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Guidelines For Gathering Dead Trees On Borough Land

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享You might think that with the millions of dead spruce trees on the Kenai Peninsula, getting a load offirewood should be a simple task. However, firewood gathering on the Kenai Peninsula is not as easy as it seems. Firewood gathering is essential for many on the Kenai Peninsula. The Kenai Peninsula Borough would like for residents to be aware of the opportunities, and accompanying responsibilities, for gathering firewood on borough land. To cut trees on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, you need a personal use firewood permit. A permit can be purchased at Refuge Headquarters on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. Permits are $20 (non-refundable) and limited to five cords per permit, per household. Under the borough land casual use policy, dead trees can be gathered in a dispersed manner, up to 5 dead trees per-acre per-year, on parcels that are not occupied by another use and in ways that are not disruptive to others.center_img The policy guidelines for gathering dead trees on borough land can be found here: www.kpb.us/…/Docum…/Forest_Resources/Firewood-Dead_Trees.pdf The borough also currently has a special management area for firewood in the Kenai Keys burn area. This is a burned-over stand with dry standing poles near Sterling.last_img read more

Shareholder efforts to curb Amazon facial recognition tech fall short

first_img Amazon Privacy Share your voice Tags 1:11 Privacy advocates have issues with Amazon’s facial recognition… Comments Security Internet Now playing: Watch this: Amazon, meanwhile, sells Rekognition to policing agencies, with one sheriff’s office in Oregon already using the software to investigate crimes and make arrests.The company has also joined the call for more legislation and guidelines on facial recognition tech, but made no indication it would stop selling Rekognition to policing agencies.”New technology should not be banned or condemned because of its potential misuse,” Michael Punke, Amazon Web Services’ vice president of global public policy, said in a blog post in February. “Instead, there should be open, honest and earnest dialogue among all parties involved to ensure that the technology is applied appropriately and is continuously enhanced.”That position has brought a growing wave of criticism against Amazon, with civil liberties groups, members of Congress and its own employees calling on the e-commerce and cloud-computing giant to curb its sale of Rekognition to police. Open MIC, which helped organize the vote, said in a statement that this issue would not be going away.”Amazon’s refusal to acknowledge and confront the potential harms of Rekognition is ongoing evidence of corporate arrogance,” Michael Connor, Open MIC’s executive director, said in an email. “Investors have a right to know how Amazon intends to address these material risks to the company and its reputation. As one of the leading technology companies in the world, Amazon can and must do better.” Concerns about Rekognition also came up during public hearings before the New York City Council on Amazon’s failed proposal to build a new campus in the city, with council members repeatedly chastising the company for marketing Rekognition to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Amazon on Wednesday said all other shareholder proposals also didn’t pass. Those included a call to study Amazon’s impact on climate change, a request for a report on how Amazon addresses hate speech and offensive products on its platform, and a proposal to elect an independent chairman so Bezos wasn’t both CEO and the head of the board. Originally published at 9:52 a.m. PT.Updated at 9:57 a.m. PT: Adds remarks from the ACLU. At 10:33 a.m. PT: To add responses from Open MIC. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images Two Amazon shareholder proposals about the company’s controversial facial recognition technology failed to pass Wednesday, following a concerted push by civil rights groups and activist investors.One proposal would have banned Amazon from selling its Rekognition technology to government agencies unless it first determines the software doesn’t infringe on civil liberties. The other proposal called for an independent study of the potential privacy and human rights violations caused by Rekognition.Both proposals were presented at Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting in Seattle on Wednesday. The company said it isn’t disclosing the vote tallies until this Friday.”The fact that there needed to be a vote on this is an embarrassment for Amazon’s leadership team. It demonstrates shareholders do not have confidence that company executives are properly understanding or addressing the civil and human rights impacts of its role in facilitating pervasive government surveillance,” Shankar Narayan, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington’s Technology and Liberty Project director, said in a statement. “While we have yet to see the exact breakdown of the vote, this shareholder intervention should serve as a wake-up call for the company to reckon with the real harms of face surveillance and to change course.”Both proposals, which were non-binding, were long shots to pass, since Amazon’s board said it was against the proposals. Major shareholders typically follow such positions to show support for the board. Also, CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s board chairman, is the company’s biggest shareholder, controlling about 16% of its stock, and wasn’t expected to vote for either proposal.Amazon said it was against the proposals because the technology has proven its value in improving public safety, adding to its view that Rekognition provides “material benefits to both society and organizations” using the software.The decision quickly reached Capital Hill, where lawmakers were holding a hearing looking at facial recognition’s effects on civil liberties.”I just got word that the shareholders did not end up passing a ban on the sale of Rekognition,” Rep. Jimmy Gomez, a Democrat from California, said at the hearing. “That just means that it’s more important that Congress acts.”Despite the failure of the shareholder votes, the groups pushing for changes to Rekognition’s use succeeded in raising awareness about the technology and keeping pressure on Amazon. Organizations like the ACLU have spoken out against face identification’s use, saying it could quickly turn the US into a surveillance state and infringe on people’s privacy.Following the shareholder vote Wednesday, it seems likely activists will continue pushing against Rekognition’s use but find other public venues to do so.Both Google and Microsoft have publicly said they won’t sell their facial recognition tech to law enforcement, instead asking for new laws to guide their use. In less controversial settings, facial recognition tech is also used to unlock Apple iPhones using the Face ID feature and to check travelers’ identities at government kiosks at US airports.”It’s not just our test, it’s other tests that have noted similar problems with Amazon’s software and other face recognition algorithms,” the ACLU’s senior legislative counsel Neema Singh Guliani told Congress members at a hearing on Wednesday.  2 We’re at @Amazon’s shareholder meeting today urging shareholders to take action in response to the company’s failure to address the civil rights impacts of its face surveillance technology.Ironically, Amazon won’t allow cameras into the meeting, so we’ve filmed a short preview: pic.twitter.com/tNN4pkK4tG— ACLU (@ACLU) May 22, 2019last_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

