16 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford (9) hands the ball off to running back David Johnson (31) as players run drills during a voluntary team activity Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the NFL football team’s training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) We might be underrating the Cardinals. Sam Bradford is a good quarterback when healthy. Josh Rosen gives them hope for the future. Mike Glennon isn’t a starter but might be the best QB3 in the league.Related LinksAn early look at the Cardinals’ top position battlesFormer Cardinals coach Bruce Arians joins CBS Sports as game analystCardinals’ Christian Kirk talks Snoop Dogg, liver shakes and Kevin SumlinRuiz’s rankings consider the talent of the current starter and the backup options. They also take into account the future outlook.Arizona ticks all those boxes, even if Bradford’s injury history may cause some pause.Bradford is two years removed from his best NFL season in which he played 15 games for the Minnesota Vikings and completed a league-best 71.6 percent of his passes for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions.Though his knee issues that zapped all but two games last year could be a concern, it’s not wild to believe that Glennon, who early in his career had success with Tampa Bay, and Rosen, Arizona’s first-round draft pick, could compete for the backup spot.Rosen is obviously the quarterback of the future, and his talent level is unquestioned — his personality and on-field hardiness remain concerns.Ruiz’s list is led by the Green Bay Packers, who behind star Aaron Rodgers just acquired young signal-caller DeShone Kizer after his rookie year with the Cleveland Browns. At the bottom are the Denver Broncos, who behind recently-signed starter Case Keenum will be relying on Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Out were Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert.In came Sam Bradford, Mike Glennon and Josh Rosen.Once Palmer retired to follow the 2017 season, the Arizona Cardinals knew they needed to replace the entire quarterback room. Through free agency and the NFL Draft, they’ve re-stocked the position into respectability.General manager Steve Keim’s work didn’t go unnoticed. ForTheWin’s Steven Ruiz ranked the Cardinals’ quarterback situation the 10th-best in the NFL. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Steve BurkeNBCUniversal will seek to bring its domestic to international revenue split in line with rival US media giants 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company in the next decade.NBCU CEO and senior executive VP of parent Comcast Steve Burke said NBCU made around 20% of its revenues from the international market, which was “much lower” than its rivals. Comcast is the US’s leading cable provider, meaning there has been a heavy focus on domestic revenues.“Obviously with [media] growth all over the world, but particularly in places like China, India and Latin America, you want to have a higher percentage of your revenue and your business coming from overseas,” said Burke.“There are very few companies that have US$150 billion market cap that have so little of their revenue coming from outside of the United States, so we see it as a huge opportunity.”He pointed to the fact Universal Pictures movie Fast and Furious 7 was the highest-grossing American movie of all time in China, as an indicator of the potential. NBCU also tday secured a multi-year distribution agreement with new Chinese SVOD platform Tmall Box Office.“Whether it’s M&A activity or organic growth, international is a huge opportunity for us and it’s something that I think you’ll see us pursue over the next five or ten years,” he added.NBCU’s globally-focused television assets include channels arm Universal Networks International, production wing NBCUniversal International Studios and programming sales wing NBCUniversal International Distribution.Elsewhere in an interview in front of delegates at the Bank of American Merrill Lynch Media Communications & Entertainment Conference, Burke appeared to agree with FX Networks president John Landgraf, who recently grabbed headlines by suggesting there was too much high-end scripted programming being made.“There is an almost insatiable demand for great video professionally produced great video programming,” he said, adding: “The amount of money people are willing to pay for those series and pay for those series right away not having to wait the traditional four or five years that we used to have to wait encourages ourselves and others to take those creative swings.”However, Burke said: “My bet is that the sheer volume will not continue to increase at the pace it has. I think people are starting to feel and realize that there is been too much here.”
Pay TV operators have launched OTT services to complement their mainstream offerings and to provide a TV Everywhere experience, allowing users to view content via tablets, smartphones and the web.At the same time, standalone OTT providers, spearheaded by Netflix, have popularised the SVoD model. Netflix and other OTT providers have also sought to team up with TV platform operators to deliver their offering s to the TV screen with the high level of Quality of Experience that can be facilitated by an infrastructure-based service provider.As consumers become more used to TV Everywhere and OTT offerings, they are becoming more demanding and more aware of Quality of Experience. At the same time, in a crowded environment, OTT providers are attempting to differentiate their services based on the overall experience of using the service.DTVE recently surveyed over 130 senior industry figures from over 50 countries, including telecom, cable and telecom pay TV operators, OTT service providers and content companies, to share their views on the success factors for OTT, the relative importance of Quality of Experience and the emerging relationship between OTT providers and infrastructure-based internet service providers. The resulting report, which is now available to download free of charge, provides a highly useful insight into how key industry players view the importance of the consumer experience in determining the success or failure of OTT TV services.
SPI International has acquired the brand assets of Film1, the Dutch premium television and video on demand service, from Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks. According to the deal, SPI will own Film1 brands and will continue to operate all of its digital services with platforms. As of August 1, 2019 SPI will fully own the Film1 brand and will operate four pay movie services brands under the Film1 umbrella: Film1 Premiere, Film1 Drama, Film1 Action and Film1 Family. SPI will continue to offer both linear channels as well as its digital services in the Netherlands. Film1 currently offers Dutch and international productions on its movie channels, which are available on various cable, DTH, and IPTV platforms.“We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Film1 brands in the Netherlands. SPI has been providing premium movie services for hundreds of operators in 45 countries for over 20 years. As the Home of Good Movies, SPI continuously strives to bring the best and most compelling content to its viewers all around the world. Through the addition of the Film1 brands to our diverse suite of linear channels and state of the art digital services, we are proud to share our extensive selection of premium content with all movie lovers in the Netherlands,” said Berk Uziyel, CEO of SPI International.
“I should be making $80,000 per year.” I had arrived early at the local middle school for our weekly pickup basketball game, and was casually shooting baskets and chatting with the only other early bird, a youthful Vermont State Trooper. “But when I finished the academy, New York had a hiring freeze, so I came to Vermont to get a job. Vermont only pays me $70,000”, he said. I found it curious that he would share such private information, since we had just met five minutes ago. But my thoughts quickly turned to his earnings. Earlier in our conversation, he had said he’d only been a cop for two years and went to the academy straight from college. That, along with his boyish appearance, suggested that he was no older than 25. Given that Vermont is the second-safest state in the country, and the sleepy ski town in which I reside is probably the safest place in Vermont, I wondered why this real-life Super Trooper earned so much. Then again, maybe I was just naïve. Perhaps he strapped on a bulletproof vest every morning and went to battle with the hidden criminal underbelly of Northern Vermont. Maybe the reason I’d never heard of anything remotely resembling a real crime up here was because he and his cohorts were doing such a good job preventing it. “So what do you do… you know, on a day-to-day basis?” I asked. “Mostly patrol the highway and make rounds,” he replied. “There’s a lot of paperwork, too. Once in a while I get a call about a crime, usually up in Whoville.” [name changed] His reply solidified my view that $70k is an unreasonable salary for a 25-year-old Vermont police officer. But I certainly don’t blame my new hoops companion for seeking out the best pay he can get; that’s only human nature. It’s not his fault that around these parts, one of the best ways to make a good living at a young age is to become a police officer. He followed the incentives. No Respect I recalled our encounter when I came across this survey that polls Americans on which professions they most respect. “Police Officer” is near the top, along with firefighter, doctor, teacher, and a few others. Financial and business occupations—accountant, stockbroker, banker, business executive—garner little respect. But most notable is a profession that’s missing altogether: entrepreneur. To me, that’s a travesty. More than any other occupation, entrepreneurs deserve thanks for civilization’s progress. For every product or service you use, an entrepreneur took a personal risk to turn his or her vision into reality. An entrepreneur is the reason you’re sitting in a comfy chair right now… the reason you have a computer… the reason this missive traveled thousands of miles through the air, to your computer, for free. So where’s the love? As