Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Many rivers across southcentral continue to be at or near bankfull stages due to the warm weather and glacial melt, according to a release from the National Weather Service. The Kenai River below Skilak Lake is at minor flood stage with water in yards and in one garage, according to the release. Residents and recreationalists along the upper Kenai River should expect bankfull conditions to persist for several days. No major flooding is anticipated, but water levels will reverse their trend and begin to rise again as more rainfall is expected later on this week. Be prepared for localized minor flooding in low lying areas including Primrose Road on the south side of Kenai Lake, debris moving down river and possible erosion. Anyone with boats or other property low on the riverbanks in the area should prepare for significantly rising water levels.
1:15 Now playing: Watch this: Comment Google+ communities can migrate to Tapatalk for free. Tapatalk Tapatalk’s forum app is offering a new home for soon to be platform-less Google+ communities. The company announced Wednesday that moderators and owners of communities can migrate their data to Tapatalk for free.Moderators or owners of Google+ communities can fill out a form to request a migration to Tapatalk, the company said in a release Wednesday. Users will see a preview of what their community will look like in Tapatalk Groups. Tapatalk can move all the content after being given moderator access and doesn’t need any of your backup files. After the migration, community members can log in to Tapatalk with Google Sign In. “We believe in the value of online communities and are committed to ensuring members of Google+ communities can continue to engage on the topics they are passionate about,” Winter Wong, CEO of Tapatalk, said in the press release. “We’re proud to enable this transition and support these communities with end-to-end migration services and a host of new added benefits that are proven to help online forums thrive.”Google announced the decision to shutter its social network Google+ last October after a massive data breach. Google said that between 2015 and March 2018, up to 500,000 users’ personal data was exposed. The company planned to sunset the network in August 2019.Two months later the company moved up the shutdown date to April 2019 after a bug affected more than 50 million users. Here’s how to use Google’s Password Checkup tool 1 Tags Software Share your voice
Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 1:00 Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go Potter seems to be generating pots of lucre. Niantic Witches and wizards donned their robes and started casting spells Thursday when the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite mobile game launched in the US and UK. And a Friday report by SensorTower says Wizards Unite raced to the No. 1 free app download spot in Apple’s US App Store in about 15 hours — not quite as fast as Harry’s Firebolt broom, but not bad for an app. In the first 24 hours, the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game’s been downloaded at least 400,000 times and total player spending across the App Store and Google Play is about $300,000, SensorTower said.It’s not Niantic’s first game to claim that top spot in the App Store. Pokemon Go also sat at No. 1 and generated approximately $2 million in player spending after its launch. The Harry Potter game opened for signups in November and a beta launched in Australia and New Zealand in May. Wizards Unite is a joint effort of WB Games and Niantic under the Portkey Games label.Here’s how you get started playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on your iPhone or your Android phone. Why Harry Potter: Wizards Unit beats Pokemon Go every way but one News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime Mobile Culture Mobile Apps Gaming Pokemon Go Lego’s giant Hogwarts brings Harry Potter’s school to… How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one CNET Apps Today Tags Harry Potter
A woman and her son were killed and her brother was injured as a wall of a water tank collapsed on them in Narsinghapur Banglabazar area of Savar’s Ashulia early Monday.The deceased were garment worker Selima Begum and her son Siyam Hossain, from Kamaliapara area under Saghata thana in Gaibandha district. They used to live in the rented house of Nur Mohammad Palwan in the area.Police and fire service officials said that the wall of the water tank collapsed on them around 5:00am, leaving Selima and her 10-year old boy dead on the spot and her brother Tutul injured.The injured was admitted to Orthopedic hospital.
Smart NID Card. Photo: BSSThe election commission (EC) will start distribution of smart national identity (NID) cards among the citizens of 27 districts of the country from Wednesday.The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and other election commissioners will jointly inaugurate the smart card distribution programme at 11:00am through video-conference at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city’s Agargaon area, joint secretary of the EC secretariat SM Asaduzzaman told BSS.Smart NID cards will be distributed at sadar upazilas of Manikganj, Munshiganj, Narsingdi, Sherpur, Jamalpur, Mymensingh, Tangail, Kishoreganj, Brahmanbaria, Lakshmipur, Chandpur, Feni, Natore, Chapainawabganj, Sirajganj, Naogaon, Chuadanga, Magura, Jhenaidah, Satkhira, Kushtia, Jashore, Rajbari, Madaripur, Bhola and Moulvibazar districts and at Bhanga upazila of Faridpur district.The EC started smart NID card distribution at 37 districts simultaneously through a videoconference on 1 December 2017.
Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesSupreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens to President Trump announcing his nomination in the East Room of the White House on Monday. U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is meeting with GOP leaders in Washington, D.C. after President Trump announced the federal judge as his pick for the High Court.If confirmed, what could his appointment mean for the Lone Star State? To learn more, Houston Matters’ host Craig Cohen talks with Emily Berman, assistant professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center. 00:00 /03:48 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Share
(Left) A photograph of the PENG, (center) the PENG powers an LCD for more than 60 seconds, and (right) a green LED is powered by a Li-ion battery that was charged by the PENG. Image credit: Yang, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society Explore further The scientists, Ya Yang and Sihong Wang from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Yan Zhang from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, and Zhong Lin Wang from both institutions, have published a paper on a pyroelectric nanogenerator in a recent issue of Nano Letters.The scientists call the device a pyroelectric nanogenerator (PENG) because it’s based on the pyroelectric effect, in which an anisotropic material’s polarization changes in response to temperature fluctuations, which can be used to harvest thermal energy. Unlike the Seebeck effect, which is used to harvest thermal energy based on the temperature difference between two ends of a device, the pyroelectric effect occurs in environments where the temperature is spatially uniform but changes over time.”Wasted heat is a rich source of energy that can be harvested,” Zhong Lin Wang told Phys.org. “In 2010, for example, more than 50 percent of the energy generated from all sources in the US was lost mainly in the form of wasted heat, which presents us with a great opportunity to harvest this type of energy using nanotechnology. Harvesting thermoelectric energy mainly relies on the Seebeck effect, which utilizes a temperature difference between two ends of the device for driving the diffusion of charge carriers. The presence of a temperature gradient is a must for the conventional thermoelectric cell. However, in an environment where the temperature is spatially uniform without a gradient, such as the outdoors in our daily life, the Seebeck effect is hardly useful for harvesting thermal energy arising from a time-dependent temperature fluctuation. In this case, the pyroelectric effect is the choice, which is about the spontaneous polarization in certain anisotropic solids as a result of temperature fluctuation, but there are few studies about using the pyroelectric effect for harvesting thermal energy.” More information: Ya Yang, et al. “Pyroelectric Nanogenerators for Driving Wireless Sensors.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl303755m (Phys.org)—The idea of harvesting ambient energy from the environment that would otherwise not be purposefully used is, in theory, a great way to produce green, renewable energy. But the biggest problem in this fairly new area of research is that scientists have yet to find a method that can harvest very large amounts of energy. However, the technology is steadily improving, as demonstrated by the development of a nanogenerator that can partially charge a Li-ion battery by harvesting energy from temperature fluctuations in the environment. Ancient effect harnessed to produce electricity from waste heat Journal information: Nano Letters To date, PENGs have had output voltages below 0.1 V and current below 1 nA, which are too low to drive any commercial electronics. Here, the researchers demonstrated that a PENG made of a lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin film has an output voltage of up to 22 V, a current peak of 430 nA, and a current density of 171 nA/cm2 when exposed to a temperature change of 45 K at a rate of 0.2 K/second. The PZT thin film is 21 mm long, 12 mm wide, and 175 μm thick – about half the size of a postage stamp.With these improvements in voltage and current, a single output pulse of the PENG could continuously power an LCD for longer than 60 seconds; in comparison, a piezoelectric nanogenerator, which harvests mechanical energy from the environment, can power an LCD for about 2 seconds. To expand the potential applications of the PENG, the researchers wanted to store the electric energy it generated from temperature fluctuations. So they hooked it up to a Li-ion coin battery, and demonstrated that the PENG could charge the battery from 650 to 810 mV in about 3 hours. They then showed that this stored electric capacity could be used to power a green LED for a few seconds.Another potential application of PENGs is wireless sensors. The researchers explained that wireless sensors can be powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery with a voltage of 2.8 V. However, the PENG fabricated here has too small of a current to do this, since the current cannot completely overtake the battery’s inherent self-discharge. The researchers predict that doubling the area of the PZT film would double the current, and increasing the thickness of the PZT film could also increase the current. These improvements could make the pyroelectric nanogenerators attractive for driving wireless sensors, LCDs, and other small electronic devices, just by harvesting the temperature changes in the environment.”In our living environment, temperature change can come from an air-flow-induced drop in room temperature, the cycled heat generation near an engine, sunlight illumination with a moving shadow, on and off hot water/air flow in a pipe, etc.” Zhong Lin Wang said.Currently, the researchers are continuing to improve the PENG’s output power and are also integrating the technology with some existing products to demonstrate its practical applications. 