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Umtiti refuses to rule out Neymar move to Real Madrid

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first_imgBarcelona defender Samuel Umtiti believes that a transfer for Neymar to arch-rivals Real Madrid is something that is completely out of their controlDespite having only left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last summer in a world-record €222m deal, Neymar has been strongly linked with a return to La Liga after being reportedly discontent with life in the French capital.The Brazilian international has been targeted by Real with Florentino Perez having been known to have harboured a long held desire to see Neymar in the famous white shirt at the Santiago Bernabeu.Recently, PSG have announced that they have no interest in parting ways with their prized asset this summer. But the rumours have persisted with Neymar reportedly keen on joining Real.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“In football, anything is possible. Just because you played for Barca that doesn’t mean you can’t go to Real. If he wants to go, and Real wants him, it will be done.” Umtiti told Canal+.After suffering a metatarsal injury in PSG’s 3-0 win over Marseille in February, Neymar has been absent from the PSG side. But coach Unai Emery has previously revealed that he is confident that the star will return in time for the end of the season games.last_img read more

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Iniesta move to Chongqing Lifan a rumour – coach

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first_imgAndres Iniesta’s reported transfer to Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan is nothing more than a “rumour”, says the club’s coachBoth the Spanish and the Chinese media have been strongly linking the veteran midfielder to the club with Iniesta expected to confirm his plans for the future by the end of the month.However, Chongqing coach Paulo Bento, who was the manager of Portugal in the last World Cup, has now denied this and stated that it is nothing more than a “rumour”.Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.“This is a rumor and it is very difficult to comment on rumors.” said the Portuguese coach, according to HurriyetDailyNews.“But I don’t think there is any fan or coach in the world that doesn’t like a player like Iniesta.”Iniesta has kept silent on his future since announcing last month that he had until the end of April to decide whether to go to China or not.last_img read more

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Rodriguez happy at Milan

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first_imgSwiss left-back Ricardo Rodriguez’s agent would consider “a team that has a chance to win the Champions League” as he “won’t leave Milan easily,” his agent confirms via Football Italia.The agent met with Rossoneri sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli today, with some taking that as a sign the Swiss left-back will be sold.“It’s all good, we have an excellent relationship with Mirabelli,” Gianluca Di Domenico told MilanNews after the meeting.“There’s great transparency, it was him who wanted Ricardo at Milan, he followed him for a long time.“He’s happy in Milan, he wanted Milan and he loves the city. Milan are second in Europe for [Champions League] titles won and he’s happy to be here.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“If an offer comes in from a team that has a chance to win the Champions League then it would be legitimate for both Milan and the player to evaluate that option, but Ricardo won’t leave Milan easily.“I can’t confirm any offers, none have reached the table. There’s interest of course, but that’s normal for a player who is doing well at the World Cup. There’s no concrete offer on the table.“Leaving aside the period Milan are going through, this remains one of the biggest clubs in Europe.“Even outside of European competition, playing for Milan is a very important thing. There are teams playing in Europe that will never have the value Milan has.”last_img read more

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Juventus announce squad for ICC tour

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first_imgA record of seven consecutive Serie A titles and counting, Juventus head into this summer looking to continue their historic run this year and will begin their pre-season preparations with a challenging encounter against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the International Champions CupWhile they may be making history in Italy with seven successive league crowns and four straight domestic doubles, Juventus are aiming higher this year in finally winning the one piece of silverware that continues to elude them – the Champions League.And their hopes have undoubtedly been boosted by the timely arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid and the five-time Champions League winner is determined to deliver the crown to Turin.“As the president has told me, it’s not an obsession but a dream,” said Ronaldo.“I’m here to help Juventus make it come true. It’s possible.”But unfortunately, Juventus will have to make do without their record signing for their tour in America ahead of a testing schedule that will see them face Bayern, Benfica and finally Real Madrid.World Cup stars Mario Mandzukic, Marko Pjaca and Blaise Matuidi have all been given extra time off by head coach Massimiliano Allegri.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.But Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Rodrigo Bentancur and Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado are injured.Juventus squad for International Champions CupGoalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny, Mattia Perin, Carlo Pinsoglio, Mattia Del Favero,Defenders: Mattia De Sciglio, Giorgio Chiellini, Mehdi Benatia, Alex Sandro, Mattia Caldara, Andrea Barzagli, Joao Cancelo, Daniele Rugani, Pietro Beruatto, Roman Macek, Grigoris KastanosMidfielders: Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio, Emre Can, Leandro Fernandes, Matheus Pereira da Silva, Alessandro Di Pardo, Nicolo FagioliForwards: Federico Bernardeschi, Luca Clemenza, Stefano Beltrame, Andrea Favilli(as announced on the club website).last_img read more

