Napoli president accuses Juventus boss of being in love with Hamsik

first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is “in love” with Napoli captain Marek Hamsik, says the Naples’ club president Aurelio De LaurentiisIn his 11 years in the Serie A, Hamsik has become one of the most highly-regarded midfielders in Italian football and has attracted interest from rival clubs.One such admirer is allegedly Allegri, who has reportedly attempted to sign the Slovakia international during his time in charge at AC Milan and most recently for Juventus.But De Laurentiis insists that Napoli have always stood their ground against Allegri, while also downplaying Hamsik’s offer to go to China.“In the past, there were offers from Milan, when Allegri was the coach, and Juve, when Allegri was the coach,” said De Laurentiis, as stated on Football-Italia.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“He’s in love with Hamsik. I never believed in his transfer to China, I have [film] units there and I know how the Chinese think.“Many things are said, but it’s a long time before anything happens.”Following their near-miss in landing their first Serie A title in 28 years last season, Napoli have since removed the new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri from his position as head coach and have appointed Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement.Hamsik himself recently revealed that it was Ancelotti who convinced him to remain at Napoli instead of doing a life-changing move to China.last_img read more

Lopetegui will rotate Real Madrid goalkeepers

first_imgReal Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has said that Thibaut Courtois is not certain to be an automatic starter, hinting that his goalkeepers would be rotated.Last season’s number one keeper Keylor Navas was in goal for the 4-2 loss to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.79% – Thibaut Courtois posted the second lowest save percentage in #UCL last season (after Sergio Rico, 58%), saving 62,5% of the shots he faced (min eight games). Premiere pic.twitter.com/lNVN6q1pV5— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 9, 2018Thibaut Courtois travelled with the squad to Tallinn but was left out of the squad entirely.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Lopetegui is prepared to keep Belgian keeper waiting as he considers his options in goal. Sportskeeda reports.“There isn’t a magic formula. We need to manage it week by week,” Lopetegui said.“We will see as we go who is best for the team at any given time. We have two magnificent goalkeepers, and others as well.”“But of course these are two international-level keepers and we will try to manage it well and make decisions for the team.”“Of course there is huge competition for the team but I see it as something positive in that position. It’s good for the team to have competition.”last_img read more

Lothar Matthaus predicts the outcome of the Bundesliga

first_imgGerman great Lothar Matthaus has boldly predicted how the Bundesliga table for the 2018/19 season will turn out come the end of the seasonTo the surprise of many, Bayern Munich’s hopes of a seventh league title in a row are under serious threat from runaway leaders Borussia Dortmund.BVB’s perfect combination of youth and experience has proven to be, perhaps, the catalyst behind their title charge with youngsters Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi and Jacob Bruun Larsen all starring. while the likes of Marco Reus and Axel Witsel have also been receiving plaudits for their respective efforts.Currently, Lucien Favre’s men lead Bayern by six points from their opening 18 games with only one defeat.Now Matthaus has laid out his final predictions for this season’s Bundesliga table to Sport Bild with Dortmund narrowly clinching the league title from Bayern by a single point.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.The German World Cup winner, who won the Bundesliga seven times at Bayern, predicted last week that his old club will struggle to break Dortmund’s hold of top spot.“I still believe Dortmund will decide the title race in their own favour. But if anyone can catch up with them, then, of course, it’s Bayern,” said Matthaus.RB Leipzig will finish third with Borussia Monchengladbach, who were one of the surprise packages from the first-half of the campaign, completing the top-four.But Hannover 96 and FC Nürnberg will be relegated with Fortuna Dusseldorf finishing in the relegation play-off spot, which will see them face whoever finishes third in the Bundesliga 2 in a two-legged play-off tie for a place in next season’s top-tier division.Matthaus’ final 2018/19 Bundesliga table after all 34 gamesBorussia Dortmund – 79 pointsBayern Munich – 78 pointsRB Leipzig – 65 pointsBorussia Monchengladbach – 63 pointsTSG Hoffenheim – 56 pointsEintracht Frankfurt – 55 pointsBayer Leverkusen – 54 pointsVfL Wolfsburg – 46 pointsWerder Bremen – 44 pointsHertha BSC – 43 pointsSchalke 04 – 40 pointsMainz 05 – 35 pointsSC Freiburg – 35 pointsVfB Stuttgart – 33 pointsFC Augsburg – 31 pointsFortuna Düsseldorf – 30 pointsHannover 96 – 26 pointsFC Nurnberg – 22 pointslast_img read more

Bonitafest kicks off again September 20th

first_imgBonitafest kicks off again September 20th September 8, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: September 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Bonitafest begins again this year on Friday, September 20th.Bonitafest is a community gathering that consists of three events spread out over eight days. This year’s theme of the festival is “Our Community Rocks.”The events begins with the Twilight Trail Parade at 6 p.m. at Sunnyside Saddle Club Arena. The second event is the Performing Arts Festival and Street Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bonita Vista High School, and the last event is the Bonitafest Melodrama, a three-day event from the 25th through the 18th starting at 7 p.m. each night. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

All Ford Fusion models will go out of production in 2020

first_img 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV More From Roadshow 2019 Ford Fusion gets tech improvements, longer EV range Ford first introduced the Fusion in late 2005, which spawned Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ (neé Zephyr) variants. The second-generation Fusion was unveiled in 2012, and was widely praised for its sharp styling and solid driving dynamics.Currently, the Fusion still provides the underpinnings for the Lincoln MKZ sedan, so it’s safe to assume the Ford’s luxury counterpart will also go out of production next year. A Lincoln spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.The Fusion’s death is all part of Ford’s plan to discontinue the bulk of its passenger cars in order to produce crossovers and SUVs — many with electrified powertrains. An earlier report suggested the Fusion name could return on a sort of Subaru Outback-like, high-riding wagon, but that’s just a rumor for now. Earlier this week, we learned the slow-selling, 325-horsepower Ford Fusion Sport wouldn’t live to see 2020. It wasn’t a huge shock, since we knew Ford had planned to discontinue the Fusion sedan at some point in the next few years. However, a new report from Automotive News on Wednesday confirms the Fusion’s death is, in fact, quite imminent. The 2020 model year will be the Fusion’s last.A Ford spokesperson confirmed the Fusion’s discontinuation timeline to Automotive News, saying, “Our goal in the final year is to further simplify the offering and focus on maximizing the more popular SE, SEL and Titanium models.” The Fusion received a mild refresh for the 2019 model year, which brought updated styling and features, including Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 suite of driver assistance technologies. Currently, Hybrid and plug-in Energi versions are sold alongside more popular gasoline-only models. 25 Photos 20 68 Photos The 2019 Ford Fusion is still a contender Lincoln Ford Subaru Share your voice 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Comments Ford Tags Sedans 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

