President Donald Trump has China in his crosshairs – and free-traders here holding their breaths – as he prepares to deliver a capstone speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday. But a Trump-led confrontation with India over trade could also nose its way into the great-powers showdown heating up the conference’s otherwise studied cool.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a paean to free trade Tuesday in a speech that formally opened this year’s gathering.He took some swipes at Trump’s “America First” approach in the process, declaring that “instead of globalization, the power of protectionism is putting its head up.” Yet Trump’s trade hawks have been quietly building a case that Modi’s government is engaged in precisely the sort of unfair trade practices that the leader decried.The administration’s maneuvering on India, led by U.S. Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer, has paled by comparison to the brewing fight with China. Trump fired what could prove the opening salvo of a trade war with the Chinese on Monday (though he denies it) by slapping tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines. The United States ran a $24 billion trade deficit with India in 2016, a fraction of our $347 billion imbalance with China that year, though the figure has more than doubled over a decade.American businesses across a range of sectors have lodged a long list of complaints about their treatment by Modi’s government: Harley-Davidson faces a 100 percent import duty there; Apple just got pinched by a hike in the tax on imported phones; General Electric says India demanded midstream changes to a multibillion-dollar contract to build diesel locomotives; medical device makers are subject to price controls; and American purveyors of everything from flowers to alcohol confront steep tariffs.Lighthizer pressed the case last year, raising concerns directly with Modi when the prime minister visited Washington in June and then in a trade forum with India in October that yielded no apparent progress. At the end of the year, as Lighthizer’s office remained conspicuously silent, Congress allowed a law that waives tariffs on imported goods to lapse. India is the prime beneficiary, tapping it to export $4.7 billion worth of goods to the United States in 2016, according to USTR.A USTR representative declined to comment about Lighthizer’s plans to follow up in Davos, as did a Commerce Department spokesman. A White House spokesman said only that Trump has no plans to meet with Modi at the conference.National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn has tried to hold the line internally against the trade hawks and on Tuesday sought to clarify Trump’s approach. “America First is not America alone,” he said. “We are very open to free, fair, reciprocal trade . . . It’s hard to argue against that, that we should treat each other equally.”Trump’s tariff smackdown seemingly threw Modi’s free-market appeal, delivered to the global elite, into sharper relief. But it came as India considers setting up its own barriers to Chinese solar panels: The nation’s Finance Ministry this month pitched imposing a 70 percent duty on imports of the goods.“While Modi himself is well-liked by the private sector because he’s so much more business oriented than his predecessors, there’s still a lot of skepticism,” Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer writes in an email.Bremmer adds that although the United States has a deeper strategic alignment with India than with China, the latter is better positioned to stand up for itself, which could shape how the trade fights play out.“The U.S. has more leverage on these economic issues with a country like India than it does with China. If the U.S. tries to lash out at China, China is going to hit back hard. India doesn’t have the same type of economic firepower,” he said. “Ultimately, size matters in this case.”FOX Business tweeted “National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn: ‘President Trump’s economic agenda has unleashed the U.S. economy and we are growing. His policies have led to a rising stock market, low unemployment, and strong GDP growth.’”Back at home Tuesday, Cohn argued at the White House lectern that Trump had “unleashed the U.S. economy” with his economic agenda, including slashing corporate tax rates. “At the [WEF], we will reiterate America’s commitment to domestic and global economic growth and prosperity, strengthen close ties with other world leaders, and catalyze international business support for the president’s agenda,” he said.But a peek at the message Cohn and Trump may deliver when they hit town came through when the Goldman Sachs alumnus argued that “the president will continue to promote fair economic competition, and will make it clear that there cannot be free and open trade if countries are not held accountable to the rules.”Cohn, along with national security adviser H.R. McMaster, revealed more details about the president’s trip to Davos, saying that Trump arrives Thursday morning and will meet with WEF founder Klaus Schwab, who will host a reception for Trump on Thursday night. Trump will meet with “a variety” of world leaders and dine with European business executives (“to encourage them to continue to invest in America.”)From McMaster: “The President will also use his time in Davos to discuss other national security issues, including the international effort to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, our coalition to defeat ISIS, our efforts to counter Iran’s destructive agenda to perpetuate violence across the greater Middle East, as well as Iran’s ballistic missile activity, and the fundamental flaws in the Iran nuclear deal.” McMaster mentioned sessions with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame (also the head of the African Union); and President Alain Berset of Switzerland.Parting shot: When asked what Cohn, a Davos veteran, would surprise Trump about attending the infamous gathering for the first time, the president’s top economic adviser simply pointed to the “14 feet of snow” on the ground here. “And I’ve never seen 14 feet of snow there, either. So, it will be interesting to see.”© The Washington Post Related Items
