Gerrard will learn more about his team – Johnstone

first_imgFormer Rangers Football Club player Derek Johnstone insists the club’s manager Steven Gerrard will learn a lot about his players over their next three fixtures.Gerrard who was appointed as the club’s manager at the end of last season has enjoyed a very impressive start to life at the Ibrox, with his team yet to lose a game in all competitions after ten games.With two wins and a draw coming in domestic league and cup competitions, the former Liverpool captain couldn’t have asked for a better start.But with games against Motherwell, a second leg UEFA Europa League playoff tie against FC Ufa and the derby against Celtic, Johnstone insists Gerrard would learn more about his team during that three-game spell.“There is a huge difference in the team from last year and Rangers are undoubtedly more of a unit now and there is a higher calibre of player across the park.” Johnstone said, as quoted by Evening times.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.“Defensively, we are not giving as much away as we were last season but if Steven has one worry I think it will be in a creative sense. We are not getting enough in the final third at times and I am sure Steven will try and correct that.”“Overall, though, it has been a really impressive start and the win over Ufa on Thursday night has given Rangers a chance to get back into the group stage of a European competition.”“The clean sheet at Ibrox was important and if Rangers score over in Russia I think the tie is finished. It is a great opportunity.”“If we can get through in Russia next Thursday, what a lift that would give everyone ahead of the big one, the one that we have all been waiting for at Parkhead on Sunday.”“The only bonus going into the Old Firm is that Celtic will be playing – albeit at home – on the Thursday night as well so they have that to contend with.”last_img read more

AIRPORT REOPENED after the day helping school with fire

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jan 2016 – JAGS McCartney International Airport had been shut down all day because the aerodrome fire team was busy putting out the fire at HJ Robinson High in North Backsalina. Up to 3pm, no flights had landed in the Capital because it is against both FAA and CAA standards to run an international airport without the fire team on site. This predicament was costing the country, creating tremendous inconvenience and exposing the fact that there is no domestic fire department in the nation’s capital. The PDM in a media release is calling on Government to hold an emergency session of the House of Assembly to pass funding for a full fire service in Grand Turk. The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority this morning issued alert of the closure and said flight operations in Grand Turk will resume when they are no longer needed in the community. At 3:18pm notice came that the JAGS McCartney reopened. Long Island fire extinguished Recommended for you Related Items:Fire, HJ robinson high school, jags mccartney international airport, re-opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Breaking: Fire at Providenciales’ Dump FIRE AGAIN in Grand Turk; underscores urgency for Fire Deptlast_img read more

Everton rules out big transfer plans for January

first_imgFor Marcel Brands, Everton’s director of football, the team is focused on the transfer market window of the summer, not on the one from this month.Everton director of football Marcel Brands has ruled out a “big” transfer window for the team in January.According to the executive, the team is focusing on the summer transfer window instead.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We don’t have big plans. It’s a very difficult period to bring players in,” he said to Sky Sports.“We don’t want to let our best players go, also other clubs don’t. I’m more focused on the summer window than the January window.”“If we sell or loan players, then maybe we have to do something, and if we do something, it has to be good,” he concluded.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For May 31 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, May 31, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Light south wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning.In The Community: The Wilmington High School Baseball team is holding a fundraiser at Jake n Joes Bar & Grille (230 Mishawum Road) in Woburn on Thursday, May 31, 2018, from 11:30am to close (12:30am Friday). Bring this flyer and 20% of your bill will be donated to the WHS Baseball program. Applies to dine-in and take-out only, not delivery.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).At The Library: Going Native: Low Maintenance Trees and Shrubs at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Computer Class at 9:15am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. Stress Management at 1pm. Mabel & Jerry Performance at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm. … Pianist Ricky Lauria performs at Tremezzo (2 Lowell Street) at 8pm.Go Wildcats!: 3 WHS teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For August 16, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For January 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Worker killed in Magura road crash

first_imgA worker was killed and two others injured in a road accident at Belnagar on Magura-Kamarkhali road on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Afsar Uddin, 60, a resident of Talkhori in Salikha upazila in Magura.Magura police station officer-in-charge Ilius Hossain said the accident took place when a sand-laden mini truck hit a roadside tree as its driver lost control over the steering, leaving one worker on board dead on the spot and two others injured.The injured were taken to Magura Sadar Hospital. A case was filed.last_img read more

5 awarded Begum Rokeya Padak 2018

first_imgFive people received prestigious Begum Rokeya Padak 2018 on Sunday in recognition of their outstanding contributions to society and women empowerment, reports UNB.The awardees are Zinnatun Nesa Talukder, professor Zohra Anis, Shila Roy, Rauma Chowdhury (posthumous) and Rokeya Begum (posthumous).Prime minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the medals weighing 25 grams of 18-karat gold, cheques of Tk 200,000 and certificates among the winners and their family members at a programme held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital.The children and women affairs ministry organised the programme with state minister Meher Afroze Chumki in the chair. Ministry secretary Nasima Begum read out the citations.The government introduced the award in 1995 after the name of Begum Rokeya, a pioneer of women’s liberation movement in the undivided Bengal.Begum Rokeya was a leading feminist writer and social worker during the early 20th century and famous for her efforts to establish gender equality and ensure female education.last_img read more

