Representational image.PixabayIndian stock market opened with massive positive trading with Sensex recovering to its 40,000 level almost after a month. Nifty rose above 11,970, showing a positive approach towards the expectations on Nirmala Sitharaman’s maiden Union Budget 2019 speech.The BSE Sensex is seeing a trading rise of 119 points while Nifty50 has gained about 31 points since the morning.The gain in the Sensex and the Nifty is because of the expectations of the public and the investors from the Union Budget to bring in policies that can revive the country from its economic slowdown.
At least 500 Rohingya had made the difficult journey into Bangladesh. AFP File PhotoHundreds of Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh in recent days following a fresh military build-up in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, community leaders said Wednesday.They said at least 500 Rohingya had made the difficult journey into Bangladesh, some claiming they had been abused by soldiers in Myanmar.The latest influx follows a months-long bloody military crackdown on the mainly Muslim minority in Myanmar last year that led tens of thousands to flee across the border. The United Nations has said the violence may amount to ethnic cleansing.Abu Toyyob said he escaped with his seven-member family as the army vandalised Rohingya houses and detained young men.”They arrested my younger brother from home and injured my two-year-old son by kicking him with boots,” the 25-year-old told AFP.”I immediately set off with my family and crossed the Naf two nights ago,” he added, referring to the river that divides the two countries.Dhaka estimates that nearly 400,000 Rohingya refugees are living in squalid refugee camps and makeshift settlements in the resort district of Cox’s Bazar, which borders Rakhine.Their numbers swelled last October when more than 70,000 Rohingya villagers began arriving, bringing stories of systematic rape, murder and arson at the hands of Myanmar soldiers.Bangladesh border guards said they had stepped up patrols after reports of a military build-up on the other side of the river.Last week, the UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee voiced alarm at reports that an army battalion had flown into Rakhine to help local authorities boost security in the region.Buddhist-majority Myanmar has long faced criticism for its treatment of the more than one million Rohingya who live in Rakhine, who are seen as interlopers from Bangladesh, denied citizenship and access to basic rights.But they are also increasingly unwelcome in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, where police often blame them for crimes such as drug trafficking.Dhaka has floated the idea of relocating tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote, flood-prone island off its coast, despite opposition from rights groups.An official with the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM), which looks after settlements for unregistered Rohingya refugees, said the organisation was aware of new arrivals.The numbers were “not as alarming as the October influx,” the official said.
The three-day conference on ‘Defending Dalit Rights’ entitled ‘Establishing Justice, Dignity, Equality and Humanity’ is being organised by the International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) and Global Conference Organizing Committee (GCOC) from on Thursday at Trinity Washington University. At the conclusion of the conference, GCOC will announce its strategy and the Declaration of Dalit Rights during a human chain demonstration in front of the White House, a statement has said. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe demonstration will implore US President Barack Obama and Congress members to support Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s House Resolution that calls for Congress to condemn discrimination against Dalit people. “The purpose of the Global Conference is to increase awareness of the injustices visited upon an estimated 260 million caste-affected individuals worldwide, who face caste-based discrimination, exclusion, inequality, and violence,” ICDR statement has said. While caste-based discrimination is widely practised in South Asian nations like India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, it can also be found in other parts of the world including Japan, Yemen, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal and Somalia, it said.
Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA stolen van has been stopped on the M6 Toll road this morning disguised with false registrations plates – which matched those belonging to another stolen van. The less-than-cunningly disguised vehicle was stopped by the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) earlier today (Tuesday July 9). Both people in the van have now been arrested. A CMPG spokesman said: “Van stopped on M6 Toll – turns out that it’s stolen. “To avoid detection the occupants had cunningly put false registration plates on the van. “The only downside? The registration they chose to use belongs to another stolen van. Two off to custody.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play . Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .
Atalanta, Georgia – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineLeading the way in offering enhanced airborne broadband productivity to in-service aircraft owners, Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) today announced two new Wi-Fi broadband solutions for in-service Hawker 4000 and Hawker 800XP aircraft equipped with Honeywell avionics. Both Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) feature Aircell ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 equipment that utilizes global communication towers to deliver the fastest airborne connectivity available today.“Broadband connectivity significantly enhances the way corporate aircraft are used for businesses, governments and personal transportation,” said Christi Tannahill, HBC vice president, Global Customer Support. “We will continue to invest in these aftermarket technologies to provide our customers with the most advanced solutions available.”Utilizing the latest 3G mobile wireless technology, both systems turn Hawker cabins into Internet hot spots, permitting passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and laptop computers to access the Internet. The Aircell ATG 4000 is designed for installation, along with the company’s Axxess voice communication system, while the ATG 5000 is designed to be installed as a stand alone broadband system. Airborne Internet access enhances the flight experience for passengers and creates new opportunities for commercial and government operators in the areas of air ambulance, surveillance and air taxi.HBS’s new broadband STCs complement the company’s existing Aircell and Thrane & Thrane international SwiftBroadband equipment in Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 equipped Hawker 900XP, 850XP, 800XP and 750 aircraft. HBS also has Thrane & Thrane international SwiftBroadband systems in development for Beechcraft King Air aircraft.Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) is dedicated to improving the value of HBC aircraft by employing products and services to simplify aircraft ownership, reduce operating cost and increase resale value. GCS is comprised of four functional groups that include Support Plus (cost predictability/warranty programs), Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution (genuine factory parts), Hawker Beechcraft Services (factory-owned service centers) and Technical Support (Field Support Representatives, Hot Line specialists and Technical Publications).Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers.www.hawkerbeechcraft.com
17Oct State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Oct. 7, 2018 Categories: News,Vaupel News I want to thank Sam Champagne, House policy committee advisor of the House Health Policy Committee, for his service in assisting with legislation. Sam Champagne was presented a tribute for his work and dedication to the Michigan House. He is leaving for a position in the private sector, and we wish him well on his new endeavor.***I recently participated in the Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce Power Lunch where I served on a panel to discuss legislation and public policy issues trending locally, statewide and nationally. Congressmen Mike Bishop, state Senator Joe Hune and state Rep. Lana Theis also attended the event. National and state issues were discussed with active audience questions. It was a great opportunity to meet with local residents and discuss community updates.***This week, I was invited by Lake Trust Credit Union to help with gardening maintenance for LACASA. LACASA helps hundreds of people by protecting and empowering victims and survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. I want to thank the Lake Trust employees for their work to help assist LACASA for several hours by completing the needed garden weeding and mulching. Having dedicated volunteers help local businesses keeps the community together.***On Tuesday, I attended the Howell Chamber of Commerce Good Morning Livingston breakfast where presentations were made by several Fowlerville businesses. The speakers shared projects they are working on, and what residents can look forward to with recent expansion plans and responsibilities their businesses face.***Please join me for my October office hours on Friday, October 19 at the following times and locations:· 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave. in Fowlerville;· 4 to 5 p.m. at Biggby Coffee, 11325 W. Highland Road in Hartland; and· 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at All Star Coney Island, 934 Michigan Ave. in Howell.I look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts!***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you!***PHOTO INFORMATION: (left to right) State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., state Rep. Hank Vaupel, Sam Champagne, and Speaker of the House Tom Leonard presented a tribute to Sam Champagne for his work at the Michigan House of Representatives.
Greek telecom operator Wind Hellas has signed an agreement with pay TV operator Forthnet SA that provides wholesale access to the content of Nova Sports channels.Wind Hellas plans to launch a new TV platform that will hold the streaming rights for the sports content of Nova Sports channels, featuring premium Greek sports content including as the Greek Superleague, Euroleague basketball, and other international sports.The company says it is on a fast track to develop its own TV platform and will soon launch a service that will allow its customers to watch premium content, anytime, anywhere, on any screen.“We are committed to launch a TV experience that will stand out for its technology and premium content as well” said Nassos Zarkalis, chairman and CEO of Wind Hellas. “Our cooperation with Zappware ensures the first part and today we are excited to announce an agreement that will bring lauded content to our customers. The full portfolio of our upcoming TV platform will provide to the Greek market a high quality and competitive TV content offering”.
