Cheap city break Spot of winter sun Get inspired

first_imgCheap city break? Spot of winter sun? Get inspired for your next trip, be it a weekend escape or a few days away, somewhere new or an old favourite, with these great value flights – all starting at less than £46 return.1. Dublin from £20Ok, it’s cliché, and the Guinness Storehouse at St James’s Gate may lack the atmosphere of city centre pubs, but when in Dublin, as they say. And its Gravity Bar bar offers one the best views of the city. You’ll find yourself in this rooftop bar at the end of a tour through the production, history and famous advertising campaigns of Dublin’s most famous export.Find a hotel in Dublin 2. Warsaw from £38Whether you want to spend your spare time checking out the city’s cultural attractions, or simply drinking as much Tyskie as possible while still getting let back on the plane, one essential Warsaw experience is a visit to a ‘milk bar’. They’re not bars that serve milk, but old style Communist-era restaurants knocking out great value grub. Try Bar Mleczny Zlota Kurka, one of the most famous in the city.More: 8 best things to do in Warsaw ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 5. Bremen from £36Get your Christmas market kicks in Bremen, which hosts one of the most popular on the Continent. It’s on right up until 23 December, if need to pick up some last-minute gingerbread. Or go for a rock-bottom bargain break in the New Year, when the city will be much quieter. Be sure to explore the Schnoor – an old fishing quarter now brimming with cool cafés, shops and galleries.More: 11 of the best Christmas market city breaks for under £60 4. Turin from £40Next to Neapolitan pizza, Turin’s Fiat 500 has got to be one of Italy’s most famous exports. Four wheeled icons are not all that Italy’s fourth largest city specialises in. Visitors flock to the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist to gaze upon the Turin Shroud, believed to bear the imprint of Christ’s face on his way to the cross. Take a break from all that racing around with a gelato (it’s winter? whatever!) from Pepino, the first parlour to put ice cream on a stick and dip it in chocolate to make… choc ice.center_img 6. Malaga from £34As anyone who’s visited will tell you, the quickest way to the coast of the Costa Del Sol is to head straight from Malaga airport down the N340. But while the Malaga car rental desks are the first port of call for those desperate to reach the beach, out-of-season visitors to southern Spain should stop right there to explore Malaga itself.More: 10 best things to do in Malaga: a local’s guide 3. Riga from £26Don’t be put off by its attractiveness to stag partying Brits, for the more civilised attractions of Latvia’s capital are coming to the fore. Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its world-class collection of Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau) architecture. Take a trip to the top of St Peter’s Church for an incredible 360 degree view of this Baltic beauty. RelatedCheap flights for less than £100Flight route Current estimated price Newcastle to Warsaw, Poland £28 London to Rome, Italy £46 Birmingham to Geneva, Switzerland £52 Liverpool to Berlin, Germany £53 Edinburgh to Amsterdam, Netherlands £83 Bristol to Copenhagen, Denmark £8910 quick getaway flights for under £40Did you know that in the UK, the highest level of monthly rainfall occurs in October? Which begs the question of why on Earth you would want to stay here when you could book a flight to one of these ten places for less than the cost of a video…6 flights for under £35Six flights, six destinations, six ideas for autumn and winter breaks to suit even the smallest of budgets.last_img read more

Polish cable operator Netia is launching a new HD

first_imgPolish cable operator Netia is launching a new HD package featuring channels from pay TV broadcaster Canal Plus.From December 6, the Premium Plus HD package will feature 11 channels, including Kino Plus HD, Planete Plus HD and Canal Plus Sport HD. It will be available to all digital TV customers on a 24-month contract for PLN36 (€8.70) per month.last_img

As Bill Buckler said in his quote above…its getti

first_imgAs Bill Buckler said in his quote above…it’s getting more blatant by the month…and so it is.The gold price was comatose through all of Far East trading…and then for an hour or so after the London open.  The smallish rally going into the London silver fix at noon local time, got sold off going into the Comex open in New York.Twenty minutes after the open, gold rallied strongly, but got stopped in its tracks by the time it had rallied a bit over ten bucks.  The high of the day at that point was $1,687.40 spot.  Then it got sold down in the usual manner…with the New York low [$1,665.80 spot] coming around 11:15 a.m. Eastern time…and well below the Comex opening price.  From that low, gold recovered a bit until 1:00 p.m…and then traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.Gold finished the Tuesday session at $1,673.20 spot…down $1.20 on the day.  Volume was very impressive…around 153,000 contracts…so it was obvious that “da boyz” used a fair amount of shorting to get the price to behave again yesterday.Silver’s price action in Far East trading was pretty quiet…and the low price tick [just under $31.60 spot] appeared to occur at the 8:00 a.m. GMT London open.  Then it rallied until the London silver fix was in…and that was its high of the day…somewhere over $32.10 spot.  Then, like gold, the price got sold down into the Comex open…and the subsequent rally ran into the same not-for-profit sellers that gold did.  However, silver’s New York low…$31.54 spot…came at 10:45 a.m. Eastern time…and the subsequent rally followed the same price path as gold for the rest of the New York session.Silver finished the day at $31.82 spot…up 6 cents.  Net volume was nothing special…around 34,500 contracts.Obviously both gold and silver would have finished materially higher if JPMorgan et al hadn’t shown up.  Both platinum and palladium outperformed both gold and silver yesterday.The dollar index began trading on Tuesday morning at 79.56…and although it rallied as high as 79.78 around 3:00 p.m. in Hong Kong, it chopped lower for the rest of the day, closing at 79.54…virtually unchanged from the open.  Once again, the precious metal price action was totally unrelated to what the currencies were doing.The gold stocks opened in positive territory, but couldn’t hang onto those gains after gold ran into the not-for-profit seller that took gold from it’s high tick to its low tick [a $22 range] in just over two hours.  The stocks hit their nadir at 12:45 p.m. Eastern…and then rallied a bit, before trading sideways into the close.  The HUI finished down at tiny 0.16%.Most of the silver stocks I track finished in slightly positive territory…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up a smallish 0.09%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 11 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.There were no reported change in GLD yesterday…but there was a small withdrawal…139,049 troy ounces…of silver from SLV.  This was probably a fee payment of some kind.Over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank, they reported that their gold ETF declined by 13,914 troy ounces…and their silver ETF rose by 47,905 troy ounces…as of the close of business on February 4th.The U.S. Mint had their first sales report for February.  They didn’t sell any gold eagles or 1-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…but they did sell 675,500 silver eagles.Monday was a very busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories.  They reported receiving 1,850,118 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 703,895 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  This activity is worth checking out…and the link is here.As the headline to today’s column stated, there were record inflows into China through Hong Kong in December…and for all of 2012.  Normally Nick Laird would have the charts of this all done by now, but the website that contains all the data he needs has been down all of Wednesday on that side of Planet Earth, so he can’t get at it.  Hopefully I’ll have those charts for you in this space tomorrow.I have somewhat fewer stories today than I did in yesterday’s column…and I’ll leave the final edit up to you.The blatant manipulation of paper to “control” the price of the physical metal is ongoing and getting more blatant by the month. The more debt that the central banks monetise, the more vital it is that there are no distractions in this process. It is crucial to keep everybody INSIDE the paper money and sovereign debt system. It is equally crucial, therefore, to discourage any temptation to venture outside it. – Bill Buckler…Gold This Week…02 February 2013Another day…and another obvious intervention in the gold and silver markets.  As Bill Buckler said in his quote above…it’s getting more blatant by the month…and so it is.  It’s hard to believe that not everyone sees it…or will acknowledge it even if they do.  The forces of Mordor must be delighted that the precious metals world is still full of such Benedict Arnold-types…especially the miners…who will never lift a finger to help their stockholders.At the moment, we appear to be in a ‘holding pattern’…but holding for what?  If you’re a TA person, the chart screams of an imminent break out…but in a managed market it’s hard to take TA seriously.  And as I’ve pointed out on numerous occasions over the years, JPMorgan Chase et al can paint any chart pattern they want…and this might be what they’re painting now.  How it ultimately resolves itself is still unknown…but we’re all hoping for up…and up big.  Time will tell.Here’s the 3-year gold chart…and as you can tell, this ‘consolidation pattern’ is getting very long in the tooth.(Click on image to enlarge)Yesterday, at the close of Comex trading, was the cut-off for Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report…and the February Bank Participation Report.  Just eye-balling the price action during the reporting week, I’d guess that there won’t be a lot of change in this week’s COT Report in either metal.  But, after last week’s big surprise in silver, I’ll refrain from carving that prediction in stone.In Wednesday trading in the Far East, not much of anything happened price wise…and that’s still the case now that London has been open for about forty-five minutes as I write this paragraph.  Volumes are light…and I would guess that most of it is of the high-frequency trading variety.  The dollar index began to rally in early afternoon trading in Hong Kong…and appeared to hit its zenith just a few minutes after the London open…a pattern very similar to yesterday’s dollar index action at that time of day.And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, there’s still not much happening in early London trading.  Volumes are still light…and both gold and silver are down a bit.  I’d guess that has something to do with what the dollar index is doing, as it’s up about 25 basis points at the moment.But, as is almost always the case, the real price shenanigans start when the Comex opens at 8:20 a.m. Eastern…or once the noon silver fix is in, in London…which is 7:00 a.m. in New York.  I’d guess that today’s trading action will follow a similar pattern.That’s all I have for today…and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more

