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Mitrović wanted to sign for Fulham from the beginning

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first_imgAleksandar Mitrović completed his move from Newcastle to Fulham and he insisted that it was the thing that he wanted to most from the beginning despite the interest being shown from many different clubs.The Serb provided a couple of stellar performances on the World Cup for his national team and he had helped Fulham back to the Premier League before that – so it was clear that Newcastle will have many options where to sell him.The striker spoke about his decision as he said, according to Hammy End:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I told my agent, my brother, my family that this is the only club I want to join. We didn’t even talk. Especially after the World Cup a few clubs were interested but my heart wanted to come here and to continue where we stopped. I didn’t talk to the other clubs. I know that I want to be here.”“Thanks to Fulham and their fans, the people who work in the club to make this come true. They were really passionate. I thought it might happen sooner [than it did]. It was not easy but in the end, we did it and I’m here. I am happy and proud to officially be a Fulham player.”“When I came here I fitted into the club like I’d been here lots of years. I don’t need time to settle in, I just want to play football and try to make big things with this amazing club.”last_img read more

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Jordi Alba discusses move for a new deal talks about bond

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first_imgFollowing Barcelona’s 2-0 win against Celta Vigo yesterday, Barca left-back  Jordi Alba’s discussed his contract with the club as well as a plan to move for a new deal.Jordi Alba’s contract won’t expire until the summer of 2020, but he confirms he wouldn’t mind moving forward with talks on a new deal.“It doesn’t just depend on me, as it also depends on the club,” he said when asked about a new contract after the game via Marca.“When I signed for Barcelona it wasn’t for money.“I came here for the feeling and because it is my home.“In the end, it’s not enough to say that I’m a great player, as actions also matter.“A deadline? When the contract ends.”Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba played together again in the clash against Celta Vigo and the left-back spoke of the bond with Lionel Messi.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“For the first goal he was looking for me and I held the run well,” he said afterward.“On the second, [Ousmane] Dembele and Luis Suarez’s runs left him alone and he never fails.“I know that most of the assists I give will end up going on [the goal].”“We faced a great team that like to play football,” he added.“The first half was very good and in the second we dropped our rhythm a bit and they were able to create.“We are happy with the result.”Barcelona won’t have any more fixtures until a clash with Getafe on January 6.last_img read more

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Cafu tips Vinicius Junior for greatness

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first_imgThe legendary Brazilian defender believes the Real Madrid youngster has what it takes to make history with the Spanish club.Vinicius Junior signed for Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid when he was just 16 years old.But when he turned 18, he completed his £38 million moves, and after some games with the B squad, his finding his way into the first team without any problem.And this is why legendary Brazilian full-back Cafu has tipped the teenager to do great things with Los Blancos.“What Vinicius is doing is not a surprise to me, as we knew about his potential,” Cafu was quoted by The Daily Mail.“He is not Cristiano Ronaldo and there is still a lot of difference between the two, as Cristiano made history at Real Madrid and Portugal.”“Vinicius, however, has what it takes to create make history at Real Madrid,” Cafu added.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Vinicius started his youth career with the Brazilian Flamengo youth system in 2005.“He has to be focused on football, have commitment and ambition,” Cafu warned the youngster.“Great players always have to demonstrate something else and can’t lose focus.”Vinicius has played in the last nine matches for Real Madrid, each one of them playing better and better.“He’s responsible, as Brazilian players are accustomed to wanting to assume that kind of responsibility and particularly in clubs as big as Real Madrid,” Cafu concluded.The Brazilian forward is also making his way into the national team, having already been called to the U15, U17, and U20 squads.He has yet to be called to the senior team, but his good performances mean that will come soon.last_img read more

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Rodale to Launch NewsstandOnly Magazine for Parents

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first_imgEmmaus, Pennsylvania-based Rodale Inc. is planning to extend its Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazine brands by launching a title called Children’s Health. The special newsstand-only issue, which will carry an initial print run of 750,000, will hit store shelves on September 15.“This is a newsstand special that represents our first look and effort in the parenting space,” Men’s Health publisher Jack Essig told FOLIO:. “Rodale has shown time and again that we have an unparalleled ability to successfully launch health and wellness brands across a variety of platforms. We look forward to using this same approach to help parents make the right decisions for their families.”With a $5.99 cover price, the 112-page issue features 15 ad pages, Essig said. Advertisers include General Mills, Ralph Lauren and Vtech. Rodale will donate a portion of its ad dollars to various charities that support children’s health, like Save the Children. A companion Web site will go live when the issue hits newsstands, Essig said.Children’s Health also will feature First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover and an interview inside. In addition, Rodale will publish interviews with Michelle Obama in the October issue of Women’s Health and the November issue of Prevention. President Barack Obama will be the cover story of the October issue of Men’s Health.The Men’s Health and Women’s Health articles, according to the New York Times, will publicize the Obama health care reform plan, with Men’s Health “strongly endorsing it.” The series was the brainchild of Men’s Health editor Peter Moore, who contacted the White House this spring with the idea of publishing articles about the healthcare plan across Rodale’s titles.Essig said the series poses no editorial conflict of interest. “As a company that publishes magazines about health, we would be remiss not to cover this important topic,” he said. “Each month, we provide our readers with the information they need to make decisions that impact their lives. This is both a timely and topical issue that we know our readers have a strong interest in.” According to the New York Times story, Rodale is taking a “try-it-and-see approach” with Children’s Health, indicating that Rodale doesn’t have specific plans to publish the magazine regularly.last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for September 30 Evidence Of Crash On Salem Street Vehicle Egged

