Dry Weather Continues To Challenge Firefighters As New Management Team Takes Over

first_imgHomer Electric Association joined firefighters Monday to inspect the transmission line corridor north of the highway, planning further fire risk mitigation this week before the line is turned back on. Crews have remained busy with mop-up and suppression repair along 18 miles of firebreak north of the Sterling Highway and along the East Fork Moose River, where they kept mopping-up hot spots and burning out green pockets of black spruce. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on July 5th, 2019 at 06:33 amThe Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 77,732 acres with roughly 454 crew members and is currently at 14% containment, according to Jonathan Ashford, a spokesman for the Alaska Incident Management Team there was no fly over measurement taken on Tuesday. Firelines east of the Sterling community have remained strong as hot, dry weather tested firefighters’ work. Hot, dry weather combined with dry black spruce stands will challenge firefighters all week. The Alaska Black Team is approaching the end of their assignment.  Type 2 Incident Management Team Northwest 13 shadowed the Alaska Team on Tuesday in preparation of assuming command of the fire Wednesday morning. Ashford: “There’s a lot that goes into that, but one that will remain in place is there has been a lot of communication over the last couple days. We have been discussing what has been happening, and what the goals are. The Refuge and other agencies involved have been a part of those discussions.”  Ashford: “You won’t see as much work along the highway while crews continue to work on that southwest corner as we try to complete containment line that heads up towards the East Fork Moose River.” Smoke and haze conditions on the Kenai Peninsula were moderate Monday.  Smoke remains a concern.  For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at http://smoke.alaska.edu. The Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area partially re-opened Monday to public use at Lower and Upper Ohmer Lakes, Lower Ohmer Campground, Upper and Lower Skilak Lake Campgrounds, and Upper Ohmer Lake Cabin. Skilak Lake Road, along with Jim’s, Upper and Lower Skilak landings remain open.  Contact the Refuge Visitor Center at 907-260-2820last_img read more

November Issue is Biggest Revenue Generator in The Atlantics 153Year History

first_imgAtlantic Media may be pursuing an aggressive “digital-first” strategy but the print product has hit a historic highmark. While many magazines reporting ad page gains in 2010 are only comparing that to the nightmare of 2009, The Atlantic says its November 2010 issue is the single highest-revenue issue in the magazine’s 153-year history. The November issue-which features The Atlantic’s “Brave Thinkers” profiles-saw a 60 percent jump in ad pages and a 95 percent gain in ad revenue over November 2009 (also a “Brave Thinkers” issue). The current issue features customized and unconventional ad units, such as a multiple cover execution sponsored by Dow and a Buick gatefold opening the Brave Thinkers editorial package. The Atlantic isn’t the only publisher with a strong digital presence that has seen print perform. Financial Times predicted that content revenues would overtake print advertising in 2010, but has now moved that prediction to 2011, thanks to a jump in print advertising this year.last_img read more

Keanu Reeves superhero Marvel really really wants him to join the MCU

first_img 8 Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit 8:53 32 Photos How I survived the Marvel Studios 22 Movie Marathon Keanu Reeves owns 2019 — and it’s a very excellent adventure Keanu Reeves to star in Cyberpunk 2077, out in April 2020 Reeves’ slow-mo Always Be My Maybe walk works to any song I vote for Keanu Reeves as Johnny Blaze : Ghost Rider .. time to bring him into the MCU @Marvel pic.twitter.com/l8rfg4P6Ro— Grn.Rngr (@alexxcooleyy) June 20, 2019 More on Keanu Reeves Marvel Others suggest Reeves should be cast as everyone from Silver Surfer to Gambit to Moon Knight.Reeves has made headlines this year for everything from his starring action part in John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum to his role as a motorcycle daredevil toy in Toy Story 4 to his upcoming role in the Cyberpunk 2077 video game to a meme-worthy appearance in Netflix movie Always Be My Maybe.There’s also an online petition, with more than 34,000 signatures at press time, urging Time Magazine to make Reeves its person of the year. Keanu in the MCU? He does know kung fu from his Matrix days, after all.Pain heals, and chicks dig scars, but glory lasts forever, Keanu Reeves once told us in The Replacements. Sounds like the perfect motto for a Marvel superhero.And Reeves, who’s having a most excellent and not at all bogus 2019, could join that super-powered universe. A reporter for CNET sister site ComicBook.com asked Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige if the company was planning anything involving Reeves, and indeed, strange things are afoot at the Circle K.”We talk to him for almost every film we make,” Feige said. “I don’t know when, if, or ever he’ll join the MCU, but we very much want to figure out the right way to do it.”Which hero would he play? Due to Reeves’ love of motorcycles, some suggest Ghost Rider. Now playing: Watch this: Originally published June 19.  But many would like to see Reeves as Adam Warlock, who was created by researchers to be the pinnacle of future human evolution. “Adam Warlock was designed to be the most perfect human and everybody can agree that Keanu Reeves is already the most perfect human there is,” wrote one Twitter user. Adam Warlock was designed to be the most perfect human and everybody can agree that Keanu Reeves is already the most perfect human there is so marvel better cast him pic.twitter.com/iefkmh5z8d— ४ 𝐊𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐚 𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐋𝐨𝐤𝐢 ४ (@reevesofloki) June 20, 2019 Comments Share your voice TV and Movies Tagslast_img read more

