usamash.org Feed https://usamash.org en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/ Trump meets with Twitter CEO amid bias complaints https://usamash.org/business/trump-meets-twitter-ceo-bias-complaints-64264886 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:34:05 +0000 <div> <p> </p><div> <div> <p>Updated</p> </div> <div> <div> <p> </p><ul><img src="https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/01/67/36/17266596/19/920x920.jpg"></ul> </div> <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he had a "great meeting" Tuesday with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after bashing the company profusely earlier in the day.</p> <p>Trump and some Republicans in Congress have complained that social media giants are biased against Republicans, something the companies have rejected as untrue.</p> <p>Trump gave his readout of the meeting on Twitter, writing: "Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general. Look forward to keeping an open dialogue!"</p> <p>While some tech company executives may lean liberal, they have long asserted that their products are without political bias.</p> <p>Trump had tweeted earlier Tuesday that Twitter didn't treat him well and that he would have more followers "if Twitter wasn't playing their political games."</p> </div> </div> <div> <p><img src="https://extras.mrt.com/TB2W_300x100.jpg"></p> </div> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/s.hdnux.com/photos/01/01/67/36/17266596/19/rawImage.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/trump-meets-twitter-ceo-bias-complaints Reports: Seahawks trade Frank Clark to Kansas City Chiefs https://usamash.org/sport/reports-seahawks-trade-frank-clark-kansas-city-chiefs-04428000 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:10:21 +0000 <div> <p><img src="https://static.seattletimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Sports_bcondotta-100x100.jpeg"> </p> <p>Frank Clark is on his way out of Seattle with multiple reports Tuesday that he has been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for the Chiefs' 2019 first-round pick and a 2020 second-rounder. Both ESPN and the NFL Network reported the trade as well as the Kansas City Star.</p> <p>Seattle placed a franchise tag on Clark in March that would pay him $17.1 million for the 2019 season but he wanted a long-term deal.</p> <p>With those talks apparently stalled - Clark is thought to want a deal that would at least approximate the $21 million per season that Dallas recently gave DeMarcus Lawrence - Seattle has been taking calls for a trade for Clark and the Chiefs in the last 24 hours have emerged as a legitimate trade partner.</p> <p>ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Clark and the Chiefs were working on what would be "massive" contract extension and that Clark will then travel to Kansas City to take a physical and make the trade official.</p> <p>Seattle general manager John Schneider confirmed on Monday that the team was weighing trade offers for Clark.</p> <p>"This time (of year), and the trade deadline, there's some speculation about a lot of players,'' Schneider said. "We're involved in a lot of deals. We take a lot of pride in that. We wouldn't be doing our jobs if we weren't listening to everybody. I get it, people need to speculate this time of year. ... We take a lot of pride in having relationships through the league and understanding what's going on as much as we possibly can."</p> <p>An ESPN report over the weekend stated the Seahawks would want a package that would include at least a first-round pick. That seemed like a steep price to some around the league, but over the last 24 hours or so reports had emerged that a legitimate trade market was developing for Clark and Seattle will now add to what had been a league-low four picks heading into the 2019 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday.</p> <p>Clark was Seattle's first pick in the 2015 draft, taken in the second round at number 63 overall out of Michigan.</p> <p>He had his best season in 2018 with 13 sacks and has 35 in four seasons with Seattle, 32 in the last three years.</p> <p>Clark turns 26 in June and Seattle coach Pete Carroll had several times spoken enthusiastically about Clark's progress and how the team wanted to secure him for the future.</p> <p>But Seattle also has some other defensive players it will need to pay - notably middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and defensive tackle Jarran Reed.</p> <p>Schneider on Monday had called it "very challenging" to try to keep all three.</p> <p>The Seahawks have now made their choice, adding a first-round pick. Seattle now has the 21st and 29th overall picks in the first round as well as picks in the third, fourth and fifth rounds.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/static.seattletimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/urn-publicid-ap-org-e76065d110eb4456a0d9ed91ef19f357Franchise_Tags_Football_80003-474x711.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://usamash.org/news/reports-seahawks-trade-frank-clark-kansas-city-chiefs Kicker Robbie Gould requests trade from 49ers https://usamash.org/49ers/robbie-gould-requests-trade-49ers-62008280 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:08:35 +0000 <div> <p>SANTA CLARA - Robbie Gould confirmed Tuesday he is requesting a trade from the 49ers, who placed the franchise tag on him in free agency and vowed as recently as Monday that Gould will kick for them this season.</p> <p>Neither Gould nor his agent, Brian Mackler, expanded on their rationale to be traded or why pulled they've contract proposals.</p> <p>Gould's near-flawless tenure the past two seasons with the 49ers figured to make him a hot commodity in free agency, until the 49ers franchised him at nearly $5 million, an offer sheet he's yet to sign.</p> <p>General manager John Lynch acknowledged Monday the 49ers have been unable to agree on a multi-year contract with Gould and expressed no hesitation in whether Gould would return for 2019.</p> <p>"Robbie's going to be a part of us this coming year, I know that. We would like it to be longer than that," Lynch said Monday. "We've made an attempt to make that happen. We haven't come to an agreement as of yet and we'll see where that goes."</p> <p>Gould confirmed his trade request in a text message with this news organization.</p> <p>Gould told ESPN's Adam Schefter: "The bottom line is, I'm unsure if I want to play there anymore. At this point, I have to do what's best for me and my family back home."</p> <p>In response to Gould's public trade request Tuesday, a 49ers spokesman referred to Lynch's comments Monday.</p> <p>Gould has not reported to the voluntary offseason program that began last week. He instead is working out and remaining with his family in the Chicago area, where his NFL career took shape as the Bears all-time leading scorer. The Bears have struggled to find his replacement and a reunion seemed possible until the 49ers franchise tag.</p> <p>If the Bears wanted to swing a deal for Gould, they do not own a pick in the draft's first two rounds to barter, instead holding one in the third, fourth and fifth rounds and two in the seventh.</p> <p>Lynch shrugged off Gould's absence at the 49ers' offseason program even though the only ones missing have been linebacker Dee Ford and guard Mike Person, both of whom became new fathers.</p> <p>"There's a few things that make me feel really good," Lynch said of Gould. "First of all, Robbie is extremely good at what he does and I think the last couple of years have been indicative of that.</p> <p>"Robbie's a guy who works extremely hard at his craft. By virtue of that position, he can do that wherever he is. He can do it in Santa Clara, he can do it in Chicago, he can do it wherever he is and I'm sure Robbie's doing that."</p> <p>Mackler stood by his comment to ESPN: "At this time, we are unsure when or if he will report. It will not be prior to Sept 8, at the earliest, if at all."</p> <p>The 49ers open the season Sept. 8 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.</p> <p>"I can't speak as to when he's going to be here, but when we kick it off he'll be here," Lynch said.</p> <p>Lynch confirmed the 49ers did show interest in Stephen Gostkowski before he re-signed with the New England Patriots.</p> <p>"The thinking was we've got to do our due diligence in terms of being prepared for all scenarios," Lynch said. "Stephen was a free agent and also very good. Our number one priority in that respect was to try to figure out something with Robbie. Stephen was there. I think our interest quickly got the Patriots to lock him down and that's where he's at so I'll leave that at that."</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.mercurynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/BNG-L-49ERS-1217-21.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> 49ers https://usamash.org/news/robbie-gould-requests-trade-49ers 'The Lighthouse': First Look at Robert Pattinson in Next Film from 'The Witch' Director https://usamash.org/entertainment/lighthouse-robert-pattinson-film-witch-director-88400822 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:08:31 +0000 <div> <img src="http://cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/the-lighthouse-slice-600x200.jpg"> <p>A24 has revealed the first image from the upcoming film <strong><em>The Lighthouse</em></strong>, the highly anticipated new movie from writer/director <strong>Robert Eggers</strong>. The debut follows the news that the film will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors' Fortnight program.</p> <p>We know next to nothing about the film's plot, other than the fact that it revolves around a lighthouse keeper named Old and takes place in the 19th Century. <strong>Robert Pattinson</strong> and <strong>Willem Dafoe</strong> fill the two lead roles, as seen in this debut image, and they are rocking some truly tremendous facial hair. It also appears as though Eggers shot the film in black-and-white, which is welcome news.</p> <p><em>The Witch</em> burst onto the scene in 2015 as a truly stirring piece of horror cinema. I myself caught the film at its Sundance Film Festival debut knowing absolutely nothing about it, and found myself deeply unsettled and truly disturbed. Eggers displayed a mastery of shot composition, atmosphere, and tension, which makes me doubly excited to see what he's put together with <em>The Lighthouse</em>.</p> <p>The filmmaker is already working on another project, a remake of <strong><em>Nosferatu</em></strong>, but it's unclear how soon that project will get off the ground. For now, it's great to see <em>The Lighthouse</em> being unveiled at Cannes, which hopefully means the film will be released in theaters sometime later this year.</p> <p>Check out the first image from <em>The Lighthouse</em> below.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/the-lighthouse-robert-pattinson-willem-dafoe-600x503.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/lighthouse-robert-pattinson-film-witch-director Chiefs close to deal for Seahawks' Frank Clark https://usamash.org/sport/chiefs-close-deal-seahawks-frank-clark-82624668 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:07:23 +0000 <div> <p>The Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs are closing in on a trade that would send Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark to the Chiefs for their 2019 first-round draft pick, a 2020 second-rounder and a swap of third-round picks in this draft, a source told Yahoo Sports.</p> <p>Clark, who has been franchise-tagged by the Seahawks, needs to work out a new deal with the Chiefs before it can be finalized. The Chiefs have an additional second-round pick in 2020 thanks to the trade of Dee Ford, and are expected to retain the better of those picks.</p> <p>Clark, 25, has consistently been one of the NFL's best pass rushers the past three years, as he's totaled 32 sacks since 2016. In 2018 alone, Clark racked up 41 tackles and was tied for seventh in the league in sacks with 13 and eighth in the NFL in hurries with 27.</p> <figure><img src="https://s.yimg.com/g/images/spaceball.gif"><img src="https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/Aq9fLwHjTpRUIZ.yccL_vQ--~A/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9ODAw/https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5cbf50b3230000bd026db8b8.jpeg"> </figure> <p>In Kansas City, Clark would become the edge-rush centerpiece of a defense that finished 31st in total defense in 2018 but will be guided by a new coordinator in Steve Spagnuolo, who is switching from the 3-4 scheme the Chiefs operated under the previous six years under former coordinator Bob Sutton.</p> <p>The scheme change led to the offseason jettisoning of two longtime members of the Chiefs' pass rush, as Ford was dealt to San Francisco for a 2020 second-round pick and Justin Houston was released. The Chiefs have added beefier defensive ends - a better scheme fit for Spagnuolo - since then, as they signed Alex Okafor to a three-year deal, traded safety Eric Murray to Cleveland for defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah and signed Jeremiah Attaochu to a one-year deal.</p> <p>The addition of the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Clark - who fits the physical profile of the type of ends Spagnuolo likes - would be the biggest of all, provided the two sides can hammer out a deal.</p> <strong>More from Yahoo Sports:</strong> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/usamash.org/images/chiefs-close-deal-seahawks-frank-clark-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://usamash.org/news/chiefs-close-deal-seahawks-frank-clark Chiefs acquire Seahawks' Frank Clark https://usamash.org/sport/chiefs-acquire-seahawks-frank-clark-24888466 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:07:10 +0000 <div> <p>By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher </p> <p>The Kansas City Chiefs lost a pass rusher in their trade of franchise-tagged defensive end Dee Ford. He was shipped to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2020 second-round draft pick. </p> <p>Just days before the 2019 NFL Draft, the Chiefs acquired a new pass rusher. They made a trade with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire franchise-tagged defensive end Frank Clark. </p> <p><figure><img src="https://capitalsportsreport.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/frankclarkseattleseahawksvneworleansnacdittkwzbl.jpg?w=620"><figcaption>Frank Clark reacts with a peace sign after sacking Drew Brees against the New Orleans Saints (Getty Images)</figcaption></figure></p> <p>The Seahawks will receive the Chiefs 2019 first-round draft pick. In addition, Kansas City has two second-round draft picks. </p> <p>They will retain the better of the two second-round draft picks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The lower of the two second-round draft picks will go to Seattle, as part of this Clark deal. </p> <p>In addition, the teams exchanged third-round draft picks this year. </p> <p>Clark is expected to sign a massive deal with the Chiefs, according to Schefter. Once the deal is finalized, he will fly to Kansas City to take his physical. </p> <p>Just last week, it was reported that Seahawks GM John Schneider did not expect Clark to hold out. Now, he cannot hold out, as he is with another team. </p> <p>The 25-year-old Cleveland, Ohio native was a second-round draft pick by the Seahawks in the 2015 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons in Seattle. </p> <p>This past season, he had 41 tackles, including 10 tackles for a loss and 27 quarterback hits. He also had 13.0 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two pass deflections. </p> <p>Over the past two seasons, he has made 32 appearances, including 28 starts. He had 52 tackles, including 20 tackles for a loss and 48 quarterback hits. </p> <p>Clark also had 22.0 sacks, one interception, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and four pass deflections. </p> <p>In his four-year career, he has made 62 appearances, including 33 starts. He had 92 tackles, including 35 tackles for a loss, and 72 quarterback hits.</p> <p>Clark also had 35.0 sacks, one interception, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and six pass deflections. </p> <p>Any Corrections?. You can contact Anthony Caruso III, Publisher at publisher@thecapitalsportsreport.com.</p> <p>Follow us: @CapSportsReport on Twitter | The Capital Sports Report on Facebook</p> <p>©2007-2019 The Capital Sports Report. Please honor copyright! Piracy hurts writers, devalues their works, and puts you and your employer at risk of lawsuits. All original materials contained on this website are protected by the United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcasted without the prior written permission.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/capitalsportsreport.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/frankclarkseattleseahawksvneworleansnacdittkwzbl.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://usamash.org/news/chiefs-acquire-seahawks-frank-clark Final 2019 Saints mock draft: seven rounds with multiple trades https://usamash.org/nfl/final-2019-saints-mock-draft-rounds-multiple-trades-68820426 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:06:07 +0000 <div> <p>The 2019 NFL Draft is just days away, and fans of the New Orleans Saints are ready for it to be over with. It's tough to find enthusiasm when the Saints are scheduled to make their first pick late Friday night, missing the exciting first round altogether. But they should expect the black and gold to be aggressive as always, using a combination of late-round picks, future draft selections, and some available players to move up the draft board and target specific prospects they value highly.</p> <p>Remember, the Saints have stood pat just twice: Sean Payton's first year on the job (2006), and that time the league suspended him from contacting the team at all (2012). The Saints will very likely trade up at some point in the draft, even if only a few spots. Here's our best and final guess at what this year's draft class might look like.</p> <p>Part of the Marcus Davenport trade.</p> <p>The Saints make a small trade up from No. 62, leapfrogging the Dallas Cowboys at No. 58 and the Indianapolis Colts at No. 59, adding an instant-impact player on their defensive line. The Eagles accept the slight bump down after having made an earlier pick at No. 53, gaining the Saints' pick at No. 62 and two of New Orleans' selections in the later rounds (No. 177 in round six and No. 244 in round seven).</p> <p>Jones broke out in a big way last year, finishing second on the talented Buckeyes defense in tackles for loss (14) and sacks (8.5), and leading the team in turnovers (3 fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, and an interception). He also set the pace for the defense in touchdown scores, finding the opposing team's end zone on a 28-yard interception return and again with one of his fumble recoveries. He makes plays and moves well at a hair beneath 6-foot-3, 280 pounds. That's exactly what the Saints need while Sheldon Rankins rehabs his surgically-repaired Achilles and David Onyemata waits to see whether he will receive a league suspension.</p> <p>Part of the Dre'Mont Jones trade.</p> <p>Part of the Teddy Bridgewater trade.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/usatsaintswire.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/gettyimages-951619668.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nfl https://usamash.org/news/final-2019-saints-mock-draft-rounds-multiple-trades Report: Seahawks agree to trade DE Frank Clark to Chiefs https://usamash.org/weather/report-seahawks-agree-trade-de-frank-clark-chiefs-08600664 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:05:22 +0000 <div> <img src="http://ldywgilfmw17e67w3vjk9exe.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/frank-clark-getty-flex-620.jpg"><p>The Seahawks have reportedly agreed to trade defensive end Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Schefter reports the trade gives Seattle the Chiefs' first-round pick (No. 29 overall) and a 2020 second-round pick.</p> <strong>Most Seahawks' draft-day action will come after 7th round</strong> <blockquote> <p>Seahawks agreed to trade their franchise player, DE Frank Clark, to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2019 first-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick and an exchange of third-round picks this year, per league sources.</p> <p>- Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2019</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Frank Clark and Chiefs now will finalize their long-term deal. Chiefs have two second-round picks in 2020 - theirs and the one they acquired from SF for Dee Ford. They will retain the better of the 2's, and the lower one will go to Seattle as part of the trade for Frank Clark.</p> <p>- Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2019</p> </blockquote> <p>The Chiefs will still need to work out a long-term deal with Clark, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and Clark will need to pass a physical.</p> <h4>Why did the Seahawks trade Frank Clark?</h4> <p>Obviously we don't have all the answers here, but both general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have praised Clark's on- and off-the-field presence. Because of that, the easiest conclusion to draw is that Clark would be due a contract extension that could become prohibitively expensive for a Seahawks team that had just extended their franchise quarterback.</p> <p>With his 2018 production (a career-high 14 sacks), the rising price tag of a top-tier defensive end, and a lack of draft capital for Seattle, rumors of a potential trade of Clark had been circulating weeks prior to Tuesday's news. The Seahawks used their franchise tag on Clark in March and were facing a July deadline for a long-term extension. After signing quarterback Russell Wilson to a record-setting $140 million extension in April - and with free agency looming for middle linebacker Bobby Wagner - the Seahawks were faced with the challenge of creating a manageable salary cap hit for the trio of Pro Bowlers.</p> <p>Questions about salary cap implications had been raised as recently as Monday afternoon. During a pre-draft press conference at the team's headquarters, Schneider was asked whether it was feasible to retain Wilson, Wagner, and Clark.</p> <p>"Feasible," Schneider replied. "Very challenging."</p> <strong>What does this mean for the Seahawks?</strong> <p>Trading Clark gives the Seahawks an additional first-round pick this year, which pads what was previously a league-fewest four picks. They now own the 21st overall and 29th overall picks. Seattle also received a second-round pick in 2020. In terms of salary cap space, Seattle has a bit more flexibility to negotiation a long-term contract with Wagner (or defensive tackle Jarran Reed, another impending free agent).</p> <p>In the more immediate future, the Seahawks are left with a significant hole on their defensive line.</p> <p>Clark recorded 14 sacks and 27 quarterback hits in 2018 - both were team and career highs. His 14 sacks were the most by any Seahawk since 2007 (Patrick Kerney). Clark alone recorded one third of Seattle's 43 sacks, and coupled with Reed (10.5 sacks), accounted for more than half of the team total.</p> <p>With the trade of Clark, the Seahawks have five defensive ends on the roster: Branden Jackson, Rasheem Green, Jacob Martin, Cassius Marsh, Nate Orchard, and Quinton Jefferson, who can also play at defensive tackle.</p> <strong>What went into Russell Wilson's new deal with Seahawks</strong> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/sports.mynorthwest.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/frank-clark-getty-flex-620.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Weather https://usamash.org/news/report-seahawks-agree-trade-de-frank-clark-chiefs Florida judge orders that video of Robert Kraft be sealed for now https://usamash.org/sports/florida-judge-orders-video-robert-kraft-sealed-24400802 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:05:14 +0000 <div> <p>WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida judge has ordered that a video police say shows New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for sex not be publicly released for now.</p> <p>Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser accepted arguments by Kraft's attorneys that releasing the video could harm chances for a fair trial on misdemeanor prostitution charges, and ruled Tuesday that it shouldn't be handed to the media as a public record until a jury is seated, a plea agreement is reached or the state drops the case.</p> <p>Kraft was one of several men charged with solicitation after police secretly installed cameras at the Orchids of Asia massage parlor in Jupiter, Florida, in what authorities initially said was an investigation into human trafficking. Prosecutors have since said they found no evidence of trafficking at the spa.</p> <p>Attorneys for two Florida massage parlor employees planned to ask a judge to hold police and prosecutors responsible for the possible unauthorized release of the video.</p> <p>The New York Daily News reported last week that someone anonymously contacted TheBlast.com saying they had video showing Kraft naked with another person, presumably a massage therapist at the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter.</p> <p>Attorneys for spa owner Hua Zhang and therapist Lei Wang planned to ask a judge Tuesday to hold Jupiter police and the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office responsible. The court had barred release of the videos until it can be determined if they qualify as public records.</p> <p>Kraft and the woman have pleaded not guilty to the prostitution charges.</p> <i>Comments are disabled on some stories about sensitive topics.</i> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/multifiles.pressherald.com/uploads/sites/10/2019/04/AP19106800131620-1024x685.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sports https://usamash.org/news/florida-judge-orders-video-robert-kraft-sealed The Women Who Organized The Google Walkout Said The Company Retaliated Against Them https://usamash.org/google/google-walkout-organizers-company-punishing-66844460 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:59:14 +0000 <div> <p>Google employees have fought to change workplace policies and promote transparency for months. Now, two Google walkout organizers say the company is punishing them for their work in last November's demonstration, wherein some 20,000 employees walked off the job.</p> <p>"Google has a culture of retaliation, which too often works to silence women, people of color, and gender minorities," wrote Google employees Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, according to a copy of an internal letter obtained by <em>Fortune</em>. Bustle has reached out to Google for comment.</p> <p>In the letter, both Whittaker and Stapleton detail how their experiences at Google changed following the November walkout. Earlier this year, Google broke up its artificial intelligence (AI) ethics council after some employees pushed back against the appointment of a hardline, right-wing figure, according to <em>The Guardian. </em>After the council was disbanded, Whittaker said she was told that her position at Google would change dramatically, if she wanted to keep working there, reports <em>Fortune</em>. If she stayed at Google, Whittaker said, she would have to give up her work in the realm of AI ethics at the company.</p> <p>"I have worked on issues of AI ethics and bias for years, and am one of the people who helped shaped the field looking at these problems," Whittaker said in the letter "I have also taken risks to push for a more ethical Google, even when it less profitable or convenient."</p> <figure><div><img src="https://imgix.bustle.com/uploads/getty/2019/4/23/7c200616-99a7-4255-8472-c29cfa5f1071-getty-486234008.jpg?w=646&fit=max&auto=format&q=70"> </div> <cite>Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images</cite></figure> <p>In turn, Stapleton said that Google made moves to demote her two months after November's demonstration. As part of the demotion, she said she would lose half of her reports and no longer be able to pursue a project that had already been approved, per <em>Fortune</em>. When she brought the issue to human resources and other internal authority figures, Stapleton said that the situation only got worse.</p> <p>"My manager started ignoring me, my work was given to other people, and I was told to go on medical leave, even though I'm not sick," she said in the letter, per <em>Fortune</em>. </p> <p>This was eventually resolved, Stapleton wrote, after she involved a lawyer. But work, she says, has not been the same.</p> <p>"While my work has been restored, the environment remains hostile and I consider quitting nearly every day," Stapleton said.</p> <figure><div><img src="https://imgix.bustle.com/uploads/getty/2019/4/23/878e6039-7beb-4647-8668-65f380a0353f-getty-1084537604.jpg?w=646&fit=max&auto=format&q=70"> </div> <cite>Dan Kitwood/Getty Images News/Getty Images</cite></figure> <p>Google has told news outlets that retaliation is not allowed within the company, and that it takes such allegations seriously.</p> <p>"We prohibit retaliation in the workplace, and investigate all allegations," a Google spokesperson told <em>The New York Times</em> in response to reports about employee retaliation. "Employees and teams are regularly and commonly given new assignments, or reorganized, to keep pace with evolving business needs. There has been no retaliation here."</p> <em>More to come...</em> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/imgix.bustle.com/uploads/getty/2019/4/23/ae93aa0c-1954-4e4b-97a9-5f775ea723d4-getty-1056094412.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Google https://usamash.org/news/google-walkout-organizers-company-punishing St. Louis to host 2020 U.S. gymnastics Olympic Trials - St. Louis Business Journal https://usamash.org/sports/st-louis-named-host-2020-men-women-gymnastics-olympic-trials-26468208 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:56:12 +0000 <div> <p>The road to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will wind through St. Louis for U.S. gymnasts. </p> <p>Officials announced Tuesday that USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee awarded the 2020 men's and women's Olympic Team Trials to St. Louis. Enterprise Center will host the competition June 25-28, 2020. St. Louis has hosted a string of high-level gymnastics events in recent years, but the 2020 event will be the first time the city has hosted both the men's and women's Olympic Trials. Enterprise Center and the St. Louis Sports Commission spearheaded the region's bid for the event. </p> <p>In conjunction with the trials, St. Louis also will host the USA Gymnastics National Congress & Trade Show.</p> <p>"Next year's trials are an exclamation point to a wonderful run of major gymnastics events we've been able to host in St. Louis. We're grateful to have the opportunity to work with USA Gymnastics once again, and we look forward to partnering with our colleagues at Enterprise Center and our local gymnastics community to deliver an exceptional event next summer," said Frank Viverito, president of the St. Louis Sports Commission. </p> <p>Chaifetz Arena hosted 2016 Men's U.S. Olympic Trials and the P&G Gymnastics Championships. The arena, located on the campus of Saint Louis University, also hosted the NCAA Women's gymnastics championships in 2017 and 2018, along with the 2018 SEC Gymnastics Championship. Tuesday's announcement that Enterprise Center will host next year's Olympic Trials follows significant renovations at the facility in recent years. In 2018, Enterprise Center underwent a $42 million renovation phase of improvements at the facility. </p> <p>Chris Zimmerman, president and CEO of the St. Louis Blues and Enterprise Center, said the facility wouldn't have been considered for next year's Olympic Trails without the renovations. </p> <p>"Really all of the buildings like ours that were built in the (1990s) in Boston, Chicago, Atlanta are all doing similar major facelifts," Zimmerman said. "The work we've done has now obviously put us in contention for great events."</p> <p>Zimmerman estimated the economic impact from next year's event could be in $20 to $30 million range. The Olympic Trials are second high-profile event awarded to the Enterprise Center this year. In January, the National Hockey League announced the arena will host next year's All-Star Game.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/media.bizj.us/view/img/11225963/enterprise-center-2019-009*1200xx4929-2773-0-257.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sports https://usamash.org/news/st-louis-named-host-2020-men-women-gymnastics-olympic-trials Arjun Rampal, girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades announce pregnancy; share pic on social media https://usamash.org/india/arjun-rampal-girlfriend-gabriella-demetriades-announce-pregnancy-share-pic-social-media-66844848 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:54:43 +0000 <div> <p> </p><div> <p><img src="https://english.cdn.zeenews.com/sites/default/files/styles/zm_98x58/public/2018/03/15/641743-znews-logo.png?itok=tnzZALBh"> </p> </div> <div> <p>Apr 23, 2019, 23:12 PM IST</p> </div> <p>New Delhi: Bollywood hottie Arjun Rampal and South-African model girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades took to their social media handles and announced pregnancy. The actor, who was last seen in filmmaker JP Dutta's multi-starrer 'Paltan' shared a picture with a beautiful caption.</p> <p>Arjun's caption read: "Blessed to have you and start all over again....thank you baby for this baby."</p> <p>The two have been spotted hanging out together on a couple of occasions but remained tight-lipped about his relationship status.</p> <p>Arjun was earlier married to supermodel Mehr Jessia, however, the two announced their separation in May 2018.</p> <p>The couple mutually decided to part ways but continue to stay friends. They tied the knot in 1998 and after 30 long years of solid association went their separate ways. Arjun and wife Mehr Jessia have two daughters Mahikaa (17) and Myra (14).</p> <p>Gabriella was seen in 2014 release Sonali Cable and was seen in a cameo appearance in the 2016 Telugu film, Oopiri. She has her own design label Deme By Gabriella and several B-Towners such as Sonakshi Sinha, Shibani Dandekar, Katrina Kaif, Nora Fatehi and many more don her collection.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/english.cdn.zeenews.com/sites/default/files/2019/04/23/781297-arjun-gabreilla.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> India https://usamash.org/news/arjun-rampal-girlfriend-gabriella-demetriades-announce-pregnancy-share-pic-social-media Guide: Mortal Kombat 11 - How to Perform All Brutalities https://usamash.org/guide/guide-mortal-kombat-11-perform-brutalities-84428666 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:52:02 +0000 <div> <figure><img src="http://images.pushsquare.com/75da07cbb3f52/mortal-kombat-11-all-brutalities-guide-1.900x.jpg"></figure><p>How do you perform every fatality in Mortal Kombat 11? As if Mortal Kombat 11's fatalities weren't enough to add insult to injury with, here's a list of all of the brutalities that can be found in the game. While the combos are easier to pull off than fatalities, there are certain conditions that must be met within the fight. Below are the conditions and combos for each character. Spoiler alert - these aren't for the faint-hearted.</p> <p>If you want to know how to perform all fatalities in Mortal Kombat 11, then click through the link.</p> <nav><h2>On this page:</h2> <ol> <li>How to Perform All Brutalities in Mortal Kombat 11</li> <li>Baraka</li> <li>Cassie Cage</li> <li>Cetrion</li> <li>D'Vorah</li> <li>Erron Black</li> <li>Frost</li> <li>Geras</li> <li>Jacqui Briggs</li> <li>Jade</li> <li>Jax</li> <li>Johnny Cage</li> <li>Kabal</li> <li>Kano</li> <li>Kitana</li> <li>Kollector</li> <li>Kotal Khan</li> <li>Kung Lao</li> <li>Liu Kang</li> <li>Noob Saibot</li> <li>Raiden</li> <li>Scorpion</li> <li>Shao Khan (DLC)</li> <li>Skarlet</li> <li>Sonya Blade</li> <li>Sub-Zero</li> </ol> </nav><h2>How to Perform All Brutalities in Mortal Kombat 11</h2> <p>Here's how to perform every brutality in Mortal Kombat 11. Please note that we'll be updating this list over time. Also be sure to pay attention to the control key below so that you're pressing the correct buttons at the right time.</p> <h3>Control Key</h3> <ul> <li>F - Forwards</li> <li>B - Backwards</li> <li>U - Up</li> <li>D - Down</li> </ul> <h2>Baraka</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic</strong><br> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Nom Nom</strong><br> Forward + L1</p> <ul> <li>Press Down, Down, Down during toward throw</li> <li>Final hit must come from throw towards opponent</li> </ul> <h2>Cassie Cage</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic</strong><br> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Make It Pop</strong><br> Forward + L1</p> <h2>Cetrion</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic</strong><br> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Falling Sky</strong><br> Down, Down, X (Cross)</p> <ul>Must have performed a Mercy<br> Final hit must come from second hit of Earthquake</ul> <p><strong>Splitting Apart</strong><br> Forward + L1</p> <ul> <li>Must land three throws during the match</li> <li>Final hit must come from throw towards opponent</li> </ul> <h2>D'Vorah</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic</strong><br> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Buggin' Out</strong><br> Forward + L1</p> <ul> <li>Press Down, Down, Down during toward throw</li> <li>Final hit must come from throw towards opponent</li> </ul> <h2>Erron Black</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic</strong><br> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Is Something Burning?</strong><br> Down, Back, Square</p> <ul>Final hit must come from TNT Toss</ul> <h2>Frost</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Bleeding Out</strong><br> Back + Triangle, Triangle</p> <ul> <li>Core Overload must be active</li> <li>Final hit must come from Winter Winds Kombo</li> </ul> <h2>Geras</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Sinking Feeling</strong><br> Down, Back, Square</p> <ul> <li>Must hit with three Quick Sands</li> <li>Final hit must come from Quick Sand</li> </ul> <h2>Jacqui Briggs</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Next Level Shit</strong><br> Back, Forward, Triangle</p> <ul> <li>Must use five Bionic Dashes</li> <li>Final hit must come from Bionic Dash</li> </ul> <p><strong>Damn It</strong><br> Forward + L1</p> <ul> <li>Hold Forward during throw</li> <li>Final hit must come from towards throw</li> </ul> <h2>Jade</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>What Would Mileena Do</strong><br> Back, Forward, X (Cross), R1</p> <ul> <li>Press Square and Triangle rapidly during hit</li> <li>Final hit must come from Amplified Pole Vault</li> </ul> <p><strong>Flawless</strong><br> Forward + L1</p> <ul> <li>Hold forward during throw</li> <li>Final hit must come from throw towards opponent</li> </ul> <h2>Jax</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Slow Clap</strong><br> Down, Back, Square</p> <ul> <li>Must be fully Heated Up</li> <li>Final hit must come from Lethal Clap</li> </ul> <h2>Johnny Cage</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>The Award Goes To</strong><br> Forward + L1</p> <h2>Kabal</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Spin Me Right Round</strong><br> Back, Forward, X (Cross)</p> <ul> <li>Must have hit with at least three Nomad Dashes</li> <li>Final hit must come from Nomad Dash</li> </ul> <h2>Kano</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Not Lookin' Good</strong><br> L1</p> <ul> <li>Hold down during throw</li> <li>Final hit must come from throw away from opponent</li> </ul> <h2>Kitana</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic</strong><br> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Deadly Lips</strong><br> L1</p> <ul> <li>A Mercy must have been performed</li> <li>Final hit must come from back throw</li> </ul> <p><strong>Punished</strong><br> Back, Forward, X (Cross)</p> <ul> <li>Must have less than 40 percent health</li> <li>Final hit must come from Square Wave</li> </ul> <h2>Kollector</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Shaken</strong><br> Forward + Triangle, Triangle, Square + X (Cross)</p> <p><strong>Should Have Paid</strong><br> L1</p> <ul> <li>Rapidly press Square and Triangle during hit</li> <li>Final hit must come from Throw Away From Opponent</li> </ul> <h2>Kotal Khan</h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Back Stabber</strong><br> L1</p> <ul> <li>Hold L1 during throw</li> <li>Final hit must come from throw away from opponent</li> </ul> <p><strong>Burnt</strong><br> Forward + L1</p> <ul> <li>God Ray or Tonatiuh Beam must be active</li> <li>Final Hit must come from Throw Towards Opponent</li> </ul> <h2><strong>Kung Lao</strong></h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Not Holding Back</strong><br> L1</p> <ul> <li>Rapidly press Square and Triangle during hit</li> <li>Final hit must come from back throw</li> </ul> <h2><strong>Liu Kang</strong></h2> <p><strong>The Klassic</strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>One Inch Death Strike</strong><br> Down, Back, X (Cross)</p> <ul> <li>Must kill with the third parry in a match</li> <li>Final hit must must come from Dragon Parry</li> </ul> <h2><strong>Noob Saibot</strong></h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Decapper</strong><br> L1</p> <p><strong>Skinned</strong><br> Forward + L1</p> <ul> <li>A Mercy must have been performed</li> <li>Final hit must come from throw towards opponent</li> </ul> <h2><strong>Raiden</strong></h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Zap Zap</strong><br> Forward + L1</p> <ul> <li>Press Square and Triangle during throw</li> <li>Final hit must come from throw towards opponent</li> </ul> <p><strong>Elder Storm Strike</strong><br> L1</p> <ul> <li>Hold L1 during throw</li> <li>Final hit must come from throw away from opponent</li> </ul> <h2><strong>Scorpion</strong></h2> <p><strong>The Klassic</strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Spine Ripper</strong><br> L1</p> <p><strong>Crispy</strong><br> Down, Forward, X (Cross)</p> <ul> <li>Hold X (Cross) during hit</li> <li>Final hit must come from Demon Breath</li> </ul> <h2><strong>Shao Khan (DLC)</strong></h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <h2><strong>Skarlet</strong></h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Melted</strong><br> Down, Back, Triangle</p> <h2><strong>Sonya Blade</strong></h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Popping Heads</strong><br> Forward + L1</p> <h2><strong>Sub-Zero</strong></h2> <p><strong>The Klassic<br></strong> Down + Triangle</p> <p><strong>Off With Your Head</strong><br> Back, Forward, X (Cross), R1</p> <ul> <li>Press forward, forward, forward during hit</li> <li>Final hit must come from Amplified Slide</li> </ul> <em>Have you managed to perform every brutality in Mortal Kombat 11 yet? Have you discovered any others not included in our list? Check out our MK11 fatalities guide, and let us know in the comments section below.