Watford have completed the permanent signing of Gerard Deulofeu in a reported €13m dealAfter struggling to break into the Barcelona team under new head coach Ernesto Valverde last season, Deulofeu joined Watford on a loan deal in the winter transfer window for the remainder of the 2017-18 season and made a total of seven appearances and scored on his home debut for the Hornets in the 4-1 win over Chelsea in February.The 24-year-old has now signed a five-year at Vicarage Road.“We are very pleased to welcome Gerard back to Vicarage Road and thank FC Barcelona for their part in concluding this deal,” read a club statement from Watford chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury.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…“Our ambition to succeed and grow in the Premier League remains as strong as ever.”After two loan spells with both Everton and Sevilla, Deulofeu completed a permanent move to the Premier League side in 2015.However, the 24-year-old only found the back of the net four times in his 46 appearances for Everton and was re-signed by Barcelona in 2017 after an impressive loan spell with AC Milan.
Luciano Spalletti had earlier warned his side to ensure they secure a win against Sassuolo during the Nerazzurri’s league 2019 campaign kick off.However, his side has been left with a draw as they were unable to score against Sassuolo.“It was a tough night because they played a good game,” began the Coach as quoted by Inter official website.“We couldn’t control the game. Even when we did well to get the ball back, we then lost it again too quickly meaning that we were unable to make the most of the moment and get men over. We needed to do better in those situations before their defence could settle in place. We didn’t have enough quality on the ball and you need that against sides like Sassuolo who run a lot.”Mazzarri believes the Serie A is unpredictable Manuel R. Medina – August 25, 2019 According to Torino coach Walter Mazzarri this year the Italian competition will be fascinating again as his team is ready to take on Sassuolo.“We did better in defence and less well in attack where we should have done more in terms of individual play and in looking to break their lines. They set up a low block as a team around the penalty area and we couldn’t find space. We were overwhelmed by their defensive line and Sassuolo also caused us some problems.“In the end, we also ran the risk of losing. However, you always have to look at the glass half full and we need to keep getting results to avoid running the risk of other teams catching us up. We need to keep working and improving, we also want to do well in the Europa League and the Coppa Italia in order to consolidate our status.”Spalletti also talked about all the children in attendance:“It was wonderful to feel their enthusiasm. It really was a party in the stands.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 5 Nov 2014 – Clement Howell High principal, Kadean Cunningham has cancelled bus service to students this afternoon in the aftermath of an accident which has left a student hospitalized.Apparently a school bus ran over the child’s foot.MAgnetic Media has no further details at this time, but Mrs Cunningham did reach out to say the Bus Service for hundreds of students would be suspended. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016 Related Items:Bus accident, clement howell high school, Hospitalize, Kadean cunningham Recommended for you Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships National Heritage Month ends
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China will deliver a slew of economic and financial reforms over the next five years, which will help the yuan become an international currency by 2020, central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said in an article.The reforms will also include improving central bank communications and guiding market expectations to enhance monetary policy, Zhou wrote in the Caixin article published on the magazine’s website.Zhou said the government will strengthen supervision of its financial system to prevent “systemic risk”, explaining China’s proposed 13th Five-Year economic plan for the years 2016 to 2020.The comments around policy priorities come amid growing doubts in global markets about China’s commitment to see through comprehensive financial reforms.Those doubts were sparked after Beijing intervened in the stock markets during a share price rout that started in June and saw the main Shanghai Composite Index plunge as much as 40 percent.Beijing has also intervened in its currency market after an abrupt devaluation by the central bank in August caused widespread worries over the yuan’s future value.Zhou said China will foster new mechanisms to promote financial liberalisation and development, as well as “enhance the efficiency of the financial system to serve the real economy.””It will effectively use and develop financial risk control tools, and reduce levels of leverage so as to prevent systemic risk,” he said.Zhou pledged to improve central bank communications on policy intentions, but didn’t offer details on whether policy makers will provide routine briefings to accompany rate announcements similar to other developed economies.
