Sir Richard Branson To Speak At CITY Gala Fundraiser

first_imgOn Monday, February 15, 2016, Community Inspiring Today’s Youth (CITY) — a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports and mentors underserved teens and young adults in developing their own small businesses in Los Angeles — hosts its second CITY Gala Fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, immediately following The 58th Annual GRAMMYs.Keynote speaker is entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson (founder, Virgin Group), who was knighted for his “services to entrepreneurship.” Emcee for the night is Jeff Timmons of the Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees. The event is an exclusive, invitation-only black tie fundraiser featuring an open bar, open buffet, honor ceremonies, live musical entertainment, a charitable poker tournament, tours of the Playboy Mansion grounds, celebrity meet and greets, as well as a live and silent auction. Sponsors include JetSmarter and AirVuz.Sir Richard Branson says, “It is my privilege to speak at CITY GALA 2016 in support of these at-risk young adults that are starting on a similar challenging entrepreneurial path as I did at their age. To see that they are successfully harnessing their potential through CITY’s 46-week micro entrepreneurship program and how they are launching their own start-up businesses, that is a true testament to the brightness that is emerging from this next generation.”CITY founder and executive director Chandra Stovall says, “We are beyond honored that Sir Richard Branson is helping us bring awareness to these young budding entrepreneurs and CITY’s business development programs. As one of the worlds most renowned and innovative business leaders, he is the perfect fit to inspire at-risk and underserved youth to take a more directed path in life.”Funds raised at the charity gala will support CITY and its non-profit programs for LA youth, as well From the Heart Productions, Fire Life Foundation, The Scheer Foundation and Supporting Our Servicemen (SOS).The first CITY Gala took place on Oscars night in 2014, featuring keynote speaker James Cameron and special guests Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Halle Berry, Tyrese Gibson, Gene Simmons and Paris Hilton, as well as live musical entertainment provided by Ne-Yo. The event raised over $350,000 for charitable causes.For more details and event admission information, click here or email info@citygala.org.last_img read more

Barrick Gold takes writedown on Peruvian mine beats expected adjusted earnings

first_imgTORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. has reported a net loss of US$412 million for the third quarter, well below the US$99 million in net income expected by analysts, after taking a US$405 million impairment charge at a Peruvian mine.The Toronto-based company took the writedown at Lagunas Norte after results from a study on a type of ore treatment led it to shelving the treatment option.Adjusted net earnings for the quarter ending Sept. 30, however, amounted to US$89 million or eight cents per share, above the US$62.7 million or five cents per share expected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company reported a net loss of US$11 million for the third quarter last year, and an adjusted net income of US$200 million.Third quarter revenue totalled US$1.84 billion, in line with analyst expectations, but down from the US$2 billion it pulled in for the same quarter last year.In September, the company announced a proposed C$7.9-billion takeover of Randgold Resources that would firmly return its status as the world’s largest gold mining company.Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)last_img read more

Ohio State mens volleyball caps historic season with teams second national title

National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen (9) hits a ball at the net during a match against George Mason on Jan. 15.Credit: Courtesy of OSUHead coach Pete Hanson all too well remembers watching Loyola University of Chicago finish off the final point of the 2015 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Conference semi-final effectively ending Ohio State’s 2014-15 season with a record of 22-9 (12-5). Watching Loyola win their second-consecutive championship last season only ignited a fire in the Buckeyes who returned the majority of their key contributors in 2015-16.Then-No. 9 OSU finally faced then-No. 5 Loyola (Ill.) on Feb. 12 in its first match versus the Ramblers since the MIVA semifinals. On the east side of Chicago, Hanson and the determined Buckeyes quickly dispatched the Ramblers on their home court in a three-set victory. From then on, OSU rattled off 23 straight victories culminating in a final triumph on Saturday night. The Buckeyes continually added match upon match to the win column only going five sets four times for the rest of the season. Finishing with a three-set victory over the No. 1 BYU Cougars in Rec Hall on the ground of Pennsylvania State University, the Buckeyes ended the 2015-16 campaign with an exclamation mark and another NCAA championship, the second in six years.It was the same consistent play on Saturday night in the national championship match that has carried Hanson’s squad all season. Junior opposite hitter Miles Johnson tallied 15 kills, redshirt junior Driss Guessous added 10 kills and National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen had 10 thunderous kills to aid in the quick defeat of the Cougars.Perhaps the most surprising performance came from redshirt freshman Blake Leeson, who had a career high 11 kills on the night. The 6-foot-7 middle blocker was dominant in the middle for OSU, getting early touches on balls to give his team another chance to get the ball onto the powerful hand of Szerszen. But on the final point, Leeson took advantage of a high set from junior setter Christy Blough and sealed the Buckeyes destiny as national champions.Each match during the win streak has seen one or more Buckeyes answering the call to push them over the top. In the MIVA championship game that went five sets, senior outside hitter Peter Edwards stroked seven straight points from the service stripe closing out the team’s first NCAA tournament berth since its last national title in 2011.Coming into the tournament ranked at No. 2 in the country, OSU was given the task of playing a play-in game to earn the right to clash with UCLA in the final four. Some felt the Buckeyes were snubbed not earning an automatic bid to the final four, but Hanson focused his team to a resounding victory over George Mason.OSU pummeled GMU in three sets (25-22, 25-19, 25-22) in January, but the Buckeyes fell behind after one set in the quarterfinal. The nine service errors in the first set were completely uncharacteristic of the steady Buckeyes. Following the final point in the first set, OSU came out firing and didn’t seem bothered with dropping the first set. Szerszen led OSU with 20 kills and 16 digs in the match, propelling the Buckeyes to their 21st consecutive win.In the national semifinal versus UCLA, it was same story, different match for OSU and the National Player of the Year. Szerszen was limited to 15 kills on the night as the Bruins defense keyed in on the 6-foot-4 outside hitter. Johnson was monumental on the attack for the Buckeyes, collecting 20 kills in the match to pick up the slack when Szerszen couldn’t produce. But at 17-16 in extra points in the final set, OSU’s best player was separated from blockers toeing the service stripe and ripped home a berth to the national championship.Ranked No. 1 in the country with a record of 27-4, the BYU Cougars proved no match for the highly touted Buckeyes, who were simply unstoppable for more than half of the season. OSU capped off an extra-points victory in set one, winning 32-30 in dramatic fashion. That was all the drama Rec Hall saw that night. Hanson and his nearly invincible team finished off the Cougars 25-23 and 25-17.OSU started the ‘15-’16 campaign at 1-2 after dropping a four-set match against then-No. 5 UCLA. In his 32nd season as OSU’s leader on the sideline, the tenured Hanson turned his team around to an aggressive, attacking team that prided itself on dominant victories. From then on, the Buckeyes dropped just one five-set match versus then-No.14 Ball State, which ended up being the team’s only conference loss.Perhaps the biggest turnover of the season was evident away from Columbus. Last season, seven of OSU’s nine losses came on the road. This season, OSU was undefeated at 11-0 away from St. John Arena and only went the distance in one match at then-No. 6 Penn State.Hanson was named NCAA Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career, and he proudly lifted the championship trophy for the second time in his career. And like in 2011, cheers from the OSU fan base and his triumphant team filled Rec Hall to end a season to remember. read more

