ESPN College GameDayAfter serving as the host of ESPN’s College GameDay for 25 years, Chris Fowler has moved on to focus on his duties as play-by-play announcer for ABC/ESPN’s prime time Saturday night games. While Rece Davis should fill in admirably, GameDay definitely won’t be the same. To pay tribute to Fowler, GameDay put together an amazing feature piece, narrated by Tom Rinaldi. After the piece, Fowler joined his old GameDay crew, and Davis, on stage. Things got pretty emotional when Fowler discussed his relationship with Lee Corso, who he spent all 25 years with on the show. He even gave Corso a kiss on the cheek.It is getting a bit dusty in here this morning. We’ll miss you, Chris.
The Ohio State football team remained at No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings which were announced Tuesday evening.Staying at No. 6 marked the first time the Buckeyes did not jump in the rankings since they opened up the inaugural CFP rankings at No. 16 after a 31-24 double overtime win against Penn State Oct. 25.OSU remains the highest ranked team in the Big Ten as Wisconsin fell in at No. 14 after escaping Iowa 26-24 while the Michigan State Spartans came in at No. 10 after routing Rutgers 45-3. The Minnesota Golden Gophers rounded out the Big Ten teams in the rankings coming in at No. 18.The Badgers and Golden Gophers are set to play each other Saturday to determine who will take on the Buckeyes in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game.Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State rounded out the top four for the second straight week.The College Football Playoff rankings were decided by a panel of 12 members, including Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In total, the panel is set to consist of 13 members, but former Mississippi and NFL quarterback Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence because of health concerns.OSU is scheduled to return to action Saturday against Michigan at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.Complete rankings:1. Alabama2. Oregon3. Florida State4. Mississippi State5. Texas Christian University6. Ohio State7. Baylor8. UCLA9. Georgia10. Michigan State11. Arizona12. Kansas State13. Arizona State14. Wisconsin15. Auburn16. Georgia Tech17. Missouri18. Minnesota19. Mississippi20. Oklahoma21. Clemson22. Louisville23. Boise State24. Marshall25. Utah
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini believes that his managerial experience has equipped him for adversity as he prepares to face Everton after a four-game losing streak.West Ham sit bottom of the Premier League table after losing all their four matches this season, but Pellegrini insists that he’s no stranger to difficult spells and wants to use that experience to steer West Ham out of danger this season.“Of course I have been in this position before,” Pellegrini told journalists at his press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Everton.“I started with Villarreal and we had three points from the first 15 and we finished third in the table.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“After that with Malaga when I arrived in the first season, the team was in the relegation zone. We lost five or six games in a row but we continued in the same way. We were improving every day a little bit more until the results arrived.“We recovered by believing more than ever in what we were doing. We kept talking in the same way with the players. We followed the way we believed was correct and we had no doubt in the bad moments.“I am more confident than ever. In the five years, I was at Villarreal, every time I had the same problem. We finished second, we finished third, we finished fifth and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. At every club, you have a bad moment in the season.”
To receive emergency alerts from the city, text your zip code to 888-777 to be enrolled in SMS messaging alerts. You can also go to www.Nixle.comto sign up for email alerts and create a free resident account. The Alaska State Troopers: “I highly encourage all Kenai Peninsula City residents to sign up for Nixle notifications so that we can keep you informed in the event of an emergency or important advisory. Nixle notifications have saved lives in other communities, but we can only reach you if you sign up.” Recently Nixle alerts have been utilized to alert residents of closures along the Sterling Highway due to the heavy smoke from the Swan Lake Fire. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Residents can sign up for Nixle to receive notices of emergency situations and other community advisories throughout the Kenai Peninsula. For more details you can contact the troopers at 262-4453.
HCL Technologies on Friday reported a 28% rise in second-quarter consolidated net profit at ₹1,915 crore, on the back of increase in European business and in life-sciences and healthcare verticals. In tune with this, shares soared to a 52-week high at ₹1,820. HCL Board also announced a bonus share issue on the ratio of one share for every one share held.The fourth largest software exporter follows a July to June financial year, with its year-ago profit recording at ₹1,496 crore. Analysts polled by Reuters expected HCL to post a profit of ₹1,615 crore. Interim dividend has been declared at ₹8 per equity share of ₹2 each.Revenue grew by 13.4% at ₹9,283 crore, against the ₹8,184 crore for the same period last year.HCL Technologies Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Shiv Nadar explained that globally the IT industry was undergoing significant changes, even as IT buying has moved beyond the traditional scope and now also tries to capture the adjacencies, changing not only the definition of a traditional buyer, but also involving technology to become the centre stage of organisational competitiveness.Given the circumstances, a balanced portfolio, integrated IT services and engineering capabilities makes HCL a service provider of choice when companies go for business model transformation, he added.HCL recorded dollar-net profit rise of 27.3% to $307.2 million, with revenue touching $1.43 billion, an increase of 12.8%.For the quarter ended, HCL sits on cash and cash equivalents of ₹1,221 crore.HCL said it signed 15 transformational engagements over the quarter, with total contract value exceeding $1 billion.Employee headcount crossed one lakh mark over the quarter, to stand at 1,00,240. Gross additions stood at 11,734 and net at 4,718. Attrition on LTM basis recorded 16.4%, reported BusinessLine.HCL shares were trading at ₹1,785.55, up by ₹136.60 or 8.28% at 12:20 pm.
Share Marjorie Kamys Cotera: O’Rourke/Robin Jerstad: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.In recent weeks, the race between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, has largely revolved around immigration, playing out in detention centers along the southern border and over immigration bills in Washington.But U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s abrupt retirement announcement Wednesday sent shockwaves throughout the country — and quickly turned the two Texans’ attention to the nation’s highest court.“After today, this race to represent Texas in the Senate matters more than ever,” O’Rourke wrote on Twitter Wednesday.“Fully agree,” Cruz replied Thursday in his own tweet. “And the overwhelming majority of Texans want Supreme Court Justices who will preserve the Constitution & Bill of Rights, not undermine our rights and legislate from the bench.”The power of consent for Supreme Court nominees is one of the Senate’s greatest powers, and now — after a controversial change to Senate rules last year — the chamber’s Republicans have the numbers to potentially confirm a nominee over unified opposition from Democrats.For Republicans, the Supreme Court vacancy represents an opportunity. For Democrats, it has inspired fear. And for the U.S. Senate race in Texas, it has already become a rallying cry.The Texas Republican Party opened its latest fundraising email Friday morning with a call for donations to Cruz in light of the court vacancy. A day earlier, Cruz’s campaign sent out its own pitch to supporters for funds to ensure Republicans retain their Senate majority.“If we lose the Senate, we will lose the opportunity to approve the nominations of strong Constitutionalists to the Supreme Court and other important positions. This is why we need your support. These are the stakes,” the Cruz campaign email reads.O’Rourke’s campaign, meanwhile, sent an email to supporters Thursday soliciting $3 contributions “to help our grassroots, people-powered campaign be a check on Trump’s Supreme Court pick.”Though some Democrats have demanded the Senate postpone the vote until after the November election — pointing to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s move to do just that in 2016 — McConnell has pledged to hold a confirmation vote ahead of the midterms. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the vote will likely happen in September.Republicans are banking on the Supreme Court vacancy to turn out far-right voters who see it as an opportunity to push a conservative agenda through the courts.“I think it actually energizes the Republican base, it makes people feel united,” Republican strategist Brendan Steinhauser said. “People seem to be very fired up. It seems very positive for Cruz.”Cruz told Fox News Thursday he thought 2016 was a litmus test of the Supreme Court’s importance to voters, suggesting that the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia — which set off a more than year-long showdown in the Senate over Scalia’s successor — helped propel Donald Trump to victory.