Bangladesh is like my second home Bhutan PM

first_imgBhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering addresses the Pahela Baishakh celebration, the first day of Bengali New Year, jointly organised by cultural organisation Shurer Dhara and private television channel, Channel-i at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: PIDVisiting Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering on Sunday also joined the colourful Pahela Baishakh celebration, the first day of Bengali New Year, in the capital, reports BSS.The Bhutanese prime minister attended one of the “Naba Barsha (new year)” celebrations jointly organised by Shurer Dhara, a cultural organisation and Channel-i, a private television channel, at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka this morning.Tshering, accompanied by speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, was mesmerised by the performance of Shurer Dhara led by internationally acclaimed singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya.After enjoying different songs, one in Bhutanese language, Lotay greeted the people gathered on the occasion to celebrate Bengali Happy New Year.Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering (R) enjoys cultural programmes to celebrate Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year, jointly organised by cultural organisation Shurer Dhara and private television channel, Channel-i at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: PIDHe expressed his happiness as he was able to join the biggest festival of Bangalees. “I would like to greet you happy New Year from deep of my heart,” he said in Bangla.Tshering had received his MBBS degree from Mymensingh Medical College under foreign student quota and underwent postgraduate training in different medical institutes in Dhaka afterward.Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering (R) takes part in a photo session at a cultural programme to celebrate Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year, jointly organised by cultural organisation Shurer Dhara and private television channel, Channel-i at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: PID“I spent seven years in Mymensingh and four years in Dhaka …. Bangladesh is as like my second home,” Lotay said.Later, the foreign minister told newsmen that when Bhutanese Prime minister was scheduling his visit here, Bangladesh proposed him to come here during the Pahela Baishakh. “He (Lotay) keenly accepted the proposal and rescheduled his visit,” Momen added.last_img read more

1 Million Houston Students Out Of School Due To Severe Weather

first_imgJack WilliamsKlein Collins High SchoolMore than 1 million students in the Houston area had a weather-related day off Monday because of storms that dumped as much as 16 inches of rain.More than 40 districts and universities canceled school as heavy rain and flooding inundated parts of Harris County and threatened nearby areas.The closures included the Houston Independent School District, the largest in Texas with about 215,000 students, plus Texas Southern University and the Houston Community College System.The more than 40,000-student University of Houston cited street flooding in calling off classes. Rice University also canceled school Monday.School has also been canceled for the following school districts:Houston ISDKaty ISDCy-Fair ISDHumble ISDKlien ISD (Klein Collins High School will be closed Tuesday as well due to extensive damage). Aldine ISD Alief ISDWaller ISDSpring ISDSpring Branch ISD (was scheduled for a student/staff holiday on Monday)Hempstead ISDRoyal ISDCrosby ISDGalena Park ISDKIPP Houston Public SchoolsConroe ISDTomball ISDEpiscopal High SchoolHouston Community CollegeLone Star CollegeTWU Houston campusUniversity of HoustonUniversity of Houston at Clear LakeUniversity of St. ThomasBrightwood College North CampusLee CollegeTexas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and TechnologyBaylor College of MedicineAll Neighborhood Centers Promise Community Schools, Early Head Start, Head Start and Senior CentersHEART Program Sharelast_img read more

Report Says EPA Is Being Less Aggressive In Enforcing Rules

first_imgDave FehlingThe Houston skyline is seen on a hazy day.Critics said the Environmental Protection Agency isn’t doing enough to go after polluters.A new report from the Environmental Integrity Project said the agency is being less aggressive in enforcing pollution rules than it was in previous years. The advocacy group said in the Trump Administration’s first year, the EPA dealt with 48 major pollution cases and issued $30 million in fines – a drop in enforcement compared to the first years of the Obama, Bush and Clinton Administrations. “Less enforcement doesn’t mean there aren’t a whole lot of violations out there,” said Eric Schaeffer, the environmental group’s executive director.In response, the EPA said the report ignores the fact that enforcement cases have been steadily dropping for at least the past decade. They were down from almost 4,000 in 2007 to about 2,000 by the time Trump took office.Still, Schaeffer’s group said it worries weaker enforcement will cause polluters to take the rules less seriously. Sharelast_img read more

Delhi this evening is for Faiz

first_imgFaiz Ahmed Faiz is one name that is taken in the same breath with the other Urdu masters. And now Delhiites will get a chance to relive his memories at this evening that is dedicated to the legendary poet. ‘Faiz phir teri yaad ayi’ is an ode to the legendary revolutionary poet from Pakistan who was a notable member of the Progressive Writers’ Movement (PWM), and an avid follower of Marxism. It will be a musical evening based on Faiz’s poems which have been researched and compiled by Vinod Verma, who runs a cultural society, Tamasha. Joining him will be Madan Bala Sindhu’s Sufi and classical music which will be based on Faiz’s poems. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘His pathbreaking poems reflected a tinge of romance and reality during the time of Independence, which triggered the nation to raise its voice against suppression,’ said Verma.The works of Faiz, who is also known as ‘Poet of the East’, will be recited and sung with a background score by Sindhu.‘It’s a celebration of his famous works like Darbar-e-Batan, Dua, Meri kismat se khelne wale, Shisho ka Maseeha koi nahi, Aye kuch abre kuch sharab aye, Raaz- e-ulfat chupa ke dekh liya, Shaam-e-Firaaq, Naqsh-e-Faryadi, Dast-e-Saba, Mere Dil Mere Musafir Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixto name a few of his masterpieces,’ said Sindhu.Music will play a major role in the recital this evening and it will juxtapose with his romantic poems at first, and then later on his rebellious ones.‘The concept, along with the music, is based on Faiz’s life. He took a turn from romantic writings to realistic ones when he was sent to correctional homes in 1951 due to a political conspiracy in Pakistan,’ said Verma, who has done almost 100 workshops on Faiz’s works in India and abroad in the last 32 years. Says Sindhu: ‘Faiz is like a Comrade, his thoughts were soft but effective and inspired the classical and Sufi singers. His poetry never gets old because the problems and situations are so much related to us till now and they have not changed.’‘Today we sing his songs because of his beautiful poetry, he as a human being served as an inspiration which motivated us to speak up for ourselves, for the society,’ added Sindhu.DETAILAt: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi RoadWhen: 17 January Timings: 7 pm onwardslast_img read more

