TCI Government to Donate 100000 for Dominica Relief

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government agreed to a relief fund of US$100,000 to assist with the restoration efforts in Dominica. Premier and Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Hon. Dr. Rufus W. Ewing, following the Cabinet meeting commented, that “he is pleased that we are in a position to assist financially and while the grant is but a dent in the estimated value of damages, we know from the devastation of Hurricane Ike in 2008 that every little bit helps.” The Government of Dominica has reported that TS Erika destroyed over 370 dwelling homes, devastated villages and wrought infrastructural damages amounting to some US$228 million dollars. Hurricane Hit Territories Labelled “Too Wealthy” for British Aid Related Items:dominicana, relief, tci government, tropical storm erika Atlantic Hurricane Season over; takes 88 lives, costs $590 million Dominica gets 300 temporary homes; $34 million to rebuild communities Recommended for youlast_img read more

Bahamas diabetes cases soar 160 increase in 8 Years says Health Minister

first_img Women lead diabetes cases for TCI, country marked World Diabetes Day Nov 14 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 14, 2017 – Nassau – World Diabetes Day is today and the focus is on women and while there are no detailed recent statistics published about how much the disease is impacting the health and productivity of residents of The Bahamas, a 2014 study exposed this:  According to figures released by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in 2014 The Bahamas had 34,900 people with diabetes.   The figures did not include those who are pre-diabetic.At the time Dr. Graham Cates said, “When we look at the world overall, The Bahamas is leading in the prevalence of diabetes in the entire world.”Health Minister, Dr. Duane Sands also shared some shocking news as he presented on the National Health Insurance in the House of Assembly in July, including the latest information on how diabetes is affecting the population.“In the almost decade interval between 2005 and 2012 our nation saw a 16 percent increase in sedentary lifestyle diseases; a 13 percent increase in overweight; a 14 percent increase in obesity; a 55 percent increase in hypertension; and a 160 percent increase in diabetes.”World Diabetes Day (WDD), celebrated on November 14 of each year was this year in The Bahamas marked by ScotiaBank.    Nakera Symonette, Senior Manager of Marketing said, “We are committed to helping young people become better off and are thrilled to partner with The Bahamas Diabetic Association to raise awareness as diabetes is prevalent among our population, impacting adults and children.”ScotiaBank staff wore the signature blue ribbons in commemoration of World Diabetes Day.#MagneticMediaNews#WorldDiabetesDay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img More women with diabetes in Turks and Caicos, World Diabetes Day Nov 14 Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #worlddiabetesdaylast_img read more

Time Inc Digital Revenues Up 20 Million Offsetting Weakness in Print

first_imgNEW YORK — Roughly 40 people — Time Inc. publishers, presidents, editors, and PR directors along with members of the press—gathered on the second floor of the Time and Life Building Wednesday for Time Inc.’s “Digital Showcase,” where Time Inc. EVP John Squires told the crowd that the division’s digital revenues were up $20 million year over year. That growth is led mostly by Sports Illustrated and CNNMoney, he said, with digital revenue contributing about 15 and 20 percent to their respective bottom lines. Despite the digital revenue growth, Time Inc.’s overall first quarter revenues were relatively flat, falling slightly from $1.048 billion in first quarter 2007 to $1.045 billion this year. Quick acceleration online is the way the company is moving, Squires said, echoing Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes’ comments during a quarterly conference call that digital growth rates for the company’s magazines could “overcome what may be the flatness in print over time.” ‘Upshot’ Time Inc. saw a “big upshot” from online video at the end of last year and early this year, Squires said, which contributed to overall digital growth. To date, CNNMoney is seeing just under 19 million video streams a month, up from an average of 1 million last year, and is looking to compete with television networks like CNBC, maybe more so than its online counterparts. According to Nielsen VideoCensus from March, the title’s online video platform makes up 54 percent of its entire category which includes MSN Money,, and Wall Street Journal Digital. Its competitive advantage, according to’s SVP Jonathan Shar, is its investment in a twelve-person team dedicated to video production, many of whom held high-level positions in television. The videos, in fact, are often streamed on CNN, contributing to the network’s money and finance coverage. “As video distribution online grows, consumers expectations will rise and we have to be ready to play in that world,” said Squires. ‘Hair Tool’ Success has seen monthly video streams rise from 70,000 in February to now more than 600,000 and is planning to launch a redesigned video channel in the second quarter 2008. Other plans for InStyle digital include an upcoming relaunch of and a new, sponsored mobile WAP application launching in July 2008. Its popular Hollywood Hair Tool—which allows users to virtually try on celebrity hair styles—will be joined by a similar tool for makeup in June. When the hair tool launched in August of last year, overall page views for the site increased within two months from 38 milion to 52 million.last_img read more

Trying to Make Sense of Magazine Closings

first_imgNone of this makes recent numbers any more tolerable, really. Closings and the subsequent job loss in any situation are horrible. But the MPA is attempting to take a big-picture view and attach the numbers to the economy rather than a specific loss of consumer interest, which would be really bad.PIB revenue declines, for example, occurred only in recession years. ABC average circ dropped during these same periods, but by far lower percentages. Therefore, concludes MPA, advertising is the “dominant factor in magazine closings.”Yet looking at the Ulrich numbers only makes things more confusing. Yes, 2000 and 2001 saw unprecedented closure rates—125 and 166, respectively—but that recession period was an anomaly, if anything. The years between the indicated 1991 to 1992 and 2008 recession years experienced much higher closure rates, and are comparatively high even to 2000 and 2001 standards.In other words, Ulrich’s numbers don’t necessarily jibe with the idea that closures are tied to a recession—there are lots of closings every year. As I mentioned earlier, 2006, not a recession year, had 104 magazine closings—twice as many as last year.Plus, it would make a lot more sense to dig deeper and examine the kinds of magazines that close. Say, big mass-market mags versus smaller niche enthusiast titles. The MPA wants to make a few things clear about the unfortunate string of magazine closures we’ve been experiencing.It’s the economy, stupid. That’s not what they said, exactly, but they’d like to remind everyone that the readers are still there—it’s the advertisers that are jumping ship. A data sheet posted on MPA’s site in early August attempts to point out that consumer interest, via circ levels, is maintaining while advertising declines correspond with shutdowns.Also, last year wasn’t all that bad compared to other years. In fact, we didn’t even come close to 2000-2001 levels.The MPA cites closure metrics from Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory. Apparently, there were 54 magazines closed in 2008, which is 11 less than 2007 and, interestingly, 50 less than 2006, which was the peak for mag closings after 2001.last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of November 18 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of November 18, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Thomas H. Deechan, Jr., 71Louise (Nardo) Russo, 87Previously Lived In Wilmington:Thomas Joseph Donahue, 75Michael O’Brien, 62Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:NoneLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

