first_imgO’Donnell and Niedermayer hardly had time to break a sweat before Shane Doan scored 31 seconds into the game to give Phoenix a 1-0 lead. Jackman’s first goal since the Ducks acquired him Jan. 2 from the Florida Panthers tied the score at 1-1 at 5:15. Chris Kunitz narrowly missed putting the Ducks ahead in the third period, but Michael Zigomanis swatted a slow roller that eluded Mikael Tellqvist off the goal line. The Coyotes weren’t so lucky on DiPenta’s pinball shot from the right wing later in the period, the puck striking two Phoenix players before sliding into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead for the Ducks at 11:58. (310) 540-4201 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANAHEIM – The news wasn’t all that bad for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks on Wednesday. They did manage to take a 2-1 victory from the Phoenix Coyotes at the Honda Center, extending their lead to nine points over the idle San Jose Sharks. Defenseman Joe DiPenta scored the go-ahead in the third period for the Ducks, who improved to 3-0 on their season-high eight-game home stand. The Ducks (40-17-11) also defeated the Coyotes for the 10th consecutive time in Anaheim. “It was painful, so I figured something was wrong,” said Pronger, who was tied for fifth among NHL defensemen with 53 points (11 goals, 42 assists) going into Wednesday’s games. “It’s pretty frustrating.” It’s the latest in a string of injuries this season for Pronger, who sat out nine games after breaking his left foot Dec. 31 against Minnesota. Asked if this latest injury was in the same foot, Pronger said, “Yep, why wouldn’t it be?” Pronger also was struck in the chin and throat by a slap shot from the Kings’ Lubomir Visnovsky on Feb. 18, but did not miss any games. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle managed to crack a joke at Pronger’s expense, telling reporters at Wednesday’s morning skate, “I told him to drink more milk.” Carlyle was forced to shuffle his defense pairs, playing Pronger’s customary partner, Sean O’Donnell, with Scott Niedermayer. Francois Beauchemin, Niedermayer’s partner, played with Ric Jackman. DiPenta and Kent Huskins formed the third pair. center_img However, the Ducks learned former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Chris Pronger would be sidelined for at least two weeks after breaking a bone in his toe. Pronger was injured while working out after Sunday’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators at the Honda Center. He declined to explain exactly how it happened except to call it an “unfortunate weight-room incident.” last_img read more

first_imgAs the Warriors prepare to open the first round of the NBA playoffs against Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday at Oracle Arena, beat writers Dieter Kurtenbach and Mark Medina break down which rivals pose the greatest threat to the Dubs’ three-peat hopes in the latest edition of the WarriorsHQ podcast.Boogie’s playoffs debutFirst, they open with a look back at how Golden State let DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins take shots against New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday and how that will factor into the …last_img read more

first_img(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In the upcoming June 20 issue of Forbes magazine, British historian Paul Johnson attacks the fundamentalism of Darwinists, and predicts its demise:Of all the fundamentalist groups at large in the world today, the Darwinians seem to me the most objectionable.  They are just as strident and closed to argument as Christian or Muslim fundamentalists, but unlike those two groups the Darwinians enjoy intellectual respectability.    Darwinians and their allies dominate the scientific establishments of the West.  They rule the campus.  Their militant brand of atheism makes them natural allies of the philosophical atheists who control most college philosophy faculties.  They dominate the leading scientific magazines and prevent their critics and opponents from getting a hearing, and they secure the best slots on TV.  Yet the Darwinian brand of evolution is becoming increasingly vulnerable as the progress of science reveals its weaknesses.  One day, perhaps soon, it will collapse in ruins. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The entire article has been reprinted by the Discovery Institute.For all his worthy tirade against the Darwinists, Johnson seems to accept the big bang theory and cosmic time with uncritical gullibility.  Then he adopts a front-loading design philosophy, misreading Newton as having taught an impersonal Force.  Then, apparently after assuming the front-loaded design produced human beings, he inserts a divine intervention at the origin of language.  These strange thoughts diminish an otherwise interesting prophecy about the fall of Darwinism.    Johnson also seems to know little about fundamentalism other than the yellow-journalism stereotype.  He defines it as stridency and closed-mindedness.  That is not what the term meant when Christian scholars like J. Gresham Machen used the word.  They were identifying what Biblical doctrines, what “fundamentals,” could not be compromised without cutting into the flesh of Christianity.  Would Johnson walk into many “fundamentalist” Christian churches today, he would see the opposite of stridency and closed-mindedness.  He would not see the image of Muslims toting AK47s and burning flags, screaming death to America.  He would not see the image of Darwinians censoring any opposition.  He would likely see humble and joyful people, singing praises to God, welcoming the stranger and asking, “How can I pray for you?”last_img read more

