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02 декабря, 19:57

Intro Guide to the American Beacon Small Cap Value Investor Fund (AVPAX)

American Beacon Small Cap Value Investor (AVPAX) a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) was incepted in March 1999 and is managed by AMR Investment Services, Inc.

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29 ноября, 16:40

Weakness Seen in Amyris (AMRS) Estimates: Should You Stay Away?

Amyris (AMRS) should not be considered as it holds an unfavorable Zacks Rank and it has seen negative earnings estimate revisions.

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18 ноября, 18:41

Aleppo onslaught: Hospitals under attack

WARNING: The video contains distressing images Al Jazeera's Amro Halabi and his team was inside a hospital in eastern Aleppo when it was hit by an air strike.

15 ноября, 22:00

UN agriculture agency calls for giant research leap to rein in farm-driven antimicrobial resistance

Combating anti-microbial resistance (AMR) requires much better scientific understanding than now of the myriad of pathways by which resistance emerges and spreads, a United Nations report urges.

15 ноября, 07:12

Is Robotic Automation the Future of Ecommerce Warehouses?

While industrial robotic machines and automatons have been used in production plants for years, recent advances in AI have led to the emergence of a new breed of 'intelligent' robots that represent the future of warehouse automation. According to Maria Kaplan in her article titled Will Robots Take Over Ecommerce Warehouses?, the very first warehouse robots, Kiva System's automated guided vehicles, or bots, were used by Amazon in their fulfillment centers. In 2012, Amazon acquired Kiva Systems and renamed the company Amazon Robotics. Today there are almost 30,000 bots in operation spread across 10 massive Amazon warehouses. These bots can pick up entire shelves of products and deliver them to packing stations in different areas of a warehouse. Sensors prevent collisions and an algorithm determines the most popular items and the closest supply. Advantages of Total Warehouse Automation The ARC Advisory Group's report on global warehouse automation and control market in 2015 titled Warehouse Automation Market Experiencing Dramatic Growth states that, "Rapid growth in the worldwide market for warehouse automation and control systems is being driven primarily by the global boom in e-commerce, and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements." Unlike a human labor force, robots do not require vacation time, sick days, paid leave, lunch breaks or health insurance. Since retailers are looking for new ways to reduce both operations and logistics costs and delivery time, robots offer an attractive, cost-saving alternative to traditional human labor. Robots in e-commerce Warehouses With Amazon Robotics leading the way, there are many new entrants in the autonomous mobile robotics (AMR) market that boast improvements in the management, control and automation of warehouse operations. While some offer the benefits of completely automated pick-and-package systems, others specialize in logistics operations for high-volume orders. Some warehouses are also experimenting with special robots for speed-sorting where parcels are sorted and packaged based on their size, weight and dimensions. A related industry that is also on the rise includes self-driving transport vehicles that automate the delivery of materials in warehouses. They assist in performing tasks like receiving, unloading, inventory RAW, WIP, FG, shipping, loading, fulfillment, pick/pack and palletizing. A variant of these automated vehicles can be programmed for trackless navigation. Some of the most popular and expensive warehouse automatons are the multi-robot fulfillment systems that work alongside humans to transport totes containing scanned items to the warehouse. These robots travel in a fleet and can navigate autonomously under the guidance of a server. Some can also pick up entire mobile racks and deliver them to workstations staffed by humans. Disadvantages of Automations With the average cost of a warehouse robot around $35,000, complete automation is a dream for smaller retailers. The high cost of automation versus human employee salaries, perks and benefits is the limiting factor that prevents most retailers from completely automating their warehouse control and material handling systems. The prospect of losing jobs to automatons also has labor unions and employee groups up in arms. While most people enjoy some assistance from robots in their jobs, a fully automated warehouse would remove the need for humans to perform basic repetitive tasks. The Robotics Era Automation may hold the key to gaining a competitive edge in the market, which is why many big ecommerce retailers are converting to keep up with current global trends. The emergence of new 'smart' robots has reduced the time and effort required to scan and update stock inventory, pack parcels, arrange items on shelves and complete other related tasks. Janney Capital Markets predicts that retailers in North America will reduce fulfillment costs by $450 million to $900 million in coming years. It seems that a future of total warehouse automation with increasingly sophisticated features and facilities is at hand. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

14 ноября, 17:40

With President Trump, Is The American Experiment Over?