“This was a major issue the American people decided,” he said. “It was a major reason that we have President Trump and we have a Republican majority in the Senate — because the American people want justices who will defend the Constitution, will defend the Bill of Rights.”Cruz, who clerked for former Chief Justice William Rehnquist after graduating from Harvard Law School and later argued before the U.S. Supreme Court nine times, said on Fox that filling Kennedy’s seat “could prove to be the most significant thing the Republican Senate does.” He has begun promoting a handful of candidates for the job, including U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.Cruz’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment.If Republicans succeed in their plans to vote Trump’s nominee onto the court before November, O’Rourke has little chance of swaying the outcome of this confirmation process. In an interview Thursday, he distanced himself from Democratic leaders who are calling for delaying the vote.“I don’t know that you want to set an arbitrary timeline on this. I just think, you know, the President should nominate and the Senate should do its due diligence,” he said. “My understanding is historically that would take you past the November election anyhow if the Senate were truly to do its due diligence.”Instead, O’Rourke’s campaign is focusing on the importance of Democrats retaking the Senate and regaining control of the confirmation process for future nominees.“The choice is clear: we can either have Ted Cruz or Beto in the Senate voting on Supreme Court nominees,” the O’Rourke campaign’s fundraising email said. “Someone who will vote for the agenda of special interests and corporations or someone who will vote for the people of Texas. We need to work every single day to cut Cruz’s narrow lead and ensure it’s Beto.”O’Rourke campaign spokesman Chris Evan said the campaign will emphasize what O’Rourke would look for in a nominee down the line — namely, someone who supports civil rights, abortion rights, access to healthcare and ending partisan gerrymandering.O’Rourke said he still doesn’t know where the Supreme Court ranks among issues on voters’ minds, so he will take their temperature at town halls across Texas in the coming week, starting with one Friday afternoon in San Antonio.“We’ll see if these issues come up at the town halls. I’m assuming they will, but we’ll see,” he said.On both sides, abortion may emerge as a particular flashpoint. The Supreme Court vacancy casts doubt on the future of the landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade, which declared abortion a constitutional right. Kennedy cast several decisive votes to protect abortion rights over the course of his career, and a more conservative justice could spell the end of those protections.The extent to which hopes and fears of repealing Roe v. Wade will translate into votes in November remains an open question, said former state Sen. Wendy Davis, whose famous filibuster of an anti-abortion bill in the Texas Senate in 2013 boosted her national profile, leading to a failed run for governor a year later.“It depends on how many people make choice a central part of why they vote. Those who are opposed to abortion most certainly do. But many supporters continue to take for granted that they will always be able to access abortion,” she wrote in an email. “Will this recent development…be enough to motivate independent suburban women to vote with protecting abortion access in mind? Hard to say. But I certainly hope so.”Anti-abortion activists in Texas and around the country are already seizing on Kennedy’s retirement as an opportunity to take aim at Roe v. Wade. During most election cycles, Texas Right to Life typically spends more on state legislature races than congressional ones, said legislative director John Seago. But Kennedy’s retirement will likely prompt the group to boost its intended advertising for Cruz. He predicted other groups opposed to abortion will do the same in the months to come.“In his race with O’Rourke, the Kennedy retirement is just going to electrify the race even more,” he said.O’Rourke, who has so far outraised Cruz, has pledged not to accept PAC money — so abortion rights groups like the Planned Parenthood Action Fund can’t donate to his campaign directly.But Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, said in a statement that the group will “lead grassroots efforts” across the state to mobilize voters.“The Supreme Court vacancy poses a real and immediate threat to women in Texas, a state where access to safe, legal abortion is already on the line. It is critical that Texans – especially Texas women –make their voices heard in November by electing leaders who are committed to protecting women’s health and rights,” Gutierrez wrote.Abby Livingston contributed to this report.Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s party. He is a Democrat.Disclosure: Planned Parenthood has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of themhere.
After 14 spring practices, the first-year head coach will open the final workout of the spring to give fans their first glimpse of the 2019 UofL football team. The practice will last for approximately two hours, with a couple of 11 on 11 scrimmage periods mixed in throughout the workout. Parking lots will open at 2 p.m., followed by gates at 6 p.m. Cardinal Authentic, which is located at Gate 2 on the east side of the stadium, will open at 11 a.m., with many items marked off as high as 50 percent. Story Links LOUISVILE, Ky. – Head coach Scott Satterfield and the University of Louisville football team will close spring football practice with the 2019 Spring Showcase at Cardinal Stadium on March 7 at 7 p.m. Admission is free to the event. Print Friendly Version
UofL opens the regular season Next Friday, August 30 at 7 p.m. with Florida at the Cardinal Classic. The Cardinals home slate includes 15 matches against teams that were nationally ranked in 2018, as well as 11 matches against teams that earned an NCAA Tournament berth last season. The Cardinals posted a 22-9 record in the 2018 season and made their 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. UofL is led by returning HM All-American Melanie McHenry as well as starters Emily Scott and Piper Roe, a member of the US Collegiate National Team. The season will highlight one of the best Cardinal recruiting classes in recent memory. The 2019 UofL volleyball recruiting class was ranked No. 16 in the nation, the highest ranked class in the ACC and the highest ranking Cardinal class since 2006. UofL hit .413 in the match with five aces and 12.5 blocks. Miami hit .065 with two aces and one block. The RedHawks were led by Lindsay Taylor’s seven kills. Single match tickets can be bought here LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Claire Chaussee, Aiko Jones and Melanie McHenry each had eight kills to lead the No. 25-ranked University of Louisville volleyball team to a 25-8, 25-23, 25-14 win over Miami University in an exhibition match Saturday afternoon at L&N Federal Credit Union Arena. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 502-GO-CARDS, or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Single match tickets will also be available for purchase on match days at the L&N Federal Credit Union Arena ticket windows starting one hour prior to match time. In the first set, UofL hit a torrid .458 led by Claire Chaussee’s four kills. After taking a 15-1 lead, the Cards cruised to a 25-8 win. The RedHawks pushed back in the second set, never trailing by more than two points until 16-14 when a kill by Piper Roe sparked a four point run to go up 20-14. The teams traded points before the Cards prevailed 25-23. In the third set, UofL ran out to a 14-6 lead early and then closed out with a 25-14 win. Photo Gallery The ranking was announced by PrepVolleyball.com, where a panel of college coaches from across the country and representing all three NCAA women’s volleyball divisions determines the top list of classes. Story Links To see the complete schedule, click here Print Friendly Version
Popular on Variety For DirecTV Now customers on the older packages, the new prices effective April 12 will be: Live a Little (65+ channels) for $50/month; Just Right (85+ channels) for $65/month; Go Big (105+ channels) for $75/month; Gotta Have It (125+ channels) for $85/month; and Todo y Más (90+ channels) for $55/month.Word of the price hikes for legacy DirecTV Now packages and the two new bundles leaked out this past weekend, after AT&T posted preliminary info on its website.While AT&T’s DirecTV Now shakeup stands to make the over-the-top service more profitable on a per-subscriber basis, the higher prices are bound to cause many users to bail — and switch to rival OTT live TV packages like YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV or Dish Network’s Sling TV. In the fourth quarter of 2018, DirecTV Now lost 267,000 net subscribers after the company ended virtually all promotional pricing, and ended 2018 with about 1.6 million DirecTV Now subscribers.Meanwhile, AT&T’s WarnerMedia is gearing up to launch a suite of subscription VOD services, centered on HBO, Turner and Warner Bros., targeted for a Q4 2019 launch. AT&T is overhauling its DirecTV Now pricing and packaging strategy — including hiking prices for existing customers by $10 across the board — a move that could lead to more subscriber losses for the company’s flagging pay-TV business.At the same time, AT&T is launching two new DirecTV Now packages: Plus, at $50 per month for up to 46 channels; and Max, $70 per month for up to 59 channels. Both include AT&T-owned HBO, HBO Family and HBO Latino along with networks from WarnerMedia (Turner), NBCUniversal, Disney and Fox, and exclude channels from A+E Networks, AMC Networks, Discovery and Viacom.The previous DirecTV packages are no longer available to new customers.In a notice to customers posted Wednesday, AT&T confirmed that the prices