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The first Radisson Blu Hotel opens in Coimbatore

first_imgRadisson Blu Hotel Coimbatore, India opened recently. The hotel, which is located centrally on Avinashi Road and a mere seven kilometres away from Coimbatore International Airport and Coimbatore Junction is also close to textile and engineering industries, educational institutions as well as multi-specialty hospitals.The hotel offers 135 rooms and suites with amenities such as a wide array of meeting spaces including a 9,400-sq ft banquet hall with an additional pre-function area and a lawn for pre-event entertainment. Dining options include Seasons, which is an all-day-dining restaurant serving international cuisine, The hotel also provides 24-hour In-Room Dining and other facilities that include a Business Class Lounge, business centre, swimming pool, spa and fitness centre.Raj Rana,Chief Executive Officer-South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group  said, “Radisson Blu Coimbatore is set to raise the bar on the city’s upper-upscale hospitality landscape and bring new hospitality standards to the city. We are honoured to be partnering with GBJ Hotels Pvt. Ltd and appreciate their trust in our brand and expertise. With 140 hotels in operation and under-development, this hotel will be a valued addition as we expand and grow our footprint in South India.”G. Balasubramaniam, Managing Director, GBJ Hotels Pvt. Ltd., added, “This is our first hospitality venture and we are happy in the strong leadership of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its South Asia team.  We are confident that their proven experience and marketing expertise will benefit the hotel and I look forward to a mutually rewarding long-term association with the Group.”last_img read more

By Jeff Clark Casey Research Europe owns a sizab

first_imgBy Jeff Clark, Casey ResearchEurope owns a sizable chunk of the world’s natural resources.Over the past few decades, however, EU countries have mostly imported their resources.Outlandish? Maybe.But it was simply easier, cheaper, and most importantly it avoided most environmental conflicts.Getting through government regulation and facing off eco-friendly groups is a time-consuming and outrageously expensive business… a fool’s errand.When you can simply import and let other countries deal with all the hassle, it made a lot of sense. But things change.When no one’s got a job, it truly focuses the political agenda.Europe’s job market is a mess. Demonstrators are crying out for action, for opportunity, for jobs.And mines employ a lot of people.The trend is reversing because of Europe’s sluggish economy and the real benefits of the increase in local jobs and the leap in tax revenue that mining projects bring.Of course, local economies benefit. Hotels are full of transient engineers and specialists, grocery stores feed the workers, and bars serve liquor to quench their dusty throats.Then, of course, the government got involved…Brussels, 2011.Seeing the benefits of the jobs, income-tax revenues, and all-around political advantages, a “Raw Materials Strategy” was initiated in 2008, then revised and updated in 2010, and again in 2011.The aim was to encourage sustainable supplies of raw materials from within the EU.It calls for policies in support of domestic mining.So far, so good…In September 2011, the European Parliament adopted the “EU Raw Materials Strategy,” a generally pro-mining document, though it’s sometimes criticized by the industry for being “too bureaucratic.”“It’s positive, of course, that the political climate in Europe is at least in theory becoming more supportive of mining” So on the one hand, the government says, “Sure, go ahead,” and spends years (and no doubt millions of euros) coming up with a plan, while the other hand slaps down a bunch of rules that stifles initiative, adds massively to production costs, and once more makes mining companies think twice before they put down the millions it takes to get started.Driller killers, indeed.Yet the gold mining sector in Europe represents 16,000 direct and indirect jobs as of 2009, and that is surely growing.So for the gold, the tax, the jobs, and for more than a few political careers, mining is right up at the top of the political agenda.And despite the regulation stranglehold governments put on mining companies, they are still reopening abandoned mines and are exploring entirely new areas.For investors, that’s very positive, exciting news.Europe’s New Gold RushIn Casey Research’s BIG GOLD, we’ve been talking a lot lately about the three main zones of metallogenic significance for gold in Europe: the Iberian Pyrite Belt; the Carpathian Arc; and the Baltic Shield.The first crosses from Portugal through southern Spain.The second stretches from the Czech Republic through Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, and into Turkey.Number three, the Baltic Shield, traverses from western Russia through Finland, Sweden, and Norway.Europe’s gold mining contribution is approximately 1.2% of global mine production (though demand from the EU is roughly 15% of worldwide totals).Sweden, Finland, Spain, and Bulgaria are currently the largest gold producers in Europe. They mine about 640,000 million ounces of gold annually.Other countries with operating gold mines are Greenland, France, Greece, Romania, Portugal, Slovakia, and the UK.Among the gold companies operating in the region are Eldorado Gold (EGO) in Greece and Romania; Agnico-Eagle (AEM) in Finland; and Gabriel Resources (T.GBU) in Romania, as well as other majors and juniors across the continent.Europe’s New Frontiers2011 was a banner year for European mining.Exploration expenditures were estimated to reach approximately €400 million (US$490 million), an all-time high. The largest share of those exploration dollars was concentrated in Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Greenland.These countries, together with Poland, accounted for €288 million or two-thirds of total exploration expenditures last year.This is even more impressive when put into historical perspective.As you can see in the chart below, Nordic exploration spending has grown by almost four times in just ten years.[Source: Euromines.org]Both local and international companies are active in this region.Further, junior companies that we look at in detail in BIG GOLD are expanding rapidly; Euromines reports that in Sweden, for example, juniors account for some 50% of total exploration dollars being spent.Why has the attractiveness of the Nordic countries increased so dramatically?The area is largely underexplored, and its geological similarity to Canada, Australia, and West Africa makes the Baltic Shield a highly prospective place for new discoveries. Miners know what to expect and they already have the technology in place, so profitability for them and their investors comes that much sooner. These countries have well-developed infrastructure (roads and railways) and telecommunication.They have access to highly educated, trained, and experienced staff to support projects during all phases of mining is widely available.The attitude of both the public and politicians toward exploration and mining is generally positive, especially in the northern parts of the region, though anti-mine protests still take place. Since the area is not densely populated, the NIMBY (“not in my back yard”) factor is largely absent.Keeping the green lobby happy means keeping the mines open, operating, and creating a robust, investment-worthy business.Europeans tend to be very concerned about ecology, so environmental issues are closely watched and strictly regulated.Though most responsible miners make concerted efforts to reduce their impact on the environment, miners in Europe focus on this to a high degree.The divide between miners and environmentalists has shrunk over the past few decades due to advances in technology.But a bigger reason for the cooperation is the eroding economic situation. To a certain degree, politicians have been forced to find a more reasonable balance between conservation and the economic benefits mining can bring.Spain, for example, has its economic back to the wall, starting with a record unemployment rate of more than 24%.Astur Gold (V.AST) is working on getting the Spanish Salave gold deposit into production (which a previous company failed to do in 2005). The jobs it will bring no doubt add to the appeal; the company has received over 6,300 job applications.Management has received two of three environmental permits and hopes to finalize the third by year end. If the project is fully permitted, the economic impact on the area will be both immediate and dramatic.Will the Driller Killer Return?The biggest threats to mining in Europe are resource nationalism, significant skills shortages, and infrastructure access in certain areas (see first news item below).However, even on these issues, Europe is in a better position than many other areas.The continent has a strong tradition of transparent and stable laws, along with respect for private property, leaving few in support of outright nationalization.Western European countries also usually have well-developed infrastructure and an educated and skilled labor force.On the other hand, bureaucratic procedures, overregulation, and a dense population outside of the northern countries have worked to keep massive mine development across Europe from accelerating as it has elsewhere.Still, the carrot dangled by the mining industry looks awfully juicy…If Romania approves Gabriel Resources’ Rosia Montana gold mine, for example, the project is estimated to bring some US$30 billion of economic benefits to the country. The company hopes to mine 9.6 million ounces of gold and 51.5 million ounces of silver over 16 years. Eldorado’s Olympias and Skouries mines in the Halkidiki region will produce about 350,000 ounces of gold annually beginning in 2015. Management is spending €1.3 billion to develop the projects, which will create 1,800 jobs in a country where unemployment is close to 20%.Overall, the atmosphere for gold mining in Europe appears to be improving. Its importance is recognized in Brussels; even though only a few clumsy steps have been taken, the general attitude is making a positive shift.With the benefits mining can bring – more jobs and greater revenue – we think there will be fewer objections overall, especially in the more desperate countries. It won’t solve all their problems, but there’s no doubt it would relieve some of the fiscal pressure.From an investment point of view, it’s a region to watch. We fully expect to find increasing opportunities here.Jeff Clark is the senior editor of BIG GOLD, a monthly newsletter that follows the world’s best precious metals production and near-production companies. Jeff has recently completed a rather interesting special report – The Four Stocks I’m Buying My Mother – with details on precious metals stocks that are so undervalued he has recently begun buying them for his mother’s retirement account. Readers can receive the special report for no charge with a 90-day, risk-free trial subscription to BIG GOLD.last_img read more

