Sight adjustment will be a part of this passing ga

first_imgSight adjustment will be a part of this passing game — if the players can handle it — and this will be a very smart and aggressive offense. One other wrinkle to keep an eye on is CB Patrick Peterson lining up in some Wildcat/read-option packages to give defenses something else to prepare for. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo ErrorOK… ErrorOK In this 3-4 scheme, you expect your sack production from the OLBs and not the ILBs, D-line and safeties — which was where the Cards got their sacks a year ago. They need a double-digit sack guy to emerge. That premise is part of the reason defensive lineman Darnell Dockett has expressed happiness over the new scheme, and it could allow the team’s defensive front to be even more disruptive. It may have to be because, as Horton notes, Arizona does not boast a bevvy of sack artists at the linebacker spots. But alas, few have any qualms with the Cardinals re-working their offense. After ranking last in the NFL in total yards as well as second-to-last in points scored, change of any kind is likely to bring better results.However, the team’s defense was pretty strong, finishing the season 12th in yards allowed, fourth in takeaways and 11th in sacks.So what should we expect from new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles? It will remain as a 3-4 scheme, but Bowles will add some wrinkles of his own. Under Horton the guys up front played a lot of two-gap, read-and-react schemes where they occupied blockers to let the back seven make most of the plays. Bowles will utilize a lot more one-gap, penetrating looks up front and he needs the defensive line to be disruptive. Horton notes this will require the offensive line to hold up better, which after how things went last season, seems like a pretty tall order. However, if given time to throw, he believes QB Carson Palmer will utilize the tight end more and Larry Fitzgerald more effectively. Comments   Share   center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In all, Horton believes an improved Arizona offense would go a long way toward helping the defense take a step forward. – / 36 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Any time a team replaces its coaching staff, change can be expected.Otherwise, what is the point of making the move in the first place?But how different will the Arizona Cardinals be with Bruce Arians and his staff now running the show in place of Ken Whisenhunt and Co.?According to Gary Horton, in an ESPN Insider piece, the offense will be creative and aggressive in the passing game.This is not going to be a dink-and-dunk West Coast offense, as Arians is a coach who loves the deep ball. We will see a lot of deep crossing and seam routes, as the Cardinals look for those “chunk” plays.last_img read more

Hot off the press Kahle plan exempts press boxes from school heating

first_img Categories: Kahle News Michigan schools could see cost savings under a plan authored by state Rep. Bronna Kahle exempting outside viewing areas, such as athletic field press boxes, from unnecessary heating requirements.Kahle, of Adrian, today testified before the House Regulatory Reform Committee in support of her legislation removing the state construction code requirement that outdoor sporting event viewing areas include heating systems.Press boxes are becoming more popular at school sporting events across Michigan, helping shelter media equipment from unpredictable weather and giving coaches an additional viewing angle. Press boxes are currently classified as “A-5 structures,” requiring them to have heating structures capable of keeping the interior temperature at 68 degrees.Kahle said this burdensome regulation creates cost-prohibitive problems for many schools across the state, including Madison School District in Adrian.“The state’s requirement to put a heating system into a seasonal press box for schools is an overreach and adds unnecessary construction costs to these types of projects”, Kahle said. “This bill is a common-sense solution that clarifies the building code and helps our schools and local communities save money by eliminating needless regulations.”Kahle invited Madison School District Superintendent Ryan Rowe to testify about the district’s current football stadium renovation, and how they are running into hurdles regarding the installation of a heating system.Rowe said the project to install a heating system in the stadium’s press box would cost the district an estimated $250,000.House Bill 4548 remains under consideration in the House Regulatory Reform Committee.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bronna Kahle and Madison School District Superintendent Ryan Rowe testify before the House Regulatory Reform Committee about the district’s current football stadium renovation. 21May Hot off the press: Kahle plan exempts press boxes from school heating requirementslast_img read more

Liberty Globals Horizon Liberty Global CEO Mike F

first_imgLiberty Global’s HorizonLiberty Global CEO Mike Fries has said that the company is working to introduce improvements to its Horizon next-generation TV service every quarter and is gearing up to launch a cloud-based version of the service.Speaking on the Liberty earnings call on Friday, Fries said that Liberty had worked to address complaints about the service in Horizon’s launch markets of the Netherlands and Switzerland, with forthcoming releases of the product in Germany and Ireland to include these enhancements.Referring to the Horizon launches to date, Fries said that “as with any innovative new product on the marketplace, you have bumps on the road,” but claimed that a code update in Swtizerland and the Netherlands had “dramatically improved” the service.This update included a more effective internet interface, simplified menu options, while a new remote with a keyboard has a “much better look and feel.”“Lots of the things that we intended the product to be ultimately are rapidly being introduced, so you can expect that every quarter we’ll be improving our Horizon product. Every market where it launches down the road we’ll have a better Horizon product launch,” said Fries.He added that a cloud-based version of Horizon user-interface was demoed to the board the week earlier. He claimed this was now ready to launch and would make future releases of the service simpler and more cost-effective.In total, Liberty said that it’s next-generation web-connected TV service, Horizon TV, had more than 270,000 subscribers as of the end of July – 185,000 in the Netherlands and 85,000 in Switzerland. On the earnings call, Fries said that a German launch is planned for “early September” with an Irish rollout also imminent.last_img read more

