TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Genoa president Preziosi admits interest in Sporting CP midfielder Sturaroby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa president Enrico Preziosi has expressed interest in Sporting CP midfielder Stefano Sturaro.Sturaro only left Juventus last summer.Preziosi said, “We need a pair of quality players in midfield, and we’ve made an offer for [Empoli’s Rade] Krunic.“Stefano Sturaro is an idea we have and I’m convinced he could come. He’ll cost us a bit, but he’s an investment.“He won’t be ready for a month or two, because he’s got a problem with his achilles, but he wants to re-launch with us.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton teen Haydon Roberts stunned by goalscoring debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton teen Haydon Roberts is still floating after scoring on debut in midweek.The defender, 17, headed home from a second half corner in their Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa.He told brightonandhovealbion.com, “I didn’t think it was real, it’s what you dream of when you’re growing up. “To do it for my hometown club as well was just amazing and makes it even better, although we didn’t go through it’s a night I’ll never forget.“I didn’t get much sleep, I wanted to spend the time afterwards with my family – there were so many messages and I wanted to share it with them.“I still can’t really get over it now, scoring on your debut with man of the match as well is fantastic.”
ASOLO, Italy — Prosecco, the fruity sparkling wine made in the northeastern hills of Italy is gaining in global popularity — and producers of Champagne, for so long the dominant bubbly wine, are taking note.Prosecco has become the bestselling sparkling wine in the world by volume, and experts say it is eroding the market share of Champagne, the French wine that is synonymous with celebration but also comes with a heftier price tag. The Italian wine’s production eclipsed Champagne’s five years ago and is now 75 per cent higher at 544 million bottles.Champagne still claims the revenues crown, cashing in a record 4.9 billion euros ($5.6 billion) last year on 307 million bottles, 2.8 billion euros of that in exports. But Prosecco’s bubble shows no sign of bursting: exports this year are trending up 16 per cent.The Associated Press
By The Associated PressALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — Less than a day after the family of a slain single mother of four launched a fundraising appeal, actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry has lent his support.News outlets report Perry offered to take care of the family’s rent to stave off eviction, arrange for 45-year-old Tynesha Evans’ body to be flown to Wisconsin for burial and cover her 18-year-old daughter’s tuition at Spelman College so she doesn’t have to drop out.In this Feb. 24, 2019 file photo, Tyler Perry arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Less than a day after the family of a slain single mother of four launched a fundraising appeal, Perry has lent his support. News outlets report Perry offered to take care of the family’s rent to stave off eviction, arrange for 45-year-old Tynesha Evans’ body to be flown to Wisconsin for burial and cover her 18-year-old daughter’s tuition at Spelman College so she doesn’t have to drop out.(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)Evans was killed Saturday morning outside a bank near Atlanta. Her boyfriend, 58-year-old Othniel Inniss, was arrested at the scene.Evans was an author and a full-time health care worker. According to the family’s GoFundMe, two of her four children are still minors.One of them, 14-year-old Shakemia Turner, called Perry “an angel on Earth.”
Source = Destination NSW The University of Sydney has been transformed into a glittering canvas of light, live performance and inspiring ideas as Vivid Sydney continues to amaze visitors with the official launch of Vivid Path to the Future.NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said: “This evening I was delighted to join University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence to launch this year’s Vivid Path to the Future program, which has returned with expanded programming touching on Vivid’s three creative pillars – light, music and ideas.“Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect, and with exceptional academic staff and students across each of these three areas, it is only natural that Australia’s oldest university plays a big role in this year’s festival and I encourage everyone to explore this exciting Vivid Sydney precinct,” he said.Throughout the next week, the university’s Quadrangle façade will come alive with vibrant 3D –mapped light projections, created by more than 40 local and international artists, including staff, students and local collaborators. An impressive light walk features along the main promenade and the Sea of Hands, an interactive installation, will grow throughout the festival.In addition to the light installations and projections, the University’s program features a series of music performances at the Seymour Centre, Musify and Gamify – home for the most innovative new ideas in Australian music.“The University of Sydney is thrilled to be part of Vivid for a second year. This is a wonderful opportunity for our talented staff and students to collaborate and showcase new ideas and directions in art, music and technology. The University looks forward to welcoming and inspiring the Sydney community with a dynamic program of lights, music and ideas over the next seven days,” said Dr Michael Spence.Sydney Visit NSW
Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold MineralizationColumbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes.Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.” Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained. Please visit our website for more information about the project. It was more than obvious [at least to me] that a heavy hand showed up in these markets at, or just before, the London p.m. gold fixGold didn’t do a lot on Tuesday, either. The rally that developed in early Far East trading, ran into a seller just before 11:00 a.m. Hong Kong time…which was the same thing that happened during the Monday trading session.From there, the gold price didn’t do much until the 8:20 a.m. Eastern Comex open. At that point the dollar index cratered…and gold took off…running into a not-for-profit seller at the London p.m. gold fix which came shortly after 10:00 a.m. in New York. The high tick at the ‘fix’ was $1,739.10 spot.Despite the fact that the dollar continued to decline, the gold price continued to get sold down until around lunch time on the East coast…and from there traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.Gold finished the Tuesday session at $1,732.50 spot…up only $7.70 on the day. Net volume was the same as Monday’s…115,000 contracts.It was basically the same story in silver as well, except for the fact that the rally at the Comex open was so strong, that a not-for-profit seller had to enter the market around 9:35 a.m. Eastern, or silver would have been materially higher [and well above $34 spot] by the London gold fix, which occurred thirty minutes later. The high tick of the day at that point was $33.95 spot.And, like gold, despite the fact that the dollar index was declining steadily, silver continued to get sold off to its New York low…$33.30 spot…which came about 3:20 p.m. in electronic trading. The price recovered a hair into the close.Silver finished the day at $33.48 spot…up a meager 14 cents from Monday. Volume, 38,000 contracts, was down quite a bit from Monday’s 48,500 contracts…but still very high.Without doubt, both gold and silver would have finished materially higher if a willing seller hadn’t show up at, or just before, the London p.m. gold fix in both metals…and it was precisely the same story in platinum and palladium as well.The dollar index opened around the 80.40 mark on Monday evening…and chopped around that point until about 3:20 p.m. Hong Kong time, or about forty minutes before the 8:30 a.m. BST London open. During the next hour, the index dropped a bit over 20 basis points…and then more or less traded sideways until 8:30 a.m. in New York. Then the index headed south with a vengeance…and by 11:30 a.m. Eastern, the dollar index had shed another 40 odd basis points to its low of the day, which was around 79.82…and then recovered a handful of basis points going into the close. The dollar closed down 50 points on the day at 79.89.If you check all four precious metal charts from yesterday, you’ll note that all had a very positive reactions to the pre-London open dollar index decline. And that state of affairs continued in New York when the index did another face plant starting around 8:30 a.m. Eastern. All the precious metals took off to the upside…and all ran into the same not-for-profit seller at the London p.m. gold fix…except for silver.As I said further up, its rally was so strong, it had to be dealt with early, or it would have blasted through the $34 spot price like a hot knife through soft butter…and that was obviously not going to be allowed…just like it wasn’t allowed in early morning trading in Hong Kong on Monday. Check the silver chart above for the details.From the London p.m. gold fix, until the dollar index nadir at 11:30 a.m. Eastern, the dollar index and the precious metals prices all declined together. That’s just too cute for words.There are no market anymore…only interventions.Although the gold price hit its zenith shortly after 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, the shares powered a bit higher, hitting their high of the day around 11:30 a.m. Eastern…which was the dollar index low. After that they went into decline but, like Monday, finished just off their lows…and the HUI closed up 0.55%. Excuse me for thinking out loud at this point, but the saw-tooth pattern to this chart tells me that someone with a fairly large position appeared to be selling into this rally.The silver stocks finished mixed…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 0.67%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report was rather interesting. There was no delivery activity in gold, but there were 270 silver contracts posted for delivery within the Comex-approved warehouse system on Thursday. The only short/issuer was Jefferies…and the biggest long/stopper was, once again, JPMorgan…with 202 contracts in its in-house [proprietary] trading account…and 23 for their client accounts. The Issuers and Stoppers Report is worth a quick look…and the link is here.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday.Nick Laird advised me that Sprott added another 40,535 troy ounces of gold to their Physical Gold Trust on Monday. That should just about cover the entire amount received in their follow-on offering…but I expect there’s a bit more when the underwriters exercise their ‘Greenshoe Option’.Over at the U.S Mint, they reported selling another 50,000 silver eagles…and I do hope that you’re getting your share, dear reader.The action at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday is hardly worth mentioning, as only a few thousand ounces of silver were received…and shipped out.I don’t have very many stories today…and that suits me just fine. I hope you have the time to skim them all.Despite the positive closes in all four precious metals, it was more than obvious [at least to me] that a heavy hand showed up in these markets at, or just before, the London p.m. gold fix at 3:00 p.m. BST…10:00 a.m. in New York. With the dollar index in free-fall, the precious metals were not allowed to do what they wanted to do…and that is close the day materially higher than they did on Monday.You’re perfectly entitled to your own opinion on this, but that’s the way it appeared to me…and if you have some other explanation for yesterday’s 180 degree move in the precious metals while the dollar index was falling out of bed, I’d love to hear it.Yesterday, at the 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close, was the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report…and as I’ve been stating all along, it will not make for happy reading…especially with the huge volumes [and price increases] we’ve seen in both gold and silver since last Tuesday’s cut-off on September 4th. JPMorgan et al are still acting as short sellers of last resort and preventing the precious metal prices from blowing sky high. I’ll be curious to know how much larger JPMorgan’s short position in silver has