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first_img We see the potential in gold equities, as we believe the price of gold is going higher, but big investors with billions of dollars to pour into an market don’t. Their money, for the most part, is still on the sidelines. This phenomenon leads us to predict that someday these institutional investors will enter this sector en masse. Once the facts sink in and the institutional world becomes convinced gold and silver prices will maintain a sustainable uptrend, they’ll be much more attracted to the equities – and just as stubborn about changing their minds once they’re on board. Now, it’s possible this group may have to be beat over the head by relentlessly  rising precious-metals prices before they enter the industry. They’ll have to believe that, say, gold hitting $1,900 again isn’t a temporary fluke but a sustainable uptrend. I don’t know what price the metal would have to maintain or how long it would have to stay there before they jump on board, but given the above chart, I think it’s safe to say they won’t be the first to the party. I personally think it will be something along the lines of what we outlined in the recent Hard Assets Alliance letter. Whenever and however it happens, though, the stampede from institutional investors into this tiny industry will be sudden and dramatic, because they tend to have a herd mentality. No one wants to be left behind. Just like they don’t want to risk buying something all their colleagues are ignoring now, they’ll rush to own the popular and exciting investment when gold stocks have their day. The consequence of this will result in dramatically higher stock prices. How high? Well, this group loves to use price models, and fair value for Newmont Mining (NEM), based on its Reserves, would be about $200/share (it’s currently trading around $44). And that’s at $1,700 gold – as the spot price rises, the value of NEM will rise exponentially, since gold would be rising faster than costs, even when inflation kicks in. That is why I’m excited about the producers. It’s the first place the institutional world will turn when gold makes a sustained move higher. Come the day those investors believe gold is about to become part of the monetary system, that bonds are no longer a safe place for money, that inflation is about to get out of control, or whatever it might be that changes their paradigm, they’ll flood into our little market and push share prices higher by an order of magnitude. When this shift gets under way, we’ll already own the stocks that institutional investors will be clamoring to buy. Maybe we should thank them now. Bank and brokerage analysts know their products, too. But when it comes to helping you make an informed decision about where the gold market is headed, they have, as Rick Rule is fond of saying, a record unblemished by success. Every year major banks and brokerage houses provide their four-year forecasts for the gold price. The following chart documents the average price projection of 25 top analysts over the past seven years, many of whom specialize in the resource industry. I might suggest pushing away from your desk so that when your jaw drops it doesn’t hit the keyboard. Common sense dictates that when you need information or advice on something you’re unfamiliar with, you consult with a professional. That’s what people do, whether refinancing a home, choosing an insurance product, or fixing a broken heater. While professionals certainly have their own agendas, they still know more about their products or services than others, and can at least help them make more informed decisions. If institutional investors are largely absent from this market, why is gold rising every year? Gold is not a trading sardine for institutions. Gold is supported by strong physical demand from individuals around the world and from central banks. Read our take here. You can see that every year since 2007, bank and brokerage analysts have as a group predicted that gold would fall, sometimes dramatically, over the next four-year period. For example, in 2007 the consensus of all estimates was that gold would decline from $656 to $523 by 2011. Instead, the price rose 140% to an average of $1,572 that year. Similarly, they predict this year that gold will fall from $1,665 to $1,515 by 2017. Even if they thought gold would move higher the first year, their best guess was that it was ultimately headed lower. So far they’ve been wrong every time. For the most part, these are analysts who do nothing but study the resource markets all day long. It’s their job. No one gets it right all the time, but this kind of track record is embarrassing. The obvious lesson is for investors to ignore price predictions from the major banks and brokerage houses – they just don’t get it. I’m sure most readers of this publication already know that. However, there’s a much bigger implication of this data that may not immediately come to mind… Why would I as a fund manager or institutional investor buy a gold stock if my analysts tell me the price of gold is going to fall? Answer: I wouldn’t. If the price of the product a company sells is expected to decline over the next few years, would you buy the company’s stock? Its earnings are almost certain to fall. As a manager of millions (or billions) of dollars, you wouldn’t buy any investment with this kind of outlook. There’s more. These same banks and brokerages have also been predicting the price of oil will rise (almost) every year. While they’ve occasionally been right about that, it means that margins for the gold producers would be expected to fall, since roughly 10% of their costs are related to fuel. So again… Why would I as a fund manager or institutional investor buy a gold stock if my analysts tell me profit margins are expected to fall? Answer: I wouldn’t. It doesn’t matter that analysts have been consistently wrong. What matters is that if the institutional world believes the gold price is likely decline and/or that margins are likely to fall, they’re not going to stick their necks out and buy gold stocks. They could lose their bonuses or even their jobs if their analyst’s predictions came true and they’d bet against them. This could be the explanation for why hedge funds, institutional investors, and other large investors haven’t entered this market en masse and could account for the disconnect between the price of gold and the trajectory of gold stocks.last_img read more