Theres an old story about a trucker driving north

first_imgThere’s an old story about a trucker driving north on the Montreal highway in Vermont. Seeing an average of three gas stations per mile, he concludes that there must be plenty of gas all the way to the North Pole. Urban legend doesn’t say what became of him (or why he thought he could drive to the North Pole), but I’m guessing he ended up stranded on a desolate stretch of highway somewhere in northern Manitoba. Our trucker’s mistake is an admittedly extreme example of what statisticians call extrapolation error, which occurs when you wrongly assume that current conditions will continue into the future. It happens in investment markets all the time, only instead of a frigid night alone in a truck, the markets will punish your bad judgment with a deluge of red ink in your brokerage account. As today’s guest author David Hunter will explain, extrapolation is all the rage right now—as it often is when markets are hot. He says that those who assume the stock market will rise in 2014 just because it rose in each of the five years prior are suffering from an acute case of Extrapolation Fever—a wealth-threatening disease whose symptoms include over-confidence, loss of judgment, and ultimately, a lighter wallet. As some background, David Hunter has been in the investment business for 36 years, working his way up to Chief Investment Officer of a billion dollar money management firm. Today, he’s Chief Investment Strategist of KCCI, where he uses cycle analysis to predict where major investment markets are headed for readers of his newsletter The Contrarian Value Investor. As the name of his newsletter implies, David is a contrarian to the core. You’ll read his take on precious metals, stocks, bonds, and much more in his 2014 forecast below. Be warned: you won’t agree with everything you’re about to read. But David’s analysis is sound and well-reasoned, so take heed nonetheless. The US dollar will be another beneficiary of the “flight to safety” trade. I know that a lot of investors are concerned about the long-term prospects for the dollar, given the lack of fiscal discipline in our government and the seemingly reckless expansion of QE in this cycle. There is also talk that the dollar could lose its reserve-currency status or at least see it greatly diminished. While that may happen, it is not going to happen anytime soon. World investors will still flock to the dollar in a crisis. I am forecasting the dollar index to rise by 20-25% in 2014. I think we may see the dollar and the euro trade at parity at some point later this year. I am also near-term bearish on the commodity currencies, such as the Australian and Canadian dollars. I expect their economies to be hit particularly hard, as commodities take it on the chin during the bust. The Japanese yen has declined by over 25% versus the dollar in the past 15 months. There is undoubtedly more downside ahead, but I am not sure I would want to be short the yen here, given the nearly universal view that it will continue to trade lower. There are far too many traders short the yen right now for me to be comfortable with that trade. It wouldn’t take much to trigger a short-covering rally here. I don’t think I want to be either long or short the yen right now. I continue to be a bear on precious metals and commodities. I turned bearish on gold in September of 2012, when it hit $1,800 and have had a target of $1,000 ever since. This is still my target, although I believe it could spike as low as $800 in a washout trade before reversing. I believe gold is likely to put in a major bottom in the first half of this year, but right now there are still far too many people trying to call a bottom every time we get an uptick. We need to see more capitulation and more panic selling before any kind of major bottom can be called. By the time we get to a true bottom, I expect to see some of the so-called gold bugs and many of the inflationists throw in the towel. We’re getting closer, but I think that bottom is still months away. I continue to expect silver to track gold. My downside target for silver remains at $13. Copper, on the other hand, is not nearly as far along in its downtrend. I think copper prices could drop in half this year. China is still overproducing, and demand for copper is likely to be hit hard in the upcoming global contraction. I see a lot of analysts promoting the copper producers, particularly Freeport McMoran, suggesting these stocks offer great value here. I would just caution that a sharp drop in copper prices would cause earnings to disappear. Under this scenario, the dividend would likely be cut or eliminated. From both a technical and fundamental perspective, I can see these stocks falling 50-70% from here. Energy is another area where prices could come under severe pressure in 2014. I am looking for WTI crude to fall below $50 and natural gas to decline to $2. We may be on the verge of the first global deflationary cycle in some 80 years. That is not likely to be an environment where commodities thrive. I would caution investors against evaluating commodity stocks here using normalized earnings. The environment these producers will be operating in will be far from normal. Weak earnings and questions about future demand will take a toll on these stocks. Conclusion It is not often that we see such unanimity on Wall Street. As the market has marched higher, more and more investors have joined the ranks of the bulls. As a 40-year observer of the markets, I have seen the same thing happen at each market top. Essentially, the momentum of the tape begets more momentum and causes perception to change from glass half-empty to glass half-full. Lots of fundamental rationale is provided to explain a bullish viewpoint, but more often than not, it is the momentum of the market that is driving the crowd’s bullishness at or near a top. What I have also observed over the years is that the sentiment can quickly shift into glass half-empty if and when momentum shifts decidedly to the downside. In other words, momentum works both ways. Shifts from bullish to bearish can lead to dramatic declines when coming off a major top. I think this might be even more the case this time around. More than ever before, we have investors all watching for the same technicals on their computers in an effort to spot a reversal. This means that more than ever before, we will likely have investors all acting on those signals at essentially the same time, creating a stampede for the exits. This long market run, without so much as a 10% correction, has conditioned investors to make every effort to stay fully invested until there are clear signs of a momentum break. My guess is that we will see a high-volume reversal once the market definitively crosses under the 200-day moving average. For the S&P, the 200-day moving average is around 1,695. Until the market breaks that level, weakness will be bought. However, once that line is penetrated in a decisive manner, we are likely to see the sell-off accelerate. The setup is such that a reversal this time around could be faster and steeper than what we witnessed in 2008. Investors hoping to have their cake and eat it too by staying fully invested until the momentum reverses are likely to learn an age-old lesson: the market rarely accommodates. Extrapolation fever is alive and well on Wall Street, and most pundits are forecasting another positive year, fueled by accelerating economic growth and another good year of corporate profit growth. This contrarian obviously disagrees. I think 2014 may well turn out worse than 2008-‘09 from both an economic and market perspective, with corporate profits cut in half. If that proves to be the case, 2014 will go down as the worst year in the post WWII era. My targets remain 500 on the S&P and 5,000 on the Dow. This is certainly an outlier forecast, one that most investors will consider highly unlikely. I have been here before. At every major cycle top, my forecasts have been received skeptically and viewed as outliers. It is the nature of investor psychology. As much of a bullish consensus as there is regarding equities, there is an even larger bearish consensus regarding long-duration Treasuries. When an asset is as hated as the long bond is today, it is usually a good time to go against the crowd and buy. In my opinion, we are looking at one of the great relative value trades in history. If we get the global deflationary contraction that I am forecasting, we could see as much as a 10,000 basis-point spread between equity returns and the 30-year Treasury bond, in favor of the bond. Ironically, investors are about as bearish of the long bond as they have ever been. I remain near-term bearish of gold and continue to expect it to trade below $1,000 in upcoming months. However, gold is still in a secular bull market and will likely undergo a major reversal to the upside later this year. Overall, 2014 is likely to be a year of many major reversals, some for the better and some for the worse. Danger and opportunity are two sides of the same coin the editors at Casey Research are very familiar with. To protect yourself from the first and seize as much as possible of the second, diversification is key. Right now, you can get the ultimate diversification—by receiving all eight of our monthly newsletters for one low price—with our limited-time Casey OnePass offer. Click here for the details. The point to all this history is that at cycle tops, investors get caught up in the momentum and develop a rationale to explain why that momentum will continue despite historically full valuations. It is interesting that this time around there does not seem to be one dominant sector. Rather it is the market in general, along with various unrelated groups. Among the popular groups in potentially unsustainable uptrends are social media, biotechnology, private equity, REITs, consumer staples, and health care. Other groups could probably be listed as well. The theme this time around is not as clearly defined as we saw in the other five cycles. I think that is because this cycle is very different from previous cycles. We have had a subpar recovery driven by unprecedented levels of QE and historically low interest rates. This cycle, investors flocked to areas that could provide growth that was not dependent on a robust economy, as well as to stocks that could provide superior income. Another defining characteristic of this cycle is the substantial flows into exchange-traded funds (ETFs). When the market does begin a major reversal, ETFs will undoubtedly accelerate the decline, as the funds are forced to unload stock positions to meet liquidations. This cycle differs from all of the other cycles in the post WWII era. Not only have we experienced subpar growth, the economy is very close to deflation. I think these differences are causing many analysts to misjudge the risks and timing of a cycle turn. I