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Carnival Corp President to Headline Chambers Annual Meet n Greet for CEOs

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first_img VIPs Pack Chamber Event at Palm Cay to Mix, Mingle & Meet Carnival Chiefs Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp​Bahamas (Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation) – Arnold W. Donald, who heads the $3.6 billion Carnival Corporation, will headline the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation annual mix and mingle for business leaders, movers and shakers at an event being called The Wind Down: Where Business + Leisure Meet October 2.​The networking reception focusing on what creates sustainable success is expected to draw a waiting list of attendees. It will be held at the Billfish Grill at Palm Cay, the 350-home mixed residential and marina community that has been a success story in its own right, winning, among other accolades, the first Bahamas Contractors Association award presented to a development rather than a contractor. ​“Bringing together a man who is larger than life in the diverse operation that is Carnival Corporation with its 10 cruise ships brands and 91,000 employees with local leaders in the business community in a venue at a beachside setting that shows the best of The Bahamas is one that we hope will once again reinforce how important the business sector is to the well-being of the nation,” said Edison Sumner, Chamber CEO.​Long recognized as the voice of business in The Bahamas, the Chamber has in the past few years touched more people at every level than ever before. Its Chamber Institute with monthly practical seminars and workshops, its thoughtful statements on pending legislation and its active development in promoting sectors of the economy linking domestic providers and suppliers with potential foreign buyers and investors has skyrocketed the 100-plus year old institution’s position to new heights.​The presence of Mr. Arnold could elevate its reputation even more.​According to Mr. Sumner, the event, being billed as a once in now-time opportunity, is expected to be a sell-out.“Because we want a certain amount of intimacy and personal contact, we have limited the numbers and with the invitations just going out today, the response has been immediate,” he said. “I’m not sure what we are going to have to do to top this next year, but maybe we will ask the American Embassy, which assisted with this year’s main guest of honour, to see if they can bring the president or head of a winning basketball team. We are very appreciative to the Embassy and our sponsors for their support.”Mr. Sumner’s reference to basketball was likely in connection with Mr. Arnold’s predecessor Micky Arison, owner of the Miami Heat and until July of last year, president of Carnival, the company his father founded and which he grew and ran with success until he turned over the post of top executive in July 2013. Mr. Arison remains chairman. And the company continues to thrive, reporting more than $1 billion in profit in the last fiscal year under Mr. Arnold’s reign.Sponsors include American Embassy, Bahamas First, BTC, Callenders & Co. Counsel & Attorneys, John Bull Group of Companies, NUA and Palm Cay Marina & Beach Club. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Chamber Meets Baha Mar Provisional Liquidators Related Items:Arnold donald, bahamas chamber of commerce, carnival corporation Hundreds expected for massive Freedom of Information block party October 25last_img read more

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Long lines for Registration Department ready for influx

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first_img Bahamas House of Assembly reconvenes, Election Date to be announced Exams rescheduled because of Election Related Items:#BahamasGeneralElections, #LetsvoteBahamas, #longregistrationlines, #magneticmedianews Nomination Day in the Bahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 3, 2017 – Nassau – Lines continue to be long at voter registration centres across the Bahamas today, as persons try to get in on last minute registration.  Speaking with Magnetic Media today, Parliamentary Registration Department Commissioner, Sherlyn Hall says as of Sunday 2nd April, the total number of persons registered stood at 155,000.  Mr. Hall anticipates this to exceed the voter registration number in 2012, which recorded 172, 128.The Parliamentary Commissioner added eight of the twelve centres were open for registration from 10am to 9pm daily until April 10th, while the twelve centres will facilitate distribution from 10am to 8pm. He assured the departments capacity in handling the rush.  The influx of voters at various registration centres comes after Prime Minster Perry Christie announced that parliament will be dissolved on April 11th to make way for the 2017 General Elections.#MagneticMediaNews#longregistrationlines#letsvoteBahamas#BahamasGeneralElections Recommended for youlast_img read more

