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first_imgFort Jackson will gain an eleventh training battalion in October 2017, bringing the Columbia, S.C., post an additional 2,000 soldiers annually and 210 permanent personnel.The news also signals that the Pentagon places a heightened value on Fort Jackson, reported the State.“This is very, very significant,” said George Goldsmith, chairman of the Columbia Chamber’s military affairs committee. “It shows Fort Jackson and the community has gotten the word out to the Army that we’re ready to grow. That story is getting out and it’s being heard,” said Goldsmith, a retired major general.The battalion — consisting of about 500 additional soldiers during each 10-week basic training cycle —will increase the number of soldiers trained annually at the nation’s largest military training installation from 44,000 to 46,000, boosting the installation’s economic impact. The families of the new soldiers will join 5,000 or so other family members who attend graduation ceremonies and other activities at the post.When the battalion is activated, “it will increase the economic impact of Fort Jackson immediately,” Goldsmith said.The Army has allocated $97 million to build a new “Star Base” barracks, headquarters and training facility to house the new battalion, according to the story. Until the structure is completed in 2021, the battalion will be housed in temporary facilities already available. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (3-1) earned its third straight victory of the season, defeating Melrose by a score of 9-1 on Friday, April 20 at Town Park.Pitcher Ally Moran went the distance, allowing only 2 hits while recording 6 strikeouts.For the second game in a row, Wilmington had a shaky first inning, allowing one run on two errors and few passed balls.  The Wildcats tied it in their bottom half of the inning when Kayla Bourrell scored after reaching base on an error.The Wildcats scored two more in the second inning plating Ryan Bailey (single) and Emily Wright (reaching on a dropped third strike) and a RBI single by Kayla Bourrell.Wilmington blew the game open in the third inning as a result of solid and timely hitting.  DH Emily Wright had a two-run RBI.Adele Burton had a good game on both sides of the field.  Offensively, she went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.  Defensively, she had 4 strong put outs.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… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Lexington, Moran Picks Up Another WinIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Wrap Up Regular Season With 10-0 WinIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Greater Lowell Tech & Stoneham, Qualify For State TournamentIn “Sports”last_img read more

first_imggettyimages [Representational Image]Polling in as many as 14 constituencies in Karnataka will take place on Thursday, April 18, as the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 gets underway. Other states where partial or full polling will take place tomorrow include Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Maharashtra, Assam and West Bengal. The 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka that go to the polls include those in the Bengaluru capital region as well. In Karnataka the Congress-JKD (S) alliance is locked in an intense battle against the BJP. Bengaluru is also witnessing a pitched battle between the two sides.So, what should you know tomorrow as you head to the polling booths? Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan to exercise the democratic right:List of documents accepted as identity/address proof Voters ID Indian passportIndian driving licenseAadhar cardRation cardBank/Post office passbookIncome Tax assessment orderWater billPhone billElectricity billGas connection billRent agreement(The list goes on)No cell phones at the polling boothThe Election Commission (EC) has banned mobile phones within a 100-metre radius of the polling stations. Chief electoral officer (CEO) of Karnataka Sanjiv Kumar said that the voters will be asked to give their mobiles to the polling officials before entering the booth and after casting their vote, the phones will be given back.However, many of the EC officers and public are critical of this move as they think that this plan might backfire on them and would impact voter turnout. The public has slammed EC over this decision.Voter’s helpline 1950The Election Commission has set up a toll-free helpline number-1950 for the voters. The number provides necessary assistance to the voters (especially first-timers), regarding any information about the general elections. The enrolled electors can use this helpline to check details such as personal information and the assigned polling station. They can also find the contact details of booth level officers, electoral registration officers and district election officers. Close A voter can search for the polling booth online at electoralsearch.in or use the Voter Helpline App, developed by the EC, so that the voters can find their polling booth easily.Check your name in the Voters listTo check your name in Bengaluru’s voter’s list, go to- https://www.ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in/Availability of BMTCAlthough nearly half the KSRTC fleet have been pulled for election duties and several BMTC buses also made a part of the elections, people in the capital city have nothing much to worry. Since there are a lot of holidays this week, very few commuters are expected to travel on the BMTC buses.How internal migrants can vote Many Indian citizens find it hard to cast their vote in their home constituencies due to time and money constraints. However, any person who has shifted their residence or is residing at a specific location can enrol their name in the particular constituency (where you have relocated) after providing a formal request to the Electoral Registration Officer.Once your name is enrolled in the new voter’s list, remove your name from the previous list. But the drawback here is that you will not be able to cast your vote for the local elections from your previous constituency.No online votes for NRIs Several fake news articles spread through social media claiming that NRIs can exercise their votes online through e-voting for the Lok Sabha elections. As inviting as it may sound, India does not support online voting and the NRI voters can only cast their vote after registering themselves as an overseas voter, for which they have to fill the Form 6A that can be downloaded online. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/0:47Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:42?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Phase 1: India Votes for the 17th General Elections to choose the next Prime Ministerlast_img read more

first_imgReuters fileIndia hopes to attract more than $1 billion of investment in exploration and production blocks awarded to companies on Tuesday under new rules for auctions of oil and gas fields, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.India awarded 32 blocks in the latest two exploration licensing rounds called the open acreage licensing policy (OALP), which allows companies to carve out any area they want to drill.State-owned Oil India Ltd bagged 12 blocks followed by private resources major Vedanta Ltd with 10. A consortium of Reliance Industries Ltd and BP Plc got one.last_img read more

first_imgHighlights of Oikya Front manifestoThe opposition coalition of Jatiya Oikya Front on Monday unveiled 35 pledges announcing its election manifesto .ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections on 30 December.If voted to power, according to the manifesto, the Front will ensure checks and balance in power between the president and the prime minister.A person cannot hold the position of the prime minister for more than two consecutive terms, the Front pledges.It also announces that current development activities and trials of the war crimes will continue.The Front, led by Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain, includes the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), ASM Abdur Rab’s Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rab), Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s Nagorik Oikya, and Abdul Kader Siddique’s Krishak Sramik Janata League.Mahmudur Rahman Manna read out the manifesto at an event at Hotel Purbani International in the city.Kamal Hossain, BNP secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Ganashasthya Kendro’s founder Zafrullah Chowdhury, and Kader Siddique, among others, were present.In his opening remarks, Kamal Hossain said, “We saw a farcical election in 5 January 2014. A total of 154 candidates became members of parliament without any contest. It is contrary the constitution.”Manna said the price of electricity will not be raised in the next five years for consumers.A truth and reconciliation commission will be formed to investigate the enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and false cases filed in the past 10 years, he added.According to the manifesto, those, who attacked students during the recent movement of safe roads, will be brought to book in a speedy trial tribunal.The Front pledged immediate steps to mitigate the traffic congestion in major cities.The manifesto also vows to fight corruption and ensure accountable governance.On foreign policy, the manifesto said, the steps will be taken to strengthen relations with India on the basis of equality.If the Front assumes office, Bangladesh will also join the projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative that are beneficial for the country, according to the manifesto.Issues such as water-sharing of Teesta and other common rivers and Rohingya issue will be resolved through bilateral talks, the Front pledges.UNB adds: The Front’s manifesto includes  introducing upper house in parliament, restoration of people’s ownership of the country.“We announce the Jatiya Oikya Front’s election charter. It’s a manifesto of the people. We’ve formulated it based on public opinion for welfare. We believe in the people’s ownership of the country that will be restored through voting,” Kamal Hossain said in his inaugural speech.“If Jatiya Oikya Front gets responsibility of running the country by winning the elections, it will ensure welfare of all citizens. National unity, not the political vengeance, will be our main principle in running the government,” Mahmudur Rahman said.Referring to the spirit of the constitution, Manna said people are the owners of all power of the republic. He added that, not only those who will win the election, but also those who will suffer defeat—their leaders and activists—will be the owners of the country if Oikya Front comes to power. “We’ll take opinions of the opposition parties in governing the country,” he added.The opposition coalition promised to scrap the Digital Security Act.Manna said Oikya Front will form a ministry for minorities and stop repression on them if it comes to power.