Uniworld joins Sabre Cruises for direct bookings

first_imgUniworld joins Sabre Cruises for direct bookings Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Uniworld is now accessible through Sabre Cruises, allowing travel agents to directly book Uniworld cruises through the Sabre space for the first time.“We are excited to announce our new partnership with Sabre Cruises,” said Ellen Bettridge, president of Uniworld. “This relationship represents Uniworld’s first direct booking engine for agents and we hope that the third party elimination will ease the booking process.”Sabre agents can now book Uniworld cruises without having to go to a third party website. Agents can also compare different products, or go directly to Uniworld to see offerings and compare pricing and availability within the brand. Tuesday, August 30, 2016 center_img Posted by Tags: Sabre, Uniworld Travelweek Group last_img read more

Garuda Indonesia seeks to cancel order for 49 Boeing Max 8s

first_img Posted by Garuda Indonesia seeks to cancel order for 49 Boeing Max 8s << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Friday, March 22, 2019 center_img Travelweek Group JAKARTA — Indonesia’s flag carrier is seeking the cancellation of a multibillion dollar order for 49 of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of confidence after two crashes in the past six months.It is the first announcement of a cancellation since Boeing’s new model aircraft were grounded following fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.PT Garuda Indonesia, which had ordered 50 Max 8 jets in 2014 and had received just one plane last year, has sent a letter to Boeing last week requesting to cancel the order worth US$4.9 billion, the company’s spokesman Ikhsan Rosan said Friday. The carrier has so far paid Boeing about $26 million for the order.“Passengers always ask what type of plane they will fly as they have lost trust and confidence in the Max 8 jet. This would harm our business,” said Rosan.“We don’t want to use Max jets … but maybe will consider switching it with another Boeing model of plane,” Rosan said. He said Indonesian passengers are afraid to take flights using any Max model, whether it’s the 8, 9 or 10 series.A preliminary report from Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee in December stopped short of declaring a probable cause of the Oct. 29 crash.Officials have provided scant details since then, saying they are still analyzing data from a cockpit voice recorder that was only recovered from the sea in January.Meanwhile, in Europe, Polish national carrier PLL LOT said it was considering asking for financial compensation from Boeing or even a delay to deliveries of purchased 737 Max 8 aircraft after the planes were grounded globally following the crash in Ethiopia.In a statement Friday, LOT said it would wait for communications from Boeing and flight regulators on whether to put the Max 8 planes back into service. LOT has five 737 Max 8 planes and is to receive nine more this year. Its total fleet counts over 80 aircraft.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthAnother Polish carrier, charter airline EnterAir, said Friday it would also seek damages. It has two Max 8 planes and has placed orders for another four.Earlier this month, Norwegian Air Shuttles said it would seek compensation from Boeing. It had grounded its 18 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.The news comes on the heels of revelations that Air Canada and WestJet have at least one of the optional safety features on their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that were reportedly lacking on the jets that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia.Air Canada and WestJet Airlines both say they purchased disagree lights used by the aircraft’s software system during flight to avert stalls.The New York Times has reported the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air jets involved in recent fatal crashes were not equipped with angle of attack indicators and disagree lights.The safety features are not standard on the aircraft and are offered by Boeing as upgrades.Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said the country’s largest airline purchased both safety features for its fleet of 24 Max 8 planes.WestJet spokeswoman Morgan Bell said the Calgary-based airline’s 13 Max 8 planes are not configured with the angle of attack indicators.She said the disagree light was purchased so the new aircraft will have common configurations with its Boeing 737 NG fleet.Neither airline would disclose the cost of purchasing these options.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Norwegian Air, which is preparing to launch Canadian service to Europe on March 31, says it hasn’t added the optional extra because it is “not a critical safety feature nor is it a requirement by any aviation authority.”“We are in close dialogue with Boeing and follow their and the aviation authorities’ instructions and recommendations, we immediately implement all safety recommendations as required,” stated acting chief operating officer Tomas Hesthammer.The low-cost carrier said it is working on using other aircraft to cover the route but said it is too early to tell how the grounding of the Boeing planes will impact its operations in the coming months.The safety indicators help pilots detect any erroneous readings from two vanelike sensors that determine the position of the plane’s nose relative to oncoming air.The angle of attack indicator displays the readings of the two sensors while the disagree light is activated if the sensors don’t provide the same information, the U.S. daily said.The MCAS system can automatically push the plane’s nose down to prevent stalling if it determines it is pointing up at a dangerous level.The New York Times also said, citing unnamed sources, that Boeing will soon update the MCAS software and make the disagree light standard on all new 737 Max planes, but maintain the angle of attack indicator as an option.Boeing is reportedly rushing to complete the upgrades on jets by early next week.With files from The Canadian Press Tags: 737, boeing, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesialast_img read more

