Post a comment All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. CES 2019 CES 2019 Next Big Thing CES 2019 Live 85 Photos 0 Tags Livestream The way we watch video has never been more complicated or exciting. The media industry has seen audiences spread across more platforms than anyone expected, and now we watch video anywhere and everywhere we can, from our phones to our fridges and from YouTube to network-built apps. With 5G just around the corner and all the lower latency it promises, and with hardware reaching resolutions that challenge the acuity of the human eye, it’s time to rethink possibilities around what we watch and how we watch it. CNET and CES have partnered up to bring that discussion to you with some of the brightest thinkers in the technology and entertainment industries. Enlarge ImageAlex Kurtzman, Executive Producer, Star Trek: DiscoveryOn Tuesday, Jan. 8, join CNET for our most exciting Next Big Thing panel yet: The Future of Media. For the 19th Next Big Thing, CNET’s session takes place at the C Space Storyteller Stage at the Aria on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 1:45 p.m. PT. Moderated by CNET’s Brian Cooley and me, Lindsey Turrentine, we’ll be talking first with a special guest, Alex Kurtzman, executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery and the Star Trek franchise. We’ll discuss season 2 and chat about how changing screen sizes and settings influence the way Kurtzman writes and produces Star Trek. (Star Trek: Discovery season 2 premieres Jan. 17 on CBS All Access. Disclosure: CNET is owned by CBS.) Next, Cooley and I will chat with a panel from all corners of the media world, and what a conversation it will be. We’ll be joined by Yoon Lee, SVP of Content and Services, Product Innovation at Samsung; Toby Eduardo Redshaw, SVP of 5G Ecosystems and Enterprise Innovation at Verizon; and Heather Rivera, Global Head of Product Partnerships at YouTube. We’ll talk hardware, we’ll talk pipeline and we’ll talk content production and strategy. If you can’t make it to Vegas to join us, we’ll be streaming Next Big Thing live in the player above. Don’t miss it! Share your voice Tech Industry Star Trek Samsung Verizon
Jax Jacobsen As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Jax Jacobsen Catholicism By: Jax Jacobsen TagsBill 21 homepage featured Parti Quebecois Quebec religious discrimination religious freedom,You may also like Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Quebec’s provincial assembly will vote Friday (June 14) on Bill 21, a controversial measure that would ban public-sector workers in positions of authority from wearing any sort of religious symbolism while at their job. If passed, the law would bar Muslim women who wear the hijab, Sikhs wearing turbans and Jewish men wearing kippas, among others, from being able to work as teachers, police officers and judges. Christians would also have to remove their crosses.More drastically, however, Bill 21 would also prohibit anyone from wearing religious symbols while receiving services from government bodies, including transit, doctors and dentists, school boards or subsidized day cares. If it passes, women wearing religious covering — including the niqab — would not be able to use a bus without revealing their faces.The governing Coalition Avenir Quebec hopes to pass the law before heading on summer break.An overview of Bill 21The measure, which CAQ promised to pass in last fall’s electoral campaign, aims to protect the secularity of the province. According to the text of the law, it also “attaches importance to the equality of women and men.”The proposed bill immediately drew criticism from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who called it “unthinkable” that “in a free society we would legitimize discrimination against citizens based on their religion,” while legal scholars maintain that the bill clearly violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.RELATED: In Quebec, Christian liberalism becomes the religious authorityQuebec Premier François Legault on March 28, 2019, as his government voted on Bill 21. The crucifix behind him would likely disappear if the legislation is passed. (The Canadian Press/Jacques Boissinot)The U.N. has also weighed in on the legislation, warning that the bill could lead to the violation of rights, including rights to health or education.Quebec Premier François Legault insists that the bill is not discriminatory and that what voters want is to settle the issue of religious symbols in the public sphere once and for all.What impact will it have?Groups representing religious minorities are largely unsupportive of the bill and say it is discriminatory.“What it does is disadvantage the women who want to practice their faith from participating in the labor market,” said Nuzhat Jafri, who is executive director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women.“We’re not talking about large numbers of people foisting their religion on anyone,” Jafri said. “Women are practicing their faith and at the same time they want to be full participants in Quebec society.”During public hearings on the bill in May, Amrit Kaur, the World Sikh Organization’s vice president for Quebec, said the bill was “offensive to neutrality or secularism in the public sector and does nothing to advance the cause of gender equality.” According to the WSO, passing the bill would set a dangerous precedent that would undermine the rights of women and minority religious groups in the province.But those in support of the bill insist such measures are necessary to preserve Quebec’s religious neutrality.“For us, democracy is inseparable from secularism,” said Diane Guilbault, president of Pour les droits des Femmes (For the Rights of Women).“We are not asking for the end of religions. We are asking for the state to disassociate itself completely from them in its relations with citizens,” she said, pointing to how people use religious pretexts to deny rights to women.“The majority of Quebecers — of all backgrounds — support a secular state,” she said.Fourth time’s the charm?CAQ’s bill is the fourth attempt in the legislature to ban religious symbols in the public sector. In 2010, Premier Jean Charest presented a bill requiring individuals to show their face when receiving government services. In 2013, Premier Pauline Marois, with the nationalist Parti Quebecois, tried to pass the Charter of Values, which would have affirmed “state secularism and religious neutrality” while also ensuring the equality of men and women.Like Bill 21, the charter would have banned all public workers, including teachers and those working in the health professions, from wearing conspicuous religious symbols, though smaller pieces of jewelry with religious markings would be permitted.The controversial bill never passed, as Marois lost an April 2014 election she had called to gain an outright majority. Her loss was attributed in part to deep-seated opposition to the charter.The Liberal government that replaced Marois’, however, passed its own religious neutrality bill in October 2017, which banned all public workers and those receiving government services from covering their faces. That law is undergoing legal challenges.CAQ came to power promising to take action on the issue, emphasizing that people were growing tired of the debate.There are differences between the bills, said Daniel Béland, the director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.“CAQ is going farther than the Liberals,” he said. “The Liberals supported a much more restrictive approach to secularism, while CAQ is closer to the Parti Quebecois in some areas. In the case of the CAQ, it’s a blanket approach, and it’s easier to implement.”How could this happen in Canada?Canada, unlike the U.S., does not have a bill of rights explicitly endorsing freedom of religion.The Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which has existed since 1982, guarantees a number of freedoms, including the freedom of religion and the freedom of assembly. However, it also includes a “notwithstanding clause” that allows provinces to override the charter for five years.Canada is “a very decentralized country, far more than the U.S.,” Béland said. “What the notwithstanding clause does is it allows the parliament, or a provincial legislature, to temporarily override certain aspects of the charter, so it’s something you can do for a limited time and then renew it.”CAQ has included a notwithstanding clause in the bill, which legal experts warn will invite a flurry of legal action.“It’s a controversial move,” Béland said. “It’s the first time that Quebec has used the clause since 1988, when they used it for the Charter of the French Language, to defend legislation to force immigrants in Quebec to go to French schools.”People protest in Karachi, Pakistan, on Feb. 2, 2017, against an attack days earlier on the Quebec Islamic Culture Centre in Canada that killed six Muslim men during evening prayers. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec’s premier at the time, Philippe Couillard, both characterized the attack as a terrorist act. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)Climate of rising anti-Muslim incidentsThis latest version of a religious neutrality law comes as incidents against religious minorities, and particularly Muslims, have been rising.Most notably, in January 2017, six Muslim men were shot dead in their mosque in Quebec City. According to Statistics Canada, hate crimes against Muslims grew by 253% from 2012 to 2015, largely propelled by incidents in Quebec and Ontario. Since Bill 21 was introduced in the National Assembly, Muslim women in the province say they have experienced increasing levels of provocation.The end of the issue?Though Legault has said he has presented the bill to bring closure to an issue that has dominated Quebec politics for over a decade, it’s unlikely this legislation will succeed in that.Coalition Avenir Quebec leader François Legault, left, speaks on the campaign trail in Montreal in September 2018 before the election that saw his party form a majority government. (The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz)Opposition to Bill 21 is very forceful, Béland said, partly because a lot more people will be affected by this bill than by its previous iterations.It also exacerbates divisions in Quebec society.Opposition “is concentrated in Montreal, as it’s by far the largest city in the province and has the most immigrants and the largest Anglophone minority,” he said, referring to the city’s English speakers.Anglophones, in Quebec and across the rest of Canada, are less likely to share the French-speaking population’s attachment to laïcité, a concept of secular assimilation that is also prized in France.But there’s also a clash in age groups, Béland added. “Younger people care less about these issues than older people, and they give more weight to religious freedom than secularism.”Protests were held in Quebec City on Wednesday against the bill. Share This! 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Episode 12: Jordyn WolfeThe Wolfe FileNumber: 23Full name: Jordyn Marie WolfeNickname: WolfeClass: SophomorePosition: OFBats/Throws: L/RHometown: South Elgin, Ill.High School: St. Charles NorthTravel Team: Beverly BanditsMajor: EducationFun Fact: Post college ambition is to be a second grade teacher Print Friendly Version The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode 12 features sophomore Jordyn Wolfe. Story Links
