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Pochettino cautious ahead of Everton clash

first_imgDespite their recent run of good form, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes they cannot get carried away and must work on their self-confidence.Tottenham have won eight out of their last 10 games in all competitions, and are now just six points off the top of the Premier League table, but Pochettino is not complacent as he understands how quickly results can change.“At the moment we are playing well, but the moment we lose games it’s going to turn quick. I know that very well. This is normal,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.“I try to understand everything. In this football club if some bad results arrive it’s going to turn again. All the positives will be reversed and become negatives.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We are happy, but not so happy. I think there’s still massive work to do. But when I say ‘worst feeling’ I don’t speak about the inside of the club. I talk about the perception outside.“We are still fragile, not solid enough as a club to support some good and some bad because the perception of the people can affect the club.“I think we are changing a lot and we are going to change, if we have time, to do that. But our self-belief is still so fragile.”last_img read more

Samsung Premiere 2013 to Unveil New Galaxy and Ativ Lineup on 20

first_imgSouth Korean giant Samsung has sent out press invites for a special event called ‘Samsung premiere 2013’ which is scheduled to be held at Earls Court 2, London, on 20 June.The event will see a new lineup of its Galaxy and Ativ series. The invitation shows close-ups of three products leading to the assumption that at least three new devices will be unveiled at the event.The company’s Galaxy brand includes Android phones and tablets, while Ativ is a unified brand that has Windows phone, Windows 8, Windows RT laptops, tablets and hybrids. The launch event will kick off at 7 pm BST that day and will be live-streamed in Samsung’s YouTube channel for the rest of the world to see.It was only two months ago when Samsung’s Galaxy S4 was launched and claimed record sales in global markets. Since then, there have been rumours regarding the release date of the miniature version of S4 Mini.If one is to go by the images that accompanied the press release, then it suggests a tablet, a camera and a laptop. The best bets for the Android products to be unveiled, as speculated by the tech media around the world, are Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom which will be a Galaxy Camera follow-up, Galaxy S4 Mini or the Galaxy S4 Active. Its Ativ product is expected to be a Windows 8 tablet.The possibility of Samsung showing off the Galaxy Note 3’s display at the event has been ruled out since the device is to be launched later this year.The ‘Samsung Premiere 2013′ will be held after Apple’s yearly Worldwide Developers’ Conference which is scheduled on 10 June and will precede Microsoft’s annual BUILD conference which is on 26 June, both to be held at San Francisco.last_img read more

Lithium imports crucial for Teslas Gigafactory in India

first_imgImports of Lithium are crucial for US-based electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors’ chief executive Elon Musk’s plan to set up a Gigafactory in India, as the country does not have enough reserves of the rare metal to support making of lithium-ion batteries, according to analysts.Lithium is a rare metal used in manufacturing of batteries to increase their capacity and also helpful in reducing the size of battery boxes compared to other battery technologies.”From a manufacturing-in-India perspective, the country doesn’t have any Lithium deposits, so it is going to be hard. Unless we import Lithium ore, which is available in Bolivia, Argentina and Australia, manufacturing cannot be supported in India,” Business Standard quoted Mridula Dixit, principal research scientist, Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), as saying.However, Australia could become a major source for imports of Lithium ore, as the trade ties between the two nations have improved in the past. India has entered into an agreement with Australia for Uranium supply to its nuclear reactors.”We are not well-placed in terms of raw materials. The supply chain needs to be worked out. Also, making the batteries requires a very controlled environment,” said Dixit, who has extensive exposure to lithium-ion technologies.”Given India’s lack of expertise, I see global manufacturers bringing in their technology and manufacturing processes first, in the next five to 10 years; only after that would we be able to have local players gaining expertise and beginning to manufacture in India” Dixit added.Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, has recently hinted at setting up a Gigafactory in India to manufacture lithium-ion batteries, taking into the problem of power shortage in the rural areas of the country, which holds a huge potential for such batteries.During his visit to the US in September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held discussions with Musk at the Tesla campus in Silicon Valley on the potential of having a battery making facility and other renewable energy technologies in India.Tarun Mehta, co-founder of Ather Energy, an electric vehicle start-up, sees the necessity to have  hundreds of Gigafactories in the country, as lithium-ion batteries can “compete with lead acid batteries in cost.””One Gigafactory can produce just enough cells for half a million Tesla cars. Globally, we produce 65 million cars and a lot more two-wheelers. If all of them were to go electric over the next decade or two, you are looking at 100-plus Gigafactories at least,” said Mehta.last_img read more

LG Display Q1 net profit down almost 100 percent YoY seen as

first_imgLG Display announced its first quarter earnings on Wednesday, showing a steep decline in operating and net profits for the display-panel-making affiliate of LG Electronics. The TV and smartphone display manufacturer reported a 99.8 percent drop in Q1 2016 net profit to 1.2 billion won ($1 million) from 475.8 billion won in the same period the previous year.According to the Financial Times, LG Display’s operating profit during the January-March period was 39.5 billion won ($34.43 million), which is the poorest since Q1 2012 and a 95 percent decrease from the same period in 2015. The sales had also dropped 14.7 percent year-on-year (YoY) to 5.9 billion won, the report added.LG Display warned of challenging market conditions, citing slow global economic growth and industry oversupply.LG Display makes display panels for TVs, smartphones, tablets, monitors and notebooks. A major share — 38 percent — of the company’s revenue is sourced from the TV panels, while mobile and monitors make up 23 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Tablets and notebooks together accounted for 24 percent of the company’s Q1 2016 revenue. The company had total revenue of 5.989 trillion won ($5.22 billion) during the period.LG Display broke down the specifics of its quarterly earnings and said the Q1 panel shipments by surface area declined 7.7 percent compared to Q4 2015. The average selling price also declined 17 percent, which shifted the company’s focus towards displays measuring 60 inches to rake in greater profits.LG Display is hopeful for the second-quarter earnings. “Panel shipments in the second quarter of 2016 are expected to increase by a mid-single-digit percentage compared to the first quarter,” Reuters quoted LG Display’s Chief Financial Officer Don Kim as saying.According to the company, the upcoming global sports events such as UEFA Euro 2016 and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and China’s Labor Day sales, will increase the shipments and warrant new product launches.Samsung leads the market for small-size OLED displays for smartphone, while LG Display’s dominance is in the large-size TV panels. LG Display is one of the largest providers of Apple’s LCD panels for iPhones and flexible OLED panels for the Apple Watch. But there have been reports that Samsung is trying to win Apple’s exclusive partnership to supply OLEDs for future iPhones.”LG Display is likely to be left empty-handed next year in terms of OLED supply for Apple’s premium phones as it has no capacity for small-size OLED production,” Kim Young-Woo at SK Securities was quoted as saying by FT.last_img read more