Calling out the best of Indian theatre groups

first_imgThe Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META), a week long national theatre festival and awards programme which stages the best in theatre from across the country is all set for its 13th edition to be held in April. META confers awards across 13 categories, recognizing and celebrating various aspects of stagecraft including stage design, lighting and costumes apart from best play and best ensemble cast and best director. The flavour of META lies in its diversity in terms of both themes and regions represented and this edition seeks to continue this tradition. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTheatre groups from across the country are invited to participate in the festival and compete for the most comprehensive awards in Indian theatre. The deadline for applications is January 20. An advisory committee representing various regions of the country will recommend plays from their respective states, comprising the best of regional theatre. These plays will get direct entry to the META selection committee’s screening. This committee, comprising eminent performing arts personalities, will then select 10 plays that will ultimately be staged in Delhi and these chosen entries in 13 award categories will be invited to stage their productions before a distinguished jury and general audiences in the Capital. Entries can be submitted online at the official website of META awards.. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveJay Shah, Head of Cultural Outreach, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. encouraging the efforts of the group said “The Mahindra Group has always invested in the arts with the vision to nurture creativity and encourage passion. It gives us immense satisfaction to see the results of over a decade. META is not just a festival but an ongoing movement to recognize and salute the best of Indian theatre.”Sanjoy Roy, MD ofTeamwork Arts said, “The META journey has proved beyond doubt that there is an abundance of talent within the country. Over the years, META has served as a platform to showcase the best of Indian theatre, resulting in a significant contribution to the country’s cultural landscape.”The 13th META Festival which is scheduled from April 14 to 19 will be held at New Delhi’s Kamani Auditorium and Shri Ram Centre along with a red carpet awards night on April 2.last_img read more

Rep Frederick announces MDOT grants

first_img Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso today announced a combined grant award of $1,005,720 to the City of Owosso from the Michigan Department of Transportation. Projects under the Transportation Economic Development Fund Category A were awarded funds for construction on several roads in Shiawassee County.“I applaud the City of Owosso for earning this vital grant,” Frederick said. “It is essential to continue enhancing our roads and improving local infrastructure to support businesses and attract new job providers in mid-Michigan.”The first grant of $288,545 will be used to reconstruct McMillan Street from Monroe Street toward South Street by installing intersection improvements, updated signs and pavement markings. The second grant of $599,175 will be used to reconstruct Monroe Street from McMillan Street westerly to Gould Street. The final grant of $118,000 will be used to mill and resurface Gould Street from Monroe Street northerly to M-71.The Transportation Economic Development Fund operates under the Michigan Department of Transportation, and aims to enhance Michigan’s competitiveness in the global market by providing funds to state, county, and city road agencies for highway needs. Categories: Frederick News 01Nov Rep. Frederick announces MDOT grantslast_img read more

Hulu is canning its adsupported streaming and cat

first_imgHulu is canning its ad-supported streaming and catch-up service with a chunk of the free content moving to a Yahoo View, a new service from the ISP.The core Hulu services will be paid-for US$7.99 (€7.20) and US$11.99 SVOD services. The news comes soon after Time Warner bought into the on-demand business for US$583 million, and ahead of Hulu launching its live streaming on linear nets, for which there are not yet any pricing details.Hulu has been moving away from its free service for some time, making it less easy to locate than via the paid service, and driving free customers to the paid-for alternatives. It has also, like Netflix and Amazon, been investing in originals and high-profile acquisitions such as Seinfeld, Homeland and Fargo.The company now says the free service is not in sync with that offering.“For the past couple years, we’ve been focused on building a subscription service that provides the deepest, most personalised content experience possible to our viewers,” said Ben Smith, head of experience, at Hulu.“As we have continued to enhance that offering with new originals, exclusive acquisitions, and movies, the free service became very limited and no longer aligned with the Hulu experience or content strategy.”Yahoo, itself in the throes of being acquired by US telco Verizon, saidYahoo View is a “community TV-watching site”. It will have thousands of episodes of shows that were on the free Hulu service including network series Scandal and Empire. There will also be extras and links to related TV blogs.In a blog post, Jess Lee, vice president of Lifestyles Product for the ISP said: “We’ve seen awesome things happen when you add community and content together (think of the passionate communities on Yahoo Sports, Polyvore and Tumblr to name a few) and are excited to be taking this first step towards creating a powerful community TV-watching experience.“Today’s launch is only scratching the surface of what’s possible, and we are looking forward to rolling out more content and community-related updates soon!”last_img read more

Nvidias Shield TV Nvidia unveiled its new Nvidia

first_imgNvidia’s Shield TVNvidia unveiled its new Nvidia Shield TV media streamer and gaming device at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week.The redesigned Android TV-based device will ship with both a remote and a game controller, support 4K high dynamic range images, and in the coming months will be expanded with artificial intelligence capabilities – including hands-free Google Assistant integration on TV.The device will give users access to streaming services like Amazon Video, Netflix, YouTube and Google Play Movies, as well as access to an expanded catalogue of streamed games – including Ubisoft catalogue games like Watch Dogs 2 and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.Shield TV is available to pre-order now and will ship in the United States, Canada and select European regions later this month. Including controller and remote, it will be priced at US$199.99 in the US, £189.99 in the UK and €229.99 in Germany.last_img read more

