As we cross the one-quarter mark of the NBA season — with the Clippers in first place out West, the Kings playing .500 ball, and the Jazz and Rockets near the bottom looking up — things are starting to come into clearer focus. That clarity is more than welcome, given how topsy-turvy the league has been for the first month and a half of play.We know a lot will change between now and April, but for the time being, here are the five things we’ve been most and least surprised by so far this year.Surprising: The Celtics haven’t been good, and the Jazz have been even worse.Boston, finally healthy after losing two of its best players last year, has been one of the bigger mysteries of the season. The Celtics have been elite defensively again this year,1At least from a statistical standpoint. They haven’t been very good at limiting individual scoring outbursts at all. but the offense — which almost never gets to the line — can’t get out of its own way much of the time.Before the season began, Jaylen Brown expressed a belief that the starting wings (him, Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum) have nearly identical skill sets, which was affecting chemistry. And after watching them for a month and a half, we can’t say that he was wrong. With that in mind, Brad Stevens’s recent lineup shift to bring the struggling Hayward off the bench could help matters.Hayward and Brown, in particular, have both shot far better from the floor when playing apart from each other. Hayward sports a solid 53.9 percent effective field-goal rate without Brown but just 39.7 percent with him. And Brown’s 50.5 percent effective field-goal rate without Hayward is well above the 38.5 percent mark he posts while sharing the court with Hayward.Their net ratings also improve when playing apart. The Celtics outscore opponents by 9 points per 100 possessions with Hayward but without Brown, and Boston wins by a margin of 1.5 points per 100 when Brown is on the court but Hayward is on the sideline. But the Celtics hemorrhage 2.2 points per 100 possessions with the two playing together.Using floor-spacing forward Marcus Morris as a starter may work better because of his rugged screen-setting ability. His off-ball screens, useful for a lineup with so many scoring options on the wing, produce the best scoring efficiency of any player on the team2Minimum 15 screens. at 1.12 points per possession when both Tatum and Hayward are on the floor and a whopping 1.53 points per possession when Tatum and Brown are playing together, according to Second Spectrum.It’s also worth keeping an eye on Terry Rozier, who, to this point, has regressed badly on the offensive end after a highly encouraging postseason run, in which he filled in admirably for the injured Kyrie Irving.As for the Jazz, this — 10-12, and third-to-last in the West — is what happens when your league-best defense from last season is merely a middle-of-the-road one, and your offense not only fails to improve but actually morphs into one of the NBA’s five worst in that same window.What’s behind Utah’s slide? A handful of theories have been discussed. But two things stand out to me: 1) The team’s schedule — the toughest in the league3Similar to last season, when their December schedule was the toughest individual month played by any NBA team. So perhaps this is reason for optimism. — has been front-loaded, and 2) a number of players aren’t playing to their capabilities.Outside of a one-week stretch at the end of October, Donovan Mitchell has been terribly inconsistent, struggling badly from outside. Dante Exum’s offense still isn’t catching up to his defense. And perhaps the biggest issue: Ricky Rubio has been awful on both sides of the ball thus far — even more than he was to start last season, when he had just joined the club and was learning the ropes.Rubio has generally been able to hang his hat on his defense and his passing whenever he’s struggling to shoot. But this season, he has sometimes looked a half-step slower laterally on D, allowing nearly a 10th of a point more per drive he defends, at 0.98 points per play, than he did last season, according to Second Spectrum. And while opponents have long sagged off Rubio, daring him to shoot, that experiment has paid far greater dividends this season, as he’s logged just a 46.6 percent effective field goal rate on jumpers when given 6 or more feet of open space4Shots from at least 10 feet away. — down from 53.5 percent just last year, and the worst percentage he’s connected on since the 2013-14 campaign, according to NBA Advanced Stats.It’s still a little early to consider changing the lineup — especially after Rubio played so well at times last postseason. But if he doesn’t turn it around in the next month or so, it might be worth trying a new starting five and letting Mitchell handle the ball more. (Utah, realizing it needs more punch on offense, traded guard Alec Burks and two future second-rounders Wednesday for sharpshooter Kyle Korver.)We wrote this summer that we believed the Jazz could be true contenders this season — which looks incredibly wrong at the moment. But we said then that much of Utah’s hopes would hinge on Rubio’s play. For better or — to this point — perhaps for worse, that seems to be the case.Not surprising: The Grizzlies got back to Grit ’N’ Grind.A lot of people either wrote off or simply forgot about the Grizzlies after a dismal 2017-18 campaign in which they finished with 22 wins and the second-worst record in the league. But the case for believing in Memphis this season was relatively straightforward: This group, finally healthy with the return of Mike Conley and a more motivated Marc Gasol, had its best players back and added considerable two-way talent over the summer through a handful of deals.Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. looks like a potential star at times and is already the real deal defensively. The Memphis defense can be overly aggressive at times in helping from the weak side, which leaves corner shooters open more often than most teams. But the Grizzlies’ D is a top-5 unit, and it gets downright nasty when Jackson and Gasol play together, surrendering just 96.8 points per 100 possessions in 287 minutes. (Oklahoma City, which leads the NBA in defensive efficiency, allows 102.6 points per 100 possessions.)In case you need a sign of how smart the Grizzlies’ offseason pickups were, consider this: The team’s three most-efficient rotation players5By effective field goal percentage, counting only those who have played at least 100 minutes. to this point — Omri Casspi, Shelvin Mack and Jackson — were all acquisitions from this summer. Gasol is fourth on that list, but right behind him is Garrett Temple, for whom the Grizzlies traded.So don’t be too surprised if Memphis continues to hang around in the playoff race. There were indications all along that the Grizzlies would find themselves in the midst of this conversation.Surprising: Derrick Rose’s offense came back to life.Rose’s first career 50-point game earlier this year got considerable attention, but that game was no fluke: This whole season in Minnesota has been a consistent one for the former MVP. From an efficiency standpoint, he’s actually never played this well before.He’s shooting a career-best 49.8 percent from the field, and his 60 percent mark from a true shooting standpoint is 5 points better than he’s had in any other season. Rose used to be among the NBA’s worst 3-point shooters — enough of a liability that he essentially stopped taking triples altogether in New York — but he’s been good from that range, too. The 30-year-old, who’s long been a surprisingly good midrange shooter despite having the flattest shot in the game, is better than 48 percent from 3-point distance on almost four attempts per game to this point. His hot start even has him ranking as one of the NBA’s 15 most efficient offensive players, according to ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus metric.It’s still early, but this shooting display — even if his numbers fall off some — figures to lengthen his career, a meaningful development based on how things were going 10 months ago. We knew his otherworldly athleticism wouldn’t be the same after all his injuries, but a steady jumper has changed his outlook.Not surprising: The Rockets-Melo marriage failed.We, like