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Scholes Mourinho engineered his move away perfectly


first_imgManchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Jose Mourinho didn’t want to be at the club anymore and “engineered” his way out to perfectionThe Portuguese coach was shown the door at Old Trafford following United’s 3-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool in the Premier League last month.This came following a number of reported bust-ups with players with critics also getting in on the act by slamming Mourinho’s conservative style of play.But Scholes believes Mourinho was looking for an excuse to leave towards the end of his reign in charge at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I felt he didn’t want to be there. He engineered his move away perfectly in the end,” Scholes told TV2.“His press conferences were embarrassing, so negative, it was obvious in the end the players didn’t want to play for him. The right thing happened in the end.”Since Mourinho’s departure from United, interim coach Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen six wins in a row since being appointed last month.The Red Devils will face Brighton at home this Saturday in their next league match.last_img read more


Britain could attract 37bn funding to develop new antibiotics


first_imgClose A British government-backed review released on Thursday (14 May) is seeking billions of dollars to fund the development of 15 new antibiotics to counter antibiotic resistance.The review, led by former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim ONeill, said the lump sum payments could add up to $16-$37bn (£10-23.5bn) over 10 years, but should only be made when companies have fully developed a successful bug-killing drug.Seen in a global context, and compared to the cost of inaction, its actually peanuts. Critically linked to that were also calling for an innovation fund, about $2bn perhaps over five years, that the pharmaceutical industry itself essentially finances, ONeill said.The review says that companies that develop new antibiotics should be awarded prize money of up to $3.5bn for each new drug, instead of selling the medication at a profit.Because if you come up with the specific incentives and rewards were suggesting to get them to produce more drugs, its essentially giving them a lot of financial relief. So we think its only right that they play a role in financing the research at the early stage, ONeill added.The prizes, of between $1.5bn and $3.5bn, should be funded in part by the pharma industry itself, ONeill said, probably also with input from national governments and the global taxpayer.I think the proposal were suggesting is better than what the pharma industry would like itself, which is much higher prices so they can just charge a lot more for it. I dont think that would be a better option for every individual in this country and elsewhere in the world, he said.The successful drugmaker would then be required to make no profit from its sales of the drugs to governments and healthcare providers around the world, ONeill added, saying this approach would de-link the profitability of a drug from its volume of sales.I think there are two core problems. Theres a demand problem and a supply problem. The paper weve published today focuses all about the supply issues of getting more drugs, he saidIn recent years, bugs resistant to multiple drugs have evolved at the same time as drugmakers have cut back investment in finding new ways to fight them, creating a global health threat as superbug strains of infections like tuberculosis and gonorrhoea have become untreatable.ONeill, who was asked last year by British Prime Minister David Cameron to take an economists view of the problem, said far too little is currently invested in hunting for new drugs against drug-resistant infections.In his initial report, ONeill estimated that anti-microbial resistance (AMR) could kill an extra 10 million people a year and cost up to $100tn by 2050 if it is not brought under control.ONeill has also proposed that a $2bn innovation fund financed by drug companies should be created to invest in early-stage research and speed up development of new medicines to fight drug-resistant superbugs.Sally Davies, the UK governments chief medical adviser, welcomed ONeills latest report, saying it would stimulate important conversations between governments, pharmaceutical companies and other funders.last_img read more


SoftBank Partners Eye 20 billion Investment in Indian Solar Projects


first_imgJapan’s SoftBank Corp, together with Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan’s Foxconn, will invest about $20 billion in solar projects in India, in one of the biggest investment pledges to date in the country’s renewable energy sector.SoftBank, which previously said it would invest $10 billion in India over time, said on Monday the companies had agreed a minimum commitment of generating 20 gigawatts of energy.SoftBank will have majority control in the newly formed company, SBG Cleantech, with Bharti and Foxconn as minority stakeholders.”India has two times the sunshine (of) Japan,” Softbank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son told reporters in a conference.”The cost of construction of the solar park is half of Japan. Twice the sunshine, half the cost, that means four times the efficiency.”Son said the timeline for investments would depend on state and central governments and on acquiring land needed for the plants.The rapidly falling cost of solar power, expected to reach parity with conventional energy by 2017, has ignited interest in its potential in India, as the country steps up its own efforts to encourage investment in renewable energy.Despite more than 300 days of sunshine a year, India relies on coal for three-fifths of its energy needs, while solar supplies less than 1 percent.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has looked to industry for help in funding what government advisers hope will be a $160 billion push into renewable energy over five years.Modi aims to make India one of the world’s largest renewable energy markets, targeting 100,000 MW of output by 2022 from just 3,000 MW currently. But analysts say India’s target will be difficult to reach, given weak finances of electricity distribution companies that would buy in solar energy and the slow pace at which land for plants is made available.On Monday, Son said Foxconn would help with planned solar equipment for the projects. The companies are looking at manufacturing equipment in India, a further boon for Modi who has sought to boost the portion of equipment made at home.”India can become probably the largest country for solar energy,” Son said.last_img read more


CAT 2018 to be held on Nov 25


first_imgKolkata: The Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) will release the notification for the Common Admission Test 2018 (CAT) on Sunday. The registration for CAT 2018 will start from August 8 until September 19.According to Prof Sumanta Basu, convener, CAT 2018, the examination will be conducted on November 25, 2018 (Sunday) in two sessions. The test centres will be spread across 147 cities.Candidates will be given the option to select four test cities in order of preference. Cities and centres will be assigned to the candidates only after the last date of CAT 2018 registration. Hence, candidates need not rush to block slots and cities in the initial days of registration. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe authorities will try their best to assign candidates to their first preferred city. In case it is not possible, they will be assigned a city following their given order of preference and in the rare case, if a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted an alternate city. However, candidates will not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly.Candidates must pay the registration fee online, through credit cards, debit cards and net banking. After submitting their applications, candidates will be permitted to download their examination admit card from October 24 onwards, till the date of test. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe CAT website contains a section on ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ) that addresses some of the commonly asked queries regarding the examination. Candidates may also contact the CAT help desk through email or phone. Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they are not allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a particular section. Candidates are advised to work on the tutorials available on the CAT website well in advance.last_img read more


Agri dept stocks seeds for alternate farming in wheat blast affected areas


first_imgKolkata: The state Agriculture department has ensured sufficient stock of seeds for alternate farming in January and February, at wheat blast affected areas in Nadia and Murshidabad.Asish Banerjee, the state Agriculture minister, held a high level meeting at Hanskhali block in Nadia on Monday, in which senior district officials, representatives of Zilla Parishad and MLAs were present. He also visited a farm at the same block. The initiative to keep the stock of seeds for cultivation in January and February has been taken so that farmers get the same on time and can utilise it properly for maximum yield. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe step to stock the seeds for farming in January and February was taken while carrying out the task of distributing the seeds among farmers for cultivation in the current season. The state government has taken steps to distribute seeds free of cost for alternate farming among farmers, on whose agricultural land wheat cultivation cannot be carried out for the time being due to wheat blast. It was in 2017 when wheat blast disease had hit around 1,000 hectares of agricultural land in Nadia and Murshidabad districts. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state Agriculture department had taken immediate steps. The cultivation of wheat in the area was also stopped for the next two years and in such a situation, the Mamata Banerjee government had decided to initiate distribution of seeds of mustard and pulses for alternate farming, to support the farmers in the area. The steps had helped to check the disease from spreading and officials of the state Agriculture department have been in regular touch with farmers in the area, to extend necessary help to them. Banerjee said: “Distribution of seeds for the current season has been completed on time and sufficient stock of seeds for cultivation of alternate crops in January and February has also been ensured.” It may be recalled that the Agriculture minister and top brass of the state Agriculture department had repeatedly visited the wheat blast affected areas in Nadia and Murshidabad. Moreover, necessary steps were taken to ensure that farmers do not face any problem when they cannot cultivate wheat. Steps were also taken to set up pulse processing mills in the region, so that farmers do not have to take their yield too far for processing. The state government has also ensured completion of distribution of compensation among farmers who had incurred loss due to hailstorms. Following direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, distribution of the compensation has been completed within October 15. In Nadia, around 10 blocks were affected due to hailstorms and 62,000 farmers have received the compensation. A compensation of Rs 22.05 crore has been distributed among farmers in the district.last_img read more


