Bryan Monroe Sounds Off on Imus Return

first_imgAt the 2007 FOLIO: show, I met Bryan Monroe, the editorial director of Ebony and Jet magazines. His name, though, I already knew as the National Association of Black Journalists president, or, more to the point, the guy who held Viacom and NBC’s feet to the fire over the Imus/Rutgers’ women/”nappy-headed ‘hos” debacle. Since Imus’ recent return to the airwaves, I thought posting the video interview above now seemed prescient.last_img

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday February 17 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, February 17, 2019:#1) Fun Fair At Shriners AuditoriumThe Commerford Fun Fair returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) during February vacation. The Fair will be open on Saturday, February 16, 2019 (10am-7pm); Sunday, February 17, 2019 (10am-6pm); and Monday, February 18, 2019 (10am-6pm). These fairs, held year-round up and down the east coast, are a “fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family.” The fair feature rides, games, and a unique chance to interact with animals. Children 12 and under are free with coupon. Price for adults online are $10. Price for adults at the event are $18. Free children coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during the event. Rides and other vendors inside are an additional cost. For ride prices, visit www.commerfordzoo.com. Call 860-491-3421 with any questions.#2) Wilmington High Teams In ActionWHS Girls Varsity Basketball team is participating in the St. Mary’s Tournament in Lynn at 3:45pm. Te WHS Boys JV Hockey Team takes on Melrose at the Flynn Rink at 12:30pm. Members of the WHS Boys & Girls Track teams are competing in the Division IV State Meet at the Reggie Lewis Field House at 10am.#3) Catch Up On This Week’s WCTV CoverageLast week, WCTV published seven new videos, including the latest Selectmen’s Meeting, School Committee Meeting, Board of Appeals Meeting, Seth Moulton’s Town Hall event, and Joanne Benton’s Auditorium Dedication. Watch them HERE.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, February 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

B Chy suffers mild stroke

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoBikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury suffered a mild stroke early Friday, reports UNB.“Badruddoza Chowdhury suffered a minor stroke and he was advised to take a two-week full bed rest by his daughter and personal physician Shaila Sharmin Chowdhury,” said B Chowdhury’s press secretary Jahangir Alam.The BDB chief is now under best rest at his residence under the supervision of Shaila Sharmin, he said.Badruddoza Chowdhury urged the countrymen to pray for his early recovery, Jahangir Alam added.last_img

What next for Iraq as cleric Sadr heads for election win

first_imgA surprise election victory for fiery Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr appears to have shaken Iraq’s political landscape at the expense of both the Iranian and American influence in the country.The populist Shiite preacher, a firebrand who once battled US troops and now opposes Tehran, is looking to cobble together a broad technocrat coalition tasked with rooting out Iraq’s endemic corruption.But can he really sideline powerful foreign players and domestic rivals to take control?Playing by the rules?While Sadr’s unlikely Marching Towards Reform alliance with Iraq’s communists looks on course to be the biggest group in parliament — it faces many obstacles.The movement has pitched itself as a challenge to Iraq’s entrenched elite and ridden popular protests over graft to drum up support.Under article 76 of Iraq’s constitution, the right to form a government falls to the political bloc with the most seats. Sadr — who has ruled himself out of becoming PM — should be the key powerbroker and is already eyeing a coalition of around a dozen groups to reach a majority.However, with months of wrangling expected ahead, it remains far from certain that he will get the chance to realise his ambitions.At elections in 2010, the Iraqi National Movement of Ayad Allawi — loathed by Iran — scooped 91 seats to become the biggest group in parliament.But after much manoeuvring, Allawi was eventually bested by Nuri al-Maliki, as Tehran helped engineer a union between two leading Shiite blocs to give him more seats.Cutting foreign influence?Strengthened by his apparent victory in Saturday’s polls, black-turbaned Sadr could now push his nationalist agenda that has seen him pledge to curb foreign meddling in Iraq.After the 2003 invasion, his militia battled US forces. He is now calling for the latest deployment of American troops to leave following last year’s defeat of the Islamic State group.While his family of religious scholars historically has close ties with the Islamic revolutionaries in Iran and he spent years living there, Sadr has now fallen out with Tehran and wants its overbearing influence slashed.In a sign that he is angling to chart a different course, he visited regional Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia last year, as Tehran’s rival seeks to play a greater role in Iraq.Sadr faces a difficult act to herd together enough groups from across Iraq’s fragmented political spectrum to form a government.He has extended a hand to a wide spread of parties — including the bloc of current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that lies in third place according to latest results.Whether he can convince Abadi — a key member of the establishment Dawa party that has dominated Iraq for years — to turn his back on his former stablemates and team up remains a major question.Abadi — who came to power in 2014 as IS rampaged across Iraq — has balanced off the US and Iran during his time at the helm. On Tuesday, the prime minister called Sadr to congratulate him for the election victory, the cleric’s office said.Sadr for now appears to be ruling out an alliance with two other powerful forces inside Iraq: the Iran-backed Conquest Alliance of former anti-IS paramilitary fighters and ex-premier Maliki.Iran manoeuvres?Any attempt to form a government that would threaten the influence Iran has built up in the 15 years since the fall of Saddam Hussein looks certain to face opposition from Tehran.Iraq’s larger neighbour to the east has major leverage over many of the top Shiite politicians and it already seems like it may be looking to block Sadr’s path to power.Political sources told AFP that two meetings have been held under Iranian guidance to bring together several political blocs.According to a participant, the aim has been to unite Abadi and Maliki — bitter foes despite coming from the same Dawa party — alongside the Conquest Alliance, which looks set to come second in the election.The initiative could trump Sadr’s own coalition-building efforts but it risks angering the cleric’s supporters who are yearning for a clampdown on corruption among establishment figures.last_img read more

All the Easter bombers either killed or arrested SL police chief

first_imgSri Lankan security personnel stand guard in front of St Anthony`s Shrine two days after it was attacked as part of a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels, in Colombo on 23 April 2019. Photo: AFPSri Lankan security authorities have either killed or arrested all the jihadists responsible for the Easter suicide bombings that left 257 people dead, police chief Chandana Wickramaratne said Tuesday.Police have accounted for every individual involved in the April 21 attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels, Wickramaratne said in an audio statement.”All those who organised and carried out the suicide bomb attack have died or is in our custody,” he said.”The two bomb experts of the group have been killed. We have seized the explosives they had stored for future attacks.”Wickramaratne, who was named acting police chief last week after President Maithripala Sirisena suspended his predecessor over his failure to act on warnings about the attacks, said public life was slowly returning to normal with the lifting of curfews imposed after the bombs.The government reopened public schools on Monday, but attendance dropped to below 10 percent in many places with parents still fearing attacks.”We have strengthened security for all schools,” the police chief said. “We are also conducting a programme to create awareness about safety and security in all schools.”Wickramaratne did not say how many people were in custody over the bombings, but police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said Monday that 73 people, including nine women, were being held.The bombings were blamed on a local group, the national Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), but the Islamic State group has also claimed responsibility.Police said religious tensions have eased at Negombo, a town north of Colombo that suffered the highest death toll in the Easter Sunday attacks. A bomb at St Sebastian’s church in the town killed more than 100 worshippers.Dozens of Muslim-owned businesses, homes and vehicles in Negombo were damaged in clashes on Sunday night.The Roman Catholic Church appealed for calm and urged Christians not to carry our revenge attacks against Muslims.Police said two arrests were made and more suspects had been identified through CCTV footage.last_img

Spacewalking Astronauts Tackle Battery Work Outside Station

first_imgAstronauts are taking a spacewalk to hook up fancy new batteries on the International Space Station’s sprawling power grid.Commander Shane Kimbrough  and Peggy Whitson ventured out Friday morning. It’s the first of two spacewalks over the coming week to energize the station’s aging solar power system.Flight controllers have already completed much of the work. Using station robotics, controllers in Houston spent the past week replacing decade-old, nickel-hydrogen batteries with better charging lithium-ion ones. Handling all those batteries — each about half a refrigerator in size — was cumbersome and time-consuming.Now it’s up to Kimbrough and Whitson to wire up the three new lithium-ion batteries, delivered last month. Spacewalkers will plug in three more next Friday.Whitson now ties the record for most spacewalks by a woman.A #spacewalk is actually more of a climb, as astronauts use their hands to move about the outside of @Space_Station: https://t.co/apbFNC2Ix1 pic.twitter.com/JqbFtWpv3u— NASA (@NASA) January 6, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

