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Desailly on World Cup France will now surprise everyone

first_imgMarcel Desailly has backed the inexperienced France squad to cause a surprise in the upcoming World Cup in RussiaLes Bleus somewhat struggled in the qualifying stages of the World Cup and have been drawn against the likes of  Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C for this summer’s tournament.But Desailly, who himself won the 1998 World Cup with France, is convinced that they have the quality to do well in the tournament and believes that their opponents in Group C will be relatively easy compared to the rest of the competition.“They have quality but not the experience, so we hope that the group stage, which is apparently not that difficult, will allow them to build up the confidence that they need,” said the 49-year-old, according to Gulf News.“When you top up confidence plus talent you hope that yes, France will now surprise everyone.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“They surprised us during the Euros when we were not sure they were capable of reaching the final, and they almost won, so maybe they can do the same with the World Cup.“We need a win, it’s been too long. It’s the 20th anniversary of us winning the World Cup, so it would be good if they could win it this year.”France previously finished as the runners-up in Euro 2016, but Desailly warned that a lot has changed since then and fears that team boss Didier Deschamps is yet to find a system to properly utilise the new players in the squad.“We’ve lost all confidence built up during the Euros, we’ve lost our left and right backs in defence (Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna have retired from international football), and we have new players who have to adapt to each other. Didier Deschamps doesn’t really know about his tactical set-up or his philosophy, so there’s quite a lot of work to do.” said the former Chelsea defender.“The Euros are gone and now you are starting a new movement. You can say they are ready for the next Euros hoping maybe that they are going to surprise everybody at the World Cup — that is the position of France.”last_img read more

Cuadrado announces successful surgery

first_imgThe Juventus Colombian forward has confirmed his knee surgery has gone as planned and is now recovering to return to football soonJuventus Colombian attacker Juan Cuadrado has come out from knee surgery with success.The South American announced on Instagram he was happy after his surgery.“Thank God the surgery went well now I will work for making a good recovery and come back stronger,” Cuadrado wrote on Instagram as quoted by Calcio Mercato.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I am convinced that if we love God all things go well.”““Today, the player was subjected to arthroscopic treatment of the left knee for the lesion of the external meniscus and the cartilage fracture, a perfectly successful operation, and today Juan Cuadrado has undergone arthroscopic treatment on his left knee – a lesion of the external meniscus and the cartilaginous fracture reported in the trauma suffered during the Champions League match played in Bern,” said the club’s press department.“The intervention, carried out in Barcelona by Dr. Cugat, assisted by Juventus health officer Dr. Claudio Rigo, is perfectly successful.”last_img read more

Lands Act Passed By US Senate

first_imgThe bill is the largest conservation legislation in a decade, protecting millions of acres of land across the country. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, led the Senate’s approval of S.47, her Natural Resources Management Act. The Senate passed the legislation on Tuesday on a final vote of 92 to 8, and it will now head to the House of Representatives. The bill also includes legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) that would allow Alaska Native veterans or their family to select 160-acre allotments from the federal government.center_img The bill includes a number of provisions specifically impacting Alaska. Sen. Murkowski:“This bill provides routing flexibility for our proposed natural gas pipeline. It creates new economic opportunities for communities like Kake and Utqiaġvik.” Sen. Sullivan: “For decades, a special group of Alaska veterans have suffered an injustice due to their service during the Vietnam War. My colleagues and I today took a significant step toward righting this wrong and ensuring Alaska Native vets have an opportunity to finally receive the land allotment they’ve previously been denied.”last_img read more

Sunday Noon Update Hot Dry Weather Continues To Challenge Swan Lake Fire

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake fire is currently estimated at 95,047 acres with roughly 409 crew members and remains at 14% containment. Hot, dry weather is challenging fire personnel in all areas of the fire, according to a release from the Incident Management team. For the AM update and additional details click here. Campfires are restricted to enclosed fire rings/grates within designated campgrounds/cabins within the Kenai NWR, Kenai Fjords NP, Kenai Peninsula State Parks and Chugach NF lands on the Kenai Peninsula. The release states, the east flank continues to move up slope and into higher elevations along the mountain ridge line. As elevation changes, so does the vegetation available to burn. This change is expected to reduce opportunities for fire to move above ground level resulting in slower fire spread and lower intensity burning. Crews are working to improve the Skyline Trail to create a fuel break along the southeast corner of the fire to prevent fire spread along the highway. Helicopters will continue to utilize water drops to cool the fire areas producing heat north of Upper Jean Lake.The containment line north of the Homer Electric transmission line is holding well as small areas of interior vegetation burn, further increasing the depth of the fuel break created to protect the community of Sterling and the Sterling Highway.last_img read more

Rangetopping Porsche Taycans overboost function will push power past 700 hp

first_img Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow 42 Photos Porsche 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss 19 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 Enlarge ImageFor a few moments, the Taycan will put down over 700 horsepower. Yowza.By this time next week, we’ll finally have seen Porsche’s long-awaited Taycan electric sedan. Ahead of time, there are new details still spilling out about the electric car, and this tidbit is one for the power-hungry driver.Per a drive preview from Autocar, the range-topping Porsche Taycan supposedly sports an overboost function that will help the car produce over 700 horsepower for a period of time. That’s Dodge Challenger Hellcat territory, minus any engine emissions. Reportedly, this range-topping car will be split into Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S designations — a goofy nomenclature considering there are no turbos onboard, but I digress.The overboost function activates for 2.5 seconds to unlock 700-plus horsepower and supposedly helps send the electric car from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds. Porsche has long been keen to point out the Taycan will absolutely house the company’s spirit and performance, and so far, the German marque appears to be delivering.It’s likely the overboost function played a key part in the car’s 7:42 Nurburgring Nordschleife run. While the lap time didn’t set any overall lap records, it is the fastest four-door electric car around the 12.8-mile circuit. Porsche also showcased the fact its upcoming electric sedan can go from 0 to 124 mph and back in just 10 seconds — multiple times in a testament to the battery-electric powertrain’s grunt.Without the overboost, we’re likely looking at around 600 hp for the range-topping Taycan along with a 300-mile range. Expect other models to fill the lineup with less performance and shorter ranges. We’ll have the full details when Porsche is ready to show the car off in September. Tags Porsche Taycan on ice in Sweden 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Electric Cars Performance Cars 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Share your voice 1:29 Ice drifting in Porsche’s all-electric Taycan More From Roadshow Share your voice Goodyear Oxygene is a living, connected tire 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Electric Cars Auto Tech 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Porsche,Sono calls the moss-filled dash BreSono and uses it to filter incoming air. Sono Typically, if you had moss in the interior of your car, that would be considered a bad thing. That’s not necessarily the case for this small, solar-powered electric vehicle from German startup Sono.The Sono Sion uses the moss, which is covered with a transparent panel, thankfully, and according to a report Thursday by Electrek, it’s part of the Sion’s cabin air filtering system. Unlike the moss inside Goodyear’s Oxygene tire concept, this moss has kicked the proverbial bucket, but because of its structure, it’s still a good filter.The Sion was conceived as a low-cost EV and debuted back in March with a 35 kilowatt-hour battery and a body covered in solar panels, but this is the first we’re seeing of its interior. The rest of the passenger cabin is pretty sparse, with a small digital instrument binnacle in front of the driver and a Tesla Model 3-like central screen sprouting from the dash.sono-motors-sion-side-profile-frontEnlarge ImageIn addition to the mossy dash, the Sono Sion is slathered in solar panels to help keep its 35 kWh battery topped up. Sono The Sion was initially marketed for the low, low price of $18,000 but — and this might be a little shocking (pun intended) — the battery pack costs extra. That is estimated to cost an additional $10,500 if bought outright, or there would be a monthly fee. I know that sounds weird, but it’s not unheard of in Europe — the Renault Zoe is sold this way.It’s unlikely that we’ll ever see the Sono Sion on our roads here in the US, but the company says it should enter production for Europe sometime in the latter half of 2020. Goodyear’s Oxygene tire is actually alive 0 Tags 5:27 Post a commentlast_img read more