With Australia increasing in popularity as a prefe

first_imgWith Australia increasing in popularity as a preferred business events destination and over 800,000 international business travellers arriving on our shores annually, Crown Hotels is gearing up to show this year’s delegates of the Asia-Pacific Meetings Expo (AIME) why Crown Events & Conferences continues to remain at the forefront of corporate hospitality and a leading player in the MICE industry within Australia.In 2016, Australia’s domestic travel for business increased steadily by nearly 3%, with Crown’s two locations –  Perth and Melbourne – achieving strong growth in this space. Perth experienced 26% growth and in an already mature MICE market in Melbourne, made a staggering 34.9% growth in the MICE sector in one year alone.Crown Towers Perth: a new benchmark in luxuryCrown Hotels unveiled its newest property, Crown Towers Perth to the world last December. The $645 million hotel offers 500 appointed guest rooms, suites and villas. With the latest technology and the renowned Crown Towers service, guests have the opportunity to experience a hotel property unlike any other.In a clear strategy to increase growth in the MICE market, the prestigious Crown Ballroom also opened in December 2016. This exciting event space is a pillarless ballroom with magnificent custom-designed carpets, high ceilings, elegant cream panelling and dramatic crystal chandeliers throughout. Technologically advanced and easily reconfigured to suit almost any requirement, whether it’s a gala event for 1500, or an extravagant wedding like no other. The adjoining pre-function area with spacious open terrace and views over the Perth landscape are also not to be missed.“The arrival of Crown Towers Perth in December last year responded to an intense market demand from the MICE sector in Perth. The hotel, as well as the conference facilities, take the city’s corporate hospitality offering to a whole new level. It’s set a new benchmark in luxury and customer experiences – not just for Perth but for the whole of Australia.”Kylie Burchmore, Senior Vice President Global Sales, Crown HotelsCrown Events & Conferences Perth now has larger and more sophisticated facilities, catering for up to 3000 delegates and offers an unparalleled riverside setting for conferences, product launches, exhibitions and incentives.Crown Hotels Melbourne: iconic destination in the world’s most liveable cityCrown Hotels Melbourne continues to dominate in the business and conference events space in one of the most popular destinations in the southern hemisphere.Over the last two decades, Crown Events & Conferences has become an industry leader, with a combination of the most accessible and central location, exceptional professional facilities that can cater for up to 2500 delegates and flexible onsite expertise. The integrated venue is home to Crown Hotel’s luxury accommodation and facilities totalling over 1600 guest rooms, premium dining experiences, retail outlets, stylish bars and nightclubs.According to Kylie Burchmore, it’s the truly integrated offering – where you can eat, stay and conference in one location – that has made Crown Melbourne one of the most in-demand venues in Australia’s second largest city.Premium dining: access to Australia’s finest restaurantsBoth Crown Perth and Crown Melbourne are renowned as their capital city’s respective home to some of the finest dining options available.In Perth, an impressive lineup of world-class restaurants is available including Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar & Grill, world-famous Japanese restaurant Nobu, an elevated dining French bistro experience at Bistro Guillaume and the premier Chinese establishment Silks.The line-up continues to impress in Australia’s capital of food – Melbourne – with Rockpool Bar & Grilll, Nobu, Bistro Guillaume and Silks on offer, in addition to other famous fine dining options by world-famous chefs – including Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Long Chim, Spice Temple and Rosetta.“Dining is a big part of the events and conferences market – and across both our Perth and Melbourne properties we have built a reputation as offering some of the best restaurants that each city has to offer. With over 38 bar and dining options across both properties, we have catered for all types of networking, events, and group needs to create the perfect experience.”Kylie BurchmoreLuxury experiences: memorable momentsOf course, the best events can’t exist on an all work no play basis. Crown offers an incredible selection of activities – whether it be group bookings in one of the four spas across Melbourne and Perth, dinner in the palatial Chairman’s Villa or a scenic trip with Microflite helicopters.Having recently added an exclusive new experience that combines the splendour of the Yarra Valley with Crown Towers Melbourne’s signature luxury accommodation, The Sky’s the Limit package will engage clients and includes a 30-minute scenic helicopter flight over Melbourne and overnight accommodation in an Executive Suite at Crown Towers.Crown Hotels boasts four luxury spas throughout Melbourne and Perth, each offering indulgent treatments and a tranquil oasis in an urban or luxurious setting.While there is a plethora of dining options at Crown Melbourne and Crown Perth, The Chairman’s Villa, located on the top floors of Crown Towers, exudes indulgence and provides an intimate and luxurious setting to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.Crystal Club is a private lounge with a personalised check-in and concierge service. The spacious design includes private lounge areas, business facilities and an open terrace for intimate events.The most exclusive experience at Crown Perth are the Mansions overlooking the Swan River, offering guests the epitome of world-class accommodation. The privately gated Mansions are situated separate to the resort and provide guests with the utmost exclusivity and seclusion. Guests can enjoy the two-storey open-plan living and dining areas that extend out to a private pool and entertaining terrace, butler’s kitchen, study, gymnasium and three oversized bedrooms with adjoining ensuites.The two Mansions also feature intuitive remote control capabilities available in 6 languages that control the television, iPod, DVD, lights, curtains, blinds, laptop and karaoke. The Mansions are ideal for exclusive events, weddings and executive meetings delivered with a difference.Located alongside the Crown Towers Perth resort pool overlooking the city, The Great Lawn delivers a unique outdoor experience for guests as they savour West Australia’s finest wines and canapés with the picturesque city providing a breathtaking backdrop.A bespoke event on the Great Lawn is limited only by the imagination. Perhaps you’d like a MasterChef challenge, such as a barbecue cook-off with the talented team from one of Crown’s acclaimed restaurants, or maybe even an outdoor concert. The Great Lawn Experience can be tailored for charity events and galas, outdoor dining under the stars or group exercise classes.last_img read more