Heres How Translators Are Helping Harvey Evacuees

first_img Share KUTJose Guerrero walks around with his parrot at the Delco Center for Harvey evacuees in Austin.Thousands of people are finding their way to dry blankets and warm socks in shelters all across Texas. Dallas expects to host as many as 10,000 people fleeing Harvey; in Austin, as many as 7,000. Donations keep trickling in.But there’s one big need that’s still out there: multi-lingual volunteers.Walking into the Delco Center – one of Austin’s shelters for Harvey evacuees – you might remember that Houston was recently dubbed the most diverse city in America. A little less than half the people there speak a language other than English.Many are bilingual like much the rest of Texas. But not all.“I would certainly encourage [people] out there, if they are bilingual or trilingual, to certainly volunteer,” says Geof Sloan of the Red Cross.Tuesday morning there were no Spanish-speaking volunteers at the shelter. But, Sloan says, one of the evacuees from Freeport rose to the challenge.“Anything I can do to help, just let me know,” says Maria Villagomez. “You also need a lot of help, and helping each other is a great idea.”Also at the shelter was Jose Guerrero. Walking around with the family’s yellow- and-green parrot on his shoulder, he was hard to miss.At the time, he was on the phone with his sisters. They were still trapped in Richmond, Texas.Guerrero says leaving Richmond in the middle of a disaster – and finding answers to his questions when he doesn’t speak English – has been tough.Forty-seven-year-old Guerrero was born in Mexico and has been in the U.S. since he was 15. He’s been here much longer than he ever was in his home country. He’s a naturalized American, but he’s never been able to learn how to speak English.“I’m a little mad with myself that I don’t speak English,” he says in Spanish. “I don’t know what to tell you. Have I been lazy to learn? I’m a gardener. Have I worked too much and haven’t had time to go to school? I just don’t know.”Later that day, a bilingual volunteer arrived at the shelter. Maribel Canizales does IT work for the state comptroller’s office, but took the week off to work for the Red Cross.Immediately after she arrived, a family of Spanish speakers showed up. The mother asked if there were any showers available and Canizales walked the family to the showers, asking what else they needed: Shampoo? Socks?The adults were clearly shaken. As Canizales led them through the center, she casually put her arms around the mom.So what does it means to someone when somebody speaks their language? “There’s a connection … it makes them feel at home,” Canizales says, crying. “I want those people to feel at home, comfortable and welcomed.”Canizales is originally from Laredo. She gets emotional because, as a child, she was told not to speak Spanish.“When I came to Austin, it was very segregated back in the 70’s,” she says. “We were not very welcomed with our language, and so we were encouraged to speak English. And so, I kept up on the side with my native language, Spanish.”Today, anyone who’s been keeping up with a language other than English is encouraged to fill out a volunteer application and complete the training for the Red Cross. People who speak languages from India, Europe and Asia are needed too.Copyright 2017 KUT 90.5. To see more, visit KUT 90.5.last_img read more

YouTube Robotics Creator Simone Giertz Reveals She Has a Brain Tumor

first_img“This is not a goodbye,” she said. “I’m planning on becoming super-healthy, and being able to keep on building shitty robots and making videos for you.” Giertz, who got emotional in the video, also expressed gratitude for the support of her fans, as well as her family, friends and business team.The 27-year-old’s YouTube bio says she’s “Swedish but sound[s] American just to confuse you.” She currently has 982,000 subscribers to her channel on YouTube, which she joined in March 2013. In her most popular video, with 7.5 million views to date, she documents spending 48 hours locked in her bathroom to prove she could endure a mission to space; the video was sponsored by Google’s Making & Science Initiative.According to her LinkedIn bio, Giertz briefly attended Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, where she studied physics, and worked as an editor at the Swedish Institute.Watch the full video below, or at this link: ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Simone Giertz, a popular YouTuber with nearly 1 million subscribers who specializes in building robots, said in a video Monday that she has been diagnosed with a substantial brain tumor that will require surgery.In the video, she said she has had a swollen right eyelid for about a year. After feeling pain in her eye recently, she had an MRI scan last week — which revealed a tumor about the size of a golf ball. “I don’t even like golf, but I do like my brain, a lot,” she said in the video, with her trademark deadpan humor.Giertz said she will need to undergo extensive brain surgery, which is scheduled for the end of May. “The good news is that I’m probably not dying,” she said. According to Giertz, the tumor appears benign but said that her full prognosis won’t be known until after her operation. She plans to post updates on Twitter and Instagram about her status.last_img read more

Catalan broadcaster Mediapro has begun broadcastin

first_imgCatalan broadcaster Mediapro has begun broadcasting its new free-to-air sports channel Gol.The channel, which takes the digital-terrestrial frequency previously occupied by Veo TV, owned by Unidad Editorial, will offer a mix of football, tennis, athletics, motorsports, table tennis, basketball, wresting and extreme sports.The channel is kicking off with coverage of the under-18s football world championship, the DTM German motorsports event and European beach volleyball.last_img