NATO shows Russia its military might

first_imgMap of Europe showing the areas in Norway where NATO will conduct the `Trident Juncture` military manoeuvres which start on Thursday. Photo: AFPNorway hosts NATO’s biggest exercises since the end of the Cold War from Thursday, to remind Russia the Alliance stands united despite seeds of doubt planted by US President Donald Trump.Some 50,000 soldiers, 10,000 vehicles, 65 ships and 250 aircraft from 31 countries are taking part in Trident Juncture 18, which is aimed at training the Atlantic Alliance to defend a member state after an aggression.”In recent years, Europe’s security environment has significantly deteriorated,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, of Norway, said.”Trident Juncture sends a clear message to our nations and to any potential adversary. NATO does not seek confrontation but we stand ready to defend all Allies against any threat,” he told reporters on Wednesday.While the “potential adversary” has not been officially identified, Russia is on everybody’s minds.The country, which shares a 198-kilometre (123-mile) border with Norway in the Far North, has repeatedly flaunted its military strength in recent years.The Russian army has annexed Crimea, helped destabilise eastern Ukraine, beefed up its military capabilities in the Arctic, and conducted its biggest ever exercises in the Far East in September.- ‘Anti-Russian’ exercise -The Russian embassy in Oslo said it considered Trident Juncture an “anti-Russian” exercise.”Such activity … comes across as provocative, even if you try to justify it as being of a purely defensive nature,” it said.For months, Moscow has been annoyed by the growing Western military presence in the region. The United States and Britain have been increasing their deployments in Norway to accustom their troops to cold weather combat.Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, speaking in early October, condemned what she termed as NATO’s “sabre-rattling”, and vowed Moscow would take “retaliatory measures”.”The main NATO countries are increasing their military presence in the region, near Russia’s borders,” she said.”Such irresponsible actions are bound to lead to a destabilisation of the political situation in the North, to heighten tensions,” she added.Tensions already flared on Saturday after Trump announced he was abandoning a Cold War-era nuclear treaty, a move which Russia warned could cripple global security.Accusing Russia of developing a new missile, the SSC-8, Trump threatened to increase the US nuclear weapons arsenal.- Article 5 secured? -Despite concerns about Trump’s commitment to the Alliance — particularly regarding the “Article 5″ mutual defence clause — the US military is contributing the biggest contingent to Trident Juncture, with more than 14,000 troops, including an aircraft carrier.”We exercise in Norway but of course the lessons … from Trident Juncture are also relevant for other countries,” Stoltenberg said.On Tuesday, four US soldiers were lightly injured when trucks delivering material were involved in a pile-up.In addition to NATO’s 29 member countries, Norway’s neighbours Sweden and Finland will join the exercises, which run through 7 November.Two Russian and two Belarus military observers have been invited to watch the manoeuvres.Stoltenberg said he hoped Russia would “avoid dangerous behaviour”.last_img

Lata Mangeshkars emotional twitter tribute to R D Burman

first_img“Aaj Pancham yaane R D Burman ki 21vi punyatithi hai (Today is the 21st death anniversary of Pancham alias R D Burman). Aisa guni kalakar sadiyo’n me ek paida hota hai, wo gaane compose bhi karta tha aur khud bhi accha gaata tha (Such talented artist is born once in ages, he used to compose songs and was also a very good singer),” she tweeted. “Gaano’n mein naye naye prayog karna usko bohot pasand tha (He loved to try new experiments and techniques while composing songs). Aise kalakar ko meri bhavpurna shraddhanjali (I pay a sincere tribute to him),” she added.The 85-year-old collaborated with Burman on several hit songs like Aaja piya tohe pyar doon, Raina beeti jaye and Tune o rangeele.Mangeshkar also shared links of her favourite Burman-composed songs Tere bina jiya jaye na and Bahon mein chale aao. R.D. Burman died at the age of 54 on January 4, 1994.last_img read more

Son hacks mother to death in W Midnapore

first_imgKolkata: A person from West Midnapore district allegedly hacked his mother to death following an altercation on Wednesday, police said. “Gorachand Murmu, a resident of West Midnapore district’s Goaltore allegedly killed his mother Hiramoni Murmu (55) by repeatedly striking her with an axe on Wednesday morning. He has been arrested,” an officer from Goaltore police station said. According to the neighbours, Murmu attacked his mother following a heated exchange of words and later locked himself up inside a room along with the dead body. “The neighbours heard some loud noise and broke into the house to find the woman’s body in a pool of blood. They caught Murmu and informed the police,” the officer said. “The body has been sent for autopsy. The accused will be produced in court on Thursday,” he added.last_img read more

