Bruce Carson a oneman stimulus package for the police says NDP MP

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera and Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan is “hiding behind his staffers” and “ducking” questions on his relationship to Bruce Carson, a former aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper currently under an RCMP investigation, the NDP said Wednesday.Timmins-James Bay NDP MP Charlie Angus said Duncan’s office was “at the centre” of the Carson scandal that broke after APTN National News revealed the former political operative nicknamed “The Mechanic,” was lobbying for a water company that had a financial deal with his fiancée, a former Ottawa escort, on the sale of filtration systems to impoverished First Nation communities.“At the centre of it is his office and the fact that Bruce Carson and his girlfriend were going to hit up a bunch of impoverished First Nations communities,” said Angus, in the House of Commons during Question Period. “What is (Duncan) trying to hide…what does he know and what was his involvement with the Bruce Carson gang?”Duncan responded saying he couldn’t comment because the matter was under investigation.“We know that the member from Timmins-James Bay likes to throw dirt around this place,” said Duncan. “All I can say is that it is under investigation, therefore it is inappropriate to comment. The member knows that and I don’t know why he is pursuing this type of questioning.”Duncan cancelled a planned interview with APTN National News on the budget Tuesday after his staff discovered that the minister would also face questions on his relationship to Carson.Carson is currently facing probes from the RCMP, the Lobbying Commissioner and the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. The lobbying probe is ongoing, while the ethics probe was suspended last November. None of the investigations have reached their conclusions.The OPP is also investigating the water company, H2O Pros, for allegedly defrauding customers.“Talk about investigation. We have the Lobbying Commissioner, we have the Ethics Commissioner, we have the RCMP, we have the OPP,” said Angus. “When you think about the Conservative Party and Bruce Carson, this man is like a one-man stimulus package for the police.”APTN National News reported this week that the lobbying investigation was scrutinizing Carson’s claimed links to Duncan.Carson met with at least two officials in Duncan’s office about the water company and its product in January 2011, two months before Harper called for the three-pronged investigation. Carson and the president of the now shuttered company met at least three times with Aboriginal Affairs department officials in the fall of 2010.Carson told APTN National News that Duncan’s office was aware of the company and its product and he was hoping to involve Environment Minister Peter Kent in the discussions.Duncan and Kent both denied ever discussing the water company with Carson.Questions still linger over how Carson managed to obtain “secret” level clearance to work in the Prime Minister’s Office, despite being convicted on three counts of fraud in the 1990s. He was disbarred and convicted on two counts of fraud and sentenced to 18 months in jail in the 1980s. Carson also declared bankruptcy in 1993.“How a four time convicted fraudster gets an all-access-pass into the Prime Minister’s Office remains a mystery,” said Angus, during question period. “But we know that wherever Bruce Carson goes he leaves a lot of ethical violations and a lot of unanswered questions.”jbarrera@aptn.caKennethbrianjackson@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Keystone XL developer plans to start construction in 2019

