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Sterling praises Sanchos work ethic

first_imgRaheem Sterling paid tribute to Jadon Sancho’s work ethic and insists he’s unsurprised on how quickly the teenager’s adapted at EnglandThe 18-year-old winger made his international debut for the senior England team in Friday’s goalless draw at Croatia by replacing Sterling for the final 12 minutes.Despite the short amount of time on the pitch, Sancho left observers impressed with his seamlessly transition into the Three Lions squad.But Sterling, who trained alongside the youngster at City before his switch to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, insists that it is of no surprise to him.“He is a really good talent and someone I’ve thought highly of since the first time I saw him at Manchester City when he was training with us in pre-season,” said Sterling, according to the Irish Mirror.“I thought highly of him – his work ethic and what he does with the ball. I know him really well and he’s someone that is really modest but when he’s on the field he wants to express his ability.”Sterling also backed Sancho’s shock decision to leave for Germany last year.“For someone so young to back themselves to go abroad is a credit to them,” he added.“To go abroad so young and back yourself, that shows a lot about the person. He could have taken the easy route and stayed at City but he saw himself developing better.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“That’s what it’s about in football – you have to judge your own situation and he did that perfectly and all credit to him.“He has knuckled down in Germany and, when you’re that age, it’s probably something you need. To have that seclusion and be by yourself a bit and to concentrate solely on football. I’m really happy for him.”After Friday’s match, the England squad had a break at the team hotel with Sterling and Sancho getting involved in a video game showdown between Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.Playing as Juventus, Sancho led the Italian side to a 3-1 win over Sterling’s PSG – which the latter certainly didn’t enjoy come the full-time whistle.We all know that friend 👋😂🤣#Sterling #Sancho #FIFA #FIFA19[🎥IG/sanchooo104] pic.twitter.com/eraKZXU4WY— Xtra Minute (@XtraminuteTV) October 14, 2018last_img read more

Kenai Man Arrested For Vandalizing District Attorneys Office In Kenai

first_imgGarber was arrested and charged with two counts of Criminal Mischief 5th Degree and another two counts of Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree. Garber was transported to Wildwood Pre-Trial Facility. According to the KPD dispatch; while responding to the area, officers noticed a person vandalizing the State office building at Bidarka/Main Street Loop. Officers contacted the subject Thomas A. Garber, age 49, of Kenai.center_img At 5:49 a.m., KPD received a report that the District Attorney’s office in Kenai had been vandalized. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Police Department arrested a Kenai man for vandalizing the District Attorney’s office on December 26.last_img

Britain and Bill Gates pledge £3bn to fight malaria

first_imgBritish taxpayers will join forces with Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates and fund a £3bn programme whose aim is to eradicate malaria within decades.The chancellor George Osborne will announce the Government will spend £500m a year for each of the next five years in conjunction with the Gates Foundation, which will spend £200m a year.The Microsoft tycoon will travel to Liverpool with the chancellor to see ground-breaking scientific research into drugs, diagnostics and insecticides.The British governments commitment of £2.5bn is a significant increase on the £1.8 billion spent in the previous parliament.In a joint letter to The Times, the pair said that the money would show that the disease, which kills one child every minute, can be defeated because problems such as hunger and disease arent insoluble.We are optimistic that in our lifetimes we can eradicate malaria and other deadly tropical diseases, and confront emerging threats, making the world a safer place for all, the letter says.The newspaper reports it is the latest stage of Osbornes drive to overhaul the aid budget, with more of a focus on programmes which can be shown to benefit the UK, such as targeting diseases which threaten global pandemics.last_img read more

Putin to Saudi energy minister Buy our gas save your oil

first_imgRussian president Vladimir Putin is escorted by energy minister Alexander Novak and co-owner of Russian gas producer Novatek Leonid Mikhelson, as he inspects a construction site of Yamal LNG, Russia’s second liquefied natural gas plant, in the Arctic port of Sabetta, Yamalo-Nenets district, Russia on 8 December, 2017. Photo: ReutersRussian president Vladimir Putin offered Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih to buy Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) in order to spare Saudi Arabia’s oil, the Interfax news agency reported citing him as saying on Friday.“Buy our gas and you’ll save oil,” Putin told Falih after having given the order to start loading the first gas tanker with liquefied natural gas at the Novatek-led Yamal LNG project in the Arctic.“That’s why I’m here,” Falih replied.last_img