Liverpool keeper referred to US doctors for concussion tests by club

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has been referred to medical experts in Boston after the 24-year-old German visited Massachusetts General Hospital and was diagnosed with concussion five days after the Champions League final.Karius made terrible mistakes during the first and third goals that gave Madrid a 3-1 win at Kiev. Karius clashed with Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, although in a statement released with the player’s permission yesterday, doctors did not tell whether or not that incident caused the goalkeeper concussion. However, Dr Ross Zafonte said it was “possible” the injury “would affect performance”.Zafonte, who is a leading expert in head injuries in the NFL, said Karius’ assessment involved reviewing “game film”, a “physical examination” and “objective metrics”, according to BBC.He continued that it was “likely” that “visual-spatial dysfunction” which hampers a person’s ability to process visual information about where objects are in space,  would have occurred immediately after the event that caused the concussion.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Dr Willie Stewart, a consultant neuropathologist at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, said a delay in the concussion diagnosis is “not surprising”.“How did he get concussed and we didn’t know?“The obvious signs of concussion can take hours and days to develop, so it’s not surprising that it might be picked up after the match.”last_img read more

Bielsa denies contact with City Spurs

first_imgLeeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has denied making any contact with Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur as regards to signing some of their players on loan.The new Leeds boss hasn’t spoken to any of the two club’s managers about any form of loan deals.Bielsa enjoys a very good relationship with both Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, with the latter playing under him during his stint as the manager of Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys.“I don’t think it would have been a good thing to do to use a personal relationship of respect and love you have for both of them for a professional reason. You don’t have to manipulate the professional decisions.” Bielsa said, according to Yorkshire Post.Meanwhile, Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls Aston Villa are planning to sign two Newcastle United players on loan before the loan window closes on August 31.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.The Villans want Isaac Hayden and Ciaran Clark to join them on loan for the entire duration of the 2018-19 season.Hayden has been linked with a move away from St. James Park all summer but a permanent moved failed to materialize before the close of the Premier League transfer window last week.Stoke City are also believed to be interested in signing the former Arsenal midfielder on loan.Aston Villa want former centre-back Ciaran Clark to join the club on loan. Clark left Villa Park in 2016 to sign for Newcastle on a permanent basis.last_img read more

Semifinals are ready for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup

first_imgFour teams will battle to get two tickets to the tournament final, as they want to show they are the best nation in the confederation.After eight teams battled it out in the Quarterfinals, the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals are ready to be played now.Iran won the right to attend the Semifinal when they defeated China 3-0 on January 24.Meanwhile, Japan was able to beat surprising Vietnam the same day.On January 25, South Korea lost 1-0 against Qatar, while hosts the United Arab Emirates (UAE) defeated current champions Australia.The stage is set now for the Semifinals, which will start playing on January 28th at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium when Iran takes on Japan.ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: Abdelkarim Hassan of Qatar celebrates with a teammate following their sides victory during the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 1, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher Manuel R. Medina – February 3, 2019 The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don’t want it to end there.Iran trashed Yemen 5-0 in Group D and then defeated Vietnam 2-0, only to draw against Iraq 0-0. The Persians then beat Oman 2-0 and China 3-0. They are the only team left who hasn’t allowed any goals against.Meanwhile, Japan has won all its five matches, beating Turkmenistan 3-2, Oman 1-0, and Uzbekistan 2-1. The Samurai Blue then defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 and Vietnam 1-0 in the elimination rounds.The other Semifinal will be played between Qatar and the hosts UAE on January 29th at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.Qatar is the only other country which has won all its matches so far in the tournament. The 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts defeated Lebanon 2-0, trashed North Korea 6-0 and then beat Saudi Arabia 2-0. The Qatari then won 1-0 against Iraq and 1-0 against South Korea to be in the Semifinals.And of all four nations qualified to this stage, the United Arab Emirates have had the worst time at the tournament. The UAE drew 1-1 against Bahrain, then defeated India 2-0, only to draw again against Thailand. In the Round of 16, the locals had to go to overtime to beat Kyrgyzstan 3-2 but then defeated current champions Australia 1-0 in the Quarterfinals.The Final will be played on February 1st, at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, where the AFC will meet its new champion after Australia was defeated in the Quarterfinals.last_img read more

Former RDA CEOs Severance Package Set at 500000

first_imgEarlier this week, it was reported that former Reader Digest Association’s CEO Tom Williams was awarded $500,000 in a severance package. Williams was promoted to the position after former CEO and president Mary Berner exited the company in April.Williams, who acted as CFO with RDA from November 2008 until his bump to CEO in 2011, agreed to a severance package of $1.2 million during the RDA financial reorganization that transpired in August 2009. According to reports, Williams will receive less than half of the originally agreed upon sum in his departure from the company. This mirrors Berner’s pay, as RDA reportedly paid Berner $1 million in her April severance package. At the time of the 2009 reorganization, Berner agreed to a severance package of $2.2 million if she wasn’t offered her job back after the company emerged from bankruptcy protection. Stepping into the rotating CEO slot is Robert Guth, who joined the RDA Board of directors in the same month Berner exited the company; he was named Williams’ replacement in recent weeks. Guth is a former CEO of telecommunications company TelCove.RDA saw a rough second quarter, with RDA Holding Corp. reporting a 6.2 percent drop in revenue to $409.4 million in its financial statements. Every Day With Rachael Ray, once considered a performance leader in RDA’s print portfolio, experienced a 16.8 percent ad page drop in first half 2011, according to FOLIO: sister site, minonline. However, sister title Reader’s Digest saw a spike in ad pages from January to June 2011, up 4.4 percent, according to Publishers’ Information Bureau. In July, The Wall Street Journal reported Reader’s Digest was put on the block; asking price is set around $1 billion.last_img read more