Woman in ICU gangraped by hospital staff in UP 4 including nurse

first_imgGetty ImagesA 29-year-old woman, who was admitted to the ICU of a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district, was allegedly gang-raped by the staff when she was asleep on the night of March 23. The woman diagnosed with fatty liver when she came to the hospital complaining of breathing issues.The victim’s husband alleged that she was given some medicines laced with sedatives. When she fell unconscious, the staff proceeded to gang-rape her. The woman woke up to find a man on the bed with her. She had then raised an alarm, reports ANI.After conducting a preliminary investigation, the police detained four men and a woman in connection to the case.”The woman was admitted to the hospital with a breathing problem. She has alleged that she was gang-raped by the hospital staff,” Circle Officer Harimohan Singh told ANI.An FIR was lodged against the accused – Ashok Malik (35), Shabad (23), Niyazu (20) and Lakshmi (50) – under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).Adding to the seriousness of the matter, a source told ANI that the CCTVs installed in the ICU were switched off during the time of the incident.In a similar incident, 26-year-old Kamal Kanti Sen Choudhury, a male nurse at B Barooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) in Guwahati, had sexually assaulted three female patients in the hospital in December 2018.”Following complaints from the patients to the hospital superintendent, a case was lodged and efforts were undertaken to nab the culprit. He was arrested in Tripura on Sunday,” Inspector Dharani Barman, who is in-charge of Paltanbazar police station, was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.A case was registered against Kamal under sections 354 A (sexual harassment), 376 (rape) and 511 (attempting to steal) of the Indian Penal Code.last_img read more

The new high stakes game in Zimbabwe

first_imgThe new high stakes game in Zimbabwe795 viewsThe new high stakes game in Zimbabwe795 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00The new high stakes game in Zimbabwe795 viewsBusinessThey can’t find work – so for these Zimbabweans – gambling is the next best bet. With unemployment spiralling out of control at a massive 80 percent – the only way to ensure there’ll be food on theVentuno Web Player 4.50They can’t find work – so for these Zimbabweans – gambling is the next best bet. With unemployment spiralling out of control at a massive 80 percent – the only way to ensure there’ll be food on thelast_img

Salman Khan to watch Maharshi Is he planning to act in its

first_imgSalman Khan on Twitter Live for his film Bharat.TwitterBollywood superstar Salman Khan will watch Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi, which is set to hit the screens on May 9. After Thalapathy Vijay, the B-Town is apparently planning for its Hindi remake.The promos of Maharshi have grabbed many eyeballs and generated a lot of curiosity about the movie. Mahesh Babu’s different getups, action, comedy and punch dialogues featured in its teaser and trailer have caught the attention of the film buffs, who are eagerly waiting for its release in the theatres.A film gets huge demand for its remake rights after it becomes a hit at the box office. But what is unusual about Maharshi is that there is a great demand for its rights even before it screens. It was recently rumoured that a Kollywood filmmaker showed interest in remaking Maharshi in Tamil. He has planned to rope in superstar Vijay for the lead role played by Mahesh Babu. MaharshiJust a day before its release in the cinema halls we hear that superstar Salman Khan has shown interest in the Hindi remake of Maharshi. The rumour mills are abuzz with the news that the makers are holding a special screening of the film for the Bollywood actor, who will watch the film with Prabhu Deva and the team of Dabangg 3. If he is impressed with it, he is likely to give his consent for its Hindi remake.It was recently rumoured that Dil Raju wanted to expand his production Sri Venkateswara Creations and give it pan-India appeal. He has joined hands with Boney Kapoor to produce the Hindi remake of F2 – Fun and Frustration. If Salman Khan agrees to do Maharshi remake, the Telugu producer might jointly bankroll its Hindi adaptation with another Bollywood producer.Salman Khan is one of the most popular actors from the Hindi film industry. But a remake of a Telugu film gave him a big break and catapulted him to stardom. Back in 2009, his career was on the verge of ending, when he starred in Wanted, which was the remake of Mahesh Babu’s blockbuster movie Pokiri. This remake revived his career and made him what he is today. He might accept Maharshi remake too.last_img read more

Trump eyes jump in defense spending

first_imgGraphic detailing the top 10 countries for arms spending, 2015, according to SIPRI figures. AFPPresident Donald Trump announced Monday he would ask Congress for a nearly 10 percent increase in defense spending and a large reduction in foreign aid, as he offered a taste of his upcoming budget.Previewing measures designed to back up campaign promises with dollars and cents, Trump promised a fiscal plan focused on “public safety and national security.”An administration official said Trump’s plan would include a $54 billion increase in defense spending and a corresponding decrease in non-military programs.“Most federal agencies will see a reduction as a result,” the official said. There will be a “large reduction in foreign aid,” he added, speaking on condition of anonymity.Trump has put security threats front and center of his administration and insisted a blunt, muscular response is the only remedy.He has promised to build a wall on the Mexican border, deport unauthorized immigrants and wipe jihadists off the “face of the earth.”His budget proposal—which will be picked over and must ultimately be approved by Congress—doubles down on that ethos.It would substantially increase US defense spending—already by far the highest in the world—although there were no details about how the extra funds would be spent.‘Keeping Americans safe’Trump claimed his budget “follows through on my promise on keeping Americans safe.”“It will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it,” Trump said.Republican Senator John McCain argued that the increase was less significant than Trump suggested, representing a three percent increase over projections for fiscal year 2018.“We can and must do better,” he said.But others raised questions about the impact of planned cuts at the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.Foreign aid accounts for less than one percent of US federal spending, and reducing it would not be enough to make up for a big rise in defense spending.“It is a fairly small part of the discretionary budget, but it is still consistent with what the President said,” Trump budget tsar Mick Mulvaney said.“We are taking his words and turning them into policies and dollars.”Jonathan Katz, who until recently was deputy assistant administrator of USAID, told AFP that Trump’s proposed cuts could damage US interests and weight on the world stage.Foreign assistance offers “great value for money” and makes a “huge contribution to security, the economy and over all safety of Americans” he said.Katz, now with the German Marshall Fund, said foreign assistance is vital for everything from preventing pandemics to developing economies that eventually become trade partners.“If there are no resources to address an Ebola outbreak, how does that help the wellbeing of Americans?”“Having the resources also gives the United States a seat at the table,” he added.Mark Toner, the acting State Department spokesman, said the agency would work with the White House to review budget priorities.“The department remains committed to a US foreign policy that advances the security and prosperity of the American people,” he said.Trump’s comments come a day before he addresses a joint session of Congress—a crucial agenda-setting moment for new presidents.His initial budget outline did not include proposals for mandatory spending or tax proposals, which make up the bulk of government outlays and receipts.The budget is a keystone statement of Trump’s priorities for the coming years.The nearly $4 trillion annual federal budget is a declaration of intent that puts the president’s policy goals down in black and white.It also separates affordable campaign promises from the fanciful and is the final arbitrator after turf wars between departments and powerful interest groups.Trump has promised to cut waste and duplication in federal spending.US president after US president has made similar promises upon coming to office, before delving into a text that runs in the thousands of pages and tossing the plan into the thicket of Congress.Trump has oodles of campaign promises to pay for, but faces a national debt set to hit $20 trillion on his watch and a deficit at 3.1 percent of GDP and rising.Trump’s promises—from building a wall on the Mexican border to stepping up the deportation of undocumented immigrants—carry an estimated price tag of $5.3 trillion, according to the non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.last_img read more