New Zealand PM apologies for death of British tourist

first_imgnew zealandNew Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern made an emotional apology Monday to the family of a 22-year-old British tourist who police say was murdered.Ardern spoke about the nation’s reaction to the case several hours after the man that police accuse of killing Grace Millane made his first appearance in court. Police on Sunday found a body in a forested area near Auckland which they believe is Millane’s.”From the kiwis I have spoken to, there is this overwhelming sense of hurt and shame that this has happened in our country, a place that prides itself on our hospitality,” Ardern said at her weekly media briefing, using a colloquial term for New Zealanders.”On behalf of New Zealand, I want to apologize to Grace’s family,” Ardern said, her voice breaking with emotion. “Your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn’t. And I’m sorry for that.”Ardern said it wasn’t necessarily her role to apologize for individual acts of violence, but she’d sensed that New Zealanders were feeling a collective sense of shame over the case and that many were taking it personally.Earlier, the 26-year-old man accused of killing Millane stared at the floor while a judge addressed him during his brief appearance at the Auckland District Court. The man has not yet entered a plea on murder charges and the court has temporarily blocked his name from being published.Millane’s father, David Millane, traveled to New Zealand last week after his daughter vanished, and Judge Evangelos Thomas addressed him and other family members.”I don’t know what to say to you at this time, but your grief must be desperate,” he said, according to television station Three. “We all hope justice will be fair and swift and ultimately bring you some peace.”As the man was led away from the dock, somebody in the public gallery yelled out “Scumbag!” Three reported.The case has riveted people both in Britain and New Zealand.Described by her father as fun-loving and family-oriented, Grace Millane had been traveling in New Zealand as part of a planned yearlong trip abroad that began in Peru. She went missing 1 December and failed to get in touch with her family on her birthday the next day, or on the days that followed, which alarmed them.Before she vanished, Millane had been staying at a backpacker hostel in Auckland and left some of her belongings there. Detective Inspector Scott Beard said she met a man for a couple of hours in the evening before surveillance cameras showed them entering the CityLife hotel at about 9:40pm.A week after Millane disappeared, police detained a man for questioning and later charged him with murder.On Sunday, police found a body in a forested area about 10 meters (33 feet) from the side of the road in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland. Police believe Millane’s body was taken to the area in a rental car.Police said the car, a red Toyota Corolla, was rented for 24 hours and returned to an Auckland rental agency on 3 December, meaning Millane’s body could have been in the forest for six days before it was found.The suspect’s lawyer, Ian Brookie, on Monday applied for name suppression on the basis his client needed it for a fair trial, an argument that Judge Thomas rejected on the basis of open justice. Brookie appealed, triggering the man’s name to be temporarily suppressed.The man is being held in custody and is scheduled to make his next court appearance 23 January.last_img read more

Woman attempts suicide killing minor daughter

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA woman tried to commit suicide reportedly after killing her minor daughter in the city’s Maniknagar area early Monday.The deceased is three-and-half-year-old Ruja Fardin, daughter of Manjur Hasan Russel, reports UNB.Ruksana Akhter Rumi used to live at a house of Miazan Goli in Maniknagar under Mugda police station along with her daughter Ruja.Being informed, police recovered Ruja’s body from Mugda General Hospital around 12:15pm and sent it to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for postmortem, said sub-inspector (SI) Fazal Mahmud of the police station.The body was handed over to relatives in the afternoon following the autopsy, he said.Quoting locals, the police officer said Ruksana fed her daughter with food laced with either pesticide or sedative and then she herself took it sometime after Sunday midnight.As they fell sick, they were taken to Mugda General Hospital where Ruja died around 12:15pm while Ruksana was undergoing treatment at the hospital, Fazal said.last_img read more

Dallas Police Say Building Safe After Active Shooter Scare

first_img Share An office building in northern Dallas is now safe following reports of an armed person there Monday, police said, without commenting on whether anyone was injured or killed.Police said on Twitter that the building was “made safe” at 12:49 p.m. Monday. Police say they are still in the early stages of the investigation.Television footage showed a heavy police response, including a SWAT team, at the office tower near a multi-level highway interchange known as the High Five. A broken window could be seen on one of the upper floors of the mirrored building.Bailee Christian told KXAS-TV that she heard two gunshots — one when she was still inside and another after she and her co-workers had been evacuated from the building. She said that when she heard the second shot she also heard screaming.“It was very intense in the moment, very scary,” Christian said.Christian, who works in a call center on the 10th floor, said her boss told everyone to hide in the back corner of the office.“Probably about 6 minutes goes by and a police officer, a couple actually, came up to grab us,” Christian said.She said one of the police officers had some blood on his arm, appearing to have a minor injury, but that the wound did not look like a gunshot. Dallas police have said one officer was injured by debris.Mary Jo Nsuk, who works on the 10th floor, heard a commotion coming from below and heard police say, “Come out with your hands up.” About five minutes later, police came to the door to escort her downstairs. She left her belongings behind, including her cellphone and shoes.“Police were doing their best to make sure all floors were clear,” Nsuk told The Dallas Morning News. “They protected people with shields and a cop was facing backwards when they were trying to get us downstairs.”Chris Collinsworth, who was in a sales meeting on the 10th floor, says he saw blood in the elevator as police escorted them from the building.last_img read more

