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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Bridget Cadogan Named To Deans List At Siena College

first_imgLOUDONVILLE, NY — Bridget Cadogan, of Wilmington, has been named to the Siena College Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester.To be named to the Dean’s List, a student’s grade point average for the semester must be between 3.5 and 3.89.About Siena CollegeFounded in 1937, Siena College is a private, Catholic Franciscan, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 3,000. Siena College offers 36 degree programs, 80+ minors and certificate programs, and professional curricula in teacher preparation/education, pre-medical, pre-law and social work. A student-to-faculty ratio of 11-to-1, average class size of 21, rigorous academics, Division I athletics, intramural sports and widespread service and advocacy experiences nurture each student’s personal growth while providing the education of a lifetime.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Siena College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Bridget Cadogan & Nicole Romanzo Named To Dean’s List At Siena CollegeIn “Education”Wilmington’s Bridget Cadogan Named To Dean’s List At Siena CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Yes Bank gets shareholder nod to raise Rs 20000 crore

first_imgA security guard stands outside a closed Yes Bank branch in New Delhi, India, November 9, 2016.Reuters filePrivate sector lender Yes Bank secured shareholders’ approval on Wednesday to raise Rs 20,000 crore this financial year.”The shareholders approved through special resolution the proposal to borrow/raise funds in Indian/foreign currency by issue of debt securities, including but not limited to non-convertible debentures, medium term notes and bonds up to a total amount of Rs. 20,000 crore,” the bank said in a statement after the conclusion of its 13th annual general meeting in Mumbai held yesterday.In all, 456 members attended the annual general meeting, the bank said in a regulatory filing.The meeting conducted other usual business, including adopting the annual statements for the financial year 2016-17.The share price of Yes Bank closed 0.57 percent lower at Rs 1,494 on Wednesday.last_img read more

Nusrat killed as posed threat to Siraj gang

first_img*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin. Principal Siraj Ud Daula. File photoNusrat Jahan Rafi was posing a threat to all and she must be dealt with ‘all the strength’, Feni Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa principal Siraj Ud Daula told his students who went to visit him in jail on 3 April.The students also agreed to the decision, Siraj Ud Daula said in his 19-page confessional statement recorded under the act 164 before the court of the senior judicial magistrate Md Zakir Hossain in Feni 7 April.Siraj was arrested from the madrasa on 27 March in a sexual assault case. He was showed arrested in another case on 9 April over setting Nusrat on fire.Several students, including Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Nur Uddin, Abdul Quader and Jabed Hossain, went to meet him at jail on 3 April and they said he would not be granted bail soon, Siraj told the court.He tried to know what steps were taken regarding Nusrat’s family. He talked to Shahadat and Nur Uddin alone and asked them to create pressure on her family. If they did not succumb to this, Nusrat should be killed in a manner that would seem as a suicide. Awami League (AL) leaders Ruhul Amin and Maksud Alam were to help, according to the statement.”Shahadat and Nur Uddin agreed with my plan and then left. I informed the students as she posed a threat to our combined interest,” Siraj told the court.Siraj built liaison with the local AL leaders and the administration after he joined in the Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa in 2001. He formed a strong relationship with Ruhul Amin and Maksud Alam. He could execute any decision regarding the madrasa due to this liaison, he told the court.Madrasa unit BCL president Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Nur Uddin, Hafez Abdul Quader, Zabed, Zubayer were among the students Siraj built an intimate relationship with. They were given concessions and other benefits and were used to intimidate the teachers and students of the madrasa.”In the morning on that day, I called in Nusrat through my office assistant Nurul Amin. Nusrat came with three more girl students. I had information that she had a relationship with another boy. So I created pressure on her. We exchanged a few words. When she fell down, I grabbed her from behind. She kept sitting on the floor. Then she left,” Siraj told the court.”Nusrat’s mother tried to kill me in the afternoon. I threatened her. Nur Uddin was present there. Later, Shahadat came in. I called Ruhul Amin and he sent sub-inspector Iqbal from the police station. Then I was taken to the police station,” he added.last_img read more

Rep LaFave to governor Stop the excuses do the right thing and

first_img State Rep. Beau LaFave, member of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates, today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer threatened to veto the House-approved plan that would lower car insurance rates across Michigan:“The governor has a chance to do the right thing and give Michigan’s more than 7 million drivers desperately needed relief on their car insurance bills. If she follows through on her veto threat, sadly, her priorities will be abundantly clear.“She will be standing with her special-interest allies and the status quo in opposition to Michigan drivers and their families. She will be allowing ambulance-chasing lawyers and hospital executives – who have given her large pools of cash – to continue sucking our bank accounts dry through the most expensive car insurance in the nation.“If the governor vetoes this bill, the people of Michigan will see her for who she really is. The House-approved plan includes guaranteed lower rates and prohibits non-driving factors unlike the Senate’s version because the governor demanded those changes. And yet she is still threatening to reject the reform regardless of getting everything she asked for.“Our governor has specifically made clear what must be in a reform plan for her signature – and we delivered. All she is doing now is moving the goalpost with excuse after excuse.“If the governor vetoes any reform plan that includes her entire wish list, she is the problem – not the solution.” Categories: LaFave News 09May Rep. LaFave to governor: Stop the excuses, do the right thing and sign car insurance reformlast_img read more

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first_imgIrish commercial broadcaster TV3 has launched a second screen app in partnership with social TV technology firm Axonista and media identification firm Civolution.The ShowPal companion app is designed to work as a single second screen app for a wide variety of TV3 programmes.It delivers a mix of content and social media related to TV3 shows and lets viewers interact by taking part in quizzes, games, voting and polls.The app was a collaborative effort by TV3 and Axonista, with Civolution’s automatic content recognition technology SyncNow deployed in order to synchronise the app with the TV3’s broadcast content.“As a broadcaster, TV3 recognises that second-screening is a mainstream activity and we sought to develop an app that would deliver relevant, engaging and entertaining content to the second screen synchronous with what is happening on the TV screen,” said Stephen Grant, TV3 Group director of online, and head of ShowPal.last_img read more

