The end of the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo era? Football rings the changes in 2018

first_imgHowever, the main international events in 2019 are elsewhere.The first 24-team Asian Cup takes place in the UAE in January and February, before Brazil hosts the Copa America and the United States defend the CONCACAF Gold Cup.France are hoping to win another World Cup, as they host the 24-team women’s tournament in June and July, with the USA the defending champions.And a decision is expected soon on whether Egypt or South Africa host the 24-nation Africa Cup of Nations in June and July after the Confederation of African Football stripped Cameroon of the tournament due to delays in their preparations. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew From Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal in the group stage, featuring a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, to Belgium’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Brazil and Croatia’s epic semi-final defeat of England in extra time, it was studded with memorable matches.But it was much more than that. “Maybe this is one of the weirdest World Cups,” said Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic.His team’s remarkable run to the final and the premature exits of Germany, Spain and Argentina showed that international football can still be unpredictable.It will also probably be remembered as the tournament that marked the end of Messi and Ronaldo’s dreams of lifting the World Cup.They were eliminated on the same day in the last 16, and 2018 could be remembered as the year when the Messi-Ronaldo era ended.ADVERTISEMENT Paris, France | AFP | Monday 12/24/2018 – 19:42 UTC+8 | 668 wordsby Andy SCOTTADVERTISEMENT Both enjoyed prolific years, with the Argentine driving Barcelona to a Spanish league and cup double and Ronaldo winning another Champions League with Real Madrid before moving to Juventus in the transfer of the year.Modric takes Ballon d’OrHowever, their numbers are down on the phenomenal figures of past years, and instead it was the impish playmaker Modric who won the Ballon d’Or, and FIFA’s best player award, on the strength of his role in Madrid’s Champions League triumph and Croatia’s World Cup run. He was also the best player in Russia.Ronaldo and Messi had shared the Ballon d’Or between them for the last decade, winning five each. Ronaldo was second this time, while Messi was fifth, behind Antoine Griezmann and Mbappe.“Nobody has the right to compare themselves to them. They are among the best in the history of the sport,” Modric told France Football. “To follow on from them is incredible, and I am proud of it.”Crowned the best young player, Mbappe will hope the future belongs to him.At club level, his PSG side are among the teams desperate to end Real’s run of three straight Champions League titles.The Spaniards beat Liverpool in this year’s final in Kiev with Gareth Bale scoring twice, and will hope to retain the trophy next year with the final in Madrid.Meanwhile, there is lots to look forward to at international level in 2019.Nations League finalsThe new UEFA Nations League has been an instant hit. It will conclude with the four-team finals in Portugal in June, with the hosts facing Switzerland and England playing the Netherlands in the last four.“We want to go beyond where we went last summer, and we’re in the mix for what is a really important staging post in our development,” said England manager Gareth Southgate of that competition. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 file photo, Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi put up impressive numbers, in life and on the field, going into a fourth World Cup for each. So much has happened for football’s standout stars since the 2014 tournament left both still lacking the game’s most coveted prize. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)center_img One of the enduring images from 2018 will remain Kylian Mbappe consoling Lionel Messi in the Russian city of Kazan, just after the final whistle in France’s 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup.This was to a large extent Mbappe’s year, as the teenage superstar exploded on the world stage by scoring twice in that game, the first World Cup brace by a teenager since Pele in 1958.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissStill just 19 at the time, Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe also became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele as France won the trophy for the second time by beating Luka Modric’s Croatia 4-2 in the final on a dark and damp Sunday in Moscow.The World Cup itself was a joy to watch, a richly entertaining tournament full of memorable games and concluding with the highest-scoring final since 1966. View comments Kylian Mbappe stars, ball-tampering scandal, Serena Williams outburst: 2018 sporting highlights Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Can Networks Design Themselves?