Trump Gets His Man At The State Department

first_img Share Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer Exxon Mobil executive Rex Tillerson testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Jan. 11 during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state.President Trump has gotten his man at the State Department.Rex Tillerson was approved by a 56-43 vote Wednesday in the Senate. Four senators who caucus with the Democrats crossed the aisle and joined all of the Republicans in voting for Tillerson. They were Democrats Mark Warner of Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, as well as independent Angus King of Maine.Tillerson, the former head of Exxon Mobil — the world’s largest and most powerful oil company — will now guide American foreign policy and be tasked with enacting Trump’s world view.That worldview, however, isn’t entirely clear. Trump has expressed nationalistic and protectionist views and even isolationist tendencies, but he has also said the U.S. needs to do more about ISIS. He has promised to “bomb the s*** out of them” and suggested it could potentially take 30,000 troops to defeat them.In addition to his controversial travel ban instituted in the first days of his presidency, Trump has ordered the U.S. out of trade deals, threatened import tariffs with America’s adversaries (China) and allies (Mexico), questioned the importance of NATO, praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, said he thinks torture works and, during the campaign, floated the idea (that he later seemed to walk back) that perhaps more countries should have nuclear weapons to defend themselves without the U.S.’s help.Tillerson will be tasked with defending the United States under Trump around the globe, while walking the line when he disagrees. Tillerson faced tough questioning from Republicans and was almost derailed because of his relationship with Putin. But Tillerson talked tough in those hearings about Russia and, unlike Trump, said he fully believes Russia was responsible for the hacks and leaks of the Democratic emails during the presidential campaign.Tillerson, who has no diplomatic experience aside from his myriad international business ties as Exxon Mobil’s chief, will be tasked with overseeing the State Department bureaucracy. He is not well-known in the State Department, but those who have briefed him are sounding fairly upbeat about his management style. As CEO of Exxon Mobil, he oversaw a vast company with employees working in dozens of countries.The difference is that Exxon Mobil has one goal: drilling for oil and making money for shareholders.His job at the State Department may be especially complicated by apparent unrest in the ranks. NPR has reported that some 900 State Department officials signed a letter that went viral within the agency decrying Trump’s visa and refugee ban as not making America safer.And the White House isn’t making the task of internal diplomacy any easier for Tillerson. White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday urged American diplomats to “get with the program” or go.But dissent is ingrained in State Department culture. In fact, the American Foreign Service Association, the professional association, gives awards every year for it.The State Department’s manual says there can be no retribution for employees who use the dissent channel, and some in Congress concerned about Spicer’s comments are now looking into ways to codify those protections.Trump, though, doesn’t exactly welcome dissent. While the new president is known for surrounding himself with differing factions — and even appeared to encourage his Cabinet nominees to have different points of view in their confirmation hearings — he also fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama holdover at the Justice Department, for speaking out against and refusing to defend the travel ban, and he said he has a “running war with the media.”“So much of the media seems to be the opposition party,” Trump said Wednesday, echoing his chief strategist Steve Bannon. He added, “They’re very dishonest people.”At the State Department, Tillerson will be hearing from diplomats who are worried about where the Trump administration is heading and whether he and Trump will overlook human rights abuses in countries where Americans want to do business.So, the mood in the State Department is uneasy. The Trump administration nudged out several professional diplomats even before naming anyone to replace them.One example is Tom Countryman, a career foreign service officer who was acting undersecretary for arms control. He was on NPR’s Morning Edition Wednesday, where he echoed a very powerful retirement speech he gave Tuesday to the State Department. He noted that State employees proudly serve in both Republican and Democratic administrations and implied they are feeling sidelined now.“We still have a duty,” he told the State employees. “You have a duty — to stay and give your best professional guidance, with loyalty, to the new administration, because a foreign policy without professionals is — by definition — an amateur foreign policy. You will help to frame and make the choices. Because that is what we do. Our work is little understood by our fellow Americans, a fact that is sometimes exploited for political purpose. When I have the opportunity to speak to audiences across this amazing land, I explain, ‘We do not have a Department of State, we do not have a foreign policy — because we love foreigners. We do it because we love Americans.”He also said something that directly relates to Trump (and perhaps even Tillerson). Countryman drew a distinction between business and diplomacy, and he seemed to dispute Trump’s foundational view of America.“Business made America great, as it always has been,” Countryman said, “and business leaders are among our most important partners. But let’s be clear: Despite the similarities — a dog is not a cat; baseball is not football; and diplomacy is not a business. Human rights are not a business. And democracy is, most assuredly, not a business.”He added, “We want Americans to prosper, to sell the world’s best food and the world’s best products everywhere in the world. We want Americans to be protected and safe when they are abroad, whether they are missionaries, tourists, students, businessmen or (for those of you who have done consular work) the occasional false Messiah.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Permian Oil Production To More Than Double By 2023 Report Says

first_imgTravis BubenikA pump jack near Imperial, Texas.A new report by research firm IHS Markit says oil production from the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico could more than double by 2023.The report predicts “stunning” growth, saying about 41,000 new wells could increase production from the nation’s top oilfield by almost three million barrels per day in the years ahead.As U.S. oil imports have declined since a peak in 2006, and with refiners preferring a different type of oil than what’s coming out of the Permian boom, Texas is poised to increasingly fuel other countries.“Basically you can take it as a given that every new drop of oil that’s produced has to be exported,” said Raoul LeBlanc, a top energy analyst at IHS Markit.Oil companies are rushing to build more pipelines to move all the new oil to the Gulf Coast, where it will be increasingly exported to growing economies like China, already the second-largest customer for U.S. oil behind Canada.“It’s going to make us the third or fourth largest exporter [of oil] in the world within a few years,” LeBlanc said.The Port of Corpus Christi is in the midst of a $350 million effort to deepen and widen its ship channel, which would make room for massive oil export tankers that can’t currently navigate most U.S. ports. The port recently secured almost $23 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for that project.LeBlanc said the anticipated production growth in the Permian will be driven by fracking and rising demand from around the world. Drillers are also responding faster to jumps in oil prices than ever before, he said. Sharelast_img read more

How obesity spreads among members of social network

first_imgNot just emotions but any information is “contagious” on social networks that can even trigger the spread of real-world human behaviour like smoking and obesity, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin.“In large social networks, our model demonstrated that information is ‘contagious’ in much the same way that behaviour seems to be contagious,” said one of the researchers Suparna Rajaram of Stony Brook University in New York. “These results suggest that information transmission is a critical mechanism underlying the social transmission of behaviour,” Rajaram noted. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Using advanced computer modelling, the researchers found that the memory of one individual can indirectly influence that of another shared via social connections. The researchers incorporated well established cognitive processes into computer models capable of simulating groups much larger than those typically seen in laboratory research. Then, to see how information would spread throughout a large group, the researchers created a model that placed individuals into large, realistic networks and allowed them to interact with their neighbours. As one might expect, the results showed that direct neighbours showed more similar knowledge than did individuals who were indirectly linked through a shared neighbour. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, the individuals who shared a neighbour, but who never interacted with each other, showed more similar knowledge than those who were separated by two people in the network.This suggests that a shared neighbour acts as a go-between, transmitting information to the individuals on either side, allowing them to indirectly influence each other. “Taken together, the findings of the current study leverage laboratory results and explanations to develop a much-needed theoretical account of behaviour in large social networks,” the researchers said. The findings were published in the journal Psychological Science.last_img read more

agodacom Gold Circle Awards 2011

first_imgSource = agoda.com agoda.com, a leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced the winning hotels of the agoda.com Gold Circle Awards 2011.Each year, agoda.com recognises outstanding hotel partners by presenting them with a Gold Circle Award. The awards, launched in 2009, are unique to agoda.com and are intended to honour hotels that show commitment to providing a superior online product.Winning hotels must meet certain criteria to qualify for an award. First of all, they must have worked closely with agoda.com to offer consistently competitive room rates. They also must have utilised agoda.com’s custom-built YCS 3.0 yield control system to maximise revenue. Finally, they must have earned positive reviews and comments from agoda.com customers.This year, a total of 381 hotels worldwide will receive a Gold Circle Award. The awards themselves sport a sleek new design and will be presented to the winning properties by a local representative of the agoda.com Hotels Team.For some properties, such as the Borei Angkor Resort & Spa, the Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa and Lebua at State Tower Hotel in Bangkok, this is a second win. Fourteen properties in total will receive their second agoda.com Gold Circle award this year. Below are this year’s winners for Australia.Mr. Errol Cooke, Director of Hotels – Global at agoda.com, said: “With the Gold Circle Awards in their third year, hotel partners are increasingly recognising them as a mark of excellence in online distribution. This year, we are delighted to award hotels across the globe for their commitment to online revenue management and how well they are making use of all the customisable merchandising and promotional tools available via agoda.com.”Travelers who stay at a Gold Circle Award-winning property are assured excellent service and great value at a fair price.last_img read more

Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 197 gpt Gold at

first_imgDrilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold MineralizationColumbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes.Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.”  Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained. Please visit our website for more information about the project. Well, there’s no denying the fact that it was a pretty ugly day yesterday, regardless of whether it was free-market forces or ‘da boyz’.Gold sold off about seven dollars from the Far East open on their Thursday morning, right up until 12:40 p.m. in London…which was 7:40 a.m. in New York…forty minutes before the Comex open.At that point the dollar index began its 80 basis point rally…and the precious metals headed for the nether reaches of the earth.The gold price made a bit of a recovery once the London p.m. gold fix was in…but the engineered price decline began anew shortly before 11:00 a.m. Eastern time.  Gold hit its low price tick of the day [$1,563.30 spot] right at the 1:30 p.m. Comex close…and from there it basically traded ruler flat into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.Gold closed at $1,565.20 spot…down a whopping $41.60 on the day.  For the second day in a row, net volume was immense at 207,000 contracts.It was pretty much an identical story in silver, as the price declined below the $28 spot mark shortly after trading began in the Far East on Thursday…and then bumped along that price ceiling right up until the same 12:40 p.m. London time as gold, before suffering the same fate as the gold price.  Up until that time, silver was only down about two bits.Silver’s absolute low price tick [26.77 spot] came a couple of minutes before the close of Comex trading.  The price recovered a bit from there, but then traded flat into the electronic close.  Silver’s intraday price move was $1.35…or 4.80%.Silver closed the Thursday trading session at $26.88 spot…down a whopping $1.24 on the day.  Net volume was pretty chunky as well…43,000 contracts, give or take.The dollar index opened around 81.53 on Thursday morning…and didn’t do much of anything until it hit its ‘low’ of the day at 81.50 about 7:20 a.m. in New York.  Then away it went to the upside, with the high of the day [82.36] coming about 3:15 p.m. Eastern time…and closed the day almost on that high at 82.30.  From top to bottom, the dollar index rally was 86 points…up 1.06%.There certainly was an amazing amount of carnage in the precious metals prices all things considered.  If you look at the almost 80 basis point decline that the dollar index had on Tuesday, there is no sign of that in the price of any of the precious metals on that day.  I pointed that abnormality out in this column on Wednesday…and you can read about it here.So, was the big dollar index rally yesterday the cause of the big decline in the precious metals.  Partly, I’m sure, but it was convenient cover for JPMorgan et al to really beat the living snot out of them one more time…especially silver.Here’s the 3-day dollar index chart so you can see the almost equally large decline on Tuesday…which had no effect on the gold price at all.The gold stocks got smoked.  They gapped down big…and continued to decline…finishing right on their lows of the day.  The HUI finished down 5.28%.The silver stocks got in the ear as well.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down a huge 6.81%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that six gold and one lonely silver contract were posted for delivery on Monday.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday.But the U.S. Mint had a sales report.  They sold 7,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 275,000 silver eagles.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 32,500 ounces of gold eagles…6,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 1,975,000 silver eagles. So far this month, silver eagles are outselling gold eagles/buffaloes by a 51:1 ratio.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday, they reported receiving 1,184,987 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 463,513 ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that action is here.Here’s a chart that Washington state reader S.A. stole from some story posted on the Zero Hedge website yesterday.  It shows the Spanish and US GDPs compared to the size of bailouts…if the US received a bailout in proportion to the Spanish bailout.(Click on image to enlarge)I have a lot fewer stories today, but if you read nothing else, the first story is a must read…and I’ll leave the final edit of the rest up to you.Not until all this debt is repudiated and the world has gotten the usurious banking system off its back, with its tentacles reaching deep into government everywhere, will the world be able to move forward again. Then at long last we will be able to hail the return of true capitalism and the free market. – Clive MaundWell, there’s no denying the fact that it was a pretty ugly day yesterday, regardless of whether it was free-market forces or ‘da boyz’.  I’m sure that a lot of the sales of precious metals shares were done into a pretty illiquid market, which would certainly compound the losses in a ‘forced sale’ situation for anyone stupid enough to be in this market on margin.In Far East trading during their Friday, the gold price spent all of its time in a ten dollar price range between $1,560 and $1,570 spot…and was at the lower end of that range during the first fifteen minutes of trading in London.  But as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:00 a.m. Eastern time, gold has rallied to just above its Thursday closing price in New York.  Silver hung in just pennies under the $27 spot price until shortly after 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…and then slid from there…and was down about two bits just past the London open, but has now gained back all its losses as of 4:55 a.m. Eastern.  Volumes aren’t overly heavy…and the dollar index isn’t doing a thing.Today we get the Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, June 19th.  Too bad Wednesday’s and Thursday’s trading data won’t be in it, as that would tell us a lot if it was.You have to wonder how much longer this pounding in the four precious metals will continue.  It will continue until JPMorgan et al have covered every possible short position they can.  Ted Butler mentioned that the technical funds had probably put on between 25-30,000 long contracts as gold broke through its 20 and 50-day moving averages to the upside since the June 10th low…and it’s a pretty good bet that all of those positions got taken out yesterday and Wednesday.The silver price has barely had a sniff of its 50-day moving average, so I doubt if there’s much in it for JPMorgan to continue engineering the price lower…but you just never know these things.  If the lows aren’t in for gold or silver, they must be pretty close…and all we can do is wait it out, plus use this opportunity to buy more bullion while JPMorgan et al have been thoughtful enough to put it on sale once again.With today being the last trading day of the week, it will be interesting to see if JPMorgan presses its advantage as the Friday trading day unfolds in London and New York.  As has been the case all week, the real price/volume action occurs during the Comex trading session and, without doubt, that will be the case again today.I hope your weekend goes well…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. 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A few years back I read an interesting article ab