first_img5 December 2011Thousands of people from around the world took to the streets of Durban on Saturday to call for action on climate change ahead of the second week of negotiations at COP 17.The colourful crowds carried banners calling for action rather than mere rhetoric on climate change.“Today’s march was an amazing moment of solidarity that showed people want real action from their governments on climate change – not just talk,” said Tasneem Essop, head of international climate strategy at the World Wildlife Fund.‘The will of our leaders is weak’“The will of the people is strong. The problem is that the will of our leaders is weak.”The protestors were also concerned by the positions of bigger nations like Canada and the United States.Last week, Peter Kent, Canada’s environment minister, refused to confirm or deny rumours that his country had decided to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol.“After six days of talks, we seem to be moving backward, not forward,” said Essop. “It’s time for governments to bravely stand side by side with their citizens. The stakes are enormous as we fight to secure enough food, water and energy for all.”‘We are working tirelessly’The protestors handed over a letter to the president of COP 17, South Africa’s International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres.Figueres once again thanked all stakeholders for making their voices heard. She said Mashabane and herself were working to push governments.“We are working tirelessly. I want you to know [we] were working until four o’clock this morning and we will continue to work,” Figueres said.Security was tight at the Global Day of Action and there were no reports of disorderly behaviour.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_img SharePrint RelatedNaGeira’s Treasure – GC6EDE – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 22, 2012November 21, 2012In “Geocaching with Kids”Flood Tested – Geocacher Approved: Lost Cache Found Years Later 30 Miles DownstreamNovember 7, 2013In “Community”It’s Bigger on the Inside! — Who?: Regeneration (GC5ZFGA) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 7, 2016In “Community” A view of “Afkule”A remote geocache perches along the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It’s hidden on the coast of Turkey.But finding “Afkule Monastery” (GC1RM77) does more than reward cachers with a smiley; it transports  treasure-hunting adventurers a thousand years in the past.The cache is located among the isolated ruins of a monastery. The buildings, including structures carved into the rock face, date back to the 11th century.The difficulty 2, terrain 3 traditional cache was hidden by barmbek in 2009.Cache and log from “Afkule Monastery”Geocacher Schlauchen logged the cache last year. She emailed to suggest “Afkule Monastery” as the Geocache of the Week. She says the cache rates as her favorite find in 2011. She writes, “You climb down a very steep hill and all of a sudden you’re out of the forest and have a breathtaking view of the old monastery and the sea, which is really as blue as it’s shown in the cache listing.” She says another element adds to the allure of this cache, “Of course there’s also the famous ‘usual muggle tourists don’t come here’ feeling.”View near cache locationView near the cache locationJust over 50 people have logged smileys on the cache, averaging about two finds a month. It’s received 12 Favorites Points.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

first_imgThe RainWise program, run jointly by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD), empowers homeowners and other private property owners to help stop the region’s largest source of water pollution: polluted runoff and specifically the sewer overflows that occur when heavy rains flood the city’s combined sewer system.The system handles both urban runoff and sewage using the same sets of tunnels and pipes, but big rain events overload the system causing both runoff and sewage to overflow into nearby waters. Over 40,000 homes across Seattle are eligible for RainWise rebates for rain garden and cistern installations.In partnership with Washington State University, Stewardship Partners launched the 12,000 Rain Garden campaign to support landowners across all 12 counties that surround Puget Sound to build rain gardens and capture urban runoff where it falls. Rain gardens use plants and landscaping to intercept, collect, and absorb runoff from impervious surfaces; they absorb and cleanse runoff onsite, similar to how a native forest functions, rather than sending it to the city’s pipes.RainWise offers homeowners reimbursements up to 100% of the cost of professional design and installation of their rain gardens and/or cisterns (basically a rain barrel that holds 200 or more gallons), and rebates average about $4,000. And homeowners have shown a lot of enthusiasm for the program. Already, nearly 1,000 homeowners have gotten involved, capturing runoff from 25 acres of impervious surfaces, totaling over 13 million gallons per year. Alisa Valderrama is a senior project finance attorney with the NRDC in New York. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Switchboard. A problem with rebate timingIn fact, by all measures except one, the program has been a big success. Homeowners across diverse neighborhoods and income levels are interested in participating, surveys show. But here’s the problematic measure: Actual RainWise reimbursement applications were coming mostly from higher-income areas. The reason? Only higher-income homeowners could afford to pay out of pocket for the design and construction of a rain garden and then wait weeks for a rebate check.The National Resources Defense Council believed we could help change that dynamic, so that all Seattle homeowners could participate in RainWise. We had been working with SPU on ways to expand and improve RainWise, as had a local nonprofit group called Stewardship Partners. One of the solutions that Stewardship Partners has begun to develop is a low-cost line of credit that would be offered to RainWise contractors and repaid by the RainWise rebate. This would eliminate the need for homeowners to pay upfront for rain gardens and wait for reimbursements.NRDC’s Center for Market Innovation and Water Program then began a collaboration with Stewardship Partners to develop not only a financial solution for RainWise, but a model that could help cities across the country develop more efficient and equitable incentive programs of their own. The partnership soon expanded to include Craft3, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution, which is now offering RainWise Pilot Access Loans (RPALs) to RainWise contractors and improving access to RainWise for homeowners and landowners who don’t have cash available up front. More help with rain gardensNRDC was also able to anticipate that lower-income homeowners might also be deterred from participating in RainWise when the RainWise rebate did not cover the full cost of a rain garden. Here, as with the RPAL, NRDC was able to put together a financial analysis that helped Stewardship Partners design, fund, and launch the RainWise Access Grant program.The Access Grant, which became available in June 2015, is a complement to the RPAL and will to cover up to $500 in RainWise-related expenses that otherwise might not get reimbursed (or $1,000 for nonprofit landowners like churches and mosques)People who live in Seattle know that water quality matters. A mind-boggling 14 million pounds of toxins enter Puget Sound each year. Rain gardens are a smart and proven way of using beautiful landscaping to protect local waterways, safeguard the region’s unique natural habitats, improve homes and neighborhoods, limit flooding, and save taxpayers and ratepayers millions of dollars in avoided stormwater management costs. Working closely with local partners Stewardship Partners and Craft3, who now manage the Access Grant and RPAL programs, respectively, NRDC was able to help ensure that economic status will not be a barrier to Seattle residents who want to do their part to keep local waterways clean. RELATED ARTICLES EPA Looks at Fracking Risks to WaterStormwater: Rain Gardens and DrywellsHow Much Water Does it Take to Turn on a Light Bulb?Saving Water by Conserving EnergySaving Water — Saving EnergyResilient Design: Water in a Drought-Prone EraReduce Water Uselast_img read more