Silver’s sojourn above the $20 spot price didn’t last long…and the Far East low, around $19.50 spot, came just before 3:00 p.m. local time…a few minutes before the 8:00 a.m. BST London open. After that, it was pretty much the same chart pattern in silver as it was in gold…with the sell-offs and rallies coming at the same times as gold as well. Nothing free market about this. Silver’s low price tick in New York came just before 12:30 p.m. EDT…and Kitco recorded that as $19.38 spot. The high tick in the Far East came shortly after 8:00 a.m. Tokyo time…and that looked to be around $20.30 spot. Silver had an intraday price move of about 5 percent. Silver closed at $19.69 spot…back under $20 spot…and down 43 cents on the day. Volume, net of roll-overs out of the July delivery month, was 32,500 contracts. JPMorgan wanted gold back under $1,300…and silver under $20…and they got their wish Not surprisingly, gold got sold down right from the time that trading began in the Far East at 8:00 a.m. in Hong Kong. An interim low was in just minutes before the London open…and from there it didn’t do much until the 8:20 EDT Comex open in New York. The rally that began at that time, ran into a seller of last resort at 9:00 a.m….and then it was all down hill until 1:00 p.m. EDT. The rally from that point lasted until 2:45 p.m…and then it got sold down for about thirty minutes before trading sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close. The low tick at 1:00 p.m. EDT was recorded by Kitco at $1,275.40 spot…and the high…around $1,301 at the 8:00 a.m. open in Hong Kong. Gold closed at $1,282.60 spot…down an even $16.00 on the day. Gross volume, with the lion’s share being of the high-frequency trading variety, was around 172,000 contracts. The dollar index, which closed in New York Friday afternoon at 82.41, jumped up about 10 basis points at the open on Sunday night in New York…and then chopped higher…hitting its high tick of 82.82 at 8:20 a.m. EDT, the exact time of the Comex open. But by 9:00 a.m. the index was back to 82.54…and traded sideways from there. Then, starting around 1:00 p.m. EDT, it fell down to 82.31 by 2:30 p.m…before recovering a hair into the close. The index closed at 82:45…up a whole 4 basis points from Friday’s close. Here’s the 2-day dollar index chart. Gold: Dead Cat or Raging Bull? While GLD has tanked, gold bullion is selling like hotcakes. What is going on? For answers, The Street and Casey Research will host a free investors’ webinar on Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m. EST – with Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, and others. Register here to watch. (Click on image to enlarge) Sponsor Advertisement (Click on image to enlarge) (Click on image to enlarge) (Click on image to enlarge) Once the rallies in these metals are allowed to begin, it will be interesting to see how far JPMorgan will let the prices run to the upside now that they’re mega-long in both gold and copper…and they’re probably pretty much out of their short position in silver as well. I would guess that they’re short positions in both platinum and palladium are either immaterial….or covered in other markets. I believe that today is options expiry on the Comex for all four precious metals…and the big traders have to be out by the end of the Comex session on Wednesday…and everyone else before first notice day, which is Friday. The next four trading days…the end of the week and the quarter…could be educational in the precious metal markets. If we get through the Comex trading session today without any serious price activity in either gold or silver, we’ll be looking at a Commitment of Traders Report for the record books on Friday. However, as we’ve already discovered in the past, “da boyz” are very good at withholding data from this report if it suits them…and it may suit them at this stage of the game. We’ll find out at 3:30 p.m. EDT on that day. Not much happened during the Far East trading session on their Tuesday. All four precious metals got sold down a bit, but recovered going into the London open. Gold volume is pretty high…46,000 contracts…but it’s a good bet that the vast majority of that is of the high-frequency trading variety. Silver’s volume, net of roll-overs, is close to ‘normal’…whatever that means these days. And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:20 a.m. EDT…gold is up a hair from Monday’s close…and silver is flat. Both platinum and palladium are up well over a percent. The dollar index is down about 14 basis points. Because of its effect on this Friday’s COT Report, I’ll be more than interested in what happens during the Tuesday trading session in New York today. And here’s your ABSOLUTE LAST CHANCE to sign up for Casey Research’s FREE ON-LINE VIDEO EVENT. It’s entitled “GOLD: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull?“ It features Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, Steven Feldman, Rob McEwen and Jeff Clark. They explore the recent fluctuations of the gold price and what it means for investors. Does gold’s drop signal the end of its bull run, or is it just taking a breather? Should investors load up on or unload gold? The free online event Gold: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull? hosted by The Street and Casey Research, with Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, and others will provide some answers. This free video airs today, June 25th at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. It will be available for viewing after the initial stream for those who have schedule conflicts. You can check it out…and then sign up for it here. Based on the events of the last few weeks, it pretty much goes without saying that it will be worth your time. See you here tomorrow. The gold stocks gapped down at the open…hitting their nadir at around 10:20 a.m. in New York. From there, they more or less traded sideways until just after 12:00 o’clock noon EDT…and then they rallied until 2:45 p.m. when gold printed its afternoon high tick. Then they got sold off with the gold price going into the close. The HUI was hit for another 4.19%. The silver shares got crushed again, with some of the juniors getting hit for double-digit losses. Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index was down 5.48%. (Click on image to enlarge) As I’ve stated before, along with every seller that’s dumping his position in a panic, or forced liquidation…is a ‘strong hands’ buyer[s] that’s scooping up everything that is falling off the table. Unless their intent is to sell on the upside to cap any price rally, they won’t be selling any time soon. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 151 gold and 8 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow within the Comex-approved depositories. In gold, it was “all the usual suspects”. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. With the end of the June delivery month at hand, there shouldn’t be too much left on the delivery schedule for either metal…and the First Day Notice numbers will be posted on the CME’s website late on Thursday evening…and I’ll have them for you in Friday’s column. July is a big delivery month for silver…but not for gold. There were more withdrawals from both GLD and SLV on Monday. In GLD, authorized participants withdrew 135,302 troy ounces…and in SLV it was a chunky 3,281,198 troy ounces. Whether the withdrawal from SLV was of the ‘plain vanilla’ variety [or otherwise] is a question that I’ll have for Ted when I talk to him on the phone later today. Personally, I could make a case for either scenario. The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday. They sold 5,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 224,600 silver eagles. It was a busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday. They reported receiving 1,659,533 troy ounces of silver…and shipped out 540,763 troy ounces. The link to that activity is here. In gold, the same depositories received 4,950 troy ounces…and shipped 321.50 troy ounces [10 kilobars…all from Brink’s, Inc.] out the door. The link to that activity is here. It was another very decent day at the store, but it was wall-to-wall silver sales. We didn’t sell an ounce of gold to anyone…either over the counter, or on an order-in basis. It’s Tuesday, but I took the axe out…and cut the stories down to a minimum…so I hope you can find the time to read the ones that interest you the most. The data suggests that JPMorgan has been the dominant buyer in COMEX gold, silver and copper on what have been deliberately set lower prices. In fact, there is no real connection between these three commodities other than JPMorgan being the most aggressive buyer amid sharply lower prices. Certainly, no one would suggest the fundamentals in these three different commodities had changed over the past few weeks to account for the dramatic price smashes. The only possible connection is JPMorgan. Since JPMorgan has been buying gold, copper and silver so aggressively, it is most reasonable for me to conclude that the price of these three commodities will move sharply higher once JPM gets all that they can get by rigging prices lower…actually, it looks like they are done by my reckoning, but with crooks you can never be sure until afterward. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…22 June 2013 I wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into Monday’s price action in gold and silver…although it was obvious to me that JPMorgan wanted gold back under $1,300…and silver under $20…and they got their wish. Both attempts by both metals to rally to any degree got turned back in New York trading before they could get too far. Platinum and palladium weren’t spared…and although the markets for these two precious metal are almost microscopic when compared to gold and silver, JPMorgan also has a considerable short position in both of these as well. It was obvious that they worked them over pretty good during the New York session yesterday. Here are the 3-year weekly charts for all four precious metals…plus copper. You can see that, except for palladium, they are all horribly oversold…and this condition didn’t happen by accident, of course. Oversold conditions, engineered or otherwise, don’t normally last long…and these will come to an end at a time of JPMorgan’s choosing, as they are running the show in all of these commodities at the moment.