of all DirecTV Now base packages will increase by $10 per month effective April 12, 2019. It’s the second price increase for DirecTV Now in less than a year, after the telco jacked up the prices by $5 per month last summer. Customers with those packages — Live a Little, Just Right, Go Big, Gotta Have It, and the Spanish-language Todo y Más — will retain their current lineups as long as they continue to keep the service. Also, starting March 13, 2019, DirecTV Now legacy customers will pay $15 per month for HBO and $11 monthly for Cinemax (both previously offered for $5) while Starz will cost $11 per month (previously $8). The Brazilian package is increasing to $30 per month and the Deportes add-on is increasing to $15 a month.The new DirecTV Now Plus $50 entry-level package includes HBO, HBO Family and HBO Latino and local ABC, CBS, Fox, CW and MyNetworkTV stations (though broadcast nets are not available in all markets). Cable networks in the bundle are AccuWeather, AT&T’s Audience, Boomerang, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNBC, CNBC World, CNN, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports 1, Freeform, FX, FX Movie Channel, FXX, Hallmark Channel, HLN, MSNBC, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic Channel, NBCSN, Ovation, Oxygen, Pop, Revolt, Syfy, TBS, TCM, TNT, TruTV, Universal Kids and USA Network.DirecTV Now Max ($70 per month) includes all those channels as well as Cinemax and sports networks ESPNews, ESPNU, BTN, CBS Sports Network, FS2, Golf Channel, Longhorn Network, MSG, MSG+, Olympic Channel, SEC Network and YES Network (with regional sports networks available only in certain markets).“Both new packages provide slimmer, quality-driven content lineups at competitive prices and with no annual contract,” AT&T said in announcing DirecTV Now Plus and DirecTV Now Max. Customers who take the $50 Plus package can add Cinemax for $11 extra per month; Starz and Showtime are also available for an additional $11 per month each.AT&T had argued that its takeover of Time Warner “will enable the merged company to reduce prices, offer innovative video products, and compete more effectively” against tech giants Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google. The telco made those claims in a court challenge by the Justice Department, which sought to block the merger on antitrust grounds. Last month, a U.S. Appeals Court upheld a previous ruling approving the AT&T/Time Warner deal. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Photography, as we all know has become indispensable in today’s modern life but sadly this art form has not been talked about and explored in forms beyond its technical format. The evolution of photography right from its early days till now gives us a great insight of innumerable social, economic and emotional paradigms of human existence.Vipin Gaur (fashion photograher) says ‘Every person on this earth is photogenic you just need a right angle to shoot with.’ Rishabh Aggarwal (wedding photographer) feels that it is an art, which cannot be taught by anyone. According to him, ‘It is an inherited art which needs to be discovered.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Both photographers work with various trends, forms and technicalities in photography that have seen a meteoric shift over the years but they intrinsically are focused on the humane side of this art form. World Photography Day, 19 August, is the best day to celebrate that thought process. CRY is also organising a photography workshop on 19 August, where children will capture reasons that are keeping them away from school. Leading photographers from Rang-A Delhi based community of artists have joined hands with CRY to showcase the challenges faced by millions of children in India. Grab your camera and head over. This will surely be a pleasure.WHEN: 19th August, 2013WHERE: Swati, Kanakdurga Basti, R.K Puram, Sector-12, Near Delhi Public School
How Success Happens Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. As options for learning online continue to expand, a growing number of entrepreneurs are using them to keep their staff on the cutting edge. Using tools for online training, including videos, apps, and webinars, rather than sending employees to expensive training seminars or bringing in pricey consultants to train on site, can save startups and growing businesses both money and time.Companies with fewer than 500 employees represent one of the fastest-growing markets for lynda.com, an online learning library with more than 1,450 video courses. “Small businesses are turning to online training for cost, quality, and access reasons,” says Nate Kimmons, vice president of enterprise marketing at lynda.com. “Gone are the days of sending employees off to a two-day, in-person class. Online training serves as a 24/7 resource that the learner can access anytime, anywhere at their own pace from any device. It’s simple to use.”If you are thinking of trying online training, here are five things to consider and examples of tools to get you started. 1. Get specific. One of the advantages of online education is the sheer volume of possibilities. There’s no need to attend a general seminar about Internet marketing if you really just need a specific course about how to create daily deals that people will buy.”Online, we can find training options for very specific and sometimes obscure topics,” says John Walsh, president of Total Mortgage Services in Milford, Conn. “We’ve found that if we can think of it, then someone has put together a video, slides, or a podcast covering it.”Related: Olympic Training Tips for Coaching Employees to GreatnessFor instance, Dave Handmaker, CEO of online printing company Next Day Flyers, says his business has benefited from online training in online marketing from Market Motive. The company offers courses in Internet marketing fundamentals, search engine optimization, analytics, and conversion. Self-paced courses start at $299 and courses with a personalized coach are $3,500 for 12 weeks.2. Allow for flexibility. With face-to-face training, you usually get one chance to soak it all in. But many online programs are on-demand, meaning learners can move at their own pace and watch presentations again and again if needed.”The added flexibility allows everyone to work at his or her own pace and better fit the training into a busy schedule,” Walsh says. “For instance, the technology training that we buy for our developers consists of a series of videos covering a topic. During the videos, the instructor works on a project and our developers follow along, recreating that same project. They’re constantly pausing, rewinding, or replaying the videos. The developers prefer this style of training, and it’s not possible offline.”For a monthly subscription fee of about $50, Treehouse offers unlimited access to more than 650 training videos, including quizzes and challenges, to keep employees updated on everything related to designing and developing programs for the web and mobile devices.3. Go mobile. Online education also allows for flexibility across technology formats. Employees can learn at home, on the job, or anywhere they use their smartphone.Related: How to Build and Manage a Website With Your iPhoneDuring the past year, mobile apps have become more popular, according to Kimmons. For instance, AppSumo offers hundreds of training apps and e-books selected specifically for entrepreneurs, on topics including design, analytics, marketing, advertising and productivity, ranging in price from $10 to about $500.4. Learn from top dogs. The Internet allows for opportunities to learn from those who are true experts in their chosen fields. For example, Walsh says online training allows his technology team to learn from programmers and software engineers who have experience working at Google, Facebook and other cutting-edge companies.For instance, Digital Royalty University (DRU) offers courses in utilizing social media for small business, created and taught by social media experts who have run social media campaigns for major brands like Shaquille O’Neal, the Chicago White Sox and DoubleTree by Hilton. DRU offers a free introductory class on shaping a social media strategy. Other classes on topics such as Facebook, Twitter, and creating an online brand, start at around $40.5. Do your research. Not every online course is worth the money. Chad Grills, co-founder of educational software company Applet Studios, learned that the hard way, when he purchased a large marketing training package and realized it contained very little actionable content.Related: How to Create an E-Mail Marketing Campaign That People Will NoticeTo avoid that disappointment, once you’ve decided which online training works for your company, research your choice. “If I think a training program is really valuable, and comes from a person who I respect, I’ll often contact them with questions to test their customer service, says Grills. “Then, I can make an informed decision. If you can’t get a hold of them or a support associate, that’s a red flag.”You can also try a Google or Twitter search for reviews of the learning program you’re considering, and look for courses that have courses that have some sort of follow up questions or quiz. October 31, 2012 5 min read
