The joint Senate and House Conference Committee on Wednesday released a new version of SB26, that could provide a compromise to resolving the state’s fiscal problems. Lawmakers plan to use fund earnings for the first time to help fill the state’s budget deficit. The new draft bill limits the amount of money legislators may withdraw each year from the Permanent Fund’s Earnings Reserve Account. The draft bill is the product of significant negotiations between the House and the Senate. The conference committee was appointed to find agreement after the House and Senate approved different versions of SB 26 last year. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享House and Senate negotiators have unveiled a proposal to limit draws from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings, Senate Bill 26. The structured draw in the bill will support the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation in making prudent investment decisions, providing the necessary tools to maintain a healthy fund and dividend program. The draft does not address how the money will be spent and does not change existing law governing the dividend.
Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Are you buying Apple’s new AirPods with wireless charging… Your browser does not support the audio element. Boost Mobile Chris Monroe/CNET $999 Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The Cheapskate Tags See It Gadgets,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sprint Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $299 at Amazon $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 $60 at Best Buy 7 Apple iPhone XS 5:16 See it $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay $210 at Best Buy DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Post a comment Read Google Home Hub review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The Daily Charge Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Angela Lang/CNET Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Tags Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Rylo $999 $6 at Tidal Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Best Buy Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET See It Now playing: Watch this: Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 0 $155 at Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Share your voice $520 at HP Read the Rylo camera preview Read the AirPods review On this podcast, we talk about: AirPods 2: Electric Boogaloo Google gets into gaming with Stadia Facial recognition technology and how it threatens your privacyThe 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Are you buying Apple’s new AirPods with wireless charging case? (The 3:59, Ep. 537)
A series of reactions have started pouring in following the 2015-16 Union Budget. Earlier presenting the national budget for the next fiscal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the state of the country’s economy was better placed today with its credibility re-established by a series of measures taken by his government.”I am presenting the union budget in an economic environment which is far more positive than in the recent past. While major economies of the world face difficulties, India is poised for higher growth trajectory,” Jaitley said as he started his budget speech in the Lok Sabha, reports IANS.Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the Budget was progressive, pragmatic and practical.Here are some of the comments by other BJP leaders:Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said the union budget has given the “highest priority” to infrastructure that will boost employment in the country.”This is the first time in the Indian history the FM (finance minister) has given highest priority to the infrastructure,” Gadkari told reporters outside Parliament House.”Investment in infrastructure will boost employment opportunities, give priority to rural development and agriculture,” he added.Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar termed the budget as a historical one, saying: “It has given social security to all. It’s of the poor, for the poor.”Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani praised Jaitley for giving importance to girls’ education. She said it is “a pragmatic budget that gives lot of thrust on infrastructure, skill, innovation, girls’ education.”According to Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu, the budget is in the interest of the people of the country. “Steps have been taken to control inflation and increase investment.”Budget pragmatic, will re-ignite growth, says Modi Budget pragmatic, will re-ignite growth, says Modi Prime Minist… http://t.co/1MaFhWhNGO— 9ijaNews (@9ijaNews) February 28, 2015
*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat Sharfuddin Ahmed,Mostafizur RahmanThe income of Rangpur’s mayor Sarfuddin Ahmed has tripled over the last five years. He is contesting for the office of mayor yet again from Awami League in the upcoming Rangpur city corporation election scheduled for 21 December.Affidavits submitted by the mayoral candidates in 2012 and 2017 revealed their annual income and assets.According to the candidates’ wealth statements, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)’s candidate Kawsar Zaman’s income and bank loans have increased 12 times, while Jatiya Party-nominated Mostafizur Rahman’s earnings have dropped by one-third.The annual income, bank balance and cash of Awami League candidate Sarfuddin Ahmed was around Tk 4.5 million five years ago. After being elected as mayor, his income spiralled to around Tk 13 million. Sarfuddin’s wealth statement, showed his yearly income, tangible and intangible assets registered both in his name and in the names of his family members.When asked about the matter, Sarfuddin told Prothom Alo, “I have some small businesses that made good profit over the last five years. There is nothing wrong in that”.On the other hand, the wealth of the BNP-backed candidate Kawsar Zaman jumped from Tk 1.3 million to Tk 16 million in last five years. He had a bank loan of Tk 40 million five years back, which is now Tk 500 million. When asked about the loan, Kawsar Zaman told Prothom Alo, “I have bank loans but these are current loans. There are seven directors in our partnership business and that is why the bank loans are high.” He said his income had been boosted by profits from his jute mill and other business.Jatiya Party candidate Mostafizur Rahman is different. The wealth statement he submitted to the election commission revealed that he had Tk 4.3 million five years ago. But now his total income and bank deposits are worth around Tk 1.4 million that is one third of his earlier income.According to the rules, the election commission can take legal action against any candidate in case false information is provided. Even an elected candidate can be expelled for violating the rules if found guilty.Khandakar Fakhrul Anam, Rangpur city committee’s chairman of Shujan (Citizen’s for Good Governance) told Prothom Alo, the BNP-backed candidate’s income might vary as he was an industrialist. Even so, his annual income could be questioned. But Awami League’s Sarfuddin Ahmed’s income seemed disproportionately higher than his business.
