TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kenyon: Man Utd paying for dumping Mourinhoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon says Manchester United should never have replaced Jose Mourinho with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Reds struggled to see off Rochdale, 17th in League One, in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, progressing eventually on penaties.Solskjaer’s side were also widely condemned after being humiliated in the Premier League last Sunday, losing 2-0 at West Ham . They now face a tough test against a confident Arsenal side. Former United chief Kenyon said: “If you put me in charge of a great club and you needed to appoint a manager, my first thought would be José Mourinho.“He’s intelligent, he’s relevant and has vast experience. He isn’t outdated. I just think he needs the right club. I’m sure that you’ll see Mourinho be a part of a great club again.”He added: “The key is to give him the adequate structure and organisation to make sure he’s a part of everything.“I was the first to express my disappointment when he left United because I think he could have been a part of that great leadership structure.“No one better than him knows what United represents. José is far from being an irrelevant and outdated manager.”
Kolkata: The dengue death toll in North 24-Parganas continues to go up with another woman reportedly died at the SSKM Hospital on Sunday.The victim identified as Sadhana Sarkar (32), a resident of Ichapur of Gaighata in North 24-Parganas had been suffering from fever since August 9. The victim’s family members took the victim to the Habra State General Hospital after she complained of fever. After primary check up, the patient was admitted to Habra hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHer family members shifted her to the SSKM Hospital on August 27. The patient had been under close monitoring at the hospital as her condition turned critical. The SSKM Hospital authorities however said that the patient died due to multi-organ failure after her liver stopped working. A senior official of the SSKM said the hospital where the patient had been admitted previously in the case history mentioned that she had been suffering from dengue. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe cause of her death has however been ascertained by the SSKM Hospital as multi-organ failure. According to the SSKM Hospital authorities, the patient’s liver was badly affected when she was taken to the hospital a few days ago. Despite all the efforts by the doctors, the patient could not be saved. Her kidney stopped functioning followed by multi organ failure. Renuka Mondal (40), also a resident of Gaighata died of dengue in a city hospital on Saturday. Mondal was also admitted to the Habra State General Hospital. She was shifted to a private hospital in Duttapukur in the same district after her condition deteriorated. The situation turned worse in Habra and its adjoining areas after dengue erupted in these pockets of the district. The North 24-Parganas district administration took up massive anti-dengue drive following the incident and the civic bodies have been instructed to undertake rigorous campaigns to combat dengue and other mosquitoes-borne diseases.
Christina Cressman, a tour presenter with WorkBC Find Your Fit says the program goes to different schools all around British Columbia, two schools a week, travelling to 40 cities.Cressman said, “We come into the schools and set up for the whole school day and then stay open for the community session from 3 to 7 p.m. and we have about 12 different stations here. The stations show them an idea of different careers”.Some of the stations included a 3-d printer, carpenter’s table, computer programing and even a flight simulator.Students were also given the opportunity to use an Ipad station to access software that displays an up-to-date list of careers currently available in B.C.“The main goal of this event is to get students thinking about post-secondary and what they want to do with their lives once they’re done school,” said Cressman.The program started in October and finishes up in March. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students were given the opportunity to explore career paths at the ‘Find Your Fit’ event at Dr. Kearney Middle School on Friday.The event offered a wide range of hands-on displays featuring many career possibilities.Hosted by WorkBC, the event aims to get students enthused about the workforce. For more information on Find Your Fit, you can visit https://www.workbc.ca/Jobs-Careers/Find-Your-Fit-Tour.aspx
“We are extremely excited to win this award and are proud to support our community. Thank you to our staff and customers for your continued support. Together we make a difference.”The Outstanding Retailer Awards have recognized and honoured Canada’s best Home Improvement Retailing stores across Canada since 1992. NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, O.N. – The Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre recently received an award as a Community Leader at the Outstanding Retailer Awards.Held in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Douglas and Shelley Gallinger, owners of Fort St. John Home Hardware, were on hand to receive the award.The Gallinger’s say they are excited and thankful to receive this award.
Sagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday targeted Rahul Gandhi for his alleged association with UK firm Backops, saying the Congress president’s “scams” were being “unearthed from land, air and water”. Referring to Gandhi, Modi while speaking at rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar said the “naamdar” gets exposed every time he tries to malign him and the more he is targeted, the more ‘lotus’ will bloom. The Home Ministry recently served a notice on Gandhi, saying it received a representation from BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, claiming that a company named Backops Limited was registered in the United Kingdom in 2003 with the Congress leader as one of its directors. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The Home Ministry said Swamy’s letter also mentioned that in the British company’s annual returns filed on October 10, 2005 and October 31, 2006, Gandhi’s date of birth has been given as June 19, 1970 and had declared his nationality as British. Referring to Gandhi’s alleged association with the company, Modi said, “His scams are being unearthed from land, air and water.” “The ‘naamdar’ in an interview mentioned that his aim was to malign my image. But more the mud he throws at me, better the lotus will bloom,” he said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Modi said even as Gandhi abused him, the latter himself was getting exposed. “He owned a company called Backops in England which was shut in 2009. But in 2011, a partner in the company got a submarine deal contract. The government was of the Congress. How did the Backops partner get the deal, what was his experience in defence contract?” Modi said. Modi alleged that due to Congress’s “criminal apathy”, the country has been deprived of basic amenities like pucca houses, electricity, toilets and bank accounts during the first 25 years of Independence. “Had the Congress remained in power, I am confident that basic amenities would have alluded the country for another 100 years,” he said. Modi said perpetrators of terrorism are now fully aware that it is a new India which hits them back by entering their dens. “Your each vote in favour of Modi will inspire him to fight against terrorism with vigour,” he added.
