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PS5 designer helps Nike with latest Paul George sneakers

Nike, Sony, and basketball player Paul George have collaborated on another pair of sneakers, the PG 5, with help from PS5 designer Yujin Morisawa. According to Sony, “the colors of the shoe are heavily inspired by the industrial design of the PS5” with the PlayStation’s signature circle, square, cross, and triangle shapes woven into the materials like a DualSense controller. There’s also a PlayStation logo on the tongue of the right shoe, while the left’s tongue has Paul George’s PG logo.

The release comes a little over two years after Nike and PlayStation’s last sneaker collaboration, the PG 2.5, which drew inspiration from the design of the original PlayStation console. Earlier that year, the two companies worked together on the PG2, which were inspired by the PS4.

The PG 5 shoes are going on sale in “select regions” on May 14th, and they’ll arrive in North America on May 27th priced at $120, according to Nike’s site. There’s no word on how many pairs Nike will release, but given how limited its previous run of PlayStation sneakers was, we’re expecting these to sell out fast. Fitting, given how hard it still is to find PS5 consoles in stock.

If you’re interested, Sony says you should keep your eye on the Nike SNKRS app or local Nike website for more information on release dates and availability.

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Trump debuts new ‘communications platform’ after social media bans

(NEXSTAR) – Donald Trump unveiled what his team is calling a new “communications platform” Tuesday. The subsection of his existing website is called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” and it relays the former president’s thoughts in a blog format.

According to team Trump, the outlet will enable the former president to continue sharing his thoughts and opinions despite being blocked indefinitely from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat.

“In a time of silence and lies, a beacon of freedom arises. A place to speak freely and safely. Straight from the desk of Donald J. Trump,” text on a video announcing the launch reads.

According to Fox News, the tool allows Trump to post, which followers can share to Facebook and Twitter, though they’re unable to reply or post themselves.

“This is just a one-way communication,” one source familiar with the platform told Fox News. “This system allows Trump to communicate with his followers.”

On social media, many were quick to point out that the “platform” is no more than a blog.

Trump was blocked from the above social media sites in January, following the Capitol insurrection. The social media sites said Trump’s tweets relating to the riot violated their rules.

Since then, Trump has largely been communicating via official memo. An oversight panel is expected to rule as early as this week whether the former president will be allowed to return to Facebook.

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With no capacity limits businesses want more guidance on latest rollback

CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. (NEWS10) – As New York lifts capacity restrictions for businesses, many are calling it a welcome sign of an end in sight to the pandemic. However limitations in spaces means the struggle is not over for some.

The tide is turning against COVID-19 and capacity limits will soon be no more.

Starting May 19 gyms, restaurants, museums, theaters, retail, hair salons and more will be allowed to have 100% of customers back in again.

“We’re excited it seems like the needle is going in the right direction,” said Chris Gross, Capital Region Fitness Develop Manager for Orangetheory Fitness.

But all businesses must still follow the six feet rule of distancing. Gross said for gyms these restrictions limit them from actually reaching full capacity.

“With having a boutique fitness, we are still going to have spacing limitations. We can only fit so many people in there especially with the six feet between each station, and each member,” said he.

“I know schools right now can be three feet apart I don’t understand why restaurants can’t be. We have been doing everything we are supposed to. They have to give us a little bit more to get back to normal,” said Frannie Agostine, the owner of Red Front in Troy.

Agostine said eliminating the capacity restrictions doesn’t help restaurants and other businesses get back to business as usual.

“75% changed nothing, and 100% changes nothing until we can do away without the social distancing guidelines. A lot of us can’t afford to just keep buying things to try to stay alive, and were barely surviving as it is,” said she.

Alexandria Cook, owner of Alexandria’s Beauty Salon in Latham said they are awaiting guidelines before more clients can fill their chairs.

“I’m hoping that we can up our hours, get more clients in here, and hopefully that means sitting them next to each other and actually being at full capacity,” said Cook.

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Magnetic Flow Meters Market Size, Industry Growth Report, 2022

Rising demand for measuring mass, volume, linear & non linear flow rate in the oil & gas sector is expected to be a key driver for the global magnetic flowmeter market growth. In addition, cost efficiency and ease of installation may also catapult demand. Advance capabilities with aforementioned factors make the product margin high, making it the largest type of flowmeter market by revenue. Magnetic flowmeters are also referred to as mag meters.

