The Frank Lampard quiz

first_imgChelsea fans got the news they wanted this week, when Frank Lampard signed a new contract at the club following months of speculation about his future. How much do you know about Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer? Test your knowledge of Lampard’s Blues career by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-98] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

No major surprises today from the USDA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Prior to the report grains were all 1-2 cents lower. The DOW was 80 lower, and crude oil was 30 cents lower. Following the report corn was unchanged, soybeans were up 1 cent, and wheat was unchanged.Corn exports were lowered 50 million bushels to 1.65 billion bushels. That is not a surprise. Corn used for ethanol was increased 25 million bushels to 5.225 billion bushels. An increase in ethanol had little traction ahead of the report. However, it is not unrealistic due to weekly grinds the past month continually above the weekly amount needed to reach the yearly goal.Soybean crush was reduced 10 million bushels to 1.88 billion bushels. That should not be a surprise as domestic crush margins have been below 50 cents in recent weeks. It compares to crush margins last year reaching over $2 a bushel a year ago. Soybean ending stocks were up 10 million bushels. While some had expected soybean exports to be reduced, reducing one component, the crush, is not a surprise.Corn production in Brazil was up 2.5 million tons from last month’s 81.5 million tons. Argentina corn production was increased 1.4 million tons to 27 million tons. Corn production in South America was expected to remain unchanged. These numbers are somewhat bearish for corn. Don’t be surprised to see US corn exports see additional changes lower in coming months.Many might suggest that the February USDA report is easily a yawner, paying little attention to its pending release and even less attention once it is published.  But after all, it is the USDA. A surprise can appear at any time. During the month of February the US budget office provides acres estimates for 2016. In addition, USDA will have its yearly outlook conference later this month. Then next month on March 31 USDA will publish its annual planting intentions report for the upcoming growing season. This combination of acres estimates will provide lots of fodder for market discussions the next six weeks. Today’s report did not contain any production changes for the US. The trade had expected soybean production could be reduced in Brazil while increasing in Argentina. The soybean harvest is underway in Brazil. Argentina is not far behind.  Corn production in South America was expected to be nearly identical to that last month.Grains have been sideways to boring for the past month. Rallies have been short-lived, small in size, not meeting expectations for those still holding unsold bushels. Yesterday corn exited its tight trading range, trapped within just nine cents for 13 trading days. Talk about something ready to happen, just as a coiled snake waiting for its unsuspecting prey. In that time corn basis has been steady and in some cases even lower. Corn exports on Monday were just 17.3 million bushels, below the low of trade expectations. Meanwhile, soybean exports hit 43.1 million bushels, above the high of expectations. Soybean exports continued their trend of exceeding corn exports. US grain exports continue to disappoint as yearly totals slide further and further behind those of a year ago. The Monday reports continued the trend from last fall detailing that US grain exports are declining compared to a year ago. As US exports shrink, it has traders and producers expecting smaller exports and increasing ending stocks for either February or March.  Non-commercial traders are now long corn as they exited the short positions they held for many months. The flip from short to long was a process over many weeks. Last week it was noted that while the non-commercials traders were still short, the much smaller amount of shorts they held was a surprise. Some had suggested it could provide additional corn price volatility in coming weeks due to the reduced need for any potential short covering to take place. China’s markets are closed all week due for the Lunar New Year. US stocks have taken a beating so far in 2016 due in part to concerns that the economic slowdown in China could reach the US. Keep in mind that in times of uncertainty and especially if it extends for several days, the general mentality can be, “risk off, get me out.”  Or even simpler prices go lower. The term “risk off,” is not new. Don’t be surprised to hear it more and more this year.The market will now go back to focusing on South America weather and upcoming US acres projections for 2016. Farmer selling for old corn will likely not be large in coming weeks unless we see the March CBOT corn reach back above the $3.70-3.75 level. At mid-day today it is $3.62.last_img read more