ITC Replaces TCS as Indias Most Admired Company

first_imgAmerican business magazine Fortune has ranked Indian Tobacco Company (ITC) Limited first among the top 45 most admired Indian companies for the year 2014, replacing 2013 topper Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Limited.The tobacco conglomerate has replaced the 2013 topper and IT giant, TCS, which has slipped down to the sixth position this year, making way for ITC that was on the third position earlier, PTI reported.Fortune has brought out a list of 45 most admired companies in India for 2014 and has placed ITC at the top along with the top four Larsen and Turbo, Hindustan Uniliver (HUL), Maruti Suzuki and State Bank of India (SBI) in descending series.Maintaining last year’s record, SBI and HUL remained among the top five, however, Infosys lost its position (fourth) to Maruti Suzuki in 2014 list.19 new companies including Cognizant, Idea Cellular, GMR Infra, Abbott Pharma, Shapoorji Pallonji and BSES Rajdhani Power Limited have made their way to this year’s list.The list has been further divided into sectors including power, telecom and pharma. Apollo Hospitals, National Thermal Power Corporation Limited and Vodafone India has been ranked first in their respective sectors — pharma and healthcare, power, and telecom sectors.Fortune partnered with Philadelphia’s global management consulting firm Hay Group to bring out the final list of 45 companies. These were selected based on response from top industry executives after conducting a survey of over 1,500 companies.This is Fortune’s third list since it started to list most admired Indian companies in 2012.last_img read more

Goldman Sachs Citigroup bullish on Sensex and Nifty upgrade targets

first_imgA broker monitors share prices at a brokerage firm in Mumbai August 9, 2011.ReutersFor last six trading sessions, Indian benchmark indices have been moving upward. During this period, both the indices scaled lifetime highs quite a few times. In last six sessions, Sensex advanced 750 points while Nifty 50 index went up by 150 point.Following the upward move, the top investment banks Citigroup and Goldman Sachs Group have raised their targets for the benchmark indices.Citing the recent mega public sector bank recapitalisation, infrastructure push with project like Bhartmala and continued domestic inflow into equities, Goldman Sachs Group and the Citigroup are betting big on Indian market, reported Mint.The top investment banking groups are apparently buoyed by the recent reforms announced by the Indian government. The groups believe that these reforms would offset challenges such as valuation and poor earnings growth and would propel the Sensex and Nifty to newer highs in 2018.In a note published in October 29, Citigroup said it expects the Sensex to reach 33,800 in March 2018 from an earlier target of 32,200; it also reduced its fiscal 2018 earnings per share (EPS) growth target for Sensex firms to 13% from 17-18% at the start of the year.”While earnings disappointments/downgrades continue, the Street should be more optimistic on recovery post the big government push,” the business daily quoted the Citigroup report.Last Tuesday, the central government announced that it would recapitalise public sector banks (PSBs) with Rs 2.11 lakh crore over the next two years. It also announced Rs 6.92 lakh crore investments in road construction projects over the next five years.Markets have been rising since then. Day after the bank recap announcement, Nifty PSU bank index surged 29 percent. Moreover, the combined market capitalisation (market-cap) rose by over Rs 1 lakh crore in a single day.Goldman Sachs has also increased its end-2018 Nifty target to 11,600 points, up from a September 2018 target of 10,900 points, and restated its “overweight” stance on India. The investment banking group said that the bank recapitalisation episode suggests that markets perform strongly as credit growth picks up and macro recovery gathers pace, reported Mint.Goldman analysts are more optimistic about a corporate earnings recovery, and believe that adverse impact of the transition to the goods and services tax (GST) would be normalised soon.”Re-rating of GDP growth expectations and removal of ‘left-tail’ risk in the banking sector should support India’s price-to-equity premium relative to the rest of the region,” Goldman Sachs Group said in an October 26 report.last_img read more

