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25 июля, 01:27

Dodgers ace Kershaw could miss 4-6 weeks

The Los Angeles Dodgers could be without Clayton Kershaw for four to six weeks, US media reported Monday, although the team had yet to confirm a timetable for…

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24 июля, 12:00

Business Transformation: How To Ace It In 4 Steps

Share knowledge. Share what you learned while you were doing the work.

24 июля, 04:34

Russell Clark Speaks In RealVision's "Most Requested Interview Ever"

According to RealVision, he’s one of the greatest investors you’ve never heard of. According to us, he ran what was (formerly) the world's most bearish hedge fund, although at the end of 2016, after suffering substantial losses, he capitulated and went flat, after closing much of his short book. To be sure, Russell Clark, and his Horseman Global (which after phenomenal returns for much in the post-crisis period, closed 2016 with a thud, dropping 24% and down another 8% YTD, isn’t a household name. But in investment circles, he’s known as one of the world's most aggresive, and better, short sellers. In a rare camera appearance, Russell Clark sat down with Real Vision TV’s Raoul Pal in what has been dubbed as "one of RealVision's most requested interviews ever", to discuss investing and share his approach to markets. In one part of the interview, Clark says that one reason for his success is his focus on currencies. While for many investors the risk and reward of currencies is an afterthought, it forms the base of Clark’s investment worldview.  “What we try and do is invert the process,” Clark says. “So, we'd put currencies at the beginning of the investment process rather than at the end. And that's really been the heart of how I look at things…”   Next, as we conveniently laid out just yesterday in "Why Horseman Global Is Aggressively Shorting Shale", Clark touches on his short shale thesis, telling Pal that shale oil is "an industry that shouldn’t exist." As we discussed yesterday, Clark has once again emerged from his recent "neutral" position and is shorting shale oil stocks. According to Clark, shale oil companies “never make any money,” and the industry only exists because borrowing costs are so low. He compares U.S. shale today to China’s steel industry in 2012 - just before it crashed. For those who missed it, here are more details on his latest short bet from his latest letter to Horseman investors: I had shorted shale producers and the related MLP stocks before, and I knew there was something wrong with the industry, but I failed to find the trigger for the US shale industry to fail. And like most other investors I was continually swayed by the statements from the US shale drillers that they have managed to cut breakeven prices even further. However, I have taken a closer look at the data from EIA and from the company presentations. The rising decline rates of major US shale basins, and the increasing incidents of frac hits (also a cause of rising decline rates) have convinced me that US shale producers are not only losing competitiveness against other oil drillers, but they will find it hard to make money. If US rates continue to stay low, then it is possible that the high yield markets may continue to supply these drillers with capital, but I think that this is unlikely. More likely is that at some point debt investors start to worry that they will not get their capital back and cut lending to the industry. Even a small reduction in capital, would likely lead to a steep fall in US oil production. If new drilling stopped today, daily US oil production would fall by 350 thousand barrels a day over the next month (Source: EIA).   What I also find extraordinary, is that it seems to me shale drilling is a very unprofitable industry, and becoming more so. And yet, many businesses in the US have expended large amounts of capital on the basis that US oil will always be cheap and plentiful. I am thinking of pipelines, refineries, LNG exporters, chemical plants to name the most obvious. Even more amazing is that other oil sources have become more cost competitive but have been starved of resources. If US oil production declines, the rest of the world will struggle to increase output. An oil squeeze looks more likely to me. A broader commodity squeeze also looks likely to me. More on Clark's latest shale bet in the excerpt below. Among the other topics covered, is Clark's take on how investing relates to poker… including why a seemingly inferior hand can actually make much more money than a hidden pair of aces. The full interview can be found here, along with a free 7 day trial.

23 июля, 00:54

Here’s How the Cubs Actually Win Another World Series

In June, most people had the Cubs' World Series chances at about zero. But things have changed. Here's how this team can actually pull off a repeat.

22 июля, 14:27

The Open 2017: Jordan Speith leads the way after third round – as it happened

Branden Grace became the first man to shoot 62 in a major, while Jordan Spieth looked to close in on his first Open title. 7.55pm BST That’s the end of Moving Day. A third round for the ages, not least because Branden Grace finally became the first man to shoot lower than 63 in a major tournament. The relentless Jordan Spieth meanwhile is on course for his first victory at the Open Championship. He’s in pole position going into the final day. One way or another, some more history will be made tomorrow. See you here! Nighty night!-11: Spieth-8: Kuchar-5: Connelly, Koepka-4: Grace, Matsuyama-3: D Johnson, Stenson, Kim, Cabrera-Bello-2: Fisher, McIlroy, Ramsay, Poulter-1: Fowler, Noren, Bland 7.50pm BST Kuchar leaves his birdie putt out on the left! Spieth did a match-play number on him then. A par, and a marvellous 66, but he’s three adrift again. He’ll replay that missed opportunity over and over in his mind this evening. And tomorrow morning. And on the range early tomorrow afternoon. Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, is a step closer to the third leg of his career grand slam. He’s 23 years old. He is an astonishing force of nature. Continue reading...

