Should you buy or sell Barclays shares right now?

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Barclays (LSE: BARC) boss Jes Staley is under investigation by the City regulator for the second time in three years.In 2018, he survived an investigation into his attempts to identify a whistleblower with just a slap on the wrist and a fine. He’s now being investigated again by the Financial Conduct Authority over his past relationship with disgraced US businessman Jeffrey Epstein.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Today I want to ask whether we need to be worried about Mr Staley — and whether Barclays’ financial performance justifies a buy rating.Staley vs the FCANews of the Epstein investigation emerged on the same day the bank issued a solid set of results for 2019. Despite these promising figures, the Barclays share price slipped nearly 3% on the day. This suggests to me that the market still has some concerns about the bank, or perhaps its management.Mr Staley says he had a professional relationship with deceased financier Epstein, which stretched from 2000 until 2015. It appears that Epstein was a client of JPMorgan’s private bank, which Mr Staley ran for some of this period.According to a statement issued on Thursday, the Barclays boss has had “no contact whatsoever with Mr Epstein” since taking charge as chief executive in December 2015.The Barclays board is backing Mr Staley. I suspect that the FCA investigation will also allow him to continue in the top role at the bank.However, if I was going to play devil’s advocate, I’d suggest that the board’s support for Mr Staley might not be so strong if the bank’s performance wasn’t improving. After all, it’s quite unusual for a top FTSE 100 CEO to be involved in two regulatory investigations in the space of three years.2019 results show progressLuckily for shareholders, Barclays’ 2019 results look fairly healthy to me. Pre-tax profit rose by 25% to £4.4bn last year. Return on tangible equity — a key measure of profitability — rose from 3.6% to 5.3%. Shareholders will be rewarded with a dividend payout of 9p per share, up from 6.5p in 2018.Such a big increase in profits seems impressive, but I’m not sure it will be sustainable. The bulk of last year’s gains came from cutting costs and lower misconduct charges, such as PPI claims.Top line growth was limited. Although the bank’s total income rose by 2% to £21.6bn, some of this gain was offset by an increase in bad debt charges, which rose from £1.5bn to £1.9bn. The bank’s net operating income was virtually unchanged, at £19.7bn.Should you buy or sell Barclays?Barclays’ share price performance has continued to disappoint, but having looked at this week’s figures, I remain cautiously optimistic. Costs are falling, misconduct charges are tapering away and the bank’s profitability is improving.Against this backdrop, I think the stock’s valuation is attractive. The shares trade on less than eight times 2020 forecast earnings and at a 33% discount to their tangible net asset value of 262p per share. If the bank’s return on equity continues to improve, I’d expect this discount to shrink.In the meantime, investors can expect a 5%+ dividend yield for 2020. I think the shares are likely to deliver attractive returns from current levels and would rate Barclays as a buy. 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Pasadena’s Public Safety Committee to See Presentation on Facial Recognition Software

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You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News 8 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Subscribe [UPDATE Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. ] Wednesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting has been canceled, a city official told Pasadena Now minutes ago.“The Public Safety Committee meeting tomorrow is being canceled due to lack of quorum,” said Pasadena Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian.At that meeting, the Pasadena Police Department was scheduled to hold presentations on the department’s facial recognition software and 2019 Use of Force incidents. Those presentations will occur at a later date.]In a presentation on Wednesday, Pasadena Police Cpl. Thomas Blanchard will update the City Council’s Public Safety Committee on the department’s use of facial recognition software.The department currently uses two forms of the software: Vigilant, which stores mug shots from across the nation and LACRIS, which primarily uses mug shots from LA County and other jurisdictions that participate.The presentation describes the software as an “Investigative tool only,” that “cannot be used a sole basis for arrest.”The county system has helped detectives in 30 cases, according to Grisafe. So far, the Vigilant system has produced no hits.The software maps an individual’s facial features mathematically and stores the data as a faceprint. The software uses deep learning algorithms to compare a live capture of digital image to store the face print in order to verify an individual’s identity.