Ball lightning may sometimes be explained as hallucinations

first_img The scientists, Alexander Kendl and Joseph Peer from the University of Innsbruck, analyzed electromagnetic pulses of repetitive lightning discharges and compared them to the magnetic fields used in clinical transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Their results suggest the variable magnetic fields produced by lightning are in the same order of magnitude and frequency as those applied in TMS that stimulate hallucinations, such as balls of light known as cranial phosphenes. They postulate that balls of light known as ball lightning, which are occasionally reported during thunder and lightning storms, could often be hallucinations arising from lightning electromagnetic pulses affecting the brains of close observers.Ball lightning was first reported in St. Petersburg in Russia in 1754 by a Dr. Richmann, who was attempting to copy Benjamin Franklin’s kite-lightning experiment, and who was instantly killed by the lightning. It is rarely seen and photographic evidence is almost nonexistent. There are dozens of theories of how ball lightning could form, including the burning of hot silicon particles produced when a lightning strike vaporizes the ground.TMS is a non-invasive method of stimulating areas of the brain, and is used in psychiatric treatments and in studying the brain. It is known that when the visual cortex is stimulated by pulsed magnetic fields in TMS, patients will sometimes see hallucinations of luminous shapes in their visual field. With the stimulation coils attached to the head, the visions can occur with single or repeated pulses at frequencies of around 1-50 Hz. The cortical phosphenes appear as bubbles, lines, ovals or patches of either white or a variety of colors. When the stimulation coil is moved, the phosphenes also appear to move. Rare but natural long (1-2 seconds) repetitive lightning strikes produce electromagnetic pulses, which the researchers thought might produce currents within the brain in the same order of magnitude in terms of duration, strength and frequency as in TMS in observers 20-100 meters away from the lightning strike. They calculated the time-varying electromagnetic fields of various types of lightning strikes for observers at various distances from the strike.The calculations showed that only lightning strikes consisting of multiple return strokes at the same point over a period of seconds could produce a magnetic field long enough to cause cortical phosphenes. This type would account for around 1-5% of lightning strikes, but very few of these would be seen by an observer 20 to 100 m away, and of those the researchers estimate seeing the light for seconds would occur only in about one percent of unharmed observers. The observer does not need to be outside, but could be inside an aircraft or building. Kendl and Peer also said an observer would be most likely to classify the experience as ball lightning because of preconceptions. Citation: Ball lightning may sometimes be explained as hallucinations (2010, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A New Kind Of Lightning Discovered Electric field transcranially induced at various observation points (from bottom to top: 20 – 100m distance from strike point) by the time derivative of the lightning magnetic field during the decline phase of an average negative cloud-to-ground subsequent return stroke. Phosphene perception can be expected for induced fields above 20 V/m. Long duration repetitive stimulation of phosphenes up to seconds can be caused by higher multiplicity strokes. See arXiv:1005.1153v1 paper for details. ( — Physicists in Austria have calculated the magnetic fields associated with certain types of lightning strikes are powerful enough to create hallucinations of hovering balls of light in nearby observers, and that these visions would be interpreted as ball lightning. © 2010 Explore further More information: J. Peer, A. Kendl: Transcranial stimulability of phosphenes by long lightning electromagnetic pulses, arXiv:1005.1153v1 [] 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

A nation that was

first_imgThe four-day photography exhibition Portraits Talk by Aman Chotani showcased a new perspective to learning and art imitating life. Chotani has captured some of his most beautiful pictures in Nepal but those images coming from the picturesque country are tragic beyond belief. As the Himalayan nation reels under a devastating natural disaster, the eminent lens-man decided that proceeds from the exhibition will contribute to Nepal’s relief efforts. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition that was held at India Habitat Centre included 28 photographs and a series of reflections culled out from the photographer’s myriad travel trips, detailing such details as the captured innocence of a child to the vulnerable ruggedness of the people of rural India.The exhibition that commenced on May 29 was inaugurated by Sandeep Marwah. Aman believes in telling stories through his captured images. His motto is to travel to beautiful, rusty, adventurous locations to capture untold stories, unseen traditions and unprecedented experiences.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThrough this exhibition, Aman has tried to portray his passion for travel and capturing new people in multiple settings. He not just clicks photographs but essentially translates his feelings and reading of a scene through the right shot.”I take photographs to define my experiences, to capture these moments and share the earth’s most extraordinary places with my friends and all of the aspiring vagabonds and wilderness trekkers that hope to travel one day,” says Aman Chotani.“Nepal is very close to my heart. I have captured some of my best images from Nepal. After the massive devastation in the country, I have decided to donate all the funds we manage to collect at my exhibition to the Nepal Relief Fund. I eagerly want all in Nepal to stand on their feet again. Pray For Nepal.” added Chotani.last_img read more