keep hearing analysts say interest rates are still so historically low that despite the sharp rise last year, rates are not at levels that will hurt the economy. In previous cycles, that would likely have proven true. However, in this subpar recovery, where inflation is almost nonexistent, the 150 basis-point rise in rates last summer may be enough to put the economy in reverse. It certainly has already had a significant impact on mortgage refinancing and housing. In addition, general merchandise sales are slowing. On the other hand, autos sales are being propped up by the same kind of loose financing that led to the credit crisis five short years ago. Some lessons are never learned, I guess. Personal disposable income has gone negative for the first time since 2008. I expect overall retail sales will soon follow. Some economists are forecasting a pickup in capital expenditures, but with end demand slowing, there is little chance that we’ll see that. Exports can also be expected to weaken given the problems in the emerging markets as well as China and Europe. The consensus may believe the economy is gaining strength, but more likely, we are about to see economic weakness. Recession, not normalized growth, will be the story of 2014, and that’s certainly not on most investors’ radar screens. A US recession would be bad enough, but add in the potential for some major global problems and there is the real possibility of a downturn that is worse than the credit crisis of 2008-‘09. I recognize that many analysts are making the case that Europe is on the mend and will see recovery this year. Of course that is possible, but I think it is more likely that global weakness triggers a sharp reversal there, accompanied by a banking crisis and an involuntary liquidation cycle. The ECB has done little more than move debt around. The banks are loaded with risky sovereign debt, particularly the banks in Spain and Italy. It is difficult to understand why we are not yet seeing the Italian and Spanish sovereign debt spreads widen, given the state of their finances. Perhaps it is because the banks there have loaded up on that debt, as has Japan. The ECB shovels out the money, and the banks load up on their own country debt. Despite the current relative calm, no one should doubt that Europe is a house of cards. China is another accident waiting to happen. I know most investors assume China will successfully manage its transition from an export-based manufacturing economy to one that relies more on domestic consumption, and do so without growth slipping below seven percent. I think that is unlikely, particularly given the huge credit imbalances that are plaguing the country. In the past five years, credit there has grown from $9 trillion to $24 trillion. The Chinese credit bubble is far bigger than was the 2008 bubble here in the US. If it bursts this year, as I think is quite possible, it will send China’s economy, as well as the global economy, into a tailspin. There have been a few signs of late, indicating that China is finding it difficult to contain the problem. Whenever the authorities have attempted to rein in the shadow banking credit, they have been forced to quickly reverse themselves. More and more non-accruing loans are piling up on bank balance sheets. The Chinese authorities have a very difficult balancing act which they are trying to execute. The odds are very much stacked against them pulling it off successfully. The emerging-market economies are also coming under pressure and facing some significant capital outflows. These countries, as well as Japan, are accidents waiting to happen. We may not know precisely what the catalyst will be or when a crisis will be triggered, but we do know that the risks of a global deflationary bust are quite high, and contrary to current consensus opinion, I think those risks are rising, not falling. Dan Steinhart Managing Editor of The Casey Report 2014 Outlook By David A. Hunter, CFA Investors entered the new year in a very positive frame of mind. The consensus view on the Street is for another good year for the equity markets, albeit not as strong as what we witnessed in 2013. Most forecasts have the US markets up somewhere between high single digits and low double digits. The current conventional view is that the economy is finally reaching escape velocity and moving into a more normalized phase. The expectation of many investors is that this stronger economic growth will fuel better top- and bottom-line growth and propel the equity markets to ever-higher levels. The belief is that with this improved growth, the markets can move higher, even if interest rates move gradually higher and even if the Fed continues to taper. Generally, investors believe that the bull market is nowhere near a top, given that valuations are not stretched, at least by some measures, and that inflation and interest rates are still historically low. Over and over, one hears that a correction could come at any time, but that such a correction would be healthy and would not likely exceed five to ten percent. “Buy the dip” remains a common theme, but now we are hearing more and more pundits advise that investors buy now and not wait for a dip. The justification for buying now, rather than waiting for a pullback, is that prices could move even higher before any pullback were to occur. It is very clear that the Street is now as bullish as it has been in many years. In fact, the Investors Intelligence Survey is indicating a level of bullishness that is typically seen at tops. In the history of the Survey, the recorded level of bearishness has never been lower than it is today. This is just one of many reasons why this contrarian believes a major top is near at hand, with a historically significant bear market to follow. Between 1973 and today, we have had five cycle tops: 1973, 1980, 1991, 2000, and 2007. Each of those cycles was driven by a different sector that went parabolic in the later stages of the cycle, indicating that the end of the cycle was drawing near. In 1973, it was the so-called “nifty 50,” a group of 50 stocks that represented the dominant companies of that time. Valuations were driven up to irrational levels as the pension fund managers bought into the idea that these companies were so dominant that their returns would remain superior to the rest of the market for years to come. They became known as “one decision” stocks because portfolio managers considered them buy and hold stocks. These stocks got bid up to unheard-of valuations. The problem was that institutional portfolios became so concentrated in these stocks that when the economy and fundamentals turned negative, the stocks came under severe selling pressure as everyone headed for the exits at once. In 1980, it was the energy and other commodity stocks that captured the fancy of Wall Street. Inflation was soaring, propelled by oil and commodity prices that were rising to levels never seen before. As a result, investors piled into these stocks, and they went straight up. The assumption was that commodity price inflation was going to allow these companies to produce above average returns for many years. Then recession came, and the stocks plunged. In 1991, the big-name consumer growth stocks went parabolic. They had appreciated many-fold during the disinflation of the ‘80s, as their steady growth rates were capitalized at ever lower rates. At the height of their popularity, their valuations relative to capital goods stocks were at 60-year highs, a clear sign of excess. The ‘90s were all about technology and capital goods stocks rising from that 60-year relative low and ultimately ending in a speculative valuation bubble unlike any that had preceded it. As everyone is well aware, a tech bust soon followed. After that came the credit bubble that drove financials and other credit-related stocks to unsustainable levels, only to see these same stocks collapse when the bubble burst. As bullish as Wall Street is toward equities, they are even more bearish of long-duration Treasury securities. Rarely do we see the kind of unanimity of opinion that we have now regarding the direction of interest rates. It is a foregone conclusion in most investors’ minds that the 30-year bull market in bonds has ended, and that interest rates are going up from here. The fact that the Fed has begun to taper, along with the current consensus view that the economy is accelerating, has solidified in investors’ minds that the path of least resistance for rates is up. The forecasts vary as to how sharply rates will rise from here, but most forecasters are projecting 10-year rates to rise to 3% this year, with some analysts suggesting they might rise to 4% or higher. Throughout my career, my most successful calls have come when virtually nobody agrees with me, and that is certainly the situation now regarding interest rates. I continue to forecast rates falling to new lows. I think 10-year rates could fall below 1% and 30-year rates to as low as 1%. For many, perhaps most investors, this forecast will be seen as highly improbable, if not outlandish, but let me assure you, there is logic behind this forecast. If my prediction of a sharp global deflationary contraction proves accurate, we will see US Treasuries bid up aggressively in a “flight to safety” trade. If we are experiencing a financial crisis equal to or greater than the 2008 crisis, something akin to “2008 on steroids,” investors everywhere will be seeking shelter from the storm. Treasuries are still viewed by most as the safest security in the world. If we do see the economy go into steep decline, there is no doubt the Fed will ramp up QE to even higher levels. In fact, I believe we are likely to see QE expand by $10-$15 trillion in the next two years, as panicked policymakers do all they can to prevent a global economic and financial collapse. With the Fed buying trillions of Treasury securities at the same time that investors are also looking to buy, it is easy to see how rates could fall to 1%. Some might find it hard to believe that anyone would consider investing for 30 years at 1%, but remember we are likely to be looking at deflation of 3% or more. Thus, even at 1%, these bonds would be yielding at least 4% in real terms, and this at a time when most assets are delivering sharply negative returns. I am not nearly as sanguine about the rest of the bond market. In a bust, spreads will widen dramatically. I would focus on the highest quality bonds and fight the urge to trade down the risk curve to pick up yield. I would stay far away from the high-yield area, as there is great potential for this market to implode were a bust to occur. I also think there is a lot of potential trouble ahead in the municipal market. If we see a sharp reversal in the residential real estate market, it is likely to have a major impact on municipalities, which rely so heavily on property taxes to fund their operations.last_img read more