Facebook adds tribute section new tools for memorialized profiles

first_img Post a comment Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 5:14 Share your voice Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET Now playing: Watch this: Sarah Tew/CNET Facebook,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $59 at eBay Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Facebook adds new tributes section for loved ones who have passed away.  Facebook Facebook is trying to improve the ways people can remember loved ones on its platform. The social network on Tuesday added a new tributes section for memorialized accounts and more control for users who manage these accounts. Facebook made the changes based on feedback from different religions and cultures, as well as experts and academics. “Over 30 million people view memorialized profiles every month to post stories, commemorate milestones and remember those who have passed away,” wrote Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, in a blog post. The new tributes section creates a separate tab on memorialized profiles where friends and family can share posts while keeping the original timeline of loved ones who’ve passed away. Legacy contacts can now moderate the posts shared to the tributes section by changing tagging settings, removing tags and changing privacy settings. The platform will also only allow friends and family members to request having an account memorialized. Facebook also improved its artificial intelligence systems to prevent the memorialized profiles from making awkward appearances. It will keep the profile from showing up in places where they may cause distress, such as recommending the deceased be invited to an event. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. 0 7 See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview Digital Media Mobile Apps Internet Services Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Angela Lang/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sprint Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Best Buy $210 at Best Buy $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read the Rylo camera preview $155 at Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Amazon Read Google Home Hub review Boost Mobile Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $520 at HP Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Comments Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See at Turo See it Rylo Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It Sarah Tew/CNET Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Amazon Tags $299 at Amazon Turo: Save $30 on any car rental The Cheapskate $60 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout.last_img read more

502 Derby Highlights Louisvilles 2019 Spring Schedule

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s soccer team announced its 2019 spring schedule, highlighted by the 502 Derby against Louisville City FC on March 2 at 5 p.m., ET at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.The spring friendly against the two-time and reigning United Soccer League champions from LouCity will be the first of three home exhibition matches for the Cardinals under the direction of first-year head coach John Michael Hayden. UofL will also host Lipscomb on March 30 at 6 p.m., and before concluding the spring at home against Indiana on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Louisville will also play a spring exhibition match on the road at Lindsey Wilson on April 5 at 7 p.m.”We’re very excited about the upcoming spring competitions,” Hayden said. “Each opponent will present different challenges that will allow our team to grow from both individual and collective perspectives.”Tickets for the 502 Derby at Lynn Stadium are $10 for reserved chairback seats and $5 for general admission/berm seating and will be on sale to the public starting Monday, Feb. 11 at 9 a.m., ET. Tickets can be purchased online at GoCards.com, by calling 502-GO-CARDS or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET.The Cardinals ended their 2018 season with an 11-5-3 record overall and ranked 16th in the final United Soccer Coaches poll after advancing to the NCAA Championship for the third straight season and the 11th time in the last 12 years. The 2018 season included the program’s first ACC Championship title after Louisville earned victories over Notre Dame, Wake Forest and North Carolina in a span of eight days. As the focus turns to the 2019 season, Hayden and his coaching staff will use this demanding spring slate to prepare the Cardinals for what they will encounter in the fall during the regular season.”The spring allows us to evaluate ourselves while also honing in on the playing model we hope to see in the fall,” said Hayden. “The quality of our competition this spring will help prepare us as we plan for a demanding fall schedule.”Louisville City FC comes to Lynn Stadium to complete the team’s first preseason under head coach John Hackworth. LouCity is coming off its second consecutive USL Cup Championship, becoming the first team in USL history to win back-to-back titles. City returns 17 of their 22 championship players this season, including Louisville men’s soccer alumnus Paolo DelPiccolo.Lipscomb advanced to the third round of the 2018 NCAA Championship before ending its season with a 2-1 loss at Kentucky. The Bisons were 10-10-1 overall and 5-1-0 in the Atlantic Sun before earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship with a 2-0 win over Stetson in the ASUN title match.Indiana registered a 20-3-1 record overall after falling 2-0 to Maryland in the semifinal round of the 2018 NCAA College Cup in Santa Barbara. The Hoosiers were 8-0-0 in the Big Ten before earning the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship with a 3-0 win over Michigan in the title match of the Big Ten Tournament.Along with the three spring matches at Lynn Stadium, the Cardinals will also host SIU Edwardsville for a closed match (not open to the public) on Feb. 23. Fans can follow Louisville men’s soccer on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @UofLmenssoccer.2019 LOUISVILLE MEN’S SOCCER SPRING SCHEDULESaturday, Feb. 23 | vs. SIU Edwardsville | 5 p.m. | Closed to PublicSaturday, March 2 | 502 Derby vs. Louisville City FC | 5 p.m. | Lynn StadiumSaturday, March 30 | vs. Lipscomb | 6 p.m. | Lynn StadiumFriday, April 5 | at Lindsey Wilson | 7 p.m.Friday, April 19 | vs. Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | Lynn Stadium Story Links Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

CBI questions Mathew Samuel again

first_imgKolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) questioned the former CEO of Narada News Mathew Samuel once again on Friday, sources said. Samuel went to the office of CBI in Kolkata in connection with the Narada sting operation case. Sources said that the CBI officers have questioned Mathew in connection with the original video footages of the sting operation. It has been learnt that the investigating officers have not got a satisfactory answer in this connection.Sources said that the matter related to the Muchipara case in which a former Central minister from Bihar had received a call demanding extortion money of Rs 5 crore and was threatened with some video footages. Storage devices containing video footages were recovered from a hotel room at Muchipara.last_img read more

Hot deal alert More amenities with AquaAston Hospitality

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Hawaii, Promotions Hot deal alert: More amenities with Aqua-Aston Hospitality Posted by Tuesday, December 12, 2017 center_img As one of Hawaii’s largest hotel management companies, Aqua-Aston Hospitality is proud to offer guests some of the best value in the islands. For new bookings arriving Jan. 1, 2018, Aqua-Aston is pleased to announce the expansion of its guest amenity program. Varied by hotel, the new amenity program will include valuable additions, such as exclusive discounts for Aqua-Aston guests at select Oahu eateries and attractions; discounted or free entry for Aqua-Aston guests to Bishop Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, and Waikiki Aquarium; improvements to our popular Waikiki-to-Ala Moana shuttle service; a curated roster of live, onsite entertainment; and newly-added Hawaiian cultural programs.For more details go to Aqua-Aston.com. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Netflix is searching for a new marketing boss afte

first_imgNetflix is searching for a new marketing boss after veteran chief marketing officer Leslie Kilgore was moved to non-executive director of the Netflix board.Jessie Becker, who was previously vice-president, marketing, will become chief marketing officer on an interim basis, while the company conducts an external search. Kilgore has been with Netflix for the last 12 years after previously having worked at Amazon and Proctor & Gamble.Separately, Netflix has promoted Jonathan Friedland as chief communications officer. Both Becker and Friedland report to Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings.last_img read more

