John Oliver Hosts Storytellers Event For Veterans

first_imgNational veteran campaign Got Your 6 held their second annual Storytellers event featuring comedian John Oliver (“Last Week Tonight,” “The Daily Show”) at HBO in NYC on November 6.John Oliver interviewing a veteran on stage during the second annual Got Your 6 Storytellers event at HBO in NYCCredit/Copyright: Alberto VasariGot Your 6 challenges you to share and watch a Storyteller’s talk with six friends. And then ask your friends to share the talks with six more people. Sharing these stories is a first step in starting a conversation and empowering veterans. Find out more here.Comedian John Oliver interviewing a veteran on stage during the second annual Got Your 6 Storytellers eventCredit/Copyright: Alberto VasariThe event was a huge success and shared stories from inspiring veterans who are using their experiences and military training to positively impact the world around them.Comedian John Oliver interviewing a veteran on stage during the second annual Got Your 6 Storytellers event at HBO in NYCCredit/Copyright: Alberto VasariYou can also watch the new Got Your 6 PSA featuring Michelle Obama and the Penguins of Madagascar below:Video: Operation Got Your 6 With The Penguins of Madagascarlast_img read more

Blue Jackets still getting accustomed to new coachs uptempo offense

Talk in Columbus during the Blue Jackets offseason often focused on new coach Scott Arniel’s up-tempo, high-octane offensive system. Meanwhile, fans wondered if a new coach would turn the team around after one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. After 15 games, it’s clear that the transition from former coach Ken Hitchcock’s read-and-react style to Arniel’s is still a work in progress. Ideally, Arniel would like to push a defender up the ice to help on the attack, creating offense by controlling the puck and limiting the opponent’s space. “It’s kind of meat and potatoes, get the puck deep and get the puck on the net,” Blue Jackets center Kyle Wilson said. “The way the NHL is these days, sure you see the pretty goals on the highlight reels every day, but 95 percent of them are goals in and around the net. These days, that’s how you’re going to win hockey games.” Former Buckeye and current Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger said the system can be fun as long as the team gets up the ice without turning over the puck. “I think that we have a lot more responsibility, and as long as we’re making smart, sound plays with the puck and protecting it, we get a leash and can go out there and do a little bit more with it,” Umberger said. The Jackets’ defense has been turning in the most impressive performances in the first 15 games. The worry with Arniel’s system is that it can lead to two-on-one breakaways for the opposition, especially when the defenders are moving up the ice and into an attacking position. Yet the team ranks 20th in the league in goals per game, with 2.7, and 10th in the league in goals against, with 2.5 per game. The Jackets are 9-6, good enough for fourth place in the competitive Western Conference Central Division. Right wing Jakub Voracek said the wins column will fill up if the team is more consistent. “We’ll play well for two or three games and then we’ll just have a blowout game,” Voracek said. “We’ve just got to figure this system out and we’ve got to play even better.” Jackets defenseman Anton Stralman agreed with Voracek’s assertion but said he likes where the team is headed under Arniel. “I think the system has been good, you know, obviously it’s getting results,” Stralman said. “We’re a better team this year than we were last year, so we just have to be more consistent and put the effort in every game.” The Jackets will start the week by traveling to Los Angeles, where they will play the Kings on Wednesday at the Staples Center. read more

Pep confirms David Silva injury

first_imgPep Guardiola has confirmed David Silva will be on the treatment table for a few weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea.Silva was replaced by Ilkay Gundogan in the 68th minute of the 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge after pulling the hamstring in his right leg.The former Valencia man is one of a number of players who will miss the visit of Hoffenheim to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday in the Champions League.Asked about his injury list, Guardiola told Sky: “David Silva is not able. Kevin De Bruyne (knee) is not able. Danilo is not able. Sergio Aguero is not ready.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We have 15 players available, so I can’t do it too much (rotating). We are in the next stage which is important but we have to try and win every game to finish first.”Guardiola confirmed Silva is may miss the busy festive period but Aguero may return from a muscle injury in time to face Everton on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.last_img read more

Time Inc names Jeff Bairstow as new EVP CFO

first_imgTime Inc. CEO Joe Ripp announced a key executive hire today. Jeff Bairstow, president of Digital First Media, will be on boarded as the company’s new EVP and CFO.Bairstow will replace outgoing EVP and CFO Howard Averill who is leaving his post for parent company Time Warner as CFO.Bairstow and Ripp have a history, previously working together at pharmaceutical company Dendrite International, Inc. For the last two years, Bairstow has been president of Digital First Media, orchestrating strategies for its core media brands to extend their reach across all platforms. Ripp is counting on this experience as an asset for Time Inc. as it circles its IPO. In March, Time Warner abruptly halted talks with Meredith about a joint venture and announced it would spin off Time Inc. as a separate publically traded company. Former CEO Laura Lang stepped down and Ripp was brought on board as CEO. “We are well positioned in every way: ad revenue, circulation, digital footprint, editorial excellence and cultural influence,” Ripp said in a memo to employees. “I return to Time Inc. knowing we have what we need to move the company forward.”Bairstow officially starts on September 3.  Here is the full memo Ripp sent to Time Inc. employees: August 5, 2013 To:       Time Inc. EmployeesFrom:   Joe RippRe:       Jeff Bairstow Named EVP and CFO of Time Inc.  I am incredibly excited to be coming back to Time Inc., and I look forward to getting to know all of you in September. I am also delighted that in my first staff memo I can announce the hiring of a new key member of our management team: Jeff Bairstow, President of Digital First Media, will be joining us on September 3 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Jeff’s appointment comes as Howard Averill begins his new role at Time Warner.  Jeff will assume all of Howard’s responsibilities and direct reports.  I have a long relationship with Jeff and believe he is the ideal person to help guide us as we prepare to become a public company. His intimate knowledge of the digital transformation at play in the media business and his strong public-company financial expertise will be key assets as we shape our independent future. For the past two years, Jeff has been President of Digital First Media (DFM), a leader in news and information, which operates 21st Century Media properties (formerly Journal Register Company), Media News Group and Digital First Ventures. At DFM, Jeff was known as an executive with a deep understanding of the company’s core media brands, and he was one of the architects of its strategy to extend DFM’s reach across all platforms, ultimately growing digital revenues by more than 50 percent. I originally brought Jeff to the company as Chief Financial Officer for Journal Register in 2010. We first worked together at Dendrite International, Inc., when he was Chief Financial Officer of the publicly traded pharmaceutical services company. His impeccable judgment and ability to manage relationships with the company’s investors figured strongly in Dendrite’s robust performance for its shareholders. I have every confidence he will be as impressive an executive at Time Inc. I hope you will join me in giving Jeff a very warm welcome in September. I see great prospects ahead for us. We are well positioned in every way: ad revenue, circulation, digital footprint, editorial excellence and cultural influence. No other company has the kinds of brands we have. I return to Time Inc. knowing we have what we need to move the company forward. We will be setting our own course. It’s an exhilarating opportunity and one we will seize quickly. I’ll be counting on your continued dedication. Much more to come soon. Joelast_img read more