you’ve surely gathered, this week’s feature is about entrepreneurship—specifically the lessons one serial entrepreneur has learned throughout his varied career. You probably know the author, Jeff Tucker, as architect of the mises.org website. He’s also built a successful online venture called Laissez Faire Books and is in the midst of starting up another venture, Liberty.me, which you can read more about below. I suspect those among you who have worked for a startup—or aspire to create something of your own someday—will appreciate his insight the most. And if you love entrepreneurs as much as I do, check out Doug Casey’s brand-new book, Right on the Money. Doug is the quintessential entrepreneur—he’s blazed his own path to become one of the most successful contrarian investors in history. Right on the Money focuses on the investing knowledge he’s accumulated over the years, along with his unique and insightful take on many other topics. One of my favorite chapters is Chapter 16: Doug Casey on Cattle, where he describes several lessons he’s learned from cows, from losing a boatload of money by being long cattle on Black Friday to building a profitable cattle ranch himself. Click here to order Right on the Money. Dan Steinhart Managing Editor of The Casey Report 10 Lessons for Aspiring Entrepreneurs By Jeffrey Tucker, CEO, Liberty.me One of my favorite web spaces is meetinnovators.com. It interviews startup entrepreneurs, people who created something new and made it successful. Through casual conversation, it investigates their thinking, mode of working, trials and tribulations, breakthroughs, and visions of the future. Just hearing these people talk gives you a real lift. Major media don’t usually cover this world, which is strange because the technologies we use and the businesses we trade with define a major part of our lives. The trouble is that most people just take it all for granted. “Of course there’s an upgrade.” “Of course there’s an app.” “Of course I can make a video call from a wireless device to a person on the other side of the world for free!” I recently caught up with an old history professor, and it would have made sense to talk about big ideas (about which we both really care). But actually, and very quickly, we gravitated to more interesting stuff. We talked about technologies: operating systems, smartphones, cloud vs. local software, servers and databases, tablets and laptops, moving on to social networks, email clients, download sites, and, of course, games! This prattle had us engaged for an entire hour, and then I had to leave. I wonder if it occurred to this man, whom I recall as ideologically uninterested in economics, much less free enterprise, that all the stuff we talked about are benevolent gifts to us resulting from capitalist acts? People love talking technology these days. And we should similarly love the world of commerce for giving technology to us through entrepreneurial drive and innovation. It does so much to better our lives. Commerce is ultimately responsible for the dramatic increases in global living standards since the world opened up after 1989. Startup entrepreneurs deserve much of that credit. They are not only the creators of new products and services, things that improve our lives at the margin every day. They are also the major driving force of new jobs in a market environment that is otherwise rather stagnant. Comparing startup culture to politics is a study of opposites. In politics, people promise things (“Healthcare for everyone!” “A world without immorality!”) and just hope that constituents will believe that pulling a lever will bring change. It never happens, but it doesn’t matter, because there is no real test, no real accountability. Politics lives on tricks coming and going. In enterprise, you have this test—both an inspiring North Star and a wicked crucible. It’s called profit and loss. Every day a business must face that test. To make it, you need to persuade people that you have something or can do something sufficiently valuable for your customer to surrender real property in exchange for your product. You must get more back in property than you surrender to make whatever you’re selling. One dollar over costs and you are growing. One dollar under costs and you are sinking. The balance sheet rules the day and determines winners and losers. Politicians and bureaucrats never face such a reality check. In this sense, they are completely unhinged from reality. Their revenue is ensured, and their jobs are based not on sales but manipulation and position. Listening to all these interviews with techy entrepreneurs, I’m reminded of a series of books I read a few years ago about Gilded Age entrepreneurs. It was a different time and they had different tools—and they had far fewer struggles with government than we have today—but the motivations, methods, and impulses are the same. Here is a list of 10 features of enterprise that entrepreneurs exhibit or discover in the course of their great adventures. 1. Business starts with the desire to do something wonderful, not just to make money. This seems to be a universal trait. But it flies in the face of nearly all propaganda you hear about capitalism, which is supposed to be based on greed and material acquisition. Actually it is rooted in the desire to make the world a better place, and you can tell it in the voices of these achievers. Profits are the sign and the seal of a job well done, but not the driving motivation. The dream is what entrepreneurs chase. 2. Most people will tell you a million reasons why you will fail. Before jumping in to make a business, these people will typically survey their friends. Their friends always warn against it. No one will want that product. Someone already offers that product. That’s way too risky and it won’t work. Why not get a regular job like everyone else? Finally, the person realizes that he or she has to go it alone. 3. All businesses face the universal terror of uncertainty of the future. The only certainty we have is in looking back at history, at the stuff that already unfolded. What tomorrow will bring is guesswork. You can get close. You can make forecasts. But in the end, humanity is fickle and unpredictable. And by the way, every single business faces the same ghastly reality of uncertainty. They are all rock climbing with blindfolds on, feeling their way up as they go. 4. You can’t really know the market until you test the market. Of course you do market surveys. You ask friends. You look for other examples of success. You follow your own instincts. But surveys, examples, and instincts can’t substitute for the live test in which you are asking people to give up their stuff for your stuff. Every success seems like a no-brainer in retrospect (“Of course people want to buy books online”), but this is wholly illusory. You never really know until you try. 5. All entrepreneurs are maniacally focused on serving others. This also contradicts the conventional wisdom that business is mainly self-interested. That cannot be true because the whole impetus of business is to seek out the interests, desires, and motivations of others. It’s the only way to discern the path to success. The consumer is king, and the entrepreneur serves. 6. Every business needs dreamers and accountants. The dreamers are the people who imagine a future that doesn’t yet exist, a configuration of the world that is different from today. They take nothing and make something of it. That requires a wild imagination. But more is needed to make any project work. Your balance sheet, along with someone who can skillfully manage and interpret it, is essential. The accountant is always the one with the bad news. 7. Don’t try to start from scratch. One of many benevolent gifts of capitalism is that it offers us examples of success. These examples are publicly available to be studied and understood. The best entrepreneurs know how to copy success and then improve the model on the margin, just enough to cause a switch in consumer loyalty or recruit new consumers. You can’t be shy about this. Great business people “steal” ideas; ideas are part of the commons. 8. No matter how digital the service or product is, success comes only peer-to-peer. Internet successes do not think of their customers as nodes but as people who need love and care. Nor are customers cash cows; they are real people with real needs and must be treated as such. All appeals are personal appeals. All marketing speaks to individuals. 9. Enterprise is an incredible amount of grueling work. To be an entrepreneur means to be all in. There is no time off. Nothing takes priority, especially in the start-up period. You need fanaticism, a near-maniacal devotion to making sure that all that can go right will go right. Nothing is assumed, ever. These people know that their odds are never in their favor. So they must apply themselves as never before. 10. You never finally win. Enterprise is not like a board game with a beginning and an end. Every day the struggle starts anew. Every season might be your last. And it gets ever harder because the more you succeed, the more people will copy you. They let you do the test run, then copy your methods, tweaking them to enhance efficiency or reduce costs. There is no “final release” in business—not in any business that plans to stay alive. These points are coming home to me now, having been at work on a new business venture for the past several months. The business is Liberty.Me, a complete social and publishing solution for liberty-minded individuals. The whole focus is to provide a positive, solutions-based information and communication service for living a freer life. I see a burning need here to use every bit of advanced technology to do something wonderful for a cause I believe in. Yes, I’m sure it will be marvelous. But as a commercial service, there will be a test. It’s both thrilling and terrifying. An idea is facing the crucible. As someone told me recently, you will soon be a fool or a genius. You wonder why prosperity is such a rare feature in the history of the world? It’s because merchantcraft is rarer still, attacked often and avoided by all but the craziest people in our midst—the entrepreneurs who dream and work and face the crucible of profit and loss—to bring us what we love.
