Mississippi State Releases “Noise” Hype Video Ahead Of 2015 Season

first_imgMississippi State highlights ahead of the 2015 season.Mississippi State Football “No Noise” Hype VideoThe 2014 campaign was historic for Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs, who started the season unranked, rose to No. 1 in the polls after huge victories over LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn in succession. While the squad didn’t finish the year how it wanted, it’s clear that Mississippi State football was as relevant as it’s been in quite some time this past year. Heading into 2015, the Bulldogs want to finish the job and compete for a national championship in the College Football Playoff.Thursday, MSU released a hype video titled “Noise” to tease the 2015 campaign. It chronicles last year’s rise before setting the stage for the upcoming season. Check it out:Mississippi State opens with Southern Miss on September 5.last_img read more

Cincinnati Apparel Company Has Hysterical New Ohio State Shirt Featuring Depressed Michigan Fan

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan State fans are not the only ones delerious with joy after Michigan’s last play collapse on Saturday. Ohio State fans aren’t afraid to revel in any loss by the “Team Up North.” “Cincy Shirts,” an Ohio apparel company, printed a new shirt called “The Disappointment Up North” after the game, featuring the depressed Michigan fan that went viral after the Wolverines’ loss. It is pretty perfect.Sorry folks, but we had to! Depressed Michigan Fan shirt now available!Get yours here –> http://goo.gl/Y0zxowPosted by Cincy Shirts on Saturday, October 17, 2015The shirts are available for order at CincyShirts.com. We expect a few Buckeye fans will be interested in them.[CincyShirts.com]last_img read more

Programme Director Says NIDS Will Serve to Eliminate Corruption

first_img Programme Director of the National Identification System (NIDS), Warren Vernon, says the system will serve to eliminate the prevalence of corruption across several government agencies. Story Highlights “You have persons being paid to deliver quality services, but because of inefficiencies… you don’t get these services on time, so, as a result, you have to pay somebody to get it done for you quickly,” he said. “We are introducing a system to eliminate, if not significantly minimise corruption, identity theft and fraud, and to make sure persons are not invisible to the State (so that they can fully benefit from government services),” he said. Programme Director of the National Identification System (NIDS), Warren Vernon, says the system will serve to eliminate the prevalence of corruption across several government agencies.“You have persons being paid to deliver quality services, but because of inefficiencies… you don’t get these services on time, so, as a result, you have to pay somebody to get it done for you quickly,” he said.Mr. Vernon was speaking at a seminar on the NIDS, held at the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) in Kingston on March 13.He pointed out that the cost of corruption in Jamaica is more than $60 billion annually, noting that those who are benefiting from illicit activities are highly opposed to the system.“We are introducing a system to eliminate, if not significantly minimise corruption, identity theft and fraud, and to make sure persons are not invisible to the State (so that they can fully benefit from government services),” he said.The NIDS is being facilitated under the National Identification and Registration Bill, which was passed in the Houses of Parliament last year, and will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans.Under the system, which will have anti-fraud features, each citizen will have a unique nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN) that they will have for life.It is expected that the NIDS will become the primary source for identity assurance, authentication and verification, in order to improve the governance and management of social, economic and security programmes.In the meantime, Chief Information Officer, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), Natasha Sampson, said NIDS will be a “source of truth for identity” and will significantly enhance the efficiency of the operations of TAJ.Pointing to some of the advantages of NIDS for the TAJ, Ms. Sampson noted that its introduction will lead to reduced processing time and reduced administrative costs; improved accuracy, currency and overall quality of data; increased ability to identify and locate taxpayers for compliance activities; and a widening of tax base due to increased access to third-party information.The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services.Roll-out of NIDS is slated to begin with a pilot project in January 2019, focusing on civil servants.The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘NIDS: Vehicle for Change or Invasion of Privacy’, was hosted by a group of administrative assistants and secretaries from various government ministries, agencies and departments (MDAs), who dubbed themselves ‘Administrative Visioneers’.The event was part of the evaluation process for the group, which is currently pursuing a diploma in the Administrative Management Programme at MIND.last_img read more

Seaspan Eyes USD 250 Mn Debt from Fairfax

first_imgzoom Containership manager and owner Seaspan Corporation is looking to secure up to USD 250 million of investment from Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited.In late December 2017, the company entered into a letter of intent pursuant to which Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, through certain subsidiaries, will make the investment in exchange for the issuance of 5.5% interest bearing unsecured debentures and Class A Common Share purchase warrants.Seaspan informed that it intends to use the proceeds from this USD 250 million investment to fund future growth initiatives, debt repayment and for general corporate purposes.Fairfax has agreed to subscribe on a private placement basis, and subject to certain conditions, for debentures in a maximum aggregate amount of USD 250 million.The debentures, which will be unsecured obligations, will mature in seven years and will be guaranteed by certain of Seaspan’s subsidiaries. The company will have the right to redeem the debentures at face value plus all accrued but unpaid interest thereon at any time after the fifth anniversary of issuance.Seaspan has also agreed to issue 38,461,539 warrants, each exercisable into one class A common share in the capital of Seaspan and exercisable at USD 6.50 per share. Each warrant will be exercisable within seven years.“The investment by Fairfax will strengthen and simplify our balance sheet, while increasing our financial flexibility to take advantage of compelling opportunities,” David Sokol, Chairman of Seaspan Corporation, said.Fairfax will have the right to nominate two independent directors to the board of directors of Seaspan for so long as at least 50% of the debentures remain outstanding. Fairfax will have the right to nominate one independent director to the board of directors of Seaspan if less than 50%, but more than 20%, of the debentures remain outstanding.Furthermore, Seaspan has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Fairfax pursuant to which it has agreed that it will not solicit interest from any other party in relation to any potential capital raising or financial transaction involving debt or equity of Seaspan until January 19, 2018.Closing of the transaction is subject to the settlement of mutually agreeable definitive documentation, and other customary closing conditions.last_img read more

Obama income inequality a threat to American social cohesion

first_imgWASHINGTON – US President Obama says that combined trends of increased income inequality and decreased mobility pose a fundamental threat to American dreamUS President Barack Obama speaking at the Center for American Progress (CAP) said on Wednesday that they would take measures against income inequalities in the US, one of which would be to raise the minimum wage which is currently below where it was when Harry Truman was in Office in the 1940s.Obama states that the US often accepts more income inequality than many other nations, “because we are convinced that America is a place where, even if you’re born with nothing, with a little hard work, you can improve your own situation over time and build something better to leave your kids.”“But starting in the late ‘70s, this social construct began to unravel. Technology made it easier for companies to do more with less, eliminating certain job occupations. A more competitive world led companies to ship jobs anywhere,  and as good manufacturing jobs automated or headed offshore, workers lost their leverage; jobs paid less and offered fewer benefits,” declared President Obama.Obama stated that since 1979 the US economy has more than doubled in size, but most of the growth has laned with the fortunate few, “The top 10 percent no longer take in one-third of our income; it now takes half,” he said.Obama referring to recent studies said that growth is more fragile and recessions are more frequent in countries with greater inequality.“The opportunity gap in America is now as much about class as it is about race. And that gap is growing. So if we’re going to take on growing inequality and trying to improve upward mobility for all people, we’ve got to move beyond the false notion that this is an issue exclusively of a minority concern. And we have to reject  politics that suggests any effort to address it in a meaningful way somehow pits the interests of a deserving middle class against those of an undeserving poor in search of handouts,” added Obama.last_img read more