Where there is a wheel there is a way

first_imgA theatrical adaptation of the globally appreciated film and play Mamma Mia is being staged in the national Capital till Sunday at Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts. Featuring live singing and dance performance along with outstanding acting and a beautiful audio-visual running in the background, the first live show of the musical act Mamma Mia Again! is being highly appreciated by the audience as well as the performing arts community at large. The two-and-a-half hour long musical theatrical has been organised jointly by Azad Foundation and Sakha Consulting Wings to help raise funds for their transformational ‘Women on Wheels’ programme that empowers disadvantaged women to become professional drivers.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSuccessfully reflecting the tagline ‘Where there is a wheel, there is a way’, the narrative of the theatrical acted as a gateway of community mobilization to achieve the larger goal of women empowerment. This musical adaptation of the globally appreciated 2008 film and play Mamma Mia is about a bride-to-be searching for her father, creating an amusing mess along the way. The proceeds from this delightful comedy will go towards the revolutionary ‘Women on Wheels’ program.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Mamma Mia Again! not only fulfils our creative quests but also contributes to an extraordinary cause. It is my privilege to be associated with such a noble cause. This production is an adaptation of the internationally acclaimed film and Broadway musical. It is a story of four women who live life on their own terms and make their own choices which are sometimes right, sometimes wrong, but more importantly, they are the ones controlling their lives. While the foot-tapping music is certainly the soul of the production, the story, I believe is equally interesting,” says director Ritu R Chandra, who has crafted the new-age act with immense passion. Over a career in theatre spanning for 18 years, Chandra has scripted, produced and directed various plays, including The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and We will Rock You. Her latest production was the critically acclaimed Khushi Ek Ehsas for the Blind Relief Association featuring 50 visually impaired children on stage. Azad Foundation’s and Sakha’s ‘Women on Wheels’ is a social initiative that gives resource-poor women an opportunity to earn a livelihood through dignity. Azad Foundation provides transformational training providing driving as well as self-empowerment modules such as self-defence, first aid, legal and women’s rights, to name a few, to prepare and empower women. Once the women successfully complete the training, Sakha Consulting, Azad’s sister concern, provides employment to them in private chauffeur placements and Sakha Cabs for Women.  “Our ‘Women on Wheels’ program has recently brought remarkable change to the lives of many women and given vulnerable women living in slums a chance to escape poverty. Not only has it provided them much needed support, but has empowered them financially and socially in every aspect of life. The cohort of women chauffeurs provides safe and alternative transport options to women in Delhi and other cities, contributing in their own little way to make India safer, equitable and more amenable to women. We are thankful to Ritu Chandra and her team of artists for coming out in support of our cause and helping us in raising funds to expand our endeavour,” says Meenu Vadera of  Azad Foundation.‘Women on Wheels’ has so far trained as many as 700 women as employable drivers. These women are now investing their earnings in education, health and towards transforming their life conditions.last_img read more

Revamp your workout style

first_imgWearing trendy and comfortable outfits lends different spirit to workouts, hence it is important to focus on comfort and appearance. Experts offer a style guide that you can add to your fitness regime: T shirts: If you are a gym-freak it is important for you to have a whole selection of t-shirts in your wardrobe. The most basic thing you can wear is round neck fitted t-shirts. You can even opt for printed or polo t-shirts. Always look for something that is relatively flexible. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTrack pants: Redefine comfort and style with good slim fit joggers or track pants. The fit of the track pants should be such that it is comfortable for you to exercise and at the same time should not be too long or loose. Team the joggers with a T shirt or stretchable yoga leggings and pants with a sports bra. Shorts: It is more often worn in summer season but are also in trend during winter. The shorts need to be flexible, airy and should be of knee length. There are certain styles of shorts that should be completely avoided to the gym like skin fits short, capris or three quarters and the boxers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTank tops: Tank tops are always in trend. If you want to flaunt your body while working out or you want to wear the least to the gym, tank tops can be the right choice for you. Bracelets or bands: To add a tinge of accessory to your gym attire and still be able to workout in comfort, you can opt for bracelets. This piece of jewelry is an extra accessory to add to your style to complement your outfit and not overpower it. Hairbands or headbands: Hair tends to be a major distraction while working out. However, you do have hairbands and headbands to your rescue that helps you serve major hair woes. 4Caps: Caps are a perfect option for bad hair days. It not only helps you cover your oily hair or bad hairstyles but also serves as a fashion statement. You can also wear your cap to keep your long hair down or sweat control.last_img read more

Trumps second travel ban also put on hold as judge grants preliminary

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: America, Donald Trump << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Trump’s second travel ban also put on hold as judge grants preliminary injunction nationwide GREENBELT, Md. — President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban has suffered another federal court setback after a judge in Maryland rejected a revised measure that bans travel targeting six predominantly Muslim countries.Judge Theodore Chuang ruled Thursday in a case brought near the nation’s capital by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups representing immigrants, refugees and their families. The groups argued that the underlying rationale of the ban was to discriminate against Muslims, making it unconstitutional. Chuang granted a preliminary injunction nationwide basis.It was the latest ruling against Trump’s revised travel ban. On Wednesday, a judge in Hawaii rejected the ban.Government lawyers argued that the ban was substantially revised from an earlier version signed in January that was later blocked by a federal judge in Washington state. They said the ban was ordered in the interest of national security to protect the U.S. from “radical Islamic terrorism.”The Maryland plaintiffs also argued the ban illegally reduces the number of refugees authorized to enter the U.S. this year. Chuang granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of the travel ban nationwide pending further orders from the court. He declined to stay the ruling should an emergency appeal be filed.The White House did not immediately respond to the Maryland ruling.The Wednesday ruling came from U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu, who rejected the government’s claims that the travel ban is about national security, not discrimination. Watson also said Hawaii would suffer financially if the executive order constricted the flow of students and tourists to the state, and that Hawaii was likely to succeed on a claim that the ban violates First Amendment protections against religious discrimination.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsWatson criticized what he called the “illogic” of the government’s arguments and cited “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” behind the travel ban. He also noted that while courts should not examine the “veiled psyche” and “secret motives” of government decision-makers, “the remarkable facts at issue here require no such impermissible inquiry.”“For instance, there is nothing ‘veiled’ about this press release: ‘Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,”’ Watson wrote, referring to a statement Trump issued as a candidate.Trump called the ruling an example of “unprecedented judicial overreach” and said his administration would appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court. He also called his new travel ban a watered-down version of the first one, which he said he wished he could implement.“We’re going to win. We’re going to keep our citizens safe,” the president said at a rally in Nashville. “The danger is clear. The law is clear. The need for my executive order is clear.”If the administration seeks an emergency stay of Watson’s decision at the 9th Circuit, the matter would be heard by different judges from the three who ruled on the case last month. That’s because the panel of judges assigned to such cases rotates every month, said court spokesman David Madden.The 9th Circuit on Wednesday declined to reconsider the 3-0 decision not to reinstate the original ban. In a dissent, five judges said they considered that decision incorrect and wanted it vacated.“Whatever we, as individuals, may feel about the president or the executive order, the president’s decision was well within the powers of the presidency,” Judge Jay Bybee wrote for the five.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyWatson issued his 43-page ruling less than two hours after hearing Hawaii’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop the ban from being put into practice.The hearing was one of three held Wednesday in federal courts around the country. U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle, who blocked the initial travel ban last month, did not immediately rule on a request from an immigrant-rights group to block the revised version.In all, more than half a dozen states are trying to stop the ban. A case brought by Washington state argues that the new order harms residents, universities and businesses, especially tech companies such as Washington state-based Microsoft and Amazon, which rely on foreign workers. California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon have joined the claim.Trump’s initial travel ban, issued on a Friday in late January, brought chaos and protests to airports around the country as travellers from seven nations – Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen – were barred from entering even if they had prior permission to come to the U.S. The State Department cancelled up to 60,000 visas, but later reversed that decision.Robart ordered the government to stop enforcing the ban, which also suspended the nation’s acceptance of refugees from around the world, and a three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declined to reinstate the ban. Thursday, March 16, 2017 last_img read more