Demonetisation Media multiplexes films will suffer says IDBI Capital Markets

first_imgThe almost-certain economic slowdown induced by demonetisation of high-value currencies is set to affect the media and entertainment sectors, according to an update by IDBI Capital Markets & Securities.For the media, the hit will be in the form of lesser advertisements next month and in the last quarter of the current fiscal. “No significant impact on advertisement revenue has been visible as the inventory was already sold. The actual impact to be visible over the next month and Q4FY17,” the brokerage said in a note on Thursday.A similar fate awaits Hindi films, impacting producers as well as cinema halls where two latest releases, Rock On 2 and Force 2 are being shown.”Multiplexes have seen impact of decline in footfalls for movies like Rock On 2 and Force 2. This is likely to have impacted both the box-office collection and F&B sales. We expect 15-20 percent impact on footfalls due to decline in cash transactions. We believe that this should ease in December with the improvement of content. Impact on smaller film producers to be felt over the next three-six months,” IDBI Capital Markets & Securities said.It reiterated what many other analysts have said on the negative impact of demonetisation on the real estate sector.”Secondary market is frozen since the date of event. Unsold inventory could lead into price correction. However, they are very property specific. The impact on private real estate players is very negative,” it added.Share prices of listed multiplexes have dropped ever since the November 8 “surgical strike.” PVR slipped from Rs 1,284 (as on November 8) to close 10.90 percent lower at Rs 1,144 on Thursday, while Inox shares have lost 8.57 percent from Rs 245 apiece to Rs 224 on Thursday during the comparable period.Eros International Media closed at Rs 155, a loss of 15.3 percent from its November 8 closing of Rs 183. The company is into film production and distribution in India and abroad.last_img read more

In Pics 10 Times Nita Ambani gave us absolute bosswoman vibes

first_imgWe had recently shown you how Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita Ambani looks like a vision in traditional outfits. Be it her daughter Isha Ambani’s wedding festivities or her son Akash Ambani’s lavish wedding, it was difficult to take our eyes-off Mrs Ambani. Woman of substance, elegance, charisma and charm; Nita Ambani has always emerged as a head-turner at every event.Renowned floral designer Tomas De Bruyne, who had designed Isha Ambani’s wedding set-up, had spoken about the Ambani wedding, in an interview with ET. He said, “We did something called the ‘Rolling Hills’. That was one of the most fun installations we did. They called me in for my sense of colour.” He also seemed to be in awe of the host Mrs Nita Ambani as he said, “I liked the grace, etiquette and pureness of Mrs [Nita] Ambani. She definitely knows what she wants, which is good.”Not just in the business world, even in the film fraternity, celebs are in awe of Mrs Ambani. From Ranbir Kapoor to Shah Rukh Khan; Bollywood shares a warm camaraderie with Nita Ambani. Nita Ambani is the Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation. Apart from this, Nita is also the board member of Reliance Industries and East India Hotels. She also owns the IPL team Mumbai Indians and is the Founder and Chairperson of Dhirubhai Ambani International School.Let’s take a look at 7 times Nita Ambani gave us the boss-woman vibes with her stylish attire.last_img read more

Khulna Chhatra Dal president arrested

first_imgSharful Islam Babu, the president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’s Khulna metropolitan unit, was arrested early Friday.JCD is the student wing of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).Police said the student front leader is wanted in three cases, including that of subversive activities.”Acting on a tip-off, a police team raided Sonadanga central bus terminal in the city and arrested Babu,” said Sheikh Moniruzzaman Mithu, additional deputy commissioner of Khulna Metropolitan Police.last_img

Report Fewer International Students Enrolled In Texas Schools

first_img Share X 00:00 /00:50 In Houston, over 120 campuses serve international students. One of those institutions is Houston Baptist University, which welcomes the majority of its international students from Nigeria and China. Shannon Bedo, Director of International Student Services at the university, said although her school saw more international students last fall, she expects a drop later this year.“My guess is that we will probably start seeing the effect of the decline starting this fall,” Bedo said. She also sits on the board of Study Texas, a collaborative that recruits international students to study in the state. Bedo said many of her students fear instability around immigration and come to her with rumors. “If they go home to visit their families, they are afraid their visa wouldn’t be renewed so they can come back and finish their studies,” Bedo said. Despite some uncertainty around immigration, Bedo said Houston is an attractive city for immigrants for numerous reasons including affordability, diversity, job opportunities and the medical center.  center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen iStockInternational student enrollment in Texas schools dipped 2.2 percent to 86,076, according to a new report by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 1,929 fewer students are enrolled in Texas schools as of March 2018, compared to the same month a year ago. The data contrasts with a slight increase in the number of Texas institutions that are certified to accept international students, now at 509 up from 500 in March 2017. The study accounted for international students pursuing K-12, university and vocational education. last_img read more