EE will continue to market its recently launched T

first_imgEE will continue to market its recently launched TV service independent of BT as part of the telco’s plan to keep the two brands separate “for the foreseeable future”, according to Guillaume Sampic, head of strategy at EE.Speaking at an event organised by technology company Netgem on the fringes of this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sampic said that EE is staying as a standalone proposition and that its fixed-line and mobile offerings will continue to be marketed separately as part of a mobile-centric offering – for the foreseeable future. He said that how the different brands would be positioned within BT’s wider offering was still under discussion.Sampic said that the company is interested in developing live video on-the-go as well as LTE Broadcast and developments such as the ability to live-stream from phones to the set-top box.“Our strategy has been to focus on the middle ground between pay TV and the Freeview-only market. People are downgrading from pay TV and there are also people upgrading from Freeview,” he said.EE has the biggest 4G base in the UK with about 14 million subscribers, out of a total mobile base of 27 million. The company has about one million fixed-line customers. EE launched its TV offering in November 2014.last_img read more

Canal has selected Nagras content protection sol

first_imgCanal+ has selected Nagra’s content protection solution, Nagra Connect, to secure its new 4K Ultra HD offering in France.Launched this week, the new Canal+ service offers 4K Ultra HD content via satellite broadcast and over-the-top delivery to viewers through its new G9 set-top box.The 4K offering also lets viewers access premium TV in every room, offers improved user experience performance and stability, and makes live and recorded content available on other devices via a user’s home WiFi network.Nagara Connect is part of the Nagra Security Services Platform and the partnership comes after Nagra and Canal+ Group agreed to renew and expand content protection partnership in September.“We are very excited to bring this new service to our viewers and deliver a world of high-quality content in amazing 4K Ultra HD that they can enjoy across devices,” said Philippe Rivas, CTO, distribution, at Canal+ Group.“By deploying Nagra Connect to secure our newest service, we are able to seamlessly deploy one solution on multiple networks while meeting the security requirements for high-value content.”last_img read more

It will be interesting to hear what Helicopter B

first_imgIt will be interesting to hear what “Helicopter” Ben has to say for himself…and how the precious metal markets will react, or be allowed to react.As has been the case for some time now, the gold price didn’t do a lot during the Far East trading session on Tuesday…and was down about four dollars when London opened at 8:00 a.m. BST.  From the open, the gold price rallied slowly but surely…and spiked right at the London p.m. gold fix.  From that spike high of the day [$1,650.50 spot] the gold price then got sold down immediately…and from noon onwards in New York, gold traded flat into the close of electronic trading at 5:15 p.m. Eastern time.Gold closed at $1,641.50 spot…down $3.20 on the day.  Net volume was very light…around 98,000 contracts.Silver’s price path was pretty much the same as gold’s…except for the fact that the sell off after the London p.m. gold fix took the silver price down into negative territory on the day.  The high price tick was $31.25 spot.Silver closed at $30.83 spot…down 4 cents from Monday’s close…and well off its spike high price at the fix.  Gross volume was monstrous, but once all the spreads/roll-overs out of the May contract were subtracted, the volume dropped down to a net 22,000 contracts, which is very light.The dollar index opened around the 79.35 mark in early morning trading in the Far East…and struggled to maintain that right up until minutes before 9:00 a.m. in New York.  Then, in the space of an hour, the dollar index fell 25 basis points…with its low price tick coming at precisely 10:00 a.m. in New York.  Gold and silver’s high tick of the day came about ten minutes after that.From there, the dollar index gained back a bit of its decline in rather erratic fashion…and finished down about 15 basis points on the day.The gold stocks didn’t rally much going into the London p.m. gold fix…and quickly got sold off after that.  From there they chopped around the unchanged mark for the rest of the Wednesday trading day…and the HUI finished flat, showing no change…0.00%…on the day.The silver stocks finished mixed…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up/down a tiny 0.41%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME Daily Delivery Report was another quiet one…as it will probably be for the rest of the April delivery month…as only 25 gold and 16 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Thursday.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV…and the U.S. Mint didn’t have a sales report, either.The Zürcher Kantonalbank had an updated report on their gold and silver ETFs at the end of trading last Friday.  Their gold ETF showed a small decline of 2,586 troy ounces…and their silver ETF showed a decline of only 62,761 ounces.Monday was pretty quiet over at the Comex-approved depositories as well.  They reported receiving only 38,009 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 3,002 ounces out the door.I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column…and I hope you have time to go through all of them.The entire world economy rests on the consumer; if he ever stops spending money he doesn’t have on things he doesn’t need, we’re done for. – Bill BonnerWith volume being as low as it was yesterday, I wouldn’t read too much into Tuesday’s price action in either gold or silver.  But it’s tempting to fantasize how high both silver and gold would have risen if both metals hadn’t run into a willing seller once the London gold ‘fix’ was in at 10:00 a.m. New York time.Yesterday, at the close of Comex trading at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, was the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  All of Monday’s price action in both gold…and particularly in silver…will be in this report.  Both Ted and I were speculating about how much of an improvement we would see in the Commercial net short position in silver…and if JPMorgan et al were able to trick a bunch of the technical funds into going short during Monday’s engineered price decline in that metal.  In two days we’ll have our answer.Far East price action on their Wednesday was absolutely dead.  Volumes were the lowest that I’ve ever seen in all my years of watching the overnight markets.  Gold volume, up until the London open, was under 7,000 contracts…and silver’s net volume was still well under 800 contracts thirty minutes after trading began in London!  I would guess they would be record low volumes.  And as I hit the send button on today’s missive at 5:17 a.m. Eastern time, I note that neither gold nor silver are doing much price-wise.  Although trading volumes have picked up substantially in both metals, they’re still incredibly light.It’s eerily quiet out there…and I’m not exactly sure what to make of it…and I certainly have no idea which way prices are going to go from here.  But if I was forced to bet ten bucks, I’d say that we saw the lows for both gold and silver during the Comex session on Monday.  And as I said yesterday, I wouldn’t bet the ranch on it, as a ten spot is all I would care to lose if I’m wrong.If we do go lower from here, it will have nothing to do with what’s happening in the real world of supply and demand…or the current goings-on in the fiat currency world…it will all have to do with the what ‘da boyz’ are up to.  That’s the long and the short of it.Today is the last day of the FOMC meeting…and it will be interesting to hear what “Helicopter” Ben has to say for himself…and how the precious metal markets will react, or be allowed to react to whatever he says.  So I await the Comex trading session in New York today with special interest.Before I close, I would like to remind you one last time that, starting on Friday, Casey’s spring summit…“Recovery Reality Check”…will be held in Florida. If you’re not registered to attend, you may want to purchase the complete audio collection (available in a 20-CD set and/or MP3 downloads) so you can listen at home. The faculty presenting includes David Stockman, director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan; resource investing legend Rick Rule; Casey Research Chairman Doug Casey; Harry Dent, best-selling author of The Crash Ahead; Lacy Hunt, executive VP of Hoisington Investment Management…and 26 other financial luminaries. And they are telling me if you order before the show starts on April 27th…you’ll save $100.  To learn more about the 31 financial experts and what they are presenting, you can click here…and it costs nothing to check it out.See you on Thursday. Sponsor Advertisement Complete Audio Collection Recovery Reality Check – Save $100 Now!New from the Casey Research Recovery Reality Check Summit: Listen to the insights and advice of famous fund managers John Hathaway and Lacy Hunt… former US congressman and director of the Office of Management and Budget David Stockman… Harry Dent, best-selling author of The Great Crash Ahead… resource investors Doug Casey and Rick Rule… John Williams, editor of Shadow Government Statistics… End of America creator Porter Stansberry… and many more.Get 20 hours of insights, timely investment advice, and specific stock recommendations on these information-packed audio recordings (on CD and MP3) – pre-order now and save $100 off the regular price.last_img read more