Empire Of Chaos Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com The one thing you could say about empires is that, at or near their height, they have always represented a principle of order as well as domination.  So here’s the confounding thing about the American version of empire in the years when this country was often referred to as “the sole superpower,” when it was putting more money into its military than the next 10 nations combined: it’s been an empire of chaos. Back in September 2002, Amr Moussa, then head of the Arab League, offered a warning I’ve never forgotten. The Bush administration’s intention to invade Iraq and topple its ruler, Saddam Hussein, was already obvious.  Were they to take such a step, Moussa insisted, it would “open the gates of hell.” His prediction turned out to be anything but hyperbole ― and those gates have never again closed. The Wars Come Home From the moment of the invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, in fact, everything the U.S. military touched in these years has turned to dust.  Nations across the Greater Middle East and Africa collapsed under the weight of American interventions or those of its allies, and terror movements, one grimmer than the next, spread in a remarkably unchecked fashion.  Afghanistan is now a disaster zone; Yemen, wracked by civil war, a brutal U.S.-backed Saudi air campaign, and various ascendant terror groups, is essentially no more; Iraq, at best, is a riven sectarian nation; Syria barely exists; Libya, too, is hardly a state these days; and Somalia is a set of fiefdoms and terror movements.  All in all, it’s quite a record for the mightiest power on the planet, which, in a distinctly un-imperial fashion, has been unable to impose its military will or order of any sort on any state or even group, no matter where it chose to act in these years.  It’s hard to think of a historical precedent for this. Meanwhile, from the shattered lands of the empire of chaos stream refugees by the millions, numbers not seen since vast swaths of the globe were left in rubble at the end of World War II.  Startling percentages of the populations of various failed and failing states, including stunning numbers of children, have been driven into internal exile or sent fleeing across borders and, fromAfghanistan to North Africa to Europe, they are shaking up the planet in unsettling ways (as their fantasy versions shook up the election here in the U.S.). It’s something of a cliché to say that, sooner or later, the frontier wars of empires come home to haunt the imperial heartland in curious ways.  Certainly, such has been the case for our wars on the peripheries.  In various forms ― from the militarization of the police to the loosing of spy drones in American skies and of surveillance technology tested on distant battlefields ― it’s obvious that America’s post-9/11 conflicts have returned to “the homeland,” even if, most of the time, we have paid remarkably little attention to this phenomena. And that, I suspect, is the least significant way in which our wars have been repatriated.  What Election 2016 made clear was that the empire of chaos has not remained a phenomenon of the planet’s backlands.  It’s with us in the United States, right here, right now.  And it’s come home in a fashion that no one has yet truly tried to make sense of.  Can’t you feel the deep and spreading sense of disorder that lay at the heart of the bizarre election campaign that roiled this country, brought the most extreme kinds of racism and xenophobia back into the mainstream, and with Donald Trump’s election, may never really end?  Using the term of tradecraft that Chalmers Johnson borrowed from the CIA and popularized, think of this as, in some strange fashion, the ultimate in imperial blowback. There’s a history to be written of how such disorder came home, of how it warped the American system and our democratic form of governance, of how a process that began decades ago not in the stew of defeat or disaster but in a moment of unparalleled imperial triumph undermined so much.  If I had to choose a date to begin that history, I think I would start in 1979 in Afghanistan, a country that, if you were an American but not a hippie backpacker, you might then have had trouble locating on a map.  And if someone had told you at the time that, over the next nearly four decades, your country would be involved in at least a quarter-century of wars there, you would undoubtedly have considered him mad. As our first declinist candidate for president, Donald J. Trump did at least express something new and true about the nature of our country. Thought of a certain way, the empire of chaos began in a victory so stunning, so complete, so imperial that it essentially helped drive the other superpower, that “Evil Empire” the Soviet Union, to implode.  It began, in fact, with the desire of Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, to give the Soviets a bloody nose, or to be more precise, a taste of America’s Vietnam experience, to trap the Red Army in an Afghan quagmire. In that light, the CIA would run a massive, decade-long covert program to fund, arm, and train fundamentalist opponents of the leftwing Afghan government in Kabul and of the occupying Red Army. To do so, it fatefully buddied up with two unsavory “allies”: the Saudis, who were ready to sink their oil money into support for Afghan mujahedeen fighters of the most extreme sort, and the Pakistani intelligence service, the ISI, which was intent on controlling events in that land, no matter the nature of the cast of characters it found available. In the fashion of Vietnam for the Americans, Afghanistan would prove to be what Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev called “the bleeding wound” for the Russians.  A decade later, the Red Army would limp home in defeat and within two years a hollowed-out Soviet Union, never as strong as Washington imagined, would implode, a triumph so stunning that the American political elite initially couldn’t take it in.  After almost half a century, the Cold War was over; one of the two remaining “superpowers” had left the global stage in defeat; and for the first time since Europeans set out on wooden ships to conquer distant parts of the globe, only a single great power was left standing on the planet. Given the history of those centuries past, the dreams of Bush-Cheney & Co. about how the U.S. would dominate the world as no power, not even the Romans or the British, had ever done seemed to make a certain sense.  