“An upper chamber of parliament will be created while article 70 of the constitution will be amended through discussion with all,” Manna said.The some other promises of Oikya Front include stopping torture in police remand and arrest of people by plainclothes, ensuring compensation for those who have been made accused in false cases, showing zero tolerance to sexual and verbal harassment of women, preventing dowry, forming an independent commission comprising eminent citizens and opposition MPs for all important appointments including those of judges, examining the justification of formation of provincial government, investigating the plundering in banking sector, reforming the health sector, bringing down the cost of medical treatment, introducing health cards for all and appointing an ombudsman for bringing discipline in the health sector.The coalition also pledges to revoke PSC and JSC examinations, introduce unified admission test in all public universities, reduce number of reserved seats for women to 10 per cent from 15 per cent, but ensure nomination of at least 20 per cent women candidates for parliamentary polls, ensure freedom of the press, encourage investigative journalism, announce regular wage board for journalists, ensure security of journalists in discharging their duties, reduce call rates of mobile phone and internet, and send a new satellite into the space.last_img read more

first_imgListen X 00:00 /50:24 Sharecenter_img 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.last_img read more

first_imgA damning report has found that a third of the District’s public high school graduates last year missed too many classes or did not properly make up their classes, findings officials fear could cheapen the value of public high school diplomas from D.C.“We very much are committed to putting out the news, the good the bad, or the ugly,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said during her Jan. 30 Mayor’s Breakfast. “None of us around this table who have been very committed to the transformation of our schools wins with fake numbers. And certainly, our children don’t win with fake numbers.”Dunbar High School had one of the highest rates of graduating students who did not meet attendance requirements. The others are Anacostia High School, Ballou High School, Eastern High School, Roosevelt High School and H.D. Woodson High School. (Courtesy photo)The D.C. City Council has scheduled a hearing for Feb. 8 with government witnesses to discuss next steps.  Meanwhile, Chancellor Antwan Wilson has rolled out reforms that include transcript reviews to ensure the class of 2018 has earned the grades required to graduate.DCPS will work to improve grading and credit recovery policies by next school year while showing the importance of attendance. By May, DCPS will have a plan to regularly audit grading practices in the high schools, implement a new student information system allowing school leaders, teachers and families to monitor student grades, attendance, and information, and have a process in place to regularly train new staff on policies.Plans are also in place for resource fairs focused on students and families to receive support for school success and attendance. Looking ahead to 2022, DCPS will offer stronger final exams for core courses while offering support for students who fail.“I’m committed to ensuring that our students here in D.C. get what they deserve and that is the opportunity to know that they are privileged for growing up in D.C. and having attended our schools,” said Wilson, chancellor for 11 months.The audit, conducted by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and released Jan. 29, discovered policy violations in 937 out of 2,758 graduating students’ records at nearly all schools. In Dunbar High School’s case, more than 4,000 changes were made to attendance records for 118 graduates, the report said. The Washington Post reported that the Dunbar principal has been removed from the school.Most high schools operated under a mindset of passing and graduating students, according to a DCPS concurrent review of attendance and grading policies. At Ballou High School, DCPS uncovered a culture of doing “whatever it takes” to pass students so they could receive diplomas.The DCPS review found that six high schools were the worst offenders at graduating students who exceeded the number of absences allowed, and failed to follow DCPS grading and credit recovery policies. Those schools were Anacostia High School, Ballou High School, Dunbar High School, Eastern High School, Roosevelt High School and H.D. Woodson High School.Ballou Principal Yetunde Reeves was removed from her position and Dunbar Principal Abdullah Zaki was placed on leave in the wake of the allegations.DCPS Central Office failed to offer sufficient training and support or adequate oversight in grading and credit recovery policies, the DCPS review said.Despite the sobering news, Bowser remains confident that the district has improved dramatically in the 10 years since the mayor took over the schools. She dodged a question on whether investigators interviewed former chancellor Kaya Henderson and then-interim chancellor John Davis.Bowser ordered the audit and an internal review of DCPS policies and procedures in December following a  November report from NPR and WAMU that unearthed a graduation scandal at Ballou. The joint investigation found that the high school was graduating students with repeated absences and others who couldn’t read and write. DCPS has since removed Principal Yetunde Reeves from the school.Councilwoman Mary Cheh took DCPS to task over a school culture she said discourages teachers and principals from coming forward to report malfeasance.