The 42 return flights are scheduled for service between June and October, during which time the Sunshine Coast will leverage the opportunity to boost leisure, business and conference travel. “Tourism is one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy and increasing aviation access is key to helping the industry reach the goal of growing overnight visitor expenditure from AU$15 billion to AU$30 billion by 2020,” Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey said. Air New Zealand will extend the length and frequency of its annual seasonal flights from Auckland to the Sunshine Coast for another three years, following two successful seasons. Source = ETB News: L.B. This year, the service delivered 8,351 passengers to the Sunshine Coast, 85 percent of which were Kiwis, with total expenditure in the region by visitors estimated to be AU$9 million, with an overall economic impact of AUD $22 million, a figure expected to grow by 500 percent over the next three years.
Initially operated Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Daily operations will commence from 9 November 2018.20451955SQ37Los Angeles-Singapore Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.20100540 (+2)*All times local. Flight schedules are subject to slots and regulatory approvals. Go back to the enewsletterSingapore Airlines will launch non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles using the new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) aircraft in November. In addition, SIA will step up existing daily non-stop Singapore – San Francisco services to 10 times per week. Together with the earlier announced non-stop Singapore – New York services, SIA will link Singapore and the US with 27 weekly non-stop flights by the end of 2018. “Our US services have always been popular with our customers and we are pleased to be able to provide even more travel options with the launch of non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles, and an increase in frequency on the existing non-stop Singapore – San Francisco route,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Goh Choon Phong.“Together with our non-stop flights between Singapore and New York that will launch in October, SIA will redefine the convenience of travelling between Singapore and the United States, delivering on our promise to constantly enhance the travel experience of our customers.” Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon PhongSIA will be the first airline in the world to operate the A350-900ULR, with seven on firm order with Airbus. The ultra-long-range aircraft will be configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats. SIA’s existing A350-900s feature a three-class layout with 42 Business Class, 24 Premium Economy Class and 187 Economy Class seats.Singapore Airlines currently has 21 A350-900s in its fleet, with 46 more on order including the seven ULR variants. The first A350-900ULR is due for delivery in September, enabling the launch in October of the world’s longest non-stop flights, between Singapore and New York (Newark).Singapore Airlines currently operates 40 flights per week to the US cities of Houston, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. With the new flights, total US frequency will increase to 53 per week by December.Los Angeles A350-900ULR Flight SchedulesNorthern Winter (to 30 March 2019)SQ38Singapore-Los Angeles Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.08200730SQ35Los Angeles-Singapore With the introduction of non-stop services between Singapore and Los Angeles, SIA’s existing one-stop service to Los Angeles via Seoul will cease after 30 November 2018. Singapore – Seoul frequency will be maintained at four flights per day with the introduction of a new Singapore – Seoul return flight from 1 December 2018, operating as flight SQ612. Together with SIA’s current daily one-stop service to Los Angeles via Tokyo, Los Angeles will be served 17 times per week.SIA will also be increasing frequency on the existing Singapore – San Francisco route with three more weekly flights, with effect from 28 November 2018. The three additional services will operate as SQ34, departing every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday to San Francisco and will complement existing daily SQ32 non-stop services. Together with SIA’s current daily one-stop service to San Francisco via Hong Kong, San Francisco will also be served 17 times per week. Go back to the enewsletter Flight SQ38 from Singapore to Los Angeles will commence on 2 November 2018. The route will initially be served three times per week, departing Singapore on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Daily operations will commence from 9 November 2018 after an additional A350-900ULR aircraft enters service. From 7 December 2018, a further three services per week will be added as SQ36, lifting the total non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles to 10 times per week. Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.15201350SQ33San Francisco-Singapore Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.09151905 (+1)*All times local. Flight schedules are subject to slots and regulatory approvals.San Francisco A350-900ULR Flight SchedulesNorthern Winter (to 30 March 2019)SQ34Singapore-San Francisco Initially operated Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Daily operations will commence from 9 November 2018.22250815 (+2)SQ36Singapore-Los Angeles
12Apr Rep. LaFave: Road funding for Upper Peninsula Categories: LaFave News Like you, I’m frustrated with the condition of our roads.That’s why I fought for a plan to provide an additional $175 million in road and bridge funding statewide without raising taxes or fees. The money will go directly to counties, cities and villages for road preservation and construction.Some of the communities in line for additional funding include Menominee County ($376,372), Dickinson County ($313,720), and Delta County ($418,066). Local cities and villages also will receive funding including Carney ($3,268), Daggett ($4,290), Escanaba ($102,891), Garden ($2,044), Gladstone ($48,247), Iron Mountain ($69,973), Kingsford ($46,900), Menominee City ($72,393), Norway ($31,603), Powers ($5,225) and Stephenson ($9,488).This money will be used for the current construction season and will have a positive impact on our communities.This additional money comes on top of earlier projections and record level road funding for local allocations in 2018, including Menominee County ($4,872,198), Dickinson County ($4,005,073) Delta County ($5,389,322), Escanaba ($1,336,613), Gladstone ($626,754) and Iron Mountain ($908,997).The Michigan Department of Transportation will work closely with local road commissions to ensure our roads last longer and are properly maintained. There have already been many projects announced in Menominee, Dickinson and Delta counties for 2018 and 2019.The projects will improve road conditions and make travel safer.Some of the Menominee County projects include:• Sealing and pothole patching at locations to be determined by the road commission;• Finish paving the No. 10 Lane Bridge over the Little River; and• Complete construction of Bay De Noc Road from Birch Creek Road to north of No. 7 Road.Some of the Dickinson County projects include:• Crush, shape and pave in Waucedah and Norway townships;• Paving projects in Breitung Township;• Reconstruction and drainage correction of a section of Leeman Road; and• Paving County Road 577 and County Road 607.Some of the Delta County projects include:• Reconstruct and overlay 18.5 miles of Highway 13;• Pave 1.75 miles of County Road 416; and• Seal about 60 miles of primary and local roads.I will work closely with MDOT and local road commissions to ensure they have the resources to complete these local projects.I will continue to fight for the residents in our community and make sure that road funding makes it way north of the Mackinac Bridge.###
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But the street won’t be closed to pedestrians.The matter was discussed at a special meeting of the council’s Health and Community Committee last week.Councillors heard the Derry-born writer of the series Lisa McGee wanted to film in her home city as she didn’t want to ‘fake Derry’ after scenes from the first series were shot in Belfast.Hat Trick Productions, who are making the award winning series for Channel 4 TV, said they would be using the backdrop of the Guildhall which would help boost tourism to the area.The traders claimed the street closure would hit deliveries and there was an onus on the council to help them as their businesses were already struggling.Councillors were told the PSNI and Roads Service had no objections to the closures.After a short adjournment, the council gave the closure the green light.Committee chair and Sinn Fein councillor Ruairi McHugh said the committee was of the opinion that the positives ‘outweighed’ the negatives.The new series is expected to aired in the Spring of 2019.Filming for second series of Derry Girls starts in city was last modified: November 17th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: They were spotted in Bogside today filming scenes for the long awaited second series.On Thursday, filming moves to the city centre where a number of traders in the street had complained by letter to Derry City and Strabane District Council about plans to close the street to traffic next week to allow filming.The filming will see the closure of Shipquay Place and Shipquay Street to traffic from Thursday, November 15 and on Friday, November 16, between 9.15 am and 5 pm.A ‘stop and go’ system will be put in place in a bid to allow traffic through during breaks in filming. ShareTweet bogsideDERRY GIRLSFilming for second series of Derry Girls starts in cityLISA MCGEESHIPQUAY PLACEshipquay street The cast of Derry Girls back in the city today to start filming for series twoFILMING for scenes to the news series of the hit comedy Derry Girls has started in the city today.The cast, crew and writer Lisa McGee arrived on Tuesday night.