But in that triumph of 1989 lay the seeds as well of future chaos.  To take down the Soviets, the CIA, in tandem with the Saudis and the Pakistanis, had armed and built up groups of extreme Islamists, who, it turned out, had no intention of going away once the Soviets were driven from Afghanistan.  It won’t exactly shock you if I add that, in those decisions, in that triumphant moment, lay the genesis of the future 9/11 attacks and in some curious fashion, even perhaps the future rise of a presidential candidate, and now president-elect, so bizarre that, despite the billions of words expended on him, he remains a phenomenon beyond understanding. As our first declinist candidate for president, Donald J. Trump did at least express something new and true about the nature of our country.  In the phrase that he tried to trademark in 2012 and with which he launched his presidential campaign in 2015 ― “Make America Great Again” ― he caught a deeply felt sense among millions of Americans that the empire of chaos had indeed arrived on our shores and that, like the Soviet Union a quarter-century ago, the U.S. might ever so slowly be heading into an era in which (minus him, naturally) “greatness” was a goner. Imperial Overreach and the Rise of the National Security State In the end, those seeds, first planted in Afghan and Pakistani soil in 1979, led to the attacks of September 11, 2001.  That day was the very definition of chaos brought to the imperial heartland, and spurred the emergence of a new, post-Constitutional governing structure, through the expansion of the national security state to monumental proportions and a staggering version of imperial overreach.  On the basis of the supposed need to keep Americans safe from terrorism (and essentially nothing else), the national security state would balloon into a dominant ― and dominantly funded ― set of institutions at the heart of American political life (without which, rest assured, FBI Director James Comey’s public interventions in an American election would have been inconceivable).  In these years, that state-within-a-state became the unofficial fourth branch of government, at a moment when two of the others ― Congress and the courts, or at least the Supreme Court ― were faltering. The 9/11 attacks also unleashed the Bush administration’s stunningly ambitious, ultimately disastrous Global War on Terror, and over-the-top fantasies about establishing a military-enforced Pax Americana, first in the Middle East and then perhaps globally.  They also unleashed its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. drone assassination program across significant parts of the planet, the building of an unprecedented global surveillance state, the spread of a kind of secrecy so all-encompassing that much of government activity became unknowable to “the People,” and a kind of imperial overreach that sent literally trillions of dollars (often via warrior corporations) tumbling into the abyss.  All of these were chaos-creating factors. At the same time, the basic needs of many Americans went increasingly unattended, of those at least who weren’t part of a Gilded Age 1% sucking up American wealth in an extraordinary fashion.  The one-percenters then repurposed some of those trickle-up funds for the buying and selling of politicians, again in an atmosphere of remarkable secrecy.  (It was often impossible to know who had given money to whom for what.)  In turn, that stream of Supreme Court-approved funds changed the nature of, and perhaps the very idea of, what an election was. Meanwhile, parts of the heartland were being hollowed out, while ― even as the military continued to produce trillion-dollar boondoggle weapons systems ― the country’s inadequately funded infrastructure began to crumble in a way that once would have been inconceivable.  Similarly, the non-security-state part of the government ― Congress in particular ― began to falter and wither.  Meanwhile, one of the country’s two great political parties launched a scorched-earth campaign against governing representatives of the other and against the very idea of governing in a reasonably democratic fashion or getting much of anything done at all.  At the same time, that party shattered into disorderly, competing factions that grew ever more extreme and produced what is likely to become a unique celebrity presidency of chaos.   The United States with all its wealth and power is, of course, hardly an Afghanistan or a Libya or a Yemen or a Somalia.  It still remains a genuinely great power, and one with remarkable resources to wield and fall back on.  Nonetheless, the recent election offered striking evidence that the empire of chaos had indeed made the trip homeward.  It’s now with us big time, all the time.  Get used to it. Count on it to be an essential part of the Trump presidency.  Domestically, for instance, if you thought the definition of American political dysfunction was a Congress that would essentially pass nothing, just wait until a fully Republican-controlled Congress actually begins to pass bills in 2017.  Abroad, Trump’s unexpected success will only encourage the rise of right-wing nationalist movements and the further fragmention of this planet of increasing disorder. Meanwhile, the American military (promised a vast further infusion of funds by The Donald during the election campaign) will still be trying to impose its version of order in distant lands and, so many years later, you know perfectly well what that will mean.  All of this should shock no one in our new post-November 8th world. Here, however, is a potentially shocking question that has to be asked: With Donald Trump’s election, has the American “experiment” run its course? Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of The United States of Fear as well as a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. He is a fellow of the Nation Institute and runs TomDispatch.com. His latest book is Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter and join us on Facebook. Check out the newest Dispatch Book, Nick Turse’s Next Time They’ll Come to Count the Dead, and Tom Engelhardt’s latest book, Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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02 ноября, 15:21