become since last Friday’s report. Ted Butler says it’s north of 27% of the entire Comex futures market in silver on a net basis. Will it break 30% on Friday?I’m still of the opinion that we’ve seen a short-term top, but would love to be proven wrong. A quick engineered sell-off by “da boyz” to relieve the current overbought condition wouldn’t bother me in the slightest…and would be a buying opportunity that I would take full advantage of. Of course if/when the sell-off does come, it will allow these short sellers of last resort to harvest all the new long positions that have been placed and ring cash register one more time.In Far East trading on their Wednesday, both gold and silver prices chopped slowly higher. For a change, volumes in both metals are significantly lower than they were on either Monday or Tuesday, so I wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into the price action. The dollar index is down about 11 basis points as London opens for trading at 8:00 a.m. local time…3:00 a.m. Eastern.London trading opened quietly, but that all changed around 9:15 a.m. BST, when gold and silver blasted higher in seconds, not minutes. Gold was up fifteen bucks…and silver shot through $34 spot at warp speed. The reaction from JPMorgan et al was instantaneous. Gold volume jumped from 13,000 contracts to 34,000 contracts in a heart beat…and silver’s volume went from around 4,800 contracts to 9,500 contracts in the same period of time…seconds. Then, after that assault, it appears that another rally is underway…and silver is now back at $34.00 spot once again…and gold is struggling higher. No ‘for profit’ seller ever sells into a rally like that…EVER!!! This is in-your-face price management by the bullion banks…and the farthest thing from a free market that one can imagine. It was obvious that ‘da boyz’ were lying in wait for this event.Here’s what Kitco’s silver chart looked like at 5:14 a.m. Eastern time…I would guess that this price action was centered around the announcement from the German court…and we’ll probably find out more as the day goes along.Before I sign off today, most of you may already have heard that we have a new writer at Casey Research…and his name is Dennis Miller. He’s been a regular reader of my column for many years…and now, like me, he’s working for Doug. Dennis is retired…and has been working tirelessly to rebuild his nest egg since the crash of 2008, when his CDs were recalled and it was cut by 50%. He’s documented his journey in his book Retirement Reboot…and he thinks highly enough of what I’ve had to say over the years, to mention my name in a couple of places in it. The book is priced at a pittance…a mere $9.95…and you can find all about it here. It costs nothing to check it out.It could be an interesting day during Comex trading in New York today.See you tomorrow. Sponsor Advertisement
As I write this paragraph, the London open is about 40 minutes away. The prices of all four precious metals aren’t doing much. Gold volume is even lower than it was this time yesterday—but silver volume is much higher than it was yesterday at this time, but still very much on the lighter side. And, not that it matters, but the dollar index is up a half-dozen basis points.There’s not much to add to today’s column, as just about everything worth saying showed up in The Wrap sections of my Tuesday and Wednesday missives—and I’m not happy when I keep repeating myself every day, which is easy to do when there’s not much going on.And as I hit the ‘send’ button on today’s effort at 5:05 a.m. EDT, I see that all four precious metals have rallied above their respective closes in New York yesterday—and it’s obvious that the rally in gold is running into resistance, as the open interest is now more than double what it was 40 minutes before the London open—and even though the rally was only about five bucks, that was obviously too much for ‘da boyz’. Silver volume is getting up there as well, but it’s still very much on the lighter side, all things considered. The dollar index is flat.So far, everything is unfolding like it normally does this time of day, as any rally in gold and silver that begins shortly before [or at] the London open, is dealt with before the London a.m. gold fix—and then the rest is left up to JPMorgan et al in New York when the Comex opens. It remains to be seen if this pattern repeats itself again today.I hope your Thursday goes well, or went well if you live west of the International Date Line—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Here are two more photographs from my Sunday outing—and both were taken in the same park and from exactly the same spot as the gulls I posted yesterday. The difference is that these juvenile Black-crowned night herons were over well over 100 metres away across a pond and on an island—and despite using a big telephoto lens, I had to crop the heck of these two photos to get the birds up to this size. Because of the distance and the cropping, they both fall into what I consider minimum acceptable picture quality, at least for me. The price management scheme in gold is now so obvious, that it’s no longer debatable.Gold did very little in Far East trading and the first half of the London trading day on Wednesday. The rally at the Comex open wasn’t allowed to get far—and was sold back down to unchanged by noon in New York. It rallied a few dollars going into the 1:30 p.m. Comex close—and then chopped sideways into the 5:15 p.m. close of electronic trading.The low and high aren’t worth the effort to look up.Gold finished the Wednesday session at $1,312.20 spot, up $3.70 from Tuesday’s close. Volume, net of August and September, was pretty light at only 104,000 contracts.The silver price followed more or less the same price path as gold, expect the rally at the Comex open got sold down harder—and silver made a new low for this move down—and that low was printed about 11:50 a.m. EDT. The price rallied a bit going into the Comex close—and the didn’t do much after that.The high and low ticks were recorded by the CME Group as $20.085 and $19.705 in the September contract.Silver closed at $19.81 spot, down 10.5 cents from Tuesday’s close. Net volume was 33,000 contracts.Platinum didn’t do much of anything in early Far East trading, but developed a positive price bias beginning