In This Issue   Currencies get sold on flight

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Currencies get sold on flight to safety. *  Gold & Silver move higher on fear. *  German IFO highest in 16 months! *  Richard Russell on a TTT! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A Return To The So-Called Safe-Havens! Good day. And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! It doesn’t appear to be a TTT (Tom Terrific Tuesday) with the currencies. But Gold is up $9 and is trading over $1,400 once again, so not all is lost on this TTT! I have a few things to talk about today, that’s really “thought stuff”, you know things to make you think, in hopes that it spurs action! I only received a couple of responses to my challenge yesterday, so that was depressing. I recall a time I would put out a challenge and my email box would be inundated with responses. Have I lost my audience? Have I cried wolf too many times, and no one listens any longer? I fear these things to be true. When you consider the lack of attendees at the last two shows, Las Vegas and San Francisco, the lack of response to a challenge, and some other things, I would have to believe that my fears are becoming a reality. But that’s not going to stop me from writing about all this stuff! It may stop me from traveling to speak to small crowds, but it won’t stop me from writing. So, tell all your friends and neighbors and even family members, to sign up for the Pfennig, because, the best is yet to come! OK. So this morning the currencies are seeing a flight from risk, except Gold. (& Silver, Pl & Pal) I guess the September Tapering Campers are winning the tug-o-war this morning. I say that because the safe havens of yen, francs, dollars and Gold are all stronger this morning. Of those so-called safe havens, I personally would throw out two of them. yen and dollars, and only resort to using francs when I had more than enough Gold. For those fiat currencies of yen, dollars and francs are no “safe havens” as far as I’m concerned! The euro used to be considered a safe haven, but then the Eurozone leaders decided to shoot themselves in the foot, and throw away their grandkids’ futures by running up debts they had no business even dreaming about, but now have to deal with them.  But I’ll say this about the euro, and once again I saw that my friend, John Mauldin, who still believes the euro to fall to parity, wrote a piece this past weekend that didn’t spell a recovery for the euro, I’ll say that at least the Eurozone leaders are attempting to do something about their accumulated debt. What are we doing here in the U.S.? Or what are they doing about it in Japan? Maybe what the Eurozone finds out is that what they attempted didn’t work as they thought, and they have to go back to the drawing board, AT LEAST THEY TRIED!  I ask you one again, What are the U.S. and Japan doing about their accumulated debt?  The euro should be trading stronger this morning on the news that German Business Confidence, as measured by the think tank, IFO, rose to the highest level in 16 months, thus reinforcing the thought that the largest economy in the Eurozone has an economy that’s gathering pace..  But the flight to safe havens is the cat’s meow today. I have to think that this rush to the so-called safe havens is tied to the fears that the U.S. is going to get involved in the Syrian conflict. I told you about the calls yesterday that the U.S. was going to look into getting more involved in Syria. That just creeps me out folks. I know that many of you know your fall of the Roman Empire stuff. Well.. In the category of “this is not the kind of economic data that should spell tapering”. U.S. Durable Goods Orders fell -7.3% in July! OUCH! I do believe that’s going to leave a mark!  Now, this data set can tend to be volatile early in quarters because defense spending, etc. doesn’t happen. But, we do need to take notice that Core Capital Goods Orders fell -3.3% and core shipments fell -1.5%…  That’s not a good sign. And the sign said everybody welcome come in kneel down and pray, then they passed around a plate at the end of it all, and I didn’t have a penny to pay.. No wait! I didn’t mean to go there, but when I mentioned, signs. signs, signs everywhere a sign! I lost it! So. I would have to think that this awful print would do some damage to 3rd QTR GDP.  Right now, the “experts” believe that 2nd QTR GDP will be around 2.2%… But I’m saying that it will be below 2%… And once the tapering begins. I think the economy begins to tank. So, we’ll have to wait-n-see, eh? So, Gold was stronger yesterday and again overnight on the fears of more war.  Let’s talk about fear a bit.. Fear.  Fear can play hell with markets. It always has, and always will. It will punish asset classes  that have rosy outlooks, and reward asset classes that protect wealth in times of fear.  And so it was last Friday with U.S. stocks, and Gold. One punished, one rewarded.  In the Rude Awakening yesterday, I read where that the largest outflow of U.S. equity funds in more than 5 years occurred last week. And the biggest gains in Gold funds in a month of Sundays, while Gold added $33 during the week. What are the stock investors fearful of? Ahhh grasshopper, they’re fearful of Fed tapering, and what that will begin to do with stock values. They want to get out the exit door before everyone else heads for the exit door and it gets all jammed up.  These things can turn ugly quickly, and maybe they shouldn’t. But they do.  remember 1987? The October stock market crash, all started on a Friday, when the stock market sold off what was considered to be a big time move at that time. But it put the fear in everyone’s minds that things were going to get bad, and on Monday morning. all hell broke loose.   At least that’s how I remember it going down. I’m of the belief that herdball, which used to be the term confined to 5&6 year olds playing soccer, but is now what I’ll call stock investors, is not the right way to go about investing.  Sure, if the Easy Money from the Fed goes away, we will see the economy slow down, but should that negatively affect the equity asset class altogether?  Any way. I can’t talk that much about stocks without getting into trouble, and I haven’t talked about specific stocks, so I’m still golden. And the thing I’m just trying to illustrate here is how fear can drive the price of Gold higher, at other asset class’s expense. The dollars in the South Pacific of Australia and New Zealand, are not dollars, yen and francs, so they too are on the selling blocks this morning. So, too is the Canadian dollar / loonie.  It’s the herdball effect here too folks. The investors and traders that bought these currencies a week ago, because they had a positive yield difference to yen, francs, and even some dollars, are getting sold in a barrel this week, because they are not considered to be “safe havens”. These are the types of trading moves that usually are short-lived, and people forget,  why they were selling to begin with. So, one could view this as an opportunity to buy cheaper, or they can get scared, and join the herdball going down the field. I did have a reader ask me to mention the Canadian dollar / loonie’s recent drop. I don’t see this as anything new given the thought that I’ve expressed for a couple of months now, that the new Bank of Canada (BOC) Gov. Poloz was from the “Trade” side of the Government, and you know what the “Trade” side is always clamoring for don’t you? Yes, a cheaper currency to promote “trade”. So. I don’t think Poloz will outright do things to get the loonie cheaper, I do think that he won’t exactly go out of his way to protect it either! And the markets are beginning to get that drift. and with that drift, so goes the loonie. But remember,  the loonie has the underpin of raw materials, and Oil. And with the price of Oil hanging around $106, one would think the “drift” in loonies could be nearing an end. The Emerging Markets Currencies, which were already teetering with the tapering talk, really took a ride on the slippery slope with this flight to the so-called “safe-havens”. The Indian rupee plunged 2% to a new record all-time low, and the other Emerging Markets Currencies (EMC’s) followed rupees down the slippery slope. I saw a guy on the Bloomberg TV station this morning from a big investment company saying that they were still buying Emerging Markets, so the EMC’s have that going for them! Did you see that the Bitcoin founders were meeting with U.S. regulators and law enforcement leaders yesterday? I told you all when the fever was high about Bitcoin, that I feared regulation would stop it in its tracks.  And the decision by FinCen last spring that a digital currency is considered money-services business subject to regulations and anti-money laundering controls. So, this “meeting” was a “kick-off” to seeing how the folks at Bitcoin are meeting their new requirements. I would also think that after hearing the folks from Bitcoin describe their business, that new requirements will come about for them and their business. OK. Yesterday, I wrote about what IMF head, Christine Lagarde, had said about central banks removing their stimulus measures, and how she thought it was too soon. And since the Fed Reserve is the only central bank that’s currently thinking of removing their bond buying stimulus, then she must have been directing her comments at the Fed. I then said I had a thought as to what cryptic message she was sending, and asked you dear readers to fill in the blanks and send me your thoughts with the winner’s thoughts being printed here. Well, I only received a couple of responses, so I’ll just give you my thoughts. First of all, she could have been telling Big Ben Bernanke, “if you stop buying bonds, we’re all going to be in deep dookie”. Or. She could have been reminding him that the “one world government” that we seem to be heading to won’t like it.  And that brought me to think of Queen.  (I know I have a strange mind, but bear with me here, and you’ll see the tie-in) One Hope, One Vision Ahhh, the music of Queen.  I saw Queen live many years ago, got to go backstage, but didn’t get to meet Freddie Mercury, but did get to see all the “groupies” hanging around!  Anyway, the reason I’m talking about Queen, is their song One Vision. In it one of the verses goes like this: One vision, So give me your hands, Give me your hearts, I’m ready,  There’s only one direction, ONE WORLD ONE NATION, yeah one vision. Make of my reference to One World with how many grains of salt that you wish to. But appearances go a long way toward attitude.  And it appears to me that this is the direction we’re heading. I have a long time reader (Carol) that has told me this is the direction we’re headed for many years. And one more thought before we head to the Big Finish! Over the years, many people have asked me about the Silver / Gold ratio, and if I thought it would every return to 15-1. I would say that I didn’t think the ratio was relevant any longer. I do though, like to watch the ratio to see what kind of moves Silver makes, because as I’ve explained to you, Silver has outperformed Gold in percentage terms 7 of the last 10 years.  Well, at the start of this month the ratio stood at 67/1. but today, 27 days later, the ratio has fallen to 58/1.  That just means Silver is outperforming Gold on a percentage basis once again. I have a group of dear readers that always say that I short-change Silver, because I only talk about Gold. Well, here you go! It’s also important to remember that NewsMax magazine did a feature article that I did for them titled: Is Silver The New Gold? Back in January of 2010. So, I’m no Johnny come-lately to Silver. For What It’s Worth. I’m always excited when I get a chance to share something that the godfather of newsletter writers says. I have something from Richard Russell today from the King World website, and Mr. Russell is talking about Gold & Silver, so let’s listen in. “don’t have to tell you that this is a “spooky” stock market.  It’s nervous and spooky because it isn’t a normal supply-and-demand market, it’s a market that’s trying to psychoanalyze Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve.  Will they or won’t they “taper?”  (Ugh, that disgusting word).  And if they taper or not, will it be Summers or Yellen or someone else as the new head of the Federal Reserve?  In all my years dealing with the stock market, I can’t remember anything this ridiculous and annoying. Here below we have a P&F chart of gold, up-to-date as of Friday’s close.  Some may call this a “cup and handle” formation and others may call it a modified head-and-shoulders formation.  I just call it a catapult formation with a P&F price target of 1620.  Of course, gold doesn’t have to surge straight up to 1620, but by hook or crook, one way or another, I believe we’ll see 1620 gold this year — in 2013. The housing starts figures were released, and they were surprisingly lousy.  On this basis, I believe the Fed will continue to buy US debt (nobody else wants it), and I believe QE will continue until the Fed’s balance sheet passes four trillion and keeps on going.  So what’s Bernanke’s “exit strategy?”  I think Bernanke’s exit strategy is that he’s going to exit Washington as soon as he can — that will be his real exit strategy.” Chuck again. WOW!  Telling it like he sees it! This is the newsletter writer that I’ve patterned a lot of what I do after. He’s never been afraid to say what’s on his mind to his subscribers.. Shoot Rudy that’s what they pay him to do! And you, dear reader, get my thoughts for free! Well, not all of them, those are saved for the Butler patio. To recap. The news yesterday that the U.S. is going to look into involvement in Syria, sent the currencies on a ride  down the slippery slope, as there was a flight to the so-called “safe- havens” of yen, dollars, francs and Gold. Of course Chuck thinks that only Gold is the true “safe-haven” German Business Confidence reached the highest level in 16 months as the recovery in the Eurozone’s largest economy is picking up the pace. The Emerging Markets, which already were teetering from the tapering talk, got smashed overnight. And Richard Russell talks about how he sees Gold gaining $220 before year-end. Currencies today 8/27/13. American Style: A$ .8955, kiwi .7775, C$ .9495, euro 1.3345, sterling 1.5520, Swiss $1.0850, . European Style: rand 10.4080, krone 6.0385, SEK 6.5195, forint 224.80, zloty 3.1840, koruna 19.2770, RUB 33.18, yen 97.80, sing 1.2840, HKD 7.7570, INR 65.82, China 6.1688, pesos 13.33, BRL 2.3782, Dollar Index 81.46, Oil $106.84, 10-year 2.77%, Silver $24.35, Platinum $1,549.60, Palladium $748.53, and Gold.. $1,414.30 That’s it for today. I was surprised this morning that I was able to answer the bell, as I left the office yesterday with a high fever, and feeling like death warmed over. But it’s all good this morning, so I have that going for me!  A great come-from-behind win last night for my beloved Cardinals, as they got a grand slam from Allen Craig to defeat the team behind them and move into first place alone. Keep it going! I saw this morning that 36 million Americans play fantasy football. WOW!  That’s probably more people than exercise regularly! HA! I’m part of one group and not the other, and I’m sure you can guess which! HA! My fave TV news person is Robin Meade. And I keep one of our TV’s on HLN every morning so I can see Robin. She always seems to be having fun, and I love that! So. good morning Robin! My oldest friend in the world, (we met in kindergarten) is named Robin. But this Robin is a guy. and so, I carry on about the two Robins. on that, I had better quit!  I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