LG has unveiled what it claims is the worlds firs

first_imgLG has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED display as the company affirmed its commitment to the high-end TV market.LG will showcase the 8K display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week and said that the 8K panel offers higher resolution without compromising brightness.The OLED display will offer 33 million pixels (7680×4320) – 16 times more than full HD (1920×1080) and four times more than Ultra HD (3840×2160).“The successful development of the world’s first 8K OLED display is a milestone for the 8K era and underscores the exciting potential of OLED,” said In-Byung Kang, executive vice president and chief technology officer at LG Display.“OLED is clearly a next-generation technology leader and for this reason, LG Display is accelerating its research and development into OLED so that we can provide differentiated products to customers and markets.”LG Display’s booth will be found at N228 in the North Hall Meeting Room of the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES, which runs from January 9-12.last_img read more

In This Issue Flight to safety but was it nec

first_imgIn This Issue. * Flight to safety, but was it necessary??? * STL Fed Head Bullard says we are at a turning point… * China lets the renminbi rise… * Australian officials bypass the US$… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A questionable flight to safety… Good day… It was a ‘risk-off’ day in the currency markets yesterday as traders continued to digest data suggesting manufacturing in both the Chinese and European economies is slowing. Currency investors moved back into the ‘safe haven’ currencies of the Japanese yen and US$, pushing the yen up over 1% and the dollar index to a weekly high. I mentioned the Chinese report yesterday morning, but failed to give many details. The report was produced by HSBC Holdings PLC and Markit Economics and reported an index of factory output in China dropped to 48.1 in March. As with most of these indexed reports, a number below 50 indicates a contraction. China continues to be the globes economic engine, so any report that shows that engine is slowing causes drama in the markets. Readers of the Pfennig can probably surmise that I think the markets were over-reacting to this report. The Chinese government stated last year that they were looking to ‘tap the brakes’ and wanted to see their economies rapid growth slow. They knew there was a serious risk of inflating bubbles in their markets, and a slowdown was needed. To their credit, they were transparent in their intentions to slow growth from the red hot double digits to a more sustainable 7.5%. But ‘traders’ make money on volatility, and the release of the HSBC/Markit report gave them an opportunity to push the markets around. The commodity based currencies were the worst hit, and the damage continued through most of morning. Numbers released out of Europe only increased currency traders concern regarding the global recovery. A report from the UK yesterday showed retail sales fell more than expected in February and a report from Ireland showed that countries economy slipped back into recession in the fourth quarter. All of this data had investors running for cover yesterday morning, and the yen and US$ were the two currencies they sought out for shelter. But a funny thing happened in late trading yesterday as the dollar reversed its earlier gains and started to move lower. I couldn’t find anything in particular which drove the dollar down, but it may have been sparked by comments made by St. Louis Fed President James Bullard who was in Hong Kong. Bullard suggested US monetary policy may be at a turning point, suggesting our days of ultra easy money may be coming to an end. With policy currently “on pause, it may be a good time to take stock of whether we may be at a turning point,” Bullard said in a speech. “As the US economy continues to rebound and repair,” further action “may create an over commitment to ultra-easy monetary policy.” Bullards comments sent a warning to the markets that the low interest rates which they have become addicted to are not going to last forever. While some would think higher US rates should push the dollar up (interest rate differentials have been one of the main drivers of currency markets in the past), higher rates could also put our recovery in jeopardy which worries investors. Data released in the US seemed to support Bullard’s thoughts that the US is passing through a turning point. Initial jobless claims were a bit lower than expected, at 348k compared to an adjusted 353k new claims last week. Leading indicators were also positive, moving up .7% compared to economist’s expectations of a .6% increase. This morning we will get a report of new home sales for February which are predicted to have increased 1.3% during February after falling .9% last month. A couple of the ‘big boys’ announced changes to their currency opinions yesterday. Goldman Sachs recommended investors should sell the US$ vs. the Japanese yen to take advantage of a possible reversal of the recent movement in these two currencies. “There is a substantial risk that the sharp move in the yen will reverse at least partially in the new fiscal year,” Goldman Sachs analysts wrote. “Seasonal patterns point in that direction. The surprise improvement in the February trade balance in Japan supports our view and we are now also coming very close to fiscal year end in Japan.” So the folks over at Goldman are going against the grain and believe the yen will appreciate. Perhaps this report was one of the reasons the yen jumped over 1% yesterday (The folks over at Goldman certainly still swing the big stick in the markets). Citigroup adjusted the allocations of the currencies which make up their ‘Model Portfolio’, increasing the percentage allotted to the Swedish krona and decreasing the weighting of the Canadian dollar. Currency analysts at Citi believe the Swedish currency is relatively cheap compared to its European peers. They also feel the Canadian dollar is near