Tags: GLP Worldwide, Hurtigruten, Norway Share Posted on December 21, 2017 TORONTO — GLP Worldwide is offering qualified agents a fam trip and exclusive opportunity to what is considered by many the ‘World’s Most Beautiful Voyage’ along Norway’s coast.The fam trip is scheduled for May 6-16, 2018 on Hurtigruten’s MS Kong Harald. GLP is the Canadian representative for Hurtigruten, offering sailings that explore Norway, Antarctica, Greenland and Iceland as well as other polar expeditions.To register and more information: info.glpworldwide.com/2018-hurtigruten-fam-trip.Space is limited and the fam is for qualified agents only. Final pricing will be provided early in the new year and will cover transfers and train tickets per itinerary, one night hotel in Oslo, one night in Kirkenes and one night in Bergen, guided city tours per itinerary, Guest of Honour cards in Olso and Bergen and five nights accommodation with full board on the MS Kong Harald.“This is a special cruise – there is an onboard Expedition team who gives each passenger a deeper understanding and insight into the scenery, the culture and the marine and wildlife they will see on the voyage,” said Alan Law, GLP Worldwide’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “This cruise is all about interacting and experiencing first hand and not just observing.”More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsStarting above the Arctic Circle in Kirkenes, the cruise will sail down south along the fjord-filled coast of Norway visiting Trondheim, the North Cape and Bergen.The 590-passenger MS Kong Harald, refurbished in 2016, has three restaurants, a bakery, an ice cream bar, sauna, fitness room, two Jacuzzis, panorama lounge, sundeck and daily briefings and lectures.Prices exclude international airfare and taxes, items of a personal nature, travel insurance and gratuities. Included transfers are based on flight schedules as booked by GLP.To register and get more information for this limited space fam trip see info.glpworldwide.com/2018-hurtigruten-fam-trip.GLP notes that space is limited and only selected agencies will qualify for the fam. The company adds that all participants will be selected at GLP’s discretion. Payment in full is due once qualified agents have been selected. Airfare is confirmed on a first come, first served basis. Proof of trip cancellation insurance and out of country medical insurance is required. Norway cruise with new GLP Worldwide fam in May 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>
in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News, Origination Fair Housing Still a Concept More Than a Reality Share Half a century after the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, Trulia has released a sobering report showing that racial and ethnic minorities still face fewer opportunities and greater burdens in housing than others.According to Trulia, blacks and Latinos own homes at a lower rate than whites and Asians, spend more of their income on rent, and continue to contend with residential segregation. Nationally, in fact, the homeownership gap between all households and black and Latino households has changed little since 1970. There were gains in homeownership between 1990 and 2015 for black households in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The largest increases occurred in Washington, D.C., Peabody, Mass. and Fairfield County, Conn. And Latino households saw double-digit increases in homeownership in Chicago, Hartford, and Houston, the report found.But, the share of households that are rent burdened—those that spend at least 30 percent of their income on rent—increased after the housing crisis, affecting black and Latino households most. According to Trulia, more than 55 percent of black and Latino households are rent burdened compared to 47 percent of all households.“The housing crisis erased any gains in homeownership, with black homeownership facing the steepest decline from 2000 to 2010,” the report stated. ““Since 1980, the gap between non-Latino white homeownership rates and black homeownership rates has widened from 24.1 percent to 30.63 percent, but the gap between non-Latino white households and Latino households has remained the same.”Homeownership rates among black households suffered the most in Rust Belt metros in Michigan and Ohio, and in markets hit hardest by the housing crisis, such as Bakersfield and Fresno.Residential black-white segregation did decreased in 94 of the largest 100 metros from 1980 to 2015, Trulia reported. The biggest drop in segregation happened in Florida, chiefly Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota, and Cape Coral. Texas saw the biggest decrease in white-Latino segregation, mainly in El Paso and San Antonio.While the overall picture of housing equality has shown some bright spots over the past 49 years, Trulia’s conclusion is that there is considerably more work to still be done.“Identifying where progress has been made and where Americans continue to face impediments to securing safe and affordable housing is the first step to furthering housing opportunities for communities and ensuring they remain economically resilient,” the report concluded. April 5, 2017 568 Views Fair Housing Act 2017-04-05 Seth Welborn
Jeffrey HirschStarz has agreed a new long-term contract with its COO, Jeffrey Hirsch.The deal will see Hirsch remaining with Lionsgate-owned Starz until at least December 2020.He joined the US-based premium cable business in 2015 from Time Warner Cable, and has gone on to rebrand the Starz network, reposition the Starz Encore channels, and launch streaming services and the Starz app, which has close to one million subscribers.“In a short time at Starz, he re-energised growth at the company by rebranding the networks and launching one of the best streaming apps in the TV business, firmly securing the network’s position as the second most-subscribed to premium TV network in the US,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht.Hirsch’s post sees him oversee affiliate sales, marketing, programming operations, network scheduling, research, distribution, and technology and product development.The news comes soon after Lionsgate completed the US$4.4 billion takeover of Starz last month, bringing together two companies that cable mogul John Malone backs strategically.Starz CEO Albrecht extended his contract in June last year, soon after Hirsch was promoted from president of global marketing and product development to take some of the responsibilities of retiring company president Glenn Curtis.
In This Issue… * Blood in the streets for risk assets… * Currencies try to rebound today… * Thoughts from Ted Butler… * Treasury yields do go lower… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! EU Summit Is Non-Event! Good day… And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Whew! What a day yesterday in the markets! There was blood in the streets for sure! Things have calmed down a bit overnight and this morning, but the mark that yesterday left on the risk assets is going to be not only felt, but seen for some time… Well… the talk about a Grexit softened its tone a bit yesterday… Shoot Rudy, the markets were basically saying that Greece could exit the euro this weekend! The U.S. is obviously on holiday this coming Monday, and that fact has factored into the calls for an exit this weekend… Again, I don’t see this happening, as the cost to Greece, the pain and mess will be far greater to the Greeks than their austerity measures, should they decide to leave… So, I’m on the side of the fence that says Greece stays… The EU Summit was a non-event… EU leaders left the Summit without any meaningful plans… They all agreed that Greece needed to stay in the Eurozone, but could not come up with any meaningful action that could be taken… If you go back in time, when the Greek debt problems first called for a bailout, and the markets all thought that the contagion effect would take over all the Southern Eurozone Countries, I told you then… that the only way to deal with this so that there is no further contagion is to issue a Eurozone bond, and quit having each country hold their own auctions… Yes, it takes another chink from each country’s sovereign armor, but, when each Eurozone country decided to give up their sovereignty of their currency, they opened the Pandora’s Box of how to lose one’s Sovereignty… So, now skip ahead to the EU Summit, where discussion of a Eurozone bond would have nipped the daily flogging of the euro in the bud, the EU leaders decided to push that discussion off to the next Summit… What? These guys are really beginning to give me a rash! What the heck are they