In This Issue Currencies are rallying VS the

first_imgIn This Issue. * Currencies are rallying VS the dollar. * Iron ore prices rally for two days. * China talks more RRR cuts. * Martin Weiss talks BRICS! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Let The Dovish Talk Begin. Good day.. And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! Well, no new baby news, no Luke and Lara updates, and the Cardinals broke the bats out last night. That’s about it, thank you and have a great day!   Well, there’s something else going on today, that everyone, but me, is all lathered up about, and that’s the end of the FOMC Meeting, which will have a statement by Janet Yellen in which every word, and the tone in which she said the word will be scrutinized by the markets. I usually don’t get all that “into” what they say, it’s what they do that drives me crazy. But in the end, I believe the talk will be dovish, as the Fed begins to grease the tracks for the no-move in June. Well, yesterday was quite the day for the currencies, and even Gold got into the banging on the dollar as the day went along. But that was yesterday. Overnight we’ve seen some profit taking, as the currencies have had quite a run on the dollar lately. The Aussie dollar (A$) traded over 80-cents yesterday, just a couple of weeks ago, the A$ was trading below 76-cents. The Canadian dollar / loonie a couple of weeks ago was trading with a 79-cent handle, and yesterday the loonie reached 83-cents..  So those are just a couple of examples of the currency moves, before of the past couple of weeks, before last night’s profit taking. The British pound sterling and the euro are two currencies that are adding to their gains the past couple of weeks.  But the best performer overnight is the Swedish krona, and this rally came about because the Riksbank left rates unchanged, when a rate cut was all but considered to be a done deal. You may recall that Sweden already has negative rates -.25%, but the Riksbank decided against digging the hole deeper. All the short krona trades based on the thought that a deeper hole would be dug with negative rates, had to be reversed, and that has led to a huge move for the krona overnight. We’ll get two Central Bank decisions tonight. One from the Brazilian Central Bank (BCB) and the other from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ).  I suspect that the BCB will hike rates one more time to close out this rate hike cycle and bring their internal rate to 13%… While the markets and economists are on the fence about what the RBNZ will do at their OCR Review this evening. OCR is the Official Cash Review, where interest rates will be discussed. I think the RBNZ is going to grease the tracks for what they feel is needed, a rate cut  at a future meeting. If they do, kiwi should take cover, for the selling might be harsh. The Chinese renminbi / yuan was allowed to appreciate again last night, and the renminbi is now trading below 6.12 spot. The renminbi has been bucking the trend of currencies getting weaker VS the dollar, by holding Steady Eddie, and when it came time to appreciate with the other currencies, it did so. I think this is a scenario we can count on going forward, as the Chinese want to show the IMF that the currency can be stable. I was directed to a report that was filed on Monday by a JC Collins titled: When Will China End The Dollar Peg? And it appeared on the website: www.thedailycoin.org    And while technically, it’s not correct, the renminbi / yuan is not pegged directly to the dollar, but instead to a basket of currencies of which the dollar is a part of, the thought here is about dropping the peg to the basket, although the writer refers to the basket as the “dollar” throughout the article. And in the article was something that I had not thought of. So, let me set this up for you.  I’ve told you for over a month now that China was going to make a presentation to the IMF to get the renminbi / yuan included in the Special Drawing Rights (SDRs ) that the IMF uses, that includes: dollars, euro, yen and pounds. I’ve already talked about how at this presentation the Chinese might actually disclose the true balance of their Gold reserves. But in addition to that. I was not aware that the IMF is not going to allow the renminbi to be included in SDRs if it is still pegged to the basket of currencies.  So, we could actually see the renminbi float by the end of next month! WOW! And all those naysayers out there said it would never be done! Well, if this is all on the up and up, we could well see the managed currency peg dropped, and the renminbi float. Of course that would be a managed float, the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) would still have a lot of say in the direction of the currency, but the currency could trade outside of the current bands it is required to stay within. That would inject volatility into the currency, something we’ve never really seen, although the PBOC attempted to make the renminbi more volatile last year. Just another step, although this would be a tall step and not the baby steps the Chinese have been taking since 2008 to remove the dollar as the reserve currency, and push their currency as the replacement to the dollar. Are you ready? This is going to get really exciting..  And it’s moving faster than I imagined. Gold added to its gains from the previous day yesterday, but is down $6 this morning but still above $1,200. Our metals guru, Tim Smith, sent me a link to an article on the web that explains the $22 gain in Gold on Monday. I have it here in case you want to read the whole article. http://www.cnbc.com/id/102623775 But basically, the article says the move was caused by intrigue surrounding a deal between Venezuela and Citigroup to swap $1 Billion in cash for part of the country’s Gold reserves. You know what I say to that?  I say. That’s why you have Gold! As insurance! And Venezuela , seeing their revenues falling from the Oil price shock this past year, needed some cash, so they tapped their insurance. As I told you yesterday morning, there wasn’t much data to sift through on our Tom Terrific Tuesday, but there were two data prints to look at, and so let’s go look at them!  First up was Consumer Confidence, and here the markets received a mild shock from the print, as The Consumer Confidence Index fell 6.2 points to 95.2 in April. Not that this data is at the top of everyone’s list of data the moves markets, it didn’t help the dollar any, as the green/peachback was already doing the rope-a-dope.  Next up was the S&P/ CaseShiller Home Price Index for February and here this data showed us that home prices in their 20-city home price index, rose 4.22% in February from January, and that the Home Prices rose at a faster pace.  Notice we didn’t hear anyone pull out the “bad weather” card here?  So, Home Prices are going up. good for them! Today’s U.S. Cupboard is going to give us the first print of 1st QTR GDP. Which I’ve already told you will be 1% after all revisions. Well, that’s what I think, I can’t say that it will be 1% for certain, but at this point, I’m thinking that 1% might be conservative!  And then of course the FOMC meeting this afternoon will break up after two days of “meetings”. I truly think that IF the Fed members are truly honest with themselves, they’ll admit that the economy is having problems, and this is not the time for a rate hike. To recap.  Today, it will be all about the end of the FOMC Meeting, and what Janet Yellen is going to say afterward. The currencies had their way with the dollar yesterday, and today we’re seeing some profit taking in a few currencies that have run far and fast. And then there are those that are adding to their gains, like the pound and euro. Swedish krona is the best performer overnight on the news that the Riksbank left rates unchanged, when everyone thought they would dig their negative rates hole deeper. And it is being reported that Venezuela has to tap their insurance (Gold) to replace lost revenue from the oil price shock. For What it’s Worth. The Big Boss, Frank Trotter, will from time to time send me links to articles on the German News site: Spiegel Online. And so I decided to go there myself yesterday, and when I did I found something that caught my eye, for I had seen this somewhere before, and then it hit me, that Ed Steer had highlighted the article in his letter! Great minds must think alike, eh? HA!  So, anyway, here’s a snippet or two from the article that can be read top to bottom by clicking here: http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/greek-president-pavlopoulos-rules-out-possibility-of-euro-exit-a-1030809.html Greek President Promises Repayment Of All Debt.  That’s the title of the article, and here are your snippets. “Time is running out for Greece and its international creditors. If an agreement isn’t found by June, the country will face insolvency. The new Greek president, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, has now told SPIEGEL ONLINE his views on the conflict: He rules out the possibility of a Grexit and promises that all the loans made to Greece will be paid back, but he is also critical of past austerity programs. “Some of the measures imposed on us go beyond E.U. law,” Pavlopoulos said to SPIEGEL ONLINE at his official residence in Athens. “We want to be equal members of Europe.” Among other things, the law professor feels that international lenders’ criticisms of the minimum wage and other labor rights in his country are problematic. Pavlopoulos pointed out that in Germany, too, there is a minimum standard of living. “We are not asking for anything more than for the Greek people to enjoy what Germany’s Constitutional Court considers as an established social right for the German people,” Pavlopoulos said. He also claimed that parts of the austerity programs “were not at all growth friendly, but rather would lead the Greek economy to a recessionary course.” Chuck again. You begin to feel bad for the guy right? Well, don’t!  This is what happens when you live beyond your means for years. It happens to individuals, families, cities, states, and Governments. And the realization is hell. Before I go to the Big Finish I wanted to apologize for a couple of things. 1. For not having a FWIW section the last two days. I just couldn’t find anything worth talking about. and 2. For my math lately.  The other day I said El Salvador received millions when it should have said billions for their Gold sales. I think I did that last week too with mixing millions for billions or vice versa. I don’t do any of that on purpose to make sure you’re checking me, I’m not that smart!  Currencies today 4/29/15. American Style: A$ .7990, kiwi .7695, C$ .8295, euro 1.0995, sterling 1.5365, Swiss $1.0470,  . European Style: rand 11.8665, krone 7.6245, SEK 8.4050, forint 274.65, zloty 3.6485, koruna 24.9325, RUB 51.51, yen 119.25, sing 1.3225, HKD 7.7505, INR 63.32, China 6.1169, pesos 15.27, BRL 2.9360, Dollar Index 95.97, Oil $56.73, 10-year 2.00%, Silver 16.48, Platinum $1,155.13, Palladium $776.32, and Gold. $1,207.41 That’s it for today. Well, my beloved Cardinals broke out the bats last night, which was a good thing because the other team was hitting the ball too! Well, this is day 5 of my latest home alone arrangement, and all’s well, other than this darn cold, that keeps waking me up at night. I did get a visitor last evening, my good friend Duane stopped by to see how I was doing, and then neighbor Paul came over and before long we were sitting outside talking trees, owls, hawks, and listening to the Cardinals on the radio. I knew it wouldn’t last long once the sun went down, so I didn’t fire up the outside TV, just opted for the old reliable radio. Old school.  Chuck, Rick, Duane, Paul and Kevin, sitting out back listening to the game on the little transistor radio I had. Good memories. On this day in 1945. The German Army in Italy surrenders unconditionally to the Allied Troops. So there you go!  And on this day, the World War II monument opened in Washington D.C.   So, there’s a little history for you today, this April 29th..  Ok, time to get out of your hair for today, so please go out and have a Wonderful Wednesday! Chuck Butler Managing Director EverBank Global Marketslast_img read more