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Kolkata: The facility of applying online for driving licence will become available in all the Regional Transport Offices and Assistant Regional Transport Offices in the state before Durga Puja.This comes at the time when the state government has made production of driving licence mandatory to buy motorbikes, a step taken to check road accidents.According to a senior official of the state Transport department, at present there are as many as 50 offices across the state from where driving licence is given to applicants following necessary tests. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOne more office of ARTO is going to be added soon, with one coming up at Katwa. With inauguration of the ARTO at Katwa that is scheduled on September 3, the total number of the offices that deal with driving licence will go up to 51.The official said that till date, there are 28 such offices where the facility of giving online application to get driving licence is available.”We have set a target to complete developing infrastructure in all the offices for the same and we are hopeful that the facility will become available in all the offices before Durga Puja,” the official said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedExplaining the process of applying online for driving licence, another official said that one needs to log in to the website www.parivahan.gov.in and click on “Driving Licence Related Services”. Subsequently, an applicant has to proceed as directed to key in all necessary information, including some mandatory fields. Finally, an application number will get generated, with which the applicant has to visit the RTO or ARTO along with all relevant documents in his or her district, to give biometric details and get the date and time when he or she can sit for an online test.The applicant will pass the test if six out of ten answers are correct and gets the learner licence within two days. In case of failure, one can again sit for the test after seven days of the first one. The same process has to be followed online to get the date and time for the trial for the permanent licence, between the 30th and 180th day from the day the learner licence is issued.
Try taking a warm shower or indulging in some natural oil therapy to help you battle insomnia, suggest experts. Insomnia or sleeplessness can be taken care of by following natural remedies suggested by experts:Before going to bed, take a warm shower. It is like an exercise, the hot shower will help you to fall asleep as soon as you hit the bed.Dip your feet in lukewarm water in a foot bathtub or bucket to relax your body muscles and tissues and add one teaspoon of epsom salt commonly known as dead sea salt. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFoot bath also prevents your skin from unwanted bacteria and decreases the leg pain that you gained from the whole day. In the bucket of warm water, you can also put some essential oil like Basil (Tulsi) Oil, cedarwood oil, cypress oil, juniper berry oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil and wintergreen oil. Just put 1 or 2 drops into the water.Lavender, Jasmine, Neroli, and ylang-ylang are very useful for the natural oil therapy for insomnia. The soothing and calm effect of essential oil can prevent you from sleeplessness. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDo not eat or drink right before going to bed. Eating a late dinner or snacking before going to bed can activate the digestive system and you can suffer from gastric problems or heartburn. It is even more important to avoid eating and drinking right before bed since this can make your symptoms worse and will keep you up.Make your sleeping environment comfortable: Temperature, lighting, and noise should be controlled to make the bedroom convenient for sleep. Decrease your caffeine intake.Delay worrying and brainstorming. If you wake up during the night feeling anxious about something, make a brief note of it on paper and postpone worrying about it until the next day when it will be easier to resolve.Alcohol disrupts the sleep cycle and may keep you up throughout the night.Avoid naps during the day as it can make it more difficult for you to sleep at night. If you feel like you have to take a nap, limit it to 30 minutes.Sip warm milk with honey daily at night.Practice cognitive behavioural therapy and manage your stress with exercise daily.Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Set your biological clock by sleeping and getting up at the same time every day, including weekends. Get up at your usual time in the morning even if you’re tired. This will help you get back in a regular sleep rhythm.Turn off all screens at least an hour before bed. Electronic screens emit a blue light that disrupts your body’s production of melatonin and combats sleepiness. So instead of watching TV or spending time on your phone, tablet, or computer, choose another relaxing activity, such as reading a book or listening to soft music.Move bedroom clocks out of view. Anxiously watching the minutes tick by when you can’t sleep – knowing that you’re going to be exhausted when the alarm goes off – is a surefire recipe for insomnia.