February 22, 2017The 2017 COMMUNITY ART SHOW is on display in the Arcosanti cafe and open through April 29th 2017.You will be able to see lots of terrific artwork from ceramics to jewelry, paintings, sculpture, bronze castings, a concrete cast table.Photo us if ceramics by show organizer Aimee Marcinko. On the wall are two of several paintings of alumnus Larry Meagher.[photos by Sue Kirsch]Architect and construction volunteer Fernanda Torres with her concrete cast table.Ceramics by alumnus Richart Johnson.One of volunteer Trinity Divilbiss paintings.Bronze castings by foundry crew Alison Gibbs.Ceramics by alumnus Larry Meagher.Sculpture by architect Kevin Pappa.And so much more. Come and see.The next report will be on the musicians that played at the artshow opening.
Pixelmetrix will use IBC to launch the Pelican family of video encoders.The device, smaller than a 3.5-inch hard drive, is designed to facilitate remote news gathering, enterprise video, hospitality, government, education and healthcare applications. The Pelican comes with a built-in HTML5 web interface to ease set-up and configuration. All models – SD, HD and analogue – support live IP streaming from a built-in Ethernet port.Pelican-Analog is for composite analogue video and stereo analogue audio inputs, Pelican-SD is for SDI video with embedded stereo audio as well as mini-XLR with balanced audio, while Pelican-HD supports HD-SDI video with embedded stereo audio as well as mini-XLR with balanced audio.“We are excited about this latest addition to the Pixelmetrix product line,” said Danny Wilson, Pixelmetrix president and CEO. “Our DVStor products have been deployed in more and more systems for alternative playout, time shift and disaster recovery. But to make a complete system, our customers always had to go somewhere else for the encoder. Now, with Pelican, our clients can enjoy one stop shopping for their needs.”Prices for Pelican start at US$2,950 (€2,345) for Analog, and under US$4,000 for HD.Pixelmetrix will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 1.F34
Music video service Vevo has launched today in Germany, marking its 13th country rollout to date. Announcing the launch, Vevo said that going live in Germany was a “milestone” for the service and that German viewers will now be able to access more than 75,000 HD music videos, live concerts and original music programming from international and local acts.“From the day I joined Vevo with a mandate to expand the video platform’s global presence, a launch in Germany was my top priority. It took us two years of hard work to get to this day and I couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Nic Jones, Vevo’s senior vice president, international.Vevo’s music video platform can be accessed from its own mobile, tablet and connected TV apps, as well as on Vevo.com. Earlier this year, YouTube also renewed its agreement with Vevo with YouTube’s owner Google taking a stake in the business.
By Marin Katusa, Chief Energy Investment Strategist, Casey Research The Fukushima disaster reminded us all of the dangers inherent in uranium-fueled nuclear reactors. Fresh news yesterday about Tepco’s continued struggle to contain and cool the fuel rods highlights just how energetic uranium fission reactions are and how challenging to control. Of course, that level of energy is exactly why we use nuclear energy – it is incredibly efficient as a source of power, and it creates very few emissions and carries a laudable safety record to boot. This conversation – “nuclear good but uranium dangerous” – regularly leads to a very good question: what about thorium? Thorium sits two spots left of uranium on the periodic table, in the same row or series. Elements in the same series share characteristics. With uranium and thorium, the key similarity is that both can absorb neutrons and transmute into fissile elements. That means thorium could be used to fuel nuclear reactors, just like uranium. And as proponents of the underdog fuel will happily tell you, thorium is more abundant in nature than uranium, is not fissile on its own (which means reactions can be stopped when necessary), produces waste products that are less radioactive, and generates more energy per ton. So why on earth are we using uranium? As you may recall, research into the mechanization of nuclear reactions was initially driven not by the desire to make energy, but by the desire to make bombs. The $2-billion Manhattan Project that produced the atomic bomb sparked a worldwide surge in nuclear research, most of it funded by governments embroiled in the Cold War. And here we come to it: Thorium reactors do not produce plutonium, which is what you need to make a nuke. How ironic. The fact that thorium reactors could not produce fuel for nuclear weapons meant the better reactor fuel got short shrift, yet today we would love to be able to clearly differentiate a country’s nuclear reactors from its weapons program. In the post-Cold War world, is there any hope for thorium? Perhaps, but don’t run to your broker just yet. The Uranium Reactor The typical nuclear-fuel cycle starts with refined uranium ore, which is mostly U238 but contains 3% to 5% U235. Most naturally occurring uranium is U238, but this common isotope does not undergo fission – which is the process whereby the nucleus splits and releases tremendous amounts of energy. By contrast, the less-prevalent U235 is fissile. As such, to make reactor fuel we have to expend considerable energy enriching yellowcake, to boost its proportion of U235. Once in the reactor, U235 starts splitting and releasing high-energy neutrons. The U238 does not just sit idly by, however; it transmutes into other fissile elements. When an atom of U238 absorbs a neutron, it transmutes into short-lived U239, which rapidly decays into neptunium-239 and then into plutonium-239, that lovely, weaponizable byproduct. When the U235 content burns down to 0.3%, the fuel is spent, but it contains some very radioactive isotopes of americium, technetium, and iodine, as well as plutonium. This waste fuel is highly radioactive and the culprits – these high-mass isotopes – have half-lives of many thousands of years. As such, the waste has to be housed for up to 10,000 years, cloistered from the environment and from anyone who might want to get at the plutonium for nefarious reasons. The Thing about Thorium Thorium’s advantages start from the moment it is mined and purified, in that all but a trace of naturally occurring thorium is Th232, the isotope useful in nuclear reactors. That’s a heck of a lot better than the 3 to 5% of uranium that comes in the form we need. Then there’s the safety side of thorium reactions. Unlike U235, thorium is not fissile. That means no matter how many thorium nuclei you pack together, they will not on their own start splitting apart and exploding. If you want