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first_img Brazil Chile Colombia Mexico Peru Czech Republic Egypt Hungary Morocco Poland Russia S. Africa Turkey Europe, Middle East, Africa China India Indonesia Korea Malaysia Philippines Taiwan Thailand Asia Source: Bloomberg So, a rise in the Index implies an increase in the production of food, electricity, housing, and steel, and points to future global economic growth. As shown in the above chart, the BDI has doubled since early August and tripled year to date. A big slowdown in global economic activity doesn’t seem to be in the cards. A Good Story The facts, however, seldom present an obstacle that a good media story can’t overcome. Such was the case with the media-induced, emerging-market selloff ahead of the Fed’s anticipated “taper” announcement. The story—or at least a chapter from it—went something like this: Emerging markets are carrying big current account deficits… any twist of the Fed’s liquidity spigot will slow the flow of Western capital into emerging economies and aggravate the deficits… a rise in interest rates would ensue… higher rates will slow economic growth… better to sell emerging markets and their currencies ahead of these events. The sand in the ointment that lubricated the media jaws is that “emerging markets” is not a homogenized thing, but an array of countries with distinct economic and fiscal profiles. For a real-world perspective, let’s look at the 21 emerging markets as defined by the MSCI Market Index. Here they are, sorted by region, with countries that run a current account deficit shown in red, and those with a surplus shown in green: The skies were clear as we started final approach into Changi International Airport. Still several kilometers out in the Singapore Strait, dozens of container ships sat idle, tethered to the seabed, and seemed to stretch clear to Batam Island, part of the Indonesian archipelago. Each ship formed part of a nautical queue and waited its turn for cargo to be transshipped or offloaded at Singapore’s port terminals. Singapore is the world’s second-busiest port in terms of cargo tonnage, and number one for the transshipment of cargo. This volume of traffic and trade has turned the Singapore Strait into a major link in one of the world’s most strategic shipping lanes that connects the South China Sea with the Strait of Malacca, and all destinations west. The above anecdotal observation from my window seat aligns with recent action in the Baltic Dry Index (BDI). The BDI is an indirect measure of global supply and demand for shipping capacity. The index acts as a leading indicator in that it measures the demand for “dry” commodities (grain, coal, timber, ores) that are the raw materials used in intermediate and finished-goods manufacture. America’s Hmmm… I see a pattern here. The farther east you look, the greener it gets. It’s pretty obvious that most Asian markets were smeared as card-carrying members of the current-account-deficit club, a grossly inaccurate generalization. Indonesia, by the way, hiked interest rates in early September and revised its GDP estimate for 2013 lower to 6%, a growth rate that countries in the left and center columns of the table are yearning to achieve. Without Us, You’re Toast In 1965, Singapore, following a decade of strife to attain self-rule, became an independent nation. The thumb of British colonial occupation was lifted. The prognosis from the foreign press was immediate and unequivocal: Singapore was doomed. The only question was when. Britain had agreed to maintain its military bases in the country, the primary source of security and economic support for the fledgling country. The bases were a hundred-million-pound burden on the British treasury—closure was inevitable. A British withdrawal from Singapore was compared to the decline of the Roman Empire, where law and order collapsed as the Roman legions retreated and barbarians filled the vacuum. The latest round of emerging-market skepticism, concocted and perpetuated by an ill-informed Western media, embodies the nauseating ideal of Anglo-exceptionalism and is reminiscent of the “you can’t make it without us” conceit of the 20th century. Singapore is not an emerging market, of course, but it was, having clawed its way from backwater trading post in the hinterlands of the British Empire to today’s economic and financial powerhouse. Other Asian nations are following the path it trod, and intra-emerging-market export trends and demographics suggest that the region’s growth story is far from over.last_img read more

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first_imgDear Reader, This is the last Metals & Mining Monday issue of the Casey Daily Dispatch you’ll be getting this year (we’ll be off for the holidays next Monday), so I wanted to report on 2014 and look forward to 2015. Happily, the news is better than one might imagine based on reading the headlines. Eritrea But first, I feel compelled to object to the recent spate of verbal and legal attacks on international mining companies operating in Eritrea and to encourage you to do the same. The issue is that the government has a “National Service” pseudo-law that compels not just a brief period of military service, but all men and women between 18 and 40 to accept government jobs as directed. I agree with the critics that this is a form of slavery that should be opposed on ethical grounds. It’s also enormously destructive economically and should be abolished immediately on practical grounds. This is no coincidence; contrary to Hollywood portrayals, evil is not good for business. I have been to the country, and I’ve visited several operating and dormant mines there. I’ve spoken with Eritreans who are ecstatic to have good jobs at modern facilities, with health clinics and other benefits. The truth is that miners do everything they can to avoid hiring National Service employees, precisely because slave labor is not productive, not diligent, not careful, and not good for business. And because the physical work of mining is for young people, Eritrea’s National Service drains the most important labor pool of eager, hardworking talent. This makes mining a force for positive change in Eritrea—the largest taxpaying force for economic and humanitarian sanity in the country, in fact. Canadian miners like Nevsun (NSU, NSU.TO) should be encouraged, not sued by misguided NGOs nor lambasted by misinformed politicians. I wish I had their contact information so I could set the record straight. But that’s the world we live in. Just don’t you be fooled by misleading headlines about slave labor in Eritrea’s private-sector mines. The implied image of prisoners in chains couldn’t be further from the truth, and the obstruction of the only major force for good in the country is completely counterproductive. Doug Casey Also, I should mention that Doug will be speaking at the Hong Kong Mines and Money show March 23-27, and the organizers are offering Casey readers a discount. On behalf of your Casey metals team, I wish you and yours very happy holidays and many more to come. Sincerely, Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 24.15 27.26 29.02 Gold Producers (GDX) 18.53 19.19 20.50 One Year Ago Rock & Stock Stats Last One Month Ago Oil 57.13 74.50 99.04 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 14,468.26 14,980.15 13,392.20 Silver 16.08 16.13 19.15 Gold 1,195.90 1,182.98 1,193.60 Silver Stocks (SIL) 9.10 9.69 10.57 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Gold (SGE) 1,204.78 1,195.45 1,234.61 Copper 2.88 3.05 3.34 TSX Venture 676.54 782.45 887.17last_img read more