British Prime Minister Theresa May warned Monday that mainstream politicians must better address public concerns about inequality, immigration and globalisation, or risk losing power to the “politics of division”.Six months after she took office following Britain’s deeply divisive vote to leave the European Union, May said the government should step up to build a stronger, more cohesive society.“We know what happens when mainstream centre-ground politics fails—people embrace the fringe, the politics of division and despair,” the Conservative leader said in a major speech in London.“They turn to those who offer easy answers, who claim to understand people’s problems, and always know what and who to blame.“We see those fringe voices gaining prominence in some countries across Europe today. Voices from the hard left and far right stepping forward and sensing that this is their time.“But they stand on the shoulders of mainstream politicians who have allowed unfairness and division to grow by ignoring the legitimate concerns of ordinary people for too long.”May’s premiership has so far been dominated by preparations for Brexit, as negotiations on the divorce are due to begin with the EU by the end of March.Referencing a speech she made when she took office, May said the referendum vote was partly driven by a sense that people “felt locked out of the political and social discourse in Britain”.Wage stagnation, concern about immigration, job insecurity and the cost of housing must be addressed, she said, repeatedly calling for “solidarity” in society.In a break from Conservative leaders in the past, May said government must step up to address Britain’s generational, financial and geographical divisions.She has promised action on the cost of housing to ease younger people’s concerns, and a new industrial strategy that would help distribute jobs and wealth from London and the prosperous southeast of England across the country.
Listen X 00:00 /50:24 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Annual open enrollment for the individual health insurance market starts tomorrow. Houstonians who get theirs through the federal marketplace can expect some changes this year. To learn more, we talk with Kevin Nix with Legacy Community Health, Ken Janda from Community Health Choice, and Elena Marks with Episcopal Health Foundation.Also this hour: Roughly 10 percent of students in the Houston Independent School District are so-called DREAMers. Those are undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents. That’s about 20,000 students in HISD alone. Recently, one of them was rushing to renew her status under the DACA program – or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. But then Harvey hit, leaving her whole situation in limbo. News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee tells her story and explains what options exist for young people in similar situations.Plus: One Houstonian tries to improve the trick-or-treating experience for kids displaced by Harvey, a local professor conducts scientific research into near-death experiences, and how a local married couple started their own commercial haunted house.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Fandango is exclusively vending tickets to “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” early-access screenings taking place nearly three weeks before the DreamWorks Animation movie hits wide theatrical release.The “How to Train Your Dragon 3” pact is all in the family: NBCUniversal owns both Fandango and DWA (which is housed within Universal Pictures). Fandango is looking to sweeten the pot by offering an additional perk to members of its Fandango VIP rewards program: a free DreamWorks Animation movie through the FandangoNow streaming service.The Feb. 2 screenings, 20 days in advance of the Feb. 22 premiere date for the third and final installment in the “How to Train Your Dragon” movie franchise, is one of the earliest advance nationwide screening events for a major release.“This is a coming together of things we’ve seen that work,” said Paul Yanover, president of Fandango. “It’s providing something special to people who are big users of Fandango.” What was the rationale for setting the “How to Train Your Dragon 3” one-time screenings 20 days ahead of wide release? Yanover admitted there’s no hard data per se behind it. “I don’t think we have science around it yet,” he said but added that family-oriented movies lend themselves to the strategy: “Family audiences are big-time planners,” as opposed to, for example, millennials.The “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” early screenings on Feb. 2 will run across 1,000 theaters in the U.S., including select AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas, Cinemark Theatres, Marcus Theaters, Harkins Theatres, Southern Theatres, National Amusements, and B&B Theatres. There will be just one showing per theater on that date.Tickets to the screening will carry regular pricing, with the free VOD streaming access to a DreamWorks Animation designed to lure in fans and build pre-release hype and awareness.“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is directed by Dean DeBlois, who has directed and co-written every film in the franchise. In the movie, Viking teen Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and Astrid (America Ferrera) — together with Toothless, the Night Fury dragon — discover a hidden world of dragons thought only to exist in myth. The movie is produced by Brad Lewis (“Ratatouille,” “ANTZ”) and Bonnie Arnold (“Toy Story,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2”).As corporate siblings with Universal under the NBCU umbrella, Fandango is “naturally” frequently talking to Universal about such special partnerships, Yanover said, although he said the company regularly works with other studios in the same vein.Fandango’s VIP program gives users a $5 credit for every four movie tickets purchased. Those credits can be used for future movie-ticket purchases or for digital-movie purchases and rentals on FandangoNow.