The dollar index closed late on Monday afternoon i

first_img The dollar index closed late on Monday afternoon in New York at 89.12.  From there it ‘rallied’ to its 89.26 high tick of the day, which came shortly after 11:30 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Tuesday morning.  From that point it headed lower, with the decline really picking up steam once the London p.m. gold fix was in at 10 a.m. EST.  But a minute or so before 10:30 a.m. it appeared that ‘gentle hands’ showed up to save the dollar from a full-fledged crash, just as it knifed through the 88.20 level.  The index rallied back to around 88.75, before rolling over a bit into the close.  The index finished the Tuesday session at 88.67—down 45 basis points. Of course you’ll note that the rallies in gold, platinum and palladium all ended at the low tick in the dollar index. Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas.  As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, info@uraniumenergy.com. And here’s a chart that I ripped out of Mark O’Byrne’s column over at the goldcore.com Internet site yesterday.  It’s headlined “Are Your Savings Safe From Bail-Ins?”  Use the ‘click to enlarge’ feature and look it over.  However, I wouldn’t allow those assigned numbers to give you any comfort, as all the world’s banks are toast on mark-to-market basis, even our beloved Canadian banks.  Mark’s commentary about this is well worth reading—and is linked here.  It also posted in the Critical Reads section as well The rally in platinum was very similar to gold’s rally.  It ended/got capped the same time as gold.  From its high, half its gains disappeared by noon in New York, as platinum finishing the Tuesday session at $1,242 spot, up 14 bucks from Monday’s close. The gold stocks gapped up at the open, hitting their high tick at, or shortly after, the high in gold.  Within half an hour of the high tick, the stocks gave up 2 percent of their gains before chopping sideways in a tight range into the close of trading.  The HUI finished up an even 5 percent. In the last five weeks we’ve had four ‘orphan’ rallies The gold price got sold down within a few bucks of the $1,200 spot price mark early in the Far East trading session on their Tuesday, but began to rally shortly before 2 p.m. Hong Kong time.  That tiny rally took the price back a few bucks above unchanged by 9 a.m. GMT in London.  The real action started the moment that the noon London silver fix was in—and the rally that began at that point got capped/ran out of gas shortly after 10:30 p.m. EST.  From its high tick it got sold down about ten bucks, before chopping sideways into the 5:15 p.m. close of electronic trading. The low and high ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,199.50 and $1,239.00 in the February contract. Gold was closed in New York yesterday at $1,232.40 spot, up $28.20 on the day—and well of its high.  Volume, net of December and January, was an enormous 252,000 contracts. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 1 gold and 72 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Thursday.  The two largest issuers in silver were Canada’s Scotiabank and ABN Amro with 51 and 20 contracts respectively.  HSBC USA and Jefferies were the long/stoppers on 55 and 11 contracts respectively. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Tuesday session showed that gold open interest in the December contract dropped by 848 contracts—and now sits at 1,087 contracts left.  In silver, December o.i. declined by only 12 contracts—and the balance outstanding is 575 contracts. After a withdrawal on Monday, an authorize participant added 86,473 troy ounces of gold to GLD yesterday.  And as of 9:28 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Late last night the folks over at the shortsqueeze.com Internet site updated the short positions for both SLV and GLD for the two week period ending on November 28—and this is what they had to report.  The short position in SLV declined from 17.45 million shares/troy ounces, down to 15.41 million shares/troy ounces—which was a decline of 11.68 percent. In GLD, the short position declined from 1.77 million troy ounces, down to 1.57 million troy ounces.  That was a decline of 11.29%. These very similar declines for the period ending at the close of trading on November 28—were in sharp contrast to the very similar increases in short positions that were posted for the prior reporting period that ended on November 14.  The previous report showed that SLV’s short position increased by 17.53%—and GLD’s short position was up by 17.37%. Much to my surprise, there was another 187,000 silver eagles sold by the U.S. Mint yesterday and, for the second day in a row, there was no gold sold. There was almost no in/out activity in gold over at the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday.  Nothing was reported received—and only 3 kilobars were shipped out—96.450 troy ounces worth. It was busier in silver, of course, as 391,778 troy ounces were received—and 846,875 troy ounces were shipped out the door to parts unknown.  The link to that activity is here. The chart below is one that Nick Laird slid into my in-box just after midnight MST this morning—and its contents don’t require any embellishment by me. Palladium’s rally was a mini version of the other three precious metals—and every attempt to break above the $810 spot mark got turned back.  Palladium closed at $807—up 9 dollars on the day. Once again Brad Robertson sent us the 5-minute tick chart for gold—and you can see the big volume spikes that occurred while yesterday’s rally was underway, with most of the big volume coming between 9:40 and 11:00 a.m. EST in the COMEX session.  Other that that, volume was pretty quiet.  Add two hours for EST—and use the ‘click to enlarge’ feature. The price rally in silver was almost the same as the rally in gold, with the only real difference being the time of the high price tick.  In the case of silver, this occurred shortly after the London close, which came shortly after 11 a.m. in New York. The low and high in silver were recorded as $16.29 and $17.23 in the March contract. Silver finished the Tuesday trading session at $17.105 spot, up 73 cents from Monday’s close.  Net volume was very heavy here as well.  Net of December and January, it was 69,500 contracts. The silver equities rallied until 2:15 p.m. EST, before getting sold down the same 2 percent into the close.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 5.25 percent. As you can see, the 50-day moving averages in both gold and silver got obliterated to the upside—and platinum also broke through, but with somewhat less authority.  Palladium continues to ‘struggle’ just under its 200-day moving average. As I type this paragraph, the London open is less than ten minutes away—and at the moment, the prices of all four precious metals are up relatively decent amounts from their respective closes in New York yesterday.  Gold volume is just north of 28,000 contracts—and silver’s volume is around 4,600 contracts.  Neither volume is exactly light.  The dollar index, which touched its 88.80 Far East high just before 10 a.m. Hong Kong time, is down 14 basis points from its Tuesday close as of this writing. Since yesterday [at the close of COMEX trading] was the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report, all of that price/volume activity from Tuesday will be in it.  All that matters—and it’s what Ted and I will both be looking for, is whether or not the ‘Big 8’ traders on the short side in both silver and gold increased their short positions on this rally.  On the surface it’s looked ugly, but the last four weeks of COT Reports have show huge and positive changes, despite the headline numbers.  Ted is hoping we’ll see more of the same in this Friday’s report.  So do I—and so should you! And as I fire today’s effort out the door at 5:25 a.m. EST, I see that the tiny rallies in both gold and silver that developed an hour or so before the London open have reversed themselves—and both precious metals are now down on the day by small amounts.  Gold volume is just over 40,000 contracts, which is quite a bit all things considered—and silver’s volume is getting up there as well, at just over 8,200 contracts. Both platinum and palladium are still up on the day, but also trending lower as of this writing.  The dollar index hasn’t changed much in the last couple of hours—and is down 7 basis points at the moment. I note that crude oil is down $1.20 a barrel—and a new low for this move down. Like yesterday, I won’t hazard a guess as to how the remainder of today’s trading session will unfold and, as usual, nothing will surprise me when I check the charts after rolling out of bed later this morning. See you tomorrow. I have a more reasonable number of stories for you today—and I hope you can find some in here that interest you.  There are two absolute must reads included. Being that futures trading is a zero sum game, the $400 million that the technical funds booked in profits on COMEX silver shorts (so far) was largely lost by the raptors—the Commercial traders other than the ‘Big 8’. Technical funds closed out 22,000 short contracts at a profit—and some, but not all, raptors sold nearly 19,000 long contracts at a loss of close to $400 million. While the large gain will undoubtedly increase the technical funds’ financial war chest, the loss to the 10 or so raptors which sold contracts, is devastating. Because the loss was not only large but concentrated among so few raptors, it’s reasonable to assume the losses have knocked those traders out of the silver game for good. No speculator can lose an amount equal to years’ worth of cumulative gains in any one trade and remain solvent, or continue as if nothing extreme has occurred. Therefore, the relatively few raptors who got caught and sold the 19,000 long contracts in the downdraft from over $17 as recently as Oct 28—to $14 and $15—can no longer be, effectively, in business. It is highly unlikely that these traders will trade silver futures anytime soon. And it’s possible that the large selling by the raptors in gold [last] week may be related to the massive losses of the silver raptors. After all, how hard is it to imagine that the raptors who got caught flat-footed in silver were also long gold futures?  While the losses to the raptors in silver overshadowed what might have been lost on gold longs, what real difference does it make? A trader put out of business by silver losses isn’t going to trade gold as if nothing mattered. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 06 December 2014 Although it was nice to see the precious metals rally, once again there has been absolutely no follow-through in Far East trading, or early London trading this morning.  In the last five weeks we’ve had four ‘orphan’ rallies with no follow through.  All of them can be easily classified as “key reversal” days—and every one has failed.  One wonders what the T.A. gurus have to say for themselves at this juncture. However, having said that, every one of these out-of-the-blue one-day-wonder rallies has resulted in internal structure changes within the Commitment of Traders Reports that, as Ted Butler said on Saturday—“were so extreme as to potentially be a game changers.“ Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals, plus WTIC.  Crude oil hit a new intraday low yesterday, but did not close there.last_img read more

