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first_imgSouth District New Testament Church Community Fellowship center Cheshire Hall, Leeward Highway Catholic Church Five Cays North Caicos Providenciales St. Monica’s Anglican Church Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New Community Center Leeward Highway ISLANDNAME OF SHELTERLOCATION Methodist Church Hall Salt Cay Central Town Area Butterfield Church Central Town Area North District Osetta Jolly Primary School (Standby) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 18, 2017 – Proposed Official Shelters for 2017 Hurricane Season. Five cays Central Area, Sandy Point Conch Bar Community Centre Central Area, Kew Lighthouse Church Kew Community Centre Sarah Hill Enid Capron Primary School Messenger Baptist Church Grand Turk South Community Center Blue Hills Leeward Highway Mt. Oliver Baptist Church South Caicos *N.B. List of shelters are subject to change Leeward Highway Bambarra Community Centre HJ Robinson High School AuditoriumMission Folly All Saints Mission Church Richmond, Bottle Creek Middle Caicos Related Items: Leeward Highway Off Millennium Highway Sandy Point community Centrelast_img read more

first_imgThe 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.center_img 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.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, May 17, 2019:Manager at RMA Fitness on Burlington Avenue reported a construction truck was blocking the entrance, not allowing vehicles to enter or exit. Police responded. Police assisted truck in getting out of a lot. (9:21am)A walk-in party reported a male party made inappropriate comments on a third party’s Facebook page. (10:05am)Fire Department responded to fire alarm at Benevento Sand & Stone on Salem Street. Alarm was caused by burnt toast. (10:17am)A caller reported a goose was struck on Salem Street. Animal Control Officer retrieved goose. (2:26pm)Keolis requested an officer meet the incoming train due to a male passenger threatening the customer. Police responded. Passenger got off the train and will wait for next train. Passenger was given name of company to file a report if he wishes. (2:28pm)Police received report of a suspicious man in the Market Basket parking lot attempting to sell gift cards to customers. Police sent man on his way and contacted store management. (4:40pm)A caller reported an erratic operator traveling north on Main Street. Police spoke with operator at his home. Operator claimed he has food poisoning and will be in for the evening. (6:24pm)An intoxicated woman was reported on the train tracks at Middlesex Avenue and Main Street. Fire Department transported woman. (8:26pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 4: Police Help Make Bus Stop Safer; Hit & Run at Cumberland Farms; Garbage Truck Takes Down WiresIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

first_img*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.last_img read more

first_imgThis file photo taken on January 18, 2008 shows Indian writer Arundhati Roy smiling at an event at the Bogazici University in Istanbul. AFPArundhati Roy’s eagerly-awaited second novel goes on sale Tuesday, two decades after her prize-winning debut “The God of Small Things” propelled her to global fame and launched her career as an outspoken critic of injustice in her native India.Roy became the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize with her 1997 work, which sold around 8 million copies and turned the young author into a star of the literary world.In the years that followed, she turned to non-fiction writing, taking on issues ranging from poverty and globalisation to the conflict in Kashmir in essays that were often highly critical of India’s ruling class.Her campaigning earned her the wrath of many in the Indian establishment and has clearly influenced her latest novel “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”, which she has said took 10 years to produce.Publisher Penguin says it takes the reader “from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis” and on to the troubled Kashmir Valley and the jungles of central India, wracked by a long-running Maoist rebellion.”There was this huge sense of urgency when I was writing the political essays, each time you wanted to blow a space open, on any issue,” Roy told The Hindu daily in an interview published last week.”But fiction takes its time and is layered… It is not just a human rights report about how many people have been killed and where. How do you describe the psychosis of what is going on? Except through fiction.”Roy was lauded at home when she became the first resident Indian to win the Booker for her novel about twins growing up in the southern state of Kerala. Previous Indian winners had lived outside the country.The Times of India in an editorial titled “Novel Indian” quoted a “prophecy” by James Joyce — “The East shall wake the West awake/And ye shall have night for morn” — which it said “seems to be coming true”.Roy recalled in a recent BBC interview how she was suddenly on the cover of every magazine — until she spoke out against India’s nuclear tests a year later.”Not that I had a say in it, but I was being marketed as this new product of the global India,” she said.”And then suddenly the government did these nuclear tests… And I wrote this essay condemning the tests, and at that point the fairy princess was kicked off her pedestal in a minute.”- ‘Scarring’ -Roy, now 55, went on to become one of India’s most famous and polarising authors.She was briefly jailed for contempt of court over her activism and still faces a sedition charge for challenging India’s right to rule over the disputed Kashmir region in 2010.She argues that India’s economic boom has made a small minority rich on the suffering of the poor, and has spent time researching the work of Maoist rebels fighting for land rights in the resource-rich jungles of central India.Her criticism of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been particularly fierce. She once called for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be put on trial over the deadly anti-Muslim riots that occurred in the state of Gujarat in 2002, when he was chief minister.Modi has been dogged by accusations he turned a blind eye to the violence, but a Supreme Court-ordered investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing in 2012.Internationally she remains a huge draw, lauded both for her activism and her writing, and the reviews for her second novel have been broadly — though not universally — positive.The Financial Times said it was “as remarkable as her first”, and promised her admirers would not be disappointed, while The New Yorker called it a “scarring novel of India’s modern history”.But some critics were sceptical about her attempts to introduce her political causes into her fiction.”‘Ministry’ is two decades of polemic distilled into one book, with a superstructure of fiction to hold it together,” said The Economist. “It does not work.”last_img read more