Trading Up

first_imgThe technological tools often make it easy to trade down to more impersonal, more transactional mediums. But you don’t have to trade down; you can just as easily trade up to more personal, more value-creating mediums. And by doing so, you can differentiate yourself and create deeper relationships.Email to Phone: Trade the next email you are going to send for a phone call. Instead of writing a note that is going to get lost in a sea of distractions, pick up the phone and make it personal. As small as this might seem, it is a major upgrade in communication. You can engage in a dialogue, and you can listen to your client.Phone to Face-to-Face: Trade the next phone call you are going to make for a face-to-face visit with your dream client. Instead of discussing whatever it is you need to discuss over the phone, have that discussion in person. Make your presence felt. Showing up demonstrates a greater commitment on your part. It says that you believe your client is worth the investment of time.Face-to-Face to Lunch: Trade the next face-to-face visit you are going to have for a working lunch or dinner. Go offsite, get away from the distractions, and spend time getting to know the person you are working with. Make it even more personal. The less formal the meeting, the more you can allow your client to open up and share more about themselves and their needs. This deepens your understanding, it deepens your relationship.Lunch to Working Group Meeting: Trade the next lunch you are going to have for a working lunch session for your team and your client’s team. You bring the food, and with it bring three or four big issues you can whiteboard together with your teams. Create greater value by working on big issues and problems. The time you spend working on issues together strengthens the bonds between your teams, and it helps demonstrate your commitment to making improvements.When the outcome you need is important (and if you are communicating with your client or dream client, it is), trade up to the most effective communication medium available. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Sean Payton: Obvious missed call cost Saints a Super Bowl berth

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton reacts to a call during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NEW ORLEANS — Sean Payton was glassy-eyed, calm and shrugged his shoulders at times, seemingly resigned to New Orleans’ bitter fate — as unfair as he thought it was.And the Saints coach said NFL executives he spoke with by phone after a 26-23 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams agreed with him that officials on the field missed two obvious penalties on one late, game-turning play that might have prevented the Saints from advancing to the Super Bowl.ADVERTISEMENT “Certainly I’m not going to complain about the way it was officiated, but I thought it was a competitive play,” McVay said. “I thought they let the guys compete within the framework of the rules and that’s part of what NFL football is about.”Had a flag been thrown, the Saints would have run the clock down to the final seconds before setting up a short field goal try clinch the franchise’s second NFC title, Payton said. Instead, the Saints had to try the kick with more than 1:40 left — enough time for the Rams to drive for a tying field goal. The game then went to overtime, when an interception by Rams safety John Johnson III set up Greg Zuerline’s 57-yard game-winning field goal.“We’ll probably never get over it,” Payton added.Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who at age 40 is running out of chances to get to a Super Bowl, said it was “tough to swallow” the non-call.“Plenty of times throughout the season, there’s calls that go against you, go for you,” Brees said. “But obviously in a situation like that where it seemed like everybody in the world saw it, it’s tough.”Both Payton and Brees suggested that the way the call tarnished the result of a conference title game could stimulate discussion about widening replays to look at reviewing certain penalties committed at certain points of the game, as has happened in the NBA.“There’s just too much at stake,” Payton said. “And listen, it’s a hard job for those guys. It’s happening fast. But I don’t know if there was ever a more obvious pass interference.“We all want to get it right, right? We’ve got plenty of technology to speed things up,” Payton added. “Look, I’m on the competition committee. So, hopefully that provides a voice. I hope no other team has to lose a game the way we lost that one today, though. We were in position. … We’d be on our knee for three plays and — it’s disappointing.”Brees said he expects the NFL’s replay rules to “constantly evolve as they try to make this game batter and try to make sure that it is as fair as possible.”“There’s a lot happening out there and it happens very, very fast,” Brees said. “Obviously, if they were replaying pass interference or if somebody got hit early before the ball got there, then I’m sure that would have been reviewed today — and it would been found that that was P.I. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Dwayne Wade Day: Marquette gets in on the ‘Last Dance’ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I bounced up looking for a flag and didn’t see one, so I was kind of shocked about that,” Lewis said. “I saw what everybody else saw.“You all feel like it was obvious? There it is. Everybody knows it was obvious,” Lewis added. “I don’t know what else to say about it.”Even Robey-Coleman seemed surprised.“Came to the sideline, looked at the football gods and was like, ‘Thank you,’” Robey-Coleman said. “I got away with one tonight.”Rams coach Sean McVay, now headed to his first Super Bowl at age 32, was less inclined to scrutinize the call publicly.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “It’s easy to sit here and criticize. I’m sure that because of this, as a result of this, I’m sure there will be a lot of talk about potentially reviewing penalties,” Brees added. “Just like all the reviews that go up in the booth inside of two minutes. Maybe that’s something that will happen in regards to certain penalties as well that are game-changing penalties, which obviously that was today.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Officials could have called pass interference and helmet-to-helmet contact on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman as he flattened Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis on an incomplete pass inside the Rams 10-yard line with 1:45 left in a tie game. The play occurred in close range of two officials along the sideline who never pulled out their flags.NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron “couldn’t believe” no penalty call was called on the play, Payton said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s tough to get over it,” Payton said. “My problem with it is, I just don’t know, if we were playing pickup football in the backyard … it was as obvious a call — and how two guys can look at that and arrive at their decision? It happened though.”As anger-infused, full-throated boos rained down relentlessly from the Superdome stands, replays on the stadium’s expansive video screens clearly showed Robey-Coleman’s high hit occurring before Drew Brees’ pass toward the right sideline arrived at the spot where Lewis might have tried to make a play on the ball if he weren’t being knocked to the turn. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View commentslast_img read more