21 июля, 16:03

Beyoncé and 12 Other Celebrities Who Spend Insane Amounts of Money on Food

Do you think you spend a lot of money on food? You probably don't when compared to these hungry celebrities.

21 июля, 14:49

3 Strong Buy Technology Mutual Funds for Great Returns

Below we share with you three top-ranked technology mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy)

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21 июля, 11:02

Chester Bennington: five of his best Linkin Park performances

From the howls on debut single One Step Closer to the still incendiary vocals of his later years, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was one of rock’s most emotionally dextrous frontmenLinkin Park emerged at the tail end of the late 90s’ landfill-grunge period, their crisp and confident melding of rap and metal a world away from the sloppy fuzz-worship of their peers. It was frontman Chester Bennington’s dynamic range that really pushed them ahead of the pack though, and on debut single One Step Closer they proved themselves immediate alpha dogs. Bennington’s brooding, increasingly maddened take on a fractious relationship built up towards the breaking point: a howl of “shut up when I’m talking to you”. The punchy, emotionally wrought middle-eight refrain would quickly become the consistent ace up Bennington’s sleeve. Continue reading...

20 июля, 23:48

Down But Not Out: These MLB Teams Still Have a Shot in 2017

Some good teams stumbled out of the gate, but a second-half push has them back in contention. Here are 7 MLB teams that still have a shot in 2017.

20 июля, 19:01

Chris Froome protects Tour de France lead after Warren Barguil wins stage 18

• Team Sky’s race leader holds off main rivals Bardet and Uran• Froome’s deficit trimmed to 23sec with three stages remainingIf weight of national expectation and volume of media hype counted for anything, Romain Bardet would have dislodged Chris Froome here and won the Tour de France. Instead he finished exhausted, close behind the stage winner, Warren Barguil, after pushing himself rather than Froome to the limit and snatching a second place which is provisional before the time trial on Saturday.Froome is now within an ace of winning a fourth Tour de France. As Bardet attempted to find breath to explain how hard he had tried and what it promised for the future, Froome mounted the finish podium perched on the Col d’Izoard – a panorama of Alpine peaks all around in the crystal clear air – with the look of a man who knew the worst was behind him. Continue reading...

20 июля, 16:45

Tech ETFs on Fire as Q2 Earnings Season Heats Up

The S&P 500 information technology sector breached its dot-com era record set in March 2000 heading into Q2 earnings season.

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19 июля, 00:22

BACKLASH: RIGHT WING TWITTER BEGINS DIGGING FOR DIRT ON CNN EMPLOYEES. “This is not the world I wa…

BACKLASH: RIGHT WING TWITTER BEGINS DIGGING FOR DIRT ON CNN EMPLOYEES. “This is not the world I want to live in,” one of Ace of Spades’ co-bloggers writes, and I concur. “When I first saw that they’d embarrassed this guy, I laughed. I thought he was an on-air personality and at least a minor political […]

