Stop Focusing on Cryptocurrencies Problems. Consider its Future.

first_imgTony Scherba is the president and a founding partner of Yeti LLC, a product-focused development and design studio in San Francisco. While critics and proponents trade jabs, cryptocurrency continues its steady march forward.Individual cryptocurrency coins will remain volatile in 2019.The individual cryptocurrencies will remain volatile in 2019 and beyond, but the game-changing power of the technology as a whole can’t be denied. Sure, those trying to make a quick buck in a deregulated market might have clouded the waters recently. But as the crypto landscape takes shape, doubters will see that crypto is destined to succeed.Creating Lasting ValueNew research from Satis Group shows that crypto trading volume will increase by 50 percent this year. That’s enough to overtake the trading volume of corporate debt in the U.S.Short-term coins will come and go, but smart companies will increase their use of crypto for things such as supply chain tracking. These uses of cryptocurrency in other business and commerce settings — and not quick coin exits — will drive long-term value for the currency.Businesses and their leaders should pay more attention to these use cases to discover new ways their organizations can find value in crypto. In the quest to make the best use of emerging technology, the winners are rarely the ones on the sidelines — and the crypto game is no exception.The Bubble Is DeadPeople remembered the big bitcoin crash early in 2018, and they’re now wary of thinly veiled cash grabs hidden behind initial coin offerings (ICOs). Businesses seem to have followed suit. With last year’s market collapse, large companies that previously dipped their toes into the crypto-pool — think Morgan Stanley or Citigroup — have seen those projects stall. In the long term, this deflation of speculative hype is a good thing.The technology behind the coins will stick around, however, and audiences will become more interested in crypto technologies with real-world value and staying power.The bumpy road toward crypto acceptance should surprise no one. It takes time for general audiences to accept any new technologies. Crypto is hazier, perhaps more misleading, but mostly less understood than most other tech fields.As popular as crypto has become, its star applications remain unknown for now. Businesses such as Spot are currently experimenting with new offerings and functions as a gateway into the world of crypto. When the killer use case for crypto comes, many users won’t even know that it’s the technology behind the curtain.Long Live Crypto LawsRegulators are normally slow to move on disruptive tech. With crypto putting so many dollars on the line, though, Washington can’t twiddle its thumbs forever.This year will likely see lawmakers introduce new waves of crypto legislation. If they’re structured properly, new rules could help the industry by pushing bad players out. Good laws will clamp down on sketchy ICOs and clean up some of the suspicions that surround crypto today.Some lawmakers have already begun the process. U.S. Reps. Warren Davidson of Ohio and Darren Soto of Florida introduced the bipartisan Token Taxonomy Act late last year. This Token Taxonomy Act operates to clarify crypto’s exemption from securities laws after it forms a functioning network. The new legislation will also define a “digital token,” paving the way for better laws regarding the technology moving forward.How to Get Ahead of the Crypto HypeWhen advocates tell companies to “get into crypto,” they don’t mean that businesses should start paying employees with Ethereum. Anyone looking to join the crypto movement and get the most out of this business opportunity can follow a few basic guidelines:1. Don’t let the hype get to you.Crypto often makes news because of what it is, not because of what it does.Only understanding what a sector of business leads to tons of speculation and questionable informants using platforms of authority to mislead. Don’t listen to just anyone who claims to be a crypto expert. Those people who claim to be in the know, or who claim to have special expertise are targeting the massive forecasted increase in personal crypto investing this year.As has always been the case in new technological fields — an individual may or may not have any degree of intelligence or insight about how the technology actually works. Don’t get wooed by someone who has memorized some technical jargon.2. Focus on technology, not trading.Crypto and blockchain refer to distributed ledger technology. Essentially, the distributed ledger will allow the creation of secure public records of transactions.The fundamental truth of crypto is not that it’s magic money born of computers; it’s a distributed system of record that can, if applied properly, have beneficial benefits for all of its user in many different sectors of business. The distributed ledger can provide safety for purchasers, where read more