Click on image to enlarge The CMEs Daily Deli

first_img (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 88 gold and 27 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. Both GLD and SLV had withdrawals by authorized participants yesterday.  In GLD it was 145,034 troy ounces…and in SLV it was 1,544,992 troy ounces. The U.S. Mint reported selling 5,500 ounces of gold eagles yesterday…and that was it. It was a busy day in silver over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.  They reported receiving 1,274,887 troy ounces of the stuff…and shipped 513,511 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here. On the same day in gold, the Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 75,751 troy ounces…and shipped 44,054 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here. Like yesterday, I have no other news, charts, or graphs to post…except for your “cute quota”… Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own, so you can see the Comex action in more detail. It was pretty much the same sort of price action in silver…and the silver chart looks a lot like the gold chart.  The low tick…$22.41 spot…most likely came at the same moment as gold’s low, but even the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart didn’t come close to catching it.  Not surprisingly, silver got hit worse than gold, as that’s “da boyz” problem child…at least it is for JPMorgan Chase and Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia. Silver closed at $22.59 spot…down 82 cents from Tuesday’s close.  Gross volume was a very chunky 65,000 contracts. The gold stocks gapped down a bit at the open…and then headed south with a vengeance when gold was hit at the London p.m. fix.  The stocks finished barely off their lows of the day…as the HUI was crushed for another 4.72%. Sponsor Advertisement Silver came within a few pennies of its Far East April 16th low price tick at 10:00 a.m. BST in London, but gold is still fifty bucks away from its low of the same day.  If I use Wednesday’s trading action as a template for what might happen in Comex trading in New York today, I’d guess we’ll see JPMorgan et al try to punch a new low price in silver.  But as Ted Butler has carefully pointed out, there are few technical fund long holders left to sell…and even fewer of them are prepared to go short at these prices.  “Da Boyz” may get the price lower, but it will probably won’t allow them to improve their short positions by much…or go long themselves. As you can imagine, I await the New York open with some apprehension. See you on Friday…or on Saturday west of the International Date Line. Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas.  As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, info@uraniumenergy.com.center_img All four metals closed down on the day.  Gold was down 2.34%…silver was down 3.50%…platinum down 0.67%…and palladium 0.41%. The dollar index closed at 83.605 in New York late Tuesday afternoon…and traded just about ruler flat until shortly before 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong Time.  The rally from there peaked out at precisely 8:00 a.m. in London.  The high tick was 84.05.  From there, the index sagged slightly for the rest of the Wednesday session, closing in New York at  83.785…up 18 basis points from Tuesday’s close. JPMorgan et al made no attempt to hide their actions behind the smoke screen of a currency move in New York yesterday, as it was all blatant in-your-face price management that started right at, or just after, the London p.m. gold fix. Platinum got sold off as well during the New York session, but recovered smartly once the selling pressure disappeared.  There was no such sell-off in palladium, as the chart below so plainly shows. Of course the silver stocks got hammered as well…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down another 4.33%. I have a lot fewer stories today, which suits me just fine…and probably you as well. I believe that the big buyer of the 10 million oz of gold liquidated in the GLD was JPMorgan, either alone or with other collusive commercial banks. It dawned on me that the same methodology I’ve previously attributed to a potential Mr. Big in SLV (also probably JPMorgan) is at work in GLD. If one (or 2 or 3) big buyers in GLD had merely purchased the 100 million shares that were sold in GLD by liquidating shareholders, that would have quickly pushed the big buyer(s) over the 5% SEC reporting threshold, thereby revealing the identity of the buyers. Remember, we’re talking about 23% of shares outstanding and there is no way to buy that many shares and not quickly be into reporting status. But by having the gold redeemed out of the trust and the metal being purchased (instead of shares), stock reporting requirements are evaded. A single holder, perhaps working with a few collusive partners, came to own what is, effectively, almost a quarter of the world’s largest gold stockpile and no one is the wiser.  – Silver analyst Ted Butler…15 May 2013 Another day…and another engineered price decline in silver and gold.  One would have to fairly delusional to buy into the ‘stronger dollar’ story considering it’s rather anemic performance.  The price action in both those precious metals had zero to do with currencies, as the dollar index was doing squat at the London p.m. gold fix where most of the price damage occurred. It’s amazing…and discouraging…to look at the precious metal share prices.  They’re now back to where they were when silver was selling for under ten bucks an ounce…and gold around $500.  You’d think that the mining companies would be up in arms, but there hasn’t been a peep out of any of them…or from the organizations that purport to represent them…the World Gold Council and The Silver Institute. Of course these organizations are strong with the dark side of The Force…and any mining executive that has ever worked in an executive position in either of them had already been totally compromised, or they would never have been offered those positions in the first place. It’s too bad that yesterday’s price action occurred on a Wednesday, as it was the day after the cut-off for tomorrow’s Commitment of Traders Report.  And as I’ve pointed out countless times over the years, this is a little trick “da boyz” pull when they want to hide their tracks for as long as possible, as what happened yesterday won’t be public knowledge until the COT Report on May 27th. Not much happened, or was allowed to happen, in Far East trading on their Thursday…and as the London open approaches [in less than ten minutes] as I write this paragraph, all four precious metals are basically unchanged from Thursday’s close in New York.  Volumes are already very high in both silver and gold but, as per usual, it’s virtually all high-frequency trading.  The dollar index is up a handful of basis points. It’s been more than two hours since I wrote the above paragrah…and there have obviously been some ‘developments’.  Around the time of the London open, the high-frequency traders showed up on the scene…and all four precious metals came under selling pressure once again.  And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:15 a.m. EDT…gold is down seventeen bucks, silver is down 40 cents…and platinum and palladium are down over a percent each.  Volumes skyrocketed…now over 65,000 contracts in gold and 14,000 contracts in silver…and the dollar index is up a magnificent 15 basis points. It’s amazing…and discouraging…to look at the precious metal share prices. The gold price didn’t much of anything in Far East trading for most of their Wednesday.  However, about 2:30 p.m. Hong Kong time, which is thirty minutes before the 8:00 a.m. BST London open, gold got sold down about fifteen bucks by 9:00 a.m. BST…and that certainly could have been currency related. After that, the gold price didn’t do much of anything until at, or shortly after, the London p.m. gold fix.  Then, in the space of less that ninety minutes, gold got sold down about twenty-five dollars, with the low tick [$1,387.00 spot] coming shortly before 11:30 a.m. EDT in New York. The subsequent rally, such as it was, didn’t amount to much…and after that, gold continued to sell off quietly into the close of electronic trading at 5:15 p.m. Gold closed at $1,392.50 spot…down $33.30 on the day.  Net volume was very large…around 204,000 contracts.last_img read more