“They don’t want to rock the boat because the culture, it’s almost totalitarian from the central office, they don’t want to stick their neck out,” Cheh said. “They feel, maybe they’re not correct, but they certainly feel that there will be reprisals and that they just have to be quiet.”Wilson is putting a system in place that allows school staff to lodge complaints directly to him and intimidation from school leaders is not acceptable, he said.At the upcoming hearing on Feb. 8, David Grosso chairman of the committee on education, wants to understand why some students have attendance issues, an answer that’s eluded officials for years, he said.“I look forward to the opportunity for us to work together to get to the solutions that we need to get to so that students feel like school is the best option in the morning when they get up,” Grosso said. “And that’s the challenge that we have before us.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department will come up with a centre of excellence on Blockchain in collaboration with the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI).The centre of excellence will be imparting advice and training in blockchain technology to all stakeholders. “We are expecting to come up with such a centre of excellence on Blockchain by the end of this financial year. We are also holding talks with Calcutta University for a centre of excellence on Quantum Computing,” a senior official of state IT& E department said on the sidelines of the two-day Global Blockchain Congress that kicked off at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Brazil is the only country in the globe that has an academy on Blockchain. Industries including IT professionals seek advice and look for solutions from this academy. Kolkata will be the second place in the world which will come up with a centre of excellence on this emerging technology. The government has taken a focused approach toward leveraging Blockchain technology to establish Bengal as a front-runner in becoming an emerging Technology Hub. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAmong all the financial institutions, almost 50 percent of the banks are expected to use this technology by 2020 and there is a huge transformation expected to take place in the non-financial sector as well within next few years. “Blockchain is expected to create a significant impact in the job market as knowledge of this disruptive technology is in high demand in numerous sectors of the industry,” a senior official of IT&E department said.last_img read more

first_imgA lot of things make working in tech difficult. Technical debt is one of them. Whether you’re working in-house or for an external team, you’ve probably experienced some tough challenges when it comes to legacy software. Most people have encountered strange internal software systems, a CMS that has been customized in a way that no one has the energy to fathom. Working your way around and through these can be a headache to say the least. In this year’s Skill Up survey, we found that Technical debt and legacy issues are seen by developers as the biggest barrier to business goals. According to 49% of respondents, old technology and software is stopping organizations from reaching their full potential. But it might also be stopping developers from moving forward in their careers. Read the report in full. Sign up to our newsletter and download the PDF for free. Technical debt and the rise of open source Arguably, issues around technical debt have become more pronounced in the last decade as the pace of technical change has seemingly increased. I say seemingly, because it’s not so much that we’re living in an entirely new technical landscape. It’s more that the horizons of that landscape are expanding. There are more possibilities and options open to businesses today. Technology leadership is difficult in 2018. To do it well, you need to stay on top of new technologies. But you also need a solid understanding of your internal systems, your team, as well as wider strategic initiatives and business goals. There are a lot of threads you need to manage. Are technology leaders struggling with technical debt? Perhaps technology leaders are struggling. But perhaps they’re also making the best of difficult situations. When you’re juggling multiple threads in the way I’ve described, you need to remain focused on what’s important. Ultimately, that’s delivering software that delivers value. True, your new mobile app might not be ideal; the internal CMS you were building for a client might not offer an exemplary user experience. But it still does the job – and that, surely is the most important thing? We can do better – let’s solve technical debt together It’s important to be realistic. In the age of burn out and over work, let’s not beat ourselves up when things aren’t quite what we want. Much of software engineering is, after all, making the best of a bad situation. But the solutions to technical debt can probably be found in a cultural shift. The lack of understanding of technology on the part of management is surely a large cause of technical debt. When projects aren’t properly scoped and when deadlines are set without a clear sense of what level of work is