around 2 p.m. Hong Kong time. It was up a whole six bucks on the day by shortly before 11 a.m. EDT—and then a thoughtful soul sold it down about a percent, with the low coming minutes before noon in New York. From there it rallied back to almost unchanged—and down a buck on the day.The price action in palladium was similar, but both the corresponding rally—and subsequent sell-off, were much less pronounced. Palladium manged to finish up a buck.It was another day where all four precious metals were rallying—and then all got sold off during the New York trading session.The dollar index closed on Tuesday at 81.51—and didn’t do much of anything until shortly after 2 p.m. Hong Kong time. Then it rallied to its 81.65 high before it had a 25 basis point down/up move between the 8:20 a.m. Comex open and 11:40 a.m. EDT. After that the index slid a small handful of basis points into the close, finishing at 81.61—up 10 basis points.The gold stocks chopped and flopped either side of unchanged yesterday—and finished the day that way, as the HUI closed down a miniscule 0.05%.The silver equities barely got a sniff of positive territory on Wednesday—and headed lower almost immediately. The low of the day came at the low for silver, about 11:50 a.m. EDT. From there they cut their loses by a bit, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.87%.The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 6 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday. Nothing to see here.The CME’s Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that August open interest in gold declined by 117 contracts—and is now down to 1,167 contracts—so we await the final resolution on this as the month starts to wind down.There was a tiny 8,420 troy ounce withdrawal from GLD yesterday, which was probably a fee payment of some kind—and as of 9:18 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.There was a sales report from the U.S. Mint again yesterday. They sold 500 troy ounces of gold eagles—500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—225,000 silver eagles—and another 200 platinum eagles.There wasn’t a creature stirring in the gold departments of the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. However, it was another big day for silver, as 600,769 troy ounces were reported received—and 693,508 troy ounces were shipped out the door. All of the activity was at the CNT Depository—and Brink’s, Inc. The link to that action is here.I have a very decent number of stories again today—and there should be some in here that interest you.For those with an interest in silver, I believe that a remarkably large percentage, certainly a majority, believes that silver is manipulated in price. They might not be able to articulate all the nuances of the manipulation, but they have a strong sense that there is an artificiality to silver pricing. I base this on what’s said and written on the Internet, of course, not in the main stream media, which continues to treat the topic of manipulation as something to be avoided at all costs. I believe this is the case because the biggest advertisers and commercial supporters of the main stream media tend to be the very financial institutions perpetrating the manipulation.Nowadays, it’s actually more unusual when someone strongly denies the existence of a silver manipulation, particularly if the denier is well known. Invariably, the denial brings an outcry of disagreement to the point of mockery. Not for a minute have I ever concluded that silver is manipulated or not by the weight of popular opinion; for me, the manipulation is quite easily proven by the verifiable facts. My point is simply that more who are interested in silver believe it is manipulated in price, than not.That might not seem like an earth-shaking revelation, but in reality it is very much so from what things once were. A quarter-century ago, very few, if any, believed silver was manipulated in price. I know this to be the case because I lived through it. For better or worse, the idea of a silver manipulation originated with me. I point this out, not to pat myself on the back, but strictly to demonstrate the difference between then and now in popular perceptions. In fact, I think you would be shocked at the degree of resistance that existed to the idea that silver was manipulated back then. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 13 August 2014It was another day when not much happened during the Wednesday trading session. It was also another day that the rallies in all four precious metals, such as they were, got sold down during the New York session once again.Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver—and nothing much has changed.
When humorist and writer Mara Altman was 19 and attending college at UCLA, she learned something about herself which, she says, felt devastating at the time.It happened while she was flirting with a server at a Mexican restaurant one evening. His name was Gustavo and he said five simple words: “I like your blonde mustache.”Now, she knew about this blonde mustache. But she had been bleaching it for years in the hopes that no one else would notice it.Altman’s latest book, Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (And Back), is a personal, darkly witty investigation into the human body — how we think about it and how it works. In a mix of personal anecdotes, science and cultural reporting and interviews, Altman explores pressing questions like, is PMS real? How come some people sweat so much? And who decided women shouldn’t have body hair, anyway?In an interview with NPR’s Ailsa Chang, Altman says she began the book with her fuzzy lip story because she wanted to reframe the shame she and the rest of us often feel about our physical selves — and lighten the taboo. She decided to face the facts — starting with a confession to her now-husband, Dave, that she does everything she can to rid herself of facial hair.”I needed him to know that he was marrying a woman with a goatee,” she says with a laugh. “I just didn’t want (1) to have him find out later and be upset, and (2) to just have to hide it anymore. I was just so tired.”Her husband’s response when Altman told him? “It’s just hair!” She says he couldn’t have cared less.INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS On where the idea that women should be mostly hairless comes from[Women in] the United States in the early 1900s — they were fine being hairy. But then … advertisers came on strong in the 1930s. They said that having armpit hair was dirty and gross; being clean-shaven was respectable, feminine. And then you also look at another kind of theory that we are all so afraid of our mortality; that we cover up anything that kind of hints at us being beasts, or animals. We put on perfumes, we cover up our holes — anything that excretes or is moist we don’t want anything to do with.On what it was like to grow up in a family that encouraged ‘going natural’I still had the experiences at school where I didn’t feel like I totally fit in. I was trying so hard to be natural, to be authentic like my parents said. But you still have the friends on the schoolyard who are like, ‘Ah, she’s hairy — gross!’ … I was in junior high and I was in PE class just getting ready to play dodgeball or something. And a girl pointed at my legs and said, ‘Ew, gross, you’re hairy!’ And I just felt totally seen and ashamed and wanted nothing more than to rip out every single hair on my body. And yet that went against everything in our household about being natural. And then I had to confront my mom about it, and finally ask her if I could shave.On what a psychology professor said when she asked whether premenstrual syndrome is real She said that when we say that PMS made us do something, that we’re using it as a scapegoat — and kind of discount it. And she also said that hormones don’t create moods, but they can exacerbate moods. [Those feelings are] very legitimate; we should pay attention to them. Every time we say that PMS made us do it a misogynist gets his wings! It feeds into this idea that we’re angry; that we don’t know what we’re doing. But really — like a woman who just feels really strong feelings and in another society would be extremely respected.On how she found out sweat is awesome The sweat researcher that I talked to said that if we were overheating and we couldn’t sweat, we’d basically die in, like, 20 to 30 minutes. So when I see my own sweat stains now on my pits, which is probably daily, I try to appreciate that that’s where we come from. That’s how we’re human. And I think that researching or learning about our bodies can also lessen the shame around it.On being at a nudist resort while pregnant with twins — for research You know, I wrote this book to kind of investigate why we feel the way we feel about our bodies. But a wonderful bonus was kind of realizing that we all have such a big variation. … I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! All these people. So many various sizes [and] shapes don’t fit into any of the beauty standards we typically talk about or see. There are rolls! There’s cottage cheese! There are hairy moles!’ … And they’re walking around indulging in life. And you’re like, OK, you know what? We’re just lucky we have bodies. That we get to do all this cool stuff in our bodies.Alyssa Edes and Renita Jablonksi produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Alyssa Edes adapted it for the Web. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
A crossbench disabled peer has called for an end to government-led austerity and the “personal misery” it has caused.Lord [Colin] Low, speaking in the Lords debate on last week’s Queen’s speech, said he believed the result of the general election showed voters were “no longer willing to buy neoliberal austerity”.He told peers that austerity had caused “a great deal of personal misery”, with one in four children living in poverty, the use of foodbanks continuing to rise, and a social security system that was “increasingly inhuman and self-defeating”.He pointed to disabled people losing their Motability cars – and consequently their jobs –because of the government’s personal independence payment reforms, while other benefit claimants have had their payments sanctioned for “unavoidably missing appointments”.He added: “The film I, Daniel Blake is all too true to life. The iniquitous work capability assessment finds people fit to work who are patently unfit and who, coroners find, are taking their lives as a result.”Lord Low (pictured, speaking in the debate) said that this “misery” was caused by “conscious, strategic decision-making” by the government, including cutting £12 billion from social security spending in the last parliament, on top of nearly £20 billion cuts under the coalition government.He said this was part of a 40-year project to “systematically shrink” public sector spending to just 36 per cent or less of national income, compared with 44 per cent in Germany and 50 per cent in Denmark.And he told fellow peers that the Grenfell Tower fire showed the harm caused by this attack on state spending, with the NHS and other public services in crisis and local services unable to cope.He said: “Local government, which provides many of these services, will have lost 60 per cent of its funding by 2020.“The election and the Grenfell Tower fire should serve as a wake-up call that we need to change course.”He called instead for government to borrow while interest rates are low in order to “invest in infrastructure, thus giving people work, getting them off the dole and being productive, fuelling growth by spending and creating demand for consumer goods, and paying taxes and boosting receipts for the exchequer”.The independent peer said he believed that voters in the general election had been attracted by the alternative to “neoliberal austerity” offered by the policies of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party, which although they were widely described as “hard left” were in fact “fairly standard social democracy”.Lord Low also said that the “colossal misjudgements” of the last two prime ministers, David Cameron and Theresa May – over calling the Brexit referendum and a snap general election – showed that it was “surely no longer possible to sustain the pretence that the Conservative party is self-evidently more effective than the Labour party as a vehicle for governing the country”.And he said that “people should realise that the centre of gravity has shifted [leftwards], in defiance of the political establishment, the media and the commentariat”.