On January 29, Microsoft Cloud services including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 suffered a major outage. This resulted in customers experiencing intermittent access to Office 365 and also deleting several database records. This comes just after a major outage that prevented Microsoft 365 users from accessing their emails for an entire day in Europe. Users who were already logged into Microsoft services weren’t affected; however, those that were trying to log into new sessions were not able to do so. How did this Microsoft Azure outage happen? According to Microsoft, the preliminary reason behind this outage was a DNS issue with CenturyLink, an external DNS provider. Microsoft Azure’s status page read, “Engineers identified a DNS issue with an external DNS provider”. CenturyLink, in a statement, mentioned that their DNS services experienced disruption due to a software defect, which affected connectivity to a customer’s cloud resources. Along with authentication issues, this outage also caused the deletion of users’ live data stored in Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) databases in Microsoft Azure. TDE databases encrypt information dynamically and decrypt them when customers access it. As the data is stored in encrypted form, it prevents intruders from accessing the database. For encryption, many Azure users store their own encryption keys in Microsoft’s Key Vault encryption key management system. The deletion was triggered by a script that automatically drops TDE database tables when corresponding keys can no longer be accessed in the Key Vault. Microsoft was able to restore the tables from a five-minute snapshot backup. But, those transactions that customers had processed within five minutes of the table drop were expected to raise a support ticket asking for the database copy. Read more about Microsoft’s Azure outage in detail on ZDNet. Read Next Microsoft announces Internet Explorer 10 will reach end-of-life by January 2020 Outage in the Microsoft 365 and Gmail made users unable to log into their accounts Microsoft Office 365 now available on the Mac App Store
Sunwing Vacations extends Zero Deposit promotion << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Sunwing Posted by Travelweek Group Share TORONTO — Sunwing Vacations has extended its popular Zero Deposit promotion until Aug. 31 for now bookings with departures between Dec. 21, 2016 and Oct. 31, 2017.With the promo, travellers can now choose from a variety f vacations and book with no money down all summer long. In addition, they’ll benefit from Sunwing’s Price Drop Guarantee and early bird pricing. With Price Drop Guarantee, if the client’s vacation price drops outside of 21 days prior to the intended departure date, they will be entitled to claim up to $400 per person back. A $50 per person administration fee will be applied to all claims submitted.Included within the promotion are a host of Sunwing Selection resorts that are perfect for families and couples alike. A popular choice among families are Sunwing’s Smile Resorts, featuring Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals all year round, plus no single supplement for one-parent families.For more information go to sunwing.ca. Friday, July 22, 2016
The state House today gave bipartisan support to state Rep. Brandt Iden’s legislation to increase professional skills opportunities for high school students.As part of a two-bill plan, Iden’s legislation safeguards funding for school districts, while allowing students participating in an internship or a work experience program off campus to continue to qualify as a full-time student.“Employers across Michigan need people with real-world experience and that’s part of an internship,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “We must allow career exploration, on-the-job training and personal skills development to become an integral part of education before high school graduation. That will help us across our community and the state.”Current Michigan Department of Education guidelines allow work-based internships in grades 9-12. Students can work four to 10 hours a week and, with the local district board of education’s oversight, will receive credit for graduation.The House Workforce and Talent Development Committee unanimously approved Iden’s legislation, with the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of School Administrators, Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Great Lakes Education Project also in support“Education does not begin and end in the classroom,” Iden said. “We’re helping put students into a professional environment where they can grow and learn necessary, real-world experience.”House Bills 5676, sponsored by Iden, and 4106 next advance to the Senate for its consideration.##### Categories: Iden News,News 21Mar House approves Iden bill to expand internship opportunities to high school students
The MGM Channel in HD has launched exclusively on Sky in Germany and Austria.The deal, agreed between Sky Deutschland and MGM Channel International Holdings – a subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios – boosts Sky Germany’s HD offering to 66 stations.The MGM Channel HD will be available as part of the Sky HD movie package, with all Sky customers able to watch films on the channel as part of a ‘free weekend’ promotion over the coming months.