Virat Kohli last week became the first captain to win two Test series in Sri Lanka. India’s innings and 53-run victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo helped India take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.India’s majestic win in Colombo also made them the most successful team to tour Sri Lanka since 2014. It was India’s fourth victory in five matches. Pakistan remain the second best team with two victories in five Tests.In these three years, Sri Lanka have hosted 18 Tests and interestingly, all of them have yielded results. Sri Lanka have won 11 while Bangladesh have been the only other team to have won a Test.The island nation has meanwhile whitewashed Pakistan (2-0), West Indies (2-0), Australia (3-0) and Zimbabwe (1-0)during these three years.Kohli now aims to become the first Indian captain to sweep a Test series in Sri Lanka. Mohammad Azharuddin had achieved the feat but at home in 1994.Kohli extended his dream run as captain to eighth consecutive Test series victory when India won the Colombo Test on Sunday.Kohli and Co. have been the most dominant Test side in the world and have not lost a series home or away since their 2-0 defeat in their 2014-15 tour of Australia.Since that series loss, India have outplayed all their rivals winning eight consecutive Test series without much fuss. In these two and a half years, India under captain Kohli have lost only two matches while have won 18 games.Kohli surpassed Steve Waugh’s record of seven consecutive series wins when India destroyed hosts Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. Ricky Ponting holds the record with nine series victories in a row.advertisementKohli’s record as captain in this time has been phenomenal to say the least. In 28 Tests, Kohli has registered 18 wins, three losses and six draws. Overall Kohli has 18 wins and is just four away from overtaking Sourav Ganguly’s tally of Test 21 wins and become India’s second most successful captain after Dhoni (27 wins).India had scripted a rampaging 304-run victory in the first Test with opener Shikhar Dhawan smashing a career-best 190 with regular openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay, left out injured.Dhawan smashed a 168-ball 190 in the first innings to steer India to a mammoth total of 600 and help it take a firm grip on the match, which eventually they never let go.Abhinav Mukund also scored a crafty 81 in the second essay which had Kohli’s unbeaten 103.At No.3 the ever-dependable Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a patient 153 off 265 balls at Galle, notched up his 13th century in his landmark 50th Test.Spin twin Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up a five-wicket haul each in the second match. Jadeja will miss the third and final Test after he was suspended by the ICC for dangerously throwing the ball at Sri Lanka’s nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Log in to Reply Max The Magnificent says: “”Just because machines can talk, doesn’t mean they’re smart.”nnThat applies to people also LOL” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Communications, Consumer, Industry, Medical March 9, 2017 at 10:36 pm 1 thought on “Just because machines can talk, doesn’t mean they’re smart” Voice interfaces are a red-hot topic in 2017, as I surveyed in my previous post. Many have called 2017 the year of the voice interface, or some such moniker, but anyone who uses a voice interface has surely experienced some head-smackingly irritating moments. Although voice has the potential to become the ultimate human-machine interface, it’s not quite there yet. In this column we will take a look at some of the problems and missing features that need to be addressed.Trapped in a walled garden The first problem that is already becoming apparent in existing voice interfaces is the walled garden phenomenon — each big player has their own closed ecosystem. Monetizing on a voice interface is a tricky business. As opposed to visual media like a web browser or a text search engine, ad placement is not simple to implement in a voice interface. Or course, companies like Amazon need to make sure that their voice services lead to revenue, so it’s no surprise that Alexa is great at helping you buy things on Amazon.What happens when you want to buy something from a different vendor? Apparently, the various voice assistants are each creating their own closed ecosystems of products and service, thereby limiting users’ choices. One possible solution is to make everything voice activated. Then, the machines could be programmed to communicate with each other via voice, like Alexa telling the TV to record your favorite show out loud, regardless of who is the voice service provider of the TV. That would solve the problem of the walled garden, and also enable humans to understand what the machines are saying to each other. On the other hand, it might create a rather noisy home environment, with refrigerators, TVs, vacuum cleaners, lights, and other devices all talking out loud like the appliance version of Toy Story.Currently there are still quirks to fix before this could be a reality. A video of an endless loop between Alexa and Google assistant shows one of the possible shortcomings.Although this is an orchestrated demonstration, many more glitches pertaining to accidental triggers have occurred, like a TV news report that contained the words “Alexa, buy me a dollhouse.” You can imagine what happened.Just how intelligent are these virtual assistants? This leads to the next issue, which is intelligence. The robust quality of automatic speech recognition (ASR) in many devices today is possible thanks to revolutionary advances in deep learning and other fields of artificial intelligence. But just how smart are these virtual assistants and what can be expected of them?In computer science, one the most widely acknowledged touchstones for artificial intelligence (AI) is the Turing test, named after Alan Turing who formulated it. To pass the test, an AI must be undistinguishable from a human being when interrogated. The movie Ex Machina is a superb illustration of this. Ava, the humanoid robot character, passes the Turing test with flying colors. The key to Ava’s intelligence is unlimited access to information about users, along with all of humankind’s interests, desires, and opinions. In this sense, the fictional company ‘Blue Book’ from the film is reminiscent of data collecting behemoths like Google and Facebook. Ava from Ex Machina. How far is Alexa from this? (Source: DNA Films/Film 4) Science fiction aside, it’s quite hard to say how close we are to that type of intelligence. On the one hand, machine learning is advancing in leaps and bounds, repeatedly achieving milestones earlier than predicted by experts, like AlphaGo defeating Lee Sedol. On the other hand, many of the common chat bots are remarkably unintelligent. They make mistakes that no reasonable human would make, like offering pornography to a child, blurting racial slurs, and just being frustratingly oblivious. When confronted with these incidents, an Ava-like AI seems like a distant fantasy. By the way, if you’re interested in a terrific analysis of gender issues in fictional AI depictions, check out this Wired article .Tap to use a hands-free interface? One of the most important and useful features of a voice interface is that it is hands-free. That’s the beauty of it. You can use a voice interface while your hands are engaged in another activity, like driving (“play NPR” ), cooking (“set timer for eight minutes” ), typing (“give me a synonym for ‘a lot’“ ), holding a baby (“dim the lights” ), carrying groceries (“open the door” ), and the list goes on. The idea is that you can use your voice instead of your hands. Therefore, it’s quite bewildering that many voice-enabled devices require a manual trigger, like tapping or swiping, before they start listening to your voice.The reason for this is not a mystery. Listening is an active state that requires processing. Thus, it uses battery power, which is a limited resource in portable devices. So, portable devices have some justification for using a manual trigger. But, imagine having a friend or a co-worker whom you need to poke every time you want to say something to, because they go to sleep in between activities. That