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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

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

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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

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

Cofounder of Chesapeake Energy Corp Dies in Car Accident

first_img Register Now » Reuters Next Article Co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp. Dies in Car Accident Add to Queue March 2, 2016 –shares Aubrey McClendon, the co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp who led it to become one of the world’s biggest natural gas producers before he was tarred by federal anti-trust charges, died on Wednesday in a car accident in Oklahoma City, police said. He was 56.McClendon died one day after the U.S. Department of Justice indicted him for allegedly violating antitrust laws by colluding to rig bids for oil and gas acreage while he was at Chesapeake, which has been a central player in the U.S. fracking revolution of the past decade. He denied the charges.McClendon resigned from Chesapeake in 2013 after a corporate governance crisis and investor concerns over his heavy spending.He went on to start American Energy Partners, and with the help of private equity funds, made huge bets on vast oil acreage around the United States and Australia.Police said they were investigating the cause of the crash that occurred when McClendon was driving his 2013 Chevy Tahoe. Police said the vehicle was so badly burned they were unable to tell if McClendon was wearing his seat belt.A native of Oklahoma, he attended Duke University before starting Chesapeake with his friend Tom Ward, who went on to lead SandRidge Energy Inc. for a time.”Chesapeake is deeply saddened by the news that we have heard today and our thoughts and prayers are with the McClendon family during this difficult time,” a Chesapeake spokesman said in a statement.(Reporting by Liz Hampton, Jessica Resnick Ault and Ernest Scheyder; Writing by Terry Wade; Editing by Leslie Adler) This story originally appeared on Reuters Death 2 min read Image credit: Sean Gardner | Reuters Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and Co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corporation Aubrey McClendon walks through the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana March 26, 2012.last_img read more

Senators to Airlines Whats Up With the Computer Outages

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag Senators to Airlines: What’s Up With the Computer Outages? Don Reisinger Register Now » 2 min read Next Article August 18, 2016 Contributing Writer Frequent fliers aren’t the only ones fed up with airline computer outages. In the wake of delays due to recent glitches with the systems of Southwest and Delta Air Lines, two US senators are asking for answers.”We are concerned with recent reports indicating that airlines’ IT systems may be susceptible to faltering because of the way they are designed and have been maintained,” Democratic Sens. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut wrote in a letter to more than a dozen airlines. Delta flights were grounded earlier this month after “a critical power control module at our Technology Command Center malfunctioned, causing a surge to the transformer and a loss of power,” according to COO Gil West. Southwest, meanwhile, had to cancel hundreds of flights last month after its website went down.In their letters, Markey and Blumenthal “inquire about safeguards and backups in place within airline IT systems to protect against power outages, cyberattacks and other hazards,” they said in a statement. They also “ask the airlines about policies that would allow passengers to be rebooked on another airline or on a different mode of transportation in the event of irregular operations caused by the airlines, as well as about their reimbursement and compensation policies.”Airline mergers are not helping the situation, they continued. “Now that four air carriers control approximately 85 percent of domestic capacity, all it takes is one airline to experience an outage and thousands of passengers could be stranded, resulting in missed business meetings, graduations, weddings, funerals and other prepaid events.”The senators’ letter includes several queries, including how many times technology has caused an outage to air traffic, what safeguards are in place when systems fail, and the current state of the airline’s IT system. They have asked the airline CEOs to respond to their queries by Sept.16.Airlines that received the letter include American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Allegiant Air, Virgin America, Sun Country Airlines and Island Air Hawaii. Add to Queue Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Airlines Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Image credit: Shutterstock –shareslast_img read more

