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first_img RelatedYourGolfTravel.com – from runways to fairways!Golfing holiday company YourGolfTravel.com has already had huge success as a Skyscanner AffiliateTravel industry ‘need not be pessimistic’ about spending cutsTravel industry ‘need not be pessimistic’ about spending cutsFlight Geek of the Week – Dave HilditchFlight Geek of the Week – Dave Hilditch In the recent poll by the flights comparison website, Skyscanner, found that the ‘power of pictures’ has a very strong influence on Facebookers’ travel plans, with more than half (52%) stating that seeing friends’ holiday pictures had inspired them to book a holiday to the same place.Despite the well-worn joke surrounding the boredom of being subjected to other people’s holiday snaps, a whopping 88% of respondents loved to nose through their friends’ shots with half of those admitting to doing so because “they could see what they had got up to and with whom!”.Sam Baldwin, Skyscanner Travel Editor commented:“They say a picture is worth a thousand words and here is the proof. Facebook is the perfect platform for two very powerful influencers of travel; a personal recommendation combined with alluring images. From Orlando to Australia, seeing our friends’ adventures can certainly plant a seed that later leads to a trip to somewhere you never previously thought about visiting.”45% of respondents also said that Facebook encourages them to visit their friends abroad more and despite some recent reports that have claimed FB reduces real life contact, only 5% of people said that being on Facebook actually meant they were less likely to see their friends in person.The Skyscanner survey also revealed that Facebook is playing an increasing part in the organisation of group travel with 46% of people having either organised or been invited on a trip via the site.Join the Skyscanner Facebook page to get info on deals, compeitions and travel banter!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Sharing holiday snaps through Facebook, the social network with over 500 million users worldwide, is not only helping people stay connected in the virtual world, but also influencing people’s travels in the real world, Skyscanner can reveal.last_img read more

The Italian antitrust authority has cleared Sky It

first_imgThe Italian antitrust authority has cleared Sky Italia of abusing its dominant position via the acquisition of UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup TV rights.The AGCM said that exclusive rights to the Champions League for 2012-15 were awarded through a competitive process and that Sky had subsequently agreed to sub-license the rights to the next two competitions to rival Mediaset, meaning that the games would be available on pay TV both on the satellite platform and on digital-terrestrial TV.It said there was no reason at present to doubt that the pair would strike a deal for sub-licensing of the 2014-15 tournament as well.The regulator noted in the case of the World Cup that the main matches would be aired on free-to-air channels, as guaranteed by a EU directive.The ruling followed a complaint filed by Mediaset in 2010.last_img read more

Amazon has revealed that it is working with major 

first_imgAmazon has revealed that it is working with major Hollywood studios and TV programmers, including Warner Bros, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox and Discovery as it looks to step up its 4K, Ultra HD online video efforts.Amazon’s vice-president of digital video and music, Bill Carr, said that customers are “excited about the future of 4K and the next evolution of high resolution video” and said that Amazon Instant Video – the firm’s US online video service – was also working with consumer electronics companies like Samsung on the technology.“There are a number of elements that need to work together to create a true 4K experience for customers – you need great content and compatible devices but you also need a service that can deliver that content to your devices so that it plays beautifully – we’re excited about making that a reality,” said Carr.Lionsgate president of worldwide television and digital distribution, Jim Packer, said that it would explore 4K as part of its “multifaceted relationship with Amazon,” while Warner Bros’ worldwide home entertainment distribution president Ron Sanders said it would work with Amazon to offer their customers “a fantastic 4K home entertainment experience.”Discovery Communications’ chief digital officer, JB Perrette, added: “We applaud Amazon for developing a true 4K viewing experience for its customers and we look forward to working with them to create ever-better viewing opportunities for our audiences.”The news comes a month after Amazon Studios, the firm’s content production arm, announced that it plans to shoot all its full original series, including comedies and dramas, in 4K during 2014.Samsung Electronics’ senior VP of the service strategy team of visual display business, Kyungshik Lee, predicted 2014 will be “a breakthrough year for Ultra HD” and said the firm planned to launch “its biggest line of Ultra HD TVs” and was excited to work with content services like Amazon Instant Video.last_img read more

