Bale open to China move

first_imgReal Madrid’s Gareth Bale has admitted that he is open towards the prospect of playing in the Chinese Super League, amid speculation that he is set to move to another club in the summerSince arriving at Real, back in 2013, Bale has struggled to maintain his place in the starting 11 due to a set of recurring injury and fitness issues. The Welshman has found himself on the fringes under Zinedine Zidane this season and has struggled to find any consistency.Manchester United have been linked with Bale since last summer with Jose Mourinho having admitted that he is an admirer of the 28 year-old’s.A unnamed club in the Chinese Super League reportedly made a €130m bid for Bale last week and the winger, who is currently participating for Wales in the China Cup, has revealed that he finds the prospect of playing in China appealing.“It’s a great country with great people,” said Bale, according to Football365.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“In terms of the future I’m not too sure, I haven’t really looked that far to be honest.“Whenever I come to China we always have such an amazing reception from the Chinese fans. They’ve been very welcoming to all of us, not just me.“They look after us really well. But I’m sure that if I ever did come I’ll be looked after very well.”Bale recently became the record goalscorer for Wales after netting a hat-trick in their 6-0 win over China. Currently Ryan Giggs’ side are preparing to face Uruguay in the final of the China Cup.last_img read more

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Jorginho enjoying Chelsea adventure – agent

first_imgThe agent of Jorginho insists that his client is enjoying his Chelsea “adventure” and is surprised by the club’s Neapolitan fanbaseThe Italian midfielder has settled in well at Stamford Bridge and has proved to be a valuable alley for his new teammates as they adapt to new manager Maurizio Sarri’s playing style.And his agent, Joao Santos, feels that the move to Chelsea has been a success so far.“Jorginho has started his adventure at Chelsea very well,” he told Radio CRC, via Football-Italia.“He’s already integrated himself, plus he also speaks English well, so he’s not having any problems settling.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“When a player is good, he can play in any League. Stereotypes matter little. If a player has quality, they can make the grade anywhere.”Santos also revealed that 50 Neapolitans greeted Jorginho at the end of Chelsea’s 3-2 win over Arsenal in Saturday’s London derby.“He’s very happy with how the match against Arsenal went. There were 50 Neapolitans who cheered him on and asked for photos and autographs,” he said.“This is why we love Naples and we’ll continue to. Their support has continued in London. Jorginho has many friends in Naples, like Mertens and Insigne.“He heard from them after Napoli’s win against Lazio and complimented the team.”last_img read more

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Jimmy Case pleads for patience with Mark Hughes

first_imgEnglish retired footballer Jimmy Case points out that although Mark Hughes’ record from his first 16 league games is worse than any Saints manager since George Burley, patience is all the team needs, stating that Cherries are reaping the benefits of Eddie Howe’s longevity.“Eddie Howe has been at Bournemouth six years and they look settled as a team as a result,” said Case.“But Southampton have had six managers in that time and again there is talk about certain managers coming in.“I like Mark Hughes and the way his teams play and I think he needs a bit more time” case said via Bournemouthecho.“Some people shout from the terraces ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ but when a new manager comes in it takes time to find out about your players and the best formation to use.“They look a bit tentative but whether they know the way they should be playing or are trying to find his way, I don’t know. I think they are just lacking a couple of results.”Case, haven spent the 1991-92 season at Dean Court after six years in Saints’ midfield under Chris Nicholl, added: “I have an affinity with both clubs.“I played for Southampton against Bournemouth years ago and it’s certainly been a turnabout.Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…“When I left Bournemouth, Harry Redknapp and the chairman came to me and said they would have to let me go.“Although I was 39, I’d played nearly all the games but that was a moment when the banks had just come in and anyone at the end of their contract had to leave.“I said I would go on half money just to keep playing but me and Kevin Bond had to leave.“I used to have a cup of tea with the groundsman next to the lawnmowers in his shed underneath the stands!“They have come a hell of a long way since then.“They have a squad together that can maintain a push beyond mid-table and they have started really well.“As well as being a settled side, they have quality in there with forwards like Callum Wilson and Josh King”last_img read more

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Lookman Bundesliga move doesnt guarantee success

first_imgEverton winger Ademola Lookman insists everyone has a different scenario and, therefore, can’t be guaranteed to emulate the successes of others in the BundesligaThe 21-year-old spent the latter part of last season on loan at RB Leipzig and impressed with five goals and four assists in 11 Bundesliga appearances.Since then, the likes of English youngsters Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson have starred in the German top flight at Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim respectively.While, Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola confirmed Bayern Munich’s strong interest in young star Callum Hudson-Odoi.“Everyone’s scenario is different, all our situations are different,” said Lookman, according to Liverpool Echo.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“So I think it is about the experience because wherever you go you can say you are going to play, but you have to prove it.“It is for experience, learning new football, learning a new style, just being around it.“It was different football [in Germany], but I wouldn’t say it was daunting. It was just another experience, take it in your stride and get used to it.”Since returning to Everton for this season, Lookman has made just the one start in 11 Premier League appearances.last_img read more

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Huawei open to selling its 5G chips to Apple says report

first_img $999 Best Buy Boost Mobile Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Huawei’s foldable Mate X phone uses the company’s in-house Balong 5000 5G modem chip. Andrew Hoyle/CNET The future of 5G on the iPhone is getting messy.Starting in 2016, Apple used chips from both Intel and Qualcomm to power its iPhone’s modem, connecting it to 4G cellular networks. But in 2018, the company switched entirely to Intel’s wireless chips for its $999 iPhone XS, $1,099 iPhone XS Max and $749 iPhone XR. And it’s believed the next iPhone will also use only Intel chips as well.That’s led to speculation the iPhone won’t be able to offer new 5G wireless technology until at least 2020. In the meantime, Apple and Qualcomm are battling in court over patent licensing, with the latest trial scheduled for next week in San Diego. While that court battle continues, it’s unlikely Qualcomm will supply 5G chips for iPhones anytime soon.While that drama plays out, the Chinese tech giant Huawei says it has a solution for Apple. The company said it’s “open” to selling its own 5G Balong 5000 chipsets to Apple, Engadget reported on Monday, citing an unnamed “source with knowledge of the situation.” Huawei declined to comment. Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. While Huawei may offer an alternative with its 5G modem, which is used in the Mate X phone, the company reportedly sells almost none of its wireless chips to other device makers because of national security concerns.Lawmakers in Washington consider Huawei a security threat, in part because of its close link with the Chinese government. As a result, federal agencies are banned from using the company’s products. The US has also encouraged other countries not to use Huawei tech with their 5G networks. As a result, Huawei devices are hard to come by in the US, despite it being one of the top phone makers in the world. For Apple, though, the lack of 5G wireless technology could be a liability. Every other major phone maker will have a 5G phone available by 2019.First published April 8, 1:13 p.m. PT.Update 2:30 p.m. PT: Adds details about Apple’s legal problems with Qualcomm, and Huawei national security concerns. Post a comment $999 Sprint CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS See it See It $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Apple Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XRcenter_img $999 Mobile Apple waiting on a 5G phone, Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint… reading • Huawei ‘open’ to selling its 5G chips to Apple, says report • Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All Share your voice 0 5G Huawei Apple 1:08 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See Itlast_img read more