Magnetic flowmeter is an instrument which can measure water-based or conductive volumetric flow including pulp & paper slurries and black liquor. It is also used in detecting flaws and impurities, which is expected to provide avenues for market growth over the next seven years. In addition, development and updation of certain standard norms for impurities may instigate manufacturers to develop better instrument, thereby contributing towards future growth. Advancement in electromagnetic technology is expected to make the product better and more accurate, which may further increase demand. Continuous technological improvement has resulted into introduction of two wire mag meter that utilizes available power from the loop-power supply, which reduces wiring costs resulting into low installation cost. Furthermore, their application in non-intrusive measurement may also increase the industry demand. Development of battery controlled and wireless mag meter is also expected to drive the future market growth. This improvement has reduced complexity involved in installment of instrument at remote places. It is ideal for applications where low maintenance and low pressure drops are required. The instruments are easy to maintain, thereby reducing the maintenance cost which may also be key growth factor over the forecast period. Water shortage and growing population in countries such as China and India may result into substantial growth in water treatment industry, thereby providing avenues for growth over the foreseeable future. Several suppliers are integrating advanced technology to their products, for instance an adhesion diagnostic level function in the product that monitors the working condition of electrodes. This further increases their application level, which may spur demand. Mag meters when equipped with LCD alarm indicator bubble detection may reduce noise, which may further catalyze the industry demand.

Inability to measure non conductive liquids such as hydrocarbons is expected to be a main challenge to the industry expansion. Mag meters are classified into in-line, insertion and low flow magnetic flowmeter. Rising raw material cost may also pose a challenge to industry growth over the next seven years. The products are increasingly used in several applications such as water & waste water treatment, chemicals, oil & gas, food & beverages, pharmaceutical, pulp & paper and metal & mining industries. They are increasingly used in the water & waste water treatment and oil & gas industry. Chemical and pharmaceutical industries are expected to emerge as prominent application segments owing to high number of chemical industries in developing regions.

Europe remains the largest market; however due to increasing requirements in waste water treatment plants, Asia Pacific may gain considerable share over the foreseeable future. Middle East & Africa region may also witness high growth due to substantial rise in the oil & gas industry. Shale gas & oil expansion in North American region is also expected to impel demand over the forecast period.

Key industry participants include Emerson Electric Company, Honeywell International Inc., Endress+Hauser AG, Azbil Corporation, Omega Engineering Inc., Siemens AG, ABB Ltd., Yokogawa Electric Corporation, Krohne Messtechnik GmbH and Hitachi Ltd. The industry is witnessing merger, partnership and acquisitions among the prominent players in order to establish themselves as key suppliers. New product development is expected to be centered on sanitary applications due to rising need for waste water treatment.

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The Global Asphalt Additives Market Size, Share, Industry Report, 2019-2025

The global asphalt additives market is anticipated to witness significant growth over the next seven years due to surging demand from the construction industry. Chemicals or substances that are added to the asphalt in order to alter the final outcome of concrete are known as asphalt additives. The benefits of these additives include a reduction in stripping, life cycle costs, cracking, raveling, permanent deformation, and pavement thickness. Different types of these additives include PAC, multi-grade asphalt cement, polyester modifier, and novophalt. They are generally used in sidewalks, road surfaces, parking lots, and airports. These additives are classified as hot mix and cold mix based on its applications. Growing demand in the construction industry is touted to bolster market growth over the forecast period. Growing consumer inclination towards asphalt additives for roofing applications is expected to augment the global market growth. These additives are added to roofing products for high quality and UV resistance.

Heavy investments in the construction industry to meet rising industrial and residential infrastructure demand in BRICS is expected to drive overall demand in the respective countries, further complementing the global asphalt additives market growth. Sporting events such as the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia are expected to further drive construction growth, thus generating requirement for asphalt additives. The rise in government projects for road construction in developing economies is expected to positively drive the global market. Environmental benefits over other conventional additives are further expected to bolster the global market growth over the forecast period. Asphalt additives such as cold mix additives emit minimal to zero toxic fumes compared to other additives. The recent shift towards bio-based additives such as bio asphalt binder and lignifame are projected to create ample opportunities for the market.

Government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ECHA have implemented several rules and regulations favoring these additives, thereby aiding the global market growth. Inventions in asphalt additives include polyphosphoric acid (PPA) and supermolecular rubber. These additives increase the asphalt performance and provide the desired physical attributes. Harsh environmental factors such as extreme rain or extreme heat are touted to hinder the market growth. Excessive traffic load is also projected to hamper global market growth. Poor quality of construction is one of the major factors that are expected to retard global market growth. Also, the low awareness of performance-enhancing asphalt additives in the emerging nations is predicted to delay the global market growth. Furthermore, increasing hydrocarbon manufacturing in North America has assisted in sinking petrochemical prices used in manufacturing hot mix asphalt additives. This trend is likely to retard global market growth. Since these additives new in the market, the production costs for these additives are extremely high. This trend is likely to retard the global asphalt additives market growth.