Platinum and palladiums tiny rallies in early Far

first_img Platinum and palladium’s tiny rallies in early Far East trading on their Monday morning also went the way of the Dodo bird once Zurich opened.  Platinum was closed unchanged—and palladium was closed down a buck.  Here are the charts. The silver price wasn’t allowed to get far—and its tiny gain vanished in London trading—and it was closed down on the day.  The highs and lows aren’t worth the effort to look up. Silver finished the Monday session at $17.30 spot, down 2 cents from Friday.  Volume, net of roll-overs out of March, was only 7,600 contracts, the lowest net number I can recall. As Ted Butler said in a quote I used from his February 7 commentary in this column last week— “Let me make it easy for those who refuse to acknowledge the silver manipulation. Simply explain why 8 traders, mostly domestic and foreign banks, would hold short the equivalent of 40% of the world’s annual production—and a third of all the silver bullion that exists—at prices below the average primary cost of production and nearly 70% below the price levels of four years ago.” “How could such a concentrated short position be explained in legitimate terms and what would be its purpose? What effect would such a large short position have on the price of any commodity—and how do you see it being resolved if it wasn’t permanent?” “I don’t expect any serious answers to such questions, as it appears to be easier to malign the questioner as a conspiracy theorist instead, but I know these questions have never been addressed in a straightforward manner by anyone who denies the silver manipulation.” Today, at the close of COMEX trading, is the cut-off for Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  As far as what should be expected as the Tuesday trading session unfolds in New York, I haven’t a clue.  However, I’m not overly happy to see the current price action, but it comes as no surprise to me, nor should it you. See you tomorrow. Could easily end up being a war in the precious metal market as well With the U.S. markets closed for President’s Day on Monday, there wasn’t much activity in the precious metal market anywhere on Planet Earth—and the only reason for my column today is the plethora of stories that I’ve been accumulating all weekend. The gold price rallied in fits and starts right from the open of trading at 6:00 p.m. EST on Sunday evening—and the rally ended, as it usually does, shortly before London opened on their Monday morning.  From there the price chopped lower, with trading ending minutes after 5:00 p.m. GMT in London. The low and high ticks were reported as $1,227.00 and $1,236.70 in the April contract. The gold price closed at $1,230.80 spot, up $2.90 from Friday’s close.  Net volume was basically nonexistent at 35,000 contracts. With the U.S. shut tight for the holiday, there were no reports from the CME Group, GLD, the U.S. Mint or the COMEX-approved depositories.  And as of 8:29 p.m. EST yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. I have a very decent number of stories—and some of the ones I do have certainly fall into the absolute must read category.  I know that if I don’t post them today, I’ll be buried in stories in tomorrow’s column. Sales of Silver Eagles from the U.S. Mint are still very strong relative to sales of Gold Eagles or Buffaloes, but may be abating a bit. Sales of Silver Eagles on a daily basis have dropped below 110,000 coins on a calendar day basis this month, suggesting the Mint has caught up with pent up demand and no longer has to ration coins. It’s too soon to know if we are entering a period of softer relative demand for Silver Eagles, but it has been months since the Mint has not been forced to sell at maximum production/blank supply capacity. More pronounced is the sharp drop off this month in gold coin sales compared to January. While sales of coins from the U.S. Mint are followed and reported on widely, such sales don’t appear to have any obvious impact on price. For instance, the last four years have seen absolutely phenomenal sales of Silver Eagles by any objective measure, by far the most in history, and yet those same four years were the worst in history for silver pricewise. I would contend that the only rational explanation lies in the manipulation premise, but whatever the reason, the disconnect between record sales of Silver Eagles and rotten price performance is plain to see. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 14 February 2015 Because of the U.S. holiday, there’s not much to talk about regarding Monday’s price “action” in any of the precious metals.  Like I said, this column is mainly about the number of stories I had for you—and as you’ve already noted, there were quite a few, with a lot of time consuming ones as well. I was amazed to see the CEO of Rosneft mention the rigging of the gold market in his comments in the Financial Times article on Monday.  But as I’ve said on countless occasions, the Russian government has known all about the precious metal price management scheme—and GATA—for over a decade when they mentioned it and us at an LBMA meeting in Moscow a long time ago. And as I’ve also said they, along with China, could play the gold card any time they wish if it suits them—and if push really becomes shove, it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if they did.  Jim Rickard’s “Currency Wars” could easily end up being a war in the precious metal market as well, as gold is still money—and Greenspan reminded all and sundry of that fact in New Orleans last October, which is certainly something that hasn’t been forgotten by the financial powers-that-be everywhere on Planet Earth. And as I type this paragraph, the London open is about twenty-five minutes away.  All four precious metals rallied weakly once trading began at 6 p.m. in New York on Monday evening, but all got sold down a bit as trading in the Far East moved along on their Tuesday—and all are down from Monday’s close, for what that’s worth considering the volumes involved. At the moment, gold’s net volume is only 17,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is only 4,000 contracts, so nothing much should be read into the current price action, either down or up.  The dollar index is currently down 10 basis points. And I fire this off to Stowe, Vermont at 4:50 a.m. EST—it looks like “da boyz” and their HFT algorithms are back at it, especially in silver.  But, having said that, gold’s net volume is only up to 27,500 contracts—and silver’s net volume is a surprising 8,700 contracts—and that’s with Monday’s volume stripped out as well.  With that kind of price pressure, particularly in silver, I was expecting more—a  lot more.  The dollar index is now down 22 basis points. Here’s the Kitco silver chart as I hit the ‘send’ button.  All of silver’s paper gains after the noon silver fix in London on Friday, vanished in two hours in the thinly-traded overseas market on Monday—and silver is back at its 50-day moving average once again.  I just love those free markets, don’t you?center_img The dollar index closed in New York late on Friday afternoon at 94.16—and after bouncing off the 93.91 level a couple of times in the last hour or so before the London open, the index began to crawl slowly higher—and about 5:10 p.m. GMT–11:10 a.m. EST—the index really began to sail to the upside—and hit its 94.53 high tick around 1:25 p.m. EST, shortly after the precious metals were through trading for the day.  From there the index gave up a bit of those gains, closing at 94.43—which was up 27 basis points from Friday’s close. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.” Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained. Please visit our website for more information about the project. As I said in my Saturday column, I’d have some more petrified forest photos today—and here they are.  The first one is cropped a bit, but the other three are straight out of the camera untouched.  The 225 million year old bark on the logs in photos 2 and 4 are solid rock, but it looks like you could peel it off with your bare hands, which you can’t of course.  The colours are intense because the sun is low in the sky as it’s winter for one thing—and getting very close to sunset as well.  Don’t forget the “click to enlarge” feature. Time Magazine cover—April 14, 1986last_img read more