Spanish cable operator Ono has upgraded its Ono TV

first_imgSpanish cable operator Ono has upgraded its Ono TV Online service, adding iPhone support and a larger collection of movie rental titles.  The service, which already gives Ono customers access to some 40 TV channels, will also now include more than 1,700 film rentals, including new releases like Captain America: Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Power of Electro.Meanwhile, the iPhone support broadens the service’s availability. Ono TV Online was previously already available on PC, Mac, iPad and Android tablets.last_img read more

The price pattern in silver was similar except th

first_img The price pattern in silver was similar, except the sell-off after the price spike in New York on Thursday evening was much more intense—and the spike low didn’t occur until around 11:40 a.m. EDT in New York trading.  The price bounced back quickly, but then traded quietly higher into the close.  JPMorgan et al obviously wasted little time in getting silver back below the $21 spot price mark. The high and low tick were recorded as $21.315 and $20.78 in the September contract. Silver closed in New York yesterday at $20.89 spot, down 27 cents from Thursday’s close.  Volume, net of July and August, was 36,000 contracts. When it does, it will be ugly The gold price showed signs of going parabolic in what had all the hallmarks of a ‘no ask’ market shortly after trading began at 6 p.m. EDT in New York on Thursday evening.  But, as I mentioned in The Wrap yesterday, “da boyz” were at the ready—and within a couple of hours, the gold price was in full retreat.  The low tick came about 9:15 a.m. in New York yesterday morning—and from there the price chopped quietly higher until shortly before 2 p.m. EDT.  From there it traded basically flat into the 5:15 p.m. close. The high and low tick were recorded by the CME as $1,325.50 and $1,305.00 in the August contract. Gold closed in New York on Friday at $1,310.90 spot, down $7.30 from Thursday’s close.  Volume, net of roll-overs, was around 98,000 contracts. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 25 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. I was happy to see that after two days of withdrawals from GLD, there was an increase yesterday—as an authorized participant added 57,741 troy ounces.  And as of 8:16 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.  To tell you the truth, dear reader, I’m not expecting to see any deposits into SLV for a considerable period of time, as the authorized participants are still attempting to cover their short positions in lieu of metal they never deposited during the June rally. The U.S. Mint had a tiny sales report yesterday as 1,000 troy ounces of gold eagles were sold—and 30,000 silver eagles.  Month to date the mint has sold 24,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—4,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and a pitiful 1,025,000 silver eagles. Ted Butler nailed this a month ago, as it’s obvious to anyone who wishes to objectively examine the U.S. Mint data, that silver eagles sales have crashed by at least two thirds in July, as the ‘big buyer’ that has been sucking up silver eagles [and Canada’s silver maple leaf] for the last several years, has obviously stepped away from the table for the moment. Whether this is going to turn into a permanent withdrawal remains to be seen—and because the Royal Canadian Mint only provides quarterly sales reports for their bullion products—we won’t know what’s going on there for about another three months.  But the crashing silver eagles sales don’t bode well for silver maple leaf sales going forward, either.  It’s certainly my suspicion that it’s the same buyer at the trough in both. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, there was a decent amount of gold received—103,561 troy ounces to be exact.  Virtually all of it went into the Manfra, Tordella & Brookes, Inc. depository.  Nothing was reported shipped out.  The link to that activity is here. It was another big day in silver again, as nothing was reported received, but 999,492 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  All the activity was at the CNT Depository—and HSBC USA.  The link to that action is here. Since the 20th of the July falls on a weekend, the always punctual and predictable Central Bank of the Russia Federation updated their website with June’s data on Friday.  Included in that update was the amount of gold bullion they purchased for their reserves that month.  It turned out to be a chunky 500,000 troy ounces. It was more or less the same chart pattern in the silver stocks, but because “da boyz” were more aggressive with silver to the downside, the rally off their 1:30 p.m. lows was only able to get Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index back up to a loss of 0.70%. The gold stocks gapped down a bit less than 2 percent at the open—and then chopped sideways until the 1:30 p.m. Comex close.  A rally commenced at that point which lasted right into the close, as the HUI cut its losses on the day to only 0.30%. Platinum spiked up as well, but also got sold down until about noon in Zurich.  The subsequent rally ended/got capped shortly before 9 a.m. in New York—and from there it got sold down to its low of that day, around 1 p.m. EDT.  From there it rallied a few dollars into the close.  Platinum closed down 13 bucks on the day. The palladium price chart was a mini version of the platinum price chart.  Palladium closed down only 5 bucks from Thursday’s close. In the last three months, the central bank has purchased 1,500,000 troy ounces of gold, which is pretty close to 100 percent of their own production.  If you look at Nick Laird’s excellent chart above, you’ll note that Russia has stepped up its gold purchases in the last three months. One wonders if that has anything to do with the Crimea/Ukraine situation?  