Pak ‘terrorist’ killed; arms, drugs seized

first_imgA suspected Pakistani terrorist was gunned down and a large cache of arms, ammunition and heroin worth over ₹100 crore were seized in two back-to-back joint operations of the DRI and the Army along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, culminating on Tuesday.The face-off with alleged terrorists happened about a kilometre away from border fencing in the Indian jurisdiction, in Jammu’s Gigrial village of the Akhnoor sector, around 1 a.m. on Tuesday. The joint team comprising the Army’s 15-Punjab unit personnel spotted the intruders, who on being confronted opened fire. In the retaliatory action, one person was killed and the others fled.The slain “terrorist” is suspected to be from Pakistan. “We seized one AK-56 rifle, 15 hand grenades, five pistols with distinct Chinese markings along with 60 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, 12 detonators of improvised explosive devices and 234 rounds of ammunition, said DRI Director-General Debi Prasad Dash.The first-of-its-kind operation was conducted on the intelligence developed by the DRI on the routes being used to smuggle in arms, ammunition and drugs. What followed was surveillance mounted by the joint team in the area which is not far from the Line of Control.The Directorate had already identified the most probable route to be taken for pushing in the consignment. Owing to an increased Army patrolling, the suspects shifted to another route, about 300 metres from the earlier one. Nevertheless, the team managed to intercept them.Mr. Dash said although the DRI regularly shared inputs with other agencies, it was a rare case of closely coordinated operation with the Army.About a week ago, again in close cooperation with the Army, the agency seized 20.8 kg of high-quality heroin worth about ₹105 crore, 184 gm of opium and two pistols of foreign make with four magazines, in the Akhnoor region of Jammu.“The contraband was kept in gunny bags bearing a Lahore address, indicating that it was of Pakistan origin. The operation involved perseverance on the part of DRI sleuths who kept vigil at the border for more than three weeks, with the exceptional support of the Army,” he said.The DRI chief said the heroin was suspected to have been produced in Pakistan using the poppy produce from Afghanistan, which this year recorded a very high opium cultivation.last_img

Shoaib Akhtar, 38, marries 20-year-old from Haripur

first_imgFormer Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has tied the knot with a 20-year old girl from Haripur in the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province.Akhtar married Rabab in a quiet Nikah ceremony in Haripur.Duniya TV channel reported that Akhtar married Rubab in a quiet Nikah ceremony in Haripur today.”The haq mahar has been kept at half a million rupees and Akhtar’s parents attended the simple nikah ceremony,” the report said. Initially Akhtar had denied reports that he was getting married to a girl chosen by his parents. A source close to Akhtar, 38, confirmed to PTI that the fast bowler and his family had visited the girl’s residence on June 12 where both families agreed on the wedding date.Shoaib had denied rumours of his marriage.last_img

Middlesbrough break club transfer record for Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga

first_imgMiddlesbrough have signed striker Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest for a club record 15 million pounds, the Championship side have confirmed.The 24-year-old joined Forest in 2014 before sustaining a knee injury that kept him out of action for much of the 2015-16 season. He returned last season, netting 14 goals in 32 league matches.”I can’t wait to get started and train with the boys. I’m glad it’s completed and I can focus on what’s ahead now,” the Democratic Republic of Congo native told Middlesbrough’s website. (www.mfc.co.uk)”I can’t wait to meet the manager and get ready for next season. There’s a good feeling around the place. From the minute I walked in it felt right.”Assombalonga is new manager Garry Monk’s fifth signing of the transfer window as the club look to seal an immediate return to the Premier League after being relegated last season.Middlesbrough’s previous record signing was Brazilian striker Afonso Alves, who joined from Dutch side Heerenveen for around 12 million pounds in 2008, according to British media reports.last_img

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I: Rohit Sharma fireworks expected at Wankhede Stadium

first_imgIndia will look to clean sweep the three-match series when they face Sri Lanka for the last time this year in the 3rd T20 International (T20I) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.India are ranked fourth in the ICC T20I rankings and defeated their southern neighbours by 93 and 88 runs in the 1st and 2nd T20Is respectively. India have won 36 matches across all the formats in 2017 so far.India will bank on their fearless batting led by captain Rohit Sharma and fellow opener Lokesh Rahul who have looked on top of their game.Supporting them will be batsmen Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik who have the calibre to demolish the Sri Lanka which has failed to look up to the mark.In the bowling department, pacer Jasprit Bumrah — who currently tops the T20I bowlers list — will spearhead the unit along side fellow new ball seamer Jaydev Unadkat.However, wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who have caused plenty of trouble to Sri Lanka throughout the series, will once again remain the key to pick crucial wickets.For Sri Lanka, experienced all-rounder Angelo Mathews has added to the worries for the side after being ruled out of the final rubber following a hamstring injury in the previous match.The visitors will however hope top order batsmen Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga and Kusal Perera to play match winning knocks to salvage their side some pride and consolidate a victory before returning home.advertisementThe bowling, which has looked rather ineffective for Sri Lanka will need to re-form strategies with the likes of skipper Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep and Akila Dananjaya to try and trouble the formidable India batting line-up.Squads:India: Rohit Sharma (c), Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat.Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera (c), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dananjaya De Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando, Dusmantha Chameera.  (With inputs from IANS)last_img

