Telefónica’s European pay TV base fell by 5% year-on-year to one million at the end of September, with domestic Spanish pay TV subscribers now numbering 760,000.Telefónica’s European subscribers were down slighltly across both fixed and mobile businesses.Latin American pay TV subscribers, by contrast, grew by 7% year-on-year to reach 2.4 million, reflecting a stronger performance across both fixed and mobiel sectors in that market.
Youth media brand Trace has added a raft of channels to Cable & Wireless Seychelles’ content lineup.Trace Africa, Trace Gospel and Trace Sports Stars are all now available via the operator.The companies first partnered in May with the launch of Trace Tropical, offering Cable & Wireless subscribers a mix of Latin American and Caribbean music genres.All the Trace channels are available to CWS subscribers through its Klasik, Prime and Fusion tiers.
In This Issue. * Chuck uses dictation! * Currencies fight back! * Putin threatens to cut off gas. * U.S. IP surprises on the upside!. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Bullard’s Comments Are Interesting, eh?. Good Day!.. And a happy Friday to one and all! Well this day is not starting out very good for me. I got to work, tried to login to my computer decided that it didn’t like my login any longer so now I sit here waiting for our IT guru Jeremy to fix this problem. I’m actually dictating this into my phone right now which I hope to then carry over to the to the computer when it’s ready to go. I’ve never tried this before but I think well maybe this could work, my friend, and writer/ marketing guru, David Galland always tells me that these dictation programs work. Well I’m giving it a try! Speaking of giving it a try the currencies are giving it a try to fight back against the dollar. Yesterday, I told you how the dollar was so strong and that it held the con against all currencies against except for the renminbi, well as the day wore on the euro rallied back and the Aussie dollar (A$) gained back some ground. The currencies were mixed as I left to go home for the day. The thing that got the currencies moving yesterday was just a simple statement that Fed St. Louis Pres. James Bullard made. Colleague, Ty Keough, was so excited when he saw he comment, he came rushing to my office where I was working on something and I happened to be on the phone so he stood out there waving his hands trying to let me know that there was something big happening, so I hung up the phone came out and saw what James Bullard had said. And I quote: “the Fed’s quantitative easing program could be extended” Now let me take you back a few years after the first round of quantitative easing ended. Everything was heading down again and at the Jackson hole Fed boondoggle Bullard announced that there could be another round of quantitative easing and sure thing it happened! Well we all know that there were two more rounds one was called twist and shout, I mean operation twist and the other is QE3. So we’ve had four rounds of Fed interference into the bond market, interest rates, building the Bernanke Asset Bubble, as my guitar playing and investment guru friend, Steve Sjuggerud, originally called it. So if Bullard was the one who announced the next round of QE back then, why wouldn’t he be the guy who is announcing an extension of QE now? Remember I told you all earlier in the week about how the Fed members had discussed how they were very, very concerned about the strengthening dollar. Well let’s also go back to some words from James Bullard in the past when he was asked at the end of QE1 if the if the quantitative easing had been successful, he responded “yes, and he gave a number of items that were that had increased, like stocks, and then one of the items that he talked about as being successful result of QE was a depreciating dollar so. If that was his view then it’s still his view now and what better way to depreciate the dollar then to extend quantitative easing? Well I don’t think he just said these words flippantly or just out of out of school or you know, off the record, he put them out there so that the markets could see exactly what the Fed is thinking. So, the euro rallied back to 1.28 and remained above that figure overnight, which is always a good sign that the rebound is strong. I have to laugh sometimes when I come in and see what the Chinese have done with the renminbi / yuan overnight. For they always seem to be trying to “fit in” with the rest of the currencies, and yesterday, the renminbi has appreciated, but the rest of the currencies dropped in value, so overnight the renminbi is weakened to “fit in” with the rest of the currencies. But then the rest of the currencies rally, and the renminbi / yuan sticks out like a sore thumb, having been weakened overnight. I have a suggestion for the Chinese that I’m sure they’ve heard a lot of times, and will eventually get around to doing this, but, haven’t yet. My suggestion would be to allow the renminbi / yuan to float and you wouldn’t be attempting to “fit