Camp Cloud gets support from Coldwater Indian Band

first_img(Camp Cloud spokesperson Kwitsel Tatel poses with Coldwater elder Sonny Oppenheimer, who hand delivered his band’s letter to water protectors on Saturday. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Coldwater Indian Band has thrown its support behind Camp Cloud as water protectors there continue to stand their ground against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion while facing possible eviction at the hands of police.On Saturday Elder Sonny Oppenheimer visited the camp on Burnaby Mountain to hand deliver a letter from chief and council written after water protectors were given a 72-hour eviction notice.Read the letter here: Coldwater Indian Band“We here at Coldwater Indian Band offer our support in standing up against Kinder Morgan and the Government of Canada in protecting OUR land and water,” reads the July 19 message, signed by councillor W. Gerome Garcia.“As we are at the headwaters of the Nlaka’pamux our ancestral belief is ‘Water is power’ and it needs to be protected.”Coldwater has been fighting the federal government and Kinder Morgan over an alleged failure to adequately consult with the band and over the routing of the pipeline expansion, which they say will cut through the community’s aquifer and threaten its members’ drinking water.After reading the letter aloud to water protectors Camp Cloud spokesperson Kwitsel Tatel thanked the band for their support and said she would also like to hear from the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and the Assembly of First Nation national chief candidates, who will be in Vancouver for the AFN election this week.“The Coldwater Indian Band is supporting Camp Cloud, and I am so happy,” Tatel said in a Facebook livestream Saturday, adding she has expressed her support for the band’s fight against the pipeline running through its aquifer.Speaking to water protectors around the sacred fire shortly after, Oppenheimer highlighted the significance of the threat to his people’s drinking water.“The people that are around you that are in their homes, and yet they can turn the water on and think nothing of it. And they drink their coffee. Can you imagine if the runoff through that tap was contaminated — what would they do? What kind of life would you have? You’d have no life,” he said.Here’s what elder Sonny Oppenheimer from Coldwater Indian Band said to #CampCloud water protectors gathered around sacred fire Saturday evening. 2/2 #transmountain #bcpoli @APTNNews pic.twitter.com/Opay3u10zd— Justin Brake (@JustinBrakeNews) July 22, 2018“It’s just sad how people treat Mother Earth and her gifts,” he continued. “I really thank you guys for standing and being present, and for what you do. All the warriors that you have in your heart, that down one day it’ll be mentioned to your grandchildren: this is what my grandmother did, this is what my grandfather did.”On Saturday, a few hours after their 72-hour eviction notice from the City of Burnaby expired, Camp Cloud held a press conference to announce they will continue to stand their ground on Burnaby Mountain.On Monday they say they’re scheduled to meet with the City’s manager, Lambert Chu.“The sacred fire at Camp Cloud is as old as our nations,” Tatel said Saturday at the press conference.“We are here to raise awareness for the health and safety of all people and all animals. We are here to express our opposition to this expansion for public safety, public interest and public health. We are meeting our responsibilities to that end at Camp Cloud.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

The Brexit story so far How Britain got itself in a bind

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s 2-day-old draft deal to leave the European Union is in danger of collapsing, increasing the likelihood of a disorderly, economically painful exit from the bloc next year.British politicians in favour of leaving the EU have criticized the agreement reached Tuesday after more than a year and a half of negotiations. They say it keeps the country bound to the EU under unfavourable terms and floated the idea of unseating Prime Minister Theresa May.Even if May remains in her post, the British Parliament might reject the deal. Britain’s formal exit is set for March 29, so that would leave little time to seek an alternative.Here’s a look at how Britain got into this situation:___REFERENDUMMay’s party, the British Conservative Party, has long been split between those in favour of EU membership and those who want out.One advantage of membership is it gives seamless access to trade across 27 other countries. The EU is Britain’s biggest trading partner.Opponents have argued the EU took too much political power from London; many want to restrict immigration from other EU member countries as well.To settle the question, former Prime Minister David Cameron called for a nationwide vote on whether Britain should stay or go. On June 23, 2016, 52 per cent of voters said they wanted to leave.___NEGOTIATIONSThe unexpected outcome threw the country into chaos, with Cameron resigning and the value of the pound tumbling 15 per cent in a day. May eventually took over as prime minister. In March 2017, she submitted the formal notice of Britain’s intent to withdraw from the EU. The action started a two-year countdown and negotiations on the terms of the exit and for future EU-U.K. relations.The difficulty of the negotiations quickly became clear. The EU took a tough approach. It insisted Britain would no longer enjoy any of the bloc’s “four freedoms”: the freedom for citizens, money, goods and services to travel and operate across borders without hindrance.In a bid to solidify her power and the stated goal of ensuring a “strong and stable” government would be seated at the Brexit negotiations, May called a general election for June 2017. The move backfired, and her Conservatives lost their majority in Parliament. She had to create a minority government with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland.___IRISH QUESTIONThe talks on a Brexit deal remained stalled for months, largely over the problem of the future border between Britain’s Northern Ireland and the EU’s Republic of Ireland. The fear was that reinstalling a hard border with import duties and travel restrictions would renew sectarian violence.The EU insisted that Britain should not be allowed to enjoy the fruits of staying in its seamless trading union. So it proposed allowing Northern Ireland to remain in the customs union, but not the rest of Britain. May’s government rejected that, saying it threatened to break up Britain.___THE DEALWith the clock ticking, British and EU officials intensified their efforts and reached a draft deal on Nov. 13.The agreement envisions Britain leaving the EU as planned on March 29 but remaining inside the bloc’s single market and bound by its rules until the end of December 2020. That would buy time to work out a permanent post-Brexit trading relationship.Other terms call for Britain paying 39 billion pounds ($50 billion) to settle outstanding obligations to the EU. British and citizens of EU countries would be allowed to remain where they currently live and work.The deal also commits the two sides to a “backstop” solution that keeps the U.K. in a customs arrangement with the EU as a guarantee the Irish border remains free of customs posts. The backstop would last until superseded by new trade arrangements, which both sides say they hope to have in place by the end of 2020.___POLITICAL BACKLASHMany pro-Brexit politicians immediately slammed the deal. They said it would leave Britain a vassal state by making it observe EU customs rules that it will no longer have a say in shaping. Some pro-EU politicians favoured calling another vote on whether Britain should leave the EU at all.May has defended the deal as providing the continuity businesses need while the country and the EU agree on a long-term trade relationship.Two Cabinet ministers and five junior government members resigned Thursday and a leading pro-Brexit lawmaker called for a no-confidence vote on May.___NO-DEAL RISKSIf Parliament rejects the draft deal, the more likely it is that Brexit happens without any agreement spelling out future relations with the EU. Businesses and most economists view that as a worst-case scenario for the British economy.It would mean a return of tariffs on trade between Britain and the EU as well as border checks on goods. That could delay shipments of everything from food and fuel to clothing and cars. Some companies have been stockpiling to prepare for such a possibility.And Britain would drop out of Europe-wide protocols that govern areas such as aviation and prescription drugs, threatening to ground flights and disrupt supplies of drugs.Carlo Piovano, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Beyond IPL