Mets Blow it in 9th; Lose to O’s 5-4

first_imgBALTIMORE, MD — Henry Urrutia was rounding the bases after hitting his first major league home run, and one thought crossed his mind:“I can’t believe this.”Urrutia broke a ninth-inning tie with a drive into the seats in left field, and the Baltimore Orioles ended a nine-game losing streak against the New York Mets with a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones also homered for the Orioles, who hadn’t defeated the Mets since June 18, 2009.Baltimore rallied from 3-1 and 4-3 deficits before Urrutia led off the ninth against Carlos Torres (4-5).On a 1-2 pitch, Urrutia smacked an opposite-field liner that landed in the hands of a Mets fan. That guy later provided Urrutia with the ball, a treasured souvenir for the Cuban-born outfielder.“That’s the best gift for me tonight,” Urrutia said. “Now I can give that baseball to my son.”Never mind that this was only his 29th game in the big leagues. Hitting a game-winning home run for a team in the middle of a playoff run is pretty special.“This is the best moment of my career,” Urrutia said. “When I make good contact I was running for the base and in my mind I said, ‘I can’t believe this.’”Zach Britton (4-0) worked the ninth for the Orioles, who earned a split of the two-game series.Daniel Murphy and Wilmer Flores both homered and had two RBIs for the first-place Mets, who have lost four of five.After Schoop made it 3-3 in the sixth with a two-run homer, Flores put New York up 4-3 in the seventh with a shot off rookie Mychal Givens.Jones connected off Hansel Robles in the bottom half.Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard gave up three runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. He had a 3-1 lead in the sixth before yielding a double to Chris Davis and Schoop’s home run.That ruined Syndergaard’s bid for his first big league road win. He’s 7-1 at home and 0-5 in eight starts on the road.“For all the people who have been concerned about my performances on the road, this was a step in the right direction,” Syndergaard said. “I feel like I made some really good pitches out there except for that mistake, a curveball to Schoop that he hit out of the ballpark.”Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs, five hits and four walks in five innings.After Murphy homered in the top of the first, Syndergaard walked to the mound eager to see if an adjustment in his pregame workout would increase his effectiveness. Because he had given up 10 first-inning runs in 17 starts, the right-hander pushed back his warmup session in the bullpen to lessen the down time before his first pitch.The experiment started poorly. Manny Machado doubled on the first pitch and the Orioles quickly loaded the bases with no outs. Syndergaard then struck out Davis on a 3-2 pitch, and after Schoop bounced into a double play, Syndergaard pumped his fist before heading to the dugout.“Obviously our little plan in the beginning didn’t pan out,” manager Terry Collins said. “Actually in the first inning, I thought he threw the ball good.”New York made it 2-0 in the fourth when Jimenez issued three walks and Flores delivered a two-out RBI single.After Steve Clevenger hit a run-scoring single in the bottom half, a double by Curtis Granderson and a single by Murphy put the Mets up 3-1 in the fifth.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Silva warns City must build on Liverpool win

first_imgBernardo Silva admits Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool will count for little if Pep Guardiola’s side do not build on a crucial result in the Premier League title race.Pep Guardiola’s side welcomed the Reds to the Etihad Stadium on Thursday knowing that three points were imperative in their defence of the top-flight crown.Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane helped to deliver the required result, as they netted either side of a leveller from Roberto Firmino. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? City are now back to within four points of table-topping Liverpool and looking to re-establish momentum following an uncharacteristic wobble in December.Silva is hoping that positivity can be maintained, with there still little margin for error in a battle which could go down to the wire.The Portuguese playmaker told reporters after starring in the win over Liverpool: “When you win against the team that is top of the league it means a lot.“For the confidence it is always good to beat them. But it is just a game. “If we lose the next one this doesn’t mean anything. Try to keep playing the same way as we have the last two games and try to not let happen what happened to us a few weeks back.”Silva admits the fear of falling a long way off the title pace inspired City in their most recent outing, with a star-studded squad accustomed to performing at their best when the stakes are high.Manchester City celebrate 2018-19He added: “We knew that if we lost it would almost be over because 10 points is a lot.“Now, four points, we believe it is possible, knowing the Premier League is a very tough competition. “The pressure was a little bit more onto us. We are used to that kind of pressure. “We got three very important points against a fantastic team.”City’s attention is now set to be switched to domestic cup matters.An FA Cup third round clash with Rotherham is next up on Sunday, before Guardiola’s side then take in the first leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final tie with Burton Albion.Their next Premier League outing is set to come against Wolves on January 14. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img