QuanticMind Offers SEM Marketers Powerful New Automated Bidding Capabilities

first_imgQuanticMind announced its Spring 2019 product release, ushering in new functionality for digital marketers who are focused on achieving peak performance and optimization from paid search channels. The pioneering Martech company, based in Silicon Valley, has unlocked ways to automate highly valuable audience bid adjustments in Google Ads, optimize Bing Shopping campaigns using proprietary data science techniques, and launched a machine learning based forecasting module for SEM and Shopping campaigns. These new features together augment QuanticMind’s position as the leader in predictive digital advertising management.“We’ve focused on adding sophisticated machine learning algorithms to ensure better accuracy and increased reliability in driving optimal performance of paid search campaigns,” said QuanticMind’s CEO, Chaitanya Chandrasekar. “These updates represent only the beginning of the journey we’re on to deliver a solution that enables digital marketers to solve paid advertising challenges at far greater scale, faster speed, and at deeper levels of granularity than previously possible.”QuanticMind has committed to continually engage in product improvements to help digital marketers achieve their performance goals. This Spring release adds another chapter by delivering features that directly empower SEM marketers to optimize their marketing campaigns for the best ROI.Marketing Technology News: Pandora Selects OpenText’s Digital Asset Management Platform for Streaming AdvertisingThe highlight of the Spring 2019 release is the launch of Automated Audience Bid Adjustments for Google Ads. Sophisticated marketers understand the power of showcasing their ads to targeted audiences: who they are, their interests and habits, what they are actively researching, or how they have interacted with businesses in the past. The QuanticMind platform dynamically automates how marketers manage audiences in Google Ads by drawing on the historical performance of audience segments to set optimal audience bid adjustments. This new bidding model ultimately ensures that marketers are minimizing wasted advertising spend and maximizing their business returns by reaching the right people, with the right message, at precisely the right moment.The second major capability rolled out is an advanced Forecasting Module. By taking in auction insights data, bid landscape models, historical performance trends, and seasonality factors, QuanticMind can now predict performance for up to 100 days in the future of paid search campaigns. By surfacing such critical insights in advance, marketers are empowered to determine what ROAS, Margin or CPA targets need to be set to achieve specific performance goals. Furthermore, channel budget shifts can be handled much more effectively with the guesswork eliminated.Marketing Technology News: Pitney Bowes and Accenture Team to Help Clients Take Advantage of Intelligent, Data-Driven SolutionsRounding out the trio of major features is Bing Shopping Optimization. Now, the same powerful machine learning algorithms that QuanticMind applies to Google Shopping campaigns can be employed to drive better investments on Bing Shopping. Strategies and reporting across the two publishers sit directly in one source of truth, allowing for a holistic overview of performance. QuanticMind Shopping continues to support feed management for both the Google and Bing Merchant Centers.The future of search engine marketing is bright as new levels of performance optimization become possible through QuanticMind’s Spring 2019 Release.Marketing Technology News: Elastic Stack 7.0 Now Available QuanticMind Offers SEM Marketers Powerful New Automated Bidding Capabilities PRNewswireApril 16, 2019, 5:44 pmApril 16, 2019 Audience Bid AdjustmentsChaitanya ChandrasekarGoogle AdsMarketing TechnologyNewsQuanticMindSEM Previous ArticleHG Insights Partners with Forrester to Expand Worldwide Technology Adoption CoverageNext ArticleEngageya Launches “Stories” Unit For Mobile Publisherslast_img read more

Highspot Launches Sales Enablement Industrys First Program to Provide Direct Access to

first_imgChallenger, CustomerCentric Selling, DSG Consulting, RAIN Group, and ValueSelling Now Offer Exclusive Content to Highspot Customers Directly in the Highspot PlatformHighspot, the modern sales enablement solution that sales reps love, announced the launch of its Sales Acceleration Partners program. This first-of-its-kind global program combines unparalleled sales and marketing expertise with the industry’s number one customer-rated sales enablement technology. Customers will have access to exclusive content and guidance directly within the Highspot platform from world-class go-to-market experts including Challenger, CustomerCentric Selling, DSG Consulting, RAIN Group, and ValueSelling.Marketing Technology News: Userful Announces New Drag-and-Drop Command and Control Module for Visual Networking PlatformBuilt on Highspot’s industry-first Spots and SmartPage technologies, the new program will give Highspot customers direct access to partner expertise and content within their daily workflow. Highspot Sales Acceleration Partners specialize in services that modernize traditional selling and go-to-market approaches from sales enablement best practices, to sales methodology, sales training, and sales playbooks.“To meet the needs of today’s modern buyer, companies in every industry are in the midst of transforming both their sales methodology and technology, ” said Robert Wahbe, Highspot co-founder and CEO.  “Our new program brings the brightest thinking in sales and marketing strategy directly into Highspot, filling a clear market need and giving our customers an unmatched competitive advantage.”Marketing Technology News: Sales Engagement Leader Outreach Reaches Unicorn Status, Raises $114 Million Series E“Organizations that enable a Challenger approach are more likely to grow and deliver real customer impact,” said Simon Frewer, Challenger’s CEO. “However, full adoption and sustainment take time and effort, especially at scale. Highspot’s unique ability to drive rapid, organization-wide adoption of core strategies and behaviors ensures sales reps can easily access content developed around Challenger best practices within the sales enablement platform that they already know and love.”Marketing Technology News: PCM Partners with RingCentral to Bring Cloud Communications Solutions to Enterprises Highspot Launches Sales Enablement Industry’s First Program to Provide Direct Access to Leading Sales Methodology MTS Staff WriterApril 24, 2019, 6:41 pmApril 24, 2019 CustomerCentric SellingHighspotMarketing TechnologyNewsRobert WahbeSales Acceleration PartnersSales Enablement Previous ArticleRFPIO Leads Way to Faster, More Accurate Responses with Patented Document Import, Export FunctionalityNext ArticleHootsuite Named a Leader in Sales Social Engagement Tools Report by Independent Research Firmlast_img read more