in”, the markets will dictate if you “fit in” or not! Well, looky there! U.S. Industrial Production rebounded in Sept, from the negative print in August, to show a full 1% growth in the month! (remember, it’s an election year) I can hear the powers to be coming down on the people that printed that negative number last month, and it would sound something like this. “What were you thinking? Now, you’ll have to go back and write on the board 100 times, “it’s an election year”!” HA! But really, it certainly appears to be the case, doesn’t it? I mean you go from a negative month, to a month with a full 1% gain, and no one questions this, except me? I know, I know, I hear some of you saying, Oh, come on Chuck, can’t you ever just roll over and accept numbers as presented? Well, if I did that, I might as well, go ride off into the sunset, never to be heard from again, for that’s not me. The Petrol currencies are feeling a little bit better this morning, as the price of Oil jumped $3 higher in the past 24 hours. The one Petrol Currency that isn’t feeling better, is the Russian ruble. Overnight, Russian President, Putin, announced that he could cut the gas flowing through Ukraine to Europe, and that renews of the tensions in the region, of which the ruble has been whacked again and again for this year. When the ruble was 39 I didn’t think it could get much weaker, then it fell to 40, and now is nearing 41. This is going to make for a very cheap origination price for the ruble component of the BRICS MarketSafe CD. The Norwegian krone made a strong comeback yesterday, and is basically flat to stronger this morning. Both the krone and the Swedish krona, continue to get tarred with the same brush used on the euro, which really bugs the you know what out of me! The main reason I get bugged is that these two countries are not members of the euro club, and they have completely different fundamentals than the Eurozone has. But, this is the company these two currencies keep (the euro) and the markets pair them up for the country hoedown, like three peas in a pod. One of these days, Alice! One of these days, traders will do the V-8 head slap and realize that the krone and krona is not the euro. But until then, we are left to feed on the scraps left for these two currencies. I saw some slowdown in export growth from Singapore in September from a year ago, and one component continues to be a drag on Singapore exports, and that is electronics. The Pharmaceuticals remain a strong export for Singapore, but electronics is pulling the data down. I think this is something that we can pull ideas from. Like, consumers don’t have to buy electronics, but they do have to buy drugs to keep them healthy. And consumers backing out of buying electronics is not a good sign for global growth. The Singapore dollar (S$) gets its cue from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the direction of the Chinese renminbi. Remember what I always tell you, these two currencies can’t get too far out of whack with each other, for they are in competition for exports. U.S. stocks didn’t get whacked again yesterday, and I think the Bullard comments about extending QE are responsible for that. No worries, I’m not going to talk about stocks. I’m not a stock jockey, and don’t think I’ll ever be one either! Although I did start EverTrade Direct Brokerage in my basement. And I got my start in a brokerage house, here in ST. Louis, Stifel Nicolaus, that has become quite the big regional player. But that was back in 1973. Ahhh, 1973. Crocodile Rock was the number 1 song. The Vietnam War was coming to an end. Nixon accepted responsibility, not blame for Watergate. The National Debt was a whopping $466.3 Billion. A dozen eggs cost 25-cents. and a Ford Galaxie 500 cost $3,883. Do you recall how big a car a Ford Galaxie 500 was? That was a lot of car for the dollar, eh? The U.S. Data Cupboard has some Housing Starts and Building Permits data to print today, but that’s about it. We’ll end the week, with the Bullard comment on our minds. Gold is down this morning, just a buck or two (it keeps flip flopping back and forth) But Gold certainly has moved slowly, and steadily above $1,200, which if you recall, I told you was near its production costs, and the last time it reached that low (Dec 2013), the shiny metal had bounced all the way to $1,350 before the manipulators put an end to that run. I didn’t say that Gold “would” rally from the production costs, just that it “should” rally, and that it had rallied earlier this year when the same scenario presented itself to the markets. For What It’s Worth. I was searching and searching for something to put in this section of the letter this morning, and spent a good amount of time doing that. But then I saw an email from a dear readers, (Thanks Blair) who sent me a story about Rupert Murdoch, blasting Central Banks for QE, and thought, what the heck are you looking at Chuck? This is it! So, here are some snippets of a story that you can read in full here: : http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/rupert-murdoch-lambasts-central-bank-stimulus-20141017-117eyu.html#ixzz3GLq611Gr “Sources at the dinner told the Australian Financial Review that Mr. ¬Murdoch gave a punchy speech covering a number of topics and repeated calls from his media and entertainment company for the European Commission to take a tougher line against Google. News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson described the US technology giant as a “platform for piracy” whose power “increases with each passing day” in a letter sent to the commission in September. But attendees said Mr. Murdoch’s most provocative comments were on the subject of unconventional ¬monetary policy known as quantitative easing (QE) adopted by central banks in the US, Britain and Japan since the global financial crisis in 2008. Mr. Murdoch told the ministers that QE – a policy where central banks attempt to stimulate the economy by buying assets such as bonds with newly created money – could increase ¬inequality around the world. He argued low interest rates and a policy where governments printed money pushed up the price of assets. This disproportionately rewards wealthier households because they own most of the assets, he added. The 83-year-old was seated between German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen. It is not known what Dr Yellen thought of the speech. However, one attendee said Mr. Murdoch’s contribution was broadly appreciated by the ministers and central bankers, which included US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, British Chancellor of the ¬Exchequer George Osborne and European Central Bank president Mario Draghi.” Chuck again. Yeah, nothing like being in the bear’s den and telling the bear he eats too much! HA! Good for Mr. Murdoch! To recap. The dollar’s all-out assault on the currencies and metals yesterday, began to unwind, after Fed St. Louis, president, James Bullard, said that the “Fed’s QE could be extended”. What? Already? I at least thought the Fed would wait a couple of months! So, the currencies, stocks and metals climbed back, and Treasuries lost about 20 basis points in yield, back above 2%… U.S. IP was up a full1% in September, making the markets forget that August was a negative print, and Gold keeps flip flopping this morning, as there’s no clear direction to move. Currencies today 10/17/14.American Style: A$ .8785, kiwi .7950, C$ .8895, euro 1.2820, sterling 1.6115, Swiss $1.0615, . European Style: rand 11.0740, krone 6.5395, SEK 7.1430, forint 245.65, zloty 3.2995, koruna 21.4365, RUB 40.80, yen 106.40, sing 1.2730, HKD 7.7580, INR 61.43, China 6.1407, pesos 13.50, BRL 2.4555, Dollar Index 84.77, Oil $83.76, 10-year 2.19%, Silver $17.37, Platinum $1,260.73, Palladium $756.75, and Gold. $1,239.43 That’s it for today. Well, did you have a nice Boss’s Day? I noticed all the bosses around the office received something from employees, but did I? NO. I guess I was wrong, all this time. You see, all this time I thought everyone liked me as their boss. But I guess I was wrong. Oh well, no skin off my back, if they don’t like me, then we’ll see what’s in their paycheck next pay period! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Just having fun. As The Beaver used to say, “Quit giving me the business, Eddie”. Sad news yesterday, as our colleague, Mike Harrell informed us that his mother had died. Sorry for your loss Mike. I had to stop before to sing along with the Beatles, “And She Loves You”. They don’t write songs like that anymore! Thanks to IT guru Jeremy, who got me started this morning, he did it from home, and probably from bed, as he sounded quite groggy! And the dictation kind-of worked, so that was fun and new. Well, turn out the lights the party’s over. It’s over for the Cardinals, as they once again couldn’t hold a lead they had built. So, go Royals! The other team from Missouri that will be in the World Series. And my beloved Missouri Tigers attempt to figure out what happened last week against Georgia, and travel to Florida to play the Gators. Alex visited the University of Florida, and like it, but said he just couldn’t see himself in blue and orange (he was brought up on Black and Gold of Mizzou!). Speaking of Alex, he might come home this weekend. I’m there by myself for the next 8 days, so maybe his mother asked him to check on me! HA! And with that, it’s time to get off this bus, and get started on a Fantastico Friday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets
