NRL Finals 2019: Parramatta Eels inflict all-time record on Brisbane Broncos

The Parramatta Eels have sent the Brisbane Broncos packing in emphatic fashion. Live stream the 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership Finals on KAYO …

Parramatta have romped into an elimination semi-final showdown with the Melbourne Storm on Saturday after humiliating the Brisbane Broncos in a 58-0 rout at Bankwest Stadium.

The statistics were astonishing as the Eels made 1825 metres to just 794m for the Broncos.

That was the best of it for Brisbane though and when Daniel Alvaro crossed for a rare try in the final minute the humiliation was complete as Brisbane slumped to the biggest loss in the club’s 32-year history.

As if to rub further salt into the wound Manu Ma’u kicked the final two points in his final game for the Eels at home, his kicking technique was far from convincing but it didn’t matter.

The loss was also the biggest defeat ever inflicted on the Broncos by the Eels, eclipsing a 68-22 win in 2007, was the biggest ever finals loss in Broncos history, taking over from a 40-0 rout at the hands of the Storm again in 2007 and was also the biggest ever margin in a finals game ever, besting Newtown’s 48-point win over St George in 1944. The Jets won 55-7 that day

What’s amazing is it should have been even worse for Brisbane because Mitchell Moses missed five shots at goal, kicking 7/11 conversions and missing a relatively easy penalty goal.

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold was a shattered man in his press conference.

“I’m really disappointed and embarrassed,” Seibold said.

“I’ll wear it, I am coach of the club so it’s my responsibility.

“In big games for what it’s worth, that’s where the Broncos are at.”

Seibold stopped short of issuing an apology to Brisbane fans though, refusing to when asked if he would in his press conference.

While the Broncos were beyond bad the Eels were near flawless in the rout.

Cult hero winger Maika Sivo bagged himself a try scoring double as the crowd chanted his name, Moses did the same, his first try one of the best individual efforts of the season as he evoked memories of Broncos legend Allan Langer, kicking for himself with a grubber and scoring.

Sivo was his powerhouse self in the performance.

Dylan Brown also got a double for himself in the dominant performance with Blake Ferguson, Michael Jennings, Alvaro, Tepai Moeroa and Shaun Lane also scoring tries.

For the Broncos there was even more drama potentially looming with Origin forward Joe Ofahengaue put on report for a nasty high shot on Blake Ferguson, that nearly smashed the star winger’s nose all over again.

For the Eels a date with Melbourne at AAMI Park next Saturday night awaits.

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Engineers Just Unveiled a New Blackest-Ever Material, Even Darker Than Vantablack

You might think you already know black – even super-black Vantablack, previously the blackest material known to science – but researchers just came …

You might think you already know black – even super-black Vantablack, previously the blackest material known to science – but researchers just came up with a material that takes black to a new level of blackness.

The new, as-yet-unnamed ultra-black material is made from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs), microscopic carbon strings that are a little like a fuzzy forest of tiny trees, according to the team behind the project.

And here’s the rub – this CNT material can absorb more than 99.995 percent of incoming light, beating the 99.96 percent that Vantablack is able to absorb.

“In other words, it reflected 10 times less light than all other superblack materials, including Vantablack,” explains an MIT release.

Like some of the best scientific discoveries, this record-setting black stuff was discovered by accident.

The researchers were looking at ways to grow CNTs on electrically conductive materials like aluminium, and it was during these experiments that they noticed the blackness of the materials they were growing on specially treated aluminium foil.

“I remember noticing how black it was before growing carbon nanotubes on it, and then after growth, it looked even darker,” says mechanical engineer Kehang Cui, from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. “So I thought I should measure the optical reflectance of the sample.”

That’s when the ultra-powerful light absorption properties were recorded – from every possible angle, the material soaked up virtually all the light directed at it.

What’s not clear is why the material is like this. It might be the way that the etched aluminium, on which the oxide layer is removed, combines with the carbon nanotubes in some way, but more research is going to be needed to know for sure.

In the meantime, the new record-setting black is on show at an art exhibition in New York called The Redemption of Vanity.

MIT artist-in-residence Diemut Strebe has worked with the researchers to coat a 16.78-carat natural yellow diamond, estimated to be worth $2 million, in the ultrablack material.

What should be a bright, sparkling, highly reflective gem ends up a lightless void.

“Because of the extremely high light absorptive qualities of the CNTs, any object, in this case a large diamond coated with CNTs, becomes a kind of black hole absent of shadows,” says Strebe.

“The unification of extreme opposites in one object and the particular aesthetic features of the CNTs caught my imagination for this art project.”

Of course the potential uses for super-black materials go far beyond art exhibits. Removing light and glare is essential in optical instruments such as cameras and telescopes, and it’s possible that the new material could be used to keep light away from space telescopes.

