Unravelling the secrets of this Universe

Posted: 28 October 2011 2110 hrs

PARIS – Scientists who threw down the gauntlet to physics by reporting particles that broke the Universe’s speed limit said on Friday they were revisiting their contested experiment.

“The new test began two or three days ago,” said Stavros Kasavenas, deputy head of France’s National Institute for Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics, also called the IN2P3.

“The criticism is that the results we had were a statistical quirk. The test should help (us) address this,” he told AFP.

On September 23, the team stunned particle physicists by saying they had measured neutrinos that travelled around six kilometres (3.75 miles) per second faster than the velocity of light, determined by Albert Einstein to be the highest speed possible.

The neutrinos had been measured along a 732-kilometre (454-mile) trajectory between the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland and a laboratory in Italy.

Through a complex transformation, a few of the protons arrive at their destination as neutrinos, travelling through Earth’s crust.

The scientists at CERN and the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy scrutinised the results of the so-called Opera experiment for nearly six months before making the announcement.

They admitted they were flummoxed and put out the begging bowl for an explanation. The results have not been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Since then, an open-access online physics review, Arxiv, has had scores of papers submitted to it.

Some point to perceived technical glitches, noting that only a minute flaw in measurement would have had the neutrinos busting the speed of light.

Kasavenas said CERN was making available a special form of proton beam until November 6.

The idea is to assess a modified measurement technique.

If this works, the technique will be used in a bigger, “highly important” experiment that will be carried out in April, he said.

“The idea with the new beam is to have protons that are generated in packets lasting one or two nanoseconds with a gap between each packet of 500 nanoseconds,” he said.

“We will be able to measure the neutrinos one by one, but to do this we need a beam that is a hundred times less intense than the previous one.”

– AFP/ir

Unravelling the secrets of this Universe

“One day we will find out, how atoms of water can be transformed to wine, how to travel from one place to another just by transformation, the transformation of Jesus where the human body becomes as bright as light and totally a different matter, with the absolute knowledge of God. When I have the opportunity to study indepth, I will know if we are heading in the right directions, to unravel all the secrets of this Universe.” Contributed by Oogle.

The race to the Top

The race to the Top

New technologies will integrate
The following platforms
Where the PC, smartphone and car infotainment systems,
Will function as one
It is possible to move your data and messages
From contacts, messages, music, videos
Between all the platforms
Companies that invest
Will reap handsome profits
And create brand loyalty
With a huge global audience
Which OS will emerge the eventual winner?
Is it windows, linux or andriod?
Welcome to the New Economy

Contributed by Oogle.




Moving in the right direction

09:03 AM Oct 28, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO – Hewlett-Packard ditched a plan to spin off its personal computers unit, a month after the ouster of CEO Leo Apotheker, whose idea would have cost billions of dollars in expenses and lost business.

New chief executive Meg Whitman, who replaced Mr Apotheker immediately, had vowed a quick decision on an issue that was beginning to alienate its PC partners, investors and customers.

Separating the PC unit would have cost the company US$1.5 billion (S$1.9 billion) in one-time expenses and another US$1 billion annually, it said.

The retention of the PC business marks the latest flip-flop in strategy as the company had said earlier that its preferred option was to spin out the business.

“This is the most pragmatic decision and allows them to continue to leverage the end-to-end supply chain benefits,” said Gartner analyst Mark Fabi, adding that it also showed Ms Whitman’s decisiveness as CEO.

“Clearly this was missing over the past year,” he added.

The world’s largest technology company by revenue stunned investors when it announced in August that it is considering strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG) – which includes PCs – and would kill its new tablet computer as part of a major revamping away from the consumer market.

Citing deep integration of the PC group in HP’s supply chain and procurement, Ms Whitman said the company was “stronger” with the unit. REUTERS
Moving in the right direction

“HP is a world leader in the PC and technology market, it would be like killing the golden goose that helps you lay the golden egg by ditching your PC unit. To stay competitive HP needs to reinvest and stay relevant in this competitive global markets by concentrating more on the software side to create more innovative products.” – Contributed by Oogle.

Which End of the Food Chain do you want to be?