Flaunt your baby bump in style this wedding season

first_imgWhile celebrities are flaunting their baby bumps with panache, you can be at your fashionable best during your pregnancy too. Stylists share a few tips to help you keep your wardrobe and style sorted when you’re expecting your little one:Go flowy: Maxi dresses, anarkalis and empire-cut gowns are a pregnancy-must. They are the perfect marriage of comfort and style. Accessorise the look with a bright bag and wear comfortable wedge heels. Go the colour-block way as that has enough of a platform to be comfortable and is trending right now. If you want to avoid heels for the everlasting pregnancy back pain, go for printed or embroidered juttis. We advise not to skimp on the accessories when dressing your bump. Use accessories to create a focal point and bring the attention up to your face with the long danglers and jhumkas or a statement necklace. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfElongate your frame: When you are pregnant, you never want to wear a choker. It makes you look shorter. Longer necklaces draw the eyes down, while dangling earrings bring the focus to a woman’s neck and shoulder. Scarves and dupattas can also help pregnant ladies create a laid-back luxe look. The point of this look is putting all of her accessories in a way to make her look longer and leaner. Don’t go big: Your first instinct may be to buy some long, loose tops that are one or two sizes bigger than your regular size. Buy something big enough to cover your belly. Opt for semi-fitted styles which flare up waist downwards for maximum effect.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNo heels: Avoid stilettos as far as possible as those precious high heels cannot give your back the support it needs during your pregnancy. Opt for comfortable, dressy flats that will take you from day to night. T-strap sandals, classy ballerinas, juttis or colourful kolhapuris can be your soulmate for those nine months. Size up a half size to accommodate your growing feet. After the baby comes, stash them away for next time or thank them very much and pay it forward to the next lucky lady. Fabric: When buying maternity wedding wear that you hope will last through several pregnancy stages, choose high-quality, well-made items. Ideal maternity clothes will be made with strong, semi-stretchy material that will grow with you, so they will stay snug, flattering and supportive as your body changes. Breathability, softness, durability and stretch are the things to look for in high-quality, comfortable maternity clothes. Natural blended fabrics such as cotton-silk, breathable crepe and flowy chiffons will be soft and easy going, helping you with pregnancy hot flashes and itchiness that are common.Wear bright colours: Colour is a very important thing Wear brighter hues and softer pastels to emphasize that ever-so-youthful pregnancy glow.last_img read more

French premium channel operator Canal is launchin

first_imgFrench premium channel operator Canal+ is launching several new channels on YouTube based on its key programming franchises.From next month there will be twenty Canal+ YouTube channels based on shows from the core Canal+ channel as well as from its free-to-air counterparts D8, D17 and iTele. There will be channels based on shows including evening talk show Le Grand Journal.They will be organised under the CanalFactory umbrella brand on YouTube.Christophe Muller, YouTube’s director of partnerships, southern Europe, Africa and the Middle East said: “We are very excited about this partnership with Canal+ Group, which will allow fans of the flagship programs of the group to find their favourite shows and works directly from the Canal + channels on YouTube . We are delighted to bring this new content to the user of the YouTube community worldwide and contribute to the influence of French audiovisual culture.”“This agreement with YouTube illustrates our commitment to expand the distribution of our content on the video distribution platforms in order to reach the widest possible audience among those who love our programmes , especially among younger viewers,” added Canal+’s director of new content, Fabienne Fourquet.The launch announcements come as recent research has shown that French language YouTube partner channels are drawing bigger numbers than their English-language counterparts.last_img read more

Ira Gladnikoff Ira Gladnikoff head of Viaplay is

first_imgIra GladnikoffIra Gladnikoff, head of Viaplay, is leaving Scandinavia-based broadcaster MTG as the company continues to restructure its Nordic entertainment business.Gladnikoff will exit to “take on new challenges outside MTG” after less than six months in the role, with a number of other executives taking on new responsibilities.Ysterday, TBI reported on a number of changes within the MTG Norway entertainment team.These latest changes effectively bring the free on-demand service Viafree with SVOD net Viaplay.Among the moves, MTG Nordic Entertainment has handed the VP of its Play Nordic unit, Alexander Bastin, commercial and strategic responsibilities at SVOD service Viaplay and its free cousin, Viafree.In effect, he is named senior VP and head of Viaplay and Viafree, effectively replacing Gladnikoff, who had been leading streaming efforts since replacing Jonas Karlén in June.Other changes see MTG Sweden’s head of operations, Filippa Wallestam, become SVP and head of Nordic entertainment operations, which means she oversees central marketing and brands, strategy and business intelligence.Elsewhere, MTG Sweden head of finance Åsa Regen Jansson, adds CFO duties for Viaplay and Viafree.Kaj af Kleen becomes SVP of head of a new division, MTG Tech Digital, which will oversee development, technology and data management for Viafree and Viaplay.“By bringing together commercial responsibilities for Viafree and Viaplay in the same place in the organisation, we can create an even more distinctive integrated digital offering in all our markets,” said Anders Jensen.“By bringing together commercial responsibilities for Viafree and Viaplay in the same place in the organisation, we can create an even more distinctive integrated digital offering in all our markets,” he added.Jensen said the exiting Gladnikoff had been “instrumental in the development of Viaplay into the product and success we have today”.last_img read more

Moroccan mobile operator Orange Maroc is to launch

first_imgMoroccan mobile operator Orange Maroc is to launch an Orange Films et Séries video-on-demand service after securing approval from the country’s regulator, the Haute Autorité de la Communication Audiovisuelle (HACA).Régis DeliereOrange Maroc will make the VOD service available to pre- and post-paid mobile subscribers, according to local reports. The service will make films and series available in Arabic, French and English. According to Régis Deliere, head of consumer at Orange Maroc, the company could commission its own content in the future.Orange has not yet revealed its content line-up or the price of subscriptions.Deliere was quoted as saying that Orange Films et Séries would be available on multiple screens via the operator’s Orange et Moi app and that the aim was to make it a prominent part of the gateway to all Orange services.The HACA authorised Orange Maroc’s holding company Medi Telecom to commercialise Orange Films et Séries in December for an initial period of three years.Rival operator Maroc Telecom offers VOD services from Starz Play and Icflix, while the country’s number three player Inwi offers MBC’s Shahid Plus streaming service. Icflix has meanwhile taken the plunge into local production with Moroccan film Burn Out, directed by Noureddine Lakhmari, which was released theatrically last October.Orange Maroc has about 13 million mobile subscribers in Morocco, making it the number two operators after Maroc Telecom. The company is 49% owned by Orange, with government investment group Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion and industrial group Finance Com holding 25.5% each.last_img read more