Silver’s sojourn above the $20 spot price didn’t last long…and the Far East low, around $19.50 spot, came just before 3:00 p.m. local time…a few minutes before the 8:00 a.m. BST London open. After that, it was pretty much the same chart pattern in silver as it was in gold…with the sell-offs and rallies coming at the same times as gold as well. Nothing free market about this. Silver’s low price tick in New York came just before 12:30 p.m. EDT…and Kitco recorded that as $19.38 spot. The high tick in the Far East came shortly after 8:00 a.m. Tokyo time…and that looked to be around $20.30 spot. Silver had an intraday price move of about 5 percent. Silver closed at $19.69 spot…back under $20 spot…and down 43 cents on the day. Volume, net of roll-overs out of the July delivery month, was 32,500 contracts. JPMorgan wanted gold back under $1,300…and silver under $20…and they got their wish Not surprisingly, gold got sold down right from the time that trading began in the Far East at 8:00 a.m. in Hong Kong. An interim low was in just minutes before the London open…and from there it didn’t do much until the 8:20 EDT Comex open in New York. The rally that began at that time, ran into a seller of last resort at 9:00 a.m….and then it was all down hill until 1:00 p.m. EDT. The rally from that point lasted until 2:45 p.m…and then it got sold down for about thirty minutes before trading sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close. The low tick at 1:00 p.m. EDT was recorded by Kitco at $1,275.40 spot…and the high…around $1,301 at the 8:00 a.m. open in Hong Kong. Gold closed at $1,282.60 spot…down an even $16.00 on the day. Gross volume, with the lion’s share being of the high-frequency trading variety, was around 172,000 contracts. The dollar index, which closed in New York Friday afternoon at 82.41, jumped up about 10 basis points at the open on Sunday night in New York…and then chopped higher…hitting its high tick of 82.82 at 8:20 a.m. EDT, the exact time of the Comex open. But by 9:00 a.m. the index was back to 82.54…and traded sideways from there. Then, starting around 1:00 p.m. EDT, it fell down to 82.31 by 2:30 p.m…before recovering a hair into the close. The index closed at 82:45…up a whole 4 basis points from Friday’s close. Here’s the 2-day dollar index chart. Gold: Dead Cat or Raging Bull? While GLD has tanked, gold bullion is selling like hotcakes. What is going on? For answers, The Street and Casey Research will host a free investors’ webinar on Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m. EST – with Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, and others. Register here to watch. (Click on image to enlarge) Sponsor Advertisement (Click on image to enlarge) (Click on image to enlarge) (Click on image to enlarge) Once the rallies in these metals are allowed to begin, it will be interesting to see how far JPMorgan will let the prices run to the upside now that they’re mega-long in both gold and copper…and they’re probably pretty much out of their short position in silver as well. I would guess that they’re short positions in both platinum and palladium are either immaterial….or covered in other markets. I believe that today is options expiry on the Comex for all four precious metals…and the big traders have to be out by the end of the Comex session on Wednesday…and everyone else before first notice day, which is Friday. The next four trading days…the end of the week and the quarter…could be educational in the precious metal markets. If we get through the Comex trading session today without any serious price activity in either gold or silver, we’ll be looking at a Commitment of Traders Report for the record books on Friday. However, as we’ve already discovered in the past, “da boyz” are very good at withholding data from this report if it suits them…and it may suit them at this stage of the game. We’ll find out at 3:30 p.m. EDT on that day. Not much happened during the Far East trading session on their Tuesday. All four precious metals got sold down a bit, but recovered going into the London open. Gold volume is pretty high…46,000 contracts…but it’s a good bet that the vast majority of that is of the high-frequency trading variety. Silver’s volume, net of roll-overs, is close to ‘normal’…whatever that means these days. And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:20 a.m. EDT…gold is up a hair from Monday’s close…and silver is flat. Both platinum and palladium are up well over a percent. The dollar index is down about 14 basis points. Because of its effect on this Friday’s COT Report, I’ll be more than interested in what happens during the Tuesday trading session in New York today. And here’s your ABSOLUTE LAST CHANCE to sign up for Casey Research’s FREE ON-LINE VIDEO EVENT. It’s entitled “GOLD: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull?“ It features Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, Steven Feldman, Rob McEwen and Jeff Clark. They explore the recent fluctuations of the gold price and what it means for investors. Does gold’s drop signal the end of its bull run, or is it just taking a breather? Should investors load up on or unload gold? The free online event Gold: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull? hosted by The Street and Casey Research, with Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, and others will provide some answers. This free video airs today, June 25th at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. It will be available for viewing after the initial stream for those who have schedule conflicts. You can check it out…and then sign up for it here. Based on the events of the last few weeks, it pretty much goes without saying that it will be worth your time. See you here tomorrow. The gold stocks gapped down at the open…hitting their nadir at around 10:20 a.m. in New York. From there, they more or less traded sideways until just after 12:00 o’clock noon EDT…and then they rallied until 2:45 p.m. when gold printed its afternoon high tick. Then they got sold off with the gold price going into the close. The HUI was hit for another 4.19%. The silver shares got crushed again, with some of the juniors getting hit for double-digit losses. Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index was down 5.48%. (Click on image to enlarge) As I’ve stated before, along with every seller that’s dumping his position in a panic, or forced liquidation…is a ‘strong hands’ buyer[s] that’s scooping up everything that is falling off the table. Unless their intent is to sell on the upside to cap any price rally, they won’t be selling any time soon. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 151 gold and 8 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow within the Comex-approved depositories. In gold, it was “all the usual suspects”. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. With the end of the June delivery month at hand, there shouldn’t be too much left on the delivery schedule for either metal…and the First Day Notice numbers will be posted on the CME’s website late on Thursday evening…and I’ll have them for you in Friday’s column. July is a big delivery month for silver…but not for gold. There were more withdrawals from both GLD and SLV on Monday. In GLD, authorized participants withdrew 135,302 troy ounces…and in SLV it was a chunky 3,281,198 troy ounces. Whether the withdrawal from SLV was of the ‘plain vanilla’ variety [or otherwise] is a question that I’ll have for Ted when I talk to him on the phone later today. Personally, I could make a case for either scenario. The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday. They sold 5,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 224,600 silver eagles. It was a busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday. They reported receiving 1,659,533 troy ounces of silver…and shipped out 540,763 troy ounces. The link to that activity is here. In gold, the same depositories received 4,950 troy ounces…and shipped 321.50 troy ounces [10 kilobars…all from Brink’s, Inc.] out the door. The link to that activity is here. It was another very decent day at the store, but it was wall-to-wall silver sales. We didn’t sell an ounce of gold to anyone…either over the counter, or on an order-in basis. It’s Tuesday, but I took the axe out…and cut the stories down to a minimum…so I hope you can find the time to read the ones that interest you the most. The data suggests that JPMorgan has been the dominant buyer in COMEX gold, silver and copper on what have been deliberately set lower prices. In fact, there is no real connection between these three commodities other than JPMorgan being the most aggressive buyer amid sharply lower prices. Certainly, no one would suggest the fundamentals in these three different commodities had changed over the past few weeks to account for the dramatic price smashes. The only possible connection is JPMorgan. Since JPMorgan has been buying gold, copper and silver so aggressively, it is most reasonable for me to conclude that the price of these three commodities will move sharply higher once JPM gets all that they can get by rigging prices lower…actually, it looks like they are done by my reckoning, but with crooks you can never be sure until afterward. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…22 June 2013 I wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into Monday’s price action in gold and silver…although it was obvious to me that JPMorgan wanted gold back under $1,300…and silver under $20…and they got their wish. Both attempts by both metals to rally to any degree got turned back in New York trading before they could get too far. Platinum and palladium weren’t spared…and although the markets for these two precious metal are almost microscopic when compared to gold and silver, JPMorgan also has a considerable short position in both of these as well. It was obvious that they worked them over pretty good during the New York session yesterday. Here are the 3-year weekly charts for all four precious metals…plus copper. You can see that, except for palladium, they are all horribly oversold…and this condition didn’t happen by accident, of course. Oversold conditions, engineered or otherwise, don’t normally last long…and these will come to an end at a time of JPMorgan’s choosing, as they are running the show in all of these commodities at the moment.