The percentage of SP 500 stocks trading above the

first_img The percentage of S&P 500 stocks trading above their 200-day moving average decreased from 90% just prior to the October plunge and hasn’t returned to that level since. Today it’s hovering at 77%. To make matters worse, the number of stocks trading above their 50-day and 20-day moving average has steadily fallen. This lack of participation is a strong sign that the market might be tested in the coming weeks. In other words, things could get ugly. After plummeting last October, the S&P 500 has continued to notch new highs. That’s the good news. The bad news is that fewer stocks are participating in the advance:last_img

Last updated on July 2nd 2019 at 0911 pmFoxconn

first_imgLast updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:11 pmFoxconn Technology Group is planning to fill 30 positions related to its Gen 6 LCD manufacturing operations during recruiting events set for May 7 and May 8.Foxconn says it will begin construction of a Gen 6 LCD fabrication facility this summer. Image courtesy of Curt Waltz/Aerialscapes.comThe company announced the recruiting events Friday morning. Advanced registration is required and the company is limiting the pool to the first 300 applicants.Foxconn is hiring for a variety of positions from entry level to senior positions in categories that include manufacturing engineer, equipment technician, manufacturing associate, industrial engineer and environmental health and safety specialist. The company has said it will eventually hire 13,000 people in Wisconsin. Foxconn had 178 employees in the state at the end of 2018, falling short of the number required to receive state tax credits. The company needs more than 500 employees by the end of the year to receive tax credits for hiring in 2019.While the company’s 2017 contract with the state set out ambitious hiring goals, Foxconn has since slowed down its hiring plans while remaining committed to ultimately reaching 13,000. Racine County officials have said the first phase of manufacturing operations will employ 1,500 people.New hires will take part in a six-month training that includes travel to Foxconn facilities in Japan and Taiwan, the company said. The training will focus on advanced manufacturing technologies and operations of the company’s Gen 6 LCD manufacturing fab.A previous group of 20 hires has been in Asia for similar training for the last four months, Foxconn said.“These Wisconsin-based professionals will travel to Asia to study leading advanced manufacturing processes never before implemented in North America,” said Alan Yeung, Foxconn director of U.S. strategic initiatives. “They will bring this knowledge and experience back to Wisconsin and will be critical to our success as we continue to expand our footprint in the state.”The interview events will be held at Foxconn’s 13315 Globe Drive facility in Mount Pleasant. Registration information is available here. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