“The Police Department will provide an overview of the facial recognition software utilized by the police department,” said Police Department Spokesperson William Grisafe.“This software, which provides only an investigatory lead, assists Detectives in criminal investigations where a picture of the suspect is provided, but the suspect’s identity is not known.”Assembly Bill 1215 prohibits a law enforcement agency or law enforcement officer from installing activating or using any biometric surveillance system in connection with an officer’s camera or data collected by an officer’s camera. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill last year. It will remain in effect until Jan. 1, 2023.Critics claim the software could be used to violate civil rights.In 2018, facial recognition software was used during a Taylor Swift concert at the Rose Bowl. Cameras were hidden in a display kiosk showing videos of Swift’s rehearsals, Mike Downing told Rolling Stone. Images of the faces of the concert-goers in the kiosk were sent to a facility in Nashville, where they were cross-referenced with a database containing images of Swift’s stalkers.In 2012 the San Diego Association of Governments allowed law enforcement to use Tactical Identification System software. The software focuses on unique textures and facial patterns, including ear shape, hair, skin color—using the distance between the eyes as a baseline.The software compares that data to a database containing 1.8 million images collected by the San Diego County Sheriff’s office.There were no public hearings on the software in San Diego.In Carlsbad, city officials falsely claimed that the city did not use facial recognition software when, in fact, that department had been part of a regional face recognition pilot program for a number of years. All told, 14 Carlsbad officers were using special smartphones that capture faces and match them against the county’s mug shot database. City officials could not produce policies or guidelines for the use of the devices, and had no record of how many times the devices were used. The only information they had was the user’s manual for the device.Several agencies have banned law enforcement agencies from using their databases in facial recognition software, including the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday News Feature Stories Pasadena’s Public Safety Committee to See Presentation on Facial Recognition Software Police will update the committee on current software, policies By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Monday, February 17, 2020 | 4:44 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Dodgers vs. Houston Astros World Series scouting report, prediction

first_img Astros Notes: Josh Reddick is prepared to hear from Dodgers fans Video: Dodgers vs. Astros World Series previewWORLD SERIES SCHEDULEGame 1: at Dodgers, Tuesday, 5:09 p.m.Game 2: at Dodgers, Wednesday, 5:09 p.m.Game 3: at Astros, Friday, 5:09 p.m. Game 4: at Astros, Saturday, 5:09 p.m.Game 5-x: at Astros, Sunday, 5:19 p.m.Game 6-x: at Dodgers, Oct. 31, 5:09 p.m.Game 7-x: at Dodgers, Nov. 1, 5:09 p.m.x- if necessary Back injury could make Corey Seager the Dodgers’ preferred DH in Houston Dodgers vs. Astros is a World Series for baseball’s Information Age Times listed are for first pitch. All games broadcast on Fox/Ch. 11TALE OF THE TAPEOFFENSEDodgers  (MLB rank) … category … Astros (MLB rank)770 (12th) … Runs scored … 896 (1st).334 (6th) … OBP … .346 (1st).437 (T-8th) … Slugging Pct … .478 (1st).771 (8th) … OPS … .823 (1st).249 (22nd) … Batting Avg. … .282 (1st)221 (11th) … HRs … 238 (2nd)77 (19th) … SBs … 98 (8th)PITCHINGDodgers (MLB rank) … category … Astros (MLB rank)3.38 (2nd) … Team ERA … 4.12 (11th)3.38 (4th) … Bullpen ERA … 4.27 (17th)1.15 (1st) … WHIP … 1.27 (8th)9.65 (4th) … Ks per 9 inns … 9.91 (2nd).671 (1st) … Opponent OPS … .720 (9th).228 (T-1st) … Opponent Avg. … .240 (6th)PROJECTED LINEUPSAstros: CF George Springer (.283, 34 HRs, 85 RBI, .847 OPS), 3B Alex Bregman (.284, 19 HRs, 71 RBI), 2B Jose Altuve (MLB-leading .346, 24 HRs, 81 RBI, 32 SBs, .957 OPS), SS Carlos Correa (.315, 24 HRs, 84 RBI, .941 OPS), RF Josh Reddick (.314, 13 HRs, 82 RBI, .847 OPS), 1B Yuli Gurriel (.299, 18 HRs, 75 RBI), LF Marwin Gonzalez (.303, 23 HRs, 90 RBI), C Brian McCann (.241, 18 HRs, 62 RBI)Dodgers: CF Chris Taylor (.288, 21 HRs, 72 RBI, 85 runs scored, team-leading 17 SBs), SS Corey Seager (.295, 22 HRs, 77 RBI, 85 runs scored), 3B Justin Turner (.322, 21 HRS, 71 RBI, team-leading .415 OBP and .945 OPS), 1B Cody Bellinger (.267, team-leading 39 HRs and 95 RBI, .933 OPS), C Austin Barnes (.289, 8 HRs, 38 RBI), RF Yasiel Puig (.263, 28 