In This Issue. * Currencies & metals give way to dollar strength. * Eurozone Retail Sales beat expectations. * FOMC meeting minutes today. * Grant Williams on Gold manipulation. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! The Dollar Holds The Hammer. Good Day! And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! Well, the sub-zero temperatures finally broke yesterday, the sun came out, and the snow and ice on the roads began to melt. Well, at least on the major arteries. “light snow” is expected tonight, gee isn’t winter fun? When I was a young man I spent a winter in Des Moines Iowa, the locals told me it was the worst winter ever, I told them as I left in the spring, I wasn’t staying around to see if they were correct! I feel much like I did that winter in Des Moines right now. Well, the traders, investors, and hedge funds, have turned a cold shoulder to the currencies these past couple of days, and last night was no different. The euro has lost the 1.36 figure, and Gold is down $5 this morning. Every time we seem to gain some momentum in these two asset classes, a large trade appears to reverse the momentum.. You don’t think it’s the Plunge Protection Team (PPT) flexing their muscles do you? I do. And that’s all I’ll say about that! Well, I’m feeling pretty down this morning, and not because of anything physical, which is usually the case, but instead, this morning I’m feeling pretty down, because I just keep reading article after article about how 2014 is going to be the year of the dollar. Not that I’m rooting against the dollar, it’s just that I don’t see it that way, and that makes me feel sheepish at best. I told you a couple weeks ago about how the boys and girls at Barclays has put out a thought on why they believed the dollar would shine in 2014, and that thought has really gone viral, because every article I read now on the subject paints the same picture. The picture is simply that with the Fed in Taper mode, the markets will begin to say, “if the economy is strong enough to continue tapering, then it must be strong enough for rate hikes.” And even if the Fed doesn’t accommodate the markets with rate hikes, the thought is that the pressure on them will be so strong to hike rates, that the overall consensus in the markets will anticipate when the rate hikes will come. And that, my friends, is why all these pundits believe that the dollar will shine in 2014. Now this morning I turn on the Bloomberg and I see an article that’s titled: “Euro To Surpass Consensus with 6% drop by April”. That would put the euro around 1.2750. Not a level that would cause me to pull my hair out, now wait, Chuck, you don’t have hair to pull out any longer! But you get what I’m saying. The euro would still be stronger than the dollar. And ready to move forward again once the Fed sees the errors of their ways, stops tapering, and the whole thought process above comes crashing down. That’s the mast that I’ve pinned my colors to folks. I will either be right, and everyone will want to ask me why I went against the grain and the crowd, or I will be wrong, and look pretty foolish, given that everyone and their brother is thinking that 2014 will be the year of the dollar. Hey! We’re only in January, there are 357 more days to 2014, and a lot of different things can happen. But if it appears that I am proved to be wrong, I’ll admit it, not to worry. As opposed to my beautiful bride’s belief that I never admit when I’m wrong, I do, I have, and I will. When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir? But you can bet your sweet bippie that I’m always the last one to change my mind, for, if I believe in something, I believe in it, period. Did you see what Fed Head Rosengren said last night? He said that the “economy is far from where it needs to be and the Fed’s exit from stimulus should only be gradual.” Rosengren is a non-voting member of the Fed, so his comments don’t hold a lot of water with the markets, but I think it’s important to know what the “dissenters” are thinking. Well, did you see the Trade Deficit data yesterday for November? The U.S. Nov. Trade Deficit plummeted to $34 Billion from $40 Billion the previous month. They say that the move was a result of the price of Oil dropping during Nov. Hmmm. if that’s right, then one would think that the Monthly Trade deficit will be like the bouncing ball over song lyrics, for the price of Oil jumped to $100 in December, and is back down to $93 in January. The reason this Nov. print is important is that right now, it would give GDP a boost. But then we’ll have to wait for the December print to get the real affect of the Deficit to GDP. As I said above, the euro slipped below the 1.36 figure overnight. The move was preceded by the Eurozone Unemployment Rate remaining steady at 12.1% in November. There were some thoughts that 12.1% level would be reduced, but that failed to materialize, and so, the euro is punished. On the flip side was a data print that should have given the euro a boost, but failed, was Nov. Retail Sales for the Eurozone, which surprised Big Time to the upside gaining 1.4% (VS consensus of .1%). That’s a good sign that the Eurozone economy, as a whole, may be recovering. There’s not one currency that is trading stronger VS the dollar this morning, not even the Chinese renminbi / yuan! And Gold is down $5 as I write. It’s a star shine day for the dollar. There’s not much else to say about it. The Fed’s Dec. 18 FOMC Meeting Minutes will print this afternoon, and should be interesting although we already know what the outcome was, and that was an announcement to begin tapering in January. I will be interested to see what the vote was, yay or nay. Rosengren, whom we just talked about above, was a voting member in 2013, and I already know he voted nay to tapering. The markets seem to think that the Minutes are going to reveal some great revelation about the economy that the Fed Heads have failed to share with us so far. I think the markets are nuts on this, but so be it. The U.S. Data Cupboard will also have the December ADP Employment Change report for us this morning, which is an indicator of what the Jobs Jamboree might have in store for us on Friday, this week. The ADP forecast is for 200,000 jobs being created in December. Of course they don’t say whether these jobs were seasonal for the Christmas shopping season, or what, so don’t get too all lathered up. But figure that if the ADP people say 200,000 jobs were added in December, what the BLS will do with that? Right now, the forecast by the so-called experts is that the BLS will report that 195,000 jobs were created in December. None of that interests me because the data has become so meddled with that it’s difficult to figure out what’s real and not real. I told you last month that I’m of the mind to file this data in the circular file next to the CPI (consumer inflation ) data that also no longer is representative of the facts. But the data sure captures the attention of the markets, so, here I am talking about it. UGH! One currency that, while down VS the dollar today, is holding on at this point, is the New Zealand dollar / kiwi. For, if the trader mentality is to reward the U.S. dollar for rate hike forecasts, then kiwi should too be held to the same rewards! The Reserve Bank of New Zealand, (RBNZ) will hike rates before the Fed does, and probably multiple times before the Fed does. But, kiwi gets dragged down by its kissin’ cousin across the Tasman, the Aussie dollar (A$). Late last week, the A$ was trading near 90-cents again, and I said to the boys and girls on the desk, no wait, there were no girls last week, so just to the boys on the desk that Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Gov. Stevens wasn’t going to like seeing the A$ near 90-cents! Before I head to the Big Finish today, and do I have a good one there today, I wanted to talk briefly about how the questions regarding if the U.S. really has the reported 8,133 tons of Gold at Fort Knox, are beginning to build up again. Recall that former lawmaker, Ron Paul, introduced a bill to audit Fort Know a few years ago, but it got swept under the rug. I think that as long as the U.S. Gov’t pays no attention to the calls for an audit, that the questions about whether the 8,133 tons of Gold are really there will persist. This has become something that I think about a lot. I recall writing last year, when it was announced that the Germans would not be allowed to audit their Gold holdings, and that it would take 7 years for the U.S. to deliver the Gold to the Germans, that this, to me, proves the Gold is not there. Probably leased out, which coincides with the 7 years to deliver thing. I told a dear reader and friend yesterday that the Gov’t could stop the calls to audit the Fed in their tracks if they revalued the price of Gold to $10,000 oz. It would make everyone happy, and they would forget about the audit. I know that’s far-fetched, but you have to think outside the box folks. And that’s a specialty of mine! HA! The problem with leasing out something like Gold is that it gets leased again and again, and soon, there are a number of entities putting that one allotment of Gold on their books. Eventually, someone wants their Gold back, and that’s when the whole house of cards comes tumbling down. For What It’s Worth. OK. Have I told you how much of a fan that I’ve become of Grant Williams’ work? What a great writer and mind! I was reading his latest letter yesterday and once again he makes some strong points about Gold manipulation. And then I found this interview on that subject over at Kingworld.com So, here’s a snippet of that interview with Grant Williams regarding Gold manipulation. “Once you start down a road and get yourself in too deep, you have to keep pushing on. Going back is no longer an option. So we’ve seen this desperation with the way the gold market has been handled over the last few years. We’ve seen these egregious price smashes in the paper gold market on big volume. This takes place even when the gold isn’t available in the physical markets. But these raids have been done consistently. We saw one (raid) yesterday, when a 4,000 contract sale took place in just a few seconds and smashed the gold price $30 lower. But the paper price just rebounded. So it really starts to feel like these massive bear raids we’ve seen are having less and less effect. The big problem these guys (central planners and bullion banks) have is when this thing turns around, you can sell all of the paper gold you want, but what you can’t do is conjure up physical gold out of thin air. And when the price spikes are going up instead of down, various players and large entities are going to want their physical metal, and that’s when this whole thing is going to start to unravel because we all know the physical metal isn’t really there. There is very little gold available VS all of the paper claims. This massive trend of Asian buying of physical gold, wherever they can get their hands on it, is going to take over the gold market. I’ve had entities approach me looking to buy gold, ‘in whatever quantities they can find.’ At some point this is going to matter.” – Grant Williams Chuck again. This all reminds me of something that I think Warren Buffett has said, about when the tide goes out, you then get to see who’s swimming naked. Just like those leases I talked about above, eventually someone wants their Gold back. Well with these short positions, eventually someone is going to want delivery, and that’s when the tide goes out. To recap. The dollar has the hammer today, and the calls for the dollar to have the hammer throughout 2014 continue to grow in numbers. I’m sticking to my guns though and still believe that this Tapering is not going to become the norm. Eurozone Retail Sales were stronger than expected, but there was no traction in the Unemployment Rate, and the markets focused on the Unemployment Rate, which meant the euro suffered overnight. ADP report in the U.S. today, along with the FOMC Meeting Minutes dominate the day. Currencies today 1/8/14. American Style: A$ .8930, kiwi .8290, C$ .9260, euro 1.3595, sterling 1.6425, Swiss $1.0990, . European Style: rand 10.6775, krone 6.1870, SEK 6.5490, forint 220.95, zloty 3.0730, koruna 20.1980, RUB 33.11, yen 104.75, sing 1.27, HKD 7.7550, INR 62.07, China 6.1079, pesos 13.02, BRL 2.3720, Dollar Index 81, Oil $93.74, 10-year 2.95%, Silver $19.56, Platinum $1,410.94, Palladium $734.80, and Gold. $1,226.95 That’s it for today. Well, today is a big day for former Big league baseball players, as today the Hall of Fame vote gets announced. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine will be shoo-ins, in my opinion. I watched our St. Louis U. Billikens basketball game last night on TV. I’ve seen them play a few games this year, and they could end up having a good year like last year, from what I’ve seen! And our Blues extended their winning streak to 6 games last night in Edmonton! Go Blues! I think we’re down to about 5 weeks before Pitchers and Catchers report to spring training, and a little over 2 months before I report! Jr. Walker and the All-Stars are playing on the IPod this morning. Love that sax! I see on the TV the people talking about false praise pressures kids. Hmmm. Would that be like “everyone gets trophies”? I better not get started on all that! OK. back to regular timing this morning, so I’ll get out of your hair for today, and hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837