David Miranda was detained in a London airport for

first_imgDavid Miranda was detained in a London airport for almost nine hours. When the government set him free, they kept all of his electronics so they could hack them at their leisure. Security experts believe they even turned them into stealthy listening devices. All with court approval. Your home computer—assuming you still have one, of course—should be safe from the grabby hands of public officials. In theory, at least. Law enforcement personnel are supposed to obtain a search warrant before they barge into your house and start confiscating electronic equipment. But when you’re on the road and perhaps storing important documents on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, all bets are off. Your devices are subject to seizure on the flimsiest of pretexts, and any data they hold can be pirated. That’s the lesson every traveler should learn from the recent Miranda episode, an incident that, ironically, involved a man with the same last name as the one whose case nearly a half-century ago represents a legal landmark. The earlier Miranda (Ernesto) had his conviction on domestic violence charges voided by the Supreme Court because police failed to inform him that he had the right to remain silent and to have access to an attorney. The decision resulted in the requirement that suspects under arrest must henceforth be given “the Miranda warning,” i.e., be read their rights before any questioning can begin. The present Miranda (David) has become the poster boy for governmental abrogation of basic rights. You see, David Miranda is the partner of Glenn Greenwald, the British journalist responsible for publishing documents leaked by Edward Snowden. No matter what one may think of Snowden and his actions, what happened to Miranda is troubling. On August 18, he was traveling from Germany to his and Greenwald’s home in Brazil, a journey that included a stopover at London’s Heathrow airport. While in the transit lounge, he was stopped by officers and informed that he was to be questioned under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. This controversial law, which applies only at airports, ports, and border areas, allows officers to stop, search, question, and detain individuals. Miranda, a Brazilian citizen, was held for eight hours and fifty-five minutes. Not coincidentally, nine hours is the maximum allowable detention period under the law, before officers must release or formally arrest the person of interest. Even though he was released without charges, officials confiscated his electronics, including mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs, and game consoles. They wanted the time to hack them, and amazingly the British law allows it. Under the terrorism law, anyone whose property is taken in this manner is supposed to get it back seven days after confiscation. But in this instance, the UK High Court ruled that British authorities could keep Miranda’s property for continued access to his electronics for a total of ten days. Further, the High Court gave authorities judicial permission to “continue investigating the materials” they seized, allowing them to hack all of Miranda’s devices as much as they liked. As a caveat, the Court ruled that British police don’t have “official” permission to share or “use” anything they find. But that proscription amounts to little more than a polite nod to privacy advocates. No one doubts that Miranda’s hard drives were copied and all personal information extracted. Nor did the Court prohibit authorities from modifying the devices. This kind of warrantless search and seizure is hardly confined to the UK. An August 2008 exposé in the Washington Post revealed publicly for the first time that the US Department of Homeland Security had been exercising similar powers in secret for quite a while. And its reach is even broader. The policies apply to anyone entering the country by any means, and they cover hard drives, flash drives, mobile phones, iPods, pagers, beepers, and video and audio tapes, as well as books, pamphlets, and other written materials. Moreover, anything confiscated may be held indefinitely. The courts have approved all of these actions. As in Britain, there are supposedly restrictions in place. For example, federal agents are mandated to take measures to protect business information and lawyer-client privileged material. Copies of data must be destroyed when a review is completed, and no probable cause exists to keep the information. However, agents are allowed to share the contents of seized computers with other agencies and private entities for data decryption and “other reasons.” Copies sent to non-federal organizations must be returned to the DHS, but there is no way to ensure against copies of copies being made and retained. There is also no limitation on authorities keeping notes or making extensive reports about the materials. The Miranda incident raised the expected howls of protest from journalists and others who fear that such tactics lower a big chill over freedom of the press. This criticism is especially applicable since almost no one suspects Miranda of being involved with terrorism. No one but the British government, that is. Its “terrorism” net is very wide and of a very fine mesh. It has to be, in order to comply with an injunction from the British high court, which blocked law enforcement from using or sharing material seized from Miranda in a criminal investigation—shortly after a Metropolitan Police (Met) lawyer announced the force had launched just such an investigation. The injunction permits the authorities to “inspect, copy, disclose, transfer, distribute” the data only in the protection of national security or for investigating whether Miranda himself “is a person who is or has been concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.” For its part, the Met says that it is treating this as a criminal case because Miranda was carrying tens of thousands of pages of digital documents to his partner Greenwald, including “highly sensitive material the disclosure of which would be gravely injurious to public safety.” A spokesperson added that the British Home Secretary “does not accept that we are concerned here with journalistic material” and believes that Miranda “is not a journalist, and stolen documents can’t be held in confidence and don’t qualify as journalistic materials.” The question of who is and is not a journalist is one that’s been propelled into the limelight by the Snowden/Greenwald affair, and it’s an intriguing one. But what we’re more concerned with here is technology. Breaking and Entering Specifically, what should Miranda expect has happened to his electronics and, by extension, what should you expect if your own devices are spirited away in an airport for “closer inspection,” either in the US or some other country without even minimal concern for privacy rights? Don’t think it’ll never happen. Security experts believe that, in addition to suspected terrorists and their sympathizers, there are plenty of other potential targets of domestic and foreign authorities alike, including: political activists of any stripe; journalists specializing in political stories; known hackers and data security specialists; academics involved in political research; corporate personnel connected to certain types of technology; business leaders charged with large-scale decision making; and probably any number of other focus groups that are less obvious. If you are singled out, the first concern, of course, is data theft. You must assume that all stored information has been compromised… or at least looked at and probably copied for a more leisurely perusal later on. There is no defense against this. If you have to carry sensitive material, you’re at risk. Encryption will only slow them down. Best bet is not to have anything important on there in the first place. If you must transport critical info, make sure you have copies back home—they mean it when they say “indefinite holding.” Plus, if you have a hard drive on which sensitive material was previously stored, you might want to wipe that clean. Simply erasing it isn’t enough: you need to run a program that completely overwrites all of the data, making retrieval impossible. But perhaps more insidious is that many government officials may, with impunity, “modify” your computer or phone. They can install hard- or software that gives them future access to your machine and anything you do on it. For instance, they can add a keylogger that keeps track of all your keystrokes, stores them, and transmits them to a remote computer of their choice. They can load a Trojan that will be all but impossible for you to detect. It’ll just sit there until you do something that it’s been programmed to watch for, at which time it will activate and broadcast the desired data. Or the Trojan’s purpose may be to provide a back door for a remote controller to enter your computer system, take it over, and use it for any desired purpose. You can essentially be turned into a bot and even be added to a botnet. Your phone can be turned into a listening and/or tracking device. It can be made to transmit not only your location, but also anything you do with the phone, including voice calls, texts, video, websites visited, app usage, files read, and so on to a designated receiver. This can be accomplished through physical modifications that can be difficult if not impossible to spot. One method is to remove the SIM (subscriber identity module) card that acts to identify and authenticate subscribers to a mobile service, and replace it with a clone. The spy SIM will contain additional software which allows a wide range of access to device information. Luckily, there’s a way to defeat this. Just remove your SIM card and make a tiny mark of some kind on it. Then, if your phone is ever confiscated, or lost, and returned to you, you can check the SIM card. If your mark is gone, the SIM has been compromised, and you should discard the phone. A second hardware modification a hacker might try is to replace your battery with one that’s visually identical but houses a smaller battery and a variety of surveillance tools. Again, you can mark your battery. Or, if you notice that its life diminishes after it’s been out of your hands, that could be a sign of tampering. Of course, it could also just mean it’s like any other phone and the battery is dying slowly. If you have an integrated battery like in an Apple iPhone, then this might be a pretty difficult task. Dealing with malware that’s been surreptitiously placed on your computer is difficult, because it’s sure to have a built-in capability of evading discovery. But it is possible to see if the machine is making any unauthorized transmissions. To do that, you need to be tech savvy enough to use a network sniffer such as Wireshark, which is free and open source. It can detect when your device is making an unexplained network connection, and if it is, to where. However, if the firmware itself has been modified, then even that won’t work, as programs like Wireshark are dependent on the underlying operating system and the drivers telling them the truth. Once the hardware or firmware has been changed, you won’t have any idea what’s going on. In that case, you’d need expensive and specialized external hardware to do the job. Or you could pay for a full professional examination of the device. It can be expensive, but depending on the value of the potential data loss, it could be worth it. The kinds of actions outlined here are especially likely in the case of a high-profile person like David Miranda. Gathering information from his devices on an ongoing basis would be invaluable, especially in the event of future prosecutions. He must expect that it has happened and now has no real choice except to replace all of his electronics. But the recent revelations about the extent of NSA spying should leave little doubt that one doesn’t have to be associated with a fugitive whistleblower to attract the watchful eye of the “national security” apparatus. Further, with corporate espionage on the rise and much of this technology just as available to the private sector, you never know who might be listening in on you. If someone slipped an extra chip inside your iPhone or modified the operating system under the covers, would you know? Of course not. Remember, your phone, tablet, or laptop need only be out of your sight and in a skilled hacker’s hands for a few minutes in order for the damage to be done. And at that point, there is virtually no way to know that your device is spying on you. All of this exactly why demand for security software, hardware, and services continues to rise. With the incredible proliferation of electronic devices—many of which are equipped not just with data storage and networking but with microphones, cameras, and even GPS chips and motion sensors—there is fertile ground for new threats to government, business, and personal security. Data security is only increasing in importance, and the companies that provide it are prospering. Just the kinds of companies we keep our eyes out for in Casey Extraordinary Technology.last_img read more