first_imgA few years back, I read an interesting article about rich versus poor on the website Difference Between. The author cited the following as one major difference: “While rich believe they are in control of their lives, poor feel they are subject to vagaries of life and life controls events taking place in their lives. Rich are not concerned with depression or recession, and they are not tied with any special knowledge or professional degree either. On the other hand, poor believes it is his lack of degree or knowledge that keeps him poor. It is when you start to feel that life is happening to you instead of you creating your future, you will lose the right track and condemn remaining poor.” To me, much of the difference boils down to personal confidence and understanding how to deal with the financial situation you are in. At the same time, major events can take place which can either bolster or erode our confidence. Many of my peers went from the “rich” mindset described above to that described as “poor.” Yet for many, their net worth did not change. When one looks at the terms “golden years” or “retiring comfortably,” it is not hard to conjure up an image of retirees comfortable with their financial situation, not being too concerned about the economic events taking place around them. Instead, they are enjoying checking a lot of items off their bucket list. Many retirees in the generation before us fit that mold, yet they were not multimillionaires. How can that be? A recent Gallup article titled Pensions Are Top Income Source for Wealthier US Retirees presents poll results on sources of income, and presents the findings by annual household income. According to the poll, 55% of retirees earning annual incomes over $50,000 were doing so primarily with a pension. Gallup shared some interesting implications: “Pension plans seem to be a major factor relating to how financially well off U.S. retirees are. With Social Security by far the major source of retirement funding among U.S. retirees, those who can supplement that money with income from a pension plan or other source appear to be doing much better.” Things Are Changing Quickly So what does this mean? If you have a “guaranteed pension,” you know you have enough money coming in to live on, so you don’t sweat the markets anymore and can enjoy life. Not a bad thing. I can personally attest to this – that’s how we lived during the first six years of my retirement. We had the bulk of our nest egg in FDIC-insured CDs paying 6% interest. No worries there, as I knew how much interest income we had coming in, and the principal was backed by the federal government. We had enough to supplement our Social Security to cover our expenses and then some. That all changed in the fall of 2008, when the first Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) started, and the government flooded the banks with money. Our CDs were called in, and we lost the major source of “guaranteed” (as in not to having to worry about it) income. At the time, our CD interest was five times the size of our current Social Security check. Today the best five-year rate on a CD I can find is 1.2%, and even a ten-year Treasury pays only about 2%. With the current interest rates not even keeping up with inflation, I wouldn’t touch them. If I wanted to invest in those low yields anyway, the interest would be half of my current Social Security check. Now that is a major economic catastrophe. In effect, we may still have our capital intact; however, we now have to put our money at much higher risk in order to survive. While others may look at many of us seniors as rich, it is pure baloney. We are damn concerned about recession, depression, and our nest egg. We no longer meet the definition of “rich”; a lot of our confidence has eroded. Who Is Living Large? Who Is Taking a Step Backward? It looks to me like those working in the private sector – particularly those baby boomers who are trying to plan for retirement – have quite a challenge. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Kelly Greene and Vipal Monga reported that pensions represent an increasingly smaller portion of Americans’ retirement savings. The authors wrote: “The portion of private-sector US workers covered only by so-called defined-benefit plans fell to 3% in 2011 from 28% in 1979, according to US Department of Labor data compiled by EBRI.” We are seeing a huge disparity between those in the public sector working for the government and those in the private sector. Most government agencies still have generous, guaranteed pension plans, and many include health care for their retirees. Concurrently, the vast majority of those in the private sector do not have guaranteed pensions, but rather have to save their own money through various IRAs and 401(k)s in order to be able to retire comfortably. We have many friends who have retired from various branches of the government with pensions which are 80% or more of what they earned while they were working. For example, consider this story from Illinois of teachers earning pensions over $100,000 per year. While those are the most extravagant pensions mentioned in the article, the rest aren’t too bad either. Whether it’s Illinois, California, or New Jersey, you’ll find the same story around the country. In fact, defined benefit state plans cover 20 million employees and 7 million retirees, about 90% of all state employees. So nearly everyone from the person at the Department of Motor Vehicles to the teachers are cashing in. Here’s an excerpt from the report: “Of those [Palatine-Schaumburg High School] District 211 retirees, 268 – or 42.5 percent – received pensions of $100,000 or more in 2012. Other suburban school districts aren’t far behind. At Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire, 39.1 percent of the 133 retired educators receiving pensions make more than $100,000 a year in retirement. District 125 retired educators drew pensions averaging $79,489 last year, according to TRS figures.” Honestly, I don’t begrudge any retired government workers a dime. They earned their money and played by the rules which were in place. But ironically, many of those same friends who have these nice government pensions look upon those of us in the private sector as the ones who are rich. Just how much capital would a person in the private sector have to accumulate in order to earn an income of $100,000 “guaranteed” by the government? Using the 2% ten-year Treasury rate, a person would have to invest $5,000,000 for “guaranteed” income of $100,000. Of course, there’s also a difference in how that money is saved. It’s what’s left over after living expenses, kids’ college tuition, and everything else that comes up in life. If you had a government pension, you never had to worry about saving for retirement – so it’s less worry before and during retirement. From this perspective, sure looks to me like those with guaranteed pensions – mostly retired government workers – are the ones who are living large and not worried about the ups and downs in the economy. Doug Casey and other pundits have predicted a collapse, and I agree that it is going to happen. It will not be too long before more folks in the private sector realize that those government employees with their “guarantees” are the ones who are living rich as the earlier definition outlined, while we constantly have to fret and monitor our money. With things like the Tea Party groups forming, there are already signs that people have had enough. Is it any surprise that some of those groups received greater scrutiny from the IRS? After all, they are a threat to stream of endless pensions to all government employees. When a full-blown tax revolt finally happens, I am sure their “guaranteed” pensions will be a big factor. This is one place where there’s a clear line between the haves and have nots. The retirees from the private sector have to constantly worry about their retirement, while government employees have not a care with their guaranteed incomes. I’m quite confident that the taxpayers won’t want to pay their pensions plus the trillions in shortfalls in those pension plans – especially in underfunded state plans around the country. Those of us in the private sector saw our “guaranteed” pensions disappear. We now have the option of saving our own money and putting it at risk, and we are certainly worried about the ups and downs in the economy and the market. How much longer are taxpayers going to stand for having to save money for our retirement with no “guarantees,” while we see our taxes continue to escalate to pay for cushy, guaranteed pension plans for others? In the meantime, do you want to retire comfortably and enjoy your golden years not having to worry about your finances? Work for the government for 40 years or so and get a cushy pension and free medical care. We have a lot of friends who did just that, and they are very happy enjoying their golden years. I wonder if IRS workers ever have their tax returns audited? Probably not, but if these sorts of retirement inequalities last much longer, antitax groups will likely come to audit their pensions soon. If you’re a retired Illinois District 211 teacher, we’ll answer your hate mail (surely coming our way) as soon possible. However, remember that mail to and from Hawaii takes a while, so please be patient. If you weren’t so lucky as to retire with a $100K annual government pension, let us help you figure out how to navigate retirement in a low-interest-rate world, whether it’s finding yield, learning about annuities, understanding reverse mortgages, or discovering cheap investment funds, and more. Try a risk-free, three-month trial of Miller’s Money Forever.last_img read more