Leyla Hussein had mixed feelings when she found out that Queen Elizabeth II was naming her an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her work to eliminate female genital mutilation.”I had to think hard about whether to accept,” she says, citing the British history of colonialism. But in the end, proud of being British and living in a country that took in her parents as refugees from Somalia, she accepted the honor, along with fellow activist Nimco Ali.As young girls, both Hussein and Ali underwent female genital mutilation, or FGM, the practice of cutting a young girl’s genitals, typically as a coming-of-age ritual. Across the world, an estimated 200 million women have undergone FGM.The two women and Sainab Abdi are co-founders of Daughters of Eve, a British nonprofit that “recognizes FGM as gender-based violence,” provides services to victims of FGM and lobbies the government to end the practice in the U.K. and beyond. Based in part on their efforts, last November the U.K. pledged £50 million to help eliminate FGM across Africa. Last weekend, the queen recognized Ali and Hussein at her annual Birthday Honours Ceremony with the OBE award, presented to individuals who have made contributions to arts and sciences or had distinguished careers in public service or charitable organizations.NPR, which has interviewed Hussein and Ali in the past, caught up with the two women to find out about their recent work, what this award means to them and what still needs to be done to stop the practice of FGM.The interviews have been edited for length and clarity.Congratulations on the award! How did it feel to receive this honor from the queen? Hussein: To be honest, I’m not the biggest royal fan. I had to put up a statement to be clear I wasn’t. [But] a group of people discussing FGM in a room is always a plus.Me and Nimco have opposite feelings about it, because she is supportive of the royals and the current government, and I’m critical of the current government. At the same time, this is a democratic country. [Even though] I have an opposing feeling about the current government, I can still be recognized. Colleagues around the world who said anything against the government, their lives would be in danger, it would be catastrophic. My country can still recognize my efforts, which is great.Ali: It was incredibly humbling. I ended up getting the letter the day before I had to reply. It came to my brother’s house, he said, “oh there’s a letter from the queen and it says you have to reply by Monday morning!” I had to take a picture and email it to them (laughs).There are other women tackling FGM that have been awarded before us. [The award] just gives more visibility to the campaign, and ultimately it’s raising the conversation, saying we’ve achieved a lot.We have to raise the bar in the U.K., and we know we need to end FGM, but now we can say, these are the successes we’ve had.What are some of those successes?Ali: From a U.K. perspective, there has been incredible legislative change. We lobbied parliament to add FGM to the Children Act, [which criminalizes violence against children]. Now, British girls have more rigorous protection than they ever had. If a child is at risk of FGM, the state can step in and be their guardian.Hussein: We are talking about it, so that’s a big progress. But we’ve got a lot of work to do. Until there are convictions for FGM practitioners under the U.K.’s child abuse laws], I won’t see any progress.We’re certainly better than we were ten years ago; it’s important to remember the women before us, who took more backlash than we did. But I’ve been coming out of a 48-hour online trolling because of my OBE [award]. I think someone’s gonna physically harm me, they’re threatening to rape and kill me or hurt my child. I have a panic alarm in the house. It’s crazy. People need to realize we’re taking a huge risk when we do this. It’s scary. I’ve been taking snapshots of messages all day that I send to police. I have a police officer I work with directly, and that shouldn’t be the case.What are some of the biggest misconceptions about FGM?Hussein: People keep calling it ritual or cultural practice, which minimizes what it actually is. There’s nothing ritual about violating children.And it’s not [just] an Africa or Asia issue. I was in the U.S. and met white women from Kentucky who’ve had FGM done. Their parents were conservative Christians working in Guinea and thought it would be a great idea to have them mutilated. The idea of controlling women is where it comes from. It’s important to see this as the bigger problem it is.To any white American, anyone who might not feel connected to this subject, I would say: If you’re someone who understands that women all over the world are oppressed, this is no different.Some Kenyan groups, like Maasai Sisters, are going to dramatic lengths to protect girls from FGM — like taking them out of their homes and placing them in school. What do you think of these kinds of efforts? Ali: A lot of the [best] work is coming from grassroots activists, women who are survivors of FGM themselves. In Somaliland, [where I’m from], we’ve been lobbying our president to get legislation, opening up conversation around an issue that’s so taboo. Change is possible but not inevitable. To get change to happen, it should be led by women survivors.Every country has its own ways of working. The idea that every FGM-affected community needs the same mechanisms — that’s what NGOs think — is a fallacy.In the Gambia, there’s an incredible woman named Jaha Dukureh, she’s a Gambian-American [who] ended up chasing down the president to pass legislation against FGM. Soon, she’s holding a summit in Senegal that’s the first survivor-led conference on the issue. Women in Africa are taking charge, and I think we have a duty to deliver the support they need to end FGM in their own community.Susie Neilson is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Find her on Twitter at @susieneilson. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Next Article Is Alaska Poised to Be the Best State for Pot? 6 min read Andre Bourque Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. –shares Download Our iOS App Image credit: PromesaArtStudio | Getty Images Guest Writer Add to Queue Free Green Entrepreneur App Cannabis Journalist | Tech Evangelist Covering High Growth Trends June 14, 2017 The marijuana market has been volatile since the elections of November 2016. Enthusiasm greeted passage of state laws that liberalized and/or decriminalized possession and use for medical or recreational purposes. Confusion over administrative delays threatens to stifle the realization of many of these laws.Alaska provides a study in the confusion. It leads some to wonder: Is Alaska poised to be the best state for pot? If this handy tourist guide to enjoying Alaska’s now-relaxed cannabis laws is any indication it very well may be.Related: Science and FDA Say Cannabis Is Medicine but DEA Insists It Isn’tWell now isn’t that a fancy little fence they made there. As if. #akcannaco #hempcoak #chillalaska #alaska #cannabis pic.twitter.com/Y3yhQ3vcWQ— akcannaco (@akcannaco) June 3, 2017Where the cannabis culture finds itself.February 17, 2017 saw the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) of California asserted at a press conference, “We’re stepping forward together to say we’ve got to make major changes in our country’s attitude toward cannabis… And if we do, many people are going to live better lives, it’s going to be better for our country, better for people, and it makes economic sense at a time when every penny must count for government.”Rep. Don Young (R-AK) added, “my goal is to make sure that if I’m in the business, like we have quite a few in Alaska now, as they do this business, they can run it as a business… Get loans from banks, and put the revenue back into the banks, as every other business does.”Rep. Rohrabacher has also introduced a Federal Marijuana Policy that should serve to protect people from having marijuana-related prosecutions under the Controlled Substances Act. That is assuming that these people were acting in compliance with all state laws.Related: Congressional Cannabis Caucus Unites to Protect Marijuana IndustryWhere Alaskans find themselves.The Supreme Court of Alaska ruled 40 years ago that the Alaskan Constitution protected marijuana possession and use under the right to privacy, but the state found itself back and forth on the issue for three decades. It was not until a 2014 election that the court ruling was written into law. Alaskan voters approved the law by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent, with the law taking effect February 25th, 2015.That 47 percent represents a still-strong conservative constituency that some fear will repudiate the law or interfere with its execution and administration. For instance, Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board (MCB) struggles to deliver the law’s intent. Cynthia Franklin, former board director and a former prosecutor, admits, “We are struggling… I’ve tried a death penalty capital murder [case] and this is harder than that.”Absent clarity on what is legal and what is not, law enforcement appears to lay off prosecution. In 2014, Matt Ferner, writing for Huffington Post, predicted, “By 2020, Alaska’s legal retail marijuana market would grow to approximately 13 metric tons, adding $23 million in taxes to state coffers, according to the report. First-year legal sales are projected at $55 million, reaching $106 million by 2020.”But, it doesn’t look like that will happen at the pace predicted. Without clarification in the law and administrative guidance, the state’s share of revenue isn’t likely to improve soon. Alaskan habits are likely to stay the same as they’ve been. In other words, people will grow for their own use and buy in a still thriving black market.Related: Here’s Where Colorado Spends Its Skyrocketing Pot Tax RevenueThe smoking lounge issue.Brothers James and Giono Barrett have thrown a new hat in the ring. They want customers at their retail store to have the freedom to smoke while on the premises. The idea is to create smoking lounges in already legal retail dispensaries where smokers could purchase, light up and sit back.If the Alaska MCB approves their idea, problems would have to be worked out regarding security, ventilation and layout. The Barretts and other advocates envisioned “Green Zones” in port cities where tourist ships dock. Those tourists include weed connoisseurs looking to try some of Alaska’s local strains.However, a February 2, 2017 decision by the Alaska MCB vetoed the idea in a 3 to 2 vote. The report in Chron.com said Board Member Mark Springer feared raising a red flag before the Trump administration. Loren Jones claimed he was representing the concerns of his constituents. Finally, Sara Chambers of Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office pointed out that the public notice had not been prepared correctly.Related: How to Grow a Cannabis Farming Business in the Blazing Marijuana Economy The “sit back and enjoy” conclusion.Alaskans are a hearty bunch. Strongly independent, they favor conservative politics of the Libertarian sort. They don’t stand for federal intervention. They stay inclined to do things their own way.You can assume that part of the apparent conservative position on the November 2016 proposition was attached to the Trump vote. And, the average Alaskan would stick with their Constriction’s protection of privacy rights.At the same time, they aren’t likely to flaunt their individuality or make it the center of attention. Having passed the new law, they will let the administrative wheels turn. For the time being at least, there isn’t a rush to open pot cafes.When the stores open and the taxes roll into Juneau, specific marketing suggestions like licensing cannabis tours and permitting on-site consumption will carry more weight. For example, the potential for income from cruise ship tourists will swing some votes.If Alaska is poised to be the best state for good pot, the smoking lounges could change the game. Putting Alaska on the map for cannabis tours and marijuana stops makes a lot of economic sense, but Alaskans must determine if that’s the image they want to create and share. Cannabis Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The tourism industry sure hopes so but Alaska shows how difficult is the transition from illegal to legal, even with voter approval.