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Housing lender DHFL warns it may not survive

first_imgA woman walks past a signboard of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. (DHFL) outside its office on the outskirts of Mumbai, January 31, 2019.ReutersShares in one of India’s biggest home loan and property finance companies, Dewan Housing Finance Ltd (DHFL), are expected to fall sharply on Monday after the lender reported dismal results and warned about its grim financial situation.DHFL reported a net loss of 22.23 billion rupees ($324.3 million) for the quarter ended March 31, in a regulatory filing late on Saturday. It also said it had defaulted on the interest payments due on two non-convertible debentures.”The share price would be impacted significantly. I expect it to be down around 10-15% when markets open as their business has been significantly affected,” said Arun Kejriwal, founder of independent advisory firm Kejriwal Research.The company’s ability to raise funds has been substantially impaired and the business has been brought to a standstill with there being minimal/virtually no disbursements, DHFL said in the note accompanying the results.”The most concerning thing in the result is that increased provisioning amount of 32.8 billion rupees ($478.5 million), which has suddenly come up in Q4FY19,” said Hemindra Hazari, an independent banking analyst, adding this implies either a sudden asset deterioration or that stressed assets are finally getting recognised.”This is not a great sign,” said Hazari.DHFL’s results are the latest sign of growing stress in India’s finance sectors as state-owned banks grapple with bad debts and a recent liquidity crunch in the shadow banking industry.This, in turn, has hurt economic growth, which in the March quarter fell to its lowest level in more than four years, presenting a challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who recently won a second term in office.RESTRUCTURING PLAN DHFL has said it is talking to bankers and other lenders on restructuring its borrowings and is in discussions to sell its retail and wholesale portfolio.The company will submit a resolution plan shortly, which may include extending the tenure of loans, converting debt into equity, seeking additional working capital and inducting a new management team and financial investors, sources who attended a meeting with its lenders on Thursday told Reuters.”We are in constant touch with the DHFL management and we’re confident that a resolution plan can be worked out in the coming days,” said one of the bankers involved in the recovery process, requesting anonymity.Still, investors say the company’s dire warnings about its financial situation raising doubts around the “ability of the company to continue as a going concern,” will remain in focus when markets open on Monday.”The losses are not surprising but the quantum is definitely surprising,” SP Tulsian, an independent investment adviser told television channel CNBC TV18.”I don’t accept these arguments about the company finding a solution in the next couple of months as that seems unlikely,” he said, noting that DHFL’s management has been trying to sell assets for the last four to six months.last_img read more

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Riva Ganguli visits Maitree bridge site

first_imgRiva Ganguly. Photo: UNBIndian high commissioner to Bangladesh, Riva Ganguly Das, visited the under-construction Bangladesh-India Maitree Bridge-1 and Ramgarh land port in Khagrachhari on Sunday.While visiting the sites Riva Ganguli said, “Maitree Bridge and land port will increase scopes of business besides developing inter-communication.”Khagrachari Hill District Council Chairman Kongjari Chowdhury, deputy commissioner Md Shahidul Islam, additional police super M M Salauddin, Ramgarh upazila chairman Bishwa Pradip Kumar Karbari, zilla parishad member Mongshui Pru and Jewel Chakma among other were present.Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina jointly laid the foundation stone of India-Bangladesh Maitree Bridge over Feni River remotely through video conferencing in 2015.The bridge will connect Sabroom, a border town in southern Tripura with Ramgarh in Bangladesh. The construction is supposed to be completed by April 2020.On the other hand land acquisition for the construction of terminal, offices, depot and other infrastructures is nearly complete.last_img read more

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Tencent in Talks to Buy 10 of Universal Music Group