Juba Dal leader abducted shot in both legs

first_imgBachchu Rahman, president of Rajshahi’s Mohanpur upazila unit Jubo Dal takes treatment at hospital in Rajshahi on Wednesday. Photo: UNBMiscreants abducted a local Juba Dal leader in Rajshahi’s Mohanpur upazila and shot him in his both legs, reports UNB.The victim Bachchu Rahman, is president of Mohanpur upazila unit Jubo Dal, the youth wing of BNP, and son of Lokman Ali of Soipara village in the upazila.Locals said a group of miscreants picked Bachchu up in a microbus from the Rajshahi-Naogaon highway in his area in the afternoon.They took him to Achinghat in Bagmara upazila where they shot him in both begs before leaving the spot.Locals rescued the bullet-hit Juba Dal leader and took him to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.Contacted, officer-in-charge of Mohanpur police station Abul Hossain said he was unaware of the incident.last_img read more

Jewish youth organization nabs 25 million gift to help empower young women

first_imgYonat Shimron YonatShimron Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A global Jewish youth organization has received one of the largest single gifts in recent Jewish organizational history — $25 million to help support women in their young adult lives.The gift from Chicago businessman and philanthropist Theodore Perlman, and his wife, Harriette, to BBYO will allow the 95-year-old organization to start a women’s leadership initiative connecting Jewish women through their college and early professional careers with mentorship and training.The initiative is named in honor of his mother, Anita M. Perlman, who founded B’nai B’rith Girls, or BBG, in 1944.“My mother had the foresight to know, even decades ago, the capabilities of young women and their desire to move into positions of leadership,” said Perlman, 82.Perlman is the founder of the HAVI Group, a 40-year-old logistics firm that supplies chains such as McDonald’s, KFC and Subway with packaging and toys, including those found in McDonald’s Happy Meals.For Jews worried about the age-old problem of Jewish assimilation and the growing disaffiliation from Jewish synagogue and institutional life among younger millennial Jews, the gift offers a partial solution.BBYO, which grew out of the B’nai Brith International, a Jewish service organization, has been independent since 2002. It consists of youth-led groups who gather for various activities in homes, Jewish Community Centers, synagogues or coffee shops.  It has 33,000 members globally, the majority in the U.S.BBYO allows Jewish teens of all stripes — including Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and unaffiliated — to join. The organization encourages members — ages 13 to 18 — to develop their own programming and leadership. There are 600 groups in the U.S., with an average size of 40 young people.Noga Hurwitz, one of two teen presidents of BBYO, said she came from a secular Jewish home but joined BBYO in the eighth grade and has been active ever since.“I wasn’t expecting to find a Jewish identity when I joined BBYO, but I think I absolutely have cultivated a sense of Judaism,” said Hurwitz, 19, who begins college in the fall in a joint program offered through Columbia University and Jewish Theological Seminary. “Being able to discover that in a pluralistic environment has been impactful to me as a Jew.”Matthew Grossman, the BBYO CEO, said the Perlman gift will allow graduating high school women to connect with the organization’s alumni in their communities and create a fellowship program. It will also fund an endowment. Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Biblical guide marks 400 years since enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! News Share This! TagsB’nai B’rith International BBYO Theodore Perlman,You may also like News • Photos of the Week By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,Faith is no excuse for skipping vaccines, says med school professor Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Newslast_img read more

Civil Rights Museum Reoffers Honor to Angela Davis

first_imgBy The Associated PressBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama civil rights museum reversed course after a public outcry and reinstated a human rights award to activist Angela Davis that it had previously rescinded, the organization announced Friday.The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute said in a statement that its board has voted to reaffirm Davis, a Birmingham native, as the recipient of the award and has invited her to personally receive it. The statement said the board has not heard if Davis will accept.In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, Angela Davis speaks during her visit to the University of Michigan-Flint, in Flint, Mich. An Alabama civil rights museum has reversed course after a public outcry and has decided to give political activist Angela Davis an award that it offered then rescinded. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute said in a statement Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, that its board has voted to reaffirm Davis as the recipient of the human rights award.(Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)“Dr. Angela Davis, a daughter of Birmingham, is highly regarded throughout the world as a human rights activist,” Institute President Andrea L. Taylor said in a statement.The Birmingham museum sparked protests and criticism earlier this month when it announced that it was abruptly canceling the award to Davis that was supposed to be given at a February gala.The board withdrew her award after a local Holocaust education group asked it to reconsider. Davis is an outspoken supporter of a movement criticizing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.Davis, who turns 75 on Saturday, has spent decades fighting for civil rights. She was an active member of the Black Panther Party, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Communist Party USA.Board members on Jan. 14 issued a public apology for the discord that resulted from its decision to rescind the award. They said there said there should have been more conversation with diverse points of view before making the decision.In Friday’s statement, the board said its decision to give Davis the award is “in keeping with its commitment to learning from its mistakes.”The award is called the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award. It is named for the late minister and prominent civil rights activist who led demonstrations in the city.last_img read more

A splash of African culture

first_imgStunning acrobatic performances, a mighty African statue and creative artworks await you at the Afro Festival in Delhi. So, wave a Jambo- that is hello in swahili- and get onto this bandwagon.A breathtaking beautiful show of juggling arts, dramatic street entertainment and an exhibition of sculptures and paintings have been put together to celebrate the vibrant culture of Africa in the capital. The Afro Festival will open on 3 July with creative artworks and cultural display and go on to entertain the Delhites till 7 July. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival brings to life the experience of its people as a living and dynamic tradition that continues to evolve at the turn of the 21st century. To increase public understanding and appreciation of African art and culture, the festival is devoted exclusively to African way of life. This stunning exhibition integrates everyday life of the people, related objects with paintings and performances and interaction with the artists. This major festival presents exquisite examples of eclectic art and sculptures from Africa. Featuring works of Thomas Ongon’ga, Michael Soi, Edward Orato, Dennis Muragiri and James Oluoch, each creation showcases the artist’s mood, aesthetics and personal journey of creating their pieces of art. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThemes explored in this exhibit are inspired by everyday activities of people in Africa, warrior-clans and wildlife. The artists’ interpretation of their work is grounded in the belief that ‘The people of Africa have created an extraordinary cultural heritage, deeply embedded in a beautiful yet fragile physical environment’. The colors in the art work are bright and bold in shades of red, ochre-yellow and ebony black.To celebrate the fun spirit, feast upon the acrobatic experience that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical strength rubs shoulders with the dare devil acts. The Jambo acrobats are backed by foot thumping Afro Caribbean music. Two acrobats each holding on to large rings that suddenly make them airborne, with a third one reaching out for them to add drama. They toss their spinning props across the stage to one another. And just when you think this is over the top, they amaze you with a finale that is probably, for anyone else on earth, impossible to perform. Look out for choreographed entertainment as you watch jugglers performing tricks and catching tossing balls in seconds. The multimedia displays are magnificent, followed by acts of bottle balancing. The magnificent and daring act is performed effortlessly under the limbo pole- the height of a beer bottle. While Capital drowns in an African cultural fiesta, dig in for your share of fun and frolic.last_img read more