first_imgFor a long time now, this country has been overly keen to play and watch the sport brought to us by our colonisers way back in the early 1700s. Since then, the sport’s popularity has exponentially grown in the country, having a far-reaching impact across rural and hinterlands. India has not just played cricket but rather lived it. It is astonishing to witness the support this sport enjoys across communities, classes, etc., whatever that segregates people under the garb of being an Indian. Cricket brings the true colours of secularism to a bloom, surging excitement across the nation and within the people. It is the sort of popularity and impact on Indian society that makes Cricket almost a religion in India. Sheer support, eager eyes glued to screens, group discourses and even betting, Cricket certainly sends the audience in a frenzy. And, it is this enthusiasm which has made cricketers popular than local MLAs and even cinema stars. India would come to a halt when Sachin used to bat, and this alone explains what cricket means to India. Widening the sport across formats has garnered a tremendous response, especially in India where 12 editions of Indian Premier League have transcended Cricket’s popularity. It has become an astounding source of entertainment. There has been a certain development inclined closely to India’s cricketing roadmap which has been largely eclipsed by the sport’s men-centric mindset. Women’s cricket has not been as popular as men’s yet it has been played out for some time now. Though Men’s cricket sparks “Bleed Blue” emotions, with comprehensive excitement revolving around who’s who and fact discussions, women’s cricket has also made a dent in the average Indian psyche – and Mithali Raj’s popularity ascertains it. BCCI has taken gradual steps to expand the scope of Women’s cricket with the introduction of an exhibition match between Supernovas and Trailblazers at the Wankhede Stadium on May 22 last year, just prior to the final of IPL 11. Though an impressive idea, the closely fought match did not receive much fanfare due to scorching sun at the peak of summer. Taking forward the concept, BCCI this term has widened the scope and introduced a three-team 20-over tournament that will be taking place at Jaipur. Calling it the Women’s T20 challenge, BCCI has decided to shift the matches to the evening slot this time around, and the fixtures will include three group stage games where the three sides — Velocity being the newest entrant this year — face each other once, which then will be followed by the two top teams locking horns in the final. Four games against one exhibition match last year holds the prospect of extending women’s cricket’s popularity and simultaneously aiding the players to improve their game. And, with the traditional IPL format of involving overseas players in the fray, the concept presents a global platform to the players. Women’s IPL reserves potential to promote the sport while incessantly attracting women talent for identifying good players and expanding the selection pool. The exposure it promises is worth efforts put in for such an event. Women’s IPL aims to set a standard which, hopefully, will one day match the popularity of men’s form. While tickets to the novel game have been made free to encourage viewers to provide their support, popularity will be picked up at its own pace. A successful conclusion would motivate the apex cricket body to develop a full-size Women’s IPL which will be highly beneficial for women. It will also bring women’s cricket to the forefront and induce a conducive effect urging girls to pick up the sport, and in general promoting sports in the country. And, with the popularity that Cricket holds in this country, chances of downfall are minimal with a lot to yield.last_img read more

New study shows muscle injuries in athletes may be caused by low

first_imgNew study shows muscle injuries in athletes may be caused by low vitamin D levels KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 21, 2017 KUSI Newsroom December 21, 2017center_img Updated: 8:55 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLA JOLLA (KUSI) — Low levels of vitamin D could be a factor in muscle injuries suffered by athletes, according to a study authored by an orthopedic surgeon at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla that was released Thursday.In the study published online by Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, Dr. Brian Rebolledo said 56 percent of football players that were examined who had low vitamin D experienced a lower extremity muscle strain or core muscle injury while playing in college, which jumped to 73 percent if severely deficient.Among players with normal vitamin D levels, 40 percent had experienced such injuries, which he called a statistically significant difference between the groups.Rebolledo’s team analyzed data that was collected from 214 players at the 2015 NFL Combine, where scouts evaluate top prospects coming out of college. The researchers recorded their vitamin D levels, age, position, race, injury history and whether they had missed any college games due to a lower extremity muscle strain or core muscle injury.“We were interested in vitamin D in this population because it’s been shown to play an important role in muscle function and strength, which is critical to the high-performance athlete,” Rebolledo said. “Most of the past research into the harmful effects of low vitamin D has focused on the elderly, but relatively few studies have examined this association in the elite athlete.”He also found that of the 14 study participants who missed at least one collegiate football game due to a muscle injury to a lower extremity or core region, 86 percent were found to have significantly low levels of vitamin D.Also, 70 percent of black athletes had low levels of vitamin D, compared to 13 percent of whites. There were no meaningful differences in vitamin D levels between skill position players like quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, defensive backs and kickers or linemen, linebackers and tight ends.The average age of study participants was 22.“This study suggests that monitoring and treating low vitamin D may potentially be a simple way to help prevent certain muscle injuries,” Rebolledo said. “Additional research needs to be done to see if boosting vitamin D levels leads to improved muscle function and fewer injuries.”He recommended that all adults have their doctor check their vitamin D levels, whether they participate in athletics or just walk their dog around the block.Low vitamin D may result from poor dietary intake, lack of adequate sunlight exposure or poor absorption due to issues like inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease.The two main ways to get vitamin D are by skin exposure to sunlight, which can carry potential risks, and by taking vitamin D supplements. Some foods also provide vitamin D, including egg yolks, salmon and fortified milk, orange juice and cereal. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Good Morning San Diego, Guests FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Home Lost In Clam Gulch Fire No Injuries Reported

first_imgThe Division of Forestry and Ninilchik Emergency Services responded with mutual aid to the fire. Dobson was the last one on scene with CES crews at 5:20pm when the fire was under control and crews with DOF began to mop the wildland areas that had burned. According to Dave LaForest, the American Red Cross of the Kenai Peninsula provided immediate needs and lodging assistance to the displaced family and will help the family on their road to recovery Updates will be posted as they are made available. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Brooke Dobson, Fire Marshal with CES: “The call came in at 1:08pm. There were no occupants inside the structure. The structure was reported as entirely engulfed by the time dispatch was notified. By the time we got on scene it had collapsed and the fire had spread to the wildland.”center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 05:46 amA single family home was declared a total loss after a structure fire in Clam Gulch on Sunday afternoon. No one was injured, according to Central Emergency Services. Photo credit: Joe Vigil KTVA 11last_img read more

Speedway Illustrated Sold

first_imgSpeedway Illustrated was launched in May 2000 by former driver and TV commentator Dick Berggren.  It has a monthly circulation of about 120,000.Berggren will remain with the magazine as executive editor, Anthem said. As part of the deal, publisher Silvio Calabi is no longer with the company.Down East Enterprise publishes Maine’s Down East magazine. Down East was represented in the transaction by Regional Magazine Advisors. UPDATE: Anthem Media Group Suspends Publication of Speedway IllustratedAnthem Media Group, a marketing firm and magazine publisher, has acquired Performance Media LLC.—publisher of Speedway Illustrated magazine— from Down East Enterprise Inc.. The deal includes SpeedwayIllustrated.com, NASCAR Insider and the Speedway Expo.Speedway Illustrated will join Anthem’s motorsports division, the company said. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.last_img read more