Earn 90 on your Rewards Card with Goway and Air Canada

first_img Posted by Share Thursday, July 12, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Goway is rewarding agents who book Air Canada flights to Australia.Agents who book clients on a Downunder vacation, flying internationally on Air Canada to Australia, with a minimum of seven nights accommodation will earn $90 per couple, paid directly on to their Goway Rewards Card.Air Canada operates daily flights from Vancouver to Sydney and Brisbane, plus four flights a week to Melbourne. Air Canada’s B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft features 30 International Business Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy, and 247 Economy Class seats with an upgraded and personalized in-flight entertainment at every seat.The incentive is valid for Air Canada tickets issued by Sept. 10 for travel Oct. 1 – Nov. 30.On top of the regular $15 per person incentive paid on air/land vacations, agents earn an additional $15 per Air Canada transpacific flight sector (or $30 roundtrip), for a total incentive of $45 per person booking.center_img Tags: Agent Incentives, Air Canada, Australia, Goway Earn $90 on your Rewards Card with Goway and Air Canada Travelweek Group last_img read more

DHTour marks 75th anniversary of DDay with four trips

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Sharecenter_img Tags: D-Day, DHTour, History, New Tours BURLINGTON — London and UK specialist DHTour is offering four tours to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6.“Each passing year takes us further away from the events that shaped our country and the world in which we live in today,” says Gordon Burwood, President, DHTour. “The pivotal battle of Normandy which began on June 6, 1944 was one such event. Seventy-five years have since passed from what was known as operation ‘Overlord’ or ‘D-Day’ but its importance is strongly remembered to this day.”DHTour’s trips will focus heavily on the role Canada, along with its allies, played in both World Wars. Tour ‘A’ starts in London, with a look at the effects of the war on the city from the Blitz onwards and then visits the great naval port of Portsmouth for the ferry across to Normandy. Tour ‘B’ follows the allied forces from Normandy, through Holland, to Berlin. After Normandy, Tour ‘C’ looks at the Liberation of Holland while Tour ‘D’ concentrates on Belgium. All tours will include the Canadian Juno Beach ceremonies on June 6.DHTour also arranges private battlefield tours both in Europe and in Vietnam, “wherever, and whenever, your clients want to go – at their pace – for their interests”, says Burwood. Either as a small group in nine-seater Mercedes Executive vans or in Saloon cars, along with a guide who will be an expert in military tours and local culture, and whether for a few days or longer, DHTour can customize the journey according to the style of accommodation clients are looking for. Visitors can have a chance to visit the major Canadian battlefield sites such as Vimy Ridge, Juno Beach or Dieppe as well as smaller, more personal, areas and cemeteries. Agents can contact DHTour for a quote and customized itinerary. More details are at dhgrouptours.com or call 1-888-597-3519. DHTour marks 75th anniversary of D-Day with four tripslast_img read more

Sebastian Coe is being strongly tipped to become t

first_imgSebastian Coe is being strongly tipped to become the next chairman of the BBC Trust, the organisation that oversees the running of UK public broadcaster the BBC.UK broadcaster ITV’s news operation was the first to report that Coe is being lined up for the position with numerous UK news outlets confirming the news, citing Whitehall sources. The Guardian newspaper reported that Coe has been informally approached about the position by government officials.The chairman position is vacant after Chris Patten stepped earlier this month because of health issues. Patten, a former Conservative Member of Parliament and governor of Hong Kong, was in the position for three years and was set to remain as chair until end-2015.Coe is former Olympic gold medal-winning athlete who spearheaded the successful campaign to bring the Olympics to London. He was then head of the Organising Committee that ran the London Games, which were widely considered a success.Coe has not confirmed he is in the running but told press he was ‘very flattered’ to be linked with the position. London’s Conservative mayor Boris Johnson was among those to support the idea of Coe taking the reins at the Trust. Coe is himself a former Conservative MP and, since 2000, a British life peer, meaning he can sit in the UK upper house, the House of Lords.The remuneration for the four days a week position is £110,000 a year (€135,000).last_img read more