Rahul pushes for increasing partys base

first_imgAt the brain-storming meeting of the Election Authority of the party, Gandhi is learnt to have expressed his concern over the tardy pace of organizational polls and asked young AICC secretaries to take responsibility to ensure that it gets the needed momentum in states.Re-introducing active membership concept, common membership across all the wings of Congress and enhanching the representation ratio of SCs, STs, OBCs and minorities in Committees are some of the measures that were debated threadbare during the meeting in which Gandhi was present for one and half hour. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThrust was laid on opening up the membership enrolment by introducing multiple channels like web-based application and smart phone application as well as providing “incentives” for a member who enrolls at least 25 members.From the meeting, coming a day before Delhi goes to vote, it emerged that the Congress Vice President was focussing on long-term strategies.Party General Secretary in-charge Organization Janardan Dwivedi could not attend the meeting as he was down with viral fever while some other general secretaries also failed to turn up. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe membership drive, which was earlier set to have ended on December 31 of last year, was extended for two months is to wrap up this month-end with Gandhi not quite keen on further extending it.The Central Election Authority headed by senior leader Mullapalli Rmachandran submitted some proposals and amendments to better the organizational functioning of the party, which was considered by the apex decision making body of the party, Congress Working Committee in a meeting on January 13. The CWC decided to take inputs from the states on the proposed changes and fine-tune the proposal and if necessary, place them before AICC session likely in March-April.This time there will be open membership and the party plans to carry out rigorous scrutiny to ensure transparent selection.There have been several complaints earlier regarding bogus membership and kin of senior politicians occupying key posts in the party by ‘managing’ elections.In a statement, the party said that since it is seriously considering to introduce active membership concept, the Election Authority exhorted each Congress workers to enrol at least 25 members and maintain its record to access “incentives” to be announced by the party, for every one, who enrolls a minimum of 25 members.last_img read more

Drug peddlers arrested with heroin worth Rs 4 lakh

first_imgKolkata: The narcotics cell of detective department has arrested two persons, including a woman, and seized heroin worth Rs 4 lakh from them at Pragati Maidan area on Friday.Officials claimed that the arrested persons had planned to sell the drug to students from various educational institutions in the city. On Monday, a woman was arrested near a renowned school on AJC Bose Road with 3 kg ganja. According to a source, sleuths of detective department recently got a tip-off that some drug dealers were targeting students of various schools and colleges. Working on the information, they identified Munni Das, who had come to AJC Bose road, to sell ganja to some students on Monday afternoon. She was arrested immediately and sleuths seized 3 kg ganja from her possession. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAfter Das was questioned, sleuths used their sources to search for some more drug dealers who were a part of this racket. On Thursday, police got a tip-off that some drug dealers were going to meet at a place in Pragati Maidan area. Based on the information, members of the narcotics cell of the detective department kept an eye in the area. In the evening, some sleuths spotted a woman. One of them identified the woman as Sabina Bibi a known drug peddler. The other person was identified as Bapi Molla who had come to meet Bibi. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBoth of them were arrested by the police. They were taken to the detective department office at Lalbazar. During search, sleuths found about 4,300 multi-coloured small packets of heroin. About 460 grams of heroin worth more than Rs 4 lakh was seized by the police. During interrogation, the police found that Bibi was the supplier of the drug. Molla used to get commission from her to sell the drug to students of several schools and colleges in Sealdah, Entally and Anandapur areas.last_img read more