Serena Williams Says Every Human Should Be Grateful for Kaepernick Kneeling

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor Colin Kaepernick has been dominating news headlines again after recently winning a preliminary hearing in his collusion suit filed against the NFL.According to reports, arbitrator Stephen Burbank decided against the league’s request for dismissal, ruling that Kaepernick’s legal team had discovered enough evidence to proceed with a full hearing. Kaepernick’s former teammate, Eric Reid, who first joined Kaepernick two years ago in kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of racism and police brutality in the U.S., will also be allowed to continue his collusion suit against the NFL.Former San Francisco 49ers NFL football quarterback Colin Kaepernick, second from top left, watches a third-round match between Serena Williams and Venus Williams at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Both Kaepernick and Reid, along with his two daughters, made an appearance at the U.S. Open Friday to watch Venus and Serena Williams play. After the match, Serena told reporters that we all should be grateful for the sacrifice Kaepernick made in kneeling in protest.“I think every athlete, every human and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honored how Colin and Eric are doing so much more for the greater good, so to say,” Serena said, per the Associated Press.“They really use their platform in ways that is really unfathomable. I feel like they obviously have great respect from a lot of their peers, especially other athletes, people that really are looking for social change.”Kaepernick hasn’t been signed by a team since the 2016 season, the year he first began kneeling.“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told reporters back in ‘16.The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback initially remained seated during the anthem, but began kneeling out of respect for the military.But not everyone believes he should’ve even kneeled. Famous Muslim rapper Kevin Gates shared a video on his Instagram page Saturday, saying that he viewed Kaepernick’s kneeling as a form of bowing to man.“A lot of people are going to look at this f**ked up,” said Gates, according to Complex. “I love Colin Kaepernick. That’s my brother. I love his beautiful queen, Nessa. I love these people with all my heart. He should have never took a knee…. We bow for no man under the stars but Allah. He should have stood palms up.”last_img read more

Louisville Falls 54 in Extra Innings to Xavier

first_img Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Next Game: James Madison 3/1/2019 | 4:00 PM Dan McDonnell Postgame LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team suffered its first home loss of the season on Tuesday, falling 5-4 in 10 innings against Xavier at Jim Patterson Stadium. Photo Gallery ACC Network Extra Both teams went quietly in the ninth, however the Musketeers edged ahead in the 10th via a passed ball. The contest remained tied at two until the fourth when Xavier (2-5) picked up a two-out RBI single to move back in front. Louisville (5-3) never led on Tuesday, but had an answer for each of the first four Xavier runs. PDF Box Score Preview The Musketeers jumped on the board first with three consecutive singles to open the ballgame and added a second with a sacrifice fly. However, UofL starting pitcher Luke Smith limited the damage with a double play to end the frame. The Louisville attack got rolling in similar fashion, with consecutive singles from Lucas Dunn and Jake Snider starting the bottom half of the inning. Tyler Fitzgerald cut the deficit in half with a sacrifice fly that scored Dunn, and Danny Oriente knotted the game up at two with a run-scoring single two batters later. Oriente worked a five-pitch walk to start the bottom of the 10th, with Louisville looking for an answer one more time. With one away, Ethan Stringer doubled into right to move pinch-runner Adam Elliott to third and put a pair of runners in scoring position. A fly ball off the bat of Davis proved not to be deep enough to bring the runner home and a strikeout ended the comeback effort for the Cardinals. Dunn and Snider each had two-hit days at the plate, accounting for three of the Cardinals’ four runs. Louisville is back in action this weekend with a three-game series scheduled against James Madison. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., ET, at Jim Patterson Stadium. Print Friendly Version Xavier grabbed the lead back on a wild pitch in the eighth, but the lead would be short-lived again. Drew Campbell led off the bottom of the frame with an infield single and came around to score the tying run on Henry Davis’ double to left. Story Links Jared Poland (1-1) took the loss for Louisville, allowing the eventual winning run in his 1.1 innings of work. Smith ended with a no decision, giving up three runs over five innings. Live Stats Louisville had the answer again though, as Dunn singled and stole second with one out in the fifth and Snider dropped a double down the left field line to tie the game up at three apiece.last_img read more

Keep it simple

first_imgAs difficult as it is to find the right kind of food for the sultry humid weather that seems to have settled around the Capital, The Imperial seems to have come up with quite a palatable solution. The summer salads and barbeque menu that is available in San Gimignano and 1911, is the perfect mix of excellent meats and refreshing salads that is perfect for the weather.  Both the restaurants have their own signature menus, the salad and barbeque spread is on offer till end of September in both places alongside their regulars. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the main course you can take a pick from the Fatto in Casa Salsicce Affumicate (home made smoked sausages), the Bambino Costole di Maiale alla Brace (barbecued baby back ribs), the Aragosta Alla Griglia Ripieni (grilled stuffed lobster tail) or the Costolette di Agnello doppi (the double lamb chops). The home made sausages are a definite winner along with the much ordered lamb chops.  All the meats have been cooked keeping their intrinsic flavours in mind and the whole idea is to keep the food simple so as the real taste wins, explains Executive Sous Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula who has put the spread in order. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTrue to his word, every bite is like a burst of freshness on the palatte and the sauces and salads work as perfect additions. All the meats are served with a spread of traditional sauces –    The Campana (blend of  tomatoes ,onion, garlic, parsley, olive oil and lemon juice),  Chimichurri (Argentinean sauce with oregano  parsley ,thyme, onion, olive oil) and the Guasacaca (avocado, onion, garlic, hot peppers, tomatoes, lemon juice, coriander and olive oil). The Guasacaca is a must try. It adds the right zing to the meats and the salads. From all the salads on offer you can choose any three to accompany your meal – so take your pick from the artichoke and sundried tomato salad, corn, black beans and capsicum salad, German potato salad, tomato – basil salad, beet and onion salad, coleslaw and the mix lettuce.  A meal for two costs around Rs 8000 (without alcohol and minus taxes) so make your reservations soon. This is one meal you’ll definitely not want to miss!last_img read more