Major Malware alert Hackers can infect CT MRI scanners with virus to

first_imgIn 2017, a notorious malware WannaCry attack wrecked havoc across the world including the UK’s National Health System’s (NHS) database sending all doctor appointments going haywire, test reports denied access across the country and you, I and lots others thought it was a big ransomware attack, guess again, there will much larger sinister design, if we don’t fix the security loophole in advanced medical equipment.Israel’s top Cybersecurity experts have discovered that CT (Computed Tomography) scanner for X-Ray and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners are vulnerable to computer malware/viruses and this can allow hackers to take over the machines to add fake cancer nodes or even erase a real tumour in the resultant scan copy.In the blind test conducted by Yisroel Mirsky, Yuval Elovici and two others of the Cyber Security Labs at the Ben-Gurion University in Israel were able to create and also erase cancerous nodes in CT scan of a lung cancer patient. The most dangerous aspect was most of the experienced radiologists believed the scan copy was genuine and leading them to misdiagnose the patient’s condition. CT scan and chest X-rays will assist doctors in diagnosing cancer and lief threatening diseasesCreative Commons.Security experts then went ahead by revealing the concerned medical experts that CT scanned copy was fabricated and gave them another copy of fake CT scan and again around 60-percent of them misdiagnosed the case study.What’s most dangerous part is that fake cancer nodes can be created or erased not just on lungs, but also on the brain, bones (arthritis), spinal injuries, bone fractures, ligament injuries, heart disease, blood clots and other serious medical conditions. An fMRI brain scan during working memory tasks for representation onlyJohn Graner/Wikimedia CommonsYisroel Mirsky, Yuval Elovici and the team have shown concern that hackers with medical knowledge may misuse it to harm, if not kill important global personalities, as doctors will most likely fail to recognise the underlying condition.How the hacker can change 3D body scans in real-time?Researchers of the Cyber Security Labs were to build a man-in-the-middle (m-i-t-m) device, a physical hacking tool consisting of simple Raspberry Pi 3 series computer with network bridge setup, a Wi-Fi access point and a cancer injection/removal application software installed in it.Place the m-i-t-m device near the unguarded scanner and the former will be able to intercept the data and manipulate the results in real-time.Check out the official test video below:It can be noted if the cybercriminals add cancer nodes in CT scan of a person, the doctor will assume there is a presence of tumour and need to be removed. This will lead to surgery being performed on a victim, who despite being healthy will suffer bodily harm and also if he/she happens to be a politician running for presidential or prime ministerial election will come off as a weak leader and swing the election to the opponent. Even if the opposite happens like the candidate is misdiagnosed has healthy, but the hackers had removed tumours from the CT scan, the person might die. The country, he/she leads, end up with political turmoil, affecting its economy and defence.This is a serious issue, which top medical equipment-makers have to be concerned with and step up their efforts to fix all existing loopholes and scale up the security for protection against future threats. Close What is WannaCry?center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:55Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:53?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Arun Jaitley hints at lower taxes following demonetisation but heres why it