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first_imgFree demo here The Turkish lira is in free fall… Two weeks ago, it announced a series of measures that it hopes will bring liquidity and support the country’s banking system. (You can read more details on these measures in this Dispatch.)Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also asked Turkish people to get rid of their U.S. dollars and euros:If there are dollars under your pillow, take these out… immediately give these to the banks and convert to Turkish lira and, by doing this, we fight this war of independence and the future.In other words, Erdoğan wanted Turks to sell dollars to keep the lira from plunging.But many people did the exact opposite. In fact, my Turkish friend told me—at the height of the lira’s sell-off—that “all her friends were exchanging lira for dollars.”But that’s not all they were buying. I know because I was just in Turkey… We know this because trading volumes on major Turkish crypto exchanges surged during the lira’s recent crash.According to CoinMarketCap, trading volumes on BTCTurk soared 131% when the lira was falling. Paribu, another Turkish crypto exchange, saw a 108% spike in trading volume.This tells us many Turkish people took shelter in bitcoin and other cryptos. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise. I spent about three weeks in Istanbul. I also visited Turkey’s gorgeous southern coast.That was enough time for me to truly experience Turkey’s currency crisis.You see, one dollar was worth about 4.8 lira when I showed up in Turkey. Three weeks later, one dollar was worth 7 lira.This means that the lira’s value plunged 31% against the dollar in less than a month. Put another way, the dollar strengthened 46% against the lira over the same period.Now, I didn’t mind this as a tourist. Everything from meals to cab rides got cheaper by the day.But the lira’s plunge hammered everyday Turkish people, like my friend. Things got so bad that the Turkish central bank stepped in… “I don’t buy anything from Amazon anymore. I buy everything from AliExpress now. It takes two months to get here, but I save about $1.”My friend Canset told me this recently. Now, you might be wondering why she’s using AliExpress—an online retail service based in China—to purchase her everyday items.She’s doing this because the money in her wallet is losing value rapidly.You see, my friend lives in Turkey, which is in the middle of a currency crisis.Of course, you’d already know that if you have been reading the Dispatch. I wrote about the situation here and here. It’s a major story we’re following closely—and it’s another reason why you should bet on cryptocurrencies today.I’ll explain why in a moment, but first let me recap what’s happening in Turkey. Of course, Turkey isn’t the only country where desperate people have turned to bitcoin… Just click here Recommended Link Turks have been embracing cryptocurrencies for years… In fact, the market research firm Ipsos recently conducted a survey on crypto ownership across 15 countries. And it found that 18% of Turks own some form of cryptocurrency. That’s double the European average of 9%.That’s impressive. But crypto ownership in Turkey should keep rising.I say that because the same survey found that 53% of Turks believe digital currencies will be the dominant online payment method in the future. And 51% expect the value of cryptocurrencies to rise over the next year.This is a big deal. Many Turks also loaded up on cryptocurrencies… This year the lira has fallen 38% against the dollar. That’s a staggering decline. Only the Venezuelan bolívar and Sudanese pound have fared worse this year.This is why my friend is changing how she shops. If she doesn’t, she could run out of money.She’s certainly not alone, either.People all over Turkey are under pressure. You can almost feel the tension in the air. It tells me more Turks will take refuge in cryptos if the lira keeps falling… — So consider speculating on cryptos if you haven’t yet. Bitcoin is a good place to start.Just remember that bitcoin and other cryptos are extremely volatile. As always, never bet more money than you can afford to lose. And you should use stop losses and take profits as they come. Regards,Justin SpittlerBudapest, HungaryAugust 27, 2018Reader MailbagToday, we see that not everyone agrees with Doug Casey’s take on the Alex Jones ban…Doug, you have gotten completely off topic with Alex Jones. All you say, and others as well, about Jones’ content and his delivery is correct. But ask yourself this question: How did this cabal all of a sudden come together? All of a sudden the technocrats and the media in unison attacked Jones. Feel sorry for Jones… NOT! As of Monday, he was the No. 1 news app. CNN, who had held that title for years, was destroyed. Why? Because you and the public jumped on his band wagon. Jones is a gate keeper for the Israeli agenda… and where did you get this that he was somehow a 9/11 truther?You need to re-examine your information, Mr. Casey. He argues all of the time whether the narrative was wrong and Israel was a haymaker of this false flag agenda. This was not to destroy Jones, as you and others portend. It was to drive the insouciant to his site to take the alt net to its extreme. Please take a different look to see what he has been and still is. You are as dead wrong as all who have fallen for the scam of the century. —RichardAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.In Case You Missed It…Have you seen these strange-looking metal poles in your city? Most people have no idea what they’re for. But in just a few short years, these towers could completely upend the entire $479 billion smartphone industry… and make well-positioned investors rich. But together they could light a serious fire under the bitcoin price. It’s also possible that bitcoin (or some other crypto) could emerge as a medium of exchange in one of these places. That would let the world know that cryptos aren’t just another speculative vehicle. They’re a legitimate threat to paper money. Relative to the dollar, the Venezuela bolívar has lost 99.99% of its value this year. The Argentine peso is down 40% on the year. The South African rand is down 12%. These are enormous declines. They’re the kind that push people to take shelter in bitcoin. NASDAQ calls it: “The biggest investment opportunity in years.” The Smart Phone Killer1000x faster, 1000x more capacity, plus the power to download a 2-and-a-half hour movie in one second. Get positioned by October 1, and you could pocket a sweet $150k profit. Of course, skeptics will be quick to point out that bitcoin hasn’t been a good store of value this year.It’s down 52% on the year versus the lira’s 38% decline. Not only that, many lesser-known cryptos are down 80% or more this year.I won’t dispute those numbers. But let’s not forget that cryptos are coming off an incredible rally.The bitcoin chart below says it all.You can see that bitcoin’s still up 2,874% over the past three years. And yes, that includes its recent crash.You’ve also got to remember that bitcoin’s been here before. You see, bitcoin has crashed 30% or more 11 other times since 2010. Each time, it bounced back stronger.You can’t say the same about the lira, which has been in steady decline. In fact, it’s lost 70% of its value against the dollar since the start of 2013. — Recommended Link Now, I’m not saying any of these countries could push bitcoin to new highs on their own… That would obviously be extremely bullish for the crypto market… President Trump Gives Order to Locate New Type of FuelRecently, President Trump signed an executive order that mandates the Interior Department to begin mapping the country to locate America’s “Brandt Oil” reserves.“Brandt Oil” is a new, clean super fuel that’s so powerful, less than two gallons worth contains enough raw energy to power your house for nine years. So it’s no surprise “Brandt Oil” applications are going mainstream.And just like any new energy revolution, early investors are minting millions. Already we’re seeing investors bag rare gains as high as 2,343%, 3,750%, and even 4,628%.To get the full story on exactly what “Brandt Oil” is – and why it’s making investors so much money right now…last_img read more

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first_imgWhen you’re thirsty, a swig of fresh water brings instant relief. But gulp down some salty sea water and you’ll still feel parched.That’s because your brain is trying to keep the concentration of salt in your body within a very narrow range, says Zachary Knight, an associate professor in physiology at the University of California, San Francisco and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.”If you experience, for example, a 10 percent change, you would be very sick,” he says. “A 20 percent change and you could die.”Knight and a team of researchers wanted to know how the brain keeps that from happening. They report the results of their search in an article published Wednesday in the journal Nature.”There has to be a mechanism for the brain to track how salty the solutions that you drink are and use that to fine-tune thirst,” Knight says. “But the mechanism was unknown.”So Knight’s team began studying brain cells known as thirst neurons.First, the team piped fresh water directly into the stomachs of some thirsty mice.”Within a minute or two, infusing water into the stomach rapidly turns off these thirst neurons in the brain,” says Chris Zimmerman, a graduate student in Knight’s lab who conducted the experiment. “And not only that,” Zimmerman says, “if we give [the mouse] access to water it doesn’t drink at all.”Next the team repeated the experiment, using salty water. And this time, the thirst neurons stayed on and the animals kept searching for fresh water that would reduce the concentration of salt in their bodies.More study revealed how the system works. Cells in the gut are constantly measuring saltiness and communicating that information to thirst neurons in the brain.”What’s really exciting about this is not only that we’ve discovered this new signal from the gut to the brain, but also that we’ve found that it has a really specific role in controlling our behavior,” Zimmerman says.A second study in Nature looks at a different system that also affects salt intake.”We wanted to know how sodium appetite is regulated by the brain,” says Yuki Oka, an assistant professor of biology at Caltech and an author of the study.The first thing Oka’s team did was use a technique called optogenetics to switch on the sodium appetite neurons.The effect on mice was immediate. “They pick up a piece of rock salt and then start eating it,” Oka says.When the team switched off the sodium appetite neurons, the animals stopped eating salt.But how does this system work when there’s no scientist flipping the switch?Previous research has shown that part of the answer involves cells that measure salt concentrations in the bloodstream.But Oka’s team figured that likely wasn’t the whole answer, because animals need only a tiny amount of sodium in their diet. So they need to stop eating salt long before concentrations in blood start rising.The scientists thought there must be a second “off switch” somewhere — one that could be flipped sooner.They found it in the animals’ taste buds.”When you put sodium-salt on top of the tongue, and then, when you taste it, that’s sufficient to suppress sodium appetite neurons,” Oka says. That’s how we know to stop eating salt before we’ve consumed a harmful dose.And sports drinks, the UCSF scientists explain, contain exactly the same concentration of sodium found in our bodies; that’s how the drinks replace sodium without triggering the brain’s “stop eating salt” response. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Health have develop

first_imgDoctors at Wake Forest Baptist Health have developed an iPad app that assists in colon cancer screening tests. The software puts some decision-making power into patients’ hands. It’s called mobile Patient Technology for Health – or mPATH-CRC for short. It lets patients “self-order” a colon cancer screening test while they’re in the waiting room. Colon cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., but over one-third of those eligible to be screened don’t get the test.The National Cancer Institute has awarded $1.6 million in grant funds for further testing of the technology in clinics across North Carolina and Kentucky.Dr. David Miller is a professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine, and a leading researcher on the study. “What this grant funding will let us do is figure out how to get this iPad intervention — which we know works, we know it doubles the chance that people will complete colon cancer screening tests — and actually get it put into routine use in primary care practices,” says Miller.Miller also says that the mPATH-CRC application is an extension, not a replacement, for a physician’s advice.last_img read more