Newsman Imparts Half Century of Wisdom at HBCU

first_imgBy Curtis Knowles, Morgan State University Student                                                  As a child, Ron Aaron Taylor said nothing truly demanded his energy. Taylor eventually found his passion for the world of journalism, becoming a reporter at the age of 19, and 50 years later he is still assisting in the cultivation of the profession.Speaking to an investigative reporting class recently at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication (SGJC), Taylor reflected fondly on the trials he went through in order to earn the title of journalist.Ron Taylor, who now is a fellow at Morgan State University, spent a lifetime in journalism and now shares his experiences with students. (Photo by Wayne Dawkins for the AFRO)Born in 1948, Taylor claims to have not been the most macho of guys. He read books and kept to himself. His kept his studies up, which landed him at Morehouse College in Atlanta. A self-described shy person, Taylor never foresaw the profession of journalism in his future.While in college he took a tour of the Washington Evening Star was gifted with a stereo. Stereo were the metal plates used as molds for the printing press. The stereo Taylor received contained the obituary of the late Billie Holiday. Taylor realized he held a bit of information that few other people even knew about.As sophomore, he was working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) passing out journalists’ credentials. Being able to hear the sermons of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was another inspiring moment for Taylor.His summer leading into senior year, Taylor was offered a position at the News & Record newspaper in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy had just been assassinated five days prior to Taylor’s decision, and the nation’s future was unknown.Taylor decided to leap into the unknown.The world of journalism wasn’t welcoming to a then novice Taylor. Walking into the newsroom he was met the sounds of dozens of typewriters click-clacking, the banging of the printing press, the ringing of land line telephones and the shouts of journalists asking random questions. Thick cigarette smoke hung in the air and Taylor compared the newsroom floor to an “ashtray.”Soon he moved to the Washington Post and remained there from 1971 to 1975.  Taylor also worked for the Bureau of National Affairs as a business writer. Taylor’s career took him many places and put him in his fair share of dicey situations.In 1975, Taylor was assigned to cover the riot at the D.C. Jail.  Taylor was selected to be a part of a press barrier between the inmates and the police. Taylor got on a bus with prisoners as they were heading to the court house to air their grievances.Taylor sat next to one of the inmates and the man wouldn’t give him room to sit down. At first Taylor believed he just didn’t want to talk. He then realized that this particular inmate had a pistol in his waist band. In that moment Taylor’s fear surged through him: “I thought to myself, this brother is going to get shot, and he is going to fall on me.”The ordeal left Taylor rattled to say the least. Taylor also said a man he was interviewing was growing marijuana plants in his field and also making moonshine with a still. He was walking with a White man who was with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation when the man suddenly drew his gun and fired.“Now, me a being a Black man in southern Georgia, and a White officer just draws his gun, and shoots” recalled Taylor with ire. Turns out the officer was aiming at a copperhead snake.Taylor is currently working at Morgan as a SGJC Fellow. He has assisted on projects such as a multimedia story about African-American women in sports for ESPN’s “The Undefeated.” He essentially acts as a super mentor to the communication students. Taylor assists students in structuring articles, conducting research and other things a man well versed in journalism could shed insight on.“He has a knack for putting students at ease” said Assistant Dean Jackie Jones.last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo There’s nothing like earning respect from a credible source.Credible might sell this compliment short: the Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson was called the top cornerback in the NFL by none other than Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.“I think Patrick Peterson definitely is my number one corner in my book,” Brown told FOX Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd on The Herd. “He’s strong, he’s fast, he’s elusive. He covered the best guy every week. You know if you’re playing the Arizona Cardinals and if you’re the best receiver on your team, you know 21 is going to be lining up across from you.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Cowherd asked Brown if Peterson was a trash-talker, perhaps because the Cardinals leader has a mild history of riling up opponents. Whereas the Redskins’ Josh Norman and Desean Jackson might call Peterson a Twitter-troll, Brown wouldn’t go as far.“I don’t think he’s a big trash-talker,” Brown said of Peterson. “I think he’s a competitor. He’s going to compete with you every play, he’s going to wait for you to get out of the huddle and be right in your face.”How has P2 faired against arguably the NFL’s best receiver?Last year in a 25-13 Cardinals loss in Pittsburgh, Brown tallied three receptions on eight targets for 24 yards — 23 of those came on one play.In 2011, Brown and the Steelers had a better go against Peterson and Arizona, beating the Cardinals 32-20. Brown caught seven balls on nine targets for 102 yards while teammate Mike Wallace recorded three receptions for 118 yards, including a 95-yard play. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Antonio Brown: @AZCardinals’ Patrick Peterson is the best cornerback in the NFL pic.twitter.com/gy6CTjK1Qq— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) September 20, 2016 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Welshlanguage channel S4C is now available on the

first_imgWelsh-language channel S4C is now available on the UK’s YouView connected TV platform.The service allows customers across the UK to watch S4C programmes on demand for up to 35 days following the original broadcast.YouView customers in Wales can already watch S4C programmes through the live service.S4C CEO Ian Jones said, “Launching S4C on the YouView platform is a significant step which will place S4C shoulder to shoulder with the UK’s other main channels. Our aim is to expand the methods of watching S4C making it easier than ever for people to watch our excellent programming. We know that viewing habits have changed and are continuing to evolve, and the challenge for us is to respond and remain at the forefront of these changes, by listening to our viewers.”last_img

ATOHERON WAYHOMES EVACUATED IN DERRY SECURITY ALER

first_img ATOHERON WAYHOMES EVACUATED IN DERRY SECURITY ALERT OVER SUSPICIOUS OBJECTPSNI A number of homes were evacuated.There are no further details at this stage.HOMES EVACUATED IN DERRY SECURITY ALERT OVER SUSPICIOUS OBJECT was last modified: August 22nd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: POLICE in Derry are currently in attendance at a security alert in the Heron Way area of the city.This follows the discovery of a suspicious object last night.British Army Technical Officers are at the scene carrying out an examinaton.center_img ShareTweetlast_img