many others, fully recognized the potential pitfalls with Houston’s Carmelo Anthony acquisition this summer. He seemed a less-than-ideal fit, particularly as a sort of replacement for the switchy wing defenders the Rockets lost in Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute. So it’s not necessarily shocking that the experiment didn’t work.But never did we imagine that the team would pull the plug as quickly as it did. Houston cut bait on the fallen star just 10 games in — even though other clear problems seemed to exist (like the lack of depth behind Clint Capela, or Eric Gordon shooting far worse than he ever has). Still, it’s somewhat difficult to knock the haste with which the Rockets made the decision: They couldn’t afford to fall too far behind in the loaded Western Conference, where the playoff race figures to be a bloodbath, and they began playing far better after making the pragmatic choice to hold Melo out of the rotation. But even after winning five straight at one point earlier in the month, Houston now finds itself mired in a four-game skid, meaning that there’s more for this club to figure out.Surprising: California’s other NBA teams have been legitimately good.It was totally fair to wonder whether Los Angeles might be a factor in the Western Conference playoffs this season, but who would’ve thought that the Clippers would be the team making that kind of noise at this point in the year? (In fairness, LeBron James and the Lakers have played well lately, too, and may very well find themselves in the same conversation as we move forward.)A number of things illustrate how and why Doc Rivers’s team finds itself atop the West for the time being. The guard rotation of Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has done a fantastic job of defending; the Clippers have held opposing starting guards to 40.9 percent shooting, the NBA’s fourth-lowest figure through Tuesday’s games, per the ESPN Stats & Information Group. Danilo Gallinari, who hasn’t played more than 65 games in a campaign in six seasons, has missed only one game thus far and is shooting better than he ever has from outside.But above all else, the Clips have thrived because Tobias Harris — tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo for the league’s best effective field-goal percentage among wing players with at least 300 shot attempts — has quietly pieced together the offensive profile of a superstar this season. Between the huge leap he’s made and the gains of Victor Oladipo, the Orlando Magic front office has to be beside itself after trading away both players.And while Golden State has been Golden State so far, another Northern California team has been making a move. The Kings own a 10-10 mark and have been one of the more entertaining clubs so far. Just about everything begins and ends with their blistering pace. It seems possible that their ability to maintain that 106-possessions-per-48-minutes tempo for entire games may work to their advantage in the clutch, when Sacramento’s opponents simply don’t have anything left.Sacramento ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency in the first quarter, 25th in the second period and tied for 16th in the third, yet it sits sixth in fourth-quarter defense, right behind the defending champ Warriors. And get this: Despite the pace at which they play, the De’Aaron Fox-led Kings have yet to commit a clutch-time turnover this season — they’re the only team that can still make such a claim this late in the season. It’s part of the reason they are 8-3 — best in the Western Conference — in contests separated by 5 points or fewer with five minutes or less remaining, per NBA.com.Not bad for the NBA’s third-youngest team, one whose young players all seem to have taken a step forward this season.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is not taking their opponents Japan lightly ahead of today’s last-16 clash, despite the fact that they are being considered the strong favourites to winThe Red Devils arrive at the Rostov Arena on the back of having won all three of their opening games to finish top of Group G after scoring nine goals.Belgium will welcome the return of record goalscorer Romelu Lukaku for today’s match along with Thomas Vermaelen and Vincent Kompany with the side aiming to win to progress for an encounter against either Brazil or Mexico in the quarter-finals.But Martinez is well aware that they must first beat Japan and he knows that it will be no easy feat.“They are footballers with an incredible energy and a great capacity to get really high up the pitch very quickly,” said the Spaniard, according to BT Sport.“This Japan team shows a lot of good experience, a lot of players who have played in big leagues in Europe for a long time. They know what it takes to win a game of this calibre.Top 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“This is a group of players that know what they are doing. I expect a very difficult game.“They are capable of creating problems due to the dynamic approach that they have.”Martinez will have a fully-fit side for the match: “The group is in a very good moment.“Mentally and physically, you just get the feeling the players are desperate to be on the pitch. I feel the players are ready to get their rhythm as quick as they can.”A win for Belgium today will make it only the third time they reached the quarter-finals at the World Cup in their history, having previously done so in 1986 and 2014. read more
Central Coast Mariners have confirmed that a “contract proposal” has been sent to Usain BoltThe sprint king has been on trial with the A-League side for the past two months and recently scored his first two goals as a footballer.Bolt has made it clear that he wishes to earn a permanent contract with Mariners after turning down a two-year offer from Maltese champions Valletta.Now Mariners have confirmed an offer has been sent to the Jamaican.“The Central Coast Mariners and Usain Bolt’s representative Ricky Simms have progressed contract discussions and would like to offer clarity around the negotiations between the club and Usain Bolt,” read a statement on the club website.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.“The club can confirm that a contract proposal has been offered by the Central Coast Mariners and negotiations remain ongoing with Usain Bolt and his management regarding his football future.“Both parties are eager to explore all options and ensure that if there is a suitable way forward for both player and club, the two parties will keep working together and formalise an agreement.“The Central Coast Mariners want to ensure that Usain Bolt is given every chance possible to fulfil his dream to become a professional football player.”The Australian club did, however, add that its unlikely terms will be agreed on with Bolt without the contribution of an external third party.Therefore, the 32-year-old will not attend training this week as Mariners prepare for their upcoming A-League fixture with Melbourne City. read more
Posted: April 3, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The race for the 51st Congressional District Seat is on again, and it may seem familiar.Republican Juan Hidalgo is attempting to unseat Democrat Juan Vargas. Hidalgo was on Good Morning San Diego this morning to tell us more about his candidacy.Hidalgo provided KUSI with a brief biography of his life and career that you can read below.Juan M. Hidalgo Jr. was born in San Diego, CA and raised in National City, CA. In February 1984, Hidalgo graduated high school and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In April 1984, he attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego, CA.Until earning the rank of First Sergeant in 2003, Hidalgo’s military occupational specialty was Armor, (Tank) Crewman. He served in every enlisted leadership position within the Armor Community.Outside the Armor Community, Hidalgo served as a Recruiter’s Aide at National City Recruiting Sub-Station. Hidalgo also served as a drill instructor, senior drill instructor, and later served as a Company First Sergeant at MCRD. In 2003 he deployed and led his tank platoon in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hidalgo was assigned as the First Sergeant of Support Company, Combat Service Support Battalion 10. He deployed in February 2004 