BENS BLOG Keeping the Masses at heel in Tel Aviv

first_imgOn arrival at the beach today, I headed straight to the bar, to buy a cup of coffee. The barman was impolite to the point of surly, his right (he deemed), because Punters were queuing 5-deep, to buy his watered down beer, at over a fiver a pint.I then made my way, to an electronic machine, and paid the tariff for 3 sunbeds & 1 umbrella. However, on the beach itself, it was unclear where was available, but clear too, that the seating was piled up, some distance away (I am too fat and pampered to carry out such straightforward tasks). Anyway, Sunbed-Man then appeared and went off to fetch the beds before laying them out. At this point, I tried to give him a 20 Sheckels (£4) tip. But he wouldn’t take it. Again, I tried. He whispered to me, that he wasn’t allowed, when working in the burning heat, trudging up and down the sand, to accept tips, under threat of losing his job.Buy a flat, within sight of the beach he works on, for £5million. Pay a fiver for a pint of beer, from an arrogant barman. Go to some extremely expensive restaurants to spend your money. But don’t give Sunbed-Man a tip. No, no, Blog. WE WOULDN’T WANT HIM GETTING AHEAD OF HIMSELF NOW, WOULD WE?Over and out, B xlast_img read more

Testing the Open Source Waters

first_img –shares If you don’t remember to save your Write files in a .doc format, or PDF, then non-OpenOffice users who you send your files to won’t be able to read them. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Testing the Open Source Waters Register Now » Lastly, since OpenOffice was created as a group effort and built by volunteers, its how-tos and help files are sometimes difficult to find and understand.Overall, OpenOffice provides users with a versatile office suite. Many small-business owners will find that the office suite is a gateway to the larger world of open source software. For instance, when you find that OpenOffice doesn’t offer an Outlook-like e-mail service, you might soon discover Mozilla Thunderbird, another open source program that looks and acts very much like Outlook. Soon you may begin wondering why so many thousands of your business’s hard-earned dollars went to software suites, when similar software is available for free on the internet.Donald Carroll is the founder of Calvary Copywriting in Kansas City, Missouri. Specializing in the peculiarities of small to mid-sized businesses, Donald takes pride in helping the little guys fight big competition. OpenOffice 1.2 also has a database function built in. This can be used to create bibliographies, contact lists, address books and other functions you’d expect from a relational database.Though it’s easy to learn how to use the programs–and easy on any company’s budget–OpenOffice does have some drawbacks:The database program in version 1.2 is extremely difficult to learn. I also came across compatibility issues with some of my Windows software that wouldn’t allow for the creation of databases through OpenOffice. There’s an Access-like database for OpenOffice 2.0, called Base; however, it’s still in Beta version, so some functions don’t work. And at this point, Base doesn’t have an “import” function, which many Access users find useful. It was my fault–I admit it. I was cleaning my computer’s file system, trying to speed it up a bit, when poof! My computer died. I was able to bring it back to life, but I lost a lot of programs I had to reinstall. Unfortunately, at some point during a move six months earlier, I had lost my Microsoft Office disk and now was in a bit of a jam: I was working on a project for a client, the deadline was coming up quickly, and it was too late to go to the store to buy another copy.That’s when I turned to Google. On a hunch, I searched for “Alternatives to Microsoft Office” and there I found OpenOffice.org. A quick read of OpenOffice’s website revealed a program that’s intended to be similar to Microsoft Office in look and feel, and that can read and save files in the Microsoft Office format, among others.Here’s the kicker: OpenOffice is free. Regardless of how many workstations you use the program on, it’ll never cost your company a penny. Compare that to the cost of licensing Microsoft Office Professional for just five workstations: According to a sales associate at the online retailer CDW, that’ll cost you upwards of $2,000.Being convinced–and desparate–enough to give it a try, I went through the download and install procedures, which took only a few minutes using my cable modem. I was very pleased with what I found. There’s a “Word”-like program, called Write, for drafting documents. There’s also a spreadsheet program, called Calc, that’s very similar to Excel and a presentation program called Impress that’s similar to PowerPoint. There’s also a program called Draw, which is comparable to Paint.After I became more familiar with OpenOffice, I discovered many useful features that other business owners will appreciate:Write is the OpenOffice equivalent of Word. It’s highly functional, very intuitive and has utilities for saving documents directly to PDF format, which allows for easy web publishing or portability between platforms, something Word doesn’t offer. Mail merge, table maker, object manipulation, various wizards and the ability to create your own templates are also available in Write. Next Article 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Impress presentations can be saved directly as a Macromedia Flash file, for easy uploading to your company’s website. In PowerPoint, this can only be done by using a separate and expensive program for converting PowerPoint documents to Macromedia Flash format. Add to Queue Technology July 28, 2005 Calc is similar in almost every way to Excel, but Calc files, unlike Excel files, can be saved directly to PDF, thus saving you the time and expense of having to use a separate program–Adobe–to turn the text document into a PDF. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Is free software really worth it? One business owner describes his first experiences with OpenOffice. Donald Carrolllast_img read more