Promoting art for all

first_imgArt is nothing but expression. We as the most evolved creatures of this universe are in a continuous dialogue- at times with our own selves and often with those around. Impressions of what we think and what we perceive is what we communicate. This is what is the concept behind Arts Unlimited’s Great Masters of Europe in High Renaissance exhibition is all about. The exhibition started on 3 and will continue till 9 November at the capital’s Rabindra Bhavan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Showcasing the works of ten upcoming artists, the exhibition is curated by Poonam Rana. It is also supporting the works of some artists from modest backgrounds. . A discerning jury will be awarding the best artist. The guests of honor include personalities from the world of fitness, fashion, art and NGOs while the participating artist are- Subrata Ganguly, Poonam Rana, Jamal Ahmed, R.YogeshwarArt is a means of a dialogue between man and man.  And what better can it be, when this dialogue serves a noble cause too. Arts Shows Unlimited believe in expanding the horizons and providing a worthy platform to display their artworks to some very promising artists, who have stayed away from display of their works, due to their modest financial backgrounds. The idea is make art accessible for everyone.Where: Lalit Kala Akedemy, Rabindra Bhawan When: On till  9 Novemberlast_img read more

December 10 2005 The visitors center prepares for

first_imgDecember 10, 2005The visitors center prepares for a busy Saturday. Mrs. Santa Claus, gallery employee Lisan Hughes-Sawyer. [Photo & text: sa] Cosanti foundry produced a beautiful selection of bronze tiles with burnish or patina finish. [Photo & text: sa] Arcosanti foundry staff Gabrial Hendrix and Eleanor Gillis bring a batch of additional bells. [Photo & text: sa] And there is very nice collection of hand-carved ceramic bells and tiles. [Photo & text: sa] Cosanti foundry produced a beautiful selection of bronze tiles with burnish or patina finish. [Photo & text: sa]The visitors center prepares for a busy Saturday. Mrs. Santa Claus, gallery employee Lisan Hughes-Sawyer. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

Sky is planning to launch a next generation Now

first_imgSky is planning to launch a “next generation” Now TV box later this year, and is planning to launch a similar device in Italy as part of a wider over-the-top push.Speaking on Sky’s earnings call yesterday, group CEO Jeremy Darroch said that there were further opportunities for the newly expanded Sky to “really get behind” its OTT offerings in each of its territories and “transform some of the learnings from the UK into Italy and Germany.”Following Sky’s Germany launch in December of a Roku-powered streaming media box to let viewers access Sky Online and Snap on their TVs, Darroch said that it now planned to launch “a similar box” in Italy. Sky first launched its Roku-powered Now TV box to compliment its UK over-the-top offering back in July 2013.Discussing Sky’s plans for Now TV in the UK, Darroch said that in the next few months it would launch a “major marketing campaign” for the service and roll out a new look and feel for the brand.“We’ll be updating our user interface to drive engagement and consumption and we’ve got an outstanding line up of new exclusive content, which will bring to the next generation of Now TV box which will also upgrade later in the year,” said Darroch.In its fiscal second quarter results yesterday, Sky said that Now TV enjoyed a “record quarter of growth” boosted by partnerships with retailers like Dixons Carphone and new commercial partnerships with companies including Google and Vodafone. While it did not break down user or revenue numbers for Now TV, Sky said that transactions through the service had trebled.It also said in a presentation to investors that it planned to push the service harder in 2015 with the brand campaign, more marketing support and the upgraded user interface and experience.“As penetration of connected devices increases, Sky is opening up new revenue streams. Revenues to Sky Store in the UK and Ireland were up 90% year on year with ‘buy and keep’ now regularly ranked number one or two among digital retailers for new releases,” said Sky in its earnings report.Separately, it was reported earlier this week that Sky is planning to launch a next-generation set-top box for its pay TV subscribers in the spring that will support ultra high-definition, 4K content.Sky’s footprint now spans the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy after Sky completed its acquisition of Sky Italia and 95.8% of Sky Deutschland at the end of last year.last_img read more