• Im talking about platinum… Platinum is a precio

first_img• I’m talking about platinum…Platinum is a precious metal, like gold and silver.Many people own platinum coins as a store of wealth. Platinum also finds its way into a lot of jewelry.But platinum is more than just a precious metal. It also has important industrial applications. Its primary industrial use is in catalytic converters – a specialized vehicle part that reduces harmful emissions. But it’s also used in surgical tools, lab rotary utensils, spark plugs, and even the circuits in your cell phone.That said, this essay isn’t about platinum demand. It’s a supply story…And to get the full picture of the supply story, we need to look at what’s happening right now in South Africa.• That’s because South Africa produces 73% of the world’s platinum… To put this into perspective, Saudi Arabia accounts for about 12% of global oil production. So South Africa is about six times as important to the platinum market as Saudi Arabia is to the oil market.South Africa is also home to 91% of the world’s platinum reserves.When the supply of a commodity is this concentrated, it doesn’t take much to trigger a major disruption.And that can happen sooner rather than later… Brand-New: Start with $100 and Retire Rich?Over the past decade, Tim Sykes’ stock trading teachings have helped his students with their retirement goals. And in rare cases, some have even become millionaires… WITHOUT starting with much at all. That’s why Tim is now offering this full book AND a year of access to his wisdom… for only $20. Yes only $20… because Tim knows that every $100 you keep could turn into $500 or even $1,000 down the road… If you read this book and take the right steps. Tonight: Landmark Investment EventTonight at 8 pm ET, we’re hosting a free investment summit. A former money manager, famous for predicting the renter trend, legal marijuana wave, blockchain boom, and Bitcoin bubble will go on record with his next prediction: The Greatest Day in Stock Market History. For the first time, we’ll have the man himself in studio to share the full story behind this watershed moment. Recommended Link Click here now to see this dirt cheap offer Register for free here • You see, right now South Africa appears to be headed for a full-blown crisis…I say this because the country looks like it’s about to embark on a massive property confiscation scheme. Crisis Investing chief analyst Nick Giambruno, who’s been following the situation closely, explains:South African President Cyril Ramaphosa plans to change the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation. This is when the government steals land from an owner and gives it to someone else, in this case, based on race.In his recent issue, Nick showed how Zimbabwe did the same thing in 2000. It introduced a mass confiscation of private property… a “land reform program,” supposedly to correct past injustices. It confiscated farms from white owners and gave them to government supporters.And that ultimately destroyed the country’s economy. And it now looks like South Africa is headed down the same dark path.• Of course, politicians throw out crazy ideas like this all the time… And many of those never get put into law or policy. But there’s a good chance South Africa follows through with this.After all, Ramaphosa’s party controls about 63% of the Congressional seats in South Africa’s National Assembly.According to Nick, it’s no longer a question of if South Africa expropriates land from its white citizens… but rather, when: Bottom line: A solid majority of South Africans support the expropriation of land without compensation in some form or another. It’s only a matter of time before it happens. Land confiscation and the ensuing economic collapse are already baked into the cake.This is clearly bad news for the people of South Africa.But it’s also a huge opportunity for speculators. That’s because turmoil in South Africa could set the stage for a monster platinum rally. More from Nick…The impending chaos there all but guarantees an enormous supply disruption for platinum… Simply put, the stage is set for a supply shock – and price spike – of historical proportions.• This is the last thing South Africa’s mining industry can afford… Nick explains:Aside from the supply threat posed by South Africa following Zimbabwe’s lead, the country’s mines are already in terrible shape. And they’re getting worse…First, half of South Africa’s mines are unprofitable. And others may become unprofitable because of operating cost overruns or rising labor costs. This means some of them could shut down, even without an all-out crisis in the country.Second, labor is the biggest contributor to high costs. And South Africa’s mining unions are exceptionally strong. So cutting costs is hardly an option.• Nick isn’t the only “crisis investor” closely watching this situation, either… Casey Research founder Doug Casey had this to say in the latest issue of Crisis Investing:Nobody wants to invest in a place where property rights are ceasing to exist. Nobody is going to put any significant capital in there, and they’re not generating any domestic capital.I just don’t see how the mining industry can continue there. It’s a far cry from the 1960s when these mines were making enough money to pay, on average, 10% dividends with gold at only $35 an ounce.In short, South Africa’s mining industry faces serious problems. And those problems could soon lead to a massive global supply disruption.All else being equal, that’s a recipe for higher platinum prices.With all of this in mind, consider speculating on platinum if you haven’t yet. You can easily do this by buying the Aberdeen Standard Physical Platinum Shares ETF (PPLT). This fund is designed to track the price of platinum. As with any speculation, don’t bet more money than you can afford to lose.Regards,Justin Spittler Lima, Peru January 24, 2019P.S. I also encourage you to check out Nick’s advisory, Crisis Investing. As you’ll see, platinum isn’t the only metal poised to soar because of turmoil in South Africa. Another key metal could also soar in the months ahead.Nick has found the perfect vehicle to bet on both of these moves… and it’s a screaming buy right now. In fact, it’s trading at around a 7% discount to its fair value. But Nick doesn’t expect it to stay this cheap for much longer – so be sure to act soon. For more details on how to receive Crisis Investing, click here.Reader MailbagOne reader has a response to some previous subscriber feedback on Doug Casey’s interview on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…Doug, I am surprised at the infatuation some of your readers have for authoritarian regimes, as reflected in the Reader Mailbag responses to Doug’s interview on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Terry, for instance, writes, “China is a total socialist/totalitarian regime that has lifted over 800 million out of poverty while still creating 1.34 million millionaires.” A “total socialist/totalitarian regime?” Really? In fact, while there is sadly a massive state apparatus in China, it was the post-Mao encouragement of marketplace activity, private property, and the opportunity of obtaining personal wealth that has dramatically lifted the standards of living for millions of Chinese – not its “socialist/totalitarian” aspects.Then there is Ian, who scorns “anarcho-capitalism” for its alleged inability to provide “water and sewage” systems, preferring, it appears, the wonders of communist Cuba, from which thousands risked death at sea in makeshift rafts rather than continue life in Cuba’s communist paradise. As to the water/sewage topic, I refer Ian to Water Capitalism, by Walter Block and Peter Nelson, wherein the argument for a free market in water and associated services is skillfully defended.– Danielcenter_img By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchWhen chaos hits, most investors panic.They sell without thinking. But the best investors understand that crises can be huge opportunities.You see, investors often “panic sell” during a crisis. They dump high-quality assets out of fear.This allows savvy investors to scoop up world-class companies at deep discounts.• But that’s not the only kind of opportunity that arises out of crises… Crises can also disrupt global supply chains. They can knock the balance between supply and demand out of whack. And that can lead to huge price spikes.This is especially true of commodities. I say this because natural resources are the building blocks of civilization. The modern world simply wouldn’t exist without them.The world doesn’t stop using copper, iron ore, or lumber when there’s turmoil. And more often than not, people end up paying steep premiums.These disruptions in the commodity space can trigger explosive rallies.As I’ll show you today, one key metal in particular appears to be on the verge of a major supply disruption. — — Recommended Link Important Message From E.B. Tucker on Tonight’s Summit Hello, E.B. Tucker here, editor of Strategic Investor.Regular readers know I believe we’re about to witness a watershed moment in the market. In short, thanks to a recent Trump Supreme Court ruling, over $4 billion could flood a very specific corner of the stock market in one day – February 4, 2019.I want to make sure you know all the details to take advantage of this lucrative opportunity. That’s why I invite you to attend tonight’s big event at 8 p.m. ET – The Greatest Day in Stock Market History Investment Summit.I’ll give you a sneak peek at my top three recommendations – each of which could soar 1,000%, beginning immediately. Further, I’m going to explain why this opportunity is unprecedented and could be 40 times bigger than the legal marijuana industry in a matter of years.We’re getting underway here in a few hours. If you’d like to join us, you can sign up for free right here.last_img read more