</em></div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/images.pushsquare.com/news/2019/04/guide_mortal_kombat_11_-_how_to_perform_all_brutalities/large.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Guide https://usamash.org/news/guide-mortal-kombat-11-perform-brutalities What Is The Cast Of '13 Going On 30' Doing Now? https://usamash.org/heat/cast-13-30-82820888 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:51:18 +0000 <div> <p>It's been 15 years since the coming of age rom-com <em>13 Going On 30</em> was released in theaters. </p> <p>Back in 2004, everyone fell so in love with the film and its cast that many still consider it to be one of the best movies to come out of the early 2000s. </p> <p>In honor of the film's 15 year anniversary, we're going to show you exactly what the cast has been up to since 2004. </p> <h2>Jennifer Garner</h2> <p>In <em>13 Going On 30</em>, Jennifer Garner starred as the thirty, flirty, and thriving magazine editor Jenner Rink. </p> <p>The film follows Rink as she tries to navigate her new lifestyle as an adult after wishing she was 30 during her 13th birthday party. </p> <p>After starring in the film, Jennifer Garner went on to star in movies such as <em>Alias, Juno,</em> <em>Dallas Buyers Club</em>, <em>Men, Women & Children</em>, <em>Miracles from Heaven</em>, <em>Love, Simon</em> and her latest film <em>Peppermint.</em></p> <p>Earlier this month, Garner was asked if there was a possibility of a <em>13 Going On 30</em> sequel while she sat down with the hosts of <em>Good Morning America.</em></p> <p>The actress quickly shut down the idea by saying, "What, like <em>15 Going on 50</em>? Let's simmer down! Leave well enough alone!"</p> <h2>Mark Ruffalo</h2> <p>Back in 2004, Mark Ruffalo played the adult version of Jenna Rink's best friend and love interest, Matt Flamhaff in <em>13 Going On 30</em>. </p> <p>After filming the iconic romantic comedy, Ruffalo went on to star in films such as <em>Just Like Heaven,</em> <em>Rumor Has It,</em> <em>Blindness</em>, and <em>The Brothers Bloom</em>.</p> <p>Mark Ruffalo has gained worldwide recognition for his role as the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with <em>The Avengers</em> in 2012. </p> <p>Since then, the actor has reprised his role as the Hulk in six other Marvel films such as <em>Iron Man 3</em>, <em>Avengers: Age of Ultron</em>, <em>Thor: Ragnarok</em>, <em>Avengers: Infinity War</em>, <em>Captain Marvel, </em>and the upcoming film <em>Avengers: Endgame.</em></p> <h2>Judy Greer</h2> <p>The mean girl/frenemy Lucy Wyman was played by actress Judy Greer in <em>13 Going On 30</em>. </p> <p>Though Greer's character wasn't the biggest fan of Jennifer Garner's character in the film, the two actresses are actually "really good friends" today. </p> <p>Since wrapping filming for <em>13 Going On 30</em>, Greer has since acted in notable films such as <em>27 Dresses, Wedding Crashers, Jurassic World,</em> and <em>Ant-Man</em>.</p> <h2>Christa B. Allen</h2> <p>Christa Allen has come a long way since starring as the young Jenna Rink in <em>13 Going On 30</em>, which was one of her first major roles. </p> <p>After filming, the actress went on to play the younger version of Jennifer Garner again in the film <em>Ghosts of Girlfriends Past</em>. </p> <p>Allen then went on to appear in television shows such as <em>Grey's Anatomy, Wizards of Waverly Place, Baby Daddy,</em> and <em>Revenge</em>. </p> <h2>Brie Larson</h2> <p>How many people knew that Brie Larson was in <em>13 Going On 30</em>?</p> <p>Back when Larson's career in acting was just getting starting, she played a Six Chick in the coming of age 2004 film. </p> <p>Though she barely had any lines, the actress's career was still able to take off. That same year, she landing a supporting role in the teen movie <em>Sleepover</em>. </p> <p>After years of acting in television series and landing supporting roles in films, Brie Larson gained recognition for her lead role in the 2016 film <em>Room</em>. </p> <p>Larson recently starred in the as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film <em>Captain Marvel</em>, which was the first female lead superhero film to hit theaters. </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/13-Going-On-30-Cast-1024x664.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Heat https://usamash.org/news/cast-13-30 Alexander Zverev beaten by lucky loser Nicolas Jarry | IOL https://usamash.org/sport/alexander-zverev-beaten-lucky-loser-nicolas-jarry-24460620 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:50:16 +0000 <div> <figure><img src="https://image.iol.co.za/image/1/process/620x349?source=https://cdn.africannewsagency.com/public/ana/media/media/2019/04/18/1555605655329.jpg&operation=CROP&offset=0x356&resize=4640x2598"> </figure> <p>BARCELONA - Alexander Zverev crashed out of the Barcelona Open in the second round on Tuesday, continuing his troubled start to 2019.</p> <p>The German, who joined the tournament on a late wildcard, was beaten 3-6 7-5 7-6(5) by lucky loser Nicolas Jarry.</p> <p>German world number three Zverev, who is looking to improve on his disappointing start to 2019, came back from a double break down in the third set, but blew a match point at 6-5.</p> <p>It was the biggest win of the Chilean Jarry's career.</p> <p>The world number 81 will now face either Grigor Dimitrov or Fernando Verdasco in Thursday's third round.</p> <p>Zverev's brother Mischa Zverev was also eliminated, going out 6-3 6-1 to David Ferrer in the first round, while Kei Nishikori eased to a 7-5 6-2 win over Taylor Fritz to secure a place in the third round.</p> <p>Top seed and world number two Rafa Nadal begins his campaign to win the Barcelona Open for a record 12th time on Wednesday against Leonardo Mayer.</p> <p>Reuters</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/usamash.org/images/alexander-zverev-beaten-lucky-loser-nicolas-jarry-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://usamash.org/news/alexander-zverev-beaten-lucky-loser-nicolas-jarry Dealmaster: Save on a bunch of PC accessories in Amazon's Gold Box sale https://usamash.org/business/dealmaster-save-bunch-pc-accessories-amazon-gold-box-sale-08224082 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:41:08 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/dealmaster042319-800x444.png"></figure></p> <p>Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a number of deals on PC gear and accessories over at Amazon, which has them all rounded up in its latest one-day Gold Box sale.</p> <p>These aren't the highest-profile devices around, but the sale includes discounts on a number of storage solutions, gaming mice, PC building equipment, and networking gear. Highlights include $10 off the 2TB variant of Seagate's Backup Plus Slim portable hard drive, $70 off the 10TB version of WD's Elements desktop hard drive, the <em>Destiny 2</em> version of Razer's DeathAdder Elite gaming mouse for $40, a version of Netgear's Orbi mesh WiFi system for $200, and, if you want to splurge, a new low on AMD's high-end Ryzen Threadripper 2950X processor.</p> <p>There's plenty more to peruse beyond that, with most items at or at least close to their cheapest prices on Amazon. If you're not interested in new PC gear, we also have deals on Dell's newest XPS 13 laptop ( which we really liked), the acclaimed board game <em>Gloomhaven (</em>ditto), Anker's MFi-certified USB-C to Lightning cables, and much more. Have a look for yourself below.</p> <em>Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.</em> <h2>Top 10 deals of the day</h2> <h2>Amazon Gold Box deals</h2> <h2>Laptop and desktop PC deals</h2> <p> </p><ul> <li> Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 - Intel Core m3-7Y30, 12.2" 1920x1200, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for <strong>$449.99</strong> at Amazon (list price $599.99).</li> <li> Apple iMac (2017) All-in-One Desktop - 27" 5120 x 2880, Intel Core i7-7600K, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD for <strong>$1,899 </strong>at Amazon (list price $2,299).</li> <li> Asus Zenbook 13 Laptop - Intel Core i5-8250U, 13.3" 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for <strong>$699.99</strong> at Amazon (list price $799.99).</li> <li> Acer Swift 3 Laptop - AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, 15.6" 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Radeon RX 540 for <strong>$599.99</strong> at Amazon (list price $699.99).</li> </ul> <h2>Gaming deals</h2> <h2>TV deals</h2> <h2>Electronics deals</h2> <h2>Accessories deals</h2> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/usamash.org/images/dealmaster-save-bunch-pc-accessories-amazon-gold-box-sale-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/dealmaster-save-bunch-pc-accessories-amazon-gold-box-sale Jussie Smollet's Lawyers Are Being Sued for Defamation https://usamash.org/entertainment/jussie-smollet-lawyers-sued-defamation-22682884 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:40:18 +0000 <div> <p>The brothers who allegedly helped <em>Empire</em> actor Jussie Smollett stage an assault are suing Smollett's lawyers, TMZ reports.</p> <p>Ola and Abel Osundairo are taking Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian to court for defamation, claiming the attorneys lied to the media and made it look as if the Osundairo brothers were genuinely responsible for the homophobic and racist attack on Smollett. The brothers are seeking unspecified damages, per .</p> <p>According to TMZ, the brothers filed the case in Chicago, alleging Smollett "used his clout as a wealthy actor to influence [the brothers] who were in a subordinate relationship to him and were aspiring to 'make it.'"</p> <p>The suit claims that after the charges against Smollett were dropped, Glandian appeared on <em>Good Morning America</em>, the <em>Today Show</em>, and the <em>Reasonable Doubt</em> podcast and told a series of lies, including the brothers might have worn whiteface during the attack, and they were embroiled in an illegal Nigerian steroid trafficking ring.</p> <p>Additionally, the lawsuit states that Glandian suggested Abel and Smollett had engaged in "homosexual sex acts together," <em>The Blast</em> reports. "Ms. Glandian's globally broadcasted statements that [Abel] Osundairo is homosexual endangers him and the lives of his Nigerian family," the lawsuit reads.</p> <p>For Geragos' part, the suit alleges he "repeatedly indicated that plaintiffs conspired to criminally attack Mr. Smollett, and by doing so, implied plaintiffs committed perjury" to the Grand Jury and colluded to make false statements to Chicago police. The suit adds the brothers didn't know Smollett would go to the cops and that the "attack" was staged for social media.</p> <p>The brothers didn't sue Smollett, who claimed Ola and Abel assaulted him in a racist and homophobic attack. </p> <p>Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx is still catching flack for dismissing the criminal case against Smollett last month. She has reportedly received multiple, "racially charged" threats via email and phone since then, reports.</p> <p>Foxx has been criticized for her decision to drop the case, which she recused herself from early on. However, documents obtained by the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> show text messages where she continued to offer advice on the case to her staffers, calling Smollett a "washed up celeb who lied to cops."</p> <p>Smollett advocated for his innocence throughout the case and ultimately pleaded not guilty. On March 26, the state's attorney's office subsequently dismissed criminal charges against him after he agreed to give up his $10,000 bail and perform community service. Now, the city is suing him in civil court to recoup over $130,000 it purportedly spent on police overtime hours while investigating the case.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/usamash.org/images/jussie-smollet-lawyers-sued-defamation-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/jussie-smollet-lawyers-sued-defamation Fake Bernie Sanders does a mean 'Old Town Road' https://usamash.org/entertainment/fake-bernie-sanders-town-road-46064860 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:39:27 +0000 <div> <p>Jimmy Fallon revives his impression of everyone's favorite septuagenarian socialist but this time throws in Lil Nas X's viral country rap tune "Old Town Road" ... and you know what, it kinda works.</p> <p>The song is currently in its third straight week atop the Billboard Hot 100. And Bernie Sanders is currently atop the 2020 Democratic presidential field.</p> <p>Fallon flips the Atlanta rapper's catchy singsong verses into funny lines like: "Got a chance to see / Mayor Pete's ID / We're both born in '83 / But in different centuries" or "Got a few frustrations / With these corporations / You can call me grandpa / I'mma spank the nation."</p> <p>The fake Democratic primary frontrunner does diss several of his much younger opponents, including Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris and Beto O'Rourke, joking that their combined age still wouldn't top his.</p> <p>The "Tonight Show" host does a great Bernie impression (the accent, slightly hunched shuffling gait and wild hand gestures) and a decent job of distilling the senator's major policy planks (pro-"Medicare for All," against super PACs and bill-yun-ehs).</p> <p>But I don't think Fallon should stop at Bernie when there are literally enough Democratic presidential candidates to field separate two-hand touch football teams without an all-time quarterback.</p> <p>There's a Beto/Drake "Nice for What" parody practically begging to happen. That one's free, Jimmy!</p> <strong><em>Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone or your Android.</em></strong> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.images2.rollcall.com/image/27cf5635a9671932facf9eaaf28bb860456d2c0d8fa9d892971ca7752284a2a3f694222a45edf4131ed6bf50844a038a/author/2019/04/iapol16_241_012515_drago.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/fake-bernie-sanders-town-road Aftershock Festival Sets Lineup: Tool, Slipknot, Blink-182, Korn and More https://usamash.org/entertainment/aftershock-festival-sets-lineup-tool-slipknot-blink-182-korn-06602466 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:37:06 +0000 <div> <figure> <img src="https://www.billboard.com/files/styles/article_main_image/public/media/aftershock-festival-2018-atmosphere-billboard-1548.jpg"></figure><p>Rock festival Aftershock returns to Sacramento, Calif. from October 11-13 for its eighth annual edition, featuring Tool, Slipknot, Blink-182, Korn, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson and more. Staind will also return after a five-year hiatus.</p> <p>This year the festival expands to three full days of performances, taking place at Discovery Park near the city's downtown. There will be a special onsite collaboration with Metallica's Blackened Whiskey and Enter Night Pilsner.</p> <p>Korn's <strong>Brian "Head" Welch</strong> says in a press release, "Aftershock Festival is always a unique experience for Korn compared to other festivals. One of the main reasons is we have many friends and family that live near Sacto, so it's always like a family reunion when we play Aftershock. We've been gone a while and we're coming back this year with a new album, new stage look, and a new excitement that is very contagious! We feel like we are on fire right now and our fans are gonna be fuel for the flames!"</p> <p>VIP and GA tickets -- and hotel packages -- will be available starting Friday, April 26 at 12pm PST on aftershockfestival.com. Find the full lineup below.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.billboard.com/files/media/aftershock-festival-2018-atmosphere-billboard-1548.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/aftershock-festival-sets-lineup-tool-slipknot-blink-182-korn Patrick Peterson's Social Media Behavior Leads Many Thinking He's About To Be Traded (PICS) https://usamash.org/sport/patrick-peterson-social-media-behavior-leads-thinking-traded-pics-42080866 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:30:04 +0000 <div> <p><figure><img src="https://www.totalprosports.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/GettyImages-1047744874-1024x683.jpg"><figcaption> (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) </figcaption></figure></p> <p>There are a bunch of transactions that are going to go down during this week as we lead into the 2019 NFL Draft.</p> <p>One of the biggest names that has been floating for months is Patrick Peterson.</p> <p>Patrick Peterson trade rumors seemed to die down in the past few weeks, but now they've kicked into high gear again after the cornerback took to Instagram and his posts began to show that there might be a trade in the works pretty soon.</p> <p>From there, Peterson posted a song clip from Drake's "Duppy Freestyle" which opens with the line, "I'm in shock. The nerve. The audacity."</p> <p>He followed that up with a dated picture of the Cardinals secondary with the caption, "My boys told me to watch out for the snakes in the long grass!"</p> <p>Looks like the Cardinals have a lot at stake going into the draft with what they are planning to do with the #1 overall draft pick, current QB Josh Rosen, and disgruntled CB Patrick Peterson.</p> <p><b>Tags:</b> Arizona Cardinals, patrick peterson,</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.totalprosports.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/D42mkNiW0AIW8s9.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://usamash.org/news/patrick-peterson-social-media-behavior-leads-thinking-traded-pics The Latest: Judge orders Kraft video not be released for now https://usamash.org/sports/latest-judge-orders-kraft-video-released-66622044 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:29:24 +0000 <div> <p>WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Latest on the prostitution case against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (all times local):</p> <p>1:05 p.m.</p> <p>A Florida judge has ordered that a video police say shows New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for sex not be publicly released for now.</p> <p>Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser accepted arguments by Kraft's attorneys that releasing the video could harm chances for a fair trial on misdemeanor prostitution charges, and ruled Tuesday that it shouldn't be handed to the media as a public record until a jury is seated, a plea agreement is reached or the state drops the case.</p> <p>Kraft was one of several men charged with solicitation after police secretly installed cameras at the Orchids of Asia massage parlor in Jupiter, Florida, in what authorities initially said was an investigation into human trafficking. Prosecutors have since said they found no evidence of trafficking at the spa.</p> <p>___</p> <p>10:30 a.m.</p> <p>Attorneys for two Florida massage parlor employees plan to ask a judge to hold police and prosecutors responsible for the possible unauthorized release of video that they say shows New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for sex.</p> <p>The New York Daily News reported last week that someone anonymously contacted TheBlast.com saying they had video showing Kraft naked with another person, presumably a massage therapist at the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter.</p> <p>Attorneys for spa owner Hua Zhang and therapist Lei Wang planned to ask a judge Tuesday to hold Jupiter police and the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office responsible. The court had barred release of the videos until it can be determined if they qualify as public records.</p> <p>Kraft and the women have pleaded not guilty to prostitution charges.</p> <p> </p><ul> <p><figure> <img src="http://stmedia.stimg.co/AP_19108590479234.jpg?h=91&w=145&fit=crop&bg=999&crop=faces"></figure></p> <div> <p> The S&P 500 index was on track for an all-time high Tuesday as big U.S. companies began turning in solid results for the first quarter, despite predictions for the worst quarter of earnings growth in years.</p> </div> </ul> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/stmedia.stimg.co/1556029731_05anoka0606.JPG' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sports https://usamash.org/news/latest-judge-orders-kraft-video-released Aftershock lineup unveiled, packed with big headliners for three-day rock festival https://usamash.org/entertainment/aftershock-lineup-unveiled-packed-big-headliners-day-rock-festival-80888848 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:29:13 +0000 <div> <p>Sacramento local, Harley McPherson, talks about his first time attending Aftershock on Saturday, October 13, 2018.</p> <p>The lineup for this year's Aftershock Festival was released Tuesday morning, and it's packed with big-name rock acts for three full days in October.</p> <p>Headliners and notable performers will include blink-182, Slipknot, Staind, Tool, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Tool, Korn, A Day to Remember, Stone Temple Pilots, Bad Religion, Sum 41, Lamb of God, Dropkick Murphys and dozens more.</p> <p>The eighth annual Aftershock will run Oct. 11 to Oct. 13 at Discovery Park in Sacramento. Doors open at 11 a.m. each day.</p> <p>Tickets go on sale starting at noon Friday.</p> <p>General admission starts at $99.50 (plus fees) for a single day and $269.50 for three days. VIP passes are $199.50 for one-day and $449.50 for the whole weekend.</p> <p>According to a post on the Sacramento Reddit page, Aftershock supposedly posted the lineup Monday before deleting it. The real lineup is nearly identical to the leaked image, with a few acts differing. A few users on Reddit wrote off the leaked lineup as fake, essentially saying it was too good to be true.</p> <img src="https://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/uytsdh/picture222965670/alternates/FREE_480/McGough_Michael.JPG"></div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cf-images.us-east-1.prod.boltdns.net/v1/static/5502557042001/235f463a-6679-4462-bb52-e4ffa6adf80a/5972e550-56f6-4cd4-aa99-885371e62ce3/1280x720/match/image.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/aftershock-lineup-unveiled-packed-big-headliners-day-rock-festival Square Enix Announces E3 2019 Presentation Date And Time https://usamash.org/games/square-enix-announces-e3-2019-presentation-date-time-40446806 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:26:14 +0000 <div> <p>With E3 2019 less than two months away, many publishers have begun detailing their plans for this year's show. Last week, Microsoft confirmed the date and time of its annual Xbox press conference, and now Square Enix has announced it is holding another live presentation of its own at this year's expo.</p> <p>The Square Enix Live broadcast is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 10, at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET--the time slot traditionally occupied by Sony's E3 press conference. Sony, of course, won't be using that time slot this year, as the company announced back in November that it won't be attending E3 2019, leaving a sizable gap for other publishers to fill.</p> <p>The Square Enix Live presentation will be broadcast online on the company's website and other social media channels. As for what will be revealed during the broadcast, Square Enix has only hinted that it will focus on "another exciting line up of titles." Last year, the company showcased Kingdom Hearts 3, Just Cause 4, and even revealed a handful of unannounced games like Babylon's Fall, a new title from Bayonetta developer Platinum Games.</p> <p>What was conspicuously missing from last year's presentation was the Final Fantasy VII remake. Little has been said about the title since it was first announced back at Sony's E3 2015 press conference, so there is a chance it may make an appearance in this year's broadcast. Square Enix also has an Avengers game in the works that we know very little about, and a Nintendo Switch version of Dragon Quest XI is on the way this year, which will presumably be one of the games highlighted during its live event.</p> <p>E3 2019 officially kicks off on Tuesday, June 11. This is notably the last year the show has been confirmed for its current venue, the Los Angeles Convention Center, which has traditionally served as the site of E3 for most of the expo's history. Microsoft's E3 2019 conference is scheduled for Sunday, June 9, while Nintendo traditionally airs a pre-recorded presentation on the day E3 proper begins. Be sure to check out our roundup of all the E3 2019 conferences announced so far.</p> <i>Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com</i> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/static.gamespot.com/uploads/screen_kubrick/1578/15787979/3525841-1503938145-D42AC.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Games https://usamash.org/news/square-enix-announces-e3-2019-presentation-date-time Patrick Peterson reportedly 'staying put' despite trade rumors https://usamash.org/nfl/patrick-peterson-reportedly-staying-put-trade-rumors-68464640 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:26:04 +0000 <div> <p>Draft week in the NFL has a tendency to put people on edge, so you can imagine how people reacted when a trade rumor involving All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson came out of the woodwork on Tuesday.</p> <p>In a tweet that has since been deleted, former NFL wide receiver Antonio Bryant led many to believe that the Cardinals had shipped Peterson to the Kansas City Chiefs, but multiple reports have denied that a trade went down.</p> <blockquote> <p>Another source says nothing is happening with Patrick Peterson. He's staying put. So that one ended quickly.</p> <p>- ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 23, 2019</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>The Patrick Peterson to Kansas City rumor has no substance, I'm told.</p> <p>- Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) April 23, 2019</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>Source out of Kansas City on the Patrick Peterson deal ... "someone is playing a joke."</p> <p>- Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) April 23, 2019</p> </blockquote> <p>That said, it's not out of the question that a trade for Peterson could happen. He reportedly asked for a trade last season, citing a "displeasure with the state of the franchise." With Arizona in rebuilding mode, it's certainly possible that a Peterson trade could fetch the Cardinals more assets to plan for the future.</p> <p>For now, Peterson is staying put in Arizona, but we'll see if anything develops in the days leading up to the draft.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/thesportsdailydigital.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/usatsi_11466898.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nfl https://usamash.org/news/patrick-peterson-reportedly-staying-put-trade-rumors For Honor Receiving New Samurai Faction Warrior for Year 3, Season 2 - Industry News https://usamash.org/technology/honor-receiving-new-samurai-faction-warrior-year-3-season-2-26640866 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:25:14 +0000 <div> <p>Category: Gaming<br> Posted: 09:58AM<br> Author: Guest_Jim_*</p> <p><img src="https://www.overclockersclub.com/siteimages/news/news42440_1-for_honor_receiving_new_samurai_faction_warrior_for_year_3_season_2_mini.jpg"><br></p> <p>In a bit more than a week, a new hero will be added to <i>For Honor</i>, increasing the ranks of the Samurai Faction with the ghostly Hitokiri. These warriors have lost faith in humanity and now wander with their Masakari, the axes used by them to sentence criminals. Their presence on the battlefield spreads a black cloud that can terrify enemies.</p> <p>There will be both female and male versions of this architype, Sakura and Yato, and those with the Year 3 pass will be able to start playing them on May 2. Those without the pass will need to wait until May 9 to unlock access for 15,000 Steel. Also coming on May 2 are changes focusing on the Lawbringer and the Raider as well as the new Canopy map. We can expect more heroes, maps, seasonal events, and more as the year continues.</p> <p>Source: Press Release</p> <p><img src="https://www.overclockersclub.com/siteimages/news/news42440_21466-for_honor_receiving_new_samurai_faction_warrior_for_year_3_season_2_mini.jpg"></p> <p><strong>For Honor Receiving New Samurai Faction Warrior for Year 3, Season 2</strong></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.overclockersclub.com/siteimages/news/news42440_1-for_honor_receiving_new_samurai_faction_warrior_for_year_3_season_2.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology https://usamash.org/news/honor-receiving-new-samurai-faction-warrior-year-3-season-2 Jimmy Fallon Spoofs Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" As Bernie Sanders https://usamash.org/entertainment/jimmy-fallon-spoofs-lil-nas-town-road-bernie-sanders-24488006 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:25:09 +0000 <div> <p>While the 2020 Democratic Town Hall went on last night on CNN, Jimmy Fallon poked fun at one of the leading candidates with "Old Town Hall." During last night's episode of <em>The Tonight Show</em>, Fallon did his best impression of Bernie Sanders while remixing Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus' "Old Town Road." Fallon took on the role of Bernie for the first half before Black Thought rolled through assuming the role of Billy Ray Cyrus on the track. The two mainly poked fun at Sanders' age and towards the end, Fallon hops on an electric mobility scooter. You could check the clip below.</p> <p>Lil Nas X has taken the world by storm with "Old Town Road." The backlash Billboard received after removing the song off of the Billboard chart later helped Lil Nas X land a feature from Billy Ray Cyrus. Since then, it's maintained its position at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks and went on to break Drake's one-week streaming record. It's also the number one song in the U.K. this week. </p> <p>Although the song has a strong mainstream presence, it hasn't won over everybody. Last week, Dave East shared his unfiltered thoughts on the genre-blending track. "I ain't no hater, man, but that shit is wack with a cape on it. It's super wack," he said. Nas X responded in a recent interview, saying that having the number one song in the country outweighs the Harlem rapper's opinion. </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.hotnewhiphop.com/image/740x416/cover/1556038610_58c00fad96e638aee6eee2b94ba24f81.jpg/545abe3bfabf4d2310acddf75e1edf4a/1556038610_007856ce9180b9c6f675cfe21e641f44.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/jimmy-fallon-spoofs-lil-nas-town-road-bernie-sanders Doraemon Story of Seasons Announced for the West for Nintendo Switch and PC https://usamash.org/entertainment/doraemon-story-seasons-announced-west-nintendo-switch-pc-22604646 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:18:13 +0000 <div> <img src="https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/2fe6993691920a86fd436f4452a33079?s=45&d=mm&r=g"> <section><p>Today Bandai Namco Entertainment announced the western release of Doraemon Story of Seasons.</p> <p>The game will launch in the west for PlayStation Switch and PC via Steam in Fall 2019, mixing the popular anime series with the Story of Seasons farming adventure franchise.</p> <p>The game is basically a Story of Seasons (which older fans may know as Harvest Moon) game set in the ultra-popular Doraemon anime franchise. It's designed with a warm, nostalgic visual style that resembles a picture book, and lets the player handle a farm, interact with the village, and explore the surrounding land as Doraemon protagonist Nobita.</p> <p>Players will be able to enjoy traditional Story of Seasons activities like growing crops, cultivating farms, exploring, bug hunting, all alongside Doraemon's charming characters.</p> <p>I'd say it's a marriage made in heaven between two franchises that match each other perfectly.</p> <p>Doraemon Story of Seasons is published by Bandai Namco and co-developed by Marvelous Entertainment and Brownies.</p> <p>You can check out a trailer and a batch of screenshots below, alongside the box artwork.</p> <p>If you want to see more of the game, you can enjoy a few more screenshots and artwork of the Japanese release (which will come on June 13 for Switch only), alongside another recent trailer.</p> </section> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/twinfinite.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Doraemon-Story-of-Seasons-1-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/doraemon-story-seasons-announced-west-nintendo-switch-pc Vans and Harry Potter cast spell over the internet with collaboration announcement https://usamash.org/florida/vans-harry-potter-cast-spell-internet-collaboration-announcement-86202600 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:18:08 +0000 <div> <p> Fans of the Harry Potter franchise might soon be ditching the Quidditch pitch for the half-pipe.</p> <p> Stalwart purveyors of skate culture, Vans, announced a collaboration with the Wizarding World to bring a new line of shoes and apparel to us muggle borns.</p> <p> The announcement came with a simple tweet: "Something magical is coming." Along with a quick video kaleidoscopic stripes morphing into various Hogwarts house colors and symbols.</p> <p> The company's website offered little information aside from a mailing list to stay updated and sparse words.</p> <p> "Vans and HARRY POTTER collaborated to conjure up a magical collection of footwear, apparel, and accessories for witches, wizards, and muggles alike," the site stated simply.</p> <p> The house images on the page could give some design clues and, in the least, offer a cool magical effect, almost like running your hands over a pensieve, when you pass the mouse over it.</p> <p> The Twitterverse was excited for the news and users seemed ready to hand over all their galleons.</p> <p> Vans is no stranger to pop culture collaboration.</p> <p> The company recently released a David Bowie line and commemorative Led Zeppelin ware. It's not their first foray into geek culture either. The company previously released a Star Wars line of shoes and apparel.</p> <p> Vans has not announced a street date for the line to drop but wizards worldwide seem ready to trade their Firebolt 2000s for a sweet new deck.</p> <p> The announcement also comes mere months before Universal Studios Orlando unveils a new roller coaster in the <i>Wizarding World of Harry Potter</i>, Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, in June.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.tampabay.com/resizer/l1R_aPEHtludpjeUjQbDingScJY=/1200x630/smart/filters:quality(60)/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tbt.s3.amazonaws.com/public/HUEIYIVF3RGLPEM4RTS2O5ZH3Q.JPG' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Florida https://usamash.org/news/vans-harry-potter-cast-spell-internet-collaboration-announcement Top New Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- April 21-27 2019 https://usamash.org/games/top-new-games-switch-ps4-xbox-pc-week-april-21-27-2019-48244204 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:16:04 +0000 <div> <p>This episode of New Releases is bringing the gore with Mortal Kombat 11 and PS4 exclusive Days Gone. Nintendo Switch has some cheerier exclusives of its own to balance those out, with BoxBoy + Box Girl and SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech. Switch also gets its own port of Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen this week.</p> <h2>Mortal Kombat 11 -- April 23</h2> <em>Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch</em> <figure><img src="https://static.gamespot.com/uploads/original/1563/15636435/3524914-9728277945-Y7nmM.jpg"></figure><p>Mortal Kombat needs no introduction, but the latest entry in the series does have some new tricks up its sleeve. Fatal Blows are like powerful X-ray attacks you can use once per match, Krushing Blows are flashier versions of special moves, and Flawless Blocks will leave your opponents open to attack if you time your defenses perfectly. Taking cues from Injustice 2, MK 11 also lets you customize your characters with costumes and movesets.</p> <strong>More Coverage:</strong> <h2>Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen -- April 23</h2> <em>Available on</em><em>: Switch</em> <figure><img src="https://static.gamespot.com/uploads/scale_super/1563/15636435/3524915-2485529408-ss_30.jpg"></figure><strong>More Coverage:</strong> <p>Dark Arisen is the definitive version of the action-RPG Dragon's Dogma, and it's finding a new home on Nintendo Switch. As you complete quests and slay monsters, you can recruit new followers called Pawns. These can help you out in battle and be shared with other players online.</p> <em>Available on: Switch</em> <h2>SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech -- April 15</h2> <figure><iframe src="https://static.gamespot.com/uploads/scale_super/1563/15636435/3524923-2962980903-Steam.jpg" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe><img src="https://static.gamespot.com/uploads/scale_super/1563/15636435/3524923-2962980903-Steam.jpg"></figure><strong>More Coverage:</strong> <p>The SteamWorld series has tried something different with each new game, and Hand of Gilgamech is delving into card-based RPGs. There are over 100 unique cards to collect and build into your custom deck, opening up tons of strategy. There are plenty of quests to complete here too.</p> <em>Available on: PS4</em> <h2>Days Gone -- April 26</h2> <figure><iframe src="https://static.gamespot.com/uploads/scale_super/1563/15636435/3524913-5555076421-50661.jpg" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe><img src="https://static.gamespot.com/uploads/scale_super/1563/15636435/3524913-5555076421-50661.jpg"></figure><strong>More Coverage:</strong> <p>The long-anticipated exclusive is finally launching this month. Protagonist Deacon St. John rides his motorcycle across a post-apocalyptic open world, battling zombies known as Freakers. You can approach the undead horde with stealth, by laying traps, or going in guns blazing--just don't get caught around the zombies at night.</p> <em>Available on: Switch</em> <h2>BoxBoy + BoxGirl -- April 26</h2> <figure><iframe src="https://static.gamespot.com/uploads/original/1563/15636435/3524924-6320452623-zlWTM.jpg" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe><img src="https://static.gamespot.com/uploads/original/1563/15636435/3524924-6320452623-zlWTM.jpg"></figure><strong>More Coverage:</strong> <p>As the name implies, this is a cooperative take on the BoxBoy series, starring both Qbby and Qucy. You can play through the adventure with a friend by sharing a pair of Joy-Cons or swap between the duo to complete every puzzle yourself. There's also a dedicated single-player mode focused solely on Qbby.</p> <p>New Releases is leaving April behind, and May has its own set of video games to prepare for. Next week, we'll take a look at what the new month will bring, from Rage 2 to a handful of Resident Evil titles headed to Nintendo Switch, including Resident Evil 4.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/static.gamespot.com/uploads/screen_kubrick/1563/15636435/3524925-newreleases_0421_site_promo.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Games https://usamash.org/news/top-new-games-switch-ps4-xbox-pc-week-april-21-27-2019 Study proves blind people really do have much better hearing https://usamash.org/science/blind-people-brains-rewire-track-moving-objects-sound-study-finds-68440208 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:15:15 +0000 <div> <p>Blind people's brains rewire themselves to track moving objects just like the Marvel superhero Daredevil, a startling study claims.</p> <p>In a world first, scientists have shown how changes in the brain explain enhancements to other senses for the visually impaired.</p> <p>The new report claims some are even able to train themselves to use clicks as a type of echolocation to detect obstacles the way bats and some birds do.</p> <p>Experts from the University of Oxford and a number of American universities monitored those who were blind when born or lost their sight when very young.</p> <p>They discovered their increased abilities may be due to them being able to detect variations in frequency, reports the Independent.