It’s hard to imagine that just a few years ago, no one outside of the hard-core cannabis community knew about CBD. Today, it’s the one of hottest health products on the market. In 2018, sales of CBD hit nearly $600 million, and they’re projected to grow to $22 billion in just a few years more.CBD, or cannabidiol oil, is the nonpsychoactive chemical in cannabis plants. CBD won’t get you high, unlike its cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). That’s important because it means CBD has been granted some privileges at the federal level refused so far to THC.The most important of those was passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which decriminalized the agricultural production of hemp, one of the main sources of CBD. Just a few months before that, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved Epidiolex, the first CBD-based drug, for the treatment of seizures. That in turn led to the Drug Enforcement Administration moving CBD to the Schedule V drug list, making it the same as cough syrup and antidiarrhea medicine, rather than heroin and methamphetamines as it was previously under the Schedule I category.Related: These 6 Coffee Marketing Tricks Are a Perfect Blend for Your Cannabis BrandAll these shifts basically make CBD the Trojan horse of cannabis – meaning, CBD is welcomed in places THC can’t go, like the Estee Lauder’s Origins makeup line, Amazon’s warehouses and the aisles of Petco. In fact, CBD products can be sold even in states where THC-laden cannabis remains under prohibition. Companies will be able to establish relationships with retailers, build brand awareness with consumers and be ready to add THC to their product lineup when it eventually becomes legal at the federal level.The first step to creating a brand is making sure your product finds its audience. But that’s hard to do when your product is illegal in some (or all) forms in different parts of the country. Witness the recent controversy over Acreage Holdings’ attempt to buy a Super Bowl ad featuring people who had been helped by cannabis. If you can’t advertise on TV (or in print or online in some places) it’s incredibly challenging to build a brand. People who want to know more about cannabis have to seek out dispensaries, if they’re even available in that state, and educate themselves about different brands.CBD is finding ways around those problems. Tilray Inc. recently signed a $100 million deal with Authentic Brands, whose portfolio includes Juicy Couture, Nine West and Jones New York, to develop and distribute cannabis products. Initially, that will mean CBD items such as foot creams and mints in retail stores and malls across the country. Eventually, it could mean those same brands expand into THC products. Companies like Constellation Brands, makers of Corona beer, and tobacco giant Altria are also getting into the CBD game with billion-dollar investments.Related: 5 New Cannabis Trends You Need to KnowDeals like these are helping CBD producers build the necessary infrastructure, such as sales and distribution networks, which can be exploited for products that contain THC once it’s legal at the federal level. The same is true of production and retail spaces, which can even be built in places where cannabis is illegal, then repurposed once prohibition is lifted.CBD also is leading the way in breaking down any remaining stigma associated with cannabis in the mind of the general public. As more and more CBD products find their way to shelves across the country, mainstream consumers are gaining a greater familiarity with CBD and its properties and uses. That growing ease with cannabidiol oil is leading to a rethinking of cannabis itself. It’s evolving from a slightly shady recreational drug to a useful lifestyle product and superfood that relieves pain, fights inflammation and lessens the effects of cancer treatments. Ultimately, as the last of the stigma fades away, more consumers will enter the market, and having become experienced users of CBD, it will be easy to expand their palate to include a trusted CBD brand’s new THC products.That’s just the beginning. There are myriad more subtle ways that CBD is helping to normalize cannabis. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is now allowed to fund hemp research with government grants. Growers are eligible for federal crop insurance to protect their investments, and in some cases, even to federally subsidized crop insurance. States are offering tax incentives to CBD companies to build or renovate factory spaces. All these financial relationships are setting the stage for a time when the prohibitions against THC are lifted.Related: Here’s the Medical Cannabis Super Bowl Ad CBS Refused to RunThe growth of CBD could also lead to easing of financial restrictions on cannabis. Right now cannabis producers can’t work with banks, which means much of the business still takes place using cash. But it likely won’t be long before hemp growers and CBD producers can walk in and open a bank account – or buy an online ad. Facebook, Instagram and Google ban cannabis ads on their platforms.Over the next few years, consumers will start discovering their favorite CBD brands, which eventually will make them natural customers of that brand’s THC products. Next Article –shares CBD Is Taking the Cannabis Industry Mainstream Download Our iOS App Add to Queue Image credit: OlegMalyshev | Getty Images 5 min read Over the next few years, consumers will start discovering their favorite CBD brands, which eventually will make them natural customers of that brand’s THC products. Guest Writer Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Jason Vegotsky CRO of KushCo Holdings Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 26, 2019 Free Green Entrepreneur App CBD
Experts Discuss the Growing Challenges of Audience Segmentation and Advertising Strategy at Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo, Taking Place April 29-May 1, in San DiegoWhile marketers today are faced with ever-growing challenges when it comes to uncovering and targeting key audiences, Gartner, Inc. has identified three strategies for marketers to better identify and engage their target audiences.Gartner analyst Eric Schmitt explains the growing challenges of audience segmentation and advertising strategy at Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo. #GartnerMKTG #CMO #advertising #marketingExperts at Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo today discussed these growing challenges. They also shared how marketers can overcome them, and better segment and reach their target audiences.“Marketers today are faced with the tough task of overcoming media fragmentation and changing consumer behaviors. At the same time, they are trying to work around the fact that consumers are more often buying out of ads, by subscribing to services such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix,” said Eric Schmitt, senior director at Gartner. “Then layer in more competition for attention, higher media prices and often more clutter. Marketers are playing ‘hide-and-seek’ with their target audiences, and they are often coming up short.” Marketing Technology News: Vyond Announces End of Beta for Vyond Studio, Enhanced Security FeaturesMarketers must remember that the “where,” “when” and “how” are often just as important as the “who” when it comes to reaching target audiences. To that end, the three strategies for marketers to better identify and engage their target audience include:Define your audience with care“In the era of big data, we sometimes lose sight of the big picture. Too often, we start in the weeds, tactically targeting and measuring,” said Mr. Schmitt. “Instead, marketers need to take a top-down approach to their target audience and err on the side of inclusiveness, as you can always refine later. In advertising, multiple audience segments and views are a fact of life.”There are many ways to activate target audiences in ad campaigns. These include the use of first-party data, as well as third-party data from digital ad tech tools, media platforms, compiled files and media panel sources. These data and tool choices are closely linked to the media marketers’ plan to activate — whether digital display, video, social or mass media such as TV and radio. Media activation entails considerations including cost, scale, precision, accuracy, persistency and portability — and, most importantly, privacy.“Marketers have ownership of their audience definition. That means they must ensure target segments are concisely articulated, have quality and integrity, adhere to high privacy standards, and are deployed as consistently as possible across media,” added Mr. Schmitt.Diversify and coordinate your media plan“When investing ad dollars to media, the three issues that marketers run into are reach, frequency and how much of both of those is actually wasted,” noted Mr. Schmitt. “To best tackle these issues head on, marketers must focus on diversifying and coordinating their media plan.”According to Gartner, one way to do this is to analyze and manage audience overlap across media, paying close attention to the biggest budget line items, and the places where consumer behavior is changing fastest.For example, different social media have substantial variance in audience base. Similarly, consumer TV viewing behaviors are rapidly changing — with over-the-top (OTT) quickly gaining traction. Gartner recommends taking an “Integrated Video Planning” approach, where traditional TV and digital initiatives are completely aligned.“The goal here is to coordinate — and someday, unify — budgeting, metrics, creative, scheduling and organization,” said Mr. Schmitt.Marketing Technology News: SRAX Receives $1 Million Investment to Launch BIGtoken Asia, Increasing Access to Over 1 Billion Internet Users to Own and Earn from their DataMake the most of imperfect measurementGartner research shows that by diversifying campaigns across media — integrating TV and digital campaigns — marketers are more likely to boost their audience reach than keeping campaigns siloed.To get the most out of a challenging measurement environment, Gartner recommends that marketers focus on cross-media reach and performance metrics, especially in high-spend and high-growth media. Marketers should tap agency and ad tech partners to craft new use cases, and leverage marketing mix modeling and attribution.“Marketers have to expect a patchwork set of imperfect metrics and make the most of it — concentrate on the handful of indicators that matter most, like cost-per-incremental reach point,” Mr. Schmitt said.Marketing Technology News: Malicious and Disruptive Ads Account for 1 in Every 100 Impressions According to New Confiant Research Amazon Prime Videoconsumer TVEric SchmittGartnerGartner Marketing Symposium/XpoMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleWhy You Should Consider Embedding Analytics into Current Business ProcessesNext ArticleSugarCRM Acquires SaaS Marketing Automation Innovator Salesfusion Gartner Reveals Three Key Strategies for Marketers to Uncover Target Audiences PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 11:05 pmMay 24, 2019