2 die in Uttara fire

first_img.At least two people have been burnt alive in a fire at Uttara in the capital on Monday morning.Fire fighters recovered the bodies of a man and a woman from room 302 of Sea Shell Hotel and Residence.Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.The fire broke out around 5:00am. A total 14 fire fighting units brought the fire under control at about 9:00am in the morning after a 4-hour battle.Fire Service director (operation) Major Shakil Newaz said, “We talked to the hotel authorities, but they failed to provide us with the identities of the deceased.””The bodies were sent to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.”The fire service control room said the fire broke out at three buildings in Uttara. Later, it engulfed four floors of the Sea Shell Hotel.last_img read more

Baltimore Choral Arts presents a Free Community Sing

first_imgBaltimore Choral Arts and the Community Concert Choir of Baltimore, under the direction of Dr. Marco Merrick, in collaboration with Northside Baptist Church are hosting a free Community Sing of spirituals and gospel music on October 13 at 7pm.  All attendees are welcome to participate in the music-making. Tickets are not required for the event, and seating will be first-come, first-served. Visit www.baltimorechoralarts.com for more information.last_img

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Huge crowds gather in downtown Toronto for Raptors parade

first_img Monday, June 17, 2019 Huge crowds gather in downtown Toronto for Raptors parade By: The Canadian Press TORONTO — Jubilant Raptors fans decked out in the team’s gear cheered and chanted as a parade starring the newly crowned NBA champions began in Toronto on Monday, the first such celebration in more than two decades.Crowds packed the route and the square outside City Hall where the march was to end this afternoon. Team players smiled from open top double-decker buses, some splashing gathered fans with champagne, as they moved slowly down the route.Ma Fuzzy x @Drake #WeTheNorth | #NBACHAMPS2019 pic.twitter.com/gVRvMqZtiu— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 17, 2019At one point, Kyle Lowry, the longest-serving member of team, was seen hoisting the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy while some of his teammates smoked cigars.Many fans said they decided not to go to school or work so they could attend the massive celebration.Cypher Sabanal, 15, said his mom let him skip school to attend the parade and rally.“I actually have exams this week but being here is worth it,” he said, adding that he’s been a Raptors fan his whole life.John Moreira said he decided not to go into work so he could be part of the moment.“I told my boss I wanted to be at the parade and he said there wasn’t much he could do if I called in sick so that’s exactly what I did,” said the 31-year-old. “I’m looking forward to seeing the whole team. They all work so hard and deserve all the fans being out here.”More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsRJ Salvador said he was “hyped” to be part of the massive celebration.“I’m so happy to be here,” said the 28-year-old, who happened to have the day off. “I haven’t seen anything like this happen in the city before so it’s great to be apart of it.”Some in the crowd had camped out all weekend in the hopes of nabbing a prime spot along the parade route or at Nathan Phillips Square, which was overflowing with people by 8 a.m. Even before the parade began, Toronto police posted on Twitter asking fans to go watch elsewhere.Wow! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/iXlK3mvYWA— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 17, 2019Parents with strollers tried to make their way into the dense crowd of fans, but some gave up. Across the sea of red shirts, some fans held up signs and enlarged heads of their basketball idols like Kawhi Leonard and Fred VanVleet.A car carrying coach Nick Nurse was mobbed.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be among those celebrating, making a brief visit to Toronto for the event.Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to watch the festivities from Nathan Phillips Square. His press secretary said Ford wants the day to be about the fans and players, not politicians.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesMayor John Tory declared Monday “We The North Day” in Toronto, after the NBA champions’ slogan. Dressed in his now-famous black-and-gold Raptors blazer, the mayor urged all fans to come celebrate the team’s historic win.