Today is the final day for the big traders to be o

first_imgToday is the final day for the big traders to be out of the May futures contract in silver. The gold price didn’t do much of anything in Far East trading—and was back to Friday’s close in New York by the London open on Monday morning.  It popped for a couple of bucks at that point before trading virtually rule flat into the noon London silver fix.  Then it rose another couple of bucks before inching higher into the London p.m. gold fix.  The price blasted higher, but it was obvious that JPMorgan et al were at battle stations, as volume exploded—and the price wasn’t allowed to get far.  The rally finally petered out around 12:45 p.m. EDT.  From there it inched lower for the remainder of the New York trading session, both COMEX and electronic. The low and high ticks were recorded as $1,177.60 and $1,206.70 in the June contract. Gold finished the Monday session in New York at $1,201.70 spot, up $21.30 from Friday’s close.  Net volume was monstrous at 185,000 contracts, as “da boyz” threw everything but the kitchen sink at the rally once the price broke above its 50-day moving average. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 403 gold and 72 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Wednesday.  In gold, the largest short/issuer was JPMorgan out of its client account with 372 contracts.  HSBC USA was in very distant second with 31 contracts.  Not surprisingly, the tallest hog at the trough as a long/stopper was JPMorgan out of its in-house [proprietary] trading account with 211 contracts—and Canada’s Scotiabank was on the receiving end of 186 contracts. In silver, all 72 contracts were issued by JPMorgan out of its client account—and Canada’s Scotiabank stopped 70 of them.  The CME Group stopped one contract, so it could deliver five contracts into it’s 1,000 troy ounce mini-silver contract.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Monday trading session showed that the remaining gold open interest for April fell by 26 contracts, down to 415 contracts.  With 403 contracts already posted for delivery tomorrow, it will be interesting to see if the 12 contracts remaining will get delivered on Thursday, or will they simply disappear.  In silver, the April open interest jumped by 50 contracts to 72 contracts and, obviously, they are all out for delivery tomorrow. I can hardly wait to see who the big short/issuers and long/stoppers are in the May delivery month—and we’ll find some of that out on Thursday evening, as it’s First Notice Day. There was a big gold withdrawal from GLD by an authorized participant on Monday.  This time it was 105,527 troy ounces.  And as of 8:50 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.  But when I checked the iShares.com Internet site about 3:45 a.m. EDT, I saw that an authorized participant had added 1,434,162 troy ounces.  Based on the price action, it’s a reasonable assumption that this was used to cover an existing short position, just like the 1 million ounce add to SLV on Friday. There was a small amount of gold sold at the U.S. Mint on Monday—4,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—and 500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes. The in/out activity in gold at the COMEX-approved depositories on Friday are barely worth mentioning, as 700 troy ounces were shipped in—and 132 troy ounces were shipped out.  Nothing to see here. There was decent in/out activity in silver, as 259,426 troy ounces were shipped in—and 259,426 ounces were shipped out the door.  None of it involved JPMorgan.  The link to that activity is here. For a change, there wasn’t any in/out activity at all in the gold kilobar warehouses in Hong Kong on Friday. Despite my best efforts, I have a large number of stories today—and I’ll happily leave the final edit up to you. Not one ounce of the 59 million equivalent ounces sold by the speculators in the managed money category this [past reporting] week was remotely connected to legitimate hedging; yet the sale was the indisputable sole price influence. That silver prices only declined by around 30 cents in the reporting week proves that the commercial buyers were more interested in buying the 59 million ounces from the managed money traders than they were in driving prices even lower. What this proves is that silver prices are being set on the COMEX with no regard to the actual world of silver production or consumption. The managed money long side is down to less than 42,500 contracts and is undoubtedly less than that since the cut-off and near the 40,000 contract non-technical fund core long position I have long postulated. Unless I’m off by a country mile (always possible), significant additional managed money long liquidation is not likely. The short position of the technical funds, at 32,283 contracts in the current report is already larger than the peak in January and higher, admittedly, than I thought it would be at this point. And it must be higher still since the cutoff. Simply put, the rocket fuel tanks appear to have been topped off in silver. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 25 April 2015 There was no precious metal news to speak of on Monday—and the fact that prices blew up at the London p.m. gold fix [just like they melted down on Friday at that time] should be proof positive that this was all paper trading on the COMEX/GLOBEX between the brain-dead technical funds in the Managed Money category on one side—and the Commercial traders on the other. I was surprised that silver’s net volume was as low as it was, but I’m sure that  a certain portion of it was used to put out the fire in silver—and that was very noticeable in gold, with a huge blow-out in volume when gold broke above its 50-day moving average.  Silver just broke above its by only a few pennies. Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals courtesy of stockcharts.com. Silver traded quietly either side of $15.80 spot all through Far East and London trading, but starting shortly after 9 a.m. EDT things changed.  The first bump up in price took it up to $16 spot—and then it had two more quick rallies, one at the gold fix—and the other at 10:45 EDT just before London closed.  The high tick of the day came a minute before the London close—and the price didn’t do much after that. The low and high ticks were recorded by the CME Group as $15.68 and $16.445 in the May contract. Silver finished the Monday session at $16.40 spot, up 64.5 cents cents from Friday’s close.  Net volume was well in excess of 100,000 contracts, but it all netted out to only 28,000 contracts, so it didn’t appear that there was much interference in the silver rallies—and had all the hallmarks of short covering. Platinum chopped around unchanged until it hit its spike low shortly before 11 a.m. in Zurich.  Then it rallied a bit into the London p.m. gold fix—and away it went to the upside as well.  The high came at 1 p.m. EDT in New York—and from there it got sold off a bit into the close.  Platinum finished the day at $1,146 spot, up 23 dollars from Friday. The dollar index closed late on Friday afternoon in New York at 96.90—and rallied unsteadily in Far East and morning trading in London, hitting its 97.27 high tick shortly before the COMEX open in New York.  From there it got sold down to its 96.48 low tick about 12:45 p.m. EDT.  The index rallied back to 96.80 by 2 p.m.—and then chopped sideways in a tight range into the close.  The index finished the day at 96.86—down only 4 basis points from Friday. Once again the price activity in the currencies—and in the precious metal market—weren’t even close to being related. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in October 2012 and using 0.3 g/t cutoff  the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation which was updated in March 2013. Indicated resources are 3.41 million tonnes averaging 1.48 g/t Au for 162,000 ounces, and Inferred resources are 53.25 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t Au for 1,799,000 ounces of gold utilizing a cutoff value of 0.5 grams/tonne (g/t) as a possible open pit cutoff. Please send us an email for more information, ir@freegoldventures.com I was out with my camera again on Sunday.  It’s spring, but this far north in continental North America, it arrives slowly.  A lot of the waterfowl and a few other species of birds have returned from the south, but the rest are weeks away from showing up. The first photo is of a jackrabbit—and it’s not quite in focus as the auto focus couldn’t keep up with him.  They’re very common around here—and this one looks a little shaggy, as it’s in the final throes of losing its inner and outer winter coat.  This is not your cute little bunny, this is a big animal—and there are only a few dogs it can’t outrun. The silver equities turned in a better performance—and their highs came about the same time as gold’s, but they didn’t sell off as much after that, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 4.18 percent.center_img Here’s your typical drake mallard in its breeding plumage.  I was using a 1.4x teleconverter with my 400mm telephoto lens when I took this shot, so the image quality is not quite what it could be.  The photo below it is of a drake mallard as well, as it flew overhead.  It’s a view very few get to see for any length of time—but at 1/3,200 of a second, the wing action gets stopped cold—and you can view the wing pattern at your leisure. The gold stocks gapped up a bit at the open—and barely reacted to the big jump in price at the London p.m. fix.  However they did continue to rally steadily from there, hitting their zenith minutes before 1 p.m. EDT, which was gold’s high tick on the day.  From there they slid lower for the remainder of the Monday trading session, giving back over half their gains, as the HUI only closed up 1.90 percent.  I was underwhelmed. Here’s the 5-minute tick gold chart courtesy of Brad Robertson.  All the volume that mattered on Monday came between the London pm. gold fix and the COMEX close, which was 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. EDT—08:00 till 11:30 on this chart, which is scaled for Denver time.  Add two hours for EDT—and don’t forget the ‘click to enlarge’ feature. Palladium rallied as well, but on a slightly different time schedule from the other three precious metals.  The low came about the same time as platinum, but the high came shortly after it’s rally at the London p.m. gold fix.  From there, like platinum, it got sold down into the the close of electronic trading.  Palladium only finished up 8 bucks on the day. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is fifteen minutes away.  All four precious metals got sold down a bit during the first couple of hours of Far East trading on their Tuesday morning—and have all traded pretty much ruler flat since then.  Gold is hanging onto the $1,200 spot mark by its proverbial fingernails at the moment. Gold volume is a bit over 16,500 contracts, with virtually all of it in the current front month, which is June, so it’s all of the HFT variety.  Silver volume is very decent, but once you remove the roll-overs, net volume is barely moving the needle at 1,500 contracts.  It’s like yesterday’s price action never happened. The dollar index has been chopping sideways as well—and is currently down 8 basis points. Today is the final day for the big traders to be out of the May futures contract in silver, so I expect Tuesday’s volume to be pretty chunky as well, with a tiny net volume.  Of course that may all go out the window if we have another price surprise in COMEX trading this morning, but I don’t ever remember big price moments on this particular day of the trading month—but after yesterday, I guess one shouldn’t rule it out entirely.  But if I had to bet money, it would be on the former scenario. Today, at the close of COMEX trading, is also the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report—and it will be interesting to see if all of the reporting week’s price/volume action makes it into that report, particularly Monday’s action.  We’ll see. And as I send today’s column off to Stowe, Vermont at 5:15 a.m. EDT, I see that all four precious metals are still down a hair from Monday’s close—and with the exception of palladium, all are trading absolutely flat.  Gold’s net volume is way up there at 27,000 contracts, with 99 percent of that in current front month. As expected, there’s still heavy roll-over volume in silver, but net volume is still extremely light at barely over 2,100 contracts—and the dollar index is virtually unchanged from two and half hours ago, down 5 basis points. I haven’t the foggiest notion as to how the precious metals will trade for the remainder of the Tuesday session, but I will be surprised if we do see a lot of price action either today or tomorrow, as the May silver contract goes off the board. That’s all I have for today—and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more

