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November 27, 2019
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Teary Victoria Azarenka admits to struggling after loss in Australia

first_imgVictoria Azarenka of Belarus wipes sweat from her face during her first round match against Germany’s Laura Siegemund at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia — Victoria Azarenka cried, pausing for a minute, trying to reflect on the differences between her past and present experiences of the Australian Open.A back-to-back champion in 2012 and ’13, Azarenka sat in a small interview room at Melbourne Park answering questions for 10 minutes in the wake of her 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 first-round loss to No. 110-ranked Laura Siegemund on Tuesday. Eventually, it drove her to tears.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Her son, Leo, was born in December 2016 in a period in which Wimbledon in 2017 was the only Grand Slam tournament Azarenka entered in two years between the French Opens in 2016 and last year.She had to skip some tournaments while working out a custody dispute with the father of her son. And she has spoken about the challenges of being a traveling, working mom.She’s dealing with that, and with trying to find a way to convert the form she believes she has found in practice into matches. Her first-round loss at the last French Open was followed by a second-round exit at Wimbledon and a third-round appearance at the U.S. Open, moving her ranking back into the 50s. The trajectory didn’t keep going up.“It was very obvious that my game was not there today,” she said. “I’ve been doing a lot of great things in warm-ups and stuff. In matches I think I’m underestimating for not really playing for almost three years on a high level — it’s not easy to continue just out of nowhere to start playing well.”Then there was another question about comparing her level pre-2016 with where she’s at now.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US Open champion Naomi Osaka eases into 2nd round in Australia LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “Every time you look back you always see the good things and the results. You don’t see the struggle, and the days that you had a bad match but you managed to win,” she said. “It’s hard to compare that with what’s happening right now because the obvious indicator is the result, and the result is not there. So the assumption is the level is not there, but that’s not necessarily the case.”It feels like such a long time ago to her that she can barely remember what life was like at the top, although she concedes it wasn’t always great.There were people who didn’t like the sound of her grunting, or her taste in music, and she was heavily criticized for an incident in her Australian Open semifinal win over Sloane Stephens in 2013.Azarenka wasted five match points on serve before being broken in that game, then took a lengthy medical timeout right before Stephens had to serve to stay in the match. She was accused of taking a strategic break after admitting “I almost did the choke of the year!”The controversy was still the main topic of headlines when she beat Li Na in the final.“Not many people know how difficult 2013 was for me to go out there and play that final,” Azarenka said of her last major title here. “It was a nightmare that turned from harmless incident to just headlines, headlines and headlines. That was a difficult part. But results were good, so everybody thinks it was great.“It was amazing to win those two titles. But you always struggle, and right now it’s just a harder struggle for me.”Azarenka said she’d go away and work hard on her game, hoping that eventually she’ll relive some of the success of her early career.“It’s not easy to sit here right now and be positive,” she said, “but I don’t have another choice.” MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Even when she was winning and ranked No. 1 there were struggles, she said. But it was a different kind of struggle — a word she used a dozen times.A tournament official gave the 29-year-old Belarussian the option of stopping the news conference, and a member of her management team attempted to shut it down. But Azarenka, excusing herself first, and taking deep breaths, insisted on answering a question.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’ve been through a lot of things in my life,” she said, crying again. “Sometimes I wonder why I go through them. But I think they’re going to make me stronger.“I want to believe that and I’m going to work hard for it. Sometimes I just need a little time and patience, and a little support.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

October 28, 2019
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10 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso: Higuain and Chelsea? Ask his agents…

first_imgAC Milan coach Gattuso: Higuain and Chelsea? Ask his agents…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso can’t guarantee Gonzalo Higuain staying in January.On-loan this season from Juventus, Higuain is a winter market target for Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea.Gattuso said yesterday: “If Higuain will leave us this winter? This is a question that concerns his entourage, but he is a great player and we need him.”Personally I think he will stay with us at AC Milan. “It’s my feeling after we have discussed the situation with the player.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

October 28, 2019
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a month agoSpurs manager Pochettino aims for January fix: We need to do something

first_imgSpurs manager Pochettino aims for January fix: We need to do somethingby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits that his side needs help in the January transfer window.Spurs are suffering a miserable start to the season, which was compounded by an embarrassing Carabao Cup loss to lower division Colchester United.It is their second successive defeat, after they were bested 2-1 by Leicester City at the weekend.Speaking about the situation, Pochettino said to reporters: “We are working so hard to put everyone on the same page. Only we need time. January is going to be a good opportunity too to fix this situation and the next one.”That is the problem when something happens that you cannot control. It means we are human and in football to keep the successful period in football you need to be different every season and find different solutions.”We need to do something different and we will do that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 14, 2019
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Tanya Talaga Deaths of Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay is a Canadian

first_imgAPTN Face To Face Award winning, journalist and author Tanya Talaga is known for her investigative reporting for the Toronto Star where she often focuses on Indigenous issues.Most recently, Talaga released the national bestseller, ‘Seven Fallen Feathers. Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City.”The book focuses on seven Indigenous youth who died in Thunder Bay, Ontario while attending high school hundreds of kilometres away from their families.  An Inquest into the deaths wrapped up in 2016 and produced 145 recommendations.Months later, two more youth would be pulled from waterways in Thunder Bay.Talaga joins host Dennis Ward to discuss her novel, the ongoing deaths of Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay and why it is not just a Thunder Bay problem.last_img

August 10, 2019
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January 25 2016The third annual Here we see Zuni

first_imgJanuary 25, 2016The third annual Here we see Zuni Ishakawa teaching her class “Dying with Natural Dyes” outside in the silt-cast area below the Music Center.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Val Hilburgh with her “Hand Spindle” class in the Music Center.Mary Conti with some of her students of “Tapestry and Beyond” in the old bakery.Louise Hall and her student Chris with a gorgeous scarf made during “Nuno Felting” class.Tasha Miller Griffith teaching Felt Cuff and Beads.last_img

August 4, 2019
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In This Issue Currencies metals Treasuries ge

