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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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Warnock disappointed with Chelsea

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first_imgCardiff City Football Club manager Neil Warnock has revealed his disappointment at Chelsea’s decision to send youngster Tammy Abraham on loan to Aston Villa.The ex-QPR manager revealed he approach the Blues to sign Abraham on loan with the intention of making the player an important part of his team but is shocked the player was allowed to leave for the Championship, despite spending last season on loan with Swansea City in the Premier League.Warnock told Standard Sport:“I wanted Tammy Abraham from day one. I spoke to Eddie Newton (Chelsea’s loan player technical coach) about it, but he ended up at Aston Villa.“I was really disappointed they didn’t even come back to me. I thought I at least deserved a phone call saying ‘sorry Neil, he’s not joining.”“It might have been because our deadline was three weeks before the Championship’s.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Perhaps they weren’t sure at the time and then he ends up leaving at the end of the month, when only a move to a Championship club is possible. But even then, a phone call would have been better and shown a bit of class.”“Tammy would have been my main man in the Premier League – surely that would have been better for him? I don’t understand it. Surely they would want him playing in the Premier League?”“I don’t think it was a question over the size of the loan fee – we would have paid it. I just the felt the way we played, he would have enjoyed it and had an impact.”“I missed out on a few players waiting for him too, which disappointed me. But that’s life.”last_img read more

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CWC 2018 River is rich in football

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first_imgKnow as The Millionaires, Argentinean team River Plate is participating for the second time in the FIFA Club World CupRiver Plate beat Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores Final after two very controversial weeks.But know the Argentinean side will represent CONMEBOL in the FIFA Club World Cup that starts tomorrow.Known as The Millionaires, this team is based in the capital city of Buenos Aires in Argentina.The club was founded in 1901 and is celebrating its 117th anniversary.With 66 official championships, River Plate is one of the biggest clubs in Argentina having won the local tournament 36 times.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).They have only won the Copa Libertadores in four occasions.This is their second time they play in the FIFA Club World Cup. In 2015 they lost the title to Barcelona after a 3-0 defeat.They will have to wait in the Semifinals, on December 18th, for the winner of the matches between Al Ain, Team Wellington, and Espérance de Tunis.#CWC18: Get to know @CARPoficial – Know as The Millionaires, Argentinean team River Plate is participating for the second time in the @ClubWorldCups. pic.twitter.com/AmxG6vaLjW— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 11, 2018last_img read more

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Get The Sims 4 free

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first_img Tags Share your voice Comment Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Play God, after a fashion, in The Sims 4, which is free through May 28. CNET If you’ve never played The Sims in any of its incarnations, or you played it years ago but then got busy living your actual life, here’s good news: The Sims 4 Standard Edition is free for a limited time.See it at OriginAvailable for PC and Mac, the game requires an Origin account (also free) and the eponymous client software. (The latter is basically EA’s version of Steam.) Once you claim it, it’s yours to keep, even after the promotion ends.The Sims 4 normally sells for $39.99, and that’s the price you’d currently pay at Amazon.CNET hasn’t reviewed the game, and I haven’t played it since version 1, but you can read GameSpot’s The Sims 4 review if you want an overview. Verdict: Not the best iteration of the game, perhaps, though certainly still fun at its core. And for free, what’s not to like?Read more: Great games for your non-gaming laptop The Cheapskate CNET Apps Todaycenter_img CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Some of the best games of 2018 1:18 1 Video Gameslast_img read more

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SBI changes IFSC codes and names of about 1300 branches