Disabled activists have expressed elation and reli

first_imgDisabled activists have expressed elation and relief at the overwhelming defeat of an assisted suicide bill in the House of Commons, but fear that another attempt to change the law may not be far away.The private members’ bill put forward by Labour MP Rob Marris, which would have legalised assisted suicide for people said to have up to six months to live, was defeated by 330 votes to 118.But there are concerns that pro-assisted suicide campaigners are already plotting their next move to try to force through legalisation, either through the courts or parliament.An almost identical bill was introduced by the Labour peer – and the party’s shadow justice secretary – Lord Falconer in the House of Lords in June.And there was also concern that almost as many Labour MPs voted in favour of the bill as voted against it, including several members of Jeremy Corbyn’s new shadow cabinet, such as Maria and Angela Eagle, Hilary Benn, Kate Green, Kerry McCarthy, Rosie Winterton and the new shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith.Disabled campaigners, many of them from the user-led grassroots group Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK), were outside the Houses of Parliament in force while MPs debated the bill inside, and they easily outnumbered supporters of the legislation.Brian Hilton, digital campaigns officer for Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, said: “When the votes were counted and it was announced the bill had been defeated, it was definitely a ‘punch the air’ moment.”The coalition has taken a formal position opposing assisted suicide, and played a key role in the campaign to oppose the bill, alongside NDY UK and Disabled People Against Cuts.Hilton said: “Our celebrations were more out of relief than triumphalism. Also, we are well aware that the spectre of assisted suicide still remains.“Sooner or later disabled people will fight for our lives, for our very existence, all over again.”He also expressed concerns about support within the Labour party for assisted suicide.Dennis Queen, an NDY UK activist, said the celebrations of disabled campaigners when they heard the result of the vote, at about 2.20pm on Friday, were “so loud that I had to put my ear defenders on”.She said she was “really elated” with the victory and believed that she and others had been “overwhelmed” by the vote’s outcome, partly because it was so “decisive”.She said: “For once I feel the MPs have listened to us. They realised that you cannot bring in a law just to bring peace of mind to non-disabled people.”She said disabled opponents of legalisation had already begun writing to the Labour party – whose new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, did not vote on the bill – to complain about Lord Falconer’s appointment as shadow justice secretary.Queen said: “We have achieved a lot this time. It really has been a massive piece of collective work. We will sit and rest [but only] for five minutes.”Deborah Caulfield, another NDY UK member who took part in the demonstration outside parliament, said: “It was just wonderful to be among so many disabled people. It felt very safe, very right.“In terms of solidarity, it felt that whatever the outcome we were going to be strong, we were there for each other.”Caulfield said there was “uproar, astonishment and spontaneous hugs” when the result of the vote was announced.She said: “I was hugely delighted, but also very proud. I felt that the campaign group, which was quite disparate, fragmented and ‘virtual’, had really achieved something fantastic, and on a shoestring compared with that lot [Dignity in Dying].“I was proud to have been a small part of it.”But she added: “I think the arguments have to continue. There is a reality that the ‘pro’ lot do not get it.“I am now in fighting mode – fighting to enlighten on the reality of disabled people’s lives in a non-emotional way.”Ruth Gould, artistic director of DaDaFest, was among those to praise the campaigning efforts of Not Dead Yet UK.In a regular newsletter to DaDaFest supporters, she said she was “delighted that the bill was overturned and with such a big majority”. She added: “My thanks and admiration go to Liz Carr and the Not Dead Yet campaign team – they have worked above and beyond to champion the rights of so many – guys you are brilliant.”Despite several attempts to ask Dignity in Dying what its immediate campaigning plans were, its press office refused to return calls from Disability News Service by 6pm this evening (Thursday).last_img read more

Tens of thousands of fitness for work benefit cl

first_imgTens of thousands of “fitness for work” benefit claims could have been decided by civil servants on evidence from assessment reports that should have been rejected because their quality was “unacceptable”, government figures suggest.The concerns about the way Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decision-makers have decided employment and support allowance (ESA) claims follow last week’s revelations about similar concerns with personal independence payment (PIP) claims.They are based on figures provided by the minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton (pictured), to Labour MP Grahame Morris.The figures* show that the proportion of work capability assessment (WCA) reports sent back to DWP contractor Maximus** because they were found to be of “unacceptable” quality – following audits of small samples of the reports – was as much as 100 times greater than the proportion sent back by DWP decision-makers when making day-to-day decisions on ESA claims.This suggests that DWP decision-makers are frequently deciding ESA claims based on “unacceptable” reports instead of sending them back to Maximus assessors to “rework”.With Newton’s figures also showing that Maximus carried out more than one million WCAs and other assessments in 2016-17, and more than 1.1 million in 2017-18 – when only 625 reports were sent back by DWP to Maximus to be reworked because they were “unacceptable” – this suggests that tens of thousands of claims could have been affected every year.DWP and Maximus yesterday (Wednesday) both denied that this was what the figures showed, with Maximus insisting that it was “inaccurate and misleading” to draw such a conclusion.But disabled activists and researchers are deeply concerned by the figures and believe they are further evidence of the unfairness of the disability benefit assessment system, and of how tens of thousands of disabled people have been wrongly denied support through the social security system.Maximus took over the WCA contract from Atos in March 2015.The figures provided by Newton show that, in 2015-16, just 0.06 per cent of assessment reports were returned by DWP to Maximus for reworking because they were of “unacceptable” quality.In 2016-17 this was 0.066 per cent (still far fewer than one in a thousand) and in 2017-18 it was just 0.056 per cent.But when senior Maximus executives appeared before the Commons work and pensions committee in December, they told MPs that the audit process showed that the proportion of “C-grade” reports – those deemed “unacceptable” by auditors – was currently 7.3 per cent, more than 100 times higher.In subsequent written evidence to the committee, Maximus told the MPs that C-grade reports were those “considered not to have met expected standards for a variety of reasons”, whereas A and B grade reports were those that were “fit for purpose” and where “a decision could be made on the case” by DWP.Last week, DNS heard from a DWP civil servant who works on the PIP “frontline”, who said that DWP case managers have strict targets for the number of PIP claims they need to process every day, are quizzed by their superiors if they miss their weekly targets and are “instructed to act on the assessor’s report, given that they are the medical experts”.This week, DNS has heard from a former DWP civil servant who worked on ESA and said she and her colleagues were also “strongly discouraged from sending back reports we felt needed to be reworked”.She said: “I was told to leave it, continue with the decision.“I was told there is probably something we don’t know about that the assessor did… so to leave it, no need to return it.”Anita Bellows, a Disabled People Against Cuts researcher, said DWP again needed to explain the discrepancies in its statistics.She said: “While the figures for reports deemed unacceptable and therefore needing ‘rework’ provided by disability assessors are low, the reports audited paint a different picture, one of disability assessors producing a huge number of unacceptable reports.“But the discrepancies show something else. Statistics on the number of unacceptable reports are being manipulated and kept artificially low.“It is unthinkable that the DWP did not notice these discrepancies. And this begs the question: how many claimants had their claim decided based on unacceptable reports?”A DWP spokeswoman denied yesterday that the figures produced by the minister showed that civil servants had for years been making ESA claim decisions on the basis of reports of an “unacceptable” quality.She said: “In order to provide the best possible service to our customers, rather than resending reports for re-work our decision-makers tend to call the health provider’s customer service desk to discuss and resolve problems they identify.“Returning assessment reports for re-work extends the length of time taken to make a decision and delays payment to our customers of the benefit rate to which they are entitled.“By discussing the case directly and immediately, issues can be solved quickly. However, in a minority of cases, this is not possible and the report needs to be returned for re-work as per our procedures.”But campaigner John Slater, whose freedom of information work has previously produced crucial data about the DWP’s disability benefit assessment contracts, said: “It’s deeply worrying that the DWP admitted decisions are sometimes made on the basis of poor medical reports plus telephone calls with the health provider’s customer service desk.“The flawed reports are not re-worked and there is every chance that no record of what is said during these telephone calls will be added to the claimant’s file.”He said this could also mean that if the claimant requested a copy of their assessment report it might not be an accurate record of the information upon which the decision was based, which he said had “clear implications for the appeals process”.A Maximus spokesman said that the latest figures from the audit process – through which DWP checks on more than 700 assessment reports a month – showed it was now meeting its target of less than five per cent of these being given a C-grade.Maximus has also met its target of more than 70 per cent of assessment reports securing an A-grade in every month since the start of the contract, he said.The Maximus spokesman said: “Since we took over the contract in March 2015, we have delivered year-on-year improvements across the service.“We have met or exceeded all of our quality targets since January 2018.“Separately, we have always exceeded the DWP’s target that over 99.5 per cent of reports comply with the department’s standards, enabling them to make a decision on ESA eligibility.“These two measures are distinct and it is inaccurate and misleading to conflate them.”*The vast majority of these assessments were WCAs but Maximus also carries out assessments for other disability benefits, including disability living allowance for under-16s and industrial injuries disablement benefit **Referred to in Newton’s answer as CHDA (the Centre for Health and Disability Assessments), which is part of Maximuslast_img read more