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, September 30, 2018:Police reported extensive damage to guardrail on Salem Street, near North Intermediate. It appeared a tow truck pulled a car out of the woods. Police notified DPW to replace guardrail. (2:26am)A car was egged on Burlington Avenue. (3:07am)A Chestnut Street caller reported property belonging to a neighbor was in his yard. Caller has surveillance footage of someone putting it there. Police returned items to the owner. (9:05am)Railroad crossing arms at Main Street and Middlesex Avenue were halfway down despite no train in the past 15 minutes. Police notified Keolis, who resolved the problem. (8:05pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 4: Police Help Make Bus Stop Safer; Hit & Run at Cumberland Farms; Garbage Truck Takes Down WiresIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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2020 Subaru Legacy Chevy Corvette rumors and more Roadshows week in review

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first_imgEnlarge ImageThe 2020 Subaru Legacy packs turbo power and great infotainment tech. Michael Shaffer/Subaru Welcome to Roadshow’s week in review, where we take a look back at this week’s biggest stories as we head into a long Labor Day weekend. This week started with first drives of several updated Volvos and the brand-new 2020 Subaru Legacy, and stayed interesting with a bunch of Corvette rumors, some recall news and more.Here’s a recap of our most important stories from Aug. 25-31, 2019.Top reviews 2018 Volvo XC60 T8: More hustle from a hybrid 37 Photos 2020 Subaru LegacyThe new Subaru Legacy might not be the prettiest midsize sedan you can buy today, but with a huge list of features and onboard technology, it’s a seriously competitive offering. For 2020, it even packs turbocharged power.Click here to read our full 2020 Subaru Legacy first drive. 28 Photos 5 things you need to know about the BMW M340iBMW’s new 3 Series is even more charming in its hotter M340i guise. In this video, reviews editor Jon Wong goes over what’s most important about this sport sedan. More about 2019 Chevy Malibu 2020 Volvo XC90 is a slicker, safer Swedish SUV Comment 5 things you need to know about the 2020 BMW M340i The top 5 cars from the Pebble Beach Concours d’EleganceRevisit the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours with our Carfection team as they point out some of the highlights of this year’s show. Tags Top newsThe cars that won’t live to see 2020: When we change our calendars at the end of this year, prepare to say goodbye to these vehicles.A 434-horsepower Porsche Macan: Say hello to the 2020 Macan Turbo.Corvette going hybrid: An electrified, mid-engine Corvette could have as much as 850 horsepower.New AMGs: Mercedes pulled the wraps off the new GLB35 and GLE53 Coupe this week.Quick Corvette: Rumors suggest the new C8 Corvette could run the quarter mile in as little as 11 seconds.Farewell, Jessi Combs: Car culture lost a good one this week with the death of the fastest woman on four wheels. Top videos Roadshow 36 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: Driving the VW ID Buggy conceptReviews editor Emme Hall gets behind the wheel of Volkswagen’s electric dune buggy concept to see what it’s all about. 1 2019 Chevy Malibu packs a darker look with new RS package 2019 Chevrolet MalibuOn the other side of the midsize sedan class, we have the 2019 Chevy Malibu which is… not very competitive. Still, there are a few reasons to like Chevy’s midsizer, as associate editor Andrew Krok explains.Click here to read our full 2019 Chevy Malibu review.center_img Top 5 Cars at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 9:31 2019 Subaru Ascent review 2020 BMW M340i: A hotter, but not hottest 3 Series sedan Share your voice Preview • 2019 Chevy Malibu: No better, no worse 2:44 2020 Subaru Legacy is tech-rich and turbocharged Now playing: Watch this: 52 Photos More From Roadshow 27 Photos Review • 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Chevrolet Mercedes-AMG’s GLB35 is small, boxy and fast We drive the VW ID Buggy concept 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better 2:38 2020 Volvo XC90The XC90 SUV launched the new direction of Volvo several years ago, and it’s still one of our top picks in the three-row luxury SUV space. It doesn’t look all that different heading into 2020, but there are a few meaningful updates that make it easier to live with every day.Click here to read our full 2020 Volvo XC90 first drive. Chevrolet Rumors Subaru Volvolast_img read more

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BCL Juba League men in drug dealing at 6 edu institutions