1st T20I: India overcome batting collapse to beat West Indies after Navdeep Saini heroics

first_img view more view less commentary scorecard 1st T20I: India overcome batting collapse to beat West Indies after Navdeep Saini heroicsIndia beat West Indies by 4 wickets in the first T20 international in Lauderhill on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. No data available!center_img advertisement graphs Rohan Sen LauderhillAugust 3, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 23:23 IST The win was set up by India’s bowlers led by debutant Navdeep Saini (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia (98/6) beat West Indies (95/9) by 4 wickets to take 1-0 series leadRohit Sharma top-scored for India with 24 runs while Navdeep Saini starred with the ball with 3 for 17The second T20I of the 3-match series will be played at the same venue on August 4Navdeep Saini starred on his international debut on Saturday as India overcame a spirited effort from the West Indies to win the first T20 international by 4 wickets in Lauderhill and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Chasing 96 for victory, India kept on losing wickets at regular intervals but eventually managed to reach the target with 16 balls to spare. Rohit Sharma top-scored with 24 while Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey made 19 runs each but India were in a spot of bother at 69 for 5 before Krunal Pandya (12), Ravindra Jadeja (8 not out) and Washington Sundar (10*) got the team over the line.Sunil Narine, Sheldon Cottrell and Keemo Paul took two wickets each for the Windies.A six from Sundar to finish the proceedings. We win the 1st T20I by 4 wickets in 17.2 overs #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/y3SKQ82QmjBCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 2019The win was earlier set up by India’s bowlers led by debutant Navdeep Saini, who finished with 3 wickets for 17 runs from 4 overs. He was ably supported by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/19) while Washington Sundar, Khaleel Ahmed, Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya managed to pick up a wicket each.There was no substantive partnership in the West Indies innings with the highest being the 34 between captain Carlos Brathwaite (9) and top-scorer Kieron Pollard (49) for the sixth wicket. Nicholas Pooran (20) was the only other West Indies batsman to score double digit figures.West Indies were reduced to 5 for 33 in the powerplay with Sundar getting rid of John Campbell with his 2nd delivery in the first over itself. This was the second lowest score for the Windies after the loss of five wickets in a T20I match while batting first.advertisementThe collapse started from there on as the Windies batsmen played some rash shots against the Indian pacers and spinners alike.Innings Break!A three-wkt haul for Saini as #TeamIndia bowlers restrict West Indies to a total of 95/9 after 20 overs.#WIvIND pic.twitter.com/MMn9drOxh1BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 2019Veteran Kieron Pollard was the lone batsman who put up a fight for the home side with 49 runs off 49 balls including two boundaries and four sixes while the rest all failed to fire. Nicholas Pooran (20) was the only other batsman who managed double figures as the Windies got bowled out for the 8th lowest total against India.Saini, who came into the attack in the 5th over, picked up the wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer off successive deliveries in his first over itself.He returned for his second spell and picked up the wicket of Kieron Pollard in the final over without conceding a single run to become only the second bowler after Singapore’s Janak Prakash to manage a wicket-maiden in the 20th over of a T20 international match on debut.Washington Sundar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed openers John Campbell and Evin Lewis for a pair of ducks before Saini dented the world champions further with the wickets of Pooran and Htemyer off successive deliveries in the 5th over.West Indies could never recover from there even with comeback man Pollard top-scoring before Saini got his back in the final over which he finished with a wicket-maiden to cap off a dream debut.Also Read | Gautam Gambhir blasts Bishen Bedi, Chetan Chauhan after Navdeep Saini’s dream India debutAlso Read | India vs West Indies, 1st T20I: Navdeep Saini enters record books on international debutAlso Read | India vs West Indies 1st T20I Highlights: India beat West Indies by 4 wickets to go 1-0 upFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow india vs west indies t20Follow Navdeep Sainilast_img

Tax Workshop for Parents Caregivers of Children with Disabilities

first_imgParents and caregivers of children with disabilities can attend a free tax information workshop on Thursday, March 26. The session is a joint-effort by the Nova Scotia Partnership on Respite, Family Health and Well-Being, and the Canada Revenue Agency’s Outreach Program. The session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Sobeys at 2651 Windsor St., at the corner of Windsor and North streets in Halifax. Participants will learn about topics such as the Disability Tax Credit, the caregiver amount, medical expenses, the Registered Disability Savings Plan, fitness credits, attendant care, and the Child Disability Benefit. To register, call the Advisory Council on the Status of Women at 424-8662 or toll-free at 1-800-565-8662. The respite partnership, co-chaired by the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Disabled Persons Commission, provides an opportunity for parents, community organizations and government agencies to work together to share ideas and identify creative respite solutions. To learn more, visit the advisory council’s website at women.gov.ns.ca/ProjectsRespite.asp .last_img