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Wall Street stays stuck in neutral ahead of a looming inflation report

Wall Street stays stuck in neutral ahead of a looming inflation report

[ad_1] U.S. stock indexes held roughly in place Monday ahead of an inflation report that could show how realistic Wall Street’s hopes are for easier interest rates. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped 5.75 points, or 0.1%, to 5,117.94, coming off just its third losing week in the last 19. It’s still near its all-time high set Thursday, buoyed by expectations that cuts to interest rates are coming this year and by signals that the economy remains remarkably resilient. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 46.97 points, or 0.1%, to 38,769.66, and the Nasdaq composite fell 65.84 points, or 0.4%, to 16,019.27. Tuesday’s report on prices at the consumer level could show inflation remained at 3.1% in February, if economists’ forecasts are correct. A month ago, a hotter-than-expected report on inflation at the consumer level sent financial markets spinning after scrambling bets for when the Federal Reserve will start cutting rates. Stocks have already run higher and Treasury yields have eased in the bond market on expectations that such cuts are coming. But the …

Princess Anne is so elegant in neutral look with stylish boots

Princess Anne is so elegant in neutral look with stylish boots

[ad_1] Princess Anne was spotted fulfilling her long-given name as the “hardest-working royal” as she took on another public engagement this week, on this occasion in the capital city. The Princess Royal, 73, was seen paying a visit to the Mary’s Living & Giving shop in Wandsworth that raises money for Save the Children, the charity of which Anne is a patron. The royal was seen wearing a tasteful stone-coloured smart jacket. Anne wore the jacket done up with a coordinating pleated midi skirt over a pair of stylish black suede knee-high boots that her sister-in-law Queen Camilla would admire. The Princess looked immaculate with a printed scarf tied around her neck and created a prim and proper look with her black gloves and leather shoulder bag. As usual, the King’s sister wore her hair up with plenty of volume at the root and attached a silver brooch to her blazer. Her makeup look, as we have come to expect from the royal, was applied in a minimalist fashion.  The Princess Royal paid the shop …

Gymnastics Body Gives Neutral Status to 30 Belarusians but Path to Paris Olympics Is Still Unclear

Gymnastics Body Gives Neutral Status to 30 Belarusians but Path to Paris Olympics Is Still Unclear

[ad_1] LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Gymnastics Federation has granted neutral status to 30 athletes and officials from Belarus allowing them to take part in international competitions, although it is unclear how they could qualify for the Paris Olympics. The only Belarusian gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, trampoline gymnast Ivan Litvinovich, was one of the 14 athletes on the FIG list of people given neutral status. Russian and Belarusian were banned from most sports following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Belarus supports. But the International Olympic Committee asked sports governing bodies last year to look at integrating individuals from Russia and Belarus back into competitions as neutral athletes as this year’s Paris Games approached. In order to be eligible for neutral status, athletes and officials must not have publicly supported the war nor have ties to military and state security agencies. However, the European governing body for gymnastics decided in December to maintain its ban on Russian and Belarusians from its events in defiance of a FIG decision advising they could return this …

Lean into the neutral tones of autumn with brown nails | Nail varnish

[ad_1] Now the weather has had the decency to admit summer was a non-starter, I’m quite enjoying leaning into unequivocally autumnal beauty. A quick lap of the shops will leave you in no doubt that brown (preferably in corduroy, satin or cashmere) is the fashion colour of the season, but I predict it will figure as prominently on nails. I type this with the tips of a milk chocolate manicure, The Gel Bottle’s Pudding Biab (£16.99, applied by Beth at BW Collective in Brighton), and as much as I hate to immediately repeat a nail colour, I doubt I’ll stray far from this cool cocoa shade at my next appointment. When so many nail trends err on the side of gimmicky (glazed doughnut nails with marbled frosting? No, thank you, I’m not 12), there’s something so versatile, tasteful and easy about brown. As a neutral, it goes with every outfit while being a tad less obvious than nudes and softer than red or black. When deep and rich, as opposed to pale like tan, beige …