first_imgA molecular biologist and a physicist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel (see also 09/26/2003) wrote a paper in PNAS1 with an intriguing title: “Spontaneous evolution of modularity and network motifs.”  Can a network arise spontaneously?    Biologists increasingly speak of the interaction of genes, proteins and metabolic processes in terms of networks (e.g., 12/20/2004, 03/22/2004, 01/28/2004, 01/27/2003, 01/10/2003).  The networks with which most of us are familiar, like the power grid or internet, came about with intensive programming and intentional engineering.  After the network architecture and the rules of interaction were defined, however, many unforeseen and spectacular patterns emerged.  It could be argued that each emergent property of the internet had its roots in intelligent causes, however, since only sentient beings – humans – use the internet, and they do so with purpose and intent.  In biological system there are also characteristic network-like patterns.  Could these have arisen without purpose and intent?  For Kashtan and Alon to prove this, they need to establish that networking behavior can be an emergent property of the molecules of the cell, without any programming.    In the history of computer software design, one important revolution was the invention of modular programming.  Early programmers got tangled in their own “spaghetti code,” writing routines that jumped to other routines in such complex ways that the entire system became one single point of failure.  Programmers realized that certain functions could be modularized, or segregated into independent routines that, though part of the big system, focused only on their own task.  A module for addition, for instance, might take two undefined inputs, and have the function: “add these two inputs together.”  The next module up the chain can call this module and give it any two numbers, and be assured the sum will be faithfully returned.  Computer systems and networks built with a modular design were found to be much easier to maintain, and became much more robust against perturbations.  A module could be upgraded or replaced without requiring a rewrite of the entire system.  Biological networks also appear to work in modular fashion.  Kashtan and Alon believe that they have found purely natural reasons for why this is so:Biological networks have an inherent simplicity: they are modular with a design that can be separated into units that perform almost independently.  Furthermore, they show reuse of recurring patterns termed network motifs.  Little is known about the evolutionary origin of these properties.  Current models of biological evolution typically produce networks that are highly nonmodular and lack understandable motifs.  Here, we suggest a possible explanation for the origin of modularity and network motifs in biology.  We use standard evolutionary algorithms to evolve networks.  A key feature in this study is evolution under an environment (evolutionary goal) that changes in a modular fashion.  That is, we repeatedly switch between several goals, each made of a different combination of subgoals. We find that such “modularly varying goals” lead to the spontaneous evolution of modular network structure and network motifs.  The resulting networks rapidly evolve to satisfy each of the different goals. Such switching between related goals may represent biological evolution in a changing environment that requires different combinations of a set of basic biological functions.  The present study may shed light on the evolutionary forces that promote structural simplicity in biological networks and offers ways to improve the evolutionary design of engineered systems.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)In short, if the environment is modular, the network will become modular.  This has been the problem, they reason, with computer models of evolution.  Modelers used to give the computer a fixed goal and let the evolutionary algorithm figure out the way to reach it, by rewarding each routine’s “fitness” as it got warmer.  These two researchers, instead, tried routinely switching the goal during the run.  The networks that won out in the end were the modular ones:The networks evolved under modularly varying goals were able to adapt to nearly perfect solutions for each new goal, within about three generations after the goal was switched.  This evolvability was caused by the fact that the evolved networks for the different goals differed only slightly.  For example, in many cases they differed in the threshold value of a single neuron, allowing switching between the networks with a single mutation….Networks that evolve under modularly varying goals seem to discover the basic subproblems common to the different goals and to evolve a distinct structural module to implement each of these subproblems.  Evolution under modularly varying goals produces networks that can rapidly adapt to each of the different goals by only a few rewiring changes.So the winners evolved not only to be modular, but to be evolvable.  This, they think, is the secret of how biological networks became so robust in spite of changing circumstances.  