Code Pilot Approved as a Microsoft AI Inner Circle Partner

first_imgBiscuitville Fresh Southern is a family-owned restaurant chain that serves authentic Southern cooking that’s fresh, scratch-made and uses locally sourced ingredients. Biscuitville sets itself apart from the competition by being a brand that is rooted in Southern hospitality, with traditional recipes that are modern and unexpected. However, the company recognizes that, when it comes to location intelligence, it was time for a cutting-edge technology upgrade.With SiteZeus’ AI-powered location intelligence platform, Biscuitville can leverage the power of real-time data insights to help plan for future success in its multi-unit growth. Biscuitville currently operates 55 restaurants in North Carolina and Virginia. “Biscuitville has a long history of serving great food, and SiteZeus is excited to bring its state-of-the-art location intelligence platform to help the company better understand its store performance at a more granular level,” said Robert Cherrington, Executive Vice President of Sales at SiteZeus. “One of the factors that influenced the company’s decision was our ability to quickly create a highly accurate proof of concept to give Biscuitville a taste for what we can do.”Biscuitville provided SiteZeus with about a dozen site-specific attributes and revenue data for its 55 restaurant portfolio. SiteZeus then layered on the additional market and competitor data from The Olympus Data Exchange, to deliver a highly accurate proof of concept model with detailed insights into existing and potential store performance – delivered all in under three hours. Instantly, Biscuitville was able to see which data points were impacting individual store performance, both negatively and positively, to best duplicate success.Biscuitville plans to use the SiteZeus platform to improve performance at existing stores, as well as analyze the viability of future store locations. “This model allows us to determine with a higher level of confidence what key attributes drive sales and bottom-line revenue. The data intelligence provided by SiteZeus provides us with information that will assist us in making enhanced decisions when it comes to new site locations, relocations and rebuilds of existing restaurants, and cannibalization modeling,” said Kevin Bennett, Chief Financial Officer at Biscuitville Fresh Southern Code Pilot Accelerates Enterprise AI Projects With Their Intelligent PlatformCode Pilot Corp – a leader in AI enablement and acceleration solutions, announced it was approved by Microsoft as an AI Inner Circle Partner. Microsoft’s AI Inner Circle Partner Program recognizes Microsoft Partners who can transform a customer’s business by accelerating the deployment of AI based projects.“Acceptance into the Microsoft AI Inner Circle Partner Program requires demonstrated expertise in AI and is only offered to companies with the proven ability to support Microsoft customers in designing, developing and deploying intelligent solutions. We’re pleased to have Code Pilot join this group of Microsoft Partners.”he AI Inner Circle Partner Program is designed for partners with demonstrated expertise in the area of AI. Code Pilot’s reputation as a thought leader and elite group of Applied Data Scientists provides customers with a low-risk method for developing intelligent products on Microsoft Azure, bringing together the joint benefits of Cloud + AI.“Being selected as a Microsoft AI Inner Circle Partner is a huge endorsement of our platform,” said David Lemphers, CEO of Code Pilot. “As enterprise organizations look to improve the success of their AI initiatives, we can help them reduce risk and increase ROI by 20% on average.”Marketing Technology News: Swiftpage Launches All-in-One Act! Growth Suite Sales & Marketing Platform for SMBsLindsey Allen, Director of Product Management, Microsoft AI platform said, “Acceptance into the Microsoft AI Inner Circle Partner Program requires demonstrated expertise in AI and is only offered to companies with the proven ability to support Microsoft customers in designing, developing and deploying intelligent solutions. We’re pleased to have Code Pilot join this group of Microsoft Partners.”Marketing Technology News: 4INFO Adds Smart TV Data Through Partnership with InscapeCode Pilot’s AI AcceleratorsTime and skills are the primary factors leading to the failure of enterprise AI initiatives. Code Pilot mitigates these risks by providing customers with a platform for solving business needs faster and without the burden of hiring a dedicated ML team.Leveraging their extensive experience developing and deploying production grade AI solutions for Fortune 500 customers, Code Pilot’s platform ensures customers don’t get stuck in the envisioning phase and instead move rapidly to the deployment and operations phase. This is crucial to successful AI-driven business transformation.Marketing Technology News: New Data: Facebook and Google Trounce Amazon for D2C Brand Ad Spend acceleration solutionsAIAI Inner Circle PartnerDavid LemphersMarketing TechnologyMicrosoftNews Previous ArticleNikon Video Contest Challenges Creators To “Follow Your Passion” For A Chance To Win $25,000 And A Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s KitNext ArticleAdomni and Lightbox OOH Video Network Partner to Drive New Programmatic Revenue for Shopping Mall Screens,Code Pilot Approved as a Microsoft AI Inner Circle Partner Chandni MaskeMay 17, 2019, 8:00 pmMay 17, 2019 Previous ArticleYes Marketing Joins Forces with Adobe to Provide Leading Technology Combined with White Glove Agency, Implementation, and Program Management ServicesNext ArticleNikon Video Contest Challenges Creators To “Follow Your Passion” For A Chance To Win $25,000 And A Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit Code Pilot Approved as a Microsoft AI Inner Circle Partner PRNewswireMay 17, 2019, 8:23 pmMay 17, 2019 last_img read more