</p> <p>"For a sighted person, having an accurate representation of sound isn't as important because they have sight to help them recognize objects, while blind individuals only have auditory information," said study author Kelly Chang of the University of Washington.</p> <p>"This gives us an idea of what changes in the brain explain why blind people are better at picking out and identifying sounds in the environment."</p> <p>One study - published in the Journal of Neuroscience - used MRI scans to check the brain activity of blind subjects to see how they reacted to changes in frequency.</p> <p>Professor Ione Fine, a psychologist at the University of Washington, said this was the first study to show these changes in the auditory cortex - the part of the brain that processes sound.</p> <p>"This is important because this is an area of the brain that receives very similar auditory information in blind and sighted individuals," she said.</p> <p>"But in blind individuals, more information needs to be extracted from sound - and this region seems to develop enhanced capacities as a result."</p> <p>"This provides an elegant example of how the development of abilities within infant brains is influenced by the environment they grow up in."</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/blind-person-senses-01.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Science https://usamash.org/news/blind-people-brains-rewire-track-moving-objects-sound-study-finds USA Gymnastics signals confidence for its future with announcement of 2020 Olympic trials https://usamash.org/sport/usa-gymnastics-signals-confidence-future-announcement-2020-olympic-trials-42228822 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:06:11 +0000 <div> <p>USA Gymnastics doesn't appear to be going anywhere.</p> <p>The embattled federation announced Tuesday that it will hold the 2020 Olympic team trials in St. Louis, an indication it believes it will be able to remain the sport's national governing body. The U.S. Olympic Committee began the process of stripping USA Gymnastics of its NGB status last fall following repeated missteps in the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal, but the move was put on hold when the federation filed for bankruptcy in December.</p> <p>USOC spokesman Mark Jones said in a statement Tuesday that the USOC has not challenged the stay in hopes it will give USA Gymnastics time to reach a settlement in civil lawsuits filed by Nassar survivors. More than 350 women have said they were abused by Nassar, the longtime USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team physician, under the guise of medical treatment. </p> <p>"I've been in close contact with the USOC, and (USOC CEO) Sarah Hirshland as well. We have promised that we'd work very closely together in terms of resolving any further Section 8 (issues)," USA Gymnastics CEO Li Li Leung said Tuesday. </p> <p>"I am confident that, going forward, we will remain the NGB for USA gymnastics."</p> <p><img src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/04/23/USAT/39ee3c1b-8090-4b00-be48-1c56645507a6-USP_NCAA_Gymnastics__Mens_Gymnastics_Championships.JPG?width=540&height=&fit=bounds&auto=webp"></p><p>USA Gymnastics announced that it will hold the 2020 Olympic team trials in St. Louis. (Photo: Quinn Harris, USA TODAY Sports) </p> <p>Asked if there was a contingency plan should decertification efforts resume, Leung said there is a clause that would assign the trials contract to the USOC.</p> <p>"But, as I said before, we're pretty confident that we will remain the NGB."</p> <p>Leung also said both the men's and women's teams for the Tokyo Olympics will be named at trials, which will be June 25-28, 2020, at the Enterprise Center.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/04/23/USAT/39ee3c1b-8090-4b00-be48-1c56645507a6-USP_NCAA_Gymnastics__Mens_Gymnastics_Championships.JPG' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://usamash.org/news/usa-gymnastics-signals-confidence-future-announcement-2020-olympic-trials NFL Insider Addresses Latest Speculation About Patrick Peterson https://usamash.org/football/nfl-insider-addresses-latest-speculation-patrick-peterson-84220866 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:03:03 +0000 <div> <img src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODdhAQABAPAAAP///wAAACwAAAAAAQABAEACAkQBADs="><img src="https://thespun.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/GettyImages-1047744874-775x465.jpg"><p>Usually, at this point in the football year, the rumor mill is spinning at a dizzying pace for the upcoming NFL Draft. Today, we had a flurry of info surrounding an established star already in the league: Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.</p> <p>Peterson has been rumored to be on the move before. The Cardinals are rebuilding, and the 28-year-old eight-time Pro Bowler has been looked at as a potential target for contending teams.</p> <p>This all started with a since-deleted tweet by former NFL wide receiver Antonio Bryant saying that Peterson would be going to the Kansas City Chiefs. Pro Football Talk quickly debunked this rumor, but added that "something" was going on with Peterson.</p> <blockquote> <p>That said, something is going on with Patrick Peterson, per source. And he could indeed be gone from Arizona.</p> <p>- ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 23, 2019</p> </blockquote> <p>Well now. That's a surefire way to get the juices flowing on social media.</p> <p>Too bad PFT shot down its own report with more info from a source moments later.</p> <blockquote> <p>Another source says nothing is happening with Patrick Peterson. He's staying put. So that one ended quickly.</p> <p>- ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 23, 2019</p> </blockquote> <p>Here's a quick recap of everything that did or didn't happen with Peterson today.</p> <blockquote> <p>To summarize: (1) Antonio Bryant said "Patrick Peterson to Chiefs!"; (2) we were told reliably that there's no trade with the Chiefs; (3) another source suggested something is going on; (5) that same source said 15 min later nothing is happening.</p> <p>- ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 23, 2019</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>I skipped (4) accidentally. #oops</p> <p>- ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 23, 2019</p> </blockquote> <p>So, in summary, Peterson isn't going to Kansas City but he might not be staying put but for now it looks like he is.</p> <p>Got it?</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/thespun.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/GettyImages-1047744874-1024x683.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Football https://usamash.org/news/nfl-insider-addresses-latest-speculation-patrick-peterson Patrick Peterson's Behavior on Social Media Has People Thinking He's Getting Traded https://usamash.org/sports/patrick-peterson-behavior-social-media-people-thinking-traded-44846822 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:00:02 +0000 <div> <p>​With the Kansas City Chiefs coming so close to a trip to Super Bowl 53, one has to assume the first area of concern that they'd hope to address is their defense moving forward. ​NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes certainly did all he could do for KC, so now the attention turns to the other side of the ball.</p> <p>One name some think makes sense is that of ​Patrick Peterson. No. 21 from Arizona is considered one of the best all-around cornerbacks in the game, and pairing him with former teammate ​Tyrann Mathieu could be a dream for the Chiefs secondary. </p> <p>With Peterson acting a bit weird on social media, many are speculating he's going to get traded to the Chiefs, despite insiders dispelling that notion.</p> <p>Chiefs insider Terez Paylor quickly weighed in on the speculation.</p> <i><blockquote> <p>The Patrick Peterson to Kansas City rumor has no substance, I'm told.</p>- Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) April 23, 2019 </blockquote> </i> <p>Peterson posted this earlier on Tuesday, leading many to believe he was at odds with the Cardinals.</p> <p>The caption reads: "My boys told me to watch out for the snakes in the long grass! #savageSZN"</p> <p>That came 12 hours after this one:</p> <p>Caption: "At least 17per..... min... been doing this 4 Years!💰🙌🏽✊🏽" </p> <p>It looks like he wants to get paid by the Cards aren't willing to do it? </p> <p>Who knows what's going on and who knows why people assumed the Chiefs would be trading for him. Whatever the case, look for a draft day deal involving the All-Pro cornerback to further add to the NFL drama.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/usamash.org/images/patrick-peterson-behavior-social-media-people-thinking-traded-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sports https://usamash.org/news/patrick-peterson-behavior-social-media-people-thinking-traded Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG UNC Release Date | SneakerNews.com https://usamash.org/entertainment/detailed-air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-unc-04048800 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:48:57 +0000 <div> <img src="https://sneakernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-unc-555088-140-release-date-1.jpg"> <img src="https://sneakernews.com/wp-content/themes/sneakernews/images/post-disclamier-icon.png"><p>This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. The opinions and information provided on this site are original editorial content of Sneaker News.</p> <p>Jordan Brand frequently acknowledges Michael Jordan's National Championship-winning days at the University of North Carolina with special Air Jordan colorways, and now they're nodding to MJ's collegiate feats yet again with a UNC-colored Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG. Following in the footsteps of a ladies-only "UNC Patent" makeup that released this February, these Air Jordan 1s offer a rich leather construction, are made in a men's size run, and present a look that's slightly more toned down then their bold patent-equipped predecessors. An elegant sail arrives on the quarter, throat, and toebox, while a dark obsidian blue is used on the eyestays, mudguard, forefoot overlays, midfoot Swoosh, ball-and-wings logo and collar. Signature Tar Heel powder blue is then called upon for the heel and collar flaps, completing the look. As arguably the most revered Jumpman retro silhouette on the market currently, these AJ1s are sure to be a hit when they release on August 17th, so check out a detailed set of images below while you wait, and stay tuned to our Jordan Release Dates page for info on other upcoming JB footwear. </p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG "UNC"</strong><br><strong>Release Date: August 17th, 2019</strong><br> $160<br><small>Color: Sail/Obsidian-University Blue</small><br><small>Style Code: 555088-140</small></p> </blockquote> <p><img src="https://sneakernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-unc-555088-140-release-date-3.jpg"><br><br><img src="https://sneakernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-unc-555088-140-release-date-8.jpg"><br><br><img src="https://sneakernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-unc-555088-140-release-date-2.jpg"><br><br><img src="https://sneakernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-unc-555088-140-release-date-4.jpg"><br><br><img src="https://sneakernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-unc-555088-140-release-date-5.jpg"><br><br><img src="https://sneakernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-unc-555088-140-release-date-7.jpg"><br><br><img src="https://sneakernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-unc-555088-140-release-date-9.jpg"><br><br><img src="https://sneakernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-unc-555088-140-release-date-6.jpg"><br><br> images: hanzuying<br></p> <img src="https://sneakernews.com/wp-content/themes/sneakernews/images/snippets/900-divider1.gif"> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/sneakernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-unc-555088-140-release-date-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/detailed-air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-unc Judge temporarily blocks release of Robert Kraft spa video - The Boston Globe https://usamash.org/florida/judge-temporarily-blocks-release-robert-kraft-spa-video-84004842 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:47:08 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src="https://c.o0bg.com/rf/image_960w/Boston/2011-2020/2019/04/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/kraft2-21766-6171.jpg"></figure></p> <p>Robert K. Kraft scored a procedural victory Tuesday as a judge temporarily barred the release of surveillance videos of the Patriots owner allegedly engaging in sex acts in a Florida spa.</p> <p>In a ruling issued around noon Tuesday, Judge Leonard Hanser agreed with Kraft and issued a protective order that prevents the videos being released to the Globe and other news organizations as would routinely occur under Florida public records law.</p> <p>Hanser's order has some limitations, however. He ruled that the tapes will not be released until a jury is sworn if Kraft takes his two misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution to a trial, prosecutors decline to pursue charges, or "any other time at which the court finds the fair trial rights of Defendant are not at risk, after notice to the parties and hearing thereon."<br></p> <p>Hanser used colorful language when he laid out the issues in his ruling. </p> <p>"A 78-year-old man walks into a day spa and . . . he allegedly engages in illegal sexual activity," Hanser wrote. "That seems like a rather tawdry but fairly unremarkable event. But if that man is the owner of the most successful franchise in, arguably, the most popular professional sport in the United States, an entirely different dynamic arises, especially if the encounter is captured on video tape, and the incident is the focus of much media attention and pretrial publicity."</p> <p><a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/04/22/fla-authorities-face-class-action-suit-for-orchids-asia-day-spa-prostitution-case/jmMZzge5C8BzamQNNSRtYJ/story.html?p1=Article_Related_Box_Article"> <p>Florida authorities behind the solicitation case that has ensnared Patriots owner Robert Kraft are being sued for invasion of privacy in a federal class-action lawsuit, court documents show. </p> </a></p> <p>Hanser wrote that "The Court concludes that Defendant's right to a fair trial requires the disputed video tape be withheld from Intervenors for a limited duration." </p> <p>The ruling also applies to at least 14 other men who were videotaped as they allegedly paid for sex at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter between Jan. 18 and Jan. 22 while cameras recorded their actions.</p> <p><i>This is a breaking news story and will be updated.</i></p> <p><em>John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe. Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.</em></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/c.o0bg.com/rf/image_960w/Boston/2011-2020/2019/04/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/kraft2-21766-6171.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Florida https://usamash.org/news/judge-temporarily-blocks-release-robert-kraft-spa-video Harley-Davidson tops estimates, but sales decline https://usamash.org/business/harley-davidson-tops-estimates-sales-decline-28800040 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:41:17 +0000 <div> <p> </p><ul><img src="https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/01/70/15/17269618/3/920x920.jpg"></ul> <p>MILWAUKEE (AP) - Harley-Davidson reported a decline in motorcycles sales in the U.S. and abroad as it continues to adapt to an aging clientele while navigating the costs of higher tariffs on its motorcycles shipped overseas.</p> <p>President Donald Trump, who last summer supported calls for a boycott of the company after it announced it was moving some of its production outside the U.S., went to Twitter on Tuesday to call the European tariffs "unfair."</p> <p>Harley-Davidson has been trying to make up for declining U.S. ridership by targeting overseas markets, a plan which has been hamstrung by the recent tariff wars. The company has been absorbing much of the costs of higher steel and aluminum prices due to the tariffs and previously estimated that foreign tariffs could cost it up to $100 million a year.</p> <p>Harley-Davidson said it shipped 58,891 motorcycles in the first quarter compared with 63,944 a year ago. For the full year it expects to ship 217,000 to 222,000 motorcycles, including between 65,500 and 70,500 in the second quarter.</p> <p>The company's U.S. motorcycle sales declined 4.2% and international sales fell 3.3% in the quarter.</p> <p>U.S. motorcycle sales peaked at more than 1.1 million in 2005 but then plummeted during the recession and haven't recovered. Analysts say there aren't enough millennial riders to offset the number of baby boomers who no longer ride.</p> <p>In a sign that the company is trying to lure a new generation of riders, Harley-Davidson acquired StaCyc, which produces electric bikes for kids. Harley-Davidson also plans to roll out its first electric motorcycle later this year.</p> <p>The Milwaukee-based company's first quarter earnings and revenue met Wall Street expectations but fell from the same quarter last year. The company said a January recall also hurt results, as certain motorcycles were not available for sale.</p> <p>First quarter earnings fell to $127.9 million from $174.8 million last year. On a per-share basis, the company said it had profit of 80 cents, which beat Wall Street expectations of 67 cents, but was less than the $1.03 for last year's first quarter.</p> <p>The motorcycle maker posted revenue of $1.38 billion in the period. Its adjusted revenue - which excludes financial services revenue - was $1.2 billion, which met Street forecasts. The company had $1.54 billion in total revenue in the first quarter last year.</p> <p>In midday trading, Harley-Davidson Inc. shares edged up 36 cents to $40.08.</p> <p>_____</p> <p>Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights ( http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on HOG at https://www.zacks.com/ap/HOG</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/s.hdnux.com/photos/01/01/70/15/17269618/3/rawImage.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/harley-davidson-tops-estimates-sales-decline Toddlers' obesity rates dropped when food voucher program became more nutritious: study https://usamash.org/obesity/toddlers-obesity-rates-dropped-food-voucher-program-nutritious-study-40642802 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:29:04 +0000 <div> <p>Significant changes that made a federal food voucher program more nutritious for low-income families and children resulted in reducing the risk of obesity among 4-year-old children who had been part of the program since infancy, according to a new study.</p> <p>The study published Tuesday (April 23) in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is among the first to look at the impact of the food package changes made by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in 2009 on obesity rates among children participating in the program.</p> <p>WIC food packages provide supplemental foods designed to meet the nutritional needs of low-income pregnant, breast-feeding, non-breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to five years of age. In 2009, the WIC food package changed significantly to provide more nutritious options to beneficiaries. Some of the changes include the addition of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; and a reduction in the amount of milk, juice, cheese, and eggs offered.</p> <p>"Our results suggest that changes in children's diet early in life could have a positive effect on their growth and reduce obesity risk, which would be informative for policymakers considering further improvements to the WIC program," said Pia Chaparro, assistant professor of nutrition at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.</p> <p>Her team and researchers with the University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health, worked with Los Angeles-based health program PHFE WIC, to examine health and population data from more than 180,000 children in the WIC program in Los Angeles County. They examined data from 2013-2016 for four groups of children: those who received a full dose of the new food package continuously from birth to age 4; those who participated in the old food package continuously up until age 4; those who started at age 2 and participated until age 4 in the new food package; and those who started at age 2 until age four in the old food package.</p> <p>The study found that the obesity risk was 12% lower for boys and 10% lower for girls who received a full dose of the new food package up until age 4, compared to children who receive a full dose of the old food package.</p> <p>The sharpest differences between the two groups began to develop at six months of age, according to the study.</p> <p>"The beneficial effect of being exposed to the new food package, compared to the old one, was much stronger during the six months to 1-year age interval, and this difference between the two groups during this age interval was large enough to set children in the new food package group on a healthier growth trajectory through age 4," said Chaparro.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.nola.com/resizer/yr53yop1hF53nMGOx6zuf_Lj4NM=/1200x0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-advancelocal.s3.amazonaws.com/public/KIQ7IG2NSNHCXHV5LHZID3GKTI.JPG' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Obesity https://usamash.org/news/toddlers-obesity-rates-dropped-food-voucher-program-nutritious-study As Harley-Davidson profit falls, it considers building bikes in Europe and Trump threatens trade war https://usamash.org/business/harley-davidson-profit-falls-considers-building-bikes-europe-trump-threatens-trade-war-44682808 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:26:06 +0000 <div> <p><img src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/12/11/PMJS/df155e9b-7d07-4ba6-a269-b23fb8ba7125-MJS_GAN_20180707_cja_usa_155.JPG?width=540&height=&fit=bounds&auto=webp">Buy Photo </p><p>Some of the thousands of Harley-Davidson riders enter Wenceslas Square in the heart of Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) </p> <p>Struggling with fallen demand for motorcycles and a steep tariff on its bikes sold in the European Union, Harley-Davidson Inc. on Tuesday reported a 26% drop in quarterly profit and said it would consider assembling bikes in Europe. </p> <p>Meanwhile, President Donald Trump threatened to launch a trade war with the European Union over tariffs imposed on Harley and other American companies.</p> <p>"So unfair to U.S. We will reciprocate!," Trump tweeted after Harley said its net income for the recent quarter fell to $127.9 million, or 80 cents a share, from $174.6 million, or $1.03 a year earlier.</p> <p>The president did not provide any detail on what actions he would take against the EU, but it's not the first time he has weighed in on Harley-Davidson, the world's largest manufacturer of heavyweight motorcycles. </p> <p>Last summer he chastised Harley after it announced plans to move production of motorcycles destined for the European Union to Thailand, in response to the EU raising the tariff on American-built bikes from 6% to 31%. </p> <p>"Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag. I fought hard for them and ultimately they will not pay tariffs selling into the E.U., which has hurt us badly on trade, down $151 Billion. Taxes just a Harley excuse - be patient," Trump tweeted in June.</p> <p>The president also encouraged people to boycott the company and threatened to impose higher taxes on it. </p> <p>"A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country - never! Their employees and customers are already very angry at them. If they move, watch it, it will be the beginning of the end - they surrendered, they quit! The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!," Trump tweeted June 26. </p> <p>Tuesday, rather than attack Harley, Trump aimed his anger at the European Union for its tariffs that came after the president placed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum.</p> <p>And with the EU's tariff on Harley scheduled to climb to 56% in June 2021, the company said it was reviewing all options including assembling motorcycles in Europe.</p> <p>"Europe has always been an option as we looked at how to mitigate the EU retaliatory tariffs," CEO Matt Levatich said in a conference call with analysts.</p> <p>About 16% of all new Harley-Davidson motorcycles are sold in Europe, a figure that's been steady and is second in revenue only to the U.S. market. About 43% of the company's bikes are sold outside the U.S., and Harley has set a goal of raising that to 50%.</p> <p>Harley is awaiting approval from the European Union to have a 6% tariff placed on its bikes assembled in Thailand, not 31% or higher. But should that be denied, Levatich said, the company has contingency plans that could include assembling bikes in Europe. </p> <p>The growth potential in Europe, especially as Harley introduces smaller bikes in its lineup in two years, cannot be "hamstrung" by tariffs, Levatich said. </p> <p>"Clearly this is an imperative for us as a business," he added.</p> <p>Harley says it expects to incur between $100 million and $120 million in incremental tariff costs this year, though Levatich said the majority of those costs could be mitigated by the end of the year through production in Thailand.</p> <p>Harley said its revenue from motorcycles and related products fell 12% in the recent quarter to $1.2 billion. Worldwide retail sales fell 3.8%, while international sales fell 3.3%.</p> <p>Sales in Europe and Asia fell 0.6% and 4%, respectively, with business in the United Kingdom suffering from continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Asian sales were hurt by a recall of Harley's Street motorcycles, the smallest bikes in the company's lineup. </p> <p>U.S. sales fell 4.2%, the ninth consecutive quarterly drop, but it was the smallest decline for the company since the end of 2016.</p> <p>Levatich attributed the progress to customer and dealer incentives and more money spent on marketing through the company's More Roads to Harley-Davidson program.</p> <p>"We've got a plan in place, and the plan is working," he said. </p> <p>The net income of $127.9 million, or 80 cents per share, topped Wall Street expectations of 67 cents a share.</p> <p>Even as it expands abroad, earlier Harley said it has committed to investing $65 million in its manufacturing plants in Menomonee Falls and Tomahawk. Earlier this month, the United Steelworkers ratified a five-year contract with the company at its Wisconsin plants. </p> <em>This story will be updated as further information becomes available.</em> <p>Read or Share this story: https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/2019/04/23/harley-davidson-profit-falls-trump-threatens-trade-war/3547493002/</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/12/11/PMJS/df155e9b-7d07-4ba6-a269-b23fb8ba7125-MJS_GAN_20180707_cja_usa_155.JPG' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/harley-davidson-profit-falls-considers-building-bikes-europe-trump-threatens-trade-war The buzz about bumble bees isn't good https://usamash.org/lima/buzz-bumble-bees-isn-good-00068808 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:26:05 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src="https://media.eurekalert.org/multimedia_prod/pub/web/199031_web.jpg"></figure></p> <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. - While many scientists are focused on the decline of honey bees, relatively few study bumble bees. The good news is that a new study provides an estimate on bumble bee population and distributions across Michigan in the past century. The bad news is that these results are dramatically low, and they mirror what's happening across the Americas, Europe and Asia, too.</p> <p>Michigan State University led the study, which compared current distributions of bumble bee species across the state to the information gleaned from museum specimens collected as far back as the 1880s. The research, published in the current issue of <em>Ecology</em>, shows that half of the bumble bee species studied have declined by more than 50%.</p> <p>"Bumble bees are important pollinators of plants across natural habitats, where they help support the seeds and berries that birds and other animals depend on," said Thomas Wood, MSU entomology postdoctoral researcher and lead author of the study. "They also are effective pollinators of many fruits and vegetables that are important for healthy human diets."</p> <p>Take blueberries, for example. Bumble bees are highly efficient pollinators of this leading Michigan fruit crop. To extract the pollen necessary for fertilization, the blossom needs to be shaken vigorously, and bumble bees are expert at vibrating the flowers to shake out the pollen. </p> <p>"In Michigan, there are 19 species of bumble bees and around 445 species of other bees," said Wood, who led the study in the lab of Rufus Isaacs, MSU entomologist. "Many of Michigan's key crops depend on them. In fact, about 50 percent of cherry pollination is carried out by wild bees."</p> <p>Wood's team scoured the state of Michigan and compared the distribution of 12 different bumble bee species across the state's 83 counties before and after the year 2000. Some of the biggest declines include:</p> <p> </p><ul> <li>Rusty patched bumble bee - 100%</li> <li>American bumble bee - 98%</li> <li>Yellow banded bumble bee - 71%</li> <li>Yellow bumble bee - 65%</li> </ul> <p>Even though the study focused on Michigan, its findings hold lessons for other regions around the globe, and some of them are positive. A couple of success stories include the common eastern bumble bee and the brown belted bumble bee, which increased by 31% and 10%, respectively.</p> <p>Why did some species remain stable or increase their ranges while other species declined? </p> <p>Researchers investigated the kinds of plants each bumble bee species visited by removing pollen from the specimens. Bumble bees carry their pollen on their back legs, and this can be removed and identified under a microscope, even decades after the bee was alive. When looking at these pollen loads, the researchers found some consistent patterns. </p> <p>"Species that declined collected pollen from fewer species of plants and seem to have a narrower range of plants they visit for pollen," Wood said. "In contrast, the stable species visit a much wider variety of plants. This suggests that picky eaters are less able to switch if a favorite plant isn't available."</p> <p>The next phase of the research will try to understand why bumble bee species with narrow diets do not show diet flexibility.</p> <p>"Most of the declining bumble bee species in Michigan fly in the summer, feeding on prairie plants and other flowers of open countryside," Wood said. "Fewer types of plants flower in summer compared to the spring. We also know that prairies have been lost over the last century so summer bumble bees may have been hit twice due to a loss of their preferred habitat and a reduced ability to adapt to this change." </p> <p>###</p> <p>Kelsey Graham, MSU entomologist, and Jason Gibbs, University of Manitoba, also contributed to this study.</p> <p>This research was funded in part by the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture, through the Great Lakes Great Bees project.</p> <p>(Note for media: Please include a link to the original paper in online coverage: .)</p> <p>Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good in uncommon ways for 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources on creating solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.</p> <p>For MSU news on the Web, go to MSUToday. Follow MSU News on Twitter at twitter.com/MSUnews.</p> <p><strong>Disclaimer:</strong> AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.eurekalert.org/multimedia/pub/web/199031_web.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Lima https://usamash.org/news/buzz-bumble-bees-isn-good Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Is Out Now On Nintendo Switch https://usamash.org/gaming/dragon-dogma-dark-arisen-nintendo-switch-86086222 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:24:04 +0000 <div> <h4><em><p>Capcom celebrates the release with a launch trailer.</p> </em></h4> <img src="https://gamingbolt.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/dragons-dogma-dark-arisen.jpeg"> <p>Capcom's open world action RPG, <em>Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen </em> is out now for the Nintendo Switch, bringing its rich world, intricate combat mechanics, and fantasy setting to a Nintendo system for the first time ever. To celebrate its release, Capcom and Nintendo have put out a launch trailer as well, which you can view below.</p> <p>The trailer shows various shots from many locations in the game's vast and varied world, many snippets of its highly praised combat system, with all manner of beast, and several different weapon types, from swords to bow and arrows, to magical attacks. And, of course, it's looking visually solid as well.</p> <p><em>Dragon's Dogma </em>remains a fan-favourite title for millions, having endeared itself to the masses upon release despite shortcomings, and winning over even more people with the release of <em>Dark Arisen</em>. The Nintendo Switch release seems like a great time to jump back in, or to experience it for the first time, if you haven't played it before.</p> <p>Capcom have previously mentioned that if <em>Dragon's Dogma </em>proves to be successful on the Switch, it might compel them to release other games on the platform as well- such as <em>Devil May Cry 5</em>. Meanwhile, creator and director Hideaki Itsuno hopes to work on <em>Dragon's Dogma 2 </em>as well- so let's hope his wish is granted soon.</p> <img src="https://gamingbolt.com/wp-content/themes/GamingBoltV4/images/img-3rdparty.png"><img src="https://gamingbolt.com/wp-content/themes/GamingBoltV4/images/img-comments.png"> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/gamingbolt.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/dragons-dogma-dark-arisen-xbox-360.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Gaming https://usamash.org/news/dragon-dogma-dark-arisen-nintendo-switch Mortal Kombat 11 - How to do every Fatality - Critical Hit https://usamash.org/gaming/mortal-kombat-11-fatality-88224280 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:22:04 +0000 <div> <p><figure><img src="https://i1.wp.com/media.criticalhit.net//2019/04/MK-Fatalities-8.jpg?w=850&ssl=1"></figure></p> <p>FATALITY! For almost three decades, that one word has always defined Mortal Kombat at its purest: An unrelenting arena of blood that gives players the chance to mercilessly murder one another in the grisliest way possible. Limbs are removed with glee, eyeballs pop from skulls and there's murder on the gore floor so you better not tell the groom. <em>DJ</em>.</p> <p>Here's the trick though: In Mortal Kombat 11 every character gets a single Fatality unlocked from the start. If you want that second finisher, you'll have to grind for it in the Krypt, an idea so foul that I'd rather spend my time performing a root canal on Baraka. If you do happen to know the actual input though, there's nothing stopping you from actually performing the secondary finisher. Just be aware, that it won't show up in your list of moves until you've unlocked it in the Krypt.</p> <p>Still, I've got a list of Fatalities below, so feel free to take this page and print it out! Quick note: As always, spacing matters. Close means that you'll need to be within striking distance, mid is usually at least one jump away in length and far pretty much says it all. I've listed the fatalities below according to PlayStation first and Xbox second. If you're playing on PC with a keyboard, tough luck and <em>what the hell is wrong with you?</em></p> <p>If you're playing on Nintendo Switch, then please know that I'm a petty bastard who abhors how Ninty has mangled up the status quo of face button layouts and I refuse to pander to them. Onto the list!</p> <h2>Johnny Cage</h2> <p><figure><img src="https://i2.wp.com/media.criticalhit.net//2019/04/MK-Fatalities-5.jpg?w=850&ssl=1"></figure></p> <h2>Cassie Cage</h2> <h2>Sonya Blade</h2> <h2>Kano</h2> <h2>Kabal</h2> <h2>Raiden</h2> <h2>Shao Kahn</h2> <h2>Cetrion</h2> <h2>Baraka</h2> <h2>D'Vorah</h2> <h2>Sub Zero</h2> <h2>Scorpion</h2> <p><figure><img src="https://i2.wp.com/media.criticalhit.net//2019/04/MK-Fatalities-7.jpg?w=850&ssl=1"></figure></p> <h2>Frost</h2> <h2>Skarlet</h2> <h2>Jax</h2> <h2>Jaqui Briggs</h2> <h2>Kotal Kahn</h2> <h2>Jade</h2> <h2>Geras</h2> <p><figure><img src="https://i0.wp.com/media.criticalhit.net//2019/04/MK-Fatalities-1.jpg?w=850&ssl=1"></figure></p> <h2>Erron Black</h2> <h2>Noob Saibot</h2> <h2>Liu Kang</h2> <h2>Kung Lao</h2> <p><figure><img src="https://i2.wp.com/media.criticalhit.net//2019/04/MK-Fatalities-2.jpg?w=850&ssl=1"></figure></p> <h2>Kollector</h2> <h2>Kitana</h2> <p>Last Updated: </p> <footer> <p><img src="https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/f29c2b82775c8feedeae3045ca4a11c8?s=150&d=mm&r=pg"></p> </footer></div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/i0.wp.com/media.criticalhit.net//2019/04/MK-Fatalities-4.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Gaming https://usamash.org/news/mortal-kombat-11-fatality Watford vs Southampton: TV channel, live stream, team news & preview | Goal.com https://usamash.org/ford/watford-southampton-tv-channel-live-stream-team-news-preview-64224628 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:19:02 +0000 <div> <p>Southampton remain in Premier League relegation danger as they travel to face Watford at Vicarage Road on Tuesday.</p> <p>The Hornets have enjoyed a quietly successful campaign, climbing to eighth in the standings and in with a shout of European football next season.</p> <p>Southampton's objective, however, is simply to amass the points required to stay in the division, as they lie just three points above the drop zone.</p> <p>In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via NBC Sports Gold.</p> <p>In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be available to watch live on television or via a stream.</p> <p>Watford are without the suspended Troy Deeney, while Jose Holebas, Tom Cleverley and Domingos Quina have failed to shake off knocks in time to be included.</p> <p><strong>Possible Watford starting XI: </strong>Foster; Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Masina; Doucoure, Capoue, Chalobah; Deulofeu, Success, Pereyra</p> <p>Jannik Vestergaard is expected to shake off a knock to feature, while Alex McCarthy may be available too, although Angus Gunn is likely to retain his place in goal.</p> <p>Defender Matt Targett remains doubtful while Michael Obafemi is absent.</p> <p><strong>Possible Southampton starting XI: </strong>Gunn; Vestergaard, Yoshida, Bednarek; Valery, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Bertrand; Redmond; Ings</p> <p>Watford are priced at 6/5 to enhance their European challenge with bet365. Southampton can be backed at 5/2, while a draw is available at that same price.</p> Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. <p><img src="https://www.goal.com/rebuild-beta-assets/img/placeholder.png"><img src="https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/GOAL/70/e5/ralph-hasenhuttl-southampton_1ek8m0yuu9ws71eu3ckc6ejd2q.jpg?t=-319862791"> </p> <p>Watford might have the FA Cup final to look forward to against Manchester City next month, but head coach Javi Gracia has urged his side to retain focused for their league campaign.</p> <p>Eighth in the standings with four matches to play, the Hornets are set to enjoy a top-half finish. If they can overcome Everton and move into seventh, they would stand a strong chance of playing European football next season, regardless of the outcome of the match at Wembley in May.</p> <p>"I think before playing the game, my players know perfectly that we need the points more than them," the Spaniard argued. </p> <p>"It is the best mentality to get the points available. If we don't play with that feeling it is difficult to get results.</p> <p>"We have to be concentrated until the end, if we don't do it in the next games, I'm sure we won't be able to achieve the results we want."</p> <p>Southampton, meanwhile, had been heading for safety before the weekend's hiccup against Newcastle, which was caused by a lacklustre first-half display at St. James' Park.</p> <p>Saints remain well placed to get out of trouble as they have a five-point edge on Cardiff, who lie 18th having played a game more, but manager Ralph Hasenhuttl does not want to take any risks and expects a stronger display from his team.</p> <p>"The message must be that a little bit of playing football is not enough for us, so we have to be aggressive again," he said.</p> <p>"We have to work harder than we did on Saturday in the first half because otherwise against Watford, a very strong team, it is again a big problem to take something.</p> <p>"I think we have the quality to win there or to take a point, but we need a really, really clinical and perfect performance."</p> <p>Hasenhuttl believes Watford represent a challenge as tough as any in the Premier League.</p> <p>"Outrageous," he said when asked to analyse Watford's season. "If they have the chance of the Europa League, it's amazing because they are the best of the rest at the moment.</p> <p>"To go there is nearly as difficult as to play against one of the top six, so we need a very, very good performance."