Once a module for chemotaxis arose, for instance, a bacterium could reuse it with just a few “rewiring changes” if the chemical attractant changed.  But who is doing the discovering?  The subject of their sentence was, “Networks that evolve… discover…”  The language of intent continues in another sentence in the ending discussion.  Watch the subject:In such cases [evolution with fixed goals], when the goal changes, the networks take a relatively long time to adapt to the new goal, as if it starts evolution from scratch.  Under modularly varying goals, in contrast, adaptation to the new goal is greatly speeded up by the presence of the existing modules that were useful for the previous goal.That last sentence used a passive voice verb: “adaptation… is greatly speeded up.”  This hides the implication that the modules are seeking to adapt with goal-directed behavior.  The authors are clearly not intentionally attributing intrinsic purpose to the modules.  Their discussion of “fitness landscapes” in the subsequent paragraph treats the modules as pinballs on a bumpy landscape.  Shifting goals keeps the landscape undulating so that the pinballs don’t get trapped on “local fitness maxima.”  So is goal-effective modularity a true emergent property, as pointless and aimless as water running down a slope and seeking the least obstructed path?  They actually experimented more to clarify this possibility.  Notice the words information processing and useful:One possible explanation for the origin of the motifs in the evolved networks is that modular networks are locally denser than nonmodular networks of the same size and connectivity.  This local density tends to increase the number of subgraphs (42).  To test this possibility, we evolved networks to reach the same modularity measure Q as the networks evolved under modularly varying goals, but with no information-processing goal (see Supporting Text).  We find that these modular networks have no significant network motifs (Fig. 9).  They show relatively abundant feedback loops that are antimotifs in the networks evolved under modularly varying goals.  It therefore seems that the specific network motifs found in the evolved networks are not merely caused by local density, but may be useful building blocks for information processing.In other words, unless information processing was programmed in as a goal, mere environment-shifting produced anti-motifs – a backward step.  That is why their only success came with emphasis on achieving useful building blocks for “information processing.”  But what is “useful” to a network?  Why would a non-sentient network seek to process information?  If not the network, is there an outside agent that cares about such things?  Like the tree in the woods falling without a sound, can there be “information” without a mind to conceive of it?    At this point, they compared their computer models to actual biological networks.  Here, they could not escape portraying the genes and cells as if they were tiny sentient beings:How is evolution under modularly varying goals related to actual biological evolution?  One may suggest that organisms evolve in environments that require a certain set of basic biological functions….    [They discuss chemotaxis evolving as the chemical attractant changes.]  When environments changed, these modules adapted over evolution to sense and chemotax toward other nutrients.  Had evolution been in a fixed environment, perhaps a more optimal solution would have mixed the genes for these different tasks (e.g., a motor that can also sense and transport the nutrient into the cell), resulting in a nonmodular design….    An additional biological example occurs in development.  Different cells in the developing embryo take on different fates.  Each cell type needs to solve a similar set of problems: expressing a set of genes in response to a given time-dependent profile of a set of extracellular signals.  However, in each cell type, the identity of the input signals and the output genes is different.  Thus, in development, cells need to perform essentially the same computations on varying inputs and output: a modularly varying goal.  The solution found by evolution is a modular design where signal transduction pathways (such as mitogen-activated protein kinase cascades), which are common to many cell types, hook up to specific receptors and transcription factors that are cell type specific.  This design allows simple rewiring of the same pathways to work with diverse inputs and outputs in different cell types.  Over evolutionary time scales, this design allows the addition of new cell types without the need to evolve dedicated new pathways for each input and output….They threw in a bonus that their study might help engineers “evolve” improved networks.  But understanding biology was clearly the intent of the paper.  How to get biological design without a designer – that quest was evident in their last two sentences.  “In summary,” they said, “this study presents a possible mechanism for spontaneous evolution of modularity and network motifs.  