wouldn’t fly, would it? The same goes for a voice-activated device. Tapping it really doesn’t make sense. The way to get the best of both worlds — portability and hands-free invocation — is to make more efficient use of the available resources. The processing behind the scenes must be extremely efficient to serve the exact purpose that it’s meant for: always-listening.There are several devices that are already always-on, so it’s just a matter of time until the ones with power-guzzling processors are redesigned to be low-power and always-on. Evidence of this point is the recent announcement that the Amazon Echo Tap can now be used hands-free. Amazon is delivering this feature as an over-the-air software update. This also highlights how important it is to have a flexible, updateable solution in this rapidly changing dynamic market (they obviously did not have this update planned when they named the product). Always-listening is an extremely handy (and hands-free) feature for voice interfaces (Source: CEVA) On the downside, following this update, battery life in always-on standby mode has been reduced to only eight hours. In my next post, I’ll review technology that could potentially increase the standby time from eight hours to three months! If the suspense is too much to take, you can check out this link for a sneak preview, and for additional interesting discussions about always-on technology, you can join the Always-on Technology group on LinkedIn.Can machines interact with humans in a completely natural manner? There are a lot of useful voice interfaces out there, but there are still many challenges ahead to make superb, seamless voice interfaces. Many science fiction tales have given us a glimpse of a world where machines are highly intelligent and can interact with humans in a completely natural manner. In my next post, I would like to look at some of the future technologies that will bring us closer to that vision.Eran Belaish is Product Marketing Manager of CEVA’s audio and voice product line, cooking up exquisite solutions ranging from voice triggering and mobile voice to wireless audio and high-definition home audio. While not occupied with the fascinating world of immersive sound, Eran likes to freedive into the mesmerizing silence of the underwater world. Continue Reading Previous Independent vendors form Embedded Tools Alliance (ETA)Next It’s alive! It’s alive! (The schedule for ESC Boston 2017)
Word embeddings, a popular framework to represent text data as vectors, are widely used in many machine learning and natural language processing tasks, but they exhibit gender and racial stereotypes. Metrics based on them can characterize how gender stereotypes and attitudes toward ethnic minorities in the US evolved during the 20th and 21st centuries. Shown here, the average word embedding gender bias over the occupations over time, overlaid with the average women’s occupation relative percentage, suggests that bias has been decreasing. The metrics and framework developed can be applied to revealing bias in other types of datasets. (Source: PNAS) Francesca Rossi is AI Ethics Global Leader at IBM, and member of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence Continue Reading Previous Comparing capacitive and inductive sensing for embedded applicationsNext Midas Displays introduce range of HDMI TFT displays 2) Do AI fairness/bias issues that concern developers revolve around mostly datasets, or algorithms/models, or both, and how are the problems different for each? ZOU: While the big issues of how algorithms can become biased and unfair involve biased datasets, it also happens because training algorithms have their own biases. Learning algorithms can propagate and even amplify biases in the training data. That’s because all learning algorithms are ‘greedy’: that is, they’re designed to optimize for very narrow objectives. Say an algorithm is optimized for the maximum overall accuracy of the entire population in the test dataset. But that population includes a specific minority group that is, for example, less than 1%. If an algorithm trains to optimize for the overall general population it will ignore those minority subgroups.RUS: The problems exist across the board starting from data collection, to preparation and handling, to the learning algorithms which ultimately consume the data. On the data collection side biases can emerge when the data you collect is unrepresentative of reality or when existing human biases are amplified during the collection process. For example, facial detection systems trained on more light skinned faces than dark skinned faces will be biased to be more accurate towards light skinned individuals. Identifying these internal biases within large datasets can be extremely time consuming so it’s crucial for our algorithms and models to be able to also learn these underlying biases automatically in order to mitigate them.ROSSI: Data is not the only source of possible bias that could be embedded. For example, bias could be embedded in the choice of possible decisions the machine should make. Instead of a ‘yes or no’ decision, it might be a ‘one-out-of-many’ decision, so the algorithm could be biased if we leave out an option to consider. James Zou is assistant professor of biomedical data science and, by courtesy, of computer science and of electrical engineering, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Editor’s Note: This article is part of an AspenCore Special Project on AI Fairness. BOULDER CREEK, Calif. — We talked to some renowned researchers who are devoted to solving the eternal AI issue of fairness, robustness, explainability and data provenance. We wanted to find out the state of current research in AI fairness, and how that research can be translated into guidelines, best practices, frameworks, and actual solutions and tools for developers.The experts in academia and industry we interviewed for this special report provided the following answers to five basic questions about AI fairness and ethics.1) EE Times’ research indicates that the main issues in AI fairness as it relates to our engineer/developer audience are fairness, robustness, explainability, and data provenance. Is this the same list you would give? RUS: Yes. All autonomy decision making will need a set of tools to assure consumer trust in their operations. This includes explanation and interpretability of decisions so we know what is going on, privacy so people can share their data, fairness, and accountability and provenance to make sure the data and systems are not misused.ZOU: All of these – fairness, robustness, explainability and data provenance – are essential issues, especially as algorithms are being deployed more broadly in many applications. These issues are also very much intertwined and related to each other. Fairness in the end comes down to robustness and governance questions. When we design AI algorithms we want them to be fair, and this means robust when deployed in different geographic settings and populations. Data governance is also closely related to fairness. The AI Experts Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology ROSSI: We believe that trust is essential for fully adopting AI and reaping its beneficial impact. At IBM, we defined a holistic approach