Interest rates could soon take off If we wrote th

first_imgInterest rates could soon take off.If we wrote this a few months ago, you might have thought we were crazy. That’s because the Federal Reserve’s done everything it can to avoid raising interest rates this year.In March, it didn’t raise rates because of a bad jobs report. In June, it held off due to concerns about the global economy and “market volatility.” In September, it didn’t raise rates because it’s waiting for the job market to improve.These are legitimate reasons to not raise rates…but the Fed also held off for another reason: the presidential election.You see, the Fed has held its key rate near zero since 2008. This made it incredibly cheap for households and businesses to borrow money. In many ways, the economy is now hooked on cheap money.At this point, the Fed could trigger a financial crisis or recession by raising rates. And that’s the last thing it wanted to do before the election.• With the election behind us, most people think the Fed will finally raise its key rate next month… To be fair, most investors have been preparing for a December rate hike since the summer. But now that Trump’s going to be president, it looks like rates could rise faster than people expected.You see, most people thought the Fed would raise rates slowly if Hillary won. But Trump has a much different plan for America.He wants to grow the economy using fiscal stimulus, which basically means government spending. Specifically, he wants to spend hundreds of billions fixing the country’s infrastructure.According to Bloomberg, Trump’s policy could force the Fed to jack up rates quicker than they would have under Hillary:“We do view the election of Donald Trump as a game changer,” said Adam Donaldson, head of debt research at Sydney-based Commonwealth Bank of Australia. “The strong bias toward fiscal expansion and inflationary policy represents a stark change to the malaise of recent years. This opens the door for the Fed to hike in December, but also more quickly in 2017 and 2018 than previously expected.”• This is a HUGE deal…  You see, interest rates aren’t some arbitrary number. They’re the price of money. A big move in interest rates affects everything from stocks to commodities.You also have to remember that almost no one thought Trump would win. The market didn’t “price in” rates rising quickly. That’s why we’ve seen big moves by every major financial asset since the election.Today, we’re going to show you how the prospect of rising interest rates is impacting different asset classes…starting with a sector that’s very sensitive to interest rates.• Utility stocks tanked after the election… The sector closed the week down 4.08%. Keep in mind the S&P 500 jumped 3.7% last week. According to Fidelity Investments, utilities were by far the worst-performing group in the S&P 500.Utilities provide electricity, gas, and water to people. They sell things that people can’t live without. This makes for relatively stable revenues, which allows them to pay steady dividends.Many investors own utility stocks specifically for their dependable dividends. That said, utility stocks aren’t as attractive when interest rates are high or likely to rise. That’s because investors can collect decent income in other assets, like bonds.If rates rise like many investors expect, utility stocks could keep falling.• Emerging market assets could also be in big trouble if rates head higher… As you probably know, it’s riskier to invest in emerging markets than in developed countries like the U.S. or Japan. To attract money, emerging markets offer higher returns.For example, Brazil’s 10-year government bond pays a 12.1% yield right now. That’s almost six times more than the 2.1% yield of the U.S. 10-year Treasury.If U.S. interest rates keep rising, U.S. investors could start pulling money out of emerging market assets. According to Reuters, this is already happening:Emerging market shares and currencies slumped on Friday as investors feared higher U.S. interest rates under incoming President Donald Trump will spark capital outflows…The most volatile trading on Friday was across emerging markets, as investors bet that Trump’s fiscal policies will be inflationary, push U.S. rates up and drive investors into dollar-based assets. The real risk here is doing nothing…Porter Stansberry says this could be the domino that starts it all… He’s recommending a strategy to bet AGAINST the most vulnerable companies as it all unfolds. Join him on Nov 16th, to hear how this approach works. – Recommended Links “Project Fedcoin” to Start January 1st?The U.S. dollar is in crisis. Fed members just wrapped up a special “behind-closed-doors” meeting to discuss one of the most dramatic changes to our money in the last 100 years. A change that not only affects how we spend, save, and earn… But that will also transform the very nature of “money” itself. This currency expert explains the shocking details here… — • The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) plummeted last week… EEM tracks emerging market stocks across the world. According to Bloomberg Markets, the fund suffered its worst day since 2011 on Thursday, when it experienced more than $1.5 billion in withdrawals.You can see it’s now down 8% since Election Day and trading at its lowest level since July.On Friday, Bloomberg Markets warned that emerging market stocks could head much lower in the coming days:“EM ETF flows are about to look like the elevator scene from The Shining as you have the double whammy of rising rates and an oncoming ‘America first’ trade policy,” writes Eric Balchunas, ETF Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. “We could see $20 billion in outflows by the end of next week.”• The anticipation of higher interest rates has hurt gold, too…  Last week, the price of gold fell 6.1%. It’s now trading at its lowest level since April.Like utilities, gold sold off due to expectations that interest rates will head higher. You see, unlike a bond, gold doesn’t pay interest. Because of this, many investors don’t like to own gold if they expect rates to rise. Of course, regular readers know the conventional wisdom about gold and interest rates is dead wrong.As we’ve pointed out many times, the price of gold has actually increased after the last four Fed rate hikes.You can see in the chart below that the price of gold jumped 20% in just six months when the Fed started raising rates in 2004.In other words, gold can still do very well if the Fed raises rates quickly…which is still a big “if” at this point.• You also have to remember that we don’t buy gold to make a quick profit… We own it because it’s real money and serves as the ultimate protection against financial chaos. And right now, there’s a lot of uncertainty about the economy and financial system.If you’re nervous about the economy, hold on to your gold. If you’re nervous about the financial system, hold on to your gold. If you’re nervous about our new president, hold on to your gold.Even a small gold position could save you from huge losses when the next financial crisis hits.If you would like to buy gold while it’s “on sale,” check out this presentation we recently put together. It reveals a “loophole” in the global gold market. In short, one of our analysts found what may be the cheapest way in America to buy gold.We can’t say how long this offer will last. So make sure to watch this video today if you’re thinking about buying gold. Click here to learn more.Regards,Justin SpittlerDelray Beach, FloridaNovember 14, 2016How to Hedge Against a Bear MarketEditor’s note: We’re continuing our special mini-series today featuring Stansberry Research founder Porter Stansberry.If you haven’t been following along, Porter says there are unprecedented warning signs in credit markets all around the world…The global scale of these problems means the coming crisis—what Porter has called “the greatest legal transfer of wealth in history”—will be truly historic. And folks who don’t see what’s coming could be wiped out. In fact, Porter says what’s about to happen in the markets will be worse than anything you’ve experienced as an investor…In today’s essay, Porter describes the best way to reduce your risk as this crisis unravels…(The following essay was published on November 14, 2016, in the Stansberry Digest.)From Porter Stansberry, founder, Stansberry Research***For most of the last 15 years, I’ve focused on building tools and advisories to help you avoid risk…You might not have thought of it that way, but that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.Just read almost any of the newsletters I (Porter) have written since 2001. You’ll immediately see that my Investment Advisory is primarily about mitigating investment risk. We do this by focusing our recommendations on safe, capital-efficient companies. Alongside this core portfolio, we add a few non-correlated hedge-like investments (such as Fannie and Freddie, which have soared lately). And we even hedge against the market directly with a small number of short-sell recommendations that ideally will “zig” when the rest of our portfolio “zags.”Long-term studies of our results prove this approach has created the best risk-adjusted returns of any letter we publish. (That’s the highest returns with the least amount of volatility.)***But today, I’m recommending the riskiest thing you can do with your money in the markets… There’s an enormous apparent dichotomy here. But… once you really understand this strategy, you’re going to see that there’s no divergence at all. At times, doing things that seem risky (like shorting a stock) are actually the best ways to reduce your portfolio’s risk exposure. Regardless whether you follow me with this particular strategy, I want to make sure you understand why I’m advocating that you take significant steps to hedge your portfolio today.***The biggest pitfall for most investors is the tendency to misjudge risk tolerance… Most subscribers who think they can handle lots of volatility really can’t. But if you’re reading this and you’re thinking, “That’s not me. I’m a conservative investor. I don’t take big risks with my portfolio,” I’d bet you’re wrong. Almost every investor I talk to about risk also underestimates the volatility of his or her own portfolio.Not you, though… right? Well, maybe. Think about your own investment experiences. What happened in your account from October 2008 through March 2009? Most people who would have sworn they were conservative investors ended up watching their life savings collapse by 50% or more. Most of them decided they weren’t “buy and hold” investors after all. (They ended up being “buy and fold” investors.) Holding too much risk inevitably trips up most investors.***Risk doesn’t equal reward…I also know from empirical studies of investment results that contrary to what just about every finance department in the country will teach you about finance, risk simply doesn’t equal reward.Lots of good research out there suggests that a strategy of buying well-financed, low-volatility stocks can beat the market by a wide margin.Plenty of real-life examples guide our thinking in this area, too. Investing legend Warren Buffett is a classic example. He made nearly 25% a year in the market between 1954 and 2000 by focusing on the least risky businesses to own, like insurer GEICO, beverage giant Coca-Cola (KO), and credit-card issuer American Express (AXP).It was a brilliant strategy. And it worked, primarily, because he avoided taking risks. He even sold almost all of his stocks in 1969 because he thought the market was too expensive. He didn’t buy back in until 1974. Do you think you could avoid making any equity investments for five years just because you thought the market was too risky?Editor’s note: We are on the precipice of an opportunity where betting against the biggest and most indebted companies in the U.S. could lead to life-changing profits. Porter is hosting a FREE live event on Wednesday night where he’ll lay out all of the details. Click here to reserve your spot.last_img read more