PARIS | Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:36am EDT

OECD Indicators paint dark picture of global economy

(Reuters) – The outlook for the world’s major economies is continuing to darken according to the latest data from the OECD published on Monday, which showed sharp falls in leading indicators for all countries except Japan.
The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said its composite leading indicator (CLI) for its 33 member countries dropped for a fifth straight month in August, hitting 100.8 after 101.4 in July and signaling a slowdown in economic activity.
Individual country readings fell across the board, including for non-OECD member countries, with most seeing their CLIs drop below their long-term average of 100.
Only Germany, Russia and the United States kept readings above 100. Japan, meanwhile, stood out as the only country not yet headed for a clear slowdown, registering a modest 1-point decline in its CLI to 102.5 from 102.6.
“For all other major economies, except Japan, the CLIs are now pointing strongly to a slowdown in economic activity below long-term trend,” the OECD said.
The OECD CLIs are designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend – a turnaround in an indicator tends to precede turning points in economic activity by around six months.
The consensus at the moment is that many major western economies are teetering on the brink of recession, as they struggle to repay inflated levels of debt.
The OECD’s reading for the Group of Seven major economies — France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States — slumped to 101.1 in August from 101.7 in July, while the reading for the euro area fell 9 points, to 99.8 from 100.7.
It’s politics, politics and politics

“If politicians do not wake to the fact that their muted response is the cause of the global crisis, what solutions do you expect from them to solve the crisis?”

Contributed by Oogle.

“If Congress does not act it will be because Republicans decided they did not want to do anything to help the economy,” Geithner said. “If Congress does not act, then growth will be weaker, more people will be out of work, we’ll be putting off the important challenge we have as a country going forward, and that’s not something we should do.” 
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said European leaders must go beyond a planned recapitalization of banks to resolve the continent’s sovereign- debt crisis. ————————————————————————————————–

By Tom Hals, Sue Zeidler and Caroline Humer

Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:57pm EDT 
New bankruptcy ripples may emerge in tough economy

(Reuters) – Three years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers touched off a tidal wave of bankruptcy filings, corporate failures may be about to pick up again, with some big-name companies among those struggling for survival.
Companies in a range of businesses, including hair salons, restaurants, renewable energy, and the paper industry, have tumbled into Chapter 11 in the past few months.
The weak economy, lackluster consumer spending, a shaky junk-bond market and increasingly tight lending practices are also threatening struggling companies in industries as diverse as shipping, tourism, media, energy and real estate.
AMR Corp’s American Airlines may need to go to court to restructure its labor contracts, though a spokesman for the airline reiterated on Monday that bankruptcy is not the company’s goal or preference.
Kodak confirmed that a law firm known for taking companies through bankruptcy has been advising on strategy as attempts to overcome the loss of its traditional photography business falter. It has denied any intention of filing for bankruptcy.
Some bankruptcy and restructuring experts warn a fresh U.S. recession could trigger a string of failures to rival the one that followed Lehman Brothers, which in 2008 filed the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
“It’s getting busier for everyone I know,” said Jay Goffman, the co-head of the Global Restructuring Group at law firm Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. “I think 2012 will be a busy year and 2013 and 2014 will be extraordinarily busy years in restructuring.”
No one is currently predicting a second Lehman-type collapse. Its $639 billion bankruptcy came after a loss of confidence in the investment bank as asset values plummeted, leading to the drying up of credit lines.
In fact, predicting a bankruptcy wave at all is a tricky task, experts say. It could depend on several unknowns: how much money banks and other institutions are willing to lend troubled companies, whether the economy lands in a double-dip recession and what happens in the European debt crisis.
The sovereign debt crisis in Europe could be the most important X factor. Even the experts who say that a bankruptcy crisis is not coming because current low interest rates make it easy for companies to get cash to finance their way out of trouble, say that the euro zone’s problems could trigger defaults here.
“It is possible that one or two sovereign debt defaults would increase the pressure we’d feel in the U.S. credit market. Then we might see an environment like we had in 2008,” said Peter Fitzsimmons, president for North America for turnaround advisory firm AlixPartners LLP.
Chapter 11 filings are picking up, bankruptcy data show. Ten companies with at least $100 million in assets filed for bankruptcy in Sept
ember, the most since 17 filed in April, which was the busiest month since 2009, according to Bankruptcydata.com.
For a graphic click here link.reuters.com/nuw34sp:
Recent failures included renewable energy companies Evergreen Solar and Solyndra. The latter collapsed in a politically-charged bankruptcy after taking a $535 million loan from the federal government.
Other recent bankruptcies include glossy magazine paper manufacturer NewPage Corp, which was the largest bankruptcy of the year and the largest non-financial company filing since 2009; Graceway Pharmaceuticals, which makes skin creams; Hussey Copper Corp., which makes the copper bars used in switchboards, and the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League.
So far this month, five companies with more than $100 million in assets have filed, including the Friendly’s ice cream chain – and wireless broadband company Open Range Communications Inc.
It is difficult to predict trends in filings. For example, experts who focused on macroeconomic credit indicators and default projections in 2006 or 2007 wouldn’t in many cases have been prepared for the severity of failures that followed.
In 2009, General Motors, Chrysler Group, LyondellBasell Industries and General Growth Properties all filed for bankruptcy, contributing to a record number of filings and topped the list of largest bankruptcies ever.
At the same time, some experts were predicting an even deeper and longer list of corporate collapses. But within a year of bankruptcy filings breaking records, banks and other financial institutions were buying debt and lending, making it easy for companies to finance their way out of trouble.
Two months after Lehman failed, the U.S. Federal Reserve slashed rates to near zero. Once confidence began to return to the debt markets, investors flocked to high-yield bonds sold by ailing companies, allowing them to refinance.
Other failing companies were able to “amend and extend” – or to critics, “amend and pretend” – by striking new borrowing terms with lenders that delayed debt maturities in the hopes the economy would rebound smartly and business would pick up.
Those measures often avoided operational overhauls, creating what some experts called “zombie companies” that cut staff and prices to survive, but were too sick to invest in new projects.
Bankruptcy court allows troubled companies to shed debt and also become more operationally efficient as they renegotiate labor contracts, as airlines have done, or reject pricey store leases, which retailers often do.
But these changes do not always work, especially when companies find little support among suppliers or creditors for their turnaround plans. Bankrupt book chain Borders, for instance, recently closed its doors after failing to find a buyer.
In addition, confidence in the economy and easy access to debt allowed companies to complete restructurings in 2009 and 2010 with business plans and debt loads that were based on an economic pickup that has now faltered. That could create the potential for trouble at companies that have already restructured once.

