Pennsylvania Is A Battleground State … In Football

TEN66TEN63TEN 30, JAX 9-4.0– HOU68HOU67IND 24, HOU 21-0.4– SEA62SEA60SEA 21, MIN 7-4.2– CAR62CAR56CLE 26, CAR 20+4.8– MIN56.817.9MIA20.211.358.41491 CIN0.40.3OAK0.00.02.41370 DAL59DAL58DAL 29, PHI 23-3.3– PIT78PIT81OAK 24, PIT 21-6.9– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality DET3.53.3BUF0.00.010.11431 TEN34.519.1NYG0.50.540.81485 CAR8.99.4NO100.00.020.31605 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS GB3.24.2CHI99.90.210.01527 DEN5.13.2CLE0.50.79.01445 GB53GB55GB 34, ATL 20-0.1– Playoff %Playoff % IND27.212.3DAL99.20.926.51546 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION DEN63DEN68SF 20, DEN 14-9.0– BAL54.615.1TB0.81.132.81508 PIT62.3%+/-23.1NE99.3%+/-0.747.11617 LAR56LAR62CHI 15, LAR 6-8.9– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: WSH69%NYG51%NYG 40, WSH 16+21.1– BUF70BUF63NYJ 27, BUF 23+7.6– Pennsylvanians went into the 2018 season believing that it might be a banner year for the state’s NFL teams. The Philadelphia Eagles were league champs the season before, and the Pittsburgh Steelers had harbored their own championship aspirations before an upset playoff loss against Jacksonville. Although we’ve never seen a Steelers-Eagles Super Bowl, we’ve come close a few times this century — both teams made the conference championship in 2008-09 (Eagles lost), 2004-05 (Steelers lost) and 2001-02 (both lost). There was reason to think 2018 might bring another chance for a clash between Eastern and Western PA on the game’s biggest stage.Fourteen weeks later, that’s not looking so hot. The Steelers started strong despite a contract impasse with star running back Le’Veon Bell, but they’ve faltered recently in a three-game losing streak and now are in danger of missing the playoffs. And Pittsburgh is this year’s Pennsylvania success story. The defending-champion Eagles continue to suffer from one of history’s worst Super Bowl hangovers and are down to an 18 percent playoff probability after Sunday’s crushing loss to the Dallas Cowboys.In the midst of all of that turmoil, though, Pennsylvania will be at the center of the football universe for Week 15 of the NFL season. According to our combination of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and game importance (how likely it is to swing every team’s odds of making the playoffs),1Which adds up a game’s potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league — including those not participating in the game itself. the Steelers’ game against the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon is the best of the week, while Philly’s Sunday-night clash against the Rams is tied for second-best: ATL0.10.0ARI0.00.01.51409 WSH10.58.6JAX0.00.019.81429 PHI17.614.7LAR100.00.030.81604 Elo beat the typical reader again in Week 14, but it was very close: On average, our predictions won the week by only 6.8 points. Relative to readers, Elo was rightly bearish on the Rams and Broncos, but the readers did get a huge victory over the model in the Giants’ 40-16 blowout of Washington. Knowing that the ‘Skins were down to Mark Sanchez at QB (who was later replaced by Josh “No, not that Josh Johnson” Johnson), readers preyed on Elo’s ignorance and picked Eli Manning and company to win. Although it wasn’t enough to win the week, it was the most lopsided single-game victory of the season by either readers over the computer or vice-versa.Anyway, congrats to Vyascheslav Tolbert (Mike Tolbert’s Russian cousin?), who led all users in Week 14 with 129.5 points, and to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who maintained his No. 1 ranking for the season with 963.4 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, get in on the action before it’s too late! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. LAC84LAC85LAC 26, CIN 21-1.0– The best matchups of Week 15Week 15 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions NO74NO79NO 28, TB 14+1.0– Despite their mind-blowing last-second loss to the Miami Dolphins — and their generally less-impressive-than-usual season — the Patriots don’t have a huge amount riding on their matchup with Pittsburgh. (Win or lose, our model gives them at least a 99 percent chance to make the playoffs.) But the game does have major implications for the Steelers’ postseason future. Right now, Pittsburgh is one of five AFC teams with between a 20 percent and 65 percent playoff probability, according to our model. If the Steelers win, their number goes from 62 percent to 85 percent; if they lose, it drops to 38 percent.Gone are the questions about whether the Steelers could maintain their offensive output without Bell. With James Conner carrying the load at RB instead, Pittsburgh’s offense ranks roughly the same in expected points added per game (fifth) as it did a year ago (third) and has improved from 21st to 11th in EPA on the ground. Even without Conner against the Raiders — and with backups Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley combining for just 32 yards on 16 carries — Pittsburgh’s