Great Panther Silver Limited TSX GPR NYSEA GP

first_imgGreat Panther Silver Limited, (TSX: GPR NYSE.A: GPL)headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, is a profitable primary silver producer operating two 100% owned mines in Mexico.  Over 94% of revenues are derived from unhedged precious metals production with approximately 74% generated from silver sales and 20% from gold.  Since entering production in the first quarter of 2006, the Company has seen five consecutive annual increases in revenues and provides strong leverage to future rises in precious metals prices. The Company has also been growing its resource and reserve base at both 100% owned operations. A new resource/reserve estimate is expected for the Guanajuato Mine Complex and the San Ignacio Project in the second quarter of 2012 and a new resource/reserve estimate for the Topia Mines during the third quarter of 2012. Great Panther continues to replace mined ounces, grow resources and reserves at both operations, and is targeting a 10 year mine live at each.For more information, please visit the website or contact Rhonda Bennetto, VP Corporate Communications, toll free at 1-888-355-1766 or by email at rbennetto@greatpanther.com. Sponsor Advertisement As Ted Butler has pointed out countless times, it’s what JPMorgan et al do on the next rally that will determine how it unfolds.Gold traded within a five dollar price band through most of the Friday trading day on Planet Earth…exceeding it only briefly between 8:10 a.m. at 9:40 a.m. Eastern time.  Those two times represented the high and low price ticks of the day…such as they were.I was particularly impressed by the fact that ‘free-market forces’ were able to thread the needle by closing gold on Friday in the 60 cent price gap between the Wednesday close and the Thursday close.  I hope there was a prize for doing that.Gold closed on Friday at $1,642.40 spot…down twenty cents from Thursday.  Net volume, at 77,000 contracts, was the lightest since I can’t remember when.Silver’s price action was rather similar to gold’s, but the price was more ‘volatile’…with the high and low price ticks come at approximately the same times as gold.  The silver price actually broke through the $32 price mark on its high tick [$32.01 spot] for the second day in a row but, as you can tell, it wasn’t allowed to close anywhere near that price.Silver closed at $31.70 spot…down a dime from Thursday.  Net volume was a shockingly light 19,000 contracts.The dollar index hung in around the 79.60 mark until about 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Friday morning…and then rolled over.  Most of the decline was in by 10:30 a.m. Eastern time in New York…and the index basically traded sideways from there.  The dollar index closed down about 34 basis points at 79.14.Four out of the five days this week, gold stocks opened in positive territory…and then quickly got sold off into negative territory regardless of the price action in gold that followed…with stock prices continuing to erode all day along.  The Friday trading action was exactly that as well. The HUI closed on its low of the day, down 0.97%.  In my twelve years of watching this market, I’ve never seen anything like this.  It’s unnatural.Virtually all of the silver stocks finished down on the day as well…including all the stock represented in Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index.  It closed down 0.17%…the same amount it closed up on Thursday.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report was a yawner, as only 11 gold contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday, but over at the SLV ETF an authorized participant withdrew 1,262,086 troy ounces of silver.For the third day in a row there was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.The Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 732,023 troy ounces of silver on Thursday…and shipped only 4,966 ounces out the door.  Since Wednesday, JPMorgan’s precious metals warehouse has added another million ounce of silver to their stash, which now sits at 14.0 million ounces.  The link to that action is here.The Commitment of Traders Report that came out yesterday [for positions held a the close of Comex trading on Tuesday] was basically a non-event.  There was virtually no change in the Commercial net short position in silver…less than a hundred contracts but, as Ted Butler pointed out to me, the total open interest blew out by almost 7,000 contracts, so a lot of spread trades were put on during the reporting week.In gold, the Commercial traders increased their net short position by a hair over 5,000 contracts, or 500,000 ounces.  Nothing to see here, folks.As expected, The Central Bank of the Russian Federation updated their website with the March numbers…and they showed that they had purchased 500,000 ounces of gold to add to the 28.3 million ounces they already held.  I must admit that after seeing nothing added in January…and 100,000 ounces sold in February…I was relieved to see this number.  I thank Nick Laird for his wonderful chart below.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s a chart that Washington state reader S.A. sent our way yesterday.  It’s entitled “Total Credit Market Debt Owed“…and needs no further embellishment from me.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s an interesting story that appeared in an Australian newspaper just the other day.  It includes a photo of the Perth Mint’s 10 kilogram “Year of the Dragon” gold and silver ‘coins’.  I thank Australian reader Brad Ellett for sending it to me…and Australian reader Wesley Legrand for putting it in a format that I could use in this column.  You’ll certainly need the ‘click to enlarge’ feature for this one.(Click on image to enlarge)I have the usual number of stories for a Saturday, including a bunch that I’ve been saving all week for today’s column.  I hope you have the time to run through them all over the weekend.Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber…and as deadly as a hit man. – President Ronald ReaganToday’s ‘blast from the past’ isn’t really from the past at all…but a “60 Minutes” video that was sent to me by my father-in-law, Bill Radtke.Lesley Stahl profiles British musical savant Derek Paravicini, whose computer-like memory for music is matched by his creative abilities to play it in any style. Derek, a musical genius and nephew of Camilla Parker Bowles, plays the piano like you’ve never heard. Yet, he doesn’t know his age, nor does he know how to hold up three fingers! Also, he is blind!Having taken seven years of classical piano classes…plus having sat on the Programming Committee of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for eleven years…I know greatness when I hear it.This is one of the most amazing videos that you’re ever likely to watch.  It runs 14:22 minutes…and is posted over at youtube.com…and the link is here.Well, it was a very quiet Friday and, for the most part, a very quiet week in both gold and silver.  But it wasn’t quiet because that’s what the markets in the precious metals wanted to do…it was quiet because, as Jim Rickards pointed out in his commentary above, these markets are managed.Where we go to from here is the $64,000 question for which I have no answer at the moment.  Of course, if left to their own devices, the precious metals would explode the outer edges of the known universe almost instantly…and the current economic, financial and monetary system would be a smouldering ruin within five business day…as I have pointed out on many occasions.But since that won’t be allowed to happen, at least not while ‘da boyz’ have any say in the matter, we’ll probably get something quite a bit less than that.I doubt very much that this current oversold condition in the precious metals and their shares will last much longer…and it only remains to be seen how high and fast gold and silver will be allowed to rise once they break through the key moving averages.And, as Ted Butler has pointed out countless times, it’s what JPMorgan et al do on the next rally that will determine how it unfolds.  Will they immediately become the short seller of last resort once again, or will they step aside and let the metals run for a bit?That, and only that, will be the deciding factor…and all we can do is wait it out.  A lot of investors have already voted with their feet and their wallets and have exited the precious metals market…and as we know, any bull market tries to shake off as many non-believers as it can before making its next big move…price-managed or not.  This is certainly the case here.I’m still “all in”…so nothing has changed from my end.Before signing off for the day and the week, I have this little announcement that the nice ladies over at Casey Research sent my way yesterday…and I’d like you to run through it, if you wouldn’t mind.Next week Casey’s spring summit…“Recovery Reality Check”…will be held in Florida. If you’re not registered to attend, you may want to purchase the complete audio collection (available in a 20-CD set and/or MP3 downloads) so you can listen at home. The faculty presenting includes David Stockman, director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan; resource investing legend Rick Rule; Casey Research Chairman Doug Casey; Harry Dent, best-selling author of The Crash Ahead; Lacy Hunt, executive VP of Hoisington Investment Management…and 26 other financial luminaries. And they are telling me if you order before the show starts on April 27th…you’ll save $100.  To learn more about the 31 financial experts and what they are presenting, you can click here…and it costs nothing to check it out.I’m outta here!  Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you on Tuesday.last_img read more