(Phys.org)—When an earthquake strikes, damage to buildings such as nuclear power stations can worsen the catastrophe. Researchers from France’s Institut Fresnel and the French division of Menard, a ground-improvement specialist company, have developed an invisibility cloak that could protect buildings during an earthquake by redirecting seismic waves around them. The researchers studied invisibility cloaks that make objects invisible to light waves. These cloaks are made of metamaterials smaller than the wavelength of light. They divert light waves around themselves, so light cannot reach anything hidden inside.While invisibility cloaks are standard fare in science fiction and fantasy, in reality, it is very difficult to create a metamaterial capable of manipulating light waves, which are extremely short and travel very long distances. Seismic waves, however, are longer than light waves and do not travel as far, so developing a seismic metamaterial could be easier.Last year, physicists at Mokpo National Maritime University in South Korea and the Australian National University in Canberra developed a model for a seismic invisibility cloak. The French team, however, was the first to build and test one. The team simulated an earthquake by using a vibraphone to create 50-hertz acoustic waves across a silty clay alluvial basin, up to 200 meters deep, near Grenoble, France. Acoustic sensors measured the waves’ movement.They then created a metamaterial by drilling three rows of holes into the basin. There were 10 holes in each row, spaced 1.73 meters apart. Each hole was about five meters deep and had an average diameter of 320 millimeters. When the French team re-transmitted the 50-hertz waves, energy levels near the source of the waves almost doubled, indicating that the metamaterial was reflecting the waves, which barely made it past the second row of holes. While a seismic metamaterial like this might eventually save lives during an earthquake, engineers and physicists still need to address some important issues. For example, it is impossible to predict the length of an earthquake’s seismic waves. This makes it difficult to determine how far to space the holes in the array. A way to get around this might be to arrange the holes to match the resonance of the building needing protection.There is also a danger that seismic waves reflected off a building could damage nearby buildings. A metamaterial that absorbs, rather than reflects, seismic waves might be a better choice. Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. One size cloaks all This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: How to prevent earthquake damage: make buildings invisible (2013, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-earthquake-invisible.html Explore further More information: arxiv.org/abs/1301.7642
Researchers have identified a complex network in the brain that has revealed why artificial sweeteners may not be the best way to slim down. Artificial sweeteners are substitutes for sugar that provides a sweet taste while containing significantly less food energy.According to the researchers, the brain responds to artificially sweetened food by telling the animal it hasn’t eaten enough energy, thus increasing the appetite and prompting them to actually eat more. It senses and integrates the sweetness and energy content of food, said the study conducted on mice and fruit flies.“After chronic exposure to a diet that contained the artificial sweetener sucralose, we saw that animals began eating a lot more,” said lead researcher Greg Neely, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney in Australia. “Artificial sweeteners can actually change how animals perceive the sweetness of their food, with a discrepancy between sweetness and energy levels prompting an increase in caloric consumption,” Neely added.The findings showed that inside the brain’s reward centres, sweet sensation is integrated with energy content. When sweetness versus energy is out of balance for a period of time, the brain recalibrates and increases total calories consumed. For the study, fruit flies were exposed to a diet laced with artificial sweetener for prolonged periods (more than five days). The flies were then found to consume 30 per cent more calories when they were then given naturally sweetened food. “The chronic consumption of the artificial sweetener actually increases the sweet intensity of real nutritive sugar which then increases the animal’s overall motivation to eat more food,” Neely stated in the work published in the journal Cell Metabolism.Further, the artificial sweeteners were also found to promote hyperactivity, insomnia as well as decrease the sleep quality – behaviours consistent with a mild starvation or fasting state.