Strengthening IndoThai cultural bond


first_imgNamaste Thailand Festival, organised by Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi, is coming back with loads of fun-filled activities and workshops from March 15 – 17, 2019 at Select City Walk, New Delhi. The cultural fiesta is being organised to commemorate 72 years of Indo-Thai diplomatic relations.The formation of bilateral relations between Thailand and India has witnessed immense growth since 1947. The religious, cultural, mythological and commercial exchanges between the two countries have existed since centuries. Therefore a festival of Thai food, products, music, performances, and culture is all set to further strengthen the cultural bond and enthrall the Delhiites. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe three-day event will offer a range of wonderful activities and workshops where one can enjoy with Mulberry paper mini umbrella, body painting, button badge activities, posing with Thai costumes and a lot more. The festival will bring a diverse range of stalls which include women’s fashion, paper flowers, accessories, jewellery, home decorations, relaxation aromas and souvenirs to add extra Thai cultural flavor to the festival. Three quiz competitions about Thailand and its culture are going to be the highlight of the festival. Also, visitors can also experience the exquisite Thai cuisines from the much-popular ‘Nueng Roi’ by Radisson Blu. Renowned Thai artists like Asia-7 and a Thai Jazz-fusion band will culminate the festival on a musical note.last_img read more


Google affected by another bug 52M users compromised shut down within 90


first_imgIt has been only two months since Google reported a bug discovery in one of the Google+ People APIs, which affected up to 500,000 Google+ accounts, initiating the shutdown of Google+. Yesterday, Google+ suffered another massive data leak that has impacted approximately 52.5 million users in connection with a Google+ API. This has led Google to expedite the process of shutting down Google+. The access to the Google+ API network will be cut off in the next 90 days and it will shut down completely in April, rather than August next year. In a blog post on Google, David Thacker VP, Product Management, GSuite stated that this bug was added as a part of a software update introduced in November and immediately fixed. However, people are upset that the data leak was disclosed now. The software bug allowed apps that requested permission to view profile information of a Google+ user (name, email address, occupation, age etc), were granted permission even when set to not-public. In addition, Thacker mentions, “apps with access to a user’s Google+ profile data also had access to the profile data that had been shared with the consenting user by another Google+ user but that was not shared publicly.” However, user financial data, national identification numbers, passwords, or similar data typically used for fraud or identity theft, was not given access to. Google discovered the bug as part of its standard testing procedure and says there is “no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused.” Google says it’s begun notifying users and enterprise customers who were impacted by the bug. Thacker also says maintaining users’ privacy is Google’s top concern. “We have always taken this seriously, and we continue to invest in our privacy programs to refine internal privacy review processes, create powerful data controls, and engage with users, researchers, and policymakers to get their feedback and improve our programs.” People on Hacker news were highly critical of this data leak and expressed concerns on the kind of organization Google is turning out to be. “I’ve been online since Google was a new up and coming company. There is a world of difference between the civic-mindedness of Google back then and Google now. Google has gone from something genuinely idealistic to something scary and totalitarian. If you aren’t of the same “tribe” as the typical Googler, then basically, you’re a subject.” “So, how does Google, which we all trust with our precious data end up messing up like this several times in a row?If this is the company with the best security team in the world does that mean we should simply abandon all hope” “They could have done soo much more with Google+ … The hype was real up until launch. Really wish they had done things a little differently. Oh well… With all these leaks, I’m actually really glad they weren’t successful with this.” Read Next Google reveals an undisclosed bug that left 500K Google+ accounts vulnerable in early 2018; plans to sunset Google+ consumer version. Google bypassed its own security and privacy teams for Project Dragonfly reveals Intercept Marriott’s Starwood guest database faces a massive data breach affecting 500 million user datalast_img read more


Phillip Luff Lifestyle channels operator Scripps N


first_imgPhillip LuffLifestyle channels operator Scripps Networks Interactive has brought in Discovery executive Phillip Luff to run its EMEA business.As managing director, Scripps Networks UK & EMEA, Luff will replace Jon Sichel, who is returning to the US to take a newly-created commercial role.Luff joins from Discovery where he was most recently running the channel operator’s businesses in Russia and North East Europe.He will report to Jim Samples, president of Scripps Networks International, who said: “There is a clear demand for Scripps Networks’ category-defining lifestyle content around the world, and with Phillip’s expertise, we will continue to take new and innovative approaches to growing our business while launching new channels, developing stronger brands, and increasing audience share within the region.”Discovery said this morning that Olga Paskina will replace Luff. Based in Moscow, she will be country manager, north east Europe.Olga PaskinaUntil recently she was at privately-held Russian channel operator ProfMedia. Speaking about Luff’s departure, Kasia Kieli, president and managing director, Discovery Networks CEEMEA said: “Phillip has been an inspiring, passionate and visionary leader for our teams in Moscow and Kiev and has played a key role in setting up and developing both our offices in the region.“I am confident that Olga Paskina, with her in-depth knowledge of the Russian market and vast leadership experience, will continue on this growth path and drive our business even further.”Sichel has been running Scripps’ channels in EMEA since July 2012, when he relocated from the US to London. He has previously run the Travel Channel for Scripps and prior to that was vice president of business development at Discovery.In his new role he will develop Scripps’ global content acquisition and commissioning as managing director of global commercial affairs. He will also work with Scripps Networks International leadership on potential acquisitions and joint venture partnerships.Sichel will report to Cynthia Gibson, executive vice president and chief legal officer of Scripps Networks Interactive who said: “Jonathan’s deep understanding of our brands and our businesses, both in the United States and in rapidly expanding international markets, will be critical as we seek to deliver on our ambition to grow into a truly global content company.”Luff has also worked at Liberty Media Group and Fox Sports Australia and in several posts and the world with Discovery.Nick Thorogood will remain as EMEA content and marketing boss, reporting to Luff.last_img read more