first_imgIn This Issue.*Currencies, metals & Treasuries getting sold. *Is this the beginning of a change for the dollar? *Yen drops to a 2-year low VS dollar. *Chuck breaks down the timeline.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!The FOMC Throws A Cat Among The Pigeons!Good day.  And a Happy Friday to one and all! It sure doesn’t look like it’s going to be a Happy Friday for the currencies and metals though. The Fed has thrown a cat among the pigeons, and the markets have scattered on the risk assets. It’s a Jobs Jamboree Friday, and I’ve got more to talk about on the upcoming days of reckoning for the U.S. So. let’s get going! This is really ugly folks, so go ahead and skip down to take a peek at the currency roundup, then come back, and I’ll attempt to explain!Well. The FOMC meeting minutes were the watershed event that brought a HUGE dollar rally yesterday afternoon and overnight. The euro las lost 1-cent, the yen is at a 2-year low VS the dollar, Gold has lost $35, and Treasuries are getting sold like funnel cakes at a state fair! What, in the world is going on here?  Ahhh, grasshopper, the Fed threw a cat among the pigeons yesterday by saying in their minutes that they thought they would end their latest round of Quantitative Easing (QE) in 2013.  For those of you keeping score at home, that’s $85 Billion in monthly bond purchases. So, from that you can see why Treasuries are getting dumped, but. the currencies and Gold?And. did the Fed Heads say when they would end their latest round of QE in 2013? NO! So, it could end up being on the last day of 2013, when they also announce a new round of QE! Did the markets EVER take a moment to think of that scenario? NOOOOOOO! They just went “all in” and began selling Treasuries. The 10-year yield, which yesterday morning was 1.83%, has risen to 1.96% this morning. (remember, as bond yields rise, the price of the bond drops) So, is this the watershed event that could swing a multi-year rally for the dollar?  What I’m talking about here is will the rising bond yields, remove the need to hold risk assets?  That’s what it appears to be saying today. but let me remind you that, we have seen these moves higher in bond yields a few times in the past couple of years, and they didn’t end up being too much of anything. Remember, the Fed IS STILL BUYING $85 Billion per month!I also don’t think the dollar has the ability any longer to go on a multi-year strong trend. but then that’s just me, as I see the debt being a major problem for the dollar to deal with.  But. for now, it’s all about the dollar today. Mamma said there would be days like this, Mamma said. Two days ago, the markets were so down on the dollar, the green/peachback looked like it has lost its puppy. Then, the markets thought the Fiscal Cliff Deal would hurt the dollar since it never even addressed debt reduction. Two days later, and the markets think that the Fed saying they would end QEIII in 2013, that it’s the end-all medicine to what ails the dollar. I told you long ago, that traders were a fickle bunch.Well. the markets are also taking a leap of faith in the Jobs Jamboree today. The markets have decided that the U.S. probably kicked some tail and took names later with regards to job creation in December. The ADP report yesterday really surprised the markets by saying job creation according to them increased by 215,000! (140,000 was forecast)   The experts believe that the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) will print a 153,000 increase, with the Unemployment Rate remaining at 7.7%…  So, to get to 215,000, the BLS will have to get to cooking the books, eh? Come on Chuck, that’s like feeding the bears isn’t it? Don’t encourage the BLS!In our monthly contest in the office to pick the jobs number, of which I’ve never won, (imagine that! The boss not winning. hmmm) I’ll have to make a guess as to what I believe will be the number this month. Given the ADP blowout of job creation, you would think that I would be going with a number north of 153,000.  But, then we’ve got the 3-month average of around 133,000 a month, and given that in December the Fiscal Cliff was still thought to be a reality that small businesses would have to deal with, I would think the number would be disappointing. But then there’s seasonal workers in December. I’m going with 140,000.The Big thing about the data today, is that the markets believe it will be very good, and they have bought dollars ahead of the data print. Should the number disappoint, as I believe it will, then we could see those dollar purchases unwind. But should the number surprise on the upside, and given the BLS’s propensity to play games with the numbers, it very well could, and that would bring about more dollar buying.  So. I guess, we have to pay attention at 7:30 (CT) to the announcement.Well. with the currencies and metals in the woodshed for a beating this morning, I could be Polly-Anna-like and say, Hey! We get to buy at much cheaper levels today!  But I’m not feeling very Polly-Anna-like this morning. In fact, I actually feel like I need to go back to bed!  But, that’s not an option. so I carry on despite my ill feeling.But we do get to buy at much cheaper levels this morning. Dollar averaging, right? The problem is, that this dollar buying could go on for a few days. At least one currency that is getting sold deserve to be getting sold. The Japanese yen, as I said above is at a 2-year low VS the dollar this morning, as it trades well into the 88 handle. Yen is still relatively strong, folks, so this move weaker has the potential to keep going for some time.The euro, Aussie dollar (A$), kiwi, pound sterling, and few others are all down 1-cent since yesterday morning. And with Gold down $35 and Silver down nearly $1, this is a real rout of the currencies and metals this morning. There’s not much to say to sugar coat it. the markets have taken some words in the FOMC meeting minutes as the gospel, without even knowing the “end date”.  We’ll have to see if this is for real, or just a false dawn for the dollar. I believe it to be the latter, but then that’s just my opinion and I could be wrong!After re-reading the analysis that I gave you of the Budget Deal (BD) yesterday, I realized that I had mentioned two months, but didn’t really breakdown the time and the items, and not wanting to sound like the Fed Heads, I decided to write some more on this… so… first up in late February, we’ll have the extraordinary measures that U.S. Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner has implemented to avert a Gov’t shutdown because of the debt ceiling limit being breached…  there will be fight in Congress in the weeks leading up to late February between those that want to willy nilly raise the debt limit, and those that will only do so, if there are some deep spending cuts…  Oh. and Geithner has announced that he will leave his post as U.S. Treasury Sec. BEFORE the discussions on the debt ceiling begin. Nothing like getting out of Dodge, eh?Then we move to early March, this is when the sequestration of the $109 Billion in spending cuts for this year will have to be dealt with… There will be cries from those that believe these cuts, which half are from the Pentagon’s budget, will weaken our national defense… This could get really ugly… But. tax increases without spending cuts?  That doesn’t seem right, and this is where those that want debt cuts will dig in their heels.And then March 27th… the short term budget fix for funding government agencies expires, and once again, the specter of shutting down the Gov’t will be raised… Yes, it’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye! OR  a country has to face up to its unsustainable deficit spending habits!Then There Was This. I saw this last night and it caught my eye. I had noticed that a lot of pundits were saying that the Fiscal Deal that was done this week would allow the rating agencies to back off their threats of a downgrade. I thought. that’s strange, there were no debt cuts, and the ratings agencies were all about our rising debt.  So, it was interesting to see this print on MoneyNews.com.“The United States must do more than the recently passed fiscal cliff measures if the country is to rescue its Aaa debt rating from its current negative outlook, rating agency Moody’s Investors Service said.Standard & Poor’s said the deal does not affect its negative view of the U.S. credit outlook, and said more work remains ahead for policymakers.The last minute deal passed on Tuesday to avert potentially devastating tax hikes and spending cuts clarifies the medium-term deficit and debt trajectory of the federal government, Moody’s said in a statement.However, it does not provide a basis for meaningful improvement in the government’s debt ratios over the medium-term, Moody’s said.”Chuck again. This is going to get really ugly before it’s over, IF it ever does get over!  I really don’t believe that we’ll see meaningful debt cuts, and out debts will continue to mount, which will weigh on the dollar.To recap. The FOMC said that they would end their QEIII in 2013, and that’s all the markets needed to sell currencies, metals, and Treasuries! And sell them with force, they did!  It’s an ugly day for the currencies and metals, and it could get uglier should the Jobs Jamboree surprise to the upside like the ADP report did yesterday. Yen is at a 2-year low VS the dollar, as well it should be, but there’s more rot on this vine to be exposed.Currencies today 1/4/13. American Style: A$ $1.0410, kiwi .8225, C$ $1.0085, euro 1.3110, sterling 1.6025, Swiss $1.0760, . European Style: rand 8.64, krone 5.6075, SEK 6.5570, forint 223.80, zloty 3.1660, koruna 19.48, RUB 30.50, yen 88.25, sing 1.2305, HKD 7.7515, INR 55.07, China 6.2305, pesos 12.82, BRL 2.0445, Dollar Index 80.80, Oil $91.61, 10-year 1.96%, Silver $30.54, and Gold. $1,631.45.  And with it being Friday, here’s our chance to take a peek at the U.S. Debt Clock, click here.That’s it for today. a great song by the Allman Brothers is playing on the iPod this morning, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed. Alex won his wrestling match last night, his first in over a month after suffering a concussion. I have a new mouse pad on my desk that has pictures of my three grandkids on it. So, now I see their smiling faces while I’m working! Hey! The Orlando Money Show is less than a month away! I have two speaking times, and the Big Boss, Frank Trotter has a main-stage presentation! WOW! I always enjoy the Orlando Money Show, as it’s the biggest one that’s done, and I get to get away from the cold for a few days! (although it hasn’t exactly been warm in Orlando the last two years!)  you can check the show out here. I expect to see you there! Now. go out and have a Fantastico Friday!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

August 4, 2019
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SubSaharan Africa SSA Say the words and most

first_imgSub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Say the words and most people think of poverty… famine… epidemics… political strife… sectarian violence. Yet, just recently, Microsoft announced a new investment on the continent, calling Africa a “game changer in the global economy.” So what gives? Game Changer? For starters, we concede SSA faces challenges… relatively low per capita GDP, relatively low life expectancy, and more than its fair share of military conflict. Nevertheless, considerable progress is being made. Politically, things have changed dramatically over the last two decades. In a recent report from financial advisory service firm KPMG titled “Africa Emergence—The Rise of the Phoenix,” researchers explained why… The end of the Cold War more than two decades ago brought new freedom to Africa. People started to demand political representation and called on governments to be more transparent. Democratic features were introduced and a vibrant civil society emerged. Influenced by this political renaissance, governments began to act more responsibly. Several ended hostilities with neighboring countries. With political change came economic change. Beginning in the 1990s, fledgling African democracies increasingly accommodated private enterprise by reducing trade barriers, cutting corporate taxes, and privatizing state-run industries. By the time the 2000s rolled around, these reforms started to gain traction. In 2000, GDP for all of SSA was a meager $331 billion. By 2012, it had quadrupled to $1.3 trillion. As far as the future is concerned, with more stable political and economic environments and the unleashing of market forces, SSA will reap the benefits of two megatrends: 1) growing demand for natural resources; and 2) increasing consumer spending by an expanding middle class. Let me explain… As the world’s population grows and per capita consumption rises in emerging economies, the demand for natural resources will increase… and SSA has plenty of natural resources, such as gold, oil, chromium, and platinum. But as important as natural resource exports will be, they aren’t the region’s only engine for economic growth. Consumerism is also a powerful factor, and it’s being driven by an emerging middle class. More and more SSA citizens are moving from subsistence farming to higher-paying urban jobs. In 2000, about 59 million African households were earning discretionary income; by 2020, discretionary income will be available to 128 million households. All of this points to the expectation of continued economic growth. Economists at the International Monetary Fund estimate that by 2018, GDP for SSA will reach $1.9 trillion. That amounts to a compounded annual growth rate of 7%, which compares favorably with estimates for Latin America and developing Asia of 4.7% and 8.1% respectively. Leapfrogging to the Tech Frontier Microsoft is not the only big tech company betting on growth opportunities in SSA. Intel, Google, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM have also invested heavily in the region. But are these companies a little early? Won’t the benefits to tech come after the buildup of roads, power grids, and healthcare systems? Not really. Whereas in developed countries, high tech has been “bolted on” to existing infrastructures years after they have been created, in developing regions, high tech can be integrated in as the infrastructure is constructed. For example, as the US struggles to mesh electronic health records with the healthcare system and smart-grid technology with the power grid, developing economies can build these features right into their nascent systems at the outset. In the words of John Kelly, head of research at IBM, Africa “can leapfrog straight to the tech frontier, without worrying about adapting old systems…” In addition, the Cloud is adaptable to and quite useful in the early stages of an economy’s development. According to The Economist, “The ability to use software, computing power, and storage online ‘as a service,’ paying only for what you need and only when you need it, may put the cost of information technology within the budget of many small African businesses.” The point is: the time for tech in SSA is now… not a decade from now. That’s why so many big tech firms are setting up shop in the region. Research firm IDC predicts that IT spending across Africa will increase from $30 billion in 2012 to $40 billion in 2016, and if telecom is included, spending will increase from $103 billion in 2012 to $130 billion by 2016. But here’s the thing: Africa won’t significantly move the revenue needle for the global tech giants, so investors should look elsewhere for opportunities. Our advice? An African telecom. The Gains Down in Africa As mentioned before, over the next few years, millions of SSA households will be acquiring discretionary income for the first time. That means millions more in the region will have more money to purchase necessities, and they’ll begin to purchase things like mobile phones and mobile services. According to GSMA, a global trade organization for mobile phone operators, there will be 250 million mobile phone connections in Africa over the next five years. That bodes well for African telecoms. But it’s a hotly contested space. So which telecom is the best bet? We like MTN Group Limited (MTNOY). The company is on solid financial ground. It pays a nice dividend. Its network is superior to the competition’s, which is why MTNOY is the market share leader in SSA. Oh, and the stock is cheap—even after the 12% run the stock has gone on since we recommended it in the December issue of BIG TECH. If you want access to our comprehensive report on MTNOY as well as access to our other buy recommendations, which include a networking equipment provider with 90% near-term upside potential, then sign up for a risk-free trial of BIG TECH.last_img read more