The U.S. Treasury Department intends to soon issue a long-delayed rule forcing banks to seek the identities of people behind shell-company account holders, after the “Panama Papers” leak provoked a global uproar over the hiding of wealth via offshore banking devices.A department spokesman said on Wednesday the rule would “soon” be turned over to the White House for review and issuance, but did not confirm any timetable for the initiative, which has taken years.Governments around the globe have launched probes into possible financial wrongdoing after 11.5 million documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, nicknamed the “Panama Papers,” were leaked to the media and reports emerged Sunday. Mossak Fonseca has said it was the victim of a computer hack, and that it has consistently acted appropriately.The papers offer “validation for those who have been screaming for a decade” about the need for financial institutions in the United States and elsewhere to address risks of money laundering, terror finance and other crime by identifying people who clandestinely control legal entities, former Treasury official Chip Poncy told Reuters.The leaked documents may give banks a glimpse into the kind of information on true, or “beneficial” owners, that they regularly should be obtaining to better understand the cross-border money flows they facilitate, said Poncy, one of the architects of the Treasury rule, which has been in the works since 2012.But simply having a client who is linked to the offshore shell companies highlighted in the Panama papers “doesn’t necessarily mean much,” said a former FinCEN official who asked not to be named due to his role in the private sector. What would be significant is “inconsistent information or payment flows that now connect” in ways that suggest possible illicit activity, he said. In mid-2014, Treasury’s anti-money laundering unit, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), issued a proposed rule on beneficial ownership. Differences of opinion between the various financial regulators vetting the rule and an obligatory analysis of costs to industry has slowed the process, as has pushback from the banking industry.The FinCEN rule is expected to require only that banks and brokerage firms request information from customers regarding beneficial owners, but not require them to verify that information through investigation.In fact, there is no way for banks to verify such information, said Rob Rowe, a lawyer with the American Bankers Association. The ABA is “watching to see what happens with the Panama papers,” he said.”That’s always been the problem. Banks can collect information but there is currently no mechanism to verify it or keep it updated, outside asking the company,” he said.(Reporting by Brett Wolf of Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence; Editing by Randall Mikkelsen, Bernard Orr) Reuters U.S. May Force Shell Company Owners Out of the Dark Amid ‘Panama Papers’ Fury Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue April 7, 2016 Image credit: Shutterstock Finance Apply Now »
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. July 18, 2016 –shares This story originally appeared on Business Insider Apple CEO Tim Cook Next Article Add to Queue Apple is proposing a radical change to the way artists are paid when their music is streamed online, Billboard reports, and the suggestion could hurt rivals like Spotify and Google.First, let’s explain how royalties are calculated right now. It’s a tricky process: Every streaming company negotiates its own secret deals with rightsholders. The amount paid out varies per region, and per song. It’s so confusing that streaming service Spotify even has a post on its website that tries to explain it all.Apple wants to shake up the current system. Billboard saw a proposal by Apple to the US Copyright Royalty Board that wants something much simpler. Instead of a complicated formula with lots of variables, Apple is proposing a system where rightsholders are paid 9.1 cents per hundred plays. That means that 100 streams would be roughly equal to one paid download. It’s a more elegant approach to royalties that could end the confusion over the process. Billboard calls it “simpler and more transparent.”But Apple’s proposal isn’t just a noble attempt to fix the music industry. It could also hurt rival streaming services like Spotify and also YouTube. The new royalty scheme would mean that any streaming services that offer free streams would have to pay out a much higher amount of royalties, as it would be calculated per play, not as a percentage of revenue. Apple Music doesn’t have a free tier, of course.The proposal by Apple isn’t likely to happen overnight, though. It’s still early days for the board, and any of its decisions would only come into force at 2018 at the earliest. European Technology Reporter at Business Insider Apple Wants a ‘Simpler and More Transparent’ Royalty Scheme for Music Apple James Cook 2 min read Enroll Now for $5 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: JStone | Shutterstock