In This Issue   Currencies are mixed today

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Currencies are mixed today. *  Ruble is crashing despite the rate hike. *  Silver Eagles reach 43 million in 2014. *  krone reaches parity with krona. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. CBR Hikes Rates to 17%!!!! Good Day!…  And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Well, my first day of Christmas shopping worked out just fine, no hassles, and I accomplished a lot!  The stores weren’t too busy, and most things I looked at to buy, had a discounted price (or so they say) and if you bought, you also got a gift card, based on how much you spent. Immediately, my thoughts went to, that the retailers are having to stretch to get things sold. The workers at one store said they were busy, but mostly answering questions..  When I inquired about something and said I wanted to buy, you should have seen them fall all over themselves to accommodate me! And that’s how it should be! HA! Front and Center this morning is Russia. Well. the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) hiked rates yesterday afternoon from 10.5% to 17%… No that isn’t a typo, nor did my fat fingers make a mistake. They really hiked rates to 17%!!!  That’s crazy stuff folks!  Last night, I attended a year-end party that focuses on old Mark Twain Bank people, and one of my old colleagues in the bond Division, and longtime friend, Dean, mentioned that he thought he saw that Russia raised rates to 17%… I thought he had probably made one too many visits to the bar area, but then realized he had just gotten there!  So, I got home fired up the laptop, and there it was, a notice from the WSJ about the rate hike. YIKES.  Things have gotten totally out of control in Russian finances folks. Like I said the other day, I find it disgusting that the ruble is being treated like this. The initial reaction in the ruble to the rate hike announcement was good, but that quickly changed and the currency has lost about 8 full figures overnight and this morning. 17% interest apparently doesn’t offset the drop in the price of Oil, which fell again overnight to a $54 handle. The ruble is in deep trouble folks. and that brings me to the point I want to make here, that’s on my mind this morning. Russian President, Putin, is being backed into a corner, and we all know what happens when you back a bear into a corner. It comes out meaner than a skillet full of rattlesnakes! And that scares me that we could be picking a fight with a bear. Our military is so stretched thin at this point after 11 years of fighting wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and in Iraq again. History from the Romans tells us that stretching your military thin all over the world (to them at that time) played a major part in the collapse of the Roman Empire. Of course there is a long list of things that caused the fall of the Roman Empire. Debasing their currency is another, but that list could go on and then I would sound like a history professor, and I don’t think I would be your last choice for someone like that!  But seriously, we as a country need to realize this before it’s too late! Any non-U.S. dollar currency that doesn’t have anything to do with producing Oil, is enjoying a rally this morning, except the Chinese renminbi, which is seeing the PBOC (Peoples Bank of China) play games with the currency. The euro is trading above 1.25 this morning, on news that Eurozone flash PMI’s (manufacturing index) were better than expected, with the composite printing at 51.7 (consensus was for 51.5), and in Germany, the Eurozone’s largest economy, the latest think tank, ZEW, survey on current situation showed an improvement, and the Survey of Expectations were much stronger, with the print at 34.9, while expectations were for a 20 print.  I find this data from the think tank, ZEW, to be quite interesting, and tells me that there might be some light ahead for the Eurozone, and Germany. And the currency traders are liking it too, marking the euro up almost 1 full cent this morning. On the flip side of the good stuff going on in the Eurozone and euro this morning, the Norwegian krone is getting whacked once again from the drop in the price of Oil. Last week I told you that the krone was so weak that it appeared that it might trade alongside the Swedish krona, which traditionally is much weaker than the krone. Well, this morning, the krone traded to parity with the krona, and unfortunately, that’s not a good thing. UGH!  And after trading to parity, the krone went ahead and is actually weaker than the krona right now. That’s the first time since 2000 that this has happened. A kid could have been born and ending their first semester in High School, and never would have seen the krone trade alongside or even weaker than the krona. This drop in the price of Oil has so many things experiencing damaging collateral damage. Speaking of Sweden. The central bank there, The Riksbank, left rates unchanged this morning, and revised down their forward guidance from the first rate hike in mid-2016, to the second half of 2016.  Recall that the Riksbank cut rates at their last meeting to zero, zilch, nada, nothing, a big fat goose egg, and so on, so they didn’t have anything to cut here. But that didn’t stop the Riksbank members from talking about how they are “preparing further measures that can be used to make monetary policy more expansionary, and that such measures could be presented at the next monetary policy meeting.”  Uh-Oh. we all know what that means right?  It means that bond buying, money printing, debt monetization, or otherwise known as Quantitative Easing/ QE, could be discussed when the Riksbank next meets in February. I think the Riksbank 1. Would be making a HUGE mistake playing with fire / QE.  and 2. That their decision will hinge on what the European Central Bank (ECB) does at their January meeting. Remember, the ECB has run into a HUGE roadblock to all-out QE in the form of Germany. And Germany’s Bundesbank member Weidmann reminded the ECB that the roadblock remains in place this morning, saying in an interview that deflationary pressures aren’t strong enough for the ECB to implement QE. OK. I told you above that the Chinese renminbi was weaker this morning and apparently the PBOC decided to weaken the renminbi because the Chinese flash PMI fell to a seven-month low below the line in the sand at 50, falling to 49.5. I DO want to point out here that this data was taken in a two week period instead of the normal 3 week period, so that probably accounts for some of the weakness in the index, which takes the pulse of manufacturing. You know, I’m sitting at my old computer desk in the basement. this is where I did the groundwork in creating EverTrade Direct Brokerage. I came down here to write this week, so that I don’t disturb Kathy.  We have all kinds of pictures hanging on the back wall of the desk, and staring right at me, is a picture of me when I was probably about 8.  I’m sitting on the back porch of our house, with my dad, and younger brother, David, who we lost a few years ago to a heart attack. the picture is good if you just look at the faces of us three. But if you look further, at how we’re dressed, the condition of the porch, and even the transistor radio that we used to listen to Cardinals baseball games is held together with white tape, you get the feeling that we were poor but it didn’t matter! OK. that’s a changeup. But each day this week, I’ll stop and tell you a story about a different picture on the back wall of the desk. And the reason for that is things out there in the world are getting quite scary to me, and I prefer to talk about these pictures than that stuff!  