Personalised music channel provider Xite has tappe


first_imgPersonalised music channel provider Xite has tapped dvertising technology provider SpotX to offer programmatic advertising to media buyers.Xite users can search for videos, create their own music video channel, watch curated channels, and like or skip videos, delivering data about viewers’ preferences via Dutch cable operator Ziggo’s interactive set-top boxes.The resulting algorithms are then used by SpotX to build audience segments for targeted, personalised adverts, measurement of audience engagement, and audience-based buying on linear TV. In the Netherlands this is mainly possible because the interactive product is available through the linear channel on the Ziggo set-top box.“Advertisers want to reach more specific audiences across all screens and we want to deliver on those targets. What started as a modest step, now seems to be a revolutionary way of purchasing advertising for multiple screens. We’re excited to collaborate with SpotX on  empowering media buyers to leverage ads to target viewers based on content consumption , all the while improving the user experience. This step is a true evolution from audience-based planning to audience-based buying across the television ecosystem. I’m proud that together with SpotX we have developed an integrated approach from an audience-first perspective that ensures effective and efficient advertising campaigns,” said Xite founder and CEO Derk Nijssen.“Like Xite, we aim for a personalised future that revolves around the viewer. The fact that we have managed to expand the targeting possibilities in just a relatively short period of six months from just the various music channels and specific time periods according to gender, age and music preferences, shows that programmatic advertising can and will be the future for TV – a future in which the consumers’ personal preferences come first,” said Elwin Gastelaars, managing director at SpotX Benelux.last_img read more


PSNI officers noticed that an attempt was also mad


first_imgPSNI officers noticed that an attempt was also made to force entry to another shop nearby.The two suspects – aged 19 and 20 – were arrested a short time later in the vicinity of Rathbeg Drive and remain in custody at this time.Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that could assist with the investigation to contact police in Limavady on 101 quoting reference 141 of 02/06/17.Alternatively, information can be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. POLICE have arrested two females on suspicion of a number of offences including burglary and attempted burglary.Police responded to a report of an alarm activation at commercial premises in the Market Street area of Limavady just after 3.30 am this morning.Damage had been caused to the shutters of a shop and the glass window of the front door smashed. ShareTweet limavadyPSNIRATHBEG DRIVETWO FEMALES ARRESTED IN CO DERRY OVER BURGLARY AT BUSINESS PREMISE TWO FEMALES ARRESTED IN CO DERRY OVER BURGLARY AT BUSINESS PREMISE was last modified: June 2nd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more


THE Alley Theatre is inviting everyone to a specia


first_img THE Alley Theatre is inviting everyone to a special celebration next week as Strabane’s iconic sculpture and favourite pig Ambrose turns 10. Ambrose will be having a special birthday party on Saturday 7th April in the Alley Courtyard, with plenty of family fun, party games, balloon modelling, cinema screenings and lots more.Designed by Martin Heron, Ambrose has become a firm favourite with the people of Strabane, and locals, visitors and tourists believe he may have magical powers.Touch his ear and make a wish or follow the lines of his Celtic swirls and all your wishes will come true! ShareTweet “Originally titled ‘Where Dreams Go’ Martin Heron’s bronze creation was renamed by local people in reference to the character from local writer Flann O’Brien’s book The Poor Mouth.“Loved by children, it’s believed Ambrose has magical powers and that just by touching his ear all your wishes and dreams will come true!”There will be a special arts and crafts workshop taking place in the morning before the party begins at 1pm. The Imaginative Young Writers’ Tea Party at 10am will allow children to use their imagination and get creative as they make up a story about Ambrose and where he came from. The magical stories will then be written on handmade teacups to take home.From 1pm – 3pm there will be plenty of fun in the Alley Courtyard with ‘Annette Spaghetti’. Have fun with party games, arts and crafts, street animation, face painting and balloon modelling.Meet Ambrose’s friends on the mini farm and of course sing Happy Birthday to Ambrose and enjoy some Birthday Cake. At 3pm the classic movie ‘Babe’ will be shown in the main auditorium.All events are FREE excluding the ‘Imaginative Young Writers Tea Party’ which is £7. To book and for more information visit www.alley-theatre.com or call 028 71 384444.Strabane to celebrate a decade of magic with Ambrose! was last modified: March 29th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Jacqueline Doherty, Venue Manager at the Alley Theatre, said they were looking forward to celebrating the anniversary.“Ambrose has become part of the Alley Theatre family and to celebrate his birthday we will be hosting a wonderful party full of family fun.“Ambrose stands proud and tall in the Alley Theatre courtyard which is in itself significant as in the 1950’s this location was a popular pig market.“Over the past 10 years the people of Strabane have taken Ambrose into their hearts and he has become the star of numerous photoshoots and events. ALLEY THEATREAmbrose the pigMartin HeronstrabaneStrabane to celebrate a decade of magic with Ambrose!Where Dreams Golast_img read more