17 июля, 21:54

2017 Set to Bring Modest Growth for U.S. Hotel Industry

2017 Set to Bring Modest Growth for U.S. Hotel Industry

17 июля, 16:30

How to Handle Stress During a Job Interview

Have you ever felt incredibly stressed during a job interview? If so, you’re not alone. Most people say that interviewing for a job is an overwhelmingly stressful experience. Fortunately, you can come to terms with job interview stress by understanding that a certain amount of stress can actually help you ace the interview; that practicing for your interview can help you maintain a manageable stress level; and that there are some effective responses you can use if your level of stress starts to feel overwhelming. First, consider the upside of stress: Researchers and counselors remind us that an appropriate amount of stress can be a positive thing, while too much stress can wear us out mentally, emotionally, and physically. It can be a balancing act to keep your stress level at an appropriate, productive level. A job interview provides the perfect example of how just enough stress can keep us on our toes while helping us to put our best foot forward. Lyrics from the Broadway smash hit A Chorus Line demonstrate how much is at stake in an audition — the stage version of an interview. The dancers sing, “I really need this job; I’ve got to get this job” as they execute difficult moves and literally remain on their toes. While they, and we, need to remember that there are other jobs out there, the stress of really wanting this particular job can help us approach the audition or interview with as much energy as possible. We just have to remind ourselves to use that stress effectively — remember, you want that job. You and Your Team Series Stress Turning Stress into an Asset Amy Gallo Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan Steps to Take When You’re Starting to Feel Burned Out Monique Valcour The problem is that job interviews are an unusual kind of conversation: one that we have only so often, where there’s a huge imbalance of power, and that requires the type of confident recitation of our strengths that wouldn’t fly in other social interactions. Unlike a relaxed chat with a friend, this encounter requires that you rattle off all your relevant skills, experiences, strengths, and interests in an efficient and effective manner so that your listeners are quickly reassured that their time with you is worthwhile (and might even be extended). Producing all of this information in a way that comes across as confident, eloquent, and appropriate means paying attention to your interviewer’s questions, striving to remember that list of things you wanted to be sure to say, and working hard to tackle unexpected questions. A bit of stress keeps you paying attention and giving your best. Because a job interview isn’t typically something that we encounter very often, it’s important to fully prepare for this unusual and nonstandard interaction. Consider some of the standard things your interviewer is looking for: what do you already know how to do, how confident are you that you can learn new skills, what do you consider to be your strengths, and what might be a weakness that you’ve had to address. The latter is where you can demonstrate that you have self-awareness and know that no one is perfect but practice makes us better. Practice your responses to questions like these so that you know what you want to say when some version of them comes up. When you’ve already practiced these expected interactions, your stress level will be manageable and can even provide the remaining energy needed for the unexpected requests that come out of left field and require you to think on your feet. Clients of mine have said that practice gave them the confidence they needed and helped them to tackle the unusual surprise question. But what happens when, despite all of your practice, you feel like you’ve screwed up during your interview? Your stress level might skyrocket and send you into a spiral of despair, making you feel that you’re flubbing the rest of the interview and that you’ve already lost the job. While you really can’t ask for a total do-over, rest assured that corrections can be made. When you realize that you forgot to say something important, you can still correct the omission in order to minimize ongoing stress. If you’re still in the interview, it’s always possible to say: “I just realized that I hadn’t mentioned…” Now you’ve made sure that the information you wanted to share has been shared. If you realize an important omission after the interview has already ended, you can send a thank-you email that says, “I want to add to, or clarify, or revise what I said about x…” Again, you’ve completed the message you wanted to get across. Now you don’t have to lie awake at night worried about that omission or mistake. A client of mine said that a hiring manager appreciated his willingness to admit his mistake in the interview and gave him the job because (1) he was qualified and (2) he hadn’t given up. Sometimes, the stress level in some interviews goes way beyond what most people experience. As you can imagine — or perhaps have experienced — a room full of multiple interviewers can be difficult for the lone candidate. For example, a client of mine named Jane, who is very skilled in her field and very good at interacting with others, is an introvert who’s most comfortable in a one-on-one situation. She learned that she would have to appear before a panel of interviewers, and wanted to discuss what she could do in that situation to maintain a calm and confident demeanor. Jane’s concern was that she would not be able to “connect” effectively with every person in the room as she worked hard to answer their questions and tried to remember who was who. We discussed making a quick outline in her notebook of the oval table where her interviewers sat, marking, as they introduced themselves, their positions around the table with their names and titles. Jane did just that, and her interviewers were pleased that she was able to address each one of them during the course of the interview. Jane also planned to make eye contact with each member of the group as they addressed her or heard her comments. By planning these ways of managing the stress of a multiperson interview team, she felt more confident and not overly stressed. Her interviewers, in turn, felt that she managed to engage with them all and took the extra effort to get to know them right away. Another onslaught of overwhelming stress can occur when a wacky question comes your way. You didn’t see it coming (because who would?), you’re not sure if it’s sincere or intended as a joke, and you have to decide quickly how to attempt an answer that may be what your listener is seeking. Your first step in managing your stress and developing your response is to acknowledge the unusual nature of the question: “That’s an interesting question. May I have a moment to consider that?” This procedure could help by first finding out if the interviewer really means for you to answer the question. Is it just a joke to break the ice, or is it a sincere effort to find out if you can think on your feet? If the latter, their response gives you more time to think about a topic you hadn’t rehearsed. When Ellen, a former client of mine, was asked what kind of plant she would be if indeed she were a plant, she replied with, “Hmm…that’s very interesting. Let me think about that for a moment.” Her listener responded with an enthusiastic nod and waited patiently. When Ellen responded after a pause, she said, “I enjoyed thinking about that; I always enjoy considering new ideas, and I think I would be a cactus. That kind of plant is sturdy: It plants itself firmly and it doesn’t require a lot of water. Rain or shine, cold or heat, it keeps its reliable place and can even supply some moist prickly pear to someone lost in the desert. Similarly, I work hard and understand the need to stay on my watch and to help others be successful, too.” Wacky questions or not, an intense and important interview could create a stress level that results in brain freeze: Your mind goes blank, you stutter, or you blush with embarrassment. What to do? Take a breath, take a sip of water, and take a moment to compose yourself. It’s okay to reply — even to a standard question — with, “Ah, let me think about that for a moment” or “Do you mean…” or “Could you rephrase the question?” You can also ask: “Does my answer cover the issues you were asking about?” Regain some confidence and a sense of calm by remembering that you are interviewing the organization just as much as it is interviewing you. You are not bereft of all control. You do have some control over the conversation and some good questions to pose to your interviewers. After all, you want to know whether the job and the organization can really offer what you hope to find in your next job. The best defense against experiencing overwhelming stress in a job interview is a good offense. Practice in advance what you want to be sure to say, whether it’s initially asked for or not. Remind yourself of your value, your skills, and your ability and enthusiasm about learning additional skills. If you tend to suffer from anxiety or lack of confidence in interviews or in general, consult with a career couch or a counselor who can help you prepare emotionally for this kind of situation. Remind yourself that you might not necessarily get the job, but you’ll know that you’ve done your best to stay calm and ace the interview if it’s at all possible. If you tend to “sweat it out” literally or figuratively, make sure you’re dressed comfortably, in clothes and shoes that allow you to breathe easily and to focus on the subject at hand. Remind yourself that stress in an interview is not only normal — it’s necessary. Prepare yourself for stress while you train yourself to do a great job. Take the edge off through practice beforehand and by successfully managing your stress in real time. Having nailed down what you want to say about your qualifications and having prepared for those tough questions, you’ll be ready to take that deep breath and know that you can manage an unexpected challenge. Use your stress effectively and land the job you want.