We’ve written before about the idea of personalized medicine and how an increasing number of doctors and research scientists seek to move away from the one-size-fits-all approach that has defined drug R&D and patient treatment for centuries. Today, the trend is to focus more on matching the biological characteristics of each person with the best treatment options available – and in the future even perhaps to develop specific drugs for specific patients. But it’s not just doctors who are moving toward more personalized health care. A growing number of average individuals is taking an interest in the concept as well. Thanks to advancements in technology, a revolution in data-driven personal health monitoring (often referred to as “self-quantification”) has become possible. This revolution is changing the face of health care as we know it. Gary Wolf is a self-described spokesman for the “self-quantification” movement. With the help of various wearable technologies and smartphone apps, Wolf regularly records approximately 20 of his own vital signs – including heart rate, glucose levels, blood pressure, and more. But he’s not collecting data for the sake of collecting data. He has successfully applied this self-analysis to get his high blood pressure under control. Not all self-trackers are as extreme as Wolf, but he is far from alone. The Quantified Self website has attracted thousands of self-trackers from around the world to share their knowledge and experiences. As the technologies improve and it becomes even easier to self-quantify, demand to do so will only increase. How much? According to ABI Research analyst Jonathan Collins, while a solid 30 million wearable, wireless monitoring devices (including those for medical and clinical use) were sold in the US last year, that figure is expected to balloon to 160 million devices a year by 2017. Furthermore, a recent report from IMS Research indicates that the wearable-technology market already generates $2 billion a year in sales, and will represent a minimum revenue opportunity of $6 billion a year by 2016. The market for wearable technologies in health care alone is projected to exceed $2.9 billion a year by 2016. A popular example of one of these “wearables” is the Basis B1 watch, which, in addition to telling time, has a number of sensors to provide an overview of one’s health. The device includes a heart-rate monitor, 3D accelerometer, thermometer, and galvanic skin response sensor. Then there is “Smart Clothing” from AiQ. The company’s BioMan T-shirt has ribbed “smart sleeves” that measure heart rate, respiration rate, and skin temperature and can be further customized to measure skin moisture and electrophysiological signals such as EKG, EEG, and EMG. There’s even a “Smart Bra” from First Warning Systems that measures minute variations in temperature caused by the growth of blood vessels that develop in the breast to supply cancerous tissue with blood. This could allow a tumor to be detected years before it would be visible in a traditional mammogram or even an MRI. In addition to wearables, smartphones will play a large role in the future of self-quantification. Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist and director of Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California, says that advancements in smartphone technology and downloadable apps will help people take better control of their health by tracking it with increasing precision. In his book The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Topol describes how we will soon start running common medical tests on our smartphones, lessening the frequency of doctor’s office visits. Imagine a world in which you just take a picture of a rash on your skin with your smartphone, upload it to a medical app, and receive a tailored diagnosis. Or better yet, simply breathe into a sensor on your phone and receive a diagnosis for whatever ails you. That reality is probably still a long way off, and the technological hurdles are high; but it’s hard to imagine that it’s not coming. On the nearer horizon, modern wearable technologies could be supplanted by electronic skin tattoos that monitor all kinds of things. We’re actually closer to this reality than you might think. Materials scientist John Rogers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign first demonstrated so-called “epidermal electronics” in his lab several years ago. These devices – which consist of ultrathin electronics, sensors, electrodes, and wireless power and communication systems – could theoretically attach to the skin and record and transmit electrophysiological measurements for medical purposes. Early versions of the technology were not rugged enough to stand up to the activities of everyday life, but Rogers has now figured out how to “print” the electronic tattoo directly onto the skin so it can be worn for up to two weeks. Rogers is now focused on developing and refining the wireless power sources and communication systems that need to be integrated into the system. He says the technology could potentially be commercialized within the next couple of years. Whatever the timeline for electronic skin tattoos and other technologies that help us self-quantify, we think it’s safe to say that this revolution we’re seeing in personal health monitoring will only pick up steam along the way. Analysts from Ernst & Young predict that over the next decade as much as 50% of health care will shift out of the hospital and clinic, and we will increasingly conduct virtual visits with doctors and nurses through our mobile devices. These changes will require new roles and business models across the board; but at the end of the day, it’s hard to argue against better, more frequent access to information about what’s going on inside our bodies, in order to allow us to live healthier lives. Bits & Bytes Yet More Leaked Samsung Galaxy S IV Pics Appear Hours Before Launch (TechCrunch) Samsung is unveiling a new version of its flagship phone tonight. The phone will be called the Galaxy S4. The latest leaked photos show a device that looks a lot like the company’s previous flagship phone, the Galaxy S3. While the phone may lack a new design, it’s rumored that it will include several bold, new features such as floating touch, which allows users to hover a finger over the screen to interact with it. The Gigabot 3D Lets You Print Things that Are Bigger than a Few Breadboxes (TechCrunch) The standard crop of 3D printers is all well and good, but what about those times when you need to print something really big? Austin-based startup re:3D has built a machine that could fill that void. It’s called the Gigabot, and it is touted as being the first large-format 3D printer designed for the home. In Your Pocket, a Lost-and-Found (New York Times) Here’s a neat gadget for those who are prone to losing stuff. The Linquet Mini is a small dongle that you can place on any item you might lose and connect it to your smartphone with Bluetooth. Provided the tagged items stay in a specified range of the smartphone, everything will remain silent. But when any tagged item is moved out of range, the smartphone will sound an alarm. Engineering College Lets Students Shop with Biometric Scans Instead of Credit Cards (Popular Science) South Dakota School of Mines is trying out a new way to pay for things. Instead of using cash and cards, students pay by linking accounts to their fingerprints. The main difference between this technology and existing technologies is that it detects hemoglobin, making it nearly impossible for a criminal to steal your identity.
Every time I write an article that mentions god – even if used as a descriptive reference to “the gods” – I get insulting and arrogant comments from atheists. And it’s not just me; you can see the same thing all over the Internet. To put it simply, these people are bullies, striking unbidden with fast, hard blows. It’s not about truth; it’s about dominance. Not all atheists do this, obviously. I have quite a few atheist friends who are decent, kind people. But an abusive strain of atheism has taken root in recent years, and I think it’s time to confront it. Here’s the key: The goal of these bullies is not to find truth or even to defend it; it’s to put down other people – to insult, humiliate and laugh at the fools who believe in any sort of god, even people who use references to god. These people slash and burn. They labor to destroy, not to build. I used to have a standing offer: that I would publish any atheist book that did not criticize, but instead told people how atheism would make their lives better. The result? No one ever submitted a manuscript. The Irony of It All Last week I wrote an article entitled Are you a Gorilla or a God? In it, I explained that the worst of human behavior is gorilla-like and the best god-like. I went on to explain the gorilla side this way: Dominant gorillas seek status and the power to control others. The submissive apes seek to pass along their pain to the apes below them. In response to the article (which mentioned gods!), I received the business end of that atheistic slash and burn. But these people never realized that they were placing themselves precisely into the position I had assigned to the gorillas: slapping and biting smaller animals to make themselves dominant. A Defense of Atheism I don’t have a problem with atheism per se. I was actually raised as an atheist, by a mother whose love I never for a moment doubted. And, as I say, I have friends who are atheists. The opinion, by itself, doesn’t bother me. I think atheism is a valid opinion. I happen to disagree with it, but I disagree with a lot of things – that doesn’t mean I go about to destroy them all. Our goal should be to improve people, not to chop them up. One essential flaw I find with strident atheism is that no one can know enough to make that pronouncement. Here’s what I mean: I think it is 100% fair to say, “I’ve never seen evidence of a God, so I don’t think there is one.” Some atheists will say that putting God outside of the universe was merely a trick to avoid evidence. But even if it did begin as a trick, the idea stands on its own, and saying, “I know that there is no god at all, anywhere,” is unsound. But, again, to say, “I see no evidence and don’t think there’s a God” is an entirely fair and rational opinion. The Unfair Atheist Argument You’ve all seen the technique: The aggressive atheist picks their spot and pounces with references to the very worst examples of theism, and implies that all believers are that way. But most believers have no desire at all to burn witches or stone homosexuals. To paint them as being that way is not only unfair; it is abusive. These atheists will, of course, pull together abstract arguments, saying, “Your book says that, and you say you believe the book, so you defend burning witches.” The truth, however, is that modern believers want nothing to do with burning witches, inquisitions, or any other horrors. (In fact, they would oppose them strongly.) The atheists know this, of course; they’re just trying to slash and burn. A kinder, better atheist would say, “You believers really should explain why you no longer accept some of the things written in your book.” That would be honest and helpful. Can We All Get Along? Yes, of course we can. Only one thing needs to be absent (on both sides): the desire to injure and dominate. Atheists and theists can be friends and co-travelers. I’ve spent pleasant hours with evangelists for atheism. We disagreed, we got over it, and we enjoyed each other’s company. It really comes back to the basic principles that we learned as children: You don’t try to bully them, and they shouldn’t try to bully you. Play nice. It isn’t that hard. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com What I don’t think is fair, is to say, “I know there is no such thing as God.” This is especially true regarding the Judeo-Christian God, who is said to exist beyond our universe. Until they can look beyond the universe, no one can say for sure.