Asia Pacific has dominated the global asphalt additives market due to brisk growth in the construction industry. China has dominated the regional market followed closely by India, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. North America and Europe are projected to witness moderate to sluggish growth rate due to construction stagnation in these regions. Middle East and Africa are also predicted to observe brisk market growth over the next seven years owing to high industrialization as well as tourism industry growth.

Major global asphalt additives market industry participants include Evonik, Tr Chem Industries, DuPont Evalay, MeadWestvaco Corporation, Akzo Nobel, Kao Corporation, Delta Companies, and ArrMaz. The industry is characterized by a few major participants and several minor participants. Owing to the few major market participants the industry is said to be moderately consolidated.

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Update in Lawsuit for Investors in shares of Evolent Health, Inc. (NYSE: EVH)

An investor, who purchased shares of Evolent Health, Inc. (NYSE: EVH), filed a lawsuit in August 2019 over alleged violations of Federal Securities Laws by Evolent Health, Inc..

Investors who purchased shares of Evolent Health, Inc. (NYSE: EVH) have certain options and for certain investors are short and strict deadlines running. Deadline: October 7, 2019. NYSE: EVH investors should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554.

Arlington, VA based Evolent Health, Inc., through its subsidiary, Evolent Health LLC, provides health care delivery and payment solutions in the United States. By the end of 2018, Evolent Health, Inc had contractual relationships with over 35 operating partners. Many of these “partners” were either related parties, or companies in which Evolent had significant ownership or had provided financing at the onset of the relationship. Evolent’s largest and most important partner was University Health Care, Inc., d/b/a Passport Health Plan, which represented 20% of the Company’s revenues.

Then on May 29, 2019, Evolent Health, Inc announced that it was buying a controlling interest in Passport, which was essentially a bailout of the financially distressed health plan. Evolent Health, Inc acquired Passport despite previously stating that it had no intention of buying Passport or any other health plans for the foreseeable future, and that acquiring health plans was not part of its strategic focus. In addition, Evolent Health, Inc admitted that University Health Care, Inc., d/b/a Passport Health Plan was performing poorly and was not being run or managed properly, despite paying massive management fees to Evolent for what was previously understood by investors to be an aligned relationship.

On August 8, 2019, a lawsuit was filed against Evolent Health, Inc over alleged Securities Laws Violations. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants mispresented and failed to disclose that Evolent’s partnership model did not align the Company’s interests with those of its partners, as the model was designed to inflate the Company’s revenue by extracting enormous administrative and management fees at the expense of its operating partners such as Passport, that Passport was struggling financially, particularly after Kentucky cut its reimbursement rates, and the partnership between Evolent and University Health Care, Inc., d/b/a Passport Health Plan was becoming increasingly unsustainable, that Evolent was draining Passport of functions, employees and money, to such an extent that University Health Care, Inc., d/b/a Passport Health Plan was left on the verge of insolvency, that University Health Care, Inc., d/b/a Passport Health Plan t was conducting a bidding process for several months to sell itself to prevent liquidation, and that as a result of the foregoing, Defendants’ public statements were materially false and/or misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.

On January 10, 2020 an amended Complaint was filed and on June 8, 2020, a second amended Complaint was filed. On June 22, 2020, the defendants filed a Motion to Dismiss the second amended Complaint.

On March 24, 2021, the Court issued an Order granting in part and denying in part Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss.

Those who purchased shares of Evolent Health, Inc. (NYSE: EVH) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

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UK financial advisers still shun ETFs, data show

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The UK financial advisory market continues to elude exchange traded funds, new data show, as platforms lack the functionality to cheaply add them to popular model portfolios.

While intermediaries have increased their allocations to passive funds, ETFs are struggling to gain traction with financial advisers in the UK.

ETF providers had hoped that regulatory reforms would prompt ETF assets to grow in the UK retail market, but sales of ETFs among UK advisers still lag inflows to index-tracking mutual funds.

ETF net inflows via investment platforms used by financial advisers totalled £615m in 2020, compared with £6.1bn for passive funds overall, according to data from ISS Market Intelligence.

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While gross inflows to ETFs accounted for 2.4 per cent of UK platform sales last year, passive funds garnered a 21.1 per cent share.