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first_imgYou’ve made this mistake before—sometime between the age of 15 and 25. I can almost guarantee it. And it probably involved a good-looking girl… or boy. Whatever your preference. You took someone for granted and chased after someone new. Then they both dropped you. One big bank is making a similar mistake. Only it’s not chasing tail. It’s chasing customers. A few years back Bank of America began buying every “Bank of Your Little Town” it could. With some 5,000 retail branches across the US, it seemed serious about retail banking. If not, why bother operating all those branches? Meanwhile, it put the moves on Merrill Lynch. Problem is, retail customers just don’t like Bank of America. J.D. Power ranked it dead last in four of 11 regions across the nation this year. And as Bloomberg Business reported, “Bank of America Corp. ranked worst among its peers in retail customer satisfaction in states where it has the most branches, California and Florida….” Part of the problem is that is behaves like an investment bank toward its customers. Back in 2013, Bank of America began phasing out its drive-through windows. A retired bank executive shared a rumor with me: it’s closing drive-through windows to force customers into the branch so they can sell Merrill Lynch products. I’m inclined to believe him. In March, we made a rare trip into a Bank of America branch in Florida to deposit a large check from the sale of our home. The branch manager swooped us into his office and began pitching investment products the minute we walked in. I know; it’s just one example. But they’re hassling long-term customers every day. People don’t like it. But they don’t know there’s a simple, easy-to-execute alternative. First, keep enough cash at your bank to pay your bills. Nothing more. A small local bank that will cover ATM fees when you travel is your best bet. That takes care of your administrative needs. Second, take the remainder of you cash and start your own Bank of Me. This cash should earn a robust return with minimal risk and no hassles. I stand firm in my belief that about one-third of your portfolio should sit in low-risk, liquid, cash-like instruments. But near-negative interest rates negate any safety offered by FDIC-insured accounts. Your cash is just sitting there, withering away. Now is the time to start your own bank. You might be thinking, “This guy is nuts. I’m an engineer (or teacher, fireman, dentist… insert your profession). I don’t have the time or the know-how to start my own bank.” Rest assured, it takes minimal time, and you can bring yourself up to speed right now by reading one special report: Bank of Me. We lay out the process and the specific investments for you. My wife and I took our cash out of Bank of America’s claws. Now we have enough at our local bank to meet monthly expenses. No hassles there, and they call us by name. There’s even a drive-through. And the rest of our cash is carrying its own weight once again. I’d love to show you how to do the same. Click here to learn how to fire your bank.last_img read more