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline plans to start construction next year, after a U.S. State Department review ordered by a federal judge concluded that major environmental damage from a leak is unlikely and could quickly be mitigated, a company spokesman said Monday.TransCanada spokesman Matthew John said the company remains committed to moving ahead with the project following years of reviews from federal and state regulators. The company has already started preparing pipe yards, transporting pipe and mowing parts of the project’s right-of-way in Montana and South Dakota, but TransCanada said in court documents it doesn’t plan start construction in Nebraska in the first half of 2019.The report issued Friday from the Trump administration’s State Department drew criticism from environmental groups, who say they’ll continue to fight the project they view as an environmental threat.“The Trump administration sees no problem with building the Keystone XL — in other news, the grass is still green and the sky is still blue,” said Kelly Martin, a campaign director for the Sierra Club.The updated, 338-page report was released a little more than a month after a federal judge in Montana ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the pipeline’s proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route.The original environmental impact study was issued in 2014, before Nebraska regulators approved a longer “mainline alternative” route that veered away from the company’s preferred pathway. President Donald Trump approved a federal permit for the project in March 2017, reversing former President Barack Obama’s decision to reject it amid concerns over greenhouse admissions.The report said the $8 billion, 1,184-mile pipeline would have a “negligible to moderate” environmental impact under its normal operations, and continuous monitoring and automatic shut-off valves would help company officials quickly identify a leak or rupture. Additionally, the report said TransCanada has a response plan in place that should mitigate the effects if it’s implemented quickly.“Prompt cleanup response would likely be capable of remediating the contaminated soil before the hazardous release reaches groundwater depth,” the report said.Environmentalists, Native American tribes and a coalition of landowners have prevented the company from moving ahead with construction. In addition to the federal lawsuit in Montana that seeks to halt the project, opponents have a pending lawsuit before the Nebraska Supreme Court. Oral arguments in the Nebraska case aren’t expected until next month.Critics of the project have raised concerns about spills that could contaminate groundwater and the property rights of affected landowners. In Nebraska, a major battleground for the project, opponents are trying to change the makeup of the Nebraska Public Service Commission in hopes of overturning its previous decision to approve an in-state route for the pipeline.The latest State Department report is a draft that must still face public review and comments, but federal officials say they expect to have the final draft ready by December. In court documents from the Montana lawsuit, TransCanada’s attorneys said they believe all the pending lawsuits will be resolved before construction begins.The pipeline would carry up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Canada through Montana and South Dakota to Steele City, Nebraska, where it would connect with the original Keystone pipeline that runs down to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The State Department has noted that TransCanada has a lower overall spill rate than average in the pipeline industry.___Follow Grant Schulte on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GrantSchultelast_img read more

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Civil Defence dept puts boatmen, rescue teams & emergency vehicles in place to safeguard Kolkatans

first_imgKolkata: The Disaster Management and Civil Defence department has taken up adequate preventive measures to combat the cyclone Fani, which is expected to hit various South Bengal districts on late Friday evening.According to a Civil Defence official, all arrangements have been put in place in the coastal districts of the state, including the city. As many as 44 boats have been swung into action to handle emergency situations. Around 150 boatmen have been deployed in various districts, which include West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Jhargram, Hooghly, Howrah, North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas and Kolkata. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The boatmen have been given special training on rescuing people in danger. They have also been imparted with police training. Civil Defence Rescue vehicles have already been pressed into action in various districts. Around 17 such vehicles equipped with various modern instruments have been engaged in the coastal districts. The rescue vehicles will have equipment needed to cut uprooted trees and rescue people from buildings in case of an emergency,” a Civil Defence official said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe also stated that as many as 34 quick response teams have been formed in various districts, including the city. Each rescue team comprises eight members who have special training in various fields related to disaster management. The teams have modern equipment to tackle the impending crisis. It has also been learnt that 65 Nuliahs (divers) and fishermen have been deployed in Digha and Mandarmani in East Midnapore since Thursday. The Nuliahs have been kept in the coastal regions of the district, where they will keep an eye on the sea beaches. They may also voyage into the sea if the situation demands. The Nuliahs have special training to float in the sea and rescue people. It may be mentioned all the disaster management and civil defence mechanisms have been put in place since Thursday. The district administration will decide how long the rescue teams and civil defence personnel will remain stationed in the districts. All the disaster management officials in the city have been alerted.last_img read more

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US donates bombsniffing dog to Costa Rican penitentiary

first_imgNo related posts. The U.S. Embassy in San José donated a dog trained to detect weapons and bombs that will be in charge of checking every object and person entering the maximum-security prison La Reforma, the largest in Costa Rica.Ámbar is the first bomb-detecting dog owned by the Penitenciary Police and is worth $ 5,900. The new K9 officer will join five drug-sniffing dogs currently working at La Reforma, located in the province of Alajuela, north of the capital.The 9-month-old Belgian shepherd arrived from Guatemala on Monday, and Justice Ministry plans for her include initiating a breeding program.The U.S. government provided training in Guatemala for two La Reforma officers who will handle the dog.The embassy also donated a sound system that will be used for announcing the entry of visitors to La Reforma. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Rep Price keeps perfect voting record through 2015 for fifth straight year

first_img30Dec Rep. Price keeps perfect voting record through 2015 for fifth straight year Categories: News LANSING – Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, completed 2015 with a perfect voting record – her fifth in a row since being elected to represent the 89th House District in 2010.“It’s an honor, but also an expectation to be on the House floor for all 504 votes made in 2015,” said Rep. Price. “That has been a goal every year, to represent my fellow residents in Lansing and I am as happy to have done that in 2015 as I am for the approximately 3,000 votes made in the previous four years. I look forward to continuing my representation in the same manner through 2016.”last_img read more