Now if they could be convinced to buy all their silver production as well, then the fox would certainly be amongst the pigeons, as Russia’s 1,700 tonne yearly production represents a bit over 6.5 percent of yearly world silver production, which is a material amount. Well, the Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, July 15 was certainly not what I had hoped for, at least in silver. The Commercial net short position in silver increased again, this time by 678 contracts, or 3.4 million ounces.  The Commercial net short position now sits at 293.5 million troy ounces.  The Big 4 trader’s short holdings [read JPMorgan] increased by around 1,200 contracts—and Ted Butler pegs JPMorgan’s short-side corner in the Comex silver market at about 19,000 contracts, or 95 million troy ounces.  The ‘5 through 8’ largest short holders covered about 3,000 contracts of their short position during the reporting week. In gold, the Commercial net short position actually improved by 9,097 contracts, or 909,700 troy ounces.  The Commercial net short position in gold has obviously declined by that amount—and is down to 15.69 million troy ounces, which is still a horrendously large number. The 8 largest short holders added 1,000 contracts to their short positions—and Ted says that JPMorgan sold another 3,000 contracts during the reporting week—and their long-side corner in the Comex gold market continues to shrink, and is now down to 2.2 million troy ounces, or 22,000 Comex contracts. Ted said—and I agree—that probably not all of the decline on Monday and Tuesday was reported to the CFTC in a timely manner, so hopefully there’s some spill-over into next Friday’s Report.  If that doesn’t prove to be the case however, it’s a given that next Friday’s COT Report will be even uglier than even I imagined it might be, because in my comments in The Wrap yesterday, I stated that JPMorgan et al threw everything they had at that spike in gold and silver prices in New York Thursday morning.  That data alone should be enough to curl your hair. Of course we have two more reporting days between now and the Tuesday cut-off—and anything can happen between now and then—but as it stands at the moment, the next COT will be pretty horrific, because almost the entire technical fund short positions in both metals are still in place, plus there will be more to add.  This does not bode well for gold and silver prices somewhere down the road. Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover Comex Short Positions“—and it looks just as grotesque as it always does in all four precious metals. It’s also obvious that the situation in the precious metal market—and particularly in silver—is getting stranger by the day. 1]  There’s no physical silver available to deposit in SLV, so the authorized participants have had to short the shares in lieu of depositing real metal. 2] The frantic in/out movement in silver within the Comex-approved warehouse system is approaching the absurd.  According to Ted Butler’s calculations from the Comex warehouse reports, the extrapolated turnover year-to-date is somewhere between 200 and 300 million troy ounces per year at the moment. 3] The big buyer of silver eagles [and probably silver maple leafs as well] has stepped away from the table.  Silver eagles sales have imploded as a result—and we’ll find out in October whether the same applies to silver maple leafs. 4] The silver charts show a neutral RSI, but the Commercial net short position is sky high—and back where it was about four years ago—and the technical funds net long positions are almost at a record high. 5] With all of this going on, silver is sitting under $21 the ounce—and below the cost of production of most primary silver producers.  One can scarcely imagine what the price will be when JPMorgan et al get through harvesting this near-record technical fund long position for fun, profit and price management purposes. How all this is going to resolve itself—and over what time period—is unknown, but when it does, it will be ugly. How did it come to this? After almost twelve hours of writing this column, I’m done for the day—and the week. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend—and I’ll see you on Tuesday. I have a decent number of stories for you today—and I hope you can find the time in what’s left of your weekend to read the ones you like. “The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.” – Edgar R. Fiedler, author of The Three Rs of Economic Forecasting—Irrational, Irrelevant and Irreverent Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is by a Canadian rock group that needs no introduction, as their name is known world-wide.  This hit dates from the early 1970s—and has an unusual story behind it.  The link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is an old chestnut from Peter I. Tchaikovsky.  It’s the Polonaise from his opera Eugene Onegin.  I’d be the most surprised person in the world if you haven’t heard this piece in one form or another during your lifetime.  The link is here. Except for the brief price spikes shortly after the precious metal market opened early in Far East trading on their Friday, it was a nothing sort of day all around.  But it should be obvious to all but the willfully blind that “da boyz” were involved in gold and silver yesterday when they had to be. Here are the 6-month gold and silver charts updated with Friday’s data. Sponsor Advertisement The dollar index closed at 80.53 late on Thursday afternoon in New York and, like Thursday, didn’t do much during its respective trading session.  It chopped sideways in a 2 basis point range until around 9:40 a.m. EDT, when a spike took it up to 80.68—but by 2 p.m. it was back to unchanged on the day—and that’s where it closed, at 80.53.  That’s the third day in a row that the dollar index has closed at that value.  Here’s the 3-day chart so you can see it for yourself. 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Discount 49 36 34