first_imgUS president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong UnIt has one foot in the East and one in the West, is ultra-modern, secure and sometimes mocked as being a little dull — Singapore was the safe pick for a historic first meeting between the unpredictable leaders of the US and North Korea.US president Donald Trump on Thursday confirmed the summit — a first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader — would take place in Singapore on 12 June.”We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” he tweeted.It followed a second visit to Pyongyang by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Wednesday to make arrangements for the summit.The Southeast Asian financial hub was likely chosen due to its neutrality, security advantages and track record of hosting international summits, observers say.The ultramodern city-state has robust security infrastructure and is widely considered one of the safest cities in Asia.It has tight restrictions over media and public gatherings, which will allow for a controlled environment likely to be preferred by the North Koreans.Singapore is also in the rare position of having friendly diplomatic ties with both Washington and Pyongyang.It considers the US a close partner, while North Korea maintains a fully functioning embassy in the city-state.Singapore and the North have a long history of cooperation — the first law firm and fast food restaurant in Pyongyang were both set up by Singaporeans — even if relations hit a snag last year when Singapore enforced new UN sanctions on trade.Singapore will also be an acceptable choice to China, North Korea’s only major ally, which wields a strong influence despite its physical absence from next month’s proceedings.”As a neutral, and objective country with much-admired consistent foreign policy principles and a small state with no desire or capacity to harm other states and their interests, Singapore fits that bill well,” said Lim Tai Wei, adjunct research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s East Asia Institute.- ‘No baggage’ -By apparently agreeing to meet Trump 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles) away from Pyongyang, Kim has to travel a significant distance out of his comfort zone, said Graham Ong-Webb, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).Since Kim took over as leader, he has rarely left his isolated nation and has only officially ventured away from home this year, with two visits to China, most recently travelling to the northeastern port city of Dalian where he met Xi.He also stepped across the border into South Korea during a historic meeting with President Moon Jae-in in April, making him the first Northern leader to set foot in the South since the Korean War ceasefire in 1953.Remarkable images of the two leaders greeting each other warmly over the Military Demarcation Line that splits their countries, rich with symbolism and high political theatre, were broadcast around the world.Trump had previously suggested that the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas could be a venue for his meeting with Kim, before ruling it out on Wednesday.Nearby Mongolia was also ruled out as a possible neutral third-country venue, reportedly for security reasons.But for Trump and Kim, Singapore is a convenient venue precisely because it “doesn’t have the historical or political baggage,” said Sarah Teo, an associate research fellow at RSIS’s regional security architecture programme.Singapore also has a track record for hosting international summits.In 2015, the city-state played host to a historic meeting between China’s president Xi Jinping and then Taiwanese president Ma Ying Jeou.It hosts the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, a defence forum regularly attended by heads of state, defence ministers and high level military officials.Now the venue and date have been chosen, it only remains to be seen if Singapore will play host to a meeting that truly builds on hopes for the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula and a formal peace treaty to end the 1950-53 Korean War.last_img read more

first_imgPeople gather in front of the destroyed vehicles that collided at Khochabari in Thakurgaon on 2 August. UNB File PhotoThe number of death in the head-on collision between two buses on Thakurgaon-Dhaka highway at Borokhochabari in Sadar upazila on Friday rose to 10, reports UNB.The deceased are identified as — Mustofa, 42, and Mansura Begum, 35, Mangoli Rani, 63, Jaba Rani, 35, Abdur Rahman, 40, Abdul Majid, 42, Saraswati Saha, 50, Khitis Barman, 40, Kamrunnesa, 32, and Anwara Begum, 48, from different upazilas.Another 27 people sustained injuries in the fatal road accident that took place around 8:00am as a bus of ‘Dipzol Paribahan’ from Dhaka collided with a ‘Nishat Enterprise’ bus coming from the opposite direction.Front part of a crumpled bus that collide with another bus in Khochabari, Thakurgaon on 2 August. UNB File PhotoIt left five people dead on the spot, said Ashiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station.Twenty four of the injured were taken to Sadar Hospital where physicians declared two of them dead.Later, 10 of the injured were shifted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital while three injured died way to the hospital, the OC added.last_img read more

first_imgCanning (WB): One person was killed and two others received bullet injuries after a clash broke out between two groups in South 24 Parganas district on Sunday, police said. The incident happened at Canning bus stand under the jurisdiction of Canning police station. Trouble began after the two groups, belonging to the same party, clashed at a rally organised by its youth wing, a police officer said. Shots were fired during the clash and 18-year-old Mizanur Rehman Sardar was killed on the spot, the officer said, adding, two other persons also suffered bullet injuries. They have been admitted to Canning sub-divisional hospital, he said.last_img read more