I dont have all that many stories for you today—a

first_img I don’t have all that many stories for you today—and I hope there are at least a couple in here that interest you. When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set. — Lin Yutang Well, I’m sad to say that the Wednesday trading session turned out exactly as I expected it would, although I was hoping beyond hope that it might be different this time—but it wasn’t. But what should not be lost in this is the continuing engineered price declines in both gold and silver—and after ‘da boyz’ and their algorithms got through with both metals yesterday, there’s only 20 or so dollars to go to get back to the October 6 low in gold. But, as Ted Butler always points out, it’s not the price, rather it’s the number of long gold contracts that JPMorgan et al can get the Managed Money traders to puke up—and how deeply they can guide these same technical funds onto the short side of the gold market.  So how ‘low’ the price goes, will be a direction function of that process. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver. As usual, silver got hit the moment that trading began at 6 p.m. EDT in New York on Tuesday evening—and it didn’t do a thing until the 8:20 a.m. Comex open.  The subsequent rally attempt—and there were a number of them leading up until 2 p.m. EDT—all got dealt with in the usual manner.  Then at that point, the HFT traders and their algorithms showed up—and “Bob’s your uncle!“ The high and lows were reported as $17.315 and $17.015 in the December contract. Silver closed yesterday at $17.09 spot, down 10.5 cents from Tuesday.  Net volume was the same as Tuesday’s at 28,000 contracts. Ted says that with silver, the Managed Money is all ‘locked and loaded’ with a record short position.  It’s possible they may have added to their short position yesterday, but there’s no way of knowing, because Wednesday’s price action occurred a day after the cut-off for tomorrow’s Commitment of Traders Report.  So we’ll have to wait until the COT Report on November 7, which is a lifetime away at the moment. And as I type this paragraph, the London open is about 50 minutes away.  I note that the two tiny rally attempts that occurred in gold—one shortly after trading began in New York yesterday evening—and the one that came shortly after 9 a.m. Hong Kong time, were both sold down.  But the real sell-off began around 1 p.m. Hong Kong time as the HFT boyz leaned on the price—and gold is now at a new low for this move down, and it probably won’t be the low of the day.  Gold volume is already north of 32,000 contracts, which is very heavy for this time of morning—and 99 percent of it is in the current front month, which is December, so it’s not normal trading volume. Silver’s tiny rally attempt in morning trading in the Far East on their Thursday met with the same fate as gold—and ‘da boyz’ really put the boots to the price shortly before 2 p.m. Hong Kong time.  The silver price is now knocking on the door of its old low set back on Friday, October 3.  Gold volume is just north of 12,000 contracts at the moment, which is also pretty big for this time of day. After trading flat for most of the Far East session, platinum also met the same fate starting shortly before 1 p.m. Hong Kong time.  Palladium got hit shortly after trading began at 6 p.m. in New York last night—and has been allowed to trade flat since then. The dollar index has been in rally mode almost since the open yesterday evening—and at the moment it’s up 25 basis points.  But if you believe that these engineered price declines are a result of the ‘strength’ in the dollar index, do I have a bridge for you!  However, that’s what the so-called experts will use as a reason for the decline in all precious metals. I’d like to think that this is the last swing for the fences by JPMorgan et al, but it’s just not possible to tell at the moment.  I think some comfort should be drawn from Greenspan’s use of the world “measurable” because it confirms that there is an end game which, as I’ve said many times over the years, will certainly result in a re-pricing of not just the precious metals, but all commodities in general.  The only thing we don’t know is the timing.  But looking at the current set-up in the Comex futures market, never have the stars been so favourably aligned—and that was Ted’s opinion in his mid-week commentary yesterday, which was headlined “Resolution is Dead Ahead“. So we wait some more. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:15 a.m. EDT, London has been open just over an hour—and as the charts below show, JPMorgan et al—along with their HFT buddies—are still at it.  Gold hit another new low—and is trading just above the $1,200 mark at the moment.  Silver was down almost 40 cents at its low tick that came about 8:30 a.m. GMT.  Platinum is barely off its low—and palladium is still trading flat after its sell-off in early Far East trading. Gold volume is north of 48,000 contracts at the moment—and silver’s volume is way up there as well at 17,000 contracts.  The dollar index is now up 38 basis points. The powers-that-be certainly aren’t wasting any time in this leg down of the current engineered price decline—and based on what I see at the moment, it could be a wild and woolly day once Comex trading begins at 8:20 a.m. EDT this morning—if not sooner. So hang onto your hats—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The Wednesday trading session turned out exactly as I expected The gold price developed a slight positive bias early in Far East trading, topping out shortly after London opened on their Wednesday morning.  From that point it drifted quietly lower, before getting sold down five bucks beginning at the Comex open in New York.  Minutes before 2 p.m. EDT, the price was up about three bucks off its interim 8:50 a.m. EDT low—and at 2 p.m. on the dot, the “Buy the dollar index/hit the precious metals” button was pushed—and that was it for the day in all four precious metals, with gold [not surprisingly] getting hit the hardest.  The gold price finished about three bucks and change off its 3:35 p.m. EDT low tick. The high and low were reported by the CME Group as $1,230.40 and $1,208.20 in the December contract. Gold finished the Wednesday trading session at $1,211.60 spot, down $16.20 from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume was 122,000 contracts, but considering the price action, that wasn’t a lot—at least in my opinion. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.”  Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained.  Please visit our website for more information about the project. The gold stocks opened down—and were in the hole to the tune of a bit more than 2 percent by around 11 a.m. in New York.  From there they rallied back to unchanged by around 1:20 p.m.  Then they got clubbed on the Fed news—and barely recovered off their lows going into the close.  The HUI got creamed for 4.05%. Platinum didn’t do a lot during the Wednesday session, but met the same fate at 2 p.m. EDT as both gold and silver—and was closed down 8 bucks.center_img That’s the third or fourth time this month that the shares have been hammered to the downside out of all proportion to the declines in the underlying metals themselves—and it’s becoming obvious that these dramatic sell-offs don’t involve free-market forces. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that there were no deliveries to report, which is not surprising since I mentioned in this space yesterday that the October deliveries for both gold and silver were done. And barring any surprise deliveries in the next 48 hours, the October deliveries in gold were reported as 1,268 contracts—and in silver it was 774 contracts, which is very decent for what is not a ‘normal’ delivery month for silver. The CME Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that there were zero contracts in either gold or silver still open in the October delivery month—and just eye-balling the remaining open interest for November in these two metals, it’s apparent that the November will be pretty quiet on the delivery front as well.  November, like October, is not normally a big delivery month for either gold or silver, but there’s always room for a surprise. First Notice Day for the November deliveries is Friday—and whatever they show, I’ll have them in Saturday’s column. There was another withdrawal from GLD yesterday.  This time an authorized participant took out 38,450 troy ounces.  And as of 10:06 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. There was very big in/out movement in both gold and silver at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.  In gold, there was 22,505 troy ounces reported received—and 89,183 troy ounces shipped out.  The link to that activity is here. In silver, there was 934,767 troy ounces received—and 343,435 ounces shipped out the door for parts unknown.  The link to that action is here. Here’s a nifty chart that Nick Laird sent our way last night—along with his comment that stated—“Support has now become resistance.”  That’s precisely right of course dear reader, but only if the Plunge Protection Team allows this chart pattern to stand.  The ‘click to enlarge’ feature works wonders here. Palladium made numerous attempts to break above the $800 spot mark, but a willing seller was always at the ready to make sure it didn’t happen.  The metal also got hit at 2 p.m.—and was only allowed to close up 2 dollars.  It would have obviously finished the trading session materially higher if allowed to do so. Here are two of the latest photos from yesterday of the lava flow encroaching on Pāhoa Village on Hawai’i’s ‘Big Island’.  The ‘click to enlarge’ feature really helps here. Sponsor Advertisement Ditto for the silver equities.  The managed to rally into positive territory off their 11 a.m. New York low, but really got hammered starting at 2 p.m., although they did recover off their absolute lows.  Not that it mattered much, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index got bombed for a 4.21% loss. The dollar index closed late Tuesday afternoon in New York at 85.41.  It traded virtually ruler flat until 9:15 a.m. EDT on Wednesday morning, before getting sold down to its 85.20 low at 10:30 a.m. EDT.  Then shortly before 2 p.m. the index blasted higher as ‘The Button’ got pushed, with its 86.03 high tick coming about 2:45 p.m. in New York.  It traded sideways after that, closing at 85.99, which was up 58 basis points on the day.last_img read more

