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Medical negligence victim’s wife gets government job

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday offered a job to the wife of Sanjay Roy, who allegedly died of medical negligence at a private hospital in the city last month.Ruby Roy met the Chief Minister at Nabanna Building. She later said that she had been offered a job in the State Tourism Department. Ms Roy was appointed Assistant Trainee Manager with a salary of Rs 20,000 per month.“She talked to me like a mother and said that since you are young, you should stand on your own feet,” Ms Roy told journalists. Assurance on probeShe said the Chief Minister assured her that the investigation in her husband’s death would continue.After the death of Mr Roy on February 23, his family members had levelled allegations of medical negligence against the hospital.The family members also alleged that the hospital authorities had asked them to make full payments of bill before he was shifted to the State-run SSKM hospital.Road accidentMr Roy was admitted to the private hospital on February 16 after a road accident. On February 23, the family members wanted that the patient be shifted to SSKM hospital. The patient passed away at the hospital.Following the incident the State health department had formed a committee to look into the matter.The police have questioned the hospital authorities along with Rupali Bose, the director of the hospital in the eastern region.last_img read more

Texas Rangers Twitter Account Tweets Out “Fire Charlie” During Longhorns Blowout Loss

first_imgTexas Rangers tweet Fire Charlie.Twitter/@Charlie_BurrisThe Texas Longhorns are in full meltdown mode. Following back-to-back awful losses due to special teams gaffes, the Longhorns are losing to TCU 50-7 late in the fourth quarter. During halftime, freshman cornerback Kris Boyd retweeted a message about transferring to Texas A&M, and now the Texas Rangers are jumping on the “Fire Charlie Strong” bandwagon. Or, at least one rogue social media manager is upset about the game, and was on the wrong Twitter account.Hey, what did I ever do to you @Rangers? pic.twitter.com/5OgWkUOVMi— Charlie Burris (@Charlie_Burris) October 3, 2015The tweet was deleted very quickly, but not before the internet captured it for all of eternity. There have been better college football Saturdays in Austin, that’s for sure.last_img read more

Bowl game could grant Pryor chance to follow in footsteps of fellow

Twenty seconds remained in the 2006 Rose Bowl. A fourth-and-5 was all that stood between Texas and a national championship; between Vince Young and college football immortality.A few seconds later, Keith Jackson said, “He’s going for the corner, he’s got it.”Vince Young disappeared into an assembly of media and photographers with the same confidence he possessed when he showed up on the Rose Bowl stage 368 days earlier.  Longhorn fans relished a national title celebration. Young relished the knowledge that he would go down as one of the biggest heroes in Rose Bowl history.Two-time defending national champion USC scrambled to win its third title, but Vince Young’s 9-yard touchdown run and almost unheard-of individual performance had already shattered that dream. On Saturday, when the oldest member of the Buckeyes, Devin Barclay, kicked OSU into the “Granddaddy of Them All,” it was only a matter of time before someone pointed out this fact: Vince Young played in the Rose Bowl his sophomore season, too.Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who has often been compared to Vince Young since the Longhorn’s dominating performances in the Rose Bowl in ‘05 and ‘06, will be a sophomore, as well.The comparisons have come from everywhere, including Pryor’s former high school coach Ray Reitz and Young’s college coach Mack Brown.“Before he leaves Ohio State, he’ll lead them to a national championship,” Brown said earlier this season of Pryor. “He’s that kind of player.”Brown saw Young up close for four seasons at Texas. After redshirting his first year, Young split time as a redshirt freshman before starting as a sophomore and junior.His blend of size, speed and athleticism had never been seen at the quarterback position. And for the most part, it hasn’t been seen since — until Pryor.Although both Young and Pryor managed to lead their teams to a Rose Bowl in their sophomore seasons, struggles didn’t go unnoticed.Against Purdue several weeks ago, Pryor committed a career-high four turnovers in the Buckeyes’ shocking loss. His lackluster effort against USC earlier in the season also gave doubters reason to grumble.Young faced similar hardships in his sophomore season. Against rival Oklahoma, the quarterback was eight of 23 for 86 yards, and his Longhorns were shut out for the first time since 1980.  Young’s critics were in full force after a 12-0 loss.His season stats, like Pryor’s, weren’t gaudy. Young threw one less interception than touchdowns on the season and also did his fair share of scoring with his legs.The shutout loss, however, would be the last of Young’s college career, and he would still manage to get his one-loss Texas team into the Rose Bowl against Big Ten champion Michigan.His first of two Rose Bowl appearances would mark the beginning of the end of one of the most brilliant college football careers in recent history.On the grandest stage of all, Young did not disappoint. The Wolverines had a star-studded defense, but nothing stopped Young when the bright lights of California shined their brightest.Young brought his Longhorns back from a 10-point deficit in the second half. He had touchdown runs of 20, 60, 10 and 23 yards and ran for a total of 192 yards total on the day. Young was equally efficient at passing, throwing a touchdown, and completing 16 of 28 for yards.When the Longhorns won on a last-second field goal, Vince Young had officially broken onto the national scene, making his name known as one of the best quarterbacks in college football.The following season would be even better for the junior quarterback. Leading his team to an undefeated season and a berth in the Rose Bowl for the national championship, Young’s stats sent him to New York, where he finished runner-up to Reggie Bush for the Heisman Trophy.In the national championship game against USC and its two Heisman winners, Bush and Matt Leinart, Young again put on a display of how to will his team to victory.With the world watching, Young ran all over the Rose Bowl, leaving USC defenders with nothing to tackle but air. Running for three touchdowns and 200 yards, Young led Texas back from a 12-point deficit to a 41-38 win.Young’s arm was also on display, going 30 of 40 for 267 yards. His combined 467 yards of offense is a Rose Bowl performance that might never be matched.But Pryor will get his chance to live up to the Rose Bowl legend of Vince Young; at least, his legend as a sophomore, when he led his team to a Rose Bowl victory. As for the legend of Young’s junior season, when he led his team to a national title, Pryor will have to wait to claim it next year. read more

Conte blaims lost players for bad season

first_imgThe current Chelsea manager, who is likely to be switched this summer due to the club’s poor performance and his problems with higher management, has shared his opinion on why are they trailing Manchester City by 28 points in the Premier League.John Terry, who has been a trademark for the Blues in the past years, and has led the team to five Premier League titles, left last summer for Aston Villa. Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa, both of whom have won two titles with Chelsea, also left. According to Conte, this is the main reason the club has performed this bad – experienced players left and were not replaced, while new ones have no experience at all.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“It is only a problem of time. Don’t forget in the last two or three years we lost important players for Chelsea,” Conte shared, according to football.london.“When you lose important players with great experience and charisma and players used to winning, you lose a lot.”last_img read more

