Date: 22 and 23 AugustLocation: DarwinVenue: Darwin High SchoolTime: 22/8 – 10am – 12.00pm23/8 – 8:00am – 9:30am. ACTNT Hearing impairments currently affect one in five Australians with that number expected to increase in coming years.The commitment by TFA to those who may describe themselves as deaf, hard of hearing, hearing impaired or a cochlear implantee, is another example of how the sport aims to improve the inclusiveness and experience for participants in the sport. As well as creating an environment where persons with a hearing impairment feel comfortable participating and be a part of the Touch Football community.Against this backdrop, Touch Football Australia (TFA) also announced this week the re-signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Deaf Sports Australia (DSA).The purpose of the MOU is to increase the number of participants who are deaf or hard of hearing in Touch Football, through: community based initiatives; the creation of specific material for hearing impaired persons; as well as the identification of development pathways in Touch Football.For further information, please visit www.touchfootball.com.au or www.deafsports.org.au.Head down to the above venues and witness first-hand something you don’t see every-day: a completely silent Touch Football match with all participants wearing ear muffs and no verbal communication allowed. Date: 24 August, 2017Location: CanberraVenue: Reconciliation Park, Parkes ACTTime: 12.00am – 2.00pm TFA is again proud to support Hearing Awareness Week with a focus on the fragility of hearing health and ways to protect it. Hearing Awareness Week (20-26 August) aims to eliminate the stigma, isolation, lack of work opportunities, and the associated health issues to improve the overall quality of life for people with deafness or hearing impairment.The first community initiative for TFA and Deaf Sports Australia in 2017 is the annual Silent Sports Challenge. The event this year will be held across two key locations, Canberra and Darwin; both centres will host Touch Football events to raise awareness of inclusion and encourage a place on the touch football field for everyone, as follows.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid coach Simeone: Juventus draw more than deservedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insists they deserve their point with Juventus.This Champions League clash finished 2-2, after the Bianconeri were 2-0 up with Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi goals, but Atleti fought back with two headers from set plays courtesy of Stefan Savic and Hector Herrera.“We were missing something in the first half and Juve stepped up after the break, but I liked the fact we never gave in and fought back for a result,” said Cholo.“We always tried to create situations where we could hurt Juve. Jose Maria Gimenez went close, as did Vitolo and Angel Correa, so it was a more than deserved point.“I don’t see this draw as a good or bad result. Juve are very strong opponents with a lot of experience and an average age of 29 compared to our 24. Experience helps at this level and that is why matches like this can help us mature for what awaits in future.“The important thing is not to lose intensity during the game and to maintain faith in our characteristics.”
YouTube/Colin CowherdOn his show, FOX Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd has been going through the schedules of major college football programs and giving his early projections for the upcoming season. He likes Michigan and USC this fall, but when it comes to the Wisconsin Badgers, his breakdown is not nearly as encouraging.Cowherd’s four biggest factors that play into his prediction are:1. The loss of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to LSU.2. The graduation of Joel Stave.3. Wisconsin’s schedule: “the toughest schedule I think I’ve seen in the Big Ten in years.”4. The defense is strong in the back, a bit weaker up front.Here is Cowherd’s full breakdown: That is a 6-6 season, with wins over Akron, Georgia State, Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue, and Minnesota, and losses to Alabama, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, and Northwestern. He’s not wrong about the schedule; the Badgers play the four best teams from the 2015 Big Ten season in a row from September 24 to October 22. Yikes.