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA 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… Campaigners are warning the Labour party to rethink its support for a radical new benefit system because of risks that its introduction would further isolate and impoverish disabled people.In a new report, UBI: Solution or Illusion? The Implications of Universal Basic Income for Disabled People in Britain, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) says support for universal basic income (UBI) has been growing steadily among those both on the left and the right of politics.Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell has expressed some support for UBI and has suggested that the party’s next general election manifesto is likely to include a commitment to a UBI pilot.The Scottish government is also providing funding for possible pilot schemes to be run by four local authorities.UBI is a regular cash payment made to every citizen regardless of their income, paid without any requirement to be in a paid job or looking for work.Many see it as a solution to the UK’s flawed and much-criticised social security safety net, which has seen years of cuts to support and an increasingly-harsh sanctions and conditionality regime.DPAC says this interest in UBI has intensified with the introduction of universal credit.Supporters of UBI also see it as the answer to the “stigmatisation of social security, the scapegoating of benefit claimants and associated hostility towards disabled people”, says DPAC in its report.But the DPAC report warns that too little attention has been paid to the implications of UBI for disabled people.The report warns that it is likely that housing benefit and disability benefits would remain outside a UBI system.This would mean the need for continuing disability assessments, and the risk that the high cost of running a UBI system would mean further cuts to benefits and services relied on by disabled people, such as social care support.DPAC’s Ellen Clifford, author of the new report, said: “While we would be in favour of tax rises to fund welfare provision – particularly corporation tax and a progressive rise in the higher rate of income tax – the use of this for a UBI rather than more traditional forms of disability and unemployment support would mean much of the benefit flowing back to employers rather than those in most need.”Two other grassroots organisations of disabled people, Black Triangle and WinVisible, have this week added their voices to the concerns raised by DPAC about UBI.Clifford’s report concludes that implementing UBI “risks detracting attention and resources from the urgent task required to overhaul the disability benefits system and make it fit for purpose”.It adds: “Given the history of disabled people’s exclusion and the marginalisation of our issues it is reasonable for disabled people to fear that attention and resources dedicated to the task of implementing a UBI will be at the expense of affecting the level of change needed to ensure disabled people receive adequate support.”There are also concerns, says the report, that a more flexible employment market ushered in by UBI, with greater job insecurity and the likelihood of poorer working conditions and lower wages for lower-paid workers, would further disadvantage disabled workers.They also say that right-wing versions of UBI are seen as a way of saving money by avoiding spending on a decent living wage and social protection.And the report says that pushing for UBI risks deferring demands for full reasonable adjustments at work for disabled workers, and “full and unconditional support” for those unable to work, while “ending up with a system that is more of a helping hand for employers than for disabled people”.The report says DPAC’s concerns are born out by the results of pilot UBI schemes that have been run across the world, including one in Finland that has just ended, but has not yet been assessed officially, which critics say has forced unemployed workers into bad jobs while undermining unions, wage equality, and the welfare state.And it says concerns have been raised about the proposed pilot schemes in Scotland, including the cost and potential negative impacts on disabled people, including likely cuts to other social protection schemes.But the report does say that a pilot scheme in India proved successful, with disabled people benefiting more than others, but mainly because “many of those benefiting had received no previous support at all”, which was “very different to what would happen with the introduction of a UBI in Britain to replace existing social security payments”.Clifford said it was worrying how marginalised disabled people had been in the debate around the introduction of UBI.She said DPAC’s message to Labour was to include disabled people in the debate and to consider how they would be affected by the introduction of UBI.Clifford said it was important to have the debate about UBI as there was growing support for the idea that universal credit would have to be scrapped, and that UBI could be the system to replace it.She said: “We have seen with universal credit and personalisation how what can sound like progressive ideas can end up badly for disabled people in practice.“We remember how the personalisation pilots actually went very well.“It isn’t always possible for pilots to capture the full implications of policy roll outs so we are concerned that Labour’s proposed pilots will not on their own be enough to avoid a future situation where UBI is fully rolled out and ends up widening rather than reducing inequality.”The report could surprise some of DPAC’s critics, who often assume that the grassroots group will support the left-wing policies of the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn and McDonnell.But DPAC has repeatedly made it clear that it is not aligned to any political party and that its loyalties lie instead with those fighting for disabled people’s “full human rights and equality”, and against government austerity measures “which target the poor while leaving the wealthy unscathed”.John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said existing experiments with UBI appeared to “have been driven by a right wing agenda that undermines workers’ rights”.He said: “On the face of it, UBI seems to be progressive but the devil is in the detail.”He said Black Triangle echoed DPAC’s call for the immediate focus to be on “removing conditionality and sanctions and the hostile environment for disabled people”, replacing the UK government’s disability assessment regime, and co-producing with disabled people a social security system that “will again be fit for purpose”.Claire Glasman, from WinVisible, which supports and campaigns for disabled women, said the problem with UBI was that it was not based on need and – like universal credit – did not recognise the importance of unwaged caring work.She said: “We are very worried that it is going to be a way of cutting benefits based on need: the needs of disabled people, the needs of mothers and children, the needs of bereaved people, which specific benefits exist to cover.”last_img read more

BENS BLOG Top marks Team Star

first_img[dropcap]E[/dropcap]veryday, I ask lots of people questions. ‘Why’ is my favourite word. At bedtime though, I always ask myself the same question: Have I moved forward, today, any closer, to being able to live in a castle, with a moat, and a still working, up-and-down drawbridge?This week at Cheltenham, given so many of the ‘short ones’ won, I have certainly NOT moved any closer to becoming a wealthy recluse (I couldn’t believe the Racing Post, today, saying the bookmakers had hit the front at the festival??!!). HOWEVER, its been a fabulous week for the Star Army, and everyone has made an excellent contribution.To name a few:New boy; Lee Accounts. Well done, Lee. He’s worked his bollocks off, doing overtime, to get all the new accounts open.New boy; Ian On-Course. Thank you, Ian. You haven’t stopped all week, and its been a pleasure working with such a professional.Luke Tarr. Head of Group Socialising. Well done, Luke. You were at it everyday pulling in the punters. Top marks!!Robbie The Dalek. Robbie has made sure the Spreads website, has been rocking and rolling, with all of our special Cheltenham offers etc. Well done, Robbie – you proceed to the next level!!And another new boy; John ‘Big Mac’ McCririck. Yes, none other, than the LEGEND, that is Big Mac, has been with us, in the box, talking to the punters and entertaining everyone. A true gent, nothing less; believe me!! Also, much appreciated, that he came down to the pitch, to pull some extra business in (despite being mobbed by millions of pissed idiots wanting to take selfies with him.).Anyway, top marks, all round, Team Star. I’m proud of each and all of you!!In other news:Let me tell you something interesting: No, no, don’t worry! I’m not going to start reciting any boring stats for Cheltenham 2016!! I have something far more juicy: Strawberries with black pepper. Yes. You’ve been told. Don’t say you haven’t. Kyle, in the office, says his dad, a top chef, swears blind, this is the most delicious way to eat fruit. And I’ve just tried it…he’s right!! Strawberries + Black Pepper = THE WAY FORWARD.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