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first_imgA total of 24 people, including seven leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League and two Juba League men, are involved in drug dealing in six educational institutions of the capital.A sub-inspector of police is also involved in the drug trading, according to the home ministry’s latest list of drug dealers. Three private universities – Eastern University, United International University and World University – are on the list. The list also includes Dhaka University’s Institute of Leather Engineering and Technology, Jagannath University and Dhaka College.The home ministry list of drug peddlers in educational institutions reveals that Md Parvez, Md Showrav, Md Tushan, Md Jewel and Md Samrat, all of them BCL activists of the Jagannath University unit, are involved in the drug trade on the campus. An employee of the university cafeteria, Anwar Hossain, is on the list. “We are struggling to locate the students as the list doesn’t give their full names,” said Jagannath University proctor Nur Mohammad when asked about the matter.The proctor added that one man has so far been identified.About the cafeteria employee, the proctor said, “We have confirmed that he is not involved in drug peddling.”Earlier on 25 August 2011, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained Joynal Abedin aka Russel, general secretary of university’s BCL unit, among three others with 522 yaba pills from the capital’s Shantinagar area.Though Joynal was caught red handed with 200 yaba pills, he denied his arrest to Prothom Alo.The home ministry list did not include Joynal Abedin’s name.Monir, a sub-inspector of New Market police outpost, and two others were found involved in the drug trade on Dhaka College campus.Two others were named as Mamun and Md Polash.Prothom Alo investigation identified a few hot spots of the drug trade around the college campus. Priyangan Shopping Mall’s lane, the lane opposite Eastern Mollika Shopping Mall, Bakusha Market’s Babupura Gali, the road behind New Market, and the third gate of BGB headquarters are on the list.Asked about the SI, Md Atikur Rahman, an officer-n-charge of the Newmarket police station, said seven or eight months ago, Monir was in this police station. Senior officials are investigating the matter after receiving the list.Raisul Islam aka Robin, Md Rajib, Md Sohel, Md Alauddin and Mosammat Jamila are involved in the drug trade on the campus of Hazaribag’s Institute of Leather Engineering and Technology.An officer of Hazaribag police station, on anonymity, said Raisul Islam is an organising secretary of Juba League unit in Hazaribag area. Hazaribag police station’s inspector Mojubur Rahman said Jamila is a professional drug peddler while Sohel faces several cases filed with the police station.Former president of BCL’s Dhanmondi unit, Sujauddin Tuhin, general secretary SS Ashfaq and Rashedur Rahman, Md Pavel, Md Jasim and Moshiur Alam aka Sohag are in the drug trade in the three private universities.Sujauddin Tuhin and SS Ashfaq denied such charges.Kalabagan police station inspector ASM Asaduzzaman told Prothom Alo, they could not find Rashedur Rahman, Md Pavel and Md Jasim at the addresses given in the home ministry’s documents.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

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France fears further protests

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first_imgPeople are at work to build a wooden wall aimed at protecting the shop window of store, on 7 December 2018 on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on the eve of a fourth wave of `yellow vests` anti-government protests. Last Saturday`s riots in Paris, where the Arc de Triomphe war memorial was sacked, dozens of cars torched and shops looted, were the worst in decades, plunging president Emmanuel Macron`s government into a deep crisis. Photo: AFPBusinesses in Paris battened down the hatches on Friday and streets were cleared of material that could be used as weapons amid fears of further violence during a fourth round of “yellow vest” protests.The French capital experienced its worst riots in decades last weekend, plunging president Emmanuel Macron’s government into its deepest crisis so far.The Arc de Triomphe war memorial was sacked, dozens of cars torched and shops looted by the radical fringe of a three-week-old rebellion over taxes and inequality.Interior minister Christophe Castaner on Friday vowed “zero tolerance” towards those aiming to wreak further destruction and mayhem during a new round of protests set for Saturday.”These past three weeks have seen the birth of a monster that has escaped its creators,” Castaner told a news conference, adding: “It’s time now for dialogue.”Shops around the famous Champs-Elysees boulevard — epicentre of last week’s battle — were busy boarding up their windows and emptying them of merchandise on Friday.”We can’t take the risk,” said a manager at a Ducati motorcycle dealership as employees loaded luxury Italian racers onto trucks for safekeeping.The operators of leading museums and landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre and Musee d’Orsay all said they would be closed on Saturday, along with department stores, operas, theatres and libraries.Foreign governments are watching developments closely.The US embassy issued a warning to Americans in Paris to “keep a low profile and avoid crowds”, a warning echoed by the Turkish foreign ministry for Turkish travellers.The Belgian foreign ministry advised Belgians planning to visit Paris over the weekend to postpone their visit.- School pupils rounded up -Macron this week gave in to some of the protesters’ demands for measures to help the poor and struggling middle classes, including scrapping a planned increase in fuel taxes and freezing electricity and gas prices in 2019.But the “yellow vests”, who have become increasingly radicalised, are holding out for more.The government has vowed a tough response in the event of further trouble.Calls on social media for protesters to attack the police or march on the presidential palace have particularly rattled the authorities.Prime minister Edouard Philippe said 8,000 police would be deployed in Paris out of 89,000 nationwide, and that a dozen armoured vehicles would be stationed around the capital — a first.The police were already facing accusations Friday of being heavy-handed.A video showed officers in riot gear barking orders at dozens of high-school pupils kneeling on the ground with their hands behind their heads following a demonstration in Mantes-la-Jolie near Paris.”Whatever wrong was done, nothing justifies this filmed humiliation of minors,” Socialist leader Olivier Faure tweeted.- ‘Not the people’ -The “yellow vests”, named after the high-visibility safety jackets worn by demonstrators, began blocking roads, fuel depots and shopping centres around France on 17 November over fuel price hikes.Since then the movement has snowballed into a wider revolt against Macron’s economic policies and his top-down approach to power.Protests at dozens of schools over stricter university entrance requirements, and a call by farmers for demonstrations next week, have added to a sense of a government under siege.Opposition parties, particularly on the far right and radical left, have sought to capitalise on the protests to try to bring about Macron’s downfall.The protesters accuse the centrist president of favouring the rich and city-dwellers over those trying to make ends meet in car-dependent rural and small-town France.Many are calling on him to resign.Castaner on Friday estimated the number of people still taking part in demonstrations at 10,000 nationwide.”10,000 is not the people, it’s not France,” he argued, despite polls showing the protesters enjoying strong public support.- Macron’s silence -Macron’s “cardinal sin”, in the eyes of the protesters, was to slash wealth taxes shortly after taking office.The 40-year-old former investment banker, dubbed “the president of the rich” by critics, has so far ruled out re-imposing the “fortune tax” on high-earners, arguing it is necessary to boost investment and create jobs.But his climbdown on fuel taxes — intended to help France transition to a greener economy — marks a major departure for a leader who had prided himself on not giving into street protests.Prime minister Edouard Philippe has signalled a willingness to make further concessions.Macron himself has not commented publicly on the crisis since his return from the G20 summit in Argentina a week ago.Parliament speaker Richard Ferrand said the president did not want to “add fuel to the fire” in the run-up to Saturday’s demonstrations.He is expected to address the protests in a speech early next week.last_img