Obamacare — as the Affordable Care Act is commonly

first_imgObamacare — as the Affordable Care Act is commonly known — won’t be on the ballot next month. But the fate of the eight-year old health care law could be decided by which party wins control of Congress in November. “Medicare for All” — the progressive alternative to Obamacare — also stands to gain or lose ground. And the Trump administration will be looking for a green light to keep making health care changes of its own.Republican strategist Karl Rove wrote about what’s at stake in a recent Wall Street Journal column. The headline described health care as the “sleeper issue” of the 2018 midterm elections.Republican Lou Hendricks agrees. The Kansas City retiree told pollsters health care is at the top of his list as he ponders his midterm vote.”One of the big concerns that we have as as a family is making sure that there continues to be coverage for previous conditions,” Hendricks said. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who’s in a tough battle for re-election, is trying to tap into that concern. McCaskill describes her own struggle with breast cancer in a new campaign ad. “I don’t talk about it much,” she says, over video that shows the senator meeting with other women. “Those who faced cancer and many other illnesses have a pre-existing condition when it comes to health coverage.”McCaskill blasts her Republican opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, for joining a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Obamacare and its requirement that insurance companies offer coverage regardless of a person’s medical history. Republicans insist they will also protect patients with pre-existing medical conditions, though they’ve been vague in saying how.Democrats around the country have seized on this issue. Health care dominates congressional campaign ads, outpacing jobs, taxes, and immigration.”Democrats have been laser-focused on health care this year,” said Erika Franklin Fowler, who tracks campaign ads for the Wesleyan Media Project. It’s the mirror image of past election cycles, when Republicans ran a blitzkrieg of ads attacking Obamacare while Democrats stayed largely quiet. “Regardless of how Americans feel about the Affordable Care Act, there are provisions of it that are very popular,” Franklin said. “Once it became clear that those provisions are in trouble, I think that has sort of changed the landscape of how politicians will talk about it this cycle.”Democrats are determined to protect those popular provisions if they win one or both houses of Congress in November. On the other hand, if Republicans keep control, they could take another run at repealing Obamacare.”Many Republicans want the ability to finish the job,” said Jessica Anderson, vice president of the conservative group Heritage Action. “They’ve campaigned on this for over eight years.”Anderson said even if Republicans lose in November, they could mount a last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare during the lame-duck session. The late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who helped torpedo the last repeal effort, has now been replaced by Jon Kyl, a more reliable GOP vote.No matter which party controls Congress next year, the Trump administration will likely keep trying to chip away at Obamacare. For example, the administration has already relaxed regulations to allow stripped-down insurance policies with reduced coverage. “The president will still be in office, and his administration will still be active,” Anderson said.But if Democrats win control of either chamber, they might be able to put the brakes on those efforts.”What you’re likely to see is much greater and even fierce oversight of the administration’s efforts to change — and many would say undermine” the Affordable Care Act, said Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care research organization.In Kansas City, Hendricks described himself as a fan of the Affordable Care Act. But more and more he’s leaning towards a single-payer insurance system, which progressive advocates like to describe as “Medicare for All.” “It makes it easier and simpler for everybody,” Hendricks said, “with he exception of Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, enter the medical insurance company here.”President Trump has gone on the offensive, claiming without evidence that any expansion of Medicare will come at the expense of today’s seniors.Even if they win a sweeping victory in the midterms, Democrats won’t have the power to pass “Medicare for All” over a presidential veto. But they might jump start the conversation ahead of the next election in two years. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Appalled disabled activists have warned the Britis

first_imgAppalled disabled activists have warned the British Medical Association (BMA) that it will be “complicit” in the future deaths of patients, after the doctors’ union refused to speak out about “very dangerous” new benefit rules affecting severely-ill claimants.Disability News Service (DNS) reported last week how the rules can force people applying for the government’s new universal credit to look for jobs and take part in training, even if their GPs have said they are not fit for work.Dr Stephen Carty, medical adviser to the Scottish grassroots campaign group Black Triangle, who works as a GP in Leith, on the edge of Edinburgh, said last week that the “substantial risks” were “incalculable”, and that GPs had not been told about the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules.BMA has previously been reluctant to involve itself in safety concerns around DWP’s fitness for work tests, although its public position has been that the work capability assessment (WCA) “should be scrapped with immediate effect and replaced with a rigorous and safe system that does not cause avoidable harm to the weakest and most vulnerable people in society”.Despite that position, it took more than two-and-a-half years for Carty, Black Triangle and other campaigners to persuade the union to agree to tell every GP in the country about two regulations that protect many disabled people facing the WCA.Yesterday – five days after DNS asked whether it was aware of the new universal credit rules and if it was concerned about their potential impact – a BMA spokeswoman said: “The assessments of benefits has been independent of GPs for years, so whilst I am sure many will have strong opinions on this, it is not something as an organisation we have anything new to say on it.”Black Triangle is now working with supportive doctors to develop a campaign on the universal credit rules, and is preparing itself for another battle with BMA.John McArdle (pictured), Black Triangle’s co-founder, said: “BMA’s silence will make them complicit in the destruction of disabled people’s lives and in the deaths of innocent disabled people, their patients.”He said he had been reminded of how, at the height of the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s, the AIDS community had adopted the slogan “silence equals death” to “mobilise the medical profession and the wider community into action to save lives”.McArdle said the BMA’s silence on the universal credit rules would “go down as a day of infamy for an organisation which has betrayed its sacred duty to protect and defend human life”.He said the organisation had also betrayed its duty to represent doctors “who we believe will be as appalled as us at this shameful act of complicity”, which was happening “at a time when disabled people are looking at another five years of Conservative rule”.The rules – which have never been announced or publicised by DWP – apply to new universal credit claimants who are waiting for a WCA.They mean that they could have their benefits sanctioned for up to three months if they fail to follow strict instructions from a job coach with no medical training, even if they have a “fit note” from their GP stating that they are not fit for work.They are forced to attend a “health and work conversation” and could be forced into further work-related activity, such as training or employment programmes, and could also face sanctions if they fail to show they have searched for a job for up to 35 hours a week, and have not made themselves available for paid work.Potential sanctions will continue to hang over their heads until their fitness for work is eventually tested through a WCA, which could take months.The new rules – uncovered by Black Triangle’s sister organisation Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – apply to sick and disabled people who would previously have been eligible for income-based employment and support allowance (ESA), which is gradually being phased out in the move to universal credit, but not to those eligible for the contribution-based form of ESA, which will continue alongside universal credit.Under ESA, claimants with a fit note from their GP are not expected to carry out any work-related activity and continue to receive a lower assessment rate of the benefit until they have had their WCA and a decision is reached on their eligibility.DWP has insisted that universal credit claimants with a fit note will only be forced to carry out “reasonable” work-related activity that is “tailored to the individual’s circumstances”, while work coaches will demand no work-related activity “if appropriate”.But activists believe the potential harm caused to severely-ill people could be catastrophic and potentially fatal.Anita Bellows, a DPAC researcher, said: “It is very disappointing to see that the BMA has refused to comment on the DWP policy, which will force people assessed as unfit for work by their GP to attend a mandatory health and work conversation, whatever the severity of their health condition.“GPs have the duty of making the care of their patients their first concern and their refusal to speak up on their behalf will be seen rightly as a dereliction of duty.”last_img read more

