PRRD host a special meeting with the Government regarding Southern Mountain Caribou

first_imgUPDATE: There has been a change of address for the special meeting. The new location is;Regional District Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BCDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A special meeting of the Board will be held with Government regarding the Southern Mountain Caribou, Central Group. The purpose of the meeting is to receive a delegation from Deputy Minister Dave Nikolejsin, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, and Deputy Minister Mark Zacharias, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.The public is welcome to attend to hear the presentation from the Province.The meeting takes place 10:00 am Thursday, January 17, 2019, in the Co-op Mercer Hall at the Encana Events Centre located at #1-300 Highway 2, Dawson Creek BCThe agenda is available online at www.prrd.bc.ca and a video recording of the meeting will be posted within two business days after the meeting.last_img read more

Nehru original sinner favoured China for UNSC seat says Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting back at the Congress, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was the “original sinner” who favoured China over India for permanent membership into the United Nation Security Council.This comes within hours of Congress president Rahul Gandhi terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “weak” and “scared” of Chinese President Xi Jinping after Beijing blocked a UN resolution to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The original mistake, both on Kashmir and China, was committed by the same person,” said Jaitley while quoting a letter written by Nehru to Chief Ministers on August 2, 1955. Jaitley, who heads the publicity committee of the BJP for the ensuing general elections, has quoted a part of the letter. “Pt. Nehru’s infamous letter to Chief Ministers’ dated August 2, 1955, states ‘Informally, suggestions have been made by the United States that China should be taken into the United Nations but not in the Security Council, & that India should take her place in the Security Council. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”..We cannot, of course, accept this as it means falling out with China and it would be very unfair for a great country like China not to be in the Security Council,” he said in a series of tweets. Taking a jibe at Rahul Gandhi, Jaitley asked, “Will the Congress President tell us who the original sinner was?” India’s bid to designate the chief of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed as a global terrorist suffered a setback with China putting a technical hold on a proposal to ban him following the Pulwama terror attack. The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UNSC was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the JeM killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.last_img read more

Modi urges supporters to take main bhi chowkidar pledge draws flak from

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday urged his supporters to take the ‘main bhi chowkidar’ (I too am watchman) pledge and said he was not alone in the fight against graft and social evils, drawing ridicule from Congress president Rahul Gandhi. “Your Chowkidar is standing firm & serving the nation. But, I am not alone. Everyone who is fighting corruption, dirt, social evils is a Chowkidar. Everyone working hard for the progress of India is a Chowkidar. Today, every Indian is saying-#MainBhiChowkidar,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day He also posted a short video to drive home his message. Soon after, Gandhi mocked Modi and tweeted, “Defensive tweet Mr Modi! You feeling a little guilty today” while a tagging a picture of Modi along with businessmen such as Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, Anil Ambani and Gautam Adani. The Congress president earlier alleged that Modi only served the interests of his industrialist-friends. Modi has often described himself as a “chowkidar” who would neither allow corruption nor get corrupted himself. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat Gandhi has been repeatedly hurling the “chowkidar chor hai” (watchman is the thief) jibe at Modi to claim irregularities and favouritism in the Rafale fighter jet deal, a charge the BJP-led government has rejected. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala hit back at Modi accusing him of being the “only chowkidar who is a thief”. “One who wears a suit worth Rs 10 lakh and who helps Bank fraudsters Modi-Mehul-Mallya, one who wasts public money to the tune of Rs 52,000 crore for his own propaganda, one who spends Rs 2,010 crore to travel to 84 countries on people’s money and one who helped in theft of Rs 30,000 crore in rafale jet deal, only one Chowkidar is a thief,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.last_img read more

Peaceful bypolls in Darjeeling Islampur

first_imgDarjeeling: Assembly by-polls were peacefully conducted in Darjeeling and Islampur in North Bengal on Sunday. “There were no incidents of violence. However, there were some complaints, which have been addressed. The voting till 5pm stood at 62 per cent,” said Koushik Sinha, SDO, Darjeeling.”An FIR was lodged at the Darjeeling Sadar Police Station but no one has been arrested,” said Amarnath K, Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling. A scuffle took place in Badamtam tea estate. There were allegations from the GJM (Binoy Tamang faction) that outsiders had entered booth number 112, Badamtam Higher Secondary School. After the scuffle ensued, additional security forces arrived. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn Darjeeling, BJP candidate Niraj Zimba entered the Turnbull school polling station with his armed guard to cast his vote. The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel asked his bodyguard to leave. On his way back after casting his vote Zimba and his supporters had a heated exchange of words with GJM (Binoy supporters) on Gandhi road. GJM supporters alleged that Zimba and his men manhandled GJM workers. Zimba however denied the allegation. Binoy Tamang, the GJM president and an Independent candidate backed by the TMC and GJM (Binoy faction) while talking to mediapersons appealed to maintain peace in the Hills. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThere are 321 polling stations in the Darjeeling Assembly constituency. Altogether 45 polling stations have been declared as critical. There are 2,34,758 voters, including 1,15,665 males and 119093 females. There are 3,950 service voters. Along with state forces, 16 companies of CAPF were deployed in Darjeeling for the polls. Except for a stray incident at Madaripur, Islampur the by-polls passed of peacefully. One person was arrested in Islampur. Polling stood at 71 per cent. The number of voters in Islampur Assembly constituency is 2,03,891. The number of male voters stood at 1,07,255 and female voters 96,634. There are 219 polling stations in Islampur. With Congress MLA Kanailal Agarwal resigning from the Assembly and contesting the Lok Sabha elections as a TMC candidate, the seat had fallen vacant.last_img read more