With sensors that can collect data on body movemen

first_imgWith sensors that can collect data on body movements, heart rate, blood pressure and other metrics, the list of health trackers that go beyond activity trackers like Fitbits gets longer each year.”There’s definitely an explosion of these things,” says Dr. Joseph Kvedar, the vice president for connected health at Partners HealthCare in Boston, and an associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.Some of these devices will lead to a better health care system, Kvedar predicts, with cheaper, more efficient care. But that will take separating useful devices and data from superfluous ones — no easy task. And not everyone believes the changes that personal health trackers are bringing will be good. The clinical accuracy and privacy of many devices remain unproved.”In a practical sense the implementation of this is still quite problematic,” says Lukasz Piwek, a data scientist at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.Still, that recent developments have made personal health tracking more powerful is undeniable, even to skeptics.”The accuracy is getting better, Piwek says. “Maybe two or three years ago it was more a problematic issue.” The machine learning algorithms are getting better at picking out complex patterns from the noise, he says.One such algorithm, according to Piwek, may be the Sleep Number’s “smart bed” technology. There are sensors embedded throughout the mattress.”The sensors detect any motion of your body,” says Pete Bils, Sleep Number’s vice president of science and research. “When your heart beats, your body actually presses on the mattress and we pick that up,” he says. “When you breathe, your chest moves and we pick that up.”The bed sends these and other data to a Sleep Number computer, Bils explains, where an algorithm crunches the numbers and sends you a smartphone alert on “how well” you slept.Does that have a bearing on your health? Maybe. Fed by user inputs from consumers who already own a bed, that algorithm has been getting smarter.”We collect 4 million biometric data points each night from hundreds of thousands of sleepers,” Bils says. The algorithm combines that information with research from the company’s sleep labs.”There are signatures that change in your sleep that are indicative of something bigger,” Bils says. “We are starting to identify what those changes represent — whether it’s a heart issue or a breathing issue or a sleep disorder.”The bed is still a ways off from telling if you have a disorder like sleep apnea with any confidence. In some cases, restless sleep and a higher heart rate might be the consequence of a night of heavy drinking, for example.Sleep Number’s algorithm “seems like a work in progress,” Piwek says. “Based on available research, it’s difficult to create sophisticated machine learning predictions like sleep apnea or heart rate conditions.”But a lot of companies are working on that, he says and “it’s probably just a matter of time,” before they find good solutions.As for Sleep Number, Bils says the company isn’t aiming to actually diagnose anything. You’d still want to ask your doctor to do a more thorough examination, he says. But the hope is that sleepers on a smart bed who have been alerted could help their doctor catch health issues before they fully develop — or at least catch such conditions earlier.Other firms are already converting more traditional health instruments — like blood pressure cuffs, weight scales and heart monitors — into consumer electronics. Many of these were created for people who are simply interested in personal metrics, but such devices are finding their way into programs designed to support patients who have chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or dementia.Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, which is managed by Partners HealthCare, tried one such monitoring program for patients with heart failure. The patients each got an Internet-connected weight scale and blood pressure cuff that streamed data to the medical team.”A clinician touches base with the patient if there’s a reading that’s out of parameter, and can intervene before they get sicker,” says Kvedar, who has studied the program. Already, he says, this sort of tracking has helped lower hospital readmission rates, costs and mortality for these patients, at least in the first few months of use.The real dream for evangelists of personal health monitoring is an expansion of these kinds of programs to people who aren’t sick. Kvedar envisions “a world where everything is measured, everything is proactive and preventative, and we react to it before you get sick.”With a network of smart devices collecting information on sleep, exercise, heart activity, weight and more, a clinical team equipped with powerful AI might be empowered to make more medical decisions remotely, he says, with fewer office visits.”It moves care away from the hospital and the [doctor’s] office,” he says, “and makes it a continuous function in your life.”That vision bespeaks a technological utopia of sorts, but University of Bath’s Piwek has a less rosy view. Problems still abound, he says, even in getting patients to commit to using these things.”People drop using them after a few months because they don’t find sufficient value in the devices,” Piwek says. After all, if you’re healthy and not any particular risk for a disease, monitoring yourself may not feel worth the extra effort.Many doctors, too, remain skeptical as to whether the data coming in from consumer devices are even useful, Kvedar says.”There’s a fear of data overload [among physicians] that is realistic,” he says. “And some health care providers may be skeptical that an Internet-linked blood pressure cuff is as reliable as one they’ve been using for years.”The concerns over reliability loom especially large when it comes to consumer health electronics, Piwek agrees. Many consumer devices can give information that’s reliably accurate enough to meet clinical standards, he says, but others may not.Unlike with medical devices regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, there’s no approval process requiring the makers of consumer electronics that are designed for “personal tracking” to meet a medical-grade quality standard.”Trials have been done [on consumer electronics, such as heart monitors] with varying results,” Piwek says. “Sometimes the wearables are off, and sometimes they are very close. But clinicians can’t get the wrong information from this device if they are going to use it for diagnosis or prescriptions.”How all this personal data will be distributed and protected is another cause for apprehension, Piwek says. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, provides protection for data collected through FDA-approved medical devices and medical professionals. But it doesn’t say anything about safeguarding information from consumer health trackers.Without privacy and security provisions for data collected through consumer electronics, the door is open for companies to trade your data, Piwek says.”Even anonymized, data can be cross-referenced with other information,” which can reveal your identity, he says. “[It’s] dangerous in terms of insurance or invasive profiling of your patterns, activities and health.”In principle, he says, access to these data could enable insurers to infer something about you — such as that you have a pre-existing condition.How reliability, security and privacy will be handled with these devices are questions that need solving fast, Piwek says. Personal health electronics are quickly becoming staples of our environment. He thinks there will come a day when these devices are integrated into everyone’s health care.”That is the future we have to face,” Piwek says. “And that’s where government practices are so important.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