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Houston Firefighters Union Suing The City

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first_imgHouston’s firefighters union sued the city today, arguing that officials have been playing “hard ball” and “not bargaining in good faith” on a new contract. They are asking the court to intervene to resolve the dispute by sending the parties to arbitration.“What we are seeking is simply fair treatment and what the City has done is negotiate in bad faith,” told Houston Public Media Marty Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Firefighters Association.It is the latest salvo in a long-running dispute between the city and firefighters.A new law passed by the legislature earlier this year was the culmination of a years-long effort by the city of Houston to address its pension liabilities. In the fall, all city pension boards – police, municipal and fire – agreed to a framework. But the fire pension board backed out before the final deal was introduced in the Legislature.Then the board sued, claiming the law passed by the Texas Legislature and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott is unconstitutional.Mayor Sylvester Turner has previously said the pension board is hurting the people it represents.Lancton detailed that the union’s goal is a three-year contract with salary raises amounting to 17 percent, but Turner noted during Wednesday’s City Council meeting that the highest pay raise Houston can afford is 9.5 percent over three years and described that offer as the City’s “maximum position.” Sharelast_img read more

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West Bengal boy hangs himself

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first_imgKolkata: A class 12 boy of Kurseong, West Bengal, was found hanging in a secluded area with words like ‘Illuminati’, ‘hanged man’ and ‘devil’s one eye’ inscribed on the wall, the police said on Thursday. “We received a complaint on Monday that the boy of Saint Mary’s hill area was found hanging. We have seen strange symbols and lines written on the walls of the area where the boy was found and the investigation is going on,” said a police official. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life According to the neighbours, the boy and many other young children frequented the area where the mobile network is very strong. “I believe the symbols and words like ‘Illuminati’, ‘devil’s one eye’ inscribed on the wall is linked to some of these online apps or game which targets young people. It provokes the young mind,” said a resident of the area. A teacher of St. Alphonsus School, where the class 12 boy studied, warned parents to be cautious with the online activities of their ward. “We have lost a very bright student of our school. I also heard that another student was taking up some ‘Momo Challenge’. Later he was threatened that his personal data will be downloaded. The students got scared and we have warned everyone to stay away from such cyber games,” he said.last_img read more

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History in the making

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first_imgKolkata: For the first time in the history of post-Independent Bengal, around 22 national leaders opposing the BJP will address a gathering at the historic Brigade Parade Ground on Saturday afternoon, determining a new course of action for the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s dream of setting up an anti-BJP Federal Front is going to take concrete shape at this rally. It was Banerjee who first conceived the idea of this formation and had opened dialogues with all-India leaders from the middle of 2018. She had announced the date of the Brigade Parade Ground rally from the stage of the Martyrs’ Day rally held on July 21, 2018. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalFormer Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda who reached the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport on Friday afternoon said: “Madam Mamata Banerjee is trying hard to bring all the Opposition parties under one umbrella. Narendra Modi had attacked Banerjee on the floor of Parliament and outside in very harsh words. People of the country will give him a befitting reply. In my view, the regional parties that have come together and are quite capable to form a stable government. The people of India will select the Prime Minister.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedFormer Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said: “I congratulate Mamatadi for her efforts. Under the BJP rule, the condition of farmers, small traders and common people have turned from bad to worse.” BJP MP and former Union minister Shatrughan Sinha added: “Mamata Banerjee is no longer a regional leader. She has become a national leader and after the elections, when the Prime Minister will be selected, she is surely going to be a contender.” The entire 7.5 km stretch from the airport to Ultadanga has been decorated with festoons, banners, photos and cut-outs of all the leaders who are coming to attend the rally. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a visit to the places and called on the leaders. A time travel to the past brings out the rich history of the ground, located in the backdrop of the iconic Victoria Memorial and the Indian Museum, and under the control of the Indian Army whose, Eastern Command headquarters Fort William lie in the vicinity. The Brigade Parade Ground has been a witness to many great events since Independence. In 1955, Russian leaders — Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolai Bulganin — visited Kolkata and addressed a gathering. Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had addressed a gathering in 1972. Jyoti Basu had led a rally in 1989 where all the anti-Congress leaders had gathered. Mamata Banerjee as a youth Congress leader had addressed a rally and sounded a bell to end the CPI(M) rule in 1992. A thick security blanket has been thrown on the sprawling Brigade Parade Ground to prevent any untoward incident. Large-scale preparations have been made to ensure that it is a complete success. Besides the huge stages, 20 watch towers have been erected and 1,000 microphones and 30 LED screens put up. Hundreds of TMC volunteers will be on the grounds to take care of supporters.last_img read more

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As Pichai defends Googles integrity ahead of todays Congress hearing over 60

