Beside The Points For Thursday Feb 22 2018

Oh, and don’t forgetIs this the secret to ice dancing? We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions All newsletters Things That Caught My EyeTeam USA did it!In a thrilling finish to what’s become one of the greatest rivalries in international sports, the Americans beat Canada 3-2 in a shootout after overtime to win the gold medal in women’s ice hockey. Four years ago, Canada beat the U.S. in Sochi 3-2, and in this game, the Americans had to overcome a fierce Canadian power play with less than 2 minutes to go in overtime to win. [SB Nation]Russia, not so muchRussia has never won a gold medal in Olympic ice hockey. Naturally, the Soviet Union was an international ice hockey juggernaut, but the Russian Federation hasn’t had their luck, winning only a silver and a bronze over the past six games. Moreover, while the Russians at this games are playing great, they aren’t actually playing for Russia, more just the Olympics in general. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?U.S.A. not so much eitherThis is poised to be a rather disappointing games for the United States, with the Americans (as of Tuesday) coming in 10.8 fewer medals than we’d expect at this point given the team’s historical performance in the winter games. Norway is sucking up all the gold in the room, with 9.3 medals above expectations. [FiveThirtyEight]Louisville actually didn’t win that time it turns outThe Louisville men’s basketball program’s 2013 national championship — and it’s 2012 appearance in the Final Four — will be wiped from the books, as the team was ordered by the NCAA to vacate the wins in light of penalties levied against the school. The allegations that lead to the penalties include a report that “a former Louisville staff member arranged for striptease dances and sex acts for players and recruits.” [ESPN]Try out our brand new super fun quiz, Which Winter Olympic Sport Is Best For You? I got ski jumping!The mom did it!Cross-country skier Kikkan Randall, the only mom on the U.S. Olympic Team, gave birth since her last appearance at the games in Sochi but still managed to not only return to the Olympics but win gold as part of the women’s team sprint race with Jessie Diggins. It’s the first time an American woman won a medal in cross-country skiing, and Randall’s trip back to competition can tell us lots about work-life balance. [Anchorage Daily News, FiveThirtyEight]U.S. curling makes the finalA 5-3 upset over defending world champion Canada puts the United States in the final against curling juggernaut Sweden. The team never beat Canada before and hasn’t made the podium since 2006. [ESPN]Big Number56.3 percentThe percentage of 2017 MLB revenue that went to players in the form of overall compensation, including MLB player compensation, benefits, postseason payments and minor league signing bonuses, salaries and benefits. Looking strictly at the majors, that figure is 50.1 percent of revenues, down about a point since 2010. [The Ringer]Leaks from Slack: walt:HAHAHAHAHAHhttps://twitter.com/TMortimerFtbl/status/965539277911285760kyle:yes that story rules she’s a criminalPredictions NBA read more

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CPIM veteran faces ire of people on own turf

first_imgKolkata: Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, the CPI(M) candidate contesting the election from Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency, had to face an unprecedented agitation by the people on his own turf on Sunday morning.For Bhattacharya, the day began with a poignant mood as a large number of voters staged protest demonstration at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas. In the morning he went to Maricha village of Bhangar block I during his election rally, where he had to face the wrath of the villagers. It may be mentioned here that Bhangar is known to be a stronghold of Trinamool Congress. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe villagers asked Bhattacharya as to why he had visited the place during the election. They also said that the Bengal government under the leadership of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has carried out a host of development schemes, while the erstwhile Left Front government did little for the people. “Your government, in all its 34 years, failed to match what Didi (Banerjee) has done in the past eight years. How have you come here to seek votes? The daughters of poor families are getting married only because of our Chief Minister. Did your government ever spare a thought to start any such project?” questioned the irate villagers. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBhattacharya has, however, brought a counter allegation against the local Trinamool Congress activists, saying that flags with CPI(M) symbol which were put up at various places in Bhangar, were removed by TMC workers. While holding the election rally in the morning, he went to the house of a Trinamool Congress supporter, who he believed was involved in the incident. As the TMC worker was away from home, Bhattacharya urged his family members not to indulge in such acts. He also talked to some Trinamool Congress supporters in the village. He also reminded that if such incidents are repeated, the situation may turn worse.last_img read more