At sixfootthree Patrick Mulvaney is a commandin

first_imgAt six-foot-three, Patrick Mulvaney is a commanding force in his busy kitchen at B&L in the Midtown neighborhood of Sacramento. As staff prepare for a large dinner crowd, the chef strides through the restaurant’s narrow back hallways, where the scent of roasted chicken wafts over dishwasher steam and clanking cookware. His gravelly speech is peppered with curse words, and he’s quick to make adjustments to a tray of hors d’oeuvres or a specialty cocktail.But even when it’s busy, he says the servers, cooks and bartenders treat each other like family. And as “captain of the pirate ship,” as he calls himself, he says it’s his job to make sure they’re staying afloat in the chaos.The chef has made a name for himself on the local and national culinary scenes, both for his widely praised farm-to-fork menus and for his leadership on causes such as homelessness and domestic violence. Now, he’s channeling some of his energy into suicide prevention.Mulvaney lost a longtime friend, 41-year-old local chef Noah Zonca, in May. Zonca’s son, Evani Zonca, said his father suffered from depression and addiction before his drowning death.A month later, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain took his own life. Mulvaney felt compelled to act.”This is a place for me to help my people,” he says. “We are storytellers at the end of the day. And one of our stories is going to be about mental health.”Mulvaney says hot tempers in fast-paced kitchens and rampant drug use during and after business hours are often seen as the norm in an industry of “stress junkies.””You have to be [messed] up to work in restaurants,” he says. “There’s an acceptance that we’re an industry that takes misfits.”That mentality deters some people from asking for help, even when they have a serious problem.A 2016 survey of more than 2,000 restaurant workers by a national nonprofit called Chefs with Issues found that 73 percent reported suffering from multiple mental health conditions. A 2015 study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that food service employees had the highest rates of illicit drug use compared to 18 other occupations.So, Mulvaney is working with Kaiser Permanente, WellSpace Health, and the Steinberg Institute to roll out resources for struggling bartenders, servers and chefs.Earlier this year, he hosted a series of mental health first aid trainings to help restaurant workers learn the warning signs for suicide. He’s hoping to create an online portal where they can take an assessment and find treatment.There are chefs working on suicide prevention all over the country, and if Mulvaney’s model gains traction, it could spread well beyond Sacramento.Katherine Miller, vice president of impact for the James Beard Foundation, has written about some of the pervasive issues in the restaurant industry — long hours in a busy environment, casual drug use, and the idea that stress is just part of the job.She said what Mulvaney is doing on the mental health front could save lives.”For a long time, it’s just not been something you talked about in this world,” she says of mental health. “Looking at a leader like Patrick, and having him stand up for this issue over all the other issues he could be using his voice for, means a lot. It shows young chefs in his own kitchens that it’s OK to talk about the issue, it shows his peers that it’s OK to talk.”Former restaurant critic Kevin Finch became concerned about the struggle of kitchen workers in Washington state more than a decade ago. He learned that employees with mental health or addiction issues were afraid to talk to their bosses. So he set up Big Table, an informal support network operating in three west coast cities.He says he wants people seeking help to “encounter another relationship rather than encounter a system.””So our first step is a cup of coffee, to sit down with you and figure out what’s going on,” he says. “We see lives changed on a daily basis, and we are working on systems that allow anyone, not just someone who’s a mental health professional or a social services agency, to find ways to engage.”In Sacramento, many restaurant workers are still grieving Zonca, and other chefs and bartenders who’ve taken their own lives over the years.Bartender Laura Bruce lost a close friend to suicide, and still struggles to talk about his death.”He was always like my big brother,” she says. “If something bad happened, he’d show up like, ‘All right, who am I fighting?’ He always took care of me.”She said his death has made kitchen staff think more deeply about their co-workers’ mental well-being.”There is this feeling you have to keep it all together, and if you can’t keep it together, there is something wrong with you,” she says. “People are becoming more comfortable asking for help when they need it. Whereas before they might wash it down, people are realizing now that mental health is important and it’s OK to be more vulnerable.”Mulvaney hopes to see this shift continue. He wants every kitchen in Sacramento to have at least one person trained to look for signs of suicide, and to be able to approach struggling co-workers.”What I want is someone to help us figure out how to have these conversations in a productive manner that increases mental health and reduces the stigma, so we talk about it more,” he says. “I want it to get better, for everybody. And I maybe want it to get better for myself, too.”Find HelpIf you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255Ben’s Friends is a food and beverage industry support group based in Georgia and North Carolina. It offers hope, fellowship and a path forward to professionals who struggle with substance abuse and addiction.Big Table, an organization in Washington State, and the Giving Kitchen, in Atlanta, help chefs and culinary professionals access community and emergency resources.Visit wellspacehealth.org or call their crisis chat line at 916-368-3111.This resource list comes from the James Beard Foundation and chef Patrick Mulvaney. More chef-specific resources are available at chefswithissues.com.Becky Grunewald contributed to this story. Copyright 2019 Capital Public Radio. To see more, visit Capital Public Radio.last_img read more