Rangers boss We will all take the blame together

first_imgRangers boss Steven Gerrard has admitted that he didn’t get the reaction he wanted from his Rangers players as they lost further ground in the Premiership title race at Ibrox, adding that they’ve all taken the responsibility together.Speaking to Evening Times Gerrard said:“It was not the result or the reaction I wanted after the weekend.“It was a six or seven out of ten and it wasn’t enough to beat a well-drilled Kilmarnock team.“We knew the onus would be on us to provide the quality. We got the first goal which should have given us a big lift but it never.“We continued to play slowly. It was a frustrating result and a frustrating performance.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“I can sit here and protect them all night and take the blame. If that’s what they want then I will.“But, they are Rangers players. They are the ones who have to go out and deliver and tonight they haven’t“We will all take the blame together but they have to take responsibility at some point. It is a concern that it has happened a few times now.“I know the players can play better than this. The performance wasn’t good enough. Two or three really put it in and maxed out for us but the rest weren’t at it.“I thought it was a pretty similar performance to Sunday. Not good enough.“I expected a better reaction. I think the fans deserved a better reaction and better performance and they never delivered it.”last_img read more

The Latest on the Space Force

first_imgAir Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Satran Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will nominate leaders to run the proposed Space Force within “weeks, not months,” he said last week, according to Defense News. Shanahan said he has potential nominees in mind.House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said the administration’s Space Force proposal is “highly problematic” and that his committee will explore “other options,” according to Space News.The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold the first full-scale hearing about the proposal April 11, Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) announced, according to Space Policy Online. The hearing has not yet been officially announced on the committee’s schedule.Air Force Technology provides an overview of what is known so far about the proposed Space Force. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

ICICI Axis First Indian banks to join Swifts global payments initiative

first_imgICICI and Axis bank have become the first Indian banks to join global payment network Swift’s cross-border payment innovation initiative. Swift’s initiative already involves 70 other banks worldwide.PTI reports that in the first phase, the project will focus on business-to-business payments. Same day fund transfer, end-to-end tracking of transactions and transparency in handling fees are some of the outcomes the Swift initiative aims to accomplish.The initiative mainly helps corporate businesses enhance their foreign operations because of better efficiency in payments services offered by financial institutions located in various countries. This project is also expected to enhance supplier-vendor relationship.”By being the first domestic banks to join the global payments innovation initiative, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank reiterate their commitment to offering greater speed, transparency and predictability to their clients when it comes to cross-border payments,” Kiran Shetty, head of India and Subcontinent, Swift has said.Ajay Gupta, Senior General Manager at ICICI said the tie-up will better financial services availed by their corporate clients.”The global payments innovation initiative is one such initiative where we believe that our clients will immensely benefit with same day credit, increased visibility and certainty of charges. This will enhance the payments product in the correspondent banking portfolio thereby enhancing our value proposition to corporate clients,” Gupta said.Swift, based in Belgium, is a member-owned cooperative that provides a secure messaging system to financial institutions across the world. Currently, the network has more than 11,000 financial institutions (including banks) across the world, according to the community website.The network does not facilitate financial transactions but issues payment orders which can be settled through ‘correspondent account’ the institutions may have with one another.last_img read more

Egg sale ends in chaotic scramble

first_imgWith buckets, cages and paper cartons people gathered on the premises of Krishibid Institute in the city’s Farmgate area on Friday.All of them went there as the Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council and the Livestock Department announced to sell eggs at Tk 3 per piece.Visiting the spot, Prothom Alo correspondent found people of varied ages and professions overcrowded there to buy eggs at the cheapest rate ever.The BPICC and the Livestock Department arranged the programme marking the World Egg Day on Friday.The sale of eggs was scheduled to start at 10:00am this morning, but the authorities started selling at 9:00am witnessing the crowd.The authorities earlier said every buyer would be given up to 90 pieces of egg.But the sale was shut two minutes after opening as people started scuffling. At one stage, the main platform of the sale collapsed.One of the egg expectants said, “I came here at 5:00am this morning. But, I failed to get a piece of egg yet.”Some of them shouted ‘fake, fake’ while some roared ‘egg robber, egg robber’.last_img read more

Poetry inspired by conventional life

first_imgThe book release function of six poetry collections and one anthology of Author Neelam Saxena Chandra was held at ICCR Azad Bhawan on April 20 in the presence of Amarendra Khatua, Director General ICCR and renowned poet, Laxmi Shankar Bajpai, Ex-Dy. Director General, AIR, Dr Mridula Tandon, Philanthropist and Founder Member of SAKSHI and Sudarshan K Cherry, Founder, Authorspress. The books released include two of her English poetry collections titled “The Soul Unbound” and “Trove of Musings” with co-poet Raksha Hegde and four Hindi poetry collections “Main Bahane Lagi Hun”, “Maine Rang Diye Alfaaz”, “Maine Tarashe hain Alfaaz” and “Rangi Main Tere Rang Mein”. An anthology “Ek Sahar Ummid Bhari” compiled by Neelam and edited by Shweta Bhatt was also released during the occasion. The books have been published by Authorspress, which is a publishing venture with a missionary zeal founded by Sudarshan K Cherry. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAn author of four novels, one novella and five short story collections, 19 poetry collections and 10 children’s books, Neelam Saxena Chandra works as Joint Secretary for U.P.S.C., India. She was listed in Forbes as one among 78 most popular authors in the country in 2014.The evening began with the book release of “Main Bahne lagi hun”, followed by “Maine Rang Diye Alfaaz”, “Maine Tarashe hain Alfaaz”, “Rangi Main Tere Rang Mein”, “Trove of Musings” and “The Soul Unbound”. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA very special feature of Neelam’s books is the cover pages which have been made by some well-known artists such as Janhavi Bhide, Pankaj Saxena, Ritu Bhatnagar and Raksha Hegde. This was followed by Neelam reading out a few poems from her collections that touched the heart of the audience. Neelam informed that she is motivated by day-today experiences in and around her in writing poems. The guests praised Neelam for her contribution to the world of literature.An anthology titled’ Ek Sahar Ummid Bhari’ compiled by Neelam Saxena Chandra and edited by Shweta Bhatt was also released on the occasion.last_img read more