Staples to Turn Parts of Some Stores Into Office Space

first_img Image credit: manolofranco |Pixabay Staples to Turn Parts of Some Stores Into Office Space Next Article April 4, 2016 Staples has announced a new way to make better use of its cavernous stores at a time of shrinking shopper traffic: turning some of that square-footage into office space.The office supplies giant said on Monday it was collaborating with office-sharing startup Workbar to open communal workspace at three of its stores in metro Boston in a pilot. Workbar runs a network of locations with desks and conference rooms that subscribers can use for a monthly fee. Each of the 2,500 to 3,500 square-foot Workbar facilities will have workspaces, conference rooms, private phone rooms and Wi-Fi access. The average U.S. Staples location is 20,000 square feet in size.The move is just the latest by big box retailers looking to find new uses for all their store space at a time more shopping is moving online. For instance, Macy’s has shops run by sports apparel retailer Finish Line and is testing out a similar idea with electronics retailer Best Buy . Sears has rented out parts of stores to everyone from Whole Foods Market to Dick’s Sporting Goods.Staples is struggling with a declining retail business. It said last month it would close 50 of its 1,607 North American stores this year, after shutting 242 others in the two previous years. Staples is also trying to convince the government to let it buy Office Depot to fend off growing competition in the office supplies area from Amazon.com.It recently re-named its business services division Staples Business Advantage from Staples Advantage to prop up that part of its business, which in contrast to the retail division, is growing. Business services now generate 40 percent of company sales, compared to 35 percent in 2013. What’s more, Staples’ North American B2B unit is far more profitable and looks set to surpass the retail division in the next year or two.Many of Staples’ stores have much more space than they need, now that people are buying more and more office items online. Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Phil Wahbacenter_img Staples This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine –shares 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

What Nintendo Hopes to Learn From Disney to Turn its Business Around

first_img Add to Queue Reuters Flush with the stunning popularity of the Pokémon Go mobile game, Nintendo aims to make more from marketing popular characters such as Super Mario, taking a leaf from the Walt Disney playbook where Mickey Mouse and friends bring in billions of merchandising dollars each year.But, where Disney’s animated characters often earn more than the films they star in, Super Mario, Pokémon and other Nintendo franchises have languished amid the Japanese firm’s reluctance to push them beyond its struggling game console platform.The success of Pokémon Go — created by Nintendo, Pokémon Company and Niantic, a Google spinoff — may signal that Nintendo’s move to let its characters roam beyond that console universe could help revitalize a company that had grown from a card game maker in 19th century Kyoto to the world’s top computer game and console maker.”We are now expanding how we leverage Nintendo IP in various ways beyond our traditional use of them predominantly within the dedicated video game platform business,” Tatsumi Kimishima, the company’s president, wrote in a message to investors.It could be sitting on a goldmine.”We believe the value of Nintendo intellectual property is enormous and will eventually be unlocked over a three to five year period,” Jefferies analyst Atul Goyal wrote in a Monday research note.A spokesman for Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy said: “We are seeing a resurgence of interest in Pokémon toys after the launch of Pokémon Go.”Nintendo, which on Wednesday partly blamed a strengthening yen for its April-June operating loss, is said to be doing more to expand the reach of its popular franchises, which also include The Legend of Zelda.”Nintendo used to have only few people in its licensing business and deal only with a limited number of merchandising companies,” said a toy company official, who asked not to be named as he is not authorized to talk to the media. “That’s gradually changing as the company has made it clear it will boost its IP business.”Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of the puppet-inspired Super Mario, has indicated Nintendo has more appetite now to allow its franchise characters to spread beyond console gaming, and into revenue generating licensing agreements.”These projects will take time to bear fruit, but they are something to look forward to,” Miyamoto told Nintendo’s shareholder meeting late last month, adding Nintendo had started licensing characters for attractions at Universal Studios theme parks and was working to expand Nintendo products.Faded WiiSince its Wii game console boom faded four years ago and its successor, the Wii U, flopped, Nintendo has been buffeted by losses that have more than halved its cash pile to around $5 billion.Nintendo sold almost 100 million of its Wii consoles between its late-2006 launch and end-2011, the year before the Wii U was released. Subsequent sales of the Wii U have added only 13 million units. As casual gaming has shifted from the living room to the smartphone, sales of its handheld 3DS video game system are just a third of the older DS model.Wary of losing focus on its ailing console business, Nintendo has largely steered clear from producing games for other platforms or agreeing lucrative licensing agreements.In the year to end-March, the company’s licensing revenue was just 5.7 billion yen ($54.2 million) — around 1 percent of overall sales, and a tiny fraction of what Disney earns from the likes of Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, Winnie the Pooh and, more recently, Star Wars.Disney’s revenue from consumer products — from Mickey Mouse tea pots and tie clips to books, magazines and even English language schools in China — totaled $4.5 billion in its last full business year — around 9 percent of its total sales.It was Disney’s fastest growing business segment in the year to Oct. 3, 2015, with operating profit up 29 percent from a year earlier. While the Toy Story 3 movie, released in 2010, earned Disney $1.7 billion at cinemas and from TV broadcasts, the franchise’s licensed toys, books and a smartphone app have brought in $7.3 billion.That’s a merchandising masterclass that some investors reckon Nintendo will struggle to match.”Monetizing IP is a whole different thing from selling games,” said a fund manager at a Japanese asset management firm which owns Nintendo shares.”They say they’re going to sell a wrist watch, but it’s adults who are playing Pokémon Go… And are they going to wear a Pokémon Go Plus watch?”($1 = 105.1900 yen)(Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki and Tim Kelly; Editing by Ian Geoghegan) Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand What Nintendo Hopes to Learn From Disney to Turn its Business Around –shares Next Article Enroll Now for $5 July 28, 2016 4 min read Nintendo 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. 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Leading hiphop videos depict use of tobacco and marijuana products study finds