In This Issue   Dollar kicks butt and takes na


first_imgIn This Issue. *  Dollar kicks butt and takes names later after GDP. *  Eurozone flash inflation drops to .4%. *  Canada to print May GDP. *  Urbanization to happen in China! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Safe Haven Buying Fades. Good Day! .  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I’m not feeling too much like Tub Thumping right now, but maybe later, if that’s OK? HA! Well, the Dollar Bugs were doing some Tub Thumping yesterday after the 2nd QTR GDP first reading printed.  Cardinals get taken to the woodshed by the Padres, and have you seen the video that’s gone viral of the little girl that breaks down crying when told that her baby brother is going to grow up someday? I think back to my two older sisters, and how they babied me (until the rest of our siblings came along) and see them going through the same emotions. Front and Center this morning, 2nd QTR GDP in the U.S. surprised most observers by printing at a 4% clip! This sent the dollar soaring, against the currencies and metals. It was NOT a case of traders looking under the hood as I was led to believe it would be, and the 4% print immediately brought about visions of sugar plums dancing in the heads of the rate hike campers. It got really ugly for a while, and then things seemed to calm down. This morning, the dollar is still in charge, but the moves are small at this point. So, I missed the GDP number yesterday. Silly me, for I was using the fact that real capital expenditures (capex) has averaged only .8% annually, or hardly one-third of its prior historical rate, and the net investment in real plant and equipment after capital consumption allowances, has actually decline by 20% since 1999-2000, thus ruling out the true measure of future productivity growth, as reasons to believe that GDP would be disappointing.   As my friend Bill Bonner said the other day: “Capital Investment is what lies behind productivity and prosperity. Without it, the economy staggers.”   I guess I wasn’t the only person to miss on the GDP number yesterday. But I might be the only one that you read, so therefore you think I’m a dummy!  And rightly so! But I come by my dumbness honestly. I use logic. So, logically looking at 2nd QTR GDP, could you really get 4% growth out of an economy that saw Retail Sales drudge along. manufacturing slip.  household income decline. Durable Goods remain nascent. and as I state above capex is still non-existent? I didn’t think so, but apparently the Gov’t can. And I have more thoughts on the GDP print, so I won’t beat around the bush here. Well, I guess I was wrong. Recall Yesterday, I told you that I was told that the 2nd QTR GDP report would be a report that traders looked into and didn’t have that knee-jerk reaction to the headline number.  They would be looking for Consumer Spending.  Well, that didn’t happen.  The 2nd QTR GDP first reading printed at +4%, and there was no “looking inside the report”.  Now, before I go on here, let me also remind you that the very first reading of 1st QTR GDP was positive, and we all know where that ended up!  So, don’t take this neon flashing light of a print to heart, for it will change, I’m sure of that, and probably not to the better! So, with no looking inside, the dollar took some mighty swings at the currencies right out of the starting gate on Wednesday, but as the day went along, things seemed to calm down.  but still negative on the day.  One of the things HAD the markets looked into the components of GDP they would have found is that the difference between 2.8% -3.0% that I was looking for, and the 4% that printed was stronger inventory accumulation, which I learned back in economics classes should be viewed as transitory, and therefore this report should NOT be viewed as a signal that the economy is out of the woods just yet. But just because that’s how things should be viewed, doesn’t mean the markets’ traders will see it that way, and if yesterday and the overnight markets are any clue to how they see it, they certainly don’t see it Chuck’s way. (or the “right way”, as I proclaim it to be!) In other news yesterday, the Fed’s FOMC meeting was a non-event, with $10 Billion of bond buying each month slashed moving the total each month to $25 Billion. small potatoes given the size we began with, and the total that has been bought since March 2009, when the first tranche of bond buying (QE) was implemented. The Fed’s balance sheet is now over $4 Trillion, folks. nothing for them to be proud of, and something that given all that I’ve learned about economics through the years, holds true, will end up in tears.  But. I’m beginning to question all that I’ve learned. I know, I shouldn’t question my education in economics, especially the stuff I’ve picked up from the Austrian school of economics, but what IF none of this ends up mattering at all?  Geez Louise, I’ll do the old two-handed economist thing. on one hand I’ll be glad that the economy doesn’t crumble and the dollar doesn’t lose its reserve status, and on the other hand, I’ll have to go back to the drawing board, and learn about why this happened like it did! The Big Boss, and my good friend, Frank Trotter, and Chuck were discussing this idea that we’ll be proven wrong in the end. I guess if I’m going to down on the good ship lollipop, it will be good to take Frank along with me! HA! So. Today. the Eurozone flash inflation reports show that inflation slipped lower to .4% VS the consensus thought of .5%… Do you remember when I used to sing the song about Turning Japanese, yes, I really think so, about the U.S.?  Well, look who’s about to push the U.S. out of the way, and take over the pole position as the country / union that’s most like Japan?  Again, I’m going to go out on a limb, no worries, I’ll pick a big fat one to hold me, and say that deflation is not a bad thing! I have no idea why the Fed and the European Central Bank (ECB) have monster problems with it! The euro fell below the 1.34 figure yesterday, and remains there this morning, as the weaker flash inflation report has the calls for more stimulation by the ECB being yelled from the rooftops this morning. Speaking of Japan. The Japanese yen has begun to spiral downward again. As the “safe haven” buying has faded. Which is something that I just don’t get folks. Well, one thing is that I don’t get that yen is still considered a “safe haven” currency. But two. I just don’t get the safe haven buying fading. That’s also seen in Gold, and Treasuries. Let’s see. We have a commercial airliner shot down, we have the conflict between Ukraine and Russia heating up, not cooling down, we have the fighting in the Middle East ramping up and not slowing down, and we have China continuing to extend its tentacles across the South Seas, not giving two hoots about who they tick off, and the safe haven buying is fading? Give me a Break! Canada will print their May GDP report this morning,  I’m expected better things from the Canadian economy, and hopefully it will start with today’s GDP print! The Canadian dollar / loonie has slipped below 92-cents and doesn’t really look like it wants to rally, but a stronger than expected GDP print could reverse the loonie’s path right now. And as I said earlier this week, about the markets counting their eggs before they’re hatched, the dollar bugs are treating the dollar VS the high yielders of Aussie, New Zealand, Brazil, Russia, and S. Africa, as if the U.S. Fed has already aggressively hiked rates, and those countries did not!  The rate hikes haven’t come, and if you listen to Janet Yellen you should get the feeling that she’s singing the blues about labor, (which she should, for the numbers that have printed are a sham). and interest rates here in the U.S. aren’t going anywhere right now.  And I guess that’s why they call it the blues.  The U.S. Data Cupboard got a workout yesterday, with the ADP Employment Change report for July showing that 218,000 jobs were added in the month. Personal Consumption printed greater than the expectation of 1.9% printing instead at 2.5%, and then the FOMC meeting. Today’s Data Cupboard is confined to printing minor reports. Which is good for it allows everyone to get all geared up for tomorrow’s Jobs Jamboree!   Right now, the experts have the forecast at 231,000 jobs created in July.  Well, let’s see, there is an election coming this fall that will decide whether the President has the backing of Congress for the remainder of his term, nor not. So, given that info. what do you think we’ll be seeing in the form of Jobs reports from here until the end of the year?  Not that I’m accusing the Gov’t of anything, it’ll all be a co-in-qui-dink. I’m just saying. So, as I told you above, Gold was treated as persona non gratis again by investors yesterday. I like to think about these downward moves in the face of all the geopolitical stuff I just talked about above, and think, “that’s OK, they are allowing me to buy a cheaper prices all the time”. But that gets old, quickly in my eye. I’ve got something for you on another metal, Platinum in the next section, so make sure you don’t miss that! Before I head to the Big Finish today, I have to point out something that I heard last week in Vancouver, and have now applied it to something I read yesterday.  First things first. last week, Chris came out from one of the presentations raving about the presenter, who in this case was Robert Friedland, President of Ivanhoe Mining. He talked about urbanization, where people not currently living in cities will be moving into the cities, and with all this urbanization going on in the world, mainly in China and India, the pollution levels will rise, thus putting more pressure on carmakers to come up with more efficient catalytic converters.  And that’s why he was now buying Platinum. OK, that was all fine and dandy, but then a report came across my desk that talked about China’s plans to add 100 million new city residents by 2020, which is about 2% annual growth in urban population.  So, there it was, proof of Friedland’s urbanization!  The report went on to talk about how China will adopt differentiated approaches to push forward what’s being called “hokou” reform.  Another thing came to mind while writing this and it’s different conversations I’ve had with people over the years that kept sending me emails telling me that I was wrong about China, for what were the Chinese going to do with the ghost cities they’ve built?  I would respond by saying, China has a Huge population of people and the Gov’t only needs to make the buildings available to everyone, and there goes the empty house problem!  And now this new reform is going to do just that! WOW!   I Love It When A Plan Comes Together!  But in the end think of this all as good for Platinum and to a lesser degree Palladium! For What It’s Worth. Geez Louise! About 3 weeks ago, I did an interview (first one in a month of Sundays I must say) with Ducascopy TV out of Switzerland. They asked me my thoughts on if the peg to the dollar in Hong Kong was in trouble. I explained that I didn’t think so, as the Hong Kong Gov’t had an agreement that was to last 5 more years on the peg, and in addition, they also had sufficient policy freedom and financial resources to defend the peg. That was my story and I was sticking to it! But then yesterday, my good friend, and fellow newsletter writer, Dennis Miller, sent me a couple of links to stories on how the peg to the dollar in Hong Kong is in trouble. The link is to a story on zerohedge.com where the writer thinks that a $715 Million purchase of dollars to defend the peg by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), which acts as Hong Kong’s Central Bank. Chuck again. Well, you all know me, I have Conspiracy blood flowing through me, but even this one needs more to it for me to think that the honker peg to the dollar is about to end. But let me remind you long time readers, and enlighten the new readers that long ago, I told you how I saw the Chinese dealing with the honker.  I still believe that the peg is going to be dissolved before 5 years is up. I’ve long maintained that China would like to see the peg dropped in the honker, so they can see how the currency reacts to floating, and how a Central Bank works with a floating currency.  After a successful run with a floating honker, China could then allow the renminbi to float, and then within a couple of years, they would fold the honker into the renminbi, and there would be just one currency for China & Hong Kong. I don’t believe that China will be ready for prime time in allowing their currency to float until their capital account opens up even more than it is now. China has gone a long way toward opening their capital account, but still have a ways to go to reach an openness that will allow for them to float the renminbi. To recap. 2nd QTR GDP printed stronger than most expectations at 4%, and the rate hike campers in the U.S. began to buy dollars thinking that this is going to get the Fed to move quicker toward rate hikes. The currencies and metals all got whacked yesterday after the GDP report. Chuck points out a problem in the report, but don’t let that get in the way of a “Happy Story for the U.S. economy”. Eurozone flash inflation drops to .4% from .5%, yes, they’re turning Japanese, I really think so! The high yielders got whacked on the U.S. rate hike thoughts, and Canada will print their May GDP report today, Chuck is looking for a better report. And the safe haven buying is fading. I guess there are no problems in the world going on right now, so that makes sense, right? NOT! Currencies today 7/31/14. American Style: A$ .9295, kiwi .8495, C$ .9165, euro 1.3385, sterling 1.6885, Swiss $1.1000, . European Style: rand 10.6940, krone 6.2780, SEK 6.8890, forint 232.85, zloty 3.1085, koruna 20.5835, RUB 35.54, yen 102.85, sing 1.2475, HKD 7.7500, INR 60.52, China 6.1675, pesos 13.19, BRL 2.2450, Dollar Index 81.47, Oil $99.33, 10-year 2.54%, Silver $20.68, Platinum $1,478.25, Palladium $880.95, and Gold. $1,295.20 That’s it for today. Man, my fat fingers were flying around the keyboard this morning. So, if the letter is too long for your taste, no worries, it won’t be like that every day! Can you believe that today is the last day of July? It seems like just a week or so ago, I was singing Uriah Heep’s song July morning to start the month! WOW! Tomorrow we begin the dog days of August. The weather temperatures here in St. Louis, sure aren’t the normal ones we experience in the dog days of August. A strange year for sure. Spring took forever to get here, and the Hot weather of Summer has never taken hold for more than a couple of days. Strange days indeed. I’m so disappointed with my beloved Cardinals. They’ve only scored 3 runs in the last 3 games, and they go out and trade a coveted minor league hitter for a troubled pitcher. What, What?  That’s crazy folks! There’s a day game today in San Diego, so at least I’ll be able to watch some of the game. But if it starts out looking like last night when they lost 12-1 (how embarrassing!) I won’t worry about it! Well, it’s about time for me get off this buss today, and get this out the door! I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more