Back in the Game Derrick Rose Drops 13 Points

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is officially back. After missing 17 months of basketball because of knee surgery, the superstar player returned to the court Saturday night. In the Bulls’ preseason opener, he scored 13 points in 20 minutes in an 82-76 win over the Indiana Pacers.Rose looked good in his return and appeared to be enjoying the moment. He exhibited his speed and quickness thoughout his 20 mins of play. He also had a breakaway jam in the third quarter.The former MVP, Rose did turn the ball over four times, but showed no hesitation while attacking the rim. He went to the basket as if he never was injured, even taking it to Pacers center Roy Hibbert at times.Back in April of 2012, Rose injured his left knee by tearing his ACL in the first game of the Eastern Conference playoffs. read more

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

Alex Rae believes Rangers have a chance of upsetting Celtic

first_imgFormer Rangers midfielder Alex Rae believes his old club have a fighting chance of beating Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title this season.Rae, who won the Premiership title with the Gers in 2005, admits he did not expect Steven Gerrard to mount a serious challenge for the title in his first season in charge at the Ibrox.“Even when Rangers were winning games in the first half of the season, Gerrard was still saying some performances weren’t good enough and they needed to do better,” said Rae, according to the Scotsman.“People were saying it was a massive gamble appointing him as manager but I always felt he would raise the bar.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“After they lost at Celtic Park in September, he said ‘judge us on 29 December’. That was a massive statement because he had to back it up. His team did that by beating Celtic at Ibrox. It has been impressive because I don’t think anyone would have foreseen it at the start of the season.”“At that stage, I felt second place was the best Rangers could hope for. But they are most certainly in with a fighting chance now. If they won it, it would be right up there with the most impressive things ever achieved at the club when you consider where Rangers have been in the last few years.”“Celtic are still the favourites and it’s important to keep it in context. They have a a run of home games after the break, which I think they will canter, while Rangers have tricky away games at Kilmarnock and Livingston. Celtic will come back refreshed, everyone will, and it makes for a fascinating second half of the season.”last_img read more

RMLD Offers Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate To Customers

first_imgREADING, MA — As part of its Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program, RMLD offers residential customers a rebate of $500 on the purchase of an Electric Heat Pump Water Heater.An electric heat pump water heater works by pulling heat from the surrounding air to heat the water, and is two to three times more efficient than traditional electric water heaters that generate heat using electrical resistance. Because these devices work by pulling heat from the surrounding air, they work best when housed in a space with existing heat, such as a furnace room.Electric heat pump water heaters are also available in hybrid models that contain traditional electrical resistance heating which can be used during periods of high demand to ensure there is a sufficient supply of hot water.Click HERE to learn more about heat pump water heaters. Click HERE to see the details or RMLD’s program guidelines.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Reading Municipal Light Department.)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… RelatedRMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Asks Residents To Conserve Energy During This Weekend’s Heat WaveIn “Government”last_img read more

State Rep Dave Robertson Discusses Education Senior Care Combatting Opioid Dependency In