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 10 2018In the human brain, nerve cells – so-called neurons – care for the transmission of electrical signals. They form the functional component responsible for sensations, stimuli and memories. In the presence of dementia, there is an adsorption of proteins outside the neurons, which then leads to the death of the neuronal cells. How to prevent the death of neurons is still the subject of scientific research today.In a recent transnational research project funded by the EU Joint Program on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), which is funded in Germany by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), researchers are now trying to address this question.While project partners in Italy, Great Britain, Belgium and the USA investigate the exact processes in the brain, the MPI-P explores methods to transport drugs. The overcoming of a natural barrier in the body – the so-called blood-brain barrier – represents the main challenge. Drugs to be used in the brain must be able to pass this barrier first before acting in the brain.For this purpose, the Mainz scientists are working on nanocapsules that are supposed to overcome the barrier. On the one hand, it has to be taken care on a long circulation time of the nanocapsules in the blood in order to increase the probability of interaction with the target cells in the affected brain areas. For this, it is important to design the nanocapsules so that they are not directly excreted by kidney or liver. On the other hand, special “address labels” – consisting of proteins – must be placed on the capsule surface in order to be recognized and absorbed by the target cells, much like a key with a lock. “We are still filling our nanoscale capsules with dye,” says Dr. Svenja Morsbach, group leader in the department of Prof. Katharina Landfester at the MPI-P. “If the transport through the blood-brain barrier with the nanocarriers works, we hope we can simply exchange the dye for a suitable drug.”Related StoriesWorld’s first 3D heart printed using patient’s own cells and biological materialsComing soon: New home blood-testing device for people with chronic illnessesNanotechnology treatment reverses multiple sclerosis symptoms in miceThe partners involved in the project in Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the USA are examining the exact processes in the brain in parallel with the development of the transport system in Mainz. Here, so-called “exosomes” and “neurotrophic factors” are of major interest. Exosomes are small “miniature cells” that can be released by real cells to communicate with each other. These have a dimension of only about 100 nanometers – that is 100 billionths of a meter in size. At the same time, “neurotrophic factors” are biochemical messengers responsible for the growth and survival of nerve cells. The interaction of exosomes and neuron-stimulating factors is seen as the main focus for the understanding of dementia by researchers.The project is designed for a period of three years and is funded with over one million euro, of which a share of more than 400,000 euros is attributed to the subproject of the Mainz scientists. The researchers hope that understanding the disease itself and developing a functioning transport system will be an important step in the treatment of dementia. Source:http://www.mpip-mainz.mpg.de/5458095/PM2018-23
Construction tycoon Mangal Prabhat Lodha is president, Mumbai city unit Published on 0 July 16, 2019 state politics The BJP on Tuesday appointed Chandrakant Patil and Swatantra Dev Singh as the presidents of the party’s State unit in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, respectively. Chandrakant Patil inherits the mantel from Raosaheb Danve, who resigned as the State BJP chief after being inducted in the Modi government. The party has also appointed construction tycoon and MLA, Mangal Prabhat Lodha, as the president of the Mumbai city unit. He replaced Ashish Shelar, who has been the Mumbai chief for the last six years. Mild-mannered and self-effacing, Patil is known as an astute tactician within the party. But party sources said his clout was a matter of concern for the Fadnavis government. Therefore, he has been elevated as the State President by the party high command. Such a step is expected to maintain an internal balance within the party. Patil, hailing from Kolhapur district in Western Maharashtra, is known as a dyed-in-the-wool activist of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) — the student arm of the RSS. His work in Kolhapur has also ensured BJP’s growth in the agriculturally-rich and politically-dominated Maratha region. It was earlier a bastion of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party.In the last two years, Patil has emerged as a key negotiator with various Maratha groups demanding reservation in job and education.In Uttar PradeshSwatantra Dev Singh, an OBC leader, will be replacing Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey as State unit chief in Uttar Pradesh.Pandey was inducted in the Union Cabinet, necessitating a change of guard in the State. Singh is a Kurmi, one of the influential backward castes in the State. His appointment is seen as part of the BJP’s effort to consolidate its support among the OBCs, who strongly backed the party in the State Assembly and the recent Lok Sabha election.(with inputs from PTI) SHARE COMMENTS