Simon Hynes, head of retail distribution for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Legal & General Investment Management, said that when LGIM established an ETF business in 2017, he expected independent financial advisers’ use of ETFs to change over the following 18 months to two years.

But IFAs are “still not big users of ETFs”, said Hynes, who retires this month.

According to experts, there are several problems, including platforms’ charges, as well as difficulties in buying fractional ETF shares, that are slowing ETF growth in the UK.

Hynes said almost all adviser-facing platforms now offer ETFs, which was previously not the case. However, two of the “big guns” had “only recently” had the technology to host ETFs and “even then” some platforms’ charges favoured the use of funds over ETFs, he said.

“I think it will take time for the ETF structure to be seen as equally popular as funds in the UK,” he added.

Heather Hopkins, managing director at research consultancy NextWealth, said some platforms charge to deal ETFs, which “makes them more expensive than [UK-domiciled open-ended investment companies] — particularly if portfolios are being rebalanced”.

“Justifying a one-time fee for a superior product is one thing, but if the costs snowball each quarter [with rebalancing] that can have a significant impact,” Hopkins said.

Richard Bradley, research director at Platforum, agreed, saying: “Few adviser platforms charge for fund transactions, but most charge for listed securities. Rebalancing models containing ETFs can therefore be prohibitively expensive.”

Bradley said a second problem was the lack of fractional dealing on some platforms that made ETFs “harder for advisers to manage”.

“Both of these issues have been exacerbated by a rise in use of model portfolios,” he said.

Hopkins also said that “most new money is invested into model portfolios”, which was managed either by discretionary investment managers or financial advice firms.

Discretionary fund managers, for example, manage overall portfolios of assets, rather than individual client accounts. As a result, when the portfolio is rebalanced each quarter it can result in fractional trades for smaller individual client accounts, she said.

“Until [fractional ETF dealing] functionality is available across all platforms, take-up of ETFs will be limited in model portfolios,” Hopkins said.

Praemium, an investment platform, said: “A legislative change to enable company shares to be held fractionally would set a level playing field.”

Praemium added that the requirement under the Mifid regulation to have a legal entity identifier for exchange traded assets “may also have led to [intermediaries] remaining with funds as opposed to ETFs” due to the “additional work to request and continue to renew the [legal entity identifier]”.

However, the accessibility of ETFs on platforms is also a chicken-and-egg situation, according to Bradley.

“Platforms have seen little demand from advisers for ETF functionality, so it’s not really been a priority. Advisers have been happy to use index funds instead,” he said.

Meanwhile wealth managers have been a more profitable route for ETF providers in the UK.

Bradley said ETF adoption in wealth managers’ bespoke portfolios was more common as these were “less constrained” by platforms and models.

Hynes said UK wealth managers and global financial institutions were using ETFs and funds “interchangeably”.

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Cyber Security Deal Tracker Market Investment Analysis | Amazon Web Services, IBM, Microsoft

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Amazon’s Without Remorse review: Another mediocre Tom Clancy adaptation

It must be tough being married to an action movie badass. Just when your boo comes home from the war ready to settle down and start a family, you get caught in the crossfire and send him spiraling into revenge mode. Seriously, if you’re Michael B. Jordan’s pregnant wife in Amazon’s new Tom Clancy movie Without Remorse, you probably shouldn’t even bother picking a color for the nursery.

Originally meant for a big-screen release, Without Remorse streams on Amazon Prime Video starting Friday April 30. Jordan is eye-wateringly jacked as Navy SEAL badass John Kelly, aka best-selling novelist Tom Clancy’s secondary hero John Clark. Kelly/Clark isn’t as famous as Clancy’s biggest creation, Jack Ryan — played by John Krasinski in a recent TV series on Amazon Prime Video — but what he lacks in name recognition he makes up for in lethal finishing moves. Creeping through war zones, efficiently headshotting baddies and rendezvousing at the exfil, he’s John Wick in camo gear.

Without Remorse is directed with a steady eye by Stefano Sollima, who previously helmed gritty TV dramas Gomorrah and Suburra. The script comes courtesy of Taylor Sheridan, who wrote the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water and TV show Yellowstone. Sheridan also wrote the Sicario movies, the second of which was directed by Sollima, and there’s a strong Sicario vibe here: frowny geopolitical intrigue punctuated by bursts of action shot in an austere, slightly detached way.

That’s a classy pedigree behind the camera, but don’t be fooled. For all its lingering camerawork and spine-tingling music, this is still a film featuring characters named Hatchet, Dallas and Thunder. All the slow-burning cinematography in the world can’t disguise that Without Remorse is assembled almost entirely from creaky spy/action movie cliches.