first_imgDiscount-49%-36%-34% Looking at this table, emerging market stocks might seem like a no-brainer. But let’s be honest…• You should have to pay more for U.S. stocks…After all, the United States is still the most powerful and stable economy on the planet. And investors pay premiums for safety.Emerging markets, on the other hand, are far less stable.China, the world’s biggest emerging market, is a communist country. Brazil, another huge emerging market, has had five currency crises in the last eight decades.In short, emerging market stocks come with heavy baggage. Because of these risks, many investors want to “be paid extra” for owning emerging markets. ​They want better returns or higher yields.With this in mind, you have to ask yourself: Are emerging market stocks worth the risk?• Emerging market economies are growing rapidly…According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), emerging markets grew 4.1% last year. For perspective, the U.S. economy grew 1.6%.This year, the IMF expects emerging markets to grow 4.5%. It expects the U.S. economy to grow 2.3%.For 2018, the IMF projects that emerging markets will grow 4.8%, compared to 2% for the U.S. economy.In other words, emerging market stocks are cheap and offer more growth potential. This is what every investor looks for.But this has been true about emerging markets for years. And yet, they’ve basically done nothing while U.S. stocks have soared to record highs.What would make this time any different?• Commodity prices have taken off…Palladium is up 14% this year. Silver’s up 12%. Copper has gained 9%.Keep in mind, commodities have been falling for the better part of the last six years. The Bloomberg Commodity Index (BCOM), which tracks 22 commodities, declined 58% between April 2011 and last January. Since then, it’s up 21%.This has given emerging market stocks a huge boost.You see, countries like Brazil, Russia, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia export far more commodities than they import.When commodities rise, these exporters make more money. Their economies grow faster. Their stock markets climb higher.Higher commodity prices could be the catalyst that emerging market stocks have been waiting for. But that doesn’t mean you should blindly invest in them.Tomorrow, we’ll tell you what we don’t like about emerging market stocks.At the end of that issue, you’ll know whether emerging market stocks deserve a spot in your portfolio.Chart of the Day: How “Broad” Is Your Exposure?China is driving the rally in emerging market stocks.Earlier we told you that China is the biggest emerging market economy. It’s also by far the largest holding in EEM. It makes up 26% of the index. It has more impact on the fund than India, Brazil, Russia, and Mexico combined.The chart below shows the performance of the iShares China Large-Cap ETF (FXI), which tracks large Chinese stocks, since last April. If it looks familiar, it’s because FXI has moved almost in lockstep with EEM over the same period.This is important to understand.You see, a lot of investors buy emerging market ETFs thinking they’re getting broad emerging market exposure. But many of these funds are heavily concentrated in big countries like China.In short, if you own EEM, you’d better be bullish on China.Regards,Justin SpittlerDelray Beach, FloridaFebruary 16, 2017We want to hear from you.If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. EEM1.3411.871.31 S&P 5002.6518.681.97center_img Emerging market stocks have been “dead money” for almost a decade.Emerging markets are countries that are on their way to becoming “developed” like the United States or Germany. Brazil, Russia, India, and China—the so-called “BRIC” countries—are the biggest emerging markets.More than 80% of the world’s population lives in these countries. Since 2008, these economies have accounted for 80% of the growth in global economic trade and output.You would think this would have made them great investments. But emerging markets have actually been a horrible investment lately…Take a look at the chart below.It shows how the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), which tracks more than 800 emerging market stocks, performed from 2007 through 2015. You can see that it went nowhere.You would have actually lost about 0.15% of your money if you held EEM over this period, and that includes dividends.• Because of this, many investors have given up on emerging market stocks…But that could soon change.Last year, EEM gained 8.6%. It was its first annual gain since 2012.This year, it’s already up 10%. That’s more than double the S&P 500’s 4% gain.More importantly, it looks like EEM just “broke out.” Below, you can see it recently bucked a downtrend it’d been stuck in since early September.• This is good news for emerging market stocks…As we often point out, stocks usually keep rising after a breakout like this.And that’s exactly what EEM’s done. It’s rallied about 6% since piercing its downtrend.It’s now at the highest level since July 2015.Of course, you probably want to know if emerging market stocks will keep rising.Over the next couple days, we’re going to try to answer that question.We’ll dive deep into the fundamentals of emerging market stocks. We’ll look at the good and the bad. By the end, you’ll know if emerging market stocks are right for you.Let’s start with what we like about them…• Emerging market stocks are much cheaper than U.S. stocks…You can see this in the table below.This table compares EEM with the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which tracks companies in the S&P 500.EEM’s price-to-book (P/B) ratio is 49% lower than SPY’s P/B ratio. Its forward price-to-earnings (forward P/E) ratio is 36% lower. It’s also 34% cheaper according to the price-to-sales (P/S) ratio. Price/Book(P/B) Forward Price/Earnings(Forward P/E)Price/Sales(P/S) last_img read more