In This Issue Eurozone sees strong data from Ger

first_imgIn This Issue.*Eurozone sees strong data from Germany. *Aussie employment rises along with the A$. *RBNZ leaves rates unchanged and sounds upbeat. *Gold gets whacked again.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Stuck In The Mud.Good day. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I’m already tired this morning, as I got my desk after the long walk from the garage, across the bridge and to the office, and realized that I had left something that I brought to eat for my breakfast in the car. So, I trudged back to my car, and then reversed the trip back to the office. That’s a lot of walking for me, so early in the morning! UGH!  I know, you’re saying, did you really need to eat breakfast? The answer is yes, one of the medicines I take needs to be taken with food. And now I know you’re thinking, is he ever going to get to the currencies, metals and economies? HA!Ahhh grasshoppers. Yes.. I will. But, given the tight range the currencies traded in yesterday, there’s not really much to say about their performance yesterday.  I even mentioned once yesterday that it had been a month of Sundays since I last saw the euro trade in a 10 tick range. Most of the day, the euro traded at 1.3070. And when I came in and finally got my laptop fired up, I saw the euro trading at. yep, you guessed it. 1.3070. stuck in the mud!  And this morning, the euro should have received some love from the German Manufacturing Orders data that printed for October.German Manufacturing or Factory Orders surged almost 4 times as much as the experts had forecast in October. Foreign demand was pointed out to be the reason the orders surged 3.9% from September. And then on top of that, German Business Confidence unexpectedly rose in November.  Export Sales soared 6.7% in October, and a key here to really focus on, was that an 8.5% increase in orders from outside the Eurozone.  Long time readers will recall me saying over and over again, this dance is gonna be a drag. No wait! I said over and over again that 80% of trade in the Eurozone is among the members of the Eurozone. So, when Germany is filling orders from outside the Eurozone in addition to the trade inside the zone, then that’s a good sign for the German economy, and the Eurozone as a whole, since Germany is the largest economy, by far, in the Eurozone.The Big Boss, Frank Trotter, asked the other day what I thought the biggest surprise in the markets had been in 2012.  That was an easy one for me. put it up there on the Tee. The euro is the biggest surprise in 2012 to me. For the past two years, all we’ve heard about was how the euro was going to collapse, and at the very least fall below parity.  And here we are at the end of 2012, and the euro is 1.30.   it hasn’t collapsed.  and as I tell people in my presentations all the time. “with all the negativity toward the Eurozone, the euro remains relatively strong. What does that tell you about what the markets think about the dollar?”Overnight and through the morning session so far, the Aussie dollar (A$) is the best performer. The A$ pushed higher on news that November Employment increased 13,900, VS the forecast which was flat.  The Unemployment Rate fell to 5.2% from 5.4%… A very nice and strong report, for a country that just saw interest rates cut earlier this week.  I’m sitting here smiling like the Cheshire Cat, and thinking. See, Chuck said there was no reason for cutting interest rates!  But Nooooooooo.  Nobody listens to Chuck until it’s too late. Then they say, “Hey, we should have listened to Chuck”!  The 2nd best performer overnight is the New Zealand dollar / kiwi. this currency is still on a RBNZ high.  The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) left rates unchanged last night, an had this to say, which has the markets lathered up and buying kiwi. “Economic growth has slowed in recent months and has been accompanied by low inflation and rising unemployment. However, over the next two years, growth is expected to accelerate to between 2.5 and 3% per annum.  The Global outlook remains soft but appears less threatening than was the case earlier in the year. The overall outlook is for stronger domestic demand and elimination of current excess capacity by the end of next year. This is expected to cause inflation to rise gradually towards the 2% target midpoint.”OK.. I know that “went on” for a bit, but I wanted to highlight that the new RBNZ Gov. Wheeler didn’t take any pot-shots at kiwi, like his predecessor (Bollard) did at every chance he could, and Wheeler sounded upbeat. and that has kiwi well bid this morning.  and in fact it has traded past .83-cents this morning!It’s not all seashells and balloons for the currencies and metals this morning. The rest of the currencies are either trading flat or down a bit. I like this though. I like it when the  currencies don’t trade together. it’s the herdball thing. you know, have your little kids or grandkids played soccer?  Well, when they are really young, it’s not soccer, it’s herdball.  But the game of soccer is much better when the kids spread out, and play the game correctly. It’s the same with the currencies. Yes, prior to 2008, you could basically throw a dart at a currency, and it would show a gain VS the dollar. But. they didn’t all move together each and every day. They traded on their fundamentals, or VS the dollar’s fundamentals.In my last article for The World Money Analyst newsletter, I talked about how I was beginning to see the “Risk On” and “Risk Off” stuff go away from the currencies. Which is a good thing, folks. because stocks, currencies and commodities, have no business trading arm-in-arm every day. These asset classes have different pricing mechanisms and a low correlation to each other, and so it has pained me so much to see currencies and commodities traded alongside stocks since 2008. But. like I said, I’m beginning to see this change, and when the currencies begin to really trade on their own, and not in the herdball fashion, then we can finally put this Risk On / Off in the circular file where it belongs!Hey. don’t get the World Money Analyst or never heard of it? Just Google it. and then you’ll find a link that takes you to the introduction of the letter.  But, just as an FYI. It’s a globally-oriented investment letter that aims to identify the highest-potential and lowest-risk international investment opportunities.  Trust me on this, they keep me around for the entertainment. the list of contributors is very impressive.OK. I’ve got lots of things to talk about today, that really show the state of our economy / country. and that all leads you toward a weaker dollar. it may not happen today, or tomorrow, or even in the next year, but, the prospects for a weaker dollar continue to pile up.First up on my list of things to talk about is this news that the penny and nickel are going away. Let’s listen in. “Mr. Geithner has been busy lately. Amongst his many other pressing tasks, he took the time to announce that the U.S. Mint will be removing the penny and nickel from circulation in the U.S. starting early next year. The reason is clear. It now costs the mint $US 0.048 to make a penny and $US 0.162 to make a nickel. They are still just above the break-even point on the dime, which costs them $US 0.092 to produce. That won’t last, according to Mr Geithner, so the dime will be the next to go – probably in 2014.”Ok, before I get to the next item. let me set it up by telling you that Gold got whacked again late yesterday.  I’m growing so tired of watching this happen but what’s a poor boy to do?   I saw James Turk talking about these takedowns of Gold, and thought it would be good to post his comments here, just to help you understand what’s going on in Gold.“On a day like today when the metals are getting pounded by the cartel, it’s important to step back and look at the big picture.  And the bottom line here is that we have some tough times coming.  We need to prepare for it, and of course the best way to do that is by accumulating physical gold and silver. The reason they are attempting to make gold and silver look weak here is because these monetary metals will provide the foundation when the monetary system is eventually re-constructed, and the price of gold and silver will be far higher than the numbers they are painting the tape with today.  But before that day comes, they need to shake as many people out of these markets as possible so they are victims of the greatest wealth transfer in history, not beneficiaries.” – James TurkAnd did you see that Citigroup announced that they will eliminate 11,000 jobs? I wonder where the BLS will hide those job losses?  I think that we’re going to begin to see a rash of these large job eliminations from the Financial Sector. The profits for a lot of these large institutions just aren’t there to support all these jobs. The rest of the country’s companies figured out how to exist and eke out a profit with smaller job corps a couple of years ago. The large Financial Institutions are just now seeing the forest through the trees.Then There Was This. OK. you know me, I’m not into talking politics, that is, unless I’m on the Butler patio. So, you won’t see me pointing any fingers here, because as far as the debt is concerned both parties are to blame.  But here are some facts about tax increases that you should take to memory to spew out to anyone that comes at you with the it’s fair to tax the rich thing.Last week I told you about the article by Chris Cox (former head of the SEC), and Bill Archer (former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee). On the “true debt”.  Well, in the article they explain taxation.  “To collect enough tax revenue just to avoid going deeper into debt would require over $8 Trillion in tax collections annually. The put that in perspective, the entire GDP of the country last year was about $15 Trillion. Just to keep up with our debt, to keep it from growing, we’d have to take more than half of all American Wealth. Every Year. And that wouldn’t even solve our current debt issue.”Chuck again. So. it doesn’t matter who you tax, it won’t mean a hill of beans to the overall debt problem.  I’ve said all along that higher taxes were coming, because lawmakers would see this as a form of revenue, that they could take. However, I’ve also said all along that these higher taxes will NOT be the cure to all that ails us with regards to debt.  So, it was nice to see these two gentlemen agree with me.  What’s the other way to deal with the interest payments alone on our debt?  Cheaper dollars.  I’ve said all along that this would be used in addition to higher taxes as our leaders’ way to deal with debt payments. But how weak will the dollar have to go, for it to deal with actually retiring some debt?  Well. before we get there, I would think that the leaders of this country would consider default, before a complete collapse of the dollar.To recap. The currencies traded in a very tight range yesterday, and Gold got whacked at the end of the day again.  Overnight, the Aussie dollar is the best performer after printing a very strong jobs report. The 2nd best performer is the N.Z. dollar / kiwi, as the RBNZ left rates unchanged and sounded very upbeat in their statement.  The rest of the currencies are either flat or down a bit, with the euro trading in the same clothes as yesterday.Currencies today 12/6/12. American Style: A$ A$ 1.0495, kiwi .8325, C$ $1.0090, euro 1.3070, sterling 1.6110, Swiss $ 1.0790, . European Style: rand 8.7315, krone 5.6160, SEK 6.6015, forint 216.65, zloty 3.1620, koruna 19.2780, RUB 30.85, yen 82.35, sing 1.2190, HKD 7.75, INR 54.13, China 6.2277, pesos 12.90, BRL 2.0860, Dollar Index 79.85, Oil $88, 10-year 1.58%, Silver $32.74, and Gold. $1,690.15That’s it for today. Well. Happy Birthday to my wife’s dad, Larry Stringer. Larry is a retired Captain on the fire dept, and has lost most of his eyesight, but still tries to read the Pfennig each day.  Congrats to Alex who won his wrestling match last night by a score of 3-1. The year had not started out so great for him, so he was happy with that win.  I had a tough night last night, so I’ll be dragging the line today, and then after my here, back and here trip I should be ready for a nap!  I think I’m going to begin to account my spending the way the U.S. Gov’t does. That way, I’ll have a huge surplus at the end of the year!  I had better not start on the Gov’t accounting. I’ll save that for tomorrow!  Right now, I’m going to get started on a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday and you should too!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