It will be important to extend this study to understand how evolution could generate additional design features of biological systems.”1Nadav Kashtan and Uri Alon, “Spontaneous evolution of modularity and network motifs,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print September 20, 2005, 10.1073/pnas.0503610102.Foul, time out, game over.  They just violated the No Free Lunch Principle.  You just caught them in the act.  This is the persistent sin of evolutionists, engraved with an iron stylus on their stony hearts.  They only get away with this evil because no preacher is allowed past the walls of the Darwin Party fortress to call them to repentance.  Naturalists cannot attribute will, purpose, intent and information processing to mindless entities.  This violates their core assumptions as philosophical naturalists (materialists), whose goal was to rid natural explanations of teleology (purpose, final causes).    William Dembski in his writings, especially the book No Free Lunch, drives home the point that “no evolutionary algorithm is superior to blind search” – that is, unless information has been smuggled in behind the scenes.  Consider his famous treasure island analogy.  If you are on an island where treasure is buried, and have no clues, blind search is your only option – a very inefficient method, becoming more hopeless as the size of the island increases.  A friend tells you there is a treasure map.  Encouraged by this new hope, you go to the hostel where the map is locked in a cabinet.  You find, to your despair, that there are a million treasure maps, all different, all claiming to be the right one.  In a real sense, you now have moved your blind search to another space: the space of maps, where the the correct map is the new treasure.  This analogy can be extended indefinitely: your friend says a guru knows which map is the correct one.  You go to the mountain top, only to find again, to your despair, that a million gurus await you promising you the path to enlightenment.  The only way out of this infinite regress is to get true, useful information from someone with knowledge of the treasure’s location.  Anything else is blind search.    Now, to a Darwinist, who is going to provide that information?  Surely not the environment.  Surely not random strings of DNA.  Surely not randomly floating bits of protein.  None of them can possibly have any goal or purpose in mind, or any embedded knowledge of the best way to build modular networks that grow, reproduce, and function robustly in changing environments, complete with error-checking, coded instructions.  We must emphasize this point: any attempt by a Darwinist to impose wish fulfillment, goal-directed behavior, or teleology on these molecules is strictly forbidden.  One must visualize these molecules as completely and utterly indifferent to success or failure.  They care nothing if a function is achieved, and nobody is there to cheer them on.  Kashtan and Alon conveniently left the origin of any primitive network as an unsolved problem.  Fine; they still must maintain the impersonality of that initial network.  By analogy, picture a bunch of unthinking robots that had an initial purpose imposed on them by some unexplained inventor – say, to sort and stack rocks.  Get real, now, and ask yourself: realistically, is changing the environment going to improve their modularity and evolvability?  If you come back after the magic factor of “evolutionary time scales,” will you expect to see the robots building airplanes, printing books and conducting orchestras?  Of course not.  Remember, the robots are not sentient beings.  They couldn’t care less whether some new “function” emerges, or whether they rust in a colossal heap of rubbish (a more thermodynamically favored outcome).    Where evolutionists cheat incorrigibly is by personifying molecules into purposeful entities, or by invoking mindless processes as creative agents.  Notice again how subtly they do this: “One may suggest that organisms evolve in environments that require a certain set of basic biological functions….”  This “suggestion” makes no sense unless one personifies the environment as a manager setting design requirements, and the evolving entity “needing” or “wishing” to fulfill them.  Whether invoking Tinker Bell with her mutation wand, or shuffling environments to get the desired outcome, evolutionists are playing the guru telling the treasure hunter which map is the correct one.  This is forbidden.  The only evolutionary algorithm that is permissible on Darwin Island is blind search.  The island is the size of the universe, and according to our online book, the chance of getting even one useful protein, let alone a modular, functional network that can adapt to changing environments, is less than Dembski’s “universal probability bound” of 1 chance in 10150.  It would be easier for a blindfolded man to pick a single marked penny out of a whole universe packed with pennies than to expect chance to succeed at this task.  But chance is all they have according to the No Free Lunch Principle.  And no, they cannot cheat by saying “Well, we are here, therefore it must have happened somehow.”  Unless they are willing to consider intelligent design, this is a post hoc fallacy.    In conclusion, Darwinian materialism must retreat into pantheism, or else give up in despair.  You just read two Darwinists whispering about biological entities as if they were sentient beings.  Their pantheism is implicit, despite their intent to explain biological networks in materialistic terms.  As such, they are teaching pantheistic nature religion, not science – and of all places, right there in central Israel!  This is right where Baal worship, another nature religion, was condemned by the Hebrew prophets 2800 years ago.  Where is Elijah when we need him?  Phillip Johnson?  Henry Morris?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Only YOU can prevent the spread of free DP