Related posts:Expansion of monoculture farming could mean extinction for some tropical birds Costa Rican students turn larvae, crickets into nutritious meals to fight hunger Costa Rican students’ insect-based foods take top spots at international competition Researchers find specimen of Costa Rican frog believed to be extinct PARIS — Scientists revealed Wednesday the trigger that can plunge a colony of obedient and sterile worker bees dutifully serving their queen into a chaotic swarm of sexual rebellion and regicide.It’s in the beeswax, according to a study published in the British journal Royal Society Open Science.Biologists have long puzzled at what, exactly, tips the ordered world of many social insects — rigidly divided by caste, function and hierarchy — into murderous mayhem of sometimes Shakespearean dimensions.In this case, the actor subject to observation and experimentation was Bombus terrestris, more commonly known as the bumblebee.In its steady-state “social phase,” a bumblebee colony is a paragon of efficiency that would make Amazon’s Jeff Bezos green with envy.“Workers and the queen usually just attend to their tasks peacefully,” explained Anne-Marie Rottler-Hoermann, a researcher at the Institute of Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics in Ulm, Germany, and lead author of the study.The workers — always female — focus selflessly on foraging, taking care of the brood, nest-keeping and maintaining defences against potential aggressors.The queen does what queens do: allows herself to be pampered and fed by her offspring, while she lays eggs to produce more workers and the occasional male that may later mate with a virgin queen, known as a gyne.The final actMales are otherwise pretty useless. They play no role in the life of the colony, which they abandon shortly after emerging.Born in the late summer, when most of the nectar-rich flowers are gone, these wandering Lotharios usually die within a few days.This clear division of labor and absence of sexual conflict “can be considered the main reason for the great evolutionary and ecological success of social insects,” Rottler-Hoermann said.With bumblebees, a typical colony — which has a life-cycle of less than a year — will grow to accomodate 150 workers and one queen.But at a certain point something snaps, and the clockwork cooperation comes to an end.The transition to the “competition phase” is quick — and sometimes brutal.“It is a total behavioral change in the whole bumblebee colony from one day to the next,” Rottler-Hoermann told AFP.Suddenly agitated, the bees run around attacking each other, sometimes ripping open egg cells to kill the eggs inside.“Aggression is so pronounced that it can even lead to the death of the queen,” she added.Experiments have shown that the presence of a queen enforces sterility among workers. But as the colony matures these rank-and-file bees, in an act of defiance, lay eggs anyhow.Unfertilized, they yield only males with a single set of chromosomes.The queen, who mated before founding her colony, has stored sperm from that union, allowing her to produce both female and male offspring.Earlier research has pointed to the size of the colony as the trigger for the violent undoing of the social order.But the new study, in a set of clever experiments, showed it was subtle changes in the chemical composition of wax in the nest that unleashed aggression.When exposed to wax from a colony in the end-game phase, workers from a newly established nest “start to compete for reproduction,” the study showed by way of proof.Even when a fertile and active queen came into the picture, the wax still trumped her influence, it found. Facebook Comments
March 30, 2012Soleri Vernal Equinox Event – PICNIC WITH A FISH took place last Saturday, March 24. 2012. [photos: Chihiro Saito & text: from Scottsdale Public Art Blog] [photos: Chihiro Saito & text: from Scottsdale Public Art Blog] The Soleri Bridge and Plaza on the Scottsdale Waterfront was transformed into a one of kind picnic by award-winning local artist Mary Lucking. Boxed lunches were available, or free oranges while people could sit among balloon trees in the company … … of White Amur – the fish that keep our Valley’s canals clean. This report continues on Monday with more photos.
European classical music and jazz channel Mezzo Live HD is due to launch in Taiwan on ChungHwa Telecom’s MOD platform.The deal marks the Lagardère Active TV-operated channel’s first carriage agreement in Taiwan and follows recent deals with the First Media and BiGTV platforms in Indonesia.Mezzo Live HD is owned by France’s Lagardère Active and distributed in Asia by Lightning International. The channel is now available in five major Asian markets and Mezzo said it is “ramping up its efforts” to show more localised content in the second half of 2015 with “new partnerships in the works in Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.”
In This Issue.. * Durable goods disappoint * Market on hold for Fed * QE3 still an option * Quiet day for currencies And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! FOMC held the cards… Good day…and welcome to the last Thursday in April. As Chuck mentioned, I’ll be steering the ship today while he travels to Florida for some conferences, so the call to the bullpen has been made. All in all, it was a fairly quiet day and if I had to make a call one way or the other, I would have to say Wednesday turned out to be a risk on type of day. While the US earnings season has definitely fueled the risk on campers, it was touch and go for a while. We started the day pretty flat as the euro traded at 1.32 and gold was in a holding pattern at $1,643, neither of which showed any direction. All of the other currencies were either trading at breakeven or very close, so the markets were obviously waiting for something. The first bit of market moving material was staring us down right out of the gate yesterday morning, which was the durable goods figure from March, and it wasn’t pretty. The headline durable goods number decreased 4.2%, which is the most since January 2009, as demand for transportation equipment, namely aircraft, fell quite a bit from February’s robust numbers. Orders for aircraft, which can be volatile from month to month, does act as a gauge for the broad domestic and global economy, but I think the auto portion of transportation is more telling of the domestic and local economies. Bookings for cars and associated parts only increased 0.1%, which was quite lower than last month’s 2% rise, but they at least held steady. Still, it was a mixed bag at best. The durable goods minus transportation fell 1.1% from the revised 1.9% gain in February. The piece of the puzzle and the spin that had economists talking was the goods shipped portion, which is one of the components in calculating GDP. The gauge of shipped goods actually increased 2.6% and has some calling for a higher than expected first quarter GDP reading. We won’t have to wait long as the initial reading is due tomorrow morning. The markets all but overlooked the fall in durable goods as nothing really moved and the currencies were still sitting in the same place before the report was released. While it was a light day in the data department as far as the number of reports, the focus of the day fell squarely on the shoulders of the Fed. That’s right, the Fed rate meeting was yesterday so everyone was sitting on seat’s edge just waiting to see what would happen. Of course, it wasn’t the rate decision itself that held the market hostage, but instead, the sound bites that would follow garnered all of the attention. The rate decision was announced at 11:30 central time, so I looked up at the currency screens shortly thereafter and saw that gold was down about $15 and that silver was trying to stay above $30. I wasn’t expecting any earth changing developments, so it took me for surprise. I saw rates remained on hold so it wasn’t that. As it turned out, there was a knee jerk reaction immediately following the meeting to the fact that unemployment forecasts were reduced and no additional stimulus measures were announced or planned. In fact, the unemployment rate estimate was reduced down to a range of 7.8%-8.0% by year end from January’s projection of 8.2%-8.5%. Oddly enough, the currency market didn’t have much of a reaction and seemed unfazed by the initial release. About an hour later, it was Bernanke’s turn on stage as he spoke at the proceeding press conference and reversed previous thoughts that QE3 was all but out of the picture. I think the big headline from Bernanke was his announcement that the Fed is prepared to do more, if needed, to make sure the recovery continues and that inflation stays close to target. In other words, additional stimulus is still on the table and the recent strides forward aren’t enough to rule out future action. For the most part, everything he explained yesterday didn’t change much from the past several meetings as the European crisis remains a concern, economic growth is expected to moderately continue in the coming quarters, and unemployment isn’t falling as fast as they would like. As quickly as gold lost ground prior to the press conference, it quickly climbed back to where it began the day since QE3 wasn’t totally removed as an option after all. The last notable news bits from the meeting were a couple more revisions to growth and inflation. We did see an upward revision to GDP this year from a range of 2.2%-2.7% to 2.4%-2.9% so it looks like the Fed is hopeful jobs growth will continue moving in the right direction. They also increased the inflation outlook to 1.9%-2.0% and acknowledged it has picked up due to higher oil and gas prices. They still maintain gas prices will only affect inflation temporarily, but I’m not sure how that would be the case if they expect continued expansion in the US economy. Speaking of oil, we did see it rise back above $104 after the higher growth outlook, so US demand still remains in the driver’s seat when it comes to price action. I think I’ve gone on long enough with the Fed meeting, so let’s take a look and see what reports are due today. We’ll see the usual Thursday reports on weekly initial jobless claims and the continuing claims number, both of which are supposed to show slight improvement from last week. The initial claims are expected to come in at 375k, but with the