NOW HIRING WCTV Hiring Student Interns To Cover Wilmington High Sports

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from Wilmington Community Television:Are you a high school student interested in sports but not playing on the field?Maybe you’ve got some interest in play-by-play or camera? Or you’re already attending some games? Are you on a JV or Freshmen team and want to help cover varsity?WCTV is offering a PAID sports internships for juniors and seniors.These positions pay $11/hour and we’re looking for students to make a commitment of at least one game per week. Students can expect work evenings and weekends, as the schedule dictates. We’ll work with you on games that fit into your schedule.Sound interesting?Send a letter of interest to Youth Director Marty McCue (mmccue@wctv.org) or drop it off at the Wildcat TV control room (next to the LGI at WHS). Your letter should include:Your name, and date of birth.Describe why you’re interested and whether you’re more interested in being a camera operator, play-by-play announcer or editor (if you want to be all three roles, that’s great!).Please confirm that you’ll be available for at least one home game per week. Note that these often start at 7PM and go until 9PM.Indicate which sports you are most interested in (although note that we cover every sport.)Note whether you’re interested in serving as crew for ROAD playoff games and the Thanksgiving Day Football game.Students will be fully trained on all the gear. After an orientation period, they’ll be expected to work solo, as part of a student team or under staff supervision. They may be required to take equipment home with them and return them to WCTV the next day.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… RelatedNOW HIRING: WCTV Hiring Student Interns To Cover Wilmington High SportsIn “Community”WCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: WCTV Looking For Camera Operators & Commentators For WHS Fall SportsIn “Community”last_img read more

NASA eyes soft robots for dirty jobs on the moon and Mars

first_img Scientists create liquid metal that stretches like Terminator MIT’s robotic fish swims in the ocean, fits in at ‘school’ Soft robots arrive These robots don’t have the sharp angles and hard surfaces of most sci-fi robots. The researchers are building robotic actuators with soft silicone exteriors that can bend, flex and expand. “When you actuate the soft robot, it changes how you use the material properties,” Fitzpatrick said. “A piece of rubber going from flat to the shape of a finger, it changes the material into something else.” A video shows this concept in action.  The robots on display look like living, writhing creatures. They move based on the amount of air in their chambers. The researchers see a future where soft robots move across the surface of the moon and work together to create temporary shelters.NASA’s interest in soft robotics is part of a larger trend. MIT introduced a soft robo-fish in early 2018. Scientists are working on stretchable liquid metal, and the US Army Research Laboratory is investigating flexible robots inspired by invertebrates.NASA’s soft robots are a long way from traveling into orbit or off to our lunar neighbor, but they give a hint of enticing possibilities to come. I’m imagining worm-bots crawling across Mars, exploring rocky areas where our rovers fear to tread. Enlarge ImageThis early version of a soft robot has a lot of potential as a space explorer. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET The future of robots in space might not look much like R2-D2, Wall-E and Robby. They may look more like giant squishy worms. NASA Langley Research Center interns Chuck Sullivan and Jack Fitzpatrick are developing soft robot designs that could one day handle “dangerous, dirty or dull” tasks in space, on the moon and even on Mars.  NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyond Share your voice 23 Photos NASA Robots Space Sci-Tech Post a comment Tags 0last_img read more

Huaweis Mate X foldable phone launching by September says report

first_imgThe Mate X could be out by September. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Huawei’s Mate X will reportedly be launched in September at the latest, after being delayed earlier this month. The time frame for its foldable phone launch was confirmed by a Huawei exec, TechRadar reported Friday afternoon.”It’s coming in September at the latest,” Vincent Peng, a senior vice president at the company, told TechRadar. “Probably earlier, but definitely September is guaranteed.”The $2,600 Mate X was delayed from its summer launch in part to improve the quality of the foldable screen, Peng reportedly told The Wall Street Journal last week.”We’re doing a lot of tests,” Peng told the Journal. 1 Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? 13 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Phones Foldable Phones Huawei Samsung Earlier this week, Samsung reportedly denied rumors that the Galaxy Fold would be released in July, leaving the Korean tech giant’s foldable phone launch date still up in the air.AT&T has sent cancellation notices to those who preordered the Galaxy Fold, citing Samsung’s delay in releasing the device. Customers who preordered the Fold will receive a $100 AT&T promotional credit. This followed Best Buy canceling Galaxy Fold preorders in May due to Samsung not providing a new release date. Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Share your voicecenter_img Korean tech giant Samsung also had to delay the launch of its foldable phone. It had initially planned to launch the Galaxy Fold in April, but review units suffered from problems including bubbling under the screen and displays breaking. The company then postponed the release of the device.  Samsung hits the brakes on Galaxy Fold release 4:56 Samsung and Huawei’s next moves could make or break foldable phones Tags Foldable phones on CNET Commentlast_img read more

Houstons Heavy Industry Gears Up For Harvey

first_img Listen X Marathon Petroleum Corporation Marathon Petroleum Corporation Galveston Bay refinery at night. Texas City, TexasHouston’s heavy industry is gearing up for Harvey.Refineries say they’re closely watching the forecast. Congressman Gene Green, whose district is filled with heavy industry, says some plants will likely scale down in the days ahead.“They’re probably already doing it right now,” he says, “whether it be Exxon in Baytown, Shell in Deer Park, or the other three refineries that are actually in our district.”In Corpus Christi, reports say two refineries are closing down. Petrochemical giant LyondellBasell says it’s activated severe weather plans at facilities in Houston, Corpus Christi and Bay City.“There are just a ton of things going on as we speak to kind of  batten down the hatches, says Rice University flood expert Phil Bedient. He says plants along Houston’s Ship Channel are mostly equipped to handle the heavy rains Harvey’s expected to bring.“In the absence of any significant storm surge, it’s going to be a much safer situation for them,” he says. In the Gulf, oil companies have been evacuating off platforms. Government data showed almost 10% of Gulf of Mexico oil production was temporarily halted by Harvey as of Thursday morning. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:03 Sharelast_img read more