first_imgBOSTON, MA — Below is a press release from State Representative Dave Robertson’s office:Ending late Thursday evening, Representative David Robertson and the House of Representatives passed the House version of the 2020 budget in a critical step setting out the course of state investments over the next fiscal year. Focusing especially on education, senior care, environmental programs and the opioid epidemic, the $42 billion dollar budget also boosted local aid in order to reduce local property taxes and provide municipalities with revenue needed for local services and operations.“I am proud of this budget. The House, under Speaker Robert DeLeo and Chairman Michelwitz, worked with other Chairmen and Representatives to create a community-facing budget.” Said Representative Robertson from the floor. “We sought to help towns like Tewksbury and Wilmington by increasing educational aid, unrestricted general aid the towns may use at their discretion, and other support. This will help strong community services while maintaining livability within our homes.”A highlight of the education portion of the budget was the increase of state aide to school districts by $30 per student, which reflects a recommendation by the Foundation Budget Review Commission. Convened in 2015, the commission studied state aid to schools and advised recommendations to support educational services as their mission adapts and changes. The total increase, topping out at $218 million dollars, is given to each town to ease the demand on property taxes and support schools locally. In addition to general aid the Special Education Circuit Breaker, which reimburses schools for extra-support for students requiring additional assistance received a nine million dollar increase.In the Health and Human Services portion of the House’s budget, our senior populations should be happy to know that many programs that they rely on benefitted greatly. With nursing home costs rising, and their necessary services needed by more and more of Massachusetts’ aging population, the FY2020 budget sought to address this growing problem through an increase in supplemental funding for nursing homes across the Commonwealth and an emergency task force aimed at helping to bring stability to the industry to mitigate or end the ever-increasing costs of the industry. In addition to these nursing home changes, funding increases to municipal Councils on Aging across the state should be able to reach out to and positively affect more seniors in their communities.In addition to addressing funding changes in education, and senior care programs, the FY2020 budget continues the Legislature’s hard push to fighting opioid addiction. This public health crisis has touched nearly every household across the Commonwealth through one form or another. Last year Massachusetts ranked among the top ten states with drug overdose deaths involving opioids, with over 2,000 people succumbing to an opioid overdose in Massachusetts, and with a disproportionate (population wise) percent of those deaths occurring in Middlesex County. In addition to funding to substance abuse and recovery services to help those in need, the House budget gives all EMS and ambulance companies access to bulk-purchase naloxone, making it more available for use in the field, especially in communities whose emergency services have had difficulties being fully funded.“Families throughout the Commonwealth, including Tewksbury and Wilmington have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, and I hope the funding in our state budget will provide us with a framework to continue to build an appropriate response to this overwhelming issue, and to stop the tragedies and help save lives,” said Robertson. “But, this critical funding in the House is just that, a starting point for us as a community to continue to build from in our fight.”Local earmarks for Tewksbury and Wilmington included direct subsidization for lot improvements at Livingston Street fields and a new ambulance in Tewksbury, as well as renovations to be made to the Buzzell Senior Center in Wilmington. The budget will next be debated by the Senate before consolidation and gubernatorial review in the coming weeks.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… RelatedTarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”State Rep. Dave Robertson & His Colleagues Help Tewksbury Take Official Possession Of Livingston StreetIn “Government”last_img read more

Game of Thrones Jorah Mormont to play Bruce Wayne on Titans

first_img Angela Lang/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Tags $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo Read the Rylo camera preview Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $59 at eBay $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 1 Comments Read DJI Osmo Action preview Comment Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Bruce Wayne makes his way to #DCUTITANS. Welcome Iain Glen to the @TheDCUniverse. https://t.co/e5Exq7NUnF pic.twitter.com/0xvcX61CFG— DCUTitans (@DCUTitans) April 11, 2019 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $60 at Best Buy 7 Read Google Home Hub review Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $210 at Best Buy See It Rylo According to Deadline, it’s not clear if he’ll be wearing the bat suit at any point. In a statement, the show’s executive producers describe Bruce Wayne like this: “After decades of fighting crime as Batman, billionaire Bruce Wayne is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his prime. Needing to reconcile his relationship with Dick Grayson, the duo hope to forge a new dynamic as Bruce tries to help his former sidekick and the Titans achieve success.”Originally published 11:48 a.m. PT. Update, 12:46 p.m. PT: Adds statement from executive producers. Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Read the AirPods review What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Share your voice See It $299 at Amazon $520 at HP Amazon Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See at Turo Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See It Iain Glen will play Bruce Wayne. Jeff Kravitz/Getty Bruce Wayne is getting yet another incarnation. Actor Iain Glen will take on the role of the wealthy Wayne on DC Universe’s Titans, the show announced Thursday. The show follows young DC heroes as they come of age in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. You might recognize Glen from his turn as Jorah Mormont from Game of Thrones, where he plays a knight who pledged his loyalty to Daenerys Targaryen.  Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. The Cheapskate Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Chris Monroe/CNET See it Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Tags Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 57 Photos Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sprint Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $155 at Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $6 at Tidal HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780)last_img read more