constant revisions, it’s tough to maintain a firm comparison point. With that said, we’re still far from a range needed to firmly put a dent in what I would consider the most telling and important economic figure. The March jobs numbers of 120k sure doesn’t go far in my book to justify the Fed’s rosier employment outlook. We will also see the results of pending home sales from March, another area of concern by the Fed. Housing has been flailing around with no sense of direction as prices continue falling, albeit at a much slower pace than in the past, but purchases have been slow to rise as buyers try to guess the market bottom. The estimates I’ve seen aren’t much to write about, but maybe that summer like weather in March coaxed more buyers into signing contracts. Other than that, we get a gauge of consumer confidence and a regional manufacturing report, so it looks like today will be a balancing act between that ever present lake of lava, which is employment and housing. Depending how those reports turn out, we could see the market remain in a holding pattern until tomorrow since we get some big reports. We’ll see the initial printing of first quarter GDP, personal consumption, and inflation so this trio certainly has enough clout to hold the market captive until then. As I mentioned earlier, the currencies remained in a very tight range so there isn’t much to talk about on the currency front today. In fact, yesterday turned out to be one of the narrower trading days that we’ve seen lately as the euro floated within a 0.5% window between the high and low of the day. Usually, we’ll see at least a full cent deviation throughout the course of a given day, but that wasn’t the case. Since the Fed left the door open for QE3 if needed, the dollar did finish down on the day but only by a small margin. The top currencies were all commodity based as the rand broke away from the pack with a 0.7% gain. The rest of the currencies ranged from breakeven to slight gains as the Aussie and Canadian dollar took the silver and bronze medals respectively. The only sizable moves came from gold and silver, when they fell 0.7% and 2.25% immediately following the rate announcement, but they did regain all lost ground by the time I left the office last night. The rise in equities kept most currencies in positive territories to finish the day. I did see where S&P lowered India’s sovereign credit outlook to negative from stable, citing slower economic and investment growth along with a wider current account deficit as the rationale. While the actual rating was not downgraded, they did say if steps to reduce structural fiscal deficits and improvement in the investment climate are taken, they will reevaluate. The Indian finance minister quickly stepped in to say that reforms are on track and economic growth should remain intact, but only time will tell. Surprisingly enough, the rupee actually finished slightly higher on the day. Other than that, the only other development I saw before I called it a day was in New Zealand. The central bank met late in the afternoon, our time, and kept rates on hold as expected. The statement released after the meeting said the economy is still growing at a slower pace and inflation isn’t presenting any problems, so rates will probably be on hold for quite a while. The central bank governor, who is known for talking the currency down, went on the say that if the exchange rate remains strong and isn’t justified by stronger data, they might reassess the rate outlook. In other words, nothing new here since he frequently expresses concern of a strong currency. As I came in this morning, everything is trading in yesterday’s clothes and there is an ever so slight bias to sell the dollar so far. There aren’t many headlines to speak of, but we did see a report on European economic confidence fall more than expected as more austerity and economic uncertainty loom on the horizon. Even though the UK economy slipped back into recession following yesterday’s negative GDP print, we saw a report of investor sentiment rise this morning. Then there was this… If Congress and President Barack Obama can’t agree on extending some of the tax breaks set to expire at year-end, the U.S. economy will be harmed so greatly that there is nothing the Federal Reserve can do to compensate for it, Chairman Ben Bernanke said. “If no action were to be taken by the fiscal authorities, the size of the fiscal cliff is such that there’s absolutely no chance that the Federal Reserve could or would have any ability to offset that effect on the economy,” I saw this article in Bloomberg this morning, so hopefully this is yet another wake up call to get things under control. To recap…We started the day with the worst durable goods print since January 2009 but the markets were focused on the Fed rate meeting. They did keep rates on hold, as we expected, but an increased economic growth forecast initially sent some investors calling for no more QE3. Once Bernanke held the press conference, he said additional stimulus is an option if the economy stumbles. Gold and silver went for a ride around the block but the currencies stayed home. S&P lowered India’s outlook and New Zealand kept rates on hold. Currencies today 4/26/12… American Style: A$ $1.070, kiwi .8165, C$ $1.0173, euro 1.3215, sterling 1.6188, Swiss $1.0996… European Style: rand 7.7547, krone 5.7216, SEK 6.7166, forint 217.53, zloty 3.1673, koruna 18.7394, RUB 29.2812, yen 80.83, sing 1.2416, HKD 7.7591, INR 52.5375, China 6.3057, pesos 13.1581, BRL 1.88, Dollar Index 79.02, Oil $103.92, 10-year 1.96%, Silver $30.70, and Gold… $1,646.75 That’s it for today… Even though it was a quiet day in the currency market, it was a busy day at the office yesterday as it felt like I needed a couple extra hours in the day to get everything done. We found out the first game of the next playoff series for our St. Louis Blues starts Saturday against the LA Kings, so let’s go Blues!! Tonight marks a big night for football fans as the draft kicks off with the first round in primetime. The first two picks are basically made, but I’m hoping the Rams finally put together a solid and lasting draft class. With that said, I’ll you get the day started. Until next time, Have a Great Day!! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.com
Here are my last two plant photos. The first was taken at The Alamo. It’s a papaya bush/tree—and this one was about a meter and half high—and that’s 4 feet and change in American! When fully grown, they’re much taller than this, of course. The second photo was taken on the resort hotel grounds—and it goes by the name American beautyberry. You can eat them, but their astringency will pucker your mouth up real quick. For the Friday trading session, gold got smacked for 1.94%—silver for 1.40%—platinum was creamed for 3.24%—and palladium 1.57%. Nothing free market about this, as da boyz pulled out all the stops.And, as always, not a word in protest from the precious metal miners or the two organizations that purport to represent their best interests—the World Gold Council and The Silver Institute.So—are JPMorgan et al done to the downside yet?It seems like I’ve asked that question every week for the last two or three weeks—and they keep surprising us to the downside. Considering how ‘in your face’ and extreme these engineered price declines have been in all six key commodities this time around, it’s hard to accept the fact that the ensuing rallies may be cut off at the knees before they really get anywhere. But I suppose one should be prepared for any eventuality.That’s all I have for today, but before heading out the door I want to remind you one last time about the 40th Annual New Orleans Investment Conference from October 22-25, 2014. That’s less than three weeks away! If you’re interested, you can find out everything you need to know by clicking here.That’s it for the day—and the week.I await the 6 p.m. open in New York on Sunday evening with great interest.Enjoy what’s left of your weekend—and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. So—are JPMorgan et al done to the downside yet?The gold price got sold down a few dollars as soon as trading began in the Far East on their Friday—and another five bucks or so got carved off the price shortly before the London open. From there it traded unchanged until the release of the job numbers at 8:30 a.m. EDT in New York. The HFT boyz used the opportunity to put the boots to gold once again—and the low tick came around 12:45 p.m. EDT. After that, the price didn’t do a lot.The high and low ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,215.70 and $1,190.30 in the December contract.Gold finished the Friday session at $11,90.70 spot, down $23.60 from Thursday’s close. Net volume was 174,000 contracts.Here’s the 10-minute gold chart going all the way back before the Comex opened at 6 p.m. EDT in New York on Thursday evening—and you can see that the two small declines before the London open didn’t have much volume associated with them—and JPMorgan et al saved the heavy lumber for the Comex trading session, as volume exploded when their HFT boyz worked their magic starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT. Don’t forget to add two hours to the Mountain Daylight Times shown on this chart.It was more or less the same price pattern in silver, except the low tick came at 10:30 a.m. in New York—and the subsequent rally got capped around noon, and then sold down a bit. Silver traded flat from the 1:30 p.m. close of Comex trading into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.The high and low prices were reported as $17.155 and $16.64 in the December contract.Silver finished the trading day yesterday at $16.855 spot, down 24 cents. Net volume was 45,000 contracts.The pounding of platinum continued again yesterday, as the