to make thorium nuclei split apart, though, it’s easy: you simply start throwing neutrons at them. Then, when you need the reaction to stop, simply turn off the source of neutrons and the whole process shuts down, simple as pie. Here’s how it works. When Th232 absorbs a neutron it becomes Th233, which is unstable and decays into protactinium-233 and then into U233. That’s the same uranium isotope we use in reactors now as a nuclear fuel, the one that is fissile all on its own. Thankfully, it is also relatively long lived, which means at this point in the cycle the irradiated fuel can be unloaded from the reactor and the U233 separated from the remaining thorium. The uranium is then fed into another reactor all on its own, to generate energy. The U233 does its thing, splitting apart and releasing high-energy neutrons. But there isn’t a pile of U238 sitting by. Remember, with uranium reactors it’s the U238, turned into U239 by absorbing some of those high-flying neutrons, that produces all the highly radioactive waste products. With thorium, the U233 is isolated and the result is far fewer highly radioactive, long-lived byproducts. Thorium nuclear waste only stays radioactive for 500 years, instead of 10,000, and there is 1,000 to 10,000 times less of it to start with. The Thorium Leaders Researchers have studied thorium-based fuel cycles for 50 years, but India leads the pack when it comes to commercialization. As home to a quarter of the world’s known thorium reserves and notably lacking in uranium resources, it’s no surprise that India envisions meeting 30% of its electricity demand through thorium-based reactors by 2050. In 2002, India’s nuclear regulatory agency issued approval to start construction of a 500-megawatts electric prototype fast breeder reactor, which should be completed this year. In the next decade, construction will begin on six more of these fast breeder reactors, which “breed” U233 and plutonium from thorium and uranium. Design work is also largely complete for India’s first Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR), which will involve a reactor fueled primarily by thorium that has gone through a series of tests in full-scale replica. The biggest holdup at present is finding a suitable location for the plant, which will generate 300 MW of electricity. Indian officials say they are aiming to have the plant operational by the end of the decade. China is the other nation with a firm commitment to develop thorium power. In early 2011, China’s Academy of Sciences launched a major research and development program on Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) technology, which utilizes U233 that has been bred in a liquid thorium salt blanket. This molten salt blanket becomes less dense as temperatures rise, slowing the reaction down in a sort of built-in safety catch. This kind of thorium reactor gets the most attention in the thorium world; China’s research program is in a race with similar though smaller programs in Japan, Russia, France, and the US. There are at least seven types of reactors that can use thorium as a nuclear fuel, five of which have entered into operation at some point. Several were abandoned not for technical reasons but because of a lack of interest or research funding (blame the Cold War again). So proven designs for thorium-based reactors exist and need but for some support. Well, maybe quite a bit of support. One of the biggest challenges in developing a thorium reactor is finding a way to fabricate the fuel economically. Making thorium dioxide is expensive, in part because its melting point is the highest of all oxides, at 3,300° C. The options for generating the barrage of neutrons needed to kick-start the reaction regularly come down to uranium or plutonium, bringing at least part of the problem full circle. And while India is certainly working on thorium, not all of its eggs are in that basket. India has 20 uranium-based nuclear reactors producing 4,385 MW of electricity already in operation and has another six under construction, 17 planned, and 40 proposed. The country gets props for its interest in thorium as a homegrown energy solution, but the majority of its nuclear money is still going toward traditional uranium. China is in exactly the same situation – while it promotes its efforts in the LFTR race, its big bucks are behind uranium reactors. China has only 15 reactors in operation but has 26 under construction, 51 planned, and 120 proposed. The Bottom Line Thorium is three times more abundant in nature than uranium. All but a trace of the world’s thorium exists as the useful isotope, which means it does not require enrichment. Thorium-based reactors are safer because the reaction can easily be stopped and because the operation does not have to take place under extreme pressures. Compared to uranium reactors, thorium reactors produce far less waste and the waste that is generated is much less radioactive and much shorter-lived. To top it all off, thorium would also be the ideal solution for allowing countries like Iran or North Korea to have nuclear power without worrying whether their nuclear programs are a cover for developing weapons… a worry with which we are all too familiar at present. So, should we run out and invest in thorium? Unfortunately, no. For one, there are very few investment vehicles. Most thorium research and development is conducted by national research groups. There is one publicly traded company working to develop thorium-based fuels, called Lightbridge Corp. (Nasdaq: LTBR). Lightbridge has the advantage of being a first mover in the area, but on the flip side the scarcity of competitors is a good sign that it’s simply too early. Had it not been for mankind’s seemingly insatiable desire to fight, thorium would have been the world’s nuclear fuel of choice. Unfortunately, the Cold War pushed nuclear research toward uranium; and the momentum gained in those years has kept uranium far ahead of its lighter, more controllable, more abundant brother to date. History is replete with examples of an inferior technology beating out a superior competitor for market share, whether because of marketing or geopolitics, and once that stage is set it is near impossible for the runner-up to make a comeback. Remember Beta VCRs, anyone? On a technical front they beat VHS hands down, but VHS’s marketing machine won the race and Beta slid into oblivion. Thorium reactors aren’t quite the Beta VCRs of the nuclear world, but the challenge they face is pretty similar: it’s damn hard to unseat the reigning champ. [Marin has an enviable track record in the uranium sector, with one current pick up nearly 1,600% since he first recommended it to his subscribers 39 months ago. Now he’s targeting a little-known company that possesses oil-recovery technology that could reward investors with similar gains.]