At the Bombay Stock Exchange (representational image)Reuters fileHappy new year investors! One hopes that Dalal Street extends the gains of the last trading day of calendar year 2016 onto the first trading day of 2017. The BSE Sensex gained 260 points on Friday (December 30) to end at 26,626 while the NSE Nifty ended 82 points higher at 8,186.Bank, real estate, NBFC and home loan stocks are expected to be in focus after PM Narendra Modi’s speech on December 31, 2016 that spoke about dedicated 8 percent interest scheme for pensioners, interest subvention to home loan borrowers in specific categories and relief to small enterprises.SBI, ICICI Bank, PNB, Indiabulls Housing Finance, LIC Housing Finance, DHFL, Axis Bank, Prestige Estates Projects, Godrej Properties and related stocks could see significant movement.Stock markets ended 2016 on a positive note, despite many negative triggers, more so at the last two months, the most significant being the decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that sent the markets into a tizzy amid projections of a prolonged slowdown.The two benchmark indices are likely to trade in a narrow range in 2017, according to an analyst. “Overall looking at the picture, we believe the market to take time to beat its 2016 Nifty high and remain trading in the broader range of 7000 to 8500 for calendar year 2017,” Abnish Kumar Sudhanshu, Director & Research Head, Amrapali Aadya Trading & Investments, said in a note.What to look for in January 2017The triggers in the first week will be December 2016 car and two-wheeler sales data, followed by merchandise trade, inflation and civil aviation statistics for December.Analysts expect companies to report low volume growth and decline in some cases. Two-wheeler makers are likely to take the maximum hit, say brokerages Nirmal Bang, Motilal Oswal Securities and Nomura.Companies will also be declaring their demonetisation-impacted quarterly results, beginning with Infosys on January 13, 2017. Wipro will be announcing its December quarter results on January 25. Demonetisation is unlikely to have impacted IT software services exporters.Among lenders, Axis Bank will be announcing results on January 19, RBL Bank on January 20, HDFC Bank on January 24, followed by IDFC Bank the next day.Cues could emerge from statements/speeches by the top brass of the ruling party, the BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing a rally in Lucknow on January 2 while tax collection figures for the 9-month period ended December would also be out.Of course, the mother of all triggers will be Budget 2017 likely to be presented on February 1.
Reliance Jio launches free 4G feature phone aka ‘JioPhone’ with unlimited voice, dataRIL AGM via YouTubeMukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio has seen phenomenal growth over the last two years. After disrupting the telecom market with its cheap plans, the company is now eyeing the lucrative entertainment industry with plans to set up its own production house.The news comes from an unnamed source, who told Livemint: “Content market is still not properly tapped… Reliance has hired a bunch of scriptwriters and content creators and is in the process of setting up a huge production house.”If the report is accurate, it would mean that the company will create its own web series and short film taking on Netflix and Amazon’s over-the-top (OTT) services. The conglomerate will be banking on its 215 million subscribers to ensure the service is well received, and with plans to roll out JioGigaFiber, that number will only be higher.Currently, Jio offers video content in partnership with third-parties such as ALT Balaji, Eros and Reliance-owned Viacom through its Jio Cinema app.At a shareholder meeting recently, RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani said that video consumption has grown from 165 crore hours per month to 340 crore hours per month. The rise in part is due to the lowering cost of data plans, that Jio introduced when it entered the market.The report said that the content ecosystem business is being spearheaded by Jyoti Deshpande, former managing director at Eros. She has joined Reliance as head of the media and entertainment business. The source went on to add that Reliance has already got 20-25 creative people on board, and is targeting launch within 4-6 months of some web series. RIL has been aggressively expanding its presence in the OTT space, having purchased 24.9 percent stake in Balaji Telefilms last year, and 5 percent stake in Eros International in February this year. Earlier, Jio and Hotstar partnered up to offer JioTV to users. Reliance also owns Viacom18, which has a wide variety of entertainment channels such as Colors and MTV. Sacred Games posterTwitterWhile Jio’s entry into the content space is unlikely to shake up Netflix and Amazon’s dominance in the short run, it will have massive implications in the long run despite both companies investing heavily in Indian content. The news will also be good news for budding artists, who are looking for a big break and now have more options to chose from.