HFT boyz took two 20 buck slices out of the salami—once in early morning trading in the Far East—and again starting at, or just before, the London a.m. gold fix. The beating stopped around 11 a.m. EDT—and the metal traded flat into the close, finishing down another 41 bucks. Platinum has never been this oversold—ever.It was similar for palladium, as da boyz peeled another 12 bucks off the price—and it finished off its low by around five dollars.You’ll note that the HFT boyz only went after gold and silver at the 8:30 a.m. EDT job numbers report. Neither platinum or palladium even twitched during that time.Of course it’s almost superfluous to point out that all four precious metals set new lows for this move down.The dollar index closed late on Thursday afternoon at 85.61—and rallied quietly starting almost immediately after the 6 p.m. EDT open—and was at the 86.00 level when the jobs numbers released. The NASA space launch in the index that occurred at that point took the dollar to its 86.75 high shortly before 11 a.m. EDT—and it gave up 10 points of its gain by the close. The index finished that up 103.4 basis points—and closed at 86.65.The gold stocks got pounded—gaping down at the open—and hitting their lows around 1 p.m. EDT—and never moved off the floor from there. The HUI got smacked for a breathtaking 4.47%—closing at 189.77.And even though silver only closed down 24 cents, the shares got slammed even harder, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 5.36%.The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and 13 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.The CME Preliminary Report for the Friday trading session showed that 327 contracts disappeared from the October delivery month, leaving 1,913 contracts still open. The silver contracts still open in October rose by 78—and the contracts open now sits at 291.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 6:24 p.m. EDT, there were no reported changes in SLV.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, they reported that 16,075 troy ounces of gold were received—and 22,364 troy ounces were shipped out. The link to that activity is here.There was much more activity in silver, of course, as they received 899,995 troy ounces—and 371,102 ounces were shipped out the door. Most of the activity was at Brink’s, Inc. and Canada’s Scotiabank. The link to that action is here.The Commitment of Traders Report, for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, was not quite what I was hoping to see—and I’m wondering out loud if all the data from the big down day on Tuesday made it into this report, which was something I mentioned as a possibility in my Wednesday column. Anyway, the numbers are what they are.In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by only 1,306 contracts—and the new Commercial net short position now stands at 77.3 million troy ounces.Under the hood in the Disaggregated COT Report, the Managed Money category increased their short position by 3,924 contracts, which is understandable considering the price action during the reporting period. But the non-technical traders on the long side of the Managed Money category actually increased their long position by an impressive 2,458 contracts. Almost all the selling came out of the Nonreportable/small trader category.The Managed Money on the short side is now at a new record—and it’s a good bet that, as a group, they don’t hold a single solitary Comex long position in silver between them. So the question begs to be asked—who are the non-technical fund traders in the Managed Money category that are quietly adding to their positions on the long side—and why are they doing it and what do they know that we don’t?Ted Butler said the it appears that JPMorgan decreased their short position by around 500 contracts during the reporting week—and that brings their short-side corner in the Comex silver market down to 11,000 contracts, or 55 million troy ounces. That amount represents about 70 percent of the total Commercial net short position.In gold, the Commercial net short position only declined by 3,590 Comex contracts, or 359,000 troy ounces. The Commercial net short position is now down to 6.07 million troy ounces.The shorts in the Managed Money category only added 43 contracts to their combined short positions—and the non-technical traders in that category added another 837 contracts to their huge long position. As in silver, all the selling came from the Nonreportable/small trader category—and the Commercial traders were buying everything they were selling.Ted said that JPMorgan reduced their long-side corner in the Comex gold market by 2,000 contracts during the report week, and they’re now down to 23,000 contracts, or 2.3 million troy ounces.There was a big improvement in copper as well, as the Managed Money traders added another 9,324 Comex contracts to their collective short positions, while the non-technical traders in the Managed Money category added a small amount to their huge long position.Platinum and palladium improved as well, but we won’t see the full effect of what happened in those two precious metals until next Friday’s COT Report, as most of the engineered price decline this week didn’t start until Tuesday—and has continued for the last four trading days—and it’s a good bet [looking at yesterday’s COT Report] that not all the trading data from Tuesday for platinum and palladium made it into Friday’s report, either.The big revelation for me from this COT Report was the fact that monster long positions in all four precious metals, plus copper, are being held by these unblinking non-technical funds in the Managed Money category that have been increasing their long position regardless of whether prices are rising or falling. Opposite them in the Manged Money category are short positions held by the technical funds, who will run for cover like scared rabbits on the next rally.If the Managed Money non-technical funds longs—and the traders that are massively long in the Commercial category decide to put their hands in their pockets on the next rally, how high will the Managed Money shorts have to bid the price in order to get the long holders to sell so they can cover their short positions?The last two times this year, the Commercial long holder have let the short-side holders in the Managed Money category off easily. Will they do so this time???The answer to that question is all that matters—and how high we go in price and how fast we get there will be 100 percent determined by how the long holders react when the short holders rush to cover. That applies to copper and crude oil as well—plus the opposite in the dollar index, where the technical funds are massively long.And, without doubt, the positions held by all parties, short or long, has become even more extreme since the cut-off on Tuesday.So we wait.Here’s a chart Nick Laird sent our way yesterday. It’s the live spot gold price going back five years—and with the spot price close of $1,191.30 on Friday, JPMorgan et al have set a triple bottom. But since they’re capable of printing any chart pattern they want, you have to ask yourself if this really means anything.I have a fair number of stories for you today—and I hope you can find enough time during what’s left of your weekend to read the ones you like.Of course, I must be open to the possibility (some would say probability) that this might not be the final sell-off because the commercials could once again sell aggressively on the next rally and let the technical funds off the hook with minimal damage.This year alone, in February and June, the commercials sold aggressively on sub-par silver rallies of around $3 when they could have extracted from the technical funds much, much more. Worse, I still don’t fully understand why the commercials let the technical funds off the hook so lightly on those two prior (and other) occasions. The best I can come up with is that the commercials knew they were in firm price control of the COMEX and knew that they could dictate what the technical funds would do in advance; that the commercials knew they could put the technical funds back on the short side whenever they wanted to. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 01 October 2014Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is another iconic piece that needs no introduction—and neither does the American jazz rock band that performs it. The link is here—and while I’m at it, here’s another one of their big hits.I’m going to watch/listen to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra perform tonight—and today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is one of the reasons I’ll be there. It’s my 66th birthday present to myself. It’s Edvard Grieg‘s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, which he composed in the summer of 1868—and is, without doubt, one of the most popular piano concertos ever written. It’s for a very good reason that audiences all over the world just eat this thing up every time its scheduled to be performed—and I know that for a fact, as I was on the programming committee of the ESO for 11 years.Here’s the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra performing under the baton of Thomas Dausgaard—and world renowned pianist Alice Sara Ott does the honours. The link is here. Enjoy!You don’t need me to tell you what happened yesterday, as JPMorgan et al—along with their HFT buddies and their algorithms—used the jobs numbers and the dollar rally to do the dirty across the board. They started quietly in Far East trading—and then really hammered gold and silver at the 8:30 a.m. EDT job numbers. Then later they put the boots to platinum and palladium. Much to my surprise, they didn’t set new lows in either copper or crude oil.Here’s the carnage in the four precious metals—and it’s ugly.