In This Issue   Jobs Jamboree disappoints  

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Jobs Jamboree disappoints. *  A data void this week in the U.S. *  RBA, ECB, BOE and BOJ all meet this week. *  Production needed to cover shorts in metals. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Another False Dawn In Treasuries. Good Day! .  And a Marvelous Monday to you! I’ll start the day with a GREAT BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to granddaughter, Delaney Grace! Little d as I call her, was the queen of the day on Saturday, as family celebrated her birthday. She turns 7 today, going on 17!  It sure does seem that kids grow up fast these days. She is so darling, and smart! So, Happy Birthday little d! Delaney doesn’t read the Pfennig. yet, that is. but her mom, my darling daughter Dawn, reads the first and last paragraphs, so hopefully the two of them get a kick out of this!  I’m usually on vacation during her birthday, but we went a little earlier this year. Speaking of going a little earlier. That move in Treasuries last week that saw the 10-year yield fall to 2.42% from 2.59%, was a false dawn. Geez Louise, how many of those have there been in the past 2 years?  Quite a few, I must say! The 10-year yield is back down to 2.49% this morning, and U.S. stocks, as measured by the Dow Jones, have given up all the gains they had booked so far this year. What’s going on here? Ahhh grasshopper. come, sit, and listen to a story of confusion for the markets. Confusion as to what to believe. One day it’s a belief that the economy is on the mend and happy days are here again, and then the next day it’s a belief that there is no economic recovery, or what we have is merely nascent. Well, last week was all about the data and Fed meeting in the U.S. and this week, the U.S. will take a backseat and let the countries around the will  take their place in the  driver’s seat. Ooh, Driver’s Seat.  (That’s for you Nick!) Yes, there are some minor data prints in the U.S. this week, but the meat can be found in the Central Bank decisions of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), The European Central Bank (ECB), The Bank of England (BOE) and the Bank of Japan (BOJ), then sprinkle in some major data prints like: Employment reports from Australia and Canada (Thursday and Friday). Speaking of Canada. The sentiment for the Canadian dollar / loonie really shifted last week to a negative stance. And I’m at a loss as to why, except that May GDP just met expectations. There were some thoughts, mine included that this May report would show the Canadian economy breaking out of its doldrums. But even with all the negativity that came through toward the loonie last week, the IMM Futures Positions showed a small net long position still in loonies, so some traders are not giving up just yet. I think that this week’s employment report will be the starting point of better times in the Canadian economy, and that should be good for the loonie! And In Australia. The Aussie dollar (A$) is basically flat this morning, after rallying on Friday, after the Jobs Jamboree in the U.S. results were not the “moon shot” some were predicting. I’ll get to the Jobs Jamboree in a minute, but first, we should see some volatility  this week given the RBA meeting  tonight and the Aussie Employment report on Thursday. I expect the RBA to remain steady Eddie at the wheel, and keep their neutral bias, and talk about how they want to watch this “period of stability”. As long as they don’t go spouting off about the strength of the currency, the A$ should be good to go on the RBA tonight, and I expect the Employment Report to show some small gains in jobs. So, nothing that would get you all lathered up here, but. this is exactly the kind of week the A$ needs! Alrighty then. The Jobs Jamboree in the U.S. was interesting. 209,000 jobs were added, and the Unemployment Rate inched higher to 6.2%… Strange eh? Yes, indeed it was. But when you have all the “adjustments” that are made each month, who knows what the actual number really is? I mean, other than John Williams over at Shadowstats.com, who goes back to 1980 before all the adjustments began, and he says that the Unemployment Rate is really 23.2%…   And then we must point out that 80,000 jobs were added to the 209,000 by the BLS out of thin air. That marks 620,000 jobs added by the BLS in the past 4 months. The three components I prefer to view in the Jobs Jamboree are: The Avg. Hourly Earnings, which saw no gain in July, keeping the year on year gain to 2%… The Avg. Weekly Hours Worked, which remained steady at 34.5, and the Labor Force Participation Rate, which inched up to 62.9% from 62.8%…     There’s nothing here folks. And since I don’t really get all caught up in the jobs numbers since they are so “adjusted”, this is where I look for signs the economy is taking off. Well, it may be taking off, but not in a good sense, more like taking the year off! There was other data on Friday, so we might as well address it here before we go any further. Two of my fave prints, Personal Spending and Income for June printed, and both showed .4% gains in the month, so we spent what we made. The U.S. Market Manufacturing Index slipped in July to 55.8 from 56.5, but still well above 50 (you know the line in the sand between contraction and expansion), and the U. of Michigan Consumer Confidence index remained high at 81.8 in July.    So, if you honestly sat down and looked at all this stuff for July, you would come away scratching your head, and wondering what all the buzz has been about.  At least that’s what I’m doing! Now, back to “other stuff”. I know that data stuff can drive you crazy with boredom, so I try to keep to a minimum, but there are days. So. I told you above that the ECB will meet this week, and given all the stuff they threw at us in the June meeting, there are still those that believe there’s more work to be done by the ECB, and that they should follow up their June meeting bombshell with another right now.  But I’m not one of those, and apparently traders seem to think like me on this right now. And that thought is simply that the ECB is in a wait-n-see mode, as they’ll want to see how the stuff they did in June works its way through the economy of the Eurozone. And that’s even taking into consideration that Eurozone inflation dropped to .4% in June.  So, the euro should remain around where it is today, 1.3425. Now, that doesn’t sound very exciting, Chuck. How do you expect investors to get excited about doing something when you talk about the offset currency to the dollar remaining steady this week? Ahhh, grasshoppers you have to have relative calm before you can get back to feeling good about a currency again, and when the rug was pulled out from the euro last week, this rally back has been a good thing, now a base forms this week, and we move on.   So, there! The Brazilian real, which got caught up in the selling of the High Yielders last week, saw some love on Friday and overnight as the latest poll in Brazil shows the current administration’s support is slipping. A lot of the real’s gains in the past year have been directly related to the yield differential it enjoys VS the dollar, yen and euro, and then the rest has been related to the hopes that the current administration is thrown out of office in the next election later this year. I will say that the Rousseff administration hasn’t been good for the real, so changing horses in the middle of the stream might just be the thing the real needs! Not much going on data wise, and news wise in China this past weekend, as usually that’s when China likes to print data. But not his past weekend. The Chinese did allow an appreciation of the renminbi / yuan last night, the first one in over a week. I had a dear reader send me a note and ask me for a list of the countries that have removed the dollar from their terms of transactions with China. Whew! That will be a long list! But the point here for you dear reader is that just because there’s no news from China, doesn’t mean the Chinese aren’t continuing their efforts to remove the dollar as the reserve currency.  Two of my fave currencies over the years, have really been disappointing this year. The Norwegian krone and Swedish krona. It just shows to go you that when you’re a peripheral country and not a “major” that you can get lost in the shuffle, no matter how good and strong your fiscal position is, compared to everyone else these days! I would have to say if anything, that nothing fundamentally has changed with these two countries, and therefore, this disappointing performance this year, may be scaring away investors, but. Don’t you like bargain basement prices for things? Come on! Everyone likes a “deal”!  2014, has been a year of starts and stops in all the asset classes. I was telling the Big Boss, Frank Trotter last week, that every day I wake up and think that when I get here, this year will have been a dream, and everything will be right on the night again. You know, sort of like going to the refrigerator over and over again, each time thinking that something new to eat materialized! HA!  Speaking of that. in my best Andy Rooney voice: Have you ever wondered why people do that? Gold is flat today, after rallying and then giving the gains back only to rally again on Friday. Gold made it all the way to 1,300, but then gave it back. Couldn’t stand the prosperity, I guess. There was a new story out this weekend that Hedge Funds were cutting their bullish bets on Gold again. Recall that a month or so ago, the reports were that the Hedge Funds were adding to bets on Gold.  I told you then that while that might be good in the short term, that when these guys decide to bail, the cut is quick and deep. I was reading Ed Steer’s letter on Saturday, and saw something that he had printed from a reader, that showed how many days it would take of production to cover the short positions in each metal. The chart was from the World Gold Charts.com  and shows that it would take 160 days of production to cover the short positions held by the largest 8 dealers. 130 days for Platinum, and 120 days for Palladium. Believe it or don’t, but it would only take 70 days to cover the Gold short positions.  So, you can talk about this that and the other things that keep these metals in check, this is the biggest nut to crack. The paper short positions. For What it’s Worth. Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. You couldn’t very well, continue to gain on top of gains and on top of those gains year after year. And so it was with Chinese gold jewelry demand. Here’s the story that appeared on Reuters.”Chinese gold jewelry demand fell for the first time in eight years in the second quarter and could drop as much as 20 percent in the full year, a leading precious metals consultancy said. Many Chinese jewelry makers saw a 40-60 percent drop in gold fabrication in the second quarter, Sara Zhao, a GFMS analyst at Thomson Reuters, told the Reuters Global Gold Forum on Thursday. Other industry sources also said higher gold prices and a weaker yuan are weighing on demand, and fresh buying has also been tempered by last year’s record purchases. Jewelry demand – the biggest segment of Chinese gold consumption – fell significantly in the April-June period, the first year-on-year drop since the second quarter of 2006, Zhao said.” Chuck again. As I said above it was bound to happen eventually. nothing to worry about.  To recap… The Jobs Jamboree was modest on Friday, and left the rate hike campers with a foul taste. There are quite a few Central Bank meetings this week and some employment reports in Australia and Canada to view. No major data in the U.S. this week, so it’s all about the other countries this week. Currencies today 8/4/14. American Style: A$ .9315, kiwi .8510, C$ .9155, euro 1.3420, sterling 1.6830, Swiss $1.1030, . European Style: rand 10.6850, krone 6.2860, SEK 6.8950, forint 233.35, zloty 3.1080, koruna 20.6080, RUB 35.77, yen 102.60, sing 1.2465, HKD 7.7500, INR 60.93, China 6.1661, pesos 13.18, BRL 2.2570, Dollar Index 81.37, Oil $98.12, 10-year 2.49%, Silver $20.38, Platinum $1,463.31, Palladium $863.80, and Gold. $1,292.73 That’s it for today. I don’t know what happened in the spacing in the letter today, suddenly there was spacing, where there wasn’t before. Isn’t technology fun?  Well, there’s an interesting thing about August 2014. We will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. I’m told that this only happens every 823 years! The Chinese call it “Silver Pockets Full”. So we have that going for us! Cardinals take 2 of 3 from the Brewers and move to within 1 game of the Brew Crew, and the NFL started last night with the first exhibition game, which are about as exciting as another trip to the refrigerator! Our metals guru, Tim Smith is back from vacation today, and Jen is gone. Like ships passing in the night! I was sure glad Jen didn’t need my help last week, and I hope that remains the same for Tim this week! HA!  I’ll leave you with a funny thought, thinking about help. If half of us are here to help others. What are the others here for?  HAHAHAHAHA  I hope you have a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