Dear Reader Before I get into what I think was

first_imgDear Reader, Before I get into what I think was the most valuable takeaway I got from our just-concluded summit in Texas, I thought I’d mention a couple upcoming events of interest: Doug Casey, Jeff Clark, Nick Giambruno, and Terry Coxon will be speaking at the Grand Cayman Liberty Forum, on Grand Cayman Island, November 16-20, 2014. For more information, please call Opportunity Travel at 800-926-6575 or +561-243-6276, or see the event web page. Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 34.79 41.13 41.53 Rock & Stock Stats Last Copper 3.07 3.19 3.31 TSX Venture 919.42 1,015.36 948.13 Gold Producers (GDX) 21.98 26.19 25.11 Silver 17.64 19.39 21.77 One Month Ago One Year Ago TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 15,026.77 15,619.21 12,841.62 Silver Stocks (SIL) 10.93 13.51 13.37 Gold 1,218.30 1,284.30 1,324.10 Doug Casey will also be speaking at the New Orleans Investment Conference, October 22-25, 2014. Alan Greenspan will be there, too, among other famous and infamous luminaries. For more information, please see the event web page. And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out for those who could not make our summit that the full audio recordings of every session will be available for you to download, and/or to order a set of CDs to keep for future reference, in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned. I hope you’ll enjoy—and learn from—the sessions as much as I did. Sincerely, Oil 93.01 93.86 103.03 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Researchlast_img read more

Arizona Governor Suspends Ubers SelfDriving Car Tests

first_img Richard Lawler Next Article The company put a freeze on testing nationwide after last week’s fatal crash. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Image credit: Handout/Reuters via engadget Add to Queue Uber 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. This story originally appeared on Engadget Arizona Governor Suspends Uber’s Self-Driving Car Tests 2 min read March 27, 2018 As the investigation into last week’s fatal crash where an autonomous Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., the state’s governor has suspended Uber’s permission to test its cars there. While the company had already halted testing nationwide after the test, this is a turnaround after Gov. Doug Ducey (R) had welcomed self-driving testing from many companies with open arms in a relationship that stretches back a few years. Just a few weeks ago Ducey updated his autonomous vehicle executive order to allow testing without a safety driver.In this crash, there was a test driver behind the wheel, but neither they nor the car reacted in time to avoid a woman who crossed in front of the car. In a letter to Uber, the Wall Street Journal reports Ducey said “my expectation is that public safety is also the top priority for all who operate this technology in the state of Arizona..The incident that took place on March 18 is an unquestionable failure to comply with this expectation.”In a statement to Engadget, an Uber spokerson said “We proactively suspended self-driving operations in all cities immediately following the tragic incident last week. We continue to help investigators in any way we can, and we’ll keep a dialogue open with the Governor’s office going forward.” Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Helping Dads Discover Medical Cannabis This Fathers Day

first_imgMarketing CEO of Canna West With Father’s Day approaching, I could pull out all the stops to market my brand to every single father in the Seattle area, but that would be a demographic and logistical nightmare. Instead, my team and I work very hard to know our customers (KYC), an acronym we ironically stole from the banking world. Rather than take a blanket approach we market directly to the dads who actually shop in our store, and when it comes to engaging elderly fathers we employ the same empathy and understanding that it took me to market cannabis to my own father.My dad was a hippie and therefore a frequent pot user in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. Following his flower child moment, he went completely clean – no alcohol or drugs of any sort – and he’s been that way for the past 40 years. Two years ago, however, he had a heart attack that almost killed him. The recovery meds his doctors had prescribed were opiate infused and kept him in bed, rather than pushing him towards recovery. Depression started settling in. He couldn’t sleep. It was heartbreaking and I knew cannabis was a better solution and could help break the cycle. Our “cannabis conversation” was very simple, though thoughtful, and went a little something like this:“Dad, please eat an edible with me and Nick (my fiance). We can all just sit and watch the thunderstorm and hang out on the porch together. Please?””Okay, I’ll try it,” he said.And that was it — a conversion made! He dumped the pharma meds immediately. The truth is, he had also been unnerved by the pharma recovery meds from the start and was ready for something different. What my fiance and I did was propose a solution on his terms in an environment where he is the most comfortable. It helped tremendously that I know just about everything about the man.The three of us had so much fun that night. Once the edible took effect, my dad had no more pain or anxiety. We could converse and laugh at each other’s jokes, just like the old days. Best of all, he slept like a baby that night and has ever since. He now takes one edible per day and has become one of three very important buyer personas in my brand’s marketing toolkit.Who then are the three most popular senior citizen dad personas my team engages with regularly? And how can an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry capture their attention this Father’s Day?Related: More Seniors Are Using Marijuana and It May Decrease Their Opioid Use1. The Aged AthleteDo you know this guy? Incredible, right? He still rock-and-ice climbs, well into his 70’s. He is the club tennis champion. He still good with a chain saw. However, at the end of each day now his knees hurt. His shoulders hurt. His back hurts. He could use a bit of CBD and THC love to take those pains away and reduce his inflammation.If you manufacture or sell any product, such as capsules or edibles, that fall into the 1:1 or even 25:1 category in terms of CBD to THC dosage percentages, Father’s Day might be one of the only times he slows down enough for you to capture his attention and then motivate him to give cannabis solutions a shot.Related: Medterra CBD Signs Pro Golfers as Brand Ambassadors2. The Tin ManThis is my dad. He has a doctorate degree in radioactive isotope geochemistry, but then he went and devoted his professional career to reforming the state of Idaho’s mental health and rehabilitation hospitals. In retirement, he spends three hours a day meditating in a meadow on a hill overlooking the home of my parents in Idaho. He has one of the closest relationships with God that I have ever witnessed, yet claims he is not a religious man. My dad wants to be active, but he has a big, broken heart.He is a full believer in cannabis’ benefits today. And as a result, he is starting to seek out higher quality edible products, an important trend that should be noted by the reader. He and his ilk could eventually drive the growing craft edibles category.Related: A Plea to Our Elders: Consider Medical Marijuana Before OpioidsThe Dying FatherAll I can say here is…life is just really hard sometimes. We have had customers visit us who required a chair in our showroom, simply because they were having a hard time standing up. Perhaps they had just come from a chemo session? Maybe they were recovering from a difficult surgery? Or maybe they were just in that much pain?This personna is one that typically requires the type of assistance that a retail or product brand may not be accustomed to providing. It requires real caring, and listening. Those entrepreneurs who live their business and personal lives with ethos, who are in this game for more than just the opportunity to make a buck, won’t need to adjust to sell solutions to this personna. They are already acting in the right manner. Those minus ethos might want to look into some sensitivity training. It is not an audience that will forgive you twice. Nor should they.Regardless of how well your brand address each of the many personna’s related to Father’s Day cannabis promotions, there is still an elephant in the room — the undecided. For whatever reason, there are a number of elderly dad’s out there who could benefit greatly from cannabis, but haven’t taken the plunge to actually try it. My own dad required a direct invitation from me. We are now both very thankful he listened to me. Some may require just a gentle nudge, while others might want further research from credible sources. Some, sadly, will never abandon their opiates.It doesn’t matter where they fall on the spectrum though. When in doubt, market to them on Father’s Day as if they were your own dad. Don’t insult them. Get to know their needs and cater to them. They deserve that level of respect. Many seniors, maybe including your own father, could benefit from cannabis. Cultivate the empathy and understanding to reach them on their own terms. –shares Add to Queue Image credit: Courtesy of Nick Mayer, owner of Trinity Farms 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. Download Our Free Android App Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img Guest Writer Helping Dads Discover Medical Cannabis This Father’s Day Maryam Mirnateghi and her father, Masoud June 15, 2019 Next Article 6 min read Maryam Mirnateghi Free Green Entrepreneur Applast_img read more