For the third day running, gold volume was elevated…and silver volume virtually non-existentThe gold price traded sideways until about 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time on their Wednesday…before sliding to its London low around 12:30 p.m. GMT. The tiny rally that began at the Comex open wasn’t allowed to get far…and by the time the London p.m. gold fix rolled around, the price was down about seven bucks from Tuesday’s close.From there it traded sideways until the 1:30 p.m. Comex close in New York, before getting sold down a bit more in the electronic market that followed.Gold finished the Wednesday trading session at $1,642.60 spot…down $8.70 on the day. But despite the lack of price action, the volume was pretty decent…around 146,000 contracts.It was virtually the same story in silver, so I shan’t dwell on the price action, as it’s obvious from the Kitco chart below.Silver closed at $30.78 spot…down 34 cents from Tuesday. Net volume, once the roll-overs out of the March contract were subtracted out, was very anemic…just under 25,000 contracts.The dollar index opened at 80.05 in the Far East on Wednesday morning…and then chopped down to its low of the day of 79.83…which occurred at half-past lunchtime in London. From there it rallied to its high of the day…80.16…by shortly before 11:00 a.m. in New York…and then traded sideways for the rest of the day. The dollar index closed at 80.07…basically unchanged on the day.The gold stocks peaked slightly in positive territory just as the gold price hit its low at the London p.m. gold fix around 10:00 a.m. in New York…and it was all down hill from there, not helped by the two news items from Coeur d’Alene Mines yesterday… The HUI finished on its absolute low of the day…down 1.93%.Since CDE is one seventh of Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index, it got smoked to the tune of 2.28%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 129 gold and 51 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday within the Comex-approved depositories. In gold, JPMorgan was the biggest short/issuer with 126 contracts…and Deutsche Bank and HSBC USA stopped all 129 contracts.In silver, 50 of the 51 contracts issued were by Jefferies…and by far the biggest long/stopper was Canada’s own Bank of Nova Scotia. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.An authorized participant withdrew 29,038 troy ounces of gold from GLD yesterday…and as of 9:05 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.The U.S. Mint had another smallish sales report. They sold 2,000 ounces of gold eagles…and another 170,000 silver eagles.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday, they reported receiving another 801,023 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 994 troy ounces out the door…the second day in a row that only one good delivery bar has been shipped out of their collective inventories. The link to that activity is here.I borrowed one paragraph from Ted Butler’s mid-week commentary to his paying subscribers yesterday. I’ve posted it as four separate paragraphs, because I think it gives the subject material more clarity. Besides which, it’s too big to use as a quote.Whether it’s JPMorgan behind the short covering in SLV or not, it’s all but certain there was a single short seller behind the reduction of 10.5 million in shorted shares. It’s virtually impossible that many different short sellers all converged at this time to suddenly deposit metal into the SLV.According to data from the NASDAQ, the largest single long position in SLV is less than 7.7 million shares. That means there had to be a single entity in SLV holding a much larger short position than the position of the largest long shareholder.That bothers me…and should bother you as well …to say nothing of the regulators. The worst thing is the inherent unfairness of long shareholders having to publicly disclose large ownership positions, while short sellers get to operate in the shadows and not report large short holdings at all. Talk about granting a license to play market games.I admit to holding mostly negative feelings towards short selling in general, but someone needs to explain to me why large short sellers are given such an advantage over legitimate buyers. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…13 February 2013[Note: The link in the quote above is an absolute must read…a real eye-opener as to who are the big SLV long holders! – Ed] Sponsor Advertisement It was a slow news day yesterday…especially in the precious metals department…so there won’t be much to your final edit efforts today.As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives [only] moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion to your walks. — Thomas Jefferson, writing to his teenaged nephewWith New Years celebrations still ongoing in China and other parts of the Far East…there hasn’t been too much direction to the gold or silver prices these days. Of course this hasn’t prevented the usual shenanigans from occurring during the Comex trading session where the vast majority of the volume…and most of the meaningful price action…is transacted.That was the case again yesterday…and for the third day running, gold volume was elevated…and silver volume virtually non-existent. There were no new low prices set in either gold or silver, so there was little if any technical fund long liquidation yesterday. What little price action there was on Wednesday, won’t be in tomorrow’s Commitment of Traders Report anyway.Very little happened in Far East trading during their Thursday…and all is still quiet now that London has begun to trade as of 3:00 a.m. Eastern time. Volume is virtually non-existent…especially in silver. The dollar index is about the only thing showing any signs of life at the moment…and it’s up about 26 basis points as of 3:05 a.m. Eastern time.And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 4:50 a.m. Eastern time…both gold and silver are still up a tiny bit…volumes are a bit higher, but not by much…and the dollar index is now up 30 basis points.That’s all I have for today…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations.The 2012 exploration program includes additional drilling on both Golden Summit and Vinasale. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in December 2011 and using a 0.35 g/t cutoff is 14,840,000 tonnes @0.66 g/t Au – hosts 316,000 ounces in the indicated category and 50,0460,000 tonnes @0.61 g/t Au – hosts 991,000 ounces in the inferred category. Drilling has been underway on this road accessible project since mid January. To date over 36,000 feet have been drilled since January on the project, of which 30,000 feet have been aimed at resource expansion. Drilling remains ongoing. An updated NI 43-101 is expected to be completed in Q3.Additional drilling is also underway on Vinasale. Vinasale currently hosts recently updated NI 43-101 resource calculation of 49,320,000 mt @1.09 g/t for a total of 1,735,000 contained gold ounces in the inferred category using a 0.5 g/t cutoff. Please visit our website for more information.