to lead a company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2. In January 2007, Hidalgo reported to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Camp Pendleton, CA and again returned to lead Marines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 6-08.After a series of successful leadership assignments within the Marine Air Ground Task Force, he was assigned in March 2010 to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the Unit Sergeant Major. As a Marine Sergeant Major at the pinnacle of his career, from 2013 to 2015 he was selected to represent all services as the Senior Enlisted Leader of Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba. A well-decorated combat veteran, Hidalgo retired on 1 October 2015 after over 31 years of proven leadership and faithful service to his country.With his desire to remain an active member of the community while an active member of the military, Hidalgo, along with his family, continuously volunteer for causes such as Toys for Tots, Volunteers of America and feeding the homeless. Hidalgo also served as School Board Chairman and member for a significant portion of his military career.Since retirement, Hidalgo has remained active with the community and his church, serving as a church leader and board member. Committed to supporting veterans and military families he has also remained active with a military non-profit organization.Hidalgo holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (Summa cum laude) from Park University and is a National Defense University Graduate of Keystone Executive Leadership.Hidalgo and his wife, Francisca, reside in the heart of San Diego with their children who look forward to supporting their father’s bid for continued service of this country. KUSI Newsroom April 3, 2018 Race for the 51st Congressional District seat intensifies read more
It appears that magazine associations are as susceptible as publishers to the financial woes plaguing the financial market. The Magazine Publishers of America recently cut seven positions, bringing its number of full-time staff down to 36, FOLIO: has confirmed. MPA spokesperson Howard Polskin declined to say which specific positions were cut but said the layoffs “reflect what’s going on in the economy. We have to position ourselves accordingly.”Beyond the job cuts, Polskin said the MPA hasn’t determined how the down economy might affect the association’s legislative spending, if at all. Looking ahead to the rest of 2008 and early 2009, Polskin doesn’t expect any legislative spending cuts but said any decision “will be dependent on our needs.”Legislative affairs and personnel compensation usually dominate the association’s expenditures. During the second quarter, the MPA spent $172,040 on lobbying initiatives, according to a report filed with House of Representative’s clerk’s office. It spent $170,000 during the first quarter. Polskin declined to say how much the association spent during the third quarter. Legislative spending is one place American Business Media—the MPA’s trade magazine counterpart—says it will not cut. “We’ve been preparing for a bad storm here, but our lobbying efforts will not be cut,” spokesperson Gordon Hughes tells FOLIO:. ABM spends “about $600,000 annually” on lobbying, Hughes said. That’s about $150,000 per quarter. read more
Pictured: Ajaz KhanIANSControversial actor Ajaz Khan has been arrested by Mumbai police for an alleged communal TikTok video that he posted on social media.The TikTok video reportedly instigates violence against a particular community. The video was reportedly made as “revenge” against Tabrez Ansari’s lynching. The video shows the actors threatening to kill people from a particular community.While Ajaz has already been arrested and will be produced before the court soon, bail plea of other TikTok actors have also been rejected. Apart from spreading communal hatred, the video also showcases Mumbai police in bad light.FIRs have been registered against a number of TikTok actors for making videos that instigate violence.However, it is not the first time that Ajaz has got arrested. Earlier, he was nabbed by anti-Narcotics department for allegedly possessing drugs. He was later granted bail. read more
Arafat RahmanThe central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League on Monday suspended two of its leaders of Rajshahi University unit for attacking The Daily Star’s Rajshahi University correspondent Arafat Rahman for taking pictures of them damaging a bus.The suspended leaders are – Mahmudur Rahman Kanon, information and research secretary, and Saiful Islam Bijoy, law secretary of BCL RU unit, reports news agency UNB.A letter in this regard signed by BCL central committee president Saifur Rahman Sohag was issued.Witnesses said Bijoy, had an altercation with the supervisor of a bus of ‘Desh Travels’ in Comilla over fare. Following the issue, some BCL leaders and activists started vandalising the bus in front of the university gate on Monday, they said.As Arafat Rahman, RU Correspondent of the English daily, tried to take photo of the incident, the BCL men swooped on him and beat him up mercilessly, leaving him critically injured.Later, he was taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. read more
The number of UK homes watching TV on black and white sets has dropped below 12,000, according to new stats by the TV licensing body.TV Licensing said that the figure marked a 12% year-on-year drop, with demand for black and white licenses “in steady decline.”At the turn of the century, 212,000 black and white licences were issued. This shrank to 93,000 in 2003, was less than 50,00 in 2006 and now stands at 11,550, according to TV Licensing.“Today’s figures show, even in the digital age, more than 11,000 homes still watch their favourite programmes on black and white televisions. We may be on the brink of losing black and white sets to the history books, but older technology will always be replaced by exciting new ways of watching live,” said TV Licensing spokesperson Stephen Farmer.In the UK a colour TV Licence currently costs £145.50 (€175), while a black and white licence is priced at £49.00. Viewing television without a licence in the UK risks prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000. read more
Verizon has competed its US$4.5 billion acquisition of Yahoo’s core business and has combined it with AOL to create a new subsidiary called Oath.As a home to more than 50 media and technology brands, Oath’s portfolio includes HuffPost, Yahoo Sports, AOL.com, Makers, Tumblr, Build Studios and Yahoo Finance.AOL CEO Tim Armstrong becomes CEO of the new subsidiary, having lead the integration planning teams since the Yahoo takeover was announced in July 2016. Meanwhile, Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, has resigned and exits the business.“The close of this transaction represents a critical step in growing the global scale needed for our digital media company,” said Verizon president of Media and Telematics, Marni Walden.“The combined set of assets across Verizon and Oath, from VR to AI, 5G to IoT, from content partnerships to originals, will create exciting new ways to captivate audiences across the globe.”Armstrong said: “We’re building the future of brands using powerful technology, trusted content and differentiated data.“Now that the deal is closed, we are excited to set our focus on being the best company for consumer media, and the best partner to our advertising, content and publisher partners.”Oath began operations yesterday and is part of Verizon’s Media and Telematics organisation. Verizon claims Oath’s assets already engage “more than a billion people around the world”. read more