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Polish pay TV platform n has acquired a raft of

first_imgPolish pay TV platform ‘n’ has acquired a raft of TV rights to the Summer Olympics and will show high-definition and 3D coverage of the upcoming London Games.The platform’s 3D coverage includes the opening and closing ceremonies as well as football, basketball, tennis, swimming and athletics.Christian Anting, vice-president and chief operating officer of TVN-backed ‘n’ said: “No other platform in Poland, can offer consumers this level of Olympic Game coverage and we’re bringing it to them in high definition and 3D. By adding more than 100 hours of unique events like volleyball, handball or basketball, platform n becomes the platform of choice for all sports fans.”last_img read more

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I should be making 80000 per year I had arr

first_img“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.last_img read more

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In This Issue   Currencies metals give way t

first_imgIn 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 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

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Hospital Insurance 2030

first_img Hospital Insurance 2030 Some of you may be aware that investment guru Harry Dent has publicly stated that gold will fall to $250-$400. He specifically predicted: Around $700/ounce is a certainty in gold by 2015 to 2016, and $250 is a possibility well down the line by 2020–2023. His forecast is largely based on his belief that deflation will prevail. Governments are fighting deflation. If government stimulus fails, we will have deflation, not inflation. And he claims that gold bugs are wrong about gold’s future price because they don’t understand how markets work. Central bank stimulus has created a whole new set of financial asset bubbles that will have to burst. That is its consequences, not rising inflation that most gold bugs (who do understand the financial and debt crisis) warn about. As a gold analyst who’s spent every day of the last seven-plus years watching this market, I can’t let this pass. I’m sure gold will not fall to $700, much less $250-$400—not in real terms (who knows if the US dollar will even exist in 2020?… Or maybe there will be new dollars with several zeros cut off). Is this just because I’m a stubborn gold bug? No, because I agree that we’re seeing some deflation, too. But I definitely think some type of crisis is headed our way, and gold does well in crises—even deflationary ones. Is it perhaps because I don’t like Mr. Dent? Not at all—at my suggestion, he was a speaker at one of our Summits. Quite simply, I think Harry Dent is resoundingly wrong. And I’m so sure he’s wrong that this is a public invitation to him to enter a wager with me and put his money where his mouth is, which I’ll detail momentarily. Why Harry Dent Is Wrong There are a number of reasons why I think Mr. Dent will be wrong about the future gold price… 1. Deflation does not guarantee lower gold. It’s true that some significant deflationary forces have developed. Check out what’s occurred since early November. The 10-year Treasury fell to a paltry 1.7% yield. July to December, 2008; Other European countries have seen a spike in gold demand due to the massive QE effort undertaken by the ECB and the anti-bailout party winning in Greece. German coin dealer Degussa reported a 35% year-on-year increase in gold coin sales in January. The Austrian Mint said sales of Vienna Philharmonic gold coins rose 6% last month. So the investor who’s convinced deflation is coming shouldn’t overlook the fact that other factors can lead investors to buy gold. Keep in mind that most true deflations cause a crisis—or are caused by a crisis—and for thousands of years, crises have pushed people into gold. Consider how gold has performed during high periods of crisis and fear as measured by the VIX. Pension Benefit Corp 2024 According to the Financial Times, there is now $3.6 trillion of government debt around the world with negative interest rates. Two-year government bonds are negative in Germany, Finland, Austria, Denmark, France, Holland, Belgium, Slovakia, Sweden, and Japan. These are all serious deflationary trends. But what has gold done during that period? It is up 7.5%. Even gold’s negative correlation with the dollar has bucked its trend. The Baltic Dry Index, generally regarded as the best known global shipping index, is now at its lowest level ever. *Returns exclude dividends Dome Mines $6 $39.50 558% Commodity indexes have fallen by over a third. Highway Trust Fund 2016 During these eight periods of high systemic risk, gold rose every time but one—and stock markets fell in all of them. This doesn’t mean the price couldn’t decline in the initial phases of a crisis, but it does show that gold is strong when fear is high. 2. True deflation will lead to higher inflation. If we do get massive deflation, it will actually spur greater inflation. Why? Here’s a hint… An emergency meeting was held just last week regarding the solvency of the Disability Trust Fund. The problem is that benefits have exceeded tax receipts for several years now, and the shortfall has reached roughly 35%. The government itself has said the fund will