offense exceeded its usual weekly EPA average (although most teams do that against the Raiders). The real issue has been on defense, where the team ranks fourth-to-last in EPA over the past three weeks, including dead last against the pass. When Derek Carr is shredding your D for a 122.4 passer rating, there are some problems that must be addressed by Mike Tomlin and staff.And Steelers-Patriots has ripple effects that stretch far beyond just Pittsburgh’s chances. The Baltimore Ravens’ odds will go up or down by 13 percentage points depending on who wins in Pittsburgh; Tennessee and Indianapolis will also see their odds shift by multiple percentage points based on the outcome. Three other teams — Miami, Denver and Houston — will get changes of about 1 percentage point apiece. All told, about 47 points of playoff probability will move around on the basis of New England and Pittsburgh’s contest.For the Eagles, their playoff chances all but evaporated after falling to Dallas. While they were able to beat Washington (which is now also sitting at 6-7, two games back of the Cowboys, and now auditioning quarterbacks who walk in off the street) two weeks ago in the most important game of Week 13, Philly was unable to replicate that feat in overtime Sunday, losing the most crucial matchup of Week 14. There are still scenarios left whereby the Eagles can make the playoffs, most of which involve them winning out — while facing winning teams in the Rams and Texans over their three remaining games — and the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers losing games down the stretch. But Philadelphia has dug a deep hole for itself with three weeks to go.As we noted in late October, Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ offense were above average throwing the ball, but that wasn’t enough to offset a suspect running game and a disappointing defense. Since then, Wentz has basically held steady, but the rushing attack has gotten even worse, and the defense has done nothing to turn its season around. After weeks of waiting for the real Eagles to show up and play like champions, it’s probably time to admit that these are the real Eagles — and their hopes of repeating are slim.A win over L.A. would drag Philadelphia’s playoff chances up to 42 percent, so there is plenty on the line for at least one of the two teams involved Sunday. But with the Rams having locked up their division earlier this month, the game’s second-biggest stakes belong to the Vikings, who would lose 14 points of playoff probability with an Eagles win and gain 6 points if Philly loses. In addition, Washington, Seattle, Detroit, Dallas, Green Bay and Carolina will see at least 1 point of movement to their postseason odds depending on whether the Eagles win or lose.But most of all, it should be a good game. For all their mediocrity this year, the Eagles are still probably better than their 6-7 record, while the Rams are locked in a fight for the No. 1 seed in the NFC and have something to prove offensively after a weak Sunday-night showing against the Bears in Chicago. The Steelers and Patriots are in similar positions — both teams rank among the best in the AFC yet have a lot of questions to answer. Add it up, and the state of Pennsylvania figures to be a key battleground in the playoff ace, even if its teams aren’t exactly as intimidating as they seemed three months ago.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersWant more playoff probabilities? Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings in our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks every team’s odds. You can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game. Try your hand and attempt to climb up our giant leaderboard.Based on data from the prediction contest, here are the matchups in which Elo made its best — and worst — picks against the field of readers last week: SEA99.31.1SF0.00.03.31481 LAC99.70.2KC100.00.04.01656 NE72NE75MIA 34, NE 33-7.0– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 14Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 14 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game KC71KC72KC 27, BAL 24-1.1– ARI51DET55DET 17, ARI 3+4.6– HOU96.14.9NYJ0.00.012.71440 read more

Thai cave wild boar team and cravings

first_imgThe fragrance of basil leaves, stir-fried with chicken, complemented by a fried egg on top laid out on a bed of rice. Anyone who loves Thai food knows that ‘Pad Krapow Gai’ is versatility, combined with its unique salt and sour flavours.It is no wonder that the Wild Boar Team of football players in the Tham Luang Cave asked for this comfort food as the first item to eat when they came out of their ordeal.The streets of Bangkok and many places in Chiang Mai too feature a more popular and simplified recipe of pad kaprao. Chef Manisha Bhasin, Executive Chef of ITC Maurya, Delhi, says that it starts with adding crushed bird’s eye chili and garlic in a smoky hot oiled pan or wok. In 2002 when Panasian was opened at ITC Sheraton, Pad Krapow Gai was also part of the ala carte menu. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”My first memory of having it was in Bangkok,” reminisces Chef Manisha, adding, “and I thought it to be ideal for our restaurant as it had the right amount of birds eye chili and robust flavor of basil. The hand pounded chicken mince had intense Thai basil flavor which makes this dish very different from the other Asian preparations.””It is fast and easy to make, and different from the regular Thai dishes. It pairs well with jasmine rice and hence is my favourite.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe first time I tasted this dish was at Chiang Mai in Thailand. Watching the Chefs create it in a jiffy at the open counters was fascinating. They toss in garlic into the hot oil on the wok. The chicken is added soon after the garlic colourises, where dark soy sauce is often added for more colour and depth of flavour. To this light soy sauce, fish sauce and sugar are sometimes accompanied by a dash of oyster sauce.The most important ingredient, however, is the holy Thai basil leaves – the ingredient no pad kaprao can do without. These are added last, to ensure they do not wilt. It is the touch of verdant green that adds to the beauty of the dish. It takes just a few minutes to prepare the dish which is served off the fire onto a plate. One of the world’s best recipes belongs to the high priestess of haute cuisine Susan Jung. Here’s how you can savour the delight of your very own Pad Krapow Gai:–About 125 ml cooking oil-500 grams boneless, skinless chicken leg, either minced or hand-chopped-garlic cloves, chopped-4 shallots, chopped-12-15 fresh curry leaves-6-10 red bird’s eye chillies, chopped-25 ml soy sauce-10 ml Thai fish sauce-25 ml oyster sauce-30 grams holy basil leaves-2-3 eggs, at room temperature-Steamed white riceMethod-Heat 80 ml cooking oil in a wok over a high flame. Add the garlic and stir-fry for a few seconds.-Put the minced chicken and stir-fry, breaking up clumps of meat with the spatula. Cook until it loses its pink colour, then add the shallots and the curry leaves.-Stir-fry the ingredients for about 30 seconds, then mix in the chillies, soy sauce, fish sauce and oyster sauce.-Reduce the heat to medium, scrape the ingredients to the centre of the wok and simmer for a couple of minutes.-Stir in the holy basil leaves.-Heat the remaining oil in a skillet. Crack the eggs, add them to the skillet and fry until they’re crisp at the edges, with a runny yolk.-Put the rice on two or three plates, add the chicken mixture then top each portion with a fried egg before serving.last_img read more

In This Issue   Thin Volumes remain   And T

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Thin Volumes remain. *  And Tight currency ranges are in place. *  Doomsday report on New Zealand? *  China continues to weaken renminbi. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. John Williams Says U.S. Economy Is Headed Down. Good Day! . And a Marvelous Monday to you! Easter Monday on the Calendar, which means, most of Europe and Australia are closed, along with other outposts along the beaten road. I hope that whether you observe Easter or not, that Sunday was as grand a day as it was here in St. Louis. I spent the day outside, and I hope you could too! It was also Frank Trotter’s birthday, so I believe it was a grand day at his house! A lot of us made “birthday videos” for Frank, with little messages to him that one of his two lovely daughters, Jessica, put together. And now we move on to the 3rd week of April. But before I begin to talk about the boring stuff, you know economies, data, boneheads and twits, I want to mention that Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter died yesterday. Carter was idolized by the 1975 song, “Hurricane” by Bob Dylan. If you don’t know the story of Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter, I suggest you Google it. I was never a Bob Dylan fan to say, but his 1975 song that publicized Carter’s wrongful conviction of 3 murders in 1966, was his best work. Back in those days, the late 60’s and early 70’s I was into boxing. I spent hours boxing with my buddies in an empty garage, so I was into this story from the beginning. OK. Sorry for the long intro this morning. but quite frankly, as I told you last Thursday and Friday, the volumes are thin, the data is sparse, and the senior traders haven’t returned from their long Easter holidays to move the markets in one direction or another. The same has held true this morning, as the overnight markets were sparse, with Asia around, but not the South Pacific, or Europe. Nonetheless, we do have some things to talk about this morning, even with the currencies trading in very tight ranges across the board. The main currency to talk about this morning is Gold. The shiny metal spent Friday trading below $1,300, and this morning Gold has lost another $6  to $1,288. All that I’ve read about lately, are stories touting higher interest rates in the U.S. But, quite frankly, I don’t get it. What are these guys writing these stories seeing that I’m not seeing?  