US Charges Nine People in 30 Million Insider Trading Scheme

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul J. Fishman (2nd L) speaks during a news conference in Newark, New Jersey. –shares U.S. prosecutors have charged nine people over their alleged roles in a hacking scheme to obtain corporate press releases before they were made public, which they said generated more than $30 million of illegal trading profit.Prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York made public an insider trading indictment charging four traders: Vitaly Korchevsky, a former hedge fund manager from Glen Mills, Pennsylvania; Vladislav Khalupsky, of Brooklyn and Odessa, Ukraine and Leonid Momotok, of and Alexander Garkusha of Georgia.An separate indictment made public in New Jersey charges Ivan Turchynov and Oleksandr Ieremenko, two alleged computer hackers who live in Ukraine; Pavel Dubovoy, a trader from Ukraine; and Arkadiy Dubovoy and his son Igor Dubovoy, traders from Georgia.Authorities said that starting around February 2010, hackers infiltrated the networks of press release distributors Business Wire, MarketWired and PR Newswire, and gained access to corporate news such as financial results before it became public.According to the indictments, the news was then passed to traders who made illegal trades in stocks and options based on the stolen information, with foreign shell companies being used to share the rewards.Authorities said the scheme resulted in illegal profits on such companies as Acme Packet Inc, Align Technology Inc (ALGN.O), Caterpillar Inc (CAT.N), Dealertrack Technologies Inc (TRAK.O), Dendreon Corp, Edwards Lifesciences Corp (EW.N), Panera Bread Co (PNRA.O) and Verisign Inc (VRSN.O).Charges brought against the various defendants include securities fraud, and conspiracies to commit securities fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.A press conference to discuss the charges is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EDT in Newark, New Jersey. A spokeswoman for the FBI said five of the defendants have been arrested.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission brought a related civil lawsuit charging many more defendants, and alleging that the thefts resulted in more than $100 million of illegal profit. It is seeking civil penalties and asset freezes, as well as the recoupment of illegal profits.The criminal case marks the first U.S. prosecution alleging a securities fraud scheme using hacked inside information.It is also the largest known suspected case of hacking that resulted in insider trading.None of the press release distributors or companies whose securities were traded were criminally charged. Business Wire is a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc(BRKa.N).Until now, the SEC had brought only a handful of civil cases against individual hackers.In 2007, the agency filed a civil case against a Ukrainian trader named Oleksandr Dorozhko, accusing him of hacking into IMS Health Holdings Inc (IMS.N) and stealing information on earnings that he used to make profitable options trades. In 2010, a federal court ordered Dorozhko to pay $580,000.(Writing by Mica Rosenberg and Supriya Kurane; Editing by Edmund Klamann and Alden Bentley) Image credit: Reuters | Eduardo Munoz U.S. Charges Nine People in $30 Million Insider Trading Scheme Reuters August 11, 2015 3 min read Hackers This story originally appeared on Reuters Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now »last_img read more

New mobile apps may simplify complex genomic and biome data

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 10 2018Spurred by the rapidly expanding use of in-home tests for “omic” – genomic and microbiomic – data for humans, pets, and even homes themselves, university researchers have begun tackling the difficult challenge of making the results interactive and understandable to non-experts.While misinterpreting a pet’s lineage or the tracks of a cockroach across a kitchen countertop may or may not carry large financial consequences, scientific literature brims with examples of incorrect or misinterpreted omic home-test results that prompted expensive and unnecessary follow-up medical tests. Already, more than 5 million reports of genetic and microbiome (the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in and on our bodies) have been delivered as a result of such direct-to-consumer tests, and in some cases the emotional toll can be as consequential as the financial.Supported by a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, NYU Tandon School of Engineering Associate Professor Oded Nov, an expert in human-computer interaction, leads the research project with Associate Professor Orit Shaer of Wellesley College. The team is working with the Open Humans Foundation platform to fashion user studies en route to first-of-their-kind tools that he hopes industry will widely adopt.Related StoriesGrowth problems in preterm infants associated with altered gut bacteriaNew strategy may strengthen gut-brain communicationWarning issued by FDA after patient dies following fecal transplantThe team is developing mobile apps to allow users to share results and curated medical news with others within their families or a community interested in the same disease, for example. In the process, the researchers plan to design and test best practices for communicating and interacting with complex genomic and biome data.In addition, the researchers will build an UbiqOmic space to test volunteers’ understanding of data presentation and interaction tools. They will also conduct a longitudinal study in three households, whose members will self-monitor for allergens or undesired food ingredients – and perhaps discover how changing these ingredients affects their own microbiome and those of other people in the household. As part of NYU Tandon’s ITEST summer program supported by the NSF, Nov will engage New York City middle and high school students and teachers in the project.Nov, a member of the NYU Tandon faculty in the Department of Technology Management and Innovation, has long focused on human-computer interaction and social computing. He holds degrees from Tel Aviv University, the London School of Economics, and Cambridge University. His many honors include a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, as well as grants from Google, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative.The NSF Division of Information and Intelligent Systems granted $500,000 for the research, which NYU and Wellesley College share equally.Source: http://www.poly.edu/news/new-apps-take-confusion-out-genome-and-microbiome-home-testslast_img read more

Canadian maple syrup can be used as energy source during endurance exercise

first_imgAt QMSP, we have developed an International Maple Research and Innovation Network of renowned scientists dedicated to learning more about maple from Canada. Consumers love the taste of Canadian maple syrup and there is a growing body of evidence supporting the wider benefits of maple products for human health and exercise regimes.We are proud to be supporting the second Chemistry and Biological Effects of Maple Food Products Symposium at the largest gathering of the scientific community in the world.” Scientists from the University of Montreal studied cyclists for a clinical trial examining the effect of consuming maple products when exercising.It found maple water or syrup, with an equivalent carbohydrate content found in commercial sports drinks (60 g/L), can readily be used as a source of energy during endurance exercise.The study, the first maple human clinical trial, comprised 76 active males aged 18-45 during two hours of cycling immediately followed by a 20-km time trial. Supported by the Québec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP) and Canadian Federal Government, the study also compared maple products’ sensory characteristics, including taste of maple water and diluted maple syrup during exercise, to those of a commercial sports drink. Results showed maple syrup to have less of an acidic taste than a commercial sports drink.Dr Jonathan Tremblay, Associate Professor at the University of Montreal, School of Kinesiology and Exercise Science, said: Source:https://maplescience.org/ Apr 3 2019Canadian maple syrup provides a pure energy source for endurance athletes and can help fight inflammation, according to new research published today.center_img Using a natural product that athletes enjoy and are inclined to drink more of during exercise can be key to maintaining fluid balance. Maple syrup beverages offer an excellent alternative to commercial beverages. Sports beverages made with pure maple syrup do not contain any processed sugars, are gluten-free, vegan and free of any coloring or additives.” The study was one of several into the potential positive impact of maple products on health-related issues and exercise endurance announced at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Expo in Orlando, Florida.Related StoriesA short bout of exercise improves brain function, study revealsIt’s never too late to take up exercise, advise researchersRegular physical activity can be effective in reducing pain from arthritisIn a separate study, researchers discovered bioactive compounds that naturally exist in maple syrup protect the body from some negative effects linked to inflammation.A diet including foods with polyphenols, such as pure Canadian maple syrup, green tea, red wine, and fruits and vegetables may help support a healthy immune system. Inflammation is a normal part of a healthy immune response. Uncontrolled, however, inflammation can contribute to tissue damage and has been linked to several pathological conditions. There are several ways to help prevent and fight chronic inflammation, like eating foods rich in polyphenols and maintaining healthy habits such as exercise.Dr Angela Slitt, professor at University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy and her team found a maple syrup extract enriched with polyphenols exerts anti-inflammatory activity.Serge Beaulieu, President of Québec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP), said:last_img read more