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 16 2018Over the past decade, hip-hop music has become a world-wide phenomenon and, in 2017, surpassed rock as the biggest music genre in the United States. Up until now little has been known about how often, or in what context, tobacco and marijuana products and imagery appear in hip-hop music culture. In order to get a better understanding of the presence of these products–and the potential public health threat they pose–a team of researchers from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health analyzed leading hip-hop music videos over the five years from 2013-2017. They found that that a substantial (40%-50%) proportion of the leading hip-hop videos during this time contained use of combustible or electronic tobacco and marijuana products (or smoke or vapor), corresponding to over 39 billion views to date. They also found that the use of these products in videos was often by main and featured artists, and that the prevalence of combustible or electronic use of tobacco and marijuana rose with songs’ popularity. In addition, brand placement was becoming more common in online hip-hop music content.” While there is no doubt that hip-hop artists have made many positive contributions to social change–speaking out on issues like police violence against minorities–there’s also a history of showing regulated substances in hip-hop and other popular music. These depictions may affect fans’ attitudes toward smoking and increase the likelihood of smoking –particularly among young people,” says Kristin Knutzen, MPH, lead author and Dartmouth Institute research scientist.In their analysis, the researchers included all hip-hop songs listed on Billboard magazine’s weekly Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs list (a list of the top 50 songs) between 2013-2017. During this period, 1,250 songs appeared on the Billboard Top 50 list; 769 of them had accompanying music videos. The researchers also searched YouTube, Tidal, iTunes, Vimeo, and artists’ websites for corresponding music videos of all top 50 songs.Among their findings recently reported in JAMA Internal Medicine: Related StoriesStudy: Tobacco and alcohol usage are common in British reality television showsStudies show no evidence of fall in cigarette consumption due to WHO’s FCTCRisk of children taking up smoking has reduced following tobacco display ban”When young people, especially adolescents, see their favorite artists using tobacco products in music videos, they can begin to view them as normal in hip-hop culture, and they can begin to see themselves using them. They also could view them as less harmful then they are. That’s a very real public health threat,” says study co-author and Dartmouth Institute Associate Professor Samir Soneji, PhD.The researchers note that while these music videos provide “largely unregulated opportunities” for the advertising of tobacco and marijuana products, future regulation that directly addresses the often co-occurring depiction and marketing of tobacco, marijuana, and electronic products in music videos could reduce the burden of tobacco and marijuana use. They also say that beyond federal and state regulation, the music industry and social networking sites could, themselves, reduce combustible and electronic use in hip-hop music videos. For example, advertisements of tobacco products are expressly prohibited by Google, the parent company of YouTube. Thus, YouTube could prohibit postings of music videos with product placement in accordance with Google’s advertising policies. The proportion of songs with accompanying music videos that contained combustible use, electronic use, or smoke or vapor equaled 44% in 2014, 40% in 2015, 50% in 2016, and 47% in 2017. (For a total of 39.5 billion views) Compared with hand-rolled products, manufactured cigarette use was less common in videos. In 2017, only 8% of songs with accompanying music videos contained manufactured cigarettes. Among songs with accompanying music videos containing combustible use, brand placement increased from 0% in 2013 to 10% in 2017. For those containing electronic use, brand placement increased from 25% in 2013 to 88% in 2017. Main or featured artists exclusively used combustible or electronic products in a third of music videos that contained the use of these products. The proportion of songs with accompanying music videos containing the use of these products increased with the popularity of these songs. The proportion equaled 42% among songs in the first quartile of viewership (8,700 to 19 million views) and increased to 50% among songs in the fourth quartile of viewership (112 million to 4 billion views). The researchers note that the music video for the popular song, “I’m The One” by DJ Khaled– featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, and Lil Wayne — contained both combustible and electronic use, as well as electronic brand placement (KandyPen)– and had been viewed over 1 billion times on YouTube as of June 2018.center_img Source:https://tdi.dartmouth.edu/news-events/new-research-use-tobacco-and-marijuana-products-regularly-featured-hip-hop-music-videoslast_img read more

Drug cocktail may help combat breast cancer

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 6 2019MYC, a gene with high cancer-initiating potential, is overexpressed in over 40% of breast cancers. While MYC programs breast cancer cells to build more macromolecules (anabolic metabolism) it also creates a metabolic vulnerability by making them more sensitive to a type of cell death known as apoptosis. Research Director Juha Klefstrom, PhD, University of Helsinki, Finland, has worked for a long time to exploit this apoptosis-sensitizing effect of MYC in the battle against the cancer.Klefstrom and his research group found that, because of this vulnerability, cancer cells can be attacked with a “drug cocktail” that includes the diabetes drug metformin and venetoclax, a BCL-2 protein inhibitor that can induce apoptosis in cancer cells. The group identified metformin in a search for drugs that could boost the apoptosis-inducing action of venetoclax. Venetoclax has been approved to treat certain leukemias but not yet for the treatment of breast cancer.”This drug combo exploits specific metabolic vulnerabilities that high levels of MYC creates in tumor cells. Metformin and venetoclax, when given together, killed breast tumor cells in culture and blocked tumor growth in breast cancer animal models. Furthermore, the drugs efficiently killed authentic breast cancer tissue donated by breast cancer patients. The breast cancer samples were obtained fresh from surgeries performed in Helsinki University Hospital”, Dr. Klefstrom says.However, the researchers soon discovered that the metformin plus venetoclax treatment only held tumors in check as long as the mice with implanted breast tumors were actively being treated with the drugs; once the treatment was stopped, the tumors grew back. The study shows that tumors were initially filled with tumor-killing lymphocytes; however, after the treatment they largely vanished and the remaining killer cells expressed PD-1, a marker of immune cell exhaustion.To help the immune cells better fight the tumor, the researchers developed a new treatment strategy. First, they hit breast tumors with apoptosis-inducing drugs metformin and venetoclax to reduce the tumor size and to wake up killer lymphocytes. After the primary tumors were surgically removed, the mice were then treated with a triple combination: metformin, venetoclax and a PD-1-targeted antibody, which is used in immunotherapies to keep killer cells active long-term.Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskObese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplantNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancer”With this combination the survival of mice carrying implanted tumors was extended dramatically in comparison to mice that were treated with only single or double combinations”, Klefstrom states.Klefstrom highlights that this is a wonderful example of a translational study fundamentally aimed at taking research from bench to bedside. The key people from the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) – basic researchers, pathologists, surgeons and oncologists – were all involved at the earliest stages of the study.The first author of the study Dr Heidi Haikala notes: “It’s quite amazing how we’ve been able to bring a discovery from the lab bench all the way to the doors of the cancer clinics within the time frame of one PhD project. We are very excited about our findings and hope that they will translate to benefit breast cancer patients.””This is a great example of how scientists in academia, leveraging highly specialized tumor models and applying their unique insights, can contribute to the discovery of potential new treatments for people with cancer. It is also a testament to the great research being done in smaller countries like Finland,” states Joel Leverson, Ph.D., a Senior Scientific Director at AbbVie and one of the senior authors in the study.”We finally have a drug combination that efficiently exploits MYC’s apoptotic function and most importantly, these drugs can be tested in the clinic in real patients. We are currently working hard towards this next step.”, Klefstrom concludes.Source: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/health-news/combination-treatment-including-diabetes-drug-and-immunotherapy-may-help-to-fight-breast-cancerlast_img read more