FCC Commissioner Net Neutrality Is Doomed If Were Silent

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue FCC Commissioner: ‘Net Neutrality Is Doomed If We’re Silent’ Next Article Image credit: via PC Mag Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Mignon Clyburn wants you to comment starting this Thursday to preserve the Open Internet Order and register public support for net neutrality and a free, open internet. This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Does the FCC care about net neutrality? Outgoing Commissioner Mignon Clyburn sure as hell does.The Obama appointee was sworn in as an FCC commissioner in 2009, and helped craft and pass the 2015 Open Internet Order establishing net neutrality. She was re-nominated in 2012, and in 2013 was appointed by President Barack Obama as acting chairwoman. Clyburn’s term ends this year, but the former South Carolina congresswoman isn’t done yet.Clyburn took the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City for a keynote entitled “Commission impossible: Keeping the internet free,” where it became clear from the get-go that Clyburn is fighting tooth-and-nail within the FCC to preserve net neutrality while she still can. The FCC has a new Trump-appointed head now, Ajit Pai, and the current chairman (and former Verizon lawyer) is no friend of net neutrality.In an impassioned interview that included several ovations from the TechCrunch Disrupt crowd, Clyburn gave an honest appraisal of where the FCC and net neutrality stand in 2017, explained where she stands on the issue and what she thinks the American public can do about it.Is net neutrality doomed?”Net neutrality is doomed if we’re silent. I don’t know what’s going to happen [with the vote on May 18], but I know I will vote the opposite way of the other two,” said Clyburn, referring to her fellow commissioners, Chairman Pai and Michael O’Rielly.”What we’ve seen [since implementing the Open Internet Order] is success, and what we know is that if left unchecked, if there’s no referee on the field, the companies and internet service providers will do what they do best: answer to shareholders and double down on market share,” Clyburn continued.”Broadband and the internet is the most enabling platform of our time. It should not be a regulation-free zone. We need to make sure there’s a referee there calling their own shots. If we don’t have that, then shame on us. It’s dead if we’re silent, regardless of the vote.”Are public comments helping?”We need to continue to make the business case for an open internet and ensure there are protections consumers want and deserve,” Clyburn said. “We’re getting an overwhelming number of comments saying people want to be protected.”Clyburn said that thus far, more than 96 percent of the comments the FCC has received have been in favor of an open internet and for preserving net neutrality.”The FCC has a process that begins Thursday,” Clyburn said, referring to the open meeting, where a vote will take place. “We will open a notice of proposed rulemaking and then open the door for you to comment.”Even if you have weighed in already, it’s not officially a part of the record until that notice is published and put forth and we affirm for you to do so,” Clyburn stressed. “That is when it matters. I don’t know what the vote is going to be in the months that follow, but that’s where it matters. The only way to defend against something is to weigh in, and we have the opportunity to get legitimate numbers on what the country is thinking. The important thing is what you think and what you feel, and you’ve got to weigh in when the comments cycle opens.”On the FCC’s characterization of net neutrality.FCC Chairman Pai has characterized the regulatory framework of the 2015 Open Internet Order as “depression-era monopolized rules” inhibiting business, and wants to roll back the order and allow ISPs to police themselves.”I’ve been around the FCC for nearly eight years, and I didn’t feel pushed or pulled. I was given a mandate by the American people to say we believe in this enabling platform, but we believe protections are important,” Clyburn said. “If left unchecked, there is incentive for a large internet service provider to favor their associates and we don’t think that should be the case.”A company should not be responsible for the on and off ramps of the most significant enabling platform I’ve seen in my lifetime that’s lowering barriers to entry,” Clyburn continued. “We don’t think one or two or three providers should dictate what your experience should be, and we don’t think it should be a regulatory-free zone where these companies are coming up with voluntary standards.”What Clyburn plans to do next.Clyburn’s interview didn’t stop at net neutrality. She explained some of the other key issues she has been involved with as FCC Commissioner, including the FCC’s Healthcare Connect Fund, its Universal Services Fund to provide communication access to citizens in remote or disadvantaged communities and her fight to bring down the exorbitantly high telephone rates for inmates calling their families from prison.”You talk about something being part of your DNA, well I’m smitten. I would not be able to sleep if I didn’t continue to do everything to close the gaps on these issues. You cannot afford to be silent no matter what the vote is, no matter what the order says. The best court is the court of public opinion,” Clyburn said. “I can promise you [on net neutrality], that before it all ends we will have an open, inclusive, participatory platform that you will be part of. I promise you that.”Before her career in politics, Clyburn spent 14 years as publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston, S.C.-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African-American community. As for what Clyburn will do when her term comes to an end this year, she’s not going far.”I’m a politician’s kid,” she said (her father is Rep. Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat). “I’m going to be speaking for those women and girls who have few options, and I’m going to be able to research and hopefully craft policy and a business model that will look at rural communities where the infrastructure does not properly flow.”How can we save net neutrality?Clyburn’s term isn’t over quite yet, so for now she plans to keep fighting for net neutrality.”However long I will be there, I will continue to be your voice, speaking up for open platforms, speaking up for parity, speaking up for affordability, because all of these things help the country. If you build it and I can’t afford to come, the both of us are frustrated. That’s the kind of regulator you want. The regulator who looks at the entire ecosystem and says if it’s not affordable, open, accessible and you’re at a disadvantage because a company is calling the balls and strikes, then we have not done right by you,” Clyburn said.”You want a commission reflective of the American experience; that’s diverse, that’s engaged. You don’t want five people up there singing from the same hymn,” she added. “You want people that reflect your point of view. When you have that kind of inclusion and diversity, you get better policy.”As for what we as citizens and consumers can do to preserve net neutrality, Clyburn pointed right back to this Thursday’s official call for open comments. For a quick path around the red tape and directly to the FCC public comment section on the forthcoming vote, you can use this link, courtesy of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Once public comment officially opens on Thursday, the link will work. To those looking for resources to register their opinion, Clyburn said that’s where you start.”Thursday is the launch. When we say that the item is scrubbed and published, you need to weigh in if you care about a free and open internet. You have to keep an eye on this and do not get discouraged,” Clyburn said. “If you’re not interacting and engaged, then shame on you.” Rob Marvin –shares Net Neutrality Associate Features Editor Register Now »last_img read more