required, that’s when legacy issues begin to become a problem. In fact, it’s worth looking at all the other barriers. In many ways, they are each a piece of the puzzle if we are to use technology more effectively – more imaginatively – to solve business problems. Take these three: Lack of quality training or learning Team resources Lack of investment in projects All of these point to a wider cultural problem with the way software is viewed in businesses. There’s no investment, teams are under-resourced, and support to learn and develop new skills is simply not being provided. With this lack of regard for software, it’s unsurprising that developers are spending more time solving problems on, say, legacy code, than solving big, interesting problems. Ones that might actually have a big impact. One way of solving technical debt, then, is to make a concerted effort to change the cultural mindset. Yes, some of this will need to come from senior management, but all software engineers need to take responsibility. This means better communication and collaboration, a commitment to documentation – those things that are so easy to forget to do well when you could be shipping code. What happens if we don’t start solving technical debt Technical debt is like global warming – it’s happening already. We feel the effects every day. However, it’s only going to get worse. Yes, it’s going to damage businesses, but it’s also going to hurt developers. It’s restricting the scope of developers to do the work they want to do and make a significant impact on their businesses. It seems as though we’re locked in a strange cycle where businesses talk about the importance of ‘digital skills’ and technical knowledge gaps but ironically can’t offer the resources or scope for talented developers to actually do their job properly. Developers bring skills, ideas, and creativity to jobs only to find that they’re isn’t really time to indulge that creativity. “Maybe next year, when we have more time” goes the common refrain. There’s never going to be more time – that’s obvious to anyone who’s ever had a job, engineer or otherwise. So why not take steps to start solving technical debt now? Read next 8 Reasons why architects love API driven architecture Python, Tensorflow, Excel and more – Data professionals reveal their top tools The best backend tools in web developmentlast_img read more

first_img TORONTO — Insight Vacations’ brand new 2020 USA & Canada Premium Escorted Journeys collection showcases the very best of North America, from its historic landmarks and breathtaking landscapes to the many vibrant cultures that make this region unique.Travellers have their choice of 16 easy adventures, including one brand new itinerary to California and Arizona, as well as over 35 Insight Experiences that range from meeting a Naturalist Guide in New Hampshire, to a Blue River Safari in Grizzly Bear Valley.Also new for 2020 is ‘Insight Choice’, which allows clients to choose between two included Insight Experiences on days when they are given an Insight Choice. For example, in Seattle, clients can choose between an excursion of the Space Needle or the famous Chihuly garden and glass exhibit.In celebration of the collection’s launch, Insight is offering clients who book and pay in full before Dec 18, 2019 a 10% Early Payment Discount. Furthermore, valued and loyal past guests of Insight Vacations and sister companies are offered a 5% discount off all trips until Aug. 3, 2019 in addition to the Early Payment Discount.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“With the launch of our new 2020 USA & Canada collection, guests will enjoy our Insightfully Stylish experiences as they explore the natural splendors of North America while staying in great comfort and style at our highly rated hotels and resorts located in the most desirable addresses including Zion National Park Lodge and the landmark Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.,” said Brad Ford, president of Insight Vacations in Canada.Highlights of the collection include:Desert Escapes of California & Arizona – New Premium JourneyThis eight-day journey explores America’s scenic desert land where clients will discover the region’s terrains and national parks from the Golden State to Arizona. Guests will also be able to choose from a small group excursion of the Old Town on golf cars or join a gathering with local artisans at the Cattle Truck artists compound in Scottsdale.Insight Experiences include:Crazy Horse Memorial – Black Hills, South DakotaClients will discover the world’s largest mountain carving, which is found at an elevation of 6,532 feet above sea level. The memorial is dedicated to all Native Americans and was created to preserve the living heritage, traditions and cultures of the North American Indigenous people. This access for guests is not available to independent travellers. Yosemite National Park – Mariposa County, CaliforniaGuests will join a park ranger and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site where they will learn about the local fauna, flora and history. Highlights of the park include the Giant Sequoias, glaciers and thousands of waterfalls.Anchorage, AlaskaAlaska’s First People introduces Insight clients to Agutak (Inuit Ice Cream) in an exclusive demonstration at the renowned Alaska Native Heritage Centre and museum.Charlottetown, Prince Edward IslandGuests will learn about the Seven Sacred Teachings of the Abegweit Mi’Kmaw Nation, which allow clients to develop a deeper understanding of indigenous communities.Ottawa, OntarioClients will enjoy a hands-on cooking demonstration in C’est Bon’s state-of-the-art kitchen facilities and learn about local Canadian cuisine with ingredients such as maple sugar, haskaps, Labrador tea and wild flowers. This exclusive experience also includes a delectable three-course dinner with wine.