Listen Nicoguaro President Trump has pushed back the start date for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) several times over the past few months, in large part because the Senate has yet to vote on the confirmation of his nominee for U.S. trade representative, attorney Robert Lighthizer. By law, only the U.S. trade representative can notify Congress of the president’s intent to renegotiate a trade agreement.“One of the requirements in terms of what the USTR must satisfy is that he has not worked for any foreign interest involved in a negotiation with the United States government,” says Stephen Lande, president of Manchester Trade, a trade policy advisory firm based in Washington, D.C. “And Bob Lighthizer was involved actually in a fairly minor negotiation with Brazil. So one needs a waiver for that in order for the Senate to be in a position to consider his nomination and, of course, approve his nomination.”Lande says Trump seems to be counting on such a waiver being attached to a must-pass measure to fund the federal government.The Houston area has a big stake in what happens next. “There’s $18 billion traded between Houston alone and Mexico, which is more than many countries trade between each other,” says Kenneth Smith Ramos, who heads the trade and NAFTA office at the Mexican Embassy to the U.S.Once the president notifies Congress of his intent to reopen NAFTA, that will trigger a 90-day countdown. Three-way talks with Mexico and Canada could begin by mid-summer. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:20 X Share
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 4, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Chatbots are wonderful tools for productivity and efficiency. They allow you to automate tasks which would otherwise take forever to complete, thereby enabling you to focus on other more important things related to your business.Bots are also potent enough to render app fatigue irrelevant. With the sheer number of apps these days, downloading a new app for undertaking just about any task — and being inundated by a range of notifications and instructions — can be energy-sapping. To circumvent this, you can create chatbots online to augment the efficiency of your existing apps.Using bots, you can engage more efficiently with your colleagues and/or clients in popular chat platforms where they are most likely to spend time — Facebook, Whatsapp, Slack, Twitter — as well as your own smartphone. Chatbots also give you the flexibility of remaining within the platforms and apps that you use most frequently, which reduces the chances of unnecessary distractions and impeding your productivity. Let’s take the case of Jarvis, which serves as a reminder bot embedded within Facebook messenger. Bots like these offer great convenience and streamline processes that would consume a lot of time, money, and energy.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessUtility at its best.You can use bots for just about anything, be it work-related purposes, shopping, buying tickets, addressing customer service issues, or influencer marketing. They can be utilized to heighten your business prospects by attracting new customers and retaining existing ones while lowering the dependency on time-consuming human intervention. Thankfully, the technology of artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly sophisticated, thereby constantly expanding the scope of chatbots. In the parlance of managing your brand, these bots can take a lot of burden off your shoulders and help you become more productive.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingSimplify things; don’t complicate them.Most of us have already been utilizing automation, even on a small scale. Whether it’s the self-service kiosks, touch screens, or the numerous features in our smartphones, we’re subconsciously wired to the benefits of automation — as long as it makes things easier and doesn’t complicate them. As a business or an entrepreneur, you may want to ensure that you communicate with your customers in a manner with which feel comfortable and knowledgeable. When you do that, a lot of things begin to fall in place and your overall productivity increases. Using new technologies merely for the sake of using them when the customers are simply not ready isn’t going to get you anywhere.Related: 7 Ways Chatbots Can Benefit Your Marketing StrategyEnsure adequate engagement.As you progress further in your business or entrepreneurial journey, you’re likely to develop a steady online following. Remember, they are going to be responsive only if you offer something that holds their attention. Not adopting a thoughtful approach while curating your chatbot can seriously hamper productivity, because negative publicity spreads faster than positive publicity. To that end, understand the needs and preferences of your customers before having them interact with bots. When a bot-customer conversation is initiated, ensure that it is engaging, interactive, specific, and yes, time-saving. No one is going to wait beyond a few minutes for your chatbot to respond.Related: Top 7 Chatbot Monetization Strategies You Need to KnowProductivity benefits within an organization.Chatbots can be used by members of a company or organization to keep them updated about new agendas and projects, which in turn helps plan out their workload accordingly. Bots can set up daily reminders and create an inclusive community that unites the entire workforce for a dedicated cause. As opposed to setting up manual calendar reminders, you can leverage chatbots as an accessible, centralized reference point within existing online communication platforms. In addition, brands can use chatbots for their training programs where they can brief new employees about the various company policies and ensure they have a smooth transition. The good thing about bots is their quick response times, reduced errors, and ability to tackle multiple tasks simultaneously. For