officially go bankrupt next year. It’s not the only one. Old Age Insurance 2034 Since the turn of the century, gold and the DXY index have both finished higher year over year five times—in 2001, 2005, 2008, 2010, and 2011. So why has gold risen during some of the most ominous deflationary trends we’ve seen in a long time? Because what has been supportive for the dollar has also been good for gold. In other words, gold is not just about inflation vs. deflation. Nor is it about the USD vs. the euro or even supply vs. demand. It’s about fear and chaos vs. confidence and stability. Here are some recent examples of people buying gold for reasons other than inflation: Greek demand for gold coins from the UK Royal Mint has risen as a result of the country’s political and financial turmoil. They’re buying because, as Matthew Turner of Macquarie Bank put it, “The one thing everyone knows about gold is it is a good thing to hold if your currency is about to devalue.”center_img The oil price dropped to $50. Homestake Mining $65 $373 474% This dollar/gold relationship has broken down other times, too. According to the Wall Street Journal: From January 11 to June 10, 2010, the DXY (US Dollar Index) rose almost 16%—but gold climbed nearly 12%. January retail sales recorded the worst back-to-back decline since October 2009. And did you know that Social Security took in $752 billion in 2013, but paid out $822 billion in benefits? It and Medicare are clearly on an unsustainable path, too. Yes, this is all deflationary. But here’s the question: how will the Fed and politicians respond? They might reduce or delay benefits and raise taxes, but those are politically costly moves, and some officials have already publicly stated that they will print what they don’t collect in revenue. Printing money is extremely inflationary, especially when you’ve already more than tripled the monetary base since 2008. Frankly, doing more of the same scares me, because someday all this monetary dilution will come home to roost. We face the very real possibility that the US currency will not just be damaged; it could be destroyed. History is very clear on this point: currency crises lead to flights to gold. But if Deflation Wins First… But what happens to gold if we first go through a deflationary bust? There aren’t a lot of modern-day examples of deflation. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), as faulty as it may be, has registered only four declines since 2000, and all were short-lived. The CPI fell: August to October, 2006; March and April, 2009; and Company Stock Price 1929 Stock Price 1933 Total Gain* During a period of soup lines, crashing stock markets, and falling standards of living, investors fled to the only gold with liquidity they could own at the time. Gold’s status as a safe-haven asset during one of the greatest times of economic distress was demonstrated clearly by investors buying the stocks. So while we don’t know exactly what an untethered gold price would have done during the Depression, history says it will retain its purchasing power in a deflationary setting regardless of its nominal price. In other words, while the price of gold might not rise or could even fall, it would still provide monetary protection against an unstable economic environment, especially when you consider that most other assets would be in decline. All this said, the overriding concern is that in a fiat system—like the one the entire globe uses today—any deflation will be met with an inflationary overreaction by central bankers. And the worse the deflation, the more extreme the overreaction will be. As we’ve pointed out before, inflation will win in the end because it always gets another turn. Think about it: for central banks to be “successful” with their measures, the end result must be inflation. Someday soon they’ll get what they want. And when it shows up, the delayed effects of all the money created to that date will start to take hold, meaning there won’t be “just a little” inflation. Gold will soar in that environment, not fall. Of course, it doesn’t have to be an either/or thing. We can have both inflation and deflation, AKA stagflation, like we had in the late 1970s/early 1980s. That’s still good for gold. 3. Gold is already at its cost of production. Another reason I’m sure Mr. Dent will be wrong is that $700 is about $400 below the current global average cost of gold production. Even at $1,100 gold, roughly half of the primary gold producers lose money. The reason is because the World Gold Council’s all-in sustaining cost metric excludes taxes and interest payments (among other items). Adding those in pushes many companies into the red when gold averages $1,100. A $700 gold price would be 36% below the current cost of production. That (much less a $250 or $400 price) would kill the industry. But the sector won’t shut down, because the world needs and wants gold. The Bottom Line The basis of my argument is that there is no free lunch from the free-for-all actions central bankers have engaged in since 2008. Inevitably, the future purchasing power of our fiat money will be impacted. I thus think some kind of currency crisis hits in the future, perhaps sooner than skeptics like Harry Dent can imagine. There are many examples of what happens to gold during a currency crisis. Last year provided