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first_img https://twitter.com/MarinKatusa/status/575367058436677633 Refinery utilization has increased to 92% from 86% in March First, this week’s edition of The Raw Deal has many treats in it, so make sure you give yourself enough time to go through it all.  Also, make sure you whitelist The Raw Deal in your email settings, as next week’s issue will most likely be one of the most controversial pieces I’ve ever written. You definitely won’t want to miss it. The number-one question I get asked numerous times a day is, “Are you bullish or bearish on oil?” So let’s bring up the some of the main arguments for and against a move in the price of oil. Spring breakup in Canada, Russia, and North Bakken Midland 55.45 Global Crude Prices $USD Refinery Runs Bull: The latest Petroleum Status Report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed refinery crude oil inputs increasing by 283,000 barrels per day from a week prior. The increased crude oil runs is a strong bull case for a higher oil price. As refiners come off seasonal maintenance in April 2015, 1 million barrels per day of oil can be added to refining capacity from the lows at the end of February 2015. If oil production growth continues to remain stagnant over the next few months, refiners can add to increased domestic demand, which will put upward pressure on West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices. Bear Case for Oil Western Canadian Select         44.72 Also, the range that makes up a type curve isn’t represented; and since not all wells are the same, the type curve should not be used as the absolute benchmark. So while the junior E&P company’s first well had an IP30 of 50 boe/d, the next two may come in at 120 boe/d and push the company’s average production closer to 100 boe/d. Expecting every single well to come online at what the type curve depicts is unrealistic, and a company can be unfairly punished or awarded by that attitude. The Casey energy team has been able to identify which E&P companies have the potential to either beat or underperform their type curves. With detailed analysis of companies around certain formations, we’ve been able to identify which companies have serious potential and which ones are simply hype. Stay ahead of the curve and check out the Casey Energy Report for a free three–month trial. Bull Case for Oil Russian Urals 57.61 K-Man’s Fave Tweets: A lot of my readers are like Doug Casey and don’t follow me on Twitter. If you want to follow me, by all means do so: my Twitter handle is marinkatusa. I post my take on the resource markets daily, as well as interesting developments and other tweets are just to make my followers smile. Here are three of my tweets that many people enjoyed. I’ll also post some of my favorite tweets from others I follow. Iran will add 1 million bopd to the international markets Storage Additions Bear: Even though production is slowing and refiners are coming online, the demand from US refiners has yet to make net withdrawals from US onshore crude oil storage supply. Remember that we’re still at an 80-year high for crude oil storage at 483.7 million barrels. The storage story has been mixed, with week-over-week decreases and increases. If demand continues to pick up, storage will need to see significant weekly withdrawals to warrant a long-term positive outlook for WTI prices. Bakken 51.2 The fracklog adds to untapped storage supplies underground Send Me Feedback Regarding The Raw Deal We’re in the age of connection, and I encourage all my readers to contact me with comments, suggestions, etc. Please send me a note at info@caseyresearch.com with your feedback or questions. This comment from my buddy Dennis Miller in reference to last week’s The Raw Deal is worth sharing with all, in my opinioin: Marin, I loved this article and analysis. In the article, you mentioned the oil industry has tried to stay away from government. I have some insights as to why that you can verify with some old-timers. At one time, the oil industry and government were hand in glove. They had all kind of breaks like depletion allowances, etc. During the Carter years, we had a shortage, and the industry could not meet the supply needs they had contractually committed to. Here are some of the things they did. 1. They unilaterally voided all client supply agreements and went on “allocation.” “If you don’t like it, sue us, and you won’t get any product at all!” 2. Allocation was not fair. XXXXXX was a client of mine, and they cut off all slow-paying customers and customers who had pissed off some executive years ago, and the allocation formula was constantly changed based on who bitched the loudest to his member of Congress. Rules came down from the top to favor this company versus that one kind of thing. At the same time, the local sales team could pull shit too and reward their friends and hurt their friends’ competitors. 3. XXXXXX fired the bulk of their sales force. The few who remained were jerked around like I have never seen before. Longtime industry expert on marine lubrication in Louisiana was told, “If you want a job, you must be in Kansas City in two weeks, and you are now selling asphalt.” JR Ewing was alive and well. 4. Their product line and mix was changed unilaterally. I had a small plane that ran on 80 octane aviation fuel. Our local airport was told they could not get it anymore, but they could get plenty of 100 octane at double the price. They cut the barrel differently into everything thing they could make high margins on and raise prices even further. 5. I sat in a meeting where the VP of sales at XXXXXX told his sales force their goal was to get every penny of possible profit out of every ounce of hydrocarbon regardless of what it takes. 6. I called on some franchised XXXXXX dealers (with the local sales rep) where XXXXXX owned the building and the operator leased it along with the franchise. This was before the days of convenience stores (which by the way I suggested to XXXXXX and they told me I was full of shit. A marketing guy was in the meeting, and six months later, the first one was born in Houston). The code was TBA: tires, batteries, and accessories. They had a big tire promotion, and the salesman told the dealer (whose shelves were already full of tires he could not sell) that he needed to buy 100 more because his lease was coming up for renewal and there was no guarantee they would renew it. They did not much give a shit if their dealers made a profit. 7. Their agricultural business had always placed tanks on the farmers’ facilities and supplied them with truck delivery regularly. They demanded that all their customers buy the tanks at current retail value, even though some were 20 years old and had been written off long ago. If you didn’t do that, you got no product. Their asset sales were huge because they forced their customers into buying them. Soooo, the bottom line was the arrogant greed of the entire industry pissed off the public, and then Congress, and there was a huge backlash. I think they passed something like an “excess profits tax” and things like that to slap down the industry. It was basically a falling out between the government and the oil industry, which seems to have remained today. It was complicated later with all the environmental stuff which made it politically popular to go after big oil. I have never seen an industry that treated their people and customers so ruthlessly. I found your article really interesting because now big oil needs help and politically it might make sense to help them. Have a great weekend, Dennis Until next time, Marin Katusa Chief Energy Investment Strategist CASEY RESEARCH Energy Division https://twitter.com/MarinKatusa/status/577536359872667648 Yet to have a week of net oil withdrawals from US onshore storage On October 9, 2014, Manitok released news that it had drilled and produced from the Basal Quartz formation with an initial production rate of 367 boe/d. That sent the stock up for the next two days as investors absorbed the news. For pure exploration and production (E&P) companies, beating the type curve is important to boost their stock prices. At the point of a type curve beat, investors can choose to take money off the table and enjoy their spoils or bet that the company can continue to beat the averages and settle in for a thrilling ride. Another emerging use for the type curve is to display the benefits of enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Enhanced oil recovery techniques are used to increase access to existing reservoirs. This means going into already drilled wells and squeezing out more oil. Oil companies are focusing more on EORs than drilling because the current oil environment has forced them to become more efficient. In the Hardy Bakken, water floods are often utilized to increase oil recovery. It’s the process of injecting water into the oil reservoir to increase pressure and stimulate production. Spring Breakup Bull: Spring breakup is mainly a thing in northern countries; it affects many Canadian drilling operations in Alberta and Saskatchewan, as it does in many parts of Russia. In the winter, the frost on the ground hardens it, which makes the surface very stable for drilling and transport. During the spring, the frost melts and the ground becomes soft, and thus the drilling and logistics become very difficult. We keep in contact with many Canadian producers and have been informed that drilling will likely resume in late May and early June 2015. In the meantime, natural declines in wells will likely slow Canadian crude oil production for the next couple of months, adding to reduced supply and higher WTI prices. Phantom Wells/Fracklog Bear: The 3,000-well fracklog drilled by US shale producers hasn’t gone anywhere, and net withdrawals for storage have yet to come to fruition. In the previous edition of The Raw Deal, I mentioned that 150 wells are likely to come online in North Dakota alone because of state regulations on abandoned wells. This means that in North Dakota, 37,500 barrels could be added to production as we enter June 2015, as all producers need to do is drill and frack their phantom wells. Once prices increase to economic levels of production, shale drilling companies are likely to dip into their fracklog inventory and keep WTI prices low for longer. Non-US Shale Producers Bear: The tables seemed to be turning as OPEC countries continue to defend their market share in Asia and Europe by increasing production by 811,800 barrels per day at the end of March 2015, according to primary sources. Saudi Arabia itself added 658,800 barrels per day to bring its production to 10.3 million barrels per day, its highest level in three decades. Iraq has fully restored its production back to 3.63 million barrels per day. OPEC added the equivalent of 75% of total Bakken production in North Dakota, which highlights a frustrating market dynamic between world oil supplies that will keep global oil prices low unless OPEC cuts production at its June 2015 meeting. On April 2, 2015, Iran and the P5 +1 world powers reached a tentative deal on Iran’s nuclear program that would see Iran’s nuclear capacity greatly decrease, and would increase strict monitoring of its nuclear facilities. The final settlement for the deal will be on June 30, 2015 and will likely be accepted by all parties. Although Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has taken a hard line on immediately lifting sanctions, there will likely be some compromise on both sides. If the US Congress is unable to pass the lifting of sanctions and break the nuclear agreement between Iran and the six superpowers, the world will not make US Congressional politics an issue. China, Russia, Germany, the UK, and France will likely lift their countries’ sanctions, and 30 million barrels of Iranian crude will immediately flood the market. As time passes, Iran will add another 500,000–1 million barrels of oil per day as the lifting of sanctions increases Iran’s production capacity. Did you like this missive? If So, Then You Will Love Making Money from the Shale Revolution 2.0. The current energy markets are volatile, but a speculator must use volatility to his own advantage to build positions in companies that have suffered as a result of the current market correction. I follow a very disciplined approach and use very advanced mathematics and technical knowledge to position myself in the best energy companies. If you’re looking for in-depth research, experience, and exposure to my vast network in the resource sector, then you may want to pay attention to what I’m doing. If you believe that in order to be successful in the resource sector, one must be a contrarian—as I do—now is the time to become engaged. Come see what I’m doing with my own money. You’ll get access to every Casey Energy Report newsletter I’ve written in the last decade. I reveal which companies will be best situated to make their shareholders money in the current depressed energy market. It’s all available right here. I can’t make the trade for you, but I can help you help yourself. I’m making big bets—are you ready to step up and join me? K-Man’s Resource Financial Tip of the Week: The Production Type Curve If you’ve speculated on an oil well, you’ve been where we all have: A company has drilled a well, and we eagerly wait for production results. Will it be a gusher or a duster? The news is finally released, and the headline proudly states that the company is now producing oil… and the stock falls. What happened? How do companies and investors know how much oil is actually good? After all, an oil well in Alberta won’t be the same as one in Iraq. One tool that helps moderate these expectations is something called the “production type curve.” The production type curve is the production profile of a well located in a specific oil play. To simplify things, it’s essentially the average production rates of all the wells in an area for a specific amount of time: the more wells, the better the representation. They often include well economics, which further temper expectations and are used to compare different oil plays. Let’s look at the type curve of wells in the Hardy Bakken in southeast Saskatchewan. Edmonton Par 54.43 Condensate 57.11 https://twitter.com/MarinKatusa/status/572842055925411842 US onshore oil production has topped out at 9.42 million bopd Brent 63.32 Oman 60.9 OPEC increasing production by record amounts (75% of Bakken added this past month) With the application of water floods, the estimated ultimate recovery of a Hardy Bakken well increases 67%, from 150,000 to 250,000 barrels. The operator gets almost as much oil as drilling another well but at a significantly cheaper price. It’s no wonder that production continues to increase when rig counts have been decreasing. The shift to EOR allows operators to stay afloat in even the most hostile oil environments. There are different EOR techniques for different oil deposits, and as mentioned earlier, companies are focusing more on EOR as oil prices continue to decline, especially in the US shale plays. Operators are becoming more innovative—anything to shave additional operation costs and to get the “most for their buck.” One company that we cover in the Casey Energy Report has led the pack in EOR innovation and has the most prolific acreage in North America to apply it to. It’s poised to grow even at $50 oil and leveraged to skyrocket at any sign of recovery. Click here to find out which company that is. The type curve is widely used, but it does come with some limitations. First, the people who utilize it are at the mercy of the company’s assumptions. For its type curve, the company used an oil price of $95.00. Oil is now at $55.00/bbl, so the economics of the well are now unrealistic, making charts like this that accompany a type curve irrelevant: Source: PDM, Casey Research For an average cost of $3.5 million, companies that drill in the Hardy Bakken can expect wells in to yield anywhere from 109,000 to 172,800 barrels of oil equivalent for an internal rate of return of 21%–43%. To come back to our first example, let’s say it was a junior explorer and producer that acquired some acreage in the Hardy Bakken play and dropped around $3.5 million to drill its first well. In much anticipation, the company finally releases its initial production rate over 30 days (IP30 rate), which came in at 50 boe/d. While many wells in the Hardy Bakken will have an IP30 in that range, according to the type curve, the average first-year production rate is closer to 100–110 boe/d. Obviously the lower production rate means less oil, and less oil means a lower stock price. Cue the selling. Now let’s look at a Manitok Energy (MEI.V) as a real-life example, to really pound the concept home. Manitok drills the Cardium and Manville group in the central plains of Alberta. These formations are oil-rich deposits at fairly shallow depths relative to the Montney and Duvernay formations. One of Manitok’s drilling programs involved tapping the Basal Quartz formation between the Glauconite and Ellerslie formations in the Lower Manville. These horizontal wells have type curves that assume an average initial production rate of up to 250 boe/d. West Texas Int. 56.39 Cool Charts of Interest Syncrude 60.02 Daily Production Bull: The week of March 20, 2015 was the last time we heard that oil production increased in the US. Since then, net production has been decreasing. The slight production decline with the added demand from refiners coming online will be a boost for WTI prices into April 2015. last_img read more