to achieving ‘trusted AI,’ with four key areas: fairness, which is how to detect and mitigate bias in AI solutions; robustness, which is about security and reliability; explainability, which is knowing how the AI system makes decisions so it is not a black box; and lineage, which refers to ensuring that all components and events are trackable throughout the complete lifecycle of an AI system. In a proposed two-step procedure for rating an AI service against bias when its training data is not available, input data in stage 1 (T1) is unbiased. If, after analysis, the output is found to be biased, that means the system introduced bias. If the output is unbiased, in stage 2 (T2) the system is subjected to biased input data and its output analyzed again. If output is biased, the system doesn’t introduce bias, but follows whatever bias is present in the input data. But if the output is unbiased, that means the system has not only not introduced bias, but also can compensate for any bias in the input data. (Source: IBM) Daniela Rus is director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), and professor of electrical engineering and computer science Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Great morning watching all these guys do there thing on the field pic.twitter.com/vehVSn3awh— Hughie Lewis Fury (@hughiefury) September 22, 2017 With some of the @ManUtd team this morning pic.twitter.com/uhvlaBY2cx— Hughie Lewis Fury (@hughiefury) September 22, 2017 The Fist of Fury shook hands with the majority of the squad, including manager Jose Mourinho, and even appeared to devise his own special handshake with Jesse Lingard.United will now hope to box clever against the Saints this weekend, as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. Manchester United Man Utd squad meet heavyweight boxing contender Fury Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 21:32 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Southampton v Manchester United Southampton WTF Hughie Fury, the cousin of Tyson, met with Jose Mourinho’s men on Friday, shaking hands with the majority of the side, including the Portuguese Manchester United players met world heavyweight boxing contender Hughie Fury on Friday, and will hope to land a knockout blow on Southampton on Saturday!The cousin of Tyson Fury, Hughie is unbeaten in the ring, with 20 victories to his name. He will face Joseph Parker for the WBO heavyweight title this weekend.Born in Stockport, Fury is well acquainted with the talent in United’s squad, and paid the team a visit on Friday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing
The coverage of the State of Origin Series takes in Game 3 of the Women’s Open and Game 2 of the Men’s Open competition between traditional rivals Queensland and New South Wales.The two States battled it out across 13 age divisions for Origin supremacy at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill Sporting Complex on 4-5 August 2006.The games are shown in full, as opposed to the packaged highlights that screened on Channel Nine in September. The games will be repeated across the 3 Fox Sports channels during November, and once again in late December, so be sure to organise yourself and your friends to catch the Origin action on Fox Tel during the month.Please check Fox Tel electronic guides for updated screening times and programing.Screening Times for all States Women’s Game 3 – Tuesday 28 November 2006:WA – 12.00amNT- 1.30 amQLD- 2.00 pmSA – 2.30 amNSW, ACT, VIC, TAS – 3.00 amScreening Times for all States Men’s Game 2 – Wednesday 29 November 2006:WA- 12.00 amNT – 1.30 amQLD – 2.00 amSA- 2.30 amNSW, ACT, VIC,TAS – 3.00 am
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer confident getting Man Utd players to play for himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident getting the players to play for him.Solskjaer says he’s done it all as a player and manager.He told MUTV: “I’ve had 300-400 games as a first-team manager. I’m confident. I’ve won the league, I’ve won cups, I’ve been relegated.”It’s about man management. It’s about managing players, staff and it’s about getting the best out of everyone.”The boss [Sir Alex Ferguson] will always be the best at that. I get my managerial style from him. He’s been the biggest influence but then again we’re different. I’m a different personality.”I like to speak to people, I like to engange with people, I want to see people express themselves. That makes me happy.”On assistant manager Mike Phelan, he added: “That (appointing him) was the first thing I thought about. I’m young, Kieran and Michael are young.”I rang him and he was at a coaching course in Burnley when I rang him. He’s an incredible calming influence. His football knowledge is really really good.”
KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 12: A general view during a game between the UCLA Bruins and the Tennessee Volunteers on September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Bruins beat the Volunteers 19-15. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)The Tennessee football family lost a pair of members recently. Two former Volunteer letterwinners have passed away.Earlier: This morning, the program confirmed the deaths of Michael Whitehead and William “Buck” Buxton. Both were former defensive linemen at UT.Whitehead played for the program in the mid-1980s while Buxton suited up in the mid-1990s.Tennessee honored them on Twitter today.Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of our #VFLs who recently passed away.Michael Whitehead (DL, 1985-87)William “Buck” Buxton (DL, 1996-97) pic.twitter.com/LdsckVqCc7— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 23, 2018Whitehead passed away unexpectedly on May 18. There is a GoFundMe account for his family that has already raised more than $3,000.Information on Buxton’s death is sparse. We’ll update you if more becomes available.Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of both players, as well as with the Tennessee football community.Rest in peace Michael and Buck.Update: We mentioned earlier that info on Buck Buxton’s passing was limited publicly, but his sister-in-law reached out to The Spun and informed us that Buck passed away yesterday of a massive heart attack.His funeral services will be on Saturday.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)In just over an hour the college football bowl season continues with five big games – including the College Football Playoff semifinal contests. Florida and Michigan will get things started at noon before South Carolina and Virginia face off and then Arkansas State will take on Nevada to close out the action before the playoff games.The second contest on the slate could see a significant upset, according to one Vegas computer.The South Carolina Gamecocks enter the game as a five-point favorite, but the team is on upset alert headed into tomorrow’s game. Despite the Gamecocks entering as the favorite, OddsShark likes the Cavaliers to walk out with a win.The Vegas computer predicts the Cavaliers will win by a field goal. OddsShark predicts a 32.4-29.2 win for Virginia over South Carolina.It’s a bold prediction from the Vegas computer.Virginia and South Carolina kick off on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC.