People with mental health conditions are being forced too soon into work that they are not ready to do, according to a disabled Labour councillor employed by one of the government’s Work Programme providers.Jenny Nedwell (pictured) a Labour councillor with Hyndburn council in east Lancashire, told a fringe meeting organised by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) that she was concerned about the number of people with mental health conditions who were being referred to her by Jobcentre Plus.After the fringe meeting, she told Disability News Service that people claiming employment and support allowance (ESA) were referred to her organisation, Bootstrap Enterprises, in Blackburn, the moment they had spent 12 months in the ESA work-related activity group (WRAG).She said: “Jobcentre Plus will say they have got to refer them because they have hit that point, whether that person has a diagnosis of terminal cancer or is to have quite a serious operation in the not-too-distant future.“Personally*, as a disabled person, I think there needs to be an element of common sense.”She said she was particularly concerned about people with mental health conditions who had been referred to Bootstrap to help push them into work, even though they had “slipped through the net” and were not receiving any impairment-related support.Nedwell, her council’s disabled persons’ champion, said that about 85 to 90 per cent of the people she worked with had anxiety or mild to moderate depression.She added: “I am concerned that we are forcing people into work who are not ready, who will go into work and will fall straight back out of work.”And she said she was concerned at government plans to cut support for new WRAG claimants by about £30 a week from April 2017, rather than pledging to support the most disadvantaged people.At a fringe event organised by the disability charity United Response, a former commissioner with the Disability Rights Commission said she was “quite devastated” that there had been so little progress in finding employment for more disabled people since speaking about the issue at a Labour conference 20 years ago.Kay Allen, who has worked at senior levels on diversity and inclusion for B&Q, Royal Mail and BSkyB, said she blamed employer attitudes and lack of knowledge, as well as a failure to provide the necessary support.At Labour’s 1995 annual conference, she had told delegates that only 49 per cent of working-age disabled people were in employment, while 74 per cent of employers had never heard of the government’s Access to Work (AtW) scheme, and just seven per cent of people with learning difficulties were in paid work.She said the numbers today were almost identical.Allen said: “I am quite devastated that I am still here in 2015 having the same conversation. I am still saying employers do not know about AtW.“We need to lobby government a lot harder to stop cutting down on the benefits that people can claim.“Many of the disabled people I have helped cannot use public transport… why is that funding being cut when we know it helps people move into the world of work?”*She made clear she was not speaking on behalf of Bootstrap and that these were her personal views
crmdigital messaging platformdigital process automationIn The ChatMarketing TechnologyNewsPegasystemsPegaWorld 2019 Previous ArticleSocial Media vs. Messaging Apps: What Brand Marketers Need to KnowNext ArticleCIMB Partner with AdsDax to Successfully Run Live Advertising Campaigns on Blockchain Pegasystems Acquires Leading Digital Messaging Platform Provider In The Chat MTS Staff WriterMay 14, 2019, 4:12 pmMay 14, 2019 New Engagement Solution Will Debut on the Main Stage at PegaWorld 2019 Pegasystems Inc., the software company empowering digital transformation at the world’s leading enterprises, announced its acquisition of In The Chat (ITC), an enterprise-grade digital customer service platform provider that unifies text messaging, social media, live chat, email, messengers, and chatbots into a seamless conversation with customers. ITC’s platform, which enables communications via virtually any digital channel, will be integrated with Pega’s AI-powered customer engagement solutions, providing clients a seamless, future-proof way to connect with customers. These capabilities will debut as part of a new customer engagement solution at PegaWorld 2019, Pega’s annual conference from June 2-5 in Las Vegas. Marketing Technology News: Mareana Named a 2019 Gartner Cool Vendor in Artificial Intelligence Across the Supply Chain“In The Chat’s technology and the talented employees behind it will bring valuable new capabilities to our customer engagement solutions,” said Kerim Akgonul, SVP of products, Pegasystems. “We look forward to debuting the new solution at PegaWorld this year.”Marketing Technology News: HUBX, The World’s First Anonymous B2B Marketplace Platform, Surpasses $200 Million in Revenue in First Year, Hires Industry Veteran as Chief Revenue OfficerPegasystems Inc. is the leader in software for customer engagement and operational excellence. Pega’s adaptive, cloud-architected software – built on its unified Pega Platform– empowers people to rapidly deploy and easily extend and change applications to meet strategic business needs. Over its 35-year history, Pega has delivered award-winning capabilities in CRM and digital process automation (DPA), powered by advanced artificial intelligence and robotic automation, to help the world’s leading brands achieve breakthrough business results.Marketing Technology News: RevJet Announces Results of Second Ad Experience Sentiment Report Revealing Change in Sentiment, Behavior of Online Consumers