How to Get There and Where to StayWhen I visited Cuba in 2013, it took me 23 hours to get there from Florida. First, I flew to Cancun. I went to the Cubana airline travel counter to buy a ticket from there to Havana, but the flight was full. I had to buy a ticket to Panama, and then another ticket to Havana.This trip was much easier. I flew from Tampa, Florida to Havana on Southwest Airlines in under an hour. The flight cost me about $200. I booked it right on the Southwest website with my credit card. I even collected frequent flyer points for the flight. None of this was possible five years ago.When you buy your ticket, Southwest will send you a scary email warning you about traveling to Cuba. Don’t worry about this. As long as you adhere to the rules—which are intentionally confusing—you’ll be fine.The first thing you need is a visa. I bought one at a Cuban travel store in West Tampa for $80. You can also get them at most Florida airports that offer flights. The problem is that they sometimes run out, so it’s safer to get one ahead of time. A handwritten Cuban travel visa cost me $80When you arrive in Cuba, you’ll need local currency. They use a two-tier currency system. The locals use pesos. The gringos use CUC, or Cuban convertible pesos. The CUC is par with the U.S. dollar, but you’ll lose 13% on the conversion.Keep in mind that it’s technically illegal to change money outside of a licensed vendor. You’ll find people offering change around the airport, and you might have to take it because U.S. dollars are useless to the taxi drivers. Line of taxis for hire in Old HavanaOnce in town, ask your host for directions to a casa de cambio, where you can change money with your passport. Remember your credit cards, debit cards, ATM cards, checks, and traveler’s checks are all useless in Cuba. Make sure you bring new, crisp, blue $100 bills with you. They want nothing to do with mangy bank notes.During this trip, I stayed at a magnificent B&B called Hotel Le Petit Mistinguett. The owner Pilar is Spanish. She has every room decked out with beautiful art, photographs, rugs, and ashtrays (because you can smoke freely, 24 hours a day). In fact, I had a Montecristo Petit #2 with breakfast every day, which is something I can’t do at home.Pilar’s home is about a 15-minute cab ride from downtown Old Havana. She can tell you how to get there and what it should cost. She’ll also call you a cab and tell the driver where to take you. I had the benefit of a set of wheels since my friend Fadi from the picture above is a local.Getting around is a big hassle in Havana. In fact, everything in Havana is a hassle. If you decide to make the trip, which I strongly encourage, you’ll need to completely abandon any hope of keeping a schedule. Since your U.S. cell phone won’t work, it’s pretty easy to acclimate.The right trip for a beginner is three nights with two full days in Havana. Of course, there’s more to see, but the first trip tackling Havana is enough. Once you know what you’re getting into, you can set up a longer trip in the future. Recommended Link Visit Cuba… Just Don’t Tell Anyone You’re GoingI did take off for Havana the next morning. Fidelity eventually managed to fix the settlement problem that it created. When I got home, I had to visit its local office in person with my passport. Once the compliance department was satisfied that I was physically in the U.S., it unfroze my accounts.I’m still not sure why my mention of traveling to Havana triggered such an overreaction. I have no idea how a terrorist group or rogue regime could possibly benefit from anything I do in my brokerage account.To me, this whole incident is more proof that the U.S. is a full-scale police state. We have hundreds of thousands of mindless enforcers—from TSA officers to overzealous call center supervisors at Fidelity. They follow orders without ever questioning them. They’re as dangerous as Nazi railroad engineers who never questioned why the trains were only full on the outbound trips.Traveling to Cuba is actually not against the law. However, the law is extremely complicated. You can visit, but you can’t stay in hotels, for instance. Americans can only transact business with Cuban people. This means staying in a casa particular (private home) and dining at privately owned restaurants… of which there aren’t many. I’ll give you the details on the B&B I stayed in which qualifies.This was my second trip to Havana. The first was in late 2013. My local Cuban friends told me I missed the boom.After my last trip, cash flooded into Cuba, expecting things to open up. 2015 and 2016 were boom years in Havana. I saw several buildings that were dilapidated on my first trip that were fully refurbished this time.One of them went from ruins to a brand-new, five-star, Kempinski-brand hotel. We stopped in for a cigar and were the only two people in the entire lounge. We were outnumbered by staff five-to-one. E.B. with good Cuban friend Fadi Garcia overlooking Parque Central and The CapitolI attended a friend’s birthday dinner and sat next to a guy named Jose who is president of Spanish bank Banco Sabadell’s Cuban joint venture. He told me that his friend manages the Kempinski property in Old Havana. He said that getting supplies to run a hotel is a nightmare. Sometimes, there’s just no lettuce… for a week. That’s how things go in Cuba.From what I hear, the Cuban military owns some of these new luxury hotels in Old Havana. They negotiate long-term operating leases with companies like Kempinski. Americans can’t stay there because allegedly, it’s a backdoor way of funneling money to the military sector. Day 4 – Departure day. The airport is a nightmare. There’s a 1% chance that your flight leaves on time. Plan to sit around for a while. On the way, have your taxi driver take you by La Casa del Habano, a store in the lobby of the Meliá Hotel on 3rd Avenue, if you need to stock up on cigars. If you can manage it, ask him to drive you through the Cubanacán neighborhood on the way to the airport. Specifically, check out the U.S. Ambassador’s residence. It’s a mansion on five acres. You won’t believe it. The neighborhood was Country Club Park before the revolution. Day 3 – Taxi to the El Morro Castle on the east bank of the entrance to the Havana harbor. Make sure to pay for a round trip. If you don’t, you’ll have a hard time getting back to the city. Once there, walk around the grounds and enjoy the view. On the way back, stop for a drink at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, which opened in 1930. It’s where Lansky, Luciano, Trafficante, and Costello met in 1946. Have dinner at El Cocinero on Calle 26. The restaurant looks like an old power plant with a brick smokestack, so it’s easy to locate. The food meets Miami or New York City standards. Have your B&B host make a reservation. Recommended Link Day 2 – Taxi to Old Havana. Ask the driver to take you down the Malecón, which hugs the water and passes the strange, empty U.S. Embassy. Visit El Floridita, which has a statue of Hemingway at the end of the bar. Have a cigar at the Kempinski’s second-floor lounge. — Day 1 – Arrive, change money, relax. Announcing The $250,000 Challenge. Do you have the courage to accept it?Here’s the Challenge: This simple stock selection system – to be revealed on June 14th – produced a track record that will show you how to make $250,000 in profits. It’s straightforward, simple, and audacious. Here’s how to accept The $250,000 Challenge right now… Justin’s note: Today, I’m sharing a special piece from Strategic Investor editor E.B. Tucker, who just got back from a trip to Havana, Cuba. Below, E.B. shares what he learned and explains why you should plan a trip there soon. He even lays out a helpful guide for beginners.While this is different from our usual fare, I think you’ll find it enjoyable… By E.B. Tucker, editor, Strategic InvestorLast week, I managed to trigger a U.S. Treasury Department OFAC “complete freeze” of my brokerage account. The push of one button blocked me from any action in all four accounts I hold at Fidelity.OFAC is the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Its mission is to prevent funds from flowing to any entity under U.S. sanctions. That means terrorist groups and rogue regimes like North Korea, Iran, and Cuba.My problem started when a Fidelity supervisor called me to say they’d made an error in my account the prior day. I participate in a lot of private placement and off-market transactions. Most of the stock I end up with in these deals carry a date restriction. That means I can’t sell it before a certain date. It’s essentially restricted stock.Fidelity has a special department that deals with restricted stock. The day before the U.S. Treasury freeze, I got an email from Fidelity’s restricted stock department saying that it had cleared one of my holdings and I was free to trade it. I sold it later that day.Turns out they jumped the gun. Some of their internal back-office paper