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ACLU pushes Amazon shareholders to vote for facialrecognition ban

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first_img Security Comments 6 Share your voice James Martin/CNET The American Civil Liberties Union is keeping up its pressure against Amazon’s practice of selling facial-recognition tech to law enforcement.Two days ahead of Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting, the civil rights group sent a letter imploring the company’s shareholders to vote in favor of two proposals that could curb the use of the tech company’s Rekognition software.”Without shareholder action, Amazon may soon become known more for its role in facilitating pervasive government surveillance than for its consumer retail operations,” the letter states.The proposals call for the company to ban its sale of Rekognition to law enforcement and for Amazon to study its use by police.Amazon’s board recommends that shareholders vote against both proposals, which makes the passage of either proposal unlikely. CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, a board member, controls about 16% of Amazon’s shares and isn’t expected to vote for these proposals.The letter, one of several ACLU actions that calls attention to facial recognition tech, comes as efforts to curb law enforcement’s use of facial recognition gains momentum around the country. Last week, San Francisco became the first city to bar police from using the technology. Oakland, California, and Somerville, Massachusetts, are both considering similar bans, and the Massachusetts legislature is considering a statewide moratorium.Amazon inserted itself into the debate in Washington state, where the legislature this year considered a moratorium on police use of facial-recognition tech. Amazon, along with Microsoft, threw its support behind a competing data privacy measure that didn’t ban law enforcement from using facial recognition. The state Senate passed the less restrictive bill in March, and it’s currently making its way through the state House of Representatives.The California legislature is considering a ban on facial recognition in police body cameras. The state Assembly passed the bill in early May, and it’s currently being considered by the state Senate. Assemblyman Phil Ting, a Democrat from San Francisco, introduced the bill. Last year, Ting worked on legislation to increase the use of body cameras. The idea was to increase police accountability and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Banning surveillance tools on the body cameras seemed like the next logical step, he told CNET.”The last thing we wanted to do was erode that trust by installing facial recognition software on body cameras,” Ting said. Tags Amazonlast_img read more

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Dwarakish death hoax Veteran actorfilmmaker is alive clears the air with a

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first_imgA screen shot from Dwarakish’s video.PR HandoutVeteran Kannada actor and filmmaker Dwarakish has become the latest victim of a death hoax. There were rumours doing rounds that he passed away following which his fans started sharing their condolence messages on social media.”This is to clarify once again. Dwarakish sir is fine and well. Please don’t allow rumors to spread [sic],” director Chaitanya KM gave a clarification on Twitter when the speculations started going viral.Meanwhile, Dwarakish himself has issued a statement in a video to put an end to the rumours. “Hello everyone, this is your Karnatakada Kulla. I am hale and healthy. Please do not believe any rumours on my health,” Dwarakish said. He added that with the people’s blessings and love he is “doing well.”Since Monday evening, speculations were doing rounds on WhatsApp which had come as a shock to the fans of Kannada films. The clarification has come as a relief to the cine-goers which are still recovering from the death of veterans like Ambareesh, Parvathamma Rajkumar and Kashinath in recent years. Dwarakish is a multifaceted actor, who has produced and directed quality movies in Kannada. Known as Prachanda Kulla by his fans, he directed, acted and produced the movies of legends like Dr Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan. He found a place in the hearts of millions of fans as a comedian. Gradually, he displayed his directorial skills and made landmarks movies like “Mayor Muthanna”, “Kulla Agent 000”, “Singaporenalli Raja Kulla”, “Guru Shishyaru”, etc.last_img read more

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Most irregularities in Khulna polls on police initiative