One of the Largest Banking Groups in the Middle East to Accelerate Digital Innovation Using AWS’s Breadth and Depth of Functionality to Build Personalized Retail Banking Experience for CustomersAmazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced that Emirates NBD, a leading bank in the Middle East, is collaborating with AWS to create a culture of innovation within the bank and is using AWS machine learning (ML) services to build a personalized retail customer banking experience. Emirates NBD will also utilize AWS data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), Natural Language Processing (NLP), and other advanced technologies as part of its ongoing efforts to better engage with customers and simplify banking.“Our vision is to be the Middle East’s most innovative financial services organization and to achieve this we have chosen to work with the world’s most innovative technology company, Amazon Web Services”A front-runner in retail banking innovation, Emirates NBD is working with AWS because of its broad and deep portfolio of cloud services and the increased security and control Emirates NBD can achieve in the cloud, and is continuing to invest in AWS as its preferred provider for machine learning workloads. With AWS, Emirates NBD will take further advantage of AWS artificial intelligence and machine learning services including Amazon SageMaker, a fully managed machine learning service for building, training, and deploying machine learning models to provide relevant real-time banking experiences.Marketing Technology News: How Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience ObjectivesTo create a more rewarding and customer-centric banking experience, Emirates NBD is also leveraging Amazon Personalize, an AWS machine learning service that enables the development of individualized recommendations to launch new personalized retail banking applications. One of the first of these applications is a personal finance manager that uses an automated, self-learning system to deliver a highly personalized banking experience to customers in order to predict what each individual customer needs and match this with the most appropriate solution. The system also utilizes Natural Language Processing technology so customers can interact with call center automation in a more natural way. To support this work, Emirates NBD is using Amazon Polly, a cloud service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to convert written content into human-like speech, in its automated call center to further enhance customer interactions by delivering lifelike voice banking experiences. As part of Emirates NBD’s journey with AWS, it is also exploring how to better serve customers at bank branches with convenient and secure authentication, leveraging AWS’s image recognition and IoT solutions.“Our vision is to be the Middle East’s most innovative financial services organization and to achieve this we have chosen to work with the world’s most innovative technology company, Amazon Web Services,” said Suvo Sarkar, Senior Executive Vice President and Group Head – Retail Banking & Wealth Management at Emirates NBD. “Emirates NBD and Amazon share common values of innovation and customer centricity and we look forward to leveraging AWS’s technologies and innovation practices to make banking more easy and intuitive for our customers.”Marketing Technology News: IDG Communications Names Gene Bishop Global CIO“Across every industry, companies are starting to meaningfully use machine learning in their businesses, and AWS offers the broadest and deepest portfolio of machine learning services to help them solve some of their biggest challenges. We are excited to see how these technologies are helping transform the financial services industry in the Middle East and around the world,” said Andy Isherwood, Managing Director, Amazon Web Services EMEA. “Emirates NBD is one of the most valued and innovative financial institutions in the Middle East, and we look forward to continuing to support them as they embark on a journey to transform how they serve their retail banking customers and build their organization into a bank of the future.”Marketing Technology News: Sauce Labs Named Gold Stevie Award Winner for Best Software Development Solution in 2019 American Business Awards Amazon Web ServicesAWS data analyticsEmirates NBDMarketing TechnologyNatural Language ProcessingNews Previous ArticleThe Twists & Turns of Data ExcellenceNext ArticleYouplus Wins the Webit Award 2019 for ‘Best Use of AI’ Emirates NBD Building Artificial Intelligence-enabled Bank of the Future with AWS PRNewswireMay 29, 2019, 8:02 pmMay 30, 2019