PS On Air: The Super Germ Threat

In the latest edition of PS On Air , Jim O’Neill discusses how to beat antimicrobial resistance, which threatens millions of lives, with Gavekal Dragonomics’ Anatole Kaletsky and Leonardo Maisano of Il Sole 24 Ore.

01 ноября, 14:43

Biofuel Stock Earnings to Watch on Nov 2: REGI, PEIX, AMRS

A few biofuel stocks that are scheduled to report third-quarter results on Nov 2.

21 октября, 06:11

Свой среди чужих – 2. «Арамис» в немецкой форме

В первой части данного цикла мы сообщали, что немцам после французской кампании мая-июня 1940 года досталось огромное количество трофейной техники, из них около 600 бронеавтомобилей. Из которых примерно 190 единиц составили броневики «Панар» (Panhard) 178 (или AMD 35).

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20 октября, 15:12

American Airlines Group (AAL) Beats on Q3 Earnings

American Airlines (AAL) reported better-than-expected earnings in the quarter.

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17 октября, 08:12

Syria war: Air strikes reported in Aleppo city

There are reports that 51 people have been killed in the city of Aleppo in air strikes believed to be carried out by Russia and the Syrian government. Al Jazeera's Amr al-Halabi has the latest from the ground in Aleppo. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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14 октября, 15:35

Amyris (AMRS) Worth Watching: Stock Rises 5.9% in Session

Amyris, Inc. (AMRS) was a big mover last session, as the company saw its shares rise nearly 6% on the day.

13 октября, 06:14

«Свой среди чужих». Часть 1. Шевалье-неудачник

В этом новом цикле, который мы затеяли с белорусским коллегой из Бреста Александром Прокуратом, человеком, нежно и трепетно обожающим все, что имеет гусеницы, хочется рассказать подробно о следующих моментах прошедшей великой войны.