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first_imgThe new logo of State Bank of India (SBI) is pictured at the podium of the venue of a news conference after the announcement of SBI’s fourth quarter results, in Kolkata, India May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File PhotoReutersThe State Bank of India (SBI) has changed the names and IFSC (Indian Financial System Code) of about 1,300 branches located in major cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Lucknow among others.This came after SBI merged its five associate banks – State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore – and Bhartiya Mahila Bank, the Press Trust of India reported.”Some of our old associate branches are getting merged with SBI branches. When that merger happens, the IFSC codes get changed,” said the bank’s managing director (retail and digital banking), Praveen Gupta.He also said that the customers holding SBI accounts have been informed about the change in IFSC codes. Internally the bank has also mapped then to the new codes.”Even if some payment comes based on the old IFSC codes, it will get mapped with the new codes. It will not cause any problem to any customer,” he added.The country’s largest lender has nearly 23,000 branches across the country and has put up the updates list of branches with old and new names and IFSC codes on its website. A security personnel stands guard in front of the gate of the State Bank of India (SBI) regional office in Kolkata May 23, 2014. SBI, the nation’s top lender, reported its fifth consecutive quarter of declining profit as slower loan growth and a rise in bad loans take a toll on Indian lenders. REUTERS/Rupak de ChowdhuriIFSC is an 11-digit alpha-numeric code which is used to uniquely identify each branch of every bank in India. This code is given on the chequebook of individuals and firms which is needed to transfer money from one account to another through National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) or Real Time Gross Settlement (RGTS).How to access the updated list of branches with new names and IFSC code? Individuals can easily access the new list through this link:http://www.sbi.co.in/webfiles/uploads/files/RATIONALISED_BRANCHES_WITH_IFSC.pdfCustomers can search their branch or city or district to check if IFSC codes have been changed. Account holders can also search by doing “Control+F.”last_img read more

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Abandoned Sites Turned into Affordable Housing in DC

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first_imgD.C. At-Large council member Anita Bonds (D) also attended the ribbon cutting ceremony in Ward 5 on June 8.The H Street Community Development Corporation (HSCDC) and the Edmondson and Gallagher Property Services (E&G Group) held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony June 8 for the Barrow Milestone Residential, an affordable housing unit. Located in Ward 5, Barrow Milestone represents a success story in reconstituting formerly abandoned or vacant sites into mixed-use and affordable housing structures.Named for former HSCDC Executive Director William ‘Bill’ Barrow III, the property costs an estimated $32 million to construct and features state-of-the-art amenities including LED energy efficient lighting.For Barrow, who joined other guests including D.C. Council members Anita Bonds (D-At-large); Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5); and Todd Lee, acting executive director, D.C. Housing Finance Agency, the naming was surreal.D.C. Council member Kenyon McDuffie (D) attended a ribbon cutting ceremony of the Barrow Milestone Residential development in his ward on June 8.“A lot of people have to wait until they are no longer here to have such an honor bestowed upon them, so this is really special,” Barrow told about 150 ceremony attendees. “There is a lot of thanks to go around especially when you go around and look at the beauty of this property. It stands as a shining example of the great partnerships dedicated to a singular goal of affordable housing.”Kenneth J. Brewer, executive director of H Street Community Development Corporation (HSCDC), told the AFRO that the Barrow Milestone development offers Washingtonians an opportunity to not only live in quality, affordable housing, but to also maintain their current neighborhood diversity for generations to come. “We want to ensure that as the children in Ward 5 grow into adults, they have an option of remaining in the District instead of moving into the suburbs surrounding D.C. because they have been priced out of affordable living,” he said. “Barrow Milestone represents what can be achieved when the city makes a commitment to improve the living conditions of all residents regardless of their income.”Principles of the H Street Community Development Corporation (HSCDC) and the Edmondson and Gallagher Property Services (E&G Group) cut the ribbon June 8 on Barrow Milestone Residential, a newly created affordable housing development. (Photo by Shantella Sherman)McDuffie said the complex, located on the east side of 4th Street, between Rhode Island Avenue and Bryant Street, Northeast, should help reinvigorate the neighborhood.”I am overwhelmed at the delivery of these 116 affordable units because they are all affordable, and based on their quality, will encourage more development in the immediate area,” McDuffie said. “Better retailers are attracted to the population density of the area and with new restaurants and the Metro just blocks away, the community has all the necessary elements for growth.”Milton Norman, a College Park, Maryland resident who works as a janitor near the new development, told the AFRO that the city’s investment in bringing both new businesses and affordable housing to the Rhode Island Avenue area made him hopeful of moving back into the city. “Before now, I could only afford to live in comfort outside of the city and this area was real sketchy and unsafe for a while, but that is changing,” Norman said. “Based on what I’ve seen just from the Metro down to 4th Street is enough to make me consider moving back across the D.C.-Maryland line.”At the ceremony Bonds called Barrow Milestone a “model for affordable housing success and perseverance,” that could not have been achieved without proper financial incentives. “With dedicated finances and incentives to developers, it was possible to create these wonderful units at a lease rate to tenants of $1,100 or less without supplemental capital. Let’s do more of this,” she said.Barrow Milestone is within a five-minute walk of the Rhode Island Metro Station and in close proximity to the Washington Hospital Center, Catholic University, and downtown.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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Fly Nonstop to Xiamen ex YVR with Xiamen Airlines