Central Elementary School had a special visitor th

first_imgCentral Elementary School had a special visitor this week, as author Shelia Truelove visited the school during its Champion Summit Nov. 26.The event is held every Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. and allows “champions” from the community to come speak to the students. The summit and its speakers help to motivate the children and teach them how to be champions. Truelove’s visit focused on positive affirmations and believing in yourself.“I am on a mission to put positive things in our children’s ears,” Truelove said. “I’m on a mission to change the way they think about themselves. I’m on a mission to create winners in a winning mindset.”Truelove’s book, “I Can Win: Setting the Pace to Win the Race,” which was the focal point of her talk, is a motivational children’s book that talks about how to use positive declarations and confidence to become a “winner in life.”“This is a book to motivate boys and girls to be successful,” Central Elementary principal Monte Linebarger said. “It goes right into the vision that we have here at Central Elementary in building champions.”Community “champions” include doctors, lawyers, judges and educators from all over Tuscaloosa.last_img read more

Facebooks Content Moderation Rules Are Both Careful and Shocking

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5 The rules for dealing with violent and disturbing images often require moderators to ask whether they are ‘newsworthy’ or ‘raise awareness.’ May 22, 2017 Image credit: JaysonPhotography / Shutterstock.com Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staff Nina Zipkin 3 min readcenter_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Next Article There is no doubt that it takes a huge effort to moderate all the content that gets uploaded to Facebook. But over the past few months, the social giant has shown signs of strain.Back in August, shortly after the company fired a team of human editors overseeing the Trending section of the site in favor of an algorithm, a false news story found its way to the top of the queue.In February, CEO Mark Zuckerberg published a wide-ranging open letter on his Facebook page about the direction he hopes to take the company, touching on the need for more vigilance in the face of “fake news” and also a stronger infrastructure to handle the raft of content that is posted by users on a daily basis.Related: After Murder, Facebook to Hire 3,000 People to Review Videos“There are billions of posts, comments and messages across our services each day, and since it’s impossible to review all of them, we review content once it is reported to us,” Zuckerberg wrote. “There have been terribly tragic events — like suicides, some live streamed — that perhaps could have been prevented if someone had realized what was happening and reported them sooner. There are cases of bullying and harassment every day, that our team must be alerted to before we can help out. These stories show we must find a way to do more.”This spring, after a murder in Cleveland was livestreamed on the platform, Zuckerberg announced that over the course of the year, 3,000 people would be hired to better tackle and improve that review process.But now, an investigation conducted by the Guardian has identified some of the standards that Facebook operates from when it comes to moderating content, and they are perhaps more confusing than you might expect.Related: Facebook Wants to Help You Spot Bogus News StoriesWith regard to the videos of violent deaths or suicides, they are designated as disturbing content, but the reasoning Facebook has for not necessarily taking them down is because they can build awareness about mental illness, according to The Guardian’s findings.Specifically in cases of suicide, documents that The Guardian has been privy to explain that the current company dictate is “to remove them once there’s no longer an opportunity to help the person. We also need to consider newsworthiness, and there may be particular moments or public events that are part of a broader public conversation that warrant leaving up.”When it comes to violent language, a call to action to harm the president would be taken down because he is a head of state, but directions about how to snap a woman’s neck would be allowed to remain on the site because it is not “regarded as credible threats.”Related: Facebook Pledges to ‘Do Better’ After Posting of Murder VideoFor instances of animal abuse and graphic violence, those images and videos are also designated as disturbing, but are allowed if they are being used to educate and raise awareness, but they are not if there is an element of “sadism and celebration.” For images or photos pertaining to child abuse, that rule is also applied.According to the Guardian, moderators often have seconds to make a determination about how to characterize or whether to remove the content.It’s clear that Zuckerberg and his team have a daunting task in front of them, so Facebook’s rules will need to constantly evolve to meet the challenge. –shares Facebook Facebook’s Content Moderation Rules Are Both Careful and Shockinglast_img read more