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A young disabled woman has described the abuse she experienced in a charity-run mental health hospital, and has called for more to be done to close such long-stay institutions.Abigail Donohoe (pictured) spent more than six years in mental health hospitals in her late teens and early 20s, including more than two years at a brain injury service run by the St Andrew’s Healthcare charity in Northampton.Although the charity’s brain injury service was rated good (PDF) when last inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2016, the regulator this month placed the adolescents service on the same site into special measures (PDF).The adolescents service for young disabled people attracted media attention last year when it was revealed that one autistic teenager called Bethany had been kept in seclusion for nearly two years and was often fed through a hatch.The same service had already been exposed the previous year by Channel 4’s Dispatches, which featured a visit by former Liberal Democrat social care minister Norman Lamb, who described his horror at the use of segregation he found there.Now a CQC inspection has placed the service in special measures, giving it six months to make urgent improvements, after raising serious concerns about safety, and warning that staff “did not always treat patients with kindness, dignity, compassion and respect”.Donohoe is not autistic herself, but she says she can display “challenging behaviour with autistic traits”, which was why she was admitted to the neuropsychiatry unit.She was originally admitted to St Andrew’s as a voluntary patient in 2013, but she was later sectioned.She arrived during a period of crisis, having been led to believe that she would receive a thorough, six-week assessment followed by recommendations for a continuing programme of treatment.But she did not leave for more than two years, and then spent another two years at Milton Park Therapeutic Campus, in Bedford, firstly on section for a year and then as a voluntary patient for another year because there were no community-based placements available.Milton Park, now renamed Lakeside, was rated as “requires improvement” earlier this year by CQC, and remains in “special measures” after previously being rated “inadequate”.This week, Donohoe described to Disability News Service how she was kept in seclusion for hours at a time at St Andrew’s.While some staff were supportive and caring, others taunted or threatened her, and physical restraint was common and could last up to 30 minutes, including techniques such as bending her wrists, lying on top of her, or injecting her with powerful sedatives against her will.She believes the kind of abuse she experienced is widespread in many institutions.Donohoe, who is currently living with her family with outreach support while she tries to find a suitable supported living setting where she can live independently in the community, has now written to MPs and peers on the joint committee on human rights (JCHR) to push for wide-ranging reform.Since leaving “high-pressure institutional settings”, she has been “so much calmer”, she said.She said the failure to release patients from long-stay institutions is partly connected to the profits such services can make for the organisations running them because of the huge fees they are able to charge.And they often justify the failure to release patients like her by recording every single offensive or aggressive word as a separate incident – which happened at St Andrew’s – allowing them to exaggerate how often a patient has been offensive or aggressive and demonstrate why they cannot be released.She said: “That makes me look like an abusive monster. I can be very challenging, but not 200 separate incidents, and often it will have been caused by goading from the staff.”The goading at St Andrew’s involved threatening her with powerful medication or telling her she will be “here forever” if she does not “shut up”.“They do that to make it look as if you need to be in hospital,” she said.She has spoken of her hope to speak out on behalf of fellow patients to help in the push for reform.She contrasts the treatment of people with conditions such as diabetes and schizophrenia, who receive crisis inpatient healthcare and then receive ongoing community-based care, with the care often handed out to autistic people, and those with learning difficulties and impairments like hers, who are often “warehoused” for years on end in long-stay hospital units.She said: “The system is completely ineffective, and it is about locking people away. It needs a complete overhaul.”She believes that the six-week timeframe she was told to expect is the only one acceptable for someone in her position to be detained in such a setting.After that period expires, she says, and the recommendations have been made, support should be provided in an inclusive community setting.She points to the case of Jade Hutchings, an autistic woman and a pen pal of hers, whose own case was written about in the mainstream media last year when it emerged that she had been locked in an assessment and treatment unit for more than 13 years.Donohoe said there needed to be more effort to hear from service-users like her, although she accepts that many patients cannot speak for themselves because of their impairments and the fear of services taking revenge on them if they do speak out.She said: “I am extremely frustrated that it is not changing despite all the scandals.”Only last week, she watched two senior CQC figures giving evidence to the JCHR about the regulator’s failure to halt the abuse at Whorlton Hall, later exposed by an undercover reporter working for BBC’s Panorama.Donohoe said the whole care system was failing and CQC itself needed to do more to “take ownership” of the problems.She said she did not trust the CQC’s ratings, and added: “There’s not a lot of point in having them if you can’t trust the ratings.”A spokesperson for St Andrew’s said: “We support vulnerable people and have a duty of care which we take very seriously. “An important part of this is respecting patients’ confidentiality. For this reason we never comment on whether someone is or has been a patient at St Andrew’s Healthcare.”But she added: “Seclusion is used for the shortest possible time and only ever when other less restrictive methods have failed.“A person is only restrained – and then only for the shortest possible time – when they have become a risk or danger to themselves, other patients or staff, and only when all other de-escalation methods have failed.“The CQC have recently recognised the reduction in the use of restrictive practices within our services, such as prone restraint and rapid tranquilisation.“For those patients who are referred to our hospital environments at a time when they are at their most vulnerable, our role is to provide care as best we can and proactively advocate on their behalf when we believe it is right for them to move on.”But Donohoe said St Andrew’s had not advocated for its patients from her experience.She said: “They are encouraging people to be kept there longer by exaggerating incidents in the way they are reported.”She said she could not say what St Andrew’s was like now, but when she was there she was often kept in seclusion for hours, with staff making no effort to de-escalate the situation by engaging with her.She weighs about eight-and-a-half stone and would often be physically restrained by “six big guys”.She said the thought of what she went through while being restrained still makes her angry.She added: “Occasionally I did get seriously hurt during the course of restraint.“It was quite damaging to every sort of recovery. That was why I had to go to Milton Park, to recover from St Andrew’s.”last_img read more