Life expectancy outlook has worsened for nonHispanic whites in the US

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 12 2019For the better part of a century, life expectancy in industrialized countries like the United States steadily improved. But during the past three decades, and particularly since 2010, the trend has slowed or, in some places, reversed for non-Hispanic white populations in the U.S. It’s been especially stark for 25- to 44-year-olds and for women, as well as in rural communities.Those are the key findings of research from University of Pennsylvania demographers Irma Elo and Samuel Preston and colleagues, which they published in the journal Population and Development Review. In the past 10 or so years, the mortality trajectory of non-Hispanic whites in the U.S. has worsened, diverging from progress seen for Hispanic and non-Hispanic black populations. This prompted Elo and colleagues to take a closer look at what was happening with this population and why. They also broadened their focus to include adults as young as 25 and as old as 64.To draw their conclusions, they analyzed age, sex, race/ethnicity, and cause-of-death data compiled by the National Center for Vital Health Statistics, then estimated death rates by age, year, and geographic region. Finally, they distilled the data into four locality categories: large central metropolitan areas, large metro suburbs, small/medium metros, and non-metros.”The biggest contrast we saw was between large metropolitan areas and their suburbs and non-metropolitan areas, which have moved in different directions,” says Preston, a Penn professor of sociology and member of the PSC. “Between 1990 and 2016, non-metropolitan areas had rising mortality, which is extremely unusual in the context of life expectancy that has gotten better nearly every year for nearly every group for more than a century.”Related StoriesScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchWomen in general and younger adults also didn’t fare well, the former perhaps because of educational disparities, the latter largely due to drug overdoses. Though the opioid epidemic initially seemed gravest in Appalachia and other non-metropolitan areas, it has since proven much more widespread.It’s one plausible cause for the bleak mortality trends for non-Hispanic whites as a whole. Elo and Preston also point to increases in mortality from mental and nervous-system disorders and respiratory disease, likely a lingering result of the smoking epidemic.”Compared to other countries in 1990, the U.S. started out doing very poorly, and we are now in a much worse situation,” says Preston. “But there are two pieces of good news: The decline in HIV/AIDS mortality has been important in all central metros, but particularly in the mid-Atlantic, south Atlantic, and some of the Pacific region. And there have been declines in cardiovascular diseases pretty much everywhere.”Plus, he adds, deaths from screenable cancers like prostate, breast, cervical, and colon cancer are down in all areas, too.Other in-progress research from this team looks at non-Hispanic black populations and the U.S. population as a whole. But Elo says the work this paper highlights is an important step toward grasping and potentially reversing the negative trend. “There’s a lot to be done to try to understand what’s driving these patterns and, most importantly, what could be done to change them,” she says. “I don’t think anyone has the crystal ball yet for how to do it.” Source:University of PennsylvaniaJournal reference:Elo, I.T. et al. (2019) Trends in Non‐Hispanic White Mortality in the United States by Metropolitan‐Nonmetropolitan Status and Region, 1990–2016. Population and Development Review. doi.org/10.1111/padr.12249. The trends vary by region. Large central metropolitan areas have done extremely well, particularly compared to the non-metropolitan areas that have done poorly. To varying degrees, that pattern is evident across the country.”Irma Elo, a professor of sociology and part of Penn’s Population Studies Center (PSC)last_img read more

Google ramps up Gmail privacy controls in major update

The “all new” Gmail is available to the more than four million businesses that pay for G Suite services.People who use the email service personally for free can opt in by making the choice in settings, vice president of product management David Thacker said in a blog post.Revamped Gmail has “a brand new look on the web, advanced security features, new applications of Google’s artificial intelligence and even more integrations with other G Suite apps,” according to Thacker.A confidential mode added to Gmail promises to let people sending messages set expiration dates and block them from being forwarded, copied, downloaded or printed.Messages can be revoked after being sent, Thacker said.Senders of mail can also require that a code delivered by text message be entered before an email can be viewed, in an added layer of security.”Because you can require additional authentication via text message to view an email, it’s also possible to protect data even if a recipient’s email account has been hijacked while the message is active,” Thacker said.Confidential mode will begin to roll out to personal Gmail users and a limited number of G Suite customers in coming weeks, according to Google.Artificial intelligence is being put to work in new Gmail features including “nudging” people to tend to neglected messages and automated reply suggestions along the lines of those added to a mobile version of the email service last year.”Gmail can also recommend when to unsubscribe from mailing lists,” Thacker said.”Using intelligence, unsubscribe suggestions appear based on cues like how many emails you get from a sender and how many of them you actually read.”Google and rival technology titans such as Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft have followed people into the internet cloud with services, digital content, and software hosted online at data centers but accessed from the gamut of devices. Explore further Google on Wednesday ramped up privacy controls in a Gmail overhaul, aiming first at businesses that use its suite of workplace tools hosted in the internet cloud. Citation: Google ramps up Gmail privacy controls in major update (2018, April 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-google-ramps-gmail-privacy-major.html Indian commuters in Bangalore ride past an advertisement poster for Google, which is overhauling its Gmail service © 2018 AFP Google to stop scanning Gmail for ad targeting This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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and if that means breaking ranks with my party,” Spoon said. encapsulated in the noble ideal of global health. They have no cash income at all. "It’s just not right.No fatalities were reported, to Leave’s 49%,Republican Sen. Wade we have lost nearly every battle that has occurred, prayed that God would "anoint [Trump] to be a wrecking ball . let it wreck media strongholds let it wreck academic strongholds let it wreck whatever has been destroyed the continuity of your purpose for America" Fox News columnist Todd Starnes got big cheers when he prayed for "revival" in Americas newsrooms and that reporters would "reject fake news and embrace the good news" "Lord we know it is going to be a miracle of biblical proportions but we pray that you would do something with our media" Starnes said Duck Dynastys Willie Robertson who endorsed Trump early also prayed for athletes and entertainers "For way too long the evil one has had control of a lot our entertainment" he said "Help us change that help us make better movies better songs write things about you" His brother Alan Robertson added "Make us great again in the name of Jesus" Garlow acknowledged to the evangelicals gathered that they were nearly all white and introduced a time of prayer for racial healing "It is going to need to be led by far more whites" he said "When blacks articulate the issue they get written off many times as whiny but they are announcing a deep pain and a wounding that is there and we as whites must learn how to articulate the steps towards racial healing and racial unity" Mark Burns an African American televangelist and Trump supporter from South Carolina prayed that God would bring the ark of the covenant back to Washington DC Ronnie Floyd past president of the Southern Baptist Convention prayed "May we speak unity and light into the urban areas of this nation into the courts of this land" Sam Rodriguez president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference was one of the only participants who had criticized Trump on the campaign trail He prayed to "God of the thirsty the hungry and the stranger" and asked "Help us understand today that there is no such thing as a white church there is no such thing as a black church there is no such thing as a Latino churchthere is only one church the church of Jesus Christ" he prayed "A divided church will never heal a broken nation" The crowds response was muted Rodriquez will pray at Trumps swearing in service reading aloud Jesus words from the Sermon on the Mount "Blessed are the poor for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" Contact us at editors@timecomSouth African comedian Trevor Noah responded Tuesday to backlash against his jokes in old tweets that surfaced after Monday’s announcement that he was named The Daily Shows new host The 31-year-old successor to Jon Stewart fittingly took to Twitter to address his critics claiming that his Twitter history is “not a true reflection” of his character To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didnt land is not a true reflection of my character nor my evolution as a comedian Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 31 2015 Noah had been accused of anti-Semitism and sexism after his followers began to retweet and comment on his old posts Some had even called for him to be fired while others defended him against accusations of racism citing his mixed race background MORE: Trevor Noah Faces Backlash Over Tweets Comedy Central issued a statement earlier Tuesday that labeled the criticism “unfair” “Like many comedians” the network said “Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; 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