In This Issue. * Only 3 currencies are up today. * Gold loses ground again! * Aussie jobs report sends A$ down! * A treat from the Ludwig von Mises Institute. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! The Dollar Swings Its Mighty Hammer. Good Day! And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! It’s snowing again outside, but so far it’s just a dusting, no biggie. What a roller coaster ride this week’s weather has been! Much like the week for the currencies and metals. Our St. Louis U Billikens squeaked out a win last night, and I finished all my writing assignments ahead of time! Do I get a Gold Star? Well. The dollar is swinging its mighty hammer again this morning The euro, Swiss franc and Danish kroner are the only currencies with any gains VS the dollar this morning, while the Aussie dollar (A$) is bringing up the rear. The A$ loss overnight has been HUGE! And one has to wonder if it’s a little overdone, with the chance of a bounce-back at this point. I’m going to be talking about why now it’s more important than ever to be diversified in currencies and metals at one of my presentations in Orlando in two weeks. And one of the things I’m going to be talking about in that presentation is the fact that everyone, except me and a few others, is on the dollar’s side these days. Doesn’t that worry you? It does me. As I’ve seen this before folks. 2005, 2008, 2011 immediately pop into my mind as years that everyone jumped on the dollar’s bandwagon, but the euphoria didn’t have multi-year staying power, and eventually the dollar went right back to its underlying weak trend. Long time readers know how I don’t like the phrase: This time it’s different. So, I don’t see how this time it will be different for the dollar, do you? Here’s why I think this dollar strength will all unwind eventually. In 2008, the Fed Heads and Treasury implanted extraordinary financial intervention to save the banking system from collapse. But to me, all they did was push the problems down the road a couple of years. And now that the Fed has decided to begin to unwind those programs, I believe all hell is going to break loose, and it could set the dollar up for its ultimate decline. Now, it all might turn out to be seashells and balloons for the economy, and we’ll never look back on why we worried so much about the extraordinary financial programs, and I would be wrong. But all that remains to be seen, eh? And if I am wrong, then I’ll go back and sue my economics professors! HA! But here’s something to think about regarding the economy’s strength. From MarketWatch yesterday. “The country’s top three mortgage lenders confirmed this week that new home loans dropped last year as mortgage rates rose, with earnings results Wednesday morning from Bank of America showing a 46% year-over-year drop in the fourth quarter.” And if the economy is so strong, then why did Macy’s and JC Penney announce store closings and jobs losses? At JC Penney, they’re going to close 33 stores and lay off 2,000 workers. Going on to other things. The December Labor Report for Australia printed as we suspected. weak! Headline employment fell 23,000 in December. November’s gain of 15,400 was in effect, wiped out. I don’t think the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is going to panic at the disco here, and rush to cut rates. But it won’t take but one or two more of these weak labor reports before they do cut rates. The data sent the Aussie dollar (A$) reeling and I mean reeling badly! As I said above, I don’t get why the A$ was punished this harshly, on a jobs report was not good, but also not horrible. So, to me the selling was overdone. We’ll have to see, eh? In the Eurozone this morning. Germany, which is the largest economy in the Eurozone, printed their CPI numbers, and they printed bang on with the forecasts of a .4% gain in December, and an annualized increase of 1.2%… This was a good print for Germany and the Eurozone as a whole, for the recent trend in consumer inflation for the region was on a downward path, so the euro was rewarded for this data. The return of the Carry Trade! I had just hit the “send” button yesterday when a story shot across the screens pronouncing the return of the Carry Trade. OK. long time readers know all about the Carry Trade of the past. Sell yen, and buy a high yielding currency like Aussie or kiwi.. Well, here we go again. The funding currency now can be one of many given the zero interest rate policies of Japan, U.S., Swiss, Eurozone, and the currency to buy has changed to the Brazilian real. This won’t make the leaders in Brazil too happy. For they still want a real that’s not too weak to invite inflation, and not to strong, to hurt exports, but one that’s just right. Yeah, like the Goldilocks and the 3 Bears story. The problem is that Central Banks very rarely get a Goldilocks currency level. So, if the story is correct, and this is the new Carry Trade, the Brazilian Central Bank and Gov’t are going to have to get used to some currency strength. If they don’t think that will happen to the real when it’s used as the buying currency in the Carry Trade, they should call up the Central Bankers in Australia and New Zealand, for they know the truth! The Chinese renminbi / yuan was pushed down again the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) last night. The roller coaster ride in renminbi / yuan just keeps going, but I don’t worry about these downward moves in the currency. They are just speed bumps. I do wonder about the news I saw on the Bloomberg this morning though, that China’s holdings of U.S. Treasuries increased $12.2 Billion in November. I thought the Chinese said they saw no reason to continue to add Treasuries? Well, I had better go back and check when they said that. I’ll be right back! OK, I’m back, did you miss me? HA! Well, from my archives, I see it was around the end of November that the Chinese said that. So, just like a star that burns its brightest right before it goes dark. Maybe the Chinese made this one last truck load buy of Treasuries and then did a Roberto Duran, and said, “no mas”. For it’s not like the Chinese to say one thing and do another. Recall the other day when I wrote a quickie about Bitcoin? Well, in that quickie, I talked about a “lot of stuff” that gives me the willies about Bitcoin, and yesterday, my colleague and friend, Jack Stapleton, sent me an article by Louis Basenese on a very scary technical flaw he found with Bitcoin. I’m sure it will take a day or two before he allows his article to be posted on the internet, so look for it. I know Louis, and he’s very good at researching things, so take his words with many grains of salt. Yesterday, the U.S. Data Cupboard printed a couple of items for us to look at. First, there was the December PPI (wholesale inflation), which came in as expected at +.4%, and +1.2% year on year. But that should remove some of the sweat from the Fed Heads’ foreheads, as they fear deflation Big Time. We also saw the TIC Flows. Remember when the markets would get all lathered up on this data, which shows the net foreign purchases of Treasuries? For if the foreigners didn’t buy enough Treasuries the deficit would not be financed correctly. But then the Fed began buying Treasuries by the boat load, and this data became non-interesting. But with the unwinding of the Fed buying of Treasuries going on, will this data become important once again? Probably not. For in reality, I don’t see the Fed buying to ever stop. But for those of you keeping score at home, the Net TIC Flows were a negative $16.6 Billion! That means that we didn’t see many foreign buyers. This Monetizing of the debt (bond buying by the Fed) is really going to end up being a problem for the U.S. economy folks. My spider sense is tingling on this. I’ve talked so much about this monetizing of the debt that a long time reader, Bob, sent me something that made me laugh, and so I thought to share it with you! You know those Direct TV adds, where they say, so you get frustrated with cable, and when you get frustrated you. and so on? Well, Bob did one on Monetizing Debt. When you print money you monetize your debt. When you monetize your debt you think you owe less money. When you think you owe less money you go and spend more money you don’t have. When you spend money you don’t have you go bankrupt. When you go bankrupt your creditors seize your house. When you have no house you are homeless, put your belongings in a shopping cart and sleep in a underpass under newspapers. While sleeping in an underpass someone steals your shopping cart. Don’t let anyone steel your shopping cart, stop printing money. Thanks Bob! Before I head to the Big Finish we have some filing to do. And Under the Question of Did you know? Lies the information that’s going around right now, that 70% of the time, the first 10 days of the year were indicative of how stocks would do the rest of the year. The statistics date back to 1940. So, a good number of years, eh? I guess given the softness of the stock market the first 10 days, one would be leery of what will happen by year’s end. For What it’s Worth. I have a rather long one for you today from the Mises Institute. I did only print a snippet of the article that talks about how hyperinflation ruins a currency. Then goes on to talk about how the U.S. wants inflation to rise. Let’s listen in. “Our monetary leaders do not understand the true nature of money and banking; thus, they advocate monetary expansion as the cure for every economic ill. The multiple quantitative easing programs perfectly illustrate this mindset. Furthermore, our monetary leaders actually advocate a steady increase in the price level, what is popularly known as inflation. Like previous hyperinflations throughout time, the actions that produce an American hyperinflation will be seen as necessary, proper, patriotic, and ethical; just as they were seen by the monetary authorities in Weimar Germany and modern Zimbabwe. Neither the German nor the Zimbabwean monetary authorities were willing to admit that there was any alternative to their inflationist policies. The same will happen in America. The most likely trigger to hyperinflation is an increase in prices following a loss of confidence in the dollar overseas and its repatriation to our shores. Committed to a low interest rate policy, our monetary authorities will dismiss the only legitimate option to printing more money – allowing interest rates to rise. Only the noninflationary investment by the public in government bonds would prevent a rise in the price level, but such an action would trigger a recession. This necessary and inevitable event will be vehemently opposed by our government, just as it has been for several years to this