first_img— Ready or not here it comes. I’ve been talking about it for a couple years. Most (95%) people deny that it could happen and that they will never embrace it. At least half of them are scared of the maybe, and stick their heads in the sand. I’ve brought it into conversation many times and witnessed the reaction. The cars of the near future will move like a school of fish or a flock of birds, all totally aware of everything around them and will react in micro seconds, calculating the best moves within the safe parameters of the vehicle’s stability. Thanks for the email, I’ve been following Casey Research for half a dozen years. – RobertAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us at feedback@caseyresearch.com. Get more details on his latest idea here Increasing TransparencyFor years, the crypto space has been like the Wild West. There have been few – if any – regulations on crypto assets… and little or no protection for investors, either. Regulated exchanges will change that by bringing transparency to the crypto market. And that transparency will lead to real price discovery of the value of bitcoin.Price discovery is the process of determining the proper price of an asset through the interactions of buyers and sellers.Let me explain…The value of the entire cryptocurrency market is about $110 billion. That’s tiny compared to other asset classes. For instance, the global stock market is $50 trillion – or 450 times greater than the crypto market.Because it’s relatively small, the crypto market is easier to manipulate.I’ve heard stories about some unscrupulous people sending bitcoin back and forth to each other at slightly higher prices. That gives the appearance of increased volume.When unsuspecting traders start piling in, the perpetrators unload their huge stakes for big profits. Those who are late to the game are left holding the bag.To be clear, manipulation happens in all types of markets – including the stock market.Now, it’s nearly impossible to manipulate large, liquid stocks of companies like Apple and Amazon.But it’s easier for crooked actors to manipulate small-cap stocks. They just need to spread a rumor to pump up the stock. And when other investors pile in, they dump their shares for big profits.These new crypto exchanges will greatly reduce manipulation of crypto prices by allowing supply and demand to meet in a regulated environment. And that will bring asset prices closer to their true value.So for the first time, we’ll have actual price discovery in bitcoin. And here’s why that’s important…Removing a Roadblock to Institutional BuyingIn July 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) denied the Winklevoss twins’ application for a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). (The Winklevoss brothers are best known as early investors in Facebook.)The SEC said the proposed ETF failed to satisfy the requirements of the Exchange Act – specifically, “the requirement that its rules be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices.”The SEC won’t be able to use that rationale to block a bitcoin ETF once the ICE and Nasdaq launch their exchanges.Once these exchanges are up and running next year, we’ll have regulated and trustworthy market mechanisms to tell us the actual worth of bitcoin.In 2019, we’ll finally discover the true price of bitcoin. And we think it’ll be much higher than it is now.That’s why you want to own cryptos before institutions get into the ICE and Nasdaq platforms – and before the average investor can buy a bitcoin ETF. If you believe that this will happen like we do, use the pullback to buy some bitcoin now.Just remember, cryptos are volatile. So keep your position sizes small. You don’t need to bet much for the potential of life-changing gains.Regards,Nick Rokke Analyst, The Palm Beach DailyP.S. The launch of two regulated crypto exchanges will boost the prices of cryptocurrencies in 2019. But most people don’t know that there’s another way to make money from cryptos…You see, some crypto projects pay “dividends.” That way, you can generate crypto income no matter what the market does. Here’s the thing: As the value of these crypto projects increases, so do their payouts.World-renowned cryptocurrency expert Teeka Tiwari has unearthed 10 opportunities in this niche of the crypto market. To learn more, go here to get his 2019 crypto forecast… and the details about his bold new venture.Reader MailbagToday, a true gold fan…I take a bath in a solid gold tub, comb my long wire braids with a gold comb. All this, because I’m a gold bug. – JackAnd two readers who are ready for the electric car revolution…I bought my Nissan Leaf around the time LED lighting was ramping up. From that time period when I replaced all my light bulbs, my electric bill dropped almost half. To this day it still is not even close to what it used to be. I use my Nissan Leaf almost every day. With a 220v charger it takes only about three hours to recharge. It is so much cheaper to operate as a second vehicle for driving around town… nothing compares. No, I wouldn’t take it on vacation. But only a fool would toss it out… And it’s still running on its original battery. I believe it’s one of my best investments. I used to respect Rush Limbaugh, but after what he’s been saying lately about electric vehicles, I quit listening to his program. He is obviously full of sh*t…– Patric Recommended Link Click here to get the details behind which companies could make the biggest gains in this brand-new sector Justin’s note: Today, I’m handing the reins to my good friend Nick Rokke, lead analyst for The Palm Beach Daily. His recent essay on bitcoin is so good, I had to share it with you right away.As Nick explains below, we’ll soon know the true price of bitcoin. Read on to see why this is important, and what you should be doing today… By Nick Rokke, analyst, The Palm Beach DailyBitcoin is in its worst bear market since 2014…The world’s largest cryptocurrency has dropped nearly 85% since trading at an all-time high near $20,000 in December 2017.But that crash isn’t scaring everyone away… The world’s second-largest stock exchange still plans to launch bitcoin futures contracts early next year.According to recent reports, Nasdaq is still working with regulators to introduce new crypto products by the first quarter of 2019, despite the weak crypto market over the past year.Nasdaq will join the world’s largest exchange operator and owner of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) – which will launch its own physically delivered bitcoin futures exchange on January 24, 2019.center_img Silicon Valley Insider Reveals His Shocking Tech Forecast for 2019His previous forecasts have given early investors the chance at rare and exceptional gains as high as 200%… 1,011%… and more. December 25 could be the start of a medical revolution“These FANG stocks already hit the top. But there’s a new industry just starting to make its way up.” Early investors in four tech industries likely became millionaires as innovative breakthroughs disrupted their fields… Today, there’s only one breakthrough capable of upending the market… It’s what I call the “God Key,” and it’s expected to grow by 35,000% in the coming years. — Whether you’re a crypto skeptic or believer, this is bullish news for cryptocurrencies over the long term.It bears repeating: The world’s two largest stock exchanges are still on board with bitcoin – despite its recent crash.Nasdaq and the NYSE didn’t become the top two global exchanges by offering products their clients didn’t want, either. Their institutional clients are demanding crypto products. Otherwise, they wouldn’t put their money and reputations on the line.Nasdaq and the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE, the owner of the NYSE) are laying the groundwork for institutions to make crypto investments.When these institutions enter, they won’t just send a trickle of money into this market… they’ll send a flood. And that will be great news for all crypto holders.But there’s another important thing institutional investors will give bitcoin: a true measure of its value. More on that in a moment… Recommended Linklast_img read more

The Alabama Department of Education announced the

first_imgThe Alabama Department of Education announced the new list of failing schools.The 2019 list of Alabama’s failing schools has been released. A total of 76 schools in 27 districts are considered failing due to low test scores. Over a dozen of them are located in Birmingham, eight of them are in West Alabama.Of the schools considered failing, 72 of them have 90 percent of students living in poverty. A students’ report cards consist of academic growth, absences and how prepared they are for college and careers. However, the Alabama Accountability Act determined the failing list based solely off of test scores.Here are the failing schools listed in West Alabama:Westlawn Middle School in Tuscaloosa CountyKinterbish Junior High School in Sumter CountyYork West End Junior High School in Sumter CountySumter Central High School in Sumter CountyRobert Brown Middle School in Greene CountyFrancis Marion High School in Perry CountyRobert C. Hatch High School in Perry CountyGreensboro High School in Hale Countylast_img read more