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first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday alleged that most of the irregularities in Khulna civic polls took place on the police initiative.“This [AL] government has pitted the police against the opposition political parties. In most of the cases, the police took the initiative. These [irregularities] happened on their initiative which is ominous for the nation,” Mirza Fakhrul told a media briefing after the Khulna polls.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek was unofficially declared elected in the Khulna mayoral elections marred by rigging, ballot-stuffing, capture of polling station and intimidation of voters on Tuesday.Briefing the media at the Gulshan office of the BNP chairperson, the BNP secretary general said, “It seems that the CEC is working against the BNP. The country’s election has emerged to be a complete farce.”He pointed out that the Khulna polls would not be held in farcical manner, had the military troops been deployed in the local government polls.“Rivals will not be able to do electioneering and their agents will be driven out of the polling centres – this can’t be called elections.”Alleging that the authorities have strictly controlled the media, Fakhrul said, “The authorities have all along said everything is okay.“They controlled all of the elections but a very few held in the past five years. They forced the election commission. They destroyed the election system. None is keeping trust in the election system,” he added.He alleged that voters were intimidated and barred from visiting the polling stations by the ruling Awami League activists.“The BNP activists as well as polling agents were driven out. They (AL men) stamped seal on election symbol boat. A fair election can’t be held under these circumstances. This election commission is inept. It must be reconstituted,” said Fakhrul.last_img read more

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Google Cloud hands over Kubernetes project operations to CNCF grants 9M in

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first_imgGoogle today announced that it is stepping back from managing the Kubernetes architecture and is funding the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) $9M in GCP credits for a successful transition. These credits are split over a period of three years to cover infrastructure costs. Google is also handing over operational control of the Kubernetes project to the CNCF community. They will now take ownership of day-to-day operational tasks such as testing and builds, as well as maintaining and operating the image repository and download infrastructure. Kubernetes was first created by Google in 2014. Since then Google has been providing Kubernetes with the cloud resources that support the project development. These include CI/CD testing infrastructure, container downloads, and other services like DNS, all running on Google Cloud Platform. With Google passing the reign to CNCF, it’s goal is to make make sure “Kubernetes is ready to scale when your enterprise needs it to”. The $9M grant will be dedicated to building the world-wide network and storage capacity required to serve container downloads. In addition, a large part of this grant will also be dedicated to funding scalability testing, which runs 150,000 containers across 5,000 virtual machines. “Since releasing Kubernetes in 2014, Google has remained heavily involved in the project and actively contributes to its vibrant community. We also believe that for an open source project to truly thrive, all aspects of a mature project should be maintained by the people developing it. In passing the baton of operational responsibilities to Kubernetes contributors with the stewardship of the CNCF, we look forward to seeing how the project continues to evolve and experience breakneck adoption” said Sarah Novotny, Head of Open Source Strategy for Google Cloud. The CNCF foundation includes a large number of companies of the likes of Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Oracle, SAP etc. All of these will be profiting from the work of the CNCF and the Kubernetes community. With this move, Google is perhaps also transferring the load of running the Kubernetes infrastructure to these members. As mentioned in their blog post, they look forward to seeing the new ideas and efficiencies that all Kubernetes contributors bring to the project’s operations. To learn more, check out the CNCF announcement post and the Google Cloud Platform blog. Read Next Kubernetes 1.11 is here! Google Kubernetes Engine 1.10 is now generally available and ready for enterprise use. Kubernetes Container 1.1 Integration is now generally available.last_img read more

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Rep McCready appointed to four key House committees

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first_img Categories: McCready News 26Jan Rep. McCready appointed to four key House committees State Rep. Mike McCready has been appointed to serve on four key House committees during the 2017-18 legislative session.McCready, of Bloomfield Hills, will serve on the Commerce and Trade, Financial Services, Financial Liability Reform, and Families, Children, and Seniors committees.“These are all issues important to people in Oakland County, and I’m grateful they continue to put their trust in me to represent them well at the Capitol,” McCready said. “I’m eager for committees to start meeting so we can get back to work on legislation that helps struggling families and ensures Michigan’s economy continues to grow.”The House’s 26 bipartisan committees discuss, analyze and revise legislation before presenting it to the full chamber for consideration.People can contact McCready by calling his office toll free at (855) 373-8670, emailing MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov or visiting www.RepMikeMcCready.com.###last_img read more

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Programme requests to the BBCs catchup service