first_imgChelsea to recall Lewis Baker from Leedsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLewis Baker is set to leave Leeds United.The Mirror says Chelsea are set to recall Baker from his Leeds United loan spell.Baker is unlikely to feature much for Leeds in the second half of the season as Marcelo Bielsa’s side look to battle for the Championship title.After struggling to make much of an impact at Elland Road, his parent club may end his season long loan.Baker endured a difficult spell at Middlesbrough on loan last season. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAs of Saturday 1 July, Emirates‘ signature A380 will offer a daily service to Nice. To celebrate the launch, Emirates, a Principal Partner of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, in conjunction with Monaco Tourism and Atout France, invited media guests, including LATTE, to enjoy a performance of the opera Pelléas et Mélisande by French composer, Claude Debussy. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra was led by visiting conductor Charles Dutoit, considered one of the greatest interpreters of French music, for the exceptional evening in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.The celebration of French culture is set to continue with the expanded capacity offered by Emirates’ new service, representing an increase of 44% between Dubai and Nice. Guests continuing on to Monaco will now have the option to transfer to the Principality via a helicopter flight with Monacair. The service will be complimentary for those travelling in First Class and €79 per passenger for those in Business Class.Australians are now among the top 10 nations visiting Monaco, intrigued by its unabashed luxury, fascinating history and five-star culture.Get a taste of Monaco’s incredible cuisine and legendary hotels with Signature Luxury Travel & Style‘s review.last_img read more

first_imgSeptember 17, 2008 The music of Different Skies is exciting, accessible, imaginative, and fun for listeners of all ages and musical interests, from classical and jazz to modern ambient and meditation/healing music. Technology meets imagination to create an evening of amazing entertainment. Learn more about the artists at this year’s festival, and for a schedule of some of the jams and performances from this years workshop visit [Photo: sa & text: Cosanti Foundation, sa]last_img read more

first_imgThe advertising market in the Middle East and North Africa has performed strongly this year, with Egypt, which saw a deep drop in advertising expenditure in 2011 in the wake of the revolution, seeing a recovery. Egypt has also been the source of a number of new channels with pan-regional appeal.The Middle East TV market has long been seen as a free-to-air market and the growing popularity of new pan-regional services over the last year reinforced that impression. However, questions have long been raised about whether the advertising market is capable of supporting so many free channels. According to Sami Raffoul of the Pan-Arab Research Council (PARC), advertising growth over the past year has been led by a handful of markets including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, with Saudi Arabia likely to record growth of 11% this year. The Saudi economy has fuelled growth in pan-Arab media including TV services from MBC, Rotana, LBC and the Abu Dhabi Media Company. “Saudi Arabia is the largest of all the markets around with limited – by its own account – media capabilities,” said Raffoul.Seizing on remarks made by deputy information minister Riyadh K Najm at the recent Saudi Broadcasting Forum, Raffoul says that official Saudi recognition of the underdevelopment of the country’s media could herald a significant change in rules governing private investment in the country. The minister said that Saudi media was currently unable to compete with international players and there was a need to create an attractive environment for investors.Raffoul said that a number of the many broadcasters to have emerged from post-revolutionary Egypt in particular have developed multichannel bouquets that have won a wide audience elsewhere in the region.These channels have also attracted a significant slice of the pan-Arab advertising market, he said. PARC’s breakdown of the region’s advertising market distinguishes between ‘national’ and ‘pan-Arab’ media that crosses national boundaries. “Egyptian channels have snowballed in terms of advertising spend and have become a major force,” says Raffoul.Consultant Ali Ajouz, managing partner at SAWA Media, said that the free-to-air market has seen significant changes over the past year, with countries that have gone through political transformations – notably Egypt – producing popular new channels including CBC, Al-Nahar and Al-Hayat, with more to come. New Libyan channels have also emerged, while, said Ajouz, a couple of Gulf-based projects have been cancelled despite significant upfront investments. “The limited TV budgets continue to put pressure on the bulk of FTA channels,” said Ajouz. “In addition, other advertising opportunities in the digital domain have started to attract advertising budgets. TV networks will now need to look into additional revenue streams whether horizontally, across other platforms, or vertically, through sponsorships and digital product placement.”Raffoul meanwhile said he expects 2012 pan-Arab ad spend to be up about 25% on 2011, although this could hide deep discounting by broadcasters in free media zones. Egypt, which lost ground in 2011 in the immediate aftermath of the revolution and amidst continued political uncertainty, has bounced back with 18-20% growth this year. Other countries in the region have fared less well, with the effects of the conflict in Syria spilling over into neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan.last_img read more