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement I wasn’t amused that the precious metals shares got sold off as heavily as they did…Just eye-balling the Kitco gold chart below, it’s obvious to me that the gold price, despite several serious attempts to do so, wasn’t going to be allowed to break above the $1,720 spot mark anywhere on Planet Earth yesterday and, with the exception of the high tick of the day [$1,724.10 spot] at the London p.m. gold fix, it didn’t.The gold price finished the day at $1,716.00 spot…up a whole 80 cents from Friday’s New York close.  Net volume was very light at only around 108,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart on its own…and three of four of gold’s attempts to climb above the above mentioned price got turned back…and the glaring one is at the 3:00 p.m. GMT London gold fix…10:00 a.m. Eastern.Silver rallied right from the New York open on Sunday night…and its Far East high came around 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time.  It was all down hill from there until the noon silver fix in London.That proved to be the low of the day.  The subsequent rally ran into the usual not-for-profit seller at the afternoon London gold fix…and that was it.Silver closed at $33.66 spot…up 22 cents on the day.  Net volume was a rather unexciting 30,500 contracts…give or take.The dollar index, which closed on Friday at 80.24, was under pressure right from the get-go in Far East trading on their Monday morning…which most likely explains the initial rally in gold and silver.The index sank under the 80.00 mark around 3:00 p.m. in Hong Kong…about an hour before London opened.  From there it kept declining in fits and starts…closing around the 79.89 mark…down about 35 basis points on the day.It was obvious that both gold and silver wanted to rally at midday in London…and at the Comex open…but it’s equally obvious that there were forces standing by to make sure that it didn’t happen.The US dollar index packed up on the ino.com Internet site around 9:00 a.m. yesterday morning…and as you can see, I stole the chart below from one of Peter Spina’s websites…goldseek.com…and I’m sure he won’t mind.As you are more than aware, the shares did very poorly yesterday…and the HUI finished down 2.33%.  The HUI from that yahoo.com website has been M.I.A. for many days now…and here’s one that Scott Pluschau offered up in its stead.(Click on image to enlarge)The silver shares fared little better…and despite the metal itself finishing well in the black, the shares got sold down pretty hard as well.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.68%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for ‘Day 3’ in the December delivery month showed that 1,906 gold and 712 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Wednesday within the Comex-approved depositories.In gold, the big short/issuer was Deutsche Bank with 1,741 contracts posted for delivery…and in very distant second place came the Bank of Nova Scotia with 162 contracts.  The big long/stopper in gold was JPMorgan Chase with 1,565 contracts…275 in its client account and 1,290 in its proprietary [in house] trading account.  There were about a dozen other small stoppers accounting for the rest.In silver, the big short/issuer was Deutsche Bank as well with 579 contracts…and JPMorgan, in its proprietary account, was in second with 106 contracts.  The biggest long/stopper was JPMorgan in its client account with 341 contracts.  Second was Barclays with 225 contracts…and third was Credit Suisse First Boston with 98.The Issuers and Stoppers Report is well worth a few minutes of your time…and the link is here.  Note the delivery info in palladium as well…Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan and Barclays.If you haven’t figured it out already, it should be patently obvious that JPMorgan is at the center of the precious metals universe.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday…and no sales report from the U.S. Mint, either.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported receiving no silver at all…but shipped 458,050 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here.Washington reader S.A. had no charts for me today…but he more than made up for it by sending me a photo of the latest addition to the Oregon Zoo.Being a Tuesday column, I have a few more stories than usual for you today…and I’ll leave the final edit up to you.I have no doubt that the CFTC is publishing accurate data on COMEX silver. Without that data, I couldn’t begin to make a case for manipulation. The problem is that all the agency does is to publish accurate data that prove that silver is manipulated in price…and then refuses to react to the clear proof of manipulation. Due to a decrease in reported spread positions in this week’s disaggregated COT report, JPMorgan’s 38,000 contract silver short position “only” increased to 34.7% of the entire net COMEX short position from the previous week’s 34%. But the 190 million ounces that the 38,000 contracts represent is equal to 25% of the world’s total annual silver mine production of 760 million oz. If one trading entity was short 25% of the annual world production of any other commodity that entity would be in jail the day it became known. For that entity in silver to be a systemically important US bank is shocking in its own regard. In many ways, I admit that this is so extreme as to not be fully comprehendible. Believe me when I tell you that I can hardly comprehend that I label JPMorgan as crooked and get away with it. – Silver analyst Ted Butler… 01 December 2012Even though volume was pretty light in both silver and gold yesterday, it was obvious [at least to me] that the prices of both metals weren’t allowed to get far, even though the dollar index dropped below the psychologically important 80.00 mark.I wasn’t amused that the precious metals shares got sold off as heavily as they did…and I’ll quote a paragraph on this from my Saturday column…“I’d like to think that it’s strong hands buying all the shares that are falling off the table as weak-kneed day traders hit the ‘sell’ button…but I’m always concerned that “da boyz” are buying up all these shares in order to dump them later when they need to suppress the share prices as well.  I know that John Embry would be in total agreement with this scenario.  But maybe I’m looking for a black bear in a dark room that’s not there.”I leave it up to you, dear reader, to ponder the notion of whether or not there is any truth in that paragraph…for, or against.As you may remember, I’ve had correspondence with Scotiabank here in Canada about whether or not they were the bank that was fingered by the CFTC as the “non-U.S. bank” in their November Bank Participation Report.  All enquires sent by myself…and other readers…ended up with the same “non-denial denial” type of answer.So, on Sunday, I sent an e-mail off to the ombudsman at Scotiabank…and here is what I had to say…02 December 2012Mr. Charles DougallOmbudsmanScotiabankHi Charles,I’ve been trying to get an answer to a question that I asked of your firm a month or so ago.I started off with Andy Montano at Scotia Mocatta…and have since graduated to Rick Waugh…and got immediately passed off to Dave Shearim.  I have not received a direct answer, except for the usual ‘non-denial denial’…the normal runaround corporations give when they really don’t want to answer and are just trying to blow someone off.I’m not asking for trading secrets, or the trading positions of any client [in-house or otherwise] that may exist over at Scotia Mocatta…as I fully understand that this client privileged information.Here is the sequence e-mails as posted in ‘The Wrap’ section of my daily column over at Casey Research on November 6th…[There was a bit more to this e-mail than that at the end, but what you see above is the essence of what I sent]The reply I got back on Monday was as follows…Dear Mr. Steer, We acknowledge receipt of your email dated December 2nd. After a preliminary review of your email, we wish to inform you that there are certain issues that are deemed to be outside the mandate of the Office of the Ombudsman, which may include the issue(s) you have raised.  Having said that, we will make inquiries into your concerns and will respond to you further in due course. Yours truly, Marlaine Radke Assistant Ombudsman Scotiabank – Executive Offices 44 King Street West Toronto, ON  M5H 1H1 Telephone: (416) 933-3299 Fax:  (416) 933-3276And that’s where it sits at this point…and I’ll let you know the contents of any further correspondence that I receive, or send.  I get the impression from the tone of the reply, that I’m not going to get very far, but you never know.Both gold and silver came under selling pressure the moment that Far East trading began on their Tuesday.  Then, as you’ve already noted, the bid disappeared shortly before 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…or the high-frequency traders showed up…and the gold price dropped ten dollars in just a few minutes.  This decline occurred in all four precious metals.Since those lows, they have recovered somewhat…and their respective rallies have continued [in fits and starts] into the first hour or so of trading in London.  Whether these rallies will be allowed to continue is impossible to tell…but as I also said in my Saturday column, it’s a mug’s trying to predict what the precious metals will do price-wise when the heavy hands of JPMorgan Chase et al are in the market.The dollar index has been in a slow but steady decline all through Far East and the early London trading session as well…and is down about 23 basis points as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:15 a.m. Eastern time.  Volumes are monstrous…over 45,000 contracts in gold…and 9,000+ in silver.  Fortunately, all of this…along with New York’s price/volume activity…will be in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report, as the cut-off is at the 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close today.And I suggest you re-read Ted Butler’s quote under the cartoons above to give you some idea of the meaning of “obscene and grotesque” when it come to a short position in the precious metals…especially silver.  Between JPM and Scotiabank…if they are the second big silver short…they hold a short position of over 45% of the entire Comex futures market in silver.  That was as of the Tuesday cut-off for last week’s COT Report…and it may have declined since.  But by how much, won’t be known until Friday.What the precious metals do price-wise is entirely up to them…and has nothing to do with legitimate supply and demand fundamentals.That’s more than enough for today…and I’ll be very interested in the price action in New York when I switch my computer on later this morning.See you tomorrow. Tosca Mining Corporation’s goal is to acquire advanced stage projects that can be placed into production quickly. The company’s primary asset is the Red Hills Molybdenum/Copper project located in Presidio County, Texas. A program to confirm, and expand the considerable size and potential of the project and evaluate various economic scenarios was completed in 2011. Tosca recently received results from the 13 remaining holes from its phase two, 16,000 M (4,873 m) diamond drill program. Per Tosca’s Chairman, Dr. Sadek El-Alfy, “the drill program has successfully verified historic drill results of the shallow Copper-Molybdenum cap and confirmed the presence of a deeper, well mineralized Molybdenum Porphyry deposit.” The results of 21 holes drilled through the copper/moly cap in Tosca’s 2011 drill program give a weighted average grade of 0.39 % Cu over a core length of 113 feet (34.5 m). Since the copper cap is subhorizontal, the average core length can be interpreted as being approximately equivalent to true width. The copper/moly cap is crescent shaped, approximately 4,000 feet (1220 metres) long and 400 feet (122 m) to 1000 feet (305 m) wide.The 2011 program encountered numerous thick  Molybdenum mineralized intervals including Hole TMC-25 wich  intersected 1,189 feet (362.4 m) averaging 0.089 per cent Mo including 830 feet (253 m) of 0.1 per cent Mo from 359 feet (109.8 m) to the bottom of the hole. Hole TMC-29 cut 989 feet (301.4 m) averaging 0.09 per cent Mo including 139 feet (42.4 m) of 0.16 per cent Mo. The molybdenum grades are similar and in some cases higher than those of projects currently considered of potential economic interest.”Aggressive plans are in place for 2012 to conduct metallurgical tests, produce an updated resource estimate and  Pre Economic Assesment. Tosca is operated by an experienced mine development team, operates in Texas, a  mine-friendly jurisdiction and its property iseasily accessible with infrastructure in place to advance operations. Please visit our website to learn more about the company ad request information.last_img read more