HPs first tablet PC—not that dated even after a d

first_img HP’s first tablet PC—not that dated even after a decade But today we have an all-new HP under rock-star CEO Meg Whitman, formerly of eBay. In fact, the company is so bold about its new plans that it’s actually splitting in two. The spinout strategy, reminiscent of Sears’ move to shed the Sears Hometown and L.L.Bean franchises it once gobbled up, is meant to make each half of HP leaner and more focused, according to management. There is no reason, of course, for them to duplicate all those HR, legal, and other centralized expenses—two businesses can easily live under one roof as Microsoft and GE and Siemens, and many others, have shown. No, the real reason for the split is that the computer-manufacturing business is a drag on the value of the stock. The first half of the split, the retail-focused HP, Inc., is to make personal computers, tablets, phones, and HP’s real legacy: printers. Unfortunately, over the last two years HP’s laptop sales have fallen $5 billion. Printers and desktops have also each dropped another $2.5 billion or so. The company is losing market share to enterprise competitors like Lenovo—and it missed out on the shift to smartphones and tablets on both sides of the market, as well as losing out in retail presence to more forward-thinking companies like Apple with its eponymous stores. Still, thanks to the one commodity with a seemingly never-ending price elasticity—printer ink—the division made $3.9 billion in operating profits last year and is expected to post $5.4 billion this year on $57.2 billion in revenue. So the company has the cash to tackle its missteps head-on… if it hurries. But ironically, it won’t be that division which takes on the effort to build The Machine at all, despite the obvious mobile device benefits. That job will be left to Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), the company that will remain when HP, Inc.’s hardware division is spun off into its own company. HPE will hang on to the company’s “big iron” products like Moonshot and Gen 9 servers that are sold only to massive companies and governments. And it will be home to the monstrous systems integration and consulting businesses (i.e., services)—HP’s answer to IBM. Together they are expected to produce $58.4 billion in revenue and $6 billion in operating profits. HPE will also maintain the Labs division, of which supposedly 75% of the employees are focused on the multiyear effort to bring The Machine to market. Although it might not seem to make sense at first blush, giving the game-changing mobile technology to the company without a mobile division actually makes sense. That’s because the energy savings, larger storage capacity, and higher throughput of the hardware is far more important to HP in another division: servers. The largest customers of HP’s enterprise group are the big companies running huge server farms. There the largest cost beyond computer hardware itself is often electricity—for running the systems and cooling the monster boxes. Last time Google revealed numbers in 2011, it reported using 260 million watts of electricity a year, or the same amount required to power 200,000 homes. Right behind that usually comes the cost of storing all that data, thanks to the massive arrays of individual spinning disks and solid-state drives required to serve up data fast enough for many millions of users. The many layers of controllers and cabling between the computer’s core and all those disks are just bottlenecks slowing down the flow. The Machine theoretically solves all of those issues in one fell swoop. Whole chunks of the computer are ripped out and replaced with a single low-power board like the one shown at the top, allowing server farms to pack dozens of times more densely than today while running on much lower power. And those customers have the cash to pony up big premiums for early versions of the hardware long before it’s refined enough to fit in a few-millimeters-thick space between your phone’s battery and screen. HP is right to call memristor technology a game changer. And it’s probably right to keep it in its Enterprise half of the new company, too. Let’s just all hope for the sake of their shareholders they don’t fumble this one like they have in so many other markets. That’s a photo of Hewlett Packard CTO Martin Fink as he presented the object of his company’s #1 research project to an audience back in June. This announcement sent shock waves through the computer industry. HP has decided to roll the dice big time. So what is that little square gizmo in Fink’s hands, and how does HP propose to make use of it? Simple. It’s a memristor-based chip, and with it HP intends to do nothing less than revolutionize the technology of computing. By way of background, the development of computers over the past half-century was all made possible by the invention of the integrated circuit (IC). This is the very first one: 2003 HP iPAQ—no lines outside the store for this one HP also led most of its competitors to market in tablets, too. It released one of the first tablet PC notebooks, a series of ill-fated hybrid tablet laptops much like the new models all clawing at but failing to make any real dent in the iPad phenomenon. HP had nearly a decade lead in that market, only to relinquish it entirely in the end. Courtesy of Texas Instruments It was fabricated at Texas Instruments back in 1958 and is now preserved in its museum. With the advent of this humble-looking device, computing vaulted from the Stone Age of vacuum tubes into the modern era of semiconductors. Since then, of course, the IC has been miniaturized and micro-miniaturized, until several billion can be crammed onto one little silicon chip. All the while, though, the architecture of a computer has barely changed. Its basic building block remains the IC, or transistor, which for computing purposes is really nothing more than a switch. It has three terminals: the source, drain, and gate electrodes. The gate controls the electron density in the central region of the transistor, which is made of a semiconducting material. If the electron density is high, current flows from the source to the drain; it doesn’t if the electron density is low (i.e., the switch is either off or it’s on). Assign the two states values of “0” and “1” and you have the beginning of a binary computer on which the most complex of calculations may be performed. That design has worked very well so far. Computing power has expanded roughly in accordance with Moore’s law—first advanced by the cofounder of Intel in 1965—which holds that the number of transistors that can fit on a given computer chip, per unit cost, will double approximately every two years. But you cannot keep shrinking the size of a transistor indefinitely. At some point they get too small to properly perform their function. And that point is rapidly approaching. When it’s reached, assuming that we want computers to keep getting evermore powerful, then a new structure will have to be implemented. Around the world, countless scientists and engineers are devoting their careers to coming up with that replacement. There are lots of candidates, with varying degrees of functionality. Some are working models, others merely promising ideas. They include: quantum computers; DNA computers; 3D chips; spintronics-based chips; graphene transistors; and many more. (We took an in-depth look at each of them in the latest issue of Casey Extraordinary Technology, for those interested in a deep dive.) HP has cast its lot with memristors. Memristors were first described in 1971 by UC Berkeley Professor Leon Chua. Chua posited that the then-current model of a logic circuit—composed of an inductor, resistor, and capacitor—was incomplete. He suggested a theoretical fourth building block for the circuit—one that has properties that cannot be duplicated by any combination of the other three elements: essentially, it would be a component that could remember what kind of charge last passed through it. Chua called it the memristor. But no one had ever seen one. And that was the end of that for the next 30 years. Memristors’ existence still had yet to be proven when researchers at HP initiated a new project in the early 2000s. They weren’t looking for the elusive fourth building block, just trying to build a fast, low-power switch by placing two microscopic resistors in a stack and using the current in one to flip the resistance in the other. They succeeded in building the device they wanted, but couldn’t seem to predict how it would actually behave. After several years of fooling with it, they finally discovered the reason buried deep in the annals of computing research: they needed the idea of the memristor to complete the logical description of the machine. Digging into Chua’s work, they discovered they had accidentally built the seemingly mythical device. In theory, they could now build a more complete computer. In 2008, they turned theory into reality by creating a physical example: a circuit using memristors just a few atoms thick. The benefits of a memristor-based transistor quickly became clear. It was far faster than any kind of computer yet devised and used far less power. That’s because the memristor is fast enough to replace the incredibly expensive and small cache layer of a computer, yet has the capacity potential of a hard drive. No more slow and inefficient triple layers of memory—from the die to the RAM to the disk, all on one chip. Those changes alone were promising enough, but in addition, it had some extraordinary side benefits: in the event of power loss, it maintained its memory. Rip a cord from a wall or battery from a phone, and nothing is lost. Plus it switched on and off as quickly as an electric light. All of these—speed gain, memory retention, low power consumption, instant on/off—were obviously game changers. For the faltering company that’s shed tens of thousands of jobs in the past few years as it missed out on the smartphone and tablet revolutions, leaping from laggard to untouchably far ahead of the competition in one fell move is immensely attractive. So the company decided that memristors were the wave of the future and that it would go all in. At the June press conference, HP announced that it was developing something called simply “The Machine,” a memristor-based computer projected for commercial development by 2020. In the words of CEO Meg Whitman: “HP has been talking about the individual component technologies for some time and now we are bringing them together into a single project to make a revolutionary new computer architecture …. This changes everything.” Perhaps it does. Perhaps HP will leave all of its competitors in the dust… Provided it doesn’t kill its own golden goose. It’s done that many times before. For example, the HP of old was one of the first players in the smartphone game. It inherited the first iPAQ (that name sound vaguely familiar?) mobile phone and PDA combo when it purchased rival computer-maker Compaq in 2002. For five long years before the first iPhone ever came to market, HP had that opportunity in the bag. Then it lost out to BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android in series before finally giving up on the market entirely. Do you have a smartphone? Does it already do pretty much everything you’d like it to? Now suppose you could upgrade to a “phone” that had a storage capacity of 100 terabytes—enough to record virtually your entire life—and a week’s battery life per charge: would you buy it? You don’t have to decide right this minute, because such a device is not here yet. But it’s probably coming in the not-too-distant future. Because of memristors.last_img read more