Ohio State freshman goalie Andrea Braendli (30) prepares for a shot in a game on Oct. 11 against Minnesota State. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s hockey team faces its first major road test as the team travels to Minnesota for a battle between two top dogs of the Women’s Hockey Collegiate Association Conference. The No. 4 Buckeyes (5-1-0, 2-0-0-0 WCHA) will face off against the No. 3 Gophers (5-0-1, 3-0-1-0 WCHA) in an early matchup in conference play with two games this weekend. Coming off two victories the previous weekend against Minnesota State, Ohio State will try and build off that momentum in the hopes that it will negate the home field advantage that the Gophers will have. Head coach Nadine Muzerall said facing Minnesota on the road is nothing new to this team, and last season’s trip to Ridder Arena saw the Buckeyes win both games, one of which in a shootout. “It’s nothing different. Every year Minnesota is ranked in the Top 8, and often times ranked even higher,” Muzerall said. “They’re three, we’re four right now. It’s going to be a couple of great games. They have the home crowd advantage playing in Ridder Arena, but it’s nothing this team hasn’t seen over the past two years.”Senior forward Nicole Schammel leads the Golden Gophers with nine points on the season, tied for No. 3 in the NCAA. Minnesota also has three other players in the Top 20 in scoring: sophomore forward Grace Zumwinkle, junior defenseman Patti Marshall and senior forward Kelly Pannek.The Minnesota offense is tied for No. 4 in the nation with 4.33 goals per game, and is tied for No. 6 with 1.50 goals allowed.The Buckeyes will have plenty of key weapons to look to as they try to come away with wins this weekend, most notably freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli, who was named WCHA Player of the Week for her performance against Minnesota State the past week. In only the second game of her Buckeye career, Braendli notched a shutout, stopping all 22 shots against her throughout Friday’s 4-0 win. On Saturday, she allowed one goal, but saved 33 shots and kept the Buckeyes in the game through overtime. In total, she ended the series with a .982 save percentage. “The goal that was scored off of her was tipped off a skate,” Muzerall said. “So, when she is able to see the puck, she tracks the puck well. She’s very well positioned, and is relaxed, calm and poised.”Another player that highlights for Ohio State is sophomore forward Emma Maltais. Maltais led the team last season in points scored and is starting this season doing the same thing. In just six games played, Maltais already has 10 points, tied for the lead in the NCAA.“You need dynamic players like Emma in this league,” Muzerall said. “Teams like Wisconsin and Minnesota are filled with them. She’s a phenomenal athlete both on and off the ice and it shows leading the league in points last year. Her commitment to excellence is very impressive.” The Buckeyes travel to Minnesota to play games at Ridder Arena at 8 p.m on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.
David Beckham has named his Major League Soccer (MLS) team “Inter Miami”The former England captain announced plans for an MLS franchise in Miami back in January.The official name of the football team will be “Club Internacional de Futbol Miami”.The aim of the name is to celebrate “a truly global location that welcomes and embraces all cultures and communities” that references Miami’s international, diverse, inclusive, creative and ambitious spirit”.“This is such a proud day for myself and for the entire team,” said Beckham, according to RTE.“It’s an honour to announce the new name and crest to our fans.“We are taking another important step in establishing our club and today marks an important moment in the history of Club Internacional de Futbol Miami.”Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…The club’s motto is: “Libertas, Unitas, Fortuna”Miami MLS managing owner Jorge Mas said: “Our city and our fans draw their strength from the dreams of a global population that calls Miami home.“It is only fitting that our name pays tribute to the inclusiveness that makes us who we are.”Fellow Miami MLS owner and chairman Marcelo Claure added: “We are extremely excited to offer the team’s identity to Miami and the world.“This team will thrive on the principles of solidarity, passion, innovation, tenacity and inclusivity and embodies all of them in every aspect of our daily work – on and off the field.”Inter Miami are expected to compete in the MLS in 2020.
Former Republic of Ireland international Clinton Morrison has tipped Mick McCarthy to get the vacant national team job following Martin O’Neill’s departure.Morrison, who was handed his international debut during McCarthy’s first spell in charge of the Irish team between 1996 and 2002.The 59-year-old is currently the favorite for the job with reports suggesting he could be appointed within the next 48 hours.On Friday, Sky Sports said the former Ipswich United manager cancelled a scheduled appearance on Goals on Sunday as a result of the ongoing potential appointment.“Definitely, I think he’s a good manager,” he told Sky Sports News, as quoted by RTE.“When I first met him, he was a brilliant man manager. I went there because it was a brilliant set-up, I think he’s spot on.”Report: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“It’s a difficult one when you do go back, but for me he’s the perfect candidate.”Morrison did say he would have liked to have seen Chris Hughton go for the job – the Brighton man ruled himself out on Thursday – but says McCarthy is just as good.“He’s a serious man and he doesn’t take any prisoners,” he said.“He can get the best out of players.”The Republic of Ireland Football Association (FAI) is hoping to make a quick appointment, with the draw for the upcoming UEFA European Championship qualifiers scheduled to take place in Dublin on 2 December.