HRs, 74 RBI), LF Kike’ Hernandez (.215, 11 HRs, 37 RBI), 2B Logan Forsythe (.224, 6 HRs, 36 RBI)The Astros ran the table during the regular season – they led the majors in runs scored, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. They had the lowest strikeout rate and the second-most home runs. More complicated stats liked them just as much. The Astros’ wRC-plus (weighted runs created plus) of 121 – a statistic that compares performance across league average – was the fourth-highest in baseball history behind three Murderers’ Row-era Yankees teams. That offense, however, has only been seen sporadically in the postseason. They will be further handicapped by losing the DH for any games in Los Angeles. Still … EDGE: ASTROSSTARTING PITCHERSAstros: LH Dallas Keuchel (14-5, 2.90 ERA, 1.12 WHIP), RH Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.36 ERA, 1.18 WHIP), RH Lance McCullers (7-4, 4.25 ERA, 1.30 WHIP), RH Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)Dodgers: LH Clayton Kershaw (18-4, 2.31 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 202 Ks, 175 IP), LH Rich Hill (12-8, 3.32 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 166, 135-2/3IP), RH Yu Darvish (10-12, 3.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 209 Ks, 186-2/3 IP), LH Alex Wood (16-3, 2.72 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 151 Ks, 151-2/3 IP)Keuchel and Verlander are an imposing duo. They have a combined 1.93 ERA and 1.02 WHIP this postseason. One or the other was the winning pitcher in six of the Astros’ seven victories to get here (including Verlander’s relief appearance in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox). The Dodgers’ trio of Kershaw, Hill and Darvish has been just as good (a combined 2.87 ERA and 0.98 WHIP) and the Dodgers haven’t lost a game started by any of them this postseason. EDGE: DODGERSBULLPENAstros: RH Ken Giles (1-3, 34 saves, 4 blown saves, 2.30 ERA, 1.04 WHIP), RH Chris Devenski (8-5, 4 saves, 2.68 ERA, 0.94 WHIP), RH Brad Peacock (13-2, 3.00 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, in 34 games, 21 starts), RH Wil Harris (3-2, 2 saves, 2.98 ERA), LH Francisco Liriano (6-7, 5.66 ERA, 1.63 WHIP) RH Joe Musgrove (7-8, 2 saves, 4.77 ERA, 1.33 WHIP), RH Luke Gregerson (2-3, 4.57 ERA), RH Collin McHugh (5-2, 3.55 ERA in 12 starts).Dodgers: RH Kenley Jansen (5-0, 1.32 ERA, 41 saves, 1 blown save), RH Brandon Morrow (6-0, 2.06 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 10.3 Ks per 9 IP), RH Josh Fields (5-0, 2.84 ERA, 0.97, 9.5 Ks per 9 IP), RH Brandon McCarthy (6-4, 3.98 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 7.0 Ks per 9 IP), LH Tony Cingrani (0-0, 4.22 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 11.0 Ks per 9 IP), LH Tony Watson (7-4, 3.38 ERA, 10 saves, 1.38 WHIP with Pirates and Dodgers), RH Kenta Maeda (13-6, 4.22 ERA, 1.15 WHIP. 25 starts)This is where so many postseason series are decided – and the Dodgers would seem to have a big advantage. Their bullpen carries a postseason-record 23-inning scoreless streak into the World Series. Opposing batters have hit .125 off Dodgers relievers and Dave Roberts’ choices have been unassailable. The Astros, meanwhile, had a very good bullpen during the regular season but that group has been less dependable during the postseason, particularly their two most important pitchers – Giles (five runs in six innings) and Devenski (four runs in three innings). EDGE: DODGERSBENCHAstros: DH-OF Carlos Beltran (.231, 14 HRs, 51 RBI), C-DH Evan Gattis (.263, 12 HRs, 55 RBI), OF Derek Fisher (.212, 5 HRs, 17 RBI) OF Cameron Maybin (.228, 10 HRs, 35 RBI, 33 SBs)Dodgers: C Yasmani Grandal (.247, 22 HRs, 58 RBI), LF Andre Ethier (.235, 2 HRs, 3 RBI in 22 regular-season games), IF-OF Charlie Culberson (.250, 4 HRs, 32 RBI in Triple-A), 2B Chase Utley (.236, 8 HRs, 34 RBI), OF Joc Pederson (.212, 11 HRs, 35 RBI)The Astros will be unable to use Beltran or Gattis at DH in the games at Dodger Stadium, taking away from their lineup but adding to their bench. Beltran has been one of the best postseason performers of his generation – a .311 average, 16 HRs and a 1.035 OPS in 62 career postseason games. EDGE: EVENMANAGERHas Roberts made a mistake this postseason? Maybe he shouldn’t have left Kershaw in to pitch the seventh inning of NLDS Game 1 against the Diamondbacks. Maybe he shouldn’t have given Granderson a start. But his lineups have produced and his bullpen usage has been impeccable. Astros manager A.J. Hinch has had a more challenging road with a bullpen that has not pitched up to its regular-season standard. EDGE: DODGERSSERIES PREDICTIONThe World Series hasn’t seen two 100-win teams since the Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds faced off in 1970. In that one, pitching (the Orioles featured three 20-game winners in Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally) prevailed in five games over the offensive juggernaut that was the Big Red Machine. The Dodgers feature the better pitching in this matchup (with what appears to be a significant advantage in the bullpen) while the Astros have one of the best lineups in years. But it’s not that clear-cut – the Astros also have Keuchel and Verlander capable of shutdown performances potentially starting four of the seven games. The Big Red Machine didn’t have that. 