another glaring example. Russia’s inflation rate was 11.4% in 2014, and the ruble fell a staggering 46.5%—but gold in rubles rose 73%. In other words, Russians gained more with gold than they lost in ruble purchasing power. This didn’t occur just in conflict-ridden Russia. The price of gold rose against all currencies in 2014—except the US dollar. Gold was up in the euro, Japanese yen, Swiss franc, Canadian dollar, British pound, Australian dollar, New Zealand dollar, Chinese renminbi, Indian rupee, Swedish krona, Brazilian real, Israeli shekel, and South Korean won. As Eric Sprott put it, “Last year, 84% of the world’s population would have made money owning gold because of various currency moves—even though gold in US dollars was down approximately 1%.” We should expect the same reaction with gold in our currency when the odoriferous effluvia hits the fan. Gold is not really a commodity or even an investment; it is an alternate currency and a store of value. And if ever there was a period in history for it to be sought as a store of value, the next few years will be among the most acute. Both gold and the US dollar have been pursued during the recent times of distress—but the dollar as a “safe haven” is at high risk. It may rise further yet, but it’s far from healthy; the US is the largest debtor nation in the history of mankind. There are more reasons—I’m sure you can think of others yourself—but let’s get to the wager. The Bet Mr. Dent, I will bet you an ounce of gold that the gold price never falls to US$700, including intraday, for even one second, within the next two years, based on Comex pricing. You stated in January 2014 that “$700 is a certainty by 2015 to 2016,” so I’m giving your forecast even longer to work than you originally projected. We’ll each store a one-ounce gold Eagle with an independent third party, who will pay the two ounces to the winner the day the bet is concluded, which is two years from today, February 16, 2017. If gold touches US$700 at any point in that time frame, you win. If, however, gold never reaches $700, this lunatic gold bug who doesn’t understand how financial and debt crises works wins the bet and takes your ounce of gold. I hope you’ll take me up on the bet, because that’s about the time my son will finish his PhD program, and an ounce of gold will make a nice graduation present for him. It will also reinforce the ideas he’s formed on his own about money, as well as the fact that his dad is a stud. I do have to give you fair warning, though: I’m so confident that I’ve already identified a third party, and I will give you its mailing address once you shake my digital hand. Mr. Dent, do you really think gold will fall to $700? A gold Eagle says you’re wrong. I await your reply… I’m not just going to win this bet, but I’ll win big with my equity investments, because gold stocks will deliver the leverage to gold that they have many times in the past, especially since they’ll rise from depressed levels. I plan to make a killing on some special situations—and I have one right now: a new recommendation in the current issue of BIG GOLD. It’s one that tripled my money in the last bull cycle and will do it again in the next one. Easy money will be made if you buy now, and our brand-new recommendation is available with a risk-free trial to BIG GOLD. After the Swiss central bank introduced a 0.75% negative interest rate on some deposits last month, investors bought more gold in lieu of holding Swiss franc cash deposits, according Vontobel Holding AG, a Swiss bank and wealth manager. “We keep noticing that gold is coming back into favor with investors,” said CEO Zeno Staub. December, 2014. That’s it. You can find other fleeting periods further back, but nothing long enough to draw any strong conclusions. The only example we have of true deflation is the Great Depression. You’ll recall that the United States was on a gold standard at the time. But there’s still a lesson to be learned. First, on April 5, 1933, President Roosevelt issued an executive order forcing delivery (confiscation) of gold owned by private citizens to the government in exchange for compensation at the fixed price of $20.67/oz. Less than nine months later, he raised the gold price to $35, effectively diluting the dollar in every wallet 41% overnight and swindling everyone who had turned in gold. So even in the midst of one of the biggest deflations the world has ever seen, the US government raised the gold price. Second, the only way citizens could effectively own gold after Roosevelt’s confiscation was to buy gold stocks. How did they perform? Well, when the stock market crashed in 1929, gold stocks were part of the general wreckage. The market then rallied and recovered almost 50% of its losses by April 1930, with gold shares again tagging along. It’s what happened next that gives us another clue about gold and deflation… When the bear market resumed in the summer of 1930, all securities sold off again—except gold stocks. Gold shares stayed basically flat until early 1931, when their appeal to the masses kicked into high gear. Look at how shares of Homestake Mining, the largest gold miner in the US at the time, and Dome Mines, Canada’s senior producer, performed during the Great Depression. Disability Trust Fund 2016 Projected Government Bankruptcieslast_img read more