If you are a productive person working in any sor

first_imgIf you are a productive person, working in any sort of normal job, roughly half of your earnings are taken from you every year, leaving you just barely able to hang on to an acceptable lifestyle. Understand this: You are already rich, but your money is stolen from you, generally before you ever hold it in your hands. Can you imagine what would happen to government in space? Once beyond Earth’s gravity well, the spacefarers would be gone forever: no more taxes, no more obedience, and heaps of scorn for the distant barbarians who demanded money and attempted violence to get it. Space would be the 17th century American wilderness on steroids. Politicians and tax gatherers would have no hope of keeping up. The man in the photo below is Gene Cernan, the last human to walk on the moon. Cernan left the moon in December of 1972 – more than forty years ago – and no one has gone back. To understand how far we went forty years ago, on how little technology, consider this: Our modern smart phones have 200,000 times more power than the computers that took men to the moon. Let me restate that: Space travel can be accomplished with forty-year-old technology. At one million miles, government requires 4,188,000,000 billion cubic miles of dominance. The 1950s are considered a time of mass conformity, but they look like radical experimentation compared to the fully-scripted lives of today’s ‘successful’ people. A success ethic that addresses the animal aspects of human life while utterly ignoring its higher aspects. We are taxed on our income at national, state and even local levels. We are taxed on what we spend. We are taxed on Ponzi retirement programs. We are taxed on property we own, and on gasoline we buy, and hundreds of other things. At three million miles it is 113,076,000,000 billion cubic miles of dominance. It may be that the next generation will demand more out of life than animal gratifications. Such changes have occurred in the past. Would to God that they come again soon.#3: Our Money Is Taken from Us The taxation systems of the West are designed to rob us of every dollar we get, right up to the point where we’d be tempted to rebel. This is a science. I should add that one million miles in space is almost trivial. At the speeds used forty years ago, that’s only 38.5 hours of travel. The relics of the last moon missionWhat has been lost to us? What happens to humans themselves (and by that I mean internally) once we get to space and have a few moments to “consider the heavens”? Preliminary evidences are that humans in space think more deeply, more expansively, and more spiritually… that their consciousness opens up and expands. Consider just these passages from astronauts on the first and last moon missions. (And I have many others.) As Neil and I first stood on the surface of the moon looking back at Earth – a bright blue marble suspended in the blackness of space – the experience moved us in ways that we could not have anticipated. – Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Out there on another planet, I was looking back at the Earth, or I was looking back at the other stars in the universe – science and technology could no longer explain to me what I was feeling. Not just what I was seeing, it’s what I was feeling. And I kept thinking, above all religions, there has to be a creator. It was to me like I was just sitting on a rocking chair on a Friday evening, looking back home, sitting on God’s front porch, looking back at the Earth; looking back home. It was really that simple, but it was an overpowering experience. I’m sure that viewing the world from the moon only enriched me spiritually and also gave me a new vantage point on life… Anyone who walked on the moon had such a spiritual experience, similar to it or stronger. – Gene Cernan, Apollo 17 An obscene level of advertising that replaced authentic dreams with scientifically implanted manipulations. 17th century voyages across the Atlantic took weeks, and there was no lack of paying passengers. So, there is no hope of governments getting us back to space. To do so would be to shoot themselves in the chest, and they probably understand that.#2: The Culture Has Gone Conformist Lamentations Are In Order It is tragic beyond measure that human exploration has been neutered since 1972. Sure, we’ve sent out a few probes and placed a good telescope in orbit, but we have done nothing brave, nothing bold, nothing daring. Productive humans have been delegated to mute observance as their hard-earned surplus is syphoned off to capital cities, where it is sanctimoniously poured down a sewer of cultured dependencies and endless wars. We remain locked onto this planet, not because we lack the ability to leave, but because so few of us are able to do anything about it. What we have lost can be measured only in the billions of unactivated lives. Fifty years ago humanity was shocked to realize that they could go to the stars. After untold millennia of looking to the heavens, of wondering, dreaming and mourning the impossibility, we saw that we could go to the stars. And for ten years we took our first brave steps, successfully! But after our first major step away from our crib, we were thrown back and surrounded with double-height rails. Since then, we have stagnated, and human culture has undergone a widespread rot. We watch science fictions about going to space, living in space and even fighting in space, but we have given up all hope of going ourselves… even though we did it just one generation ago. Humanity – having recently discovered the ability to expand without limit – wanders aimlessly, with no challenging goal, no elevated purpose, and no path of escape. Space travel has leapfrogged us: it was done by our fathers; we imagine that it will be done by our sons; but we dare not think that it is possible to us. They Were Men Like Us We have more than enough ability to explore space right now. The men who did so a generation ago were not supermen, regardless of how the promotions made them appear. I’ve met some of the people who did this forty years ago, including one of the men who walked on the moon. I found them to be reasonably decent and competent men (the astronaut struck me as especially capable), but I’ve known other men and women who were of equal or greater decency and competence. The fault of our earth-bound lives lies not in our abilities. The spacemen were men like ourselves. Now, please take a look at this photo: You are observing a workman building a Mercury capsule. Look at the metal work: It is fine construction, and it was advanced for its day, but there are shops in every large city in America that could do the same job, faster, cheaper, with closer tolerances. Like every other technology, metal working has massively improved over the last forty years. Now look at this Gemini launch. What in this picture is particularly hard to build? We see concrete, metal frameworks and sprinklers. None of those things are remotely hard. Even the rocket is simple by modern standards. In other words, this technology is simple to reproduce. None of it is beyond the grasp of journeyman craftsmen. Leibniz, Newton and Aldrin Originating is hard; second and third uses are not. It took brilliant men like Leibniz and Newton to invent calculus, but now, millions of schoolchildren learn it every year. It took a brilliant engineer like Buzz Aldrin to invent the technologies of space rendezvous, but there are millions of bright young men, right now, who are more than capable of using his discoveries. Again, none of this is beyond us. And, by the way, we have lots of real geniuses in our time too… it’s just that they have been forced into systems that punish them for their brilliance, rather than rewarding them, or at least just leaving them alone. Why Haven’t We Gone Back? There are several ways to answer this question. Here are the answers that I think matter most: #1: Space is Against the State’s Interest Fame for the basest, weirdest and most lurid men and women; conformity for everyone else.center_img And so on. The people who left could never again be contained and have their money removed by force. Those cows would never be milked again. The reason I’m so sure of this is simple mathematics. When we lost the moon we lost our bearings; there was no distant star to guide us, no magnificent vision to pursue. Four decades on, we remain in a kind of stasis, mollified with streaming vanities and base satisfactions. Perhaps we should have known that this would be the result. But when shall we return to the stars? It isn’t rocket science anymore. [Editor’s Note: This article is based on research from our flagship newsletter – The Freeman’s Perspective Letter – Issue #20: “Forty Years Gone: A Lamentation.” If you liked it, consider taking a risk-free test drive. Not only will you gain immediate access to the rest of the issue, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the entire archive – more than 520 pages of research on topics of importance and inspiration to those looking for freedom in an unfree world. Plus valuable bonus reports and all new issues as well. Click here to learn more.] Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com Originally compiled for FreedomsPhoenix.com. The glorification and unlimited empowerment of the institution. At two million miles it is 33,504,000 billion cubic miles of dominance. The men who went into space knew that death was a possibility, but they valued more than just animal rewards; they wanted to excel, to touch the heavens, to expand, to become more. In the broader cultures of the West, that attitude has been suppressed and nearly lost. Space is a territory that expends exponentially (as a cube of the distance) and endlessly. The numbers look like this: 24/7 entertainment, which made billions of otherwise-productive hours worthless. As a result, we’ve had boring, washed-out decades, focused on anything but the awe-inspiring, the good, and the truly heroic. These years have been stripped of the greatest excitement, discovery and growth that have ever been possible to our species. Consider what became of the past forty years: There has been no striving, no searching, no becoming. Instead, we’ve had: At four million miles it is 268,032,000,000 billion cubic miles of dominance. If we actually held our own money, reaching space again could be done, easily, from a small percentage of our surplus. No coercion would be required, only a bit of excitement. Our current decade features no goals save bodily comfort, and no aspirations save existence and status. Underlying it all is a palette of manufactured fears that can only be salved by buying the right products or electing the right politicians. We are living through the triumph of manipulation and the disappearance of vigorous individuals. We have no money left over for things that matter.last_img read more