March Retail Sales Gains Are Very Encouraging And Set the Stage For

first_imgRetail sales were up 1 percent in March seasonally adjusted from February and up 0.8 percent unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said today. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.“The change of seasons is always a factor because of the weather, and a later Easter and Passover this year mean holiday-related sales that took place in March last year won’t come until April this year and sizably impact year-over-year comparisons.”“March’s numbers are very encouraging and set the stage for improved expectations for the economy in the coming months, especially since the first quarter is typically weak,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “These numbers boost first-quarter performance and suggest a strong consumer. It is clear that underlying consumer fundamentals including job and wage growth and healthy household balance sheets continue to support spending. Consumers were busy in March after weaker-than-expected spending earlier.”Kleinhenz said the numbers could have been better if not for cold weather early in March and changes in the timing of two key religious holidays: “The change of seasons is always a factor because of the weather, and a later Easter and Passover this year mean holiday-related sales that took place in March last year won’t come until April this year and sizably impact year-over-year comparisons.”Marketing Technology News: Reviving Retail with AI: 5 Benefits of Adopting AI in Retail OperationsAs of March, the three-month moving average was up 2.6 percent over the same period a year ago. March’s results make up for a revised monthly loss of 0.8 percent seen in February and build on February’s year-over-year gain of 2.5 percent.NRF’s numbers are based on data from the US Census Bureau, which said today that overall March sales – including auto dealers, gas stations and restaurants – were up 1.6 percent seasonally adjusted from February and up 3.6 unadjusted year-over-year. The release of retail sales data for December through March has been delayed as the Bureau works through a backlog caused by the government shutdown earlier this year.The results come as NRF’s preliminary forecast projects that retail sales during 2019 will increase between 3.8 percent and 4.4 percent to more than $3.8 trillion. The forecast is subject to revision as more data is released in the coming months.Marketing Technology News: Video Conferencing Solutions Provider, IVCi, Shares Tips for Choosing the Best Video Wall Solution for Your SpaceSpecifics from key retail sectors during March include:Online and other non-store sales were up 9.2 percent year-over-year and up 1.2 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Health and personal care stores were up 1.6 percent year-over-year and up 0.2 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.General merchandise stores were down 0.5 percent year-over-year but up 0.7 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Building materials and garden supply stores were down 0.7 percent year-over-year but up 0.3 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Furniture and home furnishings stores were down 1 percent year-over-year but up 1.7 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Grocery and beverage stores were down 1.1 percent year-over-year but up 1 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Clothing and clothing accessory stores were down 2.6 percent year-over-year but up 2 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Electronics and appliance stores were down 4.1 percent year-over-year but up 0.5 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Sporting goods stores were down 10.8 percent year-over-year and down 0.3 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.Marketing Technology News: Outreach Recognized as an April 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Sales Force Automation March Retail Sales Gains Are ‘Very Encouraging’ And ‘Set the Stage’ For Further Improvements This Year PRNewswireApril 22, 2019, 4:20 pmApril 22, 2019 Jack KleinhenzMarch Retail SalesMarketing TechnologyNational Retail FederationNewsSalesSet the Stage Previous ArticleTerminus Expands Measurement and Engagement Capabilities in Account-Based Platform; Now Measures Traditional and ABM Programs in a Single ScorecardNext ArticleSAS Showcases Regional Impact of Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence at Flagship EventShowcases Regional Impact of Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence at Flagship Eventlast_img read more

New measurable indicator could prove instrumental in fight against HIV

first_img Source:https://www2.gmu.edu/news/574076 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 11 2019George Mason University’s Yuntao Wu is the lead scientist on a research team that has identified a measurable indicator that could prove instrumental in the fight against HIV.The research focuses on cofilin, a key protein that regulates cells to mobilize and fight against infection.In an HIV-infected patient, cofilin dysfunction is a key factor in helper T cell defects, according to the research recently published in the journal Science Advances. Helper T cells augment the body’s immune response by recognizing the presence of a foreign antigen and then helping the immune system mount a response.”When you have an infection, you need to mobilize the T cells,” said Wu, a College of Science professor of Molecular and Microbiology within Mason’s School of Systems Biology and National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases. “In HIV infection, there is a profound depletion of helper T cells in lymphoid tissues, such as those in the gut.”Related StoriesTwo new studies develop algorithms to identify patients at risk of acquiring HIVScripps CHAVD wins $129 million NIH grant to advance new HIV vaccine approachHIV persists in spinal fluid even after long-term treatment and is linked to cognitive deficitsAntiretroviral therapy has significantly increased the lifespan of HIV-infected people, although it offers neither a cure nor a full restoration of the body’s immune system, he said. The natural course of the HIV infection leads to multiple immune defects, including the impairment of T cell migration, according to the research team.Wu and his team found that patients with HIV have “significantly lower” levels of cofilin phosphorylation–which provides a control of cofilin’s activity with the addition of a phosphate–than healthy patients. Cofilin is a key protein that helps cells generate the driving force for migration. Proper cofilin phosphorylation is needed for cells to move in and out of tissues.Their findings suggest that a lasting immune control to HIV isn’t likely to come from antiretroviral therapy alone because it is not sufficient to repair the cofilin damage caused by HIV and to restore normal T cell migration in and out of tissues.But the researchers found that by stimulating the T cells with additional therapeutics, such as the α4β7 integrin antibody, they could modulate the levels of cofilin activity needed to restore T cell mobility. The remedy has shown lasting effects in immune control of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), the simian form of the AIDS virus, in a monkey trial, but it has not showed the same results in HIV-infected human patients.”Now we have a marker, and at least one target that we can focus on to discover new therapies to repair the immune damages for a functional cure,” Wu said.last_img read more