</p> <p>His players have been well warned.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/images.performgroup.com/di/library/GOAL/70/e5/ralph-hasenhuttl-southampton_1ek8m0yuu9ws71eu3ckc6ejd2q.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Ford https://usamash.org/news/watford-southampton-tv-channel-live-stream-team-news-preview Charley Casserly: Ravens Will Trade Back, Take Receiver In First Round https://usamash.org/ravens/charley-casserly-ravens-trade-receiver-06220640 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:14:02 +0000 <div> <p>After months of deliberation and anticipation, the moment has almost arrived. The 2019 NFL Draft kicks off April 25 in Nashville, Tenn., and football analysts across the country are making final changes to their annual mock drafts in preparation for the real thing. <br></p> <p>Brown posted big numbers for the Sooners as a junior in 2018, racking up 1,318 receiving yards and catching 10 touchdowns from Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray.</p> <p>The Ravens will enter the draft with the 22nd overall pick, but Casserly predicts the Ravens to trade down a few spots to grab a wide receiver. The move could turn out to be a win-win for Baltimore; the team needs an influx of talent at the position, and this year's group of wide receivers is as bunched up as Casserly can remember.</p> <p>"I put a lot of guys late one to early two," Casserly said on Glenn Clark Radio April 22. "That doesn't normally happen in a position group, but it does this year with the receivers. ... I think the big picture is trading back probably won't hurt you if you're taking a receiver out of this group."</p> <p>The only receiver Casserly has off the board by the 25th pick is Ole Miss' DK Metcalf. Casserly then has the Ravens taking the 5-foot-9, 166-pound Brown as the second receiver in the draft.</p> <p>"I think this guy is a dynamic receiver," Casserly said of Brown. "I don't know if he's going to be [Indianapolis Colts receiver] T.Y. Hilton, but that's kind of the guy I see when I compare to a college player. That's a heck of a comparison."</p> <p>Casserly believes heavily in the importance of separation in a receiver's skill set, something that Brown could excel at in the slot. Brown's combination of speed and lateral quickness could make him a better option for the Ravens than a bigger receiver like Metcalf. Metcalf, at 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds, dwarfs Brown.</p> <p>"Big guys don't separate as well as they run straight ahead sometimes," Casserly said. "To be able to run in a straight line and do a 40 is one thing, but to be able to change direction on a route, sometimes guys aren't as efficient at that as they are running a 40 straight ahead."</p> <p>Casserly, however, does not think surrounding quarterback Lamar Jackson with a lot of speed is necessarily the best thing for the Ravens' offense. While it's hard to get a clear picture at what the offense will look like come Week 1, Casserly believes that the Ravens can't continue to feature the same style they did last year if they want to return to the playoffs.</p> <p>Surrounding Jackson with a more dynamic assortment of weapons could help, but trading down to choose a wide receiver isn't the only route Casserly could see the team going in this year's draft. He sees NC State center Garrett Bradbury as a "10-year player" and one certainly worthy of a pick in the latter half of the first round.</p> <p>Casserly also mentioned Clemson defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell as a possible target to help shore up a defensive edge decimated by the losses of Terrell Suggs and Za'Darius Smith.</p> <p>One position that Casserly does not think the team should worry about in this year's draft is quarterback, despite concerns about Jackson's long-term health and talent.</p> <p>"I'm not excited enough about the quarterbacks [after the top four] that I have looked at to say, 'Hey, this is a guy we should take in the middle rounds and develop,'" Casserly said.</p> <p><i>For more from Casserly, listen to the full interview here:</i></p> <p><i>Photo Credit: Courtesy of Oklahoma Athletics</i></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/snagfilms-a.akamaihd.net/31/b3/39ced14e4759a6659af4adfac35a/nfldraft19-brown-marquise.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Ravens https://usamash.org/news/charley-casserly-ravens-trade-receiver Doraemon Story of Seasons coming to Nintendo Switch and PC this year https://usamash.org/nintendo/doraemon-story-seasons-coming-nintendo-switch-pc-year-84046862 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:11:02 +0000 <div> <img src="https://cms.thedigitalfix.com/gaming/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/04/Doraemon_dog_1556028530-770x400.png"><p>Platforms: Nintendo Switch | PC </p> <p>Bandai Namco has announced that <strong>Doraemon Story of Seasons </strong>will release on Nintendo Switch and PC this Autumn.</p> <p>Check out the announcement trailer below.</p> <p>The Doraemon character, a worldwide anime sensation, will combine with the Story of Seasons series in a beautiful Harvest Moon-like farming adventure.</p> <p>Players familiar with Story of Seasons will know what to expect from this entry, growing crops, farming, hunting bugs, and interacting with the townsfolk.</p> <p>Bandai Namco says that familiar faces will be joining Nobita from the Doraemon franchise and will "take part in a heart-warming journey across the games original town". Similar to a lot of other farming simulation games, developing your town and farm will play an important role in the game.</p> <figure><img src="https://cms.thedigitalfix.com/gaming/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/04/Doraemon_developed_farm_1556028529-1024x576.png"><figcaption>Spot the good dog.</figcaption></figure> <p>As it is also a Doraemon game, Bandai Namco assure fans that "of course, Doraemon's secret gadgets will be there to help them along the way".</p> <p><strong>Doraemon Story of Seasons</strong> will be coming to Nintendo Switch and PC this Autumn. We'll update you when the game is given an official release date.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cms.thedigitalfix.com/geeklife/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2019/04/unnamed-3.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nintendo https://usamash.org/news/doraemon-story-seasons-coming-nintendo-switch-pc-year Patrick Peterson causes panic among Cardinals fans with social media activity https://usamash.org/football/patrick-peterson-panic-cardinals-fans-social-media-activity-02682060 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:10:02 +0000 <div> <p></p><center><img src="https://larrybrownsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/patrick-peterson.jpg"></center><p>Patrick Peterson indicated a few months ago that he had settled any differences he may have had with the Arizona Cardinals, but the All-Pro cornerback could be sending messages once again that he is unhappy.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Peterson had a cryptic Instagram post that had fans wondering if his future in Arizona is in doubt.</p> <p>"My boys told me to watch out for the snakes in the long grass! #savageSZN," Peterson wrote alongside a photo of him with several former Cardinals players who were either traded or not re-signed by the team.</p> <p>Former Cardinals running back Chris Johnson was among those who replied to Peterson's post when he wrote, "AZ always gonna be the same until they make changes upstairs."</p> <p>If that wasn't enough of an indication that there is trouble in paradise, a Reddit user also pointed out that Peterson removed all references to the Cardinals from his Twitter bio. He used to have things like "proud member of the #birdgang" on his profile, but that was removed as of Tuesday morning.</p> <p>It was not that long ago that Peterson went out of his way to publicly apologize for demanding a trade last season, so it's unclear what - if anything - has changed.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/larrybrownsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/patrick-peterson.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Football https://usamash.org/news/patrick-peterson-panic-cardinals-fans-social-media-activity Lenovo Legion & IdeaPad gaming laptops get 9th Gen Intel Core CPUs and GTX 1650/1660 Ti GPUs https://usamash.org/gaming/lenovo-legion-ideapad-gaming-laptops-9th-gen-intel-core-cpus-gtx-16501660-ti-gpus-40088244 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:09:04 +0000 <div> <p>Hot on the heels of Intel's 9th Gen Intel Core mobile processor announcement, Lenovo has announced they've updated their Lenovo Legion lineup. In addition, two new gaming laptops have been added to the family: the Lenovo Legion Y7000 and the IdeaPad L340 Gaming.</p> <h2>Lenovo Legion Y740</h2> <p>Up first, the Lenovo Legion Y740 with its optional 144Hz 1080p FHD display and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics sees the new CPU and GPU options. Now available with the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, the Y740 15- and 17-inch models can also be configured with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti video card.</p> <p>The 17-inch Lenovo Legion Y740 Laptop will start at US$1669.99 and the 15-inch model will start at $1609.99, available on www.lenovo.com and in select local retailers in late May 2019.</p> <h2>New Lenovo Legion Y7000</h2> <p>In addition to refreshing the Lenovo Legion Y7000p, the new Y7000 gaming laptop is a 15-inch gaming powerhouse. With up to 9th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, and GTX 1660 Ti or 1650 options, there's a configuration for everyone.</p> <p>The Legion Y7000 features thin bezels, up to 144Hz refresh rate, 300 nits of brightness, and an IPS anti-glare screen.</p> <p>The 15-inch Lenovo Legion Y7000p (also known as the Lenovo Legion Y545 in select markets) with optional NVIDIA GeForce 1660 Ti will be available on www.lenovo.com and in select local retailers starting at $1199.99 in late May 2019. Pricing and availability of the 15-inch Lenovo Legion Y7000 with optional NVIDIA GeForce 1660 Ti will be shared later.</p> <h2>Lenovo Legion Y540</h2> <p>Available in both 15-inch and 17-inch, with up to a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU and 9th Gen Intel i7 processor, the Lenovo Legion Y540 packs a hefty amount of power at a more accessible price point. Both models come in Raven Black, lasting up to six hours to provide plenty of time to find that save point while on-the-go.</p> <p>The Y540 also comes with Harman Kardon speakers and Dolby Atmos support. Weighing just over 5lbs, this gaming laptop is easily portable for gaming on the go.</p> <p>The 15-inch Lenovo Legion Y540 Laptop with up to NVIDIA GeForce 1660 Ti starts at $1209.99 and is available in late May 2019, and the 17-inch with the same GPU option starts at $1269.99 and is available late June 2019 on www.lenovo.com and in select local retailers.</p> <h2>Lenovo IdeaPad L340</h2> <p>New to the Lenovo gaming laptop family is the affordable Lenovo IdeaPad L340. Designed for multi-tasking, the L340 allows users to game in "Quick" mode or work in "Quiet" mode. With 15- and 17-inch models to choose from, the L340 can be configured with up to 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and feature GeForce GTX 1650 GPUs.</p> <p>For even more gaming and content creation power, Intel Optane options are also available for the latest addition to the Lenovo gaming lineup.</p> <p>The 17-inch Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming laptop will start at $919.99 and the 15-inch model will start at $869.99, both available on www.lenovo.com and in select local retailers in late May 2019.</p> <p>What do you think about the updates and additions to the Lenovo gaming laptop family? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, or MeWe.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/techaeris.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Lenovo-Legion-1000x543.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Gaming https://usamash.org/news/lenovo-legion-ideapad-gaming-laptops-9th-gen-intel-core-cpus-gtx-16501660-ti-gpus Jimmy Fallon Parodies Rap-Country Hit "Old Town Road" as Bernie Sanders https://usamash.org/entertainment/jimmy-fallon-parodies-rap-country-hit-town-road-bernie-sanders-88622066 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:07:05 +0000 <div> <p>Jimmy Fallon's latest Bernie Sanders impression was paired with his own version of viral rap-country hit "Old Town Road," on Monday's episode of the <em>Tonight Show</em>.</p> <p>Trading out mentions of horseback riding for 2020 campaign issues - from Trump's proposed border wall to Sanders' Medicare for All bill - "Old Town Hall" was shot in the style of a classic western or silent film.</p> <p>Fallon also poked fun at the 77-year-old senator's age, and the fact that if Sanders becomes president, he'd be the oldest person ever elected to the office.</p> <p>"Everybody's asking somethin' / But I can't hear nothin,' " Fallon raps, adding other quips like "Got a few frustrations / With these corporations / You can call me Grandpa / I'mma spank the nation," and "Gotta chance to see / Mayor Pete's I.D. / We're both born in '83 / But in different centuries."</p> <p>But Pete Buttigieg wasn't the only 2020 Democratic hopeful that was mentioned.</p> <p>"Biden, Beto, Kamala and Klobuchar / Add up all their ages, he's still older by far," The Roots' Tariq Trotter rapped alongside Fallon. "We've got a decision and the field is getting crowded / But just don't forget Bernie Sanders is the loudest."</p> <p>The bit ended with Sanders riding off on a scooter chair, wielding a stick horse.</p> <footer> Jimmy FallonLate-Night TV</footer></div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn1.thr.com/sites/default/files/2019/04/nup_186797_0673-h_2019.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/jimmy-fallon-parodies-rap-country-hit-town-road-bernie-sanders Odell Beckham Jr. not at Browns voluntary minicamp, which begins today https://usamash.org/browns/odell-beckham-jr-browns-voluntary-minicamp-begins-today-48808220 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:06:05 +0000 <div> <p>CLEVELAND, Ohio - Odell Beckham Jr. is not at the Browns voluntary minicamp, which began today, a league source told cleveland.com.</p> <p>It remains to be seen if he'll show for any of the three-day camp. Beckham has been working out in Los Angeles, and posted an Instagram story presumably from there on Monday night.</p> <p>The minicamp, which is closed to the media, is the extra one afforded to new head coaches, and includes 11-on-11 drills with no pads or contact. Other teams can't pit the offense vs. the defense until the final four weeks of the nine-week program. </p> <p>Beckham showed up for the first day of the voluntary offseason program on April 1, but has been working out on his own ever since, which is typical for him.</p> <p>On Thursday, Browns GM John Dorsey said he was confident that Beckham will do what's necessary to be ready for the season.</p> <p>"Where I stand is that I think any time that you have, as an organization, you have a first-year coaching staff and you are installing new offenses and new defenses, it is good to be here; but let's remember, the CBA created this to where it is a voluntary situation,'' Dorsey said in his pre-draft press conference Thursday. "I think he is an experienced enough player that he will understand what he has to do to put himself in the best position and put this team in the best position. That is how I look at this."</p> <p>Coach Freddie Kitchens said on the first day of the offseason program that he wouldn't hold it against Beckham for not particapating fully in the program.</p> <p>"Like I told you guys a couple of weeks ago, Odell didn't know that he was going to be in Cleveland up until three weeks ago,'' Kitchens said. "He has some things to tie up, but he thought that it was important enough to be here (Monday). So he was here for his teammates, for himself and for his coaches and things like that. My hat is off to him. He told me something a couple of weeks ago, and he made it work. He had to go through some hoops to get here, but it was important enough for him to be here."</p> <p>Kitchens acknowledged that Beckham would be a part-time participant in the program, at least early on.</p> <p>"We don't really know the specifics right now, but he won't be here continually right now,'' he said. "He'll be back and forth, but he has some things he has to tie up, and we're getting all of that in order now."</p> <p>Beckham also said then he wasn't sure yet the level of his participation. The mandatory minicamp is June 4-6.</p> <p>"It's just the first day,'' Beckham said. "We want to set the tone. I don't know exactly my offseason plans. I usually train in LA, but I definitely want to be able to be here and create that bond, that relationship with the new teammates, coaches, everybody, just so you can kind of see who I am exactly, but I just thought it was important to be here (Monday). I know he (Landry) was going to be here, (Mayfield) said he was going to be here, so I had to come see my guys.''</p> <p>Kitchens said he didn't twist Beckham's arm to show up on day one.</p> <p>"That was Odell's (choice),'' said Kitchens. "This is all voluntary. I didn't encourage anything. Odell knows what's at stake. He knows what he needs to be here for. This is strictly voluntary. If we wanted to critique people for not coming and coming, then we should make it mandatory as a league. It's not mandatory. Would I hold a grudge if he's not going to come? No, I wouldn't.''</p> <p>Kitchens was reminded that some coaches consider the voluntary program to be mandatory.</p> <p>"Are you saying they're right and I'm wrong?'' Kitchens said with a laugh. "I'm saying that they're breaking the rules. And you know, they aren't here."</p> <p>His expectations for Beckham this offseason?</p> <p>"Just to continue to get better as a person and as a player, and you do that by studying film and things like that,'' said Kitchens.</p> <p>While Kitchens won't hold it against Beckham, he acknowledged that it's vital to be here for the program. In regards to this extra minicamp, it's a chance for the Browns and other teams with new head coaches to get a jump on other teams. </p> <p> "With all good players, the offseason program is tremendously important not just from a knowledge standpoint, but you start forming relationships with people; you start building relationships with your teammates and with your coaches,'' Kitchens said. "Once those relationships are built, you can ask the player and the player can ask the coach difficult [questions] and you can have difficult conversations. At that point is when you can make advancements the most.''</p> <p>Kitchens noted that the foundation of the 2019 season will be laid in these few months.</p> <p>"There's going to be adversity at some point, so I need to feel good with the guys in our room when that adversity hits,'' he said. "Our staff needs to feel good about the rest of our coaches when that adversity hits. Players need to feel good about the guy lined up to his left and to his right and that these guys are going to come out of this thing with me because adversity is going to hit.</p> <p>"At that point, we'll find out what kind of team we have. It's not going to be initially. It's not going to be in training camp. It's not going to be in the second week of the season. I do not know when it is going to hit, but when it does, you are going to find out what kind of team we have and not until then."</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.cleveland.com/resizer/wj8lm196w8MsbqAxvjyKT5MT03M=/1200x0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-advancelocal.s3.amazonaws.com/public/DWNOW56D6BFM3EM6P254BGP7G4.JPG' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Browns https://usamash.org/news/odell-beckham-jr-browns-voluntary-minicamp-begins-today 'Gemini Man' trailer: It's Will Smith versus his younger self in Ang Lee film https://usamash.org/mini/gemini-man-trailer-smith-younger-ang-lee-film-44248868 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:04:02 +0000 <div> <p>Ang Lee's latest movie stars Will Smith as an assassin who has to battle a clone that can not only predict his every move but is also much younger. <em>Gemini Man </em>will be released on October 11.</p> <p>The screenplay is by David Benioff (<em>Game of Thrones</em>), Billy Ray and Darren Lemke. Lee's movie uses de-aging technology to show Smith as his current 50-year-old self and his younger version. In the trailer, which was released on Wednesday, Smith's character Henry Brogan is hunted down by a highly effective rival who turns out to be his replica. </p> <p>If Henry Junior is as good as Henry, it's because, as Mary Elizabeth Winstead says in the trailer, "He isyou." A slower version of Alphaville's <em>Forever Young </em>plays over the trailer. The cast includes Clive Owen as the brain behind the cloning and Benedict Wong.</p> <p>The movie has been in the making since the late 1990s, with Tony Scott and Curtis Hanson among the possible directors. Prospective lead actors included Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery and Mel Gibson. Ang Lee came on board in 2017. </p> <p>Footage of a de-aged Smith, which has been created by the visual effects studio Weta Digital, was unveiled at the CinemaCon event in April. "His performance is exquisite. We had to peel the layers of his experience, to the innocence of his [younger self] in the performance," Lee said at the event, according to <em>Hollywood Reporter</em>.</p> <p><em>Gemini Man</em> also boasts of "cutting-edge high frame rate of 120fps (frames per second), with 4K, 3D, high dynamic range (HDR) and immersive sound", <em>Hollywood Reporter</em> added. Lee had previously worked with the 120fps format in his 2016 movie <em>Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk</em>. <em>Gemini Man</em> will also be released in regular 2D and 3D formats. </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/s01.sgp1.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/book/118187-qquenfogsz-1556027486.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Mini https://usamash.org/news/gemini-man-trailer-smith-younger-ang-lee-film Concacaf Champions League final: Tigres UANL keeping mood light ahead of pressure-packed first leg vs. Rayados de Monterrey | Goal.com https://usamash.org/monterrey/tigres-coping-pressure-concacaf-champions-league-final-monterrey-08068848 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:04:02 +0000 <div> <p>There's something missing from Tigres' trophy case, though perhaps not for much longer. The club has been remarkable this decade, winning four league titles and a Copa MX, but an international title always has been elusive. Tigres nearly lifted the Copa Libertadores in 2015 despite the South American championship being slanted against Mexican teams. Eventually, they fell short in the final with River Plate taking the second leg 3-0. </p> <p>That's been the story in the Concacaf Champions League as well, with Tigres looking to avoid a third defeat in the final and lift their first-ever international trophy. Erasing all that history and getting over all those near-misses won't be easy. It's crosstown rival Monterrey standing in the way ahead of Tuesday's first leg at El Volcan. </p> <p>Yet despite the pressure of trying to get to the Club World Cup for the first time and finally giving manager Tuca Ferretti a reason to shave his moustache for something bigger than a domestic title (the manager regularly makes bets with his players that his iconic facial hair can go once they lift a trophy), the squad was laughing and joking around Monday in training. Never one to fret about pressure, Ferretti admitted Tigres are desperate to get an international crown though he's not calling this a must-win series. </p> <p>"Here the word 'obligation' isn't the right one. I think 'ambition' is the word," Ferretti said with a smile. "We have the ambition to achieve something and get us out of this unfortunate situation, and they also do with not having been able to achieve anything in their new stadium. Which of the two? Wednesday we'll see who achieves the final objective."</p> <p>It's a final objective Rayados have achieved on three occasions, giving them one area of bragging rights against Tigres. For all the progress Tigres have made, they still haven't broken through and represented Concacaf at the Club World Cup. The potential of Tigres' famously fervent traveling fans showing up at the Club World Cup has excited those fans and the club's directors. What exactly that tournament would look like this year isn't clear, with FIFA modifying the schedule and crafting a different competition. Tigres currently can only focus on doing everything possible to win the prize at hand.</p> <p>Tigres have used an alternative squad for most of the tournament, but Ferretti will put out his best possible team now that the elusive international title is within grasp.</p> <p><img src="https://www.goal.com/rebuild-beta-assets/img/placeholder.png"><img src="https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/GOAL/29/77/ricardo-tuca-ferretti-tigres_3vsxnofylpg81r9v1pfsxki53.jpg?t=1942309993"> </p> <p>Right back Luis "Chaka" Rodriguez will miss out on Tuesday's game, while winger Julian Quinones recently suffered a knee injury that likely will keep him out several months. Quinones had been key in previous CCL matches, scoring twice in this year's edition. There was good news on the injury front as well, though, with center back Carlos Salcedo fit after resting the last several contests for Tigres and Andre-Pierre Gignac making his return this weekend in a 3-3 draw against Morelia.</p> <p>The French forward played the full 90 in that match, which wasn't the plan. It'd be a quick turnaround for a player dealing with a knee injury to pop up again three days later, and Ferretti gave many of his planned starters for Tuesday's contest rest in the league game. Gignac is yet to play a minute in the CCL this year, as he's fought to recover from continuing discomfort.</p> <p>Tigres have the luxury of having a squad in which even the backups would make the MLS playoffs and contend for the Liguilla, but the final has a different feel entirely. Would Ferretti risk playing Gignac against Rayados on Tuesday? Could he start him? Would his poor record against Marcelo Barovero - no goals in seven meetings extending back to that final against River Plate - affect Ferretti's decision?</p> <p>"Here it's an important thing to have all the players ready to be able to choose the 11 that in your head is the best for the team," Ferretti said. "Now, with the exception of Chaka, I have my whole squad available to me. I'm going to put out those who I think are best for the team"</p> <p>The pressure will shift in this series. After Tuesday's first leg, everyone will be looking for Monterrey's reaction in its home stadium, the beautiful Estadio BBVA Bancomer. It's gone viral on social media for its gorgeous views, and fans clearly enjoy a first-class facility. They've yet to enjoy, however, a title win there other than the 2017 Apertura Copa MX, a title sullied by having watched Tigres celebrate winning the league on the field just weeks before in the very first final between the two clubs.</p> <p>Tuesday, however, it's on Tigres to make the most of its home-field advantage and take a step closer to a prize it never has been able to win.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/images.performgroup.com/di/library/GOAL/29/77/ricardo-tuca-ferretti-tigres_3vsxnofylpg81r9v1pfsxki53.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Monterrey https://usamash.org/news/tigres-coping-pressure-concacaf-champions-league-final-monterrey Jimmy Fallon parodies 'Old Town Road' as Bernie Sanders in 'Old Town Hall' https://usamash.org/entertainment/jimmy-fallon-parodies-town-road-bernie-sanders-town-hall-88664862 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:03:05 +0000 <div> <p>"The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon parodied popular country rap hit "Old Town Road" on Monday dressed as Sen. Bernie Sanders<img src="https://thehill.com/sites/default/files/styles/thumb_100/public/sandersbernie_052317gn2_lead.jpg?itok=cwtWUzXt">Bernard (Bernie) SandersAndrew Cuomo: Biden has best chance at 'main goal' of beating Trump Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds Buttigieg responds to accusation of pushing a 'hate hoax' about Pence MORE (I-Vt.) in a remix dubbed "Old Town Hall."</p> <p>Fallon brought back his impression of the 2020 presidential candidate by wearing Sanders's traditional suit and tie and a wig reminiscent of Sanders's hair and singing a parodied version of the hit Lil Nas X song.</p> <p>"I'm gonna talk to voters at the old town hall / I'm gonna tell 'em we don't need no wall / I'm gonna rant and rave about billionaires / ain't gonna take a break to comb my hair," Fallon sings.</p> <p>Fallon then goes on to rap "Everybody's asking somethin'/ But I can't hear nothin'," a playful jab at Sanders's age. Sanders, 77, is the oldest of all Democratic presidential candidates and, if elected, would be the oldest president in U.S. history.</p> <p>The sketch, shot in sepia tone, also took a shot at Sanders's recently disclosed wealth.</p> <p>"Loved by all the children, worth a couple million," Fallon, as Sanders, raps. </p> <p>Other jokes played on Sanders policy stances and loyal following.</p> <p>"I got money in the stacks / Forget your super PACs / Bernie bros in back / You would think this is a frat, now."</p> <p>The parody drew the attention of the song's original artist, Lil Nas X, who tweeted "no f***in way."</p> <p>Fallon thanked the rapper for the original and congratulated the artist on the success of the track in a post on Twitter.</p> <blockquote> <p>Thanks for the original. Congrats on everything. https://t.co/b6APmkF69m</p>- jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) April 23, 2019 </blockquote> <p>Fallon's sketch came after Sanders appeared in a CNN presidential town hall Monday night. </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/thehill.com/sites/default/files/fallonbernieparody_042319_youtube.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/jimmy-fallon-parodies-town-road-bernie-sanders-town-hall World's first malaria vaccine program launched in Africa https://usamash.org/health/world-malaria-vaccine-program-launched-africa-80062066 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:03:04 +0000 <div> <p>The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that the African country Malawi will launch a pilot program to administer the world's first malaria vaccine. </p> <p>The vaccine, known as RTS,S or Mosquirix, was approved in 2015 by the European Medicines Agency, according to the Associated Press. The vaccine was found in trials to have a 30-percent success rate in children who received four doses. But this protection was also found to diminish over time. There are some side effects of the vaccine, including convulsions, pain and fever. </p> <p>Africa was home to nearly all - 88 percent - of the world's total cases of malaria in 2015, according to WHO data. Malaria is a life-threatening disease transmitted to humans by bites from infected mosquitos, according to WHO. One of the world's leading killers - it claims about 435,000 lives annually - the parasitic disease takes the life of a child every two minutes. </p> <b>RELATED READ: Local woman riding bicycle from Thailand to Spain to help homeless kids</b> <p>According to WHO, the vaccine will be available to children up to two years old in Malawi, in addition to Ghana and Kenya, which will join the pilot program in the coming weeks. The program aims to reach 360,000 children annually in those three countries. The Ministries of Health will determine where the vaccine will be given, with a focus on areas with higher rates of malaria transmission. </p> <p>"We have seen tremendous gains from bed nets and other measures to control malaria in the last 15 years, but progress has stalled and even reversed in some areas. We need new solutions to get the malaria response back on track, and this vaccine gives us a promising tool to get there," said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "The malaria vaccine has the potential to save tens of thousands of children's lives."</p> <p>GlaxoSmithKline, the developer of the vaccine, is donating up to 10 million doses for the pilot program.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/media.phillyvoice.com/media/images/042319__malaria_vaccine_progra.2e16d0ba.fill-1200x630-c0.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Health https://usamash.org/news/world-malaria-vaccine-program-launched-africa Changes in food stamps reduced risk of obesity in children https://usamash.org/obesity/food-stamps-reduced-risk-obesity-children-60262224 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:03:02 +0000 <div> <p>NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (KTRK) -- A new study from Tulane University found that changes to WIC food stamps helped reduce obesity risk by as much as 11 percent. </p> <p> WIC is a federal program that provides food and other nutrition-based resources to children under the age of five living in low-income households. <br> </p> <p> <br> Researchers looked at changes in obesity in kids up to four years old in Los Angeles County after changes in the WIC food rules were made in 2009. </p> <p> These changes included reducing the amount of juice, milk, cheese, and eggs given out, while adding more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. <br> </p> <p> <br> Researchers found that, compared to kids who received the old food package, kids who received the new WIC food package had better growth and less risk of obesity. Even children who were enrolled late, particularly two to three year old boys, had an 11 percent lower risk of obesity with the new WIC food package than children who enrolled late and only received the old food package. </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.abcotvs.com/dip/images/5266191_shutterstock_564855202.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Obesity https://usamash.org/news/food-stamps-reduced-risk-obesity-children Brothers sue Jussie Smollett's lawyers, claiming defamation https://usamash.org/entertainment/brothers-sue-jussie-smollett-lawyers-claiming-defamation-68222440 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:01:02 +0000 <div> <p>CHICAGO (AP) - Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the "Empire" actor's attorneys, alleging that they repeatedly asserted publicly that the brothers carried out a real, bigoted attack on Smollett despite knowing that wasn't true.</p> <p>A lawyer for Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the brothers. It names Mark Geragos and his law firm as defendants.</p> <p>The suit contends that even after police and prosecutors alleged that the Jan. 29 attack was staged and after all charges were dropped against Smollett, Geragos and his firm continued to say publicly in widely reported statements that the brothers "led a criminally homophobic, racist and violent attack against Mr. Smollett," even though they knew that wasn't the case.</p> <p>The lawsuit says that the lawyers' repeated statements that Smollett told the truth all along and that the brothers were lying caused them "significant emotional distress," and made them feel unsafe and alienated them from the local community.</p> <p>The brothers didn't appear at a news conference their attorneys held Tuesday, but they issued a statement, saying "We have sat back and watched lie after lie being fabricated about us in the media only so one big lie can continue to have life. These lies are destroying our character and reputation in our personal and professional lives."</p> <p>The lawsuit doesn't specify an exact amount of money the brothers are seeking, only that would it be more than $75,000 for "appropriate compensatory damages, punitive damages and costs" stemming from the alleged defamation.</p> <p>Geragos didn't immediately reply to messages seeking comment about the lawsuit.</p> <p>"Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Nigeria, which can result in 14 years of imprisonment," the lawsuit says. "If the accused is married, the punishment is death by stoning."</p> <p>It also accuses Smollett of taking advantage of the brothers' own aspirations to establish TV and movie careers by manipulating them into taking part in the alleged hoax.</p> <p>"In short, Mr. Smollett used his clout as a wealthy actor to influence Plaintiffs, who were in a subordinate relationship to him and were aspiring to 'make it' in Hollywood," the lawsuit contends.</p> <p>Police allege that Smollett paid the brothers to help him stage an attack in which he said two masked men beat him, hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, doused him with a chemical substance and looped a rope around his neck.</p> <p>Smollett, who is black and gay, maintains that the attack wasn't staged. In the weeks after the alleged attack police arrested the Osundairo brothers on suspicion of assaulting Smollett but released them without charges. A police spokesman said the two were no longer considered suspects and that investigators had new evidence after questioning them.</p> <p>About a week after police questioned the brothers Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct and accused of making a false police report about the attack. The Cook County state's attorney's office abruptly dropped charges against Smollett in March. The city of Chicago has since sued Smollett seeking repayment for costs of investigating his case.</p> <p>___</p> <p>Check out the AP's complete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/static.seattletimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/urn-publicid-ap-org-142b91f06c4d45938ca95f4060818b92Jussie_Smollett_32058-1200x630.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/brothers-sue-jussie-smollett-lawyers-claiming-defamation [Review] 'Mortal Kombat 11' is a Bloody Great Fighter With Some Minor Flaws - Bloody Disgusting https://usamash.org/technology/review-mortal-kombat-11-bloody-great-fighter-minor-flaws-40408402 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:00:04 +0000 <div> <p><strong><em>Mortal Kombat 11</em></strong>'s key strength is in how ridiculously over the top it is. It's been a key strength in pretty much any good <em><strong>Mortal Kombat</strong></em> game to date. Without it, you just have bags of meat slicing away at each other like a duel between sentient Sunday roasts (my money is on the beef).</p> <p>Weirdly though, this strength is split somewhat in <em>MK11</em>. Creating a better, more deliciously silly side with its story, and a weaker, slightly more tired side with its showcasing of violence. You could argue that the ultra-gore sort of jeopardizes the balance of a very good fighter, though it's far from the problem it could be.</p> <p>Story then. A tyrannical Raiden is upsetting the balance of good and evil after the events of <em><strong>Mortal Kombat X</strong></em>, so naturally, Kronika (the new big bad), the keeper of time, decides to rewrite history to rebalance and make all well again (as well as can be in a universe where cleaving people in two is as common as saying hello).</p> <p><figure><img src="https://i2.wp.com/bloody-disgusting.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/mortal-kombat-11-review-02.png?fit=740%2C426&ssl=1"></figure></p> <p>This causes time to go a bit doolally for the Kombatants, and that most fun trope of time travel rears its head and we get versions of the characters from past, present, and future clashing against each other with gloriously enjoyable results. </p> <p>The ludicrous and melodramatic paths the Mortal Kombat story has taken over the years means there's plenty of callbacks to be found in terms of characters, places, situations, and storyline.</p> <p>The real draws here are that modern iterations of characters like Johhny Cage and Raiden get to interact with their past selves throughout the story, and you also get to revisit some elements and characters of the series that have been missing for a while. Better yet, the variant versions of characters actually play differently, so it's more than just a simple skin change.</p> <p>For longtime fans, it's an absolute hoot, full of fun fan service and a healthy roster of characters. For newcomers? Well, it may be a tad baffling, but it doesn't take itself seriously so there is still plenty of fun to be had without knowing the various ins and outs of the lore.</p> <p><figure><img src="https://i0.wp.com/bloody-disgusting.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/mortal-kombat-11-review-03.jpg?w=740&ssl=1"></figure></p> <p>It's all the more engaging as a story because of how good <em>Mortal Kombat 11 </em>looks. Following on from the equally gorgeous <strong><em>Injustice 2</em></strong>, <em>MK11</em> is a visual showcase in every sense. The facial animations, the detail in outfits, and of course, the freakishly graphic detail in the blood n' guts combat, all of it is incredibly polished.</p> <p>On the downside, some of the voice acting is well below the level of the rest. It's not even got the grace to be comically bad or just plain ham and cheese, it's dull, dry, and awkward. Not to name names here, but let's just say it's easy to tell who is an established voice actor and who is there for crossover appeal.</p> <p>As enjoyable as that story may be, and even with all the graphical flourish in the world, it wouldn't really matter if the fighting wasn't up to snuff. While the overall fighting style is new for <em>Mortal Kombat 11</em>, it is not an unwelcome change.