Staff working for a discredited benefit assessment

first_imgStaff working for a discredited benefit assessments contractor threatened to call the police after a claimant asked about the mental health qualifications of the nurse who was assessing his eligibility for personal independence payment (PIP).Atos has now launched an investigation into what happened at the assessment centre in Leeds, which saw the nurse abandon Kris Weston’s assessment after just a couple of minutes.She did not realise that Weston, a composer and trained sound engineer, had been recording the assessment.Weston began the assessment last month by telling the nurse that he had stayed up all night because of the extreme anxiety he experiences when he has to deal with institutions.He had spent three days putting together a 10-page description of his complex mental health problems – and what he says is the “continual failure to even listen to his problems by multiple institutions” – in the hope that the assessor would help him secure the financial and health support he needed.He explained that he had been unfairly described in the past as “violent” by the NHS after a telephone argument, although she told him that Atos had no record of this.She appears to have wrongly blamed the decision to refuse him a home assessment on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), when such decisions are taken by the assessment companies, Atos and Capita.The assessor can then be heard leaving the room after Weston began asking about her experience and qualifications in mental health.She told Weston that she was “not happy to sit in this room with you” because she said he had questioned her qualifications and was “being difficult for no reason”.Weston, who did not raise his voice or threaten the assessor at any point in the conversation, told her: “You seem to have had a bit of an attitude from the start, a bit of a blasé attitude.“You didn’t look at me, you didn’t say hello to me, you didn’t treat me like a human.”Despite the lack of any aggression or threats from Weston, a colleague of the assessor then told him he needed to leave the building “or we’ll call the police”, before repeating: “We’ll call the police if you don’t leave.”Weston tried to explain to Atos staff that he had “wanted to make sure that somebody understands my illness” and added: “When ill people come in you need to have compassion, not treat them with an attitude.”A third member of staff then denied that they had threatened to call the police, before a colleague said: “He’s just wanting an argument… just shut the door.”Weston told Disability News Service (DNS) this week: “It seems like an outrageous scandal that someone in the pits of despair, when they are asking for help, gets treated like this.“I am quite a complex person. I just wanted to make sure the person in front of me was able to deal with it properly and had the correct qualifications.“I was actually trying to get help. I really do want help. Mental illness help should not just be for the polite who stay quiet.”He said he had felt severely distressed and “isolated” after the assessment, but after posting the recording online he has been flooded with supportive comments on social media.He said: “The recording represents not just me, but the hundreds of stories I have heard in only a few days since I put this on the internet, all the people that have told me their awful stories that they didn’t record.“I thought my recording would stand out as abuse but it’s actually just a blip in a sea of negligence that no private company will ever fix because corporations cannot have inherent morals and no amount of legislation is going to stop them from cutting corners for profit.“The staggering scale of the problem is more than I anticipated, to say the least. This is in fact a nationwide scandal affecting our people now.“I’m not that far off being an economic and cultural asset to my country if I could just get a clear run and be understood without being beaten down over and over again and driven to despair.“This applies to a lot of people. We are holding ourselves back by keeping people in complete stress about their food, living space and other basic human needs.“Given the resources they need, people who are suffering from the system itself could actually become an asset.“After all, injecting our resources into a failing private banking system seemed to get them back on their feet.“To think the people charged with running our country could miss this economic no-brainer is breathtaking.”Asked for an explanation for what happened and whether Atos would apologise, a spokesman for the company said: “We are aware of the recording and an investigation is underway.”Weston’s experience has added to years of evidence collected by DNS and other journalists, campaigners and politicians of dishonesty, unprofessional behaviour and harsh treatment delivered to benefit claimants by Atos assessors.In one case, reported in January by DNS, an Atos nurse carrying out a PIP assessment fired questions at a disabled man’s wife while her husband was in the middle of a severe and prolonged series of epileptic seizures just a few feet away.In February, DNS reported how more than 160 Atos assessors had had at least four complaints about their behaviour, competence and honesty made against them in three-month periods in 2016.And in June, DNS reported how a doctor working for Atos told a gay disabled man she was assessing that his sexuality meant he was “defective” and that God needed to fix him like a “broken” car. 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