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published on November 14 and has been updated to reflect a new commentary on Yemen published in The New England Journal of Medicine.Three weeks ago, 10-year-old Sara was sitting up in her bed at a hospital in Hodeidah, Yemen. A small hole sliced into her throat was helping her breathe.She was recovering from a rare bacterial infection, called diphtheria. The bacteria had paralyzed part of her body. And there was only one reason why Sara was so sick: Yemen’s civil war.For the past three and a half years, both sides — the Saudi-backed government and Iran-backed rebels — have continually used disease and famine as weapons of war, two doctors write Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.Health-care providers can no longer stand by silently and let these atrocities occur, Dr. Louise Ivers and Dr. Amir Mohareb of Massachusetts General Hospital write in the commentary.”The rules of war, which protect health-care facilities, are being broken,” Ivers tells NPR. “International conventions guarantee medical organizations can do their work [in war zones]. Violations of those conventions should be a concern to everybody — for everybody’s future.”Throughout the civil war, both sides have attacked hospitals, pharmacies, water-treatment plants and sewage systems. During the first seven months of fighting, Doctors Without Borders reported that 39 hospitals were bombed — even though the charity gave the facilities’ GPS coordinates to both sides of the war. At the same time, troops have blocked key ports, preventing aid, fuel, drugs and vaccines from entering the country.As a result, diseases like cholera and diphtheria have cropped up and spread. Medical staff have had to flee. And 14 million people are on the brink of a famine.In the commentary, Ivers and Mohareb are calling on physicians around the world to advocate for a complete cease-fire and to urge the U.S. to stop supplying Saudi Arabia with weapons and logistically support.”Health-care workers are in a really unique position to stand up and say, ‘We understand what’s going on here. We understand that diseases, like diphtheria, don’t just emerge from thin air. They are caused by gross negligence of war rules or actual deliberate attempts to interrupt healthcare structures,’ ” Ivers says. “Doctors have a collective responsibility to take action.”Every 10 minutes a child dies in Yemen, on average, from a preventable disease, the United Nations says. More than 400,000 children are starving. Another 1.5 million are acutely malnourished and need aid to survive.”Yemen has become a hell on earth for millions of children,” says UNICEF’s regional director Geert Cappelaere. “Today every single boy, every single girl in Yemen is facing extremely dire needs.”Now Cappelaere — along with leaders of the United Nations and the World Health Organization — fear that lifesaving aid is in jeopardy.Just days after Cappelaere left the hospital, fighting in Hodeidah became so severe that health workers could no longer access the hospital. Many patients, including Sara, were quickly evacuated.And this violence is threatening to block food, medicine and other supplies coming into Yemen, warned U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on France Inter radio on Monday.With a major port on the Red Sea, the city of Hodeidah is a lifeline for humanitarian aid in Yemen. Eighty-five percent of the country’s food typically passes through this port, the World Health Organization says.”If the port at Hodeidah is destroyed, that could create an absolutely catastrophic situation,” Guterres says.It could push 12 million people — the number of Yemenis already close to famine — over the brink, says Suze van Meegen, protection and advocacy adviser in Yemen for the charity Norwegian Refugee Council.”We would be looking at death on a very, very large scale,” van Meegen says.For this reason, the U.N., UNICEF, WHO and numerous other humanitarian organizations are calling for an immediate cease-fire.”Not next week. Not in three weeks,” van Meegen says. “We need everyone to lay down their weapons and come back to the table to look for a real solution, not a violent one.”The Trump administration echoed that same sentiment two weeks ago. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote in a statement that peace talks must begin this month.At the same time, though, the U.S. continues to sell billions of dollars in weapons to the Saudis. And until it stopped last week, the U.S. was helping to refuel Saudi planes used in Yemen’s war. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Consumer Demand for Personalisation and Tech Advances Drives Innovation in Entertainment and Media Industry PRNewswireJune 11, 2019, 1:09 pmJune 11, 2019 5G NetworksGlobal Entertainment & MediaMarketing Technology NewsNewspersonalisationPWCvirtual reality Previous ArticleLogi Analytics Acquires Zoomdata, Extending Market Leadership in Embedded AnalyticsNext ArticleMapbox Launches Data Services to Deliver High-Quality Map Data To Customers Now it’s getting personal. According to PwC’s Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2019–2023, consumers are embracing the expanding opportunities to enjoy media experiences tailored to their needs, and companies are designing offerings and business models to revolve around those personal preferences. In a fundamental shift, they’re leveraging data and usage patterns to pitch their products not at audiences of billions, but at billions of individuals.The result is an emerging world of media that’s more personal than ever before: one in which empowered consumers control their own media consumption via an expanding range of smart devices, curate their personal selection of channels via over-the-top (OTT) services and bring more media content into their lives by embracing the smart home and connected car. It’s also an increasingly mobile world, soon to be augmented by 5G networks. As personal connections proliferate, however, consumers continue to be concerned about the safety and privacy of the data. With trust at a premium, pressure is intensifying on companies to adapt to new privacy regimes.Global industry growth continues to outpace GDP…These profound shifts are taking place against a background of ongoing global growth in entertainment & media (E&M) revenues. The Outlook — which provides revenue data and forecasts for 14 industry segments across 53 territories — projects that total global spending on E&M will rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% over the next five years, to 2023. This growth rate will see the industry’s global revenue reach US$2.6tn in 2023, up from US$2.1tn in 2018. Over the forecast period, six segments will exhibit growth above the average, and seven below it. (The 14th segment, data consumption, does not generate revenue.)