enough to the top of its trading range that it is prudent to take some profits. I guess they wish they would have made the call on the loonie a few days ago, as the Canadian dollar fell to parity with the US$ yesterday for the first time in nearly two weeks. A report showed retail sales grew slower than predicted during the month of January and this combined with another drop in the price of crude oil caused the loonie to fall nearly 1% in the past two days to settle in just above parity. The Chinese currency surged higher overnight as the PBOC increased the fixing rate by the largest margin this year. The central bank also cut reserve requirements for its rural banking system in order to boost lending. Officials in China believe the economy will bottom in the first or second quarter and that the country has already passed through the tightest credit conditions in this cycle. And Moody’s Investor Services helped boost confidence in the Chinese banking system saying Premier Wen Jiabao’s policies will limit the increase in bad debt that analysts say will mar profit reports this month. Moody’s said Wen’s efforts to curb property speculation are “having the desired effect”. Chuck has been detailing the efforts of China to gain acceptance of their Chinese Renminbi for use in global trade. One of the ways they have been pushing their currency into the markets has been through the use of ‘swap agreements’ with some of their major trading partners. The countries use these swap agreements to bypass the US$ which is typically used for global trade, and instead use the local currencies. China has entered into these swap agreements with several of their trading partners (20 to be exact) the largest of which was Brazil. But they had not entered into a swap agreement with any of the ‘major’ countries until yesterday when the Reserve Bank of Australia announced they had agreed to a $31 billion currency swap with China. According to a statement from the RBA, “The main purpose of the swap agreements are to support trade and investment between Australia and China, particularly in local currency terms, and to strengthen bilateral financial co-operation.” The amount of $31 billion isn’t dramatic in the big picture of global trade, but it is quite obvious China is looking to decrease their reliance on US$, and therefore decreasing the globe’s dependence on the greenback. The RBA statement went on to say “The agreement reflects the increasing opportunities available to settle trade between the two countries in Chinese renminbi and to make RMB-denominated investments.” The US$ is slowly losing its grip on its ‘reserve currency’ status. And the impact won’t just a hit to our nation’s collective ego. Our status as the globe’s reserve currency has kept our interest rates down and demand for our currency up. Countries across the globe have to have dollars in order to trade as most of the major commodities are traded in dollars (OIL is a prime example). This forces these countries to hold dollars in reserve, as they will need them to trade, and they purchase our treasury instruments in order to ‘park’ these dollars. So having the dollar as the reserve currency has allowed the US to continue to issue bonds at lower rates than we would be able to if we weren’t home to the world’s reserve currency. China doesn’t ‘have it in’ for the dollar, but are obviously looking to give the Renminbi a higher profile in the global economy. Then there was this… Jack Stapleton, my good friend and the new Director of our EverBank Infinity Banking Program here sent me a story yesterday morning which suggests the stronger CAD$ may be having a positive impact on US auto manufacturing. The story which was written by Peter Wadkins over at ThomsonReuters detailed the data on Canadian and US manufacturing numbers and compared them to automobile sales. Canadian auto sales are up, but wholesale sales (most of which are shipped to the US) were down. At the same time, US manufacturing in the Midwest has rebounded higher over the past few months – mostly due to increased auto and auto parts manufacturing. Wadkins theorizes that the strong CAD$ has the big 3 auto manufacturers beginning to shift production back to the US. If this becomes a trend, we could see Canadian leaders start trying to do something about the strength of the Canadian dollar. To recap… The US$ rallied yesterday morning as investors moved into the US$ and yen as safe havens. The reason for the big exodus from ‘risk’ trades was the report I wrote about yesterday which suggested China will be slowing. The US$ reversed course midway through the trading day and continued to fall overnight. Goldman Sachs suggested investors should sell the US$ vs. JPY and Citigroup increased their allocation to Swedish krona while reducing the Canadian dollar. The Chinese currency surged overnight and the RBA and PBOC announced a swap agreement which bypasses the US$. Finally, a story shared by one of my coworkers suggests the big 3 automakers may be moving some of their manufacturing back to the US. Currencies today 3/23/2012. American Style: A$ $1.0402, kiwi .8128, C$ $1.0045, euro 1.3249, sterling 1.5856, Swiss $1.0992. European Style: rand 7.7253, krone 5.7640, SEK 6.74, forint 222.37, zloty 3.1480, koruna 18.6995, RUB 29.3398, yen 82.66, sing 1.2639, HKD 7.7658, INR 51.2175, China 6.3076, pesos 12.8333, BRL 1.8192, Dollar Index 79.453, Oil $105.93, 10-year 2.26%, Silver $31.6725, and Gold $1,650.91. That’s it for today… And the end of a relatively calm week for the currency and metals markets. It was kind of nice not having to deal with any wild market swings, and the Euro debt problem barely made an appearance in this week’s Pfennig. We are marching toward our T24 conversion next weekend, which will mark the successful end of a 4 year project. Looking forward to spending some time with my family this weekend, hopefully the rain which is starting this morning will push through by this evening. Everyone go have a Fantastic Friday, and a wonderful weekend!! Thanks for reading the Pfennig! Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