Air India Ltd (AI) is reportedly considering a fleet expansion and may place an order for Boeing 737-Max planes.A source with knowledge on the developments revealed the news to Bloomberg. The new order, if placed, will not replace the current fleet of Boeing 737s, but add to it. Indian carries are mulling over expanding their fleet to cater to the increase in demand for air travel. The final decision is pending, said the source without elaborating on the number of planes that is likely to be ordered.Boeing 737 Max is the aircraft manufacturer’s fourth-generation model of the 737 family. The aircraft will use larger and more efficient CFM International LEAP-1B engines. They are also reportedly more fuel-efficient.The entry of Air Vistara is shaking up the full-service airline business. Air Vistara is a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, which is expected to grow rapidly, expanding into new routes, cornering the business travel market with its more premium services. Scraping its low-cost carrier (LCC) business, Jet Airways has decided to continue operations as a full-service operator, even as it struggles with a significant debt load.India is witnessing a surge in air travel demand, a trend that the airline companies want to exploit, even as fuel charges continue to remain high. The low fares, which affect airlines’ profitability, is unlikely in the near future.Indigo Airlines, India’s largest airline by market share, has placed an order for 250 A320 Neo single aisle aircraft with the Airbus Group, on top of its previous order for 280 A320 aircraft.AI is expected to firm up its order with France’s Avions de Transport Regional GIE for 40 turboprop planes that are to be used by its regional unit Alliance Air, to connect smaller cities. The French company has already received five firm orders from AI, Bloomberg reports.The airline has accumulated debt of almost ₹40,000 crore and is trying to sell some of its real estate to help pare costs. Since its merger with Indian Airlines in 2007, Air India has never earned a profit.
In a nation where sexual violence is endemic, women are still targeted and attacked for witchcraft, and female representation in parliament is non-existent, police chief Julie Palakai is blazing a trail for change. Photo: AFPIn a nation where sexual violence is endemic, women are still targeted and attacked for witchcraft, and female representation in parliament is non-existent, police chief Julie Palakai is blazing a trail for change.The 43-year-old inspector, a domestic abuse survivor and 18-year veteran of the force, is one of the most senior female police officers in Papua New Guinea — and is calling on the nation’s women to take a stand against sexism with her.”Women must strive and rise up against any discrimination, abuse and sexual harassment in the workplace,” she tells AFP.”For young girls who are still struggling: Do not give up but strive for the best to achieve your goals and to find a better and happy life. Nothing is impossible,” she insists.Human Rights Watch named Papua New Guinea “one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman” in a report which estimated 70 per cent of women would be raped or assaulted in their lifetime.The NGO added that sorcery-related violence remains an issue, adding that women and girls are the “primary targets”, though men too have been attacked in witch-hunts.None of the country’s 111 parliamentarians are women and there are few women in the police force.Palakai is the only female commissioned officer — an umbrella term for senior management from inspector grade upwards — in all of Papua New Guinea’s northeastern Islands Region.She has worked hard to get to her position battling institutional discrimination, abuse, and rigid cultural expectations.Palakai now heads the Public Safety Unit at Kokopo Police Station: It’s a role that’s highly visible — she leads the prestigious Guard of Honour parade.Dressed in crisp police blues and wielding a large silver sword, she proudly marches judges, superior officers and other dignitaries — almost always male — up and down Guard of Honour lines.It’s a rare sight in the male-dominated nation, and a role that requires total respect from subordinates.”When inviting and escorting an important officer or VIP on parade, we are actually inspecting each individual on parade,” she says.Palakai came from a broken family and while she finished secondary school, any plans for further education were disrupted when her home town of Rabaul, was devastated by twin volcanic eruptions in 1994.Instead, she took a job as a sales rep for a stationary firm in the area but soon became restless. By chance, she saw an advert from the police in the local paper and decided to respond to their search for new recruits.She was shocked to be selected, Palakai conceded, but happily took the six-month training course near capital Port Moresby before being posted to Lihir, an island best known for gold-mining.”I was just a young policewoman officer posted out there to lead, manage and command officers older than me, very experienced and long-serving policemen and women,” she said of the role as station commander.”You have to learn to think fast during states of emergency or in everyday situations whilst on normal police duties, and make prompt and wise decisions,” she added.Palakai was ambitious, but like many women in Papua New Guinea, she found her partner was not receptive to her career aspirations.”I had to leave him as I could not see any better future with him given…the disrespectful behaviour that I could not stand any longer,” she told AFP.”He often argued telling me that I was just a woman and policemen and women will not listen to my instructions and orders and that women had no power to lead,” she recalled.In May 2013 she became a commissioned officer, graduating along with four other female officers placed around the country, and 20 male colleagues at a ceremony overseen by prime minister Peter O’Neill.Since then she has championed the push to encourage women to actively invest in their future.She explains: “Education does not stop when you are young or old. Where there is opportunity, go for it, as education is your future.”