Gregg Gonsalves took a wild meandering path to th

first_imgGregg Gonsalves took a wild, meandering path to the Ivory Tower. His route to becoming a professor at Yale started in street protests and spanned the globe.On Thursday he was honored with a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.Gonsalves is one of this year’s MacArthur “geniuses.” The award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation comes with a $625,000 no-strings-attached stipend.Gonsalves says he was shocked to learn that he’s getting this award. “I had no idea that anybody was scrutinizing what I’ve been up to lately,” the 54-year-old says with a laugh.This national honor for creativity may redeem him with his parents, who were disappointed when he dropped out of college in the mid-1980s and drifted around waiting tables.”That was about the time I was coming out of the closet and realizing I was gay,” says Gonsalves, who grew up in a conservative family of Portuguese and Italian Catholics.”Then I met somebody who was HIV positive and that changed my life. There were no treatments for the disease then, and it was terribly scary to think about what the future was for both of us.”That moment that set him on a path for which he’s now being feted as one of the nation’s leading thinkers on global health and social justice. Back in the ’80s he just wanted to understand HIV and found there was very little information about the disease.”This was before the Internet,” he says. “And if you wanted information on medical things you had to sneak into medical libraries or ask medical students.”He ended up joining the legendary activist group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) in the late 1980’s and moved to New York as the epidemic was exploding.”I got swept up in this movement,” he says. “I joined the treatment data committee of ACT UP New York and was working on science policy and clinical research and trial design and basic immunology. I was teaching myself all these sort of things that I never sort of bothered to study in school.”Amid street protests and handcuffing himself to the gates of drug companies, Gonsalves was trying to reform how HIV research was conducted at the nation’s top research institutions. They were pushing for better treatments and a broader understanding of the disease.In 1992, still without a college degree, he co-founded the Treatment Action Group or TAG.”One of the first advocacy projects that Gregg and I did was a review of the entire National Institutes of Health AIDS research portfolio,” says TAG co-founder Mark Harrington. “And we made some sweeping recommendations to reform it and to create a stronger office of AIDS research that would have the power to create a research agenda.”Their review led to significant reforms at NIH.But NIH wasn’t the sole barrier to getting treatment for people with AIDS. The disease was far more than a medical condition. AIDS was political and it was polarizing. The Reverend Jerry Falwell called the virus “God’s punishment for homosexuals.” People with the disease were written off as “whores, fags and junkies,” Gonsalves says describing how critics dismissed the victims and downplayed the importance of the epidemic.”You know in a weird way the HIV epidemic was an X-ray on to the pathologies of American society and global society as well,” Gonsalves says. “There was a lot of debate about who lives and who dies, who had social worth and who didn’t.”He says the epidemic shaped his views on global health.”AIDS was a wake-up call for me,” he says. “It wasn’t just a virus. The epidemic was man-made. It was created by inaction, sluggish responses from the federal government. And all you have to do is to move ahead in time to 2018 and you can see it all happening again. Whether it’s with Ebola or other infectious diseases like cholera in Haiti, we see these outbreaks of infectious diseases that again are man-made. Infectious disease will always be with us but epidemics are a human creation.”What he’s saying is that the problem is not just the disease, it’s how people respond or don’t respond to these outbreaks. He’s taken a similar social justice-centered approach to other problems.While working in a South African township in 2015 he analyzed the correlation between the distance women had to walk to get to an outdoor toilet and rates of sexual assault.”The city of Cape Town was saying they can’t afford to upgrade sanitation in [the township of] Khayelitsha,” he says of the study. City officials, he says, argued, “It’s too expensive. We can’t do it.”Gonsalves ran mathematical models analyzing assault rates and the cost of sanitation upgrades. Installing more toilets, he found, would save money.”It made sense to increase the number of toilets in Khayelitsha both to reduce sexual assaults, but it also financially would save the city money on the downstream effects of sexual assault that they didn’t think they were paying for. But they were paying for medical care, increased policing, people being out of work, families being out of work, all because of sexual violence.”Nicoli Nattrass, an economist at the University of Cape Town who worked with Gonsalves in the late 2000s in South Africa. says one of his greatest assets as an activist is his calm demeanor.She remembers in 2008 when they were trying to convince a panel of experts at the World Bank that it was worth funding an effort to increase the number of HIV-positive people on anti-retroviral treatment — and that would slow the epidemic.”He had those personal skills I often lack,” Nattrass says, “which allows him to talk rationally and very convincingly to people even when they’re being rude and hostile.”The concept of “treatment as prevention” that Nattrass and Gonsalves were pitching more than a decade ago is now widely accepted as one of the most important strategies against the global HIV pandemic.It wasn’t until Gonsalves was in his 40s that he finally decided to go to college. He applied to Yale and has been there ever since. He’s now an assistant professor of epidemiology. In 2012 he co-founded the Global Health Justice Partnership, which is a project hosted by both Yale’s law school and the Yale School of Public Health.Lately he’s been looking at the link between the war on drugs in Brazil and that country’s tuberculosis problem. Brazil is ranked by the World Health Organization as having one of the highest TB burdens in the world, and the problem is particularly bad among prisoners. Another recent paper he worked on considers what factors caused an HIV outbreak among opioid users in Indiana to be as bad as it was. The paper shows that if more medical services for drug users had been available, the outbreak potentially could have been dramatically smaller.”A lot of my work is about how you get services to people who need them — and these are often marginalized and poor people,” he says.And these people could be anywhere in the world. To Gonsalves global health is about social justice. It’s become a proxy for who gets access to resources, who gets sick and who doesn’t, who lives and who dies.He holds no punches in saying how he feels about nationalist movements globally including the America First ideology of President Trump.”The entire world is moving toward a much more brutish cruel corrupt system. And you know nobody’s health is going to fare well in that system because health care is way down the list of what oligarchs care about.”The MacArthur Foundation in naming Gonsalves as one of this year’s fellow says he might just be part of a movement to counteract the global inequities in health. In a statement announcing the awards, the Foundation praised Gonsalves’ current role at Yale.”Gonsalves is training a new generation of researchers who, like himself, work across public health and human rights sectors, scholarly research and activism to correct disparities in global public health,” the Foundation said.Gonsalves says correcting those disparities is important whether political leaders realize it or not.”We can’t wall ourselves off in these gated communities,” he says, “and think what happens in the rest of world doesn’t matter.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Chipotle Cooks Up New Stricter Food Safety Rules Amid E Coli Fiasco