shuffling hadn’t finished processing. This isn’t really my problem, but according to the supervisor, I needed to wire them funds equivalent to the value of my trade immediately. They’d hold these cleared funds separate from my account and release them when the paperwork tied to their mistake settled.I sent the wire. It bounced back… internal error was the reason code. When they called to ask for another wire, I mistakenly told the supervisor, “Look, man… I’m taking off for Cuba tomorrow, and I won’t be able to—”He cut me off. — Here’s a List of Companies Doomed by Rising Interest RatesThe Fed has hiked rates six times since 2008 — and during an expected August 1st meeting, we believe they’ll try to do it again. That’s why you’ve got to exit high-debt, interest-rate sensitive stocks now. Check this list of 277 companies to see if you own any and the steps you need to take to secure your retirement. Click here for all the details. Regarding cigars, don’t just buy them anywhere. Fake cigars are big business in Havana. Don’t buy any from people on the street. Make sure you visit a licensed store. I like the shop at the Meliá Hotel. The prices are great and the staff is helpful. If you’re not an aficionado, feel free to buy cheap cigars in the market. They’re actually great. They’re also dirt cheap. The name brands are what people take the time to fake.You can bring back two boxes of cigars (50 cigars total) right now. Make sure you declare them with customs, or you’ll be sent to secondary screening and lose the cigars.I hope you’ll take a trip to Cuba while you can. Things appear to be getting worse. The tail end of Obama’s term offered some hope of opening up, but that’s over now. Things are back to crumbling.While Cuba is a complicated place, life there is simple. That’s why I enjoy visiting.Regards,E.B. Tucker Editor, Strategic InvestorJustin’s note: E.B. says “What happens away from the desk has a big effect on the quality of your thinking. It’s what separates the excellent from the average…” It’s why he writes about his travels every month—and other stories outside the stock market—at the end of every Strategic Investor issue.As a subscriber to Strategic Investor, you’ll also have access to E.B.’s top recommendations… from world-class companies trading at bargain prices to the tiny, explosive resource speculations most people are completely overlooking right now. You can take a risk-free trial right here.In Case You Missed It…Who is the “Billionaire Broker”?For years, he was a high-profile Wall Street executive. He handled massive trades for billionaires and sovereign wealth funds. But now, he’s left all that behind.On Thursday, he’ll reveal one of Wall Street’s best-kept secrets: why the insiders always seem to be in the right place at the right time just before a stock soars. And he’ll show how you can be, too. Details here. read more
What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you before you became a parent?It’s a question we’re asking our audience as part of How To Raise A Human, a new series from NPR’s Science desk. Over the next month, we’ll be looking at some of the tough issues that every parent faces — from baby sleep to getting kids to do chores — and visiting families around the world to see what they do.To kick off our series, we invited five mom and dad bloggers — including a dad of six (!) and a mom who travels the world with her 7-year-old daughter — to share their insights. One parent wishes someone had told her that having a kid won’t make you feel “stuck.” Another wished he’d been warned that parenting was a lot like “playing chess with speed metal music.”Read some of the responses below for inspiration, then share your own story on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HowToRaiseAHuman. Photos and videos are encouraged. We are collecting stories until June 30. We may feature your post on NPR.’One moment doesn’t define us’Christine Koh is a neuroscientist, the blogger behind Boston Mamas and author of Minimalist Parenting. Her daughters are 7 and 13. Modern-day parenting is about making sure you do all the things, making it to all the events, striving to perfection. It’s just an impossible standard. I used to be on that hamster wheel. But I’ve found repeatedly that even though these mistakes are painful, it’s led to positive learning.Last week, I was scheduled to travel to California for business. And just a week before I learned that my 13-year-old was going to deliver an important speech for the National Junior Honor Society. There was no way I could be in two places at the same time. I couldn’t shift my schedule around. I felt awful.But it helped me realize that she didn’t need me to get through this. Her dad was there, her teachers were helpful and supportive. It was a good reminder that this one moment doesn’t define us and our relationship.’Pay more attention to the children’Saira Siddiqui, 38, a mom to 10-year-old twins and a 6-year-old and the writer of Confessions Of A Muslim Mom. I wish someone had told me to block out the outside voices that come when you become a parent — and pay more attention to the children and what their needs are.But we’ve taken an untraditional path of schooling, where we “unschool.” We don’t follow traditional homeschooling. Part of the reason is because we were paying attention to what was working for our children.Each of my kids is completely different. One child tends to be more analytical and precise. This child tends to be more excited about computations, riddles and problem-solving. I have another child who I call my “liberal arts” child. This child likes reading, writing and art.Because of our schooling [style], the children have time to pursue the types of things [they’re interested in], allowing their strengths to get stronger.Parenting is like ‘playing chess with speed metal music’Alan Lawrence, 43, is the father of six kids, ages 2 to 14. He is the founder of That Dad Blog. I wish someone told me that there are going to be moments where you’re playing chess with speed metal music in your ears. You’re trying to make intricate choices but there’s so much chaos.Last night, I was busy making hamburger patties. One of my young sons was screaming. He was very hungry and losing his patience. Then my other son came into the room with a stuffed animal and was feeding it something. I was assuming it was raisins. But it was a piece of poo from his diaper.Yet I was in complete control. I finished making the patties, washed my hands, consoled my son who was crying and asked my older kids to help me clean up the poo. I thought to myself: look how far I’ve come as a parent. You just need to take a breath and make the next move.’You still get to create the path you want’Drea Duclos, 33, is the mother of a 7-year-old and founder of OhDearDrea, a travel and lifestyle blog. I’ve don’t like being stuck in a structure: go to school, get a car, get married, have a kid. I never fit in that mold. The idea of having a kid, I thought I was going to be stuck. I wish someone had told me that even though your life changes when you become a parent, you still get to create the path you want. We made the decision a year ago to live outside the country [of the United States] to Mexico. For me, travel means everything. For my daughter, she gets to learn so much more through experience.One of her passions has been fashion design. We’ve been taking her to textile markets in Guatemala and embroidery shops in Mexico. In Nepal, we took her to like 5 million different stores! She likes to see the different textures and how they’re made. She sews, freehanding different patterns.As long as I’m raising a good, kind, gentle human who is experiencing the world and learning all the things she should, then I’m doing OK.’Teens are delightful’Karen Walrond, 50, is the mother of a 14-year-old daughter and the blogger behind Chookooloonks. Parents always told me to brace myself for the teen years, because that’s when they’ll hate you, be disrespectful to you, be sassy, talk back to you, be rude, be generally awful people. But I wish that someone had told me that’s completely wrong.My daughter is 14 now. I have to say, so far, teens are delightful. She is so much fun. We have deep conversations at night before she goes to sleep. We talk about her friends, memes that are funny, dumb stuff. She loves a good political joke.And right now we’re watching Lost In Space on Netflix. Neither of us are allowed to watch without the other. We’ll sit and have a running commentary: “Oh no, he did not just do that!”I keep saying, every age my daughter has ever been, it’s my favorite age. But maybe her as a teenager is my favorite.Your TurnParents mess up. It comes with the job. What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you before you became a parent? Share your advice, along with a photo or video, using the hashtag #HowToRaiseAHuman. We are collecting stories until June 30. We may feature your post on NPR. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. read more