Solar power—largest study to date discovers 25 percent power loss across UK

first_img 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. Explore further Solar Panels. Credit: University of Huddersfield Provided by University of Huddersfield Citation: Solar power—largest study to date discovers 25 percent power loss across UK (2018, November 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-solar-powerlargest-date-percent-power.html More hotspots in the North Credit: University of Huddersfield Solar power – largest study to date discovers 25% power loss across UK Solar panel performance disparityDr. Dhimish says this confirms results from previous research, which concludes when affected cells are partially shaded, it increases the likelihood of hot spots.But he said what was surprising, was the lesser amount seen around coastal regions, which leads him to believe cooler winds coming in from the ocean are keeping the overall temperature of the PV panels down and are preventing hot spots occurring.In order to increase the reliability and durability of future residential photovoltaics installations, Dr. Dhimish has made three recommendations.”PV panels, or defective bypass diodes, affected by multiple hot spotted PV Cells have to be replaced since they significantly reduce the reliability and yield energy of the PV installation,” he said.”Secondly, it is recommended to install the solar panels in coastal locations because they are less likely to be affected by the hot spotting phenomenon and finally, the solar energy industry must start investigating the impact of PV hot spotting on the accuracy of existing maximum power point tracking (MPPT) units available in the market.”The research article, including all of the data collected, is to be published by the peer-reviewed journal IEEE Transaction on Electron Devices, co-authored by Dr Dhimish, Dr Violeta Holmes and Dr Peter Mather, entitled Evaluating Power Loss and Performance Ratio of Hot spotted Photovoltaic Modules. Dr. Mahmoud Dhimish, a lecturer in Electronics and Control Engineering and co-director of the Photovoltaics Laboratory at the University, analysed 2,580 polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) panels distributed across the UK. The UK has been fossil-free for two years and demand is constantly increasing for renewable energy.After quantifying the data, Dr. Dhimish discovered that the panels found to have hot spots generated a power output notably less than those that didn’t. He also discovered that location was a primary contributor in the distribution of hot spots.Photovoltaics hot spots are areas of elevated temperature which can affect only part of the solar panel. They are a result of a localised decrease in efficiency and the main cause of accelerated PV ageing, often causing permanent damage to the solar panel’s lifetime performance.According to Dr. Dhimish, this is the first time an investigation into how hot spots impact the performance of PV panels has been conducted from such a large scale dataset and says the project uncovered results which demonstrate the preferred location of UK hot spots.”This research showed the unprecedented density of hot spots in the North of England,” said Dr. Dhimish. “Over 90% of the hot spots are located in the north and most of these are inland, with considerably less seen on the coast.” Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have undertaken the largest study to date into the effectiveness of solar panels across the UK and discovered that parts of the country are suffering an overall power loss of up to 25% because of the issue of regional ‘hot spots’. Hot spots were also found to be more prevalent in the North of England than in the south. More information: Mahmoud Dhimish et al, Evaluating Power Loss and Performance Ratio of Hot-Spotted Photovoltaic Modules, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (2018). DOI: 10.1109/TED.2018.2877806last_img read more