As for how long it’s going to be before we see a material that’s even blacker than the ones we have at the moment, the researchers are philosophical.

“I think the blackest black is a constantly moving target,” says aeronautics and astronautics professor Brian Wardle, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“Someone will find a blacker material, and eventually we’ll understand all the underlying mechanisms, and will be able to properly engineer the ultimate black.”

The research has been published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

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Johnny Gill’s legacy of making timeless music continues with new album

Johnny Gill is riding high. His voice is full of joy and he is loving the idea of calling his own shots as the CEO and lead artist of J Skillz Records.
Johnny Gill – Game Changer II album artwork (Photo credit: J Skillz Records/Kalvary)

Johnny Gill is riding high. His voice is full of joy and he is loving the idea of calling his own shots as the CEO and lead artist of J Skillz Records.

Known best for his affiliation with New Edition and breaking away from the group to share timeless hits like “My, My, My,” “There You Go” and “Rub You The Right Way,” he’s been a vital part of the machine that promotes and sells artists. With respect to major labels and how they function, his preference is clearly to run the operation.

“Nobody’s going to ever see your vision the way that you see it or probably really truly understand it better than you can,” he explains. “But you’ve gotta have a vision. It’s one thing to own the label and say, ‘I’m a put my own music out so I can make money,” versus actually knowing and having an idea, a vision for what it is you’re trying to do and accomplish. And that’s a different ball game.”

As evidenced by the past five years, which has seen him generate a significant buzz with tracks like “5000 Miles” (Game Changer) and the recent billboard smash, “Soul of a Woman” from Game Changer II, his business model is working.

“You know, when you have a hit movie, … they normally do a sequel,” he jokes with a confident chuckle. “So this was my sequel to Game Changer. I’m excited because the music on here gives me the opportunity to stretch out and at the same time, not lose the essence of who Johnny, is.”

The “sequel,” which was released one week ago on Sept. 6, includes features from After Seven’s Kevon Edmonds (“Home”), Shelia E. and Carlos Santana (“Fiesta”) and Ralph Tresvant, with what is setting up to be the second single, “Perfect.”

Known for his business acumen as much as his rich vocal talent, Gill is among a small pool of artists who owns his masters. It’s also widely known that he registered the name “New Edition” with Ralph Tresvant, a calculated decision he says was meant to preserve the group’s worth.

“The name was obtained because it was out there for 25 years and no one ever owned it,” he reasons. “The group has never owned the name.

“We [did that] to keep the integrity of this group … but everybody got all bent out of shape. It was all done [for] the good of protecting, not only the group, but protecting all of us. … It’s being taken care of.”

If you’re wondering, neither Gill nor Tresvant quit New Edition, and short of a miracle or the second coming of the man upstairs, his music will remain on J Skillz Records for the remainder.

“It would take God coming down and [laughing] tying both of my hands and taking my hands and pushing the ink onto the paper it [and making me sign],” he laughs uncontrollably. “I’m great.”

Agreed.

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7 Fiat-to-Cryptocurrency Exchanges to Use in 2019

You can buy Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Ethereum Classic, as well as other popular cryptocurrencies using more than 50 fiat …

Fiat-to-crypto exchanges offer one of the easiest ways to enter the cryptocurrency market. They allow newcomers to bypass the whole hustle of having to exchange their fiat currencies into a crypto token that will be later used in the final transaction/exchange process.

Things to Consider Before Choosing a Fiat-to-Crypto Exchange

Of course, choosing the right fiat-to-crypto exchange is easier said than done, as numerous factors need to be taken into account. Usually, one of the most important aspects when you want to choose a crypto exchange of any sort is related to the fee system. That’s because everyone would like an exchange with very low fees.

Liquidity is another significant aspect. A high level of liquidity ensures that a crypto asset or security can be quickly bought or sold in the market, without having its price affected. By picking an exchange with a good liquidity, you ensure that trading between multiple coins is fast and at reasonable prices.

You should also take a look at the limit system, especially if you want to buy a large amount. Always check to see how much you can buy on a daily basis, and what are the transaction limits. Another essential thing to check is how much you can withdraw at once.

Reputation is one of the most valuable aspects of any crypto exchange. Ideally, you’ll want to pick an exchange that has an excellent reputation within the crypto sphere, as well as to check if it is regulated or not.

Best Fiat-to-Cryptocurrency Exchanges to Use in 2019:

Coinbase

When it comes to popularity, few exchanges can compete with Coinbase, one of the world’s most accessible fiat-to-cryptocurrency exchanges. It is available in well over 30 countries worldwide, including the United States.

You can buy Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Ethereum Classic, as well as other popular cryptocurrencies using more than 50 fiat currencies, such as AUD, USD, EUR, GPB, CAD, and many others. In terms of accepted payment methods, you are provided with the possibility of buying or depositing crypto via ACH bank transfers, debit cards, and wire transfers.