Two-year old Maverick Hawkins sits on a red plastic car in his grandmother’s living room in the picturesque town of Nevada City, Calif., in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. His playpal Delilah Smith, a fellow 2-year-old, snacks on hummus and cashews and delights over the sounds of her Princess Peppa stuffie.It’s playtime for the kids of the provocatively named Facebook group “Pot Smoking Moms Who Cuss Sometimes.”Maverick’s mother, Jenna Sauter, started the group after he was born. “I was a new mom, a young mom — I was 22 — and I was just feeling really lonely in the house, taking care of him,” she says. She wanted to reach out to other mothers but didn’t want to hide her marijuana use.”I wanted friends who I could be open with,” Sauter says — “like I enjoy going to the river and I like to maybe smoke a joint at the river.”There are nearly 2,600 members now in the Facebook group. Marijuana, which became legal for recreational use in California earlier this month, is seen by many group members as an all-natural and seemingly harmless remedy for everything from morning sickness to post-partum depression.Delilah Smith’s mom Andria is 21 and a week away from her due date with her second child. She took umbrage when an emergency room physician recently suggested she take “half a Norco”— a pill akin to Vicodin, an opioid-based painkiller — for her excruciating back pain.Smith is disdainful. “She was like, ‘We know more about Norco and blah, blah, blah and what it can do to you, but we don’t that much about marijuana,’ ” Smith says.”I was like, ‘Test me!’ I was like, ‘Observe me. My kid could count to 10 before she was even 2 by herself, and I smoked pot throughout my whole pregnancy. She’s not stupid! There is no third eye growing.’ “The number of women in the United States who use marijuana during pregnancy has been difficult to gauge, partly because some women are reluctant to tell their doctors; at least 24 states consider substance use during pregnancy a form of child abuse, so divulging such information can have serious consequences.Still, a number of studies nationally suggest there’s been a sharp jump in pot use among pregnant women, especially among younger mothers.Smith and Sauter both told their doctors of their marijuana use, and after they gave birth, their babies were tested for signs of marijuana’s chief active ingredient, THC. Researchers say psychoactive compounds in marijuana easily cross the placenta, exposing the fetus to perhaps 10 percent of the THC — tetrahydrocannabinol — that the mother receives, and higher concentrations if the mom uses pot repeatedly.Dr. Dana Gossett, a research obstetrician and gynecologist at the University of California, San Francisco who also treats patients, says studies show marijuana increases the risk of stillbirth and adversely affects how a baby’s brain develops.Gossett cites some research that suggests children exposed to marijuana while growing in the womb can have poorer performance on visual-motor coordination — tasks like catching a ball or solving visual problems like puzzles.And studies also show, she says, these kids may have behavioral problems at higher rates than other children by the age of 14, and are at greater risk for initiating marijuana use.”That is biologically plausible,” Gossett says, “because the effects of THC in the brain may actually prime that child for addictive behavior, not just to marijuana but to alcohol as well.”There has been little research on the effects of THC passed to a baby via breastfeeding. But because there isn’t enough evidence to determine the risk, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists discourages marijuana use during pregnancy, and warns breastfeeding moms to avoid eating or smoking marijuana or inhaling its second-hand smoke — since some amount of THC, just like alcohol, can pass into the baby that way.To Andria Smith’s point that her daughter, Delilah, is just as smart as her peers, studies do show that, in general, children exposed to marijuana in utero don’t score worse on reading or mathematics as they get older.After their babies tested positive for THC, Sauter and Smith were visited at home by county social service workers, who gave the women information about the effects of marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.Sauter says she and her friends don’t smoke near their children, nor do they spend their days stoned to oblivion.”It’s not like being totally out of it,” Sauter says. “I’m completely aware of my surroundings. I’m watching my kid, watching my friends’ kids. I’m hanging out. You totally know what’s going on.”Sauter says many parents she knows are uncertain if they can get in trouble using pot now in California. Indeed, child protection laws in most states remain at odds with liberal marijuana laws. Some moms on the Facebook page will not go to the doctor — even when they’re sick.”They don’t want to get tested,” Sauter says. “And that’s dangerous. We should be able to be open about it. Because if something does go wrong, we’ve got to know.”ACOG does not endorse mandatory testing for THC in pregnant women or newborn babies — out of concern that women could be jailed or have their babies taken from them. Instead, the organization urges obstetricians to ask pregnant women about drug use during prenatal visits, counseling these patients against substance use and helping them alleviate their nausea, back pain or post-partum depression with medications deemed safe by federal drug regulators.But with recreational cannabis now legal in at least eight states and the District of Columbia, physicians like Gossett are worried that newborns and young children, whose brains are rapidly developing, constructing billions of neural connections, will come to know the world in an altered state.”They’re learning what things look like and how things move and how to respond to the world,” Gossett says. Marijuana’s psychotropic effects, she adds, will change “a child’s ability to interpret the world around him.” Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.