first_imgPlaying the augmented reality game Pokemon Go with children may help parents spend more quality time with their family and live a healthier life, a new study has found. Researchers from the University of Washington surveyed and interviewed parents who play Pokemon Go with their families.Some parents said the interactive and mobile nature of the game made them feel better about engaging in that type of gameplay, as opposed to more sedentary forms of “screen time.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMany set limits to prevent kids from becoming so absorbed in the game that they ignored cars or other real-world hazards, as well as responsibilities.Those included setting time constraints, requiring kids to do chores or homework first, shutting down the mobile device if kids did not give it back when asked or parents staying in control of the smartphone while the family played.Yet many parents – particularly moms of boys, fathers of girls and parents of teenaged children – reported spending more quality time with their children as a result of playing Pokemon Go together and talking more than usual, both about the game itself and about other things in their lives. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveParents also appreciated how the game motivated both them and their children to go outside and exercise in ways that were convenient and fit into their lives, as their children displayed new found enthusiasm for walking rather than driving to dinner or playgrounds. For some participants, the game led to walking thousands more steps per day, and one father reported that his 11-year-old daughter had lost 12 pounds.”Location-based augmented reality games are pretty different than sitting in front of a TV or playing a typical video game, so we were interested in the way kids and their parents were sharing those experiences together,” said Kiley Sobel, a doctoral student at University of Washington. In the game, players use a mobile device’s GPS ability to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player.”People still don’t really know how to build tech that works well for families, so when this game came out of the blue and really caught on, we wanted to look at what its ingredients for success were,” Sobel said.In follow-up interviews with families who had begun playing Pokemon Go together, almost all parents had safety concerns about the game, from children not paying attention to where they were going to interacting with strangers.To mitigate those concerns, many parents imposed limits or rules on the gameplay, such as only allowing older children to travel a certain distance from the home and requiring younger children to only play on a parent’s device.However, many parents reported net benefits from the overall experience, including having a shared interest with their children, particularly at ages when communication can become tricky.Since the Pokemon franchise was first introduced in 1995, some parents had also grown up with the characters, which heightened their interest in playing the new game.The parents’ prior knowledge about and experience with Pokemon characters often led their kids to view them as valuable “experts” who could teach them.last_img read more

first_img Today in San Francisco, Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference was all about the company’s upcoming software: iOS 8 for mobile and OS X Yosemite for PCs.Both platforms have been improved to work more seamlessly, through the cloud, in order to make virtually all media available across all of a users’ devices. Here’s what you’ll want to know about each, plus some important details for iOS developers.OS X Yosemite: Apple has further tweaked the OS X motif to mirror the redesign introduced with iOS 7 with new, flatter icons and subtle color adjustments based on desktop image or windows behind it. Users accustomed to Mavericks or Mountain Lion should be comfortable with Yosemite which includes new features such as the ability to search across contacts, documents, the web and calendar events from Spotlight — which appears to also use geolocation to bring users relevant local information.Apple’s answer to Dropbox and Google Drive is iCloud Drive. It allows users to access all documents across devices from within the finder. With it comes MailDrop, a new feature that will allow users to send larger files that recipients might normally be able to handle by creating a secure link and storing it in the cloud, instead of bouncing the email back to the sender.Related: What’s That Song? Apple’s iOS 8 May Be Able to Tell You.On Yosemite, AirDrop will work between iOS and Mac with a new feature called Handoff. A new lock screen on the iPad lets users continue work they were doing on a PC on a mobile device simply by swiping. Users will also be able to setup hotspots on their phone from their computer.Syncing an iPhone to a Mac will also allow users to answer text messages and even phone calls from their computer, using their Mac as a speakerphone. The feature also lets users make calls from a computer, even if their iPhone is in another room.iOS 8: Apple’s new mobile operating system will build upon iOS 7 in terms of feel and functionality but with some new features. In iOS 8, users will be able to reply directly to a message or comment or Like something on Facebook straight from the notification center or the lock screen and doubletap the home button to see recent contacts in the task switcher. Other upgrades include a new tab view in Safari for iPad and new gestures for organization in the Mail app.Group messaging now allows users to name threads or remove people from the conversation. Messages will also include “Do not disturb” and “leave thread” features.Messages will also allow users to record audio or video by tapping on the text box. It also includes a Snapchat-like self-destruct feature.Spotlight for iOS, a tool that OS X has had for a while, lets users search for apps, points of interest, news, songs the web and iTunes. It’s like Siri but without a voice.Siri itself has been updated to make purchases from the App Store and recognize songs via Shazam.Apple also seems to be updating its predictive text feature with QuickType, which “supports predictive suggestions” by guessing the word a user is trying to type and learning from their typing habits.Related: Should You Buy an iPhone 5S Now or Wait For the iPhone 6?With iOS 8 is the introduction of Healthkit, a centralized place to see health info that will allow healthcare providers to send and receive data on patient devices.Also new is HomeKit for home automation. Apple is partnering with home appliance companies to integrate locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs and switches into the iOS environment. The new automated controls will feature secure pairing, control for individual devices, allow grouping of devices for families and include Siri integration.New family sharing features allows families to automatically share photos, calendars and reminders and their locations. Families can also share purchases; for instance if a child wants to purchase an app on his phone, he can send a request to buy the app through the App Store and permission can be approved from an adult’s device.iOS 8 will also support Extensibility, the ability for apps to offer services to other apps. For instance users could use their photo filters from VSCO inside of the native photos app. The new iOS will also support widgets for the notification center and inside of Safari, similar to extension in Chrome.Apple is also allowing users to import third-party keyboards and opening Touch ID to developers.Developers: Apple is introducing a new programming language called Swift that can co-exist with C and Objective-C but allows developers to build and run their code immediately.Game developers in particular will