More Quick Fixes for Common Windows Annoyances

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Technology Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business More Quick Fixes for Common Windows Annoyances Steve Bass –sharescenter_img 5 min read Register Now » Dump the Insert key, rearrange drive letters, restore your Safely Remove Hardware icon, and get a free tool for easy Registry editing. Brought to you by PCWorld May 16, 2008 If you’ve got a multislot media card reader, chances are you face a mess of drive letters every time you double-click My Computer. I’ve finally outsmarted the Redmond kids in my battle with the dumb way Windows handles drive letters–and in this column I give you the fix. Plus, I share an easy way to restore the fickle Safely Remove Hardware icon to your system tray, and a trick to combat Insertus idioticus–by disabling the Insert key.Disable Unused Drive LettersThe Hassle: My PC has a built-in memory card reader, and the only slots I use are for CompactFlash and SD cards. Yet when I try to find the card I’ve just inserted in Windows Explorer, I always seem to click the drive letter of an empty slot. Do you have a fix?The Fix: First, let’s start by eliminating the card reader drive letters you don’t use. Log in as Administrator, open Windows Explorer, and insert your memory cards into the card reader slots. Jot down the corresponding drive letters and, using the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the System tray, remove the memory cards.From the Start menu, run diskmgmt.msc. Under Disk Management, you’ll see all your drives. Find the unused drives in the lower panel–they’re listed with a drive letter, a disk number, and a ‘No Media’ designation. Right-click, select Change Drive Letter and Paths, click Remove, click Yes, and say adios. Cool, no?My preference is to push the drive letters of the remaining memory cards near the end of the alphabet–and to use mnemonics for easier recall. I use drive letter “W” for the wide CompactFlash card and “S” for the smaller SD card. (I’ve also assigned mapped network drives to Y and Z.)From that same spot in the Disk Management applet, right-click, choose Change, and pick a letter from the end of the alphabet.This reassignment trick also keeps the drive letters of my temporary USB devices–two hard drives, an MP3 player and flash drive, and a GPS unit–all neatly stacked just after my last fixed drive.Restore the Safely Remove Hardware IconThe Hassle: Where’s my Safely Remove Hardware icon? One day it’s here, the next day it’s missing from the system tray!The Fix: The icon is probably just hidden. Right-click Start, select Properties, choose the Taskbar tab, click Customize, scroll to Safely Remove Hardware, and make the behavior Always Show. Alternatively you can keep the icon hidden (and your Systray uncluttered) and force it to appear when you need it by creating a desktop shortcut. Right-click your desktop, choose New, Shortcut, insert the line C:WINDOWSsystem32 undll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll in the ‘Type the location of the item:’ field, and click Next. Rename the shortcut USB Remove.Disable the Insert KeyThe Hassle: Can I turn off the Insert key on my keyboard? In Word, I keep hitting it and typing over too many of my golden words.The Fix: I don’t know why it’s still around–the Insert key is as useless as the human appendix, and my giant-sized thumb hits it early and often. But it doesn’t matter because I’ve disabled it.You can globally disable the Insert key in any of three ways: If you have the skills, follow the instructions for the one-minute Registry tweak at the Tech-Archive site. An easier way: Download and save my small Registry file onto the desktop; click it and then click Yes (don’t worry, it’s safe, so ignore any your security program warnings).Unfortunately, Word thoughtfully ignores the Registry tweak, so here’s a Word how-to: Click Tools, Customize, and in the dialog box, choose Keyboard. In Categories, scroll to and click All Commands, and in the Command panel, select Overtype. Highlight Insert in the Current keys box, click Remove, and click Close until the dialog boxes close.To reset the Insert key in Word, repeat the above steps, but after you select Overtype, select Press new shortcut key, press the Insert key, click Assign, and click Close until the dialog boxes close.Tool of the Month: RegEditX for XP and VistaHassled when someone (like me) asks you to use the Registry? I have a free add-on that turns the run-of-the-mill Windows Registry tool into to a superhandy, power-user utility. Take, for example, the arduous task of fiddling with the Registry’s plus and minus icons to reach a specific key. RegEditX instead lets you copy and paste a long Registry key right into the address field, as if you were in a browser, and then whisks you directly to the entry. Heck, you can go directly to the key with one line: Just type RegEditX and the starting key in the Run command. (My favorite is Favorites, a way to easily get back to Registry keys you often access.) 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SafeGuard Cyber Detects Increase in Malicious Online Actors Ahead of EU Elections