thinking? Oh, I know… They are thinking that maybe with time, the problem goes away, and they don’t have to have that Eurozone bond discussion… My dad used to tell me all the time that most problems will take care of themselves with time… However, I think the EU leaders have chosen the wrong road to journey down… They needed to address this problem now! So… they decided to see if the problem will take care of itself, with time… I’m sure they will rue the day they decided to journey down this road… OK… the euro this morning is down just a bit, as it shrugs off the non-event EU Summit, and the news this morning that German Business Climate as measured by the think tank, IFO, fell by the largest one-month margin (-3 pts) since August 2011… The experts had thought it would be a negative number but a soft negative number, not a hard negative number… German flash PMI’s (manufacturing Indexes) also are showing some weakening… So, even the calm in the eye of the Eurozone storm, Germany, is showing that the overall weakness in the Eurozone is hurting them too… Speaking of PMI’s… In China, we always get two sets of PMI’s… The Government issues their report on the pulse of manufacturing, and HSBC (Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corp) issues theirs… And never do the two match up… For instance, last month the Gov’t issued a report that said that manufacturing as measured by the PMI was a number above 50… and HSBC issued a report that said it was below 50… (remember 50 is the line in the sand that denotes whether manufacturing is expanding or contracting)… I always grow suspicious of Gov’t reports that don’t line up with those in the private sector… Take the U.S. economic reports VS Shadow Stats… There are HUGE discrepancies between these two… But the sheeple here in the U.S. don’t pay attention to any of this… Whatever the Gov’t tells them they swallow hook, line and sinker… So… anyway, getting back to China… The HSBC PMI report showed a 7th month of below 50 for April… The Gov’t report is usually printed on a weekend, so we’ll see what this has in store for us this weekend, as the pools open here in the U.S. (ours has been open for a month!) and the smell of charcoal drifts through each neighborhood, and we sit back and reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day… Did you know that Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day? And that it was originated after the Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union Soldiers of the War? Notice it was only the Union Soldiers… Apparently, the South held their own Decoration Days in each region on different days… we joined this all together and called in Memorial Day, to honor the men and women that had died while serving in the U.S. armed forces, and said it would be the last Monday of May in 1911… There you go! A public service education announcement! You get it all here folks! Why go to any other newsletter? Just kidding… Of course, absolute newsletter reads that I have include: The 5 Minute Forecast, anything David Galland writes, Doug Casey, Bill Bonner, David Rosenberg, and I even carve out time for my friend John Mauldin once a week… and of course, the Mogambo Guru! I wanted to write about this yesterday, but forgot all about it, until I had hit “send”! UGH! But did you see the latest Existing Home Sales data here in the U.S.? Very strong, and for the first time in a year of Sundays, the Home Price increased! WOW! Did we just hit the bottom for home prices? Somehow I can’t get my arms around that thought… I just think about the unemployment situation, and the foreclosures coming down the line, and have to think that this was just a one-month blip… But maybe I’m wrong, and it’s time for me to stop being such a negative Nellie… Well… I really wanted to send Chris a note on this last week, and then something happened that took my attention away from the story… Then I thought I would talk about it first thing this week, but then something happened to take my attention away from the story, so ,now… on Wednesday afternoon, while I’m thinking about it, I will write it down for Thursday… And… it’s Thursday! Basically, I wanted to talk about sentiment… and focus… While everyone was having a cow over the Greek debt and whether they would form a new government and all that… the 8th largest economy in the world, announced that they had miscalculated their budget deficit, and what had previously been forecast to be $9 Billion turned into $16 Billion in deficits… That 8th largest economy in the world? Not Greece… Not Spain.. Not Italy… but… The great state of California… The sentiment right now is that the Eurozone’s center will not hold together… and the focus is on the Eurozone’s problems and not those here in the U.S. with the same thing… debt… Trader sentiment and focus is all that’s needed to either make a currency’s day, or send it up the creek without a paddle… And right now, the euro has been sent up the creek without a paddle… Gold & Silver saw another day of selling yesterday, and are down once again… (I have some words on this from Ted Butler in the TTWS section today)… And the Aussie dollar (A$) has bounced higher this morning… I have given you two measures that are used to calculate if a currency is oversold in the past week, and both showed that the A$ was oversold… But that doesn’t always mean that traders will jump to buying, in this case the A$, immediately… Not with the U.S. dollar strength so prevalent in the markets right now. But they will… traders can’t break free of their urges to react to charts and index measures… Hey! I just watched the price of Gold go from a negative $5 to a positive $5 in less than 5 minutes! WOW! Well… maybe the shiny metal can catch some wind in its sails today. The 7-year U.S. Treasury Auction was interesting… The yield on the 7-year note fell to 1.13%… That’s a record low yield, folks… And just when I thought that yields couldn’t really get much lower! I’m sitting here with the thought of “Yes, Virginia, Treasury yields can go lower”… Hey! For the award of financing U.S. deficit spending, you can get 19 basis points of yield out 1-year… Of course by the time the broker takes his pound of flesh for doing the trade, you probably end up with a negative yield… And I hate to break this to all you U.S. Treasury buyers, but unless you go out 30 years, you have negative real interest on your holding… (real interest is the yield – inflation)… And then the two anti-dollar investments, Oil and Gold, who have been butchered lately with the dollar strength, at least didn’t lose any more ground overnight… I’ll have to go read the Mogambo Guru to see what he’s thinking these days about the price of Oil and Gold… Then There Was This… from Ed Steer’s Daily… “This is Ted Butler speaking… “The price action this week has been horrid. It is horrid because the crooked commercials on the COMEX have made it horrid. There is no legitimate economic justification for the price decline since Feb 28th other than the price action was created to permit the commercials every opportunity to scare and induce others into selling COMEX contracts so that the commercials could buy. Almost every day the price of silver and gold seem to be put lower in thin overnight trading. Almost every day we start out “in the hole” where it is a struggle to get back to unchanged. This is not accidental, it is a deliberate plan to demoralize and keep silver investors confused. It is shameful that the CFTC has been captured by the crooks and is content to look away.” “The good news is that the commercials have succeeded in buying record amounts of silver (and gold) contracts. It’s impossible to pick the timing of the next rally, as we are in a sort of “no man’s land” currently, where technical type buying won’t come in until the moving averages are penetrated to the upside. There still doesn’t appear to be much speculative selling remaining in silver and gold after the orchestrated take down of the past couple of months, but neither is there any impetus for technical buying below the moving averages. In this environment, it’s not hard for the commercials and HFT practitioners to put prices sharply lower at will. About the only sane reaction to all this is to accumulate and hold physical silver for the long haul, as the short term manipulative games won’t last forever.” – Ted Butler Chuck again… last week at the Las Vegas Money Show, the booth across from ours was Investment Rarities, which is Ted Butler… One of the guys in their booth came over to me and told me what a fan he was of the Pfennig… And I was like, When you have Ted Butler? WOW… To recap… There was blood in the streets yesterday with the risk assets, as the asset prices dropped all day long. Today, we’re seeing some light, not much, but some, for the risk assets. German IFO and flash PMI’s say that even Germany is weakening… The 8th largest economy in the world, announced that their budget deficit was $16 Billion and not the $9 Billion they originally told everyone it would be… And yes, Virginia, U.S. Treasury yields can go lower… Currencies today 5/24/12… American Style: A$ .9785, kiwi .7545, C$ .9770, euro 1.2575, sterling 1.5680, Swiss $1.0470, … European Style: rand 8.3425, krone 5.9935, SEK 7.1545, forint 237.40, zloty 3.4520, koruna 20.1625, RUB 31.62, yen 79.35, sing 1.2740, HKD 7.7635, INR 55.72, China 6.3450, pesos 13.94, BRL 2.0310, Dollar Index 82.02, Oil $90.60, 10-year 1.74%, Silver $28.09, and Gold… $1,565.70 That’s it for today… Sorry for my going off-road a few times today… but like I’ve said for years now… this is a stream of conscience in the early morning, so for new readers, now they know what causes that! Cards got back on track after getting back home this week, but then they were playing a team with a bad record… The Big Bad Phillies come to town now, let’s see what happens now! The last day of school today for Alex, Andrew and Dawn… (Andrew & Dawn are teachers) I’m listening to Found Out About You by the Gin Blossoms… What happened to the Gin Blossoms? Now, Dock of the Bay is playing, I know what happened to Otis Redding! Well, I guess it’s that time, so I’ll get this out the door… and I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.com