instance, Riot aims to identify a chatbot within its web messaging community to simplify mundane tasks for its customers by launching close to three fresh bots per weeks (internally).Related: 10 Facebook Messenger Chatbot Marketing Expert TipsRespect your customers and their choices.Customers may become irritated when they are forced into engaging with a peripatetic chatbot when they actually look forward to interacting with another human with clear-cut responses. In your zest to develop an amazingly cool chatbot, you may want to remember the timeless golden rule: it is the customer that counts — always.Understand and respect what your customer expects out of you and deliver it. If they are comfortable with a button within the chatbot window that they can click on to begin interacting with a real person, then do exactly that. If done appropriately, chatbots can make a lot of contribution to your business’s overall productivity. They can also make your employees perform better and with heightened clarity by sharing some of their burden, which takes a lot of their time. Since chatbots are all set to become more evolved, you may want to integrate them intelligently to position your brand in the right place and make the most of what technology has to offer. Register Now » 5 min read
Mortgage Applications Reverse Course as Interest Rates Tick Up February 11, 2015 450 Views Share A slight rise in interest rates headed off mortgage refinancing demand in early February, putting a drag on total mortgage application volumes after a strong January.Mortgage applications, including both purchase and refinance volumes, fell a seasonally adjusted 9.0 percent week-over-week for the week ending February 6, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said Wednesday.MBA’s refinance application index dropped 10 percent week-on-week, accompanying a small increase in the average 30-year fixed rate to 3.84 percent. The decline saw the refinance share of mortgage activity slip back down to 69 percent of total applications compared to 71 percent at the end of January.Helped by rock-bottom rates and lower annual Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insurance premiums, refinance applications finished out January up about 54 percent from the month prior, signaling the start of what some analysts anticipate will be a new “mini-boom” for remortgaging.Paul Diggle, property economist for Capital Economics, said the firm expects to see refinance volumes jump by about 200 percent in the first half of 2015, though that prediction may fall short if consumers have a bad reaction to interest rates ticking upward again. Most projections call for rates to push up to nearly 5 percent by the end of this year.Meanwhile, MBA’s seasonally adjusted measure of purchase loan applications fell 7 percent week-over-week. Unadjusted, the index was down 1 percent on a weekly basis, floating just above where it was at this time last year. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Purchase Loans Refinances 2015-02-11 Tory Barringer
Disney, fresh from pulling out of its distribution agreement with Netflix, has signed up to provide a branded channel on the streaming video outfit’s Asian rival Iflix.Disney has struck a wide-ranging deal with the Malaysia-based subscription video-on-demand company that will see it provide a branded channel on Iflix’s platform featuring Marvel and Pixar movies as well as Disney shows.Iflix said the deal would mark the debut of a new ‘channels’ feature on its service.The agreement will initially bring Marvel Studios movies including Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3, Pixar Animation films such as Monsters Inc, Monsters University, Up and Wall-E, and Disney shows including Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Cars, Lilo & Stitch, The Jungle Book and Cinderella to Iflix users.Further titles including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book, Tangled, Finding Dory, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles! will arrive next year.In addition to Disney kids content such as Sofia the First and Star Wars Rebels, the deal will also extend to ABC Studios shows such as Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Devious Maids and Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Iflix’s deal with Disney, in addition to covering content distribution and early window movie rights, will also see the pair collaborate around a project with Disney’s MCN arm Maker Studios. This will revolve around the creation of content to be released as an exclusive Iflix original.“Disney has a story for every age. Iflix is committed to providing the best in entertainment from around the world and this SVOD partnership in the region will bring Disney brands and premium titles to our members across the region. At Iflix, we have committed to offering the best content available to our subscribers, this new partnership with Disney is key to delivering on that promise,” said Sean Carey, Iflix Group’s chief content officer.“We are pleased to partner with Iflix to bring Disney content even closer to fans in south-east Asia. Through the extensive library of content available on the new Channels feature, fans of all ages will have a unique access to their favorite stories and characters anytime they want”, said Amit Malhotra, general manager, media networks, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia.The agreement with Iflix comes two weeks after Disney announced that it was pulling all its movies from Netflix to launch its own branded SVOD service when the pair’s agreement expires in 2019.Disney said it would make its future theatrical releases, original and library programming available via a new, as yet unnamed service, initially to launch in the US alongside a branded ESPN sports SVOD service.Iflix is currently available in 20 territories across Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and is set to launch in sub-Saharan Africa in the next few weeks.