The dollar index closed at 8376 in lateafternoon

first_img The dollar index closed at 83.76 in late-afternoon trading in New York on Monday…and then traded more or less sideways until 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…and the subsequent rally peaked out at 84.20 about 10:20 a.m. in New York.  Then, in less than three hours, the index fell to its low of 83.70 at precisely 1:00 p.m. EDT…giving up all of its earlier gains…and a few basis points more.  The index closed at 83.76…unchanged on the day. The gold price fell $40 as the dollar index rose 41 points between 2:00 p.m. in Hong Kong…and 10:20 a.m. in New York…but when the dollar index declined 52 basis points during the following two and half hours, the gold price only rose by about $15. I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column…but not too many ones related to precious metals…and a couple of them are must reads. What is your “fair Share” of what someone else has worked for? – Thomas Sowell I was hoping for better price action than we got yesterday, considering the impressive key reversals all four precious metals painted.  But that was not to be…and gold’s attempt to break above the $1,400 spot price mark in late afternoon trading in Hong Kong got smacked immediately.  But the moves we actually got in all four precious metals were out of all proportion to the antics of the dollar index…a fact that I wrote about further up. The only ‘good’ thing about yesterday’s price action was the fact that, if all the data is reported in a timely manner, this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report should be something to see, as yesterday at the close of Comex trading was the cut-off for it. As Ted pointed out in his commentary above…and as last COT Report showed…the precious metals are configured for a major move higher.  It only remains to be seen if JPMorgan et al will show up as long sellers/short sellers of last resort as prices rise through their critical moving averages. All we can do is wait it out. At the moment, gold and silver prices are miles below their current 20-day moving averages…the first moving average of any consequence [according to Ted] as far as the mega-short technical funds are concerned.  But sooner or later it will be pierced, either by price action or the passage of time, and then the technical funds who use this average as a target, will start heading for the exits. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver with their respective 20 and 50-day moving averages… (Click on image to enlarge) Gold chopped around the $1,375 spot mark through most of Far East trading on their Wednesday, but about ten minutes before London opened, the gold price popped for about ten bucks.  It was the same story in silver, but it only moved about 15 cents during that same period.  As I write this paragraph, London has been open ten minutes, so we’ll see what happens once the trading day has a couple of hours under its belt. Volumes are pretty light…at least compared to the volumes we’ve seen lately at this time of day.  Most of it is still of the HFT variety…but there’s not a lot of it. The dollar index is up about 7 basis points. And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 4:30 a.m. Eastern time, nothing much has changed since I wrote the above paragraph.  Gold is up about twelve bucks…and silver is up two bits.  The dollar index is flat…and volumes, although understandably higher now, are still pretty light all things considered. I haven’t the foggiest idea how the rest of the trading day will turn out, but we’re set up for a rally of biblical proportions if “da boyz” don’t show up…and it’s just a matter of when, not if, that rally begins.  Then, in very short order, we’ll find what their intentions are. See you on Thursday. The gold shares gapped down almost 4 percent at the open…hit their low at 10:00 a.m. EDT when gold hit its low…and then rallied until around 1:00 p.m. in New York, before selling off into the close as gold did the same.  The HUI finished down 2.75%. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 18 gold and 10 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow within the Comex-approved depositories.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. GLD had another withdrawal yesterday. This time it was 270,710 troy ounces…and as of 11:38 p.m. last night, there were no reported changes in SLV. The U.S. Mint had another sales report yesterday.  They sold 5,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 217,500 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories, there was big movement in silver inventories on Monday.  They received 968,451 troy ounces…and shipped 1,119,034 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here. In gold on Monday, these depositories didn’t receive any, but shipped 32,033 troy ounces out the door…and the link to that activity is here. Here is today’s “cute quota”… The silver chart looked similar…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 2.37%. Silver was under selling pressure right from the New York open on Monday evening…and was down about 50 cents by 9:00 a.m. Hong Kong time.  It rallied until around 2:00 p.m…and then, like gold, went into a slow decline, with the low also at the London p.m. gold fix…10:00 a.m. EDT in New York. And also, like gold, rallied until noon before selling off a bit into the close.  The noon low, according to Kitco, printed $22.00 spot. Silver closed at $22.43 spot…down 49 cents on the day.  Gross volume was a chunky 63,000 contracts.center_img The platinum and palladium charts looked mostly similar. (Click on image to enlarge) Sponsor Advertisement As last COT Report showed, the precious metals are configured for a major move higher After an exciting day on Monday, trading in the Far East was very quiet…and the attempt to break through the $1,400 spot mark around 1:30 p.m. Hong Kong time was the start of a long, slow sell-off that ended at the London p.m. gold fix.  The low tick at that point was, according to Kitco…$1,359.00 spot. The subsequent rally lasted until noon in New York…and that was it for the day. Gold closed at $1,376.00 spot…down $24.10 from Monday.  Net volume was very heavy…around 195,000 contracts. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.”  Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained.  Please visit our website for more information about the project.last_img read more