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first_imgTags: Videos, Xiamen Air Travelweek Group Tuesday, November 6, 2018 TORONTO — In this new video, learn more about Xiamen Airlines’ new nonstop flights from Vancouver International Airport to Xiamen, China.Established in 1984 and headquartered in Xiamen, a coastal city in Fujian in Southeast China, Xiamen Airlines is China’s first airline company operating under the modern enterprise system.Through 34 years of steady development, Xiamen Airlines is praised by President Xi Jinping as “an epitome of China’s civil aviation development” and has become one of the most distinctive airline companies in China’s civil aviation industry.It operates a fleet of 163 aircraft as of early 2018, which is also among the youngest fleets in the world. Xiamen’s network of nearly 400 domestic and international routes covers China, Southeast and Northeast Asia, and reaches Europe, North America and Oceania. Taking advantage of its SkyTeam membership, it has extended its reach to 1,074 destinations in 177 countries.To book your flight, visit https://www.xiamenair.com/. Sharecenter_img Fly Nonstop to Xiamen ex YVR with Xiamen Airlines << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more

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WATCH Costa Ricas Bryan Ruíz scores beautiful goal for Sporting Lisbon in

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first_imgRelated posts:Bryan Ruíz scores another golazo in Portugal Cup Watch Bryan Ruiz’s historic goal against Italy from 3 different angles 3 things to watch in La Sele’s Copa América prep against Venezuela Costa Rica’s La Sele stays on World Cup track with 1-1 tie against Honduras While Thanksgiving celebrations up north are so often synonymous with watching pigskin, the other kind of football rules supreme in Costa Rica.And an absolute golazo on Thursday from Costa Rican captain Bryan Ruíz for his European club gives Ticos everywhere reason to be thankful for the 30-year-old forward. Ruíz gave his team Sporting Lisbon from Portugal an early 2-1 lead over Lokomotive Moscow in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League by chipping in a gorgeous side volley in the 38th minute of the match at Lisbon’s José Alvalade Stadium.https://vine.co/v/ia7OTz1AFq3/embedSporting Lisbon won 4-2 over Moscow, which currently leads Group H of the Europa League. Lisbon’s win gives it seven points in group play, just behind Turkey’s Besiktas which is in second place with eight points. The two teams meet on Dec. 10 in a game that Sporting Lisbon needs to win in order to advance to the elimination stages.The captain for Costa Rica’s men’s national team also scored in his last appearance for “La Sele,” a crucial 2-1 World Cup qualifying win last week over Panama, when he hammered home a 65th minute goal that led the Ticos to the top of CONCACAF’s Group B in the qualifying rounds. The score was Ruiz’s 18th for his country and today’s goal marks just his second score for Sporting Lisbon after joining the club in July. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Matchstick has pulled the plug on its Mozillaendo

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first_imgMatchstick has pulled the plug on its Mozilla-endorsed, Firefox OS-based TV streaming dongle ahead of launch, citing problems with DRM development.The Chromecast rival was announced last year with a Kickstarter campaign attracting 17,218 backers to date, who pledged US$470,310 (€428,740) to help get the project off the ground.However, in a post addressed to backers yesterday, Matchstick said that after 11 months of development it is “unable to continue on this journey” and said it will aim to refund all cash pledges by the end of next month.“After struggling with the DRM development based on Firefox OS for most of this year, we realise continued development of DRM, though showing early signs of promise, will be a long and difficult road,” said Matchstick in the statement.“We have come to the conclusion that we will not be able to reliably predict the completion date of the DRM development without significantly more research, development and integration.“We feel the only responsible thing to do now is to refund 100% of the pledge money to our backers. You have been very patient with us, and we feel announcing another major delay in the Matchstick delivery would not be fair to our backers.”Matchstick was initially due to ship in February. However, the firm announced that month that it anticipated a delayed, August 2015 launch and that it was planning to increase the HDMI dongle’s CPU power from a dual core to a quad core chip and update the software to support Digital Rights Management – required by content providers like Netflix.“We are continually in talks with all the content you will want to experience on your Matchstick. DRM is a barrier and has become our primary focus, and as we work to nail that down we continue to explore new opportunities to upgrade the entire Matchstick experience,” said the Matchstick team at the time.The device was due to retail in the US at US$25, some US$10 cheaper than Google’s Chromecast device.last_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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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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Ready for Microsofts Vista