Coinbase Pro

Formerly known as GDAX, Coinbase Pro is designed to offer high-volume and advanced digital currency trading services to both amateur and professional traders. Coinbase Pro allows you to buy BTC, BCH, ETH, LTC, ETC, ZRX, and BAT using USD, EUR, and GBP.

The exchange is renowned for its high liquidity and for the fact that it offers competitive fees and multiple deposit options. As far as payment methods are concerned, Coinbase Pro supports ACH bank transfers, SEPA withdrawals, deposits in EUR, and wire transfers in US dollars. Another advantage of Coinbase Pro is that daily withdrawal limits begin at $10,000. Last but not least, Coinbase Pro is so secure that it has never been hacked.

LocalBitcoins

LocalBitcoins is another very good service for those who are interested in buying Bitcoins with fiat currencies. The service is available in more than 200 countries, and it allows you to trade Bitcoins in over 100 currencies.

The payment methods include cash, wire transfer, credit card, Amazon Gift card, Google Wallet, PayPal, Square Cash, and Western Union. The service connects individual buyers and sellers on the platform, which is exactly why it doesn’t charge any exchange rates.

Gemini

Gemini is currently one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges out there. The exchange, which is the brainchild of the Winklevoss twins, allows you to use USD to buy BTC, ETH, LTC, ZEC, and GUSD. Even though it’s New Year-based, Gemini is available in most US states (except Oregon, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, and Wisconsin) and various countries from other continents, such as the UK, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Singapore.

Gemini accepts USD via ACH (automated clearing house) deposits and wire transfers. Even if the exchange process and wire transfer or ACH deposits are free on Gemini, wire transfers are usually subjected to bank fees.

Kraken

Kraken is a big name in the world of crypto exchanges, as it’s one of the oldest exchanges of this sort on the market. The platform is designed to cater to the needs of most advanced transfers. It boasts excellent liquidity, fast execution speeds, decent fees, and access to some useful tools, such as margin trading.

On Kraken, you can trade some of the most popular government issued fiat currencies, such as USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, and CAD for cryptocurrencies, such as BTC, BCH, ETH, ADA, QTUM, XMR, DASH, LTC, XRP, XLM, REP, MLN, ZEC, USDT, GNO, EOS, and BSV.

As far as payment methods are concerned, Kraken accepts US payments through fiat currency and crypto. For example, US residents can deposit USD. Fees start at 0% and depend on how much you trade, being usually charged on a per trade basis and calculated as a percentage of the trader’s quoted volume.

Coinmama

Coinmama is a big name in the crypto exchange world and has since long been the go-to place for users who want to buy cryptocurrencies with a credit card. It supports USD and EUR, as well as cryptocurrencies, such as BTC, ETH, ETC, BCH, LTC, ADA, QTUM, and XRP.

The trading fee on Coinmama is 5,90%, and the deposit fee for the credit card is of 5%. Another significant advantage of Coinmama is that it’s available in more than 220 countries worldwide, and also accepts most local currencies. Accepted payment methods include Visa and Mastercard debit cards, as well as cash (via Western Union Transfer).

CEX.IO

CEX.IO is a London-based fiat-to-crypto exchange founded in 2013. It allows you to buy popular cryptocurrencies, such as BTC, BTG, BCH, DASH, ETH, XRP, ZEC, XLM, and GUSD with USD, EUR, RUB, and GBP.

Interestingly, the exchange rates of CEX.IO are based on the platform’s market activity. Even though the exchange rates can change, typically they’re within 0,5% and 2% of the mid-market rate. CEX.IO supports the following types of transfers: bank transfers, credit cards, crypto capital, vouchers, and even withdrawals to personal cryptocurrency wallets.

Conclusions

Whatever you choose from our list of fiat-to-crypto exchanges, we’re sure it will be a good choice. Furthermore, you’ll still need to take some time and do a bit of research on your own in order to find the best possible option.

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Rostelecom to introduce payments using facial recognition – report

Rostelecom, in cooperation with the bank Russian Standard, plans to introduce a prototype system at the Finopolis financial technology forum.

Russian national operator Rostelecom plans to enable payments for goods and services in shops using facial recognition, reports Vedomosti citing two sources close to the project. It is expected to become available in October. Rostelecom is the operator of the Single Biometric System, which was launched in July of 2018.

Rostelecom, in cooperation with the bank Russian Standard, plans to introduce a prototype system at the Finopolis financial technology forum. The commercial version should become available at the end of this autumn.

Customers will need to attach their bank cards with a biometric image in order to use the system. The function will require an application from Rostelecom or from a bank supporting payments using facial recognition. There will be a RUB 1,000 ceiling for transactions using facial recognition.

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