first_imgSafeGuard Cyber Detects Increase in Malicious Online Actors Ahead of EU Elections PRNewswireMay 8, 2019, 5:56 pmMay 8, 2019 digital risk protectionhacking election infrastructureMarketing TechnologyNewsOtavio FreireParliamentary electionsSafeGuard Cyber Previous ArticleArtificial Solutions and Rücker Lypsa Team-up to Deliver Conversational AI to the Automotive IndustryNext ArticleCompuMark and WebTMS Announce a Strategic Partnership SafeGuard Cyber, the leading end-to-end platform for social media and digital risk protection, released a report showing that bad actors are amplifying misinformation content and deploying misinformation campaigns directed at EU member states to shape public perception and influence European Parliamentary elections taking place from May 23-26, 2019. Most notably, over a ten-day period in March, SafeGuard Cyber identified 6,700 bad actors who posted and amplified enough divisive digital content to reach upwards of 241 million users, almost half the population of the European Union.SafeGuard Cyber’s report also provides evidence that Russia is behind these misinformation campaigns, discovered by tracking bots, trolls and other malicious parties, referred to as “bad actors,” against 52 risk signatures as part of the company’s machine learning threat detection tool. The report also demonstrates a connection between misinformation campaigns and real-world news events. For example, the day after French President Emanuel Macron published an article about what he perceived to be the future of Europe, bad actor activity increased 79 percent, primarily to promote or share content attempting to discredit Macron’s ideas and shape public perception.Marketing Technology News: SAP Offers New SaaS Solution to Onboard Millions of Partner Users, Granting Access to Sensitive Data Without Regulatory RiskSir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union, who has been leading efforts at the EU level to counter disinformation online, said about report: “The report underlines the dangers of disinformation online. Malicious actors, whether they be state or non-state, will not hesitate to use the internet to attempt to influence and interfere in our democratic processes. We have achieved a lot in the past year in our work to counter this threat. But more remains to be done on all sides, including by the big internet platforms – it is vital we ensure the security of our elections.”“The scale of the problem is tremendous. The rise of disinformation campaigns is abetted by the fact that it is incredibly difficult to stop their spread on social platforms,” said Otavio Freire, co-founder, CTO and President of SafeGuard Cyber. “Bad actors realize that hacking election infrastructure, and hacking the perception of reality and facts, are ultimately tactics to accomplish similar outcomes. The former you need to get past firewalls while the latter continues to be unprotected. Our report reinforces the need for a new approach to security, as today’s bad actors are not at all hindered by the cybersecurity tactics of yesterday.”Marketing Technology News: SherWeb Introduces UCaaS Integration of Microsoft Office 365 With World-Class Hosted VoiceIn addition to assessing accounts and classifying bad actors as malicious, suspicious, disinformation or bot, SafeGuard Cyber also leveraged a proprietary tool that aggregates data from 155 fact-checking news sites in 53 different languages to differentiate misinformation from factual content. SafeGuard Cyber prepared a similar report in 2018, which found that bots attributed to Russia used disinformation to manipulate narratives and gain user trust through social engineering, so this report confirms such tactics are still in place. SafeGuard Cyber plans to continue tracking bad actor activity through the EU election and share its findings with the European Commission to help in their efforts to contain the spread of disinformation.Marketing Technology News: China’s Most Valuable Brands Grow a Record 30% to $889.7 Billion in 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands Ranking – With Alibaba the New Number Onelast_img read more

New study pinpoints better strategies to stem arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 8 2019In what has been called “the largest mass poisoning of a population in history,” some 40 million people in Bangladesh are drinking water that contains unsafe levels of arsenic. The naturally occurring element seeps into groundwater reached by shallow wells, and from there it has a huge impact on the health and lives of Bangladeshis; chronic exposure to arsenic is estimated to be responsible for six percent of deaths in the country. It causes cardiovascular disease, cancer, infant mortality, and motor and intellectual problems in children.Bangladesh’s government is taking measures to address the problem, and plans to invest $200 million toward cleaning up water supplies. A new study, published last week in Environmental Science and Technology, could help to inform how that money would be best spent. The analysis compares four methods of dealing with the arsenic contamination, and pinpoints strategies to deliver cleaner water to the greatest number of people at the lowest cost.The study was inspired by a regional pipe water system recently built by the Bangladeshi government, said Lex van Geen, a research professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and a coauthor on the new study. “We saw that the pipe system cost several hundred thousand dollars, and that it was only helping a tiny part of the population.”By comparing the costs and impacts of the different mitigation strategies, the study concludes that the government’s strategies of constructing pipe systems and drilling deeper wells are the most expensive yet least effective options. Instead, the researchers recommend several strategies that could help more people at a much lower cost.Four StrategiesThe study, led by Nadia Jamil at Montclair State University, pulls from van Geen’s decades-long research in Bangladesh. Van Geen’s work has shown that simply testing well water and providing information about the risks of arsenic poisoning can get 60 percent of people, on average, to switch to lower-arsenic water sources. His team’s most recent survey of 48,790 wells in Araihazar province is estimated to have helped 132,000 inhabitants find a cleaner source of water, at a cost of just $1 per person.Because arsenic contamination is more common in shallow wells, another strategy is to drill medium-depth wells. These private wells are a bit more expensive, costing $28 per person whose exposure is reduced.Related StoriesEngineered stem cells offer new treatment for metastatic bone cancerResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancer”The real shocker was that both of the government approaches were closer to $150 per person,” says van Geen. These included drilling deep tubewells and constructing piped water supply systems. The researchers calculated that these strategies cost $143 and $158 per person, respectively. In addition, the government requires households to pay 10 percent of the cost of each well; as a result, the wells are often installed on private land instead of being a public resource, so they end up helping fewer people.Wider ImplicationsAlthough the study focused on one district, called Araihazar Upazila, the authors think the results have significant implications for arsenic mitigation all over Bangladesh.”It strengthens the importance of widespread testing programs, which would work as a basis for other mitigation options,” said Jamil. “Testing is the cheapest of all mitigation methods.” She added that the study also underlines the potential of intermediate wells, which are quite low in cost, but have been “overlooked for a long period of time for unknown reasons.” The team hopes to share its village-level data on contaminated wells in order to inform where best to place these intermediate wells.Due to the high cost of piped water systems, the study recommends that this approach should be used only as a last resort in areas where not even deep wells can provide low arsenic water.However, van Geen says his conversations with government officials have indicated that they will likely continue investing in deep tubewells and piped water systems, despite the fact that cheaper and more impactful strategies exist.There may be ways to increase the effectiveness of deep wells. The authors mention that by siting the wells in a more strategic way and ensuring they are truly public, just 916 wells could bring 132,000 inhabitants with an unsafe well to within 100-meters of a safe source of water. The researchers are currently exploring strategies to help make these deep well deployments more tactical.”The government is spending the money on deep wells anyway,” he says, “so why not do it better?” Source:https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2019/05/05/solutions-arsenic-poisoning-bangladesh/last_img read more