But the scary stuff is why the so-called “safe havens” are in like Flint this morning. Yes, even the Japanese yen is back, gaining two full figures overnight to a 115 handle.  The Swiss franc is stronger, but so too is the euro. That euro / franc cross is still dangerously close to the 1.20 cross floor that the Swiss National Bank (SNB) put in place a few years ago. The cross is 1.2009 this morning.  with the move to the so-called “safe havens” the franc needs the euro to move stronger along with the franc, or this could get ugly. One true safe haven, Gold, is up $24 this morning, after getting whacked yesterday and falling below $1,200 once again. But that was yesterday for Gold, and today is totally different! I saw this morning that India imported 150 tonnes of Gold in November. I also saw on Google+ yesterday, as I sat at the car dealership waiting for my car to have scheduled maintenance, that Silver Eagle Coins set a new annual record of over 43 million ounces sold in 2014.  That’s a lot of physical metal, and yet, it was still not enough to break the back of the price manipulators, so that just tells me we need more buyers of physical metals!   NY Times bestselling author, Robert Ringer said in an interview that investors should be aggressive in buying physical Gold. moving their allocation to 50%!   Now that’s what I would call aggressive alright! 50% allocation? WOW! I have a feeling that Mr. Ringer believes that there’s going to be some major problems forthcoming, otherwise he wouldn’t be so aggressive in this call! And don’t forget, Silver isn’t just used to make Eagle Coins! Silver, as I told you last week, is used in industrial uses, such as solar panels. Platinum and Palladium are used in things like catalytic converters for new cars, and judging from the car sales component in the Retail Sales report last week, new cars are still hot! The U.S. Data Cupboard yesterday had a strong Industrial Production print, like I thought it would be. November IP rose 1.3% following a revised .1% gain Rocktober, and beat expectations which were for a rise of .7%…  There was a 1.1% gain in manufacturing production, and a 5.1% increase in utilities output. So, the components of the report were good, and there was nothing here to really fuss about negatively.  I was really impressed with the rise to 80.1% in Capacity Utilization. Capacity Utilization is one of the few forward looking pieces of data that we look at for indications, and this is the first time Capacity Utilization has been back to 80% since the roaring times of the early 2000’s. Today’s Data Cupboard has some lesser prints in Housing Starts and Building Permits for November. Mortgage rates have dropped yet again, so if you have the chutzpah to put down a down payment and are able to repay the loan, why not? Rates are low, and that really is a HUGE determinate of the monthly payment.  Of course as long as you don’t need a McMansion! For What it’s Worth. I’ve written a lot lately about the drop in the price of Oil and how it could mean an end to the Oil Shale producers here in the U.S. (which I believe was Saudi Arabia’s original goal to begin with)  and here’s a story that I found on Bloomberg last night when I got home from my gala event. You can read the whole article here or just the snippets below. “Credit investors are preparing for the worst. They’re cleaning up their portfolios, selling riskier debt that’s harder to trade in bad times and hoarding longer-term government bonds that do best in souring markets. While investors have pruned energy-related holdings in particular as oil prices plunge, they’re also getting rid of other types of corporate bonds, causing yields to surge to the highest in more than a year. “We believe the pervasive nature of the sell-off is more reflective of overall liquidity concerns in the cash market than of fundamental deterioration,” Barclays Plc analysts Jeffrey Meli and Bradley Rogoff wrote in a report today. “The weakness, while certainly most pronounced in the energy sector, has been broad based.” Rather than waiting around for a trigger to escalate this month’s sell off, investors are pulling out of dollar-denominated corporate debt now, causing a 0.8 percent decline in the notes this month, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch index that includes investment-grade and junk-rated securities. This would be the first month of losses since September.” Chuck again. yes, like I said above the collateral damage from this drop is going to be far and wide.  And yes, gas prices have dropped, but have they really dropped as much as they should give the price drop in Oil?  I still paid $2.51 yesterday. And yes the low grade gas that people use in smart cars, and the other squirrel powered vehicles on the road (there’s nothing wrong with them, just making a point) is priced around $2.00  But, that doesn’t help me, or the millions of vans, trucks, SUV’s, and regular sedans (are there such things any longer?) .. To recap. The currencies are mixed today, with the Oil producing currencies dropping like rocks from the cliff, and the non-oil producing currencies rallying, except the Chinese renminbi. the euro leads the way higher after stronger flash PMI’s and a very strong ZEW report. The Norwegian krone has traded through parity with the krona, for the first time since 2000. UGH! And the U.S. data yesterday was good. for once, I might add!   Gold is up $24 this morning, and Silver Eagle Coins reached a record 43 million sold this year. WOW! Currencies today 12/16/14. American Style: A$ .8235, kiwi .7805, C$ .8580, euro 1.2515, sterling 1.5735, Swiss $1.0420, . European Style: rand 11.3015, krone 7.6075, SEK 7.6140, forint 249.75, zloty 3.3640, koruna 22.0395, RUB 72.96, yen 116.50, sing 1.3015, HKD 7.7535, INR 63.53, China 6.1182, pesos 14.78, BRL 2.7280, Dollar Index 87.93, Oil $54.59, 10-year 2.07%, Silver $16.32, Platinum $1,214.38, Palladium $800.95, and Gold. $1,213.00. That’s it for today. It was great seeing a lot of my old colleagues from Mark Twain Bank last night. One of my fave people is the wily old veteran of right field, Jack Milner! I only see some of these people once a year at this event hosted by John Dubinsky, Frank Trotter, and Chris Lissner.  So kudos to them for a nice evening!  My old, old boss, Frank Szofran and I talked for a very long time, funny, after all these years, we seem to think alike! He must have seen the light! HAHAHAHAHA! Eric Burdon and the Animals are playing their song: We gotta get out of this place on the iPod right now. A great 60’s song.  I’ve been listening to the Christmas station on XM radio in my car, they play Christmas songs from the 40’s, 50’s, & 60’s..  Every hear Dean Martin sing It’s a Marsh Mellow world? Or Ann Margaret and Al Hirt sing Baby it’s cold outside?   Great stuff!   I was just taking a look at the collection of books I have on just this desk. The Death of Money, Economics in one Lesson, Family Fortunes, Letters to a young Progressive, and Panderer to Power. I’ve read them all, and refer back to them all the time. Oh, and there’s the one James Patterson book here too!  And with that, I’ll get out of your hair for today, and hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