Donald makes annual list of worst passwords of the year

first_img 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. For the first time, ‘donald’ made software company SplashData’s annual list of the Top 100 worst passwords, coming in at No. 23.”Sorry, Mr. President, but this is not fake news—using your name or any common name as a password is a dangerous decision,” SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said in a statement. “Hackers have great success using celebrity names, terms from pop culture and sports, and simple keyboard patterns to break into accounts online because they know so many people are using those easy-to-remember combinations.”Several other common names, such as “william” (No. 96), “sophie” (No. 51) and “daniel” (No. 34), also appeared on the list.Topping off the list of terrible passwords were “123456789” at No. 3, “password” at No. 2 and “123456” at No. 1. This year marked the fifth-straight year that “123456” and “password” kept their top two spots on the list, SplashData said.SplashData compiled its list by evaluating over five million leaked passwords to determine which passwords were used the most. The company estimates 10 percent of people have used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on this year’s list, with roughly 3 percent using the worst password, “123456.”Below is a list of the top 25 worst passwords of 2018. SplashData’s entire list is on their site.Top 25 worst passwords of 20181. 1234562. password3. 1234567894. 123456785. 123456. 1111117. 12345678. sunshine9. qwerty10. iloveyou11. princess12. admin13. welcome14. 66666615. abc12316. football17. 12312318. monkey19. 65432120. !@#$%^&*21. charlie22. aa12345623. donald24. password125. qwerty123 Citation: ‘Donald’ makes annual list of worst passwords of the year (2018, December 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-donald-annual-worst-passwords-year.html Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img (c)2018 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Want a strong online password to protect your personal information? You should probably avoid drawing inspiration from President Donald Trump. ‘Password’ no longer the Internet’s worst passwordlast_img read more

Ayodhya Playing chess from both sides RSS the only loser as in

first_img COMMENT BL Interview Even 26 years after a marauding mob demolished the Babri masjid with the chant — “Mandir Vahin Banayenge (Will build the temple there)” — the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) have not let go off their “promise”.This is despite the fact that those who took the temple construction issue seriously have been gradually sidelined. Cancer surgeon-turned-Hindutva protagonist Dr Pravin Togadia is the latest in this list comprising Acharya Dharmendra and Sadhvi Ritambhara among others. After his two-decade-long association with the Sangh Parivar, Togadia was forced out of theVHP as its international working president early this year. He proceeded to float his outfit— the Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP)— with the same aim. Even at 63, his passion for the temple remains undiminished as he questions the parent organisation he had joined as a 10-year-old-boy. Excerpts:After a high-voltage drama, the RSS piped down in Ayodhya on November 25, providing no new dates or directions. What is your take on this?Even the RSS has divergent views. The currently dominant pro-Modi group merely wants to go about business-as-usual, create a mahaul (atmosphere) — not to construct the temple — as a prelude to the next elections, one after another.This dragging of feet has disillusioned many in the Sangh Parivar.Both the BJP and the RSS have over the years declared their commitment to build the temple once they secured majority in the Lok Sabha. Why didn’t they,since 2014?This precisely is my question. With a Swayamsevak like the PM, and the BJP’s majority in the Lok Sabha, this could have been done. The BJP-RSS coordination meetings take place every three months. They could have decided to enact a law in 2014 itself and the temple would have been constructed by now. Do you think the RSS leadership is not serious about the issue but merely posturing?Unfortunately, yes. If they call the Congress, the SP, the BSP and the others “anti-Hindu”, how will they see themselves? An RSS man is in power as the PM and the RSS men are ‘agitating’ against him! They are in power as well as in the Opposition, as if playing chess from both the sides. With this dual play, the loser will only be one: the RSS. This is what happened during the Vajpayee regime and 2004 brought the Congress back to power. I’m afraid history may repeat itself in 2019.But the Ayodhya case is still pending in the Supreme Court. What can the government do?Precisely because of this, the Sangh Pariwar wanted the BJP to enact a new law to settle the issue once and for all. Secondly, if the apex court can sit through the night in the Afzal Guru case for an urgent hearing, how can it relegate the centuries-old Ayodhya issue to the backburner, again and again.After all, the Modi government did enact a law in the triple talaq and the SC-ST case. Then why not on the temple issue?What do you plan to do next?We will not let the temple issue become an orphan.It is our baby as all others have abandoned Ram Lalla. We will find a logical conclusion and construct the temple at the Lord’s Janmabhoomi. Come what may.Is the particular place in Ayodhya the real Janmabhoomi of Shri Ram?Yes…just like the way a particular house in Porbandar, Gujarat, is the Janmabhoomi of Gandhiji where his memorial exists. Published on November 27, 2018 SHAREcenter_img International Working President of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Praveen Togadia (aka Pravin Togadia), at the inauguration of the VHP’s Central Pranyasi Mandal and Prabandh Samiti meeting, in Hyderabad on December 28, 2014.Photo: P.V. Sivakumar   –  P_V_SIVAKUMAR SHARE SHARE EMAIL national politics COMMENTSlast_img read more