ESAs Mars rover has a bummer of a parachute problem

first_imgThis illustration shows the ExoMars rover on Mars. ESA Next year was shaping up to be a big one for Mars rovers. NASA is aiming to launch its Mars 2020 rover and the European Space Agency is also planning to send off its own ExoMars rover. But the ESA’s schedule might be in jeopardy after a series of parachute testing failures. ESA shared the news Monday of an “unsuccessful high-altitude drop test.” The rover, named Rosalind Franklin for the DNA pioneer, is meant to be gently lowered down to Mars with the help of two main parachutes attached to a descent module. exomars-2020-parachute-deployment-sequenceEnlarge ImageThis graphic shows the parachute deployment sequence for ExoMars. ESA Those two parachutes each have a smaller pilot chute that helps deploy the bigger chutes, one of which would be the largest ever flown on a Mars mission with a diameter of 115 feet (35 meters). That parachute passed a low-altitude drop test in 2018, but a high-altitude drop test for all four parachutes in May didn’t work out as planned.The deployment mechanisms worked properly for the May test, but the main parachute canopies were damaged in the process, ESA said. The space agency tweaked the parachute design and tried again last week, but once again the parachute canopy suffered damage. The test module descended from a high-altitude helium balloon down to Earth with just the drag of a small pilot chute to slow it down.ExoMars team leader Francois Soto described the test failure as “disappointing.” Mars parachute experts from ESA and NASA will help troubleshoot the issue.  Dying space missions remembered in inspiring final images ESA Mars rover named after Rosalind Franklin, brilliant DNA pioneer Scientists finally know where they’re sending the new Mars Rover Share your voice Post a comment Rover fever 14 Photoscenter_img 0 Mars rovers Space Sci-Tech Space missions are notorious for delays and ESA will need to sort out the parachutes very quickly if it hopes to stay on track to launch the rover in mid-2020. ESA is already planning a new main parachute test before the end of the year. ExoMars is a joint effort between ESA and Roscosmos. The rover is designed to drill into Mars and analyze the soil in search of evidence of life on the dusty planet.The rover itself is on track for completion soon, but the landing systems will need to work flawlessly before they’re given the green light to go all the way to the red planet. Tagslast_img read more

Hyundai is working on a rearwheel drive electric scooter that docks in

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 9 Photos Hyundai i30 N Project C gets racier Post a comment 0 5:43 Tags Enlarge ImageThis lithium-ion-powered beauty has suspension and it’s rear-wheel drive. Hyundai Scooters are so hot right now that it seems everyone is trying to get in on them. First, we had companies like Bird and Lime, then Uber and Lyft, not to mention Segway and God knows who else, but the latest company to show up to the party is Hyundai, according to an announcement by the company on Tuesday.Yep, the South Korean car company that makes vehicles like the Veloster and the Palisade is considering producing a two-wheeled electric scooter, and here’s the kicker — it could be included with future Hyundai and Kia vehicles.If that sounds like an off-beat but cool idea, know that Hyundai didn’t think of it. Honda offered its tiny Honda City car with a foldable gasoline-powered scooter called the Motocompo in the mid-1980s, and it’s still one of the coolest things ever.Anyway, the Hyundai scooter prototype has a claimed range of 20 kilometers (that’s around 12.5 miles in old money), do approximately 12.5 mph, and unlike most of those lame rental scooters, this baby is rear-wheel drive. Do you know what that means? Wheelies, dude. Wheelies.It’ll be powered by a lithium-ion battery, and when the scooter is docked in a vehicle it’ll automatically recharge said battery. Other cool features include the addition of suspension to the scooter’s front wheel, so as you silently waft your way through a major city, you don’t rattle your fillings out because of dilapidated infrastructure.”This is the vehicle-mounted personal scooter [that] could be featured in future Hyundai Motor Group vehicles,” said DongJin Hyun, head of the Hyundai Motor Group Robotics team. “We want to make our customers’ lives as easy and enjoyable as possible. Our personal electric scooter makes first- and last-mile commuting a joy, while helping to reduce congestion and emissions in city centers.”Future developments could, according to Hyundai, include a regenerative braking system that would be able to recover up to 7% of the vehicle’s battery charge. Hyundai makes no mention of whether it’ll be able to do sick tail-whips at the skate park though. Hyundai Palisade is a surprisingly palatial three-row… Share your voice 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Hyundai Roadshow Hyundailast_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