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first_imgIt sounded like such a good idea at the time.The year was 2005. Global oil prices were climbing dramatically. Countries in the Caribbean were facing major fuel shortages. Venezuela, one of the world’s largest producers of crude, offered to ease the staggering fuel costs faced by its neighbors. And that’s why Hugo Chavez launched PetroCaribe. He billed it as an “energy alliance” that would spur economic growth and development in the region. The program sent oil to countries in the Caribbean and Central America on extremely generous terms. The PetroCaribe countries essentially only had to pay for half of the fuel up front. Venezuela financed the remainder of the fuel bill at as little as a 1% interest rate for the next 25 years. To sweeten the deal even more Venezuela granted a 24-month grace period before any of those financed payments came due.As oil prices were careening toward $100 a barrel this was incredibly good news for many of these countries. Higher oil costs were driving up prices at the gas pump, causing electricity outages and squeezing their entire economies.On the surface it looked as if Chavez was offering discounted fuel to his neighbors. But that wasn’t the case. The countries were purchasing the oil at the market rate, which was going through the roof. So PetroCaribe only eased the shock of rapidly rising gas prices by allowing countries to pay for the fuel over the next 25 years. But those countries were still on the hook for those $100 barrels of crude. Oil is now trading for roughly $60 a barrel.”PetroCaribe wasn’t so much cheap fuel,” says energy analyst David Goldwyn. “It was cheap money.”Goldwyn is president of an international energy consulting firm, Goldwyn Global Strategies, and a former special envoy for international energy affairs at the U.S. State Department. He’s written several reports on PetroCaribe.”The fuel itself was never discounted. This was a public finance program,” Goldwyn says. In his estimation, what the PetroCaribe countries “got was a loan from Venezuela to buy that fuel over a very long term at a very low rate.”Since the inception of PetroCaribe in 2005, 17 countries took part. They included the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Nicaragua and the tiny island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, with a population of just 50,000 people.President Chavez claimed the program would free up government funds for schools, roads and other public infrastructure. His idea was that the money the nations saved by not paying full price up front would be parked in a local PetroCaribe development fund and could be used to finance social programs. Jamaica stashed billions of dollars in fuel savings into a trust that handled the fuel debt payments to Caracas and offered discounted loans for local development projects. The Dominican Republic used PetroCaribe funds to offer subsidized electricity. But with little oversight and oil prices skyrocketing, some other countries used the long-term loans simply to keep gas prices low at the pump. Critics say PetroCaribe suppressed the development of renewable energy, burdened these small nations with billions of dollars in debt – and spurred corruption.Haiti set up a PetroCaribe development fund but legislators now say that $1.7 billion went missing between 2008 and 2016. Questions about corruption in the program led to violent protests this year in Port au Prince and calls for Haiti’s president Jovenel Moïse to resign.Even with the collapse of Venezuela’s economy, including its oil industry, the government claims that PetroCaribe continues in force as a regional energy alliance.But others say the program is basically out of business.”Today the only country that’s receiving crude oil from Venezuela at this type of preferential treatment is Cuba,” says Jorge Piñon, director of the Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program at the University of Texas, Austin.”We know for a fact that none of the Caribbean islands and none of the Central American countries that have been members of PetroCaribe are receiving crude.”There are a several reasons for this. First, Venezuela oil industry is in turmoil. Venezuela’s oil rigs, which had been producing nearly 3 million barrels of crude a day in 2014, are now producing just a fraction of that.”The country with the largest [proven] “largest crude oil reserves in the world” crude oil reserves in the world is producing today less than a million barrels a day,” says Piñon. “So that’s really the biggest challenge for Venezuela [regarding PetroCaribe]. They can no longer provide cheap barrels to a lot of these countries.”Much of the oil that they are extracting is now going straight on to tankers bound for Russia or China to pay off Venezuela’s debts to those countries.In addition to the economic collapse of Venezuela, U.S. sanctions against the country are making it almost impossible to route bank payments to Caracas. So even PetroCaribe countries that are trying to make payments on their oil debt to Venezuela or arrange shipments of more oil at market rates can’t find banks willing to transfer the money. Now that the fuel shipments under PetroCaribe have come to a halt, the lasting legacy of the program is a net negative: many regional governments still owe billions of dollars to Venezuela but can’t even logistically pay because of U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan banks[ because of the bank routing thing?]. Piñon says Cuba is still getting some oil through Petrocaribe and doesn’t have the debt problems because it brokered a deal to pay for its oil by sending doctors to Venezuela. One country did a good job handling the payments. In 2015 the Dominican Republic took advantage of the chaos in Caracas to pay off 4 billion dollars in PetroCaribe debt at a steep discount, by giving Venezuela $1.9 billion in cash.But some of the other PetroCaribe nations still owe Venezuela huge sums of money. David Goldwyn, the international energy consultant, says the relatively cheap access to oil under PetroCaribe left many Caribbean island nations tied to aging, inefficient power plants. And the debt from the program now makes it hard for those countries to finance new, cleaner energy infrastructure — for instance, for solar or natural gas.”They’re not only highly indebted, they’re considered middle income (by international development agencies) because of their small populations,” Goldwyn says. “So now they are really squeezed in terms of the ability to access capital markets to do development. From a fiscal perspective they’ve done themselves in many cases some very significant harm.”From a short-term perspective PetroCaribe eased the shock of wildly fluctuating oil prices for Venezuela’s neighbors. For president Hugo Chavez it won him political friends and allies in the region whose support was particularly helpful to Chavez in getting resolutions passed at the Organization of American States. But Chavez passed away in 2013. PetroCaribe oil shipments started to sputter soon after as Venezuela’s economic collapse deepened. And after years of offering this “cheap” fuel throughout the region, now Venezuela is suffering from major gas shortages at its own pumps. “Right now there is no gas in the country,” says Jose Toro Hardy, an economist in Caracas and a former board member of the Venezuelan state oil company. “In Caracas still there is some gas but if you go to any other state in Venezuela, [there are] lines for two, three, four hours and sometimes days to get some gas. It’s amazing.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