Is Falconer the Coolest Drinks Industry Profession Out There? Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling Today we speak to CEO of Havas Chicago, Paul Marobella.I always knew I wanted to be in advertising. It started with me trying to make money the summer I was 16. I started a car detail business in a executive bedroom suburb of Boston, Sudbury, MA. I charged $125 for a detail in 1986. At the time I knew I had to do something different to be noticed, something that nobody else was doing so I bribed the building managers of small office parks to use their electricity and water during the day and I offered a detail-while-you-work service. Now they call it mobile car detailing. The rush of leaving a business card or flyer on someone’s car and then my phone ringing to make an appointment was the very start of me realizing the power of advertising. From there, I went on to Bentley University in Boston to study marketing and the rest is history, with playing some baseball and hockey, partying in Vegas and South Beach and being president of my fraternity thrown in for good measure. Over the past 20 years, I have worked on some of the most incredible brands in the world. The industry has taken me to all corners of the earth. I’ve met incredible people and truly have had the career I would have hoped for. I’ve lived in Boston, Manhattan and now Chicago working for amazing agencies all winning top awards for work and for the agency’s performance. Now, I am the CEO of the Havas Chicago Network, which is a collection of seven agencies in the US with over 750 people, based in the Chicago Village of Havas. Havas is one of the largest agency holding companies in the world, based in Paris and leading the way with progressive thinking and innovation. In a way, fashion drove my choice to pursue a career in advertising. I didn’t want to wear a suit and tie to work and I was vigilant about staying true to my identity and style. I still carry this chip with me, today. My style has morphed over the years but today, I’d call it a street-smart style that blends best of custom with street wear and high-end brands. I’ve adopted the French fashion mentality of have less but better. Living in Chicago definitely tempers your style in ways that would be different if living in Manhattan or LA. However, you can still get away with wearing jeans to a multi-million dollar meeting and it’s just the risks aren’t taken as much with fashion for men, here. When not at work, I am passionate about my charity in Chicago called the Inner City Education Program or ICE. ICE is a Chicago Blackhawks charity partner and we are dedicated to helping low-resource kids in the City of Chicago play the game of hockey and as a result be awarded academic scholarships to attend top-tier private schools. We have raised and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars and this past year became an official partner of Chicago Blackhawks charities. I also still play hockey a couple of nights a week on a local men’s team and on the North American Havas team called the MadMen. As for my style…. Jeans:I wear jeans 90% of the time paired with a sport coat, t shirt, sweater and sneakers. And, when I find a cut and brand I like I buy it in every wash.Paige Lennox AG NomadA.P.C. Petit New StandardShirts:Prada t-shirts and for button downs, all custom from Wilfred Newman in Chicago.Pants:All pants that aren’t jeans are custom from Wilfred Newman in Chicago.Suits:I have suits and sport coats for all seasons and occasions. I like to experiment with patterns, liners and details on my jackets. My man Eddie Lehneer at Wilfred Newman is always looking for new patterns, textures and liners for me. Custom from Wilfred Newman in Chicago. Shoes:I have a versatile arsenal of shoes of which I include designer sneakers I wear with high-end fashion or my suits. My days of Adidas suits and crispy new kicks have never left me so when I can, I rock some AF1‘s or the always popular in Boston, Adidas Superstars. But my favorite thing I put on my feet are my Bauer skates for those nights at Fight Club, aka hockey. Accessories:To me the dollars are in the details and I like to pay attention to the small things, especially a carefully chosen piece of jewelry or my watch. Right now, all of my jewelry is David Yurman carbon fiber or black. I wear big watches, always have, and my new passion is the collection from Panerai. All David Yurman all the time for Jewelry My go-to watch is an all-steel Panerai 1950 Luninor Marina 3 Days AutomaticLouis Vuitton graphite black wallet and champs elysees money clip Tumi Alpha 2 luggage Bauer APX2 stickOuterwear:Someone once said to me your jackets are always part of your outfit. This is very true and I pay attention to having jackets for all occasions, weather and color ways. I like slim fitting cuts, which is why I obsess over Prada and Moncler, mostly. Also, Canada Goose Chateau Parka for Chicago winters.Favorite Cologne:Yves St Laurent L’Homme and Viktor Rolf SpicebombYour favorite App:My life is crazy and we introduced our company to the Whil app, recently, and I am hooked. I use it in the middle of the day, on a plane or right before I go to sleep. Whil for meditation and Texture for catching up on magazines.Favorite piece of technology:Jailbroken Amazon Fire stick Next tech purchase: Sonos for my home Editors’ Recommendations 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Everything You Need to Know About White Pinot Noir
Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain Editors’ Recommendations The word “journal” when used as a noun has a whiff of academic prestige to it. But as a verb, “journal” calls to mind the image of an overly emotional teen seated on the floor of his bedroom, scribbling across a tear-stained page with a slew of colored markers while Dashboard Confessional blares in the background.It’s time we turn the page (pun intended) on that stereotype.Far from simply being the repository of youthful angst, the personal journal is quickly becoming a mainstay of the modern enlightened lifestyle. It’s advocated by noteworthy men such as lifehacker Tim Ferriss, country singer Brett Eldredge, and actor Joseph Gordon Levitt, who said of his journaling habit, “I’ve gone through different phases in my life of writing in a journal more or less frequently, but it’s something I turn to, especially when I’m trying to work through something that’s vexing me.”Westend61/Getty ImagesAlong with helping to work out daily vexations, writing in a journal has been shown to help people set priorities, establish goals, live with more intention, and actually do the things that are important to them. But that’s not all. A 2013 study found that 76% of medical patients who spent time writing in a journal before a biopsy healed 11 days faster than their control group. Journaling is shown to help wounds heal faster, fight off chronic disease, and lower blood pressure.Keeping a journal is much less about rigorously documenting your every action, thought or feeling, and more about registering your lived experiences while also planning for the future. There are a variety of journaling formats to suit every personality, schedule, and skill set under the sun. (Some of them don’t even involve writing.)Five Ways to JournalBullet JournalThis form of journaling is being touted all across the internet right now and for good reason. Said to have been invented by the digital product designer Ryder Carroll, this option is perfect for the goal-oriented person who wants to organize a head full of ideas into concrete accomplishments.Bullet journaling works by following a specific format that divides up your notebook into five elements: An index to easily find what you’ve jotted down; a “rapid logging” section where you jot down thoughts, tasks, ideas, lists, etc. as quickly as possible; a more focused log where you identify in more detail what you’ve done, are doing and want to do; and a “collection” section where you group content from the log into categories (e.g., books you want to read, fitness milestones, creative ideas, etc.). Dedicated bullet journaling involves learning a certain type of shorthand for keeping track of your progress, but it’s not hard. (An introductory guide can be found here.)The beauty