By WVUA 23 News Student Reporter Megan Hallson The

first_imgBy WVUA 23 News Student Reporter Megan HallsonThe Tuscaloosa City Council is set to vote Tuesday on whether to use the revenue generated from red light camera fines to purchase new police vehicles for the Tuscaloosa Police Department.“You know, we have to take care of the ones that have promised to protect and serve us, so that’s exactly what we’re trying to do with these monies,” said District 2 Tuscaloosa City Councilwoman Raeven Howard.In the past five years, cameras have generated more than $1.5 million in paid fines. They were first approved in 2010, and the first camera was installed in 2013. Now, there are nine cameras installed across Tuscaloosa.Howard said she’s confident the proposal will be met with support.“We are trying to make sure all of the monies we spend are being used in the best way possible,” she said. “Even though we might be considering budget cuts, we are not cutting any corners with our public safety departments. Their needs are our main priority and it’s imperative that we meet all the needs that they have brought to us, so I’m hoping we will have the support.”If the proposal is approved, the funds would be used to purchase 46 new police vehicles.last_img read more

Microdosing Is How You Learn How Much CBD You Should You Be

first_img July 4, 2019 Green Entrepreneur Podcast Tinctures are ideal for administering a precise dose. Listen Now Microdosing Is How You Learn How Much CBD You Should You Be Taking Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Add to Queue –sharescenter_img 5 min read If you suffer insomnia, feel anxious, have chronic pain or have been diagnosed with any of a host of other ailments, you may have heard that “CBD is good for that.” You did some research and bought a CBD product, but how do you know exactly what dogse you should use? Cannabidiol (CBD) is an extract from hemp flowers that is taking the health and beauty world by storm. Preliminary research suggests that because of its antiinflammatory and neuroprotective effects it may support those suffering from addictions, Alzheimers, concussion, fibromyalgia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders and many other conditions. But this potentially useful supplement does not come with one-size-fits-all dosing recommendations. In fact, you will have to use a little trial and error to find your right dose. These guidelines will help you do just that.Related: ‘Microdosing Moms’ and ‘Divorced Dads’ Emerge Among Cannabis ConsumersStart low and go slow This will be your motto as you find your optimal CBD dose. As you begin, you should make sure you tolerate it well before working your way up to a dose that relieves your unique symptoms. This process is called microdosing or self-titration, both of which mean you are in charge of finding the lowest effective dose for you. Registered nurse and medical cannabis expert Eileen Konieczny, in her book, Healing with CBD, recommends starting with a microdose of 10 mg, or even dividing that into two or three doses in the course of a day. After a few days or a week at this level, she says, you can gradually increase the dose by five to 10 milligrams at a time. Konieczny and others recommend this process of slowly raising the dose while keeping notes on your symptoms in a journal so that you can monitor the extract’s effectiveness. Apps such as Strainprint and Releaf can help with symptom tracking. Know your product One of the challenges of finding the right dose for you is knowing exactly how much CBD is in the product you bought, and how much is in each dose of that product. Tinctures are perfect for microdosing because they allow you to slowly increase your dose in a way that edibles and capsules do not. Starting with a tincture, especially taking it sublingually (under the tongue), is a good way to understand how CBD affects you and what a good dose will be for you. Look on the product label for the total milligrams (mg) CBD in the container and per dose in the supplement facts table. Make sure you don’t get your units confused here: milliliters (ml) measure the volume of a liquid while milligrams tell you the weight of the extract that was dissolved into the liquid of the tincture. If you have purchased a tincture and feel like you’ve taken on the world’s worst math problem, this may help. ● Most (though not all) tincture bottles are one ounce, or 30 milliliters (ml) ● The standard dropper size is 1 ml ● If your bottle contains 500 mg CBD, each dropper contains just under 17 mg extract ● To start at 10 mg, you will need about 12 drops from that dropper You can increase by as little as one drop at a time as you self-titrate to find the “sweet spot” for you.Related: 3 Surprising Ways to Unlock Your CreativityThe sweet spot The right dose gives you the effect you want using the lowest possible amount. At this dose you will start feeling the benefit from what you are taking, but are unlikely to experience any side effects (CBD has almost no reported adverse effects, however your results may vary). Taking the time to find this minimum effective dose, even with all the math and symptom tracking involved, also saves you money as you take only as much as you need.Once you find a dose that feels like it’s working, bear in mind that your body is a dynamic system and changes in sensitivity may occur. Ongoing daily or intermittent symptom tracking will help you know when to adjust your dose.Lastly, don’t hesitate to take a low dose of CBD for maintenance purposes. Integrative medicine practitioner and medical cannabis expert Dr. Dustin Sulak says doing this can be an effective long-term approach to healing. “Over time,” he says, “I began to notice that most patients using small amounts of cannabis were getting better and more sustainable results than their high-dosage counterparts with similar conditions.” By choosing a high-quality, clearly labeled product and using the microdosing approach experts recommend, you are giving yourself the best odds of experiencing a higher level of wellbeing with the support of CBD. Image credit: Alice Fox | Getty Images CBD Brought to you by A to Z CBD Next Article last_img read more