17 июля, 14:32

Martin Landau obituary

Actor who played Rollin Hand in the US television series Mission: Impossible and Bela Lugosi in the 1994 film Ed Wood•A life in picturesIn the first three series of the television show Mission: Impossible (1966-69), Martin Landau, who has died aged 89, played the ace impersonator Rollin Hand, one of the specialists used by the Impossible Missions Force. Hand was described as a “man of a million faces”. Landau’s own face was instantly recognisable, with its haunted eyes, wide mouth and furrowed brow; even when he broke into a smile, he could seem to be frowning.Landau was disguised beneath heavy makeup for his best known film role, as the horror actor Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994), Tim Burton’s biopic of the cross-dressing director of trashy movies. Landau’s Lugosi is a tragicomic creation: his wife has left him, he is addicted to morphine and most of Hollywood thinks he is dead. “This business, this town,” he sighs, “it chews you up and then spits you out. I’m just an ex-bogeyman.” Continue reading...

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17 июля, 14:29

Music in schools will soon be extinct – and the government is clueless

Arts Council England has slashed funding for smaller venues. Music should be accessible to everyone – to hear and to play, and keep us sane• Michele Hanson is a Guardian columnistAn elderly actor once told me she was hanging on to life only because she wanted to be here when Arts Council England (Ace) collapsed. She didn’t make it, but she would have been furious this week because it has decided not to fund the Music Venue Trust, which supports small live music venues.Not that Ace doesn’t fund music. It does, but mainly the grander sort – opera and classical music, which get 85% of its money. Lovely that it cares about “high” culture, but perhaps it hasn’t quite understood that music should be for everyone – “high” and “low” – to hear and to play, and keep us sane. Continue reading...

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17 июля, 05:57

8 is enough: Federer gets record-breaking Wimbledon title

LONDON (AP) — After Roger Federer closed out a Wimbledon final that was more of a coronation than a contest with an ace, he sat in his changeover chair and wiped away tears.

16 июля, 22:10

The Biggest Surprise Teams of the 2017 MLB Season

Most of the MLB teams we expected to be at the top or bottom of their divisions are right where we thought they'd be. And then there are these surprises...

16 июля, 21:14

JOE SCARBOROUGH, MIKA BRZEZINSKI AND THE VICTIMIZED MEDIA: The morning after Trump’s vicious attack…

JOE SCARBOROUGH, MIKA BRZEZINSKI AND THE VICTIMIZED MEDIA: The morning after Trump’s vicious attack on Brzezinski’s facelift — she admitted that she had her chin “tweaked” — MSNBC promoted that she and her co-host Joe Scarborough would appear (on their own show!) to respond (delaying a planned vacation). Taking on the air of two freed […]

16 июля, 18:58

Murray/Hingis beat Watson/Kontinen to win Wimbledon mixed doubles – live!

Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis beat Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson 6-4, 6-4 as they closed this year’s Wimbledon on Centre Court 6.07pm BST They’ve done it! That final game was a jam-packed with a whole myriad of shots: a divine Watson backhand, a ludicrous Kontinen forehand, and a timely Watson error that allowed Murray and Hingis back in to take the crown on Centre Court. Judy Murray’s pretty happy with that too, clapping down on them. 6.01pm BST First set: Mur/Hin 6-4, 5-4 Kon/Wat* (*denotes server)Watson misses a crucial interception after a smart backhand but Kontinen’s serve digs them out of a hole. They’re all smiles again. Continue reading...