welcome the new Metal graphics booster and SpriteKit and SceneKit for developing casual games.iOS 8 and Yosemite are both available to developers today and will be released to the public for free this fall.Related: Here’s How to Quit the iPhone and Switch to an Android Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 2, 2014 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min readlast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s first satellite project enters decisive stage Costa Rica’s first satellite scheduled for deployment in one year US Sen. Bill Nelson: Costa Rica has a place in the future of space flight Franklin Chang’s VASIMR plasma engine readies for key test As of Monday evening, Central America’s first satellite is one step closer to orbit. Less than 48 hours before deadline, just over 800 sponsors made it possible to surpass thecrowdfunding campaign’s goal of $75,000 needed to send the region’s first satellite into space.The 10-centimeter (4-inch) satellite, known as a picosatellite, is the key element of the Irazú Project, named after Costa Rica’s highest volcano, located in Cartago province.Instruments on the satellite will take real-time measurements of temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide fixation. Data will be collected in a forest in Los Chiles, a mountainous area near Costa Rica’s border with Nicaragua, and will be used to evaluate the effects of climate change on forests.The Costa Rica-based Central American Association for Aeronautics and Space (ACAE) and the Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC) are leading the project. It also has backing from a number of private companies.ACAE President Carlos Alvarado said he was “very grateful to all those who believed in and trusted in the project during the crowdfunding campaign” that started March 21 and officially ends at 6 a.m. Costa Rica time on Wednesday.Several components of the satellite were built in Costa Rica, and the money raised through the campaign will be used to buy the remaining components, Alvarado said.Ticos engineers will be responsible for the satellite’s final assembly, which will take place here during the second half of this year.The device will then be sent to Japan where it will undergo tests before being deployed into space from the Kibo Lab, the Japanese module at the International Space Station, with the support of the Kyushu Institute of Technology.Terrestrial baseOnce in space, the picosatellite will orbit Earth at about 400 kilometers and will broadcast information collected through devices known as dendrometers that will be attached to trees in order to measure the effects of climate variations on their growth.TEC researchers built the dendrometers and will be responsible for analyzing all data that will will used by various TEC faculties in projects ranging from climate effects to numerical weather prediction.Information collected also will be shared on a website as open data, so that it can be used by investigators and students all over the world.ACAE will use all money collected beyond the $75,000 goal to fund the Ditsö Project, which consists of sending samples of the hardened forewings, or elytra, of Tico jewel scarabs to the International Space Station in order to evaluate the potential for replicating the material for coating satellites and other space equipment.See a video explainer of the Irazú Project: Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgThere 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. 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first_imgHe says he knows what it’s like to live the life of an outcast.Siddharth Dube came of age as a gay man in India in the 1990s — a time when a law dating back to 1864, Section 377, criminalized homosexuality, calling it an “unnatural offense.” (The law was struck down by India’s Supreme Court in September 2018.)Now a specialist in poverty and public health policy, Dube has written a memoir, An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex.The book is not just about his own quest to find love and societal acceptance. It’s also an account of the activism of India’s marginalized sex workers and LGBT community as they battled violations of their human rights in the earliest days of the AIDS epidemic — having blood drawn without consent, for example.A graduate of Tufts University, the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and the Harvard School of Public Health, Dube has worked and consulted for the World Bank, UNICEF and the World Health Organization and was senior adviser in 2005-2006 to the executive director of UNAIDS, a special United Nations effort to tackle AIDS.You write about how you were constantly taunted during your school years for acting like a “sissy boy.” How did you cope during this difficult time? I coped by trying to my utmost to behave just like other boys, including my brothers, to exactly copy their mannerisms and their interests. I also desperately excised any aspects of my mannerisms that I thought were feminine and hence forbidden to males, including gentleness. Unfortunately, my efforts didn’t succeed. All through my school years, and then into my undergraduate college years in Delhi, I was mocked and ostracized for being “sissy” and “girly.”How did your family treat you?I was enormously lucky as my parents were not only fiercely protective of us children but they also had a remarkably independent-thinking streak. So I didn’t face any censure from them about my femininity — not once! In contrast, I did begin to feel a sense of distance and inferiority to my brothers as a result of being teased by them about my feminine looks and mannerisms.Do you think it’s any different for boys growing up today in India – or around the world? Do we still hold the same rigid and potentially damaging views about gender? Boys and men in many parts of India are raised to be far more gentle and “feminine” — and comfortable with physical and emotional intimacy — than is the norm for Western/American males. This was true then [in the ’70s], and remains true until today.Yet despite those attitudes, you lived as a gay man in India in the 1980s and ’90s at a time when homosexuality was outlawed by Section 377. What was that like? Arguably, the worst impact was the deadening sense of fear we all lived in. I remember the utter terror I felt when I was arrested with my long-term partner in Delhi one night in 1988, merely because we lived openly together. The only reason we weren’t persecuted further was because of my family’s privileged position. Few other Indians had that kind of protection, and so the wiser course in those dangerous times for most gay Indian men and women was to be invisible, to deny themselves normal, fulfilled lives.How damaging was this silence for the LGBT community? The silence had to do with a very real fear of persecution, exposure and shame. The consequences were tragic. For instance, there is no doubt that countless gay men and trans