The Tsimane people descendants of the Incas are

first_imgThe Tsimane people, descendants of the Incas, are among the most isolated people in Bolivia. They number about 16,000 and live in 80 mostly riverbank villages of 50 to several hundred people scattered across about 3,000 square miles of Amazon jungle. They are forager-farmers who fish, hunt, cut down jungle trees with machetes and produce an average of nine children per family, says Michael Gurven, chair of the Integrated Anthropological Sciences Unit at the University of California at Santa Barbara.Gurven has visited and studied the Tsimane people for 16 years. Last month, he and colleagues published a paper in the journal Social Science & Medicine on why these impoverished people, who live an average of just over 50 years (compared to the world average of 71.5), often won’t take advantage of medical care, even when it’s free and offered by people they’ve come to trust.What the researchers found offers some clues about why many of us resist going to the doctor when things like rashes, coughs and pains make it pretty clear that we should. Dr. Lisa Cooper, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is not connected with the social science study, but she studies medical adherence and preventive care in the U.S. She says the study shows that while providing medical services is important, it’s not enough to ensure good health.”We also have to deal with belief systems, with world view, with spiritual beliefs,” she says. “We’ve got to take a much broader view of health.”When Gurven and his team made trips to Bolivia over the years, they brought medical teams to the most remote villages. “We’d set up a camp and provide health care,” he says. “If there were 100 people in the village, maybe 30 would come. And every time, it would be the same people. I wondered: Were they the sickest? Why didn’t others come? We didn’t charge them, so money wasn’t the reason. We were right there, so they didn’t have to travel anywhere.”In less remote villages closer to bigger towns, health clinics existed. But in these villages as well, a lot of sick people didn’t go for health care.To find out why, researchers asked 690 people, ages 40 to 89, about their priorities, their perceptions about health, their knowledge of medical care. But they also probed deeper, looking into people’s beliefs about the extent to which their actions mattered.”We tried to get at what they think,” says Gurven. “If they think they’re in charge of what happens to them, that what they put into their body or what they do effects what happens, they’re more likely to go to the doctor. With that feeling of control, they’re likely to believe that medical treatment will help heal them, or that they might be able to prevent getting sick in the first place.But people who think outside forces are in charge — fate or chance — are less likely to seek out care. They believe that nothing they do will matter, or matters far less than the forces of nature or the whims of others, so why bother, says Sarah Alami, a graduate student in anthropology at UC Santa Barbara and lead author of the study. It turned out that the Tsimane people largely believed that forces outside their control — like a mosquito bite that results in a deadly fever or a neighbor who puts a curse on them– mattered more than things within their control.Alami has spent eight months in Bolivia, working with the Tsimane people. She’s seen active people in good health: men felling tall trees, children using the jungle as a playground, women juggling a couple of kids while breastfeeding and fishing.But she’s also seen their ill health. A villager she met a few weeks ago might be gone on her next visit, having succumbed to dengue fever. “You can see they’re heavily burdened by parasites,” she says. “You see open sores that are infected, and they might not go for help. For something they know will kill them, like a snake bite, they’ll try to go for help.” But where it gets trickier, she says, is a less immediately urgent problem, like a cough that might be tuberculosis.The researchers concluded that, from the point of view of a Tsimane villager, not taking advantage of medical care might be a rational decision. They know, Gurven says, that while they might get relief from a parasitic infection by going to a clinic, they also know that they’re quite likely to get reinfected right away. Or maybe they’ll be bitten by a snake on the way home, so they shouldn’t risk venturing as far away as a health clinic.The same kind of thinking in the U.S. keeps people from medical care, Cooper says. “I liken it to what I see in disadvantaged communities where things are chaotic and people believe their circumstances are controlled by chance,” she says. “You go in for care, and the doctor tells you to eat better and exercise.” But you can’t afford to join a fitness center, and you live miles from any store that sells fresh fruits and vegetables. “People living in chaotic environments might think that they don’t have control over what’s happening today, so why worry about what might happen in the future,” she says.Like the Tsimane, poor people in the U.S. might decide to skip medical care, she says. And from their point of view, it’s a rational decision.Even among middle-class people in the developed world, fears of losing control can lead people avoid medical care. “People are afraid they’re going to be diagnosed with something that will limit their employment, or that their disease is so serious, treatment won’t work,” Cooper says. So again, why bother.Avoiding trips to the doctor happens all over the world. But a couple of things have worked to get the indigenous Bolivians to the clinic. “We don’t just explain the illness, and how a treatment will have an effect. Medical knowledge isn’t the answer,” Gurven says. “We try to get them thinking that it matters to their family that they get treated. We get them thinking about their lives in the future. We ask them about their children’s lives five years from now.”It’s the line spouses all over the world use, Gurven says, to get their mates to the doctor: If you won’t do it for yourself, think of the kids.Susan Brink is a freelance writer who covers health and medicine. She is the author of The Fourth Trimester and co-author of A Change of Heart.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Disabled activists are planning a return to parlia