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first_imgGoogle CEO, Sundar Pichai, is going to testify before the House Judiciary Committee today. He has submitted a written testimony to the House Committee ahead of the hearing. Pichai points out in the testimony that there is no “political bias” within the company. “I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way. To do otherwise would go against our core principles and our business interests”. He also talks about data security emphasizing that protecting the privacy and security of their users has always been an “essential mission” for the organization. Pichai adds how Google has been consistently putting in an enormous amount of work over the past years to bring “choice, transparency, and control” to its users. Pichai also highlighted how users look up to Google for accurate and trusted information, and how they work very hard at Google to maintain the “integrity” of their products, in order to live up to their standards. The testimony further talks about Google’s contribution to the US economy and military, pointing out that despite Google’s expansion and growth into new markets, it will always have “American roots”. Now, although the hearing titled “Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use, and Filtering Practices” will be focussed around discussions regarding the potential bias and need for transparency within Google, its infamous project Dragonfly will also almost certainly be discussed. Google has been facing continued criticism for its censored Chinese search engine which was revealed earlier this year in a bombshell report by the Intercept. Yesterday, more than 60 NGOs as well as individuals including Edward Snowden, signed an open letter protesting against Google’s Project Dragonfly and its other plans for China. “We are disappointed that Google in its letter of 26th October failed to address the serious concerns of human rights groups over Project Dragonfly”, reads the letter addressed to Pichai. It talks about how Google’s response along with other details about Project Dragonfly only intensifies the fear that Google may compromise its commitments to human rights to gain an access to the Chinese search market. The letter also sheds light on new details leaked to the media suggesting if Google launches Project Dragonfly then it would accelerate “repressive state censorship, surveillance, and other violations” affecting almost a billion people in China. The letter also talks about how despite Google stating that it’s “not close” to launching a search product in China and that it’ll consult with key stakeholders before doing so, media reports say otherwise. The media reports based on an internal Google memo suggested that the project was in a ‘pretty advanced state’ and that the company had invested extensive resources for the development of this project. “We welcome that Google has confirmed the company “takes seriously” its responsibility torespect human rights. However, the company has so far failed to explain how it reconciles that responsibility with the company’s decision to design a product purpose-built to undermine the rights to freedom of expression and privacy”, reads the letter. Read Next Google bypassed its own security and privacy teams for Project Dragonfly reveals Intercept Google employees join hands with Amnesty International urging Google to drop Project Dragonfly OK Google, why are you ok with mut(at)ing your ethos for Project DragonFly?last_img read more

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Syd Airport pax peaks

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Image Source: The Sunday Telegraph Sydney Airport reported that passenger traffic has reached a new monthly high in August, rising 5.7 percent compared to the same period last year.Both international and domestic traffic increased in August, growing 7 percent and 4.9 percent respectively, according to The Moodie Report.International traffic was driven by double-digit growth in Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian, Chinese and Indian nationals arriving in Sydney,” Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather said.“In addition, Australian outbound grew by 4.4 percent driven by increased travel to destinations such as the USA, Middle East and South East Asia.”Ms Mather said capacity was a key driver of passenger growth, with airlines such as Aerolineas Argentinas, China Eastern and Air Canada adding more seats to Sydney Airport from December this year. “This is the third consecutive month of growth in the domestic market… however competition in the low cost segment has been the catalyst for passenger growth with Tiger and Jetstar providing the strongest contributions,” Ms Mather said.last_img read more

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The owners of music video hosting service Vevo are

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first_imgThe owners of music video hosting service Vevo are reportedly close to hiring Goldman Sachs to look at sale options for the company.According to Bloomberg, citing three unnamed sources, Vevo’s shareholders are exploring options including the sale of a majority stake in the company.Vevo is owned jointly by Vivendi’s Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Google and Abu Dhabi Media.According to Bloomberg, Vevo is considering offers from DreamWorks Animation, Liberty Media and the joint venture recently created by Peter Chernin’s Chernin Group and US telco AT&T to invest in OTT services.Earlier this month, Chernin and AT&T said they would invest up to US$500 million in OTT ventures.Vevo currently shows content from Sony and Universal and averages about 5.5 billion views monthly, with about 80% coming from outside the US.Speaking at the Billboard Latin Music Conference last week Vevo president and CEO Rio Caraeff said that he planned to expand the service to 20 new countries and generate over half of the company’s revenues from outside the US by the end of this year.last_img read more

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During further searches on Saturday in Galliagh p

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first_imgDuring further searches on Saturday in Galliagh, police recovered a “viable improvised explosive device” and component parts for other bombs.The bomb was made safe and was taken away for forensic examination.MAN RELEASED OVER POLICE PROBE INTO VIOLENT DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN ACTIVITY was last modified: July 10th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: A man arrested in Derry on Friday night by detectives investigating violent dissident republican activity has been released.The 48-year-old was detained by detectives from the PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit following the search of a house in the Creggan area of the city on Friday night.Police say he has now been released “unconditionally” from the serious crime suite in Belfast. CReggangalliaghMAN RELEASED OVER POLICE PROBE INTO VIOLENT DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN ACTIVITYPSNITERRORIST INVESTIGATION UNITcenter_img ShareTweetlast_img read more

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Technical note We did not include all SP 500 co