Updated at 1 p.m. ETAmid one of the largest measles outbreaks in the U.S. in recent history, vaccines are on the minds of many Americans.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week that the number of measles cases this year has climbed to 839 in 23 states, affecting mostly unvaccinated people. Most people in the U.S. are vaccinated against measles when they’re children as part of the routine immunizations they get in primary care.We’re used to kids needing lots of shots to ward off lots of illnesses, but what about adults? The CDC recommends that adults get multiple vaccines for conditions ranging from tetanus to influenza to cervical cancer. The shots can be a bit trickier to keep track of, as many adults go to the doctor less frequently than kids do, but those vaccinations are equally important for staying healthy.”Many adults are not aware of what vaccines they actually need,” says Dr. Pamela Rockwell, an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan who works with the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. “That is also balanced by physician unawareness of what vaccines they should be recommending. It’s gotten very complicated, and it is difficult to keep up with all the changes.”So we’re here to answer some common questions about adult vaccines. Click on each topic to go to that section.1. Measles 2. Shingles 3. Tetanus 4. Vaccines during pregnancy 5. Before meeting a newborn baby 6. Before visiting the elderly 7. Chickenpox 8. Hepatitis B, A and C 9. HPV I was vaccinated against measles as a child, but the measles outbreak makes me worry that I’m no longer immune. Do I need to be revaccinated as an adult? If you received the standard two doses of the modern measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, you’re all set. You shouldn’t need to be revaccinated, because you’re considered immune for life.And if you were born before 1957, doctors assume you were exposed to measles as a child and are already immune.However, a version of the vaccine produced in the mid-to-late 1960s wasn’t as effective as the current regimen, so if you were vaccinated before 1968, you should talk to your doctor about whether you need another shot. If you were born after 1957 but for some reason never got immunized, you should also get the MMR vaccine. I’ve heard there’s an effective vaccine for shingles, but my doctor’s office doesn’t have it and it’s out of stock at the pharmacy. What’s going on? Shingrix is a two-dose vaccine that is upward of 95 percent effective at preventing shingles, a painful rash that tends to affect older adults and immunocompromised people. The vaccine was approved in 2017 and requires two injections. It’s more effective than Zostavax, an older shingles vaccine, so doctors will recommend Shingrix over Zostavax to most patients over age 50.There has been a shortage of Shingrix for almost as long as it has been available because demand for the vaccine has outpaced the supply. Its manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, told the CDC that it’s working to step up its production schedule. But because every dose of Shingrix needs to undergo safety checks, GSK expects that shortages will continue at least through the end of the year.”The demand was so great they literally couldn’t keep up,” Rockwell says.If you get the first dose, do your best to get the second one within two to six months. If your local pharmacies don’t have Shingrix in stock, don’t worry — you can use the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to find out where it is available. If you wait more than six months to get the second dose, you don’t need to repeat the first one, but it’s possible the vaccine won’t be quite as effective in preventing shingles. What’s the deal with tetanus shots? How often do I need them? Tetanus is a life-threatening disease of the nervous system that’s caused by a toxin-producing bacterium usually found in soil. It can be prevented by a series of five childhood shots, including a booster between ages 11 and 12. Adults then need a booster shot every 10 years. It can be hard to keep track of this if you move or change doctors, so make a note in your calendar and don’t be afraid to ask about it. If you get it early or a year or two late, it isn’t harmful.If you ever have an injury that might expose you to tetanus — such as stepping on a nail — your doctor will ask when your latest tetanus booster was and may give you another booster shot on the spot. If you’re not up to date on your tetanus vaccines, you may need additional treatment to prevent the disease.Childhood tetanus shots are combined with a vaccine for diphtheria, a dangerous infection that can affect kids, and one for pertussis, which is known as whooping cough. Your every-10-year tetanus and diphtheria boosters won’t include pertussis, unless you’re pregnant. But when you turn 65, you should again get the shot that protects against all three, which is known as Tdap. I’m thinking about having a baby. What vaccines do I need? Make sure you and everyone around you is up to date on standard childhood and adolescent vaccines, including pertussis, since babies are vulnerable to this disease. You should also get a dose of Tdap during prenatal care, since it’s safe in pregnancy.Everyone also should get an annual flu shot, because pregnant women, who have weakened immune systems, are particularly susceptible to influenza and can get very sick or die from an infection.Even if you got all the recommended vaccines as a kid, it’s possible your immunity has waned when it comes to some of the vaccine-preventable diseases that can be passed from mom to baby. This is why prenatal doctors and midwives check to make sure pregnant women are immune to hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox) and rubella.If you find out you’re not immune before you get pregnant, you should get vaccinated again. The hepatitis B vaccine is safe during pregnancy. But the varicella and MMR (which includes rubella protection) vaccines are not safe for pregnant patients, so your doctor is likely to recommend that you get them after delivery. I’m planning to visit my newborn nephew. What vaccines do I need? If you’ve gotten all your recommended vaccines and boosters, you’re almost ready to meet the baby. Babies, like pregnant women, have weak immune systems, so an annual flu shot is important before interacting with a newborn. Adults over 65 should have gotten a pertussis booster (included in the Tdap shot). What about if I’m visiting my hospitalized, elderly grandmother? Older, hospitalized adults are similar to newborns in that their immune systems are weak and particularly vulnerable to infections. Follow the same advice as if you’re going to meet a new baby. I was born before the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine existed. Do I need it now?The varicella vaccine was approved in 1995, so if you were born before then, there’s a good chance you weren’t vaccinated.But even if you weren’t vaccinated, you’re probably already immune because there’s a high likelihood you’ve had chickenpox. The CDC says adults born before 1980 don’t need the vaccine and don’t need testing to prove their immunity.There are some occasions when doctors will want to order blood tests to make sure their patients are actually immune to varicella — for pregnant women and health care workers, for example. If you get tested and the blood test shows you’re still susceptible, your doctor will recommend that you get the vaccine. But because the vaccine is so effective and the blood test isn’t always accurate, getting tested isn’t necessary for everyone. What do I need to know about all the different hepatitis shots? Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, but when we’re talking about vaccines, we’re referring to several types of viruses that infect liver cells and can cause lots of different and potentially life-threatening problems, ranging from diarrhea to liver failure to cancer. Routine childhood immunizations include vaccines for hepatitis A and hepatitis B, meaning virtually all kids in the U.S. are vaccinated against them.Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood or sex. A vaccine for it has been available since the 1980s, but it’s common for immunity to hepatitis B to decrease over time. If you work in health care or are thinking about becoming pregnant, your doctor might order a blood test that shows if you’re still immune. If you’re not, your doctor may recommend you get revaccinated as an adult.Hepatitis A is transmitted through the fecal-oral route, meaning that if you eat something that has been contaminated with the feces of an infected person, you can get it. The vaccine for hepatitis A was approved in 1995. If you’re not yet vaccinated and you fall into one of a few groups — including if you’re a man who has sex with other men, you’re traveling to a country where the virus is endemic, you live with a person who has had hepatitis A — you should get the shots.Hepatitis C is another common viral infection that affects the liver. It’s so common, in fact, that doctors routinely test people born between 1945 and 1965 for the virus. Unfortunately, there’s no vaccine available for it, but it can be treated with an oral medication. If you haven’t been screened for it, ask your doctor if you need to be. Who should get the HPV vaccine? What’s it for? This is essentially a cancer vaccine.The Food and Drug Administration initially approved the HPV vaccine for girls and young women in the early 2000s, but the range of people who should get it has since grown. The FDA recently approved its use for people up to age 45. FDA approval is different from CDC guidelines, however. The CDC still officially recommends that both boys and girls get their first shot by 11 or 12, up until age 26 for women and 21 for men. The CDC adds that men up to age 26 “may be vaccinated” based on a consult with a doctor. If you’re older than 26 and haven’t been vaccinated, again, talk to your doctor about whether you need it.HPV stands for the human papillomaviruses, which cause a wide variety of conditions, ranging from common warts on hands and feet to cervical and anal cancer. The vaccine helps prevent infection from certain types of HPV, including the strains that are the most likely to cause cancer.It’s a series of two shots, six to 12 months apart, which is a change from when the vaccine was first approved — it used to require three shots. Children who are late getting the HPV vaccine and receive their first dose after age 15 will still need three doses.And there’s more.You may also need vaccines for conditions such as pneumonia or meningitis. Ask your doctor. What your doctor recommends will depend on your medical history and your risk factors, so don’t be afraid to speak up at your next appointment. You can use this CDC quiz to see what might be right for you.Mara Gordon is a family physician in Washington, D.C., and a health and media fellow at NPR and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. read more
Source:http://news.ntu.edu.sg/pages/newsdetail.aspx?URL=http://news.ntu.edu.sg/news/Pages/NR2018_Nov21.aspx&Guid=af569264-037b-4792-a22c-6ca2fa43e059&Category=News+Releases Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 21 2018Analysis of doctor-patient conversations to help shape design of future specialists’ communication trainingA joint study by researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and clinicians at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) has yielded insights into how doctors can better communicate the value of clinical investigations to patients.The research team is one of the first groups in Singapore to use Conversation Analysis, a method for studying social interaction, in a hospital setting.In Conversation Analysis, video recordings of interactions in an authentic setting are transcribed verbatim. Researchers analyse the verbal and non-verbal aspects during each person’s turn to talk, paying attention to context and identifying recurring patterns of interaction.This micro-analysis is richer in insights compared to retrospective interviews and surveys commonly used in health communication studies. Researchers can subsequently give clinicians specific recommendations in terms of what to say, and how to say it at a specific point, in order to enhance the communication process.For example, when addressing a patient’s concern about pain during a procedure, just explaining the use of anaesthetics may not be enough to reduce the fear. Instead, the doctor can share what his past patients said about their experience.The research outcomes are expected to shape the design of medical communication modules for training of future urologists in TTSH.The study which involved an analysis of 150 doctor-patient conversations at TTSH’s Urology clinics was led by Professor Luke Kang Kwong Kapathy and Assistant Professor Lim Ni Eng, both from NTU School of Humanities, in collaboration with Adjunct Assistant Professor Png Keng Siang, Senior Consultant, Department of Urology, TTSH.”Conversation Analysis is a fresh look into communication in healthcare which doctors were not previously exposed to. We are excited that our day-to-day doctor-patient interactions can shed so much insight through the use of this novel approach,” said Adjunct Asst Prof Png Keng Siang.”Current medical education already includes communication training, but we want to go a step further in looking at the actual interactions in the clinics. Studying the languages, responses and social psychology in the clinical setting gives us insights on what makes patients more receptive to doctors’ recommendations, which may lead to patients being more willing to go through necessary tests and increased patient satisfaction,” said Prof Luke, who is the Chair, School of Humanities, and Associate Dean (Research), College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences at NTU.Related StoriesAre physical examinations by family doctors still needed?How to get a cheaper prescription before leaving the doctor’s officeNew app created to help people reduce exposure to anticholinergic medicationsRicher insightsThe study involved filming 150 first-visit consultations at TTSH urology clinics. A preliminary study involving 50 patients and three urology consultants started in July 2016.From the initial findings, a larger study involving 100 patients and clinicians from the urology department was conducted from mid-2017 to mid-2018. Patients had given their written consent to participate in this research project, which was approved by National Healthcare Group’s ethics review board.A common reason for patients to be referred to Urology clinics is the presence of blood in urine. As this can be caused by various reasons, a first-visit consultation often involves the recommendation of various diagnostic procedures, in order to pinpoint the exact cause behind the symptom. These tests may consist of a urine test, renal ultrasound, as well as cystoscopy which involves running a thin tube with lens to the bladder through the urethra.Recurring scenarios include patients’ expression of fear towards cystoscopy, and apprehension towards going through multiple tests. To enhance the communication process, doctors can be more aware of patients’ subconscious signs of fear. To patients who may view the tests as being optional, they can also explain upfront that all the tests are needed to pinpoint the exact cause behind the symptoms, before going into test details.NTU’s Asst Prof Lim said, “Our study also brings up the question of how much patients know or do not know about the various medical procedures when they enter the clinic. How this knowledge affects patients’ interaction with doctors and their decision-making process can be further studied.”Throughout 2018, the research team had presented their findings at several international conferences such as the Singapore Public Health & Occupational Medicine Conference, the International Symposium on Healthcare Communication, and the Global Health Histories Seminar jointly organised by the World Health Organisation and Sri Lanka’s government.NTU and Tan Tock Seng Hospital have been collaborating in advancing patient care through their engagement in the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and Health City Novena.The NTU team is part of a medical humanities research cluster at the university, which looks at the linguistic, social and cultural aspects of medical practice.Other ongoing projects by the same team include enhancing communication in TTSH’s Ophthalmology clinics and in the training of medical students. The researchers also aim to apply Conversation Analysis in palliative care in future. read more