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCCorn continued to trade sideways, closing within a tight 5-cent range for the fourth week in a row.This week the USDA will release the long-awaited final 2018 yield results as well as the supply and demand report. I’m expecting a corn yield decrease and slight increase in demand. Hopefully, if this happens corn will start to inch higher.The Dec corn/Nov bean ratio moved slightly in favor of planting beans. If the U.S. and China don’t iron out a new trade detail encouraging more Chinese bean imports soon, bean prices may be in trouble down the road.Brazil’s bean crop conditions continue to slide backwards which is slightly supportive but without a growing problem in Argentina it won’t matter. This is because last year’s drought in Argentina produced much less than was forecasted. If Argentina produces a normal crop this year it will be 40% larger than last year and offset any loss of yield in Brazil. Tell your friends and neighbors to stop using free DPFebruary is when free storage from free DP (deferred pricing) opportunities start being advertised across much of the Corn Belt. Deferred pricing is when a farmer can sign over their grain to an end user and wait to price the grain until a later date. On the surface, DP seems like a win-win for farmers and end users. DP is a great way for an end user to get a supply of grain during the winter. While, farmers can move their grain now when they aren’t busy and price later during a potential rally.However, DP actually ends up hurting all farmers (those using it and those that do not). Why? When end users extend this program, it’s usually because they are having difficulty procuring enough grain to meet their needs. Typically, DP offerings spur a rush of quick ship grain. Offering DP helps the end user get through a month or two of difficult origination. But this ultimately hurts the bids end users should be willing to pay for grain right now. Why would end users push their market bids up when they are getting plenty of grain delivered? In other words, DP keeps prices artificially lower than they should be.This suppression in basis value could be 10 cents or more. This means farmers raising 175 bushels per acre could being losing $17.50 per acre of profit for this “free offer” whether they participate or not. I’ve read how farmers want to limit dicamba use during certain times of the year because their neighbors could affect their yields. So I’m amazed farmers aren’t getting more upset when their neighbors use free DP, because it hurts their wallet directly.Some farmers argue that with DP they don’t have to worry about the condition of grain in their bin or when they are going to move it. Plus, they get the flexibility of being able to selling at potentially better prices down the road. Again, this seems good on the surface; however, now the farmer is committed to the end user they delivered to and the prices that end user offers. Nearby bids for grain then tend to run at lower values versus the forward bids. This “discounted” price is another cost for that “free” DP.Another problem with “free” DP is when the average farmer places a sale order on their DP grain, it is usually for a cash price sale. End users now know where nearby farmers are willing to sell, because they can see all of the farmers’ orders they have stored for them in DP. If many farmers pick the same price point to sell their grain, the end users can then fade their basis number back leading up to a potential large pricing point. While that basis fade may only be 2to 5 cents, that “free” DP just cost a farmer another $1,000 to $2,500 (on 50,000 bushels) or $3 to $10 per acre.It only takes about 20% of farmers in an area to commit 50% of their production to “free DP” for end users to procure about a month’s worth of needed production. This can bridge end users until the next round of farmer selling right before planting season and suppress prices for all farmers locally who need higher prices to be profitable.In grain marketing nothing is ever “free.” There are always hidden costs, and for “free DP” the hidden costs hurt ALL farmers, not just the ones that participate.So encourage your neighbors to not use free DP. Tell them the common nicknames for farmers using DP….like Dumb Producers or Delaying Problems. Tell them that end users see it as a way to Double Profits. Explain how DP users help to suppress prices for all farmers. Or tell them how they are now locked into using an end user who knows what many local farmers are willing to pay for their grain, and how that will keep prices lower than actual market value. Tell them the minor conveniences they are getting come at a huge cost to not only them but YOU too.Remember, only YOU can prevent the spread of free DP. Please email jon@superiorfeed.com with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.last_img read more