first_imgIn This Issue… * Gold’s price drop, manipulated? * Jumping on the GATA bandwagon… * RBA leaves rates & easing bias unchanged * Only yen ekes out a gain VS dollar! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! An Insider Comes Clean… Good day… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday… What a long day on the desk yesterday… Whew! I’m glad I got through that without leaving a mark! And I came back! I laugh, because in the early days of EverBank, what I now call a long day, would have been a short day! I remember buying breakfast sandwiches for the desk, lunch and then pizza for dinner, as we worked on building the foundation that’s now EverBank World Markets… It’s now a strong foundation… Gold has a strong foundation too… and even after suffering through the shenanigans of last week, the shiny metal is off by 1.3% overnight, so the shenanigans haven’t stopped, and those of us that use pull-backs in the price of Gold as an opportunity to buy at cheaper prices, have to scratch our heads and wonder if the shenanigans are over or will there be more? Long time readers know that I truly believe there are price manipulators in Gold & Silver… well, last week there was some interesting information being put out there for us to go through, regarding “an insider” that came clean and admitted what was going on… WOW! Of course, you can’t believe everything you read, right? Well, I believe that when the information is in a market letter, like Dennis Gartman’s, then you stop, and think that it’s must be true… OK… first of all let me set this up for you… Dennis Gartman has long been a naysayer regarding the GATA people and people like me that say there is price manipulation going on in Gold. Well… my friends over at the 5-Minute Forecast, had this to say yesterday… “This was no free market,” says a well-placed insider about why gold plummeted nearly $100 on Wednesday. The insider is unknown to us, but our longtime friend Dennis Gartman calls him “a very long-standing friend and client” in his newsletter. The mysterious Mr. X is trusted enough that Gartman is re-examining his oft-stated vehement dismissal of the GATA positions that the metals markets are manipulated. “As I have very intimate details of [Wednesday],” says this individual, “I think it was, indeed, official selling. At the London fixing, an order came in to sell 3 million ounces of gold and it was explicitly ordered to be done in just a few minutes. No investor or speculator would 1) handle it this way and 2) do it at the fixing only.” “This [has] happened this way three times in the last year, [Wednesday] being the fourth time.” Concludes Gartman: “The market’s plunge… may have been the result of a very real effort to ‘manipulate’ the market lower… perhaps on orders of a central bank hoping to break the market… to buy gold more cheaply after the surge of selling, or perhaps on the order of a government wishing to drive gold down for the ‘optics’ of weaker gold prices.” Chuck again… Hmmm… so where’s the CFTC? Why aren’t they calling around trying to find the mysterious Mr. X, to talk to him? And the selling continues… I shake my head in disgust, utter disgust, folks… and you should too, for this smells like, walks like, talks like and quacks like someone didn’t like the fact that the dollar was getting hammered by Gold (& Silver), and they needed to do something about it! I’m sorry that all I’ve talked about so far this morning is Gold, but this is a BIG Story folks… as Ed Sullivan used to say, A Really Big Show! I have more to talk about with Gold, regarding Warren Buffett’s annual letter, which leaves you scratching your head, and wondering if he really feels the way he talks about in his letter, why, then, doesn’t he own Gold? But in the interest of moving along, I’ll talk about that in more depth tomorrow… Yesterday’s data here in the U.S. was interesting, in that the data prints were on opposite sides of the fence… First, the ISM non-Manufacturing Index really pushed higher than expected, which is a good thing if you believe that to have a healthy everlasting economy, you don’t need manufacturing jobs, and that the U.S. economy can survive being a Service only economy… I think you know where I stand on that… The other piece of data that printed was January Factory Orders which fell 1%… Oh, that’s right, we are now service only… Well… now onto the currencies… with Gold getting hammered and all this dollar buying going on, you have to know that dollar buying in one asset class begets dollar buying in other asset classes… and that’s what’s going on in the currencies. Every currency on the board, is down VS the dollar this morning, except Japanese yen, which has eked out a very small gain VS the dollar. It’s a nasty morning for the currencies and metals… So, one has to stop and ask the question, Why is all this dollar buying going on? Beats me… Stocks have dropped for the third consecutive day, and U.S. Treasuries remain with a 1.97% yield on the 10-year… So, where’s the money going? Sure, it’s tax time, and dollars are needed to pay taxes… but, I doubt that it’s of the magnitude of what we’re talking about here, not yet anyway… The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) met last night, and did move interest rates, but kept their foot in the door that houses rate cuts. By keeping their easing bias, the Aussie dollar (A$) was hung out on a line… Hmmm… rate cuts didn’t keep the A$ from pushing higher before, so why are the markets scared of them now? Uncertainty is the answer folks… When the markets are uncertain about anything, they scramble to buy U.S. dollars, and ride out the uncertainty… I used to call Gold the Uncertainty Hedge, and it still is in my opinion, but it sure is getting that chinks in that title… This dollar buying all began yesterday when the markets found out that China had lowered their target for GDP to 7.5% from 8%… After reading what I had said about this yesterday, my friend over at the Sovereign Society, Jeff Opdyke, sent me his two-cents, and I liked them so much, here’s Jeff! “Investors get freaked out that China’s economy is slowing that that is somehow bad news and surprising. Alas, it is exactly what China told the world to expect last year when the country released its 12th Five Year Plan, the roadmap to social, cultural and economic growth that China draws up every, well, five years. China has a pretty good history of explicitly outlining — and generally achieving — the goals it sets out in these roadmaps. And in the 12th Five Year Plan, China specifically said it will gear down its economy to a more-sustainable growth rate of about 7.5% for the period. So people who freak out and scream the sky is falling because China’s growth is slowing need to spend more time understanding China and reading about China before they react to news from China. Great fortunes will be made by those who recognize