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India has gender disparity in education healthcare

first_imgNearly 54 per cent young women in India are not in education, employment or any kind of training, which is 15 times higher compared to young women and men worldwide, suggesting fewer opportunities for the fairer sex to enter the workforce, finds a Lancet study. The findings showed that globally, the number of 15-24-year-olds not in education, employment or training is estimated to be around three times higher for young women (175 million) than young men (63 million). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBut, the prevalence in India is over 15 times higher in young women than in young men (nearly 54 per cent compared to 3.5 per cent). “Achieving gender equity in determinants of adolescent health and wellbeing will require action on many fronts, including employment and economic empowerment, better access to essential health care including contraception,” said Professor George Patton from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne in Australia. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt also includes implementation of legislative frameworks to protect girls from early marriage, and changes in community norms, Patton said. The study, which tracked recent global changes to adolescent health in 195 countries, estimated that, compared with 1990, an additional 250 million adolescents in 2016 were living in countries where they faced a triple burden of infectious disease, non-communicable diseases including obesity, and injuries – including from violence. Besides the prevalence of anaemia was found to be over 50 per cent among young women in India.last_img read more

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How to Set Up Googles Advanced Protection Program

first_imgNovember 6, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag If you want serious Google account security, the company’s new Advanced Protection Program is designed to fend off even the sneakiest of hacks.Although the program is available to all, Google designed it for “high-risk” users such as political campaign staffers, journalists and business leaders who often face targeted email phishing schemes.To sign up, you’ll have to trade in a little convenience and spend some cash. But in return, you’ll get Google’s strongest security protections and some peace of mind. Here’s a step-by-step guide showing you what to expect.1. Security keysPerhaps the biggest change with the Advanced Protection Program is the log-in process. Whenever you sign into a new device you’ll type in your password as usual. But then you’ll connect a USB security key that’s been registered to your account.These security keys generate a unique passcode that Google uses to unlock your account, providing an extra layer of security. So even if a hacker manages to steal your password, they won’t be able to break into your account without the security key. It’s similar to two-factor authentication, but requires the physical keys rather than a text-based code or Authenticator app.Unfortunately, security keys aren’t free. They usually cost around $20. And to activate Google’s Advanced Protection Program, you’ll need to own two — one of which will serve as a backup.2. Where do I buy them?If you don’t already own several security keys, Google has a few suggestions. The company recommends you buy one USB security key with Bluetooth connectivity from Feitian and a standard USB key from Yubico.Having a USB security key with Bluetooth is important. PCs may be built with USB ports, but smartphones and tablets generally are not. Feitian’s security key can connect to your mobile devices via Bluetooth.For Android users, Google partnered with Yubico for a special $50 deal that’ll provide both security keys. One is a standard USB key. The other can connect to a mobile device over Near Field Communication (NFC), a technology Android phones and tablets generally support.The only drawback is that the Yubico key won’t work with iOS devices (although there are rumblings you can use it with the right adapter cord). Regardless, Apple users will probably have to buy Bluetooth-enabled security keys, such as the one from Feitian or the VASCO Digipass SecureClick.3. RegisteringOnce you have two security keys, turn on the Advanced Protection Program. It’ll ask you to log in to your Google account, and you’ll be taken to a page where you can register both security keys.The process is straightforward. If you’re on a laptop, insert your security key into the USB drive. If there’s a button on the key, tap it. Google should quickly recognize the key and then register it with your account.You can also turn on the program over your smartphone with security keys that have Bluetooth or NFC.An important note for iOS users: You’ll have to download an additional app to your device called Google Smart Lock in order to pair your Bluetooth-enabled security key with your Google account. It’ll walk you through how to register your accounts. Google has also posted instructions on how to use the app.4. CaveatsWhen both keys are registered, Google will show you a page, explaining the limitations of the Advanced Protection Program.Among the changes is that all third-party apps, including Apple Mail, will be barred from accessing your Gmail or Google Drive data. This is designed to stop hackers from using fake apps or extensions to fool you into giving up access. But it may be a dealbreaker for users who rely on third-party software tools to view their email.Google also warns that account recovery will take a few days in the event you ever lose access. If that happens, be prepared to tell Google information that can verify your identity, along with what happened to your security keys.5. Protection onOnce the program is activated, get ready to start using your security key again. As a precaution, Google will log you out from all other devices that were signed into your Google account.That means you’ll have to sign back in with every device by typing your password, and then using your security key. But you’ll only need the security key for first-time sign-ons.In your account settings, you can also add or revoke security keys and cut access to any Google sign-ons from other devices. Those options will come in handy if a security key is ever lost, or if your laptop gets stolen. There, you can also quit the Advanced Protection Program. Simply turn it off, and you’ll revert back to Google’s default login process. 5 min read Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