There were 589 million fixed broadband internet subscribers globally at the end of last year, out of 2.26 billion internet users, according to the UN’s latest annual report on broadband, carried out by UNESCO and the ITU.Asia Pacific led the way with 243 million fixed broadband subscriptions, followed by Europe with 160 million and the Americas with 145 million. The CIS had 27 million, the Arab world eight million and Africa one million. By technology, DSL led the way with 60.8%, followed by cable with 19.4%, FTTX with 14.1% and FTTH with 2.6%.There were meanwhile 5.97 billion mobile subscriptions globally, including 1.09 billion mobile broadband subscriptions. Smartphone shipments in 2011 amounted to 491.4 million out of 1.55 billion handset shipments. The UN estimates that one quarter of mobile users will have two or more mobile devices by 2016, up from 8% in 2011.There were 421 million mobile broadband subscribers in Asia Pacific in 2011. Followed by 336 million in Europe, 286 million in the Americas, 42 million in the CIS, 48 million in the Arab states and 31 million in Africa, indicating the strength of mobile in the developing world.English remains the leading language on the internet, accouting for 565 million users, followed by Chinese with 510 million and Spanish with 165 million.
Matt BrodlieDisney has poached Netflix’s director of original film Matt Brodlie to aid in the growth of Disney+. The appointment, confirmed by Ricky Strauss, will see Brodlie join as senior vice president of international content development. In this role, Brodlie will head up the development of Disney+’s international content development along with developing the service’s film and TV strategy for non-US markets.Brodlie was responsible for Netflix’s acquisition of critically acclaimed titles The All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Mudbound and Roma, the latter of which won three Academy Awards including best director for Alfonso Cuarón.Strauss said: “As we look to rollout Disney+ beyond the U.S. over the next several years, Matt will play a critical role in the execution of our content strategy. He is a proven executive with the right creative instincts and experience to help make Disney+ a place where talent can create original, high-quality content for audiences worldwide. We’re thrilled to have him join our team.”Brodlie added: “I am excited about this opportunity to join Disney+ at this pivotal moment and look forward to working collaboratively with the teams around the world to create premium entertainment that is relevant and enduring.”Disney+ will launch on November 12, and will offer original films, TV series and specials. Original content will initially be based around existing properties such as the Star Wars and Marvel franchises. In addition, content from 20th Century Fox – such as The Simpsons and Avatar.
THE Tower Museum was transformed into a sticky slime making lab on Saturday morning as youngsters had the chance to make their own slime.The Slime Workshop was part of a number of events being hosted at the Tower for the Northern Ireland Science Festival and Curious Collections exhibition.The Curious Collections exhibition is open to the public and showcases a selection of the more eccentric objects from the museum’s collections which break from the traditionally themed exhibits and provide an opportunity to view some of the unusual items that hold clues to the past.Further events will be taking place based on the Curious Collections, starting on March 22 with a series of handling workshops for specific audiences, including the blind and partially sighted, autism friendly and dementia friendly. Suitable for ages 8+.If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact the museum.On April 19 at 7 pm Curator of Ulster Museum’s Elements exhibition, Dr Mike Simms, will be looking more closely at examples of some of the unusual items in the museum with a special talk called Collecting the Curious.Finally on May 24 at 7pm Robert Corbett will use some rarely seen images and artefacts for a special talk outlining the story of Lifeboats around the Ulster Coast, particularly Lough Foyle. ShareTweet Spaces are limited for all these events and it is essential that you book in advance. #For places please contact email@example.com or phone 028 71372411 to RSVP.Teachers should note that they can also get in touch with the Tower Museum regarding education packs for schools as well as KS2 and KS3 workshops and tours.SLIME WORKSHOP AT THE TOWER MUSEUM was last modified: February 19th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: DerryDerry and Strabane CouncilKS2 AND KS3LOUGH FOYLESLIME WORKSHOP AT THE TOWER MUSEUMULSTER COAST