August 4, 2019
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Royal Gold 6423 42021

first_img Royal Gold $64.23 $420.21 $195.93 $155.34 $97.30 $128.38 $450.56 $196.79 $239.26 554.2% 205.1% 141.8% 51.5% 99.9% 601.5% 206.4% 272.5% Silver Producer Current Share Price 1976– 1980 1982– 1983 1986– 1987 1989– 1990 1993– 1994 2000– 2003 2005– 2008 2008– 2011 Top BIG GOLD Silver Pick $3.71 $24.27 $11.32 $8.97 $5.62 $7.42 $26.02 $11.37 $13.82 If silver rises along with gold in the next bull market—something we think is extremely likely—this small niche market will absolutely soar. No other sector is as depressed as the mining sector. A return to anything close to some of the stronger past bull markets will hand us tremendous gains. The June issue of BIG GOLD focuses on the top silver pick listed in the table. I’m convinced it will at least triple from current levels in the next precious metals bull market. We have two very specific reasons why it will do so. And these two factors are unmatched by almost any other mid-tier or major producer. Get our analysis along with the name of this stock in the just-released BIG GOLD. We also include a special offer on bullion that has numismatic potential. These coins sell at bullion prices, yet will likely return much greater profit than standard bullion. And they come at discounted prices you won’t find elsewhere. It’s “The Two Best Silver Plays to Buy Today”—a highly actionable issue that tells you exactly what to buy and why. Get it now. Gold ETF Current Share Price 1976– 1980 1982– 1983 1986– 1987 1989– 1990 1993– 1994 2000– 2003 2005– 2008 2008– 2011 GDX $19.49 $127.51 $59.45 $47.14 $29.53 $38.96 $136.72 $59.72 $72.60 It’s not unreasonable to think that the gains in the next bull market will be similar to some of the higher returns listed above. That’s because stocks will be rising from the depths of one of the more severe bear markets. Here’s what the price for popular royalty company Royal Gold would look like if it matched past bull markets.center_img We measured every bull cycle of gold stocks and found there have been eight distinct upcycles since 1975. We also discovered something exciting: Only one was less than a double. (A second was 99.9%.) Even more enticing is that the biggest one—a 601.5% advance in the early 2000s—occurred just after a prolonged bear market. And our current bear market is longer than that one. To get a sense for the potential upside, we applied the percentage gain from each of those upcycles to our recommended BIG GOLD picks. We can’t show you our entire portfolio out of fairness to paying subscribers. But look what those gains would mean to GDX, the Gold Miners ETF (based on the June 1 price). 554.2% 205.1% 141.8% 51.5% 99.9% 601.5% 206.4% 272.5% Keep two things in mind about this table: The percentage gain from each past bull market is calculated using an index. The stronger companies will perform better than a static ETF. Royalty Company Current Share Price 1976– 1980 1982– 1983 1986– 1987 1989– 1990 1993– 1994 2000– 2003 2005– 2008 2008– 2011 554.2% 205.1% 141.8% 51.5% 99.9% 601.5% 206.4% 272.5% You might think royalty stocks won’t show similar gains going forward. It’s true they’ve already performed well. However, it’s more likely they’ll be wildly popular than anything else. That’s partly because there are only a few of them in this industry. Now take a look at the prices our top silver pick would hit.last_img read more

August 4, 2019
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This is the Biggest Accounting Hoax Since Enron

first_img “This is the Biggest Accounting Hoax Since Enron” According to Jim Rickards, this could be 525 times bigger than Enron. All 300 million Americans are potential victims. Read More. — Iron ore prices are crumbling… Many investors watch the price of iron ore closely. As the main ingredient in steel used to build skyscrapers, bridges, and other infrastructure, iron ore prices are a key economic indicator. Yesterday, the price of iron ore plunged 3.4%. The price fell to $42.97 per metric tonne, its lowest level since 2008. Iron ore prices have declined a staggering 39.7% this year. A huge global surplus is one reason iron ore is tanking. Last week, Financial Times reported that the industry has an oversupply of about 170 metric tonnes. •  Declining steel demand suggests the global economy is slowing… China accounts for about 46% of global steel demand. It’s on pace to use 5.7% less steel this year than last year. Financial Times reports that Chinese steel demand is expected to fall again in 2016. China is using less steel because its economy is slowing. Last year, China’s economy grew at the slowest pace since 1990. •  Copper is also flashing a warning sign… The price of copper hit a six-year low last month. It’s fallen 27% this year. Copper is used in everything from smartphones to air conditioning units to plumbing parts. Like steel, the price of copper is a key indicator of the health of the global economy. •  Commodity prices have dropped across the board this year… Lumber and oat prices have both dropped 25%. And the price of oil has fallen 22%. Last week, the Bloomberg Commodity Index, which tracks 23 different commodities, hit its lowest level since 1999. It has declined 22% this year. •  Meanwhile, U.S. manufacturing activity just hit its lowest level since the Great Recession… On Tuesday, the Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index fell to its lowest level since June 2009. The index fell from 50.1 in October to 48.6 in November. A reading below 50 means the U.S. manufacturing sector is shrinking. The index has now fallen for five straight months. Last month was the first time it dipped below 50 since 2012. Weak commodity prices are one major reason behind the plunge in manufacturing activity. When commodity prices are weak, companies buy less drilling, mining, and production equipment from manufacturers. •  The railroad industry also suggests the U.S. is in an “industrial recession”… Orders for new freight cars plunged 83% last quarter. It was the largest quarterly decline since 1988. Railroads move goods and materials across the country. If the industry is ordering fewer rail cars, it likely means economic activity has slowed. Recommended Links –center_img •  Major U.S. manufacturers are bracing for an economic slowdown… In October, leading U.S. industrial firms Caterpillar (CAT), 3M Co. (MMM), and Cummins (CMI) all reported significant declines in sales and earnings for the third quarter. All three companies now expect sales for 2015 to be lower than originally projected. All three companies also announced massive layoffs recently. •  The bull market in U.S. stocks is losing momentum… From March 2009 through December 2014, the S&P 500 gained 204%. This year, the S&P has only gained 1.5%. And even that tiny gain overstates how well U.S. stocks have performed this year… On Friday, Financial Times explained that nine giant companies are propping up the S&P 500 this year. The nine stocks are Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Facebook (FB), Netflix (NFLX), Priceline (PCLN), eBay (EBAY), Starbucks (SBUX), and Salesforce (CRM). Investment research firm Ned Davis calls them the “Nifty Nine”. If the Nifty Nine were an index, it would be up 60% on the year, according to Financial Times research. The Nifty Nine is propping up the rest of the market. That’s because the S&P 500 is weighted by company size. Bigger companies influence its performance more than smaller companies. For example, Google is the second-largest company in the S&P 500. It’s up 43% on the year. Amazon is the sixth-largest company. It’s up 117%. Facebook is the eighth-largest. It’s up 35%. However, the median S&P 500 stock is down 12% from its 52-week high, according to Business Insider. •  In a healthy bull market, a large percentage of stocks “participate” in the rally… Today, the number of rising stocks is dwindling. Just a few large companies are propping up the market. We recommend investing with caution right now. If you hold stocks, make sure they’re companies that will do OK in an economic downturn. You should also avoid expensive stocks, which often fall hardest during major selloffs. You might also consider hedging your portfolio by shorting (betting against) vulnerable stocks. And we recommend having a good amount of cash on hand, and owning a significant amount of physical gold. These simple steps could keep you from going broke during the next major downturn. They will also give you “ammo” for the next buying opportunity. Chart of the Day The Nifty Nine are very expensive… Today’s chart compares the price-to-earnings (PE) ratios of the Nifty Nine stocks with the S&P 500. The higher the PE ratio, the more expensive the stock. eBay is the only stock cheaper than the S&P 500. Meanwhile, Facebook, Salesforce, Netflix, and Amazon are many times more expensive than the S&P 500. The PE ratios for Netflix and Amazon can’t even fit on the chart below. On average, stocks in the Nifty Nine trade at a 746% premium to the S&P 500… The current bull market in stocks is one of the longest in U.S. history. It’s about 30 months longer than the average bull market going back to World War II. At this stage, we suggest you invest in stocks with a great deal of caution. Can you legally remove yourself from the U.S. tax code? 70-year-old multimillionaire says, “YES!” Click here to learn how to get the full story. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida December 01, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