There should be significant declines in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver in today’s reportThe gold price chopped around a few dollars either side of the $1,645 spot mark through all of Far East and early London trading yesterday. There was a bit of a sell-off at the Comex open, but that reversed itself in short order.But thirty minutes the afternoon London gold fix was in at 3:00 p.m. GMT…10:00 a.m. in New York…the bullion banks’ high-frequency traders went to work. Gold’s low price tick [$1,632.10 spot] came fifteen minutes after the Comex close…and from there, gold more or less traded sideways into the electronic close.The spike high of the day…$1,650.80 spot…came about 9:05 a.m. Eastern time.Gold closed the Thursday trading session at $1,634.40 spot…down another $8.20. With a new low price set for this move down, volume was very chunky at 189,000 contracts, give or take.The price action in silver was similar…but far more ‘volatile’… After trading around the $30.80 spot mark for twelve hours and change, the silver price jumped up shortly after 11:00 a.m. in London…and then, like gold, hit its high tick of the day [$31.16 spot] at 9:05 a.m. in early Comex trading in New York.A slightly negative price bias developed from there until after the London p.m. gold fix was in…and then the usual engineered price decline began. Silver’s low price tick [$30.14 spot] came a few minutes after 1:00 p.m. Eastern time…and the subsequent rally wasn’t allowed to get far.In case you missed it, silver had an intraday move of over a buck. With their big short position covered in SLV…now JPMorgan Chase is now working on their short position on the Comex in earnest.Silver closed at $30.40 spot…down 38 cents on the day. Net volume was very respectable…around 40,000 contracts.The dollar index opened on Thursday in the Far East at 80.07…and began to chop higher from there. The zenith…80.58…came shortly after 10:00 a.m. in London…and then began a long, slow decline right into the close of electronic trading in New York. The index finished the day at 80.39…up 32 basis points.It should be more than obvious to anyone, that the currency moves yesterday were no factor in the prices of the precious metals on world markets.Much to my amazement, the gold stocks gapped up at the open…and almost made it to the 400 mark on the HUI. But once the engineered price decline began in the gold, the gold stocks sold off a bit. However, the HUI still managed to finish in positive territory…up 0.69%.The silver stocks finished mixed despite the pounding that JPMorgan et al gave the metal itself…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down a tiny 0.19%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 127 gold and 66 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday within the Comex-approved depositories. In gold, the two largest short/issuers were JPMorgan and Canada’s own Bank of Nova Scotia with 97 and 21 contracts apiece. The only two long/stoppers were Deutsche Bank and HSBC USA. They stopped 82 and 45 contracts respectively.In silver, Jefferies was the sole short/issuer once again…and the Bank of Nova Scotia stopped 62 of them. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.The GLD ETF reported that an authorized participant withdrew 96,790 troy ounces of gold yesterday. But the big surprise was SLV, as an authorized participant deposited 870,194 troy ounces. Go figure!The U.S. Mint had no sales report yesterday.Wednesday was another busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories as 1,247,060 troy ounces of silver were deposited…and only 215,978 troy ounces were shipped out. The link to that activity is here.Joshua Gibbons, the Silver Bar Guru of SLV, updated his website with the latest in/out activity in all of SLV’s bullion vaults for the week that was…and it’s always worth checking out. The link is here.Yesterday I ran a story headlined “Houston city council passes ordinance to fingerprint, photograph precious metal sellers“. The story is true, but only up to a point. I got an e-mail from reader Joseph Kahn…”and the by-law only applies to jewellery, not bullion and coins, so no Social Security Number has to be provided when you’re selling that. The law was passed to satisfy the city.”[As an aside, we have a similar law in the city of Edmonton…all precious metal sellers have to provide two pieces of I.D…one of which must be a government picture I.D…no photo or fingerprint…and any jewellery purchased has to be held for forty-five days in case the police wish to examine it. A smart crime-prevention move which should be adopted everywhere. So take the blue pill and call me in the morning. – Ed] I have a fairly large number of stories for you today, so I hope you can find the time to wade through the ones that interest you.My advice is to hold all gold positions and wait patiently for the correction to end. Just before the huge 1979-80 surge, we saw a big ‘clean out’ correction in gold. I believe history is about repeat. – Richard Russell on King World NewsOnce again it was another day of “da boyz” slicing the salami to the downside and, as usual, all the price/volume action that really mattered occurred during the Comex session in New York. It was ever thus…as Allan Fotheringham used to say.Yesterday was another big volume day in gold…and for the first time in a while, silver volume was elevated, although not spectacular. The large volume levels always occur on new low moves to the downside, as the high-frequency traders that work for JPMorgan et al, start the price ball rolling down hill…and the technical fund liquidation always follows as sell stops are hit. Ted Butler has been pointing out this sequence of events for years now…and it was obvious for all to see in yesterday’s New York price action.Based on yesterday’s price activity in both gold and silver, I was more than surprised to see their associated equities do as well as they did. However, I have mixed feelings when I see this sort of dichotomy. Either some prescient buyer is scooping up shares on the cheap…or “da boyz” are buying them to unload them later to cap any run-away rally in the HUI. And as I always say at this juncture…I may be looking for black bears in dark rooms that aren’t there…but I don’t think so…and John Embry, plus others, are of the same mind on this.Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver updated with yesterday’s price doji.(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)You’ll note that even though we’re at new lows for this move down in both silver and gold, the Relative Strength Indicators [RSI] in both metals are still in neutral territory…but heading for oversold rather quickly. It would be my guess that we should hit rock bottom during the next few trading days…but that all depends on the bullion banks…and Blythe Masters still isn’t returning my calls.Too bad that yesterday’s price and volume activity won’t be in today’s Commitment of Traders Report that comes out later this afternoon. But just eye-balling the Tuesday-to-Tuesday reporting week, I’d guess there should be significant declines in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver in today’s report. But from very recent past experience, I’m not prepared to bet the ranch on it.And, without question, there’s been even more improvement in the Commercial net short positions in both silver and gold since the 1:30 p.m. Eastern time cut-off on Tuesday.I note that the ‘slicing of the salami’ has continued in early Far East trading on their Friday…and also shortly after London opened at 8:00 a.m. GMT…3:00 a.m. in New York…as several new lows price ticks have been engineered in both metals by the high-frequency traders. And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, gold volume is already north of 35,000 contracts…and silver’s volume is around 5,500 contracts. The dollar index is chopping sideways in a very tight range.JPMorgan et al may take the opportunity to smack the precious metal prices pretty hard when Comex trading begins at 8:20 a.m. in New York. They passed on that opportunity the other day…and neither Ted Butler or myself could figure out why. Let’s see what they have in store for us today…considering the fact that its Friday.And as I mentioned before, I think we’ll see a bottom put in during the next couple of trading days…and my thoughts on this were reaffirmed yesterday when Dennis Gartman said he was shorting gold. When Dennis starts trashing the ancient metal of kings like that, the rest of us should be buying with both hands.Enjoy your weekend…or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Date Line…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Sponsor Advertisement On October 30, 2012, Mason Graphite Inc. began trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “LLG”. Mason Graphite is focused on the exploration and development of its Lac Guéret graphite property located in northeastern Quebec. 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I received an e-mail from reader Johan Kuster yesterday—and he pointed out the following: “When I look at the chart of GDXJ for the last 5 days, I noticed that there is high volume trading at the end of the day and EXACTLY at 3:59 the volume rises to the extreme. Today GDXJ was pushed down close to 3% in 1 minute thanks to somebody selling the stock. This looks like a criminal activity to me. What idiot would sell that amount of shares in 1 minute?“ It could be ‘da boyz’ or day traders. But whoever they were, they weren’t selling for maximum profits. Nothing would surprise me, dear reader—and by now this sort of activity shouldn’t surprise anyone. It looked like the HUI and Silver 7 index suffered from a similar disease yesterday—and it seems to be cropping up more and more. Here’s the GDXJ chart from yesterday so you can see what he’s referring to. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. 0.3 g/t cutoff the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation which was updated in March 2013. Indicated resources are 3.41 million tonnes averaging 1.48 g/t Au for 162,000 ounces, and Inferred resources are 53.25 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t Au for 1,799,000 ounces of gold utilizing a cutoff value of 0.5 grams/tonne (g/t) as a possible open pit cutoff. Please send us an email for more information, email@example.com The first photo is of a “Christmas Beetle” that Nick Laird sent my way last night—and this particular variety goes by the Latin name Anoplognathus smaragdinus. It’s a member of the scarab family—and if you wish to order a mounted specimen, you can do so here. What’s amazing in all of this is that we haven’t heard anything except stony silence from either the World Gold Council or The Silver Institute. Of course they and their members are all bought and paid for, so hearing nothing should not come as a total surprise. They’d rather go bankrupt, or lose millions, than admit to the price management scheme, let alone do anything about it. The only miner with gonads big enough to even broach the subject was Keith Neumeyer over at First Majestic Silver. They’re having their 3rd quarter conference call next Wednesday–and he might have more to say about it at that time. And as I type this paragraph, the London open is about 15 minutes away. Silver and gold, which the HFT boyz and their algorithms sold down to new lows around 2:30 p.m. Hong Kong time, have now recovered most of those losses, but are still down a bit from Thursday’s close in New York. Net gold volume is already north of 50,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is just over 12,000 contracts. Platinum received the same treatment as gold and silver—and came within an eyelash of hitting a new low tick for this move down. Palladium also got hit, but it still has about $20 to go before it sees a new low. The dollar index peaked out around 88.17 just before 1 p.m. Hong Kong time, is now down 6 basis points as of this writing. Today at 3:30 p.m. EST we get the latest Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday—along with the companion Bank Participation Report. I’m just hoping that all the price/volume data from the Tuesday trading session will have been reported in a timely manner. Too bad that none of the data from Wednesday will be in either report, as that was a monster capitulation day to the downside in all four precious metals. I’ll have all the data for you in tomorrow’s column. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:10 a.m. EST, I see that the rallies off the early afternoon lows in Far East trading weren’t allowed to get far, as they all got capped at 9 a.m. GMT in London and, with the exception of silver, all are up a bit from yesterday’s close in New York. Net gold volume is now around 65,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is about 16,000 contracts. It’s obvious that most of today’s volume so far was associated with the new low prices set in these two metals, as there hasn’t been a lot of volume since I reported on them just before the London open. The dollar index is back to unchanged. Since today is Friday—and we’ve already set new lows in gold and silver in the thinly-traded Far East market earlier today, I’m not even going to hazard a guess as to what might happen in New York, as prices are now completely in the hands of JPMorgan et al—and their HFT buddies. That’s all I have for today—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that only 1 lonely gold contract was posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Monday. The CME Preliminary Report for the Thursday trading session showed that November open interest in gold increased by 5 contracts to 61 contracts—and November o.i. in silver is now at 102 contracts, down 33 contracts from yesterday because of delivery that was posted yesterday. Not surprisingly, there was another withdrawal from GLD. This time it was 96,113 troy ounces. And as of 9:52 p.m. EST yesterday evening, there were no reported withdrawals from SLV. Since yesterday was Thursday, Joshua Gibbons, the “Guru of the SLV Bar List,” updated his website with the in/out movements over at iShares.com for the week ending at the close of business on Wednesday—and here is what he had to report. “Analysis of the 05 November 2014 bar list—and comparison to the previous week’s list: 1,952,482.9 troy ounces were added. No bars were removed or had a serial number change.” “The bars added were from Kazakhmys (0.5M oz), Shui Kou Shan (0.4M oz), Yunnan Copper (0.2M oz), and 8 others.” “The overallocated cannot be calculated, as the monthly withdrawal is factored in the bar list, but was not factored in to the daily iShares reports. Missing from the bar list is the 2,073,283.6 withdrawal from Tuesday (which includes the approximately 150,000 troy ounce monthly expense withdrawal).“ The link to Joshua’s website is here. There was another sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. They sold 6,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—and 1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes. They didn’t report selling any silver eagles, of course—and it remains to be seen if they produce any more this year, as the time to retool for the 2015 silver eagles is coming up hard. Just as an aside here, I’ve heard reports from readers that the premiums on silver eagles have already gone up at their local bullion stores in the U.S.—and our supplier confirmed that, as of yesterday, one U.S. bullion producer has already raised prices across the board for their entire product line. It was another busy day for in/out activity at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday. In gold, 47,104 troy ounces were reported received—and 50,244 troy ounces were shipped out. The ‘in’ activity was at Canada’s Scotiabank—and the ‘out’ activity was at HSBC USA. The link to the action is here. In silver, nothing was reported received, but a very decent 937,957 troy ounces were shipped off to parts unknown—and the link to that activity is here. China officially released their September gold import data via Hong Kong through regular channels on their Friday morning—and that enabled Nick Laird to update his charts. I, along with other commentators, had given up using Hong Kong imports as a proxy for China’s gold consumption. That still may be the case, but here’s the chart anyway. All was quiet yesterday There was no price activity worthy of the name in Far East trading on their Thursday—and not much in Comex trading either. But, having said that, the three tiny rallies that did occur—starting with the one at the Comex open—all got sold down before they could get anywhere. The high and low ticks aren’t worth looking up. Gold closed on Thursday in New York at $1,14.30 spot, up $1.30 from Wednesday close. Net volume was pretty decent at 144,000 contracts. Here’s the 6-month U.S. dollar index chart so you can get the longer-term view. I don’t know if you’ll agree or not, but it’s my opinion that this rally is getting a little long in the tooth. It will be interesting to see how much gold they import through Hong Kong in October. I have a lot of stories today, and a very decent number of them fall into the must read category—and I hope you have the time for them. Of course—and as is always the case—the final edit is yours. There has been little to no net selling of real silver from any known source—and all the data indicate net buying or holding (Silver Eagles and ETF flows). The only selling of silver that can be confirmed is the selling and short selling by technical funds on the COMEX over the past few months. At a minimum of 50,000 contracts (250 million oz), the selling by no more than 40 speculative traders in the managed money category equals the entire world production of the primary silver miners. It is not necessary to imagine unknown sources of silver selling when the US Government has openly certified that no more than 40 speculative traders have sold in a few months more than what the world’s primary silver miners produce in a year. Quite frankly, were it not for this certification, I couldn’t begin to explain this sell-off in silver or in any of the other CME metals. I’m not talking about predictions and speculation; I’m talking about the only explanation possible. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 05 November 2014 All was quiet yesterday, except for the gentle price capping in gold during the New York session and, for a change, there were no new low price ticks set in any of the precious metals. Here are the 6-month price charts for all four precious metals once again. Silver spent the entire Far East and early London trading session shedding 10 cents from its price. The rally that began at the 8:20 a.m. EST Comex open yesterday, got capped about 10:20 a.m.—and after that, the price traded sideways for the remainder of the day. The price traded within a 25 cent range yesterday and, like gold, the high and low aren’t worth my effort to look up. Silver finished the Thursday trading session at $15.425 spot, up 11 cents on the day. Net volume was pretty chunky as well, at 40,000 contracts. Platinum and palladium both traded a few dollars higher until the Comex open—and then sold down quietly after that into the 5:15 p.m. EST close of electronic trading Platinum was closed down another 12 dollars—and palladium finished lower by 8 dollars. Here are the charts. The dollar index closed late on Wednesday afternoon in New York at 87.47. From there it traded flat until about 11 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Thursday morning—and then it fell down to 87.19 within an hour or so. It didn’t do much until the 8:20 a.m. EST Comex open—and then it blasted up to around 87.90 within minutes. It rallied a bit more after than—and closed the Thursday session at 88.07—up another 60 basis points, at another new record high for this move. It was exactly the same chart pattern in the silver equities. At their highs, they were up more than 7 percent until a thoughtful soul sold them down in the last forty-five minutes of trading, just like the gold stocks. Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 4.82%. Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart on its own, so you can see the very subtle price capping that occurred during the New York trading session yesterday. It wasn’t much, but it was there. Sponsor Advertisement The gold stocks gapped up about 2 percent at the open in New York yesterday—and hit their highs [up 6 percent at 3:30 p.m.—and in the following forty-minutes the stocks gave up a third of their gains as the HUI finished up only 3.90%.
Dr. Julie Rickard thought her visit to Wisconsin over the Christmas holiday would bring a break from her day job working in suicide prevention in Wenatchee, Wash.The visit didn’t go as planned. After a tense fight broke out between her mother and another family member, everyone dispersed. Rickard readied herself for the trip back to the Pacific Northwest.At the airport, she received a call from her mother, Sheri Adler. This was not out of the ordinary — Adler, like many adoring mothers, always calls her daughter after parting ways.On the phone, Adler wanted to tell her daughter how much she loved and appreciated her.”Normally I would think, ‘Oh that’s a sign of suicide,’ but it was during my layover,” Rickard says. “I had just left her, and my whole life she had always cried when I left and would always say I love you.” This time was different. “This time,” Rickard says, “it was goodbye.” When the plane landed, Rickard received another call. Her mother, at age 72, had tried to take her own life.”I went home, and I guess I just didn’t know how to handle it,” Adler says about the suicide attempt. “It was just more than I could put together … I just made a stupid mistake. I guess I just wanted to give up, because I felt like I wasn’t a good mom. And that’s all I ever wanted to be.”Since the attempt in January, Rickard has helped her mother find care. Adler now takes medication and meets with a therapist for depression and help coping with family issues. They both say she’s doing better. Still, the episode reflects the vulnerability of a group that researchers call a “forgotten” population, particularly when it comes to the issue of mental health: senior citizens.The Risk Among Seniors Across the country, suicide rates have been on the rise, and that rise has struck the nation’s seniors particularly hard. Of the more than 47,000 suicides that took place in 2017, those 65 and up accounted for more than 8,500 of them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Men who are 65 and older face the highest risk of suicide, while adults 85 and older, regardless of gender, are the second most likely age group to die from suicide.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 47.8 million people over the age of 65 in the U.S. as of 2015. By 2060, that number is projected to reach 98.2 million.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here.That concerns mental health experts like Dr. Jerry Reed, who manages suicide, violence and injury prevention at the nonprofit Education Development Center.”It’s likely that if we have a problem now, we may very well have a problem in the future if we don’t pay attention,” says Reed.What’s particularly worrying, say experts like Reed, is that when seniors attempt suicide, they are far more likely to die than those who are younger.Research has found that one out of four senior citizens that attempt suicide dies, compared to one out of 200 attempts for young adults. While the precise reasons for these figures remain unclear, experts suggest seniors are frailer and thus more vulnerable to self-inflicted injury. They can also be more isolated, which makes rescues more difficult, and perhaps even plan their attempts more carefully. Why Seniors Are At RiskThere are myriad reasons that elderly adults are more susceptible to the nation’s 10th leading cause of death.One of the most prevalent is loneliness. Older adults often live in isolation and may be struggling with the death of a lifelong husband or wife, or with the grief of losing other close family or friends. Research has shown that bereavement is “disproportionately experienced by older adults” and can often trigger physical or mental health illnesses like “major depression and complicated grief.” With children often far from home, parents and grandparents can be left miles away, craving the love and human connection family visitation