first_img Universal Music Refutes Claims of Last Artist in Lawsuit Over 2008 Fire, Requests Dismissal Tencent is known primarily for its gaming and social network business — it owns China’s powerful WeChat platform, which has 900 million daily users. But the company also has its own music unit, Tencent Music Entertainment Group, which raised more than $1 billion in an IPO late last year that valued the division overall at $21.3 billion. Tencent also holds a 7.5% equity stake in streaming giant Spotify, the result of a share swap in December 2017, making it one of the Swedish company’s biggest shareholders.Vivendi and Tencent are already familiar interlocutors. In 2017, UMG and Tencent Music struck a multi-year agreement making the latter a distributor of UMG music in China on its QQ Music, KuGou and Kuwo streaming platforms. Tencent Music also has exclusive rights to sub-license UMG’s content in the Middle Kingdom.In a letter to staff, Lucian Grainge, the CEO and chairman of UMG, hailed the talks with Tencent.“This is an exciting development for both Vivendi and UMG and affirms once again just how much our strategy and hard work are succeeding,” Grainge wrote. “As Vivendi discussed last week with its investors, we continue to deliver remarkable, record-setting results. Our success is driven by placing our recording artists and songwriters at the center of everything we do and providing them with the industry’s best creative and commercial resources on a global basis.“Obviously, we remain part of the Vivendi family – today’s announcement is about a minority investment by Tencent. I can assure you that Vivendi’s Supervisory and Management Boards as well as the Bolloré family continue to be steadfast supporters of our strategy, our work and our teams. And it goes without saying, that our commitment to recording artists and songwriters will continue unchanged.”Tencent had long been rumored to be one of the suitors for a stake in UMG after Vivendi announced a year ago its intention to sell up to 50% of the company. The French media giant ruled out an IPO as an option. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related Universal Music: Four of the Five Artists Who Sued Us Did Not Lose Masters in 2008 Firecenter_img Popular on Variety Progress on a potential sale appeared to be slow, as some analysts pushed up UMG’s valuation to as much as $50 billion. UMG has also been hit by a controversy over a fire in 2008 that is estimated to have wiped out 500,000 master recordings in the company’s massive archive.An insider with knowledge of the sale process told Variety that a deal with Tencent would be strategic because China is primed to become the world’s biggest music market. At the same time, however, the potential deal is also supposed to encourage other investors to get involved in order to keep a Chinese company from gaining too much control of UMG, he said.In June, Yannick Bollore, chairman of Vivendi’s supervisory board, said that the company was “not in a hurry” and “very confident” it would find the right partner to purchase up to 50% of UMG. He cited the music industry’s “huge growth” as a pace Vivendi wants to maintain in the coming years.In its latest quarterly financial results, Vivendi reported that its revenues were up nearly 20% to $3.7 billion during the first six months of 2019.Shirley Halperin and Elsa Keslassy contributed to this report. Chinese digital giant Tencent has entered negotiations with French media conglomerate Vivendi to buy a 10% stake in Universal Music Group.Vivendi announced the talks Tuesday, saying that the negotiations were based on a valuation of UMG of €30 billion ($33.6 billion). Tencent’s potential 10% stake would therefore cost €3 billion ($3.36 billion). The deal would give Tencent a one-year option to purchase another 10% stake on the same terms.Vivendi said the two companies were also exploring other areas of “strategic commercial cooperation” that would help grow UMG, the world’s biggest music company with market share of more than 30% in 2018, through new digital initiatives and territories. In addition, Vivendi is continuing to seek other buyers interested in a stake in its extremely lucrative music unit, which boasts a glittering roster of superstars such as Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Billie Eilish, as well as divisions dedicated to publishing, merchandise and other sectors.last_img read more

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Hawaii is open for business to Canadian travellers Aloha Spirit lives on

first_img Share So, just why is it Canadians love Hawaii’s largest island? It breeds adventure for all types of travellers.Travellers planning a trip to the island of Hawaii who have questions regarding the Kīlauea volcano can contact the Hawaii Tourism Call Center at (800) GO-HAWAII [(800) 464-2924].For more information, visit www.GoHawaii.com/Island-of-Hawaii. Posted by You most certainly have heard of the Kīlauea volcano eruptions happening in Hawaii. For the majority of June through July every major news provider in the country was reporting on the event. However, what many reports didn’t detail was that the clear majority of The Island of Hawaii is business as usual – and not to mention the readily accessible and equally awe-inspiring five additional islands (Maui, O‘ahu, Moloka‘i, Kaua‘i, and Lānaʻi) waiting to greet Canadians with their own unique signature aloha spirit.As Canadians are just beginning to plan for their winter vacations now is the time to visit The island of Hawaii.The ongoing 35-year-old eruption of Kīlauea volcano directly affected only a small portion of east Hawaii Island’s Puna district equating 10 square miles of the 4,028-square-mile island. Travellers are seeing now that the awesome sight of the volcano firsthand is one of the rare experiences one can witness.So, what else is drawing Canadians to The Island of Hawaii ?Boundless Adventure From ziplining and kayaking to snorkeling and horseback riding, there are activities galore island-wide, all open for business.With their bounty of stream- and waterfall-carved valleys, and acres of verdant forest, the coastlines of northeast Kohala, Hāmākua and north Hilo offer up some of Hawai‘i ‘s most idyllic landscapes for intrepid ziplineExplore the island’s undersea world at its many marine-life filled snorkel and scuba spots or sign up for a night dive for manta rays and other post-sunset underwater denizens.A circle-island helicopter tour offers sky views of the vast lava fields of Kilauea, emerald amphitheater valleys, rugged sea cliffs, and hidden rainforest waterfalls of the Hāmākua History, science and culture Experience a unique culture and history that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.The Kona Coffee Living History Farm offers tours of its still-producing coffee estate first homesteaded in 1900, weaving in interpretive history of the daily lives of early 20th century Japanese immigrant coffee farmers.Explore the coastline of Punaluʻu Beach, whose black sands – much-loved by Hawai‘i an green sea turtles for sunning – are actually fine, sea-worn granules of Kilauea volcano lava.Grab your binoculars and trek one, five or all 90 miles of the island-crossing Hawai‘i Island Coast to Coast Birding Trail on a quest through the native seaside, mountains, and rainforests seeing some of the rarest tropical birds in the world.Local and traditional culinary fares to satisfy any taste budYou’ll find great eats in just about every Hawaii Island town – from fresh, farm-to-table dining, to brew pubs, fresh-catch restaurants, and longtime mom-and-pop eateries in Kailua-Kona, and an array of eclectic small-town eateries in Hawi, Honokaa, Pāhoa , and Volcano Village.The island’s biggest town, Hilo, is a burgeoning food-enthusiast neighborhood, offering everything from the local-style menus of resident-favorite drive-ins and lunch shops, to fresh-caught fish and multiethnic comfort food, to loco moco, okazuya, poke, mochi and farm-and-farmers-market-to-table cuisine, to inventive bakeries, pizza joints and taquerias.Grapes grown on vines at the 4,000-foot elevation of Kilauea volcano bring unique character to the vintages produced by longtime vintners Volcano Winery. Hawaii is open for business to Canadian travellers, Aloha Spirit lives on in Hawaii Travelweek Group Tags: Hawaii, Kilauea, Volcano Monday, August 20, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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16th edition of Thailand Travel Mart Plus to be held in June

first_imgAfter 15 successive years of being Thailand’s largest B2B tourism trade event, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is set to host the 16th Thailand Travel Mart Plus. The exhibition is to be held from June 14-16 2017, at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC). The event will bear the theme of ‘Discover Unique Local Experiences.’The TTM+ 2017 will provide an excellent platform for all participants to meet with potential business partners, as well as to introduce, update, and expand their business. TTM+ 2017 has a special focus on exquisite forums with high-level keynote speakers, tourism showcases and workshop, and the new highlight: a local tourism-related products and services exhibition from local suppliers.Soraya Homchuen, Director, TAT-Mumbai commented, “We are excited to announce the most-awaited Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2017. It is an exceptional platform for all the participants, both sellers and buyers to exchange the industry knowledge with the existing and potential business partners and get the first-hand update on the upcoming plans. Moreover, we will accentuate the new campaign ‘Amazing Thailand, Discover Amazing Stories: The Unique Thai Local Experiences,’ featuring Thailand’s local experiences that leads travellers to learn the way of Thai life through its culture, history and tradition.”last_img read more