what China is doing … and great fortunes will be lost by those who react to every perception of what they “think” China is doing. Those who react without knowledge of the underlying context are destined to get creamed.” Thanks Jeff… I’ve known Jeff, first through email and then in person for about 10 years now. He used to write for the Wall Street Journal, and he did a feature story on me and the Pfennig about 2 years ago in the Journal… Jeff is the king of overseas travel, and knows foreign companies and countries like the back of his hand… You can find him at the Sovereign Society website… OK… I’ve got a real doozy of a story for you in the Then There Was This section of the letter today… But before we go there, I wanted to highlight a story I read that plays well with my call in December that we would begin to see temporary stabilization in the Eurozone… The story was in the International Financial Review (IFR), and highlights the fact that European banks’ funding costs are plummeting as bond buyers have regained their appetite for bonds issued by European banks, and even weak banks… More stabilization… Then There Was This… From Bloomberg this morning… “Greek Government officials have disclosed information on a secret 2001 loan from Goldman Sachs, disguised as a derivative, that Greece used to conceal its ballooning sovereign debt from the European Union. Revealing the details for the first time of a contract that helped Greece mask its growing sovereign debt to meet European Union requirements, officials said they didn’t understand what it was buying and was ill-equipped to judge the risks or costs. “ Chuck again… There is so much more to this story, but before I give you the link to go to read the rest of the story, I want to say that in private, it has been my opinion all along that Greece got snookered, and I had a good feeling by whom… OK… here’s the link to the story, which I think you should read. To recap… Dollar buying is the rage, as all currencies, stocks, metals are being sold… but where’s the money going? Gold’s price drop last week may have been manipulated according to an insider. Jeff Opdyke gives us his views on the China news this week, and the RBA left rates unchanged, but kept their easing bias, which has deep-sixed the A$… Currencies today 3/6/12… American Style: A$ $1.0590, kiwi .8150, C$ $1.0010, euro 1.3135, sterling 1.5775, Swiss $1.0895, … European Style: rand 7.6270, krone 5.66, SEK 6.7705, forint 223.65, zloty 3.1615, koruna 18.9550, RUB 29.57, yen 81.10, sing 1.2630, HKD 7.7625, INR 50.35, China 6.3080, pesos 12.92, BRL 1.7395, Dollar Index 79.71, Oil $106.05, 10-year 1.97%, Silver $33.29, and Gold… $1,687.50 That’s it for today… The first spring training game for my beloved Cardinals took place yesterday, and now a month-full of games will take place for them in Florida, leading up to the Opening Day game in Miami’s new ballpark. I don’t let spring training outcomes get to me, as the starters play very little until the last week of spring training. The 17-minute version of Pink Floyd’s Shine On You Crazy Diamond is playing on the I-Pod while I finish this up… Nothing like 17 minutes of Pink Floyd in the morning! HA! And with that, I’ll get out of your hair for today, and thank you for reading the Pfennig, and hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 read more

first_imgHeavy-footed motorists have a higher chance of seeing blue lights in their rear view mirrors with Operation Southern Shield in place.Operation Southern Shield is a week-long initiative put on by law enforcement officers in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee on interstates and other major highways to target drivers who drive dangerously over the speed limit.Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) troopers like Reginal King believe this crackdown is eye opening for those medal to the metal motorists.“I think that Operation Southern Shield does help,” King said. “It reminds the motoring public that they should slow down and obey the speed limit. In 2018, over 340 people lost their lives on Alabama highways where speed played a contributing factor.”According to ALEA’s website, state and local officers in Alabama issued more than 14,000 citations during this past year’s Southern Shield and 36% of the citations were issued for speeding. Operation Southern Shield begins July 15 and will last through July 21.last_img read more

first_imgMore than 115 Americans are dying every day from an opioid overdose. But a study out Monday finds that just three in 10 patients revived by an EMT or in an emergency room received the follow-up medication known to avoid another life-threatening event. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, followed 17,568 patients who overdosed on opioids between 2012 and 2014 in Massachusetts. It looked at survival rates over time and whether or not patients received medicines that treat addiction. Of the patients who did receive medication, 17 percent took buprenorphine, known by the brand name Suboxone, for roughly four months. They had a 40 percent lower death rate after one year, as compared to those who did not take any medication. The results for the 11 percent of patients who took methadone were even stronger: They cut their death rate by 60 percent.Buprenorphine and methadone both reduce the urge to get high on powerful street drugs which can lead to another overdose. A small percentage, 6 percent, of patients were on the opioid blocker, naltrexone (brand name Vivitrol), but often for just one month. Researchers were not able to determine how many patients were taking the generic, pill form, daily as compared to a monthly injection of Vivitrol. Patients who took naltrexone were no more likely to be alive after a year than those who were not offered or did not take a medication.”The stunning finding here is that we have effective treatments for people who survive an overdose but only three in 10 are getting those medications,” says Dr. Marc Larochelle, the study’s lead author.For some perspective, Larochelle mentions the routine recommendation that patients who’ve had another life threatening event, a heart attack, take aspirin. “The mortality reduction we see with these drugs is similar to giving someone who suffers a heart attack aspirin — it’s one of the most effective treatments we have in medicine,” says Larochelle, who’s a primary care physician and researcher at the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center. But he points to a big difference: 98 percent of people in this country get aspirin for a heart attack. The gap in care is similar to findings from a 2015 study from the U.K., but this is the first to follow U.S. patients seen in a hospital