Most people who smoke ecigarettes want to quit finds study

first_imgMost of the discussion about e-cigarettes has focused on the relative harm as compared to traditional cigarettes, the efficacy of e-cigarettes as a cessation device, and the alarming increase of their use in children. In addition to those issues, our data suggests that e-cigarette users do not want to use these devices forever. Eventually, they want to stop using e-cigarettes the same way a traditional smoker wants to quit smoking cigarettes.”Study co-author Marc Steinberg, associate professor of psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the director of the school’s Tobacco Research and Intervention lab The strategies that people reported using to quit e-cigarettes include many of the strategies we recommend for quitting traditional cigarettes such as FDA-approved nicotine replacement products or medications, counseling, and social support.While e-cigarettes may be associated with reduced harm as compared to combustible cigarettes, they also are potentially addicting and the e-cigarette aerosol still contains toxic substances. As e-cigarette use continues to increase and as more e-cigarette users want to quit, it will be important to be ready to help those who may have difficulty stopping on their own.”Rachel Rosen, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)May 21 2019Most people who smoke e-cigarettes want to quit and many have tried to reduce their use, according to Rutgers researchers.The study, published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, is the first to examine e-cigarette users’ past attempts and current intentions to quit e-cigarettes in a representative sample of adult e-cigarette users in the United States.About 10 million U.S. adults smoke e-cigarettes. Most of these users also smoke traditional cigarettes, though many use them to try to quit traditional cigarettes.The study found that more than 60 percent of e-cigarette users want to quit using e-cigarettes and 16 percent plan to quit in the next month. More than 25 percent have tried to quit using e-cigarettes in the past year.center_img Source:Rutgers UniversityJournal reference:Rosen, R & Steinberg, M. (2019) Interest in Quitting E-cigarettes Among Adults in the United States. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntz062.last_img read more

Study Use of psychoactive substances increases among entertainment sector workers

first_imgHigh consumption of alcohol, cannabis and cocaineThe first part of the study analyzed the drug consumption habits of these 284 employees of the show and event assembly sector, in order to assess the prevalence of the consumption of different substances, as well as their perception of quality of life-related to their state of health, by way of internationally validated tests. With an average age of 30, these employees admitted having consumed alcohol (94.72%) and cannabis (83.45%). 66% of them consume both substances. “Among these professionals who took part in the study, women consume alcohol more frequently than men, while cocaine consumption is more common among men,” notes professor Almodóvar.In the case of alcohol, the average consumption among participants was 52.8 grams of alcohol a day, surpassing the 40 considered the maximum recommended amount by the WHO for men and the 20 for women. Looking at the monthly consumption, the figures of the workers of this sector who took part in the study surpassed the average of the Spanish population in several dimensions: 92% of them has consumed alcohol in the last month, compared to the 25% Spanish average; 74% has consumed cannabis, compared to the 6.6% Spanish average; and 28% has consumed cocaine, compared to the 1% national average, according to data from the Ministry of health for 2015.According to the CEU UCU professor, “for the three substances, the perception of the risk of consumption is low for over 60% of participants. Only 15 workers said they had not consumed any of the three substances in the last three months.”Related StoriesStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfacesEffective stop smoking treatments less likely to be prescribed to people with mental health conditionsHospitals’ decision to transfer kids with mental health emergencies is based on insurance typeMotivational nursing interventionIn the second part of the study, a total 50 workers took part, in five groups, in the motivational intervention program headed by Nursing professionals and guided towards getting them to abandon their addiction. These sessions were held in different Spanish Autonomous Communities.As professor Almodóvar highlights, “before the intervention, 60% of participants stated not having health problems, but after taking part in the program we designed, this figure dropped to 36%. Furthermore, 88% did not admit having an addiction problem, but after the intervention, 12% of participants increased their motivation to quit their drug addiction. Figures like these reveal the efficiency of the Nursing intervention among workers who suffer addictions to psychoactive substances in the sector of entertainment and the assembly of festivals and other events: when they are aware of their low quality of life as it pertains to their health, their motivation to change their behaviour in regard to their addictions increases.”This 12% of effectiveness in the motivation to change, after the intervention with the designed Nursing program, surpasses the 10% threshold set by the WHO as valid for this type of programs.Work conditions as the causeOther data of the study shows that there is a relation between drug addiction and the tough work conditions in this sector, with night shifts being alternated with day ones, and which surpass the working day limits and even the limits of their physical endurance. “Their perception on their work conditions is 30% more negative than the average in Spain. In these circumstances, their propensity to consume alcohol, cannabis and cocaine increases,” stresses Almodóvar.Isabel Almodóvar has conducted this study with the collaboration of researchers from the TXP Group of the CEU UCH, headed by Medicine professor Gonzalo Haro, doctor of the Mental Health department of the Hospital Provincial de Castellón. Alongside Isabel Almodóvar and Gonzalo Haro, co-authors of the study are Paula Sánchez Thevenet, Vice-Rector of the Health Sciences department of the CEU UCH in Castellón, Ana Benito, doctor of the Mental Health unit of Torrent, and Abel Barquero, member of the Amigó project in Castellón. Their research has been co-funded by the Hospital Provincial de Castellón foundation.Source:Asociación RUVIDJournal reference: Almodóvar, I. et al. (2019) The effectiveness of a brief motivational nursing intervention to reduce psychoactive substance consumption in entertainment‐sector workers: A transversal, observation, and semi‐experimental study. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. doi.org/10.1111/inm.12620. One of the keys of this motivation is for program participants to become aware of the relation between the addiction and their true state of health and low quality of life, which leads them to seek treatment.”Isabel Almodóvar Fernández, Coordinator,CEU UCH University in Castellón Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 14 2019Entertainment sector workers are among those with the highest consumption of psychoactive substances. According to the Addictions study of the year 2017, 17% of the total consume these substances in Spain, a figure which is between France’s 22% and Holland’s 16%. A study conducted by Nursing degree coordinator for the CEU UCH University in Castellón, Isabel Almodóvar Fernández, has included the participation of 284 stage assembly employees for shows, festivals and events in Spain, of which more than a third are habitual consumers of addictive substances, such as alcohol (36.6%), cannabis (35.2%) and cocaine (1.8%). The motivational nursing intervention program designed by this professor, in collaboration with researchers from the TXP Group of the CEU UCH, has managed to increase awareness on the low quality of life derived from their addictions and on the need to receive treatment. The results of the study were published earlier this week in the most important specialized Nursing scientific journal in the world, the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.The motivational intervention program guided by professor Isabel Almodóvar, as part of her doctoral thesis, includes group therapy designed to achieve objectives such as the acceptance of the addiction by the participants, their preparation before future consumption risk situations, and the adoption of motivational strategies to not consume again.last_img read more