Disabled people could be at risk of violence and

first_imgDisabled people could be at risk of violence, and even “killings and euthanasia”, because of their portrayal by the UK government and media as “parasites” who live on benefits, according to unpublished comments by the chair of a UN committee.Theresia Degener, who chairs the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, warns in the interview that such portrayals of disabled people are “very, very dangerous”.Her comments are even more critical and highly-charged than those she and her committee colleagues made during last month’s two-day public examination in Geneva of the UK’s progress on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Degener herself had told the UK government’s delegation that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe”, comments that were repeated by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in yesterday’s prime minister’s questions (see separate story).But her comments in the interview with a BBC journalist – which are believed to have not been broadcast – go even further.Degener (pictured) says that cuts to social security have been so severe that they have become “life threatening to many disabled people”, and she then talks about the impact of the austerity cuts on public attitudes to disabled people.She says in the interview that “disabled people being portrayed as parasites, living on social benefits, and welfare and the taxes of other people” was “very, very dangerous”.She says that such attitudes “will later on lead to violence against disabled people, we know it, if not to killings and euthanasia”.She stressed later to Disability News Service (DNS) that she was not comparing the situation in the UK to the propaganda used in Nazi Germany, where disabled people were often referred to by the state as “useless eaters” who led “burdensome lives” as a justification for the killing of as many as 275,000 disabled people by doctors.She told DNS: “I did not draw a comparison with Nazi Germany in the 1930s/40s because the current UK situation is in no way comparable to Nazi Germany.“I meant to alert more generally to the danger of dividing disabled people from the general population by ‘othering’ them as ‘parasites’.“There have been killings (disguised as mercy killings) based on such irrational thinking.”She says in the BBC interview: “I am not saying that [this violence] is happening right now in the UK, but this is why governments have to stop this kind of attitude.”Degener, who herself is German and a professor of law and disability studies, says that “although we would never as a human rights treaty body favour censorship, we think that media and the government have some responsibility in this regard”.Her comments follow concerns raised in the committee’s report about “the persisting occurring incidents of negative attitudes, stereotypes and prejudice against persons with disabilities… as well as concerning their social protection entitlements”.Her colleague Coomaravel Pyaneandee, a vice-chair of the committee, had said during the public examination that disabled people in the UK were “most concerned” about negative attitudes towards disabled people on benefits which were “fuelled” by the media and “government representatives”.Disabled activists and opposition politicians have repeatedly raised concerns that ministers or civil servants have briefed newspapers in a way that encourages them to report inaccurate and misleading articles, with headlines such as “75 per cent of incapacity claimants are fit to work” and “Disabled benefit? Just fill in a form”.In 2012, a report by Disability Rights UK found that disabled people increasingly believed that coverage of welfare reform and other disability issues in national newspapers was helping to fuel hate crime, with many of the respondents blaming rising hostility towards them on “government spin and distortion” and “rhetoric from the government about scroungers and benefit cheats”.The previous year, a letter from the Disability Benefits Consortium to Maria Miller, then the minister for disabled people, accused the government of causing disabled people “significant alarm” by releasing information about disability living allowance (DLA) that led to “misleading” media coverage.The letter warned her of the government’s obligations under the Equality Act not to “generate stigma, persecution or harassment of disabled people requiring support from the welfare system”.Degener also says in the BBC interview that, compared to other countries with “less economic power” and less advanced equality and discrimination legislation, the UK’s austerity policy was “less human rights oriented”, so that “UK appears to be a strong country when it comes to equal rights but a very, very weak country with relation to economic, social and culture rights”.She says the UK’s record on disability rights “is going backwards in a pace and to an amount that it worries us a lot” and that the evidence in front of the committee was “overwhelming”.Degener was not available this week to expand on her remarks, but she has given permission for them to be used by DNS.She made the comments in an interview recorded for BBC News on 31 August, following the publication of the committee’s “concluding observation” on the UK.The comments were recorded by the UN because the interview took place at the end of a press conference.BBC News has given DNS permission to quote from the interview, which appears to have been intended for its News at Ten programme but was not broadcast.A DWP spokeswoman did not respond directly to Degener’s comments, but repeated the government’s previous response to the committee’s concluding observations.She said: “We’re disappointed that this report does not accurately reflect the evidence we gave to the UN, and fails to recognise all the progress we’ve made to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives.“We spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before, and the second highest in the G7*.“We’re committed to furthering rights and opportunities for all disabled people, which is why it is encouraging that almost 600,000 disabled people have moved into work in the UK over the last four years.“We’re also a recognised world leader in disability rights and equality, which is why we supported the development of the UN convention.”She said the UK has “some of the strongest equalities legislation in the world, including the Equality Act 2010, and we will continue to make sure that these rights are protected”.She added: “This government believes that a disability or health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life – or in the workplace.“This forms the foundation of our reforms to help disabled people realise their potential in the labour market and wider society.”She also directed DNS to the concluding remarks of Karen Jochelson, who heads the Office for Disability Issues and led the UK delegation at the public examination in Geneva, and which can be watched here from 3:04:41.*The other G7 countries are the USA, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Canadalast_img read more

Digital TV Startup Aereo May Wind Up in the Supreme Court

first_img Brian Patrick Eha Legal arguments against Aereo, a tech startup that makes it possible for consumers to watch unauthorized digital streams of broadcast programming, may reach the U.S. Supreme Court. This move comes after lower courts gave Aereo the green light to continue allowing this type of streaming, even after broadcasters cried foul. Broadcasters plan to petition the nation’s highest court sometime in the next few days, Variety reports.Founded in 2011, New York City-based Aereo launched its service in March of last year, aiming to change the way people access and watch TV programming. Aereo uses internet-connected antennas to capture broadcast signals and make them available to paying users on any type of device.For months now, big broadcasters — including NBC Universal, ABC and Fox — have been trying to shut Aereo down, claiming that it is stealing and reselling their programming. Aereo doesn’t pay broadcasters for their content. It argues its antennas are legally akin to the ones people already use to watch TV in their own homes.To date, it seems that courts are siding with the startup. In July 2012, a New York federal judge refused to grant an injunction to stop Aereo from operating. And the Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied broadcasters’ request to reconsider the decision of the lower court.Related: TV Startup Aereo Countersues Big BroadcasterToday, a judge in Boston issued a similar ruling in favor of Aereo. “Today’s decision makes clear that there is no reason that consumers should be limited to 1950s technology to access over-the-air broadcast television,” said Chet Kanojia, Aereo’s founder and chief executive, in a statement.In Washington and Los Angeles, however, district court judges found in favor of broadcasters in cases brought against Film On X, a startup similar to Aereo. Film On X appealed the lower court’s decision, but it remains to be seen how the appellate court for the Ninth Circuit will decide. A finding that conflicts with the Second Circuit might persuade the Supreme Court to settle the matter.On the heels of these legal developments comes the announcement today that Aereo will release its first Android app later this month. Currently the service is not available for Android users, though it is accessible via the web on desktop computers and laptops.”At Aereo, we believe consumers should have more choice and control over how they watch television and a big part of that is expanding the universe of devices that they can use to access Aereo’s technology,” Kanojia said in a news release.Until now, Kanojia said, the company had focused on expanding its geographical reach. So far, Aereo’s service is available in seven U.S. cities, including New York, Miami, Atlanta and Dallas.Related: 3 Tips for Doing Deals With Big Companies 3 min read Add to Queue Next Article –shares October 10, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Digital TV Startup Aereo May Wind Up in the Supreme Court Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Technology Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Social media has negative influence on childrens food intake shows study