Olympic video and VR Guide to watching without a TV

This 2018 image provided by Comcast Corp. shows Xfinity Stream mobile app with Olympics coverage for Comcast customers. NBC owner Comcast will include online coverage on its TV set-top boxes and TV coverage on its mobile apps to offer viewers one-stop shop to the Olympics. Comcast and other cable providers will also offer the opening ceremony and other events in sharper, “4K” resolution, though with a day’s delay. (Comcast Corp. via AP) Every Olympic event will be streamed live. But to watch online, you’ll still need to be a paying cable or satellite subscriber. As with past Olympics, NBC is requiring proof of a subscription. If you’ve already given up on traditional cable or satellite TV, you can sign up for an online TV service such as PlayStation Vue or YouTube TV. Otherwise, your video will cut out after a half-hour grace period.The subscription requirement also applies to coverage on virtual-reality headsets.More than 1,800 hours of online coverage begins Wednesday evening in the U.S. with preliminary curling matches. Friday’s opening ceremony will be shown live online starting at 6 a.m. ET, and on NBC’s prime-time broadcast on a delayed basis at 8 p.m. NBC also plans live streaming of the closing ceremony on Feb. 25.Here’s a guide to watching the Olympics online.___TRADITIONAL COVERAGENBC’s over-the-air network will cover popular sports such as figure skating and skiing, some of it live. For those who can’t get to a TV, NBC will stream the broadcast at NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. But there you’ll need your paid-TV credentials to sign in—even though you can watch the network over the air for free. The sports network NBCSN will be the main overflow channel, carrying events such as biathlon, bobsled and luge. Coverage on CNBC and USA Network will be limited to curling and ice hockey. The Olympic Channel will have medal ceremonies, news and highlights, but not event coverage. All four of these cable channels will also be streamed online.Much of the online coverage will come from the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Broadcasting Services. That means the spotlight will be on all athletes, not just Americans. In addition to live events, you can get streams of some training and practice runs. NBC also plans digital-only shows, including a daily two-hour wrap-up starting at noon ET (2 a.m. the next morning in Pyeongchang).Some cable companies plan special features. NBC owner Comcast will include online coverage on its TV set-top boxes and TV coverage on its mobile apps to offer viewers one-stop access to the Olympics. Comcast and other cable providers will also offer the opening ceremony and other events in sharper “4K” resolution, though with a day’s delay. — PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and FuboTV are all $45 for comparable packages. But you can bring Sling TV’s bill down to $30 for just the two main Olympic channels and DVR. PlayStation is $40 without the Olympic Channel.Free trials are available, and you can cancel after the Olympics. Most services let you enter your ZIP code to check whether the NBC station is available. Streaming might be restricted where the station isn’t available.___BEYOND VIDEOThe NBC Sports app and the NBCOlympics website offer highlights, interviews and features on athletes without needing a subscription. You’ll also have full access to scores, schedules and guides to understanding obscure events.Samsung, an Olympic sponsor, developed the official Apple and Android app for the games, called PyeongChang 2018. It has schedules, news and 3-D and drone views of the venues.The games’ official website, pyeongchang2018.com, also has live video of the Olympic torch relay.Traditional media organizations will also cover the event, even though extensive video from the official venues are restricted to the rights-holding broadcasters. The Associated Press, for instance, has a Winter Games hub with traditional text, photo and video coverage alongside graphics breaking down complicated moves in figure skating and snowboarding and daily illustrations from sketch artist Dan Archer. The AP will also have 360-degree video and drone views of the venues. 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. In this Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, file photo, athletes from Japan practice at the Gangneung Oval during a speed skating training session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. As with past Olympics, NBC is requiring proof of a TV subscription to watch. More than 1,800 hours of online coverage begins Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the U.S. with preliminary curling matches. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File) Explore further This 2018 image provided by Comcast Corp. shows the Olympics interface on an X1 TV set-top box for Comcast customers. NBC owner Comcast will include online coverage on its TV set-top boxes and TV coverage on its mobile apps to offer viewers one-stop shop to the Olympics. Comcast and other cable providers will also offer the opening ceremony and other events in sharper, “4K” resolution, though with a day’s delay. (Comcast Corp. via AP) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This 2018 image provided by Comcast Corp. shows the Olympics interface on an X1 TV set-top box for Comcast customers. NBC owner Comcast will include online coverage on its TV set-top boxes and TV coverage on its mobile apps to offer viewers one-stop shop to the Olympics. Comcast and other cable providers will also offer the opening ceremony and other events in sharper, “4K” resolution, though with a day’s delay. (Comcast Corp. via AP) Olympic video and VR: Guide to watching without a TV ___VIRTUAL REALITYIntel is working with the Olympic Broadcasting Services to produce virtual-reality coverage of 30 events. Eighteen events, or 55 hours, will be live.During the Rio Olympics in 2016, VR coverage typically wasn’t live and required Samsung’s Gear VR headsets with a Samsung phone. This time, VR is available on Google Daydream and Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets as well. Those without a headset can still watch on web browsers or Apple and Android mobile devices. In the U.S., you’ll need the NBC Sports VR app.VR isn’t meant to replace television. While Intel’s VR productions of baseball and other sports had their own announcers, the Olympic coverage will rely on regular television coverage embedded in the VR experience. And most of the VR video will be in 180 degrees—you’ll see the action in front of you and a little bit to the sides, but not what’s behind you. Videos in 360 degrees will be limited to non-competition features such as a demo run down the bobsled. Citation: Olympic video and VR: Guide to watching without a TV (2018, February 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-olympic-video-vr-tv.html But VR will offer more leaderboards and stats than television, along with the ability to choose camera positions. For downhill skiing, for instance, you might prefer watching from a particular location on the mountain, the way a spectator would, rather than have the camera shift the skier goes down. For figure skating, one camera will be near the judges so you can get their vantage point. There will be no cameras on the rink or on any athletes, however.___IF YOU LACK CABLE OR SATELLITE TVFor the most part, access to an online TV service—one that streams many of the channels you’d get from a cable subscription—will also let you use the NBC apps for streaming and VR.Google’s YouTube TV has the lowest price for all five Olympic TV channels, at $35 a month. Google says the service is available in more than 80 U.S. markets, covering more than 80 percent of households, though the NBC station isn’t available everywhere.In excluded markets, you could check out a rival. What works best will depend on your needs:— DirecTV Now also has a $35-a-month offering. But the Olympic Channel is part of a higher tier, at $60 a month, and DirecTV Now generally won’t let you record programs for viewing later (a DVR feature is still being tested among some subscribers).— Hulu with Live TV is $40 a month for all five channels and DVR. read more