Washington Post launching Arabiclanguage commentary page

first_img © 2019 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Washington Post is to publish Arabic translations of opinion columns and editorials Explore further Citation: Washington Post launching Arabic-language commentary page (2019, January 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-washington-arabic-language-commentary-page.htmlcenter_img The Washington Post on Thursday announced plans to publish an Arabic-language page of opinion columns and editorials. Khashoggi crisis shines light on Saudi ties to Silicon Valley The move will “expand the reach of Post journalism to readers around the world” and feature commentary “relevant to the Arabic-speaking audience,” the Post saidThe page will feature columns by writers world-wide, including some based in the Middle East and North Africa, it said.”This page will make it easier for more readers to access free and independent commentary about the cultural and political topics that most impact them,” said Fred Hiatt, the newspaper’s editorial page editor.”The importance of this has become more evident since the murder of our own colleague Jamal Khashoggi, who saw very clearly the need for a forum such as this,” Hiatt added.Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who was a contributor to the Post, was murdered and his corpse dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.Turkish officials have blamed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing, an accusation denied by the Saudi authorities, who have charged 11 people in connection with Khashoggi’s murder.last_img read more

Now that UK nuclear power plans are in tatters its vital to

first_img This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Citation: Now that UK nuclear power plans are in tatters, it’s vital to double down on wind and solar (2019, January 23) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-uk-nuclear-power-tatters-vital.html There is easily enough solar and wind energy available to make up for the cancellation of the nuclear projects and to produce the low-carbon electricity required to make the UK’s 2030 carbon emissions targets achievable. Instead, however, the country’s incentives and regulations favour developing more power plants driven by natural gas. Having hacked back emissions from power by over two-thirds since 1990, progress with decarbonising the grid risks coming to an end. According to the UK parliament’s Committee on Climate Change, the UK needs to cut power emissions from about 265g of carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour in 2017 to under 100g by 2030. The government had been substantially relying on nuclear power to do this, having originally identified eight sites as viable for new plants. Six projects were taken forward, including Hitachi and Toshiba plants in Wales and Cumbria respectively. Yet despite much larger government incentives than those available for renewables, most private nuclear builders are now steering clear, having seen the problems with new plants in the likes of the US and France. The only two projects still on the slate are a joint venture by EDF of France and CGN of China – both foreign state-owned companies. They are building the UK’s first new plant in over two decades, Hinkley C in south-west England; while also planning a second, Bradwell B, in the south east. Provided by The Conversation France to close 14 nuclear reactors by 2035: Macron With offshore wind currently providing about 7% of generation, I have heard from informal soundings that the new contracts will add less than 10% more. In other words, it would at best offset the decline in nuclear. With no further contracts in the pipeline at present, it suggests low-carbon power in the UK is at a standstill. Power politicsThe reason why more renewables are not on the cards is because the Treasury is keen to limit energy incentives. It worries that the electricity price has been increasing – and hence the Treasury wants to strictly limit new incentives, the costs of which are added to electricity bills. This, however, ignores the fact that CFD prices will benefit from the falling cost of building offshore wind farms – the price has more than halved in three years. Nevertheless, the amount of money available to pay for the contracts is being limited to around half that being made available to owners of gas-fired power plants to supply capacity when the wind isn’t blowing.If all 27GW of offshore wind power schemes in various stages of planning got contracts, I calculate it would supply around one-third of the total electricity requirement. Coupled with the remaining nuclear power and the renewables that are already onstream, that would reach the 75% of power that the Committee on Climate Change reckons needs to be coming from these low-carbon sources by 2030 to achieve the emissions targets. This is not counting potential offshore wind resources which are not even being mobilised, plus large possibilities for onshore wind and solar. Instead, gas-fired power looks set to supply around half of UK electricity by 2030, compared to 40% at present.One government justification for being less generous to renewables is that unlike gas or nuclear, they do not represent “firm” power – in other words, they only generate when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining. Proponents of renewable energy counter that you can reduce the generating capacity required by increasing the use of batteries to store power on the grid and by incentivising consumers to, say, use more power overnight when demand is lower. Yet one other option that attracts less attention is that you also get spare “firm” capacity from small gas engines or open-cycle turbines. These can be built quickly and would only be sparingly needed in a system mostly supplied by renewables. Based on my calculations using Hinkley C and Wylfa, they cost around one-twentieth of the projected cost of new nuclear power. They are also nearly half the price of large gas-fired “CCGT” plants. Instead, however, the government spends the lion’s share of its incentives pot on large conventional power plants, many of which would operate whether they were subsidised or not. The underlying obstacle seems to be political opposition within the Conservative Party. My understanding from renewable energy lobbying sources is that the government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy would like to promote renewable energy more, but is held back by the Treasury, which wants to leave it to “the market”. The upshot is that government policy is offering large incentives to new nuclear, gas-fired power and also shale gas extraction – but, paradoxically, not many are actually being developed. Meanwhile the cheapest options – onshore wind, solar and offshore wind – are being discriminated against. The collapse of the UK’s nuclear power plans should be an opportunity to think again. How frustrating that decarbonising power is instead falling off the agenda. Explore furthercenter_img Now that Japanese giants Toshiba and Hitachi have walked away from UK nuclear power projects that had previously been abandoned by others, it has forced the government to reassess the pro-nuclear bias of its energy policy. Greg Clark, the UK business secretary, has recognised that nuclear power is no longer cost competitive with renewable energy, but don’t expect any extra push into the cheaper technology. More spin less gas? Credit: Marc Stuber Nuclear and renewablesEven before the latest announcement that Hitachi’s Wylfa plant in Wales was being suspended, the Committee on Climate Change was already saying the UK needed to build more renewable capacity to reach its carbon reduction targets. Now the problem is even worse. In 2018, 19% of the UK’s electricity was generated by nuclear plants. With most existing plants due to retire over the next few years, I calculate this may now fall to 10% by 2030 when you factor in the new-build cancellations. Solar and wind generation could easily more than make up for this. For years, renewables’ share of generation has been steadily rising. It reached 30% in 2018 and is due to reach 35% in 2020. But with no new incentives for onshore wind and solar and only limited incentives for offshore wind, it looks likely to fall far short of its potential. The government incentivises renewable energy projects through so-called contracts for difference (CFD) auctions in which the most competitive bidders are granted contracts to supply electricity at fixed prices. This year, it is set to auction some new offshore wind farm contracts. Only a trickle of projects that don’t receive such incentives go ahead, so the number of contracts on offer effectively dictates how much offshore wind capacity will be built. 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