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first_imgProgramme requests to the BBC’s catch-up service, the iPlayer, were up 6% year-on-year in May, reaching 273 million – more than at any point in 2013. Announcing the internal figures in its monthly iPlayer performance pack, the BBC said that 202 million of the 273 million requests were for TV shows, stable month-on-month, while the remaining 71 million were for radio programmes.By device type, the most requests came from computers, accounting for 33% of total requests. This was up from 31% in the previous month, with the BBC attributing the rise entirely to a growth in radio listening.Tablets were the second most-used device for accessing the iPlayer with 24% of total requests, followed by mobiles in third place with 18% of requests.For TV show requests only, tablets and computers continued to account for the majority of traffic, accounting for 29% of traffic each.The BBC also noted “some modest growth in request from TV platforms in May,” with TV platform operators accounting for 17%, games consoles 4% and internet TVs and other connected devices 3%.Consistent with previous months, the BBC said that the iPlayer is used for TV viewing at roughly the same time of day as linear TV viewing, although there is proportionally more daytime and late-peak use.The profile of the BBC iPlayer users remains “strongly under-55 in terms of age,” which is younger than the typical TV or radio listener, though is split roughly evenly between men and women, according to the BBC.last_img read more

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Middle East pay TV provider OSN is to launch a new

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first_imgMiddle East pay TV provider OSN is to launch a new linear Binge Channel in April that will offer what the company calls an uninterrupted marathon-viewing experience.The Binge Channel will kick off on April 1 with an offering of five back-to-back episodes of seasons one to seven of Game of Thrones every night from 22:00 Saudi time until the new season launches on April 15.Other shows to be aired on the channel include Scandal (season 7), The Good Doctor (season 2), Succession (season 1), Lethal Weapon (seasons 2 and 3) and Westworld (seasons 1 and 2).Viewers can set their DVR boxes to series link and record shows to watch at their leisure, or watch them in real time on the channel.Emad Morcos, chief content officer, OSN said: “Over the past few months we’ve been listening to our customers’ suggestions and feedback, and two key things that were strikingly clear was that our customers want a simpler more focused channel offering and an easier way to find more of the content they love and that’s how the OSN Binge Channel was born. We’re also putting even more content on OSN Play and OSN On Demand than ever, making sure that series-lovers across the region can always watch anytime, anywhere and on any device.”last_img read more

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The blaze broke out on Tuesday afternoon in Great

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first_imgThe blaze broke out on Tuesday afternoon in Great James Street.Part of the road was closed while the emergency services attended the scene.It is not yet clear how the fire started.Man critical after fire at block of flats in Derry was last modified: October 17th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet ALTNAGELVIN HOSPITALBelfastDerryFIRE AND RESCUE SERVICEGREAT JAMES STREETMan critical after fire at block of flats in DerryROYAL VICTORIA HOSPITALcenter_img The scene of the fire on Great James Street in Derry on Tuesday afternoonA MAN is in fighting for his life after a fire at a block of flats in Derry.He was first treated at Altnagelvin Hospital but has been transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.last_img

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By Vedran Vuk Casey Research Exchangetraded fund