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PeerLogix OTT Data Insights Game of Thrones New Episodes Provide Significant and

first_img audience discovery platformMarketing Technology NewsNewsOTT dataOTT/streaming TVpeerlogixRay Colwell Previous ArticleInMoment Receives Strategic Growth Investment from Madison Dearborn PartnersNext ArticleU°OS Network — a Universal Portable Reputation System — Launches Beta PeerLogix, Inc., the go-to audience discovery platform for the OTT/streaming TV landscape, released data that illustrated a clearly defined and progressive lift in OTT streams/views of the library of Game of Thrones episodes with each broadcast of the first four episodes of the show’s final season.The OTT data company reports that not only was there a documented lift in the day-to-day total streams of historical GOT episodes, as the new season approached and launched, but that there was a 200%-300% jump in daily streaming numbers on each day that followed the release of a new episode, as compared to the day before the release. The pattern has seen the daily numbers settling back down to just higher than the previous new episode release each the week went on – only to spike again on the day following the next new release.Specifically: There were 695,982 streams the day before the 4/14/19 broadcast of the first new episode of this final season, and 2,751,516 streams on the day following the broadcast of the episode. There were 849,720 streams the day before the broadcast of episode 2, and 2,311,260 streams the day following the broadcast. There were 1,102,227 streams the day before the broadcast of episode 3, and 2,803,857 the day following the broadcast. There were 1,265,601 streams the day before the broadcast of episode 4, and 4,003,977 streams (the largest number ever recorded) the day after the broadcast. For further perspective, average daily streams were 304,269 and 371,558 for February and March, respectively.Marketing Technology News: US Digital Ad Revenues Surpass $100 Billion Mark for the First Time, Hitting Landmark $107.5 Billion in 2018, According to IAB Internet Advertising Revenue ReportPeerLogix is the recognized leader in the OTT data space. With its patented streaming observation technology sitting directly ‘in the viewing stream,’ PeerLogix tracks viewership data of more than 50,000 premium TV shows and movies across more than 180 million households as streamed on virtually all of the mid and long tail OTT networks.“It is certainly no surprise that the much-hyped arrival of the final episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ has generated significant up-ticks in interest and streams of the historical library of episodes across OTT platforms,” explains PeerLogix Founder, William Gorfein.  “But the ability to compile and analyze actual real-time daily stream numbers can provide some very valuable learning/planning opportunities for OTT network operators who must make important content acquisition decisions on a regular basis.”Marketing Technology News: Expedia Unpacks the Best Time to Book, Cheap Places to Visit, and Everything Else You Need to Know About Summer 2019PeerLogix CEO, Ray Colwell, adds, “And, while it may be tempting to see this kind of ‘data as a service’ offering as secondary to our ad-targeting services (providing advertisers the ability to target GOT streamers across the programmatic landscape, in this case), the bottom line is that our customizable data sets provide our network partners the very valuable ability to study trends and make more accurate predictions on the way that specific streaming behaviors will ebb and flow based on scheduled external events.”Marketing Technology News: Informatica Ranked Highest in Global iPaaS Market Share Revenue for Fifth Consecutive Year PeerLogix OTT Data Insights: Game of Thrones New Episodes Provide Significant and Progressive Boost to Streaming Library PRNewswireMay 16, 2019, 2:03 pmMay 16, 2019 last_img read more