“To all employers out there, please let your staff go to the parade. I tell you, if they’re Raptors fans, they’re going to work twice as hard when they get back to the office,” he said.An hour-long rally will follow the parade at Nathan Phillips Square, the large public square in front of city hall, complete with a fly-by from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Snowbirds demonstration team.Meanwhile, GO Transit said it was setting up a designated spot at transit hub Union Station’s lost and found for any children who may get separated from their group or family.Raptors fans are ready for this parade to begin #Toronto #Raptors #wethenorth #WeTheNorthDay pic.twitter.com/eDjFc6rLIv— blogTO (@blogTO) June 17, 2019The last time the city held a sports celebration of this magnitude was after the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993. That parade saw fans climbing trees and statues on city streets to catch a glimpse of a team that included Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: NBA, Torontolast_img read more

Cute new critter found in South American forests

first_imgNo related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. – A lap-sized critter that looks like a mix between a raccoon and a teddy bear was unveiled Thursday as the first new carnivore in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.Scientists say the olinguito has actually been around for ages, in zoos, museums and in the forests of Ecuador and Colombia, but was mistaken for its larger cousin, the olingo.A big clue that this tree-crawling animal was something unusual was that it never wanted to breed with the olingo, experts said.The new species, named Bassaricyon neblina, is now understood to be the smallest member of the same family as raccoons, kinkajous and olingos.With wide, round eyes and tiny claws that help it cling to branches, the olinguito can jump between trees. It feasts mainly on fruit but also eats insects.Its discovery, which took a decade of research, is described in the Aug. 15 edition of the journal ZooKeys.As part of the journey, scientists realized that museum specimens of the olinguito had been collected from higher elevations – 5,000 to 9,000 feet (1,500-2,700 meters) above sea level – in the Andes Mountains than olingos were known to inhabit.DNA analysis also was done to differentiate the olinguitos from their cousins.The olinguito was smaller, with a differently shaped head and teeth. Its orange-brown coat was also longer and denser.And when researchers took to the South American forests to see if the creatures were still around in the wild, they were not disappointed.They found plenty of olinguitos in the cloud forests of the western Andes, and noted that the creatures are active at night.The two-pound (one-kilogram) animals also appear to prefer staying in the trees and have one baby at a time instead of several.“The cloud forests of the Andes are a world unto themselves, filled with many species found nowhere else, many of them threatened or endangered,” said Kristofer Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.“We hope that the olinguito can serve as an ambassador species for the cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia, to bring the world’s attention to these critical habitats.”Helgen and his fellow researchers on the project estimate that 42 percent of historic olinguito habitat has already been converted to agriculture or urban areas.There are four sub-species of the olinguito, and they are not being classified as endangered. Experts believe there must be many thousands of them, possibly even in Venezuela and Peru.At least one olinguito from Colombia was exhibited in several zoos in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s, researchers said.Back in the 1920s, a zoologist in New York was said to have found the olinguito so unusual that he thought it might be a new species, but he did not publish any research to document the discovery.“Proving that a species exists and giving it a name is where everything starts,” said Helgen. “This is a beautiful animal, but we know so little about it. How many countries does it live in? What else can we learn about its behavior? What do we need to do to ensure its conservation?”According to the Smithsonian, the most recent new meat-eating mammal found in the Western Hemisphere was the Colombian weasel in 1978.A mongoose-like carnivorous mammal that is native to Madagascar was found in 2010. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