Russias US Election Hacks Are Worse Than We Thought

first_img Tom Brant This story originally appeared on PCMag Voting systems across the U.S. were far more susceptible to Russian hacking efforts during last year’s presidential election than was previously known, according to evidence uncovered during the federal government’s investigation and a leaked classified intelligence report.A wave of attacks in the summer and fall of 2016 targeted and accessed a campaign finance database and software that poll workers were supposed to use on Election Day, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the government’s investigation into the hacking. The FBI previously confirmed that hackers breached voter registration databases in Illinois and Arizona, but the investigation has since determined that voting systems in 39 states were compromised, according to Bloomberg. The Obama administration complained about the hacking to Russian officials via rarely used diplomatic channels, including a “red phone,” before ultimately sanctioning Russia in December for its involvement in the hacks.A classified report from the National Security Agency that The Intercept published last week provides some insight into the investigation. “Russian intelligence obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple U.S. state or local electoral boards,” the NSA wrote, although “the types of systems we observed Russian actors targeting or compromising are not involved in vote tallying.”Russian president Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied the hacking accusations, although he recently appeared to suggest that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may have prompted private Russian hackers to attempt to compromise the U.S. election of their own accord.”If they are patriotically minded, they start making their contributions — which are right, from their point of view — to the fight against those who say bad things about Russia,” Putin said of the hackers during a TV interview earlier this month. June 14, 2017 Russia’s U.S. Election Hacks Are Worse Than We Thought Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: via PC Mag 2 min read News reportercenter_img Next Article Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5 Russian hackers compromised voting software in 39 states during the 2016 presidential election, far more than originally thought, according to Bloomberg. Russia 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. –shareslast_img read more

Cisco Explains the Benefits of Deploying AI and Machine Learning for IT

first_imgCisco Explains the Benefits of Deploying AI and Machine Learning for IT and Business Ops PRNewswireJune 11, 2019, 4:53 pmJune 11, 2019 Cisco helps IT teams better understand network behavior and predict issues with new artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities Cisco announces software innovations designed to make managing and securing networks easier. As today’s businesses increasingly invest in digital technologies, IT teams are struggling under the amplified workload. To alleviate this burden and allow IT to focus on delivering innovation, Cisco is introducing new artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities to allow IT teams to function at machine speed and scale through personalized network insights. As part of its broadened capabilities offering, Cisco is also unveiling innovations to more effectively manage users and applications across the entire enterprise network – from campus networks and wide-area networks, to data centers and the IoT edge.IT teams currently face a daunting challenge. According to 451 Research, nearly two-thirds of organizations report that their IT teams are facing increased workloads; but increased IT headcount is in the cards for only about one-third of companies in the coming year. At the same time, it has never been more imperative for IT to deliver great digital experiences in this hyper-competitive landscape. Bridging the gap between the needs of a business and the resources available requires innovative network automation and analytics tools, powered by data and underpinned by artificial intelligence and machine learning.Cisco, as a leader in networking and security, collects one of the most well-informed, context-rich telemetry data sets in the IT industry. Now, Cisco is leveraging new software capabilities designed to utilize deidentified and aggregated data, which when combined with Cisco’s 35 years of institutional knowledge building the world’s networks, results in more intelligent solutions that allow IT teams to operate more effectively.Marketing Technology News: Forging MarTech with Big Data: Salesforce Eyes Tableau’s Big Data Expertise with $15.7 Billion DealThese new capabilities will grant IT teams:More Visibility: No two networks are the same. Environments are always changing. Cisco continuously collects relevant data from local networks and correlates it against the aggregate deidentified data set to create highly individualized network baselines. These baselines constantly learn and adapt as the number of devices, users and applications evolves, and as environments change.Greater Insights: Network complexity has grown beyond the human scale of processing. Cisco uses machine learning to correlate the immense amount of data coming from the network against the individualized network baselines to uncover the issues that will have the greatest impact on the network. This improves issue relevancy, alerting IT of the issues that matter most. It also discovers trends and patterns, so IT can pre-emptively identify issues before they become a problem.Guided Actions: Cisco uses machine reasoning algorithms and automated workflows to perform the logical troubleshooting steps that an engineer would execute to resolve a problem. This helps IT detect issues and vulnerabilities, analyze the root cause and execute corrective actions faster than ever.“As the pace of change and diversity of the environment continues to rapidly evolve, Cisco is committed to continually simplifying our solutions,” said Scott Harrell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Business. “Artificial intelligence and machine learning can enable businesses to efficiently discern which issues to prioritize, becoming more nimble and proactive. This will have a profound effect on network operations and the IT teams that run them. At Cisco, we’re future proofing our networks and the workforce through automation and intelligence.”Marketing Technology News: Domo IoT Cloud Now Integrates with Zendesk Data Platform to Deliver Better Customer ServiceReducing Complexity with the Multidomain NetworkTo help customers simplify the unprecedented complexity of modern IT, Cisco is building an architecture that spans every domain of the intent-based network — campus, branch, WAN, IoT, data center and cloud.  Cisco has created solutions optimized to meet the unique needs of each of these networking domains. Today, Cisco is introducing new integrations, so users have a secure, consistent experience no matter where, when or how they connect. The new integrations allow for end-to-end:Network segmentation: The integration of Cisco SD-Access with Cisco SD-WAN and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) makes it easier for IT teams to consistently authorize, onboard and segment users and devices across campus, branch, data center and cloud networks, even when users and applications change. Because of this segmentation, IT is able to safeguard against unauthorized access to sensitive data and critical applications.Application experience: Cisco now automatically conveys application requirements between the data center and the WAN, allowing the network to select the best path and prioritize traffic even if applications move or change. This allows IT teams to dynamically elevate application performance across the enterprise and branch.Pervasive security: As an industry leader in cybersecurity, Cisco is leveraging its security innovations across all domains. By extending the ability to detect threats in encrypted traffic across public clouds, and by protecting the campus, branch and WAN against threats, Cisco is providing the end-to-end security customers need.Cisco’s Ecosystem Drives InnovationAs the network becomes increasingly programmable, Cisco’s ecosystem of partners and developers has been crucial to drive innovation. To help organizations keep up with the relentless pace of change, Cisco DevNet, the company’s developer program, has introduced community-backed efforts to make adopting networking technology easy and accessible. This includes machine learning and artificial intelligence developer resources, which include use cases and resources to get started with new applications; the Cisco DevNet Automation Exchange, which contains a curated repository of code for all levels of network automation use cases; and the Cisco DNA Center Platform, which helps networking professionals and software developers alike to build new applications and integrations.Marketing Technology News: ATX Adds OTT Video Streaming Capabilities to Media Distribution SolutionAvailability, Licensing and ServicesCisco AI Network Analytics will be a standard part of Cisco DNA Assurance and will be available in the next version of Cisco DNA Center, generally available summer of 2019. Cisco AI Network Analytics capabilities will be included in the Cisco DNA Advantage software licensing tier.The multidomain network integrations will be available with the next version of Cisco DNA Center, generally available summer of 2019. These integrations will be included in the Cisco DNA Advantage software licensing tier.Cisco Customer Experience for Cisco DNA solutions accelerates deployment of next-gen intent-based networking solutions while reducing risk and disruption. The Cisco Customer Experience portfolio of services delivers expert guidance, best practices and innovative tools to help customers transition with greater ease and confidence. This also allows them to innovate faster, stay competitive, extract more value and realize faster ROI.Marketing Technology News: Smartsheet Announces General Availability of Smartsheet Gov at AWS Public Sector Summit AIAutomation ExchangeIoTmachine learningNews Previous ArticleBest Cities for Entrepreneurs: Small Business Trends Announces 2019 RankingsNext ArticleBenefitfocus June Software Release Unveils Tools and Functionality to Automate Benefits & Delivers Insights to Improve Consumers’ Lives Across Platform and Mobile Applast_img read more