first_img Former West Coast Editor Chipotle Mexican Grill says it’s cleaning up its act in the aftermath of several recent foodborne illness-related outbreaks linked to its food.Scrambling to restore consumer confidence, the fast-casual chain announced today that it is taking “aggressive actions” to roll out stricter food safety practices that it claims go above and beyond current industry norms.“We have carefully examined our operations — from the farms that produce our ingredients, to the partners that deliver them to our restaurants, to the cooking techniques used by our restaurant crews — and determined the steps necessary to make the food served at Chipotle as safe as possible,” the company said in a statement.Related: After Numerous Health Incidents, Chipotle Has a Big Perception ProblemSpecifically, some of those steps include: marinating raw chicken in re-sealable plastic bags instead of in bowls; testing chicken and steak more often; scalding several fresh produce items (including onions) in boiling water to sanitize them before being chopped; and blending cilantro into steaming hot rice to kill microbes in the herb, according to the Associated Press. Additionally, some ingredients, including cheese, will be prepped at centralized locations, then delivered to nearby restaurants. All 64 ingredients that Chipotle uses will be closely scrutinized, the company claims.”Nothing is more important to me than serving my guests food that is safe” -Chipotle founder Steve Ells https://t.co/JmP72mL631— Chipotle (@ChipotleTweets) December 16, 2015To help implement and uphold its new, more stringent food prep guidelines — and to hopefully overcome the daunting challenge of not being “the food chain most associated with vomiting and diarrhea,” as our own Raymond Hennessey so eloquently put it — Chipotle has partnered with IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group. The Lake Forest Park, Wash.-based food safety testing consultancy is tasked with improving Chipotle’s employee food safety training processes.While Chipotle publicized its sweeping protocol changes today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also heralded some big news of its own — the federal agency is officially joining the growing E. coli investigation surrounding the restaurant. The FDA will assist the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with its ongoing probe.Related: FDA Bans Some Cilantro Imports After Finding Feces and Toilet Paper in FieldsEarlier this week, the CDC said it was looking into the latest E. coli episode connected to the 1,900-location burrito chain. This time, five people who recently ate at the restaurant, identified in Kansas, North Dakota and Oklahoma, have been infected with a rare strain of the bacteria. The incident is the latest in a string foodborne illness outbreaks traced to Chipotle in several states scattered throughout the U.S., some dating back to last summer.In a sweaty appearance on NBC’s Today Show last week, Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells said the new rules would make Chipotle a leader in food safety. “We’re putting in place practices that will not enable this to happen again,” he said, “practices that are so far above industry norms today [that] we will be the safest place to eat.”Related: At Least 80 Boston College Students Sick After Eating at Chipotle Next Article December 23, 2015 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Chipotle Kim Lachance Shandrow Add to Queuecenter_img Image credit: Chipotle | Facebook 3 min read –shares Chipotle Cooks Up New, Stricter Food Safety Rules Amid E. Coli Fiasco 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. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

NexJ Systems Revamps Industry Leading CRM with IBM Hybrid Cloud Platform

first_imgNexJ Systems Revamps Industry Leading CRM with IBM Hybrid Cloud Platform PRNewswireApril 29, 2019, 8:10 pmApril 29, 2019 customer relationship managementIBM Cloud DatabasesIBM Cloud PrivateLisa CanhamMarketing Technology NewsNewsNexJ Systems Previous ArticleCMC Honors AARP with the 2019 Marketer of the Year AwardNext ArticleHUAWEI CLOUD Signs MoU with Multiple Companies at the Singapore Summit, Joining Hands with Partners to Unveil Cloud + AI Innovations Small and Medium Wealth Managers first to benefit from latest offering leveraging IBM Cloud Private NexJ Systems Inc., the pioneer of intelligent customer management for the financial services industry, announced that it has chosen IBM Cloud Private to host its customer relationship management (CRM) platform for small and medium enterprise (SME) wealth managers.Wealth managers in need of CRM solutions are increasingly recognizing that workloads containing sensitive customer information can have complex requirements when being moved back and forth across various cloud and IT environments. In order to tap into the flexibility and cost-saving benefits of the cloud while maintaining compliance and security across multiple, dispersed data sources, NexJ needed a first-class hybrid cloud strategy to support its CRM platform.NexJ chose IBM Cloud Private due to IBM’s experience designing hybrid cloud strategies for the financial services industry, and the access to advanced services IBM Cloud Private provides. With IBM Cloud Private, NexJ is leveraging a suite of services like IBM Cloud Log Analysis with Kibana, IBM Cloud Databases for Elasticsearch, and IBM Cloud Object Storage for mass data storage, all orchestrated through IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service and Istio. Now, NexJ’s wealth management customers can securely streamline how they move and manage customer data across environments, freeing them up to spend more time focusing on driving new revenue streams and providing better experiences for customers.Marketing Technology News: Vendasta adds MyCorporation to MarketplaceNexJ’s deep vertical product has long been recognized by industry analyst firms including Aite (Top CRM Vendor for wealth management), and Celent (Best CRM for Wealth Management), and selected by the wealth management divisions of notable financial services firms including Wells Fargo, UBS and RBC. NexJ’s hybrid cloud strategy with IBM Cloud Private allows them to leverage the success they have had refining their offerings in the largest banks, insurers and financial services firms in the world, and now bring their products to SME wealth managers looking for lower cost and more flexible offerings.Matthew Bogart, Vice President of Marketing at NexJ Systems Inc. spoke about the advantages of selecting IBM as its provider: “We wanted to deliver the CRM chosen by world’s leading Blue Chip financial services institutions to SME firms. By building this solution with IBM technology and collaborating with the IBM Partner Ecosystem team to bring it to market, we can offer a best of breed customer management software on an industry-leading cloud platform.”Marketing Technology News: Conduent Launches Innovation Center to Drive Customers’ Digital Transformations“NexJ Systems recognizes the importance of today’s hybrid cloud opportunity as its customers are demanding more flexibility and secure access to advanced cloud technologies in order to revamp their CRM strategies,” said Lisa Canham, Director of Partner Ecosystem, IBM Canada. “Our priority right now is helping these businesses migrate and modernize applications for the cloud in order to speed up their business transformation.”Marketing Technology News: Blueshift Appoints LendingTree’s Former VP of Marketing, Josh Francia, as Chief Growth Officerlast_img read more