Trump Temperament Gives Senators Nuclear Jitters

first_imgWASHINGTON – Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, and Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, led an unusual hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday examining whether the United States’ nuclear first-strike authority should be maintained solely by the president or shared with Congress.Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., left, talks with Ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., before the start of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on North Korea on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)The hearing was part of a continuing effort by the Senate’s two highest-ranking members on the foreign affairs panel to curb the war-making authority of President Donald Trump, whom they consider mercurial and prone to rash decision-making. “I would like to tell my constituents and the American people we have a system in place that prevents an impulsive and irrational decision to use nuclear weapons,” Cardin said. “Unfortunately, I cannot make that assurance today.”Both Cardin and Corker have been critical of Trump’s conduct in global affairs. Cardin has previously said that Trump “lacks the temperament and judgment” to deal with the challenge posed by North Korea.Meanwhile, Corker has been engaged in a running war of words with Trump in recent weeks, at one point referring to the White House as an “adult day care center” where the staff were focused on containing the president rather than facilitating him.Quoting several of Trump’s recent aggressive statements towards North Korea, Cardin said that many people took the comments to mean that the president was willing to use nuclear weapons against North Korea. “That is frightening,” Cardin said.Cardin and Corker have led an effort in recent weeks to limit the ability of the executive branch to use military force without congressional oversight.Following the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger last month, Corker and Cardin intensified scrutiny of the congressional authorizations that currently allow the president to use military force almost anywhere in the world against potential terrorist threats.The debate on nuclear weapons presents another area where some in Congress are seeking to impose more muscular oversight and executive accountability.The last formal review of nuclear command and control authority was in 1976, at the height of the Cold War, when the United States faced a nuclear-armed rival in the form of the Soviet Union.  At the time, authority for a nuclear first strike was given to the president because of the realistic possibility of a ballistic missile being allowed to reach the U.S. mainland within 30 minutes, leaving no time “for a special session of the Senate,” according to Cardin.But while the Soviet Union no longer exists, Cardin and Corker said that the nuclear protocols remained essentially unchanged and that the president had it within his power to unilaterally use the most powerful weapon in the U.S. arsenal.“Based on my understanding of the nuclear command and control protocol, there are no checks – no checks – on the president’s authority,” Cardin said. “The system as it is set up today provides the president with the sole and ultimate authority to use nuclear weapons.” While Cardin and Corker did not expand on their opinions of the current holder of the office, other lawmakers did.“We are concerned that the president is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic, that he might order a nuclear-weapons strike that is wildly out of step with U.S. national security interests,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut.Opinions on the president’s ability to use nuclear weapons vary widely, with some experts saying that nuclear weapons use should be governed by greater deliberation and others arguing for flexibility in the authority given to presidents.“The best reforms to the nuclear command-and-control system would be ones that maximized the opportunity for the human element to mitigate risks by maximizing time for deliberation and assessment,” said Peter Feaver, a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University. “My bottom line is simple: in the past, Congress has played a vital role in pushing the executive branch to strengthen the nuclear command-and-control system and the time may be ripe for another close look,” said Feaver, who was on the National Security Council under President George W. Bush.But according to retired Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, a former commander of United States Strategic Command, the president’s ability to order a first strike without consultation is a crucial part of nuclear deterrence strategy.“To remain a credible deterrent tool, the U.S. nuclear force must present any would-be attacker with little confidence of success and the certainty of an assured response against his highest-value targets,” Kehler told the Senate panel.“Despite significant differences from the Cold War, the ultimate paradox of the nuclear age is still with us – to prevent the use of nuclear weapons, the U.S. must remain prepared to use them,” Kehler said.last_img read more

Wyatt Voted ACC Player of the Week

first_imgWyatt is the second straight Louisville player to win the weekly honor, after freshman Alex Binelas received the award one week ago. It marks the first time the Cardinals have won the conference’s Player of the Week award in consecutive weeks since joining the league in 2015. The strong performance last week continues the tear the All-American has been on over the previous eight contests, in which he is batting .472 with five doubles, four homers, 20 RBIs and 14 runs scored. For the season, Wyatt has his average up to .321 with seven long balls and 38 runs batted in. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior baseball player Logan Wyatt was named the ACC Player of the Week on Monday. Louisville will be in nonconference action for its next five games, starting on Tuesday evening with a midweek game at Cincinnati. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., ET. Print Friendly Version Wyatt was red-hot last week, hitting .550 (11-for-20) as the Cardinals picked up a win at Kentucky and took two of three from Miami. The junior had three doubles, three homers and drove in 12 runs over the four games. Wyatt also had one of the highlights of the week with a straight steal of home in the fifth inning of Saturday’s series finale as the Cardinals rallied back from a 6-0 deficit to win 9-6. Story Links Notre Dame sophomore Tommy Vail was also named the league’s Pitcher of the Week. ACC baseball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a media panel and are announced each Monday throughout the regular season.last_img read more

Software on Mars rover allows it to pick research targets autonomously

first_img Examples of AEGIS target selection, collected from Martian day 1400 to 1660. Targets outlined in blue were rejected; those outlined in red were retained. Top-ranked targets are shaded green, and second-ranked targets are shaded orange. Credit: Francis et al., Sci. Robot. 2, eaan4582 (2017) (A) The ChemCam gaze. (B) ChemCam shoots lasers at rocks to analyze their content, leaving visible marks both on the surface (upper right) and inside the 16-mm-diameter drill hole (center) of this “Windjana” drill site. (C) ChemCam-measured soil targets. (D) The Remote Micro-Imager on ChemCam shoots high-focus photos of distant targets, such as this area in the Peace Vallis alluvial fan, approximately 25 km away. Credit: Francis et al., Sci. Robot. 2, eaan4582 (2017) Taking only 21,000 of the Curiosity mission’s total 3.8 million lines of code, AEGIS accurately selected desired targets over 2.5 kilometers of unexplored Martian terrain 93% of the time, compared to the 24% expected without the software. In this case, the desired target was outcrop, a type of Martian rock that’s ideal for analyzing the red planet’s geological history. Credit: Carla Schaffer / AAAS (Phys.org)—A team of researchers form the U.S., Denmark and France has created a report regarding the creation and use of software meant to give exploratory robots in space more autonomy. In their paper published in the journal Science Robotics, the team describes the software, called Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS), and how well it performed on the Mars rover Curiosity. Because of their limited computing power and distance from the Earth, space scientists believe that it would be advantageous for exploratory robots to have the ability to select which things to study. It would also allow for more research to be done when a robot is not able to communicate with Earth, such as when it is on the opposite face of a planet. Without such a system, a robot would have to scan a region, photograph it, send the photographic images back to Earth and then wait for instructions on what to do. With such a system, a robot such as Curiosity could scan the horizon, pick an object to study and then drive over and study it. This approach would save a lot of time, allowing the robot to study more objects before its useful lifespan expires. Because of that, NASA commissioned a team to create such software, which eventually became AEGIS. The software was tested and then uploaded to Curiosity in May of 2016 and was used 54 times over the next 11 months.The software allows the rover to control what has been dubbed the ChemCam, which is a device that is used to study rocks or other geologic features—a laser is fired at a target and then sensors measure the gases that occur as a result. Examples of AEGIS fixing human commands that miss the mark, called “autonomous pointing refinement.” (A, C) Human-calculated targets in red. (B, D) Target refinement by AEGIS indicated in red. Credit: Francis et al., Sci. Robot. 2, eaan4582 (2017) Explore further Play An animated representation of the Mars Curiosity rover. Its AEGIS software directs ChemCam to laser desired geological targets. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The researchers report that they found the system to be 93 percent accurate compared to 24 percent without its use. The software, they claim, saved many hours of mission time, which was used for engaging in other useful activities such as studying meteorite content. They also report that the software allowed for an increase in ChemCam targeting from 256 per day to 327, which meant that more data was collected in the same amount of time. © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Science Robotics Curiosity Mars rover can choose laser targets on its own 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. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Software on Mars rover allows it to pick research targets autonomously (2017, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-software-mars-rover-autonomously.html More information: AEGIS autonomous targeting for ChemCam on Mars Science Laboratory: Deployment and results of initial science team use, Science Robotics (2017). robotics.sciencemag.org/lookup … /scirobotics.aan4582AbstractLimitations on interplanetary communications create operations latencies and slow progress in planetary surface missions, with particular challenges to narrow–field-of-view science instruments requiring precise targeting. The AEGIS (Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science) autonomous targeting system has been in routine use on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover since May 2016, selecting targets for the ChemCam remote geochemical spectrometer instrument. AEGIS operates in two modes; in autonomous target selection, it identifies geological targets in images from the rover’s navigation cameras, choosing for itself targets that match the parameters specified by mission scientists the most, and immediately measures them with ChemCam, without Earth in the loop. In autonomous pointing refinement, the system corrects small pointing errors on the order of a few milliradians in observations targeted by operators on Earth, allowing very small features to be observed reliably on the first attempt. AEGIS consistently recognizes and selects the geological materials requested of it, parsing and interpreting geological scenes in tens to hundreds of seconds with very limited computing resources. Performance in autonomously selecting the most desired target material over the last 2.5 kilometers of driving into previously unexplored terrain exceeds 93% (where ~24% is expected without intelligent targeting), and all observations resulted in a successful geochemical observation. The system has substantially reduced lost time on the mission and markedly increased the pace of data collection with ChemCam. AEGIS autonomy has rapidly been adopted as an exploration tool by the mission scientists and has influenced their strategy for exploring the rover’s environment. (A) The ChemCam gaze. (B) ChemCam shoots lasers at rocks to analyze their content, leaving visible marks both on the surface (upper right) and inside the 16-mm-diameter drill hole (center) of this “Windjana” drill site. (C) ChemCam-measured soil targets. (D) The Remote Micro-Imager on ChemCam shoots high-focus photos of distant targets, such as this area in the Peace Vallis alluvial fan, approximately 25 km away. Credit: Francis et al., Sci. Robot. 2, eaan4582 (2017) Examples of AEGIS fixing human commands that miss the mark, called “autonomous pointing refinement.” (A, C) Human-calculated targets in red. (B, D) Target refinement by AEGIS indicated in red. Credit: Francis et al., Sci. Robot. 2, eaan4582 (2017)last_img read more