of the bullet journal is that it enables you, in the inventor’s words, to “track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future.”Morning PagesAnother format-specific type of journal, this one was created by artist Julie Cameron and popularized in her bestselling book The Artist’s Way. This mode is less rigid than bullet journaling—it simply involves sitting down with a pen and notebook, starting to write, and not stopping until you’ve filled up three pages. The idea here is to wean yourself away from the self-editing impulse that so often gets in the way of authentic self expression. Creative types aren’t the only ones who swear by the value of morning pages. Devoted practitioners say it helps clear the mind, relieve stress, manage anxiety and depression, improve everything from relationships to professional performance to fitness. If you often feel like some mysterious force is holding you back from achieving what you want in life, morning pages could be the perfect way to get it out of your system.One-Sentence JournalPopularized by Gretchin Rubin of The Happiness Project, the one-sentence journal is perfect for the person who doesn’t have time to journal (or just has a hard time maintaining a routine). This format is as simple as it gets—all it takes is jotting down one sentence that sums up whatever stands out as significant about your day. The sentence doesn’t even have to be original—it could be a line from a book, a news headline, a pithy quote from a famous thinker, or even a funny quip from a friend. An obvious advantage of this style of journaling is the easy sense of accomplishment it offers. But those who use it say that limiting themselves to one sentence influences them to focus on just on the positive (i.e., the things they want to remember) in what they write down. Over time, this practice builds into a greater sense of gratitude and well-being. They also say that when they review the journal after a few months or even a year, they’re surprised to find how many memories can be contained in just one sentence. (In case it needs to be said, you’re definitely allowed to expand as needed into two sentences or more.)Dream JournalOkay, don’t scroll past this one just yet. As woo-woo as it might sound, a dream journal is actually an awesome way to delve deeper into your own psyche, learning more about what makes you tick, what holds you back, and what might improve your happiness. Dreams are, after all, shaped by your psychology as much as they are by the sketchy burrito you ate the night before.If you don’t always remember your dreams upon awakening, start with documenting past dreams that you remember—the childhood nightmare that sent you running to your parents’ room, the unexpected person who showed up in a hormone-fueled teenage dream, and so on. And your dreams don’t have to be full-scale sleep epics in order to be recorded. Even a fragment, a fleeting image or just a feeling you had upon waking is worth noting down. Psychologists say that when patients are asked to a recount a dream, they often leave out details that they think aren’t important, but that it’s precisely those details that often prove most significant down the road. They also recommend that in addition to the content of the dream, you note its context: Where and what time you went to sleep, how well you slept, anything that might have been on your mind before you dropped off, etc. All of this will help you understand the influences that shape your unconscious. While you can certainly research the “interpretation” of your dreams as much as you’d like, the real value of a dream journal is creating your own interpretation based on the patterns you notice and the connections you draw to your real life.Dream journaling also allows you to clear your mental deck before heading out for the day, allowing you to start fresh each morning.Scrapbook JournalWords aren’t the only way to document your thoughts and experiences. If you’re the type who can’t throw away ticket stubs, matchbooks or concert flyers, a scrapbook-style journal is probably your ideal form. You’ll want a larger sized notebook for this one, along with some very strong acid-free glue or tape, since you’ll be packing the pages with the ephemera of your wild and crazy life. No need to keep it chronological—just pencil in the date and any other identifying information next to the items as you paste them on the pages. You can also add verbal descriptions or drawings where it feels right.Yuri Nunes/Getty ImagesNow that you’re convinced you need to journal, check out these great notebooks to help contain those to-do lists and goals. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019 On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip
London: In a move that addresses a long-standing demand to boost Indian student numbers choosing British universities, the UK government on Wednesday announced a new two-year post-study work visa route for all international students. The new ‘Graduate’ route, to be in place by next year, will be open to all overseas nationals who have valid UK immigration status as a student and have successfully completed a course of study in any subject at undergraduate level or above at a government-approved UK higher education institution. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe visa will allow eligible students to work, or crucially look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has effectively re-instated a policy ended by his predecessor Theresa May around nine years ago, said the change would see students “unlock their potential” to begin careers in the UK. “The new Graduate Route will mean talented international students, whether in science and maths or technology and engineering, can study in the UK and then gain valuable work experience as they go on to build successful careers, said UK home secretary Priti Patel, the senior-most Indian-origin member of Johnson’s Cabinet. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”It demonstrates our global outlook and will ensure that we continue to attract the best and brightest, she said. The UK ended its two-year post-study work visa offer during May’s term as UK home secretary in 2012, widely seen as responsible for a major drop in student numbers from countries like India. “The withdrawal of the PSW [post-study work] visa was attributed with a decline in international student recruitment in the UK from key markets, notably India. Between 2010-11 and 2016-17, the number of higher education students from India more than halved,” noted a report by the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Students. The government’s latest announcement was widely welcomed by university chiefs and representatives, who highlight that Indian students were particularly prone to make their higher education choices based on being able to gain some work experience at the end of their degree. “Although 82 per cent of our Indian graduates are satisfied with their careers wherever they are working, we know that they value the opportunity to spend some time in the UK working after their degree. This visa will make it significantly easier for them to do that, said Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International, which has been lobbying for such a visa for many years. “The UK ranks first for international student satisfaction overall, compared to other major study destinations, but having a more attractive post-study work offer will open the UK up to even more international students. It will also allow employers in all parts of the UK to benefit from access to talented graduates from around the world, she said. Indian students coming to the UK registered a hike over the last three years, hitting around 22,000 in the year ending June 2018. This was a 42 per cent increase on the previous year, a reversal from a downward trend in the past. “I’m delighted that numbers of Indian students coming to study in the UK are constantly increasing, having doubled over the last three years. Last year alone we saw a massive 42 per cent increase. This exciting announcement will help ensure that the UK remains one of the best destinations for students across the world, said Sir Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India.