Explore further “Huawei’s exclusion from the US has forced it to work harder in Asia and Europe to achieve its goals.”Based in the southern China tech hub of Shenzhen, Huawei had already been pushing into developing markets even before political pressure—peaking this year with President Donald Trump’s China trade war—effectively slammed the US door shut.Huawei’s exclusion stems in part from US distrust over Ren’s earlier career as a Chinese military technologist and fears that Beijing could strong-arm its tech champions into aiding with espionage abroad. Huawei denies any government links. Analysts warn that while Huawei is enjoying a lead over Apple, some studies forecast the US giant will reclaim the number two spot when new iPhone models are released later this year Founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has likened Huawei to a ruthless ‘wolf’ tirelessly running down its prey Huawei overtook Apple to become the world’s number two smartphone maker in April-June, despite being denied access the key US market The 5G challengeThe penalties, since lifted, would have deprived ZTE of US electronics components it desperately needs. Huawei, however, produces its own key components, giving the US less leverage.But an industry sales slowdown and market saturation could limit its growth.IDC said 342 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in the second quarter, down 1.8 percent year-on-year and the third consecutive quarterly decline.In the long term, the lack of a US foothold will be an Achilles heel for Huawei, analysts said, and some market studies project Apple reclaiming the number two spot when new iPhone models are released later this year.And as Huawei customers graduate to higher end gadgets above $600, the Chinese company will have to compete head-to-head with Apple on quality and features.”As you move upward, there are fewer competitors but the features, the challenges, the innovation, and the expectations grow,” said Counterpoint’s Pathak.”That is something that Huawei, Apple and Samsung all need to capitalise on.”A critical test looms in the next two years, when 5G systems are expected to roll out and manufacturers will be judged on how their smartphones handle the enhanced capabilities.Huawei is already gearing up for the challenge. Its R&D spending grew 17 percent last year to $13.8 billion, putting the company in the same league as Samsung, Amazon and Google’s parent Alphabet, while recent product launches in Europe have been increasingly glitzy.”Things like camera capabilities and how Huawei rises overall to that (5G) challenge will decide if it is among the Apples and Samsungs, but I think they belong,” Pathak said. In the meantime, Huawei has built up its business in more price-conscious markets, from Indonesia to Saudi Arabia, South Africa and even Europe.Analysts note that as those markets mature and customers graduate to higher end phones, they will already be in Huawei’s ecosystem.”If Apple and Samsung want to maintain their market position, they must make their portfolios more competitive,” said Canalys’s Stanton.Samsung shipped 71.5 million handsets for a 20.9 percent global market share in the second quarter, compared with Huawei’s 54.2 million phones and 15.8 percent share. Apple sold 41.3 million iPhones for a 12.1 percent slice.Huawei shipped 95 million units in the first half and is targeting 2018 sales of 200 million, a threshold crossed previously only by Samsung and Apple.Further growth will keep Huawei firmly on the US security radar.The Trump administration nearly killed Huawei’s Chinese rival ZTE this year, imposing tough penalties for violating US sanctions by selling goods to Iran and North Korea. China’s Huawei eyes smartphone summit after passing Apple Citation: Chinese tech ‘wolf’ Huawei stalks Apple and Samsung (2018, August 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-chinese-tech-wolf-huawei-stalks.html Despite being essentially barred from the critical US market, Huawei surpassed Apple to become the world’s number two smartphone maker in the second quarter of this year and has market leader Samsung in its sights.Huawei has achieved this in part by refocusing away from the futile fight for US access and toward gobbling up market share in developing nations with its moderately priced but increasingly sophisticated phones, analysts say.”Huawei’s image and brand recognition across markets and regions is getting better and better,” said Tarun Pathak of global market analysis firm Counterpoint.”They’ve differentiated and positioned their products across price segments, which makes an interesting conversation in terms of competing with Apple and Samsung.”Founded by Ren, now 73, with a few thousand dollars in 1987, Huawei focused initially on the backbone hardware for telecommunications networks, growing to become the world leader.Fifteen years after introducing its first phone, Huawei surpassed Apple in the April-June quarter to take second place globally, International Data Corporation (IDC) said last week, the first time since 2010 that Apple was not in the top two.Raising the anteHuawei’s consumer products chief Richard Yu raised the ante Friday, saying the company could overtake South Korean giant Samsung by late 2019.”The importance of Huawei overtaking Apple this quarter cannot be overstated,” senior analyst Ben Stanton of Canalys wrote in a report on the latest sales data. © 2018 AFP 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. Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Chinese telecoms behemoth Huawei, likens the company to a ruthless “wolf” tirelessly running down its prey, an ethos that could soon make it the apex predator of the smartphone world. read more
A day after the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the BJP inked their seat-sharing formula, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Congress on Wednesday announced their pre-poll pact to fight the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.Under the agreement, the Congress party has been given nine seats in Tamil Nadu and one in Puducherry.Deciding constituenciesThe two parties finalised only the number of seats under the alliance; the constituencies will be decided after completing the seat-sharing deals with other alliance partners, said DMK President MK Stalin here.He said the DMK would begin its seat-sharing discussion in the coming days with other parties which supported it in taking up various issues in the past two years.Referring to the plans for by-poll for 21 Assembly constituencies, Stalin said the decision would be taken once the Election Commission notifies it.Answering a question on whether there would be a possibility for film actor Vijayakanth-led Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) to join the DMK-Congress alliance, Stalin indicated there were no talks with the DMDK.It is learnt that the BJP and the DMDK were continuing their discussion for seat-sharing under the AIADMK-BJP alliance, in which the Pattali Makkal Katchi has already sealed a deal.‘Other parties may join’Parties such as the CPI, the CPI(M), the Indian Union Muslim League and the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi are expected to be part of the DMK-Congress alliance.In 2014, both the DMK and the Congress failed to win any Lok Sabha seat in the State. Tamil Nadu national elections COMMENT Cong gets 9 seats in Tamil Nadu, 1 in Puducherry SHARE Published on February 20, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS read more
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