Paralympians have spoken of their shock at learnin


first_imgParalympians have spoken of their shock at learning that 50 of the poorest nations could have to withdraw from next month’s Paralympic Games in Rio because of financial problems facing Brazil’s organising committee.Thousands of athletes from countries that were relying on travel grants from the Rio 2016 organising committee may not now be able to take part in the games the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said this week.The grants should have been paid by the organising committee to individual countries more than two weeks ago, although it has now promised to do so by the end of the month, only days before the opening ceremony on 7 September.Sir Philip Craven (pictured), the British president of the IPC, and himself a retired Paralympian, said: “Failure to do so could result in a number of countries being unable to attend the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games event they have been planning and preparing for for a number of years.”Reports this week suggested that the financial crisis had been partly caused by the Rio Olympic organising committee dipping into funds set aside for the Paralympic games in order to deal with its own financial problems.An IPC official later told BBC World News that 10 countries were “really in jeopardy” of not being able to attend, but that the number forced to pull out could be as high as one in three of the 165 countries due to take part.One British Paralympian has told Disability News Service (DNS) that losing so many countries, if it happened, would be a huge backwards step for the Paralympic movement.Keryn Seal, a member of the British blind football team that competed at London 2012, said the reports of financial problems were “shocking” and suggested “tragic mismanagement”.He told Disability News Service (DNS) that suggestions that 50 of the poorest countries might not be able to attend Rio 2016 because of money taken out of the Paralympic pot by organisers of the Olympic Games were “very sad”, and he questioned what message that would send out about how the comparative importance of the two events was viewed.He said the potential loss of so many countries risked devaluing the event and damaging the reputation of the Paralympics.He said: “It would take it backwards massively. At the moment you get Paralympic finals where there are only four or five people in them.“What’s going to happen if you lose 50 countries? The credibility of it could take a big dip.”Another member of the blind football team, Robin Williams, said on Twitter that the “potential disaster” was an “utter disgrace if true”, and later added: “What’s also a disgrace is that you have to go to the disability section of the BBC sport website to read about it.”Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, who won 11 Paralympic gold medals, told BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight that the scale of countries potentially affected was “shocking” and could see nearly half of the competitors not being able to take part.She said: “No athlete wants to win a medal because there are several countries who haven’t been able to make it purely for financial reasons.”And she said that budget cuts to areas such as adapting accommodation and providing transport would set “a really negative tone for the games”.Jonnie Peacock, one of the stars of the British athletics team, who will compete in the T44 100 metres in Rio, also expressed concern.He told DNS: “I don’t know enough about the situation to be honest. If it is true then it’s very sad and I sincerely hope that something is done as it’s my dream to compete in Rio and it would hurt if that dream was taken away from me.“For me and my race, it won’t affect me because I know my main rivals will be there whatever happens, and that’s what I’ve got to focus on now.”Sir Philip said the situation was “pretty precarious”, but rumours that the games might not go ahead at all or that some sports could be cut from the programme were “totally unfounded” and “not true”.He said that the mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, had pledged to meet the full costs of the Paralympics by providing a further £36 million, but there was currently an injunction on any further public funding on Rio 2016 unless the organising committee released “full financial spending details”.Sir Philip said: “Clearly, the simplest and easiest way round this is for the Rio 2016 organising committee to be open and transparent with its financial records in order to allow this additional funding to come in.”If the funding crisis is not resolved, Sir Philip warned that there would have to be “further cuts” on top of those made by the IPC, the International Olympic Committee and the Rio Olympics.He said that this could “impact on the services offered to the athletes who have dedicated years of their lives to reach and compete at these games. This is the last thing that we want to do.”This could mean reducing the frequency of buses laid on for athletes to reach venues, or cutbacks to the food available in the athletes’ village.This morning (18 August), the IPC was tweeting that the injunction on spending any more money on Rio 2016 had been lifted by the Brazilian courts so “money can now be injected into the Rio 2016 @Paralympics” which it said was “a step in the right direction”.But in a further blow for the Rio games, the organisers have announced that they have so far sold only 12 per cent of available tickets for Paralympic events.Peacock told DNS earlier this week that television pictures of empty seats at the Olympics were “a disappointment”.Asked whether he had concerns about Paralympic ticket sales, he said: “It’s a lot of seats to sell out and London did immensely well.“We got into the spirit of the games over here and everybody wanted to buy a ticket.“For me, I still believe it’s going to be a good crowd there. I’m going out there to try and focus on my race and try and do what I can to win it.”Peacock said he believed that the Paralympics would still be “huge” in Britain, even if there were disappointing ticket sales in Rio, and he praised the work of Paralympic broadcaster Channel 4 and his sponsors BT in promoting the Paralympics.The British Paralympic Association had not commented on the funding crisis by 11am today (18 August).last_img read more