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Sky has updated its Sky app to include an enhance

first_imgSky has updated its Sky+ app to include an enhanced search service that will let users discover TV shows by cast names, actors and key words.Rolling out on the Sky+ app for Android, this auto-generates suggestions as a user types a word, based on current popular TV search terms. Sky said the intelligent search will also develop and evolve as more customers run searches via the Sky+ app.At the same time, on-demand listings have been added to the Sky+ app on Android, so that customers can browse catch up content, TV box sets, Sky Movies and the Sky Store.When the Sky+ app is connected to a Sky+HD box via WiFi customers will also be able to download the show they want to watch to their Sky+HD box, the firm said.last_img

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Media solutions provider Globecast has announced t

first_imgMedia solutions provider Globecast has announced two UK-based appointments in its distribution and contribution teams.Jack Braybrook has joined the content and distribution team as account manager (AM), Distribution, while James Whittaker has joined the contribution team as business development manager (BDM) OU Sports and Events. “Jack and James have the proper skillsets to help our customers make full use of both traditional opportunities as well as the shift toward IP, virtualization and cloud services. Their experience will build upon our successful path of innovating and investing in new technologies to create customer-focused services,” said Juliet Walker, Chief Marketing Officer, Globecast.Braybrook’s primary responsibilities will lie in expanding the company’s customer base and identifying new business opportunities. He previously held the position of sales manager at Arqiva.Whittaker will work with the contribution team to drive new opportunities and continue to expand Globecast’s market position. Whittaker recently held the post of OU sales manager at Arqiva, where he worked on business development in the OU satellite marketplace and delivered content for the site, ground or venue via satellite, fibre or IP.Braybrook said: “I’m fortunate to join a company like Globecast that’s a go-to provider for playout and distribution, most especially with our cloud based playout solutions. To help our customers launch their channels and get their content on air quickly and easily is my number one goal.”Whittaker added: “Working with Globecast across their sports and live events business is a fantastic opportunity, especially with the recent launch of Digital Media Hub, which really pushes the boundaries in publishing content across multiple platforms. I’m looking forward to liaising with our clients to make their content delivery simple and straightforward.”last_img read more

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In This Issue   Bias to buy dollars remains