Justin’s note: Beyond Meat (BYND) is soaring.The plant-based meat producer is up around 500% since the company went public in May. The company is now worth over $9 billion, and is trading at more than 80 times its trailing 12-month sales.That’s an absurd valuation. But many believe the stock could keep running. That’s because the company is supposed to radically change how people eat.Personally, I think BYND’s a bubble that will pop any day now. But I was interested in the big trend here of plant-based meat. So, I got Doug Casey on the phone to see what he thinks about BYND and the future of food…Justin: Doug, there’s a lot of hype around Beyond Meat right now, and for good reason.Its stock is up around 500% since the company went public in May. Not only that, Whole Foods’ CEO recently described Beyond Meat as the future of food, saying, “You have a business here that is real and that is in the early innings.”Do you buy that? Is plant-based meat really the future?Doug: This trend – and I think it is a trend – has been predicted for some time. When I was in high school, Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly was a popular book for a while. I just looked it up – it was written in 1928. It’s been a long time since I read it, but if my memory serves, among other things it posited that people and machines would both run on the same fuel, a petroleum derivative, in a dystopian future. It’s not an unreasonable prediction. Because although there are 92 naturally occurring elements most food consists of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen. These elements basically compose all carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Plus traces of others like iron, copper, and sulfur.Fabricating “food,” or at least something that can fuel the body’s cells, is just practical chemistry. As technology improves it will be possible to create all sorts of foods that look and taste like the real thing. Perhaps better. Science fiction has always been the best predictor of the future, and I have no doubt that “replicators,” like those on Star Trek, will create food. 3-D printing is a major step in that direction.Right now it’s still at the stage of using plants to transform raw materials into something that tastes like meat. The next question is not just whether we can cut out animals, which transform plants. But cut out the plants, which transform raw chemical compounds. It’s only logical that this trend will accelerate. The question is whether the foods are also economic and tasty. Let’s hope it goes in that direction, rather than towards Soylent Green – which is rather unaesthetic. The creation of foods out of various stages of raw material has lots of implications on political and sociological – not to mention philosophical – levels. But we’re mainly interested on how to turn a buck here…As far as making money is concerned, I don’t like to invest in science projects. There’s just too much research and development (R&D), experimentation, and uncertainty – it might even be riskier than mining exploration, which is saying something. In addition, projects like this tend to be cultural problems. And it takes generations to change cultures. So, I wouldn’t touch Beyond Meat’s stock with a cattle prod at the moment.Justin: Why do you think its stock is up so much then?Doug: Well, since I haven’t personally tried any of their products, I can’t comment on their taste or cost. When I do, perhaps I’ll change my opinion. I have no doubt that as the tech improves – which it will – both will get better. But there’s plenty of time to get involved – when other companies are out there, and there’s not a speculative bubble.I think the stock’s gone up because interest rates are near record lows and the Federal Reserve is printing money. All that money has got to go somewhere. It’s just part of the great financial bubble. And it’s generally a bad idea to chase after every fashionable idea. Especially late in a bubble.As far as artificial meat itself is concerned, the Chinese have made many great meat substitutes from mushrooms, soy, and wheat for many decades. When I used to live in Hong Kong, one of my favorite restaurants specialized in Buddhist vegetarian dishes. The menu had lots of pork and beef taste-alikes that were extremely appetizing. I certainly didn’t feel the need for real meat when I ate there. But those products never really made it in the U.S.But I don’t doubt “faux flesh” is a growing trend.Justin: What about the green movement? I imagine eco-conscious millennials have played a huge role in bidding up Beyond Meat’s stock.Doug: This is absolutely part of the green movement. A lot of it is based on people being made to feel guilty for even existing, not to mention eating animals.I understand the ethical argument. I don’t like killing other creatures. I feel somewhat sheepish going to a store and buying meat products that someone else has killed, despite the fact it’s just a question of specialization and division of labor. It’s certainly more authentic to eat what you’ve actually hunted and killed yourself. But that’s impractical in today’s world.This is mostly a matter of economics. Most food is based on corn, soybeans, wheat, and rice. All these commodity groups are grown in gigantic monocultures that cover hundreds of thousands of square miles. Any large artificial monoculture is an accident waiting to happen.The day of the self-sustaining family farm, like the one Joel Salatin runs and writes about, is done. At least for 98% of humanity. I’m not a dedicated farmer like Joel. But I can tell you that at current prices it’s somewhere between hard and impossible to make money growing food at today’s prices.My main objection to faux foods is personal, and aesthetic. I don’t like the idea of eating manufactured or industrial foods. But perhaps that’s just because I have enough money to allow me to eat whatever I want. Those big four grains are for feeding the masses. Humans didn’t eat that kind of food for the first 99% of our existence.That sounds elitist, I know. Which is a bit of a contradiction, because it’s well-known I generally despise today’s “elite.” But, on the other hand, every human who’s not a useless mouth should strive to become elite. It’s just a question of how we define that word. And what you do to become elite. Just being no more