TV and movie streaming service Lovefilm has launch

first_imgTV and movie streaming service Lovefilm has launched on the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablet and e-readers in the UK and Germany. Consumers owning the devices can access Lovefilm content via a one-month free trial.Kindle and Lovefilm are both part of Amazon. The Lovefilm service on the Kindle devices allows users to create playlists of TV and movie content and there is also a pause and resume function that allows users to stop viewing on one device and resume watching from the place on another device.There is also an ‘X-Ray for Movies’ feature that allows users to look up any actor in the scene of a movie, see what other movies they have been in and view photos and biographies via IMDB.“This is a huge moment for Lovefilm and continues to expand our multi-platform offering – delivering the very best content onto the most popular devices, which can only be great news for film and TV fans,” said Jim Buckle, managing director of Lovefilm.The service is already available via PCs and PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.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

It sounded like such a good idea at the timeThe y

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

Developments in assistive technology over the next

first_imgDevelopments in assistive technology over the next few years have the potential to be “truly, truly transformatory” for disabled people, a fringe event at the Conservative party conference heard this week.Neil Heslop, chief executive of the disability charity Leonard Cheshire, who uses assistive technology himself, said that technology was “a massive force for good, if appropriately leveraged”.But he added: “As the economy becomes increasingly digitised, there are risks and dangers for people with disability missing out on those opportunities.”He said that everybody working in technology recognised that it was not perfect and “still has a very, very long way to go” in terms of accessibility.But he said that “the core thesis is that we are as a society at an inflection point and what we do and don’t do now and in a small number of years actually has the potential to be truly, truly transformatory”.The fringe event was hosted by Leonard Cheshire and the technology giant Microsoft.Hector Minto (pictured, second from right), “accessibility evangelist” for Microsoft, said that technology was “reaching further into society than it ever has before”, including the billion disabled people on the planet.He said: “We cannot design society digitally without purposefully including people with disability.“Otherwise we miss the one in seven [people who are disabled], and the price will be high.”Minto said that “every other industrial revolution the world has encountered” had paid a price for having to “add disability later”.He said there was now an opportunity to “wire in accessibility” into what was being done and he pointed to a free plug-in for the widely-available Microsoft PowerPoint software that he then revealed had been producing live subtitles for the meeting.Minto said Microsoft was increasing the number of disabled people it employed because it needed to include them “in our workplace, in our product groups, in our design teams”.And he said the company was also asking its corporate customers around the world to “unlock” the assistive technology that was already built into Microsoft software.Steve Tyler (pictured, far left), director of assistive technology for Leonard Cheshire, told the meeting that support with technology was often available when disabled people were in education or in work.But he said: “What about before you’re in work? That’s the time when you need to engage with technology.“Virtually every job that we do today has an element of technology, and that is increasing as time goes on.“So for me, a key part of what we need to do is invent a new mechanism that allows funding prior to work to engage people in technology and engage them in the learning and training and the use of it.”Hannah Rose (pictured, far right) told the meeting how assistive technology – including the use of speech recognition software, which allows her to dictate into her computer – had helped her pass her GCSEs, A-levels and a degree, after becoming disabled as a teenager.She later secured a job as a vetting officer with Cheshire police, following a work trial, where she has now worked for 10 years.She said: “It gives me that independence to carry out a fulfilling job, like I am serving a purpose, like everybody else in that office.“None of this would have been possible without having that assistive technology.