first_imgUnion Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday managed to give salaried individuals a glimmer of hope amid all the gloom projected round the demonetisation move, dropping hints of an easier tax regime if tax collection continues to rise and black money is significantly reduced. He also slammed former Finance Minister P Chidambaram over his remarks that demonetisation was the “biggest scam of the year.”Replying to ChidambaramThe primary purpose of Jaitley’s address on Tuesday seemed to be to slam Chidambaram for his barbs at demonetisation. “The Congress party was in power for 10 years continuously from 2004 to 14. There were two striking features of that regime. The first that it did not take even a single step either against corruption or against black money. The second as far as corruption scandals were concerned, it peaked during that period,” the Finance Minister said.”So, from 2G scandal to coal block [allocation], CWG, VVIP helicopter AgustaWestland deal, each of the scandals, which is even today discussed in public space, belongs to that period. Given this scandalous record, it is not surprising that the Congress is extremely uncomfortable with anti-corruption campaign that the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched,” he added.Easier tax regime, and why it may not come to passSpeaking on demonetisation and its effects, Jaitley said: “Future transaction would be substantially digital and once they are substantially digital, they would come in the tax net. Therefore, the future taxation level would be much higher than what is currently being collected. This would also enable the government at some stage to make taxes more reasonable which will apply to both direct and indirect taxes.”However, even if tax collections rise, the Central government may not be too keen to pass on the benefits to the salaried class or entrepreneurs in the form of lower taxes, primarily because it might want to use all that extra money to provide sops and freebies that would buy it political mileage and lead to electoral gains.And even if taxes were lowered, the tax cut would not be too significant, but a token one which the ruling party or coalition might want to use as a backup election issue, parading it as a people-friendly or populist move.last_img read more

Visa lifeline for IT US H1B premium visa processing is back on

first_imgUS Citizenship and Immigration ServicesReutersAfter almost six months, there comes some relief for Indian techies who want to fly to the US on work visas. The US has resumed fast processing of H-1B work visas in all categories subject to Congress-mandated limit, Mint reported.Earlier, the US administration temporarily suspended visa issuance to handle the huge rush of applications for the work visas which are popular among Indian IT professionals.Back in June, US Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta called for increasing minimum salaries of foreign workers on H-1B visas from the existing $60,000 to at least $80,000.”Congress has not updated that $60,000 threshold over time. If Congress were to update that simply for inflation, it would bring it up to well over $80,000, and many, if not most of the situations like you have identified would be eliminated because they would be below that $60,000 threshold,” Acosta told members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labour, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies.The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing on Monday for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap of 65,000, Mint reported, quoting a media release.Premium processing has also been resumed for the annual 20,000 additional petitions which are set aside to hire workers with US higher educational degrees, the USCIS release said.After Donald Trump came to power as president of the United States, his narratives like ‘Buy American, Hire American’ have led to a decline in the number of Indians entering the US. The number of Indians in the US who are currently searching for jobs in India has surged 10 times between December 2016 and March 2017, according to research firm Deloitte.The technology companies depend on H-1B visas to hire tens of thousands of employees each year. Employees work at their desks inside IT company Tech Mahindra office building in Noida in the outskirts of New Delhi March 18, 2013.Reuters fileIndian IT companies like HCL, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Cognizant, Wipro and Infosys send thousands of workers to the US every year, mostly due to low labour costs. This crackdown has led to an uncertain future for engineers working in the US and potential aspirants hoping to make it to that country.While visiting India, last month, Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers said taking people from India to the US on work visas to take advantage of lower labour arbitrage may be a mistake.”You can’t go in and take a whole bunch of H-1B visas and displace American workers for a lower cost. That is just a mistake. The jobs which are being created have to be created in both countries. It is not a win-lose (situation); both the countries can have dramatic job creation by working together,” Chambers said.”Premium processing remains temporarily suspended for all other H-1B petitions, such as extensions of stay,” the USCIS said, adding that it plans to resume premium processing for all other remaining H-1B petitions not subject to the fiscal 2018 cap, as agency workloads permit.H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.last_img read more

Gazipur road crash kills truck driver helper

first_imgRoad Accident LogoA truck driver and his helper were killed as the vehicle collided head-on with a covered van on Dhaka-Tangail Highway at Naotana area in Kaliganj upazila of Gazipur on Saturday night.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.Naojar highway police outpost officer-in-charge Ohiduzzaman said the accident took place when a Tangail-bound covered van knocked the truck around 10pm, leaving its driver dead on the spot.The helper also sustained severe injuries during the collision.The injured helper was rushed to Shahid Taz Uddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.last_img read more