By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJul 14 2019A team of Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience researchers have found that a restful night with good REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep could counteract the effects of unpleasant experiences and memories. They have found the reason behind such an adaptation. Their study titled, “Restless REM sleep impedes overnight amygdale adaptation,” was published in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology. Image Credit: Eggeegg / Shutterstock The team of researchers conclude that emotional experiences often trigger “amygdala activation.” Unpleasant experiences evoke emotional distress in all individuals. This triggers the circuits of brain mainly in the “limbic system”. Several studies have shown that sleep helps to recover from this distress. Hence, sleep might produce a “time window” for reorganization of these activated circuits.Their study noted that having a night with good amount of REM sleep can help the amygdala adaptation overnight. Having good quality slow wave sleep or NREM sleep preceding the REM sleep also facilitates adaptation of the limbic system. When REM sleep is disturbed or restless, the team writes, there is a failure in amygdala adaptation.The researchers explain that having a restless REM sleep is characteristic of several psychiatric disorders including insomnia and post traumatic stress disorders. This could be, they write, due to “insufficient silencing of the locus coeruleus (LC) during REM sleep.” This insufficient silencing of the LC is responsible for insufficient recovery of the brain after a restful night of sleep. The team wrote that the amygdale is the “siren of the brain”. Its subsequent inhibition during restful REM sleep is responsible for dissolution of distress. This means that the person regains normalcy after an unpleasant experience due to the adaptation of the amygdala.To investigate their hypothesis, the team included 29 participants to study the impact of an unpleasant emotional experience on REM sleep and limbic response using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). These participants varied in their severity of insomnia. Arousal and pattern of sleep was assessed using electroencephalography (EEG). The purpose was to assess whether the activity of the amygdala was related to restful REM sleep and whether reorganization of amygdala activity was impeded by sleep interruptions.Related StoriesSleep disorders in patients with low back pain linked to increased healthcare visits, costsPink noise enhances deep sleep for people with mild cognitive impairmentHigh sleep variability and short sleep duration predict blunted weight lossThe team found that the reactivity of the amygdala reduced overnight when there was a decrease in the total REM sleep. They write, “Restless REM sleep impeded overnight amygdala adaptation.”As a next step the team used smells or odours that were tagged to unpleasant emotional experiences. These smells were targeted to trigger the unpleasant memories and reduce the REM sleep. Results showed that good REM indeed was responsible for amygdala adaptation. The team wrote, “a maladaptive type of sleep” could be “target for interventions in mental disorders characterized by restless REM sleep.”For their smell experiment the team used a specific smell along with an upsetting memory. As soon as the participant smelled that odour, he or she showed activity in the brain scans in the region of the amygdala. Then they spent the night sleeping in the sleep labs and an EEG measured their brain waves. Brain waves are typical of different phases of sleep. While sleeping they were again exposed to that smell. Next morning in an awake state the same unpleasant experience was presented again. This time the brain had adapted overnight among those with good REM sleep. This meant that they did not respond to the unpleasant experiences again. Some of the participants were restless sleepers. Among them there was no recovery of the amygdala at night when these people were exposed to the smell and experience again, they experienced distress again. This proved that it was the restful REM sleep that helps the brain circuits to recover overnight.The team wrote that some of the neuronal connections related to a pleasant or unpleasant memory during the day could be strengthened or weakened during the night’s sleep. This was disrupted as well if the sleep was restless.According to study researchers Rick Wassing, Frans Schalkwijk and Eus van Someren, diagnosing restless REM and targeting this phase of the sleep could help patients with insomnia and PTSD and also help them process unpleasant experiences in a better manner.The authors wrote, “REM sleep can support overnight regulation of amygdala reactivity. The effect increases with longer preceding episodes of transition to REM but is impeded by REM sleep interruptions.” They add that people with PTSD or “early childhood adversity” could have chronic restless REM. They conclude, “Addressing overnight emotional memory processing deficits in these disorders is likely to provide clues to the mechanisms underlying hyperarousal, which have so far remained enigmatic.” Journal reference:Restless REM Sleep Impedes Overnight Amygdala Adaptation, Rick Wassing, Oti Lakbila-Kamal, Jennifer R. Ramautar, Diederick Stoffers, Frans Schalkwijk, Eus J.W. Van Someren, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.06.034, https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(19)30761-4
Russian hackers have infiltrated Germany’s foreign and interior ministries’ online networks, German news agency DPA reported Wednesday quoting unnamed security sources. Explore further The hacker group known as APT28—which has been linked to Russia’s GRU military intelligence and accused of attacks on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign—managed to plant malware in the ministries’ networks for possibly as long as a year, the news agency said.German security authorities only detected the online spying in December, it said, adding that an isolated government IT network had also been hit.If confirmed, the attack would be the biggest to hit the German government.Top security officials had repeatedly warned during Germany’s 2017 general elections that Russia hackers may seek to disrupt the polls.While authorities did not have concrete proof, they have pinned the malware attack that crippled the Bundestag parliamentary network in 2015 for days on the APT28, also known as “Fancy Bear” or “Sofacy”.The attack netted 17 gigabytes of data which, officials feared, could be used to blackmail MPs or discredit them.Amid the rising frequency of attacks, Germany’s defence ministry in 2016 set up a cyber department to coordinate a response to online intrusions. © 2018 AFP The hacker group known as APT28—which has been linked to Russia’s GRU military intelligence—managed to plant malware in the German ministries’ networks for possibly as long as a year Suspected Russian cyberattack targets German parties, media Citation: Russian hackers infiltrated German ministries’ network: report (2018, February 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-russian-group-hacked-german-network.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Target slices free-shipping minimum in half to $25 ©2018 Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further The Minneapolis-based retailer is offering free two-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of items on Target.com with $35 purchase or when paying with a REDcard. No membership or annual fee is required.The retailer also will increase the starting minimum wage to $12, according to a news release. Target increased the minimum hourly wage to $11 in late 2017 and said it will raise it to $15 by the end of 2020.The company said it will rapidly expand Drive Up, a service in which online order will be quickly delivered to cars in the store parking lots. The retailer said it expects to offer the service in 1,000 stores by year’s end.”Thanks to investments in our supply chain and digital operations, we’re able use our stores to fulfill guests’ digital orders with flexibility and speed,” said Mike McNamara, Target’s chief information and digital officer in a release. “With recent success, we’re eager to scale Drive Up and other fulfillment options to more guests in 2018.” Walmart starts offering meal kits and prepared dinners, challenging Blue Apron and restaurantsThe retailer also plans to remodel and update more than 300 stores by the end of 2018. Citation: Target fights Amazon by offering free two-day shipping and bringing online orders to cars (2018, March 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-amazon-free-two-day-shipping-online.html Target is fighting Amazon’s total retail domination by offering free two-day shipping, again raising wages and offering to bring online orders to customers’ cars, the company announced at its annual meeting.