individuals in India contracted HIV as a result of the fears engendered by Section 377. By now, because of the AIDS pandemic, it is well understood how criminalization and marginalization multiply the risks of disease, for instance by keeping people from openly learning about safe-sex methods or by forestalling healthy romantic relationships.And now that the law is gone …?There is an enormous sense of relief, the feeling that we can hope to lead full lives with the expectation of happiness and fulfillment just like everyone else.Another huge impact is in restoring a sense of self-respect and dignity. And we are now filled with hope and determination that these changes will be speedily reflected in vital legal and policy changes in India — such as in terms of equalizing marriage, inheritance and adoption rights irrespective of sexual or gender orientation.In your book, you tell us how the AIDS pandemic affected the lives of women sex workers in India. The first few cases of HIV in India were identified in women sex workers in 1986. Consequently, [these women sex workers] came to be associated with AIDS, just as the United States epidemic came to be associated with gay men.And just as in the U.S. with gay men, women sex workers in India were the victims of persecution and abuse by the government as well as from other quarters. They were arrested in mass drives, their blood was drawn without consent and they were cruelly incarcerated for months and even years, separated from their children and families without being told why. It is because of those experiences that countless sex workers in India have long demanded decriminalization of their work.And you support that position?Decriminalizing sex work frees the many women, trans individuals and men who sell sex from the fear of prosecution by the police and other arms of the state. It is the necessary starting point for enabling them to tackle the other hardships they face, ranging from societal stigma and imbued notions of shame to feelings of powerlessness.How did sex workers and people from the LGBT community push back against the societal stigma of AIDS? Tell us about the pioneers of the movement who helped bring about societal acceptance. Change came through the efforts of pioneering individuals and grassroots groups. For instance, in my book I document the life of Selvi, one of the very first sex workers to be identified with HIV, back in 1986. She suffered [an] abusive marriage, years of selling sex to support herself and her young son, her HIV diagnosis and then long years of imprisonment because she was an HIV-infected sex worker.Right until her death in 1998, Selvi was a tireless crusader, not only to keep other sex workers from contracting HIV but importantly also for far-reaching legal reform, beginning with decriminalization, in other words with getting the exploitative police out of their lives.In 1993, you joined the health policy division of the World Bank as a policy analyst. You are very critical of the experience in your book. Actually, I’m critical of much of what is called international development. Its failures are chronic and multitudinous. The blame for these failures spans all the way from both donor- and developing-country governments to Westerners who continue to think of poorer countries in damagingly sensationalistic terms, for instance as hotbeds of “modern-day” slavery.But regarding the Bank, yes, I felt that in small ways and big, the institution’s entitlements and power crippled its ability to promote well-being in the countries it worked in. It became clear to me on a firsthand basis from the public health projects that I worked on. Our reports were written from the best hotels.Despite several visits to such countries as Kenya and Uganda, I knew next to nothing about them, feeling much like a rich first-world tourist gazing uncomprehendingly at “third world” sights from a cocoon of luxury.What are the lessons that the global development community should never forget in the past four decades of battling HIV/AIDS? One critical lesson is to pay heed to data and other forms of empirical knowledge.In the case of India’s sex workers, for instance, a wealth of data shows that today only 1 in 10 ever work in a brothel. Instead, the overwhelming majority operates from their homes or small lodges, often using mobile phones. Yet, in the popular Western imagination, all of India’s sex workers work in the heinous conditions of Mumbai’s brothels of the 1980s.And there is a pointed lesson about humility. The West simply does not hold all the answers and have all the knowledge. It speaks volumes that U.S. government policies on AIDS, sexual rights and reproductive rights have more often than not put destructive moralizing before humanitarian and social justice imperatives [for example, groups worldwide receiving U.S. funding were barred from discussing condom use with young people and many adults, with the exception of “those who practice high-risk behaviors].The title of your book refers to an “indefinite sentence.” But now that Section 377 has been abolished, what does the title mean to you?The indefinite sentence is indeed lifting now for gay and trans individuals in India. But it continues for sex workers — and my motivation in writing this book was to draw attention to the terrible injustice done to them.How did writing this book change you?It changed me in more ways than I can count. There’s a special kind of liberation that has come from being able to make clear sense of my life, to make sense of the needless harm that was done to me. I needed to be in my 50s to be able to see my life in this larger perspective.Of course, only a portion of this book is about me — more than half is about the scores of women sex workers, gay men and trans women whom I’ve met over the decades. And getting to write a history of their remarkable lives and efforts, which have led to all kinds of progress in India, was equally transformative for me.Kamala Thiagarajan is a freelance journalist based in Madurai, India, who has written for The International New York Times, BBC Travel and Forbes India. You can follow her @kamal_t. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