Mt Gox Bails on Bitcoin Foundation Mysteriously Kills Off All Tweets

first_img Mark Karpelès Mt. Gox could be on the verge of vanishing into thin air, much like all of the troubled exchange’s tweets suddenly did just hours ago. The company’s tweets mysteriously went extinct just after Mark Karpelès, CEO of the now chronically crippled trading post, resigned from the Bitcoin Foundation’s board of directors over the weekend.The Tokyo-based Bitcoin Foundation, a trade organization that “standardizes, protects and promotes” the use of the digital currency, unceremoniously went public with Karpelès’ resignation on its blog on Sunday, shortly after The Wall Street Journal broke the news.The foundation’s short, straight-to-the-point statement reads:“Effective immediately, Mt. Gox has submitted their resignation from the board of directors. We are grateful for their early and valuable contributions as a founding member in launching the Bitcoin Foundation. MtGox Co. Ltd. (Japan) held one of the three elected industry member seats. Further details, including election procedures, will be forthcoming.”Related: JPMorgan Slams Bitcoin as Exchanges Halt Withdrawals Mt. Gox Bails on Bitcoin Foundation, Mysteriously Kills Off All Tweets Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business February 24, 2014 Register Now » 3 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Mt. Gox did not immediately respond to Entrepreneur.com’s request for comment regarding the resignation of Karpelès, whose own Twitter feed appears to be going, if not somewhat sparingly, despite his company’s now empty one.  Karpelès’ withdrawal of his board seat comes on the heels of Mt. Gox’s recent falling out with the foundation over how Bitcoin wallet transactions are handled. The Tokyo-headquartered exchange claims its recent transaction malleability woes are due to a “fundamental flaw” in the Bitcoin protocol that it reportedly put pressure on the foundation to confront. The foundation fired back, saying that Mt. Gox’s issues stem from its own “wallet, lack of flexibility and customer support,” according to ZDNet.Just last week Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange, issued an apology for the freeze of external Bitcoin transfers due to what it called a “massive and concerted” denial-of-service attack. It has since attempted to assuage growing customer frustration, stating that withdrawals would resume again soon, though at a slower, somewhat limited pace to safeguard against future threats.Related: First U.S. Bitcoin ATMs Set to Debut in Seattle, AustinAnother prominent Bitcoin Foundation member, Charles Shrem, CEO of BitInstant, stepped down from the organization’s board last month after being arrested on money laundering charges involving allegedly plotting to hawk some $1 million in Bitcoins to users of Silk Road, an online black market.As of 12:24 a.m. EST, Bitcoin was trading at a $176.01 on Mt. Gox. Meanwhile, on the the new Winklevoss twins’ brand new global Bitcoin pricing index, Winkdex, the volatile virtual currency is riding high at nearly $572.98.center_img Kim Lachance Shandrow Add to Queue Image credit: Launch Festival 2014 via Twitter Former West Coast Editor Bitcoin –shares Next Article last_img read more

Lithuanian researchers develop smart wristworn device for monitoring atrial fibrillation

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 26 2019Although smart wristbands are popular fashion gadgets for monitoring heart rate and physical activity, they are usually not sophisticated enough to provide specific and accurate information about potential health problems of the wearer. Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania researchers are developing a smart wrist-worn device for monitoring of atrial fibrillation – a condition, which if left untreated can lead to serious health complications and even death.According to the data provided by the US government, atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia. Approximately 9% of people aged 65 years or older have atrial fibrillation; it is estimated that due to the rapidly aging society, the prevalence of the disease in the global population will increase 3-fold in the next 30 years.At the beginning of arrhythmia development, the episodes are usually short and self-terminating thus may remain unnoticed. If untreated, atrial fibrillation can contribute to the development of serious complications, such as brain stroke.”Atrial fibrillation can often develop after a heart attack, thus these patients need certain medical care and attention to prevent from serious health complications. However, after leaving the hospital their health check-ups are only episodic. Non-invasive, compact wearable devices, which are providing continuous monitoring is an attractive solution for monitoring the health status of such high-risk groups”, says Vaidotas Marozas, the Director of KTU Biomedical Engineering Institute (BEI).The team of KTU BEI researchers, led by Dr Marozas is developing a multisensory system, i.e. the wrist-worn device for atrial fibrillation monitoring. Two types of modalities are being used in the device – photoplethysmographic (PPG) for continuous monitoring and electrocardiographic (ECG) for the acquisition of a control signal. When the PPG sensor registers the heart activity akin to atrial fibrillation, the device vibrates mildly, asking the patient to touch the device with the other hand in order to register a short ECG signal.The quality of vital signals acquired in real life is worse than those recorded under clinical conditions. Therefore, continuous monitoring – or the remote observation of patients- is only made possible through high-quality data. According to Dr Marozas, one of the main challenges in the development of the wearable monitoring systems is advanced signal processing solutions which would separate useful information from the “noise” i.e. motion artifacts and other types of arrhythmia. The biomedical engineers of KTU are working together with the international team of physicians and health scientists from Kaunas University of Health Sciences, Vilnius University, Lund University, and industrial designers from Vilnius Academy of Arts.Related StoriesStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesHeart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according to latest figuresResearchers discover gene linked to healthy aging in worms”We are focusing on developing technologies, which are needed for the public and contemporary medicine. For example, due to the prevalence of this condition, every person older than 65 should be checked for atrial fibrillation. However, relying on the short-term clinical ECG, the arrhythmia can be detected only if the condition is chronic. What if the episodes are occurring only occasionally? Then our technology is very useful”, explains Dr Marozas.He assures that despite complicated technology and sophisticated algorithms the smart wrist-worn device is very easy to use. It is aimed at seniors – people, who are especially self-conscious when using technologies and smart devices.At the moment, the team is working on adding additional functions to the technology, such as implementing the algorithm of monitoring the heart’s response to physical load. Slow heart’s adaptation to physical load is related to increased mortality rate and risk of cardiovascular disease, therefore monitoring of this parameter could be valuable for people of all ages.The patent application for the smart wrist-worn device has been submitted to the Lithuanian State Patent Bureau at the end of 2018. The KTU BEI team is preparing international applications for two other inventions.KTU Biomedical Engineering Institute is specializing in developing non-standard electronic systems for monitoring human health parameters; usually for research purposes. Together with local and international partners, the KTU researchers have implemented many innovative solutions under the concept of “wearable health”, such as a smart T-shirt, multisensory system for hemodialysis, monitoring system for divers, used in military training.Source: https://en.ktu.edu/news/smart-wrist-worn-device-developed-by-lithuanian-researchers-can-alert-about-dangerous-health-conditions/last_img read more