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Bias to buy dollars remains. *  Eurozone Confidence soars to 2-year high! *  Norwegian Retail Sales fall 1.3%. *  Canada’s Current Account Deficit widens. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A Curious Upward Revision in U.S. GDP. Good day. And a Happy Friday to one and all! It’s bound to be a Fantastico Friday, for a number of reasons. Let’s see. front and center, it’s the kick-off  of a 3-day holiday weekend. And, for those of us that get paid on the 15th & 30th, this is payday! Of which, I would rather receive one than eat one! (although it is a tasty candy bar!)  It’s also the end of a very long week for me, as I’ve been running hot & cold. This morning hasn’t started out good, in that regard, but. It can only get better from here! (See that’s me!, always looking forward to what’s ahead!) And today, could also be a little strange with the asset classes as the volume will go stealth around noon today, as the boys and girls in NY head to the Hamptons around noon. So be careful out there this morning..  And what the heck, why not just close the computer down (after reading the Pfennig of course!), close the books, and start your Labor Day Holiday early?  Sounds like a plan. and I love it when a plan comes together! The currencies are weaker again this morning, although most of the losses in value were booked yesterday. The U.S. surprised the markets with their ability to cook the books enough so that an upward revision in GDP didn’t look so curious to them. Of course it looked very curious to me, but then what else did I expect? The Fed Heads are bound and determined to get the unwinding of their latest bubble blowing machine started before they are unable to ever do it. And they would LOVE for the economic data to show the world that they are right to start tapering. It doesn’t matter that no one questioned how 2nd QTR GDP jumped from 1.7% in the first print to 2.5% in the 2nd print! Isn’t that just a little bit too much good, given the economic reports that started in March to be questionable at best?  Of course it is. But the media is living with the wool pulled over their eyes, and have no gumption to remove the wool. Isn’t it a shame? Well, I got my blood going good writing that, and listening to Edwyn Collins sing his song, “A Girl Like You”. That one will get your bopping in your chair!   Ok. back to the serious stuff!  I was interviewed by Kate Gibson of MarketWatch yesterday, she wanted to know  what I thought the reaction of the stock market would be after the GDP report. Now mind you, this was before the stock market opened. So, I checked the stock futures and they were only up .3%… So, I told her that I would think the stock jockeys would be torn between two things (like torn between two lovers). Normally, stock jockeys would love a strong GDP report. But with this report being the last GDP report before the Fed Heads meet in September, one would think that this could be the straw that stirs their tapering drink, and any talk of tapering hasn’t been for stocks..  Well, stocks ended the day up on the day. So, now the stock jockeys don’t think the Fed Heads can taper? I doubt it. They know it’s like California dreaming, it’s becoming a reality. A dear long time reader sent me a note yesterday and said that it’s not just me that people don’t want to come to listen to anymore, CNBC’s ratings are at a 20-year low. And just to throw gas on this fire. I saw over at zerohedge.com that they call the stock market the, ” Federal Reserve sponsored equity market” HAHAHAHAHAHA!   U.S. equity trading volume in August is the lowest on average in 16 years!  Where are the investors going? I wish I could say that bank deposits are soaring. but the money’s not there either. And we know that Treasuries now are treated like persona non gratis. So, in the words of Jerry Maguire. Show Me The Money! The euro is trying to hold on and stop the sliding this morning, and reports like the markets got on the European Confidence should help.  Economic Confidence in the Eurozone soared to a 2-year high this month, as the Consumer sentiment index rose from 92.5 in July to 95.2 in August. Earlier this week we had a positive IFO report on Business Confidence, so things are looking brighter for the Eurozone, which just recently climbed out of the recession hole they had fallen into about 2 years ago. The Eurozone economy, as a whole, but led by Germany of course, is gathering steam. And with each of these stronger reports, the fears of another rate cut, which was probably about to be made at the last European Central Bank (ECB) meeting, are erased. And that’s good for the euro, folks.. Norway received so not so good data this morning, as Retail Sales for July fell -1.3%, and the Unemployment rate remained steady at 2.8%… (it was expected to drop!) So the krone isn’t participating in the euro’s attempt to stop the sliding. I had a dear reader ask me about the krone, and whether he should bail or batten down the hatches. Well, you know me, I can’t really tell someone what to do, but I can give you my opinion, which can be wrong (my wife loves when I have to type that!)  But, I don’t know how long you’ve held krone. You could have huge gains in the currency or be seeing some red. But either way. are you diversifying your investment portfolio? Or just seeking currency gains?  To me, the only reason to do all this is to diversify your investment portfolio so that not all of the portfolio is denominated in dollars. In doing so, you provide a hedge against further dollar depreciation, which won’t be a one-way street, and you could see losses at times.  But you could also see currency gains on your hedge, and that would be like icing on the cake!  Remember, dollar weakness is equal to loss of purchasing power for the dollar holder. So, you have to read between the lines, but I think I told you what you wanted to know about holding krone. In Canada yesterday, we saw their Current Account Deficit widen, which I had thought would not be good for the loonie, and it wasn’t. Today, we’ll see the color of Canada’s 2nd QTR GDP.  I think we’ll see their 2nd QTR GDP come in around 1.7%, which is where the U.S.’s should have been before going through the donut maker.  Hmmm donuts. I think I’m doing my best Homer Simpson here, but my new taste for sweets, which I never really had before, but do now, has me thinking of donuts this morning. I’m just saying. The Brazilian real saw more strength yesterday. Twice this week the Brazilian Central Bank (BCB) has come to the aid of the real, first announcing a $60 Billion line to be used in intervention to defend the real, and then the 50 basis points rate hike I talked about yesterday. The double barrel shotgun approach has done wonders for the real which had fallen to a low of 2.4545 just a week ago to a recovering level of 2.36 this morning. (remember, real is a European priced currency, so as the price goes down, the value goes up!)  Of course 2.36 is still a long way away from the lofty numbers the real used to have associated to it. But a positive move is still better than opening a bag of bees. Gold is down $12 this morning, and has fallen back below $1,400. The Bloomberg has two stories this morning with different takes on Gold. the first one says, “Gold cuts monthly advance on speculation Fed will slow stimulus.”  And then that’s followed by one that says, “Gold trade most Bullish since March on Syria Crisis.”  So. what’s it gonna be boy? And just to repeat something I talked about yesterday, the miners in S. Africa have confirmed that they will go on strike on Monday. Hello, price manipulators? Yes, It’s Chuck calling again to harass you. I just want to ask you a question. How can you explain to regulators your ever expanding short positions, with the largest Gold producing country going on strike, thus limiting the supply of Gold?  Come on Lucy, you’ve got some ‘xplainin’ to do! The U.S. data cupboard will yield July readings of Personal Income & Spending this morning to end our week. I’m certain that once again, we’ll see that we spend more than we make. But think about this spending thing. I had a dealer friend (hi Shauna!) ask me if I thought everything in the world was OK now (with GDP up 2.5%)   and I said, “No. it’s all manipulated, cooked, and rolled out to make everyone happy so they’ll go and spend money on flat screen TV’s” . spend, spend, spend. That’s what would make the Fed Heads & the Gov’t happy. And it will make you happy too, until you realize that you could have bought Gold instead of another flat screen TV for your house that already has 6 TV’s! For What It’s Worth. It’s all me today folks. I’ve been doing a lot of deep thinking. (for my close circle of friends, we all know that means, right Kevin?)  I mentioned the Fed’s Bubble Blowing machine up top. and that’s the focus of my soap box speech today. Are you ready?  Here goes. OK. Several times over the past few years I’ve listed the things that Fed Head James Bullard was quoted as saying were the benefits of QE.  you know, lower rates, higher asset prices, and a lower dollar. But you know the one thing that he failed to list, and the one thing that the Fed refuses to admit they were a part of, is the bubble in Emerging Markets.  Unintended Consequences, I’ll call it.  You see, by keeping rates ultra-low, investors sought out higher yielding places to invest. Remember what I always say, money goes where it’s treated best.  Those places were the Emerging Markets.   So, with the fear of removing QE, the markets are automatically of the belief that interest rates will rise. Shoot Rudy, after Big Ben first muttered the word “taper”  Treasury yields have risen over 100 Basis points in the 10-year.  was that a sell the rumor buy the fact trade? I doubt it. Should the Fed really go through with tapering, I would think Treasury yields will continue to rise, and that will draw more money home to (where it’s treated best) The Fed tried very diligently to explain the difference between tapering and keeping their interest rates low, but the markets aren’t buying it. And the bond traders are taking back the responsibility of Treasury yields from the Fed. So, what does this all mean for the Emerging Markets? Well, it’s my opinion, and of course I could be wrong, that while suffering now, and in the near future, that the Emerging Markets will recover. First, without the off the charts growth, the Current Account Deficits they all have gained, will begin to narrow, and that will be a good thing going forward. Then organic growth in the countries, will take over, and within a few years, the Emerging Markets will be back to leading the world in growth.   And as far as the Fed’s Bubble Blowing machine goes. You know the Fed Heads refused to admit that they had anything to do with the Tech Bubble, or the Housing Bubble, but we all know what caused those, for I’ve explained it to you so many times in the past, that you probably could give the presentation on The Fed’s Bubbles instead of me!  Bill Fleckenstein wrote a great book about 7 years ago, called “Greenspan’s Bubbles. The Age of Ignorance at the Fed”.  Just in case you need some additional proof of what I tell you. And that ends today’s dissertation on what the Fed is doing to the Emerging Markets, I hope you enjoyed it. I’ll be back next week with more, so until then, Have Fun! To Recap. The bias to buy dollars remains throughout the currencies and metals this morning, although most of the value was transferred to dollars yesterday. Today could be strange with the boys and girls in NY heading to the Hamptons around noon today. Eurozone Confidence printed strong thus confirming the recovery is gathering pace. Gold falls back below $1,400, and the markets are torn on where to go with Gold. They should just ask me, I’ll tell them! Currencies today 8/30/13. American Style: A$ .8935, kiwi .7770, C$ .95, euro 1.3245, sterling 1.5505, Swiss $1.0755, . European Style: rand 10.3125, krone 6.11, SEK 6.6080, forint 227.05, zloty 3.2170, koruna 19.4180, RUB 33.24, yen 98.25, sing 1.2745, HKD 7.7555, INR 65.70, China 6.1709, pesos 13.30, BRL 2.3590, Dollar Index 81.95, Oil $107.85, 10-year 2.77%, Silver $23.69, Platinum $1,513.40, Palladium $728.58, and Gold. $1,395.12. and here’s the link to take a peek at the U.S. Debt Clock. click here. That’s it for today. Happy Birthday to my old latte’ Buddy, Michelle. She dropped me like a bad habit a few years ago, but I don’t hold that against her! HAHAHAHAHAHA!  (She didn’t drop me, I just stopped going, because I couldn’t drink coffee at that time) College Football began last night, and my beloved Missouri Tigers will play tomorrow night. I wish them well on their 2nd season in the SEC. I’ll be putting the Big Green Egg to the test this weekend. I can’t wait ! I love to have the smoker going early in the morning. I know sounds like Robert Duval in the Vietnam movie, when he said, ” I love the smell of napalm in the morning”.  But no! I love apple wood smoking filling the backyard with great aroma. It’s the little things that make me happy folks.  And with that, I’ll get this out the door. Thank you so much for reading the Pfennig, and I also thank all of you who send me notes applauding what I’ve written from time to time.  Just being myself. Now, it’s payday, it’s the kickoff of a 3-day holiday weekend, and it’s Friday, let’s go out and make it a Fantastico Friday!  Ready, Set, Go! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