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first_imgTechnology Next Article Magazine Contributor –shares Microsoft’s Vista promises to be the next big thing in Windows computing–literally. Will your PC be PC enough for Vista when it drops a few weeks from now? If not, AMD and Intel might be able to brighten your holidays. They’ve begun shipping a new generation of more powerful dual-core processors, forcing bone-deep price cuts on “old” dual-cores and Pentium-class chips.Just about any new computer will run Vista Starter or Basic now. Less clear is how much PC you’ll need to make the most of the new Windows. It depends on how graphical you want to be. Will you run the 3-D Aero “glass” interface? Make VoIP calls? Create a video blog? Watch TV on your PC? The extra vroom needed might still fit your budget.The long run-up to Vista has been hard on people who sell PCs–but great for people who buy them. Sales have languished for most of the year with a corresponding buildup in chip inventories and softening in prices. Intel and AMD finally began slashing 40 percent or more off first-generation dual-core prices last quarter to make room for a new dual-core generation.Competition being what it is, most of those savings get passed on to PC buyers as a mix of lower prices and hardware improvements. As recent corporate earning releases show, PC sellers have been giving away margin until it hurts.But lucky for Microsoft, hardware companies are playing through the pain. It starts with Intel and AMD, who can’t seem to stop one-upping each other with ever-faster and cooler chips. Intel’s new Core 2 Duo family forces deep price cuts in first-generation Core Duos that haven’t even had time to lose that new-chip smell. And the long-running Pentium line? That’s over. AMD’s new AM2 platform has a less dramatic debut–primarily, bringing DDR2 and other memory innovations to the midrange Athlon 64 X2 and top-of-the-line Athlon 64 FX-62. Register Now » Add to Queue This story appears in the November 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » November 1, 2006center_img Ready for Microsoft’s Vista? Mike Hogan 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. New chips, lower prices–maybe you can afford that Vista PC after all. State of ReadinessAt first glance, Vista’s hardware requirements don’t sound that onerous–an 800MHz CPU for basic versions, a 1GHz engine for the Aero interface. Vendors haven’t sold PCs that slow in years, although millions are still out there, doing their jobs faithfully every day. But it’s not enough just to run Windows. You also need enough PC for bigger, better software versions–starting with Microsoft Office.It’s odd that clock speed is emphasized, because memory is much more important. Figure on a full gigabyte of system memory to be “Vista Ready” for Aero–and better make that DDR2 memory. Also, choose a processor with as much cache memory behind as wide a front-side bus as you can afford. Get at least 1MB of L2 cache–2MB would be better–and 4MB would put snap in your apps. And pick a graphics adapter with at least 128MB dedicated video memory.The impact can be seen in recent performance tests where Intel’s second-generation Core 2 Duo processor did 40 percent more work running at 2.66GHz than a first-generation dual core did at 3.6GHz. Either of the twin engines in Core 2 Duo can tap the full 4MB of cache they share as needed, but each first-generation dual-core engine is limited to 2MB. Core 2 Duo’s engines also benefit from a one-third wider front-side bus to memory and other efficiencies in Intel’s new Core microarchitecture.But these improvements sure complicate shopping. You can depend on vendors to label which Windows XP systems they’re selling today are Vista Ready or Vista Capable. But to get the most for your money, you may need to weigh two or three different options in each of the memory categories.PC vendors have been blowing out last-generation models and filling their price points with new, more powerful configurations up and down the product line. For example, at this writing, Dell’s cheapest Core 2 Duo model was packed with 1GB DDR2, 4MB L2, a 1066MHz FSB and nVidia Geforce video with 256MB. Price: $1,600–including a 20-inch flat panel!There’s just a lot more PC under the average price tag now. And Vista? Not a problem–at least, not for new PCs.Mike Hogan is Entrepreneur’s technology editor. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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Google says it pays women equally An activist shareholder isnt convinced