date. Instead, the government will demand and the Fed will acquiesce in even further expansions to the money supply via direct purchases of these government bonds, formerly held by our overseas trading partners. This will produce even higher levels of inflation, of course. Then, in order to prevent the loss of purchasing power by politically connected groups, the government will print even more money to fund special payouts to these groups.” Chuck again. I love reading stuff form the Ludwig von Mises Institute. The whole article posted on their site is full of information on how the U.S. is moving toward a hyperinflationary economy, and in the end what that will do to the dollar. So, if you like Austrian economics theory, like I do, then you might want to visit this site now and then. To recap. The dollar is swinging its mighty hammer again this morning, with only 3 currencies, euro, Swiss francs, and Danish kroner, showing some gains VS the dollar. Gold is down again this morning, as everyone, but Chuck and few others, are jumping on the strong U.S. economy and dollar bandwagon. We saw this in 2005, 2008, and 2011 folks, will we see it all end badly for the dollar again? Aussie jobs report was weak (-23K) and the A$ got whacked! Looks a bit overdone to Chuck. Currencies today 1/16/14. American Style: A$ .8785, kiwi .8305, C$ .9150, euro 1.3615, sterling 1.6340, Swiss $1.1015, . European Style: rand 10.9125, krone 6.1625, SEK 6.4755, forint 221.00, zloty 3.0635, forint 20.2050, RUB 33.39, yen 104.60, sing 1.2730, HKD 7.7550, INR 61.53, China 6.1065, pesos 13.29, BRL 2.3740, Dollar Index 81, Oil $94.63, 10-year 2.89%, Silver $20.03, Platinum $1,423.56, Palladium $740.79, and Gold. $1,238.92 That’s it for today. I just saw a guy on TV promoting his book that talks about how difficult it is to be a “man” these days. Really? You know, a term that I no longer hear, is that, “he’s man’s man” Oh well. Nice win by the Billikens last night. Tonight our Blues play again, they have to jam in as many games as they can, as the NHL will take a two week break for the Olympics in Feb. Little Braden Charles and Everett Patrick were at the house yesterday, I caught them both jumping on the bed. they were having a blast, laughing, and having fun, but mean old me, made them stop. They were too cute! They will be a handful as they get older. Well, two more days and then I’ll be gone for awhile. I’m so looking forward to next week. and with that, I’ll get out of your hair for today. I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837
Back in the 1960s, a Harvard graduate student made a landmark discovery about anger.At age 34, Jean Briggs traveled above the Arctic Circle and lived out on the tundra for 17 months. There were no roads, no heating systems, no grocery stores. Winter temperatures could easily dip below minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.Briggs persuaded an Inuit family to “adopt” her and “try to keep her alive,” as the anthropologist wrote in 1970.At the time, many Inuit families lived similar to the way their ancestors had for thousands of years. They built igloos in the winter and tents in the summer. “And we ate only what the animals provided, such as fish, seal and caribou,” says Myna Ishulutak, a film producer and language teacher who lived a similar lifestyle as a young girl.Briggs quickly realized something remarkable was going on in these families: The adults had an extraordinary ability to control their anger.”They never acted in anger toward me, although they were angry with me an awful lot,” Briggs told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview.Even just showing a smidgen of frustration or irritation was considered weak and childlike, Briggs observed.For instance, one time someone knocked a boiling pot of tea across the igloo, damaging the ice floor. No one changed their expression. “Too bad,” the offender said calmly and went to refill the teapot.In another instance, a fishing line — which had taken days to braid — immediately broke on the first use. No one flinched in anger. “Sew it together,” someone said quietly.By contrast, Briggs seemed like a wild child, even though she was trying very hard to control her anger. “My ways were so much cruder, less considerate and more impulsive,” she told the CBC. “[I was] often impulsive in an antisocial sort of way. I would sulk or I would snap or I would do something that they never did.”Briggs, who died in 2016, wrote up her observations in her first book, Never in Anger. But she was left with a lingering question: How do Inuit parents instill this ability in their children? How do Inuit take tantrum-prone toddlers and turn them into cool-headed adults?Then in 1971, Briggs found a clue.She was walking on a stony beach in the Arctic when she saw a young mother playing with her toddler — a little boy about 2 years old. The mom picked up a pebble and said, “‘Hit me! Go on. Hit me harder,'” Briggs remembered.The boy threw the rock at his mother, and she exclaimed, “Ooooww. That hurts!”Briggs was completely befuddled. The mom seemed to be teaching the child the opposite of what parents want. And her actions seemed to contradict everything Briggs knew about Inuit culture.”I thought, ‘What is going on here?’ ” Briggs said in the radio interview.Turns out, the mom was executing a powerful parenting tool to teach her child how to control his anger — and one of the most intriguing parenting strategies I’ve come across.No scolding, no timeoutsIt’s early December in the Arctic town of Iqaluit, Canada. And at 2 p.m., the sun is already calling it a day. Outside, the temperature is a balmy minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit. A light snow is swirling.I’ve come to this seaside town, after reading Briggs’ book, in search of parenting wisdom, especially when it comes to teaching children to control their emotions. Right off the plane, I start collecting data.I sit with elders in their 80s and 90s while they lunch on “country food” —stewed seal, frozen beluga whale and raw caribou. I talk with moms selling hand-sewn sealskin jackets at a high school craft fair. And I attend a parenting class, where day care instructors learn how their ancestors raised small children hundreds — perhaps even thousands — of years ago.Across the board, all the moms mention one golden rule: Don’t shout or yell at small children.Traditional Inuit parenting is incredibly nurturing and tender. If you took all the parenting styles around the world and ranked them by their gentleness, the Inuit approach would likely rank near the top. (They even have a special kiss for babies, where you put your nose against the cheek and sniff the skin.)The culture views scolding — or even speaking to children in an angry voice — as inappropriate, says Lisa Ipeelie, a radio producer and mom who grew up with 12 siblings. “When they’re little, it doesn’t help to raise your voice,” she says. “It will just make your own heart rate go up.”Even if the child hits you or bites you, there’s no raising your voice?”No,” Ipeelie says with a giggle that seems to emphasize how silly my question is. “With little kids, you often think they’re pushing your buttons, but that’s not what’s going on. They’re upset about something, and you have to figure out what it is.”Traditionally, the Inuit saw yelling at a small child as demeaning. It’s as if the adult is having a tantrum; it’s basically stooping to the level of the child, Briggs documented.Elders I spoke with say intense colonization over the past century is damaging these traditions. And, so, the community is working hard to keep the parenting approach intact.Goota Jaw is at the front line of this effort. She teaches the parenting class at the Arctic College. Her own parenting style is so gentle that she doesn’t even believe in giving a child a timeout for misbehaving.”Shouting, ‘Think about what you just did. Go to your room!’ ” Jaw says. “I disagree with that. That’s not how we teach our children. Instead you are just teaching children to run away.”And you are teaching them to be angry, says clinical psychologist and author Laura Markham. “When we yell at a child — or even threaten with something like ‘I’m starting to get angry,’ we’re training the child to yell,” says Markham. “We’re training them to yell when they get upset and that yelling solves problems.”In contrast, parents who control their own anger are helping their children learn to do the same, Markham says. “Kids learn emotional regulation from us.”I asked Markham if the Inuit’s no-yelling policy might be their first secret of raising cool-headed kids. “Absolutely,” she says.Playing soccer with your headNow at some level, all moms and dads know they shouldn’t yell at kids. But if you don’t scold or talk in an angry tone, how do you discipline? How do you keep your 3-year-old from running into the road? Or punching her big brother?For thousands of years, the Inuit have relied on an ancient tool with an ingenious twist: “We use storytelling to discipline,” Jaw says.Jaw isn’t talking about fairy tales, where a child needs to decipher the moral. These are oral stories passed down from one generation of Inuit to the next, designed to sculpt kids’ behaviors in the moment. Sometimes even save their lives.For example, how do you teach kids to stay away from the ocean, where they could easily drown? Instead of yelling, “Don’t go near the water!” Jaw says Inuit parents take a pre-emptive approach and tell kids a special story about what’s inside the water. “It’s the sea monster,” Jaw says, with a giant pouch on its back just for little kids.”If a child walks too close to the water, the monster will put you in his pouch, drag you down to the ocean and adopt you out to another family,” Jaw says.”Then we don’t need to yell at a child,” Jaw says, “because she is already getting the message.”Inuit parents have an array of stories to help children learn respectful behavior, too. For example, to get kids to listen to their parents, there is a story about ear wax, says film producer Myna Ishulutak.”My parents would check inside our ears, and if there was too much wax in there, it meant we were not listening,” she says.And parents tell their kids: If you don’t ask before taking food, long fingers could reach out and grab you, Ishulutak says.Then there’s the story of northern lights, which helps kids learn to keep their hats on in the winter.”Our parents told us that if we went out without a hat, the northern lights are going to take your head off and use it as a soccer ball,” Ishulutak says. “We used to be so scared!” she exclaims and then erupts in laughter.At first, these stories seemed to me a bit too scary for little children. And my knee-jerk reaction was to dismiss them. But my opinion