How Latin America is Drawing in Global Tech Giants

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture CEO of BairesDev, a technology services company that specializes in software development, software outsourcing, and testing solutions. Latin America’s tech-savvy workforce has attracted international companies to maintain support offices in the region for years. However, the recent government commitment to develop innovation hubs, coupled with a growing middle class that lead in the adoption of mobile devices, has made Latin America prime territory for global tech companies to target local consumers. More and more foreign tech companies are entering the region with confidence, tapping into the numerous industries that remain largely underserved by technology. From Amazon to Alibaba, here’s a look at how Latin America is drawing in some of the world’s biggest tech companies.Growing demand for cloud servicesAmazon has been expanding its operations globally for years – most notably its cloud computing operations and services. In Latin America, Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently set up a new data center in Argentina, adding to its list of existing offices in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. The addition of an AWS center in Argentina signifies just how important Amazon’s cloud computing services have become for tech companies in the region, and that the demand for these services is growing. Having a data center nearby helps companies reduce costs and improve data speeds, eliminating the need to rely on services outside of their country or region. Not to mention, Argentina is home to one of Latin America’s largest and most successful tech companies, MercadoLibre, which uses AWS. With operations in 16 countries and over 3,200 employees, 800 of which work in the IT division, MercadoLibre uses several AWS products to develop its real-time solutions quickly and easily.With a recent spike in investor interest in Latin America from global venture capital firms, such as Sequoia Capital and Softbank, there is an increasing demand from growing tech companies for more support services like AWS. According to a Gartner report, the global market for public cloud services is expected to increase by 21.4% in 2018 and generate revenues of $186.4 billion. Amazon’s expansion in Latin America is likely a strategic move to capitalize on this market opportunity as well as to stay ahead of its competitors Google and Alibaba in the worldwide cloud services space.A new generation of tech workers in BrazilBrazil is one of the top three countries in daily active users for Google, and Portuguese is the second most popular language for Assistant usage on smartphones. What’s more, São Paulo is home to more than 2,700 active tech companies and has been cited as the most mature startup ecosystem in South America. Therefore, it makes sense that the city is one of the latest additions to Google’s network of Launchpad Accelerators and Campus spaces. In addition to mentoring and training local entrepreneurs, Google recently launched a community program called Grow with Google which offers free training sessions, tools, and events to help anyone grow their skills, career, or business. With a presence in four cities in Brazil, the program has already trained more than 17,000 people. The tech giant continues to launch new initiatives in Brazil all of the time. For instance, Womenwill is another Google program that has helped train more than 2,500 women in leadership, negotiation tactics, personal finance, and digital marketing. Google also announced a grant of $1 million to support the local nonprofit Instituto Rede Mulher Empreendedora with training up to 135,000 women in Brazil over the next two years.E-commerce is still developing, and full of potentialAlmost half of Latin Americans that go online to buy something visit MercadoLibre.com. The “eBay of Latin America” is the largest e-commerce marketplace in the region, with more than 174.2 million users in 15 countries. While it has operated for years with few outside threats, there are still significant opportunities for more niche e-commerce sites and other global e-commerce giants to make a profit in this space. Over the years, global heavyweights like Amazon and Alibaba have remained distant; however, this is now starting to change. Alibaba has made a number of moves that signify its interest in the Latin American e-commerce space. The company not only signed three memorandums of understanding with governments in Latin America but also established partnerships with local postal services. Alibaba also launched various programs to help make cross-border transactions and trade easier in countries such as Mexico and Argentina. Amazon is also strengthening its position in the region, launching