</p> <p>The action is geared to a more confrontational, aggressive style, with close encounters being the norm and the reliance on blocks and reversals to get out of a sticky patch being more handsomely rewarded than by simply keeping your distance. If you time those blocks well enough, you can hit a swift counter instead of continuing to fend off attack after attack with no respite. It forces the aggressor to change tactics and the result is a more fluid back and forth that's super intense to be a part of.</p> <p><figure><img src="https://i2.wp.com/bloody-disgusting.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/mortal-kombat-11-review-04.jpg?fit=740%2C416&ssl=1"></figure></p> <p>There is nuance and mastery to this latest entry's combat, and yet also, with the need to retain an audience after launch, an allowance for a more casual audience to enjoy itself too. This was somewhat true of <em>Mortal Kombat X</em>, but here it appears the balancing act of catering to a wider audience has been handled a touch smoother than before. A plethora of genuinely useful tutorials go a long way to bridging the gap between casual and serious play if needed too. There's no elitism to <em>Mortal Kombat 11</em>, it's probably the closest we've gotten to a fighting game for all skill sets (though obviously not exactly a game for all given the gore).</p> <p>It's slower, yet the shift in style means the pace is strong and steady from fight to fight. Each strike carries weight now, which enriches the bone-cracking nature of the game in a way, but also highlights an issue with <em>Mortal Kombat 11</em> 's gorier set-piece moves.</p> <p>Now, there is absolutely no doubt that the fatalities and X-Ray moves (now redubbed 'Fatal Blows') are the big selling points for Mortal Kombat games, and the insane levels of gory creativity NetherRealm have reached for fatalities are worthy of high praise. Overkill is an understatement for <em>Mortal Kombat 11</em> 's set piece murders as there's a number of incredibly graphic eviscerations, bludgeonings, and impromptu surgery that range from wince-inducing to absurdly hilarious.</p> <p>The problem here is there can be a bit of a disconnect between what the player does and what is presented in these fatalities. Spectacular and inventive these moments may be, but they don't always feel like they are <em>your</em> moments. Rather, it's sometimes hard to shake the feeling you've activated a cutscene. Considering how flowing and impactful the fighting is for <em>MK11</em>, these more grandiose showcases of violence should be as well integrated as the occasional X-Ray move that gets blended into regular combat, where it's just a shift of a camera angle, it happens instantly, and you have personally made the input for the damage.</p> <p> It's a strange one because it's no different to before, yet because the fighting is so seamless and smooth otherwise, it's more noticeable when you transition into fatalities. It may not bother everyone, but for me, it stops the fighting from truly being as excellent as it deserves to be. Finicky as that may seem.</p> <p>On a more positive note, NetherRealm should be applauded for the sheer depth and variety of the roster. I mentioned before that the various versions of characters throughout the ages all have their own feel and play style, and they really do. Some have three or four refreshingly different variations of the same basic character and it would have been so easy to just have alt-costumes for each and be done with it, yet here we are with some exciting variants of the likes of Raiden, Lui Kang, Sonya Blade, Scorpion, and the rest.</p> <p>For a roster that plays heavily on nostalgia, there's still room for some newcomers. Unfortunately, because of that focus on the series' history, the impact made by these new Kombatants is currently not all that significant. Cetrion, Geras and The Kollector enter at this awkward time for new faces. </p> <p>While he has the most cringe-worthy name, The Kollector is at least quite fun to play as thanks to its extra limbs and greased-lightning speed. Geras has some impressive-looking sand and time-controlling powers but is rather dull as a character, and Cetrion is a little too close to Injustice's own Poison Ivy in design to truly stand out as something fresh. Maybe with time these characters will get tweaked and tuned into something more palatable and interesting, but for now, stacked up against more established names, they pale by comparison. Still, there's plenty to choose from elsewhere so the odd dud isn't exactly devastating.</p> <p>There will be plenty of time to figure out what suits you, as, in addition to the story, <em>Mortal Kombat 11</em> has a wealth of options and modes to play around with.</p> <p><figure><img src="https://i0.wp.com/bloody-disgusting.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/mortal-kombat-11-review-05.png?fit=740%2C416&ssl=1"></figure></p> <p>Returning from <em>Injustice 2</em> is the character customization. Once you find your favorites, you can change up their look in a pretty extensive way without taking it too far. Even the moves can be altered for that extra level of personalization. For the committed player, having such control over the appearance and style of your main character is a smart move. Again though, it does detract from the newer characters and their chance of standing out.</p> <p>The Krypt mode returns as a simple third-person adventure, bursting with things to unlock for our characters, as do the Towers, which has the longevity-making 'Endless Towers' where every fight has something new (such as damage modifiers) and you can square up any disadvantages with modifiers found in Krypt mode.</p> <p>These additions can be great time sinks, but they lean so heavily on the loot system that it feels forced, like there's little trust that the gameplay alone would be enough. It's great to be rewarded for your effort, but this level of it is a tad exhausting and granular.</p> <p><em>Mortal Kombat 11</em> is a great fighter, perhaps the best the series has been to date. It's a visual spectacle filled with lots of ways to play for players of all skill levels, and features the most enjoyable fighting game story I've ever gone through.</p> <p>It also has some boring new characters, crippled further by the extensive customization suite, and a growing disconnect between the regular fighting and the fatalities. Small issues, but issues all the same. Still, you'll probably be having too much fun to care.</p> <p><figure><img src="https://i0.wp.com/bloody-disgusting.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/4-Skulls.png?w=740&ssl=1"></figure></p> <em>Mortal Kombat 11 review based on user-purchased PS4 version.</em> <em>Mortal Kombat 11 is out now on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch</em> <img src="https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/8e1b0bac94900d2aa753a64f4cc5298f?s=60&d=mm&r=r"> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/bloody-disgusting.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/mortal-kombat-11-review-01.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology https://usamash.org/news/review-mortal-kombat-11-bloody-great-fighter-minor-flaws Red Sox Rumors: Nathan Eovaldi to Undergo Elbow Surgery, Out 4-6 Weeks https://usamash.org/mlb/nathan-eovaldi-undergoes-successful-elbow-surgery-recovery-timeline-unknown-46284084 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:52:05 +0000 <div> <button><a href="https://bleacherreport.com/boston-red-sox"><div><img src="https://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images/team_logos/328x328/boston_red_sox.png"></div>Boston Red Sox </a></button>Scott Polacek <small>Kathy Willens/Associated Press </small> @@ScottPolacek <svg>Twitter Logo </svg>Featured Columnist <img src="https://img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/003/804/260/hi-res-ac19af47f8852c92d3460a543825e8e7_crop_north.jpg?h=53&w=80&q=70&crop_x=center&crop_y=top"><p>The Boston Red Sox will be without pitcher Nathan Eovaldi for a significant amount of time after he reportedly has been scheduled for elbow surgery Tuesday. </p> <p> of The Athletic reported the right-hander will undergo surgery to remove "loose bodies" in his elbow. While Eovaldi underwent a similar surgery during the 2018 campaign when he was a member of the Ken Rosenthal Tampa Bay Rays and missed two months, he returned in time to pitch for the Red Sox down the stretch and in the World Series after they acquired him via trade. </p> <p>Per WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Eovaldi will be out four to six weeks, a similar recovery timeline to last year. </p> <p>Eovaldi struggled in the early going this season and posted a 6.00 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 21 innings through his first four starts. He wasn't the same pitcher who finished with a 3.33 ERA in 12 appearances for the Red Sox in 2018 and served as a critical piece in their World Series victory. </p> <p>He posted a 1.61 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in six playoff appearances, and Boston won five of the games in which he pitched. </p> <p>Ironically, it was his showing in the one his team lost that stood out the most. </p> <p>After pitching in both Game 1 and Game 2 in the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he was called upon in extra innings of Game 3 as Boston was running out of options. He pitched from the 12th inning into the 18th inning, allowing just three hits despite obvious fatigue. </p> <p>While he gave up the winning home run to Max Muncy in the 18th, the Red Sox used the showing as a rallying cry and won the next two games. </p> <p>Boston will have to wait to see if he can replicate his heroics in 2019 following this surgery, but it still has Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez to anchor its starting rotation. </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/003/804/260/hi-res-ac19af47f8852c92d3460a543825e8e7_crop_exact.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Mlb https://usamash.org/news/nathan-eovaldi-undergoes-successful-elbow-surgery-recovery-timeline-unknown Doraemon Story Of Seasons Heads West On Switch This Autumn https://usamash.org/nintendo/doraemon-story-seasons-heads-west-switch-autumn-26880428 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:51:03 +0000 <div> <section> <p>Published by Bandai Namco</p> </section><section><ul><img src="http://images.nintendolife.com/users/87668/avatar.jpg"> </ul> </section> <p> </p><p>Bandai Namco has announced that <strong>Doraemon Story Of Seasons</strong> will be launching on Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe in autumn 2019.</p> <p>You might remember our story from earlier this month, in which we shared all we knew about the upcoming title. Essentially, the game is a crossover game between <strong>Story of Seasons</strong> (which used to be known as <strong>Harvest Moon</strong>) and Japanese manga series Doraemon. We've got some PR below to give you a little more detail:</p> <blockquote> <p>The popular anime character - <strong>Doraemon</strong> meets the hugely popular Story of Seasons series in a brand new game <strong>DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONS.</strong> Players will be able to enjoy traditional Story of Seasons activities like growing crops, cultivating their farm, exploring, bug hunting and many more.</p> <p>Nobita and other familiar faces from the <em>Doraemon</em> franchise will take part in a heart-warming journey across the games original town. Players will develop the town and their own farm while interacting and forming bonds with the other inhabitants. Of course, Doraemon's secret gadgets will be there to help them along the way!</p> </blockquote> <blockquote>Everyone's favorite robotic cat from the 22nd Century is coming in Doraemon Story of Seasons! See what new gadgets will help Noby be the best boy he can be!<br><br>Doraemon Story of Seasons is coming to #NintendoSwitch and PC in Autumn 2019. pic.twitter.com/4BkpJcexke- Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) April 23, 2019 </blockquote> <p>Are you excited to get your hands on this one? Glad that it's coming to the west? Let us know in the usual spot.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/images.nintendolife.com/news/2019/04/doraemon_story_of_seasons_heads_west_on_switch_this_autumn/large.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nintendo https://usamash.org/news/doraemon-story-seasons-heads-west-switch-autumn Doraemon Story of Seasons Headed to Nintendo Switch and PC this Autumn - GameSpew https://usamash.org/games/doraemon-story-seasons-headed-nintendo-switch-pc-autumn-86446642 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:49:03 +0000 <div> <img src="https://www.gamespew.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/doraemon-story-of-seasons-696x391.jpg"><h4>There's always time in my schedule for farming!</h4> <p>Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe have announced that <em>Doraemon Story of Seasons</em> will be coming to Nintendo Switch and PC this coming Autumn.</p> <p>The popular anime character Doraemon meets the popular farming sim game <em>Story of Season</em> in this upcoming title. Players will be able to enjoy the traditional <em>Story of Seasons</em> activities that include farming, exploring, bug hunting and more.</p> <p>During the game, players will come across Nobita and other familiar faces from the <em>Doraemon</em> franchise. Players will work towards developing their town and farm into a thriving paradise. Doraemon's secret gadgets will be there to help you along the way.</p> <p><em>Doraemon Story of Season</em> will be available this Autumn on Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. Look out for a release date and more news about the game coming soon.</p> <p>Check out the quick announcement trailer below.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.gamespew.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/doraemon-story-of-seasons.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Games https://usamash.org/news/doraemon-story-seasons-headed-nintendo-switch-pc-autumn What To Expect From Amazon's Q1 Earnings -- Trefis https://usamash.org/business/expect-amazon-q1-earnings-42086684 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:41:01 +0000 <div> <p>Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is scheduled to report its Q1 earnings on April 25. The company's Q4 results beat consensus expectations, despite issues in Indian operations and accounting changes due to Whole Foods. We expect the company to see sustained growth across segments this time around. Margins in the international segment may take a hit on account of the expectations of Amazon exiting China.</p> <p>We currently have a price estimate of $2,049 per share for Amazon, which is about in line with the current market price. Our interactive dashboard on <strong>Amazon's Q1 Earnings Expectations </strong>outlines our forecasts and estimates for the company. You can modify any of the key drivers to visualize the impact of changes on its valuation.</p> <img src="https://wp-uploads-trefis.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/23-1.png"> <p> </p><ul> <li> <strong>North America</strong>: In Q4, revenue grew to $44.1 billion (+18.3% y-o-y), while the segment operating margin improved to 5.1% (+60 bps y-o-y). The weakness in online stores was an accounting issue due to the re-alignment of Whole Foods' fiscal calendar. For Q1, we expect revenue growth to sustain and the benefits of scale flowing to the company's income.</li> <li> <strong>International</strong>: In Q4, revenue grew to $20.8 billion (+15.5% y-o-y), while operating margin improved to -3.1% (+200 bps y-o-y). Amazon is expected to exit its Chinese operations by July. Considering the issues that the company has been facing in India, we expect the segment to remain under pressure from a margin perspective in Q1. Volumes could come in stronger on the back of discount-led selling.</li> <li> <strong>AWS</strong>: In Q1, revenue grew to $7.4 billion (+45.3% y-o-y), while the operating margin improved to 29.3% (+280 bps y-o-y). While competition is increasing in the cloud space, AWS remains a market leader and we expect segment performance to remain strong in Q1.</li> <li> <strong>Advertising</strong>: In Q4, revenues grew 97% y-o-y. Given the shift of marketing dollars from Google, Amazon's advertising business is likely to continue seeing strong growth in Q1.</li> </ul> <p>We will be looking for the following aspects for Q1:</p> <p> </p><ul> <li>Exit from China: Amazon is widely expected to increase its investments in India in light of its expected exit from China. It will be interesting to understand how the management plans to wade the intensely competitive and complex Indian market.</li> <li>Traction in Prime: Prime subscriptions have seen tremendous growth, and Amazon has been investing heavily in its own original content to rival Netflix. We will be hoping to hear from the management on whether its investments in content are also likely to take as long as it has taken Netflix to approach cash flow profitability.</li> <li>AWS: Amazon and Microsoft are the only remaining players in the fray for the prestigious $10 billion JEDI contract. While Amazon is the only vendor cleared to host confidential government security data, Microsoft has been waiting on clearance. Also, Oracle has been making claims about the superiority of its cloud product vs. AWS. We will be hoping to hear about potential competitive wins to gauge the intensity in the market.</li> </ul> <p>Overall, we expect Q1 revenue and net income to be $67.7 billion and $2.7 billion, respectively.</p> <img src="https://wp-uploads-trefis.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/23-2.png"> <strong>Do not agree with our forecast? Create your own price forecast for Amazon by changing the base inputs (blue dots) on our interactive dashboard.</strong> <p>What's behind Trefis? See How It's Powering New Collaboration and What-Ifs</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/usamash.org/images/expect-amazon-q1-earnings-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/expect-amazon-q1-earnings Mel Brooks Set for Limited Two-Night Run on Broadway https://usamash.org/entertainment/mel-brooks-set-limited-night-run-broadway-44400860 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:38:05 +0000 <div> <p>Legendary comedy writer and director Mel Brooks is heading back to Broadway, slated to perform a two-night solo show at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in June. Brooks, the creative force behind the smash hit<em> The Producers</em> (which itself stemmed from his cult classic film from 1967), hits the stage on Monday June 17 and Tuesday June 18, according to several news reports.</p> <p>The show will feature "off-the-cuff comedy, unbelievable personal stories, and film clips from some of his most memorable work," according to its producers. The limited engagement is part of The Residence on Broadway series, produced by Live Nation, The Araca Group, and Schubert-operated EBG. Other performers slated for the series, billed as showing performers include Regina Spektor and Yanni.</p> <p>The Producers ran from 2001-2006 and won a record 12 Tony Awards, including three that went to Brooks (best musical, book and score). Its Broadway success spurned a new film - starring Matthew Broaderick and Nathan Lane, who originated the starring roles on Broadway. <em>Young Frankenstein</em>, based off another classic Brooks film from 1974, ran on Broadway from 2007-2009.</p> <p>Aside from his Broadway successes, Brooks (born as Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn in 1926) will likely regale audiences with tales from his lengthy career, which began in the 1950s as a writer for Sid Caesar's <em>Your Show of Shows</em>. Other notable hits on his resume include the 1960s TV classic <em>Get Smart</em>, and a run of films including <em>Blazing Saddles</em>, <em>History of the World, Part I</em>, <em>Spaceballs</em>, and <em>Robin Hood; Men in Tights</em>, just to name a few. His 2001 wins at the Tony Awards landed him in the rarified air of the EGOT - so-called for individuals who have captured an Emmy (TV), Grammy (music), Academy (film) and Tony (stage) award.</p> <p>Tickets for the limited run are available now on Ticketmaster.com</p> <h3>Comments</h3> <p> comments</p> <p><img src="https://www.ticketnews.com/wp-content/uploads/tnews-tclub-ad-v2.png"></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.ticketnews.com/wp-content/uploads/Mel-Brooks-640x300.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/mel-brooks-set-limited-night-run-broadway In a huge expansion of its Amazon partnership, Kohl's will accept returns at all stores https://usamash.org/business/huge-expansion-amazon-partnership-kohl-accept-returns-stores-42262860 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:37:05 +0000 <div> <p><img src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/cc9b9306bcc485f7742aa512591c882360204bab/c=5-0-4027-3024/local/-/media/2018/05/02/WIGroup/Milwaukee/636608714939923859-Kohl-s-Waukesha.jpg?width=540&height=405&fit=crop"></p><p>Kohl's Corp. will begin accepting Amazon return items in July at all 1,150 Kohl's stores nationwide. (Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo) </p> <p>In a move that significantly deepens its relationship with online rival Amazon, Kohl's Corp. said Tuesday that it will accept returns from Amazon customers at the more than 1,150 Kohl's stores nationwide.</p> <p>Kohl's stock jumped on the news. Shares were up more than 7 percent in early trading.</p> <p>The expansion of the service will begin in July. Kohl's began the experimental partnership with Amazon in 2017 at a limited number of stores, with many observers initially questioning why the department store chain would team up with the very company that has been undercutting traditional retail.</p> <p>But as the pilot project brought increased traffic to stores accepting the returns, industry analysts credited Kohl's as an innovator in a struggling retail sector.</p> <p>Earlier this year, New York-based Earnest Research said its analysis of bill-paying activity at Kohl's stores found that locations in Chicago, which were among the first to start accepting Amazon returns, significantly outperformed other Kohl's stores last year.</p> <p>Kohl's itself has declined to release results of the Amazon pilot, but the major expansion announced Tuesday clearly shows the Menomonee Falls-based retailer believes it is benefiting.</p> <p>With the service, Amazon customers do not need to box or label their return items when they bring them to Kohl's. Employees at the store will package and ship the items for free.</p> <p>Kohl's began offering the service in October 2017 at 80 stores in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas, and added 21 Milwaukee-area stores last July.</p> <p>Last month, Kohl's also said it would sell Amazon products - such as the Echo line of voice-activated personal assistants - in 200 stores, but would close the Amazon "smart home" shops it had set up in 30 stores.</p> <i>Contact Rick Romell at (414) 224-2130 or rick.romell@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @RickRomell</i> <p><strong>RELATED: </strong>A khaki library, new brands and Wisconsin nice: How Kohl's CEO Michelle Gass is changing the company </p> <p>Read or Share this story: https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/retail/2019/04/23/kohls-plans-huge-expansion-amazon-partnership/3548117002/</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/72d7a379e79c1e2d3c2cb6f4c6c56235a664d809/c=0-373-4032-2651/local/-/media/2018/05/02/WIGroup/Milwaukee/636608714939923859-Kohl-s-Waukesha.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/huge-expansion-amazon-partnership-kohl-accept-returns-stores Doraemon: Story of Seasons Game Gets English Release for Switch, PC in Fall https://usamash.org/entertainment/doraemon-story-seasons-game-english-release-switch-pc-fall-64242826 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:37:05 +0000 <div> <p>Crossover between , <cite>Story of Seasons</cite> launches in Americas, Europe, Asia</p> <p><cite>Bandai Namco Entertainment</cite> America announced on Tuesday that it will release the <cite>: Story of Seasons</cite> (<cite><cite>Doraemon</cite>: Nobita no Bokujō Monogatari</cite>) game for the Switch and for PC via in the Americas this fall. The game will also launch in Europe and Southeast Asia in fall. <cite>Bandai Namco Entertainment</cite> began streaming an English trailer for the game.</p> <p><cite>Bandai Namco Entertainment</cite>, Marvelous, and <cite>Nintendo</cite> announced the game in February. Brownies is developing the crossover game with the and <cite>Story of Seasons</cite> ( <cite>Bokujō Monogatari</cite>) franchises. The game is slated for release on the Switch in Japan this year.</p> <p>The game takes place in a new original location named Shizen Town, notable for its gigantic tree. The game will have a theme of "bonds." Elements of the series' mechanics returns, such as building and upgrading a farm, choosing which crops to plant, and forming relationships with NPCs. However, as in the franchise, players will be able to utilize Doraemon's gadgets in gameplay.</p> <p>Natsume published most of the previous games in the franchise under the umbrella title of <cite>Harvest Moon</cite> in North America. However, since XSEED Games - <cite>Marvelous AQL</cite>'s own subsidiary - published the <cite>Bokujō Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi</cite> game in North America in March 2015, it cannot use Natsume's <cite>Harvest Moon</cite> title. XSEED most recently released <cite>Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns</cite> ( <cite>Bokujō Monogatari: Mitsu no Sato no Taisetsu na Tomodachi</cite>) for the <cite>Nintendo</cite> 3DS in February 2017.</p> <p><em>Sources: Press release, <cite>Bandai Namco Entertainment</cite> America's channel, <cite>Bandai Namco Entertainment</cite> UK's Twitter account, <cite>Bandai Namco Entertainment</cite> S.E.A.'s Twitter account</em><br></p> <p><em>Disclosure: Bandai Namco Rights Marketing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings Inc., is a non-controlling, minority shareholder in Anime News Network Inc.</em></p> <p>News homepage / archives</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.animenewsnetwork.com/thumbnails/crop600x315/youtube/oa_13oxXc5k.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/doraemon-story-seasons-game-english-release-switch-pc-fall Odell Beckham Jr. reiterates Browns love, admits to feeling disrespected by Giants https://usamash.org/sport/odell-beckham-jr-reiterates-browns-love-admits-feeling-disrespected-giants-08684062 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:36:02 +0000 <div> <p>New Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. elaborated on his feelings about being traded from the New York Giants to Cleveland in a series of tweets Monday night he compared to a therapy session.</p> <p>Many of the points Beckham made on Twitter were akin to what he expressed during his April 1 introductory news conference with the Browns and in previous social media posts, though he covered some new ground.</p> <p>To summarize, Beckham reiterated he's excited about his future with the Browns and admitted he feels disrespected by the Giants.</p> <p>"Cleveland is my home now," Beckham tweeted. "Trust me I'm comin wit a bag fulll of energy, I want to win. Period. Im right where God wanted me to be. Let's have some fun!"</p> <p>"What u don't understand !!!!!! I've never been in a place so happy in my life, my soul, my spirit, is at an all time high!! Say what u want, there is NOOOO bringin me down .. PERIOD," Beckham wrote in another tweet.</p> <p>Replying to a fan who tweeted the Giants didn't give Beckham a proper sendoff or goodbye, the three-time Pro Bowl selection wrote, "Im not upset in ANY way about where I landed. But outta respect what they did , was crazy! And beyond disrespectful ! I wanted nothin but the best for NY. But on to a new chapter.... ITS LIFE."</p> <p>Facing rampant criticism for trading Beckham to the Browns last month, Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman recently told NJ.com, "I have not been on a team that's gone to a Super Bowl that's had a culture problem." Asked if he had one with the Giants, Gettleman said, "Not anymore."</p> <p>The website hotnewhiphop.com aggregated NJ.com's story and tweeted, "@obj wont be missed by the Giants' GM." Beckham replied, "this was by far one of the funniest things I've seen today!"</p> <p>Later, a fan tweeted, "I still hate what Gettleman did too," and Beckham responded with, "I gave them everything I had bruh bruh errr Sunday . Just put some respect on my name that's all I'm sayin! I ain't sayin nothin, n trust me I got a LOTTTTT of info that people don't kno about so, so keep my name outcha mouth the way I do yalls ! Ya diggg."</p> <p>After another fan told Beckham via Twitter to stop complaining and called him a "locker room cancer," the receiver tweeted, "Ask any one of my teammates of who I was as a teammates and a man and a person.... yes I'm cancer to a place that's ok wit losing because I want to win that BADDD. Ur absolutely correct !"</p> <p>Below is a sampling of the aforementioned tweets and others.</p> <p>The truth shall set u free my friend. I was raised to be honest. I'm a winner, I don't accept losing and making excuses for it. So me speaking up to hopefully change a culture into somethin better, is bad for the culture? Lol that makes sense to u, hey man whatever helps u sleep</p> <p>- Odell Beckham Jr (@obj)April 22, 2019</p> <p>I gave them everything I had bruh bruh errr Sunday . Just put some respect on my name that's all I'm sayin! I ain't sayin nothin, n trust me I got a LOTTTTT of info that people don't kno about so, so keep my name outcha mouth the way I do yalls ! Ya diggg</p> <p>- Odell Beckham Jr (@obj)April 22, 2019</p> <p>Im not upset in ANY way about where I landed. But outta respect what they did , was crazy! And beyond disrespectful ! I wanted nothin but the best for NY. But on to a new chapter.... ITS LIFE</p> <p>- Odell Beckham Jr (@obj)April 22, 2019</p> <p>Ask the coach .... I beggged him to go to each and every one of those games actually for my teamatws and to be on the sideline for the home games... he told me "No".... anything else sir. (That's to whoever tweeted askin why I didn't travel while I was hurt....) next</p> <p>- Odell Beckham Jr (@obj)April 23, 2019</p> <p>"We didn't sign him to trade him..." you don't get married to get a divorce ... I tried my best , the situation I had been in since I got there never changed ... we were still losing. PERIOD... money doesn't bring happiness brotha... remember that</p> <p>- Odell Beckham Jr (@obj)April 23, 2019</p> <p>Ask any one of my teammates of who I was as a teammates and a man and a person.... yes I'm cancer to a place that's ok wit losing because I want to win that BADDD. Ur absolutely correct !</p> <p>- Odell Beckham Jr (@obj)April 23, 2019</p> <p>A new beginning... and media that isn't gonna have or look for a story of a sneeze or blow my nose wrong ! Im lookin forward to what God has in store for me!! I'm lookin for to Jarvis Landry and a fresh start</p> <p>- Odell Beckham Jr (@obj)April 23, 2019</p> <p>Cleveland is my home now. Trust me I'm comin wit a bag fulll of energy, I want to win. Period. Im right where God wanted me to be. Let's have some fun!</p> <p>- Odell Beckham Jr (@obj)April 23, 2019</p> <p>What u don't understand !!!!!! I've never been in a place so happy in my life, my soul, my spirit, is at an all time high!! Say what u want, there is NOOOO bringin me down .. PERIOD</p> <p>- Odell Beckham Jr (@obj)April 23, 2019</p> <p>Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com. Read his Browns coverage at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ByNateUlrich and on Facebook www.facebook.com/abj.sports.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.timesreporter.com/storyimage/OH/20190422/SPORTS/190429477/AR/0/AR-190429477.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://usamash.org/news/odell-beckham-jr-reiterates-browns-love-admits-feeling-disrespected-giants Kohl's to accept Amazon returns at all stores starting in July https://usamash.org/business/kohl-accept-amazon-returns-stores-starting-july-42464444 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:35:06 +0000 <div> <p><img src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/83ab30251510d3876a79bdb750715e3032a35228/c=201-0-3357-2373/local/-/media/2016/11/03/DetroitFreePress/DetroitFreePress/636137722717403581-DFP-kohls-holiday-hi-1-1-1156G6BD-L289610514.JPG?width=540&height=405&fit=crop">Buy Photo </p><p>Kohl's (Photo: Jarrad Henderson, Detroit Free Press) </p> <p>Kohl's department stores, which have had an agreement with online retail juggernaut Amazon since 2017, announced Tuesday that it will accept Amazon-purchased returns at all stores nationwide starting in July.</p> <p>"This unique partnership combines Kohl's strong nationwide store footprint and omnichannel capabilities with Amazon's reach and customer loyalty," said Michelle Gass, Kohl's CEO. "This new service is another example of how Kohl's is delivering innovation to drive traffic to our stores and bring more relevance to our customers."</p> <p>Kohl's is seeking to enhance its appeal to customers as traditional retailers struggle to compete with online retailers and shoppers seek more personalized and direct-to-their-door experiences.</p> <p>In some ways, the announcement is a if-you-can't-beat-them-join-them approach.</p> <p>Kohl's did not give a specific date when the service would begin or details how it will work.</p> <p>The free returns service is expected to offer convenience to Amazon shoppers who already can order items online and have them arrive in a day or two, while at the same time, giving them a reason to come in the store.</p> <p>Kohl's said it will accept items regardless of the reason and whether the items are packaged or not for shipping.</p> <p>The service expands the Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based retailer's partnership with Seattle-based Amazon.</p> <p>Turn Palmer Park into futuristic new development? This pair wants to do it </p> <p>H&M to open 25,000-square-foot downtown Detroit store this fall </p> <p>Kohl's announcement comes about a month after Amazon announced it will close more than 80 of its small retail locations - pop-up stores, as Amazon refers to them - inside Kohl's, Whole Foods and shopping malls.</p> <p>In March, Kohl's also announced that it is deepening its product relationship with Amazon by carrying Amazon products in more than 200 stores and that it would be shrinking the size of some of its stores.</p> <p>In addition, Aldi supermarkets said it would open near five department stores, and Planet Fitness said it would open next to 10 stores, in an effort to draw more shoppers to Kohl's, the company said.</p> <p>Kohl's rolled out its pilot returns program about two years ago and is now operating it in 100 stores in the Los Angeles, Chicago and Milwaukee markets. Amazon customers will be able to return items to more than 1,000 additional Kohl's stores. </p> <em>Contact Frank Witsil: 313-222-5022 or fwitsil@freepress.com.</em> <p>Read or Share this story: https://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2019/04/23/kohls-amazon-free-returns/3548321002/</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/822b1bb5923e2a087f7b4840ee077c1363d2066b/c=0-181-3559-2192/local/-/media/2016/11/03/DetroitFreePress/DetroitFreePress/636137722717403581-DFP-kohls-holiday-hi-1-1-1156G6BD-L289610514.JPG' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/kohl-accept-amazon-returns-stores-starting-july Scarlett Johansson VS. Brie Larson: Which 'Avengers: Endgame' Premiere Dress Was Your Fave? https://usamash.org/entertainment/scarlett-johansson-brie-larson-avengers-endgame-premiere-dress-fave-44822006 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:33:03 +0000 <div> <h3>It was a night to remember at the world premiere of 'Avengers: Endgame' on April 22 in LA, as Scarlett Johansson rocked a sparkly midi dress & Brie Larson donned a silky gown on the red carpet.</h3> <p><strong>Scarlett Johansson</strong>, 34, looked drop-dead-gorgeous at the <em>Avengers: Endgame</em> premiere in LA on April 22, when she opted to wear a strapless sequin gown. The Black Widow arrived in a stunning strapless, custom chainmail <strong>Atelier Versace</strong> dress which featured a low-cut sweetheart neckline that showed off ample cleavage. The skin-tight sequin midi dress featured a tight bodice and a belt around her tiny waist, while the skirt of the dress was fitted at the top, flowing into a loose, straight skirt with a plunging thigh-high slit on the side, showing off her toned legs. On the sides and the back of the corset bodice, there were sheer panels, showing off Scarlett's bare skin. She accessorized with a pair of simple, metallic silver <strong>Jimmy Choo</strong> Minny sandals, and custom <strong>Sonia Boyajian</strong> jewelry, inspired by the five Infinity Stones. Scarlett's bracelet was a gold bangle with a hand chain that turned into rings, featuring gorgeous colored stones.</p> <p>Meanwhile, <strong>Brie Larson</strong>, 29, looked just as gorgeous in a slinky lavender custom <strong>Celine</strong> gown. The skinny strapped silk dress featured a plunging v-neckline, which showed off major cleavage, while the bodice of the dress featured a ruched wrap around. The rest of the gorgeous slinky gown flowed off her petite frame perfectly, while the side of the dress featured an insanely plunging slit, which showed off her toned, long legs. Brie accessorized her look with a cool pair of iridescent <strong>Christian Louboutin</strong> Loubi Queen ankle-strap sandals, and just like Scarlett, Brie rocked custom jewelry inspired by the Infinity Stones. Brie opted to wear custom <strong>Irene Neuwirth Jewelry</strong> made up of a gorgeous gold bangle with a huge citrine gem in the center, and a massive ring with a different colored gem on each of her five fingers.</p> <p>Both of these ladies looked so stunning at the premiere, we can't decide which look we liked better. Aside from their gorgeous outfits, it was their glam that stole the show. Scarlett blonde hair was done by longtime hairstylist, <strong>Jenny Cho</strong>, who parted Scarlett's hair down in a middle-parted bob with beachy waves, while makeup artist, <strong>Frankie Boyd</strong>, gave her a natural beauty look. Brie's hairstylist, <strong>Bryce Scarlett</strong>, also went with beachy waves, but gave her more of an old Hollywood vibe, while makeup artist, <strong>Nina Park</strong>, gave a her a neutral makeup look.</p> <p>The <em>Avengers: Endgame</em> premiere was jam-packed with some of our favorite celebs, including <strong>Miley Cyrus</strong>, 26, who looked flawless in a tight black strapless <strong>Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello</strong> gown with a cutout at her chest and a gorgeous crystal-embellished bow on the front.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/pmchollywoodlife.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/scarlett-johanssons-sparkly-mini-vs.-brie-larsons-silky-gown-ebd-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/scarlett-johansson-brie-larson-avengers-endgame-premiere-dress-fave Waymo repurposing Detroit factory to make self-driving cars, opening mid-2019 https://usamash.org/google/waymo-repurposing-detroit-factory-driving-cars-opening-mid-2019-08488682 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:31:02 +0000 <div> <p>Earlier this year, Waymo announced that it was opening a Michigan factory to retrofit Chrysler Pacificas and Jaguar I-Paces with self-driving tech. The Alphabet division has now selected a factory in Detroit and is planning to make it operational by mid-2019.</p> <p>Following the January announcement, an existing facility in southeast Michigan has been selected to be repurposed as "the world's first factory 100% dedicated to the mass production of L4 autonomous vehicles." Partnering with American Axle & Manufacturing, Waymo is "bringing a workforce back to an area where jobs in the automotive industry were recently lost."</p> <blockquote> <p>Additionally, thanks to our wonderful neighbors at American Axle & Manufacturing and Bedrock for helping Waymo find the perfect home in Motor City. We're thrilled to join Detroit's vibrant community, helping to play a role in the future of the automotive industry in the city that started it all.</p> </blockquote> <p>For the Alphabet company, Motor City offers a "strong pool of talent across engineering, operations, and fleet coordination." It allows them to get the facility online by mid-2019, with the "flexibility to continue to grow and expand our operations in Michigan over time." The plant will create at least 100 jobs, with expansion possibly leading to 400 more positions.</p> <p>This facility will integrate self-driving systems - like LIDAR, cameras, and radar, as well as screens for passengers - into the Chrysler Pacifica, Jaguar I-Pace, and other future vehicles. It comes as Waymo One begins to ramp up in Phoenix, Arizona.</p> <p>Waymo in 2018 ordered thousands of electric minivans from Fiat Chrysler, and quickly brought up that total to 62,000 Pacificas in May. It has a partnership with Jaguar on the all-electric I-Pace, with testing already underway and 20,000 vehicles planned over the coming years. </p> <blockquote> <p>"More and more Silicon Valley companies are looking to grow in Michigan as they realize the competitive advantages Michigan has to offer: high-tech engineering resources, top-notch research and design, and a highly skilled workforce matched with a low cost of living and low cost of doing business. We are pleased to welcome Waymo to Detroit and look forward to working with the company as it moves forward and brings jobs to Michigan residents." - Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer</p> </blockquote> <blockquote>Elon Musk criticizes LIDAR & HD mapping from Waymo, self-driving competitors </blockquote> <p><img src="https://9to5google.