first_imgDr. 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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first_imgTechnology This story appears in the July 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Magazine Contributor –shares Add to Queue 2 min read New Options in Broadband Connectivity High-bandwidth cellular is breaking out all over. Would you believe 7Mbps-plus download speeds? How about 14Mbps-plus? Those are speeds GSM and CDMA networks, respectively, will achieve, says Qualcomm–although not long before late 2007.In the interim, cellular carriers are busy upgrading their pipes to still-zippy 3G minimums of 450Kbps to 800Kbps downstream and 300Kbps to 400Kbps upstream. Carriers say their UMTS and 1xEV-DO revisions of GSM and CDMA, respectively, should cover all major U.S. cities by year-end.Specifically, Cingular Wireless plans to expand its UMTS BroadbandConnect from 16 urban areas to most major markets. Sprint Nextel is upgrading its Power Vision network to a faster EV-DO version with 3.1Mbps bursts that should reach 190 million Americans. And 3G pioneer Verizon Wireless hopes to cover 200 million consumers with the faster EV-DO flavor over its Broadband Access network. Novatel Wirelessand Sierra Wirelessare already shipping the laptop built-ins and PC card receivers for tapping these networks. And the thin selection of 3G-capable smartphones will expand noticeably in coming months.These multibillion-dollar investments may have something to do with Intel’s boast that 1Mbps to 4Mbps mobile WiMAX will arrive in laptops this year, at least three months ahead of schedule. But broadband cellular still has quite a head start, and its relatively low cost, slim hardware profile and unmatched mobility make for a wide-area broadband solution with all the speed most entrepreneurs need.What’s it for? Messaging, web browsing and transferring big graphics files, of course. But the new WAN pipes are also arriving just in time to satisfy our growing interest in streaming video, mobile TV, mapping and navigation. Verizon’s VCast TV service already covers all West Coast urban centers and the Eastern Seaboard from Portland, Maine, to Richmond, Virginia. GPS navigation companies like TeleNavsee the new networks as a long-awaited opportunity to expand into location-based services. Who knows what enterprising entrepreneurs will dream up once the infrastructure is in place?Just don’t blink: 3G is here, and 3.5G and 4G solutions are coming up fast. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Feel the need for speed? Cellular broadband is ready for liftoff. July 1, 2006 Mike Hogan Register Now »last_img read more

first_img Is your PC healthy? Don’t be too sure. Think back to when you heard a kerklunk sound coming from the hard drive. Or maybe you remember the last time your Internet connection was down (and I don’t mean just a little depressed).The best way to find out what’s wrong is to take a proactive approach: Check under your PC’s hood with the following mostly free diagnostic tools, and see if anything is amiss–before disaster strikes.Hard Drive HealthHard drives are about as stable as the stock market. The more you know about your drive–the brand-specific idiosyncrasies and the diagnostic sounds that drives produce–the better prepared you are for the inevitable crash. Here are a couple of helpful services and programs.Hard Drive Inspector: This utility is always on guard, monitoring all your drives for spin rate, seek time, and almost 20 other potential problem spots. Hard Drive Inspector gives you technical data, including the drive model, firmware version, and serial number, all things you’ll need to know when calling for warranty support.It displays the hard drive’s temperature in the system tray. If the drive gets too toasty (I have mine set for 120 degrees Fahrenheit), the program can send you an e-mail alert–or, better, automatically put the computer in Standby mode.You can view a summary health report, which typically has enough information for most users; the S.M.A.R.T. report has the details. The program costs $30, but you can download a 15-day trial version of Hard Drive Inspector to get a feel for the tool.DataCent’s Hard Drive Sounds: You shouldn’t hear more than a low hum from your hard drive. But drives don’t know the rules, and they often make weird sounds, emitting thuds, screeches, knocks, or whining. Determining whether one of the sounds means trouble can be, well, troublesome.The data-recovery company DataCent has an extraordinarily helpful site that plays the actual sounds of bad or unstable drive heads, stuck spindles, wobbly bearings, and media with bad spots, to name a few. You can hear your specific drive brand.The company also offers another valuable tool that lists typical hard-drive failures by manufacturer.Broadband Speed TestsDoes your broadband Internet connection feel more like a sluggish dial-up link? Put it to the test by recording your connection speed every 30 minutes or so for a couple of days. Keep a log, and if the speed is nowhere near advertised rates, send the results to your ISP–and raise a ruckus. If you complain vigorously yet politely, chances are good that the provider will have you back at full speed ahead in short order. With all of the following tests, resist the temptation to check e-mail or browse the Web while testing, so as not to alter the results.Quick tip: If any of these online tests don’t work, give me a call for help. Just kidding–instead, make sure you have the current version of the Flash Player; if not, download and install it.DSLReports: The granddaddy of online testing, DSLReports gives you a stack of tests to try. The Speed Test has a cool car-dashboard-like interface that watches your upload and download speeds.You can test your speed by using any of six servers in different locations. You’ll obtain a good average by testing with two; try one close to home and another across the country.If you’re worried about your connection while gaming, use the site’s Line Quality test to look for packet loss and excessive latency. Make sure to register and log in when testing–that way you can compare results months apart.Speedtest.net: You’ll see pretty much the same results from broadband speed testing at Speedtest.net. But this site is quicker to get to than DSLReports, and it has an oh-so-nifty interface, the kind you want to show off when friends are in your office.Internet Connection QualityIn addition to running overall speed tests, you can use other tools and tricks to improve your online experience.VoIP Speed Test: If you’re making phone calls over the Internet, make sure you have the bandwidth–as well as the quality of service–to get decent VoIP sound, using the VoIP Speed Test.The bandwidth analysis tells you the percentage of VoIP service quality to expect from your connection, as well as the number of concurrent VoIP lines your connection can support.Down for Everyone or Just Me: You head for a Web site, but you get an error. I know you’ve said it:”Is the site down, or is it my problem?”Now there’s a way to find out. Type a Web site’s URL into Down for Everyone or Just Me? (a smartly named site, no?), and it will give you the scoop. Very handy–using it keeps you from bothering coworkers or members of your buddy list.Fixes for Wi-Fi woes: If you use Wi-Fi, turning your router’s Quality of Service (QoS) settings on will definitely help with some applications. For more, see our story “Optimize Wi-Fi for VoIP,Video, and Gaming,” which has tips for tweaking the data transmission speeds of your wireless network.More Internet advice: To give your Internet connection a goose, see “Internet Boosters.” And to prepare for the times when your connection gives up the ghost, check out “Five Quick Fixes