Children with obesity receive good help in primary care

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 26 2018Children treated for obesity in primary or outpatient care have a relatively good chance of fending off weight problems over the next few years as well, a study published in Acta Paediatrica shows.”There’s an attitude that obesity is so terribly difficult to get rid of that you have to send the child to a specialist clinic, sometimes many tens of kilometers away. But the skills are often available closer at hand, and then there’s a greater chance of the treatment taking place,” says Staffan Mårild, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a pediatrician at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.The study comprises 64 children aged 8-13 who received treatment for obesity in primary or outpatient care clinics in their home area following a referral by the school health services. The participating health centers were in Alingsås, Gothenburg, Skövde, and Vänersborg.The program undergone by the children and their legal guardians included one year’s regular advice on diet, physical activity, and sleep. What is now reported is how much the children weighed after going a further three years without treatment.Three in ten changed weight categoryThe follow-up included 56 of the 64 children, which is considered a high proportion. The results show that approximately 3 in 10 children were in a lower weight category than before. Thus, they had gone from severe obesity to obesity, from obesity to overweight, or from obesity or overweight to normal weight.The study lacks a real control group. No such group could be created since, at the time, the children with obesity had been left without treatment for four years. On the other hand, the results were compared with a group of 34 children who were of normal weight when the study began. After four years, five of these children had overweight.Related StoriesNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in lifeNew curriculum to improve soft skills in schools boosts children’s health and behavior”It’s not as if the study’s weight results are all that impressive. However, they’re at about the same levels as those achieved by the major research clinics. A big advantage here is that the effects persist after four years,” Mårild says.Simplicity and proximityThe year-long program comprised of traditional lifestyle treatment. On 12 occasions, the children and legal guardians met a nurse, a dietician, and in some cases a physiotherapist. Between meetings, health workers called to ask how things were going.The dietary advice given was detailed, and meal routines were also covered. In parallel, physical activity was encouraged: Walking or cycling to school, physical activity with the family, and organized sports with children of the same age. Good sleep was also an important factor.Mårild emphasizes the advantages of primary care when children with obesity are treated. Its simplicity and proximity to their home mean that more of them are reachable, while also reducing the risk of treatment interruptions.”I think pediatric clinics and general medical centers should venture to take on these cases to a greater extent. Then, if it doesn’t work, the children can be sent elsewhere in a second phase.” Source:https://sahlgrenska.gu.se/english/research/news-events/news-article//good-help-in-primary-care-for-children-with-obesity-.cid1595115last_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