Which Goats and Soda stories were most popular this year?You loved the stories that looked to the developing world that offered insights into the way we live our lives: how to sit without hurting your back; whether it’s OK to sleep with your baby.Readers also were drawn to stories of injustice (like the gang rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in India) and looming dangers (the thawing permafrost in Alaska could release billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the Earth’s atmosphere).You also liked our fact-checking stories. When the Netflix show The Crown showed a dance between Queen Elizabeth II and Ghana’s leader Kwame Nkrumah in 1961, we got the real story. And we investigated Matt Damon’s clean water promise in a Super Bowl ad.From the 392 global health and development stories posted on our blog in 2018, here are seven of our most popular stories, ranked by page views.To Fix That Pain In Your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You SitBack problems crop up because sitting like a C — or a cashew nut — puts stress on the little shock absorbers in the spine, called the intervertebral disks. Sitting in a C-shape, over time, can cause disk degeneration. Or one side of a disk can start to bulge.”When you sit with a C shape in your spine, you’re sitting on this tail,” says Jenn Sherer, who runs a studio in Palo Alto that teaches people how to move, sit and stand as they did in the past — and as they still do in other parts of the world. “It’s kind of like a dog with its tail between its legs, who is scared and frightened.”To straighten out the C shape, Sherer says, “we need to position the pelvis in a way that this tail could wag.”In other words, we need to untuck our tails. To do that, Sherer says, you need to bend over properly when you go to sit down.Read the full story hereGang Rape And Murder Of 8-Year-Old Girl Sparks Outrage Across IndiaShe was 8 years old and wearing a purple salwar kameez when she disappeared on Jan. 10.A week later, on Jan. 17, her mutilated and lifeless body was found in a forest near Kathua in the Indian-controlled region of Kashmir. It was a mile away from Rasana, the village where her family was living.Reports say she was abducted while grazing her horses in a meadow, taken to a prayer hall nearby, sedated for three days, tortured and brutally raped. Her abductors eventually strangled her and hit her on the head several times with a stone to ensure that she was dead.Details from the report revealed that the crime was fueled by religious and political tensions between the young girl’s tribe, a group of Indian Sunni Muslims called the Bakarwal, and local Hindus who saw them as a threat.Read the full story hereIs There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?In northern Alaska, the temperature at some permafrost sites has risen by more than 4 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1980s, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported in November 2017. And in recent years, many spots have reached record temperatures.The consequences of this warming could have ripple effects around the world. “The permafrost contains twice as much carbon as is currently in Earth’s atmosphere,” says Dr. Thomas Douglas, a geochemist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “That’s 1,600 billion metric tons.”Scientists don’t know yet how much carbon will get released from thawing permafrost or how fast it will happen. But once carbon begins to percolate up through the thawing soil, it could form a feedback loop “over which we would have zero control,” says Charles Miller, a chemist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who measures gas emissions from Arctic permafrost.Read the full story hereIs Sleeping With Your Baby As Dangerous As Doctors Say?Here in the U.S., more moms are choosing to share a bed with their infants. Since 1993, the practice in the U.S. has grown from about 6 percent of parents to 24 percent in 2015.But the practice goes against medical advice in the U.S. The American Academy of Pediatrics is opposed to bed-sharing: It “should be avoided at all times” with a “[full-]term normal-weight infant younger than 4 months,” the AAP writes in its 2016 recommendations for pediatricians. AAP cites seven studies to support its recommendation against bed-sharing.But a close look at these studies — and an independent analysis from statisticians — reveals a more nuanced picture. And some researchers say it might be time for the U.S. to reassess its recommendation and its strategy to stop SIDS.Read the full story hereSo 2 Goats Were Stuck On A Beam Under A Bridge …A listener flagged down for us a post he saw on Facebook: Two goats were stuck on a beam about 100 feet above the ground. The beam is part of a Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge in rural western Pennsylvania.The goats had escaped from their yard. And goats do love to climb and explore, notes goat specialist Susan Schoenian of the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.A dramatic rescue operation was carried out by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. “It was my first goat extraction,” says Steve McCarthy, a civil engineer with the department.Read the full story here’The Crown’ Says One Dance Changed History. The Truth Isn’t So SimpleIt was a highlight of the latest season of the Netflix series The Crown, which chronicles Queen Elizabeth II’s reign: The year was 1961, the Cold War was heating up and the queen (played by Claire Foy), feeling self-conscious after learning that first lady Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) called her “incurious” at a dinner party, decided to take a more active role in dealing with Ghana, a former colony whose new leader, Kwame Nkrumah (Danny Sapani), appeared to be getting too cozy with the Soviets.Her solution: A dance with Nkrumah at a ball in the capital, Accra.It turns out The Crown got a lot wrong about that dance, according to Nat Nuno-Amarteifio, an architect and amateur historian who served as mayor of Accra from 1994-98 and remembers the queen’s visit from his teenage years.Read the full story hereFact-Checking Matt Damon’s Clean Water Promise In A Super Bowl AdIn a Super Bowl ad, Matt Damon made a bold promise: Buy a limited-edition Stella Artois chalice and your money will help give a clean water supply to someone in the developing world for five years.”If just 1 percent of you watching this buys [a chalice], we can give clean water to 1 million people,” Damon says in the ad.Damon’s statement about “1 percent of you watching” would add up to roughly 1 million purchases from the Super Bowl audience. According to Water.org, Stella Artois would donate the $3.13 for “up to 300,000 chalices” sold in the U.S. between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.And what exactly does that $3 buy? Can it really bring clean water to one person for half a decade? Skepticism surfaced on Twitter.Read the full story hereYour TurnWhich Goats and Soda story did you love in 2018? We want to hear from you. Tweet us at @NPRGoatsandSoda or drop us a line at email@example.com. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