IX Open Highlights Index Exchange Drives New Programmatic Industry Leaps in Identity

first_imgIX Open Highlights: Index Exchange Drives New Programmatic Industry Leaps in Identity, Speed and Partner Value Globe NewswireJune 13, 2019, 2:40 pmJune 13, 2019 Keynote event highlighted by flurry of product announcements enhancing connections among trusted publishers, favored brands and global consumers on the trusted webIndex Exchange (IX), the world’s largest independent ad exchange, recently unveiled new and powerful innovations that foster real-time, personalized connections between brands and audiences at its IX Open event series. Headlining a range of product announcements, Index Exchange debuted its IX Library, comprised of the programmatic industry’s most powerful set of solutions for Identity and user experience on the trusted web. The company also detailed new features that enhance speed to deliver more value to both publishers and the brands that rely upon them for trusted content, bringing parity with the Walled Gardens and leveraging machine learning.Marketing Technology News: Vidyard Expands Offering to Bring Personalized Video App to Any Sales Professional, No Matter How They WorkIndex Exchange’s cornerstone product, the IX wrapper, was rebranded to the IX Library. The wrapper evolved from its beginnings as a revolution over the waterfall to a platform product with a robust ecosystem. In its next phase, it brings even more innovation, adaptation, and optimization for partners. There are three standalone versions of the IX Library, outlined below:Identity Library – IX is opening its expansive Identity products to all publishers, increasing the scope of Identity enriched inventory available on the trusted web. The Identity Library packages up Real-Time Identity (RTI) adapters in a simple installation, designed to operate seamlessly with a Publisher’s header bidding set up, agnostic to solutions already in place on the page.Wrapper Library – IX’s most popular product offering requires little integration work by publishers and also comes with the Identity Library. The managed service accesses IX’s team of experts to maximize header bidding configurations and is complemented by a fully functional user interface. It includes all adapters including IX RTI Adapters, and it automatically connects with Google Ad Manager (GAM).Custom Library – Custom Library is IX’s most versatile product, which allows publishers the ability to integrate RTI Adapters and Bidding Adapters within their own solutions on each page. It helps publishers customize a product offering that works for any use case and includes three modules: PostBid, Universal, and Manual. As with the Wrapper Library, the Custom Library also comes with the Identity Library.Other key product release announcements at the event series included:Adaptive Timeouts – By measuring device and network conditions, the Adaptive Timeout feature leverages machine learning via an algorithm that determines a custom, intelligent timeout for each individual user on each individual page view. This includes a time landscape, which is the time it takes from a bid request to a bid response for each participating bidder. By adaptively modifying timeouts, the feature ensures the maximum number of bids make it to the publisher, thereby increasing revenue, while improving user experience in each unique condition.RTI Integration with LiveIntent – IX announced its integration with LiveIntent via the RTI Framework. By adding LiveIntent’s robust identity graph driven by email, marketers gain more choice and can target key people-verified audiences tied to a validated and active email hash. The LiveIntent RTI adapter will be available for beta testing in the US only at this time.Matched Audiences – IX is extending the ability to support audience-based deals using people-based graphs, via its newly unveiled Matched Audiences product. Matched Audiences are buyer specific, CRM-based audience segments powered by the third party graphs. Any DSP with deal ID support can now transact on people-based audiences, empowering buyers to reach their most important customers across high quality publishers, in real-time. This product is currently in beta.Marketing Technology News: Releases Campaign Genius, so Marketers can Plan and Optimize Out of Home (OOH) Advertising Campaigns in MinutesIX also previewed a variety of upcoming features:Publisher Sonar – Publisher Sonar is a new extension to the IX Library which unlocks people-based advertising in a world without third party cookies. By removing the barrier of transaction in cookie-less environments, Publisher Sonar will increase the breadth of inventory available to transact through Identity solutions, including LiveRamp’s Authenticated Traffic Solution, in the trusted web today. IX has a robust history in providing unique solutions to publishers at scale and are applying that same mentality to Publisher Sonar with an accountable, publisher-first design with no black boxes, fingerprinting or browser hacks. Publisher Sonar will be available in beta later this summer.Blackbird – With the introduction of Blackbird, IX is offering industry leading opt-out controls for consumers, via a simplified and persistent people-based opt out. Users can generate or upload a hash of their email address, which will be used to opt out the user from all people-based advertising. This opt out status will be federated to participating companies, with the goal of ensuring consumers are in control of how their data is used across all advertising experiences. Blackbird will be released in beta later this summer.“IX Open is always one of our most exciting weeks of the year because we get to share new products that will undoubtedly improve the programmatic ecosystem, while helping our partners achieve their goals more efficiently and effectively,” said Andrew Casale, President and CEO of Index Exchange. “With the consumer perception of ad tech on the decline largely driven by mainstream media attention, it’s imperative we put consumer trust at the forefront of any future solutions brought to market. The features we’ve launched do exactly this, and we look forward to putting the consumer first and pioneering a more trusted ecosystem on the road ahead.”This new evolution of Index Exchange’s Header Bidding and Identity technology is another step towards further democratizing digital advertising. IX hosted IX Open events in Orange County, London and Paris.Marketing Technology News: Nami ML Emerges from Stealth to Unveil the Future of Mobile App Subscriptions Andrew CasaleIndex ExchangeIX OpenMarketing TechnologyNewsProgrammatic Industry Previous ArticleIssuu Launches Adobe InDesign Extension with New Issuu Story CloudNext ArticleTripleLift and KPEX Announce Partnershiplast_img read more

MFiles Makes Microsoft Office 365 the Single Point of Access to All

first_imgM-Files Makes Microsoft Office 365 the Single Point of Access to All Enterprise Information MTS Staff WriterJuly 5, 2019, 4:46 pmJuly 5, 2019 AI-Powered Intelligent Information Management Platform Simplifies Daily Work and Drives User Adoption by Enabling Access to External Repositories and Systems From Directly Within Microsoft Office 365M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company, announced the general availability of significant enhancements to its Microsoft Office 365 solutions.M-Files now seamlessly integrates within the familiar user interfaces of Microsoft SharePoint Online, Outlook and Teams, providing easy access to out-of-the-box document management, compliance and governance features via the user interface where they work most throughout the day.From directly within Microsoft SharePoint Online, Outlook and Teams, M-Files provides direct access to enterprise data stored in a variety of external repositories and line of business applications, such as on-premises file shares, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Server, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, legacy ECM systems, such as OpenText, and CRM and ERP applications, including Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics 365, all without needing to migrate any data. Users can now access this data directly via the Microsoft SharePoint Online, Outlook and Teams user interfaces instead of toggling between these Office 365 apps and other applications. In addition to this new level of unified access to information spread across the enterprise, M-Files offers a full set of purpose-built content services, including cloud and on-premises repositories, version history, security, workflows, electronic signatures, compliance support and more.M-Files also employs artificial intelligence to automatically analyze documents to classify them, extract information insights and ensure proper handling of sensitive information, such as personally identifiable information (PII), as required by regulations such as GDPR and CCPA. Modern AI-powered features, including auto tagging and auto classification, create deep insights into the meaning, value and sensitivity of documents and other information, guiding users and automating processes to maintain governance and compliance.Marketing Technology News: Chris Torres Writes First Ever Marketing Advice Book for the Tours and Activities IndustryWith the new integrated solutions, Microsoft Office 365 users benefit from the metadata-driven architecture of M-Files that allows content to be automatically and dynamically secured and accessed in the right context, regardless of where it’s stored. For example, the corporate legal team can access the latest version of an agreement through the case folder in Outlook, while the project team has access to the same file through a project team site in SharePoint, and the customer success team can access the agreement via the Agreements channel in Teams. Access to content is authorized via single sign-on to Azure AD, and documents are automatically secured based on their metadata.“Our business relies on Microsoft Office 365 applications, so optimizing its use and maximizing the associated ROI is very important to us,” said Guillaume Malet, IT Manager, Induni. “The value of solutions for specific business cases is immediately enhanced when they work well with Office 365, and M-Files is doing just that by enabling information access across the enterprise without the need for data migration. This helps our employees be more productive, enabling them to find the information they need while focusing on the task at hand in the user interface with which they’re most familiar.”Marketing Technology News: Taptica International Rebrand Reflects Video Advertising Leadership“We’re making Microsoft Office 365 the lens through which one can see and access essentially any information across the enterprise, in context,” said Mika Javanainen, vice president of product marketing at M-Files. “According to Gartner, the full value of Office 365 is often not realized until data is migrated, so we focused on addressing that by breaking down siloes to enable enterprises to maximize their investment in Office 365 on day one. This eliminates a major barrier to adoption while also helping identify what content needs to be migrated into Office 365 based on how and if it’s being used day to day.”“Businesses rely on Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Office 365 as core elements of the modern digital workplace,” said Mike Ammerlaan, director, Microsoft 365 Ecosystem at Microsoft Corp. “M-Files enhances the utility of both to enable true digital business with support for business process automation, governance and compliance.”Marketing Technology News: LivePerson Wins 2019 Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough Award crmM-FilesMarketing Technology NewsMicrosoft Office 365 solutionsMicrosoft SharePoint OnlineNews Previous ArticleRedPoint Announces Digital Acquisition Platform for Targeted Ad ExperiencesNext ArticleBlueCrest Wins Two Direct Commerce Awardslast_img read more