Fortyfive states and the Department of Justice ar

first_imgForty-five states and the Department of Justice are claiming that generic-drug prices are fixed and the alleged collusion may have cost U.S. business and consumers more than $1 billion.In their complaint, prosecutors say that when pharmacies asked drugmakers for their lowest price, the manufacturers would rig the bidding process.”The companies would work out in advance who would get the lowest price and then the other competitors may put in what we would call a cover bid,” says Michael Cole, who heads the antitrust department at the Connecticut attorney general’s office. (Such bids give the appearance of competitive bidding.)Through subpoenas, Cole’s team has assembled millions of texts, emails and phone calls between 2012 and 2015. The prosecutors say the records show executives divvying up customers, setting prices and giving the illusion that generic pharmaceuticals were transacted in an open and fair marketplace.Because of this price-fixing scheme, prosecutors say, health insurance premiums and copays increased. They also say tax-funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid overspent on drugs.So far, two executives from Heritage Pharmaceuticals have pleaded guilty to antitrust crimes. Both are now feeding information to prosecutors who say the two rigged prices on, among other drugs, the common antibiotic doxycycline, which shot the price up 8,000 percent.”To the extent that taxpayers have had to pay that bill, I think that the taxpayers should recover. And we will get involved on the civil side and recover damages for the U.S. government,” Makan Delrahim, head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, said at a seminar.The fact that the Department of Justice is involved has caught the attention of class-action lawyers.Jason Dubner, an attorney for Butler, Rubin, Saltarelli & Boyd, says the allegations are so massive that prices throughout the generic industry could have been affected. “You start to get an understanding just how widespread this alleged conspiracy was to cover so many different types of cures,” he says.Law firms that specialize in class actions have already lined up as many as 80 companies that may have paid too much, including retail pharmacies, employee unions and insurance companies. Dubner predicts more will join as the lawsuit progresses, perhaps even individual consumers.The pharmaceutical manufacturers named in the complaint have either declined to comment or denied the allegations, saying they have a robust compliance program.Ronny Gal, a market analyst for Sanford Bernstein, says on average, the generic-drug industry has lowered prices for consumers. But, he says, in an efficient marketplace, generic-drug wholesalers should have kept prices in check.”In a market that has only three or four really large distribution organizations, they are sometimes tempted to maximize their own profits in a way that does not always 100 percent reflect the best interest of their clients,” Gal says.This is what investigators are looking at now. In their complaint they suggest — but don’t allege — that the price-fixing conspiracy also involved drug distributors. Prosecutors are sending more subpoenas and planning a new complaint.”It could be more generic manufacturers, it could be more drugs, it could be more entities in the distribution chain. It could be all of that,” Cole, of the Connecticut attorney general’s office, says.A spokesperson for McKesson, one of the largest generics distributors, said the company is cooperating with requests for information from prosecutors and that it competes aggressively for the lowest price available.Based on what’s in the current lawsuit, Gal estimates an eventual settlement would be around $1 billion. But he says that number could go as high as $5 billion, especially if more drugs are included. Copyright 2018 WSHU. To see more, visit WSHU.last_img read more

A major medical association today suggested that d

first_imgA major medical association today suggested that doctors who treat people with Type 2 diabetes can set less aggressive blood sugar targets. But medical groups that specialize in diabetes sharply disagree.Half a dozen medical groups have looked carefully at the best treatment guidelines for the 29 million Americans who have Type 2 diabetes and have come up with somewhat differing guidelines.The American College of Physicians has reviewed those guidelines to provide its own recommendations, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. It has decided that less stringent goals are appropriate for the key blood sugar test, called the A1C.”There are harms associated with overzealous treatment or inappropriate treatment focused on A1C targets,” says Dr. Jack Ende, president of the ACP. “And for that reason, this is not the kind of situation where the college could just sit back and ignore things.”The ACP, which represents internists, recommends that doctors aim for an A1C in the range of 7 to 8 percent, not the lower levels that other groups recommend.For people who have already achieved a lower level, “consider de-intensifying treatment,” Ende says. “That is, reducing one of the medications, stopping a medication, just allow the A1C to be between 7 and 8.”Some studies have shown that people who have aggressively pushed to lower their blood sugar are at somewhat higher risk of premature death. People also suffer from low blood sugar as a result of aggressive treatment.That was the case for Valerie Pennington, a special-needs teacher who lives in Odessa, Mo. She was diagnosed in her mid-40s and put on an aggressive treatment regime.”The nurse at school — because I was going low so much — made me get an alarm clock.” Otherwise, she says, she didn’t realize when she was about to faint. “At one point, one of the children actually had to save me because I had just zoned out.”Pennington also had trouble losing weight because one of the drugs she took for diabetes often leads to weight gain.The upside for her — and it’s a big one — is that once she was off that drug, she shed 100 pounds and has been able to keep her blood sugar in the normal range.She says her general-practice doctor wasn’t fixated on a particular number for her A1C, “but my ophthalmologist would always check the number because above 6.5 the chances of getting retinopathy grow.”People with elevated blood sugar risk more than their vision, says Dr. George Grunberger, who was on the committee that drew up diabetes guidelines for the American College of Endocrinologists and is past president of the American Association of Endocrinologists.”The moment your glucose goes above normal, it’s incurring damage to the back of the eye, to kidneys and to nerves, especially in your feet,” he says.Grunberger says he is stunned to see the American College of Physicians giving more weight to the risks of low blood sugar than the benefits of keeping it under control.”My concern is this will be a message to many practicing physicians saying, ‘Well, don’t worry about it so much, because it’s OK,’ ” he says.He is even more surprised by the suggestion to let a patient’s blood sugar levels rise if the A1C is below 7 percent. He says that is based on a misinterpretation of old studies conducted for purposes other than setting optimal blood sugar levels.The American Diabetes Association also rejects the ACP’s recommendation.”We stand by our guidelines,” says Dr. William Cefalu, chief scientific, medical and mission officer of the ADA.Cefalu says, for one thing, the new guidance gives short shrift to a new generation of drugs that are in use to control blood sugar, “and these drugs do have less risk for hypoglycemia [low blood sugar] and some have very favorable effects on body weight and other cardiovascular risk factors.”Everyone does agree on one thing: There is no one-size-fits-all solution.”These are recommendations,” Ende, the ACP president, says. “Your doctor should make a decision based upon his best information or her best information as well as your particular case.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Its been 40 years since doctors in San Antonio fi