Its one of the great achievements of oncology wi

first_imgIt’s one of the great achievements of oncology: with advances in treatment, cure rates for children with cancer in North America now exceed 80%, up from 10% in the 1960s.Yet for kids across the developing world, the fruits of that progress remain largely out of reach. In low- and middle-income countries, restrictive access to affordable treatment, a shortage of cancer specialists and late diagnosis dooms more than 80% of pediatric patients to die of the same illnesses.That’s one measure of what’s known as the “global cancer divide”— the vast and growing gap in access to quality cancer care between wealthy and poorer countries, and the suffering and death that occurs disproportionately in the latter.Nowhere is that divide more pronounced than among children, and it’s driven in large part, experts say, by perceptions of pediatric cancer care as too costly and too complicated to deliver in low-resource settings. Those assumptions, they say, prevent policymakers from even considering pediatric oncology when setting national health priorities.But one hospital in Rwanda is rewriting that narrative.Built and operated by the Ministry of Health and the Boston-based charity Partners In Health, the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence is unique in the region: a state-of-the-art medical facility providing the rural poor with access to comprehensive cancer care. And a new study shows that Butaro’s pediatric cancer patients can be cared for, and cured, at a fraction of the cost in high-income countries.”There’s this myth that treating cancer is expensive,” says Christian Rusangwa, a Rwandan physician with Partners In Health who worked on the study. “And that’s because the data is almost all from high-income countries.”Published in 2018 in the Journal of Global Oncology, the study showed that for patients at Butaro with nephroblastoma and Hodgkin lymphoma, two common childhood cancers, a full course of treatment, follow-up and social support runs as little as $1,490 and $1,140, respectively.Much of the savings, the authors report, comes from the low cost of labor, which for the entire cancer center amounted to less than the average annual salary for one oncologist in the United States. They also cite strong partnerships with Harvard and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, whose Boston-based specialists volunteer their expertise on difficult patient cases via weekly video conferences with Butaro’s general practitioners.”Most people don’t think about childhood cancer in terms of return on investment,” says Nickhill Bhakta, a pediatric oncologist with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, which has put in place similar partnerships with institutions in Singapore and China. “But there’s a growing body of literature showing that, for governments, treatment is surprisingly cost-effective.”Bhakta says some of the most compelling evidence for the cost-effectiveness of care in poor countries comes from Uganda, where in March, researchers reported remarkably low costs of treating Burkitt’s lymphoma, or BL. The most common childhood cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, BL is rapidly fatal, often within weeks. Yet when treated promptly, intensively and with supportive care, more than 90% of children survive the disease.Worldwide, childhood cancers are relatively rare. But as Bhakta and colleagues reported in February in The Lancet Oncology, they’re a far bigger problem than previously believed. Close to half of all children with cancer go undiagnosed and untreated, they found, suggesting that the already low survival for these cancers in low- and middle-income countries “is probably even lower.””The naysayers will say, ‘we don’t have pediatric oncologists in Africa, how would we possibly address this problem?’ ” says Felicia Knaul, a professor of public health at the University of Miami. “And that’s why partnership models, like those supported by Dana Farber and St. Jude, are so important — they’ve shown that you can bridge that gap and have a tremendous impact.”In 2009, Knaul, then director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, led a push to expand cancer care across the developing world, where a growing burden of disease had garnered little attention globally. “We challenge the public health community’s assumption that cancers will remain untreated in poor countries,” she and colleagues wrote in a 2010 “call to action” published in The Lancet, noting “similarly unfounded arguments” against the provision of HIV treatment.In the early 2000s, more than 20 million people were living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, yet fewer than 50,000 had access to antiretroviral therapy. Though the life-saving drugs were, by then, widely available in the U.S., skeptics warned that treatment in Africa wouldn’t be cost-effective.Prevention, they asserted, was the only feasible way forward. “The two most important interventions are monogamy and abstinence,” Andrew Natsios, then head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, told reporters in 2001. “The best thing to do is behave yourself.”Two decades later, echoes of that attitude reverberate in the global cancer divide; even as cancer rates continue to climb across the developing world, low and middle-income countries account for just 5% of global spending on the disease.Still, recent years have seen important gains.In 2017, the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization’s decision-making body, adopted a resolution on cancer that for the first time urged its member states to address childhood cancers. And in 2018, St. Jude and the WHO launched the Global Initiative on Childhood Cancer, a five-year, $15 million partnership aimed at aimed at ensuring that all children with cancer can access high-quality medicines. Their goal: to cure at least 60% of children with the six most common types of cancer by 2030.”Here in the U.S., it was the suffering of children with acute leukemia that drove Sidney Farber to develop our first real chemotherapy drug,” said Meg O’Brien, vice president for global cancer treatment at the American Cancer Society. “I don’t think Dr. Farber or any of the tens of thousands of oncologists, nurses or scientists who have worked in cancer research or treatment in the years since would be content to see that what we consider one of our greatest triumphs in the battle against cancer has yet to reach children in low- and middle-income countries.”Patrick Adams is a freelance journalist based in Atlanta, GA. Find him on Twitter at @jpatadams Copyright 2019 NPR. 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YouTube Videos are Now Shoppable

first_img Image Credit: GoogleYouTube is rolling out a new ad product that will allow any video to become “shoppable.” That means that companies will be able to buy visual ads with links to buy products on their own sites on any video on YouTube. Previously, brands could only include a product listing drop-down on their own videos, but now they can buy product ads on any video that allows this type of ad (through an auction). This is an extension of what YouTube calls its True View for shopping ads. It’s different from the Google “Buy Button,” which allows people to make purchases directly through Google Search results, because these ads will just directly the viewer to the product or brand’s website.What does this mean for you? If you watch a lot of product reviews on YouTube, you’ll start seeing a little “I” icon on the top-right corner of those videos. Click on that, and you’ll see a visual list of products that are similar (or the same) as what you see in the videos.Diya Jolly, the exec running YouTube’s advertising product group, told Business Insider that YouTube has done a lot of testing to make the new ads as helpful and unobtrusive to viewers as possible, and that she expects that YouTube will continue tweaking the look and feel before the ads roll out this fall. She also shared that there are more than one million channels on YouTube with product review videos, and that those videos have seen over 40 percent growth in viewership over the past year. For YouTube video creators, this new type of ad means they now have another potential revenue stream to monetize their videos.For YouTube, it’s another way to siphon more money from TV ads to digital, with the pitch that these ads can target users who clearly looking to buy a product. “With this type of ad, you’re now able to measure your ROI much better than you could on TV,” Jolly says.  Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue YouTube Videos are Now ‘Shoppable’ –shares This story originally appeared on Business Insider 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article YouTube September 30, 2015 Jillian D’Onfro Register Now »last_img read more