brings.Aging can also present transitions that are difficult to cope with. Approximately 80% of older adults live with a chronic disease – such as arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure — and 77% have at least two, according to The National Council on Aging.As senior citizens lose the ability to complete once routine daily tasks, depression can set in. Physical ailments might end a senior’s ability to drive, read, engage in conversation or other activities that allow a person to stay independent or find meaning.”Transitions are a very difficult period for someone in life, and if you’re not prepared for that transition, you tend to notice every single behavior that marginalizes or sets you aside from other people,” Reed says.For Adler, it was a combination of factors that led her to want to end her life. She lives more than 1,500 miles from her daughter, whom she describes as her best friend, and that distance, she says, and the isolation that came with it, proved difficult. “It helps to be around other people … when [my daughter is] so far away, it just seems hopeless,” Adler says. “And I did something stupid … I just couldn’t take it anymore.”Rickard, a psychologist, feels that when her mother lost the ability to read books in the aftermath of a stroke, her mental health was negatively affected and she lost a part of her identity.Adler also says that as an older person, she sometimes feels stigmatized — she says people avoid talking to her and don’t want to engage. Growing older in America can be “very hard,” she says. “People don’t talk to you.” Knowing What To Watch For Research on suicide among the elderly is scant, which means loved ones and caretakers are often unaware of the warning signs. But experts say there are certain behaviors that should be considered red flags. These include stockpiling medication, rushing to revise a will, using alcohol or drugs increasingly, altering sleep habits, sharing statements of hopelessness and withdrawing socially.The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention also warns of seniors saying goodbye or expressing the feeling of being a burden.Following a rash of suicides in nearby senior citizens communities, Rickard in 2012 founded the Suicide Prevention Coalition of North Central Washington State. The coalition’s work has helped drive down the number of suicides in the area. Now, Rickard works as the program director at American Behavioral Health Systems, a provider of substance abuse treatment services. She is also spearheading one of the nation’s only pilot projects to coach physicians and residents in long-term care on the warning signs of suicide. Rickard believes that through human contact, medical and psychiatric help, exercise, physical well-being, regular visits to primary care providers and hydration, seniors can improve their mental health.”Oftentimes there’s a belief that it’s a normal part of aging for people to feel bad, or to go through loss, or to have lots of death and grief, and to just not recover from their depression, when in truth it’s very recoverable and it’s something we should be targeting,” Rickard says.Unfortunately, Rickard says, seniors are often left behind in America.”If we treated them they wouldn’t feel like they were swimming in the middle of the ocean with no life preserver,” Rickard says.As for her own mother, she says she hopes she now realizes there is nothing she could ever do to be a “burden” to her. “It’s a gift to me when she asks for help or I get to be there for or just spending time with her,” Rickard says. “And what I hope millions of people hear in this message is that they’re not a burden either.”If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. 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Citation: Judge tosses suit against Southwest Airlines on fingerprints (2018, August 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-tosses-southwest-airlines-fingerprints.html Explore further A Chicago federal judge has tossed a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging Southwest Airlines violated the law by requiring that certain employees use fingerprints to sign into and out of work. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that Judge Marvin Aspen concluded a courtroom wasn’t the proper venue to resolve what he deemed a relatively minor dispute between unionized workers and a company with a collective bargaining agreement. He said in a decision posted last week that the right place was arbitration.Several Southwest agents filed the lawsuit in federal court this year. They argued that the use of fingerprints violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. It sought both an injunction halting the practice and an order forcing the airline to destroy any biometric data it gathered. Facebook face-tagging in photos targeted in lawsuit © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
The only way to go was up. In 2016, amid Russian meddling, federal officials first were accused of being too tight-lipped on intelligence about possible hacking into state systems and later criticized for trying to hijack control from the states.National security officials have said that heading into the Nov. 6 midterms, they haven’t yet seen the type of large-scale infiltrations that happened in 2016. They say the real test of this new-and-improved partnership possibly won’t come until the 2020 presidential election.States are responsible for running elections. Federal officials can offer support but have no way to compel states to change how they count ballots. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further Microsoft hopes to protect candidates without skirting laws Citation: States and feds unite on election security after ’16 clashes (2018, October 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-states-feds-election-clashes.html Election officials and federal cybersecurity agents are touting improved collaboration aimed at confronting and deterring efforts to tamper with elections. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
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