07 октября, 21:40

How American Mosques Are Getting Out The Vote

Imams across the country are gearing up for a special Friday service today. October 7 is My Muslim Vote National Khutba Day, a day meant to encourage American Muslims to get to the polls this November. During this week’s services, spiritual leaders will be ascending minbars, or pulpits, to preach a khutba, or sermon, that focuses on the importance of voting in this election.  The #MyMuslimVote campaign is led by the activist group MPower Change and the national Muslim Students Association. Although the campaign doesn’t endorse a specific candidate, leaders hope that Muslim voters will be inspired to register to vote before state deadlines “so that we have an unprecedented national Muslim voter turnout on November 8th, God willing.”  Watch the video below for a #MyMuslimVote sermon from Imam Khalid Latif, Chaplain for the Islamic Center at New York University. Some of the impetus for the campaign comes from the rise of Islamophobia in recent years, and the fact that candidates like the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have been repeatedly blasted anti-Muslim rhetoric. The campaign honed in on this rhetoric in a series of talking points and resources it released to give imams an idea of how to focus their sermons. “As citizens of this country and this state, who pay taxes and contribute in other ways to the country and community we live in, it is imperative that we make use of a right that others have given their lives for, both here and around the world,” My Muslim Vote campaign pointed out. “The upcoming election is critical for Muslims in America, given that Islamophobia and other forms of racism and prejudice have been a central focus for many candidates and has served to mobilize those who support such views.” The resources also connect the idea of voting to the spiritual principles in Islam, such as the “prophetic responsibility of amr bil ma’rouf wal naahee ‘an al munkar (the obligation to enjoin the good and forbid the evil.)”  In a sample sermon, Munes Tomeh, professor of Islamic law at California’s Zaytuna College, spoke about voting as a spiritual imperative, a way to encourage good in the world. “It is not sufficient for us as a community to simply pray, fast, perform hajj, and to concern ourselves with ourselves and our worship, while ignoring that which is around us,” Tomeh said in the sermon. “We have to be engaged, discussing issues of common concern, ‘calling to the good.’” Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

06 октября, 15:00

UIM Mambi III: крупнокалиберная снайперская винтовка с острова Свободы

Сегодня оружие, которое производится на Кубе, с точки зрения теории эволюции Дарвина напоминает австралийских животных. Из-за почти полной изоляции на протяжении десятилетий развитие оружейной мысли в Гаване шло своим собственным путем, который подарил нам большое количество необычных образцов оружия. Многие из них очень далеки от технического совершенства, так как разрабатывались не от хорошей жизни, но при этом самобытны и оригинальны. Именно такими и являются кубинские крупнокалиберные снайперские винтовки Mambi.

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03 октября, 15:25

Amyris (AMRS) Shows Strength: Stock Moves 14.9% Higher

Amyris, Inc. (AMRS) moved big last session, as its shares jumped almost 15% on the day.

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01 октября, 17:27

Aleppo hospital bombed for the second time

The largest hospital in the rebel-controlled area of Aleppo has been bombed for the second time. Overnight air raids killed at least 30 civilians across Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Britain-based monitoring network. Al Jazeera’s Amr al-Halabi reports from Aleppo. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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01 октября, 07:19

Phosphorus bombs rain down on Syria's Aleppo

Al Jazeera's team in Aleppo was on the scene when an air strike hit a residential area. Amr al-Halabi reports. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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30 сентября, 17:44

Can The Uptrend Continue for Amyris (AMRS)?

Investors certainly have to be happy with Amyris, Inc. (AMRS) and its short term performance

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27 сентября, 22:46

Syrian troops launch major ground assault for Aleppo

Government fighter jets backed by Russia's air force also continued to target the city of Aleppo and its outskirts. A video obtained by Al Jazeera showed the latest air strikes on Tuesday with rescue crews rushing to the scene to pull people from under the rubble. Residents said bunker-busting bombs were dropped in the al-Shaar neighbourhood killing 24 civilians, including 15 people from the same family. Al Jazeera's Amr AL-Halabi reports from Aleppo. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/