Year Egypt Vietnam UAE Source: The International Gold Trade by Tony Warwick-Ching, 1993; inflation.eu *Measured from December to December **Year-end rate During this period, investment demand for bullion skyrocketed 333%, from 20 tonnes in 1986 to 86.5 tonnes in 1989. And notice what happened to demand when inflation began to reverse. Substantial liquidations, showing demand’s direct link to inflation. Indonesia Indonesia was hit by a severe economic crisis in 1998. The average inflation rate spiked to 58% that year. 2009 11.9% 58.4 7.0% 73.3 1.6% 73.9 Year Inflation Investment demand (tonnes) 1997 6.2% 11.5 Year Inflation Consumer demand (t) 1999 24.0% 11.0 Sources: World Gold Council, indexmundi.com Egypt saw inflation triple from 2006 to 2008, and you can see consumer demand for bullion grew as well. Even more impressive is what the table doesn’t show: Investment demand grew 247% in 1998 over the year before. Overall tonnage was relatively modest, though, from 0.7 to 2.5 tonnes. Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates saw similar patterns. Gold consumption increased when inflation peaked in 2008. Again, it was investment demand that saw the biggest increases. It grew 71% in Vietnam, and 27% in the United Arab Emirates. And when inflation subsided? You guessed it: Demand fell. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to kill deflation pushed Japan’s consumer price inflation index to 1.2% last year—still low, but it had been flat or falling for almost two decades, including 2012. 1988 554.2% 61.5 We’ve all heard of the inflationary horrors so many countries have lived through in the past. Third-world countries, developing nations, and advanced economies alike—no country in history has escaped the debilitating fallout of unrepentant currency abuse. And we expect the same fallout to impact the US, the EU, Japan, China—all of today’s countries that have turned to the printing press as a solution to their economic woes. Now, it seems obvious to us that the way to protect one’s self against high inflation is to hold one’s wealth in gold… But did citizens in countries that have experienced high or hyperinflation turn to gold in response? Gold enthusiasts may assume so, but what does the data actually show? Well, Casey Metals Team researcher Alena Mikhan dug up the data. Here’s a country-by-country analysis… Brazil Investment demand for gold grew before Brazil’s debt crisis and economic stagnation of the 1980s. However, it really took off in the late ‘80s, when already-high inflation (100-150% annually) picked up steam and hit unsustainable levels in 1989. 1998 58.0% 22.5 In response, demand for gold coins, bars, and jewelry jumped threefold in the Land of the Rising Sun. One of the biggest investment sectors that saw increased demand, interestingly, was in pension funds. Belarus Unlike many of the nations above, citizens from this country of the former Soviet Union do not have a deep-rooted tradition for gold. However, in 2011, the Belarusian ruble experienced a near threefold depreciation vs. the US dollar. As usual, people bought dollars and euros—but in a new trend, turned to gold as well. We don’t have access to all the data used in the tables above, but we have firsthand information from people in the country. In the first quarter of 2011, just when it became clear inflation would be severe, gold bar sales increased five times compared to the same period a year earlier. In March alone that year, 471.5 kg of gold (15,158 ounces) were purchased by this small country, which equaled 30% of total gold sales, from just one year earlier. Silver and platinum bullion sales grew noticeably as well. The “gold rush” didn’t live long, however, as the central bank took measures to curb demand. Argentina Argentina’s annual inflation rate topped 26% in March last year, which, according to Bloomberg, made residents “desperate for gold.” Specific data is hard to come by because only one bank in the country trades gold, but everything we read had the same conclusion: Argentines bought more gold last year than ever before. At one point, one bank, Banco Ciudad, even tried to buy gold directly from mining companies because it couldn’t keep up with demand. Some analysts report that demand has continued this year but that it has shown up in gold stocks. What to Do—NOW History clearly shows there is a direct link between inflation and gold demand. When inflation jumps, or even when inflation expectations rise, investors turn to gold in greater numbers. And when gold demand rises, so does its price—you can guess what happens to gold stocks. With the amount of money the developed countries continue to print, high to hyperinflation is virtually inevitable. We cannot afford to believe in free lunches. The conclusion is inescapable: One must buy gold (and silver) now, before the masses rush in. The upcoming inflationary storm will encompass most of the globe, so the amount of demand could push prices far higher than many think—and further, make bullion scarce. Your neighbors will soon be buying. We suggest beating them to the punch. Remember, gold speaks every language, is highly liquid anywhere in the world, and is a proven store of wealth over thousands of years. But what to buy? Where? How? We can help. With a subscription to our monthly newsletter, BIG GOLD, you’ll get the Bullion Buyers Guide, which lists the most trustworthy dealers, thoroughly vetted by the Metals team, as well as the top medium- and large-cap gold and silver producers, royalty companies, and funds. Normally I’d suggest that you try BIG GOLD risk-free for 3 months, but right now, I can offer you something even better: ALL EIGHT of Casey’s monthly newsletters for one low price, at a huge 55% discount. It’s called the Casey OnePass and lets you profit from the huge variety of investment opportunities we here at Casey Research are seeing in our respective sectors right now—from precious metals to energy, technology, big-picture trend investing, and income investing. Click here to find out more. But hurry—the Casey OnePass offer expires this Friday, April 4. Year Inflation Consumer demand* (t) 1998 13.1% 774 1989 1,972%* 86.5 Year Inflation Investment demand (t) 1999 4.8% 730 Inflation Consumer demand (t) Inflation Consumer demand (t) Inflation Consumer demand (t) 1997 7.2% 688 1996 8.9% 507 Sources: World Gold Council, inflation.eu Gold demand doubled as inflation surged. It’s worth pointing out that investment demand in 1997 was already at a record high. Also, total demand in 1999 reached 120.8 tonnes (not just demand directly attributable to investment), 18% more than in pre-crisis 1997. But overall, once inflation cooled, so again did gold demand. India While India has a traditional love of gold, its numbers also demonstrate a direct link between demand and rising inflation. The average inflation rate in 1998 climbed to 13%, and you can see how Indians responded with total consumer demand. (Specifically investment demand data, as distinct from broader consumer demand data, is not available for all countries.) 2006 6.5% 60.5 7.5% 86.1 10% 96.0 1990 116.2%** -74 1987 218.5% 42.8 2008 18.3% 76.8 24.4% 115.8 20% 109.5 2013 1.2% 21.3 2000 3.7% 8.5 Sources: World Gold Council, inflation.eu *Includes net retail investment and jewelry Gold demand hit a record of 774.4 tonnes, 13% above the record set just a year earlier. In fairness, we’ll point out that gold consumption was also growing due to a liberalization of gold import rules at the end of 1997. When inflation cooled, the same pattern of falling gold demand emerged. Egypt, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Here are three countries from the same time frame last decade. Like India, we included jewelry demand since that’s how many consumers in these countries buy their gold. 2012 -0.1% 6.6 1986 167.8% 20.0 2007 9.5% 68.5 8.3% 77.5 14% 107.3
The junk bond market continues to show signs of cracking… For months now, we’ve pointed to the decline of junk bond values as one of the biggest red flags in the entire market. The bond market is where companies, countries, and individuals go to borrow money. It’s far larger and more important than the stock market. The U.S. bond market, for instance, is about twice as large as the U.S. stock market. If an economy, industry, or company is in trouble, warning signs usually appear in the bond market long before they show up in the stock market. We’ve focused specifically on the bond market’s riskiest offerings, junk bonds, which are bonds issued by companies with shaky balance sheets. They’re riskier than bonds issued by strong companies, so they pay higher yields. When the economy slows down, companies in poor financial shape feel the pain first. That’s why junk bonds often point out problems before other assets do. • On Monday, one of the biggest junk bond ETFs hit its lowest level in over six years… SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) is the second-largest junk bond ETF in the U.S. It holds $10 billion worth of junk bonds. On Monday, it dropped to its lowest level since July 2009. The chart below shows JNK’s performance since then. As you can see, it’s been in a downtrend since June 2014. JNK has fallen 9% this year. It’s lost 4% in the past three months alone. Social Security Sucks Born before 1969? Then you may be eligible to receive $4,098 per month from this alternative income source. – Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida November 25, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. Recommended Links — • Many U.S. companies could struggle to pay back all this money… Because profits for major U.S. companies are shrinking. As of Friday, 95% of companies in the S&P 500 had reported third-quarter results. The S&P 500 is on track to post a 1.6% decline in earnings for the third quarter, after 0.7% drop in earnings in the second quarter. It would be the first back-to-back quarters of declining earnings for the S&P 500 since 2009. Declining profits means less money for companies to pay off loans. Many of the most indebted companies will have no choice but to default. • Meanwhile, the stock market isn’t as healthy as it looks… The S&P 500 fell 11% in six days in late August. It was the first time since 2011 the U.S. stock market had dropped 10% or more. However, a strong rebound has pushed U.S. stocks up 12% from their August low. Today, most U.S. stock indexes are back near all-time highs. Yet only a few companies are driving the rally… The chart below compares the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Russell 2000 since the market bottomed in late August. The Dow tracks the performance of 30 giant U.S. companies. The Russell 2000 tracks 2,000 smaller companies. 