Dollarama Inc. shares experienced their biggest one-day decline of 2018 in heavy trading on Thursday, after the national discount retailer’s second-quarter revenue, earnings and sales growth were weaker than analysts expected and the company indicated that it has been reluctant to raise prices due to competitive pressures.The Montreal-based company’s stock — which has outpaced the Toronto S&P/TSX composite index over the past three years but began to lose momentum against the market benchmark earlier this year — was down $9.50 or 18 per cent at $42.57 shortly after 1 p.m.That erased all of Dollarama’s stock’s gains since they jumped up $4.32 to close at $44.91 on Sept. 7, 2017, after the company announced last year’s second-quarter results.Dollarama Inc. announced early Thursday that it earned $141.8 million for its fiscal second quarter ended July 29, up from $131.8 million a year ago.Despite the increased profit, the 43 cents per share of earnings was below the analyst estimate of 44 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Additionally, sales grew to $868.5 million, up from about $812.5 million in the same quarter last year, but were about two per cent below the analyst estimate of $887.6 million.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Dominion Securities acknowledged the second-quarter margin and cost improvements offset “tepid” same-store sales growth but lowered her price target for Dollarama’s stock to $52, from $55, to reflect a deceleration in Dollarama’s sales growth.Dollarama executives told analysts in a conference call that they had decided to delay pushing through a price increase for its customers for now because the cost of its imported goods has been more stable than expected and cost reductions introduced last year have offset the impact of higher minimum wages.“We initially expected inflationary headwinds on goods purchased in China to have a notable impact on gross margin in the second half of this year,” chief financial officer Michael Ross said.He added that, based on its orders with Chinese suppliers, the impact should be less than anticipated “leaving the margins for the remainder of the year stronger than originally expected.”In terms of labour costs, the company’s competitors haven’t pushed through the cost of higher minimum wages in Ontario to consumers and Dollarama decided to follow their lead, he said.Dollarama’s decision to postpone its usual price mark-ups will probably remain intact for the rest of the year, although they can be introduced quickly if circumstances change, Ross said.“It’s a daily decision,” chief executive Neil Rossy said. “It’s really an item by item study, as it always has been during our whole history, and that’s how we try to remain competitive across the entire store.”Rossy acknowledged that the decision to hold off on price increases had a negative influence in same-store sales, an important metric in the retail industry, which grew 2.6 per cent in this year’s second quarter.The same-store-sales growth compared unfavourably with the year-earlier growth of 6.1 per cent, but Rossy said that was especially strong because of souvenir sales geared to Canada’s 150th anniversary.However, Rossy added that Dollarama was also able to improve its gross margin to 39.7 per cent of sales, from 39.6 per cent, and diluted net earnings per common share increased by 13.2 per cent to 43 cents from 38 cents last year.Ross also pointed out that, based on experience in the first half of fiscal 2019, the company expects higher gross margin and EBITDA margin (a pretax measure of earnings) and lower percentage of revenue spent on sales and administration for the full 2019 financial year.Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL)
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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The study authors are calling for population-wide programmes to help improve health and the socioeconomic circumstances of women before and during pregnancy.Co-author of the study, Professor Anders Hjern, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, said: “This study shows that the main explanations for the differences in child mortality rates between England and Sweden are systemic, and beyond the reach of healthcare services alone.“The key factors here are likely to include Sweden’s broader welfare programs that have provided families with an economic safety net for over 50 years, the free and accessible educational system, including early child care, and public health policies for many lifestyle issues such as obesity, smoking and alcohol use.” These records included information on the mother’s age, family’s socioeconomic position, as well as length of pregnancy, the child’s birth weight, gender, and whether they had any birth anomalies.Overall, the study included more than 3.9 million English births, including 11392 deaths, and more than 1 million Swedish births and 1927 deaths.Between the ages of two days to four years old, the child mortality rate for England was 50 per cent higher than for Sweden – 29 deaths per 10000 children in England, vs 19 deaths per 10000 children in SwedenIf the child mortality rate was the same in England as in Sweden 607 fewer child deaths per year would have occurred in England, equivalent to 6073 fewer child deaths in total from 2003-2012.The authors said women in Sweden were better at maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, avoiding drugs, alcohol and smoking and keeping their weight down in pregnancy.They pointed out that England the most deprived people have a seven-fold lower income than the least deprived, while the gap is only four times in Sweden, suggesting that many more people in England are socioeconomically disadvantaged.Commenting on the study, Dr Ronny Cheung, of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), said: “We know that deprivation plays a major part and this can lead to higher rates of poor mental health, increased chance of alcohol or substance misuse, and obesity. The study used medical data from the NHS and Swedish health services to compare births from 2003 to 2012, and track the children’s health and death records up to their fifth birthday. “Babies of the most deprived families are more likely to be born premature or with low weight than the most affluent ones, and twice as likely to die in the first year of life.“As the gap between rich and poor continues to widen, we have little chance of catching up with our European neighbours without social inequalities being addressed.” Hundreds of babies are dying needlessly in England every year because their mothers smoke, drink, use drugs, or are obese, a new study suggests.Researchers from UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health compared death rates of under-5s to those in Sweden, a country with similar levels of economic development and healthcare. They found that deaths occur one and half times more often in England, equating to 600 extra deaths a year.Writing in The Lancet, the study authors said that poorer maternal health during pregnancy caused babies to be born prematurely and with a low birth weight. Children in England are also more likely to have more birth anomalies such as congenital heart defects than in Sweden.“While child deaths are still rare, the UK has one of the highest child mortality rates in western Europe,” said lead author Dr Ania Zylbersztejn.“Babies born prematurely or with low birth weight have an increased risk of early death, and those who survive are more likely to have chronic ill health or disability.“Families need to be better supported before and during pregnancy to improve maternal health, and in turn to give all children a healthy start in life.”