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/04/9to5Google-Alpha-Scoop-Podacst-NB-4x.jpg?quality=82&strip=all"></p> <em>Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:</em> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/usamash.org/images/waymo-repurposing-detroit-factory-driving-cars-opening-mid-2019-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Google https://usamash.org/news/waymo-repurposing-detroit-factory-driving-cars-opening-mid-2019 Wing gains FAA approval to launch commercial drone delivery service in Virginia https://usamash.org/virginia/wing-gains-faa-approval-launch-commercial-drone-delivery-service-virginia-82448682 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:29:03 +0000 <div> <p>Wing's drone delivery service is one step closer to becoming a reality stateside, thanks to approval from federal regulators. The Alphabet X lab graduate announced this morning that it's been certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration as a small-sized air carrier, which will enable it to kick off drone deliveries from local merchants in the Virginia towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg within months.</p> <p>That unique classification - which was initially created to cover traditional charter flights - will allow Wing to charge for service and paves the way for expansion to additional U.S. cities. Under current drone-specific regulations, companies can't exact payment for deliveries over distances beyond a human operator's line of sight.</p> <p>"It's an exciting moment for us have earned the FAA's approval to actually run a business with our technology," CEO Ryan Burgess told the Wahsington Post, adding that the "very rigorous and very thorough" FAA certification process took months and required Wing to produce manuals, training routines, and a safety hierarchy. "In the short term, you look at what people do every day, especially people with really busy schedules or parents with young children who have a lot of demands on their time ... [Getting] a healthy meal delivered, hot and fresh, in just a few minutes, can make a pretty transformative impact in quality of life."</p> <p>Wing earlier this year became one of the first companies to launch a commercial drone delivery service after Australia's civil aviation authority, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), granted it approval following more than four years of testing. Around 100 homes in the suburbs of Crace, Franklin, and Palmerston have access to the service currently, and if all goes well, it'll expand to customers in Harrison and Gungahlin.</p> <p>Current-gen Wing drones can fly at speeds of up to 78 miles per hour and take off and land vertically, thanks to a dozen vertical rotors and two propellers. Automated flight-planning software determines their route, while a downward-facing camera and other onboard sensors help them to avoid obstacles.</p> <p>The sophisticated tech could result in substantial savings for - and a smaller carbon footprint from - local businesses, Wing contends. A commissioned report cited $9 million in annual cost savings, while a Rand Corporation study forecasted a 6% reduction in energy usage compared to trucks.</p> <p>But it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing.</p> <p>According to a Wall Street Journal report last year, Wing's drones have disrupted the lives of some longtime residents, who say that they don't use their yards as much. (The company says it's working on quieter and lower-pitched propellers.) User error has resulted in at least one accidental delivery, and the drones are sometimes forced to land due to high winds and obstructions.</p> <p>In September 2016, the company partnered with fast-casual chain Chipotle in the U.S. to deliver orders for a small group of Virginia Tech students. But only a month later, Wing canceled a tentative collaboration with Starbucks over disagreements regarding the handling of customer data, according to </p> <p>Despite the bumps in the road so far, Wing is intent on forging ahead. Burgess recently announced it would launch a free 10-minute drone delivery trial in Helsinki, Finland, for items weighing 3.3 pounds or less up to a distance of 6.2 miles. Flight trials began earlier this year in Tampere and continued through the winter.</p> <p>Alphabet is not the only company field-testing autonomous delivery drones, of course. Amazon launched a trial of Prime Air in the U.K. in December 2016. They delivered orders during the day, seven days a week, to shoppers who lived within a few miles of the retailer's fulfillment center close to Cambridge.</p> <p>In the intervening years, companies like Microsoft and startup Flytrex have trialed airborne delivery services in cities like Holly Springs, North Carolina and Wichita, Kansas. In May, Uber announced plans to deliver food by drone in San Diego, and FedEx plans to develop a drone-powered aircraft inspection program in Tennessee. And more recently, Matternet teamed up with UPS to launch an aerial delivery service from WakeMed's flagship hospital and campus in Raleigh.</p> <p>Reports show that the commercial drone industry continues to grow quickly, albeit from a small base. A 2017 forecast from Gartner projected the number of commercial drones sold that year would exceed 174,000. Moreover, about $454 million was thrown at UAV startups in 2016 alone, and the market is forecasted to become a $127 billion industry by 2020.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/venturebeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Project-Wing.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Virginia https://usamash.org/news/wing-gains-faa-approval-launch-commercial-drone-delivery-service-virginia Malawi becomes 1st nation to immunize kids against malaria :: WRAL.com https://usamash.org/kid/malawi-1st-nation-immunize-kids-malaria-24040822 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:29:01 +0000 <div> <p><img src="https://wwwcache.wral.com/asset/lifestyles/healthteam/2019/04/23/18342162/5cbee0db3f474-media_ecb023a0b83545c0a7aaf79950db39ac-DMID1-5ik85ana1-640x360.jpg"></p> <p> - The World Health Organization says Malawi has become the first country to begin immunizing children against malaria, using the only licensed vaccine to protect against the mosquito-spread disease.</p> <p>Although the vaccine only protects about one-third of children who are immunized, those who get the shots are likely to have less severe cases of malaria. The parasitic disease kills about 435,000 people every year, the majority of them children under 5 in Africa.</p> <p>"It's an imperfect vaccine but it still has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives," said Alister Craig, dean of biological sciences at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, who is not linked to WHO or vaccine. Craig said immunizing the most vulnerable children during peak malaria seasons could spare many thousands from falling ill or even dying.</p> <p>The vaccine, known as Mosquirix, was developed by GlaxoSmithKline and was approved by the European Medicines Agency in 2015. A previous trial showed the vaccine was about 30% effective in children who got four doses, but that protection waned over time. Reported side effects include pain, fever and convulsions.</p> <p>Pedro Alonso, director of WHO's malaria program, said similar vaccination programs would begin in the coming weeks in Kenya and Ghana, with the aim of reaching about 360,000 children across the three countries.</p> <p>Alonso called the vaccination rollout a "historical moment," noting that it was significantly more difficult to design a vaccine against a parasite as opposed to a bacterium or virus.</p> <p>He acknowledged the vaccine was flawed but said the world could not afford to wait for a better option. "We don't know how long it will take to develop the next-generation vaccine," he said. "It may be many, many years away."</p> <p>In the meantime, he said, the stalled progress against malaria demanded new tools now. Resistance is growing to medicines that treat the disease, while mosquitoes are becoming more resistant to insecticides. In addition, funding for malaria efforts has plateaued in recent years.</p> <p>It took GSK and partners more than 30 years to develop the vaccine, at a cost of around $1 billion. GSK is donating up to 10 million vaccine doses in the current vaccination initiatives. A company spokesman said GSK is working with partners to secure funding for potentially broader vaccination programs.</p> <p>Some experts warned the vaccination programs should not divert limited public health funds from inexpensive and proven tools to curb malaria such as bed nets and insecticides.</p> <p>"This is a bold thing to do, but it's not a silver bullet," said Thomas Churcher, a malaria expert at Imperial College London. "As long as using the vaccine doesn't interfere with other efforts, like the urgent need for new insecticides, it is a good thing to do."</p> <p>Craig said one of health officials' biggest challenges could be convincing parents to bring their children for repeated doses of a vaccine that only protects about a third of children for a limited amount of time.</p> <p>More commonly used vaccines, like those for polio and measles, work more than 90 percent of the time.</p> <p>"This malaria vaccine is going to save many lives, even if it is not as good as we would like," Craig said. "But I hope this will kick-start other research efforts so that the story doesn't end here."</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/wwwcache.wral.com/asset/lifestyles/healthteam/2019/04/23/18342162/5cbee0d6132d3-media_ecb023a0b83545c0a7aaf79950db39ac-DMID1-5ik85a2w2-640x480.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Kid https://usamash.org/news/malawi-1st-nation-immunize-kids-malaria Doraemon Story of Seasons Coming to Switch, PC This Fall | Nerd Much? https://usamash.org/games/doraemon-story-seasons-coming-switch-pc-fall-48822486 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:28:04 +0000 <div> <p>If you're a big <strong><em>Stardew Valley </em></strong>or <strong><em>Harvest Moon </em></strong>fan but feel as though the series has been lacking in enough manga vibe, Bandai Namco has you covered. The publisher has revealed <strong><em>Doraemon Story of Seasons</em></strong>. The title is described as a "farming adventure", crossing the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons games with the hit Japanese brand.</p> <p>In a joint effort between the studios of Marvelous and Brownies, Bandai Namco says that within Doraemon Story of Seasons, "players will be able to enjoy traditional Story of Seasons activities like growing crops, cultivating their farm, exploring, bug hunting, and much more."</p> <p>Today's announcement teases that Noby and numerous other characters from the Doraemon franchise "will take part in a heart-warming journey across the title's original local town." You'll be tasked with developing said town. And while doing so you'll cultivate relationships with its citizens and form bonds with the townspeople. It's also noted that Doraemon's secret gadgets will have a role to play within the collaborative game too.</p> <p>Doraemon Story of Seasons will be far from the franchise's only foray into video games. In total, there are 63 Japanese-only games that have been released since the mid-80s. Titles have been previously published across nearly every Nintendo platform over the years. These include the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii U, and even Virtual Boy. Though games have been released on plenty of other non-Nintendo platforms as well.</p> <p>Doraemon Story of Seasons looks as though it will mark both the Doraemon and Story of Seasons series' first PC release to date though. Bandai Namco didn't confirm exactly when the harvest will arrive, only noting it lands on PC and Switch this fall. The last entry in the Story of Seasons franchise, <strong><em>Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns</em></strong>, arrived February 2017 for 3DS.</p> <p>For another title recently released in the farming adventure genre, check out Nerd Much?'s review of <strong><em>My Time at Portia </em></strong>for Nintendo Switch.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/i0.wp.com/nerdmuch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Doraemon-Story-of-Seasons-Coming-to-Switch-PC-This-Fall.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Games https://usamash.org/news/doraemon-story-seasons-coming-switch-pc-fall Tesla analysts are skeptical of bold autonomy plans ahead of results - BNN Bloomberg https://usamash.org/business/tesla-analysts-skeptical-bold-autonomy-plans-results-40804442 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:26:06 +0000 <div> <p>Tesla Inc. (TSLA.O) and its Chief Executive Elon Musk made some bold claims at the company's investor day on Monday, but Wall Street analysts are far from convinced.</p> <p>Musk said Tesla is now making the best self-driving chip in the world, speaking during a discussion that largely focused on the electric vehicle maker's plan for autonomous vehicle technology. He noted the company would have self-driving cars on the road next year -- without any humans inside -- operating in a so-called robo-taxi fleet. The CEO also asserted Tesla will be producing 10,000 Model S, X and 3s per week by the end of the year.</p> <p>Some aren't convinced.</p> <p>"We see a significant amount of technology and execution risk in the shift in strategy from competing in just electrification, to Tesla also beating Nvidia in hardware, Google in software, and building a better ride-hailing service than current ride hailing leaders," Cowen analyst Jeffrey Osborne wrote in a note to clients. The test drive offered by Tesla after the event was "much less impressive than rides we experienced at Consumer Electronics Show over the past two years," the analyst added.</p> <p>The company's decision to host the event right before its first-quarter earnings report on Wednesday also led some to view it as an effort to hide weak results and outlook, and instead direct investors focus to Tesla's strategic value.</p> <p>"We believe the autonomous day was meant to help the stock market focus on the multiple rather than the earnings," Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas wrote in a note, adding that the "tone of the event seemed as much geared to a venture capital audience as it was to a public market equity audience."</p> <p>"With now two attempts at investor redirection in front of first-quarter earnings (first was Model Y), we expect a weak second-quarter unit guide," Roth Capital analyst Craig Irwin said.</p> <p>This has been a lackluster year for Tesla shares, which have dropped 21 per cent, while the broader S&P 500 Index has risen 16 per cent. The reasons were many -- underwhelming delivery numbers, multiple job cuts, lowered price for the vehicles, the phase out of a federal tax incentive and the expansion into China and Europe -- but the biggest concern weighing on Tesla's valuation was about demand. Tesla shares pared a drop of as much as 2.7 per cent on Tuesday in New York.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.bnnbloomberg.ca/polopoly_fs/1.1248023!/fileimage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_620/a-tesla-inc-store-in-frankfurt.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/tesla-analysts-skeptical-bold-autonomy-plans-results Cancer: Highly personalized therapy can improve outcomes https://usamash.org/health/cancer-highly-personalized-therapy-improve-outcomes-04884622 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:26:05 +0000 <div> <p>The findings of a new study suggest that people who receive highly personalized combination therapy for treatment-resistant cancer can experience improved disease control and survival rates.</p> <iframe src="https://cdn1.medicalnewstoday.com/content/images/articles/325/325015/nurse-speaking-to-inpatient.jpg" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe><br><em>Can highly personalized precision medicine bring more benefits to people with metastatic cancer?</em> <p>Recently, precision medicine has been gaining ground as a potentially more effective approach to treating a range of stubborn conditions and diseases, including many forms of cancer.</p> <p>With this type of approach, researchers aim to better anticipate which types of treatments would best suit an individual, depending on their genetic makeup and the environmental and lifestyle factors that are relevant to them.</p> <p>A new study - the findings of which appear in the journal <em>Nature Medicine</em> - now suggests that further personalizing precision medicine may be useful in treating cancers that do not respond to commonly prescribed therapies.</p> <p>The researchers, many of whom are from the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, conducted a clinical trial to test whether personalized combination therapy can have a positive effect in people with refractory tumors. These are tumors that did not respond to previous treatment.</p> <p>In order to find the best combination therapy match, they analyzed the participants' specific tumor mutations and tried to target them individually.</p> <p>"Response rates to therapies that target one alteration can be low and not durable," notes first author Dr. Jason K. Sicklick. "Our approach went beyond targeting a single alteration. In collaboration with a multispecialty team of oncology experts, we formulated a personalized combination therapy for each patient," he explains.</p> <blockquote> <p>"With this approach, we saw an increased response rate, as well as improved overall survival and progression-free survival in patients who were highly matched to treatment, versus those who were unmatched or less well-matched."</p> <p>Dr. Jason K. Sicklick</p> </blockquote> <h2>Results of the prospective study</h2> <p>For their prospective study - which they called the Investigation of Profile-Related Evidence Determining Individualized Cancer Therapy (I-PREDICT) - the researchers recruited participants with metastatic cancer. Each had previously received treatment at one of two oncology centers: the Moores Cancer Center in La Jolla, CA, or the Avera Cancer Institute in Sioux Falls, SD.</p> <p>In total, the team enrolled 149 participants with metastatic, refractory cancer, and they managed to match 73 participants (or 49 percent) with combination therapy.</p> <p>The researchers were not able to provide treatment for 66 of the enrolled participants, either because the disease was progressing quickly or because it was in a very advanced stage.</p> <p>To find good treatment matches, the researchers conducted tumor DNA sequencing to identify the specific mutations in each person's tumors.</p> <p>Then, the investigators consulted a team of specialists, including oncologists, pharmacologists, cancer biologists, surgeons, and geneticists, who helped them determine the best treatment combinations and matches.</p> <strong>The investigators report that half of the highly matched participants responded to the prescribed therapies, while only 22 percent of those who either had no treatment matches or matches of a poorer quality responded to treatment.</strong> <p>For a person to be "highly matched" with a combination therapy, the researchers had to match over 50 percent of the individual's tumor mutations to drugs that could address each.</p> <p>"Having 50 percent of patients with heavily pretreated disease responding when highly matched speaks to the importance of personalized precision medicine combination approaches," says the study's senior author, Dr. Razelle Kurzrock.</p> <p>"Our next step is to determine if we can increase the benefit rate further if this strategy is instituted earlier in the course of the disease," adds Dr. Kurzrock.</p> <h2>'No two tumors are exactly the same'</h2> <p>In total, 83 participants received treatments, informed by their oncologists' advice and their own preferences. Of these, 10 received unpersonalized treatments that did not match their tumor mutations.</p> <p>The 73 individuals who accessed personalized combination therapies received a mix of treatments including gene product-targeted drugs, hormone therapies, immunotherapies, and chemotherapies.</p> <p>"The percentage of patients matched was much higher than in most precision medicine studies because we implemented a team who instituted immediate review of genomic results, as well as navigators who helped patients and physicians access clinical trials and off-label [Food and Drug Administration (FDA)]-approved drugs," notes one of the study's lead authors, Dr. Shumei Kato.</p> <p>There are, nevertheless, many concerns regarding the feasibility of the new approach. According to Dr. Sicklick, "Personalized multidrug therapies have not been used as standard treatment because there are concerns about the safety of administering drug combinations that have not been previously studied together."</p> <p>In the current study, the researchers monitored the treatment outcomes until a participant's cancer developed further, until they no longer tolerated the therapy, or until they passed away.</p> <strong>"Personalized combinations are necessary, since no two tumors are exactly the same and so no two regimens will be the same," emphasizes Dr. Sicklick.</strong> <p>At the same time, however, the first author argues that it is important to lean toward as personalized an approach to cancer therapy as possible.</p> <p>"Our findings demonstrate that this approach is feasible and safe when patients are monitored closely and started on reduced doses," he suggests.</p> <p>Yet, the researchers admit that future clinical studies must further test this method and confirm its viability.</p> <p>Furthermore, many of the study team members have acknowledged that they received research funds from various pharmaceutical and clinical research companies, including Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Blueprint Medicines, Amgen, and Pfizer.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn1.medicalnewstoday.com/content/images/hero/325/325015/325015_1100.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Health https://usamash.org/news/cancer-highly-personalized-therapy-improve-outcomes Drone company gets 'air carrier' approval from FAA https://usamash.org/business/drone-company-air-carrier-approval-faa-04662866 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:26:03 +0000 <div> <p>Company executives said they plan to expand to other parts of Virginia and around the nation, though the timeline for that remains unclear. Uber, UPS and other companies are also working on securing related go-aheads from federal officials, who have been pushing to expand drone use even as concerns about security and privacy remain.</p> <p>Wing executives said they'll ask residents and businesses in southwest Virginia what they want delivered, as they have in Australia, where the company received permission to expand operations. Over-the-counter medicines and food are in the mix.</p> <p>"In the short term you look at what people do every day, especially people with really busy schedules or parents with young children who have a lot of demands on their time," said Wing CEO James Ryan Burgess. Getting what you need late at night or "a healthy meal delivered, hot and fresh, in just a few minutes, can make a pretty transformative impact in quality of life," he said.</p> <p>As for how neighbors' quality of life might be impacted by buzzing next-door deliveries, the company said that its drones "are quieter than a range of noises you would experience in a suburb, but they make a unique sound that people are unlikely to be familiar with." Wing said it is working to develop "new, quieter and lower-pitched propellers."</p> <p>Wing's new status was granted under regulations in place to cover traditional charter flights such as those carrying tourists on unscheduled hops between Hawaiian islands, rather than under rules specified for drones. That allowed Wing to leap a major hurdle.</p> <p>Under the drone-specific regulations, the company could not charge to deliver packages from other companies or individuals over long distances - meaning beyond what the drone's operator could see themselves.</p> <p>And now they can do just that and deliver "other people's cargo for hire, and do so beyond line of sight, which is pretty valuable since the purpose of drones is to carry things a good distance," Burgess said.</p> <p>While Wing's corporate sibling Google has faced growing challenges from privacy advocates and some regulators in Europe and elsewhere about how it employs its users' data, Wing's executives have said that data captured by its drones would be available only to a small group for safety and performance purposes.</p> <p>Wing also is taking a public posture emphasizing the importance of community feedback and cooperation with local authorities.</p> <p>Before launching their commercial service in Blacksburg, home of Virginia Tech, and neighboring Christiansburg later this year, Burgess said company executives are planning surveys and other outreach, including decidedly analog efforts such as "putting fliers in peoples' mailboxes, and even door-knocking and holding town hall meetings" and attending other public sessions, Burgess said.</p> <p>Wing is partnering with Virginia Tech and other firms as part of a federal drone integration pilot program.</p> <p>"People obviously have some concerns because it's so new, and it's helpful for us to be able to provide that background context for how the technology is specifically operated and what service it provides," he said, pointing to speed and promised environmental benefits, which the company said include lower-emissions deliveries.</p> <p>On privacy, Wing said its drones have a downward-facing camera "used exclusively for navigation."</p> <p>If their GPS navigation tools cut out, "the camera measures speed, latitude and longitude in its place. . . . It doesn't capture video and is not available in real time," according to company materials.</p> <p>The "low-resolution" images are "only available to a small group of engineers for the purpose of analyzing safety and performance criteria. Wing takes privacy extremely seriously and actively avoids capturing any more data than is necessary for the safe operation of its drones," the company said.</p> <p>But how that stated intent would be overseen or enforced isn't clear.</p> <p>The company has also demonstrated identification technology to help law enforcement and ordinary residents track some of the drones that would be flying over their communities. U.S. national security officials have raised concerns about whether some of the large number of drones already in use could be used as weapons or to steal business or other secrets.</p> <p>Burgess said the future of what might be carried in the drones remains open-ended, adding: "We don't have all the right answers."</p> <p>In Australia, an espresso maker wanted to deliver drinks, which Wing executives weren't sure would be a great idea. But they tried it, and "it turned out to be fairly popular," Burgess said.</p> <p>And "if you want to dream long term," Burgess said, there might eventually be "peer-to-peer sharing and carrying things from household to household, so people can share tools and other things like that. There are a lot of neat potential uses that might even transform the way we think about commerce and retail."</p> <i>This article was written by Michael Laris, a reporter for The Washington Post.</i> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/usamash.org/images/drone-company-air-carrier-approval-faa-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/drone-company-air-carrier-approval-faa Stock for High Risk Taking Investors: Amazon.com (AMZN) https://usamash.org/business/stock-high-risk-investors-amazon-amzn-26022246 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:26:02 +0000 <div> <p>After the giving short look at one day return of Amazon.com it is observed that AMZN reported up return of 1.38% in last trading session. It is a positive indicator for investor portfolio value - when the price of a stock Investor owns goes up in value. On the other side it is not a negative indicator for Investor portfolio value when the price of a stock Investor owns moves down in value. </p> <p>Now we move forward to see the historical returns of Amazon.com which is USA based stock. The stock is currently showing upward return of 2.40% throughout last week and witnessed increasing return of 3.74% in one month period. The stock price increased 11.27% in three months and mounted 3.03% for the last six months trading period. </p> <p>AMZN indicated a yearly up return of 21.22% while year-to-date (YTD) return printed 25.66% increasing outlook. The stock price moved 0.58% off its 50 Day low and changed 20.46% to its 50 Day high. </p> <p>Moving average of Amazon.com (AMZN) </p> <p>Amazon.com (AMZN) stock price traded at a gap of 3.69% from an average price of last twenty days and stands at a distance of 9.36% away from it's an average price of recent fifty days. Take a look at most-well known 200-day moving average which averages prices over the past 200 days. The 200-day moving average is the standby for long-term investors. At present time the stock is moving 8.22% away to its 200-day moving average. It goes without saying that investors should not rely solely on any one technique. However, applying moving-average strategies in conjunction with portfolio diversification and prudent money management may reduce one's risk substantially. </p> <p>Amazon.com (AMZN) closed the Monday at final price of $1887.31 after traded 3373807 shares. The average volume was noted at 4405.27K shares while its relative volume was seen at 0.75. Volume indicator is significant for screening stocks. Average volume-the typical volume seen in a day over a period time-helps greatly in this regard. Day traders need to be able to get in and out of a stock quickly and with ease, so they will want to trade stocks with high daily volume - typically 1 million shares at absolute minimum. Swing traders and investors have a little more leeway and therefore may trade stocks with lower volume, around 500,000 and 100,000 shares or more per day, respectively. They still want stocks that have enough volume to get in and out when they need to, but the urgency is not quite as high as it is for short-term traders. </p> <p>Short Ratio of stock is 1.07. Amazon.com is a part of Services sector and belongs to Catalog & Mail Order Houses industry. The recent session has given its stock price a 44.40% higher lead over its 52-week low and showed negative move of -7.96% over its 52-week high. </p> <p>The 52 week range is a simple technical indicator that lists the highest and lowest price at which a security was sold over preceding 52 weeks (or one year). Investors, especially technical analysts, may use the 52 week range to gauge whether a stock's current price suggests buying, selling, or taking no-action. Many value investors look for stocks that are at or near their 52 week low, but this metric alone does not indicate whether a stock is under-valued. For example, a stock may near its 52 week low in a price correction after earnings expectations for future quarters were revised. There is no guarantee that when share prices reach a 52 week low, the stock will begin to trade higher - it could break down to an even lower level. However, as 52 Week Range has little to no connection whatsoever with current news or forces affecting companies today, very few investors rely heavily on the metric. Instead, the 52 Week Range is generally used more as a descriptive metric to describe what the stock has done and not what it will do. </p> <p>The stock price volatility remained at 1.33% in recent month and reaches at 1.30% for the week. Historical statistical volatility is a measure of how much the stock price fluctuated during a given time period. While historical volatility can be indicative of future volatility, it can also differ greatly from future volatility, depending on what was driving the price changes during the past period. Major expected news items are more important drivers of big moves in the stock price in the near future. The Average True Range (ATR) is also a measure of volatility is currently sitting at 25.55 </p> <p>Amazon.com (AMZN) stock is more volatile Stock with beta figure of 1.63 </p> <p>Amazon.com stock waking on thin line between bulls and bears tracks and with several factors it's pulling towards optimistic side to some extend but some take to pessimistic side. So, volatility evaluation is supposed to give some wisdom of how far the stock will fall if the market takes a dive and how high the stock will rise if the bull starts to climb. For this relative risk measurement, AMZN has beta value of 1.63. A stock with a beta less than 1 is considered less volatile than the market; more than 1 means more volatile. If market is up, the stock should outperform by positive momentum and if the market heads lower, the stock should go down by same tendency. </p> <p>Once the concept of beta is understood, an investor can intuitively determine whether or not a particular stock has a high or low beta. For example, an established blue chip company in a mature industry with stable earnings will most likely have a much lower beta compared to a start up Biotechnology Company. </p> <p>Amazon.com (AMZN) stock is Overbought or Oversold? </p> <p>The stock has current RSI value of 75.71. The RSI is a momentum indicator developed by noted technical analyst Welles Wilder. It provides a relative evaluation of the strength of a security's recent price performance. RSI values range from 0 to 100. Wilder recommended a 14-period smoothing. It is primarily used to attempt to identify overbought or oversold conditions in the trading of an asset. </p> <p>Traditional reading and handling of the RSI is that it values 70 or above shows that a security is becoming overbought or overvalued. On the other side of RSI values, an RSI reading of 30 or below is commonly interpreted as indicating an oversold or undervalued condition. Some traders, in an attempt to avoid false signals from the RSI, use more extreme RSI values as buy or sell signals, such as RSI readings above 80 to indicate overbought conditions and RSI readings below 20 to indicate oversold conditions. The RSI is often used in conjunction with trend lines, as trend line support or resistance often coincides with support or resistance levels in the RSI reading. </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/usamash.org/images/stock-high-risk-investors-amazon-amzn-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/stock-high-risk-investors-amazon-amzn 15 Years Later, Where Does Jennifer Garner's 13 Going on 30 Character Rank Among Her Other Roles? on People's Choice Awards https://usamash.org/entertainment/15-years-jennifer-garner-13-30-character-rank-roles-40282486 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:24:04 +0000 <div> <img src="https://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2019315/1024-13-going-on-30-2.cm.41519.jpg?fit=inside%7C900:auto&output-quality=90"><p>Columbia Pictures</p> <p> <img src="https://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2018715/rs_285x143-180815100019-PeoplesChoiceAward_285x143.jpg?fit=around%7C285:143&crop=285:143;center,top&output-quality=90"></p> <p> </p><p>We've been continually living in a teenage dream since <em>13 Going on 30</em> was released in 2004.</p> <p>15 years later, the rom-com is still a fan favorite for many of us and clearly one of <strong>Jennifer Garner's</strong> most iconic roles to date. In the film, which turns 15 years old today, Garner plays Jenna Rink, a 13-year-old girl who makes a wish on her birthday which results in her waking up as a 30-year-old adult.</p> <p>Adult Jenna has a killer job at a magazine, an amazing apartment, a hot boyfriend and is now best friends with former mean girl Lucy ( <strong>Judy Greer</strong>).</p> <p>Unfortunately she eventually sees that despite wanting to be a grown up, her new life isn't as great as she imagined. Her childhood best friend, Matt ( <strong>Mark Ruffalo</strong>), is no longer in her life, her job is about to be no more and she has no real friends. </p> <p>The good news is her inner teenage self is still there and she's willing to fight for the real future she wants...Razzles included! </p> <img src="https://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2019312/rs_600x600-190412104614-600x600-jengarner-13goingon30-gj-4-12-19.jpg?fit=inside%7C192:192&output-quality=90"><p> </p><p>Jenna is forever one of our favorite characters that Garner has played with her child-like fashions, love of doll houses and ability to do the "Thriller" dance at the drop of the hat.</p> <p>That being said, it's not the Texas native's only memorable role over the last two decades. Garner has been on successful TV series like <em>Alias</em> and <em>Camping</em> as well as in numerous rom-coms, thrillers and dramas throughout her career.</p> <p>She's starred in everything from <em>Catch Me If You Can</em> and <em>Daredevil</em> to <em>Ghosts of Girlfriends Past</em> and <em>Draft Day</em> and we've loved her in all of them.</p> <p>In honor of one of her greatest roles in <em>13 Going on 30</em> making it to the 15 year anniversary mark, we want to know which of the star's roles is your all-time favorite.</p> <p>Vote now!</p> <iframe src="https://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2019315/rs_1024x759-190415083233-1024-Jennifer_Garner_in_Time_of_Your_Life-20110101_gaf_g49_109294.jpg?fit=inside%7C900:650&output-quality=90" frameborder="0" width="500" height="371"></iframe><p>Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com</p> <h3><i>Time of Your Life</i></h3> <p>From 1999 to 2000,<strong> Jennifer Garner</strong> played Romy Sullivan, a struggling actress who lives with Sarah Reeves Merrin ( <strong>Jennifer Love Hewitt</strong>) in San Francisco. The short-lived series was the spinoff to <em>Party of Five</em> and showed Sarah moving to San Fran to find herself, get in touch with her roots and meet her biological father.</p> <iframe src="https://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2019315/rs_1024x759-190415083437-1024-Jennifer_Garner__Alias-GettyImages-103219728.jpg?fit=inside%7C900:650&output-quality=90" frameborder="0" width="500" height="371"></iframe><p>Scott Garfield/ABC via Getty Images</p> <h3><i>Alias</i></h3> <p>For five seasons, Garner played the lead, Sydney Bristow, on <em>Alias</em>. On the show, which ran from 2001 to 2006, Sydney is a young college graduate who becomes a secret agent and eventual double agent spy in the U.S. determined to take down a rogue international agency.</p> <iframe src="https://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/201439/rs_1024x759-140409112706-1024.catch-release-jennifer-garner.ls.4914.jpg?fit=inside%7C900:650&output-quality=90" frameborder="0" width="500" height="371"></iframe><p>Sony Pictures </p> <h3><i>Catch and Release</i></h3> <p>In <em>Catch and Release</em>, the 47-year-old actress plays Gray, a woman in mourning struggling to rebuild her life while trying to cope with the death of her fiancé.</p> <iframe src="https://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/201439/rs_1024x759-140409111230-1024.girlfriends-garner.ls.4914.jpg?fit=inside%7C900:650&output-quality=90" frameborder="0" width="500" height="371"></iframe><p>Ron Batzdorff</p> <h3><i>Ghosts of Girlfriends Past</i></h3> <p><em>Ghosts of Girlfriends Past</em> stars<strong> Matthew McConaughey</strong>, a womanzier who is visited by the ghosts of all the girlfriends he's left in the dust. In the film, Garner is Connor's (McConaughey) childhood friend, Jenny, who is the only woman that can resist his charming ways.</p> <iframe src="https://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/201439/rs_1024x759-140409110220-1024.arthur-garner.ls.4914.jpg?fit=inside%7C900:650&output-quality=90" frameborder="0" width="500" height="371"></iframe><p>Warner Bros. Pictures</p> <h3><i>Arthur</i></h3> <p>It's hard to imagine not liking Garner, but in this 2011 comedy, she plays a shrewd assistant who tries to further her career by marrying a playboy ( <strong>Russell</strong> <strong>Brand</strong>).</p> <iframe src="https://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2018922/rs_1024x759-181022111521-jen-garner-danny-collins.jpg?fit=inside%7C900:650&output-quality=90" frameborder="0" width="500" height="371"></iframe><p>Bleecker Street</p> <h3><i>Danny Collins</i></h3> <p>The Texas native plays the wife of rock star Danny Collins ( <strong>Al Pacino</strong>), who, after reading a 40-year-old letter from <strong>John Lennon</strong>, makes the decision to fix his long-gone relationships and his life in this 2015 flick.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2019315/1024-13-going-on-30-2.cm.41519.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/15-years-jennifer-garner-13-30-character-rank-roles Rockets' Clint Capela Playing with 2 Respiratory Illnesses During Jazz Series https://usamash.org/nba/rockets-clint-capela-playing-2-respiratory-illnesses-jazz-series-24824008 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:23:02 +0000 <div> <img src="https://img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/003/804/375/hi-res-522e742dc794e028c4a29f7d13f5cd65_crop_north.jpg?h=53&w=80&q=70&crop_x=center&crop_y=top"><small>Melissa Majchrzak/Getty Images </small> <p>Houston Rockets center Clint Capela has been playing through a pair of respiratory infections during the team's first-round series against the Utah Jazz, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.</p> <p>Capela was diagnosed with an adenovirus and a klebsiella infection Sunday and is expected to need four to five more days to recover.</p> <p>"It's tough, man," Capela said on Monday, per MacMahon. "Especially when I try to breathe, it's hard. I'm just going to fight it the best that I can."