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first_img [Technical note: We did not include all S&P 500 companies in the above chart – only those for which share structure data was available since the first quarter of 2003. For example, Google went public in 2004 and was not included. We followed the same method with the HUI Index, with the only stock excluded being New Gold Inc. (T.NGD).] Since there is little growth in shares outstanding, the majority of the market capitalization (Mcap) growth can be attributed to share price performance. The total Mcap of the S&P 500 increased by 78.6%, or about 6% per year on a compounded basis. And no wonder – the sector includes a lot of large stocks that do not grow at the same rate as mining juniors. However, the chart also shows how quickly market value can shrink when a crisis hits. Let’s now have a look at what happened to the HUI constituents within the same time frame. There are two observations to be made from these charts. First, compared to S&P 500 companies, gold producers grossly overissued new shares. Since 2003, as a group, they more than doubled their shares outstanding, significantly diluting existing investors. Second, despite the large increase in shares outstanding, HUI companies have grown their market capitalization by 302.5% as of the fourth quarter of 2012, quadrupling the size of the group. This comes in stark contrast to the 78.6% growth of the S&P 500. On a compounded annual basis, gold companies grew at 14.9% annually for the last ten years, more than twice as fast as the S&P. So while shares outstanding of the gold miners were increasing at a high rate, the market capitalization of the HUI constituents outpaced the growth of shares outstanding, because the assets miners purchased with the funds they received from the new shares generated extra value. Since market capitalization doesn’t necessarily expand when new shares are issued, it’s the price performance that accounts for this growth. Looking at the next chart, you can see that the performance of gold stocks continues to be both stronger and more volatile than the S&P 500. Note that we didn’t modify the indexes here – these are the performance numbers that investors have been looking at for the past decade, and they make the case that the gold-mining sector has been far from lackluster. The gold-mining sector has been outperforming the S&P 500 for the vast majority of the last decade. With this focus on efficiency and economics, gold companies should richly reward those bold enough to invest in them now.  But there’s another way to play the gold market that doesn’t involve buying producers, nor does it require buying the yellow metal itself.  And it could be even more profitable… The chart is hardly a surprise: the precious-metals producers had a poor showing, losing 26.6% in 2012 – something we think will reverse this year – while stocks in the S&P 500 delivered a solid 14.2% annual gain. We think that while last year’s performance of the S&P 500 companies is commendable, the future may disappoint investors who believe the US economic recovery is on solid footing: last week’s GDP data suggest that our economy continues to struggle, something that was immediately reflected in the price of gold the day the news was released. As 2013 progresses, we expect to see more signs of a weaker economy and subsequently, stronger gold prices. But let’s look at the bigger picture to see how the S&P 500 has expanded as a group during the past decade. To measure the rate of expansion, we plotted the total market capitalization against growth of shares outstanding. The idea here is to compare the rate of S&P 500 share dilution to the change in size of the companies. Size does not equal performance (we’ll look at that in a moment), but it gives a rough idea about how much market value investors may have gained had there been no dilution at all.center_img We often hear the claim that gold producers have not met investors’ expectations for the past couple years. While there are many potential reasons for this, one explanation for their underperformance lies in the fact that producers diluted their share structures, leaving shareholders with smaller gains than they would have otherwise harvested. To show how this dilution has impacted the industry, let’s first review how gold miners performed last year compared to the S&P 500.last_img read more

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Breweries are quite creative these days when it co

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first_imgBreweries are quite creative these days when it comes to saving energy. Double Mountain Brewery in Oregon uses refillable beer bottles, Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing turns its waste grain and water into compost for aquaculture, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company recovers carbon dioxide from the fermentation cycle.Investment in energy-efficient technologies can be costly, but according to a study published last week in PLOS ONE, these investments may be worthwhile.A majority of the 1,000 U.S. beer drinkers surveyed say they are willing to pay more for sustainably-produced beer, and on average, they would pay around $1.30 more per six-pack.”One dollar and 30 cents is not a small amount if you consider the average price of a six-pack,” says Sanya Carley, an associate professor at Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the lead author of the survey.According to data from IRI Worldwide, a Chicago-based market research firm, the average price of a six-pack of beer is $5.96. For craft beer specifically, an average six-pack costs $9.36.The survey reached respondents through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, a crowdsourcing survey tool. Participants were asking if they were willing to pay more for beer produced at breweries that invest in equipment to conserve water or energy or use solar panels to limit greenhouse gas emissions.The findings of the willingness-to-pay survey underscores the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gases in the highly energy-intensive brewing industry, she says.It’s so energy intensive that it takes three and a half to six gallons of water to produce one gallon of beer, according to the California Craft Brewers Association.Fifty-nine percent of respondents to the survey said they would pay more for beer that invests in sustainable practices.Bart Watson, the chief economist of The Brewers Association, says these findings are pretty much what he would expect based on recent trends in the beer market.”An increased number of people are willing to pay more to companies that share their values,” Watson says.Jason Perkins, a brewmaster at Allagash Brewing Company, a craft beer brewery in Portland, Maine, says this research makes him “ecstatic.””It’s important for us to be making beer responsibly,” he says, but it’s also important that consumers are willing to pay more for a sustainable product.Allagash, which has put a number of sustainability practices in place including waste diversion, composting, cork recycling, and using locally-grown grain, put in a solar array in 2016 after contemplating the investment for awhile.The company knew the solar panels would be a big upfront expense, but decided to take the leap.”It was really a decision based on a matter of principal,” Perkins says. He also says it’s a little hard to quantify what all of Allagash’s sustainability practices mean to the company. The solar panels, for example, allow the company to displace thousands of pounds of CO2 that would have been produced through traditional energy generation. Also, Allagash employees are just proud to be doing good things for the environment, he says.But its not just the growing craft beer industry that can potentially benefit financially from marketing sustainability. The research from the recent study shows that consumers of American lagers like Budweiser and Pabst Blue Ribbon were no different than other beer drinkers in their willingness to pay for sustainable beer. This finding was unexpected and encouraging, says Carley.”It’s refreshing in a way because sustainable practices don’t have to be limited to just craft beer companies,” Carley says.By the way, big beer companies are already taking steps towards sustainability. For example, MillerCoors has already significantly reduced its water usage.But according to Ernest Baskin, an assistant professor of consumer behavior at Saint Joseph’s University, it’s important to note that in the study, the consumers who were more willing to pay for sustainability premiums already said they tended to pay more money for beer than the consumers that were unwilling to pay more for sustainable beer. Thus, for beer companies that market themselves as “for the common man,” he says, sustainability measures might not be an added benefit. They might, in fact, price these companies out of their major consumers, Baskin says.Watson points out, though, that large beer companies have broad portfolios (Anheusuer-Busch sells a lot more than just Bud Light), and these findings on consumers’ willingness-to-pay for sustainability might factor into the business models for their specialty products.The research, Watson says, “might push some more breweries that are thinking about this to make sustainable investments.”Rachel D. Cohen is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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The Trump administration says it plans to change h