← Previous Story Lekic and Radicevic two more years in ZRK Vardar! Next Story → RK Vardar extend contract with five players – Dibirov until 2020 in Skopje! Pick Szeged In Round 19 league leaders Pick Szeged travelled to fifth-placed Gyöngyös, who have final four dreams in the Hungarian Championship. The guests were the favourites to win even without Blazevic and Garcia Parrondo who are still recuperating. Gábor Ancsin’s injured knee has healed completely however so he was available for coach Juan Carlos Pastor.In front of a full house the home team quickly gained the lead. It didn’t last for long since Pick Szeged’s two Swedish players Kallman and Larholm took the initiative and by the middle of the first half Pick were 4 goals up (6-10). Gyöngyös could only get a bit closer but at the end of the first half the four-goal difference remained (14-18). Mindegia showed portions of his performance before his injury, which was crucial to Pick’s overall play.The home team could keep the pace until the middle of the second half. Pick were constantly 3-4 goals up but suddenly (in only four minutes!) they doubled their lead (49th minute 24-31) and deciced the fate of the match. Prce was fine again, Larholm scored from penalties and Ancsin was also effective thus showing he would be able to play for longer periods.On Wednesday Pick will meet No. 4 Tatabánya in Szeged then on 1 March they are travelling to Veszprém to decide who will start the play-off from first place.Gyöngyös-Pick Szeged 26-35 (14-18)Bs: Frey (7), Hajdú, Varsandán (5) / Larholm (7), Ancsin,Lasica (5)Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter Butty
ASCOLI PICENO, Italy — In the chaos of Italy’s devastating earthquake, an older sister’s embrace allowed a young girl to survive.The heartbreaking story of 9-year-old Giulia Rinaldo and her younger sister Giorgia was recounted Saturday by the bishop who celebrated a funeral Mass for 35 of the 290 people killed by the quake that ravaged central Italy before dawn Wednesday.Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole recalled that around 6 or 6:30 p.m. Wednesday — 15 hours after the quake struck — he returned to a church in his diocese in the town of Pescara Del Tronto to recover its crucifix.At the time, only yards from the church, firefighters were using their hands to dig out the two sisters, he said.“The older one, Giulia, was sprawled over the smaller one, Giorgia. Giulia, dead, Giorgia, alive. They were in an embrace,” D’Ercole said.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says “we can beat anybody” as he prepares to take his team to Wembley to face Tottenham on Boxing Day.Despite losing five of their last six Premier League games against Tottenham, Howe is confident of a positive result on Wednesday.October 2016 was the last time Bournemouth got a point against Pochettino’s side, in a goalless draw at the Vitality stadium.“We’ve found the games against Tottenham difficult,” Howe told Sky Sports.Pochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“They are a very good team and we’ve had some good matches against them.“We haven’t quite been on the right side of the result but we enjoy the challenge and we enjoy these type of moments where we haven’t achieved something yet, but we are working towards it.“As I always say when we are at our best we can beat anybody.”The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 1-0 win for Spurs thanks to Christian Eriksen’s second-half strike.
o Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are celebrated Sept. 17 in remembrance of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. Since 1952, they have been celebrated together.o More than 32,000 people are becoming U.S. citizens at 158 ceremonies scheduled across the country from Friday, Sept. 14, through Saturday, Sept. 22.Igor Shevchenko has lived in America for a dozen years. Still, it was a special moment Friday when he officially became an American.“It feels good,” the 19-year-old Battle Ground resident said after he took the oath of allegiance at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.“I came here when I was 7. I grew up here; it was about time,” Shevchenko said.The naturalization ceremony marked Fort Vancouver’s third annual observance of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.The event was conducted by the Portland office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and hosted by the National Park Service staff at Fort Vancouver.“This is a big turning point in your lives,” said Evelyn Sahli, director of the USCIS field office in Portland as she welcomed 35 citizenship candidates from 20 countries.Tracy Fortmann, superintendent of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, reminded them of all the people who started coming here more than 180 years ago — from more than 35 American Indian tribes, and from countries all around the world — to build this community.Even for someone who’s been here for a while, the ceremony and the solemn recitation of the oath put things in perspective, Shevchenko said.
Fisheries biologists are worried that many of last year’s new pollock around Kodiak Island may not have survived recent warm ocean temperatures.Trawl catch of pollock caught during an acoustic trawl survey in Stephens Passage in 2004. (Photo courtesy of David Csepp NOAA/NMFS/AKFSC/Auke Bay Lab)The findings of a study on the issue were announced in January at the Pacific Anomalies Workshop in Seattle.Most people are familiar with the recent warm water anomaly by its nickname of The Blob. It’s a giant mass of warm water in the northeast Pacific Ocean that features temperatures of 2 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit above normal down to a depth of 300 feet. The Blob has persisted over the last two years and stretched from the Gulf of Alaska to Baja California. It’s different than El Niño, which is a phenomenon of equatorial warming in the Pacific.“There was a remarkable decline in the pollock larvae that we’re seeing in that survey,” said Russell Hopcroft of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. He presented results of research and other surveys on behalf of other researchers. He showed maps of pollock larvae concentrations overlaid with increased ocean temperatures around Kodiak Island early last year followed by other maps showing the absence of new fish surviving into the late summer.“It’s one of poorest recruitments that we can see in the time series,” Hopcroft said.He also presented a chart showing the results of acoustic surveys in the Gulf of Alaska.“You can see that the signal in the fall of (2015), literally there’s just nothing there,” Hopcroft said.According to a 2014 report produced by the Juneau-based McDowell Group, the Alaska pollock fishery is the nation’s largest fishery. The value of all pollock exports reached $969 million in 2013. That included frozen pollock products like fillets. Exports also include roe, surimi, fish meal, and fish oil. Pollock accounted for 35% of all Alaska seafood exports by value.