Scientists discover molecular link between body weight and earlyonset puberty

first_img Source:https://news.ohsu.edu/2018/10/10/molecular-link-between-body-weight-early-puberty-identified Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 11 2018Becoming overweight at a young age can trigger a molecular chain reaction that leads some girls to experience puberty early, according to new research published in Nature Communications.Scientists have discovered a molecular mechanism that leads overweight female rats to have early-onset puberty.”Knowing how nutrition and specific molecules play a role in starting puberty early could one day help physicians prevent the condition in humans,” said one of the study’s corresponding authors, Alejandro Lomniczi, Ph.D., a research assistant professor at OHSU’s Oregon National Primate Research Center.Girls have been experiencing puberty earlier in life for the last 150 years or so, with 12.5 years being the average age girls start puberty today. Early-onset puberty can lead girls to experience health problems later, including increased incidence of ovarian, uterine and breast cancers, as well as being at a higher risk for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.Related StoriesNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injury”Sexting” amongst teens, numbers not decreasing despite preventive effortsBut the human genome – the complete set of nucleic acid sequences in human DNA – hasn’t changed substantially in the past 150 years. So Lomniczi and colleagues are now exploring if the difference might be due to epigenetics, or changes caused by gene expression rather than changes in the genetic code itself. Gene expression is when genes make functional products such as proteins.Lomniczi’s previous research identified two gene families that keep puberty in check when rodents and nonhuman primates are young. This new study builds on that earlier work by specifically examining how gene expression and body weight are involved in puberty in rats.For this study, the team raised three kinds of female rats: overweight, lean and average-sized. While focusing on the hypothalamus, the bottom part of the brain that controls reproductive development, they found that a puberty-activating gene called Kiss1 was expressed differently in each rat type.Lomniczi and colleagues identified the enzyme SIRT1 in the hypothalamus as being a key player in transmitting body weight information to the brain. In overweight rats, there is less SIRT1 in the hypothalamus, allowing the Kiss1 gene to be expressed earlier, leading the rats to undergo puberty early. In lean rats, SIRT1 is higher for a prolonged period of time, taking longer for Kiss1 gene activation, which delayed puberty in those rats.Lomniczi continues to explore the causes of early-onset puberty through animal model studies. He’s also examining how the circadian clock and endocrine disruptors might play a role.last_img read more

Sleep mood and stress affect older adults control beliefs

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 29 2019Psychology researchers have found another reason that sleep, mood and stress are important: they affect the extent to which older adults feel they have control over their lives. The findings can inform efforts to improve an individual’s sense of control, which has ramifications for physical, mental and emotional health.”We found that sleep, mood and stress are all important factors in determining a sense of control and in whether older adults feel they can do the things they want to do,” says Shevaun Neupert, a professor of psychology at NC State and co-author of a paper on the work. “This finding is important because when older adults begin to lose their sense of autonomy, it can lead to changes in behavior that adversely affect their health and well-being.”Related StoriesPink noise enhances deep sleep for people with mild cognitive impairmentSleep quality could be indicator for later Alzheimer’s disease finds studySleep disorders in patients with low back pain linked to increased healthcare visits, costsFor this study, researchers evaluated data on 205 people between the ages of 60 and 94. Study participants provided information on a wide range of psychological variables on eight days across a period of three weeks.The researchers focused on determining which variables, if any, had an effect on two “control beliefs”: perceived competence, or an individual’s sense that her or she could do the things they wanted to do; and locus of control, or sense that they were in control of their own lives. The researchers found that several variables have a significant effect on both beliefs.”We found that sleep efficacy – or the belief that one can get a good night’s sleep – was associated with better control beliefs,” Neupert says.”We also found that positive affect was good for an individual’s control beliefs, while negative affect was bad,” says Shenghao Zhang, a Ph.D. student at NC State and first author of the paper. “In other words, being in a good mood made people feel better about their competence and control, while being in a bad mood made people feel worse about those things.”Lastly, we found that stressful events on one day had an adverse effect on an individual’s subsequent control beliefs,” Zhang says. “These results suggest that the adverse effect of stressful events can last for more than a day. It would be interesting to conduct additional work to determine how long the effects of stress resonate in regard to control beliefs.””We know there are things people can do to improve their mood and to improve their sleep,” Neupert says. “And while sleep and mood are things most people think are important, this study highlights a very specific reason that they are important.”When people think they have little or no control in their lives, they may stop doing some of the everyday things that are important for self-care – because they believe those things don’t matter,” Neupert says. “By acting to improve mood and sleep, older adults may better retain their sense of control and better maintain their quality of life.” Source:https://news.ncsu.edu/2019/01/sleep-mood-affect-how-in-control-older-adults-feel/last_img read more

From the quantum level to the car battery

The procedure becomes clear during multi-scale modeling, as used in the chemical industry (among others). Here, the chemistry of the material is first described at the quantum level. This information is transferred to ever coarser models that map molecules and their physical properties. “If we want to predict how good the electrolyte is or how fast the ions are diffusing in the case of a lithium-ion battery, for example, we first simulate the particles at the quantum level and see what happens to them. Then, we take that information to the next level and gain insight into the dynamics, or how the particles move at the atomic level. From here, we can then go up a scale and look at how the electrolyte behaves in the macroscopic world. This gives us precise insights into all the processes and, if necessary, we can adapt or change processes,” Hamaekers explains. In this way, not only can new materials be developed or suitable materials found for specific applications. Even processes can be reviewed and improved. By simulating the processes at the atomic or molecular level in a virtual reactor, it is possible to precisely identify the points or parameters that can be optimized.At the 2018 Hanover Trade Fair, the Fraunhofer SCAI uses vivid examples to show how the design of materials can be improved through modeling, data analysis and machine learning. 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. In almost every industry, new materials are needed for new developments. Let’s take the automotive industry: while an automobile used to consist of just a handful of materials, modern cars are assembled from thousands of different materials – and demand is increasing. Whether it’s making a car lighter, getting better fuel economy or developing electric motor batteries, every new development requires finding or developing the material that has exactly the right properties. The search for the right material has often been like a guessing game, though. The candidates have usually been selected from huge material databases and then tested. Although these databases provide insight into specific performance characteristics, they usually do not go far enough into depth to allow meaningful judgments about whether a material has exactly the desired properties. To find that out, numerous laboratory tests have to be performed. The scientists at the Fraunhofer SCAI have chosen a different approach. The requirements for the substance are broken down to the inner structure of the material: that is, down to the atomic level. A specially developed software, Tremolo-X, then calculates how the particles of the material react when subjected to certain physical effects. As a result, it can be concluded whether a material with the desired properties can be developed on the basis of these particles. Virtual predictive models and atomistic simulations”Our goal is to shorten the search for the right material. This process often takes ten to twenty years, which is not only time consuming but also costly,” says Dr. Jan Hamaekers from the Fraunhofer SCAI. “The idea is to use virtual processes to sift out the number of candidates until there are only a few left to be tested in the lab.” To do this, the requirements placed on the material first have to be defined. For example, how fast a material has to cool down or what loads it has to withstand. This is simulated in two different ways on computer by using the Fraunhofer software: virtual particles are simulated at the atomic or even at the quantum level. How do they behave? How do the particles interact with each other? The other method uses existing data and knowledge to derive prediction models that make it possible to forecast the properties of a material. “The aim is to improve, create and explore new innovative materials and molecules with effective properties in the virtual computer lab in order to recommend their structure and design prior to the actual synthesis,” Hamaekers explains. Boron nitride nanotubes in a silica matrix. Representation of reinforced nanomaterials with the Fraunhofer software. Credit: Fraunhofer SCAI Multiscale modeling: from the atom to the process chain Virtual laboratory—fast, flexible and exact Citation: From the quantum level to the car battery (2018, April 3) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-quantum-car-battery.html Graphical user interface of the Fraunhofer SCAI Software Tremolo-X. Credit: Fraunhofer SCAI New developments require new materials. Until recently, these have been developed mostly by tedious experiments in the laboratory. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI in Sankt Augustin are now significantly shortening this time-consuming and cost-intensive process with their “Virtual Material Design” approach and the specially developed Tremolo-X software. By combining multi-scale models, data analysis and machine learning, it is possible to develop improved materials much more quickly. At the Hanover Trade Fair from April 23 to 27, 2018, Fraunhofer will be demonstrating how the virtual material design of the future looks. Provided by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Explore further Even tiny objects can be depicted in detail: here an atomistic model of the tobacco mosaic virus. The tubular virus is about 300 nm long and 18 nm in diameter. Credit: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft read more