…but with sharp differences in growth rates at the segment levelLooking at specific E&M segments, virtual reality (VR) maintains its position as the highest-growth segment, but — after a year in which consumers’ take-up continued to lag behind expectations — its lead over the OTT video segment is greatly diminished. Podcasts and esports, which sit within larger segments, have extremely strong growth revenue forecasts at CAGRs of 28.5% and 18.3%, respectively.At the lower end of the growth spectrum, the traditional TV and home video segment now has negative growth expectations for the first time, as cord-cutting by consumers continues to rise and sales of DVDs keep plummeting. The print-exposed newspapers and consumer magazines segment has the worst forecast through to 2023, with revenues projected to suffer a compound annual decline of 2.3%.Marketing Technology News: PROS Launches Sales Agreement Management to Streamline Selling in Digital EraInnovating for growth in a world of me mediaThe underlying shift that’s reshaping and reorienting the entire industry is changing human behaviour, with a decisive turn towards personalisation. At one level, the new world of E&M appears more isolated, with growing numbers of people engrossed in their own choice of content. But there’s also a dimension of personalisation that’s inherently social, as people share playlists on music-streaming services, recommend movies to friends on social platforms or engage in multi-user video game battle royales.Advances in technology and service offerings are finally enabling people to move from passive to active consumption — not just of individual pieces of media, but of media as a whole. Many signs of this change are pinpointed in the Outlook. One is the trend for consumers to reject the bundles of channels offered by cable or satellite providers, and instead construct their own ad hoc bundles made up of OTT services. Global OTT revenue hit US$38.2bn in 2018, and is forecast to almost double by 2023. Another sign is the rise of the smart home, with ownership of smart speaker devices set to rise at a 38.1% CAGR to hit 440mn devices globally in 2023.Wilson Chow, Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Leader and Partner, PwC China, comments:“5G’s impact will be felt across the entire technology, media and telecommunications value chain for the next decade. It will hasten existing trends towards personalisation, making it easier, more convenient and cheaper to access more media on phones and other mobile devices. Key impacts of 5G for E&M will include enabling more streaming of high-quality video — including of live events like sports and music — and better use of AI, together with massive opportunities for video games and VR in terms of speed and quality of images.”Marketing Technology News: Agency Veteran Joao Machado Joins as Sabio’s SVP of Product MarketingFour priorities shaping companies’ strategiesAs E&M companies reinvent their organisations and offerings for an increasingly personalised world, four priorities are coming to the fore:One size does not fit all: As companies approach both markets of individuals and individual geographic markets, they are finding that it makes sense to present different options: all-you-can-eat offerings with unlimited usage in some areas, tiers of payments for different services in less developed markets, and competing on affordability. Meanwhile, across all markets — mature and developing — PwC’s research finds stark differences in terms of segment growth.The number of consumer touch points is expanding: As media and e-commerce experiences become more personal, gratification for consumers is becoming more instant and immediate. In response, content creators and distributors are devising new ways to appeal to consumers as individuals and marketers are figuring out how to meet consumers at the point of consumption and point them instantaneously towards purchase. Witness the rise of shoppable online advertising, often promoted by ‘influencers.’ Voice is also becoming a key form of interaction for both search and shopping, supported by the rise of smart speakers.Technological innovation introduces a new era of personalised computing: Companies are leveraging AI’s ability to understand people’s individual tastes and consumption habits to offer up the content individual users find most compelling. The combination of AI with 5G will be especially powerful, as it will fuel the rapid growth of segments such as video games and VR. The Outlook forecasts show video games’ compelling combination of growth and scale, while VR will be the fastest-growing segment overall.Trust and regulation remain pivotal, as personal data hygiene becomes key: With consumers moving to the centre of their own world of media experiences, their personal data — from the music they stream and the news they read to the products they buy — is taking a central role. In the emerging world, maintaining personal data hygiene is becoming key to the overall