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first_imgThe Trump administration says it plans to change how Medicare pays for some expensive drugs for cancer and arthritis in a move to bring the costs more in line with the prices paid in European countries.”For decades, other countries have rigged the system so that American patients are charged much more,” President Trump said Thursday in a speech at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which administers Medicare. “American patients pay more, so other countries can pay less.”The proposed changes are related to the Medicare Part B program that pays for medications that patients receive in hospitals or in doctor’s offices. Today, Medicare reimburses doctors and hospitals the average sales prices of the drugs, plus 6 percent to cover the cost of giving medications to patients.The arrangement gives physicians an incentive to prescribe the most expensive medications, because they will collect a higher fee, Trump said. The administration is proposing new regulations that would allow it to lower the overall prices of these drugs, by including in its calculation of average sales price the prices paid in countries around the world with similarly advanced economies. It’s calling the new formula the “International Pricing Index.”The new formula, if approved, would be phased in over five years. U.S. residents pay more than patients an all other high-income countries for medications, according to a 2017 study by the Commonwealth Fund. HHS today released a study of 27 drugs that are usually paid for by Medicare Part B that showed that on average the U.S. pays 80 percent more than the average prices in other countries. HHS Secretary Alex Azar said on Twitter that some of the drugs cost four times as much in the United States.The HHS study, for example, shows that the U.S. spent about $1.7 billion in 2016 on Rituxan, a drug made by Biogen Inc. that treats non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. If the drug were priced using the formula the agency wants to use in the future, spending that year would have been about $1 billion less. Azar Tweeted that Medicare spends $8.1 billion more a year than if U.S. prices were in line with prices elsewhere. The agency is also proposing creating a new group of middlemen to negotiate bulk purchase prices for this class of drugs, bill Medicare and then distribute the medications to doctors. “If they can bring down the prices, that’s a positive thing,” says Ted Okon, executive director of the Community Oncology Alliance, which represents independent cancer doctors. “How are they going to do it? Is it going to work? Is it legal? Those are the questions.”Okon says he worries about inserting middlemen between oncologists and their patients. He says his organization’s research shows that pharmacy middlemen increase medical errors and can be dangerous to patients. In addition to trying to cut the base price of the drugs, the administration, through HHS, is proposing changing how doctors who deliver these drugs are paid. The agency will launch a pilot program to reimburse doctors with a flat rate, rather than a percentage of the drug’s price, to remove any incentive for doctors and hospitals to choose more expensive drugs over cheaper ones. Okon says there is no evidence that doctors prescribe high-priced drugs because they make more money. An analysis of published studies on financial incentives under Medicare found otherwise. “The mark-up on Part B drugs appears to independently influence prescribing patterns,” said a May policy paper from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Drug Pricing Lab. In the case of cancer treatments, the analysis found that “oncologists shift prescribing towards drugs with larger absolute mark-ups.” Dr. Kavita Patel, an internist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, says the proposals could make a difference. “If the goal is overall out of pocket cost reduction for consumers, these proposals are promising and offer some of the boldest challenges to the medical establishment,” said Patel, who worked on health policy in the Obama administration. “It is interesting that aspects of this mirror an Obama administration proposal which faced so much opposition and was ultimately never implemented,” she said. Obama proposed changing the percentage-based payment system for Part B drugs but was met with fierce opposition from oncologists and rheumatologists. The agency received more than 1,350 public comments opposing the change, many from doctors who said they would have to close their practices if the plan went forward, and from patients who in turn said they feared they would lose their doctors. The pharmaceutical industry, which also opposed the plan, spent almost $250 million on lobbying in 2016, though that was not limited to lobbying on this issue. Eventually even Democrats in the House and Senate, who heard opposition from constituents, came out against the plan. Obama dropped the proposal a month before he left office. But PhRMA, the drug industry’s main trade group, came out strongly against Thursday’s proposal. “The administration is imposing foreign price controls from countries with socialized health care systems that deny their citizens access and discourage innovation,” said a statement from PhRMA CEO Stephen Ubl. HHS says, after opening the proposal for public comments, it hopes to issue a final rule by the spring of 2019 and start the new payment system in 2020. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Nab an Adidas 3DPrinted Sneaker This Fall