first_imgIt’s been 40 years since doctors in San Antonio first organized a conference about breast cancer to educate local physicians. A few nationally known experts flew in, and at an airport hotel, some 140 people — mainly men — talked over slide presentations. The event has grown — and evolved — since 1978. This year, some 7,500 people gathered in early December at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the world’s largest annual conference devoted to breast cancer. Another thing that makes the symposium special is the presence of a couple of hundred patient advocates alongside scientists and clinicians. In San Antonio, advocates stand up and ask questions after plenary talks. Patients sit on panels, contribute papers and weigh in on research prioritiesBy speaking up, advocates at the meeting have shifted the direction of breast cancer research. Some are alive, improbably, as a consequence of new treatments enabled and promoted by their advocacy. In recent years, advocates have steered attention toward metastatic disease.When I practiced oncology years ago, there was little concept of cancer-patient activism, apart from fundraising and helping spread official, doctor-approved recommendations. Since my personal breast cancer diagnosis, 16 years ago, cancer advocacy has changed dramatically.For patient advocates, now including me, visiting San Antonio has become a December ritual. We learn what’s happening in the field, network and see old friends. We hug and stroll the River Walk. We cry, remembering acquaintances who’ve died.For a growing number of patients living with metastatic breast cancer, learning has become a priority. As more clinical trials and new options for testing and treatment are becoming available, patients are educating themselves in the hope of saving themselves. And they are voicing their needs.The San Antonio symposium was one of the first medical conferences to include patient advocates. However, members of the local Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation recall the days when they weren’t invited to the sessions. Sandi Sanford, 74, runs the advocacy program for the group, which she joined in 1994. “I was six months out from surgery and still had a couple of chemotherapy treatments to go,” she told me. In 1996, she and other “Alamo” women staffed an information booth during the symposium, then held in a downtown Marriott ballroom. “There was no program for us,” Sanford told me. “We’d sneak into the sessions, stand in the back of the room and lean against the wall.”In 1998, the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation started a grants program for advocates to help them travel to the San Antonio meeting; it expanded. Money for the Alamo educational programs comes mainly from industry. The annual budget, over $250,000, mostly goes toward room rental and convention center facility fees, video support for social media and livestreaming, Sanford told me. “These funds are used for educating advocates in an unrestricted manner,” she said. “We are not allowed to play favorites and we don’t promote any company’s drug.”Doctors attending the symposium value the patients’ participation. “There is a very clear and prominent role for patient advocates here at the meeting,” said Dr. Nikhil Wagle, a Harvard oncologist who leads the Metastatic Breast Cancer Project. At this year’s symposium, he gave a plenary talk on the genomic landscape of breast cancer. “Over the last several years, I’ve seen advocacy increase in a very positive way,” Wagle told me. “Knowing that there are patients and advocates in the room makes presenters aware of their concerns; it affects what we say and what research we do.”Speakers don’t dumb down the educational sessions for advocates. Far from it! On Wednesday evening of this year’s symposium, I stopped by a “Hot Topic” session, where experts review the days’ scientific reports. Dr. Julie Gralow of Seattle was expounding in detail on atezolizumab, a PD-L1 antibody, before a room of engaged advocates. Later, they lined up at microphones and asked detailed questions about gene mutations, fibroblasts in breast tissue and contradictory clinical trial results. Like doctors, patient advocates don’t always agree. In a lunchtime session with members of the Food and Drug Administration’s Oncology Center of Excellence, advocates raised concerns about the agency’s approval of drugs that don’t necessarily prolong survival. Some asked about the design of clinical trials. The agency’s breast cancer team, led by Dr. Tatiana Prowell, emphasized that the FDA wants to hear from patients with varied perspectives.A personal highlight of the conference — because the benefits of patient advocacy were evident — was the annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance dinner held at the historic Menger hotel, steps from the Alamo.”If you went to the San Antonio Symposium in 2011, researchers had very little to say that was relevant to advanced breast cancer,” said Shirley Mertz, a former high school principal in Illinois who has been living with metastatic breast cancer since 2003. Metastatic breast cancer is an incurable condition that still carries a dim prognosis. “If you heard anything about metastatic cancer, it was on Saturday, after [most] people went home,” said Mertz, a co-founder of the alliance in 2013. Then, she added with pride, now “the program is full of metastatic breast cancer!” Dr. Elaine Schattner is a journalist, patient advocate and physician who lives in New York City. She is writing a book about public attitudes toward cancer. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

This Woman Just Made NFL History

first_imgLeadership Image credit: Al Bello | Getty Images Add to Queue 2 min read –shares Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. This Woman Just Made NFL History Nina Zipkin This Sunday, during the matchup between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers, NFL referee Sarah Thomas became the first woman to be an on-field official at an NFL playoff game. It wasn’t the first time that Thomas made football history.In 2015, she became the first female official hired by the NFL, and before her hiring in 2011, she was the first female official to work in a Big Ten stadium. In 2009, she was the first woman to officiate a college football bowl game, and in 2007, she was the first woman to work at a major college football game.Before her career as a football official, Thomas, a Mississippi native and married mom of three, was a college basketball star at the University of Mobile.Related: 4 Branding Lessons From Nike’s Colin Kaepernick AdAt the start of her NFL career, she shared with CBS News how her tenure as a scholar-athlete informed her career.”Maybe at times when they made a controversial call that I didn’t think was right, I voiced my opinion, but I think they would get just as aggravated with me at times, too,” Thomas told CBS. “When I started in football officiating, I had no idea the pride and the amount of time that they put into trying to get the game right.”On social media, Jennifer Welter, the NFL’s first female assistant coach, congratulated Thomas.Today my good friend Sarah Thomas will #kickglass and become the first woman to officiate a playoff game #football #footballfamily #womeninsports #grrridirongirls #legends @ San… https://t.co/8A93bSwLUt— Dr. Jen Welter (@jwelter47) January 13, 2019center_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article January 14, 2019 Entrepreneur Staff Sarah Thomas became the first woman to be an on-field official at a playoff game. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now »last_img read more