first_imgDisabled activists are planning a return to parliament next week, just a fortnight after they caused national headlines by trying to invade prime minister’s questions.Last week, members of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) attempted to occupy the main Commons chamber (pictured), after lobbying MPs to reverse the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).Now DPAC is planning to attend a debate on the impact of the closure on ILF-recipients that has been secured by the Labour MP Nic Dakin, on Wednesday (8 July).That will take place hours after chancellor George Osborne unveils details of his budget, which is expected to include further austerity measures affecting disabled people, as the government has already announced plans to cut a further £12 billion from the social security budget.DPAC will also be protesting with supporters of the Parkinson’s Disease Society about the budget, outside the Houses of Parliament.Activists will then head inside the Palace of Westminster for the short ILF debate.Last week, Westminster was the scene of DPAC’s most high-profile direct action protest.Two activists made it as far as the doors to the members’ lobby, an area directly outside the Commons chamber, but were stopped by police and parliamentary staff before they could interrupt prime minister’s questions.Linda Burnip, a co-founder of DPAC, said: “We just think we should build on what we achieved last week.“Obviously there are some people who are not expecting to be allowed back in, but it would be very interesting if they actually stop disabled people going into parliament.”Burnip said: “We have always said that the really important thing is that disabled people do not become invisible.“We cannot be ignored, and where better to be seen than in the home of democracy?”Picture by DPAClast_img read more

A young campaigner has called on other disabled pe

first_imgA young campaigner has called on other disabled people to share their experiences of successful employment in order to help narrow the disability employment gap.Lauren Pitt told a fringe meeting at Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool that she wanted to see disabled people use social media to share their good experiences in the workplace.Pitt (pictured, right) has contributed an essay to An Inclusive Future, a new publication by the Fabian Society, Scope and the union Community.In her essay, she writes about her experiences of graduating with a 2:1 degree, and then applying unsuccessfully for more than 250 jobs in which she disclosed in nearly every application the fact that she was blind.She says in her essay: “Many of the people told me I was inspirational, but that was not what I wanted to hear.“I wanted to be looked at like any other person who had applied for that job.”She eventually secured a job with a social enterprise that had never previously employed a disabled person.But she told the fringe meeting that it had taken four weeks for the government’s Access to Work (AtW) scheme to provide the assistive technology equipment she needed to do her job, and that AtW had originally warned her that it would take eight weeks.She said: “Every time I phoned up AtW I was treated like a burden.”Pitt told the meeting: “We need to have disabled people using their experiences and showing what they are doing.“We are never going to change attitudes unless we share our experiences. If we are not confident, we are never going to convince other people that we are worth taking on.”She said her “dream” was to see more disabled people in work, and added: “I want what people currently see as extraordinary to be seen as ordinary.“Use the people who are in work and who are having a good experience. We need to be using those experiences that are positive to educate employers and potential employers.“Currently all we hear is bad stories, and that destroys people’s confidence.”Debbie Abrahams (pictured, second from left), the shadow work and pensions secretary, told the event that the government was “failing miserably” in its efforts to halve the disability employment gap.She said there was a need to change the culture of the out-of-work disability benefits system, including the work capability assessment – which Labour introduced, but she said it would now scrap if it won the next general election – and the use of sanctions, “so it is about support, so it is not a punitive system that so often makes people feel so worthless”.She agreed with Pitt that there was a need for role models who will “trail blaze” and show “what can be done”.Wayne Blackburn, a disabled councillor with Pendle Borough Council, said he believed the party should “lead by example and have more disabled MPs, more disabled representatives across the whole spectrum”.Labour MP Neil Coyle (pictured, left), a member of the Commons work and pensions committee, said the current and previous governments had presided over “dramatic reductions in support” for disabled people seeking employment over the last six years.He said there had been a fall in the proportion of working-age disabled people in work, while the number of people receiving Access to Work was still below the number in Labour’s last year in government, there had been cuts to the budget of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and to legal aid, and to the number of specialist disability employment advisers in jobcentres.Coyle, a former director of Disability Rights UK, who also worked at a senior level for the Disability Rights Commission, said there “absolutely must” be an awareness-raising campaign to show what disabled people can do in work.In his own essay in the publication, Coyle says the shift from manual, industrial labour to service and financial sector jobs “increases opportunities for many more disabled people to play a more active part in mainstream workplaces”, while the growth in home working and advances in IT and accessibility software have also increased opportunities for disabled people.He told the fringe event that the government had wasted money through its short-term approach – including a failure to invest more in Access to Work – and he heavily criticised the move away from having a disabled people’s minister with a cross-government role.He said: “We have lost that cross-government approach because we have had a minister sitting in the Department for Work and Pensions as a minister for disabled people as an apologist for Iain Duncan Smith.”last_img read more