Explore further Krzanich took the unusual step of addressing the security issue as he delivered a keynote ahead of the opening of the huge Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, an industry event expected to draw some 180,000 people from the sector.As yet, Krzanich said, there is no information to suggest any loss of data from the so-called Meltdown and Spectre flaws and he added, “We are working tirelessly to make sure it stays that way.”The Intel chief executive made his most high-profile public comments since the release of research highlighting vulnerabilities affecting the chips powering most modern PCs and many mobile devices.”The collaboration of so many companies (to mitigate the threat) is truly remarkable,” Krzanich said.”Security is job number one for Intel and our industry. The primary focus of our discussions (on this issue) is to keep our customers data safe.”Researchers at Google showed how a hacker could exploit the flaw to get passwords, encryption codes and more, even though there have been no reports of any attacks using the vulnerability.Some analysts have warned that the threat is unique because it is an issue affecting hardware used in many computing systems.Krzanich said updates will be available for 90 percent of its products in the coming days and the for the rest by the end of January, and urged all computer users to update as quickly as possible. Citation: Intel chief says chip flaw damage contained by industry (2018, January 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-intel-chief-chip-flaw-industry.html Intel CEO sold shares before chip security flaw disclosed © 2018 AFP Intel chief Brian Krzanich said Monday the impact of a recently discovered vulnerability in computer chips has been limited due to “remarkable” collaboration by the tech industry. 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 Apple’s move to slow down older iPhones as batteries weaken is under scrutiny by US prosecutors and stock market regulators, according to a report Tuesday by Bloomberg. The US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether Apple broke the law by failing to disclose a software update that made older iPhone models function slower, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.It was said to be too early in the probe to speculate regarding the potential for Apple to be accused of wrongdoing.The SEC told AFP that it would not comment, and neither Apple nor the DOJ replied to AFP inquiries about the report.Apple admitted late last year that it intentionally slowed down older models of its iPhones over time.The company said this was to extend the performance of the phone, which uses less power when running at slower speeds, and was to prevent unexpected shutdowns due to a low battery charge.It has denied incorporating planned obsolescence and plans to release a software update later this year that will let people turn off the iPhone-slowing feature.In late December the company issued an apology for slowing older models and said it would discount replacement batteries for some handsets.A French investigation into possible “planned obsolescence” or “fraud” by Apple is being led by antitrust and consumer protection specialists in the French economy ministry.Planned obsolescence is a widely criticized commercial practice in which manufacturers build in the expiry of their products so that consumers will be forced to replace them.Critics have accused Apple of nudging iPhone users to upgrade to newer models by letting them think it was the handsets that needed replacing, rather than just the battery.The California-based group faces lawsuits in the United States and Russia over the matter.The notion that people will opt to replace batteries instead of buying new iPhones, or that the company’s reputation was bruised, is playing into concerns that Apple may be selling fewer of its iconic handsets than anticipated.Apple is expected to reveal the latest iPhone sales figures in its quarterly earnings release on Thursday. This file photo taken on September 12, 2017 shows an iPhone X during a media event at Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California Epson, Apple face French legal pressure over planned obsolescence (Update) 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. © 2018 AFP Citation: US investigating iPhone slowing Apple software: report (2018, January 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-iphone-apple-software.html
Citation: Top telecom regulator faces internal probe: lawmaker (2018, February 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-telecom-internal-probe-lawmaker.html Explore further Sinclair close to buying rival TV operator Tribune © 2018 AFP A spokesman for Representative Frank Pallone, a Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the inspector general’s probe is on the actions of Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai.Pallone’s spokesman confirmed a report in the New York Times, which first reported the FCC inspector general’s probe into Pai’s actions on rules affecting the proposed deal in which Sinclair Broadcasting, the largest US broadcast television group, is seeking to buy Tribune Media Co.”For months I have been trying to get to the bottom of the allegations about Chairman Pai’s relationship with Sinclair