forInternet Connection Hang-Ups.”Inside Your PC Not everyone can recite the MAC address of their PC’s network card or the driver version for their graphics board (not even me). If your computer is hiccuping, knowing exactly what hardware and system software you have inside your PC is invaluable.For troubleshooting, being armed with such details is ideal: You can pass them along to tech support, to your computer guru (no, definitely not me), or to an online help forum.PC Pitstop: If you want to visit just one site to test your PC, I’d recommend PC Pitstop’s Full Test. This comprehensive tool not only gives you an unbeatable hardware report but also alerts you to various potential problems that could be harming performance.After I used it recently on my machine, PC Pitstop recommended 11 fixes, gave me a 35-count list of system specs, provided an even longer list of installed hardware, told me what drivers I needed to upgrade, tallied almost 40 performance results, and–get this–compared my PC’s ratings with those of all the other computers that PC Pitstop has tested.If you create a free account, you can save the reports and refer back to them. One warning: If you have a pop-up or ad blocker, disable it before starting the tests.Belarc Advisor: You can put your PC on the couch and run the free Belarc Advisor to obtain an inventory of your system’s hardware. But that alone is no big deal. Where Belarc shines is in its comprehensive analysis of the software installed on your PC, including the version numbers.Equally useful is the report of Microsoft security hotfixes that are missing from your system, as well as the list of software licenses. After you run the scan, save the HTML page in a safe spot so that you can refer to it if the worst happens.SIW–System Information for Windows: You can ask the SIW tool anything about your PC–it’ll give you a list of regional settings or scheduled tasks, or which DLLs are loaded and which are shared.How about which video and audio codecs you have installed, or details about your network or open ports? SIW has everything, offering lists that you can easily access from toolbar shortcuts or from a panel with a hierarchy list.By the way, because SIW is a stand-alone utility that you don’t need to install, it’ll run directly from a USB flash drive, a floppy (if you still have one), a burned rescue CD, or a network drive.Be careful: Unless you uncheck the Add Crawler Toolbar to IE and Firefox box during the installation, SIW will automatically install that toolbar and make it your default search provider.Not a cool thing for such a useful tool to do.Steve Bass is a former PC World contributing editor who now publishes a weekly newsletter at TechBite.com . Reach him at stevebass@techbite.com . Brought to you by PCWorld The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. December 3, 2008 Growth Strategies Test Your PC With 10 (Mostly) Free Sites and Tools Steve Bass Is your PC healthy? Don’t be too sure. 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first_imgTesla 3 min read Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Wall Street Values Tesla Motors at $620,000 Per Car Sold Last Year Add to Queue 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.center_img 49shares Image credit: Reuters | Beck Diefenbach Company founder and CEO Elon Musk may not mention Tesla Motors Inc.’s  stock price when his electric car company gives its latest financial update on Wednesday, but it will be front and center for investors divided over its seemingly rich valuation.After a rally that ended in April, Tesla’s market capitalization is currently about $31 billion — equivalent to $620,000 for every car it delivered last year, or $63,000 for every car it hopes to produce in 2020.By comparison, General Motors Co.’s $48 billion market value is equivalent to about $4,800 for every vehicle it sold last year.Tesla’s heady valuation — about 125 times the next 12 months of expected earnings — and the implication that shareholders may be overpaying for Musk’s small but fast-growing luxury car company have made the stock a favorite of short sellers.Short sellers borrow shares and then sell them, hoping to buy them back later at a cheaper price.Tesla is among the world’s 10 most-shorted companies by market value, even after an 85 percent rally earlier this year scalded some of those short sellers. In the past month, short bets against Tesla fell by over $1 billion, but are still above $6 billion, according to financial analytics firm S3 Partners.”This is not just day traders coming in and out of the market. This is fundamental guys who have put it in their portfolio and are saying, ‘We don’t believe this valuation is correct,'” said Ihor Dusaniwsky, S3’s head of research.Vilas Capital Management Chief Executive John Thompson, one of those short sellers, said he believes investors underestimate the hurdles Tesla faces trying to rapidly increase production, including the cost to build future high-end robotic assembly lines.”They’re going to have to spend an enormous amount of money on capital expenditures to achieve their long-term goals and they don’t have the money because they don’t have the earnings,” Thompson said. “So they’re going to have to sell stock to finance it.”Musk has promised to turn Tesla’s first net profit by the fourth quarter. After selling 52,000 cars last year, Tesla aims to sell 500,000 annually by 2020.But its stock price suggests investors expect even more aggressive growth.If Tesla shares were to grow 10 percent a year for the next 10 years — not unreasonable for a popular growth company — it would have to reach annual sales of 1.5 million cars at triple GM’s typical $1,000-per-car profit to justify a more moderate price-earnings ratio of 20. Last year GM sold 10 million cars and Ford sold 6.6 million.Tesla could make money in the future selling batteries or autonomous vehicles, but its valuation is questionable nonetheless and leaves no allowance for operational setbacks, said Georgetown University business professor James Angel.”This stock is definitely priced to perfection. If he pulls everything off, it’s probably worth its current value, but there’s a huge amount of execution risk here,” Angel said.Recent problems like malfunctioning doors and glitchy sensors have cast light on the difficulty of quickly expanding production as Tesla prepares to launch its Model 3 sedan next year.When it reports first-quarter results on Wednesday, analysts will watch to see whether it is on track to deliver positive cash flow for 2016 and become profitable.