70-year old multimillionaire’s #1 step to survive America’s looming currency crisis I think you’ll be surprised just how easy this is – yet most Americans know nothing about this option. You don’t even have to send a single penny outside the U.S. to do it, either. Click here to learn more. The Dow has gained 13.6% since late August. The Russell 2000 has gained just 5.7%. • In a healthy market, large stocks and small stocks usually rise together… But right now, a small number of huge companies is driving the rally… Earlier this month, E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, explained why this is a bad sign for the “real economy.” The Dow Jones Industrial Average is made up of companies like General Electric, IBM, Visa, and other firms you’ve heard of. These are huge businesses. They also have widely-traded stocks. Investors know they can sell these stocks quickly if they have to. The Russell 2000 Index, on the other hand, tracks much smaller companies, like Anacor Pharmaceuticals, CubeSmart and Casey’s General Stores. You probably haven’t heard of most of the companies in the Russell 2000. But the performance of these stocks is a good indication of what’s really going on in the economy. When investors favor larger companies over smaller ones at a rate that doubles the performance of the latter, it’s an ominous sign for the overall market. • Signs of an unhealthy market are adding up… The junk bond market is under stress. Earnings for U.S. companies are shrinking. And a handful of large stocks are driving the stock market rally. We believe the U.S. stock market is topping out. The current bull market in U.S. stocks started in March 2009. It’s now 80 months old. That’s 30 months older than the average bull market since World War II. Bull markets don’t die of old age, but they all die eventually. When this bull market officially ends, it will hit a lot of investors by surprise. There’s no reason to be one of them. We suggest taking a few simple steps to safeguard your wealth now…before the mainstream media tells you the party is over. To start, you should hold a significant amount of cash and some physical gold. You may also want to hedge your portfolio by shorting (betting against) companies most vulnerable to an economic slowdown. These are the first steps every investor should take. But there are many more straightforward ways to “crisis-proof” your wealth. We recently published a book on this topic. It’s called Going Global 2015. It features some of the most important research we’ve ever published. For example, Chapter 4 explains the best ways to own foreign currencies. This could help protect your purchasing power if the value of the dollar drops. Chapter 5 explains how to buy foreign stocks. This could help protect you if U.S. stocks fall into a bear market. Keep in mind, these are not just strategies for rich people. Going Global is packed with easy-to-follow steps every investor can take immediately. Click here to learn more. Chart of the Day Defense stocks are rallying… On November 13, a group of terrorists orchestrated a series of attacks in Paris. They killed 130 innocent civilians and injured hundreds more. It was a horrible tragedy. France responded by launching massive airstrikes against ISIS, the terrorist group claiming responsibility for the attacks. The U.S. military also stepped up attacks on ISIS. Now defense stocks are surging… Today’s chart tracks three of the largest U.S. weapons makers, Lockheed Martin (LMT), Raytheon (RTN), and Northrop Grumman (NOC), since November 13. Each stock has outperformed the broad market since the Paris attacks. Lockheed Martin and Raytheon hit new 52-week highs on Friday. Junks bonds are a huge portion of the overall corporate bond market. Yesterday, Financial Times reported that half of all corporate bonds have a junk rating. Since 2007, the proportion of corporate bonds S&P has rated speculative-grade, or junk, has climbed to about 50 per cent from 40 per cent. • Many companies are struggling to pay their debts… Yesterday, Financial Times reported that companies are defaulting on bond payments at the highest rate since the financial crisis. Currently, 99 global companies have defaulted since the year began, the second-greatest tally in more than a decade and only exceeded by the financial crisis which saw 222 defaults in 2009, according to Standard & Poor’s. U.S. companies account for 62 of this year’s defaults. Many more companies are likely to default. Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that corporate downgrades are at their highest level since the Great Recession. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services downgraded U.S. companies 297 times in the first nine months of the year, the most downgrades since 2009…with just 172 upgrades. A downgrade is when a credit agency lowers a company’s credit rating. This happens when a credit agency thinks a company’s financial health is getting worse. The huge spike in downgrades this year suggests the health of the entire economy is deteriorating. • The Federal Reserve has encouraged companies to borrow obscene amounts of money, which is a big reason for this mess… In 2008, the Fed dropped its key interest rate to effectively zero. At the time, it was trying to fend off the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The Fed has held rates at effectively zero ever since. Low rates make it cheap to borrow money. The past seven years of incredibly low rates have fueled a corporate borrowing binge… U.S. companies have issued $9.3 trillion in new bonds since the financial crisis. That includes $1.4 trillion in new bonds in the last year alone, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. That’s a new all-time record. But U.S. companies will probably top it this year. They’ve already issued $1.3 trillion in bonds through October. That’s 8.4% more than the same period last year. All this borrowing has left corporate America with a massive debt load. In September, financial news site MarketWatch reported that U.S. corporations outside the financial sector owe $7.7 trillion in debt. That’s nearly 50% more than a decade ago.
Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Add to Queue Image credit: via PC Mag Chloe Albanesius OpenAI has been hard at work on a bot capable of beating top professional players at Dota 1v1, and on Friday, it succeeded. Elon Musk’s OpenAI Bot Beats Pro Gamers Artificial Intelligence Executive Editor, PCMag August 14, 2017 Register Now » 3 min read 54shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on PCMag Artificial intelligence developed by the Elon Musk-backed OpenAI bested human players this weekend at The International, an annual Dota 2 championship.While that might not sound too impressive on its face — we’ve seen Google-developed AI beat Go players — Dota 2 is “vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go,” Musk tweeted.”Dota’s a great testbed for artificial intelligence; it’s a very complicated game with a large competitive scene,” OpenAI co-founder and CTO Greg Brockman said in a video explaining the project (below). “The rules of Dota are so complicated [that] if you just think really hard about how the game works and try to write those rules down, you’re not even going to be able to reach the performance of a reasonable player.”OpenAI has been hard at work on a bot capable of beating top professional players at Dota 1v1. On Friday, it was showcased at The International, a huge event hosted by Valve that draws 20,000 fans and players competing for $24 million in prizes.The OpenAI bot went up against Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin in rather dramatic fashion, and handily beat the pro player twice before Ishutin bowed out.”Bot is really fun and challenging to play against 🙂 I am sure it is possible to beat it. But it [has] no room for even slight mistakes,” Ishutin tweeted after the match. “Need much more tries for that 🙂 I think first few levels are most important to keep the lead. Still was amazing fun to play on stage!”Ishutin added that it’s “awesome what awaits us in future with all those technologies. Excited!!!”According to Brockman, OpenAI “trained entirely through self play. It starts out completely random with no knowledge of the world and simply plays against a copy of themself, which means it always has an evenly matched opponent. And it climbs this ladder of skill level until it’s able to the reach the performance of the best professional players in the world.”OpenAI then invited pro players to try out the OpenAI bot. “Many pros wanted to keep playing the bot and talked about using it as part of their training routine,” Brockman said, though “amateur players enjoyed playing the bot as well.”On Twitter, Musk thanked Microsoft “for use of their Azure cloud computing platform. This required massive processing power.” OpenAI and Microsoft announced a partnership in November.The International was OpenAI “introducing our Dota product to the world and see if they can reach the world of the top human professionals,” Brockman said.Going forward, OpenAI wants to “mix AIs and humans on a single team and reach a level of performance that neither of them can reach on their own,” according to Brockman. “AI can be extremely beneficial to humanity and it’s going to require fundamental advances to see what it’s really capable of.”