South Korea is flashing warning signs of a global

first_imgSouth Korea is flashing warning signs of a global recession… South Korea is known as a “canary in the coal mine” for the global economy. The country is a major exporter of cars, mobile phones, and personal computers. It’s also the 11th-largest economy in the world. It has a bigger economy than Australia, Russia, Spain, or Mexico. Last month, South Korean exports plummeted 15.8%. It was the country’s largest monthly drop since 2009. It was also the tenth month in a row that South Korean exports dropped from the previous year. Many South Korean companies blame the huge drop in exports on China’s slowing economy. China is, by far, South Korea’s largest trade partner. The country sends 25% of its exports to China. •  China’s slowing economy is dragging down the entire region… Last year, China’s economy grew at its slowest pace since 1990. And last month, China’s services sector grew at its slowest pace in seven years. China’s factory output also fell for the eighth straight month in October. Yesterday, Bloomberg Business said China’s manufacturing activity hasn’t been this slow since the global financial crisis. Factory orders in Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan are shrinking as well. The bad economic data pushed Asia’s major stock markets down on Monday. China’s Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.7%. Japan’s Nikkei Index fell 2.1%. •  U.S. investors also got bad news yesterday… Last month, the ISM Manufacturing Index fell to its lowest level in three years. This index measures the health of the U.S. manufacturing sector. It was the fourth straight month that U.S. manufacturing activity fell. Manufacturing makes up 12% of the U.S. economy. Economists and investors watch the manufacturing sector for clues about where the broad economy is headed… Casey readers know manufacturing profits are falling. Two weeks ago, machinery manufacturer Caterpillar (CAT) reported awful third-quarter results. The company’s quarterly sales were 19% lower than a year ago. Caterpillar expects sales to drop again in 2016. It would be the fourth year in a row the company’s sales have dropped. That’s never happened before in Caterpillar’s 90-year history. Caterpillar sells the tractors, bulldozers, and cranes that build the “real” economy. Like South Korea, many investors consider Caterpillar a bellwether for the global economy. Caterpillar’s customers aren’t buying much right now, which points to trouble. •  A weakening global economy is bad for U.S. stocks… Since bottoming in March 2009, the S&P 500 has gained 211%. At 80 months and counting, the current bull market is 30 months longer than the average bull market since World War II. However, E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, says the mini stock market crash in August was the beginning of the end of the bull market. He explained why in a recent issue of The Casey Report. We believe the era of asset prices soaring on a wave of easy credit is over. Last month’s major stock market decline is the start of a very tough time for stocks and the economy… The market has recovered in the past two weeks. But we think it’s only temporary. In other words, we’re in the middle of a “dead cat bounce.” It’s looking a lot like 2007. To fight the global financial crisis, the Fed cut its key rate to effectively zero in December 2008. It has left rates at effectively zero ever since. This has made it extremely cheap to borrow money… Seven years of easy money has caused prices to soar. Prices for commercial property, bonds, and stocks have all hit record highs, thanks to the Fed. At some point, the U.S. stock market will fall back down to Earth. When that happens, everything from blue chips to penny stocks will plummet. But overpriced stocks will probably fall the hardest… “They’ll do everything they can to push the price of gold down”… This statement was made by keynote speaker and trend forecaster Gerald Celente at the 2015 Casey Research Summit. Find out what Mr. Celente has to say about gold manipulation… the Federal Reserve’s hidden scheme… and how you can protect yourself from it right here. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida November 3, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. Double Your Money Guarantee Right now Steve Sjuggerud is urging folks to buy 3 tiny gold stocks with 10X potential. And he’s so certain, that he’s giving a “Double Your Money Guarantee” until MIDNIGHT TOMORROW. Learn more here. Recommended Linkscenter_img — •  The flood of cheap money has sent restaurant stocks soaring… The Dow Jones U.S. Restaurants & Bars Index has gained 256% since the bull market in U.S. stocks started six years ago. And despite a mostly flat market in 2015, restaurant stocks continued to perform well. As a group, they’re up 19% in 2015, compared to just a 2% gain for the S&P 500. Many major restaurant stocks are now very expensive. For example, pizza chain Papa John’s (PZZA) has a price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of 41 right now…Starbucks (SBUX) has a PE ratio of 35…and burrito chain Chipotle (CMG) has a PE ratio of 38. The S&P 500’s PE is just 22. (A high PE ratio means a stock is expensive.) Yesterday, Bloomberg Business noted that investors are betting against Papa John’s stock. The number of shares being shorted — a bet that the stock will fall — has risen to 5 percent of those outstanding, near the highest level in six years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg and Markit Ltd. The investors are wagering that Papa John’s will have a tough time sustaining its lofty price-to-earnings ratio… E.B. Tucker agrees that Papa John’s stock is way too expensive. I’ve been baffled by Papa John’s for a long time. The stock price trades at 27 times free cash flow. That’s a tremendous premium for a fast food company. That’s what investors pay to own companies that produce groundbreaking cancer drugs or some other life-changing technology. It’s not the price you should pay to own a pizza chain best known for its garlic butter dipping sauce. Bloomberg Business reports that short sellers are also targeting other major restaurant stocks. Shake Shack Inc., the burger chain that went public in January, saw short interest soar after its stock price more than doubled. In that case, investors are betting that its valuation has gotten way ahead of its expansion plans: The chain boasts a $1.65 billion market value despite only having 74 locations as of September. Noodles & Co., which has a PE ratio of 39.1, also is heavily shorted. •  Expensive stocks will fall the hardest during the next crash… According to a useful metric, the CAPE ratio, U.S. stocks are 59% more expensive than their historic average. In fact, U.S. stocks are almost as expensive as they were at their 2007 peak. Since the 2008 financial crisis, global central banks have printed trillions of new currency units (dollars, yen, euros, yuan). Instead of producing real growth, companies and investors have simply used these currency units to buy assets like stocks, oil fields, and office buildings, making these assets very expensive. Almost nothing is cheap right now. This isn’t the time to be aggressive with your portfolio. It’s a time to be conservative. It’s a time to build up a large cash position, so you can buy bargains after the next correction or crash. You might even consider shorting very expensive stocks as a way to profit from the coming downturn. We also think everyone should own some physical gold. Gold is the ultimate form of wealth insurance. It’s preserved wealth through every kind of crisis imaginable. It will preserve wealth during the next crisis, too. If you want to truly “crisis-proof” your wealth, we recently published a book just for you… Going Global 2015 is our financial crisis survival guide. It shows you how to preserve and even grow your wealth during recessions, stock market collapses, and every financial disaster in between. Thousands of people have already paid $99 for this important book. Today, we’re offering it to you for just $4.95. We’re practically giving this book away for one simple reason: we hope you’ll do business with us again. And if you read Going Global 2015, we’re confident you will. The strategies and tips in this book could mean the difference between going broke during the next crisis and coming out richer than ever. Click here to learn more. Chart of the Day Restaurant stocks have pulled away from the rest of the market this year… Today’s chart shows the performance of the S&P 500 versus the Dow Jones U.S. Restaurants & Bars Index. This index tracks the performance of many U.S. restaurant companies. It follows major restaurant stocks such as Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), McDonald’s (MCD), and Panera Bread (PNRA). The chart starts in March 2009, when the bull market in U.S. stocks began. As you can see, restaurant stocks basically tracked the broad market for the past six years. They started to separate from the pack this year. The U.S. Restaurants & Bars Index is up 19% so far this year. The S&P 500 is up only 2%. Many major restaurant stocks have become incredibly expensive during this rally. We think some of these stocks will be the first to fall during the next crash. –last_img read more