flipped 180 degrees after I watched my own daughter’s response to similar tales — and after I learned more about humanity’s intricate relationship with storytelling.Oral storytelling is what’s known as a human universal. For tens of thousands of years, it has been a key way that parents teach children about values and how to behave.Modern hunter-gatherer groups use stories to teach sharing, respect for both genders and conflict avoidance, a recent study reported, after analyzing 89 different tribes. With the Agta, a hunter-gatherer population of the Philippines, good storytelling skills are prized more than hunting skills or medicinal knowledge, the study found.Today many American parents outsource their oral storytelling to screens. And in doing so, I wonder if we’re missing out on an easy — and effective — way of disciplining and changing behavior. Could small children be somehow “wired” to learn through stories?”Well, I’d say kids learn well through narrative and explanations,” says psychologist Deena Weisberg at Villanova University, who studies how small children interpret fiction. “We learn best through things that are interesting to us. And stories, by their nature, can have lots of things in them that are much more interesting in a way that bare statements don’t.”Stories with a dash of danger pull in kids like magnets, Weisberg says. And they turn a tension-ridden activity like disciplining into a playful interaction that’s — dare, I say it — fun.”Don’t discount the playfulness of storytelling,” Weisberg says. “With stories, kids get to see stuff happen that doesn’t really happen in real life. Kids think that’s fun. Adults think it’s fun, too.”Why don’t you hit me?Back up in Iqaluit, Myna Ishulutak is reminiscing about her childhood out on the land. She and her family lived in a hunting camp with about 60 other people. When she was a teenager, her family settled in a town.”I miss living on the land so much,” she says as we eat a dinner of baked Arctic char. “We lived in a sod house. And when we woke up in the morning, everything would be frozen until we lit the oil lamp.”I ask her if she’s familiar with the work of Jean Briggs. Her answer leaves me speechless.Ishulutak reaches into her purse and brings out Briggs’ second book, Inuit Morality Play, which details the life of a 3-year-old girl dubbed Chubby Maata.”This book is about me and my family,” Ishulutak says. “I am Chubby Maata.”In the early 1970s, when Ishulutak was about 3 years old, her family welcomed Briggs into their home for six months and allowed her to study the intimate details of their child’s day-to-day life.What Briggs documented is a central component to raising cool-headed kids.When a child in the camp acted in anger — hit someone or had a tantrum — there was no punishment. Instead, the parents waited for the child to calm down and then, in a peaceful moment, did something that Shakespeare would understand all too well: They put on a drama. (As the Bard once wrote, “the play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.”)”The idea is to give the child experiences that will lead the child to develop rational thinking,” Briggs told the CBC in 2011.In a nutshell, the parent would act out what happened when the child misbehaved, including the real-life consequences of that behavior.The parent always had a playful, fun tone. And typically the performance starts with a question, tempting the child to misbehave.For example, if the child is hitting others, the mom may start a drama by asking: “Why don’t you hit me?”Then the child has to think: “What should I do?” If the child takes the bait and hits the mom, she doesn’t scold or yell but instead acts out the consequences. “Ow, that hurts!” she might exclaim.The mom continues to emphasize the consequences by asking a follow-up question. For example: “Don’t you like me?” or “Are you a baby?” She is getting across the idea that hitting hurts people’s feelings, and “big girls” wouldn’t hit. But, again, all questions are asked with a hint of playfulness.The parent repeats the drama from time to time until the child stops hitting the mom during the dramas and the misbehavior ends.Ishulutak says these dramas teach children not to be provoked easily. “They teach you to be strong emotionally,” she says, “to not take everything so seriously or to be scared of teasing.”Psychologist Peggy Miller, at the University of Illinois, agrees: “When you’re little, you learn that people will provoke you, and these dramas teach you to think and maintain some equilibrium.”In other words, the dramas offer kids a chance to practice controlling their anger, Miller says, during times when they’re not actually angry.This practice is likely critical for children learning to control their anger. Because here’s the thing about anger: Once someone is already angry, it is not easy for that person to squelch it — even for adults.”When you try to control or change your emotions in the moment, that’s a really hard thing to do,” says Lisa Feldman Barrett, a psychologist at Northeastern University who studies how emotions work.But if you practice having a different response or a different emotion at times when you’re not angry, you’ll have a better chance of managing your anger in those hot-button moments, Feldman Barrett says.”That practice is essentially helping to rewire your brain to be able to make a different emotion [besides anger] much more easily,” she says.This emotional practice may be even more important for children, says psychologist Markham, because kids’ brains are still developing the circuitry needed for self-control.”Children have all kinds of big emotions,” she says. “They don’t have much prefrontal cortex yet. So what we do in responding to our child’s emotions shapes their brain.”Markham recommends an approach close to that used by Inuit parents. When the kid misbehaves, she suggests, wait until everyone is calm. Then in a peaceful moment, go over what happened with the child. You can simply tell them the story about what occurred or use two stuffed animals to act it out.”Those approaches develop self-control,” Markham says.Just be sure you do two things when you replay the misbehavior, she says. First, keep the child involved by asking many questions. For example, if the child has a hitting problem, you might stop midway through the puppet show and ask,”Bobby, wants to hit right now. Should he?”Second, be sure to keep it fun. Many parents overlook play as a tool for discipline, Markham says. But fantasy play offers oodles of opportunities to teach children proper behavior.”Play is their work,” Markham says. “That’s how they learn about the world and about their experiences.”Which seems to be something the Inuit have known for hundreds, perhaps even, thousands of years.Share Your TipsHow do you get your kids to do things without yelling or shouting? Or, how did your parents get you to do things without yelling or scolding? Share your advice, tips and stories, and we may include them in a story for NPR.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
A leading disabled activist has asked the head of one of the country’s largest unions to take action over jobcentre staff who appear to enjoy handing out sanctions to benefit claimants.The exchange took place at a fringe meeting organised by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union – which represents most jobcentre workers – at this week’s Labour conference in Brighton.Mark Serwotka, the union’s general secretary, was told by Paula Peters, from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC): “There is a lot of anger with a lot of claimants around some jobcentre workers who are quite enjoying sanctioning a little bit too much.”She said these claimants wanted to know what action the union was taking to try and reduce the rate at which claimants were being sanctioned – having their benefits stopped for a period of time as a punishment for refusing to meet strict work-related conditions – and whether PCS had considered a “name and shame policy to get this stopped”.Serwotka (pictured, second from left, at the fringe) said: “I am representing some of the lowest-paid workers in Britain, some of them have been physically attacked, some of them are blamed for what they have to do.“If you are a worker and you are earning under £20,000 delivering a pretty shitty system, there is a lot of pressure on you, with the worst management I think anywhere in the public sector – they have sacked people in DWP who have cancer – so this is an organisation where it takes an awful lot of guts to stand up.”But he agreed that some members “perhaps have been or do buy into the ideology of what they are doing”.He told the fringe meeting – also attended by Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams – that he had visited jobcentres where it was clear from posters on the walls and “conversations people have to have with their management” that managers were trying to persuade staff that imposing sanctions was “the right thing to be doing”, in a bid to win their “hearts and minds”.Peters told Serwotka that DPAC had been blamed for intimidating PCS members who worked in jobcentres, but she said: “We don’t do that, we don’t believe in that.”And she asked him how they could bring the two factions together, following displays of anger between jobcentre staff and claimants.Serwotka appealed for “unity” between disabled activists, claimants and his members who worked in jobcentres.He said: “At the moment, our members are demoralised by the fact that they are judged by the amount of people they sanction and how many people they push through the system.”He said he knew that some jobcentre staff, as well as some people in wider society, had “fallen for the divide and rule stuff” on benefit claimants.But he said: “The best way to tackle that is for us to be as united as we can, which is why I hope we continue that.“I hope something comes of this meeting and we can take this forward.”Serwotka had earlier called for a social security system that was based on “dignity and respect” and “not one obsessing about free market economics and the private sector and conditionality”.He warned that the “political consensus” had “undermined” the welfare state over the last 30 years, and he claimed that the Tony Blair government had done as much as any to “split working people from benefit claimants”.He said the service offered to benefit claimants at jobcentres now was “a million miles away” from the one provided in 1980, when he was working for the old Department for Health and Social Security (DHSS).And he said he hoped for a debate that would lead to a social security system that staff could deliver “with some passion and pleasure”, as they had been able to when he worked for DHSS.