than a carbon-based life form that has to be fed doesn’t cut it.If you’re at a certain economic level – as I presume anyone reading this is – you’re not directly affected by whether the corn crop fails, or wheat goes back to $10 a bushel. That’s largely a problem for Third World countries with socialist governments, places where they can’t produce anything but more poor people. But, in that context I’ve got to point out that all the foods, not just wheat, corn, and soybeans, but also cattle, sugar, coffee and orange juice, are at just about historic lows. So, now is the time to get into these things from a speculative point of view.It’s very dangerous to grow anything in a gigantic monoculture. There are viruses, bacteria, insects, and other pests that can wipe out these crops wholesale. The Chinese are dealing with that now with their hog crop; an African swine fever breakout has wiped out 20% to 30% of the hogs in China. Closer to home, flooding in the Midwest has devastated this year’s corn, wheat, and soybean harvests. At the same time that most of the world’s crops have been engineered to be grown using the pesticide glyphosate (RoundUp), there are huge lawsuits being won that could ban its use. It’s accused – quite possibly correctly – as being a dangerous carcinogen. “Roundup Ready” crops don’t do well, however, without RoundUp.I say that with the understanding that productivity of all foods has been going up for many years. Farmers produce two to three times per acre more than they did just fifty years ago. I’m sure, for many reasons not germane to this short discussion, that trend is going to continue. Always remember that the longest bear market in history is commodities. In real terms they’ve been collapsing in price for roughly 10,000 years – punctuated by explosive rallies, usually caused by either natural disasters like flood or drought, or anthropogenic ones, like war and collectivism.My guess is that we’re at the bottom for commodity prices here. Unless we have a credit collapse, there will be fortunes made in the next couple of years. People who feel guilty about profiting from higher food prices simply have no understanding of basic economics. A proper speculator is a humanitarian in disguise. Why? By buying things when there’s a surplus, and prices are cheap, he’s in a position to make them available to the less prudent when there’s a shortage.Now’s an excellent time to speculate on these commodity type foods at these prices.Justin: Aside from plant-based meat, what other developments in the food industry should we expect? I recently read that insect-based foods might be needed to deal with overpopulation. What do you think?Doug: First of all, it’s too bad that most meat today is produced in an industrial manner. The conditions under which cattle, hogs, and chickens are produced are absolutely disgusting. The animals are full of steroids and antibiotics. And they’re often fed what amounts to cardboard. The entire process is very unaesthetic. I avoid industrial meat, milk, and eggs whenever possible. There’s a lot of truth to the saying “you are what you eat”, and nobody needs more steroids and antibiotics.But I’m not worried about the growing population. The population all over the world is actually dropping, particularly in North America, Europe, and Japan. And that’s not likely to change. It’s actually likely to accelerate. It’s even happening in China, the Middle East, and South America.The only place where population is growing is in Africa. Africans can’t feed themselves as it stands. They certainly won’t be able to if their population triples by the end of this century. Unless the continent completely reforms its political and economic systems, it’s in trouble. The whole continent is a welfare case, sucking capital out of the rest of the world.Contrary to most projections, however, I believe the population of Africa could collapse at some point – not for the reasons populations are declining in the developed world, but because they don’t produce anything. Africa doesn’t have the infrastructure, the capital base, or the political/economic environment to change that in the near term. The Central African Republic is much closer to reality than the country of Wakanda portrayed in the movie Black Panther. Anyway, they’re not competing with us for expensive foods like meat and fish. They’re competitors for subsistence foods.As for grubs and insects I’ve tried many of them when I was living in Thailand and Hong Kong. They can be very tasty. But, even there, they’re a specialty item. When they’re bred in meaningful quantities, however, they’ll be ground into mulch. Then they won’t be a delicacy for rich people, but subsistence protein for poor people. In any event, not a consideration for many years to come.Here’s the bottom line. It’s time to get long commodities.Justin: Great stuff. Thanks, Doug.Doug: You’re welcome.Justin’s note: As Doug said, now is a great time to bet on commodities.Our in-house commodities expert Dave Forest agrees. He says we’re entering the next “supercycle”… and smart investors stand to make a fortune.And just like Doug and I talked about today, he sees agriculture stocks specifically as one of the top ways to take advantage.The best part is, Dave just found the perfect way to profit. He just wrote about it in the latest issue of International Speculator, which subscribers can access here.If you’re not a subscriber, you can learn more, including another massive opportunity on Dave’s radar, by clicking here.