Quantum levitating locking video goes viral

first_imgMost of the web sites out there seem stumped as to how these guys pulled off this little trick. Fortunately, the researchers explain it in detail. And even more fortunately, it’s not that hard to understand.First a thin sapphire wafer is created. It is then coated with a very thin ceramic layer of yttrium barium copper oxide which becomes a superconductor (materials that conduct electricity with no loss of energy) at very cold temperatures. The result is a frozen disc. When it is placed over a magnet, the superconductor material and magnet repel one another due to the Meissner effect (the expulsion of the magnetic field from a material when it goes into a superconducting state). But, because the layer of superconducting material is so thin, some of the magnetic force is allowed through at certain particularly weak points. These paths through are called flux tubes, and they are the real secret to the whole trick. Because there are many of them they cause a three dimensional holding or locking effect, which is what viewers see when watching the video.Upon viewing the video, a lot of commentators refer to the scene in Back to the Future 2 when Mary McFly rides a hoverboard for a few minutes. Unfortunately, the science demonstrated in this latest video holds no hope for that; not unless someone figures out how to keep such boards frozen indefinitely (and embeds magnets everywhere) or better yet, figures out a way to make a superconductor that works at room temperature. This is nothing new of course, everyone’s seen it in science class. What is new is that when the demonstrator turns the disc, it stays hovered at that angle. This is in contrast to the wobbling we’re used to in such demonstrations. Next, the disc is set over a different surface where it is made to spin. But that’s only the beginning. The disc is then set on a track where it zips around in midair. And again, it can be made to do so at whatever angle is desired. Then, the track is turned upside down and the disc hovers below it, again zipping around. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Superconducting magnet generates world’s highest magnetic field at 24Tcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — A video created by researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel has the Internet buzzing. Though rather simple, it just looks really cool, hence all the attention. It’s a demonstration of quantum locking, though to non-science buffs, it looks more like science fiction come to life. In the video a disc, obviously frozen due to the vapor rising from its surface hovers over a surface. Citation: Quantum levitating (locking) video goes viral (2011, October 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-quantum-levitating-video-viral.html 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.last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals were destroyed 58-0 by the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, marking the worst loss in the history of the franchise. It was Arizona’s ninth straight loss.Speculation is running wild on a couple of fronts. First, whether or not the Cardinals quit on head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who’s coaching seat got noticeably hotter following the loss.“I can’t comment on that, I have no comment,” defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said Monday when asked about whether the confidence in Whisenhunt has faded in recent weeks . Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – / 17 Dockett was fined a hefty amount by the Cardinals organization last week for his part in an on-field disagreement with teammate Kerry Rhodes over a directive from the coaching staff to let the New York Jets score in the latter stages of the game. Dockett disagreed with the instructions, but it was for naught because Jets running back Shonn Greene fell down on his own short of the goal line, killing the clock in an ugly 7-6 win.Dockett also started the game on the bench as a result, and played in only 55% of the snaps on defense.Following the discipline, Dockett was asked if he’s still happy wearing Cardinal red.“I don’t know, I don’t know,” he responded. “I’m a hell of a competitor, I love what I do, I take what I do serious and I hold a lot of guys accountable and whatever situation comes my way, I’ll be prepared for it.” There were many who witnessed the game Sunday that believe the Arizona Cardinals quit as a football team. That group includes Larry Fitzgerald’s father, who made the proclamation on Twitter at halftime of the blowout loss.“That’s his opinion, I can’t speak for no one else, I only can speak for Darnell Dockett,” he said. “I can only say I didn’t quit, and that’s the best way I can put it.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories 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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Dear Investors Im a big fan of road trips Despi