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The Good and the Terrifying Things at Black Hat 2016

first_img August 9, 2016 This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for $5 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. Add to Queue Max Eddy & Neil J. Rubenking Conferences Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandcenter_img –shares 8 min read The Good and the Terrifying Things at Black Hat 2016 Contributors Black Hat is a gathering of security researchers, hackers and industry that meets in Las Vegas to do three things: outline the latest threats, show how the good guys and the bad guys can be defeated and launch attacks on the attendees. This year saw plenty of scary attacks, including one against show attendees, along with car hacks, new ways to steal cash from ATMs and why smart lightbulbs might not be as safe as we thought. But we also saw lots of reason to hope, like teaching machines to spot dangerous servers, using Dungeons and Dragons to train employees on handling security threats and how Apple handles the security of your iPhone. It was, all told, a pretty mind-bending year.The goodYes, Apple announced a bug bounty program at Black Hat. But that was just the last 10 minutes of a presentation by Ivan Krstic, Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture. During the preceding 40 minutes he offered an unprecedented deep dive into the ways Apple protects users’ devices and data, both from malefactors and from itself. And yes, it does involve using an honest-to-God blender. As Internet of Things devices become more and more popular, security professionals are becoming more and more concerned. These are, after all, devices with microcomputers connected to networks and fully capable of running code. That’s an attacker’s dream. The good news is, at least in the case of the Philip’s Hue system, creating a worm to jump from lightbulb to lightbulb is very difficult. The bad news? It’s apparently very simple to trick Hue systems into joining an attacker’s network.Every security training in every business include the admonition that employees should never click links in emails from unknown sources. And employees continue to be duped into clicking them regardless. Dr. Zinaida Benenson, from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, concluded that it’s simply not reasonable to expect employees to resist curiosity and other motivations. If you want them to be James Bond, you should put that in the job description and pay them accordingly.A lot of security research and execution can be mind-numbingly tedious, but new techniques in machine learning might soon lead to a safer Internet. Researchers detailed their efforts at teaching machines to identify botnet command and control servers, which allow the bad guys to control hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of infected computers. The tool could help keep a lid on such nefarious activity, but it wasn’t all heavy research. To conclude their session, researchers demonstrated how machine learning systems could be used to generate a passable Taylor Swift song.The who-knows hotel network may be fine for a pet supply conference, but not for Black Hat. The conference has its own entirely separate network and an impressive Network Operations Center to manage it. Visitors can peer in through the glass wall at the many glowing screens, hacker movies and long-term security experts in the NOC, which gets packed up in its entirety and moved around the world to the next Black Hat conference.IT security wonks and white-hat hackers just can’t get enough of security trainings, but they’re not the ones that really need them. The sales staff, HR team, and call center crew don’t necessarily understand or appreciate security trainings, and yet you really need them to step up their security game. Researcher Tiphaine Romand Latapie suggested reworking security training as a role-playing game. She found that it totally worked, and produced significant new engagement between the security team and the rest of the staff. Dungeons and dragons, anyone?Scam phone call are a huge problem. IRS scams convince unsuspecting Americans to fork over cash. Password reset scams trick call centers into giving away customer data. Professor Judith Tabron, a forensic linguist analyzed real scam calls and devised a two-part test to help you spot them. Read this and learn, OK? It’s a simple and worthwhile technique.The frighteningPwnie Express builds devices that monitor network airspace for anything untoward, and it’s a good thing, too, because the company discovered a massive Man-in-the-Middle attack at Black Hat this year. In this case, a malicious access point changed its SSID in order to fool phones and devices into joining the network, thinking it to be a safe, friendly network the device had seen before. In doing so, the attackers tricked some 35,000 people. While it’s great that the company was able to spot the attack, the fact that it was so massive is a reminder of how successful these attacks can be.Last year, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek presented what many assumed was the pinnacle of their car hacking careers. They returned this year with even more daring attacks, ones that are able to apply the brakes or nab control of the steering wheel when the car is moving at any speed. Previous attacks could only be carried out when the car is traveling at 5Mph or lower. These new attacks could pose great risk to drivers, and will hopefully be swiftly patched by auto manufacturers. For their part, Valasek and Miller said they’re done hacking cars, but encouraged others to follow in their footsteps.If you watch Mr. Robot, you know that it’s possible to infect a victim’s computer by strewing USB drives around the parking lot. But does it really work? Elie Bursztein, anti-fraud and abuse research lead at Google, presented a two-part talk on the subject. The first part detailed a study that clearly showed it does work (and parking lots are better than hallways). The second part explained, in great detail, exactly how to build a USB drive that would totally take over any computer. Did you take notes?Drones were a hot item last holiday shopping season, and maybe not just for geeks. A presentation showed how the DJI Phantom 4 could be used to jam industrial wireless networks, spy on employees, and worse. The trick is that many critical, industrial sites use what’s called an “air gap” to protect sensitive computers. Basically, these are networks and devices that are isolated from the outside Internet. But small, maneuverable drones can bring the Internet to them instead.Machine learning is on the cusp of revolutionizing numerous tech industries, and that includes scammers. Researchers at Black Hat demonstrated how machines could also be taught to produce highly effective spear phishing messages. Their tool determines high-value targets, and then scours the victim’s tweets in order to craft a message that’s both relevant and irresistibly clickable. The team didn’t spread anything malicious with their spam bot, but it’s not hard to imagine scammers adopting these techniques.You expect free Wi-Fi in a hotel, and you may be savvy enough to realize it’s not necessarily secure. But an Airbnb or other short-term rental, security can potentially have the worst security ever. Why? Because guests before you had physical access to the router, meaning they could totally own it. Jeremy Galloway’s talk detailed what a hacker can do (it’s bad!), what you can do to stay safe, and what the property owner can do to deter such attacks. It’s a problem that’s not going away.In one of the most comprehensive talks at Black Hat, Rapid7’s Senior Pentester Weton Hecker demonstrated what might be a new model for fraud. His vision includes a massive network of compromised ATMs, point of sale machines (like in the grocery store) and gas pumps. These could steal victim’s payment information in real-time and then quickly enter them with the help of a motorized PIN-pushing device. The talk ended with an ATM spewing cash, and a vision of the future where scammers buy not individuals’ credit card information, but access to a massive real-time network of payment scams. That wasn’t the only presentation at Black Hat to detail attacks on payment systems. Another group of researchers showed off how, with a Raspberry Pi and a little effort, they were able to intercept oodles of personal information from chip card transactions. That’s particularly notable not only because chip cards (AKA EMV cards) are considered more secure than magswipe cards, but because the US has just begun rolling out chip cards domestically.Next year will bring new research, new hacks and new attacks. But Black Hat 2016 has set the tone for the year, showing that a hacker’s work (whether white- or black-hatted) is never really done. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to shred our credit cards and go off to live in a Faraday Cage in the woods. Next Article last_img read more