Nearly 5000 adult social care services – nearly o


first_imgNearly 5,000 adult social care services – nearly one in five – have not had an inspection by the care regulator in the last two years, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) have revealed.The CareQuality Commission (CQC) figures have raised fresh doubts as to whether theregulator is fit for purpose, while Labour’s shadow social care minister hassaid they are “highly concerning”.The figures werereleased to Disability News Service days after the latest revelationsconcerning a care home run by the National Autistic Society, where autisticpeople were taunted, abused and ill-treated by staff.MendipHouse, in Somerset, had itself not been inspected by CQC for more than twoyears when whistleblowers came forward and exposed the abusive regime in 2016 (see separate story).The new FoIAfigures show that 4,859 adult social care services have not been inspected byCQC in more than two years, out of 25,590 services in total (19 per cent).Many of the25,590 are new services that are still awaiting a first CQC rating, so theproportion of services that have been open for at least two years and have notbeen inspected for at least two years will be even higher than 19 per cent.But thefigures also reveal other concerns about the commission and its work.They show strikingfalls in the number of inspections carried out by the watchdog over the lastcouple of years; a significant increase in the number of inspections cancelledor rescheduled; and a sizeable drop over the last three years in the number ofadult social care inspectors working for CQC.A CQCspokesperson said that some of this was due to a new method of regulation,adopted in 2014, which was based on “ratings and risk”.She claimed thecommission was now “even better at identifying risk, meaning that we canprioritise our activity to where the need is greatest”.The FoIAresponse showed the number of CQC’s “full-time equivalent” adult social careinspectors fell from 881 in December 2015 to 812 in December 2018.The numberof adult social care inspections that were cancelled or rescheduled rose from 6,498in 2017 to 8,296 in 2018.And thenumber of adult social care inspections carried out by CQC fell from 15,271 in2016 to 13,106 in 2017, and again to 11,618 in 2018.Statisticsprovided by the regulator to its latest public board meeting (PDF) in February raise further concerns.They showthat only three-fifths of planned inspections of adult social care servicesthat had been branded “inadequate” or “requiring improvement” were carried outon time.Barbara Keeley (pictured), Labour’s shadow minister for social care, said: “It is highly concerning that nearly one in five social care establishments have not been inspected for over two years.“We saw inthe recent Mendip House case how quickly a care home can deteriorate – often ina matter of months. “As governmentcuts to social care budgets force providers to cut corners, infrequentinspections are putting disabled and older people at risk.“We cannotallow providers to provide poor quality care due to a lack of oversight: thatis why Labour’s plans for ethical commissioning would require local authoritiesand the CQC to better monitor care providers.”CQC saidthat its decision to inspect services seen as good or outstanding only every 30months helped explain a “significant” number of re-scheduled inspections, and manyof the services that had not been inspected in more than two years.By February2017, it said, it had finished inspecting all adult social care servicesregistered with CQC in October 2014 and had then moved to the next phase of itsnew ratings- and risk-based model of regulation, with “increased focus on usinginformation and intelligence to form a better picture of what is happening inthe delivery of people’s care to assess and prioritise risk”.It also said it had introduced new roles to “complement the inspection workforce”,such as assistant inspectors.CQC has sofar failed to say if it believes the figures show it is a failing organisation;whether it needs an injection of funding; and whether it is putting the safetyof disabled and older people at risk and is therefore likely to be exposingthem to serious breaches of their human rights.It has alsofailed to say whether the Mendip House abuse scandal showed that its risk-basedsystem was putting the safety of disabled people at risk, and that it thereforeneeded to introduce annual, unannounced inspections of all adult social careservices.But it didsay: “CQC has a healthy budget, a strong and hardworking workforce and wecontinually review all of the resources at our disposal in order to be asefficient as possible in ensuring care providers are living up to their legalresponsibilities.”Debbie Westhead, CQC’s interim chief inspector for adult social care,said in a statement: “In2014 we completely overhauled the way we regulate adult social care, moving toa ratings and risk based model. “We are noweven better at identifying risk, meaning that we can prioritise our activity towhere the need is greatest. “We knowfrom our latest State of Care report that most people are getting good care;over four-fifths of adult social care services are rated as good oroutstanding, a testimony to the hard work of thousands of frontline staff. “In 2018 wemoved the frequency of inspections for good and outstanding services to 30months. “However, ifduring this time we get any information of concern we will prioritise ouractivity to ensure that we are protecting people from risk. “We are now taking more enforcement actionthan ever before because we are using the information and analysis at ourdisposal more effectively in order to target our inspection activities to thoseservices where there is the greatest risk to the quality and safety of people’scare. “Since April 2017 to January 2019 we’ve taken around 2,000 enforcement actions against all adult social care providers and we will continue to take action wherever necessary to make sure that all people are getting the good, quality care they need.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more


Reaching for a Bucket of KFC A New Study Shows You Might


first_img Image credit: Getty Images | Justin Sullivan –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Nina Zipkin Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min read Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.center_img Branding August 23, 2017 Entrepreneur Staff We live in a constantly connected world, but if anything, that can sometimes compound feelings of loneliness. According to a recent study, if people are feeling socially isolated, it could make them more likely to buy brands that feature faces on their labels — think the cheerful girl in the corner of a bag of Utz chips or KFC’s colonel on the side of a bucket of chicken.The researchers from the University of Oregon and Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel in Germany made up a set of 18 fake advertisements, complete with brand names and slogans. They had a mixture of ads without faces and ones that clearly did have human faces. They then asked the participants a series of questions about how they felt about the brand, the images they were seeing and about themselves.Related: 6 Ways to Combat ‘Lonely Entrepreneur’ SyndromeThe study found that if there was a face on the label, it was perceived as more likable than those brands that did not have that kind of image. And the lonelier and more isolated the participant professed to be, the stronger the positive feelings they had about that brand.  In another experiment, the researchers presented the participants with 45 different wine brands that were ranked from one to seven based on how clear the image of the face on the label was. Once again, customers were more likely to be attracted to and want to purchase the bottle with the clearest faces.Related: This Cure for Entrepreneur Loneliness Also Solves ProcrastinationSo the next time you start to feel those pangs of loneliness, before you reach for your wallet and the nearest face on the grocery store shelf, you might want to consider calling up a friend instead. Your bank account will thank you.And, not to be too terribly cynical, but if you want to make your brand appealing, you might want to consider going with a logo or mascot that seems more human. A new study explores how social isolation might make individuals turn to brands with faces on them. Reaching for a Bucket of KFC? A New Study Shows You Might Be Lonely. Register Now »last_img read more