first_imgDear Investors,I’m a big fan of road trips. Despite being the over-wired nerd type, I have always been drawn to those long trips, and not just for the disconnected time away from cell coverage or the philosophical discussions with my copilot which tend to rise from long hours together in close quarters. Rather, my favorite part is getting off the highway and seeing the sights… side trips to parts of the world I don’t typically deal with every day of my life.Stopping off at a fusion Korean-American gluten-free restaurant in an unexpected Albany neighborhood; getting stuck in rush-hour traffic on Route 1/9 in Elizabeth, NJ; or touring the mansions down the road in Mahwah, as I did on my most recent trip this past weekend, offers a fresh perspective that I simply cannot get from my usual perch in an idyllic Vermont ski town.As simple as those experiences might seem, just getting out of our comfort zones adds to our perspectives in an invaluable way. For example, if Bill Ackman had gotten off Park Avenue on occasion, then he might have learned a lot about his famed Herbalife short sale… or so says his nemesis, John Hempton.With that in mind, this week we’re going to take a side trip from the usual profit-centric bent of this column to look at some of the furthest destinations off the expressways of the Internet – the underground community that deals in drugs, weapons, and even illicit information. Places where the Wild West lifestyle prevails, largely beyond the eyes of the law. You might not find any stocks to buy here (though the most enterprising among you may in fact see ample opportunity for less-traditional investments), but understanding what is happening all around you will hopefully be an eye opening experience.Sincerely,Alex DaleyChief Technology Investment StrategistCasey ResearchA Random Walk Down the Internet’s Back AlleysBy Alex DaleyThe Internet is a force for good in society. It largely decouples the cost of distribution from the reach of information, opening up entirely new forms of communication and expression that never could have existed before… like open-source software developed by thousands of part-time volunteers, or individual bloggers read the world over by millions of people. China’s “Great Firewall” notwithstanding, the Internet enables access to a world of information, goods, and services, with little restriction.However free it might seem at first blush, it just isn’t enough for everyone. Whether it’s to find privacy from overreaching governments or to hide illicit activities, today there is another level to the Internet. It’s a deeper, darker back alley, where virtually anything goes – including black markets for everything from illegal drugs to contract killings – made possible by a new generation of security technology.Inherent to the Internet’s design – and doubly so for its most common application, the World Wide Web of hypertext documents – is what some see as a flaw: transparency.Because the net was built to make it easy to reach any point from any other one without any central traffic directors, all traffic carries with it lots of information on where it’s from and where it’s headed to. Traffic on the Internet isn’t like a road full of cars, where each traveler knows the way from A to Z.  Instead, it’s more like postal mail, where every package, no matter how big or small, carries a destination and return address to facilitate its movement. It’s all printed clearly on the front of the envelope and observable to any of the many hands it passes through on its way. The Internet is designed such that the removal of any one major exchange point won’t prevent delivery to the end, so long as there is another path. To achieve this, the data that travels it all has to be clearly barcoded.In other words, it’s pretty easy to see what you are up to on the web, and everyone from the government to advertisers is spying on you.Sure, there is encryption on the web. You can place an order on Amazon.com and be confident that your credit-card info and shipping address won’t be intercepted by a bad guy (assuming the computers on either end are secure, which isn’t always the case – but that’s an issue for another day). With the web’s ubiquitous “SSL” encryption, you are keeping your most critical information secure from prying eyes. And thanks to that, millions of transactions a day happen securely over the Internet. However, the fact that you are doing business with Amazon.com is still open for the world to see, scribbled on the outside of that virtual envelope. Anyone in the chain between you and Amazon can see that you were visiting that site… just not the exact information you exchanged.On top of that, SSL tends to be reserved for only the rare occasions of submitting personal information and credit-card numbers. The rest of your web traffic is sent across in the equivalent of resealable cellophane envelopes. Unless you go out of your way to ensure that you use secure services, virtually every web search you do, much of the email you’ve sent over the years, and other traffic across the Internet has been open for many eyes to see.  Providers like Google have been fighting back, trying to secure more and more of their communications with customers – largely for their benefit, not yours, as competitors learned they could mine the data to learn what Google is up to – but still much of the web remains unencrypted, and in many cases your destination says as much about your intent as the details would have.That’s all fine and dandy if you’re just buying a Roku 3, as I did all of 10 minutes ago (gadgets are an addiction for me). But what if you’re doing something you’d rather not have seen by prying eyes?Even if you aren’t up to something that in your location might be deemed illegal, there are plenty of reasons to want to safeguard your privacy on the web just a little more closely. For example, many Internet service providers (ISPs) around the world log all the websites you visit, then sell that data – sometimes right along with your name and address – to advertising data companies. These companies then build profiles of your interests and habits (good or bad) to sell to the highest bidders – from catalog companies to ad networks… even political campaigns.So if you spend the better part of your day surfing the websites of gardening companies, don’t be surprised when a Smith & Hawken coupon shows up in the mail a few weeks later. And if you spend the day on a slightly more provocative set of sites – even if the sites are encrypted and you set your browser to “incognito” mode – somewhere there is a clear trail of where you’ve been and for how long you were there.It’s for reasons like these that various groups of enterprising Internet users have begun to come up with more secure alternatives to the standard World Wide Web, and secure layers on top of the Internet’s underlying communication protocols… in other words, software that lets you browse the web, IM, call, and more without any monkey in the middle knowing what you are up to.There have been many attempts over the years to create secure ways to use the net’s many features. Services like Hushmail aim to create an anonymous way to send and receive email. The problem with Hushmail, of course, is that if you go there using a normal browser, your ISP, the government, telecom backbones, the Hushmail’s ISP on the far end, and hackers along the way all know you were there.  They cannot see exactly what you are doing without some serious hacking, but the paper electron trail is there.And the good folks at Hushmail – well, you have to trust them too, as they will know who you are by the IP address you came from, a piece of information normally traceable right back to your front door. That is a problem meant to be solved by connection brokers (proxies) like Cryptohippie. With these services, your traffic is encrypted and sent over to Cryptohippie, which then proxies your connection to the ultimate destination. Voilà – your ISP cannot see that you are headed to Hushmail versus any other service… just that you are connected to Crytohippie. Hushmail can only see that you came in from Crytohippie, not where you started.These spy-resistant networks let you surf the web pseudonymously. That’s not exactly anonymous, as then the other end couldn’t respond to you, a necessary component in communication. Instead, they both encrypt communications and pass them through complex networks of other machines, none of which know the complete path back to you. And – unlike with traditional end-to-end encryption solutions like SSL – even the other end cannot tell who you are or where you sent your information from. That way you can pass notes without anybody else knowing it… at least anybody but Cryptohippie.For most people worried about the profilers and casual spies, this is plenty of protection. However, there are big flaws in this approach that keep the most aggressive of users – including criminals – awake at night.First is the security of the organization that proxies your connection. While I am sure Cryptohippie does an amazing job managing the security of its systems, there is always the risk of holes. When you look at the sophisticated hacks of massive credit-processing companies, hospitals, power plants, even defense infrastructure, it’s not hard to imagine holes in the provider you choose. Plus, while they make attempts to keep data beyond the reach of any one jurisdiction, the owners/managers of the