Students who enjoyed their alone time seem to display greater psychological health

first_img First-year students who valued and enjoyed their alone time seemed to display greater psychological health Solitary time can be useful for detaching oneself from societal pressures and getting back to one’s own values and interests, which in turn allows for better behavior regulation (with a greater sense of autonomy, choice, and self-concordance) The association between freely chosen motivation for solitude and psychological health is stronger for those who don’t feel they belong in college The findings held across two independent samples of first-year students–one at a private university in the US and one at a public university in Canada Parents play a role in shaping their children’s capacity to be alone by allowing children time for independent play. The study provides empirical evidence for the theory formulated by English pediatrician and psychoanalyst Donald Woods Winnicott in the 1950s. What do the researchers wish they had known as a green, first-year student?”I wish I had known to worry less,” says Nguyen. The transition to college can be difficult with the pressure to socialize and make new friends, she notes. However, it’s important to consider that alone time is also valuable.”At times we do want time to ourselves, to relax, so it is OK to take time for that as well,” says Nguyen.”Being alone does not make you a loner, which is a very easy stereotype to internalize when you first enter college–especially when you think that everyone around you is socializing when you are not. Solitude is a personal experience for everyone, so it is a time for you to take if you want, and just explore different ways to make it a meaningful and enjoyable experience for you.” Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 10 2019Transitioning from high school to college can be stressful. Trying to fit in, making new friends, missing old ones and home, meeting professors’ and one’s own expectations–can all be daunting.The way that first-year students manage (or not) to navigate this change has long-term implications for their academic performance and ability to stick with their studies. Research has shown that one frequent pitfall during this transition period from high school to college is social isolation. Loneliness, of course, can have a serious detrimental effect on a student’s mental health, potentially leading to depression.But being alone isn’t necessarily bad, argues a team of researchers from the University of Rochester, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and Ghent University in Belgium. They published their findings about the importance of me-time in the journal Motivation and Emotion.”Approaching solitude for its enjoyment and intrinsic values is linked to psychological health, especially for those who don’t feel as if they belong to their social groups,” says the study’s lead author, Thuy-vy Nguyen, who received her doctorate in psychology from the University of Rochester in 2018 and who undertook large part of the research for this study in Rochester.”These findings highlight the importance of cultivating the ability to enjoy and value solitary time as a meaningful experience, rather than trying to disregard it, or escape from it,” says Nguyen, who’ll be joining the psychology department at Durham University, England, this fall as an assistant professor.Loneliness versus alone timeWhat then marks the difference between useful and potentially detrimental solitude? The key is positive motivation, according to the researchers. A healthy, autonomous seeking of alone time is associated with greater self-esteem, a greater sense of feeling related to others, and feeling less lonely. Conversely, someone who wants to be alone because of negative social experiences will more likely experience the negative effects of solitude, such as isolation or social withdrawal. The reasons matter as they determine how we experience solitude and the benefits we can get from it, the study concludes.Nguyen is building on decades of research by her veteran Rochester mentors, Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, co-founders of self-determination theory (SDT). The theoretical framework of SDT fits nicely into the investigation of how individuals’ motivations for spending time alone contribute to well-being, the researchers note. Per definition, autonomous motivation for being alone refers to a person’s decision to spend time in solitude in a manner that is valuable and enjoyable for the person.Previous research had shown that spending too much time socializing during the first year of college–and as a result having little time for oneself–may be associated with poor adjustment.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenPerinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideationBut over the course of two studies, conducted with 147 first-year college students in the US (testing for self-esteem) and 223 in Canada (testing for loneliness and relatedness), the team was able to untangle the interaction between new students’ social life and their motivation for spending time alone as a predictor of their successful adjustment to college life.Nguyen says the interplay between solitary time and our social experiences has not been empirically studied before, at least not in this way.”In previous research, it has been framed in ways that those with more access to social connections tend to have a better time in solitude. But in our study, having a healthy motivation for solitude actually is associated with wellness for those who have less access to social connections,” says Nguyen.The findings in a nutshell:center_img Source:https://www.rochester.edu/newscenter/college-freshmen-need-alone-time-373042/last_img read more

Cancer Research UK urges Government action to tackle obesity

first_imgThe charity wants the Government to act on its ambition to halve childhood obesity rates by 2030 and introduce a 9 pm watershed for junk food adverts on TV and online, alongside other measures such as restricting promotional offers on unhealthy food and drinks.Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert, commented: There isn’t a silver bullet to reduce obesity, but the huge fall in smoking over the years – partly thanks to advertising and environmental bans – shows that Government-led change works. It was needed to tackle sky-high smoking rates, and now the same is true for obesity.The world we live in doesn’t make it easy to be healthy and we need Government action to fix that, but people can also make changes themselves; small things like swapping junk food for healthier options and keeping active can all add up to help reduce cancer risk.” As smoking rates fall and obesity rates rise, we can clearly see the impact on a national health crisis when the Government puts policies in place – and when it puts its head in the sand.Our children could be a smoke-free generation, but we’ve hit a devastating record high for childhood obesity, and now we need urgent Government intervention to end the epidemic. They still have a chance to save lives.Scientists have so far identified that obesity causes 13 types of cancer but the mechanisms aren’t fully understood. So further research is needed to find out more about the ways extra body fat can lead to cancer.” Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 3 2019New figures from Cancer Research UK show that people who are obese now outnumber people who smoke two to one in the UK, and excess weight causes more cases of certain cancers than smoking, as the charity urges Government action to tackle obesity.Almost a third of UK adults are obese and, while smoking is still the nation’s biggest preventable cause of cancer and carries a much higher risk of the disease than obesity, Cancer Research UK’s analysis revealed that being overweight or obese trumps smoking as the leading cause of four different types of cancer.Excess weight causes around 1,900 more cases of bowel cancer than smoking in the UK each year. The same worrying pattern is true of cancer in the kidneys (1,400 more cases caused by excess weight than by smoking each year in the UK), ovaries (460) and liver (180).Related StoriesLiving with advanced breast cancerResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairSpecial blood test may predict relapse risk for breast cancer patientsCancer Research UK launched a nationwide campaign this week to increase awareness of the link between obesity and cancer. Extra body fat sends out signals that can tell cells to divide more often and can cause damage that builds up over time and raises the risk of cancer.The campaign compares smoking and obesity to show how policy change can help people form healthier habits, not to compare tobacco with food.Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: Source:Cancer Research UKlast_img read more

New tool serves as digital logbook for drone users

The UAS User Log can be accessed from any internet-connected device, including tablets and smartphones. Credit: Purdue University Worried about being on Facebook? Some options explained The UAS User Log is a digital log book available around the world to serve those using UAS, or drones, for research, crop production, spray applications and other activities. The logbook provides options to interactively record the date, time and location of a flight, the make, model and registration information of the device, status of battery charge, type of flight (autonomous or manual), types of sensors used and data collected, safety precautions taken, weather during the flight and other related information.Dharmendra Saraswat, an associate professor in Purdue’s Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, led the team that included researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, Washington State University and Texas A&M University.”We’ve lacked a system to provide UAS users in agriculture with a way to record information about their flights, sensors and maintenance issues,” Saraswat said. “Thus, creation of a common protocol for UAS operations for various research- and production-related applications is an effort to plug that gap and bring standardization to flight data collection.” Explore further Citation: New tool serves as digital logbook for drone users (2018, April 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-tool-digital-logbook-drone-users.html A Purdue University researcher led development of a free, web-based application that will allow those using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to easily log their flight-related data. Provided by Purdue University Users can access the UAS User Log application from any device that connects to the internet, including smartphones, tablets, and desktop and laptop computers. Once loaded, the application does not need an internet connection or mobile data to function since the information logged is stored on the user’s device.Internet connection is required to access weather data and for crowdsourcing sensor specifications among the community of users. Once all the relevant information is recorded, the user is provided an option to save a copy on their devices (smartphones, tablets or laptops/desktops). Users can also upload any previously saved file, edit relevant data and save the updated file as a record for any subsequent flights. All flights can be time-stamped and saved independently.Saraswat said he can envision users employing the logbook for everything from tracking flights for research and business uses to gauging the life of batteries.There is also a feedback option that allows users to communicate with Saraswat and his team to make suggestions for improvements or elements that should be added.”I’m certain that at some point in time, this ecosystem is going to grow, and we’ll also see many features added to this tool,” Saraswat said. Dharmendra Saraswat led a team that developed the UAS User Log, a web-based application that stores digital flight records for those using unmanned aerial systems. Credit: Purdue University 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. read more