3 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Image credit: Pixabay Add to Queue Report: Federal Regulators Find ‘Serious Deficiencies’ at Theranos’ California Lab Facility –shares Former Staff Writer Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m. ET: This story has been updated throughout with comments from Theranos and Walgreens.An audit by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal health agency, has reportedly uncovered “serious deficiencies” at Theranos’s lab facility in Newark, Calif.The details of the audit were not disclosed but are expected to be released soon — and could result in Theranos tests being suspended from the Medicare program if not promptly redressed, according to The Wall Street Journal.CMS told the Journal that it “can’t confirm any survey conclusions or results at this time.”Theranos spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan told Entrepreneur that the company hadn’t received a copy of the final routine audit report, which was conducted last fall. “Unfortunately, the blind sources that The Wall Street Journal used didn’t tell us where they were from or who they are or what level of access that they have,” she said. “It’s all allegations at this time.”Theranos’s partnership with Walgreens is also hanging ever more in the balance, according to the Journal. Walgreens, which houses 41 Theranos testing facilities in locations throughout Arizona and California, has already suspended expansion of the program until questions about Theranos’s technology are resolved, but the facilities face an even greater risk of being shuttered pending the results from CMS’s latest inspection.Buchanan said that these reports are also incorrect. “We are actually looking to expand,” she said of Theranos’s partnership with Walgreens.Related: Health Regulators Are Investigating Theranos’s Blood Test TechnologyA Walgreens spokesman reiterated a former statement to Entrepreneur that it made last October when the retailer initially halted expansion. “We are currently in discussions about the next phase of our relationship,” that statement read. “Plans to open more Theranos Wellness Centers are dependent upon both companies’ ability to reach a mutually beneficial arrangement.”Previously, CMS had cited problems following an inspection of Theranos’ Newark lab in 2013, which the company said it resolved, as well as infractions last year at another Theranos lab facility in Arizona. But the latest findings are “far more severe,” according to the Journal.Theranos was founded in 2003 by 31-year-old Stanford dropout Elizabeth Holmes and says it can conduct a multitude of blood tests using a tiny sample pricked from a fingertip. The company was last valued at $9 billion.Currently, Theranos has only received FDA approval to conduct one test using its proprietary technology, for herpes. (As the only lab seeking FDA approval, Buchanan told Entrepreneur, “that’s one more test than anyone else.” She added that Theranos is seeking FDA approval to “create a best-in-class lab.”) Today, Theranos is conducting the rest of its tests with traditional machines, with some outsourced to outside labs — for which it is suffering financial losses, according to the Journal. As for these claims, Buchanan told Entrepreneur that the company isn’t losing any money and is instead experiencing a record-breaking volume of tests in its labs and traffic in its stores.“If The Wall Street Journal actually understood the laboratory industry a little bit better, they would know that it’s very common practice for labs to send out certain tests to reference labs,” she said.Related: Safeway Seeks to Dissolve Secret $350 Million Deal With Beleaguered Blood Startup Theranos January 25, 2016 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Theranos Geoff Weiss Register Now »
Profitero launched AMZ Maximizer, the most complete and precise analytics solution for maximizing Amazon sales.AMZ Maximizer fixes a blind spot for brands selling on Amazon. While brands know how their product sales are trending on Amazon, it’s hard for them to measure the two main factors underlying sales performance: daily shopper views of their product pages (traffic) and daily product page conversion rates. Profitero analysis shows that 60% of sponsored products on Amazon have suboptimal conversion rates, revealing a missed opportunity to boost ROI by sponsoring higher-converting products.Using sophisticated algorithms, AMZ Maximizer provides brands with granular, daily-updated traffic and conversion estimates for all their products. It also allows brands to quickly and easily correlate their traffic, conversion and sales performance with changes in search ranking, pricing, out-of-stock rates, content and reviews, leading to more precise optimization.Marketing Technology News: Only 30% of Midsized Call Centers Are Confident in Ability to Meet Customer NeedsAdditionally, by using AMZ Maximizer brands can:Better prioritize content and promotional investments by focusing on the lowest-converting products with the greatest need and most to gainRapidly test new content variables, such as product images, videos and A+ content, and measure impact on traffic and conversion before implementing at scaleIdentify leading indicators of sales performance issues earlier and respond fasterMarketing Technology News: Outdated Technology Preventing Banks from Investing in Disruptive Technologies, According to Fenergo Survey“Using AMZ Maximizer’s traffic insights, we’ve been able to better forecast demand for our Amazon products and quickly adjust our supply chain to maintain in-stock rates,” said Stacy Hanks, Director of eCommerce for The Master Lock Company. “So far, this has allowed us to recapture half a million dollars in annualized sales for one of our highest-viewed products. Applying the same approach to our entire catalog has the potential to create several million dollars in additional value for our business, annually.”“Amazon is incredibly dynamic, and brands are constantly seeing their product sales fluctuate without precise insight into why. This can lead to guesswork and inefficient investment by eCommerce teams,” said Vol Pigrukh, CEO and co-founder of Profitero. “By providing a 360-degree view of the digital shelf, combined with a highly-granular view of the full Amazon sales funnel, Profitero clients will be able to grow online sales in a focused, proactive way.”Marketing Technology News: The Measurement Advantage: Marketing Leaders Are Four Times As Likely As Laggards To Exceed Business Goals, Grow Revenue, And Gain Market Share Profitero Launches the Industry’s Most Complete and Precise Analytics Solution for Maximizing Amazon Sales Performance MTS Staff WriterMay 14, 2019, 6:02 pmMay 14, 2019 AmazonAMZ MaximizeranalyticsMarketing TechnologyNewsProfiteroVol Pigrukh Previous ArticleAdobe Delivers Commerce Advances for Small and Mid-Market BusinessesNext ArticleConfirmit Announces 2019 ACE Award Winners
Source:https://engr.source.colostate.edu/researchers-working-to-prevent-sexual-harassment-in-scientific-field-settings/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 10 2019Scientists involved in a field campaign are away from their normal routines, offices and universities, including the support mechanisms available if sexual harassment or other inappropriate behaviors occur. Three Colorado State University researchers are examining the prevalence of sexual harassment in field-based research as part of a National Science Foundation-supported study.The CSU team, which includes Emily Fischer, Kristen Rasmussen and Brittany Bloodhart, are also studying what psychological indicators might lead people to engage in – or intervene in – a harassment situation.Part of their work is documenting how people respond when the issue of sexual harassment is openly discussed, and expectations for professional behavior are clearly set by team leadership. The goal: creating a policy and culture of collegiality and respect across field teams.Their efforts are supported by nearly $300,000 from the National Science Foundation, awarded last year. The group used two recent CSU-led field campaigns as test cases and proving grounds for their project.With field-based research an integral part of earth science scholarship, the researchers believe field teams can be powerful agents of change. Earth and atmospheric scientists frequently build collaborative, multi-institutional teams, and these networks can take years to establish. With already shared common goals, the researchers want to promote effective, fact-based practices for improving workplace climate and safety within these networks.While sexual harassment has been studied extensively in workplaces and academia, very little research has focused on the problem in field settings. Those in “low-power” positions, the researchers say, such as graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, may be particularly vulnerable to those in positions of leadership.”As scientific principal investigators, we are responsible for the safety of a lot of people,” said Fischer, assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science who led a large field experiment on wildfire smoke last summer. “I know from personal experience that sexual harassment can be an issue in these settings. I haven’t experienced it since I’ve become a professor, but I doubt that our community culture has changed that dramatically in six years. Sexual harassment is about power. I’m in a different position now, and so I am working to create the best culture possible.”The researchers also pointed to a recent National Science Foundation policy change, addressing harassment, as further motivation for diving into the project.Fischer’s field campaign, called WE-CAN, brought together multiple universities and agencies for six weeks in Idaho last summer. Another field campaign that Assistant Professor Rasmussen co-led in November, called RELAMPAGO, was the largest land-based atmospheric science field campaign ever conducted outside the U.S. and was aimed at studying Argentina’s thunderstorms.Since her field campaign, RELAMPAGO, was led by early- to mid-career scientists like herself, Rasmussen saw an opportunity to establish a clear code of conduct for the campaign. And as the leader of a concurrent NSF-funded Advanced Study Institute that involved students from several universities, Ramusssen said she felt a particular need to “ensure that the underrepresented students I was bringing to an international setting to participate in field research were safe and protected.”Related StoriesResearch on cannabis use in women limited, finds new studyOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairThe researchers sought to use the WE-CAN and RELAMPAGO campaigns as springboards for two new, multi-institutional, international networks of proactive scientists, including men, all invested in combating gender inequality. Now, the researchers are developing written materials for future field campaign managers to facilitate culture change around sexual harassment in the field.”Sexual harassment is a culture issue,” Fischer said. “We need practical guides that everyone can use to set a professional tone in their workplaces.”Another of the researchers’ major objectives was to train participants in the two CSU field campaigns on how to recognize, report and confront sexual harassment. To do this, they relied on existing training materials developed by a separate group of researchers looking to improve work climates in geosciences.That related work is called “ADVANCEGeo” and is an NSF-funded partnership among the Earth Science Women’s Network, the Association for Women Geoscientists and the American Geophysical Union. ADVANCEGeo had previously developed workshops and materials for department heads, chairs, faculty and graduate students to respond to sexual harassment in their workplaces. The CSU team adapted these materials for their field campaigns, with an added emphasis on building effective teams.Another key aspect of the CSU project was led by Bloodhart, a social psychologist previously with the Department of Psychology who has expertise in beliefs, attitudes and discriminatory behavior around gender equity. Bloodhart designed and administered surveys to field campaign participants before and after, asking about past harassment experiences, as well as observed climate and behaviors during the campaigns.Bloodhart presented survey results at the American Meteorological Society meeting in January. The researchers issued a “call to action” after their session, and several attendees, many of them men, indicated a willingness to push for conversations and action around the topic.Bloodhart reported that about half the surveyed women had experienced sexual harassment at some point in their careers. She found that a “hostile work environment” was the largest source of sexual harassment, and that men and women typically reported different forms of harassment.The trainings during the two field campaigns were well received, Bloodhart said, but women were more likely than men to report that they had a “positive experience” during the trainings. She also found that men were more likely to intervene in harassment situations following the trainings.”Overall I have been impressed with the department leadership and especially the male faculty who have been on board,” Bloodhart said. “The fact that they are willing to put time and effort into this reflects the excellent leadership of this department.”