By Doug Casey It’s an unfortunate historical anomaly that people think about the paper in their wallets as money. The dollar is, technically, a currency. A currency is a government substitute for money. But gold is money. Now, why do I say that? Historically, many things have been used as money. Cattle have been used as money in many societies, including Roman society. That’s where we get the word “pecuniary” from: the Latin word for a single head of cattle is pecus. Salt has been used as money, also in ancient Rome, and that’s where the word “salary” comes from; the Latin for salt is sal (or salis). The North American Indians used seashells. Cigarettes were used during WWII. So, money is simply a medium of exchange and a store of value. By that definition, almost anything could be used as money, but obviously, some things work better than others; it’s hard to exchange things people don’t want, and some things don’t store value well. Over thousands of years, the precious metals have emerged as the best form of money. Gold and silver both, though primarily gold. There’s nothing magical about gold. It’s just uniquely well-suited among the 98 naturally occurring elements for use as money…in the same way aluminum is good for airplanes or uranium is good for nuclear power. There are very good reasons for this, and they are not new reasons. Aristotle defined five reasons why gold is money in the 4th century BCE (which may only have been the first time it was put down on paper). Those five reasons are as valid today as they were then. When I give a speech, I often offer a prize to the audience member who can tell me the five classical reasons gold is the best money. Quickly now – what are they? Can’t recall them? Read on, and this time, burn them into your memory. – — The Secret to Investing in Gold Like Doug Casey After the longest bear market in gold stocks in 40 years…Doug Casey just revealed how he plans to make a killing on gold’s massive rebound…and why 99% of investors don’t have what it takes to try this gold strategy. See more here. Recommended Links Shocking Footage From Outside the Door of Our Affiliate’s Building You’ve got to see this… It’s footage from Baltimore, MD, right on the front doorstep of our affiliate’s headquarters. And you won’t believe what they caught this woman (named Charro) doing on camera… It’s really one of those things you HAVE to see with your OWN two eyes. Click here to see the UNCENSORED CAMERA FOOTAGE. Money If you can’t define a word precisely, clearly and quickly, that’s proof you don’t understand what you’re talking about as well as you might. The proper definition of money is as something that functions as a store of value and a medium of exchange. Government fiat currencies can, and currently do, function as money. But they are far from ideal. What, then, are the characteristics of a good money? Aristotle listed them in the 4th century BCE. A good money must be all of the following: • Durable: A good money shouldn’t fall apart in your pocket nor evaporate when you aren’t looking. It should be indestructible. This is why we don’t use fruit for money. It can rot, be eaten by insects, and so on. It doesn’t last. • Divisible: A good money needs to be convertible into larger and smaller pieces without losing its value, to fit a transaction of any size. This is why we don’t use things like porcelain for money – half a Ming vase isn’t worth much. • Consistent: A good money is something that always looks the same, so that it’s easy to recognize, each piece identical to the next. This is why we don’t use things like oil paintings for money; each painting, even by the same artist, of the same size and composed of the same materials is unique. It’s also why we don’t use real estate as money. One piece is always different from another piece. • Convenient: A good money packs a lot of value into a small package and is highly portable. This is why we don’t use water for money, as essential as it is – just imagine how much you’d have to deliver to pay for a new house, not to mention all the problems you’d have with the escrow. It’s also why we don’t use other metals like lead, or even copper. The coins would have to be too huge to handle easily to be of sufficient value. • Intrinsically valuable: A good money is something many people want or can use. This is critical to money functioning as a means of exchange; even if I’m not a jeweler, I know that someone, somewhere wants gold and will take it in exchange for something else of value to me. This is why we don’t – or shouldn’t – use things like scraps of paper for money, no matter how impressive the inscriptions upon them might be. Actually, there’s a sixth reason Aristotle should have mentioned, but it wasn’t relevant in his age, because nobody would have thought of it…it can’t be created out of thin air. Not even the kings and emperors who clipped and diluted coins would have dared imagine that they could get away with trying to use something essentially worthless as money. These are the reasons why gold is the best money. It’s not a gold bug religion, nor a barbaric superstition. It’s simply common sense. Gold is particularly good for use as money, just as aluminum is particularly good for making aircraft, steel is good for the structures of buildings, uranium is good for fueling nuclear power plants, and paper is good for making books. Not money. If you try to make airplanes out of lead, or money out of paper, you’re in for a crash. 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A disabled former Liberal Democrat MP has refused to criticise the Tory work and pensions secretary for covering up a report that linked the “fitness for work” test with a disabled man’s suicide.Stephen Lloyd, who narrowly lost his Eastbourne seat at last year’s general election, was a supporter of many of Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms during his five years as a coalition MP.And now, in an email interview with Disability News Service (DNS), Lloyd (pictured) has refused to condemn the cover-up – even though his party is no longer in power – and has defended coalition cuts and reforms that cut billions of pounds a year from spending on disability benefits and services.Asked whether he stood by his backing for Duncan Smith, which he expressed several times as an MP, Lloyd said: “I actually believe that IDS is genuinely committed to helping disabled people into work, where possible.”He suggested that the blame for any failure of Duncan Smith’s policies lay instead with the chancellor, George Osborne.When DNS drew his attention to a trio of news stories that demonstrated the harshness of Duncan Smith’s policies on out-of-work disability policies and showed he had covered up a report that linked the work capability assessment (WCA) with the death of a man who took his own life, he refused to criticise the work and pensions secretary, although he said the three stories were “appalling”.He claimed he was not a “supporter” of Duncan Smith but believed that his “basic premise is to set up a system that tried to get people who have been out of work for a long time through disability into work”, which he said was “not easy”.The three stories show that Duncan Smith failed in his legal duty to respond to a coroner’s report into the death of 41-year-old Stephen Carre, who took his own life in January 2010 after DWP rejected his appeal against being found fit for work.In November, government-funded research concluded that the programme to reassess people claiming IB using the WCA could have caused 590 suicides in just three years.But when DNS asked why Lloyd refused to criticise Duncan Smith over the cover-up, he refused to comment further, or to express any concern about the deaths that may have been caused by the failure to respond to the report.And when asked if he had made a single political decision that he regretted during his five years as an MP, he said, “not really”, before talking instead about the failings of the government contractor Atos in carrying out the WCA.When asked if this meant that he believed he had not made a single political mistake in five years, he again declined to comment further.Asked about the billions of pounds of support cut by the coalition to spending on social care, disability living allowance and personal independence payment – that have led to thousands of people having to hand back their Motability vehicles – as well as increased sanctions for those on out-of-work benefits, and cuts to disabled students’ allowance, he refused to say which of those he supported.Lloyd, who is still active politically for the party in Eastbourne and also works as business innovations director for an international communications company based in Eastbourne, was widely praised for his constituency work during his five years as an MP.He was the first MP to launch a much-copied scheme to support the creation of 100 apprentices in his constituency in 100 days, and ensured his constituency team represented disabled people in more than 100 tribunals to appeal against being turned down for employment and support allowance, personal independence payment and disability living allowance, with a success rate he estimates at more than 80 per cent.He pointed out that hardly any MPs bother to ensure their staff attend such tribunals to advocate for their disabled constituents.He said: “This was something I very specifically set up, though there was no allocated budget, training or emphasis that we should do this.”He was a member of the work and pensions select committee and of several disability-themed all-party parliamentary groups, where he was, he says, “a constant advocate for equality of opportunity for disabled people”.And he said that, as a constituency MP, he did all he could to “fight for people who clearly were assessed inaccurately”.He said: “I do not think it wrong that people should be assessed – some after many years – as to their suitability for work, but [I] was a constant critic of Atos’s poor record.”He added: “Leaving people for years on the assumption they will never work is inherently wrong, in my view.“If after assessing they can be helped into work that has to be a good thing. The key – where my team came in – was to make the assessments fair.”