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Google, which is being sued by former employees and investigated by the Labor Department for underpaying women, says it pays most of the men and women who work for the Internet giant around the globe—89% of the more than 70,000 plus employees—equally. ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Citation: Google says it pays women equally. An activist shareholder isn’t convinced. (2018, March 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-google-women-equally-activist-shareholder.html But the remaining 11% is a question mark. Those employees, a group that includes the company’s senior vice presidents and above and who are mostly men, were not included in the analysis conducted by Google that was released Thursday.Arjuna Capital, which has been pressing Google to disclose more publicly about how much male and female employees earn as part of a broader effort to close the gender pay gap in the business world, praised Google for being more forthcoming. But the activist shareholder found fault with the limited scope of the analysis.Google only examined job categories with 30 or more employees and with at least five men and at least five women. That excluded all employees at the vice president level and above.Michael Passoff, CEO of Proxy Impact, which is backing the shareholder proposal with Arjuna Capital, says he’s concerned about the 11% of employees that were not covered by the analysis and the “lack of assurance that there will be an expanded disclosure in the future.””The data for senior management is missing and that is generally where the largest gender pay discrepancies are found,” Passoff said.Natasha Lamb, managing partner and lead filer of gender pay resolutions at Arjuna Capital, said she would not withdraw the shareholder proposal, which requests parent Alphabet report on the risks associated with “emerging public policies on the gender pay gap.””Today’s announcement represents a serious first step toward ensuring gender pay equity at Google. Still, we find ourselves uncomfortable with its lack of breadth,” she said. “We think there is room for improvement and can’t give a rubber stamp to an incomplete analysis.”Of the roughly 63,000 employees surveyed, Google said it found 228 with statistically significant pay differences and increased their pay, which cost $270,000.In a statement, Google said: “We will continue to focus on fairness in all of our people processes, and want Google to be a great place for everyone to work.”Google, which three years ago pledged to close the race and gender gap to make its workforce better reflect the panoply of people it serves around the globe, is still overwhelmingly male and employs very few African Americans and Hispanics.Scrutiny of Google has intensified since the Labor Department began examining possible pay disparities. Last April, a Labor Department official said investigators had found “systemic” compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire work force.” In July, a judge ordered Google to hand over employee records to Labor Department investigators probing the alleged gender pay gap.In September, three former employees sued Google claiming they were paid and promoted less than their male colleagues. A fourth woman, a preschool teacher, joined the lawsuit in January. Google denies the allegations.A judge rejected the initial complaint seeking class action status for all women who worked at Google in California for the past four years for being overly broad in December. The amended version proposes a narrower class of plaintiffs that includes engineering, research, management, sales and teaching staff.Allegations of pay disparities come at a tense time for Google, which last year fired an employee, James Damore, who wrote an internal memo suggesting men were better suited for tech jobs than women. Explore further Judge: Govt. asked Google for too much data in gender case 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. read more

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Tougher US rules needed on autonomous cars advocate

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Accidents involving autonomous cars could slow the advance of the technology and demonstrate the need for tougher federal standards, a leading highway safety advocate said Thursday. US investigating fatal Tesla crash in California 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. A January survey by the American Automobile Industry found 63 percent of consumers were fearful of riding in a totally autonomous car Explore further Citation: Tougher US rules needed on autonomous cars: advocate (2018, March 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-tougher-autonomous-cars-advocate.html “Having some basic rules of the road that everyone follows will benefit everyone because if one company fails at ensuring safety, it will affect all companies and consumer support,” said Catherine Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.In an address to a safety conference at the New York Auto Show, Chase alluded to last week’s fatal accident in Arizona involving an Uber vehicle and called for tougher federal standards and an overhaul of autonomous driving legislation moving through Congress. Besides the Uber accident, questions about self-driving cars surfaced after another fatal crash last week in California in which a Tesla owner died. Both accidents are under investigation.Highway safety advocates are bullish on the potential for autonomous driving technologies to help stem the rise of roadway deaths. US road fatalities rose 5.6 percent to 37,461 in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.Some cars already employ automatic braking, steering and other safety-oriented innovations.The thinking is that broader application of these mechanisms—and the arrival of fully autonomous vehicles—could avert crashes caused by drunk driving or inattention and other human errors.Choosing words carefullyWall Street and automakers are also eager to push the technology, but surveys suggest the broader public is skeptical but curious about the technology as it becomes more widely discussed.A January survey by the American Automobile Industry found 63 percent of consumers were fearful of riding in a totally autonomous car, down from 78 percent a year earlier.Chase said car companies had pointed to the prevalence of human-caused accidents to push for quick deployment of autonomous driving technology. But she warned it could backfire.The US Department of Transportation has issued “only voluntary guidelines which are toothless and result in companies handing in what are essentially glossy brochures for their vehicles,” she said.”We believe this doesn’t go far enough to ensure safety, reliability and consumer confidence,” she said.Kelly Nantel, vice president of the National Safety Council, said autonomous technology had the potential to “revolutionize” auto safety but that carmakers should make clear what the technology can and cannot do.”We have to be very careful how we name things,” she said. “Calling something ‘Autopilot’ sends a message to the lay consumer that the system is capable of something it isn’t.”Safety regulators criticized Tesla’s Autopilot after a May 2016 fatal crash, finding that the driver relied too heavily on Autopilot that was made possible under Tesla’s design, according to a September 2017 National Transportation Safety Board report. © 2018 AFP read more