a number of services in Brazil. Another e-commerce giant gaining a strong position in Mexico and throughout Central America is Walmart. Latin America’s e-commerce market is forecast to grow 18% annually over the next five years, yet it still only represents 2% of the world’s retail market, meaning there are still considerable gaps in the market to fill, and plenty of e-commerce companies up for the challenge. Tech adoption in Latin America is acceleratingFrom services for small business owners to greater retail options, many industries in Latin America remain underserved by technology, and Amazon, Google, and Alibaba certainly aren’t the only ones that have taken note. For instance, Latin America is currently a top growth market for Spotify and Netflix as well. Mexico and Brazil are top markets for Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp in terms of monthly users. In fact, almost 100% of connected Brazilians use WhatsApp. The global ride-hailing leader, Uber, has also noted that its top three cities by volume are all in Latin America.As more and more substantial tech companies enter the region, not only are they bringing with them innovative solutions and hiring local tech talent, but they are also inspiring the latest generation of entrepreneurs and forming beneficial partnerships in Latin America, bringing a new wave of energy and excitement about the region’s potential.    Nacho De Marco Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Amazon#Argentina#Brazil#Google#Latin America#MercadoLibre#Mexico#Technology in Latin America Follow the Pucklast_img read more

Honor killings of two minor girls in Bareilly

first_imgTwo minor girls were killed by their family members in Bareilly in separate incidents on Monday, following their love affairs. Both the incidents of honour killing had been reported from rural Bareilly in the last 24 hours. In the first incident, a 15-year-old school girl was killed in Bahedi village in rural Bareilly allegedly by her family members after sherefused to testifyagainst her boyfriend who was in jail. After killing the girl, the family members tried to burn her body but some of the neighbours alerted the police. The police reached the spot and recovered half burnt body of the victim. The man who belonged to another religion and the girl eloped two months ago after which her family members and fellow villagers, had attacked his house. Later they registered a case against the man under POSCO. Police arrested him and was under trial. . In another incident of honour killing in Mandwa village in Bareilly, a student of standard ninth was killed by her parents and her body burnt on Sunday after she reached home late. Her parents fled from the village on Monday.last_img read more

Sunny Deol names ‘representative’ for Gurdaspur

first_imgSunny Deol, BJP Parliamentarian from Punjab’s Gurdaspur, has stoked a controversy by appointing a “representative” to attend meetings and follow up important matters on his behalf. Opposition parties have termed the move an insult to voters. The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party criticised Mr. Deol’s decision on Tuesday, accusing him of making a “mockery of democracy.”Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar said in a democracy the voter is always right. “It’s their choice. One has to accept it. Even his voters knew they had it coming. Actually, they perhaps never expected anything more than a selfie with him,” said Mr. Jakhar. “What more can be expected of him? He himself admitted during canvassing that he didn’t know anything about politics. His voters probably never expected him to shift his base to Gurdaspur. You reap what you sow,” he told, The Hindu.AAP’s Harpal Singh Cheema, leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, said it was absurd for a “public representative” to appoint a “representative.”“It’s an insult to democracy. Mr. Deol’s decision goes to show his lack of seriousness towards the people of his constituency. He is trying to delegate his powers, but he needs to understand this is not the way things work in a democracy. Why did he contest election if he cannot serve his constituency?” wondered Mr. Cheema. “People have elected Sunny Deol and not someone he would like to appoint,” he said.Mr. Deol had recently issued a statement on his official letter-head, appointing his close aide Gurpreet Singh Palheri as his representative. “I hereby appoint Gurpreet Singh Palheri, son of Supinder Singh, resident of village Palheri, district Mohali, Punjab, as my representative to attend meetings and follow important matters pertaining to my Parliamentary constituency, Gurdaspur (Punjab), with concerned authorities,” read the letter dated June 26.‘A non-issue’The actor-turned-politician, meanwhile, said it was unfortunate that a controversy being created out of a non-issue. “I have appointed a personal assistant to represent my office in Gurdaspur. This appointment has been made to ensure smooth flow of work whenever I am out of Gurdaspur to attend Parliament or travelling on work. The intention is merely to ensure that no work is disrupted or delayed due to any reason whatsoever and to keep myself updated on a daily basis,” he tweeted from his official Twitter handle.He added that as an MP he was genuinely committed to the cause of Gurdaspur.last_img read more