health of the E&M ecosystem. For companies, this goes beyond regulatory compliance, which is merely table stakes, and extends to building trust by behaving transparently and responsibly with customers’ data, ensuring the accuracy of news, and being sensitive to concerns around issues such as digital addiction.Ennèl van Eeden, Global Entertainment and Media Leader and Partner, PwC Netherlands, comments:“The personalisation wave — fuelled by evolving customer behaviour — is set to be amplified by the forces of technology, scale, and aggressive investing and competition. The implications for organisations are profound. As the borders separating former media silos erode, companies need to think more broadly about the areas and segments in which they operate. At the same time, all E&M players must take the need to ‘know your customer’ more seriously, and marketers need to allocate their time and attention to new types of content and platforms — influencers, live events, ads inside apps and more. Finally, companies must focus intently on their core capabilities and geographical markets, while continually scanning the horizon for new developments and regulations, and being agile in responding to technological developments such as 5G. Put simply: it’s time to get personal with consumers — or be left out of the conversation.”Marketing Technology News: Mastercard Digital Wellness Program to Enhance Transparency, Security and Choice for Online Shopping
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 10 2018In the human brain, nerve cells – so-called neurons – care for the transmission of electrical signals. They form the functional component responsible for sensations, stimuli and memories. In the presence of dementia, there is an adsorption of proteins outside the neurons, which then leads to the death of the neuronal cells. How to prevent the death of neurons is still the subject of scientific research today.In a recent transnational research project funded by the EU Joint Program on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), which is funded in Germany by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), researchers are now trying to address this question.While project partners in Italy, Great Britain, Belgium and the USA investigate the exact processes in the brain, the MPI-P explores methods to transport drugs. The overcoming of a natural barrier in the body – the so-called blood-brain barrier – represents the main challenge. Drugs to be used in the brain must be able to pass this barrier first before acting in the brain.For this purpose, the Mainz scientists are working on nanocapsules that are supposed to overcome the barrier. On the one hand, it has to be taken care on a long circulation time of the nanocapsules in the blood in order to increase the probability of interaction with the target cells in the affected brain areas. For this, it is important to design the nanocapsules so that they are not directly excreted by kidney or liver. On the other hand, special “address labels” – consisting of proteins – must be placed on the capsule surface in order to be recognized and absorbed by the target cells, much like a key with a lock. “We are still filling our nanoscale capsules with dye,” says Dr. Svenja Morsbach, group leader in the department of Prof. Katharina Landfester at the MPI-P. “If the transport through the blood-brain barrier with the nanocarriers works, we hope we can simply exchange the dye for a suitable drug.”Related StoriesWorld’s first 3D heart printed using patient’s own cells and biological materialsComing soon: New home blood-testing device for people with chronic illnessesNanotechnology treatment reverses multiple sclerosis symptoms in miceThe partners involved in the project in Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the USA are examining the exact processes in the brain in parallel with the development of the transport system in Mainz. Here, so-called “exosomes” and “neurotrophic factors” are of major interest. Exosomes are small “miniature cells” that can be released by real cells to communicate with each other. These have a dimension of only about 100 nanometers – that is 100 billionths of a meter in size. At the same time, “neurotrophic factors” are biochemical messengers responsible for the growth and survival of nerve cells. The interaction of exosomes and neuron-stimulating factors is seen as the main focus for the understanding of dementia by researchers.The project is designed for a period of three years and is funded with over one million euro, of which a share of more than 400,000 euros is attributed to the subproject of the Mainz scientists. The researchers hope that understanding the disease itself and developing a functioning transport system will be an important step in the treatment of dementia. Source:http://www.mpip-mainz.mpg.de/5458095/PM2018-23