first_img— A Young Woman on Her Way to Lunch… (What Happens Next Is UNBELIEVABLE) She was on her way to lunch… Walking down the street in plain daylight. And then… THIS happened. If you do one thing today, please take a look at this outrageous video. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Bill Editor’s note: When this $60 trillion credit bubble pops…it’ll be more devastating than anything America has ever seen. This crisis will not only hit stocks, but also your credit cards, checkbook, bank account…even the cash in your wallet. Watch Bill’s warning now to understand and protect yourself from this looming economic collapse. Find full details here. – Misbegotten Bubble We have been connecting dots; we want new readers to see what we see, so we can all look at some more dots together. Like everything else in economics and the markets, credit is cyclical. At the beginning of an expansion, people borrow more and more. Then, when they have borrowed too much, they cut back, they default, they trim their expenses… and they trim their debt. The expansion phase – like the bull market on Wall Street that usually accompanies it – is a happy time. People feel richer and smarter; they feel their hair grow and their private parts swell. Then comes a less happy time, full of blame and regret… “You should never have bought that boat,” says the nervous wife. “I told you we didn’t need that extra warehouse,” says the worried business partner. “I thought a degree would increase my income,” says the college graduate, as he takes your order. The EZ money is supposed to beget an asset boom… which is supposed to beget an economic boom… which is supposed to beget the wealth that will pay off the extravagant borrowing that the credit expansion begat. “Higher stock prices will boost consumer wealth and help increase confidence, which will also spur spending,” said an earnest, but perhaps dim, Ben Bernanke in 2010. “Increased spending will lead to higher incomes and profits that… will further support economic expansion.” Six years later, all we see is a misbegotten credit bubble and $60 trillion more, worldwide, of debt. To be continued… Regards,center_img [Urgent] Read NOW if You’re on Social Security… or Soon Will Be Anyone who is dependent on a fixed income — like Social Security or a pension — is considered “high risk” for losing everything when the next currency crisis hits. That’s why Jim Rickards just released a new, never-before-seen book installment — and it might be the most important one yet. In fact, he personally has over $1 million invested in this new technique, in order to protect himself and his family. He strongly suggests that every American over the age of 55 do the same immediately. Even if it’s just a small amount to start. Click here now to claim your copy today before they’re gone. Editor’s note: We’re living on Planet Debt… As Agora founder Bill Bonner explained yesterday, as long as the “Deep State” is in control, this debt crisis will become more severe. Today, we’re sharing another valuable essay from Bill. Read on to learn why you’re at risk, even if you don’t own stocks…and why former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan says gold is the solution to the problem… By Bill Bonner, editor, The Bill Bonner LetterUnder a gold standard, the amount of credit that an economy can support is determined by the economy’s tangible assets, since every credit instrument is ultimately a claim on some tangible asset. […] The abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare statists to use the banking system as a means to an unlimited expansion of credit. — Alan Greenspan, 1966 That old rascal! Before joining the feds, former Fed chief Alan “Bubbles” Greenspan was a strong proponent of gold and the gold standard. He wrote clearly and forcefully about how it was necessary to restrain the Deep State and protect individual freedom. Then he went to Washington and faced a fork in the tongue. In one direction, lay honesty and integrity. In the other, lay power and glory. Faking It Under the Bretton Woods monetary system, the U.S. promised foreign central banks that it would convert their dollars to gold at a fixed price of $35 an ounce. This constrained the amount of dollars the U.S. could print to the amount of gold it had in its reserves. A smart man, Greenspan quickly realized he could not advocate for this old, tried-and-true gold standard and run the Deep State’s new credit money system. In 1987, he made his choice. He took over the top job at the Fed and faked it for the next 19 years. Since 1978, we have had four different Fed chiefs. Some were smart. Some were honest. Only Paul Volcker was smart and honest. Bernanke was honest… we believe. As near as we can tell, so is Janet Yellen. Both may mean well, but both are careful not to think out of the Deep State box. Alan Greenspan was smart. But he is a scalawag. He knew all along that the system was corrupt and self-serving. He had explained it in essays he’d written prior to joining the Fed. But he also knew he would never get his picture on the cover of TIME magazine if he told the truth. (In 1999, Greenspan eventually got his mug on the cover. The magazine pictured him alongside then Treasury secretary Robert Rubin and his deputy, Larry Summers, under the headline “The Committee to Save the World” for their handling of the Asian financial crisis.) It was power Greenspan wanted; he knew he would have to play the Deep State’s game to get it. Golden Period Now, Mr. Greenspan is 90 years old. Either he feels the cold downdraft of the beckoning grave… or he is simply forgetting to mumble. In an interview in the wake of Britain’s decision to end its membership of the European Union, he had this to say: If you look at human history, there are times where we thought that there was no inflation and everything was going fine. […] The oil prices have had a terrific impact on global inflation and [I] would not be surprised to see the next unexpected move to be on the inflation side. You don’t have it until it happens. The former Fed chairman says he believes another debt crisis is inevitable. He believes it will lead to high levels of inflation. His solution? Gold: Now if we went back on the gold standard and we adhered to the actual structure of the gold standard as it exists let’s say, prior to 1913, we’d be fine. Remember that the period 1870 to 1913 was one of the most aggressive periods economically that we’ve had in the U.S., and that was a golden period of the gold standard. The Fed’s minutes from its last meeting reveal no intention to return to the gold standard. Instead, the Fed’s central planners want their photos on TIME, too. They can’t give up their control of the nation’s money or risk a correction. It would be “prudent to wait for additional data” before raising rates, they say. Mr. Greenspan might have said so, too… perhaps with a hidden, sly smile on his face. Recommended Linkslast_img read more

New Jersey Voters Likely Just Approved Legalized Marijuana

first_img Subscribe Now New Jersey Voters Likely Just Approved Legalized Marijuana 3 min read Guest Writer Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Phil Murphy, the Democratic nominee for governor, was emphatic about his commitment to legalizing marijuana. He won by a wide margin. November 16, 2017 New Jersey may have decided more than just the governor’s race in the election held this month. They have put the Garden State on the path to becoming the eighth U.S. state to allow recreational marijuana sales. As pointed out last month, a vote for Democrat Phil Murphy meant a vote for creating a state-regulated adult-use marijuana industry. During the campaign, Murphy promised to sign a bill creating a legalized marijuana market in New Jersey during his first 100 days in office. That bill already is moving through the state Legislature.And this hasn’t been a kind of, maybe sort of thing. Murphy has been clear about his intentions on marijuana.“The criminalization of marijuana has only served to clog our courts and cloud people’s futures, so we will legalize marijuana,” Murphy said after winning the Democratic primary earlier this year. “And while there are financial benefits, this is overwhelmingly about doing what is right and just.”Murphy won 56 percent of the vote, with 42 percent going to Republican Kim Guadagno.Related: Jeff Session’s ‘Guidance’ Cited by Maine’s Governor In His Veto of Legal Marijuana BillWhat happens nextMurphy will be inaugurated governor in January 2018. The bill legalizing recreational marijuana sales in New Jersey is still working through revisions in the state Legislature.The “within 100 days” promise actually originates with Senate President Stephen Sweeney. Sweeney, who controls which bills come before the full Senate, has vowed to have the bill before Murphy within the first 100 days of his administration.For his part, Murphy has said he will sign it. His argument is that criminalization of marijuana has destroyed many lives, particularly in minority communities. In the final debate before the election, he said New Jersey has the dubious honor of having “the widest white, non-white gap of persons incarcerated in America.”He blamed much of that on low-end drug crimes involving marijuana. On his website, Murphy also said that legalizing marijuana would free police to focus on more violent crimes.In all of this, Murphy is the polar opposite of his predecessor, Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Christie often railed against legalized marijuana. During the run-up to his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, he vowed to “crack down and not permit” legalized marijuana if elected president.Related: Cannabis Industry Rallies to Overcome Unique Legal Barriers to Recovery From Northern California FiresVirginia decriminalizationThe victory of Democrat Ralph Northam in the Virginia’s governor’s race also could lead to changes in that state’s marijuana laws. While stopping short of legalization, Northam has argued that possession of small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalized. He has addressed the issue from the standpoint of racial discrimination and the financial impact on the state.In a letter to the Virginia State Crime Commission sent earlier this year, Northam wrote that marijuana laws and enforcement have been “disproportionately harmful to communities of color.” He also noted the state spends $67 million on marijuana law enforcement, which he noted is enough to send 13,000 more kids to pre-K school.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. dispensaries.com Add to Queue –shares Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Image credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez | Getty Images Cannabis Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business.last_img read more