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Using stateoftheart 3D printers to create dissolvable medical implants

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 9 2018As a kid, Michael Sealy was tall. A little clumsy, he says. And he has lasting proof: two metal screws in his left elbow.The southpaw underwent surgery after tripping and fracturing that elbow in the fifth grade. Surgeons inserted the screws to hold his ulna bone together. The bone healed. The screws remained.”It starts to hurt,” Sealy said of the elbow. “Sometimes it seems to be correlated with cold weather or a storm front moving in. Other times, it hurts — and of course my wife doesn’t believe me — when I’m doing chores, like carrying in the jug of milk or lifting clothes out of the washing machine.”Now an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Sealy has mixed business with that displeasure by pioneering a novel approach to a decades-long quest.”Instead of having these permanent metal implants, let’s have one that degrades over time,” he said. “Let’s eliminate this whole idea of a second surgery to have these implants removed.”It’s a major challenge for multiple reasons. But the university has equipped Nebraska Engineering with technology commensurate to that challenge: the first 3D printer in the world that can integrate multiple materials and manufacturing processes while also printing highly reactive metals such as magnesium.In the human body, magnesium is an essential mineral that actually helps maintain the structural integrity of bones. Yet it also degrades quickly when exposed to oxygen, water and salts, all of which are abundant in the body.That combination of familiarity and reactivity, Sealy said, makes magnesium a prime candidate to become the primary ingredient in dissolvable screws, plates and other medical implants that could eliminate follow-up surgeries or a lifetime of aches during snowstorms.To reinforce magnesium against the rigors of the body long enough to serve as an implant, Sealy began experimenting with a technique called laser shock peening as a graduate student.”That process is equivalent to taking a hammer and hitting your car with it,” he said. “I do the same thing, except that I do it with a laser — the laser’s my hammer — and I hit the implant to essentially make it harder and stronger.”The laser shock peening helped magnesium withstand initial corrosion tests so well that Sealy began thinking of his dissertation results as “lake-house data, because it was so good that I was going to commercialize the technology and buy a lake house off those results.”Sealy then began testing the long-term corrosion of magnesium parts in a fluid that simulated the aqueous environment of the body. This time, the results were more sobering: The screws lost 50 percent of their strength after just one week and 80 percent after two weeks. Sealy quickly realized that peening only the surface of the magnesium parts wouldn’t suffice.”With that, I got ‘cardboard-house results,'” he admitted with a laugh. “That was a little depressing. But that was one of my big motivations for coming to Nebraska. I realized that if I (wanted) to control the degradation of these implants not just on the outer surface, but all the way through the life of the device, I needed to get somewhere with a 3D metal printer that would allow me to print these magnesium implants.”Related StoriesTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinence’Text neck’ may be causing bone spurs in young peopleBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryNot just any 3D printer would do. He needed access to the sort of technology that was only just beginning to emerge. Nebraska Engineering offered him the opportunity to help direct its purchase of three state-of-the-art 3D printers.Those printers eliminate virtually all of the oxygen, moisture and other impurities that could react with magnesium — a fairly rare capability in itself. But they also allow Nebraska engineers to construct components layer by layer, which enables Sealy and his colleagues to incorporate multiple materials or build intricate internal structures.The other major benefit? Being able to apply various manufacturing treatments — including laser shock peening — to any or all of a part’s internal layers.”Then I can control corrosion all the way through these devices,” Sealy said. “This approach is essentially a way to print your own mechanical properties. It’s something that traditional manufacturing has never really had the ability to do before.”What’s unique about our printer is that it’s the first one where they actually combined these hybrid- and reactive-printing capabilities. I would argue this is probably the most advanced hybrid-additive manufacturing facility in the world, just because our equipment is so rare.”With that level of customization at his command, Sealy is now experimenting to answer multiple questions: How does peening individual layers affect the corrosion rate of a resulting part? What’s the optimal concentration of magnesium vs. other metals? Do those outcomes change based on which technique prints the parts?”That’s kind of the fun part: figuring out what these rules of thumb are for the different printing technologies across different material systems,” he said.Ultimately, Sealy said, the print-and-peen approach should help him design and construct magnesium implants that degrade at different rates inside the body. One model of clavicle plate or knee pin might degrade within a year, whereas another might dissolve over three or five years.”If you take me when I was in the fifth grade and broke my elbow, I was regenerating new bone tissue quickly,” Sealy said. “My bones were healing quickly, so I needed an implant that degraded quickly. If someone is a 75-year-old female with osteoporosis who maybe smoked her whole life, she doesn’t regenerate new bone tissue as fast. She may need an implant that degrades slowly. We can do that.” Source:https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/sealy-world-class-3d-printers-set-to-create-dissolvable-medical-implants/last_img read more