Image credit: Anton_Ivanov | Shutterstock Founder and director of growth at Digitalux 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 5 Companies Innovating the Service Industry Learn why and how these businesses are innovating the service industry. 163shares Service Innovation Dan Scalco Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Guest Writer The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. The service economy in the United States has taken off like a rocket. These days many of the transactions taking place between companies and consumers revolve around the exchange of services rather than products.“The service industry” sounds like a fixed, monolithic entity. In reality, the diversification underneath this umbrella is astounding. And companies throughout the industry are constantly innovating within their respective markets.Case in point: The five companies on this list are all part of the service industry. But they operate in different markets and impact consumers in different ways. The only thing they share in common? They’re acting in innovative ways and disrupting their respective markets.Not only are these companies part of the service industry — they’re also shaping its future. By extension, these and other companies like them are changing the way Americans live their lives.Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, et al.Yes, I realize this isn’t one single company. But social media sites should be recognized for their role in changing the service industry.For starters, social media has facilitated the sale of a huge variety of services online. It’s also allowed companies to provide customer service in a new way.Customers are increasingly turning to online outlets to share reviews, ask questions, and solicit feedback from brands that play a role in their lives. These interactions provide companies with an opportunity to learn more about their customers so they can better tailor their services to consumers’ needs. Furthermore, companies that respond to these queries in a prompt and helpful way can cultivate brand-loyal customers for life.Motif InvestingThe personal finance industry doesn’t exactly have a reputation for innovation. Motif Investing is the exception that proves the rule. The company is making investments accessible to a broad segment of the population by creating an investment structure that is affordable and easy to understand.Would-be investors can select any of the company’s 150 professionally built portfolios or customize their own. Users can also search by themes (aka “motifs”), trading strategies, or investment styles depending on their interests, risk profiles, timelines, and financial goals. It’s a fresh take on investing that’s opening up new possibilities for the way the personal finance industry operates.nomaIf you’re a foodie (or a lover of food-related television), then you’re probably already familiar with noma. The restaurant has both driven innovations in the food industry and capitalized on them. Led by world-renowned chef René Redzepi, noma embodies the farm-to-table movement by utilizing local and wildly sourced ingredients, avoiding GMOs, and emphasizing quality at all costs. In the process, it’s put Nordic cuisine on the international map.What makes noma really stand out is that its reputation for innovation has never wavered. The restaurant has always let its ingredients and dishes speak for themselves. That’s allowed it to avoid the “farm-to-table” marketing fatigue that has plagued other restaurants. It’s not that consumers don’t want this kind of fare—as demonstrated by noma’s ongoing success. It’s just that they’re sick of the label. But noma has never been about labels. It’s about high-quality food meticulously prepared.City CoPilotThis New-York-City-based concierge startup is a driving force behind an emerging trend. More and more individuals and companies are enlisting personalized service from concierge companies—and not just when they’re staying in a hotel. City CoPilot and other innovative concierge companies have moved these services beyond the hotel lobby.Whether clients need assistance with luggage storage and delivery, package acceptance, airport transportation, finding discounted tickets to tours and attractions, or something else entirely, this new brand of concierge is here to make people’s lives easier at all times.UberEATSUber has already transformed the service industry with its innovative approach to transportation. But the company isn’t stopping there. It’s now attempting to disrupt the food delivery market with UberEATS. It’s diving in even as investors’ interest in this market has shriveled up (thanks largely to saturation).But Uber has a leg up on the competition. With more than 14,000 drivers in New York City alone, the company has more opportunities for distribution than any other business in the market. And thanks to their pre-existing name recognition, they’ve had an easy time identifying partners in the restaurant industry. It’s a winning combination that’s threatening even the companies that have long sat at the top of the food delivery chain.The service industry entails a vast variety of services ranging from food delivery to digital investing tools. Still, these companies all share something in common. They’re innovating existing services and transforming the country’s economy in the process. Add to Queue February 19, 2017 Apply Now »
Spotify Next Article This story originally appeared on Engadget –shares Spotify Is Launching Its Video Service This Week Add to Queue Writer Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business James Trew 2 min read Image credit: Reuters | Christian Hartmann It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like Spotify is about to launch its video service this week, starting with Android. Rumors that the Swedish music-streaming giant would move into video began last year, but details on how that service might look remained sparse. Today, the firm confirmed that it’s Android users in the US, UK, Germany and Sweden that will find out first, with iOS users following soon after, reports the Wall Street Journal. The content you can expect to see comes from a mix of providers, including the BBC, Comedy Central, ABC and ESPN (among others). The secret sauce behind how Spotify plans to present the content is still unclear. Shiva Rajaraman, the company’s vice president of product, told the WSJ that videos would come in bundles, such as “News of the Week” or “Laughs at Lunch” which is in keeping with that backbone of the Spotify world: the playlist.As with its music service, there’s still a question about how Spotify will monetize video streaming. At launch there won’t be advertising on the videos, with the move more about entering new markets, and competingwith rivals. Especially YouTube. Google’s video giant has been making headway into music since the launch of Music Key (which became YouTube Music), giving Spotify lots to think about — the results of which might include adding social components to its apps, and incorporating more niche features. January 25, 2016
Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current.Check your spam folder. Apple is giving credit to people who bought ebooks between April 2010 and May 2012 as part of a $400 million antitrust settlement.On the go. Microsoft has launched an iOS app version of its SharePoint intranet portal.Dog days of summer. Apple will teach kids about coding, robotics, movie-making and storytelling as part of its Apple Camp in its retail stores this summer. Buying in. Facebook is paying prominent figures millions to use its Facebook Live application.Safe places. Twitter has launched a platform called Engage, providing a more manageable interface for celebs who interact with fans via tweet.New user. Michelle Obama officially joined Snapchat.Sing along. CBS, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola partnered up to create the first Carpool Karaoke integration featuring products and a summer sweepstakes.Outside the box. Little Caesars will decorate the façade of its new headquarters in Detroit with glass sections shaped like pizza slices. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Next Article Apple Is Paying Out Amazon Credit for an Ebook Antitrust Settlement — Start Up Your Day Roundup 1 min read –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 22, 2016 Add to Queue Lindsay Friedman Image credit: Future Publishing / Contributor | Getty Images Register Now » Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. Start Up Your Day
Source:https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/health-news/brain-cancer-survival-has-improved-but-not-much-for-elderly Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 16 2018A new study from Helsinki University Hospital, University of Helsinki and the Finnish Cancer Registry shows that survival after glioblastoma has improved since the millennium. The improvement in survival was, however, modest in elderly patients, raising concerns whether current treatment strategies are optimal for this patient group.Glioblastoma is the most common brain cancer, and one of the deadliest cancers known. Unfortunately, there is no cure for these rapidly progressing tumors.A randomized controlled trial in 2005 showed that a new chemotherapy (temozolomide) given at the same time with radiation therapy increased survival from 12.1 to 14.6 months in 18 to 70-year-old glioblastoma patients. Therefore, today’s glioblastoma treatment consists of surgical removal of the tumor followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy, so-called chemoradiation. In many treatment centers, chemoradiation is given also to elderly (>70 years) glioblastoma patients, even though this elderly patient group was not included in the randomized controlled trial.Randomized controlled trials are often referred as “gold standard” studies for assessing treatment outcomes. However, these studies have highly selected patient population that rarely represents the “real-life” populations. For that reason, real-life studies are needed to estimate the true benefit of a new treatment in everyday practice. In a recently published nationwide Finnish study, researched explored if glioblastoma survival has truly improved after the implementation of chemoradiation treatment.”Finland has a tax-funded and government-subsidized social welfare and health care system, where socioeconomic factors and health inequalities affect much less cancer treatments and treatment outcomes than for example in U.S. Moreover, Finnish cancer treatment outcomes are shown to be among the best in the world. For these reasons, Finland is an optimal country to conduct so-called real-life cancer studies”, explains Dr. Rahul Raj, Associate Professor of Experimental Neurosurgery, Helsinki University Hospital, and one of the lead authors of the study.”We used data from the Finnish Cancer Registry, which enables evaluation of all cancer patients’ survival with high quality”, says Janne Pitkäniemi, director of statistics at the Finnish Cancer Registry.Related StoriesHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaStudy offers clues about how to prevent brain inflammation in Alzheimer’sThe study encompassed over 2,000 patients that had been diagnosed with glioblastoma in Finland between 2000 and 2013. The study was divided into two periods: 2000-2006 (prior to standardized chemoradiation treatment) and 2007-2013 (today’s chemoradiation treatment widely established).According to results, patients treated during the latter period had a 24% lower excess risk of mortality compared to those treated during the earlier period. Time-wise, the median survival time increased by 2.4 months in patients younger than 70 years (from 9.3 months to 11.7 months). Contrary to the randomized controlled trial in 2005, the Finnish study included also elderly (>70 years) glioblastoma patients. The median survival time increased only by 0.9 months in the elderly patient group (from 3.6 months to 4.5 months).”It is important to notice that the improvement in survival was notable in the younger patient group but only dismal in elderly patients. As the median age of glioblastoma patients is increasing at the same time than the incidence of glioblastoma is increasing, the number of elderly glioblastoma patients grows fast in the future. Today we do not have effective treatment strategies for this patient group, and it is questionable whether current heavy treatments and numerous hospital visits are always justified from patients’ perspective”, says Dr. Miikka Korja, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Helsinki University Hospital, and one of the lead authors.Although the prognosis for elderly glioblastoma patients has remained poor, the researchers stress the fact that there has been continuous improvement in treatments.”We think our results highlight the fact that the future glioblastoma research should more and more focus on elderly, that will soon constitute over half of all newly diagnosed glioblastomas”, Dr. Korja says. “We are very hopeful that survival rates will improve in the future.”