ELECTION 2015 Green party faces questions over as

first_imgELECTION 2015: Green party faces questions over assisted suicide backingThe Green party has been asked how it can justify calls for the legalisation of assisted suicide at the same time that it claims to be in favour of implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 23 April 2015 Election 2015: ‘Jury’ backs Greens, as Tories ignore inviteThe Green party has come out ahead of Labour and the Liberal Democrats after one of the first disability-related hustings of the general election campaign. 3 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Cameron’s visit from ‘human cost of austerity’ projectA disabled artist-activist’s project to “make visible the human cost of austerity” in the run-up to tomorrow’s general election has visited the prime minister’s constituency, home to one of the most high-profile victims of his government’s austerity programme. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Golden Paralympian’s concern at government cuts to ‘safety net’A triple-gold medal-winning Paralympian has criticised the government for cutting funding for many disabled people with high support needs. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Lib Dem president’s bus horror ‘proves need for new law’The disabled president of the Liberal Democrats has complained of her “outrageous” treatment by a conductor who refused to ask a young dad to move his child’s buggy from the wheelchair space on a near-empty London bus. 30 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: UKIP refuses to back right to life, mobility, freedom from torture…UKIP has refused to back key parts of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including disabled people’s right to life, and their right to freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse. 30 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Labour promises WCA reform, an end to the bedroom tax… and cutsLabour has published an election manifesto that includes pledges on social care and welfare reform, but offers few new policies on disability rights. 16 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: SNP pledges to block coalition’s PIP and DLA spending cutsThe Scottish National Party has pledged to block plans to cut spending on disability benefits by £3 billion by 2017-18, if enough of its MPs are elected. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Greens offer five key pledges on social care and benefitsThe Green party have included five key pledges around disability benefits and social care in their manifesto, as well as suggesting sweeping long-term plans to reform the welfare state. 16 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Coalition has led to in-work ‘discrimination, harassment and hardship’Disabled workers have faced deteriorating attitudes from employers, cuts to their legal protection, and “disintegrating” long-term job prospects under the last four years of the coalition government, according to new research. 30 April 2015 Election 2015: Tories dodge election hustings on disabilityThe Conservative party is refusing to defend its record in government on disability issues, after declining invitations to take part in three national disability-related election hustings. 10 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Conservatives confirm plans for £12 billion welfare cutsThe Conservative party has made it clear in its election manifesto that it plans to make further sweeping cuts to social security spending, and scrap the Human Rights Act. 16 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Tories refuse to say which human rights they will dumpThe Conservative party are refusing to say which vital protections they would scrap if they win the election and abolish the Human Rights Act. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: UKIP would scrap WCA, bedroom tax… and care watchdogUKIP’s manifesto has significant policies on out-of-work disability benefits and social care, but offers little to suggest that disability rights would be a priority if the party won power. 16 April 2015 Election 2015: Tories dodge questions over disability benefit cutsThe prime minister has become the third senior Conservative figure in a week to refuse to say in front of television cameras whether his party plans to tax key disability benefits after the general election. 3 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Bus tour highlights disabled people’s voting powerA five-day bus tour across London has helped raise the profile of disabled people’s potential voting power in next month’s general election. 23 April 2015center_img ELECTION 2015: Lawyers pledge free help for disabled voters on election dayDisabled voters who face polling station barriers at tomorrow’s general election will be able to secure free legal advice that could help them cast their vote. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Harper suggests backing for mental health treatment sanctionsThe Tory minister for disabled people appears to have accidentally admitted what many disabled activists feared: that a Conservative government would cut the out-of-work benefits of people with mental health conditions if they refused treatment. 30 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Greens agree to debate their backing for assisted suicideThe Green party has agreed to take part in a public debate with disabled activists on its pledge to legalise assisted suicide. 1 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Liberal Democrats want BSL recognition and a single assessmentThe Liberal Democrats have published a manifesto which – of the five main parties covering both England and Wales – appears to offer the most extensive series of proposals around disability rights. 16 April 2015 Election 2015: Conservative MP caught out misleading constituents on ILF closureA Conservative election candidate has been caught out misleading disabled constituents about the closure of the Independent Living Fund. 10 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Labour’s disability manifesto chaosLabour’s launch of its disability manifesto has descended into chaos after major disagreements between a shadow minister and a leading disabled election candidate over how far it would go in government to address disability poverty. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: UKIP’s silence on UN disability conventionUKIP is refusing to say whether it is in favour of key sections of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Plaid Cymru starts planning for more control over benefitsPlaid Cymru wants to develop an employment and social security system that does more to support benefit claimants into work, “dealing with people fairly” and “without the use of sanctions”. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Charity boss criticised by watchdog over Tory manifesto photoThe disabled head of a disability charity has been criticised by the charities watchdog after a full-page photograph of her was used – with her permission – in the Conservative party’s election manifesto. 17 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Lib Dem president ‘astonished’ at manifesto’s disability benefits failureThe Liberal Democrats’ disabled president has told Disability News Service she is “astonished” that her party’s planned cuts to social security spending would not exempt all recipients of disability benefits. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Artist will broadcast her 650 austerity stories on eve of electionIn the last hours before election day, a disabled artist-activist will highlight the impact of government cuts, with a six-hour performance in which the stories of 650 people at austerity’s “sharp end” will be broadcast over the internet. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Two disabled activists barred from job-sharing MP bidsDisabled activists have been barred from standing as job-share candidates in at least two constituencies in next month’s general election. 15 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: DPOs announce ‘17 policies to reclaim our futures’Four leading disabled people’s organisations have issued a list of 17 policies they want the next government to implement in its first 100 days. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Greens demand IDS apology for ‘misleading’ voters on benefit deathsTory work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is facing calls to apologise after he misled voters about sensitive information on benefit-related deaths that was unearthed by Disability News Service. 6 May 2015last_img read more

Tesla Has Revealed Its New Roadster the Quickest Car in the World

first_imgTesla Tesla Has Revealed Its New Roadster, the Quickest Car in the World –shares November 17, 2017 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Matthew Humphries Next Article 2 min read Senior Editorcenter_img Apply Now » Image credit: Tesla via PC Mag Add to Queue It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, has a top speed over 250 mph and a range of 620 miles. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Tesla prepared everyone yesterday for the Semi truck reveal, and it certainly delivered an impressive vehicle capable of carrying 80,000 pounds of cargo. What we didn’t expect, though, was a brand new version of the Tesla Roadster brought on stage in the back of a Semi.Tesla is claiming the new Roadster is the quickest production car in the world, and it’s hard to argue against that when looking at the base specs. The Roadster will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds. Zero to 100 mph takes 4.2 seconds, and quarter mile acceleration is 8.8 seconds. Then there’s the top speed, which hasn’t been revealed yet but is north of 250 mph. As for wheel torque, it’s gauged at 10,000Nm.So the Roadster is fast, but Tesla doesn’t seem to have compromised to achieve the speed. It’s an all-wheel drive supercar that can seat four people and travel 620 miles on a single charge. The glass roof is removable and stored in the trunk making it a convertible, and I doubt anyone would argue about how great it looks.For this level of performance, especially with a Tesla badge attached, you can expect to pay a small fortune to own one. The base price will be $200,000 with a $50,000 deposit required. There is also a Founders Edition costing $250,000, of which only 1,000 are set to be offered. Regardless of how quickly you can get that $50,000 deposit together, Tesla won’t deliver the new Roadster until 2020.Before anyone scoffs at the $200,000 price point, keep in mind the performance on offer and the competition it beats. Look at any of the new supercars in development by Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini or Bugatti, and prices start at $500,000 before quickly going up into the millions. Tesla has them all beat.Related video: 2 Strategies to Write Off Auto Expenses This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

Its Time to Stop It With the Terrible Passwords

first_img Image credit: via PC Mag Ahead of World Password Day, a recent PCMag survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers found that many people are still terrible at creating and securing their passwords. Add to Queue It’s Time to Stop It With the Terrible Passwords –shares Reporter Passwords Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.center_img 2 min read With World Password Day coming up this Thursday, it’s a good time to audit your password practices.If you base your passwords on easily obtainable personal information, or have a go-to password you use for multiple accounts, it’s time to do better. But rest assured, you’re not the only one who sucks at passwords.A recent PCMag survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers, conducted between April 27 and April 29, revealed that 19 percent use their name or initials in their passwords, a big security no-no. Many others use their wedding date (16 percent), the name of a family member (15 percent), birth year (12 percent), house address (12 percent) or spouse’s personal information (8 percent).Meanwhile, most of us aren’t too savvy when it comes to remembering our passwords, either. Twenty-eight percent of respondents write them down on paper, 17 percent simply remember them by rotating between the same two or three for all their accounts, 12 percent rely on their browser’s auto-fill feature and 7 percent use Google Docs or Notes on their computer or phone.Perhaps worst of all, 9 percent of survey respondents said they use the exact same password for all their accounts.If you can relate, it might be time to consider a password manager. Used by just 13 percent of survey respondents, password managers help you generate and keep track of unique and strong passwords for every secure website. Some of our favorite paid options include: Dashlane, Sticky Password Premium, Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault and LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Ultimate 5.2 ($39 at LogMeOnce). There’s also plenty of free password managers out there; our favorite is LastPass.Besides helping to secure your accounts, password managers can save you the hassle of getting locked out. Fifty-seven percent of those who use a password manager said they “rarely” get locked out of their accounts. May 2, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag Next Article Angela Moscaritolo Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