August 4, 2019
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Chart Huge Trade Opportunity for 2016 In

first_img Chart: Huge Trade Opportunity for 2016 In 1981, Jim Rickards met one of America’s great living legends who unknowingly helped him to create a powerful technical indicator. One that could help you identify the perfect moments to trade in and out of stocks for maximum gains right now… These seven charts prove what he’s talking about. And they point to what could be the #1 trade in 2016. Click here to see all the details. Remember that the Fed’s pumping up of the money supply ignited a huge bubble in tech stocks, and then an even more massive global bubble in real estate—which is over for a long time, incidentally—but they’re still creating tons of dollars. That will inevitably ignite other asset bubbles. Where? I can’t say for certain, but I say the odds are extremely high that as gold goes up, for all the reasons we spoke about last week and more, a lot of this funny money is going to be directed into these gold stocks, which are not just a microcap area of the market but a nanocap area of the market. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: When the public gets the bit in its teeth and wants to buy gold stocks, it’s going to be like trying to siphon the contents of the Hoover Dam through a garden hose. Gold stocks, as a class, are going to be explosive. Now, you’ve got to remember that most of them are junk. Most will never, ever find an economical deposit. But it’s hopes and dreams that drive them, not reality, and even without merit, they can still go 10, 20, or 30 times your entry price. And the companies that actually have the goods can go much higher than that. At the moment, gold stock prices are not as cheap, in either relative or absolute terms, as they were at the turn of the century, nor last fall. But given that the Mania Phase is still ahead, they are good speculations right now—especially the ones that have actually discovered gold deposits that look economical. L: So, if you buy good companies now, with good projects, good management, working in stable jurisdictions, with a couple years of operating cash to see them through the Wall of Worry fluctuations—if you buy these and hold for the Mania Phase, you should come out very well. But you can’t blink and get stampeded out of your positions when the market fluctuates sharply. Doug: That’s exactly right. At the particular stage where we are right now in this market for these extraordinarily volatile securities, if you buy a quality exploration company, or a quality development company (which is to say, a company that has found something and is advancing it toward production), those shares could still go down 10%, 20%, 30%, or even 50%. But ultimately, there’s an excellent chance that same stock will go up by 10, 50, or even 100 times. I hate to use such hard-to-believe numbers, but that is the way this market works. When the coming resource bubble is ignited, there are excellent odds you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank in a few years. I should stress that I’m not saying this is the perfect time to buy. We’re not at a market bottom as we were in 2001, nor an interim bottom like last November, and I can’t say I know the Mania Phase is just around the corner. But I think this is a very reasonable time to be buying these stocks. And it’s absolutely a good time to start educating yourself about them. There’s just such a good chance a massive bubble is going to be ignited in this area. L: These are obviously the kinds of things we research, make recommendations on, and educate about in our metals newsletters, but one thing we should stress for nonsubscribers reading this interview is that this strategy applies only to the speculative portion of your portfolio. No one should gamble with their rent money nor the money they’ve saved for college tuition, etc. Doug: Right. The ideal speculator’s portfolio would be divided into 10 areas, each totally different and not correlated with each other. Each of these areas should have, in your subjective opinion, the ability to move 1,000% in price. Why is that? Because most of the time, we’re wrong when we pick areas to speculate in, certainly in areas where you can’t apply Graham-Dodd-type logic. But if you’re wrong on nine out of 10 of them—and it would be hard to do that badly—then you at least break even on the one 10-bagger (1,000% winner). What’s more likely is that a couple will blow up and go to zero, a couple will go down 30%, 40%, 50%, but you’ll also have a couple doubles or triples, and maybe, on one or two of them, you’ll get a 10-to-1 or better win. So, it looks very risky (and falling in love with any single stock is very risky), but it’s actually an intelligent way to diversify your risk and stack the odds of profiting on volatility in your favor. Note that I don’t mean that these “areas” should be 10 different stocks in the junior mining sector—that wouldn’t be diversification. As I say, ideally, I’d have 10 such areas with potential for 1,000% gains, but it’s usually impossible to find that many at once. If you can find only two or three, what do you do with the rest of your money? Well, at this point, I would put a lot of it into gold, in one form or another, while keeping your powder dry as you look for the next idea opportunity. And ideally, I’d look at every market in every country in the world. People who look only in the U.S., or only in stocks, or only in real estate… they just don’t get to see enough balls to swing at. L: Okay, got it. Thank you very much. Doug: A pleasure, as always. Editor’s Note: We just alerted readers to an extremely rare opportunity in gold stocks… one that could lead to 500%-plus gains in a short period. This situation has only occurred a handful of times in the last 20 years. But every time it occurs, some investors see gains as large as 1,700%, 4,300%, and 5,000%. If you’re interested in this idea, please act now. With gold prices surging, the window of opportunity is closing fast. And once it’s closed, we likely won’t get another chance like this for years. Read more here. Recommended Links What you need to know about the incredible opportunity in gold, right now We recently put together a presentation revealing the single best opportunity you have to make 500%+ gains in gold over the coming years. This is one of those extremely rare chances you almost never get to make outrageous returns with even a small investment. See more, here. — (Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) This interview was first published on September 30, 2009. Editor’s Note: In yesterday’s Weekend Edition, Casey Research founder Doug Casey explained why gold stocks can offer 10 times or even 100 times return on your money. Today, Doug explains how to stack the odds in your favor when buying gold stocks… Doug: You know, I first started looking at gold stocks back in the early 1970s. In those days, South African stocks were the “blue chips” of the mining industry. As a country, South Africa mined about 60% of all the gold mined in the world, and costs were very low. Gold was controlled at $35 per ounce until Nixon closed the gold window in 1971, but some South Africans were able to mine it for $20 an ounce or less. They were paying huge dividends. Gold had run up from $35 to $200 in early 1974, then corrected down to $100 by 1976. It had come off 50%, but at the same time that gold was bottoming around $100, they had some serious riots in Soweto. So the gold stocks got a double hit: falling gold prices and fear of revolution in South Africa. That made it possible, in those days, to buy into short-lived, high-cost mining companies very cheaply; the stocks of the marginal companies were yielding current dividends of 50-75%. They were penny stocks in those days. They no longer exist; they’ve all been merged into mining finance houses long since then. Three names I remember from those days were Leslie, Bracken, Grootvlei…I owned a lot of shares in them. If you bought Leslie for 80 cents a share, you’d expect, based on previous dividends, to get about 60 cents a share in that year. But then gold started flying upward, the psychology regarding South Africa changed, and by 1980—the next real peak—you were getting several times what you paid for the stock in dividends alone, per year. Louis James: Wow. I can think of some leveraged companies that might be able to deliver that sort of performance if gold goes where we think it will. So, where do you think we are in the current trend or metals cycle? You’ve spoken of the Stealth, Wall of Worry, and Mania Phases of a bull market for metals—do you still think of our market in those terms? Doug: That’s the big question, isn’t it? Well, the last major bottom in this sector was from 1998 to 2002. Many of these junior mining stocks—mostly traded in Canada, where about 75% of all the gold stocks in the world trade—were trading for less than cash in the bank. Literally. You’d get all their properties, their technology, the expertise of their management, totally for free. Or less. L: I remember seeing past issues in which you said, “If I could call your broker and order these stocks for you, I would.” Doug: Yes. But nobody wanted to hear about it at that time. Gold was low, and there was a bubble in Internet stocks—why would anyone want to get involved in a dead duck, 19th century, “choo-choo train” industry like gold mining? It had been completely discredited by the long bear market—but that made it the ideal time to buy them, of course. That was deep in the Stealth Phase. Over the next six to eight years, these stocks took off, moving us into the Wall of Worry Phase. But the stocks didn’t fly the way they did in past bull markets. I think that’s mostly because they were so depleted of capital, they were selling lots of shares. So their market capitalizations—the aggregate value given to them by the market—were increasing, but their share prices weren’t. Not as much. Remember, these companies very rarely have any earnings, but they always need capital, and the only way they can get it is by selling new shares, which dilutes the value of the individual shares, including those held by existing shareholders. Then last fall hit, and nobody, but nobody, wanted anything speculative. These most volatile of stocks showed their nature and plunged through the floor in the general flight to safety. That made last fall the second best time to buy mining shares this cycle, and I know you recommended some pretty aggressive buying last fall, near the bottom. Now, many of these shares—the better ones at least—have recovered substantially, and some have even surpassed pre-crash highs. Again, the Wall of Worry Phase is characterized by large fluctuations that separate the wolves from the sheep (and the sheep from their cash). Where does that leave us? Well, as you know, I think gold is going to go much, much higher. And that is going to direct a lot of attention toward these gold stocks. When people get gold fever, they are not just driven by greed, they’re usually driven by fear as well, so you get both of the most powerful market motivators working for you at once. It’s a rare class of securities that can benefit from fear and greed at once. –last_img read more