Advertisement Financial Cyber Threats In 2013, a study conducted by Kaspersky Lab, shows that cyber criminals are increasingly trying to gain access to the online accounts of users. Last year, the number of cyber attacks involving financial malware increased to 28.4 million – 27.6% more than 2012.Programs designed to steal financial information include banking Trojans, key-loggers and two relatively new classes of malware – one that steals from Bitcoin wallets and another that downloads software to generate the crypto-currency. The combined activity of programs targeting Bitcoin became one of the main drivers behind the growth in financial cyber attacks in 2013. Another factor was the discovery of a number of dangerous vulnerabilities used by criminals to conduct cyber attacks via the popular Java platform.Kaspersky Lab security solutions protected 3.8 million users from financial attacks (an increase of 18.6% year on year) in 2013. Banking Trojans, including the notorious Zbot, Carberp, and SpyEye programs, accounted for two-thirds of financial malware. However, compared with 2012 the share of this type of malware has fallen due to an increase in activity by malicious programs targeting Bitcoin. – Advertisement – In Afghanistan, Bolivia, Cameroon, Mongolia, Myanmar, Peru, Turkey and Ethiopia, the proportion of financial cyber-crime is the greatest. In these countries, this type of threat accounted for more than 12% of all malware incidents.In South Africa, over 83,000 attempts to infect user’s PCs with financial malware were detected by Kaspersky Lab’s solutions in 2013. This is an over 105% increase in comparison to 2012. An average number of attacks of financial malware per user was 3,6; the number of users attacked raised by 139% in comparison with 2012 – more than 4% of users faced them.The proportion of key loggers, malicious programs that intercept keystrokes, also saw a gradual decline as cyber criminals switch from these highly specialized program to Trojans with a wide range of functions.With the explosive growth of in the number of mobile apps capable of stealing money from users’ bank accounts in 2013, there was also a lot of activity in the mobile malware segment. The number of these types of threats in Kaspersky Lab’s collection grew almost 20 times throughout the year. The vast majority of attacks targeted the owners of Android smartphones.Sergey Lozhkin, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab said,“Last year saw a significant increase in the proportion of financial cyber threats, with malware designed to steal money playing a key role. The popularity of banking Trojans and other programs targeting financial data is due to the fact cyber criminals can use them to make money quickly. The current situation has forced users and financial institutions to take active measures against online threats, while security software vendors have to develop new protection solutions.”To counter financial cyber threats, Kaspersky Lab solutions for home users and small businesses integrate Safe Money technology that protects user data during online banking and e-payment sessions.Companies that provide financial online services to their clients may benefit from Kaspersky Lab’s comprehensive Kaspersky Fraud Prevention platform. It was developed to deliver rigorous, multi-layered security for online transactions: a server solution to check customer transactions as well as applications to protect users’ computers and mobile devices.Malware is not the only method used by criminals to steal money online; phishing, or creating fake copies of sites to obtain confidential user data, is also popular. In 2013, Kaspersky Lab protection solutions blocked more than 330 million phishing attacks, of which 31.45% were performed using the names of banks, e-payment systems or online stores.The ‘Financial cyber threats in 2013’ report used data obtained voluntarily from Kaspersky Security Network participants. Kaspersky Security Network is a globally distributed cloud-based infrastructure designed to quickly process depersonalized data about threats which users of Kaspersky Lab’s products encounter.
AddThis ShareNEWS RELEASEJeff Falk713firstname.lastname@example.org Rice University announces its first dual-degree doctoral program with the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in BrazilHOUSTON – (Jan. 3, 2013) – Rice University today announced its first dual-degree doctoral program with the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) in Campinas, Brazil, a public university ranked among the best in both Brazil and Latin America. The program will allow history graduate students who study at both Rice and Campinas to receive a Ph.D. from both schools if they meet certain criteria.Both Rice and UNICAMP’s history departments are known for their expertise in the history of both global and regional slavery.“If you’re a student from Brazil or from the U.S., you don’t have to make a decision as to whether you want to have your Ph.D. from a leading Brazilian institution or a leading American institution,” Rice Provost George McLendon said. “You can have both at the same time.“This is a very exciting opportunity for us not only in the context of Brazil but also in the context of other possible international partners. It enables us to expand our offerings in a critical area of historical studies that would be hard to do if we only called on our own faculty.”The program is intended for a few, highly talented students who are enrolled in the history graduate programs at either school. Students will complete graduate level courses at both institutions. They will write a dissertation that is co-supervised by one faculty member from Rice and UNICAMP. There will be a single dissertation defense at the students’ home institution; prior to this the student will present a summary of the dissertation, the equivalent of a journal article, in the other language.“The idea is to create a student who is completely at home in the academic culture, community and standards in Brazil and the United States, which is a pretty tall order,” said Alida Metcalf, the Harris Masterson, Jr. Professor of History and Rice faculty member who will oversee the program. “Traditionally, students who start off in an American or Brazilian institution really master their home academic culture and may study or do research abroad, but this way they have to actually meet the standards of Brazil or the United States, which means functioning at a really high level in two languages.”The dual-degree doctoral program with UNICAMP joins the list of ongoing Rice and School of Humanities outreach efforts in Brazil, including:— a collaboration with the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianopolis to remediate urban water that has been used to produce hydrocarbons for energy use;— a memorandum of understanding with the University of São Paulo to facilitate an exchange-student program and research collaborations;— an agreement with Brazil’s National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) that enables postdocs and Ph.D. and undergraduate visiting students from Brazil to study at Rice annually with financial support from the council.