The Cannapocalypse of Small Brands Is Upon Us But All Is Not

first_img Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Download Our iOS App May 2, 2019 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. Image credit: joSon | Getty Images Small Businesses –shares CEO | Founder of Garden Society Erin Gore Add to Queue Dig in now or risk being swept away by the coming corporate tsunami. As cannabis businesses in California and beyond transition to the regulated market, we are seeing the canna-pocalypse of our favorite farms, products, and brands across the industry. The astronomical cost of licensing and compliance, combined with the lack of access to banking and traditional financial services afforded to other small businesses, make financing for growth one of the hardest and most limiting pieces to the puzzle. Hard-working entrepreneurs are also closing down for a multitude of other reasons, including waiting on permits and licenses to ever-changing rules and compliance, and at this stage it’s easy to run out of both time and money.As the “OGs” know all too well, these hurdles are just too high for the many amazing jewels of craft cultivators, innovative medicinal brands, and budding entrepreneurs. Instead, the shelves are becoming awash with well-financed, in-house brands dreamt up in corporate design rooms, plainly capitalizing on the holes created by the pioneers.Related: Pulling the Cork Out of the Processing Bottleneck Slowing the Hemp/CBD BoomStill, I firmly believe all is not lost if those who paved the way can come together as an industry and create the platform to persevere. Cannabis culture was created to heal people, to celebrate the plant and to help our families and communities thrive. This can continue if we can coalesce around four core principles:  Collaboration, not competition, is the key to our future.As more big companies enter the space, and more financing flows into the cannabis industry, the competition for shelf space is only going to get fiercer. It’s impossible to think that any one small business can effectively take on the entire supply chain. This is where the power of partnerships will allow healthy competition on all levels. A key piece of business advice, regardless of your industry, is to ask yourself, “Where do I need help?” and subsequently to also ask, “Where can I be of help to others?”Collaboration can be demonstrated in a variety of ways, such as sharing information on becoming compliant, facilitating introductions to investors, or offering support in a time of crisis. It can also be done in the form of strategic partnerships such as sharing resources through independent contractor or co-employment agreements for brand ambassadors, manufacturing agreements to leverage complementary strengths, or potential cross-promotional opportunities at retailers or in media.Collaboration is a powerful tool, which can propel us collectively through difficult times through a community of support.Related: 5 Ways CEOs Can Empower Teams to Develop Collaborative WorkplacesAuthenticity is our best asset.For those of us who have been paving the way in legal cannabis, going back to the early medical marijuana era, the main difference we bring to the table is authenticity. We took many risks to build our businesses because of our belief in the benefits of this plant for our customers. Brand incubators cannot easily “cook-up” the authenticity that has been the core of our small business since inception. Authenticity establishes trust and connection — key components of brand loyalty that help brands build long-term relationships with customers.We know why craftsmanship is key to a good product but as more products hit the shelves, all at different price points, consumers are likely to become more confused. They may always reach for the lowest priced option, not knowing that the higher priced items are likely more responsibly sourced, and expertly crafted by artisans with a passion and purpose beyond just making money. So state your mission up front. Be clear about your product rationale and the thought that goes into everything you do. Did you start your company based on your own experience? Share this with your customers.Related: The World-Changing Power of Sharing Your StoryEducate the consumer on both the product, and the power of their voice.As most in the industry are aware right now, consumer education is desperately needed. While all cannabis businesses are doing this in some capacity, those of us who have lived and breathed this industry since the beginning have a unique perspective to help consumers learn all they need to know about the plant. We can teach the importance of knowing your farmer, your source and the process by which your chosen product was made.We in the cannabis business can help consumers understand their power to support the artisans and stories that resonate with their heart — not just their pocket book. Educate your consumers on the power of their voice.Related: These 6 Coffee Marketing Tricks Are a Perfect Blend for Your Cannabis BrandDiversify not just to survive but to thrive.It’s important for our cannabis industry to resemble the communities we call home. According to the SBA, small businesses are owned by a diverse group of individuals, from immigrants to multi-generational families, men and women and eight million minorities. Consumers and businesses alike should support under-represented founders and encourage diversity across all channels that include women, LGBTQ community, veterans and people of color. It’s simple: if you’re a consumer, consider brands founded by women. If you’re a distributor, ensure you have an LGBTQ program. If you’re a dispensary, ensure you’re giving veterans affordable options.  The day of reckoning nears, but by thinking ahead and acting thoughtfully — in consideration of others as much as ourselves — we can maintain the character and compassion that makes the cannabis community special. This will also offer the green entrepreneur the courage and chance to succeed, backed by and supportive of others in the community.The time for us to come together has never been more urgent. Free Green Entrepreneur App The Canna-pocalypse of Small Brands Is Upon Us – But All Is Not Lost Next Article last_img read more

Why Apple Will Never Create an iPadMac Hybrid

first_img Add to Queue 2 min read Register Now » Benjamin Snyder Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly telling consumers they shouldn’t expect a hybrid iPad and Mac in the future.In an apparent jab at Microsoft’s tablets such as the new Surface Book, Cook told the Irish Independent that Apple users don’t want that type of device.“We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad,” Cook told the newspaper. “Because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world.”He added, “And putting those two together would not achieve either. You’d begin to compromise in different ways.”His comments come after Cook made remarks about the future of the PC in a recent interview with the Telegraph. “I think if you’re looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?” he said. “Yes, the iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people. They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones.”Microsoft declined to comment. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. November 16, 2015 –shares Apple This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Why Apple Will Never Create an iPad-Mac Hybridlast_img read more

LinkedIn Awarded Patent for System to Predict How Likely You Are to

first_img LinkedIn Awarded Patent for System to Predict How Likely You Are to Get a Job Add to Queue April 7, 2016 This story originally appeared on Business Insider Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: Pixabay Biz Carson 80sharescenter_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read Linkedin Enroll Now for $5 Applying for a job can be anxiety-inducing, but LinkedIn has come up with a way to tell you what your chances of getting a job could be — and what you can do to improve them.A new patent awarded to LinkedIn on Tuesday describes a system that could score your success chances and show your strengths and weaknesses.The LinkedIn system seeks to fix a problem that the company sees in today’s job hunting process: Employers often automatically reject candidates whose experience or education don’t match up exactly to a job listing. But the candidate has no idea why they were rejected.”The user may not be informed about the basis of the rejection. Further, in the case of other users who may be competing for the same requirement, the user may not be informed about the cause,” the patent states.The LinkedIn system is designed to give you that feedback when you apply for a job. LinkedIn could even offer suggestions like taking a professional course or moving to Los Angeles to gain better odds.There’s also a “predicted date of achievement” for how long it would take to get the job offer, according to the patent filing.Talent business boostBecause it’s only a patent there’s no knowing whether success scores will be coming to LinkedIn any time soon. LinkedIn confirmed that the company was awarded a patent, but a spokeswoman reiterated that “patent acquisitions do not necessarily foreshadow new product innovations.”What the feedback for premium subscribers looks like today.For now, premium account holders can already see where they rank when they view a job posting based on their experience and company. That percentage only identifies where a person falls compared to other applicants, but not the likelihood of success or the weaknesses in an application.Offering recommendations, though, could boost part of LinkedIn’s talent business.The company bought Lynda.com, a site filled with online tutorials, and has been trying to turn it into a money maker for the company. Some things, like a move to LA to improve odds, are out of LinkedIn’s hands, but pushing its job training programs could easily fall into LinkedIn’s priorities. Next Article last_img read more

Autologous breast reconstruction after failed implant reconstruction gives good outcomes