“Without work I would be lost. It’s great to be able to contribute to society like any other person, and without the access to assistive technology this wouldn’t be possible.”The meeting also discussed the wider issue of disability employment.Dave Bracher, campaigns manager for Spinal Injuries Association, said: “There has to be a way of getting the message out there that employers who are not employing disabled people are really missing a trick, because of the skills and qualities that those people bring to the party.“I am not saying that I am any more special than anybody else in the room as an employee but what I am saying is that my experience of spinal cord injury, the year I spent in rehab, the three weeks I spent with locked-in syndrome, communicating by blinking… that gives me skills and qualities that any employer should be looking for.”Sarah Newton (pictured, second from left), minister for disabled people, told the meeting: “It isn’t acceptable that half of people with disabilities who want to work and could work are not in work. That is a lost talent pool for the whole nation.“There’s a lot of talk at this conference and the last conference about post-Brexit Britain and the future of our country after Brexit and one thing for sure is that we need to make sure that we are using all the talents in our nation going forward, and that must mean enabling more of those people to get into work and to thrive in work.”Heslop (pictured, centre) said: “If any large-scale organisation does not have a representative number of people with disabilities in its workforce [which he said was about 19 per cent] and frighteningly few organisations achieve that today, anyone who doesn’t should be dissatisfied and should be committing themselves to creating an inclusive workplace.”He added: “Anyone in a leadership position has to accept [that], and this is true of large charities like ours.“I’m completely dissatisfied with the proportion of disabled people we employ, and we are taking steps to get much better.”Tyler said there was “scary but increasing evidence” that employers were looking at people’s social media profiles at the earliest stages of recruitment and if they saw that those people were disabled they “are rejected before they even get in the door”.He said: “We need to find ways through technology of highlighting/flagging/preventing that kind of stuff from happening.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_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

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

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

General Atlantic invests 130 mn in Hyderabadbased KIMS Hospitals

first_img COMMENT Global growth equity firm General Atlantic has invested over $130 million in the Hyderabad-based Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS Hospitals). The investment is a combination of primary capital and secondary purchases to acquire a significant minority stake in the company. Set up in 2004 by Bhaskar Rao, a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, Hyderabad-based KIMS Hospitals now has seven multi-speciality hospitals across the region and a capacity of over 2,500 beds. “Given General Atlantic’s deep experience of investing in healthcare globally and its network of relationships across leading global healthcare institutions, we are confident that his new association will help KIMS Hospitals,” Bhaskar Rao, MD and CEO of KIMS Hospitals, said in a release issued here on Wednesday.According to Sandeep Naik, Managing Director and Head of India and the Asia-Pacific at General Atlantic, the combination of an acute shortage in quality healthcare infrastructure and a strong focus from the government to make quality healthcare more accessible are driving growth for corporate hospital networks.“We believe KIMS Hospitals is uniquely positioned to benefit from these trends,” he said. General Atlantic has been active in India since 1999 and has invested over $2 billion in the India and Asia-Pacific regions as of December 31, 2017. General Atlantic focuses on investments across four sectors, including healthcare, technology, consumer, and financial services, with support from the firm’s global team of sector and operational experts. Its portfolio of current investments in India includes Absolute Barbeque, Billdesk, Capital Foods, CitiusTech, House of Anita Dongre, IIFL Wealth, Mu Sigma, National Stock Exchange and PNB Housing Finance. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on healthcare industrycenter_img June 27, 2018 SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more