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Sands China Ltd HK1928 has a market capitaliza

first_img Sands China Ltd. (HK:1928) has a market capitalization of US$60 billion. Prada’s (HK:1913) brand value increased 30% in 2013. A few months back, a young Chinese acquaintance of mine, who earns perhaps $500 a month, wrote to me about the loss of his iPhone. As someone who still uses a 10-year-old cellphone, I immediately wrote back asking why he owned an iPhone in the first place, as I’m sure it cost a year or more of his savings. In his current state of affairs, my friend must walk in the biting cold of the Chinese northeast to stand in line to collect hot water. So it’s safe to say he had better uses for that money, like moving to a place with a bathroom or hot water. Alas, I just heard from him again. And guess what? He bought another iPhone, this one the newest, best model. That anecdote is representative of my observations of Chinese consumer culture. Whenever I visit China, I’m always shocked to see that people leave a lot of food on their tables uneaten. And as I walk the streets there, I always find myself wondering why there are so many expensive cars parked outside rather decrepit buildings. It took me a few visits to learn that in China, people with luxury goods aren’t necessarily rich. Many women, for example, carry expensive name-brand purses. By outward appearances, they’re doing well. But after getting to know them, I’ve realized that many Chinese people own a few expensive gadgets or garments, but are otherwise quite poor. The common narrative is that China’s success over the past few decades has been driven by Chinese citizens embracing their Confucian ideals of working hard and being thrifty. Even economic and business textbooks attribute China’s success to those factors. Chinese people do seem to be hard workers, so I can’t argue with that. But in my personal experience, they’re not thrifty. Far from it: by and large, as soon as they get a little money, they can’t wait to spend it. I think that the touting of Confucian thriftiness is mostly a myth perpetuated among certain China bulls, as well as a retroactive rationalization for China’s successes of the last three decades. Michael Pettis, a Beijing-based economist, explains that a mere couple of decades ago, Confucianism was associated with being spendthrift and lazy. He says that the reason China’s savings rate is so high is not because the Chinese are astute savers, but because household earnings are a small—and shrinking—part of GDP. In other words, Chinese households lack access to cash. I’m a China bull myself. But I also believe we should look at the facts as objectively as possible. In this case, the facts do not support the mainstream view. The Path Forward To an investor, the million-dollar question is: how will today’s poor to middle-income societies like China react to economic success? Will they save and invest to compound their wealth quickly? Or will they spend money as soon as they earn it? Which answer you choose will lead to drastically different conclusions about how these countries will evolve economically, and how (and if) you should invest in them. Personally, I’m betting Asians’ high time preference (their desire to spend money now, rather than later) will win out. I visit malls in Asia often, and they’re booming. I’m convinced that the growth of luxury goods and high-end services will continue and perhaps accelerate. It’s pretty clear that as soon as Asian people have enough to eat, their brand consciousness kicks in, and they spend a disproportionate amount of money on status goods. I think that kind of consumption should not come until these countries’ economies are more mature and can better support it. But who am I to tell people how to live? Regardless, here’s a quick glimpse into the strength and financial prowess of the high-end sector in Asia: A nightclub operator, Magnum Entertainment Group Holdings Ltd. (HK:2080), recently IPOed in Hong Kong. Its share price increased approximately 100% shortly after the IPO.center_img Wynn Macau (HK:1128) has a market capitalization of US$22 billion. Macau, mind you, was a backwater colony of Portugal, dotted with a couple casinos, just 14 years ago. Now it’s bigger than Vegas. For now, my eyes are on Louis XIII Holdings Ltd. (HK:0577; HK$8.95). It’s building a casino in Macau that, when it becomes operational in 2016, will have minimum gaming bets of HK$5,000, and rooms starting at HK$10,000. In this high time-preference sector, I have a stink bid at HK$6.80. I’m watching closely, and if the company releases bad news, I’ll drop or remove that bid. But as long as it continues to execute apace, I see good value from the stock going forward.last_img read more

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