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 26 2019Scientists have taken a common, yet laborious lab test and redesigned it to be performed in small 3D printed pipette tips used to measure and transfer fluids in the laboratory.An ELISA is an Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay. It has been used for decades to test blood and other biological fluids for numerous substances and diseases, including various cancers, pathogens such as HIV and other infectious agents, and to measure levels of biological substances such as proteins.The standard test is performed in laboratory plates with 96 small wells on each plate. After the fluid, such as blood, has been put into the test wells, there is a long process of adding several antibodies to the samples that bind to the pathogen or protein being tested, and rinsing away those that don’t bind. Additional reagents such as blocking buffers and detection chemicals are added, with rinsing required between each step. The final result is a visible color change to indicate if the pathogen or other agent is present and at what levels.Although ELISA is reliable, the tests are labor intensive, and the antibodies and color indicators used can be expensive. In addition, sophisticated devices are used to read the color intensities in each well and turn those readings into meaningful data about how much of the agent of interest is contained in the sample. Those devices cost thousands of dollars.Interestingly, the process of adding, removing, and rinsing is done using hand-held lab devices called pipettes. Like a miniature old-fashioned turkey baster, pipettes use tiny disposable plastic tips that are dipped into a fluid and sucked up by the plunger of the pipette. Pushing on the plunger lets the researcher dispense the liquids into the tiny wells in the 96 well plates in amounts that are similar to a few drops of water. Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerPrevalence of anal cancer precursors is higher in women living with HIV than previously reportedNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellSelimovic is referring to the fact that the researchers realized that the pipettes used for the laborious adding, removing, and rinsing of fluids could just as easily contain all of the elements in the 96 well plates allowing the whole test to be quickly performed within the plastic pipette tip.”In the middle of all of the pipetting and rinsing of an ELISA tests, one of my colleagues said, ‘I wish doing an ELISA was as easy as pipetting,'” explained Mohamed Sharafeldin, the lead author of the work done in the laboratory of James Rusling, Ph.D., Professor Chemistry Department and Neag Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut.That comment lead to the idea of 3D printing pipette tips capable of binding all of the components of the ELISA contained in the 96 well plates but on the inside of the pipette tip itself. The result allowed the research team to add, remove, rinse and see the final result inside the transparent pipette tip, completely eliminating the 96 well plates. In addition, the expensive machines used to read the color intensity can be replaced by a cell phone app that takes a picture of the color change in the pipette tips and gives a readout of the test results.The invention hits somewhat of a grand slam in terms of improvements over the typical ELISA. Tests showed that it gave comparable results; the cost is a fraction of a traditional ELISA; and the ease of the system requires less training for users. The cell phone app allows a picture to be taken of the color change in the pipette tips, which can be sent to a technician who could remotely read the results to help make a diagnosis. Finally, the standard ELISA can take up to eight hours. The new test takes 90 minutes.While some additional testing is still being done, the research team is optimistic not only about less pipetting, but the potential use of their system in rural communities and developing countries, where the diagnostic precision of an ELISA in a simpler, cheaper form could have a highly significant impact on the healthcare of these underserved populations. Source:National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering This latest invention is an example of how a relatively simple idea can result in a novel technology that could have a significant impact on public health.”Seila Selimovic, Ph.D., director of the program in Biosensors and Physiological Detectors at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
EU: new rules will make data breaches ‘very expensive’ for firms In this Aug. 27, 2009 file photo, the site Facebook login webpage is seen on a computer screen in Ottawa, Canada. Mozilla, Tesla and other companies are distancing themselves from Facebook following revelations of a major leak of user data to political consultants associated with the 2016 Trump campaign. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP, File) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is promising to do a better job protecting user data following reports that a political consultant misused the personal information of millions of the company’s subscribers. The fact is, European regulators are already forcing him to do so. 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. Explore further Citation: Watch it, Facebook: new EU data rules may have broad impact (2018, March 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-facebook-eu-global-impact.html In today’s world, digital commerce companies collect information on every website users visit and every video they like. This data is the lifeblood of social media sites that give users free access to their services in exchange for the right to use that intelligence to attract advertisers.But the Facebook scandal shows it can also be used for other purposes.A whistleblower this month alleged that Cambridge Analytica improperly harvested information from over 50 million Facebook accounts to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. News reports have focused on the relationship between Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix, former Trump strategist Steve Bannon and billionaire computer scientist Robert Mercer, who bankrolled the operation.Cambridge Analytica says none of the Facebook data was used in the Trump campaign. Facebook is investigating.”The regulation is trying to balance the power between ourselves as individuals and organizations that use that data for a whole variety of services,” said David Reed, knowledge and strategy director at DataIQ, a London-based firm that provides research on data issues.The EU’s new rules expand the reach of regulations to cover any company that processes the data of people living in the bloc, regardless of where the company is based. Earlier rules were ambiguous on this point, and international companies took advantage of that to skirt some regulation, the EU says.While Facebook is based in Menlo Park, California, it has some 277 million daily users in Europe out of 1.4 billion globally.The EU legislation also demands that consent forms are written in plain language anyone can understand. No more legalese across pages and pages of terms and conditions that few people read before clicking “I Agree.” The regulations also require that consent must be as easy to withdraw as it is to give.To ensure compliance, there’s the potential for big fines. Under GDPR, organizations face fines of up to 20 million euros ($25 million) or 4 percent of annual global turnover—whichever is greater—for the most serious violations.Facebook reported $40.65 billion in revenue last year. That means a serious violation could cost the company as much as $1.63 billion.Even though GDPR doesn’t legally protect the data of people outside the EU, analysts expect many companies to apply the rules worldwide. Smaller firms are likely to decide it’s too expensive to run multiple compliance systems, though bigger firms like Facebook and Google may still decide to “bracket off” European operations, Vaidhyanathan said.Sarah T. Roberts, a professor of information studies at UCLA, says the EU is formulating the rules of engagement, rather than allowing internet companies to dictate. While U.S.-based platforms were created in the image of Silicon Valley, that type of bravado and no-holds barred capitalism doesn’t go down well in Europe.”Despite claims that cyberspace is not fettered to planet Earth, that is not true,” she said.Facebook, for one, has taken notice, setting aside a page of its website to explain what the company is doing to comply with GDPR. “We’ve built tools to help people manage their data and understand their choices with respect to how we use their personal data,” it says.But GDPR is not a panacea that will ensure everyone’s data is protected. Some analysts suggest the next step should be to ensure that everyone owns their own data and can sell it in exchange for services.Pressure is building for increased regulation in the U.S., where members of Congress have called on Zuckerberg to testify about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.The alleged conspiracy has captured the public imagination, focusing worldwide attention on data protection, Vaidhyanathan said.”Cambridge Analytica’s story sounds like a spy novel,” he said. “It has a bond villain in Alexander Nix. It has a secretive billionaire genius in Robert Mercer. It has the evil sidekick in Steve Bannon. It is working for right-wing interests and it claims to be able to control our minds,” he said. “We needed a few Bond villains to make the story lively.” A similar data breach in the future could make Facebook liable for fines of more than $1.6 billion under the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which will be enforced from May 25. The rules, approved two years ago, also make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data and apply to any company that uses the data of EU residents, no matter where it is based.The law is the latest attempt by EU regulators to rein in mostly American tech giants who they blame for avoiding tax, stifling competition and encroaching on privacy rights. European analysts say GDPR is the most important change in data privacy regulation in a generation as they try to catch up with all the technological advances since 1995, when the last comprehensive European rules were put in place. The impact is likely to be felt across the Atlantic as well.”For those of us who hold out no hope that our government will stand up for our rights, we are grateful to Europe,” said Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor at the University of Virginia who studies technology and intellectual property. “I have great hopes that GDPR will serve as a model for ensuring that citizens have dignity and autonomy in the digital economy. I wish we had the forethought to stand up for the citizen’s rights in 1998 (the start of Google), but I’ll settle for 2018.”The U.S. has generally taken a light touch approach to regulating internet companies, with concerns about stifling the technology-fed economic boom derailing President Barack Obama’s 2012 proposal for a privacy bill of rights. But Europe has been more aggressive.EU authorities have in recent years taken aim at Google’s dominance among internet search engines and demanded back taxes from Apple and Amazon. The European Court of Justice in 2014 recognized “the right to be forgotten,” allowing people to demand search engines remove information about them if they can prove there’s no compelling reason for it to remain.Now data protection is in the crosshairs of the 28-nation bloc, where history has made the right to privacy a fundamental guarantee. Nazi Germany’s use of personal information to target Jews hasn’t been forgotten, and the new Eastern European members have even fresher memories of spying and eavesdropping by their former communist governments. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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S. at least 2 million Americans are diagnosed with an infection that doesn’t respond to antibiotics and according to conservative estimates 23000 of them will die from their infections The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledges that these figures are likely an underestimate: hospitals are not required by the federal government to report the number of superbugs they encounter and death certificates rarely mention them directly (instead complications from other ailments are often cited) Experts caution that the day is not far off when a paper cut or an ear infection turns lethal Economists predict that by 2050 as many as 10 million people per year will die from drug-resistant infections Tom Patterson and Steffanie Strathdee visit John Willson who received phage therapy in May at the University of California San Diego Jolynn Wilson Brown “This is a crisis” says Ry Young director of the Center for Phage Technology at Texas A&M University which studies phage treatments for superbugs “People are completely unaware of the danger we are in” Indeed the scope of the threat posed by superbugs remains poorly understood by the general population despite the fact that the World Health Organization calls superbugs an imminent threat to human health What’s more there isn’t much hope on the horizon when it comes to new drugs “There are no new antibiotics coming and if they do come bacteria tend to develop resistance to the drugs within a year” says Young The paucity of treatment options is fueling interest in phage which some researchers are calling a critical weapon against the kind of infections that threatened the lives of Mallory Smith and Tom Patterson For now however phage is not widely available in the US Only a handful of people have received it and it requires special clearance because it isn’t yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Before phage can go mainstream the science needs to catch up–which experts are hopeful will happen in 2018 when a number of trials will kick off in the US If the science bears out phage’s promise it would be life altering–and life saving–for the millions of people around the world who contract superbug infections every year Mallory Smith received the therapy at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in November Jacob Jonas Phages are the most ubiquitous bacteria fighters on the planet Scientists estimate that there are over 10 million trillion trillion phages which is more than any other organism in the world Phages work by injecting their DNA into bacteria cells where they rapidly replicate causing bacteria to burst open and die What’s special about phages is that for the most part each strain attacks only a specific kind of bacteria that they’ve evolved to kill which means phages provide a more personalized approach than say broad-spectrum antibiotics which target a wide range of bacteria–even the good kind Despite the elegance of the treatment the Western medical community had all but abandoned it until very recently Discovered by Frederick Twort in England in 1915 and Félix d’Hérelle in France in 1917 (there’s debate about who was truly first) bacteriophages were used in the US and around the world to treat infections throughout the 1920s and ’30s Even back then however the treatment was divisive in the medical world “From the very discovery of phage this field has seen personal attacks disputes of priority massive egos and international politics” wrote Dr William Summers a medical historian at Yale University in a 2012 paper on phage “All of these are part of the rocky history of phage therapy” When mass production of antibiotics took off in the 1940s and ’50s doctors moved away from phage and embraced the drugs Today more than 266 million antibiotic prescriptions are written in the US per year In the last century scientists in Eastern Europe continued to use phage but in the US it fell out of vogue developing a reputation as being an unsafe and clunky treatment Modern phage researchers say that’s because when phage therapy was first used in the US 100 years ago other aspects of science were too poorly understood (This was after all before the discovery of DNA) Still the reputation stuck Today people who want to try phage therapy are required to get what’s called an “emergency investigational new drug” application from the FDA indicating that they are out of other treatment options and are very sick That’s how Strathdee’s husband Tom Patterson was able to try it In late 2015 Strathdee and Patterson a professor of psychiatry at UCSD were celebrating Thanksgiving in Egypt when Patterson became violently ill Diagnosed with pancreatitis Patterson was flown for treatment to Frankfurt where physicians discovered that he was infected with a deadly superbug called Acinetobacter baumannii Patterson was given potent antibiotics and eventually got the green light to travel back home to San Diego Patterson was put under the care of several doctors including his friend Dr Robert “Chip” Schooley a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at UCSD “Tom was as sick as he could be” says Schooley “He was either going to die or we were going to come up with something very different” As an infectious-disease expert Strathdee understood the threat of antibiotic-resistant infections all too well She felt helpless watching her husband die so she started researching alternatives A colleague mentioned that a friend of hers had once traveled to Tbilisi Georgia to receive something called “phage therapy” and came back “cured” Strathdee approached Schooley about giving phage a shot Although he wasn’t convinced it would work he agreed With an emergency approval from the FDA Patterson was given a phage cocktail on March 15 2016 and another two days later Three days after that he woke up from his coma “I am still weaker than I was before” says Patterson who is back at work “But I feel I have a new life entirely and it’s wonderful to have that gift” Since Patterson’s success story was announced to the public in April 2017 nearly all the physicians involved in his care receive weekly emails from people whose loved ones are suffering from superbug infections (Strathdee also landed a deal for a book on the subject It’s due in 2019) Experts are hopeful that before too long phage will clear FDA approval making it more widely available to the people who need it most Phage therapy has some unique benefits over antibiotics For one bacteriophages can be found everywhere on earth even in sewage Second it attacks only the targeted bacteria not the so-called good bugs in the host Third it can be done quickly: scientists can create a phage cocktail and provide it to patients within 48 hours of a superbug-infection diagnosis in some cases And even though bacteria can become resistant to phage there are an infinite number of strains of the viruses–not so with antibiotics During Patterson’s treatment the bacteria grew resistant to his initial phages but the doctors were able to tweak the treatment with new strains until he cleared the infection Proponents of phage research say the treatment will never replace antibiotics altogether–for routine infections the drugs will always be more convenient and easier to use But if phage is approved by the FDA it could become a powerful antidote to increasingly common superbug infections For that to happen researchers need to perform clinical trials that produce a better understanding of the basic mechanisms of phage therapy so that successes in one person can be replicated in other people at scale In 2018 two small biotech companies in the US–AmpliPhi Biosciences and Adaptive Phage Therapeutics (APT)–will launch clinical trials that will attempt to answer some of the key questions about phage Bacteriophages which are viruses attack by invading and replicating inside drug-resistant bacteria causing them to explode D Simon Lee—;Getty Images/Science Source “In the future if we can cut the time down phage might be better than antibiotics” says APT founder Dr Carl Merril Merril a former National Institutes of Health scientist came out of retirement at the age of 80 to launch APT in October 2016 Merril has long been an advocate for using phage–he was featured in a 1971 issue of TIME for his work on the viruses–but his research never made it beyond the lab and into human testing Merril says he had long since given up on the possibility that phage therapy would ever become a mainstream treatment That is until Strathdee called him for advice about how to save her husband’s life “This is sort of like a dream” says Merril who advised doctors on how to administer phage to Patterson It was Patterson’s stunning recovery that inspired Merril to start APT “I am very old and I remember what it was like before penicillin” says Merril “I lost a lot of my classmates It could happen again If we don’t deal with antibiotic resistance in real time it will get worse” APT is working on perfecting ways to scan bacteria samples against a massive library of bacteriophages that was collected by the US Navy Using proprietary algorithms that rely on artificial intelligence APT then hopes to be able to quickly match bacterial strains with the phages that might be able to thwart them Merril envisions a time when APT can provide pharmacies with kiosks of phage strains which APT has already trademarked as PhageBanks If his dream comes true then within one hour infection samples would be screened and matched with the appropriate phages which could be dispensed from the kiosks in single-dose vials APT estimates that there’s a $60 billion market opportunity for phage-based treatments Researchers caution that before that happens–before phage is embraced as a standard treatment as opposed to an experimental last resort–there’s a lot of work to be done “It’s unsustainable how we are doing it now” says Texas A&M’s Young who worked on both Tom Patterson’s and Mallory Smith’s cases “Every time we try phage on a new patient it’s automatically a crisis because you have someone who is dying Everyone wants to help but we need a system” Young says he worries that if mistakes are made in the rush to get phage to patients the field could end up in “we told you so” territory “People should understand that an old therapy is back” he says “But it’s not yet commercially exploitable” Since treating Patterson in 2016 the medical team at UCSD has treated three other people using phage and two appear to be doing well “Thank God for Steffanie” says Josephine Willson whose husband John was treated with phage at UCSD in May after contracting a resistant Pseudomonas infection “If she didn’t fight for her husband I wouldn’t have mine here today” Josephine says her experience with her husband’s infection which he’d been fighting for over six months before receiving phage therapy has woken her up to the ever growing threat of superbugs “All I knew was that overuse of antibiotics could be detrimental at some point in time” she says “I did not know we are already at a point where antibiotics cannot kill a bacteria you have I did not know that” Schooley who now travels across the US educating medical groups about phage says tackling the superbug problem will require more education as well as better use of antibiotics and new therapies “We need to use antibiotics intelligently” says Schooley “But even if we stop using every antibiotic there is there will still be multidrug-resistant organisms We need to minimize their ongoing evolution by using antibiotics appropriately in the hospital and in agriculture–and we also need to think about novel approaches to head off these superbugs” Many scientists have renewed hope that phage will be one of those solutions “An international community has been galvanized” says Strathdee “We need to keep up the momentum” Mallory Smith’s parents also want to help phage research continue so that it may one day help other people–even though it couldn’t save their daughter By the time the phages made their way to Mallory in Pittsburgh it was too late She started the therapy but died the next day “We were two days short” Strathdee says “Mallory’s case symbolizes so much” Contact us at editors@timecom This appears in the December 25 2017 issue of TIME Our men had an encounter with the pirates and one of them was killed. 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