EUs new data protection rules come into effect

first_img Rush to comply with new EU data law Top 10 countries and US states affected by Facebook data scandal. The EU’s so-called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been blamed for a flood of spam emails and messages in recent weeks as firms rush to request the explicit consent of users to contact them.Even though the rules were officially adopted two years ago, with a grace period until now to adapt to them, companies have been slow to act, resulting in a last-minute scramble this week.Britain’s data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), said that its site had experienced “a few interruptions” as the deadline loomed, but said that “everything is working now”.Brussels insists that the laws will become a global benchmark for the protection of people’s online information, particularly in the wake of the Facebook data harvesting scandal.”The new rules will put the Europeans back in control of their data,” said EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova. “When it comes to personal data today, people are naked in an aquarium.”Companies can be fined up to 20 million euros ($24 million) or four percent of annual global turnover for breaching the strict new data rules for the EU, a market of 500 million people.Explicit consentThe law establishes the key principle that individuals must explicitly grant permission for their data to be used.The new EU law also establishes consumers’ “right to know” who is processing their information and what it will be used for.People will be able to block the processing of their data for commercial reasons and even have data deleted under the “right to be forgotten”. Explore further 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 EU’s so-called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on Friday Citation: EU’s new data protection rules come into effect (2018, May 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-eu-effect.html Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said in a hearing at the European Parliament on Tuesday that his firm will not only be “fully compliant” with the EU law, but will also make huge investments to protect users.Zuckerberg said he was “sorry” for the Cambridge Analytica breaches, but also for its failure to crack down on election interference, “fake news” and other data misuses.’Global standard’Big platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter seem well prepared for the new laws, while smaller businesses have voiced concern.But EU officials say they are initially focusing on the big firms, whose business models use a goldmine of personal information for advertising, while offering smaller firms more time to adapt.Meanwhile Brussels has expressed impatience with the eight countries—out of the EU’s 28—that say they will not have updated their laws by Friday. EU Commissioner Jourova said the new rules are setting “a global standard of privacy”. Many Americans who once criticised Europe as too quick to regulate the new driver of the global economy now see the need for the GDPR, EU officials insist.”I see some version of GDPR getting quickly adopted at least in the United States,” Param Vir Singh, a business professor at Carnegie Mellon University, told AFP in an email.Japan, South Korea, India and Thailand are also drawing “some inspiration” from Brussels as they debate or adopt similar laws, another EU official said. © 2018 AFP The European Union’s new data protection laws came into effect on Friday, with Brussels saying the changes will protect consumers from being like “people naked in an aquarium”. Parents will decide for children until they reach the age of consent, which member states will set anywhere between 13 and 16 years old.The case for the new rules has been boosted by the recent scandal over the harvesting of Facebook users’ data by Cambridge Analytica, a US-British political research firm, for the 2016 US presidential election.The breach affected 87 million users, but Facebook said Wednesday it has found no evidence that any data from Europeans were sold to Cambridge Analytica.last_img read more

Technology for visualizing flow of blood to aid neurosurgery in the human

first_imgExtracted vasculature of the mouse brain surface by using a cross-correlation analysis of time-intensity changes in fluorescent signals. B. Typical results for measured time-intensity changes of pixel intensity averaged over artery (red), vein (blue) and tissue (green) areas. C. A map of transit-time of fluorescent dyes on each pixel. D. Calculated blood flow velocity map. Credit: University of Electro Communications Citation: Technology for visualizing flow of blood to aid neurosurgery in the human brain (2018, June 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-technology-visualizing-blood-aid-neurosurgery.html Neurosurgeons conduct vascular recanalization for treatment of cerebrovascular diseases. Successful surgery necessitates surgery the minimization of flow disturbances due to blood during surgical intervention. However, monitoring the flow of blood under surgery is difficult due to a lack of imaging tools for visualizing microcirculation in the brain. Medical imaging technology detects vascular disorders, injuries in brain without invasive contrast agents More information: Ryo Hoshikawa et al. Dynamic Flow Velocity Mapping from Fluorescent Dye Transit Times in the Brain Surface Microcirculation of Anesthetized Rats and Mice, Microcirculation (2016). DOI: 10.1111/micc.12285 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 Electro Communications Now, Kazuto Masamoto at the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, and colleague at National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan have developed fluorescent imaging-based visualization tools for imaging and analyzing cerebral microcirculation.The principle of the present method is to automatically calculate the distance for movements of fluorescent tracers (e.g., indocyanine green) which were intravenously injected, from movies of the fluorescence. The distance is divide by the rate acquired, resulting in an approximate of the velocity of the fluorescent tracers on each pixel.The researchers first confirmed the accuracy of their method using phantom-tubes with known flow velocities from the injection of fluorescent dyes that imitated the microcirculation conditions of the body. Then, animal models were used to validate the methods.”we successfully measured flow velocity in the brain surface of anesthetized rats and mice,” says Masamoto. “We are starting collaborative works with medical doctors to test the feasibility of our method for human brains under neurosurgery.” Explore furtherlast_img read more