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first_imgBy Vedran Vuk, Casey ResearchExchange-traded funds have been all the rage in recent years – they are easy to buy, easy to sell, and often have lower expense ratios than index mutual funds. But the Casey Research team dug deep into the complex world of ETFs and found that in many cases, their names can be utterly deceptive.Here are a few excerpts of our revealing special report, The Top Ten Misleading ETFs.Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (GDXJ) – This ETF sure has a funny definition of a junior mining company. In my opinion, a junior miner is a small, speculative company just getting off the ground. Our publication, Casey International Speculator, specializes in this particular kind of company. If I had to put a number on the market cap, I’d say that junior miners fall under the $500 million mark. If you really want to push the definition to its limits, maybe a market-cap ceiling of $1 billion could still qualify for junior status.Regardless of the exact line of demarcation, most of us can agree that “junior” means “small.” Furthermore, most investors can agree that market caps over a billion dollars are anything but small. A billion isn’t a major, but it’s clearly in mid-tier territory. That said, the Junior Gold Miners ETF’s top 10 holdings are all over a billion dollar or more. The top holding, with 5.23% of assets, even has a market cap of $2.4 billion – that’s not exactly a junior, to say the least, and neither are the other companies on the list:GDXJ was a flawed idea from the very start. Junior miners are necessarily bad choices for bundling into large ETFs. A large market cap ETF funneling funds into tiny mining companies sounds like a bubble waiting to happen. This is one area where carefully selecting individual plays is the only way to go. And this ETF has come no closer to changing that approach.SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) – Since the last two funds had problems with rolling over futures contracts, you might be thinking to yourself, “Well, why not just buy funds that actually hold the underlying assets?” That’s a genius idea… if it were only so simple. Even SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), a fund that holds physical gold, has much hidden in its fine print.At first blush, most investors think that GLD securely protects their gold and that they can retrieve it upon request. Yes, GLD has a giant vault where gold is actually kept. However, exchanging your paper shares for gold is much harder than the click of a mouse that gets you into GLD.First of all, to retrieve the gold one must have special permission – meaning one is either a broker or market maker. And there’s another footnote worth mentioning: Gold can only be redeemed at a minimum of 100,000 shares of GLD, equivalent to 10,000 gold ounces (a little over $17 million at current prices). For the high rollers reading this article, that might mean something. For the average Joe out there, that means you will never be able to redeem your GLD shares for gold. Those shares are nothing more than pieces of paper – or worse yet, electronic bytes in your account.With a closer examination of GLD, even the high rollers are misled by GLD. Deep in the SPDR Gold Shares prospectus, the fund includes an option to redeem gold requests in cash rather than physical metal. So, even if you are holding $17 million in GLD, you still might not receive your gold upon request in the case of a crisis in the gold market.But wait – there’s more. Though GLD seems like any other ETF, it isn’t. GLD is structured as a grantor trust. Hence, the investor doesn’t pay taxes similar to regular ETFs. Instead, the investor pays taxes on the underlying assets – in this case, gold. Unfortunately, gold is taxed for long-term holdings at a higher rate of 28% as a collectible instead of the 15% capital gains tax. What seems like a simple fund actually has a world of complicated specifics in the fine print.iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Eastern Europe Index Fund (ESR) – What do you think of when someone says “Eastern Europe?” The Iron Curtain, stuffed cabbage, kolaches, pierogies… No, besides that. For anyone who’s been asleep for the past few decades, Eastern Europe now has more countries than most can count. In the Balkans alone, there’s Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and even Kosovo… not to the mention all the other countries, such as Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, the Ukraine… and the list goes on.With so many different countries and stock exchanges, an ETF would seem like a perfect way to cover them all. Unfortunately, the MSCI Emerging Market Eastern Europe Index Fund (ESR) will cover none of those countries just mentioned. In fact, the ESR does a better job of covering Russia, with a 76% allocation, than the rest of Eastern Europe – a whole 21% of the fund is invested in Russia’s Gazprom alone.Besides Russia, the fund only holds a couple of other countries including Poland at 16%, the Czech Republic at 4.1%, and Hungary at 3.4%. Though some companies in the fund may serve Eastern Europe, this is hardly what most investors had in mind for an Eastern European ETF. If investors really want a Russian ETF, those are not hard to find.[To find out what the other 7 ETFs are – and whether you might own one yourself – click here for your FREE special report, The Top 10 Misleading ETFs.]last_img read more

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Craig Richards wrote We had a great catch up with

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first_imgCraig Richards wrote: We had a great catch up with ex Melbourne Storm, RFL and current NRL Game Development Officer Ross Antonioni.Ross looks after the feeder programmes in schools and clubs that feed NRL club Parramatta Eels. It was great learning about the successful role the NRL play in schools which culminate with Carnival programme. All programmes are closely linked with the Eels to ensure that the early indicators of talent are recognised.These include mental skills such as coachability and willingness to work at improving. Whilst performance played a part, participation was always high on the agenda with a large emphasis on fun and learning.It was notable later in the pathway that the selection of playing squads had a real competitive edge but again mental skills were a large part of the selection criteria.To follow on from the meeting I was lucky enough to be invited to observe a NRL Level 2 RL coaching course. Again big thanks to Ross and lead tutor Tim Auremi, who is the Development Officer for Sydney West.Interestingly, one of the Guest speakers was former Panthers player and current Academy coach Ben Harden who gave a great insight into the club’s playing processes, philosophy and methods. Most surprising was how much detailed information was shared with the group considering coaches in attendance included three academy coaches from rival clubs.This was followed by David Barracosa, Senior Performance Psychologist from Condor Performance, He covered the use of Psychology in sports and shared some great tools to both check, implement and improve mental skills in the game.Following this was former London Broncos, NSW and current Parramatta Eels Performance Analyst Joe Grima. He broke down the components of how, why and who they analyse and made the key links to performances in both team and individuals.It showed the value of a world class analysis system when preparing and reviewing at the highest level.last_img read more

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Twitter We Know the Platform Is Toxic Please Help Us Fix It