service are subject to arrest and coercion, after which point a network could be compromised without its users knowing it. A proxy service, however well-designed and run, is as techies describe it: a single point of failure.Second, while you are psuedonymized as an end user, your trading partner is not. The servers you visit are on what hackers call the “clear net,” and thus subject to the laws of the land in which they operate. With the modern age of global telecom companies and information-sharing agreements between governments, all the traffic in and out of those clear-net sites is subject to inspection.Thus, even if you are now pretty close to anonymous, chances are you won’t find someone on the other end who is. If you log in to a site that sells illegal drugs, for instance – like the common purveyors of little blue pills that fill the spam box on your email account – it is easy enough for the local government to find the owner, shut it down, and potentially raid its records to find you (assuming you made a purchase, rather than just browse the site).Or maybe you simply want to have a conversation over Internet Relay Chat (IRC) or a similar service – maybe about your forthcoming protest against the local politburo – and don’t want to worry about the security of the service hosting the chat.For those who really want to be beyond any prying eyes, the only answer is to create a separate network on top of the Internet that deals with those two big problems. A network out of the control of any single owner or manager, reducing the risks of hacking, internal tampering, and legal jurisdiction issues. Make the protocol self-managing and secure by default and you create such a place.Over the years, a number of laudable attempts were made to create such networks. One of the first to gain prominence was Freenet, a peer-to-peer network that in 2000 began offering an alternative to the web that provided double-end anonymity via a group-storage model. Everything hosted on Freenet is distributed among the peers in the network. So, instead of grabbing a web page from a central server, it is fetched in small pieces from dozens or hundreds of different hosts around the world, making censorship of the data at its source nearly impossible. Once something is on the Freenet, it cannot be easily removed. This works great for publishing or for file sharing, but makes transactions and commerce difficult, limiting its appeal.Freenet, like the Invisible IRC Project, was an additional feature to the Internet, but did not enable running all of the thousands of other services that run on top.From that need were born endeavors like Invisible Internet Project (I2P). I2P offers a secure protocol layered on top of the Internet to enable all sorts of individual services to run: web servers, alternative DNS servers (the centralized tools that turn friendly short names like www.ibm.com into routable addresses), IRC, email, file sharing, and much more.Within this network, “eepsites” which carry domains like www.site.i2p can be hosted anonymously. The network connection tools load up special cryptographic files that let them send data to and from these servers, all the while keeping the identity of both sides hidden from each other and from any spies in the middle.I2P has seen on-and-off development efforts for the past five years, and is host to some popular services like i2pmail.org, which lets you email to other I2P users and to the public Internet from one location, without giving up any privacy.But it has not seen anywhere near the success of Tor. Packaged as a single, simple installation for Mac/Windows/Linux, Tor is a combination of tools to make anonymous browsing possible.Tor includes a more secure version of the open-source Firefox web browser, which has all third-party plug-ins and many other features removed.  That browser can only connect through the secure Tor network – an anonymized network like I2P that was born out of the US Naval Research Lab. This handy graphic from its website shows how it works at a high level:Just like Cryptohippie, it provides an anonymous connection to the Internet via a randomized proxy – only that proxy is built dynamically from the other member computers. This technique, called “onion routing,” removes the need for any central control, so a Tor-enabled browser can pseudonymously surf the clear net with ease. And it can do it all for free, as there are no multi-jurisdiction data centers to maintain or ISPs to worry about.Plus, it is also home to so-called “hidden services” – sites and applications that can only be reached while on the Tor network, and whose providers are completely anonymous. The easy-to-use Tor browser bundle has brought countless of users to the network just for its proxy features. But this influx also means many more customers for its hidden services, which are now exploding in number and popularity.The most popular – or at least best known among the commerce sites thus far – is the aptly named Silk Road. This early-’90s-esque eBay/Craigslist hybrid is a marketplace for anything you won’t find on the aforementioned clear net inspirations, from the odd to the downright illegal.Why cash? On Silk Road and the many other sites like it, the currency of choice is the digital cash-equivalent known as Bitcoins. Exchangeable for dollars, euros, and virtually any other global currency, these controversial digital coins make it possible to take credit cards out of the online commerce equation, allowing the secure digital equivalent of mailing envelopes of cash to a PO Box. Just like cash, there’s no way to trace them, and no recourse if they are lost or stolen – but they are also just as anonymous and free from regulation (for now).As the darknet grows in popularity, more is sure to follow as well… but so is more attention from the mainstream media and law enforcement alike. There are already editorials all over the web calling for finding the operators of these sites and shutting them down (and, just as many in support of their rights to sell whatever they wish). However, thanks to the technology developed to keep the members of the darknet hidden, this will be a difficult genie to put back in the bottle.Bits & BytesMicro 3D Printer Creates Tiny Structures in Seconds (MIT Technology Review)We’ve written much on 3D printing in these pages, but they have generally focused on technologies that print structures that are measured in at least centimeters (and all the way up to several meters). In this article from February of last year, we did mention a technology known as “two-photon polymerization,” which is able to 3D-print structures measuring just 20 micrometers. The problem with two-photon polymerization and other 3D microprinting technologies, however, is that it is mind-numbingly slow. Not anymore. A company called Nanoscribe has developed a tabletop 3D microprinter that can create complicated microstructures 100 times faster than previously possible. According to Julia Greer, professor of materials science at Cal Tech, the smallest features that can be created using the new Nanoscribe printer measure about 30 nanometers. For context, a human hair measures about 50,000 nanometers in diameter. The advanced throughput of the new Nanoscribe printer has commercial potential for making things like heart stents, microneedles for painless shots, parts for microfluidics chips, and scaffolds for growing cells and tissue.Promising Brain-Boosting Technique Has Drawbacks (MIT Technology Review)People have always looked for ways to rev up their brains… from chewing coca leaves to drinking coffee to popping Adderall and beyond. (We even wrote an article on the subject back in March 2012.) But all of these brain boosters have one thing in common (other than that most have potentially unpleasant side effects, including the possibility of addiction): a chemical reaction inside the body. What if you could bypass all of that and go right to the source? What if you could amp up brain power by directly zapping the organ with electricity? Well, it turns out you can. It’s called “transcranial direct current stimulation” (tDCS). With it, researchers have found that they can more than double the rate at which people learn a wide range of tasks. The author of this article tried it out. Not only did it make her a better shooter (a goal she normally would not have chosen), but it enabled her to turn off her inner monologue and really focus her mind for what felt like the first time in her life. Needless to say, she loved it. But new research suggests (not surprisingly) that zapping your brain with electricity could come with a cost. Electrically stimulating the brain may enhance memory and certain abilities, but impede with a person’s ability to react without thinking.[Ed. Note: The type of brain boosting referred to in the article above is called transcranial electrical stimulation or TES, which is very similar to tDCS, but can be painful to the person receiving the stimulation – so it’s not used as frequently today.]Electronic Wearable Pain-Relief Patch (Gizmag)Sticking with the electricity to the body theme, Thimble Bioelectronics is working on a patch based on transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) that is designed to adhere to a problem area to alleviate certain types of pain. Think of it as a smaller version of the Icy Hot patch that Shaq wears – but instead of chemicals, it uses low-voltage electrical stimulation.last_img read more