August 3, 2019
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A federal district court judge in Texas has threat

first_imgA federal district court judge in Texas has threatened the future of the Affordable Care Act. Judge Reed C. O’Connor struck down the law, siding with a group of 18 Republican state attorneys general and two GOP governors who brought the case. O’Connor said the tax bill passed by Congress in December 2017 effectively rendered the entire health law unconstitutional.That tax measure eliminated the penalty for not having insurance. An earlier Supreme Court decision upheld the ACA based on the view that the penalty was a tax and thus the law was valid because it relied on appropriate power allowed Congress under the Constitution. O’Connor’s decision said that without that penalty, the law no longer met that Constitutional test.”In some ways, the question before the Court involves the intent of both the 2010 and 2017 Congresses,” O’Connor wrote in his 55-page decision. “The former enacted the ACA. The latter sawed off the last leg it stood on.” The decision came just hours before the end of open enrollment for ACA plans in most states that use the federal HealthCare.gov insurance exchange. It is not expected that the ruling will affect the coverage for those people. The final decision isn’t likely to be made until the case reaches the Supreme Court again. The 16 Democratic state attorneys general who intervened in the case to defend the health law immediately vowed to appeal. “The ACA has already survived more than 70 unsuccessful repeal attempts and withstood scrutiny in the Supreme Court,” said a statement from Xavier Becerra of California. “Today’s misguided ruling will not deter us: our coalition will continue to fight in court for the health and wellbeing of all Americans.” It is all but certain the case will become the third time the Supreme Court decides a constitutional question related to the ACA. In addition to upholding the law in 2012, the court rejected another challenge to the law in 2015.It is hard to overstate what would happen to the nation’s health care system if the decision is ultimately upheld. The Affordable Care Act touched almost every aspect of health care, including Medicare and Medicaid, generic biologic drugs, the Indian Health Service, and public health changes like calorie counts on menus.The case, Texas v United States, was filed in February. The plaintiffs argued that because the Supreme Court upheld the ACA in 2012 as a constitutional use of its taxing power, the elimination of the tax makes the rest of the law unconstitutional. In June, the Justice Department announced it would not fully defend the law in court. While the Trump administration said it did not agree with the plaintiffs that the tax law meant the entire ACA was unconstitutional, it said that the provisions of the law guaranteeing that people with preexisting health conditions could purchase coverage at the same price as everyone else were so inextricably linked to the tax penalty that they should be struck.The administration urged the court to declare those provisions invalid beginning Jan. 1, 2019. That is the day the tax penalty for not having insurance disappears. The protections for people with preexisting conditions was one of the top health issues in the midterm elections earlier in November. While the issue mostly played to the advantage of Democrats, one of the Republican plaintiffs, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. Another plaintiff, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, lost to Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin.President Donald Trump was quick to take a victory lap, and pressed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the presumed incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to fix the problem. The president tweeted Friday night: “As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!”But congressional leaders were quick to point out that the suit is far from over. “The ruling seems to be based on faulty legal reasoning and hopefully it will be overturned,” said a statement from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.Many legal experts agreed with that assessment. “This is insanity in print, and it will not stand up on appeal,” tweeted University of Michigan Law School Professor Nicholas Bagley, an expert in health law. Even some conservatives were left scratching their heads. “Congress acted last year to repeal the mandate, but leave everything else in place and the courts should have deferred to that,” tweeted former congressional GOP aide Chris Jacobs.Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service, is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, and not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

August 3, 2019
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Scientists have found a biological clue that could

first_imgScientists have found a biological clue that could help explain why African-Americans appear to be more vulnerable than white Americans to Alzheimer’s disease.A study of 1,255 people, both black and white, found that cerebrospinal fluid from African-Americans tended to contain lower levels of a substance associated with Alzheimer’s, researchers report Monday in the journal JAMA Neurology.Yet these low levels did not seem to protect black participants from the disease.The finding “implies that the biological mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease may be very different in [different] racial groups,” says Dr. John Morris, an author of the paper and director of the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis.And if Alzheimer’s works differently in African-Americans, that difference could make them more vulnerable to the disease, Morris says.The study has limitations, though, says Lisa Barnes, a cognitive neuropsychologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, who wrote an accompanying editorial.For example, it could not fully account for the effects of some other known Alzheimer’s risk factors — including hypertension, diabetes and obesity — or some suspected risk factors, including stress and poverty. Also, the study included just 173 African-Americans and was able to obtain spinal fluid samples from only half of them.Even so, Barnes says she was excited to see the study “because we have so little data” on African-Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities.At the moment, most of what scientists have learned about Alzheimer’s comes from studies of white people.”We know relatively little about whether Alzheimer’s disease is manifested in an identical way in underrepresented groups,” Morris says.So researchers at Washington University have spent the past two decades reaching out to the African-American community in St. Louis. For example, the Alzheimer’s research center has had an African-American Advisory Board since 2000 to help it be “more welcoming to people of color,” Morris says.The effort made it possible to do the study comparing Alzheimer’s in whites and blacks, Morris says. But he adds that getting spinal fluid, which required participants to undergo an uncomfortable procedure, was still “not an easy ask.”The study included people ages 43 to 104. Most had no signs of memory or cognitive problems, while about a third were in the early stages of dementia.”We set out to see if the disease process seems to be the same in both racial groups,” Morris says.Researchers used brain scans and samples of spinal fluid to look for two biological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s. One was amyloid, a protein that forms sticky plaques in the brain. The other was a protein called tau, which forms toxic tangles inside brain cells.Blacks and whites in the study were no different when it came to plaques. “However, the tau proteins were notably different,” Morris says.Spinal fluid from African-Americans contained lower levels of tau protein. And the difference was most apparent among those with a gene called APOE4.Other studies have shown that in white people, having the APOE4 gene variant can triple the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. But there is evidence that the allele has a much less dramatic effect in black people.Morris says it’s too soon to speculate about why there may be a link between the APOE4 gene and low tau levels in African-Americans. But if the link is real, he says, it could eventually lead to an explanation for racial differences in Alzheimer’s that includes biology.First, though, researchers would need to confirm the tau connection in a study that includes many more African-Americans, Barnes says.And that will be a challenge, she says, because African-Americans are often hesitant to participate in medical research — especially if it involves an invasive procedure like a spinal tap.”When you try to go to populations that have been sort of marginalized and abused by past research,” she says, “it becomes very, very difficult.”One way to do bigger studies of African-Americans is for research centers to collaborate. “If we start to pool our numbers together, we’ll be able to do more than just one center alone [could do],” Barnes says.But to truly understand how Alzheimer’s disease works in people who aren’t white, she says, more researchers will have to reach out to groups that have been wary of scientific studies.”We really need minority communities to be involved and to have a voice in what we’re finding,” Barnes says. “We can’t do it by ourselves.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

August 3, 2019
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The Department of Health and Human Services is dra

first_imgThe Department of Health and Human Services is dramatically expanding its network of child shelters across the country in order to avoid the kind of scandal that occurred in Clint, Texas, where scores of immigrant children were warehoused together.”There are too many kids in Border Patrol stations right now, and we’re working to get them out of those stations and into HHS care,” says Mark Weber, HHS deputy assistant secretary for public affairs.Last week, Congress passed a humanitarian aid bill that will pump $3 billion into HHS to beef up its child shelter network. The same week, the agency announced a new 1,300-bed emergency shelter for unaccompanied migrant children to open in Carrizo Springs, Texas, later this month. The minors, ages 13-17, will be housed in reconverted oilfield worker housing, with the addition of a soccer field and classrooms. The children remain in government custody until they can be released to sponsors in the U.S., usually a family member. The contract, worth up to $300 million, went to BCFS, a San Antonio nonprofit with deep experience in emergency management. “During hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, we’re the good guys that come to town. The mayor wants to take me to lunch. People pat you on the back,” says BCFS chairman Kevin Dinnin, a former medic with more than 30 years of experience. “But in these immigration influx facilities, I can’t win. Somebody’s always going to be mad at you and you’re going to be under the microscope and be criticized.” No sooner was the announcement out, than angry workers streamed into a park in Boston. They were protesting their employer, the online retailer, Wayfair, for selling BCFS $200,000 worth of bunkbeds. “Shut it down!” they chanted about the soon-to-open child shelter in South Texas. A growing number of activists oppose every type of federal immigrant confinement: Border Patrol holding cells, ICE detention centers, and HHS child shelters. There are currently 168 HHS shelters in 23 states. The most controversial of these are temporary emergency influx facilities, which give the government flexibility to handle spikes in migrant children. Today, there is only one emergency shelter, located at a former federal Job Corps campus in Homestead, Fla., operated by a private corporation, Caliburn International. It has 2,400 children in custody and is the site of frequent demonstrations. Critics complain that these shelters are huge, impersonal and unlicensed, that children’s movement is regimented and they are not free to leave.Yet even attorney Neha Desai says emergency intake shelters are a major improvement over barren Border Patrol cells. She is director of immigration at the National Center for Youth Law, and one of the lawyers appointed by a federal court to oversee the conditions of migrant children in government custody.”I mean, it’s certainly good from the perspective of getting kids out of [Customs and Border Protection] facilities,” she says. “We’ve seen the extent of inhumane, horrifying situations of unaccompanied children there. That will be alleviated by having someplace to transfer the children to. But, of course, influx facilities cannot be a long-term solution.” As a consequence of President Trump’s aggressive immigration policies, there’s a swelling backlash against the whole notion of the government housing migrant children. Last week, Bank of America, under pressure from activists and shareholders, agreed to stop lending to for-profit companies that run ICE jails or HHS shelters.Democratic presidential candidates are also piling on. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard recently visited the emergency shelter in Homestead, Fla. “Right now it looks like there’s about seven or eight kids walking in a single-file line,” she said, standing with demonstrators looking over the facility’s fence. “This is the kind of thing you see in a prison.” Caliburn has pushed back, asking its critics to take a tour and see for themselves how the children are cared for. Kevin Dinnin, of BCFS, has been through the fire before. He faced the wrath of protesters last year when his company ran the sprawling tent camp for children in Tornillo, in the West Texas desert. It closed in January.”We did have threats and lots of ugly communication,” he says, looking back on the Tornillo experience. “When we’ve been asked to respond to the border crisis, we want to be the last resort because it’s so unpopular. It’s a lightning rod.”Dinnin says migrant children in HHS care are heavily supervised, because teenagers will be teenagers. “There’s going to be bullies. There’s going to be inappropriate language. There’s going to be acting out,” he says. “So in most of these facilities, the number one priority is the safety of those kids and not allow anything to happen to them.”The government has been through this before, too. HHS had to find places for nearly 60,000 unaccompanied children during a migrant surge in 2016. Now the agency is on course to surpass that total. In addition to the BCFS shelter in South Texas, HHS is opening a second emergency shelter at Fort Sill, an army post in Lawton, Okla. And eventually, the agency wants to phase out these massive, expensive emergency shelters altogether and add smaller, licensed facilities that are more suitable for children. “Having such a large facility is not ideal. So we’ve started a process where we’re starting to look for shelters that would be state-licensed, and spread across a number of cities…that would be ready to go in case of an influx,” says Mark Weber of HHS.To that end, the agency recently put out a request for bids for five new child shelters — 2,500 beds, in all — in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta and Phoenix.Weber says contractors have been slow to come forward. “The environment we’re working in is political, its polarizing, it’s controversial, and it’s incredibly emotional,” he says.Ultimately, Weber says the government wants to move the children out of Border Patrol cells, through the shelter network and into permanent homes as soon as possible. Because HHS has streamlined its rules for vetting sponsors, the time immigrant kids spend in the shelters has been cut in half, from 91 days last November to 44 days at present. But for some critics, that’s still too long. Copyright 2019 NPR. 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July 26, 2019
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Meet the iPhone Case That Can Turn Into a VirtualReality Headset