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first_img Jack Dorsey wants ideas for how best to measure Twitter’s ‘conversational health.’ Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Michael Kan Reporter –shares Guest Writer Image credit: ThomasDeco | Shutterstock Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 2, 2018 Next Article Register Now » Twitter Add to Queue Twitter knows it has a problem, and it’s looking for help.On Thursday, CEO Jack Dorsey confessed that his company failed to predict that Twitter would become a haven for harassment, abuse and propaganda campaigns. And now that it’s a reality, he’s not really sure what to do. So he’s doing what Silicon Valley does best: crowdsource. He wants your ideas for how to help Twitter measure “conversational health” across the platform.”If you want to improve something, you have to be able to measure it,” he said in a tweetstorm that called for the public to submit proposals.We have witnessed abuse, harassment, troll armies, manipulation through bots and human-coordination, misinformation campaigns, and increasingly divisive echo chambers. We aren’t proud of how people have taken advantage of our service, or our inability to address it fast enough.— jack (@jack) March 1, 2018Twitter’s CEO made the plea as the company has been cracking down on the abuse. It has shut down accounts blamed for spreading misinformation, racism and hate, and removed suspected bots. But the actions haven’t been without controversy. Last week, the company faced backlash from right-wing pundits over fears that Twitter was silencing conservative voices.The incident underscores an ongoing dilemma at Twitter and other social media platforms: safeguards can still end up inflaming hostilities. On Thursday, Dorsey admitted the service can be a divisive echo chamber.”We’ve focused most of our efforts on removing content against our terms, instead of building a systemic framework to help encourage more healthy debate, conversations and critical thinking,” Dorsey said. “This is the approach we now need.”Twitter’s plan to measure the platform’s conversational health presents a problem: How do you gauge something like that? Dorsey said he isn’t sure. It’s why he’s asking for outside experts to submit proposals. “We simply can’t and don’t want to do this alone,” he added.To start, Twitter is taking inspiration from media analytics nonprofit Cortico, which “introduced us to the concept of measuring conversational health [and] came up with four indicators: shared attention, shared reality, variety of opinion, and receptivity.”Whether that approach works for Twitter remains to be seen. “What we know is we must commit to a rigorous and independently vetted set of metrics to measure the health of public conversation on Twitter,” Dorsey wrote. “And we must commit to sharing our results publicly to benefit all who serve the public conversation.”Interested experts can apply here. The deadline is April 13.Recently, rival Facebook also acknowledged that its platform can make people depressed. So it’s now prioritizing content from friends and family since people report being happier when interacting with loved ones on Facebook rather than passively scrolling. 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Twitter: We Know the Platform Is Toxic. Please Help Us Fix It.last_img read more

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Apple Creates a New Company to Sell Solar Energy

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first_img Add to Queue 1 min read Next Article Apple Creates a New Company to Sell Solar Energy 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. Image credit: Apple Energy LLC Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Apple has a new product quite unlike the ones you’re used to: solar energy. The tech giant has formed a new subsidiary called Apple Energy LLC in order to sell surplus solar power generated by its farms in Cupertino and Nevada.As The Verge notes, the company’s newest environmental responsibility report says it only generates enough energy to provide 93 percent of the electricity it needs worldwide. However, Apple might have plans to expand its farms even further to prepare for new projects, such as charging stations for the long-rumored Apple car.In Apple’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filing, which 9to5Mac spotted, it said it could legally sell energy at market rates since it’s not a big energy company and can’t influence the price of electricity. While it could mean that Cupertino is thinking of selling power directly to home or business owners, most corporations sell surplus energy to power companies.We guess we’ll know what Apple’s up to soon enough: it requested permission from FERC to begin the LLC’s operations 60 days after it filed its application on June 6.center_img Enroll Now for $5 June 10, 2016 Mariella Moon This story originally appeared on Engadget 512shares Applelast_img read more

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Nintendo May Be the Talk of the Town But Its Nowhere to