What we leave behind after we are gone

The wails of a newborn baby fills the air,
As the nurse lift the baby by its legs,
And gave it a very tight slaps,
She wrapped the baby with a clean cloth,
And hands it to the mother creator,
I can see it in her eyes,
Gleaming with a radiant smile,
A face filled with joy,
In a heavenly bliss,
Nothing in this world can compare,
This miraculous sight,
The birth of a newborn,
The aspirations of a new found parent,
A future of hope and great tidings,
Radiate across the room.

At the hospital bed,
A frail woman lay,
A woman who is advanced in age,
Lay sick in her final moments,
Her husband at her bedside,
Clapsed her wringkled hands,
Peace I can see in her eyes,
A Life well spent and blessed,
A face of inmost tranquility,
No fear of the journey beyond,
I can see, in her eyes,
When she grasp for her last breath,
And closes her eyes forever,
Tears roll down my face,
Knowing she has crossed the boundary,
The journey to world beyond.

Our Lifes are but a memory,
How fast time really flies,
In a twinkling of an eye,
We will be halfway across our journey,
The decisions we make,
The regrets of our youth,
Nothing beats having run a good race,
The memories we leave behind,
Friends and relations we make,
Will be forever edged in their minds,
It is sad that nowadays people are so preoccupied,
With the things of the world,
They have no time left,
To feed their spiritual souls,
When the time comes,
They will become – “The Forgotten”. 

I want to be “Remembered Forever.”
God’s promise to Mankind,
An everlasting life,
Beside the right throne of God Almighty,
God’s love for Mankind,
Extends beyond this world and universe,
One day will come,
When the world has passed away,
But God’s promises will never pass away.
If you place your total trust in Him,
And forsake all for the ultimate knowledge of God,
God shall provide for all your needs, 
And You Shall Overcomed.

Contributed by Oogle.

The Rules of the Game has changed

1) Herd Instinct

Volatility breeds profits if in a bear or bull market, as long as there is great movement in indexes, there is profits to be made. Bets are made with a view to short/mid term where the returns of long term is no longer that attractive. With this in mind, it is difficult to control the global markets as funds can move freely.

2) High Frequency Trading

As investors become more sophisticated, computerised trading with risk analysis will give you great leverage on your investment and your risk appetide. As financial institutions do not divulge much on their practices, there could be a repeat of Nick Leeson bankrupting a financial institution if the risks involved is not properly controlled, or not properly funded.  