(Additional reporting by Alexandria Sage in San Francisco; Editing by G Crosse and Matthew Lewis) Next Article May 4, 2016 Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 29 2019An international study led by Eurac Research draws up the criteria for correctly assessing the chances of survival.It is difficult for doctors to accurately assess avalanche victims who arrive at hospital suffering cardiac arrest: has the patient effectively suffocated, or is there a realistic prospect of survival if the patient is properly rewarmed? The correct initial assessment is crucial: it ensures that patients with a viable chance of survival are properly rewarmed, while also preventing unnecessary medical intervention in cases where survival is not possible.For this reason, experts in Emergency Medicine from Eurac Research, along with colleagues from Europe and the USA, have now established new benchmarks for core temperature and serum potassium levels, to provide doctors with reliable indicators when assessing the appropriate treatment for patients. This study analysed the data relating to 103 avalanche victims admitted with cardiac arrest to seven major hospitals in Europe, between 1995 and 2016.The hospitals included in the study were Bern, Grenoble, Innsbruck, Krakow, Tromsø, Lausanne and Sion. Of the 103 victims, 61 were rewarmed, but only 10 per cent survived; in the other cases it was not the hypothermia that caused the cardiac arrest, but suffocation during the avalanche or trauma. Rewarming only results in survival in a small proportion of cases, however, in terms of personnel and technology this process is complex and very costly. For this reason, the principal author of the study, Hermann Brugger, notes, “We need to have strong and clear selection criteria, which can guarantee that only those avalanche victims which will benefit from the process will be rewarmed upon admission to hospital.”Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchWhile doctors had guidelines for the initial triage of avalanche victims at the scene of the accident – the assessment upon which further treatment hinges – these guidelines were based on limited scientific evidence and intended for use at the site of the emergency.However, hospitals require accurate guidelines based on significant evidence to justify extracorporeal rewarming using the heart-lung machine. This is exactly the important issue addressed in the study published in Resuscitation, the official journal of the European Resuscitation Council. The factors that have emerged as decisive in this study are the core temperature and the concentration of serum potassium, the latter is related to cell degeneration. Using both these parameters, doctors can assess which patients have the potential to survive and which do not.In relation to body temperature, the limit is 30 degrees: no avalanche victim suffering from cardiac arrest with a core temperature higher than 30 degrees can survive rewarming. The potassium concentration in the blood should not exceed 7 mmol/litres.Source:Eurac ResearchJournal reference:Brugger, H. et al. (2019) Cut-off values of serum potassium and core temperature at hospital admission for extracorporeal rewarming of avalanche victims in cardiac arrest: A retrospective multi-centre study. Resuscitation. doi.org/10.1016/j.resuscitation.2019.04.025.last_img read more

first_imgProtesters decry ‘hurt and harm’Demonstrating workers and community leaders who joined them in support on Friday say conditions at the warehouse are leaving people with serious ailments.”When workers leave Amazon, they still live with the back pain, chronic illness, and hurt and harm caused during their employment,” said Ahmed Anshur, the imam at the Al-Ihsan Islamic Center in the nearby state capital of Saint Paul. “Additionally, we’ve continued to hire and develop East African employees. We’re a leader in this space and we feel really good about our record here,” Amazon spokeswoman Shevaun Brown told AFP via email. The company previously agreed to meet with workers to hear their concerns. The New York Times reported that it was the first known instance of any group succeeding in forcing Amazon to negotiate.But workers say Amazon’s efforts so far have fallen short. “We are appreciative they’ve sat down and talked with us, but we are not seeing real action,” activist Abdi Muse said.Muse is the executive director of the Awood Center, a union-backed non-profit that organized the protest and helps East African workers in the state. Citation: Somali-American Amazon workers demand better conditions (2018, December 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-somali-american-amazon-workers-demand-conditions.html Hundreds braved frigid temperatures to demonstrate The workers timed their protest during the busy holiday shopping season, hoping to force the online retailer to make changes Somali-American Amazon workers demanding better working conditions protest at the the company’s fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota on December 14, 2018 Explore further A group of Amazon workers in Minnesota who are Somali refugees resettled in the Midwestern US state demanded better working conditions Friday during a protest outside one of the retailer’s warehouses. © 2018 AFP Protesters said they want the multibillion-dollar company to give back to the struggling community that has been a major source of its workforce in the Minneapolis area by giving money to a community fund to help struggling immigrant families. “It’s not a handout or a donation,” said Mohamed Omar, imam at another Minneapolis suburban mosque.”This is so Amazon can give back into the community a portion of what they have taken so much of.”The retail giant has faced past complaints from warehouse employees about working conditions.It has more than 100 “fulfillment centers” across the country where purchased merchandise is packaged and shipped. The centers employ more than 125,000 full-time employees, according to Amazon.Bloomberg reported this week that warehouse workers in New York have announced plans to unionize. Spanish Amazon workers in ‘Black Friday’ strike Hundreds braved frigid temperatures to demonstrate outside of the Amazon warehouse in the Minneapolis suburb of Shakopee—home to a sizable Somali immigrant population from which Amazon has heavily recruited.The protest was the latest effort by the workers, who say East African immigrants make up a majority of the workforce at the massive warehouse but go unheard.”We don’t have rights in the company,” worker Abdulkadir Ahmad, 30, told AFP.The workers, many of whom are practicing Muslims, say the required productivity rate is too high, the company is unconcerned about worker injuries and that the conditions don’t allow practicing Muslims to pray as they otherwise would.”We do not have enough time to pray. There is a lot of pressure. They say your rate is too low,” Ahmad said.The workers timed their protest during the busy holiday shopping season, hoping to force the online retailer to make changes. Amazon’s accommodationsThey already have had some success. Amazon says it has offered accommodations such as providing prayer mats for workers, converting a conference room into prayer space during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and approving shift transfers for fasting workers. 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.last_img read more