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Russian hackers infiltrated German ministries network report

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. read more

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Environmentally friendly concrete from industrial waste is as strong as traditional

first_img 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 furthercenter_img 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.last_img read more

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Modern Humans Failed in Early Attempt to Migrate Out of Africa Old

first_img 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. 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RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha quits as Union Minister

first_imgDecember 10, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) Chief Upendra Kushwaha. File Photo   –  The Hindu politics SHARE parties and movements state politics Biharcenter_img national politics COMMENTS ministers (government) COMMENT Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) Chief Upendra Kushwaha on Monday resigned from Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD). His party will no longer be part of NDA alliance in centre and Bihar.After his resignation, Kushwaha said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi could not meet expectations of the people of Bihar. Nothing was done for special status. The state is still where it was earlier. Education and health system is non-existent. Nothing was done for Bihar.”He added state government in Bihar also failed. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s agenda is to destroy me and my party. During Bihar election, seats of all allies were increased but injustice was done to RLSP.Kushwaha founded the RLSP on March 3, 2013. Published onlast_img read more

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Saravana Bhavan founder Rajagopal surrenders taken to govt hospital

first_imgPublished on SC upholds conviction of Saravana Bhavan founder COMMENT P Rajagopal, the founder of ‘Saravana Bhavan’, who has been convicted in a murder case, surrendered on Tuesday at Madras High Court. Photo: M Prabhu   –  The Hindu Apex court refuses to give more time to ‘Saravana Bhavan’ owner to surrender for serving life term Founder of popular South Indian food chain ‘Saravana Bhavan’, P Rajagopal surrendered before a sessions court here on Tuesday to serve a life term in a murder case, hours after the Supreme Court rejected his plea seeking more time.Fourth Additional Sessions Judge G Thanendran accepted the surrender applications of Rajagopal and another convict, Janardhanan, after recording their statements and sent them to custody. Later, they were taken to a government medical college hospital here and admitted to the “convict ward” as per the doctors’ advice, a police official said. “They are presently in the hospital as per the doctors’ advice who assessed their health condition,” the official told PTI, declining to elaborate on when they are expected to be shifted to the central prison.Rajagopal, who had moved the apex court citing health reasons, was brought to the premises of the sessions court in an ambulance. Janardhanan was brought in another ambulance. The counsel for the convicts argued that both of them suffered from serious ailments and it would not be possible to bring them to the court located on the third floor.The defence counsel submitted that Rajagopal has 30 per cent blindness and was paralysed as well for the past few months. The public prosecutor, however, insisted that the duo needed to be brought to the court for their surrender petitions to be accepted.After hearing the arguments, the judge, pointing to requisite facilities, said both can be brought to court using the elevator and directed their production before him for accepting their surrender petitions. While Rajagopal was carried into the court in a stretcher, Janardhanan was brought on a wheelchair and after recording their statements, the judge sent them to custody.Earlier in the day, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice N V Ramana dismissed Rajagopal’s plea seeking more time to surrender, saying his illness was not raised before the court during the hearing of the appeal in the case. Rajagopal was to surrender on July 7 to serve life imprisonment in the murder case of Prince Shantakumar in 2001.Read more: Apex court refuses to give more time to ‘Saravana Bhavan’ owner to surrender for serving life termThe motive for the murder was to marry Shantakumar’s wife Jeevajothi, who was the daughter of a former employee — an assistant manager — in his hotel. Rajagopal’s appeal against the Madras High Court order upholding the trial court’s judgment convicting him was rejected by the apex court in March this year. RELATED center_img crime, law and justice July 10, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

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