3) The Government/Institutions are unable to control the risks involved

As not much information is publicly available on the practices of different financial institutions, it is difficult to control the risks exposed with a view to fair practices by the financial establishment. It is important to STUDY the Systems involved and AUDIT them for risk management purposes and DISCLOSURE levels for adequate risk insurance and funding. The risk level and exposure could run from a few hundred to few hundred thousand per cent from the trading of about US$10,000 lot analysing from the previous crises, typicalling controlling the entire markets which could be millions of dollars. It is therefore possible to control a market of hundreds of billions with only less than a few hundreds of millions.

4) Therefore in whatever industry, as long you have deep pockets with pure cash and a market maker, with a high percentage of share in that market, it is possible to dominate or monopolised totally like a cartel, if you can read the markets well, and you are not adversed to risks.

It will take another meltdown like the 2008/2009 crises to regulate and control the bad hats involved.

Contributed by Oogle.




由于投资者变得更加复杂风险分析电脑化交易让您您的投资和风险偏好伟大杠杆由于金融机构不会透露他们的做法可能是尼克 – 里森破产金融机构重复如果所涉及的风险没有适当的控制或没有适当资助


由于没有太多信息公开不同金融机构的做法,它是金融机构公平做法,以期暴露风险难以控制重要的是要研究涉及系统足够风险保险和资金审计风险管理的目的信息披露水平 的风险水平和曝光可以运行10,000美元,从以前危机typicalling控制整个市场可能是数百万美元分析很多交易几百到几十万因此它是可以控制千亿只有不到几百百万市场



SEC examining mutual funds’ use of derivatives 
12:14 AM Sep 01, 2011

WASHINGTON – US securities regulators voted unanimously to seek public comment on whether they need to write new rules to better address the risks posed by mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and other investment companies that use derivatives.

The decision on Wednesday to solicit input marks an initial step by the Securities and Exchange Commission as it examines the effectiveness of current disclosure and leverage rules as they relate to derivatives.

The fear is that funds can use derivatives to potentially exceed borrowing rules and risk limits, while technically complying with the letter of the law.

The SEC’s interest in derivatives use by investment companies predates the 2007-2009 financial crisis, which laid bare the potential risks of over-the-counter derivatives.

Credit default swaps played a central role in crises at Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and American International Group.

SEC chairman Mary Schapiro said that taking a closer look at derivatives use by funds is important because when the 1940 Investment Company Act was written, derivatives “as we now know them did not exist”.

“The Act imposes important leverage, valuation, diversification, and industry concentration requirements to help protect
fund investors. However, those limitations were written with stocks and bonds in mind, not complex financial derivatives,” she said.

“As a result, fund investments in derivatives are not always wholly captured by the statutory limitations and requirements.”

The initial reform push began with former SEC Investment management director Andrew Donohue, who several years ago began questioning whether federal laws governing mutual funds and exchange-traded funds needed to be modernised. He asked the American Bar Association to study the issue. In March 2010, the SEC announced it was conducting its own broad review of derivatives use by investment companies.

The 1940 act places various restrictions on mutual funds, including the amount of money a fund can borrow.

But derivatives can be used as another means to achieve leverage, allowing funds potentially to exceed borrowing rules while still complying with the law.

Derivatives also allow funds to seek exposure to various things such as bonds or stocks, without purchasing them directly.

Existing law primarily addresses direct investments by funds, raising questions about how swaps and other derivatives should be accounted for and valued on their books.

Also on Wednesday, the SEC voted unanimously to seek guidance from the public on two companion documents that will help the agency determine how it should modernise regulations for asset-backed securities issuers and real estate investment trusts, or REITS, which are in the business of acquiring mortgages and mortgage-related instruments.

Both issuers of ABS and REITs generally rely on exemptions from most investment company regulations to be able to operate. The SEC is planning to explore potential changes to the conditions that qualify both entities for exemptions. REUTERS

Singapore's Shame(The Numbers 666)


Ever since the days of Adam and Eve,
The Sepent has deceived Eve to give Adam the Apple of Knowledge,
And in the process snatched away the rights of this earth,
To be the Supreme ruler of this world,
Using money to control every inhabitant,
And Eve to control the Head of the Family,
Eventually the Head of the Church.
No one on this earth can escape his clutches,
He is the Supreme ruler of ALL,
He only fabricate Lies and more Lies,
To cover up the Truths.
The Truth is now uncovered,
HE doesn’t need to pretend anymore,
Of world domination and control,
His idea of Heaven is,
To make ALL his slaves,
The body HE has is now old and grey,
When the time comes HE  will move on from this world,
To another and HE will be even more powerful,
Showing signs from heavens,
And Wonders,
To deceive the very Elected people of God,
And submit to HIS throne.

Contributed by Oogle.