Varying rules on disposal of organic household rubbish across Europe

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 27 2018Across Europe rules about the disposal of organic household rubbish vary. Some waste management companies let people line their food waste caddies with compostable plastic bags, while others ban all plastics from organic waste binsIf you walk into a council office or a recycling center in Germany today you might see a poster for the #wirfuerbio campaign, which states that no plastics including compostable plastics should be added to organic bins. But if you live across the border in Austria the latest campaign encourages people to use compostable plastic bags to collect their food waste. This pattern is repeated across Europe: different rules on adding plastics to organic trash bins exist between countries and even within countries, creating confusion among the public.The companies behind the #wirfuerbio campaign say that compostable plastics do not fully breakdown in their waste processing plants. But others claim that allowing plastic bags has benefits.Stefanie Siebert, executive director of the European Compost Network believes that you get “much higher food capture rates” if you allow people to use bags, because food waste is messy and people don’t like cleaning the bins.Sandra Uschnig, from the Austrian Compost and Biogas Association agrees: letting people line their organic bins with plastic bags (compostable, of course) encourages them to use separate food waste collections. “Every year in Austria 255,000 tonnes of organic waste is thrown out with non-recyclable rubbish”, she says.Earlier this year, at a European bio-waste conference, composting and biogas associations reported that around five per cent of materials entering bio-waste plants is non-organic: and that most of the contaminants are plastic. In 2017 researchers at the University of Bayreuth in Germany, found that a kilogramme of fertiliser produced from household rubbish can contain almost 150 microplastic particles. They estimated that compost from bio-waste plants in Germany add billions of microplastic particles to the environment every year.In the European Union, bags described as compostable need to conform to the EN 14995 directive. Bruno De Wilde, Lab Manager at OWS, which carries out compostability testing, explains that a bag is compostable if it biodegrades (at least 90 per cent of it has broken-down to C02 by biological action) within six months in an industrial composting plant operating at 60 °C, and has visibly disintegrated within three months. This, it turns out, is key to the different organic waste rules across Europe.Related StoriesResearch aims to use orange peels for improving heart healthGut bacteria linked to metabolic changes and autism in new studyNew drug minimizes damage after a heart attack by 60 percentSome composting plants operate on shorter time scales than the six months assumed by the EN 14995 directive, meaning that some compostable plastics do not fully biodegrade.And in other places food waste is not actually composted. When De Wilde talks about “industrial composting”, he is referring to aerobic composting plants. But in some areas organic waste – plus any compostable bags – is sent to anaerobic digestion plants that produce biogas. “Composting is aerobic, that is with oxygen”, De Wilde says. Anaerobic digestion, however, is without oxygen and is therefore not strictly composting, which means that it doesn’t breakdown compostable plastics. “[Compostable bags] cannot be used for bio-gasification,” De Wilde adds.Veronika Bátori, a researcher at the Department of Resource Recovery and Building Technology, University of Borås, Sweden, thinks that we need to develop a new standard for plastics that will biodegrade in biogas plants. In a recent review of the anaerobic degradation of bioplastics, Bátori and her colleagues identified some promising biopolymers – such as starch, cellulose and pectin.De Wilde explains that currently there is no certification for plastics that breakdown in anaerobic conditions, because the biogas plants run on various different systems, using different microorganisms, and operating at different temperatures and for different lengths of time, making developing a standard challenging.While researchers investigate new solutions, Siebert calls on municipalities to keep people informed. “They must have a good education campaign and advice on what is allowed in the bio-bin,” she concludes.last_img read more

Training with states of matter search algorithm enables neuron model pruning

first_img Evolution process of states of matter search (SMS) are based on the physical principle of the thermal-energy motion ratio. The whole optimization process is divided into the following three phases: the gas state (50 percent), the liquid state (40 percent) and the solid state (10 percent). Each state has its own operations with different exploration-exploitation ratios. The gas state is a pure exploration at the beginning of the optimization process. The liquid state simultaneously possesses the exploration and exploitation searching, and the solid state focuses on the exploitation simply at the latter part of the optimization process. The algorithm optimized in this way can achieve a suitable balance between exploration and exploitation. Credit: Kanazawa University More information: Junkai Ji et al, Approximate logic neuron model trained by states of matter search algorithm, Knowledge-Based Systems (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.knosys.2018.08.020 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. Axons of presynaptic neurons (input X) connect to branches of dendrites (horizontal rectangles) by synaptic layers; the membrane layer (vertical rectangles) sums the dendritic activations, and transfers the sum to the soma body (black sphere). Synaptic layers have four different connection cases, namely, the direct connection, the inverse connection, the constant 0 connection and the constant 1 connection. Credit: Kanazawa University Artificial neural networks are machine learning systems composed of a large number of connected nodes called artificial neurons. Similar to the neurons in a biological brain, these artificial neurons are the primary basic units that are used to perform neural computations and solve problems. Advances in neurobiology have illustrated the important role played by dendritic cell structures in neural computation, and this has led to the development of artificial neuron models based on these structures. Provided by Kanazawa University ALNM is capable of simplifying the neural models by synaptic pruning and dendritic pruning during the training process. Then, the simplified structures of ALNM can be substituted by logical circuits, which merely consists of the ‘comparators’ and logic NOT, AND and OR gates. Among them, the ‘comparator’ works as an analog-to-digital converter which compares the input with the threshold θ. If the input X exceeds the threshold θ, the ‘comparator’ will output 1. Otherwise, it will output 0. When implemented on hardware, these logical circuits can be adopted as efficient classifiers to solve the six benchmark problems. Credit: Kanazawa Universitycenter_img Scientists improve deep learning method for neural networks Citation: Training with states of matter search algorithm enables neuron model pruning (2018, November 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from “A classifier based on the ALNM and SMS was also compared with several other popular classification methods,” states Associate Professor Todo, “and the statistical results verified this classifier’s superiority on these benchmark problems.”During the training process, the ALNM simplified the neural models through synaptic pruning and dendritic pruning procedures, and the simplified structures were then substituted using logic circuits. These circuits also provided satisfactory classification accuracy for each of the benchmark problems. The ease of hardware implementation of these logic circuits suggests that future research will see the ALNM and SMS used to solve increasingly complex and high-dimensional real-world problems. The recently developed approximate logic neuron model (ALNM) is a single neural model that has a dynamic dendritic structure. The ALNM can use a neural pruning function to eliminate unnecessary dendrite branches and synapses during training to address a specific problem. The resulting simplified model can then be implemented in the form of a hardware logic circuit.However, the well-known backpropagation (BP) algorithm that was used to train the ALMN actually restricted the neuron model’s computational capacity. “The BP algorithm was sensitive to initial values and could easily be trapped into local minima,” says corresponding author Yuki Todo of Kanazawa University’s Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “We therefore evaluated the capabilities of several heuristic optimization methods for training of the ALMN.”After a series of experiments, the states of matter search (SMS) algorithm was selected as the most appropriate training method for the ALMN. Six benchmark classification problems were then used to evaluate the ALNM’s optimization performance when it was trained using the SMS as a learning algorithm, and the results showed that SMS provided superior training performance when compared with BP and the other heuristic algorithms in terms of both accuracy and convergence speed. Explore furtherlast_img read more