15K Water train from Vellore arrives in Chennai

first_imgRecommended for you © THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD. Comments PTI July 12, 2019 15:42 IST July 12, 2019 17:30 IST Comments Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name, to avoid rejection.  The train was supposed to reach Chennai on July 11, but leakages in the valves led to the delay. Jolarpettai is 217 km away from the southern metropolis.All the arrangements took around 20 days of time to complete.The initiative would be formally inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Ministers later in the day, the official said. Chennai AAA Train carrying million litres of water arrives in ChennaiVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Live00:0000:5300:53 Chennai has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past few months, facing a daily water deficit of at least 200 million litres. The four reservoirs supplying to the city have run dry.The Tamil Nadu government had earlier requested the railways to help them ferry the water to the city.Earlier, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami had announced mitigating Chennai’s water woes by getting drinking water supplied from Jolarpettai with an allocation of Rs 65 crore. Printable version | Jul 13, 2019 8:31:13 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/train-carrying-water-from-jolarpettai-arrives-in-chennai/article28409328.ece 0 Water train from Vellore on its way to Chennai Chennai, Water train from Vellore arrives in Chennai PTI FigLeaf AppComplete Online Anonymity Is One Click AwayFigLeaf App|SponsoredSponsoredUndoProgressive$699 average annual savings for drivers who switch and save.Progressive|SponsoredSponsoredUndoThrone: Free Online GamesPlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addicted!Throne: Free Online Games|SponsoredSponsoredUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue Book|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMyFinanceTwo Accounts Your Bank Doesn’t Want You to Know AboutMyFinance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGundry MDThere Is One Protein That Could Restart Your Slow Metabolism, And No, It’s Not FishGundry MD|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTopix33 Hilarious Airport SignsTopix|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLongest electrified railway tunnel in India commissionedThe HinduUndoPresident to visit Athi Varadar tomorrowThe HinduUndo A train carrying 2.5 million litres of water arrived in Chennai, which has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past few months, officials said on July 12.The train with 50 tank wagons (BTPN), carrying 50,000 litres of water in each of them from Jolarpettai in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district, reached the filling station at the Integral Coach Factory Yard in Villivakkam on the afternoon of July 12.Around 100 inlet pipes installed near the railway tracks would be used to discharge 2.5 million litres of water in all the wagons to be sent to a treatment plant after passing through a conduit, an official of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board said.“After treatment it would be sent for distribution. This arrangement has been made for the next six months until the (advent of the) north-east monsoon,” the official told PTI.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Sri Lankan Navy detains 6 Indian fishermen near Delft Island

first_imgSri Lankan Navy detains 6 Indian fishermen near Delft IslandThe Lankan Naval personnel were on a routine patroladvertisement Asian News International RameswaramJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 14:22 IST Photo: ANISri Lankan Navy apprehended six Indian fishermen from Namputhalai near Delft Island on Friday morning.The Lankan Naval personnel were on a routine patrol onboard a Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command.They apprehended one country boat with six fishermen for poaching in the Sri Lankan territorial waters.Straying of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen into each others’ waters is a recurrent problem as territories on the sea are not clearly demarcated.Also read: 27 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navyALSO WATCH| Sri Lankan Navy arrests 12 Indian fishermenFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim Nextlast_img read more

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