Binay Tamang urges Union govt to grant Scheduled Area status to N

first_imgDarjeeling: The demand for declaring North Bengal and the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration areas as a ‘Scheduled Area’ resonated on Monday.Binay Tamang, President, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, has demanded that the Union government immediately grant ‘Scheduled Area’ status to North Bengal and the GTA areas. Incidentally, ‘Scheduled Areas’ are socially and economically backward areas. Scheduled areas find mention in the 5th schedule of the Indian Constitution under Article 244(1). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeStates like Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh have been granted ‘Scheduled Areas’. Tamang on his way back to Darjeeling from Delhi, talking to media persons at Bagdogra Airport said: “Both North Bengal and the GTA areas are socially and economically backward areas. If the Government can declare economically sound areas in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and other states, then why not North Bengal and the GTA areas?” questioned Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe alleged that the BJP was indulging in vote politics in the Hills. “Twice we elected BJP MPs for Gorkhaland. They had also assured that they would incorporate 11 Gorkha communities in the Scheduled Tribe list. Forget Gorkhaland, they have not done anything for the schedule tribe status as well,” stated Tamang. He stated that the BJP Government by using central forces had prevented the GJM from observing their foundation day on October 7 in Delhi. “They threatened to arrest me and did not even allow a cultural programme. The BJP complain that there is no democracy in West Bengal but I found that there is no democracy in the capital of this country. We were humiliated,” retorted Tamang. The GJM plans to hold a massive rally in Delhi after Diwali. “Whether they give us permission, even if we are arrested, we will go ahead with the rally,” added Tamang. Tamang alleged that all of this was the handiwork of SS Ahluwalia, BJP MP from Darjeeling.last_img read more