or by EMTs, says Dr. Nora Volkow, who directs the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “A great part of the tragedy of this opioid crisis is that, unlike in previous such crises American has seen, we now possess effective treatment strategies that could address it and save lives,” Volkow wrote in an accompanying editorial. “Yet tens of thousands of people die each year because they have not received these treatments.”Some things have changed since the 2012-2014 period of this study. A growing number of physicians are getting the waiver required to prescribe buprenorphine and the number of patients they can manage has increased from 100 to 275. That includes emergency room physicians who until recently have not offered buprenorphine to overdose patients. A bill that has wide support in the Massachusetts legislature would require that all acute care hospitals offer the medication in the ER and offer follow-up care. In some places, hospitals are opening walk-in clinics and in Boston, there’s a mobile van that take buprenorphine prescribing to the streets.To understand why so few patients get methadone or buprenorphine, one need only cross the street from Boston Medical Center where Larochelle works. There are clinics that offer both drugs, and there’s a needle exchange, focused on harm reduction for drug users who are still in active addiction. In the early morning hours, some men and women were lining up for their daily dose of methadone, while others were starting their day with a shot of heroin or fentanyl. Scott, a 38-year-old from Lowell, Massachusetts, says he’s overdosed three or four times, but wasn’t offered Suboxone, a brand name for buprenorphine, until after his third overdose.”The problem is, a lot of these doctors don’t want to prescribe anything like that after the person has an overdose because they feel like they’ll abuse the medicine,” Scott says. (We’re only using first names for people may still be buying illegal drugs.)Scott says he has abused Suboxone. It and methadone are both opioid-based medications. Taken as directed they block cravings for something stronger without making the patient high. But with Suboxone, some people take extra doses to get high, or layer it with alcohol or other medications, Scott says. Few doctors are trained to or have experience managing such complex addictions. Scott says he can “understand why their reluctant to prescribe stuff” like Suboxone.Scott switched from Suboxone to methadone within the last year. Unlike Suboxone, which patients can get from a primary care doctor, during routine medical care, methadone is tightly controlled, typically only available at designated clinics.Scott says he prefers methadone because he doesn’t take anything out of the clinic that he could abuse.Sometimes it’s the patient who is reluctant to start medication-assisted treatment.”There’s a perception that people aren’t ‘clean’ unless they’re abstinent from all substances and that plays into keeping people away from medication treatment, which is the most effective treatment,” says Aubri, who used to be dependent on heroin and has overdosed in the past. She is on methadone and says it works for her.But Aubri says the way methadone is delivered is demeaning. “It feels like a jail,” Aubri says. “There’s literal bars across the gates that don’t open ’til a certain time. There’s security guards. no one wants to be there. The only reason people go is because they need it.”Many communities continue to reject applications to open methadone clinics. Patients in rural areas often drive more than an hour each way to get their daily dose. The obstacles to care contribute to a feeling among many opioid addiction patients that doctors and hospitals just don’t want to help.”They treat us like crap,” says Deana, as she hugs her husband Phill. “We’re not like this because we’re bad people, you know.”Deana and Phill have many stories about feeling mistreated in hospitals. But Phill is having the opposite experience now, taking Suboxone, through a clinic at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. “They give you the counseling, the therapy, it’s like a family,” says Phill. “They make you feel welcomed and loved and give you that sense of hope that I can have a drug free life. I don’t have to use.”Even at just 3 in 10 patients, Massachusetts was likely offering more opioid medication treatment than many states as of 2014. That’s because 97 percent of the state’s residents have health insurances, the highest rates in the country. In many parts of the U.S., it’s difficult to find someone who will prescribe a patient methadone or buprenorphine.”We just still have overwhelming stigma for patients with the disease of addiction,” says Sarah Melton, a professor of pharmacy practice at East Tennessee State University.Larochelle worries that patients, as seen in this study, are still not staying on treatment for more than a few months.”We need to reevaluate how we’re providing the care and make sure we can keep people there when they’re there,” Larochelle says. Dr. Volkow is alarmed by one other finding: 34 percent of patients receive at least one prescription for an opioid and 26 percent were prescribed a benzodiazepine during the 12 months after their overdose.”This indicates that guidelines cautioning against prescribing opioids and their co-use with benzodiazepines are not being followed,” Volkow writes.This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes WBUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 WBUR. To see more, visit WBUR.last_img read more

first_imgWhen you picture the drug ketamine, you might think of that stoner you knew in high school or a bunch of people popping pills in neon-lit clubs.But do you ever picture a dentist’s office? Ketamine is often used as an anesthetic for procedures on people’s teeth.And it’s a multi-tasker. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Spravato, a drug based on ketamine, called esketamine, to treat depression via a nasal spray.Here’s more about the FDA’s designation from The Verge:The drug must be administered as a nasal spray, patients must be taking another antidepressant at the same time, and it can only be given to patients who have (unsuccessfully) tried two antidepressants before. Most notably, people won’t able to pick up Spravato at the local Rite Aid. Spravato will only be available in certified clinics.Ketamine may not work for every patient, but for some, it may come as an enormous relief.About 12 to 20 percent of adults with depression don’t respond to other types of treatment or medication. That population is called “treatment resistant.”And some of the more commonly prescribed drugs, like Prozac or Trazodone, don’t have the efficacy we might hope for; studies show only around 37 percent of those who use these medications experience full remission.Journalist Alice Levitt is one of those treatment-resistant patients. And she finally tried ketamine. Here’s part of what she wrote for Vox about her experience:Each infusion lasted 45 minutes. After my first one, I had a nurse play the cast album of my favorite musical as the drip began. Instead of running wild, my mind became immersed in the music, albeit in a deeply dreamlike state. Each time, it took about 15 to 20 minutes after the effects of the treatment wore off for me to be able to open my eyes and start walking. Afterward, I was exhausted. The half-hour Uber ride home felt like hours as I longed for the warm embrace of a nap.Immediately after each treatment, I felt down. But by the time I woke up the next day, I was in less psychic pain and had more purpose. I would start the day on my long-neglected spin bike, feeling motivation that I’d lacked for months. Lunches with friends no longer felt like they existed just to show them I was still alive and making an effort to get out of the house. I was beginning to connect with the world outside my head again. I noticed myself smiling more. According to Shah, feeling the effects of ketamine within 24 hours of treatment is typical. “It is the most rapid-acting treatment for depression,” he said.After the final infusion, I had the initiative to start writing again. The following week quickly filled up with activities, both work and fun. I was living for the first time in months. It’s been three months since my last treatment, and I’ve even started to feel excited about my future. Shah says I am unlikely to need another dose — I was in the roughly 70 percent who achieve remission after one series of ketamine infusions.And while the research still doesn’t conclusively show that esketamine or ketamine causes depression to go away, the FDA said it approved Spravado because patients needed a new alternative.How do we treat an illness that affects millions of Americans? And why does it seem to be so challenging to find things that help?Produced by Gabrielle Healy. Text by Gabrielle Healy.If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Helpline is 1-800-662-HELP (4357)GUESTSDr. Gary Sachs, Associate clinical professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical SchoolDr. Demitri Papolos, Co-director of the Program in Behavioral Genetics and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at the Montefiore Medical CenterAlice Levitt, Writer covering medicine, travel and food, @aliceeatsFor more, visit© 2019 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2019 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.last_img read more

first_imgBrighton have scored two or more goals in seven of their last 10 home league games and should be relied on for more goals tonight but the pressure to get goals could easily leave the back door open too.The Star Special of both teams to score and a winner in 90 minutes looks a fair bet. I’ve just no idea which way so will have equal stakes on both outcomes.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE AND BRIGHTON WIN for 6 points at 5/1 with Star SportsBACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE AND SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY WIN for 6 points at 13/2 with Star SportsSunday: BET VOIDWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]U[/dropcap]nfair. That, of course, is the damn problem with the play-off system.The fact that Brighton were within one win of automatic promotion to the Premier League when they went to the Riverside counts for nothing – as does the fact that they finished 15 points clear of Sheffield Wednesday in the ‘regular’ season.Not only does it count for nothing – it also counts AGAINST them in my opinion. Brighton have had to regroup after coming so close yet Sheffield Wednesday are like a free roller at a poker tournament – playing carefree hands at a party that (for most of the season) they never expected to be at – four consecutive wins in March doing the trick for Wednesday.It’s pointless whinging, as the rules are there for one and all but I’ve never been a great supporter of the play-off system which may well add end of season drama (and contribute to the new Wembley building costs) but remains a tad gimmicky for my liking.The pressure certainly showed on The Seagulls in the first leg at Hillsborough when Sheffield Wednesday raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Ross Wallace and Kieran Lee – the deadlock finally broken between the pair as both matches in regular season had finished 0-0.That leaves Brighton with plenty of work to do but in a funny way less pressure than if it had been, say, 0-0 in the first leg. Brighton may well relish the challenge of now being underdogs and can grab the match and the challenge by the b**** from the outset.That certainly seems to be the view of the Brigton players too. Sam Baldock told the club website: “We’ve got nothing to lose now and the pressure is completely on them. We’re positive and we’re going to go for it. We’ve got 90 minutes for them to come to the Amex with a full stadium, with screaming fans egging us on.”He added: ”Stranger things have happened. I came off the pitch thinking, ‘Come on, bring on Monday,’ because believe me, this tie is not over.”Certainly, an early goal would make life interesting and I wouldn’t be completely surprised to see this one go the distance into penalties.Brighton have fared worse in the injury stakes with doubts over Tomer Hemed, Connor Goldson, Anthony Knockaert and Steve Sidwell from the first leg.Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal may well name an unchanged side.Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield WednesdayChampionship Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)May 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF Sheff Wed 2-0 BrightonMar 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 0-0 Sheff WedNov 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 0-0 BrightonFeb 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 0-0 BrightonAug 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 0-1 Sheff WedMar 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 1-0 BrightonOct 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 1-1 Sheff WedFeb 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 3-1 BrightonSep 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 3-0 Sheff WedApr 2011 LEAGUE ONE Brighton 2-0 Sheff WedSTAR SPECIALSlast_img read more