The silver equities traded almost in lock step with their golden brethren—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 0.73%. Palladium didn’t do much until shortly before 11 a.m. in Zurich. The tiny rally from there tacked a percent on the price, but the traders in New York cut that gain in half by the close—and palladium finished up another four bucks at $869.00 spot. They’re certainly not letting this metal, and platinum, run away to the upside, which is what they both want to do. First Majestic is a mining company focused on silver production in México and is aggressively pursuing the development of its existing mineral property assets. The Company presently owns and operates five producing silver mines; the La Parrilla Silver Mine, the San Martin Silver Mine, the La Encantada Silver Mine, the La Guitarra Silver Mine, and the Del Toro Silver Mine. Production from these five mines is anticipated to be between 12.70 to 13.35 million ounces of pure silver or 14.85 to 15.60 million ounces of silver equivalents in 2014. Please visit our website for more information. It was a Groundhog Day in platinum After the obligatory sell-off at the New York open on Monday evening, the gold price headed a bit lower in Far East trading on their Tuesday—and didn’t rally until 2 p.m. Hong Kong time, an hour before the London open. That rally, such as it was, got dealt with in the usual manner by a seller of last resort once the London p.m. gold “fix” was in. The low came around noon EDT—and from there it rallied gently until 4 p.m.—and then traded flat from there. The high and low tick were recorded by the CME Group as $1,325.70 and $1,314.30 in the August contract. Gold finished the Tuesday trading session at $1,319.60 spot, down 40 cents from Monday’s close. Net volume was pretty light at 96,000 contracts. Silver also had the same obligatory sell-off at the New York open on Monday night. Silver traded lower until a rally began at the noon silver fix in London—and that rally got stepped on minutes after the 8:20 a.m. EDT Comex open. The HFT boyz did the rest once the p.m. gold fix was done. Silver’s low was also at noon in New York—and the subsequent rally made it back to Monday’s close minutes after 4 p.m. in electronic trading, before selling off a few pennies. The high and low were recorded as $21.245 and $20.955 in the September contract. Silver finished the day at $21.015 spot, down 3 cents from Monday. Volume, net of July and August, was very robust at 44,500 contracts. The gold stocks gapped up a bit at the open—and stayed up until the HFT boyz took gold down at the London p.m. gold fix. From that point the stocks slid into negative territory, with the low of the day coming minutes after 11:30 a.m. EDT. The subsequent rally took the stocks back into positive territory, hitting their absolute highs around 2:30 p.m. in New York—and then traded sideways into the close. The HUI finished up 1.49%. Platinum had a similar trading pattern on Tuesday as it did on Monday—and the price finished exactly on its Monday close as well—$1,491.00 spot—and a dollar off its Friday close. What are the chances that these were free market events? As you can see, we’re still chopping sideways in price in both metals waiting for some sort of resolution to this this current overbought situation—and the now wildly bearish COT numbers, especially in silver. I’m also aware that there may be a ‘black swan’ out there—and just as much as a precious metal shortage would end the price management scheme, the same can be said for some other potential “long tail” events that are unknown to us at the moment. Yesterday at the close of Comex trading, was the cut-off for Friday’s COT Report—and just looking at the five day reporting period on the charts above, I would guess that we’ll see more deterioration in the Commercial net short position in both gold and silver, but mostly in gold. I’ll be happy to wrong, but that’s the way I’d bet ten bucks if forced to. As I type this paragraph, it’s about 45 minutes to the London open. All four precious metals are up a bit from their respective closes on Tuesday. Gold volume is pretty light, but higher than it was this time yesterday. Silver volume is light as well—and lower that it was on Tuesday at this time. The dollar index is flat. And as I prepared to send this out the door at 4:45 a.m. EDT, I note that not a lot has changed since I wrote the above paragraph a bit over two hours ago. All four precious metals are hanging onto some or all of their gains from back then—and volumes are more or less what I expect at this time of day when there isn’t much going on from a price perspective. The dollar index, which had been flat, dipped within spitting distance of the 80.00 level about forty minutes before the London open, but a buyer of last resort was there to save the day. I haven’t the foggiest idea as to what the rest of the Wednesday trading session will bring—and nothing will surprise me when I look at the gold chart later this morning. Enjoy your day—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The dollar index closed late on Monday afternoon in New York at 80.22—and it rose to its 80.29 ‘high’ by 11:15 a.m. BST in London. By noon in New York it was at its 80.15 ‘low’ by noon in New York. It didn’t do much after that—and finished the Monday session at 80.17—down a whole 5 basis points. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 25 gold and 40 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday. Jefferies was the issuer on all of them in both metals—and the stoppers were “all the usual suspects”—and the link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There was another deposit into GLD yesterday. This time an authorized participant added 67,372 troy ounces. And as of 9:47 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Just as a matter of interest, since the rallies in both gold and silver began a bit over a month ago, there has been 424,653 troy ounces of gold added to GLD—and 10.31 million troy ounces of silver withdrawn from SLV. There have been no deposits of silver at all—only withdrawals. Ted Butler says that SLV is owned about 8 million ounces. The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday. They sold 2,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—-and 130,000 silver eagles. The Royal Canadian Mint posted its Q1-2014 report on its website the other day—and here is what they had to say about bullion sales on pages 5 and 6—“Sales of Gold Maple Leaf (GML) coins declined 34.6% to 176,000 ounces compared to 269,000 ounces in the same period in 2013. Sales of Silver Maple Leaf (SML) coins increased 24.2% to 8.2 million ounces from 6.6 million ounces in the same period last year. The decline in GML sales reflects the lack of volatility in the gold price during the fourth quarter of 2013 and first quarter of 2014 as well as continuing activity in the gold bullion secondary market. The increase in SML sales reflects continued strong demand in North America, Europe and emerging markets such as Southeast Asia.“ “Refinery revenues were up slightly in the thirteen weeks to March 29, 2014. Gold rough deposits increased as the Mint competes successfully for a growing market share. This was partially offset by a decline in silver rough deposits due to increased competition in the silver refining sector. Also contributing to this growth was an increase in sales of 1 kg gold bars, which increased 525% to 18,099 bars, which offset a contraction in sales of 100 oz silver bars, which decreased 25% to 12,562 bars.“ Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday there was a decent amount of gold deposited, as HSBC USA took in 32,092 troy ounces. None was reported shipped out. The link to that activity is here. As is almost always the case, the activity in silver was far bigger. Only 9,903 troy ounces were reported received, but a very decent 1,157,462 troy ounces were shipped out the door. The link to that action is here. I have a far more reasonable number of stories today—and there should be at least a couple in here that you’ll find of interest. It was one of the largest three week Commitment of Trader changes in memory for gold, as more than 97,000 commercial contracts were sold on a $70 gold price rally since June 10. Most notable was that the raptors accounted for 80,000 contracts of the commercial selling and the technical funds 88,000 contracts of the buy side. Never have two distinct groups controlled so much of the positioning. In COMEX silver futures, the 9,100 contract increase put the total commercial net short position at 52,000 contracts. This is highest level of commercial shorts in COMEX silver since December 18, 2012. I hope everyone knows that “highest” here means, in COT terms, most bearish. I must point out that in December 2012 silver was around $34; whereas today the price is near $21 and below the cost of production for many primary silver miners. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 07 July 2014 Another day—and another non-for-profit seller in both gold and silver at the London p.m. gold fix—and it was a Groundhog Day in platinum. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver updated with Tuesday’s trading data. Sponsor Advertisement
A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The government’s trade bill – which will give ministers powers to give up disability rights protections in exchange for deals with other countries – proves disabled people were right to be concerned about the impact of Brexit, say campaigners.Disability and human rights organisations have written to trade secretary Liam Fox to express alarm about the bill, which gives ministers “delegated powers” to change legislation including the Equality Act in exchange for future trade deals.These trade deals are those previously agreed with other countries by the EU, and which have already been scrutinised by the UK parliament and the EU, but which could now be altered post-Brexit.The trade bill was passed by MPs this week but will now be debated in the House of Lords.The letter, sent by Liberty and signed by organisations including Disability Rights UK (DR UK), Disability Law Service, RNIB and the UK human rights consortium Just Fair, tells Fox that the bill as it stands includes “no safeguards to prevent ministers from using these new powers to remove rights granted by Parliament”.And it says the powers could be used, for example, to change parts of the Equality Act that require public transport to be accessible for disabled people.The letter adds: “We urge you to add a commitment to the text of the Bill to protect human rights and equality laws during the process of legislating for the UK’s exit from the EU.”The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has told Disability News Service that it shares the concerns in the Liberty letter.EHRC’s own briefing document on the bill warns that the delegated powers currently in the bill are “wide enough to allow a future reduction in the protection of fundamental rights”, such as on worker’s rights, equality and non-discrimination, inclusion of disabled