</p> <p>After Capela was held to four points and seven rebounds in a 107-91 loss in Game 4 on Monday, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni acknowledged his big man was battling a virus:</p> <blockquote>Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26 <p>Mike D'Antoni says Clint Capela (4 points, 7 rebounds) continues to battle a virus that is affecting him. https://t.co/4VtYwjlx9A</p> </blockquote> <p>Capela has been prescribed medication and eye drops, with MacMahon noting Capela's eyes were "extremely bloodshot" Monday. That was also evident during a postgame interview after Game 3 on Saturday, via Berman:</p> <blockquote>Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26 <p>Clint Capela (@CapelaClint): "I think with this game we really sent a message to a lot of people that we took a big step." #Rockets https://t.co/WvvkDCeDUY</p> </blockquote> <p>It's a tough break for the 24-year-old Capela, who is coming off his finest regular season to date. The fifth-year center established new career highs in both scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (12.7 rpg) while adding 1.5 blocks per game.</p> <p>He is averaging 9.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in four games against the Jazz. </p> <p>Capela's status for Game 1 was up in the air after he missed two days of workouts prior to the start of the series due to the illness. </p> <p>"I've been better. The last two days, lack of sleep, high fever, so I've been better," Capela said April 13, according to the <em>Houston Chronicle</em>'s Jonathan Feigen. "It's tough when you are trying to get ready, you can't really sleep, coughing a lot. Medicine hasn't really been helpful so far. I'm going to keep fighting through." </p> <p>He also noted that Houston receiving a late start in the postseason was also beneficial for him. </p> <p>Capela and the Rockets will be back in action Wednesday night with the opportunity to try to close out the Jazz in five games. </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/003/804/375/hi-res-522e742dc794e028c4a29f7d13f5cd65_crop_exact.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nba https://usamash.org/news/rockets-clint-capela-playing-2-respiratory-illnesses-jazz-series Odell Beckham Jr. Rips Giants In Epic Twitter Rant https://usamash.org/sport/odell-beckham-jr-rips-giants-epic-twitter-rant-68804608 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:21:02 +0000 <div> <p>Odell Beckham Jr. went on an epic twitter rant on Monday night, in which he responded to several fans and addressed comments made by New York Giants general manager David Gettleman, as well as Giants' head coach Pat Shurmur.</p> <p>It all started when OBJ quote-tweeted a tweet from HNHH that suggested Gettleman believes a "culture problem" led to the blockbuster trade with Cleveland. Gettleman had told NJ.com that the G-Men had a culture problem, but "not anymore." </p> <p>Shortly after hitting send on that tweet, Beckham Jr. tweeted, <em>"LISTEN PSA.... I am having one of the best days of my life ! I have gotten some of the greatest newssss!! Sooo don't play wit me cause I'm shoootin back, for alllll the haters out there that want a response !! TODAY IS THE DAY MY FRIEND"</em></p> <p>And then the flood gates were opened.</p> <p>In responding to his supporters and haters, Beckham Jr. addressed why he didn't travel with the Giants while he was hurt, how "disrespectful" his send-off was, how happy he is to be in Cleveland, and how there will be no return to the Giants.</p> <p>Check out a recap of his eventful Monday night tweet spree below.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.hotnewhiphop.com/image/740x416/cover/1556031201_cd6aeb3967b31207b6c1851de53f4539.jpg/d72b7378a689c8dbe0c50a6e12c56926/1556031201_f0d9d28d4a85c692cb92e36f8cd338c0.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Sport https://usamash.org/news/odell-beckham-jr-rips-giants-epic-twitter-rant Malawi is the first nation to use malaria vaccine to help kids: UN https://usamash.org/health/malawi-nation-malaria-vaccine-kids-88062064 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:16:05 +0000 <div> <p>LONDON -- The World Health Organization says Malawi has become the first country to begin immunizing children against malaria, using the only licensed vaccine to protect against the mosquito-spread disease.</p> <p>Although the vaccine only protects about one-third of children who are immunized, those who get the shots are likely to have less severe cases of malaria. The parasitic disease kills about 435,000 people every year, the majority of them children under 5 in Africa.</p> <p>"It's an imperfect vaccine but it still has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives," said Alister Craig, dean of biological sciences at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, who is not linked to WHO or vaccine. Craig said immunizing the most vulnerable children during peak malaria seasons could spare many thousands from falling ill or even dying.</p> <p>The vaccine, known as Mosquirix, was developed by GlaxoSmithKline and was approved by the European Medicines Agency in 2015. A previous trial showed the vaccine was about 30% effective in children who got four doses, but that protection waned over time. Reported side effects include pain, fever and convulsions.</p> <p>Pedro Alonso, director of WHO's malaria program, called the vaccination rollout a "historical moment," noting that it was significantly more difficult to design a vaccine against a parasite as opposed to a bacterium or virus.</p> <p>He acknowledged the vaccine was flawed but said the world could not afford to wait for a better option. "We don't know how long it will take to develop the next-generation vaccine," he said. "It may be many, many years away."</p> <p>In the meantime, he said, the stalled progress against malaria demanded new tools now. Resistance is growing to medicines that treat the disease, while mosquitoes are becoming more resistant to insecticides. In addition, funding for malaria efforts has plateaued in recent years.</p> <p>Alonso said similar vaccination programs would begin in the coming weeks in Kenya and Ghana, with the aim of reaching about 360,000 children across the three countries. GSK is donating up to 10 million vaccine doses.</p> <p>Other experts warned the vaccination programs should not divert limited public health funds from inexpensive and proven tools to curb malaria such as bed nets and insecticides.</p> <p>"This is a bold thing to do, but it's not a silver bullet," said Thomas Churcher, a malaria expert at Imperial College London. "As long as using the vaccine doesn't interfere with other efforts, like the urgent need for new insecticides, it is a good thing to do."</p> <p>Craig said one of health officials' biggest challenges could be convincing parents to bring their children for repeated doses of a vaccine that only protects about a third of children for a limited amount of time.</p> <p>More commonly used vaccines, like those for polio and measles, work more than 90 per cent of the time.</p> <p>"This malaria vaccine is going to save many lives, even if it is not as good as we would like," Craig said. "But I hope this will kick-start other research efforts so that the story doesn't end here."</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.2485304.1437733243!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_620/image.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Health https://usamash.org/news/malawi-nation-malaria-vaccine-kids Halle Berry drives fans wild with bubble bath selfie https://usamash.org/entertainment/halle-berry-drives-fans-wild-bubble-bath-selfie-82646020 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:15:03 +0000 <div> <p>Halle Berry is a busy Hollywood star, but even she makes some time for herself.</p> <p>The actress took some time out from her weekend to enjoy a soothing bubble bath.</p> <p>Keeping her hair dry in a floral headband, Halle, 52, beamed at a camera as she sat in the tub.</p> <p>Looking up, Halle hid behind her hands, which were filled with bubbles.</p> <p>The bubbles gave the former Bond girl some coverage.</p> <p>Alongside the photo, she wrote: 'It's been a really long day, but still making time for #SelfCareSunday with my bubble bath.'</p> <p>Many of her fans gushed about Halle and others offered to help her with some hard-to-reach places.</p> <p>One said: 'Do you need your back washed?'</p> <p>Another wrote: 'You are literally the cutest.'</p> <p>Her naked picture comes almost one week after she sent hearts racing with a bra-less photo.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Halle posted a photo of her in a denim jacket - and nothing else.</p> <p>She captioned the photo: 'Lookin' for a late night snack.'</p> <p>In the comments, a fan said, 'You are the late night snack,' and another agreed: 'That awkward moment you realize that late night snack is you.'</p> <p>Halle's enviable body is kept in shape through a regime of various workouts, which she shares quite often on her social media.</p> <p>She shares her exercise videos with the hashtag 'Fitness Friday' but shares her beauty and lifestyle snaps, such as the bubble bath photo, with the hashtag 'Self-Care Sundays'.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.extra.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/23151426/halle-berry-bubble-bath.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/halle-berry-drives-fans-wild-bubble-bath-selfie Shakedown: Hawaii Gets May Release Date | Attack of the Fanboy https://usamash.org/hawaii/shakedown-hawaii-release-date-04406662 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:12:05 +0000 <div> <img src="https://cdn.attackofthefanboy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shakedown-hawaii-release-date.jpg"><p>Vblank Entertainment, the developer of <em>Retro City Rampage</em>, has been working on their next game, <em>Shakedown: Hawaii</em>, for quite some time now. Finally, the game has a release date, at least for most of the consoles it's coming to.</p> <p>It was recently announced that <em>Shakedown: Hawaii </em> will be released for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita on May 7. A 3DS version of the game has been in development and is still planned, but will take a little more time to finish, so the release date for the 3DS version will be revealed at a later date. The game will sell on digital retailers for $19.99.</p> <p>Additionally, physical copies of the PS Vita version of <em>Shakedown: Hawaii</em> will be made available for $29.99, but will be limited to just 4,800 units. These physical copies will be available for pre-order starting on May 3 at 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST. Vblank Entertainment are also releasing a last run of physical copies of the PS Vita version of <em>Retro City Rampage DX</em>, which will be available for pre-order tomorrow, April 24, at 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST.</p> <p><em>Shakedown: Hawaii </em> is a 16-bit, top-down action game with an open world that features lots of missions and a destructible environment. You can watch the game's latest overview trailer below.</p> <p>RELATED TOPICS :</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cdn.attackofthefanboy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/shakedown-hawaii-release-date.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Hawaii https://usamash.org/news/shakedown-hawaii-release-date Google Maps EV charger locations add the one big detail drivers needed https://usamash.org/google/google-maps-ev-charger-locations-add-big-detail-drivers-needed-26844282 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:08:03 +0000 <div> <p><figure> <img src="https://edge.slashgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ev-charger-1-1.jpg"> </figure></p> <p>Google Maps is adding real-time electric car charger status, showing not only where EVs could be plugged in, but whether drivers are likely to find a spare plug when they get there. Google added EV charger location support to Google Maps back in October last year, another layer of points-of-interest for modern drivers.</p> <p>Problem was, whereas other apps show not only location but charger status, Google Maps was initially limited to just location. That could mean driving all the way to a charger on the map, but discovering that all of the units were already in-use - or, worse still, that they're out of service altogether.</p> <p>Now Google is addressing that omission. From today, the charging port locations on the map will also show status. There'll be a run-down of how many ports there are, whether they're currently engaged or available, what type of port it is, and what sort of charging speed you can expect.</p> <img src="https://edge.slashgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/google-maps-ev-chargers-real-time-status-931x800.jpg"><p>Initially it'll be available in the US and the UK. Google is starting with Chargemaster, EVgo, and SemaConnect, with Chargepoint set to join "soon" according to the company. Locations will also have support for reviews from other users, including photos to help find weirdly-placed chargers, ratings, and questions.</p> <p>The only improvement as an electrified car driver that I'd like to see is how long a charger has been in use for. If the car currently plugged in has only just arrived, it's unlikely to be made available any time soon. Conversely, if the EV has been parked there for a longer period, there's a better chance that the spot will be opening up sooner.</p> <p>Finding a charger is a case of searching for - unsurprisingly - "ev charging stations" in the Google Maps app. It'll work both in the Android and iOS apps, as well as Google Maps on the desktop, and Google Maps for Android Auto.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/edge.slashgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ev-charger-1-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Google https://usamash.org/news/google-maps-ev-charger-locations-add-big-detail-drivers-needed Google drone subsidiary Wing secures FAA approval that sets stage for deliveries | WRAL TechWire https://usamash.org/google/google-drone-subsidiary-wing-secures-faa-approval-sets-stage-deliveries-28024826 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:07:06 +0000 <div> <p>The reality of you receiving package deliveries via a drone has taken another step toward becoming reality.</p> <p>Wing, a subsidiary of Google, has secured FAA approval as a small airline, moving it closer to making package deliveries with drones.</p> <p>The company is the first to secure such FAA approval, according to Bloomberg News.</p> <p>However, last month, a pioneering use of drones to fly blood samples across a North Carolina hospital campus launched with FAA approval.</p> <p>The short trips between WakeMed buildings in Raleigh mark the first time the FAA has allowed regular commercial flights of drones carrying products, according to UPS and drone company Matternet, which partnered with the hospital on the program.</p> <p>"This is a turning point, and it's an historic moment because this is the first FAA-sanctioned use of a (drone) for routine revenue-generating flights," Bala Ganesh, vice president of UPS' advanced technology group, said in an interview before the announcement.</p> <p>Deliveries from Wing could begin in two Virginia communities over the next several months.</p> <blockquote>First in drones: WakeMed, partners kick off medical drone delivery program </blockquote> <p>"It's an exciting moment for us to have earned the FAA's approval to actually run a business with our technology," Wing Chief Executive Officer James Ryan Burgess told Bloomberg, calling the FAA decision "pivotal" for his firm and the drone industry.</p> <p>The company describes Project Wing as "an autonomous delivery drone service aiming to increase access to goods, reduce traffic congestion in cities, and help ease the CO2 emissions attributable to the transportation of goods. Wing is also developing an unmanned traffic management platform that will allow unmanned aircraft to navigate around other drones, manned aircraft, and other obstacles like trees, buildings and power lines."</p> <p>Bloomberg said certain restrictions on drone flights remain in place but the company can now charge for deliveries.</p> Read the full Bloomberg report online. <blockquote>WakeMed launches drone program with tests in Raleigh </blockquote> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.wraltechwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/google-wing-drone-e1556029499187-1024x513.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Google https://usamash.org/news/google-drone-subsidiary-wing-secures-faa-approval-sets-stage-deliveries Brie Larson flaunts Infinity Gauntlet rings at 'Avengers: Endgame' premiere https://usamash.org/entertainment/brie-larson-flaunts-infinity-gauntlet-rings-avengers-endgame-premiere-84066602 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:05:04 +0000 <div> <p>Are Brie Larson and Scarlett Johansson spoiling "Avengers: Endgame" before it even hits theaters?</p> <p>On Monday night, the two actresses hit the red carpet in Los Angeles for the premiere of the much-anticipated Marvel movie in coordinated jewelry that could hint at the fate of some of the franchise's beloved characters.</p> <p>Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel in the series, showed off a custom set of rings and a large bracelet by jeweler Irene Neuwirth; each ring was a different color, matching up with the stones that Thanos sets into his Infinity Gauntlet at the end of "Avengers: Infinity Wars."</p> <p>However, Larson wasn't the only superhero to sport a set of the all-powerful stones. Johansson, also known as Black Widow, showed up in a similar yet slightly different version of the look by Beladora, with all of the stones connected by a gold chain.</p> <p>Captain Marvel's Gauntlet features the same stones and colors but in a different order: the time (green), reality (red), soul (orange), power (purple) and space (blue) stones are set on the fingers, with the mind stone (yellow) in the bracelet.</p> <p>At the end of "Infinity Wars," villain Thanos eliminates half of the world's population with a single snap of his all-powerful Gauntlet. The new movie will see Captain Marvel and Black Widow team up with the other Avengers, including Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) as well as characters from "Black Panther" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" to try and reverse his actions.</p> <p>While fans immediately jumped to conclusions about the plot of the 3-hour movie on social media based on the women's matching accessories - "We're saved," multiple people tweeted - the rings could simply be an homage to the final installment of the Marvel trilogy.</p> <p>One thing's for sure: they snapped.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/nyppagesix.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/brie-scarjo.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/brie-larson-flaunts-infinity-gauntlet-rings-avengers-endgame-premiere Community advocates help advance Children's Mental Health Program https://usamash.org/health/community-advocates-advance-children-mental-health-program-26688420 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:04:04 +0000 <div> <p><b>Children's Mental Health Program Advances</b> - Since 2017, Mary Neubauer and Larry Loss have turned their family's tragic loss into productive advocacy for mental health in Iowa. Their son, Sergei, died by suicide at age 18 due to post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. In the wake of loss, Mary became a leader in advocating alongside thousands of Iowans for strengthening our state's mental health system, especially for children.</p> <p>This week, she helped champion a major policy victory: passage of HF 690 on children's mental health care services. It's a critical effort that will help 64,000 children in Iowa who currently live with substantial functional impairment caused by mental illness, yet do not receive any mental health services. There is always more work to be accomplished - but this is a historic milestone in creating Iowa's first children's mental health structure for the state.</p> <p>I am honored to have worked with Mary, bipartisan colleagues in the Iowa Legislature and Gov. Kim Reynolds to create a children's mental health system in Iowa. Once signed by the Governor, this effort will be a vital step forward in addressing depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions that have been impacting more young Iowans every year.</p> <p>The Office of Adolescent Health says that last year, 29 percent of Iowa high-schoolers reported "feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for two or more weeks in a row so that they stopped doing some usual activities." This children's mental health system should be a key line of defense in pushing that number down towards zero in the future.</p> <p>Why does this legislation matter? There has never been a children's mental health system in Iowa until now. This has been discussed for more than 20 years as parents of all income levels have struggled with where to go to get help. The bill on its way to the governor will set up a framework to identify services and assist in the coordination between families and providers. Discussions are continuing on the Mental Health Levy calibration and sources for long-term funding to ensure a viable structure.</p> <p>Local carpenters' union helps inmates build trade skills and prevent labor trafficking - Iowa's rural communities need more housing, and our local trades unions, nonprofits, communities are teaming up with inmates in Newton build skills and build homes as part of the solution. It's an effort led by the non-profit organization Homes for Iowa, Inc. and Iowa Prison Industries. Inmates learn a trade skill before release with skilled professionals to build housing units at an affordable cost of approximately $110,000, that can go to help the housing crisis in rural Iowa towns. I am proud to have no-partisan legislative support to advance this initiative. During a recent site visit to the Newton Correctional facility with a group of legislators, all came away confident in the program and grateful for the creative problem-solving its leaders.</p> <p>Why does this program matter? With nearly 30 percent of Iowans renting their homes, we want to expand opportunities for rural residents to buy affordable houses. It's also important to recognize that growing rural jobs means making sure when businesses are looking to set up shop, they're confident there is enough housing in the area to accommodate the workforce. I've been proud to collaborate on tax incentives to encourage first-time homebuyers in the past, but it's also critical we address the fundamental "supply and demand" problem going on with Iowa's rural housing shortage - and this project is a great start.</p> <p>I also joined Carpenters from the Altoona-base training center and Local Union 106 to look at quality construction projects across Iowa. While many builders are doing exceptional work in our state, a few bad actors have engaged in workforce exploitation by hiring subcontractors who acquire unskilled and illegal laborers to work on sites. Recently in Omaha, an illegal worker died as a result of electrocution at a work site; not one contractor came forward to help the individual or the family - they simply wrote him off as an unclaimed body with no support. This is wrong. It exploits workers and it hurts good businesses and contractors who are doing it right.</p> <p>I was proud to join the carpenters and their verified employee work sites. These highly-trained professionals are building homes and businesses the right way - following labor and safety standards while looking after fellow members.</p> <p>Holding bad employers accountable when they exploit laborers not authorized to work in the USA is vital. Not only does verify qualified labor cut down on egregious labor trafficking practices in Iowa, but it also makes sure that the good men and women of Local 106 don't get wrongfully passed up by illicit employers willing to hire for jobs with less regard for safety and ethics.</p> <p>Reader Poll </p><div> <p>Spring has sprung. What things are you looking forward to this season?</p> </div> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/usamash.org/images/community-advocates-advance-children-mental-health-program-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Health https://usamash.org/news/community-advocates-advance-children-mental-health-program You Must See This Pic Of Halsey's Back Injury From 'Naked' Rock Climbing https://usamash.org/health/halsey-injured-finger-rock-climbing-naked-22686662 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:03:02 +0000 <div> <iframe src="https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/gettyimages-1048413948.jpg?crop=0.6298701298701299xw:1xh;center,top&resize=480:*" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe><p> </p><ul> <li><em>Singer Halsey recently went rock climbing and shared more about her experience on Instagram.</em></li> <li><em>During her trip, she got injured and she posted a photo of her scraped-up back and bandaged finger. </em></li> <li><em>She told her followers that they should not "go rock climbing naked." </em></li> </ul> <p>When I think about rock climbing, I think about all the gear it involves. A harness, most often. The right shoes. A comfortable sports bra. The perfect-fitting shorts or capri that won't give me a wedgie under said harness. <em>Apparently</em>, that's where Halsey and I differ. </p> <p>The "Without Me" singer just posted a cringeworthy photo to Instagram of her injured back and bandaged finger, apparently bi-products of a rock climbing trip gone wrong. Scary, for sure, but what's even more off-putting is what she was wearing for her climb: nothing. </p> <p>Halsey captioned the shot: "Don't go rock climbing naked. Or do. Do you." Hmmmm. <em>Seems</em> as though she may have really wanted to be one with Mother Nature on Earth Day, eh?<br></p> <p>While we don't really have any proof that Halsey ascended rocks sans clothes, the red marks on her back certainly look pretty rough. Accentuated by the tattoo in between her shoulder blades that says "Nightmare" - I'd say that's exactly what this entire scenario sounds like. </p> <p>Still, I'm into her get-outdoors mentality. If you're thinking of taking a page from her playbook, first: put on some clothes. Then definitely make sure to tackle the rocks with a companion, bring plenty of water, and chalk to help your grip. Heal up, Halsey! Put some Neosporin on that back. </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/gettyimages-1048413948.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Health https://usamash.org/news/halsey-injured-finger-rock-climbing-naked All the Big Claims Elon Musk Made About Tesla's Autonomous Driving Plans https://usamash.org/business/big-claims-elon-musk-tesla-autonomous-driving-plans-46468228 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:01:05 +0000 <div> <p>During yesterday's Tesla investor presentation, informally dubbed Autonomy Day, Elon Musk did what Elon Musk does and said a lot of things-this time about the company's aggressive and definitely controversial expansion plans for autonomous technology. And lot of the things Musk said were not so much facts about Tesla's cars, but predictions of how they will be used in the near future. </p> <p>What's interesting here is these forecasts, by and large, are far out of line with industry standard time frames and even technological practices.</p> <p>Given his predilection for over-promising and under-delivering, here are some of the most significant ones we may want to come back to in the near future and see how they played out. <br></p> <h2>'Level 5' Autonomy In A Million Teslas By 2020 <br> </h2> <p>The first half hour or so of the Autonomy Day presentation was dedicated to Tesla's in-house chipset development, which the company claims delivers best-in-class performance for self-driving cars. The goal is Level 5- the highest form of full autonomy-by 2020. Which is (checks watch) next year. There are no Level 5 vehicles currently for sale.<br></p> <p>In short, Tesla developed a chip specifically for self-driving cars, rather than adapting powerful chipsets by major manufacturers that consume more power for less computational output. That sounds smart!</p> <p>But then things got weird when Musk started predicting what this will mean for Tesla in the near term. Mainly, fully self-driving cars by next year:<br></p> <blockquote> <p>By the middle of next year, we'll have over a million Tesla cars on the road with full self-driving hardware, feature complete, at a reliability level that we would consider that no one needs to pay attention.</p> </blockquote> <p>Tesla has a long history of using confusing terms when referring to its driver assist technology, including the very name of the software package "Full Self-Driving," when it is not full self-driving. <br></p> <p>Moreover, Musk claims they can do this without the use of LiDAR, the laser-based technology that creates real-time 3D mapping around the car and is used by most every other company persuing self-driving, even though it adds considerable hardware costs. <br></p> <p>While others, such as Ford's Chief Technology Officer Ken Washington, consider LiDAR absolutely necessary for self-driving, Musk, uh, disagrees, saying yesterday:</p> <blockquote> <p>LiDAR is a fool's errand. And anyone relying on LiDAR is doomed. Doomed. Expensive sensors that are unnecessary. It's like having a whole bunch of expensive appendixes.</p> </blockquote> <p>Because Tesla thinks the company can achieve truly autonomous driving without LiDAR, it means they believe they can ship this capability via software update rather than having to build cars differently. It's quite a claim that, in short, very few other people or companies in the industry buy. <br></p> <p>Further, the timeline of rolling this out by next year is similarly out of whack with industry predictions. Most other companies, including industry leader Waymo, are revising their time scales backwards, not forwards, for a full autonomous vehicle revolution, if it ever comes to pass. </p> <p>Instead, they're looking at limited rollouts in specific geographic areas favorable to full autonomy like Phoenix. Of course, Tesla is not proposing any geofencing for their cars.<br></p> <h2>Tesla Robotaxis in 2020<br> </h2> <p>A corollary of Tesla's Level-5-By-2020 prediction is even wilder.<br></p> <p>"From our standpoint, if you fast forward a year, maybe a year and three months, but next year for sure, we'll have over a million robotaxis on the road," Musk said, per TechCrunch. "The fleet wakes up with an over the air update; that's all it takes."</p> <p><em>There will be a fleet of over a million robotaxis next year for sure </em>is definitely A Take. It obviously relies on the whole full autonomy thing working out, which is a huge <em>if</em> on its own.</p> <p>But even granting Tesla somehow beat every other company to full, all-condition autonomous driving AVs by a matter of years if not decades, the robotaxi thing feels very half-baked. After all, Musk admitted as much during the Q&A:</p> <p>Make no mistake: this would be a disaster for cities. In this scenario, hundreds of thousands of Teslas at any given time would be dispatched to the nearest urban core to make some bank for their Tesla owner. </p> <p>This would be an utter nightmare from an urban planning and traffic perspective. It is also something we absolutely do not need, given the glut of for-hire vehicle (human) drivers clogging major urban areas every single day as is. <br></p> <p>It would also involve a tremendous amount of deadheading, or driving without passengers inside, as the Teslas travel to/from urban centers for fares. </p> <p><br>Notwithstanding issues of range, charging, your autonomous car dying of battery in the middle of the road somewhere, etc., it seems to me the only problem this (hypothetical) solution solves is providing some way to make Teslas "cheaper," therefore making them available to a price point that cannot currently afford them. But even then, it would almost entirely benefit upper-middle to upper-class earners while clogging streets used by everyone, making it a <em>de facto</em> regressive policy cities will almost certainly attempt to regulate.<br></p> <p>Beyond that, the economics of this simply don't make sense any way you approach them. If Tesla were, somehow, magically able to push a software update that gave a million cars this capability, as he claims, the supply for rides would far outpace demand, total gridlock in dense urban areas where most ride-hailing occurs would make these rides unattractive prospects, and Tesla owners thinking they could make back a good chunk of their car payments with robotaxi fares would be shit out of luck. <br></p> <h2>'It's Financially Insane to Buy Anything Other than a Tesla'</h2> <p>That's a thing Elon Musk said yesterday, before comparing buying any other car to buying a horse, which is very bad financial planning advice.</p> <p><figure><img src="https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--9TIz1_r2--/c_fill,f_auto,fl_progressive,g_center,h_77,pg_1,q_80,w_137/yspc8db61kwouyrrtbrc.jpg"> </figure></p><div> <p>At Tesla's Autonomy Day presentation today, an event orchestrated by the company to show off its...</p> Read more Read </div> <p> I wish I could remember where, but I once read a review for an Android phone where the manufacturer promised regular software updates, but the reviewer made the point that you shouldn't buy a product with the expectation it will become a better product in the future. You should be happy enough with the product as it is out of the box or else you're in for disappointment.<br></p> <p> To that end, it is definitely not "financially insane" to buy a car that costs tens of thousands of dollars less than what a reasonably trimmed Tesla will run because you don't make enough money to afford a Tesla. In fact, it would be financially insane <em>to</em> buy a car you can't afford simply because you believe it will be a completely different car in the future. <br></p> <p>Look, if I ran a company that sold things, would I say it's "financially insane" to buy anything other than my company's product? Maybe! But that wouldn't make it true. (We'd also add that it's generally insane to expect any car to rise in value over time, unless you're buying a rare Ferrari from the 1960s or whatever.)<br></p> <p>Teslas, by many accounts, are great, impressive cars that owners are generally pleased to own. And, as someone who really does want electric cars to take off in the United States for environmental reasons, that's part of what makes all this bloviating hyperbole about self-driving futures and robotaxis so frustrating. </p> <p>Tesla makes far and away the best electric car readily available in the United States and, in many respects, one of the better cars of any kind. Which is to say, <em>they don't have to do this</em>. They don't have to create all these false promises. They could just... keep making good cars, but more of them-focusing on scale and quality improvements and long-term sustainability. Is that really too much to ask from a company that makes cars?<br></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--CxBlUEnX--/c_fill,fl_progressive,g_center,h_900,q_80,w_1600/flxv38xumidyzfa2bnku.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/big-claims-elon-musk-tesla-autonomous-driving-plans Waymo, Google's self-driving car company, to build factory in Detroit https://usamash.org/facebook/waymo-google-driving-car-company-build-factory-detroit-80266426 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:59:05 +0000 <div> <figure> <iframe src="https://media.fox2detroit.com/media.fox2detroit.com/photo/2019/04/23/wjbk-waymo_minivan_5-042319_1556029911658_7145620_ver1.0_160_90.jpg" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe> <figcaption>Photo courtesy: Waymo</figcaption> </figure> <p> - Waymo, the Google-owned self-driving car company, is repurposing a factory in Detroit to build a new facility for the creation of autonomous vehicles.</p> <p>Waymo announced they picked the Motor City as the location to build these cars and will repurpose an existing facility in Detroit. The company says this is the world's first factory 100% dedicated to the mass production of L4 autonomous vehicles. </p> <p>"We will partner with American Axle & Manufacturing to repurpose an existing facility, bringing a workforce back to an area where jobs in the automotive industry were recently lost," <strong>Waymo said in a post on Medium.</strong></p> <p>In January, <strong>Waymo said it was planning to bring a factory to Southeast Michigan</strong> but the exact city was not known. The state said then that the $13.6 million project will create 100 new jobs and potentially 300 more later. The company had been looking for up to 200,000 square feet (18,580 square meters) of "ready-to-go" space in a manufacturing facility in the Detroit area, specifically in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties.</p> <p>The company thanked Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Former Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for their partnership and support.</p> <p>"By choosing to establish its new facility in Detroit, Waymo is continuing the city's momentum and further cementing Michigan as a leader in mobility and the epicenter of advanced automotive manufacturing," said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. "More and more Silicon Valley companies are looking to grow in Michigan as they realize the competitive advantages Michigan has to offer: high-tech engineering resources, top-notch research and design, and a highly skilled workforce matched with a low cost of living and low cost of doing business. We are pleased to welcome Waymo to Detroit and look forward to working with the company as it moves forward and brings jobs to Michigan residents."</p> <p>Mayor Duggan weighed in as well, saying Waymo's commitment shows the city is still important as the automotive industry continues to evolve.</p> <p>"Today's announcement by Waymo shows that the City of Detroit remains at the center of the future of the auto industry. Waymo could have located the world's first 100% dedicated Level 4 autonomous vehicle factory anywhere. We deeply appreciate the confidence John Krafcik and the Waymo team are showing in the Motor City," Duggan said.</p> <p>The exact location of the Waymo facility is not known but American Axle & Manufacturing has a development center in Hamtramck just north of the GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant. It also has locations in Rochester Hills and Oxford.</p> <em>Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.</em> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/media.fox2detroit.com/media.fox2detroit.com/photo/2019/04/23/wjbk-waymo_minivan_5-042319_1556029911658_7145620_ver1.0_640_360.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Facebook https://usamash.org/news/waymo-google-driving-car-company-build-factory-detroit Doraemon Story of Seasons Coming West for Nintendo Switch and PC This Fall - Noisy Pixel https://usamash.org/nintendo/doraemon-story-seasons-coming-west-nintendo-switch-pc-fall-82068284 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:59:03 +0000 <div> <p>Bandai Namco announced that the collaboration title between popular Japanese anime character, Doraemon, and farming video game series, Story of Seasons, titled <em>Doraemon Story of Seasons</em> will be coming west to Nintendo Switch and PC this Fall.</p> <p>While <em>Doraemon</em> isn't as popular in the west as he is in Japan, the <em>Story of Season's</em> franchise just might be what the character needs to find a new group of fans. Players will be able to enjoy a traditional Story of Seasons experience with farming and interacting with NPCs, all in the world of Doremon.</p> <p><em>Doraemon Story of Seasons </em>follows Noby, as well as a few other <em>Doraemon</em> characters, who take part in a light-hearted narrative set in a new original town. Players will develop the town along with their own farm while interactive and forming relationships with other townspeople. During the game, players are able to use Doraemon's secret gadget that will help them progress their farming career and help out more around the town.</p> <p>The game is a joint effort between Bandai Namco, Marvelous, and Brownies.</p> <p>The publisher also released a new trailer and screenshots to give players a preview of the title and new world they'll be able to experience later this year.</p> <p>You can check out the trailer and screenshots below:</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/usamash.org/images/doraemon-story-seasons-coming-west-nintendo-switch-pc-fall-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Nintendo https://usamash.org/news/doraemon-story-seasons-coming-west-nintendo-switch-pc-fall Parkland Shooting Survivors, Publicis NY Create Trumpet From Bullet Casings https://usamash.org/entertainment/parkland-shooting-survivors-publicis-ny-create-trumpet-bullet-casings-42064864 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:58:04 +0000 <div> <p>The Instrument of Hope, a trumpet crafted of bullet casings by survivors of the 2018 Parkland school shooting, is on a cross-country tour with famed musicians to revitalize the conversation around gun violence. The trumpet is a project of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, ShineMSD and Publicis New York. ShineMSD is a non-profit organization founded in the aftermath of the shooting, which uses the arts to promote healing for the Parkland community.