3D Printing Startup MakerBot Acquired for 403 Million

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Is 3-D printing the harbinger of the next industrial revolution? 3-D printing pioneer MakerBot certainly thinks so, and the company says it is poised to lead the charge into the future. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based startup has been acquired by and will merge with fellow 3-D printing company Stratasys.Under terms of the deal, MakerBot will be acquired for $403 million in Stratasys stock. MakerBot will operate as a separate subsidiary of Stratasys, which is based in Minneapolis. MakerBot co-founder and chief executive Bre Pettis will remain with the company.”We have an aggressive model for growth,” Pettis said in the announcement. “Partnering with Stratasys will allow us to supercharge our mission to empower individuals, and lead the next industrial revolution.”Related: How 3-D Printing Is Becoming a Game-Changer Across IndustriesNo longer solely the purview of makers, technological tinkerers, expensive laboratories and tech geeks, 3-D printing is quickly becoming the next big thing in technology, finding a significant foothold and making itself indispensible in industries ranging from medicine to tech accessories to farming.Stratasys specializes in professional-grade 3-D printers, while MakerBot’s products are more affordable for the general consumer. The merger should allow Stratasys to strengthen its position in the desktop 3-D printer market, while MakerBot will be able to utilize the larger company’s global infrastructure and leadership position in 3-D and additive manufacturing.Perhaps more importantly to the company’s loyal user base, MakerBot will be able to maintain the “spirit of collaboration” it has built with its users and partners. Thingiverse.com, MakerBot’s online portal for sharing user-generated digital-design content, is a significant draw for the company, with more than 500,000 unique visitors downloading a million files each month from the library of more than 90,000 3-D product files.The merger is expected to pass regulatory approvals and be in place by the third quarter.Related: MakerBot’s Bre Pettis on the Next Industrial RevolutionIn this video from 2011, Pettis talks about innovation and open-source hardware: June 20, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Heckfield Place 50 kil

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterHeckfield Place, 50 kilometres west of London’s Heathrow airport, should be in the diary now for everyone who loves nature, history, authenticity, a sense of fun and great food. And yes, it does feel a little Australian, in a way.First, the setting: an 18th-century country palace set in 162 hectares of exquisite landscape complete with forests, lakes and a working farm. Entrepreneur Gerald Chan fell in love with the place, bought it in 2002 and ran it as a conference centre for some years before deciding a hotel would be more suitable. With Chan care, what was originally intended to open in 2012 in fact accepted its first guests 1 September 2018.I had to go to experience this 47-room hotel, independent but for a partnership with Virtuoso. After a long private driveway, you arrive Downton Abbey-style at the statuesque front door of the original two-floor mansion. A couple of bellmen have been alerted by security back at the outer gate. These two, like all of the 170-strong team who are customer-facing, are clad in absolutely adorable, vaguely 1910s-style uniform; all the fashion is by Maureen Doherty, whose clients range from Mrs May to actors Maggie Smith and Tilda Swinton.Entering through the front door, you gasp at high ceilings with chandeliers, polished oak floors and furniture chosen with discreet style by designer Ben Thompson (a name to watch). Immediately, you have a view straight through the house and across sculpted gardens to a massive lake with a jet d’eau as high as Geneva’s.Surrounding you are displays of fresh flowers, proper home arrangements, rather than hotel ‘show-off displays’. A half-finished jigsaw will, eventually, show Heckfield Place in the snow; in summer, another jigsaw shows the same picture in the sun. Public rooms, like bedrooms, are hung with over 350 pieces from Gerald Chan’s art collection, which he seems to change daily when he is in residence.And he is very much hands-on. Fortunately, he has an extremely good rapport with the two most important women of Heckfield Place. GM is Olivia Richli, whom so many know for her years at Aman properties (Adrian Zecha remains her mentor). She arrived 15 months before the opening, in time to instil her special flair. The Chan-Richli team hosted an afternoon tea party with champagne and jazz for locals on opening day. To spread the word about the bedrooms, they invited five influencers from different target markets to each host one-night house parties for 12 guests, all of whom later posted and chattered. Not surprisingly, the hotel immediately got off to a much-acclaimed start.Olivia Richli says one of the success secrets here is that accommodations vary from 330 to 1,900 square metres. The biggest suites, in the main house, are ideal for those who want to feel they really do own a manor house, waking in the morning to look at those fountains through big windows. But quite apart from the fact that my own house is early 19th-century, with stunning rural views, I was really pleased that I was overnighting in #30, a 55-square-metre space in the old stable block.It features soft avocado walls, some hung with rush hats and baskets which match a cashmere throw on the bed with rush headboard. The bathroom features a heated towel rail and Victorian roll-top tub, with cuddly Ploh robes. Add to that half a dozen living green plants and dozens of fascinating reads, including Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, chosen by Daunt Books. The refreshment centre is unique: complimentary soft drinks include hotel-bottled still and sparkling waters and lemonade. Instead of the now-ubiquitous espresso machine, there is an exquisite black cast-iron tea kettle.The second woman of note here is Sydney-born Skye Gyngell (daughter of Bruce), trained in the kitchen by such masters as Anton Mosimann and Anne Willan. She made the world food map at Petersham Nurseries in England, but when it gained a Michelin star – which she described as a curse – she moved on to Spring restaurant in London’s Somerset House and then here, to Heckfield Place.As those who have already tried it know, her food is addictive. At dinner, I loved her burrata with crispy artichoke and confit lemon, followed by local River Test trout with samphire and cauliflower purée, which is served with a side of greens with Capezzana (Moraiolo) olive oil. I finished with a single scoop of home-made cardamom ice-cream. I also liked the house red, Gayda En Passant 2016 (I had earlier toured the 360-bin wine cellar, chosen and managed by chief sommelier Louise Gordon, formerly at Limewood). The restaurant, which flows out to a garden-view terrace when the weather allows, is open to the public and is full most nights. Hotel guests can also eat, at any time, in more exclusivity in a brick-lined bistro.There is so much to do at Heckfield Place that it is easy to understand why one party has already stayed four times in the six months since opening. I could have walked for hours and hours in the grounds, visiting the hotel’s own working farm, which is already home to sheep and chicken, with Guernsey cows arriving shortly. A thoughtful map helps with tree identification as you walk or run. There is already a bijou gym with latest Technogym bits, but a full fitness centre (with indoor lap pool) is yet to open alongside the Bothy Spa, scheduled for the end of 2019.And do take note of Heckfield Place’s unique Assembly program, overseen by exhibition specialist Lucy Hyslop. This offers guests – and anyone else who wants to come – at least one event a day, including talks on memories and scent and, using the 67-seat cinema (which has holders for your wine glass), showings of new-release films, which have included The Front Runner and Mary Queen of Scots. Separately, the educational company Hole & Corner runs day-long courses at least twice a month; coming up in April are rush weaving and bench woodwork. The instructors, not surprisingly, are the very artisans who have crafted pieces throughout Heckfield Place.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Rep García welcomes Junior Representative to State Capitol

first_img26Oct Rep. García welcomes ‘Junior Representative’ to State Capitol Categories: Garcia News,Garcia Photos State Representative Daniela R. García is joined by Tyler at the State CapitolState Representative Daniela R. García today welcomed Zeeland homeschool student Tyler Scholtens to serve as ‘Representative for a Day,’ and to shadow her in Lansing.Tyler became eligible for the special visit based on his participation in Representative García’s summer reading contest. The contest invited students to track the books they read during the summer and submit a contest bookmark in drop boxes at their local libraries in Holland, Hudsonville and Zeeland by Sept. 1.Tyler was selected at random as the winner via a live drawing in the representative’s office. A recording of the drawing can be found on Representative García’s website, www.repdanielagarcia.comTyler and his family joined Representative García for today’s legislative activities, attending committee meetings, and joining her in session on the floor of the Michigan House Chambers.“It was a privilege to host Tyler and his family at the Capitol,” García said.  “Tyler and students like him represent the next generation of leaders in Michigan.###last_img read more