“This is going to be an exceptionally comprehensive degree,” said Dean of Humanities Nicolas Shumway. “The degree will make students competitive in a job market where most of their peers only have one degree. These graduates will immediately rise to the top of many search lists. This is true for both Rice and UNICAMP students.”-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 24 2019The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) proudly endorses the comprehensive proposal the “Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act” released today that protects patients from surprise medical bills – unanticipated bills from providers not in patients’ insurance network. ASA commends Representatives Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA), Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), Joseph Morelle (D-NY), Van Taylor (R-TX), Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN), Donna Shalala (D-FL), and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) for this important legislation. Related StoriesPersonalizing Nutritional Medicine With the Power of NMRAlmost 74% of Americans show concern about burnout among healthcare professionalsFSMB releases new report surveying digital credentials in healthcareA recent study found that more than 90 percent of claims filed by physician anesthesiologists are in-network and do not involve unanticipated bills from out-of-network providers. However, ASA believes additional work is necessary to address those small number of cases where patients receive surprise bills. ASA commends Reps. Ruiz and the cosponsors for their proposal based on the successful New York state model – a model with robust patient protections that removes patients from billing disputes and holds them harmless from surprise medical bills. The New York state model has been in place since 2015 and has reduced complaints related to surprise bills while also saving health care dollars.During the ASA’s annual fly-in last week, more than 600 physician anesthesiologists met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to advocate for a legislative solution aligned with this recent proposal. ASA leadership and staff have also been involved in several Congressional discussions about fair solutions to this issue. The approach to addressing the problem of surprise medical bills outlined by Congressmen Ruiz and Roe is a fair proposal that puts patients first by holding them harmless from unanticipated bills. The proposal doesn’t pick winners or losers but instead places the dispute where it should be – between the health care provider and the insurance company. I’m also pleased this proposal helps patients by providing greater transparency of their in-network providers while ensuring an independent dispute resolution system to resolve billing disputes.”ASA President Linda Mason, M.D., FASA Source:American Society of Anesthesiologists
You’re talking about a disease that affects hundreds of thousands of children, and that is entirely preventable.”Dr. Sana Syed, UVA Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 18 2019A study published in the open access journal JAMA Open Network June 14 by scientists at the University of Virginia schools of Engineering and Medicine and the Data Science Institute says machine learning algorithms applied to biopsy images can shorten the time for diagnosing and treating a gut disease that often causes permanent physical and cognitive damage in children from impoverished areas.In places where sanitation, potable water and food are scarce, there are high rates of children suffering from environmental enteric dysfunction, a disease that limits the gut’s ability to absorb essential nutrients and can lead to stunted growth, impaired brain development and even death.The disease affects 20 percent of children under the age of 5 in low- and middle-income countries, such as Bangladesh, Zambia and Pakistan, but it also affects some children in rural Virginia.For Dr. Sana Syed, an assistant professor of pediatrics in the UVA School of Medicine, this project is an example of why she got into medicine. Related StoriesStudy offers clues about how to prevent brain inflammation in Alzheimer’sResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injurySyed is working with Donald Brown, founding director of the UVA Data Science Institute and W.S. Calcott Professor in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment, to incorporate machine learning into the diagnostic process for health officials combating this disease. Syed and Brown are using a deep learning approach called “convolutional neural networks” to train computers to read thousands of images of biopsies. Pathologists can then learn from the algorithms how to more effectively screen patients based on where the neural network is looking for differences and where it is focusing its analysis to get results.”These are the same types of algorithms Google is using in facial recognition, but we’re using them to aid in the diagnosis of disease through biopsy images,” said Brown.The machine learning algorithm can provide insights that have evaded human eyes, validate pathologists’ diagnoses and shorten the time between imaging and diagnosis, and from a technical engineering perspective, might be able to offer a look into data science’s “black boxes” by giving clues into the thinking mechanism of the machine.But for Syed, it is still about saving lives.”There is so much poverty and such an unfair set of consequences,” she said. “If we can use these cutting-edge technologies and ways of looking at data through data science, we can get answers faster and help these children sooner.” Source:University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied ScienceJournal reference:Syed, S. et al. (2019) Assessment of Machine Learning Detection of Environmental Enteropathy and Celiac Disease in Children. JAMA Network Open. doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.5822.