Big Data is such a huge change for businesses that it can easily seem overwhelming. The BigDataEurope project meets interested companies half way by providing an integrated stack of tools to manipulate, publish and use large-scale data resources. Credit: George Rudy, Shutterstock Provided by CORDIS Citation: A big data platform to take on the EU’s seven societal challenges (2018, June 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-big-platform-eu-societal.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Blue Brain Nexus: An open-source knowledge graph for data-driven science Looking at the very long list of projects funded under Horizon 2020 and the large spectrum of topics being covered, it would be easy to forget that the EU’s biggest research and innovation programme to date is all about addressing seven major societal concerns: health and wellbeing; food, agriculture and the bioeconomy; energy; transport; climate change; freedom and security; and the place of Europe in a changing world.What is even easier to forget is the fact that these seemingly very different topics and the related sectors of activities all share at least one common trait: how they could benefit from digital innovation, and more specifically from Big Data. To ensure that they do, the BigDataEurope (Integrating Big Data, Software and Communities for Addressing Europe’s Societal Challenges) project created seven communities and tried to better understand what they would need from Big Data. The result is a platform able to ingest data from a variety of sources, which can be tailored to target innovative applications across the seven H2020 challenges.What gaps did you aim to fill with this project and how is this important?It is widely acknowledged that the analysis of large amounts of data (Big Data) profoundly influences our economy and society as a whole. However, it is important that the corresponding technologies are not just available to a small circle of companies, but can also be widely used by smaller enterprises and initiatives as well as in research and academia. BigDataEurope filled this gap first by providing a platform for realising Big Data applications, and then by discussing requirements and pilot applications with communities representing the societal challenges identified by the H2020 framework programme.What makes your approach innovative?Numerous events organised with stakeholder groups made us realise that in addition to volume and velocity, the variety of data is a key aspect to be dealt with in societal applications. To address this requirement, we devised and produced a semantic data description layer for Big Data. This layer uses vocabulary and knowledge graphs, and allows communities to develop a common understanding of their data while at the same time interlinking and integrating this data on a technical level. Explore further What were the main difficulties you faced in bringing all these stakeholder groups and data sources together, and how did you overcome them?A key challenge lay in the different terminologies, cultures and practices found in stakeholder groups, which also resulted in very different requirements and viewpoints. Whilst, for example, open data already plays a key role in mobility applications, data security, privacy and anonymisation are of paramount importance in healthcare scenarios. We addressed this challenge by avoiding developing a one-size-fits-all platform, instead integrating components that fulfil a very specific purpose such as the processing of streaming data or anonymisation. As a result, the user can combine and integrate the most suitable data management components for any concrete application scenario of the BigDataEurope platform.What are the advantages of integrating all this data? Can you provide a real-life example?The project produced seven demonstrators showcasing the value of integrated data for the different societal challenges. These included for example the forecasting of road traffic and congestion based on historic and current sensor data in combination with information from social networks. Another example is precision farming aiming to provide plants such as grapevines with optimal nutrition, fertilisation and irrigation based on climate and research data.Did the project results meet your initial expectations? How so?Overall the need to deal with data variety was something we expected and was confirmed through stakeholder and community meetings. Thanks to the semantic integration approach followed by the platform, we managed to take a step forward, but we are still slightly away from the vision of seamlessly integrating and analysing large amounts of aggregated data with minimal effort. Besides, the consideration of data privacy and sovereignty of data providers will require more attention in the future.How can interested stakeholders start using your platform?The platform, the documentation and pilots implementations are fully open source and available for reuse. Also, there are a number of the BigDataEurope consortium partners (including for example Fraunhofer) who are ready to provide assistance and support.What are your follow-up plans?Consortium members are pursuing research on the topic of Big Data management in their own domains. For example, there are already several recently-started H2020 projects that continue to maintain parts of the BigDataEurope platform and deepen its application in the healthcare and life-science domains.
In order to produce one metric ton of Portland cement, a basic ingredient of concrete and the most commonly used type of cement around the world, up to one ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) is released. It is estimated that the global cement industry is responsible for 7 percent of yearly carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Aiming to reduce the concrete industry’s negative impact on the environment, KTU researchers have been investigating methods of substituting Portland cement with other materials.”At first, the idea that concrete can be produced without using cement seemed radical. Now, after several years of intensive work, we successfully developed alkali-activated concrete, with compressive strength of 55 MPa (the same as in conventional concrete). Instead of Portland cement, we are using alkali-activated industrial waste products—fly ash, biofuel bottom ash, AlF3 production waste—silica gel etc.,” says Vytautas Bocullo, researcher at KTU Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture.According to the researcher, the biggest advantage of this type of binder is that in its production, a great amount of industrial waste containing an active form of silicon and aluminum compounds can be used. Theoretically, any material containing silicon and aluminum compounds could be used, such as blast furnace slag or metakaolin, material derived from modification of clay mineral kaolinite. Scientists at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania are developing methods for producing concrete without cement, using fly ash, an industrial waste product. The final product is as strong as traditional concrete, is more resilient to damaging effects of acid, and more stable in cases of exposure to extreme heat and cold. Treated with a special alkaline solution, these materials start melting and binding similarly to traditional cement. Depending on the composition, the final product can be either geopolymer or alkali-activated material. Alkali-activated concrete is much more resilient to the effects of fire and acid. Also, due to its higher pH, this concrete protects armature against corrosion.Bocullo maintains that alkali-activated concrete can be used instead of traditional concrete in many fields, and is becoming a globally popular alternative to traditional concrete. By properly preparing raw materials and the activating solution, such concrete solidifies at the usual temperature. However, in order to produce this type of concrete in a cost-efficient manner, local materials are best.”We are trying to use waste materials from local industry, such as aluminum fluoride production waste—silica gel and biofuel ash. The preparation of the substance depends on the material itself. For example, fly ash of coal can be used immediately, but the biofuel ash need to be ground up to the fineness of the cement. In order to improve the qualities of the final product, several substances can be mixed, but before that, their chemical composition and additives need to be investigated for their impact on the environment and on the compressive strength of the concrete,” says Bocullo. Aiming to reduce the negative concrete industry’s impact on the environment, KTU researchers have been investigating methods of substituting Portland cement with other materials. Credit: KTU Making cement sustainable Explore further Provided by Kaunas University of Technology After several years of intensive work KTU scientists succeeded to develop alkali activated concrete, which compressive strength is 55 MPa (the same as in usual concrete). Credit: KTU Citation: Environmentally friendly concrete from industrial waste is as strong as traditional (2018, November 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-environmentally-friendly-concrete-industrial-strong.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Trump meets with Apple CEO at White House to talk trade (c) 2018 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Politics are bound to be a topic of conversation at Thanksgiving meals across the country today. Whether someone at your meal decides to share their thoughts on the state of America in 2018 is up to them. Citation: Don’t ask Siri about Donald Trump today (2018, November 23) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-dont-siri-donald-trump-today.html One thing you shouldn’t do: ask Siri about Donald Trump or how old the president is.In an apparent glitch first spotted by The Verge, asking Siri the question “who is Donald Trump” or “how old is Donald Trump” returns an image of male genitalia in place of a picture of the 45th president of the United States.USA TODAY was able to replicate the glitchwhen asking Siri “who is Donald Trump” on an iPhone X on Thursday evening.Apple currently seems to have disabled showing images when those questions are asked. When asking now, the digital assistant returns a series of links to various websites and an imageless Wolfram Alpha result when asking about his age.Asking the same questions to Google’s Assistant showed proper images of Trump. Siri returned proper pages, and images, when asking about former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how this glitch occurred or what it is doing to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
DFAB HOUSE stands on the upper floor of the NEST building. Credit: Roman Keller This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A delicate concrete ceiling – cast in 3-D-printed formwork – and a curved concrete wall created by a construction robot characterize the architecture of the living room, whose aesthetics are remotely reminiscent of the film sets of the Swiss artist HR Giger (the creator of “Alien”). Upon saying a specific command, the blinds open as if by magic and the kettle prepares water for tea. What sounds like a science fiction film is reality in Dübendorf: today, the smart and largely digitally planned and built DFAB HOUSE opens its doors.From laboratory to architectural applicationThe three-story “house” is located on the uppermost of three platforms at NEST. On this modular research and innovation building of Empa and Eawag, researchers, together with industrial partners, can test new construction and energy technologies under real-life conditions. NEST consists of a central building core, to which various building modules – so-called units – can dock. For the construction of the DFAB HOUSE unit, researchers from eight professorships at ETH Zurich, within the framework of the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) “Digital Fabrication”, in collaboration with industrial partners, have for the first time transferred several novel digital construction technologies from the laboratory into real-world applications (see Factsheet Digital Fabrication). The aim of digital technologies is not only to make planning and construction more efficient, but also more sustainable. For example, the digitally planned floor slab of DFAB HOUSE is statically and structurally optimized in such a way that considerable amounts of material can be saved compared to a conventional concrete slab. The technologies also open up new design possibilities. For instance, the two upper residential floors are characterized by wooden frames, which were fabricated with the help of two construction robots and arranged in complex geometries. “The architectural potential of digital fabrication technologies is immense. Unfortunately, these technologies are still scarcely used on construction sites. With the DFAB HOUSE, we are able to test new technologies hand in hand with industry and thus accelerate