Microsoft to Crack Down on Content Promoting Extremist Acts

first_img –shares Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. With the world growing more concerned about attacks by militant groups on civilians, Microsoft Corp. on Friday outlined new policies to crack down what it called “terrorist content” on some of its consumer services.In a blog post, the company said it would ban what it called “terrorist content” on some services such as gaming tool Xbox Live, the consumer version of its Outlook email service, and its consumer documents-sharing service.But for its search engine Bing, Microsoft cited free expression and said it would remove links only when that “is required of search providers under local law.”Initially, Microsoft will rely on consumers to report objectionable content. The company also said it would fund research of a tool that scans content and flags images, audio and video.”We will consider terrorist content to be material posted by or in support of organizations included on the Consolidated United Nations Security Council Sanctions List that depicts graphic violence, encourages violent action, endorses a terrorist organization or its acts, or encourages people to join such groups,” the blog post said.The steps illustrate the tough predicament many companies face balancing public safety with individual rights.The issue came to the fore after Apple Inc. and the U.S. government clashed over whether federal authorities could force Apple to create software to unlock a phone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino attacks last year.Ultimately, the government paid a third party to unlock the phone.”The events of the past few months are a strong reminder that the Internet can be used for the worst reasons imaginable,” Microsoft said in its post.Microsoft said users can use an online form to recommend removal of content.”Use this Web form to report content posted by or in support of a terrorist organization that depicts graphic violence, encourages violent action, endorses a terrorist organization or its acts, or encourages people to join such groups,” the instructions read.Microsoft said it would provide information on how to counter negative content, a policy adopted by another technology giant: Facebook Inc.The social-media service this year announced a tool it calls “counter speech,” encouraging activists to counter extremist views with posts promoting tolerance. Last year, Facebook updated its guidelines to prohibit advocacy of “terrorist activity, organized criminal activity or promoting hate.”Social media site Twitter Inc. suspended 125,000 accounts, most of which it believed were linked to the militant Islamic State group.(Reporting by Sarah McBride; Editing by David Gregorio) Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand May 23, 2016 Reuters Microsoftcenter_img Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Microsoft to Crack Down on Content Promoting Extremist Acts Image credit: Reuters | Shannon Stapleton 3 min read Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Unique form of chronic sinusitis found in older patients

first_img Source: Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 23 2019Older patients with a diagnosis of chronic sinusitis — a disease of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses that often persists over many years — have a unique inflammatory signature that may render them less responsive to steroid treatment, according to a new study published by Vanderbilt researchers.The study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology examined tissue and mucus specimens of 147 patients between the ages of 18 to 78 who required sinus surgery for their chronic sinusitis.With an initial goal of identifying subgroups of patients based on their inflammatory signature — the different cytokines and inflammatory proteins found in tissue or mucus — Vanderbilt investigators recognized that one of the identified subgroups was enriched in patients over age 60.Intrigued by the findings, the team compared all patients according to age by examining their histopathology, tissue specimens taken during surgery, and the immune markers and inflammatory proteins found in their tissue and mucus, and noticed they were strikingly different.”Most chronic sinusitis in North America — particularly the kind that requires surgical intervention — has an inflammatory signature characterized by a group of cytokines associated with allergy and asthma called Th2-associated cytokines,” said Justin Turner, MD, PhD, associate professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a lead investigator for the study. “Older patients tend to not have significant elevations of those particular cytokines. In contrast, they have an elevation of cytokines that are associated with the body’s innate immune function and both acute and chronic inflammatory responses, and that is highly dependent on age.”You don’t see an elevation in those cytokines until around age 60, and then from that age on, there’s a progressive increase in the levels of those cytokines seen in the mucus and the tissue of those patients.”Related StoriesYoung eczema sufferers infected with common skin bacterium are at higher risk of food allergyElectronic consultations in allergy and immunology may reduce need for specialist visitsStimulated seizures help treat epilepsy faster, betterBecause of this variation, older patients would theoretically be less likely to respond to the steroids used to treat chronic sinusitis characterized by Th2-associated cytokines.According to Turner, topical steroids such as nasal sprays and irrigations are heavily relied upon for long-term disease and symptom management.”We’re hoping this data will stimulate some interest in the elderly population with respect to chronic sinusitis management, because it suggests we may need patient-specific treatments targeting these older patients. That’s particularly important because steroids can have a number of short- and long-term adverse effects, and those side effects are much more likely in older patients than they are in younger patients,” said Turner.To solidify and build upon these findings, Turner’s team is currently using data gathered over the last several years to compare surgical outcomes based on age.Preliminary data suggest that older patients have less perceived benefit from sinus surgery than younger patients, which may be indicative that their disease is distinct and their options for post-operative medical management may be less likely to provide relief.”Our end goal is that we’re looking for better ways to treat chronic sinus disease and to understand the disease process a little better,” said Turner. “We feel we have identified a characteristic of a fairly large population of patients that may ultimately change our treatment of those patients going forward. It at least suggests that we need to be doing more research targeted at that population.”last_img read more