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 31 2019Implants are usually the first choice for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. But when implant-based reconstruction fails, autologous reconstruction – using the patient’s own tissues – is a safe procedure that improves patient outcomes, reports a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).”Autologous breast reconstruction after failed implant-based reconstruction is associated with significantly improved patient satisfaction and quality of life,” concludes the study by ASPS Member Surgeon Joseph J. Disa, MD, and colleagues of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.Study Shows Safety and Good Outcomes of Repeat Breast ReconstructionImplants are the most frequent option for breast reconstruction after mastectomy, used in about 80 percent of patients. But in some cases, the initial reconstruction fails, due to complications or other reasons. In this situation, some patients opt for the autologous technique, with the breast reconstructed using the patient’s own tissue – typically using a flap obtained from a “donor site” in the abdomen.Dr. Disa and colleagues analyzed 137 women who underwent autologous breast reconstruction after failed implant reconstruction. In about three-fourths of patients, the initial reconstruction failed due to scarring around the implant (capsular contracture) causing pain or deformity. Other patients had infections or other implant-related complications, or were dissatisfied with the appearance of the reconstructed breast.The second reconstruction was performed an average of about 3.5 years after the initial procedure. Both breasts were reconstructed in 55 patients, for a total of 192 flaps. Outcomes were assessed using the validated BREAST?Q© questionnaire, which evaluates various aspects of quality of life after breast reconstruction.Related StoriesNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancerBariatric surgery should be offered to all patients who would benefitNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerThe results suggested that autologous reconstruction after failure of initial implant reconstruction is a safe procedure. Complication rates were similar to previous studies, despite the additional challenges posed by capsular contracture or previous radiation therapy.Analysis of BREAST-Q responses showed “a high degree of satisfaction and quality of life” after autologous reconstruction. About one-fourth of patients filled out the BREAST-Q after both implant procedures. This group had significant improvements in satisfaction with the appearance of the breasts, psychosocial well-being, and physical well-being of the chest.The women also reported improved satisfaction with overall well-being on the BREAST-Q. That was despite a decrease in physical well-being of the abdomen, related to the tissue donor site in the abdomen.Implant and autologous reconstruction each have advantages for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. While reconstruction using the patient’s own tissues may provide a more natural-appearing breast, implant-based reconstruction is more widely available and less costly. Both procedures are safe and provide good reconstructive outcomes.The new study is one of only a few to assess the outcomes of autologous reconstruction after failed implant-based reconstruction, and the first to use the validated BREAST-Q questionnaire. The results show improvements in physical and psychological well-being for this group of breast cancer survivors, as well as increased satisfaction with the appearance of the reconstructed breast or breasts.”Regardless of reason for implant failure, this study shows changing to autologous tissue after implant removal is safe,” Dr. Disa and coauthors conclude. While there may be some additional challenges related to previous breast cancer treatment and reconstruction, they add, “The procedure has an acceptable complication rate.” Source:http://home.lww.com/news.entry.html/2019/01/30/good_results_withau-zjYr.htmllast_img read more

New approach to tackling chronic inflammatory diseases

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 1 2019An EU-funded project has developed new approaches to tackling chronic inflammatory diseases. These will be used to create precise and individualized treatment options, potentially leading to faster diagnosis, more effective treatments and even cures.Chronic inflammatory disease is causing an increasing medical and societal burden. Conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune conditions are estimated to affect 1 in 10 people in Europe. However, at present, the treatment options available are limited and ineffective, and there are no identified pathways to finding a cure.The EU-funded SYSCID project has developed an approach to create precise and individualized treatment options for patients with chronic inflammatory diseases. The aim is to enable biomarkers, or disease signatures, to be identified that indicate the presence of disease so that conditions can be diagnosed and treated quickly and effectively.Initially, this will provide precision medicine and personalized treatment options which can be adjusted to an individual patient’s specific condition. The approach will also help to determine the cause of conditions and the development of cures. The project, which ends in March 2022, is continuing to develop the approach.‘The project has revealed information about treatment options for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematodes,’ says project coordinator Philip Rosenstiel of Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel in Germany. ‘Initial studies into how disease affects the body’s cellular programming has improved our understanding of how some treatment options work.’Understanding the molecular levelInflammatory diseases manifest at different molecular layers within the body. SYSCID looks at disease at three of these: the epigenetic or gene expression level, the cell programming or transcriptional level, and the gut bacteria or microbiome level.Related StoriesResearch opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmiasRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”The project set out to find core disease signatures in large datasets collected over time. Initial studies monitored over 300 patients undergoing first-time treatment for chronic inflammatory diseases.This has provided data on cellular programming that can be used to understand how cells influence gene expression. This information has already revealed that treatment with an antibody called vedolizumab modulates patients’ innate disease immunity.Reprogramming diseaseThe SYSCID project is following three distinct pathways to innovation. Specifically, it focuses on big-data analysis. Complex statistics and bioinformatics enable clinical details to be derived from the huge datasets collected from patients. This simplified information can be easily interpreted and understood by both clinicians and patients.Project researchers are also focusing on understanding disease at the single-cell level. This approach aims to enable the identification of biomarkers, easier diagnosis of chronic inflammatory diseases, and a predictive model of disease outcomes.The project is also hoping to understand the epigenetics – changes in genetic behavior – that govern the onset of inflammatory diseases. This could enable diseases to be cured by erasing, editing or reprogramming parts of a patient’s genome.‘SYCID will create a prediction framework for disease outcome and guide therapy decisions on an individual patient level,’ says Rosenstiel. ‘This will mean that the right therapy is chosen at the right time. The consortium is also targeting new therapy approaches to ‘reprogramme’ disease through epigenome editing. In this way, diseases will not only be managed but cured.’The project brings together experts from major scientific disciplines, such as genomics, with clinicians, gastroenterologists and rheumatologists from across Europe. These key players have set up collaborations to enable rapid progress.Source: http://ec.europa.eu/research/infocentre/printversion_en.cfm?id=/research/headlines/news/article_19_02_28-1_en.html?infocentre&item=Infocentre&artid=49931last_img read more

Study urges more rigorous standards when diagnosing burning mouth syndrome

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 4 2019Not all burning mouths are the result of a medical condition known as “burning mouth syndrome” (BMS) and physicians and researchers need better standards for an appropriate diagnosis, according to new research at the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.BMS is a painful, complex condition associated with a chronic or recurring burning, scalding or tingling feeling in the mouth–sometimes accompanied by a metallic taste or dry mouth sensation.But because other conditions have similar symptoms, diagnosing BMS can be difficult, said Milda Chmieliauskaite, a researcher and assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial medicine at the dental school. The issues with misdiagnosis, depend to some extent on the context, but include resources, money and patient discomfort.”Milda Chmieliauskaite, Researcher and Assistant Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine, Dental School Related StoriesBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustrySchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchSo if a patient is misdiagnosed with burning mouth syndrome, but actually suffers from burning due to dry mouth, the patient will receive treatment for the wrong condition and the symptoms of burning will not improve.”Often, these patients see several providers–taking up a lot of health-care resources–before they find out what’s going.”That’s because many dentists and clinicians aren’t trained well on the topic, she said. The current method for making a diagnosis is ruling out other disorders.So treating BMS should be approached with caution, said Chmieliauskaite, who co-authored research recently published by Oral Diseases as part of the World Workshop on Oral Medicine VII.”A lot of the other things that cause burning in the mouth (such as diabetes, anemia and dry mouth) can be easily treated,” Chmieliauskaite said.The specific cause of BMS is uncertain, she said, but some evidence shows that it may be related to nerve dysfunction. Sometimes, chewing gum or eating certain foods lessens pain symptoms.Best estimates are that between .1% and 4% of the population is affected by BMS, Chmieliauskaite said. The condition affects females more.In a review of clinical trials internationally between 1994 and 2017, Chmieliauskaite and an international research team found that many of the participants may have had an underlying condition that could have explained their BMS symptoms.Chmieliauskaite said BMS clinical trials need more rigorous standards. “We need a consensus for a single definition of BMS that includes specific inclusion and exclusion criteria,” she said. “This will help us in moving the field forward in understanding of the actual disease.””And there’s still a lot more we need to study,” she said. Source:Case Western Reserve UniversityJournal reference:Ariyawardana, A. et al. (2019) World Workshop on Oral Medicine VII: Burning mouth syndrome: A systematic review of disease definitions and diagnostic criteria utilized in randomized clinical trials. Oral Diseases. doi.org/10.1111/odi.13067last_img read more