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 4 2019New University of Liverpool research, published in Pediatrics, highlights the negative influence that social media has on children’s food intake.Current research shows celebrity endorsement and television advertising of unhealthy foods increases children’s intake of these foods. However, children are increasingly exposed to marketing through digital avenues, such as on social media, and the impact of marketing by YouTube video bloggers (vloggers) on these outcomes has, until now, not been known.According to a recent report by Ofcom children in the UK now access social media more than ever before. Approximately 93% of 8-11-year-olds go online, 77% use YouTube and 18% have a social media account. In older children (12-15-year-olds), 99% go online, 89% use YouTube and 69% have a social media account. Both age groups watch YouTube vloggers.Vloggers’ influenceRelated StoriesNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationPhD student Anna Coates, from the University’s Appetite and Obesity research group, conducted a study to examine the effect of social media marketing of snack foods (healthy and unhealthy), via vloggers’ Instagram pages, on children’s snack intake.During the study 176 children, aged between 9 and 11 years, were randomly split into three equal groups and were shown artificially created, but realistic, Instagram pages of popular vloggers (each has millions of followers). One group was shown images of the vlogger with unhealthy snacks, the second group was shown images of the vlogger with healthy snacks and the third group was shown images of the vlogger with non-food products. The participants’ subsequent intake of snacks (healthy and unhealthy options) were measured.Children in the group that viewed the unhealthy snack images consumed 32% more kcals from unhealthy snacks specifically and 26% more kcals in total (from healthy and unhealthy snacks) compared with children who saw the non-food images. There was no significant difference in total kcal intake, or healthy snack kcal intake, between children who saw the Instagram profile with healthy images and those who saw the non-food images.Impactful and exploitativeOf the study Anna Coates, said: “These findings suggest that the marketing of unhealthy foods, via vloggers’ Instagram pages, increases children’s immediate energy intake. The results are supported by celebrity endorsement data, which show unhealthy food endorsements increase children’s unhealthy food intake, but healthy food endorsements have little or no effect on healthy food intake.”Young people trust vloggers more than celebrities so their endorsements may be even more impactful and exploitative. Tighter restrictions are needed around the digital marketing of unhealthy foods that children are exposed to, and vloggers should not be permitted to promote unhealthy foods to vulnerable young people on social media.” Source:https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/last_img read more

Arc Bio launches unique NGSbased metagenomics platform for pathogen detection

first_imgWe performed a retrospective study of the Galileo™ Pathogen Solution NGS pipeline for the detection and quantitation of DNA viruses in my lab using residual samples from transplant patients. The Galileo test has shown to be a promising new technology with excellent proof of principle analytical data that has the potential to revolutionize many areas of clinical microbiology.”Benjamin Pinsky, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Clinical Virology, Stanford Healthcare & Stanford Children’s Health Source:https://www.arcbio.com/ Galileo™ Pathogen Solution consists of a software component, Galileo™ Analytics, and Sample Preparation reagents and provides healthcare professionals with a research tool that gives them the power to perform sophisticated analyses without requiring bioinformatics expertise. Galileo™ Pathogen Solution can quickly and efficiently provide quality control data from an NGS run and detect and quantify pathogens from unbiased metagenomic sequencing data, yielding a viral load for calibrated pathogens and a quantitative metric for all others.Galileo™ Analytics is a cloud-based proprietary software that provides quick and reliable results, an intuitive user interface that does not require bioinformatics expertise, and detailed, actionable reports. Just as GalileoTM AMR was launched to provide a solution for the growing epidemic of antimicrobial resistance, Galileo™ Pathogen Solution – Transplant has been designed to address the need for more reliable and comprehensive viral detection and quantification.Related StoriesFACS-based CRISPR screening shows how Chlamydia bacterium invades host cellsStudy shows how bacteria can destroy host cells from the insideApplication of machine learning methods to healthcare outcomes researchThe number of transplants in the U.S. is growing at approximately 4 percent yearly, and of the more than 57,000 transplants each year about 30 percent of all recipients will get a viral infection. The average cost to treat a viral infection from a donor organ or reactivation post-transplant per patient is about $400,000.Arc Bio’s goal is to provide products that will help provide better care and reduce these costs.Arc Bio, founded by leading geneticists and bioinformaticians, plans to continue to launch a full suite of NGS-based metagenomics research solutions — under its GalileoTM product line – that will provide improved tools for fast, accurate and cost-effective analyses in the field of infectious diseases.center_img Apr 12 2019Arc Bio – which debuted last year with its GalileoTM AMR antimicrobial resistance detection software – today revealed the second offering in its GalileoTM product line: a comprehensive next-generation sequencing (NGS) test to provide data to aid in the monitoring of post-transplant patients, who are at high risk for infection or reactivation of potentially fatal viral infections.The company revealed its launch plans this week at the 29th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases in Amsterdam. Galileo™ Pathogen Solution – Transplant will officially launch at the ASM Clinical Virology Symposium in May and will initially be made available as a Research Use Only test that laboratories can purchase and validate as a Laboratory Developed Test.With the current standard of real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) technology, only one virus can be detected per test, despite there being hundreds of different viral strains that can infect transplant patients.Galileo™ Pathogen Solution is one comprehensive test able to detect common viral infections as well as rarer ones – including Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein–Barr virus (EBV), BK virus (BKV) and human adenovirus (hADv) –  and provide a quantitative signal. Galileo™ Pathogen Solution offers the ability to detect antiviral resistance genes, coupled with simultaneous quantitative detection of these viruses comprised of greater than 350 curated viral strains. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to provide cutting edge tools that will help combat the global challenges of infectious disease and antibiotic resistance. With this and future additions to our GalileoTM product line, our aim is to provide innovative tools that can be used to implement NGS detection that aid in diagnostic management.”Arc Bio Chief Executive Officer Dr. Todd Dickinson, a Founding Scientist of Illuminalast_img read more