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Silence Instagram Trolls With Keyword Filters

first_img Instagram today introduced a new comment-moderation tool.”We’re taking the next step to ensure Instagram remains a positive place to express yourself,” CEO Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog announcement. The photo-sharing service boasts a diverse community. But on social media, as in life, not everyone gets along. “To empower each individual, we need to promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment,” Systrom said.So, Instagram is rolling out to all users a keyword-moderation tool. Simply tap the gear icon in your profile and look for “Comments” — under the Settings header, between “Mobile Data Use” and the option to save original photos).The feature lets anyone create a personalized list of words you consider offensive or inappropriate — whether it’s racial slurs, obscenity or just “Justin Bieber.” Users can build their own list or help themselves to the default words provided. Moving forward, comments featuring those words and phrases will be hidden from your posts, saving you the hassle of swiping to delete, reporting inappropriate comments and blocking accounts.”We know tools aren’t the only solution for this complex problem, but together we can work towards keeping Instagram a safe place for self-expression,” Systrom said.This week’s adjustments, he added, are not only his “personal wish,” but also “our responsibility as a company.”Over the summer, Instagram teased a new content-specific filtering feature that let users flip comments on and off on a per-post basis.Rival Twitter has faced backlash over its inability to effectively crack down on trolls and hateful comments. Last month it introduced two new features aimed at giving users more control: a new “quality filter” option to your notification settings that, when enabled, prevents you from seeing “lower-quality content”; and anotherthat will limit alerts to only people you follow. Silence Instagram Trolls With Keyword Filters Next Article All users can now blacklist specific words and phrases to ensure they will not appear in comments. September 13, 2016 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue 2 min readcenter_img –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » Instagram This story originally appeared on PCMag Stephanie Mlot Reporter at PCMaglast_img read more

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Video Conferencing Equipment Supplier IVCi Lists and Explains How Small Businesses Can

first_imgVideo Conferencing Equipment Supplier, IVCi, Lists and Explains How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Video Conferencing PRNewswireApril 30, 2019, 6:05 pmApril 30, 2019 Video conferencing is being rapidly adopted by businesses of all industries in place of voice conferencing, and for good reason. Small businesses stand to benefit the most from video conferencing because of its productivity and profit benefits.Video conferencing equipment supplier, IVCi, lists and explains how small businesses can benefit from video conferencing.Save money. Small businesses can use video conferencing to save money on the expenses associated with traditional in-person meetings. It also saves time for tasks like interviewing applicants and potential employees, which is a more efficient use of the company’s resources.Reduce travel costs. Video conferencing replicates in-person conversation without either party having to travel. Small businesses do not have the luxury of allocating large budgets to flying around the world for meetings, yet do not want to sacrifice the impact of face-to-face conversation. Video conferencing is the perfect way to eliminate travel costs while preserving the impact of an interaction.Marketing Technology News: SAP to Fund Internal Collaboration Startup Ruum With €10 MillionFoster teamwork. It’s becoming more and more common for small businesses to have employees work remotely. A major challenge with remote work is teamwork and communication. Video conferencing takes the place of in-person meetings and gives employees a platform to discuss projects and connect with each other.Improve communication and client connections. It is difficult to make a real connection with clients when communicating only by email or phone. Factors like body language and expressions make a big difference in how information is perceived. It also helps keep communication consistent, since video conferencing is fits much more easily into a busy schedule than in-person meetings.Increase productivity. Video conferencing saves a lot of time between reduced traveling, ease of scheduling, and improved collaboration. These factors combine to improve productivity all around. Time is one of the most valuable resources in any company, so saving it wherever you can makes a big difference.Marketing Technology News: Edge by Ascential Expands Ecommerce Features to Optimize Digital Shelf PerformanceVideo conferencing has transformed the way people communicate with colleagues, clients, potential employees, and the world.Marketing Technology News: Timothy Leonard Joins Kleinschmidt as Senior Vice President of Business Innovation Foster teamworkIncrease productivityIVCiMarketing Technology NewsNewsReduce travel costsvoice conferencing Previous ArticleeSentire Report: Volume of UK Cyber Attacks Increased by Over 140 Percent in 2018Next ArticleDirectLync Shakes Up Small Business Marketing with New Digital Marketing Platformlast_img read more