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyFor more information visit insightvacations.com/ca/vacation-finder/usa-and-canada-2020. Travelweek Group Clients save 10% on Insight Vacations’ 2020 USA & Canada collection Thursday, June 6, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Posted by Tags: 2020, Insight Vacations Sharelast_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_img 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, ir@freegoldventures.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%.last_img read more

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. 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).center_img 8 min read Next Article –shares Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now »last_img read more

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_img This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 3 2019There seems to be no end in sight for the current partial government shutdown, the third since the beginning of the Trump administration.For the vast majority of the federal government’s public health efforts, though, it’s business as usual.That’s because Congress has already passed five of its major appropriations bills, funding about three-fourths of the federal government, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs.But seven bills are outstanding — including those that fund the Interior, Agriculture and Justice departments — and that puts the squeeze on some important health-related initiatives.The shutdown itself is not about health policies. It’s the result of differences of opinion between the administration and congressional Democrats regarding Trump’s so-called border wall. But it’s far-reaching, nonetheless. Here’s where things stand:Funding for “big-ticket” health programs is already in place, alleviating much of the shutdown’s immediate potential impact. Since HHS funding is set through September, the flagship government health care programs — think Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid — are insulated.That’s also true of public health surveillance, like tracking the flu virus, a responsibility of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Institutes of Health, which oversees major biomedical research, is also fine. It’s a stark contrast to last January’s shutdown, which sent home about half of HHS’s staff.But some other public health operations are vulnerable because of complicated funding streams.  Although the Food and Drug Administration falls under the HHS umbrella, it receives significant funding for its food safety operations through the Department of Agriculture, which is entirely caught up in the shutdown.The USDA provided an estimated $2.9 billion last year to the FDA for these oversight efforts, which involve everything from food recalls to routine facility inspections and cosmetics regulation. Not having those dollars now means, according to the FDA contingency plan, that about 40 percent of the agency — thousands of government workers — is furloughed.The FDA’s responsibilities for drug approval and oversight are funded by user fees and are not affected. Regulation of tobacco products is also continuing.Health services for Native Americans are also on hold.Because Congress has yet to approve funding for the Indian Health Service, which is run by HHS but gets its money through the Department of the Interior, IHS feels the full weight of the shutdown. The only services that can continue are those that meet “immediate needs of the patients, medical staff, and medical facilities,” according to the shutdown contingency plan.That includes IHS-run clinics, which provide direct health care to tribes around the country. These facilities are open, and many staffers are reporting to work because they are deemed “excepted,” said Jennifer Buschik, an agency spokeswoman. But they will not be paid until Congress and the administration reach a deal.Related StoriesStudy estimates health care costs of uncontrolled asthma in the U.S. over next 20 yearsScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysOther IHS programs are taking a more direct hit. For example, the agency has suspended grants that support tribal health programs, as well as preventive health clinics run by the Office of Urban Indian Health Programs.Public health efforts by Homeland Security and the EPA face serious constraints.The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs assesses threats posed by infectious diseases, pandemics and biological and chemical attacks. It is supposed to be scaling back, according to the department’s shutdown contingency plan. This office is just one component of the 204-person Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, which is retaining about 65 employees during the funding gap.Other DHS health workers are likely to work without pay — for instance, health inspectors at the border, said Peter Boogaard, who was an agency spokesman under the Obama administration. According to DHS’s plan, the vast majority of border patrol employees will continue working through the shutdown.The Environmental Protection Agency has also run out of funding. According to