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YouTube revamps streaming music service

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first_img Citation: YouTube revamps streaming music service (2018, May 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-youtube-revamps-streaming-music.html © 2018 AFP 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. YouTube will launch a “premium” streaming music service as a standalone, or in combination with its original video plan, which is being rebranded as YouTube Premium from YouTube Red YouTube is launching a revamped, standalone streaming music service as part of an effort to step up competition against fast-growing rivals like Spotify and Apple Music.center_img Spotify narrows losses as subscribers grow Explore further The new YouTube Music is set to launch next week in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea, with more markets coming online soon.The move enables the Google-owned service to separate its paid, premium video plan from the music service, offering a variety of free and paid options.The free, ad-supported version of the music service will be available along with an ad-free subscription membership at $9.99 per month.The standalone music service, which will be two dollars more expensive than its current plan, includes “a reimagined mobile app and brand new desktop player” along with “thousands of playlists, the official versions of millions of songs, albums, artist radio and more.”YouTube will offer the “premium” streaming music as a standalone, or in combination with its original video plan, which is being rebranded as YouTube Premium from YouTube Red.The video service, which includes shows like Karate Kid-inspired “Cobra Kai,” will be priced at $11.99 and include ad-free music.The move by YouTube comes following a splashy stock market debut by Swedish-based Spotify, which claims 75 million paying subscribers and another 99 million monthly users on its free, advertising-supported tier.Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a recent Bloomberg interview that the company has 50 million paid and trial subscribers on its music service, which launched in 2015 and does not have an equivalent free tier.last_img read more

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Tesla wins green rebate lawsuit against Canadas Ontario province

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first_imgUS electric automaker Tesla has won a lawsuit against Canada’s most populous province of Ontario after its new government scrapped a rebate initiative for electric car purchases. © 2018 AFP Tesla wants the Ontario province Tory government to honor green energy rebates offered to customers by the previous Liberal administration Explore further Tesla files lawsuit against Ontario governmentcenter_img Citation: Tesla wins green rebate lawsuit against Canada’s Ontario province (2018, August 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-tesla-green-rebate-lawsuit-canada.html The Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program, launched by the previous Ontario Liberal administration, offered rebates of up to Can$14,000 (US$11,000) on qualifying vehicles.But the program was scrapped along with other Ontario green energy initiatives when a new Tory government came to power in July.The government told AFP it is reviewing the ruling and “will make a decision on how to proceed in the coming days.”Tesla spokeswoman Gina Antonini said: “We’re pleased with the court’s decision to strike down the ministry’s transition plan as unfair and unlawful.” “Tesla only sought fair treatment for our customers and we hope the ministry now does the right thing by delivering on its promise to ensure all EV-owners receive their incentives during the wind-down period,” she said.Tesla’s suit centered on the exclusion of hundreds of Tesla buyers from a transition plan that allowed customers who bought other electric cars before July to remain eligible for rebates until mid-September.In its complaint, Tesla slammed the “arbitrary” exclusion, saying it put its customers into an “unfair position of no longer being eligible for the rebate they had expected to receive when they ordered their vehicles, while purchasers of other brands and from other dealers will still receive the rebate during a transition period.”It asked the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to strike down the limitation of the transition program that excluded Tesla customers waiting on some 600 Model 3 vehicle orders.In a scathing ruling, Justice Frederick Myers called the government’s decision favoring some electric car buyers but not others “egregious.” He acknowledged the government’s right to cancel the subsidies, but said that Ontario unlawfully “singled out Tesla for reprobation and harm.” 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.last_img read more