How to Make a Profit When Investing in Technology

first_imgImage Credit: clubpennystock.com Advertisement With so many different sectors in the stock market, it can be confusing to know which one you should focus on. Technology is a field that keeps on growing at an exceptional rate. New ideas and technological innovations spread faster than anyone can imagine with the introduction of the Internet.There are companies behind these machinery and fantastic gadgets that have brought about the rapid spread of new information in the global arena. This has led to individuals and companies shifting towards making a lucrative investment in this sector.Tech stocks are those stocks by the companies, which manufacture these innovative machines. These stocks depend on the future to assess their performance in the market. Trading in tech stocks therefore requires one to be able to foresee future trends and this is why the return on investments is not always immediate. – Advertisement – Companies that specialize in technology rely heavily on their manpower for continued innovation and value of their products. As an investor, you can never really predict the likelihood of whether the exit of significant employees of a technology company will affect the performance of the company. Therefore, once the key players leave, a considerable reduction will be left in the assets of the tech stock.To make a good judgment when investing in tech stocks, it is important to put the following factors into consideration;A Mutual Fund A fund manager who pools money from investors and makes a strategic move in investing the money received in stocks, bonds and other securities usually manages it. All the investors share the proceeds and losses equally annually.You can find an online broker and open a brokerage account whereby you will have the option to either fund it through electronic transfer or check. This will then enable you to invest in a wide range of stocks including tech stocks.Know your Investment There are so many different options in the tech-trading sector. An investor should be knowledgeable in order to make an informed decision rather than follow the trend and experience huge losses. Some of the information an investor should look for is to make sure that they understand the type of business the technology company is involved in.Having a basic knowledge of the company’s products and services is a must and their performance in the market is equally important. Do not settle for its press release, go to the facts, the numbers by checking out its financial and corporate disclosures in the exchange.Study the Market The market can be very unpredictable; studying how it operates can help prevent losses. The recommended approach when it comes to investing in tech stocks is to purchase an ETF (exchange traded fund) because it is less risky. Individual stocks are considered the most risky but the most rewarding way of investing in tech stocks.Do your research on stocks of individual companies that are performing well in the market and also think to use promotional codes for your businessWith tech stocks as with other investments, try to learn all you can to reduce or even do away with losses.last_img read more

McNair Foundation funds new center for entrepreneurship at Rices Baker Institute

first_imgAddThis ShareNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327 McNair Foundation funds new center for entrepreneurship at Rice University’s Baker InstituteHOUSTON – (Sept. 23, 2015) – The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation has provided an $8 million endowment to establish the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The Baker Institute’s new McNair Center will be the research-oriented cornerstone of a larger, nationwide consortium of McNair Foundation-funded centers devoted to entrepreneurship education.Edward Egan, left, with Edward Djerejian. Photo courtesy Mike Stravato“We are honored that Bob and Janice are making this wonderful gift to the institute,” said Secretary James A. Baker III, honorary chair of the institute. “Once again, they are displaying unique vision and commitment in the fields of business, education and philanthropy. They are outstanding friends of Rice and inspirational leaders for the city of Houston.”Entrepreneurship and innovation are critical drivers of economic growth and prosperity. The Baker Institute’s new McNair Center will develop and distribute data and conduct policy research to better understand and promote entrepreneurship and innovation. It will also provide a forum for stakeholders throughout the entrepreneurial ecosystem to debate ideas, share understanding and effect change.Serial entrepreneur Robert C. McNair Sr., best known as the founder, chairman and CEO of the Houston Texans NFL franchise, said, “This is an opportunity for us to make a real contribution to society and to help create an environment that empowers ingenuity and creativity, unleashes the productivity of private enterprise and builds sustainable economic growth.”The Baker Institute has selected Edward J. Egan, most recently an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School and the innovation policy fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, to lead the new center as its first director.“The McNair Center is truly transformational and greatly expands the capability of the Baker Institute to address the relevant and important policy challenges connected to innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth,” said  Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute. “Under the leadership of Dr. Egan, our McNair Center will develop into one of the Baker Institute’s core research centers informing national and global policymakers.”“The U.S. needs well-designed entrepreneurship and innovation policy to fire up its growth engines,” said Egan, who earned his Ph.D. in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012. “I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. McNair for their vision and incredible support and Secretary Baker and Ambassador Djerejian for the opportunity to build this important new component of the Baker Institute.”For more information about the Baker Institute’s McNair Center, go to http://bakerinstitute.org/mcnair-center.-30- Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInsitute.Follow the McNair Center via Twitter @BakerMcNair.Follow Edward Egan via Twitter @EdwardJEgan.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 10 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

Peanut allergy tolerance treatment may increase the risk of anaphylaxis

first_imgBy Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Apr 26 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Treating children who have a peanut allergy by gradually exposing them to increasing levels of peanut extract may actually increase their risk of allergic attacks, instead of inducing tolerance, warn researchers from McMaster University.The team found that efforts to desensitize children with peanut oral immunotherapy resulted in three times as many allergic reactions in the “real- world,” compared with peanut avoidance.Children who tried the desensitization method also had more severe reactions, including potentially fatal anaphylactic reactions that required administration of life-saving adrenaline.More than six million people are affected by food allergies across Europe and North America, most of whom are children. While children often grow out of the more common egg or milk allergies by the age of ten, a peanut allergy can persist into adulthood and be a lifelong problem.What is oral immunotherapy?Previous research has suggested that oral immunotherapy, where allergic children are gradually exposed to increasing levels of peanut extract, can desensitize a child to peanuts, reducing their risk of anaphylaxis.Researchers say that despite an increased risk of reactions during the initial exposure phase, the ultimate benefits could last a lifetime. Findings from a study last year provided the most convincing evidence to date that the exposure method can stop peanut ingestion triggering a fatal reaction.However, studies assessing the effectiveness of oral immunotherapy measure the treatment’s success by whether a person can pass a supervised food challenge. Dr. Derek Chu (McMaster University) and colleagues point out that this cannot serve as a predictive measure of a person’s future risk in the real world.The treatment may not work in the ‘real-world’Through the analysis of findings from 12 trials, Chu and team questioned whether the results of desensitization studies can be replicated in the real world and have raised concerns about the safety of such approaches. The research was published in The Lancet. Oral immunotherapy is an emerging experimental treatment for peanut allergy, but its benefits and harms are unclear. We systematically reviewed the efficacy and safety of oral immunotherapy versus allergen avoidance or placebo (no oral immunotherapy) for peanut allergy.”Dr. Derek Chu Safer peanut allergy treatment approaches and rigorous randomised controlled trials that evaluate patient-important outcomes are needed.”center_img The team pooled data available for more than 1,000 children (aged an average of nine years) who had participated in oral immunotherapy trials and whose progress had been followed for one year.“Our study synthesizes all randomized clinical trials comparing peanut oral immunotherapy to no immunotherapy in order to generate the highest quality evidence to inform decision-making,” says Chu.The analysis found that 22.2% of children who underwent oral immunotherapy therapy experienced anaphylactic reactions, compared with 7% who avoided exposure to peanuts.Serious allergic reactions that led to vomiting, hives, abdominal pain, wheezing and asthma were all increased, including potentially fatal attacks where life-saving adrenaline needed to be given.The findings favor avoidance of overall current forms of oral immunotherapy and suggest that children who avoid peanuts altogether have fewer attacks overall.‘More allergic and adverse reactions’Chu adds that although the exposure method can achieve the aim of desensitization, “this outcome does not translate into achieving the clinical and patient-desired aim of less allergic reactions and anaphylaxis over time.”Instead, the outcome is the opposite, he says, with “more allergic and adverse reactions with oral immunotherapy compared with avoidance or placebo.”Chu emphasizes that the study does not denounce current research into oral immunotherapy, but that the method should be more carefully considered, with improvements in safety made and measures of success being aligned with patients’ wishes.last_img read more

Study highlights disparity in providing mental health services across EU countries