Source:http://www.fetfx.eu/story/can-nanotechnology-rewire-injured-spinal-cord/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 21 2019The ByAxon project is developing a new implant that restores the transmission of electrical signals in an injured central nervous system.According to the World Health Organization, up to half a million people around the world suffer a spinal cord injury each year. Often caused by road traffic crashes, accidents or violence, the loss of motor control or paralysis significantly impacts quality of life and requires years of treatment and care. Spinal cord injury is also associated with lower rates of school enrolment and economic participation, and carries substantial individual and societal costs.Current methods for spinal cord injury treatment involve cumbersome brain-machine interfaces, with many cables linking the patient and a computer to restore limited motor functions. Other methods to map brain activity, such as magnetoencephalography, require very large machinery and particularly low-temperature working conditions.Related StoriesNovel technique that uses nanotechnology and photonics prevents bacterial infections on surgical implantsTexas A&M researchers receive grant to develop super-repellent, anti-fouling food surfacesMultifunctional nanoparticles could revolutionize treatments for complex bone diseasesTo improve the quality of life of those suffering a spinal cord injury, ByAxon – an EU project funded by the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme – is bringing together a consortium of researchers from across Europe (Spain, Italy, France and Germany) to devise a new generation of spinal cord treatments. The four-year project started in January 2017 and is seeking to create implants that restore sensory functions.Project Co-coordinator Dr Teresa González from IMDEA says they are focusing on recovering sensitive functions. “We want signals that start from the extremities go back to the brain. This is very important since it has been shown that therapies focused on recovering the sensitive part as soon as possible are usually more successful in recovering also the motor part.”The new nanotechnology implants called ‘nanowire-coate electrodes’ can act as a neural interface coupled with sensors able to read the magnetic signals of neurons. Special nanomaterials used in conjunction with the nanoelectrodes, such as carbon nanotubes, would also serve as a supportive framework for nerves cells, enabling them to pass signals over the spinal cord injury, effectively creating an active bypass. The nanotubes or ‘neuronal prosthetics’ could promote neuroplasticity processes and, as a final goal, contribute to the restoration of neural activity in the spinal cord.If successful, ByAxon could have a huge medical and social impact in the long term. Not only would it enable sufferers of spinal cord injuries to regain sensory functions, but the technology could also serve as a basis for a new applications. Advanced neural interfaceswith utility in retinal implants, brain-recording systems for patients with epilepsy, and deep brain stimulation devices for Parkinson disease could all benefit from the project’s research. The new sensors could be used beyond medical applications in a variety of everyday brain-machine interfaces that, for example through wireless communication, can be used to control computers, drones or robots using thought alone.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 5 2019More than 50 children died in hot cars in 2018, making it the deadliest year on record. Many of the cases involve parents who unknowingly left a child behind, often for an entire day. University of South Florida Psychology Professor David Diamond has studied this phenomenon for over a decade and has served as an expert witness on many high-profile cases. In his latest publication, he describes the psychological and neural basis of how responsible people make such fatal errors.His study, published in Medicine, Science and the Law, explains how the brain can fail to remember to do something in the future (prospective memory). Examples of prospective memory are remembering to call a friend after lunch or to stop at the store on the way home from work, as well as prospective memory errors which result in a loss of life, in airplane crashes and when children are forgotten in cars. Diamond described how the frontal and parietal cortices allow us to use stored information to make a plan and then to execute that plan in the future. The hippocampus is critical for consciously remembering to retrieve the memory and that the task was completed. The basal ganglia enable us to go into an “autopilot” mode, in which we follow a well-traveled route, but in the process, lose awareness of the plan to take the child to daycare.According to Diamond, as someone goes into an ‘autopilot’ mode, habitual behavior, such as getting ready for work and driving directly to the office on a typical day, can cause a parent to lose awareness of the child in the car. Extensive research has shown that competing factors can cause the execution of a plan to fail rapidly, even in a matter of seconds. Examples of factors that cause prospective memory to fail include stress, a disrupting phone call, and sleep deprivation. A lack of visual or verbal reminders, like a sleeping child or a misplaced diaper bag, increases the chances for a person to lose awareness of the child in the back of a car.Related StoriesResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of carePosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsDiamond’s study also included research on false memories, in which people create strong memories of events that were implied but did not happen. In the cases he has handled, the brain somehow creates the false memory that the parents had dropped off their children, as planned, at daycare. Diamond recalls the horror conveyed by the parents he has interviewed – ‘they return to their car with the plan to pick their child up at daycare, only to find the child had suffered from heatstroke during the day.’Many of the parents that forget children in cars have been charged with manslaughter, and even murder. Diamond has worked with defense attorneys and legal scholars to address the legal ramifications for child deaths in hot cars. His study included a review of an absence of mens rea, in which harm caused by an individual without intent or awareness, should negate prosecution of cases where parents and caretakers unknowingly and unintentionally leave a child in a car. That’s because neuroscience research confirms that when brain systems compete the subconscious (habit) neural system can overpower the conscious mind when it comes to maintaining awareness of a sleeping child in the back of a car.”The brain memory systems that fail when people forget children in cars are the same as those systems that cause us to forget to shut off the headlights when we arrive at a destination,” said Diamond. “Just as auto manufacturers have built-in systems that shut off headlights, we must have built-in systems that detect a forgotten child in a car.”Many efforts are underway to find a solution, such as proposed federal legislation that requires vehicles to alert drivers when a child is left in the car.Source: https://www.usf.edu/research-innovation/
More information: Jiang Guo et al. Magnetic field-assisted finishing of a mold insert with curved microstructures for injection molding of microfluidic chips, Tribology International (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.triboint.2017.04.019 Explore further A fluid behaves very differently when it is confined to micrometer-scale channels. This phenomenon already has several applications such as enabling the analysis of small samples of blood.These microfluidic systems are small and portable, easy to use without expert knowledge, and disposable because they are cheap to produce. But this disposability means that microfluidic chips need to be quickly mass produced.Now, Jiang Guo and his colleagues from the A*STAR Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology have developed a method for fabricating molds that can quickly create microfluidic channels in polymer substrates. “The technology addresses a critical problem in mold insert fabrication for microfluidic chip production, and will enhance local industry,” says Guo.Injection molding involves shaping a material while in a molten state using a metal template. It is cheap, fast, and useful for creating microfluidic chips. However, engineering a mold with precise micrometer-scale features and smooth surfaces is challenging as burrs and tool marks create defects. A post-polishing process can fix some of these imperfections, but it is difficult for polishing tools to access the recessed corners of microstructured surfaces and remove unwanted material uniformly.Guo and his colleagues started by milling their template for a microfluidic channel 100 micrometers in depth and 100 micrometers in width on a special aluminum alloy. The channel was 100 millimeters in length and included two fluid inlets, one fluid outlet and a serpentine channel as reaction chamber. They then polished this template using a method known as magnetic field-assisted finishing. Two magnetic rollers rotating in opposite directions on either side of the mold create a magnetic field. This field controlled a magnetic abrasive made of carbonyl iron powder and alumina particles bound together by oil, which removed any unwanted material and smoothed the surface.The researchers compared their template before and after this magnetic polish. They observed that the process preserved the height of the microstructure, although the edges were more rounded after polishing. The polish reduced the roughness of the surface by a factor of four, leaving a mirror-like finish. “The next step will be to use the polished mold template for actual injection molding,” says Guo. Engineers make microfluidics modular using the popular interlocking blocks Provided by Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore Citation: A magnetic method for polishing metals enables mold templates with microscale features (2018, February 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-magnetic-method-metals-enables-mold.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A microfluidic chip injection mold. Credit: A*STAR Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology Injection molding enables large-scale production of polymer and plastic materials with micrometer-sized features. Now, A*STAR scientists have developed a method for creating mold templates with high precision and few defects.