Return to article. Long DescriptionSpecks of titanium dioxide adhere to polyvinyl fibers in a mat developed at the Rice University-led NEWT Center to capture and destroy pollutants from wastewater or drinking water. After the mat attracts and binds pollutants, the titanium dioxide photocatalyst releases reactive oxygen species that destroy them. Courtesy of Rice University and NEWTEstablished by the National Science Foundation in 2015, NEWT is a national research center that aims to develop compact, mobile, off-grid water-treatment systems that can provide clean water to millions of people who lack it and make U.S. energy production more sustainable and cost-effective.NEWT researchers said their mat can be cleaned and reused, scaled to any size, and its chemistry can be tuned for various pollutants.“Current photocatalytic treatment suffers from two limitations,” said Rice environmental engineer and NEWT Center Director Pedro Alvarez. “One is inefficiency because the oxidants produced are scavenged by things that are much more abundant than the target pollutant, so they don’t destroy the pollutant.“Second, it costs a lot of money to retain and separate slurry photocatalysts and prevent them from leaking into the treated water,” he said. “In some cases, the energy cost of filtering that slurry is more than what’s needed to power the UV lights.“We solved both limitations by immobilizing the catalyst to make it very easy to reuse and retain,” Alvarez said. “We don’t allow it to leach out of the mat and impact the water.”Alvarez said the porous polymer mat plays an important role because it attracts the target pollutants. “That’s the bait and hook,” he said. “Then the photocatalyst destroys the pollutant by producing hydroxyl radicals.”“The nanoscale pores are introduced by dissolving a sacrificial polymer on the electrospun fibers,” lead author and former Rice postdoctoral researcher Chang-Gu Lee said. “The pores enhance the contaminants’ access to titanium dioxide.”The experiments showed dramatic energy reduction compared to wastewater treatment using slurry.“Not only do we destroy the pollutants faster, but we also significantly decrease our electrical energy per order of reaction,” Alvarez said. “This is a measure of how much energy you need to remove one order of magnitude of the pollutant, how many kilowatt hours you need to remove 90 percent or 99 percent or 99.9 percent.“We show that for the slurry, as you move from treating distilled water to wastewater treatment plant effluent, the amount of energy required increases 11-fold. But when you do this with our immobilized bait-and-hook photocatalyst, the comparable increase is only two-fold. It’s a significant savings.”The mat also would allow treatment plants to perform pollutant removal and destruction in two discrete steps, which isn’t possible with the slurry, Alvarez said. “It can be desirable to do that if the water is murky and light penetration is a challenge. You can fish out the contaminants adsorbed by the mat and transfer it to another reactor with clearer water. There, you can destroy the pollutants, clean out the mat and then return it so it can fish for more.”Tuning the mat would involve changing its hydrophobic or hydrophilic properties to match target pollutants. “That way you could treat more water with a smaller reactor that is more selective, and therefore miniaturize these reactors and reduce their carbon footprints,” he said. “It’s an opportunity not only to reduce energy requirements, but also space requirements for photocatalytic water treatment.”Alvarez said collaboration by NEWT’s research partners helped the project come together in a matter of months. “NEWT allowed us to do something that separately would have been very difficult to accomplish in this short amount of time,” he said.“I think the mat will significantly enhance the menu from which we select solutions to our water purification challenges,” Alvarez said.Co-authors are graduate students Hassan Javed and Danning Zhang of Rice; Jae-Hong Kim, a professor and chair of chemical and environmental engineering at Yale University; Paul Westerhoff, vice dean for research and innovation in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, and Qilin Li, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice. Lee is an assistant professor of environmental and safety engineering at Ajou University, South Korea. Alvarez is the George R. Brown Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice.The National Science Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.7b06508Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Alvarez Lab: http://alvarez.rice.eduJai Hong Kim: https://seas.yale.edu/faculty-research/faculty-directory/jaehong-kimPaul Westerhoff: http://faculty.engineering.asu.edu/pwesterhoff/about/Rice Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: http://www.ceve.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduRice Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: http://www.ceve.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/03/0326_WATER-2-WEB-1th4rp2.jpgThe Rice University-led NEWT Center created a nanoparticle-infused polymer mat that both attracts and destroys pollutants in wastewater or drinking water. A mat, top left, is immersed in water with methylene blue as a contaminant. The contaminant is then absorbed at top right by the mat and, in the bottom images, destroyed by exposure to light. The mat is then ready for reuse. (Credit: Rice University/NEWT)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Return to article. Long DescriptionThe Rice University-led NEWT Center created a nanoparticle-infused polymer mat that both attracts and destroys pollutants in wastewater or drinking water. A mat, top left, is immersed in water with methylene blue as a contaminant. The contaminant is then absorbed at top right by the mat and, in the bottom images, destroyed by exposure to light. The mat is then ready for reuse. Courtesy of Rice University and NEWTThe mat was developed by scientists with the Rice-led Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Center. The research is available online in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science and Technology.The mat depends on the ability of a common material, titanium dioxide, to capture pollutants and, upon exposure to light, degrade them through oxidation into harmless byproducts.Titanium dioxide is already used in some wastewater treatment systems. It is usually turned into a slurry, combined with wastewater and exposed to ultraviolet light to destroy contaminants. The slurry must then be filtered from the water.The NEWT mat simplifies the process. The mat is made of spun polyvinyl fibers. The researchers made it highly porous by adding small plastic beads that were later dissolved with chemicals. The pores offer plenty of surface area for titanium oxide particles to inhabit and await their prey.The mat’s hydrophobic (water-avoiding) fibers naturally attract hydrophobic contaminants like the endocrine disruptors used in the tests. Once bound to the mat, exposure to light activates the photocatalytic titanium dioxide, which produces reactive oxygen species (ROS) that destroy the contaminants. Share2NEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713firstname.lastname@example.orgMike Williams713email@example.comMat baits, hooks and destroys pollutants in waterRice-led NEWT Center develops energy-saving tech to remove contaminants from wastewater, drinking waterHOUSTON – (March 21, 2018) – A polymer mat developed at Rice University has the ability to fish biologically harmful contaminants from water through a strategy known as “bait, hook and destroy.”Tests with wastewater showed the mat can efficiently remove targeted pollutants, in this case a pair of biologically harmful endocrine disruptors, using a fraction of the energy required by other technology. The technique can also be used to treat drinking water. Return to article. Long Description AddThis Specks of titanium dioxide adhere to polyvinyl fibers in a mat developed at the Rice University-led NEWT Center to capture and destroy pollutants from wastewater or drinking water. After the mat attracts and binds pollutants, the titanium dioxide photocatalyst releases reactive oxygen species that destroy them. Courtesy of Rice University and NEWT http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/03/0326_WATER-1-web-1xuytqn.jpgSpecks of titanium dioxide adhere to polyvinyl fibers in a mat developed at the Rice University-led NEWT Center to capture and destroy pollutants from wastewater or drinking water. After the mat attracts and binds pollutants, the titanium dioxide photocatalyst releases reactive oxygen species that destroy them. (Credit: Rice University/NEWT) Specks of titanium dioxide adhere to polyvinyl fibers in a mat developed at the Rice University-led NEWT Center to capture and destroy pollutants from wastewater or drinking water. After the mat attracts and binds pollutants, the titanium dioxide photocatalyst releases reactive oxygen species that destroy them. Courtesy of Rice University and NEWT Return to article. Long Description The Rice University-led NEWT Center created a nanoparticle-infused polymer mat that both attracts and destroys pollutants in wastewater or drinking water. A mat, top left, is immersed in water with methylene blue as a contaminant. The contaminant is then absorbed at top right by the mat and, in the bottom images, destroyed by exposure to light. The mat is then ready for reuse. (Credit: Rice University/NEWT) The Rice University-led NEWT Center created a nanoparticle-infused polymer mat that both attracts and destroys pollutants in wastewater or drinking water. A mat, top left, is immersed in water with methylene blue as a contaminant. The contaminant is then absorbed at top right by the mat and, in the bottom images, destroyed by exposure to light. The mat is then ready for reuse. (Credit: Rice University/NEWT)
Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Slack Reuters 2 min read Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Slack | Enhanced by Entrepreneur Slack has raised $200 million in venture capital financing, boosting its valuation to $3.8 billion, the messaging software startup said on Friday.The latest funding round comes in spite of a contraction in venture capital investing for technology startups, amid widespread concern about high valuations. The market rout among tech stocks earlier this year caused some venture capitalists to further tighten their purse strings.Late-stage investments — series D or later — dropped 71 percent in February from a year earlier, according to venture capital database PitchBook.Slack’s $200 million round is its largest yet, the latest sign that some companies are still able to attract wary investors, many of which are flush with cash. In another instance, Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging app, raised $175 million last month.Investors boosted the Slack’s valuation by $1 billion, up from $2.8 billion a year ago.The latest funding, which brings Slack’s total venture financing to $540 million, was reported in recent weeks by multiple news outlets. Slack on Friday confirmed the round, which was led by Thrive Capital and included GGV Capital and Comcast Ventures, as well as existing investors.San Francisco-based Slack makes messaging software for businesses, designed to help teams collaborate and communicate more effectively. The company says it has 2.7 million daily active users, although many of them access the free version of the software. About 800,000 are paid users. Slack’s customers include media companies such as CBS and BuzzFeed, tech companies such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. and Salesforce Inc., retailers, universities and the U.S. government.(Reporting by Heather Somerville; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn) April 1, 2016 Slack Raises $200 Million, Boosting Valuation to $3.8 Billion –shares