There’s a scratch in Facebook’s Teflon coating. Facebook hammered as user growth cools © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. Facebook’s user base and revenue grew more slowly than expected in the second quarter of 2018 as the company grappled with privacy issues, sending its stock tumbling after hours. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) The social network’s user base and revenue grew more slowly than expected in the second quarter as the company grappled with privacy issues, sending its stock tumbling after hours.The company also warned that it expects revenue growth to decelerate in the next couple of quarters as it promotes new, and for now less profitable, products— such as its Stories disappearing message feature. It is also allowing users to make “more choices” around data privacy amid public outcry and regulatory pressures.The earnings covered the company’s first full quarter since the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal erupted. But analysts attributed the user growth shortfall largely to European privacy rules that went into effect in May, not to the furor over the political consulting firm with ties to President Donald Trump, which improperly accessed the data of tens millions of Facebook users.With an hour before trading began Thursday, shares had plunged more than 19 percent, plucking about $17 billion in net worth out of the pocket of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.Still, the results suggest that Facebook may have weathered the scandal without major harm to its business, even if its public image has taken a hit. While revenue fell short of Wall Street estimates, it did so by only about 1 percent; profits, meanwhile exceeded forecasts.But Facebook continues to grapple with big existential questions, ranging from its users’ privacy to tech addiction to how it deals with fake news and misinformation, hate speech and extremism on its service.At times, it has seemed as though Facebook can’t quite decide where its values really lie. For instance, it continues to straddle the line between policing what users say and remaining a neutral platform in an increasingly divided world, and between protecting privacy while collecting as much information on its users as possible.Facebook had 2.23 billion monthly users as of June 30, up 11 percent from a year earlier. Analysts were expecting 2.25 billion, according to FactSet. User growth—both on a monthly and daily basis—was flat in the U.S. and the rest of North America, while it declined slightly in Europe.Facebook has largely saturated in the U.S. and Western European markets, and is now looking to countries such as Brazil, India and Indonesia for new users. Revenue from these regions, however, is far below what Facebook rakes in from the U.S. and Europe.The company earned $5.1 billion, or $1.74 per share, up 31 percent and above analysts’ estimates of $1.71.But revenue—up 42 percent to $13.23 billion— was slightly below the $13.34 that Wall Street was expecting.Facebook said the European privacy rules, called General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, did not have a big effect on the quarter’s revenue, but also noted that they were only in effect for about a month before the quarter ended.Over the long term, GDPR may end up favoring Facebook and other large companies that have the resources to adapt to new requirements. They could similarly disadvantage smaller, lesser known companies that don’t have the resources to comply and which could face big fines if they don’t.One bright spot for Facebook has been Instagram, the photo-sharing app it bought for $1 billion in 2012. Instagram now has more than 1 billion users, and analysts expect it to be a model for how Facebook molds its other big app purchase, WhatsApp, into a lucrative business. So far, WhatsApp doesn’t show ads, and its founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton left Facebook amid disagreements over advertising and other issues. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Facebook faces a day of reckoning, at least on Wall Street (2018, July 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-facebook-day-reckoning-wall-street.html Explore further
Construction tycoon Mangal Prabhat Lodha is president, Mumbai city unit Published on 0 July 16, 2019 state politics The BJP on Tuesday appointed Chandrakant Patil and Swatantra Dev Singh as the presidents of the party’s State unit in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, respectively. Chandrakant Patil inherits the mantel from Raosaheb Danve, who resigned as the State BJP chief after being inducted in the Modi government. The party has also appointed construction tycoon and MLA, Mangal Prabhat Lodha, as the president of the Mumbai city unit. He replaced Ashish Shelar, who has been the Mumbai chief for the last six years. Mild-mannered and self-effacing, Patil is known as an astute tactician within the party. But party sources said his clout was a matter of concern for the Fadnavis government. Therefore, he has been elevated as the State President by the party high command. Such a step is expected to maintain an internal balance within the party. Patil, hailing from Kolhapur district in Western Maharashtra, is known as a dyed-in-the-wool activist of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) — the student arm of the RSS. His work in Kolhapur has also ensured BJP’s growth in the agriculturally-rich and politically-dominated Maratha region. It was earlier a bastion of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party.In the last two years, Patil has emerged as a key negotiator with various Maratha groups demanding reservation in job and education.In Uttar PradeshSwatantra Dev Singh, an OBC leader, will be replacing Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey as State unit chief in Uttar Pradesh.Pandey was inducted in the Union Cabinet, necessitating a change of guard in the State. Singh is a Kurmi, one of the influential backward castes in the State. His appointment is seen as part of the BJP’s effort to consolidate its support among the OBCs, who strongly backed the party in the State Assembly and the recent Lok Sabha election.(with inputs from PTI) SHARE COMMENTS