first_imgVirtual Reality This story originally appeared on Engadget 6 min read –shares Add to Queue Image credit: Engadget Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business November 17, 2015 Nicole Lee Meet the iPhone Case That Can Turn Into a Virtual-Reality Headset Google’s low-end Cardboard headset is by far the cheapest and easiest way to get started with virtual reality. Unfortunately, it isn’t exactly super portable and it’s not very durable either — it’s just cardboard, after all. Of course, there are plenty of other phone-compatible VR headsets out there, but most of them are still pretty clunky.The Figment, on the other hand, is a different take on VR (and AR) altogether. Debuting on Kickstarter today, it’s an iPhone case that can be transformed into a VR viewer with just a flick of a button, making it the only VR headset we know of that can fit in the back of your pocket.In a way, we’re surprised this hasn’t been done before. On the front, the Figment looks like an ordinary iPhone case. On the rear, however, are a pair of lenses that look just like the ones on Google’s Cardboard. Slide a couple of toggles, and the lenses will flip over, instantly positioning themselves in between you and the screen. To put it back, simply flip them over again and snap the lenses into place. It really is that simple. In a brief demonstration with a Figment prototype, I found the flipping action tremendously fun and addictive, giving me the same satisfactory sensation that I felt when playing around with T-Mobile’s Sidekicks of yore.And lest you think the Figment is just some random iPhone accessory, Zi Wang — Figment’s creator — would have you think otherwise. Wang is also the founder of Quantum Bakery and is the brains behind Glow, a pair of earbuds with laser light cords that had a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. Wang, a former Googler, has been in talks with both Google and Apple for much of the year to make sure the Figment fits within Apple’s stringest aesthetic requirements while also being fully compatible with Cardboard apps and software. “When we’re designing a phone case, it has to be pocketable,” he says. “It has to offer minimal protection and can’t destroy the overall aesthetic of the phone.”During our interview, he delved deep into nerd territory by informing me that the bevel and chamfered edges around the case’s aluminum piece are all referencing the Apple “look and feel.” The final Figment hardware will be made from polycarbonate with a hint of silicone to keep it malleable. It’ll consist of about 40 parts total all ultrasonically welded together. The hinges will also incorporate about eight different O rings plus some dampening gel so that when the lenses flip around, it won’t bounce when it lands. Needless to say, Wang’s attention to detail to something as simple as a phone case is impressive.”I don’t want to design something that people will feel embarrassed by,” he says. “It should get out of your way. When it’s not in use, it’s invisible.”You might be thinking now that the Figment’s open design is a problem — after all, most VR headsets are enclosed to ensure maximum immersion and to avoid light bleeding through. But Wang tells me that the Figment’s open design offers a few advantages. For one thing, since you’re not completely disconnected from reality and have that tiny bit of peripheral vision, you’ll get less motion sickness. Additionally, with an open concept, you’ll get direct access to the screen. “I think the best input device today is still the touch screen,” he says. “You’ll have a more reasonable mobile gaming experience, with far less latency.” This, he says, is far easier and faster than using Cardboard’s current nubby button. Last but not least, the open design gives the Figment a couple degrees of play, so that the nose bridge can easily fit different faces.But what’s perhaps more interesting is that aside from the glasses, Wang is also working on an app that’s integrated with augmented reality software. He showed me a brief demonstration where he was able to use the phone’s camera along with some computer vision tricks to alter a Starbucks cup into a basketball hoop, and a bottle of Coke into a rocket. “It’s a new form of hyperlinking,” he says. “But instead of linking one digital piece of content to another, you’re linking digital content to a physical thing.”What I found particularly exciting was when he focused the phone’s camera on a lamp with a Philips Hue bulb, and the software instantly knew what it was due to the pattern on the lamp shade (he had already pre-programmed the pattern to the app). He could then change the color just by tapping on a color palette. Then while the software was still open, he pointed the camera at another lamp shade with a Belkin WeMo lamp, and it too was recognized instantly and he was able to turn the lamp on and off from the app. Augmented reality, he says, can potentially make the Internet of Things less fragmented, by unifying their interface in a single app.Even so, VR is the focus of the hardware here. “I’m betting on VR,” says Wang, adding that with all of the new software like the New York Times app and both Facebook and YouTube investing heavily in 360 video, VR is hotter than ever. And with something like Figment, you’ll finally be able to take it everywhere with you. “This lets you experience VR in a much more casual way,” he says. “It doesn’t have to be a big clunky headset.” There’s no setup; you can just fire it up and say to your friend ‘Hey, check this out.'”Still the Figment is not really cheap. It’ll retail for $79, though you can get it an an early bird $49 price if you jump on Kickstarter as soon as possible. It comes in white and black plus a couple of different sizes so that it can accommodate the iPhone 6 and up. Wang isn’t ruling out a case for an Android phone just yet, but decided to go for the iPhone for now. As for when you can expect it if you chip in for a case, Wang says they should start shipping in early Spring 2016. Senior Editor for Engadget Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

July 24, 2019
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The Connected Car Is Poised for Acceleration and HyperPersonalization