Eutelsat Communications has successfully launched

first_imgEutelsat Communications has successfully launched its Eutelsat 3D satellite, which will serve customers in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.The satellite was launched yesterday by an ILS-supplied Proton Breeze M rocket and will initially operate at the 3° East location until the deployment of the Eutelsat 3B satellite to this position in 2014. It will then continue service at 7° East.Eutelsat 3D will address high-growth video, data, telecom and broadband markets and serve customers through a configuration of Ku and Ka transponders connected to three footprints. A fourth service area in the Ku-band will serve markets in sub-Saharan Africa.With the launch, Eutelsat said that it has also signed a new contract with ILS for a satellite to be launched between 2014 and 2016. This will be the eighth satellite to be launched for Eutelsat by the Proton launcher.Proton released Eutelsat 3D into geosynchronous transfer orbit following a 9-hour, 13-minute flight. The partial deployment of the satellite’s solar panels was successfully completed from Eutelsat’s control centre in Rambouillet 3-hours and 15-minutes after separation from the rocket.last_img read more

Silver followed the same path as gold did yesterda

first_img Silver followed the same path as gold did yesterday, except for the fact that there was a smallish rally in the early going in London.  From there it traded sideways before meeting the same fate as gold at the 8:20 a.m. Comex open in New York. The low price tick [$28.35 spot] came fifteen minutes after the 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close.  From there it rallied a bit into the close of trading. Silver finished the Monday session at $28.54 spot…down 4 cents.  Volume was around 31,000 contracts. John Embry said over a decade ago…the miners are either “ignorant, naïve…or complicit.” Gold rallied in early Far East trading on their Monday, but that didn’t last long before it got sold back to unchanged from Friday’s close.  Selling pressure showed up at the Comex open once again…and the low price tick of the day [$1,568.70 spot] came at 2:45 p.m. in New York.  From there it rallied a few dollars into the 5:15 p.m. Eastern time electronic close. Gold ended the trading day at $1,574.60 spot…down $2.20.  Net volume was pretty light…around 105,000 contracts or so. Sponsor Advertisement The gold stocks got sold off the moment that trading began at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time on Monday…and then continued lower for the rest of the day…closing just off their lows.  The HUI closed down another 2.80%. The silver stocks got slammed again…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 5.18%. (Click on image to enlarge) I have no idea whether we’ll go lower from here or not.  But as I’ve been saying for years, the miners will never address the real issue…and that’s the price management scheme in all four precious metals by JPMorgan et al.  And as I said last week, they’d rather let their companies crash and burn than live up to their fiduciary responsibilities to their shareholders…and if you doubt me, just pick up the phone and talk to any precious metal mining company about this.  Normally I’d tell you what the answer will be, but you should find out on your own.  But I can tell you that they don’t give a damn about you…and that’s one of the things you’ll find out pretty quick. And don’t expect anything from either the World Gold Council or The Silver Institute.  The reason they are there is to make sure that this issue never sees the light of day within the gold and silver mining industry. As Sprott Asset Management’s John Embry said over a decade ago…the miners are either “ignorant, naïve…or complicit.”  Two of those three cop-outs existed ten years ago, when it was just us “conspiracy theorists” pounding at the gates.  Well, conspiracy theory has now become conspiracy fact…and “ignorant and naïve” no longer apply…as everyone one of them knows what’s going on, even if they won’t publicly admit it.  And the fact that they aren’t doing anything means that they are all complicit now…silent co-conspirators along side JPMorgan et al.  You couldn’t make this stuff up. In overnight trading, the gold price rallied until about 3:00 p.m. in Hong Kong…and has since rolled over, but is heading a bit higher in London as I hit the ‘send’ button.  Silver rallied even more strongly, but got hammered as it tried to break above the $29 spot price mark going into the London open. Gold volume, as of 5:15 a.m. Eastern time, is slightly higher than ‘normal’ for this time of day…and silver’s volume is substantially higher, as I suspect that JPMorgan had to throw a lot of short contracts at that rally to prevent it from blowing sky high, which it would have done had they not shown up to put out the fire. The dollar index has been heading lower all night…and as of this writing is down about 23 basis points.  As I hit the ‘send’ button at 3:20 a.m. Eastern time, gold is up about seven bucks…and silver is up 30 cents. Today, at the close of Comex trading, is the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  Last Tuesday we had a big rally in both metals, which really distorted the COT numbers in last Friday’s report.  But since then, JPMorgan et al have got prices back down again, so if things don’t blow up again today, we might actually get a more realistic look at the short positions in both gold and silver on Friday.  We’ll just have to wait and see what happens in New York, as that’s where all the trading activity that really matters, takes place. See you tomorrow. (Click on image to enlarge) As many pundits have stated, the XAU/GOLD Index is at an all-time record low…and here’s the 3-year chart for that.center_img (Click on image to enlarge) Try as I might, I could not get the stories down to a manageable number, so the final edit is up to you. Over the last three reporting weeks, the total commercial net short position in COMEX silver has declined by 21,000 contracts, or the equivalent of 105 million oz. Let’s put that into perspective. During that time, the world mined less than 45 million oz, recycled an additional 15 million oz and consumed that 60 million oz of total silver production. Investors also added 15 million oz to holdings (SLV and COMEX alone) over that same time period…and the price dropped by $4…or 12%. How in the world could the commercials on the COMEX buy 105 million paper oz on a 12% decline in price with the background I just described in a market that wasn’t manipulated? I’m not kidding – if anyone has a legitimate explanation, please drop me a line. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…02 March 2013 With gold down a couple of bucks…and silver down a few pennies on Monday, it was a shock to everyone to see their associated equities get slammed once again.  I would suggest that this sell-off had more to do with forced liquidation than panic liquidation.  I’m sure that virtually every precious metal mutual fund that contains their equities are getting massive redemptions…and the funds are forced to sell whether they wish to or not. It can end up being a vicious circle at times…and this is certainly one of those.  Here’s the 3-year HUI chart as ‘for instance’. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in October 2012 and using 0.3 g/t cutoff  the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation (March 2012)  of 49,320,000 mt @1.09 g/t for a total of 1,735,000 contained gold ounces in the inferred category using a 0.5 g/t cutoff. Please visit our website for more information. The dollar index opened at the 82.27 mark on Sunday night in New York…and spiked up to its high of the day [82.47] around 9:30 a.m. in London.  From there it declined slowly for the rest of Monday…finishing the day at 82.15…down 12 basis points from its close on Friday. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for ‘Day 3’ of the March delivery month showed that 39 gold and 21 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow within the Comex-approved depositories.  The link to that activity is here. There was a small withdrawal from GLD again yesterday.  This time it was only 19,354 troy ounces.  An authorized participant also made a withdrawal from SLV yesterday to the tune of 140,983 troy ounces. The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday.  They sold 5,500 ounces of gold eagles…and a chunky 763,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they had a rare day where no silver was either shipped in or shipped out. Nick Laird sent me a couple of charts over the weekend.  They are the Intraday Average Gold/Silver Price Movement for the month of February.  Starting around 2:20 p.m. Hong Kong time, the sell-off during February was relentless…with only slight differences in timing as to when the selling stopped.  For both gold and silver, those time occurred during the electronic market in the New York afternoon, long after the Comex had closed for the day. (Click on image to enlarge)last_img read more