Let me point out that the 10-year Treasury saw its yield fall last week.  Let me also point out that Bank deposit rates are losing the ground they recently attempted to gain. And let me also point out that The FOMC Meeting Minutes flatly stated that, “Our forecasts have overstated the rate rise pace.”   But that’s not stopping the markets from having their own ideas. wrong or right! So, all that weight is being thrown on the shoulders of Gold. And that won’t stop until it does. In other news. The Chinese marked down the renminbi/ yuan again last night, and now the last two nights of markdowns have totaled more than the appreciation that was allowed late last week, that means that the renminbi / yuan is now at a one-month low. The Chinese leaders are not happy about the latest report that showed about $10.5 Billion of new “hot money” entering the Chinese economy. This “hot money” is what Chinese leaders have been worried sick about, and the reason they are attempting to curb the inflows of “hot money” by marking down the renminbi, in hopes that the investors lose hope of currency appreciation. I liked what I saw last week from a former Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) adviser Yu Yongding when he said, “market forces should determine the exchange rate so long as there are controls on speculative, short-term capital flows.” And then Liang Hong, a big shot at China International Corp, said, “China can no longer bear the cost of forex reserves, so just let the yuan appreciate.” Unfortunately, the Chinese leaders are swayed by comments like these. The Chinese leaders will continue to do what they think is best, and right now, that is centered around throwing the markets off the scent of currency appreciation.  But, I truly believe that this maneuver will end, and China will get back to the currency appreciation business. Of course, that’s my opinion, and I could be wrong. While we’re in the neighborhood, let’s skip over to New Zealand, where a story that appeared in Forbes about New Zealand really got the New Zealand dollar / kiwi going in the wrong direction. Apparently, the writer for Forbes, believes that New Zealand’s economy is heading for a crisis. And gives 12 reasons why New Zealand’s economic bubble will end in disaster. OK.. I’m not going to go through the 12 reasons, because I’m not buying it! But, I told you about it just to be “fair and balanced” on this stuff. For I was ready to tell you how I saw interest rates heading higher again in New Zealand, which is to combat a couple of things, one of which is the whole premise of the Forbes writer’s thesis. That the housing market in New Zealand is overvalued, and the interest rate hikes will pop the bubble.    Let’s listen in to a NZ economist who debunks the Forbes writer’s views. This is economist Shamubeel Equab. “The basic premise that there are risks in the economy from a high housing market in Auckland, lots of debt and reliance on very few countries for exports are true, but his interpretation that this is a precursor to a massive slump is hugely overdone.” So. you get to choose with mast you want to pin your colors to. The mast of a future disaster in New Zealand, or the mast of continued growth, wider interest rate differentials, and currency appreciation. I get this stuff all the time folks. I receive emails from people that don’t believe a word I say about what’s going on in the U.S. But as I said the other day. As Thin Lizzy said, “if they don’t want know, forget ’em”. And that vein, I give you something I picked up on Friday on It’s about John Williams of  Let’s listen in. John Williams (Shadow Stats) runs a famous advisory in which he dissects the government’s economic data, and reveals the truth about what’s really happening.  He notes that the government puts out optimistic data and then a month or two later revises or adjusts the data to tell the real truth.  For instance in a recent message Williams writes, “Payroll and employment numbers remain at horrendous quality, generally not comparable to earlier reporting.” Many economists follow the so-called leading, coincident and lagging indicators to forecasting the US economy.  But some sophisticated economists follow what they call the “shadow leading indicator.”  This is the ratio of the coincident to the lagging indicator.  This ratio has proven to be very accurate.  This ratio is now in a downtrend, indicating that the US economy is heading down.  Williams believes that first quarter GDP will be down. I’ve quoted or used data from John Williams so many times over the years, that I tend to think of him as a partner! OK. In Australia, which is closed. they printed 4th QTR CPI, which is useless to me, other than to mark where 1st QTR CPI prints. But 4th QTR CPI in Australia was stronger than expected, with no particular reason for the uptick, which leads me to believe that the 1st QTR will be weaker than expected. Any way. this isn’t the stuff that will lead the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to a rate hike any quicker. The Aussie dollar (A$) is flat on the day, as the markets seem to be in agreement with me on the CPI data. The IMM Futures report from last week, showed that the Net Long euro position was the strongest it has been in the last 5 weeks.  