Russian sent to US on charges he hacked Dropbox others

Explore further Czechs extradite alleged Russian hacker to US 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. Yevgeniy Nikulin, 30, pleaded not guilty to computer intrusion, aggravated identity theft and other charges in federal court in San Francisco. Nikulin had been extradited from Prague earlier in the day.Prosecutors say Nikulin penetrated the computers of Silicon Valley firms in 2012 and potentially gained access to the personal information of millions of Americans.”This is deeply troubling behavior once again emanating from Russia,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a news release.He said computer hacking is “a direct threat to the security and privacy of Americans” and that the U.S. won’t tolerate it.Nikulin’s defense attorney has said his case is politically motivated in the U.S.Czech Justice Minister Robert Pelikan’s decision to send Nikulin to the U.S. was announced just minutes after the country’s Constitutional Court released a statement that it rejected a last-minute appeal from the Nikulin as “groundless.”No further details were immediately available about the decision in which both the U.S. and Russia suspect him of criminal wrongdoing.The Czechs arrested Nikulin in Prague in cooperation with the FBI in October 2016. Russia also wanted him extradited on a separate charge of internet theft in 2009.Both countries submitted their extradition requests on the same date.The Russian authorities previously had said they would do all they could to prevent Nikulin’s extradition to the U.S.Czech courts previously ruled both extradition requests meet the necessary legal conditions, leaving the decision to the justice minister.But after a last-ditch complaint filed by Nikulin with the country’s Constitutional Court, the minister had to hold off on a decision until the court ruled.Earlier this week, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said in Prague that under Czech extradition law “we have every reason to believe and expect that Mr. Nikulin will be extradited to America.”But the Czech Republic’s pro-Russia president, Milos Zeman, repeatedly asked Pelikan to allow Nikulin’s extradition to Russia, the minister said. Zeman has no official say in cases like this one.Pelikan’s decision will likely further strain relations between the Czech Republic and Russia after the Czechs expelled three Russian diplomats in solidarity with Britain over a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy.In a statement published by Russia’s Tass news agency, the Russian Embassy in Prague called the step “deeply disappointing.””Prague once again preferred the notorious allied solidarity without taking into account all the factors and circumstances of this case,” Alexei Kolmakov, the embassy’s press secretary, was quoted as saying. Citation: Russian sent to US on charges he hacked Dropbox, others (2018, March 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-russian-hacked-dropbox.html A Russian man arrested over a year ago in the Czech Republic made his first appearance Friday in a U.S. courtroom, denying that he hacked computers at LinkedIn, Dropbox and other U.S. companies, compromising the personal information of millions of Americans. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 file photo, a prison guard walks outside a courtroom during an appeal by Yevgeniy Nikulin from Russia who faces charges of hacking computers of American companies, in Prague, Czech Republic. The Czech Republic extradited a Russian man to the U.S. to face charges of hacking computers at LinkedIn, Dropbox and other American companies, an official said Friday March 30, 2018. Yevgeniy Nikulin was flown to the U.S. overnight, Justice Ministry spokeswoman Tereza Schejbalova said. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) read more

Heres how a 100 renewable energy future can create jobs and even

first_img State-of-the-art climate model shows how we can solve crisis The world can limit global warming to 1.5 ℃ and move to 100% renewable energy while still preserving a role for the gas industry, and without relying on technological fixes such as carbon capture and storage, according to our new analysis. Citation: Here’s how a 100% renewable energy future can create jobs and even save the gas industry (2019, January 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-renewable-energy-future-jobs-gas.html Interactions between the models used for the One Earth Model. Credit: One Earth Model, Author provided Provided by University of Technology, Sydney We also used a long-term energy model to calculate future energy demand, broken down by sector (power, heat, industry, transport) for 10 world regions in five-year steps. We then further divided these 10 world regions into 72 subregions, and simulated their electricity systems on an hourly basis. This allowed us to determine the precise requirements in terms of grid infrastructure and energy demand.’Recycling’ the gas industryUnlike many other 1.5 ℃ and/or 100% renewable energy scenarios, our analysis deliberately integrates the existing infrastructure of the global gas industry, rather than requiring that these expensive investments be phased out in a relatively short time. Natural gas will be increasingly replaced by hydrogen and/or renewable methane produced by solar power and wind turbines. While most scenarios rely on batteries and pumped hydro as main storage technologies, these renewable forms of gas can also play a significant role in the energy mix. In our scenario, the conversion of gas infrastructure from natural gas to hydrogen and synthetic fuels will start slowly between 2020 and 2030, with the conversion of power plants with annual capacities of around 2 gigawatts. However, after 2030, this transition will accelerate significantly, with the conversion of a total of 197GW gas power plants and gas co-generation facilities each year. Along the way the gas industry will have to redefine its business model from a supply-driven mining industry, to a synthetic gas or hydrogen fuel production industry that provides renewable fuels for the electricity, industry and transport sectors. In the electricity sector, these fuels can be used to help smooth out supply and demand in networks with significant amounts of variable renewable generation. A just transition for the fossil fuel industryThe implementation of the 1.5 ℃ scenario will have a significant impact on the global fossil fuel industry. While this may seem to be stating the obvious, there has so far been little rational and open debate about how to make an orderly withdrawal from the coal, oil, and gas extraction industries. Instead, the political debate has been focused on prices and security of supply. Yet limiting climate change is only possible when fossil fuels are phased out. Under our scenario, gas production will only decrease by 0.2% per year until 2025, and thereafter by an average of 4% a year until 2040. This represents a rather slow phase-out, and will allow the gas industry to transfer gradually to hydrogen. Our scenario will generate more energy-sector jobs in the world as a whole. By 2050 there would be 46.3 million jobs in the global energy sector – 16.4 million more than under existing forecasts.Our analysis also investigated the specific occupations that will be required for a renewables-based energy industry. The global number of jobs would increase across all of these occupations between 2015 and 2025, with the exception of metal trades which would decline by 2%, as shown below.However, these results are not uniform across regions. China and India, for example, will both experience a reduction in the number of jobs for managers and clerical and administrative workers between 2015 and 2025.Our analysis shows how the various technical and economic barriers to implementing the Paris Agreement can be overcome. The remaining hurdles are purely political. Division of occupations between fossil fuel and renewable energy industries in 2015 and 2025. Credit: One Earth Model, Author providedcenter_img Combining modelsWe compiled our scenario by combining various computer models. We used three climate models to calculate the impacts of specific greenhouse gas emission pathways. We then used another model to analyse the potential contributions of solar and wind energy – including factoring in the space constraints for their installation. 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. The One Earth Climate Model – a collaboration between researchers at the University of Technology Sydney, the German Aerospace Center and the University of Melbourne, and financed by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation – sets out how the global energy supply can move to 100% renewable energy by 2050, while creating jobs along the way. It also envisions how the gas industry can fulfil its role as a “transition fuel” in the energy transition without its infrastructure becoming obsolete once natural gas is phased out.Our scenario, which will be published in detail as an open access book in February 2019, sets out how the world’s energy can go fully renewable by:increasing electrification in the heating and transport sectorsignificant increase in “energy productivity” – the amount of economic output per unit of energy usethe phase-out of all fossil fuels, and the conversion of the gas industry to synthetic fuels and hydrogen over the coming decades. Our model also explains how to deliver the “negative emissions” necessary to stay within the world’s carbon budget, without relying on unproven technology such as carbon capture and storage. If the renewable energy transition is accompanied by a worldwide moratorium on deforestation and a major land restoration effort, we can remove the equiavalent of 159 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (2015-2100). This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Explore further The gas industry of the future could manufacture and deliver renewable fuels, rather than mining and processing natural gas. Credit: Shutterstock.comlast_img read more