Its not exactly news that gold mining stocks have

first_imgIt’s not exactly news that gold mining stocks have been in a slump for more than two years. Many investors who owned them have thrown in the towel by now, or are holding simply because a paper loss isn’t a realized loss until you sell. For contrarian speculators like Doug Casey and Rick Rule, though, it’s the best of all scenarios. “Buy when blood is in the streets,” investor Nathan Rothschild allegedly said. And buy they do, with both hands—because, they assert, there are definitive signs that things may be turning around. So what’s the deal with junior mining stocks, and who should invest in them? I’ll give you several good reasons not to touch them with a 10-foot pole… and one why you maybe should. First, you need to understand that junior gold miners are not buy-and-forget stocks. They are the most volatile securities in the world—”burning matches,” as Doug calls them. To speculate in those stocks requires nerves of steel. Let’s take a look at the performance of the juniors since 2011. The ETF that tracks a basket of such stocks—Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (GDXJ)—took a savage beating. In early April of 2011, a share would have cost you $170. Today, you can pick one up for about $36… that’s a decline of nearly 80%. There are something like 3,000 small mining companies in the world today, and the vast majority of them are worthless, sitting on a few hundred acres of moose pasture and a pipe dream. It’s a very tough business. Small-cap exploration companies (the “juniors”) are working year round looking for viable deposits. The question is not just if the gold is there, but if it can be extracted economically—and the probability is low. Even the ones that manage to find the goods and build a mine aren’t in the clear yet: before they can pour the first bar, there are regulatory hurdles, rising costs of labor and machinery, and often vehement opposition from natives to deal with. As the performance of junior mining stocks is closely correlated to that of gold, when the physical metal goes into a tailspin, gold mining shares follow suit. Only they tend to drop off faster and more deeply than physical gold. Then why invest in them at all? Because, as Casey Chief Metals & Mining Strategist Louis James likes to say, the downside is limited—all you can lose is 100% of your investment. The upside, on the other hand, is infinite. In the rebound periods after downturns such as the one we’re in, literal fortunes can be made; gains of 400-1,000% (and sometimes more) are not a rarity. It’s a speculator’s dream. When speculating in junior miners, timing is crucial. Bear runs in the gold sector can last a long time—some of them will go on until the last faint-hearted investor has been flushed away and there’s no one left to sell. At that point they come roaring back. It happened in the late ’70s, it happened several times in the ’80s when gold itself pretty much went to sleep, and again in 2002 after a four-year retreat. The most recent rally of 2009-’10 was breathtaking: Louis’ International Speculator stocks, which had gotten hammered with the rest of the market, handed subscribers average gains of 401.8%—a level of return Joe the Investor never gets to see in his lifetime. So where are we now in the cycle? The present downturn, as noted, kicked off in the spring of 2011, and despite several mini-rallies, the overall trend has been down. Recently, though, the natural resource experts here at Casey Research and elsewhere have seen clear signs of an imminent turnaround. For one thing, the price of gold itself has stabilized. After hitting its peak of $1,921.50 in September of 2011, it fell back below $1,190 twice last December. Since then, it hasn’t tested those lows again and is trading about 6.5% higher today. The demand for physical gold, especially from China, has been insatiable. The Austrian mint had to hire more employees and add a third eight-hour shift to the day in an attempt to keep up in its production of Philharmonic coins. “The market is very busy,” a mint spokesperson said. “We can’t meet the demand, even if we work overtime.” Sales jumped 36% in 2013, compared to the year before. Finally, the junior mining stocks have perked up again. In fact, for the first month of 2014, they turned in the best performance of any asset, as you can see here: (Source: Zero Hedge) The writing’s on the wall, say the pros, that the downturn won’t last much longer—and when the junior miners start taking off again, there’s no telling how high they could go. To present the evidence and to discuss how to play the turning tides in the precious metals market, Casey Research is hosting a timely online video event titled Upturn Millionaires next Wednesday, February 5, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. You’ll hear from resource legends and investment gurus such as Frank Giustra (watch this short and, I think, highly entertaining video for a taste of what you’re in for), Doug Casey, John Mauldin, Porter Stansberry, Ross Beaty, Rick Rule, and our own Louis James and Marin Katusa. Don’t miss this event—register here for free.last_img read more