The euro is up a bit this morning, but with the volumes thin, there just isn’t enough umph to get it moving with more conviction.  There is something I want to talk about with the Eurozone. I think the markets are getting ahead of themselves a bit, folks. Last week we saw Greece enter the bond markets, and the demand for Greek bonds was so strong, that the yield on the bonds were in line with German bond yields again. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Are the markets that smartless that they will fall for the same old trick once again? The only way I would even touch a Greek bond right now, with someone else’s ten foot pole, is IF the bond paid a “risk premium”. You know, a higher yield to give you some cushion. I just don’t get this one iota. But the bond auction was good for the euro, so. there you go! In Japan, overnight, we saw some data that weighed heavily on the yen. The Japanese Trade Balance, which shifted to a Deficit a couple of years ago, printed worse than expected for March, with a yen1.7 Trillion deficit, which was close to the record deficit that printed in January.. . Japanese exports were down -2.5% year-on-year in March. Remember when Japanese exports were “da bomb”? I do! And it was the reason that the yen was able to remain strong all that time, as the Current Account in Japan was strong due to the Trade surpluses booked each month. Well, all that’s gone now, and it’s just Gov’t Debt on top of Current Account Debt. Same as here in the U.S., but Japan used to be different. but not any longer, folks. And yet, when things get hairy, the dollar, and yen are bought as SCSH (so-called Safe Havens). I call this, “perverse thinking” , which is just another way of saying that this thinking is obstinately persisting in an error or fault. And one day, Alice! No really, one day, the markets and investors and anyone else that wants to participate, will wake up and smell the coffee. And it’s then that they will realize that dollars and yen are losing purchasing power by the truckload and that other currencies and metals should be viewed. Currencies with strong fundamentals. Now, that would be a revelation, eh? Well, the Boston Marathon is being run today. I still can’t believe what happened last year.  Here’s hoping we never experience stuff like that again. I know that in this day and age, that’s wishful hoping. But, as Dusty Springfield (of whom I love!) said. Just wishing, and Hoping and Thinking and Praying. So, I read a multi-page story in the Economist on Ukraine and Russia yesterday. I was wishing the Muppets would jump out of the magazine and sing their song, No, we don’t have no room for boring, for boring we don’t have no room! The Economist believes that Ukraine’s army is no match for Russia’s, and that signals bad things for Ukraine, should Putin decide to do something. The Russian ruble is taking the brunt of all this tension. And rightly so! The U.S. Data Cupboard gets a breather this week, with nothing but 2nd and 3rd tier data until Thursday when Durable Goods Orders for March prints. We will see the Existing Home Sales and New Home Sales data, but recently the markets have not paid attention to this data set. So, this is one of those weeks that we have once a month, where the data schedule is weak, and the markets have to make do on their own. And that’s fine with me, given my new found dislike and disapproval of all data prints in the U.S.. For What It’s Worth. Today I have a treat for you. My friend, Bill Bonner, has done a lot of writing in his life, and his most recent endeavor is to write the ” Diary of a Rogue Economist” I suggest that if you read my letter, that you’ll enjoy his. and you can find it to sign up for, here: And now. Here’s Bill!  “But in economics and investing it is virtue, not brainpower, that really pays off. “All the world is moral,” said Emerson. It is moral in the sense that if you are careless enough to step on a hoe, the handle will hit you in the face. One generation takes the virtuous path. The next is likely to slip off, honoring the old virtues in speech, but not in act. The oldest generation of Americans remembers the Great Depression. They borrowed reluctantly, saved eagerly, and made the United States the greatest power on Earth. Their children still talked their parents’ talk, but didn’t mind walking off in a different direction when the wind was at their backs. And their grandchildren? The newest generation seems to have no regard whatever for the virtues of their grandparents or the futures of their grandchildren. They disregard the wisdom of the dead, and load up the unborn with debt. The end of the US Empire of Debt may be near or far. We don’t know. Washington will probably not be sacked anytime soon. But the imperial currency – the dollar – is in grave danger. America’s central bankers not only fail to protect it, they invite the barbarians to destroy it… slowly.” Chuck again. And if the Central Bankers, are destroying the value of the dollar, what should you do to protect your wealth? That’s the age old question, that’s easily answered if you’re the Great Mogambo Guru, who says, “This investing stuff is easy, wheeeeee”.  