A new report has called for greater awareness of the rights enjoyed by disabled people through the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU), as the country moves towards Brexit.The Implications Of Brexit For Disability Rights looks for ways in which disability organisations can work together to push the government to ensure that disabled people’s rights do not suffer after the UK leaves the EU.And it describes the “key priorities” for disabled people in a post-Brexit Britain.The Disability Rights UK (DRUK) report warns that too much of the Brexit debate appears to be about trade tariffs rather than rights, and that disabled people “have too little awareness of their rights and what they can achieve”.It quotes disability consultant Jonathan Kaye, who has said he fears that unless those EU rights important to disabled people are highlighted during Brexit negotiations, most will “simply be disregarded and seen as being ‘unnecessary red tape’ once the UK formally leaves the EU”.Kaye says there are “literally thousands of regulations and rules governing the design, functionality and usability of almost every product and object in the home and general environment, indoors and outdoors, which contain elements of disability related consideration”, many of which have taken years of “painstaking and careful lobbying and dialogue”.The report does not take a position on whether leaving the EU was the right decision, and quotes a Papworth Trust survey which suggested last year that disabled people were slightly more likely to be in favour of leaving the EU (54 per cent) than the overall population who voted in the referendum (52 per cent).But it paints a clear picture of the potential risks of leaving the EU without paying attention to the impact of Brexit on disabled people’s rights.Philip Connolly (pictured), policy and development manager at DR UK, said he believed there would be “a lot of unity” among disability organisations and disabled people over the need for these issues to be addressed, whether individuals voted “remain” or to leave the EU, and whoever they voted for at the general election.Some of the major areas covered by EU action on disability include: access to air, ship, rail and coach travel; employment equality; Braille labelling on medicines; public procurement; funding for EU-level disabled people’s organisations (DPOs); other funding from the European Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund; accessibility of public sector websites; and schemes which provide mutual recognition of benefits when disabled people travel to other EU countries, such as with parking badges and health insurance.Another crucial benefit, provided through freedom of movement across the countries that are part of the European single market, has been the ready supply of committed and professional personal assistants, and care workers.Other concerns include the post-Brexit rights of disabled people from the UK currently living in other parts of the single market and of disabled people from those countries currently living in the UK.The report proposes a manifesto of eight points, which includes calling on the government to carry out a full assessment of the impact on disabled people of its future plans for freedom of movement across the EU.Connolly said that chancellor Philip Hammond had argued for an “open Brexit”, where “certain proportions of migrant labour are allowed into the UK, perhaps to do specific jobs in specific industries, and he’s saying this is in the interests of the British economy.“Our position is not massively dissimilar to that. We are saying that there are people who are doing a job, meeting the needs of disabled people, in the health service or social care sector, and these people should still be allowed into the UK so that disabled people can get support or live independent lives.“The chancellor’s call for an ‘open Brexit’ is opening a door that we want to go through as well.”The manifesto also calls for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to be given greater legal status in the UK.And it says the government should ensure that EU-based rights, such as regulations on access to air and ship travel and public sector web accessibility, are maintained post-Brexit.It also wants to see all those disability rights that are already incorporated into UK law remain unchanged, including regulations as well as primary legislation.Other demands include calling on the government to guarantee that it will match current EU spending on disability rights and DPOs in the UK after Brexit, and for it to pledge a continued commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights.The manifesto has already secured backing from a number of leading disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) including Action on Disability, Disability Wales, Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living, the National Survivor User Network, Shaping Our Lives, Spectrum, Spinal Injuries Association, York Independent Living Network, Breakthrough UK, Inclusion Scotland, Independent Lives and Real.The report was written by Professor Anna Lawson, head of the Centre for Disability Studies and the new Disability Law Hub at the University of Leeds, and Liz Sayce, recently retired as chief executive of DR UK.It was funded by The Legal Education Foundation, and was based largely on views expressed during public events on the impact of Brexit, interviews with DPOs and disabled people, discussions with experts from the Equality and Human Rights Commission and government, and analysis by Professor Lawson.Connolly said the all party parliamentary group on disability was likely to be addressing the issues raised by the report at a future meeting, which would provide a “very good opportunity” for disabled people to lobby their MP to attend the meeting and hear that “disabled people have a perspective on Brexit”.
A new campaign aims to highlight the achievements of Deaf and disabled women in Wales, and provide role models for disabled girls.Disability Wales (DW) – the national association of disabled people’s organisations in Wales – has been awarded funding for its Embolden campaign as part of the celebrations that will mark next year’s centenary of women in Britain obtaining the vote in March 1918.The grant comes from funding charity Spirit of 2012 – set up by the Big Lottery Fund – and the women’s rights charity the Fawcett Society.DW wants the Welsh public to nominate disabled women from Wales who have achieved in various categories – as community activists, in their career, in the arts, in sport, through their educational achievements, or in any other way.It is also looking for women from recent or distant history who have made a contribution to disability rights or have been allies of disabled women.Their stories and pictures will be used to create a campaign aimed at challenging myths and stereotypes about disability and highlighting them as role models.Dr Natasha Hirst, temporary policy and programmes manager for Disability Wales, told Disability News Service (DNS): “The achievements and successes of disabled women are just not visible at the moment.“We have young disabled girls looking out for role models but there are very few people for them to look to.“We do have our Paralympic athletes, but not everybody can aspire to become elite athletes.“There are other ways in which disabled women make important contributions – through their local communities, to academia, in their careers or setting up successful businesses.“We want to show the diversity of disabled women in Wales.”She said that, nearly 100 years on from securing the vote, disabled women still face dual discrimination.“We face gender discrimination because we are women, but we also face disability discrimination.“It does put far more barriers in the way for young girls who are disabled and who are looking to see what they can aspire to do.“There are very few people for them to look to. We want to find those case studies and celebrate them and challenge the perceptions of non-disabled people about disability.