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Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica

first_imgStrong winds cause three deaths in Costa Rica, one in El Salvador Facebook Comments Related posts:More heavy rains will hit Costa Rica’s Pacific coast this week, red alerts issued Government charters flight to bring Costa Ricans home from Puerto Rico VIDEOS: Water sweeps away roads, bridges, cattle around Costa Rica Government decrees state of mourning; donation, volunteer efforts increasecenter_img High winds claimed the life of a fourth victim in Costa Rica as the cold front that has been moving through the country since the weekend continued to cause accidents, power outages and other problems.A report from National Emergency Commission (CNE) spokeswoman Nancy Madrigal on Monday evening indicated that the fourth victim of accidents related to the cold front died in Turrialba. Madrigal said that the victim was an indigenous man who attempted to cross the Siripi River on Saturday and was carried away by the strong current. His body was found on Monday.Several rivers around the country are running high following days of heavy rains, the CNE reported.Of the three other victims previously reported, two were Swiss tourists who died when a tree fell on their cabin in the Caribbean beach town of Cahuita on Saturday; the third was a cyclist who died when a tree fell on him during a race in the Pacific port town of Caldera.As of Monday evening, the CNE reported a total of 332 incidents reported nationwide including 47 homes with roofs ripped off by the winds, six landslides and three floods. A Yellow Alert was still in place for all regions of the country except the southwest.last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Outside of them, the bulk of Arizona’s starters is considered to be either “average,” “below average” or “poor,” though only receiver Andre Roberts grades out in the latter group. – / 36 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Comments   Share   In a piece meant to judge every team’s starting units, the Cardinals are noted to have just nine players who are above average.Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, not surprisingly, is regarded as a “difference maker,” as is defensive end Calais Campbell. Linebacker Daryl Washington and cornerback Patrick Peterson are said to be “high quality,” while quarterback Carson Palmer, running back Rashard Mendenhall, tackle Bobby Massie, linebacker Karlos Dansby and defensive tackle Dan Williams are considered “good.”– I’ve given both Palmer and Mendenhall the benefit of the doubt respectively due to the former working in a more conducive environment, and the latter being healthy.– I’m viewing Bobby Massie more on the second half of his season than the first, but did consider both.– Before Dockett gets an upgrade he needs to show something and not just talk about how badly Ray Horton’s scheme affected him — it hardly slowed Campbell did it? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals spent an entire offseason trying to remake a roster that won just five games last season.While it’s too early to know for sure, the offense and defense figure to have at least nine new starters compared to the group that finished last season, and the hope is each will present a significant upgrade.But according to ProFootballFocus.com’s Neil Hornsby, the roster is not exactly littered with top-notch talent.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

Every week in Murfreesboro Tenn Zibin Guo guide

first_imgEvery week in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Zibin Guo guides veterans in wheelchairs through slow-motion tai chi poses as a Bluetooth speaker plays soothing instrumental music.”Cloudy hands to the right, cloudy hands to the left,” he tells them. “Now we’re going to open your arms, grab the wheels and 180-degree turn.”The participants swivel about-face and continue to the next pose. Guo, a medical anthropologist at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has modified his tai chi to work from a seated position. Even though many of the participants are not wheelchair-bound, using the mobile chairs makes it easier for them to get through a half-hour of movement.The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has given $120,000 in grant money to Guo to spread his special wheelchair tai chi curriculum. He started in Chattanooga, and has expanded his class offerings to Murfreesboro.This idea of going beyond prescriptions — and especially beyond opioids — in dealing with different sorts of pain and trauma has become a focus of the VA nationally.In Tennessee, nearly a quarter of all VA patients with an active medical prescription were on opioids in 2012. That number is now down to 15 percent, but that’s still higher than in most other parts of the country.According to a national survey from 2015, nearly every VA hospital now offers some kind of alternative health treatment — like yoga, mindfulness and art therapy.Guo is teaching people in a half dozen VA hospitals in Florida, Texas, Utah and Arizona to use his version of tai chi. He believes the focus on breathing and mindfulness — paired with manageable physical activity — can help ease a variety of ailments.”When you have a good amount of body harmony, people tend to engage in proactive life,” he says, “so that helps with all kinds of symptoms.”In addition to making a vet feel better physically, the VA also hopes these alternative therapies might help ease symptoms of conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder.Thomas Sales, of Nashville, Tenn., says his latest panic attack caught him by surprise. “Night before last, when we had the thunderstorm,” he says. “The thunder is a big trigger for some people.”It’s been 25 years after Sales fought in the first Gulf War with the Navy Special Warfare Command, and he still has panic attacks regularly.”You’ll find yourself flashing back to being out there with the fellas, and you’ll just kind of snap,” he says. “And I found myself, for some reason, thinking about doing the breathing techniques [from tai chi], and doing the ‘heaven and earth,’ and then breathing deep and slow.”Sales says he knows it must look crazy to some people when he reaches to the sky and then sweeps his arms to the ground. There was a time when he would have agreed. Most of the patients in this class had some skepticism going into the tai chi program. But Vietnam veteran Jim Berry of Spring Hill, Tenn., says he’s now convinced of its value.”My daughter sent me a t-shirt that sums it up,” he says. “Tai chi is more than old folks chasing trees.”Berry credits meditation and tai chi with helping him quit smoking. “No cigarettes for three months now,” he says.Zarita Croney, a veteran with the National Guard, says tai chi has helped her with chemical dependency. She now makes the nearly two-hour drive from Hopkinsville, Ky., to Murfreesboro each week, and has reduced her use of pills for pain.”My whole life … revolved around, ‘Oh shoot, when can I take my next pill?’ ” Croney recalls. “I’ve gone from about 90 percent of my day being on my bed to being able to come out and be social.”The VA has been aggressively trying to wean vets off high-powered opioids — using prescription data as a key measurement to judge how its hospitals across the country are doing with that goal.The VA acknowledges that there’s little evidence at this point that tai chi or mindfulness therapy or acupuncture will ease PTSD or addiction, though recently there has been research into the quality of life benefits of tai chi among the elderly.But physicians say they suspect many of the opioisa aren’t always helping veterans either, and the drugs carry more risks.Aaron Grobengieser, who oversees alternative medicine at the VA hospital in Murfreesboro, says tai chi won’t replace medication. But it might help reduce prescriptions, and the agency plans to start measuring that.”I believe this is going to be an avenue,” he says, “to really help address that group of folks [who are] looking for ways to manage those types of conditions without popping another pill.”This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with Nashville Public Radio and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 Nashville Public Radio. To see more, visit Nashville Public Radio.last_img read more

When youre thirsty a swig of fresh water brings

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

AD blames traffic congestion on car dependence and government inertia

first_imgPeople’s daily dependence on cars is causing traffic congestion around Malta, and government is doing its best to avoid addressing the problem said Ralph Cassar; the secretary general of Alternattiva Demokratika (AD), who is also a Counsellor in Attard. Cassar suggested various measures which can improve the situation, such as the Bus Rapid transit system, which connects the main localities using roads which are reserved only for public buses. Highly polluted areas should be declared low emission zones using congestion charges, said Cassar. He complained that Transport Malta is not cooperating. Carmel Cacopardo, Chairperson of AD, stated that Government’s current politics regarding transport and mobility are causing more traffic and higher levels of pollution. He emphasized the need to increase security in residential roads, and that Local Councils should work on creating public spaces for people instead of making more space for cars.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_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