The worlds biggest economy is unraveling Regul

first_imgThe world’s biggest economy is unraveling. Regular readers know we’re talking about the European Union (EU). The EU is an economic union made up of 28 countries. It was put together after World War II to keep European countries from going to war with one another. Over time, it turned into the world’s biggest economic experiment. And, right now, that experiment is going awry. As you probably heard, the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU a month ago. The “Brexit,” as folks are calling it, shook financial markets from London to New York City. It knocked more than $3 trillion from the global stock market in two days. Then, things calmed down. Over the past three weeks, global stocks have regained more than $4.5 trillion. The S&P 500 and Dow just hit new all-time highs. Many folks now think things are OK in Europe. As you’re about to see, things aren’t fine. That’s because Europe now has a much bigger problem than the Brexit. Italy, Europe’s fourth biggest economy, is racing toward a full-blown banking crisis. Today, we’ll show you why this isn’t just a problem for Italy. It’s a serious threat to all of Europe. One of our analysts even says Italy’s banking crisis could trigger the end of Europe as we know it. • Italy’s banking system is a disaster… Financial Times reported last week: The amount of gross non-performing loans held by the [Italian] banks increased 85 per cent to €360bn in the five years to 2015… The total stock of bad debts — the most distressed part of the pile — more than doubled over the same period. Non-performing loans, or “bad” loans, are loans that trade for less than book value. According to Financial Times, non-performing loans currently make up 18% of all of Italy’s loans. To put that in perspective, U.S. banks had a non-performing loan (NPL) ratio of 5% at the height of the 2008–2009 financial crisis. In short, Italy’s banking system is sitting on a keg of dynamite. Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal explained how Italian banks got themselves into this mess: Bad loans have grown at the astounding pace of €50 billion ($55.05 billion) a year since the 2008-09 financial crisis as banks resisted writing down bad assets. Banks and policy makers awaited a strong economic recovery that would allow debtors to repay more of their loans while providing banks greater profits to cushion write-downs. The recovery didn’t materialize, and the money injected into banks, up to €80 billion, via periodic market recapitalizations quickly dissipated as bank profitability stagnated due to an inefficient, fragmented financial system and near-zero or negative interest rates. • In other words, Italy’s banking system has three big problems… 1) The banks never recovered from the financial crisis. 2) Italy’s economy isn’t growing. And 3) negative interest rates are killing Italian banks. Dispatch readers know negative rates are a new radical government policy. They basically turn your bank account upside down. Instead of earning interest on your money at the bank, you pay the bank to watch your money. The European Central Bank (ECB) introduced negative rates two years ago, hoping this would “stimulate” Europe’s economy. Today, the ECB’s key rate is at -0.4%. That means European banks must pay €4 for every €1,000 they keep with the ECB. That might not sound like much. But it’s a huge problem for European banks that oversee trillions of euros. According to Bank of America (BAC), European banks could lose as much as €20 billion per year by 2018 if the ECB keeps rates where they are. • Italian bank stocks have nosedived… UniCredit SpA (USG.MI), Italy’s largest bank, has plunged 63% over the past year. Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI), Italy’s second biggest, is down 45%. Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS.MI), Italy’s third biggest, is down 83%. And Banco Popolare (BP.MI), Italy’s fourth biggest, is down 79%. These are giant declines. Remember, we’re talking about the cornerstones of Italy’s financial system. Right now, these stocks aren’t telling us everything is OK. They’re saying Italy’s banking system could be insolvent. • The ECB might bail out Italian banks… Yesterday, Mario Draghi, who heads the ECB, said he would support a public bailout of Italy’s banks “in exceptional circumstances.” If this happens, the government will give money to Italy’s troubled banks and make taxpayers pay for it. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the U.S. government did the same thing during the 2008–2009 crisis. It gave hundreds of billions of dollars to the largest U.S. banks because they were “too big to fail.” The average American ended up footing the bill. The Oil Jihad just handed you the BIGGEST energy play of the decade Now you’ll have the chance to turn your next two paychecks into $109,845 or more with my analysis. And you’ll be able to do it over and over and over again for the next 12 months as the Saudis push this jihad to the limits. All it takes is one simple move! Recommended Links — – Rickards: “Don’t Buy A Single Ounce Of Gold…” **This is an URGENT warning from Jim Rickards.** If you’ve seen the writing on the wall, like me, you know that gold could soon hit $10,000 per ounce. However, today I’m urging you NOT to buy a single ounce of gold till you read what I have to say. Click here for access to my urgent gold announcement. • Italian bank stocks jumped on Draghi’s comments… Banco Popolare rose 4.0% yesterday. UniCredit rose 2.1%. And Banco Monte dei Paschi di Siena closed the day up 1.8%. In other words, investors are betting on a bailout. Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Investing, also thinks this will happen. He says Europe doesn’t have much choice: Italian banks will be bailed out, somehow, someway. Italy’s systemic weight is too big. A collapse of the Italian banking system is an existential threat to the euro, and probably the whole EU project. Nick, who’s in Italy right now, doesn’t think a bailout will fix Italy’s problems. At best, it will buy Europe time. Nick explains: A bailout won’t fix Italy’s main problem. The country hasn’t had any meaningful economic growth since it joined the euro in 1999. Even if a bailout can postpone a collapse of Italy’s banking system, it wouldn’t prevent a bubbling political crisis. You see, right now, a populist party is gaining control in Italy. According to the polls, it’s the most popular party in the country right now. And it’s gaining followers by the day. Nick says this is something investors can’t afford to ignore: The populist party blames Italy’s economic problems on the euro. It wants Italy to go back to the lira, its old currency. • Nick thinks the populist party could rise to power as soon as October… If this happens, Italy will likely hold a referendum like the UK did. But, this time, Italy will decide if it wants to stay with the euro or go back to the lira. If Italy votes to leave the euro, the fallout could be far worse than what we saw with the Brexit. Italy leaving the euro would destroy confidence in the currency. Longtime readers know this could be devastating. Like all paper currencies, “confidence” is all that backs the euro. If people lose faith in the euro, it will literally become worthless. Nick says this could happen sooner than most folks think: Italy is the third largest country in the eurozone. If it leaves the euro, I think it would destroy the currency. Without the euro, the economic linkages between EU countries would weaken. This could be a fatal blow to the EU itself. Bottom line, the euro and the whole EU project could very well die in Italy over the next six months. • Nick says a collapse of the EU could be “the biggest geopolitical event since World War II”… It could trigger a global stock market crash. It could drag the world into a deep depression. It could spark a global currency crisis. There’s really no way to know what would happen. Like we said earlier, the EU is one of the biggest economic experiments in history. If you’re worried about the state of the EU, you need to protect yourself. Your first step should be to own gold. As we often say, gold is real money. It’s protected wealth for centuries because it’s durable, easy to transport, and easily divisible. Its value also doesn’t depend on any central bank or government. If the euro runs into problems like Nick expects, gold’s value could shoot to the moon. • Nick will talk more about the impending explosion in Europe, and how it could trigger a global economic meltdown in October, in the next issue of Crisis Investing… You can learn how to receive Crisis Investing for 20% off the regular price by watching this video. You’ll also learn about another big crisis on Nick’s radar. As you’ll see, this crisis is already well underway. And it’s happening right here in America. The good news is that you can still protect yourself. We’ll even show you how to turn this coming crisis into a chance to make big gains. Watch this free video to learn how. Tech Recommendation of the Day: Buy or Sell IBM? For today’s and next week’s editions of the Dispatch, we’re sharing a special new feature with you. In place of our usual “Chart of the Day,” you’ll find valuable insight on technology stocks from tech expert Jeff Brown. If you don’t know Jeff, he’s a true tech insider and angel investor. Jeff is a 25-year veteran who’s built early-stage startups and ran organizations generating hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues. Yesterday, Jeff explained why tech giant Apple (AAPL) is “absolutely a sell.” Today, he tells us what he thinks about tech blue chip IBM. Keep in mind, the following is from a recent interview between Jeff and Amber Lee Mason, head of our affiliate Bonner & Partners: Amber Lee Mason: What about IBM? Jeff Brown: I am very unimpressed. This is a definite sell, and I think for a lot of people, a bit of a dangerous stock in the sense that people that have invested in IBM for years and years and years just want to hold onto this and expect that it’ll come around. But this is a dangerous stock to be holding, from my perspective. This used to be a $100-plus billion company a few years ago. This year, in 2016, it’s forecasted to be less than $80 billion, so down 20-plus percent in just a few years. They’ve had five years of declines in revenue. Their large legacy business continues to hold the company back. Another example: It’s been way too slow to adjust to crowd-based business models, and a lot of its other businesses, traditional businesses, are lower margin… and it’s just not that competitive. I do like what IBM does from a research perspective, but they really struggle to monetize their research. So a great example would be Watson. You know, they spent billions investing in IBM Watson, which is their artificial intelligence computing platform. And it has been estimated that, in 2015, it only generated about $200 million in revenue. The CEO was quoted as saying recently that, by 2018, she hopes Watson will generate about $1 billion. So to put this in perspective, it won’t even be until 2018 when it might generate $1 billion in revenue. And that’s against a company that’s doing $79 billion to $80 billion in annual revenue. So my point is, Watson won’t have that significant of an influence at all, even three years down the road, on the company’s overall performance. So there’s just so many better technology companies to own than IBM right now. Jeff may be bearish on IBM. But he sees HUGE opportunities in other tech stocks. In his newsletter, Exponential Tech Investor, Jeff explains how to invest in some of the most exciting technology companies on the planet. Most investors don’t even know these companies exist. Right now, you can lock in a subscription to Exponential Tech Investor for $500 off the regular price. We’ll even give you chance to “test drive” the service — and access all of Jeff’s research—for a full 30 days. This offer won’t last long, so make sure to act soon. Click here to learn more.last_img read more