Its 2019 – wheres my supersuit

first_imgExoskeletons under developmentOver the past five years, wearable exoskeletons that assist and aid movement have begun to shift out of research labs and into public use. They’re still early versions, and the science is still emerging, but they include the first of several FDA-approved exoskeletons to assist individuals with spinal cord injury or after stroke, as well as exoskeletons to help keep workers safe and reduce the fatigue of physically demanding jobs. An exosuit for the ankle that assists ankle muscles when walking or running. Credit: Yandell et al., 2019, CC BY-ND I also wanted Green Lantern’s ring, Wonder Woman’s bracelets, Captain America’s shield and of course Batman’s batsuit. I never imagined then that 30 years later, as National Superhero Day approaches, I’d be designing components of my own supersuits.I didn’t really notice this until a few months ago. On that day, my childhood dreams were at once destroyed and fulfilled. Standing in a line, I noticed that everyone was focused on their smartphones’ screens. Suddenly it hit me: I already had Sword of Omens superpowers. With my smartphone, I can see video of faraway events and text my friends to meet up. Billions of people now have what used to be considered superpowers.But what about the physical superpowers? I wanted those, too – like superhuman endurance or strength. Those may not be too far behind: I’m working on them in Vanderbilt’s Center for Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology. Humanity has begun to enter the age of wearable exoskeletons and exosuits that offer support and strength to people’s bodies. I loved the “Thundercats” cartoon as a child, watching cat-like humanoids fighting the forces of evil. Whenever their leader was in trouble, he’d unleash the Sword of Omens to gain “sight beyond sight,” the ability to see events happening at faraway places, or bellow “Thunder, Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats, Hooo!” to instantaneously summon his allies to his location to join the fight. What kid didn’t want those superpowers? Explore further Preventing injuries with supersuitsFrom my research lab, I can walk across the street and within two minutes be at the Veterans Affairs Hospital or the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The nurses and other medical professionals who perform strenuous lifting, leaning and carrying tasks to care for patients are likely to develop low back pain – or may already be experiencing it. A supersuit could help prevent this pain.Low back pain is a complex problem with many potential sources, but one common source is due to stress from repetitive forces on the muscles and discs. Most adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime, and it’s a leading cause of physical disability. The prestigious medical journal The Lancet recently published a three-part series calling on everyone – from national and international policymakers to funding agencies to researchers, engineers and clinicians – to help improve the effectiveness of care and develop innovative new solutions to combat this global epidemic.Over the last three years, the research team I lead has been developing a clothing-like exoskeleton, which might be more aptly described as mechanized clothing, a spring-powered exosuit or even just a supersuit. It consists of a vest and shorts made of common clothing materials, plus assistive fabric elastic bands and a switch that lets the wearer turn the suit’s assistance on or off.When it’s switched off, the wearer can move freely and fully, which isn’t typically the case with exoskeletons. Our suit doesn’t have any motors or batteries and weighs less than three pounds. No part of it protrudes out from the body, so it’s easily concealed under everyday clothes. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Toyota even requires workers to wear exoskeletons as mandatory personal protective equipment when performing certain overhead work tasks, where fatigue and muscle stress could lead to injury.However, most people who could potentially benefit don’t yet have access to exoskeletons, because they’re generally too bulky, too expensive, interfere too much with other tasks or are not yet comfortable enough to wear. I’ve become fascinated by the prospect of regular people turning themselves into everyday superheroes.center_img A spring-powered back-support exosuit. Credit: Joe Howell/Vanderbilt University For heavy lifting, use exoskeletons with caution At any moment, though, it can be switched on, so the suit’s elastic bands bear some of the load that typically goes through the person’s back muscles. In an initial series of laboratory tests, the suit reduced loading on the low back muscles by about 20% during lifting and up to 40% during leaning, and it reduced the rate at which back muscles fatigue by 30% to 40%, on average.We recently formed a spinoff company from this research, aptly named HeroWear LLC, to make this supersuit available to individuals and organizations who might benefit. We expect the product to be on the market in 2020. We have also begun a multi-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health to integrate wearable sensors and machine learning into our supersuits. With those additions, we may be able to develop future suits that monitor stress on the wearer’s back and automatically activate the assistance when it’s needed. Boundless possibilities for supersuitsThe goal for many exoskeletons is like that of a good cartoon supersuit – not to do the work for its wearer, but to enhance and support that person’s natural abilities. Assisting back muscles is just the beginning. We have also designed a similar spring-powered exosuit to assist the ankle muscles during walking and running. It may help increase endurance or reduce force on calf muscles and tendons as someone recovers from an injury. Similar supersuits might also be designed to support the necks of nurses and surgeons who lean forward for long periods of time during procedures, or to reduce arm fatigue for a construction worker carrying heavy objects or for a parent carrying a child. Teams across the globe are exploring a wide variety of wearable exoskeletons as well. These include motorized exosuits to assist the legs, arms and hands of individuals recovering from stroke or other neurological injury, rigid robotic exoskeletons to assist people after spinal cord injury and passive spring-assist exoskeletons to support individuals’ arms and shoulders with tool handling or overhead work in factories and shipyards.Through the use of wearable sensors and biomechanical algorithms, supersuits might even be trained to teach proper lifting technique or to provide resistance training to help strengthen weak muscles and enhance fitness.My hope is that 30 years from now – by the time my children are my age – performance-enhancing supersuits will be as common and mundane in society as smartphones are today. Perhaps people might even forget the amazing physical superpowers that they provide, and take for granted supersuits’ individual and societal benefits to health, fitness and well-being. Provided by The Conversation Citation: It’s 2019 – where’s my supersuit? (2019, April 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-supersuit.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Indiana Jones Meets Star Wars in Archaeology From Space Enter to Win

first_imgWhat is it like to uncover the mysteries of ancient civilizations … from space? Archaeologist Sarah Parcak is a pioneer in the field of space archaeology, using images from satellites orbiting high above Earth to detect long-buried signs of cultures that thrived millennia ago. Her work in Egypt resulted in a breakthrough map of the legendary city of Tanis, made famous in the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” But while Parcak’s fictional counterpart Indiana Jones dug through dusty sand and crawled through jungles to reach remote sites, much of Parcak’s work is conducted on computers, analyzing images that use infrared and lasers to peer below the ground and reveal ancient secrets hidden far below.OTD in Space – July 17: X-15 Breaks Altitude RecordOn July 17, 1962, the American test pilot Bob White broke the world record for the highest altitude flight. He took off from Edwards Air Force Base in a rocket-powered X-15 aircraft and made it to an altitude of 314,750 feet. That’s almost 60 miles! At the time, the Air Force considered the edge of space to be 50 miles above the Earth. So White received astronaut wings for his record-breaking spaceflight.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放OTD in Space – July 16: Apollo 11 Launches to the Moon00:43关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65918-archaeology-from-space-giveaway.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3400:34  In Parcak’s new book “Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past” (Henry Holt and Company, 2019), she offers readers a tantalizing glimpse of the technologies that make space archaeology possible; she also reveals extraordinary discoveries that satellites have brought to the surface for the first time in thousands of years. Live Science sits down with Parcak on Facebook Live today (July 12) at 11:30 a.m. ET, for an interview about her book and her two decades of field work spanning five continents. We’ll also be giving away two copies of “Archaeology from Space” (one copy per winner). To participate, leave a comment on the post by 12:01 a.m on July 15. Winners will be selected at random. The contest rules are below. Don’t forget to check Facebook and Twitter for updates on this contest and other live-video events. ‘Archaeology From Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past’ Giveaway Official Rules NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of 50 U.S & D.C., 18 or older. 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You understand that you are providing your information to Sponsor & not to Facebook. Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePrimeSolarQuotesCalifornia Signs Solar Law Helping Homeowners Save Hundreds A Month.PrimeSolarQuotesUndoWayfairDon’t Buy Furniture Until You See This SiteWayfairUndoTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryMeal Kit Wars: 10 Tested & Ranked. See Who WonTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryUndoThe Legacy ReportMan Who Called NVIDIA Rise Makes New 5G PredictionThe Legacy ReportUndoWikibuyThe One Thing You Should Know Before Booking Your Next AirbnbWikibuyUndoDr. Marty3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. MartyUndolast_img read more