Dont Be Confused If This Starfish Makes Your Mouth Water

first_img starfish out here lookin like a snack https://t.co/H7BPqTWsDw — XD (@radfag_) July 11, 2019  These Sharks Were Too Busy to Notice a Bigger Predator Watching ThemThe unexpected twist at the end of this feeding frenzy delighted scientists.Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really Loud00:35关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65934-ravioli-sea-star.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:2802:28  The photo of the starfish, captured on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s recent expedition to the deep Atlantic Ocean, propelled the tasty looking echinoderm to fame. But until now, the “ravioli” star (also called the cookie star) was a bit of a nobody. Even though scientists have known of the ravioli star for some time, only recently did the creature get a common (non-Latin) name, Christopher Mah, an invertebrate biologist at the Smithsonian Museum at Natural History, told Live Science. Instead, the starfish was known only by its formal scientific name, P. dentatus. [Photos: See the World’s Cutest Sea Creatures] That’s because until now, people rarely had the chance to observe the starfish in its natural habitat. Most of what scientists know about the ravioli star comes from specimens that were already dead, Mah said. Now, with the advent of remotely operated vehicles like NOAA’s Deep Discoverer, which captured rare footage of ravioli stars, everyone has virtual access to these creatures. It was sometime in the last year that Mah began hearing the names “cookie star” and “ravioli star” bouncing around the internet. “It’s just kind of amusing to me,” Mah said, “[The name] just took off so quickly.” The starfish isn’t new or unusual — it has existed at the depths of the ocean for much longer than its moniker. But the way Twitter is interacting with the ravioli star and other marine wonders is completely novel, Mah said. Just the fact that the internet has bred a new name for these creatures is evidence of a new kind of citizen science, he added. That’s a good thing. “Any kind of connection that I think the public has with natural history, with nature is important,” Mah said. As for the ravioli star, its moment in the spotlight is only just beginning. This is an exciting moment for deep-sea creatures like the pasta doppelganger, Mah said. For the first time, scientists have the chance to study how they interact with their environment — what they eat, how they reproduce and how they navigate their underwater world. On the Deep Discoverer’s most recent dive, for instance, the ROV captured another image of a group of ravioli stars ganging up on a sea sponge (a sea creature with no skeleton and a soft, porous body). Until now, scientists knew virtually nothing about this sea star’s biology. This is the Deep Discoverers seventh dive on an expedition called Windows to the Deep. In Photos: The Wonders of the Deep Sea If this starfish is making your mouth water, you’re not alone. When a photo of Plinthaster dentatus went viral on Twitter last week, pasta-lovers did a double take — the sea star looked just like a piece of ravioli. In Photos: The Stunning Sea Life ‘Stars’ of ‘Big Pacific’center_img Marine Marvels: Spectacular Photos of Sea Creatures Originally published on Live Science.last_img read more

Storm in the House over Rafale Deal

first_imgSHARE COMMENT Lok Sabha COMMENTS Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday carried the can for the government, excavating the Congress’ past scandals — Bofors, AgustaWestland, National Herald — and mocking Rahul Gandhi’s “kindergarten-level” understanding, on a day when paper planes and arguments flew thick and fast in the Lok Sabha. The NDA ally Shiv Sena joined the Opposition ranks during a stormy debate on Rafale deal.Jaitley rejected the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the deal, accusing Congress President Rahul Gandhi of “manufacturing lies” to tar the government. Amid loud protests by the AIADMK MPs over the Cauvery issue — a move dubbed by Rahul Gandhi as a “ploy” by the BJP to disrupt the debate — Trinamool Congress veteran Saugata Roy was vivid in his description of the Finance Minister acting as a “shield” for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM criticisedThe PM was criticised for his absence in the House during a debate which questioned his role in the purchase of about ₹60,000-crore worth Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCAs) from the French manufacturer Dassault Aviation, and award of offsets to the newly-minted Reliance Defence Ltd at the cost of public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).“They cannot find a single BJP MP in the Lok Sabha to defend the government. They have to import a Member from the Rajya Sabha, who is not the Defence Minister to carry out the job… And like Meghnad of the Ramayana, the Meghnad of Rafale hides behind the smoke screen you have created,” said Saugata Roy.While the PM remained absent, Jaitley led the charge from the Treasury Benches, describing Congress President as a “liar” and obstructing his move to quote a taped recording of claims by a Goan Cabinet Minister of alleged confession by former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar storing files related to Rafale purchase. To Rahul Gandhi’s charge — the PM “does not have the guts to face Parliament and hides in his room” favouring his “dear friend and failed businessman Anil Ambani” — Jaitley said, “It is a tragedy that the Grand Old Party which was headed by legends in the past is now headed by a gentleman who doesn’t have basic understanding of a combat aircraft.”On PM’s interviewGandhi, on his part, was equally belligerent, taking pot-shots at the PM for giving a “staged interview” while Parliament is in session and choosing to stay absent in the House. “He (Modi) spoke for 90 minutes during a staged interview but still did not answer relevant questions on Rafale,” said Gandhi.The Opposition, especially Jaidev Galla of the TDP and Mohammad Salim of CPI(M), accused the government of “misleading the Supreme Court”, whose judgment on Rafale they are now quoting as a “clean chit”. “You told the Supreme Court that the pricing details of deal have been shared with the CAG and the report of the CAG has been examined by the PAC. This is patently untrue. The government has misled the Court and such a claim is contempt of Parliament,” said Jaidev Galla. Kalikesh Singh Deo of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) said none of the issues pertaining to Rafale has been addressed. “Like a good lawyer, he has cherry-picked the facts,” said Singh Deo.Shiv Sena joins inThe Shiv Sena surprised members in the House with its MP Arvind Sawant joining the Opposition in demanding a JPC into Rafale. “ We believe there are issues in denying HAL a contract in favour of a company that has no record in Defence manufacturing and owes thousands of crores of debt. What was the head of this company doing in a delegation which went with the PM to France? We need to clear the air over this,” said Sawant. Published oncenter_img January 02, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Jaitley rejects demand for a JPC probe; accuses Rahul of manufacturing lies politicslast_img read more

Manipur to increase monthly pension for retired journalists

first_img The Information and Public Relation Minister of Manipur Th Bishwajit Singh on Saturday said the process to increase the monthly pension for retired journalists and ex-gratia for families of the deceased scribes is underway.A cabinet memo regarding this has been prepared as well, Singh said in the assembly, while responding to a query raised by a legislator, O Surjakumar.“The cabinet will soon pass the welfare scheme despite being delayed due to some obstacles,” Singh said.He told the assembly that at present the monthly pension for retired journalists is Rs 4,000 and it will be increased to Rs 10,000.The family pension (for families of the deceased journalists) will be increased from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 per month, Singh said.Singh also said that the one time ex-gratia for families journalists, who died in unfortunate incidents, will be increased from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.The retirement age of journalists in the state is 60 years, officials said. March 02, 2019 COMMENT Published on COMMENTS mediacenter_img Manipur SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL governmentlast_img read more