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 29 2019Access to inpatient care for young people with mental health issues varies significantly across Europe, with mental health services providing up to fifty times more beds depending upon the country you live in.The UK is 18thout of 28 countries in Europe for the number of inpatient beds available per 100,000 young people, despite having the largest number of services dedicated to child and adolescent mental health.Research led by Professor Swaran Singh of Warwick Medical School has highlighted the disparity in mental health service provision across the twenty-eight EU countries. Researchers are calling for better national policies from EU countries that standardize services and improve access to mental health services for children and adolescents experiencing mental illness.The figures are among findings to be presented at an event on 29 April to mark the completion of the five-year MILESTONE project led by the University of Warwick and involving research teams in 7 other countries, which aims to improve transitions for young people from child (CAMHS) to adult mental health services across Europe.It is the first comprehensive evaluation of children’s mental health services in Europe and examines young people’s experiences in transitioning to adult mental health services for the first time.As part of the project, which received 6 million euro in funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, researchers conducted a survey of CAMHS provision in all twenty-eight countries in the EU. The survey highlighted that the number of pediatric beds available, a measure of the capacity of those services, varied significantly country to country. While Sweden had the least with 1.2 beds per 100,000 young people, Germany had the most with 64 beds per 100,000 young people – over fifty times as many.It has highlighted the lack of consistency in the management of children and young people with mental health issues across Europe with significant variations in how services are delivered. For example, the UK has a relatively low 9.4 beds per 100,000 young people, but has by far the largest number of public CAMHS (939).Mental health issues are on the rise in young people.One in ten 5 to 16 year-olds are affected by a mental health issue and 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14.For most young people, reaching the milestone birthday that marks the start of adulthood is a celebratory affair. However, for those relying on the support of CAMHS it can mean uncertainty and possibly the loss of the support that has helped them so far. In the majority of European countries, when service users reach a certain age – 18 in the UK, for example – they are no longer eligible to use children’s services and are instead moved to adult services.Related StoriesInternational study aims to more accurately describe mental health disordersState lawmakers eye federal dollars to boost mental health counseling by peersOnline training program helps managers to support employees’ mental health needsThis transition has little clarity. The findings indicate that while a number of young people move on to adult mental health services with minimal disruption, a large proportion are discharged without guidance on how to continue their support, have to take on the burden of convincing adult services to accept them, experiencing long waiting times for appointments and having to repeatedly explain their problems to different services.Warwick Medical School’s Professor Swaran Singh, Project Coordinator for the MILESTONE project, said: “The MILESTONE project is a genuine milestone in youth mental health research since for the first time it shows the nature and magnitude of the problem of transition from child to adult mental health services, something that has been often discussed but never quantified and understood in such a detailed and nuanced manner. We tried one way of bridging the transition divide through our managed transition trial. There may be other ways and perhaps the best way forward is to try a few models and test them for long term outcomes in young people with emerging mental health problems.”With around a tenth of young people likely to experience mental health issues, it’s a matter of concern that the approach to child mental health varies so dramatically across Europe. Our youth deserve better mental health care than they currently receive.”Findings from the MILESTONE project will be presented at a public dissemination event on 29 April at Church House, Westminster. Attendees will get to hear from young people and sector-leading UK and international speakers, gain a better understanding of wider issues linked with transition and discuss the next steps in shaping policy, service provision and research. It will also feature the premiere of a new short film ‘I am the Loneliness of 4am’, which captures how young people feel when they face problems accessing care at the transition boundary.Source: https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/inpatient_care_forlast_img read more

Tiny Fighting Worms Make One of the Loudest Sounds in the Ocean

first_img 13 Extremely Weird Animal Feet The 10 Strangest Animal Discoveries Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65945-tiny-worms-emit-loud-noise.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?01:09Robots to the Rescue02:27Robotic Arms关闭 Tiny, feisty worms that live off the coast of Japan fight by headbutting each other — and they aren’t quiet about it. During these feuds, the worms emit one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, according to a new study. The source of the underwater hullabaloo is a nearly transparent segmented worm called the Leocratides kimuraorum, which lives inside sponges 279 to 554 feet (85 to 169 meters) deep off the coast of Japan. [The 12 Weirdest Animal Discoveries]Advertisement These wigglies are just a tad more than an inch (29 millimeters) long and have lengthy tentacles and a big mouth (literally). These seemingly quiet creatures revealed their true nature under the spotlight in the lab. A group of researchers used an instrument called a hydrophone to record 15 pops that were emitted from three kimuraorums as they were fighting. In a marine feud researchers dub “mouth-fighting,” the worms approached each other headfirst with their mouths open. During such encounters, the worms’ pharynx muscles expand rapidly, creating a cavitation bubble that collapses and produces a loud “pop” while the worms launch into each other. The researchers found that these pops can reach 157 decibels in the water (which is a different measurement than decibels in the air). From right next to the water tank, the pops sounded like humans snapping their fingers, lead author Goto Ryutaro, an assitant professor at Kyoto University told Live Science. “Though they probably sound louder if you hear them in the water.” The worms are as loud as snapping shrimps, which are one of the biggest noisemakers in the ocean, the authors wrote. What’s more, they found that these worms did not make any noise when simply disturbed, they only did so when they were fighting. They “may use mouth-fighting to defend territory or living chambers from other worms,” the authors wrote July 8 in the journal Current Biology. “A loud pop may be a byproduct of the rapid mouth attack, but it may also aid intraspecific communication.” A loud noise could somehow determine the victor of the fight or even reveal the whereabouts of nearby worms, they wrote. Originally published on Live Science. Strange Love: 10 Animals with Truly Weird Courtship Ritualslast_img read more

3 killed in fire at Delhi factory

first_imgPublished on COMMENTS SHARE Two women and a teenager were killed in a massive fire at a two-storeyed hardware factory in Delhi on Saturday morning, police said. The blaze broke out around 9 am at the factory in Shahdara’s Jhilmil Industrial Area, which houses several industrial units, and 31 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, the Delhi Fire Services said. The blaze started from the first floor of the building and engulfed the whole structure, the police said. According to the supervisor of the factory, Pradeep, around 60 workers were present inside the factory that usually opens at around 9 in the morning. Cartons kept inside the factory, involved in manufacturing and packaging of taps, caught fire quickly and aided in the spread of the fire, he said. Pradeep said most of the workers managed to escape the factory. “But the three victims were present on the second floor and could not come downstairs as it was filled with smoke,” he said. A fire department official said five people were trapped on the second floor of the building and two of them survived. A fire personnel also sustained injuries during the rescue operation. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav said two women — Manju Devi (50), Sangeeta Devi (46) — and a youth, Shoaib Ali (19) died in incident. The victims may have died due to asphyxiation as there were no major burn injuries, the police said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the site with Industries Minister Satyendar Jain. Kejriwal said a probe would be conducted to ascertain the reason behind the incident and action would be taken against anyone not following fire norms. He announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the deceased. SHARE SHARE EMAIL July 13, 2019 fire COMMENT Fire personnel seen dousing the fire which broke out at one of the factory at the Jhilmil Industrial Area in New Delhi on Saturday, July 13, 2019. – Photo: R V Moorthylast_img read more