people and access to social protection.Sue Bott (pictured), deputy chief executive of DR UK, said: “Ever since the referendum result, we have been concerned about the potential impact of Brexit on disabled people. “We think it is a matter that should concern us all, however people voted.”DR UK has drawn up a manifesto on what the disability rights sector should be seeking from a post-Brexit Britain, including the need to retain the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Bott said: “The trade bill, in allowing ministers to change laws like the Equality Act to gain international trade agreements, demonstrates that we were right to be worried and for this reason we agreed to be a signatory to the letter put together by Liberty. “Words and platitudes are not enough. We need our rights guaranteed in legislation, not watered down. “This bill demonstrates that we have to be vigilant in defending our hard-won rights.”Martha Spurrier, director of Liberty, said: “This trade bill turns crucial protections into bargaining chips.“With no consent from parliament or the public, ministers would be able to dispose of vital protections against discrimination and prevent equal access to jobs, education, transport and public services simply because another country thinks equality gets in the way of trade.“Human rights are not up for negotiation – MPs must press the government for a cast-iron legal commitment that they won’t be undermined in the name of trade.”The Department for International Trade (DIT) failed to comment on the call for an explicit commitment in the bill that it would not be used to undermine rights.Despite the concerns raised in the Liberty letter and by EHRC, a DIT spokesman claimed it was “wrong to state that the continuity powers in the trade bill can be used without parliamentary scrutiny, and we have made a clear commitment to parliamentary debate on any changes which may have to be made in order to transition these from EU to UK agreements”.He said the trade agreements had “already been scrutinised by parliament and the EU” and the government had made clear that it would keep these agreements “the same as much as possible and only make technical changes when needed”.He said DIT would respond to Liberty’s letter in due course.
First ever working sweet-pepper harvesting robot The team of experts involved in the project recently gave a live demonstration of the technology in a commercial greenhouse in the Netherlands. A video on the project website shows the robot in action. The video explains that the SWEEPER robot consists of an autonomous mobile platform with a robotic arm holding an end effector for fruit harvesting.As stated in a press release on the project website, the robot is “designed to operate in a single stem row cropping system, with a crop having non-clustered fruits and little leaf occlusion.” According to the same press release, preliminary test results showed that by using commercially available crop modified to mimic the required conditions, the robot harvests ripe bell peppers in 24 seconds with a success rate of 62 %. In laboratory experiments it was possible to harvest 1 fruit in less than 15 seconds, excluding platform movement.The ongoing SWEEPER project builds on CROPS (Intelligent sensing and manipulation for sustainable production and harvesting of high value crops, clever robots for crops), a previous EU-funded project. The CROPS software modules based on the robotic operating system is maintained and expanded in SWEEPER. In addition, the gripper end effector is retained. SWEEPER improved on CROPS’ pepper harvester technology by building in sensors and advancing algorithms to improve the localisation of fruit and the detection of fruit maturity, as explained on CORDIS. “The robot can now detect obstacles and can calculate a collision-free path to the fruit, allowing maximum free space to grip and cut off the fruit.” Post-harvest logisticsThe project team also plans to add a conveyor belt and harvest trolley to the SWEEPER system and automate post-harvest fruit and vegetable packing logistics. The SWEEPER (Sweet Pepper Harvesting Robot) project’s main objective is to “put the first-generation greenhouse harvesting robots onto the market,” its website explains. It addresses some of the issues that growers face in the greenhouse sector, including labour costs, availability, food safety and quality.Project partners expect the commercial sweet pepper-harvesting robot to be available within a few years. They also anticipate that the technology will be transferred to other crops. The SWEEPER team notes that further research is needed to make the robot work even faster and reach a higher harvest success rate. The project brings together a wide range of disciplines. These include horticulture, horticultural engineering, machine vision, sensing, robotics, control, intelligent systems, software architecture, system integration and greenhouse crop management. Credit: MONOPOLY919, Shutterstock Explore further With the rising shortage of skilled workforce in agriculture, there’s a growing need for robotisation to perform labour-intensive and repetitive tasks in greenhouses. Enter SWEEPER, the EU-funded project developing a sweet pepper-harvesting robot that can help farmers reduce their costs. Provided by CORDIS Citation: Pepper-picking robot demonstrates its skills in greenhouse labour automation (2018, September 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-pepper-picking-robot-skills-greenhouse-labour.html 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.