How not to break the bank on streaming services

first_img This March 19, 2018 file photo shows Amazon’s Prime Video streaming app on an iPad in Baltimore. There are more TV streaming services than ever before and more people are opting to drop cable in favor of streaming services. But monthly subscriptions can add up fast. A little research on which services are best for you can help save big bucks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) Classic movies can be difficult to find streaming. Movie fans suffered a loss when AT&T, which bought Time Warner last year, decided to discontinue FilmStruck, a streaming service that was a collaboration between Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection. But a similar service called The Criterion Channel that offers 1,000 classic and contemporary films is stepping up to fill the void. It costs $11 a month or $99 for a year.Other movie-centric streaming services include Fandor ($6 per month or $50 per year) or Mubi ($11 per month). Both offer a curated selection of movies.Those on a budget can try Kanopy, a streaming service that works with public libraries and universities to offer library card holders streaming movies for free. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This June 24, 2015, file photo shows the Hulu Apple TV app icon in South Orange, N.J. There are more TV streaming services than ever before and more people are opting to drop cable in favor of streaming services. But monthly subscriptions can add up fast. A little research on which services are best for you can help save big bucks.(AP Photo/Dan Goodman, File) FOR SPORTS FANSSports fans do have streaming options, but they cost more since sports must be watched live. Basic live TV options are cheaper but may not include sports channels. Which service you choose depends on which sport or which team you want to watch.There are a variety of live TV streaming services that offer a wide range of sports, but they’ve recently been raising their prices . Fubo TV offers more than 85 channels including ones that broadcast football, baseball, soccer and other sports. It costs $45 for the first month, then $55 a month after that. DirecTV Now costs $50 a month for the cheapest tier. Sling TV costs $25 to $40 a month. Hulu raised the price for its live-TV service in February, by $5, to $45. Sony’s PlayStation Vue costs $45 to $80 a month. Google’s YouTube TV is increasing its monthly fee to $50. It launched at $35 and has raised prices as it added more channels. Most of the live TV services offer the major sports channels such as Fox Sports and NBC Sports Network, as well as games broadcast on network TV. But ESPN, for example, is on Hulu Live and YouTube TV but not Fubo TV, so fans of a specific team or sport should examine the channel listings for each service.There’s no budget offering for watching high profile sporting events. But Disney’s ESPN Plus costs $5 a month or $50 for the year. It offers some live games, including some hockey, soccer and baseball games, as well as content about sports like ESPN’s “30 for 30″ documentary series. But you can’t watch most major league sports games on the service.MIX AND MATCHIf you’re a sports fan who also loves movies and has a family, you’ll have to mix and match services while trying to stay within your budget. It is still possible to stay below the monthly cost of cable, says the NFCC’s McClary.”The acceptable threshold for spending is up to each household, but most ‘live’ and ‘on demand’ streaming services would be on the low end of the scale compared to traditional cable packages,” he said. “One good measuring stick is to compare the monthly rate to your monthly content consumption patterns and what it would cost if you paid movie rental rates each time you watch a program.” Explore further With more TV streaming services than ever before, from newcomers like Disney Plus to stalwarts like Netflix, consumers may feel the ideal viewing experience is finally at hand. Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets For some kids, there may be no substitute for watching Disney’s “Frozen” over and over again. But other services that families might already subscribe to have a lot of family-friendly programming too. Amazon Prime ($119 per year or $13 per month for Prime loyalty program membership; Prime Video alone costs $9 a month), Hulu ($6 to $12 per month), and Netflix ($9 to $16 per month) all offer kids programming.Another choice for parents: HBO Now ($15 a month) is the home for the classic kids TV show “Sesame Street.” And for spendthrifts, YouTube’s free Kids channel offers an endless stream of kid-friendly fare, although quality varies widely.FOR MOVIE BUFFSMovie fans will soon have to work a bit harder to find movies to stream. As Disney, Fox, Universal and Warner Brothers and others offer their own streaming services, they will all eventually pull their content from Netflix. But niche services are there to fill the void. Americans have, on average, three streaming video subscription services, according to a recent study of digital media trends by Deloitte. While some have dropped cable and its average bill of around $100 a month altogether, about 43% have both pay TV and streaming subscriptions.Yet patching together a variety of services to get just what one wants isn’t always seamless. Families and individuals can still find themselves with service that doesn’t perfectly suit their viewing habits. And those monthly subscriptions can add up fast.”It doesn’t make sense to pay for a bunch of content you have no interest in watching,” said Bruce McClary, vice president of marketing for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. “Finding a service that lets you scale your channel lineup based on your interests can also help you avoid paying for things you don’t need.”A little research on which services are best for you can help save big bucks.FOR FAMILIESDisney is making the biggest play for family viewership. The owner of Disney Channel, the Star Wars franchise and most recently Fox’s entertainment business is betting its mix of family-friendly franchises and beloved animated classics, along with original programming, will make the Disney Plus service irresistible to families, even if they already subscribe to other services. The service, launching Nov. 12, will cost $7 a month initially. This March 19, 2018, file photo shows the Netflix app on an iPad in Baltimore. There are more TV streaming services than ever before and more people are opting to drop cable in favor of streaming services. But monthly subscriptions can add up fast. A little research on which services are best for you can help save big bucks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) Citation: How not to break the bank on streaming services (2019, April 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. 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Farmcentric Budget for Karnataka

first_imgKarnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy being greeted by Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar and MLAs after he presented the State Budget in the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on Friday   –  K_MURALI_KUMAR Karnataka Budget: Move for ‘knowledge-health corridor’ along the coast SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on State Budget Industry happy with Karnataka Budget Karnataka RELATED SHARE Hikes excise duty on beer, micro brewery, low alcoholic drinks Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy presented a farm-centric Budget with a slew of benefits for farmers. The State Budget comes with a heavy allocation of ₹46,853 crore for farm sector encompassing agriculture, horticulture, water resources, animal husbandry, fisheries, co-operation and power subsidy for agri-pumpsets. Farm subsidies The Chief Minister said, “Our government has provided ₹962.96 crore for horticulture, ₹132.43 crore for sericulture, ₹1,583.13 crore for animal husbandry and ₹180.95 crore for fisheries which are activities related to agriculture, as advancement of farmers will not happen by giving priority only to agriculture.”He further said that ₹2,685 crore is being provided for the welfare of milk producers. Besides, ₹11,250 crore is being provided as rural electrification subsidy, and ₹15,903 crore for irrigation schemes. “Thus, a total ₹46,853 crore is provided for comprehensive welfare of the farmers.” The Chief Minister, however, increased rates on beer with additional excise duty going up from 150 per cent to 175 per cent, additional excise duty on draught beer from 115 per cent to 150 per cent, excise duty on beer manufactured in a micro-brewery from the existing ₹5 per bulk litre (BL) to ₹10 and the additional excise duty raised from ₹12.50 per BL to ₹25 per BL.The Budget also proposes to increase the excise duty on low alcoholic beverages (LAB) from ₹5 per BL to ₹10 per BL and the additional excise duty from 122 per cent to 150 per cent. Giving a picture of the State’s economy, the Chief Minister said, “It is expected that the Gross State Domestic Product will grow at the rate of 9.6 per cent during 2018-19 against the rate of 10.4 per cent prevailing during 2017-18. “The State saw a negative growth of 4.8 per cent in the agricultural sector because of the drought situation prevailing due to scarce rain in the State. For this reason, a small decline in the growth rate of the State Domestic Product is expected. However, good growth rates of 7.4 per cent and 12.3 per cent are expected in the industrial and services sectors, respectively in 2018-19 compared to 4.7 per cent and 12.3 per cent, respectively, for the year 2017-18. Revenue/expenditureThe total receipts are estimated at ₹2.30 lakh crore during 2019-20. The Budget Estimates envisage revenue receipts of ₹1.81 lakh crore and capital receipts of ₹48,876 crore, including borrowings of ₹48,601 crore. The total expenditure is estimated at ₹2.34 lakh crore consisting of revenue expenditure of ₹1.81 lakh crore, capital expenditure of ₹42,584 crore and debt repayment of ₹9,964 crore.The revenue surplus is estimated at ₹258 crore. The fiscal deficit is expected to be ₹42,051 crore, which is 2.65 per cent of GSDP. The total liabilities at ₹3.27 lakh crore at the end of 2019-20 are estimated to be 20.60 per cent of GSDP. This is within the limit of 25 per cent for 2019-20 mandated in the Karnataka Fiscal Responsibility Act. “Therefore, all these three fiscal parameters are within the mandate of the Karnataka Fiscal Responsibility Act and this reflects fiscal prudence of the State,” Kumaraswamy said. February 08, 2019 COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