first_imgThe Connected Car Is Poised for Acceleration and Hyper-Personalization Senthil GunasekaranJuly 4, 2019, 8:00 amJuly 10, 2019 Like a New York City subway train at rush hour, new technologies advance in fits and stops. A breakthrough occurs, and then the next few years are spent perfecting it, until the next major upheaval.That’s the state of the current in-vogue concept, the “connected home.” Every imaginable product from toothbrushes to coffee makers is now being connected to the internet, whether that makes sense or not. Perhaps I’m unique, but I really don’t see a need to have my dentist receive a record of my brushing habits.One product for which internet access does make sense is the car. Due to their long lead times and slow development processes, the automobile industry lags other products in innovation. Internet access and over-the-air software upgrades, however, are allowing them to catch up, and it will soon be a race to see which provides the most-compelling, personalized, cloud-based experiences.The connected vehicle will eventually become the framework by which retailers, banks and other consumer-facing businesses will be able to create new and unique offerings for their customers. Using AI and Big Data, hyper-personalized products and services could become the norm, with the connected vehicle acting as the hub of the experience.Until recently, the automobile had not changed much since its inception: the driver pushes a pedal, and an engine using some sort of fuel propels it forward. Gauges tell the driver the condition of the vehicle. When you’re bored you can listen to music. And that’s about it. Imagine, instead, a vehicle that lets you directly charge your gasoline fill-up, authorizing the pump before you arrive. Or one that lets you pay for your tolls using your car’s display, eliminating the need for an external transponder and monthly bills.Today, certain Audi models will tell you when the light is about to turn green, while advising the ideal speed to drive to avoid a red one, reducing stress in heavy traffic. The coming implementation of what’s known as V2X, or vehicle-to-everything communications, will tell drivers when another car is about to emerge from a blind intersection, and alert succeeding drivers to road hazards a few yards ahead.Vehicle location will be monitored; if you’re driving near what, based on your buying habits, is a favorite retail outlet, your vehicle’s screen will be able to display a special sale, tailored just for you. Your calendar could be incorporated into the vehicle’s database. When it knows that you’re about to return to your car after a difficult spin class, cabin temperature will be lowered ahead of time to cool you down.Wearable health monitors would be connected to the vehicle; suffer a medical event such as a stroke, heart attack, or insulin drop, and the vehicle would take appropriate action, automatically calling 911, or directing the driver to the nearest pharmacy to buy a sugar-laden candy bar. Simultaneously, marketers will be able to use the increasingly-complex data gleaned from driver interactions with those vehicles to better understand their customers, enabling them to provide customized products and services that a particular individual is most likely to embrace.Read More: Rise of AI: Should Humans Be Worried?For example, with permission, a vehicle owner’s actual driving data how far they travel, their typical speed, braking frequency, the use of the vehicle’s autonomous features, and other criteria—could be used to set “pay-as-you-drive” insurance rates tailored to each individual’s driving style. Whether in-vehicle or out, retailers, financial institutions and other enterprises targeting consumers will be able to own the customer journey, to use today’s phraseology. That’s in every sense of the word, from the customer interaction with the brand to the literal trip itself. They will have to understand what customers want and offer them an exceptional experience across the entire purchase decision-making continuum.What happens if a brand fails to do that? Consider the takeover of Time Warner by AOL in 2000. At the time, it was called by the new company “a win for consumers.” Ten years later, it was called “the worst deal of the century.” Not by some snarky critic, but by the man who architected it, Gerald Levin.In hindsight, its failure was inevitable; rather than looking at where the consumer was going, the new company fell back on where it was. As the world moved to always-on internet and online services, AOL Time Warner was selling dial-up internet and print magazines and making customers buy huge packages of channels that they’d never watch—because it suited Time Warner’s business model.Marketers now have the opportunity to avoid that sort of negative outcome by creating a unique environment for connected vehicle owners that they want, rather than ones that companies think they should have. By using such tools as AI, Voice Recognition, and Machine Learning to craft an exceptional customer relationship, manufacturers will be able to harness the vehicle’s unique characteristics to offer goods, services, intelligent product recommendations, and ease of purchase features that have never been available. Equally importantly, the technology will understand the context behind these interactions, so consumers can benefit from them at the opportune time and place along their journeys.Voice control will play an important role in the connected vehicle, and not just because it’s a safer way of doing things. The ability to speak a wide range of commands stays with us throughout our entire life, making a connected vehicle simple to use for all. Amazon Alexa will be integrated into a number of cars, beginning with Audi’s e-Tron electric vehicle this year. Alexa Auto will not only offer the same features available on one’s home Alexa device, but also new vehicle-specific skills, many of which are still in development.Drivers will be able to turn off their home’s lights, close the shades, and automatically open the garage door after setting up an automated routine.Music can be ordered up by asking Alexa to play that song that begins with a few recalled words. Alexa will help you get directions and manage your calendar as you drive. And, when you’re sitting in traffic daydreaming and realize you’ve run out of toilet paper, you can order it from Amazon with a voice command.The technological breakthroughs to allow these developments to occur took decades to come to fruition; that may be even more difficult is to convince the public to use them.Today, we can follow our Lyft car or UPS delivery truck prior to arriving. And with the driver’s express permission, we’ll soon be able to follow an individual throughout their day, understanding their habits by digesting reams of information and then offering products and services that individuals truly want when and where they want them.Consumers shopping for cars will become less enamored of buying a product, and more in tune with the buying experience. With advances in vehicle technology running in lockstep across automakers, consumers will look for the marque that offers the best-connected experience by being combined with their other favorite brands.But in order for that love affair to germinate, each new feature will require that its user be willing to offer up some additional personal information, such as one’s daily habits, one’s calendar, buying patterns and more mundane things, such as credit card numbers.Yet knowing where a vehicle is emerging into the roadway could tell law enforcement how fast the driver is going, making that information grounds for a ticket. The guilty party in a traffic accident may no longer be up for debate if insurers are allowed to access the camera, radar, and sensor data from a vehicle.Read More: Artificial Intelligence – the Driving Force Behind Modern InnovationWith constant tales of credit card hacking and the theft of personal information, from social security numbers to intimate photographs, the public is becoming wary of giving up their data for some minor perceived benefit.To make a connected vehicle infrastructure a reality, companies must understand that consumers have an expectation of digital trust: they will increasingly demand that their personally identifiable information and other data is safe, will not be shared without their permission under any circumstances and is impenetrable to hacking.Europe has taken the lead with its GDPR General Data Protection Regulation rules, codifying the fact that data must be gathered lawfully, with limitations on its use and storage, in a highly secure manner. And California’s Consumer Privacy Act, passed last year, gives consumers the right to not have their data sold, know to whom it has been sold, and to inspect it.In short, companies must be clear that they understand and endorse the fact that the consumer is the one who owns his or her data, not the company. It is the consumer who decides which connected features are of sufficient value to justify the use of their personal data. But they will do so only if they know that they are getting proper, reciprocal value and that their data will always be secure.For those merchants who succeed in building trust, there is the potential to return the bond that consumers once felt with their corner merchant who knew and understood them through the “data” of personal interaction, a relationship that has since been lost in the age of anonymous websites and big-box chain stores with constantly-churning staffs.Whatever futuristic features the connected vehicle will bring, the technology gives us the potential to create through the car new, unique, hyper-personalized experiences for a wide variety of brands, from banks to retail, to entertainment. The chance to put customized, long-lasting relationships with one’s customers into overdrive will soon be upon us.Read More: Here & Now: Create Meaningful Marketing Moments with Location Intelligence Artificial IntelligenceAutomobilebig dataCustomer InteractionHyper-Personalizationmachine learning Previous ArticleHotels Can Now Overcome Language Barriers and Enforce Incidental Policies with Mobile Devices and Connect Staff by MonsciergeNext ArticleThree Providers of Augmented Reality Head-Mounted Displays for Commercial Use Named IDC Innovatorslast_img read more

July 18, 2019
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Nanotechnology enables mice to see infrared light

first_imgIn our experiment, nanoparticles absorbed infrared light around 980 nm in wavelength and converted it into light peaked at 535 nm, which made the infrared light appear as the color green”.Jin Bao, University of Science and Technology of China In our study, we have shown that both rods and cones bind these nanoparticles and were activated by the near infrared light. So we believe this technology will also work in human eyes, not only for generating super vision but also for therapeutic solutions in human red color vision deficits.” The visible light that can be perceived by human’s natural vision occupies just a very small fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum. Electromagnetic waves longer or shorter than visible light carry lots of information.”Tian Xue, Senior Author, University of Science and Technology of China Source:http://www.cellpress.com/ Current infrared technology relies on detectors and cameras that are often limited by ambient daylight and need outside power sources. The researchers believe the bio-integrated nanoparticles are more desirable for potential infrared applications in civilian encryption, security, and military operations. “In the future, we think there may be room to improve the technology with a new version of organic-based nanoparticles, made of FDA-approved compounds, that appear to result in even brighter infrared vision,” says Han.The researchers also think more work can be done to fine tune the emission spectrum of the nanoparticles to suit human eyes, which utilize more cones than rods for their central vision compared to mouse eyes. “This is an exciting subject because the technology we made possible here could eventually enable human beings to see beyond our natural capabilities,” says Xue. When light enters the eye and hits the retina, the rods and cones–or photoreceptor cells–absorb the photons with visible light wavelengths and send corresponding electric signals to the brain. Because infrared wavelengths are too long to be absorbed by photoreceptors, we are not able to perceive them.”Gang Han, University of Massachusetts Medical School In this study, the scientists made nanoparticles that can anchor tightly to photoreceptor cells and act as tiny infrared light transducers. When infrared light hits the retina, the nanoparticles capture the longer infrared wavelengths and emit shorter wavelengths within the visible light range. The nearby rod or cone then absorbs the shorter wavelength and sends a normal signal to the brain, as if visible light had hit the retina. Related StoriesBlood based test using AI and nanotechnology devised for chronic fatigue syndromeNanotechnology treatment reverses multiple sclerosis symptoms in miceLight therapy may dramatically reduce neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s diseaseThe researchers tested the nanoparticles in mice, which, like humans, cannot see infrared naturally. Mice that received the injections showed unconscious physical signs that they were detecting infrared light, such as their pupils constricting, while mice injected with only the buffer solution didn’t respond to infrared light.To test whether the mice could make sense of the infrared light, the researchers set up a series of maze tasks to show the mice could see infrared in daylight conditions, simultaneously with visible light.In rare cases, side effects from the injections such as cloudy corneas occurred but disappeared within less than a week. This may have been caused by the injection process alone because mice that only received injections of the buffer solution had a similar rate of these side effects. Other tests found no damage to the retina’s structure following the sub-retinal injections.Xue says: A multidisciplinary group of scientists led by Xue and Jin Bao at the University of Science and Technology of China as well as Gang Han at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, developed the nanotechnology to work with the eye’s existing structures. Mar 4 2019Mice with vision enhanced by nanotechnology were able to see infrared light as well as visible light, reports a study published February 28 in the journal Cell. A single injection of nanoparticles in the mice’s eyes bestowed infrared vision for up to 10 weeks with minimal side effects, allowing them to see infrared light even during the day and with enough specificity to distinguish between different shapes. These findings could lead to advancements in human infrared vision technologies, including potential applications in civilian encryption, security, and military operations. Humans and other mammals are limited to seeing a range of wavelengths of light called visible light, which includes the wavelengths of the rainbow. But infrared radiation, which has a longer wavelength, is all around us. People, animals and objects emit infrared light as they give off heat, and objects can also reflect infrared light.last_img read more