SecondMarket CEO Wall Street Will Put Hundreds of Millions Into Bitcoin


first_img Brian Patrick Eha –shares SecondMarket CEO: Wall Street Will Put ‘Hundreds of Millions’ Into Bitcoin 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. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Technology Wall Street is getting ready to dive into Bitcoin, pouring vast amounts of institutional and investor money into the digital currency that has been labeled a “bubble” by former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and which not long ago was seen as the sole preserve of crypto-geeks, monetary-theory wonks and anti-government types.So says Barry Silbert, founder and chief executive of SecondMarket, the online platform that allows its users to trade private company stocks. “We’re three to six months away from Wall Street dollars moving into Bitcoin in a big way,” he says.Silbert should know: Earlier this fall, he launched the Bitcoin Investment Trust, the first investment vehicle allowing institutional investors to put money into the Bitcoin market while avoiding the hassle of personally holding the currency. The trust is open only to accredited investors, and the minimum investment is $25,000.Speaking on Tuesday night at a private dinner for Bitcoin cognoscenti in New York, Silbert said he was astonished by the BIT’s performance. “We launched six weeks ago and we’re up to $70 million. That blows my mind. We were hoping to get to $10 million by the end of the year.”The value of the BIT derives entirely from the price of Bitcoin; it has benefited in recent weeks as Bitcoin soared north of $1,200. Because of a recent dip, the net assets of the trust now stand at about $63 million, which means it is holding that dollar value in bitcoins.Related: SecondMarket Establishes New Bitcoin Trust for Accredited InvestorsSilbert says he meets frequently with hedge fund workers, traders at large financial institutions and others who want to gain a better understanding of digital currencies and figure out how to capitalize on them. He reckons that Wall Street will enter the Bitcoin market in roughly three waves. The first is already beginning, and it’s taking the form of IRA money. Customers with self-directed IRAs at Fidelity, Pensco Trust Company, The Entrust Group and Millenium Trust Company are now able to invest some of their money in Bitcoin via the BIT. Silbert expects most other IRAs to approve the BIT as an investment vehicle before the second quarter of next year, in response to growing interest from their customers.Also in this first wave will be clients of the wealth-management arms of Wall Street banks. Silbert says the BIT is in conversations with “several major banks” and he expects the trust to be an approved product on their wealth-management platforms within the first half of 2014.The second wave will be hedge funds and other institutional investors. “The principals that work at all those firms are starting to invest personally in the BIT,” Silbert says. Anecdotally, he adds, it’s clear they are investing in the Bitcoin market through other platforms as well. With traders, portfolio managers and executives all gaining interest, it appears to be only a matter of time before their firms follow suit and take a position in the digital currency.The third wave will be Wall Street banks themselves, motivated purely by profit, says Silbert. “These banks already have large teams trading dollars and euros and yen and gold. Ultimately, Bitcoin is no different than those” as far as forex and commodities traders are concerned, he says. And indeed, currency strategists at Bank of America issued a note to clients last Thursday talking up Bitcoin’s potential and analyzing its fair market value.While most institutional investors are keeping mum on Bitcoin for the time being, the head of one firm has been outspoken about his faith in the cryptocurrency. Michael Novogratz, the co-chief investment officer of macro funds at Fortress, plumped for Bitcoin at a conference held in New York on Oct. 24. He recommended that investors “put a little money in Bitcoin,” saying its value would appreciate significantly over the next few years.At the time, the price of a single bitcoin was less than $200 on most exchanges. “I have a nice little Bitcoin position,” Novogratz said at the conference. “Enough that I’m smiling that it doubled.” One can imagine how that smile must have widened in the weeks since.But it’s hard to say where the price will be a month or six months from now. Although right now Silbert is happy to see Bitcoin performing above his expectations, in the near term “the price volatility is only going to get worse,” he says. “We haven’t seen anything yet.”He added, “Once Wall Street starts putting money into Bitcoin — we’re talking about hundreds of millions, billions of dollars moving in — it’s going to have a pretty dramatic effect on the price.”Related: Bitcoin Gets Slammed by China as BofA Touts Its Potential 5 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand December 11, 2013 Add to Queue Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more


Did Adult Coloring Books Just Get the Justin Bieber Bump


first_img –shares Did Adult Coloring Books Just Get the Justin Bieber Bump? Image credit: Instagram Enroll Now for $5 Entrepreneur Staff Dan Bova When reflecting on his transcendent sculpture, The David, Renaissance master Michaelangelo famously said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”When reflecting on a coloring book page he just finished, Justin Bieber famously Instagrammed, “Its dope Cuz I actually sat down for 30 min and finished I never can sit still for that long so it’s an accomplishment, yes this took me 30 minutes haha I know I suck Don’t judge me.”We won’t judge you, Biebs. For this anyway. As Entrepreneur staffer Lindsay Friedman wrote here in January, the business of adult coloring books is penciling in big profits. Amazon states sales are in the millions, and perhaps now with this celebrity colorist coming out of the crayon closet, they’ll be in the billions.Admire his handiwork below. For a guy who has made his share of missteps over the years, he does a very impressive job of staying in the lines. Get this man a gold star! I colored this ? its dope Cuz I actually sat down for 30 min and finished I never can sit still for that long so it’s an accomplishment, yes this took me 30 minutes haha I know I suck Don’t judge meA photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Apr 13, 2016 at 10:01am PDT April 14, 2016 2 min read Editorial Director Entertainment Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 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. Add to Queuelast_img read more


Texas is latest state to attack surprise medical bills


first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 18 2019Texas is now among more than a dozen states that have cracked down on the practice of surprise medical billing.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed legislation Friday shielding patients from getting a huge bill when their insurance company and medical provider can’t agree on payment.The bipartisan legislation removes patients from the middle of price disputes between a health insurance company and a hospital or other medical provider.”We wanted to try to take the patients — get them out of the middle of it, because really it’s not their fight,” said Republican state Sen. Kelly Hancock, the bill’s author.Under the new law, insurance companies and medical providers can enter into arbitration to negotiate a payment — and state officials would oversee that process.Surprise medical billing typically happens when someone with health insurance goes to a hospital during an emergency and that hospital is out-of-network. It also occurs if a patient goes to an in-network hospital and their doctors or medical providers are not in-network. Sometimes insurance companies and medical providers won’t agree on what’s a fair price for that care and patients end up with a hefty medical bill.Consumer advocates in the state have urged lawmakers to do more to help Texans saddled with surprise medical bills.Drew Calver is among the many Texans who have dealt with a surprise bill in the past few years. Calver, a high school history teacher in Austin, had a heart attack in 2017. He was rushed to the closest hospital by a friend that day, and doctors implanted stents to save his life.Even though he had health insurance that paid the hospital more than $55,000 for his care, Calver ended up with a $109,000 bill. Calver and his wife, Erin, fought with the hospital and the insurance company for months with little success.The Calvers eventually turned to the press. Last summer, he told his story to the “Bill of the Month” investigation from NPR and Kaiser Health News. “CBS This Morning” also covered the story. Shortly afterward, his bill was slashed to just $332. Erin Calver said she has seen her family’s story strike a chord.”For whatever reason, people could relate to us — and be scared that maybe it could happen to them,” she said.Drew Calver said he encounters many people who worry about the issue.”The doctor that put my stents in — he either just had a baby or is about to have a baby — and he was saying that, ‘Yeah that could happen to me, too!'” Calver said.In fact, getting a steep hospital bill is something many Americans call their biggest financial fear.”Polling shows us that the top household pocketbook concern for consumers is a surprise medical bill,” said Stacey Pogue with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a think tank that analyzes health and economic issues in Texas. “And that’s actually pretty shocking that consumers will say they are more worried about their ability to afford a surprise medical bill than their health insurance premiums [and] their really high deductibles.”Last year, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 67% of people worry about unexpected medical bills — a larger share than those who say they worry about prescription drug costs or basic necessities such as rent, food and gas. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)Pogue said that’s a big reason why lawmakers in the state took the issue seriously and passed legislation that she said is now one of the strongest state protections she has seen.”It is as strong or stronger than any of the protections in the country,” Pogue said.In addition to Texas, neighboring states Colorado and New Mexico also passed legislation in 2019 to address the problem of surprise out-of-network bills. The Commonwealth Fund’s most recent report on the issue found about half of states offer some legal protections from surprise bills, but only six states had laws that provide “comprehensive” consumer protections similar to those just passed in Texas.Related StoriesGender biases are extremely common among health care professionalsStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfacesStudy estimates health care costs of uncontrolled asthma in the U.S. over next 20 yearsTexas’ new surprise bill law officially takes effect Sept. 1, 2020.Hancock said the fight over who pays disputed bills will be back where it belongs: with insurance companies, leaving the hospitals, doctors and labs to focus on providing medical care.”It was just time to get the patient out” of the middle of disputed bills, Hancock said.Instead, when a hospital and insurer can’t agree on a price, the two parties will have to work it out — without ever billing the patient.”There is still the ability to negotiate,” Hancock said. “You didn’t have government determining what the price was or determining what the settlement was.”But not all Texans will be protected by the new law. The Texas law does not apply to people who work for large employers whose plans are regulated by the federal government. In Texas, federally regulated plans account for roughly 40% of the state’s health insurance market.In fact, Drew Calver would have been exempt from the state’s protections because until recently he had a self-funded health plan regulated by the federal government. However, Drew is now part of wife Erin’s health plan, which will be subject to these new protections.Pogue said people who have federally regulated health plans will be protected only if Congress acts. She predicted the state’s action will spur federal lawmakers.”Texas passing a bill will really help on that front,” she said. “There were five states, I think, in 2019 that passed bills that fully protected consumers — and every nudge like that is going to help Congress move.”Texas lawmakers passed separate legislation that could help Texans with federally regulated plans. Senate Bill 1037 prevents a surprise medical bill from affecting someone’s credit, regardless of what health insurance plan they have.Congressional leaders have said they are working on coming up with a fix for people across the country with federally regulated plans. President Donald Trump also recently held an event at the White House, with Drew and Erin Calver standing by his side, announcing his administration’s support for banning surprise medical billing in the country.During a U.S. House Ways and Means Health subcommittee meeting in May, members discussed ways to ban the practice of surprise medical billing.The committee’s chairman, Austin Democrat Lloyd Doggett, said that “federal action is essential” to addressing the issue for many Americans with federally regulated plans. He said he plans to continue to push for legislation that will “finally offer some relief to patients.” However, no legislation has been passed, yet.During his opening statements, Doggett said there is a bipartisan desire to shield patients from surprise bills, but “conflict remains over how to resolve insurer-provider disputes.”This story is part of a partnership that includes KUT, NPR and Kaiser Health News. 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.last_img read more