Broadcasting,” Pallone said in a statement.”I am grateful to the FCC’s inspector general that he has decided to take up this important investigation.”The probe, which is expected to examine whether Pai and his aides improperly coordinated rule changes with Sinclair, could create problems for the pending approval of the $3.9 billion transaction.An FCC spokesman called the notion of favoritism by Pai “absurd,” and noted that the agency had proposed a record fine against Sinclair for violating sponsorship identification rules.”Chairman Pai has for many years called on the FCC to update its media ownership regulations to match the realities of the modern marketplace,” the statement said.”Considering the strong case for modernizing these rules, it’s not surprising that those who disagree with him would prefer to do whatever they can to distract from the merits of the reforms that the FCC has adopted.”Critics of the deal have argued the FCC revised its rules—which prevented a single company from controlling too many broadcast stations and from controlling more than a single broadcaster in the same market—because of Sinclair’s friendly treatment of President Donald Trump.The deal announced last May would give Sinclair some 233 television stations in 108 markets, adding the 42 operated by Tribune Media including large stations in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.The consumer group Free Press said that in light of the investigation, Pai should recuse himself from all decisions related to the Sinclair-Tribune deal.Free Press is among several consumer organizations which have complained that FCC approval would enable Sinclair to air “politically biased programming” to more than 70 percent of the US population.”The publicly available evidence suggests a pattern of abuse where Sinclair forces its local stations to air pro-Trump messages in exchange for policy favors from the Trump administration and its FCC chairman,” said Free Press senior counsel Jessica Gonzalez.”If the deal is allowed to proceed, it would expand the company’s longstanding pattern of evading public-interest obligations and abusing its market power to score political points, spread propaganda and serve a right-wing political agenda.” Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is the object of an internal investigation into his handling of a politically sensitive broadcast merger The top US telecom regulator is the object of an internal watchdog probe into the handling of rule changes that benefitted a politically sensitive merger of two major broadcast operators, a lawmaker said Thursday. 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.
CFRP recycling—into the battery instead of the garbage Three ETH alumni have developed a 3-D printer capable of manufacturing components from carbon fiber composites. Their ETH spin-off, 9T Labs, could bring a breakthrough for the manufacturing and utilization of extremely lightweight and strong parts. Provided by ETH Zurich Citation: Carbon components from a 3-D printer (2018, July 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-carbon-components-d-printer.html “There are many different potential applications for our printed carbon fiber components, and there is a huge amount of interest from industry. We basically expand the scope of what can be manufactured using such performance materials,” says Eichenhofer, who is currently in the process of finishing his doctoral thesis. Cavolina adds: “We believe it is important for the business to be geared towards the market. We therefore want to get a product onto the market as quickly as possible, so we can generate useful feedback.”Printing system should be ready next yearA complete printing system comprising both hardware and software should be ready for beta testing at the start of next year. After that, the challenge will be to serve the right sectors in the right order. 9T Labs wants to start with customers engaged in research and development, mainly universities and technical institutes. “We hope to get good technical feedback from these customers, which will help us to continuously improve the product,” Cavolina says.The engineers are currently fine-tuning the prototype 3-D printer. The start-up is still housed in ETH premises, in the Technopark in the Zurich-West quarter. But that could change very soon, as the young company is rapidly expanding and constantly recruiting new people. Eight staff, including interns, are currently working for 9T Labs, with another four set to join over the course of the year.Cavolina sees one of the biggest challenges as putting the right team together. “It’s not easy to find good software and hardware engineers,” he says. Much time and effort is therefore being invested in recruiting new personnel. For as Cavolina says, “We need really good people to ensure that the product satisfies market requirements.” 