</p> <p>The trumpet began its "tour" in Oakland, Calif., on February 19, 2019. The trumpet has since been played by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Keyon Harrold, and Brian Newman in New York City and Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan. Glen Friedman performed The National Anthem on the trumpet April 3rd to open the Miami HEAT vs Boston Celtics basketball game. The latest performance was on April 6th by Amos Lee at the Met Philadelphia. There is no formal schedule for the tour. The goal is that the trumpet will be passed from artist-to-artist for the foreseeable future. When the tour does sunset, the Instrument of Hope will find a permanent home at the ShineMSD organization in Parkland, Florida.</p> <p>Matt McKay, executive creative director, Publicis New York, which helped bring the "Instrument of Hope" campaign to life, commented, "We all fall into the same routine after a tragedy. The outrage fades, the news cycle ends, and we go back our lives. But there are those that can't go back to their regular lives. We're honored at Publicis New York to work with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivors on this great project to keep the conversation around gun violence on the main stage."</p> <p>This "making of" film behind the campaign was directed by Dexter Brierley via Underhill Films.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/d2p1nnn035jt22.cloudfront.net/shoot_video/teaser/vlcsnap-2019-04-23-06h47m29s451.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Entertainment https://usamash.org/news/parkland-shooting-survivors-publicis-ny-create-trumpet-bullet-casings FAA approves Google's drone delivery service for commercial use in the U.S. https://usamash.org/google/faa-approves-google-drone-delivery-service-commercial-24086602 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:57:05 +0000 <div> <figure><img src="https://mondrian.mashable.com/uploads%252Fcard%252Fimage%252F974728%252F0ab7d1b9-8ee1-4103-8ce2-58e933b09f2a.jpg%252F950x534__filters%253Aquality%252890%2529.jpg?signature=KoxjzLab7mZHjPc77pLcXl6RIdg=&source=https%3A%2F%2Fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com"><div> <p>Image: Ulrich Baumgarten / Getty Images</p> </div> </figure><section> <p>After getting approved for commercial air delivery in Australia earlier this month, Alphabet's Wing drone delivery service has now received the green light from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to allow it to start air dropping packages to customers in the U.S.</p> <p>The FAA's certification of Wing, which was signed on Friday and Monday, essentially classifies the drone company as a small-sized air carrier, according to Bloomberg. Wing says it'll begin commercial drone deliveries in Blacksburg and Christiansburg, two rural towns in Virginia "within months."</p> <p>"It's an exciting moment for us have earned the FAA's approval to actually run a business with our technology," Wing Chief Executive Officer James Ryan Burgess told Bloomberg. </p> <p>Wing drone deliveries will sell items from local businesses and the company says it's now looking for merchants in the two towns to partner up with.</p> <p>With the FAA's approval, Wing's passed a key hurdle that will not only allow the company to make commercial deliveries, but also charge for them - something that was only made possible after passing the FAA's stringent certification process.</p> <p>Speaking with Bloomberg, Burgess said the "very rigorous and very thorough" FAA certification process took months and required Wing to create "extensive manuals, training routines and a safety hierarchy."</p> <p>Rules that applied to traditional air carriers and aircraft, such as those involving seat beats and flight attendants - things drones don't have - needed to re-established. </p> <p>In the end, Wing appears confident in having successfully laid down the groundwork for other drone companies to apply for their own FAA approvals. Burgess believes the extensive paperwork it's created will lead to other drone delivery companies getting quicker FAA approval.</p> <p>Wing's FAA approval is yet another blow for Amazon's own Prime Air drone delivery service, which missed its original goal to begin public deliveries by the end of 2018.</p> <p>For now, Wing's drone deliveries in the U.S. will be limited to the two Virginia towns, but the FAA's approval also allows the company to apply for expansion to other regions. </p> <p>There's still a long ways to go before we all receive packages by drone, but Wing's big step could be the beginning of the end for crabby delivery guys and girls who could care less if they destroy your precious packages.</p> <div><img src="https://mondrian.mashable.com/cms%252F2019%252F2%252Fc2c99458-7e9e-317c%252Fthumb%252F00001.jpg%252Foriginal.jpg?signature=FOeJJXfMdRjc9KVTR6R-3rX38Iw=&source=https%3A%2F%2Fvdist.aws.mashable.com"> </div> </section></div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/mondrian.mashable.com/cms%252F2019%252F2%252Fc2c99458-7e9e-317c%252Fthumb%252F00001.jpg%252Foriginal.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Google https://usamash.org/news/faa-approves-google-drone-delivery-service-commercial Google-owned Waymo picks Detroit plant for self-driving cars, competing against US auto industry https://usamash.org/business/google-owned-waymo-picks-detroit-plant-driving-cars-competing-auto-industry-86668624 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:55:05 +0000 <div> <p>Waymo has selected a Detroit plant that will mass produce its self-driving cars, placing the Google-owned venture that aims to define the future of transportation in the historic heart of a U.S. automotive industry that is trying to compete against the tech upstart in the launch of autonomous vehicles. </p> <p>The company will partner with American Axle & Manufacturing to repurpose a facility that Waymo hopes will be operational by mid-2019, it said in a blog post on Tuesday. </p> <p>Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, touted the announcement as the latest in the growing presence of Silicon Valley companies in the state. </p> <p>"By choosing to establish its new facility in Detroit, Waymo is continuing the city's momentum and further cementing Michigan as a leader in mobility and the epicenter of advanced automotive manufacturing," she said in a statement. </p> <p>Waymo develops the software for its autonomous vehicles but has outsourced the production to partners like Fiat Chrysler and Jaguar Land Rover. </p> <p>The company was the first to launch its commercial fleet, beating rivals like General Motors and Uber in providing the offering to select customers in Phoenix, Ariz. in December 2018. </p> <p>The investment in Detroit comes as traditional carmakers both double-down on the city and end existing operations. </p> <p>GM, for example, is closing its Detroit factory in 2020 as part of a previously announced slew of closures that are expected to lead to 15,000 jobs cuts. </p> <p>Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler said recently it would invest $4.5 billion in its plants in the region, spurring as many as 6,500 jobs in Michigan as the company seeks to shift its offerings to align with consumer preference for pickups and sports utility vehicles.</p> <strong>CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX BUSINESS APP</strong> <p>Ford Motor Co. is also pouring money into its Michigan plants, including the carmaker's first plant for self-driving vehicles. It does not expect the facility to begin production until 2021. </p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/a57.foxnews.com/static.foxbusiness.com/foxbusiness.com/content/uploads/2018/02/0/0/waymopacificakm-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/google-owned-waymo-picks-detroit-plant-driving-cars-competing-auto-industry Google Maps now notes waits at EV charging stations https://usamash.org/google/google-maps-notes-waits-ev-charging-stations-62004426 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:50:03 +0000 <div> <p>Google Maps is making it easier for electric car owners to find nearby (and unoccupied) EV charging stations so you don't need to wait around.</p> <p>You can now see charging port availability in the US and the UK on Google Maps, according to a Tuesday blog post by Alex Donaldson, product manager of Google Maps. Just search "EV charging stations" in the app or on a desktop to see real-time information from networks like Chargemaster, EVgo, SemmaConnect and, eventually, Chargepoint. </p> <p>Google Maps will tell you location, availability, port types and charging speed. You'll also be able to read station reviews, view photos, see ratings and read questions from other visitors.</p> <p>The new feature for electric car owners is available on desktop, Android, iOS and Android Auto. </p> <p><figure><img src="https://cnet2.cbsistatic.com/img/FCteSn8WKLosSqG_SYW55htUzIg=/196x110/2019/03/29/b915a847-b423-4a98-aea5-b801cf1ba68b/hyundai-kona-ev-19-tech-still.jpg"></figure></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/cnet3.cbsistatic.com/img/-tJ9wLcsXvmjPnhKpZUjMh_y3h4=/756x567/2019/04/23/98ab93ea-0148-4400-b7de-0ec9e774811e/gettyimages-1134972134.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Google https://usamash.org/news/google-maps-notes-waits-ev-charging-stations You Can Now Bother Underpaid Kohl's Workers With Your Amazon Regrets https://usamash.org/business/bother-underpaid-kohl-workers-amazon-regrets-40222488 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:49:06 +0000 <div> <p>Kohl's announced this morning that it will start accepting Amazon returns at all 1,150 of its stores starting in July. There's no extra charge for the service.<br></p> <p>Kohl's and Amazon started experimenting with a collaboration on brick-and-mortar returns back in 2017, allowing customers to take back items purchased on Amazon even if those items were already out of their Amazon shipping boxes. But that trial was limited to roughly 100 stores in the Los Angeles, Chicago, and Milwaukee areas. By this summer, every Kohl's will accept Amazon returns.</p> <p>Kohl's CEO Michelle Gass explained in a press release that the partnership with Amazon, called Amazon Returns, is "delivering innovation," and perhaps more importantly, driving traffic to Kohl's stores.</p> <p>"We are thrilled to bring Amazon Returns at Kohl's to all of our stores across the country," Gass said. "Amazon and Kohl's have a shared passion in providing outstanding customer service, and this unique partnership combines Kohl's strong nationwide store footprint and omnichannel capabilities with Amazon's reach and customer loyalty."</p> <p>The announcement from Kohl's is careful to note that the company will only accept "eligible" returns, which means that you can't return things you bought on Amazon from a third-party. If your item was sent from an Amazon warehouse, you're probably safe to return it, but you have to double-check by heading to the Amazon Returns Center online, a Kohl's spokesperson told Gizmodo over email. Gizmodo has reached out to Amazon for further clarification but did not immediately get a response.</p> <p>Kohl's started carrying Amazon products in over 200 stores last month, including the Amazon Fire tablet, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, the Echo Dot, and the Echo Show. That trial has not been expanded.</p> <p>Kohl's introduced some special reserved parking spots for Amazon Returns customers who wanted to drop off their items quickly, but it's not clear whether Kohl's will introduce that feature to all of its stores.</p> <p>But Kohl's and Amazon seem like a match made in heaven. Aside from underpaying their workers, both companies are also fighting unionization efforts at every turn. The average Kohl's cashier makes just under $9 per hour, hardly enough to live on. The average Amazon warehouse employee is making $13 an hour, and while that's better than Kohl's, it's not a living wage.</p> <p>The lesson: If you're going to use Amazon's return service at Kohl's, don't be a dick about it. Workers are already underpaid and will now be taking on more work to make your life easier. It's a good rule of thumb to not be an asshole to workers in general, but we can all use a reminder sometimes.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--NiuBc_LU--/c_fill,fl_progressive,g_center,h_900,q_80,w_1600/njbitggbegn6za41j5w7.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/bother-underpaid-kohl-workers-amazon-regrets It's Bright All Around TrovaGene, Inc. (TROV) https://usamash.org/business/bright-trovagene-trov-00608846 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:48:06 +0000 <div> <p><b>TrovaGene, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROV)</b> could be among the best stocks to invest in right now as the company shares are trading 18.46% or 0.604 points up from last closing price of $3.27, reaching $3.8736 at last check. Any clue why there is so much of action in the TROV stock? The share price is gaining for the fifth day in a row and has risen in 1 of the last 5 days and is down -6.84% over the past week. It will be exciting to see whether the stock manages to continue increasing or take a minor break for the next few days. The move came on solid volume too with far more shares changing hands than in a normal session. Trading activity as of this writing strengthened by 4,302,301 shares, and in total 4.378 million shares valued at $16.957 million were seen changing hands compared with 75300 shares valued at $246231 recorded at the previous session. You should take into consideration that a greater volume on higher prices causes bullish signal for the market. It shows the sentiment is in an uptrend and more and more traders want to enter in the TROV stock.</p> <p>TrovaGene, Inc. (TROV) shares have notched a 3-month decline of about -6.84%, but has still advanced 3.71% year to date. By comparison, the stock sank -86.1% over the past 12 months, while it slipped -19.06% over the 1 month. The company's market cap is around $13.31M, with its short interest ratio standing at 0.43%.</p> <p>In the current trading session for TROV, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $4.2 and was down as much as $3.77 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $2.54. The 52-week high is now at -84.01 distance from current price. Their recent low of $23.75 represents a 49.78% recovery. This data is quite important for investors who look to benefit from the recent rise of the company's stock. The price target currently for TROV is $15.5, this is below the recent high that the stock attained. Taking a look at the overall sentimental views of financial analysts, the trading pattern of this stock recently is very clear.</p> <p>The stock of TrovaGene, Inc. earned $-13.69 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of -0.28. You can compare it with that of similar companies in its industry to get a sense of whether the stock you're looking to purchase is overvalued or undervalued. Its current price to earnings ratio is lower than the ones recorded by the industry which is 33.56 and lower compared to the sector's average of 62.94. When the P/E ratio is low let's say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. TROV also has P/S multiple of 39.41. This is greater versus the 12 month P/S ratios of other companies in the same indutry. The peer average price to sales ratio is 6.02x.</p> <p>The company recorded an interesting insider purchase transaction by the Director on Jun 20, 2018. A Securities and Exchanges Commission filings show that Rodney S Markin bought a total of 41,200 TROV shares that day for a sum of around $35,020. The filings show that the insider stake has now grown to 63,810 shares, currently worth $247,174. TrovaGene, Inc. (TROV) insiders have acquired no shares in the stock within the past three months. The total insider sales reported to the SEC in that time frame amounted to 459 shares. In total, individual insiders traded 459 shares in the business, which makes up 100% of 459 shares that were traded over a year. In the past 12 months, insiders have purchased zero shares while the seller parted with 459 shares.</p> <p><b>TROV</b> 's last price was down -10.74% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $4.34 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $3.72. At present, there are 4.07 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 4 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 0.1% while institutions stake was 10.2%. The company has generated negative returns on equity over the last 12 months (-166.6%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at -57.9% over the past 12 months.</p> <p>When assessing the full upside of the TROV stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its 1.44% gain from moving average of $3.82 has brought about a positive sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 0.73 to the stock. With the beta been less than one, this implies that the company shares are theoretically less volatile than the market, something that the traders definitely are keeping an eye on.</p> <p>Most of the analysts surveyed by Thomson/First Call think quite highly of TrovaGene, Inc. - 3 analysts rate the stock as a buy with another 0 rating it strong buy. There are 0 analysts who maintain a hold rating for the stock, with 0 giving it a sell rating. Analysts arrived at a 12-month price target of $23.3333 on shares of TrovaGene, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROV), which corresponds to 506.06% upside potential than its current market price of $3.8736 and implies potential despite the recent advance in the price. However, their current target price has fallen from $23.3333 a month ago and is down handily from the consensus target of $36.6 a quarter ago.</p> <p>In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly 30.3%. Though the percentage looks encouraging, extra headwinds are emerging as looking out over a next 5-year period, with analysts estimating that their earnings will decrease annually by 0%. The revenue of the company has risen at an average annualized rate of about 7.9 over the last five years. The company recently recorded a drop of -50%, but this figure is rather unattractive.</p> <p>Let's briefly check the hedge fund interest towards <b>TROV</b> stock. Vanguard Group Inc added position in the company after it grew 45.5% or 164,281 shares of its common stock. The hedge fund now owns 239,029 shares worth $925,903, SEC documents show. Vanguard Group Inc. shored up assets in the stock as 164281.1 shares have been purchased, increasing its stake by 45.5% to 239,029 shares which are currently valued at $925,903. In addition, Renaissance Technologies LLC recently reported that it now owns 596,606 shares making a total of $2,311,013 based on the recent price. This refelects a change of 39.7% in their ownership.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/pressrecorder.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/6.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/bright-trovagene-trov Akari Therapeutics, Plc (AKTX) Accumulates 35.13%, Looks Attractive Today https://usamash.org/business/akari-therapeutics-plc-aktx-accumulates-3513-attractive-today-08202848 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:48:05 +0000 <div> <p><b>Akari Therapeutics, Plc (NASDAQ:AKTX)</b> is among the top stocks that may remain in focus today as the company shares are trading 35.13% or 1.177 points higher from last closing price of $3.35, reaching $4.5268 at last check. Any clue why there is so much of action in the AKTX stock? The share price is gaining for the third day in a row and has risen in 4 of the last 5 days and is up 81% over the past week. It will be exciting to see whether the stock manages to continue increasing or take a minor break for the next few days. The move came on solid volume too with far more shares changing hands than in a normal session. Trading activity as of this writing strengthened by 9,839,587 shares, and in total 10.054 million shares valued at $45.514 million were seen changing hands compared with 214700 shares valued at $719245 recorded at the previous session. You should take into consideration that a greater volume on higher prices causes bullish signal for the market. It shows the sentiment is in an uptrend and more and more traders want to enter in the AKTX stock.</p> <p>Akari Therapeutics, Plc (AKTX) shares have notched a 3-month gain of about 81%, but has still advanced 113.38% year to date. By comparison, the stock added 67.5% over the past 12 months, while it slipped -17.49% over the 1 month. The company's market cap is around $52.83M, with its short interest ratio standing at 0%.</p> <p>In the current trading session for AKTX, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $4.8483 and was down as much as $4.1 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $1.56. The 52-week high is now at -49.89 distance from current price. Their recent low of $9.2 represents a 195.51% recovery. This data is quite important for investors who look to benefit from the recent rise of the company's stock. The price target currently for AKTX is $7, this is below the recent high that the stock attained. Taking a look at the overall sentimental views of financial analysts, the trading pattern of this stock recently is very clear.</p> <p><b>AKTX</b> 's last price was up 113.31% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $2.12 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $2.84. At present, there are 15.77 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 70000 shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 57.08% while institutions stake was 5.8%. The company has generated negative returns on equity over the last 12 months (-207.2%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 0% over the past 12 months.</p> <p>When assessing the full upside of the AKTX stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its 37.86% gain from moving average of $3.28 has brought about a positive sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of -3.83 to the stock. With the beta been less than one, this implies that the company shares are theoretically less volatile than the market, something that the traders definitely are keeping an eye on.</p> <p>Most of the analysts surveyed by Thomson/First Call think quite highly of Akari Therapeutics, Plc - 1 analysts rate the stock as a buy with another 0 rating it strong buy. There are 0 analysts who maintain a hold rating for the stock, with 0 giving it a sell rating. Analysts arrived at a 12-month price target of $7 on shares of Akari Therapeutics, Plc (NASDAQ:AKTX), which corresponds to 51.52% upside potential than its current market price of $4.5268 and implies potential despite the recent advance in the price. However, their current target price has fallen from $7.5 a month ago and is up handily from the consensus target of $5.5 a quarter ago.</p> <p>In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly 39.2%. Though the percentage looks encouraging, extra headwinds are emerging as looking out over a next 5-year period, with analysts estimating that their earnings will decrease annually by 0%. The revenue of the company has retreated at an average annualized rate of about 0 over the last five years. The company recently recorded a drop of 0%, but this figure is rather unattractive.</p> <p>Let's briefly check the hedge fund interest towards <b>AKTX</b> stock. Virtu Financial LLC added position in the company after it grew 50% or 26,576 shares of its common stock. The hedge fund now owns 39,864 shares worth $180,456, SEC documents show. Hikari Power Ltd shored up assets in the stock as 1049604 shares have been purchased, increasing its stake by 14.3% to 1,199,697 shares which are currently valued at $5,430,788. In addition, Hikari Power Ltd recently reported that it now owns 1,000,000 shares making a total of $4,526,800 based on the recent price. This refelects a change of 13.5% in their ownership.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/pressrecorder.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/3.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/akari-therapeutics-plc-aktx-accumulates-3513-attractive-today Why Akari Therapeutics, Plc (AKTX) shares are suddenly exploding 28.66% today https://usamash.org/business/akari-therapeutics-plc-aktx-shares-suddenly-exploding-2866-today-04848886 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:48:05 +0000 <div> <p>What just happened? Akari Therapeutics, Plc (NASDAQ:AKTX) stock value has climbed by nearly 28.66% or (0.96 points) to $4.31 from its previous close of $3.35. Does this growth mean it the best stock to buy right now? The shares seem to have an active trading volume day with a reported 9244371 contracts so far this session. AKTX shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 2.01 million shares, but with a 0.07 million float and a 3.08% run over a week, it's definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for AKTX stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $7 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 62.41% from where the AKTX share price has been trading recently which is between $3.12 and $3.4. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $7. </p> <p>The shorts are running away from Akari Therapeutics, Plc (AKTX) stock. The latest set of short interest data was released on 29 March 2019, and the numbers show a drop in short interest in AKTX shares. While short interest still represents only 0% of AKTX's float, the number of shares shorted have fallen by -1074117. The number of shares shorted fell to 224405 shares, down from 1298522 shares during the preceding fortnight. With average daily trading volumes at 780733 shares, days to cover decreased to about 1 days. The most recent news story about the stock that appeared in Yahoo Finance 's news section was titled "Akari Therapeutics Announces Positive Initial Phase II Clinical Data in Orphan Skin Disease Bullous Pemphigoid" and dated April 23, 2019.</p> <p>During the recent trading session for Akari Therapeutics, Plc (NASDAQ:AKTX), the company witnessed their stock rise $1.19 over a week and surge $0.67 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $9.2, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 03/14/19. The recent low of $1.56 stood for a -53.15% since 12/31/18, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock's recent rise. A beta of -3.83 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is less than one, it implies that the stock is more volatile than the market, a data that traders are keeping close attention to. </p> <p>Looking at the current readings for Akari Therapeutics, Plc, the two-week RSI stands at 68.01. This figure suggests that AKTX stock, for now, is neutral, meaning that the shares are stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic readings, on the other hand, based on the current AKTX readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 56.72% at this stage. This figure means that AKTX share price today is being neutral.</p> <p>Technical chart claims that Akari Therapeutics, Plc (AKTX) would settle between $3.46/share to $3.57/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $3.18 mark, then the market for Akari Therapeutics, Plc becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $3.01 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the green zone of MACD, with the indicator reading 0.25. Traders are always alerted for the move of a stock above or below the zero line due to the fact that the reading is an indicator of the position of the short-term average relative to the long-term average. If the MACD is above the zero line, then the short-term average relative is above that of the long-term average, thus implying an upward momentum. Vice versa is the case if the MACD is below the zero line.</p> <p>Analysts at B. Riley FBR raised their recommendation on shares of AKTX from Neutral to Buy in their opinion released on January 04. B. Riley FBR, Inc., analysts launched coverage of Akari Therapeutics, Plc (NASDAQ:AKTX) stock with a Neutral recommendation, according to their flash note issued to investors on February 08. Analysts at William Blair released an upgrade from Mkt Perform to Outperform for the stock, in a research note that dated back to September 22. </p> <p>AKTX equity has an average rating of 1.5, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 2 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 0 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 2 were split even though not equally. Some analysts rate the stock as a buy or a strong buy while no rated it as a sell. 2 analysts rated Akari Therapeutics, Plc (NASDAQ:AKTX) as a buy or a strong buy while not a single analyst advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company's stock.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/findanews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/5-1.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/akari-therapeutics-plc-aktx-shares-suddenly-exploding-2866-today Doraemon: Story of Seasons coming west for Switch and PC this year https://usamash.org/technology/doraemon-story-seasons-coming-west-switch-pc-year-40244202 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:48:03 +0000 <div> <p><article> <blockquote><br> The latest mainline Story of Seasons game is currently in development, and as fans eagerly await its release, they'll be able to bide their time by playing a unique take on the series in the form of Doraemon: Story of Seasons. Marvelous Entertainment is developing this spinoff game that takes the traditional Story of Seasons/Harvest Moon formula, and adds a flair of Doraemon to it. For those unaware, Doraemon is an old Japanese manga series from the 1970's, which spawned an incredibly popular anime film series that is considered a cultural phenomenon in its home country. Announced for an English localization by Bandai Namco, the game will be launching for the PC and Nintendo Switch this year, in Fall 2019.<br><br><div> <p> </p><blockquote><b>Specifications</b> <p> </p><ul> <li> <b>Platform:</b> Nintendo Switch (digital-only), PC (digital-only)</li> <li> <b>Genre:</b> Farming, Simulation</li> <li> <b>Release Date:</b> Fall 2019</li> <li> <b>Publisher:</b> Bandai Namco Entertainment</li> <li> <b>Developer:</b> Marvelous, Brownies</li> <li> <b>Players:</b> One</li> <li> <b>Rating:</b> Pending</li> <li> <b>Localization:</b> English</li> <li> <b>Subtitles:</b> English, Neutral Spanish</li> </ul> <b>About</b> <p>Embark on a charming farming adventure with Doraemon and friends!</p> <p>Doraemon, the endearing cat-type robot that captured the hearts of millions worldwide, arrives for another adventure in 'Doraemon Story of Seasons'! Dive into a new world that combines relaxing gameplay with a story of farming, friendship and helping others. Grab a shovel and join the fun - coming soon to the Nintendo Switch and Steam!</p> <p><b>Key Features</b></p> <p> </p><ul> <li> <b>A Sice-of-Life Game Featuring Beloved <i>Doraemon</i> Chaacters</b> - Take control of Noby, an average boy with a heart of gold, to help bring a destroyed farm back to life! Create bonds with the other townsfolk to witness heartfelt interactions while you explore and foster the land with Doraemon, Sue, Big G, and Sneech!</li> <li> <b><i>Story of Seasons</i> with a Twist!</b> - Customize your farm by growing crops, raising farm animals, building furniture, and exploring everything that the town has to offer. Take advantage of Doraemon's secret gadgets to make building your farm a magical experience!</li> </ul> </blockquote> </div> </blockquote> </article><article> <blockquote>God bless. This looks super fun, didn't see it coming west at all.</blockquote> </article><article> <blockquote>Nobita working hard?</blockquote> </article><article> <blockquote>How many of these games can come out? Whats the difference rly..</blockquote> </article><article> <blockquote>Wow, would never have expected this to be localized <br><br> Maybe Doraemon could become an international icon (probably not)</blockquote> </article></p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/img.youtube.com/vi/v0wqz3s4V80/0.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Technology https://usamash.org/news/doraemon-story-seasons-coming-west-switch-pc-year Cramer: Elon Musk is the P.T. Barnum of our time - call him 'P.T. Musk' https://usamash.org/business/cramer-elon-musk-pt-barnum-time-call-pt-musk-04884864 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:47:02 +0000 <div> <p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk is just like P.T. Barnum, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Tuesday.</p> <p>Call him "P.T. Musk," Cramer said on " Squawk Box."</p> <p>"I just keep finding it's a three-ring circus with the guy. It's kind of annoying but he's exciting," added Cramer. "He's P.T. Barnum. P.T. Barnum packed the seats."</p> <p>Barnum's exploits in the mid-to-late 1800s, as the master promoter of what became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, were fictionalized in the 2017 blockbuster "The Greatest Showman," starring Hugh Jackman. Barnum was also remembered for hoaxes and pranks.</p> <p> Tesla did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment about the comparison.</p> <p>Cramer's remarks came as Musk's most recent proclamations are being put under the microscope.</p> <p>On Monday, in Palo Alto, California, Musk told an audience at an autonomous-driving showcase that some 1 million of the automaker's robotaxis, with no human drivers, would hit U.S. markets next year. Musk said he was confident in his prediction. However, his forecasts have missed the mark in the past.</p> <p>Cramer said Musk and Tesla's claims, in particular that its new data chips can potentially perform seven times better than a competing product from Nvidia, put the CEO's "credibility" into question. Nvidia later said in a statement that Tesla misstated details about its chips.</p> <p>Cramer, host of " Mad Money," has been critical of Musk ever since the CEO's take-private tweet on Aug. 7 stunned the financial community and Washington regulators. Musk eventually abandoned the idea on Aug. 24. At the time, Cramer said Musk's "stunts" were ill-advised, and recommend the board put Musk on medical leave. Cramer later argued that Musk should be removed as CEO of the company.</p> <p>Last week, Musk and the Securities and Exchange Commission asked for a one-week delay to resolve their latest dispute, stemming from last year's settlement over that take-private tweet.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/fm.cnbc.com/applications/cnbc.com/resources/img/editorial/2019/03/07/105780169-1551965661188rtx6p9un.1910x1000.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/cramer-elon-musk-pt-barnum-time-call-pt-musk Halsey Destroys Her Back & Finger While Rock Climbing Naked https://usamash.org/instagram/halsey-destroys-finger-rock-climbing-naked-82464602 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:46:06 +0000 <div> <p>Halsey is cut from a different cloth. She's unlike her pop star contemporaries in the fact that she's a little bit more hardcore than them. You would never hear about Taylor Swift going rock climbing in the nude, after all. Halsey maintains an "IDGAF" mentality in life. If she feels like buzzing off her hair and dyeing it red, she'll do it. If she wants to consume questionable substances on a yacht with G-Eazy, she'll do it. She continually keeps her supporters on their toes and that's what they love about her. This week, she made the risky choice to go rock climbing without any clothes on. The decision is head-scratching, to say the least, and after you see the injuries she sustained, you'll never want to mimic her efforts.</p> <h6> <img src="https://ssl.ulximg.com/public/userfiles/2019/04/halseyyy.jpg"><br><em>Kevin Winter/Getty Images</em> </h6> <p>The singer did not show how she injured her back and finger but she did let fans in on the aftermath, showing a photo of her entire back covered in welts and red marks. Her middle finger is wrapped up as well. Judging from the injuries she's proudly showing off, we would assume that she fell flat on her back, slipping as she tried to climb a little higher. She doesn't seem bothered about the mishap though. In fact, she's still encouraging her audience to give it a try. "Don't go rock climbing naked. Or do. Do you," she wrote.</p> <p>Hopefully, she learns from this and stays safe next time.</p> [via] </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/ssl.ulximg.com/public/userfiles/2019/04/halseyyy.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Instagram https://usamash.org/news/halsey-destroys-finger-rock-climbing-naked Kohl's plans huge expansion of Amazon partnership, will accept returns at all stores https://usamash.org/business/kohl-plans-huge-expansion-amazon-partnership-accept-returns-stores-46404646 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:41:02 +0000 <div> <p><img src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/cc9b9306bcc485f7742aa512591c882360204bab/c=5-0-4027-3024/local/-/media/2018/05/02/WIGroup/Milwaukee/636608714939923859-Kohl-s-Waukesha.jpg?width=540&height=405&fit=crop"></p><p>Kohl's Corp. will begin accepting Amazon return items in July at all 1,150 Kohl's stores nationwide. (Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo) </p> <p>In a move that significantly deepens its relationship with online rival Amazon, Kohl's Corp. said Tuesday that it will accept returns from Amazon customers at the more than 1,150 Kohl's stores nationwide.</p> <p>Kohl's stock jumped on the news. Shares were up more than 7 percent in early trading.</p> <p>The expansion of the service will begin in July. Kohl's began the experimental partnership with Amazon in 2017 at a limited number of stores, with many observers initially questioning why the department store chain would team up with the very company that has been undercutting traditional retail.</p> <p>But as the pilot project brought increased traffic to stores accepting the returns, industry analysts credited Kohl's as an innovator in a struggling retail sector.</p> <p>Earlier this year, New York-based Earnest Research said its analysis of bill-paying activity at Kohl's stores found that locations in Chicago, which were among the first to start accepting Amazon returns, significantly outperformed other Kohl's stores last year.</p> <p>Kohl's itself has declined to release results of the Amazon pilot, but the major expansion announced Tuesday clearly shows the Menomonee Falls-based retailer believes it is benefiting.</p> <p>With the service, Amazon customers do not need to box or label their return items when they bring them to Kohl's. Employees at the store will package and ship the items for free.</p> <p>Kohl's began offering the service in October 2017 at 80 stores in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas, and added 21 Milwaukee-area stores last July.</p> <p>Last month, Kohl's also said it would sell Amazon products - such as the Echo line of voice-activated personal assistants - in 200 stores, but would close the Amazon "smart home" shops it had set up in 30 stores.</p> <i>Contact Rick Romell at (414) 224-2130 or rick.romell@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @RickRomell</i> <p>Read or Share this story: https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/retail/2019/04/23/kohls-plans-huge-expansion-amazon-partnership/3548117002/</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/72d7a379e79c1e2d3c2cb6f4c6c56235a664d809/c=0-373-4032-2651/local/-/media/2018/05/02/WIGroup/Milwaukee/636608714939923859-Kohl-s-Waukesha.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Business https://usamash.org/news/kohl-plans-huge-expansion-amazon-partnership-accept-returns-stores Kohl's to start accepting Amazon returns this July https://usamash.org/facebook/kohl-start-accepting-amazon-returns-july-60488002 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:39:02 +0000 <div> <figure> <iframe src="https://media.fox2detroit.com/media.fox2detroit.com/photo/2019/04/23/getty-kohls-042319_1556028903164_7145615_ver1.0_160_90.jpg" frameborder="0" width="500" height="281"></iframe> <figcaption>Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images</figcaption> </figure> <p> - It's about to be even easier to make an Amazon return - and you won't even need a box to do it.</p> <p>Kohl's announced on Tuesday that it will start accepting returns for items bought on Amazon starting in July. This policy, which is currently in place in a select few stores in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Los Angeles, will be rolled out across the country in July.</p> <p>Kohl's started the policy back in 2017 when stores started selling Amazon smart-home products and other items - while also accepting Amazon returns at about 100 locations. Now it's expanding the partnership to all 1,150+ locations across the U.S.</p> <p>Shoppers won't even have to package up the item. They can bring in whatever it is that needs returned without a box or label and Kohl's will accept it and process it for Amazon. </p> <p>"We are thrilled to bring Amazon Returns at Kohl's to all of our stores across the country," said Michelle Gass, Kohl's chief executive officer. "Amazon and Kohl's have a shared passion in providing outstanding customer service, and this unique partnership combines Kohl's strong nationwide store footprint and omnichannel capabilities with Amazon's reach and customer loyalty. This new service is another example of how Kohl's is delivering innovation to drive traffic to our stores and bring more relevance to our customers."</p> <p>Amazon returns today require a box and a shipping label and you have to drop it at a UPS, put in your mailbox, or take it to a drop off facility. Whatever way - you have to have a label and, sometimes, returns on free.</p> <p>With Kohl's, the items can be returned free of charge, regardless of the reason and whether they're packaged or unpackaged for shipping. Kohl's will accept it, process the return and send it to Amazon return centers on behalf of customers.</p> </div> <img src='https://i2.wp.com/media.fox2detroit.com/media.fox2detroit.com/photo/2019/04/23/getty-kohls-042319_1556028903164_7145615_ver1.0_640_360.jpg' class='aligncenter entry-image attachment-post' title ='' alt=''/> Facebook https://usamash.org/news/kohl-start-accepting-amazon-returns-july