Twitter, whose shares are still trading more than 15% below where they were at the close of its first day of trading back on Nov. 7, 2013, will replace agriculture and chemicals maker Monsanto, which has been acquired by German giant Bayer, a deal that is expected to close soon.The announcement came from S&P Dow Jones Indexes after the close of trading last night.The tech company’s visibility has skyrocketed since President Trump entered the White House. He has used the digital communications platform to tweet messages on topics from trade and the economy, to the NFL’s kneeling controversy during the national anthem without any media filters.The stock, which is up nearly 58% so far in 2018 and has more than doubled in the past year, closed up 3.4% Monday at $37.88. Twitter’s market value was an estimated $28.5 billion heading into Tuesday’s trading session.Twitter’s entry into the S&P 500 sent its shares up more than 5% in early trading Tuesday to its highest level since March 2015.The reason? The stock’s inclusion in the S&P 500 means mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that mimic and track the benchmark stock index must now buy Twitter shares to ensure they have the proper weighting in the stock.The S&P 500, a popular index that many money managers’ performance is compared against, is also viewed as the best gauge of the overall health of the stock market. There is more than $7.8 trillion benchmarked to the index, with index fund assets making up approximately $2.2 trillion of this total, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.Twitter, which is headquartered in San Francisco, will be added to the broad “information technology” sector of the S&P 500, a move that boosts the index’s already sizable exposure to tech stocks.Tech stocks account for 26.2% of the closely watched index, which is weighted by market value, up from 20.8% at the start of the year, according to Bespoke Investment Group. The index’s current tech exposure is the highest since November 2000. The addition of Twitter means individual investors will own an even bigger chunk of technology.”We are keeping an eye” on the tech weighting, Justin Walters, co-founder at Bespoke, told USA TODAY. “These levels have only been seen once in history, and that was near the very peak of the dot-com bubble in 1999-2000.”Technology has been a market leader in 2018 as investors invest money in a part of the economy that is growing rapidly, innovating and could benefit from an expected increase in spending by businesses looking to expand their operations. The tech sector of the S&P 500 recently broke out to new all-time highs. Social media platform Twitter will be added to the S&P 500 stock index before the start of trading Thursday, a move that will expand the number of individual investors who own the stock through index funds that track the large-company stock gauge. ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Explore further Nasdaq OMX to rebalance index; Apple weighting cut Citation: Twitter to be added to S&P 500 index, shares jump on news (2018, June 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-twitter-added-sp-index-news.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.
Gone are the days of the large, bulky desktop computer and rushing in is the era of the small and sleek yet powerful laptop.And while everyone has or requires a laptop, everyone has different needs for that little personal computer in their lap. But never fear, we at Reviewed have tested a number of laptops to find the best one to fit your needs, so here are the best laptops of 2018.The best overall: The Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 (i7-8705G, 512GB SSD, 16GB)The Dell XPS 15 (2018) stands as an experiment gone right. With its 8th Gen Intel processor and Radeon RX Vega graphics, it’s one hell of a powerhouse. The display is beautiful, too. But while we like the keyboard and speakers, battery life is subpar, the cooling system is loud, and there are no USB-A ports. Drawbacks aside, the XPS is the best option for hardcore gamers or photo professionals.Get the Dell XPS 15 9575 from Dell for $1,749.99The best laptop under $1,000: The Dell XPS 13 9360Dell’s XPS 13 is simply one of the best all-around Windows laptop you can buy right now. It’s got a 13-inch screen that fits into a tighter package than all of its competitors, it’s got a premium design that feels on par with the best laptops on the market, and it’s got all the ports and power you could need. Best of all is easily its edge-to-edge display, which puts nearly every other laptop to shame.While most configs of the XPS 13 will cost you over $1,000, you can find some under that price threshold. If you need a little more power or want a touchscreen we’d keep an eye out for older versions that have 6th-generation Intel Core chips, or the new base model which has a 7th-generation Intel Core i5, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and a non-touch screen for $949.Get the Dell XPS 13 9360 at Walmart for $939The best laptop under $600: The Acer Aspire E 15These days, buying a premium laptop usually means spending well over a thousand dollars. But unless you’re Scrooge McDuck—and spend your weekends practicing your breast stroke in a pool full of gold coins—that’s not ideal for most people. The Acer Aspire E 15, with its affordable price and strong performance, aims to change that narrative. Google unveils ‘stick’ computer with Asus There’s a lot we like about the Aspire. Not only is the port selection robust, battery life is fantastic too, meaning you can leave the power brick at home (or at least in your bag). It’s also upgradeable, meaning you can add RAM or swap out storage. But while we like the price and the robust build, we still had a few gripes.The display is dimmer, the webcam isn’t the best and it’s a little chunky, but, if you’re on a tight budget but need something to satisfy your basic computing needs, the Aspire won’t let you down.Get the Acer Aspire E 15 on Amazon for $579.99The best laptop under $300: The Acer Chromebook 11With its killer looks, snappy performance, and lightweight body, the Acer Chromebook 11 has a lot to offer. When we first saw it at CES 2018, I couldn’t believe it was a Chromebook, as they’re typically known for their generic designs. Not only is the indigo blue exterior absolutely gorgeous, the plastic shell feels pretty rugged too. But while we love the long battery life and low price point, we still had a few gripes.The display is a lot dimmer than we like. It’s an acceptable display, especially for an 11-inch screen, but it’s not going to blow you away. The sound quality is also underwhelming. Lower tones aren’t as crisp as they are on other machines.Minor nitpicks aside, we think it’s a great choice for the budget-conscious buyer. If you need an inexpensive machine for everyday tasks (like browsing the web and so on), you can’t really get much better than this.Get the Acer Chromebook 11 on Amazon for $258.99The best overall Chromebook: The Google Pixelbook (2017, Intel Core i7)If you’ve got a taste for the future, the Google Pixelbook is about as futuristic as Chromebooks get. With its top-notch hardware, versatile 2-in-1 design, touchscreen support, and long battery life, this high-end Chromebook has a lot to offer.The keyboard is an absolute dream to type on, too. The keys are well-spaced and typing is clicky and pleasant. But while we love the full Android support and glass touchpad, there were still a couple of nitpicks we had to grapple with.The pen is sold separately, meaning it’s an extra $99 on top of the cost of the laptop. It’s also very expensive for a Chromebook. The entry-level model alone will cost you $999, which is almost double the price of the Asus Chromebook Flip. Drawbacks aside, if you’ve got the funds, this is the best Chromebook we’ve ever tested.Get the Google Pixelbook on Amazon for $1,269.98The best hybrid 2-in-1 convertible laptop: Huawei Matebook X ProWith its snappy performance, high-res display, and long battery life, Huawei’s MateBook X Pro has a lot going for it. While we love the oversized trackpad and wide selection of ports, we still had a few nitpicks. The webcam is in a strange place, and the shell is a fingerprint magnet. That said, if you’re looking for a swanky ultraportable that won’t burn a hole in your wallet, you can’t get much better than our favorite hybrid 2-in-1.Get the Huawei Matebook X Pro on Amazon for $1,495The best laptop for students: The Asus Chromebook Flip C302CAThe Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA, with its 4GB RAM and 64GB of eMMC flash storage, is a good productivity machine. It’s fast enough to handle most tasks like watching Netflix or surfing the web. The Flip is surprisingly zippy for a Chromebook, which exclusively runs web-based applications.It genuinely feels well-built, too. The aluminum body is slim and lightweight, but won’t bow under pressure. The convertible hinge design also lets you rotate the lid all the way around so you can use it like a tablet, making it easier to share information in a classroom setting.It’s pricier than your average Chromebook, but if you’re looking for a sophisticated-looking machine to do your schoolwork on, then you can’t get much better than this. It looks and feels like a premium machine without the premium price tag; we liked it so much, we named it the best Chromebook of 2017.Get the Asus Chromebook Flip on Amazon for $477.08The best overall Ultrabook: HP Spectre x360 ConvertibleThe HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, late 2017) can really walk the walk. With its 8th Gen Intel CPU and 16GB of RAM, this 2-in-1 packs some serious power. While we love the connectivity options, 4K display, and long battery life, the starting price is steep and it’s bulky in tablet mode. Drawbacks aside, if you’re a photo editor with a flexible budget, our top convertible laptop is designed just for you.Get the HP Spectre x360 Convertible on Amazon for $1,299The best laptop for gaming: The Asus Republic of Gamers Strix Scar EditionWith its subdued design, steady performance, and generous selection of ports, the Asus Scar ROG Strix Scar Edition has a lot going for it. Powerful enough for VR and photo/video editing, it’s great for gamers and creative professionals. While there’s a lot we like, battery life is poor and the starting price is high. Drawbacks aside, if you’re working with a flexible budget, it’s our favorite gaming laptop for the right buyer.Get the Asus Republic of Gamers Strix Scar Edition on Amazon for $1,399.99 More information: (c)2018 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Explore further In almost every dorm room, library, coffee shop, office and airport around the world, you will find someone with their head buried in a laptop. 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