© 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The New York Times, the most prestigious newspaper in the United States, announced Wednesday that it expects to “soon” cross the threshold of four million subscribers, even if growth is slowing. Explore further NY Times reports more subscribers, posts Q4 loss The company added 109,000 new digital-only subscriptions in the second quarter.As a result, the newspaper ended the quarter with a 2.89 million digital-only subscriptions and 3.8 million subscriptions as a whole, including readers who receive only the print edition.Since late 2016, when Donald Trump shocked the US establishment by winning the US presidency, the Times has enjoyed a period of rapid growth, acquiring around one million new subscribers.”We’ll soon pass three million digital-only subscribers and four million total subscribers,” Mark Thompson, president and chief executive officer, told a conference call with investors, on Wednesday.But the market has seen digital subscription growth slow, with a net gain of 139,000 readers in the first quarter of 2018, compared to 157,000 new digital-only subscriptions in the last quarter of 2017.Thompson countered that the net additions were “still much higher” than typically achieved in the second quarter since the launch of the pay model.Another reason, he said, for the slowdown was the Times’ decision to reduce marketing spent on Facebook due to a dispute with the social network which is currently in the process of being resolved.Subscription income accounted for 62.8 percent of revenue in the second quarter, compared to 50.5 percent five years ago, an increase that has partially offset a decline in advertising income, the company said.Subscription revenue was up 4.2 percent year-on-year, while advertising revenue was down 9.9 percent.Second-quarter digital advertising revenue decreased 7.5 percent, while total revenue increased to $414.6 million, a growth of 4.2 percent year-on-year.Net profit was $23.6 million, up 51 percent mainly due to a lower outlay on severance costs compared to the same quarter in 2017. Citation: New York Times to pass 4 million subscribers ‘soon’ (2018, August 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-york-million-subscribers.html L’entrée du New York Times, le 21 avril 2011
In mere hours, scientists using MENNDL created a neural network that performed as well as a human expert. It reduces the time to analyze electron microscopy images by months. MENNDL is the first known approach to automatically identify atomic-level structural information in scanning transmission electron microscopy data. In 2018, MENNDL received an R&D 100 award, considered the Oscars of innovation. It’s also a finalist for the Gordon Bell award.MENNDL, an artificial intelligence system, automatically designed an optimal deep learning network to extract structural information from raw atomic-resolution microscopy data. To design the network, MENNDL used 18,000 GPUs on all of the available 3000 nodes of the Summit supercomputer. In a few hours, MENNDL creates and evaluates millions of networks using a scalable, parallel, asynchronous genetic algorithm augmented with a support vector machine to automatically find a superior deep learning network topology and hyper-parameter set. This work is far faster than could be done by a human expert. For the application of electron microscopy, the system furthers the goal of better understanding the electron-beam-matter interactions and real-time image-based feedback, which enables a huge step beyond human capacity toward nanofabricating materials automatically. Explore further Citation: Deep learning for electron microscopy (2018, December 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-deep-electron-microscopy.html Provided by US Department of Energy Researchers use Titan to accelerate design, training of deep learning networks More information: 167-PFlops deep learning for electron microscopy: From learning physics to atomic manipulation. SC’18: Proceedings of the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Dallas, TX (2018). Finding defects in electron microscopy images takes months. Now, there’s a faster way. It’s called MENNDL, the Multinode Evolutionary Neural Networks for Deep Learning. It creates artificial neural networks—computational systems that loosely mimic the human brain—that tease defects out of dynamic data. It runs on all available nodes of the Summit supercomputer, performing 152 thousand million million calculations a second. The same image shown using different analysis methods. a) Raw electron microscopy image. b) Defects (white) as labelled by a human expert. c) Defects (white) as labelled by a Fourier transform method. d) Defects (white) as labelled by the optimal neural network. Defects that don’t exist are shown in purple, and defects that weren’t identified are orange. In mere hours, researchers created a neural network that performed as well as a human expert, demonstrating MENNDL’s ability to significantly reduce the time to analyze electron microscopy images. Credit: US Department of Energy 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.
COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE games July 12, 2018 software and games Published on There is nothing new about gadget-free games. It’s just that with gadgets taking over our lives – be it from cooking, ordering things online, banking from the convenience of our homes or tracking our childrens’ moves, most of us cannot visualise a day without gadgets.If someone were to ask present generation parents or youngsters to name a gadget-free game, chances are that most would run a search before naming one. This is possibly because most parents are more familiar with gadgets, and some rather proud that their wards are at ease using these.However, this does not mean a lack of interest in traditional, gadget-free games. At a recent ‘summer carnival’ at Prozone Mall, a Coimbatore-based start-up, Dhatz Entertainment, kept both young and old hooked to some of its gadget-free games.From ludo to snakes and ladder to tic-tac-toe, the company managed to catch the attention of every visitor, encouraging the crowd to indulge in not just the traditional board games, but some fun-filled colourful ones as well.S Sivashankaran, founder-promoter and Business Development Head of Dhatz, told BusinessLine that he foresaw the need for gadget-free gaming solutions as most young children were addicted to gadgets and parents often failed to think beyond gadgets to keep their wards engaged.“Our intention is to wean kids away from gadgets while trying to entice older ones, too, to disengage from machines. We decided to take people – from toddlers to senior citizens – back to their roots to a fun-filled, gadget-free environment. We have more than 70 games at present; we will be adding another 30 to take it to 100 by September,” he said. The company has come up with digital-detox gaming solutions for all age-groups.Asked why people would want to play snakes and ladder, brainvita or ludo (as these are common in most households), he said “we facilitate people to play these games on life-size wooden boards. The moment they see it, they stop by to try, give it a shot.”“Some are fun-filled games such as pumping a balloon and jumping castle (for toddlers), which you would have seen in a reality show. Corporates enjoy our offerings; we also take up birthday party engagements,” he added.Dhatz has not opened a shop to showcase its array of gaming solutions. Instead, the company partners with corporates. In recent days, some corporate groups have evinced interest in partnering with us at their family functions and get-togethers.“We were part of the Colour Colororam carnival organised by Chennai Silks at Tirunelveli and Tuticorin,” he said and pointed out that Dhatz has developed solutions in such a way that they could be easily transported and assembled at any location within a given timeframe. Sivashankaran and Govindarajan (co-founder) have invested Rs 40 lakh in this venture since inception in April this year. COMMENTS