The silver equities opened down—and headed lower i

first_img The silver equities opened down—and headed lower immediately—and by lunchtime in New York, were down 2%.  But, like the gold stocks, they rallied back, but didn’t quite make it into the black, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index close down 0.21%. The CME Daily Delivery Report was another surprise in gold, as only 27 contracts were posted for delivery on Day 2 of the June delivery month.  There were a dozen issuers—and half a dozen stoppers.  In silver, there were 51 contracts posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.  ABN Amro was the short/issuer on 50 of them—and JPMorgan and Scotiabank stopped 25 of them in total. There were deliveries posted in platinum and palladium as well and, like yesterday, the Issuers and Stoppers Report is worth a quick look.  The link is here. The other big surprise was that there were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV on Friday—and after the big price smack-downs on Tuesday, one would have expected that to happen.  I’m only speculating here, but it’s my opinion that JPMorgan and the other bullion banks were buyers of every share of these two ETFs that John Q. Public was puking up.  That goes for every other day of this week as well. The U.S. Mint had a smallish sales report yesterday.  They sold 1,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 125,000 silver eagles.  Although there may be more sales reported on Monday that will change things, as of the last trading day in May, the U.S. Mint has sold 35,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—12,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 3,988,500 silver eagles during the month just past.  Based on these sales the silver/gold sales ratio was 83 to 1 in May.  Year-to-date the U.S. Mint has sold 21,436,500 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, there was no in/out movement in gold for the second day in a row.  But it was an entirely different kettle of fish in silver, as 600,135 troy ounces were reported received—and a whopping 2,000,163 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  The link to that action is here. Well, yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report lived up to its hoped-for advance billing.  Maybe not all of Tuesday’s engineered price decline made it into yesterday’s report, but enough of it did to show big changes—and set some new records. In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by a chunky 3,367 contracts, or 16.8 million ounces. The Commercial net short position is now down to 71.1 million troy ounces. Because of the timing of the report, which was 15 minutes before my flight to Vancouver left Edmonton, I never had a chance to talk to Ted Butler about yesterday’s numbers, but he did e-mail the highlights—and here they are.  The standouts were as follows:  the technical funds added 5,100 contract to their short position which takes them to a new record short position.  The raptors, the Commercial traders other than the ‘Big 8’, added 3,000 contracts to their new record long position of 48,800 Comex contracts.  And lastly, the big long position hiding in the bushes in the Managed Money category is still there.  I was afraid it might have been a casualty of the engineered price decline, but it wasn’t.  And lastly, JPMorgan managed to cover about 1,000 contracts of their short-side corner in the Comex silver market—and are now short ‘only’ 90 million ounces of silver.  That represents 125% of the entire Commercial net short position.  How outrageous can you get?  In gold, the Commercial net short position declined by 27,372 contracts, or 2.74 million troy ounces.  The new Commercial short position now stands at 7.86 million troy ounces.  The standouts in gold were as follow—and I just cut and paste what Ted sent our way—and lightly edited in the process—In gold, the tech funds added 22,000 new shorts, JPM bought 4,000 contracts—and their long-side corner in the Comex gold market now stands at 3.4 million troy ounces—34,000 contracts.  Mostly of the rest of the buying in the Commercial category was done by the gold raptors. Ted added the following comment to his e-mail, which I thought worth sharing as well—Good report, but should be much better now – hard to see how it could get much better than what transpired through Friday. The only thing to add to the above is Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover Short Positions” chart, which is posted below.  Despite the improvements, it’s little changed from the one posted in last Saturday’s column, which you can check out by clicking here, and then scrolling down a bit. Sponsor Advertisement The dollar index closed late Thursday afternoon in New York at 80.50—and chopped quietly lower on Friday, finishing the day at 80.38—down 12 basis points.  Nothing to see here. Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas.  As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, info@uraniumenergy.com. Platinum wasn’t spared, either—and had a similar price path to both gold and silver—and closed down six bucks on the day.  Palladium traded in a one percent range for the entire Friday session—and actually finished up two bucks from Thursday’s close.  Here are the charts. The gold stocks traded in a tight range either side of unchanged for the first 45 minutes of trading on Friday—and then headed lower, hitting their low tick at the same time as the metal itself, a few minutes before noon in New York.  From there the rallied quietly before heading sharply higher starting around 3:15 p.m. EDT.  The HUI blasted into the green—and closed up 0.98%. Because I’m in Vancouver this weekend, I’ve cut the stories down to as few as I could.  I hope there are some in there that you like. There are no markets anymore—only interventions. – Chris Powell, GATA—April 2008 Today’s pop “blast from the past” is one that popped into my head out of the blue—and I immediately rushed to the computer to look it up on the youtube.com Internet site—and the link is here.  The singer, Marty Balin, was one of the founding members of Jefferson Airplane back in the 1960s—along with its spin-off, Jefferson Starship, Today’s classical “blast from past” is the second moment of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466.  I’ve posted this before, but it was years ago.  The pianist is Ivan Klánský—and I’m just sorry that this recording is not available on CD, because I’d buy it in a heartbeat if it was, as I consider it to the definite recording of the work.  If you’ve ever seen the movie Amadeus, this is the music that’s playing as the credits roll at the end.  It’s the only movie I have ever seen in a theatre where the audience remained in their seats until the credits were done—and the piano piece was over.  I was one of them.  It was a surreal experience. The link is here. Just when you think that this price management scheme couldn’t get any more blatant than it already was, JPMorgan et al pull off this stunt during the New York trading session yesterday. And as spectacular as the COT Report was on Friday, the one that we will get next Friday will certainly be another one for the record books, provided we don’t have a big rally before the cut-off for that report at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday. Ted Butler was certainly right about the fact that “da boyz” hadn’t finished loading up the technical funds on the short side in gold.  Well, they added 22,000 shorts in the last COT Report—and a bunch more since then, including a big chunk yesterday.  As Ted said in his comments further up in this column—“[It’s] hard to see how it could get much better than what transpired through Friday.”  I agree totally. Here are the 1-year charts for both gold and silver—and you can tell that we are near a major bottom in both metals, especially in silver. The silver price traded sideway within a dime of unchanged either side of Thursday’s closing price in New York and, like gold, the hammer fell shortly after 9 a.m. EDT—and by 12:45 p.m., all the damage was done, as silver also closed at a new low for this move down.  The silver price rallied until 4 p.m. in electronic trading before flat-lining for the rest of day. The high and low ticks were posted as $19.085 and $18.615 in the July contract. Silver finished the Friday session at $18.81 spot, down 23 cents from Thursday’s close—and you would have to go all the way back to the late June close in 2013 to find a lower closing price. It’s what happens going forward that really matters now It was pretty quiet in Far East trading on their Friday. The high of the day came shortly before 9 a.m. Hong Kong time—and then it was a long, slow slide into the 8:40 a.m. EDT open in New York.  The subsequent rally only lasted until shortly after 9 a.m.—and by the time the HFT boyz were done with it, gold hit its low minutes before noon EDT.  From that point, the gold price rallied quietly until 4:30 p.m.—and then traded mostly sideways into the close. The CME recorded the high and low ticks at $1,260.60 and $1,242.20 in the August contract. Gold closed in New York on Friday at $1,251.30 spot, down another $4.60 on the day—and at a new low for this move down.  Volume, net of June was pretty decent at 142,000 contracts. But it’s what happens going forward that really matters now.  Whether we’re at the exact bottom or not, the rally that starts at some point will be met by raptor selling as they take profits as the technical funds begin to cover their short positions .  But if the raptors don’t sell enough of their long positions to contain the price as the tech funds rush to cover as moving averages are penetrated to the upside, will JPMorgan et al as sellers of last resort step in to prevent the rallies from going supernova?  They’ve always done that in the past.  Will this time be different?  Beats me. As Jim Rickards has so correctly pointed out, the price management scheme is now so obvious that the manipulators should be embarrassed by what they’re doing.  Embarrassed or not, will it make any difference? Whatever happens, I’ll be watching the price activity closely from this point onward—and I was encouraged by the share price action today despite the beating the metals themselves got. And if I had to bet ten bucks, I’d say that we’re done to the downside. But I felt that way at the close of trading on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as well.  The open in New York on Sunday evening should tell us a lot. I’m done for the day—and for the week.  I’ll be interested in what Ted has to say in his weekly review for his paying subscribers later today—and I’ll steal what I think I can get away with for my Tuesday missive.  See you then.last_img read more

President Trump instructed administration official

first_imgPresident Trump instructed administration officials Wednesday to investigate how to prevent surprise medical bills, broadening his focus on drug prices to include other issues of price transparency in health care.Flanked by patients and other guests invited to the White House to share their stories of unexpected and outrageous bills, Trump directed his health secretary, Alex Azar, and labor secretary, Alex Acosta, to work on a solution, several attendees said.”The pricing is hurting patients, and we’ve stopped a lot of it, but we’re going to stop all of it,” Trump said during a roundtable discussion when reporters were briefly allowed into the otherwise closed-door meeting.David Silverstein, the founder of a Colorado-based nonprofit called Broken Healthcare who attended, said Trump struck an aggressive tone, calling for a solution with “the biggest teeth you can find.””Reading the tea leaves, I think there’s big change coming,” Silverstein said.Surprise billing, or the practice of charging patients for care that is more expensive than anticipated or isn’t covered by their insurance, has received a flood of attention in the past year, particularly as Kaiser Health News, NPR, Vox and other news organizations have undertaken investigations into patients’ most outrageous medical bills.Attendees said the 10 invited guests — patients as well as doctors — were given an opportunity to tell their story, though Trump didn’t stay to hear all of them during the roughly hourlong gathering.The group included Paul Davis, a retired doctor from Findlay, Ohio, whose daughter’s experience with a $17,850 bill for a urine test after back surgery was detailed in February 2018 in KHN-NPR’s first Bill of the Month feature.Davis’ daughter, Elizabeth Moreno, was a college student in Texas when she had spinal surgery to remedy debilitating back pain. After the surgery, she was asked to provide a urine sample and later received a bill from an out-of-network lab in Houston that tested it. Such tests rarely cost more than $200, a fraction of what the lab charged Moreno and her insurance company. But fearing damage to his daughter’s credit, Davis paid the lab $5,000 and filed a complaint with the Texas attorney general’s office, alleging “price gouging of staggering proportions.”Davis said White House officials made it clear that price transparency is a “high priority” for Trump, and while they didn’t see eye to eye on every subject, he said he was struck by the administration’s sincerity.”These people seemed earnest in wanting to do something constructive to fix this,” Davis said.Dr. Martin Makary, a professor of surgery and health policy at Johns Hopkins University who has written about transparency in health care and attended the meeting, said it was a good opportunity for the White House to hear firsthand about a serious and widespread issue.”This is how most of America lives, and [Americans are] getting hammered,” he said.Trump has often railed against high prescription drug prices but has said less about other problems with the nation’s health care system. In October, shortly before the midterm elections, he unveiled a proposal to tie the price Medicare pays for some drugs to the prices paid for the same drugs overseas, for example.Trump, Azar and Acosta said efforts to control costs in health care were yielding positive results, discussing in particular the expansion of association health plans and the new requirement that hospitals post their list prices online. The president also took credit for the recent increase in generic drug approvals, which he said would help lower drug prices.Discussing the partial government shutdown, Trump said Americans “want to see what we’re doing, like today we lowered prescription drug prices, first time in 50 years,” according to a White House pool report.Trump appeared to be referring to a recent claim by the White House Council of Economic Advisers that prescription drug prices fell last year.However, as STAT pointed out in a recent fact check, the report from which that claim was gleaned said “growth in relative drug prices has slowed since January 2017,” not that there was an overall decrease in prices.Annual increases in overall drug spending have leveled off as pharmaceutical companies have released fewer blockbuster drugs, patents have expired on brand-name drugs and the waning effect of a spike driven by the release of astronomically expensive drugs to treat hepatitis C. Drugmakers were also wary of increasing their prices in the midst of growing political pressure, though the pace of increases has risen recently.Since Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives this month, party leaders have rushed to announce investigations and schedule hearings dealing with health care, focusing in particular on drug costs and protections for those with preexisting conditions.Last week, the House Oversight Committee announced a “sweeping” investigation into drug prices, pointing to an AARP report saying the vast majority of brand-name drugs had more than doubled in price between 2005 and 2017.Kaiser Health News correspondents Shefali Luthra and Jay Hancock contributed to this report. You can follow Emmarie Huetteman on Twitter: @emmarieDC. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Small Travel Companies Hold Their Own in a Diffuse Digital Market