Its nearly four years since Natasha Baker claimed

first_imgIt’s nearly four years since Natasha Baker claimed two gold medals at London 2012, but the “fantastic” memories she has of her home Paralympic Games means it feels to her as if it was only last year.And she says her preparations for next month’s dressage competition in Rio – she is competing again in three events, with her “special boy” Cabral, known as JP – could not have gone better.She told Disability News Service: “It’s been a really fantastic year. I have won every one of the selection competitions. It couldn’t have gone better.”And despite helping her win three golds in London, JP’s performance has even improved.“He’s going better now than he was in London, which is fantastic,” she says. “He seems softer, more connected.”She places much of the credit for this down to a change of trainer since London.She says: “Everything seems to kind of slot into place; we are in a really good place at the moment and I’m feeling really excited about it.”JP has flown before, when Baker visited the Middle East last year for a competition, and she also believes they are ready for any weather conditions that Rio might throw at them.She says: “He’s used to the heat, he actually goes far better in the heat than in the cold. So I feel pretty prepared.“We only ride outdoors at home, so if it pours down with rain I think we will be used to that as well.”As for her hopes from the games, she says: “Obviously, three medals would make me have a grin from ear to ear like a Cheshire cat, but with horses you just never know what can happen, especially when we are travelling halfway around the world.“To come home with some medals would just be amazing, [but] as long as I go out and do my best and he does his best I will be a happy girl.”But she warns that other countries are “catching us up. They are chasing us at quite a rapid pace so to go out there and contend for a gold medal would be amazing, and hopefully we can do enough to bring it home.”She is due to compete on 13, 15 and 16 September.Baker was one of the Paralympians who spoke out to DNS before London 2012 about the importance of disability living allowance (DLA) to her and other athletes, and who spoke of their fears that government spending cuts could jeopardise their independence and that of other disabled people.Since then, the hugely controversial process to reassess working-age DLA claimants for the new personal independence payment has begun, with tens of thousands of disabled people already having their support cut or removed completely.Four years on from London 2012, Baker has decided not to speak about the reassessment process.Asked how she had been affected, she says only: “Yes, I’m all sorted. No change.” She declines to comment further.Speaking before the revelations of the Rio 2016 organising committee’s funding crisis, she says London 2012 “really propelled Paralympic sport forward”, and hopes that the Rio games will “do that even more so”.And she says she was not put off by health concerns about the Zika virus. “I’m not planning on having children any time soon.“Obviously it can be a concern but we have been given the best possible advice by the BPA [the British Paralympic Association], and they are updating it constantly on what’s going on and the latest medical advice, so I know we are in safe hands.”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… The police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are facing questions over why an “utterly barbaric” campaign of violence and abuse directed at a disabled mum and daughter was not treated as disability hate crime.A family of four were jailed last week for a total of more than 46 years for imprisoning the two disabled women and treating them as slaves as they forced them to work in two flats in Coventry.The mother and daughter were repeatedly beaten, and had to eat dried pasta, while the younger woman was so hungry she resorted to eating scraps of food from a bin.The court heard that the family knew the two women had learning difficulties but treated them in an “utterly barbaric manner”, preventing them accessing their own home, and restricting their access to food, heating and their ability to clean themselves.But despite the apparent evidence of disability-related hostility, the offences were not treated in court as hate crimes, so no attempt was made to seek stricter sentences under section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act.The court had heard details of a campaign of bullying, intimidation and repeated violent assaults, led by ring-leader Jean Kelly.One of the two women was made to clean and carry out other chores at Kelly’s flat, while the other had to work at Kelly’s daughter’s flat in another part of Coventry. They were each paid one cigarette a day for their work.Jean Kelly was found guilty of two charges under the Modern Slavery Act (MSA), as well as offences of grievous bodily harm (GBH), actual bodily harm and conspiracy to falsely imprison, after a trial at Warwick Crown Court in September.Three other members of her family also received prison sentences, with her husband Michael jailed for 14 years for conspiracy to falsely imprison and GBH, their daughter Anastasia Hitt jailed for four-and-a-half years for conspiracy to falsely imprison and an MSA conspiracy charge, and her partner Ian Healy jailed for 14 years for conspiracy to falsely imprison and GBH.Media reports state that Jean Kelly, herself a wheelchair-user, assaulted one of the two women with a baseball bat she called “Bob”.She had previously been jailed for 18 months for pouring boiling water on her step-brother, who also had learning difficulties.The judge reportedly told Jean Kelly that her behaviour “demonstrates a sustained interest by you in taking advantage of those with learning difficulties and maltreating them”, while he said the other three members of the family had sought to exploit the pair for their own gain.But despite his comments, a CPS spokesman confirmed this week that prosecutors had not treated the offences as disability hate crimes.He said: “The CPS takes prosecution of all kinds of hate crime, including against disabled people, extremely seriously.“In order to prosecute a case as a hate crime there must be evidence the criminal actions are motivated by hostility towards the protected characteristic.“In this instance prosecutors felt the facts did not allow the case to be prosecuted as a hate crime but very serious charges were brought against the defendants who ultimately received prison sentences totalling almost 50 years.“Our thoughts are with the victims in this case and we hope the outcome offers them some comfort as they rebuild their lives.”West Midlands police refused this week to confirm its officers’ apparent failure to treat the offences as disability hate crimes, and why they failed to do so.The latest failure of the criminal justice system to recognise disability hate crime came just days after the CPS annual hate crime report showed that the number of disability hate crime cases referred to prosecutors by police forces in England and Wales plunged last year by nearly a quarter.The number of disability hate crime convictions also slumped, from 800 in 2016-17 to 564 in 2017-18 (a drop of 29.5 per cent).Earlier this month, a report by two watchdogs found that the work of police officers on more than half of the disability hate crime investigations examined across six sample police forces – not including West Midlands – had been found to be “unacceptable”.last_img read more