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first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Adidas via PC Mag Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Tom Brant –shares The company’s first production shoe with a 3D-printed design uses a technology that was originally conceived in the 1980s for rear-projection TVs. Nab an Adidas 3D-Printed Sneaker This Fall This story originally appeared on PCMag 3D Printerscenter_img 2 min read News reporter Add to Queue Next Article April 10, 2017 After years of experimenting with 3D-printed footwear, Adidas on Friday announced that its first mass-produced 3D-printed shoe, the Futurecraft 4D, will go on sale this fall.The shoe’s sole is shaped using digital light projection, a technology you might be familiar with if you shopped for a rear-projection TV 20 years ago. Despite rear-projection’s demise, the technique is still alive in the 3D printing industry: it projects patterned light onto a liquid photopolymer resin, shaping and hardening it into layers. To make the Futurecraft 4D’s sole, Adidas partnered with the Silicon Valley startup Carbon, which says that its digital light synthesis technique is more efficient than ordinary 3D printing, and thus better-suited to making large quantities of durable goods. According to Texas Instruments, which originally developed the digital light processing concept in the 1980s, it’s now used to quickly print everything from prototypes, jewelry casting, custom medical implants and complex automotive and aerospace components.In Adidas’s case, digital light synthesis results in a sole that works just as well as one made in an injection mold and has similar costs and production times. The company plans to sell 5,000 of the Futurecraft 4D this fall, and an additional 10,000 next year. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet; Reuters reports that the shoes will sell at an “unspecified premium price,” but Adidas plans to lower the cost as the technology develops.Despite the benefits that 3D printing promises to bring to shoe design and manufacturing, it has been a gradual development process for Adidas and its competitors, at least compared to the consumer tech lifecycle. In 2013, New Balance became the first athletic brand to have a track athlete — middle distance runner Jack Bolas — compete in 3D-printed spike plates. But it wasn’t until three years later that the company managed to sell a 3D-printed shoe to the public in the form of a limited-edition $400 sneaker.Adidas, meanwhile, unveiled the Futurecraft 4D’s predecessor as a concept shoe in 2015. It used thermoplastic polyurethane instead of resin shaped by digital light projection. Register Now »last_img read more

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New Research Shows Bitcoins Meteoric Rise Was a Scam

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first_img Peter Page New Research Shows Bitcoin’s Meteoric Rise Was a Scam Next Article Senior Editor for Green Entrepreneur The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Crypotocurrencies are the latest in a centuries-long line of speculative bubbles driven by shrewd insiders taking advantage of gullible investors. Academic researchers at the University of Texas have concluded at least half of Bitcoin’s rise to a peak price of nearly $20,000 last year was due to manipulation by traders on Bitfinex, the primary Bitcoin exchange, using another cryptocurrency called Tether to boost prices when they dipped on other exchanges.The paper by John Griffin, a finance professor at the University of Texas, and graduate student Amin Shams, examined trading between March 2017 and March 2018 with particular focus on 87 periods each lasting one hour when Tether, which is issued exclusively by Bitfinex, flowed onto other exchanges when the price of Bitcoin was dropping. “These 87 events account for less than 1 percent of our time series (over the period from the beginning of March 2017 to the end of March 2018), yet are associated with 50 percent of Bitcoin’s compounded return, and 64 percent of the returns on six other large cryptocurrencies (Dash, Ethereum Classic, Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero and Zcash),” the researchers wrote.Related: 4 Pros and Cons of Investing in a New CryptocurrenciesThe researchers ran 10,000 trading simulations and concluded “this behavior never occurs randomly.””There were obviously tremendous price increases last year, and this paper indicates that manipulation played a large part in those price increases,” Griffin told the New York Times, where the paper was first reported.Trading on Bitfinex, which is registered in the Caribbean with offices in Asia, is largely unregulated by any government. Bitfinex CEO JL van der Velde denied any wrongdoing in a statement to Business Insider. “Bitfinex nor Tether is, or has ever, engaged in any sort of market or price manipulation. Tether issuances cannot be used to prop up the price of Bitcoin or any other coin/token on Bitfinex,” van der Velde said.The researchers noted cryptocurrencies bear a striking similarity to well-researched investment bubbles stretching from the 18th century to the dot.com and housing crashes of recent years. “Cryptocurrencies, which have grown from nearly nothing to over $300 billion in market capitalization in a few years, fit the historical narrative of previous bubbles quite well — there is an innovative technology with extreme speculation surrounding it.”Related: Government Shuts Down Cryptocurrency Pyramid ScammersThe historical pattern the researchers allude to stretches back centuries. While the assets change — the scam remains remarkably similiar. “Periods of excessive price speculation often share the themes of optimism around a new technology, focusing on selling to others rather than economic fundamentals, and questionable activities,” the researchers wrote. They cited the South Sea Bubble 1719-1720 and Railroad Bubble of the 1840s as early examples of investors being stampeded into buying stock in an unregulated investment based on false claims and pure exuberance.While the lack of regulation by any government appeals to some cryptocurrency enthusiasts, the authors of the research suggest only regulation can stabilize crypto markets. “Our findings suggest that market surveillance within a proper regulatory framework may be needed for cryptocurrency markets to be legitimate stores of value and a reliable medium for fair financial transactions,” they wrote.Bitcoin was trading below $6,500 after the publishing of the New York Times article. 3 min read Add to Queuecenter_img Image credit: Mark Garlick/Science Photo Library | Getty Images 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List June 13, 2018 Bitcoin Entrepreneur Staff –shares Apply Now »last_img read more

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