Two main areas of focus to ensure media freedom says Gobind

first_imgLONDON (Bernama): The Communications and Multimedia Ministry is looking at two main areas of focus to encourage better media freedom in the country, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.”We have to recognise that we need to do more to push ahead with our reform agenda when it comes to press and media freedom. Two of the main areas that I am looking at is to ensure that all those laws that are required to be amended and abolished are acted on as soon as possible, and also the setting up of the media council,” he said when speaking to the Malaysian media here Thursday (July 11).Gobind had earlier addressed a plenary session of the two-day Global Conference for Media Freedom, the first of its kind to be organised, that kicked off here Wednesday.In his speech at the plenary session, “What is Media Freedom: Why is it Important?”, the minister said the new Malaysian government has promised more transparency and accountability, and to repeal oppressive laws which had previously been used to silence the media and dissenting views. Nation 07 Jul 2019 All systems go: RTM digital broadcasting trials fully successful Nation 01 Jul 2019 Suriani Ahmad is new Communications and Multimedia Ministry sec-gen Nation 08 Jul 2019 RTM ready for fully digital transmission this year {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img Related News “One of the first pledges that we fulfilled was to repeal the controversial Anti-Fake News Act, an Act which we found to be a piece of legislation hastily enacted by the previous government to clamp down on the press, the opposition and civil society. And even though that Bill was defeated in the Senate, the law itself is no longer in use in Malaysia today,” he said.On the media council, he said the government is in the process of holding consultations and getting feedback through discussions with media owners, journalists, media organisations, unions, civil society groups and other groups with vested interest.The self-regulatory media council, to be helmed by the industry itself, aims to govern the conduct and uphold the quality of news reporting as well as ensuring a responsible, free and vibrant media in Malaysia.The plenary session panel included Amal Clooney, the UK Foreign Office’s Special Envoy on Media Freedom and Director-General of Unesco Audrey Azoulay.The minister also participated in another session that discussed the landscape of media freedom in South East-Asia.Panel members included Indonesian Minister for Communications and Information, Rudiantara and Maria Ressa, the chief executive officer and executive editor of online news organisation, Rappler.Organised by the governments of Canada and the UK, the conference is hosted by Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Jeremy Hunt, the UK Foreign Secretary.The conference is part of an international campaign to shine a global spotlight on media freedom.This event brought together over 1,000 guests, including government ministers and officials, the diplomatic community, international agencies, journalists, civil society, and academics.Among others, it examined the challenges facing media freedom and the opportunities to be created for a safer environment for journalists. – Bernama Related Newslast_img read more

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‘we’ve had enough of Blatter’" Blatter also said he wants the 2026 World Cup to be staged in Morocco claiming that joint bids are a "nightmare" "My heart beats for Africa" he said "After the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea we came to the conclusion that having co-organisation was a nightmare "We decided that as long as we had a single nomination it would be privileged It was a written law If Morocco is able to organize this World Cup with 48 teams then it must be chosen" Meanwhile Blatter said that many of his positive contributions at FIFA have been ignored or dismantled "We worked on a medical strategy" he said adding that after successor Gianni Infantino’s arrival "FIFA immediately put an end to the health program it’s a mistake "We had created a committee against racism it was not very active but it was there It has also been removed Racism is still there" Show me more respect "When I left FIFA’s finances were booming with $14bn in reserves" Blatter said "They could therefore show me more respect" Infantino has also changed the personnel of the ethics committees That said Blatter can only further delay his attempt to have his sentence overturned "How can they reopen the case with the new members of the ethics committee They will take at least a year to understand the case" Unlike Blatter Platini has fought his own four-year ban in the civil courts After being rebuffed by a Swiss tribunal the Frenchman appealed to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg The lawyers of both men were summoned two weeks ago by the Swiss courts in Bern "Two weeks ago the Swiss court heard the Platini clan in Bern my lawyer was also present and he again showed that the payment to Platini was done correctly" Blatter explained Platini is 62 and Blatter believes he could still have a future in UEFA or FIFA "Platini is young and I know he thinks about it" Blatter said "Surely he thinks of it he cannot give up like that because he is suffering now A return It would be really deserved" Blatter also wants to be cleared "I wish we could finish" Blatter said "What I want to do is work alongside Swiss justice but also find the arguments necessary to obtain a reversal of the decision of the (FIFA) ethics commission" The chairman of the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission KANSIEC Prof Garba Ibrahim Sheka has stated that claims of underage voting in the February 10 2018 local council elections in Kano was a set-up by mischief-makers He recalled that the elections was well publicised before it was staged and that KANSIEC had stated that it would not be using card readers for the polls Sheka told Leadership that videos and pictures showed the kids with card readers which was not used in the Kano LG polls His words “I hope you are conversant with the emerging global modern technology particularly in the media Anyhow you want you can transplant something or part of a body to form a man “Prior to the LG polls we told the world that we would not use the modern technology brought by INEC in the conduct of the elections “But to my surprise we saw in a video clip posted by those complaining that kids voted in the 2018 LG polls held in Kano State “However we quickly noticed that they were using card readers Unfortunately for the mischief makers KANSIEC did not use card reader throughout the conduct of that election “But upon noticing the outcry in the media we were able to trace the source and we defended ourselves adequately when the committee set up by INEC later arrived the state to investigate how small kids were allowed to vote during the exercise” The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC had stated that there is no evidence of underage voting in the last Kano council polls with committer’s fact finding chair Abubakar Nahuce stating that “from all what we have seen and discussed with you media men none of you has seen any underage voter in the line or voting” The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has concluded arrangements to celebrate 2018 Press Freedom Day by giving awards to deserving journalists corporate organisations and media owners The National Secretary of the NUJ Mr Shuaibu Leman in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja urged stakeholders to nominate individuals and corporate bodies for recognition According to him the event is being organised to motivate journalists promote press freedom good governance and democracy in Nigeria through recognising courageous journalists who have risked their lives by reporting on critical news events “Many journalists have faced threats harassment physical injury imprisonment death in the course of their assignments They need to be recognised and celebrated “The awards are in four categories and will be given to reporters publishers editors photojournalists cartoonists in newspaper houses TV and radio stations online and social media who have faced harassment threat physical injury imprisonment death or shown extraordinary courage in their line of duties “These categories of nominees will be given Defender of Freedom Awards “There will also be seasoned media practitioners and media owners award to those who have shown extraordinary resilience and brilliance and/or have provided media platforms for journalists to practice their craft and have supported press freedom” he said The national secretary pointed out that those in that category of supporting the press freedom will also be given Life Time Achievement award He said that Political and public office holders who are considered most media friendly and have actively supported press freedom would also be considered for award of ‘Distinguished Friend of the Press’ Leman said that Corporations (private or public) who are adjudged media friendly and have supported press freedom will be given Corporate Friend of the Media Awards The awards night and dinner will hold on May 3 2018 at Ladi Kwali Hall Sheraton Hotel and Towers Abuja at 17:00 hours The ceremony will be part of NUJ’s celebration of the International Press Freedom Day 2018 A distinguished guest speaker Senator Shehu Sani is expected to deliver the awards lecture on Press Freedom Democracy and Nation Building in Nigeria He said the occasion will be a gathering of crème de la crème of Nigeria’s media icons policy makers technocrats captains of industry diplomatic corps civil society and multilateral agencies Leman said nominations should be forwarded to: [email protected] (NAN) prosecute culprits. the growing evidence that the deaths of the 6.

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