Scientists discover pathway that prevents buildup of Alzheimers protein

first_imgIn the context of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, activating LANDO in microglial cells could prove to be therapeutically beneficial through increased clearance of β-amyloid and mitigation of neuroinflammation.”Corresponding author Douglas Green, Ph.D., chair of the St. Jude Department of Immunology Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 28 2019St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have discovered a pathway that functions like a car wash to prevent the buildup of a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The report appeared online today in the journal Cell.The findings in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s offer a possible new approach to treatment of the chronic neurodegenerative disorder, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. The newly identified pathway also helps regulate inflammation, so the discovery could yield strategies for unleashing the immune response against malignant brain tumors.Researchers called the pathway LC3-associated endocytosis or LANDO. They found the pathway in microglial cells, the primary immune cells of the brain and central nervous system. However, preliminary evidence suggests LANDO is a fundamental process that functions in cells throughout the body.Investigators showed that LANDO protected against deposits of neurotoxic β-amyloid protein in mice. Activation of the pathway also guarded against toxic neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration, including memory problems. While activation of LANDO appears to protect against neurodegenerative disease, first author Bradlee Heckmann, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in Green’s laboratory, said inhibiting the pathway might boost the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy. “Although in its infancy, preliminary data using a primary brain tumor model suggests that inhibition of LANDO might provide a mechanism to activate inflammation within the tumor microenvironment to generate an anti-tumor response,” Heckmann said.Car washRelated StoriesRNA-binding protein SRSF3 appears to be key factor for proper heart contraction, survivalVirus killing protein could be the real antiviral hero finds studyHinge-like protein may unlock new pathways for cystic fibrosis treatmentβ-amyloid protein accumulation in neurons is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s. Scientists knew microglial cells take up β-amyloid proteins. Discovery of the LANDO pathway answers questions about what comes next.Heckmann compared LANDO to the operator of an automatic carwash. In this case, the cars are the receptors on the microglial cells that bind to neurotoxic β-amyloid proteins and bring the protein into the car wash. And, just as cars return to the streets after the dirt is gone, when the β-amyloid is disposed of, the receptor returns to the microglial surface where it can pick up additional β-amyloid.An automatic car wash depends on hardware to attach the car to a track that moves it through the machine. Similarly, several proteins are required for LANDO functioning. The proteins–Rubicon, Beclin 1, ATG5 and ATG7–are better known for their roles in a related cell pathway used to recycle unneeded and unwanted cell components. These proteins decline with age as their expression decreases.Follow the data”You never know where science will lead,” Green said. “This project started because we were studying immune responses against cancer. Brad recognized the findings had relevance to a disease not of children but of older people.”That’s how science works. When you follow the data, you never know where it will lead.” Source:St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalJournal reference:Green, D.R. et al. (2019) LC3-Associated Endocytosis Facilitates β-Amyloid Clearance and Mitigates Neurodegeneration in Murine Alzheimer’s Disease. Cell. doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2019.05.056.last_img read more

Study identifies distinct groups interested in types of electric vehicles

first_img Provided by University of Kansas Most drivers could go electric within 10 years Citation: Study identifies distinct groups interested in types of electric vehicles (2018, August 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-distinct-groups-electric-vehicles.html Drivers considering plug-in hybrid vehicles with a gasoline backup are most interested in economic benefits while those gravitating toward battery-electric vehicles have stronger environmental concerns, according to a study led by a University of Kansas transportation policy scholar. The research has identified distinct profiles of people considering newer electric vehicle technologies showing the two types of vehicles—one that offers gasoline as a safety net and another that relies solely on battery charging—are very different in the eyes of consumers.”Our findings inform the misconception and show that electric vehicles are not a homogeneous entity,” said the study’s lead author Bradley Lane, associate professor in the KU School of Public Affairs & Administration. “There are distinctive profiles of potential users for whom a plug-in hybrid is attractive and another for whom a battery electric is attractive. And these are two very distinct groups, similar to how there is a group of users who are attracted to a sport-utility vehicle and a separate group attracted to an economy car. We have shed more light on what factors influence how people make these decisions.”The journal Transportation Research Part D recently published the group’s findings. Lane’s co-authors are Jerome Dumortier of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Sanya Carley and John Graham, both of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University; Saba Siddiki of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and Kyle Clark-Sutton of RTI International of Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.The findings could be important as automakers seek to market more electric vehicles and for national, state and local policymakers as they consider changes and any potential incentives for the production and use of the different types of electric vehicles. Much of the recent incentives date back to the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that Congress passed in the Obama administration’s early days.”After about 10 years into significant policy and investment, there are still a lot of unknowns about these vehicles from the viewpoints of the consumers,” he said.But the advancement of electric vehicle technologies still represents one of the most notable developments of surface transportation in recent decades. With much of the petroleum-based resources being finite and located in politically unstable regions, there likely will continue to be a push for alternative fuels for internal combustion engines, Lane said. Plug-in hybrid vehicles charging in San Francisco in 2009. Credit: Felix Kramer via Creative Commons on Flickrcenter_img 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. More information: Bradley W. Lane et al. All plug-in electric vehicles are not the same: Predictors of preference for a plug-in hybrid versus a battery-electric vehicle, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2018.07.019 Explore further The global stock of plug-in electric vehicles has grown from virtually zero in 2010 to more than 2 million in 2016, and in 2017, about 200,000 new plug-in electric vehicles were sold in the United States, which was a 26 percent increase over 2016 and a 72 percent increase over 2015. The growth is rapid, but they still account for a small share of total new vehicle sales, Lane said.”This research helps tell us how the technology has to advance in order for more of these vehicles to contribute to short-range policy goals and making them more financially viable for companies understanding how to market and sell them,” Lane said. “The long-term goal is for getting away from petroleum as a dominant source of fuel and have a positive impact on the environment.”To gain insight into the opinions of those interested in buying plug-in electric vehicles across the country, the researchers gathered data through a 15-minute online survey administered in late 2013 among a random sample of roughly 100 adult drivers from each of the nation’s 32 largest metropolitan areas. They focused on 1,080 respondents who expressed the intention to purchase or lease a new vehicle in the two years following the survey.In addition to the distinct profiles of people who prefer either plug-in hybrid vehicles and battery electric vehicles, the findings also pointed to drivers’ considering what is known as “range anxiety” as a factor in their choice of vehicle, Lane said.Drivers who preferred the plug-in hybrid vehicles with a gasoline backup prefer the familiarity and convenience of being able to quickly refuel at a gasoline pump station at will rather than being dependent on finding an electric charging station.”The data indicate that this group of people tends to view plug-in hybrid vehicles from a much more economically rational viewpoint,” Lane said. “They register as having high household gasoline expenditures, or take longer trips, and they are reliant on their vehicles. So their interest in plug-in hybrids comes from their potential to reduce household travel expenditures with their next vehicle.”Also, this group of drivers is more concerned about potential unpredictable trips and use of the vehicle, and they seem to be more comfortable with having a vehicle with a gasoline engine as a backup, Lane said. This contrasts strongly with those who express interest in a battery electric vehicle, who are more interested in the environmental impact and image of owning such a vehicle.This could provide implications for policymakers in cities who consider placement and availability of public electric charging stations. However, the researchers also found evidence that these perceptions might be deeply ingrained among these two distinct groups of drivers, he said.”Prior experience with an alternative fueled vehicle—usually a conventional hybrid that you don’t plug in – was one of the strongest predictors,” Lane said. “The more familiarity and experience you have with any kind of alternative fueled vehicle, the more favorable you view any kind of electric vehicle.”last_img read more