Engineer says new study forces researchers to rethink how elderly break their

University of Utah mechanical engineering assistant professor Claire Acevedo. Credit: Dan Hixson/University of Utah College of Engineering. Citation: Engineer says new study forces researchers to rethink how elderly break their bones (2018, January 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-rethink-elderly-bones.html To better understand why many elderly people are prone to break a bone in a fall (known as bone fragility fractures), perhaps doctors and researchers should look at the human skeleton in much the same way civil engineers analyze buildings and bridges, according to a new study from a University of Utah mechanical engineering professor. 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. Provided by University of Utah A team of researchers led by U mechanical engineering assistant professor Claire Acevedo believes the bones of an older person, say above the age of 50, become more susceptible to a break due to repeated stress from everyday activities such as walking, creating microdamage that affects the quality of the bone. That is in contrast to the common-held belief that bone breaks in the elderly are largely due to one massive impact or force on the bone, such as a fall.”It really starts with a small microcrack that grows over time under repeated loading,” says Claire Acevedo, who has just joined the University of Utah College of Engineering faculty. “You need to be doing something like just walking or moving, and the crack is slowly propagating. At some point, the remaining cross-section of the bone that is still connected is too small and will break suddenly.”In that case, such fractures in the elderly would be the cause of a fall rather than the result of a fall.The study, “Fatigue as the missing link between bone fragility and fracture,” was published online this week in the latest issue of Nature Biomedical Engineering. Acevedo says this theory that “cyclic loading” (repeated and fluctuating loads) might be a bigger contributor to bone breaks is similar to the study of structures and engineered materials. This type of stress in structures and materials resulted in a rise of catastrophic accidents near the turn of the 20th Century and has led to the development of “fracture mechanics.””In engineered materials and structures, cyclic fatigue is the most ubiquitous mode of failure,” wrote Acevedo, who studies fractures and stress on skeletal tissue. “Cyclic fatigue accounts for more than 80 percent of all failures, leading to catastrophic and sudden accidents such as the failure of railway axles, the collapse of metallic bridges, the failure of ships and the cracking of aircraft airframes and engines.”The research is based on examining not just the bone’s mineral density (bone mass) but its quality, specifically how well the collagen that provides the ductility of the bone deforms to resist fractures. And as one gets older, the more microdamage that person accumulates over time and the weaker the bones get.”Bone quality is much more important than what we have been thinking,” she says. “Old bones gradually lose their mechanical properties, their ability to self-repair and to recover bone quality to prevent the formation of a fracture.””Fatigue is really important, and bone quality is really important. We need to change our mind about that,” she says. “We need to change our approach on how to study it and not just look at the effect of a single load if we want to prevent such fractures and the high risk of mortality associated with them.” Explore further Blood marker may predict postmenopausal women’s risk of bone fractures More information: Claire Acevedo et al. Fatigue as the missing link between bone fragility and fracture, Nature Biomedical Engineering (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41551-017-0183-9 Journal information: Nature Biomedical Engineering read more

German car sales plunge in May as diesel falls out of favour

first_imgSales of new cars in Germany plunged in May, official figures showed Monday, dragged lower by public holidays and mounting uncertainty about the future of scandal-plagued diesel. © 2018 AFP Explore further Concerns about pollution and the falling resale value of diesels have seen consumers turn away from the once popular technology Sales of diesel cars in Germany drop after court permits bancenter_img A total of 305,057 new cars hit German roads last month, the KBA federal vehicle licensing authority said, a drop of 5.8 percent year-on-year.Of those, just 95,000 cars were diesels, a number more than 27 percent lower than a year before.Diesel’s ongoing slide came as Hamburg became the first German city last month to ban older diesels from two stretches of road to combat air pollution, with other cities mulling similar restrictions.Diesel’s reputation has lain in tatters ever since Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to installing software in millions of diesel vehicles worldwide designed to dupe emissions tests. Since then, concerns about pollution and the falling resale value of diesels have seen consumers turn away from the once popular technology.Whereas diesels still accounted for around 45 percent of all car sales in 2016, that share fell to 38 percent in 2017 and the decline has continued into 2018.But industry bodies said the car sector remained in good health, pointing out that overall car sales from January to May were up 2.6 percent compared with the same period a year earlier. The VDIK foreign carmakers’ association said in a statement that May’s dip in registrations was partly down to a string of public holidays that kept dealerships closed.”The German passenger car market continues to be in solid shape, even though public holidays and long weekends have somewhat slowed down the momentum,” said VDIK president Reinhard Zirpel.”The falling diesel registrations are overcompensated by vehicles with alternative or petrol engines,” he added.According to the KBA, cars offering more environmentally friendly engines gained ground in May, with sales of electric and hybrid vehicles jumping more than 50 percent to around 12,000 units sold.Despite the negative headlines, German giant Volkswagen remained the nation’s most popular carmaker in May, accounting for 20.9 percent of all car sales.Luxury brands BMW and Mercedes meanwhile saw sales fall by 16 and 13 percent respectively.May was also a disappointing month for fellow German brand Opel, in the midst of a painful restructuring under new French owner PSA, with sales slumping 15 percent. Citation: German car sales plunge in May as diesel falls out of favour (2018, June 4) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-german-car-sales-plunge-diesel.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Sony to release AIinfused robotic pups in the US

first_img Explore further Sony revives robot pet dog This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The latest Sony robot dog “Aibo,” seen in Tokyo in January, is coming to the United States later this year with artificial intelligence and internet connectivity, at a price of $2,899 Sony on Thursday announced that its Aibo robotic dogs infused with artificial intelligence will be unleashed on the US market by the year-end holiday season, with a price tag of $2,899.center_img © 2018 AFP The sixth-generation mechanical pup combines robotics with image sensors and artificial intelligence, enabling it to learn behaviors and recognize faces, according to the Japanese consumer electronics giant.Aibo robot personalities develop based on interactions with people, giving each a unique character depending on its human companions, Sony said.”This is truly a one-of-a-kind product designed to connect with its owners on an emotional level,” Sony Electronics North America president Mike Fasulo said in a release.Similar to real-life dogs, Aibo can learn tricks and will seek out owners, reacting to words of praise or scratches on the head, according to Sony. Aibo will also play with toys, which Sony will sell you.Unlike real-life dogs, Aibo has an application owners can use to adjust system settings or add new tricks, and can connect to the internet cloud to store memories.Aibo owners will also be able to check on internet-linked canine companions while away from home, glimpsing life through their robotic eyes, according to Sony.Sony will begin taking US orders for “First Litter Edition” Aibo next month, with deliveries promised by the holiday season.Aibo became available in Japan early this year, more than a decade after it culled earlier models from its product line. Citation: Sony to release AI-infused robotic pups in the US (2018, August 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-sony-ai-infused-robotic-pups.htmllast_img read more