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Dynata Organizes for Future Growth

first_imgDynata Organizes for Future Growth PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 1:36 pmMay 24, 2019 Newly Created Unit Accelerates Product Innovation and Development of First-Party Data Solutions for Marketing Services, and Operational Realignment Strengthens Customer ExperienceDynata, a global leader in first-party data and data services, is pleased to announce that it has aligned the company to provide greater value to customers, partners, and stakeholders. Dynata’s recent strategic mergers and acquisitions, new brand identity, and organizational realignment, have established the scale and capabilities necessary to become the world’s largest and most reliable permission-based, first-party data provider.Dynata SolutionsData-driven marketers and advertisers understand that first-party data adds enormous value across marketing channels, digital and offline, as they make business decisions on a global, enterprise scale. To expand its first-party data throughout the marketing services continuum, including media, advertising, CRM, and activation, as well as to accelerate innovation within its current portfolio of global products, the company has established a new unit named Dynata Solutions.Hugh Davis, former Co-Founder of Reimagine Holdings Group, recently acquired by Dynata, will lead the new unit, as President, Dynata Solutions. Davis will drive the business strategy and development of a comprehensive array of first-party data solutions, incorporating the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to create robust automated and self-service data solutions.Marketing Technology News: MRC Continues DoubleVerify’s Accreditation for Desktop, Mobile Web & In-App Impressions, SIVT Traffic Filtration & ViewabilityCustomer ExperienceIn the Americas region, Dynata has realigned its sales and operational units into a new, integrated structure designed to provide an enhanced customer experience and deliver long-term growth. The holistic customer service approach is more closely aligned with customer needs and reflects Dynata’s increased focus on supporting its customers with a world-class experience.Keith Price, former Co-Founder of Reimagine, has been named President, Customer Experience, Americas and will lead Dynata’s efforts to create and implement a best-in-class customer experience for its customers in the Americas. This includes consistent delivery of high-quality data, modern data analysis technology, and seamless delivery of insights to empower customers to make quicker, more informed business decisions for better results.Marketing Technology News: Marking GDPR Anniversary, nCipher Survey Reveals Americans’ Data Privacy Attitudes“With the scale that has been created from the Research Now/SSI merger, in addition to the added capabilities from the recent Reimagine acquisition, we are strategically positioned for future growth,” said Gary S. Laben, CEO, Dynata. “The creation of Dynata Solutions will accelerate product innovation to meet the data-centric marketing needs of our clients, and greater alignment around our customers in the Americas will enable us to improve execution and increase efficiency for their businesses.”Marketing Technology News: Teleperformance Groups ‘Praxidia Knowledge Services’ partners with CallMiner to launch TP Interact – a Comprehensive Interaction Analytics Solution Acquisitioncrmcustomer experienceDynataMarketing TechnologyNewsReimagine Previous ArticleIo-Tahoe Integrates with OneTrust and Joins Data Discovery Partner ProgramNext ArticleEmployee Mistakes #1 Threat to Data Security in Hong Kong and Taiwan; Cloud Adoption Driving Encryption Says Ncipherlast_img read more

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Discovery may lead to the development of early warning system for seizures

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 10 2019A new study has found a pattern of molecules that appear in the blood before a seizure happens. This discovery may lead to the development of an early warning system, which would enable people with epilepsy to know when they are at risk of having a seizure.Researchers at FutureNeuro, the SFI Research Centre for Chronic and Rare Neurological Diseases, hosted at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) led the study, which is published in the current edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI).FutureNeuro and RCSI researchers have discovered molecules in the blood that are higher in people with epilepsy before a seizure happens. These molecules are fragments of transfer RNAs (tRNAs), a chemical closely related to DNA that performs an important role in building proteins within the cell. When cells are stressed, tRNAs are cut into fragments. Higher levels of the fragments in the blood could reflect that brain cells are under stress in the build up to a seizure event.Using blood samples from people with epilepsy at the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and in a similar specialist centre in Marburg, Germany, the group found that fragment levels of three tRNAs “spike” in the blood many hours before a seizure. People with epilepsy often report that one of the most difficult aspects of living with the disease is never knowing when a seizure will occur.The results of this study are very promising. We hope that our tRNA research will be a key first step toward developing an early warning system.”Dr Marion Hogg, FutureNeuro investigator, Honorary Lecturer at RCSI, and the study’s lead author Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchResearch on cannabis use in women limited, finds new studyApproximately 40,000 people in Ireland have epilepsy and one third of those do not respond to current treatments, meaning they continue to experience seizures. The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy.”New technologies to remove the unpredictability of uncontrolled seizures for people with epilepsy are a very real possibility,” said Professor David Henshall, Director of FutureNeuro and Professor of Molecular Physiology and Neuroscience at RCSI who was a co-author on the paper.”Building on this research we in FutureNeuro hope to develop a test prototype, similar to a blood sugar monitor that can potentially predict when a seizure might occur.”Source:RCSIJournal reference:Hogg, M.C. et al. (2019) Elevation in plasma tRNA fragments precede seizures in human epilepsy. Journal of Clinical Investigation. doi.org/10.1172/JCI126346.last_img read more

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