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first_imgBILL NEAL :10 You may have read it here, for that matter, you may have been there. Where you may ask? Well, of course, I’m talking about the 2nd and 3rd best parties given by an individual this year. The 2nd being Debbie Norrell’s birthday bash at the Comfort Inn in Penn Hills a few weeks ago and now holding down third place, the Vince Neal blowout held earlier this year at Hosanna House.Yeah, both came with great “free” food, top of the line D.J. and old school flavor. But boys and girls, there’s a new party king at the table now! Charles “Buddy” Allie (quite possibly the nicest guy in the whole wide world) took over the No. 1 spot with his “65”-year-old birthday par-tay at the Airport Marriott…okay, right there huge points. Then you add to that not only the Pittsburgh Corvette Club, but Cleveland and D.C. as well, yep, the free food, TeeJay the D.J. (Baaaddd Boy) and the discounted overnight accommodations (you know what I’m saying). But here’s the killer, when you cap off the night with a birthday gift to yourself and roll in the room on a classic $100,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle…well, as I always say…Game Over!:09 In case you haven’t heard, Notre Dame football is back and is real. Now ranked 3rd in the nation after going into Oklahoma rustling up some steers for what many consider an upset. The Golden Dome shines again.:08 When I see the great Michael “Air” Jordan with the additional “50” pounds he’s put on, I don’t’ feel so bad about mine. See, it happens to the best of us. Father Time wins every time! I think it’s now safe to say “Air” Jordan has been grounded.:07 Eddie “E.J.” Jefferies is up and about and kickin’ that stroke in the butt. The power of prayer, mmmaaannn! If you see him “South of the Border Down Mexico Way,” call me right away! Don’t ask, you wouldn’t understand.:06 Alright “Chapman” here we go again. I’ll do it for you, but not everybody. Henry Chapman gets locked in with what I call the second wave of great guards that came along after the Larry Richardsons, Dwight Clays, Norm Nixons, etc. Chapman and many others including Myron Brown, Warner Macklin, David “Puffy” Kennedy, and Darren Walls, man all them cats could play. I mean really play. But what they all did for real, for real, is play that “D.” Hey Chapman, as fast as you used to be, I still caught you. You’re now “In the Locker Room.”:05 Pitt beat Temple. They’re supposed to. That’s when you know your program is back on track… when you beat the teams you’re supposed to…that’s right, you guessed it…Shut up!!:04 Speakin’ of Darren Walls and Notre Dame and I was, congratulations to his son’s successful career there and his now NFL career. “D-Walls” aka “Skywalker” was most certainly one of the ten greatest point/2 guards in Pittsburgh City League history. Quite simply, he could do it all; “D” you up, shoot it, slam on ya and more than all that, is a great young man. But what would you expect. That’s the “Wall’s” tradition and legacy. All the Walls boys were great athletes and good people. Love ya “D.”:03 Big LeMaison thanks to everyone that came out to the bed and breakfast jazz set with the beautiful Allure Models and the legendary Kenny Blake. The evening was a huge success. 50 strong took in the beautiful mansion in Penn Hills owned and operated by Bill Thompson. Special thanks to our sponsors, Judge Dwayne Woodruff, Gibson’s Soul Food Restaurant, Simmies Seafood Restaurant, The Green Forest, Mohann’s Restaurant, Eat-n-Park, The New Pittsburgh Courier, The Massage Institute of Penn Hills, Tracy Lynn Jewelry and, of course, the great Champions Executive staff.:02 Hey, Mr. John R. Laymon Jr., now that the error of my ways has been corrected. Pat a brother on the back and yeah you’re “In the Locker Room.” And in case ya’ll forgot, JL could shoot the ball with the best of them. I know, I know, it’s the North Side way!:01 The “D” is back in Pittsburgh. Vick and R.G.III are a distant memory. Bring on Eli and the New York Giants.:00 Double Overtime:Coming up Dec. 9, mark your calendars for the 37th Annual Willie Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards Banquet, honoring the great Michael Moorer, former heavyweight world champion, Buddy Allie, world track champion, Coach Terry Smith, Coach Harvey Smith and others. More information coming. This is gonna be nice!~ GAME OVER ~last_img read more