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

The chemical BPA isnt living up to its nasty repu

first_imgThe chemical BPA isn’t living up to its nasty reputation.A two-year government study of rats found that even high doses of the plastic additive produced only “minimal effects,” and that these effects could have occurred by chance.The finding bolsters the Food and Drug Administration’s 2014 assessment that water bottles and other products containing BPA are not making people sick.”[It] supports our determination that currently authorized uses of BPA continue to be safe for consumers,” said Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, in a statement issued by the agency.The study’s findings are at odds with claims by advocacy groups that exposure to BPA is associated with a wide range of health effects including cancer, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.The study results appear in a 249-page draft report released Friday by the National Toxicology Program. The research was a joint effort involving the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics used to make products like water bottles and in the epoxy resins used to line some metal food cans. The chemical has long been known to weakly mimic the hormone estrogen, and in the 1990s scientists showed that tiny amounts could leach out of plastic products and get into our bodies.That touched off a heated debate about BPA’s safety.Critics of the chemical point to numerous small studies done by academic researchers. These studies, usually of rodents, have suggested that BPA can disrupt the body’s hormone system in ways that affect health.But studies that met the FDA’s Good Laboratory Practice standards have suggested that BPA is safe at levels encountered by consumers. So the agency has approved its use in most consumer products.The new draft report is part of an effort called CLARITY-BPA, which set out to “bridge guideline-compliant research conducted at the FDA with hypothesis-based research investigations conducted by academia on the toxicity of bisphenol A (BPA).” It describes only the research done by government scientists.In the study, rats were exposed to BPA during gestation as well as after birth. Doses ranged from levels similar to those experienced by consumers to doses thousands of times higher. Researchers looked to see whether the chemical had any effect on things like growth, weight and tumor development.And the scientists concluded that “BPA produced minimal effects.” They also said that the effects they did see appeared to be “within the range of normal biological variation,” meaning they could have occurred by chance.The draft report will go through a peer review process. It is scheduled to be discussed at a public meeting in April. A final report that incorporates research by academic scientists is expected in 2019 and will be used to guide FDA policy on BPA.But that report may be moot by the time it arrives.In response to consumer fears about BPA, plastic-makers are already marketing a wide variety of BPA-free products. And most food cans are no longer lined with BPA, according to the Can Manufacturers Institute. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more