Apple’s Lisa Jackson explains how going carbon neutral by 2030 is good business

Apple’s Lisa Jackson explains how going carbon neutral by 2030 is good business

[ad_1] As the most valuable company in the world, Apple extends its massive footprint into every corner of industry that it touches. With that footprint comes a vast responsibility to conduct itself responsibly in terms of sourcing materials, labor and the energy necessary to ship well over two billion mobile devices on its course to becoming an unprecedented $3 trillion company. A decade ago, Apple brought in Lisa Jackson, former head of the EPA under the Obama administration, to steward its strategy on environmental issues. Jackson serves as Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives at Apple, a role that’s only become more central as the climate crisis accelerates, with increasingly visible and often devastating impacts in every corner of the globe. So how does a company that sells objects reliant on pulling rare minerals out of the earth reconcile its business with its environmental impact? On stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, Jackson elaborated on Apple’s environmental commitment to make all of its products carbon neutral by 2030. “We have a roadmap for Apple 2030 …

Apple Watch Series 9 is the company’s first carbon neutral product

Apple Watch Series 9 is the company’s first carbon neutral product

[ad_1] In addition to the usual spec bumps and new bands, Apple had another announcement to make at the launch of its Series 9 Watch: The new model is its first carbon neutral product. Here’s how it that works. First up is electricity. All Watch manufacturing is now powered by “100% clean electricity,” which probably means a mix of renewables plus nuclear and hydropower. The company also took the unusual step of buying renewable power on behalf of consumers. Apple forecasts how much electricity will be required to charge the watch over its lifetime and invests enough in renewable energy projects to offset that figure. Next is recycled materials. Aluminum for the cases; tin, gold, copper, and tungsten for the various chips and connections; and cobalt for the battery. The sport loop, which Apple says is one of its most popular, now contains 82% recycled yarn. Leather bands? They’re out. Shipping is another factor in carbon emissions. The new Series 9 packaging is 100% fiber based and smaller, letting Apple ship 25% more watches per …

OneHouse is building a neutral data lake integration layer on top of Apache Hudi

OneHouse is building a neutral data lake integration layer on top of Apache Hudi

[ad_1] OneHouse emerged last year with a cloud data lake product built on top of the open source Apache Hudi project. The startup wants to act as an integration layer to move data between different repositories, rather than competing directly with larger data lake vendors like Snowflake and Databricks. Today the company announced a $25 million Series A. Company founder and CEO Vinoth Chandar came up with the idea for Hudi while he was an engineer at Uber in 2016, and eventually decided to start a company based on the open source project. He says that today his idea is to be a neutral, complementary layer between these other data lake products and interoperate with multiple formats, whatever they may be. “Our thesis is that we live in a multi-engine world where there are many, many engines that are going to evolve and sit on top of the same data. We want to help organizations avoid migrating every time there is a new engine,” Chandar told TechCrunch. The open source project has been gaining traction …

Pasqal raises 0M to build a neutral atom-based quantum computer

Pasqal raises $100M to build a neutral atom-based quantum computer

[ad_1] Pasqal, a Paris-based quantum computing startup, today announced that it has raised a $100 million Series B funding round let by Singapore’s Temasek. In addition to Temasek, existing investors Quantonation, the Defense Innovation Fund, Daphni and Eni Next, as well as new investors European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund, Wa’ed Ventures and Bpifrance (through its Large Venture Fund) also participated in this round. What makes Pasqal, which was founded in early 2019, stand out in an increasingly crowded field of quantum computing startups is that the company is betting on neutral atoms quantum computing. This is a relatively new and potentially game-changing approach to building quantum processors. Instead of trapped ions (like IonQ) or superconducting quantum computers (like IBM), neutral atom quantum processors use lasers to hold atoms in place with what is essentially an optical tweezer. As you can imagine, building the technology to hold a single atom — and only a single atom — in this trap created its own challenges, but that’s mostly a solved problem now. The advantage here is that …