Joshua Trees Will Be AllButExtinct by 2070 Without Climate Action Study Warns

first_img Spectacular Geology: Amazing Photos of the American Southwest Desert Mistletoe: Photos of ‘Tree Thieves’ in the American Southwest Joshua trees — some of the most unusual and iconic plants of the American Southwest — have survived as a species for some 2.5 million years in the inhospitable Mojave Desert. Now, they may face imminent extinction due to climate change. In a new study published June 3 in the journal Ecosphere, researchers and volunteer scientists surveyed nearly 4,000 trees in southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park to figure out where the oldest trees tended to thrive during historic periods of extreme heat and drought. (A single Joshua tree can live up to 300 years.) Then, the researchers estimated how much of these Joshua safe zones (or “refugia”) would survive to the end of the century based on a range of climate change predictions. [Desert Green: Images of Joshua Tree National Park] The study authors found that, if greenhouse gas emissions are seriously curbed and summer temperatures are limited to an increase of 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius), about 19% of the park’s Joshua tree habitat would survive after the year 2070.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.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Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65953-climate-change-destroying-joshua-trees.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  If no action is taken to reduce carbon emissions and summer temperatures rise by 9 F (5 C) or more, however, only 0.02% of the tree’s habitat would survive to the end of the century — leaving the rare tree a hair away from extinction. “The fate of these unusual, amazing trees is in all of our hands,” lead study author Lynn Sweet, a plant ecologist at the University of California, Riverside said in a statement. “Their numbers will decline, but how much depends on us.” Survivors in the sand Joshua Tree National Park covers 1,200 square miles (3,200 square kilometers) of sandy, hilly terrain in the desert between Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Arizona. The spiny-armed Joshua trees have survived millions of years of climate ups and downs by holding on to large amounts of water to carry them through the region’s harshest droughts. However, the study authors wrote, young Joshua trees and seedlings aren’t able to store enough water to weather these dry spells. During long droughts — such as the epic, 376-week-long one that lasted from December 2011 to March 2019 in California — various parts of the park became too parched to support young Joshua tree growth, preventing the species from reproducing properly. As global temperatures rise, more and longer droughts are expected to occur around the world, and that means fewer and fewer new Joshua trees surviving to adulthood. To find out which parts of the tree’s desert habitat were safest and which were most at risk of drying up, a team of park researchers and volunteers counted thousands of trees in various parts of the park, noting each tree’s height (which helped predict the tree’s age) and the number of new sprouts in the area. They found that, in general, trees growing in higher-elevation spots, which tend to be cooler and retain more moisture, survived much better than those in lower, drier regions. The team compared these survey results with historic climate records to predict how much of the Joshua tree’s habitat was likely to shrink as temperatures rise and rainfall decreases over the rest of the century. Under the best-case scenario, they found, just 1 in 5 Joshua trees will survive the next 50 years. Taking swift action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is the only way to save the Joshua trees from extinction, the researchers found. However, even trees in the best-hydrated habitats will still face a serious threat from wildfires, which have also been occurring with greater frequency and intensity as the climate warms, they said. According to the researchers, fewer than 10% of Joshua trees survive when wildfires rush through their habitats — thanks, in part, to car exhaust coating desert shrubs with flammable nitrogen. This, at least, is a threat that can be addressed on a local level, right now. “Fires are just as much a threat to the trees as climate change, and removing grasses is a way park rangers are helping to protect the area today,” Sweet said. “By protecting the trees, they’re protecting a host of other native insects and animals that depend on them as well.” Of a Feather: Photos Reveal Stunning Birds of the Southwest Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndolast_img read more