Kerala CM calls allparty meeting today to discuss floods


first_imgKerala floods declared calamity of ‘severe nature’ RELATED Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called for a meeting of all political parties here this evening to update them on the devastating floods and rescue and relief operations. Even as the government claims that these operations are either close to fruition or are in the last stages, reports from worst-hit Chengannur says that at least 30,000 people are still at large. REFUSE TO MOVE OUTAccording to the police, they are residents who have refused to be moved to safer places even close to a week after the grievous second phase of the tragedy, or are content with food and drinking water supplies. Similarly, there are at least 10,000 people staying back in the low-lying Kuttanad in Alappuzha district, according to Thomas Isaac, state Finance Minister and local MLA. Food and drinking water were supplied to the stranded people even yesterday, the police said, adding that the Central Industrial Security Force has taken over the largest relief camps in the area. Watermarks in Puthenkavu, Arattupuzha and Malekkara around Chengannur indicate that flood waters had risen in the areas to a height of  20 feet, reports said. The Upper Kuttanad area in Pathanamthitta district is still mostly under water, with houses in the Niranam, Kadapra and Peringara panchayaths remaining partially or fully flooded. HOUSING, FARM DAMAGESMeanwhile, latest assessments indicate that 11,001 houses/dwellings have been damaged with 699 having been completely destroyed and 10,302 suffering partial damages. Electricity has been cut off in over 26 lakh houses while an estimated 2.80 lakh farmers saw standing crops on a collective 45,988 hectares of land being wiped out in the floods. A preliminary assessment says that the losses in the farm and housing sectors would alone come to Rs 1,100 crore, though this could prove an understatement in the final analysis. Damages to roads and infrastructure would add up to many times over this amount, though the Chief Minister had earlier put a figure of Rs 4,400 crore. Last evening, the Ministry of Home Affairs had said that the massive floods in Kerala was being declared a ‘calamity of severe nature’ for all practical purposes. The State Police Chief Loknath Behera has said that 40,000 policemen are being deployed to help clean up/tidy up houses in the affected areas and make them habitable. Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Kerala political parties unite in call for ‘national calamity’ tag COMMENTS COMMENT Kerala floods: Govt, armed forces commend each other for relief operations August 21, 2018 SHARE File photo: Rescue teams assist villagers out of a flooded area near Kochi following heavy monsoon rain . – PTI floodlast_img read more


Sacrifices of CRPF personnel wont go in vain as there is BJP


first_imgFebruary 17, 2019 SHARE COMMENT COMMENTS AHMEDABAD : Gujarat : 12/02/2019 : BJP President Shri Amit Shah addressing BJP workers during “Mera Parivar, Bhajapa Parivar” Election campaign launch in Ahmedabad on Tuesday February 12, 2019.   –  THE HINDU SHARE SHARE EMAIL terrorism (crime) Published on BJP BJP president Amit Shah said Sunday that the sacrifices of the 40 CRPF personnel in Pulwama will not go in vain as there is a BJP government at the Centre now and it, unlike the erstwhile Congress dispensation, will not “compromise” on any security issue.Addressing a public rally organised by the party’s youth wing BJYM here, Shah said the gruesome attack was carried out by Pakistan-based terrorists, who would not be spared at any cost.“This cowardly act was done by Pakistani terrorists. Their (jawans’) sacrifices will not go in vain, because there is no Congress government at the Centre. We will not compromise on any security issue,” he added.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the strongest willpower among all world leaders to fight against terrorism, he claimed.“Already, replies through diplomatic channels, bullets and surgical strikes were given (to Pakistan). The BJP government gave all sort of replies to Pakistani terrorists,” Shah said.Forty CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber blew up an explosive-laden vehicle near their bus in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir.The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar.Slamming the opposition Congress and its former ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Shah said both the parties did nothing to implement the Assam Accord despite ruling most of the period since signing of the pact in 1985.“We will not allow Assam to become a second Kashmir. That is why we have brought NRC (National Register of Citizens). We will deport each and every infiltrators with the help of NRC. We are committed to that,” he added.On the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which the Centre failed to table in Rajya Sabha, the BJP president said misinformation were being spread as if it was only for Assam and other parts of the Northeast.“It was not only for Northeast, but for all refugees in entire country. The way demography is changing in Assam, without the Citizenship Bill, the people of the state will be in big danger,” he added.The BJP leader claimed that only a few people protested against the bill and that too not on the issue, but only to take benefits out of the situation.“The AGP and all others, who are opposing the Citizenship Bill, were defeated in recent three council and panchayat polls. People of Assam are with peace, development, Narendra Modi, Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma,” he added.Shah also mentioned about the Centre forming a high-powered committee to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord for giving safeguards to Assamese people and steps taken to grant ST status to six indigenous communities of the state.The BJP president also spoke about a host of schemes initiated by the Modi government for the Northeast and urged people to vote for the saffron party again in the coming Lok Sabha polls.The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is set to lapse on June 3, when the term of the present Lok Sabha ends as it could not be tabled and passed in Rajya Sabha which adjourned sine die on Wednesday.Massive protests broke out across Assam and other parts of the Northeast after the prime minister had announced in Silchar on January 4 that the controversial bill would be passed as soon as possible in Parliament.The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India, instead of current 11 years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the strongest willpower among all world leaders to fight against terrorism.last_img read more