Facebook closes spam pages accounts helping Brazil presidential candidate

first_imgSocial media platform Facebook has closed 68 pages and 43 accounts linked to a marketing group believed to be promoting the chances of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Explore further © 2018 AFP 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. Facebook says it has closed down numerous pages and accounts for posting spam aimed at helping Brazil presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.center_img WhatsApp tells companies to stop spam amid Brazil elections Citation: Facebook closes ‘spam’ pages, accounts helping Brazil presidential candidate (2018, October 23) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Facebook issued a statement saying it had acted against the pages and accounts linked to Raposos Fernandes Associates (RFA) “for violating our misrepresentation and spam policies.””The people behind RFA created Pages using fake accounts or multiple accounts with the same names,” and then “used those Pages to post massive amounts of clickbait intended to direct people to websites that are… ad farms,” added the statement.It insisted that the pages and accounts were deleted for posting spam rather than because of “the type of content they were posting.”O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported 10 days ago that the RFA accounts formed a massive network of support for Bolsonaro, who faces leftwing candidate Fernando Haddad in a second round runoff on Sunday.Those pages generated 12.6 million interactions during the month leading up to the newspaper’s article, O Estado said, far more than the interactions recorded by international superstars such as footballer Neymar.Having taken top spot with 46 percent of the vote in the first round of elections just over two weeks ago, Bolsonaro leads Haddad by 18 points in the latest polls, thanks in no small part to an impressive social media presence.Unable to campaign since the beginning of September when he was hospitalized following a shocking public attack in which he was stabbed in the abdomen, Bolsonaro has conducted almost his entire presidential bid online, where he has 14 million followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, compared to just 2.8 million for Haddad.Last week, though, Folha de S. Paulo newspaper claimed millions of pro-Bolsonaro WhatsApp messages had been sent out just before the October 7 first round of elections with the complicity of various businesses.If proved true, that would be a crime as businesses have been banned from financing electoral campaigns since 2015.Brazil’s top electoral court and the federal police have opened an investigation, while Haddad has called for Bolsonaro to be disqualified.But the rightwing candidate’s loyalists have also accused Haddad’s Workers’ Party of publishing false information during the often bitter and polarized campaign.last_img read more

Air remains very poor in Delhi through DiwaliAir remains very poor in

first_imgThrough Diwali, air across Delhi is predicted to remain heavily polluted, Union Ministry of Earth Sciences state predicts. On November 5 morning, the stubble burning from neighbouring states caused a spike in pollution levels of Delhi, said Gufran Beig, Project Director, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) of the Ministry. SHARE SHARE EMAIL There is a slight respite in pollution levels compared to last year SHARE November 05, 2018 Crop residue being burnt on a farm in Jewar, Gautam Buddh Nagar (Uttar Pradesh) on the outskirts of Delhi. Photo: Kamal Narang   –  BusinessLine  Compared to last year, the national capital has seen slight respite in its pollution levels. According to an analysis by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), while in October last year, up to 47 per cent days fell under ‘Very Poor,’ category, has reduced to 29 per cent this year.For example, on October 20 last year, average Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 levels for four recording stations in Delhi were as high as 484 micrograms per cubic meter, eight times higher than the satisfactory levels of 0-60. This year, however, the levels for the same stations stood at 168 up to four times lesser than last year.Even as the pollution is lesser, things are far from normalised in Delhi, says Anumita Roy chowdhury, Executive Director – Research and Advocacy and head of the air pollution and clean transportation programme, CSE. While the long-term Comprehensive Action Plan (CAP) has yet not been notified, it’s been over a year since the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) for NCR submitted it to Supreme Court in April 2017, the emergency graded action plan is limited in it’s scope and erratic in implementation because fundamentals are not in place, Roy Chowdhury said.“We are fire fighting now. Even as generator sets were ordered to be shut in Delhi, they could not be shut in National Capital Region because electric supply is unstable. Also, a four time increase in parking fees will not help, when parking policy rules itself are not notified. There needs to be a city-wide implementation of rules,” she added.In order to comply with ideal standards, India needs to reduce it’s PM 2.5 levels by 74 per cent. Beijing for example, reduced it’s PM 2.5 between 2012 to 2017 by 25 per cent by getting rid of coal-based power plants, massive increase in public transportation and capping of number of cars that could be sold in the market annually. “Will India be able to implement rules with such stringency?,” asks Roychowdhury.According to latest estimates by CSE, vehicles contribute to upto 40 per cent of pollution in Delhi. Emphasising on the thrust towards public transport, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, spokesperson of the Congress party said that the construction of the Phase 4 of the Metro project should begin at the earliest. There are ten in all conceptualised by the previous government. Also, Singhvi said revival of 35 kms long Ring Railway in Delhi and roping in of railways to strengthen freight movements will be helpful in reducing pollution in the city. Smog is seen as the air pollution level in the capital remain on very poor category reducing visibility, in New Delhi. Photo: Sandeep Saxena   –  The Hinducenter_img air pollution COMMENT New Delhi Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

Mamata accuses BJP of trying to tarnish West Bengals image

first_imgWest Bengal COMMENT Published on June 11, 2019 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Tuesday, alleged that attempts were being made to defame and tarnish the image of West Bengal.Critical of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the central government, she claimed “a plot was underway to turn the State into Gujarat.” “I respect the Governor but every post has its constitutional limit. Bengal is being defamed. If you want to save Bengal and its culture, come together. There is a conspiracy to forget the rich legacy of Bengal. A plan is being hatched to turn Bengal into Gujarat,” she said at an event in the city where she unveiled a statue of social-reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. Her gibe at targeting West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi came after the latter met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi.Tripathi met them on Monday, a day after the Centre issued an advisory to the West Bengal government expressing “deep concern” over the deaths of people in post-poll violence. The BJP won 18 of the 42 seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, and emerged as the principal opposition to Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Banerjee has since then upped the ante in attacking the BJP and the Centre. Inaugurating the bust of Bengali social reformer, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, at a city college marks one of the areas in which she is at loggerheads with the BJP. The bust was damaged 27 days ago during a rally by BJP party President Amit Shah. Both TMC and the BJP had accused each other of vandalising the statue. Later, Banerjee while inaugurating ITC’s Royal Bengal Hotel, reiterated the charge that the State was “being deliberately defamed”.Addressing industry captains present at the event, the Chief Minister claimed Bengal was amongst the “most stable States economically”. Moreover, the fact that no man were days lost indicate that there is a “sea change in its work culture” and bandhs were a thing of the past.“Remember what the State was 34 years back; and, what it is now. Politically, you can say anything; but fact is economically we are one of the most stable States across the country,” she said. state politics national politicscenter_img 0 SHARE SHARE EMAIL BJP SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

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