Simple Upgrades Complex Helpers

first_imgTechnology Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue –shares Sometimes a simple fix can do the job, and sometimes you need the works. This month we look at an easy-as-pie mouse utility, a feature-rich tweaking program, and an arcade-style game that builds in complexity.Teach Your Mouse New TricksYour mouse’s scroll wheel can be handy, but it’s a one-trick animal. KatMouse adds new functionality to the wheel, making navigating multiple windows easier and faster. The freebie lets you scroll through windows without selecting them first.KatMouse leaves your keyboard to focus on a given window while allowing your mouse to scroll other open windows. If you IM or e-mail with a browser window open, it’s balm to your aching hands.Another nifty feature sends a window to the bottom of the heap: Click the scroll wheel, and KatMouse banishes the window on which your pointer rests to the back of the queue. When you have a big window blocking others, this action takes less time than clicking around or using the taskbar to bring up other programs.Though KatMouse doesn’t promise to work with every program, I found that it worked with the current versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer. Developer Eduard Hiti offers KatMouse for free, but accepts donations for his efforts. Free/donationware.Go Nuts for PitaschioMost PCs could stand some usability upgrades–but who wants to spend hours, or a fortune, getting them? With Pitaschio (yes, that’s spelled correctly), making dozens of Windows tweaks is as simple as checking boxes–and it’s free.Pitaschio’s very first window presents dozens of check boxes you can use to tweak the taskbar, disable sometimes-troublesome keys (such as Caps Lock and Insert) or the maximize and minimize buttons on windows, and more. The Autoraise function pulls to the top any window you mouse over.Mouse shortcuts deliver extra power, activating different functions depending on where you click (desktop, taskbar, title bar). You can customize each mouse or mouse-and-key combo by assigning options such as turning off the monitor, opening Control Panel, and changing virtual desktops.Japanese developer Ara hands out Pitaschio at no charge–yum. Free.Don’t Let ’em Bug YouStopping an insect infestation is a blast–no, make that a loud implosion. In the seemingly simple arcade-style game Cosmic Bugs, armored insects have invaded your space station and stripped it to the girders. Your mission: Repair the station and crush the bugs.Grasping the basics is easy. You’re under no time limits, and you rarely target bugs directly. Instead, you shoot lines that seal off sections of the station. If you trap bugs inside, the bugs get smooshed–but if the lines don’t completely extend before a bug reaches them, your lines become insect chow.As you sanitize the station, the levels grow more complicated. Some insects crawl along the girders, and other sail through open spaces; each moves at its own rate and in a distinct style, so sealing them all up is a challenge. Various power-ups give you an edge if used wisely. But be warned: The bugs get power-ups, too.Cosmic Bugs can start your heart pumping, but the lack of time limits lets you proceed at your own pace. I defeated a satisfying 25 levels by the time the hour-long demo expired. Twenty-five down, only 500-odd more to go after paying for the full game. Free 1-hour demo, $20 for full game.Did you have an interesting experience with one of these programs? Is your favorite file missing from PC World’s Downloads library? E-mail your comments to Laura Blackwell . Messages containing attached files will be deleted unread. 3 min read Enroll Now for $5center_img Simple Upgrades, Complex Helpers Brought to you by PCWorld Make your mouse mighty, tweak Windows massively, and crush cosmic creepy-crawlies. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Laura Blackwell May 9, 2008last_img read more

Uber Pledges to Enlist a Million Female Drivers by 2020

first_imgGender Gap Apply Now » Uber Pledges to Enlist a Million Female Drivers by 2020 Next Article Image credit: Reuters | Sergio Perez –shares Add to Queue Reuters center_img Ride-hailing app Uber, under the microscope due to a handful of driver assaults on passengers in some cities, pledged in a blog post to sign up one million female drivers globally by 2020.The ride service did not provide comparable figures for how many women drivers are on the Uber service globally today. In the United States, about 14 percent of its 160,000 drivers are female, the company said, and the company adds thousands more drivers each month.”Uber does not require (minimum) hours, and it does not require a schedule,” said Salle Yoo, Uber’s general counsel, in an interview Monday about why women might find working for Uber attractive. “It offers the chance to be entrepreneurial, the chance to balance work and family.”Women passengers won’t yet have the ability to request women drivers, Yoo said. She stressed the app’s safety features, including the notification of who a driver is, and the ability to share an estimated arrival time with others.The pledge comes as the rapidly expanding company deals with fallout over incidents of assaults by drivers from Boston and Chicago to New Delhi.In the highest-profile case, an Indian woman said in December her driver raped her in Delhi, leading to outcries and a temporary ban of Uber in that city.The female driver initiative is timed to a United Nations gathering in New York Tuesday evening celebrating women’s rights, where Yoo will speak.Uber screens drivers, including using background checks that vary from country to country, but doesn’t hire them as full employees. Instead, it lets drivers use its smartphone-based app to connect them to passengers looking for a paid ride, and takes a cut of the fare.(Reporting by Sarah McBride; Editing by Jeremy Laurence) This story originally appeared on Reuters March 10, 2015 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more