Gold, Silver and Oil are his choices. And Bill Bonner says, “Since Central Banks won’t protect your wealth, you’ll have to do it yourself. How? In the old-fashioned way- holding reserves of your own. Traditionally, what the central banks hold in reserve is Gold.” To recap. A lot of nothing on Friday and in the overnight markets. Volumes are still thinned out, and senior traders haven’t returned from their long holiday weekends. There was no data on Friday and this week the data cupboard has little outside of Durable Goods Orders on Thursday to show us. Chuck goes ballistic on the Greek bond auction last week, and tries to paint the picture of currency debasers correctly. Currencies today 4/21/14. American Style: A$ .9330, kiwi .8576, C$ .9075, euro 1.3820, sterling 1.6805, Swiss $1.1325, . European Style: rand 10.4845, krone 5.9755, SEK 6.5905, forint 221.75, zloty 3.0290, koruna 19.8605, RUB 35.66, yen 102.60, sing 1.2530, HKD 7.7535, INR 60.46, China 6.1591, pesos 13.05, BRL 2.2360, Dollar Index 79.84, Oil $104.11, 10-year 2.70%, Silver $19.43, Platinum $1,409.50, Palladium $794.65, and Gold. $1,286.30 That’s it for today. Looks like it’s going to be a rainy day today. That’s fine, as yesterday was just grand here. My beloved Cardinals split 4 games in the Capital, and now head to NYC to play the Mets. And our Blues won another overtime game VS the Blackhawks to go up 2 games to none. The Blues scored with 6.4 seconds left in regulation to tie the game. that was crazy! Paul Revere & the Raiders are singing, “Kicks” on the IPod. So, you think you’re gonna find yourself a little piece of paradise? A Great old song!  I had a fairly good stomach weekend, so I had that going for me! Better than last weekend for sure! I see my St. Louis oncologist this afternoon, I wonder what he’s been hearing from my oncologist in Houston? I guess I’ll find out this afternoon! Duh! I watched the movie “The Lone Ranger” this weekend, and liked it! I don’t see why it got bad reviews. I liked it better than “the Hangover Part III”. for sure!  And with that entry as a movie critic. NOT! I hope you have a Marvelous Easter Monday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

Amazon to debut cashierless store in downtown Seattle

Amazon employees have been testing it, but is the public ready for a cashier-less store? Explore further This undated image provided by Amazon shows an Amazon Go store in Seattle. More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is opening its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store in downtown Seattle on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Amazon via AP) Amazon now has more than a dozen Amazon Books stores, which also sell toys, electronics and small gifts. It has space in some Kohl’s stores. Amazon also has small shops in several malls.The company had announced the Amazon Go store in December 2016 and said it would open by early 2017, but it delayed the debut while it worked on the technology and company employees tested it out. More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is opening its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store in downtown Seattle on Monday.The store on the bottom floor of the company’s Seattle headquarters allows shoppers to scan their smartphone with the Amazon Go app at a turnstile, pick out the items they want and leave.By combining computer vision, machine learning algorithms and sensors, the online retail giant can tell what people have purchased and charges their Amazon account. If someone puts an item back, they aren’t charged.The store is not without employees—Amazon says there will be people there making food, stocking shelves and helping customers. The store will offer ready-to-eat breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks, as well as some grocery staples like bread, milk, cheese and chocolates. It’ll also have Amazon Meal Kits.At about 1,800 square feet, the Amazon Go store adds to the company’s growing physical store presence and its expansion into groceries after its purchase last year of organic grocer Whole Foods and its 470 stores. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Kohl’s to open Amazon shops inside some of its stores In this Thursday, April 27, 2017, file photo, people walk past an Amazon Go store in Seattle. More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is opening its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store in downtown Seattle on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) Citation: Amazon to debut cashier-less store in downtown Seattle (2018, January 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more