financed and finished.”In the film, Larson’s character, Dr. Linda Watt, is sent to the southern state of Kerala in India. Gurgon, her greedy corporate boss, played the actor Donald Sutherland, wants her to convince local farmers to switch to the new rice: “India: 500 million farmers, 1.1 billion rice eaters, all of them … potential customers,” Gurgon declares with glee.The problem is that the rice she’s recommending could financially destroy the very people she means to help. The rice is sterile. If farmers grew it, they’d need to spend a lot of money to buy new seeds every year.Along the way, she falls in love with a farmer, who actually trained as a scientist but had to drop out of university. Rajit, as he’s called, is played by American-born actor Utkarsh Ambudkar, who’s appeared in the movies Pitch Perfect and on TV shows like The Mindy Project.The controversy around the film started in November, after the international trailer was released. That’s where the white horse made its appearance, which Linda rides while trying to halt a train loaded with the super-rice.”It plays to stereotypes of an exotic but backward people just waiting for a white person to swoop in and save them,” says Bengaluru-based cartoonist, Manoj Vijayan, in an interview with NPR.That sentiment was shared by people across Twitter.Following the backlash, director Dan Baron and his wife, Monique Caulfield, who produced the film, issued an apology and withdrew the trailer. In a statement to the blog Refinery29 in November, they said: “We deeply regret any offense caused by the Basmati Blues trailer. We have heard a number of voices that have understandably reacted to a trailer that is not representative of the film as a whole.”In January, a new trailer was introduced to the Basmati Blues website, with the white horse scene deleted.The criticism on Twitter however, raged on.The film’s white savior message isn’t the only issue that rankles. “The script seems to have gone overboard with its lazy cliches, the lame jokes and the stereotyping,” says Vijayan. “It’s a sadly missed opportunity to tell a story with some nuance and ends up pandering to tired old preconceptions.”In the scene where Larson first meets Rajit, he greets her while hanging upside down from the roof of a train while she’s seated at the window, as though hanging like possums on trains was perfectly normal in India.In an interview with NPR, Jaya Padmanabhan, an immigration columnist for The San Francisco Examiner, shared some advice for the filmmakers: “Someone should tell Baron and Jeff Dorchen [who wrote the screenplay] to visit India without a camera obstructing their worldview.”Kamala Thiagarajan is a freelance journalist based in Madurai, South India. Her work has appeared in The International New York Times, BBC Travel and Forbes India. You can follow her @kamal_t Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more