first_imgSmall Travel Companies Hold Their Own in a Diffuse Digital Market Christine SchraderJune 27, 2019, 8:00 pmJune 27, 2019 The travel industry is a competitive playing field and a massive part of the global economy, and nowhere is that clearer than in the digital market. Finding the perfect destination or the best airline deals are thoroughly researched, and customers are increasingly using Google to find the answers and make educated purchase decisions. Although there is no shortage of competition, a recent report by Conductor shows that there is still room for companies to find their niche with focus and innovation, while capturing significant portions of the market in the process.The 2019 report, Mile-High Travel Marketing: Tracking the Customer Journey for Business and Leisure Travel analyzed 1,500 keywords to find the top-ranking domains for travel customers at every stage of their journey—from the first adventurous impulse to booking the flight.Conductor broke down the travel market into two categories: business and leisure. But for the industry as a whole, the greatest takeaway is just how much space is still available and open to claim. In the larger field of vacation travel, the greatest share of the market claimed by any one company was only 8 percent, by travel giant Expedia, and only ten companies exceeded 3 percent. For the business travel category, there is even more open space to win, with only four players (Indeed, YouTube, Glassdoor, and Expedia) reaching a 4 percent share, and smaller companies making up a whopping 69 percent of the top searches.Read More: How to Analyze Your Lead Generation Form Using Google Tag ManagerOne strategy that many of the top-performing companies had in common was specialization. Companies that keep their content specific—whether it is a long form or short and snappy—can capture significant subsets of the travel market as opposed to battling it out with other competitors for more broad search terms.The Mile-High Travel Marketing report highlights Family Vacation Critic, a TripAdvisor company that broke into the top results for most family modified searches by focusing specifically on vacation ideas, destinations, and accommodations that are good for families and kids. Keeping that focus allowed the Family Vacation critic to catch customer attention at every stage of the planning and purchase phase.Read More: GDPR Compliance: Decoding The Mood A Year LaterEven for the biggest online travel agencies, getting specific can be an advantage. The report describes how Expedia breaks into search results by creating dedicated landing pages that target customers searching for flights to and from particular cities. That held true for smaller companies and independently run blogs as well. On the business travel side of the market, Expert Vagabond finds its audience by focusing on people who want to travel for work with long-form content that ranks for lots of different keywords. Knowing your audience is key to reaching more potential customers across every stage of researching and booking a trip.Read More: Navigating GDPR: Preparing for What’s to Come Behavioral MarketingConductorDigital MarketExpediagoogleSearch MarketingTravel CompaniesTripAdvisor Previous ArticleAbsolutdata Named Best Overall AI-Based Analytics Company in 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards ProgramNext ArticlePubNub Selected as Winner for Best Overall Bot Solution in the 2019 AI Breakthrough Awardslast_img read more

Vanderbilt study strengthens link between thyroid function and atrial fibrillation

first_img Source:https://ww2.mc.vanderbilt.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 24 2019A study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has strengthened the link between thyroid function and atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heart rhythm that increases the risk of stroke and other heart-related complications.The phenome-wide association study scanned the medical records of more than 37,000 people for an association between genetically determined variation in thyroid stimulating hormone levels (a measure of thyroid function) and AF risk.Related StoriesVegans are often deficient in these four nutrientsFDA approves first non-insulin drug for treatment of pediatric patients with type 2 diabetesCancer mortality at an all time low finds reportPrevious observational studies have found that subclinical hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid which does not meet the clinical threshold for diagnosis or treatment, nevertheless can increase the risk of AF. But whether to treat subclinical hypo- or hyperthyroidism to reduce AF risk remains a matter of debate in the medical community.The current study, published today in the journal JAMA Cardiology, found that genetically determined variations in thyroid function, even those which fall within a physiologically accepted “normal” range, still can increase the risk for AF.The decision to treat subclinical thyroid disease should account for this new evidence, as “antithyroid medications to treat hyperthyroidism may reduce AF risk (while) thyroid hormone replacement for hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) may increase AF risk,” the researchers concluded.last_img read more