Focus will be on unemployment job creation Rahul

first_imgRahul Gandhi SHARE SHARE EMAIL Congress President Rahul Gandhi and TNCC president KS Alagiri, at a press conference in Chennai on Wednesday   –  Bijoy Ghosh Indian National Congress Published on March 13, 2019 state politics Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a ‘flop show’ when it comes to job creation and not addressing the issue of unemployment. Make in India and Start up India are fake statements. Unemployment is highest in the last 45 years, and this will be huge issue in the coming elections, said Congress President Rahul Gandhi.The party’s focus in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections will be on employment, farmers, and a happy, prosperous and united India, said Gandhi, who was in the city en route to Nagercoil to address a public rally.Economic growth is directly related to the mood of the country. This is something fundamental that the BJP and Modi do not understand. When the country is divided and fighting, States have acrimonious relationships; ‘how can we expect solid economic growth.’’ The first thing the Congress will do (when it comes to power) is bring harmony to the country, he told the media.Job creation will happen through small and medium businesses by transforming them into large businesses. “We will open the banks to these businesses,” he said.Currently, job creators are under assault and attacked by demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is extremely complicated, and allows a significant amount of ‘rent-seeking’ with Income Tax and other departments having oppressive roles. “We will simplify their lives. We have a phenomenal idea in the election manifesto of making entrepreneurship easy, simple and possible,” he said, adding that the Congress will simply the GST and also lower the tax, if possible.The economy needs to be put on track, and the Congress has a ‘revolutionary’ idea called the Minimum Basic Income guarantee. “I am confident that we will be able to implement it when we come to power. After 2019, there will be nobody in India below the minimum income line; everybody will be brought into that line by a direct cash deposit into their bank accounts,” he said.Gandhi said Modi is turning the demographic dividend into a disaster. There has to be a movement towards unification and building bridges by conversation.Lashing out at Modi for not having an open conversation, Gandhi said, “Don’t have a conversation with me, speak to the press. Have the guts to meet the press and talk to 3,000 students. . Every other Opposition leader is holding a press conference, but Modi is not facing the press, “ he said.On the Rafale controversy, Gandhi said, “we are not questioning the capability of the aircraft but only saying that ‘Modi and Anil Ambani have stolen ₹30,000 crore from the Air Force,” and that there should be an investigation. There will be an investigation and that at the end of it, “Modi and Anil Ambani will be convicted,” he said.The Congress has firmed up alliances in a number of States, including Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Jharkhand. Alliance talks in Bihar have practically concluded and are in the final stages in J&K. It is the BJP that does not have alliances,” he said.center_img Slams the BJP for not addressing the issue politics COMMENTS COMMENT SHARE BJPlast_img read more

Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:00 IST “This introduction of bill is gross violation of Parliametary proceedings,” Jairam Ramesh said (File photo)Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Friday introduced a Bill in Rajya Sabha that proposes to allow the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) to bid out any new airport at a pre-determined tariff structure.However, as soon as Hardeep Singh Puri rose to introduce the Bill, Jairam Ramesh (Congress), said it should go to a Parliamentary Standing Committee first.”This introduction of the bill is a gross violation of Parliamentary proceedings,” Jairam Ramesh said, adding it should go to a standing committee.To this, Leader of the House Thawar Chand Gehlot said the discussion was not possible today.The Chair said it was only allowing Hardeep Singh Puri to introduce the Bill.The Cabinet on June 24 had approved the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority(Amendment), Bill.The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) is a regulator that has the powers to set the tariffs charged at airports.The amendment is proposed to allow the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) to bid out any new airport at a pre-determined tariff structure, sources had said.Currently, major airports with an annual capacity to handle one-and-a-half million passengers come under the purview of Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA).If the amendment is passed by Parliament, the definition of major airports would be changed to any aerodrome which has or is designated to have an annual passenger capacity of three-and-a-half million.The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) (Amendment) Bill was last approved by the Cabinet during the Modi government’s first tenure in December 2017.However, it could not be passed in last year’s Monsoon Session.As a new Lok Sabha has come in place now, the older bill has lapsed. Therefore, the Cabinet approved the bill again so that it can be re-introduced in Parliament for passage.ALSO READ | Union Budget: Infrastructure development for driving economic growthALSO READ | Govt introduces s bill in LS to amend AERA Act, change major airport definitionALSO WATCH | Delhi’s IGI Airport adjudged world’s best by Airports Council InternationalFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShahrukh Tags :Follow AERAFollow Rajya SabhaFollow Jairam RameshFollow Hardeep Singh PuriFollow Airports Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Bill introduced in Rajya SabhaUnion Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Friday introduced a Bill in Rajya Sabha that proposes to allow the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) to bid out any new airport at a pre-determined tariff structure.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Ktaka crisis 5 more MLAs approach SC allege Speaker not accepting resignations