Marijuana Edibles Make the List of Top 10 Food Trends This Year

first_img Listen Now Guest Writer Delectable pastries and popular candies infused with marijuana are enormously popular wherever they are legal. Green Entrepreneur Podcast –shares April 19, 2018 Marijuana Edibles Make the List of Top 10 Food Trends This Year Next Article Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. 3 min read Add to Queue Cannabis Cannabis edibles cracked the list of top 10 food trends predicted for this year by a panel of experts writing for the Specialty Food Association.Marijuana edibles sits at eight on the list, amid other predicted trends such as:Plant-based food, including algae as a meat substituteFilipino cuisineGoth food, such as activated charcoal (heating coconut shells until they are carbonized)Shakshuka, grilled haloumi and other Middle Eastern foods that go beyond the now-ubiquitous hummus, pita and falafelCannabis edibles have a bright future as the panel of experts predicted “continued interest and acceptance in a host of snacks, treats and beverages with a little something extra.” That next trip to Trader Joe’s could become a lot more interesting.Related: Hemp Is the Multibillion-Dollar Cannabis Opportunity Few Have Heard AboutThe Rise of EdiblesThe effects of marijuana edibles tend to be stronger and longer lasting than smoking weed, which caused problems in early days with novice cannabis users. In its 2017 State of Cannabis report released earlier this year, California marijuana delivery company Eaze reported that edible sales have increased as more people learn best practices for proper dosing.Eaze, using information from a database of 350,000 customers and a survey of 15,000, reported that Generation Xers ordered the most edibles, followed by Generation Z, millennials and baby boomers. In another sign of the growing interest in edibles, a California company raised $6 million in funding to start an edibles production company in the Golden State. Plus Products will offer “cannabis-infused projects.”Related: John Boehner Succeeded in Politics Opposing Marijuana but in Retirement Has Joined the Medical Marijuana IndustryA Growing MarketBDS Analytics, which focuses on analysis of the legal cannabis industry, estimates the edible market at $669 million in four states alone: California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. All four states have legalized marijuana for both recreational and medical use.About 40 percent of edible sales were from marijuana-infused candy, BDS reported, with 21 percent going to infused chocolate products.However, the popularity of various edibles varies state to state. In California, for instance, infused foods such as baklava, brownies and chocolate chip cookies are popular. That’s not the case in Colorado, BDS Analytics reports. There, candy sales were 49 percent of the edibles market. About 70 percent of the candy sales were gummies.For a look at the variety in edibles and anecdotal evidence of its growth, an instructive stop is Wana Brands. The leader in marijuana edibles in Colorado, the company is run by Nancy Whiteman, a 59-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two. Wana Brands earns millions selling sour gummies and “made from scratch” edibles and concentrates. It now sells its goods in Oregon, Nevada and Arizona.Gummies rule. They have them in mango, watermelon, blueberry, apple, grape, orange, pineapple, raspberry and strawberry flavors (among, believe it or not, others). They even produce Game Day Gummies for Denver Broncos fans.Only governments can slow the spread of edibles, BDS believes. They note: “It is laws, not consumer demand, that so far have held back worldwide expansion of commercial cannabis sales, and hence development of new consumption forms.”Related: How to Stand Out From the Crowd: Entrepreneurial Lessons from Jeff the 420 ChefFollow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. dispensaries.com Image credit: Israel_Patterson | Getty Imageslast_img read more

Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Drops Campaign to Derail Dells Takeover Bid

first_img Billionaire investor Carl Icahn was mad as hell and wasn’t going to take it anymore. Until today, that is.In a letter to the SEC, Icahn said he is officially giving up his campaign to defeat Michael Dell’s effort along with buyout firm Silver Lake Partners to purchase the computer company he founded and take it private. Icahn opposed Dell’s bid for Dell Inc. — which was recently upped to $24.6 billion — because he believes it undervalues the company.In his letter, Icahn said that he had determined it would be “almost impossible” to influence any outcome other than the company’s board voting in favor of Dell’s bid on September 12. “We have therefore come to the conclusion that we will not pursue additional efforts to defeat the Michael Dell/Silver Lake proposal, although we still oppose it and will move to seek appraisal rights,” the letter says.Related: Dell Founder’s New Buyout Bid Wins Initial Shareholder ApprovalEarlier this summer, Icahn and another Dell investor, Southeastern Asset Management, formulated a rival offer that would see shareholders tender 1.1 billion shares at $14 per share — more than Dell and Silver Lake’s initial bid which they eventually sweetened to $24.6 billion in July. “While we of course are saddened at our losing the battle to control Dell, it certainly makes the loss a lot more tolerable in that as a result of our involvement, Michael Dell/Silver Lake increased what they said was their ‘best and final offer,'” Icahn’s letter says.In an odd twist, Icahn — who has been active on Twitter recently tweeting about his support for tech giant Apple — also used the SEC letter as a way to recruit additional Twitter followers.”If you are incensed by the actions of the Dell Board as much as I am, I hope you will choose to follow me on Twitter where from time to time I give my investment insights,” Icahn said in the letter. “I also intend to point out what I consider to be unconscionable actions by boards and discuss what remedies shareholders may take to change the situation.” Related: Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Sets Eye on Apple Enroll Now for $5 Next Article Jason Fell Technology Entrepreneur Staff Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Image credit: activistinvesting.blogspot.comcenter_img Director of the Entrepreneur Partner Studio 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 Carl Icahn September 9, 2013 2 min read Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Drops Campaign to Derail Dell’s Takeover Bidlast_img read more