Safe lowcost modular selfprogramming robots

first_img Robot traps ball without coding 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. Scientist Christina Miller working on the modular robot-arm. Credit: A. Heddergott/TUM Explore further Citation: Safe, low-cost, modular, self-programming robots (2019, June 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-safe-low-cost-modular-self-programming-robots.html Many work processes would be almost unthinkable today without robots. But robots operating in manufacturing facilities have often posed risks to workers because they are not responsive enough to their surroundings. To make it easier for people and robots to work in close proximity in the future, Prof. Matthias Althoff of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a new system: IMPROV.center_img Provided by Technical University Munich Journal information: Science Robotics When companies use robots to produce goods, they generally have to position their automatic helpers in safety cages to reduce the risk of injury to people working nearby. A new system could soon free the robots from their cages and thus transform standard practices in the world of automation: Prof. Matthias Althoff has developed a toolbox principle for the simple assembly of safe robots using various components. The modules can be combined in almost any way desired, enabling companies to customize their robots for a wide range of tasks—or simply replace damaged components. Prof. Althoff’s system is presented in a paper in the June 2019 issue of Science Robotics.Built-in chip enables the robot to program itselfRobots that can be configured individually using a set of components have been seen before. However, each new model required expert programming before going into operation. Prof. Althoff has equipped each module in his IMPROV robot toolbox with a chip that enables every modular robot to program itself on the basis of its own individual toolkit.Keeping an eye on the people working nearby”Our modular design will soon make it more cost-effective to build working robots. But the toolbox principle offers an even bigger advantage: With IMPROV, we can develop safe robots that react to and avoid contact with people in their surroundings,” says Althoff. With the chip installed in each module and the self-programming functionality, the robot is automatically aware of all data on the forces acting within it as well as its own geometry. That enables the robot to predict its own path of movement.At the same time, the robot’s control center uses input from cameras installed in the room to collect data on the movements of people working nearby. Using this information, a robot programmed with IMPROV can model the potential next moves of all of the nearby workers. As a result, it can stop before coming into contact with a hand, for example—or with other approaching objects. “With IMPROV we can guarantee that the controls will function correctly. Because the robots are automatically programmed for all possible movements nearby, no human will be able to instruct them to do anything wrong,” says Althoff.IMPROV shortens cycle timesFor their toolbox set, the scientists used standard industrial modules for some parts, complemented by the necessary chips and new components from the 3-D printer. In a user study, Althoff and his team showed that IMPROV not only makes working robots cheaper and safer—it also speeds them up: They take 36% less time to complete their tasks than previous solutions that require a permanent safety zone around a robot. More information: M. Althoff et al, Effortless creation of safe robots from modules through self-programming and self-verification, Science Robotics (2019). DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aaw1924last_img read more

Unmanned aerial vehicles

first_img Explore further Yan Wan, associate professor of electrical engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, is working to solve this challenge by designing control and communication systems cohesively. Her research, recently published in IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, is part of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program, or CAREER, grant she received in 2015.Wan investigated networking solutions that work best for multiple UAVs trying to accomplish a single goal with limited physical resource constraints. While current control algorithms assume that communication between vehicles is present, that is not always the case because communication demands aren’t taken into consideration when designing the controls, she said.”An important factor in successfully designing remote networked control systems is the amount of throughput being routed through the communications side,” Wan said. “A design that requires high throughput, if not met in an imperfect communication environment, can lead to the loss of control signals and failure of control tasks.”We found that layered structures, in which multiple groups of UAVS communicate with one another through group leaders, are very promising to control networked UAVs,” she continued. “We proved that such structures can significantly reduce communication throughput while still allowing efficient completion of distributed control tasks.”Wan’s research, while still in the theoretical stages, could have an impact on the design of future unmanned vehicle networks—even, potentially, truly autonomous UAVs that work without human controllers. Understanding how to build networks that consider both control and communication needs would increase efficiency, reduce throughput requirements and improve network management capabilities.Wan also is the team lead on a $998,803 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a networked airborne computing platform for multiple unmanned aerial systems. When completed, the platform will be available for researchers and enable the use of networked UAVs for civilian applications such as intelligent transportation, emergency response, infrastructure monitoring and agriculture.The research is an example of UTA’s work in data-driven discovery, one of the themes of the University’s Strategic Plan 2020, said Jonathan Bredow, chair of the Electrical Engineering Department.”Unmanned aerial vehicles have many potential applications,” he said. “The more we can increase efficiency and safety through better control, the more flexibility we will have in their use. Dr. Wan’s research will help make this possible in the very near future.” More information: Yan Wan et al. On the Structural Perspective of Computational Effectiveness for Quantized Consensus in Layered UAV Networks, IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems (2018). DOI: 10.1109/TCNS.2018.2813926 Provided by University of Texas at Arlington Yan Wan, UTA associate professor of electrical engineering. Credit: University of Texas at Arlington New energy-efficient algorithm keeps UAV swarms helping longer Unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are increasingly used for tasks that are too difficult or dangerous for people to complete. But better control and communication among groups of similarly tasked UAVs is still needed, experts say. Citation: Unmanned aerial vehicles (2019, July 2) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-unmanned-aerial-vehicles.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more