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Stocks wobble on trade earnings unease US Treasury yields fall

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first_imgTOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares edged lower on Thursday as Wall Street stocks dropped on early signs that the U.S.-China trade war could hurt corporate earnings, which helped underpin solid demand for safe-haven U.S. Treasuries. FILE PHOTO: An investor checks stock information on a mobile phone at a brokerage house in Shanghai, China June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Aly SongMSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS eased 0.2%, while Japan’s benchmark Nikkei .N225 shed 1.7% and Australian shares fell 0.3%. Chinese shares followed the suit, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite .SSEC and the blue-chip CSI 300 .CSI300 down 0.7% and 0.6%, respectively, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng .HSI retreated 0.5%. South Korea’s market .KS11 was off 0.4% after the Bank of Korea unexpectedly cut its policy interest rate for the first time in three years, as uncertainties from a trade dispute with Japan added to anxiety about the economy’s outlook. Graphic: Asian stock markets – tmsnrt.rs/2zpUAr4 On Wall Street, all three major indexes fell on Wednesday as weak results from trade-related CSX Corp (CSX.O) stoked concerns that the protracted trade standoff between the United States and China could hurt U.S. corporate earnings. Earlier in the week, U.S. President Donald Trump kept up pressure on Beijing with a threat to put tariffs on another $325 billion of Chinese goods, amid market nervousness over when face-to-face talks will resume. The Wall Street Journal reported that progress toward a U.S.-China trade deal has stalled while the Trump administration determines how to address Beijing’s demands that it ease restrictions on Huawei Technologies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 0.4%, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 0.7% and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 0.5%. Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) shares tumbled in after-market trade after the world’s dominant subscription video service lost U.S. streaming customers for the first time in eight years and missed targets for new subscribers overseas, raising worries in an already nervous the market. Treasury yields slid as concerns about the U.S.-China trade war boosted demand for safe haven debt and after data showed weakness in the U.S. housing market. Yields on benchmark 10-year and 30-year bonds climbed more than seven basis points each, to 2.06% and 2.57%, respectively. U.S. homebuilding fell for a second straight month in June and permits dropped to a two-year low, suggesting the housing market continued to struggle despite declining mortgage rates. In the foreign exchange market, the dollar nursed light losses on Thursday, weighed down by lower U.S. yields and a rebound by the pound from 27-month lows. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday said the dollar was overvalued by 6% to 12%, based on near-term economic fundamentals. The dollar index .DXY versus a basket of six major currencies was not much changed at 97.099 after shedding 0.2% the previous day. The euro EUR= also was nearly flat at $1.1238 after crawling up marginally 0.1% on Wednesday. The greenback fell 0.2% to 107.72 yen JPY=, extending an overnight loss of 0.3%. Sterling GBP=D4 was steady at $1.2437. It had stumbled to $1.2382 overnight, its lowest level since April 2017 on concerns of a no-deal Brexit. “Risks of a no-deal Brexit have increased to worryingly high levels. Investors should be concerned,” said Seema Shah, London-based chief strategist at Principal Global Investors. “In the scenario where a no-deal Brexit becomes a realistic prospect, the continued decline in sterling will be just a drop in the ocean.” Britain’s fiscal watchdog is expected to say on Thursday the country’s economy will fall into a recession next year and that its economy will be 3% smaller in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit, The Times newspaper reported. Precious metals were in demand, with gold prices hitting their highest in two weeks on Thursday, as weaker-than-expected U.S. data reinforced expectations for an interest rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve later this month, dragging the dollar lower. Spot gold XAU=EBS gained as much as 0.2% to hit $1,429.10 per ounce, its highest level since July 3. Silver XAG=EBS climbed as much as 1.0% to 16.12, its highest level since February, extending gains for a fourth straight session. Oil prices steadied on Thursday after falling in the previous session when official data showed U.S. stockpiles of products like gasoline rose sharply last week, suggesting weak demand during the peak driving season. Brent crude futures LCOc1 were up 0.3% to $63.86 a barrel, while U.S West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 edged up 0.1% to $56.84 a barrel. Reporting by Tomo Uetake; Additional reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Richard BorsukOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

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