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first_img Image credit: Reuters | Kim Kyung-Hoon Nintendo May Be the Talk of the Town, But It’s Nowhere to Be Found at Tokyo Game Show Apply Now » Reuters The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Nintendo The Japanese firm, conservative and rarely unpredictable, has twice caught the industry by surprise in recent weeks. Add to Queue September 16, 2016 5 min read –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List This story originally appeared on Reuters This week’s Tokyo Game Show is one of the world’s biggest draws for gamers and developers, but the talk amid the virtual reality headsets and robot arms is of the industry giant that never turns up: Nintendo Co. Ltd.The Japanese firm, conservative and rarely unpredictable, has twice caught the industry by surprise in recent weeks: first, with Pokémon Go, a wildly successful augmented reality smartphone game, and, earlier this month, by stealing the show at Apple Inc.’s iPhone 7 launch in San Francisco.There, Nintendo’s best-known game creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, announced the firm’s first on-the-go game starring the popular Super Mario character.It was a rare public splash, and gamers in Tokyo read Miyamoto’s guest Apple appearance as a sign that executives in Nintendo’s spartan offices in Kyoto might finally be catching up with the zeitgeist — tapping a treasure trove of popular characters and consumers’ love of smartphones.”There’s a huge saturation of mobiles, there are billions (of dollars) being made in mobile gaming … and Nintendo has realized that,” said Benjamin Outram, a researcher at Keio University, who was demonstrating virtual reality goggles and a vibrating digital immersion suit at the Tokyo event. “Nintendo is an entertainment company so will go in whatever direction they can entertain.”Super Mario’s short hop to Apple devices is a big leap for Nintendo, unshackling the much-loved moustachioed cartoon plumber from the Japanese company’s dogged resistance to the mobile world.Nintendo has long held out against offering its games for mobile devices, preferring to keep them coupled to its Wii console business. But Wii sales have slowed — from over 100 million devices in its first five years to just 13 million in the past five — and Nintendo is finally acknowledging that mobiles matter.”They held their own kind of Nintendo world and did not want to corrupt their own characters and brands and trademarks by allowing their products or characters to be utilized on other platforms,” said Gavin Parry, managing director at Parry International Trading in Hong Kong. “The internal philosophy is changing and opening up.”Nintendo declined to comment for this article.”Gaming deity”Gamers and game developers say Miyamoto, 63 and often dubbed the “Walt Disney of video games,” is key to Nintendo’s shift.”Miyamoto is not a conventional game maker, he wants to create family entertainment,” said Hirokazu Hamamura, a director at Japanese publisher Kadokawa Dwango and a gaming commentator who often meets Miyamoto.”Mario is the jewel in Nintendo’s crown, so if they are letting him out it means they are serious.”Miyamoto, a modest corporate man — who in the United States would likely command superstar status — has described himself as the first non-computer programmer game creator.”Even people at Sony and Microsoft look up to Miyamoto as gaming deity,” said Hamamura.Responsible for Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong and other popular video game characters, as well as the Wii, Miyamoto started out as a puppet maker, and moved on to early designs of Donkey Kong and Mario sketched on paper that he handed to computer engineers, according to media interviews.He joined Nintendo, which has its roots making playing cards in 19th century Kyoto, in 1977, as the company shifted from making toys to video games.When computer gaming in cafes, malls and arcades — think Pong and Space Invaders — gave way to more solitary games often played on a bedroom desktop or console, Miyamoto has said he became concerned that gamers were turning into unsociable “zombies.”The 2006 hit, the Wii console, aimed to reverse that trend, and appeal to a broader audience of those new to gaming or put off by the proliferation of shooting games.Miyamoto has said he turned his wife into a gamer through social and fitness focused games such as Wii Sports and Nintendogs, a virtual pet training game.In March last year, Nintendo announced a partnership with Japanese social gaming company DeNA Co. to release five free-to-play mobile games within two years. Nintendo says two of those; versions of Animal Forest and Fire Emblem, have been delayed.”We believe Nintendo will be able to create a new style of games and spread them all around the world,” Miyamoto told Nintendo investors last October.At the Tokyo Game Show, dominated by yet more shooting games and role-playing fantasy titles that likely appeal to the “zombies” Miyamoto frets about, Nintendo’s Splatoon game for the Wii U — with paint splashing, squid-like characters battling for territory — won the best game award.Nintendo? Still absent.”That’s Nintendo’s nature,” said Masao Masutani, who helps develop game software for Sony. “They do what they want and let others get on with their thing.”(Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki, Tim Kelly and Yoshiyasu Shida; writing by Tim Kelly; Editing by Ian Geoghegan) Next Article last_img read more

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