Emissionsfree hydrogen production edges closer with new pilot site in Denmark

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain An EU initiative will facilitate the production, storage and supply of hydrogen for a wide range of end users. It will help integrate green power into the energy system in a flexible way. More information: HyBalance project website: hybalance.eu/ Explore further Provided by CORDIS With increased efforts to cut carbon emissions, electric power from renewables has emerged as a vital energy source. Thanks to its strong potential to support energy transition, the role of hydrogen as a versatile, clean and safe energy carrier is widely recognised.Its production based on wind power utilising electrolysis – the separation of water into hydrogen and oxygen – is a known technology. However, cost-competitive and sustainable production of large amounts of hydrogen with this process has proven difficult. The EU-funded HyBalance project is tackling this challenge by producing hydrogen on a larger scale from wind turbines with a power-to-hydrogen plant. It will enable the storage of cheap renewable electricity, providing both grid balancing services and hydrogen for industrial users. It will also supply the transportation sector with hydrogen.The project’s pilot site was recently inaugurated by Air Liquide, the company that is coordinating HyBalance. As explained in a press release, the electrolyser, “with a capacity of 1.2 MW, enables the production of around 500 kg of hydrogen a day without releasing CO2.” This will be enough for 1 000 cars and can also be supplied to hydrogen buses and forklifts, according to a presentation on the project website. Besides industrial customers, the hydrogen that’s produced is used to supply the network of five hydrogen stations installed and operated in Denmark.Balance and stabilityGrid balancing is crucial for the stability of electricity systems. Due to their intermittent nature, solar or wind energy sources can over or undersupply a grid with electricity. If left unbalanced, the excess voltage and frequency from the oversupply of electricity could cause damage to electronics. Electrolysers enable utility companies to store the energy that would be wasted over long periods of oversupply. During peak demand, the stored hydrogen can be used to generate enough electricity.”Wind power is fluctuating and requires adequate flexibility options to ensure balance in the electricity grid. Dynamic water electrolysis offers such flexibility using electricity when the prices are low or there is a need for balancing and transforming it into hydrogen,” a project brochure notes. In its bid to promote green transition, “HyBalance will develop business models which will determine when it pays off to turn the wind power into hydrogen,” as highlighted in the same presentation.The project will use proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis technology, which is characterised by high efficiency (more hydrogen produced per kWh of electricity) and flexibility, according to the presentation. The partners hope that this technology will be fully validated for commercial applications when the project is concluded. The ongoing HyBalance (HyBalance) project was designed to demonstrate the link between energy storage in the form of hydrogen and the deployment of hydrogen mobility solutions. “It will not only validate highly dynamic PEM electrolysis technology and innovative hydrogen delivery processes involved but also demonstrate these in a real industrial environment by applying high pressure hydrogen production and delivery equipment,” as stated on CORDIS. Citation: Emissions-free hydrogen production edges closer with new pilot site in Denmark (2018, October 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-emissions-free-hydrogen-production-edges-closer.html New technology improves hydrogen manufacturing This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

The Barrage of Bad News About Climate Change Is Triggering EcoAnxiety Psychologists

first_imgWhen news about the environment becomes grim, you might be overcome by an urge to hide or collapse. On last week’s episode of HBO drama “Big Little Lies,” 9-year-old Amabella did both. The character’s metallic boots were found sticking out of a classroom closet following a lesson on climate change, and the internet collectively nodded in recognition. Originally published on Live Science. Something me and Amabella Klein have in common. #BigLittleLies pic.twitter.com/35Rx1aJUsf — Michael. (@yosoymichael) June 24, 2019 It turns out that anxiety, grief and despair about the state of the environment is nothing new. It even has a name: eco-anxiety. And according to psychologists, it’s incredibly common. [Hypersex to Hoarding: 7 New Psychological Disorders] AdvertisementClimate Change Is Triggering Eco-AnxietyWhen news about the environment becomes grim, you might be overcome by an urge to hide or collapse.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65843-climate-change-anxiety-is-real.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:2102:21Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭  Doomsday: 9 Real Ways Earth Could End Top 10 Controversial Psychiatric Disorders Me too, Amabella. Me. too. #biglittlelies pic.twitter.com/PZG9uqOQE3by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoFinance101What Are The Best States To Retire In?Finance101UndoFinance DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get Up To $250,000 If They Do This…Finance DailyUndo — cole (@colesevn) June 24, 2019 Amabella having a panic attack in a closet because of climate change is a MOOD #BigLittleLies — mackenzie (@macckkattacckk) June 24, 2019 The Reality of Climate Change: 10 Myths Busted According to a Yale survey conducted in December 2018, 70% of Americans are “worried” about climate change, 29% are “very worried” and 51% feel “helpless.” Despite these striking statistics, most people don’t realize how widespread eco-anxiety is, one psychologist told Live Science. “[Ecoanxiety] is often hidden somewhat under the surface,” Thomas Doherty, a clinical psychologist based in Portland, Oregon, told Live Science, “people aren’t taught how to talk about it.” Still, over the past decade, eco-anxiety has gained increasing recognition from scientists and non-scientists alike. It’s not listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, psychology’s list of official diagnoses. That’s partially because its symptoms are poorly defined, said David Austern, a clinical psychologist at NYU Langone Health. The American Psychological Association defines it as “a chronic fear of environmental doom.” Eco-anxiety can range from day-to-day worry about the fate of the world, to Amabella’s outright panic attack. Depending on whom you ask, it can even include the fear and panic attacks some natural disaster victims experience after the fact, Austern said. Its symptoms are largely the same as any other kind of anxiety; its only distinguishing factor is its cause, Austern said. But that doesn’t mean that psychologists aren’t taking eco-anxiety seriously. In 2008, the American Psychological Association established a climate change task force. And in 2017, they published a 70-page report on the mental-health effects of climate change. This year, at their annual conference in Chicago, there will be four climate change related sessions. A term like eco-anxiety, though nebulous, is important to create recognition for a very real phenomenon, Austern said. It helps people express what they’re experiencing. Psychologists agree it’s important to open up a dialogue about the mental health effects of climate change. But they also agree that in most cases, eco-anxiety isn’t a bad thing. “It’s a rational reply to a really serious problem,” Maria Ojala, a psychologist at Örebro University in Sweden, told Live Science. That, she says, is why it could be dangerous to make it a clinical diagnosis. “We have to ask, Is it more pathological for someone to be so worried about climate change or is it actually more pathological that people are not more worried about it?” Austern said. Anxiety is precisely the emotion that’ll propel us to do something, he added. Conveniently, taking action Is also one of the most effective coping mechanisms for eco-anxiety, Ojala said. But anxiety is only good for sparking action up to a certain point, Doherty said. A tenet of psychology, the Yerkes-Dodson law, holds that up to a certain point, arousal — how alert or worried you feel — leads people take action and perform better. But overly high levels of anxiety can become paralyzing. For example, one study described cases in which fear of extreme weather approached the level of phobia. Depending on how anxious you are, that’s either incredibly convenient, or presents a catch-22 situation. In these cases, anxiety becomes counterproductive to climate action, Doherty said, And it’s important to seek help. Luckily, if you’re too anxious to take action, fostering a sense of connection with one’s environment and community can also help with symptoms. A recent study found that 2 hours per week in nature is enough to reap mental health benefits. Despite its prevalence, eco-anxiety still goes under-recognized. It shouldn’t be, Doherty said. “This ‘Big Little Lies’ episode clearly struck a chord with people,” Doherty said. And that’s a sign, he added, of how important a conversation this is to have.last_img read more