July 18, 2019
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Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation improves working memory study shows

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 16 2019Magnetic stimulation of the brain improves working memory, offering a new potential avenue of therapy for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to new research from the Duke University School of Medicine.Healthy younger and older adult participants who received a therapy called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) performed better on a memory task than during an rTMS-like placebo in the study, which was published here in PLoS One. Source:Duke Department of NeurologyJournal reference:Beynel, L. et al. (2019) Online repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation during working memory in younger and older adults: A randomized within-subject comparison. PLoS One. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0213707 Related StoriesRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsNew app created to help people reduce exposure to anticholinergic medicationsHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionWorking memory is the process of recalling and then using relevant information while performing a task. It’s a key component of day-to-day tasks like driving to a new location, making a recipe, or following instructions. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, which will more than double by 2050, and other forms of dementia, experience progressive loss of working memory and other forms of cognition, leading to a greater risk of injury or death and reducing their ability to function without home care.Twenty-nine young adults and 18 older adults completed the study, which involved trying to remember and then reproduce a series of letters in alphabetical order. The authors applied either online high-frequency (5Hz) rTMS, or a placebo-like sham over the left prefrontal cortex, an area on the brain responsible for higher executive function. Participants of all ages who received rTMS performed better than those who received the rTMS-like placebo. This study relies on highly individualized parameters, from the selection of the stimulated target, based on fMRI activation, to the selection of the difficulty, titrated according to subjects’ performance. Now that we have shown that these specific parameters can improve performance in healthy subjects, we will be able to extend it to populations with memory deficits.”Lysianne Beynel, PhD, postdoctoral associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Interestingly, we only saw this effect during when participants were trying their hardest, suggesting a real use-it-or-lose it principle at work here. Contrary to much of what we hear, aging brains have a remarkable capability to remember past events and to use that information in a flexible manner. The brain stimulation applied in our study shows that older adults benefited just as much as the young.”Simon W. Davis, PhD, co-authorlast_img read more

July 18, 2019
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German car sales shake off emissionstest blues

first_imgGerman new car registrations jumped in May, in a sign that auto manufacturers might be recovering from a months-long slump © 2019 AFP A total of 332,962 cars hit the road for the first time last month, 9.1 percent more than in May 2018, the KBA transport authority said in a statement.Between January and May, sales gained 1.7 percent to a little more than 1.5 million vehicles.Registrations slumped in the second half of 2018 as carmakers struggled with new EU emissions tests, known as the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), that took effect in September.Manufacturers have repeatedly vowed to get to grips with the tougher procedure, introduced after Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to cheating regulatory tests on 11 million diesel cars worldwide.A break-down of the manufacturers’ results showed that sales of VW’s own-brand cars fell 4.6 percent in May, but still made up almost one in five new registrations with 60,906 vehicles.High-end BMW added 41.9 percent, at 26,995 cars, and rival Mercedes-Benz 9.5 percent, with 29,793.VW subsidiary Porsche enjoyed slower growth, at 3.9 percent, while stablemate Audi shed 4.3 percent.At 33.3 percent of new sales, diesel-fuelled cars remained well below the market share they enjoyed before VW’s “dieselgate” scandal.Just 1.4 percent of registrations were for electric cars and 5.8 percent for hybrids, the KBA said.Ministers agreed last week to extend a subsidy for battery-powered vehicles to the end of 2020, hoping to give the technology a boost with drivers. German car market surges as manufacturers face emissions crunch New car registrations in Germany jumped sharply in May, official data showed Tuesday, suggesting the powerhouse sector for Europe’s top economy was recovering from a months-long bout of the blues.center_img Explore further Citation: German car sales shake off emissions-test blues (2019, June 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-german-car-sales-emissions-test-blues.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

July 17, 2019
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HRD panel recommends 4year undergraduate degree programme on lines of scrapped FYUP

first_imgThe existing NEP was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992. The controversial Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), which was scrapped in 2014, may make a come back as a panel constituted by the HRD Ministry has recommended the programme among undergraduate courses reforms for the new National Education Policy. The ministry officials, however, maintained that the committee has submitted its draft and no final decision has been taken yet. The draft of the new National Education Policy (NEP), formulated by a panel led by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, was handed over to HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. He took charge as the Union Human Resource Development minister on Friday. The panel has recommended reintroduction of the four-year course as part of the undergraduate reforms.“Both three-year and four-year courses will be allowed to co-exist, but with multiple exit and entry options. The four-year programme will provide for greater rigour and allow students to conduct research optionally,” the draft said. “Students will graduate with a four-year Liberal Arts Science Education degree with Honours, or may graduate with a B Sc, BA, B Com or B Voc after completing three years with a suitable completion of credits within their subject,” it said. The four-year programme, the BLA or BLE in the chosen major and minors, will provide students the opportunity to experience the full range of liberal arts education. The three-year programme will lead to a Bachelors degree. Both programmes may lead to a degree “with Research”, if the student completes a rigorous research project as specified by the Higher Education Institute (HEI). HEIs may choose to call their three-year undergraduate degree a Bachelor of Arts, or Science, or Vocation, or the appropriate professional field, the draft report suggested.What was Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP)The Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) introduced by the Delhi University under the regime of previous Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh was scrapped by former HRD minister Smriti Irani. The panel has also recommended an overhaul of the teacher education system with the introduction of the four year programme.“Teacher preparation for all school stages will be offered only in multidisciplinary universities through a four year programme, with the curricula and processes being revamped to address current issues with teacher preparation. “Institutions currently offering the two year programme will either transition to this mode or be phased out; no new two year programmes will be given recognition,” it said. The existing NEP was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992. A new education policy was part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s manifesto ahead of the 2014 general election. Apart from Kasturirangan, the committee had eight members, including mathematician Manjul Bhargava. The experts also took into account the report of a panel formed by former HRD minister Smriti Irani and headed by ex-cabinet secretary T S R Subramanian. education Published on policy June 02, 2019 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

July 17, 2019
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Delhis centenarian voters to be treated like VVIPs to get bouquets selfies

first_imgMay 08, 2019 Special arrangements would be made for Delhi voters who are aged 100 and above on polling day, including pick-up and drop facility, and they will be greeted at booths with bouquets and selfies to make them “feel like VVIPs”.Delhi goes to the polls on May 12 and Chief Electoral Officer, Ranbir Singh, said there are 96 centenarian voters in the city, and women outnumber men in this category.“We have been trying for the last four months to identify all voters who are aged 100 or above. This is the first such initiative to cater to such elderly voters who were born before Independence and have seen the first general elections in 1952. For us, they are VVIP voters and they will be treated as such,” Singh told PTI.According to data shared by the Delhi CEO Office, there are 42 male centenarian voters and 54 female.“A senior officer will go to the houses of each of these centenarian voters, residing nearest to the polling station in a constituency, and escort them them to the booths. They will also motivate them to vote, unless they are bedridden and their health doesn’t permit,” the CEO said.“But, if such voters are still eager to vote despite their frailty, we will make all possible arrangements, to ensure they exercise their franchise. They will also be given priority in voting, so they don’t have to stand in line,” he said.At polling stations they will be greeted with bouquets and polling staff would take selfies with them, Singh said.Among the centenarian voters on the electoral rolls are 111-year-old Bachchan Singh, a resident of West Delhi’s Tilak Nagar and 110-year-old Ram Pyari Shankwar, who is suffering from age-related ailments for the last one decade and lives in East Delhi’s Kondli.“He has never missed out on voting as far as I can remember, as he understands the value of even one ballot. He barely remembers things now since he suffered a stroke a couple of months ago, though, he is able to walk and speak. So we will take him to the polling booth,” Bachchan Singh’s grandson, Gurucharan Singh, said.The Delhi CEO said, in keeping with the theme of ‘Accessible Elections’, proper facilities would be provided to voters with disabilities.“For visually-challenged voters, a dummy sheet would be kept at the polling station, on which they can feel and get to know about the candidates, and the serial number before exercising their franchise,” Singh said.A facility for having a companion is also there, besides, wheelchair and ramp facilities would be provided for such voters. As many as 164 candidates are in the fray in Delhi, where the polls is largely being seen as a triangular contest among the AAP, BJP and the Congress.Of the over 1.43 crore voters in Delhi, 78,73,022 are male and 64,42,762 female, while 669 belong to the third gender. The number of overseas electors stands at 40, while the count of service voters is 11,005. RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL Opposition meeting likely to be held by Chandrababu Naidu and Rahul Gandhi on May 21 Published on COMMENTS Special arrangements would be made for centenarian voters in Delhi on polling day, including a pick-up and drop, besides being presented a bouquet at the booth and selfies with polling staff.   –  THE HINDUcenter_img COMMENT Caste equations, unauthorised colonies hold poll key in North East Delhi seat New Delhi national elections SHARE Priyanka compares Modi with Duryodhana, says BJP is arrogantlast_img read more