Google Tweaks Ad Policy After Uproar Over Offensive Content

first_img Next Article 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Google is making good on a promise to more closely monitor advertisements that appear alongside YouTube videos and give brands more control over where their ads appear. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Google Tweaks Ad Policy After Uproar Over Offensive Content Angela Moscaritolo March 22, 2017center_img Image credit: Gil C / Shutterstock.com 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. Reporter Google on Tuesday announced some changes to ensure that brands’ advertisements don’t appear next to horrible, offensive content.The move comes after the British government pulled millions of dollars worth of advertising from YouTube after an investigation by The Times of London found that the government’s ads were showing up alongside videos from “rape apologists, anti-Semites and banned hate preachers.” In response, Google last week pledged to more closely monitor advertisements that appear alongside YouTube videos, and give brands more control over where their ads appear. Now, the web giant is taking the first steps to make good on that pledge.”Starting today, we’re taking a tougher stance on hateful, offensive and derogatory content,” Google’s Chief Business Officer Philipp Schindler wrote in a blog post. “This includes removing ads more effectively from content that is attacking or harassing people based on their race, religion, gender or similar categories.”Google will also ensure that ads only show up alongside videos from legitimate creators in the YouTube Partner Program. Plus, “the YouTube team is taking a hard look at our existing community guidelines to determine what content is allowed on the platform — not just what content can be monetized,” Schindler wrote.In the coming days and months, Google plans to introduce new tools to help advertisers more easily manage where their ads appear across YouTube and the web. Advertisers will be able to exclude specific sites and channels from their campaigns, fine-tune where their ads appear and more easily see where their ads are running. Google is also changing the default setting for ads so that they don’t show on “objectionable content.””We’ll be hiring significant numbers of people and developing new tools powered by our latest advancements in AI and machine learning to increase our capacity to review questionable content for advertising,” Schindler wrote. With these changes, Google should be able to resolve any issues that arise “in less than a few hours.” Google –shares Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Why Do Edibles Make You So Darn High

first_imgCannabis 101 Why Do Edibles Make You So Darn High? Entrepreneur Staff Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneur February 15, 2019 Add to Queue –shares With so many people complaining about having a bad edible experience, it’s time to educate ourselves about why this happens and how to avoid it. Chances are that you — or someone you know — had a really bad experience with an edible.In fact, most weed horror stories begin with some variation of, “Oh, man. One time I ate this (brownie, cookie, gummy, peanut butter cup) and I was, like, out-of-my-mind high for 24 hours.” This kind of terrifying trip was immortalized in a famous New York Times op-ed by Maureen Dowd, in which she recounts a particularly horrible encounter she had with a caramel-chocolate flavored candy bar in Denver. I, too, will confess to having my own scary run-in with an edible. I’d just had surgery and was looking for something other than Oxycontin to ease the pain, so I took a pill with a high THC count. An hour later, the buzz hit me so hard that I put on my heart monitor to make sure I wasn’t in cardiac arrest. Whether you’ve had a bad edible experience or you think we’re just a bunch of winy lightweights, we can all agree that stories like these are not good PR for the plant. Many a potential customer, who could truly benefit from cannabis’ healing properties, are scared away by that one bad high.Call it Post Traumatic Edible Disorder (PTED). It’s not only bad for consumers’ health — it’s bad for business. In the interest of finding out what happened to me and so many other scarred edible customers, and how we can avoid future bad trips, I spoke with Uwe Blesching, Ph.D, a medical writer and author of three books on cannabis, including The Cannabis Health Index.Related: 5 Things You Need to Know About Edibles Blame it on your liverIt turns out that those of us with PTED aren’t crazy. Edibles can make you higher than other forms of cannabis consumption, according to Dr. Blesching. The liver is the culprit.When you ingest THC, it will take about an hour or so for it to be broken down into various metabolites. This explains why you don’t feel the psychoactive effects right away, unlike you do when smoking it.One of those metabolites created by your body is something called 11-OH-THC, which is “much more potent as far as psychoactivity is concerned because it crosses the blood-brain barrier up to four times faster than just THC,” says Dr. Blesching. So when you eat an edible, “you’re not just getting the high effect from THC, you’re also getting the effect of the metabolites,” he says.Related: 5 Smart and Safe Ways to Package EdiblesThe more you ingest, the greater the high. This explains that sudden, uneasy feeling of getting a massive jolt to the brain. One second you feel nothing, the next second you’re completely stoned.  Blame it on yourselfAnother reason that edibles are so potent is that we tend to consume too much of them — either because we’re impatient, hungry, or both.”A lot of people make the mistake of thinking it’s been an hour and I’m not feeling anything, so they eat more,” says Dr. Blesching. “The impatience and the expectancy actually contribute to the experience being very unpleasant.”Dr. Blesching admits to making that mistake himself. One time, he dripped some cannabis-infused coconut oil over some almonds and they tasted so good that he kept eating more and more. An hour later, he was high as a kite.”Remember those old martial art movies that were really poorly dubbed, where you see the mouth is moving and then ten seconds later you hear the translation?” he says. “That happened to me. It was literally a disassociation between what I saw and what I heard.” The high lasted for 12 to 15 hours. Know your limitsPart of the challenge of eating edibles is understanding how to dose properly. Unlike smoking THC in which you feel the effects almost immediately, ingesting it and waiting for the effects make it harder to titrate the dosage. For this reason, many of the best edible brands go out of their way to warn against over-indulging. For example, Wana Brands, which makes Colorado’s best-selling edibles, says to “Start Low and Go Slow” right on their packaging.Related: Meet the Martha Stewart of EdiblesWhat is low and slow? While there’s no one-size-fits-all prescription, Dr. Blesching advises adults to ingest no more than 2.5 to 5 milligrams an hour. “If you don’t feel anything, you can gradually add a little more,” he says. Then wait another hour.Dr. Blesching also warns against eating edibles on an empty stomach because “absorption rates are much faster.” That said, when you ingest THC with a full belly, it might take longer for the THC to kick in so, again, exercise caution. “It’s a very fine line between a THC-induced adverse effect and a THC-induced therapeutic effect,” Dr. Blesching says.Make sure yours is therapeutic not post-traumatic.   center_img Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Jonathan Small 5 min read Image credit: Creative-Family | Getty Images Free Green Entrepreneur App Next Article Download Our iOS Applast_img read more