Car falls 100 feet down hill along I8 in Alpine

first_imgCar falls 100 feet down hill along I-8 in Alpine Posted: February 6, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsALPINE (KUSI)- CHP and Heartland Fire responded to a call just after 4:30 pm of a car falling downhill. The solo vehicle fell an estimated 100 feet on the side of the I-8 freeway at East Willows.The driver got out of the car on their own and is being evaluated for injuries. KUSI Newsroom, February 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Udta Punjab performance at box office could lift Ekta Kapoors Balaji Telefilms

first_img“Udta Punjab” has been released after a prolonged controversy that lasted till a day before its screening in cinema halls on Friday. Both the Supreme Court and the High Court of Punjab and Haryana cleared the hurdles on Thursday for the screening of the Hindi film, co-produced by Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films and Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms.Will the Shahid Kapoor-Alia Bhatt starrer set the cash registers ringing at the box office and lift the share price of Balaji Telefilms, similar to what “Housefull 3” did to Eros International shares?On Friday, the Balaji Telefilms stock was trading with a gain of about 1 percent at Rs. 117.45 at around 12.35 p.m. on the BSE. The stock has been on a winning streak since Monday, gaining from Rs. 109 on Monday. Ekta Kapoor is one of the directors in Balaji Telefilms.The company’s standalone revenues rose 20 percent to Rs. 247.32 crore for the financial year 2015-16 while net profit jumped 256 percent to Rs. 43.67 crore, according to a regulatory filing with the BSE.The Eros stock gained almost 7 percent within four days of “Housefull 3” releasing at the box office, encouraged by its opening weekend box office collection of about Rs. 100 crore.Ekta Kapoor is confident of “Udta Punjab” having a decent run at the box office, as could be gauged from her retweet that tickets for the film are sold out.#UdtaPunjab Releasing Tomorrow SOLD OUT SOLD OUT Morning ton Ley Ke Night Tak De Shows Sold out pic.twitter.com/iOgYjfeQBX— Diljit Dosanjh (@diljitdosanjh) June 16, 2016Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh-starrer “Udta Punjab” got positive reviews in the Gulf where the film was released on Thursday.The film has got positive reviews by critics such as “an undeniably exhilarating watch”,  “deserving” and “interesting” but one critic described as “disappointing”.last_img read more

Karnataka rebel MLAs move SC for urgent hearing of plea against disqualification

first_imgSupreme Court of IndiaThe Supreme Court of IndiaA plea filed by the disqualified MLAs from the Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka was mentioned before a Supreme Court bench on Tuesday, August 13.  The MLAs had approached the top court challenging the former Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar’s decision to reject their resignation and disqualify them.The issue was mentioned before a single bench of Justice Arun Mishra by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who urged the apex court to list the hearing for August 19. Justice Mishra said that the plea will be examined by the registrar.The disqualified lawmakers from Congress – Pratap Gouda Patil, BC Patil, AS Hebbar, S T Somashekar, Roshan Baig, Anand Singh, MTB Nagaraj, Dr K Sudhakar, Shrimanth B Patil, R Shankar, BA Basavaraja, Muniratna, Ramesh Jharkhiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli – had filed their petitions on August 1 through Advocate Subhranshu Padhi.The JD(S) lawmakers AH Vishwanath, KC Narayanagowda and K Gopalaiah had also filed separate petitions over the decision to revoke their assembly membership.The disqualified MLAs argued that the former Speaker’s decision was “wholly illegal, arbitrary and malafide”. They said he had erratically rejected their resignations and the decision was made in haste and was unjustified. They also said that their resignations were genuine and voluntary. Karnataka’s rebel MLAs who are camped in MumbaiscreengrabKarnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar had declared 17 disgruntled legislators from the coalition not efficient to continue as MLAs for the 15th legislative assembly and had expelled them on July 28.The disqualification was made under the provisions of the Tenth Schedule of Constitution (anti-defection law) after the Congress-JD(S) coalition and would last till the end of the term of Assembly on 23 May 2023.The disgruntled MLAs claim that their termination from the Assembly was unconstitutional as it was against Article 361-B of the Indian Constitution.”The impugned order is not in consonance with the provisions of Rules 6 and 7 of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly (Disqualification of Members on Ground of Defection) Rules, 1986, inasmuch as, they were not given seven days’ notice before the matter was taken up for hearing,” Deccan Herald quoted the MLAs as saying.last_img read more