its contingency plan, it’s keeping on more than 700 employees without pay, including those who work on Superfund sites or other activities where the “threat to life or property is imminent.” (More than 13,000 EPA workers have been furloughed.)That limits the agency’s capacity for activities including inspecting water that people drink and regulating pesticides.But it’s not just regulation. The public health stakes are visceral — and sometimes, frankly, pretty gross.Just look at the National Park Service, which has halted restroom maintenance and trash service for lack of funding. On Sunday, Yosemite National Park in California closed its campgrounds. On Wednesday, Joshua Tree National Park, also in California, did the same.Why? Per a park service press release: “The park is being forced to take this action for health and safety concerns as vault toilets reach capacity.”last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 25 2019American hospitals collectively have seen a loss of programs dealing with substance abuseThe damage done to America’s health by the opioid epidemic is well-recognized and enormous, with drug overdose death rates helping to drive down U.S. life expectancy in recent years. Yet as the problem has worsened, American hospitals collectively have seen a loss of programs dealing with substance abuse.That’s the finding of a new paper written by faculty in Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Health Sciences and Professions, and published in the journal Health Services Research. Its authors are Cory Cronin, Ph.D., CHSP assistant professor of social and public health; Berkeley Franz, Ph.D., Heritage College assistant professor of social medicine; Daniel Skinner, Ph.D., Heritage College assistant professor of health policy; and Zelalem Haile, Ph.D., M.P.H., Heritage College assistant professor of epidemiology.The study analyzed data for 3,365 acute-care hospitals across the country, from the 2010 and 2015 installments of the American Hospital Association Annual Survey. In the time between the two surveys, it found, these hospitals showed a net loss of in-patient and out-patient opioid-related programs, even as overdose deaths continued to climb.While some hospitals added programs during this period, a greater number discontinued them. In 2010, a total of 334 hospitals surveyed offered in-patient services and 588 offered out-patient services, but by 2015 these numbers had dropped to 327 and 577, respectively.”Hospitals are actually backing away from these services even while we have this discussion of an epidemic and the need for services for that,” noted author Cronin. That could spell problems for patients with drug dependency, Franz added.”Hospitals play a critical role in the substance abuse services they provide and also in their ability to connect patients with local treatment and harm reduction services,” she said. “We need to better understand how to support hospitals, especially in rural areas, to participate in the local opioid service infrastructure.”Why are hospitals shedding opioid programs? The paper reviews some of the more important factors that may influence a decision on whether to add, drop or continue such programs. Factors that make a hospital more likely to offer them include having more beds (larger size); being nonprofit or having a religious affiliation; being in a county with higher household income; and being in a county designated Appalachian. Hospitals are less likely to provide such substance-abuse services when their home county contains a psychiatric facility.Related Stories’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesHome-based support network helps stroke patients adjust after hospital dischargeFeeling safe and good sleep at night matter most to sick kids in hospitalHospital size, the study says, may affect a hospital’s perception of its ability to afford an opioid program, while the effect of county income levels could reflect that “hospitals are more likely to offer these services if they are more confident in their patients’ ability to pay.”Nonprofit public ownership and/or religious affiliation, the study says, may make hospitals “more likely to consider themselves safety net providers,” and thus more willing to address the opioid crisis. “It is also likely that they are simply better situated to carry out the kind of collaborative team-based work that this treatment requires,” it adds.That having a psychiatric facility in its county makes a hospital less likely to offer opioid services, the study argues, may indicate that “if other local entities exist, hospitals may not see offering substance abuse disorder services as their responsibility beyond stabilizing acutely ill patients in the emergency room.” And the fact that Appalachian counties are less likely to have such psychiatric facilities may account for hospitals in those counties being more apt to offer drug programs.The paper calls for more research on how delivery models and payment incentives might encourage more hospitals to proactively address the opioid crisis and partner with other community-based organizations. It notes that federal law already requires nonprofit hospitals to develop programming to address needs identified through Community Health Needs Assessments, but that associated regulations are vague and often lack oversight. Reforming this process to provide more guidance and enforcement could encourage more hospital opioid programming, it suggests.Source: https://www.ohio.edu/last_img read more