first_img Aneesha Mathur New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 20:15 IST Karnataka assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar had earlier denied the allegations, saying he was only following rules. (Photo: IANS)Five more rebel MLAs from Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka on Saturday approached the Supreme Court, alleging that the assembly Speaker, KR Ramesh Kumar did not accept their resignations.In their plea to the Supreme Court, the five MLAs — Anand Singh, Munirathna, K Sudhakar, MTB Nagaraju and Roshan Baig — have sought impleadment in the already pending application filed by the 10 other rebel MLAs on which the hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.The five MLAs who moved the Supreme Court on Saturday said that the legislators, who have submitted their resignations, have the “fundamental right to resign in consultation with their conscience or other attendant circumstances”.They also allege that the actions and the delay caused by the Speaker are in violation of the fundamental rights of the MLAs.”The right to resign from their office is their fundamental right as a citizen and as a public representative. It is humbly submitted that the actions of the Hon’ble Speaker are in violation of the fundamental rights of the Applicants,” the plea stated.It should be noted that the Speaker had earlier denied the allegations, saying that he is only following the Constitution and the rules. Justifying his actions, Speaker KR Ramesh said, “I am delaying the matter because I love this land. I only the Constitution. I am not acting in haste because of my love for the people.”The MLAs have said they are “identically placed” with the 10 MLAs who were granted status quo orders on Friday by the bench headed by the Chief justice of India.The rebel MLAs also argued that unlike the other 10 lawmakers, they had submitted their resignations in person to the Speaker and had followed the procedure of resignation. Hence, the MLAs said, no objections were raised by the Speaker regarding the format like he [the Speaker] happened in case of the other 10 other lawmakers.”Therefore, no objections were raised by the Speaker regarding the format, but the Speaker has still failed to accept their resignations so far. Further, there were no pending disqualification proceedings against them at the time of resignation. The act of submitting in person itself shows the voluntary nature and genuineness of the resignation,” the plea stated.The plea also added that “there is no scope for inquiry” into their resignations.They have also opposed the Karnataka government’s move to initiate disqualification proceedings against the MLAs who skipped the legislature party meeting on July 9. “The non-attendance of the legislature party meeting outside the House does not amount to a ground for disqualification,” the MLAs argued.The MLAs have also expressed their “apprehension” regarding their “safety” after MLA K Sudhakar was allegedly “held up” in a room where the embattled party leaders tried to convince him not to quit.”Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has announced on July 12 on the floor of the House that they would be seeking a floor test. It is submitted that despite the applicants’ resignations, they are being threatened to support the government on the threat of disqualification,” the plea read.These 10 rebel MLAs of Congress- JD(S) coalition who moved the apex court earlier alleging that the Speaker was not accepting their resignations were Pratap Gouda Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Byrati Basavaraj, BC Patil, S T Somashekhar, Arbail Shivaram Hebbar, Mahesh Kumathalli, K Gopalaiah, A H Vishwanath and Narayana Gowda.Hearing their plea, the Supreme Court had on Friday restrained Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision till Tuesday on the resignation and disqualification of these 10 MLAs.Citing “weighty issues that have arisen”, the apex court had said it will consider the matter on July 16 and ordered that the status quo as of Friday should be maintained.The resignation of these MLAs has plunged the HD Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka into a crisis as it faces the risk of losing majority in the Assembly.Also Read | MLAs have given resignation in right format now: Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh clarifiesAlso Read | Karnataka crisis: Speaker asked us to go to hell, rebel MLAs tell Supreme CourtAlso Watch | Kumaraswamy trust vote offer a googly or full toss?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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