UTHealth researchers identify highrisk areas for SUID in Harris County

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 31 2019To help Harris County target its preventive strategies for sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have identified areas of the county where these tragic deaths are most likely to occur.Their research appears in the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology and was funded by an organization that supports Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth called Providing Advancement Resources To Nursing Education Research and Students (PARTNERS).”We are the first to break down the incidence of SUID by neighborhood in Harris County. Our hope is that this information will be used to implement intervention strategies such as the ‘Back to Sleep’ safe sleep campaign,” said Stacy A. Drake, PhD, MPH, RN, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor with Cizik School of Nursing.Conducted in collaboration with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS), Drake said SUID is defined as the sudden and unexpected death of an infant less than 1 year of age.Three high-risk areas were identified by examining the autopsy reports of 732 sudden unexpected infant death cases in Harris County between 2004 and 2013. One is in the county’s north central area and includes Aldine and Greenspoint; a second is in the northeast area and contains the Fifth Ward, Settegast, and Kashmere Gardens; and a third is south and encompasses Sunnyside and South Park.”The retrospective examination of infant deaths in Harris County highlighted that the prevalence of SUID occurred primarily within areas of poverty,” Drake said. “These findings also suggest that there are modifiable risk factors that can reduce the incidence of SUID.”Modifiable risk factors identified in the paper include unsafe co-sleeping, improper sleep position, not sleeping in a crib, tobacco use, and alcohol use.Most were found dead while co-sleeping. “Co-sleeping with infants is not for adults who are heavy sleepers or who use alcohol or drugs,” Drake said.Drake said there is much to learn about co-sleeping safely from other cultures. For example in Nigeria, parents and infants co-sleep on a hard surface, eliminating the chance of an infant being wedged between pillows or mattresses. Light sleepers in Nigeria rest next to the child and keep other children away from the sleeping infant.Related StoriesAlcohol reduction associated with improved viral suppression in women living with HIVNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenAlmost two-thirds of the infants were sleeping in an improper position. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants sleep on their back but the researchers found that 53 percent were sleeping on their stomach and another 14 percent on their side.”The vast majority who were sleeping on their back were found on an unsafe sleep surface,” she said.Many infants were not sleeping in a crib as recommended by the AAP. Three hundred and seventy eight were found on an adult mattress; 64 were discovered on couches; and 128 infants were found on other surfaces including pallets.Drake said, “Of the 162 sleeping in a crib, 139 were determined to be in an unsafe environment, which could include stuffed toys, blankets, pillows, and improperly fitted sheets.”The study confirmed a known association between smoking and SUID. “If you are a smoker and are planning a family, you should quit as soon as possible. More than 50 percent of the maternal co-sleepers in the study had a history of tobacco use,” she said.Alcohol use is also discouraged. Thirty percent of the mothers in the study reported a history of alcohol use.Additional research is warranted to determine why 90 percent of the infants reportedly had an illness within 72 hours of death, Drake said. “What this means in light of impending death is not known,” she said.The researchers abstracted data from death investigation records such as infant demographics, maternal history, and autopsy results. The data were abstracted based upon guidelines from the National Association of Medical Examiners and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”The take-home message for parents is to follow the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children should sleep alone. They should be on their backs. And, they should be in a crib,” Drake said. Source:https://www.uth.edu/news/story.htm?id=cccb328a-5377-4ec6-9941-1916e4083747last_img read more

Why you should talk to your children about Cambridge Analytica

Provided by The Conversation This is tricky because it means discussing how the world is not always a nice place. So we have to do this carefully, thinking about what is appropriate for children of different ages to know, and being mindful of not scaring them. A balanced approach is important because, despite the risks, the digital world offers great opportunities to children. When we focus solely on the risks, we potentially inhibit children’s ability to identify and take advantage of the opportunities. So the challenge is to enable them to prevent possible harms while also encouraging them to maximise the advantages. What age is it appropriate?While social media platforms generally require users to be 13+, children start to use and share information on social platforms between the ages of eight and 11. This means it’s never too early – or too late – to start the conversation about data with your child.What should parents do?Know the terrain Read the papers, reflect on the TV coverage, and talk with work colleagues, friends and other parents. Do these things not to be an “expert”, but to be ready for meaningful conversations with your child. You might also ask your teenager to explain it all to you. Dialogue between adults and children can help parents assess what their children are doing online and how well they understand the issues. These conversations offer families opportunities to reflect on and reinforce their values. Get in the frayEven if you’re averse to social media, get familiar with it so you can speak with your children from experience. Know the platforms they’re using. You don’t have to sign up and friend them, ask them to show you how they work and why they like them. Also ask them when using these platforms gets difficult – and why, and what they do. Use these conversations to decide together how to handle things. Tap into evidence-based resourcesThere is a wealth of evidence-based, practical advice for parents of digital children. Great resources include the eSafety Office’s website (which houses their iParent tool), NetFamilyNews.org, the Raising Children Network, and Common Sense Media.Check your and your children’s privacy settingsWhile this is a concrete action parents can take to protect their and their children’s data online, we don’t always do it. Attending to your privacy settings is not a failsafe, but it’s a step in the right direction. Ask your child to sit with you while you evaluate your own privacy settings. Ask for their opinion about what you should do. Talk about it and then trade places. You might also explore available parental controls.Decide together what information to share and whenTalk with your child about how you protect your data – and theirs – online. Also discuss what is appropriate to share on which platforms and why. The Office of the eSafety Commissioner’s advice is to restrict sharing details like your address, contact information, and your date of birth. Also talk about the ways our data might be collected without us knowing, such as by taking online quizzes. Set challenges – like refraining from online quizzes or only sharing via social media with certain friends—for a period of time. Discuss the pros and cons of these experiments and then set your rules together.Model behaviourIt might not always feel like it, but parents are the single most important influence in children’s lives. So, model respectful data sharing practices. For example, when you take a photo of your child, ask their permission. Same goes before you upload it to social media. Explain who will see it, why you want to do it and ask their permission. By respecting their decisions you model how they should treat others’ data choices.Seek solutions togetherChildren often have significant expertise about being online and say they want to be trusted by adults to use the internet wisely. Kids also get a kick out of being the expert in conversations with adults about digital media. Openly acknowledge the strengths and limits of both your and your children’s knowledge. As the parent, you don’t have to know all the answers. Just be prepared to look for them alongside your child.Demand moreBehind the scenes, many organisations (like the Office of the eSafety Commissioner) and social media companies are grappling with the thorny questions big data raises. If you are concerned about these issues, make your views known to your politicians, social media companies and networks. Worried about your Facebook data? It seems it’s a powerful political tool. It reportedly played a role in swaying the Brexit vote towards a “leave” outcome in the UK and sweeping Donald Trump into power in the US. But what are the implications for our kids? Amid dilemmas about big data, the needs, desires and rights of our children don’t often get much attention. And yet, they are the first generation whose whole lives are being tracked digitally, and they will bear the consequences of future data regimes. So, how can we talk to them about what’s going on?What’s at stake?Governments and private enterprise have always gathered data about the population. Demographic data – such as age, gender, ethnicity, marital status and income—has long been used to make government initiatives effective. Since the early 20th century, advertisers have used demographic data to sell products to consumers. And we, the people, have long worried about how we are being manipulated. What’s different today is that public institutions and businesses can now channel psychographic data, like whether someone has hobbies, is self-conscious, attends church, what kind of books they buy and so on. We post or unwittingly give out this kind of information (such as via online quizzes) on social media. When mapped against things like voting behaviours, institutions and businesses can know us even more intimately. And knowledge is power.What issues do we need to discuss with kids?We need to talk with our children about their privacy, online safety and protecting their data. But if we want them to take steps to protect their data, we need to explain why these things are important. This means talking to them about power: about the value of their data and who might use or misuse it, how, and why. 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. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Explore further Former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie blew the whistle last month. He revealed the data analytics agency harvested Facebook data from more than 50 million individual profiles, matched these with electoral rolls, and then devised an algorithm that can use this data to predict and influence voting behaviours. Citation: Why you should talk to your children about Cambridge Analytica (2018, April 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-children-cambridge-analytica.html It’s never too early – or too late – to start talking to your children about how to protect their data from people who might misuse it. Credit: Shutterstock read more