“We want to have conversations about what it means to be disabled and challenge those stereotypes and misconceptions that so many people hold.”Three disabled Welsh women have already been appointed as ambassadors for the Embolden campaign.Tina Evans has worked for BBC Wales as a researcher and for Disability Wales, where she learned about the social model of disability and how it “takes the self-blame away, and is very empowering”.She is also a “self-confessed adrenaline junkie”, including surfing (pictured), water-skiing, rock-climbing and skiing.DW says that “using her wheelchair as a tool for independence rather than a limitation, she constantly challenges expectations and norms about what a wheelchair-user can do with their life”.Evans is now employed on the work experience programme run by Hywel Dda University Health Board, which covers Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire in south Wales.She told DNS: “I want to be an ambassador just to show that being a disabled person doesn’t hold you back.“So much work has been done out there, so many initiatives that enable us to do things.“It enables me to do things that everybody else does, showing everyone that you do not have to let your impairment hold you back.“There is a lot of work to be done around access and attitudes but [I don’t want to] paint everyone with the same brush – there are a lot of people out there who haven’t got [a] negative attitude.”She added: “I like being a role model to other disabled people, just to show them that they are able to get on with things in life in general, and not to let their impairment hold them back.”Another ambassador is Sian Preddy, a BSL-user who is studying to become a midwife at the University of South Wales and will become the only Deaf midwife in Wales when she qualifies.DW said Preddy was “injecting her passion for deaf awareness into every academic and clinical setting she enters, supporting others to learn and develop by building a more equal playing field for many women to follow”.The third ambassador is author, broadcaster and disability consultant Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds, whose autobiography, Four Fingers And Thirteen Toes, intersperses her own story with the history of thalidomide, the drug that caused her impairments.DW said that Moriarty-Simmonds “strives to promote disability equality and the social model of disability through her consultancy work and speaking engagements”.Nominations for Embolden should be submitted by 28 August, with a shortlist to be announced next month, and an awards event to be held in March 2018.Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales, said: “Embolden is such an exciting initiative: Deaf and disabled women are too often invisible and this is a wonderful opportunity to share their achievements and really challenge people’s perceptions and expectations.“We look forward to receiving nominations from across Wales and all communities.”Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, said: “It is vital that disabled women’s stories are told and that their voices are heard.“That’s why Fawcett is delighted to be supporting Disability Wales’ Embolden project.“Shattering the stereotypes that society holds about disabled women is vital to building a better society for us all.”
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 13 2019There have been roughly three global pandemic influenza outbreaks each century for the past four hundred years, each of which have resulted in larger numbers of infections and deaths. Secondary bacterial infections have been responsible for a significant proportion of deaths in previous pandemics.Pandemic preparedness plans call for maintaining stocks of antivirals, antibiotics, and vaccines; however, the value of stockpiling or conserving the effectiveness of antibiotics remains unexplored despite the high morbidity of secondary bacterial infections and the growing ineffectiveness of antibiotics due to the emerging public health threat of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. In the event of a significant influenza pandemic, secondary infections caused by prevalent pan-drug resistant bacteria could be catastrophic. Effective antibiotics in the future are indispensable in the case of an influenza pandemic.Related StoriesStudy: Caregivers of children may be vaccine hesitant and have inaccurate beliefsStudy reveals novel indicator of protection against influenza virus infectionKiller flu pandemic is inevitable and world is not prepared, says WHOIn a new study published in the journal Health Economics, researchers at CDDEP, the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, and Wageningen University in the Netherlands developed a mathematical framework to estimate the value of investing in developing and conserving an antibiotic to mitigate the burden of bacterial infections caused by resistant Staphylococcus aureus during a pandemic influenza outbreak. The model, which is based on UK preparedness plan assumptions, found that the value of withholding an effective novel oral antibiotic can be positive and significant unless the pandemic is mild and causes few secondary infections with the resistant strain or if most patients can be treated intravenously.”Although influenza is caused by a virus, which cannot be treated with antibiotics, secondary bacterial infections are a major cause of death and disability and antibiotic resistance is a major barrier to treating these infections,” said Ramanan Laxminarayan, CDDEP director and senior author of the study. “This study shows that the value of an effective antibiotic against Staph infections, as an insurance policy against future pandemics, is between $3 and 4 billion at baseline”. Source:https://cddep.org/
Softbank scales back WeWork investment to $2 bn © 2019 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further WeWork, the fast-growing office-sharing startup, said Monday it had filed documents for a stock market listing to help fuel further expansion. WeWork, which revealed plans this week for a share offering, operators thousands of shared office locations inlcuding this one in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York Citation: WeWork, at $47 bn valuation, files for public share listing (2019, April 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-wework-bn-valuation.html The New York-based firm valued at some $47 billion by private investors and operating in some 600 cities worldwide, said it filed its registration confidentially in December with the Securities & Exchange Commission.The confidential filing allows the company to begin the listing process before divulging key financial and business information.”This process will enable WeWork to make the decision to become publicly traded, subject to market and other conditions,” WeWork said in a statement.WeWork has taken the lead in the co-working space and in the process is disrupting the office and real estate market with smartly designed offices, often with free-flowing beer and coffee.Started in 2010, WeWork has hundreds of thousands of customers from individual entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies needing temporary or permanent office space.The monthly deals can be particularly attractive to independent workers who don’t want to make a long-term commitment. But WeWork also rents to employees of large firms such as IBM where regional offices are less convenient.In January, Japanese tech giant SoftBank invested some $2 billion in the company as it rebranded itself as “The We Company.”WeWork offered no details on how much money it would seek to raise, its valuation or the timing of its offering.But the news comes amid a wave of listings from Silicon Valley “unicorns,” or startups worth at least $1 billion, including Lyft, Pinterest, Slack and Uber.In 2017, WeWork agreed to buy the Lord & Taylor flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in a sign of the disruption of the real estate market.