first_img 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. Enroll Now for $5 Next Article –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on Reuters It remains more promise than product, but the electric vehicle (EV) sector is drawing more talent from mainstream automakers that are reluctant to go full tilt at the new technology.Making the jump can mean better pay and pioneering opportunities. One Chinese-backed startup with around 900 employees, for example, has a $15 million monthly payroll, according to a person close to the company.One such “defector” is Freeman Shen, who quit Chinese carmaker Geely two years ago to launch WM Motor, an EV startup that aims to compete with Tesla Motors in China, the world’s biggest autos market and one that encourages the new technology through policy and subsidies.While other Chinese EV startups including LeSee, NextEV, Future Mobility and Qiantu Motor are mostly backed by big internet groups such as Alibaba and Tencent, Shanghai-based WM Motor’s funding, in the “billions of yuan,” is from Chinese investors, but not technology tycoons or venture capital funds, says Shen. He declined to say who the money has come from.Shen, 46, has two decades of experience in the United States and China, with BorgWarner, Fiat and Geely, which in 2010 bought Swedish car brand Volvo. He aims to make smart, connected electric battery cars, betting on ordinary drivers in China’s big cities wanting more affordable EVs.He plans to go straight for this mass market rather than follow Tesla in first building a high profile super all-electric battery sports car.”Building a fancy car to impress people is actually fairly easy as long as you’re willing to spend the money,” Shen says. “The most challenging part is mass production — coming up with a car everybody can buy, with high quality but at a significantly lower cost.””Nuts”Shen reckons he has around a 5-year window of opportunity to establish WM Motor in China, while Beijing offers incentives and policy support for EVs.”I don’t think traditional car companies are doing well selling cars, especially with their customer experience. With smart, connected cars, I believe I can change that,” says Shen, who has an engineering Masters from University of California at Los Angeles.”We’re not a traditional car company. We see ourselves as a service company,” he says, while acknowledging that friends, family and former colleagues “all think I’m nuts” for starting a new auto brand from scratch.Advocates, including Shen, see smart, connected EVs revolutionizing the car industry, with today’s often-idle cars replaced by smart cars that can be leased out when not needed or shared as part of a city fleet, and which tell the owner when the oil needs changing or a service is due.”What’s important for these emerging EV companies… is the potential change in customer experience, if they can transform the way the car fits into our lives,” says James Chao, Asia-Pacific managing director at consultant IHS.”Creation of an entire ecosystem enabled by fast mobile internet connectivity, location-based intelligence… will be critical.”Online salesThe emergence of China’s EV startups does not yet signal any major related technology breakthroughs. Shen is actually turning to a German firm’s tech team he acquired for battery, motor control and other technologies.The innovation of WM Motor and others is more in creating new business models for personal transportation.Shen was tight-lipped, but three individuals close to WM Motor said he wants to sell cars primarily online, with a limited number of showrooms. Customer test drives would likely be contracted out to a third party, and various car dealers with excess service capacity would carry out maintenance and repairs.There’s already competition.While Coda, an electric car startup run by ex-GM China chief Phil Murtaugh, failed three years ago, a Beijing startup called Zhiche Auto aims to launch smart, connected electric cars by as early as the end of next year.Shen Haiyin, the company’s 42-year-old founder and CEO, says he, too, is targeting big-city drivers with more affordable EVs, with third-party engineering and a Japanese electric propulsion system, to be sold under the Jidian brand name.Also, Tesla could start manufacturing sooner than expected in China, making its cars more competitive as they wouldn’t face the import duties now levied on foreign-produced vehicles. Spokeswoman Khobi Brooklyn said Tesla doesn’t comment on speculation.China firstWM Motor plans to build an assembly plant, most likely in Zhejiang province, and launch three models, starting in 2018. It plans to nearly double its workforce to around 600 this year in China and Germany, where it is working on around two dozen prototype cars.The first of those models is aimed at competing with the $35,000 Tesla Model 3, billed as a mass market EV. Shen says WM Motor aims to sell more than 100,000 cars a year within 3-4 years of the planned 2018 launch, at around that price, or cheaper. China is the priority market for now, but Shen says he is also looking to enter the U.S. market further down the line.He reckons WM Motor has an edge over rivals by mating high-spec German technology with what he calls low-cost, high-quality parts from Chinese suppliers.”We’re not making a luxury car,” he says. “We’re bringing luxury-like quality to a mainstream car.”(Reporting by Norihiko Shirouzu; Editing by Ian Geoghegan) Reuters Chinese Companies Charging to Take on Tesla Electric Cars Image credit: Reuters | Aly Song 5 min read Add to Queue Freeman Shen, founder and CEO of WM Motor Technology Co., Ltd. August 12, 2016last_img read more

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first_img 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. Explore further Norway’s Telenor to sell stake in Russia’s VimpelCom The watchdog’s director general, Lars Soergard, says Telenor made “a serious infringement of competition law” when creating “barriers for the development of a third mobile network in Norway.”The watchdog agency said Telenor introduced amendments to the network access agreement with the intention of limiting further investments in the third mobile network in Norway in 2010.Thursday’s fine was the largest ever given by the Competition Authority “to reflect the breach of the Norwegian Competition Act.”In a statement, Telenor CEO Berit Svendsen said the group had not violated any laws, adding the group likely would file an appeal. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Norway fines its main telecoms firm for blocking competition (2018, June 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from The Norwegian Competition Authorities has fined Norway’s largest telecoms provider Telenor 788 million kroner ($96 million) for abusing its dominant position on the country’s mobile market.last_img read more