Rana Nawas left the corporate world nearly two years ago to produce and host a podcast—one that is now considered the most popular in the Arab world. Podcasts take growing role in shifting media landscape Rana Nawas hosts the English-language podcast ‘When Women Win’, seeking to tell the stories of successful women from around the world The English-language series, “When Women Win”, tells the stories of successful women from all over the world and, according to Apple, has become the most listened to podcast in the Middle East.It first gained traction in 2017 in Dubai, where it is produced, before it started to spread across the region.Nawas said she created the series “to give women all over the world access to role models” by highlighting the “extraordinary things” ordinary women are doing.”I’ve been surprised at how the region has embraced ‘When Women Win’,” the 40-year-old told AFP, adding aviation giant Emirates Airline would start airing her show this month.”There’s clearly a thirst for this content, there’s clearly a thirst for female role models,” said the Briton of Lebanese and Palestinian origins.”When Women Win”, which is available to download in 144 countries, is the most popular podcast even in the ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to Nawas.”I’ve been… surprised that actually my biggest market is Saudi Arabia,” said the former sales executive at an aviation company.”Everybody tells you (Saudis) only consume Arabic video content, so I was really delighted… to know that they also consume English-language audio content.”Nawas, whose show is entirely self-funded, said she hopes to be able to draw financing from other sources.”It’s not sustainable,” she told AFP.”I am hoping in a couple of years, once I have the impact that I want… to start bringing investors on or bringing advertisers or sponsors on board.”Nawas gets messages about the podcast from around the world via social media, including Instagram and LinkedIn, and believes the podcast will gain even more popularity.”I think the global future of podcasts is very positive, and the reason is people are not going to get less busy. We are only getting busier,” she said.”We need ways to consume content where it is a secondary activity.”She said most people listen to podcasts on mobile devices during their commute, or while cleaning or cooking. Explore further © 2019 AFP ‘Third-culture kids’Like Nawas, Sudanese-born Omar Tom and friends created a podcast in 2016 that touches on topics they feel are neglected in traditional media.One such issue his English-language podcast—the Dukkan Show—focuses on is life in the Gulf for members of its huge expatriate population.In the show, the hosts chat to guests as if sitting in a dukkan—or “corner store”—where it is common culture in the Arab world to socialise with friends and neighbours.”I wanted to fight a couple of stereotypes,” said Tom, 30, who is sporting a Made in Sudan T-shirt.”One was the Sudanese stereotype when I first started, which is the lack of representation in media, and if there is a representation it doesn’t always speak for the diaspora or for the third-culture kids.”As Arabs we don’t look so good in international and western media. So how do we tackle that? The only way to do that is to speak in a language that everybody would understand, which at the moment just happens to be English.”‘Here to stay’Many young Arab people now prefer podcasts over traditional radio programmes.For Rami Baassiri, 26, podcasts allow him to be more productive and do two things at once.”There’s a lot of downtime in my day, whether I’m commuting to work, driving, in the gym, in queues in the mall, at the airport, so I like to make use of that time,” he told AFP.”I think of podcasts as radio on demand.”Radio … is very random. Podcasts allow me to control the radio by choosing whoever I want to listen to, whatever I want to listen to.”Reem Hameed, a Canadian who takes part in the Dukkan Show, said podcasts are “here to stay and in the Arab world”.”We have, in the Arab world, an amazing tradition of radio. If you think about how deep radio and its history falls into the Arab world, podcasting is a natural, digital extension of that,” said Hameed, 36, who is of Iraqi and Filipino origins.Podcasts have been spreading across the Arab region, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan and Lebanon.In Jordan, the platform Sowt—or “voice”—has aired an array of podcasts that touch on subjects ranging from politics to music since its launch in 2017.Hebah Fisher, chief executive and co-founder of Dubai-based network Kerning Cultures, the first venture-funded podcast company in the Middle East, said podcasts are the future.”Our seed round is a strong signal for the podcast industry in the Middle East: the medium is taken seriously, and its value for listeners and users is clear,” she told AFP in an emailed statement.”Podcasting is the future of media.” Citation: Podcasters find niche in the Arab world (2019, May 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-podcasters-niche-arab-world.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Press Trust of India PanajiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 04:58 IST Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm Saturday. (Photo: PTI)Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said late on Friday night that he would reshuffle the cabinet on Saturday replacing four ministers and the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm.Ten Congress MLAs had on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) increasing the strength of the party to 27 on the floor of the House.Pramod Sawant said the three members from a coalition partner, Goa Forward Party, and an Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte would be dropped from the cabinet.Pramod Sawant refused to name the MLAs who would be inducted but said all the four would be from the BJP, with three of them from the legislators who joined the party on Wednesday.Speculations are rife that former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, Philip Nery Rodrigues and Atanasio Monserratte would be inducted in the cabinet along with Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo.Pramod Sawant said the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm Saturday.This would the second cabinet reshuffle by Pramod Sawant since he took over as the chief minister three months ago. In his first cabinet reshuffle, Sawant had inducted MGP’s breakaway MLA Deepak Pauskar after dropping then deputy chief minister Sudin Dhavalikar.Asked why allies are being dropped from the cabinet, the chief minister said the decision has been taken as per directives of the central leadership.”I don’t want to go into details. We have taken this decision to give good governance to the people,” he said.Sawant has the support by three MLAs from the Goa Forward Party and an Independent.Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai had during the day said they are hoping for an amicable solution to the crisis.”The GFP is a part of the NDA and had joined the BJP-led government after talks with the saffron party’s national leadership,” Sardesai said, adding, “The present state BJP leaders were not part of the discussions then. As such, we will take appropriate steps only after talking to NDA leadership at the Centre.””We have not yet received any official communication from the BJP leaders. On the contrary, we have received indications that the matter will be sorted out amicably,” he said.Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs, led by the leader of Opposition, Chandrakant Kavlekar, switched sides and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday.While the 10 MLAs and Lobo returned from Delhi, Sawant stayed back to attend a high-level meeting on Friday evening on the issue of mining in Goa, which has come to a standstill following a February 2018 Supreme Court order.Also Read | Goa CM Pramod Sawant seeks resignation of 3 ministers, independent MLA to induct new facesAlso Watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkriti Anand New cabinet ministers to be sworn in at 3 pm Saturday: Goa CM Pramod SawantGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant refused to name the MLAs who would be inducted but said all the four would be from the Bharatiya Janata Party, with three of them from the legislators who joined the party on Wednesday.advertisement Next