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. Part of 9T Labs team (left to right): Giovanni Cavolina, Filippo Kusch, Selçuk Ercan, Martin Eichenhofer, Chester Houwink next to the prototype 3-D printer. Credit: Courtesy of 9T Labs Explore further Stronger than steel, but up to five times lighter: carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), often simply referred to as carbon, is ideal for making anything that needs to be incredibly strong, but still very lightweight: aircraft, Formula 1 racing cars and mountain bikes, as well as robots, medical protheses and implants. No wonder carbon is at high demand in the global market.But there’s a problem: Carbon fiber composite is expensive compared with aluminium or steel, as the manufacturing process is very costly and time-consuming. Composites consist of carbon fibers and plastic to be combined and processed to make the highly durable material. A separate mould or negative form is usually required for every single component, adding to the high production costs.Producing carbon components without mouldsThe ETH spin-off 9T Labs now offers an alternative: It has developed a 3-D printer capable of printing carbon fiber composite parts. These are no longer made using cumbersome moulds, but are designed on the computer using dedicated software and then manufactured by the printer. Plastic and carbon fibres are combined directly in the printer, by forcing the materials through a heated nozzle.”We combine the advantages of 3-D printing technology with the valuable properties of carbon fiber composites,” says Giovanni Cavolina, one of the founders of 9T Labs. On the one hand, the new procedure eliminates what is currently the biggest drawback of using this performance material – the high costs. The whole manufacturing process therefore takes less time and money. On top of this, the new technology allows components with highly complex geometric shapes to be produced, such as used in the construction of satellite antennae or a hand prosthesis. Last but not least, using a 3-D printer means less material waste.The three founders of 9T Labs are all ETH alumni: Martin Eichenhofer (30), Giovanni Cavolina (26) and Chester Houwink (25). Eichenhofer first had the idea of a start-up four years ago while conducting research in the Laboratory of Composite Materials and Adaptive Structures under Professor Paolo Ermanni. The idea really got off the ground at the start of 2018: a joint-stock company was founded in January that attracted a total of CHF 300,000 from investors. The European Space Agency also invited the young company to join an incubation centre (ESA BIC Switzerland), which not only provided access to another CHF 200,000 but to a good industry network.
11 Fascinating Facts About Our Milky Way Galaxy 15 Amazing Images of Stars Interstellar space should be filled with iron — one of the most common elements in the universe — but scientists have detected only very low amounts of it to date. Now, a new study suggests iron may not be missing, but just really good at hiding. A group of researchers proposes that interstellar iron combines with a certain type of carbon chain to form molecules called iron pseudocarbynes. But because these iron pseudocarbynes register the same signature as carbon molecules on scientists’ detection devices, the sneaky iron remained hidden, according to a statement from Arizona State University (ASU). “We are proposing a new class of molecules that are likely to be widespread in the interstellar medium,” lead author Pilarisetty Tarakeshwar, research associate professor at ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences said in the statement.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65913-missing-interstellar-iron-found.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35 In the extremely cold temperatures of interstellar space, carbon chains might condense onto iron clusters to form these iron pseudocarbynes, they reported. Over billions of years, the iron pseudocarbynes would combine with other elements and form even more complex molecules. Tarakeshar and his team examined the structure and properties of these molecules in the lab. They used infrared spectroscopy to look at the molecule’s signature spectra, or the pattern of light that gets reflected off from them. “We calculated what the spectra of these molecules would look like, and we found that they have spectroscopic signatures nearly identical to carbon-chain molecules without any iron,” Tarakeshar said. “Previous astrophysical observations could have overlooked these carbon-plus-iron molecules.” What’s more, the iron pseudocarbynes might explain how complex molecules of carbon exist in interstellar space. Carbon chains of more than nine atoms of carbon are unstable, according to the statement. But these iron clusters might be sticking onto them and stabilizing them with their grip. The findings were published on June 26 in the Astrophysical Journal. In Images: Rising ‘Phoenix’ Aurora and Starburst Galaxies Light Up the Skies Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoCNETMeet the US Navy’s new $13 billion aircraftCNETUndo
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