the transfer from research to practice,” says Matthias Kohler, ETH Professor of Architecture and Digital Fabrication. Explore further Provided by Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology Robotic collaboration in timber construction In around two months’ time, the first residents, academic guests from Empa and Eawag, will move into DFAB HOUSE. At DFAB HOUSE, they will live in an intelligent home. A consortium of companies led by digitalSTROM has installed the first smart home solutions in DFAB HOUSE (see Factsheet Digital Living), which are based on the manufacturer-independent digitalSTROM platform. These include intelligent, multi-stage burglar protection, automated glare and shading options, and the latest generation of networked, intelligent household appliances. However, DFAB HOUSE is smart not only in terms of home electronics, but also in terms of energy management: Photovoltaic modules on the roof supply on average one and a half times as much electricity as the unit itself will consume, while an intelligent control system coordinates all consumption and ensures that no load peaks occur. Two start-up ideas, accompanied by researchers from Empa and Eawag, are helping to save additional energy: On the one hand, heat from waste water, which would otherwise be lost, is recovered directly in the shower trays via heat exchangers, and on the other hand hot water flows from the pipes back into the boiler when not in use instead of cooling in the water pipes. This method not only saves energy and water, but also reduces the risk of bacteria growing in the pipes.Research and industry learn from each otherThe sixth unit in the NEST research and innovation building is a good example of how cooperation between researchers and industry can produce forward-looking solutions. “In implementing a construction project like DFAB HOUSE, traditional construction methods meet new concepts of the digital world. The path from the digital drawing board to an actual building has challenged both scientists and experts from industry. Through a constructive dialog, something truly visionary can now be put into practice; hopefully it will soon be used broadly in the construction industry,” says Empa CEO Gian-Luca Bona. Citation: Building digitally, living digitally (2019, February 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-digitally.html DFAB HOUSE has officially opened today on the NEST building of Empa and Eawag in Dübendorf. It is the world’s first inhabited “house” that was not only digitally planned, but also – with the help of robots and 3-D printers – built largely digitally. The construction technologies were developed by ETH Zurich researchers in collaboration with industrial partners. Credit: Roman Keller Credit: Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology An intelligent home
In Photos: Bones from a Denisovan-Neanderthal Hybrid Discovery in Greece The two ancient skulls were unearthed in the late 1970s by researchers at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Athens. Given that the skulls were found in Apidima Cave, the researchers named them Apidima 1 and Apidima 2. Both skulls, neither of which had a lower jaw, were found side by side in a block of breccia, angular pieces of rock that were cemented together over time. However, neither skull was in good shape; the damaged Apidima 1 included only the back of the skull, and at the time, researchers weren’t sure what species it came from. Apidima 2, which preserved the facial region of the skull, was identified as Neanderthal, but it was broken and distorted. For years, the skulls sat at the Museum of Anthropology in Athens until they were finally cleaned and prepared from the breccia block in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In the new study, Harvati and her colleagues put both skulls in a CT scanner, which generated 3D virtual reconstructions of each specimen. Then, they analyzed the features of each. As in previous analyses, the team concluded that Apidima 2, which had a thick, rounded brow ridge, was from an early Neanderthal. Identifying Apidima 1 was more challenging because of its fragmentary remains, but the researchers were able to create mirror images of its right and left sides, which gave them a more complete reconstruction. [In Photos: Oldest Homo Sapiens Fossils Ever Found] Several clues, such as the rounded back of the skull (a feature unique to modern humans), indicated that Apidima 1 was an early modern human, or Homo sapiens, the researchers said. Dating the skulls Next, the researchers dated the skulls. Previous analyses had estimated that the skulls were roughly from the same time period, given that they were discovered next to each other, suggesting that they lived around the same time. But by using a method known as uranium-series dating, the new team found that the skulls were not from the same time period. At 170,000 years old, the Neanderthal skull fit within the range of other Neanderthal remains found in other parts of Europe. But the modern human skull was an unexpected outlier, predating the next-oldest H. sapiens remains in Europe by more than 150,000 years, the researchers found. Uranium-series dating is one of only a few ways to date such ancient bones, “but it’s not without some pitfalls,” said Larry Edwards, regents professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota, who was not involved in the study. In effect, the method works because uranium decays into thorium. The more thorium there is in a sample, the older it is, Edwards told Live Science. However, bones and teeth don’t contain much of their own uranium; rather, they absorb it from the environment over time. “That then requires you to make interpretations on how and when the uranium was picked up and whether or not the uranium was lost,” he said. But although this technique isn’t ideal for dating skulls such as Apidima 1 and 2, it can still provide useful data, Edwards said. “I think it’s pretty solid, their [dating] conclusions,” he said. Out-of-Africa implications Despite the skull’s title as the “oldest known modern human fossil in Eurasia,” the new finding does not rewrite the fundamentals of human evolution, said Eleanor Scerri, an associate professor and leader of the Pan-African Evolution research group at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, who was not involved in the study. Those fundamentals are that humans first evolved in Africa and then ventured out into the rest of the world. “The oldest human fossils still come from Africa and are about 100,000 years older than the Apidima fossil,” Scerri told Live Science in an email. “That is roughly 4,000 generations — ample opportunity to move around.” That said, “if we want to ask questions specifically about the early history of our species in Eurasia, then this study may confirm the arguments made for multiple, early dispersals,” Scerri said. In addition, this finding supports the view that the population of “early Homo sapiens was fragmented and dispersed,” she said. [Top 10 Mysteries of the First Humans] Previous studies have suggested that “Homo sapiens left Africa every time the Saharan and Arabian deserts shrunk, which happened broadly on 100,000-year cycles,” roughly agreeing with dates from this study, she noted. What’s more, if modern humans truly had reached Eurasia by at least 210,000 years ago, then “we can no longer assume that ‘Mousterian’ stone tool assemblages found across large regions of Eurasia are necessarily being produced by Neanderthals,” she said. There are many avenues open to researchers hoping to learn more about the Apidima skulls. For instance, the skulls could contain ancient DNA or primordial proteins that could verify their species, Eric Delson, who was not involved with the research, wrote in an accompanying perspective published online today (July 10) in the journal Nature. Delson is a professor and the chair of the Department of Anthropology at Lehman College and The Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Moreover, researchers could study the cave’s paleo-environment and climate to figure out what conditions were like when Apidima 1 and 2 lived there. Today, the cave is on a cliff facing the sea, reachable only by boat, Harvati said. The study was published online today in the journal Nature. A prehistoric, broken skull is revealing the secrets of ancient humans, divulging that early modern humans left Africa much earlier than previously thought, a new study finds. The skull, found in Eurasia and dating back 210,000 years, is the oldest modern human bone that anthropologists have discovered outside Africa, the researchers said. This skull, however, had an unusual neighbor: a 170,000-year-old, possibly Neanderthal skull that was found resting next to it, in a cave in southern Greece. Given that the Neanderthal skull is a solid 40,000 years younger than the modern human skull, it appears that this particular human’s early dispersal out of Africa failed. There are no living descendants of this enigmatic human alive today, and this person’s group was replaced by Neanderthals, who later lived in that very same cave, the researchers said. [Photos: See the Ancient Faces of a Man-Bun-Wearing Bloke and a Neanderthal Woman]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65906-oldest-modern-human-skull-eurasia.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35 “We know from the genetic evidence that all humans that are alive today outside of Africa can trace their ancestry to the major dispersal out of Africa that happened between 70[,000] and 50,000 years before present,” study lead researcher Katerina Harvati, a professor of paleoanthropology at the University of Tübingen in Germany, told reporters at a news conference. Other earlier modern-human dispersals out of Africa have been documented at sites in Israel, including one based on the discovery of a 194,000- to 177,000-year-old modern human jaw from Misliya Cave and others tied to early human fossils dated to about 130,000 to 90,000 years ago at the Skhul and Qafzeh caves. But “we think that these early migrants did not actually contribute to modern humans living outside of Africa today, but rather died out and were probably locally replaced by Neanderthals,” Harvati said. “We hypothesize this is a similar situation with the Apidima 1 [the newly dated modern human skull] population.” Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndoBirch Gold GroupThis IRS Tax Law is Sweeping the U.S.Birch Gold GroupUndo Photos: Looking for Extinct Humans in Ancient Cave Mud Photos: Newfound Ancient Human Relative Discovered in Philippines This is the oldest known modern human skull in Eurasia, dating to about 210,000 years ago. Here, you can see the partial skull (right), its virtual reconstruction (middle) and a virtual side view. Credit: Copyright Katerina Harvati/Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
Cyclone Fani effect: Heat wave sears AP, Telangana May 10, 2019 Fani impact: Parts of Bhubaneswar still groping in the dark cyclones Karnataka announces ₹10-crore relief to cyclone-hit Odisha RELATED diesel fuel SHARE SHARE EMAIL Cyclone Fani impact: Kendrapara plumbers join hands in water supply restoration Orissa Published on Cuttack SHARE Vodafone Idea restores services in cyclone-hit areas of Odisha COMMENT Puri Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan – PTI The supply of both auto and cooking fuels has resumed across cyclone affected Puri, Khordha, and Cuttack districts, according to Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan.“Fuel dispensing began within 24 hours of Cyclone Fani. As of today, 232 out of 234 filling stations in Puri, Khordha, and Cuttack districts are functional and the remaining two would be operational by tomorrow…Additional measures have been taken to manage the rush of two-wheelers in Puri city, while normalcy has been restored in Nimapada, Brahmagiri and Satyabadi regions,” Pradhan tweeted.“The current sales of fuel in Puri district has reached 3 lakh litres per day, which is close to the normal consumption levels. Two hundred out of 234 filling stations have suffered severe damage due to Cyclone Fani. Plans have been drawn up for their restoration. All 162 LPG distribution centres in the cyclone affected districts of Puri, Khordha, and Cuttack are operational. There is enough stock to meet demand in the affected districts,” he said.“There is adequate stock of kerosene to meet any future demand from the state government and adequate arrangements would be made for delivering in Cyclone Fani affected regions,” he added.Pradhan also said eight mobile bowsers have been pressed into service for door-step delivery of fuel to institutions such as government offices, banks, telecom operators, and hospitals for interrupted power availability.In another tweet, the Ministry of Power said the maximum power supplied to Bhubaneswar on Thursday was 104 MW. In Cuttack, 103 MW of power was supplied and efforts are on to restore 100 per cent normalcy in power supply in Fani affected areas. COMMENTS