Cocky special ops dudes trade barbs with twitchy CIA agents in war zones. Guest stars coldly eye each other across desks while quietly manipulating the lives of the men and women who work for them. The hero wakes up just in time to go ballistic on a kill team sneaking into his house. And most clanging of all, the hero is motivated by the murder of his pregnant wife.

Obviously this is an adaptation of a nearly 30-year-old best seller, so a few hoary old cliches are to be expected. But the book isn’t even about Kelly avenging his wife’s death — she dies in a car accident in the novel, which then follows him seeking revenge for the death of a different woman. The filmmakers actually added in this hoary old cliche. Look, if you can update the story from Vietnam to Syria and drop the Baltimore drug dealer plotline, you can probably swerve such an overused and unpleasant plot point while you’re at it.

So Kelly comes home from war to be with his pregnant wife, who wants him to retire from the military, but he isn’t sure, and blah blah even the filmmakers don’t care about this bit. Kelly’s squad is summarily dispatched, his wife gets caught in the crossfire, yada yada let’s go do some revenge. The film ignites — literally — when Kelly’s rage is channeled against a Russian bigwig, and it’s in these flashes of inventive sadism that Without Remorse hints at being its own thing. A flashlight rolling across a floor provides one of the film’s tensest moments, and there’s a bit where Kelly peels off his shirt and prepares for a fight that’s just as riveting as the punch-up that follows.

But in the second half things get a bit muddier, with a long slog of dark firefights. Sheridan’s co-writer, Will Staples, started out writing video games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and the film’s later action scenes often stick with Jordan as he’s attacked from afar. Gamers will recognize these visuals, and you may find they immerse you in the hero’s peril, like it’s you crouching behind that wall for some flimsy cover. But it does mean a lot rides on how long you’re prepared to watch a guy crouch behind a wall.

It doesn’t help that much of the action takes place in the dark, or that the bad guys are an endless supply of anonymously masked and body-armored nobodies. At least when Kelly is pursuing revenge he’s a real person dealing with other real people, although everybody delivers their lines like they’ll have to pay back their entire salary if they look for even a second like they’re enjoying themselves. Maybe the constant frowning and clenched-jaw mumbling is a comment on the numbing effect of killing and manipulating your fellow man, but I doubt it.

In the lead role, Michael B. Jordan has little to work with other than “badass + dead wife,” but he’s a magnetic physical presence nonetheless. He made his name in the Creed films, a modern update of the Rocky films from the 1970s and ’80s starring Sylvester Stallone, so it’s perhaps fitting he’s now slotted into a retooling of Stallone’s ultraviolent traumatized-veteran Rambo films.

One of the more human moments is a scene where Kelly delivers an embittered speech about why he fought for his country, but the film never questions his war-fighting role — so you might miss the irony that this guy is enraged about war intruding into his home when his whole job is intruding into other countries. For a film about the consequences of geopolitical violence, Without Remorse is remarkably offhand about dropping trained killers into sovereign countries, though to be fair it does give you plenty of time to ponder such things — just wait for the hero to crouch behind a wall, and let your mind wander.

Still, this is a Tom Clancy adaptation, so it’s hardly likely to meditate on foreign policy with any great depth. It’s also paving the way for another shoot-’em-up sequel based on the Rainbow Six games, thanks to one of the most tacked on post-credit sequences you’ll ever sit through. This clangingly out-of-nowhere sequel setup is delivered through such gritted teeth it seems even the actors don’t want to talk about another film.

Without Remorse suffers from the same problem as the Jack Ryan series also streaming on Amazon. Tom Clancy may’ve invented this kind of international thriller, but his work has been so influential that it now appears hackneyed and cliched. Like the Jack Ryan series, Without Remorse is slick stuff and will probably engage fans of the genre, but it arrives without much freshness or originality.

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Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) Stock Hits Record Hits On Huge Beat in Earnings

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) Stock soared in after-hours session after the company announces its second consecutive quarter of more than $100 billion in sales, predicts a third on the way.

The company said the preliminary second-quarter EPS was $15.79, more than triple the $5.01 a share recognized in the same period a year ago and well ahead of S&P Capital IQ Consensus Estimate of $9.55.

The company issues upside guidance for Q2, sees Q2 revs of $110-116 bln vs. $107.58 bln S&P Capital IQ Consensus. company guides to Q2 operating income of $4.5-8.0 bln vs $6.92 bln consensuses.

AMZN stock soared over 4% in after-hours sessions to a record high of $3613. The stock already went up about 4% so far this ahead of earnings.