Mobilizing VoIP

first_img Mobilizing VoIP Register Now » Add to Queue 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Dan O’Shea Most small-business entrepreneurs are now well aware of the economic benefits and flexibility advantages of using VoIP for their office communications needs. Now, it’s time for lesson two: How to leverage VoIP’s benefits while on the go.A big-box retailer, hearty competitor to many a small business, may seem an unlikely teacher for this lesson. Yet, Best Buy is doing an increasingly good job of addressing the technology needs of its small-business customers. As part of the Best Buy for Business concept, the retailer operates its own national VoIP service provider­–Speakeasy­–catering to the small-business market.Speakeasy, based in Seattle, was already a nationally known VoIP service brand when Best Buy acquired it in 2007. Thousands of small businesses in the U.S. use Speakeasy Hosted Voice, and late last year, Speakeasy introduced the first mobile extension of its platform, targeted at iPhone users. EasyVoice Mobile for iPhone extends an existing Speakeasy customer’s wireline calling package, including a call management feature and free calling to more than 20 countries, to a device that has become standard issue to small-business owners.Call management functions run through Remote Office, an application that integrates with an iPhone contact list and allows iPhone users to make and receive calls via their desktop office phone number. Users can also hold, forward, access voice mail and do pretty much anything they would while at the office. “It gives the impression that you’re always available,” Chatterley said.He added that the big telecom companies still do a poor job of addressing evolving small-business calling needs, delivering cellular plans targeted at small firms, but not comprehensive applications covering both the fixed office and the mobile office. Ironically, a big-box retailer may teach them a lesson, too. Magazine Contributor Speakeasy takes the popular voice alternative on the road. Technology This story appears in the February 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares January 15, 2010last_img read more

US Holiday Weekend Store Sales Fizzle

first_img December 1, 2014 Enroll Now for $5 Next Article Add to Queue –shares Black Friday 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. This story originally appeared on Reuterscenter_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Early holiday promotions and rising online shopping took a toll on in-store U.S. sales during the Thanksgiving weekend as shoppers on average spent 6.4 percent less than they did a year earlier, according to data released Sunday by an industry group.The National Retail Federation estimated shoppers on average spent $380.95 at stores this holiday weekend, which began on Thursday, compared with $407.02 a year ago, and total spending fell about 11 percent to $50.9 billion over the weekend.NRF President and Chief Executive Matthew Shay said there is an “evolutionary change” in holiday shopping among both consumers and retailers, and this trend is likely to continue.The data highlights the growing importance of online sales and the waning importance of Black Friday, which until a few years ago traditionally kicked off the holiday shopping season in the United States, as more retailers open their doors on Thanksgiving Day and start discounting merchandise earlier in November.comScore, a retail analytics firm, said U.S. online sales rose 32 percent to $766 million on Thanksgiving and 26 percent to $1.2 billion on Black Friday, driven by stronger deals online.The Thanksgiving weekend is an early gauge of consumer mood in a season that generates about 30 percent of sales and nearly 40 percent of profit for retailers.Discounted high-end apparel, televisions and toys were the most popular this year followed by items including video games, home furnishings and jewelry, according to the NRF survey of 4,631 consumers.Department stores like Macy’s were the most visited followed by discount retailers like Wal-Mart, Target and electronic chains like Best Buy.NRF said nearly two in five consumers shopped online or plan to shop online by the weekend’s end.On Saturday, research firm ShopperTrack said sales at retail stores fell 0.5 percent.RetailNext, another analytics firm, on Sunday said it found overall shopper traffic on Black Friday fell 14 percent, but on average shopper spending rose 1.9 percent, as conversion rates were higher, with shoppers spending more once in the store.”Sales on Black Friday were very disappointing but retailers managed to drive a lot of people to their websites early on which helps us remain optimistic about the overall holiday season,” said Shelley Kohan, vice president, retail consulting, at RetailNext.The NRF stuck to its forecast for retail sales to rise 4.1 percent this holiday season.(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Chicago; Editing by Jilian Mincer and Eric Walsh) U.S. Holiday Weekend Store Sales Fizzle Image credit: Reuters | Eduardo Munoz 2 min read Reuters last_img read more

Study explores causes for rising rate of hospitalizations among homeless individuals

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 21 2018A homeless individual is one who lacks fixed and reliable housing, and approximately 553,000 people fit that description on any given night in the United States. A new retrospective cohort study led by investigators from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital examines patterns, causes and outcomes of acute hospitalizations between 2007 and 2013 for homeless individuals and non-homeless control groups in three populous and diverse U.S. states: Florida, California and Massachusetts. Data suggest a rise in acute hospital use among homeless individuals for mental illness and substance use disorder. The results were published in the journal Medical Care.”The homeless population is aging, and the rate of hospitalizations for homeless individuals is increasing,” said lead author Rishi Wadhera, MD, an investigator in the Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at BIDMC. “Although there has been a recent push to establish better policy and public health measures to improve the health of homeless adults, few studies have examined the patterns and causes of hospitalizations in this population. We found that hospitalizations among homeless adults tend to be for a very different set of conditions than non-homeless adults, even after accounting for differences in demographics.”To examine these trends, hospital discharge data was acquired from Massachusetts and Florida between 2001 and 2013 and from California between 2007 and 2011. This information came from the State Inpatient Databases (SID) of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This dataset includes information such as homeless status, billing, demographics, and diagnoses. Hospitalization costs were determined by applying American Hospital Association cost-to-charge ratios to the total hospital charges provided in the SID.Overall, the researchers analyzed more than 185,000 hospitalizations for homeless individuals and 32 million hospitalizations for non-homeless individuals. Between 2007 and 2013 (2011 for Calif.), acute hospitalizations for homeless individuals increased in all three states. Massachusetts experienced an increase from 294 to 420 per 1,000 homeless individuals, Florida increased from 161 to 240/1,000, and California grew from 133 to 164/1,000. Homeless adults were more often white (62 percent), male (76.1 percent), around 46 years old, and either uninsured (41.9 percent) or insured by Medicaid (31.7 percent).Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaResearch opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmiasHeart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according to latest figuresThe researchers found that reasons for hospitalization among the two groups differed starkly. More than 50 percent of hospitalizations among homeless individuals were related to mental illness and substance use disorder, while these conditions explained less than 20 percent of hospitalizations among demographically comparable non-homeless individuals. Homeless adults also had a longer mean length of stay (6.5 vs. 5.9 days). However, homeless individuals had lower in-hospital mortality rates (0.9 percent vs. 1.2 percent) and lower mean costs per day ($1,535 vs. $1,834) than the comparable non-homeless control group.”Some states, such as Massachusetts, have expanded Medicaid eligibility, which has increased rates of insurance among homeless individuals and improved access to care; this could have led to greater use of hospital services,” said Wadhera, who is also a cardiology fellow in the Cardiovascular Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “The increase in hospitalizations could also reflect more concerning trends. The opioid epidemic has disproportionately impacted homeless population, and a repercussion of this may be an increase in acute hospitalizations. It is also possible that these patterns suggest inadequate outpatient care for homeless individuals, and that we need to do a better job of providing more consistent, reliable outpatient care to this population.””There is an urgent need to reduce financial and nonfinancial barriers to the use of ambulatory care, for behavioral health services in particular, to improve long-term management of physical and mental illness for homeless individuals,” said senior author Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH, of Washington University in St. Louis. “We need better longitudinal data and further studies to understand how Medicaid expansion and other policy initiatives affect the health of this highly vulnerable population.” Source:https://www.bidmc.org/about-bidmc/news/2018/12/study-examines-primary-drivers-of-increased-hospitalizations-of-homeless-individualslast_img read more